RV Travel Newsletter: February 16-22. Issue 573

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Weekend of February 16, 2013

Issue 573 of RV Travel
Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its twelfth year of continuous weekly publication, is made possible through sales at RVbookstore.com, by our advertisers, and through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers (thank you!)

New Texas
RV Resort Opens

The Preserve RV Resort launches with limited-time owner incentives, free preview stays and exclusive rally giveaways. Located just outside of Houston, this unique 2,000 acre resort property boasts oversized RV sites, walking trails, fishing lakes and white sandy beachfront. Visit www.preserveRVresort.com to learn more.

Editor's corner

With Chuck Woodbury
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"Everywhere I go my camera is sure to go" (sung to the tune of 'Mary Had A Little Lamb').

It's been that way practically forever. These days, my iPhone with its amazing camera is number one in my camera arsenal. Half the photos I have published here the last few months have been shot with it. Someone recently asked famed photographer Annie Lebowitz what camera to get if they only got one. She said, "an iPhone."

For half my life I've carried a camera with me at home and on trips. Before digital cameras came along I packed along a pocket Olympus XA 35mm film camera. Many newspaper photographers carried one, too. It could fit in a pocket, had a great lens and some manual controls. That was back in the days when I brought along a small, portable black and white darkroom on my RV trips. I carried a larger Minolta 35mm camera, too, but shot most of my "on-the-road" photos with the Olympus.

These days, besides my iPhone, I carry a small Cannon Power Shot SX210is. It's an older model and may be hard to find these days. The camera is slightly larger than most pocket cameras but it has an exceptional 14x optical telephoto lens for bringing in distant objects very close. I shot the photo of the Death Valley Sand Dunes with it, as well as Mt. Shasta, which I photographed from a rest area along I-5. It costs about $420 at Amazon. It also shoots high quality video.

I took the photo of my daughter in Death Valley's Mosaic Canyon with my iPhone. You might have to look hard to spot Emily. 

For video, I carry a Kodak Zi10 Play Touch, which is no longer manufactured but still available in a few places and costs about $100. It accepts an external microphone, which is rare in a consumer product. I carry a small lapel mic from Radio Shack to go with it. Together, I can shoot about anything with excellent video and audio quality. I also carry a Go Pro Hero2 video camera.

Today, all a person needs for routine photography is an iPhone or a modest-priced pocket camera ($150 or less). Most take excellent photos and video — perfectly fine for most occasions, even limited professional use.

If you have read this newsletter for long, you know I love funny signs. I learned long ago that the day I forget to bring a camera with me is the day I will come upon the funniest ever. These days, with my iPhone in my back pocket, I am always ready.

Cameras: Top left, then clockwise. My old Olympus XA 35 mm — "old reliable" for years before digital cameras came along. GoPro Hero 2  — tiny, cube-size super high definition video and still camera (sells for about $200 at Costco). Most of the videos I shoot on the road where I talk into the camera while driving or walking are shot with this. I hold the camera in one hand while I talk. A smaller Hero 3 model has just been introduced for $300). Kodak Zi10 Play Touch — a good, but fragile, pocket-sized video camera that allows the use of an external microphone (available for about $33 at Radio Shack). Finally, my Canon Power Shot SX 210is, with its super 14x optical telephoto lens. I can easily fit my three current cameras into a small shoulder bag.

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I'm not a fan. Here are my reasons (90 second video).

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If you're in western Massachusetts this holiday weekend, be sure to stop by the Springfield RV, Camping and Outdoor Show at the Eastern States Exposition where RVtravel.com correspondent Chris Dougherty will be a featured seminar speaker. All who attend his seminars will be eligible to win a Magellan RV series GPS unit, a seven inch or five inch model. The show opens at 10 a.m. and runs through Monday. And if you are in the Chicago area, see our contributor John Holod, who will be showing highlights of his RV Adventure Videos.

A new bridge for Interstate 5 is in the works. Crossing the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon, the two states have agreed that the bridge — with construction slated to begin in 2014 — will be funded in part by tolls.

Camping World says it will build new stores in Fort Pierce, Florida and Saukville, Wisconsin. In addition to the usual inventory, the Florida store will sell RVs. No opening dates announced.

