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RE: Bay View RV Resort in Texas has Workamper Openings:

Sounds like some are insecure with the choices they've made or they wouldn't be so ars-hurt over a pragmatic observation. Or maybe deep down inside, you feel a little duped after working for $5/hr. There was nothing offensive about my original post so try not to be such a snow flake. Oh and for the record, I have tremendous respect for a person that supports himself or a family working at Walmart. I have no dog in this fight. But its offensive for the simple fact, you assume a person doing the job doesn't understand how much they are being paid? Are you attempting to enlighten them as to their salary as though they can't figure it out for themselves. Your passive aggressive tactics are offensive. People applying are responsible adults. They are capable of understanding what their time is worth. If you are not interested don't apply but don't attempt to shame those who maybe interested.I was going to reply as well, but you did a much better job than I would have. 100% agree and thank you.
wapiticountry 04/22/21 08:31am Workamping Forum
RE: Strange water pressure issue

My guess is there is sediment somewhere in the lines. The reason the flow decreases over time is the sediment is being dislodged when you drive as well as the fact that when the sediment dries it does not pack as tightly as it does when it becomes wet. Step one would be removing and cleaning all the screens on the faucets and running them wide open for a few minutes. But there may also be screens on the lines at the water pump and maybe even obstructions where the lines are branched and connected. If you can't get to all of them, try attaching a hose to a faucet and back flush the system.
wapiticountry 04/21/21 07:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Worst customer service!

Sounds like you are dealing with a dying business where everyone is passing the buck. Nobody wants to be the one who has to deliver bad news, so you just get passed on to another person and you are no longer the first person’s problem.
wapiticountry 04/21/21 03:06pm Coast to Coast
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

Pricing for discounts and “teaser” rates for new customers are two very common. Marketing strategies. There is a large percentage of consumers who react positively to sales and discounts, irrespective of net price. They will choose the item listed at $50 with a 50% discount over the exact same item at $23 in another store. Similarly, customers have been shown to have a reluctance to price shopping and changing providers on recurring purchases. Once the customer is secured by that teaser rate, they often become customers for life who are very price insensitive. Good Sam is an avid user of both of those strategies. I fell off the turnip truck at least 2 weeks ago. I was just curious if this "big discount" was something they actually offer 365 days a year. Or if it was really the standard rate for renewing members, as well. Or if it really is a discount that will end in a few days like they say it will. But thanks.Your replies to me and others sure seem to show you have all the answers, so why did you waste everyone's time asking the questions? Maybe common courtesy is something they teach week three on the Turnip truck.
wapiticountry 04/21/21 12:15pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

Pricing for discounts and “teaser” rates for new customers are two very common. Marketing strategies. There is a large percentage of consumers who react positively to sales and discounts, irrespective of net price. They will choose the item listed at $50 with a 50% discount over the exact same item at $23 in another store. Similarly, customers have been shown to have a reluctance to price shopping and changing providers on recurring purchases. Once the customer is secured by that teaser rate, they often become customers for life who are very price insensitive. Good Sam is an avid user of both of those strategies.
wapiticountry 04/21/21 08:31am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Tombstone Rv and Campground

Just raised their prices, now for one night it will cost $51.00 if you have a dog and bring a 2nd vehicle. Yhis campground is about one mile outside of Tombstone Az$51.00 won’t come close to getting a site in many locations. Pet fees and extra vehicle charges are not new. And over time the price of most everything rises, site rental fees included. Am I missing something?
wapiticountry 04/18/21 08:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Not a good thing, at all....

I don’t think it’s that much of an issue since the land border has been closed for over a year!!! Sadly, that’s just my luck! Had to wait through the entire Trump presidency before we could retire and then to top it off, a global pandemic hit, everyone got into RVs and camping, and now I can’t get into Canada to find a summer property to consider purchasing - and if/when I do, prices will most likely be significantly higher than they were pre-pandemic!!! - If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck - smh ??????Did you work for the Trump Administration? If not, why would you have to wait thru any presidential term before you could retire? Could it possibly be that because of your age or length of employment you didn't qualify for retirement benefits until a certain date and that had nothing at all to do with whomever was president? I turn 65 during the current administration, do I have to thank President Biden for allowing me to qualify for Medicare?
wapiticountry 04/10/21 08:44am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Not a good thing, at all....

