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RE: Has anyone noticed

Why is it assumed that everyone in a big rig is living above their means? In my personal experiences, both owning big rigs and owning an RV park I have found the opposite to be the case. Not everyone is teetering on bankruptcy.
wapiticountry 08/02/21 07:38am RV Lifestyle
RE: Campground Rates

For years we owned a park adjacent to a major, major national park. We were sold out every night virtually all season long. Yet, every evening we did not have a line of RVs hoping for a no show. For popular places, people know you do not travel to them without a reservation. It is actually hard to fill last minute cancellations even at a park that turns hundreds away hundreds of reservation requests.
wapiticountry 07/31/21 11:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: can this possibly be true? 150 amp hours $46.51 cdn

It's a website offering a price that is 90% less than any other that lists no physical address for the company and the only contact info is a Gmail account with a gobbledygoop name. Good way to lose not only your $46.51 cdn but have your card compromised as well. I didn't see a link offering Saskatchewan oceanfront estates for $500 a month, but if you ask they will probably take your deposit.
wapiticountry 07/24/21 12:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Pay or No Pay?

See if working for Walmart gets you a free place to park with full hookups. I bet at that Walmart job you won’t have the ability to roll out of bed and be to work in 60 seconds. Seldom are the Walmart’s of the world located near national parks and other tourist destinations. I bet the work schedules aren’t as flexible and the jobs not as easy as most Workcamper positions. But if you attach no value to those points Workcamping is a bad deal. Are you implying workcampers are lazy and unable to get up on time? Seems odd criteria. Walmart is something completely different. I would be looking to work at a shop near the tourist area...which is likely has campgrounds nearby.When you workamp you are on site. No commute needed. You are there to walk your dog, to make a better lunch than a sandwich, to be at your home should you need something or if something goes wrong. To many people that is a valuable benefit of workamping. A workamper position is basically unskilled labor. If you have special skills and training that commands high pay good for you. Doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers and Fortune 500 CEOs make huge wages, but that doesn’t matter to a park hiring workers. That $500 an hour lawyer will only get $10 an hour as a workamper if that is what the going rate for workampers is. If you don't have a dog, that's not relevant, though most properly trained dogs can handle 4-6hr by themselves without problem. Assuming it's a part time job, you can probably get scheduled to be home for lunch if that's important to you. No, you aren't going to make $500/hr...of course, bringing that up suggests you don't understand what professionals make in the first place. $500/hr is what the client pays. The lawyer doesn't get anything close to that. Same as when your RV mechanic charges $100/hr but the mechanic makes $25/hr. Of course, in tourist areas right now, if you have a decent work history and present yourself well, $15-20 should be possible...particularly if you come back to the same place multiple years.Really? The lawyer doesn't just pocket the entire fee? And the mechanic doesn't get the hundreds of dollars I pay the dealership to replace the AC unit? I suppose you are also going to tell me that when I pay for my dinner at the restaurant the waiter or waitress doesn't get to keep all that money and the clerk at grocery store can't just put the hundred bucks I paid for lobsters into his/her pocket? Who would have thunk it? It is truly a deceptive world. At least we can be sure Horse Racing and Pro Wrestling isn't rigged.
wapiticountry 07/21/21 05:19pm Workamping Forum
RE: Pay or No Pay?

See if working for Walmart gets you a free place to park with full hookups. I bet at that Walmart job you won’t have the ability to roll out of bed and be to work in 60 seconds. Seldom are the Walmart’s of the world located near national parks and other tourist destinations. I bet the work schedules aren’t as flexible and the jobs not as easy as most Workcamper positions. But if you attach no value to those points Workcamping is a bad deal. Are you implying workcampers are lazy and unable to get up on time? Seems odd criteria. Walmart is something completely different. I would be looking to work at a shop near the tourist area...which is likely has campgrounds nearby.When you workamp you are on site. No commute needed. You are there to walk your dog, to make a better lunch than a sandwich, to be at your home should you need something or if something goes wrong. To many people that is a valuable benefit of workamping. A workamper position is basically unskilled labor. If you have special skills and training that commands high pay good for you. Doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers and Fortune 500 CEOs make huge wages, but that doesn’t matter to a park hiring workers. That $500 an hour lawyer will only get $10 an hour as a workamper if that is what the going rate for workampers is.
wapiticountry 07/20/21 04:11pm Workamping Forum
RE: Heated hose

