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Mike_27028
2 years ago

Hi Chuck, Gail ,
Is there a seminar or group to discuss starting a new campground? You discussed the growing deficit between record RV sales & diminishing campsites (especially affordable ones) but I think we, as RVers, will need to be an active part of the solution. Suggestions & further discussion would be appreciated.

Bill Burks
2 years ago

Hello, RV Family,
I will try to keep this short….. I had a 6 bedroom, 6600 sq ft home in Brentwood Tn for over 18 years and it was my dream home. But in July of 2015 I went camping over the 4th of july holiday at a local campground in Nashville Tn and I got the camping bug. My idea of camping before was a Hilton hotel with no pool….. Moving forward in October of the same year i scratched my head and said …WOW i still have that big house and I havent been home since July 4th this camping thing is pretty awesome…..So i went thru many different types of campers from pop up to pull behind to motorhome to 5th wheel…. Fast forward in April of 2017 I sold the BIG BEAST DREAM HOUSE and paid off all my debts bought a brand new 2017 DRB Mobile Suites 5th wheel with 6 slide outs and live ina RV Resort on the lake in Nashville Tn and I am there 9 months out of the year as its closed Dec- Mar. I go to another local rv campground for the winter months and then back to the lake in March which i cant wait for it to open……. I have only one regret …… I wished i had done it 10 years ago. I had a 5 day estate sale and had over 5000 people go thru and buy all my treasures, trash, trinkets aka JUNK and now i could not tell you what i had and all i know is that i had about 4-6 of everything i owed as i always had plenty of room but i also look back and say i had to dust it, clean it, move it, polish it , maintain it , insure it, protect it and sometimes even feed it…… Wow IT sure did take a lot of work and with the more of IT you have the more time IT take you away from the finer things in life…… IT’s just stuff and now I dont have a lot of STUFF but I have all I need and again wish i had done this 10 years ago as now i wake up to beautiful sunrise and sunsets and i have a small space that takes me less than 15 minutes to totally clean and have all the features and luxieries such as induction cooking, dishwasher, washer, dryer convection microwave ( which i didnt have in the “BIG BEAST” I have a bath and half full master suite and make more friends on a daily basis than i ever made in my stick neighborhood. Most people work all their lives to retire late and then only have a FEW GOOD YEARS left or end up dying early and NEVER get to enjoy LIFE ……Listen to me people retire early by downsizing to real life sized living and live life before its to late. Hope some of you can relate to this and if I can be of any service and answer in questions on how why and what to do I am glad to help……. Thanks and enjoy the BIG SMALL LIFE while you still can..

Eric Malm
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Burks

Thanks Bill. You are a very wise man who has learned what is necessary for a simple life. I am still in “school” working on the leap of faith.

Michael Hale
2 years ago

Hi, Chuck.
Really like the newsletter, but have a small gripe. in the bit about your closets, you say “eight times smaller”. Nothing can be smaller than 1 times smaller. Eight times as large, yes; 8 times as small, no. 1/8 the size, yes.

While I am sure everyone knows what you mean, it isn’t possible for something to be 8 times smaller.

Michael H

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Hale

Michael, Well, that’s my grammar lesson for the day. I still don’t understand, and I think readers understood what I meant. But not sure I will remember this particular rule as ye ol’ brain can’t quite comprehend the math as you’ve explained. But thanks for weighing in on this. Actually, now that I have written this, I think maybe I WILL remember!

Maggie williams
2 years ago

I love reading your articles but when I read your homesick one I had to comment. We are relative newbies to fulltiming as we just sold our house a year plus ago and moved into a nice RV (no complaints there) but when back (holidays, doctors, etc) to where we had permanent roots for forty years, family and friends, I become swamped emotionally with feelings of wanting my things back, even though my head knows they were just possessions that tie you down. The biggest problem causing the most ho-hums for me is not having my own place for family to gather. However, when we are out on the road the incredible freedom, joy of new experiences and the pure exhilaration of seeing what is over the next hill is like no other that I’ve experienced in my life time. It is good to know that others have moments of homesickness in the middle of the wonderful and indescribable life we’re living on the road fulltiming. Thank you for addressing that subject.