California's Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks need summer help. Naturalists, lodge service folk, shuttle drivers, and others are needed. Bring a resume to a job fair February 20 at the Visalia Convention Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dress for an interview.

The St. James Parish Council of Louisiana has turned out the lights on RV park development for at least six months. After Grand Point, La. residents balked at a proposed five-acre park for 100 RVs, the parish council says it wants to study new rules for RV park development.

General Motors says it could have a half-million electric vehicles on the road by 2017. GM says it's most interested in "plug in" technology, as opposed to hybrids.

Washington State officials want money to study a plan that would charge drivers who use state roads and highways "by the mile" in a move away from fuel taxes. Lawmakers would have to provide funding for the proposed study.

As reported last week, the Family Motor Coach Association may move its Southwest Area rally away from the Brooksville-Tampa, Florida Regional Airport. New details show why: FMCA organizers say they have to do their own setup and breakdown, have no building to use at the site and are concerned about a lack of rally site maintenance.

The American Trucking Association says studies indicate when big trucks and cars collide many are "initiated or caused by the driver of the smaller vehicle." Often cited: Speeding cars or ones that don't stay in their lanes.

RVers who enjoy camping at Indiana's Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area will soon have to find another spot. The campground will close March 1 and be converted to wildlife habitat.

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-- Chuck Woodbury
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More news

To fix Michigan's roads and bridges, jack the diesel tax by 18 cents. That's Governor Rick Snyder's proposal. Gas tax would go up 14 cents if the plan flies.

Lewes, Delaware residents are noisily protesting a proposed 516-site RV park on Love Creek. At a recent zoning commission hearing, 110 people testified against the RV park plan, while none spoke in favor. The county council will take up the topic February 19.

New Philadelphia, Ohio has no law on the books prohibiting people from living in RVs on private property — not yet, anyway. But the city council has asked a study be done on the issue, now that it has learned some in the city are doing it.

While the State of Texas is expecting an increase in state revenues, the state's park system budget is declining. The Legislative Budget Board says as many as nine of the Lone Star state's parks could be forced to close. None have yet been identified.

RVs and boats stored in a former foundry in Mishawaka, Indiana went up in flames Monday as a huge fire ripped through the RMG Foundry building. No report on the number of RVs destroyed, but one boat agency says it lost 121 boats.

Before January ended, motorcoach manufacturer Liberty Coach reported it had already sold six of the 14 RVs it had planned to produce this year.

Visitation rates at North Carolina State Parks kept pace in 2012 with 14.2 million strong, equal to 2009 and 2011. In the last 25 years the system has seen an 87 percent overall increase.

On this date in history:
February 16
Compiled by Dell Bert

1741: Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine (2nd U.S. Magazine) begins publishing.
1852: The Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1878: The Silver dollar becomes U.S. legal tender.
1948: The first newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" is shown on NBC.
1968: The country's first 911 phone system goes into service in Haleyville, Alabama.
1997: At age 25, Jeff Gordon is the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history.

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Topics of last week's RV Daily Tips Newsletter

Where to dump your RV holding tanks.
Keep debris out of your heater vents and keep more comfortable in cold weather.

How to keep your clothes from falling in the closet as you drive.
Weigh your RV: Why thumping your tires can lead to disaster.

Inverter problems can ruin your day.
An easy way to determine if your RV water system has a leak.

Inflatable back support device stores "small" and perfect for RVers.
Driving the Alaska Highway? Is much of it gravel with many potholes?

What octane is best for your RV or tow vehicle?
Be careful around these poisonous plants found in some campgrounds.

RV Technical
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Why buy a towable RV over one with a motor?
What's the lure of a towable, non-motorized unit, over a motorhome? One less engine to maintain is a big draw. Finances figure in, non-motorized units generally cost less for equivalent living space. For some, arriving at camp and disconnecting or dismounting the RV from your truck, the RV stays at camp while the motor unit can run around on its own. Not only is there less rig to maneuver on the road, but also when someone wants to stay at camp and others want to run about, everyone can be satisfied. In this post we cover two popular towables, travel trailers and toy haulers. Read it.

