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BEATER
2 years ago

The tiniest RVs are at Class B. While larger RVs provide more living room and tend to be more lavish, smaller RVs are easier to move and will not be mitigated with size constraints.

Jillie
2 years ago

This was posted on Face Book. I hope the link works. Because this is the weirdest RV yet. It will turn heads.
https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostLife/videos/1053562181466229/?comment_id=10155433282011314&notif_id=1518568132723849&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

James McLarty
2 years ago

I would like to say I read rv travel every week and have supported for 8 years great info and reading . I do enjoy your contests I may be the only Canadian to have won a contest prize was frist aid kit.your pot of gold contest says you must use a password that is in the news letter I can’t find it anywhere .keep up the great work

F. Gisler
2 years ago

I didn’t see the humor in the video of Stupid Things RVrs do ( driving the motor home into the muddy pond). Sadly these were adults being idiots in the presence of children. Just creating the next generation of “stupid”. Those kids will have a hard time learning the value of personal property and how to maintain it. Sad.

John Snell
2 years ago

One thing we learned is to ask questions. We were looking for a park in Yuma AZ last week to get some dental work done in MX. We looked through the Good Sam book and found Friendly acres mobIle home and RV village. The book said WiFi cable and other amenities. We booked a week over the phone and upon arriving they stated they had no WiFi for the park except in the office and activities room and also no cable tv. Had we known we wouldn’t have booked there. Also when booking we hadn’t told them we were Good Sam members and after quoting a price , I mentioned the GS discount. They said it was included in the price. Rather odd don’t you think. Why bother being a member if anyone off the street gets the same price. Unless….

Joe Allen
2 years ago

Chuck, thanks for bringing back the memories of Charles and his FMC motorhome! Loved that series and I am sure that watching his adventures and my Mom and Dad driving around the country in their full time adventures kindle a spark in my wonder lust as well! I am glad I had hero’s like Charles, Ernie Pyle and the rest of the story by Paul Harvey!

Tren
2 years ago

MICROWAVEABLE OMELETTE MAKER? We do the same thing with a gallon Ziploc bag in less time. Comes out exactly the same.

benny
2 years ago
Reply to  Tren

would you tell me amounts of each item,how long to cook etc. thanks

Ron
2 years ago
Reply to  Tren

Please be careful with using any kind of plastic (bag or container) in the microwave. Today it is known to aid in the cause of cancer. We use to, but now use only glass or Corning Ware in the microwave. At our age, it is better to be safe than take any chances.

Sam Lunt
2 years ago

Steinbeck was a novelist, so you have to read about his rv’ing with suspended disbelief.
From Wikipedia…
“Steinbeck was almost never alone on his trip. Out of 75 days away from New York, he traveled with, stayed with, and slept with his beloved wife, Elaine, on 45 days. On 17 other days he stayed at motels and busy truck stops and trailer courts, or parked his camper on the property of friends. Steinbeck didn’t rough it. With Elaine he stayed at some of the country’s top hotels, motels, and resorts, not to mention two weeks at the Steinbeck family cottage in Pacific Grove, California, and a week at a Texas cattle ranch for millionaires. By himself, as he admits in Charley, he often stayed in luxurious motels.[7]”

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam Lunt

Sam, I wrote about this long ago after visiting with the historian at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas. But the fact is, I loved the book and it did fuel my desire to find a way to earn my living “on the road.”

Chuck Maurice
2 years ago

Well, it’s raining in Richmond, VA today….. I thought about attending the RV show in town this weekend…..My wife said, since we’ve already owned four units in the past she would not attend, and BTW leave the checkbook at home, If I go…… case close….. Now where is that book I’ve been reading…….Hum…..it’s here somewhere..

Wolfe
2 years ago

Boy, I must do everything wrong in my trailer!!! First I’ve never made coffee WITH electricity in the trailer, and I always use the *built in* electric hot water heater to save LP *IF* I have shore power/while I run genny.

