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Issue 833 • Week of February 17–23, 2018 #rvtravel
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With Chuck Woodbury
Chuck (at) RVtravel.com
Twice this past week I felt homesick. Just a little. It wasn’t a big thing, but I recognized the feeling immediately.
In the several decades I traveled by motorhome as a roving journalist, I was never away from home more than four months at a time. Today, there remains a little timer in my head that remembers those days, and the wonderful feeling of returning home to people and things familiar.
Except for a week when I flew to Seattle at Christmas, I have now been on the road exploring America for seven months. My stick home and office are gone. My home is now wherever I am — a 32-foot motorhome. It’s Gail and me and the few material things important to us. I got rid of 90 percent of my possessions when we left town. Gail and I share a closet eight times smaller than our former closets. I don’t need many clothes: I can wear the same shirt two days in a row and nobody notices, much less cares. Okay, I will be honest: I can wear the same shirt three days in a row (after it passes the “does it smell okay?” test).
I love the freedom from “too much stuff.” My parents died with a house packed with things they had not touched in decades. When I had to dispose of it, I realized most was unimportant to them. They kept it all because they had ample space to store it. “We might need it some day,” they said. I know they said that because that’s what we all say sometimes.
WHEN MY HOMESICKNESS STRUCK this past week, I briefly wondered why. I am perfectly at home in my little house on wheels, and Gail and I are as happy as we have ever been. At times it’s almost too much fun, too stimulating.
Our present RV park is a quiet, pretty place in a pecan orchard in the Texas Hill Country. It’s tempting to stay longer than through March. Wild deer and miniature horses graze close by. Gail and I enjoy walking to an overlook on Johnson Creek, counting the sunbathing turtles and hoping for another glimpse of Mr. Giant Catfish, who I swear is at least four feet long.
I think experiencing a little homesick is natural, part of the withdrawal process from a previous life. When you live in a regular home, one that doesn’t move, switching to a mobile home is a huge change.
So I’ll just accept a little homesickness from time to time. The plan now is to return to our present park next winter, to catch up with the friends we’ve made and to see if Mr. Giant Catfish has grown into an even bigger monster.
• Our RV Travel Meetup is officially set for a week from tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Ingram, Texas (a few-minute drive from Kerrville in the Texas Hill Country). Here’s what’s happening, as outlined in RVillage: We’ll meet up at the Johnson Creek RV Park in Ingram. We’ll have coffee and other beverages (no booze) plus snacks, and door prizes at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Join editor Chuck Woodbury, who will give a brief talk about his 30-year life on the road as a roving reporter. Just let us know if you’re coming (email Gail Meyring at email@example.com).
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A call for action to speed up RV repairs
The new chairman of the RV Dealers Association, Tim Wegge, addressed the problem of long waits for RV repairs in a column in the January issue of RV Executive Today. Here are some highlights from his article.
Our news section has moved
We’re beefing up our news coverage and there’s not enough room here to post it all along with all our other great features. So click here to read this week’s news.
Carefree of Colorado Wireless Control for 12V Awnings
Enjoy full control of your 12V awning from as far away as 50 feet with the Carefree Connects™ Awning App. This Bluetooth® enabled system operates via mobile app or remote fob. Functionality includes extension, retraction, LED power and motion sensitivity. Pair with CarefreeMotion™ for maximum peace of mind. Click here for information.
“Dew” away with mildew!
Chris Dougherty, certified RV technician, received a letter from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor regarding ongoing musty smells in a trailer stored during the winter in Florida, despite the owner’s attempts to prevent mildew. Read Chris’ advice.
Tips to improve your home security while on RV trips
RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury interviews Sergeant Cole Langdon of the Lynnwood (Wash.) Police Department about how RVers can help protect their homes from burglars while they’re away with their RV. Watch the video.
Let a solar oven do your cooking
It’s a hot day in July in Wisconsin. Or a warm winter day in Arizona. You want to make chocolate chip cookies, but dread turning on the oven because it will heat up the rig. Or, you’re boondocking and want to conserve electricity and propane. Here’s a solution: Use a solar-powered oven instead.
