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The RV market December 2021

How is the market shaping up for used and new RV's this winter? Has anyone noticed any increase in availability or willingness to sell for less than top dollar? I recently started shopping for a Class B and there seem to be some that have sat unsold for months and some have reduced asking prices.
cptqueeg 12/07/21 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lost a cooking bet

King Ranch Casserole, of course! King Ranch Casserole Recipe
cptqueeg 12/03/21 05:33pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here. To some degree, prices on tortillas are, "controlled," but at least in the state of Guerrero are allowed to fluctuate some. I understand MX doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving but the produce markets are intertwined so demand and supplies effect availability and price in CA, MX, and the US. A perfect example is carrots which are available from all 3 countries right now so a lack of US carrot production during Thanksgiving puts more pressure on CA and MX to make up the shortfall, thereby increasing prices and limiting availability.
cptqueeg 11/30/21 08:41pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Inflation in Mexico

Fresh produce prices are more indicative of supply and transportation issues rather than any overall inflation trend. Those prices can quickly change down although transportation is expensive and likely will remain so. Thanksgiving week in the US limits the output of produce while demand is peeking so that no doubt contributed to the price increases. Many packers of produce that is in storage have a 3, even a 2 1/2 day week for Thanksgiving so there is 40-50% reduction in output on commodities like potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, apples, etc reducing supplies during TGiving week. Aren't corn tortillas subsidized by the MX gov? I do agree that tortillas are a great inflation indicator whether they are subsidized or not, though.
cptqueeg 11/30/21 08:08pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Converting Honda generator to propane

Yes just did this on a Honda 2200 w Hutch Mountains kit. I run off a propane tank so mounting and the bulky regulator is not an issue. You must have access to the regulator to prime the genny before starting. It works well and I can do direct to my natural gas supply at home to keep the freezer running in event of a power outage.
cptqueeg 11/21/21 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: spring snow free

I would rather face snow than hordes of people. FYI Moab, Utah gets active w #vanlife probably in early April. And if it's too cold head south to the Grand Canyon and AZ desert, for example Organ Pipe National Monument.
cptqueeg 11/14/21 08:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: More garbage that'll get us ALL banned from National Forests

Generally squatters aren't pigs because they are trying to exceed the stay limits w/out being noticed by the public or USFS. There are a 1000 low key squatters for every mess like the one pictured in the link. Squatters are of 2 kinds. Locals that move their rig into position for dispersed camping early in the season and take it out as the snow flies. They basically commute to their RV for weekends throughout the season. This is a generational thing where these squatters start to teach the next generation that rules are for other people and unless you're caught it's all good. The 2nd group is seasonal workers. The expense and severe lack of housing for seasonal workers in mtn towns has led to more and more squatting. There is no easy answer. As we become more and more overcrowded every day the search for solitude and peace is ever more difficult. It's forcing me and others to think of where and when can I go that I won't be bothered, instead of what great American landscape to see.
cptqueeg 11/07/21 07:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: More garbage that'll get us ALL banned from National Forests

It's pathetic how little actual law enforcement gets done. The primary issue is the limited number of agents in the field to cover a vast landscape. The officers depend on staff and public info so the more leads they get the more effective they can be. More likely, the budget is spent on office staff rather than field agents. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want rangers constantly harassing legal campers but when there is a two-week limit, that limit should be strictly enforced. This kind of junkyard didn't happen overnight. This is why we can't have nice things. :( Law Enforcement has its own yearly budget, the vast majority of which is spent fielding a minimal amount of LEO's, not the back office staff. There is an ever increasing amount of pressure on dispersed camping areas especially near recreation or work; the evolving wildland-urban interface. Camp hosts can regulate length of stay fairly easily in a camp, but it's very difficult to keep track of all the dispersed camping areas. The restrictions on dispersed camping will tighten, the FS simply doesn't have the manpower to rely on strict enforcement to achieve compliance.
cptqueeg 11/05/21 11:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: More garbage that'll get us ALL banned from National Forests

That is not a camp site. That is a squatter site. Entirely on the forest service plate hers. No way was this accumulated in 14 days. Forest Service needs to monitor much more closely. The FS doesn't have money to increase the amount of LEO's. BTW it takes an extensive amount of time to build a case for squatting; it's a LOT easier said than done.
cptqueeg 11/05/21 07:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Thanks. It sounds like you're doing about what I would be doing. That steep, rocky road looks like something I would probably stay away from. Over time I've become more conservative. Sometimes there's no resisting a challenge, though. :) Same here even w/out a camper; I have become much more conservative and less reluctant to walk over the years.
cptqueeg 11/04/21 05:36pm Truck Campers
RE: More garbage that'll get us ALL banned from National Forests

