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Al Florida
3 years ago

Re- the big Host truck camper…. You might add some words about “what truck are you going to load this thing on?”

I added us some of the weights, starting with full fresh water tank at 500 pounds, about half full gray & black tanks, food, clothes, tools, two passengers at about 350 pounds and came up with a conservative total weight of 5050 pounds gross weight while driving. I could easily see having more weight than that. You might have to have a F550 truck to carry this thing.

Greg
3 years ago
Reply to  Al Florida

Actually my 2015 Silverado 3500 HD has a payload rating of just over 7000 pounds. Well within the limits to haul this truck camper.

Denny wagaman
3 years ago

Darn automatic spell check!

Denny Wagaman
3 years ago

Well I dislike the word camping when someone is talking about RVing. . I enjoy my creature comforts at home and also on the road. Okay I like RV’er better. We have all the creature comforts at home and prefer to take it with us on the road which is 6 sometimes 7 months. Now I have a birtch not about you or the magazine but about the width of spaces in (pardon me) camp grounds?. With slide outs being dominate in today’s world it makes it worse. Then add your awning then when parks allow you to Edith back in like trailers and MH’s can pull straight in then the two outdoor living areas are next to one another. We try to avoid narrow width lots. Parks are old and it’s costly to upgrade and hen charge more. Speaking about overnight stays and the cost is $30-$45 for one night. Staying in Walmart parking lots works well. We are members of Passport and use those CG’s as much as possible. we have paid $12 -$20 a night now that’s awesome. We travel from WA state to the south east and Florida almost every year and the CG’s that belong to it seem to be increasing.
Anyway keep up the good work but smile more in your writing. I’m with you on the quality of today’s RV’S. We are on our fourth MH and my 2000 Executive was trouble free. 2005 Beaver almost as good. 2011 Camelot pretty good BUT no like my Executive. Should have purchased a used Provos and keep it.

Denny wagaman
3 years ago
Reply to  Denny Wagaman

Sleek Provost wrong sorry!

Darrel
3 years ago

When I was a teenager I camped with a sleeping bag on a tarp in the deep woods, no tent. Later I car camped and motorcycle camped with a tent in developed campgrounds.

After my wife and I retired and decided to full time, we do not camp. We LIVE in our house on wheels. Mountains, seashore, woods. We RV. We LIVE. We do not camp. If you want to camp buy a backpack, a two an tent, and a sleeping bag and go for it.

Don’t smoke me out with your campfire, and don’t blast me out with your outdoor TV and radio and we’ll be fine.

Charmayne Robertson
3 years ago

I’m sad with your editorial this week. We enjoy all the extras of our fifth wheel but we still consider it camping. We enjoy cooking over the open fire compared to stove, oven,microwave inside. We have TV outside which we watch because we can and careful to keep the volume down so that neighbors are not annoyed although some of them you never see because they might be inside their 5 tho or motor home. We enjoy sitting around the fire visiting with our neighbors. So just so we have the convenience of home in our 5th we still consider ourselves campers. I don’t think I’ve seen many pictures of you cooking or sitting around a campfire. And many times you always talk about places you have eaten out. So perhaps you should not be so judgmental as to who is a camper and who is not just because they enjoy a comfortable camping unit.

LMS
3 years ago

“Perhaps it’s time to do away with the word “camping” in reference to what many of us do with our comfy, modern recreational vehicles.”

