Saturday, September 23, 2023


News for RVers Issue 1037, Sunday edition

Welcome back to North America’s best source for news and information for RVers. In case you missed it, last Tuesday was “National Plan a Vacation Day.” The day was apparently declared by the U.S. Travel Association,, and Kampgrounds of America, among others. Don’t worry if you didn’t use the day to make your RVing plans. You still have time to make reservations … maybe. Also, as always, we at appreciate your help through voluntary contributions to keep this newsletter coming your way, and be sure to check out all of our other RV-related newsletters.

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 Featured articles 

70% of last year’s campers say they will try it again in 2022

It looks like campgrounds will remain crowded in 2022, according to Kampgrounds of America’s Monthly Research Report for January. Continue reading.

RV manufacturers did set new record in 2021

The RV Industry Association made it official Tuesday. The overall RV factory shipments for 2021 did in fact set a record of 600,240 units. That passed the previous record set in 2017 of 504,599, an increase of 19%. Learn more.

Campground Crowding: Actually, is “crowding” really a problem?

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 we hear from several readers who haven’t had campground reservation issues. Maybe we can learn something from them, here.

Buying or selling a used RV? Here’s the latest on prices

While RV manufacturers and dealers are cheering, prices are worrisome for those buying RVs. There’s been a lot of interest in used RVs, and the prices for months have been in the stratosphere. If you’re buying or selling a used RV, you’ll want to know just what’s happening. Find out here.

Catalytic converter theft rampant; costly repair for truck owners

Catalytic converter theft in cars and trucks nationwide is increasing exponentially. The reason: The easily accessible part includes rare metals skyrocketing in value. Learn more. (Includes an attachment with tips to help prevent catalytic converter theft.)

Dog DNA tests—coming to an RV park near you!

dog DNAThe Crime Scene Investigators of “CSI” got a lot of mileage out of determining from DNA samples “who” was responsible for whatever nefarious crime they were resolving. But you’ll find this high-tech crime tool is doing more than solving murders. Dog DNA tests are now pointing the finger—or the paw—at who left the dirty at the crime scene. Will your own Fido be in line for a cheek swab? Read more.

S.D. governor changes plan for Custer State Park campsite expansion

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem isn’t giving up completely on her plan to add controversial campsites to Custer State Park in the Black Hills. But she says she will scale back a bit. Learn more.

AirSkirts opens seed funding round to accelerate growth

AirSkirts®, the world’s first innovative inflatable RV skirting system, announced a seed funding round to accelerate the growth of their innovative lineup of inflatable RV skirt kits. Read more.

Today’s RV review…

The very spacious seating/sleeping area

In today’s review, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the VANaholic Class B conversion kits—very affordable and very versatile. He says, “A self-described Vanaholic would love this super-affordable Class B.” Might there be a VANaholic in Tony’s future? Find out here.

Yesterday’s review: Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BSDS

Last week’s reviews:
American Coach American Eagle 45E
Cherokee Wolf Pup 16FQ-BL
Reader prefers Coachmen’s Apex Ultra-Lite 300BHS
Keystone Montana 3791RD totally redone by Cortni Armstrong, The Flipping Nomad
East to West Alta 2350KRK

Read all other RV reviews by clicking here.

NEW! Would you like to see a certain RV reviewed? Submit your request to Tony at his new Forum on

That was the RV week that was

January 23–29, 2022

The Minneapolis / St. Paul RV, Vacation & Camping Show scheduled for February 3–6 has been canceled due to COVID.

Yosemite might be one big road construction project this summer. If you plan to visit Yosemite National Park this summer, you might want a Plan B. Officials are considering further limiting the number of park visitors because of concerns of massive gridlock by more than a half-dozen major construction projects. The projects will be under way during the peak travel season. Park managers said they plan to require reservations for day visits to minimize traffic jams. Also, Yosemite National Park opened a lottery system January 18 for early reservation access to the North Pines Campground. It costs $10 to enter the lottery that runs through February 6. About 640 winners will be randomly selected.

GM investing more in e-vehicles. General Motors announced it plans to invest $6.5 billion at two factories in Michigan to assemble electric vehicles and batteries, says Automotive News. The investments include a new battery plant in Lansing, Michigan, and $4 billion at GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, which would build electric versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

Thor’s Orthwein goes shopping. The co-founder of Thor Industries, Peter Orthwein, is obviously feeling bullish on the prospects for the company. Last month for the first time in more than a decade, Orthwein purchased shares of Thor. He bought 10,000 shares at an average price of $103.41 per share. He went back to the market last week and bought another 10,000 shares at an average price of $98.54. He made that last buy just before the bottom fell out of the market, and Thor fell more than 12% to a 52-week low. Two other lesser Thor insiders also purchased shares last month. Obviously, these folks are looking forward to another big year.

