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Wayne
1 year ago

This is driving me crazy. I’ve got to know the results of the “What is it contest”?
I’ve looked over this issue twice.
I’m thinking it has to be a sewing device for fishnets or harness.

Nelson Needham
1 year ago

I was reading Woodall’s Campground Management (Vol.49 No.7 July 2018) and found a couple of interesting notes. On page 2, Editor’s Notes, Ben Quiggle indicates that there are plenty of campsites available. He addresses the issue of record breaking RV sales and questions if there are enough campsites. He states, “…We’ve posted dozens of stories on new park projects of every shape and size on http://www.woodallscm.com .” He continues to say, “Today’s campers are looking for something extra, exotic and exciting.”

On page 14, Guest view, by Mark Koep, probing the Myth of Insufficent Campground Capacity, he states, “we are nowhere near 100% capacity at campgrounds or RV parks.” He coninues to indicate that the problem is how RVers look for parks on line. He recommends some strategies at finding campsites.

I find the there is a disconnect from this publication’s viewpoint and the public wants. Maybe I am in the minority, and the people I am in contact are also, but I don’t believe most RVers want built in amazement parks with their campsites, along with the premium price tag. We would rather have more campsites . More campsites with reasonable rates, a quite atmosphere, and nature, are what there is a shortage. Let the theme parks worry about thrills.

As you have stated, RV industry should pay attention to us.

Vanessa
1 year ago

I stopped at 50000 Silver $ Casino last month when traveling between Portland and Great Falls Mt. I had passed by in the car many many times but this was the first in an RV.

Since it is only for overnight do you need to plug in, get satellite, WIFI, etc? Can’t you go one night without it? Demanding, or even expecting, all of those things is what makes those that offer a free NIGHT stop over stop offering it.

I got in around 3:30. I ate at the restaurant, very good food, bought a few gifts in the store, filled the tanks in the morning and had a very quiet and peaceful nights rest. I didn’t even realize there was electric until the next day when I was walking the dog.

Robert Frank
1 year ago

Please unsubscribe me. We are no longer RV’ing. Also please stop taking money from my credit card for a subscription. I was just notified you had done so. I have not read the newsletter since last summer.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Frank

We’ll get this taken care of ASAP. Thanks for notifying us, Robert. —Diane at RVtravel.com

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert Frank

Robert, we did not take any money from your credit card. Some old confirmation notices on previous payments were mistakenly sent out when we were updating our website. But nothing happened other than that. We would never in a million years take anyone’s money unless they directed us to. Sorry about the confusion. — Chuck/editor

Eric Meslin
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

I put 2 and 2 together. Thanks Chuck. No problem.

Snayte
1 year ago

Not really digging the new format for the breaking news. I know it is probably about getting clicks but reading on one page certainly was much better than going back and forth several times.

Vanessa
1 year ago
Reply to  Snayte

On almost every email/newsletter/page that has links I right click on the things I want to read and open in another tab. After I’ve opened 4-6 I go read them, close the tabs and end up back at the newsletter.

I don’t remember being able to read anything significant on the main newsletter.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Vanessa, you don’t remember reading anything “significant” in the main newsletter? We’ve produced more than 850 issues of our RV Travel Newsletter over 17 years and we’re closing in on 1,000 issues of our RV Daily Tips. And you have found nothing “significant” in our main newsletter? Well, that’s a heck of a statement and begs the question, why do you even read RVtravel.com? We work very hard to provide honest, helpful information, and I suggest if you have not found anything significant in the main newsletter that you perhaps do your reading elsewhere. –Chuck/editor

Dr. Sheridan J. Ball
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck Woodbury

Well said Chuck. Nothing “significant”? I find interesting new things in every issue, and I’m Certain I’m not alone in that assessment. I believe the most appropriate response to Vanessa would be the curt Canadian admonition, “Take off, eh!”
(Maybe that’s just because I’m in Canada right now, but it certainly seems to suit the moment.)

Coops
1 year ago

Here is my comments from IRV2 Northwoods forum about considering buying an Arctic Fox trailer.
Unbelievable!!!

I can’t belive what I am reading…justifying it’s ok to have poor workmanship. Wow. If you bought a new car and the mirror fell off or a screw in the door panel is stripped and and the door panel fell off you folks would be livid calling it a POS.
Or the radio knobs where missed labeled…or the window down button was actually the up button…but hey if it’s trailer it’s ok I can fix it.

So why do you accept poor quality for any trailer especially for the the price you pay with your hard earned money…or get a loan for 10 or 20 years and the trailer lasts 5 years.

Would you buy a new boat,motorcycle and say oh I am handy I can fix it if anything goes wrong.

We as customer just enable and accept this poor quality…there will be no change unless customers says not good enough.

Why would you pay full price for a new product when isn’t perfect or 99%.

Say no to poor quality,..it’s your money.

We as RV owners are so dumb to accept this crap!! Yup… I accept I am to blame as well.

By the way…a trailer is a trailer is a trailer…and as someone said to me…we own the best trailer in a crappy neighbourhood

Coops
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Bob Godfrey
1 year ago

Chuck,

Many thanks for getting the Hepo ad to stop its very annoying vibration.

