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mike

I’ll admit I get a little turned off by frequent complaints about how hard it is to find campgrounds and how many RVs are sold. One thing that would help is when you talk about how full campgrounds are is to talk about how you can manage that. You may have done this some but to provide options. We have always avoided popular places when they are busy and so far have never had a problem. That isn’t always possible but if you plan ahead when needed and don’t get upset when places are full you will do better. If… Read more »

Jeff
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Jeff

I’m with you Mike! I too am tired of always hearing about all the RV’s being sold. Unfortunately, most of the RV’s that are shipped from the manufacturer are not always sold right away. Many just sit on Dealers lots and some of them for years before being sold! You see it all the time driving down the interstate, hundreds of RV’s sitting. Planning ahead for your RV Stay, like My Wife and I do, is a must. Stay away from the crowded BIG Attraction areas.

Don Callahan
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Don Callahan

Chuck,

How about a “tips” column about clever ways to improve the livability of a RV.? Print note worthy submissions.

Tom Rooney
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Tom Rooney

Chuck, you comment on worthless extended warranties, then have advirtisments for them , Does this mean you endorse the quality of anything that is advirtised in the newsletter? Or are we just susposed to know you need the money and we are susposed to know which items are junk or worthless?

Chuck Woodbury
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Hi Tom. I don’t recall saying they were worthless. I have advised not paying $8,000 for one at Camping World (then financing it for 15 or 20 years). Our surveys on this subject have always resulted in a mixed bag — those who swear by an extended warranty and those who do not like them. Interestingly, Gail and I have filed three claims on an extended warranty (in the last six months) we inherited when we bought our used motorhome two years ago. It has paid for a new water heater, sway bar and two rear jacks. We had to… Read more »

Fred Burns
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Fred Burns

Chuck, this may not be a game changing idea, but there are two things that current rvers, especially fulltimers, need to make their lives & travels easier. We have reliable data bases & web sites for campgrounds, dump sites, Walmarts, & all other kinds of shopping or service needs except two of the most important ones. We don’t have a good source of info on laundromats or propane refill locations. The laundromat locations in the typical gps are unreliable & are frequently out of business or are in poor condition with many broken machines. The internet Yellow pages isn’t much… Read more »

PaulgizzMartinez
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PaulgizzMartinez

Chuck, I really enjoy the way you write your News Letters…”off the cuff”. It’s like you’re talking directly to me, not scripted. I know you can’t please everybody ‘all’ the time, but just being yourself is the best way to do it. You ain’t Ann Landers by a long shot, but keep up the good work, man. I still have my ’88 Dolphin but don’t go RV’ing anymore, but really envy everyone out there every time I see a rig going down the road.
I’ll get back out there again, one day soon.

Larry j welsh
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Larry j welsh

I can’t figure out how to use this newsletter prompts to donate. This newsletter is so good I feel guilty reading it and not giving to keep it going.

Dave
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Dave

For a lot of these comments and questions about general RVing issues and things like setting up setting up, how to do this, how to do that, etc. can be found on the numerous forums on the internet. If you started trying to keep up with all that kind of stuff, your newsletter would be 10 pages long. Maybe some readers aren’t aware of the RV forums out there. Maybe you could touch on this one of these days…

Dave
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Dave

Chuck- you are so right-on about millenial YouTubers. I just recently started watching RV videos, and they seem to be more about themselves than what their subject matter is, i.e. camping, and trying to make money without working. It’s usually 90% their own face time with no valuable info. I commented about that on one of their videos, and they got mad at me, so I just look and don’t comment. I also don’t “like” or “subscribe”.

Barbara Hagen
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Barbara Hagen

I’m on a number of Facebook groups that feature articles about RVing. Many of them feature posta about going fulltime. They proudly say they have sold their house and going out on the road. They have no clue what they are getting into they are only looking at the glory of being an RVr. Would like to see an article about the real life of a fulltimer What we have gone thru.. what is required and the good the bad and the ugly.