Thor isn’t just the guy with the hammer. Most folks think Thor Industries was named after the Norse god of thunder and lightning. You know, the guy with the giant hammer. But it turns out that Thor was just the word formed by the first two letters of the last names of Thor Industries co-founders Wade Thompson and Peter Orthwein. So, now you know.

The new Margaritaville Resort in Florida.

Jimmy Buffett may be laid back, but Camp Margaritaville RV Resorts sure isn’t. The latest Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Resort recently opened in Auburndale, Florida, about an hour southwest of Orlando. RV sites start at about $70 a night. The chain now says it plans to open anywhere from 30 to 50 more RV parks nationwide over the next five years. Their strategy seems to be to purchase existing RV parks and refurbish the campgrounds to the Margaritaville brand. While you can get a $70 site, the fancy ones with additional features such as grills and outdoor TVs can go for more than $200 a night.

Detroit RV show is back. The Detroit RV & Camping Show is back at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, February 2-6. The event is expected to include more than 300 RV and camping units on display. Hours for the show are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for those 13 and up and $11 for those 55 and up. Children under 12 are free.

RV dealership closing. Here’s something you don’t see much of lately—an RV dealership closing its doors. The Rimrock Trade Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, is closing in March after 16 years in business at that location. The owners decided to retire and sold the property for another use.

RV Retailer expands into Washington state. RV Retailer continued its march across the U.S., purchasing its first dealership in the Pacific Northwest with the addition of Appleway RV in Pasco and Spokane Valley, Washington.

New device could prevent rollovers. A company called Axicle has come up with a possible solution that could ease some of the damage caused in big truck rollovers. The company’s fifth wheel coupling plate has a Tractor Anti-Roll System (TARS) that has a sensor that detects problems and, in a millisecond, can detach the trailer from the back of the truck. This will likely keep the truck and cab upright and cut into the 9,000 injuries and deaths caused by truck rollovers each year. They even tested the device with the wind caused by a jet engine. Any fifth-wheel RVer who has ever come close to disaster in a high wind might do well to keep an eye on this technological development. Find out more here.

Port Huron Township RV Park sold to private owners.

Port Huron RV park goes private. The Township of Port Huron, Michigan, has sold its RV park to a private entity for $2 million. Steve Ureel, CEO of Parkbridge Investment Group, said he plans to add a few upgrades and turn the park into a prime glamping destination in Northeast Michigan. Ureel said new construction could begin in 2023, with the addition of a new clubhouse, welcome center and in-ground pool. He said plans include keeping existing sites for seasonal RVers, and 10 to 15 full-service cabins.

The Tropic Island Resort in Texas is under new management.

New partners expand into Texas. Real estate investment and outdoor hospitality management company Blue Water, based in Ocean City, Maryland, announced its partnership with Virginia-based National Land Lease Capital (NLLC), as a new management client for Tropic Island Resort and Island RV Resort, a park with 400 sites in Port Aransas, Texas, that was recently purchased by NLLC’s affiliated fund management business. Currently, Blue Water manages more than 20 properties all over the country, with the addition of Tropic Island Resort marking its expansion into Texas.

Canadian park chain promoting charging stations. Pathfinder Ventures, a brand of upscale RV parks and campgrounds under the Pathfinder Camp Resorts name, is pledging to add e-vehicle charging stations to its campgrounds as it expands the company. Currently Pathfinder Camp Resorts has three locations in British Columbia. “We are building our Pathfinder Camp Resorts to support the customers of today and for the next 50 years,” said company CEO Joseph Bleackley.

Indiana Dunes National Park to charge entry fees.

If you’re planning to visit Indiana Dunes National Park this year, bring your wallet. An entry fee will be inaugurated March 31 at $15 per person or $25 per carload. An annual pass is $45. Senior discounts are available, as well as discounts for active military and veterans. The passes will be for sale at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the Paul H Douglas Center, and seasonally at the West Beach Entrance Station or online at There are also plans to have them available at retailers. The fees are being added to pay for upkeep for the park’s bike trails, roads and parking areas.

Dangling Rope Marina closed for 2022.

Marina closed at Lake Powell Reservoir. Low water levels have forced officials to close the Dangling Rope Marina at Lake Powell. The officials said the marina will likely remain closed throughout 2022.

