Winnebago extends expiration date on some RV warranties


Based on a press release

FOREST CITY, IOWA, April 2, 2020 – Winnebago announced today it will provide goodwill repairs and replacement parts for 60 days beyond the expiration of the company’s current New Vehicle Limited Warranty for those owners whose warranty expires during the months of April and May 2020. This applies to the brand’s lineup of motorhome and towable products.

The goodwill repairs and replacement parts will cover the same items that would have been covered under the Winnebago New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

“This is part of our efforts to mitigate any repairs that were impacted as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Brian Hazelton, Vice President and General Manager, Winnebago Motorhome Business. “Winnebago’s priority is the health and well-being of our customers, employees and the communities we serve.”

“Our goal is to provide added assurance to owners and dealers, that Winnebago product repairs, covered under the New Vehicle Limited Warranty will not be affected due to dealer availability or necessary travel constraints,” said Scott Degnan Vice President, Winnebago Towables Business.

“Winnebago continues to provide parts and technical support to dealers and customers as operations are adjusted based on local, regional and national developments regarding COVID-19. Because of the rapidly changing situation, we are strongly recommending to Winnebago owners that they call prior to all dealer visits.”





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The Biggest Full-time RVing Drawback is a Virus


For thirteen years full-time RVing has given us so much joy and adventure. My husband and I couldn’t imagine living any other way. Through all the pros and cons of the nomad life, we never encountered one big full-time RVing drawback so powerful it altered our ability to enjoy this offbeat lifestyle. And then the pandemic happened.

A Full-Time RVing Pandemic Reality Check

As my fingers tap away on the keyboard to write this, my steadfast RV-driving husband commandeers us into another state. A generous friend has offered us a full-hookup spot on her gorgeous mountain property. Knowing that we could be there a while, she insisted. And as independent and self-contained as we are, my husband and I agreed to her generous offer. We would be fools not to.

The pandemic fallout has hit the full-time RVing community hard, and we are only seeing the beginning of it. For starters, thousands of full-timers like my husband and I are competing for ever-shrinking numbers of long-term RV campsites at parks across the U.S. Also, the many RV travel resources we count on as boondockers are dwindling.

Apparently, the biggest disadvantage to full-time RVing is a global pandemic.

The UnWelcome Mat is Out

The welcome mat for full-time RVers like us has been pulled right out from underneath our feet. For example:

  • The list of public campground closures is getting longer by the day.
  • Many private RV parks are also shutting down to newcomers.
  • Public land boondocking access is more limited.
  • Dump station access is more challenging.
  • Small tourist towns are telling visitors to stay away, amid growing reports of sentries standing guard to keep visitors out.

The weather isn’t helping.

Following the seasons has always been one of the biggest advantages of the nomad life, but now it’s also one of the biggest full-time RVing drawbacks. It’s the reason we left our previous location. Temperatures at our favorite Southern California snowbird getaway, Fountain of Youth, are slowly climbing into the 80s. The weather is perfect now, but triple digit heat is just around the corner. Our Arctic Fox is well insulated, but with just one air conditioner, even 110-degree temperatures are too much for it.

Is Home Still Where You Park It?

We had to accept that the global pandemic hit home and something needed to be done. In a blur of packing and prepping the fifth wheel, we fled to our friend’s property. We will be there tomorrow and hopefully, the people in her small town will not come at us with pitchforks when they see our out-of-state license plates.

The saying “home is where you park it” has always rang true for us. And while we still believe that a “home” isn’t a necessarily a physical place but a mindset, the advantage of being a property owner is now quite apparent.

The biggest full-time RVing disadvantage is clearly, not having a spot to call your own during a pandemic. Are the current circumstances enough to make me want to become a property owner again? Not yet. But as this growing pandemic proves, nobody ever really knows what the future holds.





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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1310


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” ― Stephen Chbosky

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Burrito Day!



Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Because so much is happening, and so fast, we are separating our daily coronavirus news updates into its own file.

There is so much interest now on how the virus is impacting our lives as RVers, our staff is devoting more time to keeping you informed of critical matters that affect how you use and travel with your RV.

Read today’s coronavirus news updates for RVers.

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!


RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Finding ways to give back”

We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is Chris’ story.


Tip of the Day

Is a warm electrical outlet cause for concern?

Dear Mike (Sokol),
I have a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) question about our RV. I have noticed that the GFI outlet in the bathroom was warm when we had an electric heater plugged in to another outlet. The second outlet had a GFI sticker attached to it but was not a GFI outlet. When I tripped the GFI test button on the first outlet the heater also shut off. So obviously this one GFI is protecting more than one outlet, but should it get warm? Thanks. —Tom Toomey

Read Mike’s response.

NOTE: Mike Sokol is live streaming his full Basic RVelectricity seminar tomorrow (Thursday, April 2) at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern time. See below for details.

To subscribe to Mike Sokol’s RVelectricity YouTube channel click here.

RVelectricity for FMCA Rally – Basics Part 1, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time on April 2, 2020.
Mike Sokol covers the basics of electricity for RV owners.
Part 1 includes volts, amps, watts, and how to use a digital meter to measure them for your RV.

RVelectricity for FMCA Rally – Basics Part 2, beginning at 2 p.m Eastern time on April 2, 2020.
In Part 2, Mike Sokol covers the basics of campground pedestals including the use of EMS/Total Protection surge protectors. He also covers potential sources of electrical fires in an RV with ways to prevent them.

RVelectricity for FMCA Rally – Basics Part 3, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time on April 2, 2020.
In Part 3, Mike Sokol discusses portable generators, inverters, DC-DC charging, and lightning protection in a campground during a thunderstorm.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.



RV Mods: Power visors – inside shade easily at hand

Have you ever thought how handy it would be to have motorized visors/shades in your RV? Read this article by former long-time RVer and all-around DIYer Jim Twamley on what he purchased and how he installed his motorized visors. Learn more.

Yesterday’s featured article: Stupid RVer trick? Or is this just sad?


Reader poll


Quick Tip

Important to know when buying new tires

Need new tires for the rig? It may be best to stick with the same tire specification as the original equipment. If you do decide to change specs, make sure you always match up your tire and wheel capacity. For example, NEVER mount a 3,000-pound capacity tire on a 2,000-pound capacity wheel.



Random RV Thought

Never tie up traffic because your RV doesn’t go fast enough. Pull over and let traffic pass. But try to wait until the road is either level or sloped downhill: Gravity will help you get up to speed again and save you fuel.


Website of the day

How to organize your fridge to keep food fresher, longer (and cut your energy usage)
Here are great tips on how to store food in your refrigerator and freezer to use the appliances to their most efficient potential while helping your food last longer. We’ll bet you didn’t know a lot of these “chilling” facts!


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 52 percent take a shower or a bath every day
• 11 percent sleep more than nine hours a day (including naps)
• 75 percent of our readers’ parents have passed away

Recent poll: On a daily basis, how many people do you live with in “self-isolation”? Please tell us here.


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Mike says: Never use any kind of petroleum-based products on rubber or plastic components in your RV, such as your trailer connector. That includes products such as Vaseline, WD40 or any other type of spray lubricating oil. Doing so will eventually break down the plastic and/or rubber components causing them to swell up and eventually disintegrate. The proper treatment is anything silicone-based. We use a lot of Heavy Duty Silicone in our shop for general connector cleaning and lubrication. It’s also useful on rubberized door sweeps and such. You can get some of your own here.


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Yesterday we told you about a hilarious prank the BBC pulled off, convincing the world that ______ grew on trees. Make sure you read yesterday’s issue and watch the hilarious video to find out what it was. 


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Day 4 of social distancing. Struck up a conversation with a spider today. Seems nice. He’s a web designer.

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RV Coronavirus News Update, April 2, 2020


Please send your news about the coronavirus pandemic as it applies to RVers to editor@rvtravel or submit it here.

Thank you to all the RV Travel readers who have sent us information, much of which we have included here. We have been working so fast that we have not had time to thank you all. So thank you! (You know who you are.)

Read yesterday’s extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.

Did you miss reading this recent reader essay? RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Mr. President, please open our campgrounds!

UPDATE ON OUR FRIEND Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor
Gary is battling COVID-19 in a Seattle area hospital. He has been in ICU for a week now. He is heavily sedated and on a ventilator, and continues to be in critical but stable condition. The drugs have him pretty much out of it, so he is not communicative with anyone. His family is hopeful about a good outcome. Read our story about Gary and leave him a message.

Across the country, more than 1,000 retired, former and current National Park Service employees are calling on the U.S. Department of the Interior secretary to close all national parks during the coronavirus pandemic. “No one has ever died because they were not able to see LBJ’s ranch or ancestral settlement on any given weekend,” wrote Trevor Wright, a maintenance worker at the former home of President Lyndon Johnson, now the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in the Texas Hill Country.

The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort east of Sacramento is closed and that includes its RV park.

Sisters, Ore., near Bend, has closed its Creekside Campground and dump station.

In addition to previously announced closures, the following services and operations, originally scheduled to open between now and May 1 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, are postponed until further notice: Price Park Campground and Picnic Area and Linville Falls Campground and Picnic Area.

In Wells, Maine, high density accommodations like hotels and other lodging facilities including campgrounds and RV parks can no longer be occupied.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, is relaxing measures for RVs within city limits to accommodate those who might be self-isolating. Typically, occupation of an RV is limited to 24 hours. But that’s now relaxed as long as RVers not block streets or sidewalks, and a suitable plan for draining tanks and hooking up water or power is in place.


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👍 Grand Design RV recently pledged a donation of 1,000 N95 respiratory masks and many sets of protective nitrile gloves to Beacon Health System. The donation will assist many healthcare professionals and volunteers in their continuous support and care of those affected in the Elkhart County, Indiana, community by the COVID-19 virus.

RV TRAVEL reader Richard Bauer reports: “We’re currently at the Sun Life Vacation Resort in Mesa, Arizona. A sign at the entrance indicates that no over-nighters and no reservations accepted until fall. Office staff today assured me that we can remain in the park but once we check out we cannot return.” The park is a Cal-Am property, one of many in the greater Phoenix area. Read a statement from Cal-Am Properties about its new policies.

TIP: Are you self-isolating all by yourself? Lonely? How about adopting a dog or cat? They make great friends. Visit your local animal shelter and bring home some love.

Seven National Park Service campgrounds in the New River Gorge National River and one in the Gauley National Recreation Area on Tuesday became the latest West Virginia outdoor recreation amenities ordered closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In the New River Gorge National River the National Park Service operates campgrounds at Glade Creek, Grandview Sandbar, Army Camp, Stone Cliff Beach, Thayer, Brooklyn and War Ridge/Backus Mountain. The Gauley River National Recreation Area’s lone campground, Gauley Tailwaters, is also now closed.

Harbor Beach, Michigan’s, North Park Campground is closed until at least May 15.

Adams County, Wisconsin is urging people to not visit the county and reminding those that do of campground changes. If they have a permanent campsite in Adams County they will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival if they come from out of the area. The town of Rome has also suspended all camping permits until April 30.

Montana’s Flathead National Forest campgrounds are now closed.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis became one of the last few governors in the U.S. to issue a stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday. Businesses that provide daily necessities, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, pet supply stores, laundromats, hardware stores and others (we believe RV parks), will remain open.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has been receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The reports are false.

👎 HAVING A BAD DAY: Jeff Treneff, a member of our RV Coronavirus News group at Facebook, posted this Wednesday: “Oil Creek Family Campground in Titusville PA, is cancelling my April 16 reservation until further notice due to PA state order. Got an email this morning from Summerville Lake Retreat in WV, cancelling my April 25 reservation, stating the governor ordered all WV campgrounds close immediately.”

Hot Springs National Park has closed its Gulpha Gorge campgrounds, including its restrooms and picnic area.

In the state of Arizona, the stay at home order does not restrict RVers from moving from one RV park to another. Private campgrounds are allowed to stay open with no restrictions, although some may voluntarily choose to close to help the spread of the virus.

The City of Mansfield, Ohio, announced Wednesday afternoon that its Clear Fork Reservoir campground is closed.

RV STOCKS: Yesterday’s Closing: Camping World down 17.22%, Thor down 9.55%, Winnebago down 2.01%.


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HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.


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RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Finding ways to give back”


CAVEAT: Comments, posts and/or tips in our newsletters are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or its staff.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is one story:

“These are trying times we all are experiencing. But, my wife and I are doing our part to help our community through it. First, we converted our Little Free Library into a food pantry for anyone who needs extra supplies. Second, my wife, Twyla, a quilter, is making masks for friends and family members to wear at home or whenever they need to go out for supplies.

“Me, I keep busy with my woodworking projects. In fact, I made levelers just the other day for our RV that sits on a slant in our driveway in case we have to use it as a quarantine room if one of us should become ill. Fortunately, we are doing fine for now. With the closure of our fitness center, we make sure we walk every day around our neighborhood and it is nice to see that many of our neighbors are doing the same thing.”

Chris Lewis


Your essays wanted

Here is your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Write an essay no longer than 500 words on this subject: “How I have adapted to a life in self-isolation.” Tell us what you do with your time, how you keep active physically and/or mentally, how you communicate with friends and family and other ways you occupy your time. Have you taken up a new hobby? Started writing a novel? We can’t pay for these articles right now, but you could earn a place on our staff if you impress us with your creativity. Submit your article here. Please include a photo of yourself or of something that helps illustrate your essay. We’ll post many, if not most of these every day in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter. If you’re not subscribed, sign up here.

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Is a warm electrical outlet cause for concern?


Dear Mike,
I have a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) question about our RV. I have noticed that the GFI outlet in the bathroom was warm when we had an electric heater plugged in to another outlet. The second outlet had a GFI sticker attached to it but was not a GFI outlet. When I tripped the GFI test button on the first outlet the heater also shut off. So obviously this one GFI is protecting more than one outlet, but should it get warm? Thanks. —Tom Toomey

Dear Tom,
Thanks for your question. Anytime you feel an outlet or wiring getting warm, that’s time for concern.

Overheated outlets

I don’t think that the outlet being a GFI has anything to do with it heating up. What you describe suggests that you might be drawing too much continuous current via your space heater. How many watts is it? If it’s rated for 1,500 watts, then that’s 12.5 amperes of near-continuous current which will probably cause the wires and outlet to heat up a bit even though it doesn’t trip the circuit breaker.

While the outlet is rated for 15 amperes, running a space heater drawing 12.5 amps for hours at a time (especially if there’s any oxidation on the contacts) can eventually cause the outlet to overheat and eventually discolor. Any sign of discoloration on an outlet is an indication that it could fail and cause a fire, so it should be immediately replaced. Home outlets are not really designed for continuous power at nearly full amperage.

Overheated extension cord

Secondly, it is also possible that the screws or stab connectors on the back of the GFI outlet have loosened up from vibration due to road travel or become corroded from moisture infiltration. So it’s a good idea to disconnect your RV from shore power, as well as any generator or inverter power, then pull out the GFI outlet from the wall box and check all the connections for tightness. If you’re not qualified to work on home wiring, I suggest you get this important maintenance performed by a licensed electrician or technician.

BTW: I think that ALL RV circuit breaker and power outlet screws should be checked for tightness every few years. However, you generally don’t have to do this for your sticks-and-bricks house since it’s not bouncing down the road at 60 mph.

Let’s play safe out there. —Mike Sokol, The No~Shock~Zone

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
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Septic cleanout for RV? : GoRVing


I recently purchased a house that has a septic tank that I need to have emptied monthly. All the companies I called had a minimum amount they would pump out. If I was under 500gallons. They would still charge me the $75. I don’t know if it would be worth it to have a septic company come to pump them out. Plus, the connectors on pump truck hoses are cam lock style. And don’t connect to the drain pipe on rvs. I also think the suction power that a pump truck has would cause problems. I’d imagine you’d have to hold the toilet open while they pump. You could literally suck the skin off your body if you put your hand over the hose while it’s running (I install these pumps at work) I would suggest a portable waste water tank. You’d dump the trailer tanks into that, then transport that to a dump station, or a clean out in your main house line, if you have one. It’s a hassle for sure. Maybe check about renting a porta potty.



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Thor recalls some motorhomes, drive shaft separation issue


If the driveshaft separates, there may be a loss of drive, increasing the risk of crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied, unintended vehicle movement can occur if the transmission is left in Park, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

Ford will notify owners, and Ford or Lincoln dealers will inspect the rear axle differential fluid level and adjust it, or replace the rear axle as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 24, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332 or TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000188.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

While you may not own one of these RVs, if you know someone who does be sure to tell them.

RVtravel.com posts recall notices like this as they are issued. Read them by clicking here. Or visit here to receive a monthly recap of all recalls for that month including those of common vehicles used for towing or as dinghies behind motorhomes.





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Reader asks: What does your RV insurance cover?


Reader Kevin Parker sent us an email asking for us for your help. Here’s what he wrote:

“I got hit by a full-time RVer without insurance, driving a Class C motorhome. My insurance will cover all but several thousand dollars for my replacement (I have a truck and travel trailer, the accident totaled my 2017 Ford F250 truck). I feel sorry for the other guy. As far as I know, he has no place to go and my insurance company will pursue him “to the ends of the earth” to recover their liability.

I would be interested to know what your reader’s RV insurance coverages are? Like…
• What company and type of insurance?
• Minimum state requirements?
• Liability $50k or higher?
• Uninsured motorist coverage?
• Comprehensive?
• Collision?
• Medical payments?

If you’re a full-timer, do you have a backup if your rig is totaled? What would you do?”

Can you help Kevin out? Leave a comment below and start a conversation, thanks! Any advice about RV insurance is welcomed.





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Groceries While RVing – Grocery Delivery During COVID-19


As full-time RVers, it’s no big deal to restock groceries when we start to get low. Whether we’re in Eugene, Oregon, Revelstoke, BC, Galveston, Texas, or anywhere, it’s just not a problem. There are grocery stores everywhere and for the most part, they’re pretty much the same, even if the brands and store arrangements are different.

Grocery shopping no longer a familiar full-time errand

It’s a process we’ve all done repeatedly with little or no stress, but now everything is different. With the COVID-19 virus in every state and province in North America, restocking groceries suddenly took on a whole new dimension, especially for full-time RVers since many of us are in the over 60 high-risk category.  We are suddenly aware that a simple trip to the grocery store could result in a serious illness or possibly death.

Many of us are hundreds or even thousands of miles away from our primary health provider.  We certainly don’t want to get sick on the road and leave our spouses to deal with all the uncertainty of an unfamiliar location, the obligations of our rigs, and the ambiguity of where to stay and for how long.

Therefore, we decided to try out a grocery delivery service rather than risk going in a grocery store.  We reasoned that at least we would only have brief contact with one other person, and we should be able to maintain a safe distance.

Should you get your groceries delivered? Photo by Joe Goldberg via Flickr Creative Commons

The downside of grocery delivery

It seemed like a good idea, but there’s a downside.  We were preparing to leave our site in Palm Desert when we first made this decision.  Our first effort to order groceries from Whole Foods was a time-consuming process of finding the items on their website, choosing what size, brand, and quantity of each item and adding it all to our cart.

The process probably took 45 minutes.  Once we got to the check-out screen, we needed to pick a delivery time, and at this point, we learned that there were no delivery times available. That information would have been helpful to know before we spent 45 minutes filling up the shopping cart.

Thinking that Whole Foods might be temporarily short of drivers, we tried to change the order to curbside pick-up, just to learn this store didn’t offer curbside service. We tabled the whole grocery idea for a few days to see if things would improve, and a few days later there were a few limited delivery dates, but none before our departure date.

Delivery availability only revealed at check-out

At that time, we gave up on Whole Foods and switched to Ralphs. Of course, we had to start all over, and the process took another hour. Again, we couldn’t access the delivery options until we were in the checkout process and sadly there were no delivery dates available before our departure.

We were tempted to just chuck the whole idea, and go to a grocery store to buy our supplies, but we recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic was redefining everything, and we were determined to embrace the new normal.  If TV hosts can broadcast from their homes, we certainly could figure out how to get groceries delivered.

We left Palm Desert a few days later with whatever groceries were in the rig and we started on the final leg of our 6-month around the country journey to get back to Oregon. We weren’t concerned about our food supply, we needed a few things, but we had enough to eat. Even though the process had been frustrating, we weren’t worst for wear.

empty grocery store

The right time to shop may give you access without the crowds. Photo by Pixabay

Planning ahead

As we got closer to Oregon, we decided to try the online grocery delivery one more time.  This time we were planning ahead. In fact, we were near Sacramento, CA when we placed the order.

Instead of trying to get the groceries before leaving a location, we were anticipating our arrival and scheduling the order for the arrival date.  But now we were obliged to order from Fred Meyers because we’d be leaving Ralphs behind in California, and the Whole Food Markets in Eugene, Oregon, did not offer delivery or curbside pick-up.

A new store meant a new order… new brands, sizes, quantities, etc. The process was becoming familiar, but not faster. Again, during checkout, we learned that the Eugene Fred Meyers store only offered curbside pick-up, which we surmised would be almost as safe as delivery. We finalized our order for over $230 worth of groceries to be picked up, in Eugene, four days later.

By the time we arrived in Eugene, supplies were getting low, so we decided to throw caution to the wind and go to the Whole Foods Market before stopping at Fred Meyers to pick up our main order.  As it turned out, we’re grateful for that decision.

We arrived at Whole Foods right before the dinner hour and were encouraged to see very few people at the store.  The store was well stocked and it was easy to maintain social distancing. Since we were not sure what to expect from Fred Meyers, we fortunately decided to purchase most of the items that were on our original list.

