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Don Callahan

Tire failure did not cause Mr. Harris’s demise. Not wearing a seat belt did. Wear your seat belt.

Al & Sharon

Re the news article about the death of the RV’er when the right front tire blew & the RV ran off the road. This must be another case of a seat belt breaking. I’m sure the driver must have been wearing the seat belt because everyone does these days. Right!!!

WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT. They do save lives!

Gordon

like your news letters very much had to give up motorhome a couple of years back due to illness, miss it a lot but still read the newsletter. I feel i have to make a comment about the campgrounds being filled with people going off to work. Are you not doing the same thing working from your rig. I meet a lot of nice people who landed in this situation due to high cost of drugs that they needed or to save some money so that they can afford a nice holiday. etc

F. Gisler

I feel like it’s time to say that I enjoy all the nuggets of information that come with your weekly newsletter but the griping about overcrowded camping locations and “too many RVS” is starting to get old. I can almost count on a negative start to your newsletter each Sat. Honestly, my husband and I and the small group of “campers” we RV with rarely have a problem finding sites when we plan a trip. We are all diligent about knowing the exact day the reservation window opens so we get first crack at sites. Over the past five years we have traveled to numerous major national parks in the west and have had no problem finding sites. Also, no issues getting sites for six rigs in Banff and Lake Louise Canada this past summer.
I really think the folks that live full-time in their RVs should shoulder the most responsibility for a lack of sites. RV parks and campgrounds were not designed years ago for people to live in long term. Also, the bigger RVs get, the more crowded spaces and campgrounds are going to be. And, are RVs really constructed to be a permanent “home” for people? I think not. They are light weight structures designed and produced for occasional use.
If folks want a well built home with quality amenities, they should be looking at “brick and mortar” HOUSES, not RVs.

Ken

480,00 new RVs hitting the road is a lot, and that started me wondering how many are taken off the road each year because they are no longer road worthy, involved in accidents, lost to storms and floods or simply not used any more.

John Hiler

You say that 437k were built but not how many hit the junk pile. As cheaply as most are built they are going to fall apart much faster but that may also be somewhat by design too. As the current administration follows the directions of their corporate masters you will continue to see increased fees at public parks and that will bring higher rates at Corporate owned RV parks. Plus, where else are you going to earn 5+% on your money other that consumer contracts? Build them as cheap as possible with the very cheapest of labor, finance them and have them last just almost to the end of the contract. Easy Money.

Gary R

First, let say how much I enjoy the newsletter. I have been a reader for several years and keep on learning.

While you offer lots of useful ideas and tips, I have to take issue with today’s quick tip which suggests running your motorhome’s engine for a half hour every month. It is not possible to get an engine up to full operating temperature by idling it.

If only idled, the engine will form condensation which will end up in the oil and will promote rust. Only driving on the open road for 20-30 minutes will do it. You’re better of just letting it sit for the winter.

Go ahead and run the generator at 50% load for at least half an hour ( I think Cummins recommends a full hour) to keep it in top condition.

Thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work

Frank

Chuck, With all the record sales figures coming out of the industry, are there any statistics regarding RV’ers trading up or downsizing ? Would be interesting if there was.

Joe St Lucs

It will be interesting to see how the increased park fees play out. On the one hand, increased fees will keep a lot of people out. And since more rv’s are being sold every year maybe there will be room in the parks because of the higher entry fees. And then since most of the readers are over 50, a lot probably have the cheap annual national parks pass you can buy at 62 and up? So the parks will be filled with older people (I’m 65 myself) who got in cheap w. a parks pass??? We’ll see.

Bob Staples

Hi Chuck,

I agree with you that a crisis seems to be coming, but it also begs the question; If there are so many new RV’ers every year and such a high demand for new campgrounds, why, given this great opportunity, aren’t the entrepreneurs taking advantage of it? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I am sure that the price of staying in an RV Park is going to increase substantially.We spent the summer and part of the fall in Moab Utah this year. When I started researching RV Parks, about one year in advance, I ran into two or three very nice parks in prime locations around Moab that were owned by the same corporation. They didn’t even offer a monthly rate. They told me they stayed full during the high season even though they charged $45/night, no matter how long you stayed. I’m afraid this is going to become a trend for the most popular destinations.

Fortunately, we found a nice enough, family owned park in Moab that had reasonable monthly rates. However, before we left earlier this month, that park was purchased by a small corporation. I am still working full time and I’ve been blessed with a work from home job that allows us to spend eight months of the year in our motorhome. Since I’m working during the week, we only get to explore on the weekends, so we tend to stay at each location longer than most. Depending on how much there is to see, we stay put for one to three months. So, I am forced to plan and make reservations eight to twelve months in advance. But I am concerned that once I retire we will want to move more often and be more spontaneous. I’m sure my selection of locations will be much more limited when I try to make last minute reservations. I think one of the best kept secrets is the Escapees RV Club. I wish we could have many more Escapees Co-Op parks. By the way, one of our best and most affordable summers was spent in the Escapees park in Chimacum Washington on the Olympic peninsula. This is truly one of the most beautiful places in our country. Hopefully, many of these new RV’ers will join and support the Escapees and help establish new parks.

