RV Travel Newsletter: Issue 531

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Weekend of April 28, 2012

Issue 531 of RV Travel
Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its eleventh year of continuous weekly publication, is made possible through sales at RVbookstore.com, by our advertisers, and through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers (thank you!)


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Editor's corner

With Chuck Woodbury
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Are most RVers introverts? Well, that is surely what our survey results from last week suggest. In fact, they show that RVers are overwhelmingly introverts -- not extroverts, who are much more outgoing.

The book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking describes introverts this way: "At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society -- from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer."

Introverts need time alone to recharge their lives. They would not be called "Mr or Ms. Excitement." The opposite personality is an extrovert, who thrives on being with others: an extrovert might be labeled the "life of a party." At that same party, an introvert might prefer to sit in a corner and talk with a friend. Introverts can act like extroverts, but it saps their energy after awhile. Introverts usually fear public speaking but can overcome the fear if necessary and even rise to fame as orators. Introverts tend to think things through. Extroverts are less patient and may want to get something done and move on. Most politicians are extroverts.

Bill Gates and Al Gore are famous introverts who can mimic extroverts. Eleanor Roosevelt was an introvert.

Asians are more introverted. American and European societies are more extroverted. However, Norweigens are famous for being introverts. A joke goes "How do you tell if a Norweigian likes you?" The answer: "He's looking at your shoes, not his own."

In our society introverts can be perceived as unsociable or shy. Our society celebrates extroverts and teaches us that being outgoing is superior to being quiet or reserved. Extroverted parents may think something is wrong with their introverted child.

I am an introvert, and I believe that's a big reason why I love to be away in my RV. I'm a homebody. I like to read, and I can sit in a chair and peer out a window for an hour at a time just thinking. Oh, I like other people and need them, but in moderation. I enjoy attending an RV rally and mingling with the crowd. But when the day is done and I'm "peopled out," I am ready to retreat to my motorhome for peace. I suspect a lot of other RVers are like me. Maybe even most, judging by our survey results.

Oh, one more thing. Last issue I wrote about how I like to take naps. I asked you if you take them, too. Here is how about 700 RVtravel.com readers responded. (Hint: I am definitely not the only napper in the crowd).

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Gasoline prices may have peaked and will soon begin to fall according to CNN Money, perhaps beginning in the next few weeks.

The U.S. Forest Service reports that thieves have done about $66,500 worth of damage to electrical hookups at Dogwood Campground in Blue Jay, Calif., by stealing copper wire, some from 19 hookup sites.

No pause for dogs: Brevard County, Florida's dog beach is a howling success. Despite dire predictions, the 700-foot beach has seen no bites, maulings, or disturbed sea turtles since opening in February. Officials have had to warn some about keeping bowser leashed.

Sheriff's deputies have been suspended after one blasted holes in a beer keg at Tarrall Campground in Colorado's Pike National Forest. Deputies broke up a teen drinking party of about 40 under-agers at the campground. Ten escaped, the rest were charged with underage possession of alcohol. Nobody was hurt.

Allegan County, Michigan officials have heard the voice of the people. Plans for a 30 site campground at the West Side County Park have been permanently scrubbed. Lakeshore residents feared the campground would ruin the scenery, bring police and fire coverage problems, and "make a mess in the future."

Best Parks in America has launched a 'The Best of Summer,' promotion where RVers and campers vote for their favorite campground and RV resort. Those that do are entered into a drawing to win a free week of camping at their favorite Best Park in America. Vote at BestParks.com or at Facebook.com/bestparksinamerica.

Branson, Missouri's Old Highway 86 Campground on the White River arm of Table Rock Lake will be closed this summer. Repair crews will be repairing damage caused by high water in 2011.

Visits to North Dakota State Parks are up 32 percent for the first quarter of 2012 over 2011. A total of 73,197 visitors set the biggest first quarter record since 1988, when records were first kept. An early spring gets credit.

A man has been charged with the murder of Canadian RVers Lyle and Marie McCann who vanished in Alberta last year. Travis Vader, long a suspect in the case, was charged with first-degree murder last week. Police are mum on details.