Leaving a commercial coffee urn full of hot water on the counter seems dangerous and strange to me, but maybe I’m not seeing the application where you’d have/use AC but not the electric heater? Also, some of those urns pull 1500-1800W, which may overload minimal RV wiring.

Morrie Estrada
2 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Not everyone has an electric water heater. How is an electric coffee maker more dangerous than a electric heater that so many use.???

Wolfe
2 years ago
Reply to  Morrie Estrada

I personally haven’t seen a travel trailer without electric/LP hot water (even my buddy’s car-towable popup has an EWH). So, I’m corrected if it’s just not an option for your rig.

As for danger: assuming there is a choice, I’d rather not have several gallons of 200*F water sitting on my counter for the dogs and kids to knock over catastrophically. Same with (non-radiator) electric space heaters, for similar reasons. But, if you lack kids, dogs, and built-in safer alternatives, maybe it is a good idea for your application.

Mary and David Ballard
2 years ago

Under stupid questions we have a doozy. While volunteer hosting at a WHALE watching center in Depoe Bay, Oregon we were asked “what time of year do the elk turn into moose?”

Doug
2 years ago

I wonder if the weekly survey could have been a bit more precis i.e., “Amazon” rather than “Amazon.com”. I shop Amazon.ca but had to put my response in “Other Online Store”.

Keith Botts
2 years ago

I love reading your posts. I just started RVing last year (retired) and someone at a gas station pointed out a problem. My 2000 Hornet 5th wheel works almost perfect. Except, when my pickup headlights are on the trailer brake lights are on 100%. The pickup connector and bed extension connector connector are pin-for-pin identical. Any ideas? I can’t find any real technical documentation for this trailer anywhere.

Wolfe
2 years ago
Reply to  Keith Botts

Trailer wiring is pretty easy to trace with a meter, but I’ll try to “blindly” diagnose your problem for you.

First off, a 7-wire (Bargman) RV plug doesn’t HAVE a discrete connector for headlights, so it’s not possible to cross wires from that since it doesn’t exist. However, your running lights come on with your headlights, so that’s the source of the “signal” gone wrong.

What it DOES have is (high intensity) left and right brake/directional wires, and (low intensity) run lights. Looking into the connector, these are the 3/9 oclock pins (labelled #5/6 on some), and the 11 oclock (#3) pin, respectively. It IS possible one of these pins is cross-wired 3-5 or 3-6, so check whether your directional/brakes work normally WITHOUT turning on your headlights.

If those wires appear correct, the next likely possibility is that someone installed the wrong bulbs in your taillights — some bulbs have the high and low intensity filaments reversed relative to your wiring. If this were the case, (testing with headlights off) you’d have bright running lights and dim directional signals. If everything is normal without run lights but still goes nuts with them, you may need more detailed help, on site.

Good luck!

George
2 years ago
Reply to  Keith Botts

Keith, as no one else has commented I’ll throw this out. It seems something is miswired or short circuited. Check each wire at the truck end of the plug and RV end of the plug. A cheap multimeter should be all you need. Use the diagram at https://www.google.ca/search?q=7+pin+connector+diagram&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=aKvEqK7GkCWT4M%253A%252CaVlNyQLU_D_beM%252C_&usg=__ZK1NSY72hocBlxV3stwh_-1jAw4%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjcrOqE8ZvZAhVCZawKHUKNAfUQ9QEILzAC#imgrc=_EQ8UsrQlK2faM:&spf=1518284111206

Steven Scheinin
2 years ago

Chuck, A few weeks ago I stayed at an Encore RV Resort in Florida, as in your advertisement above. Their automatic gate closed on my RV as entering, doing extensive damage. They refuse to give me their insurance information, or return my phone calls & e-mails.

