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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 949

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May 23, 2020
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Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

Every evening, usually an hour or so before I go to bed, my little terrier and I take a walk. It’s mainly for Archie, an opportunity for him to do his business so he doesn’t awake Gail or me at night. But I enjoy it, too.

The daytime temperatures here in Kingman, Arizona, have been in the 80s, even 90s, for the past month. The evenings are glorious, perfect for sitting outside with a glass of wine and gazing at the stars or walking a dog.

It was 70 degrees last night at 10 p.m., with a wonderful, ever-so-gentle breeze. Dog or not, it was the perfect night to be out. As we walked through our park and then along the street that backs up to it — I found myself looking into the RVs, observing the people inside going about their lives. Their front doors and windows were open, inviting the sweet, fresh air inside.

Some watched TV, others were at their computers. Some read in an easy chair. Others were in the kitchen — cooking, cleaning, puttering. If I did not have an RV of my own, and observed this, I would have been incredibly envious. It looked so perfect!

I THOUGHT TO MYSELF that these people had everything they needed for a comfortable life. I know from my own recent experience of living in my RV for two years straight, and now for 7 months, that I lack nothing in creature comforts when I am traveling with my wheeled home. Traveling by RV has been part of my life for more than 35 years, and I am still in love with the life. Yes, it can be more challenging today with so many people doing it, and especially now with the pandemic. But in the evening when I am snuggled up on my couch with a good book I am as content as a human being is entitled to be.

And so, as Archie and I walked last night, I peered into a couple dozen RVs — some huge rigs, others trailers only 20 feet long. As I did, I felt an incredible sense of peace. In the complicated and confusing world you and I occupy, observing those people going about their normal lives in their cozy little homes was calming. The scene was no different than what I have observed for decades. What pandemic?

My little dog buddy and I returned to our cozy motorhome after 20 minutes. Archie had watered a few plants and one fire hydrant, so he was good. I washed my hands, grabbed my book and snuggled up on the couch. Thirty minutes later, as my eyes grew weary, I adjourned a few feet to my bedroom, climbed into my bed next to my beautiful Gail, and soon drifted off into dreamland.

I am thankful for my good fortune at a time when so many others are struggling. I pray for those less fortunate than me to find strength to hang in there until the germ that robbed them of their good lives is conquered.

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COVER STORY
Would the rude, obnoxious know-it-alls in the audience please leave!
The “know-it-alls” in the RV Travel audience revealed their anger, rudeness and disrespect for other readers last week. It made me angry and prompted me to write what I think of these people, and to ask them to please do their reading elsewhere. Read what I wrote.

Update on new RV air conditioner device
Last week I announced we had a new sponsor, the SoftStartRV, a device that allows RVers to run two air conditioners on only 30 amps or one A/C using a small generator or even household current. Mike Sokol and I consider this a game changer: It will enable RVers to run their air conditioners in situations where they could never run them before. Yes, this company is a sponsor, but we only accepted its support after testing the device to be 100 percent sure it did what it promised. You can read my story on the SoftStartRV here, and if you want even more information, read Mike’s analysis about how it works. If you will be in your RV this summer, this device will help keep you cool in situations where you would have been sweltering before.

BRAGGING: Okay, we can’t resist bragging. Last issue’s article by Andy Zipser about reopening his Virginia RV park was viewed by a whopping 112,000 readers within three days. Our poll in Monday’s RV Daily Newsletter asking whether you would, or would not, stay in a campground where a mask was required outdoors had received more than 6,400 votes by Friday afternoon, with more than 325 comments. Wow!

Finally … Don’t miss our new feature Readers’ Pets of the Day (below). So far, more than 250 of you have sent photos of your dogs, cats and other little pals (even a bunny). They are sooooooo cute!

My Roadside Journal

(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)


• Save about $1,000/yr. on RV storage with Neighbor ‒ the Airbnb of storage.


Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

• Pace quickens of parks and campgrounds allowed to reopen.
• U.S.–Canada border closure to “non-essential traffic” extended until June 21.
• Two million jack stands sold by Harbor Freight being recalled.
• Reservations for rental RVs are high – one company reports up by 650% since early April.
• Thousands flocked to Yellowstone National Park Monday – very few followed safety measures.
• Sparks from travel trailer’s flat tire caused power outage and brush fires along several miles of I-5 in California.
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Latest RV recalls • Free and bargain camping locations • Coronavirus News as its affects RVers • Reader survey and much more…



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Last week’s Tip of the Day in RV Daily Tips Newsletters

Boondocking and hiking: Be cautious, stay safe.
How to prevent your LP gas valve from getting stuck.
RV Education 101: Improve your RV air conditioner’s efficiency.
Slideouts operating erratically? Here’s probably why.
Get your feet wet: Rent an RV.



Memorial Day weekend travelers get bonuses

If you’re planning to be out and about with the RV on Memorial Day weekend, you may see fewer folks on the road and pay a lot less for fuel. According to AAA, prices for fuel haven’t been lower since 2003, when the average gallon of regular was running $1.50. Get more details here.

Readers reveal changes in their lives during pandemic

Earlier this month, Editor Chuck Woodbury reflected on how he and Gail had been trying to do “new” things while stuck in isolation. He then asked readers to tell us what’s new in their world. Here’s a sample of how you have been spending that “extra time.”

If you can’t answer these questions, you shouldn’t be towing

By Dave Kendall
I’ve gone from an RV newbie to towing for approximately 37,000 miles in the past five years. I previously had some boat towing experience, but that mainly taught me how to back up a trailer. Towing an RV is a totally different animal. Continue reading, and take the quiz.


Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles

Be prepared for lightning-caused or other RV fires
Is it okay to play Taps in the evening at an RV park? (More than 100 comments.)
Lightweight trailer is made with chicken feathers
RVer wants buying advice. Isn’t it obvious this RV is bad news?
Video: Unhappy campers vent on TV about Camping World


Brain Teaser

Every day the number of lily pads in a pond doubles. If the pond is completely full by the 30th day, on what day was it half full?

(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)


Reader Poll

Do you believe a vaccine for the coronavirus will be available to you in 2020?

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 most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletter:
Would you stay at a campground if required to wear a mask when outdoors? Tell us here and learn how more than 6,400 of our readers responded.


Rent your RV when you’re not using it!
For example, earn up to $60,000 a year renting your Class A motorhome. Learn more.


Readers tell us (What we learned about you last week)

We analyze what we learned about you and fellow RVers from our reader polls and your comments.

Are you taking more naps now than before?
When RVing, how often do you mail a postcard?
Have you been tested for COVID-19?


Go where, young man? More of your RVing dreams

Written by our readers, compiled by Russ and Tiña De Maris
When readers told us of their dreams of future RV travel, we were flooded with both fantasies and clearly plotted-out trips. Here are more of your contributions, which include plans from “newbies,” some California dreamin’, going north, and going (really far) east.

Full-timing doesn’t mean major eating change

Despite the fact that a lot of “high-end” motorhome builders have eliminated the “old-fashioned” oven, it seems many full-timers still eat as much as they did before they went on the road. In a question posted on a full-timer’s forum, a huge majority of respondents said they pretty well stuck with the way they cooked “back home.” How’s that? Here’s a sampling of some of the “menu items” full-timers eat, plus some tips from full-timers Russ and Tiña De Maris. Read more.

Can’t hold your water? Bladder tanks tote it to your RV

So you’ve finally found the perfect boondock spot – but wait! Now you have to move the rig because you’ve run out of water. You could run back and forth with a five-gallon container, but what a waste of time – and what a mess filling the tank. A clever carrier allows you to bring back 45 gallons of water on the roof of the toad car, or the tow vehicle. Read more.


This wonderful, nostalgic book should be your next read… 
Don’t Make Me Pull Over: The Informal History of the Family Road Trip” by Richard Ratay is a wonderful, nostalgic story of the golden age of family road trips. With the birth of America’s first interstate highways in the 1950s came the rush of the family road trip. Ratay and his family were a part of that packed-back-seat, souvenir-shopping, attraction-seeking era, and he’s here to tell you about it. Read more about it here.