Fulltime RVers: “Acts of Service” an easy entry into volunteering
Now that you’re a fulltime RVer, do you find you have some excess hours in a week or a month? Maybe you’ve been thinking about volunteering, giving back, because of your good fortune to be able to live full time in your RV? A website called Acts of Service, in conjunction with Lippert Components, makes it easier to find volunteer and community outreach opportunities. Learn more.
This week’s Reader Poll
Do you buy special RV toilet paper for your RV bathroom?
Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.
Read the up-to-the minute responses from last week’s poll:
Where is your favorite “go to” place to buy RV parts and accessories? Click here for the results.
Clean your RV… with beastly-good results!
Your RV’s not your car, it’s your “beast.”
Your RV’s large surface area makes it a beast that collects more bugs, grit, grime, soot and industrial pollution than your car does. And it may have different surfaces of paint, fiberglass, vinyl and aluminum. Click on the video to see Wade clean, shine and protect EVERYTHING with Beast Wash. Click here to buy, or learn more about, Beast Wash at the Wade Maid website.
“To sleep, perchance to dream …” – but not behind the wheel
Good sleep helps make for a good life, but for some, good sleep can be elusive. Here are some tips to help you get a good night’s sleep – especially important if you’re going to be managing a 10-ton rig going down the highway at 65 miles per hour. Read more.
Find boondocking spots on public land with Google Earth
In this video veteran boondocker Dave Helgeson explains how to find places to camp “in the middle of nowhere.” He shows you how to spot promising locations by using Google Earth, and determine how to get there and if the terrain is suitable for RVs. Nearly all the locations are on public lands, where the camping is free. Watch the video.
Gorgeous RV restorations will amaze you
Timeless Travel Trailers of Wheat Ridge, Colo., restores old trailers, motorhomes and other vehicles, which then end up as classy RVs, mobile food businesses, mobile barber shops, and more. Wow! Check ’em out!
Fulltime RVer – Keeping a log
Many RVers have found keeping a travel log is not only fun, it can be useful in many ways whether you’re a fulltime RVer or not. Here are some ideas from Russ and Tiña De Maris for what type of log book to use and what type of information to jot down for future reference, such as places you’d like to visit again, places to stay away from, RV maintenance, new friends, and much more. Learn more.
Unique RV overnight stops at wineries and farms
With membership in Harvest Hosts® you can stay overnight at more than 570 wineries, farms and attractions across North America. Harvest Hosts offers an exciting alternative to traditional overnight stops where you can meet interesting people and learn about their lifestyle. Learn more at the Harvest Hosts website, or watch an interview with the founders by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury.
The not-so-useful pancake flipper
Rich “the Wanderman” has been on a low-carb pancake kick for a while now. One of the things he doesn’t like about making pancakes is having to flip them – especially in a small pan – pancake after pancake. He thought he had found a better way. Before you spend $10 or $15 on a multi-pancake flipper, read this.
It’s a great time to visit “the Grand Canyon of the Mojave”
Looking for a place that’s off the beaten track, offers amazing desert wildlife views, yet still has a year-round river? Before summer (and the heat) arrives, consider a trip to California’s Afton Canyon. East of Barstow, the BLM oversees an amazing chunk of public land that offers a little bit of everything: colorful, steep canyons; wildlife sneaking around; and a public campground, accessible to just about any RV. Learn more.
Sticky 5th wheel hitch, Cowboy? Slick ’em up!
One of the most neglected areas for fifth wheels, the hitch, can be one of the most cantankerous. Having a “stuck” hitch release can really take the joy out of the lifestyle, yet it’s easy to care for problems before they come up. Find out how to prevent a stuck hitch release.
Need mail forwarding? Choose the best!
Choose Americas Mailbox! It’s the best, endorsed by RVtravel.com which has toured its South Dakota facility and interviewed its very customer-oriented owner. Many plans available. Learn more. Or view the video interview RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury conducted with Americas Mailbox owner Don Humes.
Readers’ comments on recent articles
Recent popular articles that attracted high numbers of reader comments
• Really? RV industry survey doesn’t even suggest improving quality.
• Stupid RVer trick: Mud bogging.
• Rants not welcome on this website.
• Where is your favorite “go to” place for RV accessories? (responses to Poll)
• While RVing, have you ever had to rush your pet to a vet?
