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RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Any time boondocking (or more often Wally-docking) the usual string of ‘if you can’t afford a site you shouldn’t be traveling in an RV’ posts appear. Most of the time I travel, which is often, it’s for ‘work’ (a well-paid hobby / passion actually) and rarely stay in a campground. Probably out of 20 nights of traveling I will be in a c/g 1 night. As was mentioned previously, I drive a fully self-contained motorhome. I am in the process of building a truck conversion unit that will be even more independent. Even if I was inclined to stop at a c/g I drive long days, I want to be at my destination, not spend days wasting time, so I rarely pull off the road before 10pm and usually I’m rolling again before 7am, I’m just too polite to disturb a bunch of people trying to enjoy their vacation time. You are welcome to travel/overnight in any manner you wish that doesn’t conflict with local laws and private property rights. Those discussions you mention often include RVers ranting against those laws and rights. They argue their wants and desires should supersede those laws and private rights. They propose boycotts and suggest all sorts of “work arounds” that parse the English language that clearly violates the intent of those laws and policies. Things like “I am not camping, only sleeping overnight therefore the no camping law doesn’t apply”. Or maybe “arrive after midnight and now you aren’t staying overnight “. And off course there is always the put the burden and decision on someone else with “just ask at customer service if the sign says it’s illegal to park overnight “ because everyone knows a Walmart employee’s permission supersedes local laws. And finally, personal opinion does not trump those laws or rights either. Not wanting to disturb others doesn’t suddenly make a no parking rule void.
wapiticountry 09/18/22 09:47am General RVing Issues
RE: a plea for more cool weather sites for migratory travelers

Mike and Tammy hit it in the head. No way would it be worth it, financially or personally, to be open after the traditional season. On any given day , even a park along a major north/south interstate would likely only see two or three guests. Then those guests would likely have an expectation of significantly reduced prices since the majority of the park’s services are closed. Someone mentioned $30. Even at a consistent three guests per night that is only $2700.00 gross for a month. Take out $5.00 a site for electricity and that gross for the month is down to $2250.00. That’s less than a third of what one of our parks would gross in a day during the season. And someone has to be there all the time. If not, a guest is sure to yank repeatedly on the water spigot trying to make it magically work. They will park in closed areas. They will dump their tanks into the sewer system causing a huge issue. (Without constant flow a single dump will not flow out of the pipes to the septic tanks or the city lines. Those solids will dry out over the winter and create a dam. In the spring the system will clog and roto rooter will make $500.00 or so thanks to that $30.00 reservation.). Say it’s an owner who lives on site that takes care of the park all winter. They can’t go out to eat, go to a movie, both go shopping or anything else because the park must be staffed should anyone arrive. Fact is many days no one will show meaning a wasted day for nothing. And all this doesn’t take into consideration the potential need to plow snow, dig a guest out using shovels should it snow or sleet overnight. And when it gets really cold things break and some has to fix them. Finally, like was previously mentioned, most owners of seasonal parks consider the ability to close and go south, just like those other snowbirds, one of the biggest perks. I suspect the plea for parks to remain open in the winter will go unheeded.
wapiticountry 09/17/22 08:49am General RVing Issues
RE: charging an EV at a campground

Real world experience from a former campground owner and not a lot of hot air blown out of an Rvnet resident experts arse? That's a refreshing breeze.Yes and the real world experience does not describe any actual electrical issues. Like chasing the boogie man at 2am. Still should respect the owners demand and go somewhere else next time.EV charging at 240 volts continuously draw approximately 32 amps. Typical RV loops are seven 50 amp pedestals with a 200 amp main. They are designed and constructed under the demand factors for RV usage set out by the National Electrical Code(NEC). Two EVs charging on a loop consume more than 30% of the available power before an RV draws a single amp. It is not a boogie man it is a physics and mathematical fact. Of course we don’t have reams of real world experiences with mains overloading because we could do our research and add. In the real world 2 plus 2 still equals 4 and using 30% of a power circuit’s available power will materially effect the ability of that circuit to supply additional power to the other items on that circuit. The purpose and mission of our parks was to provide the necessary services for the RV. Not the incidental items or vehicles they might bring with them. EV charging, in our opinion ( the only opinion that mattered) was EV charging could compromise that mission.
wapiticountry 09/04/22 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: charging an EV at a campground

