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    March 13, 2021


    Editor’s corner

    With Chuck Woodbury

    The big news this week is that an extensive study of RVers has revealed that there are now a whopping 11.2 million RV-owning households in America. That’s 62 percent more than 20 years ago. Those of us who have been RVing all that time definitely have noticed. I’ll take a wild guess and say there are no more campsites today than 2001. There are likely more RV parks, but hundreds, maybe a thousand or more public campgrounds have been closed.

    The new survey reveals that the age of today’s RVers is roughly split between over 55 and younger than 55. The 18-34 year old group now makes up 22 percent of the market. And here’s a little something to chew on: An astonishing 9.6 million households intend to buy an RV within the next five years.

    “I did the math and that comes out to 5,260 new RVing households a day!”

    I don’t know about you, but I am not looking forward to competing with all those newbies for a campsite. If you think finding an available campsite today without a reservation is difficult, it’ll seem like child’s play when those roughly 20 million people head out in search of peace and quiet, and, of course, Wi-Fi access and jumping pillows for the kids.

    RVs are flying off dealer lots as fast as they appear. A scene like this is far less common than even a year ago.

    What really rubs me wrong about all this is that the short-sighted RV industry – the people who manufacture RVs and the association, RVIA, that promotes them – is not paying attention. What they care about is selling RVs, and who cares what the people who buy them do with them or whether they can find a place to stay? Hey, there’s always a Walmart parking lot. The RVIA must begin aggressively promoting the creation of more campgrounds and they must start now!

    If you have been following me for a decade or more (many of you have), you know I have talked about this before, but more often lately. I do not know anymore what the word “camping” even means. An old definition of camping was getting away from the comforts of home to “rough it” – to be with nature, to escape the busy world. Now, with our modern RVs, the idea is to take as many comforts of home with you even when traveling with an itty, bitty teardrop trailer, many of which these days have an air conditioner, microwave, built-in stereo system and high-definition TV.

    Even this tiny trailer has a TV, air conditioner and stereo system. Roughing it?

    We will be writing extensively about this in the weeks and months ahead, trying to make sense of what it means to you and me and all the other RVers out there – full-timers, snowbirds, weekenders, work campers, entrepreneurs who choose to work remotely, traveling nurses, pipeline and wind machine workers, and, of course, families who simply want to “camp” in an old-fashioned way (who don’t need the internet to post their “see how much fun I’m having that you are not!” messages on Facebook).

    We are beefing up our news staff (announcements coming soon), and adding a weekly podcast, where we will explore RVing in all its forms. We will continue to promote the creation of new “overnight”-only campgrounds to aid RVers who prefer to travel freely, without a strict itinerary – those like me who prefer to “go where they want, when they want,” which was possible even 10 years ago. The RV industry still promotes that slogan, but it’s a lie.

    Frankly, I should be retired now that I am approaching the age of dirt, but I am fascinated by how we now live our lives – including in mobile ways (RVs). I need to stick around to explore what it means.

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    P.S. We will have another, more detailed story about the new study of RVers in tomorrow’s newsletter.

    ALSO: I hope you will read this short essay that I stumbled upon. It’s a brief, sad story, but I hope you will read it anyway: It’s a reminder of something very important. Read it here.


    Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

    • More about the new study of RVers
    • The RV show doesn’t go on – and it’s not a COVID cancellation
    • RV dealer provides rare insider information to RVers
    • Gasoline shortages in Texas from February storms; New England may also be affected
    • One city is one hearing away from banning construction of any future gas stations
    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 highlights in RV Daily Tips Newsletters

    Tax Corner: A follow-up to “Keeping track of income and expenses for a business”
    Tax Corner: Keeping track of income and expenses for a business
    RV just sitting around? Here’s how to use it more
    Do you end up paying more for less? These hints might help


    Today’s RV review…

    Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the 2021 Renegade Classic Toterhome. Go big or go home with this RV, as Tony says. Check out this huge RV and take a video tour of the interior.

    Last week’s reviews:
    Bean Teardrop Trailers (the coolest teardrop Tony’s ever seen) • 2021 Jayco North Point 382FLRB Fifth Wheel2021 Cruiser Embrace EL 260 Travel TrailerVenture Sonic Lite SL160VBH2021 Flagstaff 524EWS Fifth Wheel


    Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

    COPYRIGHT 2021 by Clint Norrell

    MORE OF CLINT
    See some of Clint’s recent cartoons. They’re wonderful!


