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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 970


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Page Contents

October 17, 2020
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition

Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

Iam very happy to report that the Kindle edition of my book The ABCs of RVing is now available. It’s actually the third edition, but it’s been more than a decade since the last one. Much has changed and the new edition reflects that, plus it offers even more valuable information than ever. The print edition should be available by next week.

The book is for RV beginners, those just getting started who don’t even know the right questions to ask about buying or using an RV. It’s quick reading and will get newbies up to speed on choosing the right RV (for them), buying it at the best price, and then using it. It provides important information that will keep them out of trouble, both in the buying process and then on their trips.

The subject matter is presented concisely for quick learning. It would take reading traditional advice books or doing research on the Internet weeks, even months, to learn so much so fast. You can learn more about the book or order it for instant reading by clicking here. If you know someone who is considering buying an RV, please let them know about this. They will thank you.

Coming: RV reviews and ratings, 7 days a week

Beginning tomorrow, we will post a review every day of the week of a new model RV, along with the reviewer’s rating and reader comments. The best way to ensure you see each review is to sign up for an email alert for both this newsletter (chances are you are already getting that) and our Monday through Friday RV Daily Tips editions. We kick off the new feature in tomorrow’s newsletter with a profile of Grand Design’s just-announced Solitude 3540GK fifth wheel trailer.

In tomorrow’s issue we’ll profile Grand Design’s Solitude 3540GK fifth wheel trailer.

Most days, we’ll profile an RV from the Big Three manufacturers — Thor, Forest River and Winnebago. But we’ll also include those from smaller manufacturers, many of whom turn out the best-built recreational vehicles in the business. We’ll try our best to provide an honest, concise look at each make and model, pointing out the good — and the “not-so-good” when fitting.

So, again, to be sure you do not miss out on these informative RV reviews, be sure you are signed up to receive a reminder alert for both this weekend RV Travel Newsletter as well as our weekday RV Daily Tips editions.

Wow! Great Mugs

Last issue we asked you to send us a photo of your favorite coffee mug! More than 100 of you have already responded. Our staff had a whole lot of fun this past week getting a sneak peek view of what you will be seeing in the weeks ahead. Keep ’em coming, okay? Here’s the first batch.


P.S. I am thrilled to report that our website,, has topped in popularity in the USA — and with only a tiny, tiny advertising budget. Our staff is amazingly talented and productive. Each of us does the work of five people and we love every minute of it! And that’s why we continue to become more popular! Thanks to our donor-members for providing the baseline support to help us grow and thus improve the lives of RVers from Maine to California, Florida to Washington, and, of course, our friends across Canada and around the globe!

Watch a horrifying six-minute video where a lone hiker encounters a mountain lion along a dirt road. The cougar follows him as he walks away, lunging at him several times, as the terrified hiker tries to escape. All of this is captured on video. We’ll tell you how to act if you find yourself in such a threatening situation. And, no, you do not treat a cougar attack the same as a bear attack.


In our search to know our readers better, we’ve asked that they tell us about themselves. We know that thousands of them have followed us for a decade or more. We’ve met a few hundred of them through the years, which has been very nice. But who else, we wonder, reads what we write week after week? So, please, tell us about yourself! Here’s our next installment of Meet our Readers.

We support you. Please help support us!, and the 650 newsletters about RVing we publish every year, would not be possible without the financial support of our members, those 3 percent of all readers who voluntarily subscribe. Now, in the most challenging time of our lives, your support is needed more than ever for us to be your #1 source of honest, unbiased news, information and advice about RVing. Every contribution makes a difference. A donation of only $12 a year comes out to less than 2 cents for each issue we publish! And when you become a member, you receive a special member-only ad-free version of this newsletter. Learn more or donate.

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

How to use your RV toilet in cold weather.
How useful are fifth wheel king pin stabilizers?
More tips on RV storage.
Watch your dumping operation closely (but not TOO closely).
An alternative to duct tape for quick repairs.

cover storyWhere are all the black RVers? Why the outdoors isn’t as inclusive as you may think

By Nanci Dixon
My husband and I are full-time RVers. We are also an interracial couple with black kids and black grandkids and have noticed that the other black campers are few and far between. Where are they? Why aren’t more black families camping? Where are all the black RVers? While thinking about this, speaking with my husband, and talking with other black RVers, I’ve come up with a few reasons (and debunked a few myths) as to why we see so few black families at the campground with us. Read this eye-opening and important article.

