RV Travel Newsletter Issue 821

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 821

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 17th year of continuous publication, is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you!

Issue 821 • Week of November 25–December 1, 2017   #rvtravel


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Editor’s corner 
With Chuck Woodbury
Chuck (at) RVtravel.com

Record crowds at 2017 Hershey RV Show

RVs are selling faster than anytime in history. A whopping 378,006 new units shipped to dealers through nine months of 2017, up 16.6 percent from last year. The latest projections from industry analyst Richard Curtain estimate shipments of 479,700 units by the end of this year, and 491,200 in 2018.

Let’s put that in perspective: If each of those RVs average two RVers, then in one year we’re talking about almost 10 Rose Bowl crowds of new RVers, or the equivalent of the entire population of Austin, Texas! In just one year!

Arizona RV parks, this one in Parker, are already nearly filled each winter with seasonal “snowbirds.”

Perhaps a few dozen RV parks were built this year, if that. All those new RVers will soon be competing for a space in our favorite parks. It’s crazy! The RV industry is blind to the crisis ahead when RVers will get fed up with the crowds and will opt out of a lifestyle they once loved.

The park I’m in now in Texas is half occupied with seasonal or permanent residents. I walked by an entire row of RVs this morning — probably 15, mostly large fifth wheels — and there wasn’t a single car or truck in front of any of them. The residents were all at work. This evening, they’ll roll back in. I see this everywhere — parks half-filled with permanent or seasonal residents or monthly renters. If you’re just passing through town, good luck finding a space. 

It will be increasingly difficult to get a space in a beautiful park like this one in Susanville, California.

As I wrote a few issues ago, “camping” is no longer appropriate to describe what many of us do with our RVs. We live in them, not camp — some of us full-time, others months on end. They’re mobile homes.

Younger RVers still “camp” by some loose definitions — but even most 12-foot travel trailers these days have air conditioning and a bath with shower.

DO YOU CAMP?
Here’s a definition I came across on PlacesJournal.org that I believe the word “camping” is intended to mean:

There is a satisfying immediacy about the prospect of establishing an encampment for the night — clearing the site, erecting the tent, chopping wood, building a fire and cooking over the live flame — that in turn suggests a meaningful connection to landscape, place and the rugged life of backwoods adventurers.

Camping in the Adirondacks, ca. 1890. [Courtesy of the Adirondack Museum]

In essence camping is an act of faith and survival, a way to buttress a modest, isolated human settlement against the forces of nature. Situated “somewhere between challenging new circumstances and the safe reassurances of familiarity,” the camp is a temporary substitute for the home — a place to dwell, to sleep, to interact socially, to prepare and eat food. Stripped of any but the most vital conveniences, the camp is literally and figuratively open to the stimuli of its natural surroundings.

Is this camping?

Is that the way you “camp”? Not most readers of this newsletter, most of whom are 50-plus and done with sleeping on the ground, tents and pop-up trailers. Four out of five readers consider an electric hookup essential. How would you describe how you use your RV? Take our quick survey.

Thanks to the support of our “voluntary subscribers” we have brought back our NewRVer.com website where we will help new RVers buy smarter. We are also debuting our new RV Electricity newsletter tomorrow (see below). 

If you did not receive yesterday’s special newsletter and video for our supporters, please let me know (chuck@rvtravel.com). I wrote about my wonderful Thanksgiving with Gail, and recorded a special video comparing what I see happening in today’s RV world with what I observed growing up near Los Angeles. If you are a frequent shopper through our Amazon affiliate program, please let me know so I can make sure you receive these special messages and videos. If you would like to help us grow and help influence the RV industry to get its act together, please consider pledging your support. I’ll be sure to send you yesterday’s special email/video right away.

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The first issue of our new RV Electricity Newsletter by Mike Sokol will be posted tomorrow, Nov. 26. If you have not signed up for an email alert, please do so today so you don’t miss out. Improper use of electricity can lead to serious damage to an RV, even a fire, and, sad to say, even death from electric-related accidents.

Welcome to the many new readers who learned about us last week in the New York Times. We’re happy to have you onboard. Here’s the article.

My Roadside Journal
(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)

•Did you miss last week’s RV Travel? Read it here.
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Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 8.34.46 AMPolitics: Would the end of mortgage interest deductions hurt RVers?
As Washington lawmakers battle it out over a tax plan, everyone wonders who the winners – and losers – will be. Published information about the House tax bill, which has already passed, could be of interest to RV buyers and present-day owners who’ve floated loans to finance their rigs. The federal mortgage interest deduction, including on RVs classified as a “second home,” could vanish. Learn more.



NO CONTEST THIS WEEK
We’ll be back next week with another swell prize! 

Last week’s winner: Stanley Talbert of Aurora, Colo. He won the super handy shoe dryer/sanitizers.


breaking-news

A group of ten states attorneys general have fired off a letter of protest against the Department of Interior’s intention to dramatically increase entrance fees at national parks. The letter objected to the move that, in their words, “threaten[s] to distance (Americans) from the places in which so many experience the natural wonder of our great and unique nation. … We cannot let the most popular and awe-inspiring national parks become places only for the wealthy.” While the opinion holds no legal standing, at least one attorney general, Xavier Becerra of California, would not rule out legal action should the federal agency continue with its plans.

The National Park Service has extended the public comment period for proposed peak-season entrance fees at 17 national parks to December 22, 2017, to accommodate interest in this issue from members of Congress and the public. Already, more than 65,000 comments have been received. The public can comment on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website. Written comments can be sent to 1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop: 2346, Washington, DC 20240. Read our recent article about this.

It’s a great time to be a towable RV manufacturer – unless you build pop-ups or park models. According to Statistical Surveys Inc., the first nine months of 2017 saw travel trailer sales jump ahead 11 percent, with fifth-wheels close behind showing a near 8 percent surge. However, open the “oven door” and see pop-ups decompress with a loss of 6 percent. Park models did little better, losing only 4 percent ground.

