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squeakytiki
1 year ago

In these days of cat fishing and identity theft, are you quite sure it’s email from the real Marcus Lemonis that you’re getting? Just sayin’…

E Richards
1 year ago

I live in SW Michigan just across the border where many RVs are made in northern Indiana & have seen them made & know people who work in the plants. So when I wanted a small 1-2 person MH I bought a low mile diesel no rust Horton ambulance from a small Detroit suburb Fire Dept. The back up ambulance. IMHO so much better, top shelf all the way & we all know how firemen take care of their equipment. Couldn’t be happier!

Mark C Schaffler
1 year ago

how about a section dedicated to RV Good News Stories? Am sure there are many as we continue to own and use our RVs….regardless…and we continue to trade them and get new/different ones…
Brick and mortar homes have there horror stories too, from bad deals when purchasing, to terrible loans, to ugly repairs and ripoffs. But people continue to buy homes, live in them and make happy memories.
So be it with RVs of all kinds. Lets have more happy stories of us making RV memories, and suggestions for others to do the same. It is a great life style, and a wonderful way to enjoy our country.

Pat
1 year ago

Please continue the new “contests to enter” section. I entered the one for the generator, winning would be epic!!
I also love the upside down cast iron skillet idea for baking in the RV oven. I’ve never had a problem using our oven, but I did learn to keep a very close eye on foods being cooked in there. Being tiny, it heats up fast and can be hotter than a home oven very quickly. I have read of people putting pizza stones on the bottom of the oven to make heat distribution more even. But I’ve also read if those breaking in the oven. The skillet idea sounds really good.

Wolfe
1 year ago

Re: the propane hookup article (which does’t have a comment section…), I’ve tried a tank-pressure Tee hose (which pretends to be a 1lb cylindar at the grill regulator), and have a low-pressure (11iwc) quick connect fitting (which replaces the grill regulator). I now use NEITHER. The best method I’ve found is the refill adapter that lets you reuse your $4 1lb tanks for a quarter. You refill 19 or so little bottles from an $8 20lb. Not hard to do, no tripping on hoses, and you’re not literally tied to the camper. To me, keeping portability is important so I’m NOT grilling with potential flareups too close to the trailer and/or awning. Even once cool, I keep the grill a little distant from my rig in bear country.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Thanks for the tips, Wolfe. And I’ve turned on the Comments option. Sorry — I didn’t notice it was off. —Diane at RVtravel.com

jerome friedman
1 year ago

How does one join the stray voltage patrol

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago

Go to https://rvelectricity.com . You will see the info on that page.

rodney teuscher
1 year ago

Love your newsletter. I have enjoyed your RV articles for years. At one time I had planned to buy an RV and travel. I dont own an RV now but I want to buy one. I am a Good Sam Member by choice. Information gathering I call it. The factors currently preventing me from buying an RV is I dont have a place to park it. If I went full time there wouldnt be a problem. The other factors are how do I get it worked on and not knowing when the RV will be fixed. I went to Camping World in New Brunsfeld , Tx to buy a barbecue and I noticed all the keys hanging from the maintenance shops wall. There was a lot. I asked the man working there why so many keys. He told me they were RVs either being worked on and or awaiting parts. Most RVer’s he said either had toads or another means of transportation while their RV was being fixed. And if you didnt have other transportation the only other recourse would be to rent a car. Thats another pickle one gets into when you only have one vehicle. The other issue is parts. When will the part get in because the man said almost all parts had to be ordered. Maybe it would take one day, one week, one month and then they would schedule maintenance. Thats not a situation I want to get into. And while the RV warranty is ticking downwards other future warranty issues will not be covered. So I am waiting. The storage issues I face if I buy one and the problems I might face if I need my RV fixed and I have to wait for a repair.

Wade Phillips
1 year ago

With Walmart stopping overnight parking, why not use a church for overnight parking? With the large sizes of churches, which also means large parking lots, is there anything negative about using those lots?

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago
Reply to  Wade Phillips

If you ask for and receive permission to park there, great. If you don’t, however, it IS private property, and you will be trespassing. Many people, and I am NOT saying this is you, seem to think if it’s a large, uncluttered area they have the RIGHT to park there. Simply not true. If you can’t find anyone with the authority to give you permission, the right thing to do is move on.

