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RE: Bad experience buying an RV from out of state

Sites like YELP will hurt the business for a longer time than posting on this forum. This forum is primarily about exchanging information and views, few people search the archives to find information about different dealership and the like. Review sites like Yelp are specifically for searching for experiences at various businesses, so bad reviews there reach a larger audience causing more damage to the business. (I assume that is your real purpose, to make the business suffer.) Be sure to exaggerate, mix in a large helping of righteous indignation and if you can claim you have some kind of minority status or disability. Let everyone know you are a member of some other class that can claim they deserve special treatment. Make sure your posting clearly explains how you trusted every word without question, no matter how flippantly it was delivered. Go on to explain how you suffered severe financial loss, how the stress was so high your health faltered and how the dealer took exploited your weakened condition for their own financial gain. And whatever you do, never imply the business ever attempted to correct the problem. Rest is opinionated drivel. And that would be your opinionated drivel.
westernrvparkowner 07/01/16 10:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tampa CW suckered us

I'm so sorry, I forgot you were right there beside me when we're discussing this coach. I forgot that you heard all the promises they made. My bad! If you have nothing better to do than ***** about what I've posted go play with something in the bathroomThank you for this post. It proves the point most people are making, you don't have a leg to stand on and you know it. And just like a spoiled child who doesn't get their way, you have gone and thrown a fit when told "no".
westernrvparkowner 07/01/16 10:03pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Bad experience buying an RV from out of state

Sites like YELP will hurt the business for a longer time than posting on this forum. This forum is primarily about exchanging information and views, few people search the archives to find information about different dealership and the like. Review sites like Yelp are specifically for searching for experiences at various businesses, so bad reviews there reach a larger audience causing more damage to the business. (I assume that is your real purpose, to make the business suffer.) Be sure to exaggerate, mix in a large helping of righteous indignation and if you can claim you have some kind of minority status or disability. Let everyone know you are a member of some other class that can claim they deserve special treatment. Make sure your posting clearly explains how you trusted every word without question, no matter how flippantly it was delivered. Go on to explain how you suffered severe financial loss, how the stress was so high your health faltered and how the dealer took exploited your weakened condition for their own financial gain. And whatever you do, never imply the business ever attempted to correct the problem.
westernrvparkowner 07/01/16 04:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: No Good Sam

I think your detective skill are out of practice - you got cancelled for too many calls - all roadside assistance companies have clauses on this -Agree 100 percent. However, it isn't hard for a business to make the case that ending relations with customers that give bad online reviews is a sound business practice.
westernrvparkowner 07/01/16 12:27pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Terre Haute KOA Cancellation Policy

It is not a KOA only policy. We have found only stiff cancellation penalties will deter people from making multiple reservations in multiple places and leaving those parks high and dry when they finally decide where they actually are going. The current logic is they like to keep their options open. Holidays are probably the worst, because if you get a cancellation, it is very difficult to fill that site. Most people make reservations for weekends like the Fourth and Labor Day leaving fewer last minute travelers on the road. Hence the reason for two weeks or greater notice. Sorry, but it's tough to imagine having any difficulty filling a site in any desirable park, for the three big holidays. Most I have dealt with have waiting lists of back-up guests in the event of holiday cancellations. We had a change of plans, and casually shopped for a last minute spot at one of our favorite parks, this recentedly passed Memorial day. The desk clerk asked if we wanted to be #30 on the waiting list? Today I booked a last minute spot in West Yellowstone for the July 4th holiday. The spot was available for less than thirty minutes, following a cancellation. I have no issues with pretty harsh cancellation policies, and understand why they are necessary. That said, assuming you have a park worth going to, if you can't fill it on a holiday weekend, there is a problem, and it's not a shortage of customers.Well, just because you can't imagine it, doesn't mean it isn't true. I just did a quick look at one row of sites, the guests are from Alberta, California, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin and 2 from Florida. Exactly how many of those would be available to fill a last minute site in Montana? I get nearly ZERO local business. Montana is sparsely populated and the locals generally don't travel to the local RV parks. They have millions upon millions of acres of Forest Service, BLM and National Park land to play in and every local has a favorite, secret spot.
westernrvparkowner 06/28/16 08:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Terre Haute KOA Cancellation Policy

