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Weekend of September 14, 2013

Issue 603 of RV Travel
Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 13th 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!).

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At Bella Terra of Gulf Shores
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Editor's corner

With Chuck Woodbury
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I'm still in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the 2013 Hershey RV Show, which is officially billed as America's Largest RV Show. If you are in the area, there is still time to attend. It runs through tomorrow (Sunday). It's a huge affair. For anyone interested in seeing what's new for 2014, this is a piece of heaven.

Half the reason I attend the show each year is to rub elbows with my buddies — mostly other guys who write or do videos about the RV industry, and to meet up with readers of this newsletter. So far, a dozen readers have introduced themselves, and I've run into several authors of books we sell, which is always nice. I'm writing this on Thursday, so there is still plenty of time to explore the show and visit with friends.

I've explored many of the RVs on display and have been impressed with a half-dozen. I was amazed by the super-spacious Rockwood HW 296 pop-up trailer (photo on left) that includes "everything" — even a bathroom with shower. I also liked a lightweight hybrid trailer by Starcraft, the Travel STar EXP 187TB, with three canvas "pop outs" which make room for two double beds and a queen-size bed, plus all the other regular RV features. It's so light that it can be pulled by many family cars. Lightweight trailers are the big thing this year and are popular with buyers. Depending upon who you talk with, towable RVs — trailers of all sizes and fifth wheels — are outselling motorized RVs about 12-to-one (some people say 16-to-one).

Winnebago is debuting a new lightweight Class C motorhome with single-tire rear axle and a very interesting drop-down double bed (just push a button), with a Penistar 3.6 litre gas engine on a Ram ProMaster chassis. At 9,300 pounds, the 24-foot Trend (see photo above to the right) is not suited to pulling a tow vehicle. But for a couple or family looking for an RV for camping weekends or vacations, it might be just the thing (good mileage). It retails for around $90,000 but it's being sold at the show for about $79,000. Click the video that shows the bed dropping down when it's time for bed. I have never seen anything like it.

I loved a tiny trailer from Little Guy — even smaller than a Teardrop — called MyPod, that weighs a mere 500 pounds and can be pulled by virtually any vehicle, even some motorcycles. This would be a great step-up for tenters tired of sleeping on the hard ground.

I'm putting together a video showing these vehicles and others and will have it posted within a couple of weeks.

But for now, I must get back to work (and to play). I'll be home late Sunday night and hope to see you here again next week.

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A business financial group, GE Capital, says the RV industry is looking good. They base this on several factors including "turnover," the ratio at which RV dealers' inventories are sold and replaced annually, which is now "2X" in some regions. Another ratio, aging, compares inventory less than a year old to that over a year. Aging in the industry has steadily declined for the last two years.

Class B motorhome builder Roadtrek says it will now warrant its new RVs with a five year, no mileage limited warranty. Will Class A and C builders follow suit?

Many of Colorado's U.S. Forest Service campgrounds near Aspen will have a longer season than usual. Concessionaire White River Recreation says it will keep many sites open long into this month, and some even longer.

Palmer Designs attempted to break the world land speed record for motorhomes, 137.9 mph, using a GMC motorhome. On the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, the group fought with winds to get their rig up to 120.838 mph. The current record holder, a Westfalia, still reigns. Palmer will try again next year.

The cause of the huge wildfire that burned its way into Yosemite National Park has been tracked down. It appears the fire was accidentally set by a hunter — not marijuana cultivators, an idea floated earlier by a local fire chief. The wildfire burned an area pushing 375 square miles and required a firefighting force of thousands.

A relatively new outfit, RV Golf Club, offers a $49 membership that allows RVers to park at more than 300 golf clubs around the U.S. for one night, free. No hookups, no garbage service, no putting out the awnings — just a place to stay. Some clubs will provide discounts for greens fees, restaurants, etc.

When Coleman-Mach rolled its 5 millionth RV air conditioner off the line, it gave it a gold shroud and put it in a normal box. The company said it would give an award to whoever the unsuspecting customer turned out to be. Kyle Spilker, of DeWitt, Neb., got the unit — and now will get a free air conditioner and an Alaskan cruise.

To enhance fall leaf-peeping, three campgrounds in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest will stay open late in the season — Chittenden Brook, Moosalamoo and Silver Lake campgrounds will remain open through the Columbus Day weekend, closing October 15.

Monitor your
tire pressure and temperature

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More news

Three high school students in Cedaredge, Colo., staying overnight in an RV housed in a shed, were overcome by carbon monoxide last weekend when they fired up a generator to watch a movie. One young man died, one was in critical condition, and one was in good condition at press time.

Wind Cave National Park (S.D.) officials are looking for approval of increased camping and cave tour rates. Camp fees would jump $6 to $18 and tours would climb by $3 to $9 if approved by the Park Service.

