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January 16, 2021

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Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

About a year ago I had planned to write an essay about a topic that I find sad – the disappearance of small town cafes. But then the pandemic hit and there were more pressing matters to discuss.

Now, with the hope that soon life will return to normal (or close to it), I have been thinking again about getting back on the road and resuming my regular activities. Among my favorites is dining at small-town cafes.

Brownies, Yuma, Arizona. A good place still surviving after 75 years.

For the past dozen years, I have observed the disappearance of such places. With McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Cracker Barrel and other chains located at major Interstate off-ramps, fewer motorists will drive two or three miles to a bypassed main street in search of a good place for a local meal. Yes, some such places still exist.

In his best-selling book Blue Highways, author William Least Heat-Moon rated small-town restaurants by how many calendars they had on their walls. The more calendars, the better.

When I reminisce about my decades of RVing, I recall fondly the many people I met in small-town cafes. I remember meeting waitress Mary Merry at one in Eastern Washington. A news clipping on the wall noted that Bill Gates once stopped for lunch. “He ordered a hamburger with fries and a shake,” Mary Merry explained. She told me that one of his associates left only a modest tip on his behalf, which was interesting considering he was then the richest man in the world.

In the late 1980s Abbie Clark showed me her Logger Burger in a cafe on the Olympic Peninsula

Having spent so much of my time exploring the rural West, I have met many cowboys, often in cafes. For much of my life as a “roving reporter,” I traveled alone. I would almost always sit at the counter at a small-town cafe, for companionship as much as food. Sometimes, a stop for lunch lasted days, when someone I met invited me to his or her home. I met a beautiful cowgirl about my age at a Main Street cafe in tiny Dubois, Idaho. She was single, I was single. I asked her to dinner. I’m not sure how we chose a restaurant. I believe there were two choices – a steakhouse that qualified as pretty good and another place that was okay as long as you had Tums available later. Alas, nothing came of our “date,” but that’s the way it goes.

A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
One of my most memorable rural dining experiences was at Miss Piggy’s Cafe in Tygh Valley, Oregon, population about 200. I remember this particular cafe well because of its signature entree, the Earl Burger, which I felt compelled to order. Alas, it was far from impressive: To this day it tops my list of the worst burgers I ever ate. I have never figured out exactly what meat it contained. Perhaps some jackrabbit was mixed in. It was this dining experience that taught me an important lesson: The longer a meal’s aftertaste, the worse the meal. The aftertaste of the Earl Burger endured through two counties as I traveled south on lonely U.S. 197.

This clown has run a lot of small town cafes out of business.

Alas, now as we enter the second year of the pandemic, I wonder how many of the small-town cafes I visited are now gone – done in by the pandemic. I know that Miss Piggy’s Cafe closed years ago. The Earl Burger wasn’t good enough to save it.

I will keep searching for America’s surviving cafes, and I urge you to do the same. Stop for ham and eggs, coffee or pie. If you’re in luck, partake of a milkshake made in a classic Hamilton Beach blender. McDonald’s will somehow survive without you.

Oh, don’t forget to count the calendars on the wall. If there are more than a few, you will probably have a good meal.

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P.S. We are still looking for one or two writers. He or she MUST be highly ethical with professional news writing experience, and know how to write quality articles fast. This is a freelance position (work from anywhere) – the pay could be excellent for the right person. Interested? Email us at editor (at) RVtravel.com.


Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• RV shows “must go on,” despite a global pandemic
• Do you want Endurance, the electric pickup truck?
• Con game that targets RVers: A sadder but wiser couple
• Keystone debuts Arcadia, fifth wheel innovation
• Bullets and propane tanks do not mix!
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • 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

Electrical problems? This tip may save you an RV service call
Move your RV TV for comfort
What to do about squeaky slideouts
Keep your water pressure under control
5 tips to increase RV kitchen storage space


Today’s RV review…

Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Tiffin Phaeton 40AH Motorhome. He writes, “When you spend this kind of money on a coach with this kind of reputation, you don’t come across places or features where the manufacturer has cut corners. Instead, you are pleasantly surprised by how well things are done.” Read more and take a tour.

