RV Travel Newsletter: October 20-26. Issue 556

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Weekend of October 20, 2012

Issue 556 of RV Travel

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its eleventh year of continuous publication, is funded through sales at RVbookstore.com and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you!

Laid Back Luxury
on the Emerald Coast

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores is one of the top rated resorts in the country. With top of the line amenities, incredible staff, and exquisite lots, this Class A only resort is just minutes from the sugar-fine sands of the Alabama Gulf coast. Come see how they live at Bella Terra of Gulf Shores by visiting its website BellaTerraRVresort.com or by calling one of the resort representatives at (866) 417-2416.

Editor's corner

With Chuck Woodbury
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I'm home in Edmonds, Wash., after driving across America, mostly on I-90. I logged a lot of miles the last few days of my trip and arrived home sooner than planned. After all my years of RVing I should know that I always end up racing toward the end of the trip. Thoughts of "home" take over and not much else matters.

It was my best trip ever. I had great fun, met many wonderful people, and learned a lot about RVing. My frequent dialogue with many of you on Facebook made the trip even better.

Thanks to Thousand Trails for hosting me at its preserves and to KOA for hosting me at some of its parks.

And speaking of RV parks: I learned that these days, more than ever, most KOAs and virtually all Thousand Trails position their parks as destinations rather than overnight stopovers, where RVers can spend days, even weeks at a time. Compared to the old days of camping where we more or less showed up and entertained ourselves, the idea today seems to be "show up and we, the RV park, will entertain YOU!" KOA's offerings include "jumping pillows" for the kids, hot tubs, evening movies, ice cream socials, playgrounds, free WiFi, fishing and paddleboat lakes, mini-golf, petting zoos, hay rides, swimming pools (a mainstay for years, of course), pancake breakfasts, rental bicycles, and special events at holidays. KOA, too, seems to be pushing its cabin rentals more than ever, where a "camper" does not even need an RV. Many Thousand Trails preserves typically offer even more amenities including tennis courts and big clubhouses with daily activites.

Independent parks, the mom and pop ones in particular, vary widely in amenities and quality. While some are beautiful with involved and caring owners, way too many are downright dumpy or customer-unfriendly. I drove a few miles off the highway to one park that looked attractive on its website. But at the entrance there were two junked cars, weeds a foot high, and a weathered mobile home for the office. I turned around. At another park, after paying $35 I was led to a site that was far from level: when we pay good money, shouldn't we expect a level site? In a park I entered after dark, I nearly put a hole in my thumb hooking up my water hose: a chunk of the round faucet handle was missing leaving a pointed edge as sharp as a knife. When I told the employee in the office, she didn't express any concern or even note my campsite. Too bad for the next camper; hopefully he's had a recent tetnus shot.

At another park, at check-in I asked the clerk for a site with electric and water only. That's all I needed and figured I could save a few dollars. "Oh, all our sites are full-hookups," she said, quoting me the one-size-fits-all price. When you think about it, this is very insensitive to the budget camper who wants to save some money by using only minimal services. Yet, it's common practice.

Unlike many RVers, I have never stayed at a Wal-Mart parking lot, but I was reminded again why so many RVers do. A typical one-night stay at a commercial park by the highway is $30 to $50. I can understand why RVers, no matter how well-off, choose to stay for free in a parking lot rather than spend that much money just for a place to sleep for a few hours. As I have said many times before, the camping industry must do something to serve this audience by providing a network of cheap, no-frills overnighting opportunities. For now, Passport America, with its half-price program, helps. But face it, one day someone will sue Wal-Mart for a mishap and win a huge settlement. That will prompt Wal-Mart's management to say "the heck with it" and erect "no overnight parking" signs at all its locations. I am certain this will happen. So where will all those "pavement campers" go? By the side of highways, on city streets, in rest areas, in truck stops -- that's where. They will need a better place.

