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jillie
7 months ago

I heard that the couple who died within minutes of each other it was reported on local news that when the one passed, his head turned to her and when she died her head turned to him. How freaky is that. Both were unconscious when both passed. The family said when they passed every one got a nice happy feel. Nice way to go. I plan to go being chased by a kodiak bear. Polar bear works too.

Bob
7 months ago

How would the Washington mileage gas tax work if, like us, a lot of our driving is out of state? It would only work fairly if all states adopted the same system. Otherwise, that might develop into “double taxation”.

Rob
7 months ago

Kinda agree with Gary. Government never gives up a revenue stream, they just add on. Besides how are they going to know how many miles you drive? Reckon they would have a fight on their hands to access your car’s GPS. And are they going to provide a GPS unit for all the older cars on the road? Guess maybe this might get people too turn their cell phones off while driving.

GeorgeB
7 months ago

RVTravel, thank you for printing the story of Les and Freda Austin. Heart warming. God embraced them to the end.

Gary Smith
7 months ago

If you think Washington State is going to do away with or even significantly reduce their gas tax after adding a mileage tax you haven’t lived here very long.

Jim
7 months ago
Reply to  Gary Smith

Seems the whole west coast is similar in hammering its citizens to pay for their elected leader’s policy failures.

John Ahrens
7 months ago
Reply to  Gary Smith

This has so many questions. How do they track you mileage? What about when I’m driving out of state (an RV may put more out of state miles on than in-state. same with trucks and buses)? How about out of state drivers traveling in Washington? Seems like an expensive nightmare to implement, and no, the gas tax won’t go away.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  John Ahrens

Same questions I had John.
If this were being proposed in Alberta Canada (or anywhere else in a socialist country) where I hang my hat nine months out of the year I know the answer – easy easy easy !

Unions, Unions, Unions unashamedly playing with your bank account before your eyes -and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Don’t let that curse creep into your country. Fight it like your well earned future depends upon it – because it does.

CRAIG SEITZ
7 months ago

Wonderful story about the couple from Michigan. Wow, 70 years of marriage and RV ing. And literally together til the very end. What a great example for their kids and todays society. Hope my wife and I can repeat this incredible feat!

Jim
7 months ago
Reply to  CRAIG SEITZ

Amen to that!

Steve flippo
7 months ago

30 hours of work per week and in exchange the state of Michigan lets you camp free? Something doesn’t sound right. For a $20 per night campsite that works out to about $4 an hour!!! That puts the state of Michigan in the same ball park as communist China in how much they pay their workers. Welcome to the indentured servitude state of michigan.

Wolfe
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

I had the same thought and math — but it might be a good deal with retirees or folks that are gonna stay there anyway, and get bored during the day. For myself, I value my freetime higher than losing 30 hours a week — those 6 hours of hiking / swimming / whatever are why I’m there, so skipping the fun so I can not have fun for free is a non-starter.

Jeff Arthur
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

Well the Michigan parks we frequent are $28-40 so it’s a bit more than $4 an hour. Granted still not much. But I wonder if you need to claim as income. If so that’s really bad

David Hagen
7 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Arthur

According to the IRS, if you DO NOT get paid and you only get a free campsite with hook-ups, the “income” is not taxable. You are a ‘work-camper.” If you get paid, or ‘rent credits’ you are an independent contractor. and are responsible to pay taxes. See IRS 26CFR 1.119-1.

Tumbleweed
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

This is the same type of arrangement that most campground hosts have. I’m a boondocker, so have never found any value in working so many hours, and sometimes in less-than-desirable conditions, just to have a free place to park. Out of curiosity and hoping to make some money, I once did a campground host gig near Greer, AZ. I wouldn’t do it again. I can park for nothing and not have to clean toilets!

On the other hand, I believe some folks enjoy the camaraderie of a campground and have made friends with some of the folks who regularly go to the same campgrounds, so for them it’s also a social plus.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Tumbleweed

Having talked to many fine campground hosts around a beer and camp fire, about what they’ve encountered doing the hosting thing, you couldn’t pay me $100 dollars an hour to put up with the messes and challenges this JOB brings.
I retired for a totally different reason than finding free places to park my RV.

Others will differ – and that’s OK, we need someone to clean toilets/showers, and messes their emotional support pal left when it was tied to the picnic table………..

Gary Byler
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

Everyone seems to miss the point of volunteering. My wife and I have volunteered from Florida, Pennsylvania to Washington State for the better part of ten years. We never did it for money. We enjoyed waking up on the Oregon coast, in several National Parks / Monuments, multiple lakeside campgrounds in the Colorado Rockies, Florida, Washington and a fantastically beautiful Canyon in Arizona, in several National Forests and one summer in Las Vegas at an Air Force Base. Had we wanted to make money we would have kept our home and our jobs, not retiring and purchasing a 5th wheel to live in full time. We believe we were well paid by being privileged to stay in, enjoy and contribute to the care and preservation of the natural beauty of our nation.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  Gary Byler

Gary, I’ve met many folks acting as hosts who love what they do and I accept wholeheartedly the reasons most I’ve spoken to do what they do.
You provide a perfectly plausible reason to volunteer. Yours is a beauty! Bless you and Merry Christmas.

Marybeth Almand
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

No wonder they need hosts! Why would anyone want to work that many hours cleaning toilets and showers for a fhu site?

Jerry X Shea
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

Steve, your math is correct, but you are missing the point. 6 month of RV parking @ $20 per night is $3600. To volunteer your time, not spend $3600 while you enjoy camping and help other RVers is a win-win for everyone. Every Federal/State & private RV park has a camp host. Ask any of them if they feel cheated.

John Padgett
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

I agree that’s pretty cheap labor. But please don’t compare it to COMMUNIST CHINA. 20 yrs ago I accompanied my brother to two months going thru factories. They were in the rapid process of eliminating ALL GOV’T owned anything. Describing FABRIC by rubbing my shirt put me in a Van Husen shirt factory. $95 shirt about $3-$4 for everything workers got $50 mo 10hr days 6 days a week. Fed good but very small living qtrs. Now they’re making $100 a month. That’s more than 240 hrs for $100. China is now a CAPITALISTIC DICTATORSHIP. Our cheap prices are on the backs of almost slave labor.

Alvin
7 months ago
Reply to  John Padgett

John, your president is trying to end what you describe.
At $15.00 minimum wage sweeping the country that Van Husen may still cost $95.0 (or more depending on where you shop for it) but the money will be much better distributed.

I have never heard China described as a Capitalist Dictatorship, I thought that label better applied to your neighbour to the north, where the prime minister with numerous ethics violations on his resume in the last round, was recently re-elected to a brand spanking new four year term of……..

Paul
7 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Most of Canada are happy with the result, Alberta lost, get over it already. Other provinces have had tough times also without the constant whining.