Canada's vaccination rate lags far behind the US. Canada has approximately 2% of their population fully vaccinated, while the US has over 20% fully vaccinated. The US is administering 4,000,000 doses a day, which is one for every 82 citizens while Canada is administering 270,000 doses a day, or one dose for every 139 residents. In Canada, the 7 day moving average of new cases has risen from 2850 March 1st to over 7800 as of April 9th. In the US, where restrictions have been loosened dramatically, the 7 day moving average of cases has actually fallen from March 1st's rate of 67,000 per day to the current 65,000 per day. Maybe the US isn't so bad after all. Canada doesn’t have vaccine manufactures, so we have to purchase ours from other countries from around the world. There has been disruption in the delivery of vaccine from around the world to Canada and the Provinces. Now if you want to talk about good Canadian Beer, we have plenty of that with enough on hand to ensure every beer drinker in Canada is fully equipped for camping getaways I rest my case. Soup.Canada purchased their vaccines by quarters. X amount of vaccines to be delivered in each. This allowed the providers to delay deliveries to the end of each quarter. Oops. Canada also took steps to negotiate lower prices causing suppliers to naturally sell allocations to higher bidders. Bargain basement shoppers often get only the leftovers.
wapiticountry 04/09/21 02:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bay View RV Resort in Texas has Workamper Openings:

And the previous posts are exactly why no park advertises for workampers on this site anymore. If you don't want the job, don't apply. But for many workampers there is more to consider than just exactly how you break down the hourly wage. Would you actually come out ahead working at Walmart for those 20 hours at $15.00 an hour? You would then have to pay for an RV site, utilities, the cost of commuting etc. The work for site arrangement isn't taxed. You would not have the advantage of working where you live which allows you to check on your pets, eat lunch at your own home and be at work in 10 seconds. If you are a couple and one of you worked outside of the park, the other person would either have to drive you to and from work or spend the day without transportation. There is much more to consider other than math.
wapiticountry 04/09/21 09:15am Workamping Forum
RE: Not a good thing, at all....

Canada's vaccination rate lags far behind the US. Canada has approximately 2% of their population fully vaccinated, while the US has over 20% fully vaccinated. The US is administering 4,000,000 doses a day, which is one for every 82 citizens while Canada is administering 270,000 doses a day, or one dose for every 139 residents. In Canada, the 7 day moving average of new cases has risen from 2850 March 1st to over 7800 as of April 9th. In the US, where restrictions have been loosened dramatically, the 7 day moving average of cases has actually fallen from March 1st's rate of 67,000 per day to the current 65,000 per day. Maybe the US isn't so bad after all.
wapiticountry 04/09/21 09:06am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How to get a loan for RV

We had great luck with our credit union. Banks didn't want to loan the smaller amount we needed. Most were 50,000+ on motorhomes.A Credit Union flat rejected his application a page or two back. He isn't getting a loan anywhere except from Three Fingers Brown at two points of vig a week. And that is assuming the mob doesn't learn of his plan to become mobile and disappear from society.
wapiticountry 04/09/21 08:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Park Reviews

Good Sam account representatives visit every Good Sam park every year. They do not 'review', they ' rate' based upon the 10/10/10 point system which is divided into 3 sections, that evaluate camp amenity, facility and sites. Usually when they arrive in camp its unannounced, except for an email up to a week before that they will come soon. They drive and walk the camp and rate based upon their observations. When this is done they sit down with management, present their rating, proceed to listing and advertising. In our 19 years, there was no discussion allowed on their rating. It cant be bought or altered. One year after we had done extensive upgrades to all 3 categories our rating jumped 6 aggregate points. Within a week Ed and Jan Thierfelder, Good Sams Quality Assurance team checked in unannounced rated the camp, to verify our 9.5/10/9.5 . Reviews about the camp on the GS link are from guests. Ratings amd Reviews are apples and oranges apart. Opinions about rudeness or some other slight may be construed differently. Some want to be led by the hand, some are offended if help is extended. The customer is not always right, its why businesses have the right to refuse service. Consider the region. being a extensively well traveled westerner, I would not call the New Yorker rude for being what is percieved for NYC. A New Yorker might be put off by the graciousness in the south, thinking it, intrusive.This is exactly how the Good Sam ratings are calculated. The actual scoring scorecard is printed inside the Good Sam Campground Guidebook. One thing to note, the scores are not necessarily indicative of actual quality. For example, there is a point given for having a pool. Doesn't matter if it is a wading pool or a multi-million dollar waterpark. There are other points assigned for things like lighted entry signage, uniformity of landscaping (I fought this one for years because some of our sites are treed, some are not and the reviewer that was assigned to our park decided that should cost us a point in the ratings) and many other things relating to amenities included, not actual quality. Those ratings, even though they are supposed to not include opinions from the reviewers, sometimes do. Example: perimeter fencing is another item that scores points in the ratings. A park we owned was completely fenced, except for a section that was a hedge. One year a rater dropped us a half point for not being completely fenced, all the other years it has been fine. Another example was one year a rater who must either be a jerk, or was just having a bad day, docked us a half point for noise. Now the park is 50 miles from an active airport, an interstate highway, or a train track and there are no commercial operations, entertainment venues or anything else anywhere close. When I threw my expected fit, the rater said the noise in question was the sound of the diesel motorhomes entering and exiting the park while checking in and checking out. The guy was kind enough to give me written notes to that effect, which I promptly sent to Good Sam. In the book my rating had that 1/2 point returned and I never saw that reviewer again. Sorry for the rant (not really, it feels good!) But my point is ALL ratings, no matter what the source or criteria, are somewhat subjective and you shouldn't rely on them as your only means of making a decision.
wapiticountry 04/09/21 08:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to get a loan for RV

