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Joe
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Joe

I used to enjoy the ideas,tips and articles on this site, but it gets more negative all the time. I now scan for positive things and skip all the negativity. I am glad I didn’t subscribe

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Hi, Joe. We try to include helpful tips, interesting and informative RVing news, some humor, etc. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of negative stuff going on everywhere these days and since this isn’t a “good news only” newsletter, we have to include some negative, but factual, items also. Fortunately we have readers who are willing to voluntarily contribute to our efforts to “tell it like it is” and not report just the happy news. But we don’t “expect” anyone to contribute who doesn’t want to — meaning, you can read our newsletters for free if you want, or just read the… Read more »

J
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J

I dont see any negative, only helpful articles that inform and keep me thinking. Perhaps you only see what you want to see…a glass half empty kind of person.

Erinn
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Erinn

Chuck – LOVED your “Editor’s Corner” article – So very glad readership has grown so much!! I encourage EVERYONE who reads this, to “join” this readership, by giving at least $5/month. I personally (somewhat of a “newbie”) have learned soo much useful stuff since joining only a few months ago; keep up the great work, guys!! Erinn (PS – I even WON a really cool “ground blanket” by joining one of the contests you guys suggest!)

Dieter Kirner
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Dieter Kirner

Notice that you are advertising that Harvest Hosts is offering 300+ golf courses as well yet their web-site says NOTHING about it?

Chuck Woodbury
Admin

Dieter, you’re right. It is there, but the information is well hidden. We’ll contact HH, and in the meantime will tweak the ad copy to just focus on the wineries and farms where you can stay. There was no deception by the owners of Harvest Hosts, who are very honest, ethical business people.

Erinn
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Erinn

FYI Everyone – I joined Harvest Hosts & then CANCELLED the next day. Why?? Cuz you cannot “sort” locations by state, then by city (alphabetically). You have to go in & “find” Harvest Host locations along your route. FINE for some folks, but I was specifically looking for locations we could PLAN ahead for, then go to (hope that made sense)… Woman who helped me was very helpful & kind however, & immediately refunded my $$. When they update their site (to where one can sort as I indicated above, we will absolutely “re-join.”

Lisa ~ Harvest Hosts
Guest

Hi Erinn! We are currently working on our website and will be introducing a new member dashboard soon. The designers have added some great things and made it much more user-friendly. We would love to have you give us a try again. Right now, the search options are to search by state, by city, or by route. I will suggest to the tech team to have those search results show in alphabetical order. Perhaps they have already done that but I will definitely pass it along. Thank you for your suggestion. Lisa ~ Harvest Hosts

bob
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bob

Access to the golf courses is an additional fee.

Chuck Woodbury
Admin

I think it’s $20 extra, which seems a pretty good deal for access to about 350 golf courses where you can stay.

Lisa ~ Harvest Hosts
Guest

Hello Bob! Our regular Harvest Hosts membership is $79. The membership with the +Golf upgrade is $119 but we occasionally run coupons. 🙂
Lisa ~ Harvest Hosts

Lisa ~ Harvest Hosts
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Dieter…We are in the process of updating our website and will have more details about the upgrade to +Golf soon. Currently, it is set up to show new members after they join and give all the details with the option to upgrade. Please email us if you have any questions. We would love to help!
Lisa ~ Harvest Hosts
team@HarvestHosts.com.

Peter James Hamper
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Peter James Hamper

Just purchased a travel trailer. Took our first trip and it was very enjoyable. Met very interesting and fun people that informed us of does and don’ts of roving. One thing kept coming up the importance of protecting the units electrical system. We went to rv store and was overwhelmed by the selection. Our trailer utilizes 30 amp. What does anyone suggest we buy for a surge protector?

Chuck Woodbury
Admin

Peter James Hamper, Surge Guard and Progressive both make excellent surge protectors. But the cheap ones — under $100 — offer only limited protection, better than nothing, but still not good enough.

Linda
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Linda

Progressive Industries Smart Surge Protectors (SSP)
We learned the hard expensive way and it fried our microwave, fireplace, satellite receiver, heating blanket…etc. Just buy it and a good cable lock.

Booneyrat
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Booneyrat

AMEN to that

Mike Sokol
Editor

I’ve been a huge proponent of using Intelligent/EMS surge protectors for many years. They certainly can save you a ton of money if something goes wrong with the campground’s electrical system.

