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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 971

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Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 20th year of continuous publication, is made possible in large part by the voluntary subscription contributions from our readers.

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October 24, 2020
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition


Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

The angry comments from some readers last week about Nanci Dixon’s article “Where are all the black RVers? were disgusting. By the time our staff rolled out of bed here on the West Coast, there were literally hundreds of comments and emails. Some readers thanked us for the article but many others expressed anger, even hate. It was bad.

In my two decades of publishing online, I have never seen such a display of cyber vomit over a single, thoughtful article, in this case written by a white woman married to a black man about their experiences as RVers. The comments got so mean-spirited and hopelessly out of control we had to close them.

“I WILL NEVER READ ANYTHING YOU WRITE AGAIN!”

At least two dozen readers demanded we cancel their email alerts — fine with us, because they were the nastiest of all. If we can’t publish an essay that might challenge some people’s beliefs, then I, for one, will just wander out to pasture and hang out with the cows.

What we found interesting and, in the end, became the final straw in prompting how we will publish this newsletter from now on, was when we compared the “hate” mail from our two subscriber lists — the free edition and the far smaller one of our voluntary subscribers, our member-donors who believe this website and newsletter are worth supporting with even a modest donation. Nearly all the mean, angry, hateful letters were from readers of the free edition. It spoke volumes to us about the quality difference between the two audiences.

Our mostly paid staff produces more than 650 newsletters a year: This Saturday edition represents only 8 percent of those. But it’s the one where we post our most engaging and often thought-provoking articles and essays. Consequently, it prompts the most comments — often hundreds within a few hours of appearing.

  A NEW PUBLISHING SCHEDULE  

Beginning next week we will delay the free edition of this Saturday newsletter until 9 a.m. Pacific time — that’s noon in the East. The member edition will continue to go out seven hours earlier in the wee hours of the morning. By delaying the free edition, our Seattle-based staff will be able to monitor the comments properly after a good night’s sleep.

Before deciding on the time change we had considered closing comments (or at least manually approving them before they appeared) on any article that we suspected might cause controversy. But that would not be fair to the 95 percent of you who comment with intelligence and respect.

MY STAFF AND I WORK HARD. We try our best to provide information that will enhance your RVing life. I am disgusted with the closed-minded individuals who are eager to attack us over anything we write that even mildly challenges their beliefs. Heaven knows there are millions of respectful RVer-readers out there (and we attract hundreds each week as new subscribers) who appreciate our hard work and quality journalism. It’s these respectful people who motivate us to always be better tomorrow than we are today and to serve all our readers in new, creative and valuable ways.

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P.S. I am pleased to report that the printed edition of my new book The ABCs of RVing is now available. The book is aimed at aspiring and first-time RVers. It may also be ordered for immediate reading in a Kindle version.

If you are a member of Facebook, be sure to join our RV Advice group. Ask questions, get answers from other RVers. Moderated by our editors.


MEET YOUR FELLOW READERS

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.



Camp365
The Camp365 trailer. The left one is closed for travel, the right one is ready for camping

Today’s RV review…

In today’s review, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Camp365, a most unusual folding trailer. Tony was surprised by how spacious and usable this camper is yet how very towable it is, too. Learn more.

Last week’s reviews
2021 Grand Design Solitude 3540GK • Winnebago Solis 59PX class B motorhome • 2021 Palomino River Ranch 390 fifth wheel • 2021 Keystone Springdale 242RK travel trailer • 2001 Winnebago Hike 210RB

Read these and all other RV reviews by clicking here.


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

Flagpoles: They can be useful or a nuisance.
RV resale: Appearance matters, so protect your RV’s looks.
RV tire storage.
A quick guide to troubleshooting RV furnace problems.
RVers must take responsibility for their own safety.



Clintoons • By Clint Norrell

Copyright 2020 by Clint Norrell


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

Reader photos: Another ugly RV park
I want this! Have you ever seen an RV so cute?
Your fifth-wheel: Leave it hitched or not?
Lonely Mina, Nevada. Not a ghost town, but close
RV Shrink: Campground reservation rip-off


Brain Teaser

A zombie, a mummy and a ghost buy a house. It’s a big house with many rooms, however, one room is missing. Which room is it?

