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J Hunter
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J Hunter

The red and green “fields” in your photo appear to be the settling ponds in the Great Salt Lake, used by various companies to mine minerals from the brine.

John M Mastin
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John M Mastin

Regarding you article about needing a special license:

Our understanding is that the laws of issuing state of the license control. For example, we are Florida residents and have Florida drivers licenses. Since Florida does not require a special license to drive our RV, is that not retroactive to the other states?

Jerry Collis
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Jerry Collis

I wonder how many RV’res know how to handle a roadside emergency. Do they know what insurance coverages they have and what is and is not covered? Is their RV still under warranty or an extended warranty? Do they know where all of their documents are? I recently had a breakdown (no transmission power) and was stuck part way in the road, in Canada. I remembered I had roadside assistance with Coach-Net and because I was blocking traffic (not safe), they had a flat bed out and me towed to a safe spot within an hour. They also assisted in… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

Can Rv travel readers help me? We are looking to purchase a portable ac unit to assist our one roof Rv unit ( which was a stupid move by the manufacturer). I would appreciate thoughts from anyone who has used one. Brand, size or if it’s a good idea. Thanks for any help!

Rob
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Rob

You might look at one of those “in room” ac’s with the hose that go out the window. I saw video on you tube of guy running one of those with a Honda EU1000i Gen. One commenter stated the one he bought from Lowes used only 600W.

Steve - Alaska
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Steve - Alaska

Chuck, Living in Alaska affords us the opportunity to see all kinds of motor homes, trailers and fifth wheelers come through our state observing the natural beauty Alaska offers. Along with these RVs are hundreds of rental units. A few weeks ago, as we were headed to Valdez for some “catching” (cheaper than fishing and guaranteed to result in fish) we stopped at one of our favorite RV parks (Grand View) to overnight. A rental unit from an Anchorage RV rental establishment parked next us and all night long we heard their units generator start up every couple of hours.!… Read more »

rvgrandma
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rvgrandma

I use the atlas to keep track of roads we have traveled using a highlighter to mark the roads we took. I use maps for our travels. I did loose the atlas from back in the 70s. My husband is from Massachusetts, we use to drive back in our car about every 2 years. I always tried to take different roads. We only had 2 weeks vacation, so it was day/night driving, little time to stop but just seeing the different countrysides was worth it.

Scott Davis
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Scott Davis

Chuck:
If you are interested in identifying locations while flying (I’m a geo nerd, too), there’s a great App available in the App Store called “Flyover Country.” Its free. You can load your route before taking off and it geo located you and you can get as much or as little information about what you’re seeing out the window.
– Dr. Scott

John T
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John T

When I used to fly a lot (accumulated 400,000 frequent flyer miles), I used a Rand McNally road atlas with a page for each state. I could follow highways, and identify towns from the angles that the various roads came out.

Sherry Dawson
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Sherry Dawson

As always, another useful and educational newsletter. Thanks!

I have one small request. As you are setting standards for new freelance writers (and veterans), could you require that when they mention a park, a campground, or a place of interest that they at least include the state abbreviation? It will only require 2 more characters, but would be of great help to those of us who might want to go there, but don’t know where it is.

Linda
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Linda

I agree!

bob cravens
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bob cravens

Chuck,

I loved the Editor’s corner in the July 21st issue. It was like I was hearing Charles Kuralt back writing pieces for “On the Road” again.
It reminded me how lucky my wife and I are to have created so many new adventures along the way to our 50th in January of next year.

Greg Nelson
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Greg Nelson

Dear Chuck, I enjoyed your article on Baraboo, Wisconsin. It brought back a flood of delightful childhood memories. I grew-up in Northern Illinois. My parents were both teachers, and nearly every year (from the early 60s to the early 70s) as a child we (and a group of other teacher and friend families) would spend a week prior to the start of the school year (when we weren’t off on an adventure) there near Baraboo, Wisconsin at Devil’s Lake State Park swimming, hiking, and taking in the sites. We started first with a canvas wall tent, and then graduated to… Read more »

Ed Killgore
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Ed Killgore

Retracing my steps or remembering where all I’ve been gets harder and more difficult the longer I’m on the road. When it all started years ago I started keeping a diary in which I recorded where I was going, how far, what was at the end of the journey, where I stayed, site #, price, weather, where to eat and where not to, and what I found of interest. Today, my wife and I will discuss events and I don’t lose as many arguments by referring to the diary., LOL. I also keep detailed maintenance records on both our camper… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

I find that there are more and more advertisements being tucked in between the stories. I understand the need for ad income, but it just seems like there are so many more now than a year ago when I first found the newsletter.