Gary Stone
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Gary Stone

I installed the hardwired Progressive Industries EMSHW30C electrical management system. It’s more than a surge protector. It will protect against a myriad of electrical issues that can occur, not just surges…reverse polarity, low voltage events, power spikes, etc. Plenty of on-line video installation instructions. Wish we’d had it before frying our fridge electrical components which cost $800 to fix.

Mike Sokol
Editor

An intelligent surge protecter will easily pay for itself the first time it saves you from damage to your RV’s electrical systems.

Bob
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Bob

The newest model Surge Guard for 30 amp includes coverage of damage to electrical items in the rv if the Surge Guard fails. Not cheap but replacing a frig or other elec items not either.

Lowell
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Lowell

Do you have any update on Malia Lane? I haven’t seen anything since Jan 24?

Chuck Woodbury
Admin

Hi Lowell, she is doing okay all things considered, trying her best to cope with drugs and fatigue. We will try to have a report in the next week or so. I am sure she appreciates your concern.

wayne rodman
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wayne rodman

Hi Chuck–thanks for the great newsletter for the past many years. I’ve been waiting for the results of your long-term test of electrically operated waste valves. I’d pay double for one that worked reliably for a whole year. Did I miss your results?
wayne-o

Gail Meyring
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Hi Wayne, I think I can answer this for Chuck as I am the plumbing and dumping expert in our RV. We’ve had our Drain Master for two plus years now and love it! Absolutely no problems. I’ve also installed in our bathroom and kitchen sink the HepVo System that takes the place of the p-trap. It’s a great addition and space saver. From my experience, I can highly recommend both of these products!

Tom Rastall
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Tom Rastall

Camping World 20 year RV loans. This reminds me of the leasing companies who some years back tried to put customers into 7 to 10 year car leases on used cars. It was a disaster. When the vehicles started to have problems, the customers stopped making lease payments. The leasing companies who financed these deals got the cars back. Now their collateral was worth nothing. Many of them went out of business because of it. I suspect the same thing will happen with the 20 year RV loans.

Erinn
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Erinn

We purchased a NEW (2018) motor home, back in August (close to $92K). Our financial advisor encouraged us to go ahead & finance thru the dealer (15 year loan) & keep our monies invested, then we will discuss potentially paying it off, in 2-3 years. Why? Cuz we got 5.1% interest, & our funds are growing at a much better rate. That said, it really depends on the purchaser’s financial situation to a large degree, whether or not to finance, or not to finance.

Thomas Rastall
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Thomas Rastall

I was referring more to the low end travel trailers.

Tom Rastall
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Tom Rastall

You need to get a new financial advisor. I would love to Make 5% a year for 20 years. However your financial advisor would lose the commissions on your 95k.

John radosevich
Guest

It becomes more apparent that for those of us traveling that self protection is necessary. I am from Wyoming so I have a weapon and bear paste .Sort of a spray but with more knock down power. Another thing you need is access to good lawyer and I have that also…

Gary Glenn
Guest

That RV Bluebook banner is annoying to say th least

Chuck Woodbury
Admin

Gary Glenn, Where is that banner? I am not seeing it. Will remove it if I can find it. — Chuck

Bob Bullock
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Bob Bullock

It’s at the bottom — always. It kinda “floats” in place.

Bruce Pixley
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Bruce Pixley

It shows up in Safari on the iPad when the site displays content for a mobile device. The Send-To button at the top of Safari provides an option to Request Desktop Site. The banner will not display. Or you can use the Chrome browser on the ipad and it will not be displayed

Jgvtxman
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Jgvtxman

I agree. It pops up on almost every page. Annoying.

Michael R Hale
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Michael R Hale

I do not see the banner at all when reading the newsletter.

Bob p
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Bob p

I think it’s related to apple products advertising.

JBC
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JBC

‘Patience at day’s end’ – good advice and a good reminder

Scott
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Scott

In ur Editorial u say and I quote “At the same time Walmart is closing many store parking lots to overnight stops.“ MANY ? That is not what I’m experiencing at all. I know this has been a concern of urs, but please provide a list or documentation because this strikes me as not being the current reality.
Could this happen in the future, sure, but no need to exaggerate it to help perpetuate ur goal. Thanks.

Bob p
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Bob p

Most of the time it’s due to local restrictions, most of the time if you check there’s a campground that has greased the palm of a councilman to pass a law to protect their interests even though they may be closed or at capacity.

Steve C
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Steve C

I guess you haven’t been to California.