RV Travel Newsletter: October 13-19. Issue 555

 

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Weekend of October 13, 2012

Issue 555 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
Chuck@RVtravel.com
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WATCH MY ONE MINUTE VIDEO GREETING.
CLICK THE VIDEO TO THE RIGHT
Recorded October 11, 2012

eturning from an extended RV trip is different from leaving. I always leave with an empty slate of expectations. I fill them day-by-day with people, places and experiences. Now, more than two months after I began, I am about to return home to Edmonds, Wash., my expectations fulfilled far more than I could have imagined. I have become accustomed to a life on the road, to moving, and I wonder how I will feel once I stop. Right now, I am more relaxed than when I departed -- a wonderful, soothing calmness. This was my best trip in decades.

Today, driving from Minnesota to the middle of South Dakota was like traveling aboard a magic carpet -- in a drugged-like trance, "high" on endorphins. The sun was bright, a few dozen puffy clouds dotted the deep blue sky, and there was little traffic to distract me: I just cruised and day dreamed. I stopped from time to time at rest areas to walk and stretch. In one, I took a 30-minute nap. A gentle breeze blew across me on my couch, oh. . . delightful.

I DID SOMETHING THIS TRIP that I have never done before: I kept a video diary, or vlog as they are sometimes called. I posted some of the videos on Facebook, most a minute or two, but only a few of the 50 or so that I recorded. I will post others in the weeks ahead at my Roadside Journal blog, when I have a faster internet connection. It was painfully slow to upload them on my trip with my Verizon aircard.

Recording those videos, holding a tiny camera in one hand and talking to it -- and I know this sounds strange -- was a bit like having someone along to share my experiences. Posting the videos on Facebook, and then reading the responses from those who watched them made me happy.

By nature, when I am with friends, I like to talk, to explore ideas, even silly ones. Doing so often teaches me something. Talking to my camera, I soon realized, felt somewhat the same. It was like writing in my journal, as I did for a decade back in my 30s when I came to think of it as a friend, "someone" with whom I could discuss anything whether serious or silly. I loved writing in that journal. And I loved doing the videos this trip. I want to do more.

Now, only a few days from home, I am anxious about returning to a routine life. I am, of course, looking forward to seeing friends and family. I look forward to sleeping in my big comfy bed and living in a space 20 times larger than in my tiny motorhome. But I will miss the adventure and excitement of the trip. I will miss it very much.

I have loved traveling in motorhomes since my first trip 30 years ago. It's everything I imagined back in my youth when I began to dream of such a life. In fact, it's more.

Photos:
Top: I-90 in South Dakota
Bottom: My Kennebec (pop. 250), South Dakota campsite tonight as I write this essay.

Watch a short video about my visit to a giant green statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota!

Did you miss our Great RV Acccessories Newsletter that we posted yesterday (Oct. 12)? If so, read it here.

JOIN ME ON FACEBOOK. I am posting there about my trip.

NEW NEWSLETTER
In mid-November, we will debut a new newsletter -- RV DAILY TIPS. Every Monday through Friday we'll post one valuable tip about RVing and one video tip from a nationally respected RV expert. To sign up, click here. It takes about 30 seconds. And check out our other newsletters while you're there.

Do you have any photos of yourself camping as a child? If so, we'd love to see them to possibly publish them in this newsletter. Just email them to me, chuck@rvtravel.com.


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Tashah, a three-year-old Shiba Inu dog broke her leash on a walk last July in a Whistler, B.C. RV park. Owners Donna and Mark Wallin were ecstatic when on October 1 they got a call that Tashah had been found. No reports on how she lived on the lam, but she lost nearly half her weight.
 
Auction prices for RVs made a definite twist in September. Black Book reports motorhome values actually increased several thousand dollars from August; towables dropped more than $1,500. Average sale price for motorhomes, $43,918; towables $9,813.
 
