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Elaine Ashton
Elaine Ashton

I just tried twice to order a book from Amazon through RV Travel and I was told … zero results. Yet when I went directly to Amazon — voila — there was the book I was looking for: The Burzinski Breakthrough by Thomas Elias … what’s going on? I do all my Amazon ordering through RV Travel … I try to do my part to help. I hope Amazon isn’t trying to scuttle this income source again.

Dave Stansbury
Dave Stansbury

Sorry Chuck- didn’t work. I tried re-setting again.

Dave Stansbury
Dave Stansbury

Chuck- been trying to sign in on the forum a number of times yesterday. It doesn’t accept my password. I have changed it so many times now, like it asks me, and still can’t log in. Like I said, that was yesterday. (Tue. Sept. 18) . I’m going to try it as soon as I get done here. (I also tried to contact you/email you yesterday, but couldn’t find where to do it. That’s why I came here. ) One more thing- Thanks. We love everything about RV Travel.

jillie
jillie

I am finding and experimenting with one pot meals that I found thru Pillsbury. I liking quite a few of them. Something easy while on the RV trail. I find I have a hard time getting a fire started for foil meals and in a TT they do not have an oven and a microwave does not like tin foil. As for computers and hard drives? If you notice a total lag try C Cleaner and if that does not work? Try finding a mom and pop computer repair shop. I have an 8 year old lap top that finally… Read more »

Bill Flowers
Bill Flowers

Thank you for the mention of my Facebook group: Tiffin Motorhome Lifestyle. I noticed a BIG increase in new member requests and I had been wondering why. Some sleuthing led me to this page. And now I will be signing up for your newsletter. Thanks again!

John Hiler
John Hiler

Let the bank have back these junkers. In short order you will see a drastic change in values as they are stuck with junk.

Jeannie
Jeannie

Sure! And watch your credit rating go down the toilet.

Wolfe
Wolfe

Regarding the $20/200W heater, in that micro-heater category, I prefer the $12-19 “Handy Heater” – which has a shutoff timer, thermostat, and 400W@120/800W@240 (marked on mine). Hangs on the outlet, so impossible to knock over and cause fire by accident.

https://www.amazon.com/Handy-Heater-142598-Plug-Personal/dp/B01KRAKJZI

Jeff Lefevre
Jeff Lefevre

I was at the Hershey RV show. This year there was no handicap parking, it was full early with people who didn’t have handicap placards or licenses. Camping World was everywhere. It looked like the dealers I wanted to talk to weren’t there. Taxis were few Most golf carts were taken up by vendors. I live close to Hershey, but I am not sure I will go to the show in future. When I did find a RV. I wanted information about, I couldn’t find a salesperson.

"Actual computer expert who doesn't give out his full name because I read you shouldn't do that on an RV blog..." LOL
"Actual computer expert who doesn't give out his full name because I read you shouldn't do that on an RV blog..." LOL

Re: Rich’s article on computer backup: I’ll tell you a story of one of my clients, who operates a busy medical office. Upon learning that they really had no clue about backing up their computerized patient records, I urged them into making backups (in that era, CD/DVD were the norm). So far so good, I thought, until their office complex burned to the ground. I helped them rebuild their computer systems, and asked for the backups. “They were in the desk, of course.” Which one? The one under the server that burned… The “take it offsite” part of my instructions… Read more »

Still that guy...
Still that guy...

Another note on the long-running SMART (harddrive failure) error above — do NOT continue overwriting any backups after you get errors like that; DO continue making incremental backups until repaired. In the case above, after 2 years or so, their backups were all riddled with already-corrupted data. Also know that the heavy-drive-access of making a backup can accelerate failure, so “if you like your data, protect it ASAP.”

Jeannie
Jeannie

LOL! I noticed you didn’t give out your full name, either. 😉 I disagree with what you had to say about cloud backups. They can be very secure and reliable as long as you use a good one. That excludes mere cloud data storage sites and, especially, the freebies. The two I recommend for most users are Backblaze (the best and, at $50/year, the least expensive, well within the budget of most people) and Carbonite.com (to be honest, the only reason I still use Carbonite is I have too much data already uploaded to want to bother with changing backup… Read more »

jillie
jillie

My daughter swears by google drive. I have it and love it since my daughter asked me what I was doing and I told her I had to get all my stuff off my phone and to my computer. After 2 hours of this she pushed me out of the way grabbed my phone and 10 seconds later my stuff was on google drive. I felt like an idiot. But now I get it and love it. She says it is a great place to store anything safely. Now to delete some embarrassing photos. So no more uploading and downloading.… Read more »

Jeannie
Jeannie

Congratulations. Google now has access to all your data and can (more like, probably will) sell it to advertisers. Also, since the data’s not encrypted, it is an easy target for hackers.

Wolfe
Wolfe

People forget about things like PGP (freestanding encryption). If you ARE going to use cloud storage, I always re-encrypt (over whatever they do) anything I created — if the NSA wants to decrypt my family photos, they can certainly crack it, but at least Google won’t casually publish or exploit my intellectual property (photos, code, books, etc). Things I wouldn’t want anyone else to have, just DON’T upload.

Mike
Mike

How about a survey on how many people are financed for a lengthy term vs. those that are paid off. Of course we have to consider the vintage of the rv. !!!! Hummm….just a thought

jillie
jillie

We plan to have ours paid off within 3 years. Want to be debt free within 5 years so we can retire. At least I can.

