Thursday, December 8, 2022


RV Travel Newsletter Issue 1000


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May 15, 2021
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition

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Page Contents

Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

Welcome to the 1,000th issue of this newsletter. I had planned to make a big deal out of this occasion, but now here I am, Friday at noon, just starting to write. Too many distractions. So I will get to the point.

This photo of me was taken a few years before I started this newsletter.

For most weeks since late September 2001, when I began publishing this newsletter, I have had a deadline to meet — to write this opening essay. Now, after 1,000 issues, I am assigning that responsibility to my daughter, Emily, who will assign the task to our talented writers and freelancers. I believe 20 years of such deadlines is enough for one person. I may contribute on occasion, but infrequently.

I am changing my title to Publisher from “Editor and Publisher.” Emily will take over as editor. She will work with our writers to come up with compelling content for this newsletter, the website and our other newsletters. Mike Gast, a recent addition to our staff, will serve as news editor.

The mission of this newsletter and our others will be to provide you with information that improves your RVing life. The support of 4 percent of our “member” readers now forms the financial baseline of our operation. Because of their support, we are not beholden to advertisers and can pay our writers fairly. We can write what we believe is important to you, not commercial interests.

The fact is, while this is issue 1,000 of our Saturday newsletter, we have actually produced at least 4,000 newsletter editions since we began 20 years ago. We currently publish 7 regularly scheduled newsletters — about 600 a year — about RVing, some daily, others weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. You can see the list here, and sign up for any you find of interest.

Emily, Diane McGovern and our other editors and writers have now assumed about 90% of the day-to-day operation of this website and its newsletters. For awhile I will act as a “roving outfielder” and step in when others need a helping hand. I’ll work on building our audience, and bringing in select advertisers — those who will leave us alone to write what we wish with no demands to write kind things about them in exchange for their money.

I will work on our new podcast with Scott Linden, and with Mike Gast on expanding our news operation. Several large companies are buying up one RV website or app after another these days. They are interested in you for your “data” — to sell you something. We feel increasing isolated with our “old-fashioned” mission to write honestly, to put our readers first, not commercial interests. It is so easy to sell out by running sponsored posts and/or renting our mailing list (we could earn thousands of dollars every time we did it — but we won’t). We get a half-dozen such pitches a day of one kind or another, and we turn them all down.

I am not retiring and never will. I love what I do too much. But, at age 74, I will slow down, and move into the background. I will still write, but only when I feel I have something to say that I cannot hold inside me. You can fully expect this newsletter and the website to improve with every month that passes. I will not let our mission veer from providing you and other RVers with honest and helpful information.

If you want to help us improve and expand our efforts on your behalf, and maintain our independence, please consider supporting us with a voluntary subscription. You choose the amount, only what you can easily afford, of course. Please consider the huge amount of valuable information we bring to you, and if we are worthy of your support.

And so I will now sign off after 20 incredible years.

Be safe. Get your shots. Drive safely! And please be respectful of your fellow citizens whose beliefs differ from yours. We are all good, caring people who love our country. Do not bury that with anger. Please!!

And a huge thank you to those of you who have stuck with me through the years. You have allowed me to pursue a wonderful, meaningful career and be myself in the process. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


P.S. Are you an expert on trucks? We’re looking for a writer to cover news and developments about trucks that RVers commonly use to tow their vehicles. If you’re interested, and know trucks inside-out, please let us know.

Headline stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• Big RV dealer in hot water over RV customer loans. State fraud unit investigates.
• No chips for new trucks means big bucks for used trucks
• Canadian RVers struggle to start camping season near home
• East Coast fuel shortages: How real are they?
• Colorado community limits RV park stays. Reasons are confusing.

PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Stolen RV Report • Latest RV recalls • AARP Scam Report • Reader survey • and much more…

We work hard for you. We could use a little help, and the hundreds of newsletters about RVing we publish every year, would not be possible without the financial support of our voluntary contributors. Their support helps us avoid relying on advertising, and keeps our resource-rich work unbiased and free for all RVers to enjoy. Every contribution makes a difference. A donation of $20 a year comes out to less than 4 cents for each issue we publish. That’s all! And when you contribute, you’ll receive a special member-only ad-free version of this newsletter forever and ever as one way for us to say thank you. Learn more or donate.