Utah's Make-A-Wish fundraiser made a big splash for Michael Brown. Brown entered the foundation's Rubber Ducky Derby and his duck floated home to win the grand prize of a 2013 Dutchman travel trailer donated by Sierra RV from Sunset, Utah. The derby brought in $120,000.

Erie, Pennsylvania campground owner Thomas Peckham is sitting in jail until his last tenant moves out. More than a year ago a judge ordered the park closed for health violations and Peckham was finally jailed for contempt. He also faces fines of $35,000.

A wildfire near Naches, Washington came close to putting Wonderland Campground to the flame. When fire broke out Monday a dozen fire responders quickly showed up and quelled the 30-acre brush fire before it got to the park.

RVers at a Keremeos, B.C. RV park have voted to air their clean laundry. After years of a ban against laundry lines, the 80 residents struck down the ban at the Riverside RV Park in favor of environmental friendliness. The local power utility provided free, retractable clotheslines to the RVers to aid in the effort.

Guzzling water leads to arrest: Wildwood, Florida police investigating RV burglaries at a storage lot last April finally got a break. It appears the alleged burglar, Michael Garza, let his thirst get the better of him. DNA tests from a water bottle left in a rig pointed to him as the culprit.

Airdrie, Alberta residents have told city councilors, "Stay out of our driveways!" Officials have shelved an ordinance that would have kept RVs out of front yards six months of the year after a large crowd of residents protested it.

Winnebago Industries, Inc., yesterday reported the financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012. Revenues for the quarter which ended Aug. 25 were $162.5 million, up 24.5 percent from last year. Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $40.9 million versus $3.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.


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More news

Colorado's popular tourist attraction, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been fingered in the 525-acre "Goblin" wildfire. Officials suspect a runaway ember from a railroad locomotive sparked the fire in steep, timbered terrain. Fire crews have kept the flames from the tracks.

A couple who've been camped out at an impound yard in the UK, protesting the "illegal" seizure of their motorhome have been given the bum's rush. Last July 4 their rig was impounded for non-payment of taxes, and subsequently crushed. A court ordered their 'protest' camp vacated after the 84 day vigil.

Fastest drive-thru restaurant service? (Time in seconds) 1. Wendy's (129.75) 2. Taco Bell (149.69) 3. Bojangles (171.61) 4. Krystal (175.94) 5. McDonald's (188.83) 6. Chick-fil-A (190.06) 7. Burger King (201.33). Best accuracy?  1. Chick-fil-A 2. Taco Bell 3. McDonald's 4. Wendy's 5. Burger King.

A dead squirrel found at Fern Basin Campground near Idyllwild, California has tested positive for the plague. The campground remains open with posted warning signs. It's the first time the plague has been found in Riverside County in more than 10 years.

At the big California RV Show in Pomona, underway now through the 21st, Winnebago is holding the first public viewing of its new value-priced Winnebago Minnie Winnie class C motorhome and its top-of-the-line Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse 42GDs class A motorhomes.

Camping World and the Good Sam Club are now encouraging volunteer service on the part of their employees. Workers will be given eight-hours off with pay every quarter to volunteer time, "to causes that are meaningful to them."

Wildfire broke out Tuesday in Rocky Mountain National Park. At press time (Thursday) the fire was still not contained and had reached 660 acres. Moraine Park Campground has been closed as a precaution, although no buildings were under immediate threat.

On this date in history:
October 13
Compiled by Dell Bert

1914: Boston Braves sweep Philadelphia A's, first sweep in World Series history.
1925: Margaret Thatcher is born.
1963: "Beatlemania" is coined after the Beatles appear at the Palladium.
1983: Ameritech Mobile Communications (now Cingular) launched the first U.S. cellular network in Chicago, Illinois.
1987: First military use of trained dolphins (U.S. Navy in Persian Gulf).

