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RE: What's more important? Kids space or living area?

You've already answered my first question when somebody asks about what kind of floorpan to get, and that is, how do you plan to use the trailer. With that out of the way - envision being inside the trailer for a stretch of bad weather lasting a couple of days. Where is everybody going to wind up hanging out? Our two did not necessarily hole up in their bunks (although at any given time at least one of them did). Mom or Dad may be relaxing on the queen bed, somebody would be occupying the sofa and anybody left over may be seated at the dinette doing whatever. We typically pull the CG's picnic table in under our awning, so one or more of us would wind up out there, too. I don't know that the island is all that important (although very nice to have) but what IS important is that you have enough counter space for food prep. I know this because I am often the chef, too! When we bought our current TT one of the requirements was that it be able to keep us from having family melt-downs when we were on long trips (a month or more). That planning paid off and I suspect it will for you, too. Good luck!!
Drbolasky 06/27/16 10:02am Travel Trailers
RE: PA to Fishing Bridge yellowstone. Overnight stops

From this end of PA you're looking at 32 hours (according to Google Maps) of pedal-to-the-metal driving in order to cover the approximately 2100 miles. That does not include rest stops, food stops, gas stops or the inevitable traffic tie-ups due to road construction or accidents. I'm going to presume you have a real narrow window in which to get out to Yellowstone, see the major attractions and get back home, in which case I can understand your motivation. JMHO here - you may be better served in the long run by inserting a day off the road somewhere in the trek out to YNP, especially if you have young'n's along. In any event, good luck & safe travels. On edit: East Entrance is fine. Nice drive.
Drbolasky 06/26/16 07:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Huntington / Fox Fire KOA -- anyone stayed there?

If it's the one just outside of Milton, WV then yes, we've used it a couple of times for an overnight. Nice place. Quiet & well kept.
Drbolasky 06/26/16 07:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ben's Rv York, PA Great / Camping World Hanover, PA Not

This is precisely why we don't always shop by (low) price. Firms that excel in customer service deserve to prosper.
Drbolasky 06/26/16 10:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Favorite scenic drive?

With one exception (I'll get to that in a minute) I agree with the other replies about getting off the Super Slab. A couple of memorable drives come to mind from our three cross-country voyages: 1) Rt. 10 from Walsenberg CO to La Junta CO. A very easy, scenic drive and at the right time of year you'll pass through huge fields of gorgeous lavender. I'd be surprised if you didn't have the road to yourself the whole way - this is a well-kept secret! 2) Rt. 12 from Syringa ID in to Montana via Lolo Pass. While maybe not as much "fun" as the above drive, it is very scenic (mountain/woods). Just be sure your fuel tank is full and your rig is in good running order. Getting stuck behind slow-moving commercial vehicles here will take some of the fun out of it. 3) I-80 in PA from the Rt. 15 interchange west to Rt. 144/Snowshoe, PA. For those who think Pennsylvania is nothing but abandoned coal mines and steel mills (or maybe Philly/Harrisburg/Pittsburgh traffic congestion) this stretch of interstate comes as quite a shock. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 06/24/16 03:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Indiana Highway RV Torture Test

We were shocked by how rough the transitions got the farther north we went up the east coast last March and April (2015). In our opinion, Maryland had the worst, though NJ, NY and MA were bad. Wow ! I'm pleasantly shocked that PA didn't make your list..... :W We usually don't confine our poor road conditions to the bridge transitions.
Drbolasky 06/24/16 03:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Resort Fees

This was not an issue for us until July of 2011 when we stayed at a Jellystone Park (Caledonia, WI). Family-oriented park and you paid a resort fee of $6 per day per person for the first three days of your stay, whether you used the amenities or not. All campers had to wear a wrist bracelet showing that they were paid guests. I totally understand the CG's point of view in this case, and that is eliminating the influx of locals who wanted to use the parks facilities for free. What annoyed me then - and still does to this day - was the guest fee. $10. OK, no big deal, right? It just so happened that our "guest" for all of about three hours that day was our daughter, fresh out of Navy boot camp graduation and in her dress whites. Wanting to be above board about everything, I explained this to the desk staff when we brought her in. Nope, no exceptions. You pay full fare. Military discount? No. I paid the fee, but asked for a manager to stop by our site when one was available. Said manager did come around after about a half an hour. I recounted the whole tale. Long story short - the CG refunded $4 of my $10. Yes, the $6 I did not get back was the resort fee, even though there was no way in Hades that our daughter was going to be using any of the amenities (no, she had no change of clothes). I got in touch with the Jellystone national entity, but my communication went unanswered. I've no problem paying for something we will use or even if we have access to amenities and choose not to use them. Our campground choices are often based on what amenities are there and understand that if we choose not to use said amenities, well, that cost is rolled in to what the CG is charging us per night. Because of Jellystone/Caledonia's inflexibility, we no longer stay at any Jellystone park and further, are careful to avoid CG's with additional "resort" fees over the nightly rate no matter what the amount.
Drbolasky 06/23/16 04:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Casey Nocket sentenced for making her mark!

