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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 1006

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Page Contents

June 26, 2021
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition

Cover story

How dynamic pricing will affect what you pay to camp

This is part one of a two-part series on dynamic pricing in the camping industry. Part two will appear in tomorrow’s newsletter.


ow much are you willing to pay to camp? Dynamic pricing is quickly sweeping through the camping industry as more park owners struggle to find the perfect formula to deal with record high occupancy while maximizing profits, and yet still end up with happy (or at least happy enough) campers.

The good ol’ days of one fixed price for a campsite no matter if the park is half empty or nearly full is coming to an end!

If you’ve ever shopped with, ridden in an Uber, or booked an airline ticket, you’ve already experienced the receiving end of the dynamic pricing model. It’s the modern means of compiling everything you know about a potential customer and – using artificial intelligence and complex algorithms – using that data to squeeze the highest possible rate based on your available product inventory.

This shot from a Campspot marketing video illustrates a park’s revenue growth potential using dynamic pricing software.

Dynamic Pricing 101

Dynamic pricing goes by several different names, including demand pricing, surge pricing, and time-based pricing. In its most simple form, it’s an automated price reaction to changes in competition, supply and demand, and other market forces. For the RV consumer, it’s important to understand dynamic pricing, why it’s growing, and why it’s likely here to stay.

In the example of the Uber ride share service, dynamic (surge) pricing is used to quickly raise the cost of a ride when demand surges after a large event or at large airports. The rise in rates lures more Uber drivers, which in turn cuts down the wait time for riders willing to pay the additional cost.

IT GETS MUCH MORE COMPLEX in other industries. When you fly with a commercial airline, it’s likely the passenger next to you paid a vastly different amount for his ticket than what’s showing on your e-ticket stub. That’s because airlines pull in data about the demand for available seats along with all the info they have on an individual’s flying history in order to offer up a rate that the flyer will likely accept. Business flyers, for instance, pay less attention to the cost than vacation flyers and are therefore ripe for paying higher prices.

Shopping behemoth Amazon goes even further. They know your complete shopping history, where you live, your likely income status, usual shopping times, product return history and, well, more than you can ever imagine. All that data gets automatically dumped into an extremely complex algorithm that again serves up a price it thinks you will tolerate.

At its core, dynamic pricing is a blazing-fast automated pricing response to real-time demand. In camping, the more people who want the same campsite, the higher the price.

Camping is behind the curve on Dynamic Pricing

Campgrounds have been using a very basic form of dynamic pricing for decades. Any campground that has differing rates for holidays, shoulder seasons or weekends is, in fact, practicing a rudimentary form of dynamic pricing.

Dynamic pricing serves up ever-changing pricing to consumer’s devices based on supply, demand and other market forces.

What’s new to the camping industry is the ability to automate the process using extremely complex algorithms that factor in things such as your camping history, you RV’s specs, your age, number of people camping, your pets, and even your ZIP code (to help estimate your likely income). Next comes everything the algorithm knows about the campground’s current site supply as well as the likely future demand for a particular site type at the time of the requested reservation.

The dynamic pricing algorithm is even able to access the campground booking chart, playing a lightning-fast game of Tetris as it adjusts camper reservations and available sites to maximize occupancy as well as potential revenue. This all happens in the nanosecond after you request your reservation, and the price you see quoted is the end result.

Campspot is one of the leaders in providing dynamic pricing reservation tools and operating systems to campgrounds. In its online marketing materials, Campspot says that dynamic pricing simply “ensures that you (the campground owner) are getting the most value out of each and every site you offer.”

Campers at Kampgrounds of America locations will be affected by dynamic pricing in the future.

THE CAMPSPOT STORY is a good example of the explosive growth in campground interest in dynamic pricing. The parent company (then known as Northgate) didn’t create Campspot until 2016. It’s grown to now include a network of 1,300 campgrounds. The company has 80 employees in three offices in the U.S. and serves campground owners in 49 states and all Canadian provinces.

Read more.

Matthew McConaughey joins us on the podcast

Our podcast host Scott Linden talks with Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey in this week’s episode of the podcast. McConaughey is not only passionate about his acting and producing, but he’s an avid RV enthusiast, having lived in his Airstream trailer for 4 years while visiting every state you can reach by land except South Dakota. In this conversation, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” explains “what gets his juices going” about RVing. Listen to the program here.

