Members RV Travel Newsletter Issue 994

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    April 3, 2021


    Editor’s corner

    With Chuck Woodbury

    There is much to report. For starters, I am thrilled to tell you that our inaugural RVtravel.com podcast will debut tomorrow. You will love it! You can listen to it as you read tomorrow’s newsletter or while driving down the road. Just click the sound bar in tomorrow’s issue. Host Scott Linden describes the podcast as “radio for the 21st century.” I even make an appearance in this first of our weekly programs. Your participation in the future is invited: Scott will tell you about that.

    Bunny cookies! Yum!

    Second, we debuted a brand new daily cooking feature earlier this week. You’ll see the “Recipe of the Day” toward the bottom of each issue of our weekend and daily newsletters. If you enjoy cooking you will find thousands of delicious recipes from home cooks (and those in RVs) but tested by professional chefs to be sure the recipes live up to their billings. If you are still searching for a yummy dessert for tomorrow, maybe some Ole Fashioned Iced Easter Bunny Cookies would do the trick.

    We have lined up a special deal for you from the website and app The Dyrt. It’s a funny name for a business, I think, but it’s an excellent resource for RVers. Its campground directory is extensive and very helpful, and its guide to dispersed camping (boondocking) locations around the USA is valuable to RVers who travel off the beaten path. The trip planning service is also excellent. A one-year membership to the Pro Edition is $35.99. But we have worked a deal for our readers where they can get a three-month membership for free. FYI, we get a small finder’s fee for each new membership, which helps us plow more money back into our “little website that could” growth fund. You can learn more or sign up here.

    ISSUE 1,000 COMING SOON
    Finally, as you may have noticed, this is issue 994 of our weekly Saturday newsletter. I wrote in issue 500, back on September 24, 2011, that I hoped to make it to issue 1,000. I was 64 then. Honestly, I had my doubts, whether for health reasons or because of dealing with an elderly brain. But here I am, still healthy, with my brain functioning at 87.2 percent, and loving every single moment of my work. I am planning a big announcement in issue 1,000 on May 8. I have devoted more than 20 years to this website and newsletter and it’s time for a role change. So stay tuned.

    Okay, gotta go now. I have a huge desire to eat some Peeps! Gotta love those cute little bunnies! (Do you buy Peeps at Easter? Please answer my Peep poll.)

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    IN TOMORROW’S NEWSLETTER: The good ol’ days of just driving to a National Park, paying your fee, and then entering may be ending. Is this our future? ALSO: Many of us now have our COVID shots and feel a new sense of freedom. If so, why are some of us fearful of heading out? PLUS: A court has ruled that Goodyear withheld evidence in a motorhome tire blowout case. The judge has ordered the tire company to pay up.


    Write for us!
    We are looking for writers — to report news and/or write feature articles. We pay. Previous writing experience required. If interested, tell us about yourself here. Must know RVing inside-out and respect journalism as a noble cause.


    Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

    • Dealing with the fear of getting out again in your RV. Are you ready?
    • Goodyear Tire must pay for hiding evidence from RVers
    • It’s literally unreal! $2.5 million paid for as-yet non-existent Hummer
    • The joke’s on Volkswagen after April Fool’s prank badly backfires
    • New pickup truck sneak peak: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz
    • National park entry reservations – Will this be the new normal?

    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

    Downsizing to become full-time RVers
    Tire wear and tear – What to check
    Dirty tile floors? Use these tips and products to clean your RV’s floor
    Battery storage problems caused by cold weather
    Don’t skimp on sleep! Tips to get better sleep in your RV


    Today’s RV review…

    Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Lance 1172 Truck Camper. Many people don’t consider truck campers because they’re too small or aren’t as nicely designed as other RVs. But to that, Tony counters with the new Lance 1172. See what he’s talking about – maybe you’ll change your mind.

    Last week’s reviews:
    2021 Jayco Jay Flight Octane 255 Toy HaulerLeisure Travel Vans Wonder RTB Class CCherokee 274RK Travel TrailerThor Hurricane 34J Class A Gas MotorhomeThor Vegas 24.1 Class A


    Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

    COPYRIGHT 2021 by Clint Norrell

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


    crowded campgroundsCampground Crowding: It’s all about the journey, not the destination… right?

    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. This week our readers comment again on the good ol’ days but also say not to begrudge the newbies; having to book way in advance … or not; and the philosophical approach (which we should all heed) of don’t dwell on the negatives, embrace the positives … Plus much more here.

    New (or any) RVers – There is hope! You CAN find campsites!

    Are you one of the thousands of new RVers or looking to become one? Are you discouraged by the headlines and statements you read in this newsletter and elsewhere, such as: The need to make reservations a year in advance; “Not in my backyard” objections to proposed RV parks; RV ownership at an all-time high and millions more planning to buy; The ability to go where you want, when you want is a thing of the past. Dave Helgeson offers words of encouragement to both new RVers and longtime RVers, along with many suggestions of finding campsites outside of traditional campgrounds, here.