A poem from a reader. Our favorite testimonial!

Reader Dianne Belk submitted this poem to us and we, for obvious reasons, smiled the whole way through. We had to share it with all of you. You don’t want to miss this.

There are two types of casino “camping,” and more reader favorites

Last week many of you commented on the rising costs of casino camping in casino RV parks. … This week, Jim O’Briant from offers some useful information highlighting the difference between camping at a casino’s RV park and parking in a free lot. And more readers tell us their favorites here.

PBS spotlights RV work campers in excellent report

The PBS NewsHour, Public television’s evening news program, recently profiled the growing movement commonly called work camping. Thousands upon thousands of RVers — the number is almost certainly in the six-figure range — travel with their RV from place to place to work. For some, it’s simply to keep busy. For others it’s essential income. Learn more and watch the video.

Campground crowding. One reader thinks we don’t need more RV parks…

crowded campgroundsReaders offer their suggestions to reserve a campsite even via a non-flexible computer reservation system, or finding an available campsite at a campground along a backroad instead of along a major highway. One reader suggests penalizing campers for cancelling multiple reservations throughout the year, and one suggests we don’t really need more campgrounds. Find out why here.

Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

Copyright 2020 by Clint Norrell

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

The weirdest RV you have ever seen. And it’s for sale.
“Abandoned” Seattle RV – Truth is stranger than fiction
13 surprising ways to use Windex
Be kind to your RV batteries this winter
Don’t forget to take care of your RV’s frame

Brain Teaser Puzzle

Spot the poker chips! How long will it take you to find the two poker chips hidden in this sea of pumpkins? You can click on the image to enlarge it (that’ll help a little).

Thanks to PartyCasino for this fun puzzle

(If you can’t find them, we’ll show you where they are in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter. And, yes, they really are there!)

Reader Poll

Have you already decided who will get your vote for President?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. CLICK HERE

The most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletters:
How comfortable is the bed in your RV? See how 2,200 other RVers responded here.

😁 Join the Facebook Group RV Advice. Share tips with fellow RVers 24/7. Moderated by our editors.

13 tips about work camping that will point you to success

By Nanci Dixon
Ever think about work camping? Cutting costs and staying in an area longer? Getting to know more people in a more permanent venue? … My husband is always needing something to do and enjoys having people around, so becoming a campground host seemed like the perfect job while we were [at a campground] for the winter. Learn some great tips from this now-seasoned campground host, and find out what cleaning toilets had to do with the library sale room here.

Does windchill affect RV water lines freezing when driving?

Dear RV Travel,
We were advised by a dealer RV technician to winterize our water lines while driving in cold weather. The claim is that windchill would freeze the water lines while driving. When I review a windchill chart driving at 50 mph in 40 degrees F the windchill is 26 F. It sounds like every time we travel we will need to winterize water lines. —Tim Connors

Read the answer from Mark Polk, RV Education 101

What’s that smell? Pot smoke an increasing traveler issue

By James Raia
RV travelers who rent cars or trucks may have increasingly noticed an unusual odor in their vehicles – pot smoke. They could also be providing the odor with their own smoking preferences. Rental agencies around the country have reported an increase in the pot smoke smell in their fleets. Since marijuana is legal or decriminalized and allowed for medicinal purposes in all but eight states, many drivers believe it’s okay to smoke it in rental vehicles. It’s not. Read more.

How to use your RV toilet in cold weather

Some people prefer not to use the plumbing system during the winter for fear of doing something wrong and risking a freeze-up, and subsequent damage. Others prefer to just use the toilet, and depend on campgrounds for their other needs. Is it possible to use your RV toilet for brief periods in freezing weather? Find out.

Now, use your air conditioner in low-power situations never before possible!
At we don’t see too many products that we go nuts over, but the SoftStartRV is a game changer. Here’s what it can do:
• Run two air conditioners on a 30-amp hookup.
• Run one air conditioner using only a small portable generator.
• Run one air conditioner on 20-amp household current.
• Run an air conditioner or two using your onboard inverter system. Read more.

Featured video from yesteryear

Check out this 1951 double-decker RV, or caravan as it would be called in the U.K. Watch two bathing beauties go about their lives in their home on wheels. Ah, all the comforts of home, 1950s-style. You’ll love this (and conclude quickly that we have come a long way in the many decades since).

