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Issue 855 • Week of July 21-27, 2018 #rvtravel
With Chuck Woodbury
Chuck (at) RVtravel.com
Last week, Gail and I flew back from Seattle, where I had attended to business and Gail visited with her family. Our flight stopped in Salt Lake City before continuing on to Madison, Wisconsin, where we picked up our car and drove to our motorhome near the Wisconsin Dells.
I love to stare out the window when I fly. Even though I have crossed the country dozens of times, I try (but most often fail) to identify places familiar to me on the ground. Alas, it looks so different from 37,000 feet.
As I stared out the window the other day, I reflected on how much of the country Gail and I have seen in the past few years with our rolling mini-cottage. I bet we have visited at least three dozen states, as well as five or six Canadian provinces. We have been to so many places it’s impossible to retrace our tracks, much less remember what we did in what place, and then in the next and the next and. . .
Our motorhome has been a magic carpet, taking us wherever we wanted, and it’s always “home” wherever we park it for a night, a week or a month. I climb into bed — my special place — every night with a book — safe, content. When we return from a local excursion, it’s always “coming home.”
I wake up some mornings and forget where I am. “No, I’m not in Texas, or Tennessee or Maine.” And then I stop for a moment to think and then I remember.
Today was as typical as any other day of our long, ongoing journey. Our destination was the Sauk County Fair in Baraboo. We learned after we got in town that Baraboo just so happens to be the home for many years of Al Ringling and his brothers of Ringling Brothers Circus fame. His beautiful sandstone home is still there, being restored, and lucky for us, a tour was just about to start when we stopped to look.
BEFORE, AT THE FAIR, we visited with cows, bunnies, goats, pigs and funny looking chickens. I used the greatest of willpower to avoid eating a corn dog, which always leaves me feeling a little greasy and guilty.
It was just too darn hot to sit in the grandstands to watch the demolition derby. But it was delightful just observing the locals — happy kids with their parents, eating ice cream, laughing, riding the bumper cars. The young ones rode little Jumbo elephants in circles, happy as could be. Several preteen fair queens strolled about, proud of their special status — apple-pie American, Norman Rockwell subjects in motion. There is nothing like a county fair to get a quick sense of a community’s character.
It was just a few hours until closing time and the teenage members of the 4-H club were spending their final moments with the animals they had raised, most of which would be dispatched to a slaughterhouse shortly thereafter. “You don’t want to be here at 4 when the fair closes,” one club member’s mother told me. “There’ll be a lot of tears.”
Gail and I are not accustomed to hot, humid days, and we wore down fast. But still ahead, a visit to Al Ringling’s home, now being restored by a man who once served as the train master for the circus (keeping the circus train running smoothly).
The home tour costs $20, well worth it, and the home is air conditioned, too — reason enough for us to visit. It was a little eerie, though, to see Al Ringling’s bathroom and the actual bathtub where he took his final breath.
Circus World, with real circus acts, is nearby. I was there years ago, and it’s a must-see.
Worn out by the heat for the day, Gail and I returned to our motorhome and cranked up the AC. And now, after a leisurely meal of leftovers at the shaded picnic table, I am at my mini-desk writing to you, a few feet from my bed that I’ll slip into in an hour or two.
And so another day on the road is complete — new memories stacked upon a thousand others, stacked upon a thousand others before them. And so it goes. . .
P.S. I have some updates about our various projects if you are interested to learn about them. Plus just before this issue was finished I felt I had to jump on my soapbox because I am mad and frustrated and need to vent or else my brain might just blow up. Click here.
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The latest news
about RVing from our newsroom
• New 330-site upscale RV park coming to Kalispell, Montana.
• Bipartisan bill seeks $1.3 billion for deferred maintenance in National Parks.
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• Beijing RV show foretells strong growth of RVing among Chinese.
• Sacramento’s homeless “shelter crisis” could enable RV camping within city.
• Silicon Valley city enacts one-year pilot program for affordable RV parking.
• Large fifth wheel trailer stolen from California’s Emerald Triangle.
