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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 915

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

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 19th 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 September 28 – October 4, 2019
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition

Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury | Chuck (at)

We have now entered our 19th year of publishing. Much has changed: When we began in 2001 (right after 9/11), everybody read this newsletter on a computer. Many RVers did not even bring one along on their trips. Smartphones and tablets were years away.

Fast forward to today. Look at the chart. More than half of you (52 percent) are now reading on a smartphone. Next month it will be 53 percent. Less than a third of you still read on a computer. That’s forced some rethinking on our part.

We still compose the newsletter on computers. But we must always keep in mind that more readers now read it with their phones, where too many photos and graphics make it way too long for many of you reading on a small screen.

It frustrates me, because I love sharing information with you and I love using many pictures, graphics and other illustrations. It’s hard for me to pass up telling or showing you something that I believe you would enjoy or benefit from. Honestly, my staff and I could easily make this newsletter twice as long. But, no, that would be overkill.

We are presently analyzing all our regular features and will begin to eliminate those that aren’t very popular. We’ll continue on with the topics that historically you have found most interesting. The result will be a tighter issue with more compelling content.

One thing we are seriously considering is moving Saturday’s news section to Sunday, where it won’t get lost in the shuffle. We work hard to gather the information and it deserves to be read.

In today’s member edition of this newsletter we have polled our 4,400 members to learn if they like this idea or not. If they do, we’ll begin immediately. If not, we’ll continue as is. If we do post the weekly news section on Sunday, there will be an easy opt-out for readers who don’t want it.

Also, we have been improving our RV Daily Tips Newsletter, and added a Friday edition. We’re adding new features there rather than here, where space is tight. I urge you to sign up for this excellent online publication.

Finally, if you enjoy what we’re doing, would you please recommend us to your RVer friends? And, if you’re on Facebook, please “like” our page.


On my soapbox

I’m laughing at the RV industry’s silly spin on bad news.

My Roadside Journal

(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)
Marilyn Monroe, the slot machine.
My “trip of a lifetime?” No, no! Please!!!
Quick: Can you name this restaurant?

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Cover Story

The hotheads in our audience

Is there nothing we can say that doesn’t tick off some our readers, who fire off angry missives to us? In Thursday’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter our poll question was directed at men: Do they carry pocket knives? Oh, my goodness — some women got all worked up because “WOMEN CARRY POCKET KNIVES TOO!” We ran an innocent Polish joke in another issue, and you’d think our Polish-American readers thought we were declaring war on their homeland! Why all the anger? Read more!

That was the RV week that was

Read it here.

Important stories
• Millions of dollars in commercial campground upgrades for snowbirds in Arizona this year.
• Two RVers killed, two hospitalized, after two RVs crashed head-on in Harper, Oregon.
• U.S. Army Corps campground at Woodcock Lake, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, searching for new operator.
• Several Oregon State Parks reducing rates for full- or partial-hookup sites through November.
• A new ordinance is in the works in Seattle to help “homeless in RVs.”
• Is Buffalo Chip Campground, South Dakota, a town? SD’s Supreme Court will decide.
and much more …

Press releases
Winnebago program to help improve RV access for mobility impaired.

Recent recalls
Some Keystone trailers recalled. Emergency exits not identified.

Keep informed
Current Wildfire Report.
National Hurricane Center.

Last week’s featured stories in RV Daily Tips
Fresh tomatoes on the road.
Pay attention to age of tires.
Things to check out when checking out.
Another take on silencing smoke detectors.
Boondocking: Practice makes perfect.

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.

Lemon law attorney: “Don’t buy a new RV!”

In this recently released video, Michigan lemon law attorney Steve Lehto discusses the continuing epidemic of poor-quality RVs. Watch the video.

Pay attention to tire details before leaving on trip

The Tire Industry Safety Council urges owners of recreational vehicles to pay close attention to their vehicle weight, load distribution and tire inflation pressure before heading off on their next road trip. Learn important tire tips from the Council here.

A peek into the future: sex in the self-driving RV?

The day of self-driving cars is upon us. Can it be long before RVs are commonly being towed or driven with nobody at the wheel? BMW recently posted a video ad on Twitter, then promptly deleted it, that suggested that in the future owners of its Vision iNext autos could do a little more than exchange a kiss while rolling down the road. Read more then let us know what you think.

