Members RV Travel Newsletter Issue 963

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    August 29, 2020

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    Editor’s corner

    With Chuck Woodbury

    Executives in the RV industry should read up on William Piper, the creator of the Piper Cub airplane and the founder of the Piper Aircraft Corporation. He was a smart guy who knew that simply creating a product like an affordable airplane was not enough. It was as important, if not more important, that his customers could use what he produced.

    Piper Cub

    The Piper Cub debuted in 1937. It was to aviation what the Model T was to the auto industry. Piper was often referred to as “the Henry Ford of Aviation.” The lightweight airplane sold for less than $1,000, making it affordable to many Americans.

    Mr. Piper was a smart businessman. He knew that people would not buy a Cub unless they had places to take off and land it. So what did he do? He lobbied small towns across the USA to build airports. I’m sure part of his pitch was “build a landing strip and fliers (and their money) will drop in from the skies where they will ‘drop’ their money into your town.”

    Today, the Piper Cub stands as one of the most successful private aircraft in history. But what if Mr. Piper just cranked out the planes and paid no attention to what buyers did with them afterwards? “Airfields? I don’t care. Let ’em find a place to land on their own!” No, he was too smart for that.

    Which brings me to the manufacturer-supported RV industry whose association’s mission is to sell as many RVs as possible with no interest in how those buyers will use them.

    DISPATCH AMBASSADORS ACROSS AMERICA
    Why don’t they do as Mr. Piper did, and send specially trained “ambassadors” to small towns across America to lobby city councils. In today’s world that might mean convincing them that building a city RV park would be good for their community. The ambassadors could provide free building plans and reputable vendors to help the towns cut construction costs. They could provide economic impact reports of how a park can help the local economy. The ambassadors could attend planning commission meetings to counter arguments from ill-informed locals who think RV parks will attract the wrong crowd. They could provide promotional handouts to citizens who think anyone with an RV is “trailer trash.” They could run ads in the local newspaper to explain the benefits of a city RV park.

    As is, none of this is ever done in an organized, professional way.

    Don’t you think Thor, Forest River or Winnebago might be willing to help fund these lobbying efforts? I bet they would if only some special person would step forward to create and administer such a program. But, don’t hold your breath.

    MOST READERS OF THIS NEWSLETTER report it’s getting harder and harder to find places to stay with their RVs. Reservations must be made months (even years) ahead for prime camping spots. Imagine if one of those Piper Cub pilots of yesteryear had to reserve landing times a month ahead.

    I talked with a reader today who told me of a recent trip where he estimated two out of every five RVs in the RV parks where he stayed had temporary license tags — in other words, newly purchased rigs (many, if not most of them by first-time buyers). I have noticed the same thing.

    The RV industry should jump into crisis mode to explore places for these buyers and veteran RVers to stay. Campgrounds are already packed, and even freebie stopover spots like Walmart are increasingly banning overnight stays.

    It will be at least a couple of years before people start again routinely flying overseas or taking cruises. In the meantime, RVing will continue to soar in popularity.

    I don’t want to think what the scene will be like in a year or two. I know from my mail that many RVers are simply dropping out. They didn’t buy an RV to make reservations — that’s what you do with hotels. The appeal of RVing has always been to travel where your heart desires, and then as a day grows short, pull into an RV park or campground for a night, or longer if you like it there.

    DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?
    With so many shopping malls closed across America, why doesn’t the RV industry entice a company to create inexpensive overnight parking spaces with electric hookups in unused parking lots? Why doesn’t the RV Industry Association (RVIA) lobby Cabela’s to install automated electric pedestals in the back corners of its parking lots for RVers who need a place to stay? Ditto Walmart, Target, Home Depot, etc. Why doesn’t Camping World’s Marcus Lemonis or KOA pick up on this idea?

    Why can’t a company come forth to provide 30- and 50-amp hookups in parking lots, like Tesla is doing across the country?

    Tesla has set up charging stations across the country. But then Tesla is a company with vision — one that sees the big picture.

    One of these days, someone in the RV industry with vision will surface who cares more about the lives of millions of people than just going along with the program. And that special person will make a big and lasting difference. Isn’t that what most of us wish to do with our lives?