Retailers looking to mark big profits on Black Friday may not have had as many shoppers as they anticipated this year – at least not in the Pacific Northwest. State parks in both Washington and Oregon have moved to make Black Friday an outdoor-going day by reducing day use fees. In Washington, the $10 gate fee was waived, and in Oregon, all parks that normally charge a $5 parking fee gave a free pass. Walk off the Thanksgiving stuffing.

Sales of new motorhomes in the U.S. are continuing to be a mixed lot. Class C units rolled on, gaining more than 11 percent from January to September, compared to the same months of 2016. On the other hand, Class A sales advanced less than a wimpy half-percent. Source: Statistical Surveys Inc.

Visit any New York state park or recreational facility and you’ll soon see a major change: recycle bins. A new law mandates recycling of paper, glass, plastics, metals and any other easily recycled material. 

Photo: Indiana State Police

Tire failure is suspected in a motorhome accident that resulted in the death of an Illinois RVer. Richard D. Harris, 77, of Herrin, was eastbound on Illinois Interstate 70 near marker 2. Evidently a right steer tire pulled the rig off the pavement and into a guard rail. Mr. Harris was ejected through the windshield and died at the scene.

Winter Texans, take notice! If you’re fond of South Padre Island’s Isla Blanca Park, your wallet may soon feel a pinch. The popular resort is owned by Cameron County, and word is that price hikes could be in the cards. Eddie Trevino, Jr., a county judge, recently told the park director, “We’re going to have the nicest facility on the Gulf Coast. So I don’t think it’s a problem to charge the individuals a proper rate since they’ll have the use of state-of-the-art facilities.” Those “state-of-the-art facilities” are a hint at improvements the county plans to bring on, along with the higher overnight price bite.

Bridging Freedom, a new sanctuary in the Tampa Bay area for survivors of child sex trafficking, announced it has received a major gift of $350,000 from the Lazydays Employee Foundation. The money will be put toward the construction of a four-bedroom “gateway home,” which will be named Lazydays House.  Lazydays RV is the second home sponsor for the complex, and Lazydays House will serve as the intake home for girls rescued from sex trafficking.

Three campgrounds in California’s Los Padres National Forest have been closed while old restroom buildings are removed and replaced. Brookshire, La Panza and Miranda Pine campgrounds are closed to the public while these improvements are made over the next four to five weeks.

As maintenance backlogs on federal lands continue to build, who gets the bill? That’s not hard to guess, and the axe appears to be set to fall in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest. Officials say the money they receive from Congress and users falls about $2.5 million short annually, and they’re now considering doubling campground fees to $20 per night, and jumping day use fees from the existing $5 to $8. Some campgrounds that are currently free would also see new fees imposed. More information here. You can comment by email through March 2018 at  CoronadoRecreation@fs.fed.us.


“SafetyStruts™ Prevent RV Bumper Failure”
Sales of the innovative SafetyStruts™ RV Bumper Support Brackets exploded in 2014 after the US-based start-up was profiled by RVTravel.com. The product line has grown with 5 types of SafetyStruts, 4-inch & 6-inch aluminum replacement bumpers, generator trays, hitches, etc. Watch the video or visit Mount-n-Lock.com to learn more.


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The American Legion in Detroit Lakes, Minn., has a money-making campground there. Trouble is, the city owns the land the campground sits on and now has plans to “redevelop” the area. Legionnaires thought they’d pulled a rabbit out of the hat when they found the original deed doesn’t allow commercial development on the site. But hang on, the city says that only applies to a chunk of the parking lot that’s a portion of the campground site the city leases to the Legion. In mid-December, city councilors will take up the problem.

If you’re keeping score, you can erase 141 campsites from the U.S. inventory next year. Claire Hibbard and her family have owned 3 Ponds Campground in Brentwood, N.H., since 1984. But at 86, Claire says it’s time to call it quits, and the new owner says he’ll turn the 120-acre site into tracts for up to 90 homes. The last hurrah for 3 Ponds will be next summer.

Early snowfall is getting the blame for a quirky statistic from Yellowstone National Park. While many national parks are seeing a surge in visitation, Yellowstone recorded a 12 percent decline in October callers compared to 2016. Only 212,000 visitors came through the gate during the month. Nevertheless, it still marked the third largest number of visitors in any October for the park.

Devil’s Lake is the most popular state park in the Wisconsin system, and attendance figures indicate there’s just no stopping it. Since 2010, visitation rocketed from 1.7 million to 2.6 million last year.

RV owners in Crestview, Fla., have been left hanging by the inability of the city council to come to conclusions on a proposed RV parking ordinance. RV owners would be forced by the new ordinance to park only on the side or back of residences, not on the street, and provide the RV with a proper “screen.” When it was thought the council would vote on the proposal, dissension broke out between both councilors, and between the body and city staff. No one, it seems, could figure out who would approve said screening, or if it was such a great idea after all, since a screen would preclude city spies from determining if someone was unlawfully living in an RV. It’s possible the city could go back to the previous law – no RV over 24 feet parked on the street. They’ll try to reach a conclusion in late January.


Clean your RV… with beastly-good results!
Your RV’s not your car, it’s your “beast.”
Your RV’s large surface area makes it a beast that collects more bugs, grit, grime, soot and industrial pollution than your car does. And it may have different surfaces of paint, fiberglass, vinyl and aluminum. Click on the video to see Wade clean, shine and protect EVERYTHING with Beast Wash. Click here to buy, or learn more about, Beast Wash at the Wade Maid website.


Photo: South Adams County Fire Department on Facebook.com

Firefighters in Commerce City, Colo., got a surprise when called to the site of a burning motorhome. Peeping inside the rig’s window they spotted a puppy, locked up in a crate in the passenger seat. One fireman pulled the pup out of the inferno, then another joined him to try and revive him. Happily, the resuscitation efforts worked, and the “lucky dog” is presumably wagging his tail in thanks.

