RV Travel Newsletter: December 1-7. Issue 562

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Weekend of December 1, 2012

Issue 562 of RV Travel

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


Important for safe RVing!
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Editor's corner

With Chuck Woodbury
Chuck@RVtravel.com

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I wish we had more readers. As it is, about 60,000 people read each RVtravel.com newsletter. A bigger audience, obviously would be good for business. But another reason is that we could help educate more RVers. As is, every day we receive the same basic RVing questions from readers who just found us; they haven't benefitted from all the information we've published in the last 12 years.

The sad truth is that a lot of RVers are doing bad things because they have not learned how to properly use their RVs. They overload them, they drive on defective tires, they don't understand the dangers of carbon monoxide or LP gas, they don't maintain their rigs properly -- some don't even know how to correctly empty their holding tanks. Many put themselves and their families in jeopardy because they don't understand RV electricity. We have run our "No Shock Zone" series on RV electricity several times and have received at least a few letters from readers who said what they learned may have saved their lives. If we had five times the readers, we could do more good.

Most RVers do not have an exit plan - or any plan -- should their RV catch on fire. And RVs DO catch on fire and they burn fast. Mac McCoy, the nation's expert on RV fire safety, advises that if you can't extinguish a fire in 45 seconds, then get out. RVs are replaceable, humans are not. And, sad to say, many RVers think the tiny fire extinguisher that came with their vehicle is all they'll need to supress a blaze: truth be sold, that's like fighting a war with a BB gun. Watch Mac's short video about fire extinguishers.

The reason I bring this all up was prompted by a reader's letter regarding the video in the first issue of our new RV Daily Tips newsletter. Our tire safety expert Roger Marble discussed whether RVers really need to carry a spare tire. The fact is, many new RVs do not even come equipped with one. Roger noted that most tires today seldom fail. His advice: if your vehicle has a rare tire size, then carry a spare. The reason, he explained, is if a tire fails in a rural area and it's a rare size, your emergency road service may not have one in stock to bring to you: you could be stranded for days while one is shipped from afar. On the other hand, if your tires are a popular size, the emergency road service can usually bring one right to you. Watch Roger's short video.

A READER WROTE TO ME about Roger's advice. He thought it was wrong to suggest you didn't need a spare tire. He wrote: "Of course you should carry a spare. We just returned from our first two-month trip with our 5th wheel Montana and had to buy five tires." I responded: "You need to examine why you are experiencing a failure over and over. Something is wrong." Finally, after another email exchange, he confessed. "My problem turned out to be that I bought a five-year-old 5th wheel with original tires. Almost no wear was showing but apparently the RV had sat in the Florida sun for five years and the tires must have been rotted or at least very weak."

Well, no matter how many times we have warned our readers that they should never buy or ride on tires older than 6 or 7 years -- even if they look brand new -- countless RVers still don't know that. "If it looks good, it is good," they assume. So they ride on old and dangerous tires. And in this man's case, the fact that the tires had received so much sun exposure would make them fail much sooner than if they'd been protected. Watch an ABC News report about how old, "good looking" tires can fail -- and kill.

So, a suggestion. . . please subscribe to our new RV Daily Tips newsletter. What you learn will save you trouble and money, and maybe even yourself.

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

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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.


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.


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kgjA Greenfield Township, Pennsylvania RV park owner has been released from prison after seeing to it that his Moon Meadows Campground was completely closed. Thomas Peckham was jailed October 3 for contempt of court. The original issue at hand -- violations of health and safety regulations.

RV park customers at Prairie Rose Park in Gladstone, North Dakota have been out of water for more than two weeks after town fathers turned off the taps. While campers say they've paid the bill, the city says winter weather will freeze the pipes -- an issue in dispute. No word on when or if the city will refund water payments.

Coveted seasonal camping spots in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area are up for applications through January 4, with another batch closing January 11. More than 140 sites in the Kentucky and Tennessee NRA are available for multiple-month use. Phone (270) 924-2000 for more information.

Call them the "Not So Happy Camper." A Los Angeles RV rental outfit, The Happier Camper, is missing two of its prized retro-travel trailers to burglars. Stolen was an orange 1986 U-Haul CT and a 1979 purple Scamp. A $2,000 reward is offered. See photo.