Finally, a huge thank you to those of you who have voluntarily subscribed to this newsletter. I set aside your contributions to help offset this trip's expenses, and they really helped. Yes, we have advertising and, yes, we profit from sales at our RVbookstore.com, but the extra revenue from voluntary subscriptions to this newsletter truly does help, even those of you who support us with a $5 or $10 donation. You're angels! In all, about a dozen people earn all or part of their living from RVtravel.com and our bookstore; your support really does help us keep going. Thanks!

•If you have a comment about this essay or this newsletter in general, please feel free to leave it at our forum.

P.S. My trip video essays that I posted in the last few days:
Misleading raisin packaging.
Big church, little church in Indiana.
Speed limit signs that do not make sense.

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. Be sure to include information about the photo including who is pictured. Email them to me, chuck@rvtravel.com.

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A Lykens, Pennsylvania man has accused Bigfoot of smashing out the taillights and windows in his motorhome, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The man said he spotted the Bigfoot creature in the area of his 1973 motorhome and when he turned on the outside lights it began throwing rocks at the light to prevent discovery.

RV builder Winnebago says it's backlogged on motorhome orders. The company reports it has hired more employees to try to catch up. The backlog is the company's highest since late 2007.

Diesel has hit the highest national average pump price in four years, $4.15 a gallon. Gasoline dropped for the third time in four weeks. Source: Department of Energy.

By next summer visitors to Prophetstown State Park in Lafayette, Ind., can kick back -- and kick waves -- at a new $6 million aquatic center now under construction.

Cosmopolis, Wash., city commissioners say it's now unlawful to camp on public property without a permission slip. At the same meeting, the commission removed firearms from the city's definition of "dangerous weapons."

Visits to Maine state park campgrounds increased seven percent this year.

Fully one-third of Yuma, Arizona's economy is grounded in tourism.

A 2013 Keystone Sprinter travel trailer was stolen from Bill Plemmons RV's Raleigh, N.C., location Oct. 3 -- model 266RBS, vehicle ID 4YDT26626C1530052.

Officials in Whitby, England have banned overnight parking in several area parking lots. Citing "blight" as a problem, lawmakers have provided no alternatives. Like their U.S. counterparts, RVers there say that besides not staying overnight -- they'll shop in other towns instead of Whitby.

Four Hoosier state parks took top slots for best Indiana fall leaf venues. Brown County, Indiana Dunes, Clifty Falls, and Turkey Run were tops in nominations in a contest by the state's Office of Tourism Development.

Catherine Bach, famous as Daisy Duke in "The Dukes of Hazard" recently appeared at the  Motorhome and Caravan Show in the U.K. Eschewing her famous "Daisy Dukes" cutoffs, the 58-year-old veteran RVer appeared in full-length jeans.

Hybrid Furnace!
With this UL certified RVIA compliant system the RV owner has the option of simply flipping a switch to use either Electric, or Gas as a source to heat their coach along with the manufacturer installed central forced air heating system. Gas or Electric at the flip of a switch. Learn more.

More News

According to Brits, the Land Rover Discovery is the people's choice for towing travel trailers. So say members of caravantalk.com, an online U.K. RV vehicle community.

Pennsylvania has joined the ranks of other states displaying "RV Friendly" highway logo signs showing what businesses can accommodate RVs. Rules for accessibility include height, adequate turning radius, wide lanes.

Carlsbad, California's city council is drafting an ordinance to prohibit RV parking on city streets between two and five a.m. Residents are allowed permits for brief parking to load and unload; they could allow guest parking by permit for up to 72 hours. The ordinance is in response to RVers who are "negatively affecting our quality of life."

On this date in history:
October 20
Compiled by Dell Bert

1818: The 49th parallel forms as border between U.S. and Canada.
1820: Spain sells part of Florida to U.S. for $5 million.
1864: Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
1947: Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for three years.
1960: First fully mechanized post office opened in Providence, RI.
1968: Jacqueline Kennedy marries Aristotle Onassis on the island of Scorpios.