Hiawatha National Forest (Mich.) will close some campgrounds early this fall. The following campgrounds will close in September on the listed dates: Bay View (28th), Brevoort Lake (19th), Carp River (7th), Lake Michigan (23rd), Monocle Lake (8th), Three Lakes (6th), Soldiers Lake (10th). The unexpected departure of a concessionaire has led to these closures.

Some camping areas in the Pachaug State Forest (Conn.) have been reopened after traps show reductions in mosquitoes carrying EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). Several areas were closed in late August out of concern for human health. EEE symptoms in humans include high fever, muscle pain, mental issues, photophobia, seizures and more.

A six-year-old Stow, Ohio, boy used his head — and his teeth — to escape an abductor at Silver Springs Campground. The boy had sneaked away from the campsite without his parents' consent, only to be grabbed by a man who tried to force the lad into a truck. The boy bit the man, broke free and made his escape.

You might be one of the one-of-every-million of earth's inhabitants to be allowed to take your RV and shelter safely from nearly every known catastrophe that can befall earth. Vivos, a survival shelter firm, is opening a more than 1,000-site RV shelter in a limestone mine near Atchison, Kan. Not everyone who applies qualifies. Members are vetted based on multiple criteria, including, "profession, education, expertise, skills, benefit to the Vivos community, proximity to a Vivos location, current health," etc.

National Park Statistics: Only one-in-five visitors to parks is non-white. Latinos take backseat, making up a mere 10 percent of visitors although nationally they make up nearly 17 percent of the population.

Farmer City, Ill., joins the ranks of cities putting restrictions on RV parking. Now RVs and boats are limited to a maximum of 10 days of street parking.

Keep up with RV Industry
news throughout the week at RVbusiness.com.

Winding Roads by Joe Schmidt

On this date in history:
September 14
Compiled by Dell Bert

1814: Francis Scott Key writes "Star-Spangled Banner."
1868: Golf's first recorded hole-in-one (Tom Morris at Prestwick's 8th hole).
1960: Chubby Checker's "Twist" hits number one.
1963: Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, SD, gave birth to America's first surviving quintuplets, four girls and a boy.
1987: Cal Ripken's streak of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games) is broken.

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Topics of last week's
RV Daily Tips Newsletter

Dealing with dust storms on the RV road.
Check your RV's monitors and alarms before they expire.

Backup cams: Changing your trailer hitching routine.
The ABCs of RV camping at Wal-Mart.

Keep your batteries healthy and long-lived with proper care.
How to take a long RV trip and spend time at home, too.

RV drain valve alternative.
Don't toss your favorite old clothes — save them for camping!

Make your own custom sink-matched cutting board.
What is the best type of RV construction?

Roof inspection begins inside
Begin roof inspection inside, looking for signs of moisture. On roof, push on different spots for points of softness or looseness. Check for low spots where water can pool, as well as cracks or tears. Check sealants for gaps and deterioration. “Follow the dirt” — evidence of water flow to leaky spots.
Learn more.

Mirror, mirror, on the RV: Tailswing and RV mirror use
Develop the habit of using your mirrors and you can avoid one of the most common causes of insurance claims for RVers. See these tips for efficient — and accident-preventing — ways to use and adjust your mirrors. Tips here.

Starcraft RV recalls trailers for potential runaway spare tire problem
The spare tire bracket could detach while driving on some of these trailers made by Starcraft RV. Check here if your rig is affected and what to do to correct it.

HepvO Sanitary Waste Valve solves multiple problems in RVs
Eliminating odors inside your RV — both while on the road and when stored — from waste tanks is only one of the advantages of the HepvO valve. It will also get rid of the space-stealing pipes and elbows under sinks and can be easily installed by the average RVer. Learn more.

How to keep your RV drawers and storage areas organized
Are you organizationally challenged? Rich Miller, "The Wanderman," certainly is. Here's how he attempts to keep things in order around the RV, both in drawers and other storage areas.

That used rig "almost perfect"? Comfort tips that may make a difference
Sit on the furniture, at the dinette. Lie down on the bed and sofa bed. Will you develop a crick in your neck watching TV? There are ways to correct those drawbacks and get closer to the "perfect" rig. See more.

Stop the shaking in your
parked fifth wheel or travel trailer

"This stops the shaking that wakes me up." This system provides the best possible movement reduction of a fifth wheel or travel trailer. And it's a breeze to set up. It mounts permanently on your trailer and works without a tripod, expensive chocks or slideout jacks! For more information click here. Or call toll-free 866 498-8754.

Do you know the accuracy of your tire pressure gauges?
Be glad that Roger, The Tireman, is as obsessive about tire pressures as he is, so you don't have to guess. He runs multiple gauges, has them tested in a laboratory — well, you get it. See the results of his gauge testing here.

