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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 909

Welcome to, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 18th year of continuous publication, is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you!

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Page Contents

Week of August 10–16, 2019

Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury | Chuck (at)



ook closely at this photograph. It looks like a lot of nothing, right? Well, it is a lot of nothing. But look closer. Right about the center, toward the top, you’ll see what looks like a speck of dust on the photo. But that’s not what it is.

It’s Earth.

It was taken February 14, 1990, when the Voyager 1 spacecraft was four billion miles away, as it left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes of the solar system (it’s now traveled another 9 billion miles). At the urging of astronomer Carl Sagan, NASA turned the spacecraft around for one last look at its home planet. Sagan wrote:

That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar,’ every ‘supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Artist’s illustration of Voyager 1.

So why do I bring this up in a newsletter about RVing? Out of frustration. That “Pale Blue Dot” is the tiny place we call home — one of millions, perhaps billions of such worlds. When I look at it, so many things seem so insignificant, so small. And so wrong!

Observing this, and having the highly evolved brain of a homo sapiens to try to understand it, I marvel at the joy the Pale Blue Dot has brought me. But, right now, I want to put my fist through a wall out of frustration at the disrespect we tiny time-travelers express day after day to each other — in words, in actions and in terrible deeds like the brutal shootings of innocent people last week by sick, angry men whose hate boiled over.

As the editor of this publication, I am forced every day to witness the anger of so many people through their spiteful comments and emails. They cannot accept that others do not believe exactly as they do. And so they lash out, hidden away in their homes and RVs — faceless cowards spewing ignorant babble.

I have said before, but will say again: If you want to leave a comment on this website, please be sure it’s respectful and constructive. Do not call someone stupid or an idiot, or a liberal or right winger. If you wish to be a part of this intelligent community, as we hope you do, then please observe what Mr. J.C. Penney advised years ago, “Do unto others as you would have done to you.” Most religions urge the same.

Please, think about your own actions toward others, here and everywhere. Please try your best to be kind and fair, and keep an open mind. Accept that not everyone sees the world exactly as you do and that you may not always be right.

Look at the pale dot again and take a moment to think about it.


P.S. It was great to meet the RV Travel readers who camped with us last week at the Enumclaw RV Show near Seattle. What a wonderful group of people! Let’s do it again next year!

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Cover Stories

Camping World issues second quarter earnings report

On August 7, Camping World Holdings, Inc., reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Read them here.

Camping World/Good Sam stock takes a beating

Read Motley Fool’s take on Camping World’s second quarter financials, as reported in Russ De Maris’ inimitable style, here.

That was the RV week that was

The latest news about RVing from our newsroom

Important stories
• The Ten-X Campground in the Kaibab NF is increasing rates by 140%.
• Child attacked by mountain lion at Arizona’s Mount Graham.
• Update on story to not dump tanks in Olympia, WA, or you may get shot.
• World’s longest-living kidney dialysis patient is an avid RVer.
• Couple stranded in Kodiak, AK, by ferry strike paint church to fill time.
• BLM pondering future of newly acquired Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse in FL.
and much more …

Recent recalls
Some American Coach motorhomes recalled for incorrect install.

Press releases
Truma issues buyer alert over unauthorized sale of products.

Last week’s featured stories in RV Daily Tips
Does WD-40 attract fish?
Be prepared in case of a breakdown on the road.
For want of a screwdriver, the kingdom was lost.
A few driving tips.

Campground Chatter

Developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA

Janet Groene reports each week on developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA and Canada. There’s a lot of good information here that you can use to plan your travels. Read the current installment of “Campground Chatter” here.

Reduce anxiety maneuvering at the fuel stop

While having that bigger motorhome or towing a larger trailer has its share of pluses, along with the increased length comes what for some is a “problem set.” When it’s time to fuel up your rig, getting in and out of the fuel station can become anything between a challenge and a nightmare. Here are some tips to make it easier.

Think your RV door is locked? Think again

Here’s a short story about how six RVers were able to gain entry to other RVs with the keys to their own doors — not intended for the doors they were able to unlock. How can this happen? Easy. Read all about it.