Cheery RV decor to spruce up the campsite

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means the unofficial start of summer has arrived! If your campsite or RV’s parking spot is looking a little dull from winter weather, it’s time to clean and spruce it up! Here are a few things we’ve come across recently that we think will bring some cheer to you and your campsite. Check ’em out.

Video: The Rolls-Royce of the future is INSANE

We… we… we don’t even have words! Look at this thing! The Rolls-Royce of the future (from the year 2035, as the title states), is here, and it couldn’t get any fancier. A custom luggage door, a projected red carpet (this part is really somethin’), a heated umbrella compartment in the door, a silk couch and a robot named Eleanor that drives you around? Sign us up! Now, if only they’d make one that could tow an RV… Check it out! Then take our poll.

Don’t make these mistakes around poisonous snakes

By Johnathan David
As the summer months approach, hiking trails across the United States will undoubtedly see an increase in foot traffic and while hiking is a well-loved activity by many, it comes with a few risks. Hikers sometimes risk encountering a snake while on the trail, and this can be especially dangerous if the snake is one of the four types of venomous snakes found in the country. Here are the five most common mistakes that first-time hikers make when it comes to poisonous snakes. Learn more from this herpetologist.


Popular articles from last week

RV park reopens: Owner says “Be careful what you wish for!
10 trucks, all 2020 models, all less than $35,000.
RV Tire Safety: Was your “blowout” caused by parking at Quartzsite two years ago?
RV Coronavirus News Update, May 17, 2020.
Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, May 16, 2020.
Letter to the editor: “Perspective is an amazing gift.
Video: Classic GMC motorhome tragedy!
Hilarious small town crime reports.
RV Shrink: RV migration during a pandemic.
RVelectricity: A portable ECG that could save your life.
Use your RV air conditioner in low-power situations.



Resources

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.

Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by RVtravel.com.

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.

Be sure to bookmark our new directory of RV parks with storm shelters. Tornado season is coming. Check here for our list of RV parks with storm shelters. This could be life-saving information.

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

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.

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


🏕Psst! National Parks are slowly reopening. Here’s a helpful list from Thrillist about which are open now or plan to open soon.


The neatest RV “safe” we’ve ever seen…
Fear losing your keys? There’s no perfect place to hide your keys in your campsite or RV that thieves can’t find. But HitchSafe may solve that problem. The HitchSafe slides into your hitch receiver and locks. When open it is large enough for not only keys, but also an emergency credit card, cash or driver’s license. Then hide it with an ordinary-looking dust cover. Read more about it here.


Ask the RV Shrink

“Bean counter” wonders how much the RV lifestyle costs

Dear RV Shrink:
Can you give me an idea of what the RV lifestyle costs per month? My wife thinks we should buy an RV and start spending months on the road exploring North America. We live on our Social Security checks and small retirement investment. It seems to me owning an RV and traveling all the time is as expensive as living on a cruise ship. … —Bean Counter in Boston

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


RV Education 101

RV Buying Tips: What’s the best floor plan for you?

After you have a good idea of the type and size of RV you want to purchase, you need to look at floor plans. RVs come in numerous floor plans, and you need to decide which one makes the most sense based on your requirements. Here are some things to consider.


Essential equipment for RVers!
Camco TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1163This best-selling product reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and sediment in drinking water with a 100-micron fiber filter. Use it at your campsite to keep sediment out of your RV water tank and improve the taste and smell of your drinking water. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a big discount.


RV Electricity

More analysis of the new SoftStartRV air conditioner device

By Mike Sokol
Just in time for the long, hot summer I’ve hooked up my Dometic Penguin II air conditioner on my test bench (literally) to begin gathering data on the peak current draw of a Dometic Penguin II air conditioner with a stock starting capacitor compared to the same air conditioner with the SoftStartRV modification. You’ll want to read about Mike’s findings here.

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

Taming the air conditioner energy hog. A reader asks Mike if there is a big a difference between 30-amp and 50-amp power, and why air conditioners are such energy hogs.

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



RV Tire Safety

Lug nut torque – Part 1: Why is it important?