It's pathetic how little actual law enforcement gets done. The primary issue is the limited number of agents in the field to cover a vast landscape. The officers depend on staff and public info so the more leads they get the more effective they can be.
cptqueeg 11/04/21 03:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

New to the group. My family (wife, teen, and young adult), currently camp in our 25' Outback TT. It is a great family camper and suits are needs well. We have been campers for many years. I am considering a used pop up TC for times when wife does not want to tag along on my fishing adventures (sometimes towing a boat). I found a used 2009 Guanella for sale. I went to see it last week. It's condition is well used, but not abused. Has AC, refer, stove, electric pop up, and whatever stock items were included. No black or gray tanks. It will need complete roof and sides reseal, cushions will need to be redone, and other misc repairs. Soft side vinyl does not appear to be torn anywhere. Asking $14,900. My uses will primarily be West/Southwest in Summer, Spring and Fall (CA, NV, AZ, NM, OR, WA, ID). I have a 2003 Ford F-350, Crew Cab, V10, 2WD. I do not camp in areas requiring 4X4. Thoughts on the asking price? What should I look for in a used Guanella? I am also considering used FWC Hawk models Thanks! There is a more recent guanella and others at Hallmarks used page. (scroll sll the way down) Hallmark pre owned
cptqueeg 10/27/21 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed vs Bigger Overhang - off - roading

Thanks Jim, I'm afraid the 4Wheel - clearly a superb poptop - is out as my partner wants hard top, wet bath and amenities. It'll be a 3-4,000 lb hardtop. Glad to know most BLM and Forest Service roads will be OK. That's what I suspected The full size TC almost always puts you in the dually zone, especially if you contemplate towing a boat or utility trailer as well as carry the camper. Converting a dual rear wheel axle to a "super single" axle while possible is pretty expensive. The conflict btwn full amenities and mobility is strong. Personally I have a hard time giving up the mobility especially since the campgrounds are full.
cptqueeg 10/26/21 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: Purchase hesitation after deposit, 2 questions

The state where the deposit was taken may have laws requiring a "cooling off period" where a transaction that has been completed can be reversed.
cptqueeg 10/25/21 10:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

New to the group. My family (wife, teen, and young adult), currently camp in our 25' Outback TT. It is a great family camper and suits are needs well. We have been campers for many years. I am considering a used pop up TC for times when wife does not want to tag along on my fishing adventures (sometimes towing a boat). I found a used 2009 Guanella for sale. I went to see it last week. It's condition is well used, but not abused. Has AC, refer, stove, electric pop up, and whatever stock items were included. No black or gray tanks. It will need complete roof and sides reseal, cushions will need to be redone, and other misc repairs. Soft side vinyl does not appear to be torn anywhere. Asking $14,900. My uses will primarily be West/Southwest in Summer, Spring and Fall (CA, NV, AZ, NM, OR, WA, ID). I have a 2003 Ford F-350, Crew Cab, V10, 2WD. I do not camp in areas requiring 4X4. Thoughts on the asking price? What should I look for in a used Guanella? I am also considering used FWC Hawk models Thanks! I would suggest looking for a FWC Granby and let it hang over, if this Hallmark doesn't work out. The extra space is key. If lots of roof mounted cargo were needed the Hallmark lifting mechanism and roof is much more robust than the FWC.
cptqueeg 10/24/21 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

Sorry, I don't see why I would have to lose sleep due to generator noise for the comfort of others. The cold weather should be no surprise. It is October & the altitude is high. If you are not prepared for dry camping & the generator use hours, you should not be there. You should be in a CG outside of the park that has power & you can run your heaters to your hearts content. Being prepared with a decent sized battery bank & ample propane for the furnace is not hard. Turn the heat down. Put extra blankets on & snuggle up. Nobody want to listen to your generator that should not be on. Thank you. So far I have learned: 1. Use ear plugs - wife's idea 2. Be reborn as a heavy sleeper 3. Travel in a well insulated RV so you can't hear the surroundings that we came to enjoy 4. Folks are happy to turn the other persons cheek (as long as they're not affected) 5. Get over it!
cptqueeg 10/20/21 07:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

