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  • I like your Newsletters Chuck! For me they are full of useful information, and sure, at times you give a negative slant but then it is your newsletter and your opinion. I can freely choose to agree or disagree. I have found over the years your Newsletters to be more positive than negative and I appreciate your efforts to keep us informed. All the best for 2018. Jake

  • Seems to me taking the lead on bringing transparency to the issues will work towards change. Keep up the good work.

  • Want to bet that “David” is an RV manufacture?
    Chuck, you are the only one that I know that is telling it like it is.
    Keep up the great work.

  • As someone still in the romantic looking phase, I need a dose of reality even if it is negative sometimes. Your news letter gives me that along with a lot of other useful information that will help me make the right decision.

  • Did David ever think here is more negative than positive out there? Could he feel you may impact his income or is he sitting in a nice resort with no intention to ever leave? Life is not all positive and sometimes or some things often go south.
    Speaking of going south, ever try to get a south Fl resort along the coast for Jan/Feb?

  • I did not find your comments about the RV Industry out of line, it had to be said. And you are the perfect person to speak out. You go to the major “RV Shows” and you talk to the people in the RV business and life style. You have your finger in the pulse of the lifestyle and you see it is ill.

    The writer revealed something interesting with the comment of “We have owned eight RVs over the last 20 years, all of them purchased new except one.” The man is an RV makers dream come true! He buys and trades RV’s ever two to three years and buys new each time? I bet he stays at all the five star RV resorts as well because to buy any, even the stuff Thor sells, it take money to eat a 40% depreciation every two to four years. Sound more and more like someone with some financial interests in the RV industry.

    And no, I do not find Chuck negative, only informative. He has alerted many people to serious issues in the RV industry and lifestyle. I and many others appreciate him for doing so.

    No worries Chuck, we the real people, are with you.

  • As usual, I have my own spin on this. I appreciate your honest and useful reporting on the drawbacks of RVing. Your audience needs that information and it’s good journalism.

    What I would like to see more is not a change to the usual industry marketing but ideas and experiences of how Rvers can adapt to the conditions and prepare for likely future changes. The RV industry will probably not listen to a lone voice telling them where they’re going wrong. However, I bet some of your readers have found ways to adapt to the quality issues, crowded campgrounds, and other problems of RVing, just as they have in the past to small, simple RVs and camping with few services.

    My life, and most people’s, requires adaptability. You could help with that.

    • Calvin, excellent observations. Change happens. Sometimes it is hard to see that change when we like how things were before. But then there is reality: you are correct that we need to talk more about how to adapt than just complain about things. — Chuck

  • Chuck – Consider yourself as the voice for all of us who truly love the RV lifestyle and know first hand the truths that you write about. Your response to David was “spot on,” and I also suspect he’s a dealer For this owner, keep the articles comming. Hopefully someday soon someone will start paying attention.

  • Chuck
    We have read rvtravel for two years now, like most getting a free ride each week. Our first holiday travel season has keep us in this years early freeze. Nights below 10F with days under 30F, for three weeks now, have tested our 2018 Montana HC 305RL. Tanks are warm and water keeps running. Your content negative & positive helped us make an informed choice. Keep up the good work. The next thing I will do after writing this is log in and become your next paid subscriber. It is my hope, you may count on regular readers like me to step up and help keep rvtravel growing stronger.

  • Chuck, wife and I started the full time life back in 2000 and even then, saw the problems that were coming about. The higher sales in the RV industry with poor workmanship, low wages and a care free attitude toward the consumer. We saw the permanent trailers taking over the small Mom and Pop RV parks, the poor electrical systems with open grounds, etc.
    Yes, we still loved this lifestyle, but needed someone with a voice to address these issues and maybe, one day, the industry will realize their ill ways and start putting the customer first rather than the bottom line.
    Keep up the great work and calling a spade a spade! There are 10’s of thousands of us in your corner!
    Wishing you and your staff a very successful 2018 and beyond!

