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RE: Illegal GPS mounting

Must have been a slow day.Or maybe the officer just got finished telling a parent their 8 year old had been run over and killed by a driver who didn't see them. And under what logic do people justify breaking one law because it isn't against the law to do something else? Just what other laws should be suspended and overlooked because Arizona doesn't ban texting while driving?
westernrvparkowner 05/23/15 03:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Financing and Insurance for Montana LLC

legally you have to license the RV in what ever state it is in, having a montana llc will not get you around that law, unless you already live in montanaA Montana LLC is setting up a company, based in Montana, to own the RV. It will be registered in Montana and you will have Montana license tags. IF (big if) you don't intend to take the RV back to your home state, it makes sense and can be morally justified. If you plan on living in Colorado, and parking it at your house for the 300 days a year you don't take trips in it, it is clearly a tax dodge and Colorado should and will come after you. The two most obvious instances where a LLC makes the most sense are full timers, with no ties to any particular state and those people who do not bring the RV to their home area. It will complicate the financing and insurance. Much higher risks for both.
westernrvparkowner 05/23/15 10:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Park, Full Amenities but no hot water

If it was going to be several days, they owe you something. What that would be is hard to pin down. In my mind it would kind of depend on what your rig is. If you have a self contained rig, a few bucks a day would probably be appropriate. If you have a popup or are tenting, the park should know you rely on the showers, then all bets are off. We would try to relocate you to another park and offer something for the inconvenience. Now, if the hot water is only off for a few hours or maybe one day while they bring in replacement parks, that is a little different. Then, a little understanding on your part might be all that is needed.
westernrvparkowner 05/23/15 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Surge Guard Came In handy Today

And then she ignored the problem with other power pedestal....... Typical @ KOA'S and other campgrounds. We know from experience, beware!!!Read the posts. The Poster never said or implied they weren't going to fix it. Old Biscuit just posted a smart arse remark, not based on any facts. The OP even came back and posted they were, in fact, going to fix it. There is no need to bash all KOAs or All Campgrounds because one has a problem. I am reasonably sure whatever profession you were in had someone in that industry have a problem. That didn't make every one in that business bad. Probably 99.9% of all campground power pedestals are properly wired. That 1/10th of one percent that aren't shouldn't be what you judge the entire industry on.
westernrvparkowner 05/23/15 09:16am Toy Haulers
RE: Surge Guard Came In handy Today

Question: How does one post get reverse polarity and the other won't? Is it a matter of how someone wired it?Revered polarity is very easy to fix. What happens is someone replaces the outlet and accidentally puts the wires on the wrong sides, black on the right instead of the left and white the same. To fix it, you just reverse them. Doesn't really require a $300 service call from an electrician. Reversed polarity cannot cause an damage to any equipment. What it does is potentially increase the shock hazard of a failed appliance. While it should be fixed immediately, it really isn't a big deal. No need to avoid that site for the rest of all eternity.
westernrvparkowner 05/23/15 09:09am Toy Haulers
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

I would feel I might have to potentially change my business plan. Maybe I become a boutique park with even higher rates but even better amenities. Maybe I change to a different product, the world needs cabins and other lodging. Maybe it would be time to sell the land and subdivide. Businesses get outcompeted every day. I knew when I went into the business it was always a possibility that the market could change. New competitors could enter. People's wants and desires could change. Nothing is a given. That's the free market. The answer is to adapt or die, not expect the better competitor to be kept away by government. ..... How about this wild idea that ton's of RV'ers would take advantage of: A check-in status option and section of your campground that was graveled surface only, allowed no hookups, allowed no use of your WiFi, allowed no use of your bathrooms or showers, and was very inexpensive - like $7.50 to $10.00 per night, with a two-night maximum? We would make use of this kind of commercial campground special pricing and conditions BIG TIME ... instead of what we currently use for quick stop-overs en route between longer term camping spots: Walmart lots, church parking lots, Port of Entry lots, truck stop lots, etc.. The above would help towards adapting or dying. It won't ever happen. It's been beaten to death on these forums and it cannot every work financially. For no services, nobody is going to pay $7.50 or $10 when they can stay for free at Walmart and the like. You still have to have advertising, employees, insurance, credit card fees, taxes, license fees etc. And how do you keep people off the internet and out of the bathrooms, showers, pools etc? A simple fence isn't going to stop them, they will just walk around. There are lots of things people want, that might get a whole lot of customers, but just don't work. I would love a restaurant with nickel lobsters and 10 cent beers. But you can't lose money on every transaction and make it up in volume. As for an add on to a current park, that would almost assuredly cost the owner business. Some of those full paying overnighters would just opt for the ten buck sites and instead of getting $45 or $50 bucks, the park will get $10.00. Bad idea.
westernrvparkowner 05/20/15 02:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

