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September 18, 2021

Members edition


Cover story

Our loyalty is to … you!

By Chuck Woodbury
PUBLISHER

The first thing any publisher does when starting a periodical — print or online — is to determine where his or her loyalty lies. Who is #1, readers or advertisers? 

Our loyalty at RVtravel.com is, without question, to readers. We appreciate our advertisers, but we do not look at the articles we post and ask “Will this offend them or other advertisers, and risk losing their support?” No, we do not!

Publishers who put advertisers ahead of readers — and this applies (by the nature of the beast) to most trade journals and free publications (including most websites), use articles, bottom line, to fill space between advertising: their articles are often flattering and never critical. On the other hand, publishers who put readers first use advertising to fund and otherwise support their editorial efforts. It’s impossible, by the way, to treat each equally.

And now there is the new breed of advertisers — “influencers.” They are bloggers and YouTubers who are “bought” by commercial interests. Their job is to “sell” a product through their flattering articles and videos. They can make a fortune if they have a big audience. Can you imagine if the reporters at daily newspapers were influencers rather than trained journalists? Could you trust anything they wrote?

I BRING THIS UP because RVtravel.com is in the doghouse right now with the RV industry. Mike Gast’s article last Sunday about the “pathetic” state of RVs currently being built disturbed the industry hornet’s nest big time. We received emails from industry insiders warning us to be careful of what we wrote … or risk (unspecified) consequences. But, flip side, we also received “off-the-record” emails and calls from RV dealers who said “you were right on, but please do not quote me.”

If we were supported primarily by advertising, I’m pretty sure we’d be out of business before long. The RV industry, and by that I mean its trade associations, major manufacturers and other major players, do not like anyone saying anything that could be perceived as negative — especially by a website like ours with a huge audience. This is not just the RV industry: It happens everywhere.

Mike Gast’s article last Sunday had already received more than 427,000 views as of yesterday morning. To put that in perspective, visualize more than four Rose Bowl crowds with every seat occupied by an RVer.

THE RV INDUSTRY WAS ANGRY at RVtravel.com a decade ago when our RV expert Mike Sokol began writing for us about RV hot skin conditions, where, in rare situations, RVers could be killed by simply touching their RVs under certain conditions. It took until just recently for Mike’s newfound superstar status to calm his critics. And for the record, nobody on our staff believes RVs are unsafe. But we do agree that they can be unsafe if not used properly. It’s our job to educate those who use them.

The fact is, only about 20 percent of our revenue is from advertising. The smartest thing we ever did was ask our readers years ago to help support us through voluntary subscriptions. That revenue, it turns out, helps ensure we can keep publishing no matter what pressure is applied to muzzle us. That happened to my friend Greg Gerber a few years ago after he published his brilliant series, “The RV Death Spiral.” Greg’s website RVDailyReport.com was supported entirely by industry advertising which he lost after the series ran. His important voice was silenced – in my opinion, a huge loss to the RVing community.

We will continue to report the truth as we see it. We will never put advertisers ahead of you. If publishing RVtravel was just about the money I would have sold the business a year or two ago and taken up gardening.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Here’s a test for you that relates to the essay above. What would you do in the following situation if you were the editor of a small-town weekly newspaper? You will likely find this very difficult to answer, but it’s typical of a real-life situation that an editor might face. So what would you do?

NOTES:
• Welcome to our more than 1,100 new subscribers in the last week.
• We are still looking for writers. Also, if you love doing research on the Web, we may have volunteer or even paid work for you.
Contact editor@rvtravel.com


Headline stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

FEATURE STORY: Roadside assistance companies are stretched thin by huge growth in RVers and lack of service centers. “There is such a backlog at the service centers, some are turning away RVs…. That means that we are seeing that we often have to tow RVs more than 100 miles to get them into a service center. Even then, owners are being told that they aren’t going to be seeing any repairs for five weeks.”

ALSO
• Dealers starting to see new RVers return their rigs while longtime owners look to upgrade
• A shocker! Huge crowds turning out for Hershey RV Show
• RV Lemon Law lawyer urges caution when buying an RV in today’s environment.
• Campground Crowding: Camping “has turned into a Disneyland-on-wheels business with very long lines”
• A “thank you” to Russ and Tiña De Maris and RVtravel.com for our coverage of DEF sensor problems and how RVtravel.com got the EPA to act on behalf of RVers.

PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Stolen RV Report • Latest RV recalls • AARP Scam Report • Reader survey • and much more…


Listen to this week’s RVtravel.com podcast

News you won’t get anywhere else, plus insider information from an RV insider-dealer, and his advice on the hidden problems you need to watch for when buying a used RV. Also, COVID restrictions at RV parks, a recall, RV sales figures, and value of Winnebago stock over the past 10 years.

Click to listen on RVtravel.com


Last week’s Tip of the Day highlights in RV Daily Tips Newsletters

Amazing Dawn Powerwash uses less water – a huge benefit to RVers
What should I do when I have to leave the RV behind for a few days or weeks?
19 unusual (but extremely handy) uses for salt
What to do about a sticky black tank valve
What to do about an unleashed dog at a campground


Today’s RV review…

2021 Travel Lite RV Super Lite 626XSL Truck Camper

Industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Travel Lite RV Super Lite 626XSL Truck Camper. He reports that “Travel Lite has three lines of pickup campers: Extended Stay, Super Lite and Razyr. Looking at the series, I think the Super Lite might be the one that many buyers choose and so I thought we’d take a gander at this model.” Find out why he thinks buyers might choose this one here.

Last week’s reviews:
2022 Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 192RBS travel trailer
Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S travel trailer
2022 Keystone Cougar 30BHS travel trailer
2022 Newell Tampa Show coach
Travel Light RV Rove Lite trailer


Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

COPYRIGHT 2021, Clint Norrell

MORE OF CLINT
See some of Clint’s recent cartoons. And here are more posted since July 3. They’re wonderful!


Breaking News

FBI and National Parks seek help finding missing van-lifer Gabby Petito.

UPDATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Human remains discovered in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday are “consistent with the description” of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI officials said in a news conference. A full forensic identification hasn’t yet been completed, but investigators did notify Ms. Petito’s parents.

Update Saturday: Brian Laundrie’s family has not seen him since Tuesday. In a statement late on Friday, Richard B. Stafford, an attorney for the Petito family, said: “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.” Police are searching for him.

The FBI and multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was last heard from near Grand Teton National Park at the end of August. She had spent the last couple of months traveling the country with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, in their converted van, a white 2012 Ford Transit with Florida plates. Read more about this unusual, bone-chilling disappearance. Perhaps you can offer clues.


Finally! This incredible RVtravel.com mug can be yours!
Wow! What great news!! This RVtravel.com coffee mug not only holds your favorite beverage, it shows everyone you’re a proud RVer and a proud fan of RVtravel.com. And, as we always say, we guarantee your coffee will taste better in this. Design is on both sides. Learn more or order your very own mug!

Email us a photo of you with your mug after it arrives (editor@rvtravel.com). We’ll post it!


Investigative Report

Mach 8 air conditioner failures – What can RVers do?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A few weeks ago we asked readers if they’d had problems with their Coleman Mach 8 air conditioners. We asked because we’d heard through social media networks of an increasing number of disgruntled Mach 8 owners. Plenty of feedback came in, some of which we’ll share here. We also contacted Airxcel, the holding company of Coleman-Mach, the company that manufactures the Mach 8 units that have suffered what seems like an alarming number of air conditioner failures. Read this exclusive and in-depth report.


Lesser-known leaf-peeping spots you don’t want to miss on your travels

By Gail Marsh
The Northeastern part of the U.S. is not the only place to enjoy fall colors! Yes, Maine, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and all the rest are great! Really great! Leaf peeping in the Northeast needs to be on your “bucket list.” No doubt about that! But if you can’t make that trip this year, consider lesser-known, but stunning places like these. Wow!

A reader poll reflection: How have I treated life in 2021?

By Nanci Dixon
When I looked at the headline of last week’s poll, “How well has life treated you so far in 2021?”, I looked back on a year filled with back-to-back family deaths, minor tragedies, health issues, and major travel changes (think six months of reservations canceled within minutes). My second thought was, “How have I treated life in 2021?” If COVID has taught me anything more than how to mask up, stand on a socially-distanced dot and stay six feet away from people, it has been how I should treat life. Continue reading this introspective essay. It may make you think more deeply about your life, also.