  • Spot on in your response to David. He’s the lapdog. He’s been watching too much “negative” on the evening news, daytime chick-talk and cable gossip “news and opinion”, creating his infectious negativity. Keep up the good work Chuck and Gail. Everyone enjoys a little bit of good news.

    PS David, I can see you. Peeking out of one eye. Checking out the responses to your “letter to the editor”, he he he.

  • Hi Chuck,
    We just bought a travel trailer from camping world in May of 2017. I had to get a couple things fixed on it and was told that they would have to check to see if it’s under warantee and I might have to pay for the repairs. I mentioned to them it has a 1 year warantee. This is what you mention about dishonest practices. I got everything fixed for free but they knew it was under warantee. Keep up the good work and remember for every idiot who doesn’t like what your saying there’s a 100 of us who support you. Keep doing the GREAT reporting

  • Chuck—I thank you for your voice because it informs me, supports me and reassures me that someone, somewhere feels as I do.
    I don’t have a giant coach, just a small 13′ fibreglass camper. But the issues you address in your newsletter concerning lack of campsites, for example, affect us all, not just the large rigs. Keep up the good work.

  • As a visible/consolidated lightening rod/spokesman for the “little consumers”, your (Chuck’s) commentary is absolutely necessary if still ignored — as many here have reported, the industry has no motive to improve or take care of customers because they have more business than they can handle even while producing dangerous and shoddy products. Alerting new RVers until sales fall off is the only leverage “we” really have.

    One problem that I haven’t seen Chuck address yet, if he wants to REALLY tilt at windmills, is the effect mega-government has on campsites. I’ve talked to many campsite owners about “If you’re ALWAYS booked, why don’t you expand? Why are competing campgrounds closing? Why so few new ones opening?” Time again, it’s local bureaucracy and regulation making “little guy” campgrounds completely absurd businesses — sewer fees that eat several months of income? One campground actually closed their toilets/dump just to afford to stay in business. Inspecting kitchens that don’t even exist (but still collect a fee to prove that)? Is inspecting distribution panels constantly, but none of the pedestals really safer? Certain safety inspections SHOULD happen at a sane frequency, but so many are licensed/registered/otherwise taxed in 30 ways until 11 months of a year are working for Uncle Sam. It’s possible that this is a particularly Socialist Northeast issue, but I suspect the government overreach issue (affecting ALL small businesses) will quickly spread mid-country soon if unchecked.

    • Socialist Northeast Issue. Why hell yes! Let’s just let all safety regulations fly out the window for the sake of profit and hope no one is injured, killed, as is the case with today’s
      QC or lack of. RIVA and their salaried lobbyist constantly pad the coffers of the interior secretary Department against any form of government “Lemmon” laws that auto manufactures must by law adhere to. Why Not!….RV manufacturers?? Sending more donations Chuck! No negatitivity but positive promotion for the end consumer, enough!

    • While some government regulations may seem to go overboard, the sad reality is that profit-driven businesses would likely neglect safety and upkeep to save a buck whenever possible.
      Look at the crap coming off RV assembly lines for example. I’d rather have MORE govt inspection than burn my time and money when buying one of the lemons coming off their assembly lines.

  • I don’t think canceling all subscriptions is helpful to the reader. I read the newspaper daily and there are numerous stories I do not read. Many are obvious opinions rather than news reporting. But I won’t deny myself everything else just to avoid some things I don’t agree with. Television, radio, magazines, newsletters all should be taken with some sense that causes you to question the host’s/writer’s veracity, etc. Why throw out the baby with the bath water.

  • Sorry you lost a subscriber due to your “negative” attitude, Chuck. My response? I just doubled my monthly contribution. Keep fighting the good fight, my friend!

  • I’ll bet the guy on the Titanic who yelled “ICEBERG!!!” wasn’t being “negative”, and those that survived were probably grateful for the heads-up! 😜

    Let David keep listening to the orchestra…I’ll see you at the lifeboat station…

    Keep up the great work! Carlos

  • Hear no evil? See no evil? Speak no evil? Does that mean that it doesn’t exist? I appreciate your honest reporting and only feel enlightened by your so called negative reporting. I am afraid that a lot of people have forgotten how to speak up for what is right! Thank you for your honest reports on the RV industry.. Keep up the good work!