With RV tire expert Roger Marble
Here are some YouTube videos on the topic of torque: what it is and how do we measure the force. As an engineer, I sometimes just assume that everyone understands some basic engineering terms, but I am wrong to make that assumption. You don’t have to remember all the details. I am just hoping that when we are done with this topic you will accept our recommendations on how to set and how to check the torque of your lug nuts. Learn more.


Dirty contacts? DeoxIT!
Here’s a comment from our electrical specialist, Mike Sokol: “I’ve used DeoxIT for decades on my pro-sound gear. We use it on speaker connectors, power connectors such as cam-lok and twist-lock plugs (just like RV power), volume controls, gold-plated circuit boards (like in RV refrigerator control boards), etc. There are several different versions of DeoxIT depending on if you want built-in lubricant for potentiometers, or gold contact refurbishing or simply oxidation removal.” Learn more or order.


Building an RV Park

WE WERE APPROVED!

[Editor: Do you think Machelle is just a little excited?!]
By Machelle James
Imagine having someone sitting on your chest. You are paralyzed and you can’t breathe. When AJ and I were getting ready for our Zoom meeting with Planning and Zoning Thursday night, we were just sick to our stomachs. We didn’t expect to be so nervous but we were. What if everything we’ve worked so hard for didn’t get approved? What if selling our home and everything we own to open our campground was in vain? … Thursday night we finally had our Planning and Zoning meeting after months of postponement…. Continue reading.


The RV Kitchen

Hot Water Corn Cakes

A bread you don’t bake. This old Southern favorite was cooked in lard or bacon fat in a black iron skillet over a black iron cook stove. It’s a quick way to have a breakfast bread over a crackling campfire. It’s also good when served with a salad for lunch or a mug of soup for a light supper. Serve them plain or with jam, preserves or yogurt, or go Southern with cane or sorghum syrup. Get the recipe.


The Digital RVer

Scanning documents with your smartphone

Do you sometimes need to scan documents but don’t want to spend money on – or take up space with – a flatbed scanner? Did you know your iPhone or Android smartphone can do it for free? Learn how easy it is to do here.


Stay free at more than 1,040 wineries and farms
With a Harvest Hosts membership, stay overnight for free at more than 1,040 wineries, farms, breweries, etc.! Harvest Hosts is an alternative to traditional campgrounds, where members can taste great wines and micro-brews, eat fresh produce and stay in peaceful settings. (RVtravel.com recently stayed in a blueberry orchard.) Save 15 percent by using code HHFRIENDS15 at checkoutLearn more.


Readers’ Pet(s) of the Day

“We currently have three dogs and hope to hit the road with them full time later this year (depending on COVID-19 at this point). Here is a picture of them on the bed we made in our motorhome. Left to right is Tango, Audrey Cricket, and Murdock. Audrey Cricket was rescued as a stray in 2010 and had to have a rear leg amputated due to an extreme injury at that time. She gets around great now and is a snuggle bug. Murdock was rescued in 2015 when his previous owners turned him over to rescue because he was too much for them to handle at the age of five months. The three of them make quite a pack, as you can see.” — Kris and Gary Steiner, Edinboro, PA

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
• Monday: Molly Tuesday: Riley Wednesday: Shisha • Thursday: Willow and Pandy • Friday: Iggy

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter.

Video: Should you do housework or hang out with your dog?

We came across this video on Facebook and thought we’d share it with you if you’re having a hard time deciding what to do today. Should you do housework? Probably not. What about read a book? Maybe later. Oh, you could take today to learn a new hobby… Nah. Try a new workout? Nope. Instead, by a unanimous decision, you’ll drink wine and hang with your dog. Great plan – we’ll join you! Watch the video here.

Featured pet gadget of the week: The Mudbuster! We saw the Mudbuster in action and were impressed – why doesn’t everyone have one of these? If Fido is always playing outside and bringing the mud and dirt inside, say no more. Simply fill the Mudbuster with water, dip your dog’s paws in one at a time, and voila! They come out clean as a whistle. No more paper towels or wet-wipe waste. Learn more or order.  


