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Doug
10 days ago

I stayed at the Cabela’s World Headquarters campground in Sydney, Nebraska last summer. $31 for the night, located right off Interstate 80, and no hooligans on bicycles, dog fights or adults looking to go drinking in the woods. And they have the coolest fish tank. And they also have the real estate to build on which is the biggest limitation in expanding the availability of RV sites.

Cooper
11 days ago

Canadian Snowbirds 

Hello all…we are Canadians specifically British Columbians. This time of year I would be prepping our trailer for our 6 month stay in Southern California. With the current Canada USA border closure to non essential travel and pandemic we will not be going and we will be wintering at home.

10 couples who normally stay at the same resort as us, will not be going as well and for the same reasons.

Unfortunately there is no vacancy for the RV spots in warmer spots of BC due to the high demand of people who are not heading to southern USA for the winter.

With more Canadians RV snowbirds not traveling south this winter I hope the RV resort the southern USA like Arizona, Southern California,Texas, Florida  will survive financially as well as the ancillary business we would normal support.

Hopefully 2021 will be a new normal..

Dave
11 days ago

Regarding the couch article. We had a dog with separation anxiety so we put him in a stainless steel kennel, good SS rods through-out while gone. When we returned 3 hours later he was out with teeth missing, ruined kennel, and a big vet bill. We took him with us from then on. He didn’t mind being left alone in the truck, suppose he knew we would be back there. I would submit a pic of that kennel but don’t see a way to do it.

Dry Creek
11 days ago

Actually, those cruise ships you see that are at the ship breakers are quite old by industry standards.
The three in the center of the shot are Carnival Fantasy class ships. The Fantasy entered service in 1990, the next two in 1991. They have what are considered outmoded propulsion drives since they do not use AziPods. While they are still pretty nimble using their bow thrusters, they sometimes are more difficult to turn in the smaller turning basins found in some ports.

The one in the foreground was one of the earlier “Of The Seas” ships put in service by Royal Caribbean. Also quite older.

True, they *were* sailing at capacity before the s***demic, they were still predicted as being removed from service due to their age and lower passenger capacity. Their passenger to staff ration is higher than the newer ships. Economy of scale drives margin.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
11 days ago
Reply to  Dry Creek

Thank you for your ship information, Dry Creek. But why did you have to go and ruin it by using the term you did regarding the pandemic? I just reviewed a video this afternoon by Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, who was killed by the pandemic in April. I had tears in my eyes as I thought of him, and two other friends of mine who have died from it, and the more than a million others who have died from it. Your blatant disregard for all of those lost souls, and all of the others (37 million) who are or have been sick from the pandemic, and all of their friends and relatives who are affected by it, is absolutely reprehensible. Obviously you haven’t lost anyone close to you due to the pandemic, and I hope you never do. —Diane at RVtravel.com

MattO
10 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

How many people are killed by RV’s? Should we make a national issue out of it?

Sorry about your friend but the reality is this virus has a very low mortality rate, there’s no excuse for how people are behaving.

Last edited 10 days ago by MattO
Patrick Granahan
12 days ago

I picked a bad time to be in search of a new (or used) RV. Want to move up to a class C motorhome.
one thing is for sure this too will pass and there will be plenty of lightly used RVs flooding the resale market…..campgrounds will return to normal and we will be telling
stories of “remember when that ******* Virus changed everything back in 2020”.

The motel and hotel dwellers will be quick to sell their new campers when they discover that those Spacious lake front campsites they see in the “Go RVing commercials “
never existed.

In the meantime I will be searching for a lightly used Class C motorhome.
Happy Camping !

Wayne
12 days ago

Regarding the video.
It’s sad that some people are made of sugar and recoil in horror at what is and was an observable fact. There were a couple of “coloured” people in the video!

Matt
12 days ago
Reply to  Wayne

Huh?

Al Philips
10 days ago
Reply to  Wayne

We spell ‘coloured’ as ‘colored’. So take your Canadian condescending attitude back to Richmond Hill (yes I know Richmond Hill) and share it with your neighbours (notice the misspelling).

Robert Bower
12 days ago

Reference article on RV Shortfall. I’ve had my immaculate 2017 Jayco Alante 15k mki 4 sale for 5 weeks. Have not had a single call. Dealers wants for lowest trading price. Do;t understand if such a shortfall why no calls…..

Peter Donahue
12 days ago

Just my opinion but if the Dem’s get into office there will be a lot room at camp grounds because the ” NEW GREEN DEAL” will end gas and diesel.

Jim
12 days ago
Reply to  Peter Donahue

Yep! Can’t pull a 5th wheel or TT with an electric Prius. Dems are ******.