Keep your documents secure, safe on the road
What would you do if your home on wheels was engulfed in a disaster and all of your most important documents were destroyed? If you owned a new device called Protect My Papers, these documents could be safe and secure, ready to help you pick up the pieces of your life. Protect My Papers is a small, credit card-sized flash storage device that's capable of saving you hundreds of hours of time and heartache should disaster strike and wipe out your most valuable documents and electronic files from your computer. Read more.

New Luxury RV Lots Opening Soon!
Bella Terra Prepares for Opening of Final Phase

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores in Foley, AL is an attraction in and of itself. The Class A motorcoach-only luxury RV resort just minutes from the sugar-fine sands of the Gulf is designed with the discriminating RVer in mind. It includes a Grand Clubhouse with outdoor fire pit, putting greens, private bath houses, expansive lake views and other amenities. In March, 2013, the third and final phase of the resort opens for sale with some of the best locations. Buyers can custom design their own resort lot upon purchase. Visit bellaterrarvresort.com to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

A good discussion about RV tire safety
Few things are more important on an RV than its tires. You're riding on them as you speed down the highway. A blowout can be an inconvenience, and in some cases it can prove deadly. In this three minute discussion, two editors of Trailer Life talk about RV tires and tire safety. This is well worth watching.

Is a special licence required for driving a big RV?
Shopping for a new RV? There are plenty of things to take into consideration, not just how livable the rig, nor how much it costs, but here's one frequently missed: Will you need a special endorsement on your driver license to operate it? Read more.

The true story of the RV Wayzalot, its demise, and then rebirth as Wayzless
Hardy and Terry Evans had a vision: After seeing plenty of renaissance shows, they wanted a rolling home that was more or less of the period. Hardy got to work in the late 1990's building his own wood-frame and shingle fifth wheel that they christened, appropriately, "Wayzalot." For almost 11 years the Evans and their dogs traveled about with Wayzalot, traveling over 50,000 miles. And then something terrible happened. Was it doomed? Read the rest of the story. . .

DIRECTV & RV Satellite Kit for Your RV!
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LEGAL: Offers end 5/1/13. Credit card required (except in MA & PA); NEW approved/qualified customers only. *All offers require 24-month agreement. RV KIT: $99 one-time fee. Requires NEW residential home service activation & purchase of ENTERTAINMENT programming or above.  Standard Receiver Required.  Existing DIRECTV customers may purchase the RV Kit at an additional charge. Additional terms and conditions apply. Call for details.

This Week's Reader Survey

How much weight would you need to lose for an ideal weight based on your height?
Answer here.

Last week's question
Do you shave with a blade or electric razor?
Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.

Hot off the press!
2013 Next Exit
Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate highway again. The 2013 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and details exactly what you will find at each: gas stations (including which brands and if they offer diesel), campgrounds, truck stops, casinos, laundries, retail stores (by name) shopping malls, movie theaters, factory outlet malls, drug stores, hospitals, rest areas, and more. Learn more or order.

Build your own slide out storage tray
From the archives of our blogger Jim Twamley comes this advice about how to add a slide out storage tray to your RV. "I absolutely love RV slide-out storage," he writes. "It makes RVing much easier and helps you stay organized. Commercial grade slide-out trays can be expensive but you can build them yourself for a fraction of the cost." Jim shows you step by step how it's done.

How to keep ants out of your RV
Chris Dougherty of RV Medics of New England discusses ways to keep ants out of your RV, where if they are ignored, can cause serious damage. We showed this video to the readers of RV Daily Tips a few weeks ago, but if you missed it, it's good information. Watch the short video.

Be prepared, says RV tire expert
Our RV tire expert Roger Marble writes, "I am pretty sure the Boy Scouts were not thinking about RV tires when they selected the motto of "Be Prepared." However that motto does provide good guidance for RV owners when it comes to their tires and being prepared in the event of a failure or even better yet being prepared for travel in a way that can decrease the chance of having a failure. Read more.