Heat tape is meant for use on metal pipes. Those pipes conduct heat and prevent freezing. Plastic pipe and hose materials do not conduct heat and may actually be damaged by heat tape.
wapiticountry 07/20/21 10:57am Beginning RVing
RE: Pay or No Pay?

See if working for Walmart gets you a free place to park with full hookups. I bet at that Walmart job you won’t have the ability to roll out of bed and be to work in 60 seconds. Seldom are the Walmart’s of the world located near national parks and other tourist destinations. I bet the work schedules aren’t as flexible and the jobs not as easy as most Workcamper positions. But if you attach no value to those points Workcamping is a bad deal.
wapiticountry 07/20/21 10:50am Workamping Forum
RE: Good Sam Finance, Bank of the West DBA Essex Credit Corp

Good reasons to arrange your financing either thru the dealership or your local bank or credit union. The sellers in your instance have no actual idea if they will actually get paid with a loan pending approval. From Essex (Bank of the West) point of view, they need to do their due diligence that they are actually financing an RV with adequate collateral value. That does take time, especially when you are dealing with an individual buyer and seller. A private seller could be selling a rig with a rebuilt title or the buyer could be buying a wrecked rig looking to get a big cash rebate from the seller. Dealerships have relationships with their lenders, so the lenders accept the fact that the collateral is as described and the deal is on the up and up. Your local bank or credit union has a level of trust with you, again eliminating some of the risk associated with dealing with two completely unknown parties. What the OP is trying to do is just going to be slower than other methods of funding a purchase. It isn't incompetence, it is just the way things work in the real world.
wapiticountry 07/17/21 11:46am Good Sam Club
RE: How best to improve a primitive RV site to rent it out?

I could see a group of friends renting for the purposes of having an isolated spot to party on the weekend. Racing around 4 wheelers, keg parties, target shooting, fireworks etc. would be the plan. With no one around to see or hear it might be worth a couple of hundred a month to some people. That may or may not bother you as the property owner. Where it gets really dicey, however, is when someone gets hurt and the lawyers go looking for someone to sue. A landlord who doesn't actively manage his properties is a good place to start.
wapiticountry 07/17/21 11:32am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: No shots...not getting in.

It should be required to travel across borders or on public transportation. No one has the right to endanger the health of others. There will be those who don't get shot because of religion and that is their choice but should not be permitted to travel. Those who can't take the shot due to health also should not travel due to health. It is all a matter of choice. And it is a personal choice. If you believe the vaccine results the only people at risk would be other unvaccinated people . With vaccines being widely available the vulnerable made the choice to be that way. I see no reason or obligation on my part to do anything to protect them.
wapiticountry 07/08/21 05:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How do you cancel your Extended Service Plan?

Be aware that if you purchased the ESP and other "warranties" as part of the financing, the refund will go to the lender and applied to the loan, you won't get a check It will not advance your payments but instead the refund will be applied to the balance of the loan, effectively meaning the refund is applied to the end of the loan, not to the payment amortization schedule.
wapiticountry 07/02/21 06:54am Good Sam Extended Service Plan
RE: Canada sizzling!

How long have accurate temperature records been kept in Western US and Canada? My semi-educated guess is less than 150 years. I don't see Trapper Joe of Kamloops carrying around a highly accurate meteorological kit in addition to his traps and hides. Given there are 365.25 days in a year you can expect to set a couple of record highs and lows in any given year. Personally, I will contribute to "global warming" by cranking up the AC. I will add stress to the power grid and probably add to the profits of the fossil fuel industry just like most everyone else. And I will sleep soundly, without a tinge of regret.
wapiticountry 06/27/21 09:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Found It, What a joke. Buying in 2021 LOL. You can keep it.

