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THE GOOD SAM CLUB

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4 WHAT’S NEW ONLINE
6 ON THE ROAD
8 DEAR GOOD SAM
13 GOOD NEWS
18 RV INSIGHT
20 CAMP CUISINE
24 TECH TOPICS
28 ACTION LINE
30 PARK PROFILE
48 RV SHOWROOM
50 GOOD STUFF
53 CLASSIFIEDS
63 ADVERTISER INDEX
63 PET PIX
66 WHERE’S GOOD SAM?
Highways (USPS 903-560) is published
monthly for the benefit of members of the
Good Sam Club. To become a member,
send $35/U.S. or $45/Canadian (payable
in Canadian funds) annual dues to 2575
Vista Del Mar Drive, Ventura, California
93001 or call 800-234-3450. Publications
Sales Agreement No. 0254584 (U.S. and
Canada). Periodicals postage paid at
Ventura, California, and additional offices.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to
Good Sam Club, P.O. Box 2207, Marion, Ohio
43306. The publisher assumes no liability
for unsolicited manuscripts or art. Copyright
© 2008 by TL Enterprises Inc., in the United
States and Great Britain. All rights reserved.
PRINTED IN THE USA
ON THE COVER: Watching the seasons change on
the road to Wisconsin. Photograph by Bill Grove.
OCTOBER 2008 Highways 3
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION
OF THE GOOD SAM CLUB
October 2008
VOLUME 42, NUMBER 10
www.goodsamclub.com
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38 THE BIG DRINK
The fun never stops in middle America’s wet-and-wild vacation destination,
the Wisconsin Dells. Soak up the scenery, set sail on a river cruise and catch
a wave in the Waterpark Capital of the World. Cowabunga! BY RON DALBY
42 THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST
No RV is fully equipped without at least one good flashlight. The new gener-
ation of smaller, brighter and longer-lasting flashlights, lanterns and bulbs
beams cutting-edge illumination right to your campsite. BY JOEL DONALDSON
38 38
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www.GoodSamClub.com
To get in touch with the departments and services provided by the Good
Sam Club, go to our website and click on Contact Us. You’ll find links to
the club’s main e-mail addresses and a list of pertinent phone numbers.
www.goodsamclub.com/contact
CONTACT
GOOD SAM
BEYOND THE WATERPARKS
Wisconsin’s Natural Wonders
Wisconsin Dells may be the Waterpark Capital
of the World (see our cover story on page 38),
but the surrounding area offers plenty of other
recreational options sure to make a big splash.
Click on the Highways section of our website to
discover pristine fishing holes, wildflower walks
and challenging trail rides by bike, horse or ATV.
www.goodsamclub.com/highways
RV BOOKSHELF
Let Our Atlas Be Your Guide
Know where your next overnight stop is going to be with the Trailer Life
Directory RV Road Atlas, the official atlas of the Good Sam Club. The
atlas’ maps show the locations of some 9,000 RV parks and camp-
grounds, 800 RV service centers and all Good Sam 10 percent dis-
count locations. Good Sam members can order the atlas online for
$14.95—half off the retail price—plus $4.95 shipping and handling.
www.goodsamclub.com/travelstore
ENTER DAILY!
Good Sam Giveaway
Your chance to win RV accessories
and travel products is just a mouse-
click away. October’s Good Sam
Giveaway prize lineup includes a
nine-speed DownTube folding bike,
the No Freeze water hose, Lureware
dinnerware and the Redi-Step
portable RV-entry step. Enter daily
to increase your odds of winning.
www.goodsamclub.com/giveaway
TAKE OUR ONLINE SURVEY
HIGHWAYS GOES DIGITAL
Digital versions of the Good Sam Club’s monthly magazine, Highways,
are now available on our website. Reading Highways on your com-
puter has many advantages: it’s convenient, it’s always accessible
and it’s eco-friendly. So what do you think about our digital
issues? To take a quick survey, go to the Highways
home page and tell us if you’d prefer to spare the
trees and receive digital editions in place of paper copies.
www.goodsamclub.com/highways
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PRESIDENT AND CEO/AFFINITY

Mike Schneider
PRESIDENT/AFFINITY CLUBS

Joe Daquino
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND
VP/GOOD SAM CLUB

Susan Bray
SAMBASSADORS

Rosemary Bates

Gerri Howorth

Ed and Mary Lou James

Tom and Nancy Killmer

Patty and Dave Morgen

Don and Helen Woodard
EDITORIAL
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR/CLUB MEDIA

Valerie Law
EDITOR

John Sullaway
TECHNICAL EDITOR

Bob Livingston
ART DIRECTORS

Donna Schmidt

Stacy Frankel
WEB EDITOR

Linda Williams
MIDWEST EDITOR

Sherman Goldenberg
COPY EDITORS

Maryanne Sullivan
Kimberley Winters Woods
EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Robin Duffield
805-667- 4100
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.goodsamclub.com/highways
PRODUCTION
PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Bob Dawson
AD PRODUCTION MANAGER

Brenda Hutchinson
SENIOR PRODUCTION
COORDINATOR

Marybeth Arellano
PREPRESS SPECIALIST

Gerald Vandiver
DIGITAL IMAGE SPECIALIST

Robert Peterson
FULFILLMENT MANAGER

Melissa Robinson
ADVERTISING
VP/ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

Terry Thompson
ADVERTISING MANAGER

Denielle Sternburg
805-667-4100, [email protected]
SEATTLE
NATIONAL ADVERTISING

Scott Oakes
NATIONAL ADVERTISING

John Marciano
206-283-9545
ELKHART
MIDWEST AD DIRECTOR

Chuck Lasley
MIDWEST OFFICE MANAGER

Connie Foreman
574-295-7820
FLORIDA
ADVERTISING SALES

Tacy Hendershot-Sargent
772-288-0387
ADVERTISING SALES

Lou Cicirelli
954-205-9721
ALABAMA
ADVERTISING SALES

Scott Crompton
334-613-2040, [email protected]
RV DEALER SALES
NORTHWEST AD MANAGER