At some point campground owners will give up the ghost and chuck it if these outrageous demands on them continue for ever more power for electric sucking RVs and EVs. Expecting them to invest in expensive rewiring underground wires, pedestals is a form of arr Of course, some will but many won't. I almost feel pity for the mom and pop owners but like other mom and pop business owners they are being squeezed out by the chain business and some of them are now losing profit due to consumer reduced demand due to new round of inflation. Happy camping to the egg Before we sold and got the heck out of dealing with the public we had a firm no EV charging policy. Had more than a few EV zealots argue on and on why they should be allowed to charge. Usually had to end the conversation with mom’s tried and true “because I said so”. Even though we made it abundantly clear to every guest with an EV that charging wasn’t allowed we would have a few that though they could sneak it in under the cover of darkness. But they didn’t realize we had nightly security patrols. When security saw an EV being charged their orders were to alert me or the on-site manager. We took great pleasure in waking the occupants at 2am and informing they they were to immediately disconnect and if they did it again leave immediately. As others have pointed out, EV draw power on a much different demand cycle than RVs. They are not compatible with the electrical loops that are designed for RV usage. We were not willing to risk having entire loops of RV pedestals going down because a couple of EVs charging continuously created additional demand that tripped the main breakers.
wapiticountry 09/04/22 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: America's first automated RV park

I am not sure there is a net benefit to ownership. They still need employees to clean sites and restrooms, mow grass, do repairs etc. They would also need someone on call to handle emergencies and other issues that are time sensitive. Plus, without on site employees there is no security. They are exchanging the cost of a couple of employees for the added costs of all the automation and foregoing additional revenue streams such as cash customers and camp store sales. There is always people looking for passive income opportunities and I suppose this concept might have traction if sold to investors that way. But anyone who has fallen for that pitch and bought laundromats, car washes and vending machines with ll tell you the truth is these fully automated businesses are anything but labor free.
wapiticountry 09/04/22 09:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Good Sam Credit Card from Cometity Bank

You don’t always win a credit card dispute. Investigations often only take a few minutes. We had a few over the years, settled by sending a copy of the signed receipt or a copy of the park policies. If they don’t agree with your side of the complaint you are pretty much out of luck because their decision is final. There isn’t an appeals process I was ever made aware of.
wapiticountry 08/10/22 05:12pm Good Sam Club
RE: FEMA will be purchasing RVs

That part of Kentucky is not McMansion country. It is an impoverished rural area where the people will have very limited ability to recover . It is doubtful any off the displaced residents had flood insurance and the extremely limited economy of the area means those same residents will not have the ability to rebuild their lives. The cold hard truth is the best thing for many would be FEMA assisting them in relocating to areas desperate for employees. But that will never happen because neither the government nor the residents will push for that solution. So instead the cycle of poverty will continue with FEMA trailers being yet another reminder that poverty still exists in one of the richest countries on earth and there really isn’t anything that can change that fact.
wapiticountry 07/30/22 09:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Rentals

My concern would be what kind of support you could expect should the rig have a mechanical issue. It’s not like one of the major companies that could get you a replacement. And if you are considering driving from the lower 48 that is a trip that will challenge a rig to near its limits.
wapiticountry 07/19/22 08:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Piece of **** inept motorists!

And the story the red SUV driver is telling us: “some $@@$ felt he was special and blocked everyone in while he hogged three gas pumps While taking his sweet time filling his boat. “
wapiticountry 07/18/22 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling our C -- Two Options

I say consign. My time is too valuable to wait on looking loos, no shows and answer stupid requests all to make a few extra bucks, assuming a private sale would actually achieve that result. Just be sure your insurance covers consignment, many policies don’t.
wapiticountry 07/15/22 11:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Production - Fuel prices - Bubble ready to burst?

At least in this area, I think RV sales will be bolstered by those priced out of the housing market and are buying, or considering buying, RVs to live in. While there are certainly some, people buying an RV to live in are not a significant part of the new RV sales market. That's media hype where they over represent them as a scare story. Realistically, the people you are talking about are moving into apartments or mobilehome parks. Of course, I'm betting the realestate market takes a dump in the next 6-12 months (maybe sooner)Why would real estate take a dump? Very few people actually need to sell. Unless unemployment suddenly surges people can make their current mortgage payments since almost all of those mortgages are fixed rate and not effected by interest rate increases. Rental rates are also rising, so selling a home to move to a rental isn’t attractive. Plus there is a multi million unit shortfall of single family homes. Sales may very well slow significantly and the days of each consecutive sale being 20% higher than the last may have ended but expecting a huge price drops is an expectation likely to be left unfulfilled.
wapiticountry 07/05/22 03:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

