Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris
We’ve had another couple of busy weeks of reader commentary. Here are some of the hot topics where many of you wanted to “speak your piece.”
Editor Chuck has taken plenty of heat about some of his pontifications of late. He decided to take up the subject head on, in “RVers not happy with editor’s essay, video.” Not only did he find out he had plenty of folks in his corner, it also spurred some other thoughts about the lifestyle.
Carolyn wrote about her concerns: “I’m brand new to the RV world. I have noticed that there is quite a bit of judgment in RV groups. I will be living in my motorhome full time soon and I’m starting to wonder if I will get along with other RVers and will I be able to live my life without someone else’s two cents?”
Some of our more-seasoned RVers were quick to respond. Here’s Sherry’s take: “I hope you don’t get discouraged by a few bad apples, Carolyn. I think negative people are more likely to complain than those of us who are busy out enjoying the wonderful outdoors. You’ll meet a few people you don’t like, but that’s the beauty of RVing. Either they or you will move on soon!”
And as to weighing all those “two cents,” Bee O’Neil puts in his/her own two cents’ worth: “Being new to RVing, you will receive a lot of ‘camp fire’ solutions to problems/issues relating to how to do things and how to make the repairs and/or systems operations. Listen/evaluate/verify with reliable sources if you are not comfortable with the information.”
Bee also had more advice for Chuck: “Fortunately, most RVers are great people enjoying their dream, and we certainly are. After retiring in ’02, I worked as an RV service tech seasonally for 10 years at eight different shops around the country. It was a great experience getting to meet people from all over the country and hear about their travels and backgrounds. I would say that 99% of RVers are great people enjoying a great lifestyle. Then there were the ‘few’ that I was glad I wouldn’t be seeing again and happy that I wasn’t their spouse! Keep the wheels turning Chuck, so the tires don’t get square!”
Bits and Pieces
Some general advice and observations also came in as feedback to Issue 791.
Regarding alternative firewood, DnJ wrote this warning: “A few years ago the company I worked for built a small storage building on the property. The mill ends left over were burned in a burn barrel, and we were fined $10,000 by the Air Resources Control Board for burning processed lumber. Check with California law before using mill ends for firewood.”
If that doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, then maybe chlorine will. Several wrote in with suggestions on how to rid your fresh water holding tank of the taste of chlorine after you dose it to kill off bacteria.
vgrandma: “Dissolving baking soda and running through the system works too. We have done that a few times.”
Bob: “Use two cups of white vinegar along with a full tank of water in your fresh water tank to neutralize the bleach scent. No need to let it soak. Just run it through the entire system for a few minutes opening all faucets. After doing this for a few minutes just drain the fresh water tank and replace with clean water. No more bleach scent and no residual vinegar scent either.”
The RV Shrink took on the plight of an RVer who felt a bit miffed when told his rig was too small for certain “choice” RV spots, and apparently the subject is a bit of a “nerve hitter” for many.
dl sees it this way: ” If someone is willing and able to pay the amount being asked for a space, they should be allowed to have that space — regardless the size of their rig. Money is money.”
Others weren’t on that same wavelength. Don sees it another way: “Size does matter! You can’t fit a 40 foot RV into a space made for a 23 foot towable. Nothing worse then traveling all day only to find that a 23 foot unit took the last large site and there is many small spots still available.”
Bill says, “In a similar vein, I don’t use handicapped parking spaces. I might be qualified, or traveling with someone who has a hang tag, but I can walk a few hundred feet if needed to a parking space. Hopefully, that leaves the handicapped spaces for those who truly need them. Same thing with hotel rooms — if I take the only handicapped accessible room just because it’s convenient, the next traveler who really needs it is out in the cold. The campgrounds should be encouraged to either have all campsites the same size for first come, first served, or have different sizes distributed throughout the campground in both the more desirable and less desirable areas.”
Puttin’ on the dog (comments)
An editorial on dogs in campgrounds got plenty of growls and yips. Here’s a sample.
Rob, who signs himself, “Hoping to rest in peace,” makes his thoughts clear: “I am not a Dog lover, but neither do I dislike dogs. They are smarter than their owners realize. My ‘beef’ is with the dog owners. Most owners think their dog’s bark is the cutest thing and how can anybody not like it? But if you do not own a dog the persistent barking is like Chinese water torture. Owners are also too lazy to take the time to train the dog not to bark. I did not pay a park camping fee to come and hear dogs barking. Pet Owners need to realize that. If I played music to loud I would sure hear about it real fast, the same should apply to barking dogs.”
Aside from dog barking, dog walking also came up. Lindana pointed to something she thought odd: “We actually see folks ‘walking’ their dogs in doggie strollers. If this isn’t the height of idiocy, I don’t know what is! I would understand if the pet is crippled or otherwise incapacitated, but this is not the case with these animals. We don’t have a pet because we think it is unkind to keep them penned up while we travel six to eight hours.”
Corely had to yelp back on that one: “On dog strollers: You don’t know the dog’s needs, so don’t criticize. I’ve had several dogs that were aging or had medical problems. One had Cushing’s disease and couldn’t walk more than a couple hundred feet, so he needed a ride. Right now I have a 13-year-old that can’t walk far due to hind-quarter weakness, and out came the ten year old stroller. Another one had knee surgery. The stronger dog gets a walk, and the weaker one gets fresh air and watches the smokers sit outside their rigs.”
We could go on, but really, somebody has to have the last bark. If you’d like to ‘paws’ and add your thoughts, please do so.