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


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Dealing with RV dual tires
Thinking about upping your ante in the RV world with a rig that has dual tires? One-ton pickups can pull a lot of weight, and plenty of motorhomes have dual tires. Not only do dual tires mean you'll be buying at least half-again as many tires for the rig when you "re-tire," they also require special attention throughout their life. Let a "single" tire get a little low, you run some risks. Let your dual tires get low, they can actually rub against one another and cause damage to themselves. Read more.

RV park doing just fine charging $5 a night
Along Interstate 90, about 10 miles west of the town of Wall, South Dakota and its mega tourist attraction Wall Drug, is Wasta, population 72, and its 24 Express Campground. In an era when most RV parks along a highway routinely charge $30 to $50 a night, the 24 Express Campground charges $5. It's been in business for three years and is turning a profit. Read more.

When buying an RV, think about how you will use it
If you really like to get away from it all and go camping in the backwoods you will be limited to what size RV will work for you -- in other words, shorter is better: a pop-up trailer, truck camper or hybrid might be your best choice. On the other hand, if you are planning to travel cross country and not spend much time in any particular spot, a motorized RV might make more sense. Read about other options.

Test your shore power hookup for safety
One quick way to ruin an RV trip is a heavy electrical shock. Shore power systems in campgrounds can be dangerous if not maintained, or if miswired. Protecting yourself isn't difficult, nor expensive. Read more.


Essential for owners of large RVs!
2012 Big Rigs
Best Bets Campground Directory

If you drive a king-sized RV, this directory is for you. The authors provide details about RV parks in 49 states and seven Canadian provinces that welcome long RVs. All parks personally visited by the authors, who even recommend best sites in each one plus nearby attractions. A must for big rig owners. Learn more or order.

Some statistics about RVing that show why it is so popular
Here's a quick look at some statistics about RVers that are pretty darn interesting. For example, did you know that RVing couples develop stronger bonds with each other than non RVers: when surveyed, that's what 68 percent reported. Read more.

No Shock Zone: Part Ten:
GFCI troubleshooting

This is a repeat of our 12-part series about basic RV electricity by Mike Sokol. What follows is the tenth segment of a 12-part series about basic electricity for RV users and how to protect yourself and your family from shocks and possible electrocution. Please read.

This hum is driving me crazy! - Radio noise exorcised!
Recently, Rich Miller, the Wanderman, replaced his motorhome's entire entertainment system including re-wiring all the video and audio lines. But there was a problem afterward: a hum whenever he watched the TV or listed to the radio. Well, this turned out to be unacceptable to this avid do-it-yourselfer, so he set about to fix the problem. And he did! Learn how.


RV Technical
and Roadside Assistance!

Add a roadside assistance plan today from Coach-Net and give yourself valuable peace of mind while you're on the road away from home. We've got you and your family covered. Your membership includes coverage on your RV and all other personal vehicles (including motorcycles) -- owned, rented or borrowed! Learn more about our RV plans.


RVing "Geeks" impressed with Verizon 4G service.
But there is a downside.

Jim and Chris Guld at Geeks on Tour, report on their popular website about how well their Verizon 4G service has worked. They write: "We are in the small town of Celina in northeastern Ohio. There are NO major metropolitan areas anywhere near us, and we have blazing fast 4G LTE from Verizon." Yet with the speed, comes a downside. Read more

Newsreel celebrates RVing in 1937
Here is a fascinating newsreel we found from 1937 that marvels at the RV lifestyle. We showed you this before, but it's been at least a couple of years ago, and worth another look. Back then RVers were called trailerists. See these RVers on the road and in trailer camps, some of which even included general stores on wheels and, as shown here, a mobile barber shop. And how about the price of a weeks stay in an RV park? You'll wish that price would make a comeback! Watch the video.

Quartzsite RV show gets ready for year 30. Claims "largest show" title
This tiny desert town is preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show, which its promoters claim draws the largest crowds of any RV show in North America. Read more.


