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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

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

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 finding me a Ford dealer who could help me mechanically and had me flatbed towed there. As I am awaiting the diagnosis and having to stay in a hotel, my extended warranty will cover some of the costs. Just gotta know what you have in case of a breakdown.


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!

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.! The next morning I got to talking with the renters (who were from China) and during the conversation, I asked why the generator ran so much the previous night since they were plugged into shore power. They stated that they did plug in but there was no power coming from the pedestal so they ran the generator so they could run the furnace. I asked if they minded if I took a look for them and it seems that they did not know to flip the breakers on the pedestal so naturally they had no shore power. They also complained that the furnace did not work either and after talking with them, they did not know they were actually trying to get the air conditioner to heat the unit. I showed them how to work the furnace and they left the park Happy Campers! I think the RV rental places need to write down instructions for their clients in order for them to know how to use the units!! The quick 10 minute run through the unit is not enough for their clients to fully understand how to camp successfully! Just sayin….


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

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

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.

bob cravens


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

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 an early Apache brand tent trailer (which we used to travel throughout the United States and western Canada). Those experiences imprinted upon me a love of travel and camping…that has carried forward to today.

It also was those experiences that led me to migrate to the Pacific Northwest nearly 45 years ago as a young man.

Keep-up the good work,

Greg Nelson

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 and tow vehicle.


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

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 drivers are suppose to have.
To add fuel to the fire, I agree that anyone that has a rig whether it is a Class A, large Class C or a large trailer should have a special license indicating they have been tested and proven they can drive those rigs. Rules and regulations help us from being hurt if not killed. We must have a driver’s license to drive. Why not have a special license to haul these rigs?? It does not make sense.
Just take a look at the clips on YouTube. The accidents are outrageous caused by lack of knowledge and stupidity.
I recently witnessed a jerk in his huge Class A driving on an Expressway well over 75 mph. He missed his exit then suddenly drove over the grass hill to the exit almost hitting a legally exiting moving vehicle. The driver of that rig probably would not have done that if he or she had the sense and knowledge from a having a special license proving that a course was taken in how to handle rigs. It should also include a session of bloody images and overturned RVs to show what can happen.
Our roads would be a lot safer…and maybe our insurance would be lower.

David Kydd

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

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 kept going after the initial few weeks of acclamation, something critters do is acclimate. Now this morning I find that the 1 click link is gone and your readers that like to scroll through and read the articles one by one or disregard and read the next are required to click each individually, to see if it’s what they may or may not want to pursue, then click to exit so they can then click the next to repeat the entire process again and again and again …
What was so wrong with the original method where one could simply scroll down (it’s about pages on a computer), to read the stories or dismiss this one in favor of that one etc.
The more folks HAVE to do to get to where they are going is a deterrent to the voyager. After all this is supposed to be geared for readability & ease of usage by the reader, yes/no?

Roger Spencer

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!

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

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.