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Doug Stemper
4 years ago

I read every week, and appreciate all the articles and sound advice. I can honestly say I have never watched ANY online videos over 2 minutes that I wasn’t looking for. The YouTube video on nitrogen vs. air is one of the best things I have watched. Logic prevails!

Also, I would have been satisfied if Mike Sokol simply stated his IBEW membership! Lol

Thanks for the wonderful articles!

Roger Bailey
4 years ago

I Think you and Gail will like Casa Grande, Az. when you get here,being half way between Phoenix and Tucson and plenty of things to do all around. It is great, been here 10 years. Fiesta Grande

Bob T
4 years ago

Chuck, firstly let me say that I enjoy reading your newsletter Saturday mornings. Thank you.
I do however have a question for you. Your electrical expert, Mr. Sokol, is touted as an expert but Can you please tell the readers what his qualifications are.
Electrical accidents can easily kill or maim so I would have a better comfort level taking his information as gospel if I knew his actual qualifications.
Thank you

Mike Sokol
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob T

Here you go… Well, I graduated with a mechanical engineering degree back in 1974, then studied electrical engineering at Cornell University while I began working as a EE at Corning Glass. At Corning I was a robotics control designer as well as industrial power engineer doing a lot of 3-phase power distro for the pant including troubleshooting electrical problems in a 1 million square foot building as well as training the electricians there. I got my Master Electricians license in 1978, then built nuclear guidance systems for a military contractor in the early 80’s, Had my own computer integration business for the next 10 years doing board-level diagnostics and repair. Then began teaching audio production techniques all around the country including private classes for Apple’s Core Audio group and Microsoft’s audio engineering group. Oh yes, I’ve been a musician since I could talk (my mom says I could play piano by the age of 2) and have presented over 1,000 seminars on large sound system design and operation all around the country, as well as written thousands of technology articles in dozens of pro-sound magazines for the last 30 years. I taught myself electricity starting when I was 10 years old, and by the age of 14 I had taken the US Navy’s course on tube theory that my Uncle gave me. If you Google – Mike Sokol Surround – you’ll see that I’ve been a guest professor teaching advanced audio production techniques at Peabody, Yale, Berkley, Tempe Conservatory and a hundred other Universities around the country. I currently design large power distribution systems for big sound systems, and have done this for shows up to and including the presidential elections in DC. Basically, everything I do professionally involves designing, building, troubleshooting, teaching about and operating electrical gear. Please be assured that I also have my articles vetted by my electrical engineering colleagues one of whom is a power substation designer.
Don’t worry, I take my job as a tech writer very seriously and double check everything before it’s posted.

4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

WOW! That’s one heck of a CV.
Thank you very much for the quick reply.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas! (Am I allowed to say that? ?)

Mari Harvey
4 years ago

We found the same issues at quite a few parks in Colorado. Realized we weren’t there to socialize or spend much time in the campground itself, we were there for the scenery and the other sites we saw so then it didn’t seem so bad. Sometimes the location to other things is worth it!!

Jim Leibold
4 years ago

Chuck – Make sure to dine at Dona Esthers!

4 years ago

RVPARKREVIEWS before you pick a campground. Research Thousand Trails parks – rustic but more space and more rural.

Brian Jensen
4 years ago

I think you need to get out of California. We have had really good luck at state and even some county parks. We even had free laundry facilities in a Louisiana State Park.

Jerry X Shea
4 years ago

Welcome to the real world of fulltiming Chuck. Entering our 11th years we have experienced great RV Parks, campgrounds and dry camping. We also stayed at many RV Parks from hell. Here are some tips.
1. When you check in, tell them you are a writer and need to be “way down at the end, far away from everyone.” That always helps.
2. Always ask for and “end spot.” That way you only get someone on one side of you.
3. Many times you will find a trashy park but just a few blocks (or a mile) away is a very clean nice park (no yearly parking). Go on line and check the reviews, they are most helpful.
4. As always, you get what you pay for, but not always top dollar. With Coast-to-Coast we pay $10 a night in nice $55 dollar a night parks. Right now we are at the Pechanga RV Park in Temecula, CA., a 10-10-10 Park. With Passport America we pay $27.50 a night from Monday-Thursday. Then $55 a night Friday-Sunday. That comes out to $37.85 a night for a week stay and we are here for 2 weeks.
Nice, spacious and clean parks are out there in every town. Just need to find them and be part of a discount program.

Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jerry X Shea

Great advice, Jerry! Thanks. — Chuck

john & lana
4 years ago

I, like you, like to camp near a town so I can check out all the interesting places in the town. Many Texas RV parks have more space between sites because land is not as expensive. We like to camp in Texas state parks as much as possible. I have been surprised that most KOA’s are pretty nice.

Ken Buck
4 years ago

“but the information is solid. The message: Putting nitrogen in your tires is a waste of money.”

If you’ve EVER read a nitrogen vs air discussion, you already know that the “smarter than you crowd” always point out that air is 78% nitrogen anyway. Are you REALLY saying putting nitrogen in your tires is a waste of money? It seems to me that putting 78% nitrogen into your tires is a good thing. Proper inflation and all that stuff. The alternative is pure oxygen? Can you imagine the explosion if you used pure oxygen in your tires?

So, your advice seems to be a waste of time. Put air or put high concentration nitrogen in your tires as you like. It can’t be a bigger waste of money than the Air Tabs you shill for, or any of the dozens of toilet chemicals, or the “heats the whole place” 800 watt electric heater. 800 watts of electric heat is 800 watts of heat. There is no magic heat increaser.

Dan Landis
4 years ago

As I read your article this morning, I couldn’t help but re-live our recent camping experience at the KOA in Kent, Wa.

We decided to buy a stick-built home when our long time rental home was sold. After we found a suitable deal and started the buying process, it became clear that we would have a period between leaving our rental and the closing date on our new home. So being that it was Summer and it was only going to be for several weeks, we went found space for our Keystone Travel Trailer in the nearby KOA in Kent.

What followed was a prolonged nine week saga of waiting for appraisal reports, documents and everything else that could go sideways. Every week that went by, that site seemed to become smaller and smaller, with a continual stream of giant RVs coming and going on both sides of us. I couldn’t deploy our awning. Our Slide-Outs seemed to be window to window with our neighbors. Sitting outside was a nightmare of sewer gases and diesel fumes. Our Cougar began to feel more like a cage than our treasured RV. Most of our time there was without cable and I had to piggyback power from the next site over because they were unable to find an electrician.

So as I read your article this morning, while sitting in the front room of our new home, I reminded myself of how important park selection has become. We are not boon dockers but I sure don’t want to go thru that again.

Safe Travels

Dan Landis