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Peter Heroy
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Peter Heroy

Chuck,

I see you are planning to spend a few days in the Eugene area. I have two comments:
1. If you are not aware of it, the county has a free dump station in the north end of town near the Beltway.
2. If you are looking for something different to do, you could go downtown, get a cup of coffee at the city library and just sit and ‘people watch’. Eugene has a lot of ‘interesting’ characters.

Wayne Girard
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Wayne Girard

In Florence take a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine out on the jetty and watch the boat action.

Dominic "half2go"
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Dominic "half2go"

I don’t know how much time you have to do side trips but the Cape Arago Hwy so/o/ Charleston on the coast is one of the most beautiful places on the Oregon coast. there’s a lighthouse,Sunset Bay & Shore Acres State Park. I’ve traveled the entire coast & I love this area the most.

Nana
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Nana

Chuck, I too have felt that I would prefer practical finishes over what are dust & dirt catchers. Examples: gathered fabric padded headboards, curtains with plastic tie-backs that get in the way of operating the day-night shades, bulky fabric covered recliners that you can’t move without straining your back but need to be moved to pull in the slide-outs, floral sofa covers, carpeting everywhere but the kitchen.& toilet room. Also, the refrigerator that’s set on the diagonal leaving 2 wedge-shaped cabinets on each side that are inefficient to use. Why install outlets low on the wall instead of higher for… Read more »

Jim Fahman
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Jim Fahman

Chuck, I understand you’re saying about the luxuries in many RV’s, but I think you might be missing the point. Some tent campers think as soon as you get into ANY RV, you have stopped camping. Others think a pop-up still counts, or no A/C, etc. Instead of trying to define camping, I would have expected you to be encouraging people to get out and see the country, and the world, in whatever suits them. I love tent camping, but my age, and my back, won’t let me sleep on the ground anymore. Some people’s health requires special equipment, filtered… Read more »

Chuck Woodbury
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Jim, I wrote that my experiences as a child helped define my idea of the word “camping.” Certainly kids today will have a different definition, just as people a 100 years ago had a different definition. Look up the term camping on the online dictionaries. None is what mine is and I bet not of most RV Travel readers. I understand why folks buy big rigs — my own 32 foot Winnebago Adventurer has most the creature comforts for full-time living, which is what I use it for these days. For the most part I don’t use it to “camp,”… Read more »

Wolfe
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Wolfe

I’ll back you, Chuck… I started camping by putting a tent in a canoe as paddling as far as I could in a day, often 20 water miles from launch point. Added a wife, no paddling TO the campsite, and much bigger tent. Going cross country, it became a moderate 20′ stillwall trailer. Foster kids became adopted, it grew to 35′ slide-trailer… Comparing my 10lb, 24sf tent to a 6 ton trailer is an absurdity, as you say, but I still mostly boondock just so I can claim I’m “camping”… Roughing it without my microwave! Yes, needs evolve, and no… Read more »

John Ahrens
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John Ahrens

You ask what will RVs have in 10 years? One thing I expect in 15 years, if not within the next 10, is self-driving vehicles coming to RVs. I can see two advantages for RVers. One, the driver can see the scenery better if he’s not concentrating on driving. Two, as we age, we may reach a point where we are no longer comfortable driving big rigs, but are not ready to give up RVing. A self-driving vehicle makes continuing our lifestyle possible.

Ken Quick
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Ken Quick

I think hybrid RVs are a natural and overdue evolution. Silently pulling a big diesel rig out of a campground at 5 AM on electric power would be a very big plus!

Tom Anderson
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Tom Anderson

On your way to Florence I recommend a day spent in McMinnville OR viewing the Spruce Goose.

rag-ftw
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rag-ftw

Ditto on the Evergreen Museum! Also might want to pick up some of the delicious fruits and veggies at the roadside stands in the area!

Darin Anstine, Fire Chief, Fountain, CO
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Darin Anstine, Fire Chief, Fountain, CO

In reference to this article, I want to clear some things up. The dog was aggressive and not in immediate danger, therefore the firefighters waited for animal control. The article makes it sound as if the firefighters would not help the dog. “””””If you were at “Camp Walmart” in Fountain, Colo., on September 20, you may have witnessed an odd sight. Firemen rushed to the store parking lot in response to a police call about a “suspicious” motorhome. Police said they smelled a strange odor around the rig and asked firemen to look into it. Firemen said they heard a… Read more »

Russ De Maris
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Darin:
Thanks for your feedback. It wasn’t my intention to cast a poor light on first responders; I was struck by the ironic cast of the situation. As one who spends a great deal of time doing volunteer work in the community, I can assure you that I’m the first one to back off from the occasional aggressive dog behind the fence. Keep up the good work!

Darin Anstine, Fire Chief, Fountain, CO
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Darin Anstine, Fire Chief, Fountain, CO

sounds good,,thanks,, Darin

Calvin Rittenhouse
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Calvin Rittenhouse

I have an annoying question about the campers in the U.K. who cook or use heat indoors. If that’s as dangerous as I’ve always heard, why do we not hear reports of those campers dying? (I obviously haven’t died either, but I have only used catalytic heaters labelled for the purpose “indoors” in my camping. I hear those warnings anyhow.)

Incidentally, even tent campers aren’t always the campers we remember. I am aware of air conditioned tents 20′ x 15′ or even bigger. They bring 110v-powered everything.

Russ De Maris
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Calvin: In the cases we reported in, these folks were using charcoal burners for heating. An off-gas of these products is carbon monoxide — highly toxic. I run across plenty of reports of folks dying every year, but not all of these CO deaths are from charcoal units — the common RV furnace vents of plenty of CO as well, and if the factory venting gets fouled up, it’s curtains. Same is true for electrical generators, and there are far more deaths each year from those than from goofed up furnace venting. Altogether, a good case for carbon monoxide detectors… Read more »

Mike JJackson
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Mike JJackson

During my time doing arctic training in northern Canada, we heated our tents with a Coleman lantern, creating enough warmth to dry out damp clothing and let us strip off all our winter gear. We also cooked inside on a single burner stove. All this at -35 degrees outside but +70 inside. Never experienced any issues.

Leo Suarez
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Leo Suarez

Chuck, I read with a smile on my face your latest editorial regarding what does camping mean today. You make it sound like a bad thing that some RV’s are getting bigger, and with more gadgets. I think you need to step back and realize like everything else in life things change and people evolve. For those people who truly want to camp like you did when you where younger, there are still plenty of RV’s out there that will accomplish just that. But there is a whole new generation of RV’ers out there (myself included) that are close to… Read more »

Beverly Hine
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Beverly Hine

We just returned from a summer (3+ month) stay in Florence, OR. The dunes are spectacular, but the dune buggies and ATV’s, not so much. There are several great national forest campgrounds that are at least partially open this time of year, but none with hook ups. We particularly enjoyed visiting Cape Perpetua and Yahats had a great Sunday farmers market. We volunteered with the forest service and Oregon Fish and Wildlife as docents for the Western Snowy Plover protection program. It is a beautiful area.

Mike Jackson
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Mike Jackson

Beverly.
Interested in your docent experience. Could you give me a contact? Comprose@earthlink.net. Thanks, Mike.

Tim Miller
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Tim Miller

Congratulations on finally getting on the road. When you go to Florence, Oregon, I’d highly recommend the Waterfront Restaurant & Bar. Their food is great, cocktails are unique, and the view is beautiful – right on the river. You should make reservations as this is a very small place with limited tables. We didn’t know that when we visited last year, but had the opportunity to sit at the bar and eat there.