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Stephen F Willey

Yes, gas refrigerators can be a problem levelling, and a fire hazard. But residential refrigerators use a huge amount of power and have heated gasgets etc. One solution I found is the all-electric refrigerators with a 12 volt Danfoss compressor. These use very little power and I have one in my house over 20 years old still working. NovaKool company in Canada makes these to direct replace standard size Dometic and Norcold gas units. One RV maker, ProVan Tiger Industries make this refrigerator standard in their units. But they can be purchased as exact replacement fit in any RV with small to midsize, one or 2 door gas units.

Russ Saputo

Helpful fix for stripped screws in wood: put superglue on a toothpick push it in screw hole and cut toothpick off with sharp serrated knife and tap into hole til flush. When dried reinstall screw.

Karin S.

I have a question for Mike….

I read this on the RV forum I am a member of: “I talked to support at Progressive Industries. His suggestion is to use the 50A outlet whenever possible. The thinking is that often the pedestals are corroded which causes high resistance and heat if drawing high loads. The 50A outlet has heavier wire bigger contact area on blades so in theory less heat. Its worth a try – use the 50A outlet with your own adapter. ”

I wondered what your thoughts are on this Mike. The main topic was about a member’s 30A plugin on his cord melting due to a loose connection at the pedestal.

Peter Griffin

Chuck, have you seen this video?



I hardly see where Chuck is whining. Sure there’s consumers that spend wantonly, but there’s another group in the middle that are making decisions because they don’t know any better. What’s being done here is education for those folks to take a step back before they sign that loan application at the RV show.

Alaska Traveler

Congratulate yourself and pat yourself on the back if fast talking salesmen with 20 year low payments don’t affect you. There are probably many of us who are wise and capable of withstanding the pressure. Obviously there are many who do not have this ability. Proven with the amount of people that purchase some type of time-share after sitting in a 2 or 3 hour marathon salespitch. Easy to blame the victim. These salesmen go to school to do what they do. They are predators.


What is the link for the “tee shirt men and women will want”? Please email me the info if you can to pat_s86@yahoo.com. thanks

Mike Van Dyke

I was hoping that there could be a review on satellite TVs



To do with the bad motorhomes or camper’s that are being made today yes they are even Tiffin they have made so many changes on how they take care of the customer something I would have never dreamed Tiffin would do but now if you’re unit is Ten years old you can’t go to Tiffin and get any work done on that unit. Yes I see why when you buy a new one you will be spending time at the service center no more pride in the work force plus trying to build so many

Leo Suarez

Chuck, it would be great if next year you can actually provide us with a recap of what shown at the Hershey show, not just winning about financing terms and that everything is electric now. Maybe you should get one of your staffers to actually walk the show and tell us what new, what cool, new innovations, what’s not cool… you know, just a little on what was actually shown at the show, beyond “Camping World is bad” stuff.


HI Chuck
I believe your response to Vance is not applicable to his argument. If you want to challenge Camping Worlds value to the RV world, I would agree with you that they are not the best place to take your RV for service or buying. But Vance is discussing the individual buyers personal responsibility. The same buyer who would walk in to Camping World and buy a RV he/she can not afford, absent creative financing, is the same person who max’s out their credit cards, buys $70,000 pickups …. all on a Toyota Camry income.
I know you have an issue with Marcus and perhaps rightfully so, but 20 year loans are the responsibility of the buyer.
Sorry Chuck, but lack of personal responsibility is nothing new. As long as there are people who can not control their spending habits, there will be businesses like Camping World there to accommodate them. Been to a used car lot lately?

Ross Reed

Just a comment about the 20 year loans. I agree with what you’re saying about them, 20 year loan and the RV is shot by about 10-15 years. The thing is this has been the norm going back to at least the late 80’s. I was warning people in our Jeep club about this 25-30 years ago. Of course it’s got a lot worse with soaring costs to purchase. Great newsletter as usuall


While I applaud you for standing up for Joe Consumer, they should be responsible for their decisions. It’s not predatory lending, it’s reacting to the market desires. Car loans go up to 7 years now. Homes in Hawaii you can finance for 50 years. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out one will be underwater for a number of years right off the bat.


Keep up the good work,Chuck,especially about exposing crooks like Camping World.Most of us enjoy your newsletter regardless of the few who do not.

Kevin Lohrey

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Dr4Film ----- Richard

With all due respect, Chuck,I disagree with your statement that if the RV has an electric only fridge you need a shore hookup all the time. I removed the NotSoCold (aka Norcold) fire death trap RV fridge in 2012 and installed a Samsung residential. It hasn’t changed the way we camp, boondock or stay at state and national parks for one second. My waste tanks are the limiting factor of how long I can go without having access to a dump and fresh water. The fridge gets it power from an Inverter and house batteries or whenever we run the generator. Normally that’s a few hours a day. I totally get the fact that a normal RV fridge can run on propane but it still needs 12 VDC batteries to power the control boards. Those batteries will need to be charged every so often too. So there is no “free lunch” with any type of fridge.


You constantly blame Camping World for the 20 year loans and “forcing” other retailers to follow suit if they want to sell. The RV dealers in Canada also push 20 year loans, Camping World isn’t behind this trend consumers are. Consumers buy cars and trucks on 84 and 96 month loans, houses on 40 and 50 year mortgages and RVs on 20 year loans. They are not thinking about the value of the product in the years to come, they want what they want and they want it now, at a monthly payment that fits their budget. A friend of mine who is a car salesman tells me he doesn’t need to sell cars he has to be able to find the financing to fit the buyer. I am not defending Camping World or anyone providing this loans, I am just saying they are providing what the consumer wants, a low payment so they can purchase something else on payments as well.
I enjoy reading the weekly newsletter as well as the daily tips, I find them informative and helpful, however, I feel on this subject you should concentrate more on the issue and less on blaming one retailer.