Pam Petersen
SOUTHWEST AD MANAGER

Matt Hotchkiss
NORTHEAST AD MANAGER

Barry Jenkins
SOUTHEAST AD MANAGER

Matt Grimes
RV MARKETPLACE AND CLASSIFIEDS
MANAGER

Sue Panchenko
SALES

Angela Pezzullo
SALES

Debbie Valdez
805-667-4100, [email protected]
GOOD SAM CLUB HEADQUARTERS
2575 Vista Del Mar Drive, Ventura, California 93001
805-667-4100, www.goodsamclub.com
GOOD SAM CLUB MEMBER SERVICES
64 Inverness Drive E., Englewood, Colorado 80112
800-234-3450, www.goodsamclub.com
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Good Sam Club, P.O. Box 2207, Marion, Ohio 43306
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ONtheroad
BY SUE BRAY
L
ast year, we at the Good Sam Club surveyed
our members and the employees of our par-
ent corporation, Affinity, about supporting a
potential charity project. Both members and
employees indicated that they’d like to
support a cause that helps children
and is oriented toward the outdoors.
We believe we’ve found the per-
fect combination with a program
called Hole in the Wall Camps.
Hole in the Wall Camps was found-
ed in 1988 by actor Paul Newman as a
place for children with serious medical con-
ditions to enjoy nature. With the mantra
“Laughter Is the Best Medicine,” Hole in the
Wall Camps gives children affected by life-
threatening medical conditions a week away at
camp at no cost to their families.
These camps are different. They’re equipped
to accommodate a full array of treatments rang-
ing from chemotherapy to dialysis to daily infu-
sions. But the main focus is to let these children
enjoy a real camp experience, make new friends
(who also happen to be seriously ill), leave their
worries behind and just enjoy being kids.
A visit to a Hole in the Wall Camp is truly an
inspirational experience, as I witnessed recently
when I spent a day at the Painted Turtle camp
in Southern California. This camp is an unbe-
lievably happy place. From the enthusiastic
greetings of the staff to the state-of-the-art
medical center to the handmade stuffed turtles
on every camper’s bed, it’s difficult to imagine
that these campers are actually very ill children.
The giggles and whoops as the kids swim in the
pool, go on horseback rides, create crafts, swing
from the zip line, sing around the evening
campfires, learn funny dances and bang on
bongo drums all leave you with one distinct
impression: these children are normal kids hav-
ing the time of their lives.
And that’s the whole idea. The folks at Hole
in the Wall built their concept around allowing
these kids—many of whom have spent months
in the hospital undergoing terrifying medical
treatments—to just have fun. By spending a
week with other children who are undergoing
the same challenges, campers learn they’re not
alone. They make lifelong friends who are
undergoing similar experiences.
At the same time, families and
caregivers of these children receive
respite, as they’re confident of the
staff ’s ability to care for their child.
Many family members haven’t spent
time away from their child since he or
she was diagnosed with an illness, often years
before the child attends the camp.
At the Painted Turtle, the medical presence is
unobtrusive, allowing campers to focus all of
their attention on the camp experience,
whether it’s building a birdhouse in the wood-
shop, writing a poem or catching their first fish.
The facility accommodates the needs of all the
campers and includes a universally accessible
swimming pool and a high-ropes course so
campers of all abilities can participate.
The network of Hole in the Wall Camps thrives
in Connecticut, California, New York, Florida,
North Carolina, the United Kingdom, Ireland,
Italy, Hungary and France. New camps are under
way in Ohio, Colorado, Arizona and Israel.
No child is charged for attending a Hole in
the Wall Camp, and costs run approximately
$2,500 per camper per week. Good Sam mem-
bers will have many ways to support this worth-
while organization, both through fundraising
and volunteer opportunities at the camps.
Watch for information about the club’s involve-
ment in future issues of Highways and on our
website, www.goodsamclub.com.
Since 1988, more than 119,000 children from
40 countries with over 150 specific medical
conditions have attended a Hole in the Wall
Camp. We hope that with the support and
involvement of the Good Sam Club, hundreds
of thousands more will be able to participate in
this incredible experience.
Camps That Care
Introducing Good Sam’s new charity, Hole in the Wall Camps
Sue Bray is executive
director of the Good Sam
Club, the world’s largest
RV owners’ organization.
To learn more about con-
tributing your time or
donations to Hole in the
Wall Camps and other
charities assisted by the
Good Sam Club, please
visit www.goodsamclub
.com/community and
click on the Volunteering
button.
nline...
It’s not that the
children say, “Thank
you for a wonderful
time.” It’s that they
say, “Thank you for
changing my life.”
—PAUL NEWMAN, Founder
Hole in the Wall Camps
Good Sam’s Bev Dalton, Gretchen
LeMaster and Sue Bray with Hole
in the Wall’s Cathy Voelker (cen-
ter) and Dr. Ben Meisel (right).
Good Sam’s Bev Dalton, Gretchen
LeMaster and Sue Bray with Hole
in the Wall’s Cathy Voelker (cen-
ter) and Dr. Ben Meisel (right).
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I READ “Coping with the Fuel
Crunch” in the August issue
of Highways and I’d like to
offer my own fuel-saving
strategy. California has a
maximum speed limit of 55
mph for vehicles towing any-
thing from a fifth wheel to a
boat. If every state in the
union adopted a 55-mph-
maximum speed limit for
these vehicles, we’d benefit
collectively from improved
fuel economy and the safety of slower travel.
Don Weiss, LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA
IN OUR TRAVELS, we’ve found that even if we
pay $5.50 a gallon, it’s still cheaper to journey
by RV than to stay in a decent motel. We get
10 miles per gallon, and the motels we’d other-
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after a long trip, we still come out ahead. After
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our own room.
We’ve kept track of
the cost of RVing ever
since we bought our
travel trailer and we
continue to save on
travel expenses. Paying
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you’re saving money.
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THIS PAST SUMMER, we
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because we choose not to give our money to the
greedy oil companies. We have the technology
to dramatically increase miles per gallon, but
the manufacturers are too interested in offering
granite countertops, under-sink dishwashers
and rooftop decks. We’d be better served if we
got better mileage instead of accoutrements that
have no value. If the Good Sam Club wants to
continue supporting the RV lifestyle, you need a
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Richard Nelson, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
WITH FUEL PRICES the way they are and
with my Class C motorhome getting 10
miles per gallon at best, I’ve decided to
convert my backyard into an RV park
[see photo below]. This has its advan-
tages, including no campground fees
and no fuel consumed. I’m creating my
own RV vacation on my own property.
I’m not trying to sell my rig or give it
away. I’m just showing what the heart-
broken owner of a gas-guzzler can do to
get some use out of his rig. If worse
comes to worst, the RV will make a nice
cottage or guesthouse.
Richard Dalton, WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS
California on My Mind
LAST YEAR, we decided to travel to Cal-
ifornia. We checked out train fares,
plane fares and rental-car prices. After
finding out that any trip
across the United States
would cost over $5,000 for
our whole family, we decided
to pray and find a better way.
That’s when we hit upon the
idea of RVing.
We first priced out RV
rentals. Still, it all came to
about $5,000, with deposit,
rental and pet charge. Then
the clouds moved and the sun
shone through. We realized we could
buy a used RV and have a rig for more
than just a holiday trip. We ended up
paying more than $5,000, and at first I
thought it was a mistake. I was wrong.
This was the best trip we ever had!
For our next trip, I’ll save up for gas
and drive the motorhome. It’s worth
every drop it uses.
Maureen Hay, ADRIAN, MICHIGAN
Shopping around for a new or used rig?
Log on to www.goodsamclub.com/rv
central and click on Good Sam Autho-
rized Dealers in the Member Quick
Links box.—Editors
RV Parking Privileges
THE LETTER TITLED“Know Your Parking
Rights” in the August issue was way off
the mark. Contrary to the author’s
opinion, none of us has parking rights
at Wal-Mart or any other retail estab-
lishment. We have parking privileges
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that may or may not be extended to us
as a courtesy by the property owners or
leaseholders.
Nothing good can happen when
some of us arrogantly feel that
overnight parking is a right. Some RV
owners, however, have crossed the line
from being welcome guests to travelers
who see overnight parking as some-
thing that’s expected. Is it any wonder
that some communities implement
overnight parking bans?
Tom Norman, HILLSBORO, TENNESSEE
Good Sam Goes
to the Dogs
THE WORDS “Thank you” are inade-
quate for all that Good Sam Club mem-
bers have done to help Dogs for the
Deaf over the years. The true acknowl-
edgement comes from the wonderful
changes we’re able to make in the lives
of both people and dogs because of
Good Sam’s help and support in so very
many ways. Hundreds of dogs’ lives
have been saved and thousands of peo-
ple’s lives have been improved because
Good Sam members work so hard and
are so very generous in their support.
Robin Dickson, President, Dogs for the Deaf
CENTRAL POINT, OREGON
To find out how you can volunteer for
Dogs for the Deaf or help sponsor a
hearing dog, visit www.goodsamclub
.com/community and click on Volunteer-
ing.—Editors
Don’t Be a Drag
WE RECENTLY DESTROYED a 50-foot 30-
amp AC cable by dragging it on the
ground as we left our RV site. I’ve
decided never to let that happen again.
Now when I park for the night, I
place an empty paper-towel roll on my
gearshift lever as a reminder. The
paper-towel roll is not removed until
I’m absolutely sure I’ve disconnected
everything before driving off. This lit-
tle reminder has saved a lot of grief
and expense.
If a paper-towel roll won’t work on
your vehicle, use something else that fits
tightly over the gearshift lever.
Wayne Castle, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Thanks for the tip, Wayne. For more
reminders, use the Good Sam Club’s
online checklist. Go to www.goodsam
club.com/traveltools and click on Travel
Checklists.—Editors
We love to hear from Good Sam members.
Write to us at [email protected]
.com or Dear Good Sam, P.O. Box 8545, Ven-
tura, California 93002 or send us your com-
ments online at www.goodsamclub.com/
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Join the Hole in the Wall Gang
Good Sam’s new charity helps kids go to camp
T
he sprawling Painted Turtle camp in the hills north of Los Angeles has
everything a kid could want in a weeklong retreat. Campers can shoot
hoops in the full-size indoor basketball court, ride a horse on a winding
trail and drop a fishing line in a well-stocked pond.
But the 173-acre facility in Lake Hughes has a few things you won’t find
at most rustic getaways. Most notably, there’s the Well Shell, a medical clin-
ic under a turtle-like roof that’s equipped to take care of kids with ailments
ranging from spina bifida to liver disease.
California’s Painted Turtle is just one of 10 Hole in the Wall Camps in
the United States and Europe, with more in the works. The network of
Hole in the Wall facilities offers a summer-camp experience to chronically
ill children who can’t attend traditional camps, all free of charge. At camp,
these children engage in a variety of activities, and with careful guidance,
they realize they can do more than they ever imagined.
It’s this combination of care and camping that has inspired the Good
Sam Club to name Hole in the Wall Camps the organization’s new charity
(see On the Road on page 6).
“Our members told us that they wanted us to support a charity that does
something for children but also involves the great outdoors,” says Good Sam
THE RALLY
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EDITED
BY JOHN
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VOLUNTEERING
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Go Green in
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Show your eco-friendly colors
at our 10th annual Rally
WHILE CHECKING OUT the RV exhibits,
activities and seminars at the April
2009 Rally in Albuquerque, make sure
you swing by the Reality RV exhibit.
There, an RVing couple will take on the
challenge of demonstrating how living
in an RV is more environmentally
friendly than dwelling in a house.
Cameras installed in the rig will fre-
quently monitor their activities, and
Rally guests will be encouraged to
watch on an outdoor screen. The cou-
ple’s water and power usage will be
recorded and compared to the usage
of a couple living in an average home.
Rally-goers also are invited to submit
new green RVing concepts of their own.
Leading up to the event, ideas will be
posted on the Rally website, and par-
ticipants can bring their inventions to
the Rally for judging and cash awards
for first, second and third place.
Check the Rally website for updates
on our green ini-
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activities.
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Put the 2009 Rally in the record books
Good Sam Club members are invited to help
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next April in an effort to break the world mark for
the most people wearing balloon hats, a fitting
salute to the Hot-Air Balloon Capital of the World.
Visit www.therally.com for more details.
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Club Executive
Director Sue
Bray. “We’re proud that we can get
involved with an organization that pro-
vides such happy, wholesome and fun
outdoor experiences for some very ill
children.”
Founded in 1988 by actor and philan-
thropist Paul Newman, Hole in the Wall
Camps got its name from the gang led by
legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy, a role
Newman played on the big screen.
“Every kid can participate in any one
of the activities,” says Cathleen Voelker,
vice president of development for Hole
in the Wall Camps, based in New Haven,
Connecticut. Kids can go
at their own pace, parti-
cipating in boisterous
sing-alongs in the cafe-
teria or resting up in
well-appointed cab-
ins. Special accommo-
dations, like ample
wheelchair ramps and a
harness that lets disabled
children ride the specially
built zip cord, give the kids
access to everything the camp
has to offer.
The on-site medical staff helps
campers strike a balance between hav-
ing fun and dealing with often-painful
illnesses. “Kids with chronic illnesses
are in a dependent
situation,” says Dr.
Ben Meisel, a pedia-
trician who works
full time as the med-
ical director at the
VOLUNTEERING
Painted Turtle and, like all
the other medical staff
members, wears a T-shirt
and shorts instead of a
white coat and tie. “The
camp helps them learn
skills like decision-mak-
ing and self advocacy.”
Special attention is paid
to the camp’s setting.
California’s Painted Turtle’s
airy wooden buildings, for
example, were designed by archi-
tect Michael Palladino, whose past work
includes L.A.’s Getty Museum. South
Carolina’s Victory Junction camp is built
around a racing theme, and campers
there can visit Goody’s Body Shop med-
ical center and Hendrick Motorsports
Fuel Stop dining hall.
In the coming months, the Good
Sam Club will outline ways in which
members can help support our new
official charity.—JOHN SULLAWAY
go
ONLINE
Click on www.holeinthewallcamps.org for more infor-
mation. To find out how you can support this and other
Good Sam Club–affiliated charities, visit www.goodsam
club.com/community and click on Volunteering.
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Sweet Inspiration
Members of Good Sam’s Ohio youth
group just couldn’t wait to show
their support for the club’s new
charity, Hole in the Wall Camps,
which serves seriously ill children.
When Patrick Smith, executive direc-
tor of Hole in the Wall’s Flying Horse
Farms in Columbus, Ohio, spoke to
club members at July’s Summer
Safari Samboree in Zanesville, the
youth group surprised the audience
by presenting a $100 check, the
first Good Sam donation to the
organization. Smith had met the
kids earlier in the day, and his
stories about the camp inspired
them to make a contribution.
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Orphan RVs
Keep your rig in business,
even if your manufacturer
closes its doors
YOU DON’T HAVE TO READ the business
pages every day to know that the RV industry, like
the rest of the economy, has hit a few potholes
lately. Faced with high gas prices and dwindling
consumer confidence, familiar companies like
National RV, Travel Supreme, Alfa Leisure and
Western RV have gone out of business.
With the industry facing uncertain conditions,
RV owners need to be alert to the possibility of
suddenly discovering they now own an “orphan
RV,” a rig whose manufacturer no longer exists.
And when the manufacturer goes, so too go
manufacturer warranties, proprietary information
needed for certain repairs and custom parts that
might some day need replacing.
Hopefully, we’ve seen the worst of things, but
for the moment, RVers may find it prudent to take
steps to help lessen the impact, should your
manufacturer close up shop. Here are four con-
crete safeguards:
1
Obtain wiring, plumbing and other system
schematics, so you’ll have a head start if you
ever need to have critical repairs made.
2
Join your brand’s owner group, whether it’s
a social network or a more technically ori-
ented online gathering. Many of these folks are
competent technicians and are willing to help
walk you through problems. You can also contact
fellow owners by logging on to the Good Sam
online forum at www.goodsamclub.com/forums.
3
If you’ve bought a new rig, be aware that
the demise of the manufacturer can effec-
tively curtail access to warranty service. The
protection you thought you were purchasing
with a new unit can simply evaporate. Your
selling dealership can be helpful, but they
RV ADVOCACY
don’t have the legal or financial obligation of
the manufacturer.
4
Be slow to rely on extended-service con-
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RV. The right policy can be helpful, but coverage
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Give careful consideration to plans that: a)
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have deductibles so high that most claims would
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d) have an unwritten claims policy that would
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information that was unavailable because a
manufacturer was no longer in business. You’ll
have to ask specifically about this.
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RVinsight
BY JOE AND VICKI KIEVA
JOE: Knowing how to interpret the U.S. inter-
state numbering system, its mile markers and
exit numbers can be a valuable tool for the RV
traveler.
The numbers on the interstate signs provide
information about your location, direction of
travel and distance to your destination.
Interstate numbers, mile markers and exit
numbers are frequently used on road signs, bill-
boards and radio advisories. Being able to deci-
pher the numbering system will help you fur-
nish directions if you call for roadside or emer-
gency assistance.
Interstate highways are described as traveling
either east and west or north and south. There
may be areas where an interstate doesn’t run
exactly east to west or north to south, but the
direction that most of the road travels is the
one used to describe it.
The main east–west interstate routes are
even-numbered with one or two digits. The
numbering system of the east–west interstates
begins with the lowest interstate number (I-4 in
Florida) and progresses to the highest (I-94),
which crosses the northern
tier of the United States.
The main north–south
interstate routes are odd-
numbered with one or two
digits. The numbering sys-
tem of the north–south
interstates begins with the
lowest interstate number
(I-5) on the West Coast and ends with the high-
est (I-95) on the East Coast.
You’ll also come across shorter three-digit
interstates. These highways usually connect to
other interstates or provide a loop around a
city. Southern California, for example, has lots
of three-digit interstates that help commuters
navigate the region’s sprawling cities.
Now you know. If you’re on an even-num-
bered interstate, you’re traveling either east or
west. If you’re on an odd-numbered interstate,
you’re traveling either north or south. And if
you’re on a three-digit interstate, you might be
driving in a circle.
VICKI: Interstate-highway mile markers are
little green signs located on the right side of the
highway. The signs have a number and in some
cases the word “mile.”
Mile markers on east–west interstates begin
counting from the state’s western state line.
Mile markers on north–south interstates begin
counting from the state’s southern state line.
When an interstate highway starts within a
state, the numbering begins at the southern or
western point of origin.
The numbering for I-20, for example, begins
at I-20’s junction with I-10 in west Texas. The
mile-marker numbers get higher as you travel
north or east, but when you cross into another
state, the mile numbers start over again. When
the aforementioned I-20 crosses from Texas
into Louisiana, it starts its count again.
The three-digit interstates that form a com-
plete loop around a city have mile markers that
are numbered in a clockwise direction. The
numbers begin just west of the loop’s southern-
most junction with another interstate. I-465,
for example, is a 53-mile loop around
Indianapolis. Mile marker 1 is just west of I-65’s
southern intersection with I-465’s loop. Mile
marker 53 is just east of this same intersection.
Most states number their interchanges and
exits to correspond with the nearest mile-mark-
er number. Exit 12, for example, will be close to
mile-marker 12. If you’re looking for Exit 12
Interstate Savvy
Learn to read mile-marker and exit signs like a pro
For an archive of Joe
and Vicki Kieva’s previ-
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go to www.goodsamclub
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your own RV-lifestyle
tips, go to www.goodsam
club.com/community,
click on Stories, then
click on the Share
a Story button.
Dear Joe
and Vicki:
A fellow RVer
once tried to
explain the inter-
state numbering
system to me, but
I’m still confused.
Just what is the
interstate system
and why is it
important to me?
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Most states number their
interchanges and exits to
correspond with the near-
est mile-marker number.
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and you’ve just passed mile-marker 10,
you know your exit is 2 miles away.
A few states, however, number their
interchanges and exits consecutively
without linking them to mile markers.
In other words, Exit 14 may be the 14th
exit from the border but not necessarily
at the 14-mile mark. Look at a map to
determine which system is being used to
mark the interchanges and exits. Better
yet, pay attention to the mile markers
and exit numbers to see if they match.
Using the interstate numbering sys-
tem simply amounts to knowing:

Even-numbered interstates go east
and west. Odd-numbered interstates go
north and south.

When you enter a state from the
south or west, the mile markers (and
usually the exits) will begin with 1 and
get higher as you travel.

When you enter a state from the
north or east, the mile-marker numbers
(and usually the exit numbers) will be
high and get smaller as you travel.
Next time you’re driving on an inter-
state highway, pay attention to the high-
way number, mile markers and exit
numbers. Then ask yourself, what high-
way am I on, what direction am I head-
ed and what’s the nearest mile marker?
Those are the questions you’ll be asked
when you report an emergency.
Send your nontechnical RV-lifestyle
questions to RV Insight, Highways,
P.O. Box 8545, Ventura, California 93002
or to [email protected]
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CAMPcuisine
BY BOB BLUMER
T
here’s nothing unusual about growing, carv-
ing or eating pumpkins. But in Nova Scotia,
they grow ’em bigger, eat ’em in every imagina-
ble way and hollow out the giant vegetables
until they can float. Oh, did I mention that they
also tow their giant carved-out pumpkins
to a lake, climb inside and use kayak
paddles to propel their craft across a
half mile of choppy waters?
Pumpkin-boat paddling is
something any self-respecting
gastronaut has to experience first-
hand. So last fall, I traveled to
Windsor, Nova Scotia, along with the
four-person crew of my Food Network show,
Glutton for Punishment, and spent five days
training for the area’s annual Pumpkin Regatta.
Windsor’s home to the Dill family farm where
they’ve been growing prize-winning pumpkins
for 30 years. After kicking a few tires, I settled on
an asymmetrical 500-pound gourd and chose a
renegade strategy that involved cutting my
pumpkin so the round side served as the hull
and the stem acted as a fixed rudder. Then I
carved out a hole on the topside big
enough to squeeze my body
through, scooped out the seeds
and shaved off portions of the 4-
inch walls to reduce the weight.
On race day, 50 pumpkin
pilots prepared their crafts, and
thousands of spectators lined the
shores of Lake Pesaquid. Sadly, 10
vessels sank before the starting gun.
Seventeen minutes later, 72-year-old wun-
derkind Leo Swiminer paddled first across the
finish line for his fifth consecutive title, leaving a
gaggle of much younger challengers, including
me, huffing and puffing in his wake. It wasn’t
quite the Cinderella story I was hoping for.
Seeds from the
annual Pumpkin
Regatta’s win-
ning boat sell
for as much as
$12 apiece.
Seagoing Gourd
Don’t paddle a pumpkin without savoring the seeds
To read previous recipes,
go to www.goodsamclub
.com/highways.
Bob Blumer is the creator
and host of the Food
Network TV shows The
Surreal Gourmet and Glutton
for Punishment. He’s also
the author of five cookbooks.
When he’s not at home in
California, Bob can be found
traveling in his Toastermobile,
an Airstream trailer cus-
tomized with a stainless-
steel professional kitchen
and topped with two 8-foot
slices of toast.
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Spiced Pumpkin-Seed Brittle
Andrew Dill, who’s known in gourd circles as the Pumpkin Chef, taught this recipe to me. It
tastes infinitely better if you’ve paddled the pumpkin that the seeds came from. (Seeds for
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1
1
/2 cups freshly harvested pumpkin seeds
1
1
/2 tablespoons olive oil
1
/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1
/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1
/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rinse the pumpkin seeds well and remove all the pumpkin pulp. Pat dry.
In a bowl, combine seeds, oil, garlic, cayenne, paprika, onion, allspice, salt and pepper. Toss well.
Spread the pumpkin seeds evenly on a baking sheet (ideally lined with parchment paper for
easy cleanup).
Bake for 20 minutes, toss, then continue to roast until the seeds are lightly browned and
crisp. Reserve.
In a dry small pot over medium heat, add sugar. Stir constantly until it melts and turns light
brown, approximately three to five minutes. Stir in spiced pumpkin seeds and pour out onto
parchment paper or a cookie sheet. Let cool, then break into pieces.
Yield: Makes 1
1
⁄2 cups
1
/4 teaspoon dehydrated onion
1
/4 teaspoon allspice
1
/2 teaspoon salt
1
/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup granulated sugar
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BY BOB LIVINGSTON
Triple towing
restrictions,
trailer-tire
blowouts and
bad vibrations
from the
water pump
Towing a Second Trailer
I’d like to tow my 10-foot motorcycle trailer behind my 26-foot travel trailer. I’ve
observed a few double trailers (noncommercial) being towed on the interstate, but
I can’t find anything in writing about Georgia law pertaining to towing a second
trailer. I’ve contacted the state Department of Transportation and the Georgia State
Patrol, and they all say it’s OK as long as it doesn’t exceed 72 feet and you
maintain control of your vehicle. However, when
I ask for something in writing, they’re unable to
show me a resource.
Could you provide some answers and rec-
ommendations on where to look for something
in writing on whether or not it’s legal to tow a
second trailer on the interstate?
Jimmy Gordon, SAVANNAH, GEORGI A
BOB: The information you’re looking for can
be found in the “Rules of the Road and Towing
Laws” in the Trailer Life RV Parks, Campgrounds
and Services Directory. I’m surprised that your
local DMV or Georgia State Patrol office
couldn’t guide you to a written explanation of
the state’s motor vehicle laws. According to my
information, triple towing is prohibited in
Georgia.
Dry Batteries
We have a 2007 Itasca Ellipse, purchased from
Lazydays in Seffner, Florida, in August 2007.
Our house batteries always need water. We
travel once a month for a couple of days, and
before each trip, we have to fill the three empty
batteries. At first, I didn’t think much of it and
just kept adding the water. When we return
from a trip, we always turn off the battery circuit
with the rocker switch by the entrance door to
avoid unnecessary battery drain. Now I think
this is a bit excessive and there must be a
problem with the batteries.
Recently, I brought the coach in to Lazydays
for a recall of a taillight reflector. I mentioned
the battery problem, so they could inspect the
batteries and circuits while the coach was in
the service bay. When we were ready to pick
up the coach, the service advisor told me that
the batteries were empty and Lazydays couldn’t
do anything about replacing the batteries and
the batteries wouldn’t be covered under the
warranty since they were empty. They checked
the circuits and couldn’t find anything wrong
with them.
There were no shorts, and the charging sys-
tem was working perfectly.
This is the exact reason we wanted them to
check the batteries and circuits. The batteries
dry up for no apparent reason. I’m writing to
find out if you think the battery drain is normal.
If this isn’t normal and the batteries are defec-
tive, Lazydays should be accountable for
replacing the defective batteries.
Gerhard and Clara, VERO BERACH, FLORIDA
BOB: You’ll need to check charging voltage
before trying to diagnose the problem. When
the motorhome is hooked up at a camp-
ground, check the voltage at the batteries. If
your motorhome is equipped with the typical
converter/charger, you should see around 13.8
to 14.2 volts at the batteries. My guess is that
the voltage at the batteries is much higher.
Because owners can be hooked up to camp-
ground power for a while, the charging voltage
is kept lower to prevent the batteries from boil-
ing and losing water. Therefore, these chargers
really don’t charge the batteries properly, since
they don’t have the more sophisticated multi-
stage circuitry. On the other hand, they don’t
overcharge the batteries or boil out the water
either, unless the voltage is too high.
Chances are, the batteries have been damaged
due to water loss, especially since the techni-
cians noted that they were dry when you went
in for service. Once you verify that, consider
installing a multi-stage charger before investing
in new batteries. As a sidebar, keep in mind that
high-voltage charging can also have a negative
effect on appliance circuit boards.
Batteries are almost never warranted against
defects when used without water. It’s the
owner’s responsibility to keep the water levels
right, even while a problem is being diagnosed.
Popping Convection Oven
My husband and I recently purchased a new
Fleetwood Discovery. It has a GE Profile con-
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vection oven, which we’ve used a few
times. The other day when we opened
the door to heat a beverage, the display
went blank. There seems to be no
power to the appliance, trip switches,
etc. We checked the plug by plugging in
other appliances, and they work fine.
Has anyone complained about this
before, and if so, what could the solu-
tion be? I understand that it’s under
warranty and I’m contacting GE to ask
how to proceed. I just wondered if I was
missing something obvious first.
Paula Alcock, TILLAMOOK, OREGON
BOB: The oven is probably equipped
with an internal fuse that protects the
electrical components. Replacement
normally requires removing the back
cover of the oven. I’d call the service
center and let the pros check it out and
replace the fuse, if necessary. GE is
pretty responsive when it comes to
servicing its appliances that are under
warranty. At least, that’s my personal
experience with the same problem.
Trailer Tires Keep Blowing
We have a 25-foot Flagstaff travel trail-
er by Forest River. It’s a lightweight
double-axle trailer that weighs 3,070
pounds. We like it very much and use it
sometimes for long trips. Our problem
has been tires: When we first started
out, I kept the tire pressure as recom-
mended on the 13-inch Carlisle tires,
50 psi cold. Since 2000 (when the trail-
er was new), I’ve blown out about six or
seven tires.
My tire dealer recommended a lower
pressure of 42 psi, since the blowouts
happened on very hot days and proba-
bly built up added pressure. This did
help, but I still had another blowout.
I’m switching to steel-belted radials
and am wondering if you think these
tires will hold up better. I always carry
two spares with us, just in case. I’m
not overloading the trailer and I put all
the heavy stuff in the truck.
Albert Storm, COLUMBUS, NORTH CAROLI NA
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determine the weight on the axles,
loaded for a typical trip (with water
and propane full). Find the weight
capacity on the sidewall of your tires
and compare that figure with the
weight figures you established at the
public scale. It’s best to use individual
wheel scales, but that’s not practical
most of the time. Therefore, you’ll have
to work with individual axle weights
and divide by two.
Tires must be properly inflated when
they are cold. You can’t arbitrarily
reduce pressure, thinking that the pres-
sure will increase when the tires heat
up. While it’s true that the pressure will
increase as the tires roll down the high-
way, tire manufacturers take that into
account when they establish weight
capacities for individual tires and speci-
fy cold inflation numbers.
The only time you should reduce
pressure is when you have accurate
wheel weights and compare these num-
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Once you get beyond the weights and
pressures, check the axles for alignment
and for signs of bent spindles. You
might be surprised that your 25-foot
trailer weighs quite a bit more than
3,070 pounds. Steel-belted tires will be
better but still won’t hold up if over-
loaded, improperly inflated or used on
misaligned axles.
Where’s the Valve Stem?
I’m new to RVing and have a 33-foot
Gulf Stream Independence rig with
19.5-inch wheels. The wheel covers are
chrome and don’t have a valve stem
showing.
How do I deal with monitoring tire
pressure? Should I leave the wheel
covers off? Do I need to add the
extended valve stems so I can check
the interior tire? Is this an issue or am
I just paranoid?
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We purchased Mexican insurance for our truck and fifth wheel from Lewis and
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L
ocation, location, location” may be the
mantra of real-estate agents, but it could just
as easily serve as a guiding principle for RVers.
Consider Wild Rose RV Park in Hope, British
Columbia. Situated a short drive from the
region’s rugged Coast Mountains, the sparkling
Fraser River and the port city of Vancouver, the
park’s ideal for the RVer whose dream vacation