Citizens protesting bayside camping. Citizens living near Morro Bay near San Luis Obispo, California, have circulated a petition opposing RV waterfront camping near the bay. Last year, the City Council voted to continue the pilot program that allows for RV parking and tent camping in designated waterfront locations with views of the bay and Morro Rock. The pilot program remains in place for now. Officials say the program gives campers additional spots to enjoy the beauty of Morro Bay, while also generating needed fee revenues for the city’s aging harbor infrastructure. But some residents complained about the RV camping program, saying that campers are noisy, leave behind trash and disturb natural settings.

The airport in Rochelle, Illinois, is planning to add an RV park.

An RV park with flyovers. If you don’t mind the sound of airplanes when you camp, the city of Rochelle, Illinois, might have an RV park for you! The city has preliminary plans to put its own RV park at the Rochelle Municipal Airport. The idea came about when city officials were talking with the nearby Chicagoland Skydiving Center, which has an RV park as part of its facility. The city would love to see more people visit the airport while taking in Chicagoland Skydiving Center events. “I really do think the airport is a valuable asset to the community and you have the Flight Deck Bar & Grill and CSC and I think there’s a lot of things we can do to continue to move the airport forward,” City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh told the Rochelle News-Leader. “Part of that was the RV park and if somebody wants to come out and watch the skydivers for a couple of days and CSC’s RV park is full, is there a place we could put them at the airport where they could stay and enjoy the festivities and earn some rental income for the airport?” Fiegenschuh said a permanent RV park is in the city’s five-year plan. He said the city would like to start work on the project in the next couple of years.

RV manufacturers and dealers in Europe had a big year, too. European manufacturers had the most successful year in history in 2021, with 259,393 new trailers and motorhomes sold. That was up 9.9% over results for 2020. Germany, as usual, led the way with 106,138 units sold, but Sweden, Belgium, and Finland also set records with 10,815; 8,376; and 3,636 unit sold respectively. Austrian manufacturers really hit the gas pedal, with 5,851 units sold, a whopping 47.5% increase. The Netherlands was up 24.4%, France increased 19.4%, Sweden was up 17.2%, the United Kingdom 16.2%, and Denmark 10.3%

Rivian e-chargers at Under Canvas glamping parks.

E-chargers going into Under Canvas glamping locations. E-truck maker Rivian has announced a new partnership with glamping giant Under Canvas to bring EV charging stations to Under Canvas locations. Under Canvas will add Rivian Waypoints chargers for guests at Under Canvas Moab and Under Canvas Lake Powell-Grand Staircase locations in time for the 2022 season.

Toronto RV show back on. The Canadian RV Association is going ahead with plans for its Toronto Spring Camping & RV Show March 3-6. The Ontario government recently announced a phased approach to lifting COVID restrictions that should allow the show to have 100% capacity. The show is planned for the The International Centre. Find out more here.

Work under way at a new RV park in Tennessee.

Big new RV park on the way in Tennessee. The Jefferson County, Tennessee, Planning Commission recently OK’d a plan for a 207-acre RV resort in Dandridge, Tennessee. The Forest Grove RV Resort, with a price tag of $18 million, should be open by the fall of 2022. The park will have 500 RV sites, 100 rental cabins, four bath houses and an indoor café. There are also plans for a water park, a catch-and-release fishing pond, dog park, basketball and volleyball courts, and a three-mile nature trail around the resort.

Planned Virginia RV park gets a thumbs down. The Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Planning Commission has turned down a special-use permit for a 300-site RV park. The proposal now goes before the county board of supervisors, which has the final say. The proposal called for a special-use permit to open a camping and recreation site with the recreational vehicle sites and related amenities, including a pool and amphitheaters, on a 135-acre site along Lake Anna. Nearly all the local residents who commented on the proposal were opposed to the project.

Visitor numbers up along Blue Ridge Parkway.

Numbers at Blue Ridge Parkway rebound. The Blue Ridge Parkway had almost 16 million visitors in 2021 according to National Park Service visitor use statistics. That’s not a record for the Parkway, but it is nearly two million more visitors than the area saw in 2020. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s record year was in 2002, when more than 21 million people visited.

Actor Momoa roughing it after split from wife.

Movie star roughing it after split with wife. Movie star Jason Momoa has split from wife, Lisa Bonet, and has taken up residence in his $1.7 million RV in a friend’s backyard. The couple called it quits after five years of marriage, and 17 years together. We think Jason is likely still comfortable in his customized EarthRoamer XV-LTi 026 RV, with all of the luxuries of home. Back before he was famous for Game of Thrones and his Aquaman movies, he lived in a van.