Alternatives to hitch ball grease

A new hitch ball is often bright, shiny and chromed. But many RVers have been much dismayed, on lifting the hitch coupler off the new ball after the first use, that the chrome is scratched and scarred. What happened? Metal-to-metal contact can scrape off that shiny chrome and things are never the same. Read more.

Your RV satellite feed may be affected if Congress fails to act

Do you take your satellite broadcasts with you when you travel? Plenty of on-the-road RVers do, keeping up with their local news and information as well as their favorite shows. But having that local feed while far away could vanish if Congress doesn’t take positive action to, as Captain Picard says, “Make it so.” Learn more.

Do tips for fending off sleep while driving really work?

Safety is the number one objective when driving your rig on the nation’s roads, not only for your own safety but for other drivers on the road as well. There are some currently held beliefs of certain actions that you can take to keep you alert when driving, such as winding down the windows, turning on the air conditioning, and turning up the volume on the radio. But do they work? Find out here.

Less than $10! Mini waffle (and more!) maker is a crowd-pleaser.

Eight tips for taking professional-grade travel photos

You don’t need expensive photographic equipment to take good travel photos if you follow these tips that professional travel photographers use for both print and online travel articles. Whether you have a smartphone, point-n-shoot, or a fancy DSL you will add more keepers to your photo collection. Learn more.

Brats and beer? It must be Leavenworth – Washington’s “Bavarian Alps” town

Small towns and hamlets scattered throughout the West struggle to get by. Without major employers, there are few jobs for residents so many of these small towns rely on tourism for their survival. One such town in the Cascade Range of Central Washington has branded itself in a successful bid to attract tourism – and it has worked. Read about one of’s staff’s favorite nearby places to visit.

Reader Poll

Which of these manufacturers made your present RV?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.

What we learned about you last week

Will you spend time in your RV this month? How often do you brush your teeth? What meal do you usually “dine out” the most? Pick a dessert to eat: pie, cake or ice cream. Do you subscribe to a print or digital newspaper subscription? All this and more, right here.

RV Advisor to fix five lemon RVs at no charge

The RV Advisor has announced that it will fix five lemon RVs purchased from Camping World at no charge to the customers. Moreover, RV Advisor will cover the cost to ship the RVs to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for repairs at RV Sales of Broward and then ship them fully repaired back for free to the customers. Read more.

Tip for RV park owners: How to make more money at the expense of RVers

Finding a campsite could get a lot harder if the suggestions made by Brad Templeton writing in Forbes Magazine take hold. According to Templeton, campground owners could reap more business if they started to cater to the owners of electric vehicles (EV) on road trips. Read more.

Our “Super Lube” axle disaster. Is there one waiting for you?

Last fall Russ and Tiña De Maris bought a used 2008 travel trailer. … For the most part, it had lived an easy life. They noticed it had Zerk fittings under the axle dust caps. It’s a Lippert Super Lube system, purported to make your life easier – just give your axles a squirt of grease and forget about all that hassle of pulling the drums off and hand-packing the bearings. Sounds like a great idea, right? Maybe not. Read more.

For relief from summer’s heat visit California’s Patrick’s Point State Park

Like entering into an air-conditioned room, the morning fog of the California North Coast redwood belt provides a respite from the interior valley heat of mid to late summer. Patrick’s Point State Park is a wonderfully cool forested destination to hang out for a few days. Read more.

Why do you “camp”?

There’s some question whether traveling in a comfy RV is “camping,” but a lot of us still call it that. Regardless, most of us like to get away with a recreational vehicle – or simply a tent, portable stove and sleeping bag. Why do we do it? Or more to the point, “Why do you do it?” Please answer here.

Sink your choppers into a luscious taste treat at a New England U-Pick apple orchard

The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, is known as the father of the Declaration of Independence, the patriarch of democracy, and the grandfather of the Fuji apple. Well, OK, maybe the apple is pushing it a bit. Read about the history of the apple, different types, and where to pick your own.

