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    June 13, 2020

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    Editor’s corner

    With Chuck Woodbury

    Rest areas do not come with a better view than the one on the northbound lanes of I-5 about 6 miles north of the small town of Weed, California (where “I Weed” t-shirts are a popular tourist souvenir).

    Here’s the photo I took Tuesday with my iPhone looking east from the rest area. It’s magnificent Mount Shasta, the most beautiful mountain in the lower 48 states. Mount Rainier near Seattle is almost as magnificent, but I believe Mount Shasta should get the #1 position. At an elevation of 14,179 feet, it’s the second-highest volcanic peak in the Cascade range behind Mount Rainier at 14,411 feet. And like Mount Rainer and other Cascade volcanoes, it’s still active, just taking a long nap. It will awaken one day with fury, like its sister to the north Mount St. Helens did in 1980. It would be best to be far away when that happens.

    The mountain is often obscured by clouds, which is a shame for some motorists who pass by only once during bad weather. In my dozens of trips on the highway, I’ve seen it about half the time. On a clear day, driving north, you may spot it from up to 150 miles away.

    Mount Shasta City, pop. 3,400, about a half-hour south of the rest area, is tucked below the mountain, with its traditional Main Street with old fashioned street lamps and mom-and-pop businesses. If you plan to stay in the area awhile, try to get a campsite at the Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, only a few miles off the Interstate. The resort offers all levels of hookups as well as primitive sites, all in a pine forest.

    Lake Siskiyou

    Mount Shasta is the subject of many legends, and even worshipped by some cults. The most remarkable one is about the mysterious people who some believe live inside. They are said to be descendants of an ancient society of Lemuria, a lost continent that sank into the ocean eons ago. Lemurians supposedly live deep inside the mountain in apartments plated with gold. In this secret colony, they preserve their ancient customs.

    Lemurians are commonly described as graceful and tall – seven feet and taller – with long, flowing hair. They are said to have long, slender necks which they adorn with beautiful decorative collars made of beads or precious stones. Perhaps their most unusual physical characteristic is a walnut-sized organ that protrudes from the center of their foreheads. It enables Lemurians to communicate among themselves with extra-sensory perception.

    Legend has it that once upon a time a man fell asleep on Mt. Shasta, to be awakened by a Lemurian who led him inside the mountain to his “cave, which was paved with gold.” The Lemurian told the man that there were a series of tunnels left by volcanoes that were under the earth like freeways – a world within a world.

    Ask anyone who lives in the Mount Shasta area about Lemurians and you will likely get an earful, most along the lines of “Yup, I’ve heard of ’em but never seen one.”

    ALAS, LEMURIANS OR NOT, Mount Shasta is a sight to behold. I guarantee if you are fortunate enough to see it on a clear day, you will never forget it! And if you spot a Lemurian, please snap a photo and send it to me. Same goes for Bigfoot.

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    REPORTER WANTED: We are expanding our news coverage and investigative and consumer reporting on behalf of RVers, and have a full-time freelance or staff position available for a creative, motivated writer/reporter with extensive experience in the news media, as well as knowledge of the RV industry. Work from wherever you are. DO NOT APPLY if you have never worked on deadline, do not have extensive knowledge of the RV business, can’t crank out copy, or don’t love the news business. To be considered, write Chuck Woodbury at chuck@rvtravel.com . If you don’t think you’re hot stuff, then please do not apply.


    Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

    • Big recall on Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Brake fluid could leak.
    • Ford expands F-150, SUV, sedan recall to 2.1 million.
    • A recent survey by the RV Industry Association (RVIA) indicates 46 million Americans will travel by RV in the next 12 months.
    • Small LP cylinder in RV explodes, injuring two adults and four children.
    • RV sold at auction includes a body inside.
    PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Upcoming RV shows • Latest RV recalls • Free and bargain camping locations • Reader survey • and much more …


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

    Make the most of your stay in full-service campgrounds.
    Look for variety in your travels and you’ll find it.
    RV Education 101: Increase your RV fridge’s efficiency.
    Why coyotes pose a threat to your pet in campgrounds.
    Take good care of that RV fridge!


