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Jillie
2 years ago

I really have to post this. But the Passport ROV is almost identical to the Jayco swift flight. I took a look at this camper thru a KOA sweepstakes give away and once I took a look inside thru one of those on line visual cameras realized it was identical to the Jayco. So if you are going after one? The Jayco is much nicer and has more storage this piece of junk. IMO I wonder if jayco knows of this.

Michael Gardner
2 years ago

As long as the uninformed keep buying poor quality RVs, manufacturers will continue to make them. Perhaps we all should go to a dealer, look over an RV, then tell them their stuff isn’t well enough made. Not fair to the dealers, but the manufacturers aren’t listening. Keep blogging and Youtubing the stories…..
https://www.tomorrowsjourney.com/responsible-poor-quality-rvs-manufactured-today/

Mike Sherman
2 years ago

We don’t expect auto manufacturers to lay asphalt and should not expect RV manufacturers to provide campsites. More investors would pony up to building campgrounds if there is a fair return on their investment, and the government eased up on the permitting process. Try building an RV park on the coast of California. Mention sewer system and the Coastal Commission will insure it never gets built. The cost of raw land, plus FHU utilities is expensive….the investors get a bigger return from hotel/motel projects. Fortunately, new RV parks do pop up, but they are expensive because they add golf courses, restaurants, etc. etc.

Rory Roberts
2 years ago

I follow the newsletter and read the articles on travel and safety with great interest. I do have a suggestion though. It is confusing to me when I read so many articles or watch videos where FT’ers are discussing wild camping or boondocking off the grid. It seems that there are legions of RV’ers who do this, yet in my travels, I haven’t met many who do this on a regular basis. The “noise-level” re: wildcamping, making it seems as though the greater percentage of RV’ers are off the grid boondockers. I boondock some but not that much.. Communing with nature is great, but my personal preferences is to do so, just to recharge my batteries, and then I go where there are new friends to be made and old friends to meet and catch up with. Would you consider doing a survey to more or less get a estimated percentage of just how many RV’ers prefer “off the grid” boondocking to private and public RV parks & campgrounds.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rory Roberts

Rory, we have done surveys in the past, and less than 20% of our readers do much traditional “boondocking,” in the sense of plopping down in the desert or elsewhere, usually on government lands. And I’d guess only about 10% do it exclusively or nearly so. We’ll do another survey soon, though. Good idea!

John
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

That’s one of the great things about boondocking. While most RVers are crammed into campgrounds and complaining about the lack of more of them, I have the desert to myself!

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

John, Yeah, it’s great in the Southwest, but you don’t find much of that wide open space on public lands east of the Mississippi.

AL
2 years ago

I am confused. RV Travel had an article “Trailer folk: Jack the frame – not the axle” but in another on-line publication, I read “How To Avoid Flat Spots On Your Trailer Tires” which is about a device that jacks a trailer up by the axles.
https://www.rvtravel.com/trailer-folk-jack-frame-not-axle/
https://rvlife.com/trailer-legs-rv-tire-storage/

John Koenig
2 years ago

I don’t (and WON’T) “do” Facebook. Move content to Facebook and it becomes USELESS to me.

Patti L
2 years ago

The idea of where can you go is probably one that should be part of researching before you make a purchase. Hear me out here… check out the average parks in areas that you might be interested in seeing, typical road types that you like to travel (none of this being hard and fast, mind you)..just what it is that you want to do. This research will come in when you are looking at types and sizes. I mean, yeah. that 40ft fiver with 5 slideouts and all the comforts that you don’t even have in your sticks and bricks may seem perfect…until you find that it can’t go easily to the off the path places you really want to be. Most camping places probably were not built with the new, much bigger units in mind. That will really add to your frustration. But this is just an idea floating around in my head but I thought it might be worth mentioning.

Peter Calimeris
2 years ago

I saw your article about the RV industry last week in the Contra Costa Times. The paper is a member of the Mercury News Group in the Bay Area. It was titled “RV industry in chaos”. It was in the automotive section of the Saturday edition. Thank you.

