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Issue 856 • Week of July 28–August 3, 2018 #rvtravel
With Chuck Woodbury
Chuck (at) RVtravel.com
Finally, the RV industry is taking meaningful action to train RV technicians. It’s about time, and, frankly, about ten years too late. I believe it’s to the point where industry executives are finally being forced by public opinion and those dealers who really do care about their customers.
“The newly formed RV Technical Institute will establish a headquarters and training facility in the Elkhart, Indiana area, where it will . . . launch an aggressive recruitment campaign to attract new technicians into the RV industry,” the institute’s website notes.
If you want to know how badly RV technicians are needed, read our readers’ “RV horror stories.”
Currently, RV dealers complain about how hard it is to find and keep technicians. The result, of course, is you and I have to wait weeks, even months, to get repairs done. But get this: While those dealers are charging us $120 to $150 an hour, government statistics show that the average wage in 2017 of the nation’s 14,780 RV technicians was only $18.25 an hour. Last February, the new chairman of the RV Dealers Association, Tim Wegge, wrote this:
“When items are available and in stock, the average repair time [of an RV] is about four days. When parts are not available, the average repair time jumps to 21 days. That’s an eye opener. I think we all know that 21 days is not what our customers expect when they drop their RVs off for servicing, especially during peak camping seasons when most people plan their vacations. What’s more, that 21-day average is concerning because it’s just seven days short of triggering lemon laws in many states.”
An acquaintance told me a story about a recent visit to a Midwest dealer for some modifications and repairs. The facility had two technicians. While in the waiting room she overheard the senior of the two techs, who had worked there at least two years, asking the bookkeeper about his paycheck. “Remember, my pay goes from $13 to $15 an hour!”
Now, how does any business get away with paying a wage a tenth of what the employee is earning for the company for each hour of his or her labor? And why would any person aspire to a career in an industry where the pay was so low?
Let’s hope the new training institute also lobbies RV dealers to pay their technicians a better wage. If not, what’s the point of taking up the profession?
Finally, I have an update on many of our special projects on a separate page that I hope you will take a minute to read. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes.
P.S. Mike Sokol, our resident RV electricity expert, will present RV electricity seminars at the Forest River FROG Rally, August 12 to 18, at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Indiana. For more information visit frogrally.com. Later, September 12 to 16, he’ll be a featured seminar speaker each morning at America’s largest RV show in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
My Roadside Journal
(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)
• World class F-bomb slingers in a town called Welcome.
• This was a weird week. Here’s why.
• Visit a drinking fountain for humans and horses!
Your RV is generally your second largest physical asset. Protect it!
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Do RV manufacturers “lie with statistics”?
Pssst! In the market for a new motorhome? Looking for a steal? Here’s some news – the dealers are looking for a steal, too, and it may be that some of them figure that steal will come out of your pocket. We picked up a copy of the RV Buyers Guide, touting “2018 specs, floorplans, photos, prices & more!” If you can pass over the pretty pictures and examine the stats closely, you may find that things aren’t always as pretty as they seem. Sad to say, not all RV shoppers are shopping with their eyes open, and probably not in possession of all the facts. Learn more in this eye-opening article from Russ and Tiña De Maris.
The latest news
about RVing from our newsroom
• Fire restrictions announced for Oregon forests and parks.
• NBC will broadcast The Today Show from an RV.
• Forest Service enacts fire restrictions in Lassen National Forest.
• Towable values surge higher at auction; motorized units dipped.
• Global RV market for 2018 to 2023 predicted in new report.
• RV fire on CT I-84 destroys vehicle.
• Fulltime (homeless) RVers protest San Diego’s proposed parking limitations.
• Millennials push smaller trailer sales to record highs.
• Woman camper scares off bear that stepped on tent.
• Campers evacuated along flooding Susquehanna River.
• June RV shipments drop 11.4 percent from 2017.
• Violent wind flips truck and camper in South Dakota hailstorm.
• Jury awards $47.5 million to boy who lost leg on camping trip.
• RV crashes into river in Yellowstone NP after brakes fail.
• Yukon Territory’s only Walmart to ban RV overnighting.
• San Diego judge may lift ban on people living in RVs.
• Ferguson fire threatens Yosemite NP, forcing road closures, evacuations.
• Yosemite fire threatens Merced Grove’s giant sequoias.