A better solution might be to put through the charge, but if the site gets filled by another camper they put through a partial refund. They might get your business again in the future if they did that.If I had three cancellations, and only one filled, who gets the refund? What if the cancellation was for the entire weekend and I only filled one day? Once we cancel a reservation, the information moves to the deep background on our software. There is no way to track whether an available site was at one time reserved by someone else and subsequently cancelled. Any policy that would be along the lines you suggest would be between unbelievably unwieldy to impossible to manage. Others mention offering credit for a future stay, but that is also problematic. The park still would have the vacancy, so they lose that revenue. In my parks situation, many guests are a once in a decade or longer visitor. A credit for use within the current season would be meaningless to them. Carrying credits forward would create additional bookkeeping problems and may even require the park to carry those credits as a liability on the books. Just not worth it.
westernrvparkowner 06/28/16 05:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Terre Haute KOA Cancellation Policy

It is not a KOA only policy. We have found only stiff cancellation penalties will deter people from making multiple reservations in multiple places and leaving those parks high and dry when they finally decide where they actually are going. The current logic is they like to keep their options open. Holidays are probably the worst, because if you get a cancellation, it is very difficult to fill that site. Most people make reservations for weekends like the Fourth and Labor Day leaving fewer last minute travelers on the road. Hence the reason for two weeks or greater notice.
westernrvparkowner 06/28/16 04:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boondocking in bear country?

Im going for 3 weeks. There is no air conditioner on this camper. Being hot and humid, I think all the windows will be open so we don't have to return to an even hotter camper after a good day of work. No generator to run a fan either. Fridge will be on 24/7. I will bring a big 104 quart cooler full of ice and water. A bear's nose is supposed to be 10x more powerful than human, it might smell any sort of cooking in the area or in the camper. Since the area is bad bad bad for mosquitoes I was hoping to do all the cooking inside, and grlling by the camper right off the main tank.Did you lose a bet or something? This sounds less like a job and more like a prison sentence. You will be deep in the woods, buy a cheap generator and a cheap air conditioner (heck, a used window unit can probably be found for less than $100.00 on Craigslist. A free standing portable is less than $400 new.) Even the obnoxious noise of an open frame generator will quickly fade in the woods. Running it for an hour or two to cool down the rig would be worth just about any price if it is hot and humid.
westernrvparkowner 06/28/16 03:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking in bear country?

The best advice is prepare food away from your Rv. When in the back country we always set up our cooking food storage and eating area well away from our sleeping area. A bit inconvenient, to be sure, but much less inconvenient than fighting off a Grizzly at 3 in the morning.
westernrvparkowner 06/28/16 02:10pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Tip to getting a reservation at a busy RV Park

Here's a quick tip to help you get a reservation at a busy RV Park. Don't call to make that reservation if your children are killing each other in the background or your pack of hounds are treeing a coon. We will take a chance in those situations that a better fit for the one remaining site will come along.
westernrvparkowner 06/25/16 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why do we keep paying more??

Nobody likes to be on the backside of teaser rates and the like. We see it with people telling us we should take Passport America by telling us to use it as marketing and then charge them full rate when they return. Or when someone tells us we should give them a big discount and we can make it up on the next guy. Well, eventually we are all the next guy.
westernrvparkowner 06/24/16 12:05pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Leaving camper unoccupied - help

Since your tow vehicle won't be there, everyone around is going to know pretty quickly you are not there. The knife edge you are going to be walking isn't likely to be thieves and other criminals, it will be all the people who are there legitimately and are angry you are working the system. Why would this be considered working the system if the OP paid for the site? Trying to think of this from a hotel POV which I'm more familiar with. To me working the system is a state park w/ a limited time reservation allowed on site and when the reservation ends a friend/family member w/ a different last name and the exact same equipment takes over.It's working the system because many National Forest, BLM and state campgrounds require that human campers actually occupy the site. An empty trailer or tent doesn't meet those requirements.
westernrvparkowner 06/23/16 05:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving camper unoccupied - help

Since your tow vehicle won't be there, everyone around is going to know pretty quickly you are not there. The knife edge you are going to be walking isn't likely to be thieves and other criminals, it will be all the people who are there legitimately and are angry you are working the system.
westernrvparkowner 06/23/16 04:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: when boondocking do you bring a weapon ?

