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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 849

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Issue 849 • Week of June 9–15, 2018   #rvtravel

Editor’s corner 
With Chuck Woodbury
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The next time you’re speeding down an interstate highway, thank President Dwight Eisenhower. He’s responsible for the speedy roads.

As a young military officer Ike had crossed the USA as part of a publicity stunt to raise awareness for good roads. It was a long, difficult trip. When president, after highway travel had improved vastly, Eisenhower still envisioned something better. He had driven the famous Autobahn in Germany, where motorists drove as fast as some airplanes. He figured America needed similar roads, not just to accommodate people but also troops in case of a national emergency. And so he championed the creation of our present interstate system.

The formal name of the roads is the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. The first mile of pavement was laid in 1956. Today there are 47,182 miles in the vast network.

I’m not old enough to have driven before the interstates. As a child, traveling with my parents, I remember mostly two-lane roads. They went right down main streets, causing motorists to pause occasionally when they spotted a giant root beer mug atop a cafe — a good indicator that the beverage served inside was tasty and cold. I also remember seeing many war surplus airplanes permanently affixed atop gas stations like they had crashed there — to attract attention to the business. And giant steers were atop any decent steakhouse, as many still are today along the backroads.

The interstates pretty much did away with those large attention-getting icons. Motorists were moving too fast to spot them. Instead, they began to rely on recognizable logos as guides about where to stop.

Most of those two-laners still exist. Some RVers, myself included, prefer to travel these old roads, where the pace is usually slower and there is still plenty to see. The late CBS-TV “On the Road” correspondent Charles Kuralt once said of our interstates — and he has been quoted at least a million times since — that, “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.”

Still, when you want to get somewhere fast, an interstate, despite too many potholes these days, is the best way, and a modern marvel.


P.S. We had some technical issues yesterday and many readers were unable to read their monthly Great RV Accessories Newsletter. We’ve solved our problem, and the issue is here for all the world to see.

Odors that make special appearances in extreme heat? Say goodbye!
The Unique Tank Odor Eliminator is the leader in hot weather odor elimination. If you’re tired of those disgusting smells coming from your RV bathroom in hot weather, or when you’re off the grid, say no more! These drop-in tablets work in both gray and black tanks, and will completely remove, not just mask, odors. Perfect for dry-campers who are worried about using too much water. Drop in a tablet, and flush! Learn more or order here. 

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The latest news about RVing from our newsroom
Our writers and editors have selected the most important, most interesting and helpful news about RVing from the past week and boiled it all down into a fast-paced digest. Click here to read it.

Recent recalls:
Entegra Coach recalls some motorhomes: wipers could fail.
Keystone recalls some Montana fifth-wheels for slide-out issue.
Newmar recalls motorhomes for tank bracket issue.
Keystone recall: propane compartment could leak allowing LP gas into RV.

20% off RoverPass, unlimited booking to over 6,000 campgrounds!
RoverPass Unlimited is the all-access fast pass to booking campgrounds online. It allows you to search and book at over 6,000 campgrounds and RV parks without a platform fee. You’ll also get priority booking and one-on-one access with customer service representatives. Click here to receive 20 percent off an unlimited membership.

RV shipments to set another new record in 2018
RV industry shipments will reach 539,900 units in 2018, marking nine straight years of growth and – for the second consecutive year – the highest annual total since such data has been collected. According to a press release, the figure is a 7 percent increase from the previous record of 504,600 units shipped in 2017. Shipments for 2019 are predicted to grow to more than 550,000 units, which would be a third straight record-breaking total. Learn more.

Steel tariffs: Good news for some, maybe not RV industry
The Trump administration recently announced a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum. Indiana, the RV capital of America, is in the unique position of being both hurt and helped financially by this move. About 85 percent of the RVs manufactured in the U.S. are made in Indiana. They all use steel and aluminum in their construction. Coincidentally, Indiana is also the number one steel-producing state in the U.S., and has been for more than 30 years. Learn more. Poll included.

Increased bear sightings prompt warnings in New Mexico
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) has issued a statement warning campers of increased bear activity in the northern part of the state. Multiple bear cub sightings have been reported by campers. Here are important reminders of how to prevent bear encounters and how to protect yourself in case you come across one unexpectedly. Learn more.