Maintain your RV furnace and keep warm!

From Russ and Tiña De Maris: Having swung through Nevada’s high desert region a few days ago, we were struck by how quickly the seasons change. Stepping out the door one morning, there was a decided nip in the air. Yep, fall is decidedly here! If you’re planning any RV forays before spring arrives, it’s time to do some furnace maintenance. Don’t get stuck on a trip with no heat! Learn more.

Reader Poll

Have you ever had anything stolen from your campsite?

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.

The Halloween Store: Everything you can imagine for Halloween is here.

What we learned about you last week

Would you bend over to pick up a dime? Do you prefer college or professional football? Have you ever taken an ocean cruise? Do you or a household member have a Netflix account? Do you carry a pocket knife? Do you have a current passport? All this and more (plus a great book recommendation!), right here.

Why do leaves turn color in the fall?

Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. Many RVers plan fall trips just to see Mother Nature’s dazzling display. If you’re a curious person, you might ask, “Why DO leaves turn colors?” Here’s why.

Would you hook up to the utilities at this disgusting RV park?

What if this was the last available full-hookup campsite for 50 miles, and it was yours for the night? Would you hook up all your utilities? Let us know.

Will “rubber band barriers” save you from death or injury?

As we rumble along the highway of life, there are plenty of deep, universal questions to be answered. On one trip Russ and Tiña De Maris rumbled some 2,800 miles in a matter of a few days, and had more down-to-earth questions: Will cable barriers stop an RV from careening through the median and crashing into oncoming traffic? For that matter, will cable barriers really stop an errant auto from careening across that same median and smacking into your RV? Find out here.

Where to put the litter box when RVing with cats

Cats can be comforting and entertaining companions and so it’s not surprising that many RVers bring theirs along on their camping adventures. While the RVers enjoy the simple pleasure of having their kitties along with them, there are some challenges, such as where to put the litter box. Get some purrfect ideas here.

Legislation could give Canadian snowbirds a longer visit

Federal legislation has been introduced that would give Canadian snowbirds more time in the U.S. Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have sponsored a bill that would give Canadians a bump in their stay limit – up from six months, as is presently allowed, to eight months. Learn more.

Winnebago unveils new Class B and towable RVs

Winnebago has debuted the Solis, a Class B van, and the Voyage travel trailer and fifth wheel at the RV Industry’s annual Open House event this week in Elkhart, Indiana. Check them out.

Cougar killed on California interstate had a stalker

Last week we brought up the story of the sad demise of P-61, the rather ingloriously named male cougar being followed by the National Park Service in the Santa Monica mountains of California. At the time we reported that P-61, a 4-year-old, had made his way onto the 405 freeway, a 10-lane behemoth, where he was killed with a run-in with a motor vehicle near Sepulveda Pass. Here is what happened.

Win this very useful George Foreman Grill

We love giving away stuff!

This famous George Foreman Two Serving Grill is a worldwide favorite. It can cook two servings of fresh or frozen grilled favorites at a time. The patented sloped design and double non-stick coating allow fat and grease to drain away quickly as the signature George Foreman elements provide even heat across the plate. Enter the contest.

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Rena Pomada of Chico, California, who won a very cool nightlight*.

*It seems like you really liked the adorable nightlight we gave away last week. If you didn’t win, you can buy one here

Popular articles from last week’s issue

Winnebago acquires Newmar.
Video: See RVs destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.
Keystone debuts dual bunk trailer, sleeps 14!
Should you electrically insulate (“ground”) your levelers?
Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, September 20, 2019.
Is interest on an RV loan tax deductible?
Wife questions need for RV macerator pump.
That was the RV week that was, September 14 – 20, 2019.
New coupler lock keeps your travel/utility trailer safe from crooks.
What we learned about you last week (September 14-20).
Video: A simple way to do laundry on the RV road.
The future of van life is here, and we like what we see.


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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.

Tiny LED button lamp perfect for RV’s small, dark spacesRV Travel Newsletter Issue 913
This 6-pack of tiny, battery-powered LED “Button Lamps” is just what you need for your RV’s closets and storage spaces. The tiny lamp is ultra-bright and has all the power of a normal-sized lamp. Backed with a strong adhesive, these little lamps will stick to any surface. They’re waterproof and good to have in case of an emergency. Learn more or order.

Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of September 23, 2019:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.65. [Calif.: $3.61]
Change from week before: Up 10 cents; Change from year before: Down 19 cents.
Diesel: $3.08. [Calif.: $3.98]
Change from week before: Up 9 cents; Change from year before: Down 19 cents.

Easy way to add water to your batteries!
Never, ever, let your automotive or RV deep cycle batteries run out of water. Here’s a simple way to keep them topped off for maximum performance and long life. Just use this syringe with distilled water. So easy. Learn more or order.

Ask the RV Shrink

Dealing with a nosy campground neighbor

Dear RV Shrink:
We live in our motorhome full time and have no home base. My husband likes to change the oil himself and always is very careful to catch it all and not to make a production out of it. Last week a national forest campsite neighbor saw him changing the oil and came over and pitched a fit. He said it was illegal to change oil in the campground and accused us of polluting. My husband was very embarrassed and put things away immediately. …

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

The Business of Work Camping

The five things we did wrong – Part 1

Sam and Suzi Suva have been work camping in many situations for a very long time. This two-part series is about when deceptive or simply opportunistic people (campground owners/managers) try to take advantage of “loop holes” – errors made by inexperienced work campers. Learn from Sam and Suzi’s mistakes here.

Save money with these reusable silicone bags
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 913Never waste money on plastic bags again! This 4-pack of reusable silicone food bags have an airtight seal and are leak-proof, keeping food fresh for longer. Easily freeze the bags, and even run them through the dishwasher once you’re done using them. This plastic bag alternative won’t harm the environment, and instead provides a solution that you can wash, rinse, and reuse to your heart’s content! Learn more or order.

Ask the RV Doctor

RVers can’t locate source of slideout leak

Dear Gary,
We have a 2009 Monaco and have had a leak in the bedroom slide from the very beginning.  It takes about an hour or so after it starts raining for the water to start dripping in on the floor and it will continue to drip three hours after it stops raining. I just keep putting down rolled up towels and it will soak them. We can see it dripping in but can’t find out where it is coming from. …

Read the rest of the question and Gary’s response.

Don’t come up short when hooking up to electricity
Our favorite products for RVersIt happens to us all. We pull into a campsite and our electric cord isn’t long enough to reach the power pedestal. Here’s the answer, a 15-foot, 50-amp extension cord, or for RVers with 30-amp service, a 25-foot, 30-amp extension cord. You will be very happy you have one of these along when the need arises.

RV Electricity

Torque those ATS screws properly

From Mike: In my RVelectricity seminars I’ve been demonstrating how to tighten terminal screws in your generator transfer switch. Why should you be doing this seasonally? Well, if you don’t check transfer switch screws for tightness, the combination of road vibration and temperature swings (not to mention moisture) can allow these screws to loosen up and increase the resistance of the connection. And that high-resistance connection can overheat during heavy current draw. Don’t believe me? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words (at least). Learn more.

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

What is an RVelectricity™ Master Class?

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

RV Tire Safety

Two front tire “blowouts” in one day

Roger Marble reports about a thread on a forum started by the owner of a Class A motorhome who suffered two front-end “blowouts” on the same day. Roger has heard of cases where the OE tires, and even the front axle in one case, were in overload when the RV was shipped from the manufacturer. He explains why “four corner weights” are strongly recommended for all RVs. Learn more.

Building an RV Park

We moved into our house! And plans are changing

From Machelle: “If you’ve ever remodeled a house, you know how much hard work it is. I think it’s fair to say AJ and I have used muscles we didn’t know we had! Every day we wake up and are thankful to be alive as we nurse our sore muscles and fatigued bodies. I have never in my life looked so much forward to taking a hot bath!” But why did they have to resubmit the campground plans to their engineering team? Read more.

Protect your RV’s awning from rips and tears
awning-749Camco RV Awning De-Flapper is designed to protect your RV awning from costly rips and tears while preventing noisy wind flapping. The De-Flapper holds securely with hook and loop straps & is made of durable nylon with UV stabilizers. It’s chemically and rust-resistant with a universal fit. It features soft, non-marring grippers that protect the awning fabric & can be used with screen room in place. Learn more or order.

The RV Kitchen

Secret Sauce Recipe

A sauce for all seasons. One easy way to add a WOW factor to a simple RV meal is to have one or more sauces on hand. They punch up flavor and appearance, and can cover up little slips such as the fish fillet that fell apart. This sauce can be served over hot or cold seafood, hot vegetables, poached chicken, omelets, grilled ham, burgers and much more. Get the recipe.

