1. Hello, looks like it happened again !!!!
    No link !!!

    Well, the good news, the deal is back, and you won’t get an “out of stock message” this time. The company apologized repeatedly to me about causing so much frustration and even anger in some cases. It disheartened me that many readers unsubscribed to this newsletter without even giving me a chance to explain the honest mistake.

    So, please click here (OFFER NOW EXPIRED) to claim your roll of Gaffer Tape (the roll is 2 inches wide by 10 yards long).


    I apologize for the mess up last week. And I thank the people at Gaffer Power for being so eager to make things right.

    • Red, the offer expired Sunday at Midnight. We say this very clearly in the newsletter. Sorry you missed out. — Chuck

  2. Your video on using 30 amp circuits was informative.

    We have a 2000 Winnebago 35B that only has a 30 amp service. Can you address the RV that uses 30 amp but plugs into a 50amp hookup using an adapter?

    • 50 amps means that the service can provide up to 50 amps of power. If you have an RV rated at only 30 amps, it means you can run everthing in your RV and not pop the circuit breaker (on the supply). On the other hand, if your 30 amp RV is plugged into a 15 amp circuit. and you power up your AC and frig, you’ll pop the circuit breaker.

  3. Missed you at the Escapees Happy Hour in Quartzsite. We’re now in Tucson and will attend the “Escapade” in mid-March. Any chance of getting your Tucson friends together for a Happy Hour before you leave the area? Take care . . .

  4. Hi Chuck, I see you are in Arizona until March. If not, You should read up on it. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/valley-fever/basics/symptoms/con-20027390

    RVers need to be aware of the symptoms and what tests to get so some uneducated doctor doesn’t give them med’s to make it worse. I.e. Antibiotics

    4 months ago they told me I had lung cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes, after many expensive tests and much worry I found I had valley fever and the associated lung nodules. A simple blood test could have saved time, money, and emotional distress.

    If you are interested in writing an article to raise awareness, I’m happy to help.

    • Sorry chuck not sure what happened to a sentence in my post. I see you you are in Arizona , have you ever heard of Valley Fever?

  5. I placed my order last week on Saturday morning for the tape early before they ran out, it was on my doorstep on Monday. Good service and glad they stepped up

    • Thank you for letting us know, Phil. Gaffer Power is working very hard to “make things right.” We’re sure the overwhelming response has been many times greater than they had ever imagined (and surprised us, too)! Great people at Gaffer Power! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

  6. Thanks Chuck and Gaffer Power, my order for the free roll of tape went though this week.
    Great information, look forward to your newsletter every week. While you are in Tuscan, take some time to visit the Pima Air & Space Museum. I passed though Tuscan last October on the way from CA to TX with my motor home. Lots of RV parking.

    • Something is still amiss…I ordered a roll and will not accept the discount code “GAFFRV”. Oh well, it was only a free gift anyway. Happy Camping,


  7. I didn’t know there was a problem with the Gaffer tape offer- I just thought I got to it too late to get one. Worked great today. Thank you. It’ll take far more than that to make me unsubscribe from this newsletter- I learn a lot from it.

  8. today I tried to get one of the free rolls of tape offered by one of your contacts, I also tried to read other items on your page and all come back as harmful web sites. what kind of people do you deal with?

      • It happens regularly with the Safari web browser (Mac users) when following links from rvtravel.com. There is a security setting that warns “too many re-directs” and it won’t open the target site. On your site, it is usually the result of linking to a site that was linked to a site that was linked to the original. You can avoid it by linking to the original instead of linking to the referral.

  9. Eegads! It’s a free offer for God’s sake! I’ll say this for your staff ’cause they’re too polite: ” If you can’t figure out how to order it, then shut up. “

    • Thanks, Dave. Huge thanks to Gaffer Power for making this very generous offer for our RV Travel readers, and for following through on their original offer last week. As mentioned, they underestimated our readership and the response they would get, so kudos to Gaffer Power to making it “right.” Great people, great company, great products and great service! What more could you ask for? Oh, yeah. And great prices, too! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

  10. I must have missed your news letter last week and this week I saw the post on free tape. I clicked on the point to get my free tape and my computer blocked the site as a damaging site. me thiks something is strange going on here.

    • Hi, Pius — With thousands of free rolls of gaffer tape being given away by Gaffer Power through their extremely generous offer to the readers of RV Travel, I believe this is the first complaint of this sort which we have received. You must have very strict security features in place on your computer. We can assure you that the site for the free tape is not a “damaging site.” But thank you for trying to order the free roll, anyway. It’s up to you if you want to “override” the warning, but I’ve noticed that some anti-spyware, etc., programs are sometimes “overzealous” in their warnings. —Diane at RVtravel.com

    • Pius, we can only guess that maybe the page where we sent readers at Gaffer Tape got “hit” so often and so heavy this morning that a “danger” trigger went off, prompting the message. There is nothing unsafe with the website.