How not to put out an oil or grease fire in your RV kitchen
Fire in your RV is something hopefully you will never experience, but if you do, you should know how to handle it. One very real possibility is a cooking oil or grease fire in your kitchen. NEVER try to put it out with water. After watching this video, you’ll see why. The results can be devastating!

This week’s Reader Poll
Are you alive today because of modern medicine?
Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.

Read the up-to-the minute responses from last week’s poll:
What’s the biggest bill you’ve ever received for repair work on your RV? Click here for the results. 

Need mail forwarding? Choose the best!
Choose Americas Mailbox! It’s the best, endorsed by which has toured its South Dakota facility and interviewed its very customer-oriented owner. Many plans available. Learn more. Or view the video interview RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury conducted with Americas Mailbox owner Don Humes.

spyWhat we learned about you last week!
We learned a lot about you fabulous readers last week! Find out how much money you’ve spent on repairing your RV, if the majority of you have had a tick or not, if you tow a dinghy or carry an off-road vehicle with you and if most of you drive a motorhome or tow a trailer. Read what we learned here.

Modify your basement storage for more efficiency
It seems like fulltimers can never have enough “room” to carry all their stuff. But basement storage isn’t always the most usable area for practical storage. Oftentimes, it’s just a large open area where small objects can mysteriously vanish into your own, personal “black hole.” Here are a few ideas on how to make your basement storage a bit more useful.

What’s the point of a brake controller?
A reader asks, “I’ve been looking into buying a travel trailer for taking my family camping. I keep running into information about brake controllers. I’ve towed boats on trailers for years without any such thing as a brake controller; what gives? And how do they work, anyway?” Find out here.

RV park charges $1.50 extra for each slide-out
We’ve heard of RV parks charging extra for pets or number of people occupying a site. But charging extra for slide-outs? That’s what one Idaho RV park owner does. Editor Chuck Woodbury doesn’t think much of this idea. Read what he has to say.

Are your tires too old? Here’s how to tell
The useful life of a tire is only five to seven years. For cars and trucks driven every day, the tread usually wears out in less than five years. For RVs that sit for a good part of the year, five years can pass with a lot of tread still left on the tire. Although you may not want to replace what looks like a perfectly good tire, riding on tires more than five years old greatly increases the risk of a blowout. Learn more.

1Horizontal-for-RVtravel_com-72-pix-1 1Moran_Host_NC_D-RVtravel_com-72-pix-1Unique RV overnight stops at wineries and farms
With membership in Harvest Hosts® you can stay overnight at more than 590 wineries, farms and attractions across North America. Harvest Hosts offers an exciting alternative to traditional overnight stops where you can meet interesting people and learn about their lifestyle. Learn more at the Harvest Hosts website, or watch an interview with the founders by editor Chuck Woodbury.

Seattle news outlet blackens RVers’ eyes
A screaming headline, “Jewish cemetery says it’s time for Seattle to pay up for damages caused by RV campers,” from a Washington TV station may get plenty of people upset, but it’s hardly a fair shake for the RV community. Seattle FOX TV affiliate KCPQ certainly made it appear that somehow RVers had damaged the Bikur Cholim cemetery in Seattle’s north end. A closer reading of the story reveals a whole different situation. Get the rest of the story.

Winnebago RV acquires boat maker
Winnebago Industries, Inc. has acquired boat maker Chris-Craft from Stellican Ltd., which has owned Chris-Craft since 2001. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Chris-Craft is an iconic, premium brand that shares many similarities with our own heritage Winnebago brand, including a commitment to providing customers with the highest quality products and services,” said Winnebago Industries President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Happe. Read more

Great travel apps for RVers
Here from Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard, aka Technomadia, is the list of mobile apps they consider essential to complement their road-tripping lifestyle, including some apps they wrote to solve problems they encountered in their travels. Very helpful info.

Off-road RV pops up to three-tier body
Mounted on a Ford F-550 Crew Cab, this Adrift RV was built to head south of the border for a bit of fun and work – chasing waves on the coast while performing volunteer medical work where needed. The thing is an all-terrain intercontinental tank outside, a clever smart home inside. Learn more and see more unusual off-road RVs.