East Palo Alto, Calif., city commissioners met with opposition, both at a public meeting and then next day on the streets, when they passed an “emergency eviction ordinance” affecting RV dwellers. About 200 people turned up at a hearing where running RVers off some streets was considered – and passed. Most demanded commissioners do something to help the homeless. Next day, when tow trucks rolled in to tow RVs, 75 people attempted to block the tow-aways, to no avail. City commissioners said waste from the RVs could block storm sewers and posed an immediate crisis.

Photo: madmack66 on flickr.com

For RVers with an intrepid spirit (and mukluks) you can now drive the first permanent year-round access road from Canada’s interior out to the Arctic coast. The 85-mile two-laner, specially built to prevent permafrost damage, runs from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk on the coast. Tuktoyaktuks are already working on parking accommodations and a visitor center to welcome RV traffic.

German vehicle builder Daimler wants to give Detroit’s Big 3 pickup manufacturers a run in the marketplace. Rolling out its Mercedes-Benz X class mid-size pickups claiming a 2,000 pound payload and a tow ability of 7,000 pounds, they’re not apt to be packing any huge fivers down the road. But still, Daimler says it’s looking for the “right” kind of customer. “SUVs are elegant lifestyle products with a high-quality finish to them. Not every customer takes them into the wilderness anymore. We believe pickups could go in a similar direction,” says a promotional release. Put on the white driving gloves, Ja?

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This week’s Reader Poll
Do you own your RV outright or are you making payments?
Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.

Read the up-to-the minute responses from last week’s poll:
What’s the longest you’ve waited for RV or automotive repairs on the road? Click here for the results.



How to keep your water lines from freezing
With winter around the corner, it’s smart to be aware of freezing water in your RV water lines. A parked RV is one that’s susceptible to the ravages of Old Man Winter. An area that can hurt you the most: water. RVs are full of water, both in freshwater systems and on the back end, too. If you don’t get the water out, expansion can break pipes and create misery. Learn here how to winterize your water lines and waste tanks.

Holiday gifts for the RVer
Can you believe it’s that time again? Time to open the floodgates of our bank accounts, time to start measuring our weight in desserts, time to shower ourselves in family traditions, and time to be jolly and merry and bright. This year, we’ve selected a few of our favorite products to share with you for our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out.

Coyote camping: Your RV at home on the open desert
Boondocking around Quartzsite on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and called Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) is an easy and effective introduction to desert boondocking and snowbirding. Support services and supplies are plentiful, and veteran boondockers stand ready to help out if needed. But once you’ve perfected your boondocking skills, plenty more snowbird/boondocking possibilities exist outside the LTVAs. Here’s how to find them.

video camera WPRV park WiFi bad? It may not be the park’s fault
Most RVers have experienced great RV park WiFi, as well as marginally good WiFi, as well as terrible WiFi. It’s easy to blame the RV park when the service is bad. But, as David Bott explains in this video, it may not be the park’s fault. Then, again, it could be the park’s fault. David explains. This is well worth watching.

National parks: Did you make your reservation?
Some say America’s national parks are being “loved to death.” The popularity of some parks makes for irritable visitors as parking spaces are scarce and the solitude of many parks gives way to crowds vying for places at scenic lookouts. Some park managers have given serious thought to forcing visitors to make reservations to visit their parks. Some say it’s bound to happen, but they’re wrong – it’s already happened. Learn more.

Even the simple things – magnetic liquid crystal thermometers
Rich “The Wanderman” explains what “magnetic liquid crystal thermometers” are, how they work, and why they’re “incredibly useful” in an RV. Learn more.


Need mail forwarding? Choose the best!
Choose Americas Mailbox! It’s the best, endorsed by RVtravel.com which has toured its South Dakota facility and interviewed its very customer-oriented owner. Many plans available. Learn more. Or view the video interview RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury conducted with Americas Mailbox owner Don Humes.


Class A owners ask: Can you spare a tire?
An RVer lamented that his brand-new motorhome had no spare tire. Concerned about what kind of outcome he’d face should he have a flat or blowout, he struggled mightily to get a spare and put it on board his rig. Some colossus motorhome jockeys tell us they rely on their road service provider to bail them out in the event of a blown tire, no spare scenario. Some carry a spare tire, unmounted. Others carry a mounted spare tire. Learn some pros and cons of various scenarios.

RV Mods: Table drop-leg chewing floor? Here’s a quick fix!
If you own a “vintage” RV, you probably have a “bag of tricks” you reach into to make your RVing life easier. Older equipment can sometimes act up, and there’s not always a modern fix for problems. Russ and Tiña De Maris ran into a problem with the folding leg on their dinette digging a hole in their new vinyl floor, but they came up with a quick, easy, attractive and inexpensive fix. Read more.

video camera WPHow to easily remove old, ugly decals from your RV
If your RV is getting up there in age, there’s a good chance its decals are not looking so good — faded out, cracked, even peeling. Here’s an easy way to remove them using a blow dryer and WD-40. Easy! Watch the short video.

Trim your RV weight and increase storage space, too
There is a direct connection between reducing the weight inside your RV and increasing the mileage for every gallon of expensive gas you purchase. Storage space is limited, but you can make the best use of the space you have by thinking outside the box or can. Learn how here.

Campsite checklists: arrival and departure
Camping with your RV can seem like a complicated process when you’re first getting started – kind of like flying a plane. Here are two “checklists” that can make your own RV “flight” arrivals and departures easier and safer. These might be good reminders for veteran RVers, also. Read more.


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Give Dyers a try on your next purchase of RV parts or accessories. Large selection, great service, low prices and fast shipping. Visit our website.


Readers’ comments on recent articles

Recent popular articles that attracted high numbers of reader comments
Letter to editor: Snake in the RV grass.
Couple’s “storage turf” battle in a Class B motorhome.
Video: Trailer flips, tumbles on highway.
When to replace tires? Can you drive on one “dual”?
How long have you ever waited for repairs on the road?
Town’s RV parks are booked solid with pipeline workers.

