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Weekend of November 2, 2013

Issue 610 of RV Travel

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 13th year of continuous publication, is funded through sales at
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Editor's corner

by Chuck Woodbury
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If you are interested in learning more about your fellow RVers, look no further than our weekly surveys here at RVtravel.com. We have been surveying our readers now for nearly 10 years, with more than 600 questions through all that time.

Here is what we have learned about our readers through these surveys:

•Half use disposable gloves when dumping their holding tanks. One-third use no gloves at all.
•17 percent of our readers have traveled more than 700 miles in a single day with their RV.
•74 percent of our readers are members of the Good Sam Club.
•86 percent of our readers use an online banking service.
•Two thirds of our readers always use toilet additives.
•38 percent of our readers travel with a motorhome longer than 30 feet.
•3.5 percent of our readers travel with a Class B motorhome.
•24 percent travel with a fifth wheel trailer.
•Two thirds of our readers would prefer an RV park to "primitive camping."
•23 percent of you turn off your propane at the tank while traveling.
•28 percent of our readers have never taken a commercial RV tour but hope to one day.
•The roofs of 45 percent of our readers' RVs have leaked one time or more.
•On their next RV purchase, 45 percent of you will surely or likely buy from the same manufacturer that made your present RV.
•58 percent of our readers use a printed campground directory less than they did five years before.
•69 percent of you use liquid soap in your RV's bathroom's wash basin.
•60 percent of our readers travel with a dog or cat, about four-to-one dogs to cats.
•Most of our readers get along with their spouse the same on the road as at home, but 24 percent get along better (and 5 percent worse!).
•Only 30 percent of you have NEVER experienced holding tank odors in your RV.

While most of the questions are directly related to RVing, we are known to stray from the subject. For example, we have learned that:

•More of our readers enjoy having their back scratched than rubbed.
•Nearly half of you shave with a blade, compared to 27 percent who use an electric razor (others use both).
•42 percent of you believe that regular-sized marshmallows are better than king-sized ones for campfire roasting.
•76 percent of our readers wear six pairs of shoes or less in a year's time.
•Only eight percent of you never talk to yourself out loud. Thirty-percent of you do so often.
•And 16 percent of our readers have given a Chia Pet as a holiday gift!

FINALLY, nearly 50 percent of you have been reading this newsletter for six years or more, with nine percent right from the start more than 12 years ago! Wow! What a loyal bunch! Thank you!!!

Visit the archives of our surveysmore than 600 questions with our readers' responses await.

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OPEN HOUSE AT RVbookstore.com: Those of you who live in the Seattle area, mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 17. We're holding an Open House at our RVbookstore.com warehouse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We'll be selling hundreds of slightly damaged or past editions of books and DVDs for between 25 cents and $2. All of the proceeds will go to our local food bank as well as 20 percent of the sales of our regular titles — just in time for Thanksgiving for needy families in our community. If you live a distance away and want to make a visit to the Open House a two-day affair, a Best Western Hotel is only a three-minute walk from our warehouse. The best RV park is in nearby Bothell, a 20-minute drive away (make reservations early as it fills up). Our warehouse is located a block from the Edmonds waterfront, so enjoy a stroll along the marina and beach, and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants. We'll have more information, including our address and driving directions, next week.

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All about RV tires and tire safety.
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All 401 National Parks will be open with free admission for everyone from November 9-11 in honor of Veterans Day. Other fees associated with these lands, including camp fees, will remain in place. For a list of the National Parks, Learn more including some of the special events planned.

RV manufacturers shipped 18 percent more units to dealers in September than in the previous September — in fact, it was the "best" September in six years. Towables were up 14 percent and motorhomes were up a whopping 46 percent. Source: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

Timothy Allgood, an RV dealership employee in Mesa, Ariz., got a commendation from the local fire department. Back in August a bicyclist was pinned beneath a pickup after a traffic accident. Allgood saw the accident and rode to the rescue on a company forklift — using it to pick the truck off the victim, and perhaps saving his life.