And another 4 pages of proof of how fickle some people can be…. Call LEOs at 2:30am because of a generator running? Seriously? Was it rude? Yes, sounds like it. Although 15deg with a wind could suck down a camper battery pretty quick if unprepared. But then we’re not all the “perfectly prepared” campers that the rvnet royalty profess to be. Would it be more palatable if you knew some of the gennys were running to keep someone’s newborn baby warm while the new parents were trying to experience camping? (This argument is like the wdh argument, can never be too safe, right? Lol) Or would it be ok if it was a couple old folks who needed to stay warm or their cpap died? (Cpaps ARE figuratively the wdhs of the medical world…hahaha) Or is it better to sit in anger and just “know” that some delinquent is running their genny just to ruin your night and they’re probably playing xbox at 2 am and that’s what used up their battery? See, many different scenarios. All are a rude reason, inherently, to disturb others, so maybe should call the cops!! Maybe I’m blessed to be a heavy sleeper. Or maybe I just have more/more important things to worry about and occupy my time with. So maybe it’s just me…Thank you for being a voice of reason. There are so few of them today. To the "rules are rules" people", do you really believe that to be a line that is never, ever to be crossed? If the speed limit is 25, you don't exceed that if you are taking someone to the hospital who is experiencing a heart attack? Were everyday Germans in the 1940s just following the rules when they betrayed the hiding places of Jews who were then sent to the gas chambers? Yes, those campers running generators outside of generator hours were very likely unprepared. It happens to most everyone at some time or the other. I wonder how those complaining about it would feel if they got lost in the woods or ran out of gas everyone else took the position that they should have been prepared, so whatever happens to them happens, no help or compassion should be given. I would like to think if I am ever caught unprepared, someone will help me, or at least understand I made a mistake. They put their needs above all others. Yes they were unprepared, but it's my contention they knew they were unprepared and are depending on breaking the rules to make themselves comfortable w no regard to those affected.
cptqueeg 10/19/21 09:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

And another 4 pages of proof of how fickle some people can be…. Call LEOs at 2:30am because of a generator running? Seriously? Was it rude? Yes, sounds like it. Although 15deg with a wind could suck down a camper battery pretty quick if unprepared. But then we’re not all the “perfectly prepared” campers that the rvnet royalty profess to be. Would it be more palatable if you knew some of the gennys were running to keep someone’s newborn baby warm while the new parents were trying to experience camping? (This argument is like the wdh argument, can never be too safe, right? Lol) Or would it be ok if it was a couple old folks who needed to stay warm or their cpap died? (Cpaps ARE figuratively the wdhs of the medical world…hahaha) Or is it better to sit in anger and just “know” that some delinquent is running their genny just to ruin your night and they’re probably playing xbox at 2 am and that’s what used up their battery? See, many different scenarios. All are a rude reason, inherently, to disturb others, so maybe should call the cops!! Maybe I’m blessed to be a heavy sleeper. Or maybe I just have more/more important things to worry about and occupy my time with. So maybe it’s just me… All those sad stories stopped to camp for 1 night and were replaced by another group of equally sad stories the next night. People are depending on breaking the campground rules to accommodate their style of travel at the material expense of others. People seem to find that breaking, bending, or changing the rules to make themselves happy at the expense of others is pretty much the order of the day. This isn't just an rv problem by any means.
cptqueeg 10/19/21 07:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

I mostly see failure to offer assistance to those with less knowledge and experience. What happened to helping others? Today most want to be angry at something. Yeah, I'm pretty sure those not following the rules were far more experienced than me. And it was way more than one camper anyway. I'm new enough I still thought that campers might actually follow the rules. And at 2:30am there isn't much anyone could have done except help them to pack up and give them directions to a warmer climate so they could camp in comfort.
cptqueeg 10/18/21 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather, generators, and campgrounds

Sounds like the park ranger and/or camp host need to do a better job of informing everyone generators are not allowed at set times for ANY reason. Assuming there is cell service, a phone number to contact ranger should be provided for people to report someone who violates the rule AND is causing a problem. If the offender is five or six sites away, not sure it affects me. I don’t believe a camp host is the person to address the issue at 2:30 in the morning. Agreed, LEO is the only way to handle this. Hopefully they remember to check overnight activity next season. Unfortunately no cell service.
cptqueeg 10/17/21 08:52pm General RVing Issues
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