  11. Hi Chuck,
    We seemed to be reading, and hearing about all of the negative aspects of RV manufacturers and dealerships which to be quite honest must put a lot of RV’rs off RV’ing at all.
    Admitted, most of the negative claims are too unfortunately true.
    To your knowledge, are there any good or honest RV manufacturers or even dealerships out there?
    Must admit, it is a case of “buyer beware as I’m sure most of us have had bad experiences with dealerships and/or manufacturers but it would be good if we could “sing the praises” of some of the decent ones.

  12. Rich, nice touch making it right with the grip tape people. Always wondered seeing those guys zip some coiled electrical line together with tape. Until I read about gripper tape on herre, I had no idea that the product, with its unique properties existed. Thanks again. Oh, to those over amping, all is well, there is a new leader in place. MAGA

  13. The article about having the proper drivers license was important but it should have had an example. My neighbor thought he was licensed correctly because he is under 42 feet but but South Dakota uses weight not length and 26,000 pounds is the limit using a regular drivers license. Almost all diesel pusher motor homes are over that weight. I also assume that some large fifth wheel trailers are over the 10,000 pounds allowed on a regular license. There is also a special test you must take is you have air brakes. This info from SD website. https://dps.sd.gov/licensing/driver_licensing/basic_licensing_info.aspx#types

  14. Question: We go camping in the northwest, we like to hear news and /or music and weather on the radio. We have tried 2 emergency am/fm /weather band radios and their reception was poor to no none. we tried a couple of regular am/fm radios and their reception was poor too. If I go to my tow vehicle and turn on the radio I get reasonably good reception. I don’t understand. My camper is a Scamp fiberglass RV so large amounts of metal are not the issue.

    • Metal can be a good thing. It provides a ground plane for your antenna. That’s definitely important for transmitting; not sure if it plays as much a role in receiving. But if it does, it could explain the tow vehicle/trailer differences.

  15. A comment about the upcoming solar eclipse in August for the state parks in Tennessee. They are adding an extra charge of $75 to your camping fees if you camp in one of the state parks during August 21st, 2017. It was on the locale Nashville TV news is how I found out. February 20th, 2017 is the earliest date to reserve a campground site for a Corp of engineers campground and no extra charge.

  16. Just ordered our tape to give it a try. Sorry that some people flip out for something so innocuous as a roll of tape. Life is too short. I tried last week, didn’t work & smiled thinking they had no idea how many readers you had :-). Pleasantly surprised to see it was all worked out and back on this week. So thanks. THe readers that unsubscribed….their loss for losing out on your website & a roll of tape!

  17. Some people will get upset over any thing, i read this as a good thing for the co. to do for a few people, be first to get in line, but if you are too late then so be it, they can’i do this for ever. I feel sorry for the people @ gaffer tape co. trying to do A good thing, who won the election???

  18. “..many readers unsubscribed to this newsletter..” because of no free tape!!!! They are also no doubt the same ones who have never sent in any $ as a voluntary subscription to help keep this great newsletter going. S*#t happens and most times it’s a misunderstanding, like last week. I do a lot on ebay and have never received nor left Negative feedback, simply because issues can be worked through. You done good Chuck as did Gaffer in stepping up to the plate to make things right..

  19. Chuck; No apology necessary. It’s just a roll of tape. If a missed roll of tape causes people to unsubscribe to your great newsletter, they probably don’t appreciate it anyway. We live in Flagstaff, Az. in Northern Arizona with pine trees and snow. Look forward to your newsletter every week. Thanks Dave Graham

  20. Hey – thanks for excluding Canada again. We really appreciate that up here!

    “free postage, no strings attached”… unless you’re Canadian.

    • Jamie, I apologize. 95% of our readers are in the USA. I wish I could make offer available to Canadians. FYI, when we had our bookstore and shipped products, your Customs made it a big hassle. But, anyway, in this case, the offer was only made to USA readers by the people who were GIVING AWAY the product and it was not our decision. They were very generous to make the offer — good people.

      • like Jamie,Iam also that 5 percent group,too bad Customs made a big hassle,American customs have been polite and helpful to me as a Canadian,its seems to come down to the darn dollar…..

  21. Chuck, I apologize for not getting in a flap over the free roll of tape last week. I didn’t realize it was such a big deal. In the future I suppose I should pay more attention to these things. Or, Perhaps not, I’ll just try and take out my anger going fishing or playing golf. Sure must be good tape to exude all that anger…..

  22. Hopefully Gaffer Tape is better than their customer service. Last week I tried your “free” offer only to get an out of stock. This week I tried again an they charged my PayPal account $12.88. So far I’m not impressed with customer service. I’ll be sure to tell my friends.

    • Andy, you didn’t follow directions: You needed to enter the coupon code, which we posted in the newsletter and was posted again on the page where you ordered. The Gaffer Power customer service is outstanding. So go and tell your friends how “bad” they are.

