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RV Travel Newsletter: November 24-30. Issue 561
Weekend of November 24, 2012
Issue 561 of RV Travel
Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its twelfth 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!)
Give the Gift of
Better RV WiFi This Holiday Season!
The WiFiRanger is the premier solution for RVers to stay online with simple and secure Internet access. The device allows owners to connect all their coach or travel trailer WiFi devices (Laptops, iPads, Smartphones, TVs, Game Consoles, etc) to their own secure WiFi Network and then the WiFiRanger will connect to the Park/Public WiFi, or to a 3G/4G Cellular device as needed, saving your 3G/4G Data Plan for when absolutely necessary and improving speed and reliability. Learn more.
In two days, on Monday, Nov. 26, we will debut our new daily newsletter RV Daily Tips, which will be published Monday through Friday.
MONDAY UPDATE: Read it here.
We have put a lot of hard work into creating this new weekday publication; I am very proud of it and hope you agree that it's worth reading. If you like it, please sign up to receive an email alert every weekday morning. And be sure to participate in our contests, where we will give away RVtravel.com tee-shirts, prepaid gasoline cards and other great prizes (you must be on the email list, however, to claim prizes).
Our inaugural issue on Monday will feature two important tips. The first is about how to prevent damaging your RV in campgrounds due to low power situations (which are far too common). The second is about carrying a spare tire: the fact is, many times it's not even necessary: learn what's best for you. And don't miss Wednesday's issue where our contest prize will be a $100 Shell gas gift card!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and/or family. As we enter "prime time" in the holiday season, please consider making a contribution to your local food bank to help those in your community who are less fortunate than we are.
And finally, a plug for our store. This holiday season, you can't go wrong with giving a good book or DVD about RVing to your favorite RVer. No store, online or off, has a larger selection of books and DVDs about RVing than our RVbookstore.com. Proceeds from our sales provide most of the funding for this newsletter, so your purchases help us and are appreciated.
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Gonzales, Texas city council members have worked out a new policy for RVers at the town's J.B. Wells and Independence parks. Users are now limited to a two-week stay.
Three men employed by a disaster recovery firm on Long Island, New York were hospitalized last weekend after their motorhome generator seeped carbon monoxide fumes into the rig. Massapequa fire rescue officials said their injuries were not life-threatening.
Milwaukie, Oregon police say RV batteries are a hot target for thieves. In three weeks more than a dozen batteries have reportedly been stolen. Thieves are apparently "cashing them in" at recycling centers for seven to ten dollars.
Gardena, Calif., joins a host of other cities sending RVers packing. Police will now cite people who "live" in vehicles on a city street.
Thor is tops in trailer sales this year with 36.3 percent of the market. Forest River came in second with a 21.6 percent share of the market followed Jayco at 12 percent.
Folks in Fallston, Maryland are scratching their heads at shopping center developer Mike Euler who says he may build an RV park at his new site called Aumar Village. Mr. Euler says, "People are using their boats and RVs as a second home." Why not bring your home shopping?
Navistar RV, a subsidiary of Navistar International Corporation, has introduced the 2014 Monaco Dynasty, a Class A diesel model designed for the full-time enthusiast. The RV represents a reentry into the luxury market for Monaco. It has introduced the Monarch SE and Montclair B+ models.
RV Comfort Systems will debut its new NT-DH19 Ductless Electric Heater at next week's National RV Trade Show. The new heater is designed specifically for camper and tent trailer furnaces. It fits between the front grill and the furnace frame and is less than two inches thick. When installed, it allows switching between a gas or electric heat source with the flip of a switch. More info: www.rvcomfortsystems.com.
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Holiday Rambler celebrates its 60th anniversary by rolling out three new models at the Louisville, Kentucky National RV Trade Show. The first "HR" was a travel trailer in 1953. Today Holiday Rambler is a 'child' of Navistar International. Read more.
Best Parks in America honored its affiliates at its recent First Annual Network Conference in Orlando. Among those receiving awards for outstanding performance were Mitch Parker, owner of Frontier Town Campground in Berlin, Maryland, winner of the large park category and Vern Mangels of Anaheim (Calif.) Resort RV Park in the medium size park category.
Stolen Motorhome Alert: A silver and tan 2006 Fleetwood Bounder Diesel 38S was stolen Nov. 18 from Camping World of Kissimmee, Florida. The VIN is 4UZACJDC67CX85697. If you have seen it call Bryan Douglas of Camping World of Kissimmee at 407-396-2600.
Hurricane Sandy victims won't be getting "FEMA trailers." Any emergency housing units shipped in by the federal government will be, "mobile homes," meeting HUD standards. A linguistics professor says, "Trailer has a connotation that home doesn't have."