Beware of fees on prepaid debit cards
If you are a fulltimer or snowbird, you have probably considered prepaid debit cards. But before you sign on the dotted line, there are a few things you need to consider — or you may feel a pain in the wallet. Learn more.

Mod your truck camper: Do-it-yourself sewer hose carrier
Not all manufacturers provide a place to stow your sewer hose — and with space already at a premium, finding the right place is a major issue. But you can easily make your own customized carrier with these simple instructions. Read more.

Where can you see autumn's turning of the leaves?
The National Forest Service's Fall Colors 2013 campaign website will show you where and when to find the best leaf-peeping opportunities. Hint: Maine is peaking now. See more.

Australian firm's outside-the-box truck camper creation
This compact truck camper unfolds like a spring wildflower in this futuristic version of the truck camper, yet it folds up to an aerodynamic shape when in transit. See it here.

DIRECTV for Your RV with RV Satellite Kit!
(With purchase of new DIRECTV home service.) Take all of your favorite shows, movies and sports teams with you on the road! Packages start at just $29.99/mo. for 12 mos.*! (ENTERTAINMENT pkg.)  PLUS, you'll get 3 FREE months of HBO, starz, Showtime and Cinemax and you'll have access to DIRECTV ON DEMAND, with instant access to over 10,000 shows and movies! With this much entertainment you'll never be bored! CALL NOW for additional, non-advertised promotions and savings! 866-365-4372. Visit website for complete information.

LEGAL: Offers end 10/31/13. 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 and 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

When you were 12 years old, how many of your grandparents were still alive?
Answer here.

Last week's question
What type of RV do you travel with all or most of the time? Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.

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Guide to Free Campgrounds

This edition of the Guide to Free Campgrounds contains more than 12,000 public campgrounds across the USA, including those in national forests and national parks, and on lands of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and at Corps of Engineers lakes — 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.


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 $12 in an RV.

No Shock Zone: Learn all about RV electricity and its dangers. This information could save your life.

Readers' favorite store guide!
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.

Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.56 (on September 13)
Change from week before: Down 5 cents; Change from year before: Down 31 cents
Diesel: $3.98 (on September 9)
Change from week before: None; Change from year before: Down 15 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.

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

RV DoctorAir conditioner freeze-up

Dear Gary,
We have a 15 kBTU ducted Duo-Therm, roof-mounted air conditioner on our coach. No heat pump. Here in Texas, with temperatures over 100 degrees every day, our A/C unit would keep freezing up, leaving us without cooling for over an hour while it thawed. It puts out good cold air, but it will freeze up at least twice daily — sometimes even in the middle of the night. This will happen whether we are parked in shade or sun. Any suggestions as to what we can do to prevent this? ... —Liz S., (Sunnyvale, TX)

Read the rest of the question(s) and Gary's response.



2013 Next Exit
and RVer's Friend

Here are two great guides to Interstate exits and Travel Centers — both best-sellers, packaged together to save you $4 over purchasing them separately. The 2013 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and details exactly what you will find at each, and the 2013 RVer's Friend lists every Travel Center in the U.S. and Canada — about 6,600 altogether — and what services each provides to RVers. Learn more or order.

The RV Shrink

RVing the dark side

Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
When we started RVing it only took one bad experience to decide I never wanted to drive in the dark again. My husband seemed to agree, but he has a tendency to make time and push the limits of our driving day. Recently we were headed for Anacortes, Washington, to a county park. It was getting late, but we were only an hour from our destination. My husband talked me into going all the way, so we arrived in total darkness. The road into the park narrowed to one lane, took a hard left, and went straight up. We had no idea what we were getting into, and there was no turning around.... —Scared of the dark side in Denver

Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink's response.

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From our newsletter
Great RV Accessories 

AC/DC adapter allows use of 12-volt appliances in your RV's 110-volt outlets
If you've often felt powerless when your spouse groused about not being able to plug in the 12-volt coffeepot where he/she wanted it, this 12-volt/110-volt adapter could restore you to your former confident self. Learn how.

Read about more Great RV Accessories.

Headed to Alaska?
Check out these books and DVDs

2013 Milepost Directory
DVD: RVing Alaska with Joe and Vicki Kieva
Traveler's Guide to Alaskan 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, September 14, 2013, with a swell prize.

TODAY'S PRIZE: A 360 Products holding tank vent siphon cap from Drain Master. Do away with stinky holding tank odors. (Learn more about this product). Endorsed by RVtravel.com.

QUIZ QUESTION WILL NOT APPEAR until the exact start time as noted below (before the actual start time you will only see previous contests).

Answer the quiz here on Saturday, September 14, beginning at exactly 9 a.m. Pacific time (noon in the East).

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.