A U.K. couple, motorhoming in the south of France, say they awoke groggy and missing their money, passports and keys to their rig. Their conclusion: They'd been gassed by crooks. It took two weeks before they could get keys fitted for their rig and head back home. The British Foreign Office says it's reminiscent of a large number of similar crimes that took place in 2007.

Sales of towable RVs in Canada aren't stellar. Comparing sales for August to those in August 2012 shows only a 1.7 percent uptick. Fifth wheels and pop-ups dragged down the market, with more than 7 percent and 13 percent sales declines, respectively.

Police say a driver’s lane-change maneuver in his motorhome caused a chain-reaction crash on Georgia’s I-75 last Saturday that killed one man. The driver fled the scene, but Canadian Dannie Mondor turned himself over to Marietta, Ga., police Tuesday after they were able to track him down with the aid of multiple tips.

In the wake of the deaths of two RVers from carbon monoxide poisoning at a Louisiana speedway earlier this month, fire officials in Birmingham, Ala., hope to prevent a repeat in their town. Firemen distributed leaflets with safety tips to RVers outside Legion Field just prior to the city's 72nd Magic City Classic.

Police in Port Aransas, Texas, are going ape trying to track down the monkey responsible for biting a man at the Tropic Isle RV Park on October 23. The monkey was accompanied by its owner; neither has been seen since the incident. The victim needed stitches and may need rabies vaccinations if the simian continues to give cops the slip.

Spend Your Travel Season in the Sun
At Bella Terra of Gulf Shores
Fall is here and it is time to make your seasonal travel plans. With the recent opening of the third and final phase of the resort, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores added sixty new oversize class A motor coach lots, new amenities, and expanded activities to their award-winning, five star resort. Located just minutes from the sugar-white sands of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores is the ideal location for spending your Winter at your very own beach vacation home. Find out why Bella Terra is one of the TOP-RATED RESORTS in the U.S. at bellaterrarvresort.com or by calling the resort staff at (866) 417-2416.

More News

When dust clouds from the unpaved Marina Way at Eagle Nest, N.M., chased off potential customers from Angel Nest RV Park, then-owner Cynthia Triplett began a one-woman campaign for a pavement job. For several years Triplett shot photos of vehicles shooting down the road and stirring up dust “rooster tails.” Officials have finally paved the road, helping both Angel Nest and nearby Eagle Nest Lake State Park.

County fair officials at Springfield, Ohio, say they'll be rearranging their 500-site campground out of concern for fire safety. Some current sites are within 18 feet of barns; others have rigs parked less than two feet from each other. In addition to adding larger safety buffers, the park will get new electrical upgrades. The park is so popular an annual lottery is held to issue campsite permits.

Popular fishing hole Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs, Iowa, will be seeing a new campground in the next couple of years. The $1.8 million campground will be built on the lake's north shore, and will replace the existing south shore campground.

RVers traveling the Trans-Canada highway in Newfoundland may be pleased to hear that Dhoon Lodge east of Stephenville Crossing will open a new 32-site RV park next spring. The outfit recently received the go-ahead from environmental authorities, and already has reservations from 12 who want to stay at the new park.

A Little Falls, Minn., woman died last weekend in a tragic RV accident in Randall, Minn. Ashley Marie Cannon was riding in an RV and somehow fell against a door. The door popped open and Cannon fell onto the roadway pavement, striking her head. Police are investigating but said there was no sign of driver impairment.

Twilight Campground, a U.S. Forest Service site near Safford, Ariz., has temporarily closed for restroom construction. Also closed is FS Road 819 (Twilight Road). Both are closed until December 31 or until otherwise announced.

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

Hybrid Furnace!
With this UL-certified, RVIA-compliant system, the RV owner has the option of simply flipping a switch to use either Electric or Gas as a source to heat their coach, along with the manufacturer-installed central forced air heating system. Gas or Electric at the flip of a switch. Learn more.

On this date in history:
November 2
Compiled by Dell Bert

1889: North Dakota becomes 39th state and South Dakota the 40th.
1936: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is established.
1938: Babe Ruth applies for job of St. Louis Browns' manager.
1947: Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" takes its one and only flight .
2000: The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.

