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    • I am answering all comments with this, just so everyone knows what is going on:

      Apparently, the company ran out of what they had in stock and everyone else after that got a notice (no tape but 20% off). This is UNACCEPTABLE to me. I am already in contact with the company. If they do not agree to honor their request, I will forward appropriate emails to readers so they can express their thoughts directly to the company. For now, I am assuming they will send tape to all our readers who ask, which was what they offered to do.

  • The Gaffer tape link above looks like a bait and switch. Item sold out already. Discount code does not work either.

    Saturday 8:10 am EST

    • I am answering all comments with this, just so everyone knows what is going on:

      Apparently, the company ran out of what they had in stock and everyone else after that got a notice (no tape but 20% off). This is UNACCEPTABLE to me. I am already in contact with the company. If they do not agree to honor their request, I will forward appropriate emails to readers so they can express their thoughts directly to the company. For now, I am assuming they will send tape to all our readers who ask, which was what they offered to do.

  • Hi! Though I did send you a little through PayPal a week or two,ago, I was remiss in filling out any message to you …… Duh….. Just want to let you know how much my husband and I look forward to your newsletter. It is written well, has great information and tips, and is just plain interesting reading. We are not full timers but do travel a lot. Thanks for your newsletter! Keep up the great work!

    • Janet,

      Thanks so much for your donation and your kind words. We will keep working hard to make the newsletter better.

      Chuck

  • I guess there are a lot of people up early to read the newsletter! I was trying to get the free tape and they were gone at 6:15 am MST. I wonder how many were offered?

    • I am answering all comments with this, just so everyone knows what is going on:

      Apparently, the company ran out of what they had in stock and everyone else after that got a notice (no tape but 20% off). This is UNACCEPTABLE to me. I am already in contact with the company. If they do not agree to honor their request, I will forward appropriate emails to readers so they can express their thoughts directly to the company. For now, I am assuming they will send tape to all our readers who ask, which was what they offered to do.

  • Not a big deal but the picture shown in the February 11 issue is of dairy cattle, not beef cattle. It is not a stockyard but a dairy. Large dairy farms in California, Idaho and Arizona are often mistaken for beef cattle stockyards. When you see a thousand or so black and white cows, you have a dairy.
    Like you, we are full-timers (have been for over eight years) but we have one of those 43′ motorhomes you don’t seem to like but to each their own. OK

  • Gaffer tape sold out in 3 hours! Come on, you say no strings attached. Ha! Watched the video, became familiar with the product, went thru the process of placing the order only to find it’s “SOLD OUT” without the option that the order will be fulfilled when the product is back in stock. We got duped. I guess you did too. Hope the product is not a paid advertiser.

    • Yeah, bad mistake on my part trusting the company to honor its promise. I am waiting to hear back to see how we can get all who requested the free tape their tape.

  • GAFFER Tape already sold out??? Sounds like just a ploy to get people’s address for bad things!!!

    • No, not that. I’ll be writing about this later. Like I have said in my updated newsletter, I am very upset about this. — Chuck/editor

  • Re: the joy of living in a small, mobile space, one of our favorite bumper stickers on an RV is “Small Home, Big Yard.”

    Sue and Jim, full-timers

  • No Gaffer tape at 7:25 am Saturday. Ist time I got bad info from RV Travel. I hope this not a trend.

  • Really pissed about free roll of gaffer tape and no supply sat morning what makes me mad is company that do this come on

    • I think the company rep (or marketing rep) totally underestimated the size of our audience. I believe it was an honest mistake. I take responsibility for not being absolutely clear before we publicized this that ALL requests would be honored. I will stay on top of this, as I am mad at the company and need to get that free tape to readers, just as the company promised.

      Chuck/editor

  • My thoughts on the the fact that Wisconsin has cut tax support for State Parks: I believe (but I could be wrong) that the current Wisconsin governor and his part want the State Parks to fail, so they can be “privatized” — i.e., sold off to private corporations for purposes other than the public good.

    • No, he just wants them to be self sufficient. So people who don’t use them don’t hve to pay for them. Most people don’t care to pay for services they don’t use. Unlike we enlightened RVers who love them and are willing to pay more to keep them going.

      • That being the case they need to let the parks do what they need to compete. There are currently restrictions on the percentage of electrical site they can have for example. Many weekend most non-electric sites sit unoccupied and if you want an electric site you have to reserve the full 11 months in advance. They are losing money having those sites sit empty. In spite of the increased fees parks are seeing higher number year over year, I do believe they can be self-supporting but the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s office must not stand in their way.

    • I am answering all comments with this, just so everyone knows what is going on:

      Apparently, the company ran out of what they had in stock and everyone else after that got a notice (no tape but 20% off). This is UNACCEPTABLE to me. I am already in contact with the company. If they do not agree to honor their request, I will forward appropriate emails to readers so they can express their thoughts directly to the company. For now, I am assuming they will send tape to all our readers who ask, which was what they offered to do.

      • Bummer… Saw the email before 7am, but didn’t have time to sit and enjoy reading it until just after 10… Quite the disappointment.

