RV Travel Newsletter: October 27-November 2. Issue 557

 

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Weekend of October 27, 2012

Issue 557 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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I met a man the other day who said about RVing, "to me, it's about the traveling." To his wife, he said, it's about "the destination." In other words, he likes "going there." She likes "being there."

What about you?

I was talking recently with a TV producer who was researching a show about RVing. I told him that, to me, the best part of RVing was the travel itself, not the destination: when I dream of being away with my RV that's what I think about -- the journey, much more than my destination. If it were all about the destination, I would just fly and save time.

That said, of course, our "destinations," no matter where they may be, are far more comfortable with our RV than staying in a hotel room. In New York City a few weeks ago with my motorhome, when I returned to my campground each evening from the busy city it was like coming "home." Returning to a hotel room at day's end is not the same; it's not "home," merely a place with revolving occupants to relax and sleep in a community bed.

To me, it's mostly about the progression of the journey -- always with the hope and even expectation of discoveries along the way. A bend in the road may reveal a wonderful surprise. It usually doesn't, but when it does the reward is sweet. I think of my daughter, now 21, who has traveled by motorhome since she was only a few months old. When Emily joins me on a trip, she stares out her window hour after hour, seemingly at peace. She doesn't talk much. I suspect she is alternating between daydreaming and observing what's passing by. Such focus is hypnotic and cleansing to our hectic lives.

At home now for almost two weeks after my long coast-to-coast trip, I have settled back into my routine. Yet there is a moment each day when I yearn to be back on the road. It's not about being somewhere in particular. I simply want to be gone, away, moving -- discovering and exploring what's along my path.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” --Mark Twain

Photos: Right: Not sure where I snapped it. Sorry. Left: World's Largest Prairie Dog near Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

VIDEO ESSAY FROM MY TRIP: Recorded on the road in Minnesota: Where I get my best thinking done.

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A Shelby County, Texas RV owner is offering a $1,000 reward for recovery of a stolen 2006 Gulfstream Cavalier travel trailer. The white 31-footer was stolen October 12 and bears the VIN INLIGTR2261047372. Crime Stoppers at (936) 598-7233 will take your calls.

Because of the hurricane threat, Croatan National Forest in North Carolina has announced it will shut down its campgrounds as of noon today (Saturday) according to the Havelock News. Those affected are at Flanner's Beach, Cedar Point and Oyster Point. Cape Lookout National Seashore is also closing its visitor centers for the weekend, and vehicle and passenger service to the beaches has been suspended.

This weekend's hot football game between Florida and Georgia drew an early start for tailgaters. Chris Chaney was first in line waiting for the lot to open -- a week ago Thursday. By last weekend RVers were lined up 60 deep, with the gate not set to open until Wednesday.

An Australian motorhome club says Queensland towns should pay more attention to RVers. The Campervan and Motorhome of Australia (CMCA) group says RVers are worth $3 billion in tourist dollars, and cities that mistreat them are in for a quick blacklisting -- with a loss of those "grey nomad" dollars.

"Big Tex," the 52-foot mascot of the Texas State Fair is no more. Incinerated by an electrical fire October 19, Tex and his size 70 boots vanished in a fireball. Officials say he'll be back, Phoenix-like and "better than ever."

MCD Innovations is offering a limited-time trade-in program for a 30 percent credit on its RV window shades. "We want everyone’s old outdated RV pleated shades and blinds don’t care what shape they are in" said company CEO Dave Townsley in a news release. Details are at MCD Innovations website and 800-804-1757.

The Kansas Highway Patrol recently "cited" nine men who risked their lives to rescue RVers caught in a burning motorhome at a rest stop last year. All received Honorary Trooper Awards for their valor. The motorhome had been struck by a semi-truck blasting into the Solomon rest area.

Navistar RV will showcase a number of new RVs at next month's National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, including the model-year 2014 Monaco Monarch SE, and the new Holiday Rambler Vacationer SE and Augusta B-plus style Class C motorhome.

The Forest Service will waive day-use fees November 10 through 12, the Veterans Day holiday weekend.

RV hitch products manufacturer, Reese Products, is considering closing down a plant in Goshen, Indiana and transferring the work to Mexico. News service RV Daily Report says Reese indicates the final decision should be announced in November.

The Department of Energy says motor fuels dropped last week: Diesel down 3.4 cents, gas 13.2 cents.


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More news

Indiana's Department of Natural Resources has revised its geocaching policies; caches in containers will require a license from the state, and unlicensed ones will be removed in 30 days. The state says new policies will balance recreation and conservation. More info: geocaching.dnr.in.gov.