DAVE TELENKO
2 years ago

HELP HELP HELP, Chuck we all need your help in getting the RV manufactures to clean up their act. I know you have 3 decades of RVing, hopefully that can get the ball rolling. I’m fighting back, luckily I live in Ca & lemon laws are strong here, & I’ve got one going against Forest River & DDRV for all the lousy workmanship & the 6 months out of 12 I couldn’t use my RV. Chuck I can’t speak for all the RV’s but the RV manufactures need to not only make good on their promise of quality, so do the selling dealers in actually doing the repairs. Hey if it takes some kind of financial help, I’m good with that.
Dave

Eric Eltinge
2 years ago

In CA, I’ve migrated to NASCAR tailgating and military campgrounds. With 25% of the nation’s homeless and sanctuary illegal aliens everywhere, the public campgrounds are being overrun. We also now have 55,000 marijuana farms. You’ll find needles in fire pits and tented hobo towns under freeways. Exercise caution.

John Matheny, Austin, TX
2 years ago

A caveat to my response to the reader poll about daily newspapers. My response was every, or almost every, day. However, it could also be never since I don’t read it in hard copy but rather on line. Wonder how many others might fit that category?

William Watterson
2 years ago

In issue 843 you advertised a tank sensor cleaner called caravan sensor cleaner. Clicking on it took me to Amazon where it only had a 3 1/2 star rating. Is the products in the news letters actually tried and tested and recommended by the RV community or are the listed solely because of paid advertising?

Michael Falkner
2 years ago

You know I’ve been reading your newsletter for a while and have never seen any article about diy rv’s. I have been rving since I was 20 and am now 65, I have bought new and used all types of rv’s and decided after my last 4o ft piece of junk I would downsize and my wife and I decided we would rather build what we want and not what we were offered with a bunch of defects. Why can’t you talk about some of the people that are doing the same? There is a real large community of us out there, you could increase readers and introduce another point of view? You ought to try it? Thanks Mike (Love your newsletter)

Hubert Bru
2 years ago

The one biggest issue we have is that there are very few rv,Trailer friendly gas stations out there and if you do pull into one that services big transports you get fround on.

Sheri
2 years ago

In poll of live video chat, I selected YouTube. My husband & I are deaf & full-time RVers. We are asking you to please have your videos with closed captioned. There are many deaf RVees who are Campers, vacationers, partial, full timers. We can gain knowledge with closed captioned videos. Thank you so much for your well-written newsletter articles.!

Ron
2 years ago
Reply to  Sheri

I’m with Sheri. Human hearing typically starts to decline around the age of 65 to 74…..much earlier if you have Tinnitus or other hearing related problems. Close Caption will greatly benefit those of us with poor hearing as well as those who are deaf.

Barbara Hagen
2 years ago

We cannot ignore the lack of quality control among the manufacturers but the lack of campground space around the country. I believe the dealers should pick up the slack and provide spaces for the RV’s they sell. Lately I hear that RV service centers have provided sites for RV’s being serviced to help the fulltimers to stay in their RV’s. How about Dealers stepping up !!!! No one takes up this cause.

Booneyrat
2 years ago
Reply to  Barbara Hagen

I agree…too many RV’s and not enough decent RV parks out there.Many dealers do not care after they get your hard earned money…I found out the hard way from an unscrupulous dealer in Pasco,Washington.Something to do with a blue dog.

Ed
2 years ago
Reply to  Barbara Hagen

Dealers are for the purpose of selling RV’s, not providing RV sites. If one thinks there are no available sites, why would one buy an RV in the first place? Let the free market decide the number of sites to exist.

Bill T
2 years ago
Reply to  Barbara Hagen

Interesting idea. Although we all know dealers are just about the sell, not the after purchase service or where you want to park it. The bottom is about to fall out in the RV sales business. At the multi-million pace RV’s are being sent out by the manufacturers, people will realize that there will be no place to go with them anymore. Six plus months waiting list at any national park. Ridiculous.