    Campground Crowding: Missing the good ol’ days

    crowded campgroundsMore 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. This week our readers continue to ponder whether RV manufacturers should build campgrounds to help alleviate some of the campground crowding; more people are, sadly, thinking of giving up RVing; a disabled veteran who had to shell out big bucks in cancellation fees due to COVID; room to spare in Florida campgrounds; and folks missing the “spontaneity” of camping enjoyed previously. Read all those comments and more here.

    RV awnings: Everything you need to know

    By Tony Barthel
    An awning seems so simple, especially on newer RVs where it opens at the touch of a button. There are a few basic tips to keeping your awning in top shape and looking great. There are armless awnings, manual awnings, and many other styles, but virtually all the mainstream RVs come with the power awning with the arms on the side of the coach. That’s the one I want to focus on today…. Learn all about types of awnings, care and cleaning of awnings, awning “rules,” cool upgrades, awning myths, and much more, here.

    More weird, wacky and wonderful RVs

    Here’s another installment of some of the oddest RVs ever built or even imagined. Most, if not all, never rolled off an assembly line. Get ready to shake your head in wonder, and probably laugh, too. Click here.


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

    Ford’s new entry-level pickup ready for under $20,000
    Coronavirus worries RVer with upcoming travel plans
    RVing: Be safe and happy every day with the 3/300 rule
    The Geezermobile and me: A widower’s journey getting back on the road


    Reader Poll

    Is RVing Australia or New Zealand on your bucket list?

    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:
    How do you feel about paying $50 a night for an overnight stay in an RV park?
    See how more than 3,000 other RVers responded.

    Read other polls we’ve run through the years. There are more than a thousand. It’s fascinating reading.


    Brain Teaser

    As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with 7 wives. Each wife had 7 sacks. In each sack were 7 cats. Each cat had 7 kittens. Kits, cats, sacks and wives – How many were going to St. Ives?

    (Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)

    Thanks to Warren Gress for submitting! Warren wrote, “Here is a brain teaser that I remember my Dad giving me 60 years or so ago.” Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.


    Casino Camping: Is it a cure for campground crowding?

    We had been posting a weekly column about casino camping pre-COVID then stopped when the casinos began to shut down. As things are opening up and RVers are again on the move, we are adding this column back occasionally into the newsletter. This week readers list some of their favorite casinos in Nevada, Arizona and California, here. While you’re at it, please tell us your favorite(s) using the form below the article.

    New technology gives 360º tours of campgrounds, pick the perfect site

    CampgroundViews.com, a popular website where you can view photos of individual sites in many campgrounds across the country, has brought the process of finding a campsite into the 21st century. Using 360 videos with an augmented information layer, the company will allow campers to virtually tour a campground, see the roads, see the sites, get information on a site of interest and click to book that site. Continue reading.

    The 1973 Ford Explorer pickup – A wacky RV concept!

    By Tony Barthel
    The 1970s were an interesting time for the RV world. RV sales were starting to really take off and even the auto industry took note, culminating in GM’s introducing the GMC Motorhome in 1973. The concept Ford Explorer, which was shown at the Chicago Auto Show in 1973, had a tent as part of the design. Therefore, it could be argued that it was a nod to the RV industry. Read more.

    Make-ahead foil packet meals. Warning: You’ll drool

    By Gail Marsh
    Okay, so that title’s a bit of a mouthful. What’s a better mouthful is eating make-ahead foil packet meals. Yummy! What I like best about foil packet meals is that you can prepare them ahead of time. Once they’re prepared, store them in the fridge, and then cook them on the grill or in your RV oven. Options, people! And did I mention yummy? You’ll want to try these easy and delicious recipes, for sure!


    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, March 13, 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 one reader claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Herb B. from Livingston, Texas.

    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

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    California to roll out mandatory motorhome emissions testing

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    The top 5 trailer towing mistakes owners make
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    Is it safe to bring a propane tank inside an RV?
    Campground Crowding: Demand pricing is more common than we thought
    Time to de-winterize and sanitize the RV water system
    RVelectricity: A tale of solar generators and sock puppets…
    Readers say THIS is the worst kind of road to drive. We offer tips
    Tire pressure gauges lose accuracy over time. Here’s how to check them
    An important guide to getting medical help while on the road
    Campground and RV Park News, March 6, 2021
    Good News: Things to smile about this week, March 7, 2021


    Saturday Giveaway!

