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RE: Arkansas RV Parks on the River or Lakes

Another possibility would be Crater of Diamonds SP just outside of Murfreesboro. Adjacent to the Little Missouri River.
Drbolasky 08/25/16 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Eating out

To us one of the attractions to having a TT is the ability to bring along our own food. This was especially true when the kids were still with us. You know what they will eat, and we ourselves knew what we'd be having ahead of time (my wife is the consummate meal planner). Saves a lot of money vs. eating out, money we'd rather use to see attractions and so forth. Replenishing on a long trip is done at a supermarket wherever we happen to be. With that said; breakfast and dinners are almost exclusively in the TT. I cook breakfast, DW cooks dinner. Lunch? Depends on the situation. If we were touring, sightseeing, etc. and away from the trailer, we'd purchase. Ditto on a long driving day, although we often would stop and make our own lunches if we found a nice place to pull off the road for a while. We always have snacks with us in a cooler to take care of "the munchies." And yes, we have stumbled on to some terrific eateries in our travels when we really didn't feel like making our own lunch. DW has but one rule - even on a brief camping trip, say a long weekend, we eat at least one dinner out. As many have said, you ARE on vacation. Gotta treat yourself once in a while.
Drbolasky 08/23/16 02:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best lobster in Maine

Why wait until you get to Maine? If you are passing through Connecticut on the way up, stop in Noank. Right on the bay is Abbott's Lobster in the Rough. If you leave hungry it's your own fault.
Drbolasky 08/20/16 05:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northeast Trip

Agree with others, 1) get an exact height, 2) avoid I-95 as much as possible. If you come in to PA via Rt. 15 through Gettysburg I would stay on 15 then pick up Rt. 581 to get to I-83 north then to I-81 north (although there may be construction above the I-81-I-78 split) and from there get to I-84 (the construction on I-84 bridges just above Milford PA is finished). Rt. 209 through the Delaware Water Gap is a nice drive if you're not in a hurry, however to get there you'd have to take Rt. 22 east through Allentown & Bethlehem OR I-78 to Rt. 33 north to Rt. 209 north. Rt. 22 is more direct but will have heavy traffic all day and it slows to a crawl at rush hour. I-78 is better but has heavy truck traffic and has seen more than it's fair share of accidents the past few months. Safe travels, no matter what route you choose.
Drbolasky 08/17/16 07:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV.net problems????

Percent signs caused an issue for me when I attempted a new post. Generally, though, I have very few problems.
Drbolasky 08/17/16 09:14am Around the Campfire
RE: Atlanta GA

From your post, it appears to me that you will be working somewhere. If that is the case, define that location, as commuting in Atlanta is horrendous. Stone Mountain is great, but somewhat pricey on the ....... We also liked Stone Mountain when we visited (2012) but along with price I'll offer a couple other cautions. 1) if you do wind up at Stone Mountain make sure you get a site in the shade. Those sites in the loop around the pool get sun almost the whole day and your A/C may struggle keeping your unit cool. 2) related to #1 is electrical issues. During heavy usage (and let's face it - it's always hot in Georgia) the voltage at the pedestal will dip. Ours got down to 108; I was considering unplugging if it dropped any further. Fortunately it did not. Yep, traffic around Atlanta is very, very heavy. Allow lots of time.
Drbolasky 08/12/16 07:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CDL License

Agree with everything, above. The examiners won't even let you behind the wheel without a current medical card.
Drbolasky 08/12/16 08:39am Around the Campfire
RE: Deer Lodge, Montana

You would also be only about 80 or so miles from Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, just off I-90. http://stateparks.mt.gov/lewis-and-clark-caverns Definitely recommend the above!! If you only need an overnight CG in Deer Lodge and don't want to unhook, there is a CG right off the interstate, and I THINK it is called simply Deer Lodge CG. Right next door is a restaurant, the Four B's. Best tomato soup I've ever had anywhere. On edit: It's called Indian Creek CG. Glorified parking lot with grass, but inexpensive (at least it was in 2009) with full hookups.
Drbolasky 08/12/16 08:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We're having a non-summer this summer

Northeast USA - was temperate until July, then we got baked, big-time. Much-needed rain got here about two weeks ago, soon enough I think to save the local crops. Forecast says we're headed back in to the sauna for the next 7 to 10 days.
Drbolasky 08/10/16 01:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV Park Reviews and Trip Advisor

