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Sunday, October 3, 2021
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Did you miss yesterday’s edition of the RV Travel Newsletter? If so, it’s here.




New lender in RV loan arena gives new finance options to buyers

There’s a new player in the recreational vehicle loan arena and its entry has the potential to turn traditional RV financing on its ear. Outdoorsy, one of the young-but-established leaders in the RV peer-to-peer rental business, announced a new partnership with Lead Bank to bring new finance options to RV buyers. The new partnership would give all RVers – not just those using Outdoorsy’s rental platform – another quick option other than traditional financing offered by dealers. Learn more.

RV industry leaders meet to explore improving RVers’ experiences

A quiet meeting held two weeks ago outside Denver could lead to significant impacts on your future RVing lifestyle. The RV Industry Association brought together movers and shakers in both the RVing and camping industries to establish a new, ongoing forum designed to “find common ground and synergies to significantly improve the consumer’s camping and RVing experiences,” RVIA said in a news release. Continue reading.

Campground Crowding: Having an RV the size of a house is NOT camping

RV sales have skyrocketed and more people than ever are taking up RVing. The result is campground crowding like never before! In this weekly blog, RV Travel readers discuss their experiences. This week new RVers are discouraged by crowded campgrounds before they can even get started RVing, and veteran RVers are hanging up the keys. However, others are still reporting no problems getting reservations. One reader laments: “How can anyone consider themselves as campers when they are practically carrying a small hotel room behind a super-sized truck that’s getting 10 miles per gallon?” Others discuss “demand pricing” and full payment in advance for reservations. Read all these and more here. And if you have anything to contribute to the discussion, whether to vent or offer tips, there is a form provided for your input.



Today’s RV review…

In today’s review, industry insider Tony Barthel looks at the updates to the 2022 Keystone Cougar 355FBS. Tony writes, “Overall I like this floor plan more than I did last year. But, even more, I like seeing companies that continually improve their offerings….” Read more and see what’s new in this RV.

Yesterday’s review: KZ-RV Connect SE C321BHKSE

Last week’s reviews:
2022 Keystone Bullet Crossfire 1900RD travel trailer
Bruder EXP-6 trailer, a deal at $200,000
Tiny Honda N-Van Compo camper
2022 Sabre 37FLL fifth wheel
2022 Jayco Terrain Class B van

Read all other RV reviews by clicking here.


 RV Consumer Support 

Help RVtravel.com build a database of reliable RV repair services

Imagine you are towing your travel trailer, or motoring your motorhome, in unfamiliar territory. You’re thousands of miles from “home” and that dreaded “Check Engine” light comes on. Is it a serious problem or something you can skate through until you get back to a familiar mechanic? Perhaps RVtravel.com can help. As part of our RV Consumer Support efforts, we’d like to build a database of places you know to be reliable. Learn more.

 Guest essay 

Ex-RV park owner has no regrets for selling: Stress was too much

The last time Andy Zipser wrote for RVtravel.com, in early June, it was to explain why, after eight years, he and his family had just sold their Virginia RV park. Now, 4 months later, he’s writing to say that he has absolutely no regrets. Why? He explains why. For RVers, it serves as an eye-opener to what could become a much diminished camping experience for them in the future.


That was the RV week that was

September 26 – October 2, 2021

Another record month for RV manufacturers. Despite supply chain woes and parts shortages, the RV manufacturing industry just keeps on cranking out new units. The RV Industry Association is reporting another record month for RV factory shipments in August, with 52,819 going out the door. That’s up 33.8% compared to the 39,489 units produced in August 2020. It’s the second most units ever shipped in a single month, behind only March 2021. “The RV industry has set a new monthly shipment record for ten straight months as RV manufacturers and suppliers work together to meet the sustained demand from RV consumers,” said RV Industry Association President and CEO Craig Kirby. “The substantial interest in Class B motorhomes reflects the younger, first-time buyers who are a big part of the surge in RV sales.”