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    Also: My staff and I hope and pray that those of you displaced by wildfires or Hurricane Laura will find a way through your ordeal, despite what must be difficult, challenging times. If you have been affected, please feel to share your stories with us, and we’ll share at least some of them with our readers. Submit them here.


    Keep informed
    Current Wildfire Report.
    National Hurricane Center.


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

    Do you really need solar panels on your RV?
    Ten tips for proper hydration.
    Avoid major damage – Inspect all exterior seams regularly.
    Master your cruise control for smooth traveling.
    RV shopping? Run away from water damage!


    Clintoons • By Clint Norrell


    Try this easy DIY trick to trap fruit flies (watch the video, it works!)

    By Nanci Dixon
    It is fruit fly season here in Minnesota and, boy, they are everywhere! They particularly seem to enjoy bananas (well, all fruit really), and this morning they took a liking to my cereal. They have to go! This is an easy-to-make trap to attract and contain them. You won’t believe how simple and effective this is!

    This video could save you from danger during a tire blowout

    Chad and Tara of Changing Lanes take wonderful care of their tires. They protect them with UV spray, they check to make sure they’re properly inflated, they constantly check the tread wear and the dates, they don’t drive fast, and they have a TPMS installed… yet they still had a tire blowout. Watch the video for important safety tips.

    What if disaster strikes and you can’t get back to your RV?

    By Barry Zander
    The rains came. We didn’t think they would stop. Almost 11 inches hit the west face of Mt. Lemmon towering above Catalina State Park in Arizona. We were there. When it did finally stop, we looked out and saw a 50-foot-wide river of rushing water between us and the exit road to the highway. Too deep and swift to drive or wade across. We were trapped, possibly along with pets in RVs of our fellow campers. What happens if a natural disaster occurs and you can’t return to your RV? Get some tips here.

    The pandemic: The bad news, the good news, and the feel-good news

    By Nanci Dixon
    Do you want the bad news or the good news first? Let’s start with the bad news to get it out of the way. We can all agree that this year has been difficult … hard … and for some of us, horrible. It has been almost a year since we first started hearing about a strange disease related to SARS in China. We knew it would never reach our shores. But reach us it did and here we are. … Read more for the good news and some uplifting feel-good news.

    The campers who did this should be thrown in jail!

    A reader sent editor Chuck Woodbury a photo showing intentional damage by a camper to a campsite in a National Park, and it made his blood boil. What kind of person would do such a thing? The more he looked at the photo, the angrier he became. What do you think?


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

    There are still heroes of the highway
    RV shopping? Watch out for the dreaded low-end CCC sticker
    When Quartzsite had it’s own bank – in a motorhome!
    RVer annoyed with park ranger’s attitude


    Brain Teaser

    Unscramble the words below so that each pair of words rhymes.

    1. RBAE & HREAS
    2. WNROED & UTRHNDE
    3. TUGHAT & HBTUGO
    4. ODULC & ODOG

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


    Reader Poll

    How many motor vehicles do you own?

    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 newsletters:
    In the past year, have you paid your credit card balances in full each month? See how nearly 2,300 other RVers responded.


    Masks required in 34 states. Are people wearing them?

    By Nanci Dixon
    Thirty-four states currently have mask mandates. The mandates vary state by state …. While some states have not mandated masks, cities within a state can mandate masks. Miami mandated masks while Florida did not. A couple of weeks ago I posted a question in the Facebook group RVing During the Pandemic. I asked if people are seeing others wearing masks and social distancing. Here are some of your responses.

    Get paid $1,000 to “digitally detox” in an RV. Is this what RVing is about?

    By Emily Woodbury
    A contest by SatelliteInternet.com wants to pay you $1,000 to “digitally detox” in an RV for 48 hours. “Digitally detox?” Sure, for some, that might feel like a necessary relief these days, when screens and advertisements and videos are plastered and playing around us 15 hours a day … but is that really what RVing is all about? Read more.

    Thought about working the sugar beet harvest? This might convince you

    By Nanci Dixon
    Sid and Karen Woods are a retired couple that are currently park hosts at a campground in Minnesota. After their park host gig ends here, they will be going to Michigan to work the sugar beet harvest. The Woodses worked the harvest last year for the first time in North Dakota and loved it. Not only did they make some significant money for completing the entire month, but they said how much the farmers appreciated their work. Read more.