Never mind net vs gross income.. I don't have any other debt but I do spend a significant amount on charity.And the train has officially left the tracks.
wapiticountry 04/08/21 03:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to get a loan for RV

Ex-banker here. You are not going to get a loan at any conventional bank or financial institution. Your credit scores are too low and your credit history too limited, you have no residential stability and are looking at purchasing an item with very limited collateral value. If you are capable of making a large down payment, a dealership might have a lender that would make an exception. If you have very strong employment stability, maybe, just maybe, a credit union affiliated with your line of work would take a chance. While your story is sad and sadly familiar to many, it makes you a very poor credit risk. Lenders have no way of knowing, and you have no way of proving, that your ten years of bad luck and problems has or will end. My suggestion is make an application at a couple of dealerships and see for yourself what is going to happen. The dealership has every incentive to get you approved. If they can't make it happen, and you don't have an inside track at a credit union or a relative who is a bank executive you will need to pivot to another plan, and that is not the end of the world. One other note. You say you are a high income earner with no debt, if that is the case why couldn't you buckle down and save up enough for an inexpensive rV in a matter of a few months. I understand the points you are making. My income fluctuates between 120-140K based on the project which is not at all unusual in the DC area. I could put away 2-3K/month meaning in a year I should have something accumulated for a purchase but it's long and painful. The problem with that route, I have to live somewhere during that time and apartments and all housing, whether buying or renting is insanely expensive, a decent apartment is close to 2 grand. Which makes saving that much harder. An RV purchase under unfavorable terms with a high interest rate is a lot better than blowing 20K/year on rent. I spent 100K on rent in the last 5 years. About 150K in rent in the last 10 years. This makes no sense whatsoever. I could not buy a house because at the time my ex had full custody and I feared that she would relocate far away, to another part of the state or even another state, meaning I would have gotten stuck with a useless house. In retrospect, I should have brought something 10 or 20 years ago, but oh well. Doing it yourself without a bank is long and painful. I could be happy with something like an old heavy-duty Suburban puling an old 30' TT. It's not exactly what I want but 80% of what I want. But both combined would cost at least 20K, maybe 30K so it's a year or two of painful saving. Hard to save money in in the DC area even with high income. I think everyone successful here lives on dual incomes. One goes towards real estate, another towards everything else. 100K doesn't mean beans here. I have a Tahoe now with the 5.3L, I realize it is a very limited TV but maybe I could get something uber-compact and light, a 19' TT I can pull. And make it do for a year or two. I should upgrade the Tahoe to a Suburban, ideally heavy duty with the 6.0L engine but they are so much more expensive than the base version.Something isn't adding up. You make $10,000 to $12,000 per month, have no debt and can't save more than $2000 a month? You also say you could rent for $20K a year, which would only be $1667.00 a month out of your $10K income. Unless you are neglecting in revealing a mountain of other debts, your problems aren't rent or lack of credit, it's that you have no idea as to what your actual income and expenses are.
wapiticountry 04/08/21 02:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to get a loan for RV

Start with your local credit union. Try your bank if you have dealt with them for a while. If buying from a dealer, have them carry the ball on this issue. Dealer loans cost more. The dealer gets a percentage of that rate then the lender gets the rest, that's what I was told.The guy is much more concerned with getting a loan than saving a quarter of a point on a rate. Fact is, however, banks have found that having a dealer originate and close a loan is cheaper than doing it themselves, so a rate at the dealer may actually be lower than in person at that same bank.
wapiticountry 04/08/21 01:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Dually rental

