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    January 24, 2021

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    Editor’s corner

    With Chuck Woodbury

    Ireceived my first COVID vaccination on Monday and feel great relief. Although it will be many months before most Americans are vaccinated, the process has begun. Several of my close friends have received their first shots. After a year of nervously anticipating when (or if) a vaccine would be available, it seems a miracle to me that it came so fast.

    Many of us have been stuck at home for the past year, and I don’t know about you, but it has taken an emotional toll on me. Combined with an incredibly hostile political climate since the election, I am worn out. And I’m bored outta my ever-lovin’ mind. This is the first winter in six that Gail and I have not gone south with our motorhome — most often to Arizona. We were in Quartzsite a year ago for the giant RV show, and I don’t recall anyone talking much about the coronavirus.

    Quartzsite boondockers

    But in the following few weeks, concern mounted. Gail and I had originally planned to return to our home near Seattle in April. But the first deadly outbreak in the USA happened at a Kirkland nursing home about eight miles from where we live. We decided then it would be best to stay away, so we holed up in a Quartzsite RV park for a few months. When the daytime temps started hitting 90, we moved up to the old mining town of Kingman, along old Route 66, at 3,400 feet. We stayed there until June before heading home.

    Once home, we were able to get away locally for a few weeks during the summer, and that was really nice. But my daughter, Emily, and Gail’s grandchildren could not join us for an overnight visit, which was frustrating.

    While we were in Arizona, one of my neighbors and best friends, Gary Bunzer, died of COVID. Gary was known in the RV industry as the RV Doctor. Coming home without meeting up with my good buddy at his “office” (an Edmonds coffee shop) was no longer possible. Many of you heard Gary speak through the years at RV shows and rallies. He was truly one of the “great guys” of the RVing world. I knew him for 20 years, and never heard him utter a bad word about anybody!

    In Arizona, we were able to socialize with others, mostly our neighbors in the RV park, but always at a distance. There was no shaking of hands, no hugging, and always an underlying fear we could get the virus. We stopped dining out, which is one of my favorite activities “on the road.” I have not been to an indoor restaurant since. I hope that will change by summer!

    So now, Gail and I will wait until mid-February for our second and final vaccination shot. We should have immunity within 30 days. Life will not be normal, but I suspect it will be normal enough for us to head out with our motorhome to points afar. I am looking forward to a day in about seven weeks when I can give my daughter a big ol’ “Dad hug” for the first time in more than a year.

    I hope all is going well with you. Please keep wearing your mask. And do not be afraid to get the shot. It is not, as the conspiracy theorists say, the government’s attempt to inject us with a mind-altering drug. Who could ever believe such a thing? No, what that shot is, among other things, is a ticket to our freedom!

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    RV Reviews: Have you noticed? For months now we have reviewed a new model RV every day of the week – on the weekends in our RV Travel weekend newsletters, and every Monday through Friday in our RV Daily Tips Newsletters. Click here to read the dozens of reviews.


    Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

    • Florida to begin requiring “proof of residency” for vaccinations
    • Ford to recall 3 million vehicles due to airbag danger
    • Tony Barthel looks at the Scamp Travel Trailer

    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

    Appreciate – but don’t mess with – the desert coyote
    Quick way to verify a campsite length
    Create a cozy “entryway” by transforming your RV’s dash
    Safety tips for driving directly into the sun
    Have a paint nick or chip on your RV? Here’s an easy trick


    Today’s RV review…

    Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Rockwood 2883WS Fifth Wheel. He writes, “I would never say that Rockwood or any RV company is perfect…” – but he does find this new fifth wheel pretty darn close. Read more here.

    Last week’s reviews:
    Armadillo Backpack Travel Trailer2021 Winnebago Revel 44E Class B2021 Keystone Cougar 26RBS Travel TrailerThor Magnitude RB34 Class CDRV Mobile Suites 41 FKMB


    Clintoons • By Clint Norrell


    Stranded on the side of the road, should you trust a stranger’s help?