• Millennial concepts of sharing economy redefines camping.
• Carr Fire bears down on Shasta & Redding, campers flee, marina burns.
• Forest River recalls RVs: possible trailer brake malfunction.
America’s Largest RV Show returns September 12-16, 2018
See, compare, shop and buy from over 33 football fields of new RVs. Virtually every major manufacturer represented, everything from the smallest pop-up to the full-size motorhome. Visit hundreds of vendors including campgrounds, accessories, destinations, and services. Attend seminars covering subjects for beginners and seasoned RV enthusiasts. See you in Hershey, PA! Click here for more information.
Future fulltimers beware: You could be voiding your RV’s warranty
A San Angelo, Texas, RV sales company is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Midland resident Kara Stephan. The lawsuit claims Funtown RV and the RV’s manufacturer, Forest River, Inc., sold Ms. Stephan a pile of junk. She alleges 77 defects in the $80,000 2017 Cedar Creek Champagne RV Model 38ERK she bought brand-new in May 2017. Ms. Stephan also alleges the one-year warranty she was told by the salesperson she would receive was unknowingly voided by her because she used the fifth-wheel as a permanent residence. Learn more.
Your Sprinter RV cost too much? Blame chickens!
If you own an RV built on a Sprinter platform, we bet you don’t know that it would have cost you less if it weren’t for chickens! Learn the story of how a cheap chicken in the 1960s changed international trade and how your Sprinter van is currently built (and why you pay more to buy it). Read all about it.
Exploration, experience and freedom top list of new RVing study
Survey findings in a recent report from Outdoorsy debunked some long-held RV myths, uncovering new insights into American and millennial travel. In a historical shift, Americans say the freedom to do what they want and experience new things are vital to their happiness ahead of material possessions, and for nearly half of those surveyed, RV travel represents freedom and adventure. Check out these interesting findings.
Why so many RVs are junk
Why are RVs made so cheaply, why are some “junk,” and why are they even sold in the first place when there’s a high likelihood that the buyer will have problems with the unit? This video does a great job of answering those questions. If you’re about to buy an RV, especially a lightweight-model trailer, you should watch this.
Bear breaks into RV Shrink’s tent as he sleeps
Our RV Shrink, Dick Mallery, popular with our readers for years for his sage advice, is not only an avid RVer, but an avid hiker. This past week he passed 1,200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, from its beginning near the Mexican border all the way to north of Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada. Here’s a report about his recent frightening encounter with a bear.
Converting campsites to seasonal rentals raises concerns about availability
Campers at Akeley, Minnesota’s city campground protest conversion of daily and weekly campsites to seasonals at a meeting of the city council. This action is likely to raise concerns far beyond Minnesota because of the decreasing number of campsites available nationally due to robust RV sales and few new campgrounds being added to the supply. Some fear that officials will take the easy and more predictable route of renting campsites for an entire season. Read more.
RVers find volunteering adventuresome and fulfilling
Many couples, after going fulltime in their RVs in retirement, find volunteering a fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. Take for instance Randy and Sandy Reed. The Reeds are fulltime RVers who describe themselves as the adventurous type. They found their current, and eighth, volunteer placement at Volunteer.gov, a website that lists federal, state and local volunteer placements. Learn more.
This week’s Reader Poll
How important to you is socializing with other RVers at campgrounds or RV parks?
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.
Goodbye Holding Tank Odors and Clogs, Hello Convenience!
The best just got better. Now you can get the unsurpassed strength of RV Digest-It Holding Tank Treatment in a convenient, easy to use drop-in pod. RV Digest-It has long been known as the premier all-around tank treatment for those looking for the best in both odor elimination and waste digestion – now you can add convenience to that list. Learn more here.
What we learned about you last week
Were you popular in high school? Nope. Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” makes an appearance, and your laundry might smell bad. You don’t usually have to take cover from storms, and you really appreciate credit cards with good benefits (miles for that trip to Hawaii? Yes, please!). Read everything we learned here.
Spending time with Mother Nature is good for your brain
Those who enjoy the outdoors know that nature can have a positive effect on one’s attitude and feelings of well-being. But now, a professor claims it is also good for your brain. On average, Americans spend about 10 hours a day in front of a computer or other electronic device and less than 30 minutes a day outdoors. That is a claim made by David Strayer, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah, who says that all this time spent with technology is making our brains tired. Read more.
