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Pete C
2 years ago

Hi, I’m not sure where to submit letter to editor so I’m doing it here. If it isn’t the right place, can you lead me to it…

My wife and I just recently, very recently (2 weeks), joined the full time RV’r community but have been following RV Travel Newsletters for years preparing. We decided to full time upon retirement and have been planning for about 12 years. We have been camping with our RV for 5 years as often as possible to learn the ‘ropes’ and prepare for the lifestyle change. We went from over an acre of yard with 4500 sq ft of house to a 28’ travel trailer.
I’ve been following the articles about overcrowded campgrounds and frankly, while I believe there is a growing problem, I believe the approach of the articles is a little ‘off’, you asked. The latest article on the topic in issue 831 says “It needs to be a collective scream!”. This approach is more like one a group of citizens would take in voicing a concern to politicians of a community with an overcrowding problem. That is not the case here.
While the full time RV’r lifestyle is considered a “community”, it is not one with political structure or representation, a voice we have that has a right to be heard. Campgrounds are private corporations and family owned small businesses. The management of those businesses might not want a bigger business. Bigger business means more work, more headaches, more property taxes, more employees, more problems and so on. I have not visited campgrounds where there is actually unused property. There are very defined property lines that would only be expandable if the campground owner purchased more property. Some of the owners I’ve met are retirees that want to live for free with some income to supplement their retirement checks. A bigger campground would not be inviting for these folks in their retirement years.
Furthermore, there are very specific weeks that are booked solid. The cost of the property, construction, maintenance and property taxes would definitely outweigh the profit for the few weeks a year the extra business would bring in. The added sites would be empty 90% of the time. This brings back memories of a business I owned 15 years ago, a billiard room. I had a 10 pool table billiard room where business was seasonal. Summers were very slow with most of the business in cooler months. The days before holidays when college students were home were the busiest which added up to less than 10 days a year. We could have used a few more pool tables to accommodate customers, but I would have had to pay lease on the added footage for the other 356 days of the year to accommodate the holiday rush (10 days). It also would have made the place look less full during the slower months. It would not have been good for annual profits.
It is also in the campgrounds best interest to be known as a place that fills up and turns business away. It shows that it is a place of demand and making reservations far in advance is necessary. Advance reservations allows the business to plan employee levels and activities. Local attractions would also offer more benefits to the campers of the busiest campgrounds. It would especially come in handy with leverage when going to the bank to borrow money for upgrades and repairs.
A better approach to solving the problem would be to entice investors to get involved to build new campgrounds, but remember, the overcrowding problem is only during very specific weeks. The corporation’s due diligence in research to justify a successful and profitable venture in the business plan may not show high profits for a finite timeframe. You need to show the business owners there would be annual profit to expanding or building new campgrounds.

Pete C

Trent Alexander
2 years ago

Your article about cheap places to stay is a bit misleading. I kind of expected a list of places to stay where you could actually camp and enjoy yourself rather than just a place to park overnight. Although that information is somewhat useful the article was not represented correctly and was a pay service that I think most people would be disappointed with. I know I was not satisfied with it at all.

Fred Gordon
2 years ago

Hi Chuck,

As usual, great newsletter

Do you have any idea what type of guns RV’ers travel with? We have just received our FL weapons permits and before we leave for camp hosting for 4 months we’re conflicted as what to purchase

Thanks Fred & Linda

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Fred Gordon

Fred and Linda,

I have no idea. I have not carried a gun in 35 years of RVing, never felt the need. Perhaps others can weigh in. — Chuck/editor

Dave
2 years ago

Note to Gary Bunzer and the reader who talked about the need, or lack there of, to be level while using the refrigerator while traveling. Of great importance, and not discussed in this article, was the danger of keeping the propane on while motoring. It can be very dangerous.

Bruce and Melissa
2 years ago

This is not directly related to this newsletter, but other newsletters you folks publish. I am trying to sign-up for the following, but every time I click on the sign-up button nothing happens. Can someone tell me how to sign up for the following.
• Best RV Videos of the Week
• Email alerts for upcoming live RV webcasts
• Full Time RVing
• Great RV accessories and gadgets
• RV Doctor
• RV Tech Tips

Thank you.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago

Hi Bruce and Melissa, I signed you up. So you are all set! — Chuck

George
2 years ago

Has anyone considered writing WalMart and thanking them for allowing overnight RV parking and saying you appreciate the convenience and you do shop at those stores? I have. WalMart head office address is: 702 SW 8th St., Bentonville, AR 72716. Isn’t an overnight parking spot worth the price of a stamp?

