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Bonnie Bowers
2 years ago

We have read about alot of ghost towns that we would like to explore. Are you allowed to boondock at ghost towns to be able to explore?

Chuck Woodbury
2 years ago
Reply to  Bonnie Bowers

I think you probably can on many of them, at least those in the West. I would use Google Maps or Google Earth to look at the places, and then do some research about the ownership of the land. If it’s on government land, BLM, Forest Service . . . it’s entirely possible you could stay. I will forward this comment off to one of our boondocking experts for his advice.

Lee
2 years ago

Well Chuck, the next recession will ‘thin the herd’ somewhat, but the following recovery will bring back manufacturing, sales, and use. There is room for everyone in the industry to step up their game. A good start would be lemon law protection and enforceable repair protection.
Another good step is for campground/RV Park franchisers to seriously enforce standards in their parks. It works for the fast food and restaurant industry and can work here. It will be spendy and require aggressive oversight, but short term pain will equal long term gain and insure consistency across the brand.
Finally, (Thank God he’s going to shut up!) it’s no secret that many rural areas of this country are suffering economically. Many of these areas have a lot to offer to the RVer if developed. Some out of the box thinking and willingness to make things work could lead to more places for us to go and economic development in those areas.

John Hiler
2 years ago

Oh, lament, how we thrive on Cheeeeep goods. Cheap is best is the national motto. Cheap goods drives out more dear…And land values soar as population rises. The exploitation of other nations for cheap imports by corporations drives frantic immigrants to our shore’s.

Eric Eltinge
2 years ago

Best campgrounds now are Good Sam 10/10/10 or military. Last 2 NASCAR campgrounds I paid a lot of money to be sandwiched next to inconsiderate poor white trash. In Las Vegas I moved to camp for free between Bass Pro Shops and Cracker Barrel. CA campgrounds filling up with marijuana growers employees, homeless, and illegal aliens. We need more National Guard.

Matthew Colie
2 years ago

Chuck, While I agree that the chains have stifled the Mom&Pop cafes, there are still plenty out there. We plan many of our excursions to exclude interstates (Charles Kuralt was correct). We may not get someplace as fast as we might, but we often are not real sure what the destination is for that day. It may be an antique, but it is a self contained coach.

Matt

Lee
2 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Colie

Yes, yes, yes Matthew. Over the years I have drug my wife into great little joints, cafes, and hole-in-the-wall places with good food and wonderful service that she would have automatically passed on as Ptomaine Tony’s.
Don’t be afraid to get a little ways off the main drag, and ask the locals where they eat.

Kevin kelly
2 years ago

Well just stick your heads in the sand If you don’t wish to hear The Facts about campground overcrowding, no spots to stay in on a rv vacation, and poor quality rv manufacturing. I do recommend your just play like these problems are nonexistent. These problems are real and I applaud Chuck for writing about them. FMCA and Motor home certainly do not address these issues. They rely on advertising from RV manufacturing and even campgrounds.
Chuck keep up the excellent reporting.

Ken VS
2 years ago
Reply to  Kevin kelly

There are those who want everyone to have eternal rose colored glasses, there are those who no matter how good something is there’s always a bug in their lemonade and then their are those who make observations and speak from a balanced perspective based on the observations made. The good is good, the bad is still there but an equal amount of attention is paid to each end of the observable spectrum. Sometimes there is more good observed, other times more bad in the week. If there is notable improvement of a past bad observation, I’m sure that it will be noted in the column. Keep being realistic and reporting your observations Chuck!

John Snell
2 years ago
Reply to  Kevin kelly

We have been RVing in thev SW for two years now with our pull behind. Jan. and Feb. We have only once called to Reserve a spot more than one day in advance. We have been told many times there are only one or two sites available. After arriving we’ve found numerous open sites (designed for trailers like ours) that sit vacant for the entire time we are there. It’s always risky painting with a broad brush. To your other point, I would never buy a motor home ie; friends who own them, constant problems, and would only buy a used pull behind if we were to upgrade. I tore into my own for repairs and found stripped screws, put in at an ungodly angles. Strip the glitz and the problems are obvious.