Scenic photography ideas: Oregon’s 50 restored covered bridges

Back in the simpler “good ‘ol days,” when our daily distractions didn’t include social media, smartphones and terrorist attacks, gasoline cost a few pennies a gallon and stealing a kiss from a young lady was at the top of a young man’s list of thrills. Courting under the “kissing bridges” was the way to avoid the prying eyes of maiden aunts and vigilant grandmothers. Read more.

You haven’t seen South Dakota until you’ve roamed the Black Hills

Today’s RV explorers will find the Black Hills a wildly rugged range of mountains where you will find a couple of underground wildernesses, shaggy bison, herds of Harleys (if you are there at the right time of year), killer scenery, a quartet of giant old guys looking down from a granite mountain and, of course, black hills, part of the 1.2-million-acre Black Hills National Forest. Read more.

What to do about homeless RV dwellers: Seattle has a plan

A group of researchers in the homeless-plagued city of Seattle in collaboration with the Seattle and King County Housing Authorities enacted a test program in an attempt to attack the seriousness of America’s homeless problem, reports Dylan Matthews for the Vox. One of the researchers, economist Raj Chetty, says the program has “the largest effect I’ve ever seen in a social science intervention.” Learn more.

Avoid smacking low bridges with this new 2020 Road Atlas

The new edition of the premier guide to off-limit highways for large RVs has just been published for 2020. While it’s designed for big rig truckers, it should be a must-have for RVers who travel in unfamiliar territory with recreation vehicles over about 11 feet tall. Learn more.

New product, Brite Wash, promises effective RV cleaning

Many owners mistakenly use strong automotive soap on their RVs, thinking harsh equals effective. Nothing could be further from the truth. It instead removes any previously applied protective products, makes it difficult to rinse and pollutes the environment with chemical runoff. Brite Wash from Shurhold is different, the company claims in a press release. Learn more.

Win these incredible wine glasses

We love giving away stuff!

Your friends will be super impressed when you serve them wine in these most-excellent Happy Camper Wine Glasses. They will be so impressed with the glasses they may not even notice that you got the wine on the $3 rack. Enter the contest.

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Eleanor VanTassel of Mount Joy, PA, who won a safety vest.

Popular articles from last week’s issue

Examples of horrible RV hookups.
• “Most hated” RV dealer launches service to help RV buyers.
Wild Video: Big truck nearly loses it after RVs flip in Colorado winds.
Stopping full-time RVing like a “hot potato”? (asked of editor Chuck Woodbury)
RV and RV-related recalls for July 2019.
That was the RV week that was, July 27 – August 2, 2019.
Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, August 2, 2019.
A creative way to get a free long-term RV site.
What we learned about you last week (July 27 – August 2).
Judge chills plaintiffs in Dometic refrigerator suit.
Don’t stand under a tree during lightning! Here’s why. Oh my!


Our Facebook and RVillage GroupsRV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV Camping and NEW RV Crashes and Disasters. You might also like Big Rig RV and RV Tips. And please join our group on RVillage (like Facebook except just for RVers).

Want a job in the RV industry? Here’s a Facebook group where you can learn what’s available.

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

The RV Show USA
Listen each Wednesday evening on Facebook or YouTube for the live taping of America’s only syndicated radio program about RVing.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

The RV Death Spiral
Read the eight-part series of editorials by Greg Gerber that the RV industry never wanted written. Download the PDF.

Motorhomes on Fire
This is not pretty – dozens of videos of RVs burning up. But the point is to help viewers understand that RVs burn fast, and they need to practice good fire-prevention habits and practice an escape plan … just in case.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Save bandwidth while watching YouTube videos
How to watch YouTube videos using very little bandwidth.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.

Don’t take a break on your brakes!
Every RVer needs one of these!
Wonder what it would be like to have your brakes go out while you’re going down a long, steep grade? You might find out if your brake fluid is moisture-contaminated. Water in brake fluid boils and can wipe out your braking ability! Buy yourself a brake-fluid tester for less than $10 that warns you if there’s too much water in your fluid. Simply dip the tester into your rig’s brake fluid, and you’ll be able to see where you stand. Learn more or order.

Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of August 5, 2019:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.69. [Calif.: $3.54]
Change from week before: Down 3 cents; Change from year before: Down 16 cents.
Diesel: $3.03. [Calif.: $3.94]
Change from week before: No change; Change from year before: Down 19 cents.

RVer Safety

Guns and nuts – What can we do?

From Mike Sherman, retired street cop. I usually try to bring forth topics that pertain specifically to RVers that travel the highways of America, discussing topics pertaining to your safety and your security. The readers of RV Travel have been a great asset, adding aspects and comments that I fail to touch on. Space limitations prevent deeper discussions, but today is different. Read more, and please participate in a discussion if you have ideas on what can be done to prevent further shooting tragedies.

Protect yourself and others from sharp edges of RV slideouts!
slide-out-covers-655Cut your head just once on the corner of a sharp RV slideout and you’ll race out to buy a set of these so it never happens again! Camco’s Slide-Out Corner Guards offer a simple solution to the danger posed by sharp corners on RV slideouts. Simply place them on each exterior corner of the slide to provide a cushion zone. They’re made of advanced UV-stabilized resin for long life. Easy to install, no tools required. Learn more or order.

Ask the RV Shrink

If in doubt, check it out before parking – or pay a hefty price

Dear RV Shrink:
I am very upset with my husband. We were just fined $150 for illegally parking overnight in a Florida marina parking lot in the middle of nowhere. He says it is partly my fault because I should have seen the sign. I’m 78 years old. I’m just happy if I can see tomorrow. …

Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink’s response.

Work Camping

Why leave a review?

Whenever we travel somewhere new while full-time RVing, whether we’re work camping or just commuting at a campground, it’s a first-time experience. It’s safe to say that if it is our first, then it is, or will be, someone else’s first too. Leaving a review for the place of business tells others who would venture down that same stretch of road of our experiences. This helps those travelers to have some information and our opinion of what we have encountered. Read more.

Alert, alert! Space-saving amazing gadget! 
As RVers, we know the importance of space, especially in the kitchen. This brilliant gadget is both a knife and cutting board in one, so you can save some of that prized cabinet or drawer space. Cut, chop and slice food in seconds, and let it fall right into the pan or bowl. It doesn’t get any easier than this. Click the image to watch a quick video and order one for yourself here.

Ask the RV Doctor

How important is leveling for an RV absorption fridge?

Dear Gary:
We recently purchased a used 2007 motorhome and haven’t actually camped in it yet but have done some local driving to get used to it. We’ve been reading about the leveling for the refrigerator and understand the necessity. We have a two-door unit (top freezer and bottom refrigerator). My husband is concerned about leveling while driving such as on hills and mountains. Should we be concerned? —Rosemary P.

Read Gary’s response.

RV Electricity

Reverse Polarity Bootleg Ground update

Hi Mike,
I’ve read all the articles you’ve written about Reverse Polarity Bootleg Grounds but was unable to post a comment, since they are more than a year old! My question, which I don’t believe was answered in the articles, is: Are surge protector companies, like Progressive, working to fix this problem in their products so they do detect this condition? Appreciate your comments! Thanks! —Jeff

Read Mike’s response.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Generator bonding.

Join Mike in Hershey in September
Just a reminder that Mike will be presenting free seminars at the Hershey RV Show September 11-15, as well as offering a 3-hour advanced electricity seminar just off campus in Grantville, PA, on Saturday, Sept. 14. Cost for his Advanced RV Electricity seminar is $125 for everyone, but discounted to $100 for paid members. Register HERE, but do it soon since the room only seats 50.

Sign up for Mike’s popular RV Electricity group on Facebook.

Be like Mike: Don’t forget the fuse!
Mike says: Your RV has both 120-volt AC electrical systems (like your house), plus 12-volt DC battery systems (like your car). If the power goes out, it could be a circuit breaker (like in your house) or a blown fuse (like in your car). Always carry spare fuses that fit your RV’s battery system. Confirm the exact type and size of fuses your RV needs, then get a set of replacements. Here’s one pack, but be sure to check what your RV actually uses before ordering it.