• Kentucky State Parks campgrounds offer 2-for-1 deal in September.
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• Three-hour standoff between police and camper ends without incident.
• People living in RVs drawing ire from officials in this Idaho town.
• Though demand is high, Texas town stalls building of new RV parks.
Avoid RVing snafus!
Prepare for your next big adventure with Road & Home’s Ready for the Road checklist. This simple, easy-to-use guide of must-have repair or replace products will keep you moving while on the road! Equip yourself with peace of mind and ensure safety and convenience when you head out. Shop the entire collection here.
Do you need a special RV driver’s license? You might!
Driving an RV proves to be easy for most RVers after they get the feel of their rig. But for RVers in 10 states, there may be more to driving or towing an RV than climbing in the driver’s seat and heading down the highway. Find out here if you need a special driver’s license.
Have fun and help California State Parks on a volunteer workday
If you do a lot of your RVing in California, you can have some fun and help out the state parks by signing up for a Park Champions workday near you, says the California State Parks Foundation. By helping with habitat rehabilitation, landscaping and park maintenance, you can help keep California’s state parks in tip-top shape. Some parks even offer free camping for registered volunteers. Learn more.
Buying an RV in a business’s name could void warranty
If you’ve considered buying your dream RV in your business’s name or plan to use it for business you might want to give it a second thought. Learn from this person’s expensive mistake.
Will “booting” of trucks in Georgia Walmart raise concerns among RVers?
If you’re passing through Perry, Georgia, and plan on spending the night in a Walmart parking lot, you might want to first confirm what the rules are. RVers are usually welcome to spend a night in Walmart parking lots and most spend money resupplying in the stores. But at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, when Perry police were called to a dispute in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot at the Perry store on St. Patricks Drive, it got us thinking about this arrangement. Read more.
How to make a living from your RV – wherever you are
Running a business out of an RV is becoming more commonplace, and the number of mobile entrepreneurs is growing. Motivated by the desire to earn a decent living without being tethered to an office, more and more people are embracing the opportunities that advances in technology and communication can offer. If you’re thinking of running an RV-based business from the road, here are some things to consider from RV Daily Report.
Popularity growing for high-end gated RV parks for fulltimers
Many retirees that have never owned an RV, or ever considered living fulltime in one, didn’t plan on starting now. But plans do change, sometimes quite dramatically. Here’s an example of one couple’s plans changing when living in an RV resort while their dream home was being built. What did they find that made them change their minds? Read more.
This week’s Reader Poll
In high school were you popular?
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.
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Choose Americas Mailbox! It’s the best, endorsed by RVtravel.com 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.
What we learned about you last week
This week we talk about throw up, being spoiled (and modest), tow vehicles, RV paint jobs and graphics, and water leaks. Exciting, right? Click here to read about what we learned. You’ll learn too!
Goodyear receiving scrutiny over misreported failures of RV tire
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has been facing scrutiny over failure of the G159 tires, which were manufactured between 1996 and 2003, and could face a $105 million fine if it failed to properly report crashes to federal regulators that involve an RV tire linked to nearly 100 injuries and deaths. The tire has had failures in as many as one-in-10 motorhomes – a failure rate that surpasses the infamous Firestone tires of the 1990s. Learn more.
Travel with a pet? Are you from California? Read this
Half of RVtravel.com readers travel with a pet, most of them with a dog. Those who live in California and pet owners elsewhere should be aware of legislation that could have an effect on the food they feed their furry friends. Pet food companies are trying to amend regulations to permit using the term “natural” on pet food labels, packaging and advertising even when the pet food includes certain synthetic, chemical and other non-natural ingredients. Read more and get involved.
RV industry elated with new educational facility to train RV techs
Earlier this month, the RV Industry Association announced plans to launch a technical institute in Elkhart, Indiana, with two goals: first, to help solve the industry’s technician shortage; and second, to improve customer service throughout the industry. This much-needed initiative – which is being driven by a $10 million investment in the institute – comes as RV shipments are surging but technicians are becoming more scarce. Learn more.
