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Issue 744 • Week of May 28-June 3, 201

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

essay-744I like to visit cemeteries when I travel. This Memorial Day weekend, you may want to stop by a cemetery — any cemetery — and just walk around, reading the headstones and soaking up the history.

You can learn about the people buried there from their headstones, and often about the hardships of life in times more challenging than today. For example, you see many children’s graves or those of adults who died young. In many Old West ghost towns, it seems every other grave is a child’s.

sky-king-744Sometimes you come across a headstone that makes you laugh — like the one of Douglas Kiss, pictured here. Whether he wrote the epitaph himself or someone else did after he was gone, the message is a good one. I think I would have liked him.

Occasionally, you come across a grave of someone famous. Last summer, in Missoula, Montana, I visited the grave of Kirby Grant Hoon, Jr. Does that name ring a bell? Probably not. Kirby (aka Kirby Grant) was the star of “Sky King,” a popular TV series in the 1950s. That was back in the day of the cowboy TV shows. Kirby was different because instead of riding a horse he flew an airplane! He was one of my heroes. It felt special to stand alone by his grave and recall all the joy he brought me as a youngster.

grave-744A few years ago, in Ohio, I visited the grave of Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. I made a video. You can watch it here.

I have visited the graves of many of my favorite authors — Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, Henry David Thoreau and Robert Frost. On a vacation in Hawaii, I visited my hero, World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle, in Honolulu’s Punchbowl Cemetery (National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific).

When I visit a cemetery I almost always pause at interesting graves to ponder the person below me. Who was he or she? Sometimes there are clues, like on the tombstone of Elizabeth Harson in the photo to the right. But even at those with no clues, it’s still good to stop by to just say “hi.” I hope that long after I’m gone someone will visit me.

I believe the best headstone slogan of all time is this one:

Remember me as you pass by.
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so you will be.
Prepare for death and follow me.

Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 3.40.47 PMP.S. Memorial Day, of course, is a holiday we set aside each year to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives serving our country. We are free because of them, and all their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and others who served. If there are any activities in your community this weekend celebrating these heroes, I hope you are able to attend. 

Did you miss last week’s issue of RV Travel? You can read it here.

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presenting-738_edited-1Featured categories
You’ll find some good reading material here.
On-board systems — maintenance and repair.
RV buying advice.
Walmart and other free pavement parking.
12-volt electric.
Cleaning the RV’s exterior.
Editor Chuck Woodbury’s Roadside Journal.

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for Military and Veterans
DISHForMyRV.com is your partner for getting DISH HDTV in your RV. We offer the hardware solutions including a wide variety of portable satellite antenna solutions. Our specialized agents are experienced with RV setups and equipment and are knowledgeable in the DISH Pay As You Go programming options. This month we are honoring our Military Active Duty and Veterans with our new Military Discount program. Learn more.

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Get Ready for 100 Days of Camping
That’s right! 100 Days of Camping have arrived this summer with the kick off of Memorial Day weekend. Woo Hoo!

Save 10% off of your RV or cabin stay at Thousand Trails Campgrounds and Encore Resorts.

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 8.34.46 AMRV group FMCA headed to
Wild West town next March

Members of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization of motorhome owners, will make their way to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, March 7 through 10, 2017, for its 95th International Convention. Read more.

Reader RVs
What RV do you drive or tow?

RV-Kainz-5-16-16photographer-682(2)Please send us a photo of your RV with a 150-200 word description of where and how you travel with it, and what you like (or don’t like) about it. (If you want, just send us your notes and we’ll put your story together for you.) If you have a photo of it in a scenic setting, that’s great. Be sure to include your name(s) and your hometown (unless you’re a full-timer). We’ll post them to RVtravel.com. Send to assistant editor Diane McGovern at Diane(at)RVtravel.com .

CLICK HERE to see this week’s RV Travel Reader RVs.

This Week’s Contest
We’re taking a week off. We’ll be back.

