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November 27, 2021

Members edition


Cover story

How the new coronavirus variant may impact RVers

By Chuck Woodbury

Just when we think we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of the pandemic, we may instead be seeing the headlight of an approaching freight train.

Did you read the news yesterday (Friday) that a new coronavirus variant, dubbed Omicron, has been discovered in South Africa, and is already spreading? It’s been detected in Hong Kong and Belgium, and it won’t stop there. The variant has about double the amount of mutations as the Delta variant, and may even be resistant to current vaccines. Most health experts are worried.

I believe we will soon see new travel restrictions to and from counties around the world. It’s already started. Anyone in the international travel business must be terribly disheartened, their hopes dashed of a return to normalcy.

So what does this mean for you and me?
It means the explosive popularity of RVing is not about to end soon, with another projected 600,000 new RVs to hit the market in 2022. RVing has been, and still is, the safest way to travel. Last month, RV manufacturers set an all-time record with 57,971 shipments. I’ll take a very wild guess and say that in the same month only a thousand new campsites were added (if that).

It’s about to get even more crowded out there in Camperland…

You and I will adapt (but not all of us). We’ll camp in the off-season or head to areas not normally popular with tourists. Or we’ll play “The Reservation Game” by using apps that, for a fee, locate last-minute campsite cancellations and book us in the spot in a matter of seconds.

I love my RV. I love every minute I spend with it. But I must say, with much sadness, it’s become a big ol’ hassle to “go where I want when I want” as the RV industry promises. Next year, I suspect, will be worse. I wish the RV industry would get their collective noses out of their sales reports and work creatively on improving the lives of RV buyers after the sale (translation: provide some leadership promoting the creation of more campsites and other places to stay). Right now, the industry as a whole doesn’t give a damn. It’s disappointing.

As always, we’ll follow the trends in our Sunday newsletter and will continue to help publicize any ideas or proposals that address how to cope with campground congestion and other RV-related issues that affect the quality of our travels.

OUR NEW FORUMS
On a more upbeat note, I am happy to report that we are rolling out our new forums. Most of our writers will soon have one of their own, where they can discuss with readers the articles they write and related topics. Up first are Mike Sokol (electricity), Dave Solberg (RV repair and maintenance) and Tony Barthel (RV reviews). Please visit their forums to say hi, comment on one of their articles, or ask a question. And if you want to ask me a question or leave a comment about RVtravel.com, please do so here.

CONTESTS
We announced earlier this month that we would put our daily “Is this your RV?” contest on hold for awhile. Well, so many of you pleaded with us to “Don’t do it!” that we’ll keep it going. We’ll place the contest on its own page, though, with a link from each issue. We’ll soon debut another, second, contest to run concurrently. Stay tuned.

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A question for you…

Your favorite books?
Here at RVtravel.com, we’re big readers. We love reading, and we love learning about new books!

As RVers, we have a lot of time to read. We listen to audiobooks as we drive; we read under our cozy blankets as the rain pitter-patters on the roof at night; and boy, reading with ever-changing beautiful views from our camp chairs… What could be better?

Do you have an all-time favorite book (or two or three)? We’d like to know! Please click here to tell us.


Headline stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• Opinions wanted: What do record manufacturing results really mean for RVing future?
• Tesla’s new headquarters find home in Austin. 10,000 new workers stress already tight housing market. RVs to the rescue
• Utah RV fraud victims could still have their day in court
• Campground Crowding: Reader says some campers should lose campground privileges… for life!

And all the latest news that affects RVers.

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


Our “Dog of the Day” on Thanksgiving

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Last week’s Tips of the Day in RV Daily Tips

Despite what some way, RVs don’t drive like trucks. Know these rules of the road just for RVs
Foam gap filler is a quick fix for cracks and holes in the RV
How to transport and where to store pet fencing with an RV
Thanksgiving Articles of the Day
A reason to boondock: The value of personal space

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Today’s RV review…

Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2022 Springdale 202QBWE. With RV and delivery prices on the rise, Tony looks at what you can still get for under $30,000. Take a peek.