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Topics of last week's
RV Daily Tips Newsletters  

Water accessories every RV needs.
Twelve- or six-volt deep cycle RV batteries: What's best?

Finding the stuff you've "stored" in your RV.
How to eliminate RV slideout squeak.

Stabilizer jacks are not for lifting your RV.
How to keep insects from messing up your propane devices.

Fifth wheel hitching and unhitching tips.
Ever feel a tingle when touching an RV? Danger! Watch this!

Combo RV meal reduces chill.
Simple way to help control holding tank odors.

Important for safe RVing!

Our commercial-grade TIRE MONITORING SYSTEM will help ensure you travel safely without tire failure-related peril. It's inexpensive, simple to install and fun to use. The National Transportation Safety Board says commercial-grade vehicles need tire monitoring systems even more than passenger cars and trucks. We will meet or beat any advertised price on our system! Visit Truck System Technologies (TST) to learn more. Or call 770-889-9102.

NASA engineer builds "out of this world" RV
Engineer Garrett Finney used to engineer living space for the International Space Station — then he decided to design an RV. What did he come up with? If you're into "out of this world" truck campers, check out his "Firefly.

Is this THE toaster for RVers?
It's about time a toaster designed specifically for RVers hit the retail market. Or is it a kitchen counter conversation piece? See for yourself whether this RV toaster is right for your lifestyle.

Canadian snowbirds may be allowed to stay in U.S. longer with a catch
As the winds of winter approach, Canadian snowbirds flock to the U.S., but there could be changes in the wind, courtesy of U.S. lawmakers. These changes could be attractive to snowbirds — but could they have a hidden bite? Read more

Add an auxiliary fuel tank without using your truck bed space
Expanding the distance between fuel stops or filling up where fuel is cheap by adding an extra fuel tank can be an attractive proposition. But for the truck camper set, it has been an impossibility — until now. Read more.

RVs recalled for lock problems
Nearly 6,000 RVs are being recalled due to a potential "lock-in" problem with door lock hardware. Here is a list of the most recent RVs recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What do campground length restrictions really mean?
Have you ever read in a campground guide that a campground can only accept an RV as long as 24 feet, and then arrived to find a couple of 40-footers camped there? So what's the deal? Here are some thoughts.

Crystal Hill: A quiet boondocking spot near Quartzsite
If you've ever stayed in Quartzsite from mid-December to mid-February, you know the place is hopping — sometimes a wee bit too hopping. Need a little break? Not far south on Highway 95 on the road to Yuma you can find quiet and solitude. Read more.

Bad air gauge forces recall on some Newmar motorhomes
The NHTSA has issued a recall notice affecting owners of some Newmar motorhomes. A low air pressure condition may appear safe, leaving the operator ignorant of the true condition of the vehicle's air brake system, increasing the risk of a crash. Read more.

Headed to Alaska?
Send for the official FREE state travel
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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. Get your FREE North to Alaska Travel Guide.

New solar better than the old solar Part 2
Rich "The Wanderman" continues his upgrade installation to a new and more efficient solar system which is not only lighter but gives him more power to play with. See more

How to replace a Carefree of Colorado RV slide topper
Slide topper replacement is much easier to do than you might expect, while costing as little as one-third to one-half the price of having it done at an RV shop. Watch this video of how to replace the fabric on a Carefree of Colorado slide topper.

Think you know how to deal with drowsy driving? Think again
You may be surprised to find out when humans are most susceptible to drowsiness, and that you may actually fall asleep — with your eyes open — for short periods and not know it. You can do something to combat drowsiness. Learn more.

This Week's
Reader Survey

Do you think the Good Sam Club is a better club for RVers today than it was 10 years ago? Answer here.

Last week's question
What mileage do you get driving your RV or towing it? Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.

Upcoming RV Shows
See the recently updated, long list of upcoming RV shows for 2013 and 2014.

RV club directory
The biggest and best on the Web.


