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RE: A new direction for us

Our van is old. It is a year 2000 model and is still my daily ride. We last attempted a long trip in the summer of 2013 when it broke down (computer chip) after we were just 5 hours into our trip to Colorado. We are taking our Suburban to Colorado this year instead. I did some extensive searches via Trip Advisor for some housekeeping cabins in Colorado. They have a feature where you can search for those who allow pets. We will stay at three different cabin areas and we can have campfires in all. We will be near to or right on lakes and rivers. Smudge will go with us. I have also found that some lodging businesses advertise "No Pets" but when you phone them directly to ask if you can bring your dog (well behaved, 12 pound dog) they mostly say that we can bring him. It helps that he does not shed. Safe and fun travels for you!
GizmosMom 02/27/15 03:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Bought a Lexor - now searching storage ideas

We have launched our boat many, many times with our van. Our generator is in the rear and we have never gone into the water that far. You should be okay.
GizmosMom 01/28/15 07:47am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Windows 8.1 question

I think this thread may help you.
GizmosMom 12/30/14 07:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Portable Blu-Ray Options/Suggestions needed

Thanks! I will go with the external! Appreciate everyone's suggestions.
GizmosMom 11/23/14 02:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Disable Charm Bar on Windows 8.1

Thanks for posting this question. The charm bar was a minor nuisance for me but I never thought about disabling it until I read your post and the answers.
GizmosMom 11/23/14 11:26am Technology Corner
Portable Blu-Ray Options/Suggestions needed

We have a portable DVD player but recently our DVD purchases include Blu-Ray discs which we can play at home and can't play them on the portable unit. I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 Would like to be able to watch some of the newer Blu-Ray discs while camping when weather is too cold or raining. Does anyone use an external Blu-Ray/DVD player? Should we just get a portable unit instead? Can't seem to find one reasonable priced. We do not have a regular TV in our van so that is not an option. Anyone have some suggestions? Happy Thanksgiving!
GizmosMom 11/23/14 11:24am Technology Corner
RE: I 40 Forrest City Arkansas

Traveled I-40 Easton July 5, a Saturday morning and drove right through with no delays. Traveled back on Sunday, July 20, West, and got stuck for about 15 minutes of slow driving. We could see traffic moving right along on Highway 70 but I am not sure how drivers ended up on that detour. That same day, traveling West there was another back-up just before Hope. Lots of 18 wheelers and I think they just take up more room but not sure.
GizmosMom 08/06/14 01:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Common Xplorer Problems/Fixes?

Chris: The Driver's side window on our 2000 Xplorer stopped working during a trip to Colorado in 2010. What a pain! In order to get it to stay up we had to tape it with Duct tape. Found out that Gorilla Glue Duct tape works the best. It stopped working after a heavy rainstorm. When we returned home our local auto service place installed a new motor. The passenger side motor seemed slow so we also had that replaced. Now it runs very slowly when it is damp out (not very often down here during the drought). I am careful not to use it when it is misty or raining. Other than that it goes up and down smoothly for me. Our rear window was sealed by a Class B dealer (service department) about 7-8 years ago after it leaked. When driving through exceptionally heavy rains we sometimes notice moisture. Haven't used our van for any trips lately...hope to resume again in the fall. Hope this helps somewhat.
GizmosMom 08/05/14 10:27am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: You love camping.and are amongst great fellow campers!

Great Post and Happy 4th of July!
GizmosMom 07/04/14 05:08am Family Camping
RE: MS S&T GPS on Windows 8

Oh my! I can't believe they discontinued Streets and Trips! Very disappointing. But thanks for letting us know! Or maybe everyone else already knew....?
GizmosMom 07/01/14 08:50pm Technology Corner
MS S&T GPS on Windows 8

Is anyone else having difficulty getting their Windows 8 (actually I use 8.1) laptop to recognize the MS Pharos-360 GPS puck? It is blue but I can't get it to work. Computer doesn't recognize it. Updated drivers. Researched online. One other person asked for help on a MS support board. I was just wondering. We have a Garmin but I kind of liked being able to use the S&T on my laptop, too. Thanks.
GizmosMom 07/01/14 02:05pm Technology Corner
RE: I96 or US131 to Muskegon, Mi

Please tell us where you are coming from. Mfan beat me to typing that US 131 does not go to Muskegon.
GizmosMom 06/27/14 04:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: U/P Michigan or Minnesota?

The UP and ditto the Keeweenaw Peninsula
GizmosMom 06/25/14 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hip surgery

I had my knee replaced four years ago and I am so thankful that I did it. One thing no one mentioned during my pre-op visit was that the pain medication could cause depression. I was very blue and once I had the pain under control (needed to keep taking the pain medication so that I could do daily PT) I stopped the medication. But it took FIVE days to get it completely out of my system. I can't remember the name of the medication but I think it was a generic Vicodin. So I just wanted to add this in case.
GizmosMom 06/18/14 08:35pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: RV Golf Club

Actually, you ARE able to see the names of the Golf Clubs. You have to go to the map and zoom, zoom, zoom in and then you will see the names.
GizmosMom 06/18/14 08:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheeseburger in fridge that is turned off.

My husband is a trained chef and he and his chef buddies took the RV camping one time. About a month later I found fresh asparagus in the RV refrigerator. We had the RV in our storage lot. I never smelled it. But I am not sure about cooked meat.
GizmosMom 06/18/14 10:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Michigan West Coast

The campground at Grand Haven State Park is very near the water but you camp in a parking lot around sand. If you love beach camping you will like that park. Hoffmaster State Park is located between Muskegon and Grand Haven. Muskegon State Park is located north of Muskegon. At both parks you have to walk to the beach. Grand Haven and Hoffmaster State Parks are very popular and it may be difficult to get a good site or one at all. Here is a link to the Muskegon County Parks . Meinert Park is located near the beach on Lake Michigan. The campsites are not right on the beach but within walking distance as are the sites at Hoffmaster and Muskegon. You can now make reservations online for the Muskegon County Parks. As you travel further north you may wish to check out Mears State Park near Pentwater. I also second the vote for Lake Leelanaw. We have stayed there and it is very nice. You can rent boats there, too. Have fun! I grew up in Western Michigan and we will be there in July also, for our high school class reunion and a family reunion!
GizmosMom 06/18/14 10:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mammoth Cave NP to Michigan Upper peninsula

In Texas we have George Strait! But in Michigan, where I was born and raised, they have the Straits of Mackinac
GizmosMom 06/17/14 08:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Central TX to Lake City CO

If you do want to avoid any steep mountain passes you could take this, my "chicken" route: Drive to Santa Fe then north on highway 285. The highway will merge west with Highway 160 past Alamosa then goes north again. At Saguache, take highway 114. This is a winding but beautiful road. A couple of hills but nothing too severe. Even I can drive it. It ill lead you to Highway 50 and into Gunnison, always worth a stop. Then you will travel west on highway 50 and swing to Lake City south on highway 149. Looking at a map you will see that you will travel a bit out of your way but your knuckles will not be white. You will also get to see part of the Blue Mesa Reservoir and Gunnison.
GizmosMom 06/09/14 05:10pm Roads and Routes

It may be an idea out in left field but you could try to contact The Michigan Good Sams? Maybe one of the members has an idea or could help you out in some way.
GizmosMom 06/08/14 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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