New technology can save the day if you lose your brakes!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Have you ever been on the downhill side of a steep pass and had that sickening feeling of no brakes? A runaway RV is a scary situation, and one that some have not lived to tell about. … You’ll often see – but hope to never use – a runaway truck ramp on steep downgrades along interstates. Now, in Garden City, Utah, there’s a new “truck escape system” that doesn’t utilize a gravel ramp but, rather, a technological stopping system. Learn more.

New app enables you to update eyeglass prescription without visiting the eye doctor

By Andy Pargh, The Gadget Guru
Many RVers, myself included, are using motorhomes, travel trailers or fifth wheel units to break the COVID-19 monotony while maintaining social distancing recommendations. … [T]here’s a good chance that you’ve postponed some routine, but non-urgent medical appointments. What happens when you need to update an eyeglass prescription but don’t want to visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist office? The answer is … there’s an app for that! Read about it here.

Fall is here. This hidden seasonal occurrence could spell trouble

It is fall, and the trees are ablaze with color. But changing color isn’t the only thing the leaves are up to. They’re falling. They’re falling straight on top of my slide outs. So are some twigs, a few bird feathers, and a small branch. This can spell trouble! Continue reading.

The world’s lightest trailer can be towed by a Prius!

Check this out! This is the world’s lightest homemade hard-topped trailer. At only 450 pounds, this cute little trailer can be towed by a Prius! Amazing! Read more and watch the 4-minute video.

Popular articles from last week

Top 10 complaints RV park managers have about campers.
What is the future of RVing?
2021 Honda Ridgeline gets rugged new good looks.
Campground crowding. RVers would rather quit than fight!
Pay attention to passing motorists’ warnings of trouble.
What’s a Super Bugger? A VW camper conversion, of course!
SoftStartRV – Run an air conditioner with a small generator.
Casino campgrounds not always a bargain.
I flooded my RV with poop! Will my warranty cover me?
Trucks with no drivers coming soon to a road near you?
Meet your fellow readers, October 10, 2020.
Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, October 10, 2020.
Video: American life in 1957. How things have changed!


How would you like to win a copy of Mike Sokol’s book: RV Electrical Safety? Well, this might be your lucky day! In one of this past week’s RV Daily Tips Newsletters we published a secret phrase. Simply email the phrase to us at . We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (October 17, 2020) by 11 a.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

LAST WEEK’S WINNER of the Happy Camper Coffee Mug was Gene Bjerke of Forest, Virginia. The previous week’s winner of Rand McNally 2021 Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas was Charlie Parsons of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

That’s connected to … what?
The Klein ET310 transmitter/receiver figures out what electrical outlet is connected to which circuit breaker. Plug the transmitter end into the outlet in question, then scan the circuit breaker panel with the receiver “wand” and voila – you know which breaker is powering that outlet without resorting to flipping random breakers on and off. The transmitter also doubles as a 3-light outlet tester letting you know if there’s a Hot/Neutral polarity reversal, open ground, etc., and it also checks GFCI operation. Learn more or order.


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

Directory of RV parks with storm shelters
In case you’re on the road with your RV and the weather report is showing a tornado headed your way, have this list handy.

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.

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RV Gadgets and Gizmos

The amazing disappearing sewer hose. Don’t let it happen to you!

Camco magnetic sewer hose cap

We’ve all seen an RV driving down the road with half the stinky slinky flailing about as it snakes it way out of the bumper and onto the side of the road. This is one of the more universal challenges we RVers face — the vanishing sewer hose. So what do we do to prevent this from happening? Find out.

Having this might save your life!
Reader Bill Jeffrey writes, “Add a marine air horn to your emergency pack. Small, light, cheap, easy to use, and can be heard for miles. They are way louder than you can yell. They double as a deterrent to scare away coyotes, bears, and so forth, and can also be used to re-unite parties that have gotten separated. You can get them on Amazon for a good price. They weigh only a few ounces and easily drop into your day bag.”

RV Electricity

Updates on Hughes Autoformer, Dometic 12-volt fridge, SoftStartRV on a solar panel

Dear Readers,
I’ve been working on several unrelated testing projects over the last few weeks, but don’t have enough new data on any single item to warrant a full article. So I’m going to break this article up into a three-fer with a brief update on each project. Continue reading.

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

Generator carbon monoxide reminder

As part of my series on staying safe in cold weather (you should remember last week’s article on electric space heater safety), it’s time to remind you all about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from running a generator inside of (or even near) your house or RV. Read these important safety reminders.