My kingdom for a litre of gas. You may not be happy about the slowly climbing price of fuel, but at least you aren’t likely to have much trouble finding it. In the United Kingdom, a shortage of tanker truck drivers is forcing the government to consider calling in the military to help deliver fuel to service stations. Many stations were closed last week when they flat ran out of petrol. That, if course, triggered a spat of panic buying at stations that still had gas. The driver shortage was triggered in part by England’s exit from the European Union, which forced many foreign truckers to leave England and return to the Continent. The British government has issued 5,000 temporary work visas to foreign truck drivers in order to get things flowing again.

Keep your eyes open in Texas for very prehistoric-looking Texas horned lizards, one of more than 1,300 species of concern across the state. Last month, a coalition of zoos and wildlife scientists released 204 captive-raised “horned toad” hatchlings into the wild. New evidence this year shows that previously released lizards are now reproducing. Biologists remain optimistic that continued research and restoration work will ultimately lead to self-sustaining wild populations of the cute mini dinosaurs.

More campsites ignite concerns over wildfires. California is considering adding more than 200 new campsites in the Auburn State Recreation Area near Sacramento, and that has area residents very concerned about the threat of additional wildfires. The area currently has 36 campsites, and the new proposal calls for 250. “The impact of more people is more risk of wildfire,” said John Michelini, president of the board of directors of the Foresthill Fire Protection District. The district is opposed to the added campgrounds and says it will put people who live in the community at risk, not only from increased risk of wildfires but by overcrowding evacuation routes.

Illegal camping vans chased off of Manhattan.

Illegal vans used for “glamping” in NYC. Last week, New York City authorities put the kibosh on an illegal Airbnb glamping van rental operation on New York City streets. The vans were being advertised on Airbnb for less than $100 a night. “Glamp in a spacious camper Van in NYC!” the New York Post reports the listings read. A NYC traffic enforcement agent noticed the vans had expired New Jersey plates and registrations. Some of the registrations had expired more than two decades ago. An investigation by the NYPD and the local Sheriff’s Office ended with the vehicles being removed from NYC streets.



You could win this travel trailer!

You can win a travel trailer and help kids with cancer. Rollin’ On TV is raffling off a Super NO BO 2 travel trailer – and the real winners are going to be children fighting for their health. The customized trailer is currently at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana. Special features include solar power, air conditioning, and a water filtration system. It also comes with a two-man kayak. Raffle tickets are $20, and the proceeds will go to benefit Care Camps, which stages camps for children with cancer. “These kids with cancer can enjoy the outdoors with other kids that have similar illnesses,” said Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame. “And forget about their illnesses and enjoy the outdoors, it’s worth every penny.” Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. Ticket sales end October 25th, with a winner chosen October 29th.

It’s all profit for world’s largest RV manufacturer. THOR Industries Inc. is still riding the huge wave of interest in RVing. The world’s largest manufacturer of RVs reported $230.2 million in fiscal fourth-quarter profits. THOR posted total revenues of $3.59 billion for the quarter, far surpassing the estimates of Wall Street experts. For the year, THOR Industries has gathered total profits of $659.9 million on revenues of $12.32 billion.

That’s a lot of no parking signs. The city of Mountain View, California, has spent $1 million to install “No Oversized Parking” signs along city streets. The signs are intended to quell the flood of “rolling homeless” folks living in RVs on the city’s streets. A count made in July 2020 found 191 RVs along the streets, and another 68 parked in a city-run lot. Mountain View voters passed a ballot measure in November 2020 to ban the street parking, but the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley filed a class action suit against the city, arguing the ban was discriminatory and unconstitutional.

North Fruita Desert Campground. Campgroundviews.com photo

BLM campground near Grand Junction, CO, now taking reservations. The North Fruita Desert Campground will be accepting reservations for overnight camping beginning October 4. Over the past few years, staff has seen the campground exceed capacity on a regular basis. Especially with a recent addition of an event area built in the lower campground area, the request for campsites has increased exponentially. The BLM will begin implementing this online reservation system to help manage the increased popularity and use of the area, and also to ensure that visitors have a campsite prior to arrival.

The Atlis XT prototype e-truck.

Yet another e-truck planned. Four years ago, a firm called Atlis announced it was going to build an electric pickup truck. Last week, it showed off its prototype vehicle, called the XT. Atlis is promising the truck will have a 500-mile range, and be able to recharge in just 15 minutes using a 1.5 megawatt charge port. The company is also claiming the pickup will haul up to 20,000 pounds with a traditional hitch, or up to 35,000 pounds in a fifth wheel setup. They also say the truck can handle payloads of up to 5,000 pounds.