The plan and the reality differ

To make a long story short, we went to Fred Meyers to pick up our original order. The order was not ready (they were short-handed) and many of the items we had ordered were not available.

Out of the 89 items we’d ordered they could only deliver 15, which included, ironically, three packages of taco sauce mix, but none of the ingredients for the tacos. All in all, our $230 worth of groceries cost $26, which took another phone call with the pick-up manager, and 4 more days to get the charges straightened out in our bank account.

If you must go to a grocery store, go during non-peak hours. Photo by Jens Hemblach via Flickr Creative Commons

Our experience might not be typical

Perhaps our online grocery shopping experience was unique and many of our readers have found this option to be a real blessing. After all, the stores have been under immense pressure during this pandemic, short on supplies and staff, and are dealing with a massive spike in demand.

Will we use the online option again in the future?  Maybe. Online grocery shopping is relatively new, and in the future, it may become the new normal. But for now, I believe we’ll continue to shop for groceries in person and just try to do it as safely as possible.





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1972 Mossy Oak Trailer


1972 Vintage Mossy Oak Travel Trailer. Clean title and located in Horntown, Va. Must haul and sold as is. Small leak above bathroom shower. Needs some TLC but will make a great little camper! Tires will need replaced. Plumbing and electric work.

Serious inquires only.

Price: $2000 obo
Location: Hanover, PA

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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1309


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

If you shop on Amazon, please visit through our affiliate site (we get a little commission that way – and you don’t pay any extra). Thank you!



Today’s thought

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there.” ― George Harrison

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is April Fools Day! It’s also National Sourdough Bread Day!



Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Because so much is happening, and so fast, we are separating our daily coronavirus news updates into its own file.

There is so much interest now on how the virus is impacting our lives as RVers, our staff is devoting more time to keeping you informed of critical matters that affect how you use and travel with your RV.

Read today’s coronavirus news updates for RVers.

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!


RV Life in a Coronavirus World: A medical interpreter’s healthy routine

We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is Claire’s story.


Tip of the Day

Campsite “site length” restrictions. What do they really mean?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Ah, those wonderful mysteries of RVing. When you’re first starting out, there must be hundreds of them to be resolved. Here’s one: “We are transitioning from tent camping to towing a travel trailer this year. We will be towing a 19.5′ travel trailer with a 19′ pickup truck, the overall length being approximately 38.5′. Does the RV length limit listed for a campground (especially national parks) include the tow vehicle and the travel trailer?” Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.


Camco Store on Amazon has everything you need!
There isn’t much you need for your RV that Camco doesn’t have. If you think we’re kidding, then click through to the Camco store on Amazon where you’ll find some of their best-selling products — all for your RV or for you to make your RVing better. Click here and you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.


Stupid RVer trick? Or is this just sad?

This has to be high on the list of Stupid RVer tricks. In this case, it’s not actually a trick, but a misguided attempt by a couple of English guys to tow a travel trailer through a narrow alley. Watch the two minute video. Prepare to laugh (or maybe cry)!

Yesterday’s featured article: The rude couple in the campsite next door…


Reader poll


Readers tell us

What part of this newsletter do you look forward to the most? Is there something you’d like to see done differently? Suggestions? Advice? Read about your favorite parts, and leave a comment here.


The Most Scenic Drives in Americascenic767
The updated trip planner & travel guide will steer you down the most scenic road every time. From Florida’s Road to Flamingo, to British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Highway, to Cape Cod’s Sandy Shores, each featured road trip is pictured in stunning full color and described in vivid text, keyed to an easy-to-follow map. Whether you choose a drive on a distant road or a back road in your own state, this book is your ticket to North America’s most beautiful byways. Learn more or order.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.

Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.


Here’s one of our favorite “April Fools!” day articles…

Police searching for artist who turned famous Chicago “Bean” into Airstream!

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police are looking for the suspect who swapped out the famous “Bean” art installation for an Airstream travel trailer. Continue reading.


Quick Tip

Handy hints for using a gas oven

If your oven at home is electric, adjusting to a gas stove in the RV can be a trick. Gas ovens usually don’t heat as evenly and may have hot spots. Turn your items several times when baking to even out the cooking. And Mary Lowe suggests using a heat deflector. If you can’t find one at a kitchen supply store, take a cookie sheet, turn it wrong side up on the oven rack and place your baking dish/pan on top of it. This eliminates food burned to the bottom of the dish.


Action needed: Keep RV parks open

A message from the Escapees Club
RV parks across the country are closed/closing in response to state and local orders. Most states are allowing individual counties to dictate their own measures. We are hearing all kinds of mandates, some of which could force residents/guests to leave an RV park where they are currently sheltering. This puts fellow RVers in jeopardy.
We encourage you to take part in a grassroots effort to reach key leaders directly… Continue reading.


Random RV Thought

If you don’t need a pull-through campsite, choose one where you back in. You will usually save a few dollars.


It’s time to clean your CPAP machine!
One of our past surveys told us that 53% of you (or your partner) use a CPAP machine. Wow! When was the last time your machine was cleaned thoroughly? They get very dirty! This highly rated cleaning kit will get out all those yucky germs and bacteria. The extendable brush will expand to 7 feet, but folds up into a small plastic bag so as to not take up too much room in your RV. If you use a CPAP, you’ll want to order this here.


Website of the day

Longhauler-USA
“Transportation trucking resources for longhaul truck drivers.” But this website is a directory of anything truck drivers, or any drivers, could ever need: road and traffic conditions by state, truck maps and routes (including restrictions), speed limit laws by state, hospital/physician search — too much to list (mind-boggling!). Check it out!


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• RVer Safety: What if you protect yourself but are then arrested?
• What happens when you tear off the black tank valve? Yuck!
• Why not just inflate tires to the certification label level?
#901F


Trivia

In 1957, BBC pulled off one of the most famous April Fools pranks of all time. The report showed a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family “spaghetti tree”. Millions of viewers watched then contacted BBC asking how they could grow their own “spaghetti tree.” Decades later CNN called this broadcast “the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled.” You can watch the BBC report here

Gadsby is a 50,000-word novel written without what letter? We told you in yesterday’s trivia section.


The 2020 Rand McNally Road Atlas is better than ever!
Read more about why you should always have this with you here.


Leave here with a laugh

Today’s Daily Deals at Amazon.com
Best-selling RV products and Accessories at Amazon.com
. UPDATED HOURLY!


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Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editor: Diane McGovern. Advertising director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

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Driving Houston to Buffalo, forced march due to pandemic; overnight stays? : GoRVing


New to this community; please forgive any errors concerning this sub’s expectations. Asking for help, where to stop for nights on road.

Driving Houston to Buffalo during pandemic. Dad died, not Corona related. Had to clean out his apartment. That got bogged down in issues as pandemic lockdowns happened. I’ve been holed up in senior living complex, effectively self-quarantined 2 weeks (semi-quarantined since late February). Partner at home has mental health issues, history of suicide attempts. Starting to lose it, as I’ve effectively been gone since mid-October occupied with dying, death, aftermath.

Have interstate route through Google maps. Solo driver, respectable but dented station wagon, mid 60s female. Have done this trip 20 years ago in better days, expect 3 days. Know there may be police checking, have death certificate & brief narrative printed out to show on request. Avoiding hotels and (most of time) public restrooms as possible contamination sites. Wearing gloves, bandana mask, spraying Lysol. Will happily self quarantine at home.

I hear some Walmarts are okay, need to check specific ones online. Would a hotel let me park in lot, do you think? Probably parks & rest stops a no-go at this point. Any thoughts or additional ideas greatfully received.



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RV Life in a Coronavirus World: A medical interpreter’s healthy routine


EDITOR’S NOTE: We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is one story:

“I know that I am one of the few beings on the planet that is not petrified of the virus, and that is probably because I am a medical interpreter who researches everything scientific to better help my reading public and assist me on onsite calls. I have been interpreting onsite and telephonically since 2010; previously I was a translator via proz (still am) and an adjunct Professor of French at Villanova 11 years, and an instructor at Berlitz for 30.

“So, needless to say, I have always found ways to survive. I have never lived in fear because I have experienced many hills and valleys in my life that taught me many important lessons. Number one is: We have intentions, He has the Plan.” Sometimes I need reminding of the same.

“I am amazed at how fast the fear factor came over this country, particularly of my elderly friends, who KNOW we conquered TB and Polio in our century; and this a virus similar to the flu. (I have heard incidentally that they now know this virus has been around for many years, so if you have had the flu in the last few years you are most probably immune.)

“This morning I changed my daily early morning hike in the mountains till later on today as I am waiting for a business call shortly. I normally get up, have my smoothie, and head to the mountain for a brief walk. Today, since I had to rearrange my schedule, I took my outside chair and last year’s new pillows out to create my little patio, next to my garden that grows in pots: flowers and veggies. I greeted the wild cats that come round every a.m. as I knitted, read, and cleaned around my entranceway: I’m looking at my bike and hope to have the energy to ride it soon (I am a cancer-surviving individual). I have gone for a few supplies of supplements and fresh veggies since this nonsense all began, as well as for CBD and other supplements. I am happy that spring is here now and await the time I can go travel again. I think God wanted me to heal up so this quiet time is just right.

“Blessings to all; my mom used to wrap us up in warm blankets and put us in the sun and bring out tea when we had a virus, and we were well by the end of the day. I take osha root tea twice a week now as a preventer. If you do get cold or flu symptoms, take it twice a day for three days only and then stop for a few days, since it is a natural penicillin.”

Claire Thomas


Your essays wanted

Here is your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Write an essay no longer than 500 words on this subject: “How I have adapted to a life in self-isolation.” Tell us what you do with your time, how you keep active physically and/or mentally, how you communicate with friends and family and other ways you occupy your time. Have you taken up a new hobby? Started writing a novel? We can’t pay for these articles right now, but you could earn a place on our staff if you impress us with your creativity. Submit your article here. Please include a photo of yourself or of something that helps illustrate your essay. We’ll post many, if not most of these every day in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter. If you’re not subscribed, sign up here.

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RV Coronavirus News Update, April 1, 2020


Please send your news about the coronavirus pandemic as it applies to RVers to editor@rvtravel or submit it here.

Thank you to all the RV Travel readers who have sent us information, much of which we have included here. We have been working so fast that we have not had time to thank you all. So thank you! (You know who you are.)

Read yesterday’s extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.

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KOA’s system of nearly 500 campgrounds nationwide experienced 44,000 cancellations for the months of March and April. Several of its campgrounds have been forced to close due to state or local ordinances, but for the most part, campgrounds remain open. Learn more. (List updated 9:45 p.m., Mar. 31 – some additions, some deletions.)

Sheriff’s deputies surprised occupants of a northern California RV park last week looking for overnight travelers from other areas of the country. The unannounced inspection took place at Aurora RV Park in the small town of Nice, on the northern end of Clear Lake. “Deputies went door to door, questioning the occupants of each rig to ensure that they had not recently arrived,” said owner Dr. Michael Newdow. The deputies reported that everyone was in compliance with the Public Health Officer’s and the state of California’s shelter-in-place orders.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will temporarily close state park lodging April 1-30. A possible extension period may be implemented if conditions do not improve. Tent and RV camping remain available, but will be evaluated regularly.


Bored? Read a Kindle Book. Today’s special deals.


Chisolm Trail RV in Albuquerque is lending a helping hand to people by teaming up with leaders and community activists to deliver care packages throughout the state. With the help of people who work there, and those who volunteer, they are packaging upwards of 50 care boxes filled with necessities a day. Donations are accepted at the Albuquerque location or the Chisolm Trail RV location in Aztec, New Mexico.

Most of Cracker Barrel’s 664 restaurants are operating off-premise only with no dine-in service. The restaurants are very popular with RVers.

Inyo County, on the east side of the Sierra range, has closed its 15 parks and campgrounds.

Sabine Parish, Louisiana, leaders want out-of-parish visitors who are filling up rental units on Toledo Bend Reservoir to go home, at least for now. The directive includes: vacation rentals such as hotels, motels, cabins and cottages, bed and breakfast establishments, RV and trailer parks, condos or other transient public lodging. Exceptions: Long-term rentals – 30 days or longer and rental stays where guests checked in no later than March 16. There is more fine print, so check if you are headed that way.

Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is closed, its campground included. In Arizona, Navajo National Monument is closed.

The Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming began closing all campgrounds on Friday, March 27, for the health and safety of visitors and staff. SNF officials said campgrounds will be closed until at least April 30, when they will be reevaluated.

TIPSchedule virtual mealtimes with friends. This is particularly helpful if you live alone. Set times to dine with someone on video conference so you can share a conversation in addition to a meal, suggests dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix. SOURCE: CNN

La Posa LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ

ABOVE: Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River District, has issued a statement about the La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash LTVAs south of Quartzsite, Arizona, and Imperial Dam LTVA in California. The areas remain open, but are currently fully occupied. New rules are coming. Learn more.

Anyone coming to Vermont from out of state must quarantine for 14 days. The governor has closed all hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, RV parks and other short-term rentals. State and local police will monitor for compliance.

The Facebook Group Displaced Nomads and Full-Time RVers Relocation Resource is matching up property owners and RVers who need a place to stay. RVtravel.com’s group RV Coronavirus News is also a good resource for finding a place to stay.

Thousand Trails is cancelling reservations through April 30 at these Southern California parks: Wilderness Lakes, Idyllwild and Palm Springs. Riverside County mandates the closures.

Residents of Great Falls, Montana, can live in RVs during the coronavirus crisis to self-isolate or as they care for family members living in a residence. The city suspended a city code that prohibits residing in an RV on private property or public right of way.

WORTH NOTING: The novel coronavirus has prompted social distancing measures around the world. One researcher believes what’s being done isn’t enough. Lydia Bourouiba, an associate professor at MIT, has researched the dynamics of exhalations (coughs and sneezes, for instance) for years and found exhalations cause gaseous clouds that can travel up to 27 feet.

The website Investorplace.com included Camping World as one of “30 stocks on a Death Wish.” Other companies included are Jack In the Box, Groupon, Norwegian Cruise Lines, SeaWorld Entertainment, Carnival Lines, Six Flags Entertainment and many casinos. Main reason for most predictions: impact of coronavirus.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, which occupies parts of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, is closed, campgrounds included.

Gold Beach (Oregon) Councilors ordered the evacuation of all overnight visitors. The ordinance defines visitors as those who are spending time in the city for pleasure, recreation or non-business reasons and are not a resident, property or business owner. Exceptions include essential workers such as doctors and nurses, etc. Long-term RVers, essential workers living in RV parks, and those whose RV is their primary residence are also exempt. Down the coast a ways, the city of Brookings issued a similar order.


Can’t find something at your local store? Amazon may have it.


HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER
The small staff of RVtravel.com is working overtime to bring you the news about how the current pandemic is affecting the lives of RVers. In the meantime, most of our advertisers have stopped their campaigns due to necessity. We are able to continue because of our nearly 5,000 readers who have become voluntary subscribers. Please consider making a pledge today, no matter how modest. UPDATE FROM THE EDITOR: If you are being hit financially by the pandemic, please take care of yourself: don’t worry about us. But if you are doing okay, we could use your help.

New Facebook Group:  How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Get updates throughout the day about park and campground closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Join in the conversation with other RVers about what’s on all our minds right now.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s relevant to the present crisis. Please submit it here. Thank you!





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Campsite “site length” restrictions. What do they really mean?


By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Ah, those wonderful mysteries of RVing. When you’re first starting out, there must be hundreds of them to be resolved. Here’s one: “We are transitioning from tent camping to towing a travel trailer this year. We will be towing a 19.5′ travel trailer with a 19′ pickup truck, the overall length being approximately 38.5′. Does the RV length limit listed for a campground (especially national parks) include the tow vehicle and the travel trailer?”

RV scholars, how do you reply? If you’ve been on the road for long, you know this is a question that, sadly, often has more than one answer. Really, what does “site length” or “length restriction” mean in a campground or RV park listing? There’s no universal definition, but we can give you some ideas.

When “site length” is listed, it often means the number of feet for the RV unit to park in. For our questioner, his “combination” length is almost 39 feet. If the site length listed was 40 feet, surely he’d fit. But there’s more at play here. Many RV sites have a “stopping block” at the end of the parking pad that prevents the rig from backing up any farther. In many cases where we’ve traveled, there’s actually space behind the stop block. If we back our trailer right up to the stop block, we have another ten feet or so that overhangs the block, provided there aren’t trees or other obstructions behind the block.

Here’s a snippet from the campground information page at Yosemite National Park. “Many more sites exist in Yosemite Valley and elsewhere in Yosemite that can take RVs up to 35 feet or trailers up to 24 feet.” What’s the difference here? Same site, two different lengths? The differentiation might be more clearly made by saying “motorhomes up to 35 feet,” while the trailer length itself could be 24 feet, and the balance of the space is allowed for the tow unit. On the other hand, in some cases this problem applies: “Please note that many campsites have different maximum lengths for RVs and trailers. This is because many of the campsites are back-in sites with limited turning radius.”

In some cases you may find you can get a longer trailer into a site than you might think, provided you can unhitch and park your tow vehicle elsewhere in the same site, or in a different vehicle parking location.

Best advice? Call ahead wherever possible and ask just what the limitations really mean. Yosemite warns visitors, “If you reserve a site for equipment other than what you bring, and the site can’t accommodate your RV or trailer, we will not be able to find a different campsite for you.”

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Readers tell us: What part of this newsletter (RV Daily Tips) do you look forward to most?


By Emily Woodbury

Hello, friends! I just want to take a minute to thank you for voting in our reader polls. Over the years, we’ve learned an unbelievable amount about you (and not in the creepy data-collecting way) and it’s helped shape our website. Thank you!

For example… Last week, in Monday, March 23rd’s issue, we were curious to know what part of this newsletter (the RV Daily Tips Newsletter) you are most excited to read every day. We gave you a lot of options, so I’m not surprised by the many spread-out percentages. I won’t go through all of them (that’s what the poll up above is for!), but we can have a good conversation about the results.

So, it seems that most of you enjoy the tip (both the main tip and quick tip) the most, and just about a quarter of you look most forward to our daily featured article. About 18 percent of you look most forward to the reader polls (yay!), and 9 percent of you enjoy our “Leave here with a laugh” segment the most.

So, that being said, alllllllllll the other parts of this newsletter that only got 2-3 percent of votes, like the “Popular articles you may have missed…”, the random RV thought, the website of the day, “And the survey says…”, and trivia… what should we do with those? Now, of course, many of you commented saying that you love the newsletter as a whole and that you read every part of it (we’re thrilled to hear this!), so we’re not looking to take out any parts. (Honestly, we have quite a bit of fun putting this newsletter together.) But do you think there are things we should take out and replace? Is there anything you’d like to see added (either daily, weekly, etc.)?

This is where the “you’ve helped shape our website” part comes into play.

We’re listening! Tell us what you love about this newsletter (again, the RV Daily Tips Newsletter), and what you maybe don’t love as much. Suggestions? Advice? We want to know. Please leave a comment below and tell us. I, Emily, will sort through them, and we’ll hash some ideas out at our next staff meeting.

Thanks, all. Stay healthy.

Oh, and P.S., if you’re not signed up for the RV Daily Tips Newsletter (shameless plug here!), sign up here. You can easily unsubscribe at any time.





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Thor recalls Venetian, Aria motorhomes with brake caliper bolt problem


Loose brake caliper mounting bolts can reduce brake effectiveness, increasing the risk of a crash.

DTNA will notify owners, and DTNA dealers will inspect and repair the vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 19, 2020. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712 or TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

While you may not own one of these RVs, if you know someone who does be sure to tell them.

RVtravel.com posts recall notices like this as they are issued. Read them by clicking here. Or visit here to receive a monthly recap of all recalls for that month including those of common vehicles used for towing or as dinghies behind motorhomes.





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Quartzsite boondocking areas full, new rules in place


The Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River District, has issued this statement about one of the most popular boondocking areas in the Southwest. LTVA’s are Long Term Visitor Areas.

Currently, the La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash LTVAs south of Quartzsite, Arizona, and Imperial Dam LTVA in California, remain open to the public, but are currently at maximum capacity.  Dispersed camping areas near the LTVAs are also full.

You should look for alternative camping locations. Please call our Lake Havasu Field Office (928-505-1200) or Yuma Field Office (928-317-3200) for the latest information on potential camping areas. While the BLM has waived day-use fees to our recreation sites, overnight fees remain in effectfor the LTVAs.

La Posa LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ. File photo.

It is our intention that after April 15 the LTVAs will convert to 14-day camping areas, as they do each year.  However, after April 15, amenities such as toilets, trash removal and wastewater dumping services (both black and gray water) may no longer be provided due to contractor, staff, and supply shortages.

After April 15, you should be prepared to pack out your trash and to find alternative means of dumping wastewater, since dumping of any kind is prohibited on public lands. You should also plan to bring their own toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies.





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Furnace help : GoRVing


My husband is currently away in our camper for work (hes considered an essential employee which is ridiculous but that’s another story.) And the furnace isn’t working apparently. He tells me it clicks and the blower comes on but theres no heat. Theres propane (hot water and stove works). I’m not sure what else I can have him do especially since hes so far from me… any tips or advice?



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Finding a GAS station for a long rig : GoRVing


This question is for those who tow long, large trailers with gassers: How easily do you find gas stations that you can fit in?

