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Roy Craddock
3 years ago

I was just reviewing my latest edition of RV Travel Newsletter and noticed the advertisement for Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector and the associated photo. The photo shows the filter directly connected to the “city water” connection on the RV. I would recommend that the pressure regulator be connected as the LAST connection to the “city water” on the RV. This then removes all of the pressure drops associated with the filter and its supply hose. This provides much better water pressure/flow at the various water taps in the RV.

Monty
3 years ago

I was in southern and central Indiana, yesterday, Nov. 17, and and the colors are gone. Leaves on the most part are gone, too.

Mari Harvey
3 years ago

The good thing about using laundry facilities….two weeks of laundry done in about 2 hours. At home, that would take me most of the day to do!!
Love your articles, keep them coming!!

AC7880
3 years ago

Would not be without our vented Splendide combo washer/dryer.

RAGftw
3 years ago

Chuck, we have a Splendide combo and the DW would not be without it. One time on the Alaskan Highway in Dawson Creek a sign in the laundry read, “If you are going to wash your horse blankets please select a second rinse.” Horse hair in my tighty whities is not something I look forward to! Small loads and wash often works for us.

MsM
3 years ago

We do not have a motorhome, just a trailer. But I urge everyone to spend the 9 minutes and watch the Driving during a Blowout video.. Very informative!!!

Buzzelectric
3 years ago

Chicken!

Bob Difley
3 years ago

“I am beginning to think of campgrounds as “cramped-grounds,” because they are often crowded even in the winter season.”
As a fulltime RVer for 17 years I can’t conceive of lasting that long if I hadn’t learned how to boondock efficiently. Living every night crowded into a full hook-up campground would have driven me to claustrophobic crankiness. I like space around me. Having no neighbors is perfect. Big sky. Distant mountain views. Desert expanse. Nested in a pine forest. Beside a mountain stream. Once I learned how to find these spots, how to extend my camping days without needing to dump, fill water, recharge batteries, etc., RVing became much more enjoyable. But I also stayed in hookup RV resorts (though only for a few days at most) and languishing in the hot tub, watching cable TV, enjoying the camaraderie of neighbors and the rec halls, and all the other activities that such resorts offer, it was back to the boonies or to forest service campgrounds with their wonderfully isolated campsites and nearby hiking trails (ever see an RV resort with an adjacent hiking trail?). But it takes more than a comment to explain the joy of boondocking. You’ve got to try it, and often enough to become efficient and comfortable. Just ask BoondockBob (that’s me). Happy travels, Chuck and Gail. I’m enjoying your commentaries and looking forward to more.

Lisa
3 years ago

Chuck, congratulations on going ” full time” on the road. My husband and I plan to enjoy the freedom of full time RV’ing later, but for now we enjoy weekends away. We currently live in the Phoenix area and wanted to offer you a “destination to visit” on your way through the southwest. Kartchner Caverns State Park offers a nice campground to stay in while visiting the most spectacular cave in the US and lots to see in the area for an extended visit. Enjoy !

Buzzelectric
3 years ago

BAD ROADS. I think the highway watch dog Trip is tripping out. It’s probably just one guy who doesn’t really know his facts. He does mention some municipalities that might have significant problems but it sounds like a total dis of California which isn’t true! He is from the Texas Beureu of Business. They are always spreading bad information to steal our businesses.

Buzzelectric
3 years ago

I am not happy about your comment about older RVs that junk up the campground. I drive a 1993 Fleetwood Bounder. I spent over $10K last year on updates and repairs. Your generalist comments and others have caused problems with rv park owners. Many of the park owners have banned units older than 10 years sight unseen. Maybe you and the rest of the snobs should only stay at the Super Parking lot rv parks. I hope you were just not paying attention to your comment when you wrote it?

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
3 years ago
Reply to  Buzzelectric

You really need to lighten up, Buzz Electric. With due respect, I am not a snob and you are way out of line calling me and others one. I was paying close attention to my comment. There are a lot of ugly, unkempt RVs in RV parks, period! Anyone can buy a junker for $3,000 these days and drive it to a campground and live in it. My comments were based on what I have observed in a lot of trashy RV parks with a lot of trashy RVs. I prefer to stay in a neat park, will well-kept RVs (and that has nothing to do with their age) rather than a dumpy place. Personally, I think its wrong that an RV park bans RVs older than 10 years as a general rule. The park I am in now says that they simply ask for a photo of older RVs, just to make sure they are not junkers. — Chuck, editor

BuzzElectric
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

I guess your right. They should ask for pictures of kids and dogs. If either one looks goofy or angry they should be left out also.?