• Stupid Tourist Questions. Ya gotta wonder … (comments include more of the same)
• Simpler backing into your RV site. (comments include more great tips)
• RV Electricity: Can reversed polarity shock you?
More popular articles from last week’s issue
• How to weigh your RV at the truck stop. (comments include more tips)
• RV Mods: Did you wire your inverter safely?
• Reader’s Recipe: Einar’s Crockpot Sausage Risotto.
• RV park trend: Luring customers without RVs.
• RV History: Aviation pioneers and the early RVs.
• RV travel expense debate between spouses.
The New TireTraker™ TT-500 with a Lifetime Warranty
The new TireTraker™ TT-500 is the most innovative & user-friendly TPMS on the market with an unprecedented “Lifetime Warranty”, the only TPMS company in the industry to do so. The TT-500 features a larger, easier to read display, continuous pressure & temperature monitoring, automatic update, & monitoring up to 22 tires on your motorhome, trailer & tow vehicle from 0-232 psi! Seven days per week sales & technical support & over 13 years of experience. List price (4 tires) $389. Our price only $289. SAVE $100! (Additional Sensors $35 each). Learn more or order. Read testimonials.
No overnight parking at these Walmarts
See which Walmarts in the USA do NOT allow overnight RV stays.
Click here to see many submissions from our readers about their RVs.
Bonus Contest: Scavenger Hunt!
Everybody likes a scavenger hunt, right? Well, here’s your chance to participate right now. But there’s just one item to scavenge — a photo of you or your companion wearing a blue hat or cap by a five-foot or taller statue of a horse, chicken or Ronald McDonald! If you’re the first person to send editor Chuck Woodbury such a photo (at firstname.lastname@example.org), you win (we will publish the photo in this newsletter). But get out right away to short that photo: The entry deadline is Monday at 2 p.m., Pacific time. We’ll send the winner a pair of swell Floureon Walkie Talkie radios. If there’s no winner, we’ll save the prize for another time.
Ask the RV Shrink
Couple having trouble downsizing to RV full time
Dear RV Shrink:
My wife and I have been traveling for a couple of years and have decided we like this RV lifestyle enough to pull the pin and sell our home. The problem is we have many family heirlooms that we just can’t sell. We have been cultivating our detachments for several months, but there are many family items we just can’t part with. Is this a common problem? How should we handle the family jewels? —Family Problems in Florida
Can’t get enough of the Shrink? Read his new e-book: Dr. R.V. Shrink: Everything you ever wanted to know about the RV Lifestyle but were afraid to ask or check out his other e-books.
Stinky holding tank odors? Here’s the solution
Eliminate disgusting tank odors for less than $1 per treatment with formaldehyde-free Unique RV Digest-It. Unique’s highly concentrated, non-toxic blend of tank cleaning microbes maintains clean sensors, eliminates odors and liquefies the solids in your tank, ensuring no backups. All without harsh chemicals or dangerous ingredients. Try it once and you’ll be shocked at how clean your tank can be! Learn more or order.
Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.61 (on Feb. 12). Change from week before: Down 3 cents; Change from year before: Up 30 cents.
Diesel: $3.06 (on Feb. 12). Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Up 50 cents
RV Parts and Accessories
Give Dyers a try on your next purchase of RV parts or accessories. Large selection, great service, low prices and fast shipping. Visit our website.
RV Fire Safety Tip
Have any wiring in your coach done by a capable electrician, and use common sense in using any electrical aid. Check all 12-volt connections before and after every trip. Most coach fires are caused by a 12-volt short. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy
Editor’s note: Choose from a wide selection of fire extinguishers at Amazon. Here are links from Amazon.com for smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, LP gas detectors, and combination smoke and CO detectors.
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
RV Quick Tips
Keep your battery terminals clean
It doesn’t take much crud on your battery terminals to shut things down. Make it part of your regular maintenance to keep them clean – and your electrical system operating at optimum. Wire brush ’em, and shoot them with terminal spray from the auto parts house.
Don’t put anything extra down toilets
What’s safe to put down the RV toilet so as not to create damage or dumping problems? To put it simply, other than toilet paper, if you didn’t eat it or drink it first, don’t put it down there.