Video: Transform RV bedroom into office. No tools or screws needed

In case you missed this in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter recently, let us remind you of this: A growing number of people are turning to RVing not only for recreation but as a place to live and work from remotely. Josh Winters is seeing an increasing number of requests for RV office spaces. In this video, he quickly demonstrates how an RV with a bunkhouse bedroom might be repurposed into a surprisingly functional office space quickly, easily, and with nearly no cost or modifications to the RV required. Watch the video here.


Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles

Casino RV Camping, September 19, 2020
Hot, hotter, too hot… The snowbird migration is changing
You never know who you’ll meet at the campground…


Reader Poll

Do you have an extended warranty on your RV?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. CLICK HERE.

The most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletters:
Do you have a current fishing or hunting license? See how nearly 1,900 other RVers responded.


Level makes trailer re-hitching easy

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Folks who tow travel trailers and fifth wheels often struggle with hooking back up after setting up their trailer for livability. The problem is this: You unhitch and level the trailer; when it’s time to hitch up again, getting the front of the trailer to the right height to hitch up can be a pain in the neck. Well, here’s just the thing to make trailer re-hitching easy!

Simpsons lovers, have yourself a Duff beer at a real-life Moe’s Tavern

Simpsons lovers, your beer-drinking dream has come true! If you find yourself near Springfield Mall in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, make sure to stop at Moe’s Tavern and have a Duff beer. The mall has introduced a Moe’s Tavern pop-up, offering real Duff beer and Drunkin’ D’Ohnuts milkshakes. The inside is about as close to the real-life (animated) Moe’s as it’ll get … Continue reading.

And in case you missed this hilarious video, watch Homer Simpson and the Simpson family attempt to buy the “Ultimate Grand Behemoth motorhome” from a slick RV salesman. You will howl with laughter.


A story of delicious unknowns – Don’t be afraid to try new things

By Nanci Dixon
We are currently landlocked at my sister’s house in Arizona helping to take care of my dad. I miss the adventure of travel, even just moving a few miles to a new campground. This staying still, without the motorhome or option to pick up and move, is disconcerting. The great outing has become going to the grocery store, which reminds me of the COVID lockdown days! While there, I saw this large, spiky, strange thing in the produce section while looking for something much more well-known and tamer, like watermelon. Continue reading.

An embarrassing story of a recital in majestic Kartchner Caverns

By Rod Andrew
Visiting Kartchner Caverns State Park should be on everyone’s list of essential experiences in Arizona, as they are among the finest of the many geological marvels of Arizona. Other travelers had advised my wife and me to visit them, and we were not disappointed. They are not as massive as some cave systems, but they still fill visitors with a sense of eons past, and their relatively smaller size makes the experience a very intimate one. Continue reading about Rod’s embarrassing recital here. (Maybe you were there for it? You would remember, if you were.)


We need your help! We’re working on a story and could use your input. If your rig is 10 years old or older, have you ever been turned away from a service center or campground because of its age? Please take our poll and leave a comment describing your experience. Thank you! Click here.


Is this your RV?

Lake Arrowhead State Park, Texas

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific time today, September 18, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.


Popular articles from last week

MOST POPULAR:
“Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up with what manufacturers are producing (almost a half-million views and more than 400 comments!)

PLUS:
It’s out there – a DEF sensor workaround
Campground owners are thriving, and there’s little incentive to change things
Why go small? This time we’re looking at the case for owning a small RV
If your rig is 10 years old or older, have you ever been turned away from a service center or campground because of its age?
Campground Crowding: Consider an email alert to confirm reservation or face stiff fees
Roll-up, stick-on TVs are coming. RVers, get excited!
RV dealers say steady price increases from manufacturers make it difficult to lock in final costs for buyers
Readers answer: How do you let another RVer know that they need to stop and check their rig?
Ask Dave: Should I cover my RV when stored outside?
19 unusual (but extremely handy) uses for salt
What should I do when I have to leave the RV behind for a few days or weeks?


Super Prize Giveaway!
Enter today, Sunday and Monday

How would you like to win a Blackstone 22″ Table Top Griddle?

This portable, cast iron top, stainless steel front, propane griddle has two adjustable heat controls and would be a great addition to any campsite! Read Nanci Dixon’s review of this griddle.. Retails for about $180.

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive between today (September 18, 2021) and Monday (September 20, 2021) at 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once per day and after we notify the winner by email via RVcontests@gmail.com that they have won, they will have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

Click here to enter! And make sure you read Nanci’s review of this fabulous griddle below (or click here!).