Concerning the crowds at the most popular National Parks; on one hand I’m glad to see it because I think it is important for all citizens to understand what a gift we have in the National Parks, so they will encourage their congressmen to increase financial support. As you know, right now the opposite is happening. And it’s good to see all the visitors from outside the U.S.A, because they are paying entrance fees that support the parks. But on the other hand, I will not be happy if access to places like Yellowstone are limited as they are in Zion. Perhaps the recently announced increase in entrance fees will help control the crowds but also help make sure the parks are properly funded. I know I don’t want to see the infrastructure expanded drastically! Our National Parks don’t need super highways and gigantic hotels. They need to be kept as pristine as possible.

Thanks for the great newsletter!

Sincerly,
Bob Staples

Captn John

“Latest fuel prices
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.57 (on Nov. 20). Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Up 41 cents.
Diesel: $2.91 (on Nov. 20). Change from week before: None; Change from year before: Up 49 cents.”
Up but not enough. Same can be said for CG fees. Both are rising and will at some point crimp the RV industry. WHEN that happens the industry will fall like a brick as the flood of used vehicles hits the market. For the industry and RVers, the sooner it happens the less and shorter the impact. The hardest hit will be those that move for jobs in IN plants. If a recession hits hard and fast there will be many in the industry that never recover. The only ones to survive and prosper will be the owners on well managed CGs. Maybe then we will see a little QC in builders arrive too.

Steven M Jenkins

We stayed a couple days at an RV park in Cottonwood, AZ. Only 3 slots were set aside for “transients.” That is what we were called, like drifters passing through in the old Western movies. All the others were permanent residents, in old RVs that have not moved in years, with rusty shovels and rakes shoved underneath them. Mostly retired people who made little if any noise, so it was a quiet place.

Mark Evenson

Chuck, I admit that the RV parks are mostly full, and reservations are needed most of the time. The fact that there are more and more RVs being sold each year needs to be tempered with the # of folks who buy those RVs and actually use them. I wonder if those statistics exist?
As we drive around the country and even through the neighborhoods it is very common to see all types and sizes of RVs parked in the yard.
I also grew up in SOCAL and my aunt sent us across the street to get fresh oranges for our morning juice. All that is gone now. People like to live in Ca.
Growth is inevitable as mass wars decrease and medicine keeps folks living much longer.
Yes, we need more RV parks of high quality and expanded individual space.
I agree.
Thanks for carrying the flag, I am happy to help support the effort.
Mark

Richard Whitney

Good article Chuck. When I think of possible solutions, I think of organizations like Ducks Unlimited. An organization supported by both the commercial interests and by participants in the sport. DU has done enormous work in maintaining and creating nesting and feeding areas for waterfowl. Also a wonderful and unique conservation organization. This is a win for both the hunters and the commercial interests selling to them. They have realized that they had to get involved and support habitat preservation if they want to continue to sell their products. RV manufacturers need to come to a similar conclusion and support not just the manufacturers lobbying groups but “sport” in all of its facets. If there is no place to go without reservations months in advance the sales of new RVs will dry up and the cost of used ones depreciate even more than they do now.

Liz Wharton

We just returned to base after 4.5 months on the road. We only stayed at 3 commercial parks, because we needed to be close in to towns. The only reservations we had to make were in California and the Oregon Coast as we were traveling in the summer.
The commercial parks we stayed in were not full and only the west coast State parks were full. We stayed at 3 National Parks, with no reservations at all.
You can read about it at http://www.twogalsgo.blog.

Ron Schmitz

Chuck, you are going to be at the Alamo at a good time of the year, although a little cold, won’t be hot & humid. We are spending Thanksgiving weekend at Riverwalk RV park in San Antonio. Nice place, good price, & city bus stops right out front. Parking is ussually bad & expensive near Alamo, so bus service is great. This time of year the Riverwalk has Xmas lights in the evening, that’s why we came, so after touring the Alamo, make sure to spend an evening strolling the Riverwalk. Great articles, keep up the good work you do for us RV’ers.

orville best

your video on the 24th was spot on,I manage an rv park in Prichard Ida.you and gail should come up some time ceder village rv 21.5 miles up the north fork of the cda river.

Fred Gordon

What a great newsletter, keep it up. I learned a lot from you info’s

Paul Terry

Just a thought. We are in Parker AZ. and one obvious problem I see us how campground fees are based. Seems to me fees need to take into consideration the length etc of your RV together with the amount of equipment you are bringing. How can the same fees be justified for large Rvs and smaller units? Large units reduce the number of sites available and use more electric.