More popular articles from last week’s issue
How to find boondocking campsites in our national forests.
This is much better than a P-trap.
Clean your RV’s interior (and more) with Baby Wipes.
Heading to the desert? Read these tips.
Safely welding on your RV.
Have you checked your rig for recalls?


1Horizontal-for-RVtravel_com-72-pix-1 1Moran_Host_NC_D-RVtravel_com-72-pix-1Unique RV overnight stops at wineries and farms
With membership in Harvest Hosts® you can stay overnight at more than 570 wineries, farms and attractions across North America. Harvest Hosts offers an exciting alternative to traditional overnight stops where you can meet interesting people and learn about their lifestyle. Learn more at the Harvest Hosts website, or watch an interview with the founders by RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury.


No overnight parking at these Walmarts
See which Walmarts in the USA do NOT allow overnight RV stays.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

Reader RVs
Click here to see many submissions from our readers about their RVs.

Upcoming RV Shows
See the complete list.


The New TireTraker™ TT-500 with a Lifetime Warranty
The new TireTraker™ TT-500 is the most innovative & user-friendly TPMS on the market with an unprecedented “Lifetime Warranty”, the only TPMS company in the industry to do so. The TT-500 features a larger, easier to read display, continuous pressure & temperature monitoring, automatic update, & monitoring up to 22 tires on your motorhome, trailer & tow vehicle from 0-232 psi! Seven days per week sales & technical support & over 13 years of experience. List price (4 tires) $389. Our price only $289. SAVE $100! (Additional Sensors $35 each). Learn more or order. Read testimonials.


Ask the RV Shrink

Avoid pulling a flat-tired toad – or you’ll be sorry

Dear RV Shrink:
We tow a Saturn behind our motorhome. I think we should have some type of alarm system or indicator to warn us if a tire goes flat on the Saturn. While driving I can’t see or feel the car. It only weighs 2400 lbs. I know my husband can’t see it either, but he refuses to look into a system that will give us some warning if a tire goes flat. He says they cost too much and that he would be able to tell if we had a problem. I don’t agree and I don’t want to find out the hard way. Can you tell me how to pound some sense into him? —Flat Out Nervous in New Orleans

Read the RV Shrink’s advice

Can’t get enough of the Shrink? Read his e-book: Dr. R.V. Shrink: Everything you ever wanted to know about the RV Lifestyle but were afraid to ask or check out his other e-books


Avoid hitting low bridges!
2018 Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas
If you drive a big RV — extra long or extra tall — then this is for you. The truck driver’s Road Atlas shows all the highways you can drive without encountering a low bridge or getting stuck hanging over a cliff. This is an essential aid even if you have a GPS! Coverage: United States, Canada, and Mexico. Click the video by Chuck Woodbury or order at Amazon.com.


gas-738Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.57 (on Nov. 20). Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Up 41 cents.
Diesel: $2.91 (on Nov. 20). Change from week before: None; Change from year before: Up 49 cents.


Stinky holding tank odors? Here’s the solution
Eliminate disgusting tank odors for less than $1 per treatment with formaldehyde-free Unique RV Digest-It. Unique’s highly concentrated, non-toxic blend of tank cleaning microbes maintains clean sensors, eliminates odors and liquefies the solids in your tank, ensuring no backups. All without harsh chemicals or dangerous ingredients. Try it once and you’ll be shocked at how clean your tank can be! Learn more or order.


extinguisher-697(3)RV Fire Safety Tip  

How not to test your fire extinguisher
Do not pull the pin and expel the contents to test your powder extinguisher. If you use a portion of the powder extinguisher, have it refilled or replaced immediately. When you have a fire extinguisher refilled, ask to shoot off the charge first (most refill stations have a special place where this can be done safely). This lets you see how far it shoots and how long a charge lasts. Courtesy: Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy

Editor’s note: Choose from a wide selection of fire extinguishers at Amazon. Here are links from Amazon.com for smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, LP gas detectors, and combination smoke and CO detectors


Enjoy a campfire anywhere, anytime!
Camco’s “Little Red Portable Propane Outdoor Campfire” allows you to take your campfire with you even when in-ground fires are prohibited. Realistic log pieces create the ambiance of a real campfire. Includes an 8′ propane hose for use with standard LP gas cylinders and an adjustable regulator with a maximum output of 65,000 BTU/HR. Learn more or order.


RV Quick Tips

I.e., “Keep off da fender.” Thanks to R&T De Maris!

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Help avoid mold and mildew in your RV
Mold and mildew can creep into your RV when winter camping in a humid area. Electric dehumidifiers are noisy and eat lots of power. Keeping the air moving in your rig can often chase off the mildew creatures, so try running a fan to keep the air circulating. And don’t let your furniture come up against an outside wall if you can help it

Do you have a Quick Tip? Send it to Diane (at) RVtravel.com and you just might see it here!


Perfect stocking stuffer!
Lucy and Desi go RVing

Now, here’s the perfect stocking stuffer — Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz go RVing! In this 1954 classic — in gorgeous Technicolor — the famous couple (as newlyweds) invest in a 40-foot travel trailer and hit the road. The result is hilarious! The scene in which Lucy tries to make beef stew, a Caesar salad and cake in the wobbling, moving trailer is a classic! This DVD is a great gift for your favorite RVer! Learn more or order for only $7.97.


Gizmos and Gadgets

Protect RV and dinghy seats with PetSafe’s Premium Seat Covers
More and more RVers are deciding that their canine best friends are an important part of their RV lifestyle and take them along on their trips, but this means cleanup of dog hair and tracked in dirt and sand. With a PetSafe SmartFit Premium Seat Cover designed just for Fido, cleanup is a breeze. Made with high-quality materials and unique features not found on any other seat covers, these seat covers are built to last a lifetime! Learn more.

Be sure to sign up for our monthly Great RV Accessories Newsletter. Click here.