One Airstream Bambi and you’re in business.

An Iowa couple decided to start their own small-scale RV rental business. Their business is called Away In An Airstream and is also available on the Outdoorsy peer-to-peer rental service for about $250 a night. They are renting their small Airstream Bambi. The North Liberty, Iowa, couple will deliver the trailer anywhere within 40 miles of their home. Renters can also come and tow it away themselves. So far, the rig has visited Vermont, the South Dakota Badlands, as well as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.



Push button pizza, coming soon.

It’s only a matter of time before you’ll knead this. In recent years, as campgrounds have tried to find efficient ways to provide food service to campers not interested in cooking over a fire, pizza has emerged as an easy, fast, and viable option for park owners. Well, there’s a new player on the horizon, and you won’t see this one tossing dough into the air. There’s a new company called “Piestro” that has automated the pizza-making process into a vending machine. Yep, you read that right. It’s a robotic pizzeria that will make artisanal pies at a fraction of the cost of your traditional pizza place. The entire concept is still in the build-out stage, but this robot apparently works just great. Piestro has already received $580 million in commercial pre-orders, so it’s likely only a matter of time before one of these shows up at an RV park near you.

Photo illustration by couponsinthenews.com

What’s in a name? Dollar Tree might be in the market for a new moniker. The 35-year-old retailer of all things $1 or less announced last week that it would be expanding its store offerings to include more items in the $1.25 to $1.50 range. Up until now, Dollar Tree had been sure to shelve any higher priced items in their stores in their “Dollar Tree Plus” section, but last week’s announcement means you can’t count on just $1 items throughout the store anymore. The move is being blamed on higher product costs and, yes, even the supply chain woes. They are the last to break the $1-only barrier, following others like Five Below, Dollar General and Family Dollar (which is owned by Dollar Tree).

It’s time for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! If you find yourself rolling around the Southwest this week, you might want to take in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is the “big one” for balloon aficionados. The Fiesta is back bigger than ever for 2021 and runs for nine days, from Oct. 2 to Oct. 10. The number and types of special events scheduled during the event just keep growing. There are balloon “rodeos,” twilight glows, and Mass Ascensions that just have to be seen to be believed. Read more.

Waterloo, IA, park plans also opposed by neighbors. A plan to annex 73 acres of Black Hawk County land into the city of Waterloo, Iowa, is being recommended for denial by the local zoning board. The plans call for 179 full-hookup RV sites, 200 water and electric sites and 230 tent sites at the proposed park. The general manager of the existing Lost Island Waterpark KOA Resort said a new park isn’t needed, since he hasn’t been able to fill his park despite offering discounted tickets to the local Lost Island Waterpark. “This would split the available demand further,” said park manager Matt Abben. A petition against the planned park has garnered 254 signatures from neighbors.

Coshocton KOA Holiday adds fall festival to corn maze. The popular McPeek’s Mighty Maze at the Coshocton KOA Holiday in Ohio is adding a Fall Festival to the activities at the park. The event still features the five-acre corn maze, along with live music, craft vendors and family entertainers. The festival goes from noon to 7 p.m. on Oct. 2, 3, 9 & 10. The latest allowed entry will be 5:30 p.m. General admission is $8 in advance or $14 at the gate. For more info, click here.

The end of September usually isn’t prime time for RV sales in Canada. RV dealers in Victoria, British Columbia, are reporting record sales for September that are emptying out RV lots throughout the province. “They want to do something, they want to get out there, so they are traveling and they’re going to do it in an RV,” says Silvia Thistle-Miller, the owner of Triangle RV Centre. “They aren’t traveling to Disneyland or going places like that so they’re going to go camping and take their kids in a bunk-model trailer.” RV parks are also reporting that open-all-year campgrounds in British Columbia are booked solid throughout the winter months.



Is this your RV?

If it’s yours and you can prove it to us (send a photo for comparison), tell us here by 9 p.m. Pacific time today, October 3, 2021. If it’s yours you’ll win a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

If this isn’t your RV, send us a photo of your RV (if you haven’t already) for a chance to win in future issues.