The 50th Annual National Trade Show for the RV industry, held in Louisville, Kentucky got off with a bit of a stumble. Opening day attendance this week was down about seven percent compared to opening day of 2011.

Queen Elizabeth recently got her first ride in an RV. The Queen and her husband Prince Philip toured the UK's Bailey of Bristol plant and rode a little more than a city block in the company's show rig. The Queen declared it, "A real home away from home," while the Duke offered some suggestions on floor plans.

Trailer Life magazine readers recently voted for the "The state to RV in." Colorado won.

A Kodiak, Alaska landowner has permission to build a five-acre RV park in an unusual spot: The site is leased out to a firm that makes compost out of logging scraps -- and sewage waste. Developer Bill Wren says the RV park is a fall-back plan if the compost operation goes rotten.

Cequent Performance Products, the parent company of Reese Hitches, is transferring its production work out of Goshen, Indiana to Mexico next year.


Hybrid Furnace!
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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

Airstream says it will begin selling "Interstate" model Class B motorhomes in Canada next spring. Built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform, Interstate was the top-selling Class B in the U.S. for 2011 and through September of this year.

Folks in St. Augustine, Florida are wondering what the new owners of Pacetti's Fish Camp plan to do with their 23-acre property. Randy Ringhaver says he's not sure yet -- he just wants to clean up the property and maybe make it an upscale RV resort. One idea he says is out: condominiums.

Filmmaker John Holod announced this week that he's a week away from releasing his new DVD, "RVing Route 66." He said it was his most difficult filmmaking project so far. The reason: so much material to squeeze into the production.

Michigan needs camp hosts for state parks and forests in 2013. A 30-hour week will garner a host spot. Training starts in April for forest locations -- for an application click here. State park volunteers should apply directly to any park where they have interest.

Voters in Red Bluff, California have killed a proposal that would have forced RV parks to charge users a 10 percent transient occupancy tax. More than 60 percent of voters rejected the tax.

On this date in history:
December 1
Compiled by Dell Bert

1835: Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.
1878: The first White House telephone is installed.
1891: James Naismith creates the game of basketball.
1913: The first drive-up gasoline station opens (Pittsburgh).
1913: A continuous moving assembly line is introduced by Ford.
1942: Gasoline is rationed in the U.S.
1955: Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus.
1978: President Carter more than doubles the size of the national park system.

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.


Topics of last week's RV Daily Tips Newsletter

Monday
Don't be zapped by low voltage.
Should you carry a spare tire for your motorhome or tow vehicle?

Tuesday
How to extend the life of an RV battery.
How many fire extinguishers should you carry in your RV?

Wednesday
A different use for your RV propane.
What questions to ask when buying a tire pressure monitoring system.

Thursday
How to prepare for boondocking.
Don't overlook campgrounds at county fairgrounds.

Friday
How to level your RV without damaging the slides.
Preparing your RV's roof for winter.

CONGRATULATIONS to Doug Klunk of Hanover, Pennsylvania who won a $100 Shell gas card in our featured contest of the week.


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.

Man builds beautiful fifth wheel trailer at home
Take a man whose initials are CAN who had a mother who told him, "You CAN do anything you set your mind to." Give him a few bucks and an idea and the results (after seven months of effort) are a fifth wheel to make any manufacturer proud. That's Chad Allan Nicholls. Watch the video slide show to see step-by-step how he built his RV.

Keeping solar panels clean -- with a little tilt?
We've heard some chatter among RVers with solar panels. Seems some folks are very concerned about the effect that rain can have on panels. Aside from the fact that a rainy day isn't such a great day for producing power -- what with the reduced amount of light shining on the panels -- some are suggesting that rain water left standing on a panel could damage it. Is that true? Here are some thoughts.

Why travel in a Class B motorhome?
Mike and Jennifer Wendland of Roadtreking.com explain why they chose a Class B motorhome over a more spacious Class A or Class C model. There is some food for thought here for anyone shopping for an RV who is not sure which type is right for them. Watch their video.

RVing at high altitudes. Is an "altitude adjustment" in order?
A new RVer was studying his rig's appliance manuals and came across a statement that suggested his LP appliances might not work at higher elevations. How big of a concern is "at elevation" operation? Read more.