“The” guide to services at Interstate exits
Never take a wrong exit off an Interstate highway again. The 2017 Next Exit lists every exit along every Interstate and details exactly what you will find at each: gas stations (including which brands and if they offer diesel), campgrounds, truck stops, casinos, laundries, retail stores (by name), shopping malls, movie theaters, factory outlet malls, drug stores, hospitals, rest areas & more. Learn more or order.


gary-736Ask the RV Doctor
The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, answers your questions

Buying a bargain-priced “flooded” RV? Beware!

Dear Gary,
I’m thinking of buying a previously flooded travel trailer off a salvage site. The unit was in a freshwater flood with water sitting in there for about 15 days before it was cleaned up. Water was up over the fuse panel but the batteries were not hooked up and it wasn’t plugged in at the time of flooding. If the fuse panel was dried out, it would be okay to connect, correct? —Patrick L.

Read Gary’s response.

Read more from Gary Bunzer at the RVdoctor.com. See Gary’s videos about RV repair and maintenance.


Downsizing The Family Home: What to Save. What to Let Go 
Whether you’re downsizing to go full-time or for other reasons, this best-selling AARP book will guide you through the process, from opening that first closet, to sorting through a lifetime of possessions, to selling your home. The author helps you create a strategy and mindset to accomplish the task quickly and rewardingly, both practically and emotionally. Learn more or order.


bob-d-med399Ask BoondockBob
with Bob Difley

Steps to conserving and supplying power for RV boondocking

Hi Bob,
My wife and I have boondocked a couple of times and like it, but it seems that we run out of power too soon. What are the best ways for boondockers to increase their available power supply without breaking the bank buying an expensive solar system? —Walt and Betty

Read Bob’s response.

Do you have a question for Bob? Email him at bob.rvtravel (at) gmail.com .

You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on Amazon Kindle.


gift-cards-770Give gift cards to your favorite stores and restaurants
You can’t go wrong giving a gift card for the holidays — or any other occasion. Here’s where to order most of America’s most popular gift cards.


RV Electricity
with Mike Sokol

Television battery usage

Dear Mike,
I’m having a perplexing situation here. Wifey and I are heavy-duty boondockers with our RV. Our trailer is a 2012. The TV that came with it was a Jensen and was 120 volts AC. We would power it with our older Cobra 2500-watt inverter. We’ve changed out all our lights in the trailer to LEDs, and I figured if we swapped our TV to a 12-volt LED as well, we’d be using less power since the inverter wouldn’t have to supply the power for the TV. Well, after the swap I hooked up my multi-meter to see how much of a voltage drop there would be when I turned on the TV. To my surprise, it seems like this new TV pulls more volts than the older one even on the inverter. Can this be? —Tommy Molnar

Read the rest of the question and Mike’s response.

rv-safety-764Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40 years in the industry. Visit
NoShockZone.org for more electrical safety tips. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.


fridge-fan651Keep your food cool with this RV fridge fan
Every RV refrigerator should have one of these!
This small refrigerator fan from Valterra Products will help keep the food in your RV fridge cool and from spoiling. It cuts down initial cool-down time by 50 percent. Runs for more than 30 days on 2 D batteries. Don’t leave home without this! Learn more or order from Amazon.com.


RV Tire Safety
with RV tire expert Roger Marble

Is it worth it to inflate tires with nitrogen?
Regarding nitrogen (N2) passing through (permeating) tire rubber more slowly than oxygen (O2) due to molecular size, are nitrogen molecules really larger than oxygen molecules? According to the Get Nitrogen Institute in their paper on N2 effusion“The correct answer, with respect to ‘permeation,’ is yes.” So you might wonder why Roger doesn’t support the effort to “sell” the idea of always inflating your tires with just nitrogen. Find out here.


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An excellent tire pressure gauge
The Accutire MS-4021B digital tire pressure gauge has an easy-to-read LCD display that provides pressure readings from 5-150 PSI. It’s ergonomically designed with an angled head and a rubber-coated easy-grip handle. If you forget to turn off the gauge, don’t worry, it will automatically shut off. The included lithium battery never needs to be recharged or replaced. And all this for about $10! Learn more or order.


Astronomy for RVers
with Chris Fellows

Visiting the Very Large Array – Will you make “contact”?
This week Chris highlights another very interesting astronomically related destination, the Very Large Array (VLA), located on The Plains of San Agustin at Magdalena, New Mexico. This iconic telescope was made famous by its inclusion in the 1997 summer blockbuster “Contact,” starring Jodie Foster. The VLA Visitor Center is open every day. There are guided tours (no reservations required) on the first Saturday of each month, and there is also a self-guided walking tour of the facility. Read more.

Photo: M 34 – Open star cluster in the constellation Perseus. It is about 1500 light years from Earth and contains about 400 member stars. Photo taken by Chris Fellows from Meteor Crater in Northern Arizona on November 9, 2017


NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
The first three editions of NightWatch sold more than 600,000 copies, making it the top-selling stargazing guide in the world for the last 20 years. The key feature is the section of star charts that are cherished by backyard astronomers everywhere. NightWatch has been acclaimed as the best general interest introduction to astronomy. Learn more or order.


The RV Kitchen   
with Janet Groene

Sherry Chicken
Pass the sherry, Cherie. The gravy is to die for. This carefree dish cooks on the stove top and warms up beautifully in the microwave, so don’t hesitate to make the full, six-serving batch even if you’re just cooking for two. Serve it with jasmine rice tonight, noodles tomorrow. Learn a nifty way to cook rice without getting a pan dirty. Get the recipe.

Check out hundreds of other recipes by Janet . . . and her many books at Amazon.com, including the new “The Survival Food Handbook.”