Greg
12 days ago
Reply to  Peter Donahue

This world is one big ship, it won’t turn on a dime. Gas is here for at least 30 years… Some would call me a “green weeny”, I worked on an electric car in College in the early 70s and built a BugE during the gas crunch (then donated it to a local University, I also own some Exxon stock…

Climate change is real the data supports that (those researchers are my customers and they believe it). If you want to see some more good paying blue collar jobs we need an infrastructure build out, “frys the that” won’t get it done.

Your RVs are not at risk and I’m in the same boat as Patrick above, waiting for the glut of lightly used RVs to hit the market… and yes, would love it to be electric or H2, but it won’t be…

Stay well, don’t buy the hype… it’s election time.

MattO
10 days ago
Reply to  Greg

“The data supports that” – the data you read you mean?

Have you ever examined any of the counter arguments?

Al Philips
12 days ago

“What was American life like in 1957?”. Enjoyed the 7+ minute clip. Why did the lead in to the video have the text ‘This fascinating seven-minute video shows what life was like in America 63 years ago, at least in white, suburban America.’
Why does race have to be injected in so many pleasant articles and videos?
Is the author so indoctrinated, guilty, left leaning etc. that he/she must constantly wag that race finger in our face?
I, for one, am sick of it, and am considering cancelling my subscription to RV Travel.
I realize you are from Washington state, but please discipline yourself to avoid race comments. They add no value to what was once a very interesting and informative newsletter.

Matt
12 days ago
Reply to  Al Philips

I stopped reading/watching as soon as I saw that. It’s a shame that certain groups of people believe everything has to be related to a person’s skin color. Please rvtravell.com suspend this person’s employment for a while, no matter their skin color.

Jim
12 days ago
Reply to  Matt

DITTO!!!

sally
12 days ago
Reply to  Matt

People are trapped in the left-right paradigm. Part of this is due to public indoctrination systems, part of this is due to the general publics inability to think ciritcally, part of this is due to the Media Bias, part of this is due to Cognitive Dissonance, and part of this is due to Normalcy Bias. Together it makes for what we see today as the end result. The vehicle it is delivered through is emotionalism which will block any and all real consideration by the left-right brain . This creates a state of confusion and dependency on others(media) to interpret and feed(facebook) those who otherwise dont know how(Public school) or are unable(critical thinking) to discern for themselves the issues relevent to their part of the world in real world context(locally). Until There is little to no incentive to manipulate the general public at large for political gain. This train is going to run off the rails. All one can do is not buy a ticket for that train.

Al Philips
11 days ago
Reply to  sally

Ok we get it. You have an advanced degree in psychology or something. However, most of what you wrote is mumbo-jumbo to most of us. Stop injecting skin color into even the most innocent subjects. Can’t we all just enjoy a look at a segment of 1950s America without bringing in ‘how racist it was’? Sickening!

M.Q.
12 days ago
Reply to  Al Philips

In my last apartment we had a terrible plumbing problem in which the bathroom drain pipes would freeze whenever the outside temps dipped into what was a normal overnight temperature for us in New England. Making it impossible to flush the toilet or take a shower. Whenever we had the landlord’s ear, we talked about this plumbing problem. He kept telling us he was working on it. He said he called his guy, he had just *one guy* who was in charge of maintenance for all of his properties plus his chain of funeral homes. He added some insulation on a pipe? But the drain freezing problem continued to happen… It was gross! I ended up asking the Board of Health for help, but he still didn’t fix it; he stopped taking my calls. In the spring, in order to save face, he kicked me out and the apartment went vacant. I bought my own house, where I’ve lived for 25+ years.

Racism is a problem in the US. Just because you can’t see the problem, doesn’t mean it’s not a problem.

Jim
12 days ago
Reply to  M.Q.

M.Q., missed the point by a mile. Race had NO value in this article.

Matt
12 days ago
Reply to  M.Q.

Racism against whites is a problem, I agree.

Al Philips
11 days ago
Reply to  M.Q.

I’m guessing that you’re a black person and believe that this landlord ignored your requests because of your race. If this is true, you need to get out your own way! Relating incidents that happen to you because of the color of your skin will turn you into a very angry and bitter person. You need to realize that some people are irresponsible and treat others with disdain, without concern for skin color. Did this particular landlord treat others the same way? You don’t mention this. This obviously still eats at you because you felt compelled to write about it 25+ years later. Leave it, forget it and realize that some people just hate everybody! And to your comment. Racism is a problem on this Earth. It is not unique to the USofA! Maybe you need to park the RV and travel outside the US. I’ve lived many years in other countries throughout my life. Racism is in every country on this planet. Is it right? Well hell no! Expand your experiences and realize how good ALL OF US have it here.

