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Peter Heroy


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

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

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.


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 easier access? Most of our use is in campgrounds with dirt outside the door and keeping it out there is a constant challenge.

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 air, electricity, specially prepared foods, etc. Are these individuals no longer allowed to “camp”, because they need certain appliances or furniture? I still sit outdoors, meet neighbors, build campfires, and make smores, but at night I retreat to the comfort of my 5th wheel. Call it what you want, but to me, I’m still camping. My home on wheels stays the same, but my backyard changes regularly.

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.

Tom Anderson

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

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 dog inside the rig and refused to go in. Animal control officers fished the dog out of the rig, and officials found nothing suspicious about the rig — with the exception that the plates didn’t belong to the RV. They did, however, match those owned by someone who’d shown a “history of drug use.” With nobody home but the dog, a tow company ended the spectacle by impounding the wayward wagon.

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.

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 retirement or have retired and we want to the see the US, not in 2-3 day time slots, but spend a week or month in a particular location and explore it in depth. I spent almost 40 years in the corporate word flying all over the planet, I have visited more that 80 countries, but realized that the one country I visited the least was the US! For me, 2 bathrooms, king sized bed, TV’s inside and out are a great thing when I know I will be spending several week in one spot. My point is, my camping style is different from your camping style, but each is still camping and both are just as good and rewarding depending on your choice of lifestyle. You really need to make a better effort to understand “us” new generation of campers.

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.

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.