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Mike Briggs
1 year ago

Every week I receive your email in my inbox. Every week I keep hoping this issue will bring a positive tone. The columns won’t be a negative rant, a depressing commentary about the demise of the rv lifestyle and general complaining about the state of things today.

You see I really want to contribute financially but I can’t and won’t until I feel I’m getting something positive in return.

Yes, I understand it’s more difficult to find places to camp now, but there are many more resources available to find those gems. Yes, there are more people living in difficult situations. That speaks to a far greater problem in our society than whether or not there will be a space for me. Yes that’s a worthy discussion.

I remain hopeful that next week there will be a positive story, a great discussion on alternative ways to rv or maybe a brighter perspective on the many challenges we rv’ers face. I know you can do it!

Wishing you warm nights and starry skies!

Mike Briggs

1 year ago
Reply to  Mike Briggs

Mike if you’re getting nothing from this effort but negative rants, you might want to touch up your comprehension skills. I’ve been looking in here for about a year, and thought it all worthwhile enough to send Chuck and crew a few bucks to help out, something I rarely do at all or so quickly.

RV Travel newsletter provides a tremendous amount of absolutely fine info, good, bad and ugly every issue. Best balance of any on the RV and related topic hands down – period.

There a plethora of gizmos out there I had no clue existed, one, the TDS water quality tester, in this issue I’ll be ordering soon – and I found them right here from the comfort of my computer chair. I would never have found many of these things, or acquired the knowledge found here by myself.

I hope you reconsider the value and contribute in some way positive $$$$$$.

1 year ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Thank you Diane et al. I meant every word and cheerfully do hope Mr. Briggs reconsiders and tells his friends what a great service to RV’ers you folks provide.

Sharon Brandt
1 year ago

Chuck, when you headed inland from Newport you missed an opportunity to check Bay Point Landing, the new RV park in Empire (Coos Bay), Oregon. Right on the bay and you can watch the various boats entering and leaving the bay. Also, the area is fairly natural around the park so you might be able to watch a family of coastal deer having breakfast or a snack. Not an inexpensive park, but a very nice place to stay

1 year ago

Plastic Pollution on the Oregon Coast- Just to offer some hope. I live in the Portland area and have been assisting a couple of High School scientist with their Micro-plastic Uptake in Clam project. This is the second year the two sisters have worked on this… The younger generation is much more attuned and aware. We can all do our part to reuse, recycle and if nothing else properly dispose of waste items. Not sure we’ll cut our carbon footprint until Mr. Fusion hits the street, but maybe an electric Toad… happy cruising.

Cheryl Bacon
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg

Greg you need to brush up on your history of the discovery of rubber and plastic. Blaming it on centuries worth of generations and believing one generation is going to find a solution is a very uneducated statement.

Alva Miller
1 year ago

Chuck, you may want to recalculate your figures concerning paved road traveling in the US. I believe if you would speed up just a bit and live a commonly attained lifespan you should easily be able to cover every inch 😁

1 year ago

On the email, it stated to see the end of the newsletter for 20% off Harvest Host. I must be missing it…can you please provide the 20% information or where to find? Thank you!!

1 year ago

Chuck, thanks for another fine report. I really do not understand how you do all you do, and it is appreciated. Thanks to your support staff also, there’s always a fair number of folks behind el president’s success.
The CEO and I spend summers along the very route you folks are travelling -the Oregon coast. And yes we’re booked one year in advance to get our spot at Winchester Bay, it is that frantic, and probably our last year there, as we’re fed up with what you so well describe as campgrounds overstuffed with full time “campers” and such and all that brings – most of it not pretty.

Anyway you mention Mo’s for Clam chowder. You’re right, BUT, in Florence this past summer, we enjoyed our last, visit to Mo’s. The day was busy due to the car show. We just had to go to Mo’s for Chowder, so off we went. Got seated, all’s fine. An older couple came in with dog in tow. We could hear the lady who sat us explain that animals are not allowed in the restaurant. There was some verbalization, and the couple took off, for the other end of the room where they sat down. Shortly after they were back at the front standing, talking to the lady again. There was a vacant table right beside us. I said to said CEO, “what’s the chances? You guessed it, they got seated right beside us.

The dog was in no way, offensive, slobbering, barking or anything. we just don’t eat with animals. We feel terrible for folks with animal allergies, we feel sorry for anyone who has to eat off a plate that someone fed their dog off, (we’ve seen this happen more than once). We feel sorry for the fact Thrift stores have signs on the entrance door proclaiming dogs are not allowed, but they are increasingly in eating establishments. – a growing health concern that needs serious addressing.

.Despite our protests, the dog stayed and we gobbled our chowder and left never to return.

We love all animals, we just do not eat with them, sleep with them, or enjoy them in close quarters in public places.

1 year ago
Reply to  Alvin

Alvin, you’ve struck a chord here—this is “pet peeve” of ours too! We see the same in grocery stores. We love pets as you do but just not in the situations you describe. Unfortunately, the folks who bring non-service animals to inappropriate places get fawned over because of their cute pet, rather than have the management hold the line on standards. This just provides popularity strokes for people to keep doing the same with larger and more exotic pets. You and I are on the front edge of exasperation with this…the general public won’t get there until it’s just ridiculous and swings back in balance.

1 year ago
Reply to  Alvin

If I follow your story(?), you didn’t like that the owner of the restaurant had the right to decide his customer was allowed to bring their well-behaved dog into his restaurant? It’s possible he was ADA required by a service dog. I’d support the owner deciding for or against the dog entering. I’d support you for leaving and not returning, even though dogs are cleaner than your fellow diners. Don’t visit me, though, because EVERY plate in my house has been enjoyed by a dog at some point — but I sterilize the plates before they’re reused, just as I’m sure the restaurant does.

1 year ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Hi Wolfe. I’m always game for a warning so thanks for that. I wonder if you share your ice cream cone with your animal like I saw a wonderful thoughtful caring loving lady do last summer in Newport – just asking.

And for clarification, I do 100% support service animal usage, in fact we give generously and anonymously to an organization training these absolutely beautiful animals. and their eventual owners.

Left out of the telling of my “story(?)” is that the Mo’s employee could be heard asking the couple if their dog was a certified service animal, in which case they, I assume, would have let the guest(s) and the animal in zero problem from them, from me or presumably anyone else in the near capacity restaurant. Those folks couldn’t produce the proof and that’s when they went storming off into the restaurant, and for god only knows why , shortly came back and were seated beside us. I suspect a table at the other end of the shop told them to get the hell out of their face with their dog, which they did.
I know there’s two trains of thought on this, one I do not subscribe to and which keeps me ticking some really nice places we’ve enjoyed in the past off my list. Those places we refuse to patronize. That’s all.

Kiss your fur pal good day for me, drive safe if you’re on the road – Merry Christmas.

Ron J.
1 year ago

I read an article just recently that alluded to a backlog getting the MB, ProMaster and the Transit diesels, because of the large demand from organizations like Amazon, etc. Having read that, my mind immediately went to….when you go for Service, what will be the wait time; also, qualified repairmen to handle the huge demand. Makes me appreciate my gasser.