Increased accessibility linked to increase in new campers
If you think campgrounds are fuller these days and getting a reservation is more difficult, you are right. More than 6 million new North American households have adopted the camping lifestyle since 2014, with the number of campers who camp three times or more each year – the most avid group of campers – having increased by 64 percent. Read more.
The amazing beef stick!
Rich “The Wanderman” really likes the jerky-like so-called meat stick, especially the Slim Jim. He remembers having them when he was much younger. He’s tried different brands but always goes back to the Slim Jim – perhaps it’s just nostalgia. How could something like this be good for you? Well, it can’t. But that’s OK; every once in a while he likes to live dangerously. Do you? Rich thinks you should. Read why.
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.
Could improving RV park safety standards prevent tornado damage?
BISMARCK, ND—In the aftermath of the deadly tornado that ripped through the Prairie View RV Park early on July 10, killing a newborn baby and injuring more than two dozen people in the heart of North Dakota’s oil patch, state and local officials are calling for increased safety standards for RV parks that often house oilfield workers and families. The tornado displaced 200 people and destroyed at least 120 structures, including recreational vehicles that served as temporary housing. Learn more.
More people downsizing, choosing to live in RVs
Getting rid of their “stuff” seems to be the motivating factor for how families are describing the seemingly more and more popular lifestyle of moving into an RV. San Antonio’s KSAT TV 12 toured one family’s new home and talked about the big change. “I got to thinking since we are downsizing, why not just get RVs?” asked Kevin Blakley. Blakley is now a retired member of the Air Force and has been living in an RV for about a year. Read more.
Short-term RV rentals on private property spark debate in San Diego
“There’s a new twist to the heated debate on short-term vacation rentals in San Diego,” according to Channel 7 NBC San Diego. “Many people are now renting out their personal RVs while parked on their property.” According to the city’s municipal code, however, it’s against the law. But there are dozens of RVs available to rent on the Airbnb website with rental prices ranging from $52 to $92 per night. Learn more.
Grizzly that visited Glacier NP campground wanders off; campground reopened
Attention wildlife watchers: If seeing a grizzly bear in the wild is on your bucket list, this is your chance. Glacier National Park announced that restrictions on tent camping in the Many Glacier Campground have been lifted. Hard-sided RVs were not affected. The 150-pound grizzly that provoked the initial restrictions entered the Many Glacier Campground on June 29th and helped himself to a fresh fish dinner. He has since left, but could return for more. Read more.
New “How To” series explains how to pick the right RV and dealership
Many people dream of owning an RV for travel or for vacations. But choosing the right RV and dealership is often daunting, especially when you don’t quite know what you are looking for. Here are some tips from The Daily Sentinel on how to get started. Learn more.
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.
Popular articles from last week’s issue
• RV Electricity – Hot grounds and the Stray Voltage Patrol.
• Which heater is best: Forced air, ceramic or catalytic?
• Hubby wears same clothes for a week; what can wife do?
• Is camping/boondocking permitted in National Recreation Areas?
• Why is there a floor cutout below the bathtub drain?
• Can you read dog (body) language?
Wax your dirty beast with Wade Wax
Your RV’s not your car, it’s your “beast!”
Wade Wax polishes and outlasts competitors’ Carnauba-based waxes. High-quality ingredients cross link and bond to the surface of your Beast while protective copolymers and nonabrasive cleaners deliver up to 6-months of protection. Watch the video. And click here to buy, or learn more about, Wade Wax at the Wade Maid website.
No overnight parking at these Walmarts
See which Walmarts in the USA do NOT allow overnight RV stays.
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.
RV 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.
Ask the RV Shrink
Annoying middle-of-the-night car alarms
Dear RV Shrink:
It is nice that most campgrounds have “no generator” zones, quiet hours posted, and in most cases a considerate population of campers. However, I am often jolted awake in the early morning hours by that most annoying of all sounds, the automobile alarm system. It is not uncommon for some camper to get up in the middle of the night to retrieve something from their car and the blasted horn alarm goes off….
Can’t get enough of the Shrink? Read his 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.