Nearly half of all Americans participated in some outdoor recreation in 2011 according to a study by The Outdoor Foundation. Both adults and young ones listed camping as one of their top five outdoor activities. 


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More news

Three lot owners at Key Largo, Florida's Calusa Campground were fleeced for nearly $7,000 by a "contractor" who took down-payments to build them awnings. Loot in hand, Israel Acanda absconded, say police, leaving no awnings behind. If you were taken, call them.

Lake Guntersville State Park, near Birmingham, Ala., is back open for business, a year after twisters mowed through. The winds wiped out many trees, but managers are putting a positive spin on it: "The view from the chalets and lodge is fantastic!"

The post office at the Lakeport RV Park in Lakeport, Florida was tipped over this week. Not a robbery, but straight-line winds the cause, originally thought to be a tornado.

The last assets of defunct RV manufacturer MVP RV were sold last week. Land and buildings in Riverside County, California sold off for less than was owed creditors. The buyer will not be building RVs on the site.

Alabama State Park's Geocaching Challenge, including visits to 22 parks, has been won in less than four days. Two teams won, one of which drove 1,600 miles to participate.

Federal officials say a plane that crashed into a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina RV park in 2011 probably came down because of "pilot spatial disorientation." In addition to the pilot, a guest at the Briarcliff RV resort was killed when the plane hit.

Keep up with RV Industry
news
throughout the week at RVbusiness.com.



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Cooling tips for boondockers
Summertime, and the livin' may be easy, but if you're a boondocker, it isn't always easy to stay cool. We can no longer claim to be "boondocking purists," in the sense that now [cough, cough] we own and carry a portable generator on our travels. Still, it's not always necessary to fire up the 'Yamaha Chorus' to run the air conditioner when Sol climbs high in the sky. A few tips may make it possible for you to keep the a/c off and still stay comfortable.

Water is evil: how to find and fix a vent leak
The Wanderman Rich Miller was busy last week dealing with a roof leak on a vent. In his posting this week, he explains how he discovered the water leak and what he is doing to fix it. Read all about it.

Simple trick helps your RV furnace stay healthy
In this short video, you'll pick up a simple trick about RV furnace maintenance by checking your RV's furnace exhaust and air intake vents. This is a very simple process that requires only one tool, or if it's not available, a metal clothes hanger. Watch the video.



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Buying RV insurance: Sort out the terms, Part 1
Owning an RV can be a big financial investment. Keeping it financially secure only makes sense. But when it comes to buying insurance, it can be a bit tricky--the terms can be so daunting. Just what are you shopping for, and what does it cover? In this and our next installment, we'll walk through some of the seemingly mysterious terms that come with RV insurance. Read more.

How to service a diesel RV generator
One of the greatest freedoms we get from RVing is the ability to go anywhere, any time, completely self-contained. The RV Geek's Onan 7.5 kW QuietDiesel generator is a ingredient to their freedom. Proper care and maintenance of a RVer's "genny" will lead to a long life of trouble-free operation. Read more and watch a video.

Washington man builds tiny trailers
Jack Gerber, an ex-cabinetmaker turned RV maker, is finding success building tiny teardrop trailer-sized RVs. He calls them tiny trailers. They are so small and lightweight they can be pulled with the smallest of cars. And even though they are small and spartan, they are cozy and a huge leap up in comfort from tent camping. Read more.


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Fix your roof air conditioner sag
Many who own older RVs have a common curse: A sag in their roof where the air conditioner looks like a rider on a sway-backed horse. Not only is it unsightly, it can lead to roof leaks and structural damage. How can you take the sag out? RV a/c units are basically a sandwich affair: The heavy mechanical parts, including the compressor unit, are mounted above the RV roof. The mechanical portion pumps air down into the coach through a hole in the roof that is about the size of an RV roof vent hole. Read more.