Class wars: How to narrow your RV choices
Rich Miller, the Wanderman, writes about the process he went through before buying his current RV. The process he went through and the questions he asked himself and others, make for good reading for anyone who is trying to decide "what is the best RV for me?" Read Rich's article.


eBook. "Instant Reading!"
So you want to be a full-time RVer?
If you’re thinking or dreaming about becoming a full-time or part-time RVer, then this is the eBook for you. In it you will find what the authors, John and Kathy Huggins learned (often the hard way) in eight years of full-time RVing. But all the information is valuable to part timers and weekenders as well. Order the eBook and be reading it in minutes. PDF format. Learn more or order.

Bob Tiffin discusses
his company's 2013 motorhomes

RVtravel.com correspondent Chris Doughtery interviews Bob Tiffin, President and founder of Tiffin Motorhomes, about the company's 2013 lineup. At the 2012 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, he also discusses his philosophy and reflects on his company's modest start and how its products have changed through the years. Watch the video.
 
Beware of bumper clutter
Have you ever noticed RVs on the highway or in the campground loaded up with "stuff" on their back bumpers or attached to the ladders (or even step ladders attached to the rig)? Well, not only are these carry-alongs unattractive, they can be dangerous. Read what Jim Twamley wrote about this, and see lots of pictures to illustrate.
 
Is fulltime RVing like an RV vacation?
Some folks, when thinking about fulltime RVing, reflect on RV vacations they've had and shudder: 'Fulltime RV? Not for me!'" But is comparing the fulltime RV lifestyle to vacation time spent in an RV a fair comparison? Not really -- and here's why.
 
One of a kind motorhome
SunRay Kelley has some interesting innovations. Taking a classic 1984 Toyota Dolphin Class C motorhome, Kelley removed the existing coach and built his own more aerodynamic one in its place. The canted wall construction framing is formed of recycled aluminum covered over with cedar siding, in a form SunRay describes as "gypsy wagon." Be sure to check out how he modified the vehicle's engine. Read more and see a photo.

"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.


This Week's
Reader Survey

Have you ever given or received a Chia Pet as a holiday gift? Answer here.

Last week's question
Do you have a CB radio installed in your RV or tow vehicle? 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.


RECENTLY UPDATED

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.



Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel.
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.40 (on November 30)

Change from week before: Down 3 cents
Diesel: U.S. $4.03 (on November 26)
Change from week before: Up
6 cents


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.


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.

Why synthetic blocks under stored tires?

Dear Gary,
In an edition of your RV Doctor Newsletter, you said to use non-absorbing, synthetic blocks under the footprint of the tires when parked on asphalt. Would you explain why? --Don B., (North Las Vegas, NV)

Read Gary's response.

SEE GARY'S VIDEOS at RVdoctorVIDEOS.COM.


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


The RV Shrink

Offended by cigarette-smoking mechanic

Dear R.V. Shrink:
We recently had some work done on our motorhome levelers. The service was quick and reasonably priced, the owner was a great guy who treated us very well, and I was very pleased as I paid and walked out to the motorhome to leave. There I found my wife who moved back in once the unit was brought out of the shop. She was not a happy camper. The motorhome reeked of cigarette smoke. It was a cold morning, but she had several windows open trying to air it out. Although I had no control over this situation I got the hot tongue and cold shoulder for the next hundred miles, until the rig reeked no more. My dilemma is I’m conflicted as to what to do. Should I complain to the business owner who was so nice, or let it slide? Even with this indiscretion I would highly recommend this place of business to other RVer’s. The excellent customer service otherwise is a rare occasion in the RV world. We try to pre-empt service oversights by putting down carpet coverings and upholstery covers because so many service organizations have no clue when it comes to entering vehicles and recreational vehicles. --Nicotined in Nashville

Read the Shrink's response.


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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, December 1, 2012 with a swell prize.

TODAY'S PRIZE: An amazing human-powered lightbulb! Use your body's own electricity to power this bulb. Impress your friends!

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, December 1 beginning at exactly 8:45 a.m., Pacific Time (11:45 a.m. in the East).

Official Knowledge Quiz Rules.