    By Nanci Dixon
    One of our first RV trips in our renovated, newly rebuilt, Class C RV was to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Long story short, the motorhome quit on a long, desolate, two-lane highway literally in the middle of nowhere. No cars, no towns, pre-cell phone… we were stuck. After a long while, a pickup truck whizzed by before we could hop out to stop it. Thankfully, he turned around to offer his help. My husband explained which part had burned up and, amazingly, the man had just picked up that part at the junkyard. Too good to be true? I wondered… Read this incredible story.

    Rust: How to prevent it from damaging your RV

    Left unchecked, rust can quickly ruin more than just your RV’s look. Rust has the potential to make your rig unsafe as well. Gail Marsh lists the causes of rust and its potential damage, how to prevent it, and how to get rid of it, here.


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

    Why Walmart is banning RV overnight stays at more stores
    Porsche meets Newell: 2020 models out – Bring your checkbook
    RVer takes pride in cheating campground reservation system
    Airstream’s far-out (wacky?) ideas of the future


    Reader Poll

    How long is your RV?

    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 hobby?
    Can you guess the most popular hobby? Find out here and see how more than 3,000 other RVers answered.


    Dump your holding tanks from inside your RV

    What modification have you made to your RV that has had the most positive impact on your RV lifestyle? For RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury it’s a device that allows him to dump his RV’s holding tanks without ever stepping outside his RV. All he needs to do is flip a switch in his bathroom. That’s it. Read about how this works for him and could for you, too! Learn more.

    crowded campgroundsCampground Crowding: Do new RVers need some lessons in good manners?

    More people than ever are taking up RVing. In this weekly blog, RV Travel readers discuss their experiences. Last weekend’s poll asked, “How do you feel about the influx of new RVers” – and Wow – there are a lot of comments! … A common thread among readers whether they were happy or not about new RVers was the overwhelming complaints about lack of campground etiquette. Some new RVers just don’t seem to get it. But there are lots of good comments this week, too. Read them here.

    Are you a hotdogger? Oscar Mayer needs you!

    By Russ and Tiña De Maris
    Frankly speaking, in a dog-eat-dog world, we need more wieners. Are you a hotdogger? If you are, you’ll feel right at home with this job offer: Work for a year driving an iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Learn all about this job in this article written as only Russ De Maris can.

    This little device rids RVs of smells – Say goodbye to odor!

    By Kate Doherty
    Like most of us who enjoy the open road, we give little thought to the quality of the air we breathe inside our traveling homes. Every geographic area we pass through gifts us with pollen, dust, allergens and pollutants that wreak havoc with our sinuses. Don’t forget mold and mildew as they are culprits as well, especially if your RV has been dormant. I’m not fond of sneezing and I also don’t like lingering cooking odor, so I had been researching a solution to alleviate my morning tissue ritual. Hence, a means to cleaner air, especially since the unforeseen viral confluence has kept many of us confined. Continue reading.


    RV Gadgets and Gizmos

    With Tony Barthel

    Nite Ize Gear Ties – essential for your RV toolbox

    Your RV’s toolbox should have some string, some duct tape, a set of bit drivers, a hammer and some WD-40. Let me suggest one more thing you should always have – a set of Nite Ize Gear Ties. The Nite Ize Gear Ties are reusable rubber twist ties that have a soft, grippy rubber coating and some sort of metal inside that allows you to bend and flex them over and over into whatever shape you need. Continue reading.

    Boondocking? This power system makes things easy

    I have a sticks and bricks home, but I also spend a lot of time on the road. As most homeowners, I have an arsenal of yard management tools like a mower, blower, chain saw, cultivator, weed whacker and more. However, I might be unusual in that mine are all electric and happen to be the Ego brand. What does this have to do with RVing? Find out here and learn about this great boondocking gadget.


    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. 23, 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.

    Last week three readers claimed their $25 gift card: Dale D. of Omro, Wisconsin, Kimberly R. of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, and Larry B. of Oswego, New York.