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

Potential Roofing Concern
For RVs Built Since 2010

Some newer TPO roofing is not compatible with common lap sealants. Using lap sealant on these TPO materials can create cosmetic damage RVers will find undesirable. Dicor Products’ new Ultra Sealant System has been developed to overcome this concern. Find out if your RV could be a concern and get more helpful information on the situation. Learn more.

September RV recalls
Here's the latest round of recalls that affect RVs and vehicles that are associated with RVs. Companies involved in the September recalls include Jayco, Newmar, Winnebago, Forest River, Starcraft RV, Heartland Recreational Vehicles plus others. Read more.

The truth about tire warranties
Our tire expert writes: "Recently saw a post where someone stated emphatically, and incorrectly, that tire company ABC only covered their tires from date of a manufacture. So in an effort to set the record straight I decided to pull together some information. I am providing links and only a brief summary of the length of time a tire may be covered. As you will see the time does vary and in many cases the clock doesn't start ticking until the date of sale BUT you will need to keep your proof or purchase. Read more.

Wet weather? Avoid a mess picking up hoses and electrical cords
With summer past us and more wet and nasty weather on the way, here's a tip to make life easier when breaking camp. You know what happens: You're at a hookup site and your power cord and water hose are lying on that old, nasty, muddy ground. Do you and the "better half" flip a coin to see who has to go outside and get muddied up wrapping up those 'RV umbilical cords'? No problem, no more! Learn why.

Gutsy do-it-yourselfer builds motorhome slideout
Take a classic 1991 Bounder motorhome, add a guy with welding skills and a lot of guts and the outcome: A remodeled motorhome with a new slideout. Presented as a slide-show, this multi-week project (poor guy lost track of how much time he had in on it), you'll find this either something that will make (most of us) run screaming away, or for the intrepid few, start scratching their heads on their own remodel project. Watch the video.

Important for safe RVing!

Our commercial grade TIRE MONITORING SYSTEM will help ensure you travel safely without tire failure related peril. Our system is inexpensive, simple to install and fun to use. The National Transportation Safety Board says commercial grade vehicles need tire monitoring systems even more than passenger cars and trucks. We will meet or beat any advertised price on our system! Visit Truck System Technologies (TST) to learn more. Or call 770-889-9102.

Device keeps the moisture out of your RV
With the rainy and cold season upon us it is only natural to close our RV windows to keep the heat in and the rain out. But this also traps moisture from cooking, showering, etc., inside setting up the potential for mold and mildew to develop. With little air circulation, it is important to dehumidify our RV's interior to prevent the mold and mildew gremlins from attacking in hidden and dark spaces. The Eva-Dry Electric Petite Dehumidifier uses Peltier Technology (no compressor) which makes it light, quiet and perfect for RVs. Read more.

No Shock Zone: Part Eleven. 
This is a repeat of our 12-part series about basic RV electricity by Mike Sokol. Since we first published this series we have received several letters from readers who said the information saved them from harm. Sadly, others who did not read this have needlessly died. This week all about extension cords. Read this week's episode.

Replacing compartment keys
Rich Miller, the Wanderman writes: "Compartment locks, we all have them and at some point they will break or you'll want an extra key or some better security or, like me, want to add a lock to a storage door that was added later on. It's really not all that hard if you buy the correct hardware." Read more.

"The Most Comfortable Camping Chair!"
-- Chuck Woodbury
Superb back support!

The STRONGBACK folding camping chair was designed to provide back support; other camping chairs don't. Sit just once in a STRONGBACK chair and you'll never sit in a regular camping chair again! And the STRONGBACK is far more comfortable than any other camping chair. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury is a big fan. Click the video to see his 60-second testimonial. Visit the STRONGBACK website for more information.

Women RVers:
Longtime camper, retired teacher Carole Paulett keeps on traveling, volunteering

Meet retired high school teacher and U.S. Forest Service volunteer Carole Paulett. For the past eight autumns the 70-something solo RVer has packed up her purple and gold 1983 VW Westfalia and headed for her favorite campground near the Blue Ridge Parkway in the George Washington National Forest, to volunteer for a month. Read more.

