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Barbara Cunningham

The comments I have heard regarding opening new campgrounds in places we visit are that it has been tried in the past, and they are taken over by “full-timers” who live in their RV’s and work in the area (i.e. construction, oil field workers, people who can’t afford apartment rent). They turn into what amounts to trailer parks. There is no space available then for travelers and the tenants tend to not care very well for their site, thus running the place down. Better, more RV friendly, management would alleviate this, but they are reluctant to turn down regular income.

Jillie

I want to thank you for the Hearse RV. In Hell Michigan once a year they have a weekend were if you own a hearse or what ever you have done to a hearse the folks go there. I posted this to my FB page to see anyone from Hell is interested in this RV Hearse. We shall see who bites this one. Or if this one ends up in Hell. Hell I would buy if I had the money. Thanks for the chucles.

Phil B

I enjoy this newsletter and look forward to each Saturday’s issue. We’re relatively new to RVing, but having retired, expect to spend more time on the road. I am especially interested in exploring more boondocking options. But, almost everything I read has a Western bias. What about those of us east of the Mississippi? Clearly the wide open spaces of the Southwest afford more BLM and similar opportunities. Has anyone written about boondocking east of the Big Muddy? I’ve seen some information on National Forest land in Florida, but not much else. Just wondering. I’d love to see a series of articles on Eastern boondocking.

Lanny Collins

Chuck, why not strap a couple of solar panels on top of the car you tow behind, put some 6 volt batteries in the back with a charger/inverter and you could boondock more often. You would just need to fill up with water and pass by a dump station after several days. I built a solar generator that I carry on the back of my truck. My LQ horse trailer has an on-board generator for real hard times but it’s nice to connect to my solar generator and hear no noise. With the solar panels on the car you can move the car in the sun to charge the batteries and keep your rig under the shade. That was the reason I didn’t put the solar panels on my RV.

RICHARD KNUTH

I DO NOT LIKE TOWING ANYTHING, SO I DECIDED TO TAKE A COMMERCIAL DIESEL POWERED IH 4400 AND MAKE A SUPER “C”
MOTORHOME OUT OF THE BOX, MOVE THE AXLE AND BUILD A SMALL CAR GARAGE BEHIND THE REAR WHEELS SO WE WILL HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS I HOPE, WILL ROLL IT NEXT MONTH. IT DRIVE BETTER THAN MY NEW CAR SO I LOVE THE SUPER “C” RICHARD

Sherry

I made a mistake in a comment I wrote and can’t see any way to edit it. Is there?

Sherry

I’m a little confused by your post. My understanding is that “extra vehicle” means if someone else is staying at the same campsite with you and driving a second vehicle. Nowhere I’ve been have I heard of being charged for the vehicle you are towing or with which you are towing a trailer or 5th wheel. The rule has always been one or two vehicles allowed on each campsite (in my experience at no extra charge). My brother and I sometimes meet up and share a campsite. In that case, we’ll have two vehicles and an RV. We’ve never been charged for the second vehicle.

Has this actually happened to you and you got charged this way? What state was it? Could it be that you just read a fee schedule and misinterpreted the meaning? Either way, I suggest you clarify it with a human at the park because you may have been overpaying.

Bill

I just read the article about Melissa Dafnis. Have I been misinformed? I was under the impression that many states limited Trailers (5th Wheels) to a maximum length of 40 ft. and an overall length of 65 ft. If this is the case her trailer is over-length and with a dodge dually the overall limit will be most likely exceeded. Please comment.

Bonnie Bowers

What chaps my butt? Charging a huge price when you roll into a state park or lake campground and your not towing your vehicle. It’s a good price to camp, $15.00 . Continue reading. ….then it says $15.00 for extra vehicle. Since I don’t tow my truck in I get slammed for more. WHY? My truck isn’t camping and cooking hotdogs! I don’t get it. I always have room to park my vehicle in the same spot as my motor home too……it’s a rip off to us because we drive our vehicle!

rvgrandma

Even worse, cities are making it harder for RV parks. Many, including the one we live in, are wanting to limit and a neighboring one wants to close down the one they have. Face the facts cities – rv’ers bring in lots of money. Most people in our area live FT in the parks so we spend most of our money in the local stores, pay our share of local sales taxes, etc. Before my husband’s illness required we stop traveling, we would stay at Passport America parks because many of them were smaller out of the way parks or stay at parks out of the beaten path.