Man loves his trailer so much he wrote a song about it

This is a delightful three-minute video about a man and his Casita trailer. The RVer, playing a ukelele, sings a delightful song about the trailer and the places he has been. We guarantee you will enjoy this. We should all be as clever (and musical) as this fellow. Watch the video.


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Only for the rich! Yipes, $2.3 million for this motorcoach!
What is it they say? If you have to ask how much, it isn't for you? We didn't have to ask, Featherlight volunteered. A cool $2.3 million for a Featherlite Vantaré Celebration. No way can travel in this be called "Camping!" Take a short video tour (turn down your speakers: the music is loud!)

Tire expert answers question about
tire pressure and maximum tire temperatures

There is not an easy answer to the question posed by this RVer who writes "I would love to hear your thoughts on tire pressure/temperature monitoring systems." Our tire expert Roger Marble responds with his thoughts. Read what he says.

Family RVing: Try a game of night time bean bag toss
Part of the novelty of RV camping is that many wooded campgrounds get very dark at night. Even a short trip to the restroom requires flashlights. Here's a game for the kids that uses that darkness along with glow-in-the-dark necklaces for a fun game. Read all about it.


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We have added an extensive classified section to RVtravel.com in partnership with RVtrader.com. Look for the link to it at the top of every page in the blue bar. There are currently more than 80,000 listings. Search by type of RV, location, price range or keyword. You will not find a larger selection of RVs for sale anywhere. If you are selling an RV, this is an excellent place to advertise.


This Week's Reader Survey
Do you think, in general, that RVs are better built today than 10 years ago? Answer here.

Last week's question
Are you happiest participating in group activities or spending your time alone or with a few friends?
Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.


Come Celebrate Memorial Day and
Bella Terra's Blue Hawaii Luau & BBQ with Elvis

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores is one of the top rated Class A only RV resorts in the country. Currently the resort offers over 110 oversized lots, most with too many amenities to list, best in class hospitality & service, plus proximity to some of the nation's finest beaches on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Once again, Bella Terra is celebrating with its Blue Hawaii Luau & BBQ with Elvis Impersonator Shane Tucker! Reservations will go quickly so make your plans immediately for Memorial Day at Bella Terra of Gulf Shores by calling (866) 417-2416 or visit us at BellaTerraRVresort.com!


RECENTLY UPDATED
Upcoming RV Shows
See the long list of upcoming RV shows for 2012 and 2013.

FreeCampgrounds.com
More than 2,200 places to stay for free or less than $10 in an RV.

Latest RV Recalls
See them here, along with past recalls.


Acrylic Patching Cement, One Quart

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Use this to stop leaks on damp or dry surfaces. It's formulated with durable acrylic resin and special reinforcing materials. Long-lasting, tough, flexible patch. Seals out water. Mildew resistant. Blends in on existing white roofs. Resists cracking, peeling, and blistering. Soap and water clean up -- while wet. Color: White, 32 ounces. Limit one per customer at this incredibly low price! Learn more or order.


Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.82 (on Apr. 27)
Change from week before: Down 4 cents 
Diesel: $4.08 (on Apr. 23)
Change from week before: Down 4 cents


eBOOKS!
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With eBooks you don't have to wait to read your book. Just place your order and your eBook will be delivered almost instantly to your email inbox. These eBooks are written by RV experts and delivered in PDF format. Check out the big selection of eBooks at RVbookstore.com. Browse the RVbookstore.com eBook department.


RV DoctorAsk the Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions.

New: Gary's eBook, The RV Doctor's Technical Guide to RV Electrical Systems. Learn all about your RV's 120-volt electrical system. Order now and be reading a few minutes later.

Seeks information sources on RV diagnostic work
Dear RV Doctor,
I was wondering if you could recommend a comprehensive technical publication for doing diagnostic work on RV refrigerators, hot water tanks and air-conditioning units? I realize there may be multiple publications involved and also may be specific to type but I am looking for somewhat more basic tech pubs, at least at first. Read the entire question and Gary's response.

SEE GARY'S VIDEOS at RVdoctorVIDEOS.COM.