    • Chuck, Thanks for all your excellent reporting.
      Fact is if the industry was not cutting quality we might only hear positive reports…but…sadly that is not the case.
      We sold our RV a few months ago and are not sure if we will return to the RV Life but I still read this electronic gem every week.
      Keep up the great work and thanks for the reports!

  • Marty Chambers, I was going to write a similar comment about this topic, but you said it better than I would have, so i’ll just say I agree.

  • Personally I welcome a newsletter such as this one as it exposes a lot of problems with quality control in the RV industry.Without advice,such as Mike’s electrical segment,or recall notices lumped into one newsletter,many would be clueless about how greedy and uncaring the RV industry has become.With the cost of new towable RV’s exceeding $100,000 anymore,one needs all the help and advice he,or she,can get to help make good decisions.Keep up the good work,Chuck,there are many who actually like your efforts.

  • Chuck
    I’ve also read many of your articles for many years and personally meet and talk to you at an RV show. Yes, you are getting more negative but you did not create the source of that negativism.
    Yes some of it is getting “old” and no one seems to know what to do about it. Maybe a “NEW” twist for the news letter. Solutions from our readers. The more we get involved as a group the more influence we will have.

  • Chuck, I hope you realize that your voice is needed to share with consumers to “look before they buy:” and the RV Industry that, yes, someone is watching you and letting people know.
    I became a member to your newsletter because I needed to find out all the information I could before I made this huge “leap of faith” to purchase.
    Over the year and half I saw what you and your staff do to provide interesting, often thought-provoking commentary. That’s when I became a paid subscriber.
    Don’t lose faith in what you’re doing … there’s always rain before the sun shines!
    Thanks to you and your staff, I know that I have a lot more knowledge about RVs, and I’m an informed consumer.
    So when I make that decision to buy, I know I have been provided the kind of information that will help me make a good decision.
    Thanks again and keep up the good work!
    Patricia B.

  • I think the negative things you talk about should be heard. However, why not do it in a section like the other information sections and talk about your travels and POSITIVE adventures in YOUR section. Negative can be good but enough is enough. I am also a contributor and look forward to your newsletter. But I too get tired of the massive negativity. Talk about RV problems and negativity in an RV problem Section. That’s my opinion and most wont like it but it is what it is. Thanks David for bringing this to light. Thanks Chuck for your newsletter and attention to these problems. Keep up the good work, overall.

  • I think a little doom and gloom about the current state is fine. I’d wish you’d do some searching about alternative rving choices.
    We’ve been full-time since 2013 and have been completely happy staying at COE and State Parks from New York State to Florida. Yes we have to make reservations months in advance. But we never have the worries traveling and wondering if we will have a space and if we will fit. If something changes our plans a quick call and a cancellation fee is all that happens.
    And we went with a residential refrigerator after two cooling units failed in our 2005 Newmar Dutchstar MH. So now we are Happy Campers without the worries about throwing out spoiled food. It’s not just boondocking vs private park camping. There are a lot of options out there.

  • I have to sit back and smile, obviously you have generated quite a bit of interest. We have the option to read or not read these articles. I’ve been playing with these things for forty years now (damn I’m old) serviced and repaired numerous rigs, none of this is going to change our passion of this type of travel. The old adage “take it with a grain of salt “ keep up the good work and happy travels….

  • No complaints here Chuck. Your articles are informative and spot on. I want to know the problems that I might face as a full-time RVer. The good as well as the bad. Thank You Chuck for keeping me informed.

  • I ride a motorcycle as well as traveling with a fifth wheel.
    I am not happy to hear that some rv’s are loosing their rooftop satellite while underway!
    Thanks for the heads up, and keep on keeping on!

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