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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
RE: How much is enough

I saw no point in chasing a higher paying job working 60+ hour weeks in some high rise cubicle so I can spend two weeks each year where I live now. Chasing the gold ring comes at a steep price I was not willing to pay. Dave54 - you have your head on straight, man!! Very well spoken.
Drbolasky 08/06/14 09:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: installing a brake controller and hitch

Which brake controller and which WD setup? At over $1,000 you should be getting some good stuff, otherwise I'd tell the dealer 'no deal.' JMHO
Drbolasky 08/06/14 05:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Spent a nice afternoon out on the water

Awesome pics, thanks for sharing! That will be DW & me some day.
Drbolasky 08/05/14 05:19am Around the Campfire
RE: The Peter Principle & companies & orgs the seem poorly run

The corporate mentality anymore is profit, period. Big profit, and NOW. The shareholders want a big return on their investment, and they want it NOW. Such corporations are not willing to develop their product or grow their market over time. To quote J. D. Wentworth - "It's my money and I want it NOW." As far as the management side of it, well, I've been in education for the better part of 36 years. It is a given anymore that those in "leadership" positions know nothing about what I do, why I do it that way, and how I developed my strategies over the span of my career. Sound familiar? Remember Sunline Coach Company? Based here in PA and one of the best products on the road. Founders of the company sold to the corporate crowd, who promptly turned a deaf ear to their customers and their own employees. They lasted, what, two years? 'Nuf said.
Drbolasky 08/04/14 03:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: No answer phone calls...

We get that, too, but not as often as you. Creeps my wife out, big time.
Drbolasky 08/04/14 02:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: hiway 12 Lolo, MT to Lewiston, ID

It's a beautiful drive! You may get stuck behind a semi or maybe just a slow driver so plan on taking your time and enjoy the scenery.
Drbolasky 08/04/14 02:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Jellystone Parks

If you have kids, you can't go wrong with a Jellystone. They can be pricey, but to use the campground as a destination, it's great. Absolutely correct.
Drbolasky 08/04/14 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We're too good for your campground!

The rules and owners cater to different markets. Some are oriented at the family, retired (no kids) or even the party crowd. Rude people can be found everywhere. This is as plain as it gets.
Drbolasky 08/04/14 05:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Larger Campsites?

ragged claws - welcome to the Forum. As you've guessed by now there is no "hard & fast" way to determine which CG has the roomiest sites. I do agree with the reply to your post stating older CG's tend to have smaller sites. Compared to today, motorhomes and TT's were relatively rare; most of us in the mid-60's and early 70's were in pop-ups and tent trailers so parks dating from this time are going to be cramped. As to difference between private CG's and state parks/COE, etc. we've found cramped and roomy sites at both. Sometimes "elbow room" can be a relative thing - we've been in a number of CG's what have lots of trees and shrubs between you and your neighbor and that is usually sufficient privacy for us. It often is a matter of trial and error so keep track of the CG's you like. Good luck and safe travels.
Drbolasky 08/02/14 07:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Buttonwood CG Mifflintown, PA

We've also stayed at Buttonwood and our experience was much the same as yours. In fact, I had visited the CG prior to our stay as I was in State College on business. I explained to the gentleman (turned out to be the owner) that we'd be there in a few weeks and I thought I'd check out the route to the CG and the CG itself. Next thing I knew I was in a golf cart getting a guided tour.
Drbolasky 08/02/14 05:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yikes! Rockey mountain special

No problems with that combo, minivan has lots of room for all the kids. Good. The kids can get out and help push up those long grades!! :W :B
Drbolasky 08/01/14 06:35am Towing
RE: Campgrounds in or around St. Louis MO

We used Cahokia RV Parque across the river in Cahokia, IL back in '09. It was o.k.; I think there are better choices in the area. We were there only for two nights and it was handy to downtown St. Louis.
Drbolasky 07/31/14 11:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Draper Utah Good Sam Park

Were there reviews for this park on www.rvparkreviews.com? Post your review there. X2. Anymore I consult rvparkreviews before booking. Having said that I try to be careful and look over a large cross-section of reviews and it depends, to a certain extent, if I'm looking for an overnight or a place to hang out for several days. Even the best of parks will not please everybody all of the time.
Drbolasky 07/30/14 12:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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