Unique 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 RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury.
Unusual Job Opportunities for RVers – New Feature
with Russ and Tiña De Maris
RVer makes a living finding the dead
There are thousands of RVers who make a living on the road. Perhaps the largest number of positions for these “work campers” is that of campground host. Others work as traveling company representatives, some deliver RVs. But finding the dead? Yep, that’s what RVer and retired minister Len Strozier does, and you can too! Read more.
Have an unusual way you make a living while RVing? We’d love to hear about it! Drop an email to us at Russ (at) RVtravel.com .
Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.
Latest fuel prices, July 16, 2018
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.87. [Calif.: $3.54]
Change from week before: Up 1 cents; Change from year before: Up 59 cents.
Diesel: $3.24. [Calif.: $3.97]
Change from week before: Up 0 cents; Change from year before: Up 75 cents.
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. 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’re probably going to need it. Learn more or order here.
RV Fire Safety Tip
An emergency fire plan that can save your life – Part 1 of 13
Having a solid fire escape plan may help you replace panic with logical, life-saving actions if a fire occurs. Knowing exactly what to do and doing it quickly can make a big difference in an emergency situation.
Most people killed by fires are actually overcome in their sleep from gas, lack of oxygen, hot air and smoke, or wake up too late or confused to escape. Flames are last on the list of killers. That’s why your best defense from a fire is properly installed and maintained smoke, LPG and carbon monoxide detectors. Test your detectors weekly to be sure the batteries have enough power and the detectors are in working condition. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy
Save your teeth, get that corn off the cob!
Nobody likes eating corn on the cob with a group of people, only to find out later they’ve got half the cob still stuck in their teeth. Not to mention, for some of us it’s hard to hold the whole cob, and it hurts our teeth! This easy-to-use corn stripper takes all the corn off the cob in one easy gesture – your hands and teeth will thank you! Easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Order here for a great price.
RV Quick Tips
RV window rattle silencer
Some RVers complain that their horizontally sliding rig windows rattle, sometimes for a lack of cushioning, allowing the glass to flex and make noise. Auto manufacturers are ahead of the game, putting a seal around the entire window. Here’s a possible after-market fix: It’s called a “backer rod” in the trade, simply a cushiony seal you can stuff into crevices, reducing rattle and air infiltration. What to use? “Caulk saver” is a poly-foam product that comes in a variety of diameters. Cram the stuff in that empty vertical space between the movable window unit and the frame. Here is some from Amazon.
Mesh laundry bags do double duty
From reader Wendy Wolter: Mesh laundry bags for running delicates in the wash make great shower-house totes: Hold your towels, shampoo, etc., inside. Tie a ribbon on it so once back at the RV you can hang them up to dry.
Do you have a Quick Tip? Send it to Russ (at) RVtravel.com and you just might see it here!
Lightweight, waterproof, foldable backpack perfect for RVers
Ultra-light, ultra-durable, and ultra-handy for RV trips, this backpack is perfect for small-space living. Pack folds into a tiny sandwich-sized pouch, perfect for storage or for use on airplane trips. Many pockets, including two water bottle slots, make this waterproof pack great for hiking, camping, or day-trips. Learn more and view all eight colors here.
Gizmos and Gadgets
Folding stainless steel gas grill designed for the grilling enthusiast
Designed for grilling enthusiasts who don’t want to substitute quality for cost, this grill is constructed entirely of 100 percent mirror-polished stainless steel with a 9 inch x 18 inch (162 square inch) grilling surface. It features a balanced locking lid, durable all-weather stay-cool plastic handle, fold-away tabletop legs, locking side access grease tray, and convenient locking radiant plate assembly for even heat distribution. Learn more.
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Amazon Deals of the Day!
Here are more than 1,000 special deals, just for today. And the items just keep on changing. If you can’t find a great deal here on something you want, then, well, you must not need anything. If nothing else, it sure is fun to poke around here to see the incredible array of cool stuff that’s available at this very moment at bargain prices! Click here for today’s deals!