Idea: Listen to the RVtravel.com podcast while pulling weeds in your home garden. If you don’t have a home garden, pull some weeds in the RV park.


Resources

Current Wildfire Report. (Includes map and details of fires!)

Current smoke and fire report for where you live or where you are traveling.

RVs: Who Makes What” – This is a new free directory from RVtravel.com which lists every U.S. RV manufacturer and their makes and models. Learn more and/or download a free PDF copy.

Stolen RVs — Help us recover these stolen RVs. The more eyes we have searching for them, the better chance of getting them back to their rightful owners, and maybe putting the crooks who stole them in the slammer! See the stolen RVs.

Great websites. Check out our favorite websites of the day! We compiled a list of (almost) all the websites we’ve ever posted, and we update it weekly.

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by RVtravel.com.

Directory of RV parks with storm shelters
In case you’re on the road with your RV and the weather report is showing a tornado headed your way, have this list handy.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.

RV education you can trust from RV Education 101: Get instant access to RV Online Training.

RV Advice Facebook group. Great place to ask an RV-related question and get a quick answer.


Ask DaveAsk Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club, an online resource for RVers. He is also the owner of Passport Media Creations, which has developed several RV dealer and safety training programs.

Should I fill all my RV’s tanks with water during winter storage?

Dear Dave,
When storing our coach for the winter (inside and plugged in), should we fill our fresh, gray, and black tanks with fresh water? Thanks! —David, Tiffin Allegro Bus

Read Dave’s reply.

Other questions Dave answered this week:
Should I cover my RV when stored outside?
Why do my RV’s entry steps extend when engine is turned on?
My LP leak detector is beeping. What should I do?
Why does the furnace keep blowing the thermostat fuse?
ESPECIALLY POPULAR: Is it OK to drive with the propane refrigerator on?


Road Trips

Death Valley isn’t dead: The magic of the life inside our great national park

By Chris Epting
I think it’s time to rename Death Valley. Yes, I know the moniker has all that great foreboding mystique. Yes, the name itself is probably what draws many of the visitors in the first place. After all, when you tell people you’re going to “Death Valley” it’s a statement – a marker that says you’re interested in exploring the edge.

But despite the fact that the name was inspired by the many who sought to cross the barren bowl on their way to the goldfields of California, only one death was recorded during the famed ’49 rush.

And besides, though not obvious at first, Death Valley teems with life of all sorts. Much of it is stealthy and subtle, but it is there, impressive and often surreal and unforgettable.

Continue reading.


RV Gadgets and Gizmos

Is the Blackstone Griddle worth all the hype? Oh, yeah, it is!

By Nanci Dixon
We were on the lookout for a new grill as our decades-old one was rusting through and literally falling apart. We bought a smaller version of it and it worked well. However, as camp hosts, we have the opportunity to ask a lot of people what they like. As we do our rounds around dinner time, we get to see and smell them in action, too. The Blackstone Griddle name came up so often I wanted to know what all the love was about. You can find out here.


RVelectricity

with Mike Sokol

Hershey RV Show – If they build it, will they come?

After a year-and-a-half of canceled RV shows and rallies, it appears that the show circuit is making a comeback. After all, there were a number of RV soothsayers who told me in confidence they thought the 2021 Hershey RV Show (America’s Largest RV Show®) would cancel at the last minute. But it’s actually happening, and with a bang, I might add. Continue reading.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Power two trailers at the same time with the ProPower 30-amp outlet

Dear Mike,
I’d like to ask you a question about some adapters you may use for the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid… I own one with the 7.2 kW built-in generator and I’m interested in splitting the 240v/30amp outlet into two separate 120-volt, 30-amp circuits. It would be really cool to be able to provide power for two 30-amp trailers at the same time. How did you do it with your demo truck? —Gregg S

Read Mike’s answer.


RV Tire Safety

Tire inflation recommendations for motorhomes

Tire expert Roger Marble helps an RVer find the proper tire pressure for his RV’s tires. The RVer wants to lower the rear pressure to try to improve the ride but not hurt tire performance. Read Roger’s calculations and explanations here.


Operating an RV Park

We were down and out, but we’re back better than ever!