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LEGAL: Offers end 11/30/12. Credit card required (except in MA & PA); New approved customers only. All offers require 24-month agreement. FREE RV KIT: Requires NEW residential home service activation & purchase of ENTERTAINMENT programming or above.  Additional terms and conditions apply. Call for details.


This Week's Reader Survey
Where are you right now, east or west of the Mississippi River?
Answer here.

Last week's question
If you had no obligations to keep you home and plenty of money, how many days a year would you like to travel with an RV?
Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.


Top RV Resort Expansion Opens This Fall
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores Phase 3 Ready October 2012
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, one of the nation's top rated luxury RV resorts has broken ground on the third and final phase of the Class A only resort in Foley, Alabama. Lot owners who purchase before the October opening are able to customize their lots like never before including adding outdoor kitchens, gazebos, custom paver drives, and much more. Find out more by calling (866) 417-2416 or by visiting their website at www.BellaTerraRVresort.com.

Resources

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

FreeCampgrounds.com
More than 2,000 places to stay for free or less than $10 in an RV.

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


Collapsible Tripod Stand

List price $19.99
Now only $3.99!

This multi-purpose collapsible tripod stand can be used for almost anything and is perfect for your home or RV! Hold up to 3 lanterns at once to illuminate your whole campsite. It can also double as a clothes hanger -- this means you can hang up to 15 hangers at once! This hanger extends to two different heights - 44 inches and 63 inches and folds to a slimming 6 inches wide by 48 inches high.  Made with high quality steel and ABS plastic construction. 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: $3.79 (on Oct. 12)
Change from week before: Up 1 cent
Diesel: $4.09 (on Oct. 8)
Change from week before: Up 2 cents


https://rvbookstore.com/shop/images/2/t/1483.jpgBest Seller!
Guide to Free Campgrounds
The 2012 edition of Guide to Free Campgrounds contains more than 12,000 public campgrounds across the USA, including national forests, national parks, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Corps of Engineers campsites and others, all with camping fees of $12 or less per night! This is one of RVbookstore.com's all time best sellers. Learn more or order.


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

New this year: 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.

New RV has propane leaks. Why? What to do?

Dear Gary,
My one-year old travel trailer developed severe propane leaks around both service pigtails leading to the trailer's 30 pound propane tanks. This was discovered after the very first filling of tanks and then remounting them. In one year the original vinyl hose became hardened and was spinning on the hose barbs connecting to the central regulator/tank switch assembly, despite the swaged-on collar. Leaks were also observed where the hose connected to the green knurled-knob tank fitting. Read the remainder of the question and Gary's response.

SEE GARY'S VIDEOS at RVdoctorVIDEOS.COM.


Get rid of your
uncomfortable RV mattress!

Excel Distributors is a leading manufacturer of RV mattresses, pillows, sheets and mattress protectors for true “home away from home” comfort. All mattresses are designed and made in the USA, in Tualatin, Oregon. Free shipping on all orders. Jump into Fall! $100 off the Adventurer mattress (short queen 60"x74"). EXP 10/31/12  Call 888-691-6801 or visit www.exceldistributors.com. Get rid of that cheap mattress that came with your RV!


The RV Shrink

Husband always gets into pre-dick-aments

Dear R.V. Shrink:
My husband knows just enough about working on our rig to be dangerous. Recently he was wiring our tow vehicle for lights. First he read RV forums for two days, then he watched a YouTube video, then he bought what he thought he needed. That was followed by two days of swearing, fuming and high blood pressure. He said he wired everything properly but he didn't have a right turn signal. Every time he hit the brakes he blew the fuse to our tow plug. It took him a whole day just to find that fuse. His name is Dick and I call all of his many problems Pre-Dick-aments. That annoys him, but we always have stories to tell after he tackles one of these projects. He finally figured out his problem. The right turn wire was shorted out on a sharp piece of metal. He was told by a fellow camper that he could simply buy a wireless set of lights that attach to the car trunk and not have to deal with all this wiring hassle. He never listens to good advice. How can I reason with him that he is shortening his life by frustrating himself on a regular basis? --Hard Wired in Astoria

Read the RV Shrink's response.