Are you getting the best gas mileage you can?
Rich “The Wanderman” is obsessed with getting the best mileage he can. With fuel prices rising (again!), he wants to eke out as much as he can from each and every gallon. Read more.

Nobody likes a dirty beast!
Your RV’s not your car, it’s your “beast”
So don’t wash your RV with products designed for cars. Duratain’s Wade Maid products are RV Specific solutions specially formulated to clean and protect your RV’s fiberglass, vinyl and aluminum parts. Watch Wade clean, shine and protect EVERYTHING. Click here to buy, or learn more about, Wade Wax at the Wade Maid website.

Most popular articles from last week’s issue
The problem with camping for free becoming the ‘baseline’.
RV and RV-related recalls for May 2018
How to lubricate sticky RV dump valves.
California 5th wheel owners may need special license.
Can I use a welder outlet for 50-amp RV power?
• What’s the biggest bill you’ve received for repair work?
Wife is scared to death of husband’s dangerous driving habit.

DyersRV Parts and Accessories
Give Dyers a try on your next purchase of RV parts or accessories. Large selection, great service, low prices and fast shipping. Visit our website.

No overnight parking at these Walmarts
See which Walmarts in the USA do NOT allow overnight RV stays.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

Get your nails done and pick up your live bait, too, at this Indiana business.

Guided RV Tours
Have you ever taken or considered taking a guided RV tour? Here’s our new directory of upcoming tours that may be of interest to you. Click here.

Readers’ comments on the poor quality of their new RVs
RVs today are being built fast, and in way too many cases poorly. Here are some horror stories.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Current wildfire information
To help with your travel planning, here is complete, up-to-the-minute wildfire information around the U.S., from Incident Information System (InciWeb), a U.S. government interagency. Click here.

The New TireTraker™ TT-500 with a Lifetime Warranty
The new TireTraker™ TT-500 is the most innovative & user-friendly TPMS on the market with an unprecedented “Lifetime Warranty”, the only TPMS company in the industry to do so. The TT-500 features a larger, easier to read display, continuous pressure & temperature monitoring, automatic update, & monitoring up to 22 tires on your motorhome, trailer & tow vehicle from 0-232 psi! Seven days per week sales & technical support & over 13 years of experience. List price (4 tires) $389. Our price only $289. SAVE $100! (Additional Sensors $35 each). Learn more or order. Read testimonials.

Ask the RV Shrink

Finding alone time when full-time RVing with spouse

Dear RV Shrink:
Like most couples, my wife and I have occasional disagreements. At home we can go to different parts of the house to calm down, but it’s more difficult in our trailer. When we get into a heated argument, she storms off to the bathroom and stays there for an hour or so. She has a little electronic game in there and plays draw poker. I can hear it beeping, which drives me nuts. On a nice day, I just leave the RV and take a walk, but when it’s cold or rainy I have nowhere to go. Do you think this is a good way for her to let off steam? Am I overreacting? —Jim

Read the RV Shrink’s advice.

Can’t get enough of the Shrink? Read his new e-book: Dr. R.V. Shrink: Everything you ever wanted to know about the RV Lifestyle but were afraid to ask or check out his other e-books.

Folding rocking chair is super comfy
What a life — sitting by the campfire, relaxing in your rocking chair! With its patented Spring-Action Rocking Technology, the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker camp chair delivers a smooth rocking action on any surface. Watch the video to see it in action. Order at a great price at Amazon.

gas-738Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.94 [Calif.: $3.63]
Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Up 53 cents. 
Diesel: $3.29 [Calif.: $4.00]
Change from week before: Down 3 cents; Change from year before: Up 72 cents. 

“The” guide to services at Interstate exits

Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate highway again. The 2018 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and details exactly what you will find at each: gas stations (including if they offer diesel), campgrounds, truck stops, casinos, laundries, retail stores (by name), shopping malls, factory outlet malls, drug stores, hospitals, rest areas & more. Very helpful even if you have a GPS. Learn more or order.

The RV Vet

With Dr. Deanna Tolliver, M.S., DVM

CBD oil: good or bad for pets?

