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Mike
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Mike

Just a suggestion…. Maybe post California fuel prices separately from national to let folks know what we have is not reflected in the rest of the lower 47. Kinda gives people an idea of what to expect when planning a trip out west or rather how far west they really want to travel…..

Karin Stauder
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Karin Stauder

Mike, On your recent article you speak of making sure the plug on the pedestal at the RV park is a 30amp, 120volt and not the 30amp dryer plug that is 125volts. I wanted to be sure I understand you correctly that at that the 30amp dryer plug is stamped 125volts and the 30amp RV plug has 120volts stamped on the plug, thus indicating it is used for RV’s. I bought your book “RV Electrical Safety” and have purchased the three testers you suggested. I wanted to make sure I should also be looking at the plug on the pedestal… Read more »

Mike Sokol
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Not exactly. What you need to watch out for is a TT-30 RV outlet (which is plainly marked 125 volts) that has been miswired with 240 volts. You should NEVER see a 30-amp/240-volt dryer outlet in a park. And yes the dryer outlet will be marked for 250 volts.

lj
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lj

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So Chuck an rant as much as he wants, but I can’t post a counter rant???

lj
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lj

You might want to consider very carefully before going holier than thou on a fellow camper about too much lighting outside. I, for one, would consider it an unneighborly act. I need an abundance of light to be able to safely walk outside, and if someone has an issue with that, then it is their problem, not mine. To read a dead tree book, I need at least a 150 watt light (or LED equivalent). My desktop, smart phone and tablet are all turned to their brightest settings, and never turned down. I probably have 2000+ lumens just about my… Read more »

Tim
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Tim

That’s fine, but turn them off when not needed to show respect to others!

lj
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lj

Well, respect is a two way street, isn’t it. It. It doesn’t mean “just do what I want, because I’m right” At 11:00pm as mentioned, the lights would still be on, I don’t go to bed that early. Last night, they would be on till about 2:00. BTW, if you don’t like the lights, you are in for a lot of disappointment. There are well-lighted rigs in probably 30-40% of the parks we stay at. In this park, also in the hill country, the manager’s site is lit up like a circus. But even then, if Chuck wanted to see… Read more »

Darrel
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Darrel

If you are not outside using outdoor lights, then you intentionally irritate others
Massive ego and self entitlement much?

Howard H
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Howard H

Hi I like to read your news it has lots of good info Do you know about towing doubles I am a little confused on the laws can I tow a camp trailer and a 8 ft trailer behind my camp trailer I hope you can help confused

Jay French
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Jay French

28 States allow triple towing. Some will reduce the overall length. California requires a special license endorsement & Wisconsin a permit.
https://www.doityourselfrv.com/rv-triple-towing-laws/

Wolfe
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Wolfe

Laundry in a TuckerTote: I’ve been doing my road-laundry this way for years anytime I can’t pack enough to get back home. I’m not wasting time/money on commercial laundry-mats, and have plenty of room in my tub for a BIG tucker (only half-full to slosh better, and reused as storage when not washing). Cooking pasta: Rather than niche products, just use an electric pressure cooker. “Just” cover the dry pasta with water and its all absorbed. I flavor that water, and the pasta sucks that up too. This trick works great with rice too. Zero steam inside the RV, zero… Read more »

Sherry Dawson
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Sherry Dawson

Thanks for the pressure cooker tip! I’ve debated whether to bring mine on my initial trips, which will be in a small camper. I plan to buy a larger camper and go full time, and the pressure cooker is already on that packing list. You’ve convinced me it is worth the space it will take up to use it now. We can also cook potatoes, corn, and other vegetables that require boiling. And cooking meat in a pressure cooker, of course, requires much less propane or electricity than other methods. Thanks for helping me think this through! If you like… Read more »

Jay French
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Jay French

Thanks for the liver suggestion. Love liver & onions plan on doing it in the pressure cooker tomorrow.

Kim
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Kim

When researching our next campground I always use google maps in satellite view. You can usually get a pretty good idea of how close your neighbors will be.

John Whitney
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John Whitney

Chuck,
In regard to your continued referral to the results of your question on RV quality, and many of the comments from dissatisfied new rig owners; if you could redo the survey so owners could also indicate age I think satisfaction of older rigs would go up, and rigs built since 2010 or 2011 would go way down. Maybe 3 separate surveys and each addresses a mfg date range.

John Hiler
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John Hiler

Thinking of some of the things that need to be resolved, About Electrical hookups; RV builders should include a red/green signal on the console where you see your tankage and whatever, a red/green signal for power hookup. It shows red if your power is wrong, low or high, or if you have a faulty ground. Green if everything is ok. A simple electronic report that reflects electrical problems.