Wolfe
1 year ago
Reply to  Lee Ensminger

I’ve heard many folks say they have good luck calling up churches. Don’t mention if you’re not religious, and “let slip” that you’re happy to make a modest donation. Most churches will give you free power, potable water, a quiet place to stay for insanely cheaper than commercial campsites. Be on your best behavior as their guest, park where told, clean up their parking lot better than you find it, etc, and you’ll often be welcomed.

Bill Massicotte
1 year ago
Reply to  Wade Phillips

That sounds feasible. What do you think @ChuckWoodbury

Judith Grayson
1 year ago

Please do an article about traveling with cats. Outdoor portable enclosures for large cats.
Thank you

Karen
1 year ago
Reply to  Judith Grayson

Great idea! Looking forward to it.

John Hiler
1 year ago

As much corporate welfare as is paid to support Wal-Mart you should be allowed to park inside the store.

Ronnie Bolling
1 year ago
Reply to  John Hiler

Amen!

JBC
1 year ago

Noted that new link to rvparkreviews. Thanks. Concerned that when I checked a specific RV Park in Nephi, UT that it gave the park a 3.5 star rating. This is consistent with other sites that rate/review and/or list this particular park. The problem is that we stayed there one night while moving between destinations and found it was terrible and should not even be listed by Good Sam and/or any site as acceptable. Too many messy permanent RVs, reeks of cat, plumbing issues, no host at arrival or departure, etc. May have been a good RV park once upon a time but it is not maintained. We checked the satellite view and it looked fine but even that is misleading. A 3 star should be considered an OK+ facility. It appears the ratings are either ‘loaded’ or very much out of date. Per RVTravels concerns about the RV experience, this ‘rating’ system should be discussed as well as the ‘review’ system. The park I am referring to may have been a 3.5 at one time, could be again. But the environment pushes it to unacceptable.

Lee Ensminger
1 year ago
Reply to  JBC

So, did you write a current, updated review?

Kevin Lohrey
1 year ago

I love to read your articles but there is one issue I have a slight problem that hearing your audio program. I am deaf. If you can provide closed caption or something close to it as we deaf camper would enjoy it.

Ron
1 year ago
Reply to  Kevin Lohrey

I 2nd this motion…. Older we get, typically less we hear!

Cindy Baldwin
1 year ago

Wonderful !

Anthony Joel Vinson
1 year ago

I for one am so glad that your newsletter is “striking a nerve” with the big industry. Once we’ve ironed out THE MANY issues with our Keystone, it has turned into a good TT. The axles are lightweight garbage, our floor had to be replaced a year and half after purchase, the bumper can barely hold the spare, Chinese tires are an accident waiting to happen, and RV warranties are just a piece of paper. Our dealership turned out to be crap, dealing with Keystone is almost worthless, and fixing it yourself becomes essential. Your newsletter is sharing with everyone EXACTLY how it is. Thank you. Stay the course and keep RV principles at the cornerstone of you journalism. Please, don’t be bullied by the industrialists.

Jeff
1 year ago

I have written a personal Email to Chuck Woodbury concerning the comments of Marcus Lemonis and the fact that he will be monitoring RV Travel. To me, that sounds like a BIT of a threat and we should all be careful what we say about Good Sams Club and Camping World and Mr. Lemonis.

Remember Billionaires only care about their bottom line and if they can make something go away, Like RV Travel Newsletter, then he will protect his Bottom Line!

I’ve been down this road before with an RV Manufacturer years ago, who sent me a Cease and Desist request. My website was seriously hurting their Sales and I was threatened with a Law Suit. So, I took the website down and made sure to tell future RVers via “Word of Mouth” instead publicly posting online.

Fortunately, nothing happened and I wasn’t Sued!

Be Careful what you say on the Internet, since it is out there forever!

Take Care,

Jeff

carl
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

That’s what happened with Greg Gerber of RV Daily Report when Forest River threatened legal action after his series of reports on the RV industry. Shortly thereafter, he sold RV Daily Report. I realize he now owns RV Daily again but I’d bet it was a rough couple of years for Mr. Gerber.
A little fish in this big polluted pond of RV sharks can become easily bankrupted from lawsuits defending oneself from a slander lawsuit. One may be 100% correct in what they are saying but it might cost you everything you own to prove you are right.

