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Donald Fredericks
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Donald Fredericks

I cannot agree more about your comments about Marcus and his Camping World/Good Sam Club. However his reach under the use of Good Sam name goes much farther than just these two companies. Everything which is Vetted and sold to Good Sam members is controlled by him for his profit. I offer this article about his National General Insurance company actions: RV insurance? Now that is something we all need but how much do we really know about what coverage benefits we really need? Not to mention what company really stands behind their side of the contract when we file… Read more »

Steven Scheinin
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Steven Scheinin

Your crying doesn’t reflect your own poll which shows 78% say the workmanship on their RV is excellent/good, with only 21% saying poor/terrible. It is getting to be tiring.

Chuck Woodbury
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Steve, Would you buy a car is there was 21 percent chance it has serious problems? Would you hop on a new Boeing 737 if it had a one in five chance of being poorly built? Would you order a McDonald’s hamburger if it had a one in five chance of tasting disgusting or even making you sick? 78% is unacceptable! Please talk to those folks who bought a defective RV and tell them that 78% is good enough.

Guy sparrow
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Guy sparrow

The best advice I ever got was . Buy the best quality rig you can afford and don’t worry about what year it is

Harlan Steinle
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Harlan Steinle

Circus Circus-I’m currently staying @ Circus Circus and want to warn anyone considering to stay here that this is NOT the quality of place that it was when under KOA. It is run down, overpriced, and theft of personal items is prevalent. Last night my neighbor had a very expensive bike taken (chains & cables were cut). Several other bikes have been taken as evidenced by RV reviews made in RV Park Reviews. trash everywhere. Wi fi is a joke. Even though they say the rate is comparable to the ‘hotel’ rate, we found you could get a room for… Read more »

TechiePhil
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TechiePhil

Website issues. Does anyone review the newsletter on on iPad. Increasingly, large blocks of text are covered by ads or other graphic blocks.

Thanks.

Jillie
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Jillie

If anyone wants a great laugh. Jeff Daniels did a short on RV. He calls it Recreational Vehicle. A 13 minute short. I was in stitches because I can relate. I will post the url here. Not sure if it will work or not. Scroll down to find it. Enjoy.
https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/events/jeff-daniels-returns-to-the-michigan-in-november-we-picked-our-favorite-songs-for-the-occassion?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Entertainment%202017-10-19&utm_term=wdiv_entertainment

Jason Laber
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Jason Laber

Chuck, I was encouraged by my Uncle to send an email to you about our recent Thor RV purchase gone bad…… My wife and I purchased a new 2017 Thor Miramar 34.3 bunkhouse, a dream RV that we hoped could be enjoyed by the entire family while our kids our still young enough to enjoy. This was our third RV (we previously owned a 2001 Coachman class A and a 2011 Winnebego class C). We immediately found that the RV had serious QC issues on our day of purchase (screws lying around, fuses missing, brake lights inop and even the… Read more »

DAVE TELENKO
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DAVE TELENKO

Thanks soooo much, my wife & I have had the same type of horror story with our 2017 Forest River 34QS. Its had almost 4 months of non use out of the 10 months if & there’s no light at the end of the runnel. Like most RV’s we thought we were buying a quality unit, so sad that the RV industry is getting away with it. I’m fighting back & letting them know we are fed up with their lack of concern, hey this was supposed to be our life long dream, not a night mare!
Dave

jane shure
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jane shure

Circus campground is not a very cheap place to stay. When it was a KOA campground I found that some hotels rooms were cheaper to stay at and I see the prices now are no better. I would recommend Sam’s town or Boulder station instead.

Eric Eltinge
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Eric Eltinge

Just wish stations would prominently post which lanes have diesel. Usually outside, but not always. Looking for green or yellow handles while constantly circling in a motorhome is ridiculous.

Darrel
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Darrel

“I find myself the lone voice in the industry talking about RV quality ”

RV Consumer Group has been involved in RV Quality for AT LEAST 3 decades. You are NOT the “lone voice”.

Chuck Woodbury
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Darrel, I have heard both good and bad things about them. They are not journalists. With a small staff, they say they can evaluate which RVs are good and which are bad, like Consumer Reports, which I do not believe is possible. Unlike Consumer Reports they do not publish their findings for the price of a modest, annual subscription. Instead, they charge for them, and they are not cheap. In the several decades I have written about RVing, they have done little for RVers beyond selling them their reports, at least what I have observed. The front page of the… Read more »

Jim Krauciunas
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Jim Krauciunas

I also feel that I have a lone voice on the problems associated with my Winnebago. If it wasn’t for this site where I can express my issues, I would must likely just implode. After dealing with the better business bureau, their reply was “we only mediate”, and Winnebago’s answer to them that it is only an inconvenience that the items no longer work, seems to be OK, so they still give them a A+ rating! Attorney General’s office told me that they can only forward my letter to them. The NHTSA just thanked me for letting them know. As… Read more »

John Hiler
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John Hiler

We are on our third Lance pull trailer and will soon probably buy our 4th. Expensive but we don’t have the cheap problems. It all depends on what you want to pay for. Junk is still junk even when it’s expensive. Our Lance fits our needs – comfortable and if I really find the need for a fireplace it won’t be fake – we’ll light ours at our mountain place. We pack light, eat light and enjoy the outdoors so the AC never goes on. If we really need a piece of clothing we go to a re-cycle store and… Read more »

Dave Graham, Flagstaff, Az
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Dave Graham, Flagstaff, Az

Chuck;
I have a 2015 Keystone Montana High Country. We don’t use it as much as I would like but we have gone to the Southwest from Arizona twice in the last 2 years. This last trip in September was 3 weeks. 2 weeks into our trip the 13′ x 1′ fascia board fell down from above the dining area. The nails holding it up were sticking out 1/4″. How can that hold up anything. Luckily it didn’t damage anything too seriously. Montana’s are supposed to be good quality units. Not anymore.