Wolfe

I can certainly see the downside of being “trapped” at camp with a (one piece) pusher without a towed runabout, but can you write more on why you chose a towed dinghy instead of a travel trailer or 5th wheel?

I currently run a 35′ TT myself, and driving the truck as dinghy has worked great for me. I can haul fresh/black water or fuel to service the mothership, and the covered bed is otherwise my toy garage. My 10-12mpg towing and 20-22 empty 2500 truck doesnt suggest a huge gas savings for pusher/towed car. The ability to wander the cabin while rolling doesn’t seem safe anyway… Is it really just a personal choice, or is there a benefit to a one-piece I am missing?

Eric Eltinge

Great articles, Chuck! After 2 years of owning a 2015 Winnebago ERA B-class motorhome, my wife still feels it would would be better to spend $50,000 on a Mercedes SUV and $50,000 at Hampton Inns. If your wife does not love camping, she is not going to love RVing.

john & lana Stahl

I agree with your editorial 100%. 52 to 48. That has been my experience also.

Bob H

First of all, this is not a complaint or in any way meant to criticize your writing. This is just FYI on the impact your articles have had on me.
My wife and I were occasional tent campers. Our dream for many years was to buy an RV and “see the country” after retirement. I retired early a few years ago and in March of 2016 took delivery of a 36′ Jayco Eagle 5th wheel. This puts us among the massive invasion of Baby Boomers into the RV world. I find that your articles about how difficult finding RV sites has become to be very discouraging. I know they are based on reality, and to “sugar coat” or hide the facts and create the illusion of a carefree, trouble-free lifestyle would be wrong and would really be a dis-service to your readership..
I feel bad about being “part of the problem” and your articles really have me doubting the wisdom of our decision to follow our lifelong dream of RV’ing the country. I think we’re going to continue for another year or two, but may just end up dropping out. If our reaction is typical, then I think the RV community will ultimately experience a significant pullback of participants, and find equilibrium with the number of available campsites.
I do Love your newsletter and look forward to it every week. As I wrote earlier….this is not a complaint just an acknowledgement of the depressing reality the situation represents.

Jeannie

The Sunset Point roadside rest area is nowhere near Mayer, AZ. It is on I-17 about 10 miles north of Black Canyon City at the top of a several mile long climb up a steep grade. The closest “town” is Bumble Bee, a handful of old ranch buildings located at the bottom of the canyon Sunset Point overlooks.

Mayer, AZ is on AZ 69, about 19 miles from Sunset Point.

George Daunis

Hey Chuck,
I feel the same as you. I had a truck camper and really enjoyed the ability to travel as you did in your Roadtrek. Now we have a 35′ pusher with a Chevy Trailblazer toad. I, like you, love, love having the car and not having to put everything away each day to explore.

Having thought about this for a while now, I decided the best way to solve this dilemma is to tow a campervan. Then you have the best of both worlds! I have not figured out exactly how to do it yet, but I will.

I did see a guy in the Escapes Park in Livingston a couple of months ago that had an old Bus who was hooking up a campervan to head out. I stopped and chatted for a few minutes and he told me had a driveshaft disconnect installed so he could tow it four down. He found a company in Denver that would guarantee the driveshaft disconnect would not have vibration issues and says it works great.

Since I saw this I am even more convinced this is the answer!

Now we just need the industry to start making flat towable overnighter toads that have a bed, bath and a small kitchen.

Sort of like a Mother ship and a smaller explorer pod! This Star Wars.

Love your newsletter… keep them coming.

George Daunis

Kenny Goss

I really enjoy reading your newsletter. Tons of great info.