McConaughey, wearing only a bath towel, surprises KOA owner

Matthew McConaughey is a frequent visitor to RV parks. Read what happened when one KOA owner opened the door to the men’s restroom for an early morning tidy-up, and ran smack dab into McConaughey in dripping hair, clad only in a bath towel. She just stared dumbfounded at People Magazine’s 2005 Sexiest Man Alive as he flashed her that famous crooked smile and Texas drawled “Good morning!” as he scooted by her to his trailer. Read more.

TOOTIN’ OUR HORN: We have now posted more than 11,000 articles on this website. In the last 30 days, visitors read just shy of 3 million pages (twice as many as last year at this time). According to Google Analytics, at one peak moment on a recent Sunday morning, more than 6,600 readers were on at the same time! Our servers performed flawlessly. (Thank you, Kim Christiansen, our IT guru!)

Headline stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• Part two of “How dynamic pricing will affect what you pay to camp”
• RV manufacturers set another shipment record in May, yet buyers may still face a long wait
• Winnebago joins Thor in reporting huge RV order backlog
• Camping World going on its own, ditches Lordstown electric truck deal
• Updates on Western wildfires and how they may affect your RV travels.

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

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

These are the home remedies we swear by for bug bite itching
Shade or sun parking? Here are the pros and cons
Water dripping outside and inside my RV on dry day. Why?
If you are a solo RVer, please do this

Today’s RV review…

Today, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the RV Women’s Alliance Drab to Fab trailer project. He writes, “For the past eight months, women from across the RV industry have taken an RV from drab to fab using some of the best RV accessories and RV products on the market today.” See what the ladies have done to this now-unique RV.

Last week’s reviews:
Oliver Legacy Elite Travel Trailers for boondocking
2021 Jayco Seismic 4113 Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler
2021 Grand Design Imagine 2670MK Travel Trailer
Thor Palazzo 37.5 Class A Diesel Pusher
East To West Entrada 2200s Class C Motorhome reveal

Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

COPYRIGHT 2021, Clint Norrell

“If the RV industry was driven by pride instead of corporate greed…”

By Clint Norrell
Thinking it was the only safe way to cross the country to visit their grandkids, close friends bought their first RV. After questioning us for months, they finally purchased a brand we warned against from a volume dealer with a shady reputation. The problems started immediately.

Continue reading the story behind this week’s Clintoon.

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

Campground Crowding: State park policies holding RVers “hostage”

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 they suggest one way to get the best site is to “… make yourself memorable. Be the camper the host wants back.” To ensure a place to stay, others recommend joining Boondockers Welcome, Harvest Hosts, and Escapees. ( recommends them, as well.) And one RVer says no more staying at state parks because they don’t like being held hostage by their policies. What are they referring to? Find out here.

How we launched a pesky rat into space

Flying rat

By Greg Illes
Karin and I have been having rat problems for a few weeks. One of the little pests has taken up residence in our storage shed – poop pellets, pee, and litter everywhere. The shed is about 10 feet away from my RV, so I’m extra concerned. We put out some poison bait, which duly disappeared … but not the rat. Lately, Karin reported hearing some “scuttling” noises, and asked me to help investigate. I heard the noise too, but neither of us could identify the source. Continue reading about this harrowing encounter with a HUGE woodrat and how the problem was solved. Betcha haven’t heard this solution before!

Use Google Earth to find dump stations!

This is the fourth installment in the series on the many useful RV applications of Google Earth. … In this installment we will look at useful applications of Google Earth to find and “preview” dump stations. While websites and apps will give you an address of a dump station and maybe inform you if rinse water and potable water are also available, Google Earth can provide you with so much more. You’ll probably want to use this, once you learn all about it here.

Stop your hiccups!
Don’t you just hate it when you get the hiccups and can’t? Here’s a simple solution. HiccAway lowers the diaphragm while opening first and then closing the epiglottis (the leaf-shaped flap in the throat that keeps food out of the windpipe). Doing so allows the brain to “reset” and stop the hiccups. Learn more.

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

RV Tire Safety: More important info on trailer vs. truck tires
Don’t forget the important stuff before departing campsite
Motorhome burns up. See the horrible results
Urban RV driving tips

Reader Poll

How happy are you with your present RV?

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:
Do you like to celebrate your birthday or is it just another day? See how more than 1,700 other RVers responded.


At last! A directory of where to camp on public lands!
The Bureau of Land Management Camping book describes 1,142 camping areas managed by the BLM in 11 Western states. Details for each camping area include the number of campsites, amenities, facilities, fees, reservation information, GPS coordinates, and more. You’ll want this book if you camp or are interested in camping on BLM land. Learn more or order.