Kevin
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Kevin

Yes the good sams book that list campgrounds is a bargain at $6.95. BUT if you look closley the highlited ones are all Good Sams parks iI know for a fact that one park rated 10 10 10 which was a ten and brand new. A few years later failed to Renew in the guide for$2400.00 a year. Next issue ,small print, no good sams ratings. I have stayed in other good sams 9 rated parks that i would rate a 3 at best. I complained about the park, upkeep, and ratings. They offered me a $25. Coupon for another… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

Kevin, FWIW, the company’s name is Good Sam….. not Good Sams. Something owned by Good Sam is Good Sam’s.

Julie Cherry
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Julie Cherry

I have tried to submit my email address to your daily newsletter and for some reason it’s not taking it. Any suggestions?

Ken Pratt
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Ken Pratt

Do you ever delete comments?

Joe Dobry
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Joe Dobry

Chuck,
Hope you are talking about Wichita Falls RV Park on Seymour Rd. This is the only decent, economical park that I have found. You COULD pay $50-60 at Jellystone east of town…
We are in the WF park as I type for 4 nights to visit old school buddies. Sorry we will miss you–also, we were at Lazy L&L CG in Sattler/Canyon Lake for a week, but forgot you were in the area.
Be safe.
Joe

Marylee Traver
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Marylee Traver

Dear Chuck,

Please correct me if I am mistaken, but are you the author who wrote about the idea of opening up a “no frills” type of campground where you can stay over nite near the interstate….limited or no electrical, water, dumping station??? I think it is a wonderful idea, but I am unable to find the article on your site again……can you please direct me to the correct issue?

Have you moved forward with these ideas?

Marylee Traver

Joe Allen
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Joe Allen

Chuck, we are with you on the lack of understanding how to camp in an RV park. The TV that swings out on the side of the camper is a pet peave of mine! Not only does it detract from the peaceful surroundings, it can blare into the wee hours of the night. Also, the walking through others camping area, being impervious to their space. Dogs barking all day while their owners are away; spilling black or grey water waste on the ground and thinking nothing of it. Laying their sewer hose up on the picnic table to clean it… Read more »

Joe Allen
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Joe Allen

On the National Park system; wife and I both have America the Beautiful passes, now called Senior passes. It is correct in the fact that if you have a car load of people and 1 person has the pass, the rest get in free. I actually could never understand this. I can see this changing and in the very near future. Our National Parks are in some form of disrepair and with the throngs of people visiting each and every year, don’t see anything changing soon. We do try and add to the economy while there in purchasing food, trinkets,… Read more »

Therese
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Therese

I am amazed that my husband and I can have a lifetime national park pass for only $10. We try to leave donations when we visit NPS or other historic sites. I prefer that over buying something I don’t really need.

Rob
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Rob

I enjoyed your intro today, I am convinced that you and perhaps your radio friend should develop a set of Campground ethics. These could then be forwarded to the campground owners to print and distribute, or we ourselves could print them and politely hand them to the offending RVer. We also just had a neighbor with enough lights to light a construction site. My biggest complaint is barking Dogs. When a Dog barks, thats all I hear. I am amazed at how deaf the dog owners are to their own dogs barking. I did not pay for a park to… Read more »

Jay French
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Jay French

Totally agree with you concerning barking dogs. Know you are referring to the type that is continual for hours at a time.
Personally a well lit campsite does not bother me but I mostly avoid “Resort” type campgrounds which are packed little space between “Campers” & instead use National Parks which are spacious.

Nels Bailey
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Nels Bailey

Chuck, I think that it’s high time that you came to visit us in NEWFOUNDLAND-LABRAFOR,Canada. It is well worth the ferry crossing cost to visit this historic place. Just a few of the attractions that you may want to visit are: Gros Morne and Terra Nova National Parks; Lance-aux-Meadows, a Viking village,dating to about 1000AD: Cape Spear, the mostEasterly point of Land in North America: the Northeast coast which we call Iceberg Alley; the Dover Fault, where the continents actually split apart Mullins of years ago; whale watching all summer long; we are home to some of the largest black… Read more »

Nels
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Nels

Please excuse to typos in the message, a typist I am not. NEWFOUNDLAND-LABRADOR, CANADA. Should read Millions of years ago. And that moose would be 1000 pounds not 100,. LOL.

Mona Kostenuk
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Mona Kostenuk

We visited NFLD 14 years ago. One of our top 5 travel places. We are planning to return next spring/summer. A must place to visit.