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Listen to last Sunday’s podcast

Just click below to learn more about what’s on the show (episode #6) and listen. Also available on Spotify • Podbean • Amazon/Audible • Google Podcasts • Player FM • Listen Notes iHeartRadio and Apple Podcasts.

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Last week’s Tip of the Day highlights in RV Daily Tips Newsletters

Know your RV’s height. What can happen if you don’t!
Save money while RVing with these 24 tips
6 tips for scoring a national park campsite
5 tips from professional RV washers

Today’s RV review…

Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Alaskan Campers Truck Camper. He writes, “the company started in 1953 and has always made these convertible campers. All of their campers operate via a hydraulic lift to move the top up and down. The company makes both cab-over campers as well as models that just occupy the bed of the truck without covering the cab.” Nifty! Read his review here.

Last week’s reviews:
2021 Jayco Jay Feather Micro 199MBS Travel Trailer2021 Rockwood Geo Pro 20FBS Travel TrailerMercedes-Benz Metris GetawayThor Rize 18T Mini Motorhome2021 Cherokee Arctic Wolf 291RL Fifth Wheel

Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

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

New free directory lists every U.S. RV manufacturer and their makes and models
How many different makes and models of RVs are there in America? has the answer in a new, free, comprehensive 73-page directory that lists every U.S. manufacturer and every brand and model they make. “RVs: Who Makes What” is available free as a public service from in PDF form. Learn more and/or download a free copy.

Campground Crowding: Reader blames RV Travel for crowded parks!

crowded campgroundsMore 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 one reader claims it’s sites like that have caused the overcrowding of campgrounds. Several other readers claim they have no trouble finding campsites, while others share their secrets to arranging their trips without the headaches others are experiencing regarding campground reservations. All that and more here.

Beat the campground reservation crunch: Camp with the animals

By Scott Linden
The “campground crunch” is real. You’ve read about it, and you probably have or certainly will experience the mass of competitors jockeying for a campground reservation. … So, how to avoid the mob scene and find a campsite? Why not go just a bit outside the traditional RV park-campground realm and check out a wildlife refuge? Read all about this great idea!

Don’t sweat inside your RV this summer!
At we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run two air conditioners (with two SoftStartRVs) on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.

Video: Top 5 travel trailers for 2021

In this video, Josh Winters (the RV Nerd) of Haylett RV in Coldwater, Michigan, profiles his “Top 5 Favorite New Travel Trailers for 2021.” View the video and list here, and see if you agree with Josh.

RV dealers can’t find RVs to sell. How it affects you

By Mike Gast 
I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on a conference call with about 20 large RV dealers and a few other “movers and shakers” in the RVing industry. Boy, it was an eye-opener. You’d think that everyone on the call would have been doing celebratory cartwheels over the RV manufacturing shipment numbers for the past four quarters, not to mention the fact that dealers literally can’t keep any of those new RVs on their lots. But the call was filled with cloudy, dark undertones of doom. Continue reading.

Black tank horror story averted: Our RV almost flooded!

By Nanci Dixon
At about two in the morning my husband gets up to use the bathroom and steps into a flood plain. After catching himself from slipping on the wet tile floor, he turns on the light and sees an abundance of water running past the door. Unfortunately, he wakes me up, too. It has been pouring outside nonstop for six hours and our first thought was that the vent was open or it was coming in the air conditioner vents. Nope. Then, I notice that the black water tank was at 100%. It has never been at 100%! Find out what caused the near-disaster, and maybe save yourself from a similar fate.

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

10 trucks, all 2020 models, all less than $35,000
Understanding your propane regulator
It’s Chuck Woodbury’s birthday. Here’s a special note to him (Note: His birthday was this past Thursday!)
Don’t forget the little storage spaces

Reader Poll

Do you believe there should be “No Campfire” zones in RV parks?

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:
What natural disasters do you fear most?
See if you have the same fears as nearly 2,500 other RVers.

Oh, and won’t you tell us: Which newsletter do you get most excited to read? Click here to respond, please.

silicon tape to fix leaksTape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.

Brain Teaser

Take one out and scratch my head, I am now black but once was red. What am I?

(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday news newsletter. And please don’t spoil it for other readers by posting the answer in the comments.)

