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RE: Free Canada Parks Discovery Pass timeline

Good to know. By the way, I saw a post on this forum where someone (maybe you) mentioned getting an email acknowledgement after ordering. I never got any form of acknowledgment when I ordered the first time. Must not have gone through. So I reordered, and did indeed get responses confirming they have my request and will be sending. Nice savings for our trip this summer, and I'm grateful to Parks Canada for their generosity.
NCWriter 01/21/17 05:17am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Route ideas/ Campgrounds near Cape Coral, Fl, Tampa, St Pete

We've stayed many times at Fort DeSoto, a Pinellas County park on the water at the base of the Tampa Bay Area. Beautiful beach, interesting Fort to tour. One section allows dogs. There are a lot of trees, though, but they do have some pull thru sites away from the water. Two dump stations.
NCWriter 01/20/17 01:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can I hook up to a house from a 30A plug to a 15A circuit

If I had a relative who was giving me what I considered to be invalid reasons they did not want me to plug in, I might wonder if their preference actually is not having a relative living in a class A RV in their driveway.
NCWriter 01/20/17 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camping with dog breeds considered dangerous

I know this thread is about camping in the U.S. but I found the lists below interesting, since I'd never even heard of some of these breeds. I travel with a service dog outside the U.S. fairly often, which requires various requirements and permits with the help of a USDA-certified veterinarian. It's fairly common to see a few breeds prohibited like Pit Bulls. Recently I was looking at Bermuda, and noticed their lists relating to importing dogs. "Prohibited Breeds: (Dogs of these breeds may not be imported, bred or used for breeding) American Pit Bull Terrier American Bulldog American Staffordshire Terrier Argentine mastiff (Dogo Argentino) Boerboel (South African Mastiff) Brazilian Mastiff (Fila) Cane Corso Neapolitan Mastiff Presa Canario Tosa Inu Wolf Wolf Hybrid Any Cross of the above" There's another list of Restricted Breeds - people who want to import a dog on this list have to build an escape-proof structure and comply with various other stringent requirements. Some surprises on this list for me. "Restricted Breeds: (Dogs of these breeds may be imported/kept once the conditions for keeping these dogs have been fulfilled by the importer/new keeper. New acquisitions of these dogs require pre-approval. Dogs of these breeds may be bred only following receipt of a Breeder’s permit.) Akita Australian Cattle Dog Belgian Malinois Bouvier des Flandres Bull Terrier Bullmastiff Chow Chow Doberman Pinscher Dogue de Bordeaux German Shepherd Mastiff – English Rhodesian Ridgeback Rottweiler Staffordshire Bull Terrier Any Cross of the above"
NCWriter 01/19/17 01:47pm RV Pet Stop
RE: National Parks and the Lack of Adequate # of Camp Sites

Isn't this lack of space going to be "self healing" as us Baby Boomers can no longer travel?... It will be self-healing sooner if there is another recession like the one in 2008. Most of us remember watching retirement accounts drop. A scary time along with gas prices that went up to $4 per gallon. RV sales ground to a halt, people were out of work, and the parks weren't as crowded for a while there.
NCWriter 01/17/17 07:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: National Parks and the Lack of Adequate # of Camp Sites

We have been travelling 10 seasons, averaging 150 nights a season, usually not travelling August but every month April to November. We have done all the major NPs like Yosemite, GC, Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali. Most of them multiple times.... We rolled into Bay Bridge CG in Yellowstone NP one afternoon, mid week, mid July, NO reservations. We squeezed our 34' plus truck selves into one of few sites possible that were left. By dark there were still a very few open sites left. Bay Bridge is dry camping, open but not groomed at all, so the bison tend to roam through. A whole lot better IMO than Fishing Bridge CG which is nothing more than carpark camping with utilities & always booked solid. For clarification in case someone wants to stay there, I believe poster meant to write "Bridge Bay" CG in Yellowstone.
NCWriter 01/17/17 07:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sprinter maintenance

We've used the Mercedes dealer in Sarasota - they are very willing to service Sprinter RVs.
NCWriter 01/16/17 05:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Difficult but serious question

How about a weekend at a campground with cabins? He could plan to have a cabin to sleep in, but you could do a dry run together sitting together inside, preparing dinner, eating and watching TV for an evening, then making up his bed and seeing how tight the space is if he were getting up in the middle of the night, and so on..., just to let everybody see how the space works.
NCWriter 01/13/17 04:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Updating our status

Thanks so much for sharing such uplifting news! A good reminder to be thankful when things are going well because none of us knows what may be right around the corner.
NCWriter 01/13/17 04:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Demand for free 2017 passes overwhelms Parks Canada website

I booked some campsites this week, and at the end, there is a page that encourages people to apply for the free pass (so they are still happily processing them, apparently)...and it adds language that if you are camping within three weeks, just get your pass when you arrive at the park. So I'm also wondering why they don't just let everyone in free, no passes needed.
NCWriter 01/12/17 04:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: North vs South Rim Grand Canyon?