RVtravel.com Readers’ Favorite Recipes 
with Emily Woodbury

Flourless Plantain Cake
I love plantains. Whenever I’m out at a restaurant with plantains on the menu, I order about five sides of them. I can’t resist. Though they look similar to bananas, there’s no mistaking the two in flavor or appearance. Plantains are much larger than bananas and are only sweet when very, very ripe. Plantains also have a much higher percentage of starch than bananas, making them great for frying into fritters or using them as a bread substitute. Have you ever had a Jibarito (a Puerto Rican sandwich made with plantain)? If not, be on the lookout. Read more and get the recipe here.

BEST-SELLERS IN KITCHEN AND DINING AT AMAZON.COM


foil-757Fix it in Foil! Tasty Recipes. Easy cleanup!
Easy prep, great taste, good nutrition, quick clean-up! “Fix it in Foil” includes 51 fantastic recipes to make in foil — plus instructions for cooking in an oven, on an outdoor grill, or on a campfire. Fix it in foil and forget about scrubbing pots and pans. And, with plenty of substitution suggestions, enjoy a whole new list of recipe possibilities! Great for RVing! Learn more or order.


RV Short stop

Fort Davis Flag Ceremony by Max Kandler/NPS.gov

Fort Davis National Historic Site and Davis Mountains State Park Campground
Southwest Texas

One of the biggest surprises to snowbird Julianne G. Crane was the Davis Mountains in southwest Texas. This unique and remote area offers all sorts of adventures, including hiking, backpacking, taking a scenic drive through the mountains, stargazing, geocaching and more. This historic site is set in the rugged beauty of the Davis Mountains, the most extensive mountain range in Texas. About four miles away is Davis Mountains State Park, including full-hookup sites and an Indian lodge with a restaurant, as well as a Texas State Park store. Read Julianne G. Crane’s article.


Best seller year after year
The Ultimate RV Cookbook
This popular cookbook will help you prepare cuisine in your RV that’s appetizing, healthy and convenient. Each chapter provides a grocery list and recipes for three days’ worth of meals! There’s a reason this has been a best-selling cookbook in RV kitchens for years. Learn more or order.


Good reading from RV123.com 629-rv123
Video of the Week: Maintaining Your A/C
RV Comfort Systems Furnace Upgrade Kit 
Featured App: Garnet Fuel Gauge


better-living-showerOrganize your RV’s shower!
Quit hassling with shampoo and conditioner bottles
RV showers are small! Hassling with bottles of shampoo, conditioner and soap are a pain! Make it easy with this Better Living Classic 3-Chamber Dispenser. It utilizes a “patented pump technology” and comes with a lifetime warranty. The liquid is stored in three 15 oz. refillable chambers. The right amount of product is dispensed with a stroke or two of the pump. Installs in minutes without tools. Learn more or order.


Free and bargain camping
From OvernightRVparking.com

Trail’s Petro Travel Center # 398Albert Lea, MN
FREE: Overnight RV parking is allowed. Park in marked long-vehicle spaces NE of McDonald’s and E of auto pumps. Fairly level, well lit, has no apparent security issues and is far enough from trucks that it’s fairly quiet. Diesel and propane available. Dump station, free. Free Wi-Fi at on-site McDonald’s. Public laundry on site. Truck/RV wash on site. McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Cold Stone Creamery, Iron Skillet Restaurant and Skol Tavern on premises. Address: 820 Happy Trails Ln. GPS: 43.65756, -93.31678.

Cabela’s, Tulalip, WA
FREE: Overnight RV parking is allowed. Note that in the past, store discontinued allowing it for a time due to RVers abusing the overnight RV parking privilege. Obtain permission from the customer service desk. The store has told some RVers they must depart no later than 8:30 the following morning. Park in marked RV spaces on  south side of store. The spaces are also used by trucks, which can be noisy. The adjacent Tulalip Resort Casino has several restaurants. Address: 9810 Quil Ceda Blvd. GPS: 48.083204, -122.187385.

Overnight RV Parking, with more than 13,480 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demoWatch a video about OvernightRVparking.com.


Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.


del-545This week in history
Week of November 25–December 1

Eyesore utility post at KOA in Little Rock, Arkansas

Compiled by Dell Bert

1913 – Ford’s assembly line starts rolling.
1925 – The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting.
1941 – FDR establishes modern Thanksgiving holiday.
1942 – “Casablanca” premieres in NYC.
1942 – Coffee rationing begins.
1955 – Rosa Parks ignites bus boycott.
1991 – Dust storm causes 100-car pileup and kills 17 people in Calif.

Trivia
In 1961, Martha Stewart was selected as one of Glamour magazine’s “ten best-dressed college girls.”

Bumper sticker of the week
If this RV’s a rockin’ … call the cops. Someone stole it!

Funny/clever business slogan
“Welcome to Stanton – Home to 3,000 friendly people and a few old soreheads.” – Billboard along I-20 in Texas. Stanton hosts Old Sorehead Trade Days three weekends a year, with 615 booths (vendors from all over Texas and the southwest) and 30,000 visitors. –Thanks to John Taylor, full-time RVer, for sending this in.

Have you seen a funny bumper sticker or business slogan? Send it to Diane (at) RVtravel.com


 

Casino Guide includes RVer info
The highly rated 2017 American Casino Guide provides detailed information on more than 750 casino/resorts, riverboats and Indian casinos in 41 states including which have RV parks and/or allow RV overnighting for free. Includes maps and more than $1,000 in coupons. Discloses the actual slot machine payback percentages for every state’s casinos. Learn more or order.


Joke of the Week
A chicken walks up to a duck standing at the side of the road and says, “Don’t do it, mate. You’ll never hear the end of it!”

Random RV Thought
Always keep your motorhome’s or tow vehicle’s fuel and propane tanks filled up in case you need to rush out of town in an emergency.

Worth Pondering
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” –Andre Gide



RV Travel staff 
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editor: Russ De Maris. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Greg Illes, Bob Difley, Richard Miller, Richard Mallery, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Chris Guld, Julianne Crane, Chris Fellows, Jason Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.

