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Members RV Travel Newsletter Issue 1080

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Page Contents

November 26, 2022
Members edition

 Cover story 

Guest essay: Don’t stop at “making” memories in an RV

By Nina Soltwedel


wning an RV means, for many of us, taking extended trips. Many reading right now may recall having taken a many-thousand-mile trip in their RV, camper, trailer, etc. – a trip that took them to far-off places to see vistas they’d not seen before, to meet new people along the way, to discover hidden treasures such as a magnificent vista just around that corner up ahead, or a place to camp on the edge of a peaceful lake with just the hoot of an owl to keep one company. You get the idea.

However, did you document that trip so that, years from now, you can open a notebook and relive the trip all over again?

I imagine some of you are thinking, “Yeah, but we took pictures. That’s documenting the memories.” I agree, but I suggest taking it one step further: Document the trip with something in addition to photos.

Worthington Glacier

Recently, I decided to sort through the decades of photos, letters, cards, etc., that my hubby and I have accumulated, which were stored in assorted large plastic bins in our basement. I had three huge bins filled with items going back as far as when we both were babies (our respective parents saved everything), along with three smaller boxes overflowing with family photographs. I began sorting, and while doing that, I began to travel down Memory Lane … a very long lane!

Sorting through the photo albums, letters and keepsake items, I came across a camping journal I had purchased before we left on a trip to Alaska the summer of 2002. While we took many photos during our journey, the journal added so much more.

Continue reading

Photo contest

Here is today’s edition of our photo contest. Please vote for your favorite. Once you’ve voted, please submit your own photo for consideration. Winners receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Good luck!

Please note: We’ve changed the rules around a little bit. Please read the updated rules here. And don’t forget to submit a photo! 

Psssst: Remember, you can vote through next Friday! If your photo is selected, share it with your friends and family. Everyone can vote once per day. 

Click here to vote

We want to know…

RV wish lists for RV Santa

What RV gadget/item would you ask Santa to bring you if money were no object?

What is on your RV wish list?

The holidays are coming up. This week we want to know, what RV gadget or item would you ask Santa to bring you if money were no object? We are going to ask about low-cost RV stocking stuffers next week, so let’s keep this week’s query to the BIG things you wish you could have to enhance your RV life and why you think they are so desirable.

Tell us here

Today’s RV review…

Some of my favorite Class B camper vans

Tony writes, “Last week we looked at a Class B RV that, well, wasn’t my favorite. A few of you wrote asking me if there is a Class B camper van that I might really like. Actually, there are a few of them out there, so I thought we could revisit some of my favorite camper vans and why I like them.”

Read more

Click here for more reviews.

RV Service Centers and Repairs Report: They told me my A/C was brand-new, but it was from 1984!

In this column, we summarize some of your emails and comments regarding RV service centers and repairs. This week we hear from several more readers with high praise for their service centers. Yay! But, of course, there are a couple of complaints about poor service, and one about a false claim of “new” equipment installed. Plus there’s some very worthwhile advice for anyone getting service on their RV. It’s all here.

How many sewer hoses does an RVer need?

By Dave Helgeson
I have been around RVs all my life. … A while ago my wife and I decided to join my son and his family camping in a full hookup campground, the first one we had camped at in more than a year. As I was escorting my grandson on his tricycle around one of the campground loops, I was rather shocked to see some RVs using THREE and even FOUR sewer hoses! Reflecting on my 50+ years being around RVs, I began to think, is this really where advances and “modern convenience” have brought us? Read more and please comment.

Veteran RVers offer advice for new RVers

Last week we asked you what RV advice you would give a new RVer. In other words, what you wished you knew when you started RVing. As usual, our readers had a lot of good things to say. Of course, a lot of you had the same advice. That’s OK. Great minds think alike, and there are certain themes that come up again and again when we talk about a topic such as this. What was the #1 piece of advice? Find out here, along with lots more advice.

 Gift Guide 

Our staff and writers’ favorite RV gadgets of 2022

Earlier this week we sent out an email to all of our staff and writers. It asked, “What are your favorite RV gadgets/items? It can be anything from the best thing you use around the RV, to your favorite RV decor, to the thing that has the most uses around your RV. Your if-you-had-to-tell-a-new-RVer-what-to-buy-this-would-be-it item.” Here are [most of] their answers.

10 gifts for the RVer in your life

Every year you think about what to get your RVer. Here are 10 gifts that your RVer wants, but does not know yet. When they open one of these, they will be wide-eyed and big-smiled, trust me. Check out these unique gift ideas.