    A sad warning about flimsy step stools

    By Barry Zander
    For those of you who have ever tripped coming out of your RV, this story is for you (and a warning for those who haven’t). Sitting in a booth at some Midwestern Pizza Hut, my wife, Monique, and I were biding our time until our number was called … “Whatdaya think that man over there is thinking?” I asked, indicating the senior at the table across the room. He was by himself, seeming to stare at his plate without eating. Minutes went by without us noticing any change in expression and little movement. He just stared down at his pizza. … Continue reading.


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    New blog: Crowded campgrounds

    RV Travel readers chime in with their stories, and we try to make sense of how to deal with the huge influx of new RVers competing for a mostly unchanging number of places to stay. Read the second installment of this weekly blog.

    Amazon CamperForce: Quick cash, tough work

    By Keith Ward
    Fall is coming on quick, and that means cooling temperatures, changing leaves, and a strange migration throughout the land – not birds going south for the winter, but RVers heading to campgrounds to become part of the seasonal Amazon CamperForce. Amazon CamperForce is a small army of folks that makes some money working in gigantic Amazon warehouses to handle the demands of Christmas shopping madness. The jobs start in September and October, and end just before Christmas. Learn more.

    Neat RV rental company delivers right to your door or campsite

    By Nanci Dixon
    Earlier this week, I spent some time chatting with a new campground neighbor and found out that she owns a business, GuestWings™ mobile RV suites, that rents and delivers Airstream trailers to homes and campgrounds as an extra bedroom space for overnight guests. What a great idea to have extra guest space either at home or at the campground! Continue reading.

    Airstream Touring Coaches – What you need to know – Part Three

    This is Part Three of a four-part series entitled What You Need To Know About Airstream Touring Coaches. In this series, Andy Pargh, The Gadget Guru, interviews Justin Humphreys, the Vice President of Sales of Airstream, Inc., and various topics are discussed regarding Airstream’s Sprinter Touring Coach Business as well as the specific models in the lineup. Note: This is not a commercial and no payments were provided Andy for the production of this video. Watch Part Three here.


    Popular articles from last week

    RV park’s reputation gets smashed after harsh treatment of campers.
    Campground Crowding. Discussion for August 22, 2020.
    Deer flies a problem? Try this easy trick.
    Tips for Wi-Fi and cell data on the road.
    As RVers are we “getting away from it all” or is the lifestyle “getting away from us”?
    RVelectricity – Can I get shocked from a GFCI?
    Storytelling: A pleasant RV spot, a mysterious gray van, and a whole lotta cops
    Knowing this hidden key trick could save you a road service call.
    RV Electricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Why does my 30-amp plug overheat?
    RVers and experts weigh in: What are the best days to travel?
    Giant wooden spool attacks pickup truck then disappears.
    Boondocking in a coronavirus world. Part 5: Here’s a big variety of things to see and do.
    Letter from 10-year-old RVer will touch your heart.
    More than 58,000 Ram trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokees recalled.
    Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, August 22, 2020.


    SWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY

    How would you like to win this Retro RV Cutting Board? 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@gmail.com . We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (August 29, 2020) by 11 a.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

    LAST WEEK’S WINNER of the NOAA Weather Alert Radio was Ron Schafer of Indianapolis, Indiana. The previous week’s winner of the terrific drone was Steve Tolbert, of Xenia, Illinois.


    Resources

    Our NEWEST Facebook Groups: California RV TravelRVing Route 66Casino CampingElectric bikes for RVingCrowded Campgrounds DiscussionRVers Who Just Bought Their First RVRVing over 60RVing During the PandemicRV Tires with Roger MarbleCoronavirus News for RVersRV Parks where you can fish without a licenseRVing Fulltime RVing with DogsTowing Behind a MotorhomeRVing with a DisabilityRV Travel TipsTrucks for RV Towing

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

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

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

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

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

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


    RV Tech Corner with Mark Gorrie

    Gearbox broke and our slide is grinding – Help!

