Wednesday, July 31, 2019
|Celebrating a fine day near the summit of Dutchman.|
|Crossing Expedition basin. Photo: Leah|
|Leah climbing Echo.|
|Nice plateau walking on the South side of Echo.|
|Starting the climb up Dutchman.|
|Sunset at camp.|
|Leah enjoying a frosty morning.|
|Traversing the Lake Eglise basin with Hilgard behind.|
|Last climb out of the Lake Eglise basin.|
On the trail
The invaluable John Stossel has an entertaining and informative video that estimates how many handouts are being promised by Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Elizabeth Warren.
Wow, how depressing.
When I wrote about about the “dangerous seduction of free” a month ago, I apparently underestimated the problem. We have politicians completely divorced from fiscal reality (the “Green New Deal” being a frightening example).
But the key question is whether the American people are actually getting seduced.
It’s not looking good on the Democratic side. Joe Biden is presumably part of the Democratic Party’s anti-socialist wing, which is encouraging. But all the other leading candidates are hard-core big spenders.
And it’s not looking good on the Republican side, either. Trump may not have crazy proposals for new spending, but in practice he’s been profligate. Indeed, I’m guessing he will wind up with a worse record on spending than Obama.
The bottom line is that the public sector already is too large in the United States. Yet we have politicians who want it to become an even bigger burden. In some cases, much bigger.
That has very serious economic consequences. Especially if it coincides with an erosion of societal capital.
For instance, I think some European countries have already reached a “tipping point” because of a dependency mindset.
Historically, the United States has been insulated from that problem because of a belief in personal responsibility. But ever-growing levels of dependency suggest that this advantage is dissipating.
I’ll close with a final observation about the candidates – Sanders, Warren, and Harris – who were identified in the video as advocating trillions of dollars of new spending.
How do they plan to finance this orgy?
- Sanders has a plethora of new taxes, including class-warfare tax increase and middle-class tax increases, so he definitely wants to put our money where his mouth is. In terms of fiscal policy, think of him as Sweden.
- Warren supports a bunch of new taxes, mostly on the rich, most notably a huge wealth tax, which surely would backfire but theoretically is a big source of money. In terms of fiscal policy, think of her as France.
- Harris has some class-warfare tax hikes but is mostly promising a free lunch since there’s a huge mismatch between what she wants to spend and the new taxes she has embraced. In terms of fiscal policy, think of her as Greece.
For what it’s worth, I’m waiting for the Hong Kong candidate.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Thinking of listing your rig for rent on RVshare?
Becoming part of our trusted network of owners is a great way to put some extra money in your pocket to help fund your own adventures, or pay off the loan you’ve got on that rig extra quick. But, of course, it can also be nerve-wracking — your RV is your baby, and you’re going to hand the keys over to total strangers?!
Fortunately, our secure platform and verification methods make it easy to rent your motorhome or travel trailer worry-free… yes, even if you consider yourself a worry wart at heart.
In this post, we’ll tackle some of the frequently asked questions we hear from RV owners about listing your RV, from insurance coverage to commissions to service fees and more.
RV Owner FAQ
Without further ado, here’s our RV owner Q&A checklist.
1. How do I get started with RVshare?
Getting started with RVshare is quick and easy! All it takes is a few snapped pics, a few quick clicks, and you’re ready to start earning extra money in a flash.
Our step-by-step on-screen prompts make it simple to get started, and you’ll have full control over everything about your RV rental listing, including how strict you want your cancellation policy to be, how much you want to charge per night, and whether or not to enable Instant Book. (More on that in just a moment, but we highly recommend you do!)
Of course, the RVshare rental market is competitive, and in order to make your rig stand out from the crowd and earn you as much extra moolah as possible, it’s important to take the time and effort to make your listing shine! Here are some posts we’ve published on the RVshare blog to help RVshare owners get the most out of their cottage RV rental business.
- Attention Owners! Our Tips for Boosting Rentals
- RVshare is a Real Business Opportunity for RV Owners
- Attention Travel Trailer Owners: You CAN Tow your Vehicle for Renters!
