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Jessie Terry
2 years ago

Problem: Debt cards!

We are fixing to hit the road and wonder around to all the places we have been wanting to see. Generally I just use my regular debt card, but with the ID thieft at pumps and stores, I am worried.
Is there a debt (gift type) card that I can put money on and be able to use it anywhere; i.e. gas pumps, Wal Mart, Cracker Barrel, etc?
This way I can keep a certain amount on the and if the card is stolen, they will only get what is on the card and not get into my bank account.
Thoughts and ideas are sure welcomed.

Ellen
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessie Terry

Try the Bluebird cards you can get at many Walmarts. They don’t always work, but we use them often for fuel. We DON’T register them online — just toss them when they’re empty. Walmart will only let you load up to $500 per card on them, which is okay — less for someone to steal if they get that card. Good luck!

Jennifer
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessie Terry

Sure, you can buy a Visa debit card in a variety of denominations, but some stores still seem to have issues with them. They need to be run through as “credit” instead of “debit.” I still prefer the relative safety of a credit card, though.

Jessie Terry
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessie Terry

Thanks for the information.

R. E.
2 years ago

Dear Chuck,
I have recently retired, my wife and I have been considering purchasing an rv. Having lived in Michigan most of our lives we want to escape the harsh winters. Further, the ability to move around and explore has a great deal of appeal to both of us. However, having read many of your articles regarding the difficulty in finding sites without reservations weeks or months in advance, we are questioning our decision. Can we still be spontaneous in our travels, or are we better off finding other snowbirds options. Thanks for your help.

Python1946
2 years ago

In regard to all the new RV ‘s delivered to dealer lots, keep in mind over half of them remain on the dealer lot for a long time. Would be interesting to see how many of those new RV’s delivered to dealer lots end up being sold and registered. Also many of the younger buyers only use their new RV’s a few weeks out of the year.

Darrel
2 years ago

Chuck – can you delete out all the political rant comments on here? We have plenty of hatred and division without spreading even more here.

Dennis Strope
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Darrel, great comment.
Diane@ TRavel.com; great reply!

Mike Sokol
2 years ago
Reply to  Darrel

I have a rule in all of my classes and at all of my gigs, religion and politics must NEVER be discussed. Usually everyone can get along as long as we stay away from those two topics.

Judy Wiemer
2 years ago

Regarding the Camping World video in Feb 3rd newsletter. At the beginning of video he shows his invoice. On top of invoice is the address of that terrible mess they made of his 5th wheel.
CAMPING WORLD
24000 NE SANDY BLVD
WOOD VILLAGE OREGON

Joe Allen
2 years ago

Having just returned from the Tampa RV show, I am amazed and questioning just where all these people will camp in the future. With no new parks being constructed on a large scale basis, one has to wonder where this is going to end up.
Also, the fit and finish of RV’s at the show was horrendous. Poor workmanship and positioning of essentials in the RV. Take the toilet paper holder, one has to wonder if there are actually humans designing these things.

Bill
2 years ago

Why not a campground in Yellowstone sponsored by Bisquick? 😉 they would use the water from alum creek!

Bill
2 years ago

Florida is an issue. State parks are jammed, as are the ridiculously priced private spots, some charging $150 a night for a parking spot. CA National parks also are becoming an issue, not only crowded but in terrible condition due to decades of neglect. While the price rise was brutal, I hope that the proposed and in effect changes in the prices of not only entry but senior passes will help restore the parks. [Inflammatory portion of comment removed.]

Dennis Strope
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Mr. Bill, there`s no doubting the lack of RV parking / camping spaces or the rising costs of same, why do you feel it necessary to include such a small-minded insult obviously aimed at OUR Commander in Chief, jus` askn`’
SFC Dennis R Strope, USA RET

Jim Krauciu
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I really doubt that the main concern of our president is that you cannot find a camping spot.
If you find a need, how about you doing something about it!
Lord help us if we ever have another depression, people will be sitting around starving wondering why the government isn’t taking care of us instead of getting up and doing what needs to be done

Jeff Johnson
2 years ago

Chuck – you do a great job of identifying the problem of too many RV’s and too few RV camping spots. However, you have the resources (subscribers and other readers) to form a lobbying association to improve campgrounds (like the horrible RV park in Yellowstone), suggest creative zoning for new parks, join forces with RV Park Reviews and take advantage of your followers to make changes. “Problem identifiers are a dime a dozen, but problem solvers are priceless.” Keep up the good work.

Pam
2 years ago

Full Rv parks? What an understatement!! We usually spend three months in Florida. The park this year was packed full and has turned into a junk hole. Besides workers from the area, there are many people who are now full-timing in their RVs. Of course they want to bring everything from a home into the park, including dog runs and whatever else you can imagine. The park accommodates by not enforcing their own rules. Money is what seems to be important to the owners and managers. The park is no longer maintained correctly and if you complain they tell you maybe you should go somewhere else. They know they can fill your spot the next day. They really should change the name from an RV park to a mobile home park. We cut our vacation short and not sure we will return next year And already know that we probably could not get into a park in a different area.

jane shure
2 years ago
Reply to  Pam

Why go to florida? You can usually find free places in AZ or the desert in southern Ca.. Do be mindful there are usually no hookups. I have heard too many horror stories about trying to park out east.

Wayne
2 years ago

Regarding dust in trailer on gravel roads. We have a 10 mile drive on gravel to get to our home.
I turn on high the bathroom fantastic fan on reverse so it is pumping air into the trailer. Pressuring it up and this seeme to help a lot.

Rich Thibodeau
2 years ago

Re: Mount-n-Lock trailer bumper “safety” struts: Why is anyone encouraging people to store “up to 400 lbs” (!?) on their trailer bumper? There is a video put out by U-Haul cautioning against placing too much weight behind the trailer’s wheels. You can see the result in this video: https://youtu.be/SbdF5AZmINc

Dorothy L Cameron
2 years ago

TWS Innovations Has no products found on the website. Their facebook page is gone. Nice idea but I think they are out of business

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago

Dorothy, we updated the article. Not sure what happened with the product. We were able to find a similar one here: https://slideoutsweep.com

Ralph Burns
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

The company TWS sent me this email when I emailed
questioning about no products on web page.

We have had large order volume in the last couple weeks and we currently have our aluminum on back order so I shut the order page down. It may be 15-20 days before I can get new orders ready to ship. I didn’t want to accept customer’s money and then make them wait for delivery of the broom.

I can get back to you and let you know when I will be able to get a broom shipped out to you and when the order page will be back up. You are first on my list to get shipped. Again, I am sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

john & lana Stahl
2 years ago

I did not see this week in history info. in this newsletter

Dan Carioggia
2 years ago

Chuck, on reading your letter on RV parks here is our experience. We reserved a 3 month spot in Palm Harbor, FL. The park is under new management and is in the midst of expansion and updating. For the past 6 weeks they have opened new spots in two rows. As soon as a spot opens up, it gets filled with new guests. We have already reserved our spot for next year. We have looked at other sites while in the area and found that all of the parks are filled with no spaces available except some at high prices for daily fee.