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Here are two great guides to Wal-Mart stores, the "Wal-Mart Atlas" (Second edition, published 2011) and the "Wherezitat? Locate A Wal-Mart Pocket Guide" (includes stores that DO NOT allow overnight stays). You get the Wherezitat guide for FREE with the purchase of the Atlas, packaged together to save you $4.95 over purchasing separately. Get both guides for only $24.95, a $29.90 value! Learn more or order.


The RV Shrink
Black water tank is leaking. Wife is not a happy camper
Dear R.V. Shrink:

We just started a trip that will last two months. My husband is raising a stink and I keep complaining about it, which makes him even more cantankerous than he usually is. We have a 1989 travel trailer. It seems our exposed plumbing outlet for the black water tank is cracked right were it is connected to the tank. It is a slow, steady, smelly drip. Every time my husband tries some new super-duper glue or filler, he tells me it's fixed. Every time I tell him it's leaking again he gets mad and frustrated. I know it's a lousy job and hard to deal with on a trip, but I just can't stand smelling like an outhouse every place we park. Should I just put up with it or keep giving him the stink eye. --Odiferous in Oregon 

Read the RV Shrink's response.


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2012 Next Exit and RVer's Friend
Here are two great guides. The 2012 Next Exit lists services at every U.S. Interstate exit. The RVer's Friend shows services available for RVs at all U.S. and Canadian travel centers (truck stops).  You receive both best sellers, and save $4.00 over purchasing them separately. Learn more or order


Odds and ends

RV News Service

City backs off on RV living ban.

 

California RVer

New national monument for California.

 

RV Wheel Life

Springs means birds attacking own reflections.
Northwest women search for antiques in vintage motorhome.


Popular Campground Directory
now on
DVD. Better than ever!
The 2012 RV Roadtrip Navigator is now on DVD, which makes it super fast with more detailed maps and other features to help you easily locate RV parks and campgrounds in the USA and Canada. The user friendly interface provides the ultimate RV travel planning software. And at RVbookstore.com you'll save 40% off the cover price! Learn more or order!


Small towns you gotta love. . .
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
In the early 1800s, travelers to this area along two-lane highway 532, about halfway between Jackson and Hattiesburg, would stop at Levi Davis' inn, where there was always a pot of hot coffee and ginger cakes made by his wife. One day, Davis decided to put up a big coffee pot and a sign outside that read "Hot Coffee." Soon, that's what people started calling his inn, and later when settlers began moving into the area that's what they called the settlement as well.

Internet Specials!
 

Joke of the week
How many telemarketers does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but he has to do it while you're eating dinner.


Headed to Alaska?
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Boondocking tips

Staying Safe: Sewage Overflow
If your black water tank overflows, you are dealing with human waste, which carries microorganisms that can make you sick if ingested. Be careful to use a disinfectant to thoroughly clean your hands and anything else that gets contaminated by waste from the black water tank. From The Complete Book of Boondocking RVing.

Browse books and eBooks about Boondocking at RVbookstore.com


2012 EDITION
Guide To The Firearm Laws
of the 50 States

RVers who travel with a firearm may not know that what's legal in their home state may be a felony in another. This 2012 book explains current, specific gun laws for every state. Don't cross a state line with a gun without knowing the laws. Learn more or order.


This issue's Knowledge Quiz

One quiz on Saturday, April 28, 2012 with a swell prize!
 
TODAY'S PRIZE: Your very own submarine! That's right! Well, it's a tiny one, but the perfect size for a bathtub. This is perhaps the coolest prize we have yet awarded in 2012. Just load the sub with baking soda and yell "dive" and "surface," and watch it perform. Your spouse in the other room will think you're nuts, but who cares when you own something this swell? Maybe you remember subs like this in your cereal boxes back in the 1950s. Well, now's your chance to own one again!

QUIZ QUESTION WILL NOT APPEAR until the exact start time as noted below (before the actual start time you will only see previous contests).

Answer the quiz here on Saturday, April 28 beginning at exactly 9:45 a.m., Pacific Time (12:45 p.m. in the East).