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

Best places to camp by the water this spring

By Julie Chickery
One of the best ways to beat the heat when traveling in your RV is to camp by water. Luckily there are many waterfront campgrounds across the U.S. – from lakes and rivers to reservoirs and the ocean. Below are some budget, moderate, and luxury options for RV camping by the water. Continue reading. (Videos included.)

Tour of the new Sol Dawn trailer with the builder

Forget the brochures, press releases and website hype! Host Scott Linden of the RV Travel podcast goes to the source for a fresh, candid look at the new Sol Dawn trailer from inTech RV. It’s our first video tour of this new RV, with an exclusive walk-around conducted by a company insider. Read more and watch the video here.

Warning: If bit by a tick, there’s a 50% chance you’ll get Lyme disease

By Gail Marsh
Spring has sprung – several weeks ago! That means adult ticks and their babies (nymphs) are active. Really active! After sheltering under leaves and other decomposing matter, the little blood-sucking creatures are searching for hosts. And that could mean trouble for those of us who enjoy the outdoors. The reason? Ticks carry and transmit disease. Continue reading about Lyme disease and how to lower the risk of contracting it here.

How much money can you really make work camping?

By Julie Chickery
If you are considering work camping, one of the first questions that comes to mind is how much money can you really make? The answer is: It depends. You might be aware that there are “volunteer” jobs where you exchange work for an RV site. However, there are some typical work camping positions that provide a wage as well as other benefits. Learn about them here. (Includes informative videos.)

The wildest multi-tool gadget…
This wild, elusive, totally unique multi-tool carabiner is perfect to keep on your key ring or backpack. When someone asks you for a screwdriver, wrench, can opener, bottle opener, cord-cutter, or ruler, tell them Sasquatch can help! Every camper and outdoor enthusiast needs one of these! It’s cool, but it will also come in handy at the campsite! Learn more or order. (Hurry, before he disappears again!)

Stuckey’s, an American classic, is back and tastier than ever!

By Gail Marsh
“Relax. Refresh. Refuel.” Turquoise slanted roof. Pecan log rolls. Yep, it’s Stuckey’s! And the iconic Stuckey’s roadside mecca just may be making a comeback! Read some interesting history of Stuckey’s, what’s happening with it now, and a little-known fact about it. Read more, then tell us about your experiences at Stuckey’s in the comments, please.

Did you get a counterfeit copy of a popular RV book from Amazon?

By Mike Gast
A chronic problem with Amazon that has plagued authors and publishers for years has finally made its way to the RV industry. We’re talking about counterfeit books. David Cattelino runs a small publishing house called Roundabout Publications just outside Kansas City, Kansas. It specializes in writing and publishing how-to books, trip guides, and websites for outdoor travel enthusiasts. Continue reading about this ongoing problem and how it can affect not only the purchasers, but especially the legitimate publishers.

No gimmicks here! “The best fudge comes from Uranus!”

By Gail Marsh
This weekend my hubby and I took a drive to Uranus. No kidding. We hadn’t planned on making Uranus our destination. At least, not until we saw the sign. “The best fudge comes from Uranus!” the billboard exclaimed. And so, all of a sudden, we were headed down old Highway 66 (Interstate 44) to the little bitty town of St. Robert, Missouri. Just outside St. Robert is the famous Uranus Fudge Factory. Continue reading.

Mini finger hot pads great for RV
Ouch, don’t burn yourself! These clever silicone pot holders are just right to grab a heated dish out of the microwave or a hot pan handle off the stove or out of the oven. And being small, they’re easy to store so they’re perfect for a small RV kitchen drawer. Grab a set of these “pinch grips” on Amazon.

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 time today, May 15, 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 2 readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Ilona Schmitz of Nevada, Texas, and Dave Porter of Gainesville, Georgia.

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: (by a landslide!)
Beware the “death wobble.” It could happen to your truck

Campground Crowding: “Boondocking is as full as the campsites!”
The best smartphone case for RVers, hands down
Epic dump station design failure – Gross!
Danger! Check your RV’s mattress for fiberglass! Yes, really!
New RV magazine ignores older RVers
Yellowstone adding driverless shuttles for test program this summer
5 mistaken assumptions the new full-time RVer makes
Campground and RV Park News, May 8, 2021
RVelectricity: Shore power plug meltdown
Good News: Things to smile about this week, May 9, 2021
Don’t buy a new RV – Rent one for $1 a night! Here’s how…
Work camping: Why now is the time to try it

This device, for less than $14, could save your life and/or someone you love! Keep this in your RV at all times!! You never know. . . Learn more.