Facebook Groups of Interest

Travel Trailer Life
Keystone RV Trailers Owners Group
Remote Work & Jobs for Digital Nomads

PLUS OUR OWN GROUPS: RV Horror Stories • RV Advice • RV Electricity • RV Parks with Storm Shelters • RV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV CampingFree CampgroundsBudget RV TravelRV VideosRV Coronavirus News


Stay free at more than 1,040 wineries and farms
With a Harvest Hosts membership, stay overnight for free at more than 1,040 wineries, farms, breweries, etc.! Harvest Hosts is an alternative to traditional campgrounds, where members can taste great wines and micro-brews, eat fresh produce and stay in peaceful settings. (RVtravel.com recently stayed in a blueberry orchard.) Save 15 percent by using code HHFRIENDS15 at checkoutLearn more.


Trivia

On March 18, 1925, a tornado began its path of destruction in southeastern Missouri through the south of Illinois and Indiana. It covered 219 miles in three hours and killed nearly 700 people, making it the deadliest tornado in U.S. history. It is the longest-lasting tornado on record. SOURCE: AccuWeather

Bumper sticker of the week

Stupidity ought to be painful! —Thanks to Jay Jeffress!

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

Joke of the Week

Wisdom in the Coronavirus Age
• Ladies, it’s time to start dating older men. They can get you into the grocery store early.
• Never in my whole life would I imagine my hands would consume more alcohol than my mouth!
• I can’t believe I can walk into a store to buy marijuana but I have to meet my hairdresser in a back alley with unmarked bills to get a haircut!
• Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended — not so much to prevent coronavirus, but to stop eating.
• Sitting at the bar in the kitchen last night. Tried to pick up my wife. She gave me a fake phone number. (Read that with Rodney Dangerfield’s voice in mind.)
• New command by cops these days: “Come out with your hands washed.”
Thanks to Mark Schaffler for sending these.

Reader letter (we’re including this in this Joke section):
Every day, normally a few times a day, we receive an email like this. We present it here to give you an opportunity to scratch your head and go “Huh.” THE EMAIL:

Hello,
Hope you safe.
How are you doing today?
Hope this email finds you well.
Will be so glad if you can do me a favour.
Thanks.
SPARKY


Worth Pondering

If you want to have a wonderful day, send $10, $50 or $100 to a local food bank. There are millions of our fellow citizens, including little kids, who are going hungry because their parents lost their jobs. You will feel so good if you contribute — helping people less fortunate than you go to bed without the pain of an empty stomach. Here’s where to donate.


Did you miss last week’s RV Travel?

Read it here | Back issues


RV Travel staff

CONTACT US at editor@RVtravel.com

Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Emily Woodbury, Russ and Tiña De Maris. Contributing writers: Mike Sokol, Richard Mallery, Roger Marble, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Social media director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

FOREVER IN OUR MEMORIES — OUR STAFF MEMBER IN HEAVEN, Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor.

Honorary Correspondents: Loyal readers who regularly email us leads about news stories and other information and resources that aid our own news-gathering efforts.
• Mike Sherman • George Bliss • Tom and Lois Speirs • Alan Warren • Gary Gilmore • Steve Barnes + others we will add later. 

Advertise with us. Contact Chuck Woodbury at chuck(at)rvtravel.com

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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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John McMann
1 year ago

Small correction on the snake article. Some snakes may be venomous, but they are not poisonous.

Dan Peelman
1 year ago

I enjoyed reading your story today regarding Kingman. Coincidentally, my wife and I stayed over night in Kingman last Thursday night. We were on our way home to Rancho Cucamonga, CA after visiting family in Goodyear, AZ and Show Low, AZ. I just want to tell you about a very nice RV Resort that we happened to land in that evening. The resort is Fort Beale. The lady at check in was extremely pleasant, the Park was quiet and close to a very good Taiwanese restaurant; Bangkok Thai Cuisine. As you wrote, the weather was perfect. We pondered staying another night, but we had to return to reality after a week of great RV’g and family fun.

Peggy P
1 year ago

Kris & Gary Steiner – You’ve got a good looking bunch! Thanks for rescuing.

Bd2
1 year ago

LOVED the bumper sticker today !

Jeff
1 year ago

This weekend I should be camping at Boulder lake in the Nicolet national forest. It feels weird not too be camping. The national forest has all campgrounds shut down. You can camp on dispersed camp site in the national forest. My travel trailer would not fit into most of the dispersed sites.
Looks like June 15th is when the campgrounds will be open.

