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Good-bye, Old Paint........

Today I retired our venerable 2000 Dodge window van, after over 16 years and 136,000 miles (I need 4WD to get to work should the weather not cooperate). The Dodge was, for 9 years, our tow vehicle and was the motive power for most of our voyages when our kids were small. DW had to come out and sit in it "just one last time." My brother is buying it from us, so at least it will still be in the family. Farewell, old friend..........
Drbolasky 02/18/17 03:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: The Natchez Trace pulling a trailer

Just be aware that it is a narrow two-lane highway with little or no shoulders and an enforced speed limit. A real fun, casual drive. This pretty much sums up my thoughts. We enjoyed our trip on the Trace, and the key is to not be in a hurry. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 02/09/17 06:30am Roads and Routes
RE: camping suggestions in Montana

Ditto on 7th Ranch. Spectacular views of sunset from the hill above the park, and you can also see a portion of the Little Bighorn Battlefield from the CG.
Drbolasky 02/09/17 06:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Places we should all visit.

All good suggestions so far and yes, "to each his own." I 2nd the motion on Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore. For historical significance my list would also include places already mentioned - Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg and Arlington are just a few. It's also hard to beat the Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown area. I would add Crater Lake for sure. Other places that really impressed us but rarely make a "must see" list are Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Painted Desert/Petrified Forest, Sunset Crater, Devil's Tower, Sequoia NP and Craters of the Moon.
Drbolasky 01/23/17 03:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement savings

Achieving a balance is a hard thing in my opinion. And there is the crux of the matter. For the vast majority of our married years, DW & I had one income - mine - and we managed to raise two kids. We've always had the things we NEEDED and for the things we wanted, well, we saved up until we could afford them. Call it balance, call it discipline - whatever. DD & her husband are trying to make ends meet; she emailed me asking, "How did you & Mom do it?" If there is one tenet I hope she follows it's this - "It's not what you make, it's what you keep." I feel badly for most young folks (I can't believe I just said that......!) in this day and age as a good percentage of them are drowning in debt. Often that is college debt. If that isn't bad enough take a good look at marketing strategies anymore that offer "easy payment terms." Yeah, right. Over the long haul you wind up paying WAY more because that attractive financing offer comes with a lengthy repayment schedule. If they would take the 30 or so seconds to crunch the numbers they could avoid living paycheck to paycheck. Maybe "foresight" is a better word, because being ready to afford to retire requires it. JMHO
Drbolasky 01/16/17 05:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dirty Silverware at a Restaurant. What would you do?

It goes back. Having said that we typically dine at the same, well-managed establishments and don't run in to this. If we're on the road, well then we're not going back anyway.
Drbolasky 01/12/17 08:01am Around the Campfire
RE: We have no heat

Hubby's degree is in electrical engineering but prefers to leave some things to the pros. This is one of them. Yes, it's going to cost us $198 to have the tech come (he'll be here shortly) but he'll also check the system out. If it's going to get blown up, I'd rather they do it than we do it. Very smart!!
Drbolasky 01/10/17 03:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Body Shifted Slightly Off Frame

Don't think twice - forget it and walk away.
Drbolasky 01/08/17 06:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Central Pennsylvania to Disney's Fort Wilderness

Good places to visit on the way down or the way back would be Savannah GA & Charleston SC. Nice cities with lots of history and an incredible number of things to see & do. You'd just have to put up with some of I-95.
Drbolasky 01/05/17 02:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yosemite RVing

I can tell you one to avoid: Indian Flat RV Park in El Portal. Cue soundtrack from "Deliverance" here. Cramped, cluttered, dusty.
Drbolasky 01/05/17 02:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
PA Gas Tax

Well, Pennsylvania is now first in something. As of Jan.1 we have the highest gasoline tax in the nation - 78 cents per gallon. Now, PA has a long-standing reputation for having some of the worst roads in the United States. In all fairness, though, I am seeing an unprecedented amount of road & bridge repair going on in the Keystone State. Long overdue. You're all welcome to come visit and help ease the pain by buying a few gallons of our gas!! :W :)
Drbolasky 01/02/17 09:49am Around the Campfire
RE: we have all camped next to "That Family"

Imagine what the water did to whatever was in the basement storage areas never mind the particle board flooring & any wiring that got flooded. Those were my thoughts, too. Will be the headache for the next owner of that motorhome as well.
Drbolasky 12/31/16 05:37am RV Lifestyle
RE: Getting Started Again

before going on any drives check out the brakes and lights and make sure they work. Check tires for cracks, dry rot, etc. Check valve stems, too.
Drbolasky 12/27/16 05:59am Travel Trailers
RE: favorite campground

James Island County Park, Charleston SC
Drbolasky 12/25/16 12:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sunny here...but -30

We just got above 50 degrees here. Sunny, too.
Drbolasky 12/25/16 12:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: How many days to travel 1,260 miles?

JMHO - three days one way.
Drbolasky 12/24/16 06:49am Towing
RE: Installed Fantastic Vent fan

I installed a Fantastic to replace the anemic OEM fan in the bathroom vent last summer. Smartest thing I ever did. I chose the thermostatically-controlled 3-speed model, with rain sensor.
Drbolasky 12/24/16 06:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with new England

You do have to keep in mind that the cost of setting up utilities at the sites is no cheaper in the North than in the South, while the camping season is less than half as long. Pretty much what I was thinking. This plus the basic fact that everything is more expensive here in the Northeast/New England. That said, PA has some very nice state parks with full hook-ups; just book early because things fill up very fast during peak RVing season (Memorial Day to Labor Day). And I'll second what Crowe said about New England - DEFINITELY worth the trip. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 12/21/16 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New York to Fort Wilderness in Disney

For overnights along the I-95 corridor we've used: Americamps Richmond North - right off of I-95 on Air Park Rd. Easy on & off and there are places to grab a meal nearby. We've used the CG many times. Fayetteville KOA, Fayetteville NC - good for an overnight and that's about it. Only used it once. Green Acres CG, Walterboro SC - long, level, pull-thru sites and easy to get back to I-95. We've never used South of the Border but it is very convenient. Route: Not sure how you normally leave Long Island or what time of the day you are leaving but if it were me I'd avoid I-95 south altogether. If you can work your way to I-78 west, pick up I-81 then I-83 south to Rt. 581 then to US Rt. 15 below Harrisburg, around Gettysburg and in to MD & VA. From there you can work your way southeast to I-95 below Fredericksburg. Maybe not as direct, I know, but unless you plan to drive I-95 at about 1 a.m. you'll save yourself a lot of traffic congestion. Others will have their favorite routes around the I-95 corridor. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 12/19/16 08:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Favourite Christmas music...

1) O Holy Night 2) Christmas Festival (by Leroy Anderson - the grand-daddy of all Christmas medleys). My wife & I saw the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show live in Bethlehem (naturally!) just this past Wednesday (Red Tour). Phenomenal!!
Drbolasky 12/18/16 07:06am Around the Campfire
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