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Congrats!!! Hang in there; my dad quit cold turkey back in 1970 and never looked back.
Drbolasky 09/18/14 08:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dad's having hip replacement surgery - what to expect?

My mother had a knee done in May - advice the same as with hip replacement. DO THE PT OR IT WILL TURN OUT BAD!! I think the patient's attitude has a LOT to do with it. In my mother's case she couldn't wait to chuck that walker, and then same with the cane. "Those are for old people!!" she says. At the age of 83.........
Drbolasky 09/14/14 08:49am Around the Campfire
RE: National Park...Must-sees

Agree with other posts - time of year and the fact you've only got a week is going to narrow your possibilities. Hopefully you'll have more time in the future to take your now-6-year-old to some of the most fantastic geology anywhere on the planet. From the one's we've visited, our "top five" would be: Yellowstone Crater Lake Grand Canyon Yosemite Sequoia/King's Canyon. Our "bucket list" is too long to post here. Given your limitation of time, I wouldn't confine my search to national parks. There's plenty of good stuff to do with a 6-year-old in other locations; for example Lincoln Boyhood Nat'l. Monument is adjacent to Santa Claus, IN and Holiday World. The latter would be neat for mom & dad, too. Check out Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Digging in the dirt is always a big hit with kids, only here you/they can experience geology on a kid-friendly level. After you're done digging there's a neat little water park there, too. Doing the research is half the fun. Good luck, enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 09/13/14 04:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Home school rant

Some parents have issues with the public school curriculum. Don't blame the teacher or the school. The curriculum is set by each states legislature. Investigate. Well said. Here in PA, students that are home schooled are required to follow the curriculum of the school district in which they reside (and yes, much of the common core is dictated by the state). I've seen both extremes, but as another reply to this post noted, kids whose parents are genuinely involved will do well whether home-schooled, in private or in public school.
Drbolasky 09/11/14 07:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Safety First

Well, I bit the bullet and ordered new eyeglasses. Two pair, in case I break one. I had 20/20 until I was in my mid 60's. I was amazed. Those yellow or red six sided signs have writing on them! All this time, I thought fellow RVers were just tooting "Hi", so I waved. Just kidding. I really didn't need glasses until my mid 50's and then the deterioration was so slow that I went longer than I should have before being checked. I didn't need much correction, but the "fuzz" is now gone. Big, beautiful world out there. You may need to go back and get your new glasses checked. Those red signs have eight sides not six.... Yep, my thoughts, too!! :E
Drbolasky 09/09/14 03:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Awning is Holding Water

I don't think the water freezing would cause a problem but it sure does prompt mildew problems. Mildew is the bigger issue, IMHO. Scrubbing the awning is my least favorite RV-related task and I try to do it on a hot day because there's no way to scrub the underside of the awning without getting soaked. Spring through fall I will periodically extend the awning to let it dry out and head off the mildew problem.
Drbolasky 09/07/14 07:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jellystone Quarryville, PA

To be fair, our last visit to the Jellystone in Quarryville was back in 2000! We loved it (the kids were the right age at the time) but as I recall, yes, it was pricey. In the Lancaster area we've also used Old Mill Stream CG next to Dutch Wonderland. Not as nice as Jellystone but much less expensive, too. Agree with other replies to your post - LOTS to do here. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 09/04/14 08:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lakeside RV Park (and Casino), Pahrump NV

Our experience was similar back in '09 when it was still Terrible's Lakeside Casino & RV Park. We hope to return someday, and stay longer!
Drbolasky 09/04/14 08:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody had a Prodigy go bad?

Possibly its your first time towing? Thanks to all for the responses so far. Been towing since 1991. Prodigy user since 2002 and this particular unit was installed in 2009. Unit is nearly level in the TV. Where the brake leads enter the hub was my first hunch and that is not the case. Next stop - we'll pull the brake drums and have a look. Thanks again.
Drbolasky 09/04/14 07:56pm Towing
Anybody had a Prodigy go bad?

Both on our way out and way back home from our last camping trip I had issues with my brakes. :E Most of the way out everything was fine until about the last mile or two. On the way home I saw every code you could possibly get; NC, OG, SH, and a couple more that I can't recall at the moment. Seemed to happen only descending a grade (Yikes again! :E) and only after the initial application of brakes. Curiously, no issues on the level or ascending. Haven't had a chance to go over the wiring yet, but the truck was prewired for a controller. Been over the trailer wiring several times. Prodigy unit is about 5 years old. Any conjectures are welcome.
Drbolasky 09/02/14 07:39pm Towing
RE: charleston SC

Sesame Burger in N. Charleston, not too far from the CS Hunley. Amazing array of burgers (not your MacDonald's kind, either) and beers. CG - James Island County Park. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 09/01/14 06:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Michigan UP - strange signs and some minerals

Ya gotta love the UP. In return for ceding Toledo to Ohio, Michigan got the Upper Peninsula. I think Michigan made out o.k. in that deal.
Drbolasky 08/31/14 04:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Advise on things you think you do not need.

