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May 28, 2022
Members edition


Cover story

In honor of Memorial Day: Heartwarming old TV clip will bring tears to your eyes

By Emily Woodbury

M

any of you probably remember the TV show M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital). The beloved show aired on CBS from 1972 to 1983.

In honor of Memorial Day, we thought we’d share this heartwarming clip from the old TV show with you. In it, Harry Morgan, “Colonel Sherman T. Potter,” toasts to his old war buddies who have since passed. His words will bring tears to your eyes.

This Memorial Day weekend, we think of those who have fallen during their service to our beautiful country. We are forever grateful to those courageous men and women.

Now watch the 4.5-minute clip, but make sure you have some tissues nearby. Perhaps a glass of whatever it is you drink is necessary, too, so you can toast to your old buddies with fond memories right alongside Colonel Potter.

You don’t want to miss this.

Click here to watch


Featured article

Big-time magazine mangles the RV park story, misses the mark

OPINION
by Andy Zipser
There was a time when, for all its excesses—and there were many!—Forbes magazine at least could be counted on for insightful reportage on American capitalism. Such coverage, to be sure, was steeped in unabashed boosterism, but it also looked beyond surface appearances and poked at deeper trends and developments. It was smart and literate, and it took its numbers seriously. Alas, no more.

Earlier this month, Forbes ran a piece headlined, “Growing Demand Fuels Rising Tide of New, Expanded RV Parks,” which sounded promising only as far as the first sentence.

Continue reading


Today’s RV review…

Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24NP – No slides, no problem

Tony writes that this is “…a no-slide, higher-end B+ based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cutaway chassis. This is a nifty design that really shows that we don’t need no stinking slides to get a very spacious and comfortable place.

“In fact, one of the compromises of RVs with no slide is that, often, the interiors don’t have a lot of lounging and sitting space. That’s absolutely not true in this rig. Further, I’m really surprised at the amount of storage both outside and in on this model.”

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Tony FINALLY bought a new RV! Curious to see which one he ended up with? Find out here.


New RV shopping tips from a former RV salesperson

By Tony Barthel
How do you shop for a new RV? What are some of the most important things to consider when buying a new RV? As many of you know, I used to work at a dealership where I handled sales and managed the warranty department. I tried to help people make a good decision when buying a new RV. I’m hoping this article helps you make a great decision if you’re RV shopping. This is very thorough, and helpful, information.

Hold down summertime holding tank stink

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
“I stink, therefore I am,” says my philosopher. He lives under my RV, and travels everywhere with me. He’s a rather nondescript fellow, about six feet tall, four feet wide, and a thin six inches thick. He seems to prefer a dark suit. In fact, every time I lay eyes on him, he’s laying about, clad in the black skin of plastic suited to folks of his kind. Although he is never invited inside, from time to time he does—in an awful way—make his presence known. He is a windy fellow, and many of my associates simply state, “He’s full of it.” And so he is, for my friend, the dark philosopher, is a black water holding tank. … All kidding aside, here are tips to control the black tank stink.

All aboard! The Orient Express vintage trailer is a sight to behold

How can a voyage on The Orient Express inspire someone to create a custom vintage trailer? This 1954 Boles-Aero Montecito was originally purchased new in Burbank, California, where it was manufactured. After several owners, Dave and Billie O’Neel bought the Boles in 2015. Recalling their dream vacation aboard the Orient Express from Venice to Paris, Dave and Billie decided that they wanted to recreate this ambiance in their vintage trailer. Wow! Did they ever!

RV boo-boos: Roll-over trailer disintegrates! – Video

It’s enough to ruin your whole day! Somebody loses control and ends up with a roll-over that clearly messes up their trailer. Happily, they kept the truck upright and it looks like they lived to tell the tale. Check this out.


Highlights from this week’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter

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Woman’s RV stolen with dog inside. Tail-wagging ending?

