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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 1018

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Page Contents

September 18, 2021
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition

Cover story

Our loyalty is to … you!

By Chuck Woodbury

The first thing any publisher does when starting a periodical — print or online — is to determine where his or her loyalty lies. Who is #1, readers or advertisers? 

Our loyalty at is, without question, to readers. We appreciate our advertisers, but we do not look at the articles we post and ask “Will this offend them or other advertisers, and risk losing their support?” No, we do not!

Publishers who put advertisers ahead of readers — and this applies (by the nature of the beast) to most trade journals and free publications (including most websites), use articles, bottom line, to fill space between advertising: their articles are often flattering and never critical. On the other hand, publishers who put readers first use advertising to fund and otherwise support their editorial efforts. It’s impossible, by the way, to treat each equally.

And now there is the new breed of advertisers — “influencers.” They are bloggers and YouTubers who are “bought” by commercial interests. Their job is to “sell” a product through their flattering articles and videos. They can make a fortune if they have a big audience. Can you imagine if the reporters at daily newspapers were influencers rather than trained journalists? Could you trust anything they wrote?

I BRING THIS UP because is in the doghouse right now with the RV industry. Mike Gast’s article last Sunday about the “pathetic” state of RVs currently being built disturbed the industry hornet’s nest big time. We received emails from industry insiders warning us to be careful of what we wrote … or risk (unspecified) consequences. But, flip side, we also received “off-the-record” emails and calls from RV dealers who said “you were right on, but please do not quote me.”

If we were supported primarily by advertising, I’m pretty sure we’d be out of business before long. The RV industry, and by that I mean its trade associations, major manufacturers and other major players, do not like anyone saying anything that could be perceived as negative — especially by a website like ours with a huge audience. This is not just the RV industry: It happens everywhere.

Mike Gast’s article last Sunday had already received more than 427,000 views as of yesterday morning. To put that in perspective, visualize more than four Rose Bowl crowds with every seat occupied by an RVer.

THE RV INDUSTRY WAS ANGRY at a decade ago when our RV expert Mike Sokol began writing for us about RV hot skin conditions, where, in rare situations, RVers could be killed by simply touching their RVs under certain conditions. It took until just recently for Mike’s newfound superstar status to calm his critics. And for the record, nobody on our staff believes RVs are unsafe. But we do agree that they can be unsafe if not used properly. It’s our job to educate those who use them.

The fact is, only about 20 percent of our revenue is from advertising. The smartest thing we ever did was ask our readers years ago to help support us through voluntary subscriptions. That revenue, it turns out, helps ensure we can keep publishing no matter what pressure is applied to muzzle us. That happened to my friend Greg Gerber a few years ago after he published his brilliant series, “The RV Death Spiral.” Greg’s website was supported entirely by industry advertising which he lost after the series ran. His important voice was silenced – in my opinion, a huge loss to the RVing community.

We will continue to report the truth as we see it. We will never put advertisers ahead of you. If publishing RVtravel was just about the money I would have sold the business a year or two ago and taken up gardening.

Here’s a test for you that relates to the essay above. What would you do in the following situation if you were the editor of a small-town weekly newspaper? You will likely find this very difficult to answer, but it’s typical of a real-life situation that an editor might face. So what would you do?

• Welcome to our more than 1,100 new subscribers in the last week.
• We are still looking for writers. Also, if you love doing research on the Web, we may have volunteer or even paid work for you.

Headline stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

FEATURE STORY: Roadside assistance companies are stretched thin by huge growth in RVers and lack of service centers. “There is such a backlog at the service centers, some are turning away RVs…. That means that we are seeing that we often have to tow RVs more than 100 miles to get them into a service center. Even then, owners are being told that they aren’t going to be seeing any repairs for five weeks.”

• Dealers starting to see new RVers return their rigs while longtime owners look to upgrade
• A shocker! Huge crowds turning out for Hershey RV Show
• RV Lemon Law lawyer urges caution when buying an RV in today’s environment.
• Campground Crowding: Camping “has turned into a Disneyland-on-wheels business with very long lines”
• A “thank you” to Russ and Tiña De Maris and for our coverage of DEF sensor problems and how we got the EPA to act on behalf of RVers.