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

    From editor Chuck Woodbury, hiding out in Arizona
    How a caring RV park owner acts in hard times
    Hilarious video: Trust no one! (This was at the beginning of the pandemic, BTW.)
    Campsite “site length” restrictions. What do they really mean?


    Reader Poll

    How does meal preparation in your RV compare to doing it in a traditional home kitchen?

    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:
    Which kind of chocolate is your favorite – dark, milk, or white? See how almost 2,200 other RVers responded (then go get some chocolate!).

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


    Brain Teaser

    The cost of making only the maker knows, valueless if bought, but sometimes traded. A poor man may give one as easily as a king. When one is broken, pain and deceit are assured. What is it?

    (Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday news newsletter.)

    Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.


    Casino Camping: 3 casino RV resorts where you’ll want to stay

    This week, many RVtravel.com readers and Facebook friends had some great advice and also a few warnings about casino camping and gambling to pass along. Keep reading for an in-depth look at three reader favorites.

    Towing FAIL! These people hitch their fifth wheel backwards!

    OMG! Our eyeballs nearly popped out of our heads when we saw this short video. Can you believe this is real? These people hitched up their fifth wheel backward. We can only imagine the damage this will cause!! What would you do if you were pumping gas and saw this person drive away like this? We sure hope someone ran up and told them to stop driving… Check this out!

    Trailer “tail-wagging” – Prevent this dangerous sway from happening to you

    By Gail Marsh
    What does a dog’s tail have to do with towing an RV? Turns out, a lot! Not knowing about the “wagging dog’s tail” can mean disaster. In fact, “the tail wagging the dog” syndrome is a main cause of trailer accidents today. It’s one of the reasons why many would-be RVers quit RVing after just one season. 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 Daylight time today, April 3, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Christopher N. of Seal Rock, Oregon, and Steve B. of Snelling, California.

    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

    MOST POPULAR:

    Sent to us by George Bliss, who adds: “I like the ‘adjustable hammer’ quote. Probably not finished the hook-up yet. Needs to go to his/her child’s swing set to get safety chains.” Ha! Thanks, George! (Click to enlarge.)

    Campground Crowding: Boomers vs. Newbies. The attitude battle is on!

    PLUS:
    Starlink – Internet access from outer space coming soon to your RV?
    Will having an “Immunity Passport” allow us to travel? Here’s what we know
    RVelectricity – Cool trailer plug storage option
    Don’t skimp on sleep! Tips to get better sleep in your RV
    Good News: Things to smile about this week, March 28, 2021
    RV shipments continue to soar, new record set
    Campground and RV Park News, March 27, 2021
    RVelectricity: Accidental reversed polarity adapter
    Heavy load: Ford regains towing honors in half-ton trucks
    Full-timer pleads, “PLEASE don’t buy me anything!”
    Rent out your RV? It might be a great time to give it another look


    Saturday Giveaway!

    How would you like to win this?

    Foldable FPV WiFi Drone with Voice Control and 120° Wide-Angle 720P HD Camera.

    This is a great drone for beginners, but anyone who flies it will love it. It takes great videos at 720 dpi.

    How to win

    We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (April 3, 2021) by 7 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!


    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.


    RV Gadgets and Gizmos

    With Tony Barthel

    FIREDISC®, a “wok on legs,” makes cooking fun for the whole family

    Tony writes, “Like every other child on the block I love new toys, so when FIREDISC® Cookers reached out and asked if I was interested in trying one of their cookers, I figured I’d give it a try.” See what he thinks of the FIREDISC, and, maybe more importantly, see what he cooks on it. Mmmm…

    Baby and kids’ sleeping “bags” brilliant solution for camping

    If you ever doubt Americans’ ingenuity, just follow my gadget column here on RV Travel. I’ve talked to a number of inventors right here in America who have created some slick stuff that makes camping and RVing more enjoyable. Morrison Outdoors is just such a company with their baby and kids’ sleeping bags. The company was started by founder Tavis Malcolm, who really enjoyed camping and hiking a lot and thought his new baby, Morrison, should be able to go along. But after looking for a sleeping bag for the tyke, he decided to make one himself. Read more and see his brilliant solution.


    RVelectricity

    Scam Alert on Magic Air Conditioners

    Dear Readers,
    As part of my continuing effort to help you avoid electrical gadget scams, here’s an interesting one that was emailed to me a few days ago about a magic air conditioner that runs from USB power (less than 5 watts) and supposedly cools your entire office area. According to all the marketing hype, this gadget will help save the planet because you’ll no longer have to spend thousands of dollars on an “evil” conventional air conditioner, and won’t have to pay the utility company hundreds of dollars a month in electric bills. So, could this be true? Find out here.