MattO
10 days ago
Reply to  Al Philips

You don’t even need to go to another country, if you’re white move to a community that isn’t, let me know how that goes.

Al Philips
10 days ago
Reply to  MattO

The point of what I wrote is to experience another culture and another language where you are, culturally, in the very minority. It’s humbling! Then learn the language and begin to ‘see’ the culture. You’ll see that we are more alike than we are different, and that there are evil, selfish people everywhere. We tend to think that ‘our world’ is the only world, and that it is unique. Travel to a country where you do not know the language. I had the good fortune to live in 2 other countries where I did not know the culture or language. I was in each long enough to learn one language at the rudimentary level, and the other quite well. It’s an eye opener! But be prepared to have your preconceived notions challenged. If accepted as a learning experience, it can be quite educational.

MattO
10 days ago
Reply to  Al Philips

I lived in Haiti for 9mnths, didn’t care for it. I do study other cultures, doesn’t change the fact that tribalism is a thing, I’ll tell you something else, it’s not evil it’s normal.

I agree people should not be violent or anything and yes we all have many similarities, we also have many differences and that’s not a bad thing, in fact without those differences there would be no other cultures to appreciate.

wanderer
11 days ago
Reply to  Al Philips

Because many people, in their nostalgia, like to insist the world was ‘perfect’ in the 50s. And it wasn’t, for those who could serve in war, but not vote or send their kids to a good public school. Don’t blame the editor for trying to deal with reality and be respectful to readers who don’t long for segregation days.

Al Philips
11 days ago
Reply to  wanderer

Your argument has nothing to do with ‘nostalgia’. Please defend the value of adding ‘This fascinating seven-minute video shows what life was like in America 63 years ago, at least in white, suburban America.’ to the description. The statement has all to do with pandering to guilty white people. Who, in fact, most likely have no reason to feel guilty. Why do some people insist on bringing race into every conversation? I don’t want this thrown in my face when I am not a racist and had nothing to do with the events that happened before, during and after the Civil War.

snayte
10 days ago
Reply to  Al Philips

Maybe you are the one reading racism in this statement. The video was shot in white suburban America. You are for some reason offended that the writer pointed out that fact.
Do you not want to be reminded that other people did not have it as well as white suburbanites in the 1950s? 1960s today?

MattO
10 days ago
Reply to  wanderer

No one said it was perfect and when people remember those days fondly it certainly isn’t for the reasons you’re suggesting.

Think of positive day in your life, on that day someone somewhere was having bad things happen to them, should you now be forbidden from warmly remembering that day?

Grow up, that was all ages ago, how long are we supposed flog ourselves, especially since most of us had nothing to do with it.

Russ
12 days ago

Chuck, not wanting to add to your workload, but I have noticed an increase in car, minivan, and van dweller sites and videos. We are planning a 15,000 mile trip next year to Alaska(covid permitting) and will be living in a sienna hybrid (we hope). These campers/fulltimers seem to be a diverse group, good and bad. My question is: are they growing and what impact will they have on RVing?
Thank you for all you’ve done for us over the Many Years!

Ken W.
12 days ago

Clintoons Is it me? Or am I the only one who thinks the Clintoons as not funny, head scratcher, or I don’t get it? Each week, not just this week. A bore. Or just filling up space I guess.

Jeb
12 days ago
Reply to  Ken W.

Its just you.

Dan
12 days ago
Reply to  Ken W.

I agree, but I wont complain about the subscription price.

Dave R
12 days ago

My wife and I just had our first RV experience. We recently subscribed to this newsletter in early summer and interested in buying some day. The discussion on crowds has us thinking about 2 years away. We rented an RV through Outdoorsy this past week and had a wonderful vacation. Went to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the owner delivered to the site (GD Imagine Trailer) so we could experience the living-in vs. driving for now.

Learned a lot, especially what you need and don’t need given you need to make some trade offs for space. One of our dogs loved it. One hated the flies that kept getting in.

Definitely need comfortable spaces to sit. I would swap out the standard equipment that comes even though they spend a lot of time thinking about all the bells-whistles that should be in those la-z-boy chairs. This one wasn’t built to live full-time. I can see how the maintenance would build up based on quality.

Can’t wait until 2021 shows (hopefully) to explore more with a purpose.