Do you stay out of Home Depot, Lowes, Target, K-Mart, Meijer's in Michigan, etc.? HD not so much. Lowes is owned by WM, target no, k-mart stores are gone. Meijers was the last store to have mostly USA products but do not go there often. WM has the largest impact, there are many others on my list but then that is my list of business' that are not employee friendly or just horrible with constant threats to their employees. Lowes owned by WMT, you're nuts. Lowes is owned by Lowes. Get your facts right WM owns the most shares in Lowes and the tother way lowes own most shares in WM. FACT!Just because you say it is a fact, doesn't make it so. There are no individuals who own a large percentage of both Walmart and Lowes stock. As a matter of fact (from Morningstar) the only individuals who own 5% or more of Walmart are members of the Walton Family and no individual owns 5% or more of Lowes stock. The largest non-individual holders of both companies are Mutual funds like Vanguard, Blackrock and T Rowe Price, meaning there are millions of individual owners of those blocks of stock and only Vanguard has a 5% or greater share of stock in either of those companies. Lowes and Walmart are about as separate as entities can be. Okay, please take note, the way corporations operate, and how the legal definition of subsideries come into play. First of all, Lowes is not owned by Walmart Assocaites INC. However Lowes is owned by the Walton Family. The daughter is the primary operator of the Lowes stores. Although they keep the Lowes assets seperate, it is indeed owned by the same family. Not only can this be seen by building designs, and architecture, but whenever Walmart paints their stores, or changes it's colors, Lowes follow suit. So for those that think they know that Lowes isn't owned by Walmart, has an enlightenment to be learned. They have no interest in letting their employees know what they own, no matter how long you have worked for their company. If anyone knows, how, and has followed the Walmart history of expansion, you will notice how they acquire assets via acquisitions. It usually starts with Walmart purchasing a minority stake, usually around 42-47% of ownership,(just enough to be able to be a major share holder, and thus have a board position), they then in a few years will increase their holdings of that company, and in the majority of instances, they become whole ownership.I guess I didn't know that Walmart was above federal law and can hide their business interests. Their federal filings show no ownership interests in Lowes, but apparently you have deep inside information, probably from you association with the trilateral commission. I am surprised, however, that their black helicopters haven't obliterated your informative posts by now.
westernrvparkowner 05/20/15 08:34am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: My thoughts on the "Rapid Response Team"

Most, if not all, service issues at RV dealerships are linked to management. The service manager is the one responsible to set and monitor the service standards at the dealership. It's not rocket science. Walk around the service bays, read the call/appointment logs of the service advisers. Talk and listen to your customers. It will hit you in the face if things are not right. Now this can only work if the general manager has the budget to hire competent service managers and employees. The way I see it, many dealerships focus 99% on the sales and finance side for quick profits and treat the service side as a necessary evil. As the word gets around, current and future customers will run for the hills. As I said, it's not brain science or rocket surgery or something like that.:SYou only get one side of the story here. It is usually edited, condensed and written to show the complaining party in the best possible light and Camping World in the worst possible. Camping World rightly does not present their side of the story. That isn't what professional organizations do. But as anyone who has ever dealt with the public will tell you there are some customers that are incapable of being satisfied. They will also tell you those same customers can tell a few whoppers when they are making their case. You get things like "my rig was in the shop for 8 weeks before they fixed a broken tail light". That might even be true, but they leave out the fact the rig was in the shop for $50,000 worth of body work and the tail light was just the last item they replaced when they finished the entire job. Taking anything at face value that is posted on the internet is a giant leap of faith.
westernrvparkowner 05/19/15 05:39pm Camping World Service and Installation
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