LAST WEEK’S WINNER: Larry VanBlarcum of Spring Arbor, Mich., who won a thermal temperature gauge.
ANSWER TO THE QUESTION: The Wright Brothers’ first powered flight was in 1903

breaking-newsThe lowest gas prices for a Memorial Day weekend since 2005 are fueling what AAA predicts will be the second-highest-travel Memorial Day ever. With prices projected to average about 45 cents less per gallon than last year, 34 million Americans are expected to drive this holiday. RVers are way ahead – hotel prices will average $183 a night for “Three Diamond”-rated outfits.

Kurtzman Carson Consultants has announced it will administer a settlement in a class action case against Norcold alleging that some of its gas absorption refrigerators were defective and could lead to fires. This website contains information regarding the proposed class action settlement that has been preliminarily approved by the Court, which may entitle those who own or owned a Norcold 1200 series refrigerator built between 2002 and 2012 to an as-yet-undetermined amount of settlement funds.

Camp for free in Oregon State Parks the night of June 4 in traditional sites — full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water), and tent sites.  Parking is free both June 4 and June 5 at the 26 parks that charge a day-use parking fee. Campsite reservations may be made by calling 800-452-5687 before 5 p.m. June 3. Or, reserve online here. The campsite rental is free, but an $8 nonrefundable reservation fee applies. Of the 52 state park campgrounds, 42 take reservations.

Washington State Parks is offering two free admission days in June: Saturday, June 4, in recognition of National Trails Day, and Saturday, June 11, National Get Outdoors Day. Visitors won’t need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits (no overnight stays) to state parks on these dates.

ABOVE: Steve Walser photographed this (Floating On Air) 1955 Airfloat Cruiser. See more of Steve’s photos or purchase them as prints, on tee-shirts, etc. by clicking here. Photo © Steve Walser

Twenty historic sites in national parks are vying for $2 million in grants by public vote during the 2016 Partners in Preservation National Parks campaign. The public can get involved by visiting Partners in Preservation: National Parks campaign for more information and voting daily through July 5.

Gas price info supplier GasBuddy says if you’ll be traveling this summer, expect a lot of company. The outfit surveyed Americans and 75 percent of respondents said they’ll be traveling this summer – a 2.2 percent uptick compared to 2015. Of these, 53 percent say they’ll be hitting the road for pleasure.

RV park owners in northern Arizona are reporting an early travel season in progress. Higher-than-normal reservation rates in parks and tourist attractions having to gear up early are echoing across the top of the Grand Canyon State. Cause? Speculation is that the lower fuel prices are generating more interest in the open road.

Some 60 campsites in California’s El Dorado National Forest have been closed, thanks to a couple of birds. The Forest Service has shut down sites in the Sunset Campground at Union Valley Reservoir because a pair of young eagles has nested in the campground and is taking care of their new family. Officials don’t want the protected flyers disturbed and say it could be sometime in August before campers can return.

Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu fired up news media when he announced last weekend that folks planning camping trips to his county’s backcountry should consider bringing a gun. Babeu announced Mexican drug cartels are sending groups of assassins, “sicarios,” to kill off rival gang members and that innocent Americans could become victims. The next day, reporters wondered if Babeu’s announcement had something to do with his run for Congress; other area officials say there’s no more danger now than any other particular time of late.

RVs & Electric Bikes – the perfect match!
evelo-logo-732An Electric Bike is the perfect, simplest and most affordable way of sorting all the ‘challenges’ of RV’ing. Get around camp effortlessly, visit the sites or town nearby without unhooking or simply enjoy a fun ride with fellow campers! Click here to discover our electric bikes and get $100 off, free shipping & returns, and 0% financing on any new EVELO using the code RVTRAVEL during checkout!

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A spring-break camping trip by students of the University of Oregon has turned into a big mess – literally. Last weekend’s campout by college students ended with piles of trash, camping gear and human excrement at Slaughterhouse Island Campground near California’s Shasta Lake. The university’s fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, issued an apology and offered to send volunteer cleanup crews, but the Forest Service, which oversees the trashed site, turned down the offer. Officials wanted to get the mess cleaned up quickly, and estimated it would cost $10,000 to do it.

Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road has been going nowhere lately. Landslides and flooding closed the popular Montana park road twice recently — four inches of rain in two days gets the blame. The National Park Service reopened the west side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park to Avalanche Creek on Wednesday afternoon.

Towable sales in Canada continue their slide, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. Comparing sales this March to March 2015, overall sales slumped nearly 18 percent. Travel trailers were down nearly 16 percent, fifth wheels skidded nearly 24 percent and “pop ups” deflated 20 percent. And once again, no park models sold.

Meanwhile, new motorhome sales in Canada are grinding to a halt. New registrations in March dropped nearly 24 percent compared to March 2015. Class A’s took the worst hit, down more than 26 percent, while Class C rigs also slowed 22 percent. Source: Statistical Surveys Inc.

biker 744The chips are down at Sturgis. A South Dakota circuit court says the Meade County, S.D., commission erred when it approved the incorporation of Buffalo Chip, S.D. Normally a campground that’s a hotbed of activity during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the campground applied to become a town and the county OK’d it, but the judge decided otherwise. The town (or whatever) of Buffalo Chip says it will appeal the ruling that the county’s approval violated state law.

Sandy, “the World’s Largest Sandhill Crane” is located in Steele, North Dakota, a favorite area for migratory nesting wildlife including the Sandhill Crane. The crane is the oldest living species of birds and has existed unchanged for 2.5 million years. In real life the bird stands three to four feet tall with a wingspan of six to seven feet.

A man wearing a jumpsuit and a hardhat stole an ATM Thursday from the KOA campground in Verona, Va. The man entered the building after shattering the front door with a sledgehammer, then attached a cable to the machine and dragged it to a stolen van, which was later found burning near where it was stolen.

From buffalo chips to buffalo gores: Custer State Park in South Dakota reports “an increase in visitor/buffalo interactions.” Read that: “Keep away from those big critters, stupid!” A visitor walked up to a bison – and the bison simply knocked the intruder down. Another walked up to a bison, patted it on the head, and was gored and tossed high in the air as the beast took a defensive posture. Best place for taking bison pictures? Anywhere in the park – as long as it’s from inside your rig.

Don’t try to escape the pizza delivery guy in your motorhome: That’s the moral of the story out of Seattle, Wash. Police say a man walked into a pizza outfit and pulled a gun. He left the establishment with the money and a bottle of apple juice, jumping into a motorhome to make his escape. A delivery driver chased after him in his car and tailed him to a convenience store. Police arrived and booked the robber — all for the want of the dough.

Home surveillance cameras are credited with the arrest of two men accused of looting RV batteries in several California cities. Jesus Guzman, 36, of Brea, and Moises Reyes, 26, of Moreno Valley, were booked earlier this month. Police allege the pair drove about in a pickup truck, spotted RVs with accessible batteries, than used cutters to steal the expensive items. Residential surveillance videos caught photos of the truck; police then shadowed them until they caught up with them, apparently in the act.

The weather has created a new set of camping conditions for folks looking to recreate in Idaho’s Boise National Forest. Snow is still present in many areas above 7,000 feet and rangers ask visitors to call ahead to ask about road and facility conditions. Snowmelt has also contributed to fast-moving rivers and extremely cold water – caution is advised around rivers and lakes.

rvbuslogo519Keep up with RV Industry news
throughout the week at RVbusiness.com.


RV Quick Tips
528coffeeRemoving RV window screens
Can’t figure out how to remove RV window screens for cleaning? Most simply need to be lifted up about 1/2 inch at the bottom to compress spring-loaded gizmos at the top.

Safely remove a broken light bulb from socket
Did you break off a 12-volt light bulb and can’t figure out how to remove the base? Use a wine bottle cork to shove in the base and twist it out. Saves the fingers (be sure the power is turned off!)