Last week’s reviews:
2021 Airstream Interstate 19 Class B2021 Northern Lite 8-11 Limited Edition Truck Camper2021 Coachmen Freelander 21RS2021 Keystone Montana High Country 280CK Fifth WheelCrossRoads Texan 33DB Travel Trailer


Clintoons • By Clint Norrell


The most important word in your RV’s insurance policy… Is it wrong?

By Randall Brink
It all started with one word… and an online discussion of RV insurance. The debate revolved around what happens if you experience a total loss of your RV. There was much discussion of “book value,” “actual cash value” and “agreed value.” Most people were of the mind that these terms were the same. They’re not. So I can imagine that many parties to the exchange did as I did and ran straight to their insurance files to read their policy. It was then that I discovered a glaring one-word error in my motorcoach policy: “Agreed” vs. “Actual.” Continue reading, then be sure to check your policy.

crowded campgroundsCampground Crowding: If you have to cancel, pay it forward…

More people than ever are taking up RVing. The result is campground crowding like never before. In this weekly blog, RV Travel readers discuss their experiences. Let’s start today on a positive note, shall we? Sometimes the best way to cancel is to just gift or pay it forward to the next campers. Also, readers continue to offer their thoughts on cancellation fees, and the fact that there are lots more options than crowded campgrounds. Read more.

Here’s why diesel pusher radiators overheat… Don’t let this happen!

By Kate Doherty
Last summer, our ’08 diesel pusher with a rear-facing radiator kept overheating, especially when climbing small hills. Initially, we rationalized that the two-speed fan wasn’t shifting from low to high, so we changed the fan relay – to no avail. We didn’t want to climb the Rockies with this problem, so we queried a local radiator shop and were instructed to spray the radiator at the back with low-pressure water from a garden hose. Continue reading.


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

Holy smokes! This is one very weird RV
“RV park of the future” misses the mark
Motorhome sideswipes truck. Video captures it all. Ugly!
Something is fishy about this RV…


What is the flattest state?
Is it (a) Kansas, (b) North Dakota, (c) Florida, or (d) Louisiana? The answer is below in today’s trivia.


Reader Poll

How do you feel about the influx of new RVers?

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:
Do you have a landline telephone?
See how nearly 2,700 other RVers answered.


Be careful where you put your satellite dish or this can happen

By Gail Marsh
Many RVers invest in a television satellite dish. It’s nice to have reliable TV wherever and whenever you want to tune in to your favorite shows, but be careful where you choose to install your TV satellite dish. Read what resulted from this “genius” idea of where to put a satellite dish.

Winnebago unveils new mobility enhanced motorhome

Winnebago is a pioneer in building motorhomes that are specially designed for people with mobility challenges. In this video from the 2021 Florida RV SuperShow, you can tour this Winnebago Inspire, which is brand-new for the 2021 model year. Check it out here.

Meet the horses of the first RVs, the “Traveler” caravans

By Nanci Dixon
In last weekend’s RVtravel.com newsletter, there was a video of John Lennon gifting a Caravan to his 4-year-old son, Julian. This sparked a memory… In Ocala, Florida, the horse capital of the world, we visited with the amazing Gypsy Vanner horses that traditionally pulled the “Traveler” caravans as seen in the video. … Think RVing is new? The Travelers had their house on wheels more than 160 years ago! This is fascinating!

Aftermarket awnings available for smaller RVs

For those who have wanted an awning on a Class B, Class C, or a pop-up trailer, MCD Innovations, an Airxcel brand, has introduced the B1000 line of Powered Box Awnings. These awnings are available in three lengths, two box finishes, and three fabric colors. Continue reading.


Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific Standard time today, Jan. 16, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

In the past week three readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Frank H. of California, Clint G. of South Dakota, and Mark O. of Plainfield.