(Shhh. Don’t give it away. The answer is in tomorrow’s newsletter.)



Campground crowding. “I might as well stay home!” and other complaints

crowded campgroundsWe’ve heard from a lot more readers this past week regarding how crowded campgrounds are getting and the negative effect it is having on them and their RVing. One couple plans five years ahead(!). One reader gladly pays higher prices for resorts rather than public campgrounds because they are quieter and better run. One couple, sadly, sold their fifth wheel and F-350 truck two months ago because they’re tired of fighting the crowds. And a couple of readers added suggestions for alternatives to crowded campgrounds. Read this week’s comments here.

Your input wanted on National Park campgrounds of the future

The National Park Service has drafted its “Second Century Campground Strategy” which promises to bring changes to American National Parks. In this video Jason Epperson summarizes the changes the NPS is looking to make for RVers and tent campers. Plus, he shares a little history on the development of National Park campgrounds from the earliest days to a “redesign” in the mid-1960s, and what they may look like in the future. Read more and watch the video, then send in your two cents’ worth to the NPS if you haven’t already.

An easy tip to keep the motorhome warm on the road

By Nanci Dixon
Brrr! It is cold riding in a motorhome in the winter! Granted, we left Minnesota in a snowstorm, so we knew it would be cold, but it is amazing how quickly heat dissipates when it is below freezing outside and the only heat is coming out of the dash. The cold was rushing in from the back and we needed a barrier! Read Nanci’s quick solution here.


AllStays: The best website for RVers! Your membership will become your RV-bible. Click here to learn more


Reader Poll

Have you ever met anyone when RVing who became a friend for years?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. CLICK HERE.

The most popular poll in this past week’s RV Daily Tips newsletters:
How many burners are there on your RV’s kitchen stove? See how nearly 2,500 other RVers responded.


Casino RV camping is “the way to go!”

A few weeks ago we mentioned WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK, as one of our reader’s favorites casino camping spots. Ralph P. shared updated information with us this week about it. And our readers and Facebook group members had some wishes, great experiences and casino camping spots to pass along. Read more.

When RV parts are discontinued, DIY projects to the rescue!

By Nanci Dixon
When motorhome parts are discontinued, it is time for a DIY fix. Our 2017 motorhome has a unique living area wall light – a sconce that was slowly getting dimmer until it only flicked on every once in a while. After several discussions with the RV manufacturer about getting the bulb replaced, it turns out that the LED bulb is not removable or replaceable. Who makes a light that has a bulb that can’t be replaced? And the even better question, who puts it in a motorhome? Find out how Nanci solved this dilemma here.



A perfect fall recipe: Instant Pot Jambalaya with a twist

By Nanci Dixon
My family loves Jambalaya and they love red beans and rice too. With this Instant Pot™ recipe, I decided to take a chance and add red beans to the Jambalaya. This was an experiment that worked! Get the recipe here.

Deer attacks woman. Turns out it was raised by a human

Here’s a reminder about why it is a very bad idea to feed a wild animal, especially one that is large enough to harm a human. This report came from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Even feeding a wild animal in a campground can lead to trouble. But this was much more than that. Read more.

Mug shots: The second batch!

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 looking through your submissions. Keep ’em coming, okay? Here’s the second batch.


Popular articles from last week

Campground crowding. One reader thinks we don’t need more RV parks
RV Review: 2021 Grand Design Solitude 3540GK.
Casino Camping: There are two types of casino “camping,” and more reader favorites.
Where are all the black RVers? Why the outdoors isn’t as inclusive as you think.
13 tips about work camping that will point you to success.
Does windchill affect RV water lines freezing when driving?
RV Review: Winnebago Solis 59PX.
RVelectricity – Updates on Hughes Autoformer, Dometic 12-volt fridge, SoftStartRV on a solar panel.
2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Review: Pricey luxury RV hauler.
Jogger tracked for 6 minutes by a cougar! Dramatic video.
RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): My WAG chart on solar panels and air conditioners.
Campground Chatter: Several new campgrounds opening soon.