ONE OF OUR PRIZES THIS
COMING WEEK AT RV DAILY TIPS
Win 4 Expedition Wheel Covers
(2 sets of 2 covers) from National Discount Covers. Retail value $59.98. These durable EXO wheel cover series provide all-weather protection for your RV wheels and tires. Learn more.


Internet Specials!
 

Odds and Ends

Northwest RVer
Oregon offers special discounts on park passes, coast passports and more.
     "Like" the Northwest RVer Facebook page.

RV News Service
Fleetwood shows off motorhome changes for 2013 models.


Essential for RVers who travel with a dog
Dog Friendly's
Campground and Park Guide
This is a jam-packed, well-researched directory of campgrounds, filled with detailed information, about where you can camp with a dog in the USA and Canada. Learn more or order.


RV Short Stops

Stonehenge
Along the Columbia River in Washington

On a barren bluff overlooking the Columbia River is a full-size Stonehenge, a near carbon copy of the more famous Stonehenge in England. It was built by a man named Sam Hill as a memorial to soldiers who died in World War I. Hill passed away soon after his masterpiece was completed in 1930 and is buried nearby. Unlike the English Stonehenge which is mobbed daily with buses and wide eyed tourists, the Sam Hill replica is a lonely, quiet place -- with lots of room to park even the largest RVs. And admission is free. Read more.

STAY OUT OF TROUBLE!
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 law. Learn more or order.


Camping as a kid

RVtravel.com reader Peggy Larson sent this family photo from the '60s. She wrote: "My dad built his own truck camper. I have a picture of it just covered in Masonite board. When I was between marriages 20-some years ago I used to pack a small tent in my Dodge Charger and go camping in the Pacific NW. I met my current husband about that time and we have evolved from truck camping to a tent trailer to a 38 foot triple-slide fifth wheel and back to a 36 foot travel trailer."

Send your childhood camping photos to chuck@rvtravel.com.


TODAY'S SECRET PHRASE: They fell in love at the dump station.


Joke of the week
Little girl: "Why does your son say, 'Cluck, cluck, cluck?'"
Mother: "Because he thinks he's a chicken."
Little girl: "Why don't you tell him he's not a chicken?"
Mother: "Because we need the eggs."


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

Trailer Brakes
“Without trailer brakes, if you brake hard in an emergency, you can expect to jack-knife, with a strong probability of overturning. Wet or frozen pavement almost guarantees it.” From Trailers 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. 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

Be careful about weight when choosing an RV tow vehicle
If you already have the vehicle that you plan to tow with, you need to find a trailer that is within the weight range of your vehicle. This was a common problem I ran into during my days as an RV sales manager. Customers would come in to purchase a travel trailer only to find out that their tow vehicle did not have a very good tow rating. It can be extremely frustrating to find the perfect travel trailer or fifth wheel and then be told that you can't tow it. On the other hand it can be worse if you go to a less reputable RV dealer and the sales person tells you that you can tow it! This happens every day, and this is why you need to be armed with the right information before you buy. Read more.

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.


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.


Save on Mountain Directories
East & West

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


Bumper Sticker of the week
"I may be left-handed, but I'm always right!"
Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to chuck(at)rvtravel.com


"Like" RV Travel on Facebook
Don't wait until Saturday for your next dose of RV Travel. Join us on Facebook for breaking news, valuable RVing information and advice -- most of which never appears in this newsletter. "Like Us."


The RV Kitchen

Eggs-zactly right eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner
Here's a yummy recipe that works anytime of day.

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


Trivia
The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile national monuments.

Campers Daily Log
Keep track of 45 different daily activities including fuel, mileage, expenses, weather and activities with this compact, 7" x 4 1/2" vinyl loose leaf journal. This is a favorite record-keeping journal for RVers year in and year out. Learn more or order.


Random RV Thought
To conserve water when dry camping, shave with a battery-powered electric shaver rather than a blade razor.


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Worth Pondering
"My RV is the only place where I can find some peace and quiet." --Actor Paul Newman


potogoldWin cash with our Pot of Gold Contest
To participate, click here Monday through Friday.

The cash prize is now $220.00 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
: 65066, 77434, 63855, 38108, 58623

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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