Teddy Roosevelt saw the need for some of the country's natural beauty to remain undisturbed. She's lucky the sentence was not more severe.
Drbolasky 06/21/16 04:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crater Lake - Oregon

We used Collier Memorial State Park and loved it. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 06/21/16 12:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: running minni fridge on outside outlet

We run a mini-fridge off the outside receptacle all the time - no problem. We do, however, carry an extension cord and will sometimes plug it directly in to the power pedestal. That's for weekends/holidays at our local CG's. Mini-fridge stays home when we go on extended voyages.
Drbolasky 06/20/16 04:34am Travel Trailers
RE: "Don't Scare The Tourists"

Also- don't feed the bears. Temporary tourists think that feeding the bears is cute, but we do not want bears becoming used to humans at their source of food. Also here in PA as well. We have a significant black bear population, and if they lose their 'fear' of humans the Game Commission has no alternative but to destroy them.
Drbolasky 06/18/16 07:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Help I'm new to campers

replace the fridge. Ammonia leak in cooling unit X 2 RV refrigerators have a "life span" and this is shortened if previous owner(s) weren't careful about leveling the RV before running the refrigerator. Your dorm room fridge idea is OK if you're just heading to a local CG for a couple of days but will be a pain if you plan to take long trips. JMHO
Drbolasky 06/18/16 06:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Semi truck drivers..lack of concern ??

Many excellent drivers out there and have safety concerns for others, but I have come across a few AH's from time to time. Not disputing this and certainly not defending the driver in this case. Often, however, commercial drivers have to put up with very tight schedules, which I believe encourages some drivers to take risks that they should not. I'm sure the CDL holders will weigh in on this topic with various points of view......
Drbolasky 06/14/16 03:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sights in Montana and Wyoming

We stayed at 7th Ranch RV Park near the Bighorn Battlefield site. It's right off of the interstate, but you have to backtrack a short way to get to the entrance. Nice folks and free ice cream bar at checkin. Remember to keep your speed down when on the entry road, though. Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park is less than an hour before you get to Butte (turn off the interstate on Highway 2). There is camping and also tours of the caverns. X2 Walk to the top of the hill at 7th Ranch and take in a fabulous Montana Sunset. If you have the time, take a side trip to Elkhorn Ghost Town. Only two of the buildings are part of the state park, but it is interesting none the less (a lot of people live there so I'm not quite sure why it's a ghost town.....???). About 11 miles of dirt road to get there. :E
Drbolasky 06/13/16 04:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cleveland, OHIO

Our son is at school in Cleveland. We use the Streetsboro KOA. Some of the sites below the office/pool area can get real soggy if you get a hard rain, otherwise it's a nice place and well run, even if it's not all that close to Cleveland.
Drbolasky 06/13/16 04:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lancaster, PA to Gettysburg, PA

Agree with all of the above, and 2nd gbopp's observation about Rt. 30 west of Gettysburg. Went that way once. Never again.
Drbolasky 06/09/16 07:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Suggestions for North Eastern States Please

Do NOT miss Mystic Seaport. In Groton take in the Submarine Museum & the USS Nautilaus. We also liked the aquarium in Mystic. In Noank CT get a dinner at Lobster in the Rough, right on the waterfront. Providence RI - if you stop at only one place, make it The Breakers, the summer home of the Vanderbilt family. Enjoy & safe travels. I believe The Breakers is in Newport, RI... You are correct. Mind gone haywire.
Drbolasky 06/06/16 09:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Black Hills Gold - Panning (for kids) & Shopping for Jewelry

can't remember the name of the gem farm in arkansas but they let you dig and keep what you find Crater of Diamonds State Park. Also a neat water park there, perfect for cooling off after a hot day of digging.
Drbolasky 06/06/16 09:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mammoth Cave National Park

Agree with other replies - one cave a day is plenty and at that age the 3rd cave will be the same as the first two unless there is something significantly different between them. Jellystone Parks are perfect for kids and serves as a good balance against the "educational" dimension of the caves. Kids need time to have fun, too.
Drbolasky 06/06/16 09:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toyota Tundra 5.7 Liter

We have the same engine in our '08 Sequoia with the 4.10 axle ratio - towing is a breeze. As others have said, the part you will want to watch is the payload.
Drbolasky 06/06/16 09:16am Travel Trailers
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