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We were camping this past weekend with our son, his wife and some friends. We were discussing how long we’ve all been subscribed to RVtravel. Is there any way to find out when got our first issue?

Dennis R

Why is it that we used to have Forest Fires but in the last couple of years they have become Wildfires? Seems to me like everything is being embellished by the media, this publication included, to put the rear of god into the population at large. Does Money enter into this equation anywhere? Just asking………

RV Staff

Dennis — To me, anyway, it seems that wildfires burn everything in their path, including forests, fields, neighborhoods, etc., and forest fires refer to forests burning. Maybe that’s an over-simplification, but it seems pretty straightforward. —Diane at

Mike Griffin

Chuck, I keep seeing you refer to the Hershey as the largest RV show in the country. Actually, it’s not. The Tampa RV Supershow has more acreage, more RVs, more vendors and more attendees. I understand that the Hershey Show has used that tag line for quite a while, but it’s really no longer accurate. In 2016 (latest figures available) Hershey had 57,600 in attendance compared to Tampa’s 70,500 (in 2017). Hershey has over 21 acres of RVs, Tampa is over 26 acres. Hershey has 243 vendors (not RV sales), Tampa has 450. For 2017, Hershey claimed it would have… Read more »

Kelly R

Thanks Mike. We have been going to the Tampa show since it started, and have done all of our research there before buying. Seeing pictures of the Hershey show, I could not believe that it could be larger than the Tampa show.


I can’t figure out how to sign in to the new Forum! Duh! It tells me I must be logged in to post. How do I log in? Thanks.

Jessica Sarvis

Quick links for the forum:

Here’s the link to the registration page:

Here’s a link to the login page:

marty chambers

Have you guys read about the RV Tech who put out pictures of how a “RV tech” at Camping World put a screw into the roof of a Casita TT from the inside?

He used some old screw right through the roof! I am attempting to send a copy of the picture because it is just unbelievable that this is the work they do a CW!

If you want a copy of this picture send me an e-mail I can send it to.

RV Staff

Hey, Marty. You can send it to me at diane (at) . Not sure what we’ll do with it, if anything, but it sounds interesting. Thanks! —Diane at


Just because there is one idiot working at CW, doesn’t mean that all their Tech’s are.

Chuck Dunn

I have a few financial and a few personal accounts that need a password. It is easier to get into them than into your forum. I Can’t say it is not worth the effort but I just quit Trying. Who would want to write for me anyway?

Jessica Sarvis

Sorry about the trouble Chuck! Try a password with one capital letter, one number and one special symbol. If that still doesn’t work try adding one more character.


Tried to join your forum but it takes a “medium” password. Tried numbers, @#$&, caps… etc and couldn’t get past “weak”. So we lost interest.

Jessica Sarvis

I apologize for the frustration! Try a password with one capital letter, one number and one special symbol. If that still doesn’t work try adding one more character.

Glen Scofield

Am I the only one who is concerned that the “save money, save propane, heat with the campground’s electricity” advertisement is a supremely bad idea? If I were the manager of a campground, one of the first things on my list would be to increase the cost of camping to cover for the folks who are seriously gullible enough to buy that yarn. Anyway, I don’t think that propane is all that expensive that the increase in camping fees is worth the risk.


I’ve been collecting interesting information and it is very simple and quite useful. I created a simple spreadsheet in Excel containing a column for a meter reading, another for cost of Kilowatt Hour (KWH), and the formulas that provide the cost per day (24 hours). You can find the cost of electricity by state with an online search. RV parks will tell you what they charge per KWH, and if at home, that information is on your electricsl bill. Whenever or wherever I have our motorhome plugged in I read and record the meter reading and set an alarm for… Read more »

RV Staff

Oh, you are sooooo organized, rm! Great job, and thanks for the info. —Diane at

Benny Smith

You are not alone. This kind of advertising rings of the same kind of iresponsibile marketing this publication rightfully points out about Camping World. Just because it sells does not mean it should be sold. There is no free rides. Someone pays. If we are concerened ( and I believe the staff here at rv travel are) about the number of RV sites, then we should be concerned about supporting products that support removing the incentive to run an RV park. First and for most any business needs a goal to that make a profit.

Chuck Woodbury

Glen, I see your point, and it’s come up in the past. We surveyed our readers awhile back, and 87 percent of the 1,200 people who responded said they used a space heater “often” or “once in awhile.” Only 12 percent said they never used one. I know in my motorhome, we use an electric heat pump furnace, so we hardly ever use propane for heat. And with RVs now often coming with residential fridges, washer/dryers and electric fireplaces, I just wonder if the CheapHeat system makes much difference. CheapHeat has advertised us for at least 10 years, and we… Read more »

Mike Sokol

Just like you run an air conditioner in the summer to cool your RV, you should be able to run an electric heater to heat your RV in the winter if you wish to. But portable space heaters can be VERY dangerous due to overloaded RV electrical outlets, pets knocking them over, etc…. So if you ARE going to run an electric heater in your RV, it needs to be safe. And the only truly safe way I know to do this with is with a hardwired unit, not a portable space heater. Fewer things are more scary than a… Read more »


It’s already happening in my area. One campground bans electric heat. If they catch you, they tell you to leave. Others are installing electric meters at each campsite. You get so many kilowatts free, usually around 300. After that you are charged by the kilowatt.

Dale Watkins

Chuck. We too are concerned about growing no vacancies at the rv Parks. Me thinks nothing will change without government involvement and I hate that. RV parks are in the business of making money. I suspect most will never change as long as cash flows whether from short or long term rents. My suggestion. 1. If owners would limit stays to say 90 days then a move is required even if within the park. No more rotting tires or weed growing underneath. Or 2. Government requires a move say every 5 months or they have to start paying property taxes.… Read more »


Regarding surge protectors: Some of RVTravel newsletter readers have van campers, so we need a surge protector for the 20 amp outlet. I have thoroughly searched the internet for such an item and can’t find one. What do we do to protect our smaller RVs?

Mike Sokol

The only way I know to do it is use a 30-amp surge protector with 20-to-30-amp and 30-to-20-amp adapters. Since there’s so few RVs being manufactured with 20-amp shore power connections I’m sure that nobody’s going to build a 20-amp only unit. I’ll see if I can post a video about this next week.

Michael J West

in your article “STRAY VOLTAGE PATROL” you cite a website “RV Power Outlet” as a place to find good systems. That link doesn’t work at all.

RV Staff

Sorry you’re having trouble with the link, Michael. It worked when I checked it last night, and it worked when I just now checked it. Here’s the link, if you want to try it from here: If you’re still having trouble, it might be something in your computer’s settings. I hope it works for you. —Diane at

Fred Peters

I noticed in this issue above, the offer of a 10% discount to join Harvest Hosts. When attempting to join the enrollment asked for a discount code. Can you let us know what that code is? Thanks

RV Staff

Hi, Fred. At the top of the Harvest Hosts page, it says to use the code HHFRIENDS at checkout to get the discount. Thanks for asking. —Diane at


Chuck, believe it or not I just had time to read last weeks issue. When someone doesn’t like the truth, they call it whining. I call it speaking up to be heard. What’s the famous saying,(the squeaky wheel gets the oil). I read your newsletter because I want to KNOW. I want to know the best extended warrantys out there, the best cleaners, mouse repellants, power pole protection and so on. This is achieved through investigation as well as readers sharing their good and bad stories. I work in the auto industry and see the crap they build. It’s frustrating.… Read more »