My husband & I started “tent camping” back in 1979 (we met in a Florida State Park). We upgraded to a hardsided popup camper around 1981. In 2005 we bought a vintage Class C. In 2010, we moved into a school bus that we were converting. We lived full time in the popup, Class C and bus. I remember when you were “camping, no matter where you are and no matter what you were in. Not only has terminology changed but the people who are in the campgrounds and RV parks have changed as well. And not for the better. Too many “class” distinctions abound and I do not think it is a good thing. Congratulations for keeping up with the rather annoying trend. The “RVing” people have caused me to decide I do not want to be one of you with you little petty prejudices. I no longer “boondock” (and I’m not sure what that word even means anymore). Plus I have been told several times that I am not an “RVer” or a “fulltime RVer”. All because I do not fit the uber narrow definition of whoever is espousing it at the time. So I now tell people I am an RVDer (Residential Vehicle Dweller) and sometimes I “freedom park” (park overnight anywhere that I’m allowed, self-contained). And I “camp” when I have hookups (either full or limited), in a designated overnighting area, with designated parking for my Residential Vehicle.

Steve Sims
3 years ago

Hey, Chuck & crew!

I really like the newsletter and it’s been very helpful to me as I am new to RV’ing.

I have a suggestion, though, that would help readers enjoy it more.

Above you say things like, “Check out the floor plan…” and then accompany that with a postage stamp sized picture that is virtually indecipherable.

Take a tip from the likes of any Wikipedia article: Include the “thumbnail” photo, but allow a reader to click on it to show a full-sized image.

This affects nearly all of the articles accompanied by illustrations and prevents readers from fully enjoying things like the “This Old Trailer” feature.

Thanks for the great content! Keep it coming!

Chuck Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve Sims

Yes, a good reminder for me. Thanks, Steve.

BobG
3 years ago

Maybe it’s just me, but the routine negative tenor of your editorial is a bit tiring. Please consider an occasional upbeat topic. Great newsletter tho

Chuck Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  BobG

Bob, I am not a cheerleader for the RV industry, where I see a lot of bad stuff going on these days. I have been writing this weekly newsletter for more than 16 years and have probably written far more “cheery” editorials than those with a “negative tenor. ” I am sure you are not alone in your observation, but I can’t please everybody. You come sit in my chair for a few days and read my emails from RVers who got burned with a crappy RV or couldn’t get service on it after they bought it. The guy parked close to me where I am now has a five-year-old fifth wheel with five slides. He has had to replace the motors in those slides ten times! And, sadly, like many other RVers, he has a 20 year loan, and even if he wanted to sell his RV today, he couldn’t sell it for enough to pay off his loan without hitting his savings account. People write me all the time when they realize they are $20,000, even $50,000 upside down on an RV loan. The more people I can educate to help them avoid things like this, the better. If you want to read “cheery” stuff, read the RV printed magazines, where it’s all fluff to please advertisers. Bob, I know where you are coming from, and I appreciate your comment, it’s just that right now I’m a bit angry at the industry and far more interested in educating RVers than pleasing industry bigwigs. I’d stop this newsletter in a minute if I had to just write fluff to please advertisers and industry people, who right now are beyond happy with record sales, even if the quality of many of those RVs is questionable.

Wolfe
3 years ago

Re: the three essential testers, does Mike or other RV Travel staff have statistics (even educated guesses) on how often hot-skin wiring is actually occurring? How bout the harder to detect Reverse Polarity Bootleg Ground?

Mike Sokol
3 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Sounds like a great question for my next Q&A column in two weeks. Watch for it then…

Nancy Hamrick
3 years ago

Mr. Woodbury,
Cannot tell you how much I appreciated your comments in today’s newsletter. As an “old” tent camper, I am wondering how RV’ing ever came to be called camping. My tent camping buddies, in reference to this matter, have just ordered T-shirts with the logo “Camping is for tents.” Not to be confrontive, but we are frustrated with recent experiences parked next to RV’s with outdoor TV’s and other technology. Perhaps the parks might look at this issue and come up with different solutions. I know it is impossible to please everyone, but what do you think? There are good and fun folks on both sides of this issue.
Thanks for the gaffer tape referral. It was a fun and educational experience.