    Dear Mark,
    We are on the road and I think a gearbox broke when we went to deploy our kitchen slide. The slide moved about an inch and stopped moving and started grinding. No mobile techs are available for days and we are hours from any dealership. What can we do to get through this trip? Read Mark’s response.


    RV Electricity

    Can I run my air conditioner from batteries?

    Dear Readers,
    One of the most-asked questions I’ve received this year is about the possibility of powering a rooftop air conditioner from solar panels without shore power or a generator. At first I thought it was a silly idea without any chance of working at all. However, as new technologies become more readily available such as lithium batteries, hybrid inverters and soft start controllers, there’s the possibility of running an air conditioner for at least a few hours in the evening in order to cool down your bedroom enough to sleep. Getting the batteries recharged from solar is still a difficult proposition, but I’m working on it. Learn more.

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

    How low of a voltage is too low?

    Dear Mike,
    I’ve got an EMS surge protector that keeps cutting off our power in the afternoon. It usually comes back on in a few minutes but gives us a low-voltage error. Isn’t it supposed to be 110 volts? So just how low is too low, and what does it hurt? —Estelle

    Read Mike’s answer.

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


    RV Tire Safety

    “Cold inflation pressure” and clarification of tire terms

    By Roger Marble
    It appears I messed up in my previous post “More on tire cold inflation vs. ‘set pressure’.” I failed to properly define the terms I was using, so if you bear with me I will try and clear things up. Continue reading.


    Building an RV Park

    Stress and more stress, but Max brightens our days

    By Machelle James
    Now I understand why I keep getting asked, “How are you and AJ doing?” I always have said, “We are good, and we are learning to work together.” Well, even the best of marriages are going to be tested when opening a business together. Last week when we were tense and started snapping at each other, we weren’t speaking much and knew we had to have a talk. Once we realized what was happening to us and why we were short with each other, we realized it was severe STRESS. … [W]e are both secretly scared [the campground] won’t be built in the time frame we need it to be built. Read more.


    The RV Kitchen

    Throwback Stew

    Back to basics: Stone Soup. Do you long for the good ol’ days of camping, when you and your sibs gathered wood for the campfire? Dad fanned the flames with yesterday’s newspaper while Mom opened the pork and beans with Dad’s army surplus can opener. This affordable, tasty, easy “pork ‘n’ beans” stew is leaner, thanks to using fresh pork cubes rather than salt pork or bacon. It’s easily made on any camp stove, RV range or campfire. This recipe is easily multiplied. Get the recipe.


    The Digital RVer

    How to find that boondocking spot again: Just take a photo

    By Chris Guld
    In several articles here at RV Travel, I have praised the ability of our phones to record location along with the photos we take. Here is another example of that, using a new feature of Google Photos called “Explore Map”. Remember that great boondocking site you had near Quartzsite? Could you find it again? Did you take a photo of it? If so, then Google Photos can help you find it, and give you exact directions to drive there again. Learn how easy this is here.


    Reader letters

    Dear editor:
    We are full-timers and have read your discouraging article about crowded campgrounds. My wife is so concerned about summer availability, with occasional hookups, that she’s talking about camp hosting all summer long and only traveling in the winter. We are in a large truck camper. I believe we can find something easier than someone who has a fifth wheel or a class A. Please tell us it is so. —Bryan and Corrina B.

    Read the editor’s response.


    Facebook Groups of Interest

    Boondocking & Free Camping USA
    Glamping PUPS (Pop-Up Campers)
    DIY Camper Vans

    Plus, join us in our own groups HERE.


    Readers’ Pet of the Day

    Our dog, Owen. He’s half Husky and half Norwegian Elkhound. He’s sitting in front of the fireplace in our camper, probably wishing it was turned off. Kinda prefers the cold, as you could imagine. But he loves camping…the hikes, the campfires, and the hot dogs. — Chuck, Danville, PA

    Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
    • Monday: Violeta Tuesday: Tui Wednesday: Bailey & Dutch • Thursday: Carly
    • Friday: Arvie


    Trivia

    Scientists have found evidence of take-out restaurants in the remains of Pompeii. Source: mentalfloss.com

    Bumper sticker of the week

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

    Joke of the Week

    A masked RV!

    Photo by Alicia and Albert Rivas on Facebook.