    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

    Check out the funky Tropiclassic – the Ford Super Duty/sedan mashup
    Con game that targets RVers: A sadder but wiser couple
    Directory of RV Reviews (too many popular posts to list individually).
    Building an RV park: We had a bombshell dropped on us!
    Here’s why diesel pusher radiators overheat… Don’t let this happen!
    Should RV shows go on during lingering pandemic?
    Be careful where you put your satellite dish or this can happen
    RV Tire Safety: What is so “special” about RV trailer tires, anyway?
    The most important word in your RV’s insurance policy… Is it wrong?
    RVelectricity – Potential problems of upgrading to a Lithium battery
    Innovative system debuts for winter RV living
    Good News: Things to smile about this week, January 17, 2021
    Campground Crowding: If you have to cancel, pay it forward…


    From the Chuck Woodbury archives

    Sometimes when you travel the old two-lane highways and back roads you come across a strange mailbox!


    Saturday Giveaway!

    How would you like to win this swell prize?

    Patio Umbrella Screen, with Zipper Door and Polyester Mesh Netting

    This would be so handy on warm summer days when mosquitoes, yellowjackets and other biting insects are out in force. Read more about this.

    How to win

    We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (January 23, 2021) by 7:00 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!


    Within a short drive of each other, a cup of coffee can sure vary in price. At South Dakota’s Wall Drug, you’ll pay a nickel a cup, while a short drive away at the Badlands National Park cafe you’ll pay a whopping 50 times more — $2.50!


    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.

    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 canceled. UPDATED JAN. 21

    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.


    RVelectricity

    Livestream event on Lithium battery charging announced

    Dear Readers,
    You (the people) have spoken. Last week I published a guest essay by Dennis Wieske from Progressive Dynamics, one of the leading manufacturers of RV battery chargers and power centers. I posted a poll asking if you would like to attend a YouTube Livestream event with Dennis and me, allowing you to text us questions about Lithium battery charging in real-time. Two-thirds responding said they would watch the event, which is now tentatively scheduled for February 2. Read why this information is important for more and more RVers here. (Mike has added the sign-up link for the livestream event to that article.)

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

    Feel the heat – Staying warm in your RV

    Dear Mike,
    I’m trying to boondock without a generator running at night, and am constantly running out of enough battery power overnight to run my RV furnace. I’ve been thinking about getting an electric blanket to keep warm, but how does that compare to running an electric space heater from battery power? Is any of this practical without adding a bunch of batteries? —Sue in Sioux City

    Read Mike’s warm and cozy response.


    RV Tire Safety

    Do similar tires sold in the U.S. have to meet the same requirements?

    Roger Marble recently received a question on tire requirements involving “quality” and load capacity: “I have been under the impression that a certifying agency, American Tire and Rim(?), sets the standards in the U.S., and then all tires sold in the U.S. must be designed to those standards. So a cheap, unknown brand, load range D tire from Walmart would have the same load and inflation specifications as a Firestone tire from a Firestone dealer?” Read Roger’s reply.

    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.


    RV Short Stop

    Historical places to visit during February, Black History Month

    During February, Black History Month, the National Park Service helps celebrate more than 400 years of African American history. Events highlight the achievements, contributions and historical journeys of African Americans through American history. The National Park’s Foundation encourages explorations into our nation’s history and culture by visiting significant or little-known historical places. Julianne G. Crane lists some interesting and educational places to visit here.


    RV Fire Safety

    An emergency fire plan that can save your life – Part 8 of 13

    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.

    Your motor coach fire escape plan should incorporate the needs of all the occupants, including the young, elderly, and disabled. Remove any barriers that might hinder a disabled person and install extra handles on window escape hatches. Also arrange for a family member to assist those who may need help, and have disabled or elderly people sleep close to a safe exit.

    Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy


    Museum of the Week

    Photo by @scarlett.elantra, Instagram

    Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum Of Drag Racing

    Ocala, FL

    If you’ve never seen a drag race car up close, you’ll want to visit this museum (yes, even if you don’t care about cars…). Owner Don Garlits has been dubbed the “King of the Dragsters” and for good reason – he’s won 144 national events. The museum is spread across several huge rooms, where a couple hundred cars are on display. You’ve got to see some of these cars (er, should we call them rockets) yourself. Check out the official website here to plan your visit.