Do you stay out of Home Depot, Lowes, Target, K-Mart, Meijer's in Michigan, etc.? HD not so much. Lowes is owned by WM, target no, k-mart stores are gone. Meijers was the last store to have mostly USA products but do not go there often. WM has the largest impact, there are many others on my list but then that is my list of business' that are not employee friendly or just horrible with constant threats to their employees. Lowes owned by WMT, you're nuts. Lowes is owned by Lowes. Get your facts right WM owns the most shares in Lowes and the tother way lowes own most shares in WM. FACT!Just because you say it is a fact, doesn't make it so. There are no individuals who own a large percentage of both Walmart and Lowes stock. As a matter of fact (from Morningstar) the only individuals who own 5% or more of Walmart are members of the Walton Family and no individual owns 5% or more of Lowes stock. The largest non-individual holders of both companies are Mutual funds like Vanguard, Blackrock and T Rowe Price, meaning there are millions of individual owners of those blocks of stock and only Vanguard has a 5% or greater share of stock in either of those companies. Lowes and Walmart are about as separate as entities can be.
westernrvparkowner 05/19/15 04:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Seeing yellowstone on foot?

www.nps.gov/yell has a map with distances. The Grand Loop around the park is 140 miles long. That's a lot of walking. There is no bus service for getting around. That hiking will not be flat land hiking. There are mountains to climb. It is also at elevation, 7500 feet to 8500 feet which will be a factor if you aren't acclimatized. In my estimation, Yellowstone is not a park that can be explored only on foot. One more thing, if you leave awning out while you are gone,, there will be about a 90% chance it will be gone when you get back. Big winds come up very quickly, taking anything that isn't nailed down.
westernrvparkowner 05/19/15 09:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Unhealthful food at Assisted Living Facility

I sure hope when I am in need of assisted living they have access to carryout food. My diet is going to consist of high fat, high carbs, lots of sugar and anything else my little, dying heart desires. The local burger joint, pizza parlor and Mexican food place are going to miss me when I finally quit circling the drain. In all seriousness, they should have nutritious, healthy food available. But in equal seriousness, if they have only a short time left on this earth, they probably don't want all their meals to be tofu and kale. The way the food was prepared at the facility probably closely mimics what those elderly people were used to eating all their lives. It would be a disservice to suddenly make a 180 change in their menus.
westernrvparkowner 05/18/15 07:05pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

westernrvparkowner: I can't help but wonder how you would feel if WalMart opened full service campgrounds in your towns and the site rental was 40% lower than yours?I would feel I might have to potentially change my business plan. Maybe I become a boutique park with even higher rates but even better amenities. Maybe I change to a different product, the world needs cabins and other lodging. Maybe it would be time to sell the land and subdivide. Businesses get outcompeted every day. I knew when I went into the business it was always a possibility that the market could change. New competitors could enter. People's wants and desires could change. Nothing is a given. That's the free market. The answer is to adapt or die, not expect the better competitor to be kept away by government.
westernrvparkowner 05/18/15 05:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Walmart in Cottonwood AZ