"The Farm Bureau just reported that the average Fourth of July meal this year costs 17% more than last year. But pricier barbecues are just a sign of much bigger issues. The numbers don’t lie. Inflation has hit a new 40-year high and it’s showing in prices for even the most basic items. Hot dogs are up 10%. Chicken and hamburger have surged 17% and nearly 14%, respectively. Ice cream will cost you roughly 10% more. And the cost of propane, kerosene and firewood has increased by 28%. Even kitchen staples like milk are up almost 16% and eggs have surged by an astounding 32%. "And yet no improvements were made on these items. Same stuff, just more money. But somehow many will expect improvements from the campground. I don’t know about that, it seems every commercial I see touts the featured product as being “new & improved”, it smells / tastes / feels better than ever before. I’ve rarely seen a new renovated CG. When they do it you'll know because it involves shutting down entire sections, and in the Northern part of the US with limited construction seasons I've seen it take multiple years. I know of one state park campground where upgrading 10 electric only sites to FHU took over 3 years. Snow flies early in November and can still be on the ground in April. What is new and improved with featured products right now is smaller packaging to go along with the added price. It's one of the reasons why when the morons tell you inflation is x.x% start adding a lot to the number. The 14 ounce package is now 12 ounces and costs 25% more.One of my favorite facts is when computing the inflation rate the scoundrels use a model that assumes if the price of something rises, you will buy less. As an example if beef goes from $3.00 a pound to 4 dollars a pound they may calculate you will now only buy 80% of what you used to buy. So if your hamburger purchase was one pound at $3 your current purchase for inflation calculations is $3.20 since the powers to be decided you are now going to buy on 80% of a pound. So even though hamburger went up 33%, inflation numbers say it went up 6.67%.
wapiticountry 07/05/22 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

"The Farm Bureau just reported that the average Fourth of July meal this year costs 17% more than last year. But pricier barbecues are just a sign of much bigger issues. The numbers don’t lie. Inflation has hit a new 40-year high and it’s showing in prices for even the most basic items. Hot dogs are up 10%. Chicken and hamburger have surged 17% and nearly 14%, respectively. Ice cream will cost you roughly 10% more. And the cost of propane, kerosene and firewood has increased by 28%. Even kitchen staples like milk are up almost 16% and eggs have surged by an astounding 32%. "And yet no improvements were made on these items. Same stuff, just more money. But somehow many will expect improvements from the campground. I don’t know about that, it seems every commercial I see touts the featured product as being “new & improved”, it smells / tastes / feels better than ever before. I’ve rarely seen a new renovated CG.That is likely because improvements at RV parks are often unseen. Things like new sewer lines, updated electrical services, landscaping, road maintenance and a host of other things go unnoticed to the average guest. I bet you drive by hotels every day and for years they look exactly the same. They likely have updated the rooms multiple times but the average guest has no idea if it was this year or 5 years ago. I know that when I got my first RV 30 amp service was the expectation and amenities like wifi, cable TV and 50 amp were almost non existent. Now they are pretty much the norm. Having been in the business for decades, I have gotten to know many owners and almost all regularly reinvested back into their parks. However, if someone actively seeks out the absolute lowest cost provider they may find that the business is able to offer that low price precisely because they don’t reinvest in upkeep and improvements. Often times you do get exactly what you pay for.
wapiticountry 07/05/22 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel cost in your area

Right now in my area all fuels are in the 2s. As in TOO HIGH!
wapiticountry 06/27/22 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone Procedure to enter park 6/22

They are opening the majority of the park faster than anyone predicted. I think the other part of the park will not be opened till next year. I got berated on another thread for suggesting that they will pull out the stops to get the crown jewel of the NP system back open fast. Of course, they were always talking about the south loop opening in a week or two as there was minimal impact. On the north loop, it was just a question of what they could open and when. I'm betting they have road & bridge projects going before the snow falls and by mid summer 2023, the main roads will be open. Some of the secondary and spur roads will likely stretch out longer.Not sure what is opening much faster than expected? There was no major damage on the southern loop and some of the campgrounds remain closed. There is no consideration to opening the north or northeast entrances as both the Gardner River canyon road and the road through the Lamar valley are severely damaged or destroyed. There isn’t even a preliminary plan for the north entrance, so construction is still a long way off.
wapiticountry 06/22/22 09:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Don't let your guard down, Covid is still out there...

I thought all postings of this nature were supposed to go in ATC? There is already 2 sticky's there and now we have 3 postings. :R You could have just passed along without comment ya know!likely they just want to protect us from having a discussion. Kind of like some people insist you should wear a face mask or three to protect the general population. I, on the other hand prefer to avoid threads I don’t like or care about and let those that do like them to post away. Very similar as to how I avoid people who are coughing with snot running out of their nose (something I wouldn’t be aware of if they were dutifully wearing a mask). Mask police and forum police are always out there.
wapiticountry 06/15/22 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