    George Foreman grillHow would you like to win a George Foreman Removable Plate Grill?

    Easy cleanup is essential, and that’s what the removable grill plates are all about. Pop them in the dishwasher after grilling and they’ll be ready to go for your next meal.

    How to win

    We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (March 13, 2021) by 7 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 or see last week’s winner!


    Where is this?

    Where is this? Do you want to guess? Hint: Not too far away you could lose your shirt, so to speak… Take a guess, then we’ll tell you instantly if you’re right or wrong, and where to find this unusual thing (whatever it is).


    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 update it weekly.

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

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

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

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

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

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


    RV education you can trust from RV Education 101: Get instant access to RV Online Training.


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    RV Repair and Maintenance

    5 important RV spring checks. Is your RV ready for the road?

    Mark J. Polk, RV Education 101
    For lots of folks around the country, spring is in the air, and that means spring checks to get the RV ready for another adventure-filled camping season. … When it comes to RV spring checks, my list is comprised of what I refer to as essential and non-essential checks. Cleaning the windows is a good idea, but it is non-essential, whereas maintenance on the RV battery is essential. Read the rest of Mark’s post and watch his very useful video.

    *****

    This tip from Mark Polk ran in our weekday RV Daily Tips Newsletter this past week, but for those of you who don’t subscribe (why not?), here it is again:

    TRAILER TOWING MISTAKES
    The top 5 trailer towing mistakes owners make


    RVelectricity

    Spring has sprung, along with campground pedestal dangers

    Dear Readers,
    I can tell that spring has nearly sprung because I’m getting a lot of chatter on my various groups and forums about campground pedestals that are shutting off RV Advanced/EMS surge protectors. Many of you know that they’re only doing their job and protecting your RV from incorrect pedestal wiring and voltage. But they’re also there to protect you and your family from open grounds that can lead to dangerous hot-skin voltage. Here’s a quick review of what can go wrong with pedestal power, and why I believe that an Advanced/EMS Surge Protector should be used by everyone, every time. Continue reading.

    RVelectricity: Ask the Expert with Will Russell from SmartPlug

    Join Mike on Tuesday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Eastern time for his Ask the Expert live stream interview with Will Russell from SmartPlug. You can text your questions about RV shore power connectors in real time which Will will do his best to answer. Sign up for a YouTube reminder here.

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

    Geeks having fun with arcs and sparks…

    A reader asked Mike Sokol: “This is a generic question – the difference between an arc and a spark. Seems like multiple conflicting definitions.”

    Dear Generic,
    Just in case you don’t think that electrical geeks have fun – here are a bunch of answers to that question that were posted on my RVelectricity Facebook Group. …

    Continue reading Mike’s truly fun and heavily illustrated answer here.


    RV Tire Safety

    Adjusting tire pressure in heated garage in cold weather

    By Roger Marble
    I found a chart that covers how to adjust tire pressure when you are inflating tires inside a heated garage (heated to 65° F) when the truck or RV will be moved to a very cold location. I am hoping that when you study the adjustment you will better understand what, if any, adjustment is to be made with your vehicle’s tires under these conditions. Continue reading.


    The RV Kitchen

    Meal-in-a-skillet Meat Patty Pie

    Skillet patty pan pie. It’s easy to shape the giant patty for this meal-in-a-skillet Meat Patty Pie in the skillet with the help of plastic wrap. The patties are the “crusts” for this tasty pie. Use any vegetables in the filling. As it cooks, the rich, beefy flavor floats through the filling. It’s a whole meal from one skillet. Get the recipe.


    Readers’ Pet of the Day

    “Jalama and her three siblings were dropped off in a cardboard box at the Santa Barbara Humane Society at four days old. Our friend and her foster mom named the four puppies after local beaches. Since we camp regularly at our local campground, Jalama Beach, we believe we were destined to be together, especially when we’re camping!” —Diane Lawrence

    Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
    • Monday: Sahani Tuesday: Willie Wednesday: Zeus (and Charlie) • Thursday: Blaze & Bonnie • Friday: Sophie


    Trivia

    French scientists have an out-of-this-world plan. At the European Space Agency’s planned Moon Village, they say astronauts can enjoy fresh seafood – farmed fish using live eggs shipped from Earth and water from the lunar surface. Scientists have determined that the fish could survive the trip, offering hope that astronauts can enjoy more appetizing meals than pre-packaged food from Earth.