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

RV Tire Safety

How “strong” of a tire do I need, and what’s Load Range?

Roger Marble found a discussion on Load Range in a forum where the question “How strong of a tire do I need?” was being discussed. Read part of the discussion and Roger’s explanation of Load Range and the “strength” of steel ply in tires here.

The RV Kitchen

Amazing Instant Pot French Onion Soup

By Nanci Dixon    
This Instant Pot® French Onion Soup is absolutely amazing. My sister just bought a farm and her first harvest included an abundance of onions, fresh from the field! Not only that, but she delivered. I knew there was no way to store all those onions in the RV along with the amazing zucchini and squash she brought us, so I made this French Onion Soup. Get the delicious recipe here.

RV Fire Safety

An emergency fire plan that can save your life – Part 1 of 13

Having a solid fire escape plan may help you replace panic with logical, life-saving actions if a fire occurs. Knowing exactly what to do and doing it quickly can make a big difference in an emergency situation.

Most people killed by fires are actually overcome in their sleep from gas, lack of oxygen, hot air, and smoke, or wake up too late or confused to escape. Flames are last on the list of killers. That’s why your best defense from a fire is properly installed and maintained smoke, LPG, and carbon monoxide detectors. Test your detectors weekly to be sure the batteries have enough power and the detectors are in working condition.

Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Don’t buy a portable generator
Use your car’s engine instead. Save money. Save hassle. Learn more at And keep in mind that CarGenerator™ will keep your household essentials running for up to 70 hours when your power is out due to any blackout – natural or otherwise.

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Reader letters

Dear editor:
We really look forward to your stories and updates every day. We saw in our current issue of RV Living magazine that Lazydays RV is buying up many small independent RV dealers across the country. Are they becoming the new Camping World with the lessening quality of reputable, dependable, non-high pressure sales and service dealers? Thanks for all you and your staff do for everyone. —Brian and Robynn Jasper

See Chuck’s response.

Dear editor:
A topic I would be interested in learning more about is building NEW campgrounds. Almost daily someone on the RV forums posts that they want to build a new privately owned campground. They usually ask what amenities people are looking for. My question is how feasible is it for ordinary people to accomplish? … —Kathleen Squires

See Chuck’s response.

Museum of the Week

Photo by @lexivegasrealty on Instagram

Guided Hoover Dam Tour

Clark County, Nevada

Take a guided tour of the Hoover Dam and see it like never before! This tour takes you deep into the inspection tunnels of the dam. Ride the original elevator all the way to the top for amazing views. Peer through inspection ventilation shafts for views of the beautiful Colorado River, and much more. You can also take a guided tour of the power plant, and enjoy 360-degree views after walking through narrated exhibits showing the history and construction of the dam. Learn more on the official website. *Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Hoover Dam is temporarily closed to visitors. 

Something better than duct tape? Yup. 
Duct tape is the greatest thing for on-the-fly repairs of all kinds. But you may want to add Waterproofing Repair Tape to your tape deck. The manufacturer claims this stuff is so good that it’ll stick to almost anything, and it’ll do it even underwater. Read more about this handy tape here. Trust us, it’s sticky, durable, and you’ll want some for yourself.

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Dakota Su is our 8-month-old Shorkie. Her name is from the two places that we love to be at the most. South Dakota in the summer riding in the Black Hills. Lake Havasu is our winter home. She loves to go on rides, doesn’t matter to her which one of our toys we take her on. She loves the Harley, the off-road Jeep rides, and the boat rides. We are getting ready to go full time in the next couple of months.” —Mary Plowman

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
• Monday: Bentley • Tuesday: Maggie • Wednesday: Maddie & Reggie • Thursday: Brandy • Friday: Andy (the bunny!)

Make sure your pets are safe in an emergency. This Pet Alert sticker, wallet card and keychain will inform first responders if you have a pet at home or inside during an emergency. All pet owners need this.


Almost exactly 100 years ago, one-third of the world’s population was infected with the so-called Spanish flu which killed an estimated 50 million people, 675,000 of them in the United States. Most influenza fatalities claim juveniles, the elderly or people already weakened. The 1918 pandemic was different, hitting healthy and strong adults between 20 and 40 years old the hardest. Those 75 and older had the lowest death rate. And, incredibly, more U.S. World War I soldiers died from Spanish Flu than were killed in battle.