Saturday Giveaway!

How would you like to win the 2021 Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas?
2021 Road Atlas

This guide is not just a road atlas, but it lists all routes that trucks need to avoid for low bridges, tight turns, etc. If you drive a large RV, you should carry this.

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (May 15, 2021) by 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email via 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!


NEW:RVs: Who Makes What” – This is a new free directory from which lists every U.S. RV manufacturer and their makes and models. Learn more and/or download a free PDF copy.

NEW: AAA Map of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions (U.S. and Canada)

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.

Great websites. Check out 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

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.

Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall, and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home or RV. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 

NEW! Phone Photography Tips

In this new weekly column, phone photography expert Mike Gast will walk you through simple, easy-to-understand tips and tricks for getting better photos with your smartphone. You’ll be a pro in no time! Read this week’s tip about the secret shutter button here.

The neatest RV “safe” we’ve ever seen…
Fear losing your keys? There’s no perfect place to hide your keys in your campsite or RV that thieves can’t find. But HitchSafe may solve that problem. The HitchSafe slides into your hitch receiver and locks. When open it is large enough for not only keys, but also an emergency credit card, cash or driver’s license. Then hide it with an ordinary-looking dust cover. Read more about it here.

A Vet’s View

Military and military veteran RVers camp differently than others

By Louis Finkle
Veterans engaging in RVing tend to operate as “team members.” That is the conclusion of 15 years attending 200+ RV rallies, musters and meetings at campgrounds. Psycho-sociological factors play important parts in team dynamics. Those who served in military services were conditioned to work as a team. “We got each other’s back” is our refrain. It continues when we meet at campground events. Read more.

Tiny LED button lamp perfect for RV’s small, dark spacesRV Travel Newsletter Issue 913
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.

RV Repair and Maintenance

with Mark Polk, RV Education 101
This tip ran in our weekday RV Daily Tips Newsletter this past week, but for those of you who don’t subscribe (what is wrong with you??), here it is again.

What you should know about buying a used RV

RV education you can trust from RV Education 101: Get instant access to RV Online Training.

RV Gadgets and Gizmos

By Tony Barthel

Powering safety with the Hughes Power Watchdog

You don’t need a surge suppressor. Until you do. Like a seat belt, or the limit on the bungee cord at the top of the canyon. A lot people have told me that they have been RVing for years and haven’t had a surge suppressor for their RV and everything’s fine. But modern RVs, like so many other things in our lives, are filled with tiny computers that monitor systems and make sure that they’re working properly. Your water heater, refrigerator, air conditioner, and so many other systems have a computer that makes them run. A good spike in the power coming in, or a severe brown-out or over-voltage and those computers are done for. Continue reading.

Finally! A phone mount for car or RV that works and keeps us safe

I would never advocate someone looking at their phone while driving. But I will fully admit that, when a notice comes in, the urge to look is compelling, to say the least. While lots of folks might fault me for this temptation, I’m not alone. … Tony reviews the Nite Ize Steelie phone holders that really work, here.

Sign up for our upcoming Great RV Accessories Newsletter. Once a month our editors write about their favorite RV gadgets and gizmos. Sign up to receive an email alert for each new issue. You’ll love it!

Heavy duty grill mats master the BBQ!
Been looking for perfect grill mats? Here you go! These mats are the ideal thickness, still allowing that chicken to get those beautiful grill marks, but thick enough to provide durability and heat resistance. Never worry about cleaning your grill again and never worry about veggies falling through those dang cracks. Hassle-free grilling every time. Works with any type of grill or BBQ. Learn more or order here. 


By Mike Sokol

How I began writing for 10 years ago

Dear Readers,
Since this is Chuck’s 1,000th issue of the newsletter, and I’ve probably been around starting with issue 500 or so, now is a good time to circle back to where I first started with … Continue reading Mike’s very interesting story, including where Gary Bunzer fits into the whole scheme of things, and what’s coming up for Mike (and you, the readers), here.