Kansas is mulling over a plan that would see the state take over management of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer parks. The state views Corps parks as "competition" since many of them provide better locations and lower prices than state-owned parks.

Visitors to California's Shasta Trinity National Forest may be asked to respond to a survey as they drive in the forest. The Service says it's similar to a consumer product survey and primarily helps the agency estimate recreation use. The survey is voluntary and typically takes eight minutes.

Veterans and active or reserve military service members visiting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas on Veterans Day will have free access to boat launches and swimming areas.

Pop Up Times, a magazine for folding trailer enthusiasts, is planning to introduce a digital edition for Apple and Android based tablets. Learn more.

Georgia RVers have something new: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will keep Sawnee Campground on Lake Lanier open this fall and winter. Previously all campgrounds closed in fall, but the Corps says with volunteer camp hosts they'll give the idea a try.

September shipments of towable RVs were up 10.3 percent from the same month a year ago while motorhome shipments were up 34.6 percent.

A safety education group, campsafe.org, reminds recreationists who use propane heaters indoors to be sure to use those designed for that purpose. In a release the group stated, "If the heater operates by mounting it on a (20 pound) LP tank, like the ones used for barbeque grills, it is most likely not safe for indoor use. Portable propane heaters that use a small (one-pound) propane cylinder to operate are mainly associated with indoor-safe models.

Thanks to charitable efforts, Northern California's Plumas Eureka State Park has reopened after being closed more than a year due to budget cuts.

On this date in history:
October 27
Compiled by Dell Bert

1880: Theodore Roosevelt marries Alice Hathaway Lee on his 22nd birthday.
1913: President Wilson says the U.S. will never attack another country.
1925: Water skis are patented by Fred Waller.
1938: DuPont announces its new synthetic fiber will be called "nylon."
1954: Walt Disney's first TV show, "Disneyland," premieres on ABC.
1964: Singers Sonny and Cher wed. Cher wore bell-bottoms.
1972: The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is created.

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How to replace a broken windshield washer nozzle
You gotta wonder about the Wanderman, Rich Miller. Does he intentionally break something just so he can have an excuse to write about how he fixed it? We don't think so. This week he explains how he repaired his windshield washer nozzle after he accidentally broke it. Read all about it.

Tiny motorcycle mini-trailer is impressive
You will be very impressed by this tiny pop up camper for motorcycles. It folds up and down in a couple of minutes. Its bed can be set up for one person or two and there is 15 cubic feet of storage space in its "basement." You could also pull this with a small car. Watch the video.

Is outfitting an RV affordable?
Having an RV is almost like having a second home. You have a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, etc. Unless you crave the thought of toting stuff back and forth, though, you'll need to "fit it out" for your RVing trips. Is there a way to handle outfitting your rig without busting the bank? Most assuredly!

The Digital RVer
Using Picasa's search to find your pictures

If you have thousands of pictures of your travels, you need some way to find them. Well, look no further than Google for all your search needs using its photo software, Picasa, to find what you are looking for. 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.

No Shock Zone: Part Twelve:
Emergency care of shock victims
This is a repeat of our 12-part series about basic RV electricity by Mike Sokol. What follows is the twelfth and final 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.

Got plumbing leaks?
With all the bouncing and bumping our RVs take on the roads it's a wonder they manage to hold together. Rock and roll can take its toll on plumbing connections, and even a "tiny" plumbing leak can create serious problems if not fixed right away. Water in the wrong place will rot away structure. Read more.

Headed to New York City with your RV?
Then this is your campground. For $75 a night -- a fraction of what you would pay for a Manhattan hotel room -- you can camp right across the Hudson River at the Liberty Harbor RV Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The campground is not scenic (although the view of the Statue of Liberty is pretty great!), but the location is superb: walk to the subway station a few blocks away and ten minutes later you're in the Big Apple. Watch this 45 second video of the park by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury.

Stuck in cold country? Tips for winter RV survival
With winter coming on, some RVers may find themselves "stuck" where they are in cold-country. How can you survive a cold winter in your rig? It's not impossible. Here are some tips to help you make your RV winter-survivable.


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.


Dicor introduces new roof coating
to help keep an RV cool in hot weather

To help RVers escape the heat, Dicor Products has introduced a new heat-reducing coating option to its Two-Part Coating System for EPDM rubber RV roofs. The company’s new CoolCoat Insulating Coating uses advanced MicroCells technology to reduce heat transfer from the RV roof to the RV interior. Read more.