Use a fresh bleach solution when you set up camp
If you use bleach water to spray down water fittings when you set up camp, listen up. Diluted bleach has a short life, so it’s best to do a small batch for spraying each time you make camp, rather than relying on old diluted stuff to protect you from bugs.

RVArmorEPSLogoRV Armor has tough skin!Armor b4 after
RV Armor’s tough skin was featured recently in Trailer Life. Read the full story here. RV Armor offers a unique, liquid applied roof system that is Guaranteed for the Life of the RV! No more maintenance, seams or headaches. Nationwide mobile service. We come to you. To learn more, call 1-855-782-7667 or click here.

Can you seal over old RV roof sealant?
That’s what a reader asked us. He wrote: “When inspecting the roof on my Rockwood travel trailer I have noticed some areas of sealant that cause some slight concern, such as cracking. Am I able to apply new sealant over the old or does the old sealant need to be removed first?” Read our RV tech’s response.

Save money at RV surplus and salvage yards
Sad to say, RVs are a lot like cars: As they bounce down the road of life, they suffer wear and tear and sooner or later you have to replace something. Parts aren’t usually cheap but here’s a little secret that many don’t know about RVs: You don’t always have to buy “new” parts. Here’s a database of RV salvage yards and other surplus parts suppliers where you can locate a yard within reach or order parts from. Read more.

tape-744Emergency repairs: Go a step beyond duct tape
We know we may be stepping onto hallowed ground: RVers love their duct tape. It’s the greatest thing for on-the-fly repairs of all kinds. But we found something that you may want to add to your tape deck, if you’ll allow it: It’s called Waterproofing Repair Tape, made by Nashua. This stuff claims it’s so good that it’ll stick to almost anything, and it’ll do it even underwater. Learn more.

One crazy filtering funnel!
Rich “The Wanderman” has noticed over the years that the more stuff that’s packed into an engine bay (or other compartment) of his vehicles or RVs, the more difficult it is to fill up the various liquids and so requires an assortment of funnels to perform the task. Well, he’s found a solution which will eliminate at least three of his various funnels, and it’s very inexpensive. Read more.

parvshowimagelogoAmerica’s Largest RV Show runs September 14–18, 2016
See, compare and shop over 1300 new RVs from virtually every major manufacturer! Visit hundreds of vendors including campgrounds, accessories and services. Attend seminars covering subjects for the beginner to the seasoned RV enthusiast. Location is Hershey, PA.  For more information, click here.

Travel trailer tire life versus motorhome or tow vehicle tire life
Roger Marble, RV tire expert, explains the difference between interply shear on trailer tires versus tow vehicle tires. Huh? This article explains why travel trailer tire life is much shorter than motorhome or tow vehicle tire life. Learn more.

Hand-held microwave fits in backpack!
Flicking on a gas burner or building a fire might be the most common way of cooking in the great outdoors, but another option is on the way. The Wayv Adventurer is a battery-operated radio frequency cooking appliance that’s small enough to fit in a backpack. In other words, it’s a hand-held microwave. Read more.

video camera WPAn RV technician’s tool guide for RVers
Certified RV technician Chris Dougherty shows what he believes are the best tools to carry in an RV to deal with routine maintenance and emergency repairs. You’ll be mighty happy to have these along if ye ol’ RV or tow vehicle starts causing you mechanical trouble. Watch the video.

Free camping along the Colorado River near Quartzsite
With summer coming along soon, the snowbirds have flown their winter “coop” in Quartzsite. For those who are somewhat heat tolerant, not far west from Quartzsite is the Colorado River, the line of demarcation between Arizona and California. There’s a bit of free boondocking available, and even some spots of shade for the cagey boondockers. Read more.

del-545This week in history
Week of May 28-June 3
Compiled by Dell Bert

1865 American Civil War ends.
1911 First Indianapolis 500 is run.
1930 Clint Eastwood is born.
1937 Volkswagen is founded.
1956 Rock and roll is banned in Santa Cruz, Calif.
1965 First American (Major Edward H. White II) walks in space.
1967 The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
1971 Mariner 9 departs for Mars.