More than 2,000 places to stay for free or less than $12 in an RV.

Buy your next RV at Camping World!

Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.28 (on November 1)

Change from week before: Down 4 cents; Change from year before: Down 25 cents
Diesel: $3.87 (on October 28)
Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Down 16 cents

America's most-popular RV channel on YouTube
Watch hundreds of RVing videos at
the RVtravel.com Channel on YouTube

Watch helpful videos by America's best-known RVing experts, including RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury, on the RVtravel.com YouTube Channel. The hundreds of entertaining and informative videos have been viewed more than 3.5 million times making it the most-watched channel on YouTube about RVing!  Visit the channel to watch videos and/or to sign up to receive notices of each new one posted.

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

Who is responsible for propane test?

Dear Gary,
I would like to know who is responsible for the propane test when selling an RV or 5th wheel, etc. — the seller or the buyer? Gail L.

Read Gary's response.



Emergency Solar/Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Radio
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The RV Shrink

Campground reservations can be like a game — and not always fair

Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
I know life is not fair, but some of these campground reservation sites need improvement. People have figured out how to game the system and bag all the best sites and times, trade them with friends, and snag walk-in sites at the last minute. I have witnessed all of these situations. I see campground host favoritism, park employees getting their relatives into parks that are booked solid, and have even noticed sites in popular parks being sold on Craigslist. Do we just have to get in the mud and wrestle if we want a site? Taking the high road often has us sleeping on the side of the road. —Be Still My Cheatin’ Heart, in Hillsboro

Read the RV Shrink's response.

https://rvbookstore.com/shop/images/2/t/1483.jpgGuide 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 & national parks, & on lands of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) & 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.

This issue's Knowledge Quiz

One quiz on Saturday, November 2, 2013, with a swell prize.

TODAY'S PRIZE: An RVtravel.com T-shirt. Without a doubt, the most incredible T-shirt ever made available for RVers. Yes, we're talking about the official RVtravel.com T-shirt! Take your pick of messages: "My home has headlights" or "My home has wheels." Available in men's sizes, black-colored only: S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL.

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, November 2, beginning at exactly 9:00 a.m. Pacific time (noon in the East).

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.

Bill's Hints

Furnace won't start?
If the furnace won’t start, remove the intake/exhaust cover, clean out the two tubes leading into the furnace and try again. If it still won’t start, start the tow vehicle engine. If the furnace then starts OK, you have a low battery voltage problem, not a problem with the furnace itself.From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy

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 altogether. You save $5 when buying both these guides together. Learn more or order for only $26.90 for both volumes.

From our newsletter
Great RV Accessories 

Easily remove the Companion
5th Wheel Hitch from your truck bed

Utilizing the cam action latching handle, you can easily remove this 5th wheel hitch to use your truck for more than just towing. The perfect fit of the wrap-around jaws also fit the kingpin perfectly, eliminating sloppy starts and stops. Learn more.

Read about more Great RV Accessories.

2013 Next Exit and RVer's Friend
Here are two great guides to Interstate exits and Travel Centers 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 (truck stop) in the U.S. and Canada — about 6,600 altogether — and what services each provides to RVers. Learn more or order.

Tech Tips from Mark Polk

Common RV repairs
Do you know what two of the most common repairs made on RVs are? They are repairs to the steps and the TV antenna. Damage to RV steps and TV antennas occur frequently and can be costly to repair. The main reason for these frequent repairs is because you forget to do a walk around of the unit before leaving on a trip or leaving the campground.

Learn more about RV repair and maintenance from Mark's books, eBooks and DVDs, available — most at a discount — at RVbookstore.com.

Traveler's 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.

Odds and ends

In the October/November 2013 issue of AARP The Magazine, Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates had this to say about RVing: "I've always loved driving. I own an RV and drove it to Memphis a couple of years ago. I stayed in an RV park on the Mississippi. It was wonderful to watch that river roll by. On the road, some people don't have any idea who I am; they just see some old woman doddering around. I don't have paparazzi chasing me — I'm not of that ilk."

