I get a lot of e-mails from blog readers and Gypsy Journal subscribers. Some of those e-mails tell me about new places we should visit, or share our readers’ experiences at places they visited after reading our stories about them. Others offer suggestions about ways I can improve the blogs, or things we can do to make our RV rallies better. Still other readers write to ask questions about the RV lifestyle, or why we do things the way we do.
Whatever the topic, I always appreciate hearing from all of you, and I try hard to answer each e-mail as soon as possible. But I have to admit, sometimes I just don’t know how to respond. There is a thin line I sometimes walk between trying to figure out a way to give a polite reply, and wanting to let Bad Nick do my talking for me.
Q. Do you know of any free campgrounds with full hookups in moderate climates where we can stay on a long term basis; an entire season or year around?
A. No, but if you find one, please ask if they have a spot for me too.
Q. I’m from Europe, where the RVs are much smaller. Why do you Americans insist on buying such big RVs?
A. Have you seen some of us? We need big RVs!
Q. I was at an American Coach rally a while back, where the factory had techs on hand to do repairs for free or at low coast, which was a big hit. As a goodwill gesture, have you thought about absorbing some of the costs of repairs attendees have done at your rallies?
A. No, but I have thought about asking our rally attendees to pick up some of the costs of keeping my motorhome running, as a goodwill gesture.
Q. Why do RV parks charge you to use their dump station if you are not staying there? It doesn’t cost them anything.
A. Well, if you don’t count the cost of purchasing the property, building the RV park, the cost of maintaining the RV park, taxes, employee wages, wear and tear on their infrastructure, and a couple of dozen things I forgot to mention, you’re right, it doesn’t cost the RV park owner anything at all!
Q. Your subscription rates (or prices of your books; or charges for your RV rallies) are too high. Do you have discounts for people on fixed incomes?
A. You have a fixed income? Can you fix mine, because it’s broken and never reaches far enough to make ends meet!
Q. You have two rallies a year, eastern and western. Why not a third one that floats around to different parts of the country?
A. Mostly because I’d like to stay married. Miss Terry insists on having a day or two off every year in which we’re not busy planning a rally, running a rally, getting an issue ready to send to the printer, or mailing the issue out to our subscribers.
Q. Why do mobile RV techs charge so much ? I had one come out to work on our water heater. All he did was make an adjustment or two, and he charged me $75!
A. Actually, he only charged you $15 to make those adjustments. The other $60 was for knowing what adjustments to make.
Q. Why do I have to pay the same price for a digital edition as a printed one? It doesn’t cost you anything to print and mail out a digital copy.
A. Mostly because I need to support this lavish lifestyle of mine. And because some subscribers try the digital edition for a while and want to switch back to printed, or vice versa. We also have snowbirds who want the printed version when at home, and the digital when traveling. I’m not smart enough to figure out how much to charge when they switch back and forth.
And then we have this one, which came in yesterday in response to my comments about waking up with back pain.
Q. Not to be rude, but do you think if you lost 50 or 75 pounds, that might not help your back?
A. Gee, why would I think that was rude? If I lost that much weight, my clothes wouldn’t fit any more, and I’d have to stay in bed or walk around nekkidd.
But here is my all time favorite, from several years ago, and my reply:
Q. Are you and Terry married? I ask because you often refer to her as “Miss Terry.” I want to subscribe to your paper, but as a born again Christian, it would offend me to send my money to people who are living in sin.
A. Yes, Terry and I have been happily married for years. I call her “Miss Terry” as a term of respect and affection. But please, DO NOT send me your money, because I can absolutely guarantee you that sooner or later, I’m going to do or say something that will offend you! It’s only a matter of time.
Thought For The Day – Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.