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RE: Best route to view of Florida Everglades

If you have time, allow a couple of days to drive down to Flamingo and spend a night or two. You can reserve electric sites at the campground there. Rangers at the Visitor Center have programs in the winter months and will point out the crocs that live in same waters with gators, a rarity. A couple of fun boat rides you can sign up for into the back water and into Florida Bay. If you are more short on time as you head north, near Homestead turn west to walk the Anhinga Trail for amazing close up views of birds and gators. If you are really tight, timewise, drive up to 41, and allow a few hours to take the open air Shark Valley tram ride into the glades. You can book this online. Parking is available though a bit tight there. Ideally, do all three. If you are doing this in the summer it will be sweltering, and park activities are limited. Winter is the ideal time to see the glades.
NCWriter 07/26/16 05:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Folding Bed

We didn't want a corner bed either and bought a small class C (25.5 feet) with a rear slide out the back end of the RV for a queen bed. Before the slide comes in, the top third of the mattress has to be folded in. I thought it would be a hassle but it's really not - a minor adjustment of the bedding when it goes in or back out again. The mattress is memory foam and we both find it comfortable and sleep well on it. There's a very skinny "aisle" on each side of the bed, and though I don't really consider it a "walk-around", it definitely makes making the bed easier and getting in & out on the sides. It takes standard queen sheets sold anywhere, another plus. Ours is a Navion, but there are several brands offering a similar queen bed slide out the back.
NCWriter 07/25/16 12:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Campground reviews. -- Lost web site ???

RV Park Reviews changed ownership and the site was revamped. It is still the best resource for park reviews although I don't care for the new look and feel of the site. I didn't either but getting used to it now after a recent 5-week trip. One new (I think?) feature I have been using a lot is the locator map for a state or province. You get a round symbol and can click to a specific region, then see the parks in that area. Another good feature is if people have the time to enter site-specific information it will show up. (Or you can skip over that when reviewing.) I also like the "tips" added in italics.
NCWriter 07/25/16 07:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Murphy's oil soap

And also works great for cleaning wood cabinets. X2. Never thought of using it on the exterior. Learn something here every day.
NCWriter 07/25/16 07:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dog Brag

Great achievements! We went to the Peach Blossom Cluster in Perry, GA one year and watched a friend compete with her dogs in agility. It was amazing to watch all types of dogs in action. Major work-out for the owners, too. Talk about a fitness program... I loved seeing the sheep dogs at work. Photos??
NCWriter 07/25/16 07:10am RV Pet Stop
RE: RV Campground reviews. -- Lost web site ???

I don't think anyone is suggesting there's only one source of information, but answering a question the OP was asking about a review site. Whether it's GasBuddy or RV Park Reviews or any similar site, it works when people post fresh information - pay it forward to help the next guy. I once posted a review on a great, inexpensive small municipal campground with a spectacular view as a first poster. Took a little more time to pin the map part, but now others have added their comments about what a hidden gem the place is. I feel good that other people are enjoying that beautiful spot, too.
NCWriter 07/25/16 05:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Campground reviews. -- Lost web site ???

RV Park Reviews has a new look since OP last used it. They've updated it a bit. I use both, but noticed lately that some posted reviews are apparently placed by reviewers in both places, so are identical in Trip Advisor. It is IMHO a somewhat more commercial website owned by the Expedia group, publicly traded. It seems to push paid listings and solicit readers to make reservations while checking out hotel reviews. So I mostly stick to RVParkReviews which has volunteer admins.
NCWriter 07/24/16 04:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tablet, IPad, Notebook?

I think an iPad with 4G cellular is the best thing to come along since sliced bread for RVing. Use it in the passenger seat driving down the highway to check traffic backups ahead, find alternate routes when the Interstate closes down, check fuel prices with the free GasBuddy app, find campgrounds, look at attractions we might want to see. Send and receive messages. And of course, driver can use after pulling in for the night. Aside from initial iPad cost, we pay $25 month to month to AT&T. We have the cheapest possible phones, not Smartphones, don't miss them. Have considered adding a (pricey!) Surface Pro since the old Windows laptop is aging out. (The only reason we still bring along an old laptop is work-related on long trips, to download full resolution photos off the memory cards from our cameras and burn DVDs as backups.)
NCWriter 07/24/16 08:55am Technology Corner
RE: Don't think you need a generator?