Reduce air drag and boost fuel efficiency — Airtab® your RV!
Airtab-logoJust peel and stick Airtabs™ to the rear sides and the rear roof of your RV coach or trailer to create swirls of air that reduce aerodynamic drag, save fuel and improve stability. Airtabs™ dramatically reduce trailer ‘fish tailing’ and crosswinds pressure to RVs from passing trucks, while improving fuel efficiency 2% – 5%! Click on the video.

Click here for more information about using Airtabs™.

Click here to purchase Airtabs™.

RV Clubs
Here are a couple of RV clubs from our extensive directory which you may be interested in:

Alpine Coach Association
An independent group of Alpine Coach owners located in several regions of the U.S. and more planned. Includes a blog, technical library, rallies, and more.

North American Family Campers Association
NAFCA is an all-volunteer organization made up of people who love camping. “We welcome all kinds of camping units from tents to diesel pushers. Our members are single or married, young or old or in between.”

Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

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 day per week sales & technical support & over 12 years of experience. List price (4 tires) $389. Our price only $289. SAVE $100! (Additional Sensors $35 each). Learn more or order. Read testimonials.

Bumper sticker of the week
Seen at Assateague Island National Seashore: “We childproofed our home but they still got in.” Thanks, Bruce C.!

Funny/clever business slogan
Seen at a sandwich shop in Del Norte, Colo.: “Lettuce meat olive your eggspectations.” Thanks to Jo Schilling!

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

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 7_24_55 PMRV Parts
and Accessories

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.

Upcoming RV Shows
See the list of upcoming RV shows for 2016.

Websites of the Week
We like these websites. Check ’em out. More next week.

tire-guage660gauge4Endorsed by Roger Marble of RVtireSafety.com!
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 less than $10! Learn more or order.

Good reading from RV123.com 629-rv123
Camping Mac ‘n Cheese
Old Bus Cabin
Table In A Bag

cooling-towel-741Get relief from the heat with a cooling towel
Summer heat is on the way. A Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Evaporative Cooling Towel will cool you for hours. It can absorb 8 times its weight in water to provide longer evaporation times than regular towels. An internal polyester mesh reinforcing material allows it to dry you off while it cools you down. Simply moisten the towel, wring out excess, wrap it around your neck & it starts working. Available in multiple colors. Learn more or order.

rvshrinkAsk the RV Shrink

Is it safe to move about a motorhome while it’s moving?

Dear RV Shrink:
We have just sold our trailer and purchased a motorhome. Our main motivation for this move has always been access. We found the thought of being inside our living quarters when we stopped very appealing. Also, being able to access the kitchen and bathroom while traveling down the road. On our maiden voyage I fell going from the cockpit to the bathroom when my husband had to touch the brakes a bit. Now, after spending all this money, he says I shouldn’t get out of my seat while we are driving. It has caused quite a stir. I think I just needed to learn from the first experience and now I have my sea legs.

Can you shed some light on what other motor coach owners do? Am I the only one who thinks going to the bathroom while we continue to drive is safe? —Tripping in Telluride

Read the Shrink’s response.

Trunk Organizer
Keep your car, SUV or RV organized with this handy organizer. Multiple compartments allow you to separate food, drinks, sports objects, tools, gadgets and work related stuff, all stored in the same trunk yet separated. Four mesh pockets allow you to see through and easily access the frequently needed objects by making them quick to find. Folds flat to only a few inches, occupying very little space. Learn more or order.

mark522RV Tech Tips
from Mark Polk

Safe driving tips
Note: Some of these tips apply to pulling a travel trailer, some apply to driving a motorhome and some apply to both. (1) Don’t speed. Driving at a moderate speed will put less stress and strain on the drive train components of your tow vehicle. It will also reduce the likelihood of the trailer becoming unstable and starting to sway. (2) Monitor the gauges on the tow vehicle or motorhome instrument panel. If a gauge does not read in the normal range pull over as soon as it is safe and call for help. (3) Use the proper gear for driving conditions. If the transmission continues to shift in and out of overdrive you need to turn the overdrive off. Reducing gears can help to slow the trailer or motorhome down when descending inclines and give you the additional power you may need when ascending inclines.