Sharon B
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Sharon B

Hallelujah ! It’s about time something is in the works in some states making it a law to have a special drivers license for those with owning big Class A’s. It is inconceivable that a RV that big can be sold to anyone without proving to have the proper knowledge of driving those rigs. It is an outrage there is not a mandatory license needed from the moment you pull out of the lot. I am not referring to a quickie course from the dealership…. I mean a real intensive course with a pass and fail just like truck professional… Read more »

Sherry Dawson
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Sherry Dawson

I agree, but I’ve wanted required training and licenses for operators of recreational boats for decades–not happening! So I don’t see RV licenses coming until more deaths pile up–if ever.

Magee
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Magee

Not sure a license of any kind would stop an idiot like that. Probably lucky it didn’t roll.

Pennie Hahn
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Pennie Hahn

My thoughts exactly!

Bob Godfrey
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Bob Godfrey

After having traveled to all 49 continental US states and 9 Canadian Provinces I can attest that there are far more idiotic 4 wheelers out there than RV drivers. You would not believe the stupid things that automobile drivers do in front of an RV every day of the week. So, how about better and stronger driver’s license exams?

Phyllis Avella
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Phyllis Avella

A special driver’s license does not fix stupid. I don’t care how big the vehicle is, that self-made exit was a stupid thing to do.

David Kydd
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David Kydd

British Columbia, Canada also requires a special drivers licence to pull a trailer over 10,000 lbs

Mel Sebastian
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Mel Sebastian

So does Saskatchewan

Gisele
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Gisele

New Brunswick too – air brake endorsement.

hank hoyt
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hank hoyt

Chuck, Howdy; As a weekly reader (remember that from grade school?), I find that you shift things around from time to time and this is NOT a gripe nor a complaint, just an observation so please bear with me. The “Almost Breaking news section is a favorite of mine to slowly scroll through and sip my morning coffee. Awhile back, year or so ago it became a click the link to open a new tab to read it. Like most folks the more involved it becomes to get to a destination the less likely we are to go there. I… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

I agree with this. I’d love to see the breaking news return to the original format.

Linda
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Linda

I agree. With limited/slow internet the more links I have to click the less I get to read.

Roger Spencer
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Roger Spencer

Chuck,
You wrote about checking for wildfires through Inciweb. In some states, fires are not reported or listed on that website. Calfire has their own website, and I’ve seen some Oregon fires not listed {may be listed at Oregon Dept. of Forestry) I don’t have information on other states. Thanks for the newsletter!

RV Staff
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Thanks for the note, Roger. Here’s what it says on the InciWeb (Incident Information System) website: “InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. The system was developed with two primary missions: Provide the public a single source of incident related information Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community A number of supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources. This ensures that the information regarding active incidents is consistent, and the delivery is timely. Disclaimer: Information posted on this website is for information purposes only. For official information, contact the Wildfire Agency… Read more »

Greg Rennier
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Greg Rennier

Last week I donated $36 one time, plan on doing it annually. I was under the impression I would start receiving daily emails as a member, but have not. Please advise

Allan Colgan
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Allan Colgan

When we first started RVing in 2012, I naturally bought a Rand McNally map so we wouldn’t get lost. Then I got a marker pen and every night as we stay in a campsite I mark the map with the marker pen showing the route(s) we drove that day. 45 states and 7 provinces are recorded in this manner so far and when I look at it, it brings back memories.

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC
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Steve Barnes, Kamloops, BC

Re: Hank Hoyt’s “”Almost Breaking News” comment above, at 07:37 this morning.
I agree, the current format of rvtravel.com makes it less likely I will to go to articles that may in fact be of interest. I don’t mind skimming through everything.