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jillie
5 months ago

Correction. Someone does not know how to count. 39 years later. I graduated from high school in 1981 and have a 40 year coming up in a year in July. Time to make a slight correction on that one folks.

Tony F Stekar
6 months ago

Bought a cab over Kenworth ;cab &classic . Built a flatbed too haul three atv generator and pull a 32′ camper .Nice setup but 10 miles to a gallon empty to down too 7.5 hauling everything driving 65 mph; not good ! I had a ram 3500 hauling 1 less atv and got 9.5 way better and it was easier too get in. The biggest problem with this ( Kenworth ) was it not 4 wheel drive , the dodge ram is. I have gone back too the ram new 2019 cab & chassic 4×4 , 12 empty have not gone camping yet . Future trip in the plans! RESALE of the kenwoth was a VERY BIG disappointment PLEASE DON’T do my dumb ideal !

Jerry X Shea
6 months ago

I use the FRESH CAB RODENT REPELLENT (advertisement on this site) with great results, however, in the posted advertisement it says it works for 100 days. WRONG, right on the box it says good for “30 days.”

Wolfe
6 months ago

Re: Snowbird Canadians and the statement that people are “anti-foreigner” — that’s certainly not my experience in my own circles, and I wonder whether it “really” exists at all or is a fabrication of distorted/sensationalist media??? Here in NY, people love Candadians visiting, coming to work with us, the whole shebang. Friends in California, Nevada, and other southwest states don’t dislike legal mexican workers and visitors, either — we hire them -quite happily for the jobs that Americans don’t want to do anyway. We’re buddies with them. So… where does this statement come from? I know people who are anti-terrorist and anti-illegal immigrant, but certainly NOT anti-Canadian or anti-Mexican in my experience… am I in a magic bubble of tolerance or just observant of reality vs. media?

Re: the political poll, Part Two: I think RVT is using shorthand, but the poll is two sides of what is at least a 2×2 matrix. Republicans are originally Conservatives and Democrats are originally Liberals, but Republican vs LIberal isn’t a usable dichotomy. Republicans are WAY liberal compared to what they used to be, and there are no financial conservatives anymore in the Big Two. Democrats have drifted into extreme socialist control, which is opposite from “liberal” (freedoms). I had to say I’m a “minor party” because I’m a strongly liberal strongly -anti-Democrat. I point this out not only because the poll is broken, but because older generations are using the labels differently than younger generations. “Live and let live” and “stop spending like drunks” are absent from all big parties now.

Kay
6 months ago

In your readers poll why didn’t you put it a space for the Democrats to check?

lynn
6 months ago

I have a gripe. Why does the poll re: How would you describe yourself politically; has an option for moderate or conservative Republican but no similar choice for a moderate or liberal Democrat? Inquiring minds want to know.

Monty
6 months ago
Reply to  lynn

For the Democrats, the only choices are liberal or progressive.

Don Baker
6 months ago

Not sure where to place this, but I wanted to warn RVers about using Safeco Insurance.
I recently had two separate Comprehensive claims denied because they were said to be normal wear and tear.
One claim was for a cracked radiator on my 2005 Country Coach. It had a steel radiator that had already replaced the aluminum originally installed. It had been pressure tested in May after I discovered a leak which turned out to be a bad hose (subsequently repaired). After a trip across the US to Wisconsin and back and enduring some very rough roads another leak was discovered at the factory service center in Junction City, OR. This turned out to be a crack and required radiator to be replaced.
The second claim was for a de-laminated roof. This probably started in the Denver area in May with a heavy spring snowfall that broke limbs off of a tree next to the RV that fell on the roof. There were no visual damage at the time but apparently the Filon roof membrane was cracked and allowed water to penetrate. After being exposed to numerous heavy rainstorms and severe winds both in Wisconsin and enroute East and West end result was discovered to be delamination. This required the roof to be replaced. Again Safeco or rather their third party special investigator said it was “normal wear and tear” and denied the claim.

TravelingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  Don Baker

Sorry to hear about your problems. It seems like these days, Insurance is about collecting money and not giving it back at an appropriate time. My bet is that many insurance companies would have told you the same thing. You might consider an RV warranty company instead. They warrant against defects as you describe (at least better than any insurance company). But if you are just looking for a new insurance company, you might try one of these. They or less specialize with RV’s:

National Interstate Insurance (Use PPL) 800 755-4775
American Modern Insurance Group 866 884-6167
Blue Sky Insurance 866 484-2583
Farmers Insurance 800 493-4917
Texas American Insurance 817 877-3101
RV America 888 803-5999
Twin Peaks 800 507-8467
James Everett Silva (Foremost) 817 444-4747
Rick Lyn Philips (Foremost) 817 220-4363
RV Professionals 877 784-6787
Good Sam 888 514-1116
Trusted Choice 855 372-0071
Hartford – Randy David Spradlin 817 595-9300
Nationwide 877 669-6877
AllState – Robert Robinson 817 444-8200
Esurenace 866 455-5955
ExploreRV 888 391-5955
Safeco – Sig/Hogle Insurance 817 444-0561

Ronald Lipp
6 months ago

I Love your site!!!!! Very informative.