Malia’s Miles: Pain is a game changer
Malia is a full-time RVer and was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. This amazing woman is graciously sharing her journey with us. Read her most recent update. (Thank you, Malia. Our prayers are with you.)
Two national rallies draw 2,500 RVers
The WIT (Winnebago International Travelers) event drew 900 coaches and about 2,000 RV owners to the gathering July 23-28 in Forest City, Iowa. Meanwhile, FMCA notched its highest attendance mark since 2013 for the organization’s summer show, as 1,559 rigs converged in Gillette, Wyo., for the July 18-21, 98th International Convention & Expo. Learn more and watch a cool video.
Getting high in your RV – without altitude sickness
A recent survey asked RVtravel.com readers, “Are you affected by altitude sickness?” The largest response, an amazing 67 percent, affirmed that no, altitude sickness didn’t affect them. However, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) reminds Americans, “Everyone is at risk for high-altitude illness.” Here is information on the symptoms and what to do to avoid them, including tips from fellow RVers, if you’re traveling to higher elevations. Learn more.
British Columbia increases campsites in parks and forests
The province of British Columbia, Canada, offers some of the most pristine camping destinations that Canada has to offer, and on Parks Day, July 21, Canadian officials expanded accessibility by announcing the addition of 431 new campsites, a mix of B.C. Parks and forestry recreation sites in areas with the highest demand throughout the province. Read more.
Full-timers: Need an RV Home Base?
Then you need Americas Mailbox! You’ll enjoy great tax advantages with your South Dakota “residency,” like no state income tax and low insurance rates (second lowest in the USA says the Insurance Information Institute). Many plans are available. Click the video where RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury talks with Americas Mailbox owner Don Humes. Or click here to learn more or enroll.
NW Montana’s Flathead Valley no longer a secret RV getaway
If beautiful and wild Northwest Montana is on your bucket list or if you haven’t visited in years, you will discover that it is no longer a secret getaway. Though many visitors get there by various modes of transportation, increasing numbers of RVers are visiting rapidly filling up campgrounds and RV parks, a trend showing high demand for campsites. Read more.
Frequent visitor grizzly bear killed at Idaho Forest Service campground
Idaho Department of Fish and Game staffers on July 11 trapped a sub-adult male grizzly that was found near a Forest Service campground. The grizzly was radio-marked and relocated about 22 miles away in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, but by Friday, July 20, the bear had returned to the Mill Creek Campground in Island Park and had to be killed. Learn more.
The incredible coffee warmers
Rich “The Wanderman” drinks coffee –sometimes a lot. Often he puts the mug of hot coffee down and forgets about it and it gets cold – yuck! Has that ever happened to you? So, what’s a guy to do? Rich did a quick search on the internet for keeping coffee mugs hot and came up with a winner. Simple and small, it allows you to keep your mug nice and hot no matter how long you procrastinate – within reason that is. Read more.
Tour Will Smith’s $2.5 million RV
This is definitely not your average RV. It’s actor Will Smith’s $2.5 million two-story home on wheels. Quad slides and a roof that rises 3 1/2 feet afford the actor and his friends 1,200 square feet of pure luxury. Fourteen TVs and state-of-the art electronics are just a few of the many amenities that add up to a living space as comfortable as those in any mansion. Watch the video.
Is this the most beat up, junky motorhome in America?
If this isn’t the trashiest motorhome in North America, it must be close. You might wonder if this was the surviving vehicle at the local RV destruction derby. And get this, the RV is still on the road. Read more and see a bigger pic.
Vintage trailer RV resort opens in Arkansas woods
Whether you own an RV, plan to own an RV, or are just curious about what it is like to live for a few days in one, you might want to check out this unique resort that has just opened in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. The Flamingo Springs Trailer Resort’s idea of “staycation” involves spending your night in a vintage travel trailer from anywhere between the 1950s and 1970s. The resort has completely restored the trailers and given each a theme. Read more.
AND MAKE MORE ROOM UNDER YOUR SINKS
Popular articles from last week’s issue
• Notes from the editor, July 20, 2018.
• RV Electricity – Using a Non-Contact Voltage Tester (with video).
• Do you need a special RV driver’s license? You might!
• Try this when you can’t find a campground with vacancies.
• Will “booting” of trucks in Georgia Walmart raise concerns among RVers?
