I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!

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By Chuck Woodbury
EDITOR

Ireached my breaking point a few weeks ago. The amount of angry, nasty, hateful letters I was receiving, and the comments being posted by a bunch of mostly angry older guys, got to me. In last Sunday’s newsletter I finally had the guts to write that enough is enough, and ask all those bitter, disrespectful  people to go away and never return.

More than 350 readers commented, most of them (about 90%) thanking me for speaking up. But there were angry, even hateful, responses – from the small but vocal members of the crowd who believe they are somehow gifted with superior intelligence and wisdom. Anyone whose opinion differs from theirs is to be belittled.

I am happy to report that I personally banned more than 20 of these loud mouths from ever commenting again. All they want to do is pick a fight. We’re not interested.

I take this website and our newsletters personally. I started this business 20-some years ago with $30. I’ve worked my butt off to make it a great resource for RVers. Along the way I’ve rounded up a small, talented, incredibly hard-working staff. Those readers who have all the answers to everything can bloody well go elsewhere to stir up trouble and leave us to our work.

😀MAYBE WE SAVED A LIFE
About the same time as this was going on, I received an email from reader Debra Hansen. She had just returned home after a scary tire failure with her RV. She wrote:

“I thought I was going to die. My camper and SUV were all over the two-lane highway and I thought we were going to roll. I almost panicked but I remembered all the YouTube videos I watched many times on your website. I took my foot off the accelerator and lightly tapped the brakes and somehow gained control and got over to the side of the road. I am thankful to still be here with my pups who, thank God, were in their seatbelts. Please tell all the folks who contribute to your newsletter how grateful I am that I had your newsletter in my life. I am not sure I would be here sending you this message without it.”

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Debra, for taking the time to write us. It makes me so happy to know that what you learned here may have saved your life.

My staff and I are here for Debra and all the other kind, wonderful, curious, respectful, intelligent people who read this newsletter. Many of you have become friends. I promise you we will not let the little minds of the world troll this website, pissing on the words of others like dogs on a fire hydrant.

Oh, watch the video that Debra said may have saved her life. Then watch it again, and memorize it. Maybe what you learn will save your life some day.

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Denny Wagaman
1 month ago

I read some of the the comments sometimes but as a rule not all except the ones last week about the unruly mean old mostly guys. Who know what they are going through at that moment. There is a way to disagree nicely. We all or most of us have encountered those kinds of people. I just move on (not that it doesn’t sting sometimes). So after posting my earlier comment I read that some others believe that you DO accelerate instead of tapping the brakes. Had I read those earlier I would not have posted my comments before this one.

Denny Wagaman
1 month ago

Regarding Debra Hansen comment regarding her lightly tapping the brakes. The videos that I have watched when a blowout on one of the Front Tires tells me that I should step on the accelerator rather than hit the brakes. Now I realize Debra said tap the brakes and she didn’t say front tires, but maybe we can have some clarification on this issue. It is a concern to many of us that have been told to never step on the brakes which is different that tapping.(Darn repeating myself) . Anyway thank you

WaWahine
1 month ago

Shocking at the close minded hateful tone of this commentary. Guess this person wasn’t taught “Let it roll off your back like a duck” or “in one ear and out the other” or “live and let live”? Censorship is the answer if you don’t agree in lockstep with someone else? All I can say is wow 😐.

KellyR
1 month ago

Chuck, because of the type of forum you present, you did the right thing, which is evident by the comments from your readers. When it comes to one-on-one situations I always remember what my mother taught me. When in first or second grade, I came home from school crying. My mother asked what was wrong. Evidently someone had said something to me that upset me. (I no longer recall the incident.) She listened to what I had to say, and then she said: “Just don’t put your feelings out there where someone can step on them.” That piece of advice ended up making me the negotiator in the managerial positions I have held in my career. Since then, even when crap is thrown directly at me, it doesn’t even hit. It isn’t that I win, but the other guy sure didn’t win either.

Tom
1 month ago

Hope your efforts succeed. I was planning to unsubscribe myself because of all the RV related sites i patron, this newsletter seemed to have a larger number of disrespctful, rude and unpolite comments. I patron RV site for info about RVing, not politics, etc. I think if writer stay clear of inflammator content that helps. For example, associating a persons misdeeds with their ethnicity, political or religious affiliation. I can recall a reader leaving a comment that basic said what you are saying now and i think you actually reprinted his comment and others readers commented very rudely that he was the problem and should leave. Hopeful we can all be civil and respectful of each other. As mom used to say, “if you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything”. Being civil and respectful of each other makes the world a better place 🙂

CAREN KELLY
1 month ago

Whatever happened to “if you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all” Good on you Chuck, for getting rid of “know-it-all meanies”. I look forward to your e-newsletters everyday in my inbox. Love the funny stories, the unfortunate real harrowing stories, the questions and the statistics and always learning something new. Even us Canadian’s love reading about the stuff that goes on in a life well lived! Can’t wait to get on the road again hopefully the fall of 2021?

Barb
1 month ago

Happy you got the fun suckers gone. Kudos to you!

Mike Coghill
1 month ago

Thanks for turning them off….I am also NOT interested in their tantrums

Asher Wood
1 month ago

I understand you being upset at the rude people. I have unfollowed many people on my Facebook and it is much more friendly now. Keep up the good articles. I appreciate your stories.