Wyndy
3 years ago

Chuck, you mentioned you dingy being a Honda Fit. We have a 2016 Fit that is automatic. Is yours manual or auto, do you tow it 4 down or on a tow dolly. Love your newsletter. Thanks

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
3 years ago
Reply to  Wyndy

Ours is a five speed with manual transmission, which tows just fine four wheels down. You’d probably need a tow dolly with yours.

Milton W.
3 years ago

Every one I talked to said that the stacked units were a lot better than the combos. You can have a load in the washer and the dryer at the same time. I have the ARISTO units and they work great.

Lee Ensminger
3 years ago

Chuck, best of luck as you hit the road full-time. On the subject of washer/dryers, we have a Splendide combo unit that is going strong in its 12th year. We detest most public laundry facilities, but even with the nice ones, there’s still the dragging the clothes to and from, plus the high cost of coin laundry these days. We also mostly air dry by hanging clothing about the motorhome. Towels and sheets do get a dry cycle. We find it so much more convenient to do it “in-house.”

Also, completely agree with you on the stupid placement of many RV televisions. If you have to turn your head 90º or look up at the ceiling [or both], it becomes obvious that sometimes units are designed by people who have never used them.

Tren
3 years ago

Hi Chuck, We full-time in a 2008 40′ Tiffin Phaeton with stacked washer and dryer. There is NO way I could go without them! Before the Phaeton, we had a 2014 Thor Outlaw with no washer/dryer at all and I found myself bringing 10 washer loads at a time to the coin laundries which were between 1.25 and 2.00 per load and using all of the machines at once. It took $20+ to get everything washed. I would go at 10:30 at night when no one else would be there. As soon as we got the Phaeton, life became easier and more free. I can now put a load in and forget it until it’s time to put it into the dryer. Yes, it takes a long time to dry, but who cares? I’m not sitting there watching it! It can take as long as it wants. I save LOTS of money and time by having the washer and dryer in the rig with us. I love it. As I tell my husband all the time, I wouldn’t be full-timing without this washer and dryer! They are my favorite appliances.

Herb Brumbach
3 years ago

You will get use to the larger RV. We went from owning a home to a 35″ class A Motorhome and have driven it in all kinds of conditions including to Alaska. A year after being on the road my wife took an RV driving course which I was included in. That gave her much more confidence and I picked up some pointers as well. We took the course in Branson over all the hills and tight turns. she even had to drive with the car attached through Branson. Like I say you will get use to it. And not all parks are crowded and full of old rundown rigs. Just have fun. I know you will.

Jeanne
3 years ago

For when you can’t get to the laundry mat, you could always make a hand washer. You need a large bucket (preferably with a lid), and a plunger. Cut a hole the lid, insert plunger handle thru the hole. Cut holes in the plunger. Throw clothes,water, and soap in bucket. Pull up and down on plunger (acts like agitator). Clothes washed! No electricity. (Ringing out is a bit of a pain. )

Richard Davidson
3 years ago

Hey Chuck,
We have had a combo washer dryer since we bought our MH 12 years ago. It came with it and I have fixed the old one twice and after I could no longer get parts I replaced it with a new one. The wife would not go without it. We do small loads every other day or so.

Keith Krejci
3 years ago

I think most of the negative comments about a combo W/D are because of expectations. If you expect it to work like your household unit, you will be disappointed. We’ve been full timing for almost twelve years and have used a Splendide vented model with great success. The key is to know how much you can wash, and even more important, dry, and to do loads every day if necessary to keep the laundry from building up. There are lots of hints on how to reduce or eliminate wrinkles on the Splendide website. Also, Chuck, we try and avoid interstate highways with our 40′ pusher, and have become very comfortable driving secondary roads. The scenery is better, the small towns are interesting, and the local dining opportunities many. One item that may help is to buy a trucker’s atlas; it will show all the secondary roads suitable for a tractor trailer and will eliminate the fear of ending up on a side road. Also, I use Google Earth to preview roads if I’m concerned. Give it a try, the interestates are boooring!

Susan C
3 years ago

We have been full timing for 10 years and have had a washer/dryer combo for all that time. I love it and I’ve never used any other machines. Most clothing I hang up outside or in the shower to dry, otherwise I just put in small loads and they dry just fine. Doing multiple small loads is not a problem when you can just put it in and go out for the day, coming back to dry laundry.