Last week’s reviews:
Keystone Montana High Country 377FL fifth wheel
TAXA Cricket travel trailer
Rockwood Geo Pro 19FBS
Atia RV GU147 travel trailer
Keystone Outback 328RL updates

NEW! Be sure to check out Tony’s new RV Review Forum here. Ask him questions about RVs, add comments, suggest an RV for him to review, whatever.


Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

COPYRIGHT 2021 by Clint Norrell

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


Featured Article

It’s getting harder and harder to be tolerant of intolerance!

Gail Marsh writes: “I’m becoming more and more concerned about the direction people are headed. No, I don’t mean headed in their RVs. I’m talking about what’s become a very rapid decline in the number of folks who are tolerant of others. Intolerance is now the norm. Fewer and fewer people seem willing and actually able to listen and respond to others with civility or even basic politeness. Emily Post might just be rolling in her grave!” Continue reading this thought-provoking article, then let us know if you agree with Gail’s concerns.


Time to downsize? Here’s how to find a smaller RV that works best for you

Have you worked your way up to having “too much RV”? Is it a struggle to find parking, storage, or campsites with large enough spaces? Has keeping that 40+ foot diesel pusher in showroom condition become a full-time job? Perhaps it’s time to downsize your RV. Here is a lot of great advice from Randall Brink from his own experience when downsizing.

Disasters – Round Three: The saga of the newbie continues; I’m thinking about giving up… already!!

By Karol Carnohan, DVM
You all deserve an update on my harrowing move to California from North Carolina in my new used Newmar coach. I write this story, bearing the risk of ridicule, so that readers can learn from my mistakes. I am not writing to fish for sympathy because I acknowledge that I did this all wrong. Believe me, I am paying for my mistakes. Continue reading.


New Feature: RV Consumer Support

dash gauges go downTiffin comes through – even after buyout

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
For decades we’ve heard the praises of Tiffin RVs. A couple of our friends own them and have largely praised their solid manufacturing and durability. But when we heard that Tiffin had been bought out by Thor, we heard alarm bells. Here’s a tale told by one RVer on how, despite disappointments, Tiffin comes through, even after the Thor takeover. Learn more.


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

Visit a ghost town with “wild” animals to feed
10 harsh RV realities for beginners
Be a full-time RVer to save money?
LP alarm goes off even when LP tanks are closed


Reader Poll

How likely would you stay more than one night at a location with no internet access of any kind?

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:
Pick your two favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Take a guess at what you think is the crowd favorite, then click here to see what more than 3,100 votes say!


The top 5 regrets people had as they were dying. What can we learn from these?

By Nanci Dixon
As some of you may know, my father is dying. He is 98 and had been hoping to reach 99, even inviting the hospice nurse and caregivers to his birthday party. Our birthdays are on the same day, March 4th, and he may not make it that long. … I recently read the top five regrets of the dying that Bonnie Ware, an Australian hospice nurse, learned from her patients. Here they are.

These beautiful winter train rides will bring magic to the holidays

Sandi Sturm’s love of trains came honestly and early. She relates how occasionally it is nice to get out of the RV driver’s seat and experience scenery you will never see from the road. And since these are winter snow train trips, the scenery would not be seen from the driver’s seat in the same way. Here are a few train rides to consider over the winter. All aboooaaard!

Wacky RVs: Are these extra toppings included in the price?

Some of these wacky RVs are pushing the limits on height restrictions on U.S. roads, but maybe they were trying to get more space without needing width restriction permits? An Airstream toaster (or was it a toasted Airstreamer)? A very elevated trailer? Check those out and more here.

Video: Take a look inside these 10 luxurious celebrity motorhomes

Sandi Sturm reports: “When I was a kid in the ’60s and ’70s, I knew of musicians that traveled from gig to gig in their fancy buses, and I always wondered what they looked like inside. This was before the internet and YouTube, of course, so my knowledge was limited to what I saw in magazines. … But today, celebrities spend upwards of $1 million, or more, on their home away from home.” Check out some of them here.


Is this your RV?

Boondocking south of Baker City, Oregon

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, November 27, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

Last week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Fred Cwynar of Punta Gorda, Florida, Terri/Claud Hugley of Elbert, Colorado, and Daniel Carter of Martinez, California.