RV Tire Safety

How old is too old for RV tires?

For RV application this is a tough question because “it depends.” There are several factors that can shorten tire life, which Roger Marble explains here.

Building an RV Park

When it rains, it pours!

From Machelle James: There is one thing you can count on here in Arizona during the summer: Monsoon Season. It rains every day here anytime from noon to 8 p.m. It can be a light rain to a downpour with hail. That happened every day here for the last two weeks. It has been making our chore list hard to do … So we wait! Read more about their progress in spite of Mother Nature.

Western Views

Honoring Old Bill

From Len Wilcox: Williams, Arizona, is a place that has always piqued my interest. It’s high up in the pines, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff. Nowadays it’s a tourist town, famous for being the southern entrance to the Grand Canyon and the last stretch of Route 66 to be replaced by interstate highway. But once it was a high-living Western town. … [And] even before that, it was the home of Old Bill Williams, one of the most eccentric of that strange breed of Westerners known as Mountain Men. Read more, or let Len Wilcox read the story to you.

The coolest knives we’ve ever seen!
Your RV kitchen needs these! Each chef’s knife in this set of 6 displays a beautiful landscape scene from around the world. The blades are stainless steel and razor-sharp for cutting ease. The handles are ergonomically designed for a balanced, secure grip, and they’re color-coded so busy chefs can easily find the right knife to prevent food cross-contamination. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe and have a non-stick coating! They make a great gift! Learn more or order.

The RV Kitchen

No Noodle Tuna Casserole

There is no extra step in this recipe for boiling water, cooking noodles, draining and mess. Just put everything in a pan for the stove top or a baking dish for the oven. Serve it over biscuits, toast, crisp Chinese noodles, shredded cabbage or spiralized zucchini. Make it ahead and keep it cold to bake or nuke up to two days later. Double it for a potluck. Get the recipe.

The RoVing Naturalist

Climate change and succession

From Dennis Prichard: I attended a meeting of forest ecologists some 20 years ago wherein the scientists presented speeches on what might happen in the future in respect to forests in the Southwestern U.S. Their predictions were rather dire. Read more.

That’s connected to … what?
The Klein ET310 transmitter/receiver figures out what electrical outlet is connected to which circuit breaker. Plug the transmitter end into the outlet in question, then scan the circuit breaker panel with the receiver “wand” and voila – you know which breaker is powering that outlet without resorting to flipping random breakers on and off. The transmitter also doubles as a 3-light outlet tester letting you know if there’s a Hot/Neutral polarity reversal, open ground, etc., and it also checks GFCI operation. Learn more or order.

RV Short Stop

Autumn destination: Authentic Adams County, PA

Planning to tour historic Gettysburg this autumn, or traveling near Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Harrisburg, PA? Consider routing your RV through “Authentic” Adams County in south-central Pennsylvania. For the 54th year, the National Apple Harvest Festival is being held outdoors the first two full weekends in October. There is lots of room for RVs nearby, with shuttle service to the festival grounds. While you’re in the area, visit Authentic Adams County barns, including some which are more than 100 years old. Read more.

Camco vent insulator keeps you cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer? Too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.

LED lights for RVs: Huge selection. Exceptional prices. Click.

Check out our Facebook Groups

RV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV Camping and NEW RV Crashes and Disasters.

WiFi endoscope lets you peep where your eyes won’t go
Ever wondered what the inside of your black water tank looked like? Is that “tank blaster” really doing the job? You can’t just eyeball the inside of the tank – or can you? With a flexible endoscope, you can run a tiny camera down for a “look around,” and get an eyeful of information on your tablet or phone. It’s pretty handy to have in the RV so check it out here.