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Wow! This is awesome – 600 illustrated tips from the editors of Trailer Life and Motorhome Magazines and their readers about ways to fix, modify, repair or otherwise improve an RV. No kiddin' – this book is terrific! And you have never seen it at such a low bargain price (and likely never will again)!  Learn more or order.

Rediscovered: the perfect hamburger cooker
Rich Miller, the Wanderman, rediscovers the best hamburger cooker ever! That's what he claims. See why in this week's installment of his always fascinating blog.

Website and newsletter is helpful, sometimes spotlights offbeat jobs
An excellent resource for full-time RVers seeking unique work arrangements is Colleen and Bob Sykora's Work for RVers and Campers website and newsletter. The couple manages it from their mountain cabin in Alaska. It's a bounty of resources for anyone new to workamping and experienced workampers alike and often includes some unusual jobs. Read more.

Just released!
RVing Route 66
Join RVer and filmmaker John Holod as he cruises the Mother Road from Chicago to L.A. by motorhome, with stops along the way at all the classic attractions. Even though the road was bypassed by Interstates, much of it is still there, and easy to drive with an RV. If you plan to travel this historic highway or have already done so, RV Adventure: Route 66 is for you. Learn more or order at a discounted price.


Upcoming RV Shows
See the long list of upcoming RV shows for 2013.

More than 2,200 places to stay for free or less than $10 in an RV.

Latest RV Recalls
See them here, along with past recalls.

2013 RVer's Friend
This best selling directory lists every Travel Center (truck stop) in the U.S. and Canada about 6,600 all together -- and what services each provides to RVers. RVers can determine if a travel center welcomes them for an overnight stay, if it has a dump station, if it sells propane, and if it provides Internet access or utility hookups. It also includes an Exit Order section. And, also very important, the book lists which RV mechanical services are provided. Learn more or order.

Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.62 (on February 15)
Change from week before: Up 9 cents
Diesel: $4.10 (on February 11)
Change from week before: Up 8 cents

Essential for owners of large RVs!
2013 Big Rigs
Best Bets Campground Directory

If you drive a king-sized RV, this directory is for you. The authors provide details about RV parks in 49 states and eight Canadian provinces that welcome long RVs. All parks personally visited by the authors, who even recommend best sites in each one plus nearby attractions. A must for big rig owners. Learn more or order.

RV DoctorAsk the Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions.

What to do about surface pitting on a trailer

Dear Gary,
I have a 1986 Avion travel trailer with an anodized aluminum exterior that is getting white-crusted dots that progress to pitting in the middle, pretty deeply in some places. I have researched a number of sources for suggestions (including Fleetwood, who used to manufacture the Avion), but none have panned out. Do you have any ideas? Apparently the anodized aluminum is not supposed to be polished with anything abrasive or acid-washed. For periodic maintenance, I was using aircraft surface treatment as recommended by the manual, but this is doing nothing for the crusting/pitting. Please help — this is destroying the finish. —Courtney C., (Costa Mesa, CA)

Read Gary's response.


The essential guide
to locating Wal-Mart stores

Learn where to find more than 4,100 U.S. Wal-Mart stores most of which allow free overnight stays in RVs. Get specific driving directions to each. Learn which stores sell gas and diesel. The Walmart Atlas is an RVbookstore.com best-seller. SAVE 20% off cover price. Learn more or order.

The RV Shrink

Husband is suspicious. Wife not happy

Dear RV Shrink:
My husband is the suspicious sort. Always coming up with a conspiracy theory. I swear one day I am going to catch him talking into the heal of his shoe. Recently we have been camping in Florida State Parks. We seldom use reservations and are always playing campground Bingo on the computer to get in, or stay in a park we like. He just discovered that several campground sites in each park are not registered on the reservation site. He asked for one of these sites early one morning and was told there was nothing available. An hour later one of the sites was sold to another walk-in customer. He continues to obsess over this issue. How can I convince him to forget it and get a life. I don’t want to travel if it means stressing over finding a piece of real estate every night to park our rig. —Maxwell Notso Smart in New Smyrna

Read the Doc's response.

Buy your next RV at Camping World!

