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Sharon F
25 days ago

How much do you think demand on campgrounds will go down with the boomer generation’s advancing age? As Gen-X I’m caught between 2 large generations and am always interested in how that impacts my generation’s opportunities: work, play, etc. I imagine as the boomers start retiring and we get more job opportunities because of it, the campgrounds will continue to fill until that group moves to settling down again. When we retire, the campgrounds will be completely overfilled and then they’ll start freeing up again around 10 years later?

Les
27 days ago

When we started camping 50 years ago there was no such thing as hookups. There were toilets and a general faucet for water. Paved sites!!!! Come the end of the camping season in the midwest we were happy to have grass. We covered 9000 miles from Illinois through the northern states, down the west coast to San Francisco and home in 6 weeks. Stopping at private campgrounds usually for a week to get the free day. Never stayed in a “fancy” campground. Pulled a 36 foot fifth wheel with a 3/4 ton pickup. Once parked, used maps to explore what we could find within a 100-150 mile radius. Not bad for a pair of 70s+. BTW DW has endured over 12 major surgeries and still going.

Keira B
26 days ago
Reply to  Les

Yes, people complain about the quality of the WiFi in a campground. Funny what people need when they go camping.

Gary Loeb
27 days ago

Please…enough about crowded campgrounds. Are they more crowded…yes. Have you told us they are more crowded…multiple times…yes. OK…we get it. Now please move on …thank you!!

Keira B
26 days ago
Reply to  Gary Loeb

Yes, it is getting old.

Dan
28 days ago

Re; joke about bear bells. They are also useful for identifying bear poop. Grizzly poop has bells in it. 😋

Bd2
28 days ago

I love that surplus amphibious DWK [“duck”, a 5 ton military modified landing vehicle] with the camper on the back. I would buy one today if I could work it out…..tho wife might not be enthusiastic over it.

John Hutch
28 days ago

Reading the Wacky Wacky RV of the week and the one from Cody reminder me of John Steinbeck’s book “Travels with Charley”. Always imagined his rig to look something like that, however it was much more modern. Great read. Heres what it really looked like. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.thecamperbook.com/man-saved-john-steinbecks-van/&ved=2ahUKEwj7_4ajyq_rAhVulnIEHYLmAFQQFjAJegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw2ZOwfZsBjgP4qqQJ6HtBRu

Richard
28 days ago

A question, maybe for Mike Sokol. I met a guy at a campground who said he always uses a paper emry board to lightly scrub the insides of the connectors before plugging in his rig. He said once he had an overheated plug because the outlet was corroded. His wife suggested polishing the scorched prongs on his plug and he decided he would clean the outlet before he plugged in anywhere. He said, when he is done cleaning, he gives a short blow of air to remove any dust residue and plugs in to a clean connection. Makes sense to me, but is there a downside?

Last edited 28 days ago by Richard
Mike Sokol
28 days ago
Reply to  Richard

Probably not the best idea long term since this will eventually make the brass contacts thinner and less able to carry the current. So using emery board occasionally (maybe once a season) should be okay, using a good contact cleaner/lubricant like DeoxIT D5 every time you plug into shore power is the best way I know to keep your shore power plug healthy.

Richard H
26 days ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Thanks. I thought it best to ask before jumping in.

Doug
28 days ago

Loved the Tex Williams song and especially the sound of the needle making music. And you can also sing the words to Hot Rod Lincoln if you want to mix things up.

Also wondering if state campgrounds are aware of people booking sites and then reselling them at a profit. While checking in at Cape Henlopen SP in Del recently, the woman who raced out of her car to cut in front of me, was apparently using someone else’s campsite who “wasn’t using his last couple of nights”. The parking pass was the only thing that prevented her from just going to the site as all the overflow parking was taken and they actively enforce this requirement. They were tent campers. And although the campground was a crowded ghetto, the rest of the park is expansive and uncrowded and has some excellent bike trails and ocean access.

Jeff
29 days ago

I like too camp before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Less people camping. Where we camp between Memorial Day and Labor Day if you come Sunday morning you can usually find a site. On the weekends the campground is pretty full.

Rick
29 days ago

Roger Marble appears to be a well educated man in the area of tires. But before I start bumping up my 5th wheel tires to 15% over the max weight cold pressure (95 lbs vs the sidewall listing of 80 lbs) I’d like corroboration from a couple of tire mfgs.

Mark Elliott
28 days ago
Reply to  Rick

I could be wrong but I think Roger was referring to the tire weight rating i.e. he recommends tires be rated to carry 15% more weight than the mfr. officially lists. I hope Roger or some other tire expert will comment to clarify this…

Roger Marble
28 days ago
Reply to  Mark Elliott

To Mark & Rick It would be nice and helpful if the RV MFG selected tires that would be capable of supporting 105% of GAWR the best we can do is try and get as much reserve load as possible. As I have covered in my blog post of March 27, 2020 and December 28, 2018 on Reserve load sometimes we can’t get there.

When you learn your actual tire loading (ideally each tire position) by getting a scale reading on each axle and comparing that with the max load capacity for your tires you can calculate your Percent Reserve Load (or Load Margin or “Safety Factor). Sometimes even when the tire is inflated to the pressure associated with it’s max load capacity (numbers molded on the tire sidewall) you may discover you have only 10% or 5% or even less Reserve Load. The best I can suggest in that situation is to always be sure your “Morning Inflation Pressure, i.e. “Cold Pressure” is your tire “Max”. I will also suggest that you need to serious about off-loading some of the “stuff” (continued).

Roger Marble
28 days ago
Reply to  Mark Elliott

To Mark & Rick part 2

If you can’t significantly reduce your tire loading then you need to pay close attention to the tire condition. You might consider a 3 year max tire life. Having the tires closely inspected by a dealer that sells the brand tire you use might allow you to avoid having a failure while on the road.

The 15% margin is just an arbitrary suggestion. There is no hare and fast rule saying tires will fail next week if you don’t have at least 14.99% load margin. But you are cutting it close.

Roger Marble
28 days ago
Reply to  Rick

Rick. I’m not suggesting you over-inflate your tires as that will not give you more load capacity. Moste likely you need higher load rated tires.

Daniel Nallon
29 days ago

This year I serviced the motorhome but never un- winterized her. I drove it around the block a couple of times. I am not a fan of booking weeks in advance and deciding if it is time to place the 4 sale sign in the window.