How NOT to offload your truck camper
Five self-described "green rednecks" and their dog show you their method of quickly unloading a truck camper. You probably will not want to copy this proceedure. Watch the short video.

Halloween themed "RVs"
Here are a few creative Halloween creations that celebrate RVing. Click here to see the photos.


FREE DIRECTV & RV Satellite Kit for
Your RV!

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This Week's Reader Survey

How many hours of sleep a night is "perfect" for you?
Answer here.

Last week's question
If there were a weekly TV program about RVing on a major broadcast or cable TV channel, how often would you watch it?
Read the survey results.

Past reader surveys and results.


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.

Resources

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


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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.


Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.58 (on Oct. 26)
Change from week before: Down 12 cents
Diesel: $4.11 (on Oct. 22)
Change from week before: Down 4 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.

Question about receiving satellite TV in Canada
 
Dear Gary,
I bought a JACK digital TV antenna and installed it. It works fine sitting in my driveway, but my question is, will it work in Canada? The RV dealer that I bought it from didn't know and I'm leaving for Canada next month. --Frank K., (Mays Landing, NJ)

Read Gary's response.

Read Gary's lastest newsletter. Posted Oct. 26, 2012

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

Keeping the RV out of the elements in the winter

Dear R.V. Shrink:
My wife and I just bought a brand new fifth wheel. We plan to use it six to eight months of the year, mostly during the winter in a warmer climate than here in Wisconsin. We plan to leave every year just after Christmas. I am trying to convince my wife that we should have a storage building to keep the fifth wheel in while we are not using it. I just hate to see it outside in the elements while it is idle, plus rodents seem to find a way in. She argues that a building will cost more than the fifth wheel and that the RV was built to be an outside vehicle. Am I just being over protective or do a lot of RV owners park their rigs inside, out of the elements and away from the pack rats? --Green Bay Packer

Read the RV Shrink's response.


INTERNET SALE ENDS 11-5-12.

Joke of the week
Delighted by the gift she had received, the lady spoke warmly to the boy. "At church tomorrow, I'll thank your mother for this lovely pie." The boy replied nervously, "If you don't mind, would you thank her for two pies."


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 27, 2012 with a swell prize

TODAY'S PRIZE: The DVD "Flash Gordon." Features three TV episodes: Akim the Terrible, The Breath of Death and Claim Jumpers. Digitally remastered and sound enhanced.

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 27 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

RV News Service
Kits for RV fridges allow low temperature operation.
Open Range, dealer, sued over lemon law.

Northwest RVer
Long term planning underway for Camano Island State Park.


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

Trailer backing: shorter versus longer
Is it easier to back a shorter trailer than a longer trailer? You would think so but that’s not the case. Read more and learn about RV Education 101's DVDs that help with trailer and motorhome driving, backing and towing.

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

Piper Aviation Museum
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

No other airplane in history is as beloved as the two-seat Piper Cub. In 1937, William Piper relocated his fledging business to an abandoned silk mill in Lock Haven where he built airplanes through 1984. Today, the former engineering building at William T. Piper Airport serves as a tribute to Mr. Piper and his many aircraft -- with the spotlight the Cub. Because of the plane's low price and popularity, Mr. Piper was dubed the Henry Ford of small aircraft. More than 5,400 L-4 Cubs were produced during World War II for reconnaissance, flight instruction and other duties. By war's end, 80 percent of all U.S. military pilots had received their initial training in Cubs. The museum with its many exhibits (including several planes) and its gift shop are open every day, but call first for hours: 570-748-8283. Admission is $6, less for seniors and children. The parking lot is spacious, so no problem parking RVs of any size. --Chuck Woodbury


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



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 $195.00. 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: 14550, not available, 00725, 94952, 00729

Bill's Hints

 Fire extinguishers
“Check your fire extinguisher for proper charge before every trip.  If you can’t check it, replace it annually.  Make certain that everyone knows where it is stored.” -- 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.


Cheese Muffin Squares
When you give muffins added muscle by adding cheese, a simple tomato soup supper becomes a feast. Bake them in one pan to make things simpler and more compact. Get the 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
"I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory."
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
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. In old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would ask them to settle down by telling them "Mind your pints and quarts." And that's where we get our present-day saying "Mind your P's and Q's."


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
It's a good idea to use plastic drinking glasses in your RV. If they should fall out of a cabinet when your RV is moving you won't have to deal with broken glass.


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
"Until you make peace with who you are you'll never be content with what you have." --Doris Mortman


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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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