Ask the RV Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions
What to do about a leaky slideout?
We recently purchased a 2004 coach. From the moment we got it the slideout has leaked so bad that the wood trim around the interior of the slideout has all been removed due to mold, and the laminate on the dinette table is all buckled. My husband tried to put some sealant on the top of the slideout but it didn’t work. This is the first RV we have owned with a slideout and we are just beside ourselves….
It looks like a key, but it’s a folding 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!
with Bob Difley
Try this when you can’t find a campground with vacancies
I read one of your Ask BoondockBob columns recently where you said some parks and campgrounds allow staying for one night even when there are no campsites available. Where do they put these people and how do we find such campgrounds? —Jerry
Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) gmail.com .
You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on Amazon Kindle.
Endorsed by tire expert Roger Marble!
Outstanding tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn it off, it will do so automatically. The included lithium battery never needs to be recharged or replaced. Used by the RV Travel staff. Learn more or order.
with Mike Sokol
Using a Non-Contact Voltage Tester
After reading your article on RV hot-skin voltage I ordered a Southwire 40126N Non-Contact Voltage Tester, but now wonder if it’s the correct tool. According to the directions it detects voltage by putting it near a hot plug. But will it also find a hot-skin voltage by putting it next to the skin of an RV? —John Baxley
Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40+ years in the industry. Visit NoShockZone.org for more electrical safety tips. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
Camco vent insulator keeps you warm…and cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy – simply push the fitted foam into your skylight, reflective side up. The reflective surface blocks sunlight, preventing it from heating your RV in the hot months. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.
RV Tire Safety
with RV tire expert Roger Marble
Internal vs. external TPMS temperature test results for warm weather
Previously Roger posted the test results for his comparison of internal versus external sensor TPM systems during cooler temperatures. The weather was cool (“How accurate is your TPMS – Part two”) to cold (“More on internal vs. external TPMS temperature reporting”) back in March when he reported his test results. Now he reports the results with the ambient temperature in the upper 80s. Learn more.
The best book on RV electricity, hands down!
Mike Sokol is America’s leading expert on RV electricity. He’s 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
Astronomy for RVers
with Chris Fellows
Charles Messier: An 18th century astronomer with game
Meet my buddy, Chuck (Messier). People have been looking up at the night sky since people have been people. From cave-dwelling Neanderthals to modern man, we have increased our understanding of the universe through careful observations and collaboration with other observers. Every once in a while an individual makes an observation (or several) that sticks out and ensures they are remembered forever. Today we are going to have a look at one of those giants and his contribution to our understanding of the universe: Charles Messier. Learn more.
New & interesting finds at Amazon.com
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.
A new way to make ravioli. This rich, creamy, meatless treat is thrown together in one dish. The ravioli does not have to be cooked separately. To make the ravioli plump, assemble the dish early in the day or the night before. Then pop it into the oven to bake while you relax with a sundowner. It comes out of the oven with a golden glow, each little dumpling surrounded by a halo of egg custard. Get the recipe.
Keep those spices organized (for once!)
Everyone knows the spice shelf is always a mess, but it doesn’t have to be! Make others jealous with this cabinet spice holder. Each rack is fully adjustable and has an adhesive back, so it can stick to the inside of a cabinet, pantry, wall, you name it! Say goodbye to a disorganized spice shelf and hello to the simple life! Learn more or order here.
Brilliant and remarkable hummingbirds
Almost every RV Dennis sees has a hummingbird feeder around it somewhere. These feisty creatures are a load of fun to watch, but their statistics are even more fascinating. Learn about some of them here. And let us know in the comment section below the article if you have one or more hummingbird feeders.
Make popcorn in minutes with this collapsible popcorn maker!
Virtually fat-free, no cholesterol, full of fiber and vitamins – popcorn is the best snack! Pop it in minutes in your RV with this handy collapsible popcorn maker. Simply pour the kernels in the bowl, add your favorite seasonings, microwave for a couple of minutes and the perfect bowl of popcorn will emerge! Pretty hard to resist if you ask me… Learn more or order here.