Dear Dr. Deanna,
“I was browsing the aisles of my favorite health food store last week and came across an impressive display of CBD oil. CBD is cannabidiol, a compound found in Cannabissativa….yes, marijuana. . . . A brochure described how it could be used to treat some health disorders in pets. In people, CBD is prescribed for cancer, nausea, pain, lack of appetite, and inflammatory bowel disease, among others. Some pet owners are giving it to their furry friends. The results vary from “did nothing to help” to “gave my dog is life back. What do you think?”

Read Dr. Deanna’s reply here.

Everything for your pets
Amazon must surely have the biggest selection of products for pets, whether dogs, birds, fish or even reptiles. From food to leashes to birdcages to beds to heating lamps for your cold blooded friends, there’s just about anything any pet would ever need. There’s even a department with featured deals where the bargains are super-sized. So what are you waiting for? Click on over right now.

extinguisher-697(3)RV Fire Safety Tip  

Extinguishing a fire
There is a simple way to remember the steps to using your extinguisher to fight a fire — it’s called the P.A.S.S. procedure. These are the four steps to follow:
•Pull the pin: This unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the contents of the extinguisher.
•Aim low: Point the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
•Squeeze the lever above the handle: This discharges the extinguishing agent. Releasing the lever will stop the discharge.
•Sweep from side to side: Moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until flames appear to be out. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Camco Store at
There isn’t much you need for your RV that Camco doesn’t have. If you think we’re kidding, then click through to the Camco store on Amazon where you’ll find some of their best-selling products — all for your RV or for you to make your RVing better. Click here and you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

RV Quick Tips

Mystery holding tank smells?
Got a stinky RV and can’t seem to locate the responsible party? Sometimes the “air admittance valve” that prevents a vacuum from forming when you run water down the sink or shower stall goes “gunnybag” and allows gray water tank smells to come back into the coach. Look for these little valves under your sink. They’re a cheap replacement item from hardware stores like Home Depot. As you can see from the picture, they simply unscrew from the plumbing system with a standard “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” twist. 

Be prepared for an unruly slideout 
Find out the exact procedures for emergency manual retraction of your slideouts before you need to use them. Write them out in language that you can understand and keep them where you can find them. You probably will never use them, but Boy Scouts have a good motto: Be Prepared!

Do you have a Quick Tip? Send it to Deanna (at) and you just might see it here!

New & interesting finds at
See what really cool stuff Amazon is featuring today. It’s a whole lot of fun just browsing through all these great items. The selection changes every day, so check back often. You never know what you will find, which is part of the fun of visiting here. Check it out.

Superman coffee maker (pictured right).

Gizmos and Gadgets

Unlock these futuristic padlocks with your fingerprint
Padlocks have long been used to secure valuable items, but remembering the combination or where the key is can be a hassle. Fingerprints have replaced passwords for electronic devices and are now replacing combinations and keys. The “Tapplock one” is the world’s first smart fingerprint padlock. With a state-of-the-art capacitive fingerprint sensor, it can unlock in 0.8 seconds with no effort. Perfect for locking up a gate, shed, generator or bike. Learn more.

Be sure to sign up for our monthly Great RV Accessories Newsletter. Click here.

A DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent … that works! 
Well, it’s that time again (unfortunately.) If you’re one of those people that mosquitoes love (we all know at least one person like this), this product is for you. 700+ five star reviews? Yup. This awesome DEET-free insect repellent works for mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Keep this one handy, folks. As RVers, there’s a good chance you’ll probably need this. Learn more or order here.

gary-736Ask the RV Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions

Check valve and P&T valve on water heater explained

Dear RV Doctor:
When I run the water pump on my newish coach, water runs out of the area where my water heater is. After inspection, the water is running out of the check valve in my water heater. I spoke to a friend and he advised me that I just needed to replace the P&T valve in my water heater. I have only owned this unit for about six months and never had this problem when I first purchased it. So, is it as simple as just replacing the P&T valve or check valve in my water heater? What would have caused this valve to go out? I have noticed whenever the water pump is on, water just streams from my water heater. —Kevin

Read Gary’s response.

Read more from Gary Bunzer at the See Gary’s videos about RV repair and maintenance.