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cw501About the RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for 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 book, “The Best from Out West” is available at Amazon.com. Woodbury’s RVing adventures have been profiled on ABC News, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, and in People Magazine, USA Today and in hundreds of newspapers. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD “Buying a Recreational Vehicle,” the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way.

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25 thoughts on “RV Travel Newsletter Issue 821

  1. Don Callahan

    Tire failure did not cause Mr. Harris’s demise. Not wearing a seat belt did. Wear your seat belt.

  2. Al & Sharon

    Re the news article about the death of the RV’er when the right front tire blew & the RV ran off the road. This must be another case of a seat belt breaking. I’m sure the driver must have been wearing the seat belt because everyone does these days. Right!!!

    WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT. They do save lives!

  3. Gordon

    like your news letters very much had to give up motorhome a couple of years back due to illness, miss it a lot but still read the newsletter. I feel i have to make a comment about the campgrounds being filled with people going off to work. Are you not doing the same thing working from your rig. I meet a lot of nice people who landed in this situation due to high cost of drugs that they needed or to save some money so that they can afford a nice holiday. etc

  4. F. Gisler

    I feel like it’s time to say that I enjoy all the nuggets of information that come with your weekly newsletter but the griping about overcrowded camping locations and “too many RVS” is starting to get old. I can almost count on a negative start to your newsletter each Sat. Honestly, my husband and I and the small group of “campers” we RV with rarely have a problem finding sites when we plan a trip. We are all diligent about knowing the exact day the reservation window opens so we get first crack at sites. Over the past five years we have traveled to numerous major national parks in the west and have had no problem finding sites. Also, no issues getting sites for six rigs in Banff and Lake Louise Canada this past summer.
    I really think the folks that live full-time in their RVs should shoulder the most responsibility for a lack of sites. RV parks and campgrounds were not designed years ago for people to live in long term. Also, the bigger RVs get, the more crowded spaces and campgrounds are going to be. And, are RVs really constructed to be a permanent “home” for people? I think not. They are light weight structures designed and produced for occasional use.
    If folks want a well built home with quality amenities, they should be looking at “brick and mortar” HOUSES, not RVs.

    1. Charlie

      Yes I agree the same ol’ story line is getting old. We are week-end warriors about 4 to 5 times a year in our 18ft. Jayco TT. Planning ahead is the key as we live here in California.
      Happy Holidays to all !

  5. Ken

    480,00 new RVs hitting the road is a lot, and that started me wondering how many are taken off the road each year because they are no longer road worthy, involved in accidents, lost to storms and floods or simply not used any more.

    1. John Snell

      Excellent point. The NET effects.

  6. John Hiler

    You say that 437k were built but not how many hit the junk pile. As cheaply as most are built they are going to fall apart much faster but that may also be somewhat by design too. As the current administration follows the directions of their corporate masters you will continue to see increased fees at public parks and that will bring higher rates at Corporate owned RV parks. Plus, where else are you going to earn 5+% on your money other that consumer contracts? Build them as cheap as possible with the very cheapest of labor, finance them and have them last just almost to the end of the contract. Easy Money.

  7. Gary R

    First, let say how much I enjoy the newsletter. I have been a reader for several years and keep on learning.

    While you offer lots of useful ideas and tips, I have to take issue with today’s quick tip which suggests running your motorhome’s engine for a half hour every month. It is not possible to get an engine up to full operating temperature by idling it.

    If only idled, the engine will form condensation which will end up in the oil and will promote rust. Only driving on the open road for 20-30 minutes will do it. You’re better of just letting it sit for the winter.

    Go ahead and run the generator at 50% load for at least half an hour ( I think Cummins recommends a full hour) to keep it in top condition.

    Thanks for all you do, and keep up the good work

    1. Ron Lane

      I also was going to reply to this subject but since Gary already did, I can only second what he says. Both Cummins and Cat recommend you do NOT let your diesel engine idle for more than a few minutes and especially not for much longer period of time for reasons Gary mentioned above. Chuck, this is really bad advice you’re giving out here.

  8. Frank

    Chuck, With all the record sales figures coming out of the industry, are there any statistics regarding RV’ers trading up or downsizing ? Would be interesting if there was.

  9. Joe St Lucs

    It will be interesting to see how the increased park fees play out. On the one hand, increased fees will keep a lot of people out. And since more rv’s are being sold every year maybe there will be room in the parks because of the higher entry fees. And then since most of the readers are over 50, a lot probably have the cheap annual national parks pass you can buy at 62 and up? So the parks will be filled with older people (I’m 65 myself) who got in cheap w. a parks pass??? We’ll see.

  10. Bob Staples

    Hi Chuck,

    I agree with you that a crisis seems to be coming, but it also begs the question; If there are so many new RV’ers every year and such a high demand for new campgrounds, why, given this great opportunity, aren’t the entrepreneurs taking advantage of it? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I am sure that the price of staying in an RV Park is going to increase substantially.We spent the summer and part of the fall in Moab Utah this year. When I started researching RV Parks, about one year in advance, I ran into two or three very nice parks in prime locations around Moab that were owned by the same corporation. They didn’t even offer a monthly rate. They told me they stayed full during the high season even though they charged $45/night, no matter how long you stayed. I’m afraid this is going to become a trend for the most popular destinations.

    Fortunately, we found a nice enough, family owned park in Moab that had reasonable monthly rates. However, before we left earlier this month, that park was purchased by a small corporation. I am still working full time and I’ve been blessed with a work from home job that allows us to spend eight months of the year in our motorhome. Since I’m working during the week, we only get to explore on the weekends, so we tend to stay at each location longer than most. Depending on how much there is to see, we stay put for one to three months. So, I am forced to plan and make reservations eight to twelve months in advance. But I am concerned that once I retire we will want to move more often and be more spontaneous. I’m sure my selection of locations will be much more limited when I try to make last minute reservations. I think one of the best kept secrets is the Escapees RV Club. I wish we could have many more Escapees Co-Op parks. By the way, one of our best and most affordable summers was spent in the Escapees park in Chimacum Washington on the Olympic peninsula. This is truly one of the most beautiful places in our country. Hopefully, many of these new RV’ers will join and support the Escapees and help establish new parks.