Television. We carry it but hardly ever use it. Replies to this post so far - outstanding.
Drbolasky 08/31/14 06:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Can we expect these shenanigans?

Can you say KOA.. We were charged a required, "resort fee," on top of the nightly rate... The resort fee included admission to the "bouncy room" and a pancake breakfast. We wanted neither and but they wouldn't let us opt. out. Jellystone Parks do this, too.
Drbolasky 08/27/14 08:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hirearchy

Generalizations are dangerous. There, having said that, our experiences parallel many of those replying to this post. Yes, we think it's odd that a lot (not ALL) of folks in Class A's don't seem to be out and about as much, but hey, it's their choice. Furry little white puff-ball of a dog? Yep, seen that a LOT. We've met some of the nicest people in all sorts of rigs of all different vintages all across the country. Empirical evidence though is if anybody is prone to copping a "holier than thou" attitude it's the owners of the high-end rigs, motorized or towable. That's their baggage. We're just passing through. JMHO
Drbolasky 08/17/14 10:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailers without slides

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." It's been almost 15 years since we were TT shopping but we wanted a unit with no slides. The principal reason for this was our anticipated usage - long, cross-country trips lasting anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks. In the end our "short list" was narrowed down to 4 units - 2 Sunlines, a Coachmen and a Fleetwood product. None had slides and we bought the trailer in our signature as it was the shortest and lightest in the floor plan we wanted. Having said that, our unit is 101" wide so we don't miss the slides and have plenty of room to navigate around each other in the TT on foul weather days. Don't regret our choice one bit. Harder to sell when the time comes? See the first sentence. SOMEBODY out there is going to be looking for a unit to use the same way we did. Will our next TT have a slide? Don't know but if it does, one should do the trick. We'll still be doing cross-country but by then it will be me & DW only. OK, and maybe a dog......:R Envisioning how you're going to use the TT is the key.
Drbolasky 08/17/14 01:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Family Camping in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Seiverville

For the little one - do Ripley's Aquarium. For the whole family - Comedy Barn. We did not feel Dollywood was a good value for the money. Take in Great Smoky Mtns NP and do the walk up to Clingman's Dome. And if you want to have some fun with science (maybe a bit much for a 6 year-old) take a foil bag of potato chips with you from your camper up to the top of the mountain - it will puff up like a pillow. Take along a couple bottled waters, too. After you drink them at the summit (or even most of it), screw the cap back on and watch what happens when you descend back into town! Yes, do Dixie Stampede!! Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 08/16/14 06:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Refrigerator won't cool down

Absorption fridges need to be reasonably level to function properly. Off level operation will disrupt the gravity flow of coolant which will cause overheating of coolant which will cause the anti-rust inhibitor to crystallize and plate out on inside of cooling tubes. It is accumulative and permanent damage. Absorption fridges require time to initially cool down. Freezer cools down first then food section. Agree with all of the above. The OP didn't say whether it was a new or used unit, but if the latter, older fridges require more time to cool down than if they are new, and if the TT has been used off level in the past this also lowers the efficiency of your fridge - permanently. Like others have said, we also start up the fridge a day or two before, and any food or beverages we put in are already pre-chilled. Extremely hot climates (deep South, Southwest) are a challenge to RV refrigerators. And finally, try to limit how often and for how long the fridge door is open. One RV tech I know tells his customers that for every one minute the door is open, the fridge requires an hour to re-establish the temperature. Good luck!
Drbolasky 08/15/14 02:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: It's A Sad Day

Sooner or later we'll all have our last camping trip in the books. We're all alike in that. But while there may not be any more trips to plan, we never lose the memories of the good times with family and friends we've accumulated over the years. Those hours around the campfire, the open sky at night, and even the hassle of packing up at trip's end never leave us. We don't turn them in when the camper pulls down the driveway behind someone else's truck. We get to keep them. Great memories never give you a sore back, or a sunburn, or a bill to pay. And beyond a certain point, that starts to look pretty good. So it's not really goodbye to a camper. It's the conclusion of a successful campaign of excursions and adventures. And a good time to reflect on all you've accomplished! But stick around. Just like anyone with a long career, your wisdom and experience are valuable to the rest of us, even if you've "retired"! Swapping stories is a great way to relive the best of days gone by! Nicely said! X 2!!
Drbolasky 08/14/14 05:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Shop Labor Rate

It's been over $110 an hour here in the Lehigh Valley for a long time, and we are not as expensive as what you'll pay closer to Philadelphia or NYC. Agree with earlier reply to your post in that if the hourly rate is high but the work is first-class I'd much rather pay the higher rate. Also, as said earlier RV shops have to be able to tackle a broad range of issues related to RV appliances, etc. that a typical auto shop doesn't, so generalizing by saying "how much technical know-how could there be" will likely be taken as an insult to an RV tech. JMHO
Drbolasky 08/07/14 12:42pm Travel Trailers
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