Stay safe on your RV roof
The first rule of anything you do with an RV roof, even if to just check it out on a ladder, is to know your limitations and your comfort zone. And actually, most of what you need to do with a roof, such as inspections, cleaning and minor repairs, can be done with ladders and scaffolding that allow you to work from the sides of your RV. When you think you do need to get on the roof, here are a few safety precautions that are worth your time to follow.

Weird paint job on this RV
We'll take a wild guess and suggest that the paint job on this small motorhome did not originate at its factory. What do you think? Of course, you will need to click here to see what we're talking about.

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!

This Week's
Reader Survey

If there were a weekly TV program about RVing on a major broadcast or cable TV channel, how often would you watch it?
Answer here.

Last week's question
Where are you right now, east or west of the Mississippi River?
Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.

Don't get burned with
the wrong RV insurance company!

Explorer RV Insurance offers you more than just standard RV insurance for your RV such as total loss replacement, purchase price guarantees, personal effects coverage, awning replacement coverage, towing and more. Explorer RV Insurance is a full-service agency that has established partnerships with leading carriers bringing you access to a wide range of specialty RV insurance products. Learn more.


Upcoming RV Shows

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


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.

Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.70 (on October 19)

Change from week before: Down 8 cents
Diesel: U.S. $4.15 (on October 15)
Change from week before:
Up 8 cents


National Park Service Camping Guide
This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who enjoys camping in a National Park. Learn about nearly 450 campgrounds in 123 National Parks, recreation areas, monuments, and other areas managed by the National Park Service which all together are home to more than 25,000 campsites. Quantity is limited! Learn more or order.

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

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

Generator runs out of gas way too fast

Dear Gary,

For years we've had trouble keeping our generator running. It just seemed to "run out of gas." Our mechanic first installed a new gas line to the gas tank, then discovered that virtually no gas was coming out of the tube leading to the generator. He now proposes to lower the gas tank to look inside the tank to try and discover why it cannot suck any more gas out of the tank. What do you believe might be the problem? What suggestions do you have for fixing the problem? --Joe P.

Read Gary's response.

DID YOU MISS IT? If you missed Thursday's edition of the RV Doctor Newsletter, you can read it here.


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

The RV Shrink

Fear of not finding a campsite worries wife

Dear R.V. Shrink:
We just finished a three month RV trip to the Canadian Rockies and down to the Canyonlands. It was incredible scenery and fantastic weather. The only problem turned out to be logistics with our accommodations. We are noticing that even during the fall that campgrounds in popular areas are completely full. Without reservations and sticking to a strict schedule it is almost impossible to stay in some of our favorite National Park campgrounds. It seems that everyone has discovered the late season weather window of fall travel. It makes my wife nervous when she thinks we will not be able to snag a campground site in parks we have always enjoyed. She says we might just as well stay home if we have to stay in commercial parks sardined in with a hundred other rigs in neat little rows. I tell her we should change our travel habits to take advantage of the reservation system where available. This would eliminate all the pressure of finding a site when we arrive. She is resistant to giving up our nomadic, no schedule, travel method. Do you think she is being too inflexible? I would appreciate any input. --Out of site in Fargo

Read more and the Shrink's response.

https://rvbookstore.com/shop/images/2/t/1483.jpgPublished in 2012!
Guide to Free Campgrounds
The 2012 edition of Guide to Free Campgrounds contains more than 12,000 public campgrounds across the USA, including those in national forests & national parks, & on lands of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) & at Corps of Engineers lakes -- 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.

This issue's Knowledge Quiz

One quiz on Saturday, October 20, 2012 with a swell prize.

TODAY'S PRIZE: A fabulous RVtravel mug! Coffee takes better in this -- no doubt about it!

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

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.