    Leave with a song from the past

    This week’s song is from 1943, sung by Vera Lynn in front of a crowd of British RAF flyers during World War II. Ms. Lynn was perhaps the most beloved singer in Britain during the war for her songs of romance and hope. Later, she was held in great affection by the war’s veterans and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century. Here she is singing We’ll Meet Again. Grab your Kleenex.


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    Sink Jaxon
    1 month ago

    RE; The Digital RV’er…Thank you Chris!! great tip! There’s so many times where we say, “now where was that again?”

    Robb Niebeling
    1 month ago

    The problem with most closed mall parking lots, is that frequently the malls have closed because they’re now in unsafe neighborhoods. I wouldn’t stay in the lot of the closed mall near us…

    John T
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Robb Niebeling

    Yes, mall parking lots, whether open or closed, are gathering grounds for teens and ne’er-do-wells.

    Maria Herth Schulz
    1 month ago

    Your editor’s corner article today was excellent, as usual. Might I suggest that you, and others, submit your article to local newspapers throughout America. I plan to send it to my local newspapers. It’s up to us to encourage the growth of more options for campers to park and enjoy America. Thanks for all you do!
    Maria Schulz

    Ed D.
    1 month ago

    Chuck, I normally read the weekly letter with the Ads included. When I clicked on the ads included, it took me to last weeks letter? If I read it without the ads, it came out correct! Not sure what is causing it. Let me know if anyone else had the same thing happen to them. Thanks and have a great weekend!

    Admin
    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Ed D.

    Thanks, Ed! Shoot! I goofed — I thought I had updated the link last night. 😯 I’ve corrected it. Have a good night, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

    Barry
    1 month ago

    Unfortunately if Piper built aircraft the way RV manufactures build RV’s they likely would crash on takeoff.

    Robert Wohlrab
    1 month ago

    Chuck, I loved you comments about Piper and his airplanes. But, you forgot an important part. The product he made and sold was a GOOD PRODUCT. Most of today’s RV manufacturers would have a hard time convincing cities to build RV parks when they can’t build an RV with consistent quality and road worthiness. Just sayin’

    rvgrandma
    1 month ago

    I like the idea of manufactures working with cities to develop parks. The problem comes with all those that leave a mess behind – ruins it for the majority of responsible RVers. When the local Walmart took out the gas station that was a perfect area for RVs to park overnight. Unfortunately, old RVs came in, even tenters, and left trash every where so Walmart fenced the area off.

    Steve
    1 month ago

    Great idea – I volunteer

    James O'Briant
    1 month ago

    There are thousands (tens of thousands?) of new RVs on the road, bought by first time RVers who really have no idea what they’re doing. By this fall, a lot of them will be disillusioned about RV camping, and if the COVID-19 situation allows it next year, the disillusioned “RV newbies” will sell their 1-year-old RVs and go back to vacation travel via air, train or cruise ship, and staying in hotels and motels. I predict a glut of one-year-old used RVs hitting the market in the coming months, and some real bargains to be had for careful RV shoppers.

    Frank
    1 month ago

    Talking about aviation and planing ahead, Cessna did the same but in the training area. Cessna built the C-150 as a trainer by the thousands then set up schools with dealers all across the country to train pilots. Once pilots got their private licence they moved up to larger aircraft which Cessna built all the way up to the Jets. So they ended up with the largest manufacture of small and large airplanes in the country. Very smart, Can’t believe the RV industry can’t see that. This could be an industry that could be unbelievable large and something in the future for a lot of full timers and young people starting out solving the housing crisis. A solution for housing. A trailer park could be a thing of the past, turning it into new communities which is in high demand now. I wish I was younger to be able to be part of that.

    John T
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Frank

    Piper lobbied for airfields and Cessna developed training programs because those things were necessary in order to encourage people to purchase. The same is not true for RVs. People buy them with the false assumption that there will be plenty of places to stay. They only learn the truth AFTER the purchase.

    Ron Seidl
    1 month ago

    I agree with the blog about the reservation system failing. Seeing a campground with no sites available on the reservation system but half the sites vacant due to no shows. I think the no shows should be affected somehow. I propose that each site that is reserved show the total time for the reservation. Then if the site is not occupied by say 6PM of the first day, it becomes First Come First Serve for the duration of the reservation.