Jim
2 years ago

So who are we blaming, the democratics or the republicans? Maybe all politicians? I bought my motorhome to forget the problems in the world and enjoy life while I can

LARRY MCGAUGH
2 years ago

I have followed all of the comments about the residential refrigerators in RV’s and there are valid points on both sides. But with all of that being said why isn’t the OEM embracing technology like RV Comfort Systems Hybrid Gas/Electric Furnace Systems. This hybrid system has been available for over 4 years, its UL Listed, RVIA compliant and CSA the gas furnace certification agency has said it does not affect the ANSI listing on the gas furnaces. Multiple OEM’s have been made aware of this product and not one has opted to offer it as an option. Instead the answer is, “the furnace manufactures have told us that if we install this system they won’t sell us their furnaces anymore”.
This is something I don’t understand, how is it that companies like Thor and Forest River allow the furnace manufactures to dictate what products they are going to install in their RV’s. It seems to me that this type of product should at least be offered as an option. Allowing the consumer the opportunity to decide if they want this in their new RV.
Doesn’t this seem strange even though RV owners currently have the option of selecting an electric stove tops, residential style refrigerators or Gas/Electric hot water heaters?

Kerry Myers
2 years ago

I tend to agree with the subscriber last week that said he was unsubscribing to this newsletter because there was so much negative content. I was also disappointed that you spent even more space defending it. Have you considered the reason for your growing subscriptions is the very thing you complain about the most, too many RVs and thus we all have to work a little harder to find good camping spots. Get past the “good ole days” when you could just show up most anywhere and find a spot. Those days are gone.

I have been “full timing” for years and it does take time to find good spots. That is just part of the lifestyle now.

I do agree with the poor workmanship on RVs now. You make good points on that front.

Glen Scofield
2 years ago
Reply to  Kerry Myers

Would you rather focus on Trailer Life or Motorhome magazines that are entirely advertisements for stuff sold by Camping World? I subscribe to this newsletter because he tells the truth and because the others did not. To me, Chuck’s occasional rants are worth reading just to get the rest of the newsletter. Keep at it, Chuck!

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Glen Scofield

Thanks, Glen. Yes, I rant on occasion but it’s mostly in response to what I experience and how I feel about it. — Chuck

Dee Farrar
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Chuck I have been reading all your articles for over 10 years. After renting an rv and traveling cross country w my kids I was hooked. For over 10 years I have done nothing but dream about traveling in a Motorhome to see this great country and all our national parks. Even though I have not traveled yet I’ve been following you and many others. It’s a bit disheartening to hear about the poor workmanship on rv’ s since 2008 and the lack of places to stay. My dream remains and I’m hoping that maybe this year or next will finally be the year I buy my rv and start traveling. I’ve researched enough of the rv industry to narrow my eventual purchase down to 2 manufacturers. Now my big concern is finding decent places to camp without being squeezed in like a sardine. Unlike some campers I don’t live in a city. I have a gorgeous view of wildlife with privacy but I want to see this great country before I die. However my idea of seeing the country does not include having neighbors so close that I can hear them sneeze. I don’t know where the rv industry is heading but I think if nothing is done to bring back the original idea of getting away from it all by building more campgrounds and viewing Mother Nature at her best then this will end up as a dying past time! I truly hope this isn’t the case but I can’t help reading about over 1/2million rv ‘s being sold in 2017 and wondering where they are all parking?

Dan Nallon
2 years ago

One of the subjects I would like to see addressed in your magazine are the problems that arise from the Ham radio operator and the issues with antennas, radios, and grounding for RF in the RV. .

Many full time, part time RVers are also Ham radio operators Running HF antennas in campgrounds or attaching an antenna to a fiberglass body with no ground plane and controlling the RF can be a problem. Having it set up so not to interfere with all the electronics going into RVs can be a problem. Just a thought.

Mike Sokol
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan Nallon

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting my ham license since I was an avid shortwave listener back in my early teen years (with a Hallicrafters S85). I do have a colleague who’s a ham and antenna designer, plus another friend I’ve worked with for decades is an RF engineer for many of the local radio stations. So it would be fun to wrap my head around all the issues of mobile ham operation. One more thing to do on my growing list of things to do.

hank hoyt
2 years ago

Chuck, Howdy;

I’m not sure I understand the reasoning behind parsing the ‘News” section to another tab. As the entire newsletter is a continuous scroll
All we readers need to do is position the cursor over the \/ and tap it to move on down. A lot more convenient then opening a new tab to do the same scrolling then closing the tab to resume where we where before we had to take the detour …

Linda
2 years ago
Reply to  hank hoyt

I agree. I hate that everything opens to a new tab.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Linda

Linda, how might we do it differently? We present so much information that I don’t see another way to do it. I would appreciate your thoughts. Chuck/editor

Ron Reagan
2 years ago
Reply to  hank hoyt

What/where is this \/ that I can put my cursor on?

Stan Harris
2 years ago

Great lots of good information thank you

John Snell
2 years ago

As to “quiting KOA” I thought blood letting was discontinued centuries ago. Great example of corporate incompetence and greed.

Dennis & Rosanne
2 years ago

Thanks to you, and the Doctor for supplying the new section on pets! Almost everywhere we go, RV folks always have their pets with them. In fact if we go somewhere without our Josie the Beagle, we have doggy withdrawal and look for another dog to show affection to in the place we are staying.

Buzzelectric
2 years ago

Banish black scuff marks on a Vinyl or other types off flooring by rubbing it with a tennis ball. This was a daily chore by a 40year school custodian. Also keep the floors clean and also keep them properly waxed.

D Napora
2 years ago
Reply to  Buzzelectric

Those white “mr clean” erasers work really well also!