Greg Kanne
1 year ago

Nani Carr Pellett
40 mins
I graduated from north Salem High School in 1961. My class ring was stolen just a short time ago by a helping friend. Helped herself. It had 19 on one side and the 61 on the other side so either way you looked at it said 61. Very cool. It’s at a pawn shop in Kingman Az somewhere I suppose.

Jeff
1 year ago

Chuck,
I learned a long time ago that we’re not going to agree with everyone. My favorite saying is this. We’ll just agree to disagree. if someone wants to call me a name I have a thick skin and I can take it.

Athar Khan
1 year ago

Dear RV Fans, hello all,

Hope everyone doing well during these crazy daze. I have a question, regarding electric RV, Tesla announced sometimes ago that their company was looking into manufacturing electric RV, my question is this, is this going to be feasible and doable for a longer run of travel and other factors considered? I would like to explore if any one knows that if this type of RV (100% electric) already being made? What would be sustainability and viability of such RV? Need your comments on this.

Thank you and take care.

Sincerely,

A. Khan

rick
1 year ago
Reply to  Athar Khan

Propane is your friend

Drew
1 year ago

The email from Sparky is missing the part about the trunk containing 4 million dollars in S. Africa with your name mentioned as the beneficiary.

WEB
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

Could be from S. Africa, the person used the British variant of favour.

Tony King
1 year ago

“ Would the rude, obnoxious know-it-alls in the audience please leave! “
Chuck I just read your article from your Soapbox. You pretty much are right on track with your observation of how people can act and present themselves on Social Media/Internet. It’s pretty out of control and I don’t think it’s going to change 1 bit. I just think people who are Admins of their own pages etc will continue to have a tough job that will never slow down weeding out people who enjoy “Stirring the Pot”…and you’re right…in 1 way shape or form we all have done it to a certain extent but too many keep taking to the next level !
May the force be with you is all I can say 🤷🏻‍♂️
When travel all over the USA in our Class B for months and don’t watch TV and have very limited time on Social Media…we surely come away with a much better point of view of life, people and our Country 🇺🇸 ! We have been patiently waiting to be able to “Get our on that open road” again when all this craziness passes

Richard
1 year ago

Regarding the Editorial.

5 years ago I decided to take my wife on a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We had never traveled like that before. Most of our travel before this had been using hotel rooms or staying with friends and family. She was excited about the trip and naturally enough wanted to book all of the shore excursions in advance. I managed to talk her into waiting and booking on the ship.

We took the scenic route to New Orleans for our departure. We stayed in several nice hotels on the way. Once we got on the ship and settled in we read and watched the river go by out of our balcony. We ate and wandered around the ship. The next morning was a sea day. We ate and wandered the ship, sat on the balcony and read and basically did nothing. Our first stop was in Jamaica. We had a shore excursion that day which we really didn’t enjoy for several reasons. After we got back on the ship my wife told me she didn’t want to do any of the other excursions, instead we would disembark for a few hours and just explore on our own. When the trip was over we both agreed that it was the most relaxing vacation we had ever been on. Vacations up to this point had always been run here, do that, hurry up we are late. This was the first time we had actually taken time to wind down and just enjoy life.

Why tell you all of this?

It was the time we had our epiphany that we needed to just take time every year to get out of the house, away from our jobs and relax and do absolutely nothing other than what we truly wanted to do.

Three years ago after discussing it to death we bought our first travel trailer. We took a few trips and realized that it just wasn’t for us. We needed more room, so we upgraded to a fifth wheel. We now have the freedom to go when we want. We do what we want. Sometimes we just sit in the trailer and read all day. Others we watch movies and TV shows that we bring along on a portable hard drive. Once in a while we go find an art gallery or a museum or best of all we load our dog up and take a two or three hour drive around the area.

That’s why I love RVing. I get to live life like I want. I would love to full time, but right now our jobs won’t allow it. It’s not long before my wife retires as a teacher. I’m not sure what life holds at that point, but I am sure that adventure awaits.

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Richard Palmer

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