Last week two readers claimed their $25 Amazon gift card: Tim Nowak of Elkhart, Indiana, and Matthew Edwards of Sulphur, Louisiana.

We’ll have another photo in tomorrow’s RV Daily Tips newsletter (sign up to receive an email alert so you don’t miss the issue or those that follow). Some of these photos are submitted by readers while others were taken by our editors and writers on their travels around the USA.



Reader poll

Roughly how much of 2022 do you estimate you will occupy your RV?

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


We’ve also heard …

Everything but the yodel. California designer and artist Barry Stimson decided to give his Fiat Ducato a “different” look by adding a chalet exterior to his camper van.

Supply chain is upside down Down Under, too. Just in case you think RV parks and manufacturing supply chain issues are unique to the U.S., here’s a story about the very similar problems currently plaguing the “caravan” industry Down Under. Click here for this Australian update.

Maryland governor creates Office of Outdoor Recreation. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined several other governors in the U.S. in creating a new Office of Outdoor Recreation to help guide development in the state. Newly hired J. Daryl Anthony will serve as the department’s first executive director.

Hey, Dude. Here’s a VW van for ya. For those of us who have been “into” building scale models since we were tykes, LEGO has created a new set of bricks that allows you to build a desk-size version of a classic Volkswagen T2 camper van. It comes with 2,207 pieces and measures more than 13.5 inches long.

Black bear loses to car in Glacier NP. A healthy black bear was struck by a car along the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park recently. The bear’s injuries were judged to be unsurvivable, and the bear was destroyed by park rangers.

This RV wreck in England is going to leave a mark.

They don’t mess around in England. A drunk driver who flipped his motorhome along the M60 Highway near Manchester, England, has been banned from driving for 28 months and ordered to do 150 hours of community service.


Roadside Emergency Assistant Kit – Every RVer must have one!
This 110-piece Roadside Emergency Assistance Kit should be a requirement to have for all RVers. The kit is for cars and RVs, so you’ll always be safe. The kit includes a 64-piece First Aid Kit, Heavy Duty Jumper Cables, Heavy Duty Tow Strap, Emergency Blanket, 11-In-1 Multi-Tool, Flash Light, Bungee cords, Magnesium Fire Starter, Roadside Warning Sign, Roadside Emergency Tools and much more. Learn more or order (seriously!).


Candle ignites RV in Utah Walmart parking lot. An RV fire in a Walmart parking lot in Sandy, Utah, left a local man severely burned and two of his pet cats dead. Fire crews found the RV fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at the Walmart lot. The victim told firefighters that he was working on some mechanical issues on the rig and using a candle as a light source. The candle was the apparent cause of the blaze.

Kinda creepy and kooky.

Behind the scenes at the Addams Family video shoot. Last week, we told you about a cute promotional video produced by Go RVing that promotes the upcoming “Addams Family 2” movie. The video shows actual campers reenacting the classic Addams Family theme song. One of the participants in the video also did a “behind-the-scenes” video of his own that shows what went into the production. It’s pretty interesting. Click here to give it a look.

Check out this young lady’s safety tips for solo travelers.

Traveling light, and solo, safely. Nicole Jordan has been traveling on her own for the past two years, sleeping and living out of her Subaru Forester. She’s got some expert advice for things single travelers can do to keep themselves safe. Click here to read what she has to say.

Ways to travel green. If you’re looking for ways to lower your carbon footprint while you RV, a website called EcoWatch.com has some tips. Give them a look by clicking here.

One of many RV fires this week.

RV parked in residential area goes up in flames. Firefighters weren’t able to save a large fifth wheel RV that became engulfed in flames last week while parked near a home in Gerber, California. They were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings, but the RV was a total loss.

Update: John Burg was found Saturday afternoon and taken to a hospital for evaluation.
John Fiske Burg, 79, has been missing
since Wednesday in Zion National Park. He told other hikers he planned to hike the Canyon Overlook Trail. He’s 5 feet 9 inches, 220 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a light yellow shirt, shorts, a white visor hat with a neck guard, black and red Salomon hiking shoes, and he was carrying a dark backpack with a two-way radio hanging from the left shoulder strap. Have info? Call 1-888-653-0009 or submit a tip at go.nps.gov/SubmitATip.