You guys have never bought a Raptor. Before all this covid craziness So Cal dealers added $10-$25K to the price and what's really scary (and stupid) people pay it. This just isn't a Ford problem, all of these parasitic dealers do it.You said people paid that price, so why is the dealer a parasite? I assume the buyers were not held at gunpoint. Maybe you could be the lead horse in a movement to sell things at the minimum price instead of the maximum. Maybe start with selling your personal vehicle and home and giving the buyer a surprise 25% discount after you have arrived at the negotiated price. Real estate in my area has buyers entering bidding wars paying 10% or more over list price. Are the sellers parasites for selling over the list price? Are all the buyers "stupid", or are they just paying what it takes to get what they want? In my view of the world, if the buyer and seller reach a mutually acceptable price it is a fair deal unless there are true mitigating circumstances such as fraud or a truly mentally incompetent buyer or seller involved.
wapiticountry 06/25/21 07:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Found It, What a joke. Buying in 2021 LOL. You can keep it.

Granted, decades have gone by but: 1800-ish Square foot town home, 1992: $25,000 Airworthy but not shiny 1946 PA-12 in 1998: $23,000 Cabin + 30-ish acres in Alaska semi-wilderness: 1999: $20,000 Total-ish: $68,000 New 2019 model in late 2019: F250 Lariat 4x4, diesel, etc : List (IIRC) $65, negotiated down to $58,000. I could barely stomach the idea of paying that much for a new truck in 2019...have to agree that now is not the time for new.And what would have to pay for those things today? I bet in 1992 people were saying there is no way they would never pay $25,000 for a townhome, $23,000 for a 46 year old airplane or $20,000 for a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. Thirty years from today I am almost certain if you could get 2021 prices on most anything you would write the check without hesitation (if checks are still a thing).
wapiticountry 06/25/21 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wowee The Insane Rise Of Copper Price

At least in our part of the country there truly was a lumber shortage. You couldn't buy a bunk of OSB at any price. Yards were rationing purchases to 10 sheets or less. The reasons were many. COVID shut down mills, Cross Border trade with Canada was drastically curtailed and the Canadian lumber wasn't entering the market. Tariffs on lumber were increased in response to Canadian Tariffs on Cheese. (politics aside, it makes no sense to me to equate a necessary commodity like lumber with cheese, but the political mind works in strange ways) Now, there is some inventory, but it is likely the yards bought it at market highs and need to bleed it off. Wholesale futures are down about 30% from the highs but plummeting retail prices would bankrupt the retailers that are now stuck with inventory they paid and arm and a leg to get. My WAG (wild arse guess) is we will see a gradual decline in the retail price over the next few months. Then we will settle into the new normal of high, but not quite ridiculously high, long term prices for lumber. Just like fuel, Food, travel, RV sites and everything else.
wapiticountry 06/13/21 07:33am Tech Issues
RE: Propane Firepit Restrictions - West Coast

When a burn ban states "no open flames", they mean no open flames including propane fire pits. Forest fires consume hundreds of thousands of acres of forest every year. People lose their homes and sometimes their lives. The rules regarding burn bans are painted with broad brushes by necessity. The authorities are not interested in policing and determining who has a "safe" fire and who does not. When given the choice of taking maximum precautions to prevent a catastrophic forest fire or getting some camper's panties in a wad because they can't use a propane firepit, precaution and protection is the obvious choice.
wapiticountry 06/03/21 08:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Montana

Everything in Montana is going to be packed solid. Glacier Park has gone to a reservation system for admittance. You will have to be lucky to find any space to park your RV, with our without hookups and boondocking outside of designated camping spots is not allowed. And this is not taking into account any Canadians that would flood across the border should the travel restrictions be removed. If you don't already have reservations, this might not be the best year to travel to Montana. On another note, businesses in Montana are DESPERATE for employees. Many businesses have had to cut back on hours and services because they simply cannot find employees at virtually any wage. This has led to current employees having to take on more responsibilities and working longer hours. Patience in service oriented businesses is running low, so please give the employees a break.
wapiticountry 05/29/21 07:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