Mark Polk is the owner of RV Education 101, the premiere source of educational DVDs about buying, maintaining and using an RV. Learn more.

gas-738Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.30 (on May 23). Change from week before: Up 6 cents; Change from year before: Down 47 cents
Diesel: $2.36 (on May 23). Change from week before: Up 6 cents; Change from year before: Down 56 cents

sponge91FkFZCzPZL__SL1500_Easily clean those
stubborn bugs off your RV
The Microfiber Mesh Bug and Tar Sponge has millions of tiny fibers embedded in the microfiber cloth that grabs and holds the dust and dirt. It is so effective it even cleans without chemicals, saving both time and money. The secret of this sponge lies in its unique, double-layer microfiber mesh. Older nylon bug sponges can harm your clear coat, but this one is completely paint safe. Learn more or order.

RV Travel Reader Pets dog and photographer - left
Do you travel with a pet? We’d love to introduce your pet(s) to fellow readers. Here’s what we need: a photo or two of Fido or Boots (or you with your pet) and a 150-200 word description of your furry friend(s) — name, breed, age, how long you have traveled together, what makes them special? Go ahead and brag about them if you wish! Do you have any tips for other RVing pet lovers about traveling with pets that you’ve learned along the way? Don’t forget to give us your name(s) and hometown. Send to Diane(at)RVtravel.com .

Click here to see last week’s issue of RV Travel Reader Pets.

portablepet1portablepet2dogPortablePET WaterBoy
The Heininger PortablePET WaterBoy is a travel water bowl for dogs and cats, which holds up to 3 quarts of water and will not splash. This container offers both comfort and function, which is designed to help pets during travel and is highly dependable. Innovative lid prevents splashing and allows your pet to stay hydrated during travel — also great for home use. BPA Free and made in the USA. Learn more or order.

janet1The RV Kitchen
with Janet Groene

Carb Loader’s Casserole
Another slow cooker sensation.

For high-energy camping activities you need calories to burn. This tasty casserole slow cooks while you’re hiking, climbing or chasing a golf or tennis ball. Just sizzle steaks or burgers on the grill, toss a salad and dinner is ready. Get the recipe.

Check out hundreds of other recipes by Janet . . . and her many books at Amazon.com

leveler-698Easy way to level your RV!
The RVtravel.com motorhome packs along two of these and, boy, are they handy! Camco’s RV Yellow Tri-Levelers are designed to raise the RV up to 3-7/8″ on any tire for a more level position. The lightweight levelers are durable and have a resin non-slip surface with a load capacity of 3,500 pounds. Learn more or order for a great price!

App of the Week

Chris-Guld-pic-for-RVTOK, Google — What route did I drive to Tallahassee?
If you turn on Location Services and allow Google Maps to save location history, it records everywhere you go – as long as your phone is with you. It also records the times and photos you took along the way. Chris Guld, Geeks on Tour, finds this very handy to remember locations and routes, and she loves it for having a picture of maps with her route for putting in her Blog. Read Chris Guld’s article.

Learn about smartphones and tablets
… (almost) every Sunday on a live webcast from Geeks On Tour. Next Sunday, June 5, the topic is Google Photos: Common Questions. Watch live or archives of past programs.

The special offer for RV Travel readers is back!
Become a member of Geeks on Tour and get a 20% discount. Click here.

Locate services at Interstate exits
The 2016 Next Exit is the most complete USA Interstate highway exit directory ever published for every exit of major and most minor routes. Find what’s located at upcoming exits on your route — gas, food, lodging, camping, shopping, hospitals, Wal-Marts and much more. A best-seller year after year. Learn more or order.