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

Listen to this week’s podcast

News you won’t get anywhere else, plus insider information from an RV insider-dealer, and his advice on the hidden problems you need to watch for when buying a used RV. Also, COVID restrictions at RV parks, a recall, RV sales figures, and value of Winnebago stock over the past 10 years.

Click to listen on

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

Amazing Dawn Powerwash uses less water – a huge benefit to RVers
What should I do when I have to leave the RV behind for a few days or weeks?
19 unusual (but extremely handy) uses for salt
What to do about a sticky black tank valve
What to do about an unleashed dog at a campground

Today’s RV review…

2021 Travel Lite RV Super Lite 626XSL Truck Camper

Industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Travel Lite RV Super Lite 626XSL Truck Camper. He reports that “Travel Lite has three lines of pickup campers: Extended Stay, Super Lite and Razyr. Looking at the series, I think the Super Lite might be the one that many buyers choose and so I thought we’d take a gander at this model.” Find out why he thinks buyers might choose this one here.

Last week’s reviews:
2022 Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 192RBS travel trailer
Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S travel trailer
2022 Keystone Cougar 30BHS travel trailer
2022 Newell Tampa Show coach
Travel Light RV Rove Lite trailer

Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

COPYRIGHT 2021, Clint Norrell

See some of Clint’s recent cartoons. And here are more posted since July 3. They’re wonderful!

 Breaking News 

FBI and National Parks seek help finding missing van-lifer Gabby Petito.

UPDATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Human remains discovered in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday are “consistent with the description” of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI officials said in a news conference. A full forensic identification hasn’t yet been completed, but investigators did notify Ms. Petito’s parents.

Update Saturday: Brian Laundrie’s family has not seen him since Tuesday. In a statement late on Friday, Richard B. Stafford, an attorney for the Petito family, said: “All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.” Police are searching for him.

The FBI and multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was last heard from near Grand Teton National Park at the end of August. She had spent the last couple of months traveling the country with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, in their converted van, a white 2012 Ford Transit with Florida plates. Read more about this unusual, bone-chilling disappearance. Perhaps you can offer clues.

Finally! This incredible mug can be yours!
Wow! What great news!! This coffee mug not only holds your favorite beverage, it shows everyone you’re a proud RVer and a proud fan of And, as we always say, we guarantee your coffee will taste better in this. Design is on both sidesLearn more or order your very own mug!

Email us a photo of you with your mug after it arrives ( We’ll post it!

 Investigative Report 

Mach 8 air conditioner failures – What can RVers do?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A few weeks ago we asked readers if they’d had problems with their Coleman Mach 8 air conditioners. We asked because we’d heard through social media networks of an increasing number of disgruntled Mach 8 owners. Plenty of feedback came in, some of which we’ll share here. We also contacted Airxcel, the holding company of Coleman-Mach, the company that manufactures the Mach 8 units that have suffered what seems like an alarming number of air conditioner failures. Read this exclusive and in-depth report.

☀ Run your RV air conditioner with only a small portable generatorYes, it’s true!

Lesser-known leaf-peeping spots you don’t want to miss on your travels

By Gail Marsh
The Northeastern part of the U.S. is not the only place to enjoy fall colors! Yes, Maine, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and all the rest are great! Really great! Leaf peeping in the Northeast needs to be on your “bucket list.” No doubt about that! But if you can’t make that trip this year, consider lesser-known, but stunning places like these. Wow!

A reader poll reflection: How have I treated life in 2021?

By Nanci Dixon
When I looked at the headline of last week’s poll, “How well has life treated you so far in 2021?”, I looked back on a year filled with back-to-back family deaths, minor tragedies, health issues, and major travel changes (think six months of reservations canceled within minutes). My second thought was, “How have I treated life in 2021?” If COVID has taught me anything more than how to mask up, stand on a socially-distanced dot and stay six feet away from people, it has been how I should treat life. Continue reading this introspective essay. It may make you think more deeply about your life, also.

Video: Transform RV bedroom into office. No tools or screws needed

In case you missed this in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter recently, let us remind you of this: A growing number of people are turning to RVing not only for recreation but as a place to live and work from remotely. Josh Winters is seeing an increasing number of requests for RV office spaces. In this video, he quickly demonstrates how an RV with a bunkhouse bedroom might be repurposed into a surprisingly functional office space quickly, easily, and with nearly no cost or modifications to the RV required. Watch the video here.