Since you have a whole week, why not divide your time and see both? Some good points raised here. Both are great, and from there it's what appeals to an individual. Been to the south numerous times. I loved the North Rim - reminded me of the way I remember the National Parks from the 1950s and 1960s. I loved having dinner in the old lodge with windows overlooking the canyon, and sitting in the sun room and out on the sun porch. Incredible views!
NCWriter 01/11/17 02:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hitting the road this summer...where to go first

Nova Scotia is a wonderful destination with great scenery and activities, and it's very RV-friendly. This year would be a good one because Parks Canada has a free entrance pass promotion going for 2017. There are a lot of wonderful historic sites up there, and some wonderful campgrounds in the parks, too. On the way up, why not swing out to the Maine coast? Lots of fabulous scenery, Acadia National Park, lighthouses, and plenty of lobsters (often you can order them steamed, plus side dishes, delivered right to your campsite).
NCWriter 01/10/17 05:26pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fort De Soto park in St. Pete

It is a popular place to stay and a lot of local Pinellas county residents (who get an advance opportunity to book) come on weekends especially. So it's easier to get midweek sites, but it may be tough for March at this point. Read the website, though - they hold back some sites and release them once a week for online booking. Also be aware which section you can book if you have dogs. Enjoy - it's a great park.
NCWriter 01/10/17 05:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: canada

We drove around the Gaspe Peninsula last summer and had a wonderful time. You can start from Quebec City which has a great old city to explore - then head clockwise around the peninsula for a few days. There's a Canada section in the forum - you may want to browse through for some ideas and use the search function there.
NCWriter 01/08/17 01:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions for snowbirding in Fl

We never were snowbirds but have stayed in some parks that cater to them. It may be too early now to book for winter 2018 full season, but it's a good time to gather info. Satisfied people often come back year after year and have friendships at the snowbird parks. One thing I noticed is that often the very popular parks (like in the Keys) will start next season's bookings at the end of the current season (around April) by offering next year's sites to returning full-season snowbirds, with a deadline to book. Then they contact the full season new people/returning partial-season, and so on. By the end of summer, they might take shorter overnight bookings. As sort of a rule of thumb, the further south you get and the nearer the coasts, the higher the price.
NCWriter 01/06/17 06:54am Snowbirds
RE: Yosemite RVing

Thanks, we've booked Long Key the same way.
NCWriter 01/05/17 06:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite RVing

The only CG in the valley that can take RV's is the Pines CG. And only a few sites in each CG is RV suitable. There is a lottery system to get a space. 5 months in advance you need to be online at 8 AM PST on ReserveAmerica and try to get your site. That means you have already missed April 2017 unless there are still some open sites for that month. Check that right now, do not wait. I'm hoping to book a site in Yosemite and I'm confused by the references I've seen on this forum before to a "lottery" system. Do people have to buy a ticket or make a deposit of some sort in advance of a drawing? Or is it just a similar system as booking a site in the Keys at a Florida state park? From what I read, there is Just a date specified when you can book specific dates (with a lot of competition) which seems fairly straightforward. But maybe I'm missing something?
NCWriter 01/05/17 05:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Edisto Beach State Park update

I've heard it's the same scenario for Hunting Island. Wonder if they'll ever spend the money to restore electrical to the incredible beachside sites H.I. formerly had. Good memories.
NCWriter 01/04/17 07:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A Queston On Bones

I stay away from bones period for my service dog, a big Lab trained by Dogs for the Deaf. She had a long, expensive episode of daily vomiting once after eating one, so I'm probably overly cautious now... but there's no downside if I am. No people food of any kind, either.
NCWriter 01/04/17 07:46pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Long Key State Park. Rat infestation.

I found out that all the keys have an abundance of rats. Well all but one. We are now at Key Largo. No rat problems here. Lots of feral cats here. I think the cats are a better concern. We often see Raccoons at John Pennekamp State Park campground on Key Largo. People have fed them (always a bad idea with wildlife), so they hang around and gather at the picnic tables when they see people setting the table. That said, I'll take a raccoon over a rat any day of the week. I hate hearing this info about Long Key - never have seen any sort of rodent when we have camped there. Maybe the original poster is masterminding a genius campaign to discourage people from snapping up the campsites 11 months out?
NCWriter 12/31/16 02:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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