SWELL CONTEST OF THE DAY

ABC's of RVingHow would you like to win a copy of our editor’s new book, The ABCs of RVing? 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 RVcontests@gmail.com . We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (October 24, 2020) by 7 p.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 Mike Sokol’s book RV Electrical Safety was Barney Larry Hughes of Gibsonville, North Carolina. The previous week’s winner of the Happy Camper Coffee Mug was Gene Bjerke of Forest, Virginia.


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.

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.


Hitch Ball Lubricant extends the life of your hitch mount!
Protect hitch balls and receivers from corrosion with this high-film strength and waterproof grease. Formulated to stay where you apply it, this lubricant reduces friction, wear, rust, water corrosion and noise. Compatible with any variety of trailer applications like receiver hitches, ball mounts, hitch balls, locks, couplers, jacks, and more. Learn more or order here. 


RV Gadgets and Gizmos

RVer Product Review: A mosquito repellent that works!

What is the best mosquito repellent for RVers? You see this question a lot in the RV forums and it’s something Tony Barthel was concerned about, being an absolute  mosquito magnet. If there’s a mosquito in the county, it’ll find him and bring its friends for a stinging sensation. That is, until now…. Continue reading to learn about a product that works! 


Blast from the past video

Pack-Away, Get-Away camper was big news in 1939

This lightweight trailer (caravan) sleeps four. When returned home after a camping trip, the RV could be easily disassembled for easy storage. We don’t think this would be a big hit today.


It’s getting dark early. Time to clean your headlights!
When was the last time you gave those headlights a good scrub? It’s been a while, huh? Get yourself this 4-piece headlight restorer kit from Turtle Wax for about $7, and have your headlights looking as good as new in less than 5 minutes. It can be used on all lenses, plexiglass and plastic surfaces, and will restore all dull, yellowed headlights. Learn more or order here.


RV Electricity

Get your RV ready for winter maintenance

Dear Readers,
Since the camping season is just about over, I’m including some tips and gadgets that you can use during your post-camping season maintenance time. There’s more to winterizing your RV than just blowing out the water lines. This is a great time to go over the electrical systems on your RV.

So today’s column will include several tech tips on interesting and important technologies that will help keep your RV humming next spring. Continue reading.

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

My WAG chart on solar panels and air conditioners

Hey Mike,
Please help me understand this. I’ve been following your recent articles about solar panels and air conditioners, and wonder if there’s a simple chart you can provide that will give us a hint of just how hard/expensive or easy/cheap this is to do. And do we really need a SoftStartRV to run an air conditioner with a 2kW inverter, or is that just sales hype? I really appreciate your straight talk on these complicated topics. —Doug Z.

Read Mike’s response (and find out what “WAG” is, if you don’t know) here.

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


RV Tire Safety

Things to consider when buying an air compressor

Here are some things to consider before purchasing an air compressor for your RV, including looking for maximum pressure capability and the rate of inflation – and don’t buy more air compressor than you need. Roger Marble explains it all here.



Building an RV Park

Septic system approved! But costs continue to escalate

The park’s septic system was approved through ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality) with no comments or change requests – which is unusual. But why did the park’s soil then have to be tested to 18 feet deep? And the rate things are going, the costs for building the park could be more than $1.5 million! Also, your input is requested to help Machelle and AJ decide what type of fencing to use. All that and more here.


The RV Kitchen

Double Quick, Double Thick Chili

Quicker, thicker chili. This takes a big pot and a big appetite. It can be vegan or vegetarian. Use your favorite beans, preferably one can of each. Need more chili for more folks? Keep adding more beans and adjust seasonings as you go. Make this chili for a big family or freeze leftovers in batches right-sized for your needs. Get the recipe.


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.