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

RVer asks about plugging 30 amp RV into 50 amp service

Dear Gary,
Our motorhome has 30 amp service. We’ll be camping in the near future but the site has 50 amp service. I have a 50 amp to 30 amp dogbone adapter but a 30 amp surge protector. Can I place the surge protector after the 50 amp to 30 amp dogbone before plugging in my RV service? — Joe from Nebraska

Read Gary’s response.

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

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.

bob-d-med399Boondocking tips
with Bob Difley

Why extra hoses come in handy
Some no-hook-up campgrounds, such as the forest service or state parks, have only one centralized source of water, while others have several faucets scattered throughout the campground. If possible, choose a campsite close to a faucet and carry several hoses with you to attach together long enough to reach the faucet. This will save you having to move your rig to fill your water tank. Don’t leave your hose attached after your water tank is full so others can use it.

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

happy-camper-567Liquefy solid wastes in sewer holding tanks
Happy Campers Treatment liquefies solid waste and household tissue. It’s a natural formula that’s environmentally friendly and biodegradable, with no formaldehyde or harsh chemicals. Basically, the good bacteria overtakes the bad bacteria to eliminate odor and accelerate the natural decomposition of waste. Because it is totally organic and odor free, you won’t be embarrassed by bad odors inside or when you dump. Learn more or order at Amazon.com.

Gadgets and Gizmos

ReliefBand relieves nausea from motion sicknessWearable drug-free ReliefBand aids motion sickness
For on-the-road RVers, that dreaded feeling of nausea is now a thing of the past with the introduction of ReliefBand, a wearable, clinically proven device that is FDA cleared for the drug-free treatment of nausea associated with morning and motion sickness, and it works in minutes. Read more.

Smartphone mount aids multiple device charging
TekGrip-Power-Dock-1 RVT 744Bracketron’s new TekGrip Power Dock includes a unique hands-free mounting option for drivers as well as device-charging capabilities. Perfect for summer road trips, the TekGrip Power Dock has two USB outputs for you and your passenger to plug in and power up, all while using voice commands and GPS from your mounted device. Learn more.

plug-700Split your 12-volt plug
. . . and get two USB chargers!
This incredibly handy device is specially made for power-hungry devices. Convert and increase your car cigarette lighter or RV 12 volt plug from 1 to 2 sockets plus get 2 USB ports, too! Wow, will this ever come in handy! Learn more or order at a discount.

laugh-667Joke of the week 
Camping: Where you spend a small fortune to live like a homeless person. Thanks, Pete D.!

diesel-707Improve performance
of your diesel engine
Diesel Kleen + Cetane Boost is a highly rated, technologically advanced, diesel engine performance improver that cleans injectors, boosts cetane and lubricates fuel injection components. The maximum horsepower formula restores lost power, smooths rough-running engines and improves fuel economy up to 8 percent. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought
Traveling or even living full-time in an RV may make you realize that you can live comfortably in a much smaller space than in a traditional home. The thought may strike you that “I really don’t need all the stuff back home because what is most important to me is right here.” Face it, in an RV, you eat just as well, you sleep just as well, you dress just as well (if you choose) and you are just as warm or cool as you choose to be. And with an RV, when you get tired of the view out your window, you can easily move to somewhere more interesting.

burts-696-1mosquito-696Keep mosquitoes away with effective herbal spray
Few things will spoil a camping trip more than pesky mosquitoes. There are hundreds of repellents, but Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent is among the best, and free of DEET and other harmful chemicals. The pump spray’s active ingredients are: castor oil 10%, rosemary oil 3.77%, lemongrass oil 2.83%, cedar oil 0.94%, peppermint oil 0.76%, citronella oil 0.57%, clove oil 0.38%, geranium oil 0.19%. This stuff works and it’s safe. Learn more or order at a great price.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t heal itself.