    Propane safety made simple – Part 2

    By Russ and Tiña De Maris
    In Part 1 of our little primer on propane, we talked about the nature of propane gas, and made a few points about taking care of propane storage cylinders. We’re back again to postulate on other propane peculiarities. Topics include how much do you use, should you travel with propane turned on, and other LP safety concerns. Learn more.

    Living in one place, in one home, isn’t as “normal” as it once was

    By Chuck Woodbury
    An idea that has bounced around in my head for a long time is that living in one place, in one home, isn’t as “normal” as it once was. The fact is, every day the number of people who sell their homes to travel full-time with an RV grows. Just observe the traffic along a busy highway. Notice the numbers of “big rig” RVs passing by. These folks are not on the way to the Grand Canyon for a week of camping. Many are on their way to yet another temporary home base where they will stay a week, a month or maybe a season. Continue reading.

    Facebook contest scam offers winner a free luxury motorhome

    A number of Facebook posts have been making the rounds recently in which people are encouraged to share the post and one lucky participant will be win a brand-new motorhome, among them a 2020 Tiffin Phaeton, 2020 Newmar King Aire, and a 2020 Jayco Seneca. Officials at each manufacturer have confirmed to RVBusiness.com that their companies are not associated with any of these Facebook posts. Learn more so you’re not duped.


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

    RVer Safety: Some thoughts on KOA manager pulling gun on couple, and Update
    Poll: Do you have a generator with you on your RV trips?
    My visit to Quartzsite: What a weird, wonderful, quirky place
    What happens when you tear off the black tank valve? Yuck!
    Crashing in the Walmart parking lot


    Brain Teaser

    I am a man without bones, without blood, without life. My flesh is white, cold and shrinking. What am I?

    (Shhh. Don’t give it away. Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)


    Reader Poll

    Do you believe the worst of the Pandemic is behind us now?

    Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.

    The most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletter:
    How long has it been since you rode a bicycle? Find out how more than 2,000 other RVers responded here.


    Design flaw allows squirrel family easy access into RV’s roof space

    RVtravel.com reader Rod Somppi had never had a problem with his RV until the pitter patter of little rodent feet above his ceiling alerted him to unwanted visitors – a family of squirrels. Read about how the critters gained entry and what Rod did to move them out.

    ’68 Airstream sells for $5,200; There are many more where it came from

    Airstream is an RV industry icon. New models range from around $46,000 to $165,000. But there’s another option. How about a used model, well into middle age, for $5,200? The deal sounds good, and it is. The 52-year-old Globetrotter just sold on eBay Motors, but there are more where it came from. Read more.

    Golden Gate Bridge is singing to the Bay Area

    No, you are not going crazy if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and think you hear the Golden Gate Bridge singing. Okay, technically, it’s not singing, but it is humming, and it’s attracting a lot of attention. Listen to it here.


    Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

    “Lockdown’s not so bad. Be glad for the time to watch the clouds drift.”


    Basement storage disorganized? Fix it!

    By Jim Twamley
    No matter what type of RV you own, storage will be an issue. Over the years I’ve used everything from elaborate storage compartment organization units to stackable plastic storage bins and cardboard boxes. I still use all of these because they work. Check out these great ideas.

    Video: Scary! Tropical storm nearly sends RVs parked on beach out to sea!

    A tidal surge in Port Aransas, Texas, from Tropical Storm Cristobal nearly took dozens of RVers and tent campers out to sea on June 7th. … Watch the video as dozens of beach campers had their tents and RVs flooded and trapped by the tidal surge. Yikes!