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.


Riddle
There is a barrel with no lid and some wine in it. "This barrel of wine is more than half full," said Curly. "No it's not," says Mo. "It's less than half full." How did Mo know? Answer below.


DVD shows how to drive a motorhome
Learn how to drive a motorhome the right and safe way from RVer/tour bus driver Lorrin Walsh. In this 67-minute DVD, you'll learn how to confidently drive a motorhome. This should be essential viewing for novice motorhome drivers, but even experienced RVers will benefit. Now save 12%. Learn more or order.

Also: DVD "Tow Your Fifth Wheel Trailer Like A Pro."


Tech Tips from Mark Polk
It's time for your post-winter RV checkup
Your house-on-wheels sat in storage for several months this winter and now it's time for another camping season. What do you check to make sure the RV is safe and ready to use when you head out on your first RV trip of the season? There are lots of preventive maintenance checks you can perform, but here are the checks I consider essential. Read more.

Learn more about RV repair and maintenance from Mark's many helpful books and DVDs at RVbookstore.com. And don't miss Mark's new RV consumer magazine. Click here to read it.


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Bill's Hints

Slideout tip
"Inspect slideout hydraulic systems occasionally for any sign of hydraulic fluid. There should never be any oily spots below the mechanism. Repairs should be made at the first sign of a leak." --From Motorhomes Made Easy.


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Driving into the mountains with your RV? Be careful, there are some nasty grades. Here, in two volumes, are the premier guides to the mountain passes and steep grades of the American East and West -- more than 700 passes all together. You save $5 when buying both these guides together. Learn more or order for only $26.90 for both volumes.


The RV Kitchen
Cheatin' Chocolate Cheesecake
This cheats the time clock and it also cheats the diet police because it’s so low-cal compared to a conventional cheesecake. It’s a great summer dessert because it needs no eggs, no oven. You do, however, need a mixer, blender or food processor to make it creamy smooth. Get the recipe.

Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.


Looking for a job
while you travel?
Workamper News is the RVers' #1 source for finding jobs about "workamping" for more than 20 years. Find full-time jobs, part-time jobs or volunteer positions. Learn more.


Bumper Sticker of the week
"When everything's coming your way -- you're in the wrong lane!"


These DVDs will make you a better RVer
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Trivia
Russian dressing was first made in America. French fries originated in Belgium. Spaghetti was concocted in China. Chop suey and fortune cookies originated in the U.S., as did Danish pastries. "As American as Apple Pie" is not correct: apple pie originated in France and England.


Best sellers at RVbookstore


Random RV Thought
It's wise to check your side mirrors often when heading out for a trip or for each day. Make sure they are in the proper position. A motorhome or a tow vehicle pulling a trailer usually has less visibility than a passenger car. If your mirrors are not adjusted properly, your "blind spot" will be increased, which could cause an accident.


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Worth Pondering
"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." --Francis Bacon


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Riddle answer: The question was: There is a barrel with no lid and some wine in it. "This barrel of wine is more than half full," said Curly. "No it's not," says Mo, "it's less than half full." So how did Mo know? ANSWER: Mo tilted the barrel until the wine barely touched the lip of the barrel. If the bottom of the barrel is visible then it is less than half full. If the barrel bottom is still completly covered by the wine, then it is more than half full.
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About the RVtravel.com editor
Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for nearly three decades. In the '90s he published the quirky travel newspaper Out West, and was an "on the road" writer for the New York Times Syndicate. His RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC's Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers. Nowadays, he lives near Seattle where he drinks massive amounts of coffee and travels often in his motorhome and sometimes by plane when vast expanses of saltwater would turn his RV into a leaky submarine. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD "Buying a Recreational Vehicle," the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way.

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RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Contributing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Julianne Crane, Gary Bunzer, Silvanna Clark, Bob Difley, Roger Marble and Richard Miller. Office Manager: Jody Allcott. Warehouse operations: Eric Brotman. New York City correspondent: Emily Woodbury.

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