Keurig Mini coffee maker perfect for RV
Once you use a Keurig coffee maker it’s hard to go back to making coffee any other way. This compact single service K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker will brew your perfect amount with a cup size between six and 10 ounces. Not only is it small to fit a limited counter space, but its platinum look is super attractive. Learn more or order

Available: 100% compostable pods. No plastic!

bob-d-med399Ask BoondockBob
with Bob Difley

Add a volcano or two to your Western road trip

Hi Bob,
We’ve been watching the effects of Mount Kilauea, Hawaii’s currently erupting volcano, and wonder where would be a good place to see volcanic activity in the continental U.S. We are currently planning a long road trip to the West and would like to add a volcano to our itinerary. Thanks. —Terry and Clarissa

Read Bob’s response.

Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) .

You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on Amazon Kindle.

Make an omelette in seconds! 
Tired of making omelettes and dealing with the mess, cleanup, and timely preparation? This microwaveable omelette maker saves the day! This handy gadget makes omelettes in just three easy steps: beat eggs and milk, add ingredients, microwave and eat! It promotes healthy eating by cutting out butter, oil and grease. Buy this breakfast-saver here.

RV Electricity
with Mike Sokol

Inverters 101: Understanding amps and volts

Dear Mike,
Here’s a weird one regarding my 2017 F/R 34QS. Some information: I have a Magnum 2,000 watt pure sine wave inverter and four L16-6V 390Ah batteries along with three 160-watt solar panels and a 30-amp Go Power controller. The issue I have when I’m using the inverter (shore and generator not used) is this: My residential refrigerator says it uses 6 amps of current @ 115 volts. But as I look at the Go Power control panel while the fridge is on, it only says 5 amps. Shouldn’t it be more like 60 amps because watts divided by volts (700/12) = 58 amps? …

Read the rest of the question and Mike’s response.

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40 years in the industry. Visit for more electrical safety tips. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

Heavy duty grill mats master the BBQ!
Been looking for perfect grill mats? Here you go! These mats are the ideal thickness, still allowing that chicken to get those beautiful grill marks, but thick enough to provide durability and heat resistance. Never worry about cleaning your grill again and never worry about veggies falling through those dang cracks. Hassle-free grilling every time. Works with any type of grill or BBQ. Learn more or order here. 

RV Tire Safety
with RV tire expert Roger Marble

Setting motorhome tire inflation for “newbie” RVer
From a forum post: “We are moving across the United States for our FIRST trip in our ’06 Mountain Aire. Don’t think that’s a great idea for a first trip, but that’s what’s gonna happen. LOL. I do not have access to a four-corner scale. I do have access to a CAT Scale. I downloaded the Michelin tire pressure guide. From what I remember here, I take the axle weight and use the Michelin guide? I seem to remember someone saying to add 5 psi to compensate for the lack of a four-corner scale?” Read Roger’s response.

The best book on RV electricity, hands down!
RV Travel contributor Mike Sokol is America’s leading expert on RV electricity. Mike has taken his 40+ years of experience to write this book about RV electricity that nearly anyone can understand. Covers the basics of Voltage, Amperage, Wattage and Grounding, with additional chapters on RV Hot-Skin testing, GFCI operation, portable generator hookups and troubleshooting RV electrical systems. This should be essential reading for all RVers. Learn more or order 

Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula

Astronomy for RVer
with Chris Fellows

Treasures of the Teapot
Locating Messier objects in Sagittarius

Summer is one of Chris’ favorite times of the year for observing the night sky. Our annual trip around the sun on spaceship Earth sails us past some amazing sights in the summer months, and this week he points out a few of them, including a star pattern that looks like a giant teapot in the sky. Check out these sights – here and then in the sky!

It’s tornado season: Be prepared!
For about $20, you can rest assured that any time severe weather threatens, you’ll be notified, even if cell service is down, the Internet is down or power fails. The staff travels with this small, handheld, battery-powered NOAA weather radio. If severe weather is on the way, the radio sounds an alert, followed by detailed information about the storm to let you know to seek shelter or move away. Get one for yourself and one for someone you care about who travels a lot. Learn more or order.

Charles Kuralt
In this episode of On the Road, Charles visits with Tom Noddy, the Bubble Guy. You will be amazed — no, beyond amazed — at what he can do with bubbles. The quality of the video is not the best, but it’s good enough to leave you feeling you have seen something special! Tom Noddy is still around today, still performing his bubble magic. Visit his website.