Do you have a Quick Tip? Send it to Diane (at) RVtravel.com and you just might see it here!
Gizmos and Gadgets
Carefree extends living space on Starcraft toy haulers
Carefree of Colorado and Starcraft RV of Elkhart, Indiana, have teamed up to extend the living space of Starcraft toy haulers. Starcraft is offering the Carefree Retreat on its new GPS toy haulers. The new Carefree Retreat Tailgate Annex attaches to the back of a toy hauler trailer, fully enclosing the entire tailgate and giving RV owners more usable living space without upsizing their RV or affecting their towing capacity. Learn more.
Be sure to sign up for our monthly Great RV Accessories Newsletter. Click here.
Essential for big RVs!
2018 Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas
If you drive a big RV — extra long or extra tall — then this truck driver’s road atlas will be a huge help in knowing where you can drive without encountering a low bridge or getting stuck hanging over a cliff. This is an essential aid even if you have a GPS! Coverage: United States, Canada, and Mexico. Learn more or order.
Ask the RV Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions
Read this before replacing nonworking absorption fridge
I have a refrigerator that needs to have the cooling unit replaced. Do you know of any place that I can get a new or rebuilt cooling unit for it? Thanks! —Tom R.
with Bob Difley
Where and how to find Southwestern desert wildflowers
We’ve been traveling throughout the Mojave and Sonora deserts of Southern California and Arizona this winter and are now excited about seeing the wildflowers that are starting to bloom. The problem is, we don’t know where to look. Can you advise? Thanks. —Rob and Eileen
Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) gmail.com .
Read the most recent BoondockBob Blog post: Will spring wildflowers bloom this year?
You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on Amazon Kindle.
Eliminate hose crimping at the faucet!
Sometimes it’s a real pain hooking up your hose to a faucet or to your RV. This Camco flexible hose protector is the answer. Its easy gripper makes attaching the hose effortless. It’s compliant with all federal and state low-level lead laws, too. Every RVer should have one or two of these. Super low price, too. Learn more or order.
with Mike Sokol
Can a 9-volt battery start a fire in your RV?
I recently read where a 9-volt battery thrown away in a trash can started a fire in a garage. Can this really happen? What do we have to do to keep safe in our RVs? —Donny F.
Read Mike’s response and a story about his personal experience with hot pants – Oh my!
Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40 years in the industry. Visit NoShockZone.org for more electrical safety tips. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
BRAND NEW EDITION FOR 2018
“The” guide to services at Interstate exits
Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate highway again. The 2018 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and details exactly what you will find at each: gas stations (including if they offer diesel), campgrounds, truck stops, casinos, laundries, retail stores (by name), shopping malls, factory outlet malls, drug stores, hospitals, rest areas & more. Very helpful even if you have a GPS. Learn more or order.
RV Tire Safety
with RV tire expert Roger Marble
Changing trailer tires – new load capacity requirement
On many of the RV forums Roger Marble monitors that focus on trailer application, there are recurring questions about changing tires, including going up in load range (ply rating), changing the “type” of tire or changing the tire dimensions. While there are many reply posts, Roger notes that not everyone offering answers has worked as a tire design engineer, as he has. While he provides answers as often as possible, he ends up saying the same things over and over – so this post is intended to be a go-to post for those asking tire change questions. Learn more.
In this issue’s “On The Road” dispatch, Charles Kuralt travels to the small California town of Boonville where the locals speak their own, unique language. We’re not sure when this originally aired on CBS, but it was probably the late ’60s or early ’70s. We’re told that “Boontling” is still spoken today, but rarely. Click the video to watch.This feature runs every other week.
Astronomy for RVers
with Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory
The planets – With spring come the mighty gas giants (and Mars)
Without a doubt the most crowd-pleasing objects at the telescope eyepiece are the Moon and the large planets Jupiter and Saturn. The reason is simple: These objects are bright, show clear structures and detail, and Jupiter and Mars are even colorful. If you get up early enough, before sunrise, you can see Saturn, Mars and Jupiter all in a line in the east. Click here to learn some fascinating facts about them.