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

    Accidental reversed polarity adapter

    Dear Mike:
    At one end of my trailer I have a 50-amp shore power; the other end I put in a 30-amp plug for my generator divided by a transfer switch. Both ends test good on the trailer with a three light tester. I have a Yamaha EF3000iSEB. Testing per your video it shows an open ground. When I install the n-g plug it shows good. But when I hook the trailer to the generator, the trailer shows an open ground. When I install the n-g plug the trailer shows hot/neutral reverse indication on the tester. Any ideas? Thanks. —Ron

    Read Mike’s answer.


    RV Tire Safety

    Is “sealant” a good fix for a flat tire?

    By Roger Marble

    NHTSA (DOT) – Improper Repairs: “A plug by itself is not an acceptable repair” to fix a flat tire. “The proper repair of a punctured tire requires a plug for the hole and a patch for the area inside the tire that surrounds the puncture hole.” “Punctures through the tread can be repaired if they are not too large. But punctures to the sidewall should not be repaired.” “Tires must be removed from the rim to be properly inspected before being plugged and patched.” NOTE: Michelin, Goodyear and Bridgestone say the same thing. Learn more.


    Building an RV Park

    Waiting for the bank; and rocks, rocks and more rocks!

    By Machelle James
    I’m nervous and I’m stalling to write my article. The bank is reviewing our loan at this very moment and I am a bundle of nerves. … We’ve been down this road at least 7 times and it never gets easier. Banks either like the idea of a campground or they don’t. There is no gray area for campgrounds in the land of commercial loans. This is the biggest hurdle we will have faced since we decided to pursue our Campground dreams. While I sit/stand/pace here and wait, I do have construction news to share. Continue reading.


    RV Short Stop

    Visit America’s National Parks & Volunteer on your RV Short Stop

    By Julianne G. Crane
    Millions of us love America’s National Parks. So much so, collectively, we may be loving them to exhaustion. RVing families can help and have fun together while doing something worthwhile. National Park Week, April 17 – 25, is a great time to discover lesser known national parks. Try exploring amazing new places and discovering stories of history. Make it even more meaningful by volunteering at these treasures. Learn more and get involved.


    RV Fire Safety

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

    Hopefully, you’ll never have to put your fire plan into action. However, if you do, remember to keep calm and to get out of your coach like you practiced during fire drills. Stay focused on your prime objective – getting yourself and your passengers out of the RV safely.

    If you missed any part of this emergency fire plan series, or need a refresher course, you can read those important tips here.

    Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy


    Recipe of the Day

    Missy’s Creamy Deviled Eggs
    by Melissa Dommert from Baytown, TX
    Deviled eggs are an easy appetizer and we like Melissa’s Cajun twist. Adding cream cheese makes the filling super creamy with a velvety texture. Sweet relish adds a touch of sweetness to the filling. They sort of taste like egg salad. Yum!

    Get the recipe and preparation instructions.

    Oh, and if you’re like us and loooove deviled eggs, you need this.

    Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
    Easter HamCheesecake in a blenderSpring salad with orange dressing


    Museum of the Week

    American Prohibition Museum

    Savannah, GA
    The American Prohibition Museum is filled with interesting artifacts from the old prohibition days. The exhibits take you through the Temperance Movement, where organizations fought for a legal ban on alcohol, and run all the way through until alcohol was no longer prohibited. Learn about the gangsters and rum runners who stirred up trouble during the era, and even learn how to make moonshine from a “local.” You can celebrate the end of prohibition at the real, operating hidden speakeasy, halfway through the museum (cocktail, anyone?). For anyone who wants to raise their spirits, plan your visit here.


    Letters to the editor

    Stop starting “firestorms”

    Dear editor,
    This is a simple request to you and your writing staff! I wish you would STOP, STOP, STOP starting firestorms, like last week’s “Virus Passport” article. You had to know this was gonna bring out every negative comment that can be thought of.

    This article has little to do with RVing and unless we start seeing RV parks requiring such Passports in order to get a reservation or be allowed to camp at that location, then it has nothing to do with RVing! I for one am NOT in favor of any kind of Vaccine Passport!

    So, like other controversial articles that have NOTHING to do with RVing, please stop posting these things!

    I have completely stopped posting or making any comments to RV Travel. — Jeff T.

    Read editor Chuck Woodbury’s response


    Readers’ Pet of the Day

    “This is our 19-month-old Chihuahua, Hansel. We adopted him from the Humane Society in March of 2020. He loves camping in our 5th wheel and every place we visit is a new adventure with all the new smells to sniff and trees and posts to mark as his territory. His favorite thing to do is sit on our laps outside and chomp at any bug that dares come our way.” —Janine T.

    Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
    • Monday: Two “great GSDs” Tuesday: Teddy Wednesday: A “big dog packed into a little body” • Thursday: Bowie • Friday: Caia


    Vintage Postcard of the Week

    Postcards owned by Colleen and Ed Weum, Pacific Northwest Postcard Club. Read more about their 90,000 postcard collection here.


    Trivia

    “The Simpsons” is the longest-running animated series in the U.S. It is now on season 32 and has had the most guest stars ever featured on a TV series. If you were to watch every episode straight without commercials or sleeping, it would take you almost 9 days.

    Laugh of the Week

    A few sayings that made us laugh:

    • Whatever you do, always give 100%… unless you’re donating blood.
    • I’ve finally told my suitcases there will be no holiday this year. Now I’m dealing with the emotional baggage.
    • If you’re not supposed to eat at night, why is there a light bulb in the refrigerator?
    • What did Snow White say when she came out of the photo booth? “Someday my prints will come.” —Thanks to Gordon Bates for sending these.

    Leave with a song from the past

    Oh, this will get your feet tapping – an oldie but goodie from ABBA, the sensation from the late 20th century with a unique sound that sent the group’s tunes to the top of the charts.


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    MN MB
    13 days ago

    Yes! More Abba!

    DPHooper
    13 days ago

    Absolutely love this Newsletter and the things I learn here.
    Signed up today for the free trial of Dyrt.
    Amazing!
    Used it this afternoon to start planning summer travel. Very user friendly and simple to use.
    Much improved over my Streets and Trips I’ve been using.

    Admin
    RV Staff (@rvstaff)
    13 days ago
    Reply to  DPHooper

    Thank you, DPHooper! We appreciate your comments, and we’re glad to hear you’re trying out The Dyrt! Have fun planning your travels, and then have a great time this summer! Happy Easter! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

    Dan
    14 days ago

    Brain teaser- “a promise “

    billh42
    14 days ago

    On Trivia. After 9 days of “The Simpsons” my brain would be total mush 😋  😋 .

    MrDisaster
    14 days ago

    Laugh of the week was very good. But ABBA? Now those songs will be in my head all day! (Darned earworms!)

    DW/ND
    14 days ago

    Thanks for the article on COVID Passports. Anyone traveling MAY have to show proof of vaccination – especially to-from Canada. Airlines? Rail? The news media has been covering this IDEA and that will lead to some sort of demands by other entities. So, timely information on safeguarding the shot record card. Thanks for being pro-active and ahead of the curve!

    DL Jenson
    14 days ago
    Reply to  DW/ND

    I enjoyed the article also~ Thank you Chuck & crew!

    Marie Beschen
    14 days ago

    Your “Peeps” confession gave me a chuckle, as it’s my husband’s weakness as well! I always smile when I see them come out in the stores because I know when he goes, a box of them will show up in the bag! I did ask him if he eats the head or tail first? “Oh, the tail!” he said. 😉

    Last edited 13 days ago by RV Staff
    chris
    14 days ago

    Feel free to delete as I’m reasonably sure it will start another angry ‘discussion.’

    Just wondering how much different Covid (passport) discussions would be if the previous administration had said listen to the science, wear a mask, and worn one themselves.

    John
    14 days ago
    Reply to  chris

    Civil and intelligent?

    Bill
    2 days ago
    Reply to  John

    Really?

    Diane Mc
    13 days ago
    Reply to  chris

    Someone listened to the science, cut red tape and that’s why we have a vaccine which would normal take many more years. Lawyers standing by to take vaccine passport to court. Freedom to move about the country. Yes, foreign travel may be an issue, but that is a decision each of us can make whether to get vaccine or not. Someone will have to challenge Florida because Governor just signed an executive order stating no vaccine passports. We have states rights, so Federal interference would be an issue. Why neither administration could implement a Federal mask mandate.

    Robert
    14 days ago

    If Clint Norrell is not selling his cartoons as art prints, he should be. They are just fantastic, both hilarious and as great art. What cartoonist goes into this much detail?

    Thom
    14 days ago

    Oh sure…All I needed was to see the caption, now I have Abba stuck in my head!
    Oh well, there are worse tunes to hum during my Saturday chores!

    Harry Salit
    14 days ago

    Dirt wants my credit card for automatic billing after free trial and annually!
    if I don’t like it I still get billed?

    Mike Sherman
    14 days ago
    Reply to  Harry Salit

    Most of these types of offers require a specific request (usually via a phone call) to cancel after the free period ends.

    Admin
    Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
    14 days ago
    Reply to  Harry Salit

    No, if you do not want to continue you can opt out and not be billed.

    John Crawford
    9 days ago
    Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

    I don’t see any “opt out” on the app.

    John Crawford
    9 days ago
    Reply to  Harry Salit

    I have already reviewed Dyrt and have tried to cancel. There is no where on the app to cancel. I just sent them an email and waiting to see if they respond.