Easily brew a single cup of coffee
This is great for RVers! Brew a single cup of coffee without the high cost of an expensive coffee maker with the MyJo Single Cup Coffee Maker! Just fill reservoir with hot water from tea kettle, or heat water in a microwave. Assemble, place K-Cup pack in base, attach the water reservoir and pump. Watch the video for a short demonstration or learn more or order at a big discount.

Worth Pondering
“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” —Albert Camus

Headed to Alaska? Let this be your guide!
This is THE mile-by-mile guidebook for RV or auto travelers headed to Alaska, the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. First published in 1949 as a guide about traveling along the Alaska Highway, today’s Milepost includes more than 600 pictures, more than 100 maps and details every place travelers might eat, sleep or pull off the road for scenic viewing. Learn more or order.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 7.42.17 PMReaders’ Birthday and Anniversary Greetings

Happy Birthday!
•May 29: To Diana from Hazel. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day and a great year. Love you!
•May 30: To Janie from Paul. Happy Birthday. Looking forward to our extended RV trip this summer.

Happy (belated) Birthday!
•May 15: To John from Hazel. Have a wonderful day! Let’s go RVing … to the beach for the 4th of July. Reservations in hand! Love you.

Happy Anniversary!
•May 29: To Phil from Myra. 45 years … what a ride … here’s to many more. Lot’s of love!
•June 3: To Garry & Charmayne Robertson from Chris & Debbie Good. Happy 42nd Anniversary to a very special couple! We enjoy all the adventures camping with you and hope to continue our friendship for many years to come.

Happy (belated) Anniversary!
•May 26: To Gail from Steve. Thanks for the best 44 years of my life.
•May 26: To Paul from Beverly. 30 years and counting!  I can’t imagine a better RV travel companion! Love you to the moon and back!

Send your special someone a birthday or anniversary greeting.

RV Travel staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Assistant editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Greg Illes, Bob Difley, Richard Miller, Richard Mallery, Janet Groene, Roger Marble and Julianne Crane. Office manager: Jody Allcott.

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About the RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury has explored America by RV for nearly 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. Nowadays, he lives near Seattle, where he drinks massive amounts of coffee and travels often in his motorhome and sometimes by plane when vast expanses of saltwater would turn his RV into a leaky submarine. 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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4 Thoughts to “RV Travel Newsletter May 28 – June 3”

  1. Cathy

    I really miss the ‘Weekly Quiz’ feature in this website where a question was asked and a ‘poll’ was taken from various possible answers. I found it to be fun and interesting .

  2. Sharon Baron

    I started camping and backpacking in college. I later purchased a friend’s popup. I learned a lot from the pop up and 6 years later sold it on RVTrader.com in 1 week. At the same time after looking for 2 years I found exactly what I wanted on RV Trader.com and purchased a travel trailer in a different state. I flew up to see it and loved it. It had exactly what I wanted. The knowledge I developed from your publications gave me the confidence to purchase the right trailer with the right specs that would combine safely with the load capacity of my pick up truck. I bought all the bells and whistles recommended in your daily publications including the EMS PT 30C from Progressive Industries that probably saved the electrical system in my trailer from poor electrical hook ups at a few campgrounds. At two campgrounds the maintenance men told me that it was my Progressive that was faulty. I stuck to my guns and tried another site and was right both times. I could have fried my camper costing me a lot.
    I miss those daily notes, but understand that it takes time every day to post that stuff. However, I am glad you have the website.
    Thank you for your hard work providing us out here with such valuable information.

  3. Jim Streeter

    Chuck, thanks for the interesting article on headstones, they tell many storied. Next time in Missoula you could stop and see the graves of Norman Macleans father, mother and brother. The movie “River Runs Through It” is about Norman. While actually filmed mostly in Livingston MT, his father was a minister in Missoula. Thanks for writing this blog, I always look forward each Saturday to reading it. Happy Camping., Jim

  4. N. Yelland

    View outside of my RV Window..traveling the Pan American Highway, Alaska to Argentina. Over one million kilometers and 30 years of camping. Would like to share the pics and story.

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