I think WRPO's point is that with a home, you have a defined area that belongs to you surrounding that home, with a developed campground, you have a defined area that "belongs" to you surrounding your RV - but when boondocking, there is no defined area. The only defined space is the actual RV. So, if someone decides to hang out 5 feet from your RV, it is much more subjective as to whether it can be reasonably perceived as a threat. Thats were not understand the law poses a problem. Someone could be standing on my lawn 5 feet from my house, sure he is trespassing but if he is just standing there he probably is not a threat or at least he hasn't posed enough threat for the use of deadly force. Heck in Utah I could catch a guy in my back yard stealing my ATV but as long as he doesn't endanger my life I couldn't legally shoot him and even drawing a firearm on the individual could cause me problems. So basically the whole campground, home or boon docking site has no bearing on anything as it comes down to the threat level and fearing for your life.But if the guy is in your backyard, he is trespassing. You have the right to demand he leave. You can call the police and they will arrest them. If you are boondocking, they have as much right to that ground as you have. They aren't trespassing. The police can't arrest them or even make them leave. You can't call park management and have them deal with the issue. A firearm displayed in an aggressive manner by you in such a situation would almost certainly be illegal and probably worse than a misdemeanor.
westernrvparkowner 06/21/16 11:30am Beginning RVing
RE: when boondocking do you bring a weapon ?

Not that anybody wants to, but if we return to the original theme of the thread there is another issue with weapons and boondocking. When you boondock, you have no more right to be there than anyone else. You don't have a defined area that is "yours". If you actually get into a confrontation and shoot someone that is going to be a legal tidbit that is going to cause you a whole lot of grief. I no longer feel comfortable traveling the back country of Montana's great national parks. The law has been changed and now people are allowed to carry firearms in those parks. My concern is someone who has never been in the back country is going to hear a sound, automatically assume it is a grizzly and begin to fire randomly into the bushes. If that sound came from me and my horse walking a trail, that is a problem. A weapon in a situation where you are unfamiliar and uncomfortable doesn't suddenly make you familiar and comfortable. It just adds fuel to a potential fire.
westernrvparkowner 06/21/16 07:57am Beginning RVing
RE: A work around for low voltage.

Curious as to why you say the park "refused" to reserve you a 50 amp space. Were they full and actually didn't have a 50 amp site available to reserve when you made your reservation? And is your rig actually a 50amp rig in the first place? If it isn't, I can understand why a park with a limited number of 50 amp spaces would refuse to reserve one for a rig that can only use a 30 amp connection. If the service wiring is the problem, the 50 amp space voltage is going to be low also. Could it be the problem is at the pedestal and moving to a different 30 amp site would solve your problem? If the voltage is low throughout the park, find another park.
westernrvparkowner 06/20/16 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: Coast to coast in an Electric car towing a trailer.

"EV drivers think differently then gas drivers. We rarely run the "tank" to empty." I am guessing YOU are this way but is there some sort of study showing how EV drivers "think" ? I have ZERO problems with EV cars I assume the upper end ones are a BLAST to drive. I do have a problem with the Superior than though attitude. The ones that feel there should be public charging stations for them free of charge because they are "saving the earth". Or as I motioned earlier the one that drug a cord across the steps to our accountant and made an unsafe condition just because that person failed to have their car fully charged before venturing out for the day. Really irks me is when they tout "Zero Emissions" what a joke! There was an environmental impact when that EV car was made no different than any other vehicle and possibly worse. Good morning. I can't relate to the "holier than thou" attitude as I haven't seen it. It may a regional thing to your area as I don't think I have ever heard annyone run across that. I''m also not up on anyone expecting free power. Some places have free chargers as a way to attract business for other products they sell but most actually charge for the power. Walgreens is a good example of this. Most of us charge at home on our dime. The zero emmisions thing is just hype but mostly refers to the fact that once the vehicle has been manufactured it produces very little emmisions. I don't think anyone anywhere would be silly enough to argue that a gas or diesel powered vehicle emits a lot of emmisions compared to an electric vehicle. That's just common sense...backed up by every study ever done. From beginning to end an electric vehicle produces much less emmisions than a fuel fired vehicle. No one (anymore) is disputing this. Happy trails.If a business has to fuel a customer's vehicle to get them to be a customer they are either 1. a fuel station or 2. a not very good business. Yes, some businesses have installed recharging stations but there isn't a single one the relies on those customers to support their business models. I would bet if you got a straight answer from them, they would say they installed them for the PR value only. Kind of like the county I live in deciding to continue to have glass recycling containers and then taking that glass to the landfill with all the other garbage. I has become too expensive to ship the glass to a refractory that will accept it (if there even is one that would take it, the county couldn't find one). But the county got so much flak from the recycling crowd when they decided to continue with the recycling containers so "the citizens will not get out of the habit of sorting recyclables" should the situation change and recycling of the glass becomes practical in the future. The county pegged the additional cost of having to empty the recycling containers into the common trash at "less than $100,000 per year" . Seems the trucks that empty the trash cans and dumpsters cannot empty the recycling bins, so the have to have the recycling contractor pick up the glass recycling and take it to the landfill transfer station. My tax dollars at work, making someone feel a bit more comfortable hugging their tree. And that holier than thou crowd is heavily populated. Just watch Leonardo Di Caprio climb aboard a private jet to fly across the Atlantic to personally pick up his award for environmental awareness and then return the next day. Though, to be fair, he may have driven his Prius from one of his several 10,000 sq. foot plus homes to and from the airport.
westernrvparkowner 06/19/16 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campgrounds Etiquette