When I was in school I was taught if everybody works together everybody does better. I would hate to think that I filled my tank to "keep my options open" caused say a ambulance not to have options.How very true. However they apparently left out the fact that at the last time that happened was never. I take care of myself and pass on babysitting the rest of the world
wapiticountry 05/13/21 01:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is the Passport America plan

valhalla360. has an aguably valid point as it applies to camps with strong weekend and event occupancy with weekday vacancy. . Many PPA parks we have encountered benefit some from the dynamic pricing PPA affords during those off peak periods. We have also seen unscrupulous operators who designate only their worst nearly unusable sites as a ' bait and switch' and dishonest guests with expired cards flashing it to get the discount. The reason there are well less than 10% of commercial camps participating in PPA shows that in each location the factors of occupancy vs cost still must be positive for the operator. Occupancy, beyond static cost can add staffing, disrupt groundskeeping maintenance, and more. Utility, labor , supply and waste costs are static. In our part of the country, where there is no city with more than 60k people within 6 hrs drive there is no weekend glut, a wednesday is the same as a saturday. Noone drives 6 hrs for a weekend getaway. They do for a week or longer holiday and vacation. 6 national parks, dozens of state parks, in the same travel time from those big population centers with no dynamic pricing draws the short stay bunch- if they can snag a reservation- In considering wheather a park joins, or you join, consider your travel plans, the area and the parks region. In areas hours away from cities you wont find deep discount parks. If you do, be wary, you may get what you pay for, or for full price what you wish for. Do you have any evidence to back up claims of people being given undesirable/unusable sites? Given that you are saying it about your competition and appear to be against the program, evidence to support your claims appears warranted. We used 18 different parks this past winter all across the country. We've done similar numbers in past years. Never saw any evidence of what you describe. I suspect most parks aren't too worried about the validity of the users card. Most never ask to see it. I don't know the internal finances but I'm guessing the parks don't get anything directly from the cost of the card (that probably goes almost exclusively to the PPA corporation), so they don't have a strong incentive to turn away a potential sale. You can argue that's not right but that's between the parks and the PPA corporation. Occupancy does have some costs but not much. The vast majority of costs are present if a site is empty or full mid week. It would be a very odd situation if the incremental costs exceeded even 10% of the regular rate, so getting 50% still leaves a lot of room for profit. Unless you are at 0% occupancy mid week, grounds have to work around campers and you have to keep staff around the office for check in and other customer questions. Of course if it doesn't meet your parks needs, don't join. But dire unsupported warnings come across as bitter.Here are few few costs of occupancy off the top of my head. Electricity, water, sewer, credit card fees, labor to check in, clean sites, remove trash, answer questions, handle issues etc. Then there is the potential costs of pet waste, bathroom supplies, hot water heating costs for showers and a reserve for damages that must be spread over every guest because stuff does happen.. Then there is the unspoken fact that there is a value attached to providing a service. Just like a plumber won’t come to your house for $20.00 on his day off even though it would be incremental revenue I am not willing to service a guest for less than what I charge the average customer. If my normal rate is $60.00 and my incremental cost is $10.00 I am willing to do the work involved for the $50.00 gross profit. And just like the plumber I am not willing to do it for $20.00. My time is more valuable than that.
wapiticountry 05/13/21 08:28am General RVing Issues
RE: What is the Passport America plan

The 1,450 campground owners that accept PA obviously disagree with the opinion expressed by some here that accepting PA is a bad business decision. As an old business associate used to say: "Half a loaf is better than no loaf."So the other 11,500 or so parks that aren’t PPA are the stupid ones?
wapiticountry 05/12/21 07:26am General RVing Issues
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