By Chuck Woodbury
Many odds and ends to report this week.
Changes in our news section
First, as you probably noticed, we changed our news section. Instead of running a couple dozen short news briefs on a separate page each Saturday, we are now running in the main newsletter headlines to longer versions of the news items. Too few of our readers were clicking through before to the separate news page, so we were doing a lot of work that wasn’t of interest to most of our readers.
Mike Sokol on TV this week
Our electricity expert Mike Sokol will appear this coming Wednesday on the evening news of WDVM-TV 25 in Hagerstown, Maryland, discussing potentially dangerous RV Hot Skin conditions. We will show you the segment in next Saturday’s RV Travel Newsletter. Speaking of Mike, his latest RV Electricity Newsletter will be published tomorrow, July 29. If you are not already singed up, do so here.
Speaking of electricity . . .
We now have about 60 volunteers for our Stray Voltage Patrol, a program we are funding through our members’ support, to identify at least 1,000 unsafe power pedestals in RV parks and campgrounds across America. Since we have announced the program, at least two dozen readers (plus me) have discovered unsafe pedestals on their recent travels. All you need to participate is to have an inexpensive Non-Contact Voltage Tester, which all RVers should have anyway.
Member news: Do we have your email address?
We are huffin’ and puffin’ to get up to speed on special programs for our members and hope to have a newsletter out to them next week. Many of these “voluntary subscribers” sent checks but did not include their email addresses. If that’s you, would you please email my daughter Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will put you on the list.
Overnight parking project
We continue our efforts to promote the idea of a chain of inexpensive overnight parking areas across the USA. Since I began promoting this idea, I have heard from two other people who have similar plans. I have also heard from a reliable source that Walmart has considered putting in electric pedestals, but is so far reluctant to do so because of liability issues. As I have said before, I personally do not care who undertakes such a project, as long as it gets done. Several locations along the Ohio Turnpike have several such facilities in place. Watch this video to see what they look like.
Offensive banner removed
We had about a dozen reports last Saturday about an animated banner ad in the left column of the newsletter and on other pages. The readers found it distracting to the point where they had trouble reading. While we are big fans of the advertiser (HepvO), having just installed two of the devices in the RV Travel motorhome, we had to agree that the banner was, indeed, distracting. We have now removed it and notified the advertiser.