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Comments for RV Travel Newsletter May 7-13, 2016

  • We have read your newsletter for many years and learned lots of good things that were shared with us. We look forward to it every week and have passed the site on to all our newby friends.
    One comment about “Almost Breaking News”: In Rhode Island everything is close by, however Exeter is located more in the Central/Southern part of the state and the George Washington Memorial Camping area is located in Gloucester, which is in the Northern/Western part of the state.

  • Chuck, you mentioned outdoor T.V.’s on RVs which is a very sensitive subject to me since just a couple of days ago we experienced someone sitting outside his RV running his T.V. and stereo music extremely loud till 12:00 at night. I was ready to call security to get him to shut it off. I did notice that he lowered it somewhat, someone must have complained, but the boom, boom can still be heard. I hate to approach anyone these days the way the world has become so inconsiderate of others and will not hesitate to fight you for just bringing the subject up. So, I now can relate to your concerns.

  • I am so with you on the outdoor tv situation. I am a snowbird with a DP.. I cringe when a new neighbour has an out door tv.. they think they are so cool to have an outdoor tv..and I think they like showing it off and they also want the neighbourhod to know they are watching it… IAlso the people are mostly deaf and have it so loud. So I say to people out there… we dont want to hear your tv. Please. what ever happened to the two foot this is my space rule… we dont want to hear you… and you dont want to hear me

  • My wife and I are reeeeeeally enjoying the new RV Travel newsletter format. It not only looks fantastic, it navigates extremely smoothly. ‘Great job!!!

  • Really like the new format. sure do appreciate all the work you and your staff due preparing the newsletters.

    • Hi Joe,

      We need the ads. RVtravel is not a hobby, although I think all of us who work on it love what we do. I know there are many ads, but we try our best to keep them all of interest to RVers and do not accept those that we do not believe offer a good value or are of questionable integrity. Our staff needs to earn a living and ad revenue provides about three quarters of our revenue.

      Five percent of our readers pitch in with “voluntary subscriptions,” and these readers’ support may one day make it possible for us to largely do away with advertising, which would suit me just fine! But when 19 out of 20 of our readers are unwilling to chip in for a subscription — and we say very clearly that even $5 a year per reader is all we need (which amounts to 10 cents an issue), we need advertising to pay our salaries and our other bills. It’s that or we get other jobs and our website or newsletter goes away.

      I must disagree with you about providing “enough” information. We provide a lot and are always striving to be better. We have produced our newsletter week in and week out for more than 15 years. Not enough information? Even without ads, in those issues alone there’s enough quality information to fill a few dozen books.

      Some issues are meatier than others, I agree. Exactly what you are looking for? — Chuck, editor

  • If you want more voluntary subscriptions, add credit cards along with PayPal. I for one will never use PayPal, and I’m probably not the only one.

    As far as advertising, ads are good. They inform us about new products as well as remind us about old products. Maybe in the future you’ll be able to decrease the amount of ads, but for now, I’m glad to sees them.

    • Hi John, There is an option to pay with a credit card without going through Pay Pal. http://rvtravel.com/donate . Yes, I understand that some people are not fans of Pay Pal. Still, about 90 percent of our readers who help support us through “voluntary subscriptions” use Pay Pal, so we need to keep that option, for sure. Some readers just send a check. However, they chip in it helps us keep on going and we appreciate the support very much.

  • Chuck, my wife and I both love the new format!! Keep up the great work! We just got into the RV life again post kids and your site has been a welth of info.

    • Thanks, Wayne and Diane. Welcome back to RVing! We hope you have many years of happy and safe travels.

    • Thanks, Barbara. Yes, we’re still getting used to it, too, and “tweaking” (improving it) as we go. And the survey will be back in a few weeks, due to “popular demand.”

  • Definitely like the new format and magazine, I know there are a lot of advertisements, but it comes with being able to get more information in the magazine also (at not cost).

    Thanks for all the work,
    Dennis Johnson

    • Thank you, Dennis. It’ll continue to get bigger and better every week as we work out more bugs and add more features. We appreciate your, and others, feedback (positive and otherwise — well, we like the positive the best 😉 ) while we’re working to improve the experience and information for our readers.

  • HI CHUCK AND STAFF,
    I am still getting used to the new format, but I will get it all figured out. I tried to do the ‘Spin and Win’ contest, but could not find where to click to register my vote. I actually watched it three times and still could not find where to click the address. Is anyone else having the same problem?
    Item number 2. About three weeks ago I sent, by snail mail an article I had written about “Another Way to Newfoundland and Labrador’ that we used last summer, 2015. I did not know if you ever received it. I have found that very few RVers are familiar with the route that I feel is a really good alternate to the long ferry trips an you see some great country, interesting towns and interesting historical things.
    Of course if you do not find that it is something you can include in the newsletter, that is fine, I just wanted to at least try writing it.
    If you did not ever receive it, let me know and I will re-send it.
    Thanks for the always great newsletter.

    • Richard,

      I received your report about Newfoundland. I read through once, but did not enough time with all that’s going to figure out how to use it — for reference, to post for others to refer to, etc. It’s sitting on my desk to get to when I get some time after my work related to launching the new site slows. — Chuck

    • Hi, Richard,
      Thank you for the nice comments about our newsletter — we appreciate it. I’ll answer your first question but will have to have Chuck answer the second question, about the article that you sent in.

      We’re sorry you’re having a problem with entering the contest. Just go to the RVtravel.com/contest website (type that address, RVtravel.com/contest, in the line at the top of your screen for the URL, or search for it on Google or Bing). Here is the complete URL: https://rvtravel.com/contest/ Once you get to the website, below the rules and under the picture of the prize, it says to “Log in to enter this giveaway.” Just click on one of those buttons to log in and enter the contest. Good luck!

      BTW — We’re still getting used to the new format, too! It’ll get easier for all of us and will be well worth it in the long run!
      Diane

  • Hi Chuck,
    I tried to chime in on the “does anyone read books anymore” question but was unable to do so since I apparently don’t have a URL whatever that is. It would be nice if we could just post with our e-mail address. Believe it or not there are people like me who don’t do, Facebook, Twitter, who don’t text and all that other electronic nonsense. Heck, I don’t even own a cell phone and plan to keep it that way. And Yes. I DO read books.
    Thanks for listening. I like the new site very much.

  • Chuck and RV Staff, I’ve been a weekly/daily reader for years a throughly enjoy the newsletter. New format is attractive and takes getting used to but as a senior I find challenges daily. :). I also had trouble with the wheel so many thanks for the comment and help in that direction. Congratulations again on RV Travel.Com and the many years of information and enjoyment you and staff provide the readers. I look forward to every Saturday morning!

  • Hey Chuck I always enjoyed reading daily and Saturday’s RV travel but for some reason they just stop

    • Thanks for the note, James. We stopped producing the daily newsletters more than a month ago to focus on our Saturday newsletters and our new website. The daily newsletters, unfortunately, were taking more time and money to produce than we were able to generate from them, so it was a necessary business decision. We apologize to our readers who are missing the dailies. We hope that you agree that the new format of our website and our Saturday RV Travel Newsletter is even more useful and enjoyable than before. We’re still working on improving them every week. Thank you for reading our newsletters! And thanks for hanging in there with us while we’re still working out some bugs. We really appreciate it!