    Joke of the Week

    What do you call a number that can’t sit still? A roamin’ numeral!

    Leave with a song from the past

    Here’s an oldie but goodie from 1964 – the Seekers performing their #1 hit “I’ll Never Find Another You.”


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    John Skinner
    1 month ago

    Your article “Five things to know about towing” was o.k., but I zoomed in on the tire part. I’ve had many RV’s and the trailers were almost always equipped with the cheapest, weakest tire possible. On the last RV trailer I had the factory equipped tires were rated for a whopping 20 lbs. per tire over the gross vehicle weight. That means if I overloaded it 80 lbs. (four tires) the tires were overloaded. Best bet is to buy good 6 or 8 ply tires and give yourself plenty of extra load carrying capacity. Ever see what a tire losing its tread does to an RV? Enough said.

    rvgrandma
    1 month ago

    Interesting about the increase in RV sales. I live in Richland, WA. We currently have people here who had to drive from Portland/Vancouver area because dealers say they won’t have RVs to sell them until summer. They come over here to buy them.

    Suru
    1 month ago

    Unfortunately, I don’t think we can count on the RVIA to promote an increase in campgrounds. I think it will be up to the 11.2 million people who own RVs to fix the problem. The previous administration passed the Great American Outdoors Act last year that earmarked 1.9 billion dollars for critical maintenance and infrastructure repairs at existing national forests, parks, wilderness areas, etc. Can we lobby the existing administration to pass a bill that will create new camping areas at these facilities? I personally would have no problem paying fees for these new areas. I don’t know anything about lobbying, but I would certainly support any organization that would like to take this on.

    chris
    1 month ago

    I’m a mostly dry camper. I’ve noticed very little change in demand for no-hookup camping. 99% of new RVers are reservation/hookup folks, so that’s just fine with me.

    Last edited 1 month ago by chris
    Tom R
    1 month ago

    My grand children certainly know the answer to the brain teaser. I read it to them many times from a children’s book of poems.

    Tommy Molnar
    1 month ago

    I still think the increase in RV sales, which I suppose adds fuel to the fire of ‘diminishing camping sites available’, will find these new RV’ers wondering if they did the right thing (as their RV’s sit in storage lots, or even next to the house). If all they know is making reservations to use their new toy, and they find they can’t make reservations because someone has booked them all, way in advance, their enthusiasm will wane. This means trying to sell out of frustration, or the RV’s just stay put wherever they park them. While it may be tough to make reservations currently, I think the problem will somewhat decrease as people lose interest due to un-usability. IMHO that is.  🤔 

    John Crawford
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Tommy Molnar

    I agree and I believe that the business to be in right now is rv storage facility.

    Tommy Molnar
    1 month ago
    Reply to  John Crawford

    You are absolutely right, John. The ones around here are bulging at the seams! A local utility trailer dealer has gotten rid of his trailer sales business and now offers RV and boat storage in his big lot. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for his lot to be “bulging at the seams” with his new business.

    Dana D
    1 month ago

    It upsets me when I see dog owners allowing their dogs to ride with their heads out a window (Pet of the Day). Would a human ride with their head out the window! NO! Think about the bugs you see splattered on your windshield, especially in the summer time. Have you ever had a rock or other road debris hit you windshield, and maybe crack it. How would you feel if a bug or road debris hit your dog’s eye and took out his eye! You should be arrested for animal cruelty! STOP ALLOWING DOGS TO RIDE WITH THEIR HEADS OUT A WINDOW!

    Richard
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Dana D

    I’m not sure that dog owners force their dogs to put their head out of the window. Some dogs have more sense than their owners, if they didn’t enjoy it they wouldn’t do it. We are all free to have an opinion but you could try and get a driver arrested if you feel that strongly. What was the response you received that last time you asked a dog owner to stop allowing their dog to do it or have you never been that bothered until now ?

    Duane Russell
    1 month ago

    Chuck,

    In your Editor’s Corner, you comment about how we are not “roughing it” anymore, or how some people claim to be roughing it while in a full-featured RV. I don’t think most of us claim to be roughing it anymore. I used to camp under tarps, then in pup-tents, then larger tents. I quit roughing it when I got our first pop-up, even though the pop-up had no bathroom, heater, or water heater. We pumped the faucet to get cold water. We go glamping to get away from the city, and to see nature, not to claim we are roughing it.