Jeffrey Torsrud
1 year ago
Reply to  carl

Carl: What I found out when the letter said they were losing sales because of my Website Comments, I found out that it was actually other owners of the RV My Wife and I owned who complained to the company. I guess they feared the Company would go out of business and leave them stranded. Well, my intent way back when was to inform people of all the problems I was having with my RV and steer them away from buying from that Manufacturer. Apparently the manufacturer didn’t like my TRUTHFUL comments.

I also discovered there is a HUGE AMOUNT of GUILT in the RV World. Some RV Owners will never admit that they spent so much money, in some cases their life savings, to BUY a Piece of Junk, which they are now stuck with and can’t get rid of. This guilt and THEIR ANGER are usually from people in their 60’s and 70’s. I am not afraid to admit a mistake, as I have made plenty of them. We have had good RV’s and some really Crappy ones. But, it’s funny how people will attack me, when they themselves have an exact copy of the piece of junk, I was talking about. Just Funny and Sad!

Patrick Granahan
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Jeff, You have it right….but…not a bit of a threat but a major threat….Lemonis
is not our friend…he is a ruthless businessman and he will drag RVTravel into
court looking for big settlement bucks !
Chuck….watch your back !

Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Jeff
You are so right !
The billionaire will try to take control of this site.
He has no interest in complaints on Good Sam , Camping World , and now his Gander failure purchase.
Watch for more denials on claims to Good Sam
I have had more than enough of the fraud.
Can’t wait to watch the house of cards fail. It’s coming just watch ,

Harris Guilmette
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Let’s not overreact. The fact that Marcus is reading and “monitoring” this newsletter is fantastic and I wish others did also. Unlike the White House, I’m not interested in the current “if your not with me, you’re against me” philosophy that predominates today’s world.

Every story has two sides. I may not like or agree with someone else’s opinion, but I like to make up my own mind. I might even learn something!

I think it would be wonderful if ALL the dealers were on here. (in some cases it might be the only time you’d have their attention).

Greg Thompson
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

The last time I checked, the United States Constitution has an amendment guarantying freedom of speech. As I remember, the amendment was important enough that it was… oh lets see… THE FIRST ONE in the document.

Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg Thompson

I don’t disagree with your comment. I, in fact have a copy of the US Constitution sitting on my Desk. You are correct the 1st amendment was put their first for the reason you describe. Unfortunately, the times we live in doesn’t always consider Freedom of Speech as the most important issue to our Freedom. You see it everyday! Plus when you consider the US Court System the way it is, you really don’t want to get into a Law Suit with anyone, Especially with someone who has a WHOLE LOT More Money! Most people (a large percentage) DON’T have Thousands of Dollars on hand to defend against a Law Suit, even though they may be right! Another Bullet of Truth is around 75 to 80 percent of Americans Don’t have $1000 in savings or can’t even raise that much in an emergency.

So, while it might be the Wimpy way to do things, it is better to hold your tongue, before you say something you will regret later.

Kamwick
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Wow, Jeff, so sorry to hear that the act of simply and truthfully reporting your experience can be punished by a lawsuit.

Goes to show that maybe we are not so much a Constitutional Democracy as a Constitutional Oligarchy.

The ACLU has a history of assisting those being bullied by larger moneyed interests. Or, they might be able to help you find relatively less expensive assistance. Maybe a “cease and desist” letter back at them for attempting to curtail your civil rights might be in order. Bullies need not be tolerated simply because they have more money, but I thoroughly understand if you don’t want the hassle.

Jeffrey Torsrud
1 year ago
Reply to  Kamwick

I’m just getting too OLD to have to deal with people anymore. My Wife and I enjoy RVing, which is what this Newsletter is all about. Talking about negative all the time, gets really depressing.

The people that are described in this comment section will get their JUSTICE one day! I can only hope that it is totally devastating to them!

Anyway, I keep thinking good thoughts and hope that the RVing life style will continue in good form.

Doug/ND
1 year ago

Amen! (…and I doubt many of these legal beagles are lawyers!)

Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

If Mr. Lemonis ever threaten to sue this Newsletter I will remember the days of bra / draft card burning and publicly burn my Good Sam membership card and swear never ever buy anything from a company he is involved in. All a need is a whisper of a threat.