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

He bought an RV with $20,000 worth of damage. His warning to you…
The Big Quartzsite RV Show: They have built it – will you come?
Directory of RV Reviews (too many popular posts to list individually).
5 tips to increase RV kitchen storage space
New coast-to-coast trail lets you bike or walk across the U.S.
Campground Crowding: Which state has highest cancellation fees?
Are all RV ovens created equal? Do you use yours?
Cars to flat tow: Buick Encore GX AWD review
Campground and RV Park News, January 9, 2021
Things to smile about this week: January 10, 2021
RVelectricity – What is a GFCI nuisance trip?
Nifty device tells you if your RV is dangerously overweight


Saturday Giveaway!

The Prize: LED Road Flare Kit

How to win

We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (January 16, 2021) by 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard 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 and see last week’s winner!


Resources

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.

NEW: Check out all our favorite websites of the day! We compiled a list of (almost) all the websites we’ve ever posted, and we’ll continue to update it.

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.

RV Advice: Join us on this popular RVtravel.com Facebook group. Ask questions, help others with theirs. If you are in the market to buy an RV, RV Buying Advice would be helpful, too.

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 Show Calendar. See what’s coming up and what’s been cancelled. UPDATED

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.

See all of our many Facebook groups here.


RV Gadgets and Gizmos

Innovative system debuts for winter RV living

If winter camping is your thing, one of the ways many campers have kept their water systems from freezing is by blocking airflow from underneath those rigs. In the past, I’ve seen people use hay, cardboard and all manner of other materials. But if you’re Jim Phelan, you take your background in creating innovative products and invent AirSkirts. AirSkirts are inflatable skirts that fit under an RV to block airflow during cold winter months. Continue reading.


Featured video

In 1957, a British stage actress gets away in her stylish motorhome


Which road will it be?

Photos by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury


RV Electricity

Potential problems of upgrading to a Lithium battery

Dear Readers,
I’m going to do something a little bit different in this column. I’m going to introduce one of my colleagues to you, specifically Dennis Wieske from Progressive Dynamics, Inc. … Since Lithium battery conversions are a hot topic nowadays, Dennis has offered to do a YouTube Livestream with me in a few weeks. … [But] for now I want you to meet him through a basic article he just wrote about the potential problems of upgrading to a Lithium battery in your RV if your charging system wasn’t designed to handle it. Continue reading then please participate in the attached poll to let Mike know if you would be interested in watching the upcoming Livestream event about Lithium battery charging, where you’ll get to ask the experts questions in real time.

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

Please get a meter kit. Here’s why

Dear Readers,
I’ve had more than a dozen inquiries in just the last week about various types of power failures in RVs. Some were due to the batteries dying from a failed converter. At least one (maybe two) of them was because the circuit breaker feeding the charger was tripping due to more current going to the batteries than the breaker was rated for. Several of them had hot-skin conditions they discovered by being shocked. Continue reading, and learn what Mike recommends and why.

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


RV Tire Safety

What is so “special” about RV trailer tires, anyway?

By Roger Marble
Are RV trailer tires exempt from the physical laws of the universe? What is so special about RV trailers that would make people think they are free from scientific principles and physical realities? On an internet forum for owners of a well-known RV trailer company, there was a discussion on what the correct or proper inflation and load capacity was for tires on the company’s trailers. I jumped in with the following observations. Continue reading.

Have a tire question? Sign up for Roger Marble’s new Facebook Group: RV tire news, information and discussion, hosted by RVtravel.com and moderated by Roger. He’ll be happy to help you.


Building an RV Park

We had a bombshell dropped on us!

By Machelle James
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when AJ opened his email and he received a BOMBSHELL email from our General Contractor. Here it is: “We would like to thank you for the opportunity to look at your project. Looking further into the documents that the bank requested, we are unable to meet their performance bond requirements. We are going to have to respectfully decline moving forward with your project.” WAIT! WHAT?! You’ve had our project for months! Continue reading.