Arizona State Parks officials are asking the legislature for $15.5 million. If granted, it would be the first money that the parks have received from the state coffers general fund since 2009.
Statistical Surveys, Inc. reports year-to-date sales of motorhomes are up from this same time 2011: Class A's are up 5.8 percent; Class C's are up 8.3 percent.
The American Legion awarded Winnebago Industries with its Blue Star Banner flag for the company's efforts in supporting employees who serve or have served in the military.
Campground visitors in Indiana State Parks can expect a raise in rates next year. Campground fees will increase anywhere from one to four dollars per night, depending on the type of facility. The state says weekday campers will see better rates than weekenders.
John Day, Oregon wants to make RVers more comfortable. The town is working to convert a vacant lot near McDonald's restaurant to an RV-friendly day-use lot and picnic area.
A man, frustrated when his motorhome battery croaked, allegedly flew into a tizzy, stabbed the battery with a 10 inch knife, choked a man, chased a four-year-old boy with the knife, and stole a pickup -- all at the Spring Hollow Campground in Enterprise, Utah. Andrew Pentz, age 30, a convicted felon now faces three more felony charges.
1871: The National Rifle Association is organized (NYC).
1874: Joseph F. Glidden patents barbed wire.
1932: In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
1954: Air Force One, the first U.S. Presidential airplane is christened.
1963: First live murder on TV -- Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald.
1971: Dan "DB" Cooper parachutes from a Northwest Airlines 727 with $200,000.
1979: The U.S. admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange.
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Ignore your RV transmission at your own risk
Name one of the most neglected RV systems: The transmission. Name one of the most costly RV systems to repair when it breaks: The transmission! Here's an article by a contributing writer, Mitch Martinkus, of Motorhomes of Texas. Mitch comments on how temperature has a tell-tale affect on transmission fluid life -- and how ignoring it has consequences. Read the article.
Lance launches "flagship" truck camper
In the camper market, Lance has made a big name for itself over the years. Looks as though the company is making sure it continues to have plenty of elbow room among its competitors. Rolling out a new model, the company is describing the rig as its "new flagship." Model 1172 does have a few tasty options. Read more.
How to identify and fix RV refrigerator cooling units
Learn about some common RV refrigerator problems, how to identify them, and how to fix them from the folks at Trailer Life. In this video learn how to identify and fix cooling unit problems. Watch the video.
Wanderman visits an air and space museum
Rich Miller, the Wanderman, takes a break from his tool box to drive his motorhome to the the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, New York. "I was amazed I had never even heard of this place," he writes. The museum turned out to be a big treat. Read about his visit.
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RV skid rollers bring up the rear
Sometimes RVing can be a drag, especially when you have a long trailer. Skid wheels were designed to prevent trailer drag when traversing steep driveways. When Jim Twamley purchased his second 5th wheel he struggled over whether or not to install skid rollers. He decided to drive around for a few months and see if he really needed them. Learn what he decided.
Honda recalls more than 150,000 portable generators
The Honda model EU2000I gasoline-powered portable generators are black and red in color or have a camouflage design. In some cases the fuel hose has leaked, posing fire and burn hazards. They were sold by Camping World, True Value and other dealers, and online from October, 2011 through September, 2012. "Companion" is printed on the side of some models. Learn more.
Preparing your RV's tires for long term parking
Now is the time many RV owners are "winterizing" their RV. Even if you are in Arizona, you might be getting it ready to be parked for many weeks or months. There are a few things you need to do to help preserve your tires.
Avoiding RV accidents with deer
Fall is deer season -- unfortunately it's not hunting we're talking about. In Indiana alone nearly half the deer clobbered in vehicle accidents take the hit in Autumn. Why the high numbers? With the rutting season coming on, deer are more active, and it's not, "Why did the chicken cross the road," but more, why the buck crossed the road. Read more.
This Week's Reader Survey
Do you have a CB radio installed in your RV or tow vehicle?
Last week's question
How experienced are you as an RVer (don't count camping trips as a child)? Rate zero to 5 with five being lots of experience and zero being no experience.
Read the survey results.
SECRET WORD FOR NEXT TUESDAY'S (11-27-12) RV DAILY TIPS CONTEST: Rosebud
on the Emerald Coast
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Upcoming RV Shows
See the long list of upcoming RV shows for 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.
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.
Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.43 (on November 23)
Change from week before: Down 1 cent
Diesel: $3.97 (on November 19)
Change from week before: Down 1 cent
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.
Ask 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.
How do I prevent my holding tanks from freezing?
