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RE: Bahia Honda Florida State Park

We've enjoyed being at BH, once in that site or close. You are so right about the bug spray. The no See-ums almost carried me away.
NCWriter 04/19/15 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What are your "GO TO" seasonings?

Lawry's Seasoned Salt has been my main seasoning for decades, along with fresh ground pepper. In recent years, I've used a lot of Mrs Dash Chipotle seasoning. Great for quesadillas, black bean soup. Also Victoria's Sesame Ginger seasoning - ideal on broiled or grilled salmon, love it sprinkled on roasted asparagus. Those four plus Montreal Steak Seasoning go with us on all RV trips.
NCWriter 04/11/15 06:21pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Starting in NC with TT -- Where should I go?

On the way to or from Raleigh and the mountains, there's some interesting stuff we've enjoyed. NC's Yadkin Valley has some high quality wineries, most with tastings and special events. A good place to stay is Winston-Salem's Tanglewood Park but ask for a level site. While there, you can visit historic Old Salem. RayLen vineyard is near there. Also in the valley are Raffaldini, Shelton, Childress (owned by NASCAR'S Richard Childress) and dozens of others. Charlotte has the Carolinas Aviation Museum with the Miracle on the Hudson airplane and exhibits inside it's massive hanger, very interesting.
NCWriter 04/10/15 11:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Diesel fuel around Cheery Hill Park (DC area)

I think any station that close to DC sells plenty of diesel and would have zero concern about stale fuel. Aside from thousands of commercial trucks servicing the city, there are many, many private diesel cars.
NCWriter 04/07/15 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Casino Queen RV Park, East St.Louis ???

We stayed there in summer 2013 and were happy. The shuttle to and from the train worked very well and the convenience tote Arch was exactly what we wanted.
NCWriter 04/07/15 02:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Besides Niagara Falls & NYC.....

The Erie Canal is quite interesting. There's a historical center and newly-restored section of locks at Lockport, not far from Niagara. You can ride a boat on the canal, walk the tow paths, etc. quite a few wineries to tour in that area, too.
NCWriter 04/07/15 05:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Class B Owners

I have learned to put everything back in its secured position after use so I can break camp in 10 minutes. That's a very good point. Everything has a place. Doesn't take long to figure out which stuff you use constantly, and that stuff lives in the front of the easiest cupboards to access.
NCWriter 04/06/15 07:53am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Olive oil?

I get a big jug of EVOO at Costco for a lot less than the grocery stores and keep it in a dark cupboard away from heat. I pour some into one of those glass dispensers with a spout and keep it by the stove for sauteing just about anything a la Rachel Ray.
NCWriter 04/06/15 07:45am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: town ordinace against travel trailers on city streets

If a town does nothing, pretty soon it's the cars on blocks with the wheels removed, the living room couch in the front yard, the chained pit bull, ec. What, no refrigerator on the front porch?
NCWriter 04/06/15 07:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Reserve America lists places alpha only, not closest first

I also got a list by distance. But it had to be typed in as "Springfield, IL USA"... For me, the easiest way to find campgrounds in unfamiliar areas is to use the Allstays app and type in the desired city or town. Various camping venue types (even Walmart) are identified by symbols on a map, and you can keep moving/enlarging/shrinking the map to see other options further away in different directions. When you click on a symbol, it brings up a short summary window and if desired you can click on the Reserve America website from there. Allstays Camp & RV I used to Google "RV Park (town name)", but got all kinds of unrelated businesses. Another nice thing about Allstays is the built-in GPS so if it's time to call it a day, you can see nearby camping wherever you happen to be at the moment (even if you don't know the name of your closest town.) We use it on the ipad (with 3G internet) to plan trips and to find places while driving down the highway.
NCWriter 04/06/15 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Acadia National Park - New Campground

Interesting news - thanks so much for posting it.
NCWriter 04/05/15 05:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Class B Owners