Roger
12 days ago

Great newsletter today. “Why couldn’t big box stores offer 50-amp overnight spots for RVers like Tesla does with its charging stations?” Nice idea. Sadly, it’s probably the same reasons many Walmarts and local communities are banning parking lot overnights. You’ve covered that well in this newsletter. Tesla drivers are in and out in a couple hours. They don’t stay overnight. They don’t set up like they’re camping, put jacks down and damage the pavement. They don’t leave trash or try to set up their own private homeless camp and on and on. It’s unfortunate, but too many “RV’ers” just don’t have the common decency and respect that makes something like this work any more. Some of the scenes we’re seeing this year from BLM and National Parks are so sad and disgusting.  If I were running a successful business like the ones you cited, I think I’d focus on my business and avoid the issues associated with an overnight campground.

Firefly
12 days ago
Reply to  Roger

Exactly right. And lets not forget the number of localities that have ordinances specifically forbidding this use of private property if an owner was so inclined.

Matt
12 days ago
Reply to  Roger

like the article said, charge a fee. I would pay $25 a night for a 30amp site in a parking lot. I only need to run one of my AC’s at night, 30 amp’s would work (for me). Maybe at Cabela’s, Bass pro or Walmart where you pay for a site they would credit you a $15 store credit at that store. Also have a one or two night max. I don’t believe there would be an encampment setting up if they had to pay or have their rigs towed if they over stay. Providing the local government is not one the tells people what they can and cannot do on their own commercial property.

Last edited 12 days ago by Matt
Roger
12 days ago
Reply to  Matt

Understand all that Matt. The fee would help defray some of the additional costs like manpower to supervise and maintain the power poles and inevitable parking lot damage, tech support for the hopefully automated check-ins and so on. Then there’s the additional business’ insurance (property and liability) plus changing up the local security arrangements to accommodate this side business. These businesses are already highly profitable sticking to their core missions. I just have a hard time seeing how they would make enough of a profit off the fee and a few extra customer visits to the store to make the additional hassle and liability worth it. More power to them if they could. I’d love to see it spread all over the country. In my experience though, it would be tough to make a viable business case for it. These are highly competitive businesses with extremely refined product lines and financials. This qualifies as more of a side hustle.

Last edited 12 days ago by Roger
KellyR
11 days ago
Reply to  Matt

I agree with Roger (below). I think the liability insurance would be great. Everyone sues everyone for everything. I would think that some stores would have to pay for extra local police for problems that crop up in the parking lots and/or to evict “campers”. One local Walmart was having the local police show up so often just for “regular” problems at their store that the police were going to have to charge Walmart – something to that effect. There is a Walmart in our area that I would not go to shop even in the daytime. No matter which store decided to put in electric, I would think the outside costs and liability would not be worth it.

Tom B
12 days ago

I have been planning to buy an RV and full time for three years now, and this does change things a bit. The surge in buying I hoped would end after a couple of months will likely continue through next year. Scanning the local reservations, Fri-Sat nights are full. If you’re full-timing now, you already know this. If you want to make a week-long reservation, it needs to be months in advance, and you may have to settle for your second or third choice. Otherwise, stay Sun-Thur and boondock on the weekend. As for me, instead of jumping into full-timing, I’ll wait until I get my RV fully boondocking capable before going full time. Comfortable boondocking now seems a necessity. As for RV sales, one can only hope that the lack of available reservations will slow down RV sales.

Mike Whelan
12 days ago

Chuck, We have a question for your snowbirds … With the pandemic in full swing in many of our snowbird states are they staying home this year ?? Our Doctor recommended not traveling this season as we live in a relatively “safe area” and are part of the group (well over 60) that could have real issues with the virus if we contracted it. Just wondering what the take is out there. We have still not decided but we may be snowbirds that are actually stuck in the snow this year.

Alaska Traveler
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike Whelan

We are full-timers and “at risk” health wise. We have changed our lifestyle by staying longer where we can but sticking to our normal cycle when possible. We still plan to head west to the desert for the winter months. We rarely go into any public place, eating at home and picking up groceries from Walmart.

Larry
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike Whelan

We are now former snowbirds… every Canadian snowbird that we know of and have heard of is NOT going south this year… even if they own a condo/park model they are staying home… just not worth the risk until a vaccine is found… and it is still NOT legal for Canadians to cross the CANADA/USA border in any sort of vehicle… so everyone with a motorhome/fifth wheel/travel trailer is stuck in Canada for the winter… just the way it is…

Jeff
11 days ago
Reply to  Larry

Larry,
I’ve seen where some Wissota late model drivers from Canada raced in grand forks and Jamestown North Dakota this year. Ricky Weiss is from Canada and he is racing on the world of outlaw late model series here in the United States.

Matt
12 days ago
Reply to  Mike Whelan

“Pandemic in full swing” – too funny.

Terry
12 days ago

Reference feature article. Walmart is less and less an option. None in major cities allow Overnight parking now. 

Gary Nichols
12 days ago

Good “Editor’s corner”, Chuck. Very interesting.