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

Casino RV Camping, September 19, 2020
Hot, hotter, too hot… The snowbird migration is changing
You never know who you’ll meet at the campground…

Our top 5 best-selling “mystery products” this month…
Other RVers love these! 

  1. A space-saving organizer – your drawers will thank you!
  2. As soon as we saw this product we bought it for ourselves. You’ll want it too.
  3. This keeps your RV clean without you doing any work. Love to hear it!
  4. We love brilliant products for the campsite. This is definitely a brilliant product.
  5. This product makes doing a certain job MUCH easier (and much less time-consuming too!).

Reader Poll

Do you have an extended warranty on your 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 have a current fishing or hunting license? See how nearly 1,900 other RVers responded.

Two guides to free campgrounds will save you $$$
Discover thousands of designated camping areas in the West and in America’s Heartland — real places, not big box store parking lots. Included are areas managed by various agencies — federal, state, local, etc. Learn more about West edition or Heartland edition.

Level makes trailer re-hitching easy

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Folks who tow travel trailers and fifth wheels often struggle with hooking back up after setting up their trailer for livability. The problem is this: You unhitch and level the trailer; when it’s time to hitch up again, getting the front of the trailer to the right height to hitch up can be a pain in the neck. Well, here’s just the thing to make trailer re-hitching easy!

Simpsons lovers, have yourself a Duff beer at a real-life Moe’s Tavern

Simpsons lovers, your beer-drinking dream has come true! If you find yourself near Springfield Mall in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, make sure to stop at Moe’s Tavern and have a Duff beer. The mall has introduced a Moe’s Tavern pop-up, offering real Duff beer and Drunkin’ D’Ohnuts milkshakes. The inside is about as close to the real-life (animated) Moe’s as it’ll get … Continue reading.

And in case you missed this hilarious video, watch Homer Simpson and the Simpson family attempt to buy the “Ultimate Grand Behemoth motorhome” from a slick RV salesman. You will howl with laughter.

Say goodbye to goop!
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.

A story of delicious unknowns – Don’t be afraid to try new things

By Nanci Dixon
We are currently landlocked at my sister’s house in Arizona helping to take care of my dad. I miss the adventure of travel, even just moving a few miles to a new campground. This staying still, without the motorhome or option to pick up and move, is disconcerting. The great outing has become going to the grocery store, which reminds me of the COVID lockdown days! While there, I saw this large, spiky, strange thing in the produce section while looking for something much more well-known and tamer, like watermelon. Continue reading.

An embarrassing story of a recital in majestic Kartchner Caverns

By Rod Andrew
Visiting Kartchner Caverns State Park should be on everyone’s list of essential experiences in Arizona, as they are among the finest of the many geological marvels of Arizona. Other travelers had advised my wife and me to visit them, and we were not disappointed. They are not as massive as some cave systems, but they still fill visitors with a sense of eons past, and their relatively smaller size makes the experience a very intimate one. Continue reading about Rod’s embarrassing recital here. (Maybe you were there for it? You would remember, if you were.)

We need your help! We’re working on a story and could use your input. If your rig is 10 years old or older, have you ever been turned away from a service center or campground because of its age? Please take our poll and leave a comment describing your experience. Thank you! Click here.

Is this your RV?

Lake Arrowhead State Park, Texas

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, September 18, 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.

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

“Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up with what manufacturers are producing (almost a half-million views and more than 400 comments!)

It’s out there – a DEF sensor workaround
Campground owners are thriving, and there’s little incentive to change things
Why go small? This time we’re looking at the case for owning a small RV
If your rig is 10 years old or older, have you ever been turned away from a service center or campground because of its age?
Campground Crowding: Consider an email alert to confirm reservation or face stiff fees
Roll-up, stick-on TVs are coming. RVers, get excited!
RV dealers say steady price increases from manufacturers make it difficult to lock in final costs for buyers
Readers answer: How do you let another RVer know that they need to stop and check their rig?
Ask Dave: Should I cover my RV when stored outside?
19 unusual (but extremely handy) uses for salt
What should I do when I have to leave the RV behind for a few days or weeks?

Keep insects and bird nests out of your RV furnace
Wasps, mud daubers, birds and rodents pose a serious threat to the furnace on your RV. They can enter through the furnace vents. Their nests can interfere with air flow and cause serious damage. Camco 42141 (Model FUR 200) Flying Insect RV Furnace Screen fits Duo-therm and Suburban furnace vents. Camco offers several furnace screens so check which one will fit your vent. Learn more or order.