I’m looking for a new-to-me truck. Previously, we had a diesel so we would just go to the semi side of truck stops. I’m considering a gasser as my next ride, but don’t know realistically how I’ll physically fuel it. Trailer is a 35′ bumper pull Grand Design 2970RL so my full situation will be 55’+ long. Thanks!



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Grey/black water tank size? : GoRVing


As some of you may know from my past posts, my husband and I upgraded last camping season to a 16 BHS Wolf Pup! We finally have a bathroom and real walls (upgraded from a popup!) which is such an improvement.

This year, we have at least 1 trip booked per month May-September before our baby arrives – except for one, they are all at state parks with electric only hookups. This was going to be fine, as we are used to using campground facilities – however due to Covid19 our governor has closed all of said facilities while the parks remain open. As long as the parks remain open our trips will happen.

My question is this: how long will our tank last for the bathroom with 2 people using toilet/shower? Since we’ve never experienced this before, I have no idea. We can still use a water spigot for getting water for dishes so we won’t need our sink aside from washing hands at least. Should we plan to hitch up after 2 days and go empty the tank, come back and re setup? Or will it last for a 4 day trip? Thanks!



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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1308


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

If you shop on Amazon, please visit through our affiliate site (we get a little commission that way – and you don’t pay any extra). Thank you!



Today’s thought

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Clams On The Half Shell Day!



Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Because so much is happening, and so fast, we are separating our daily coronavirus news updates into its own file.

There is so much interest now on how the virus is impacting our lives as RVers, our staff is devoting more time to keeping you informed of critical matters that affect how you use and travel with your RV.

Read today’s coronavirus news updates for RVers.

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!


RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Mr. President, please open our campgrounds!”

We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is Montgomery’s story.


Tip of the Day

Level your rig like a pro – without messing up your suspension

By Greg Illes
For most RVers leveling seems pretty straightforward. The most difficult thing seems to be getting that pesky bubble centered in the level. This is challenging when using leveling ramps or blocks, but less so when using leveling jacks.

But there are some nuances to leveling and they’re worth understanding. Leveling actually consists of two distinct components, front-to-back and side-to-side. These have very different needs and caveats. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.



The rude couple in the campsite next door…

From Chuck’s Roadside Journal: Sometimes you run into the perfect storm. I am not talking about running into one on the ocean, but in an RV park. It happened to me in Kingman, Arizona. Continue reading.

Yesterday’s featured article: What don’t you know about the Grand Canyon?


Reader poll


Quick Tip

Scraping bottom when exiting a parking lot?

If your RV bumper scrapes when entering or exiting a parking lot or other driveway, try taking the exit with your rig at an angle rather than straight on. Still no help? You may want to add skid wheels to the back of your trailer. Two types: bolt on and weld on. The former sometimes tear off, so the added hassle of finding a welding shop may be worth the trouble.


Hold the door open, will ya?
Reader Cliff Thomson recommended this product and we think it’s a great idea. Here’s what he wrote: “We got tired of the hook breaking on our front door and on the front cargo door on our fifth wheel. So we bought two magnetic door holders from Amazon. Last week the door stayed open in a 35 mph wind. Since the magnet is spring-loaded a push will release it.”


A good place to store earrings while on the road
Gail of RVtravel.com has a tip that will help you store and find your earrings while RVing. Watch the video


Random RV Thought

If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to cut down on calories, be sure there is no candy anywhere in your RV so you won’t be tempted.


The funniest sign for your RV (and a best-seller with RVtravel.com readers!). Click here to laugh.


Website of the day

Forest Service and other government agency volunteer positions
Hundreds of volunteer opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and other government agencies, including campground hosts, wilderness ranger, boat launch hosts, facility maintenance, trailhead naturalist, interpreter and educator, and tons more.


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 11 percent have seen a ghost
• 17 percent receive more than 50 emails a day
• 24 percent say it’s not important that a campsite have a concrete pad

Recent poll: How is the stock of inventory in your local grocery stores? Tell us here.


Trivia

In 1939, American author Ernest Vincent Wright published the 50,000-word novel Gadsby without using the letter “e” in the entire book. Not even once. It’s important to note that the letter “e” is the most commonly used letter in the English language.

How many items does the average U.S. household contain?
A.) 150,000
B.) 300,000
C.) 500,000
Hint: We told you yesterday


RV salt shakers


Leave here with a laugh

Tried calling the tinnitus helpline. No answer … just kept ringing.

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RV Coronavirus News Update, March 31, 2020


Please send your news about the coronavirus pandemic as it applies to RVers to editor@rvtravel or submit it here.

Thank you to all the RV Travel readers who have sent us information, much of which we have included here. We have been working so fast that we have not had time to thank you all. So thank you! (You know who you are.)

Read yesterday’s extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.

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Camco, a manufacturer of many RVing aftermarket products, has suspended its manufacturing and shipping operations in Guildford County, North Carolina, at least through April 16 due to stay at home restrictions.

Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced yesterday (Monday) that it will manufacture and donate medical masks to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. The masks are being made by employees at the company’s Stitchcraft facility in Forest City, Iowa, which produces soft goods for Winnebago motorhomes. Read more.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday said Vermont “strongly discourages” incoming travel from coronavirus hotspots in the Northeast, directing “non-essential” travelers from outside the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The new order suspends the operations of lodging facilities including campgrounds and RV parks. Guests already lodged are allowed to remain there through the end of their scheduled stay.

All developed recreation sites including campgrounds in the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests in eastern Oregon are temporarily closed.

Elkhart RV manufacturer Phoenix USA has suspended production and service appointments. The company makes the Phoenix Cruiser motorhomes.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced yesterday an order restricting travel to other states. The governor said all residents who leave and return to the state should quarantine for 14 days.

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., has temporarily suspended production at select manufacturing facilities.

Maine’s Acadia National Park is closed.

Nice weather last weekend has made many West Virginians pause their social distancing to get outside and enjoy nature. Some may have enjoyed it a little too much, leading to the closure of Cathedral Falls in the town of Gauley Bridge. Mayor Bob Scott made the decision to close the park after police had to disperse large crowds more than five times on Saturday for failing to practice social distancing.

Closed campgrounds in Grand Canyon National Park: Mather, Desert View and Trailer Village. The RV and Camper Services building including the laundry, showers and food service is closed.

A notice on the Silver City, New Mexico, KOA website states that from March 24 through April 10 it’s closing the park to all but “essential RV guests only.” That includes those staying a month or longer, full-timers who need a place to shelter, and overnighters headed to another location. Healthcare workers, first responders and mine workers are also welcome.

The Florida Keys remain closed to visitors until further notice. Two traffic checkpoints at the top of the Keys are being manned around the clock to restrict non-residents’ road access to the island chain. The southbound traffic stops are located at mile marker 112.5 on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway (U.S. 1), and on State Road 905 between Ocean Reef and the access point to U.S. 1 in Key Largo.

Normally, you can’t pump your own gas in Oregon. But it’s okay for now. The state’s gas station workforce is down as much as half by illness, childcare issues and safety concerns.

McDonald’s has phased out its all-day breakfast so its operators can focus on their increasingly busy evening business.

ABOVE: RVs that will be used as temporary housing for infected patients are ready for use at a beach in El Segundo in Los Angeles County.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order yesterday that will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded. “Do not go out, unless you need to go out,” he said, stressing that this is different than “wanting” to go out. Private campgrounds and beaches are closed to all activity except exercise.

Blue Ox/Automatic announced that it is temporarily suspending some production functions at facilities in Pender and Lincoln, Neb. The company will remain open to fill incoming orders, assist with customer care, sales support, distribution, and other essential activity.

The U.S. Forest Service has shut down many recreation areas in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, including campgrounds, picnic areas and shooting ranges.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order yesterday to slow the spread of new coronavirus, barring Arizonans from leaving their residences except for food, medicine, outdoor exercise and other “essential activities.” The governor stressed that “grocery stores and pharmacies are not closing.” No mention is made of closing privately owned RV parks.

Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California is temporarily closed. In Southern California, all campgrounds in the Mojave National Preserve are also closed.

Many bait shops across the country have been forced to close – good for the fish, perhaps, but not for anglers.

Wyoming State Park overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites and shelters, shower houses, some non-essential restrooms and playgrounds are closed until further notice.


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Opening dates for campgrounds in Idaho’s Payette National Forest campgrounds will be delayed. Closed at least through May 15, 2020: Mann Creek, Spring Creek, Brownlee, Big Flat, Cabin Creek, Lafferty, Cold Springs, Last Chance, Huckleberry, Poverty Flat, 4-Mile, Camp Creek, Buckhorn, Ponderosa, Secesh Horse Camp, Old East Fork, and Big Creek Campgrounds.

Cook County, Illinois, has closed all its campgrounds through May 11.

TIP: Before you head out to stock up at your local grocery store, see if you can order online and then pick up the goods later. It’s safer that way.

With so many people working from home (or their RVs) and teleconferencing, Walmart reports that in the USA there’s still a demand for work shirts, but not much for clothing below the waist. The reason: video conferencing. Whatever pants someone is wearing never shows.

ABOVE: Already, coronavirus has its own magazine. We found this in Lake Havasu, City, Arizona. Be careful if you find a copy on the newsstand: Whose hands were flipping through it before yours?

Two of the biggest tourist attractions in the Las Vegas area remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic — the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Scenic Drive and Hoover Dam.

Most KOA campgrounds are open, but some are closed. Here’s an update of what’s closed. Because of the current crisis, KOA has suspended its $10 cancellation fee through the end of April.

CREEPY PEOPLE DEPT: A 15-year-old Australian boy allegedly coughed on a ranger and then tried to spit on him. The ranger was asking his family to move from an illegal campsite. The teenager is headed to children’s court.

What stupid looks like. Heffner.

…and then there’s the 26-year-old North Carolina man who is behind bars after being arrested for being incredibly stupid. Eugene Heffner was at a Walmart near his home in Belmont when he “purposely coughed at a customer” and claimed to be infected with COVID-19.


Can’t find something at your local store? Amazon may have it.


HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.


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The small staff of RVtravel.com is working overtime to bring you the news about how the current pandemic is affecting the lives of RVers. In the meantime, most of our advertisers have stopped their campaigns due to necessity. We are able to continue because of our nearly 5,000 readers who have become voluntary subscribers. Please consider making a pledge today, no matter how modest. UPDATE FROM THE EDITOR: If you are being hit financially by the pandemic, please take care of yourself: don’t worry about us. But if you are doing okay, we could use your help.

New Facebook Group:  How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Get updates throughout the day about park and campground closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Join in the conversation with other RVers about what’s on all our minds right now.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s relevant to the present crisis. Please submit it here. Thank you!





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RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Mr. President, please open our campgrounds!”


EDITOR’S NOTE: We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is one story:

“Luckily, we made it home before all the madness. I heard about this on FNC in December, and whenever I was on the PC, I checked all over for any updates. We left Yuma, AZ, on January 2nd and left Tucson mid-January. We headed to TX, first near San Antonio area for two weeks, then (at that time WX) I felt the need to be home, but we had reservations in Conroe, TX, so went there.

“And then the news got, not worse exactly, but more alarming. We cut our visit short (WX again, flooding all across LA, MS, AL) and we did not want to get stuck because of either the virus or weather. Made it home mid-February. Again, the news just made it worse long before alerts or orders like ‘stay in place.’

“We made sure we had six months’ worth of essentials, which we normally do anyway, and we got more cash, in case banks closed, went to credit card use only, as I can clean it easily (who knows about money). Needless to say, our United States and the world one month later does not look anything like they did one month ago.

“I have written to the President asking him to make sure campgrounds are open since they meet the ‘distancing requirements,’ [and] they can close bathrooms since you’ve got one in your rig.

“Above all, think personal safety and all-around safety; fires, traffic, other vehicles is most important. If possible, help a trucker – they are on the front lines now along with all the medical folks.

“Wow, what 3 months does to the world!”

Montgomery Bonner


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Here is your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Write an essay no longer than 500 words on this subject: “How I have adapted to a life in self-isolation.” Tell us what you do with your time, how you keep active physically and/or mentally, how you communicate with friends and family and other ways you occupy your time. Have you taken up a new hobby? Started writing a novel? We can’t pay for these articles right now, but you could earn a place on our staff if you impress us with your creativity. Submit your article here. Please include a photo of yourself or of something that helps illustrate your essay. We’ll post many, if not most of these every day in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter. If you’re not subscribed, sign up here.

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Level your rig like a pro – without messing up your suspension


By Greg Illes
For most RVers leveling seems pretty straightforward. The most difficult thing seems to be getting that pesky bubble centered in the level. This is challenging when using leveling ramps or blocks, but less so when using leveling jacks.

But there are some nuances to leveling and they’re worth the understanding. Leveling actually consists of two distinct components, front-to-back and side-to-side. These have very different needs and caveats.

Front-to-back
When you level your rig from front-to-back, the biggest concern when using jacks is raising the wheels off the ground. If you are on a significant slope, getting the rig level can require that one end rise high enough to put air under tires. This is not inherently a bad thing, but it can be horribly dangerous if you reduce or eliminate rear-wheel traction. Whether you are in “Park” and/or have your parking brake set, the only way it is effective is through the rear wheels.

My preference is to select a parking site where I have to raise the front wheels for leveling. This lets the rears stay solidly on the ground. If this isn’t possible, there are two choices: (1) chock the front wheels (risky); (2) raise the rear wheels on ramps instead of jacks. For these reasons, even though I do have leveling jacks on my RV, I like to carry ramps as well.

Side-to-side
When you level side-to-side, you must again use either jacks or ramps. But here the situation changes somewhat. Yes, you still have the same worries about the parking-brake wheels leaving the ground (don’t). But there is also a more subtle concern. When the rig tilts left or right, the suspension sway bars (front and rear) begin to be stressed while trying to level the axles with respect to the chassis.

What this means is that if you park on a significantly side-sloped site, by leveling the rig with jacks you strongly stress the sway bar bushings for many long hours instead of the brief loads they were designed for. Consequently, it’s better to level large side-to-side discrepancies by using ramps instead of jacks. The ramps will keep your axles parallel to the chassis and eliminate sway bar stress. This is another reason that I carry ramps in my jacks-equipped rig.

How good is good?
Initially, I thought that bubble had to be centered. After all (I’m an engineer), why call it level if it’s not? Well, after a while I came to realize that it’s the feel and comfort that really count. If I didn’t feel “tilted,” then the rig was level enough. Turns out, this equates to about a half-bubble on my indicator. If that elusive little critter is within a half-diameter of center, I usually feel pretty level.

Paying attention to these subtleties will pay dividends in safety — for you and your rig.

Editor’s note: Keep in mind the happiness of your RV refrigerator. If you have an older fridge, keeping the rig within a third of a bubble (as measured inside the freezer box) is the “accepted” safe range for keeping your refrigerator away from a potentially damaging condition.

Greg Illes is a retired systems engineer who loves thinking up RV upgrades and modifications. When he’s not working on his motorhome, he’s traveling in it. You can follow his blog at www.divver-city.com/blog.

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Husband is a grad student, trying to get home with 2 kids + dog Boston -> Houston. Seems safer/simpler to rent an RV than fly. Good idea? Bad idea? : GoRVing


My husband is a grad student in Boston for a program supposed to end this summer. The entire school has gone remote so we don’t actually need to be here. 2 kids under 4 and a 65 lb. dog. Airlines have stopped cargo checking pets so dog would have to ship ground. To ship the dog with a pet courier is ~$3k, plus airfare for us, and with that comes all the COVID19 risks of flying. So we called Cruise America. A one-way RV rental for all of us, dog included, is ~$2k. Seems a no brainer.

We are total RV virgins. I have no idea what to expect. Our plan is to just high tail it home as fast as possible, certainly not make a vacation out of it. Our kids are 1 and 3. What do I need to know? What am I not considering? Am I totally bananas for considering this or is this a creative solution to a complex problem? Has anyone done any cross country trips in the last few days or weeks? What’s it like out there? Campgrounds still taking road trip style reservations? I am open to all advice, questions, wisdom anyone can offer. Thank you in advance!



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1973 Shasta For Sale


This trailer is incredible—a 1973 Shasta.   It is in excellent condition and has been stored indoors most of its life.  I felt like I was stepping into a time capsule when we first looked at it.

The interior has totally been re-modeled.  The cabinets are a beautiful green-blue color with gold hardware. The walls, ceiling and upper cabinets are a soft white color    The kitchen has a new “tiled” back splash and new curtains.  The counter-top is original and in great condition.  The cushions have all been professionally re-upholstered.  The floor is actually ORIGINAL and in great condition.  There is some very minimal wear, but it is absolutely incredible.  Cute new curtains and lots of storage.  It has 3 beds! A couch pulls out to make a bed for two adults.  The dinette can sleep 1-2 depending on size.  The bunk bed would sleep a small adult or a couple of children.  Very roomy for the size. Fun new pillows, artwork, plants and vintage touches everywhere. All decor is included with purchase of the trailer.  

The trailer has a bathroom with a hand-painted mural of Rocky Mountain National Park.  Toilet and shower work great.

The exterior has been re-sealed. No leaks and very great condition. The exterior has a couple of small dents, but it looks really pretty good. New propane tanks and regulator.  Exterior lights work great.  I am waiting for an order for the light covers.  Fun new decals.  There is an awning and a storage box that are nice up-grades. Tires are a year old and bearings are good.

Weight is 2200 lbs. 16 ft x 8 ft. Tows and handled really well. 

This truly is a one-of-a-kind trailer.  You will love it and can begin making memories in it this spring.  Great for Airbnb rental, home office, or family camper.

$10,500

Call, text, or e-mail with any questions.  Thanks, and Happy Spring!  Marilyn

happyvintagecamper11@gmail.com

(385)245-5407

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50A plug damaged due to a short



My wife was connecting our RV to shore power. We had a 50A to 30A converter on, and she said there was a spark when she plugged it in.

The 50A connector is toast so we got a new one. I will replace it today.

Meanwhile, what’s the possible damage to our RV? Any fuse or breaker/switch that I need to look into? We don’t have a surge protector.

Thanks.

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Winnebago making medical masks for Iowa hospital


(March 30, 2020) — Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced today that it will make medical masks for MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center. The masks are being manufactured by employees at the company’s Stitchcraft facility in Forest City, Iowa, which produces soft goods for Winnebago motorhomes.

The facility typically creates items such as seats, sofas, cushions, pillows, draperies, shades, valances, mattresses, bedspreads, and a host of other sewn parts. “As the health crisis has evolved, we have focused our efforts on determining how we can best use our company’s resources to provide support in overall relief efforts and specifically efforts that positively impact our local communities,” said Chris West, Vice President of Operations at Winnebago Industries.

The first shipment of masks will be delivered today with additional deliveries to continue to fill the first production run of approximately 6,000 masks.

The masks are being donated to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center and will be used by clinical staff when treating patients.





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AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile Policies COVID-19?


The top four wireless carriers in the U.S. are stepping up to ease the pain caused by COVID-19. Not the physical symptoms of course, but the additional strain put on wireless data plans by so many people spending time at home, both the sticks and bricks crowd, or those in their RV. Many RVers rely exclusively on mobile internet or hotspot connectivity for their internet access and streaming video. Carriers have addressed this need specifically. 

Whether you are using your wireless services to play games, watch the news, work remotely, or connect with other quarantined family members, it’s a good bet you are maxing out your normally allotted data allowance. All four major carriers; AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are offering special considerations during these difficult times. 

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Wireless carriers are doing their part to help RVers affected by COVID-19. Photo courtesy of DPP Law via Flickr Creative Commons

AT&T

For wireless users that find themselves overrunning their data, AT&T will keep your service connected, waive any late payment fees, and waive data, voice and text overage charges for any wireless customer experiencing hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Those using AT&T’s home internet services, as well as fixed wireless internet will have the use of unlimited internet data. As in their wireless service, AT&T will waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information on AT&T’s COVID-19 response, please visit AT&T.

Verizon

For wireless customers, Verizon is automatically adding 15 GB of data across nearly all of their plans, to be used between 03/25/2020 and 04/30/2020. Wireless customers should note that you will not see the additional allowance in your My Verizon account online, in the Verizon App, or on your bill. To be eligible, you must be on a qualifying postpaid (unlimited or shared), Jetpack or prepaid plan.

Those struggling to make their Verizon payment are getting some relief as well. If you are experiencing hardship because of COVID-19 and cannot pay your bill in full, Verizon will not charge you a late fee or terminate your service during this difficult period. This policy is currently in effect through May 13, 2020. To qualify, you must let them know that you are experiencing hardship by signing in to your account and completing their form.

For updates to the Verizon information, please visit their COVID-19 FAQ page.

T-Mobile

All T-Mobile customers with data plans as of March 13, 2020 were given unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). T-Mobile customers on plans with smartphone mobile hotspot can add 20GB of smartphone mobile hotspot (10GB per bill cycle for the next 60 days) via myT-Mobile.com or the myT-Mobile app by adding the COVID-19 Response High Speed Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature for each voice line. (T-Mobile Connect excluded).

T-Mobile understands that paying your T-Mobile bill could be difficult right now. If you are past due, you can set up a payment arrangement with T-Mobile online.

T-Mobile is also helping you stay connected to family and friends abroad, by offering free international calling for all T‑Mobile and Metro by T‑Mobile customers to landline (and in many cases mobile) numbers in many countries.

For more on T-Mobile’s COVID-19 response, visit their update page

Sprint

Sprint is stepping up too, providing unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans and giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices. Sprint will also provide 20 GB Mobile Hotspot per month per line to any customer that has a capable handset and does not have Mobile Hotspot today for 60 days (or a minimum of 2 bill cycles).