The RV Kitchen

Salmon Patties

Say hello to the sacred salmon. In many Native American cultures salmon is sacred, and for good reason. Keep it on hand to serve as a stalwart standby that keeps in the pantry for months. It makes a reliable, tasty and highly nourishing meal any day and in emergencies. Janet gives you several great ideas for salmon, including these delicious, crusty Salmon Patties that you can make small for canapes or burger-size as a main course. Get the recipe.


The Digital RVer

Allstays is the best app to find RV parking

If you’ve attended any of Geeks on Tour’s seminars at RV rallies, you know that their favorite app for RVers is Allstays Camp & RV. It is simply the most complete collection of information about places for RVs to park in North America. … Allstays Camp & RV is an app for iPhones and it used to be available on Android as well, but you won’t find it in the Play store now. Don’t despair – there is a solution. Find out what it is here.


Reader letters

Dear Editor:
When my family and I started the RV hobby 30 years ago we never made reservations. We never made plans, just drove until we got to an area we liked, consulted our camp directory and found a place to stay. It didn’t matter if we wanted to stay one night or a week. Today’s RVing puts you more on a schedule that you have to stick to. You have to make it to that next campground or you may not have a place to stay or end up in a Walmart parking lot. I did that for the first time last year. It wasn’t bad for one night even though I spent more than $100 for supplies. —Ken H.

Dear Ken,
Staying overnight at Walmart is an essential part of RVing for many RVers. Our surveys have shown that more do it for convenience than to save money. But not a week passes that a few more Walmart stores ban overnight RV parking. One day, we suspect, the company will post “no overnight stays” signs at all its stores. Where will RVers stay? We are working on a story about this. —Chuck, editor


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“These four travel all over the West with us. They love National Parks that have a Bark Ranger program. Whenever people comment about the number of dogs we have, I always say, ‘You should see the ones we left at home!’ With the exception of the brown terrier, these dogs all herd sheep or cows. The two black dogs are Lancashire Heelers from Britain. With only 350 in the U.S., we get lots of questions. Their names are Finn, Chauncey, Birdy and Austin Healy.” —Karen Mason

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
• Monday: Freeway Tuesday: Two anonymous “fur babies” looking out the window Wednesday: Buster • Thursday: Dakota • Friday: Another anonymous pup wondering when they can go RVing again

BE WARNED… STILL: The FDA has recalled certain varieties of Sportmix pet food due to toxic levels of aflatoxin. So far, 70 dogs have died due to the toxic mold, and 80 more have been sickened. For more information, click here.


Trivia

What is the flattest state in the U.S.? If you guessed anything other than Florida, you were wrong. Florida is the flattest state. One of its highest points is Mount Trashmore at 225 feet. (No, we’re not referring to Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia.) It’s not natural, but a landfill located between Coconut Creek and Deerfield Beach in northern Broward County. It’s hard to miss along the east side of Florida’s Turnpike between mile markers 69 and 70.

Mount Trashmore

Joke of the Week

Instead of a joke this week, here’s a picture. How many of us can identify in some way with this sign in an RV park restroom?

Leave with a song from the past

Here, from 1935, is the hit “I like bananas because they have no bones,” as performed by the Hoosier Hot Shots.


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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, Gail Marsh, J.M. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink and Andrew Robinson. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Ellen
8 months ago

We LOVE finding those local cafes, and — incidentally — have been regulars (when in town) at Brownie’s in Yuma for a dozen years or so. If only more of them had better information about RV parking, the world of road food would be perfect 🙂 We’ve passed places we wanted to stop because we couldn’t see a good place to park. For those places where we can park the rig (we drive a Class C with a toad) we’re grateful. I keep track of our favorite places by writing an annual blog post about the best eats we had in restaurants the previous year. Every now and then we’ll head into a town and I’ll say, “There’s a great place to eat here.” Hubby says, “How do you remember that?” I tell him it’s because I blog about it. So… fellow blogging travelers… do give some positive attention to the places you find so the rest of us can benefit 🙂

Walker
9 months ago

Re: Small town cafes. I also read the book Blue Highways and your article caused me to recall a stop we made a few years ago in a small town in New Mexico. On the menu was an item called ‘Carne Asada’ steak. I’d never had it, never heard of it, but they said it was seasoned and sun-cured and such so I decided to try it. It was among the best I’ve ever tasted, and still today I remember the meal and the fact that it was a small town cafe, but not the name of the town! Thanks for reminding me!