First, I never will even shop at a WM, they are ,to me, as bad as a terrorist group to America. I do support and enjoy the casinos and stay for several nights not just a wham bam thing. Do you really know the background of those casinos and really, really know where all that money goes? What about the folks going there who use their kids' food money to gamble? Doesn't that bother you? WalMart employs millions of people. If not for them, where would those workers go? It's hard enough to get jobs period. 1st you and only you decide to gamble, case closed. 2nd Gee just how many stores went out of business because of WM. Family owned stores, your neighbors. Whole towns made into ghost towns across the US. Yes we sure can do without them. Oh and the folks that had the stores before are forced to work there to survive at all., period.In my hometown, population around 6,000 numerous businesses sprang up around the Walmart. There were the normal fast food restaurants, several non-chain hometown restaurants, a specialty strip mall, several convenience stores not to mention several hundred people got employed by Walmart. Yes, a couple of the overpriced, understocked local businesses went away, but there was a huge net plus for the community. And other than the business owners, none of those employees were making anywhere near the pay and benefits Walmart offers. Walmart sponsors many local civic events and charities. You won't find too many people who would run them out of town if they had the chance. And just what town is it that got a Walmart and became a Ghost town? Usually it is the other way around, no Walmart, the town slowly fades away
westernrvparkowner 05/18/15 03:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Probable scam---but I wish it wasn't!

Doesn't need to be a complicated scam. Just say "I'm getting a lot of interest, however if you are serious, wire me a $200.00 deposit and I will hold it for you until you can get here to look at it. Get a few people to send deposits the scammer is making some easy money. Heck, they could go through helping you make arrangements to fly in and promise to pick you up at the airport or whatever. Probably would be laughing their hineys off at the bar as they recount the mullet they had on the line. No skin off their teeth. This is just one of the many reasons dealing with unknowns on the internet is risky.
westernrvparkowner 05/18/15 02:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone National Park

Though the numbers are very sketchy, at least 500 buffalo to upwards of over 1000 were sent to slaughter this winter, many killed by Indian "hunters" when they stepped out of the park into the Stevens Creek/Beatty Gulch area immediately north of the park. It isn't a pretty sight. Maybe the buffs are just trying to get even.
westernrvparkowner 05/18/15 09:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State of Emergency in Washington?

Growers = Big business. Big business always trumps nature and mankind. .Yep, mankind can surely make do without growers. Food is one luxury we should all do without.
westernrvparkowner 05/18/15 09:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Max4 class b rv possible scam

there would be no logical reason A Montana LLC can buy a motorhome with no sales taxes...and the plate is permanent so no yearly visit to DMV or inspection etc. So the owner can live and park the thing in any State...never ever even seeing MT. This is why many motorhomes have MT plates- a tax dodge. There are anumber of services which will walk your LLc paperwork through, and act as you agent supplying an address for Docs. I ran into a fella buying used motorcycle parts- his Prevost motorhome was purchased just that way- he saved enough ( he said) to cover a Harley FLHTK and a lift. That might explain any MT connection mikeThe sale can be conducted in any state in the Union. You don't have to buy it in Montana to register an RV to a Montana LLC. All you need is to file the proper paperwork to create that LLC. You don't even need an attorney to file those documents, but most people do hire an attorney familiar with the process to make things simple. A Montana LLC to register an RV and a company manufacturing and selling RVs have nothing in common.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/15 09:06pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Max4 class b rv possible scam

According to the Craigslist ad for that address, 601 Nickles Dr in Bozeman is a bunch of small office spaces (200 sq ft to 1000 sq ft) for rent. I drive by that location often and there is no way a manufacturing facility or dealership type facility is located there. I love Montana and Bozeman is about as good as it gets, but there would be no logical reason for an RV manufacturing or distribution facility to be there. Even a sales office makes little sense since there just isn't a population large enough to generate any traffic or volume sales. If they are legit, I wish them luck, but getting people to plunk down $45,000 for a van shell and another 40 grand for a conversion without ever seeing it is asking for a whole lot good faith. I am from the Ron Reagan camp, trust but VERIFY!!!. And this looks like it requires too much trust without much verification.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/15 01:43pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Cable TV not working