entails taking day trips from a comfy home base.
“We’ve got a lot of things to do in the area,
and people want to stay a long time,” says man-
ager Barbara Weiss.
Wild Rose is a convenient stop for travelers
taking long journeys into Canada’s vast interior
and points beyond. Driving north to Alaska?
Hope sits at the southern terminus of the
Coquihalla Highway
and the western ter-
minus of the Crows-
nest Highway where
they merge with the
Trans-Canada High-
way (Highway 1), a
vital leg on the jour-
ney to the 49th state. Travelers also can take
the Trans-Canada Highway west to the coast
or the Crowsnest Highway east to the
Canadian Rockies.
If you’d just like to take it easy in the 58-site
campground after a long day on the road, Wild
Rose has that covered, too. Tap into 50-amp
power and free Wi-Fi and take advantage of the
Wild Rose
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604-869-9842
www.wildrosecamp.com
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GPS Coordinates
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hot showers, the community room, the
laundry facilities and the playground.
Just as important as the amenities is
Wild Rose’s tradition of solid customer
service, which goes back to the camp-
ground’s roots as one of the first auto
courts in Canada. That attention to
guests later helped Wild Rose become
one of the country’s first Good Sam
Parks. Today, the park attracts a lot of
repeat customers as well as travelers
who make Wild Rose a stop during
their long trek north.
Wild Rose also hosts European visi-
tors who fly into Van-
couver and rent RVs.
Not surprisingly, Wild
Rose is mentioned in
one of the bibles of
Alaska travel, The Milepost.
If you’re concerned about cold tem-
peratures, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Only two hours inland from the West
Coast, Hope enjoys a moderate climate
fed by warm, moist Pacific Ocean
airstreams, and summer weather is
always relatively dry and warm. Winters
are fairly mild, but Wild Rose is closed
during that time of year.
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To learn more about Wild Rose Camp-
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travel and click on Find a Campground.
ONLINE
Also located in the town of Hope is HOPE
VALLEY CAMPGROUND, which has 100
campsites, some shaded, including 60 pull-
throughs and many spaces with 15- and 30-
amp power. A pool, a grocery, an RV-supply
store and laundry facilities give guests all
they need to get refreshed after hours on
the road. 604-869-9857, 7/9★/9.
GPS coordinates: 49.3665º N/-121.5067º W
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS CAMPING AND
RV PARK stands about 24 miles southwest
of Hope and is located within walking dis-
tance of Harrison Lake, where you can fish
for trout, salmon and sturgeon. Stay in one
of 42 mostly shaded full-hookup sites with
30- or 50-amp power. Bring your rod, swim-
suit and a good pair of walking shoes to
explore the lakeshore. www.harrisonsprings
.com, 604-796-8900, 5/8.5★/7.
GPS coordinates: 49.2901º N/-121.7808º W
CAPILANO RV PARK sits amid tree-covered
hills just minutes away from the Vancouver
metropolis. When you’re not exploring the
urban landscape, relax in one of 200
spaces, including 70 paved sites and 120
sites with 15-, 30- or 50-amp electrical serv-
ice. Do a load of laundry in the camp-
ground’s facilities, relax in the heated pool
or spa, play a game of horseshoes and let
the kids cavort in the park’s video-game
arcade and on the playground. www.capilano
rvpark.com, 604-987-4722, 8/9★/8.
GPS coordinates: 49.3242º N/-123.1321º W
About 32 miles southwest of Hope lies
Chilliwack, home to three 18-hole golf
courses and the COTTONWOOD MEA-
DOWS RV COUNTRY CLUB. Paved interior
roads lead RVers to 117 mostly shaded
gravel sites, including 23 pull-throughs.
With 30- and 50-amp service, Wi-Fi, a
dump station and a recreation hall,
Cottonwood Meadows provides a comfort-
able place to play. www.cottonwoodrvpark.com,
604-824-7275, 8.5/10★/9
GPS coordinates: 49.1435º N/-121.9995º W
Travel 38 miles north of Hope along the
Trans-Canada Highway, and you’ll reach
Boston Bar, a rustic community on the Fraser
River that’s steeped in frontier history. True to
its name, CANYON ALPINE RV PARK AND
CAMPGROUND has plenty of shade cover-
ing its 31 15- and 30-amp full-hookup sites,
including 22 pull-throughs. Use the laundry
facilities, grab a piece of firewood or simply
soak in views of the rugged, mountainous
countryside. 604-867-9734, 5/9★/8.5.
GPS coordinates: 49.9135º N/-121.4456º W
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OCTOBER
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at gate. Early bird $60. Contact: Marty Ward,
2201 E. MacArthur E-3, Wichita, KS 67216,
316-213-8297.
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Sandy Oak Circle, Newalla, OK 74857,
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A
About a dozen steps along a moss-covered
boardwalk separated the hot sunshine of a
bright Wisconsin day from a cool, damp,
deeply shaded pathway winding narrowly
between massive slabs of rock hundreds of
feet high. For me, this almost instant change
from one world to the next became the per-
fect metaphor for the Wisconsin Dells, one of
the Midwest’s favorite vacation destinations.
On one hand, the Dells is a raucous collec-
tion of indoor and outdoor waterparks,
theme parks and tacky-but-fun vacation
attractions. On the other hand, there’s the
stunning beauty of the setting that’s most
visible on a Wisconsin River cruise either
above the dam (the Upper Dells) or below
(the Lower Dells).
The first Wisconsin Dells is an absolute riot
of a good time. The youngsters—and young-
at-heart—in your group will love it. The
second Wisconsin Dells brings a full appreci-
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for both, whatever your age, though you may
have to threaten the younger set to get them
to trade a few hours in a waterpark for a
sightseeing cruise.
Splashing down in middle
America’s classic vacation
destination, the Wisconsin Dells,
where there’s never a dull moment
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where there’s never a dull moment
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THIS RELATIVELY SMALL region in south-
central Wisconsin boasts of being the
Waterpark Capital of the World and having
more waterparks (at least 20) than any
other community. Although the largest
waterparks are outdoor destinations luring
thousands every summer day, most are
indoors because, after all, this is Wisconsin,
where winter has a habit of arriving early
and staying late.
Naturally, both the world’s largest out-
door waterpark (70-acre Noah’s Ark with 3
miles of waterslides) and the world’s largest
indoor waterpark (125,000-square-foot
Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention
Center) are in Wisconsin Dells. In fact, the
website for the local visitor center says that if
it isn’t the biggest or the best, you won’t find
it in the Dells.
Since only the biggest would do, my fam-
ily headed straight for Noah’s Ark. Noah’s
Ark is so large that it requires almost a third
of the water used daily at the region’s water-
parks (15.7 million gallons in all).
For just under $180, we got tickets for
four adults, a 13-year-old and a 4-year-old.
We didn’t have to pay for the 2-year-old,
which made her indignant because she
didn’t get a pretty green wristband like the
rest of us. She got over it as soon as she saw
what awaited inside the gate.
After passing quickly through the chang-
ing rooms and renting a locker to store
clothing and other items, my wife, Jennifer
(also known as Grandma), volunteered to
take the first shift with the two youngest
children, Anthony and Alyssa, and made a
beeline for Tadpole Bay.
New in 2008 and designed to wetly appeal
to the adventuring spirit of any toddler or
grade-schooler, Tadpole Bay is brightly col-
ored with miniature waterslides, a bucket
that dumps hundreds of gallons of water on
the kids every five minutes or so and all sorts
of playground-like equipment for climbing
and swinging while getting gloriously wet.
Grandma, a retired grade-school teacher,
needs a daily kid fix, and this was her way of
getting it early. Besides, she wouldn’t have
missed Tadpole Bay for anything.
Meanwhile, son-in-law Drew Horvath, his
wife, Tiffany, their daughter, Taylor, and I
(Grandpa) headed for the heavy-duty
waterslides with names like Black Anaconda.
The problem with heading for one particu-
lar waterslide is that several others get in
your way and slow you down. The only
solution was to try them all in the order we
found them.
We were particularly fortunate being at
the park before Wisconsin’s schools let out
for the summer. There were no long lines for
any of the attractions. While every slide was
steadily busy, rarely did we have to stand in
line for more than a couple of minutes.
Lines are considerably longer during the
dog days of summer in July and August.
Depending on the ride, you grab a mat or
perhaps an inner tube of some sort and
carry it with you to the top, often a fairly
long climb. Some of the various inner tubes
were designed for one person, some for two
and some hold six or more. A handful of
rides with heavier tubes and long climbs
have conveyor belts that carry the tubes
back to the top for riders.
After having a bit of fun beating ourselves
up, we wandered back to Tadpole Bay.
Alyssa was catching
up on her rest in
Grandma’s arms, and
Anthony was going
absolutely nuts in the
water. After a quick
bite to eat at the near-
by snack bar, it was
back to the water, this
time aiming for water
slides with family-
sized inner tubes so
even the youngest
kids could ride.
The only real prob-
lem we had during
the entire day was when we tried to tell a
tired 4-year-old boy who was having the
time of his life that it was time to leave. He
let everyone within earshot know of his dis-
pleasure. Ultimately, though, the kids all
slept very well that night…and so did
Grandpa.
We passed a peaceful night in the com-
fort of our motorhome at a beautiful RV
campground about 4 miles west of town.
With 20-some campgrounds in and
around Wisconsin Dells, you can camp
closer to the action or farther from it—it’s
your choice.
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the 49 waterslides at Noah’s Ark,
exploring the Wisconsin River and
camping under a canopy of trees.
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AFTER BREAKFAST the next morning, Jennifer
and I decided to take a river cruise since we
wouldn’t be chasing grandchildren that day.
You can cruise the Dells a couple of dif-
ferent ways. There’s a rip-snorting jet boat
that roars along at 40 mph and makes for
thrills to go along with the scenery. You can
ride a Duck, an amphibious vehicle that had
to make some adjustments in its routes after
the 2008 flood burst a levee
and drained Lake Delton.
Or you can take a day cruise
on a slower tour boat.
Jennifer and I opted for the
latter on the Upper Dells.
This was a great choice,
narrated by a girl who’d
grown up locally and just
graduated from high school
a couple of days before.
To take a cruise, find a
parking spot in one of the
public lots downtown, put
enough quarters in the
meter to cover at least three
hours (four hours is probably better) and
walk into the tourist district. You’ll instant-
ly see the sign for boat tours and the ticket
booth. Go up, make your selection and walk
down a couple of flights of stairs to the
dock on the river. An elevator is available, if
you prefer.
The boat we chose had both an enclosed
lower deck and an unshaded outdoor upper
deck. The day was sunny and warm, so we
grabbed seats topside.
A 20-minute run up the reservoir behind
the dam brought us to our first stop at the
head of a very narrow, deep inlet. Here we
disembarked and wandered along a board-
walk built between massive slabs of rock.
From hot and sunny, our world went to
chilly and damp in just a few steps. The loud
laughter from the boat changed in an
instant to hushed awe as we and our fellow
passengers wandered through this cave-like
setting. Only by looking straight up could
we tell that the rest of the world still basked
in bright, warm sunshine.
At the end of the quarter-mile walk,
there’s a small snack bar that sells more cof-
fee and cocoa than cold drinks on even the
hottest summer days.
Back on the boat, we headed a couple of
miles across the lake to the next stop to see
the jumping dog. In a narrow gulley, a rock
pedestal nearly 75 feet tall rises 10 feet away
from a sheer cliff of similar height. On com-
mand, a dog waiting near the top of the cliff
leaps across the void to the flat top of the