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:
Proposed Outdoor Recreation Act would benefit many, including RVers

PLUS:
Turned down when you want propane? For some RVers, it’s happening
Part two: RV parks and big money investors – Are they building trailer courts or RV parks?
DEF in a diesel tank? Don’t touch that key!
Worker shortage taking toll on campgrounds and site fees
Yosemite closes popular campgrounds until 2024
Guilty plea in RVing couple’s homicide
The Quartzsite Report: November winds down
No problem with reservations here. Is overcrowding a regional problem?
Very wacky RVs seen in Walmart parking lots
Yikes! Would your RV survive driving down (or up) this 25% grade?
Top 9 boondocking gift suggestions
Campground Crowding: “Am I supposed to employ a bot or two to make my reservations?”


RV tech tips

How to make sure you get the right replacement faucet

Need to replace a faucet in your RV? Best to remove the old one, then shop for the new. Some RV faucets have different spacing than “house” faucets and you need to ensure the less expensive (or greater featured-filled) ones from the “big box” store will fit.

Keep your tools handy

Buy an old pair of channel-lock pliers at a yard sale and keep them in the utility compartment. Then you won’t have to remember to take them with you every time if you need to tighten the hose or unscrew a stuck sewer cap. They will rust, so an occasional drop of lubricant helps. Buy a cheap cell phone belt carrier, use a hook-and-loop (Velcro) fastener, and hang your pliers from the compartment wall. Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.


Saturday Giveaway!

How would you like to win a Keurig Mini Coffee Maker?

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (November 27, 2021) by 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email via RVcontests@gmail.com that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

Click here to enter or see last week’s winner!


Resources

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.


Dave SolbergAsk Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.

Why does the gray water tank still leak after replacement?

Dear Dave,
My 2019 Grand Design Reflection 29RS has had repeated problems and multiple attempts to repair the kitchen gray water tank leak. Both certified and non-certified mobile or shop techs as well as the RV dealer have attempted to repair it. The gray tank has even been replaced by a new tank supplied by the manufacturer. The last repair covered by Grand Design was by a dealer using epoxy. I have filled and drained the tank many times and exposed the underpan to try to locate the source. I can’t find the problem. … —Michael

Read the rest of the question and Dave’s reply.

Other questions Dave answered this week:
What batteries do you recommend for boondocking?
Should there be an anode rod in our RV’s water heater?
Faucets don’t work with pump but do with city water. Why?
Why does RV water heater work on LP but not on 120 volt?
Why is my refrigerator freezing the food?

NEW! We have started a new Ask Dave Forum on RVtravel.com. Click here.


Road Trips

A Scream-ing lesson in Norway: Don’t be afraid to explore; you never know what you’ll find

Chris Epting and his son visited Oslo, Norway, on their way to explore around an Arctic archipelago. He especially wanted to see the most famous local painting: Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Chris and his son then spent quite a busy and sometimes frustrating day tracking down the location which inspired Munch to paint this picture after sensing “an infinite scream passing through nature.” Read the thought-provoking lesson Chris learned during their adventure, here.

In case you missed this on Thanksgiving:
Historic places to stop and give thanks

Thanksgiving is a time for family, turkey and football, right? Well, as we all learned back in school, there actually is a reason we sit at the table and give thanks each year (and not just because we get long weekends!). It’s to commemorate the courage and perseverance of the Pilgrims. There are many places to visit which embody this history, so let’s drop that drumstick and get ready to make a few Thanksgiving pilgrimages. These are great to visit any time of the year.


RV Gadgets and Gizmos

I’m in love with my new Lectric eBike. It is practically made for RVers!

By Nanci Dixon
First, I need to tell you that I haven’t ridden a bike in more than 40 years. Yes, doing the math will prove that I am OLD. While waiting for the Lectric XP Step-Thru 2.0 eBike to test and review, I was filled with both excitement and quite a bit of trepidation. Continue reading this thorough review of the Lectric XP Step-Thru 2.0 eBike.


RVelectricity

with Mike Sokol

A deadly “RV hot-skin condition” can spread to other RVs

Time for a reminder about a miswiring condition I first discovered some 50 years ago, and then found it in campgrounds around 10 years ago when I began writing for the RV industry. It’s a hot-skin voltage that can be “reflected” to multiple campers in the same area of a campground. … Continue reading this extremely important lifesaving information here.