Super Prize Giveaway!
Enter today, Sunday and Monday

How would you like to win a Blackstone 22″ Table Top Griddle?

This portable, cast iron top, stainless steel front, propane griddle has two adjustable heat controls and would be a great addition to any campsite! Read Nanci Dixon’s review of this griddle. Retails for about $180.

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive between today (September 18, 2021) and Monday (September 20, 2021) at 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once per day and after we notify the winner by email via that they have won, they will have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

Click here to enter! And make sure you read Nanci’s review of this fabulous griddle below (or click here!).

Idea: Listen to the podcast while pulling weeds in your home garden. If you don’t have a home garden, pull some weeds in the RV park.


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

Current smoke and fire report for where you live or where you are traveling.

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.

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.

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

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

Cooking for two? It’s never been easier!
This cookbook from the beloved America’s Test Kitchen brings you 650 delicious recipes specifically designed for just two people! 150 of those recipes can be on the table within 30 minutes or less. This cookbook has it all! Look through some of the recipes, read the amazing reviews, or order here.

Ask DaveAsk Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club, an online resource for RVers. He is also the owner of Passport Media Creations, which has developed several RV dealer and safety training programs.

Should I fill all my RV’s tanks with water during winter storage?

Dear Dave,
When storing our coach for the winter (inside and plugged in), should we fill our fresh, gray, and black tanks with fresh water? Thanks! —David, Tiffin Allegro Bus

Read Dave’s reply.

Other questions Dave answered this week:
Should I cover my RV when stored outside?
Why do my RV’s entry steps extend when engine is turned on?
My LP leak detector is beeping. What should I do?
Why does the furnace keep blowing the thermostat fuse?
ESPECIALLY POPULARIs it OK to drive with the propane refrigerator on?

Road Trips

Death Valley isn’t dead: The magic of the life inside our great national park

By Chris Epting
I think it’s time to rename Death Valley. Yes, I know the moniker has all that great foreboding mystique. Yes, the name itself is probably what draws many of the visitors in the first place. After all, when you tell people you’re going to “Death Valley” it’s a statement – a marker that says you’re interested in exploring the edge.

But despite the fact that the name was inspired by the many who sought to cross the barren bowl on their way to the goldfields of California, only one death was recorded during the famed ’49 rush.

And besides, though not obvious at first, Death Valley teems with life of all sorts. Much of it is stealthy and subtle, but it is there, impressive and often surreal and unforgettable.

Continue reading.

…and we’re just learning about this now becauseeeee…? It will be impastable to live without this now!

RV Gadgets and Gizmos

Is the Blackstone Griddle worth all the hype? Oh, yeah, it is!

By Nanci Dixon
We were on the lookout for a new grill as our decades-old one was rusting through and literally falling apart. We bought a smaller version of it and it worked well. However, as camp hosts, we have the opportunity to ask a lot of people what they like. As we do our rounds around dinner time, we get to see and smell them in action, too. The Blackstone Griddle name came up so often I wanted to know what all the love was about. You can find out here.


with Mike Sokol

Hershey RV Show – If they build it, will they come?

After a year-and-a-half of canceled RV shows and rallies, it appears that the show circuit is making a comeback. After all, there were a number of RV soothsayers who told me in confidence they thought the 2021 Hershey RV Show (America’s Largest RV Show®) would cancel at the last minute. But it’s actually happening, and with a bang, I might add. Continue reading.

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

Power two trailers at the same time with the ProPower 30-amp outlet

Dear Mike,
I’d like to ask you a question about some adapters you may use for the F-150 PowerBoost hybrid… I own one with the 7.2 kW built-in generator and I’m interested in splitting the 240v/30amp outlet into two separate 120-volt, 30-amp circuits. It would be really cool to be able to provide power for two 30-amp trailers at the same time. How did you do it with your demo truck? —Gregg S

Read Mike’s answer.

Road FlaresKeep road flares in the RV for emergency
You should always have road flares in your RV in case of an emergency. This pack of three bright, waterproof, and shatterproof LED disks are perfect to keep tucked away. These bright lights can be seen from a mile away and can be used for traffic control, as a warning light, as a rescue beacon and they can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Learn more or order here. 