• Popularity growing for high-end gated RV parks for fulltimers.
• RVer makes a living finding the dead.
How can you end the “military” RV shower?
You know the routine, constantly turning off the shower to conserve hot water. That’s because most RVs have tank heaters with limited hot water. You never have to run out of hot water with a hybrid instant hot water heater. Find out how the Truma AquaGo® gives you a real shower in your RV. Learn more here.
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.
Plan Your Getaway to Tropical Palms Today!
Tropical Palms is a hidden gem set on 69 beautiful sun-kissed acres that are perfect for your Orlando vacation getaway. We are approximately 4 miles from Walt Disney World Resort, 11 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and within walking distance from Old Town and Fun Spot. You will find our convenient location and affordable prices provide the perfect RV resort to enjoy all that Central Florida offers. Click here to learn more.
Ask the RV Shrink
In-laws spoiling full-time RVing experience
Dear RV Shrink:
My husband and I have been full-timers for several years. It is a great lifestyle with few problems – until my husband’s parents show up. They are elderly but still traveling occasionally with their pickup camper. They will often travel a few weeks with us. I try to be patient and kind, but they are opinionated, selfish and often rude. It changes our whole travel experience. …
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.
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.
Latest fuel prices, July 23, 2018
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.83. [Calif.: $3.51]
Change from week before: Down 3 cents; Change from year before: Up 52 cents.
Diesel: $3.22. [Calif.: $3.94]
Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Up 71 cents.
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!
RV Quick Tips
Thoughts on decluttering your fulltime RV
Dealing with the “compact” space of your RV? Here’s an experience that Rosemary Vaughan shared that may help. “We are fulltime RVers. Recently we went back to our hometown of 60+ years. We had a ‘clean out’ of our RV and took many things out and put them in our storage unit. Any gifts we purchased on the road, we gave to the intended recipient. They were pleased and grateful. We will not be hanging onto these items until Christmas now that they have been distributed. Any Christmas presents will be shipped via some website that we may use, especially for the grandchildren.” Thanks Rosemary!
An overlooked RV weight rating
One weight rating that is often overlooked is the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). This applies to any vehicle pulling a trailer or any motor home pulling a vehicle or trailer. The GCWR is the maximum permissible weight of the tow vehicle and trailer COMBINED when both are fully loaded for travel. Look for the GCWR on weight labels or in the vehicle owner’s manual. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
Do you have a Quick Tip? Send it to Russ (at) RVtravel.com and you just might see it here!
You loved the spray; DEET-free mosquito repellent wipes really work!
Back by popular demand, these DEET-free mosquito and tick repellent wipes really work! We had previously recommended the spray, but for those of you who don’t need it that often, or like the convenience of throwing a wipe or two in your day pack, these are perfect. Like we said before, as RVers, we’re going to need this stuff! Learn more or order here.
Gizmos and Gadgets
Winegard announces new Carryout G3 satellite antenna
Winegard® Company has begun shipping the Carryout G3®, DIRECTV®, auto-acquire satellite antenna. This state-of-the-art and simple-to-set-up antenna provides unmatched versatility for RVers. The sleek and lightweight design, and increased signal strength, makes it easy to stay connected to one’s favorite TV programs or the big game while RVing, tailgating or camping. Learn more.
Be sure to sign up for our monthly Great RV Accessories Newsletter. Click here.
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.
Ask the RV Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions
Switch doesn’t stop RV’s slideout when retracting
I have a 1998 5th wheel RV with a slideout living room. My problem is that there must be a relay somewhere that is sticking when I attempt to close the slideout. I have talked to numerous RV repair shops, even the factory itself, and no one can help me. When it is coming in, it does not want to stop when I release the switch. The In-and-Out switch is okay. It has a DeWalt hydraulic pump that operates the slideout. It is one that you can electrically bring the slide in or you can manually pump it in. Could the pump itself have the relay inside of it? Your help will be most appreciated. —J.R.M., USAF Retired
The Idiot’s Guide to RVing
If you’re about to take up RVing or recently started, this guide will really help you get up to speed on how to buy the RV and then use it. It’s a simple and well-written book that provides just the right amount of information for somebody just getting started. Do yourself a favor if you’re an RV newbie by reading this excellent book, just published in April. Learn more or order.