Free and bargain camping


Le Geant Motorise (Giant Motorhome), Saint-Ambroise de Chicoutimi, QC
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Le Geant Motorise, a large RV dealership, welcomes RVs to park on its property. Large gravel lot with an asphalt patio pad and picnic tables. There are several dump stations on site. No fees to use the site, hookups, Wi-Fi, laundry or dump stations. Most staff speaks only French. Click here for more details.

Saint Albans Roadside Park, Saint Albans, WV
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. City-owned RV park has 3 pull-thru 20/30A E hookup RV sites. Large rigs may have difficulty with tight turns in the camping area. Signage: “RVs & trailers only, no other vehicles, no tents.” Picnic area, playground, boat ramp, and restrooms on-site. Strip mall with grocery store and restaurants across the street. First-come, first-served. Max stay: 2 nights in any 15-day period. Click here for more details.

Other sources:
Walmarts that do not allow overnight RV stays.
Walmart Directory: Best printed directory of Walmart locations

Overnight RV Parking, with more than 14,000 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demo. Watch a video about

Upcoming RV Shows

Midwest RV Super Show, Aug. 8-11, Elkhart, IN
Hampton Roads RV Super Sale, Aug. 16-18, Hampton, VA
Great American RV Show – Colorado Springs, Sept. 12-14, Colorado Springs, CO
America’s Largest RV Show, Sept. 12-15, Hershey, PA
Portland Fall RV & Van Show, Sept. 12-15, Portland, OR

See the complete list of upcoming RV shows.


In 2018, 89% of wildfires were caused by humans. (Happy Birthday, Smokey Bear!)

Bumper sticker of the week

Oh, behave!

Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to diane(at)

Joke of the Week

When I was a kid, my parents would always say “Excuse my French” after a swear word. I’ll never forget that first day at school when the teacher asked if we knew any French.

Worth Pondering

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

RV Travel staff


Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, Bob Difley, Richard Miller, Richard Mallery, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Dave Helgeson, Dennis Prichard, Len Wilcox, Sam Suva, Mike Sherman, Machelle James, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

REGIONAL AND LOCAL ADVERTISING: We can now run banners on in your town or in a designated area near you, for example to readers within 100, 200, etc., miles of your business. Contact Emily Woodbury at advertising(at) .

About the editor: Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for three decades. In the ’90s he published the quirky travel newspaper Out West, and was an “on the road” writer for the New York Times Syndicate. His book, “The Best from Out West,” is available at Woodbury’s RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD “Buying a Recreational Vehicle,” the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter.

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David Stansbury
3 years ago

Good Lord Chuck- I see you’re getting some real %$#@&^(@! here. Personally, I don’t understand it. This is website to help and improve people who are RVing. Why are some of these people so pissed, and why is it your fault? Just to let you know, there are a lot more of us out here who appreciate what you guys do than there are weenies. Don’t let these people get you down!

3 years ago

great comment david!!! no weenies!!!

Robert Shon
3 years ago

My family & I use Amazon often but haven’t figured out how to get the credit applied to your site. How about some help here so I can help you.

Emily Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  Robert Shon

Hi, Robert,

Thanks for asking! To use our Amazon affiliate program, all you have to do is use any of the Amazon links on our website. The easiest way is to click on the “ of the Day” link in the blue bar at the top of all pages of the website, or you can click on an any Amazon ad you see in any of our newsletters.
We appreciate you wanting to help – thank you!

Cheers, Emily,
–RVT Staff

3 years ago

My oldest sister alway used the “Pardon my French” expression. I knew she took French in high school so I knew she was the expert. Lol

3 years ago

“They cannot accept that others do not believe exactly as they do.”

Sometimes one should gaze into a mirror and contemplate their own words Chuck.