Joke of the Week

Q: What’s the difference between a motorhome and a test in advanced nuclear physics?
A: The test is easier to pass!!

Did you miss last week’s RV Travel?

Read it here | Back issues

If you want to have a wonderful day, send $10, $50 or $100 to a local food bank. Millions of our fellow citizens, including little kids, 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. Find a local food bank here.

RV Travel’s incredibly talented staff

Editor and publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Emily Woodbury, Russ and Tiña De Maris. Contributing writers: Nanci Dixon, Mike Sokol, James Raia, Keith Ward, Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, Barry and Monique Zander, J.M. Montigel, Tony Barthel, Clint Norrell, and Andrew Robinson. Social media and special projects 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, who was taken from us by the coronavirus. We miss him terribly!

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 • Steve Barnes + others who we will add later. 

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. If interested, contact Chuck Woodbury at Chuck (at) .

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. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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Rory R
2 years ago

One more comment I read a comment here, that said that if blacks started looking and acting more Ameircan than African, then they would be more accepted. Please describe for me what an American acts and looks like? In 75 years of living and working in America, I have never been able to figure that one out….

Bob M
2 years ago

On the issue Where are all the black RVers? I worked with a black guy. When some one walked by and looked toward us innocently. the fist thing he would say was. He’s looking at us, he’s prejudice. I had an issue one time at the Dr’s office and I didn’t like a policy change and I said you people are always changing things not for the better. Referring to the medical facility. She took it as a racial slur. Which it wasn’t. Sometimes minorities take things out of content when there is no racial prejudice. I think that is happening with black’s RVing.

Rory R
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob M

My SO and I have been RV’ing for 12 yrs, FT’ing since 2015. I haven’t been in a situation where I felt threatened but, there have been situations where I’ve felt unwelcome. As far as looking at “innocent” gestures and hearing statements that had no racial intent, I personally have dealt with these things all of my adult life and they happen so often, you stop trying to analyze each individual incident as they happen multiple times in a given week over a lifetime. I treat each person as an individual and not as a member of some group. But do not get the same courtesy in return. You won’t see me “camped” in a National park campground because of the size Rig I chose, plus in season those campgrounds are noisey and crowded. I have visited 24 different nat’l parks though. One more thing before I go, do you think, flying a confederate flag is a “innocent” gesture. One day you might run upon an NAARVA rally and wonder where did all the black folks come from. We are here living the lifestyle.

2 years ago

Tired of negative words about my country. Here is the heart of our country!
On November 22,1963, president Kennedy was assassinated, and these words were in the speech he was going to deliver:
“We in this country, in this generation are, by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “” peace on earth, goodwill toward men.”” That must always be our goal. For as written long ago, “” Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.””

Build people up and your news letter will prosper!!!!

2 years ago

Is it just happening to me, or has anyone else noticed this? When I +\- or like/dislike someone’s comment, I get erratic results. Sometimes the previous number does not change, other times it jumps by two or three. When the number did not change, and I try again, it says I already voted. But if I try to vote the other direction on the same comment it will now change the total. This makes the results misleading. I’m sure everyone would prefer a correct tally.

2 years ago
Reply to  Rod

Just get it out of your mind that you are the only one voting, think about it.

2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

Sorry, not buying that. Happens much too often to be the case. Just wanted to bring to the attention of the moderator what I noticed.

tim palmer
2 years ago
Reply to  Rod

That was happening to me a few weeks ago. It seems to have stopped this week.

Gary Swope
2 years ago

 RV reviews and ratings, 7 days a week. Don’t forget truck campers, please.

2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Swope


2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Swope

Gary, thanks for adding this suggestion.
I’m another happy Truck Camper Owner.

D Haley
2 years ago

Don’t do a story on the mountain unless it’s going to match what’s be aired. Unless you want to title it something like “Idiot and wildlife”. Actually I wouldn’t publish it at all. Let it be and move on and not engage stupidity.

Jack Fetterman
2 years ago

please give me a break…..I read this newsletter for info on RVing and enjoy the content.

RESPECTIVELY….Please (!) take the social justice stuff to another forum. I guess I’m just tired of it being constantly shoved down my throat.

Gary Byler
2 years ago
Reply to  Jack Fetterman

What article is about social justice? What did I miss?

Al Philips
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Byler

You did miss it!
“Where are all the black RVers? Why the outdoors isn’t as inclusive as you may think.”