Sprint is also waiving per-minute toll charges for international long-distance calls from the U.S. to CDC- defined Level 3 countries.

For more information visit Sprint’s COVID-19 response page.

See also: What The RV Industry Is Doing To Help In The Coronavirus Crisis





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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1307


Monday, March 30, 2020
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” — Henry David Thoreau

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Virtual Vacation Day! (How fitting!)


Did you see the news? Click here to read the latest issue of the Sunday News for RVers.



Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Because so much is happening, and so fast, we are separating our daily coronavirus news updates into its own file.

There is so much interest now on how the virus is impacting our lives as RVers, our staff is devoting more time to keeping you informed of critical matters that affect how you use and travel with your RV.

Read today’s coronavirus news updates for RVers.

New Facebook Group: How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Learn about park closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Your input requested.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s being affected by the virus. Please submit it here. Thank you!


RV Life in a Coronavirus World: ‘Our plans gone in an instant’

We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is one story.


Tip of the Day

RV Doctor: Repairing dripping bathroom faucets

(We are rerunning this popular article by Gary Bunzer, the ever-popular RV Doctor.)

Dear Gary:
How do you repair the bathroom faucets? I have a two-handle faucet in the bathroom that looks to be all metal and they constantly drip. How and what do I replace? —Mike R.

Dear Mike:
The most common cause of dripping faucets is debris or mineral deposits becoming stuck in the assembly, so let’s not be too quick to condemn an innocent faucet! All faucets are presumed innocent until proven faulty in a court of law! Or at least until proven faulty. Continue reading.

Do you have a tip? Submit it here.



What don’t you know about the Grand Canyon

For more than a century, tourists from all over the world have visited the Grand Canyon to experience its awe-inspiring vistas. On February 26, 1919, the Grand Canyon became a national park. As we celebrate more than 100 years of protecting this special place, check out 13 great facts about this Arizona icon. Learn more.


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Readers tell us

Do you take the coronavirus threat seriously, or believe its dangers have been way overblown? Find out what you and fellow RVers said here.


New book a must-have for state park campers!
This newly published book, “50 States: 500 State Parks,” is a must-have for all state park campers and explorers. The book is a beautiful visual journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history, or an enjoyable hike, the state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.


Helpful resources

NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION.
ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NATION.
WEATHER ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
CURRENT WILDFIRE REPORT.
LATEST RV RECALLS.


Quick Tip

Wash out your water heater!

A lot of people overlook washing out your water heaters a minimum of once a year. It’s simple. Your Suburban water heaters usually have an anode rod. It takes a 1 1/16 socket to remove it. Your Atwood water heater only needs a plug, no anode rod.

Also, after you clean your water heater do not (do not!) turn it on right away. Make sure water is back in your heaters before you turn it on or you will burn up the motherboard. Give it about a half-hour before turning it on. If your faucets are not running well after cleaning, remove the screens on each faucet and clean them.
— Thanks to Steve Korsvall for the tip from the RVtravel.com RV Advice Facebook page

*Note: This water heater tank rinser from Camco is an RVtravel.com staff favorite. It cleans and removes sediment that collects at the bottom of your water heater, which ultimately extends the life of your heater.


Random RV Thought

If you smell your toilet when driving your motorhome down the road, it’s because the odor is being drawn into the RV and not outside via the roof vent. The solution is to get an inexpensive 360 Siphon Roof Vent. It works for all RVs even when the RV is not moving, like in a campground. Keep the stink away.


Inflatable foot rest is comfortable for couch and passenger seat
Now that’s cool! Miss your favorite recliner no more! This inflatable foot rest is perfect for lounging on the couch, in the chair by the campfire, or in the passenger seat for long drives. Take it on a plane ride, or take it to the grandkids’ sports games (we know those can get long). It weighs less than 1 lb. and folds down small for travel. Learn more about this comfy foot rest here.


Website of the day

Delicious canned tuna recipes
This might not be the most exciting website we’ve ever listed here, but we’re thinking there’s a good chance you’ve got some canned tuna in your pantry right now. Are we right? Here are 31 delicious recipes for that tuna, so get to cookin’!


How to easily see elevation gain along your route

The Geeks on Tour learned the hard way, years ago, about elevation gain and burned brakes. But now it’s super simple on Google Maps to learn about the elevation changes on a selected route. Learn how here so you don’t make the same mistake.


Popular articles you may have missed at RVtravel.com

• Don’t make these mistakes at National Parks.
• How to minimize “thermal checking” damage to your RV’s fiberglass.
• RV Shrink: Expect the unexpected when traveling.
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Trivia

The average U.S. household has 300,000 items in it. Wow! (Not us RVers, right?)


Use handy silicone lids for cooking & storage
Use on the stove or to seal containers instead of using plastic wrap or foil. They’re BPA, Phthalate and PVC free and heat resistant to 440 degrees. Press down gently in the center of lid for an airtight seal. Use to replace missing or broken lids. Use on leftovers and to keep salads and fruits fresh! Learn more or order.


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RV Coronavirus News Update, March 30, 2020


Please send your news about the coronavirus pandemic as it applies to RVers to editor@rvtravel or submit it here.

Thank you to all the RV Travel readers who have sent us information, much of which we have included here. We have been working so fast that we have not had time to thank you all. So thank you! (You know who you are.)

Read yesterday’s extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.

Motorists entering Florida are being directed to weigh stations by law enforcement officers who will allow them to either return to the interstate or to pull aside for further screening. The travelers will need to complete a form with each traveler’s contact information and trip details. Failure to complete the form and failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order from DOH are a violation of Florida law.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado will delay the opening of the Piñon Flats Campground from April 1 to May 1 (or later).

California State Parks announced yesterday that it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The announcement came one day after many state parks experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social distancing practices.

In Rhode Island, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed an order that will demand all travelers coming into the state to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Hovenweep Campground in Hovenweep National Monument in Utah and Colorado will be closed through April or until guidance changes.

ABOVE: The manufacturers of this three-wheeled electric camper, the Tuk Tuk, are promoting it as ideal for social distancing. “What if your home had three wheels and an electric motor to move itself and you around so that you can apply the social distancing norms that are now in place?” the company asks on its website. … Okay, but we’re thinking this might be a little cramped to spend months on end. And, oh yeah, top speed is 25 mph. We’ll pass…

All campgrounds are closed in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park.

In the town of Emerald Isle, Florida, nobody can rent a hotel or motel room, rental housing unit, condominium, RV campsite, primitive campsite or any other accommodation through Wednesday, April 29.

Designated campgrounds in Arkansas’ Buffalo National River Park closed today to overnight stays, temporarily transitioning to day use only, with hours of 6 a.m.–8 p.m.

Currently, BLM-managed lands in Arizona are open, including campgrounds, day-use areas and trails. Existing rules and regulations apply. Entrance and day-use fees have been waived. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals and use of special areas will remain in effect. BLM lands remain available for dispersed camping and other outdoor recreation activities, unless otherwise prohibited.

FREE FISHING: The Missouri Department of Conservation is waiving permit requirements for residents and non-residents through April 15 for sport fishing and daily trout tags for anglers whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended. So go ahead and drop in your line. Good luck!

All of Montana’s Lolo National Forest campgrounds, rental cabins and lookouts will be temporarily closed at least through April 30. All outhouses and public restrooms located in the forest area will also be closed.


HOUSEHOLD & HAND SANITIZERS. If you’re concerned about keeping germs away, there are plenty of products here to do the job.


The BLM Vale District, Idaho, has temporarily closed its campgrounds and recreation sites until further notice. They include all developed Vale BLM campgrounds in Malheur County and on the Baker Resource Area.

Costco has expanded its hours for members ages 60 and older and for those with physical impairments to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Many or most developed campgrounds and certain other recreation sites on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests will be closed until further notice for the health and safety of visitors and staff. A full list of restricted areas is available here.

TOILET PAPER THIEVES: Campgrounds and restrooms in the Amistad National Recreation Area near Del Rio, Texas, known for its lake that spans the U.S.–Mexico border, had partly reopened last week. But it has closed again, including its campgrounds, in part because of people cutting padlocks off toilet paper dispensers in restrooms to steal the toilet paper, which caused extensive damage.

Iowa’s state parks have closed restrooms through April 15 and will limit camping to enclosed campers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visitors must bring their own hand sanitizers because no soap will be provided.

Effective immediately, all Redwood National and State Parks parking areas are closed to vehicles. The parks are along or near U.S. 101 in Northern California.

Barricades are up and signs notify visitors to Alberta’s provincial parks that they are closed. Only foot traffic can enter.

Most KOA campgrounds are open, but some are closed. Here’s an update of what’s closed. Because of the unusual situation, KOA has suspended its $10 cancellation fee through the end of April.

ABOVE: With some luck you might win some toilet paper in this restroom. Thanks to John Ingebretson for providing a laugh!


Can’t find something at your local store? Amazon may have it.


HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.


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RV Life in a Coronavirus World: “Our plans gone in an instant”


EDITOR’S NOTE: We have asked RVtravel.com readers to tell us how they are adapting to life these days. Here is one story:

Three-year plan….postponed! We have planned our retirement trip for three years, and in an instant, it’s all postponed indefinitely and our brand-new motorhome sits in storage! Thankfully we purchased a park model in Mesa, Arizona, just two months ago. We weren’t sure why God led us to buy it at the time, but we understand now!

We’re currently in this RV resort that was beaming with activities just two weeks ago, but is now a ghost town.

We’ve been riding our Lectric eBikes every couple of days for exercise and to get outdoors. On the other days, I cook meals and take them to a neighbor who we heard about – he’s on hospice care at home and has no family here to care for him. Every other day we bring two meals to him, along with fruit and vegetables. This has given us a purpose and it’s our pleasure to help another human being in need. Someone who knows him told us our meals are the only home-cooked meals he’s had in a very long time – he normally lives on frozen ready-made meals or canned food.

God bless you, our country, the world.

— Cynthia Perrin


Your essays wanted

Here is your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Write an essay no longer than 500 words on this subject: “How I have adapted to a life in self-isolation.” Tell us what you do with your time, how you keep active physically and/or mentally, how you communicate with friends and family and other ways you occupy your time. Have you taken up a new hobby? Started writing a novel? We can’t pay for these articles right now, but you could earn a place on our staff if you impress us with your creativity. Submit your article here. Please include a photo of yourself or of something that helps illustrate your essay. We’ll post many, if not most of these every day in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter. If you’re not subscribed, sign up here.

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RV Doctor: Repairing dripping bathroom faucets


Dear Gary:
How do you repair the bathroom faucets? I have a two-handle faucet in the bathroom that looks to be all metal and they constantly drip. How and what do I replace? —Mike R.

Dear Mike:
The most common cause of dripping faucets is debris or mineral deposits becoming stuck in the assembly, so let’s not be too quick to condemn an innocent faucet! All faucets are presumed innocent until proven faulty in a court of law! Or at least until proven faulty.

In some cases, however, older faucets can suffer from worn rubber washers or a fouled cartridge. I’m assuming you’ve already tried to flush any contaminants by fully opening each faucet and letting it run for a few moments. This is best effectuated when connected to a city water source (temporarily remove the pressure regulator if so equipped). If your faucets are indeed metal, chances are they contain seat washers.

If a thorough flushing did not remove the debris and the faucets still drip, it will be necessary to disassemble the faucets and check the seat washers.

First, turn off all water sources and relieve the pressure at the lavatory faucets. Remove the Hot and Cold handles. There is usually a single screw located below each button on top of each handle. Once the handles are off, carefully remove the bonnet lock and washer. Some will just lift off and others may pop off by gently using a flat blade screwdriver. Remove each stem and bonnet assembly using an adjustable wrench or a deep-well socket. I believe you’ll find them to require a 3/4-inch socket. They are removed by turning counter-clockwise.

Now’s the time to carefully inspect each assembly as well as inside the body of the faucet for loose debris and/or mineral buildup. Brush or scrape away any residue you find. Rinse all the parts in clean water. Carefully inspect the bottom seat washer and replace it if it’s dried out, cracked, pinched or distorted in any way. A single screw holds this washer in place. For a quick test (or even a temporary fix), flip that washer over and reassemble the assembly, turn the water back on and check for drips. If the dripping goes away, you’ll know it’s the washer that needs replacing. If the faucet continues to drip periodically, you’ll have to dig further and inspect the seats inside the body of the faucet.

Some faucets have removable seats while others do not. If you see a hexagonal opening in the seats, those can be removed and replaced. Check the top surface of each seat to be sure there are no nicks or cuts. Replace the seats if you feel any sense of scratchiness or roughness. Plastic seats are more prone to damage than brass seats, so check carefully if yours are plastic.

If the faucets, however, contain washerless cartridges, they will also contain an O-ring instead of a flat seat washer. It will also have a filtering device in the body of the shank. Be sure to check the filter screen for debris before reassembling. Faucet seats, washers and O-rings are readily available at any hardware store. Take care whenever threading the seats and the stem/bonnet assemblies into the body of the faucet during reassembly. It’s quite easy to cross-thread them! Instead of a 50-cent repair, you’ll be looking at a complete faucet replacement! After reassembly, turn the water pressure back on and check your work. Faucet repair is not as daunting as some might suspect.

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

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Readers tell us: Do you take the coronavirus threat seriously or believe it’s way overblown?


By Emily Woodbury

Maybe, if you’re still in some remote parts of the country, your life hasn’t been that affected by the coronavirus…at least not yet. But up here where I am in Seattle, things are different. And at my old home, New York City, where many of my closest friends are, things are much different. Life is not the same. If you’re still living your life unaffected by this thing, don’t take that for granted.

A couple of Sundays ago we asked you if you take the coronavirus threat seriously, or believe its dangers have been way overblown. The results were mixed, which I suppose both surprised me and didn’t at the same time. A significant portion of you, 38 percent, take the coronavirus threat very seriously, and another 38 percent said that you feel like it’s a big concern, but not as big as it’s being portrayed. A smaller 15 percent of you think it’s no more serious than the flu, and another small 8 percent of you aren’t taking it seriously at all, you’re livin’ life as usual.

A quick scan of the nearly 100 comments we received on this poll tells me this: Many of you are not nice to one another. Now is not the time to not be nice. I’m going to filter through a lot of these comments before I post a few below…

Actually, never mind. I’m going to skip the part where I usually post some of your comments. There isn’t much I could post without people from different backgrounds jumping on top of each other. Discussion is great, blame isn’t. I am not trying to mute your voice (your voice is important), but I don’t feel the need to start up another conversation about this. If you want to read the comments, or join in on the discussion yourself, click here and scroll down.

Please be respectful. Please be healthy.





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Parking her at the shore this summer so we’re wanting to make some upgrades including instant hot water, any brand recommendations?


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Private Sell Payment methods : GoRVing


Does anyone have any experience with selling/buying an RV? Specifically, how did you accept payment? This is kind of what i’ve scrounged up online

Cash – not super convenient or desirable to be walking around with thousands in cash. Fake spotting pens apparently aren’t always reliable either.

cashier check / money order – can be faked

paypal / venmo – people can rescind payment, i’ve heard of issues with paypal basically denying payout with little explanation.

A lot of people suggest meeting them at the bank / store and going with them to draw the cash / money orders etc..Has this worked for anyone here?

(Also, if anyone is interested in a 17 ft travel trailer in OH, hit me up lol)



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Hi folks! I am a casual prepper and I have an RV for my bug out vehicle. Can anyone recommend any prepper podcasters whose podcasts are based around RV prepping? Or mobile bug outs in general? Thanks in advance!



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Recommendation for Lightweight RV



I am new to RVing and I am looking for a starter RV than is less than 20′, with high build quality without paying the price of an Airstream. Could you please recommend a brand and model? I am considering purchasing this used.

This would mostly be stationary on a lot we purchased in the Adirondacks, it will serve as a temp home while we build on the property. We may take it out for occasional camping trips.

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RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 29


Issue 29 • March 29, 2019

Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com. Support comes from our sponsors, advertisers and the contributions of readers, who believe that an educated RVer is a safe, happy RVer.

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Read back issues of this newsletter and many other articles by Mike Sokol on RVtravel.com. Warning: There is a lot to learn here.


By Mike Sokol

These are the times that try men’s and women’s souls.

Indeed they are. But I’m not going to focus on all of the horrible things that are happening across the globe right now, bad as they are. Instead I’m going to fill you in on some of the small things I’m doing to help locally, as well as nationally and even internationally.

You see, while I can’t teach you face-to-face in seminars right now, and my university classrooms have been closed down until August, I can still reach each of you (and many thousands more) through electronic communication, specifically written articles and videos, but most importantly, through live Webinars. Read below for my new RVelectricity Live Streams that are beginning as a 20-minute Webinar this Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern time, with the 2nd and 3rd modules live streaming at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. the same day. This is completely free on YouTube, and you can watch anytime you want.

I’ll be doing this every week. The first Webinar will be my basic RV Electricity seminar broken down into three 20-minute segments. After that, I’ll begin tackling a different topic each week until I run out of things to teach about electricity (which is never). So read below how you can subscribe to my YouTube channel and keep up to date with my latest videos and webinars.

Also, I’ll show you a few ways to stay safe in a time when safety is on all of our minds. These are just simple ideas, really. But they can help keep you safe in these complicated times. Let’s all hope and pray this is over soon, but I’m planning for the long haul – like I always do.

Let’s play safe out there… 

 

P.S. If you missed my Guest Essay in yesterday’s RV Travel newsletter, “During this crisis, ask what you can do for your neighbor,” you can read it here.

P.P.S. And just a quick note that this newsletter is made possible by the voluntary pledges of the readers of RVtravel.com. We could not bring this to you without their support. If you deem what we provide to you here and at RVtravel.com to be of special value and would like to be a part of our effort, please consider pledging a voluntary subscription. More information is here. We will include you in special emails, articles and videos exclusively for our supporters.


If you haven’t yet, be sure to join my Facebook group, RV Electricity.
(More than 6,800 members and counting.)

And sign up for my new YouTube channel, where I’ll be live streaming free RVelectricity™ webinars every week.



Virtual Rallies (in a time of social distancing)

Owners Groups could be live streaming their own Virtual Rallies right now. Could this be the future of RV Rallies and Trade Shows?

While many of us are out of work or lost much of our income (I’m down by at least 50% from last month since I can’t go out on sites), think about what’s happened to our beloved RV Rallies and Trade Shows. I’m supposed to be in Tucson for the FMCA rally this weekend, which was cancelled (of course). And while I’m stepping up and offering my seminar content as free Webinar streams this week, what about the rallies themselves? How are they going to cope with the lack of member interaction and educational seminars?

I have a suggestion and maybe can help. Let’s start by doing some Virtual Rallies. That’s right, instead of everyone meeting at a campground to interact and listen to presenters speak about some aspect of RVing, everyone just needs to log into a free Zoom account and connect to their Virtual Rally Group. Read more.

Email me at mike (at) noshockzone.org with your questions.


Watch Mike’s new RVelectricityTM Webcasts starting this Thursday, April 2, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

All you have to do is subscribe to my channel at YouTube.com/RVelectricity. While the big launch is on Thursday, I’ll be doing a soft opening starting this weekend just to test out all my gear. And yes, you can expect to see the same sort of hands-on electrical demonstrations I’ve done in front of you at rallies and shows. But in this case, it’s from my “penthouse” studio in lovely Funkstown, Maryland.

I’ve just started promoting this channel last week and it’s already up to 600+ subscribers, but I need at least 1,000 of you to subscribe so that YouTube will turn on my Analytics and give me a real name on this channel, and not a random number. But I promise this will be painless and quick, so subscribe and send an invite to all of your friends. While I can’t promise to make you a better cook or teach you yoga, like on other social groups and channels, I can promise to exercise your brain and make you much smarter (and safer) about RV electricity than you ever imagined. Subscribe HERE.


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Be like Mike! Use this 3-light and digital voltage tester!
Mike Sokol says: “I found this nifty tester online and have been using it in a variety of voltage checking situations. It performs all of the 3-light tests for outlet polarity, open ground, open neutral, etc., as well as being a 3-digit digital voltage indicator. In addition, it performs a standard 5 mA GFCI safety test – which you should be performing on all of your GFCI outlets once a month (or at least once a camping season).” Read more about it here.


SnapPad, SmartPlug, Southwire, CarGenerator and Xantrex are now sponsors of my RVelectricity™ publications and Webinars.

Why is this industry news? Well, I’ve been trying for the last 5 years to get any RV parts manufacturer to step in with financial support for my RVelectricity and No~Shock~Zone articles and videos. But while their engineering departments were my best friends (seriously, engineers are my biggest fans) their marketing departments were slow to convince, wanting me to calculate their Page Views, ROI (Return on Investments), Market Reach, and all kinds of other things that I can’t possibly know about their own business models.

But now, every single one of them called me back when I left a message about live streaming my RVelectricity seminars, some within minutes of my email or voicemail. It’s like they’re sitting at home with not much to do (which may in fact be the case). So the companies listed above (plus a few additional ones as we speak) are stepping up with some monetary support for my productions. Now, it’s not a lot of money, but it’s a step in the right direction, and it allows me to focus on what I do best, which is teach.

I’m also extraordinarily grateful for my readers’ continued support via the I Like Mike donation campaign, as well as my new manufacturer sponsorship. I can’t do this without you, so for more info on I Like Mike please click HERE.


Are you interested in RVelectricity™ boondocking information?


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How often do you read this RVelectricity monthly newsletter?

