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RE: Crooked as they come

Had a similar thing happen at Kohl's last year when I thought I was signing up at the register for a rewards points program number. When the fast-talking clerk got to my social security #, I realized what was happening and called it off. I don't keep the SS card in my wallet, by the way. There's rarely a good reason to give your date of birth either, except at places like the doctor's office where every medical person you meet past the front desk keeps asking, I guess to prevent insurance fraud or make sure they don't replace the wrong person's hip.;)
NCWriter 03/23/17 06:38am Good Sam Club
RE: New RV somewhere

I don't think that sounds normal either. Maybe they sold it to someone else who walked through the lot and spotted it, and then they just re-ordered yours because you seemed like a nice, patient person. Have you ever actually seen your unit on their lot? In any event, to have an open-ended date now would have me sending a letter requesting a refund (for breach of contract?)
NCWriter 03/20/17 05:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Where are you camping this summer

Heading west, up the Pacific Coast, into the Canadian Rockies, and back through Colorado. Enjoy Ocracoke! Be sure to go to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on Hatteras near the ferry dock.
NCWriter 03/19/17 07:26am General RVing Issues
RE: OUTLOOK 2007 End of support coming in OCT 2017

This subject is very interesting to me also. I've been using Outlook for years and like organizing the folders, searching, and just the way it appears on the screen. Recently my Outlook conked out after a restart, and I had to re-do the account settings. Discovered that Google considers Outlook and other "desktop mail clients" to be lacking in "modern security standards." To continue using it, I had to allow "access for less secure apps." It could only be set up with POP3 rather than the more mobile-friendly IMAP. I've evolved to Google for contacts and calendar over the years. So I may - reluctantly - just give up on Outlook and save emails by topics in the Gmail folder system. I like my desktop computer for writing projects and organizing my documents when we're at home but find that I use the tablet and phone now vastly more for email and net surfing, at home as well as while traveling.
NCWriter 03/19/17 07:20am Technology Corner
RE: Some Odd questions from Canadian Customs

they have access to US information. They already know the answers and seem to be checking to see whether you tell the truth. That's my opinion, too. Last year, crossing into Quebec, we were asked if we had a carry permit in Florida. Same scenario, uninterested in the dog, liquor, etc.
NCWriter 03/14/17 01:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Banff National park this summer?

First time for us in the Canadian Rockies this year. Glad we booked sites the first day from the sound of things, and we're looking forward to it.
NCWriter 03/09/17 06:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: To Slide or Not

Love the space, but ...it's definitely a love-hate relationship. We had a problem on our maiden voyage in our new-to-us (three-year old at the time) Class C. On our particular RV, retracting it is not a one-person job, not easy to do, and requires some muscle power, a ladder and the correct size screwdriver. With help, we got it done and were on our way home. Had to replace one of the motors. Hopefully it won't happen again but at least we know the drill now, so the advice is good about getting familiar with your unit (as always). It's just one more thing that can go wrong at a bad time. If I were out shopping and liked two units, I'd go with the no-slide choice.
NCWriter 03/09/17 07:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mystery switch

Darn, I was sure it was your garbage disposal.;)
NCWriter 03/09/17 07:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Securing a FL St park reservation

Myakka really is great, isn't it? and the big airboat rides are a lot of fun. I still marvel at how many gators are out there just nine miles from I-75 and Sarasota.
NCWriter 03/09/17 07:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Securing a FL St park reservation

Sites open 11 months out at 8 a.m. East Coast time. So you could theoretically book now for arrival in February 2018. Every day, sites which come open for arrival are online for booking. Might be zero sites, three sites, one site, ten sites. They book instantly especially for winter dates. Use the filters and be sure you know the sites' length and that you are not booking a tent site.
NCWriter 03/09/17 05:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserving Spots in Ft. DeSoto, FL Campground for October?

I've always found it much easier to get into Fort D than the state parks in the Keys. I've also found October easier in Florida because it's still technically hurricane season and can be hot. If you want to check in on a weekend date, you'll possibly find many waterfront sites already booked by weekending locals. But if you are willing to arrive on a weekday, your chances might improve. It might be tough to get two waterfront sites side by side, but if you are willing to split up, your chances again obviously improve. There are pull-through sites in the center (not on water, but across from waterfront sites) that seem to stay empty often. I'd put in for vacation time and just research some other options you can easily book six months out if you can't get exactly what you want.
NCWriter 03/09/17 05:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New guest, first post

Or gas vs diesel?
NCWriter 03/08/17 08:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: couch re and re

That looks fantastic! Next step: maybe you could find some matching ultra leather (or whatever it's called), get out your staple gun, and just re-cover that dinette seat to match. It's like painting a room in your house...one thing leads to another...
NCWriter 03/08/17 08:07am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2007 Winnebago Itasca Impulse 31C is now ours!!!