RV DoctorTwo great resources about RV repair and maintenance!
These repair and maintenance guides by Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, are packaged together to save you $11.24 over their cover prices. The Do it Yourself RV Care DVD shows those systems and components that need regular attention and how to do it. Woodall's RV Owner's Handbook is a complete, illustrated guide to preventive maintenance and repairs. The book offers great reviews of basic and generic RV systems and provides readers with a better understanding of propane, electrical, and water systems, etc. It offers all the basic information with only minimal mechanical knowledge required. Regularly $44.90, now only $29.81. Learn more or order.

Tech Tips from Mark Polk

Holding tank preparation

Every time you empty the black tank you need to treat it with holding tank chemicals to assist in controlling odors and to help break down solids. You should always use environmentally safe chemicals. Enzyme-based chemicals use the good bacteria to digest waste and control odors. Formaldehyde-based chemicals destroy the bacteria that's needed to break down waste and they can be dangerous to humans and pets.

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

The fast and easy way to level your RV
Toss away those
wooden leveling blocks!

These interlocking Lynx Leveler blocks are far superior. They're strong and durable, and easy to use; they come in an attractive, durable nylon bag. A pack of 10 costs less than $32! Level your RV the right way. Toss the wooden blocks! Learn more or order.

Bill's Hints

Keep your batteries charged

If “dry camping” (no hookups), the auxiliary generator should be run for several hours whenever your battery test switch (on the Master Control Panel) shows an amber light. The small amount of gasoline used will ensure that your batteries stay charged. A separate 20- to 30-amp charger, powered by the generator and connected directly to the batteries, will do the job faster. —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 and Amazon.com.

Browse the RVbookstore.com eBook department.
Browse Amazon.com's RV eBook department

The RV Kitchen
With Janet Groene

Lazy Day Cheese Souffle
This souffle is slam-dunk easy.

Light as a souffle but substantial enough to make a solid main dish, this easy casserole rides in the refrigerator to bake the next day. Cheese is salty, so don't add salt to this recipe.  Get the recipe.

Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.

Hosted by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury
Learn how to buy
an RV the right way!

from the Better Business Bureau
Learn to make the right choice when buying an RV in this 50-minute DVD from RVtravel.com and the Better Business Bureau. Host Chuck Woodbury, editor of RVtravel.com, and many of America’s other best-known RV experts show you everything you need to know to determine, then shop for the RV that’s best for you without making any costly mistakes.
Learn more or order.

Dr. Rock
Roadside Geology for RVers

Visiting California's San Andreas Fault

Dear Doc Rock,
Where can I actually see/touch the San Andreas Fault? I'm visiting California in a month, and have long wanted to visit this famous earthquake fault. —Marsha B., Salt Lake City

Read Dr. Rock's answer.

Save on Mountain Directories
East and 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 altogether. You save $5 when buying both these guides together. Learn more or order for only $26.90 for both volumes.

Bumper Sticker of the week
I drives me RV; my wife drives me dinghy.
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to EditorChuck@gmail.com

potogoldWin cash with our Pot of Gold Contest
To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $425. 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: 11753, 80229, 20571, 30573, 29456. Remember, these Zip Codes can appear again at any time.

Margaret Smith Court was the only woman tennis player to win the Grand Slam in both singles and doubles. She won the Grand Slam (Wimbledon, U.S. Open, French Open, and Australian Open) in mixed doubles with fellow Aussie Ken Fletcher in 1963, and the Grand Slam in singles in 1970.

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

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

Joke of the week
Three guys are stranded on a desert island. One day they find a magic lantern containing a genie. The genie grants them each one wish. The first guy says he wishes he was off the island and back home. The genie grants his wish and poof, he is back home. The second guy wishes the same thing. The genie grants his wish and poof, he is gone, too. The third guy says, "I'm lonely. I wish my friends were back here."

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.

Words of Wisdom
Advertising makes you think you've longed all your life for something you've never even heard of before.

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.
Guide to Free Campgrounds. An all-time best-seller.
Mountain Directories East and 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.

Worth Pondering
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. —Søren Kierkegaard

Corps RV Camping
This best-selling guide describes more than 600 Corps of Engineers-managed campgrounds suitable for RVs on nearly 200 lakes around the USA. Detailed campground information includes location and directions to each campground, season of operation, fees, amenities and facilities, RV length limit, number of campsites and type of hookups available. Learn more or order.

RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Assistant publisher: Jody Allcott. Contributing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Bob Difley, Mark Polk, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Richard Mallery, David Tucker and Richard Miller. Cartoonists: Jerry King, Joe Schmidt. Copy editor: Diane McGovern. Warehouse operations: Eric Brotman. ADVERTISING INFORMATION: Contact Chuck Woodbury at chuck@rvtravel.com

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About the RVtravel.com editor
Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for 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.

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