    Readers’ Pet of the Day

    “Come on, guys. Time to wash the windshield!” —Don & Rae Sandretto

    Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
    • Monday: S**thead (yes, really) Tuesday: Hobbes Wednesday: Spot & Sam • Thursday: Kiki • Friday: Harley


    If you want to have a wonderful day, send $10, $50 or $100 to a local food bank. There are millions of our fellow citizens, including little kids, who are going hungry because their parents lost their jobs through no fault of their own. You will feel so good if you contribute — helping people less fortunate than you go to bed without the pain of an empty stomach. Here’s where to donate.


    Trivia

    Merchandise returns totaled approximately 10.6% of total U.S. retail sales in 2020. The report by the National Retail Federation and Appriss Retail found that consumers returned an estimated $428 billion in merchandise to retailers. Roughly 5.9 percent were fraudulent.

    Laugh of the Week

    Leave with a song from the past

    Here’s a song from 1947 that many readers of this newsletter will find relevant to their lives. It’s by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, and it’s called “Don’t Be Afraid of your Age.”


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    GeorgeB
    2 months ago

    Chuck, I would like to offer a differing perspective on your comment ” incredibly hostile political climate since the election”. You’re in the State of WA and the violent political climate in Seattle as well as a few miles south of you in Portland, OR, started WAY before Nov 6. Those groups have targeted private homes, businesses, vehicles, public highways and citizens who wear the wrong color hat or do not believe as they do. To this day, ongoing riots are largely ignored in Portland as these criminals are denouncing our new President because he isn’t punishing their political opponents for their beliefs. Go south Chuck, just don’t drive through the west coast States. I’m in Havasu and would be happy to buy you and Gail lunch.

    cee
    2 months ago

    At 71 yrs old I am eligible to get the vaccine now in my state. But where are those vaccines??? My county doesn’t even have a list you can get on. Trying to be patient but our state and local gov. appear very clueless and disorganized. Almost like they are waiting to have the vaccine in hand before having distribution in place.

    C. Smith
    2 months ago

    The important thing to remember about any of the vaccines is that we don’t yet know if they keep you from being a carrier and transmitting unknowingly to others. They are 90-95% effective at stopping the symptoms of the virus, but you may still be able to catch the virus and transmit it to others. Research is in progress to determine this, but is not done yet. So just getting the vaccine does not mean you should be changing your physical distancing and masking practices just yet.

    I am the Assoc Director of an E.R. in the Phoenix area and am having to tell my staff the same thing…they still have to wear PPE when going into patient rooms and still need to mask and keep physical distance outside the hospital.

    Admin
    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    2 months ago
    Reply to  C. Smith

    Thank you for this very important information, C. Smith! I’m getting my first shot tomorrow morning (I’m 74, so am now eligible), and second shot on Feb. 21. I won’t be changing any of my safety practices until this is under control, however long that takes. Have a good night, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

    Laura
    2 months ago

    I am happy you have gotten the vaccine. I am volunteering/work camping in Arizona and they, as most states, have no more vaccine. I really hope our new president gets it out to the rest of us over 65 very soon.

    I remember getting the polio vaccine as a kid, seemed very organized, but when I read up on it, it was just as scarce and there were contaminated batches.
    Take care and continue to mask up.

    GeorgeB
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Laura

    Laura, sorry to tell you, but the AZ problem has nothing to do with the White House, no matter who occupies. The AZ Health Dept has made a mess of the roll-out. Mohave County has barely got to the 1b phase for 75+. In our home State, they are vaccinating everyone 65+ with little or no problems. Lake Havasu is the 3rd most at risk area in America due to the average age being 60+, yet very little vaccine has been distributed. The most at risk 65+ group in Mohave County is way down the priority list. The ‘follow the science’ gang is ignoring it for the roll-out in selected Counties. Meanwhile, the Phoenix area is vaccinating 65+.

    Suru
    2 months ago

    I’m still pretty far down the road until I’m eligible for the vaccine, probably in the summer. My state, Utah, has been slow getting the vaccine out. I think it’s due to how spread out our residents are and a lack of trained personnel to administer the shots. Anyway, I like hearing that other states are doing well and people are finally getting the vaccine. It gives one hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Last edited 2 months ago by Suru
    Captn John
    2 months ago

    I’ve been a paid subscriber for sometime but it’s time to ask to be removed from the mailing lists. I’ve not read an email in a few weeks. Understand Amazon, Facebook, Twitter are needed for additional revenue but the site has gone too far left and PC for my taste. I wish you the best in your world.