Reader letters

Dear Chuck
I am now experiencing the full campgrounds you were writing about as I plan for June 2021 going to the Grand Tetons after Yellowstone. If a park takes reservations, they are all taken. Otherwise it is “first-come, first-served.” So I have to drive to every campground to see if they have a site available! Even the Jackson Hole KOA is first-come, first-served. Driving over from the Aliner national convention at Mt. Rushmore I may return to the Grey Bull KOA as every place I contacted in Cody is full. —Donald Wright


Eliminate gray water tank odors for less than $8
gray-tank-745Gray water tanks can produce nasty odors, too. Using the latest technology in quick dissolving biodegradable tablets, Elemonate deodorizes your gray tank, freshens sink and drain lines and dissolves grease and organic sludge buildup in the drain lines of your sink and gray tank. Learn more or order.


Facebook Groups of Interest

Birds and Wildlife of North America
Military RVing
SUV RVing

Plus, join us in our own groups HERE


Device keeps fresh water tank clean
RV inline tank sanitizerTony Barthel writes: “The RV Inline Sanitizer is the simplest of solutions. It’s essentially a reservoir in which you put bleach and then use a source hose and a delivery hose to fill your fresh water tank. The sanitizer effectively adds the bleach as you fill the tank. It is truly that simple.” Read more about this nifty device here.


Readers’ Pets of the Day

“What do you mean we can’t drive? Mokie and Buddy try to take the wheel on a recent road trip through Arizona…” —Sylvie Whitman

Pets featured in this past week’s RV Daily Tips:
• Monday: Duncan • Tuesday: Annie & Holly • Wednesday: Keo • Thursday: Gem
• Friday: Alwyn


Trivia

The filling of the popular chocolate bar Kit Kat® is made out of damaged Kit Kats! All Kit Kat bars that don’t turn out perfectly at the factory because of air bubbles, weirdly shaped formations or some other issue aren’t tossed out and wasted. They’re ground up into a fine paste to be used inside the candy bars. How’s that for the circle of life?

Joke of the Week

Wisdom: “If we’re not meant to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the fridge?”

Did you miss last week’s RV Travel?

Read it here | Back issues


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 RVtravel.com 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) 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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Carl J
8 months ago

Gee Chuck acts like he’s all shocked on the controversial replies received over a race baiting article. I submit Chuck knew exactly what was coming and as a driver of hits to this web site was certainly hoping for the results. Now acting all outraged over exactly what he was hoping for in the height of hypocrisy.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
8 months ago
Reply to  Carl J

Carl J, with all due respect, you are wrong. You do not have the ability to read my mind. That article was not — I repeat NOT — click bait. It was a legitimate subject that is worth discussing. Open-minded people understand that and perhaps it makes them think a little about what the author is saying. In the old days, the way we learned included listening to people whose knowledge and/or opinions about things differed from our own and then pondered whether they had merit. What an old-fashioned concept, huh? You cannot read my mind, so please do not insult me by pretending you have some magical ability to do it.

Last edited 8 months ago by Chuck Woodbury
Bruce J
9 months ago

I think people are just tired of reading a publication or, watching a broadcast that is supposedly “topic specific” and then being subjected to social or, political commentary. If people want that kind of information they can choose to access it. A good example is what has happened to professional sports viewership or, what happened to Gillette with their toxic masculinity marketing (company ended up with a staggering $1 billion dollar loss). Anytime an organization becomes political they alienate a huge market segment. Never good business.

Admin
Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
8 months ago
Reply to  Bruce J

Bruce J. there are plenty of examples of organizations that are big successes being political. Fox News is a great example. If it were middle of the road, covering both the left and right ends of the political spectrum equally, it would be nothing. The network has succeeded hugely by focusing on building a conservative audience. You can find all sorts of examples on both sides of the political spectrum.

K Zele
9 months ago

I opened my e-mail today to this announcement from RV Travel and I truly hope they read this and ponder what I am about to say. RV Travel stated “We’ve had it! Mean-spirited readers forcing a change in how we publish… [an] essay by Nanci Dixon about RVing in an interracial marriage prompted a huge amount of nasty, mean-spirited comments and emails. It was the last straw for us, and…we will modify how we publish this newsletter to keep the conversation civilized.” I say to RV Travel and all of you, stifling free speech in any way, is exactly what they want you to do. There will ALWAYS be people with differing views, and yes, you may think them as nasty, mean-spirited, etc., but and I do not say this lightly, hiding these type of comments is NOT what this country is about. We SHOULD KNOW where people stand, how they feel and what they think, otherwise we a living in a FALSE reality and cannot protect ourselves from these individuals. I hope you change your mind -Think About It!