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

My most memorable Thanksgiving meal, in 1971

At first blush there doesn’t appear to be a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. But as long as we have family and friends and coworkers, there is a lot to give thanks about. So, here is my 2017 article about a very memorable Thanksgiving when I was 17 years old while working alone in a service station, pumping gas for all the holiday travelers. Read it here.
[Note from editor: This is one of Mike’s most heartwarming stories from his Road Signs series.]

NEW! Participate in Mike’s new RVelectricity Forum on RVtravel.com.


RV Tire Safety

Adjusting tire pressure because it’s cold outside

By Roger Marble
I ran across a series of posts on an RV forum on the need to adjust tire pressure because of changes in ambient temperature. First, let’s be sure we all are using the same definition for “ambient temperature.” For our purposes we should consider it “the outdoor air temperature in the shade.” Continue reading.


RV Short Stop

‘Lights of the Ozarks’

Many cities celebrating with free holiday lights

By Julianne G. Crane
Many communities across America celebrate the season with free family-friendly outdoor holiday lights events. Read about these gorgeous displays and fun activities here.


Birdwatching for RVers

What bird is that? Follow these steps for easy bird identification

By Dale Wade
So, you left home a week ago and finally arrived at your destination. As you sit outside taking in the surroundings, a bird flitters by and lands in a nearby tree. If you have ever wondered, “Gee, what is that bird?” here are a few tips on bird identification.


Ask the Pet Vet

With Karel Carnohan, DVM

My pet is old. What do I do if they die while RVing?

Dear Dr. Karel,
As a person who travels with a very senior cat, 19+ years old, do you have any thoughts if they die “on the road”? I know that the sad moment will come and I’m not really ready. Maybe a contributor has thoughts along these lines. I’m pretty sure that this sad event has happened to others reading this newsletter. —Tom P.

Read Dr. Karel’s compassionate advice.


RV Fire Safety

Fuel safety tips

Gasoline and propane can pose an immediate, explosive danger. Though diesel fuel is less volatile, it dissipates more slowly, so it remains a danger longer. Deal at once with any leaks or spills, and use all fuels in adequately vented areas. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy


Recipe of the Day

Caprese Salad With Quinoa and Brown Rice
by Peggy O’Brien from Avon Lake, OH

Caprese salad is a classic recipe with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil. This version adds a little brown rice and quinoa for a heartier salad. The honey balsamic dressing gives the dish a lightly sweet and tangy flavor. It’s delicious and will be great for a picnic or even a dinner party.

This is something we need after such a heavy week of eating! Get the recipe.

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
Chocolate Kahlua Pecan Pie
Cajun Oyster Stuffing
Cranberry Butter
Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Casserole
Tijuana Caesar Salad


Museum of the Week

A Western Diamondback Skeleton, photo courtesy of the Rattlesnake Museum website.

American International Rattlesnake Museum

Albuquerque, NM

If you like snakes, this museum is for you! Slither through and you’ll find snake memorabilia, facts and diagrams about venom, rattles, fangs and more, and the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world! These snakes are worth the visit in itself! Plus, they have a great gift shop. Learn more or plan your visit on the official museum website.


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sally loves traveling. She especially likes breakfast in the camper!” —Brad Vold

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
SukiCash the StampedeBooChuck the turkeydog!Shorty


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

What has a mouth, but cannot eat. Moves, but has no legs. Has a bank, but no money?

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


Trivia

Much like trees, you can determine the age of a bear by counting the rings in its teeth. That is, if you can get close enough to a bear’s tooth… If you take a cross-section of a bear’s tooth and examine it under a microscope, you’ll find layers. Each year, a new layer is formed. First it’s light in color, then, during hibernation, it turns dark. By examining the spacing between rings, you can also tell if a bear has given birth. The growth layers are thinner during the years they have cubs because much of the calcium and other nutrients that make up a tooth go towards nursing their cubs.