The Digital RVer

Four tips for conserving phone battery when you’re off-grid

When you travel in remote areas, you likely will not have cell service and you may not have electricity. If using your devices and connecting to Internet is important to you, we have some tips about how you can prepare before you go, and some tips about what to do and not do when you’re there. Learn more.

These RV autumn decorations will have you fall-ing in love:

The world’s largest…

Cluck, cluck cluck! The world’s largest chicken in Marietta, GA, is a sight to be seen! Read the fascinating history behind this 56-foot-tall chicken here.

Facebook Groups of Interest

CampingRoadTrip Community!
Girls Who Travel
PLUS OUR OWN GROUPS: RV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV Camping.

2019 Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the 50 States
Learn how to prepare, carry and transport your firearm during travel in all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. Includes state breakdowns of firearms ownership, semi-auto gun ownership, castle doctrine, right to protect, open carry, concealed carry, state & national parks, permit reciprocity, loaded vs. unloaded, interstate transport restrictions, traffic stops, universal restricted areas, motorhome and RV issues, preemptive local laws and more. Learn more or order.

Free and bargain camping


Walmart Supercentre #3636, Halifax, NS
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed for one night only. Obtain permission from Mall Security at phone number in our listing. The lot has decided drainage slopes, so leveling may be difficult. Fast-food options in-store and nearby. Click here for details.

Blaine Waring Memorial Park, Dubois, ID
ALMOST FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Parallel park on the north side of street adjacent to park, behind city/county office building. Dump station and potable water in park. Level, quiet, and appears safe. 2019 rate: $5 Donation. Two restaurants nearby. Click here for 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

Washington State Evergreen RV Show, Sept. 27-29, Monroe, WA
Austin RV Super Sale, Sept. 27-29, Round Rock, TX
Buy! Buy! Derby RV Sale, Sept. 27-29, Arlington Heights, IL
Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Show, Sept. 27-29, Indianapolis, IN
Richmond RV & Boat Mega Sale, Sept. 27-29, Richmond, VA
Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show, Oct. 2-6, Novi, MI
Tacoma Fall RV Show, Oct. 3-6, Tacoma, WA
California RV Show, Oct. 4-13, Fontana, CA
Jacksonville Fall RV Show, Oct. 10-13, Green Cove Springs, FL
RV Liquidation Super Sale, Oct. 11-13, Pittsburgh, PA

See the complete list of upcoming RV shows.

Best RVing books as recommended by our editors: Click here.


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Bumper sticker of the week

My last tailgater failed the brake test.

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

Joke of the Week

Ready for more Church Ladies With Computers?… They’re back!
From Tom Hart
These sentences (with bloopers) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:
• The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
• The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
• The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.”

Worth Pondering

“No legacy is so rich as honesty.” —William Shakespeare

RV Travel staff


Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris, Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Mike Sokol, Bob Difley, Richard Mallery, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Sam Suva, Mike Sherman, Machelle James, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. 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. Learn more here.

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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phyllis anderson
2 years ago

i just use my smart phone for calling, some GPS and taking a FEW photos. do not use for reading large articles or ordering anything~~~do not order on line anyhow. Use computer at home for all other things. My phone is that ~~~A PHONE.

Richard Hubert
2 years ago

Re: Use of phones for reading email – I know the trend is apparently towards more use of Smartphones to do everything, but the convenience they offer is quickly offset by the small screen.

My Wife & I use our phones to check email, etc, and to even use Google Maps GPS directions, but that is not at all my preferred method of reading email – and it is definitely not my preferred method of responding to or writing emails. Phones are good because they can be accessed almost everywhere (where there is cell service) to quickly do some things. BUT – if I really need to know what is going on, ordering from Amazon, researching products, reading blogs, searching for specific sites, watching YouTube videos, and especially if I want to write something – I use one of my PCs.

In my RV I have an office setup with 2 PCs and 3 screens – because I am trading options as well as using my PCs for organizing all our travel photos, using Google maps to check out routes, using Allstays to find campsites, fuel stops, stores, LP gas sources, and dump sites. Then I use Google (again) Satellite and street views to determine access into/out of specific Walmarts, fuel stops, and campsites. I would go crazy trying to do all that on my phone – it is simply not the right tool. So while the trend has been towards smart phone use, it is only because of the accessibility and quick access they offer – not because they give you a good view of what is going on. I will continue to use both.