I'm currently driving through New Mexico in a Class C motorhome. Temperatures are expected to be in the 15-degree range tomorrow. Our RV is not equipped with tank heaters and we're hoping you may have short-term suggestions to prevent damage to our holding tanks. --Mike M., (Rockport, TX)
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
CB-talking wife drives hubby nuts
Dear R.V. Shrink:
My wife drives me crazy when we travel in our motorhome. Most women have an iphone but she is still clinging to our CB radio. It is so old our grandkids say, "Grandma, what's a CB?" I think she just likes talking to truck drivers, but she says she gets good information from them. All I ever hear is nonsense. They think she is another truck driver and I'm chauffeuring her down the road in a rolling palace. She pretends she's hauling a load of ripe bananas. Her handle is Shotgun Mama. I guess that's not as weird as it sounds. She is a mama and she is riding shotgun. She takes on a whole new personality when she has that mic in her hand. . .
Joke of the week
Three vampires walk into a bar. The first one says, "I'll have a pint of blood." The second one says, "I'll have one, too." The third one says, "I'll have a pint of plasma." The bartender says, "So, that'll be two Bloods and a Blood Lite?"
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This issue's Knowledge Quiz
One quiz on Saturday, November 24, 2012 with a swell prize
TODAY'S PRIZE: A fabulous Pocket Magic Finger Chopper. Amaze your friends with this: Insert your finger into the small guillotine beneath the shiny blade. And then the magic: The blade will appear to pass right through your finger without you feeling a thing! How can it be? Well, win the prize and you will learn the amazing secret.
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, November 24 beginning at exactly 9:30 a.m., Pacific Time (12:30 p.m. in the East).
MORE QUIZZES WITH PRIZES.
We'll be running contests with prizes in most issues of our new weekday newsletter RV Daily Tips which debuts Monday, Nov. 26. Sign up here so you don't miss out. Don't miss our issue on Wednesday, Nov. 28, where our contest prize will be a $100 Shell gift card.
Michelin RV Tires
Buy at Competitive Prices through FMCA’s Advantage Program. Learn more.
Odds and Ends
Working on the RV road
Forest Service job workshops set for northern Arizona.
Thor calls back motorhomes for fire danger.
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
A water heater by-pass kit can save you six or 10 gallons of antifreeze (depending on the size of the tank) when it’s time to winterize your unit. You drain the water heater, put it in the by-pass mode and the antifreeze bypasses the tank and goes directly into the water lines. Caution: Never drain the water heater tank when it is hot or under pressure.
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
LBJ National Historical Park
Johnson City, Texas
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, in the middle of Texas Hill Country, is a favorite destination of many RV snowbirds making their way to their winter homes. Managed by the National Park Service, the park is open year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The 36th President "had a deep attachment for place and heritage." The LBJ Ranch was where he was born, lived, died, and was buried. It is said that President Johnson flew home to his Texas ranch 74 times during his five years in office, living and working for 490 days — or about one-fourth of his presidency — at the "Texas White House." Read more.
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.
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.
To participate, click here Monday through Friday.
The cash prize is now $215. 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: 00791, 14261, 84515, 98158 and 77378.
“When adding water to batteries, use distilled water if possible.”
-- From Motorhomes Made Easy
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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.
Chunky Coco Loco Pie
Need a pie crust in a hurry? This is even quicker than making a crumb crust. The pie will be easier to cut with a serrated knife.
Cookbooks for RVers: Big selection at RVbookstore.com.
Best Selling DVD
Deep Cycle Batteries
Problems with deep cycle batteries are usually because an owner did not understand how to properly maintain them. With this DVD by Mark Polk, learn to maintain your batteries and extend their life. And when you extend their life, you extend the money in your wallet. Learn more or order.
Bumper Sticker of the week
"I cook with wine, sometimes I even put in food."
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
Sonoran Desert toads are big fellows — as long as 7 1/2 inches. They are slow-moving and depend to some degree on a poison they store behind their eyes. The secretions can disrupt nerve and muscle function in a mammal. Dogs are often killed by the poison. Some stupid humans believe they will get high by licking the toads. They don't, but they will get sick and maybe even die. The toads are found in the Sonoran Desert of the Southwest, and are sometimes called Colorado River toads. Dogs often get sick after drinking from their water bowl after a Sonoran Desert Toad has rested in it overnight. Anyone who suspects their dog has been drinking toad tea should call a vet.
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.
Good Sam RV Travel Guide & 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
On a cold and rainy day, it is satisfying to camp with an RV, even though some people may think it's best in warm, tamer weather. When the weather is foul, it's a nice feeling to be inside, sheltered from the storm, warm and cozy, maybe with a good book or your special someone.
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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, Bob Difley, Mark Polk, Janet Groene, Richard Mallery, Roger Marble and Richard Miller. Office Manager: Jody Allcott. Warehouse operations: Eric Brotman. New York City correspondent: Emily Woodbury.
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