By Machelle James
“As I sit here, reflecting upon the last several weeks, my mind is pulled into a million different directions. I can start with saying that our whole family was really sick for almost a month! We all took turns at different times and we had a hard time recovering. The only good news to share about that experience was that since we were sick on different weeks, we could still stay open and continue to operate the RV campground as normal as possible.” Continue reading about their first sold-out weekend, and more campground news, here.


RV Short Stop

National Public Lands Day, 9/25, attracts RV volunteers

By Julianne G. Crane
National Public Lands Day is “traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort,” according to the National Park Service. “It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.” RVers love America’s state and national parks. When asked their destination during a camping survey, more than 75% said they will be visiting a public park. Nearly two-thirds (65%) plan to visit historic sites. With such an appreciation of America’s public lands, all RVers have hundreds of opportunities to give back on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Learn more.


NEW! Ask the Pet Vet

With Karel Carnohan, DVM

What type of insect repellent is safe for my pets?

Dear Dr. Karel,
What is the safest way to repel mosquitoes from dogs? Not heartworm concern, we use preventives for that. But just from biting and causing itching. —Carrisa M.

Read Dr. Karel’s advice.

Update! The search for an RV for my 11 (now 12) cats is over!

By Karel Carnohan, DVM
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about shopping for a trailer to carry my 11 (now 12) cats across the country in an upcoming move. I was planning to buy a new travel trailer with bunk beds, giving me floor space for litter boxes. I planned to buy a Ford PowerBoost F150 to tow it. This allowed me to run the air conditioner while on the road. Many caring and experienced RVtravel.com readers expressed dismay that the cats would be in the trailer while I drove. They said it was “dangerous” and “too rough and bouncy.” However, I just could not put 12 cat carriers in the cab of the tow truck. Well, I took all those comments to heart and have decided to purchase a used Class A. Continue reading.


RV Fire Safety

Educate your guests, just in case

Show travelers (your guests) how to unhook electricity (screw-on cords can be tricky) and how to close propane valves, in case either of these measures is called for.

Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy


Recipe of the Day

Eggplant Parmesan
by Jennifer Bass from Richmond, KY

Eggplant Parmesan is an Italian favorite and this version is restaurant quality. It’s double dipped in Italian bread crumbs and Panko crumbs, which creates a super crispy coating. Served over spaghetti that’s lightly sauced and with sweet peas is wonderful. The result is simply delicious – a must-try!

We’re making this for dinner tonight! What about you? Get the recipe and join us!

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Hoagie Bake
Linguini and white clam sauce
Monterey Jack Stuffed Mexican Hamburgers With Guacamole Topping
Fun Pizza Dip


The Old Stone House. @poemuseum, Instagram

Museum of the Week

The Poe Museum

Richmond, VA

The Poe Museum, or the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, is dedicated to one of America’s greatest writers, Edgar Allan Poe. As we enter the spooky season, what better time to plan a visit? The museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of Poe’s manuscripts, letters, memorabilia and personal belongings. The museum is housed inside the Old Stone House. Built in 1740, it’s cited as the oldest original building in Richmond – that’s a reason in itself to visit! Plan your visit through the official museum website.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Oscar is a 4-year-old Miniature Poodle/Shih Tzu mix. He’s a lap dog for sure, that loves to play tug of war whenever he can. We rescued him from a local shelter when he was 4½ months old. He loves camping and sitting on our laps while wrapped up in a blanket around the campfire.” —William McGullam

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
Willie and CallieSophieBuddyMaxPeggy


Vintage Postcard of the Week

Postcards owned by Colleen and Ed Weum, Pacific Northwest Postcard Club. Read more about their 90,000 postcard collection here.


Brain Teaser

I have a head and a tail but they never meet. Having too many of me is always a treat! What am I?

(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday news newsletter. And please don’t spoil it for other readers by posting the answer in the comments.)

Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.


Trivia

Americans love to grill. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and 75 percent of them use their grill even during the winter. So says a 2020 report from the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association ((HPBA).

Word and Phrase Origins

From the book, Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson:

electricity. English scientist William Gilbert published his researches on magnetism in 1600, writing in Latin and using the Latinized word for amber, electricus, because he had rubbed amber in his experiments to attract light substances. Gilbert himself later translated electricus into English as electric and gave the name electricity to the entity through which he had effected magnetism.

Laugh of the Week


Leave with a song from the past

Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog perform “Dueling Banjos”! A human and a frog never played banjo better!