Admin
Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
8 months ago
Reply to  K Zele

In the old days, before the internet, people wrote letters to the editors of newspapers and magazines. The editors, most trained journalists, tossed the letters that were basically rants, and published the intelligent ones that actually presented a well-thought-out point. About the only time we delete comments is when they are hateful. We make the choice about what is hateful and what is not. So this is subjective on our part. But I am not going to let stand the rants of close-minded people who call other people names and/or cite facts that aren’t factual at all.

Elisa
9 months ago

Chuck – good job on handling this situation. People who are really interested in understanding the basis of the issue would greatly benefit from reading “White Fragility”. I learned a lot from it and have been in an interracial marriage for almost 30 years. We just started RVing a few years ago and have found only friendly folks so far, but have had plenty of other non-camping related negative encounters, as have our four children, so are well aware of the dangers that can come from just being with your family somewhere where others were brought up to be small minded and uneducated. But good folks such as yourself, and the many helpful and friendly neighbors we have had camping, restore my faith in the good in the world.

michael hayes
9 months ago

Chuck, Nanci Dixon’s bigoted white-baiting remarks and your defense of them are the last straw. I no longer want your material poisoning my inbox. Please remove me immediately.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago
Reply to  michael hayes

You have been removed. —Diane at RVtravel.com

David Allen
9 months ago

Since I am unaware how we can go back and read the comments, I can not understand how people could have been so rude as to require all of this. I also posted on the article because I felt it was an article posted that gave one side to the situation and the writer intentionally blamed it all on race. I did not then and still do not feel that black people are ridiculed or persecuted in general by the RV world. I see families of all races and associate with them alike. The fact that some “shot them the bird” was the writers perception that it was because they were an interracial couple. Maybe they didn’t like people from her state. Maybe they didn’t like families with kids, or maybe they were jealous of the writers rig. They automatically blamed it on race, thereby drawing people into an argument about race. If my comments was one of those deemed inappropriate b Chuck, then I will be more than happy to be banished. We have too many people in this world blaming race for everything.

Bill T
9 months ago
Reply to  David Allen

Agreed. For a lot of folks it’s appears to be their “go to” response for everything. Lemmings are color blind.

Ron Q
9 months ago
Reply to  David Allen

In addition to being an avid RV’er, I manage rentals. I rent to people from all backgrounds. My experience indicates that far too many times a disagreement immediately becomes an accusation of racism, which it is not. My overwhelming experience is that me and my residents go out of our way to accommodate and extend to people of color.

I commented in an earlier post that I think it’s great that the campground community has become much more diverse, WHICH IS GREAT.

I will also opine that I have never stayed at ANY campground where I would have considered it unsafe for ANY individual to be out at night, even for those breaking the rules or the law. The narrative seems to be that we are living in 1850 or 1920 all over again. WE AREN’T. We elected a black president, etc. We need to stop the divisiveness; focus on what we have in common, and not what separates us.

Curtis D Botner
9 months ago

I’ve enjoyed reading this site for quite awhile and decided that after Chuck’s latest remarks, It’s time to step up and pay the small price (voluntary donation) for this publication, I look at it as money well spent.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
9 months ago

Thank you, Curtis! It’s very interesting to me that people either responded to this by becoming new paid subscriber-members, or contributing again — or telling us in no uncertain terms that they’d had it with us and what we’re reporting and to remove them from the mailing list. A sign of the times, unfortunately. But thamk you, and the other readers (paid members or not) who are standing by us in these troubling times. Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Mark Lawler
9 months ago

Thanks for taking a stand for what is right in your publication. I’ve long held the belief that if people were required to use their real names when posting in social media that would wipe out almost all the trolls. However, even if that were true, there would still be bigots and racists out there who would have no problem using their real names to share both their ignorance and racists beliefs. Keep up the good work!