You could lease a new truck from a dealer, same as a car lease, usually with minimum term of 24 months. There will be mileage limits and it won't be cheap. I doubt you will find any such animal available for short term rental.
wapiticountry 04/07/21 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to get a loan for RV

I am doing the best I can. Got a credit card a few months ago. I have been living debt-free and financially solvent (paying myself instead of banks) and now am reaping the consequences of it. The system rewards debt. If you make banks money, they rate you higher than someone like me, banks worst nightmare, a customer who largely doesn't need them throughout his life. I am proof you can make it to late 40's without a single credit card. I got caught in a nasty divorce and custody fight that drained my savings, ended up being an unscheduled emergency and wrecked my entire plan. Attorney fees were considerable, on top of considerable child support. I had a long emergency that lasted almost a decade. I won and got full custody and both stopped. And my son is almost an adult. I have no idea how much I spent. Maybe over 100K over the years on a series of non-stop custody trials. So that did a lot of damage, mostly beyond my control. I am not sure I can ever fully recover from it, not when 50 is rapidly approaching. If that hasn't happened, I could have afforded the very best coach there is, bought or financed. So now I have a high income, poor credit and no debt load and no credit history. If the banks will give me a 10K loan, I will take that. Maybe I can buy a compact TT. 40K would be better however. I have spent 100K on rent in the last 5 years so it can't be worse than that. My 1980's Airstream was a money pit but not even in the same dimension. Even buying an 80K RV at a dealership will put me in a better financial situation that renting for the next 4 years. At least I will have an RV at the end of it. I don't get it why the real estate has gone insane in major metro areas like DC, with rental prices in the same stratosphere. Given all the economic turbulence we have right now. I think it's a bubble that should burst sooner or later. I don't want to buy for a number of reasons. Rents are equally insane and all you are doing is buying someone a house.Ex-banker here. You are not going to get a loan at any conventional bank or financial institution. Your credit scores are too low and your credit history too limited, you have no residential stability and are looking at purchasing an item with very limited collateral value. If you are capable of making a large down payment, a dealership might have a lender that would make an exception. If you have very strong employment stability, maybe, just maybe, a credit union affiliated with your line of work would take a chance. While your story is sad and sadly familiar to many, it makes you a very poor credit risk. Lenders have no way of knowing, and you have no way of proving, that your ten years of bad luck and problems has or will end. My suggestion is make an application at a couple of dealerships and see for yourself what is going to happen. The dealership has every incentive to get you approved. If they can't make it happen, and you don't have an inside track at a credit union or a relative who is a bank executive you will need to pivot to another plan, and that is not the end of the world. One other note. You say you are a high income earner with no debt, if that is the case why couldn't you buckle down and save up enough for an inexpensive rV in a matter of a few months.
wapiticountry 04/07/21 10:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Bear Spray

Yellowstone averages about 1 bear attack per year. It also averages close to 4 million visitors each year. I suggest you buy a lottery ticket at the same time you buy the bear spray. That would insure that you are covered should your luck swing to the very end of either side of the luck bell curve.
wapiticountry 04/06/21 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Domicle not getting caught?

A lot of it comes down to how much income you have and how much taxation you are looking to avoid. If you have substantial income, your current state may possibly attempt to verify you have moved. If you only pay a couple of thousand in state income tax, you are too small a fish for them to chase. The other hurdle would be insurance if you do not yet qualify for medicare. Insurance thru the health exchanges may require some proof and it differs by state.
wapiticountry 04/01/21 04:52pm Full-time RVing
RE: Park suggestions/opinions in or near San Jose, CA.

Why not just stay in the house until it is sold? With the market as hot as it is, it should sell within days of listing, so make the closing day 30 to 45 days after contract, get everything else done and be finished. Staying on premises would greatly reduce the hassles of commuting and probably serve as motivation to get in, get done, get out. (something I sometimes need with a project I take on reluctantly) he was a horder. all rooms filled with stuff. gonna take a while to sort thru atuff and clean out. garage filled with more stuff.Having had to close a mobile home park that had several hoarder homes to clear I can tell you your best course of action is to hire a professional service to haul everything away. You aren’t going to find any hidden treasures,.
wapiticountry 03/30/21 12:56pm General RVing Issues
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