Joke of the week
Lawyer: I have some good news and some bad news.
Client: Well, give me the bad news first.
Lawyer: The bad news is that the DNA tests showed that it was your blood at the crime scene.
Client: Oh no! That's terrible! What's the good news?
Lawyer: Your cholesterol is down to 150!

Headed to Alaska?
Check out these books and DVDs

2012 Milepost Directory
DVD: RVing Alaska with Joe and Vicki Kieva
Traveler's Guide to Alaska Camping
Guide to the Alaska Highway
The World Famous Alaska Highway
DVD: Alaska By RV
More Alaska Books

This issue's Knowledge Quiz

One quiz on Saturday, February 16, 2013 with a swell prize

TODAY PRIZE: A fabulous Grow-Your-Own Saguaro Cactus. Includes pot, soil, seeds and instructions about how to grow your cactus.

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American's Largest
RV Consignment Dealer

Buy or sell your used motorhome, diesel pusher, fifth wheel, or travel trailer hassle free at PPL Motor Homes. And check our huge selection of parts!  PPL is the largest RV consignment dealer in the USA, selling over 24,000 consigned RVs since 1972. Visit the PPL website

Odds and Ends

RV News Service
Winnebago tops in motorhome sales for 2012.

Save on Mountain Directories
East & West

Driving into the mountains with your RV? Be careful, there are some nasty grades. Here, in two volumes, are the premier guides to the mountain passes and steep grades of the American East and West -- more than 700 passes all together. You save $5 when buying both these guides together. Learn more or order for only $26.90 for both volumes.

Tech Tips from Mark Polk

RV jargon. Do you know what these terms mean?
When you work in the RV Industry and are exposed to RVs almost everyday, you take some things for granted. One of those things is RV terminology. When I hear these terms I just assume everybody understands them. Here are some common RV terms that will help enhance your RV jargon.

Learn more about RV repair and maintenance from Mark's many helpful books and DVDs at RVbookstore.com.

Latest laws.
Guide To The Firearm Laws of the 50 States
RVers who travel with a firearm may not know that what's legal in their home state may be a felony in another. This 2013 book explains current, specific gun laws for every state. Don't cross a state line with a gun without knowing the laws. Learn more or order.

RV Short Stops

Lone Pine Film History Museum
Lone Pine, California

This unique museum is dedicated to preserving the diverse movie history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and California's Eastern Sierra. Located on Highway 395 on the south end of town, the museum’s 10,500 square feet of exhibits, an 85-seat movie theater and gift shop offer visitors a unique visual experience, helping to document and interpret the cultural heritage of America’s cinematic history, through film programs, artifact preservation and exhibits including interpretive projects and displays of many of the 700-plus films shot there. After visiting, be sure to make the short trip up Whitney Portal Road for a first hand look at real shooting locations of a great many motion pictures filmed in the beautiful Alabama Hills. And ask about the many tours. See where Hoppy and Roy Rogers rode and where many modern day western and sci-fi movies were made.

https://rvbookstore.com/shop/images/2/t/1483.jpgBest Seller!
Guide to Free Campgrounds
The 2012 edition of Guide to Free Campgrounds contains more than 12,000 public campgrounds across the USA, including national forests, national parks, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Corps of Engineers campsites and others, all with camping fees of $12 or less per night! This is one of RVbookstore.com's all time best sellers. Learn more or order.

Bill's Hints

Roof seals
“When you check the roof seals on your motorhome (annually), don’t forget to check the roof of your slideout, too.” —From Motorhomes Made Easy


With eBooks you don't have to wait to read your book. Just place your order and your eBook will be delivered almost instantly to your email inbox. These eBooks are written by RV experts and delivered in PDF format. Check out the big selection of eBooks at RVbookstore.com. Browse the RVbookstore.com eBook department.

The RV Kitchen

Piquant Piroshki
This shortcut version of a Polish classic meat pie is easy to make and it bakes to toasty perfection in your RV oven. Get the recipe.

Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.

Best Selling DVD
Deep Cycle Batteries

Problems with deep cycle batteries are usually because an owner did not understand how to properly maintain them. With this DVD by Mark Polk, learn how to maintain your batteries and extend their life. And when you extend their life, you extend the money in your wallet. Learn more or order.