    Concerning the crowds at the most popular National Parks; on one hand I’m glad to see it because I think it is important for all citizens to understand what a gift we have in the National Parks, so they will encourage their congressmen to increase financial support. As you know, right now the opposite is happening. And it’s good to see all the visitors from outside the U.S.A, because they are paying entrance fees that support the parks. But on the other hand, I will not be happy if access to places like Yellowstone are limited as they are in Zion. Perhaps the recently announced increase in entrance fees will help control the crowds but also help make sure the parks are properly funded. I know I don’t want to see the infrastructure expanded drastically! Our National Parks don’t need super highways and gigantic hotels. They need to be kept as pristine as possible.

    Thanks for the great newsletter!

    Sincerly,
    Bob Staples

  11. Captn John

    “Latest fuel prices
    Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.57 (on Nov. 20). Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Up 41 cents.
    Diesel: $2.91 (on Nov. 20). Change from week before: None; Change from year before: Up 49 cents.”
    Up but not enough. Same can be said for CG fees. Both are rising and will at some point crimp the RV industry. WHEN that happens the industry will fall like a brick as the flood of used vehicles hits the market. For the industry and RVers, the sooner it happens the less and shorter the impact. The hardest hit will be those that move for jobs in IN plants. If a recession hits hard and fast there will be many in the industry that never recover. The only ones to survive and prosper will be the owners on well managed CGs. Maybe then we will see a little QC in builders arrive too.

  12. Steven M Jenkins

    We stayed a couple days at an RV park in Cottonwood, AZ. Only 3 slots were set aside for “transients.” That is what we were called, like drifters passing through in the old Western movies. All the others were permanent residents, in old RVs that have not moved in years, with rusty shovels and rakes shoved underneath them. Mostly retired people who made little if any noise, so it was a quiet place.

  13. Mark Evenson

    Chuck, I admit that the RV parks are mostly full, and reservations are needed most of the time. The fact that there are more and more RVs being sold each year needs to be tempered with the # of folks who buy those RVs and actually use them. I wonder if those statistics exist?
    As we drive around the country and even through the neighborhoods it is very common to see all types and sizes of RVs parked in the yard.
    I also grew up in SOCAL and my aunt sent us across the street to get fresh oranges for our morning juice. All that is gone now. People like to live in Ca.
    Growth is inevitable as mass wars decrease and medicine keeps folks living much longer.
    Yes, we need more RV parks of high quality and expanded individual space.
    I agree.
    Thanks for carrying the flag, I am happy to help support the effort.
    Mark

  14. Richard Whitney

    Good article Chuck. When I think of possible solutions, I think of organizations like Ducks Unlimited. An organization supported by both the commercial interests and by participants in the sport. DU has done enormous work in maintaining and creating nesting and feeding areas for waterfowl. Also a wonderful and unique conservation organization. This is a win for both the hunters and the commercial interests selling to them. They have realized that they had to get involved and support habitat preservation if they want to continue to sell their products. RV manufacturers need to come to a similar conclusion and support not just the manufacturers lobbying groups but “sport” in all of its facets. If there is no place to go without reservations months in advance the sales of new RVs will dry up and the cost of used ones depreciate even more than they do now.

  15. Liz Wharton

    We just returned to base after 4.5 months on the road. We only stayed at 3 commercial parks, because we needed to be close in to towns. The only reservations we had to make were in California and the Oregon Coast as we were traveling in the summer.
    The commercial parks we stayed in were not full and only the west coast State parks were full. We stayed at 3 National Parks, with no reservations at all.
    You can read about it at http://www.twogalsgo.blog.

  16. Ron Schmitz

    Chuck, you are going to be at the Alamo at a good time of the year, although a little cold, won’t be hot & humid. We are spending Thanksgiving weekend at Riverwalk RV park in San Antonio. Nice place, good price, & city bus stops right out front. Parking is ussually bad & expensive near Alamo, so bus service is great. This time of year the Riverwalk has Xmas lights in the evening, that’s why we came, so after touring the Alamo, make sure to spend an evening strolling the Riverwalk. Great articles, keep up the good work you do for us RV’ers.

  17. orville best

    your video on the 24th was spot on,I manage an rv park in Prichard Ida.you and gail should come up some time ceder village rv 21.5 miles up the north fork of the cda river.

  18. Fred Gordon

    What a great newsletter, keep it up. I learned a lot from you info’s

  19. Paul Terry

    Just a thought. We are in Parker AZ. and one obvious problem I see us how campground fees are based. Seems to me fees need to take into consideration the length etc of your RV together with the amount of equipment you are bringing. How can the same fees be justified for large Rvs and smaller units? Large units reduce the number of sites available and use more electric.

    1. Bob Godfrey

      So, following this logic if a park had 100 sites available now for “large rigs” would it be better to ban them and put in 10,000 pup tents?

      1. Paul Terry

        Not sure how we got to tents but yes smaller rvs equal more sites in a given area. The increasing size of rvs and more rv owners will increase problems finding sites unless more areas are developed. To encourage site developments maybe the size of sites should have some relationship to fees.

        1. Rod T

          I agree with the fees issue as far as size of the rv. But if a camp ground has 100 sites, then what does that have to do with large or small rvs. 100 is 100. Now, if they were smart they would charge by size of rv. I know they try to equal it out as far as 50/30 amp sites, tent sites, etc. It depends on the location of where you want to stay. If more and more rvs are getting on the road, maybe the rv park owners should think about expanding if they can. What will become a real problem is when all these first timers just buying an rv have no clue of what they are getting into. Question: no one told me I had to make a reservation. Tire pressure, isnt that the same as a car. Why can’t I play my music so everyone can hear it. I have four days left on my vacation and you tell me I have to move. Headaches.

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