After months of discussion, exploring possible alternatives, debate, and heartache, we have come to the difficult decision to phase out the printed edition of the Gypsy Journal. As we have shared with our readers in the last few months, rising printing, and especially mailing, costs have reached the point that we are making less than four cents for every printed issue we send out.
Actually, that figure is just based upon the cost of printing the paper, getting it shipped to us from our printer, and paying for envelopes and postage. It does not include the cost of fuel to pick up the paper from the shipping company or to take the stuffed envelopes to the post office or any of our other expenses. Factor that in and we are losing money. Obviously, no company can afford to do that indefinitely.
As a result, starting with this issue, we will no longer be accepting new or renewal subscriptions to the printed version of the paper. Only for our digital issue. We will continue to publish the printed issue until sometime next year to fulfill the bulk of our printed subscriptions. When the time comes to discontinue the printed edition, any remaining subscriptions will be transitioned to our digital edition, or we will issue a prorated refund on any issues still left on a subscription, at the customer’s preference.
We know this will disappoint some of our subscribers, just as it disappoints us. And we know that we will lose some readers, which we deeply regret. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life in the newspaper business – more and more daily, weekly, and specialty newspapers are folding every year.
To clarify, we ARE NOT going out of business! We will continue to publish our digital edition, and as the transition goes along we will be improving it with all color photos and live links to the places we visit. Here is a link to our new digital edition, which was sent to our digital subscribers yesterday. Give it a look and let me know what you think.
If you are a print subscriber and would like to switch now, please e-mail me at email@example.com. We appreciate your support in the past and look forward to continuing to share our travels and more of this wonderful country of ours with you for a long, long time.
On another note, I reported the other day that our Splendide2100XC washer/dryer combination had not been drying well and had reached a point where when it entered the drying cycle, all of the lights would start flashing and it would stop working. Terry tried a self-cleaning procedure one of our readers had shared with her a while back, and I wanted to give you an update. It worked perfectly.
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Empty the washer.
2. Set dryer time to off.
3. Set wash cycle to #11 and add a cup of bleach on the first cycle only.
4. Press and release Start button.
5. When water stops entering the drum, push and hold the Start button until the green lights come on and then go off, then release the button.
6. Press and release the Start button again and more water will begin filling the drum.
7. When water stops entering drum, push and hold the Start button until green lights come on and go off, then release the button.
8. Move the selector to cycle #2
9. Press and release the Extra Rinse button
10. Press and release the Start button and allow the machine to run through its cycle. The water level should be at ½ to 3/4 of the drum.
11. When the washer stops, clean the lint out of the drum and repeat the procedure two more times, for a total of three cycles. Each cycle takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes. It is recommended to do this every three months to prevent future lint buildup.
We were surprised how much lint was hiding between the inner and outer drum that came loose and was deposited inside the drum to be easily removed, and how well the dryer is working now. Even after cleaning both ends of the dryer vent first there was still no air flow out of the vent on the side of our motorhome before Terry did the self-cleaning. Now it is blowing hard enough to keep the louvers wide open. I’m not sure if this will work on all Splendide models, but it’s worth a try and a lot cheaper than a service call from an RV technician.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s popular Northstar Romances series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one.