So that’s a big WOW! Nearly 9 out of 10 (89%) of you read this newsletter every month, and 1 out of 10 (9%) read it if the teaser paragraph piques your interest. That tells me that you’re really interested in learning this stuff. Note that this survey was a month ago when COVID-19 was not directly impacting our daily lives.

Ditto.

What technology level would you like me to cover in this RVelectricity Newsletter?

Interestingly, only 2% of you want only basic RVelectricity articles, while 20% want intermediate and another 19% want advanced content. But a whopping 59% of you want a mix of all of the above, which is what I’ve been doing. So for now I’m going to stay the course and keep doing a mix of basic, intermediate and advanced articles. This also gives me direction as to content for my new RVelectricity Webinars, so stay tuned.


Don’t touch those grubby screens with your bare fingers – get a pen

I had a touchscreen stylus in my pencil box for the last two years that I never used, but I just pulled it out and tested it on the touch screen for my bank’s ATM and the convenience store’s gas pump. Now I don’t have to scrub my hands after touching those filthy touch screens. I found these in stock on Amazon as a 3-pack, which I think would make great gifts for your significant others. So keep one for yourself and give the other two away. We all need to help each other in these trying times. Learn more or order here.

It’s not just for poo anymore…

Yes, it’s a double-header this issue. I found this on another Facebook group and thought it was too great not to pass along. You know those little poo bags we carry for our dog walks so we can pick up the little gems they leave behind. (Seriously, pick up the little gems.)

Well, they also make great “gloves” for when you have to pump gasoline or pick up grocery products in a store that all kinds of other people might have touched. Just slip them over your hands and do whatever it is you need to do. Then slip them off inside-out, tie them up, and trash them. Save the nitrile gloves for the first responders and medical staff who so desperately need them. I got these on Chewy.com, but you can probably find them on Amazon as well. However, Amazon shipping is overloaded so it might take longer to get them there. Here’s what I got, although shipping may be delayed from there, also.


Last Month’s RVtravel.com Posts

These articles are rated Moderate to understand for most RVers.

Live Webinars coming soon from Funkstown, Maryland.
Is presenting RV electricity seminars online a good idea?
Guide to RV surge protectors.
Is there anybody out there? Part 1.

Last Month’s JAM (Just Ask Mike) Session posts:

These articles are rated Easy to understand for beginners.

Do I have an electrical leak? A concerned reader asks Mike why, with the battery selector in the “off” position, he was still getting a reading of 1.4 volts at the disconnected battery cable ends.
Getting ready for the road. A soon-to-be RVer is attending Mike’s seminars, purchasing recommended equipment, and getting an RV education as he searches for an RV. Mike offers helpful tips on getting prepared for RVing.
Is there anybody out there? Part 3. Mike needs your help to receive sponsorship support and keep his invaluable articles coming. Please complete these two quick polls to help guide his future articles.
•  Is my power inverter dying? A reader wants to know how to test if his power inverter is dying.


The best book on RV electricity, hands down!
RV Travel contributor Mike Sokol is America’s leading expert on RV electricity. Mike has taken his 50+ years of experience to write this book about RV electricity that nearly anyone can understand. Covers the basics of Voltage, Amperage, Wattage and Grounding, with additional chapters on RV Hot-Skin testing, GFCI operation, portable generator hookups and troubleshooting RV electrical systems. This should be essential reading for all RVers. Learn more or order 


By Mike Sokol

What were you listening to the year you graduated from high school? This is more important than you realize…

A number of years ago I remember hearing an NPR interview about a scientist who was studying how memory works. And one of the areas of this discussion that interested me most was how many songs we know, and why we seem to remember “the good old days” with songs from our teenage years (whatever that was for each of you) being the songs that we remembered the best as well as having the most emotional impact.

His theory was that songs that we heard during our musical formative years have the deepest connection to our emotional memories. Turns out these formative years cluster right around high school and college. Yup, what you listen to when you’re, say, 14 to 24 years old, sticks with you for the rest of your life. Continue reading.

Let’s play safe out there….

 


Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

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1970 Monitor For Sale


1970 Monitor

New exterior paint and decals. Roof and windows have all been re-sealed. New propane tanks and regulator.  New tires and bearings greased. Ready for the road.  Water heater, water system, heater, stove, and oven all work.  The fridge doesn’t seem to be working.  Up-dated interior.  Water damage has been replaced with new white ship-lap.  New luxury vinyl flooring.  New upholstery on the cushions.  Fun bright pillows and lots of neat vintage decor.  This trailer has a great lay-out and is very roomy.  Pull-out couch will sleep two adults.  Dinette will drop into a bed and will sleep 1-2 depending on size.  The bathroom has new cedar siding. Lots or storage. Beautiful natural, original wood.

2400 lbs. 13 ft x 8 ft. 

The trailer comes fully decorated with pillows, National Parks posters, framed artwork, plants and fun vintage decor. Make your dreams come true!

Hope that you enjoy the tour.

Price: $8,900
Location: Kaysville, UT

Seller Contact:
Call or e-mail with questions.  Thanks, Marilyn

happyvintagecampers11@gmail.com

(385)245-5407

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News for RVers #941, Sunday edition


Welcome to RVtravel.com, the only newsletter that puts its readers far ahead of commercial interests . Please tell your friends about us!

Here’s the latest news about RVing and more from the editors of RVtravel.com. This newsletter, along with each of our daily online publications, is funded in part by the voluntary subscription contributions of our readers. Thanks to all of you; you know who you are.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition




Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, hospitalized with COVID-19

Our very dear friend and columnist Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, is in the intensive care unit of a Seattle-area hospital in critical but stable condition fighting COVID-19. Our editor, Chuck Woodbury, a close friend of Gary’s, wrote this.


Coronavirus Updates for RVers

Here’s the latest news and information about the coronavirus and how it’s affecting the RV community. We now report six days a week on the pandemic — in this Sunday newsletter and every weekday in our RV Daily Tips. (Sign up to receive them here.)

••• READ TODAY’S CORONAVIRUS NEWS •••


Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?

If so, stories you missed:
Can your pets get, or give you, COVID-19?
RV Shrink: Find an RV safe harbor and hunker down.
Full-timers – Where can you stay during this outbreak?
RV Electricity: Don’t build this DIY dogbone: It can kill you.
Stuck at home or inside your RV? Use Zoom online meetings for get-togethers.
Thoughts from a reader’s self-quarantine.
RV Doctor: What can be done for a noisy RV slideout?
What to read during the coronavirus outbreak (Pandemic edition).
At last! A toy-hauler with a “hidden garage” – but with hidden problems.
Building an RV park: Campground, Smampground. Everything is ON HOLD!
All bottled up! A hilarious story of an RVing newbie
and much more

Read it here | Back issues


If you don’t have a first-aid kit, now is the time to buy one. Don’t be without one in your home or RV!


That was the RV week that was

March 29, 2020

It wasn’t a virus that ran RVers out of an RV park in Branson, Missouri – it was the water. Nope, not the drinking kind, but Lake Taneycomo took a run for the high ground as rain in copious quantities hit Lakeside RV Park on March 19. Adding to the lake’s overfull feelings were a water release from Table Rock Dam. City officials had seen problems at Lakeside RV before, so guests got an early heads-up and advice to be ready to disconnect and run. At 4:00 in the afternoon the call came, and the less-than-half-full campground was cleared out.

San Miguel County Sheriff

This story couldn’t help but remind one of us about their older brother as a kid. He believed everything he saw on TV and so, like Popeye, he had to have spinach. His parents obliged, bought him a can, and handed him a fork. Last time he ever ate spinach. Then there was that new “Superman” costume. One giant leap off the picnic table brought an end to his “superpowers.” Apparently the driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck didn’t get the memo either. Authorities say the unidentified driver blasted down Colorado Highway 145 west of Placerville, doing close to 100 miles per hour. That highway is the main route through little towns, and leads to some nasty cliffs. Sure enough, after nearly running several drivers off the road – including a deputy sheriff – the brainless Toyota Tacoma driver took the tumble, right into an obliging stone cliff. As the picture illustrates, no amount of spinach or costuming will prevent the laws of physics from presenting their truths. The driver received critical injuries and was choppered out, after passersby put out the flames.

If you bought an RV in Florida last year, there’s a good chance you bought it at Lazydays. That conclusion stems from rankings compiled by Statistical Surveys Inc. The outfit took “First” in several sales categories, as in: number one dealer in the state, number one towable, motorized, travel trailer, fifth wheel dealer, toy hauler dealer (among fifth wheel sales), Class A and Class C motorhome dealer.

Capt’ Gorgeous on flickr.com

What to do with RVs that have outlived their usefulness? It’s a problem that many cities throughout the U.S. are coping with. The little village of Sechelt, in British Columbia, thinks it has an answer. The local government of the tiny burg – some 9,000 residents – says it has a backlog of abandoned RVs and boats sitting in its public works yard. Directors at the local government-operated landfill said they’ll try a pilot project through the end of the year. “Bring us, your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore” (or words to that general effect) and we’ll take them in. Provided – and it’s a big provided – you first dismantle them into four-foot sections or smaller, strip out the recyclable materials, and empty out and sort the liquids. And book a time for dumping in advance, and come prepared to pay $265 Canadian per metric ton (roughly 2,200 pounds).



A Utah traffic incident from last July that involved a fifth-wheel and the death of a vehicle passenger has finally drawn charges. Gavin Paul Nicholson (18) of West Haven, Utah, has been charged with causing a death while driving with a measurable controlled substance, drug possession, and other drug-related charges. On July 5, Nicholson was driving on Interstate 15 near Sunset when witnesses say he swerved out of his lane, smacking into a cement barrier, bouncing off and back into traffic, where he was broadsided by a pickup towing a fifth wheel. Nicholson was knocked unconscious, and his passenger later died in a hospital. Police found cocaine in Nicholson’s car, leading to a warrant to test his blood. While no cocaine was found by the blood test, methamphetamine, THC, and ketamine were found. He’ll stay in jail until his next court date, slated for April.


Keep your immune system healthy! Here’s everything you need.


One of two “dinosaurs” will be ready for selfies. portclintonnewsherald.com

A new RV park will soon open in an area where dinosaurs once roamed. Well, that’s what the previous owners of the land promoted. Marblehead, Ohio, was formerly the home of Prehistoric Forest – a 10-acre wooded theme park based on prehistoric creatures. The dinosaurs are gone, but a feature of the park – a “mountain” with a flowing waterfall – remains even as 108 RV sites beckon a new generation of visitors. Forest RV Park is tentatively set to open April 15. While dinos may have enjoyed a dip, they didn’t have the opportunity. But RVers will find a swimming pool on the far side of the “mountain.” Firepits for weenie roasts and marshmallow incineration will be available at every site.

in pastel on flickr.com

Combining an RV sales lot with an outdoor goods store proved to be irresistible to a burglar in Dothan, Alabama. Gander RV & Outdoor employees made a “three bears”-like discovery last Sunday, when they found a man snoozing in one of the outfit’s RVs. On approach, “Goldilocks” aka Tevin Michael Coffman (29) woke up, and instead of thanking his hosts, fired up the motorhome he’d been sleeping in and drove away. The Gander store manager followed along in another vehicle, giving directions to law enforcement. When police caught up with Coffman and the purloined motorhome, they found out Goldilocks may not have liked the porridge, but evidently found the guns and crossbows that Gander stocked “just right.” Several stolen weapons were found in the motorhome. Coffman may not find the new facilities just right, as he’ll be spending time in the local lockup until he can satisfy bail on charges of first degree theft, third degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools – which he allegedly used to get inside the Gander store.

FMCA logoFMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association, recently cancelled its 101st annual International Convention to be held this week in Tucson, Arizona. Much to the surprise of some members who planned to attend, the club announced that it would not provide refunds for their prepaid registration fees. Instead, citing financial hardships, it said it would instead issue certificates good for future rallies. Here is the letter FMCA sent to its members, in which it cited its reasons for not refunding registration payments, some as high as $1,000. Read more.


‘Earthquake Putty’ a favorite of RVers, keeps stuff in place
Do you have items in your RV you like to keep in place — on a table, bedstand or counter? You need this. Collectors Hold Museum Putty is designed to keep items secure in earthquakes! Hey, a moving RV is a constant earthquake! To use this, pull off what you need, roll until soft, apply to the base of the object then lightly press it to the surface. Later, it comes off clean. RVers love it! Cheap, too! Learn more or order.


Reader poll

On a daily basis, how many people do you live with in “self-isolation”? Respond here.


News briefs

A spinoff from FMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association, has attracted 1,500 members. AIM, the “All Inclusive Motorhome Club,” is open to any RVer who “owns an RV with a motor.” FMCA recently opened its ranks to towable owners as well as motorized, which was not welcomed by some members. An AIM membership is $35 a year. Learn more.

Xantrex has added two new solar charge controllers designed to work with popular battery chemistries including Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4). Learn more.


Big Chief

Looking for a good place to stay?

Our good friend Alan Warren, host of the radio program the RV Show USA, operates the Big Chief RV Resort in Burnet, in the Central Texas Hill Country. He reports he and his wife, Lisa, have full hookup sites available for RVers who need a place to call home during the present crisis. The park is right on the shore of Lake Buchanan, where you can fish for striped bass or catfish. There’s a boat ramp, too. Learn more or make a reservation at Big Chief’s website or call (512) 793-4746.



Campground chatter

Developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA

Janet Groene reports each week on developments at RV parks and campgrounds across the USA and Canada. There’s a lot of good information here that you can use to plan your travels. Read the current installment of “Campground Chatter” here.


Hide dirty laundry, and save space too!
Sometimes where to put those worn clothes waiting for wash day is the pits. Many hide a basket in the shower stall, but here’s another approach: Hang that dirty laundry out – not for everyone to see, but on the back of a closet door. Zippers on this one make it easy to open when it’s time to disgorge the dirties, and the company includes a couple of different hooks to help you hang it. You can find it on Amazon for a great price.


RV recalls posted since our last newsletter

Forest River recalls some Coachman Orion and Dynamax Rev RVs.
Thor recalls some Tellaro and Sequence motorhomes.


Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of March 23, 2020:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $2.12 [Calif.: $3.07]
Change from week before: Down 13 cents; Change from year before: Down 50 cents.
Diesel: $2.66 [Calif.: $3.55]
Change from week before: Down 7 cents; Change from year before: Down 42 cents.


Sign up for an email reminder for our weekday RV Daily Tips Newsletter, published every Monday through Friday. Coronavirus updates for RVers daily! You won’t want to miss it!


Brain teaser answer:

(The question appeared in yesterday’s newsletter): The word NOON.


Tape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.


Free and bargain camping

From OvernightRVparking.com

Click here to view this week’s free and bargain camping spots.

Other resources:
Walmart Directory: Best printed directory of Walmart locations.
Guide to Free Campgrounds: Best-selling directory, year after year.

Overnight RV Parking, with more than 14,000 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 demo. Watch a video about OvernightRVparking.com.


RV Travel staff

CONTACT US at editor@RVtravel.com

Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Emily Woodbury. Senior editors: Diane McGovern, Russ and Tiña De Maris. 

This website utilizes some advertising services. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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RVelectricity – Virtual Rallies (in a time of social distancing)


Owners Groups could be live streaming their own Virtual Rallies right now. Could this be the future of RV Rallies and Trade Shows?

While many of us are out of work or lost much of our income (I’m down by at least 50% from last month since I can’t go out on sites), think about what’s happened to our beloved RV Rallies and Trade Shows. I’m supposed to be in Tucson for the FMCA rally this weekend, which was cancelled (of course). And while I’m stepping up and offering my seminar content as free Webinar streams this week, what about the rallies themselves? How are they going to cope with the lack of member interaction and educational seminars?

I have a suggestion and maybe can help. Let’s start by doing some Virtual Rallies. That’s right, instead of everyone meeting at a campground to interact and listen to presenters speak about some aspect of RVing, everyone just needs to log into a free Zoom account and connect to their Virtual Rally Group.

Since I’m now teaching with Zoom for my college classes I can get this program started as the moderator and try to get you a few presenters such as Gary Bunzer, Chuck Woodbury, Bob Zagami, or even yours truly (that’s me). This is an easy gig for presenters since I can help them set it up so they can show their own seminar slides or switch to their computer camera, and they don’t even have to wear pants.

So here’s what I’m going to do to get these Virtual Rallies started. If you’re a member of an RV rally or owners group that might be interested, please talk to whoever is in charge of your regular rally and put them in contact with me as a potential Virtual Rally candidate.

And if you’re a rally or show speaker whose rallies have been displaced due to COVID-19, contact me to be on the list of presenters. I’ll try to put the two of you together and help you get it launched. I have a tiny bit of potential sponsorship so this won’t cost you anything to do or attend. I can also be available for free as an RVelectricity seminar instructor, plus I’m sure that a small stipend for your regular presenters would get this rolling since there’s no travel or hotel costs involved.

Please email mike@noshockzone.org with the subject line Virtual Rally and let me know what you think.

And finally, please take care of each other (at a distance) and let’s play safe out there….

 

 

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

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RV Coronavirus News Update, March 29, 2020


Please send your news about the coronavirus pandemic as it applies to RVers to editor@rvtravel or submit it here.

Thank you to all the RV Travel readers who have sent us information, much of which we have included here. We have been working so fast that we have not had time to thank you all. So thank you! (You know who you are.)

Read Friday’s extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.


HOUSEHOLD & HAND SANITIZERS. If you’re concerned about keeping germs away, there are plenty of products here to do the job.


Disneyland and Disney World will be closed until further notice. Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will remain closed as well. Earlier this month, Disney had announced its theme parks and hotels would remain closed only through the end of March. Universal Orlando and Legoland also extended their closures.

The Fort Wilderness RV Resort at Disney World is also closed.

REV Group has suspended normal production activities at all four RV production facilities in Indiana and California. Its RV brands: American Coach, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Fleetwood, Renegade RV and Lance. The company’s service centers will continue to perform essential support to meet dealers’ and end-customers’ technical, warranty and parts requests.

Elkhart County, Indiana, home to the RV industry, now has 11 cases of COVID-19. The first case in the state was March 6. The statewide total as of Saturday, March 28, was 1,232.

All developed recreation sites, including campgrounds, on Bureau of Management Lands (BLM) in California are now closed to all forms of public access.

Utah State Parks is closing all its state parks Monday until further notice. Exceptions: local county residents.


Can’t find something at your local store? Amazon may have it.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is temporarily closing campgrounds, lodging and rental facilities until May 1, 2020, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming is closed to all park visitors until further notice. Also in Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is closed.

Many golf courses are closed across the USA. Check your local course before heading out to play a round.

In an effort to better enforce the spirit of “Stay Home, Save Lives,” lodgings on the Southern Oregon coast are now largely off-limits to visitors, reserved instead for essential workers and vulnerable populations. The City of Brookings adopted a resolution on Thursday for motels, vacation rentals, bed & breakfasts and RV parks, closing them to anyone but those deemed essential.

Paul Bunyan and Babe at Trees of Mystery

The long-time roadside attraction Trees of Mystery along U.S. 101 in the northern California redwood country, is closed.

In an ongoing effort to discourage tourists from traveling to Galveston, Texas, during the coronavirus crisis, the city has ordered hotel guests and short-term guests in RV parks to leave the island. “It’s our intent to get tourists off the island,” explained the mayor.

Fort Collins, Colorado, is temporarily letting residents use RVs as an option for social distancing and self-quarantine during the coronavirus outbreak. People are allowed to use the RVs for working, living or sleeping purposes to promote social distancing or quarantine.

How hairstylists are staying safe!

If you have an RV and are not currently using it, consider donating it to a medical doctor for use during the pandemic. A new group has formed, RVs 4 MDs, to facilitate such arrangements. Learn more at its site on Facebook.

Bend, Oregon, is discouraging tourists from coming. The city said it might ban all “non-essential travel” if too many people — residents or visitors — don’t comply, and the problem worsens.

ODD STUFF: If you’re in Nebraska you can now get alcoholic beverages to go with your takeout order. In Washington state, marijuana shops are considered an essential businesses.

San Juan County in southeast Colorado, has evicted all short-term RVers and other tourists who are there on pleasure trips. “We wanted to send a clear message that if you’re coming here to stay in a hotel to hike and bike and do other things that aren’t necessary, you aren’t welcome,” said Kirk Benge, director of public health.

RV parks have been ordered to close in Macon County, Georgia.

Amazon has removed more than half a million listings that it believes involve price gouging. It says it is monitoring sellers to make sure they are not price gouging or making false claims related to COVID-19.

Hiking trails at Los Angeles’ Griffith Park and other hiking trails throughout Los Angeles County as well as parking lots for beaches and state parks are now closed.

Tillamook County, on the Oregon Coast, has closed all county, state and federal parks within the county as well as all parking lots and access points to beaches. Shut down: boat launches, motels, hotels, short-term vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, and RV parks.


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Mississippi State Parks are open to self-contained units. Offices, bathrooms, etc., are closed.

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), announced Friday that the department is limiting the use of campgrounds to RVs with self-contained bathrooms.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo says he will sue Rhode Island if it does not roll back a policy of stopping all cars (and RVs) with New York license plates.

Del Norte County in Northern California has closed county parks to camping except for hosts or other campers expressly authorized by the county for stays of 30 days or longer. Hotels, motels, RV parks and private campgrounds are also barred from housing anyone for less than a 30-day period, though it does make some exceptions.

OUCH!
Julianna Guy shared this on our RV Coronavirus News group at Facebook. “Stayed in Martinsburg WV last night. I swear we didn’t see the ‘no overnight parking’ signs. Woke up to a windshield boot and a $435 fine. Beware! We were parked at the Grand Home Furnishing lot of the Foxcroft Towne Center at Martinsburg. It’s a big space with lots of big box stores.”