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RVtravel.com Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel, Mike Gast. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Gail Marsh, Roger Marble, Dave Solberg, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, and Chris Epting. Podcast host and producer: Scott Linden. Special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

Honorary Correspondents: Loyal readers who regularly email us leads about news stories and other information and resources that aid our own news-gathering efforts.
Tom and Lois Speirs • Mike Sherman • George Bliss • Steve Barnes • Tom Hart + others who we will add later.

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. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Lil John
2 months ago

THANKS CHUCK!!! The RV industry is not unlike many very large customer supply chains. If they have enough folks wanting them, they can pretty much just build what looks good, and the rest of the quality can get cheapened to increase the bottom line. It’s a terrible thing, but greed is always peeking it’s head out. It would only take a GOOD quality control person and his backing by the company to make a HUGE difference. Can it be that hard for the upper echelon to understand that?

Vanessa Simmons
2 months ago
Reply to  Lil John

LOL like houses. In the little town I live in a builder is suing a family for the $30k he under estimated the price of building the house during the 2020-2021 lumber gouging!

Jesse Crouse
2 months ago

No DEF, always able to go down the road under it’s own power, a Cat C7 that just purrs, has a fresh wash and wax several time a year. My 2006 Tiffin 40QSH is a better quality coach than most of the crap being turned out today and has increased in value. I should think CG’s should only take “older” well cared for units instead the newer units that look like they were made in China. IMHO

Marie Beschen
2 months ago

I agree with everyone else regarding the editorial. On another note..having trained tour guides for years, the guide at the Kartchner Cabins Ron, should have appluaded you. Common courtesy. Sorry he was such a poor guide.

Curt Rigney
2 months ago

Keep up the good reporting Chuck. I feel Mike Gast’s article was pretty much spot on. The biggest problem I see with newer RV’s is the total lack of quality control. They feel they need to get the product out as quickly as they can. I, myself, will never buy a “new” rv again until they pay more attention to quality than profit. It’s unfortunate that the RV Mfg’s cannot handle the truth and need to lower themselves to threats upon you and your staff. JMHO

Last edited 2 months ago by Curt Rigney
Tommy Molnar
2 months ago

Love the laugh of the week! So true . . .

Bob Hill
2 months ago

I look forward to each email for the new issue because of your honest journalism! The RV industry needs a real shakeup. That will only happen with honest, hard hitting reporting.
I’m going to make another donation to ensure I get real news!

Glenn
2 months ago

Many thanks Chuck for the download of Greg Gerber’s, Death Spiral. I enjoyed his column and read the first two in that series. I had his site bookmarked but when I went back to it the site had shut down. Now I get to finish the series thanks to you. It is truly a shame what happened to him. Many thanks to you and your entire team in keeping this site going so well. I enjoy it every day!

Jeff
2 months ago

LOVED!! DUELLING BANJOS!!

Engineer
2 months ago

Let’s see how American norms have changed. 60% do not have either a hunting or fishing license. New survey should ask how many have a concealed carry permit. Bet it’s over 60%

Dave
2 months ago

Thank you team for your honest reporting! Hard to find these days. By stirring up some controversy, hopefully that helps get things moving in a better quality direction.

Suggestion: I’d recommend pushing that quality message even further. Don’t let it be a one article hit. Make it a weekly or monthly series on RV Quality Concerns and is it improving. Keep the manufacturers accountable; let readers contribute notes about their experience; quotes from workers in the field; etc. Similar to the series on campground crowding.

A big thank you!

tom
2 months ago

Keep up the good work. Long time contributor. Longer time reader.

Ran
2 months ago

Hi Chuck (and staff)
Keep up the good work! This is one of the only forums that allows readers to get the unbiased and accurate information on R’ving. Without this, we would be stuck listening to a pushy salesman!

Debra Rohm
2 months ago

Thank you for reporting honestly and fairly about what is happening in the RV industry! The RV Manufacturers get away with shoddy workmanship and inferior products and the Consumer has to fight to get it fixed. I appreciate you shining a light on the issues and not being concerned about “retribution”.

I have just made a voluntary contribution!

Brad G. Hancock NH
2 months ago

Chuck,
Kudos to you and your staff for your fair and accurate reporting of the RV industry.
RVT is EXACTLY the voice and the sounding board needed to keep the RV industry “honest’ and to help improve the quality of manufacturing and the after-sale customer service.