Jim
1 year ago

An interesting look at RV tech salary. Maybe you get better people in the better paying states. https://www.owlguru.com/career/recreational-vehicle-service-technicians/salary/

Marilyn R.
1 year ago

Colour me cynical but who else doesn’t expect the RV dealer to pass on cost for repairs for having a certified technicians to us the consumer? They want to still make their $100+ overhead an hour!!

Booneyrat
1 year ago

Regarding RV techs…you get what you pay for is the old adage.Manufacturers,and dealers like Camping World,don’t want to pay decent wages to attract,and hold,good people…the end result is a PO’d consumer. Personally I will never buy another new RV as I have been burned by Grand Design and Blue Dog RV in Pasco,Washington too much. One is better off finding an older Hitchhiker,or similar, and maintaining it yourself than trying to deal with much of the modern “junk” being slapped out the gate nowadays. One day the actions of manufacturers and dealers will bite them in the derriere.

rvgrandma
1 year ago

Thankfully we have good mobile techs around here. The one we use services us quickly, is reasonably priced and stands behind his work. He is a lot cheaper than if we had to go into a dealer or even RV repair facility. He is a big factor for staying in this area.

Curtis King
1 year ago

I have sent in $150 a couple of years ago and just recently $60 for an annual contribution, but don’t seem to get on your contributor email lists…….and I have clicked on Mike’s electrical newsletter a couple of times but have never received it……could you check your records for me? My email is: trust.king@hotmail.com
Thanks
Curtis King

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Curtis King

Curtis — Thank you for being a long-time subscriber and contributor. We appreciate it very much! I’ve just checked our records and you are, indeed, subscribed for several of our newsletters including Mike Sokol’s RV Electricity Newsletter. The next email alert to subscribers for that newsletter will be sent tomorrow (Sunday) morning. If you don’t receive the email tomorrow including the link to click on to go to the newsletter, please write to us again and we’ll see if we can figure out what’s going on. The email address you included in this comment is what we have on file for you. We’ll make sure you’re included in our contributor email list, also. Thank you for your patience in the meantime! —Diane at RVtravel.com

Eric Meslin
1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

It shouldn’t be going to spam, but worth a check.

Glen Sustrik
1 year ago

I am interested in the checking power pedestals. But I don’t understand how to use a non contact electric meter. Please ask Mike to explain. Thanks

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Mike Sokol (@mike)
1 year ago
Reply to  Glen Sustrik

We’ve had a TON of responses like yours. More articles and videos about pedestal testing are on their way….

Peter
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Mike- I really like your information, but maybe one suggestion. Please simplify your “lessons” a little for those of us that are not E-engineers. If its too long and too detailed I drop out. I just need to know what to do and when.

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Mike Sokol (@mike)
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter

Peter, yes that’s a problem I think about all the time. On one hand I need to serve the needs of my non-engineering readers here. So I work really hard at coming up with simple examples that explain complex ideas. On the other hand, I get emails from electrical engineers and technicians who ask for more detailed articles, such as troubleshooting complex electrical failures which I have a lot of experience with. I can do both, but not at the same time (obviously).

One of the things that Chuck and I are working on is my own RVelectricity.com website which will be divided into technical levels, including sections for beginners, intermediate, technician, and manufacturer/design. That way each of you can quickly find what you need without searching everywhere. To date I have thousands of articles in print and e-zine formats from my 30+ years of writing for pro-sound and RV Travel. Now my job is to figure out how to gather all my children into one spot and make them available to you for reference and learning. Chuck and I can do this, but it will take time and your continued support. I’m trying to build a Mike Sokol Google (Moogle… or Gokol?) containing and cross-referencing all the things I know about troubleshooting electrical systems. This is going to be a big mind meld….

John Hiler
1 year ago

Your technicians article. The exploitation of working folks as you have so clearly depicted is , of course the problem. Recent tax law and labor laws leave un organized labor at the mercy business and especially a millionaire Congress, who’s president is a well known laboring man enemy…

Booneyrat
1 year ago
Reply to  John Hiler

You hit the nail on the head…

jane shure
1 year ago
Reply to  John Hiler

I for one do not need your political comments.

BirdsGo2
1 year ago

Not only are there not enough trained technicians, some replacement parts aren’t right. We had Camping World replace our wiper blades while having other work done. BOTH blades came off during use. We went to another Camping World to get the “right” blades and what they brought out as the recommended “right” blades were the same ones we already had that wouldn’t stay on the wiper arms.

SFC Dennis R Strope, USA, RET
1 year ago

WOW, jam-packed issue with many, many great articles. Just finished reading ‘Editors Corner’ with accompanying article on horror stories of RV buyers/owners, dated 17 Oct 2017. Again, WOW! Wonder if anything at all has changed for the better, I doubt it and will think twice before I attempt to trade 2011 crossroads rushmore(built prior to ‘Thor’) it’s paid for and many of the initial problems I experienced (all covered by warranty, and promptly repaired) are filed under live and learn. Was seriously considering New Horizons, maybe used…..
Thank you for being a “light in the wilderness”

William Edward Kendall
1 year ago

Thanks for recommending Home Country, Ernie Pyle…..
got it ….read it…..what a great book. He was some guy!!

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago

He was a very special guy, and his stories about roaming around America in the late 1930s are a delight to read.