pedestal, which is about 10 feet in diameter,
then turns around and jumps back. While
I’m not sure what historic or other signifi-
cant factor is involved here, it does provide a
breathless second or two of entertainment.
After the dog show, a 30-minute run down
the lake brought us back to town for a stroll
through the business district before the
parking-meter money ran out.
In many ways, downtown Wisconsin
Dells is much like other tourist towns you
may have visited. All of the usual things are
here: a haunted mansion, Ripley’s Believe It
or Not, T-shirt shops and so on. One dis-
tinctive difference, though, are the fudge
shops. There are a couple on every block
with employees creating all sorts of goodies
right before your eyes and then putting
them immediately on sale after your resist-
ance has been lowered to something less
than zero. It ain’t cheap, but it’s so good.
Walking back to our car, chewing a piece
of still-warm fudge made a sweet end to our
visit to Wisconsin Dells. We know we’ll come
back one day. It’s one of those places worth
multiple visits. Besides, we have a 4-year-old
grandson who has yet to get over his distress
at having to leave the waterpark.
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Enlightenment
These flashlight,
lantern, battery and
bulb suppliers will help
you find the light.
BATTERY JUNCTION
Batteries, rechargers
and LED-upgrade bulbs
www.batteryjunction.com
THE BATTERY STATION
Lithium and recharge-
able lithium-ion batter-
ies and rechargers
www.batterystation.com
COLEMAN
Bright, efficient Max
LED flashlights and
lanterns
www.coleman.com
DORCY INTERNATIONAL
Affordable LED flash-
lights, lanterns and
upgrade bulbs
www.dorcy.com
FENIX FLASHLIGHTS
Premium-quality ultra-
bright LED flashlights
www.fenix-store.com
THE JIRAH COMPANY
LED-upgrade bulbs,
replacements and
flashlights
www.jclampstand.com
This is wonderful news for RVers and other
outdoors enthusiasts. But we’re still faced
with the challenge of making sense out of the
increasing assortment of flashlights and bat-
tery-powered lanterns, each model offering
levels of brightness, compactness and battery
life that were unheard of just a few years ago.
Here’s the bottom line: If you haven’t tried a
state-of-the-art flashlight or
lantern recently, prepare for
some illuminating surprises.
Incandescents, LEDs and
Other Enlightening Facts
When it comes to incandes-
cent flashlights, the basic
concept—a metal filament
that glows or “incandesces”
white-hot whenever battery
current is passed through
it—has remained unchanged
for more than a century.
Modern flashlights often use special
gases like xenon or krypton and glass coat-
ings such as quartz in the bulb so the light
can operate at much higher temperatures.
This results in brighter, whiter light without
adversely affecting the bulb’s life expectancy
or the battery’s run time. Incandescent light
tends to have excellent smoke and fog pen-
etration, and it’s easily focused to produce a
tight, long-range beam, factors that have
allowed incandescent flashlights to remain
competitive with LED alternatives.
Unfortunately, most incandescent flash-
light bulbs have life spans measured in
dozens of hours, making occasional replace-
ment necessary. Also, the fragile filament is
sensitive to breakage if the flashlight is acci-
dentally dropped, particularly while the bulb
is energized. Plus, incandescent bulbs are
power hogs that consume tremendous
amounts of battery current for the amount of
light produced.
LEDs, on the other hand, generate light by
passing electricity through a semiconductor
that emits light photons. Typically, this light is
deep blue to ultraviolet and converts to a
white hue when it passes through a phos-
phor coating inside the LED. All of the LED
materials are encapsulated in clear epoxy or
plastic, thereby making them impervious to
vibration or shock.
LED flashlights have a lot of advantages.
First, an LED flashlight has a life expectancy
that can be measured in thousands of hours,
which means you’ll probably never need to
buy a replacement LED. They’re also efficient
at converting battery power into light. The lat-
est generation of LEDs can produce more
than 100 lumens of light for every watt of
battery power consumed, making them much
more efficient than incandescent lights.
What’s more, neither the efficiency nor
the whiteness of an LED changes much
when it’s operated at
reduced brightness. This
makes it practical to
design flashlights with sev-
eral brightness settings,
allowing the user to reduce
the battery drain when max-
imum brightness isn’t
needed. By contrast, incan-
descent bulbs quickly fade
to a dull reddish-orange if
dimming is attempted,
reducing efficiency without
extending battery life,
which is why virtually no incandescents have
this feature.
Additionally, the brightness of an LED is rel-
atively easy to regulate, making it possible
for the flashlight to produce constant
brightness right up until the point
where the batteries are completely
discharged, unlike incandescent lights.
Deciphering Flashlight Ratings
Regardless of whether you decide to choose
an incandescent or an LED light source, it’s
helpful to understand how flashlight bright-
ness is rated and compared. Most reputable
flashlight manufacturers publish a lumen rat-
ing, which is a more reliable and consistent
specification for describing brightness than
candlepower, candelas or watts.
Typically, an inexpensive incandescent flash-
light with an ordinary bulb and a fresh set of
two alkaline D cells will produce roughly 10
lumens, while a 3-watt LED flashlight will pro-
duce between 60 and 250 lumens from two
much smaller CR123 lithium cells. Products
that use several LEDs in tandem are capable
of producing in excess of 500 lumens. Users
generally won’t notice a significant increase in
brightness until lumens are about doubled.
Choosing the Power Source
The increased brightness and efficiency of
LEDs and xenon incandescent bulbs has
pushed some manufacturers to introduce
flashlights that use smaller, more energy-
dense lithium batteries.
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Lithium cells are capable of running high-
power flashlights significantly longer than
their alkaline counterparts, which allows the
size of the flashlight to be reduced without
sacrificing brightness or run time. However,
lithiums tend to be more expensive than
alkalines of similar capacity and aren’t near-
ly as widely available. Some
specialty battery suppliers
sell rechargeable lithium-ion
cells and compatible re-
chargers that can be used
in some LED flashlights,
although their higher initial
voltage makes them a risky
choice in incandescents.
A few companies are
offering very bright LED flashlights (currently
up to around 180 lumens) that accept two
ordinary AA cells and several lights in the
110-lumen range that use three AAA cells.
Although the high-current drain tends to
reduce run time when these lights are used
with alkaline cells, the lights work well with
rechargeable nickel-metal hydride AA cells,
an economical strategy when the light is
used for long periods.
Don’t Be Afraid to Flash
Although retina-scorching brightness can be
a handy trait in a flashlight, there are times
when it’s neither advantageous nor desir-
able. Consequently, one worthwhile feature
to look for in a high-power flashlight is
adjustable output level. The ability to select
between several brightness settings greatly
increases the flashlight’s versatility. The
same flashlight can be used for lighting up
large outdoor areas, spotting small items at
extreme distances or providing soft short-
range illumination for dozens or even hun-
dreds of hours on a single set of batteries.
Some models can be set to rapidly flash
the light in a strobe-like fashion or automati-
cally shut off at a predetermined time. Some
lights can be manually switched on and off in
rapid sequence so the user can send Morse
code messages. Another feature monitors
battery charge and blinks the light several
times when discharge is imminent.
Some LED flashlights have regulated output
that constantly adjusts the amount of current
being delivered to the LED as the batteries
discharge. As a result, the flashlight produces
full brightness right down to the point where
the batteries expire. By contrast, the output of
some unregulated lights drops to a small frac-
tion of original brightness before the batteries
are even halfway discharged.
An adjustable reflector can be a handy fea-
ture that makes it possible to quickly change
from a spotlight pattern for long-range
searching to a wide-area floodlight for hiking
or illuminating the campsite. As an alterna-
tive, some flashlights come
with separate spot and flood
reflectors that can be
swapped as needed. Some
models allow the reflector to
be removed entirely, result-
ing in a wide, candle-like dis-
persion of light, allowing you
to light up the inside of a
recreational vehicle.
Upgrading Your Light to LED
Recognizing that many folks don’t want to
throw away a perfectly good incandescent
flashlight to get the advantages of LEDs, a
few manufacturers offer LED-upgrade bulbs.
Some of these products are designed exclu-
sively for specific flashlight models, but you
also can buy generic LED-upgrade bulbs that
fit a wide variety of incandescent flashlights.
Nite-Ize’s PR-base LED bulb is for two- to six-
cell flashlights, and Dorcy’s 1-watt PR LED
bulb and TerraLux’s MiniStar1 work for most
aluminum-body C- or D-cell flashlights.
In considering a generic LED replacement
bulb for a particular flashlight, observe cau-
tion. First, many four-cell (6-volt) plastic
lanterns are designed to apply reverse polari-
ty: negative to the center contact and positive
to the outer bulb case. Although this doesn’t
affect incandescent bulbs, it can instantly
ruin an LED bulb that isn’t designed for it.
Second, some of the more powerful LED
bulbs generate enough heat to melt the plas-
tic bulb holder present in many inexpensive
flashlights. In these applications, it’s best to
avoid using LEDs rated at more than 1 watt.
Finally, many LED bulbs have focus and
light-dispersion characteristics that differ sig-
nificantly from their incandescent counter-
parts, making LEDs best suited for use in
flashlights with adjustable-focus or diffused
reflectors—in other words, floodlight rather
than spotlight.
When you consider the sav-
ings in replacement batteries
(and bulb replacements for
the LED models), the cost of
going high-tech may actually
be less in the long run.
SUPREME
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CONTINUED
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Mag-LED flashlights
and upgrade bulbs
www.maglite.com
NITE IZE
Inexpensive, battery-
saving LED-upgrade
bulbs
www.niteize.com
RAYOVAC
Bright, rugged
Sportsman Extreme
LED flashlights
www.rayovac.com
STREAMLIGHT
Wide range of LED and
xenon flashlights
www.streamlight.com
SUREFIRE
Premium-quality ultra-
bright LED and xenon
flashlights
www.surefire.com
TERRALUX
Assortment of LED-
upgrade bulbs
www.terraluxcorp.com
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trip. For a complete list of things to
bring, go online to www.goodsamclub
.com/travel and click on Travel Checklists.
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n the RV world, compromise is the name of the
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“We call this a split-level floor design,” says
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storage has been eliminated up front to create
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and living area and allow for larger windows
that contribute to a feeling of openness.
If you’re familiar with other Class C’s built
with a full-length raised basement, you know
that occupants have to take a step down to get
into the driver’s compartment. The Bigfoot
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living area level with the driver’s compartment.
The step instead leads up to the bath-and-bed-
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heated and enclosed storage tanks, a large
pass-through storage compartment and small-
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Standard features include a three-burner
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glass door and a large skylight. Also standard
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rear travel heater, a second deep-cycle battery
and thermal-pane windows.
The Touring Edition is suitable for families
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system and single-person pull-out overhead
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Engine: 6.8-liter Ford
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Wheelbase: 190"