Word and Phrase Origins

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

behind the scenes. “Though the origins of this phrase are theatrical, as you would expect, it goes back to the English theater in the time of Charles I, when elaborate paintings were commonly used for the first time to create atmosphere on the stage. Since these paintings were often landscapes, they were called ‘scenes.’ Behind them much of the important action of a play went on – birth, murders, intrigues, and the like – action that wasn’t represented on the stage. As early as 1658 we find the playwright John Dryden writing on ‘Things happening in the Action of the Play, and the suppos’d to be done behind the Scenes.’ It wasn’t long before the phrase began to be used figuratively to describe any important action hidden from the ordinary spectator, especially in places of power.”

Laugh of the Week

A woman driving a car got lost in a snowstorm. She didn’t panic because she remembered what her dad had once told her to do. “Just wait for a snow plow to come by and follow it.” Sure enough, pretty soon a snow plow appeared, and she followed it for 45 minutes until its driver got out and asked her what she was doing. She explained what her dad had told her. The driver nodded and said, “Well, I’m done with the Walmart parking lot. Do you want to follow me over to Walgreens?” (Thanks to George Bliss, who has driven many miles in snow in the Yukon, etc.)


Leave with a song from the past

Here’s a little post-Thanksgiving song for all the ex-Hippies in the crowd, and for others who simply appreciate an incredibly clever folk song. Recorded at Farm Aid 2005, here’s Arlo Guthrie singing the ever-popular “Alice’s Restaurant.”


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Aaron Dengler
1 month ago

This is the first time I’ve noticed the “Page Contents” button near the top of this page. Cool. If it’s a new feature, thanks for adding it.

Virginia
1 month ago

Happened to be watching a rerun of Dr, Quinn, Medicine Woman, during Thanksgiving. Coincidentally (?), the episode was about smallpox vaccine and the reluctance of folks to accept that new medicine. How many people died before that was finally eradicated…by vaccination, I believe.

Sylvia
1 month ago

Here’s what happened in my family, 4 adults 3 vaccinated, 1 not. All got COVID at the same time from a vaccinated person, we all had the same symptoms, I ran a fever for a week and half, the only difference from the rest, we were all sick for about a month total.that’s our experience with COVID. So we all can make our own choice. Fighting about it doesn’t change facts from real life. Just saying 2 young 2 old folks, be nice to each other.

UPRIG
1 month ago

Been getting shots, immunizations, vaccines since I was nine (9) months old… got them going to Europe, got them coming back from Europe… got them going to Japan, got them coming back from Japan… got them going to Africa but not coming back due to short stay… and every time I was told/recommended/advised by my DOCTOR. Do it, unless you are one of the very very few who are genetically defective.

Debbie Jenson
1 month ago

I agree Gail, so afraid this next generation are not going to know the power of kindness, understanding or compassion because their elders are not showing a example of any of these traits. Trying to be a good example and show the better values I grew up with.

Barry
1 month ago

Perhaps Covid is one way to reduce the defective gene pool. It seems to be getting deeper and wider with each generation.

MrDisaster
1 month ago

We all have the same goal to put the pandemic behind us. So Ed and Bob I respect your positions. As I can tell you’ve done your own research. We all want to resume our normal activities. However if you have decided not to get vaccinated you have to respect society’s rules for being unvaccinated. I will follow the masking rules and vaccine requirements because I want to help reduce the impact of the pandemic. If you choose not to get vaccinated then you get to follow a different set of rules (set by the community). Spouting a bunch on nonsense phony statistics doesn’t help your position, but then again you did your own research..

chris
1 month ago
Reply to  MrDisaster

What research? Right-wing anti-vax propaganda websites?

Last edited 1 month ago by chris
Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  chris

Whos research do you go by? Fauci? He flops more than a beached fish!

chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Science changes due to changing circumstances. What do you go by? “common sense”?

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  MrDisaster

“different set of rules”? The US Constitution sets the rules by which we all live by. Not individual communities. I respect your right to get the jab. Respect mine not to!

Les
1 month ago

An older friend of mine spent the last four weeks of his life in the hospital with covid because he “didn’t want to be experimented on” by not getting vaccinated. I don’t think death is much of an experiment.

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Les

I don’t know for a fact that your friend passed away due to covid. Just what you say.