- How to Ensure Renters Wind up Happy Campers in your RV
- 7 Tips for Getting Repeat Renters
- Delight and Surprise Your RV Renters by Stocking These 6 Things
- Tips for Getting Your RV Listing in Tip Top Shape Before Summer Kicks Off!
2. What is Instant Book and why should I use it?
Instant Book is a unique feature we’re proud to offer for our owners! It can help you earn more RV rental business by making it easier for your renters to solidify their plans — and since you have control over how soon before a rental period an Instant Book reservation can be made, you still maintain total control over who rents your rig and when. Furthermore, Instant Book-enabled rigs get priority treatment on our search sorting algorithms, so enabling the option can put your RV rental listing in front of more eyeballs.
Enabling Instant Book on your listing is simple! Just log in to your RVshare dashboard, navigate to the listing in question, and click “Edit Listing.” Under the “Listing Info” box, you’ll see an option for “Instant Book.” Click the little switch over to the “on” position, which will display green, in order to enable the feature.
Still want to know more about Lightning Book? Check out this RVshare blog post on the topic!
3. How does RVshare commission work?
Hey, you’re in this thing to earn money, right? So how exactly does that work?
RVshare doesn’t charge a fee to create a rental listing. Instead, you’ll only pay a small commission fee when your rig is actually booked, which helps us keep the lights on here and provide the secure platform and service that makes this whole RV rental business thing so much easier.
Commission is calculated as a percentage of the rental price and fees that are charged at time of booking (not including tax), as well as any overages or fees that are not direct out-of-pocket expenses to you as the owner. These may include mileage overages or cleaning and dumping fees — but out-of-pocket expenses, such as damages, gas, or missing items, are not charged commission, and instead, the renter is charged an additional 10% processing fee.
Curious what your commission fee pays for? Here’s a short list!
- Access to the RVshare platform
- Secure payment processing and direct deposit
- Marketing your RV on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, and more
- Phone and email support for owners and renters
4. What is the RVshare service fee?
The RVshare service fee is a small charge that’s billed to the renters in order to cover the cost of maintaining our site and providing our services. It does not affect your reservation charge or commission fee, and is instead charged solely on the renter side.
5. How does RVshare’s insurance coverage work?
Want some great news? Our RV rental owner insurance is offered at no cost to you and carries a $1,500 deductible that’s payable from the renter’s security deposit — so you really have absolutely nothing to worry about when you send your precious rig off with some brand-new people.
Our A-rated policies offers $1,000,000 in liability coverage, as well as comprehensive and collision coverage for the value of their RV up to $200,000.
Your renters will be covered in all 50 states as well as Canada, and the coverage also includes “Acts of God,” such as hailstorms, earthquakes, floods, vandalism, fire. And best of all, once again: this coverage is offered at *no* cost to you, the owner, but is instead assessed to the renter as a part of the fee they pay upon reservation. It’s automatically included in your RV rental price quotes!
6. What happens if a renter gets a ticket or has a toll?
Your renters agree to be charged for any traffic violations or tolls as part of the Rental Agreement they sign in order to confirm their reservation, which means you don’t have to worry about paying auxiliary costs of travel like tickets or road fees. If you receive an invoice for a violation within the 72 hour period following the end of the reservation, you may include the fee with a photo of the invoice to the Checkout Form.
We understand that you may not receive the invoice until several weeks after the end of the reservation, and do accept requests for reimbursement if submitted in a timely manner after the receipt of the initial invoice. These requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Reservation ID, photo of the violation, and the amount that needs charged.
7. How do taxes work?
You’ll be able to set your own tax rate — and choose whether or not to collect taxes at all as part of your rental fee. We recommend consulting with a tax specialist to determine the appropriate rates and whether you should collect tax on your rentals.
When it comes time for you to file your taxes for the year, we recommend consulting a tax professional for proper treatment of your RVshare-related earnings. You will receive a 1099 from us if you earn over $20,000.00 and have over 200 completed reservations through us in a single year.
8. How do I manage my notification preferences?
As an RVshare owner, you’ll be kept constantly up-to-date about bookings, renter contact requests, and more — but you maintain control over how and when those notifications come through!
