By Chuck Woodbury
This was posted as a comment on this website by an RVer named Kevin Smith. I’d like to post it here, too, to share my thoughts with more readers.
Mr. Smith wrote:
I came across the bookmark today and thought I’d check in but darned if anything’s changed, still kicking Camping World around and trolls still flogging Lemonis due to their media illiteracy. Ugh. I unsubscribed and abandoned RVtravel.com a few months back as what once was such a good resource for RV news had become a single-issue banner for anti-CW and made Lemonis the butt of angry right wing commenters who seem to be your main demographic now.
As someone who travels extensively in my RV I can’t understand why you would like to have less resources available to you almost anywhere you’re traveling to/from? I’ve used CW for supplies, had them perform scheduled and emergency unscheduled maintenance and have stayed overnight at more than a few of their locations. I
If you need to replace a failed sewer valve at 10am on a Sunday morning in Chattanooga, TN I can guarantee you will be overjoyed to see that huge flag waving above the interstate. See how many service shops there are that can get you in for a generator oil change/fuel filter replacement with only a few hours wait when you’re passing through Rogers, MN mid-winter.
Do they sell RV’s at the highest possible price, I hope so! I’m a Realtor and you’d be justly upset if I priced and sold your house too low as an “act of kindness” to the buyer, right?
Go ahead and find a better deal somewhere else, I didn’t buy my RV from them as I did my due diligence and found an independent brand sold direct from dealer that beats anything CW had to offer. However I’m very glad CW has such a wide, national presence and I’d miss them as a trusted resource who most often has what I need to stay on the road. If your wish for them to fail comes true I doubt that we’ll be better off trying to rely on WalMart for their very limited RV-specific offerings and most other RV dealers carry a tiny fraction of the parts and accessories that CW stores do so be careful of cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Thanks again for your previous contributions to RVers, good luck with your single-issue audience and keep the rest of us informed if you ever go back to the old format.
My response to Mr. Smith
You and I have a slightly different opinion on Camping World. Keep in mind we have been publishing for 20 years, and it’s only been recently we’ve had more negative to say than positive about the company. I won’t go into another conversation about this, as I have already written so much. But, alas, we are far from a “single issue publication,” and, FYI, our readership has never increased faster than in the last year. So I’m not inclined to go back to the “old format.” I don’t know what that means, actually, because if we have changed it has been gradual through the years based on how the industry and RVers have changed.
We try our best to be objective. Most of the time when we write anything that would be perceived as opinionated, the article is labeled “Opinion.”
I appreciate your comments, but really must strongly disagree with you about calling our readers a “single-issue audience,” in the way you suggest. That said, however, it’s true that we are focused on one single topic — “RVing.”
And by the way, to correct you, Camping World is not known for selling RVs at the highest prices, as you say, but the lowest prices. It’s other aspects of how the company conducts its business that at times we find objectionable and not in the best interest of buyers. And, for the record, we have never, ever suggested that we would be happy if Camping World closed its stores.
About our readers being “right wing commentators . . . who seem to be your main demographic now.” Well, that’s a big exaggeration although there is no doubt that far more of our readers are Republicans than Democrats. But I suspect that true of the entire universe of American RVers. I just wish we could all talk about issues without fighting.
We try our best, Kevin, and are very aware that we cannot please everyone. It’s impossible, especially in today’s hot-tempered world.
Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts in a respectful manner.