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

How many watt-hours are in a gallon of gasoline?

Dear Mike,
You keep talking about energy storage for batteries, and energy charging from solar panels, but you’ve never written about how much energy is in a gallon of gasoline for my generator. Any idea? —Karl P.

Read Mike’s response.

RV Tire Safety

Can you change tire size or type on your RV?

By Roger Marble
As an actual Tire Design Engineer, I can assure you that there is more misinformation or partially correct information out there on the internet than technically accurate information. It is true that the original tire selection is the responsibility of the RV manufacturer. The issue is that once the RV is sold it seems that most RV manufacturers have little or no interest in standing behind their choices with any actual warranty service when it comes to tires. Continue reading.

Building an RV Park

We were bank approved! And more good news!

By Machelle James
As I sit down to write this week’s article, I am exhausted. Emotionally and physically. We heard back from the bank and they are going to fund our loan – with conditions. Meaning, we have to have a commercial appraiser come out and estimate what our campground will appraise for once it is completed. … As you may know, your emails and support really made an impact with our banker. She realized what a huge support system we have with our network of friends, family and readers. … Read about this and more exciting news from Machelle here.

RV Short Stop

Small museums make for awesome family RV Short Stops

By Julianne G. Crane
Small museums, like the Idaho Museum of Natural History, often offer a lot to families. They frequently don’t overwhelm children with their physical size. Also, many feature awesome areas where kids can experiment and learn through interactive exhibits. Read more about the Ice Age exhibit and the This is Idaho exhibit at this fascinating museum (great for all ages!) here.

Keep mice out of your RV
The positive reviews on this product from Earthkind make it the best bet for keeping your RV mouse-free. It’s the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 90 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets, too. 98% biodegradable. Learn more or order.

RV Fire Safety

Get people away from fire first

The first rule of RV firefighting is to save lives first and property second. Get yourself and your family to safety before attempting to extinguish a fire. Only if you can do so without endangering yourself or others should you use firefighting aids on hand. Never stay behind or re-enter a burning coach to retrieve anything. Re-emphasize to everyone aboard that objects can be replaced, people can’t.

Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Recipe of the Day

Pigs in Egg Roll Blankets
by Linda Dalton from Coconut Creek, FL
Don’t let the combination of ingredients fool you… this twist on pigs in a blanket is super tasty! Once fried, the egg roll wrappers are crunchy. They’re stuffed with baked beans, coleslaw, Sriracha, mustard, cheddar cheese, and a hot dog. Kind of like your favorite parts of a summer barbecue wrapped in an egg roll wrapper. They make a fun appetizer or prepare a few for a small meal.

These sound sooooo yummy! Get the recipe here.

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
Shrimp Au Gratin • Spring Rolls (My Mother’s Recipe)Easy Cheesy Mexican Stuffed ShellsGrilled Chipotle Chicken Pizza RollsSpinach & Ricotta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Quick, inexpensive way to level your trailer!
Put your jacks up and down in seconds with minimal effort with this Camco scissor jack adapter. Just insert it in your drill and you’ll be level in a snap. And for about $7? A no-brainer if you’re tired of cranking your trailer up and down by hand. CLICK THE VIDEO to see a 30-second demonstration. Learn more or order.

Museum of the Week

From the Penny Lane Beatles Museum Facebook

Penny Lane Beatles Museum

Dunedin, Florida

A long-time Dunedin, Florida, resident has opened a small museum dedicated to the beloved musical stars, The Beatles. His collection showcases Beatles memorabilia dating back to 1961 and includes everything from puppets and pins to guitars and records from the band. You can even see John’s glasses! If you’re a Beatles fan, hop in the Yellow Submarine and plan your visit.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Bailey, our cute Westie, is getting to know our motorhome and loves the view from the driver’s seat!” —Ken Gregory

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
Jax and StormyLottie •  Reggie + friendSugar4 pets, one human, and a too-small bed

Need something for your truck? You can find it here.

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


The birthday paradox explains that in a group of only 23 people, there’s more than a 50 percent chance that at least two will have the same birthday. Read more about it here.