RV Tire Safety

Tire inflation recommendations for motorhomes

Tire expert Roger Marble helps an RVer find the proper tire pressure for his RV’s tires. The RVer wants to lower the rear pressure to try to improve the ride but not hurt tire performance. Read Roger’s calculations and explanations here.

Operating an RV Park

We were down and out, but we’re back better than ever!

By Machelle James
“As I sit here, reflecting upon the last several weeks, my mind is pulled into a million different directions. I can start with saying that our whole family was really sick for almost a month! We all took turns at different times and we had a hard time recovering. The only good news to share about that experience was that since we were sick on different weeks, we could still stay open and continue to operate the RV campground as normal as possible.” Continue reading about their first sold-out weekend, and more campground news, here.

RV Short Stop

National Public Lands Day, 9/25, attracts RV volunteers

By Julianne G. Crane
National Public Lands Day is “traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort,” according to the National Park Service. “It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.” RVers love America’s state and national parks. When asked their destination during a camping survey, more than 75% said they will be visiting a public park. Nearly two-thirds (65%) plan to visit historic sites. With such an appreciation of America’s public lands, all RVers have hundreds of opportunities to give back on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Learn more.

NEW! Ask the Pet Vet

With Karel Carnohan, DVM

What type of insect repellent is safe for my pets?

Dear Dr. Karel,
What is the safest way to repel mosquitoes from dogs? Not heartworm concern, we use preventives for that. But just from biting and causing itching. —Carrisa M.

Read Dr. Karel’s advice.

Update! The search for an RV for my 11 (now 12) cats is over!

By Karel Carnohan, DVM
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about shopping for a trailer to carry my 11 (now 12) cats across the country in an upcoming move. I was planning to buy a new travel trailer with bunk beds, giving me floor space for litter boxes. I planned to buy a Ford PowerBoost F150 to tow it. This allowed me to run the air conditioner while on the road. Many caring and experienced readers expressed dismay that the cats would be in the trailer while I drove. They said it was “dangerous” and “too rough and bouncy.” However, I just could not put 12 cat carriers in the cab of the tow truck. Well, I took all those comments to heart and have decided to purchase a used Class A. Continue reading.

RV Fire Safety

Educate your guests, just in case

Show travelers (your guests) how to unhook electricity (screw-on cords can be tricky) and how to close propane valves, in case either of these measures is called for.

Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Recipe of the Day

Eggplant Parmesan
by Jennifer Bass from Richmond, KY

Eggplant Parmesan is an Italian favorite and this version is restaurant quality. It’s double dipped in Italian bread crumbs and Panko crumbs, which creates a super crispy coating. Served over spaghetti that’s lightly sauced and with sweet peas is wonderful. The result is simply delicious – a must-try!

We’re making this for dinner tonight! What about you? Get the recipe and join us!

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Hoagie Bake
Linguini and white clam sauce
Monterey Jack Stuffed Mexican Hamburgers With Guacamole Topping
Fun Pizza Dip

Let your drill clean your RV, really!
This 4-piece cleaning brush attachment connects right to your drill. Deep-clean virtually any surface. Perfect for grout lines, corners, tiles, tubs, showers, carpets, wooden furniture, windows, shower doors, siding, linoleum, stoves, counters, fiberglass, grills, marble, and more. Learn more or order here.

The Old Stone House. @poemuseum, Instagram

Museum of the Week

The Poe Museum

Richmond, VA

The Poe Museum, or the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, is dedicated to one of America’s greatest writers, Edgar Allan Poe. As we enter the spooky season, what better time to plan a visit? The museum holds one of the world’s largest collections of Poe’s manuscripts, letters, memorabilia and personal belongings. The museum is housed inside the Old Stone House. Built in 1740, it’s cited as the oldest original building in Richmond – that’s a reason in itself to visit! Plan your visit through the official museum website.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Oscar is a 4-year-old Miniature Poodle/Shih Tzu mix. He’s a lap dog for sure, that loves to play tug of war whenever he can. We rescued him from a local shelter when he was 4½ months old. He loves camping and sitting on our laps while wrapped up in a blanket around the campfire.” —William McGullam

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
Willie and CallieSophie • BuddyMaxPeggy

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.

sewer sealStinky sewer dump? This will do the trick!
If a sewer hose doesn’t fit tightly, sewer gases will escape and make the odor when dumping almost unbearable. It’s embarrassing and disgusting! This sewer adapter hose seal plugs the hole. No more stink! Read more about it here or order one here.