Chuck Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  Nancy Hamrick

Hi Nancy, I am not a fan of outdoor TVs. They are fine for tailgating, but they are annoying in campgrounds where your neighbor 15 feet away decides to watch a movie. Outdoor TVs, considering how closely packed RVs are these days in “cramped-grounds” are just another example of the “bling” that RV makers think is cool. Most of them, of course, have never spent a night in a campground, so what do they know? — Chuck

Lyn
3 years ago

Is anyone having trouble getting to the contest page? I typed in
the correct address and it didn’t show up at all. It took me to a
gmail page.

Rodger
3 years ago

Chuck
In your travels, have you ever passed by Tecopa Hot Springs, Ca, just west of Pahrump, Nv? We have been coming here for years. It is a spot that has a lot of history and Oh Yes the baths! Check it out

Dick
3 years ago
Reply to  Rodger

+ 1

I too have been coming here for years and enjoy it every time.

Dick K and Sandy S
3 years ago

Camping is not what most RV’ers do unless it is in a tent or pop up. Camping is the 12 foot umbrella tent we started out with in the 1960’s. What most RV’ers do, is now called GLAMPING or Glorified Camping. Yes there are different classes of Glamping and there is Dry Glamping also. We call it Dry Camping but unless you are in a tent or a teardrop or a pop up, you are still Dry Glamping. There are some that still call Motor Homes as Campers. Our coach is 40 foot and has every convenience that is in our stick home. It is not a Motor Camper, it is a Motor Home and we are proud Glampers.

David Lee
3 years ago

Chuck, why does an RVer need to be a camper? I bought my DRV Suites 5th wheel because I wanted all the comforts of home; as it is my home. It gives me the freedom to go wherever I want, whenever I want. We’ve been fulltime for two years now and have yet to build a campfire to sit around. I didn’t do that when I had a house, either. I do enjoy your newsletter; thanks for providing it every Saturday.

Skip
3 years ago

I read your news letter on an iPad .The sales banner for new and used r RV’s at the bottom of the screen is very distracting., and there is no way to get rid of it. If it’s a revenue generating ad understand , but it’s still very distracting.

Thanks
Skip

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

Skip, I thought we had this problem taken care of. Apparently not. I have tried something to fix it. Let me know if you still have the problem. Hopefully the annoying blue bar is gone.

Chuck

Dave Graham
3 years ago

We used to tent camp as a young family. Now we are in our late 60’s and we still enjoy the outdoors with the fire pit and outdoor cooking and nature hikes. We have a 35′ fifth wheel and yes it has all of the modern conveniences but we still go out into the forest and CAMP OUT. And no we don’t have a washer and dryer. Yes we still camp out, just with a little more BLING that we used too. Now we can get DOWN out of bed instead of UP out of bed. LOL

Don
3 years ago

The Blue Bar S back!, please get rid of it –it is so annoying I do not want to read the letter.

Admin
Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
3 years ago
Reply to  Don

Don, I think we fixed it. Let me know if you see it again. Yes, very annoying, not worth the income because of that.

Chuck

Randy Beckman
3 years ago

My free Gaffer roll of tape arrived in the mail Thursday. I haven’t used any of it yet, but I know I won’t be buying any of it at around $12 a roll for 3/8 of an inch of tape on the roll, where other brands have over an inch thickness on each roll for less money.

Admin
Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
3 years ago
Reply to  Randy Beckman

Randy, that was the sample roll price. If you order on Amazon.com or directly from the company you will find you get much more tape for a competitive price.

Don magel
3 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

damn, bitch about a free lunch and then go back for seconds!
Thanks Gaffer. I’ll use it as needed.

Richard Smith
3 years ago

My camping days started with a large wall tent followed with a pop-up camper and ended with renting a couple of small class C’s in Alaska. Once I moved up to a 40 foot Monaco Windsor diesel pusher that became my home. No more camping just enjoying life and having a home on wheels.

Cathy Arensdorf
3 years ago

We are having a problem with our Forest River fifth wheel and would love our opinion. It’s out of warranty. But this is a huge manufacturing mistake. Who should we contact?
Cathy