Roy Shaw
2 years ago

Thank you for “On The Road” at 63 I still remember watching that. Like to see that here on the newsletter weekly. Never know we just might get a Chuck or Charles wanting to do the same thing. I enjoy reading and watching about your travels, got your book and enjoyed reading.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Roy Shaw

Roy, we decided to run the Charles Kuralt pieces every other week. We don’t want to run out too fast, which could happen if we did them weekly. I wish we could run them weekly, too.

Trent Alexander
2 years ago

I’m a newbie and just bought a travel trailer last December. I’m still learning how to use it and on my 2nd trip out I noticed the battery was almost dead. It had a cheap 12V that was several years old. So I talked to a friend about replacing it. I ended up buying two 6V deep cycle golf cart batteries and wired them up to make 12V. I now have 235 amp hours versus an almost dead 80 amp hours. I consider this a major upgrade. Yes, this was a bit more expensive but I like to get the most from my purchases and peace of mind that I have ample power. I would appreciate more tips in your publication that will teach a newbie like me how to maximize my travel trailer core systems.
Thank you,

Bruce H Pedersen
2 years ago

One of my enjoyments Saturday morning is reading RV Travel usually around 7:30 – 8:00 am. However today I did not get one in my e-mail. I am a voluntary subscriber and do hope this is an electronic mishap.

Dave Graham
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I usually get it around 3am but today I didn’t get It until around 8am. ?

Brent Adamson
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I have yet to get my email, so I went to the web and here you are!
brent

Darrel
2 years ago

Check your spam folder. Might be in there.

IRA HOUSE
2 years ago

I ALSO DID NOT GET THE CURRENT NEWSLETTER, BUT WENT TO THE WEBSITE TO READ IT

marty chambers
2 years ago

Dear Chuck,

You were most likely right on target with your giant catfish sighting, they get big.

Check out “noodling” if you want to see more.

https://www.catfishgrabblers.com/

All our best to you and your lady.

Jerry J Parkinson
2 years ago

Way too many ads. Very hard to decide what is an ad and what is content. I realize this is a means to make money but enough already. The content isn’t worth the effort.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago

Jerry, all the ads have red headlines, other material does not. I know there a lot of ads, mostly to Amazon, where we get a slight cut on what someone buys. We average about a $1 per sale. We have a paid staff of more than 10 people now (including regular freelance columnists) and we pay them, not take advantage of them by asking them to write or work for free. Also only a few percent of our readers have “voluntarily” subscribed with a small donation, so we need that Amazon revenue. Now that we have our Monday-Thursday RV Daily Tips newsletter back, we are producing approximately 300 newsletters a year. And people won’t even chip in $5 or $10 a year, which is less than 3 cents an issue. So until we can get more support from our readers we will continue to run more ads than we’d prefer because there are bills to pay. Also, unlike paid advertising (and we have some of that, but not a lot), the Amazon revenue comes with no strings attached which is often the case with major companies who will not continue advertising if we say anything bad about them. That’s why you seldom see a bad review in a printed RV magazine. Keep in mind, too that most printed consumer magazines must run at least 50% advertising in each issue to pay the bills. I don’t think we are close to that. We just present it in a different manner. So, I really can’t apologize for all those Amazon ads, but I can say that we pick mostly products we think would be of interest to RVers, and most of our readers understand.

Bill Patterson
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

I see most of your ads are in the column on the right and not in the main body of the site. I think that separation is correct and makes it easy to read or ignore if you wish. Unfortunately money is what we all have to make to do the things we want to. Remember the Golden Rule…what would you do if you ran the newsletter?

Brent Adamson
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Patterson

I think it is a good balance, keep it up Chuck!

Robert Bendall
2 years ago

Hi Chuck,
I read your post everyday. I think it is full of great information.
A few issues ago you demonstrated your coffee maker. It looked very good.
In the article, it didn’t indicate where one could be purchased.
I did the usual ” google search ” with no success .
Is it possible to pass that information along?
I am from Ontario Canada
Thank you for your time and consideration
Bob

DJ Napora ( currently at home)
2 years ago

Heres something to think about.
I see so very many RV ers posting on facebook pix of their travels. If you are a part timer, wait until you come back home before posting those pictures!
Dont be telling folks that you are away!!

Wolfe Rose
2 years ago

…or keep pictures of yourself cleaning your vast pistol collection in your phone to post while you’re away… 😉

June Johnson
2 years ago

Need guidance on sealing the roof and seams on our fourwinds 5000 motor home.