TravelingMan
6 months ago

“It’s the time of year to line up camp hosting positions – and Michigan needs you.”

Minimum Wage in Michigan for 2020 = $9.65 Hr.
$9.65 Hr x 30 Hrs Per Week = $289.50 a Week
$289.50 a Week x 52 Weeks a Year = $15,054 a Year
$15,054 Divided by 12 Months = $1,254.50 a Month (This is what you are giving in exchange for a FHU site – Not to mention the labor stress)

Michigan State Park Fees (Typical) for a 50A FHU Site:

MOTOR VEHICLE PERMIT FEES (ENTRANCE FEES):

Resident Daily – $6
Non-Resident Daily – $8
Resident Annual – $24
Non-Resident Annual – $29

CAMPGROUND FEES:

Rustic Campsites – no showers and vaulted toilets with hand pump water $10-$14 per night.

Semi-Modern Campsites – 50 or 30 amp electric – some have modern showers and toilets $16-$18 per night.

Modern Campsites – 50 amp electric, modern showers and toilets, wheelchair accessible sites available, some pull through sites for large vehicles $16-$27 per night.

Premium Modern Campsites – great site locations and all the amenities of the modern sites $28-$29 per night.

Full Hookup Sites – $29-$33

I’m all in favor of Workamping to off set expenses…But in this situation (giving 30 Hrs a month), one has to weigh whether it is worth it. One can get a Premium FHU Site of $990 a month + a $29 Non-Resident Annual Entrance Pass = $1,019 a Month. Most sites are less than that.

20 Hours could be an incentive to participate. 25 hours is border line whether or not it’s worth the effort. 30 Hours? Why in the world would one want to accept this position?

If you want to save money without having to “work”, then consider boondocking or dry-docking more often.

If you just like “working” (and some do or have to), then look for something that is mutual for both parties. Not one sided. Negotiate your hours accordingly…

Wayne quick
6 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Why do you care? You’re obviously not interested in applying.

TravelingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  Wayne quick

Incorrect. I would love to workamp in Michigan. We just left there last month. It just seems that more and more, certain workamping opportunities are trying to take advantage of folks who may not have considered the math.

John
6 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Your line that starts off with ‘I’m all in favor of Workamping” later in parens (giving 30 Hrs a month), seems from your math up top, you meant 30 Hrs a week.

TravlingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  John

You are correct. 30 hours a week is what the ad states. 120 Hrs. a month. The math still should add up. Thanks for pointing that out. There used to be an edit feature on here but for some reason has been removed.

Gary Byler
6 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

From your posting it is patently obvious to me that you are not suited to work in state, national campgrounds or similar type venues. You would be happier and garner more satisfaction working at KOA’s or other commercial facilities. My wife and I have served in campgrounds, parks, visitor centers, Ranger stations, etc, for total time counted in literally years with never a desire to see whether or not we were making money. We did it because of 1st location, 2nd satisfaction of being a service to society, 3rd the experience of meeting multitudes of people we met, from not only all around the country, but, the world. The simple reason we are no longer doing it is eventually age and health catches up with everyone.

TravelingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  Gary Byler

There are reasons that people workamp:

Have to
Want to (you seem to fall in this group. So do we)

I/we fall in the latter. It doesn’t matter which venue we use. But it does matter on the exchange rate. We want to workamp on a fair and equitable term. There are other State, Federal, other campgrounds that simply offer a term that is more fair. I’m just pointing out that Michigan is “over-charging (for a lack of a better term). If it ever gets to be inequitable, what point is there? One would then fall into the “have to” group. And for that, we might just as well go back to a warden and get a real job with benefits and a paycheck.

jillie
5 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Michigan minimum wage went up. I know my daughter got a raise from Michigan and not her employer. Finding out he is refusing to give her a raise in wages while everyone else is.

Les Reid
6 months ago

Rodent repellent in this newsletter. I put this product throughout my RV as instructed at two times what was recommended. No reduction in mice activity or droppings was noticed 3 months later. Lot’s of traps still works the best

John Ahrens
6 months ago
Reply to  Les Reid

I’ve had good luck with it. I’ve put it out in the spring when the first signs of mice show up in our rig the last two years. Haven’t seen another mouse sign inside after that.

Kristina Veach
6 months ago
Reply to  Les Reid

I use peppermint oil on cotton balls. Very irritating to mice.