Brain Teaser

What building in the world has the most stories?

(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.

IS YOUR RV BED UNCOMFORTABLE? Get a new mattress. Big selection at at great prices. Check ’em out.

 Road Trips 

Raising the bar: Historic drinking establishments you’ll want to say “Cheers” to

By Chris Epting
You’ve been running all over the city (or the country), visiting museums, landmarks, tourist traps, souvenir stands, zoos, aquariums. After all, you’re on a relaxing road trip vacation, right? Well, for those moments on the road when you’d love to do nothing more than slow down, relax and curl up with someone special over a good strong drink, why not make it something memorable – or even historic? There are some well–oiled taverns, pubs and saloons still left in the U.S. that are steeped in history; the perfect places to begin (or end) a vacation pub crawl. So if you have a little time, this round of places is on me.

Roadside Assistance gave us the wrong tire – on purpose!

By Kate Doherty
On May 27th, my spouse and I were approaching an RV park in Provo, Utah, for the night on our trek north for the summer. After settling into our pull-through site, we began our routine hookup. As I walked around the back of our motorcoach to open the electric bay, I noticed a narrow “v-shaped” gouge in our left rear tire. Almost new, having no more than 3,000-miles wear on the back tires, I called to my spouse: “We’ve got a tire problem.” He walked back, looked at the tire and said, “We’re not driving on that.” He continued our hookup and I called Good Sam Roadside Assistance. Continue reading for an important heads up. Have you ever encountered this situation?

World’s largest Lego trailer is sight to behold!

It’s not a little toy, but a full-sized travel trailer made of Legos – yes, Legos, the same things that children throughout the world use as toys. It’s certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest creation of its kind. Watch it being built in this short, sped-up video. Amazing!

Pocket-sized pain and bug bite itch relief balm is good to have! 
This small anti-itch and pain balm is good to keep in your pocket or purse any time you’re around pesky mosquitoes. It’s an all-natural balm made with essential oils that helps relieve pain and reduce swelling. It also helps with spider bites and bee stings. Learn more or order. And see other bug-bite relief and prevention options in this article.

Customize your RV: Start with the lighting

During the past three years, Kate Doherty has queried numerous RVers about what they’d like to change in their home on wheels. Comments like, “I didn’t know you could do that!” or, “I’d like to replace the couch but don’t know what to replace it with…” occur often. … This is a series of minor to major customizing projects showcasing many RVers’ dreams, which may inspire you to update or customize your own rig. This first installment deals with lighting and ceiling upgrades. Continue reading to learn more and get inspired.

 Stupid RV Tricks Dept. 

Trailer towing technique enters Stupid RV Tricks Hall of Fame

By Normal Frump
Oh, here we go again with massive video evidence of the dramatic decline in human intelligence. Is it the preservatives in our food numbing our brains, or our brains turning to mush after years of staring at computer screens and mobile devices — and slowly but surely transforming that ugly glob of tissue behind and above our eyeballs into the equivalent of a sea slug. … So here we go again (oh, this is hard to watch and not lose faith in humanity) with yet more evidence of modern day man’s (and woman’s) mental decline. You truly will not believe anyone could be this stupid.

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, June 26, 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 two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift cards: Dana Eulert of Huntley, Illinois, and Jay Miller of Runnells, Iowa.

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

 ⇒  Campground Crowding: Even the camp hosts are throwing in the towel!

The secret way RV parks will soon charge you more
Popular RVing YouTubers buying RV park; fans get first dibs on sites
Research reveals how people choose their campsites
Reality TV show illustrates stupidity of inexperienced RVers
RVing – It’s trendy now, a big change. And the new reality stinks!
Lemonis’ Camping World electric RV project hits a snag
Take your ice cream cone out of your pocket! It’s illegal!
RV Tire Safety: Are tire pressure recommendations changing?
These are the home remedies we swear by for bug bite itching
Statistics don’t lie. Used truck prices catapult 70 percent in one year!
Campground and RV Park News, June 19, 2021
Cybercrime and ransomware attacks increasing. What this means for you and your RV

Every RVer needs a good set of pliers
An RV toolbox is not complete without a good set of pliers. These fit the bill. The channel locks are ideal for any plumbing connection or nut/bolt where you need more leverage. Needle nose are great for wiring. Electricians’ pliers and wire snips are essential for electrical work. General-purpose pliers help in many other ways. Learn more or order.

Saturday Giveaway!