Stuck at home? Bored?
Catch up on your reading with an eBook from Amazon. Search now and be reading in a few minutes.


HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this short video shows you the most effective way to wash your hands to get rid of germs.


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER
RVtravel.com is working overtime to bring you the news about how the current pandemic is affecting the lives of RVers. In the meantime, most of our advertisers have stopped their campaigns due to necessity. We are able to continue because of our nearly 5,000 readers who have become voluntary subscribers. Please consider making a pledge today, no matter how modest. UPDATE FROM THE EDITOR: If you are being hit financially by the pandemic, please take care of yourself: don’t worry about us. But if you are doing okay, we could use your help.

New Facebook Group:  How the coronavirus is impacting RVers. Get updates throughout the day about park and campground closings, cancelled rallies and RV shows — and more. Join in the conversation with other RVers about what’s on all our minds right now.

If you are a member of an RV club or are affiliated with an RV-related event would you please let us know if its gatherings, meetings, etc., are cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus? We’ll pass along the info to our readers. We appreciate any news related to RVing that’s relevant to the present crisis. Please submit it here. Thank you!





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Free and cheap places to stay in an RV, Issue 941


Free and inexpensive places to stay with your RV in the U.S. and Canada!

Updated weekly

When it comes to free places to stay a night in an RV, Walmart is the best bet. We estimate that about 65 percent of all its stores in the USA allow stays in self-contained RVs.

Other businesses that allow free overnight stays include Flying J Travel Centers, Cabela’s, Cracker Barrel restaurants (official policy is overnight stays are NOT permitted although most stores allow the practice), Costco and Kmart. Many RVers routinely stay in shopping center or factory outlet parking lots. Many casinos allow or even encourage overnight stays in RVs.

Recent reports of free and inexpensive places to stay with an RV:

From OvernightRVParking.com

Unnamed Salome Rd Gravel Turnout, Tonopah, AZ
FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Gravel turnout is a wide extension of the shoulder, not separated from the highway. Pretty level, unlit, quiet at night with very little traffic and no apparent safety issues. Long enough for one large or two small RVs; wide enough that most RVs should have room to make a U-turn to return to I-10. No amenities. Click here for details

Kaleva Village Park Campground, Kaleva, MI
Almost FREE! Overnight parking is allowed. Village Park Campground has 30 campsites. Some have no hookups, some are 20/30A E/W sites. Dump station (free to registered campers, otherwise $10) on site. There are vault toilets but no showers. Fire rings, picnic tables, playground, picnic areas. 2020 rates: E/W sites $20/night; no-hookup sites $15/night. Weekly & monthly rates available. Click here for details.

Overnight RV Parking, with more than 14,000 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 demo. Watch a video about OvernightRVparking.com.


Please join our Facebook group, Free Campgrounds, and share your favorite free camping spots or submit free or inexpensive campground information to us here. Thanks!

See last week’s free (or almost free) locations here.


Resources
Walmart Directory: Best printed directory of Walmart locations
Guide to Free Campgrounds: Best-selling directory, year after year.
Overnight RV Parking: More than 14,000 location listings. Inexpensive membership required.
Harvest Hosts: Members can stay free overnight at farms & wineries.

AFFILIATE OFFER: Save 10% on campground fees when you join the Good Sam Club!

Helpful videos
• Video: Where to camp for free in an RV.
• Video: How to camp in an RV at Walmart for free.
• Video: Best source of free and inexpensive RV camping.
• Video: Which “Big Box” stores allow free RV camping?
• Video: RV camping for less than $1 a day. Stay months.
• Video: Okay to stay overnight at truck stops?
• Video: Camping at Elk Lodges. An amazing bargain.

Walmart Free RV Parking

Walmart’s official policy about overnight stays in RVs.
The ABCs of “camping” at Walmart.
Guidelines for overnighting in an RV at Walmart.

Good Reading
RV park owners say “Walmart campers are cheapskates.”
The appeal of boondocking in the desert.
Articles and information from RVtravel.com about boondocking.
Six safety tips for overnight RV stays at casinos.
Free camping at wildlife refuges.
Why overnight RV parking at truck stops is a bad idea
Try winter boondocking at LTVAs in AZ and CA deserts.





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Why FMCA did not refund registration fees for cancelled rally


The following letter was sent by FMCA (The Family Motor Coach Association) to its members explaining why it was not refunding their registration fees for the club’s recently cancelled Tucson international rally. Members paid anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand dollars. Instead of refunds, the club offered certificates good for a future rally.

Questions have been raised about the certificates being given to Tucson convention attendees. This decision was agonized, discussed and debated from the moment the Board of Directors voted to cancel the event.

FMCA logo

The decision to cancel was based upon protecting the health and well-being of our members, vendors, and staff. Even if we had not decided to cancel, the decision would have been made for us. Large gatherings have been disallowed. The event could not occur this week even if we wanted it to. I commend the Executive Board on prioritizing the well-being of everyone in attendance over finances.

Based on comments in the posts, a few items need to be addressed.

FMCA does not have an insurance policy for this type of cancellation. We do have general liability for each event that is put on. It covers if someone is hurt and other incidents that can occur while the event is taking place. If we purchased insurance for every single scenario that could occur, it would be tough to offer anything at a reasonable price to our members.

Cancelling the Tucson event on such short notice resulted in a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars. FMCA has six full-time employees who do nothing but plan and execute our conventions. Their salaries, benefits, and other overhead required to run the department now have no income to offset them. There are many deposits and money needed to secure services for the events such as grounds deposits, entertainment, decorating and electrical, and many others as well. Some will be able to be rolled over to future events. Others will be lost. Either scenario creates a massive cash flow issue.

Lastly, as stated in the letter from FMCA national president Jon Walker, FMCA is a non-profit organization. The budget is set to break even or make a very slight profit each year. These two events being cancelled will cost the bottom-line hundreds of thousands of dollars.

WITH A BOTTOM LINE budgeted to break even, this situation is crippling to our operations. Some companies can more easily weather the storm. For example, cruise ships are offering full refunds and future credits for cancellations. Those companies make millions of dollars in profit each year. Unfortunately, FMCA doesn’t have that luxury. Many other companies do not either, so they are offering certificates for future service as we are.

This is not an ideal situation for FMCA and nearly all the United States and Canada. With our members support and compassion, we will come out of this stronger than ever. Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times. 

We’ve had many items to sort through and we can’t thank you enough for  your support while we have worked feverishly to provide clarification in a timely manner.





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On a daily basis, how many people do you live with in “self-isolation?”


Most of us are holing up in our homes or RVs, working from home or just passing the time until better times return. If that’s you, how many people are you spending your time with? We’re not talking about the grocery clerk you see every week or so.

We’re talking about the people you see day in and day out, all staying out of public as best as possible — the people you live with.

Curious minds would like to know.

But remember, the poll may take a few seconds, so hold your horses, partner!





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RV Electricity – Road Signs: Music Therapy


By Mike Sokol

What were you listening to the year you graduated from high school? This is more important than you realize…

A number of years ago I remember hearing an NPR interview about a scientist who was studying how memory works. And one of the areas of this discussion that interested me most was how many songs we know, and why we seem to remember “the good old days” with songs from our teenage years (whatever that was for each of you) being the songs that we remembered the best as well as having the most emotional impact.

His theory was that songs that we heard during our musical formative years have the deepest connection to our emotional memories. Turns out these formative years cluster right around high school. Yup, what you listen to when you’re, say, 14 to 20 years old, sticks with you for the rest of your life.

So I thought about this a bit and tried it out on friends and family. When was the best music for me? Well, I graduated from high school in 1972, so that suggests late ’60s and early ’70s are my musical touchstones. And I do admit to loving Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Santana, Deep Purple, the Zombies, and Led Zeppelin (and I could go on with dozens more from that era). However, my child-bride Linda is 5 years younger than me and didn’t have the same musical experiences in high school that I did. Her dad was a trombone player in the Rohrersville Band, and Linda played flute and piccolo, often in concerts and marches.

So when I hear Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, I’m in heaven, but Linda just cringes and tells me it sounds like stripper music. (Hey, it’s a love song…) On the other hand, if we go to see an orchestra or marching band play Stars and Stripes, I’m complaining about that shrill little piccolo, while she’s in total rapture reliving her teenage years of playing with her dad in a marching band.

If you want to get a big conversation going just mention anything about music to Gary Bunzer (the RV Doctor) and he’ll wax poetic about his guitars and the songs he loves to play, many of them from his high school years.

Why do I mention this? Well, right now we all need some happy things. And unfortunately many of our happy things have been cut off from us. We can’t go camping, we can’t eat out in a restaurant, we can’t go shopping in a store without dressing up in a hazmat suit.

So what can we do? Well, I would suggest it’s time to queue up the greatest hits of your youth, find a good pair of headphones if you don’t want to make your significant other cringe at your music choices, and lay back for a deep listen. For example, when I first listed to Hendrix I thought he was darn good. But as a teenager I was listening to an LP on a cheap record player with a little 3″x5″ speaker. However, now I have full-tilt studio monitors and know how to tune my room so it sounds like his original recording sessions must have sounded like. And at times I literally have tears streaming down my face from the sheer beauty of the playing and production.

So what’s your favorite musical years and artists? Could be Django Reinhardt, or Blondie, or the Beatles, or Black Sabbath, or Tchaikovsky or Paul Simon, or whatever. Listen on Spotify or YouTube or whatever music streaming service you’ve got. Relive the moment you first heard Pink Floyd’s Meddle (I do, and there were recreational “enhancers” involved) or whatever floated your boat at the time. Then please tell us in the comments below about the music you love, when you learned to love it, and why you love it.

The times they are a-changin’, and we can change with them if we just keep our heads and hearts together. I look forward to reading about your favorite music in the comments below.

Let’s listen safe out there….

 

 

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

Email me at mike (at) noshockzone.org with your questions.

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Campground Chatter with Janet Groene, March 28, 2020


The latest news about camping and developments in North American campgrounds and RV parks from Janet Groene.

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for late-breaking news for RV travelers but it’s impossible to keep up with the rapidly changing closures, reopenings and events that are changed or canceled. Some state parks are closed to all camping and events. Others remain open for camping but not events. Some closures/cancellations are for two weeks, some for two months, some permanently until further notice.
    If you have camping reservations call to cancel and make new ones and/or check on refund policies, which vary.  
    We will all be traveling again soon. For now it’s important to check ahead directly with the campground. This column’s focus for now is on RV travel for later this summer and into the fall. Conditions can change quickly. No endorsement of any campground or product is implied by this reporter nor this website.

DATELINE: March 28, 2020

FULL ALERT: These days we are seeing many news postings about  “RV parking.” Look further. This may mean day parking only or temporary dry overnight camping in a public parking lot for the homeless.

GEORGIA AG CENTER HAS RV PARKING
The Bulloch County Agricultural Complex in Statesboro is not only RV friendly, it has recently added Wi-Fi in the RV parking area for county residents who don’t have Wi-Fi at home but must work and home-school during this crisis. The RV lot has showers, bathrooms and 54 sites with hookups. Call 912-871-7265.

LOUISIANA CAMPGROUND STORY UNFOLDING
Still announcing that it will “open in 2020,” Fireside RV Resort in Ponchatoula is On Hold but bears watching for developments. As of press time I found the website (full of information) and listed phone non-responsive. The resort advertises 163 RV sites, some pull-thru and some double or triple wide. Plans are for children’s and adult swimming pools, swim-up bar, kayak rentals, a stocked fish pond, playground, cabin rentals and more for RV travelers and snowbirds.

MINNESOTA CELEBRATES SWEDISH IMMIGRANTS
It’s the Year of the Dala Horse at the Gammelgarden Immigrant Heritage Museum in Scandia, an hour north of the Twin Cities. When this outdoor museum opens this summer it will have a schedule of events, a regular farm market and sunny days outdoors where parents can introduce children to their Swedish farm heritage. Camping is nearby at William O’Brien State Park, which has more than 70 sites with electric hookup  along the banks of the St. Croix River. Hike trails through rolling hills. Fish for northerns, walleye, bass and trout. Canoe the river, which is also a flyway offering superb bird watching. Get museum information later from info (at) gammelgardenmuseum.org

ONTARIO CAMPGROUNDS OPEN EARLY
Already open for the season is the pet-friendly Willow Lake Campground, Woodstock, which opened a month earlier than usual to accommodate returning Canadian snowbirds. Upcoming events at the family-owned campground include Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10, and Victoria Day Weekend, May 16. Call  519-537-7301. Also opening early is the Saugeen Springs RV Park near Hanover. Look for other RV parks throughout Canada to follow suit.

OREGON KOA HAS NEW DIRECTION
The new owner of the Redmond/Central Oregon KOA plans improvements including 50-amp power to all sites. Wi-Fi will be improved, bathrooms remodeled and new fire pits will have grates.

WASHINGTON WATERSHED FESTIVAL IN JULY
Unless further news announces a cancellation, the Watershed Music Festival at the Gorge at George is still on for July 31-August 2. Some RV camping packages are still available online at watershedfest.com. Headliners at this highly rated music event include Keith Urban, Ashley McBryde, Blanco Brown and dozens more to fill three days with music.

WYOMING TO TAX CAMPGROUND STAYS
In 2021,  Wyoming will begin collecting a new 5% tax on overnight stays at campgrounds. In other states called a tourist tax or bed tax, the tax is often assessed by the state, county and some cities. In Wyoming the tax will go to state and county tourism promotion efforts. With existing and proposed taxes by state, county and city, the total lodging tax in the state may be as high as 12%. Cheyenne Frontier Days will be held July 17-26.

Stay Tuned

Public lands within the Lake Babine Nation, one of the largest aboriginal land holdings in British Columbia, are gradually being transferred to tribal control. It will be several years before projects are complete in the 13 parcels, but RV travelers will find improved parking, fishing ramps and other facilities. The Lake Babine Lodge is already scheduled to open.

PLAY FAIR (STATE FAIR, THAT IS)
We will travel again, but now is a good time to play fair by staying scarce and starting a bucket list for later when the world welcomes travel again. Looking  ahead to October, state fairs will be held in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and Massachusetts. It’s a good bet many of these fairgrounds also offer RV camping and they all put on a whale of a show with music, midway, great food and agricultural displays.
It’s too soon to talk about earlier dates, but as the coronavirus winds down and the state fair season spools up, look for your state to have its state fair right on schedule. Also on the calendar will be county fairs, which are often held at fairgrounds that offer camping. State fairs are held almost every day of the month, so be on the watch for earlier fairs too as the travel season progresses.

Janet Groene is the author of more than 25 books including Living Aboard Your RV, 4th Edition, available at Amazon.com. Her brand-new book, “March Malice, a Yacht Yenta Mystery,” is available at Amazon.com. See Janet Groene’s weekly Solo Woman posts at SoloWomanRV.

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Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, fighting COVID-19


By Chuck Woodbury

My neighbor in Seattle, Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, is in the intensive care unit of a local hospital in critical but stable condition with COVID-19. 

Many of you know Gary for his lifetime of writing for RV magazines and teaching seminars at RV shows and rallies across the county.

Gary told a mutual friend of ours last week that he had the coronavirus and was not feeling well. He said not to tell anybody in the industry. That’s Gary’s way, I think, not wanting people to worry about him. Our friend waited a few days to tell me because he knew I would want to know.

It wasn’t until three days ago that I learned from Gary’s wife Debbie that he was in the hospital. “He’ll get back to you when he gets home,” she said, replying to my email message to him.

Today, being terribly worried along with a few friends who know his condition, I emailed Debbie and asked her to please let me announce his condition to the RVing community so his many friends and fans could pray for him.

Gary is perhaps the best known RVer in America, and I don’t think there is a person alive who does not love the guy. I’ve known him for about 20 years now. Living close to him for so long, we’ve met for coffee on countless occasions at home and at RV shows across the country. His “office” at home is always a nearby coffee house.

So please, put Gary on your thoughts and prayers. If you wish to leave a message for him to read when he recovers, feel free to leave it below in the comments.

Come on, Gary, fight hard. . . we’re all pulling for you. . . 





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Xantrex debuts two new solar charge controllers


BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE
Xantrex has added two new solar charge controllers designed to work with popular battery chemistries including Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4).

The new 30A MPPT charge controller features dual bank output and advanced Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technology to maximize energy harvest. The dual bank output feature allows for solar to charge and maintain the house and starter batteries. The batteries may be of different chemistries as long as they have the same nominal voltage, either 12V or 24V.

Featuring an advanced multi-stage charging algorithm, the MPPT charge controller offers an industry-leading 98% energy conversion efficiency. The built-in LCD display provides easy programmability and real time data about the solar system, including volts, amps, watts and watt-hours.

THE OTHER NEW CHARGE CONTROLLER is the entry-level 30A PWM charge controller with a flush-mount industrial design for a clean, aesthetic finish. It also features a built-in LCD display providing easy programmability and real time data about the solar system.

Optional accessories, including a battery temperature sensor and MPPT remote panel, are now available. The list price of 30A MPPT charge controller (part # 710-3024-01) is $299. The list price of 30A PWM charge controller (part # 709-3024-01) is $159.

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Hey guys so I’m having power issues with my 97 winnabego , I noticed some of these push and some are stuck . Honestly I have no idea what this is . Thinking maybe it might be involved


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How to tow a 2020 Honda Civic (Roadmaster and Blue Ox say no) : GoRVing


So, we bought a 2020 Honda Civic 6 speed manual with the understanding that it could be towed. There are two manuals. The “owners manual” for both the 2019 and 2020 both say “your sedan cant be towed behind an RV.” But, the “user manual” for both cars say that manuals can be towed behind an RV and give instructions on how to do it (put in neutral, set to accesory, take parking break off). The owners manual is only available online and is probably 650 pages long. The user manual (I think that is the name), is the smaller manual that comes in the car.

When I go to Blue Ox, they list a set up for 2019. When I contacted them about a 2020 set up, they say they go off the owners manual as “the bible.” When I point out that the 2019 owners manual (ie the 2019 bible), says the same thing, they went silent and had no explanation why they sell a 2019 set up and not a 2020 set up despite them being the same car (pretty sure). Roadmasters web page doesn’t list a set up either.

Any thoughts? I purchased a tow dolly. We just spent the week touring Grand Canyon and Sadona. The tow dolly is a pain. Alternative set ups? Does Blue Ox slowly roll out additional cars through out the year?

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RV Travel Newsletter Issue 941


Welcome to RVtravel.com, the only newsletter that puts its readers far ahead of commercial interests. Please tell your friends about us!

Learn about RV camping, RV travel, RV news and much more. This newsletter, now in its 19th year of continuous publication, is funded primarily through advertising and voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thanks to all of you; you know who you are!

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March 28, 2020
Non-Members (advertising supported) edition


With Chuck Woodbury

Iam frustrated by the flood of news and information coming my way since we met here last week, most of it about the pandemic — how to deal with it. It’s daunting sitting here now on Friday morning deciding how to best present everything without overwhelming you.

Like many readers, daily life for me is uncertain now. Gail and I do not want to risk returning to our home near Seattle which is only a few miles from the nursing home in Kirkland where more than 30 people have died. Yet, holing up in Arizona where we are now, we fear we could be evicted from our private RV park by government orders, as has happened elsewhere. We have a Plan B and a Plan C ready, just in case.

I am now dealing with COVID-19 in a very personal way, and am committed to help fight it every way I can. The virus took the life of a former neighbor of mine last week, and at this very moment one of my best buddies is in the hospital fighting for his life. The pandemic has become very real to me. Read more.

Toby O’Rourke

“WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER” MESSAGE
Perhaps the most visible RV business in North America is KOA, Kampgrounds of America. I asked Toby O’Rourke, President and CEO of the company, to address the readers of this newsletter to explain what KOA is doing to adapt to these difficult times. So here she is with a short message she recorded from her home Friday morning in Billings, Montana. We plan to bring you more messages like this from industry leaders. This message, and those to follow, are not sponsored or paid for in any way. We provide them to you as a public service. Thanks to Toby for taking the time to record this just for us.

 

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Please take a few minutes to read the essay below by our Mike Sokol. It has a lot of good information and advice for you during this time of crisis.

During this crisis, ask what you can do for your neighbor

By Mike Sokol

These are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls.

I used that quote last week, and it’s even more true by an order of magnitude this week. Just a few months ago we had little idea of what was in store for us all (the human race). But now we’ve looked into its eye, and it ain’t pretty. COVID-19 has become front and center of everything we do, changing our social lives, our work lives, even our shopping lives. But I won’t go into all the things to panic about. Instead I’m going to tell you what I’m personally doing to help with the situation and suggest you find your own positive ways to help.

“Don’t sit there and whine that you have nothing to do. Open a bottle of wine and figure out some way to help.” —Mike Sokol

Yep, my brain has been in overdrive the last few weeks finding ways I can help. So I’m going to outline a few of the things I’m currently working on, as well as suggesting some ideas you might consider to help yourself and others out. Continue reading.

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Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

Exhaustive coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it is affecting RVers, and how they are coping.
PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Upcoming RV shows • Latest RV recalls • Free and bargain camping locations • Reader survey • and much more …


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Your essays wanted

Here is your assignment (should you choose to accept it): Write an essay no longer than 500 words on this subject: “How I have adapted to a life in self-isolation.” Tell us what you do with your time, how you keep active physically and/or mentally, how you communicate with friends and family and other ways you occupy your time. Have you taken up a new hobby? Started writing a novel? We can’t pay for these articles right now, but you could earn a place on our staff if you impress us with your creativity. Submit your article here. Please include a photo of yourself or of something that helps illustrates your essay. We’ll post many, if not most of these, in upcoming issues.