To change your personal notification preferences, log into your RVshare dashboard and navigate to “Account” and then “Notifications.” Once there, you’ll see a few different options with boxes next to them which you can check or uncheck to note whether or not you would like to receive an email or text.
9. How can I reach RVshare?
Still have questions? Don’t worry — we’re here to help! Our support team is always standing by to make your RV rental experience easy-breezy.
We are available via email 24 hours a day, seven days a week; inquiries can be sent to us directly at email@example.com.
You can also have a conversation with us on our live chat option – this is available on our Help Center, How It Works, and Insurance pages. Chat is available 8am-6pm EST Monday through Friday, and 9am-5pm Saturday.
If you would like to talk to one of our agents, our phone support is live Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm EST at 1-888-482-0234.
Please keep in mind that the availability of our phone and chat support may be affected by holidays.
Becoming an RVshare owner is an exciting business venture, and in many cases, the start of some beautiful friendships. We can’t wait to count you among our network of trusted RVshare owners soon!
There are now thousands of web cams operating around the world and they make great portable operating locations. The stations who work you can watch you on their computer as you talk to them.
When I am at a web cam site I post the web cam link on my QRZ.com page and then stations who contact me can then click and watch. I usually have a big sign that shows up on the web cam. Even DX guys who can’t hear me can watch me operate.
Many web cans are now live streaming; they give you fast refresh rates and real time video. Other bandwidth limited cams refresh at slower rates and may give only 1 frame every minute.
The HD Pikes Peak Panoramic Cam that I frequently use has a revolving 1 minute refresh rate. http://tinyurl.com/zfxaq77, I am standing right above the ‘RW’ sign.
The remote Independence Pass, Colorado, Web Camera is a solar powered wireless camera with a 1 minute refresh rate,http://tripcam.us/webcam/colorado/roads/northwest-colorado/hwy-82-at-independence-pass. I am standing just to the left of the tree. This camera is down and won’t be back on line until July.
The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument had a camera that was directed at a flag pole that i used as a reflector when I was pedestrian mobile. I ask guys who see me to send me Screen Shot and made a QSL Card out of it later.
Specs at a Glance
No Frills Design
Fill and Construction
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A week passed following my last attempt that left me 1300 feet short of my goal. I tried to come to grips with not completing a goal, but being a very goal driven individual I could not shake the disappointment. Even though it was a silly goal that meant absolutely nothing it irritated me that I would let almost 8 months of working towards an outcome fall short by less than a percent of the end goal. I had to see it out.
Eventually topping out we made a quick run up to the summit and enjoyed a beautiful, warm, wind free moment looking at all the surrounding peaks, quietly plotting other adventures for the future. It was so nice to be in the alpine with such nice weather after so many rough outings this spring. I felt incredibly lucky to be experiencing it.
At the end of the day the tour and experience far outweighed the goal, and honestly I did not think about vertical accent the entire day. I mostly thought of how fun it was to be skiing in such a beautiful place with a good friend on such perfect day.
This marked my final tour for the 2018-2019 season bringing an end to my vertical ascent goal and leaving my season total at 252,708 vertical feet.
What I learned is that although challenging at times having a goal got me outside more even when my motivation was low. Skinning through rain, questioning my sanity, I was always happy after making a few turns and thinking to myself without a goal I likely would not have skied today. It made me get more creative with my tours. Going to areas I would not have before, and squeezing in an enjoyable tour in a time slot I may not have considered before. I learned that access and personal free time become large limiting factors and in the end you flat out need the time to skin. If one had endless amounts of free time I think any goal could be achieved, however at a certain level I think it would become monotonous and mentally draining. The key is keeping it fun. I thought after this season I may set another goal next season but I am unsure that I will. I think perusing a larger goal may take away some of the enjoyment of the sport and the reasons why I head out, which in the end is for the experience and excitement. Going skinning just to skin sometimes takes you away from that want to go feeling and turns it into that gotta go feeling. In the end it was a great personal experiment and experience that I took a lot away from and will never forget.