How would you like to win an Coffee Mug?

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (June 26, 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!


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.

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.

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

Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by

Current Wildfire Report. (Includes map and details of fires!)

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.

Stupid RVer Tricks! Oh, what some of them do! Watch and [maybe] weep!

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs

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.

LIFE-SAVING ADVICE: This is a tragic story about how a young boy was killed from simply touching the family RV. Learn why this happened and how you can prevent it from happening to you and your loved ones. Click.

Are you planning to buy an RV or just getting started? Then you should be reading our Monday-Friday newsletter Beginner’s Guide to RVing. You will learn a lot! Check out yesterday’s edition.

Doctor’s order: Coffee!
This coffee mug is hilarious! It’s perfect for yourself or the coffee-lover in your life who just cannot live without coffee. This high-quality mug is made from ceramic and painted to look like a prescription pill bottle – it’s just what the doctor ordered! You can’t order this from a barista, but you can order one here.

Phone Photography Tips

Tip #8: Tap and hold to set your exposure

Here we are, already to Tip #8 in our series of “Getting The Most From Your Smartphone Photos.” This week’s tip is about another new habit you need: An easy step to set the proper exposure before you take your shot. Continue reading for this easy but incredibly useful tip.

2nd edition now available!
Free eBook 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. “RVs: Who Makes What” is available free as a public service from in PDF form. Learn more and/or download a free copy.


Could this self-charging EV be your next toad?

By Mike Sokol
As I dive further into my GoGreenRV study on the future of EV and hybrid-powered RVs, the question of EV toads becomes important. After all, if your towed vehicle (“toad”) had a range of even a 100 miles or so, and never had to be refilled with gasoline, wouldn’t that be great?

But where do you charge your toad? Can you power it from your TV (tow vehicle) trailer connector? Or how about letting the EV toad motor charge its own batteries while you tow it wheels down? And will campgrounds welcome a toad being plugged into an unused outlet on your campsite pedestal without making you pay extra for it? These are all great questions without definitive answers right now. Continue reading.

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

Never plug your RV into a 30-amp outlet without testing the voltage

Mike Sokol has had a bunch of emails and Facebook group posts this week about residential electricians miswiring a home 30-amp receptacle with 240 volts and frying the RV’s electrical systems. Read one of the emails and Mike’s important response here.

Well, hot diggity dog! We’d be hungry every time we used this, but we’d sure like the look on people’s faces when they ask to borrow one… Click here to see why.

RV Tire Safety

UV protection for RV tires

By Roger Marble
This is a reprint of a post I did in 2014 on UV tire protection. The facts and data have not changed. For some time I have been reading posts and advertisements about tire covers and UV protection. As an engineer I prefer FACTS over sales PR. This investigation has taken more time than I originally wanted as I needed a reasonable way to measure UV and a day with full sun – not something easy to find in NE Ohio [when this was written in April]. Continue reading.

Run your RV air conditioner with a small generator
When the temperature heats up and you’re boondocking with only a small portable generator for power, you’re out of luck running an air conditioner. That is, unless you have a state-of-the-art SoftStartRV. It’s inexpensive, simple to install, and makes running your A/C possible. publisher Chuck Woodbury explains the product in a short new video. Learn more or order at a special discount.

Building an RV Park

We were evacuated! And we’re almost open for business

By Machelle James
I finally can sit at my laptop and write about the CRAZY week we’ve had. This was the first time in my life that my family and I had to be evacuated from our home due to a wildfire. Not only was it my family, but also AJ’s dad and his wife, and AJ’s mom and her husband! They all came to help us work on the Campground for our Grand Opening on July 1st. Well, what a surprise when the Wyrick Fire came within 2 miles of our neighborhood. We are in an area that was alerted to a “READY” status, then we went straight to a “GO” status. Continue reading about their exciting week, and how soon the campground will be opening.

RV Short Stop

Painted Hills Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon.

John Day Fossil Beds in eastern Oregon

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument features stunning, multi-colored landscapes. More than 50 million years of animal and plant life is captured in sedimentary rocks. All outdoor recreational opportunities are open daily from sunrise to sunset for free. The monument includes 14,000 acres within three separate units in remote eastern Oregon: Painted Hills, Clarno and Sheep Rock. Wow! This is amazing!

RV Fire Safety

How not to test your fire extinguisher

Do not pull the pin and expel the contents to test your powder extinguisher. If you use a portion of the powder extinguisher, have it refilled or replaced immediately. When you have a fire extinguisher refilled, ask to shoot off the charge first (most refill stations have a special place where this can be done safely). This lets you see how far it shoots and how long a charge lasts.

Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

The most patriotic RVing shirt of all time! 
Get ready for the 4th of July! If you’re going to be patriotic, why not do so with an American flag made out of motorhomes? How cool is this shirt? It comes in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes, so you can match with the whole family. And it’s 100% cotton so you know it will be soft! This is so neat! Get one for yourself here.

Recipe of the Day

Country Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Squash
by Janice Ross from Citronelle, AL
We were very impressed by this zucchini recipe. It’s a great way to use the extra bits of ingredients you may have in the fridge. Really, this could be served for any meal. It was like a breakfast casserole in a zucchini boat. If you like a little extra kick to your meals, use hot sausage. Looking forward to making this easy recipe again.

This sounds good! Get the recipe here.

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
Chicken Pineapple Kabobs
Watermelon Lime Frosty/Margarita
Blackberry-Honey Ribs
Super Easy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
Catfish Ain’t Got Nuthin’ on Me!

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Easily check the tire pressure on your inner dual tires
Do you have trouble reading the tire pressure on your RV’s inner duals? This dual head tire pressure gauge with an extension steel shaft will reach where a standard gauge won’t. Be sure you know the pressure of all your tires, or risk a potentially dangerous blowout. No batteries required. Learn more or order at a discount.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Mandi is a Basenji, the barkless dog of Africa. She began her travels in a 2006 Chevy Pleasure-van motorhome when she was 14 weeks old. She is almost 15 years old now and we have logged 127,000 miles together. She is at home in HER van and always knows where it is parked, whether in a National Park campground, RV park, or a parking lot in Old Santa Fe. We have spent countless hours walking together and exploring new places during our travels in the U.S. and Canada. And yes, she is always on a leash. This photo was taken in Santa Rosa, NM – she is waiting for her chauffeur, me, to continue our adventure along Old Route 66.” —Sylvia Jordan, Milwaukee, WI

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
Zoe CoCo Huey Ernie & Raydar Charlie

Pet food at Amazon. Big selection, great prices!

Dog cooling beds. Help keep your furry friend cool this hot summer!

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.

Time to cool off!
This compact, battery-powered, highly rated (the highest rated one on Amazon!), low-noise fan is just what you need to stay cool in your RV this summer. The rechargeable battery charges quick with a USB and will keep you cool for up to six hours at a time. Clip it to your table, bedside, driver or passenger seat or by your chair outside to stay cool. Learn more or order

RV Advice Facebook group. Great place to ask an RV-related question and get a quick answer.


Mark Twain’s real name wasn’t Mark Twain. It was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. When he began writing, he chose the pen name “Mark Twain.” “Mark Twain” is actually a riverboat term measuring two fathoms (12 feet) in depth: mark (measure) twain (two).

Word and Phrase Origins

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

navy. “The color navy blue made its debut in the Royal Navy in 1857, when for the first time an act of Parliament required English sailors to wear identical uniforms. This outfit included a blue jacket, which inspired the name of the color navy blue, or just navy, shortly after it became standard issue. Today any navy blue or navy clothing takes its name from the color of the first navy blue jacket.

Laugh of the Week

“My collection of vintage kitchen utensils includes one whose intended purpose was always a mystery. It looks like a cross between a metal slotted spoon and a spatula, so I 
use it as both. When not in use, it 
is prominently displayed in a 
decorative ceramic utensil caddy 
in my kitchen. The mystery of the spoon/spatula was recently solved when I found one in its original packaging at 
a rummage sale. It’s a pooper-scooper.” —Patty Brozo, Green Valley, Arizona

The best book on RV electricity, hands down!
Mike Sokol is America’s leading expert on RV electricity. He’s taken his 50+ years of experience to write this book about RV electricity that nearly anyone can understand. Covers the basics of Voltage, Amperage, Wattage and Grounding, with additional chapters on RV Hot-Skin testing, GFCI operation, portable generator hookups and troubleshooting RV electrical systems. This should be essential reading for all RVers. Learn more or order 

Leave with a song from the past

The Streak!

Do you remember “streaking” — running bare naked in public places (including a few big-time sporting events)? Well, here’s the song that helped fuel the fad, sung by the one and only Ray Stevens. Enjoy the song — and the laughs!

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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, Chris Epting 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.
• Mike Sherman • George Bliss • Tom and Lois Speirs • Steve Barnes • Tom Hart + others who we will add later.


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