MargaretB
1 month ago

So glad Debra was not injured and managed to handle the situation and yes this is also my biggest fear so I watch that tire blowout video once a year to be reminded how to handle that situation and not panic so thank you for reposting this valuable reminder. Oh and loved the funny movie clip you added under the first article I’m Mad As Hell 😂

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StevenG
1 month ago

I avoid so many RV related sites due to the loud and hateful voices dominating the conversations, drowning out any differing opinions. Thank you for keeping this site civil and allowing everyone to participate, provided they remain respectful.

Wynnie Konkle
1 month ago

Well done Chuck. Keep the naysayers out. The space you and others have created here is very informative, often humorous, and greatly appreciated
Thank you all for your inputs

Wynnie Konkle

Wolfe
1 month ago

Chuck and Diane must be doing an awesome job filtering — I don’t think I’ve seen that many “nasties” on here (yes, definitely some when articles go political, but not too many).

Also, I think RVT usually does a great job of this, but I’d continue to differentiate the “wrong” posts from the “disrespectful” — I think RVT does an important service educating folks, and IMHO it’s important to let people ask questions as long as they are polite.

Dave
1 month ago

I haven’t even read the rant BECAUSE I already know what you’re going to say. I’ve seen it ever since I first came here, and I’m glad you are finally addressing it! This is an RVer-friendly site and that’s all it was ever intended to be! Friendly help and advice. These idiots we’re referring to want to make everything politically correct and bitch and moan about a website and the advice given. THIS RV WEBSITE IS NOT FOR THAT PURPOSE! It’s free you bunch of weenies! Go somewhere else and cry! I could go on and on, but again, without even reading it, I know you’ve got it covered! Thanks for a great site Chuck!

Greg Schaub
1 month ago

Chuck:
First you have hit the nail on the head. There are just folks out there who just need to be contrary, argumentative and just plain nasty. Second, I applaud you for holding high your values and keeping the newsletter positive. The haters have no place in a publication designed to help, inform and entertain individuals who have chosen a recreational lifestyle, be it full time or part time. RVing is supposed to be enjoyable. Lastly I am saddened and disappointed by the lack of tolerance in people today. Please do not become disillusioned and keep up the positive work of your publication.

Doug
1 month ago

Sticks and stones may break my bones.
But words will never harm me.

Always best to laugh at the clowns rather than pack into their car.

If you let such people get to you, they win.

Richard Carlson
1 month ago

It’s your Kingdome, and you make the rules.

eric
1 month ago

It is interesting that Ms. Hansen’s first instinct was to take her foot off the accelerator and lightly tap the brakes. We do not know which of her tires blew but the recommended course of action is to increase acceleration to overcome the tendency to veer and then to slow down. Of course, she did right by not using heavy breaking which certainly contributes to loss of control.

This is from my memory of the videos and if I am remembering wrong someone please correct me.

BruceinAz
1 month ago
Reply to  eric

Chuck provided a link to the video to the video to which you refer and your memory is spot on. I’ve watched that video numerous times over the years in an attempt to burn it into my memory in the event I’m ever confronted with the addressed situation. What Ms. Hansen did was in fact contrary to to the advice given and she is very fortunate indeed that she was able to stop safely without additional problems. I suspect I will now be banned from this site for disagreeing with Chuck even though it was he that posted the video that clearly disagrees with the actions Ms. Hansen took. Before I’m booted I would strongly recommend everyone watch or re-watch that video and see if you interpret as it recommending taking your foot off the accelerator and pumping the brakes. In any event I’m glad she’s safe and things didn’t go catastrophically wrong as they so often do. Adios.

AsherW
1 month ago
Reply to  BruceinAz

The point is- she didn’t panic! Whether she did exactly right or not by the video isn’t as important as she didn’t wreck.

BruceinAz
1 month ago
Reply to  AsherW

The discussion and Chuck’s response to her email was about the advice given in the video which she did not follow. In fact she did the exact opposite. If you don’t believe that, review the video. I too am glad she was lucky and survived. Many do not when they handle the situation incorrectly.

cee
1 month ago
Reply to  BruceinAz

Aren’t you a ray of sunshine and gloom all at the same time. If you think you will be banned because you disagreed with Chuck… you have truly missed the point.

mrsdouglas
1 month ago
Reply to  eric

I’m actually grateful to you for posting this comment. I was burning her comment into my head as to what to do instead of actually watching the video. I have now opened the video and will watch it so I know the correct course of action.

CTK
1 month ago

Unless decent people make a stand, these trolls will continue to have a platform to spew their hate and what they consider power in their otherwise powerless lives. One has to ask what is their personality foundation. I feel sorry for them living such a miserable existance. That said, I do not choose to even acknowledge, much less give credance to them.

Mike Albert
1 month ago

Those that post or write an anonymous letter or comment that are generally negative and attacking are cowards. Realize that the most powerful thing in this world are words. They can be enlightening or hurtful, cheerful or sad. Yes they are only words, but the meaning and venom are loud and clear most of the times. Remember to read and re-read your comments to see if they can be interpreted differently than the way you intended them to be read. If negative, then hit delete!
Chuck, thank you and the staff for putting out a terrific and informative news letter and magazine 7 days a week. Your efforts are appreciated by many. Good riddance to the few.
Mike Albert