RV Short Stop
with Julianne G. Crane
Gillette Castle State Park – a great family RV Short Stop
East Haddam, Connecticut
One attraction to put on your must-see list of RV Short Stops when you’re touring New England is Connecticut’s Gillette Castle State Park. The park, with beautiful walking trails, overlooks the Connecticut River in the south central part of the Constitution State, about 45 miles east of New Haven. The focal point of the 184-acre estate is a 24-room mansion reminiscent of a medieval castle. Read more.
Best-selling small-space organizers
It can be hard keeping everything organized in a small space like an RV, right? Here’s Amazon’s list of best small-space organizers so you can keep everything in check. You’ll find everything from under-the-sink kitchen organizers, to clothing and closet organizers, to tiny little bookcases. Explore these helpful items here.
Free and bargain camping
Bowlin’s Bluewater Outpost Travel Center, Bluewater, NM
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed for 1-2 nights. Park anywhere in upper or lower lot (both of which are level) or as directed by management. Little lighting, no apparent security concerns. Exxon Station with diesel fuel and Dairy Queen on premises. Breakfast available. Address: I-40, Exit 72. GPS: 35.264511, -107.974639
SB I-25 Parking Area, Buffalo, WY
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. The state of Wyoming prohibits overnight camping in parking areas, but allows sleeping in parked vehicles, provided the vehicle is in travel-ready condition: no levelers, slides, awnings or other items deployed. This parking area is parallel to the highway, with ramps at both ends. It is quite level but has no amenities other than a dumpster. Address: SB I-25, milepost 274. GPS: 43.9955, -106.64655
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 demo. Watch a video about OvernightRVparking.com.
Museum of the Week
Wyandot Popcorn Museum
Pop! Pop! Pop! You can hear the pops and smell the butter, can’t you? Enter the large circus tent in Marion, Ohio, and find yourself amazed by the largest collection of old popcorn (and peanut) wagons in the world! The wagons date back to the turn of the century, and they’ve been restored to their original, and perfect, condition. Come to this museum when there’s a good movie in theaters you want to see because we’re sure that’s where you’ll end up after your visit. Go to the museum website here.
(Staff note: Emily here! If you like to make popcorn at home or in your RV, my favorite popcorn topping is this cheese powder from a small Oregon farm. It is THE BEST!)
Double refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
I know it’s happened to me many times – I’ve opened the fridge (even slowly) after driving down the road and a heavy jar has fallen on my toe – “OW!” – because it shifted in the fridge. Never have that happen again with these easy-to-install double refrigerator bars. These spring-loaded bars can also be placed in cupboards or in closets. Order for a good price here.
Upcoming RV Shows
• Green Country RV Show, July 20-22, Tulsa, OK
• Beat the Heat Chicago RV Show, July 27-29, Schaumburg, IL
• Midwest RV Super Show, August 9-12, Elkhart, IN
• Beat the Heat RV & Boat Show Sale, August 17-18, Greenville, SC
• Hampton Roads RV Super Sale, August 17-19, Hampton, VA
• America’s Largest RV Show, September 12-16, Hershey PA. Seminar speakers include RVtravel.com’s Mike Sokol and Gary Bunzer. Pre-order tickets.
‘Earthquake Putty’ keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.
Chop suey is not a native Chinese dish. It is believed to have originated in a California mining camp. The cook supposedly threw together what he had called “chop suey,” a phonetic translation of a Mandarin term meaning “various things.”
Bumper sticker of the week
Honk if you love Jesus. Text while driving if you’d like to meet him.
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to Gail (at) RVtravel.com
Joke of the Week
“As the hostess at the casino buffet showed me to my table, I asked her to keep an eye out for my husband, who would be joining me momentarily. I started to describe him: ‘He has gray hair, wears glasses, has a potbelly …’ She stopped me right there. ‘Honey,’ she said, ‘today is senior day. They all look like that.’”
“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.” — Samuel Johnson
RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editor: Russ De Maris. 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. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis.
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About the RVtravel.com 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 Amazon.com. 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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