It’s late and my new meds are making me sleepy, so I’m just going to post five recent questions and my answers for today’s blog.
Q. I keep hearing that we need to buy a new RV because most campgrounds have a rule not to allow RVs over ten years old. Is this going to be an issue when we hit the road?
A. The 10 year rule is not a real issue despite all the BS you hear online. A handful of “resorts” use it, but the vast majority of campgrounds do not. In 18 years of fulltiming we ran into it just once. And for many of those years we were in a homebuilt 1976 MCI bus conversion. Think about this, there are at least a million RVs out there over 10 years old. Do the owners just turn them into chicken coops and dog houses when they hit the magic number?
Q. Nick, who creates your awesome book covers? I am about to wrap up my first novel and want a gorgeous cover like yours.
A. Congratulation on completing your first book! A marvelously talented young woman named Elizabeth Mackey creates my covers. Her website is http://www.elizabethmackeygraphics.com/
Q. We are thinking about converting a bus into an RV like you and your wife did. Somebody told us that since it was once a commercial vehicle we would still have to stop at weigh stations. Is that true?
A. No, once it is taken out of service and you start to convert it, it is a private coach and not required to stop for commercial weigh stations. Many bus owners I know have Private Coach signs like this on their rigs just to reinforce the fact that it is not a commercial vehicle.
Q. I am a night person and seldom get to bed before 3 a.m. At the last campground I was at I was scheduled to leave on a Friday morning and checkout time was 11 a.m. I overslept and the owner was knocking on my door at 11:30 saying the people who had reserved the site after me were there and I needed to move. It took me an hour or so to get packed up, unhooked, and ready to pull out and when I was leaving I was informed they were charging my credit card an extra for a $20 late departure fee. Can they do that and is it ethical? He did point it out in the rules on the campground map, but still, is it fair?
A. My question back to you is, do you think it’s fair that the arriving guests had to wait 90 minutes after their arrival to get parked in the spot they had rented on a Friday? And my second question is, if you knew you had to leave the next morning, why weren’t you packed the night before? Yes, it’s fair, it’s ethical, and I would do the same thing if I were in that campground owner’s shoes. I am also a night person, but that does not give me the right to overstay my departure or inconvenience others.
Q. My son and his wife want to borrow our motorhome to take a trip to Yellowstone. He’s never driven anything bigger than a compact car and to be honest, he’s not the most responsible person on the world. How do I say no and keep the peace in the family?
A. No is a simple one syllable word and not hard to say at all, though I know far too many people who seem to have difficulty with it. As for keeping peace in the family, how peaceful will it be if he damages your motorhome while he’s using it? You say he is not a very responsible person. Who will be responsible for any damage the rig sustains? Your insurance company might object to somebody else using the RV who doesn’t know the first thing about driving one. I don’t loan my cars, my RVs, or my boats to anyone.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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 – My favorite color is purple. I like it better than red and blue combined.