Pete Morris
1 month ago

Ed D, it is you that has the problem.

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete Morris

Actually, I don’t have a problem. If you wish to get the jab, it is your choice. If I choose not to, it is my choice.

Frank
1 month ago

I have a few things to say. First of all, leave all the politics out of this publication. Second , I bet you’ve had McD’s chicken nuggets and hot dogs without even knowing what’s in them. What are you afraid of ? Subject closed, no one is right no one is wrong and you won’t convince me otherwise.

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank

Well said Frank.

Johnny Cox
1 month ago

Alice’s restaurant sure brought back some good memories, thank you.

Ken
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny Cox

Couldn’t agree more! Great way to start the day 👍👍

Cherie Niederst
1 month ago

If you are keeping the “Is this your RV?” Maybe you should start over with people sending in photos of their RV. I sent my picture in when it was first offered. Was that 2 years ago? I have never won and wondered if I should try sending again.

Linda
1 month ago

They also use photos people haven’t sent in (ones they have taken). These people probably don’t even read the newsletter.

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Linda

I guess that’s their loss, in more ways than one, Linda. Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Sorry, Cherie. There have been more than 3,000 photos sent in of readers’ RVs, and there are only 365 days in a year. That’s 8 years’ worth of entries. So, don’t give up – you just never know. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Ed D.
1 month ago

Chuck Woodbury, we own a 2016 Coachmen Leprechaun 319DS, that we purchased brand new. There has been a leak in the sleeping compartment over the Cab that I only discovered when I drove my RV down the road and a waterfall spilled all over my left shoulder and back! My wife was on a Leprechaun owners website and relayed this to other Leprechaun owners. Upon checking their overhead sleeping areas, they found that they too had leaks. We took our coach to our repair facility and they took the overhead apart only to find that the screws that were supposed to secure the outer skin to the frame, missed the frame entirely. I sent these photos to Coachmen and contacted a Rep there only to be told they wouldn’t do anything to rectify the problem. You are always telling us how the mfgs. will not do anything to improve quality and here is a prime example. What I would like to know is if you can run an article here to find out how many Leprechaun owners you have and if they would contact me. Cont.

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

I am seriously considering filing a “class action” lawsuit against the Mfg. This cost us several Thousands of Dollars to have fixed. Not to mention the “loss of use” for our RVing adventures while it was in being worked on! Chuck, I would appreciate a call, or an email. Thanks.

Ed D.
1 month ago

Enough with the covid scare nonsense! This will never end and they will continually claim that their are new strains of it. Even though there is supposedly about 60% of Americans that have received the jab, they are now wanting you to get a booster after 6 months. Further, the jab does not prevent you from getting it, or passing it on to others. So what is the point? I don’t know about anyone else but we have not changed a single thing we do because of this nonsense. We will continue to not wear face diapers, not get the jab and we will continue to go where we wish to to.
It has gotten so bad that Santa Cruz County in (where else but) California, has mandated that people wear masks in their own homes. Coming soon to a city near you?

Bob Gray
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Crazy isn’t it. I also will not take the clot shot. Actually now more vaccinated people are getting sick than unvaccinated people. If creepy Biden’s mandate is somehow constitutional, I will immediately be retired and free from government overreach, except when we go shopping. The Nazi’s are here.

Richard Hughes
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Gray

Sadly, your attitude and that of many others is the reason the virus is spreading. FYI, 95% of new cases are in the unvaccinated population. Your, and Ed D’s lack of concern for others is very sad.

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Richard, there is a 99% recovery rate from covid. It is NOT about “my attitude”, this is about “my choice”! I am an American that lives under the Constitution of the United States. That means I am free to make whatever decisions and choices with my life as I deem necessary. You and all the rest of the people that have gotten the 2 shots are still succumbing to covid, still passing it on to others and still dying from it. You have made your choice and I respect that. So please respect my choice. I do not have a “lack of concern for others”! On the contrary, I help others every opportunity I get.

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Gray

I totally agree with you guys but I won’t get into a discussion about it. Suffice to say, we’re on the same page.

Richard Hughes
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Your lack of concern for others is so very, very sad.