Electric concept RVs still out of range. There was plenty of hoopla during the recent unveiling of new electric RVs at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. But don’t expect to have a chance to purchase one of these concept vehicles for a while. Neither Thor nor Winnebago said their concept RVs are anywhere near ready for mass production just yet. The big issue remains the limited range of these all-electric traveling machines. While the numbers vary, it’s unlikely too many RVers will plunk down cash for an e-RV that only gets them 125 miles between charges. But both manufacturers remain confident battery technology will continue to evolve.

Cat converter thieves hitting dealerships. Catalytic converter thieves are starting to narrow their target focus around Altoona, Pennsylvania. RV dealerships in the area are reporting a spat of thefts from their dealer lots. At least three dealerships have been hit there recently. Bill Ansley, owner of Ansley RV, said five rigs at his dealership recently lost their converters. The going rate for a stolen converter on the black market seems to hover at about $250.

How to plan for national parks. Making your plans to visit national parks in 2022 is getting plenty confusing. More parks are instituting reservations for special attractions and scenic roads, and adding lotteries for campgrounds. Our friends at Condé Nast Traveler recently did a nice job of rounding up all of the current rules. You can take a look here.

The site of a new RV park for Northern California.

New park OK’d for town in California Gold Country. By a 3-2 vote, the Grass Valley City Council has approved a plan to build a new 150-site RV park and resort. Sites at the 20-acre park across the road from the county fairgrounds will rent for $70 per night for a duration of 30 days or less. The land for the new park still must be annexed into the city.

RV Country purchases Kelso, Washington, dealership. Fresno, California-based RV Country, one of the largest RV dealership groups in the Western U.S., has purchased U-Neek RV Center in Kelso, Washington. The dealership has been renamed RV Country and will remain at its current location at 2625 Old Pacific Highway South near Interstate 5. The new Kelso location is now a member of Fresno, CA-based RV Country’s group of 11 dealerships in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, including five locations in Washington. RV Country is a past “Dealer of the Year” named by the National RV Dealers Association. Founded in 1978 by the Sinkler family, U-Neek RV Center has been a highly visible fixture in Southwest Washington’s RV community and is the area’s largest dealer for towable RVs.

Walmart can be your bank, too. Is Walmart getting into the online banking business? A Walmart-funded startup is buying ONE Finance and Even Responsible Finance. The new company will initially target Walmart’s 100 million-plus shoppers and its 1.6 million employees. It’s expected that another target will be the millions of Americans who don’t have a bank account, credit, or savings. The new company would provide a “super app,” for spending, saving and borrowing.

Petito and Laundrie in happier times.

Laundrie’s confession ends FBI investigation into Gabby Petito murder. In a not-unexpected end to the tragic story of blogger/RVer Gabby Petito, Petito’s boyfriend apparently claimed responsibility for his fiancée’s death in a notebook found near his remains in a Florida park reserve. The FBI in Denver, which led the investigation, said a notebook, a backpack and a revolver were found near the remains later identified as Laundrie. In the notebook was Laundrie’s written confession, the FBI said. Petito’s body was found in a remote section of Grand Teton National Park.


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November winds downNew! The Quartzsite Report

Beware the Quartzsite coyote!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Welcome to our regular – albeit seasonal – update on the news from the RVing Capital of the World. If you’re a QZ regular, or just thinking about “dropping in to check it out,” we’ll give you ditties and dollops of what’s happening in and around Quartzsite.

Last week we talked a bit about one of the big fears of Quartzsite newbies—scorpions. The fear factor ranks right up there with concerns about rattlesnakes. Since rattlers are pretty dormant at this time of the year, we thought we’d raise awareness about another desert dweller that’s quite active now. That would be the Quartzsite coyote, Canis latrans. Note: Don’t believe everything you see in the cartoons. Plus, we have some reader comments about Quartzsite, and the latest statistics from QZ. All that and more, here.

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Do you have a campsite reservation this summer at a U.S. National Park?

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


New pickup truck prices skyrocket, except for 10 “cheap” options

New pickup trucks, still difficult to purchase due to supply chain problems, are correspondingly becoming more expensive. … More than one 2022 pickup truck model will surpass $100,000 and thus the segment’s nickname “Cowboy Cadillacs.” But not all new pick-up trucks are priced as high as top-line luxury sedans. Continue reading.

About 1.1 million Chevrolet Apaches were made in 1958.1958 Chevrolet Apache: Old is new and, get this — electric!

Move aside, all new electric trucks, Ford Maverick to Tesla Cybertruck. A 1958 Chevrolet Apache is on the move. Refitted with electrified components by Conductive Classics, the light blue, patina-heavy Apache is now better named an E-Apache. Learn more.