    Admin
    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Captn John

    Sorry to see you go, Captn John. I was just looking at our records and don’t find you under this email address. I find a similar name under “john@ra…(dot)com” and want to make sure that’s you before I unsubscribe that account. Thank you. Take care. —Diane at RVtravel.com

    Barry T
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Captn John

    I have not seen the left slant here (except for some readers) and hope this site doesnt become political…left or right. I am discovering that if I “boycott” a website or business because it has gone too political, I wont be able to read anything or buy anything. The only example, for me, of jumping ship is the once excellent magazine, “The Texas Monthly”. I did a letter to the editor and told him/her to immediately cancel my subscription and throw my refund in the lake. I am still receiving the magazine. Hang in there and ignore the comments from politically uninformed readers!!! I really enjoy RV Travel, but I hope they start leaning to the….

    Lisa Adcox
    2 months ago

    I got my first Dose of Covid Vaccine Shot yesterday here in TX and second one will be Feb 12th. It was by appt but it was not easy to get on the list. I had to keep checking and contacting. Git email on Thursday Night that I had appt for Friday. I just am more afraid of Covid than shot..
    I hope all who decide they want it are able to soon get it.

    Jack P.
    2 months ago

    Chuck, Gail, glad you broke through and received your first vaccination. Jean and I did also last Mon, so awaiting #2. Maybe we can actually get out together sometime this year! Diane, hope you are successful soon also.

    Admin
    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Jack P.

    Thanks, Jack. My first one is scheduled at Kaiser in Everett at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow – Sunday, and the second one on Feb. 21. I just hope the snow holds off – my ’97 front-heavy, rear-wheel-drive T-bird has a mind of its own on slick roads! I’m glad you folks got your first shots, too! Take care. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

    Mike Albert
    2 months ago

    Chuck and Gail, so happy that you both received your first dose. Our son and DiL are nurses in San Diego for a large hospital system. Both received their first doses and our DiL her second. Son gets his 2nd next week. We are in S/W Fl where there are daily news conferences by our governor stating that he is responsible for making sure those over 65 are getting shots in the arm and that FL is a model for other states. I hope not! Vaccine times are filled within seconds of being made available on the County level and at Publix Supermarket Pharmacies. I don’t remember the exact numbers but there was a large difference of the amount delivered to the state by the manufactures to the individual sites and in the arms. Meanwhile, I’ll keep getting on line at zero dark thirty trying to que up the appointment sites for us.
    Wear a mask, wash your hands and stay safe!

    Robert Simons
    2 months ago

    I would like to make a comment on the travel club Good Sam. I have been a member of Oregon Good Sam for 25 plus years and am a life member. The part that agitates me is that Good Sam is tied to Camping World so tight that Good Sam travel club is completely over looked as being its own travel club run by its own members, but is part of Camping World
    We have been in 48 of the 49 states because of Oregon Good Sam caravans, we would have never enjoyed the travels, pleasure of traveling with such fine folks of which we have become life time friends. Most folks don’t even know that there are Good Sam Chapters. We have 17 rigs in our chapter and meet or go on a camping trip every month (except now, for the virus problem).
    Bottom line Good Sam is a wonderful travel club to belong to. So if you have issues with Camping World don’t let it stand in your way of enjoying the outdoors with a Good Sam Chapter in your area. Oregon Good Sam has made our retirement a dream come true.
    Robert Simons

    Tom Fitch
    2 months ago

    Great ‘Clintoon’ today. And, hard to beat Bob Wills on a cold Sat. morning!

    Marie Beschen
    2 months ago

    Loved the article about “stranded on the side of the road”. I too have had occasions where “strangers” have come along and helped me/us. I believe you just have to have common sense and faith! There really ARE great, good and kind people out there!!