We've made several 2+ month trips in our B Sprinter. Usually we are sightseeing and touring for 5,000+ miles, but sometimes we stay somewhere for a week or longer just to relax. You can be very nimble and light on your feet in a B van. It's tailor-made for exploring back roads or small villages (such as coastal Maine) without worrying about getting stuck and unable to maneuver out. No problems with campsite size, and you aren't limited to full hookups or 50 amp. Very fast setup at a campsite or departure. You sightsee as you travel from location to location, with all your clothes, shoes, jackets, bathing suits, towels, snacks, medications, foods and comforts right at hand. Easy to park at attractions and grocery stores. After the first year, we started removing all the "essentials" we thought we needed to haul around, and soon had more than enough space. There's plenty of room for clothes, and we do laundry at campgrounds once a week. We also use campground showers most of the time, and buy groceries about every four days. We mostly prepare meals, but eat out about once a week, often at lunchtime. I thought the small size of the holding tanks would be an issue but it's not for us. We take on fresh water as needed and dump the tanks about every four days. We have a propane generator, and have never had trouble finding refill stations. Comes in handy if you are dry camping. Our fridge is three-way. Operate it plugged in to campground power, run it on propane, or power it via 12-volt as you drive the highway. We use the van as our car and do not tow anything. Once when we used a relative's extra car, it was more trouble than it was worth to pick it up and get it back. A B van is ideal for long haul trips for the fuel economy and other savings. For example, if you want to visit Newfoundland, a B might cost $500 round trip on the ferry versus double or more for a big RV and separate vehicle.
NCWriter 04/05/15 05:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Easter Dinner

We ended up making crock pot turkey breast (bone-in), had it last night. This turkey recipe is about the simplest I have ever seen, and turned out moist and fantastic. Ingredients One fresh turkey breast (mine was Butterball, about four pounds I think.) Half stick of butter (grease the crock and then melt the rest in microwave. One envelope of Lipton dry onion soup mix Directions Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towels. Coat it with melted butter all over, then rub with the dry onion soup mix (put some under the skin, too.) Optional: Peel and cut a few carrots and onions, put into bottom of crock. Put turkey into crock breast down, and add 1/4 cup water or chicken broth. Cook on high for an hour, reduce to low heat setting and continue cooking about four more hours. During last two hours, you can turn the breast onto one side, then the other side if desired. Check to see when meat looks done and is starting to come away from the bones. Either switch to Warm setting for a while, or remove turkey from pot to a plate and cover with foil until ready to eat. (Use slotted spoon to remove optional vegs from juice to a serving bowl). Pour the juice (broth) into a measuring cup and drizzle a little on top of turkey as a thin gravy and/or use the juice for recipes. Plenty for leftovers, sandwiches, enchiladas, quesadillas, pot pies, etc. We had it last night with roasted asparagus and a casserole dish of Pepperidge Farm stuffing (could use Stove Top.) Making pot pies with puff pastry this week (Parade Magazine recipe.)
NCWriter 04/05/15 05:09pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Which campground in Custer State park?

We really enjoyed our 5 night stay at Game Lodge in 2013. There are a lot of evening programs at the theater building in the campground, and the bison herd wandered through (just on the other side of the campground fence) almost daily. Some sites are down by a creek or small river, others are up on a plain. It's a great area with so much to see.
NCWriter 04/02/15 03:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 17 from Mt Pleasant/Charleston to Wilmington NC?

Slow-going - expect a lot of traffic and often construction. Bypass Myrtle Beach as much as possible. When we opt for 95, we usually get off below Lumberton onto 74. Straight shot and much less traffic to Wilmington. That said, on good weather holidays (like this weekend!) and all summer weekends, you'll have beach traffic out to the coast on all routes.
NCWriter 04/02/15 06:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 17 from Wilmington NC to Williamsburg VA?

Fine leaving Wilmington. Up the road around Windsor, it will be quicker to take 13. No tolls, these are mostly country roads (after you leave Jacksonville and New Bern) but well maintained. A relaxing option - If you get on Highway 10 above Suffolk, you skip the heavy Hampton Roads traffic around Norfolk. Go up to Surry, VA, turn right (northeast) on 31 and take the free hourly ferry to Jamestown. Williamsburg is nearby. It's called the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry if you want to google for info.
NCWriter 04/02/15 06:43am Roads and Routes
RE: Best MPG

Our T1N Class B Sprinter has averaged about 23 - 25 mpg of diesel fuel on our road trips of one week to two+ months, with the higher number the past two years. We drive about 60 mph. Later generation Class B Sprinters get a bit less, around 18 to 22 per some reports.
NCWriter 03/30/15 03:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Twelfth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B12)

Really looks like a fun time. Big job putting time and effort into organizing the events, location, reservations, and food! Thanks again, you two.
NCWriter 03/25/15 08:48am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Twelfth Annual RV.net Class B Rally (B12)

Hi Harold and Jackie...I was looking at the Four Paws website today and they have a lot of great info now on their Events page for the dates of the B rally. Looks like you made a great choice for a rally location, based on the food descriptions alone! (Our dog was already excited about going there.)
NCWriter 03/22/15 09:52am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Fl Keys

Glad it all worked out. Have a couple of cold ones for us at JR.
NCWriter 03/22/15 05:41am Travel Trailers
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