Exterior length: 29'4"

Exterior width: 8'5"

Exterior height: 11'4"

Freshwater: 73 gallons

Black water: 32 gallons

Gray water: 32 gallons

LPG: 20 gallons

GVWR: 14,500 pounds

Base MSRP: $99,500
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(frozen dues thereafter). No Other Charges. LOW
PRICE GUARANTEE— double money-back differ-
ence — Deal direct/No brokers. Start saving now!
(800) 343-8677, ask for Angie.
CARPETING
CARPET YOUR RV! Pat’s RV Carpet & Flooring
professionally installs RV floors of all types,
including carpet, laminate, tile, vinyl & wood.
Buena Park, CA • (800) 670-PATS (7287)
www.patsrvcarpet.com
HEARING AIDS
HEARING AIDS—GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES.
60% Savings! 30-day trial—All makes. The oldest,
biggest and best. Custom instrument experts.
Free info: 1-800-323-4212. Lloyds, Dept. HY,
Rockford, IL 61110, www.lloydhearingaid.com
BOOKS, CDS & DVDS
NEVER TAKE THE WRONG EXIT AGAIN!
Most complete interstate exit guide.
2008 edition. All routes, all exits, all services.
To order send $14.95 + $6 S&H to: the Next EXIT,
PO Box 888, Garden City, UT 84028 or
call 800-Nex-EXIT (639-3948), VISA/MC.
BRAKE SYSTEMS
#1 Original ToadStop Qi “Show Me the Stop!”
ProPort Control makes dynamically controlled stops.
Braking while you drive the Toad proves performance!
No other system can do it! “It’s all about your Safety”
800-478-7883 or www.toadstop.com
TOW-V-AIRE gives Gas or Diesel Coaches
Equal or More Brake Assist for
HUNDREDS LESS THAN OTHERS
TOW-V-AIRE (Est. 1997) Call 1.888.464.1105
www.tow-v-aire.com email [email protected]
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
A 56-yr-old Nat’l Advertising Co seeking
Entrepreneurs to Own & Operate Territories
Home or RV based • No Inventory
Immediate Cash Flow • Excellent Training
Investment req’d. 1-800-299-0510
CAMPGROUNDS/RV PARKS
FOR SALE
9.29 AC RV PARK, 38 full H/U on I-10 W
access rd. Container rentals/lock bldg business.
Potential for bar. Very good income. All businesses
operational. Lisa Saldivar, Realtor, ARA
(830) 372-0070, (210) 862-6870, Seguin, Texas.
CALIFORNIA RV PARKS & RESORTS
From $380,000 - $3,600,000
California Campground Consultants, Broker
800-241-2267
www.californiacampgroundconsultants.com
www.CampgroundsForSale.com
Top destination area, $1.050 mil. price
Seasonal park w/lake, $1.160 mil. price
19 parks for sale
Darrell Hess, Broker 828-452-1535
Highways’ Commercial Corner section of
classified ads is designed exclusively for pri-
vate parties or businesses that have items or
services to sell, promote or rent that are not
of a personal nature. For example, RV Parks,
Campgrounds, Condominium Complexes,
Real Estate, Small Businesses for Sale,
Services Offered, Help Wanted, Positions
Wanted and Business Opportunities all rep-
resent categories appropriate for Commercial
Corner. Any item offered for rent is consid-
ered commercial in nature. Commercial
Corner advertisers are not required to be
Good Sam Club members.
When submitting ad copy, please follow
these guidelines:
1. There are 40 characters allowed per
line, counting each letter, space and punc-
tuation mark. When abbreviating, please
use standard dictionary abbreviations.
There is a five-line minimum, and the rate
is $60 per line.
2. Bold-face type is available at an addition-
al cost of $15 per line. Add $50 to make
your ad all red.
3. We offer a 5% frequency discount for six
issues and a 10% discount for 12 issues.
4. Blind-box service is available at an addi-
tional cost of $15 per issue. We will assign
a blind-box number to your ad, and we will
forward responses to you on a daily basis.
The blind-box address takes one full line of
space at $60/line. Our $15 fee covers our
postage and handling expenses.
5. Copy must be printed or typed.
6. Copy must be submitted approximately
two months prior to the cover date of the
issue desired. Please note: The January
2009 issue closes on October 21; the
February 2009 issue closes on November 19.
7. Mail ad copy and a check, money order or
Visa/MasterCard/Discover/Amex number,
expiration date and signature to Commer-
cial Corner, Highways, P.O. Box 8510,
Ventura, California 93002-9912.
8. Credit-card orders may be faxed to 805-
667-4379, Attention: Sue Panchenko, or e-
mailed to [email protected]
(please put “Commercial Corner” in the
subject line).
9. Please direct questions to Sue Panchenko
at 805-667-4385 or via e-mail at [email protected]
affinitygroup.com (please put “Commercial
Corner” in the subject line).
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South Dakota Mail Forwarding/Residency
Weekly forward $9.95/mo. + postage
Contact us about SD residency benefits
NO state tax/inspection, LOW Vehicle Reg.
1-866-202-2163 www.mydakotaaddress.com
MAIL FORWARDING SERVICES
Fast, sure, safe mail delivery. Low prices.
OREGON HAS NO SALES TAX
For FREE BROCHURE call (800) 452-2130
Visit us at www.mailforwardingservices.com
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No Vehicle Inspection • Low RV Reg. & Insur.
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Vehicle Reg. — Low 3% S.D. Excise Tax
No State Income Tax, No Veh Inspections
Call Toll Free 1-800-419-1690 Visa/MC
Visit us at www.yourbestaddress.com
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•Mail Forwarding Services •No State Income Tax
•No Vehicle Inspection •Low RV Reg. & Insur.
640 Grove Ave., Cleveland, TN 37311
www.mailcallusa.com
MEDICAL
IMPORTANT RV NEWS!
Find out about the one card
you carry in your wallet that could
save your life, or your loved one’s life.
Go to — www.r vmedical.org
MEXICO INSURANCE
The cheape$t rate$ you will find for a 6-Month
policy from a large Mexican company for fire, theft
and collision with a minimum of $100,000.00
liability! Licensed agent: 1-800-719-5321
(every day 8 to 5) $ave now!
MOTORHOME PARTS
WINNEBAGO, ITASCA, FLEETWOOD—-PARTS
Contact Robert with Year & Serial #.
We Accept Credit Cards & Ship Daily.
8-5:30 Central M-F, Sat. 8-4
HARRISON RV LAND, JEFFERSON, IA
1-800-397-8206, [email protected]
www.harrisonrv.com
www.WinnebagoParts.com or 800-933-7742
Parts for all Winnebago/Itasca products
plus LeSharo/Phasar, Rialta & Eurovan.
Personal service at fair prices for our
customers worldwide. If outside US, call
641-896-2222. Hours: 8-5 Central M-F
MOTORHOMES FOR SALE
$$$ SELL THAT RV $$$
List your RV today
Buy • Sell • New • Used
Motorhomes • Travel Trailers • 5th Wheels
www.sellthatrv.com 1-866-616-5178
RETAMA VILLAGE Come join us! At our exclusive
55+ active adult community in the fabulous
Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Large RV Lots,
Casita w/RV Port and single family homes.
Clubhouse, library, pools, fitness center,
billiards, hiking, biking, and birding.
Bentsenpalm.com 956.381.1500
SENIOR LIVING on the SALTON SEA
RV Groups Welcome. Mineral Spa now open.
Park Models & New Mobile Homes available.
Rents starting @ $250. Rentals available.
Call (818) 344-0356.
INVESTMENTS
EARN 9.6% INTEREST
PER ANNUM
1-800-687-4940 Toll Free
Not available in some states.
LOTS FOR SALE
NEW! Ground floor opportunity to be a part
of growing Chassa Oaks RV Resort in FL’s
west coast wonderland. Water Sports abound
in Gulf, lakes and rivers. Near Tampa Bay/
Orlando attractions. Visit www.chassaoaks.com
or call 352.628.0900.
SILVER PALMS RV VILLAGE, near Lake Okeechobee
Sunny South-Central Florida • Planned activities
• Fitness center • Members-only lounge • Gated entry
Deeded Oversized Sites; Premier Lakefront &
Preserve sites available. Now under construction––
Special Pre-Opening pricing available.
Visit www.silverpalmsrv.com or call 863-467-5800.
TORREY OAKS RV RESORT. Located in SW FL.
Luxury heated pool, pickle ball, golf, shuffleboard,
fitness, media, indoor/outdoor kitchens,
baths, laundries. Rental Lots available.
Sites start $59,900. (863) 832-2066,
(813) 426-4728. www.torrey-oaks-rv-lots.com
MAIL/MESSAGE SERVICES
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We handle your mail as if it were our own!
ANNUAL - $150 • MONTHLY - $18
Located in Newport, Oregon
www.snowbirdmail.com • 1-800-800-0710
AMERICAS-MAILBOX Forwarding in SD
Save $$$/NEW Monthly Rates! NO State Income Tax
NO Wheel Tax/NO Safety Inspection/NO Hassles
Very Low RV Reg. & Insurance 866-747-3700
www.Americas-Mailbox.com/HW Call us first!
Need your mail to follow you? Call us
Travelers Remail Association since 1978
No state tax, Vehicle Reg., TX Residency,
Low rates www.tramail.net or 800-666-6710
FORWARDING MAIL WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH
GOOD SAM MAIL SERVICE
Dependable Service From A Name You Trust
* Mail Forwarding * Vehicle Registration
* Florida Residency * No State Income Tax
P.O. Box 2428, Pensacola, FL 32513
www.goodsammail.com 877.522.0092
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• MAIL forwarding • LOW vehicle tax
• NO State income tax • NO State inheritance tax
ALTERNATIVE RESOURCES 800-477-2664
SD’s Oldest & Largest Mail Forwarding Company
www.alternativeresources.net
HELP WANTED
TRADE SHOW HOSTS Americraft is seeking
individuals or teams to demonstrate kitchen
related items at weekend Trade Shows & Expos.
Must have utility van or vehicle to pull
small trailer. Flexible schedule.
Complete training. Above average income.
Call 352-483-0052 or apply online at:
www.cookingshowhost.com
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. Travel where you
want, stay in RV parks free and set your
own income selling advertising for RV Parks,
Motels, Colleges & Fairgrounds Directories.
Up to 65% commission. Call 1-800-832-3292.
ESTABLISHED RV CARAVAN COMPANY seeks
retired couples with top-level communications
and management skills to explore new horizons
in RVing as contract wagon masters. Info
www.tracksrvtours.com or 800-351-6053.
1000’s OF GREAT JOBS IN GREAT PLACES! Enjoy
the freedom and adventure of the Workamper
lifestyle. Jobs in campgrounds, parks, resorts, etc.
For FREE BROCHURE & subscription info.
800-446-5627 www.workamper.com
TOP-NOTCH PAY FOR TOP-NOTCH DRIVERS––
We’re looking for drivers to deliver travel
trailers and fifth-wheels when you want, as
much as you want. And the best news is
that we offer one of the HIGHEST PAY RATES IN
THE INDUSTRY with NO gimmicks and
NO hidden deductions. Contact us today to
discuss all of the benefits to joining our team.
We’re with you for the long haul!
Classic Transport, Inc. 1-866-724-1606 (toll-free)
or visit us at www.driveforclassictransport.com.
HOST A SEASON IN THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY
Volunteer Wildlife Hosts needed Summer & Fall
2009 for Wildlife Areas & Fish Hatcheries.
Duties include public contact and some light
maintenance: RV required. 17 sites, some
remotely located. Fishing, wildlife watching,
& hiking opportunities abound! For a brochure,
contact: Linda Edwards, Colo. Division of
Wildlife, 711 Independent Ave., Grand
Junction, CO 81505, 970-255-6145, E-mail:
[email protected];
website: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Volunteer/
Opportunities/WildlifeHostProgram
HOMES FOR SALE
AMERICA’S WORLD CLASS RV COMMUNITY!
The Gardens RV Village, Crossville, TN.
Resales available now! 1100 to 2200 sq ft