Rory
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Rory

Glory? What glory, this is everyday life with ups and downs. They may be some that are different, but they are still ups and downs. Don’t misunderstand, I love it, and have no plans to give it up, but glory?

rvgrandma
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rvgrandma

Chuck, keep being blunt and honest about things. You say things that many of us think but are afraid to say. That is how Trump was elected – he spoke for the average guy. You speak for the average RVer. Does everything in your newsletter apply to me? No, I read what does or interest me and skip what doesn’t. We do the same with newspapers, magazines, etc. so how is your newsletter any different? As for the guy whose floor is sagging – I would check into the disability act (forget their formal name) and see what they can… Read more »

Tink
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Tink

I have to let you know that I wanted to answer the survey for the ‘Let there be obnoxious lights in the RV park’ article, but my answer was not available. If I would have had a place to leave a write in vote, here is how I would have responded:
I am bothered by the obnoxious lights, but I can’t get my husband to turn them off.

Mark Evenson
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Mark Evenson

Chuck, good day to you and your staff. In your editorial today you are asking yourself how to make the newsletter better? I am not sure that you want suggestions from your readers, but , in case you do. I believe that there may be a group of RVers that you are not reaching. I may be wrong. I bet you have your own stats. I have been subscribed to this newsletter for about a year, I look forward to all it has to offer, especially your editorial. I own and use a Casita travel trailer. I also consider it… Read more »

Bo Walker
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Bo Walker

Well Mark, I agree that a vehicle used to camp in, is a recreation vehicle (RV). I respect all up-right campers and their RVs. Hey, I wave and I’ll talk to you.

Several times he has and does indeed speak of travel trailers, 5th wheels (which is a travel trailer), truck campers, class Bs, Class As, tent trailers and tents and sometimes a homemade rig.

I love it when Chuck mentions something in my area of the USA.

Paul Terry
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Paul Terry

Until there is some oversight of RVs by an independent source I would not look to see much improvement in quality. Before you buy check it out or have someone who has the knowledge give you an opinion. The obvious trend is less regulation.

LARRY MCGAUGH
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LARRY MCGAUGH

What to write about? There are dozens of new products for RV’s coming out all the time. But because of the good old boy system in Elkhart it takes years before we see them installed or offered by the OEM’s (if ever). I would suggest that someone like RV Travel provide and in depth review of these products in the weekly newsletter. Many of these products have been out for years but because of big business politics the average RV owner never hears about them. This would help RV owners educate themselves as to the latest advances in technology and… Read more »

Mountain Man
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Mountain Man

I don’t know about anyone else, but as I opened this mornings newsletter I was struck by the lack of ANY advertisements or side bars. As I read Chuck’s opening letter, I thought maybe that was on purpose as he talked about “a big ol’ game changing idea.” Was this it, or am I wrong?

John
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John

Chuck, I have a rant that no one has addressed before and I’m not sure why. So here goes. And this is but one example. Traveling down the road in or towing, you have a flat or worse, a blowout. No ones hurt and you safely get to the side of the road. After surveying the damage you notice there is also a age to the inner fender well and some wires or pipes (blue or red) are hanging out. Now, an untrained mind can tell this is not just about the tire (which still needs to be repaired), but… Read more »

JBC
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JBC

We had a similar experience – but no warranty. You have touched on an important fact with this post. When a tire blows it is incredibly powerful and will likely take out something else under the RV, i.e., wiring, mud flap, other. Our experience – headed to the nearest tire shop, sat in the waiting room for two hours, with our kitten in a bag, while they replaced the tire. New tire but torn wire that took out the electrical – go home or go camping. We went camping, had a great time, took RV to shop for repair after… Read more »

David Boland
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David Boland

I love what you do and love how you do it! Thank you for the effort you put in for everyone’s benefit

Greg Kanne
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Greg Kanne

Relative to this week’s essay about you getting a job… I just wouldn’t associate you with this George Thorogood song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNg3DTBQGgk

JBC
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JBC

Good morning – RV Travel is an incredible resource and people need to understand the level of effort it took to create and the enormous effort it takes to maintain. Joe Hewitt has some good thoughts and suggestions. BUT I’m not sure he is aware of just how much work each requires to become a reality, let alone the enormous effort to manage/maintain each. That said, how can RV Travel be the very best in a few areas that really matter to Chuck? Yes, it is for ‘the RV people’ but if you do not enjoy doing it, well, you… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

Look at Campendium for reviews. They also have an iPhone app.