    Is it a cottage or a camper? It’s both, and it’s real cute

    Answer truthfully, have you ever seen a cuter, more charming camper? We already know the answer: No, you have not. We found this on the CampingRoadTrip.com Facebook page but don’t know anything else about it. Do you? All we know is that it is darn cute and we’d love to have a morning coffee at that sweet table out front. Check it out!


    Popular articles from last week

    Oops! Big boulder loaded on little truck. Watch and weep!
    Hilarious video of a granddad who won’t drink water, only wine!
    Would you pay $800,000 for a site in this luxury RV resort?
    Camping World pulls out – Will big Hershey RV show still go on?
    Lose the shake with a 5th wheel or goose neck tripod.
    Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly.
    Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, June 6, 2020.
    Boondocking in a coronavirus world. Part 1: Why?
    Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations.
    Building an RV park: We had visitors!
    RV Tire Safety: Beware of tire advertising claims.


    WIN THIS!

    SWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY

    CONTEST HAS ENDED. WE HAD TECHNICAL PROBLEMS AND WILL REPEAT THIS CONTEST NEXT SATURDAY.

    How would you like to win this very cool Coleman portable butane stove? Well, this might be your lucky day! In one of this past week’s RV Daily Tips Newsletters we published a secret phrase. Simply email the phrase to us at RVcontests@rvtravel.com. We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (June 13, 2020) by 11 a.m., Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter the contest once.


    Resources

    New Facebook Groups
    RV Travel Tips
    : From the editors of RVtravel.com. Share information with other RVers about great places to visit with an RV.
    Trucks for RV Towing
    : Ask or share information about trucks for towing trailers, fifth wheels or toy hauler RVs.

    ALSO: RV Horror StoriesRV AdviceRV ElectricityRV Parks with Storm SheltersRV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV CampingFree CampgroundsBudget RV TravelRV VideosRV Coronavirus News • plus Texas RV Camping and Florida RV camping.

    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.

    The RV Show USA
    Listen each Wednesday evening on Facebook or YouTube for the live taping of America’s only syndicated radio program about RVing.

    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.


    Ask the RV Shrink

    RVing in COVID-19 summer – Can we visit Glacier National Park?

    Dear RV Shrink:
    What a crazy travel season. We thought this was all going to blow over so we stuck with our plans to spend time in Glacier National Park this summer. It is a place we have always loved and wanted to explore more fully now that we are retired. We mistakenly figured it would be a good year to visit busy Yellowstone and then move up to Glacier. … —Frustrated in Flathead

    Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink’s travel advice.


    RV Education 101

    Check the tires when buying a used RV

    With Mark Polk
    When you are buying a used RV, do not forget to check the tires. It’s not uncommon for RV tires that look okay to be very old. Chances are, the tires on the RV are the tires that came on it when it was new. Read more.


    RV Electricity

    Will my RV generator backfeed power and kill someone?

    Dear Mike,
    I recently bought an RV with a built-in generator and the sales guy told me I had to be careful not to run the generator while plugged into a pedestal or I would “backfeed” electricity into the power lines and do something bad, like kill a line worker. So I have to unplug power from the pedestal before I start up my generator or be responsible for killing someone? Is that correct? I feel like I’m going to have a panic attack worrying about accidentally starting the generator while the power is on. —Fast Eddie

    Read Mike’s response.

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

    Beware of “electricity-saving” and other scams. Here are some “bogus finder” rules from Mike Sokol on how to separate out ads for beneficial products from the (sometimes) scams which are auto-inserted into articles.

    Sign up for Mike’s popular and informative RV Electricity group on Facebook.


    RV Tire Safety

    How to avoid tire “flat spotting” when parked

    With RV tire expert Roger Marble
    Here’s a recent post from an RV forum: “I’m no tire engineer but I always thought of a ‘flat spot’ as an area ground off from a long skid. The old bias ply tires of years ago would ‘deform’ or become ‘out of round’ (especially in cold weather), but a few miles of rotation would flex it back into shape. But that’s all just semantics.” Read here about two types of tire flat spotting and how to avoid one of them when your RV is parked.