The current wildfires and the likelihood of a dry, incendiary summer fire season has me quite uneasy regarding where I usually spend my summers – camping and boondocking in the Western forests. What should I be doing – and not doing – when camping this fire season? —George
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.
Power tools galore!
If it’s not at Amazon.com it’s probably not easily available anywhere! Check out this huge selection of power tools — drills, saws, air compressors, impact wrenches, car vacuums, sanders, polishers, tool boxes — the list goes on! See what’s available and maybe pick up a great deal!
with Mike Sokol
RV Electricity seminars in 2018
As promised, I’m updating you on my RV Electricity seminars this summer and fall. Fun will be had by all since I do a lot of live demonstrations about electrical testing and safety. I’ll be presenting two different topics at most seminar sites: Surge Protector Theory and Selection, and RV Hot-Skin/Stray-Voltage Detection and Prevention. Here is my RV Electricity seminars schedule.
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.
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.
RV Tire Safety
with RV tire expert Roger Marble
Radial tire belt “interply shear” and tire failure
Originally posted on Airstream forum, but the answer applies to anyone running radial tires.
“From my reading, if you see a post where the tire failed with the tread coming off AND the tire carcass still held air pressure, that is likely to be an inter-ply shear failure. It is my understanding of the issue, that inter-ply shear (twisting of the tire) breaks the bond of the tread from the tire carcass. This may start as a small section that can be seen as a bubble under the tread. Then rolling the tire expands the failed area until it all comes apart.” Read the rest of the question and Roger’s response.
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.
with Al Hesselbart
Slide outs celebrate 100 years!
Popular selling features of RVs today, such as slide outs, are much older than most RVers realize. Almost every RV feature inside motorhomes, trailers and fifth wheels (other than furniture and appliances) was known before 1920. Modern rigs seem to require slide outs as a selling feature; nobody wants an RV without one (or multiple). Continue reading.
Al Hesselbart is the author of “The Dumb Things Sold … Just Like That!” – a history of the recreational vehicle industry in America.
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.
Carolina Catfish Stew
A catfish lover’s catfish stew. This simple stew stars catfish, not potatoes and other distractions. It’s quick and easy to simmer over a campfire, fire pit or RV range. Conscience requires us to add “spoon off excess fat” to the directions but, as all southerners know, fat is where the flavor lies. Some of us don’t ask, don’t tell. 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.
Free and bargain camping
Badlands Overlook – Buffalo Gap National Grasslands (USFS), Wall, SD
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. This is boondocking on Federal land in Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. No hookups, no amenities. Dry weather access only. Be aware of any approaching rain. Potable water available at Buffalo Gap Visitor Center but 50-ft. hose required; use a pressure regulator. Unlit, quiet, and appears safe. Open all year. No reservations; first come, first served. Maximum stay: 14 days. Address: Off SR 240. GPS: 43.89003, -102.22679
Lincoln’s 50,000 Silver Dollar Casino, Haugan, MT
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Signage: “For self-contained RV’s and no long-term camping.” Big rigs OK. One RVer advises that electric hookups are 30 Amps, 4 outlets to a pole; some are dead and some have reversed polarity. Test with an appropriate device before using. Some areas OK for satellite. Wi-Fi in lot. Gas station with diesel, restaurant, casino, and large gift shop on site. Address: -90, Exit 16 GPS: 47.3871, -115.399
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
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
Museum of the Week
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
Ready to see 20,000 (yes, you read that right) salt and pepper shakers? The founder, archeologist Andrea Ludden, was inspired by her mother’s unique salt and pepper shakers, and decided to use her archeological skills to search for, and discover, the world’s greatest shakers. The museum is organized by category and color, so if you want to spend all day looking at animal-shaped shakers, or food-shaped shakers, you can. And, like many of the museums we feature here, we’re sure this place has an excellent gift shop. Visit the museum website here.
The largest, tiniest blanket for all your outdoor needs
Pack your beach bags and park picnics, it’s summer! 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!
Upcoming RV Shows
• 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.
See the complete list of all upcoming RV shows.
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.
Superman coffee maker (pictured right).
When the computer mouse was invented, it was called the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.”
Bumper sticker of the week
0-60 in 15 minutes!
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to Gail (at) RVtravel.com
Joke of the Week
Question: What does an astronaut use to cook Chinese food on the moon?
Answer: A moon wok!
“I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.” —Gillian Anderson
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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