Neighbors fighting new RV park in Utah. Several homeowners living near a proposed new RV park in Smithfield, Utah, say they don’t want the campground in their neighborhood. They raised concerns about safety and increased traffic last week. The plans call for an 80-site RV park. The park proposal goes before the Cache County Planning Commission this week.

Woman escapes uninjured after RV fire on highway. An RV burst into flames along Highway 178 near Bakersfield, CA, last week just after the owner had stopped for fuel. She was able to pull the RV to the side of the road and get out before a series of small explosions demolished the rig.

Stolen RV gets wrecked in police pursuit. A North Carolina man is in jail after stealing an RV from an RV rental lot and leading police on a chase down I-75 near Forsyth, GA. The owner of the RV was able to track the rig using a GPS locator. Police took up the chase and used a PIT maneuver to force the rig off the road. The RV overturned near a rest area.


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How do we not own this?! How do you not own this?! Holy vegetables this is handy!


Indiana Dunes beaches back in business. The National Park Service has reopened the waters of all beaches at Indiana Dunes National Park. The National Park Service had closed the park’s water after an unknown, rusty-colored discharge was seen coming from the U.S. Steel plant in Portage, Indiana, on Sept. 26.

Mice blamed for RV park fire. Mice chewing on the wiring for the refrigerator are being blamed for a Sept. 22 fire in Olney, Texas, that destroyed an RV at the Over Yonder RV Park. Quick action by the Olney Volunteer Fire Department was credited to limiting the fire to a single unit.

A sign of happy neighbors.

Plans scrapped for new RV park near Tucson. Plans for a proposed 200-site RV park in the Picture Rocks area near Tucson have been canceled. The developer decided to pull the plug after a high level of outrage from the local rural community. A sign posted in front of the proposed site after its cancellation reads “Hallelujah.”


HAVE YOU SEEN THESE STOLEN RVs?

A couple of creeps (OK, a couple of men) stole this 2018 nüCamp T@B 320 from behind a dance studio in Sandy, Oregon, sometime early on September 20. The rig is white with silver trim. Owner Laurie Smith is heartbroken, not only at the loss of the trailer, but she was using it to relocate, and so it was filled with personal items along with plenty of memories. The VIN code is visible on the outside of the unit, and the last 7 digits of the VIN are S002422. When she last saw the trailer, there was a Gerzeny’s RV World, Lakeland, Florida, sticker on the rear of the rig. Know something? Call her at 813-601-9277.

Somebody with a short-bed, four-door pickup with mag wheels “light fingered” this brand-new Keystone Hideout 29DFSWE model travel trailer in Medford, Oregon. This one was taken from the Blue Dog RV dealership lot sometime between 7:30 p.m. September 25, and 9:00 a.m. September 26. This rig is a bunk-house unit with a single slideout on the street-side. Seen it? Call the Medford Police at (541) 774-2250 and refer to Case Number 21-15441.

Did someone rip off your ride? Let us post information on your stolen RV. Email Russ (at) rvtravel.com.

See many more recently stolen RVs. Let’s help find these for their owners and maybe even put the crooks in the slammer. Click here.



Campground and RV Park News

Developments in places where we stay across the USA

Janet Groene reports each week on developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA and Canada. There’s a lot of good information here that you can use to plan your travels. Read the current installment of “Campground and RV Park News” here.


RV recalls posted since our last newsletter

Tiffin RV recall: Water tank may drop onto exhaust pipe
Thor RV recalls some motorhomes for potential LP gas leak


Road Atlas: Adventure Edition
As much as we love technology, we still appreciate a good physical road atlas. This highly rated National Geographic Road Atlas: Adventure Edition is certainly one to love. The atlas has up-to-date road maps for all 50 states, plus Canada and Mexico. Cities and metro areas include popular attractions and points of interest. The atlas also acts as a guidebook to National Parks and the top 100 adventure destinations. This atlas is cool! Check it out.


Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?