Jeff
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Jeff

Hi Chuck: Spending one night in a very nice RV Park at Hollywood Casino in Tunica, MS. Here’s a question to ponder, when we are talking about over crowding and other issues. Why Do RV’ers choose a Large Pull Thru Site, when a much shorter one would suit their needs just fine. Case in point. I have a 41 ft. 5th wheel and a 22 foot RAM 3500. So, I need a large site.. Currently, I am sandwiched between 2 LITTLE TRAVEL Trailers. Makes you wonder about the selfishness of some people. Other larger RV’s have no place else to… Read more »

Monty
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Monty

First come first served.

Beverly Aguilar
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Beverly Aguilar

As for free dump stations, Alamogordo, NM has a free one at their Welcome Center on White Sands Blvd near 10th street.

Steve
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Steve

Beverly??? Dan??? Sonora, CA

Jerry X Shea
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Jerry X Shea

After 12 years of fulltiming we are changing our lifestyle. We will spend winters in a park model RV in a 55+ senior park in Pismo Beach, CA. Then spend summers in a permanently installed (referred to as a “Seasonal”) 5th wheel in an RV Park in Minnesota. We still love RVing, but no longer need a big diesel pusher. Traveling between the 2 states and occasionally hitting some of our favorite RV spots will be done in a 25′ LEASURE TRAVEL VAN (what they call a B+) with no sideouts. We just toured the factory in Canada and their… Read more »

Victoria Aubrey
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Victoria Aubrey

Ok, I’m officially drowned in buyer’s remorse. See the USA! OK! We’ve done a lot of traveling, both in and out of the country. I’m tired of spending hours in researching fab vacation spots, and hours planning time finding a hotel, schlepping suitcases, etc. OK, let’s slow the pace of our vacations, throw away all those brochures and go where we want, when we want. Let’s do this. We did rehearsal runs to prepare for the relaxing cross -country dream vacation. Let’s face it. It’s not that easy; there is a high learning curve. But we’re still curious and ready… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

Why do you think it is a mistake? My suggestions are have some type of roadside assistance( we have Coachnet), join FMCA they can help with transportation in a medical emergency. We have had situation that didn’t go according to plan, we adjusted and went a different direction.

GREGORY D RAPIER
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GREGORY D RAPIER

So you say how some motorhome manufactures are making junk. How about letting us know what are the good company’s that put out good products. You don’t need to name the bad company’s but why not write about a good builder a month and what is the good points so we over time will learn what to look for.

Chuck Woodbury
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Gregory, we do post emails from our readers about their positive experiences with RVs. And many do buy virtually problem-free vehicles. But there are far too many that are not made well, and those letters far outnumber those from readers who praise their rigs. Good builders? None of most U.S. manufacturers build consistently quality RVs. Pay $500,000 and you’ll likely get something of high quality with excellent service. But spend $100,000 and take your chances.

Rich
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Rich

Chuck
Have you considered attrition in your trailer count? You are assuming every RV ever made is still on the road. I see lots of rigs parked in a yard covered with mold that never move.
Granted its prudent to reserve well in advance but we seem to have no problem reserving even a few weeks ahead.
love your newsletter
Rich

John Koenig
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John Koenig

Truckers AREN’T paying that extra $0.40/gallon. Truckers get SUBSTANTIAL discounts when they buy large quantities of fuel.

Kenneth Pratt
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Kenneth Pratt

Unfortunately, those associated with the RV Industry are getting a look at what the Automotive Industry has been dealing with for years. The perception of the customer. Many disgruntled customers will get up on a soap box and tell everyone how they were mistreated by the manufacturer or the dealer. Some are valid while others appear to be unfulfilled expectations. Most who have a great experience with anything have to be prompted to tell anyone. You are right, the RV Industry has made it “chic” to RV thus giving the customer expectations that may not be fulfilled. RVIA surveys would… Read more »

Bert Moore
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Bert Moore

How can we stop price gouging at truck stops,our diesel prices in town are 2.59 but the TA is 2.95 .I find this mostly true every where we travel the truck stops are always .40 cents higher,the truckers pass this on to the places they deliver to ,but they have no choise where they fill up. But for diesel pushers we don’t have many options, cant get them into many gas stations. PRICE GOUGING !!!

Wolfe
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Wolfe

Bert: I do a lot of LONG drives to “get there,” so (unlike short-transit folks who can drop the trailer and then refuel), I usually have to refuel with the trailer attached. For safety, I always carry (at least) two 6 gallon cans of spare fuel, and have been self-rescued a couple times by them when gas stations were farther than I thought. However, just for convenience, I often use them at RV-unfriendly gas stations as well — you can often park roadside even if you can’t get to the pump, and then toggle filling/dumping cans to fuel up. Granted,… Read more »

Lee Ensminger
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Lee Ensminger

Bert, I don’t like paying the higher prices any more than you do. That said, I realize I enjoy being able to maneuver easily around a truck stop. I enjoy the multiple [often 8-12] diesel lanes there for my convenience in fueling, as opposed to having to wait for the one or two combination gas/diesel pumps at the usual gas station or convenience mart. There are no high approach/departure driveways where I will scrape the front or back end of my pusher. When you think about it, truck stops often encompass several acres or more of paving to maintain, multiple… Read more »