Mike
9 months ago

Joke of the Week. Not in a RV park but in college. Dorms had community showers and the yell was “crapper” and you had to jump back to avoid the hot water

CajunRVer
9 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Yes, and in my dorm the response from the person in the shower was supposed to be “shoot” as an acknowledgement to flush.

Gary Stone
9 months ago

We like to grill and fix our own meals when camping. However, we often like to take meals at local country diners and cafes. Support the local economy.

Sink Jaxon
9 months ago

Whaaat?? No Brain Teaser this week??

Marie Beschen
9 months ago

I couldn’t agree with you more about the cafes (and diners)! We always seek them out when we travel. We start by looking for the busiest parking lot (of locals) and figure that they know where the good food is, that, or ask around “where do YOU eat?” My husband is the chatter, and he loves to talk to any and everyone who will engage. We’ve learned all kinds of wonderful information of where to go and things to see that “brochures” don’t tell you or that you would never know about otherwise.

On another note, I loved the thoughts on “paying it forward”. We don’t usually make reservations way ahead, nor have had to cancel much, but I really like the ideas shared here, and if there comes the day that I have to cancel, I will take this action and do just that! One can never be too kind, and I’ve certainly had my share of kindness given to me…

Gene Bjerke
9 months ago
Reply to  Marie Beschen

We also consider the presence of State Police cars a good sign. They have ample opportunity to try out all the restaurants in the area.

Steve
9 months ago

If you are ever traveling I-40 through the Texas Panhandle, try the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian. It was located on Route 66, 1139 miles from Chicago and 1139 miles to LA. You can have breakfast and the history of America’s most famous highway at the same time. Just imagine how many Shastas, Scotties, and Airstreams have been past this cafe!

Joel
9 months ago
Reply to  Steve

One of our more memorable stops on Historic Route 66. We could not resist their “ugly pie”

rag_ftw
9 months ago
Reply to  Steve

The Elvis Presley pie is also REALLY good at the Midpoint!

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rag_ftw
9 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Speaking of diners and Route 66, we made the run from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier in 2015 and stopped at a number of historical diners. Some with excellent food, some with excellent décor, some with both, and some with neither! We had the “world’s hottest chili” in The Chili Parlor in Springfield, IL. After I scooped a 1/4″ of grease off the top it at least barely edible. We also had a great breakfast in Springfield at Charlie Parker’s Diner, which is a quonset hut with 1950’s décor. The one consistent thing about each of the places we stopped was the friendly people who were always willing to talk about their town and tell us about local places to visit. Yep, I’m gonna miss those Mom & Pop diners too!

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Dale
9 months ago

We enjoy “pubs”. And stay away from the chains. A cold beverage and a “ homemade meal”. Great prices and good conversation.
P.S. alway enjoy the good news articles.

Impavid
9 months ago

“Yesterdays Soda Fountain and Restaurant” located in the Ennis Pharmacy in Ennis, MT is a must stop for us when travelling in the area. A very popular and friendly place to eat with great food and friendly staff. Ennis with a population of around 800 isn’t likely to see the twin arches of Rotten Ronnie’s anytime soon.

wanderer
9 months ago

Chuck, if you think it’s time to hit the road I urge you to look at the graphs for Arizona, California, and Nevada, the virus is running wild right now. I hope the worst is over for the NW, but who knows?

I’m with you on roadside cafes, instead of chain joints. Or I was. Right now I’m lunching in the coach. Or grabbing a burger at a chain which hopefully has a local franchise owner–because they have some safety standards.