    Diane Mc
    2 months ago

    No one thought a vaccine would be here by the end of 2020. Someone was scoffed at, even by medical persons. A miracle, perhaps. I believe miracles happen. In this case, much more likely removing regulations that allowed pharmaceutical companies to be innovative by doing things in parallel, not serially & not waiting for all the trials to manufacture the drug. Frustrating when I hear complaints about getting the vaccine when it wasn’t even suppose to be here. I’m 71, healthy, take no drugs, have no medical conditions. Very blessed. Someone can have my vaccine.

    Mike Albert
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Diane Mc

    Diane,
    Just remember that the FDA has NOT approved either Phizer or Moderna (sp) vaccines ONLY emergency use only due to Star Trek Warp Speed which has failed terribly across the nation. Without being political, first you have to accept the problem/issue/ truth, then you can address it. Waiting over a month to admit it was an issue caused more deaths and chronic illnesses that should have been present. So, your comment that it shouldn’t be here is Fake news. Gees, where did I hear that before????

    Diane Mc
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Mike Albert

    I don’t know. New administration wants to do 1M vaccinations over next 3 months. We are already averaging 1M per day. Again, we weren’t suppose to even have a vaccine according to “experts” until late 2021, if lucky. Even Dr Fauci admitted it was an amazing achievement. And by the way….you were political.

    Barry T
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Mike Albert

    Why do you feel the need to say $hit like this?

    Last edited 2 months ago by Barry T
    Gary R
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Mike Albert

    Thank you, Mike, for being the voice of reason.

    Dietrich Kanzler
    2 months ago

    Alan Jackson has great aging song called “The Older I Get”
    Alan Jackson – The Older I Get (Audio) – YouTube

    Joe & Helen
    2 months ago

    Thanks for posting this, it was nice to listen to.

    Carl Jones
    2 months ago

    I am amazed at how disorganized the distribution of the vaccine is in Washington! I contacted every site in th county I live in and non of them had any vaccine and yet a couple of forty something friends were able to get their shots because they have some American Indian heritage. In another county Chuck Woodbury was able to get his shot on Monday. The system seems to be badly managed by whomever is managing it. Good on you Chuck for being able to get yours, I guess I’ll just stay hunkered down until they sort it out.

    Larry
    2 months ago

    Thursday, I got a call from my Cousin that my 96 year old Aunt was hospitalized and was non-responsive, running a high fever and showing all the symptoms of COVID. I notified my family and we all prayed for her. Last evening I got a text that she was once again responsive, no fever, and apparently so asymptomatic that she’ll probably be realeased Monday or Tuesday back to the extended care facility, where she lives near St Louis, MO. I’m a former Navy Hospital Corpsman. In 1962 we had some kind of “epidemic” on board my ship, a carrier, that hospitalized around 100-120 personnel. It ran its course and we never found out what it was. This COVID has me baffled. My wife and I will get our shots ASAP and take all precautions, but, in spite of being in areas that were considered “hot spots” for the virus, we’ve never had a problem. Hopefully, our Nation will have acquired ‘herd immunity’ by this Summer and we can put this all behind us.

    Sink Jaxon
    2 months ago

    Hello RVTravel ! Why did you drop the Saturday Brain Teaser?? 😮 It was so much fun and looked forward to it! (yes, I’m whining)

    Admin
    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Sink Jaxon

    I’m not sure, Sink. I’ll see if I can find out. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

    Mike Albert
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Sink Jaxon

    Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chuck
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Mike Albert

    I also enjoyed the weekly roundup of Reader Polls. Well written and as I said, enjoyed. Now gone.

    Admin
    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Mike Albert

    Me three!!!!!!!!!! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

    chris
    2 months ago

    Nice kitty picture! I always enjoy seeing cats camping.

    Warren G
    2 months ago

    Have you stopped the weekly brain teasers? Haven’t seen them the last 2 weeks now. I was sharing them with my daughter and her family and they enjoyed the competition.

    Darla K Baker
    2 months ago
    Reply to  Warren G

    I want them back too

    Gregory Brott
    2 months ago

    Very thankful here in Central California my wife and I were able to (at the time) easily get an appointment for our first vaccine shot on January 15th with the second scheduled for February 12th. Looking forward to March 5th (the 21 days for full effectiveness) when we can be more assured of our safety against the virus however will continue to be safe and follow the recommended CDC guidelines.