RV hitch manufacturer Reese Products may say adios to one of its production facilities in Goshen, Ind., and move it to Reynosa, Mexico. The move would take about a year. Some employees have been given the option to move along with the plant. Parent company, TriMas, indicates a final decision on a move has not been made yet. Source: rvdailyreport.com.

Great for owners of large RVs
2014 Rand McNally Motor Carriers' Road Atlas
RVers who drive big RVs can travel with peace of mind with this truckers' road atlas as their guide by avoiding low overpasses and roads where a big rig could get in a pickle. This is a complete atlas containing every road that’s in Rand McNally’s standard atlas. But in this one, trucker’s routes are highlighted to prevent the truckers from getting onto roads that won’t accommodate them or where they are not allowed. For RVers in big rigs, this is an excellent resource. Learn more or order.

RV Short Stop

Goat Museum, Dallas, Oregon
Located 15 miles west of Salem, via OR-22 W, then OR-223.

The next time you're in Oregon, why not stop by the tiny but unique Goat Museum at Fairview Farm Goat Dairy in Dallas. Located just 15 miles west of Salem, it's the ONLY goat museum in the nation. And there's only one other goat museum in the world — located in the Australian outback. More information here.

RVers Best Public Campgrounds
This is a terrific guide for RVers who like to stay in public campgrounds not too far off the beaten path. It lists hundreds of such campgrounds within a 30-minute drive from an Interstate highway. They include those managed by the feds, state, county or cities. Overnight fees for most campgrounds are $19 or less. The campgrounds will accommodate most RVs. Learn more or order for only $17.95

The RV Kitchen
With Janet Groene

Barley Beef Casserole

This hearty dish makes 8 to 10 servings, so make it at home to freeze in small batches for future campouts or make it in camp to feed a crowd. It’s a whole meal with only one pot to wash. Use ground beef or turkey or a combination that is part beef, part sausage, and so on. Get the recipe.

Check out dozens of other recipes by Janet.

Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.

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

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
Tow Your 5th Wheel Trailer Like a Pro
Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro
Do It Yourself RV Care (with the RV Doctor)
Guide to Class C Motorhomes
Guide to Class A Motorhomes
Better Business Bureau Guide to Buying an RV

RV Clubs
A couple RV clubs that may interest you.

Computers Birds of a Feather. Website.
An Escapees special interest group. "This group is for all computer users — PC, MAC, and Linux."

Wandering Individuals Network. Website.
WIN members "own all kinds of RVs: vans, trailers, motorhomes, and buses, small to large, inexpensive or not. We are attracted to who you are, not what you drive. We have members in most states of the U.S., provinces of Canada, Mexico and Europe. To qualify to join you must be traveling alone in your RV. However, once you're in, you may travel with whomever you choose."

For an exhaustive directory of RV clubs and resources click here. (While there, if you notice that we've overlooked your special interest group or other RV club, please notify Diane as indicated at the top of the directory of clubs.)

Stuff you might need for your RV

RV covers: Protect your rig from the elements.
•Tire gauges for your car or RV.
RV jacks and levelers.
•Space heaters: Warm up your RV.
•Truck accessories: Everything you might need.
•Tow bars for your RV.
RV roofing accessories and supplies.

Interesting things

Did you know?
In 1979, the Kansas City Royals tried to draft both John Elway and Dan Marino. But both chose to attend college instead: Elway to Stanford University and Marino to the University of Pittsburgh.

Joke of the week
A hillbilly was driving across Alabama when a traffic cop ordered him to stop. "Got any ID?" asked the patrolman. "'Bout what?" replied the hillbilly.

Bumper Sticker of the week
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to EditorChuck@gmail.com

Words of Wisdom
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

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Pot of Gold Contest

To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $40. Each weekday from 9 a.m. to 1 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: 38877, 13905, 75842, 34221, 52805. Remember, these Zip Codes can appear again at any time.

Worth Pondering
Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way. —Barbara Bush

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 he 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. Nowadays, 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.

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, Richard Mallery 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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