      • No need to yell here, JERE. (That’s what all caps means, in case you didn’t realize it.) It was just an oversight on Andy’s part, we’re sure. But thank you for standing up for Gaffer Power. We hope you enjoy and get lots of use out of your free gaffer tape from Gaffer Power. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

  23. I have been looking for a dual wireless back up system for a while and have settled on a Tadi Brothers product. I notice you have an ad about “Tuson launches RF Wireless Camera System”. I tried for a while, to obtain a price on this system but couldn’t find a link. I even went about trying to buy a system but was unable to. Terribly designed website!

  24. Chuck, while in Tucson be sure to dine at Lil’ Abners. When I was there maybe 20 years ago they only had two things on the menu. A 1 kb T-bone steak, or a 2-lb T-bone steak., with or without beans. Weather permitting it was cooked outside on a mesquite fired grill. Very tasty.

  25. The Gaffer Power folks are great. Although I was one of those who got the “out of stock” message, Customer Care rep Lorena made sure I understood that it was a temporary situation and that the company would make good on their offer of a free roll. Indeed they did, and they expedited it and followed up to make sure I got it and was satisfied. I will buy their product whenever I need heavy-duty tape. My thanks to Lorena and Marty.

  26. Folks need to take a chill pill! To get upset over not getting a free roll of tape is ridiculous. I think everyone is still upset about the election. At least it seems that way in my neck of the woods. Not my problem, not my stress is my mantra. Chuck if you get back to NH I hope you can stop on by. We will have a glass of wine by the river and watch the tide come in. It does that twice a day! Amazing!

  27. Wow, do people really need a free roll of duct tape that bad….to be so disappointed as to cancel the subscription…I can’t believe it


  28. Hi Chujck- I successfully ordered a roll of Gaffer tape today. Just want to thank you for the newsletter, which I have been reading for years. BTW, we live on Whidbey Island and are in Tucson this winter (Desert Trails RV Park), so I feel we are kinda-sorta neighbors.
    Maybe we’ll see you in Tucson!

  29. Just a few suggestions: As you head east, in the Erie, PA area there a ton of things to do and places to visit. I will be a workkamper at the Westfield/Lake Erie KOA in Westfield, NY for my second summer and would love to meet you and your lovely wife Gail. Here is a partial list of things to do and see:
    Erie, PA Commodore Perry’s two-masted flagship, US Brig Niagara
    Lake Erie, a few of professional fishing guides stay at our campground
    Niagara Falls
    Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY (only one of its kind in the world)
    Jamestown, NY hometown of Lucille Ball
    Kinzua Lake (largest inland lake in PA) with EXCELLENT fishing
    Bradford, PA home of Zippo
    PA Grand Canyon (sometimes called GOD’s pillow)
    and a must visit – United Flight 93 Memorial in Stoystown, PA and right on your way to the RV show.

    Of course all these places have their own websites. Hope to finally meet you and your lovely wife Gail.
    Jim Wright

    • While their go see the wild (tame) Elk heard at Benezette. I have gotten within 25 yards of them. BEAUTIFUL animals.

  30. Sorry Chuck but I still feel a bit ripped off.
    Just because I am in Canada right now, I can’t take advantage of this offer. If I was in the US which I will be in 6 weeks, I could have sent to the park but as of right now, I am S**T out of luck.

  31. Hi Chuck, I was one of the folks to receive their free sample of gaff tape. Thanks you! Sorry there are some RV folks that just don’t fit in. Love your articles and RVtravel.com. keep up the good work!

  32. I tried the propane tank requalified web site. Used 3 different zip codes and each time sent me to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Guess the zip code thing is out of order.

  33. about “A “man cave” for your RV?” this is an interesting storage lot concept . However, we have had the same features available in the garage attached to our home at the Great Outdoors (https://www.tgoresort.com) in Titusville, Florida.

  34. Thanks for following up on the offer for the free roll of Gaffer’s tape. I was one of those that got the “Out of Stock” response. Successfully ordered a roll this week.

  35. Really Chuck!,
    Some people unsubscribed and gave you crap about a roll of duct tape? Unbelievable.
    For all the wonderful articles you put together and the time and effort you spend on these newsletters you would think that people would be more considerate over a problem with a roll of duct tape….should of told them ” they can go stick it!” 🙂
    Keep up the great work

    • HERE, HERE.
      Well said. Some people are just ignorant.
      It being an advertisement to begin with and the News Letter or its people have no control over.
      That’s akin to cancelling your local news paper subscription because the local store ran out of Goofy Beads that they advertised.
      Thank You for a Great news letter, I look forward to reading it every Saturday since I can’t get around anymore.

    • Hi, Leo. Thank you for calling these shows to our attention. We apologize for the unintentional oversight. I have added the two current/upcoming shows to our list. I did notice that the last two shows listed at the link you included were for 2016, so didn’t add those, of course. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

      • Chuck, while in Tucson if you can get aboard the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base visit the “Boneyard”. It contains all type of obsolete aircraft and is very interesting to see.

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