The largest, tiniest blanket for all your outdoor needs
Pack your beach bags and park picnics, it’s summer! OK, well, almost. What’s one thing we always need for a relaxing day outdoors? A blanket! This tiny, super lightweight travel blanket is great for RVers, campers, hikers, concert-goers, and travelers. When folded up in its drawstring pouch, it fits in the palm of your hand. When unfolded, it’s a waterproof 55″x70″ two-person blanket. Be right back, we’re buying it here!

The RV Kitchen   
with Janet Groene

Gingerbread Sweet Potatoes
You bet your sweet patootie. More people are eating sweet potatoes these days – not just for health reasons but because they are so versatile. Buy them fresh or canned, patties from the deli ready for the skillet, or frozen sweet potato fries. This easy side dish can be made with any of the above and can be cooked on the stove top or in the RV oven. It can be made ahead and nuked to warm it up. Best of all, it goes with almost any meat from the grill, skillet, roasting pan or spit. Get the recipe.

Check out hundreds of other recipes by Janet . . . and her many books at, including “The Survival Food Handbook.”


It looks like a key, but it’s a knife!
Wow! Could this come in handy those times you wish you had a small pocket knife along! It looks just like a regular key, but when unfolded it turns into a pocket knife. Just remember to remove it from the keychain before you hop on your plane flight. Learn more or order!

The RoVing Naturalist
with Dennis Prichard

Encounter a mountain lion? Do not run!
Most people never see a cougar. They’re so secretive that they have seen many more people than vice versa. People are not on the menu of mountain lions. Only about 20 people in North America have been killed by cougars since 1890, most children, some of which went ahead of adults on a trail. Still, humans do encounter these animals from time to time. What if that happened to you? How you react could mean the difference between life or death. Learn more.

Protect yourself from intruders, bears and more!
The BASUeAlarm lets us explore, sleep, and adventure with confidence! This tiny device emits a 130-decibel alarm which scares away intruders, burglars, wild animals, and will call for help if we find ourselves stranded. Used by the RVTravel staff, you can count on this alarm to keep you safe. Watch the video to learn more. Click here to order.

Digital RVer

Trip planning with fun in mind – use Roadtrippers
Over the years of traveling by RV, Chris and Jim Guld, Geeks On Tour, have evolved – from wandering, to sightseeing, to working on the road. This summer they are on the road for four months and are booked to give seminars at seven different RV rallies. Their trip planning is primarily to make sure they are at the right place at the right time to do their job, but in between they have some time for fun. What to do? They check out suggestions from Roadtrippers – one of their favorite tools for finding fun places to visit along their route. Learn more.

Learn about smartphones and tablets
… from Geeks On Tour. Here is a recent webcast: #144, Smartphone camera tips everyone should know.  Watch live or archives of past programs.

Special offer for RV Travel readers!
Visit the Geeks’ Store to buy a membership. Use the coupon code rvtravel and get a 20% discount off anything you order.

Don’t let high water pressure blow out your pipes!
This should be a required accessory for your RV, one that could save you thousands of dollars in repair bills. Some RV parks have water pressure so high it can blow out your system — a big, major repair bill “ouch!” Join the RV Travel staff in using this highly rated item to prevent that from happening. Learn more or order.

Free and bargain camping

Silverton City Park, Silverton, TX.
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. The park has three 30/50A E only RV sites on gravel. Potable water fill available. No dump station. Two local restaurants 1-3 blocks east of park. RV spaces open all year. No reservations, first come, first served. Address: 800 Lone Star St. GPS: 34.4737, -101.3071

Walmart Supercenter # 2402, Elko, NV.
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Obtain permission from store. Quiet, well-lit, reasonably level and appears safe. Subway inside store and Mexican restaurant across the street. The lot is on top of a hill with panoramic views of town & mountains. Address: 2944 Mountain City Hwy. GPS: 40.83922, -115.792

Overnight RV Parking, with more than 13,480 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demoWatch a video about

Museum of the Week

Leila’s Hair Museum
Independence, MO

We never said the museums we feature would be…..normal, did we? Leila’s Hair Museum is the only museum dedicated to hair in the world. Inside, you’ll find over 600 wreaths made from hair and over 2,000 pieces of jewelry, well, also made from hair. Hair art supposedly began in the Victorian times and can be traced back to the 12th century. The museum showcases locks of celebrities’ hair, and historical hair pieces sure to amaze. Oh, and if you visit, make sure your hair doesn’t look too good that day…you don’t want Leila to chop it off and keep it for her museum. Visit the museum website. 