Imagine coming back to your RV—only to find it gone. Your RV had been stolen! Then realize the gut-punch feeling added to it—your dog was inside! That’s Mason Gray’s story. Mason is a traveling nurse who recently took a job at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her dream was to find a house she could afford for herself and Bexley, her 6-year-old Australian Shepherd. Meanwhile, she and Bexley were living in her travel trailer. On Sunday, she came “home” from work only to find someone stole her RV—and Bexley! Continue reading.

Everything you should do to prepare for an extended RV trip

By Cheri Sicard
Getting ready to hit the road for an extended period, say anything more than a few weeks, takes different planning and preparation than a simple weekend camping trip. After living much of my life on the road, this usually annual preparation to leave the comforts of home behind has become second nature. But if you’re new to RV full-timing (or most-timing) there are a lot of moving parts to keep track of. Here’s everything you need to know (and then some!) to get ready for an extended RV trip.

Around the Campfire: Pros and cons of returning to the same campground each year

By Gail Marsh
“We’ve made a decision and we’re sticking to it.” This was the pronouncement my husband made when friends around the campfire talked about next year’s plans. For the past three years, we’ve returned to the same campground. It’s in southern Florida, so we’re all but guaranteed nice, warm weather. Continue reading about Gail and her hubby’s plans for next year.


Reader Poll

Are you spending this Memorial Day weekend in your RV?

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

Tell us here


Ghost Town Trails – Mackay’s Mine Hill, Mackay, Idaho

By Dave Helgeson
Mackay’s Mine Hill is more than just a ghost town or an abandoned mining camp. It is a collection of abandoned places including two townsites, a sawmill, miners’ cabins, numerous mining sites, ruins of a smelter and the transportation systems (narrow gauge railroad and aerial tram) that connected them. Through the efforts of local citizens, landowners and federal agencies, you and I are able to enjoy these places via the Mackay’s Mine Hill Tour. Read about this fascinating location here.

How it Happened: Butter helped invent the ice chest

By Gail Marsh
You might call it a cooler or ice chest. You may refer to it by its manufacturer’s name, like Igloo or Yeti. No matter. We all have at least one ice chest, but you may not know how this camping essential originated. Sit back, grab a cold one from your Coleman Cooler, and read all about it here. This is cool!

6 gorgeous Midwest waterfalls to add to your travel list

By Gail Marsh
With fuel prices skyrocketing, it’s safe to say we won’t travel to Niagara Falls this summer. In fact, we plan to stay in our “home territory”—the Midwest. I’m excited to experience shorter travel days. I’m eager to prove to our family that there are great things to see and do without heading for the coast, as well. … This summer we’re choosing to stay closer to home. This year, we’re going to visit some Midwest waterfalls. Read about them here.


CONTEST

Is this your RV?

Win a $25 Amazon gift certificate if today’s RV photo shows your rig
Every day we post a photo of an RV either submitted by its owner or by our editors as they move about the country.

Click here to see if your RV made it into today’s issue.


Saturday Giveaway!

How would you like to win a pair of RVtravel.com Coffee Mugs?

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (May 28, 2022) 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!


Our Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter is returning on June 6th! If you’re a beginning RVer or know someone who is, sign up for this daily newsletter, where you’ll learn all the RVing basics (and much more!). If you don’t enjoy it or feel it’s not for you, you can always unsubscribe.


Ask 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.

Where can I find a replacement for my 21-year-old water heater?

Dear Dave,
I need to replace my Atwood GC10A-3E water heater. I’m having trouble finding a replacement model. Can you help? —Kevin, 2001 Country Coach Islander

Read Dave’s reply

Click here to see more questions for Dave.


RVelectricity

with Mike Sokol

On the road again – to the Lebanon, TN, FMCA Rally

After a 2+ year hiatus of teaching live seminars due to COVID, it’s good to be back on the road again. For the last two years I’ve been doing an occasional Zoom version of my RVelectricity seminars. And while it was certainly interesting to teach online in Zoom sessions, I really do like getting out on the road and teaching face-to-face. I learn a lot about what your electrical questions and challenges are by the hundreds of questions I typically get asked during this MasterClass series.