If so, stories you missed:
Cover story: 20 years … and counting! (for RVtravel.com)
Our new Consumer Support column starts off with a bang
Letters to the editor: Good journalism is geared to the readers, not influencers
Why it’s so important to take a certified expert along for your next RV purchase
RVelectricity: Dangerous, even deadly, RV hot-skin causes: Part 1
RVs 10 years or older are being turned away from campgrounds. Should this be allowed?
Ask Dave: Quality debate: How can one “maintain” a product that was poorly made to begin with?
How to store a lithium battery for the winter
We just crossed into Mexico in our RV – and it was easy!
Product review: Rad Power Bikes RadMini Step-Thru 2 – a folding e-bike RVers will love
RV Tire Safety: What “size” are your tires? Part 2 – “ST” and “LT”
and much more

Read it here | Back issues


Brain Puzzle

Can you find the acorn? Click to enlarge and search.

Puzzle created by artist Gergerly Dudas of http://thedudolf.blogspot.com

Click to see the answer.

Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.


ABC's of RVingBy RV Travel founder Chuck Woodbury
Book for newbie RVers a must-have!

If you are planning to buy your first RV or are just getting started with your first rig, this book by RVtravel.com founder Chuck Woodbury should be a must-read. The ABCs of RVing answers important questions that newbie RVers don’t even know enough to ask! Read this, and you’ll save countless hours of research and avoid making costly rookie mistakes. It’s available in both a Kindle version and printed edition.


Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of September 27, 2021:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.18 [Calif.: $4.22]
Change from week before: Down 1 cent; Change from year before: Up $1.01.
Diesel: $3.41 [Calif.: $4.34]
Change from week before: Up 2 cents; Change from year before: Up $1.01.


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Upcoming RV shows

• Fall Detroit RV & Camping Show (CANCELED)
September 29 – October 3, Novi, MI
Ohio RV SuperShow (Now Outdoor Fall RV Fest) (still on as of September 23)
October 7-10, Medina, OH
Salem Fall RV Show (POSTPONED. Spring show in February 2022)
October 7-10, Salem, OR
Tacoma Fall RV Show (POSTPONED to January 20-23)
October 7-10, Tacoma, WA
Myrtle Beach RV Show (still on as of September 23)
October 8-10, Myrtle Beach, SC
Toronto Fall RV Show and Sale (CANCELED)
October 15- 17, Toronto, Ontario
Great American RV Show – Conyers (CANCELED)
November 19 – 21, Conyers, GA

See the list of upcoming RV shows.


The best kitchen sink strainer – no more odors or clogs!
If you’re unfamiliar with the revolutionary Kitchen SinkShroom, you’ll want to introduce yourself. This popular sink strainer prevents anything from going down your kitchen sink’s drain (in your house or RV). Say goodbye to odors and clogs – the SinkShroom won’t let that happen. Read more about it and its partner, the TubShroom, here, or order one here.


Recipe of the Day

Savory Roasted Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup
by Ashley Burnam from Phoenix, AZ

Having a warm soup in the fall is a delicious lunch or dinner. This roasted butternut squash soup recipe is hearty and savory. All the spices blend well together and give the recipe a kick of flavor. Roasted red peppers add a hint of sweetness to the soup. It is a labor of love, but so worth it.

It’s soup season and this sounds delicious! Get the recipe.

Did you miss yesterday’s recipe, Cran-Apple BBQ Pulled Turkey Sandwich? Get it here.

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
• Rattlesnake Eggs
• Cheesy Cream of Cauliflower Soup
• BBQ Crock Pot Beans
• Sesame Green Beans
• Mind-Blowing Apple Butter Recipe


Don’t blow out your plumbing!
Sooner or later, usually “sooner,” every RVer comes upon an RV park water hookup with pressure so high it could blow out the plumbing. None of us want that because it causes a lot of damage and is expensive to fix. The simple solution is to be sure when you hook up use a water pressure regulator, like this one that features a lead-free design to prevent lead contamination. Learn more or order


The Perfect Scam Podcast

Every Sunday we present a podcast from AARP about scams and how crooks are stealing your money, often via telemarketing. Their efforts are often most successful with people 65 years and older who fall victim to the scammers’ sophisticated techniques. Here is this week’s episode.