homes with attached fully enclosed full-hookup
RV garages. Lots available to build your own!
Beautiful community! Call us at 800-860-RVER.
www.gardensrvvillage.com
OWN LAND & HOME AT SUNRISE BLUFFS
Gated 55+ Subdivision in NM with best 4 season
climate in the SW, affordable living. Custom homes
from 1300-2400 sf. Ask about either RV ports
or RV storage area. Vist us at www.sunrisebluffs.com
or call 1-877-725-8337.
CERES GLEANN, A Planned 55+ Community.
This Active Adult Community offers a lifestyle
that is like no other located on the edge of
Dallas, Oregon, just 12 mi from Salem. Visit us
at ceresgleann.com, or our model open 1-4 pm,
closed Sat & Mon. 866-831-1056
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RV GRAPHICS
VIBRANT FULL COLOR, DURABLE vinyl pictures.
Select landscapes, animals, patriotic, lighthouses,
etc. Avg. 30" X 50" or custom sized for your RV.
Affordable. Easy to install.
www.wild-signs.com 800-255-1790
RV PARTS
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www.Rec-Direct.com
RV SPACES FOR RENT
FIRST CLASS RV RESORT IN SW FLORIDA
Gated Resort • Large Full-Service Sites
TL Rating 9.5/9/9 Woodall’s 5W
“Where a Warm Welcome Awaits You!”
www.CrossCreekRV.com 863-494-7300
SPACES FOR RENT—FULL-SERVICE RV PARK
$300 per month. Quiet & secluded. Pool, spa,
volleyball, tennis court. Great location midway
between Orange Co. & San Diego in CA. RV storage.
(951) 674-8204. elsinorehillsrvpark.com
RV SPACE FOR RENT. Must be 55 or older in
Bellflower, CA. Small cat or dog under 20 lbs,
okay. Close to all freeways, beaches & mtns.
At least 1 month stay required. Pool table, pool.
Call (562) 867-3227.
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Trailers, RVs, Vehicles, Planes, Boats
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We’ve helped thousands in the last 7 years
Call one of our three Montana Attorneys
John Bennett - Thad Brinkman - Alain Burrese
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For Professional Service Call 800-481-0013
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Let us help you BUY YOUR RV ... TAX FREE!
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Receive $100 Gas Card & FREE Mail Fwding
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FOR SALE
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Buying or selling an RV?
Visit www.RVonline.com
$39.95, 4 month photo Internet Ad!
1000’s have listed and SOLD — 831-475-5533
RV REGISTRY
www.rvregistry.com
Motorhomes, Trailers & Fifth Wheels
For Sale by Owners
No Sales Commissions
Buyers/Sellers 800-546-8457
LIST YOUR RV!
SHOP FOR AN RV!
THOUSANDS OF VIEWERS
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BUYING OR SELLING AN RV?
Let us take over the risk of major RV repairs!
To learn more about the Good Sam Continued
Service Plan’s RV mechanical breakdown
protection, call 877-681-9479.
BUY • SELL NEW • USED
Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels
1-800-SHOP-4-RV (800-746-7478)
www.RVSearch.com
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
WANTED
DONATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
RVs • AUTOS • BOATS, ETC.
HELPS FAMILY CAMP & TEEN OUTREACH MINISTRIES
FREE NATIONWIDE PICKUP & IRS TAX DONATION
CALL 1-866-712-5377 Email: [email protected]
Vehicle Donations to Assist Colorado Youth & Families
Cars, Trucks, RVs, Boats, & Property welcome
Proceeds benefit inner-city K-8 charter school
Free nationwide towing & tax credit
Phillips Foundation (303) 261-4450
Visit our website at: www.phillips-foundation.org
DONATE RVs, AUTOS, BOATS, PROPERTY, TIME-
SHARES, EQUIPMENT and JUNKERS, running or not.
Fast Free Pickup. IRS Tax Deductible.
1-800-903-4483. Homeless Ministries.
Email: [email protected]
RV CLUBS
ESCAPEES RV CLUB
Fun, Education, and Adventure!
Total support network for RVers • Discount Parks
• Free Travel Guide • HOPs — theme-based rallies
• Award-winning magazine • Best in the U.S. mail service
• RVers’ Boot Camp for Beginners • and much more!
Come to Escapade May 24-29, 2009,
in Sedalia, MO!
For more information, 888-757-2582
www.escapees.com
LONERS ON WHEELS Singles Camping Club
www.lonersonwheels.com
Local Chapter campouts in USA & Canada
Rallies, Caravans & LOW Campground
1-866-LOW-CLUB • FREE Newsletter & Info
MOTORHOMES WANTED
CASH FOR YOUR RV!
2002 Model Year and Newer
Nationwide Pickup
Call Toll-free 866-687-2274, ask for Jim Cash
WWW.USEDRVPROS.COM
LA MESA RV CENTER
PACKRAT STORAGE — CONSIGNS, BUYS RVs
Class A, B, C Motorhomes
Not Picky! Cash for Referrals.
Nationwide Pickup. 1-877-520-MINI
www.packratsa.com
#1 BEST RV BUYER
Call for Free Appraisal
Top Dollar Paid for Late Model
Gas or Diesel Motorhomes.
Free Nationwide Pickup.
Toll Free: 888-870-3989
BIG SKY LIQUIDATION
2009 - 2000 MOTORHOMES WANTED
Nationwide — Gas or Diesel
Free Appraisals — No Hassles
Call (813) 783-4000 or 888-783-4009 for Instant Cash
MotorhomeFinders.com
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FREE NATIONWIDE PICKUP
TOLL FREE 888-782-8987 www.rvbuyersusa.com
WE WILL BEAT ANY DEALER PRICE
WANTED
Have Cash, Will Travel
For 1998 and newer diesel coaches.
www.rvgone.com
Nationwide Pick Up. Toll Free 1-800-669-1807.
SELLING!??? Instant cash for your 2002 - current
Motorhome. All models Top$$ + Quick pickup
Call Joe Punzi 888-9RVRVRV North Bay Ford RV
100s of Happy Customers over the last 40 years!
Ask about our consignment program.
$ CASH $ TOP DOLLAR PAID
for late-model motorhomes. All makes and models.
No hassles. For instant cash
call Keith Roy (toll-free) at 1-888-227-4078,
PEDATA RV CENTER
WE BUY MOTORHOMES
’98 & NEWER - CLEAN - LOW MILES - NO SMOKE/PET
CASH Payment & NATIONWIDE Pick Up
Contact Bill Fishfader @ 1-509-993-0321
RVs NORTHWEST • SPOKANE, WA
PROPERTY FOR SALE
5 ACRE PROPERTY IN SOUTHERN COLORADO
360º Mountain Views. Close to Rio Grande.
No Assoc. Fees. Yearly Property Taxes under $100.
Only $7,500, entire 5 Acres.
(239) 273-0911 www.axop.com/co
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TOW VEHICLES FOR SALE
DODGE TRUCK, DURANGO & JEEP
Fleet prices to the public!!!
Buy Below Factory Invoice!!!
1-800-320-9767 Ask for Fleet Sales
Don’t be fooled by the other guy!
No hidden charges! www.thenewdodge.com
Advantage Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep
2009 M2 FREIGHTLINER RV TRUCK 300 HP!
Custom Soundproof Interior, Auto, Air Ride Seats,
Cab & Suspension, Leather Seats, Wood Dash &
Console, Alcoas. Custom Steps & RV Body,
33,000# RV Rating. Huge Tool Boxes. Custom
Show Truck. $104,900. 888-838-6678.
2007 NEW FORD F650 LOW PROFILE XLT CREW
CAB. RV Toter, 300 Cat, 6-spd Allison, Leather,
Custom Sound Sys, Huge Storage RV Body,
Custom Steps, Air Ride, 33,000# RV Rating,
Alcoas, 100 gal tk. $89,900. (888) 838-6678.
2008 FORD F550 MOUNTAIN MASTER
Aluminum RV Hauler Conversion, Diesel,
Auto, Beautiful Leather, Hitches, Electronics
and Sound System. $57,900 with rebates
as of 8/7/08. (623) 692-6008.
TRAVEL TRAILERS
& FIFTH-WHEELS FOR SALE
BRAND-NEW 2006 NEWMAR Torrey Pine Fifth-Wheel
36 ft, RLPK, 4 Slide, Warr, Loaded. MSRP
$74,710. Newmar Sale $49,995. Must Sell.
BRAND-NEW 2006 SKYLINE NOMAD 28 ft DBL SLIDE
2-yr Warr. MSRP $26,381, Sale $19,995.
IL DEALER 888-849-0689.
WANTED
DONATE RVs, AUTOS, BOATS, PROPERTY, TIME-
SHARES, EQUIPMENT and JUNKERS, running or not.
Fast Free Pickup. IRS Tax Deductible.
1-800-903-4483. Homeless Ministries.
Email: [email protected]
SERVICE TRAINING
RVSA will CERTIFY you as an RV technician in only
10 weeks. 100% employment since 1986.
Hands-on Instruction—Call the RV Service
Academy in Florida. (941) 722-5256. www.rvsa.net
LICENSED & APPROVED FOR VA TRAINING
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www.adventurecaravans.com
Experience the Adventure, We’ll do the Rest!
Good Sam Samborees and Caraventures
Whether your RV travels take you to Alaska,
Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, New England, the
Kentucky Derby, a NASCAR race, or to America’s
National Parks, the Good Sam Club has a group
travel package for you. Make new friends while you
travel in the comfort of your RV on our fully guided
tours. Call us toll-free at 1-800-829-5140 or
visit us online at www.goodsamclub.com/tours
to find out more about these and the many other
tours offered by the Good Sam Club.
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800-952-8496 / www.FantasyRVTours.com
Call for Free RV Vacation Guide. Over 35 itineraries.
Mexico, Canada, Alaska, USA, Overseas,
Rose Parade, Balloon Fiesta, Kentucky Derby, & more!
ALASKA RV CARAVAN TOURS: 800-842-7764
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limit, dates, events. #1 per AARP trip of a lifetime.
Repair, security, VHF radios, narration, medical,
lectures, WiFi, fuel discounts. Pets OK.
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of Larry and Maria Olsen’s El Paso-based
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since 1975. Also Yucatan, Baja, Alaska,
western national parks, Rose Parade,
Great Lakes, Branson, Oregon Trail, Mardi Gras,
Oregon/California, Old South, Tracks Reunion,
Atlantic Canada, Gaspe, Calgary, Pacific Northwest,
Great Northwest, South Africa, Australia/New
Zealand, and England. Free color magazine.
Tracks to Adventure, est. 1975, 2811 Jackson
Ave., El Paso, TX 79930, US/Canada
800-351-6053, www.tracksrvtours.com
COMMERCIAL CORNER
Ads published in Highways’ Commercial Corner
classifieds have been placed by private parties
and businesses that offer products or services
for sale or rent. Unlike Trading Post advertisers,
Commercial Corner advertisers aren’t required
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cal to safety and tire longevity. I assume
your covers have holes that match the
holes in the wheels; most do. That being
the case, you can reach the inner valve
stem by using a dual-foot gauge, like the
ones used by the trucking industry.
Since the tire-valve stem on the inner
dual wheel points toward the inside,
you position the gauge’s appropriate
foot on the stem and pull back, making
the seal to check the pressure. You can
also buy a dual-foot gauge as part of the
same inflation tool.
Obviously, the process is easier to
describe than actually accomplish. Those
owners who have difficulty using a dual-
foot gauge/inflator should look into
extension valves or dual-wheel inflation
kits, like those offered by Wheel Masters
(www.wheelmasters.com).
Another option is to use the longer
dually valve stems offered by Borg Tire
Supply (www.duallyvalve.com). These
stems are fitted into the wheel, which
means the tires must be dismounted
and remounted, but they provide
superb access to the valves.
Thumping Water Pump
I have a 27-foot Fleetwood Prowler
travel trailer. Whenever we use the
freshwater pump, it sounds like the
whole world is vibrating. I thought it
was air in the lines, but we never get
any interruption in the flow to get it
out. I’ve run all the faucets to ensure
there was no air. I’ve crawled under
the trailer and put my hand on the
pump and it doesn’t vibrate. The
sound seems to emanate from the
back half of the trailer, and my tank
and pump are in the front.
My trailer has a black plastic cover-
ing over the bottom, and I can’t get to