My last meal at a ‘real cafe’ was in a town in Oklahoma which shall remain nameless. I was surrounded by maskless guys yapping their faces off, at closely spaced tables. They stared and laughed at my mask. It took 30 minutes to get a burger. It took another 15 to beg them to take my money and let me leave the poorly ventilated space.

My advice, try the local cafe, but be prepared to walk out if it’s sketchy, before you order and are obligated to wait around.

Tom
9 months ago

We always look for a local diner when we are set-up for the night. Never a fast food place, unless it’s the only place in town. Had some really great meals. Always over-tip the breakfast waitress.

Dr. Willie Live
9 months ago

DW and I have been going to the same diner since 1994. State Street Diner in Geneva Illinois. The whole staff are like family. I love the Mexican burger. If you can’t find what u want on the menu, just ask. If they have it they will make it.

WEB
9 months ago

At the top you say you “support a free press”. So does that mean you will not censor any comments? I read a definition of a free press as “a body of book publishers, news media, etc., not controlled or restricted by government censorship in political or ideological matters.”

Tony Grigg
9 months ago
Reply to  WEB

So, what is your REAL question here? Your query sounds more like a challenge of some kind.

WEB
9 months ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

In the past they have deleted comments. What other people say on a subject will not hurt my feelings… but I do like to read all comments, not just the ones that someone wants me to read.

Impavid
9 months ago
Reply to  WEB

Free speech is like freedom to pack a firearm. Most times it’s best not to be shooting your mouth off or shooting your gun off.

WEB
9 months ago
Reply to  Impavid

Of course you had to compare it… I am not going there.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  Impavid

Good analogy, Impavid. Thanks! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  WEB

Hi, WEB. We very rarely delete comments – and only if they are totally offensive or abusive. I would say that 99.99% of our readers’ comments are published. You have mentioned in another comment about “free press” meaning it’s “not controlled or restricted by government censorship in political or ideological matters.” First off, we’re not the government. This is a private entity. And we do not censor something based on politics or ideologies. The few comments that get deleted are mainly from people just trying to stir up trouble – not to contribute to a meaningful and thoughtful dialogue. I am extremely thick-skinned and very tolerant of other people’s opinions (and vocabulary), but some of the comments I’ve seen/deleted are so hideous that even I am offended. They are obviously intended to provoke negative responses. We welcome insightful comments, not inciteful comments. And we will not subject our readers to verbal abuse. —Diane at RVtravel.com

Chris
9 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Well said, Diane

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Thank you, Chris. Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Sharon Boehmer
9 months ago
Reply to  WEB

As with Twitter and Facebook, this is a privately owned newsletter and the editor/owner can censor any rude, nasty or inappropriate comments they like.

WEB
9 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Boehmer

I totally agree, then do not advertise you promote ‘free press”.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  WEB

Hi, WEB. Well, maybe we can say it’s 99.99% free press? Or even a higher percentage, since we’ve approved more than 95,000 comments and deleted a few hundred over the years. BTW, 367 of those approved comments have been from you, at least under this pseudonym. (Maybe more, if you’ve signed in under another pseudonym.) Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

GARY SAIN
9 months ago

If you go in a restaurant and the waitress is grey haired and calls you ‘hon’, you’ve most likely made a good choice.

Glen Cowgill
9 months ago

There is another Mount Trashmore located just to the North of Homestead Air Reserve Base and though I am not sure of the height, it has been limited because of Homestead Air Reserve Base.

Chris Varnadoe
9 months ago

My wife and I just bought a 23 acre tract of land in rural South Carolina, which we will use for hunting and maybe build on later. I was very pleased to find “Paul’s Diner” just 3.5 miles away. We enjoyed a meat and three for a late lunch, as well as a great conversation with the friendly server and Paul himself. We can’t wait to go back and try the burgers and everything else on the menu! So much better than fast food or a chain restaurant.

Glen Cowgill
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris Varnadoe

South Carolina offers up some mighty fine dining in the many diners still in business. I used to lease some land just for hunting in the Ulmer area and lived in Myrtle Beach for 4 years. Love South Carolina.