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Henry Loyd
1 year ago

My wife and I just returned from a two week trip in our 20 year old RV where we stayed at the Oases RV resort in Las Vegas we had a great time. Going and coming we found places to stay along I40 with short notice and they were clean and comfortable only one time we had to go to a second park. The worst part of the trip was I40 in New Mexico and Arizona it was very rough and lots of construction. This was the longest trip we have taken and I was pleased to find it was easy to find places to stay on the road and all the campers around us were friendly. The camp hosts were friendly and helpful and the prices were reasonable.
Thank you

1 year ago

Used your link in this issue of to view Big Chief RV park in Texas – as it appears the park may be one we would like to visit. After spending 20 plus minutes viewing all the links in the site – NO where does it indicate what the camping fee is unless I make a reservation. I prefer to know the cost before I commit. What did I miss? What are they trying to hide? You just gave your friends park a big thumbs down. Enjoy your letter as always.

1 year ago

Chuck, I appreciate your intensity and sense of humor. Sometimes my dyslexia and inability to spell frustrates me – sometimes I just have to laugh. In your editorial you mentioned your Distinguished Journalist of the year award. When I first read through I read “Disgrunted Journalist …”, then going down the sentence I realized I had to go back and re-read the sentence. I don’t know if you see the sense of humor in this or not, but disgrunted or not, I still perceive you as being distinguished. After many decades of VW van camping we have finally moved up to a fancy Class B, but have a hard time finding a place to do “camping”. It all seems to be glamping at high prices today.

1 year ago

Thanks for the Wizard of Oz tip. We will be on Route 160 so it will be up to the family whether or not to detour going home or just keep on going.

Brian & Joyce Burry
1 year ago

You are correct, by NOT participating in Pay-To-Play getting paid off by advertisers to pump up their product, you will be a fair independent person who reviews based on personal experience and not compensation!
Thank you and please continue writing your newsletter so we may benefit from your experiences.

John Hiler
1 year ago

Americans are addicted to buying cheap junk. And so it is with RV’s I have little sympathy for those who want the very cheapest and will spend a lot of money to prove that fact. There are well built RVs. They cost a lot more, they last a lot longer, they are more comfortable, the builders stand by their product. I never try to change the mind of a Cheapie buyer. Waste of time. They deserve what they get.

1 year ago

Re: the breakaway cable eyebolt, readers should make SURE their plate has “anything” behind it. My plates mount to plastic trim that I would NOT trust to yank the cable reliably. More likely, my detached trailer would just have my truck plate attached as it jumps the median. I usually snap my cable to the (unused) bumper-ball hole. I’m skeptical the class-5 (bolted underneath) would let go of the frame, but the bumper is definitely another level removed from failure, and a strong attachment.

Marshall @ Camp Addict
1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Hey Wolfe,

Yes, definitely the structure the eyebolt is attached to is important! On Kelly’s truck, she has an aftermarket steel bumper (as in there is zero plastic anywhere) so this is not a problem. On my Ram 2500, I have plastic as well. Though it’s pretty beefy plastic. I’m confident that the large area washers I used will provide enough support to ‘yank’ the breakaway pin out since this really requires little force. (I don’t have a bumper ball hole on my Ram.)

I too am skeptical that my Ram’s factory installed Class V hitch will ever be an issue, but I’m not so confident with Kelly’s aftermarket installed hitch.

Thanks for the comment!

1 year ago

Chuck- you are a great advocate for RVers, and most of us appreciate it more than can be said here. Please keep up the good work, and don’t worry too much about the nay-sayers who complain here. It’s still a free service and informative newsletter, and thank you!

1 year ago

Gee, Chuck…and you used to be such a marshmallow.

Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
1 year ago
Reply to  James

James, not sure what that means, but I do know my outlook on RVing has changed in recent times.

1 year ago

The RV experience is what you make of it – even today. We started 3 years ago, Wish we had experienced the carefree, ideal world of RV’ing so many pine about from 30 years ago, but it was not to be. Much to our surprise, we are having a wonderful time! Bought a 21′ Winnebago Class B motorhome – a van – that we can park anywhere. It’s fully self sufficient with plenty of batteries and solar power. We don’t need big RV parks. We do use them occasionally. Stayed in a beautiful RV park in Moab Utah. Did plan ahead for that one but had no problem making reservations. Prefer COE, dispersed NP, State Parks, BLM land and Harvest Hosts… 28 states now and it has been wonderful!

1 year ago

Sadly,greed and indifference has taken over the entire RV business,from factory junk to greedy rv park owners who are turning into fast buck artists.I have had enough after 45 years of traveling America using various types of RV,s.Todays America is not what it used to be and it’s too bad for younger folks who will never experience rv,s like we did.Keep up the good work,Chuck,and good luck all you fellow rv,ers.

David Howard
1 year ago

I’ve only been into RV’ing for a few years, first with our little T@b trailer and now with a slightly larger Vintage Cruiser 19 foot travel trailer. In just the few years since we started we have found a noticeable increase in the number of times we have had trouble finding a decent RV park to stop for the night while crossing the country. More than once we have had to travel a lot further than we had wanted to drive that day, other times we found someplace to stay but it turned out to be an awful dump. Now I find I almost dread thinking about taking the trailer out on the road. Motels, with all their ills, are starting to look good again.

1 year ago
Reply to  David Howard

Just 3 years ago we went many places without reservations, but with better economy and 400,000 more RVs produced per year, we almost never go without calling ahead. FL last winter, we spent about 70 to 80 hours looking for decent available parks.

1 year ago
Reply to  David Howard

I agree it has gotten tougher over the last couple of years. But, I still find wonderful places to camp as I travel cross country and I hope you can keep camping.

I do have to plan ahead more than I would like. The days of waiting til 4 pm to look for a spot are gone, both for motels and campsites. You might experiment with “Campground Reviews”; target a town along your route and see what comes up on their map; other options are RV Parky, Allstays, etc.

Again, I sympathize. It’s sad, I remember in Florida one could simply explore around and find a charming spot at the end of the day, now it’s either an $80 a night parking lot/zoo, or a 1-vacancy trailer park.

Bruce Brownell
1 year ago

Good commentary to start the newsletter; we have few trustworthy advocates these days, I believe you and your associates are in that group, thank you.