    RV Short Stop

    Carhenge still a delight on Nebraska’s high plains

    If roadside attractions grab you enough to venture onto the two-lane back roads of north central Nebraska, and you happen to be traveling a little further west, consider checking out Carhenge in the northwest corner of the Corn Husker State. Carhenge, consisting of a circle of 38 cars, replicates Stonehenge. Read more.


    RV Fire Safety

    Fire extinguisher classifications explained

    Fires extinguishers are divided into classifications based on what type of materials are burning. The most common classes are A, B and C. Following is what each class includes:

    Class A: Ordinary Combustibles – wood, cloth, rubber, paper, many plastics and fiberglass — basically anything that leaves an ash.
    Class B: Flammable Liquids – gasoline, oil and oil-based paint.
    Class C: Energized Electrical Equipment – wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances. Class C does not include fires involving the 12-volt equipment found in all coaches. Once you de-energize or unhook from shore power and turn off your inverter or generator, a fire that occurs is a Class A fire rather than a Class C fire.


    Reader letters

    Interracial RVing couple the target of white RVer’s anger

    Dear Chuck Woodbury,
    I have been reading your newsletter(s) for probably a year now and even submitted our idea for our dream trip that was actually mentioned in one of the newsletters. I promised myself last week that I would finally try to help repair the injustice that exists.

    I am not sure how to start this difficult conversation but your newsletter for me is a start.
    My husband and I are an interracial couple and we have experienced discrimination in the RVing world. Racial discrimination has to end and as grandparents we need to see it end now. The RVing community needs to take a stand and help make this country and the world a better place. … Continue reading this important message.


    Museum of the Week

    Hobo Museum

    The Hobo Museum

    Britt, Iowa

    The Hobo Museum, housed in the former downtown Chief Theater, celebrates the vagabond lifestyle, and does so through fascinating displays and exhibits. Inside the museum, you’ll find original hobo crafts, photos, videos and documents depicting the hobo lifestyle as well as paintings, postcards and dolls. On display are also memorabilia of famous hobos like Frisco Jack, Connecticut Slim, and Hard Rock Kid. The museum also hosts the annual National Hobo Convention. Celebrate the vagabond lifestyle and plan a visit here.


    Readers’ Pet of the Day

    “This is Lola. She is a 112 lb. Great Pyrenees mix. She loves to travel and go on walks. As we travel in our motorhome around to the National Parks, tourists are snapping her photo as she sits proudly in the cab.” — Linda Irons

    Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
    • Monday: Jinx, Biscuit & Holly Tuesday: Ruby Wednesday: Mango Bob
    • Thursday: Niko • Friday: Spike Lee & Gracie Slick


    Quick Tip: Write your campsite number on Fido’s collar

    “In addition to keeping a permanent tag with our cell phone numbers on it for our Shih Tzu, Tiki, we take one additional step to ensure his safety. Whenever we stop at a campground, for one night or an extended period of time, we attach a paper tag with the name of the campground and what site number we are in. This is an added level of safety for him in case he wanders off or we are away from our phones.” — Cheryl and Dennis DeNoi


    Trivia

    Central Park’s lampposts contain a set of four numbers that can help you navigate. The first two tell you the nearest street, and the next two tell you whether you’re closer to the east or west side of the park (even numbers signal east, odd signal west).

    Bumper sticker of the week

    Don’t believe everything you think.

    Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to diane(at)RVtravel.com

    Joke of the Week

    A doctor had left his stethoscope on the car seat, and on the way to preschool his little girl picked it up and began playing with it. “Wonderful!” thought the doctor. “My daughter wants to follow in my footsteps!” Then the child spoke into the instrument, “Welcome to McDonald’s. May I take your order?”

    Worth Pondering

    “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow human beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” —Thurgood Marshall


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    John R Crawford
    1 month ago

    We keep our precious puppy on a leash when outside, like we’re supposed to do, and don’t have to worry about putting our information on her collar.