    Also, when you give the number of new RVs being sold, and state the people who say they will be getting into RVing in the next 5 years, it would be good to have an idea of how many folks will be getting out of RVing in that timeframe, also. Many folks get too old to continue to RV, so that number needs to be part of the equation.

    I do agree that more campgrounds are needed.

    Thanks for the newsletter!

    Wayne c
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Duane Russell

    Also, included could be the number of RVs going to the scrap yard.

    Bill T
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Duane Russell

    Agreed. Reliable stats showing an entire RV picture would provide a much better overview for the RV consumer. Thanks to firefly below, for adding to my question about using “households” as a statistic for percentage increase. Limited data parameters can easily skew any narrative.

    David Onder
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Duane Russell

    I have never claimed to rough it. We go camping in our trailer so that we have our own space and comfortable bed. We did tent camping for years but I am done with that. I still like to go camping at KOA type campgrounds as well as beach parks (small and large). The camper gives us a nice beach house on wheels.

    Jim
    1 month ago

    RV Manufacturers have no more interest in RV park availability than automobile manufacturers have in roadway infrastructure. It’s all about making a profit, and like it or not, that’s the American way.

    wanderer
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Jim

    The American Way right now is to listen only to business interests, so it actually would be helpful to them as well as us, if that industry would pressure government to provide a level of parks and recreation that actually matched the booming demand of people for affordable camping of all kinds.

    Most government agencies act like it’s just fine that our public parks are locked in to 1960s levels, and zoning and codes put so many burdens on new private campgrounds that they will only step up if they can charge ‘luxury’ prices. It’s almost as if we should invest in our own public spaces.

    John Crawford
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Jim

    Henry Ford was responsible for getting congress to start building a national Hwy system.

    Bob P
    1 month ago

    I guess I’d all ready converted to Country music by the time this song came out. When the Beatles came to America I said that was the end of rock n roll as I knew it and as I had just married a girl from TN I converted to Country and never looked back.

    Brad G. Hancock NH
    1 month ago

    If any of you have an interest in VINTAGE RV’s, I’d like to recommend 2 books:

    1. THE ILLUSTRATED FIELD GUIDE TO VINTAGE TRAILERS by Bob Thompson and Carl Jameson.
    2. TRAILERAMA by Phil Noyes.

    I recently purchased both on Amazon and they are both high quality, printed on glossy paper with 100’s of colored photographs. The Field Guide is a paper back. Trailerama is a hard cover.

    Donald N Wright
    1 month ago

    “The Seekers” song, thank you Chuck.

    Joe & Helen
    1 month ago

    Great song brought back lots of Memories

    Bob P
    1 month ago

    393

    Kaeleen Buckingham
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Bob P

    1

    Richard
    1 month ago

    70

    Timothy Nowak
    1 month ago

    I welcome all the new real RV enthusiasts and am sure that a large number of families buying new RV’s will only use them 2 or 3 times a year and most likely give up after a year or two.

    Ken W
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Timothy Nowak

    Timothy. Another America Rescue Plan will help in three years, to help with those RV loan payments that the young Americans have signed for 20 years of payments. Or, perhaps, a “cash for clunkers” to get the pre-2000 RV models off the road? America’s building. America’s buying.

    Bill T
    1 month ago

    Hi Chuck. Great newsletter as always. Question reference your article above. “The big news this week is that an extensive study of RVers has revealed that there are now a whopping 11.2 million RV-owning households in America. That’s 62 percent more than 20 years ago”. That’s works out to be about a 3% a year increase. Is that an unusual increase given the actual increased number of households in America? I’m trying to get a better picture of the RV household vs the RV population ratio. Likewise, will RV campgrounds really spend the money on increasing the number of parks and sites to accommodate “the COVID bubble of RV buyers” or just wait it out for the progression of RV owners/travelers to return to normal?

    Firefly
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Bill T

    Excellent question. Census Bureau estimates 128.5 million households in 2020 and 104.7 million in 2000. So total US households have increased by 23% in those 20 years.

    Tom
    1 month ago

    Good looking dog. I hope the other three found just as great owners.

    Thomas Champagne
    1 month ago

    Like me, They’d be in their 70 by now. Of course I love the music !