JBC
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JBC

Thanks Linda

Jerry Collis
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Jerry Collis

I have been reading your articles for awhile now and find most things applicable . However, what I haven’t seen is tips on setting up you RV properly. I do not to belittle a seasoned RVer, but I’ve seen many RV’s parked with wheels of the ground. I’m sure there has not been one sales center that, during the walk through, has mentioned that this is not how to steady your rig. Those jacks may be powerful enough to lift your rig, but they were never meant to hold it up for days. Maybe it’s time to remind all of… Read more »

rvgrandma
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rvgrandma

I have seen that too. When I say something their reply is: it is only for overnight! Our MH is lower in the front so often we have to put boards under the front tires to get level. Right now the park we are in, we have 4 2×6 boards under the front which meant putting the block under the front jacks, raising the front as high as possible, put boards under tires, lower and repeat again to get level because our site is higher in the back than the front. But we will never leave the tire up in… Read more »

Bo Walker
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Bo Walker

If the rear tires on most motor homes are off the ground, there is no brake or park securing it to the site.

My motor home was lower in the front also. I replaced the coil springs with heavier coil springs along with shock absorbers. It helped a lot. the front sits higher and it drives better.

john stahl
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john stahl

Always looking to get better is great. Thanks for all you do. Another topic: About the survey. RVing is not affordable, RVs are not a good investment, RVs are not an excellent value. RVs are an expensive luxury item. With all the expenses related to RVing I can take that money and travel and stay in a motel/hotel 3 times as many nights as it costs in an RV. But I like to not have to carry suitcases into a hotel every night. I like to have my refrigerator, potty, bed, etc. with me. I like to be in the… Read more »

Lynn Jackson
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Lynn Jackson

In reading the article about exterior RV lighting, it seemed the article lacked balance. Yes a couple of the pictures showed excessive lighting and a good neighbour RVer should really tone it down. However many RVers believe that having under unit lighting acts as a deterrant to unwanted critters finding a home under their rig. Camp in any State park and you will find most of the long stay Camp Hosts follow this practise. I for one think they are on to something!

Ron Tardiff
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Ron Tardiff

Chuck …
I read your newsletter every week. I really missed your point in your last editorial.
The more I learn the more I skip over repetitive articles and ads. Unfortunately, I believe that is the nature of this information. That’s the way it is for me. There are a few aggravating tendencies your newsletter is accumulating. Try doing some surveys to help expose them.
Do learn new stuff from articles on astronomy and electricity.

Joseph Lacey
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Joseph Lacey

I like what Joe Hewitt wrote…

I’m Joseph and if you want to read MY experience, I’ve released “My Last Dream”. It’s on Amazon.

You can’t read it without learning some valuable lessons.
~joseph

Sandy
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Sandy

Hi Chuck. I read your wonderful news letter every sat am with coffee and I never see anything on solo RV’s I traveled many years in a class A and sold it after my husband passed. But missing camping and thinking of getting a trailer and heading out again. Wondering how many travel solo. Seams like all your readers are couples Maybe you could offer some information for ladies out there
Keep up the good work

Mike Sherman
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Mike Sherman

Sandy, there are women-only RV clubs out there, they caravan together for safety & security reasons all across America, some full time. Google search will being you to their door steps.

rvgrandma
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rvgrandma

I also just found a group on Facebook if you travel with pets. It is called RV Single Senior (60+ Only) with Pets Travel Buddy Group. It just started.

As was said there are singles groups out there. Sister’s On the Fly is another one. Go to different RV sites and they usually have a forum for singles. Two are IR2.com and RVforums.net. Rvillage.com is another one to check out but don’t know if it has a singles group.

Joe Hewitt
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Joe Hewitt

Chuck, Here are my thoughts about how you might change the focus and direction of your site. I believe the “newsletter” theme might be a little dated. What is the age and experience level of most of your members? Are they full time, half time, newbies ect. I want to read what I am interested in, and not have to wade through everything. How about menu items for major sections, like editors opinions, recalls, tech , lifestyle, camping areas, products and books for sale (create downloadable information to collect emails, create a sales funnel, create a course on rving, ect).… Read more »

CJ Woody
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CJ Woody

I agree with Joe. That definitely sounds like something that would work.

Wolfe
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Wolfe

Maybe I’m getting stodgey in my 40s, but I actually have to agree with Chuck’s approach. Joe here is right, if RVT wants to become “just another RV website for profit,” but that’s losing it’s uniqueness and any sincerity. I LIKE the “dump” format of the newsletter because I can hold the “scroll down” key easily enough, and I wouldn’t bother to weed through 20 menus and sections to find new information. That’s exactly what I DON’T like about other RV info sources. “I won’t know how to look for what I don’t know.” I DON’T like the “premium level”… Read more »