2 years ago

I read the newsletters on my laptop. I look forward to them every day! Keep ’em coming!

Rory R
2 years ago

I read the newsletter on both, actually 3 different type devices. I read on a PC, a tablet, and an Iphone. It all depends on where i am and what’s handy. So far I haven’t encountered any problems. Oh and as far as the trolls go, I see things I don’t agree with on many sites, and when I do comment I sometimes get a troll trying to get the best of me. Believe me they used to, until I realized that my getting upset was exactly what they wanted. A few months ago I started a new technique. I stop, take 10 deep breaths, then author a calm response, which usually frustrates the troll. They may shoot back one more response, but they usually go away.

2 years ago

Workamping article said it was not found. It would be interesting to read what went wrong. I am networking right now for a position after I retire.

john stahl
2 years ago

the print is so small I no longer enjoy reading the newsletter. I would have to use a magnifying glass to read it.

2 years ago
Reply to  john stahl

Use the ZOOM feature on your browser.

2 years ago

When I’m doing something and someone tells me there is a law against it I ask them to show me the written law. Unless it’s a park ranger, park owner or other legal eagle. I haven’t had anyone show me one of their pet laws yet. And I’ve never had to tell them to get lost. They figured that part out on their own.

2 years ago

I don’t think too many graphics make it harder to read on a phone, it’s really how it is all formatted. There’s lots of mobile content with heavy pictures, videos and clickable content, but it is optimized for mobile consumption. I will admit, it is EASIER to read the Newsletter on a desktop, but I rarely do that. So, if you have graphic content which enhances the newsletter, bring it on, but focus on adapting the format for mobile devices, and I think you’ll have it nailed down.

2 years ago

Looking for a recipe that was in issue 898 (May 25th). Was for Apple-licious Pork Steaks. I saved the link but now it doesn’t work. Anyone know where it went?

2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you Diane, this link worked and I have saved the recipe.

2 years ago

Re: Slot machines: You have no idea how insidious they really are. The old one armed bandits were mechanical and relied on a certain amount of physical chance — the new ones are not only computerized but networked to the master casino controller computer. Your card isn’t just an electronic debit to your account, but actively tracking you and controlling your gameplay and the machines. If you haven’t won in a while, the master will signal the slot to give you a small payout to keep you playing; if you’re ahead of the casino, the master will tell the machine to not let you win for a while. If you act like you’re about to leave, the master computer will page a waitress to bring you a comp’d snack. Etc. Etc. Etc… the entire casino experience is actively managed and psychologically engineered to keep you losing money at all costs — especially yours.

Re: Self driving cars: As an embedded engineer doing machine vision, I can say three things:
1) Per mile, the computer drives massively better than the average driver. It IS safer to let the computer drive.
2) Error cannot be reduced to zero. Darn close, but not possible. When the one-in-a-trillion accident occurs, people will insist the one-in-10 human was a better driver.
3) The closest we can get to perfectly safe would require 100% of pesky humans to stop driving and introducing anarchy to the system. Humans are not good at giving up control.

Re: Hotheaded Polish Women: I’m married to a Polish woman who carries a pocketknife, and is not a hothead, At least, that’s what she tells me to say, and we had best believe her.

Re: Concrete barriers: The only reason for the concrete barriers is that they are movable between construction sites — they are horribly ineffective compared to cables or even rails (which are middling). Concrete often acts as a ramp up-and-over or simply disconnects from it’s neighbors when hit by a heavy vehicle. I suspect much of concrete’s effectiveness is psychological — people pay better attention when near them.

Re: Litter boxes: The best place to have the litter box is at home… with the cat. Cats are stinky and evil… I have two, so I know.

Re: Saving cellphone batteries boondocking: TURN IT OFF. You’re camping. QED.

2 years ago

“Legislation could give Canadian snowbirds a longer visit”…they stay too long now all the while gritching about the exchange rate outside their fancy RV.

Jim F.
2 years ago
Reply to  Booneyrat

They are spending their money in our USA. Buying our products and keeping Americans working. What the problem?

2 years ago

Comments went offline again this weekend… Sorry folks. We’re really working on it. They are up again now.