    Rich
    1 month ago

    As with anything else, if there is awareness of a market, plenty of demand, and an opportunity to make a good profit, plus interested capital, it doesn’t take long for the supply to catch up to demand. In this case, for the private sector at least, there are barriers. You can’t have an RV park without land, power, septic or sewage system, roads that are driveable for large rigs, and I’m sure other things I haven’t thought of, and all of these need to be located within a reasonable distance of something that attracts visitors, or at the very least, a route between attractions that is busy enough to maintain a sufficient level of occupancy. All of these factors vary by a lot from location to location. It’s not as simple as building a McDonald’s.
    The first barrier is finding a place where all of these factors exist. The second barrier is buying a large enough suitable piece of property, and developing it. That requires a lot more capital than most “Mom and Pop” operations can manage.

    Ralph Pinney
    1 month ago

    Hey Chuck,
    I know we have disagreed in the past on some points, but I agree totally with your suggestion for the RV industry to be more like Piper. Even if they were less than full hookups. One, maybe two nights stay would yield revenue for the town’s businesses. If anyone reading this is going to or leaving the Black Hills, there’s a small number of sites with electricity in Crawford, NE. They are located in a beautiful city park.

    Ralph

    Martin A
    1 month ago

    Can you hook an rv to a tesla charging station?

    Notfunny
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Martin A

    IN A WORD, “NO”! Totally different electrical system.

    Bob p
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Martin A

    Nope

    Sink Jaxon
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Martin A

    No, they’re limited to cars…Not only that but Tesla can only be charged at a Tesla station, BUT! all electric cars can be charged at EVgo stations, including Tesla.
    https://www.evgo.com/ev-drivers/customer-resources/

    Dee Kelham
    1 month ago

    In reference to finding your favorite boondocking site all you have to do is use your GPS and go to “the where am I” function. It will save the coordinates in “favorites” with a name you choose so you can find the location again.

    Ran
    1 month ago

    Good point and well versed Chuck, on the lack of rv camping spots. Maybe a call to Bezos, or Tesla are in order? Who knows, maybe they travel like us (or desire to), and will be interested in this venture!

    Bob
    1 month ago

    RV Park Availability: We bought our RV eight years ago. We want to take our time and enjoy our National Parks, so we generally stay at least one month where ever we visit. We immediately found out that, depending on the location, we needed to make reservations six months to one year in advance. We’ve become accustomed to planning ahead and keep a five year plan. So, advanced reservations are not concerning, but what does concern us is that costs are driven by supply and demand. Eight years ago we could easily get a $600/month RV site at a mom & pop RV park near Yellowstone NP. But today, most of those RV parks have been taken over by corporations that know how to squeeze every dime out of their customers. They no longer offer monthly or weekly fees. There is only one fee that is $75-$100/night. That is not affordable. I did find one last RV park this summer with reasonable rates where we stayed. But, I seriously doubt it will be there when we return in two years.

    Sink Jaxon
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Bob

    I have never paid $75 a night anywhere…that would be $2250 for 30 days. I would consider paying that at a Florida resort for a week maybe…but a week in any one spot is enough for me. Then again, we’re not full timers and have no desire to be. We can always come back to our 35 acre ranchito in Southern Colorado.

    John M
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Sink Jaxon

    Then you haven’t used KOA resent. I just booked 3 nights and it was 75.00 a nigh but I did get to pick the site I wanted. that privilege cost me an additional 10.00 the site was 65.00 and now is 75.00 I remember when I stayed at this Koa and it was 24.00 to 30.00

    CBonelli
    1 month ago

    Love today’s editorial – the analogy of Piper Cub and Tesla are perfect for how to grow a business. I hope the big kids in RV sales & manufacturers take a critical look at their business model and recognize people don’t just want an RV, they want an experience – many of them all across our country. Thank you for caring, and sharing your ideas.

    Tom
    1 month ago
    Reply to  CBonelli

    There is a real need for enroute “just the night” operations. Automation would reduce costs. Just a pad, water, power, maybe a dump site. Easy in and out with drive through design, no need to unhook.