INTERNET SALE ENDS 11-5-12.

Joke of the week
Domineering wife to husband: "You be quiet. When I want your opinion I'll give it to you."


Headed to Alaska?
Check out these books and DVDs

2012 Milepost Directory
DVD: RVing Alaska with Joe and Vicki Kieva
Traveler's Guide to Alaska Camping
Guide to the Alaska Highway
The World Famous Alaska Highway
DVD: Alaska By RV
More Alaska Books


This issue's Knowledge Quiz
One quiz on Saturday, October 13, 2012 with a swell prize!http://rvbookstore.com/shop/images/2/t/212.jpg

TODAY'S PRIZE: The book "Cooking Aboard Your RV."

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, October 13 beginning at exactly 9:30 a.m., Pacific Time (12:30 p.m. in the East).

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.


Save on
Michelin RV Tires

Buy at Competitive Prices through FMCA’s Advantage Program. Learn more.


Odds and Ends

Midwest RVer
New smart phone app available for Kansas State Parks.

RVing Canada
Overnighting eliminated for many northern Ontario parks.

Northwest RVer
All aboard the Pumpkin Train on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railway.

RV News Service
Deer plows through travel trailer (graphic photo).


Save $4.95 on Wal-Mart guides!
GET THE POCKET GUIDE FOR FREE
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.


Tech Tips from Mark Polk

Do you know your RV terminology?
I thought it would be a good idea for you to take a minute to familiarize yourself with some campground and RV terminology you may encounter while RVing. Just click here.

Learn more about RV repair and maintenance from Mark's many helpful books and DVDs at RVbookstore.com.



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 guidebook 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.


RV Short Stops

Nebraska Prairie Museum
Holdrege, Nebraska

The Nebraska Prairie Museum is definitely a destination RV Short Stop. Even if you choose to see only half of the collection -- you will need to take a break, go out to your RV, make lunch, maybe take a nap, and then go back in to have another go at all the amazing "things" on display. There are more than 65,000-feet of interior exhibits including prized collections, ranging from arrowheads and Native American pottery to license plates and washing machines. Then there are model airplanes, sets of spoons and almost anything else you can imagine that was used on the prairie. Read more.


SAVE:
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The 2012 Trailer Life Directory

The 2012 Trailer Life Directory is the most comprehensive, accurate, and reliable source for campground information available, with full descriptions and details for more than 11,700 private and public campgrounds, information on over 900,000 RV sites, RV service centers, LP gas locations and tourist attractions. Cover price: $24.95. Our bargain price now only $12.46! Learn more or order.


Readers' camping photos from yesteryear
Reader Ronald R. Lowry sent this photo. He wrote: "This was taken during a Boy Scout outing in the late 1940s (best guess). The campsite is near Rumsey, Calif., on the east slope of the Coast Range Mountains, on Cache Creek. Jack Sidener is on the left and I'm on the right. Our tent was a WW II surplus, two man pup-tent. The campground remains but has fallen into disrepair from a total lack of maintenance."


BEST SELLER!
RVers Best Public Campgrounds
This is a terrific guide for RVers who like to stay in public campgrounds not too far off the beaten path. It lists hundreds of such campgrounds within a 30-minute drive from an Interstate highway. They include those managed by the feds, state, county or cities. Overnight fees for most campgrounds are $19 or less. The campgrounds will accommodate most RVs. Learn more or order for only $17.95


In our Reader Forum

Discount Camping Clubs: All comments are negative
The list of dissatisfied customers who joined the RV Super Pages or the Ultimate RV camping clubs continues to grow. Both "clubs" are advertised heavily on the Web and promise half price camping. We have yet to see one positive comment from RVtravel.com readers about either club. Based on this response, we urge RVers considering a membership to read these comments first.