F Brent Betenson
2 years ago

I think Mr Adams hit the nail on the head. I’ve been thinking the same thing for months now.
I’ll keep reading, but change the topic.

Richard Brandt
2 years ago

Chuck, Would you be willing to give up your nomading (sp) lifestyle to open up a campground; from scratch?
If so, where would you build it?

Jillie
2 years ago

Need to let everyone know that nation wide per Progressive Insurance which we just cancelled our RV insurance on because we can’t afford college payments and this, RV insurance is going up substantially. It has not had a system wide rate hike in 6 years. So be prepared to pay more for your RV this year once the policy renews. Ours went up 40 dollars and again, need to save money for college and this is a luxury we can no longer afford. So no camping trips until she is done with college. Happy camping everyone.

John Snell
2 years ago
Reply to  Jillie

We have progressive for our pull behind , (reasonabe) it’s the cheapest I have found. I’m assuming you have a motor home and I totally agree with you. Insurance for anything is outrageous. Sorry you have to make that choice.

Tumbleweed
2 years ago
Reply to  Jillie

Check out Amica Insurance. MUCH cheaper!

James Eversoll
2 years ago

How about a column about new campgrounds opening.
When we were rving in the UK we stayed at a farm where the farmer laid out a heavy electric cord in his cow pasture. Water was available at a common spigot . He also had a dump station that was just a 4″ pipe.

Roland
2 years ago

Your article heading is strange, of course they want live folks! LOL!

Wanted! Live campground hosts in Idaho
The U.S. Forest Service in Idaho is looking for more than just a few good folks. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests need volunteer campground hosts. There are multiple openings available in several locations.

Mr Adams
2 years ago

Sooo tired of the same doom and gloom lamenting of times past. Ok! We get it, the rv manufacturers dont care, they only care about money/sales. big friggin surprise . We already know it, we don’t like it either and you are preaching to the choir. Just stop. The headline this week, reads something about tire issues, great! Finally a different topic ,,,,, nope! the first thing Inread ( every damn week!) is about the overcrowding, too many rigs being sold, camp grounds full. ‘I can’t do what I used to do when the world was innocent…..everyone ( manufacturers AND the bloggers alike) did such a great job promoting the RV lifesyle ( and making money at it) that many others like us caught the bug and joined in. Im done with this sooo sick of it. either go (quietly)lobby the park owners to build or cities to permit or convince owners to sell/not use their rigs. you know what -never mind. im tired of this and not going to write about it anymore. you should too.
Im cancelling

Jillie
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr Adams

Agreed with this post. If you don’t like Camping World so be it. Others do. RV General and other other RV places do do repairs on campers. You need to do your homework if you are going to do major renovations on your rig. Otherwise, buyer beware. Take it back to where you bought it and have them do the work. Happy camping everyone.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
2 years ago
Reply to  Mr Adams

Mr. Adams,

Yup, I understand. But problems exist that did not exist 20 years ago — it’s not that they were “the good ol’ days,” nobody is preaching that. It’s just that the industry is still preaching “go where you want, when you want,” and that needs to stop because it is increasingly untrue. What we are writing about is a big subject — too complex to cover in one issue (or even 20) of a newsletter. We’re sorry to see you go, but from our perspective, while you unsubscribed yesterday, more than 100 new people subscribed, so we know while there are likely plenty of people who share your views, there are others eager to learn more, both the good, the bad and the ugly. We are not simply preaching to the choir.

We will not stop talking about bad quality of RVs and crowded RV parks, and the many, many other issues that deserve to be discussed. You will find plenty of RV websites that offer simple same ol’ same ol’ writing — some of it paid for in disguise — that makes RVing look so perfect. It’s still a wonderful thing, just different than when most of us signed on, and not always “good” different. We are simply doing what we can to make a difference in the RVing experience of our relatively small audience and the half-million new people who buy an RV each year.

We’re sorry to see you go, but we understand, and wish you well.

Chuck
editor

Scott Gitlin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

RVing was a thought after viewing YouTube videos. But your newsletters opened my eyes to the real world out there. And the reason the same issues come up again and again is . . . no progress. If you keep being a thorn in the industry’s backside, perhaps something will happen.

I donated to the site and appreciate the honest reportage.