Just thought you should know.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago

Steven, that’s not right. If you email me at chuck@rvtravel.com I will pass along your email to people I know at Encore and ask for an explanation. — Chuck

Steven Scheinin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Thank you Chuck. My mail server is down, but as soon as I get it back up I will send you details. Thank you, again

Rich
2 years ago

I too enjoyed Charles Kuralt’s reports from the road, and always looked forward to his next report. Unfortunately, like many other public figures, he had a secret life in addition to the public one. His mistress of 2 decades (more like a second wife – they had a family together) attended his funeral with a letter from Kuralt that bequeathed to her acreage in Montana valued at $600,000. This was in addition to the “hundreds of thousands of dollars, a cabin in Montana and a cottage in Ireland” that he had already given to her over the course of their 20 year secret affair which produced a second family. We all have our flaws, and while it does not detract from his being an erudite and entertaining reporter, I can’t quite muster the adulation to call him a hero,since clearly he was a bigamist. This is not the product of National Enquirer or loony fake news echo chambers – it’s all documented in court filings and has been reported on CBS News, Larry King Live, and several reputable newspapers around the country (the kind that actually print retractions admitting factual errors whenever they come to light.) Chuck, I’m a little surprised that either you’re unaware of this, or that you still consider him a hero despite all of it. He had a wife and 2 daughters. Ask yourself if you could have done this. Nobody can take away how good he was in public, but I believe his family deserved better. At the very least, he could have divorced his wife and remarried, but I’m sure that wouldn’t have been so convenient.

Wolfe
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

Rich: I’m hesitant to hero worship anyone who didn’t shut down a war or cure a disease, but I don’t feel Kuralt’s lifestyle diminished his achievements. Since, as you say, he had two families for decades and it was NOT much of a secret, I’d say everyone involved was consenting, and taking care of his familIES might even be commendable (I don’t know deeper details any better than you).

If Jonas Salk was a jaywalker, I’m still not turning down his vaccine. Cosby may be misogynist, but he arguably did almost as much as King to advance blacks. It seems foolish to me to shallowly dismiss great contributions because someone didn’t live by your own personal rules, or dared to be an individual or even (gasp!) a mere human.

Rich
2 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Wolfe:
As far as anyone knows it was no “open secret”. Rather, it was a “secret secret”. There is no consent involved in a situation like that. There are multiple accounts and none of them suggest that his widow was the least bit aware – exactly as one might imagine for a reporter who lives his life “on the road”.
As someone once said, “facts are stubborn things”.
I did not suggest that this in any way diminishes his public life – only that it diminishes his role as an example to be followed. I guess if I were in the same situation as Chuck, I might say that he was an inspiration – despite his complicated personal life – and leave it at that. But to make no mention at all is a disservice in my opinion.

TP
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

I never knew about it. It doesn’t diminish his reporting on “The Largest Ball of Twine” or any of his stories.
If I was his friend and knew of this double life, that would be different circumstances.

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

Rich, I know about Charles Kuralt’s other life. I wrote about his genius at reporting/storytelling and how he was my “hero” for that. The point of my essay was to tell about the people who inspired me to hit the road. Am I supposed to bring every little detail of their lives into such a short essay? Can I do all that in about the 600 words I have to work with? Kuralt’s double life had nothing to do with the fact that he inspired me, any more than Ernie Pyle being an alcoholic had anything to do with me being inspired by his brilliant writing. And, yeah, Steinbeck made up a lot (if not most) of Travels With Charley, but when I read the book way back when that was not known, nor did Kuralt’s “other” life come out until after he died, when he had already inspired me for 15 years, and he did it so well I was already on the road by then.

John Snell
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Kuralt was a true orator. He had the deep voice and capturing inflection. This is over and above his personal life, whatever that may be.

python1946
2 years ago

Tip for watching TV without satelite or cable. If you have internet, I use an AV adapter that pairs my IPAD with my TV. I then watch all the old tv shows like gun smoke and Seinfeld on UTUBE. There are other ways to do this, however using the AV adapter is simple. Plug the AV adapter into your IPAD or phone and using a HDMI cable, plug it into the adapter then to your TV. AV adapter can be found at Best Buy or Walmart. Around $50.

TP
2 years ago
Reply to  python1946

Thanks for that tip!