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Old 05-15-2014, 11:54 PM   #1
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We have always travelled alone, or with another couple, but we are going on a caravan this summer. What is the accepted practice for tipping the wagonmaster and tailgunner? If you should tip, how do you determine the amount?

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Old 05-16-2014, 01:08 AM   #2
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Some give $1-3 a day and others that I know over have given $100 and some wine or beverage of choice.

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Old 05-16-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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If they are on proper wages, or getting a cut of the fees you pay, why should they get a tip?
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If they are on proper wages, or getting a cut of the fees you pay, why should they get a tip?
That's what I was thinking. Now if he/she does some extra thing at your request then I would say give them what you think is what their help was worth. Just my opinion, your may vary...
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um... what's a wagonmaster and tailgunner?
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If they are on proper wages, or getting a cut of the fees you pay, why should they get a tip?
Tip? "Don't fry bacon in the nude."
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um... what's a wagonmaster and tailgunner?
On large caravan excursions, I believe wagonmaster makes the plans and leads the way and the tailgunner brings up the rear to make sure everyone is doing OK keeping up with the caravan.

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Went on a caravan for 13 days and never considered tipping.

I only tip those who provide a personal service such as wait staff in restaurant. Those who are paid for their service are doing their job. Went on a charter bus to an event 4 hrs away. At the end, the people collected for a tip because the driver did her job well. Really???

I would prefer that restaurants raise their prices by 15% and leave me out of the equation.

I would not appreciate a tip for doing what I am paid to do.
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That's what I was thinking. Now if he/she does some extra thing at your request then I would say give them what you think is what their help was worth. Just my opinion, your may vary...
What ever happened to friendliness? Being neighborly? RVing is about helping each other.
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On large caravan excursions, I believe wagonmaster makes the plans and leads the way and the tailgunner brings up the rear to make sure everyone is doing OK keeping up with the caravan.

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Our tailgunner had tools and spare parts. He also came around every travel day with his tire thumper to check our inside tires. Great guy, full of help and lived to help.
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Thanks for clarifying what wagonmaster and tailgunner means. I guessed as much, but really didn't know there was such a service. Interesting idea. We're too young still for these long excursions (both working FT) but maybe someday we'd appreciate caravans. I have to admit that it sounds a little strange to be taking long trips with friendly strangers who happen to also own an RV, but I've also never been much for group trips. We really enjoy taking trips with a couple of friends of ours, for sure, but I hadn't given much thought to joining a large caravan.
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Tip? "Don't fry bacon in the nude."
Now THAT is a Good Tip.
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Two years ago went on one of those GrayLine bus tours at Niagara Falls - part of the tour included a rather lengthy and pathetic plea for tips, at the beginning and the end. Kinda turned us off. Most must have lower thresholds for guilt than us.

The strangest tip thing we've seen was a tip jar at a LensCrafters. . . really?

As for a wagonmaster and tailgunner . . . well, they'd have to "earn" it (and not beg) to get anything.
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The strangest tip thing we've seen was a tip jar at a LensCrafters. . . really?

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Don't know if mine tops this but we stopped at the vet to get some meds for our pet and their was a place for a tip on the receipt.

Not only that but the lady in front of me was giving them instructions on how she wanted her tip distributed.
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