Have fun! For the past week, we've camped down on the Gulf at Ft. Pickens and Grayton Beach. Looks on the map like that's an easy ride from where you are (as you probably knew already!), plus some other wonderful choices, too.
NCWriter 03/08/17 07:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Online reservations

I share your pain because I've had some difficulty booking May in California even though I started early. Forget Yosemite even trying the second res opened. A music festival ruled out the convenient Napa Fairgrounds, something else ruled out the Monterey Fairgrounds, and my res in an Army COE site in Ukiah was later cancelled by the facility due to damage from the terrible floods. Now storms have damaged and closed a bridge on the Big Sur highway. Commercial campgrounds near the coast are pricey and want 3-night minimums for Memorial Day. So I've had to roll with it and search for different options and routes. I don't think there's any privileged group, though, that always gets all the weekend, prime, waterfront sites they want. Same scenario for any state park in the Florida Keys, and people post here now and then about how there's a mythical deep/dark-web system others must be using to get sites. The truth is sometimes you will succeed with the 3-computer system the very second bookings open. Or then you book a nice commercial campground or do what others suggest, and keep looking for public CG cancellations or get happy with some inland places that may surprise you. The first time we went to the Keys in our RV, it was because a kind poster on this forum alerted everyone the time and day he would be cancelling a week in a state park there, and we booked it that morning. Some of us like to make most of our plans early but many prefer to just show up hoping something is open (we don't use that last method for the Keys, but know others who did and got exactly what they were hoping for.) But if you do, have a Plan B in mind. There's no doubt that weekends and holidays may cause you problems. Another truth is that some older state parks have mostly smallish sites, so if you have a big RV, your chances of getting a site decrease.
NCWriter 03/07/17 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Oregon SP getting busier

Glad we booked early for June. I must say it was much easier (lots of space, no problem getting dates and locations I wanted on the coast) than it is trying to book a SP in the Florida Keys.
NCWriter 03/06/17 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Everyone has an opinion. What's yours?

For just two senior citizens with a small dog or two I would suggest a small Class A. My wife and I had a 24 foot Class A Sprinter on a Dodge chassis. No dogs but had my young son with us. Was easy to drive and park. But, had plenty of usable space and all facilities. A 24 foot Class C would not have anywhere near the same space as the driving compartment takes up some of the space and is on another level from the main floor. Might depend on the chassis type. The Navion/View Sprinter C driving compartment's seats easily swivel around and lock in place to face the "living room." So the driving compartment becomes part of the living room when you park for a few days or just for the night. Very comfortable for TV watching, since the TV pulls away from the wall as desired at an angle visible to whoever sits there while also visible from the sofa. There's no night curtain (as with some Cs) cutting off that driving compartment area - the privacy shades are flat against the windows.
NCWriter 03/05/17 03:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: What is the equivilent of Reserve America in Canada?

We tried booking Provincial Parks in New Brunswick for summer stays early in the year a few years ago but many did not answer the phones until April. I believe they went to a computerized system soon after that. As Horton said in previous post, the system varies by province, just like in the US...(not all states use Reserve America here). We were looking at a PP in Alberta this year but they also don't open for res until a few months out.
NCWriter 03/05/17 12:28pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: where are the "B" people?

All the B people are probably too busy out there somewhere using them to post on the internet. Loved our diesel 2006 Leisure Travel Van Free Spirit. Would still have it but space got tight when a large dog joined us. It had a very useful built-in propane generator. I do see a lot of them on the roads and have noticed a lot more B presence in dealerships, magazine ads and articles, etc. since we bought ours. We bought a used one which brought the cost way down. Great mileage, great trade-in value. Like our small class C for now, but I'd buy another B in a heartbeat.
NCWriter 03/05/17 09:53am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Everyone has an opinion. What's yours?

How big are your pets? I've met a lot of other couples/singles who did what we did in early retirement - bought a Class B van conversion van, and toured the US and Canada, staying one to five nights at national and state parks or other scenic sites. We loved it, parked it in our driveway, and used it often as our second vehicle. Class Bs are great if you are willing to find a place for everything (but not everything you own!) and keep everything in its place...do your laundry and buy groceries at least once a week...and get along well with your traveling companion. Large, tall people might find the space too tight. No tow vehicle needed. Now we have a slightly larger class C with two slides which provides more space for the addition of a large dog. We still travel the same way and still do not feel the need to tow another vehicle. Just depends on your goals as others suggested already. Sightseeing vs staying in one place for weeks at a time, which calls for a bigger RV and tow/towed vehicle.
NCWriter 03/05/17 06:29am Beginning RVing
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