Bumper Sticker of the week
"I fish, therefore I lie."
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to chuck(at)rvtravel.com

Military Campground Directory
The U.S. Military Campgrounds Directory CD-Rom runs on your Windows computer. Unlike a printed directory, this one is updated every month -- so no more arriving at a campground to learn “things are different now!” With this handy CD-Rom you do not need an Internet connection to get to the latest details on every known U.S. military campground. Learn more or order for 15% off.

potogoldWin cash with our Pot of Gold Contest
To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $275.00 Each weekday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific time) we publish a randomly selected U.S. Zip Code. If you live there and are the first to tell us, you win the money which increases every day there's no winner. Certain rules apply.
Last week's Zip Codes: 58440, 29438, 70011, 29945, 01090. Remember, these Zip Codes can appear again at any time.

While filming The African Queen in what was then the Belgian Congo, director John Houston noted that there was a meat dish being served to the film crew by the local caterer who referred to it as "long pig." A few days later, authorities arrested the caterer. It seems that men had been disappearing from local villages and cannibalism was suspected.

These DVDs will make you a better RVer
Get these popular DVDs and others at RVbookstore.com

Tow Your 5th Wheel Trailer Like a Pro
Better Business Bureau Guide to Buying an RV
Choosing an RV: A Logical Approach (with Joe & Vicki Kieva)
Do It Yourself RV Care (with the RV Doctor)
Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro
Guide to Class A Motorhomes
Guide to Class C Motorhomes
Towing Behind Your Motorhome
Guide to Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels
Guide to Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing
Guide to Winterizing Your RV

SECRET PHRASE. Nelle Belle was afraid of cows but they seemed fond of her.

Best sellers at RVbookstore
•Baby picture has nothing to do with this ad. It's just a cheap trick to attract your attention.
RVers Best Public Campgrounds. Directory of public campgrounds along major roads.
Mountain Directories East & West editions. Learn about steep grades ahead.
DVD: Deep Cycle Batteries. Learn all about this essential RV item.
Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory. THE directory for owners of big RVs.
The Fifth Wheel Bible: The only book just about fifth wheel trailers.

Random RV Thought
One of the very best things about traveling in a motorhome is that a restroom is always just a few steps away.

"Don't pay to stay!" Visit FreeCampgrounds.com.

Hot off the press!
2013 Good Sam
RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

This thick directory combines the Trailer Life and Woodall's campground directories of the past into one thick, comprehensive volume, with full descriptions & details for nearly 15,000 private & public campgrounds, information on over 900,000 RV sites, RV service centers, LP gas locations & tourist attractions. It includes military park listings & more than 2,000 Good Sam discount locations. Learn more or order at low discount price.

Worth Pondering
"Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms." — Samuel Johnson

RVing to Alaska?
Send for the official FREE state travel
"Essential planner!"

Discover what makes driving North to Alaska so legendary. The roads are open and well maintained. Every route offers countless places to stop along the way to fish, hike, view wildlife, stock-up on sundries, dine, shop, camp and relax. This official guide offers planning suggestions as to where to go, how to get there, what to see, and what to do. Don't travel to Alaska without reading this first. Essential! Get your FREE North to Alaska Travel Guide.

RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Contributing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Julianne Crane, Gary Bunzer, Bob Difley, Mark Polk, Janet Groene, Richard Mallery, Roger Marble, Rene Agredano and Richard Miller. Office Manager: Jody Allcott. Warehouse operations: Eric Brotman. New York City correspondent: Emily Woodbury.

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About the RVtravel.com editor
Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for nearly three decades. In the '90s he published the quirky travel newspaper Out West, and was an "on the road" writer for the New York Times Syndicate. His RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC's Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers.  These days, he lives near Seattle where he drinks massive amounts of coffee and travels often in his motorhome and sometimes by plane when vast expanses of saltwater would turn his RV into a leaky submarine. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD "Buying a Recreational Vehicle," the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We're just human! So don't go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. So be sure to check things out. At RVbookstore.com we strive for excellence in all we do. Our customers receive super fast service. Our motto is "You need it so we speed it," and no truer words were ever spoken!    

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