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RE: Where get gas with trailer attached

I have an extra problem. I drive a 'C' and pull a Jeep toad. Since the front wheels of the toad must be unlocked for towing, backing up more than a foot is impossible before they lock full left or right. So I always look for a station that I can pull through without backing up. For that reason, I start looking at a half tank. I have to find a station with pumps parallel to the building instead of perpendicular. I've only had to unhook the Jeep one time to move it out of the way in over 10 years.
Jim Shoe 01/28/15 04:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: explain to me

Sprink-Fitter, The Baby Boom began at the end of WWII when lots of soldiers came home. The war in Europe ended in April of '45 and ended in Japan in August of '45. Since it takes two to "Tango", that's when the Boom began. The end of the Boom is considered to be 1964 when the first babies turned 18. I'm among the first of the Boomers, born in January, 1946. My Dad was 35 when WWII began, and worked for Proctor And Gamble. During the war, P&G operated factories that produced war materials, so P&G sent my Dad to Tupelo, MS. to manage an artillery shell factory for the duration.
Jim Shoe 01/28/15 08:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Who makes the best Ruben Sandwich?

Certainly not a destination, but if you're passing thru the Greater Cincinnati area and your tongue is hanging out for a Reuben sandwich, try Izzy's . There are several in the area, but the original Izzy's downtown put on quite a show when I was working in downtown Cincinnati. You ordered at the counter, ate your Reuben and potato pancake, walked up to the cash register, told Izzy what you ate, and he told you what to pay. The price varied depending on how you were dressed. Izzy and his wife carried on a never ending fight behind the counter. That was the free entertainment. Alas, Izzy and his wife are no longer with us, but the Reubens are still the same. They even have some non-kosher items on the menu now, but the Reubens are the stars.
Jim Shoe 01/27/15 05:50am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV Parks with Woodshop/Workshop

Its been several years ago, but I stayed at Sun N' Fun on Fruitville Rd. in Sarasota, FL. I was visiting friends in the area, so I didn't spend much time in the RV Park, but they had every hobby known to man or woman, including a well stocked wood shop. I think they're under new ownership since I was there.
Jim Shoe 01/27/15 05:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A computer is only as good as the programmer.

I spent my working life working with computers. I learned early that computers aren't smart - just fast. They can make a mistake that a 3 year old wouldn't make. The world awaits the invention of the ROM module for computers. (Read Operator's Mind).
Jim Shoe 01/27/15 04:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Asking for suggestions on Grand Teton/Yellowstone Trip

I'll say it again, but it won't help. YNP is 8,000' above sea level. The road inside YNP is a 140 mile long closed loop. Wherever you are on that loop, you're 70 miles away from someplace else on the loop. No CG is centrally located. Fishing Bridge is the only CG with hookups in the park. In 2015, it opens on May 8th and closes on September 20th. It snows in September and the average number of days that it drops below freezing at night in September is 20. That's data recorded over the last 107 years. That being said, people visit YNP all year, but they're prepared for the weather. If you go, you'll need to prepare as well.
Jim Shoe 01/26/15 04:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Firewood transport bans

And there's probably no larger group of people that can be held responsible than campers. People traveling by plane or train and staying in hotels and motels certainly aren't bringing firewood with them. If you want a campfire, buy locally, or use treated 2 x 4s. Here in southern Ohio, we've been hit hard by the Emerald Ash Borer. A friend of mine lost nearly 100 old growth ash trees to the borer.
Jim Shoe 01/26/15 03:56pm RV Lifestyle
RE: 52yo guy solo c?

I'm single, never married, and have been all over the country except Washington, Oregon and Hawaii for over 10 years. I always stay at FHU parks. I've been asked a few times, but that was so they could give me a site away from the playground or dog park. I don't care one way or the other.
Jim Shoe 01/25/15 10:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone had their rig weighed by authorities in these areas?

I pulled into a weigh station out west on my first trip in the 'C'. The sign said "all trucks enter here" so I did. The trooper was nice about it, but told me that it doesn't include MHs,and waved me on through.
Jim Shoe 01/25/15 10:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Asking for suggestions on Grand Teton/Yellowstone Trip

Check Weatherbase here. Snow and freezing temps aren't unusual that time of year at that altitude. I'm not saying "Don't go". Just saying prepare for the weather.
Jim Shoe 01/24/15 08:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Plans for 2015 Mt. Rushmore Trip

You might want to avoid North Dakota on this trip. The big oil boom up there is still booming. Not as bad as it was when it started, but they've figured out a way to recover oil that was previously unrecoverable. That means lots of tanker trucks on I-94.
Jim Shoe 01/24/15 08:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Park Reviews??