Read yesterday’s extensive news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting RVers.



Brain Teaser

What four-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?
(Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)


Last week’s featured stories in RV Daily Tips

How to repair a tear in an RV awning.
Using RV locks safely – and wisely.
Dealing with dust storms on the RV road.
A macerator pump can resolve your sewage issues.
Buffing out your RV finish.


Can your pets get, or give you, COVID-19?

While public health officials don’t know the exact source of COVID-19, they’re working hard to try and figure it out. What they do know, though, is that the first infections were linked to a live animal market in Wuhan, China. So if a human got the virus from an animal, why haven’t other animals continued to spread the virus to more humans? … Can your furry or feathered pet companion give you coronavirus? Can they get the virus themselves? Find out here.

Full-timers – Where can you stay during this outbreak?

The COVID-19 situation has turned us all upside down. Did you have a road trip planned? Did your plans include an RV show or other related event? It’s a good guess that your event is postponed or cancelled altogether. With many of our readers in “stay home” order areas, you’re likely glad you have a home. Or do you? For RVtravel.com readers who are full-time RVers, home may be “where you park it” – but the question is, under the current conditions, just where can you park it? Read more.

What to read during the coronavirus outbreak (Pandemic edition)

Sure, many of us are still staying busy during these scary coronavirus times. Many of us are still working, or doing all those projects around the house or RV that we’ve been saying we’ll get to. But many of us are feeling pretty isolated and bored right now too, and that’s where reading comes into play. Here’s a list of books to freak you out during this pandemic, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Video: Update on recent cougar attack in Colorado RV park

As previously posted by Russ and Tiña De Maris, things got a bit exciting at the Riverview RV Park & Campground in Loveland, Colorado, on Wednesday, March 11, when a mountain lion attacked two people. Testing later revealed the 93-pound mountain lion was infected with rabies. Click here for more, including a very brief video of the attack.


Many drug store shelves are empty. Make sure you’re stocked up on Tylenol. Click here


Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles

Ah, camping! Your own outdoor movie theater!
RV Shrink: Couple disagree on full-timing with cats
“Soak” up the good vibes at this RV park


How is the stock of inventory in your local grocery stores?

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.


Keep mice out of your RV
A best-seller! The positive reviews on this product from Earthkind make it the best bet for keeping your RV mouse-free. It’s the only plant-based rodent repellent registered for inside use by the EPA. It effectively repels rodents up to 90 days with a “woodsy” scent that’s pleasant to humans but offensive to rodents. It’s safe around kids and pets, too. 98% biodegradable. Learn more or order.


Readers tell us (What we learned about you last week)

We analyze what we learned about you and fellow RVers from our reader polls and your comments.

Would you like to own and operate an RV park if given the opportunity?
How stimulating is your life?
If you were thinking of buying a new RV soon, are you still thinking about it or would you postpone for a while?


Thoughts from a reader’s self-quarantine

By Steve Barnes: In this time of so much virus news and saturation, RVers can look on the bright side, for we have so much to be thankful for. Rushing home from Nevada to British Columbia, it was comforting to know we had our “fifth” home behind us. RVers, at least boondockers, are self-sufficient. Perhaps it is time for “full-service park RVers” to think about modifications that would make them self-sufficient. Read more.

WOOD you own this 1920s motorhome? You’d sleep like a LOG!

This Douglas fir log motorhome was built in 1920 near Seattle, Washington. It was built out of a single Douglas fir log on a 1920s 3-ton Dodge Brothers chassis. Check it out!

Coronavirus is not fair. Some thoughts

This was posted by the Washington State Department of Health. We believe it’s worth sharing. “If you have kids, maybe you’ve had a chance to develop your version of the ‘life’s not fair’ speech. Here’s the public health version of it: There’s nothing fair about disease. Families in our state do not have equal access to medical care, or jobs, or food, or housing. And this puts some of our families at higher risk of getting sick, or losing income or even their homes as a result of a serious illness.”  Read more.

Homeless in California: An RVing family’s struggle to shelter in place

RV Travel reader Kasey Yanna writes: “My husband and I decided to sell our home, buy an RV, and travel full-time. I had my fears. But I didn’t imagine something like the Coronavirus pandemic would cause a series of events that would leave us feeling abandoned and homeless three months later.” Read more.


Now is a good time to clean out your water heater!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 910
Have you ever seen the sediment that collects in your water heater? You probably don’t want to. Camco’s water tank rinser is an easy-to-use gadget that is a must-have for any RVer. The tank rinser will get out all the yucky sediment that’s been sitting at the bottom of your water heater and, most importantly, will extend the life of it too. Read the many positive reviews, and get one for yourself here.


At last! A toy-hauler with a “hidden garage” – but with hidden problems

Heartland RV is offering a new concept in toy haulers – and for some of us out here in RVer land, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. With much fanfare, the Thor Industries stepchild company based in Elkhart, Indiana, is announcing its patent-pending Hidden Garage. This all-new concept makes its debut in the 2020 Cyclone 4214 toy hauler. But what’s the hidden problem? Find out here.

Action Needed: Keep RV parks open

RV parks across the country are closed/closing in response to state and local orders. Most states are allowing individual counties to dictate their own measures. We are hearing all kinds of mandates, some of which could force residents/guests to leave an RV park where they are currently sheltering. This puts fellow RVers in jeopardy. Read more and take action.

Make outdoor RV fabrics look like new

We’ve never seen your RV in person, but we know for a fact there are a few stains on its outdoor fabrics. It’s just part of the RV life. … From cotton duck to modern acrylic textiles, all outdoor fabrics collect stains and eventually begin looking old and tired. Here’s a biodegradable product that really cleans outdoor fabrics well. Learn more.

All bottled up! A hilarious story of an RVing newbie…

Steve Korsvall posted this hilarious story on our RV Advice Facebook page. We’re sure you’ll chuckle as much as we did. Here’s what he wrote: “We were jetting out the holding tanks of a 5th wheel of a guy that just got this RV six months earlier. He complained it was compacted. Well, in cleaning it, all of a sudden a 6 oz. bottle comes out with the cap still on it….” Read the rest of the story.



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The RV Death Spiral
Read the eight-part series of editorials by Greg Gerber that the RV industry never wanted written. Download the PDF.

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Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.


Coronavirus must-haves on Amazon. Click here to see what’s available.


Find an RV safe harbor and hunker down

Dear RV Shrink:
I found last week’s column very interesting. As new full-timers, we think we messed up. As the dominoes fall with this pandemic, we are constantly surprised how much it is impacting our lives. We have already been asked to leave two parks. We are now looking into your idea of federal land use. Can we be thrown out of these areas too? —Concerned in Central Arizona

Read the RV Shrink’s response.


Can’t find something at your local store? Amazon may have it.


What can be done for a noisy RV slideout?

Dear Gary:
Our 2007 Winnebago has a living room/dinette booth slide that makes a loud groaning or growling noise when sliding. It has a little bit of a jiggle back and forth along the front edge as it comes in. It did not do that for a while when we bought it new. We have tried some cans of stuff recommended by a local RV shop here but it didn’t help. Last week we stopped by our dealer and we were told, “Well, some of them do that. It could cost a lot to have it fixed.” And they were wanting to sell us a newer model (diesel). …

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


Canceled travel plans = an upset wife? Here’s the perfect gift…
If your travel plans have been canceled and the wife is upset, this earring and necklace combo is the perfect gift to cheer her up! (Or, ladies, you can just buy this adorable combo for yourself!) We think all the ladies of the RVtravel.com staff need this… Chuck? Learn more or order here (trust us, you’ll get major brownie points.).


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Don’t build this DIY dogbone: It could kill you!

Mike Sokol saw this home-brew dogbone adapter on another RV Travel Facebook page the other day, and immediately stepped in to warn everyone of the dangers. The poster said, “Made me a dual 110 to 220 30 Amp adapter for my RV. I can now in emergency connect to Two separate 110 Outlets (on different poles) and go to 220 volt.” The poster removed the post, and Mike moved it to his RV Electricity Facebook group to warn folks, where he received many questions about it. Here’s Mike’s explanation of why this is so dangerous. Important information for everyone.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session

Do I need a generator grounding rod? A reader asks Mike if he has to ground his new generator to a ground electrode, as the manual says.

Sign up for Mike’s popular and informative RV Electricity group on Facebook.
And you don’t want to miss Mike’s webstreams on his YouTube channel.



Tire “reserve load” calculations

From Roger Marble: I ran across a post on tire reserve load or reserve capacity that suggested the RV owner had been given incorrect information. Read the post and Roger’s reply.


Campground, Smampground. Everything is ON HOLD!

Besides Machelle (and most of us) being overwhelmed from so much negative coronavirus news and also suffering from social withdrawal, the loan from the bank for the RV park is on hold as well as the meeting with Planning and Zoning. In addition to all of that, there are some concerned neighbors complaining to P&Z that they didn’t have a chance to attend the prior neighborhood meeting. But there is some good news mixed in with all of these major, albeit temporary, setbacks. Read Machelle’s update here.


A thing that does all things!
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 875This large silicone pad can be used in your microwave under hot bowls to pick them up, or on top of a dish as a splatter guard, on your table as a hot plate, a drying rack, or even as a jar opener. When it gets messy just toss it in the sink for a wash, or even put it in the dishwasher. About $10 on Amazon makes it a great deal. Talk about a great multi-tasking gadget for your RV (or home) kitchen.


Tortellini Salad

Pantry raid tortellini salad. This delicious one-pot meal can be made with no fresh ingredients, so it’s an ideal recipe to tuck away with your emergency supplies in the RV and at home. Stow the makings in your pantry now to pull out in a pinch or simply when you’re just too tired after a long day to cook from scratch. Plus, some great “emergency pantry” tips from Janet. Get the recipe.


Stuck at home or inside your RV? Use Zoom online meetings for get-togethers

With orders to stay at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, meetings are going virtual, and Zoom.us is quickly being adopted as the tool of choice for friends, families, businesses and organizations to hold online meetings. Whether you just want to get together with a few friends for happy hour, keep your Book Club going, or manage a community meeting when no one can come to the Community Center, Zoom might be your answer. (Note from editor: This is what RVtravel.com uses for online meetings.)


These socks don’t stink!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 888
If you don’t believe us when we say these compression socks really work, look at the overwhelmingly positive reviews and maybe you’ll change your mind. These socks provide instant relief to your arches and heels and work to increase blood and oxygen circulation, which helps reduce lactic acid buildup and aids muscle recovery in ankle and feet. Click here to learn more.


Funny RV WTF? (What The Fail?)
Vintage Camper Lovers
Motorhome Madness

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Trivia

Enamel in teeth is the hardest substance in the human body and contains the highest percentage of minerals (at 96%), with water and organic material composing the rest. Source: Wikipedia

Bumper sticker of the week

I cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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Joke of the Week

We are 11 days into self-isolation and it is really upsetting me to witness my wife standing at the living room window gazing aimlessly into space with tears running down her cheeks. It breaks my heart to see her like this. I have thought very hard about how I can cheer her up. I have even considered letting her in – but rules are rules. —Thanks to Tom Hart!

Worth Pondering

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” —Eleanor Roosevelt


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During this crisis, ask what you can do for your neighbor


By Mike Sokol

These are the times that try men’s (and women’s) souls.

I used that quote that last week, and it’s even more true by an order of magnitude this week. Just a few months ago we had little idea of what was in store for us all (the human race). But now we’ve looked into its eye, and it ain’t pretty. COVID-19 has become front and center of everything we do, changing our social lives, our work lives, even our shopping lives. But I won’t go into all the things to panic about. Instead I’m going to tell you what I’m personally doing to help with the situation and suggest you find your own positive ways to help.

“Don’t sit there and whine that you have nothing to do. Open a bottle of wine and figure out some way to help.” —Mike Sokol

Yep, my brain has been in overdrive the last few weeks finding ways I can help. So I’m going to outline a few of the things I’m currently working on, as well as suggesting some ideas you might consider to help yourself and others out.

#1) I’m launching my RVelectricity™ Webstreaming this coming Thursday, April 2, at 1 p.m. EST. What gave me the kick in the butt to do this was that I’m supposed to be in Tucson, AZ, today teaching an RVelectricity seminar for the FMCA. But it was cancelled two weeks ago and I’m all dressed up with no place to go.

So I’ve bought a pro version of Ecamm software, ironed my pretty red shirt with the atomic logo, and set up my office for livestreaming. Until we are back to normal (and probably long after that), I’ll be livestreaming a different 20-minute RVelectricity™ Webcast every week, along with a 3-minute Video Short. That way you will have a continuous stream of information on all things electrical as it relates to RV power (and maybe more).

No, I really don’t have a sponsor for this yet, but I’m sure one will come. But I’m not going to sit around and worry – I’m going to teach. So if YouTube is my classroom, then you’re all my online students. All you have to do is subscribe to my RVelectricity™ YouTube channel.

#2) I had a call from one of my best friends who’s helping a neighbor with a 3-D printer produce dozens of safety masks for medical centers in the area. Hard to believe, but we know dozens of local nurses and healthcare workers (some working in the COVID-19 area of our hospital) who still don’t have face masks.

So, when the call came in about some guy lacking clear plastic for the face shields, I helped engineer a new way to do this that saved him a bunch of assembly time, and also supplied him enough stock from my own inventory to build 300 masks. I also found a source and ordered another 300 pieces of this special stock, and I have another 300 pieces still on the shelf. So, my small contribution will help keep up to 900 health care workers safe by providing them with free face masks. If the hospitals can’t do it, then my friend and I are willing to help.

Kari Culberson at topstitchatl.com

#3) My wife has been comforting family members on the phone for the last several weeks since they’re all terrified of the Coronavirus, and she’s doing a great job of keeping them calm. And we have a few family members who may have been exposed and they’re now self-isolating.

I’ve ordered a few small comfort items for them and hung them on their door after carefully disinfecting them. Then we call them from the safety of our car and tell them their goodies are on the door. It’s not a lot, but even a box of your favorite decaffeinated breakfast tea can mean a lot when you’re stuck in the house and can’t go out.

If they need anything really important I’ve offered to do a store run while protecting myself. Yes, I used to work in a class-100 clean room back in the ’80s building missile guidance systems, so I know a good bit about avoiding contamination.

#4) One of my grown children can’t go to work right now, and since he was already taking online classes for his Master’s degree, he asked the teacher to let him work ahead. He’s spending 5 hours a day taking his next class on his computer. He loves it and has been getting 98% grades so far.

Those are some of the things I’ve been doing, so here are some other possibilities for you. Some are whimsical while others can save lives. Don’t sit there and whine, do something…

#1) Consider setting up your RV as a possible isolation room. You may find a family member has contracted COVID-19 and needs to be isolated from the rest of the household. What better place than your RV trailer in the backyard. But get your power hooked up to it now before you really need it. And no, a cheap orange extension cord doesn’t qualify. If you already have a pedestal on your house, that’s great. Or at least get the heaviest and shortest extension cord that will fit and get it hooked up.

#2) Don’t hoard things. No, we’re not going to run out of toilet paper anytime soon, so you probably only need to stock a few months ahead. I’m pretty sure nobody needs to buy a year’s supply or install a bidet adapter on their toilet right now, but that’s happening. Ugh.

#3) If you can sew, there are some sewing clubs making surgical masks for heath care workers. While what you’re sewing won’t be N95 rated, workers can wear them over top of their limited supply of N95 masks, thereby extending their life.

#4) Paint or make something pretty and give it to a friend that needs a lift. Depression is dangerous so anything that gets their mind off of this situation for a few minutes can help.

#5) Put in a garden and learn how to can vegetables. It’s better than eating processed food anyway.

From capfire.net

#6) Design something useful and start making them for sale on Etsy or give them away locally if you can. I really like this little kid’s hat with a protective face shield, but use your imagination. Don’t overprice them on Etsy, please, as many people are out of work, so be fair.

#7) Start a Facebook group and post ideas that can help keep everyone safe. Here’s one created by my colleague Nichole Wheeler called MAP – Maintenance Awareness Prevention – with ideas to keep safe and sane. I just posted about using an iPad rubber-tipped stylus to avoid touching the screen on your ATM or gas pump with your fingers. Works great. And I love the post about using doggie poo bags as quickie gloves (saves the glove supply) when you have to touch doorknobs or whatever. Really great ideas. (Editor: Here are more rubber-tipped stylus pens on Amazon.com, if you’re interested, since the one Mike mentioned is almost out of stock.)

#8) Make sure you read Chuck’s Coronavirus updates here on RVtravel.com. He’s working hard to keep you, our RVing readers, informed about RVing and staying safe in these challenging times.

#9) Move your body, for heaven’s sake. We’re mostly sitting on our couches now, so find an online program on Yoga or stretching or whatever exercise you like (or can at least tolerate) and start doing it on a regular basis. Outdoor walks are encouraged as long as you stay 6 feet from anyone. Take your dog for a walk – he or she will enjoy getting some fresh air and exercise, too.

#10) Stay healthy from other medical problems. You do not want to go the hospital right now for a broken leg, or heart attack, or anything else for that matter. So don’t take any risks (no bungee jumping or chain sawing trees) and just chill out until this all blows over. I’ve talked to a few medical industry insiders who say they expect to be fully overloaded very soon, and you don’t want to be part of the problem. And be sure to order your regular medications as far in advance as you can. Don’t expect your pill order to arrive in a week – better plan for a month or more of delivery time, or as far in advance as they let you order.

Oh, and if you have any ideas to help out, please tell us in the comments below.

I hope this helps inspire you to find something you can do to help. Finally, as I always say (and it’s even more true than ever) – Let’s play safe out there….

 

 

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

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From editor Chuck Woodbury, hiding out in Arizona


From the editor

As I noted in my essay in today’s newsletter, I know two people with the COVID-19. One has died, the other is fighting for his life. For me, the pandemic is real.

Huge changes are underway. Not to appear too negative, but it’s a difficult time for most of us.

Every RV show, every RV club rally, most every other public event that I am aware of, has been cancelled for months ahead. Half our country’s state parks have closed their campgrounds. Many national parks and national forest campgrounds have closed, too.

Millions of people have lost their jobs, and more will every day. It makes me sick to think of what these people are about to endure without money to pay their bills. I sometimes feel guilty that I still have a job. At RVtravel.com we are hanging in there, and will probably get through this if we work hard and smart. We have lost more than half our advertising, but thankfully many readers have voluntarily subscribed, which will help carry us through until better times return.

The disease is not going away until a vaccine is developed. Americans will not be packing into churches on Easter. It will take longer.

The RV industry is shutting down. Already Winnebago and Thor have closed their factories. Smaller companies have, too. I will be surprised if any other major RV manufacturer will be building RVs in two weeks. Small companies will go broke, as happened in 2008. I don’t envision the RV industry returning to any sense of normalcy for at least a year, most likely longer.

I am not smart enough to know where all this is going, but I strongly believe crisis mode will be with us for at least a few months. I am not in the mood to hear another person tell me the pandemic is not real, a hoax, fake news, or was propagated by the Chinese or a particular political party for some sort of evil agenda.

Watch your friend die, or your child, your spouse or next door neighbor … you will never again question that this is real.

Gail and I are holed up in our motorhome in Kingman, Arizona. But we’re losing our site in a few weeks. We’re not sure where we’ll go. Many snowbird parks, which would normally have vacancies now, are still filled and have waiting lists: Residents do not want to move, just stay safe, away from big cities. They can still socialize – but six feet apart.

Our daily updates about the coronavirus in our RV Daily Tips Newsletter have sent our circulation soaring. We are adding 1,700 new subscribers a week (sign up here). We welcome each of you, and ask that you tell an RVer friend of yours about us if you like what you see.

I count my blessings that I have a comfortable RV to live in during this unprecedented crisis. I sometimes can’t believe what’s happening. It’s like a bad dream that I will awaken from soon.

For now, Gail and I will spend a lot of time at our computers, doing what we do best when stuck in a small space with nowhere to go – informing RVers about how they can navigate through this awful time. Our staff is also hard at work, all in their homes, including my daughter Emily, who lives smack dab in the epicenter of the COVID-19 death zone in Washington. Lucky for her, she has always worked from home and can continue to do so.

Some good will come of this, as I have said before. If nothing else, maybe people will learn that no matter what our political beliefs we need to join together to battle a fierce enemy. I am already seeing this happen and it’s the one bright spot in all this.

While you are sitting at home, maybe it’s a good time to catch up on some reading or watch a different cable news channel for another perspective. And every day that you remain healthy, count your blessings. And, please, help others whenever you can. We are in this together. We are living in what will be one of the most historic times in America, and, in fact, world history.

Be strong, be safe! We will come through this . . .

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How is the stock of inventory in your local grocery store(s)?


Many grocery and big box stores across the United States have been hard hit by shoppers, many of them hoarders stocking up with food and other supplies in anticipation of shortages later. Stocks of toilet paper, rice and pasta have been completely exhausted in some stores.

Although experts say our supply of food and other essentials is excellent, it hasn’t stopped some consumers from stocking up. At Costco, lines have often been an hour long or more.

What’s it like where you live? After you answer the poll, feel free to leave a comment with details about your local situation.

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We have asked more than 1,500 polls at RVtravel.com through the years. Here’s a recent one that we found interesting. More than 3,500 readers responded. We asked: How stimulating is your life? Read how they responded here.