Sign up for our forum. A great way to exchange information and get your RV-related questions answered.



RV Insurance: Specialists in RV insurance. Explorer RV Insurance
RVs For Sale: Thousands of RVs for Sale, New, Used by Dealers & Private Sellers. RVzen.com
Extended Warranty. See why so many RVers rely on Good Sam's program.


potogoldWin cash with our Pot of Gold Contest.
To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $185.00. Each weekday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pacific time) we publish a randomly selected U.S. Zip Code. If you live there and are the first to tell us, you win the money which increases every day there's no winner. Certain rules apply.
Last week's Zip Codes: 55374, 92232, 78783, 58323, 28678

Bill's Hints

Fuel tanks
Keep your fuel tank(s) full when not on the road. Moisture in the form of water vapor can enter by way of the tank vents as evening temperatures drop. When the vapor condenses, it forms water. The more empty space, the faster water collects. Water rusts fuel tanks and rust flakes clog up your filters. -- From Motorhomes Made Easy


eBOOKS!
INSTANT READING ABOUT RVing!

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.


Day-Before-Payday Burgers
Everyone is feeling the pinch these days but most of the “budget” recipes I find in the women’s magazines today focus on beans, pasta and vegetables. It’s getting tiresome. For a change I went to some old cookbooks to see how our Grandmothers managed. Check out this simple recipe.

Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.


New edition. Recently published!
Living Aboard Your RV
Anyone who has dreamed of living on the road in an RV will find Living Aboard Your RV invaluable in planning and living the lifestyle.  Author Janet Groene, with her vast experience as a full-time RVer, has put all the essential information in one volume, covering all the necessary topics from choice of RV to electronic communication, costs, banking issues and so much more.  Even those who plan to travel only a few months of the year - or seasonally - should read this.  Learn more or order.


Bumper Sticker of the week
"Answer my prayer -- steal this car."
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to chuck(at)rvtravel.com


These DVDs will make you a better RVer
Get these popular DVDs and others at RVbookstore.com

Tow Your 5th Wheel Trailer Like a Pro
Better Business Bureau Guide to Buying an RV
Choosing an RV: A Logical Approach (with Joe & Vicki Kieva)
Do It Yourself RV Care (with the RV Doctor)
Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro
Guide to Class A Motorhomes
Guide to Class C Motorhomes
Towing Behind Your Motorhome
Guide to Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels
Guide to Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing
Guide to Winterizing Your RV


Trivia
Charles, Prince of Wales, is Queen Elizabeth II's oldest son. If he becomes king after Sept. 20, 2013 he will become the oldest monarch to ascend the British throne. The current record holder, William IV, was crowned in 1830 at the age of 64 years, 10 months and five days.


Best sellers at RVbookstore
•Baby picture has nothing to do with this ad. It's just a cheap trick to attract your attention.

RVers Best Public Campgrounds. Directory of public campgrounds along major roads.
Trailer Life RV Road Atlas. A best seller every year.
Mountain Directories East & West editions. Learn about steep grades ahead.
Trailer Life Campground Directory. You travel by RV? Then you need this!
DVD: Deep Cycle Batteries. Learn all about this essential RV item.
Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory. THE directory for owners of big RVs.
The Fifth Wheel Bible: The only book just about fifth wheel trailers.


Random RV Thought
If you brew coffee or another hot liquid, put it in a Thermos rather than reheat it over and over. You will save propane or use of your generator.


Just Published!
Retire to an RV:
The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement
Are you considering the RV lifestyle? Is it for you? Can you afford to retire AND travel 365 days a year? Retire to an RV provides you with the information to help you make that decision. Learn more or order.


Worth Pondering
"Little strokes fell great oaks." --Benjamin Franklin


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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.  These days, 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.


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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