Jim
Jim

Concerning the Heartland, in our travels to Alaska this summer at least 4 travel trailers had axle failures from roads with ice heaves and other bad road conditions. One did suffer structural damage but nothing like yours and they did get it fixed through insurance but only after a lot of wrangling. Don’t know about the others. That was very bad advice saying wait till you get to Canada and should not have been taken.

Dave Hagen
Dave Hagen

Interesting info on financing at the rv show. I am on my 5th RV and have never financed through the dealer. My bank, a credit union, has rates half of what you mentioned and a choice of years financed. My present motorhome is financed at 2.25% for 10 years.

John T
John T

There certainly is a buying bubble for Elkhart to worry about. Millions of potential buyers have been waiting for the economy to get on a solid footing, and now that it has, they are buying en mass. Once they have all bought their RVs, sales will drop back to the steady flow of new entrants and replacements.

Sherry Dawson
Sherry Dawson

Great newsletter, full of tips and wisdom! I copied lots of information in to my RVing spreadsheets. Thanks!

Booneyrat
Booneyrat

Only a fool would finance a spendy RV for 20 years…that is a scam waiting to infect every sucker who walks on an RV lot.Even 12 years is too much.If one has to get such a lengthy loan..they better ask themselves if the thing they want is a need..or a want.Now days a good used RV is usually built better than the pricey junk most manufacturers are shoving out the door.I would take a well cared for Hitchhiker any day over the sorry built krapola I have seen for sale from RV dealers.

Sandy Swede
Sandy Swede

20-year financing? What could possibly go wrong with that! I am currently looking for a 2005 to 2008 Class A DP. I have inspected three recently from private parties. All three have liens on the coach and all are ‘upside down’ on the loan. One just reduced the price by $7k because their lender is going to repossess soon. Another seller is under pressure from the lender to get it sold. They are elderly, wonderful folks but were totally unaware that their coach has rust issues, fogged windows, and moisture infiltration in the walls. The third seller does not seem… Read more »

Jeannie
Jeannie

I tried to leave this comment after Rich the Wanderman’s article on computer backups but I’m subscribed to whatever comment service he uses (social media and most comment services are not secure so I don’t use them) but it doesn’t appear to have gone through so I’m posting it here. ___________________________________________ What I don’t understand is why you weren’t already backing up your computer all along? You obviously are a pro and should know better. Drives, and even the computers themselves, can suddenly and irrecoverably fail without any warning whatsoever, taking your data to Computer Never, Never Land where it… Read more »

Sherry Dawson
Sherry Dawson

Jeannie, everything you said sounds like good advice, but for such an important topic, I always want to be sure I’m getting advice from an expert. Since you list only your first name, and no affiliation, would you be willing to share your credentials with us? Please don’t be offended, but such critical advice should come from an expert (and it appears you are one).

Jeannie
Jeannie

I do not share my full name on the internet for security reasons (neither should anyone else whose identity is not needed online, unlike the owners of a website, for example, to avoid problems like identity theft). As far as credentials go, mine are years of research and experience, which goes back as far as the venerable Commodore 64. While I never earned a living in computer tech, I have used them on the job (until I retired), have my own computers at home (heck, I build my own), and depend on them in my everyday life. Formal credentials are… Read more »

John T
John T

If you use Windows 8 or 10, you have 5GB of free backup on Microsoft OneDrive. You also have 5GB of free Google Drive space on each gmail account. Then you can get a free Dropbox with another 5GB. That’s plenty of space for most people to back up their documents and photos. If you need more, just get more gmail addresses. I also use a 1TB external hard drive for making weekly backups. Being a full-timer, I also recently mailed a backup flash drive to a friend for safe keeping.

Jeannie
Jeannie

OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox are not very secure; freebies rarely are. Also there is a huge difference between cloud storage and and good paid cloud backup services. The latter are far more secure and stable. Also, Microsoft and Google are notorious for discontinuing services with inadequate warning, especially the freebies but sometimes also the paid services.

Brenda
Brenda

I’ve been reading the newsletter for a few years.
Wondering if you ever plan to go to the Tampa RV Show in January in the future. It’s huge. We went 5 years before we bought our used 2005 Newmar Dutchstar. Even though we knew we couldn’t afford new it helped us figure out the layout that would work for us. And it gives you an idea about the quality of build vs just the flashy aesthetics.

John
John

I would not believe everything the New York Times publishes.

mikhen
mikhen

Wow. That story about their Heartland RV falling apart is heartbreaking. And the lack of caring from the manufacturer is sickening. That story solidifies your mission for better built RV’s. That story needs to be shared.

Steve
Steve

The only thing business cares about is money. We can help by not buying Heartland products and tell this story to all our RVing friends.

kevin Morrissey
kevin Morrissey

Hi , been reading your newsletter for a few months now. Here’s a question for an expert. I’m a Brit just purchased a F250 and 1985 airstream to travel the US. Running into getting Insurance problems and therefore getting registration, I can’t be the first non US resident to do this but information is really short, any advice?

Sandy Swede
Sandy Swede

Kevin, Can you get an email, letter, or documentation from the DMV from the state in which you wish to title the truck outlining the requirements for a non-citizen to register a vehicle? If you can demonstrate to the insurance company that you meet those requirement, you should be able to get coverage. Go to a local, independent insurance agent – someone you can speak with face-to-face. Tough being in a ‘chicken or egg’ situation. Can’t get the truck registered without proof of insurance, and the insurance company doesn’t want to – – yada yada. Best of luck.

CJG
CJG

As a Canadian I have had problems a long time ago getting insurance in the UK as you drive on the other side of the road? Convincing the insurance company that you have plenty of experience driving on our side is necessary.