Sure why not have a little space on handouts dedicated to campground etiquette? Something written in a cheerful helpful way-maybe with some stupid cute cartoons etc. Or have a silly/cute bear cutout on the side of the entry road displaying a new etiquette tip daily? "Coco the Bear says...." Even if it is just a small percentage of campgrounds who do, it may help. I think some of these problems such as cutting through sites are done out of ignorance by some people. One other idea is to incorporate campground design to help with problem. Natural vegetation or some demarcation to separate sites. Best example I have seen is at El Moro campground with small low wire fences separating sites. And I saw no one cutting the fences in days of staying there. Of course not all will be courteous campers. But I do think there is a subset currently who would do better if they knew the etiquette. Back in the "good old days" in 1950s we had a bad littering problem here in southern CA. I remember as kid a lot of lessons, films etc. on this subject. Emphasized leaving it cleaner than you found it. It always stuck with me. Aim some of this at the kids.Yep, just what we need, more rules on the rule sheets. And for everyone that thinks some "cheerful" cartoons would be cute, there is someone that will be offended that those cartoons are making fun of someone. It is very easy to say "enforce the rules" but doing so is a whole different matter. Some examples: 1. Quiet Hours: doesn't mean "silence hours" and what exactly is too Loud? 2. Pets on leashes and must be attended: What about coming out of RV and going into truck? What about outside while owner goes to bathroom inside? 3. Barking Dogs: One bark? Couple of Minutes? how long? 4. Cutting thru sites: warn violator? kick them out if their 7 year old cuts thru once? 5. No clotheslines: A towel or two outside? Is that an eviction level offense? 6. Speed Limits If it is 10 MPH is 11 the speed you toss them? There are very few remedies available to park owners for rules violations. Should we kick out everyone? We have to rely on the fact that most people are petty darn considerate and good. The rest, we mostly have to just put up with and only when it rises to blatant disrespect of the park property or the other guests do we actually take action.
westernrvparkowner 06/19/16 12:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: DirecTV (ATT) changing their policy?

.....just like there is a little piece of black tape over my laptop camera. Had to laugh on that one. I do the same thing, and on my work lap top too, black tape over the camera eye. :E Call me paranoid, but I have no clue if someone is watching me or not! Not that I have anything to hide, but if someone really want's to see what I actually (don't) wear when I'm on the computer at home with nothing but my wife around ... well .... I suppose they'll just have to use their imaginations. I read an article not too long ago that the new televisions that connect to the internet (potentially) have the capability to monitor everything in front of it, watch what's in the room and hear everything going on. Yikes! We live in a new age for sure.The only thing that could be worse than my job would be the job that required someone to monitor my every move. Having 10 video screens showing the images that appear in front of your average, everyday, 50 something's computer would be 99.999 percent boring as H. E. double hockey sticks and the remaining .001 percent would be absolute naked horror.
westernrvparkowner 06/19/16 09:25am General RVing Issues
RE: DirecTV (ATT) changing their policy?

Come on. You guys know why they added this because you've read posts where folks "give" a spare receiver to one of their relatives. It would be tempting for some to install a spare receiver in one of their "poor" relatives house. I have been taking my Genie receiver to my vacation house and my RV for many years without an internet connection or phone line connection. I really don't think they care as long as you pay your bill regularly and don't try to deceive them.This is the reason. $5.00 a month receiver fee for a receiver in a friends or relatives house 1000 miles from your home is a great deal for them, not so good for Directv. The phone line/internet connection pretty much assures that the receivers are all located in the same location (And yes, you can still abuse them by sharing one account among your next door neighbors who are close enough to receive your wifi signal). My guess is what they will do for RV customers is require you notify them you are traveling, identify the receivers in your RV, and they will deactivate all the other receivers on your account. RVs are a tiny slice of their business. If losing all those customers is required to prevent people from abusing the system it might be a cost they are willing to incur.
westernrvparkowner 06/19/16 09:11am General RVing Issues
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