any of the water pipes to see if they’re
loose. I can see no way to remove the
black cover except to cut or rip it.
Chuck Davis, I NDI ANAPOLI S, I NDI ANA
BOB: Most owners react to a noisy
pump by trying to insulate its feet from
the mounting surface, which is usually
the floor of the trailer. This will help cut
down on some of the noise and vibra-
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HOMES FOR SALE
GREAT 2005 CUSTOM 3/2/2 on 3.1 acres in
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AUSTIN, TX HILL COUNTRY cust 3BR/3BA on
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web.com (830) 693-1925.
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building. 4BR, 4BA, 4300 sq ft home, 2250
sq ft RV building HVAC. Many amenities plus
mtn views. New low price & pics @
www.TomFlack.com; 828.242.6569.
ALB, NM. Full-time RVing no longer feasible?
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the economic storm here. SWMLS.com, Listing
#615524. Call 505-899-9598.
LOTS FOR SALE
OWN YOUR RV LOT, 5 min from ocean in Florida.
24' X 40' concrete pad under same size RV
port. Storage shed with W/D hookup, pool,
tennis, bocce, etc. 55+ gated, private. $60K.
607-639-1420.
MT OLIVE SHORES NORTH Polk City, FL. Large lot
(#75) in gated community, close to Lakeland
and Orlando. Ideal for house with RV port, RV
pad. Asking $74,900. Ph 727-398-1505 or
727-543-0329.
FLORIDA DEEDED LOT with trailer & Florida room
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$18,500. Email for photos/descrip:
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WINTER IN QUARTZSITE, AZ, views 2 lots 1.6
acre plus. $89K+ includes power, water, sewer,
2nd hookup available, beautiful! Home or RV.
Motivated to sell. (406) 847-2449 email
[email protected] for photos.
MOTORHOMES FOR SALE
2005 NEWMAR KOUNTRY STAR, 3910, 4 slides,
no pets/no smoke, leather, Corian, 330 Cummins,
2 baths, storage trays, 4-dr fridge, sat, sleeps 6.
Showroom cond. $137K. 717-387-2333.
HISTORIC CROCKETT, TX-Executive 3 + 4.5 home
in park-like neighborhood. Move-in cond, 3300+
sq ft, 3-car gar, in-law w/full bath, wkshp w/h
bath & AC. RV prking w/hkups. 1+ acre. In town.
$387K. (936) 545-0219.
A Colorado Beauty at its Best! New 2006
stunning custom home in Castle Rock. 6,196
sq ft walkout ranch on 4.67 acres. 4 BD, 6BA,
50'X21' RV garage w/full hookups. $1,295,000.
(303) 681-3754 for pics & details.
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36'x45' 4-car + RV garage w/full hkup. 3000 sq
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www.homesbyowner.com/53204.
FT MYERS, FL. Beautiful 1500 sq ft manuf home,
3BR, 2BA, new cutom kit, granite, wood laminate
floors, storage bldgs, RV storage. 55+ resident
owned community, low maint & taxes. Location,
location. $160K. 239-229-4688.
NW ARIZONA (Dolan Springs) 2 stick built 1BR
retirement homes (784 sf) + 2 garages (600 sf
& 1200 sf) on 4-1 acre lots. All for $195,000.
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PERSONALS
WWM, 66, 6'4", slim, N/S, w/2 Maltese. Sks
long-term relationship w/WF to share RV lifestyle
of travel, fun & expenses. Have new 34' 5th whl
& truck. Call 702-277-9409. This is a wonderful
lifestyle for 2 people!
PROPERTY FOR SALE
PUNTA GORDA, FL 2 homesite lots ready to build.
Utilities, paved roads, must sell. Assessed at
$39,900 sell for $25,000 OBO. 2 miles to 75
and 2 miles from Gulf. Call 954-473-1569 or
954-445-0315 (FL).
TOW VEHICLES FOR SALE
2000 FL-60 Cumm, auto, new S/S grille, carpet,
front sts, rear st bd, wd dash. The 5th whl hitch/
alum whls/diamond plate/alum trim complete the
beaut ext. TL tests produced better than 15 MPG
while driving carefully. 78K mi, $49,900. (623) 221-2005.
FLAT TOW BEHIND MOTORHOME. 2006 Toyota
Tacoma, 4-dr, V6, cruise, all power, ARE cap, US
Gear braking, Blue Ox tow receiver, Remco drive-
shaft coupling. 21,197 miles, mint cond.
$21,500. 570-595-7451.
1997 VOGUE 5 365HP CAT DSL. 6-sp Allison,
no smoke/pets, HWH air leveling, oak int, Corian
cab, marble gallery & bath, GE refrg, 10KW power
tech gen, Motosat satellite, many more extras.
956-607-5870.
2004 GEORGETOWN 35' 359XL. 36K mi, Ford
V10 eng, auto levelers, auto steps, 3 S/O, 2
TV's, 55K Onan gen, awning, B/U camera, arctic
package, Blue Ox hitch. $58K. 985-502-3039,
email [email protected]
2006 38' WINNEBAGO Voyage Triton, V10, 7,000
miles, 3 slides, hydraulic jacks. All options, a real
beauty. $130,000 OBO. (615) 517-0026.
2001 WINNEBAGO ADVENTURER 35 ft, Ford V10,
33K miles, 2 slides, one owner, nonsmoker, no
pets, clean, auto, TV, dish. Excellent condition.
$38,000. (301) 689-6673 or (301) 697-8801.
2005 MONACO DIPLOMAT 400 HP diesel, 26K
miles, 4 slides, in-motion sat, wash/dryer, LCD
TV w/home theatre, 4-dr refrig/freezer, upgrade
cabinet, garaged, extended warranty. $169,900.
317-865-3222 (IN).
1995 34' ALLEGRO BAY Class A RV, 1 slide, 454
Chevy, 52K mi, xlnt cond, all new tires, batts &
icemkr. 7000 Onan gen, 2 roof A/C, lvl jacks, tow
hitch, awn, no smoke, etc. $20,000 OBO.
316-440-5097. Wichita, KS.
2004 COACHMEN CROSSCOUNTRY 37' Cumm
dsl 300 HP. Very well maint, 46K miles, 10 MPG,
ext warr to 2010, $50 deduct. Auto, sat dish,
GPS, no smoke/pets. Ask $66K. Call Nils
(818) 438-8468 Hemet, CA.
2000 DOLPHIN 36' FORD V10, 21,500 miles,
S/O, 5.5 gen, W/D, Corian tops, awnings, 2
TV, DVD/VCR, 2 air, rear camera, level jacks.
Must sell, health reasons. Reduced to $48,800.
407-654-3863 (FL).
1999 NAT'L TROPICAL 36' Chev 7.4L eng. 1
S/O, 15K miles, no smk/pets. Like new. Too
many extras to list. Pics & list of upgrades @
[email protected] $43,900 OBO.
NADA retail $56,871. (561) 594-9530 (FL).
2006 ITASCA SUNOVA 29R Ford Triton, 6.8L
engine, 2 slide outs, auto level, rear video,
24" & 19" TV's, electric steps, 3,200 miles
(1800 miles from factory delivery) $73,500.
(714) 842-3821 (CA).
2001 DISCOVERY 28' 330 CAT, 35K miles, 2
slides, nonsmoker, very clean, loaded, excellent
condition. $85,000. 610-377-1127 Lehighton, PA
or [email protected]
2005 BOUNDER 35E, Chevy 8.1. 7,900
miles, 2 slides, refrigerator/freezer/icemaker,
convection/microwave, W/D, satellite, excellent
cond, warranty good til 2012. Price $89,995.
717-766-9573.
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WHEELS FOR SALE
1982 AIRSTREAM 31', new refrigerator and
flooring, center twin beds, rear bath. $10,000.
(254) 582-3454.
2004 KEYSTONE HORNET with improved lot,
concrete drive + pad, deck and shed. Lot 603,
5 Star Resort. Pass Christian MS. Xlnt cond, 2
bdrm, 12' slide. $249 annual fee. Near casinos.
$36,000. (920) 897-3660 (WI).
1997 INT'L RV TOTER 400 Cummins 10-speed
O.D. New tires, double bunk sleeper, tool boxes,
84 gal propane for RV, good clean truck. $22,500.
979-218-4300 (TX).
TOW VEHICLE/TRAILER
PACKAGES FOR SALE
2000 JAYCO DESIGNER 3 slide-outs w/covers,
W/D, 2 TV, new tires, always garaged. Low use,
special mattress. 2004 3500 Dodge dually
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2005 FORD F350 King Ranch. 13K miles
and 2005 Alfa 39' 5th wheel. Both excellent
condition, nonsmoker. $69K firm. New
$122K. (843) 479-2657 (SC).
2005 HOLIDAY RAMBLER Alumascape 33', 3
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new. 2005 Ford F350 Lariat dsl w/50 gal aux fuel
tank & sliding hitch. $58K. Will sell trlr separately.
734-428-8701.
2002 FORD F350 Diesel Club Cab. Air ride,
custom-built alum bed, 55K miles. 2001
Alpenlite 32RL Medinah 5th wheel. Bought
new in 2002, 3 S/O, nonsmoker, over $60,000
new. Both $42,500. 479-632-4592 (AR).
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problem. The best solution is to make
sure the first 2 feet of tubing going into
and out of the pump are flexible.
The noise that you’re hearing is typi-
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Sticky Film
I have a 5-year-old motorhome with 3M
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particularly Good Sam members. Got a
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ACTIONline
Got an RV-related dispute? E-mail us at
[email protected] or mail a letter
to Action Line, P.O. Box 8545, Ventura,
California 93002. Please include a letter of
explanation and copies of related receipts.
ACTION LINE MAILBOX
customer service sent the following
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Your letter indicated that you were
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or wall of your slide-out. I carefully
reviewed the pictures of the cracks and
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technician and a service-center manag-
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have originated from a stress condition
or any other manufacturing defect.
As a gesture of customer service,
however, we’re willing to assist you with
$500 for your repair.
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I canceled my warranty policy with
Interstate National Dealer Services in
November. My service provider, Brien’s
RV in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, was
required at the time of cancelation to
send me a $2,200 refund check.
When the refund failed to arrive, I
called Brien’s repeatedly, to no avail.
Finally, I received a call from the
owner, who informed me that she was
away from the business because of a
death in the family. She told me that
I’d get my refund check as soon as
she made her deposits. Still, no check
has arrived.
Since then, I’ve spoken with
Interstate, and they’ve advised me that
they’d look into this matter. I haven’t
heard a word from Brien’s owner and
am still out $2,200.
Fred Freda, BORDENTOWN, NEW JERSEY
ACTION LINE: After a petition was
sent to Brien’s RV, we received the
following update from Fred Freda:
After the Action Line petition was
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Remember this rocky road? Let us know the location of the outcropping pictured above, and you
might wind up the winner of this month’s $50 prize in the Where’s Good Sam photo contest. To enter, send
an e-mail identifying the photo’s location and state or province to [email protected]
and be sure to include your name and contact information. On November 1, we’ll pick one $50 winner at
random from among the correct entries. Look for the location and the winner in the January 2009 issue.
A handful of Good Sam Club members have already
cashed in this year. Susie Nygard of North Vancouver,
British Columbia, collected $50 after correctly identifying
the location of the July issue’s Where’s Good Sam photo,
reprinted on the right. Susie recognized that the Good
Sam–stickered RV in the image was parked near the Red
Canyon visitor center at Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park.
Sherry Gates of Phoenix, Arizona, earned $50 for her
keen photography skills, and you can earn some bucks
with your camera as well. Simply take a digital photo of an
RV in an interesting or scenic location with the Good Sam
decal prominently displayed. E-mail the high-resolution
image to [email protected] and don’t
forget to provide your name and contact information. If
your photo’s selected, you’ll receive a check for $50.
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