Rosalie Magistro
9 months ago

As a mother in law of a Jamaican and 3 mixed grandsons, I can’t stand the hatred.
I was raised not to see color but kindness and compassion.
There are good and bad in all races.
I enjoy the article.

jillie
9 months ago

Not to start anything but we met a really nice father and son on a camping trip one year. The boy and father were black. I asked if this was a father and son camping trip he told me the wife hates camping and all things with it. You would not catch her in a tent with creepy crawlers. I asked him if he considered a trailer and he said yes but the wife would not hear of it. She prefers her home or a hotel. So I am going with some like it and some don’t. I have seen a lot of asians in canada of all things camping. I never mentioned race but you see more campers of ethinic in Canada then in the US. Weird huh?

Graham Speake
9 months ago

We are getting our first RV in a month. I have read your newsletter for the last few months and used the tips and great suggestions to help purchase the things I need. Reading all the articles has been really interesting. I read the article on Black RVers and thought it was a great article and very well written. I was going to ask my wife to read it when I noticed the comments and was disgusted. I am so glad you deleted them and so sorry this happened. I am currently a free edition reader, but will rectify this shortly. Keep up the good work and do not be afraid to publish articles that are of interest to the majority of us, even if they push the boundaries. We all need to be tolerant of everybody, no matter what or who they are.

MARK SHIELDS
9 months ago

Stop the Mean-spirited readers by only allowing comments by snail mail (no offense to the U.S.P.S). If I had to send this by mail, I wouldn’t have done it.

William
9 months ago

Hello RV Travel – Not sure if I’m a paid subscriber if not I will contribute since I do enjoy reading your editions each weekend! Regarding Chuck’s editorial on rude comments from mostly free subscribers I suggest comments are allowed by “Subscribers Only.” Keep up the great work!

Russ Whitlock
9 months ago

I’m sorry you and staff had to experience so much of the hatred and division that is in our country. I spent 38 years with the National Park Service and we were constantly searching for ways to reach out to people of color. We realized long ago, the future of the national parks was not dependent on white people as the demographics of the nation are changing. Unless the parks, historic places and outdoors are appreciated and enjoyed equally by all there will be no defense of them from those who would tear down, plunder, and eliminate.

Michael Moore
9 months ago

Chuck, I have enjoyed your newletter for years and read it for the information on RVing that your provide. You must decide what kind of newsletter you want to produce: RV information or social commentary. Martin Luther King, Jr. looked forward to the day when Black people would not be judged by the “color of their skin, but the content of their character”. That day has come. Color has nothing to do with it.

tim palmer
9 months ago
Reply to  Michael Moore

It’s his newsletter, he can produce what he wants. If you don’t like to read this, then go start your own.

J Sutter
9 months ago
Reply to  Michael Moore

Sadly you are very wrong – as the fact that he has to respond as he did shows. Times are very difficult right now and color is still a factor in how people are treated. We all see it every day. It is our job to do better, not dismiss their problems because they are not ours. I will become a subscriber and I will do my best to help others in our RV community.

DJ knapp
9 months ago

I am truly embarrassed by anyone that would criticize your writings! If they do not appreciate your articles, they can turn it off. We have also asked the same questions about the lack of black campers, and when I run into some, I always try to help make them feel comfortable being my neighbors, as I do everyone! I also was fortunate a few years ago to check into a KOA near a large metropolitan city, and the sites were mainly black campers. I was welcomed very nicely, helped into my site and shared many a drink and snacks with some great folks. Generally speaking, we all want the same things out of life, so let’s try to go forward with a better attitude toward everyone. God bless America!

Jim
9 months ago

if we all could just live by the simple slogan “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it!”

Jim Beattie
9 months ago

Well I feel bad for all of you that work so hard to make this newsletter happen and to have a few try and ruin it just goes to show you what has happened to this great country of ours please don’t let this get to you there is more good people out there than bad keep up the good work

Gerald
9 months ago

Thanks and much appreciation for how you have handled this intensely sensitive manner.

KellyR
9 months ago

Joke of the week – light in the refrigerator for mid-night snacks. It is all so simple to me now.
The country has become over weight all because of this stupid refrigerator light! There were no over weight people back when we had ice boxes. I just removed that darned light.

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