City and U.S. maps
GPS devices are great, but there’s nothing like a folded map to plan a trip or guide you where you’re going once you’re underway. Just about every folded map you would ever need is here. Most sell from about $2 to $6. Check ’em out or order.
Museum of the Week
National Toy Hall of Fame
Unleash your inner child and come play at this quirky hall of fame! The museum displays toys that have inspired creative play and gained popularity over a sustained time period. Each year at the museum, new toys, board games, dolls, electronic games, books, photographs and documents are added to the museum along with their historic counterparts. Come learn the history of your favorite toys and dress up like Mr. Potato Head while you’re at it! Visit the museum website here for more information.
Easily clean those
stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grabs and holds the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.
The RV Kitchen
with Janet Groene
Po’ Boy Porridge
Let’s have hot cereal for breakfast. In Zambia, where peanuts are called ground nuts, this hot, filling cereal is a breakfast standard. Traditionally it’s made without salt or sugar but North Americans may want to add fruit, jelly, cream, pancake syrup or brown sugar. Try it as a change from oatmeal. Leftover cereal turns hard when chilled. Form into patties and fry in butter for a delicious second act. Get the recipe.
Make an omelette in seconds!
Tired of making omelettes and dealing with the mess, cleanup, and timely preparation? This microwaveable omelette maker saves the day! This handy gadget makes omelettes in just three easy steps: beat eggs and milk, add ingredients, microwave and eat! It promotes healthy eating by cutting out butter, oil and grease. Buy this breakfast-saver here.
The RV Vet
With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM
Valley Fever: A Fungus Among Us
Dear Dr. Deanna,
What is Valley Fever and how does it affect my pets?
Read last week’s column: Dogs, cats, and chocolate: Lethal combination?
Lots of responses to last week’s Special Survey for Pet Owners:
While RVing, have you ever had to rush your pet to a vet in an emergency? Click here for the results.
Keep your pets safe in an emergency
Do you worry about what would happen to your pets if you had an emergency and you couldn’t get back to them? This Pet Alert sticker, wallet card, and keychain set is a necessity for all pet owners. It informs first responders you have pets at home. On the sticker, check off how many pets you have and stick it on your car or RV window. Also included: a keychain and wallet cards, in case you are hurt and can’t talk. Learn more or order.
RV Short stop
Free things to do around Perry, Georgia
Just in time for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 97th International Convention & RV Expo in Perry, Georgia, here’s an article from Julianne G. Crane about Perry and some free things to do in the area if you’re attending the convention, or plan to visit the area any other time. Perry prides itself on being “the home of Southern charm and hospitality.” Learn more.
Good reading from RV123.com
• Mobile Internet Resource Center
• Key Ring
• 10 RV Battery Tips for Longer RV Battery Life
Pop popcorn the fun, easy way
Pop your popcorn with Colonel Popper, the all-silicone popcorn maker that folds down for compact storage. It’s super durable, safe and eco-friendly. You can eat fresh microwave popcorn right out of its colorful bowl! Perfect for the RV. Click the video for a one-minute demonstration or order at Amazon.
Free and bargain camping
Wegman’s Supermarket # 30, Mechanicsburg, PA
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Permission from customer service or manager required. Store specifies one night only. Very friendly & accommodating staff. Park in far south part of lot, farthest from store. Large lot is level and well lit, with normal traffic noise and no apparent safety issues. Buffet restaurant in store; Chili’s, Panera Bread, Chick-Fil-A, Longhorn Steakhouse close by. Address: 6416 Carlisle Pike. GPS: 40.2491, -77.009
Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, McNeal, AZ
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Park in designated areas only, & not in auto parking lot. Area is level, quiet, not brightly lit, and has no apparent security issues other than it being a remote location. Room for 5-10 RVs. Pit toilets are reported clean and well supplied. Excellent viewing area for sandhill cranes, waterfowl, and other birds and animals. Max stay is 3 nights in any 7-day period. Address: Bagby Rd. GPS: 31.560567, -109.718977
Overnight RV Parking, with more than 13,480 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demo. Watch a video about OvernightRVparking.com.
Graphite keeps your locks working
Keep your RV’s locks (and other locks, too) working the way they should. This product from AGS will keep them lubricated and working smoothly and will guard against sticking and dirt buildup. Also reduces wear and corrosion. This should be essential equipment on all RVs. Learn more or order.