Odds and Ends

Arizona RVer
Yuma RV park takes a hit, comes up swinging.

Northwest RVer
Brews on the beach in Pacific City, Oregon.
   Keep up with Northwest RVing and camping news and info at Facebook.

Truck Camper News
VIDEO: New HappiJac system changes paint and noise.

American's Largest
RV Consignment Dealer

Buy or sell your used motorhome, diesel pusher, fifth wheel, or travel trailer hassle free at PPL Motor Homes. And check our huge selection of parts!  PPL is the largest RV consignment dealer in the USA, selling over 24,000 consigned RVs since 1972. Visit the PPL website

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.

Travelers 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.

Joke of the week
Son: "Does bigamy mean that a man has one wife too many?"
Dad: "Not necessarily, son. A man can have one wife and still not be a bigamist."

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

Send for your FREE Alaska travel guide.

Bill's Hints

"Air conditioners make a great load for the generator when you are giving it your monthly "run," even in the winter." From Trailers Made Easy.

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. There's no shipping or handling and no tax to pay, making these a bargain over printed books. 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.

Tech Tips from Mark Polk

RV battery storage

Lots of folks put their RV in storage for a period of time after the RV is winterized. If you plan to store your RV it’s a good idea to remove the batteries and put them in storage too. This is quite simple to do, just follow these steps.

Learn more about RV repair and maintenance from Mark's books, eBooks and DVDs, available -- most at a discount -- at RVbookstore.com.

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.

RV Short Stops

Willa Cather Center
Red Cloud, Nebraska

The Willa Cather Center is the "largest living memorial to an author in the country." Cather, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, was born in Virginia in 1873, and moved to Nebraska with family when she was nine years old. Still very much considered on the frontier, Red Cloud was a deeply formative experience for Cather and helped shape her future writing. In 1947 Cather was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours (1922), a novel set during World War I. She died in 1947. Read more.

A great place to travel with your RV

RVing to Newfoundland
Canada's easternmost province is a spectacular destination for RVers. In this guidebook you will learn about driving, highways, routes, ferries, schedules, wildlife, scenic spots, eateries, campgrounds, boondocking and "gravel-pit camping." Learn more or order.

Bumper Sticker of the week
"Okay, who put a 'stop payment' on my reality check?"
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to chuck(at)rvtravel.com

Save $4.95 on Wal-Mart guides!
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 Kitchen

Groenola Bars
(My name is pronounced GRAYnee, so I had some fun with naming this recipe.) Here’s a breakfast bar you can grab and eat on the go when you want to get an early start for one of those first-come, first-served campgrounds. It’s filling, low in fat, sodium and sugar, high in fiber and bursting with good nut-trition. You bring the thermos of coffee and a jug of juice and I’ll bring these “whole-groen" bars.

Get the recipe.

Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.

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

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
Tow Your 5th Wheel Trailer Like a Pro

American Gynn "Scotty" de Moss Wolfe (1908 to 1997) was married 29 times -- a U.S. record. His 29th and last wedding was on June 20, 1996 to Linda Essex. It was her 23rd wedding.

Visit the RVtravel.com
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Check out the extensive classified section on RVtravel.com in partnership with RVtrader.com. Look for the link to it at the top of every page on RVtravel.com in the blue bar. There are generally about 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.

Random RV Thought
If the factory-installed roof vent over your holding tanks is not covered with a screen (many are not), insects may build nests there, blocking the vent. That could prove a very stinky situation because of the trapped air inside your RV.

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Worth Pondering
"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once." --Calvin Coolidge

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Extended Warranty. See why so many RVers rely on Good Sam's program.

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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 he 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.

RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Contributing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Julianne Crane, Gary Bunzer, Dave Helgeson, Roger Marble, Mark Polk, Janet Groene, and Richard Miller. Cartoonist:
Jerry King. Office Manager: Jody Allcott. Warehouse operations: Eric Brotman. New York City correspondent: Emily Woodbury.

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