To me, it's worth having a gen for stopping at lunchtime in 100+ degree temps, if for nothing else.
NCWriter 07/24/16 08:43am Full-time RVing
RE: Maine to Virginia

We just returned a week ago, and from Canada came down that route - Bangor to New Hampshire and Vermont via highway 2. We drive a small class C and were not towing but saw plenty who were. It's not a bad road, just a little slow due to passing through small towns. Didn't have a lot of time, but just hit a few highlights. There's obviously a summer's worth of things to do in that area. There are hiking trails, rivers and lakes virtually everywhere. We stayed in Tarry-ho RV park by a river in Twin Mountain, NH three nights. Nice friendly folks, great internet, no laundry facilities though. Ideal location to take the cogwheel railway up Mount Washington, which we enjoyed a lot. Saw plenty of hikers, either round trip or riding one-way and hiking the other. Bring warm clothes if you go up there. Had lunch at the beautiful, historic Mt. Washington hotel near there in Bretton Woods. The next day we drove the Kanc highway to Franconia, but it was too foggy to see much. The state park and national forest have plenty of hiking trails. Enjoyed lunch at the funky Cabin Fever restaurant in the town of Bartlett. Then headed to Vermont on 2, stopped at the Cabot Cheese Factory (interesting tour, cheese tasting) and Ben & Jerry's (packed, but kind of fun.) Down to the Woodstock Quechee area. We stayed there at the Quechee KOA two nights and would highly recommend it. (I'm no KOA cheerleader but this was probably the best I've been to - great location, property, and customer service.) While there, we drove on highway 4 through Woodstock to Plymouth to visit the Calvin Coolidge historical site, went up a gravel road to Sugarbush Farms to taste and buy maple syrup (lovely family farm, very simple, welcoming, and not highly commercialized.) Walked above the Quechee Gorge, took photos of the covered bridge, and stopped into the Simon Pierce glass and pottery shop/restaurant in the old mill. From there we headed home. Would like to go back to Vermont and spend more time. I posted reviews of the campgrounds on RV Park Reviews.com.
NCWriter 07/24/16 08:27am Roads and Routes
RE: How do you answer when a stranger asks about MPG?

... Fuel mileage is one of the most used conversation starters there is for men. Ladies, not so much. They couldn't care less. Interesting that you find this to be the case. IMHO there are people (men and women alike) who - yes - don't care how much it costs to operate an RV, house, boat, etc. they own or might consider buying. But I don't think you can generalize. I know plenty of couples who are interested jointly in the long term well-being of their family finances and talk things over together when it comes to spending money. Those women (and single women RVers) are very interested in knowing what their current or potential RV gets in mpg.
NCWriter 07/23/16 05:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dog sitters

Cherry Hill in Maryland near Washington, DC has information posted about the availability of dog sitters. I don't think it's provided by the CG, though, just a local service you can call.
NCWriter 07/22/16 08:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Lessons learned on Gaspe Peninsula Trip

I agree with Icannon that at least a week, more is even better. Ten days was great for us up on the Gaspesie after we left Quebec City (three additional nights there).
NCWriter 07/22/16 07:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Parking in front of my house

We had a shipping container delivered in front of our house in Sterling, VA once when moving with our household goods outside the U.S. Sheriff's deputy arrived same day. Against local ordinances. I explained it would be gone in one week, no problem. May be your town passed some new laws. Surprised you didn't get any kind of warning ticket.
NCWriter 07/21/16 04:42am Beginning RVing
RE: Campground off I-40 anywhere within 100 miles of Nashville

We stayed at Parkers Crossroads in Yuma, TN twice on trips west. Nice quiet place, easy on & off 40, and friendly owners began upgrading the property a few years ago.
NCWriter 07/19/16 05:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tunnels from Cody to east entrance YNP and another question!

Google Maps shows Cincinnati to Fishing Bridge as 1660 miles. At 3.5 consecutive days, that's an average of about 470 miles per day on unfamiliar roads, which I would find a fairly exhausting stretch (even in our small Class C, not towing.) Do you have more than one driver? As others noted, you can't really count on driving at the posted speed limit when estimating RV travel time. You also might want to factor in potential delays for road construction and lane closures due to accidents. If you add in stops for fuel, food, bathroom, you are looking at a run of 10-hour driving days even if you have all smooth sailing. Can you add one more travel day in each direction? It would still be a marathon to get there, but closer to being feasible. Fishing Bridge makes a good base inside the park. Have a great time!
NCWriter 07/19/16 06:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Three Week, 5200 Mile Trip Done (update w/Fuel Mileage)

Thanks for the great trip report - glad you had a wonderful time. Appreciated your experiences with the state parks since we hope to be headed that way on next year's trip.
NCWriter 07/19/16 05:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Niagara Falls and ???

We enjoyed the town of Lockport, NY fairly near Niagara Falls. There's a boat ride, tow paths, and a visitor center with info about the Erie Canal. There are several recently-restored locks there. Made me want to take a longer boat ride on the Erie Canal or drive it from town to town.
NCWriter 07/18/16 05:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tell me about Ouray, Co

X2 for 4J on the river. There's a wonderful box canyon, an easy hike for a family, within walking distance. The town's center is also about two blocks away from the CG. Really nice mountain town with restaurants, old saloon, cookie store. Great spot.
NCWriter 07/18/16 04:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: My Wifi Posts have been wrong!! I admit it.

Does this mean you'll be installing porn-blockers for your RV guests? I must say, I sympathize with the situation of "band-width hogs" in RV parks. We just returned from a long RV trip. Certain times of day (6 a.m. When I get up to let the dog out), the WiFi was so fast. Later in the day, impossible. Many parks had pleas in their material handed to guests on arrival to avoid downloading big files including Netflix movies. But people obviously still do.
NCWriter 07/17/16 04:42pm Technology Corner
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