Our favorite products for RVers at Amazon.com. Check ’em out.
Upcoming RV Shows
• Austin RV Expo, Feb. 15-18, Austin TX
• West Palm Beach RV Show, Feb. 15-18, West Palm Beach, FL
• Chicago RV & Camping Show, Feb. 15-18, Rosemont, IL
• 49th Annual RV Super Show, Feb. 15-18, Oklahoma City, OK
• Utah Sportsmen, Vacation & RV Show, Feb. 15-18, Sandy, UT
• Atlantic City RV & Camping Show, Feb. 16-18, Atlantic City, NJ
• Chattanooga RV Show, Feb. 16-18, Chattanooga, TN
• Gulf Coast RV Show – Mobile, Feb. 16-18, Mobile, AL
• Maryland RV Show, Feb. 16-18 & Feb. 23-25, Timonium, MD
• 44th Annual Northeast RV Show, Feb. 16-19, Suffern, NY
• Springfield RV Camping & Outdoor Show, Feb. 16-19, West Springfield, MA
• 64th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show, Feb. 16-25, Indianapolis, IN
• Harrisburg RV & Camping Show, Feb. 22-25, Harrisburg, PA
• Dallas RV Supersale, Feb. 22-25, Dallas, TX
• Columbus RV Show, Feb. 23-25, Columbus, OH
• Good Sam RV Super Show, Feb. 23-26, Phoenix, AZ
• Battle Creek Camper & RV Show, Mar. 1-4, Battle Creek, MI
• Central New York RV Show, Mar. 1-4, Syracuse, NY
• Colorado RV, Sports & Travel Show, Mar. 1-4, Denver, CO
• Greater Philadelphia RV Show, Mar. 1-4, Oaks, PA
• Montreal Recreational Vehicle Show, Mar. 1-4, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
• Ocala RV Show, Mar. 1-4, Ocala, FL
• Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show, Mar. 1-4, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
• Central Illinois RV Show, Mar. 2-4, Peoria, IL
• Fredericksburg RV Show, Mar. 2-4, Fredericksburg, VA
• New Orleans RV & Camping Show, Mar. 2-4, Kenner, LA
• Oregon State Eugene Spring RV Show, Mar. 2-4, Eugene, OR
• Rhode Island RV & Camping Show, Mar. 2-4, Providence, RI
See the complete list of all upcoming RV shows.
Andrew Jackson was the only president to pay off the national debt. He was also the first president to ride a train.
Bumper sticker of the week
Always remember you’re unique – just like everyone else!
Funny/clever business slogan
“A great place to take a leak” – at several radiator shops.
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker or business slogan? Send it to Diane (at) RVtravel.com
Joke of the Week
A man walked into his house out of breath, exhausted. “What happened, Honey?” inquired his wife. “I have a great new idea,” he said, gasping for air. “I ran all the way home behind the bus and saved $3.” Replied his wife: “That wasn’t very smart. Why didn’t you run behind the taxi and save $30?”
Random RV Thought
Someone who commutes alone by car to work 10 or 20 miles a day likely burns far more gas or diesel fuel in a year than 95 percent of all RVers in their RVs. Also, most RVers travel in twos, making the fuel cost per passenger far less than the solo commuters. People who don’t know anything about RVs who commute to work every day think RVers are gas hogs. They ought to look in their mirrors. Oink!
“Some people see things that are and ask, ‘Why?’ Some people dream of things that never were and ask, ‘Why not?’ Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” —George Carlin
RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editor: Russ De Maris. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Greg Illes, Bob Difley, Richard Miller, Richard Mallery, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Chris Guld, Julianne Crane, Chris Fellows, Dr. Deanna Tolliver, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.
ADVERTISE on RVtravel.com and/or in this newsletter. Contact Gail Meyring at Gail(at)RVtravel.com.
About the RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for three decades. In the ’90s he published the quirky travel newspaper Out West, and was an “on the road” writer for the New York Times Syndicate. His book, “The Best from Out West” is available at Amazon.com. Woodbury’s RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD “Buying a Recreational Vehicle,” the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way.
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