Sunday funny


Today in History



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jillie
21 days ago

I was watching an RV show on GAC. I saw these 5th wheels and went wow. But the big wow factor was that some of these shows are like 5 or more years old and a lot of these youngster were telling us that they were planning to sell their homes and live out of these things. I am not surprised that some RV parks are either limiting or just cashing it in because some people at some sites are down right rude. We got back from a weekend long trip and I saw some huge 5th wheels and here I am in a 21 foot travel trailer going its just me in this little thing but when the family shows up its hard to get organized. But we do it. If it was to be on a permanent site yeah I get it but traveling I like small.

Bob M
22 days ago

With RV manufactures pounding out RV’s. Maybe someone can make a list of how many RV’s each manufacturer is making. So we people can avoid buying RV’s that are made to fast lacking quality. Than buy from those making Quality RV’s.

Drew
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Bob,

Two examples- Thor completes about 20 a day (most of know what the general build quality is like for those) Vanliegh Fifth wheel co. does around 4. They are a small division of Thor and have been left alone to run their operation as they see fit. The 2 men that run it are from the Tiffin family. I’d guess the remainder of companies are probably doing what Thor is doing but don’t have figures.

Joseph Phebus
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Same old greed and putting a quick buck before aong term strategy of developing and maintaining loyal customers. If it is a supply chain issue, I think there’s is a ethical obligation to ensure there is a adequate stock of replacement parts for your existing owners, rather than use every available part to churn out a ridiculous number of new RVs that will only exacerbate the problem.

What’s wrong with steady year over years sales that’s accompanied with pride in your product and customers that keep coming back and/or recommending you vs a long list of new and existing customers that prefix your brand with a four letter word?

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob M

Hi, Bob. You can check out our free directory of “RVs: Who Makes What” here: https://www.rvtravel.com/WhoMakesWhat Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

Richard Hughes
22 days ago

Parts shortage, lack of workers, Covid have become the standard excuses. It still means, “We will drag it out and charge you more. Having a hitch installed shouldn’t take two months. There are alternatives. I had a baseplate and all the attendant parts installed at a U-Haul store for in one day. 350 dollars, as opposed to three weeks and $1,250 at Camping World.

Drew
22 days ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Richard,

How long ago was that? Just curious. I wonder if the U-Haul place still has an employee who can do the work at that same price.

Dave Pellegrino
22 days ago

Concerning the Indiana Dunes sort. Back in May, the week leading up to Memorial Weekend, my wife and I were walking the beach. We saw this discharge coming out and cutting thru the sand. I took pictures, called the NPS and I think I even sent pictures to the NPS of this discharge. I never heard one response back from the NPS on this matter. So, how long was this going on before they got off their butts and figured it out? May to Sept…that’s a lot of pollution!!!

Gary Swope
23 days ago

“Sunday Funny”, I like that one. Very funny.

Debbie
23 days ago

That sign actually reads “Halllelujah”. They got a little excited about their Ls.

Robin Pack
23 days ago

I’m tired of reading about rv parts shortage, delays ,etc….what are these “parts”, have not found anything detailing what the “parts” are, can anyone shed some light, please?

I find it very hard to believe someone hasn’t figured out an alternative part to fix whatever issue there may be or explored for it instead of sitting on the sidelines waiting for a solution to magically arrive!

Are these “parts” electrical, plumbing, hardware, fixtures, appliances, raw material to build with? Yet manufacturers are already pushing for 2022 models, but what about the “parts” shortages?

Drew
23 days ago
Reply to  Robin Pack

Robin, You just named some of the parts in short supply. The rv builders will still build and sell ’22 models. Some will still be in their storage lots waiting for parts to arrive before they can be delivered. A fewer number will be shipped incomplete for dealers to install what’s missing. Many builders complete the most popular models to cut down labor and reduce wait times for dealers and customers. I’ve heard this scenario could take 2 years before things begin to change. There are lots of moving parts here. 🙂

Lindalee
22 days ago
Reply to  Robin Pack

The main answer to your question Robin is, ALL OF THE ABOVE (or below)!

(electrical, plumbing, hardware, fixtures, appliances, raw material to build with)