Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 18
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BY ED JANICKI
There are more than six million recrea-
tion vehicles on the road today, and that's
why there are almost as many camp-
grounds on the roadsides as there are
Choosing a campground, howevef, is
not as easy as deciding on where to fill up
your vehicle's gas tank. If you don't select
the right campground for your personal
needs, you could end up with a spoiled
vacation. And you'll quickly lose your
Although campgrounds vary tremen-
dously depending on the geographic area
in which they are located, there are two
categories that hold true almost every-
where. No matter where you go, you'll
likely be faced with the choice between a
commercial or government-owned facili-
ty. There are advantages and disadvan-
tages to both.
Because they operate for profit, and
don't receive any public funds, commer-
cial campgrounds are generally a little
more expensive than public parks. Either
way, however, the cost per night for
families is a small fraction of what it would
be at a decent hotel or motel.
There is usually a little more room
between campsites in a public park, simply
because they do not have to be concerned
with turning a profit. They are tax
On the other hand, there are usually a
lot more rules to be abided by at a
government-owned facility. Many don't
allow pets, a serious consideration if
you're going to be traveling with your dog
There are also usually more rules with
regard to campfires, music, alcoholic
beverages, and a few other things at public
parks. Commercial campgrounds are gen-
erally a little more lenient in these areas.
Too, most commercial campgrounds have
been designed* with the RV in mind,
providing full hookups, dumping stations,
20-30 amps and some 50 amps electrical
service. And swimming pools, stores, and
laundromats usually are in the camp-
grounds or close by.
The public parks have an edge on scenic
location, but the commercial camp-
grounds provide the majority of conven-
ient locations for the over-the-road trav-
You should check in advance with each
campsite to be sure you'll be allowed to do
what you want to at each stop. If your
travel plans call for stops in major resort
areas, make reservations in advance. With
the number of RV's on the road growing
all the time, camping spots can be at a
premium, particularly during the height of
the tourist season.
To locate campsites, both public and
commercial, consult one of the four com-
prehensive guides published annually.
They are: Rand McNally's Campground
& Trailer Park Guide, P.O. Box 728,
Skokie, 111. 60076; Trailer Life's RV
Campground & Services Directory, 23945
Craftsman Road, Calabasas, Calif. 91302;
Wheelers RV Resort & Campground
Guide, 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park
Ridge, 111. 60068; and Woodall's Camp-
ground Directory, 500 Hyacinth Place,
Highland Park, 111. 60035. Look for them
at your public library. To buy a copy, try a
camp supplies store.
Check the News Briefs column about
Scouting family campgrounds for addi-
tional places to park your RV.
Are you getting full service at a "full
service" gas station? You should. That's
why you're paying extra over "self-
What is "full service"? In addition to the
attendant pumping your gas, he should
check your oil, tire pressures, and clean the
windshield. If he doesn't, you should
complain to the oil company that supplies
his gas. And don't be surprised if you get
your money refunded. It's happened.
According to a recent survey, about half of
the spark plugs in car engines today are
installed by do-it-yourselfers. A growing
number of people are finding personal car
care, including maintenance, a profitable
To assist car owners who want to at-
tempt a do-it-yourself tune-up. Champion
Spark Plug Company has prepared a
booklet: Champion's Guide to an Easy Car
Tune-Up. The illustrated publication con-
tains a step-by-step guide to tune-up
procedures including what tools and test-
ing equipment are required and what parts,
Specific tips on how to check engine
compression, gap spark plugs, and adjust
dwell and timing are also included. The
booklet has a maintenance guide, enabling
motorists to record every service their cars
receive by date and mileage. The guide
serves as a reminder of when vital services
are due. It also can be used as evidence of
how well the vehicle has been maintained
at trade-in time.
The booklet contains a gas mileage
calculator to determine fuel economy and
a chart allowing motorists to diagnose
engine abnormalities by examining the
condition of spark plugs.
Single copies of the booklet can be
obtained free by sending a self-addressed,
stamped, long envelope to Champion
Spark Plug Company, Dept. T.U., Box
910, Toledo, Ohio 43661.
If you're in the market for new tires, and
are trying to cut gasoline consumption at
the same time, you might give a thought to
purchasing radial tires.
While the initial cost will be higher than
for regular tires, tests have shown that
both steel and rayon belted radials in-
creased gas mileage by up to 10 percent
while improving car handling character-
Don't believe that letting air out of your
tires will make them grip better when your
car gets stuck in snow or sand. Or that your
newest and best tires should go up front.
All nonsense, says Goodyear. These are
among the very worst of some popular
misconceptions about tires. But you can
believe this: When you let air out of your
tires in the belief that their bigger "foot-
print" will increase traction in snow or
sand, all you are doing is causing them to
sink even deeper into the soft stuff.
As for the newest tires, always put them
on the rear wheels even if you have a
front-wheel-drive car. Why? You have
direct control over the front wheels
through the steering wheel, but only
remote control over the ones in back.
Bringing a car under control after a rear
tire has been punctured can be a lot more
dicey than if the puncture occurred on the
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