Did use the menu to select CATV. Did bypass the converter box that is used for OTA. That probably means I don't have a connection with the input on outside of mh. Thanks for helping me clarify next steps. BobAfter selecting CATV, did you run a scan for the channels? If you ran a cable directly from the Campground connection to your TV and it still didn't work there can be only 4 reasons. 1. The Campground's connection is not working 2. The Campground requires a converter box from the cable company 3. Your cable is defective 4. Your Television is defective or has the wrong settings selected The digital vs analog posts here are mostly misleading. The change from analog to digital was in the way the signal was transmitted by the local TV stations antennas. It has nothing to do with how your television handles the signals from the Cable TV. Digital will only effect Cable TV if the cable company has digitally encrypted their cable feed which would require a proprietary converter box from the cable company. That box would decode the signal and send a new signal that is compatible to your television. That signal sent from that converter box would be the same as the signal campground cable systems send now.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/15 01:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Good Sam campground guide

My old Woodalls is the 2012 edition. I find it completely adequate for commercial parks, military parks, and some USFS campgrounds. For detailed information about USFS campgrounds, I use this site: http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/list/nflist.htm Fred and Suzi Dow put a lot of effort into that site, and I have found their descriptions to be pretty much exactly the way it is! For commercial parks, I rely more on the old Mark 1 Eyeball than any description in a book. What I see is what there really is. For a quick overnight I'm not very picky. If I plan to stay for a week or so, then I get VERY picky! I often find I do not agree with reviewers, whether it be a review of a movie, a motel, a campground, a restaurant, or wine (I once read a review praising a winery on Flathead Lake, in NW Montana. I bought some of their recommended wines, and found them rather disgusting! Most definitely not to MY taste!) Of course, paid advertising is often unbelievable; it is geared to make the payer look as good as possible. Reality has nothing to do with it. As for rating criteria, some things are the same no matter where (or what) the park is. either the site measurements are accurate, or they are not. either the number of sites is accurate, or it isn't. either there are full hookups at each site, or there are not. either the toilets and showers (if any) are clean or they are not. the roads are either gravel, paved, or dirt (mud when wet). the sites are either gravel, paved, or dirt (mud when wet). either there is a firepit and table, or there isn't. either there is stream or lake access or there isn't. either the reviewer tells it like it is, or he/she doesn't. etc. It is NOT a "judgement call", it is either/or.So you would "rate", meaning give a score as to whether or not the site lengths are accurate? What in your criteria constitutes accurate? Down to the foot? The inch? From where to where? Only the gravel or paved pad or do you give some length to the area behind the pad if a rig can overhang it? Does a longer site give the park a better score? If so, why would a 100' long pad be any better than a 50 foot pad for most rigs? Are you saying you are going to score a park higher that says accurately it has 25 sites than you would a park that said it had 40, but in reality, could accommodate a couple of more rigs if necessary? Does a park with a paved road or paved site automatically score higher than a park with gravel? Does a park in the desert automatically score less since it does not have waterside access? What if 45 out of the 47 sites have full hookups? Does that park score less than a park with 10 sites, all full hookup? If not, does a park with one site full hookup and the rest partial hookups get points for full hookups? Where are you going to draw the line? Restrooms can be clean today, and filthy tomorrow. How would your reviewer know? What if your reviewer stepped into the restrooms unannounced 1 minute after Cub Scout Troop #1 30 scouts finished their showers after a 5 day hike. Is that park destined to have bad scores for dirty bathrooms? Does a park with accurate counts of sites and accurate site lengths get a score equal to a park with dirty restrooms no full hookups? If not, how are you going to weight your criteria? And finally, how is anyone looking at your book going to know if the reviewer is telling it like it is or not? And What if their version of telling like it is doesn't fit your version. It would be entirely possible and accurate to say a park is extremely noisy because it is at the base of a waterfall. Would it be doing a potential guest a service or disservice to have a note saying "this park is extremely noisy"? And you are from Montana, so you know that any description of a park is going to be heavily dependent upon when it was visited. What is green, lush and has a raging river running through it in June can be brown, dead with an empty streambed in August. Telling it like it is isn't always the answer either.
westernrvparkowner 05/16/15 12:45pm General RVing Issues
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