John P Macatee
6 months ago

Interesting that large trucks are getting 7.27 MPG. I’m pulling a 24′ , 4,040 pound Artic Fox with probably 1500 pounds of “stuff” with a 2007 Dodge Dakota 4wd, V8, and am averaging 11 MPG, traveling from so. Cal. to Tucson , about 460 miles, I was keeping my speed just a little over 60 Mph and got 10mpg, in the way back i kept my speed just above 55mpg and got 11.5 +-, when without pulling I get approximately 17 MPG. I’m really new (3 months) to travel trailer camping and curious as to what RV ers are getting.

TravelingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  John P Macatee

2014 Ram 3500, 6.7 Cummins/Aisin Transmission, 3.73 Rear Axle, 18,000 lb – 42′ 5th Wheel. At 60 mph = 9.5-10.0 per gallon. At 70 mph (which I do not normally drive) = 10.0-11.0 per gallon. The truck seems to like that better for some reason. Why? I don’t know but I don’t like that speed. This is on fairly flat terrain.

In the mountains with 8-13% grades, I might average 7.0-9.0 unless the grade is long (Heading down hill – Yellowstone down to Cody, Wy – Talk about white knuckles…Maintained 2nd gear and engine brake and still had to use occasional braking).

Without the RV: 17 mpg City / 21 mpg Hwy (typical with conservation).

Something to ponder… Oil sells by the barrel (usually 32 gallons) and is priced such. Think of the barrels hanging off the side of those trucks. How many barrels do they go thru per year? How many trucks are actually on the road total? Combined, they may use as much or more as the airlines. Put all of the RVs on the road. What is their combined total? I wonder if anyone has any statistics on this?

Linda Conner
6 months ago
Reply to  John P Macatee

We tow our boats with a Dakota and we have a Class C Fun Mover. We don’t even think about our gas mileage because we know gas mileage decreases when towing and will never be great when driving a house down the road.

I have noticed that many people get caught up in the “how many miles per gallon do you get?” When asked, I reply that we have never checked. Whatever we get is not going to stop us from going. We are not rich. As long as we can fill ’em up, we will keep having fun.

As I said, towing and driving a motor home are not equated with “good gas mileage”. I hope you just go out and have fun. You will meet some of the best people around.

Welcome and ENJOY!

TravelingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  Linda Conner

And most of your time is not likely to be spent towing either. We tow about 30%-40% of the time?

DANNY R MORRELL
6 months ago
Reply to  Linda Conner

I calculate on every tank between 90-125 gallons. So I get a good average on terrain traveled. 7.6 to 10.9 never better with a CGVW of 23240 which will go down as fuel is burned. lol That’s why I do not worry about mpg.

Peter Gordon
6 months ago
Reply to  Linda Conner

2008 Chevrolet 3500 dually diesel w/allison transmission. Trailer 8800# 5th wheel empty. Normal additional stuff load. Gets 12.7 to 13 depending on terrain. Keep speed in the 50 to 55 mph range on interstates. Try to haul with near empty tanks on trailer. Have 50 gal aux fuel tank so normally see over 900 miles between fills.

John Ahrens
6 months ago
Reply to  John P Macatee

I’ve been getting 8+ with my 40,000 pound motorhome/Explorer combination. That’s half the weight those 80,000 pound big rigs have. The big rigs are willing to take a hit on mileage to get more miles, since the drivers are paid by the mile.

Mike Mazoway
6 months ago

In you show schedule, the Syracuse show is a Camping World/Gander show only. The big multi dealer show is in March.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike Mazoway

We’ll remove it. That’s not a real show. Thanks for letting us know.

Ronald Payne
6 months ago

I get the concept of comments turned off for political poll question,however the comment about the six dozen hotheads???
Sadly i thought we had more hotheads…….oh brother.

TravelingMan
6 months ago
Reply to  Ronald Payne

Too bad it’s not that easy…Change your IP, name and/or email and it breeds 6 more hot heads. Too bad that they did not have better upbringing (for those you describe).

Steve flippo
6 months ago

30 hours of work to be allowed to park your rv for a week? That is outrageous. The state of Michigan is exploiting rvers.

billh42
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

Steve, I think you misunderstood the note. Usually this is a campsite for the season; from when the campground opens in the spring until it closes in the fall. A lot of full timers do this to be able to cheaply go north in the summer. Generally a couple would each have to provide 15 hours of work a week. If you are comfortable with dealing with the public in a recreational setting and can perform light maintenance and cleaning chores it can be a good deal.
Happy Camping

Gary Byler
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve flippo

It obvious that you have absolutely no concept of why people would work under those conditions. So, please continue working wherever you feel you are being properly rewarded, because you would never be satisfied otherwise. And people like my wife and I along with thousands of others will continue enjoying what you fail to understand.