This big Class A, a 1997 Monaco Executive, was stolen from the Black Road area near St. George, Utah. The area is just off I-15, near Exit 27. The Mojave County Sheriff’s Office says the theft happened sometime late on December 12 to early December 13. If you know something, please contact the office at 928-753-0753 or call the toll-free number at 1-800-522-4312 and use reference DR#21-047468.

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

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.

RV recalls posted since our last newsletter

Heartland toy haulers recalled for potential tire belt separation

Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?

If so, stories you missed:
Cover story: RVs don’t break down. RV roofs don’t leak? 
Featured article: Finding a good service department is one of the most important parts of RVing
Is your RV ready for an emergency? Follow these steps to make sure
Overheard comments by salespeople and consumers at the Florida RV SuperShow
Is your medical marijuana card valid when RVing in other states?
and much more

Read it here | Back issues

Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of January 24, 2022:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.32 [Calif.: $4.49]
Change from week before: Up 2 cents; Change from year before: Up 93 cents.
Diesel: $3.78 [Calif.: $4.82]
Change from week before: Up 6 cents; Change from year before: Up $1.06.

This might be the funniest book ever…
In a little more than 100 pages, Dr. Alan Francis and Cindy Cashman distill years of research and thousands of interviews to reveal the most comprehensive understanding of men’s knowledge and understanding of the opposite sex in Everything Men Know About Women. But there’s a hilarious catch… the book is blank! This makes a great gift (everyone will laugh!). Learn more or order.

Brain Teaser

What is yours to own, yet others use it more?

(Answer below.)

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

Upcoming RV shows

• Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show, VISIT SHOW WEBSITE, Quartzsite, AZ
• RV Super Sale, Pleasanton, CA
• Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow, Louisville, KY
• Atlanta Camping & RV Show, Atlanta, GA
• Calgary RV EXPO & Sale, Calgary, Alberta
• Fort Myers RV Show, Fort Myers, FL
• WBAY RV & Camping Show, Green Bay, WI
• Atlanta RV Show, Atlanta, GA
• Columbia RV Expo, Columbia, SC
• Iowa Boat, RV & Vacation Show, Cedar Falls, IA
• Nashville RV & Camping Show, Nashville, TN
• Northeast RV & Camping Show, Hartford, CT
• NW Ohio Camp & Travel RV Show, Toledo, OH

Many more shows ahead. See the directory.

OMG! We didn’t know they actually made this into a real product (we’ve always just seen the videos where they use a lid)! It’s brilliant and we’re buying one right now!

Recipe of the Day

Crock Pot Apple Butter
by P A from Anywhere, AL

This homemade apple butter recipe makes some of the best apple butter we’ve ever eaten. It turns out rich and silky. While this was simmering in the Crock Pot, it made the Test Kitchen smell like apple cider. It’s a really easy-to-make apple butter recipe. The Crock Pot does the hard work (just check and stir occasionally). When it’s done, don’t wait until it’s canned to give it a try. Spread some of it warm on a piece of toast… it’s so good.

MMMM! We want some of this! Get the recipe.

Did you miss yesterday’s recipe, Cheesy Cream of Cauliflower Soup? Get it here.

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
• Creamy Lemon Oatmeal Bars
• Easy Low Carb Chicken and Mushroom Stew
• Seafood Pasta in Lemon Butter Sauce
• Double Chocolate Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake
• Easiest Pot Roast With Rich Gravy

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Brain teaser answer:

Your name.

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.

Now is a good time to clean out your water heater!
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.

Sunday funny

Today in History

 WOW!  As of press time, the website included 13,562 articles and more than 144,000 reader comments. Staff

rv travel logoPublisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel, Mike Gast. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Gail Marsh, Roger Marble, Dave Solberg, Dave Helgeson, Andy Zipser, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, Scott Linden, James Raia, Kate Doherty, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink, Chris Epting and Karel Carnohan, DVM. Special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady, Mark Gorrie. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. Special Reports: Bradford Geer. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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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  1. On todays brain teaser. I thought of a answer that would have been better. Your door bell, I have one but others use it, I never do.

  2. Margaritaville Resort: conversions of RV parks to high-priced RV resorts seems to be the trend. Investors smell money to be made, and there’s more money to be made at $90/night than at $40/night. There are only so many RVers willing to pay resort prices. I wonder when this trend will reach demand saturation.

    • Agree. I hate seeing these fancy mega resort company’s buying up the mom & pop campgrounds. If I wanted to stay at a fancy resort I would not have bought a camper. LOL


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