    Carson Axtell
    1 month ago

    I used to live in Yreka and love the area in and around the Shasta Valley. For those who camp at Lake Siskiyou, the lake serves as the “retirement” pond for the brood stock from the nearby fish hatchery — you can hook into some big rainbow trout while boating on the beautiful lake, with nearby Mount Shasta looming over all from the east. To the west of I-5, over the mountains, is the serene Scott valley. The roads into the valley, and the small roads in and around the Trinity and Marble mountains radiating out from it, are gorgeous day drives. I’ll leave it to the interested to find their own way over there to preserve from overuse the small villages and Shangri-La character of the place. Beautiful, but difficult to access, campgrounds are scattered throughout Siskiyou and surrounding counties, from inland Modoc to seaside Del Norte. This entire area is one of the least visited areas in the Pacific states, with most vacationers simply blasting through on I-5 on their way to more famous tourist destinations. If you really want to relax, this area is the place to do it. I feel guilty discussing it here.
    In fact, forget I mentioned anything about it…

    betty danet
    1 month ago

    I hope to live long enough to see a time where skin color is no more significant than hair color or eye color. I actually thought we were getting there. Sad.

    Chuck Dunn
    1 month ago

    Like your picture of Mt Shasta. We have been by it many times and always look forward to another view. At this time of year most of the time it is still covered with snow. You can always time the dryness of the winter by the amount of snow. Also by how much of the shore you can see at Shasta Lake which you also drove by. I don’t know if it will show but I attached a picture of the Mountain after a normal year.

    Beverly
    1 month ago

    I agree with you about the most beautiful view from a rest area in America. Mt. Shasta just can’t be beat. We stop there every time we drive in northern Calif. Wish I could post a photo I took in 2015. I will go to the facebook site.

    Marilyn M
    1 month ago

    The address of RVcontests@rvtravel.com for the secret phrase was returned twice with the reason “because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.”

    DW/ND
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Marilyn M

    Mine too – just got it back and resent – we’ll see what happens.

    Thomas
    1 month ago

    The cartoon with the guy sitting looking at the mountains has only 4toes to each foot.
    Double amputee?

    Tom
    1 month ago

    I like the “Clintoon”. Is there a book available of these?
    Good joke today too!

    Phil Atterbery
    1 month ago

    We always enjoy passing Mt. Shasta when we are coming or going in Northern CA. We also take notice of Shasta Lake’s water level. Safe travels north.

    Dale
    1 month ago

    Tracy, I am sorry you have to deal with racist people like you described in your experience in Florida. I am not totally shocked as we’ve experienced many “rednecks”in campgrounds. I have never been able to comprehend how someone thinks they’re superior just by the color of their skin. We are all of one race, the human race. This hatred based on skin tone has to stop. God bless.

    Don
    1 month ago

    Like you, we’ve driven past Shasta many times without really seeing it. But as you say, Chuck – it’s certainly spectacular when it’s “out”. None the less, my vote for the most magnificent Real Estate in the Lower 48 goes to Rainier. There is nothing quite as incredible as the view of Rainier from the top of the Gondola at Crystal Mt, or from The Sunrise visitor Center area, or even from above the Paradise visitor center. Rainier’s only fault is that it’s so hard to get “up close and personal” with the mountain. But on a clear day, it entertains every one of us who live in the Puget Sound area. I can live with that…

    Donna Roberts
    1 month ago

    The article on beach campers getting washed up from Cristobal was in Port Aransas, Texas – not Port Arkansas

    Ran
    1 month ago

    Good one Chuck! Win this stove, but due date was yesterday (June 12) at 11am, when the newsletter came out on June 13!

    Lyn
    1 month ago
    Reply to  RV Staff

    Diane, I applaud your track record, considering the volume of articles you fine folks generate. The first mistake is always the hardest to accept!