It’s time for an update of some of our projects we are undertaking or promoting.
• Our idea for an inexpensive chain of reservable overnight campgrounds, $10-$20 a night, is progressing. We are told that a project is underway in the East, and we know one individual who is actually proposing a chain of such inexpensive places to stay nationwide. We can’t disclose details, but we can say that activity is going on and we are continuing to do all we can to speed along any efforts that lead to an alternative to Walmart parking lots as places to spend a night in an RV without paying $40, $50 or more for a quick overnight stay.
• Establishing the North American Association of RV Owners — NAARVO.org. There is no national organization today that represents the interests of RVers. There is an association that represents the RV industry which watches over manufacturers’ interests which include defeating RV lemon laws where they are proposed. RVers need to organize or they’re like hens in the henhouse without protection from foxes. Read more about our efforts with NAARVO.org.
•The Stray Voltage Patrol. This voluntary program under the supervision of our RV electricity expert, Mike Sokol, is currently testing power pedestals across the USA for safety. Many defective (dangerous) ones have been identified and fixed through the efforts of more than 400 RVtravel.com readers. We are potentially saving RVers’ lives by preventing their RVs from shocking or even electrocuting them. Learn more about the Stray Voltage Patrol, and sign up.
•Building awareness of the need for better-built RVs. Our Facebook group RV Horror Stories has grown to more than 14,000 members and is gaining the attention of the RV industry, which does not like the bad press. We hope as the group grows the RV industry will get serious about building better RVs.
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The following directories will soon appear on RVtravel.com.
It’s taken us awhile to set up a system where our readers can directly input information to populate each resource. We are almost there.
• A directory of RV parks with A.E.D. devices, the emergency devices that some parks already have on hand to jump start a person’s heart because of a cardiac event. We want more parks to have these available, and we hope by publicizing their parks they will go to the expense of buying one or more of the lifesaving devices. Many RV parks are far from emergency aid. How long might it take 911 medical help to arrive? Too long, in many cases.
• A directory of parks with storm shelters. For those RVers who travel in parts of the country prone to tornadoes and hurricanes, such shelters can be critical in a weather emergency. Our directory will point them to safe places.
•A directory of RV technicians who are available to perform a PDI — pre-delivery inspection on an RV being purchased from either a dealer or private party. Way too many RVs roll out of factories with defects, which dealers do not search for. They end up passing on those defects to their customers, only to have them need to wait for weeks, months, or even longer to get them repaired. It’s a crisis.
All of these projects and others are being funded by our members. Please consider pledging your support.
Can we just raise money to hire a Lobbyist? I know no one likes them but Chuck, you KNOW it’s the way to get things done on the legislative level!
How about a national fishing license. We’re tired of buying a license every time we travel to another state. We love to fish but forego it many times, it gets so expensive. Wouldn’t it be great to pay one fee for all states. I’m sure it would be cheaper in the long run.
We have been saying that one is needed for years. While I just dabble, my DH would fish every time we are near water if it wasn’t for the cost of a license. Driver licenses transport across state lines, time for fishing licenses to do the same.