Brain Teaser

I have a head and a tail but they never meet. Having too many of me is always a treat! 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.


Americans love to grill. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and 75 percent of them use their grill even during the winter. So says a 2020 report from the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association ((HPBA).

Word and Phrase Origins

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

electricity. English scientist William Gilbert published his researches on magnetism in 1600, writing in Latin and using the Latinized word for amber, electricus, because he had rubbed amber in his experiments to attract light substances. Gilbert himself later translated electricus into English as electric and gave the name electricity to the entity through which he had effected magnetism.

Laugh of the Week

Leave with a song from the past

Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog perform “Dueling Banjos”! A human and a frog never played banjo better!

Did you miss last week’s RV Travel?

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SUPPORT QUALITY RV JOURNALISM, and the more than 700 newsletters about RVing we publish every year, would not be possible without the financial support of our voluntary subscribers. Now, in the most challenging time of our lifetimes, your help is needed more than ever for us to be your #1 source of news, information and advice about RVing. Every contribution, of any size, will make a difference. Learn more or donate. Help us be the best we can be. Thank you! Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel, Mike Gast. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Gail Marsh, Roger Marble, Dave Solberg, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, and Chris Epting. Podcast host and producer: Scott Linden. Special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Julie Woods
1 year ago

Thanks for your viewpoint regarding loyalty to your readers. While yours may be well placed, it’s clear that much media loyalty is not. “Can you imagine if the reporters at daily newspapers were influencers rather than trained journalists? Could you trust anything they wrote?” Good questions. From my reading and viewing (across the spectrum), many reporters are rapidly foraging into (or are already well entrenched within) the influencer field, and, naturally, it’s difficult to trust what is written, since facts, meaning facts alone, are seldom seen. Information often comes framed with opinion, bias, innuendo, and finger-pointing, and even un-framed due to omissions. Sad indeed.

Scott Schnelle
1 year ago

While I believe as most of everyone that reads your newsletter about the RV industry, I also believe that your one-sided blame is not covering all the issue. No matter how well (or not well) an RV is made, dragging them down the poorly maintained roads adds to the problem. Until the poorly maintained government pays attention to the poorly maintained roads then things will not get any better. After 16 years of fulltiming in 2 different 5ers we have seen the roads deteriorate to the point that we’re done. We’ll miss fulltiming.

Richard N Pratti
1 year ago

your add claiming to give you the value of your RV is fraudulent. After entering personal info, you dont get a quote, you get a promise that someone will contact you. I dont want to be contacted. Sleezy add at best.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago

What ad is that, Richard? It’s probably one that’s automatically inserted by Google, which we don’t have control over. Those are usually inserted based on what you have read or searched for. But if they’re putting in deceptive advertising or an ad we don’t want on our website, if you can send the company name or the URL of the ad/website to us, we can probably block it. Thank you. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Bob M
1 year ago

Glad you informed your readers about the RV industry. It would be nice if they took it as an opportunity to improve the quality of their RV’s and the RV part manufactures. New RVers need to hear the truth. Please continue to inform your readers on RV’s and their problems. It would be nice to use this news letter like Consumer Reports letting readers know what RV quality is best and what equipment is best and which not to use. Mike Sokol is to be commended for testing and letting readers know about electric equipment he tests. My travel trailers range hood and Dometic A/C is to loud and detrimental to adult and children’s hearing. Yet the manufacturers don’t care. Everything is about money. RV refrigerators can be a fire hazard. RV’s should have two doors for emergencies. Plus size Americans could have a hard time trying to fit out the emergency windows. RV manufactures don’t care. Hopefully; we’ll get some foreign competition like the auto industry to raise the bar on quality/Safety.

Bob Copeland
1 year ago

I’ve owned 4 RV’s from 36’ down to a Travato class b. I’m presently building out a new promaster which will give me everything I need and want and nothing that I don’t. I’m hoping some day you can include these professional built or self build vans.

1 year ago

I, for one, greatly appreciate your candor regarding the state of RV manufacturing. Instead of them threatening you with loss of advertising, maybe they should consider these truths to be a wake up call that might encourage them to make a better product! Glad you gave them a big old kick in their complacency!!!