  • Glad you are enjoying your Fulltiming experience. We don’t fulltime, but have put 180K miles on our 2012 Newmar Dutchstar, then put a new engine in last year. From CA, currently in Florida for our winter trip. Instead of going to Keys for a month will be taking our coach to Newmar in Nappanee, In for some upgrades and new paint. We love the floor plan. Just couldn’t find a new coach we liked and didn’t want to spend a ton of money again. So much easier to manage our lives on the road than at home….lol! But fulltiming not for us. Wishing you continued enjoyment in wherever your travels take you.

  • I may pack up my old calculators and ship them to ga. The 81 sites producing a million and a half income, means they would cost roughly $51.00 a night, pricey! Not sure they will fill them at that price.

    • You were one of the early ones to order. Apparently, the company ran out of what they had in stock and everyone else got a notice (no tape but 20% off). This is UNACCEPTABLE to me. I am already in contact with the company.

      Chuck

  • Gaffer tape sold out, I’ll never buy their produce. They have been proven liars, I could see a limit, but that should’ve been said, good marketing to have thousands visit the website. Just a suggestion when someone offers you a deal, get more details.

  • Well, I must be one of lucky ones,because I got a e-mail from them that said my order was confirmed.We will see if i get it or not.Chuck, i liked your take on the feed lot,our daughter lives in La Junta,Co. where there are feed lots all around her,I tell her it stinks,she says it smell like MONEY !! hahaha… Keep up the good work…

  • The Otis gun cleaning company offered a similar deal -on a free gun cleaning kit – several years back and then tried to back out. I don’t recall which Federal department it was, but they made Otis honor what was promised. I got my free kit many months later.

  • Can’t is fighting words to me. It should be you shouldn’t just retire. I have just retired. I go to bed at 3 am and get up afternoon. I love sleeping in. After over 40 years as a school custodian I don’t miss it for a second. You might be bored with my life but all I can say is ahhhh, it feels so good!

  • I guess the tape got some good free publicity; this distributor got bad free publicity at your expense. Too bad if it was an honest mistake; they won’t survive if it wasn’t.

  • I was very upset with the false tape promotion. On the west coast gave us no chance at all. Think this could have been better handle.d.

    • I agree. I will do what I can to get the company to honor its promise to give a tape to ALL our subscribers who requested it.

      • What about those of us who didn’t even get a chance to reply? I remember another promo a few years ago for a small safe. At first they were back ordered and then they just blew me off.

        • We will be making the offer again. The company just way underestimated the response and ran out early. They apologized to us and asked us to tell them how many more rolls they need so everyone will get the free roll that asks for it. I hope to make the offer again next week. — Chuck/editor

          • you have probably already heard this from a lot of people but why not just keep to telling folks about new items that might be of interest to them and where to purchase them and give up on the free thing. From what I’ve seen it just turns out to be a pain in the _utt even though the intensions are good. Thanks!

  • Chuck,
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    Sorry to hear of your choice of an rv park near cattle.
    I must say though, since your rv has wheels, just move on.
    Surely this is not the first time you have “lost” $125.00 and will not be the last. Life goes on – keep moving forward.
    I have been a reader of your blog for many years and a contributor in appreciation of your continued operation..

  • Chuck,
    Seems many people are upset about the gaffer tape. I didn’t read my RV Travel News until later this morning. Since I am in Alaska, everyone one else was already eating dinner when I read about it. I think the gaffer tape sounds like something I want to carry in my 5th wheel but I am just going to head to Lowe’s and pick up a few rolls. I would like to know the name of the company so I won’t do business with them in the future though.. Love your newsletter!! Reading it usually takes up most the day for me, between plowing snow and keeping the fire stoked!!

    The wife and I are headed on a 10,000 mile romp this summer to the lower 48 and back and your newsletter sure offers a lot of good insight for us!! Thanks for all the news, editorials, helpful hints and ads. And a big thanks to all the readers who supply their comments!!! Many are helpful, some are humorous and some are just plain enjoyable to read.

    Steve V. Palmer, Alaska

  • I don’t understand! It said free tape but yet its sold out. How do you sell out of a product that listed as free. I must be missing something here as I know I’m late reading this issue and when I clicked on it it said sold out. Guess no tape for me then. Guess I need to start reading these sooner huh? Day late and a dollar short. Been there many times so what else is new?

  • RE. Gaffer Tape,
    60,000 or more readers. Even if it only cost them $1.00 per roll, that’s $60,000.00. They didn’t think this one through.
    As always, great job on the newsletter!

    • But, then again, Mark — If some of those readers who receive the free sample are impressed with the tape (which we’re sure they will be), then they may become customers for life. And if they tell their friends and fellow RVers about how well it works, then those are more potential customers, ad infinitum. So, I think Gaffer Power “thought it through” — they just underestimated the size of RVtravel.com’s audience and the overwhelming response they would receive to their generous offer. —Diane at RVtravel.com

  • I was really late to read my newsletter this week, now I can’t even try to get my gaffer tape!! 🙁
    I love this newsletter, though!!
    Thanks,
    Merrily

  • I just wanted to make sure that the other snowbirds are aware that if you require the use of funeral services in the US you must have not only your Social Insurance Number but they will want proof of same.
    I recently lost my husband suddenly while we were vacationing in the US.
    The funeral home would not proceed with the cremation until they had the above.
    His passport and Driver licence were not acceptable.
    I have spoke to many friends and like us they do not travel with their SIN cards