The North Entrance road appears to be the most damaged area in the park. There is a back service road/track that goes thru the hills from Mammoth to Gardiner. There has been much local discussion about improving that road exactly because of this possibility. But there is a strong lobby against ANY construction within the park. They have stymied any improvements up to now. Realistically, that road should be improved to the point it becomes the primary entrance road. It isn’t as scenic as the road thru the Gardiner River Canyon, but it wouldn’t be subject to flooding and annual rock slides. Another concern is highway 89 from Livingston/I-90 to Gardiner may have also suffered catastrophic damage. Water was multiple feet deep across the highway in Yankee Jim Canyon and a highway bridge over the Yellowstone north of the canyon had a washout on one end and it is unknown if the bridge has suffered structural damage. There is also a significant threat of catastrophic flooding returning later in the week as more rain is forecast and will be accompanied by much higher temperatures creating rapid snow melt and huge runoff. All in all this could be close to a death blow to the town of Gardiner which is 100% dependent on summer tourism and Yellowstone Park.
wapiticountry 06/14/22 08:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV retail sales drop 31% April year over year.

"approaching $5/gallon..." Ha, ha... I'd jump all over 'only' $5 gas! At least for the gas I get.. I use 92 octane for the F150 and it's got a 36 gallon tank. When the pump shuts off at $100 and that's really only 1/2 tank, that's where it is and what it costs these days.. I ain't cancelling any planned trips this year, but I have started driving my Mom's 2014 Ford Escape for the daily grind! F150 has not left the garage for over 2 weeks now! Wait until it gets to $10/gallon... ha, ha! MitchDo what I now do. Stop for gas when your tank is 3/4 full. Now it costs me less than $50 to fill up, just like the good ole days of 2020.??
wapiticountry 06/09/22 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

And this is why businesses should never give raises to employees. The day after the raise they will be doing exactly the same work they were doing before. Giving a raise does nothing but put money in the employees bank accounts and the employer gets nothing but higher payroll costs. Increasing income should be outlawed for both businesses and employees because it is just another term for greed. I assume you were being sarcastic but.... The market will sort things out. - In the very short term... If you give them a raise, true, they are doing the same week last friday as this monday but making more money. - But in the long term, if you are underpaying, the quality employees will be offered higher paying jobs and leave. You will be left with the lower quality employees and unable to hire new ones. Likewise, if owners are pricing campsites too high, the market will punish them because no one will use their services. - This doesn't mean the park needs to run at 100% occupancy. A price that keeps the park at 70% occupancy may be more profitable (and nothing wrong with that). - Right now, there is a spike in demand. When that subsides, prices may settle back down (or more typically, they will hold steady for a long period while the rest of the market catches up). - Another possibility if prices are too high, is it will drive others to build RV parks. It's tough to buy and develop beachfront land into an RV park at $20/n rates. But if the local parks are charging $200/n, you might be able to build a new park at $100/n rates undercutting the competition. I always shake my head after hurricanes when politicians go on about gouging but taking bottled water as an example: - If prices are not allowed to rise, the first people into the store buy more than they need (it's cheap and doesn't go bad). Then those that arrive later have no water to buy. There is no incentive for the store to pay a premium to ship more water in. - If they are allowed to charge $20/case, the first people in buy only what they need because it's expensive. Now the existing supply, is available to more people. In addition, at $20/case, it may be worth sending one of the stock boys north out of the affected area to buy a couple pallets of water for $3/case, so you can resell them at $20/case, so even more water is available to those who need it. Very quickly, the supply catches up with demand and prices subside.Absolutely being sarcastic. Even in disaster scenarios price gouging has been limited to essential items. While you could make the case a park quadrupling prices in a hurricane ravaged area is price gouging, a park that makes that same increase in rates year over year in a place that is not a disaster area, but rather a tourist attraction is doing nothing wrong. Previous costs or pricing has nothing to do with current prices. I don’t think anyone would argue a person who was selling the home should base that price on what they paid for it. I mean should someone who paid $400,000 3 years ago be allowed to get a much higher price than the guy selling an identical house next door because that next door guy inherited the house from ancestors who homesteaded, built that home themselves and actually got that property for free. I have never seen a park or any other business hold a gun to the customer’s head demanding they pay or else. Many things have had enormous price increases recently and I don’t believe geeed is the primary motivation.
wapiticountry 06/07/22 11:31am General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

When a company invests in improvements and raising prices, that's a little different than raising rates, and doing no upkeep or improvements. THen take the extra profits to the bank, and clients get nothing extra for the extra fee. The latter reminds me of the word Greed...And this is why businesses should never give raises to employees. The day after the raise they will be doing exactly the same work they were doing before. Giving a raise does nothing but put money in the employees bank accounts and the employer gets nothing but higher payroll costs. Increasing income should be outlawed for both businesses and employees because it is just another term for greed.
wapiticountry 06/07/22 08:34am General RVing Issues
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