3 years ago

When doing South Dakota if you like Laura Ingalls Wilder then visit De Smet. This is her families final journey but not her final journey. Visit the homes she lived in and the cemetary where her family is buried. It is awesome and very quiet. I want to do her final journey to Rocky Ridge Missouri. The Ozarks. But that is another trip. Also if you do Mt Rushmore? Start with Custer State Park. There is a reason to do this. Yes you see boring bison and stuff but then it gets hilly and then you go thru a tunnel and then you see the top of the hill and well….just do it. I don’t want to blow the surprise. I loved this area. And O. The second Thursday of July was the start of monsoon season in AZ. I know because the tour guide for the grand canyon told us to expect rain at any given moment. When he mentioned monsoon? I thought great a hurricane. We did experience one at the grand canyon and it was awesome. Lightening hail ground lightening and yes rain. So yes a monsoon on the first day of a monsoon happened. We always get the strange weather. Loved traveling out west and can’t wait to do it again.

3 years ago

I’ve been wondering, what happened to the old fashioned Forest Fires? Do they still exist or were they replaced by WildFires?

3 years ago
Reply to  Dennis

Fire is fire… bad news in anyone’s view, regardless of what you call it. The point is, wild fires on western lands are becoming far more explosive, erupting quickly, burning hotter, and spreading much faster than in decades past. So… we need to know: how can an RV camper get fast notification of a wildfire in the area or region that could grow to be a real threat; and does the RV camper have a planned escape route or two to avoid becoming trapped. I think we need serious thought about how to get notified. I doubt there’s much attention being paid to that issue. CB radio? Cell phone apps? The old Civil Defense emergency network? Sheriff’s deputies in patrol cars or helicopters? (In one instance last summer Colorado residents living off-grid in a high mountain canyon were notified by a low-flying helicopter of an approaching fire!) How is your RV equipped for radio, cell phone, or wifi notice of an approaching threat? What system do local authorities use? What frequency? It’s food for thought… I think we need some serious articles to address this new and serious issue.

3 years ago
Reply to  Graybyrd

Are wildfires broadcast on the NOAA weather radios?

3 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

No. Only weather events, and that can be confusing. When I was trucking across the US, I’d hear tornado alerts but they were listed by county. Other than local government alerts via local broadcast stations, I’ve never heard of any other wildfire warning system. This is all relatively new, as far as explosive wildfire conditions, so government alert methods haven’t yet caught up to the need.

3 years ago

Chuck, I agree people use to agree to disagree and find things in common. Today it seems more like let’s find the difference so we cannot get along. We all need to exist on the place we call earth.

3 years ago

A crazy person or a hateful person without an assault weapon is not going to kill 22 people in 20 seconds.

3 years ago
Reply to  Charles

Not that simple: I bet you that a nut in a large rental truck could make a mess out of some large group of people. A guy in a smaller car did this last year.

3 years ago
Reply to  Bd2

I think that since the Oklahoma bombing, there are reporting requirements when someone purchases a large quantity of fertilizer. This, being one ingredient of easy to make large bombs. Now, we need more legislation to keep people from buying assault weapons that have killed many more people than the Oklahoma bombing. There are a lot of ways that we can make it harder for crazy and hateful people from killing other people.

3 years ago
Reply to  Charles

Here we go again………

3 years ago
Reply to  Darrel

Are you talking about routine mass murders or a discussion about the need for stricter gun control regulation? This is my last word here on this subject. Back to RV subjects.

3 years ago
Reply to  Charles

Routine mass murders? Is that where we’ve arrived? Really?

3 years ago

Please cancel my description, Chuck. Your hypocritical editorial today (and the equally hypocritical boiler plate for commenting) was the final straw.

Chuck Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeannie

I wish you well, Jeannie.

Joseph Woods
3 years ago

Well said Chuck! I don’t always agree with your editorials, but this one is spot on!

3 years ago

Excellent article Chuck. Please remember this next time your tearing down Camping World and its owners and their business model.

Chuck Woodbury
3 years ago
Reply to  RJT

I don’t tear down. I have my reasons, which I discuss with others frequently, and I read the trade press every day. I don’t just tear down.

3 years ago
Reply to  RJT

There’s little need for anyone to “tear down” Camping World. The free market, falling sales, and unsold inventory are sufficient evidence of a failing corporation and its leadership. On the other hand, when did it become “tearing down” simply to report the facts and evidence of unethical business practices? Or should we encourage the growing trend of suppressing a free press for exposing corporate and political corruption?

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