Highlights from this week’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter

Two options to refill propane; one is a rip-off

It’s cold! And before long, winter’s temps will be even colder. For RVers who love to travel in the cold and snow, propane is a necessity. … In some cases, you may need it to stay alive! The cost of propane that fuels your RV furnace has increased significantly in the past several months. That’s why it’s important to know about the propane refill rip-off. You need to know the difference between paying a flat rate for propane or paying only for the propane drawn. Learn about it here.

Google Earth helps avoid sharp turns and narrow roads

By Nanci Dixon
Have a big rig? Well, don’t go here! Some places are just not big-rig friendly. Looking for an idyllic off-the-beaten-path campground in Trinidad, California, I found what looked like a little piece of floral heaven! Azalea Glen RV park sounded beautiful. The reviews were amazing. The enticement to drive just a bit out of the way was extreme. So I booked! … Find out what happened to Nanci and her husband here.

How it Happened: The history of the Coleman company

When you hear “Coleman” what comes to your mind? A tent or lantern? That green cooler? It’s no wonder that Coleman has become practically synonymous with camping and the great outdoors. This company has been around for more than 120 years! And here’s how it happened…

Reader Poll

If RVtravel.com sold branded RV Travel “merch,” what would you like best?

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

We asked: When RVing, how often do you cook food over a campfire? The answers may surprise you! Find them here.

RV boo-boos – Class C, based on VW bus!

From the land that provides us with the amusement of kangaroos, wombats, and koalas, where else could you find a Class C motorhome built on a VW bus platform? Maybe Australians have more fun than we do in the 48. Check this out.

Around the Campfire: The meanings and origins of many fun camping idioms

By Gail Marsh
A recent holiday weekend brought several young families to the campground. Folks of all ages joined us around the campfire. After brief introductions were made, a young child asked an RVer this question: “Can I see ‘your neck of the woods’?” The RVer had mentioned this phrase during the conversation. The little boy thought it meant a tattoo! A lively conversation followed—all about camping idioms or folk-isms—their meanings and origins. Learn about them here. Can you think of any that they overlooked?

Cycling for RVers: What bike should I buy? Part 4, Hybrid bikes

By Keith Ward
This is the fourth and final entry in this series providing an overview of the different types of bikes. The first three discussed were road, mountain and gravel. Each of these bikes has their strengths and weaknesses, and they vary in their suitability for RVers. I believe that, for the majority of RVers, they’re not the best fit. Today, I go over the type of bike that should be at the top of your list: hybrid bikes. Why are they the top choice? Let’s take a look.

The long, long RV trip

Wrapping up the long, long RV trip: Final thoughts and takeaways

By Cheri Sicard
Thank you for following along on my Long Long RV Trip. This tour is now officially “back in the barn,” as we say in circus terms. I started last May in Southern California and am ending in November in Northern California. In between, I stayed in or passed through 25 states. You can’t do this much travel and not come away with some observations and takeaways.  Some are on the state of the world, some are on the state of RVs and RVing. Continue reading Cheri’s takeaways from her trip.


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 set of LED Trailer Lights?

Light up in style this holiday season with these retro trailer lights!

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (November 26, 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!

Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook”.

This past week’s questions that Dave answered:

Have a question for Dave? Click on any Ask Dave article and scroll down to fill out the form. He’ll get back to you!


with Mike Sokol

SoftStartHome test on a Honda EU7000i generator

Dear Readers,
I’ve been continuing my experiments with the new SoftStartHome™ controller. I don’t have a full report yet since it’s too cold and windy here in Maryland for a full current/temperature test.

However, I was able to do a preliminary trial using my Honda EU7000i generator to power an entire house along with a 15-year-old, 2-ton York air conditioner on my twins’ house.

Read more about why this is essential in case of blackouts at home

Visit Mike’s RVelectricity Forum on RVtravel.com.

Video of the day

RV furnace operation and preventive maintenance

By Cheri Sicard
Mark Polk of RV Education 101 has produced an invaluable video about your RV’s furnace, how it operates, and preventive maintenance tips to keep it running efficiently.

Click here to watch

RV Tire Safety

Have a broken wheel stud? Here is what I would do…

By Roger Marble
I recently read a post about someone discovering a broken wheel stud on their RV. The wheel had been changed after there was a tire problem and the reported labor done at the tire shop is suspect. In my experience, studs get broken from car crashes or over-tightening of the lug nuts. Here is what Roger recommends for a broken or missing wheel stud.

Ask Roger anything about RV tires on his RV Tires Forum.

RV Fire Safety

An emergency fire plan that can save your life

Having a solid fire escape plan may help you replace panic with logical, life-saving actions if a fire occurs. Knowing exactly what to do and doing it quickly can make a big difference in an emergency situation.

Part 4 of 13: Your next step is to determine where you and your passengers would meet if a fire occurred. A preset meeting place at each destination will help to quickly determine if everyone has safely exited the coach.

Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Recipe of the Day

Creamy Turkey & Noodles

by Mary Philio from Montgomery, TX

Need to use up extra turkey? Try this creamy turkey and noodles recipe. Mary is right. This dish has so much wonderful flavor. The sauce is so creamy. Mixing a packet of gravy with cream cheese adds some tang and a savory flavor. Mixing in chopped bacon brings the dish over the top with its smoky taste. Next time, we’re going to try Mary’s fried onions suggestion.

Get the recipe here

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Cooper, our Aussie Shepherd, has grown up camping. From seven weeks of age, he has been on the road. He is a super traveler, never making a sound when on the highway.” —Tracy Lauth

Brain Teaser

What’s one thing that’s always found on the ground but never gets dirty?

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


Movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon in the U.S.

Laugh of the Week


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.

Dustin Simpson RV Repair and Maintenance Articles: Incredibly helpful!

Did you miss last week’s RV Travel?

Read it here | Back issues

Meet Earl and Burl Squirrel, from the mind of RVtravel.com friend R.L. Crabb.

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Sheri Ken
2 months ago

Cooper has a Beautiful Loving Smile with the ears looking at you when taking this great picture! Cooper shows the LOVE and Happiness towards you. Thank you for sharing.

Lil John
2 months ago

The Laugh of the Day was great! Could have had the comment “does his own repairs” along with it. Sent it to several folks I know. Keep up the funnies!

Brian Burry
2 months ago

Cooper is so beautiful and a fantastic dog!

2 months ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Thanks for saying so, Brian ’cause I think he’s beautiful too!

Jerry X Shea
2 months ago

The Poll question “When RVing, how often do you cook over a campfire?” 58% said “NEVER” – That pretty much sums up todays RVers. Just folks that hide inside there “condo on wheels” with all their electric cooking appliances. GEEEEEZZZZZZ

2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

I do not cook over the fire. I do not cook inside my MH. I do cook outside on my Coleman stove ALWAYS.

2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

In reading this newsletter it has appeared to me that many RVers are not campers I used to be a camper, but now am an RV traveler. There are a lot of different definitions of RVers. Maybe 58% are not campers nor have ever been. I used to be able to eat anything cooked on a campfire, but alas no more. I used to tent camp, but alas no more. I used to be able to hike, but alas no more. But my RV, thankfully still allows me to get out and around and enjoy. I do in fact miss the breakfast cooked over a camp fire. Different strokes for different folks. For me those strokes themselves have changed over time, but my RV still allows me to enjoy. (except when my generator died last week. GRRRR lol) Jerry, do enjoy your campfire for a long long time..

2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

Jerry you are making a lot of assumptions… We grill and cook outside (on our electric appliances). Out west it is hard to cook over a campfire when there is a burn ban.

Ron L
2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

Jerry… I think your reply is a little shortsighted as not everyone, and maybe not even the majority of rv’ers, are campers. Use to in my younger days, but now not any more. Most commercial rv parks that we stay at, don’t even have a fire pit.

2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

most cooking (85%) of the time outside on coleman Titanium cook stove or our other griddle that I can use on the propane grill…where is the fun of cooking in a glamorous camper while roughing it in a RV park with electrical / waste/ water hook ups? Dry camping in a wonderful state park is my idea of camping

2 months ago

Exceptionally good issue today!

Kathleen Ince
2 months ago

ever thought of describing or rating the RV shows? Some RV shows – just really aren’t RV shows…i.e. the Sand & Water RV Show in Lake Havasu City, November 18 – 20. less than 10 RVs on site. This show is mostly for dessert toys and their accessories – dune buggys (lots of dune buggys) buggy speakers, buggy lighting, etc. Other shows are RVs only (mostly cheap (low end) towables and/or 5th wheels), no accessories – no vendors. Just a thought!

Larry Harrison
2 months ago

I agree with Don H’s comment about Instagram!!!

Don H
2 months ago

Will you PLEASE stop with the “view this on instagram” links? A lot of us do not have and never will have an instagram account or app. If you can’t post a .jpg, then the item/article is probably not worth reading/seeing anyway.

2 months ago
Reply to  Don H

I don’t have/use Instagram either (and don’t want to) but the weird vintage RV from Australia piqued my interest enough that I clicked on the link. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of photos I was able to view, no account needed.

Tony Grigg
2 months ago
Reply to  Don H

Rebecca is right. ‘Most’ of the time an Instagram link will display properly for a non-member. Try the link.

RV Staff
2 months ago
Reply to  Don H

Sorry, Don. FYI, I don’t have an Instagram account and I don’t have a problem seeing the image. I don’t think other folks have a problem with it either. Have a good day. 😀 -Diane