Monday, December 4, 2023


What we learned about you last week (February 9-15)

By Emily Woodbury

Hello again and welcome back! As we always do, we learned quite a bit from our favorite readers (that’s you) last week, and we thank you for voting in our newsletter polls. Hopefully you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day with your partners, and you’re staying warm and dry, wherever you and your four-wheeled home are.

If 30 percent of you use Facebook, you better have “liked” and “followed” our account! …You have, right? Wink. On Saturday we wanted to know which social media platforms you participate in. Most of you have Facebook, but a lot of you also use YouTube. A few of you, 9 percent each, use Pinterest and RVillage, and a small handful of you use Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. However, 15 percent of you don’t use any social media.

On Monday we learned that 47 percent of you level your RV manually, and 41 percent of you use automatic levelers. The rest of you, 12 percent, use a combination of both. Reader Wolfe asked in the comments, “I wonder how many people in the poll would have answered that they DON’T level unless it’s unbearably sloped? I’ve seen quite a few folks who roll in and declare ‘Good enough.'” Do any of you do this?

Photo by David Becher, Flickr

Whew! We got close to 3,000 votes on Tuesday’s poll. We asked: How likely are you to stay in a campground where there is no cell phone service? Nearly half of you, 47 percent, would stay, saying not having cell service isn’t a problem. Some of you, 43 percent, say you’d stay in a campground without cell service, but you’d try to avoid it if possible, and 10 percent of you would not stay in a park without cell service unless it was an emergency.

We learned on Wednesday that you probably don’t have satellite TV in your RV (63 percent of you don’t). Some of you, 37 percent, do have satellite TV. Reader Tommy Molnar wrote, “I chose ‘yes’ for satellite service because, well, we DO have satellite service. This may sound funny, but the main use for our satellite is the music. After 20 years of fighting the tripod/dish alignment thing (nearly divorcing on many occasions – ha), we finally bit the bullet and got a Dish Playmaker. WHAT – a difference! Put it up on the roof. Plug it in. Music!” Cool!

Photo by @rvunlimited, Instagram

We were glad to see the results of Thursday’s poll, where we asked you how challenging it is for you to get timely repairs done on your RV. A lucky 38 percent of you answered that it’s never been a problem, and 30 percent of you have never had to have any professional work done. This is great! Nearly a quarter of you, 21 percent, answered that it’s often hard to find a place to do the work needed, and 12 percent say it’s been a big problem. Ugh.

And just like that, we wrap another week of what we learned about you! Thanks for joining us. Enjoy your week, and treat yourself to some Valentine’s Day chocolate on sale at the drug store. *She writes as she shoves a heart-shaped York peppermint patty in her mouth.*

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 700+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Chuck (@guest_40772)
4 years ago

15% don’t use any social media. How did they know to respond to the questionnaire?

Tommy Molnar (@guest_40639)
4 years ago

“I’ve seen quite a few folks who roll in and declare ‘Good enough.’” Do any of you do this?”

If we’re just staying somewhere for the night, usually boondocking, we get the trusty level out, check front to back, side to side, and if all is good, it’s “Good enough”. Maybe Wolfe has seen US!

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