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RVelectricity: Don’t build this DIY dogbone – It can kill you


By Mike Sokol

Dear Readers,
I saw this home-brew dogbone adapter on another RV Travel Facebook page the other day, and immediately stepped in to warn everyone of the dangers. The poster pulled it off the site in a few minutes, but not before I snagged a few screen shots. I’m worried that as RVers are displaced from their normal campgrounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll see more highly dangerous wiring that can either blow up your RV’s electrical system, or kill you, or both. Here’s one you DO NOT want to do, as well as why it’s a code violation.

First, he posts a picture of a DIY adapter he built with a pair of standard male 15-amp plugs. That’s feeding into a box with a TT-30 RV outlet, which is exactly what you would plug an RV’s 30-amp shore power cord into.

Looks innocent enough, doesn’t it? Well, read what he had to say about how he wired and and why he wired it this way. If he’s serious about this (and I hope he’s not), then it will be used to create a 240-volt service on an RV outlet that must be wired for 120-volts only. That’s right … it could fry every electrical component inside of your RV in seconds. So say goodbye to your converter and refrigerator. Adios to your tank monitoring system and microwave. Ciao to your entertainment system and air conditioner. It will all be toast in seconds.

So after posting this on my RV Electricity Facebook group, there were a bunch of questions about why exactly it was dangerous, how he might have wired it, and why it was a code violation. I promised an explanation to my group, so here it is. And this gives many of you newbies a chance to learn how to read a basic schematic, so follow along.

Here is how an electrical box is wired up in the good ol’ USA. As you can see, there’s a transformer on a pole (or pad) which converts the 11,000 volts or so into 240 volts. That’s further split down the middle into 120/120 volts with a neutral divider. Every home in the USA is wired exactly like this, which we call a split-phase 120/240-volt service.

If we connect a meter between either of the two poles (legs) and neutral we get more or less 120 volts. But connect a meter between both of the poles (legs) and we’ll measure 240 volts. I think what his plan entailed was connecting the two 15-amp plugs as I’ve illustrated in the first diagram. If that’s the case, and he does succeed in plugging into outlets on two different poles, then you can see that the TT-30 outlet is now connected between them and will send 240 volts into an RV electrical system only designed for 120 volts. Yes, it will be a total disaster in seconds.

Now, the second example is also dangerous, but in a different way. I’ve assumed that he’s wired this DIY adapter to combine the amperage of two different outlets into a common TT-30 outlet. If he manages to connect those plugs into outlets on the same pole (leg), then it will provide 120 volts to the TT-30 outlet. But pull out one of the 15-amp plugs, and its contacts will be energized by the plug that’s still connected. If he connects this to two outlets on different poles (legs), then it will be a direct short across the 240-volt service, and the fireworks will be spectacular.

In any event, it’s all dangerous, it’s all a code violation, and you never want to brew up something like this on your own. It will either kill someone or blow up your RV’s electrical system, or both. So DO NOT DO THIS.

BTW: My new RVelectricity Webstream is going live this Thursday, April 2, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time, with additional 20-minute modules at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. You’ll want to subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE, but I promise it will be painless. Yes, it’s free and available to watch anytime later.

See you on my RVelectricity YouTube channel this Thursday, April 2.

Let’s play safe out there….

 

 

 

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at Amazon.com. For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.
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Thor pitches in on front line of coronavirus defense


As communities across the country continue to grapple with the growing pandemic, many of the RV brands owned by THOR Industries are stepping up to support healthcare workers with critical supplies and mobile units to fight the spread of the virus.

Here’s a partial listing to date of the efforts by THOR companies:

Airstream, Inc. has donated two NEST travel trailers for the Wilson Health medical team to use to conduct testing at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelby, Ohio. The site will be set up as a drive-through and a Wilson Health medical team will collect specimens from patients who have a physician order for a COVID-19 test to be performed.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles has donated critical supplies to Beacon Health System in Elkhart, Indiana—delivering two pallets of supplies to Beacon’s incident command center inclusive of 400 face masks and 700 chemical protective suits.

Jayco has donated several units as well as safety glasses, face masks and vinyl gloves to local healthcare facilities and area first responders in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana. The company gave two Seismic 4125 toy haulers to serve as additional space for pediatric immunizations outside of the clinic with the goal of keeping kids safe during the pandemic. Jayco also donated one unit to the Middlebury Fire Department to use as a quarantine space should one of the firefighters become infected.

Keystone RV Company has donated supplies throughout its local Indiana community including masks and protective suits for the Wakarusa Ambulance Department, masks for healthcare professionals in a network of nursing homes in Northern Indiana, and sets of eye protection for Goshen Hospital. The company is also supporting their Pendleton, Oregon community by providing 400 masks to St. Anthony Hospital.

K-Z Recreational Vehicles has raised funds to provide medical supplies to area hospitals. In addition, the company is partnering with Goshen General Hospital and other area businesses to produce reusable protective masks.

Thor Motor Coach has provided chemical protective suits and face masks to healthcare workers in Elkhart and Goshen, Indiana.  The company has also donated fabric for its furloughed employees to make face masks, hoping to eliminate a future shortage in the area.

“This is an unprecedented time in our history, and one that requires us to come together and help where we can,” said Thor president and CEO Bob Martin. “We are proud of our companies as they have and will continue to step up to support our communities and the healthcare professionals doing the hard work of fighting this disease. Our hope is that we can look back at this time in history and say that we all cared for one another and because of that, we came out stronger than ever.”





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I park my TT on a driveway and everytime I need to connect or disconnect, my tires are crooked. Should I use levelers on the right tire when I hitch up, or is that overkill? Bruce is a 2015 Silverado 2500 LT


I park my TT on a driveway and everytime I need to connect or disconnect, my tires are crooked. Should I use levelers on the right tire when I hitch up, or is that overkill? Bruce is a 2015 Silverado 2500 LT submitted by /u/philography
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Generator idiot : GoRVing


Okay. So we just bought a 2012 K-Z Spree Escape 196s. My hubs needs to move into it ASAP and he’ll be living in it in the driveway until after Covid is over. We cannot wire into the house without making a $6600 investment in a new panel. Don’t ask. It’s an electric mess. We borrowed my dad’s huge regular generator but when we hook the rev up to it with an adapter, it blows the breaker. What kind of generator do we need? We have a 30amp/120v plug. A/C is 13500 BTU and heater is 16000. Help. I need something and need it fast. Many, many thanks!



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Homeless in California. An RVing family’s struggle to shelter in place


By Kasey Yanna
SPECIAL TO RVtravel.com
My husband and I decided to sell our home, buy an RV, and travel full-time. I had my fears. But I didn’t imagine something like the Coronavirus pandemic would cause a series of events that would leave us feeling abandoned and homeless three months later.

But two days ago, we were kicked out of an Army Corps of Engineers campground in California. We picked the campsite in a small town to stay away from the more populated cities and practice social distancing while the virus was spreading through California. But when the shelter-in-place order was handed down by the governor, the order didn’t accommodate full-time travelers staying at state and federal parks or campsites.

When a park ranger first knocked on our RV door to tell us about the possibility of the park closing, my husband explained that we, plus our toddler and two dogs, live in our RV full-time and were trying to shelter in place, where should we go? Her response: “The Flying J allows RVs overnight.” The Flying J. A gas station? Driving from a secluded park in the hillside to sleep at a gas station with frequent visitors doesn’t sound like the responsible (or safe) thing to do in the midst of a pandemic, but okay. Thanks for that.

So I began searching for nearby BLM lands, which often offer free camping, but didn’t find a spot close to us that could fit the length of our RV (32 ft.). That’s when I turned to RV parks, which we typically avoid because we prefer staying closer to nature. I, along with my husband and brother-in-law, called more than a dozen RV parks, only to hear “We’re all booked” more than a dozen times. When I finally reached a park that had availability, a rush of relief ran through my body.

But the relief was short-lived. While completing my reservation over the phone, the RV park employee put me on hold to answer another line. When she hopped back on my line, she had her boss on speakerphone. He proceeded to share that due to an email he had just received regarding the shelter-in-place order, they could no longer accept new reservations. The efforts to make people stay home and flatten the curve were kicking us out of one park and causing us to be turned away from another. My heart sank.

Will we be forced to sleep at a rest stop until we find a place to stay? Should we leave California and head to a state with fewer restrictions? Do we need to travel back to Texas to stay with family? We considered our options and the fact that our heater had just broken and needed to be repaired. Our solar panel system was also not working properly but the rain (and assumption that we wouldn’t be forced to leave our campsite) had kept us from troubleshooting that issue.

Thankfully, another RV park took us in. I sound like a desolate orphan that received charity, but this park actually charges 3–4 times the rate of the other parks that were all booked, plus the one that turned us away. And still, in this situation, money was almost useless. We were almost without a place to park our home.

During these unsettling times and despite our struggles to find a place to park our home, I know how fortunate we are to have food, shelter, and other necessities. Still, this is the first time I missed our old house — the one that was stationary, survived a tornado and offered a type of security that our RV does not.

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Action needed: Keep RV parks open


A message from the Escapees Club

RV parks across the country are closed/closing in response to state and local orders. Most states are allowing individual counties to dictate their own measures. We are hearing all kinds of mandates, some of which could force residents/guests to leave an RV park where they are currently sheltering. This puts fellow RVers in jeopardy.

We encourage you to take part in a grassroots effort to reach key leaders directly. Every day that passes, Federal and State campgrounds are closing their gates. And, with the potential for more states and counties to mandate private RV park and campground closures, we need to act now. In addition to working as an association with our political leaders and our fellow industry leaders, we feel it is time to encourage each individual to reach out to their elected officials and explain to them why is it critical that they consider RV parks as essential businesses.

We urge you to contact county officials now! Go to https://www.escapees.com/keep-rv-parks-open-during-coronavirus/ for information on who and how to contact, as well as sample letters. Our advocacy team is already reaching out to state and county officials on behalf of RVers, but we need your help to increase the power of our voices.

To make this easier, we have composed three samples to help you with ideas. You are welcome to use any of them as you wish, but it may be considered more earnest if you modify the examples to better fit your opinions and circumstances or write your own words. You will find the samples on our website.

No matter if you choose to call or write, it is always best to keep your message respectful and courteous and limit it in length. And remember, our political leaders have rarely been so busy as they are right now. To find your state and federal political leaders, visit USA GOV.

For more information on this effort, visit https://www.escapees.com/keep-rv-parks-open-during-coronavirus/.





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Entry level travel trailer help : GoRVing


I’m interested in a small bunk house style travel trailer. Something that sleeps 5 and doesn’t have bump outs. There are a lot of choices ranging from a $10k Coleman to 16 or 17k for higher end products.

The used market seems pretty fixed at just under $10k unless you’re looking at something really old.

This would be for casual 2 season use late spring though early fall. Am I just better off buying something cheap that is new so that I get a warranty?

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Purchasing our 2nd trailer, need some help! : GoRVing


So my partner and I are living full time in our trailer. It’s been great, we love it and we’re planning on living in a trailer for the few years as we want to move for our jobs and be flexible.

Right now we have a 1973 prowler, the toilet doest work because it froze over the winter and our water doesn’t work as the pipes all leak. We’ve made due with the situation and have survived a pretty cold snowy winter.

So I’m in the search for the right trailer for us! My wants: Decent sized bathroom Heated tanks and enclosed and insulated underbelly Needs to be less than 4k lbs towing fully loaded Space for 2 people plus a dog Spacious kitchen layout with good countertop space 35gallon or more for tanks Fiberglass construction Fridge that can fit a pizza in the freezer

There’s some other but picky things but those are my big ones. We may be moving once or even twice a year and may use this to boondock in the woods occasionally, so the ability to tow it down a forest service road is why we’re looking for really lightweight and rugged.

Nearly purchased a 2019 No Boundaries 19.7 but didn’t like the bunk beds and counter top space was a minimum but I liked the construction and ground clearance as well as the look inside. We also liked the GeoPro and the Avalanche and have even considered toy haulers for the open layout and ability to build what we want.

I’m looking for suggestions on brands/models to consider as well as suggestions on what feature may be more valuable than most. The no boundaries said it had an enclosed underbelly which turned out to just be some plastic sheet and it wasn’t insulated and didn’t have heat pads so I felt a little duped by that marketing gimmick.



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What to read during the coronavirus outbreak (Pandemic edition)


Sure, many of us are still staying busy during these scary coronavirus times. Many of us are still working, or doing all those projects around the house or RV that we’ve been saying we’ll get to. But many of us are feeling pretty isolated and bored right now too, and that’s where reading comes into play. Now is the perfect time to settle down with a good book and enjoy the peace and quiet of the world around us. And, what better books to enjoy than those that really freak us out about the current state of our world?

Here’s a list of some books you can read to get you through these wild, weird times.

Are you reading anything interesting? Tell us in the comments!

1.) The Plague, Albert Camus

A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror. Camus’ novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of 20th-century literature.

2.) The Stand, Stephen King

A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. 

3.) The Road, Cormac McCarthy

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food – and each other.

4.) Earth Abides, George R. Stewart

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he’d either dreaded or hoped for.

5.) Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end…

6.) Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World, Laura Spinney

In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind’s vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. As socially significant as both world wars, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted – and often permanently altered – global politics, race relations and family structures, while spurring innovation in medicine, religion and the arts.

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Running dual AC’s on 30 amp shore power?



I recently moved a lot further south than I was when I bought my RV and the AC is doing well, but not as good as I’d like it to. I’m working nights right now so keeping it as cool as I’d like while I’m sleeping isn’t working since it’s hitting almost 90 here daily now. I was thinking of adding a non-ducted AC to my bedroom to help me sleep. Is there a unit small enough to supplement the primary AC without tripping breakers, or could I replace the main AC and run two smaller units? Alternatively, could I upgrade my trailer to 50amp and just run two full size units? For reference I have a 2018 Keystone Sprinter 25RK, it has a Coleman Mach AC unit on it, I think it’s a 13,500btu unit but I’m not sure. Everything I’ve read says this unit came with either that or a 15k and I don’t know where to look to verify which one I’ve got without climbing on my roof.

EDIT To clarify, I’m not asking if I can run two 13.5k or 15k units on 30 amp. I’m asking if I could run a second unit rated around 10k or install two small units.

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Building an RV park: Campground, Smampground. Everything is ON HOLD!


By Machelle James

My brain is fried. I am on Coronavirus overload. I had to turn off the news as the ups and downs with the stock market, new virus cases, unemployment, furloughs and politics are fueling anxiety that I never had before. These days life is a lot different by staying indoors, away from friends and family – and I am NOT used to being so isolated.

We found out that due to the banks being closed and everyone told to go home, our loan is at a standstill. It’s on hold with no one even looking at it anymore. I am frustrated, and I am angry. I understand it, I really do. This is not just affecting us, but many people around us as well. We are sitting here waiting to get funding, waiting to start, and everything has been put on hold.

Not only that, but our public meeting with Planning and Zoning has been put on hold as well. We were informed that they have postponed all public meetings until further notice OR until they figure out a way to hold public meetings online. I suggested Zoom meetings, as you can have up to 100 people in that meeting for free. I am not sure if that will go anywhere, but I did suggest it.

On top of all that, we have a small group of neighbors who complained to Planning and Zoning that they didn’t have a chance to come to our prior neighborhood meeting. We were advised (even though it’s not mandatory) to have another meeting via online to show a PowerPoint Presentation to the concerned neighbors.

It’s crazy how people’s minds work. They all assume the worst. The fear of a HUGE RV park being built across the street from them. Now you all know how small we really are, so this makes me laugh. They also are fighting the zoning we have. It’s unfortunate that I have to explain to them that we are the correct zoning and we are NOT asking for a zoning change. We are zoned correctly. We just need a permit to operate.

It’s comparable to us to agreeing to a more stringent set of rules and guidelines to abide by for operating an RV Park. Any of you who own or built an RV Park are very aware of the NIMBYs who simply have no argument besides, “I don’t like change and I just don’t want it here.”

On a good note, we were able to meet the only local Off Road mechanic and his wife before we were all ordered to stay home. They are Mike and Vickie, and they only opened up shop in our small town two years ago. They are super busy being the only Off Road shop up here. They were delighted to have us partner with them for when we do open and our guests have a trusted mechanic to fix their OHVs.

We also met with our insurance agent to learn about the true costs for operating an OHV-friendly campground. While they have rules that we as campground owners need to enforce, it wasn’t that bad at all. Arizona is such a HUGE off-roading state that it was not a surprise, nor rare, to ask for this type of insurance.

We are NOT renting ATVs or Side x Sides at all. That has different insurance requirements. We simply have to make sure children under 16 years old wear a helmet, and they cannot drive themselves around the inside of the campground. Mom and Dad have to drive their OHVs to outside the property or they can push their own OHVs outside our property line. We have to follow the rules, and so do our families.

In the interim of this madness, AJ and I have decided to keep working on things that we can do ourselves until the storm ends. We are digging out tree roots with our friend’s excavator, we are still cutting down the shrubs for RV storage and we will be putting up a temporary fence this weekend. I am going to nail down some sign ideas for the internal parts of the park: street signs, one-way signs, CHECK IN HERE signs, site number signs and our Clubhouse sign. I have wonderful friends who want to help with wood cutting and painting of our signs, so I am thankful for them as well!

I’ll be sure to keep you posted on our neighborhood meeting as well as any promising news that comes our way.

Thank you all for following our journey and, as always, See You in the Trees!

And please leave a comment.

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Machelle James and her husband, AJ, are building, from the ground up, a 15-acre RV park in Heber-Overgaard, Arizona, in the beautiful White Mountains 140 miles from Phoenix. Follow them on Facebook @ AJ’s Getaway RV Park or on Instagram at ajsgetawayrvpark.

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2020 FOREST RIVER WILDWOOD X-LITE 273QBXL



Anyone out there have any insight on this trailer? It’s just my wife and I and we are looking to start fulltime in this. We have a PTX170FQS right now and love it for weekend trips but it’s a touch too small for fulltime. I dont want to jump to 5th wheels yet. Any comments would be great. Thanks!!

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Fulltimers-where can you stay during this outbreak?


By Russ and Tiña De Maris

The Coronavirus situation has turned us all upside down. Did you have a road trip planned? Did your plans include an RV show or other related event? It’s a good guess that your event is postponed or cancelled altogether. With many of our readers in “stay home” order areas, you’re likely glad you have a home.

Or do you?

For rvtravel.com readers who are fulltime RVers, home may be “where you park it,” but the question is, under the current conditions, just where can you park it? We wrote this piece on Friday morning, March 27. Here’s just a smattering of places you can’t call home if you’re a fulltimer:

California: All state parks and “developed” Forest Service sites are closed. Colorado: State and forest service campgrounds closed. Private parks are questionable, the state is still determining oi they are “essential” or not. Connecticut: By order of the governor, all campgrounds are shut down. Illinois: All state parks are closed; hotels and motels are open as “essential,” but the state has yet to rule on how essential private parks are.

We could go on. In some states, no restrictions have been put in place, in others, ‘no room at the inn,’ is the order of the day. This leaves fulltimers in a big pickle. For those who require utility hookups, the situation can be pretty serious. If you need electricity, for say, a residential-style refrigerator, you’re likely watching your food rot, as there’s no place to stay.

Here at rvtravel, we’re struggling to keep up with the news. The two of us joke about putting together the Sunday news column. With so much COVID-19 news, we thought for our part, we’d simply skip the topic, and let other areas of our publishing wings handle it. Yesterday, we had five total non-Coronavirus items of interest to publish. It seems like if it’s not about the virus, it isn’t happening. Chuck, our fearless publisher, is dealing almost non-stop with literally “viral” information. We’d love to put together a comprehensive list of “what’s open and what’s not” but we just don’t have the resources.

BUT, there is an internet resource that is trying to keep up with information that our fulltiming friends will need. The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) an industry support group, has created and is continually updating an internet-accessible spreadsheet of the status of both public and private campgrounds on a state-by-state basis. Here’s the link to follow to get that information.

Meanwhile, if you’re out there, you may find some private campgrounds open. We’ve heard heartbreaking stories of fulltime travelers who lament that they normally stay in lower-cost publicly operated campgrounds, like those found at county fairgrounds. One young couple say when these public campgrounds shut down, they were still able to find private campgrounds available, but the nightly costs were so high, they were out of their reach. No doubt the same is true with older RVers living on fixed incomes.

What’s to be done? We’d like to reach out to our readers who have to face these critical times on the road. How are you making do? What experiences have you had, and based on those, what advice can you share? Please drop us an e-mail to russ AT rvtravel.com, and yes, replace that AT with the typical e-mail formatted at sign. We’d like to share your experiences with our readers as we bump down this road together. Meanwhile, know that the staff here at rvtravel is concerned and cares about all of you. Do your best to stay safe, and look forward to better times.





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WOOD you own this 1920s motorhome? You’d sleep like a LOG!


If you wanted to know what RVs looked like 100 years ago, here’s your chance. (Just kidding. We don’t think all RVs were built inside Douglas fir logs!)

This Douglas fir log motorhome was built in 1920 near Seattle, Washington. It was built out of a single Douglas fir log on a 1920s 3-ton Dodge Brothers chassis. Douglas firs can grow up to 250 feet, and are the second-tallest conifer (pine, evergreen) after the majestic Redwood trees.

Would you like to own this RV? You know you’d get a good night’s sleep in that cozy bed – you’d sleep like a log!

These photos were taken in 1922. Do you know anything about this RV? If so, tell us in the comments. We’d love to learn more about it!

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