Gary Byler
2 years ago
Reply to  Al Philips

well, I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder. I didn’t see anything in the article that was advocating for any social stance one way or the other. It reflected the opinion that some people do not feel secure camping for reasons of their own. Such as I have spoken with quite a few white people that have felt insecure boondocking. Is that a social stance?

2 years ago
Reply to  Jack Fetterman

Thanks for that. I kept quiet not wanting to sound “racist “. I come here for enjoyment. Like when I camp. To get away from all the bs. Now it’s here too. It’s ruined sports for me forever. Not gonna let it ruin camping for me.

Nancy Clouse
2 years ago

I found the poker chips in less than a minute!!

Matt Johnson
2 years ago
Reply to  Nancy Clouse

I’m normally quite quick at finding these types of things, but I did not see a $5, $10 or $20 denomination on any of them.

Al Philips
2 years ago you have abandoned RVing for Social Justice. Your newsletter is no longer of interest to me. I have enjoyed the newsletter for years because of informative and often amusing articles targeted to RVers and RVing. IMO, the newsletter has bowed to the West Coast leftists who manage the newsletter and has become a hum-drum slanted newsletter that now espouses borderline support of BLM. Too bad.
Now you’re censuring comments with the euphemism ‘Waiting for Approval’. You’ve become disgusting by abandoning RVing.
I enjoy RVing for the opportunity to escape vile politics and social justice warriors. You’ve become like the NBA and NFL.

2 years ago
Reply to  Al Philips

Al, It appears to me that it is the readers that somehow turn a poll “what color is your RV” into some sort of something to argue about rather than RVTravel. On the other hand it gives me an insight of where the USA is today – like it or not.

Al Philips
2 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

This newsletter is called I read in order to get information about the latest news, articles and humor about RVing. I never read it in order to be told that black RVers somehow are reluctant to RV because of perceived or real racism. I’m sure many of us who are not black have been greeted at a campground by a rather surly owner who gave the impression he/she would be happier if we weren’t there! This has happened to me many, many times. Did I chalk it up to racism? Of course not. I chalked it up to the owner being a real anti-social jerk who hates everybody! We as a country need to get past every little thing upsetting us, and realize that not every action by someone else is aimed at us personally. Some would call this narcissism.

Gary Byler
2 years ago
Reply to  Al Philips

What are you commenting about? What social justice article?

Al Philips
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary Byler

“Where are all the black RVers? Why the outdoors isn’t as inclusive as you may think.”

Gary Byler
2 years ago
Reply to  Al Philips

To them it’s apparently not as inclusive as you may think. That’s their opinion, they are not jamming it down anyone’s throat.

Gary Byler
2 years ago
Reply to  Al Philips

We as a country need to get past every little thing upsetting us, and realize that not every action by someone else is aimed at us personally. “

Steve Stanton
2 years ago

Excellent article by Nancy Dixon. Thank you

2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Stanton

Too bad the comments have been turned off and then later the total number of comments had decreased. Seems to happen when there is a story on guns, politics or Camping World, now “this” kind of story. Oh, I guess it did have a RV slant to it.

Karin S.
2 years ago

Regarding the cougar. Ive read a few different articles about this. It appears the cougar was protecting her cubs and not “stalking” the hiker. Ive seen too many times folks not being smart and respecting wildlife; like walking away immediately. The bear video comes to mind. Folks seem to want to take a video instead of getting the heck outta there. Taking a video would have been the last thing on my mind. That alone should be a clue.

Tom Fitch
2 years ago
Reply to  Karin S.

You’re right. I’ve seen this video and the lion was not “stalking” the guy at all. She just wanted him to leave. If he had kept on his way instead of insisting on getting the video, this would have never been a news story at all. I hope RV Travel will revise how they write this story up for tomorrow. Vilifying the lion does no good at all for anybody.

Jim Van Riper
2 years ago

Hi Chuck. Was reading your newsletter this morning and saw that you were publishing an article on that cougar that “stalked” a jogger last week. I am leaving to go R/V’ing in McCall, Idaho for a week – leaving early tomorrow morning so won’t have time to read that article and make my comment before I leave (will read it when I get back home in a week and have internet access). Just wanted to inform you of an article that I saw several days ago that may clear some of this incident.

Did a cougar ‘stalk’ a hiker in viral Utah video?  Here’s what experts say happened
BY MADDIE CAPRON / OCTOBER 14, 2020 02:48 PM, 

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