I start with RVPR and once I've narrowed down my choices I come here to solicit opinions. Did the same thing with the old Trailer Life CG Directory. Clean - Quiet - Good People In Charge. Those are my three main criteria when evaluating a CG, and I do post on RVPR as well as here. Whatever we get beyond that I consider a bonus.
Drbolasky 08/08/16 04:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Niagara Falls, Canadian side

We used the KOA at Lundy's Lane, although it was about 9 years ago. Nice place and they had a tour bus that originates right from the CG. Sites are a bit snug and nothing special, but we only needed a place to sleep.
Drbolasky 08/07/16 09:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: You cannot beat them join them, British Company humbled

I like the light colors. It's a nice change from the dark, closed in feeling, interiors we see in a lot of units. Nice to see I'm not alone. The last several RV shows I've been to it seems that there is only one color from which to choose. If you don't like brown you're out of luck........:E
Drbolasky 08/07/16 10:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Newby needs advice

Reputation of the manufacturer and dealer along with a floor plan that is workable coupled with a trailer that your vehicle will tow are your concerns. That is a tall order. Don't let the excitement of the RV show, the pressure of "show prices" and fast talking salespeople cloud your judgement. Finding the right combination outlined above may take a year or more. Well said. We spent nearly 2 years looking at brochures & visiting dealers before we bought our current TT. And the comment about RV show "excitement" & dealer pressure is right on the money. They just want to get you in THEIR trailer whether it fits your needs or not. And yes, choose manufacturer carefully. Getting the right combination for your needs is all about doing the homework - floorpan, capacities of trailer & tow vehicle. Yes, it will be expensive, so with that in mind it's worth doing right the first time. Once you've got the trailer and tow vehicle, the due diligence is not over. Our 28' TT is just under 6,000 lbs. loaded for a trip. I invested in a tongue weight scale because payload for the Sequoia is not all that high. Weekends are one thing: when getting ready for an extended trip, a lot of stuff gets ejected from our trailer until the numbers are right. Since you mentioned full-timing you have a lot of work ahead of you. Good luck and be safe out there.
Drbolasky 08/04/16 03:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Georgia to Maine

Sounds like skipping DC is non-negotiable but if you're going to stay in the area the best base from which to tour the area is probably Cherry Hill Park just off the Beltway on the north side. You can get a Metro bus to the nearest station or park at the Greenbelt Metro station and go in to town that way. If you CAN bypass DC - find a way to get off of I-95 south of DC. South of Fredericksburg would be even better unless you would like to go through there at around 2 or 3 in the morning. Then, head up in to PA via US Rt. 15 and spend a little time at Gettysburg, then continue north on 15 to Rt. 581 to I-83 north and then to I-81 north. From I-81 you can get to I-84 east to go in to New England.
Drbolasky 08/04/16 12:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Newby needs advice

Do your shopping at the Hershey show - find a floorpan in a TT or 5ver that will work for the both of you in how you intend to use the trailer. From there, see what kind of automotive "muscle" you need to tow it, then get a capable tow vehicle. Welcome to the Forum!
Drbolasky 08/04/16 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gettysburg Campground

I don't see where the OP identified the CG.......
Drbolasky 08/04/16 08:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gettysburg Campground

This kind of policy is not unusual, but at the same time we've arrived at campgrounds early and have yet to be tagged extra for it. I, too, would like to know which Gettysburg CG it was.
Drbolasky 08/03/16 03:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tow/Haul Mode and manual shifting

No reason for manually shifting, unless for some reason you want to force the transmission to stay in a specific gear and using the engine to brake for you, like traveling down-hill on a very long grade. Otherwise, let the truck do the shifting for you. That's what it's designed to do. Same here. While the automatics of today are far superior to those of even a generation ago, they haven't yet invented one that can see down the road. Maybe that's coming, too.
Drbolasky 08/03/16 03:03pm Towing
RE: Towing Capacity of Ford Explorer

The salesperson assured us that we could tow this trailer but my gut instinct is that it is too big.. Your instinct is correct. While there are many models of TT your Explorer can tow (I towed with one for 5 years) none of them will be 29' long. Good luck in your search for both truck & trailer.
Drbolasky 07/31/16 07:38am Travel Trailers
RE: New York City?

I had a Rand McNally gps that worked great every where in the country but for some reason it would not work in NYC....no idea why. Good luck. Kudos to you for driving semi in the city. I wouldn't dream of it. I have an older Garmin unit. Works fine in NYC until I pull in to the Port Authority bus terminal.
Drbolasky 07/30/16 11:12pm Roads and Routes
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