Remove ticks easily
from people or pets!
This Tick Twister Remover Set will remove ticks, large and small, without squeezing it, reducing the risk of infection. It does not leave the mouthparts of the tick in the skin. It’s the safest and easiest way to remove ticks and in just a few seconds. Helps prevent Lyme Disease. Keep one of these in your RV. It’s tick season! Learn more or order.

Upcoming RV Shows

Tampa Bay Summer RV Show, June 7-10, Tampa, FL
Green Country RV Show, July 20-22, Tulsa, OK 
Midwest RV Super Show, August 9-12, Elkhart, IN
Hampton Roads RV Super Sale, August 17-19, Hampton, VA
America’s Largest RV Show, September 12-16, Hershey PA

See the complete list of all upcoming RV shows.

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Bishop applying lipstick

In the early days of television, the industry struggled to define its purpose. Then a small manufacturer of lipstick came along. In the year before Hazel Bishop began running TV commercials her profit was $49,257. Three years later her lipsticks earned her a one-year profit of $10,100,682. Ad agencies were stupefied at what they’d thought was a promising novelty had become the most effective advertising medium in history. And money began to flow.

Bumper sticker of the week
Blinky thing means turning!

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Joke of the Week
Wife to husband:”When I look in the mirror I think I look fat. Can you give me a compliment?”
Husband: “You have perfect eyesight.”

Worth Pondering
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein

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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Senior editors: Diane McGovern, Russ De Maris. Associate editor: Deanna Tolliver. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Greg Illes, Bob Difley, Richard Miller, Richard Mallery, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Chris Guld, Julianne Crane, Chris Fellows, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.

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cw501About the editor Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for three decades. In the ’90s he published the quirky travel newspaper Out West, and was an “on the road” writer for the New York Times Syndicate. His book, “The Best from Out West” is available at Woodbury’s RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD “Buying a Recreational Vehicle,” the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way.

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Bob Godfrey
4 years ago

I wonder if we could all get over the fact that not all people are “minimalists” and not all of us choose to travel and live in a tent and carry all of our belongings in backpacks. Some of us like to live in comfort while traveling about this big beautiful country whether it be in a motorhome or travel trailer and like to sleep in our own beds each night. Could we dispense with the negativity about large RVs? Many folks simply sell their homes and live on the road but then we have to listen to the whiners complaining that their rigs are too big etc, etc. America is a free country. If you have worked hard and succeeded and now choose to live on the road whatever you choose to do that in is your business and I applaud you for your success. As one who slept on the ground for a year in Vietnam in nothing more than a poncho liner, I can tell you that I have no intentions of returning to that lifestyle. So, to all you who complain about my RV — get a grip!

4 years ago

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.”
I understand this is a “fashionable” quote, but I don’t think it reflects reality at all. Yes, there are a number of miles-especially in the East and Midwest- with boring Interstate highways, but out West drive I- 70 through Colorado, or 80 through Wyoming and Utah or 90 through Montana and Washington State, and experience beautiful scenery. I travel many blue highways, but CK was just plain wrong in maligning the interstate highway in that quote.

4 years ago

Did you also know that Eisenhower also said that after every “x” number of miles (forgot how many), there had to be a straight section long enough to land a military plane in an emergency?

Eric Meslin
4 years ago

It’s like reliving my youth. I prefer secondary roads passing through every small town with my RV. Just like our cross country trip in 1962, before interstates.

4 years ago

Didn’t know where to place this. We purchased a 2005 Montana 5th wheel 38 ft. with three slides new at a price of $42,000. We have logged over 100,000 miles. We have never experienced any issues beyond the small items at delivery. I would purchase a replacement but the stories I know of first hand will keep me from doing so. A visit to the factory a few years ago showed me how quickly [for the sake of a better term] new units are assembled. Wall street listed companies are under great pressure to continually show profit growth. Quickening production and reducing cost are but two ways to do this. There is probably quality out there but where to look?