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Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.) Session: How many of you are musicians or singers? (regarding Mike’s upcoming appearances at RV shows and rallies)


RV Tire Safety

Interply shear—Am I spreading fear?

Tire expert Roger Marble saw some posts recently on RV forums about tire interply shear. Someone hinted that with his posts he is “Interjecting a fear factor for attention purposes….” Roger responds and explains how he discovered that belts on a multi-axle trailer developed 24% higher internal shear forces than the tires on a truck pulling a trailer. He reports this helps explain why tires in multi-axle applications have a much shorter life and significantly higher failure rate than do tires in car or truck applications.

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RV Short Stop

Tinkertown’s 3-Ring Circus animated hand-carved figures created by Ross Ward. (Tinkertown.com)

Tinkertown Museum, a whimsical roadside attraction

By Julianne G. Crane
Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park, New Mexico, was the vision and life’s work of self-taught tinker, circus painter and artistic genius Ross Ward. Along with his wife, Carla, they created a mind-boggling miniature world of folk art, animated dioramas and whimsy.

Read more


RV Fire Safety

Understand your fire-fighting equipment before you need it

To be most effective at fighting a fire, you must know the purposes and limitations of your equipment, as well as how to properly maintain and use it. Don’t wait until a fire breaks out to try to figure out what to do. Take your extinguisher out now and have a look at it to make sure you’re prepared to use it if the time ever comes. The time you save could mean the difference between minor damage and major disaster. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy


Recipe of the Day

Bacon & Cream Cheese Deviled Eggs
by Julie Prior from Mesquite, NV

If you’re looking to add a little zing to your deviled eggs, this recipe is amazing. The cream cheese added to the yolks makes the filling extremely creamy. We liked using a food processor to prepare this because it makes the yolk filling light and fluffy. The bacon on top is like a little sprinkle of love. A great party appetizer!

Get the recipe here


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Ranec is a 9-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. He has traveled the country with us since he was a pup. He loves swimming, hiking, and hanging out at the campsite.” —Jack Bowden


Brain Teaser

What can’t be burned in a fire nor drowned in the water?

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


Trivia

The head and tail of a bald eagle turn white only after the bird reaches about five years of age. A female bald eagle, larger than a male, stands three feet tall, weighs 10-15 pounds and flaunts a wingspan of nearly eight feet. Bald eagles can soar more than 10,000 feet high (almost two miles!), and their eyesight (six times sharper than that of a human) lets them see fish or a rabbit up to a mile away. They can reach speeds of up to 100 mph when diving.

Laugh of the Week

Reader Mike Ward sent this to us and wrote, “So do I have to wait 30 minutes before parking?” Funny!


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.

RV Show Directory: See if a show is coming soon to your area.

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.

The Best RV Trip Planner Apps and Tools. Everything you need to help plan your trip is here.


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Cary Graus
6 months ago

What I think would be very useful is an app/list/web site of Rv repair facilities/ mobile technicians by state or region. Plus feedback on their quality of work. It would need constant updating but what a tool it would be.

Robert Champlin
6 months ago
Reply to  Cary Graus

Agreed!

jerry mulligan
6 months ago

Lots of info on this issue, I took most of the day to read it, and loved it!

Dick Hime
6 months ago

Emily – excellent video link. I just shared it with a tear in my eye with five of my friends who are all survivors of a year in Hell as we served with Mike Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, First Infantry Division (The Black Scarf Battalion) in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. We are blessed to share a monthly video chat on Zoom and remember friends we lost, how close each of us came at one time or another, and how blessed our lives are to be here now. It’s an unbreakable bond. We sometimes disagree on politics but when that happens we quit trying to change each others’ minds and accept each other as survivors in an indivisible brotherhood, with unconditional love and understanding. It’s what I wish our nation could do. But it seems to require time in a fire crucible to form that kind of bond.

Linda
6 months ago
Reply to  Dick Hime

Thanks to all y’all for your years of service for us!

DW/ND
6 months ago

Thank you for the Memorial Day remembrance!