Andy
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Who is this “they” you are convinced are up to no good? What do you think “they” hope to gain by convincing the public to get vaccinated and to mask up? And how did you learn all this? Just wondering . . . .

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Andy

I used my own common sense! Fauci flops more than a beached fish and the day I trust the “cdc” and “who” is the day I die! Common sense tells me that those that get the jabs, still get covid, still pass it on to others and still die from it. Prove that wrong?
In Pa. the House is Investigating the numbers reported by the Medical Dept. of that State. The Medical Dept. is refusing to turn the information over for oversite. Why do you think that is the case? Transparency? Certainly not! Even Joe has flip flopped on his rhetoric during his hidden campaign. He said that Masks and shots should not be mandated and he would not mandate it. Yet, here he is making an unconstitutional attempt to mandate them. One has only turn to Australia and the Netherlands to see what they want here. Do you honestly think that a Flu that has a 99% recovery rate is worth shutting down and ruining the entire economy over? Please answer that for me. The gain? Follow the money!

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Sadly it is people like you that are keeping this virus going. I think you need to check your facts.

Ed D.
1 month ago

I think you need to check yours! It is people like you that look down at others that made a different choice than you did. Who do you think you are to demean others? Not a very good person!

Mark Sturges
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

While I believe that everybody has the right to choose if they want to get the jab(s) or not, they must be ready to face the consequences of their decision. What I mean by that is you can go to ANY hospital in the good ole USA and ask two questions, #1) Is there is a ward of patients that are about to die from COVID? #2) Is there a ward of patients that are about to die from getting the COVID Vaccination? You will get your answer as to whether the vaccine is as dangerous as the COVID. As I said, I believe everybody has the right to make their own choice. Choose wisely.

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Sturges

Thanks Mark. One of the more reasonable responses I have had to my comment.

Sharon L Boehmer
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Let’s see….My son (age 39) is fully vaccinated, his Ex (age 37) not vaccinated at all and their 4 yr old son. She got covid, didn’t get tested and did not tell my son she was even sick until 2 days after he picked up their son for a weekend visit. His son ended up with a fever and cough on Sunday morning, went to dr in afternoon and then found out ex had been sick for a few days already. Ex and 4 yo were both tested on Monday and were positive, my son got tested on Tuesday and was positive. Symptoms- ex very sick, still 3 weeks later, for at least a week could barely get out of bed, almost went to hospital. 4 yo had flu like symptoms for about 4 days, basically back to normal now. My son (remember fully vaccinated) sneezed a lot for about 12 hours, had a running nose the next 12 hrs and lost his sense of smell, which is now coming back. Thank goodness for vaccines.

Ed D.
1 month ago

99% recovery rate. No thanks!

Jerry X Shea
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

While the statement “To each his own” may be applicable to one’s likes or desires, not so when it comes to getting a Covid shot or wearing a mask.
Yesterday was the 4th funeral (3rd relatives and a long time friend) due to Covid. That’s 4 dead men that would not get the shot or wear a mask. The relative that was buried yesterday did not wear a mask while attending the funeral of the other relative. On his death bed he made the same statement they all make, “I should have got the shot.” He died a week later.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

I’m very sorry, Jerry. I just copied your message and sent it to my two stubborn sons (45 and 42), who still refuse to get their shots. I’m just hoping one of these days, before it’s too late, that the message of the importance of the shots will sink in. Thank you for sharing your sad news. Take care, and stay healthy. –Diane

chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

Sad story, and much more believable than “I know 10 friends who all had the vaccine and died.”

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

My sympathies to the 4 dead men. They made their decisions and they lived and died by them. I made mine as well. 99% recovery rate. Pretty much most of the deaths are to people that have secondary, underlying, conditions.

Lil John
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Let’s see. 99% recovery rate. You repeated that many times. Let’s see. 760,000 dead from COVID. I’m smart enough to not rely on the 99% thing. Been around 75 years because I use my common sense and logic. Seems a lot of others don’t have any. Just got my booster. The rest of you stay healthy if you can.

Ed D.
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

I’ve been around almost as long as you have and I will stay healthy. Without the jab! Because everyone doesn’t agree with your line of thinking, they lack common sense and logic? People who live in glass houses!