I've grown to like the new version. At first, I noticed that older reviews were missing, but I imagine that they loaded it in stages. I've noticed older reviews of places I've stayed appearing now. I do wonder about the question marks on some of the amenities listed. If I was doing a review, I'd have to put a question mark on things I didn't even look for like a playground or pet area (no kids, no pets) or rest rooms or showers (I have my own). It would be nice if there was a choice for "Not Evaluated".
Jim Shoe 01/22/15 05:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody watch the launch

My parents had a park model Mobile Home in Mims, FL. across from the space center. My Dad never missed a launch. When I was still working, I flew down on vacation one year and we took the tour. Absolutely fascinating. The assembly building is so tall that clouds form inside it if the weather is just right. As far as I know, you can still visit the facilities. There's also a museum that displays all the civilian items that were developed as a direct result of the space program.
Jim Shoe 01/22/15 04:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dillon Sc

I think billboards advertising the place have been seen as far west as Colorado. :)
Jim Shoe 01/22/15 02:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: America’s Miracle Meat: The Story of Spam (+ 3 Recipes)

I keep cans of Spam at home and in the MH. Not my favorite food, but when its pouring rain or snowing, it beats having to go to the store if there's nothing else.
Jim Shoe 01/22/15 12:25pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV'ing Florida in Summer

Mickybz, Orlando is half way down the state. Fla-Gypsy is talking about the Pensacola area. I was stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola for two years, and have been back since then. It gets "nippy" in the late afternoon and evening from time to time. People walk on the beach wearing sweaters or light jackets but nobody is in the water more than ankle deep.
Jim Shoe 01/22/15 08:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Driving the ALCAN highway

Romor, I was speaking of B.C. And yes, I could pump it myself if I paid in cash first, or I could leave my credit card inside and do a fill up myself. I never let my credit cards out of my sight, even in the states. So the attendant filled it up and I paid inside after it was full. There were some stations that would take a credit card at the pump, but not all of them.
Jim Shoe 01/21/15 04:25pm RV Lifestyle
RE: excited for our vacation.....bad sign?

Planning and the anticipation is half the fun when you're stuck inside in the cold. So much to see and do in the area. I've been in the area many times to visit the historic triangle of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Its also the largest military area on the east coast. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bases and they offer tours to civilians. Norfolk Naval Base is huge and many of the ships offer tours as well.
Jim Shoe 01/21/15 03:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Driving the ALCAN highway

A couple other tips. You'll need a limited pass to cross into Canada, but for a little more money you can get a regular passport, and it lasts longer. Read the customs regulations to find out what items are limited or banned when entering Canada - like hand guns (banned) or alcohol (limited). Or when returning to the states - like citrus fruit if you cross at Sweetgrass, MT. California doesn't like competition. Make sure you have shot records for your pets. On the way north, I was asked if I'd ever been finger printed. I told the guy maybe when I joined the Navy but I didn't remember. My fingerprints were on the passport that he was holding. The big deal is, don't lie. If you don't know or can't remember, say so. Entering and leaving Alaska and re-entering the U.S. I was waved right through. Ohio license plates - Duh. Make a cheat sheet for feet/meters for low bridges. And ounces/grams for groceries. Miles/Kilometers were on my speedometer. And go to your bank and ask them to convert some U.S. money to Canadian money before you leave home. Once you're 100 miles into Canada, don't expect folks to know the current conversion rates. You don't have to worry about liters/gallons at gas pumps. They pump it for you and its not an option. National credit cards like VISA and MC will take care of the US$/CN$ conversions for you. Finally, watch out for Moose crossing the road. :)
Jim Shoe 01/20/15 07:21pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Unusual places you have stayed the night.

Can't remember the name, but it was on one of the barrier islands along the gulf coast near Sarasota. It was literally on the public beach. No road, Just a natural space between the palm trees. About 18 back-in spots with electric. Had to walk about 50 yards to pay at the office. People parked along the side of the road and walked thru the CG to access the beach on a regular basis.
Jim Shoe 01/20/15 05:55pm RV Lifestyle
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