Word and Phrase Origins

From the book, Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson: 

Ring finger. “The name for the fourth finger on the human hand (including the thumb as a finger) has been traced back to about the year 1000. Today it most commonly is given to the fourth finger of the left hand, on which wedding rings are worn (because the left hand is closer to the heart than the right). It was in the past called the leech finger because doctors (a doctor was once called a leech) often used it for testing. One old superstition held that the ring finger could cure any wound it touched.”

Laugh of the Week

Many years ago a man who spent his whole life alone went on a trip to visit a long-lost friend. He had never seen train tracks before, so when he discovered some he followed them. Sure enough, a train came. The engineer blew and blew the train’s whistle but the man didn’t move. The train struck him, sending him to the hospital. After he recovered, he finally made it to his friend’s house. While in the kitchen, he suddenly heard the tea kettle whistling. He grabbed a baseball bat from the closet and proceeded to bash the kettle into an unrecognizable lump of metal. His friend rushed into the kitchen and saw what happened. “Why did you ruin my tea kettle?” he asked. The man replied, “Man, you gotta kill these things when they’re small.”

Leave with a song from the past

Here, from March, 1977, is John Denver singing his hit “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” And check out his backup band — Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and Glenn Campbell.

Did you miss last week’s RV Travel?

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RV Travel staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. News editor: Mike Gast. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, Gail Marsh, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink and Andrew Robinson. Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

FOREVER IN OUR MEMORIES — OUR STAFF MEMBER IN HEAVEN, Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, who was taken from us by the coronavirus.

Honorary Correspondents: Loyal readers who regularly email us leads about news stories and other information and resources that aid our own news-gathering efforts.
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Uncle Swags
1 year ago

Thanks for your sharing your passion and making the RV world a better place.

And thanks for today’s song – good music for the sake of good music that stands the test of time. And the reference to the Mary Hartman show made my smile even bigger this morning.

Tom H.
1 year ago

Thanks Chuck! I have been reading your newsletter for many years, and it’s been a great source of info and fun reading. You have put together a great staff. I look forward to many more! Have fun roaming the back roads, now that you have more time to do so!

1 year ago

You didn’t retire. You retired from what you were doing to find something new to retire from that as well. My mother always said you retire to find something new to do. She passed a year ago April always finding something new to retire from.

Mel S
1 year ago

Congratulations on your milestone!!!! Enjoy your well deserved “semi-retirement”.

1 year ago

Chuck, enjoy your step away. Thanks for setting up a great newsletter.

David F.
1 year ago

Thanks Chuck for keeping the train on the tracks! I have been reading for years, and have sent many folks this way. My oldest daughter has her own truck and trailer, and is a regular reader! Thanks again!!!

Don McKelvay
1 year ago

Chuck, so many thanks for your dedication, compassion and honesty for the last 20 years. You have influenced and brought so many of us interesting and educational articles -THANK YOU and enjoy your time to relax a little.

1 year ago

The quick and easy way product to level your trailer is wrong!! The stabilizers are not designed to level the trailer. That’s why they are called stabilizers. Using them to level the trailer can damage the stabilizer and potentially bend the frame.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

That is what I thought.

1 year ago
Reply to  Bob

Right on Bob. Level first using blocks under the wheels. Then, Stabilize!!!!!!!

David Jiggens
1 year ago

Good luck Chuck and thanks very much for a fantastic, enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking newsletter.

I live in England and don’t own an RV and thanks to Covid-19, have never even successfully rented one (yet). I have been planning a 6500 mile round trip from Northern Maine down roughly following the route of the i-95 to Florida with a ferry crossing in Maryland and the Bay Bridge Tunnel enroute, across to New Orleans (they said it was a Big Easy?), along the Mississippi following the Blues Route up to Memphis and Nashville, along Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Amish Country in Pennsylvania, up to Niagara then across back to New England in late Fall to hand back what is left of the Winnebago RV to the renter 🤭.

None of this would have been possible for me if it wasn’t for the great tips in the RVTravel Newsletter, notably, the Rv Trip Wizard route planner, Campendium, Boondockers Welcome, Harvest Hosts that I wouldn’t even be aware of.
Thanks very much 👍

1 year ago

Congrats on your 1000 issue, Chuck…and the transition to your new role, “…building our audience, and bringing in select advertisers…” This is just in time to help us disseminate our first production batch of JackRabbit e-gliders.