Jerry
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Jerry

I visited Newfoundland last summer. The places you mentioned were great but you forgot to mention the terrible road conditions

Buzzelectric
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Buzzelectric

Does anyone believe the campground number rating systems that the big boys print up in their thick books? Why would you give a 10 rating to a glorified parking lot. Did you ever notice whenever you look at an rv campgrounds web site they try not to show what a camp site looks like? I want to know what I’m aesthetically going to pay for. I laughed “with” Chuck’s editorial today. I have gotten pretty good at looking at websites and other sources to desern what the sites will look like. I love when websites tell you that you have… Read more »

Stephen Cavender
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Stephen Cavender

If a park only shows pictures of “amenities” and not actual campsites, I move on to my next possibility. I always suspect they’re hiding something. Park owners should always show pics of where you’ll be spending your money. You’re in for a big letdown if you think otherwise.

Mona
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Mona

I want to see pictures of the campsites, not the people partying in the clubhouse or kids playing in the park or the camp store. RV Park Review is our go to site for ratings & comments. They are posted by travellers like you & I and not the park itself. Everything is based on personal preferences. Some like concrete and grass while others have no problem with gravel and no grass (desert). Some prefer trees, others prefer wide open space. We have gone to parks rated “10” and they are dumps, others rated “6” are, to us, Resorts. When… Read more »

Bob H
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Bob H

Google Earth is optimal for getting overhead and sometimes even streetview images of campgrounds. I won’t make a reservation without looking for myself at unbiased images

alan goss
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alan goss

I read that you are headed to Wichita Falls. We’ve been there a few times passing through. Our favorite eating place is Rib Crib – good BBQ. And if you haven’t tried Braum’s ice cream, you should stop by the one on Kemp Rd and give it a try.

Ted Leavitt
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Ted Leavitt

I am trying to find out more about the Hughes Autoformer than what is written on their website. Last summer in Canada, we stayed in 2 campsites that were plagued with low voltage. We practiced boondocking mode which we seldom do. Will these autoformers cut the power to our RV in a low voltage situation? Perhaps Mike will weigh in on this item/issue. Thanks.

Gary R
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Gary R

Tom, I have a Hughs Autoformer and have found it to be quite effective. It will not shut down power to the coach in low voltage situations. When the park or input voltage is 116 volts or below, the output of the Autoformer is 10% over the input. When the input is over 118 volts, the output is 2% over the input. This is helpful if park voltage is low, or if you are putting a high demand on the system. The Autoformer has some surge protection built in, but I plug mine into a separate surge protector for an… Read more »

Mike Sokol
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Contrary to what Hughes says on their website, their Autoformer will not restore full wattage available to your RV, but it will restore full voltage. It does this by trading voltage for amperage, just like any transformer. So if the pedestal voltage is 10% low and it boosts your RV voltage by 10%, then it needs to make this up by taking an additional 10% of amperage from the pedestal. And since that current is downstream of the pedestal circuit breaker you’re not getting the full 3600 watts from the 30-amp pedestal outlet as they claim. To do as they… Read more »

BYRON
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BYRON

Unless you plan on using more than 25 amps of a 30 amp model, or 45 amps of a 50 amp model, you should not have a
problem with the low voltage………

Mike Sokol
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Mike Sokol

You are correct about the 25 or 45 amp limits being ok. But while the Hughes Autoformer does work well to restore low pedestal voltage to proper levels, it does NOT restore full wattage to your RV as they suggest on their website. I have a big problem with incorrect marketing hype, especially after I’ve brought it to their attention.

BYRON
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BYRON

While I agree with your marketing hype, I believe its more important to protect your RV’s appliances and still enjoy the comfort we are paying for, by being able to use them..
BTW, I own NO stock in, nor do I work for Hughes. THX…..

byron
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byron

Not cut off but, boost it 8-10%…. thus 104v. becomes 110-112v……..I have had 2 over the last 22 yrs. This way you still have power.
Hope this helps …………b.y.

Mike Sokol
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Byron, yes I agree. And I myself use autoformers all the time in my big sound systems. If you think you have voltage fluctuations in an RV park, you ain’t seen nothing until you’ve done a show for Trans-Siberian Orchestra with thousands of high powered lights. Of course our autotransformer based AC regulators are much more sophisticated (read expensive) than the Hughes product, but the principles are the same. And I’ve been installing buck and boost transformers in industrial settings for over 40 years. I just want these guys to stop making up marketing hype online since I won’t take… Read more »

BYRON
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BYRON

Mike, I totally agree with you. Looking for your reply from Hughes………….