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RE: Space Utilization in Sprinter RV

It's definitely satisfying to discover your own mods for your class B. Especially if it was empty space going unused!
NCWriter 08/19/15 05:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: RV Park - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Week?

Veebyes is right - if you can get a spot, the Fiesta's "VIP" dry camping spots are ideally located - within a very short walk to the field for the event you came for in the first place - and they do include passes for two people throughout your stay. If you buy daily tickets separately, you need to factor in the cost for both morning and night tickets - one ticket no longer covers you for both. The evening glow events are beautiful. The Fiesta's own standard spots are much cheaper and further away (no tickets included), but a shuttle runs to the launch field, and they are an alternative if you didn't book early. It's often below freezing and dark when things get decided and start getting underway (or not) on launch field. It's fun to relax in your RV with coffee before dawn and watch the local TV station that broadcasts on-the-spot reports on the status of the launch that morning. I'd really hate to schlep in the dark and cold for an hour and walk to the field only to find out the ascension is cancelled that day. The convenience of that section is definitely worth every penny. By the way, non-Fiesta commercial RV parks as far away as Santa Fe have special higher rates for the Fiesta.
NCWriter 08/13/15 05:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fishing Bridge rv park

I thought it was just fine. Friendly staff, trees all around, convenient to the figure eight road that leads to all the Park's sights, fuel and propane available, large laundry facility and clean showers, full hookups plus dump stations, paved and level sites. A bison and deer wandered through. I've never understood why people bash it so much, since I've stayed in some really unsatisfactory places, and Fishing Bridge was not bad at all.... I guess they expect Yellowstone to have very large sites with thick foliage and lots of space in between for privacy like some state parks. It's not like that, but to me it was perfect for busy sightseers.
NCWriter 07/23/15 03:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserve America

I discovered a little quirk a few years ago trying to book a government campground out west. All the sites were unavailable, apparently fully booked, I assumed, which didn't make sense to me since the date was off season, and way in advance. Finally I learned they showed it that way after Labor Day because they did not bother with reservations, yet the campground was still open for whoever showed up to check in with the host, Which we and others did, selecting whichever site we preferred. The rangers had closed one section, but the other was up and running. Not saying this is your scenario or that Florida does it that way, just that sometimes the system may be hard to decipher.
NCWriter 07/21/15 06:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Parks from Crofton, MD to Charleston, SC

We have also stopped at New Green Acres in Waltorboro, SC before. Its a nice park with an evergreen canopy just off of Rt 95. Again, easy on/off, clean bathrooms and a good price. This is a good resource if you go up and down the I95 corridor often, http://www.i95exitguide.com/camping/. This shows all kinds of stuff within 10 miles of Rt 95... food, gas stations, camping, attractions, etc. We use it all the time. Green Acres is fine (unless it's raining and then puddles can swallow Volkswagons) but it's a LONG way south of Richmond. We've stayed a few times at Pocahantas State Park below the city of Richmond. Easy access from/to 95, sites with electricity. Quiet the times we've been there.
NCWriter 07/15/15 06:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GS Roadside Assistance Membership

Run! For the love of God run away from good Sam as fast as you can! Everything they are doing lately is a scam. ...And yet, here you are posting. You do realize Good Sam owns this forum?
NCWriter 07/14/15 02:39pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Great RV Escapes - Scam ?

Guess it depends on the kinds of places you pick to stay... we've stayed in an excellent Passport America park in high demand prime location, peak season, loved it and returned twice for longer stays. Sites almost all full and place adds more amenities each year. One night's stay pays for renewing the annual dues. And they do ask to see your current PA card, by the way. No personal knowledge of "Great RV Escapes." My edit: I posted this response in answer to different person just before me who trashed all Passport America campgrounds as dumps that never even looked at your card (nothing to do with "Great RV Escapes.") But his post has mysteriously disappeared, apparently edited out yesterday by the MOD.
NCWriter 07/12/15 02:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sprinter T1N1:Check Engine Light

I've read the same in the manual - that low fuel level can cause the light to come on (haven't had that experience.) But could be something else. In June we woke up to a dead coach battery, luckily last day of a road trip. Got a charge from Good Sam road service within an hour and drove straight home directly to our local service guy's parking lot (not a Mercedes or Dodge dealer.) The same check engine icon light was on the whole time (not flashing). The next day he located a new battery, installed it and the warning light went off, never to return. Easy fix, happily. I think our old battery was at least five years old, installed by previous owner.
NCWriter 07/12/15 01:55pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: iPad with cellular

We got an ipad2 with 3G four years ago and have an AT&T domestic plan, $25 for 2GB every 30 days. It also can be used alternately with wifi when you have a good signal by just changing the setting (5 seconds.) I believe the 3G tablet to be one of the most useful inventions of my lifetime. I use it throughout every day. Streaming movies or TV gobbles up a lot of data fast, however, so we don't use the 3G service that way. Maybe if you had unlimited data and a strong signal... Our phones are el cheapos that are only for making calls. Aside from the unreliability of campground wifi, the 3G ipad is great in an RV for the copilot to use surfing the net even while riding down the highway to check email, maps, Gas Buddy prices nearby, find campgrounds etc. Yes, there are some dead zones, but fewer as the years go by.
NCWriter 07/12/15 01:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Advice for beach camping on Assateague Island Beach

Sure sounds lie fun! We used to take our little boat there, anchor in the bay and carry a cooler over to the ocean. Are there still biting horseflies there? Those suckers drew blood.
NCWriter 07/08/15 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Cabot Trail

I agree with the toad (although I saw class As up at the top where we spent the night at Dingwall.) Buses routinely drive it but the question is really whether you think you will enjoy it. We would certainly do it again but we have a much smaller RV. Going up clockwise, we were almost pushed off the road by a very large delivery truck barreling toward us at high speed and crossing into our lane. There's no shortcut, so commercial vehicles are on the same road as sightseers. Coming back down, steep descents and hairpin turns offered beautiful scenery, but required concentration.
NCWriter 07/07/15 11:27am Roads and Routes
RE: A map of my 540 campsites for the last 9 years

Great resource - thank you so much for posting it.
NCWriter 07/05/15 05:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Hovenweep National Monument

And you probably already know about the Anasazi Heritage Center's museum. Lots of interesting stuff, and Lowry Pueblo's not far away. If you like Ancestral Puebloan artifacts and ruins, take Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's one day class. Some classroom time, lunch, visits to their workshops and a ride out to a dig. The center is in Cortez.
NCWriter 07/05/15 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

As I recall from two years ago, BLM discourages RVs anywhere except on main roads. But maybe someone else has driven into a boondocking site they can recommend - it's a big area. You're talking deep sand and very rough, uneven rock, though, even in some of the public access parking areas. You could call the visitor center folks at Anasazi Heritage Center and get their input. Or just stay at a public campground. I think Hovenweep sites are too small for a 40 footer but the McPhee Reservoir complex near Dolores has some 40-50 foot sites.
NCWriter 07/05/15 06:48am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Woman dies in MH accident at Flying J

Yikes, terrible story! So glad those children got out alive, but what a shame for the woman killed.
NCWriter 07/05/15 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reserve America transaction fee?

"At least we get the old f#@t residence rate" That's always a Plus. When I first started looking at State parks that was a great surprise. I've been looking forward to using that 50% discount ever since we decided to move to Florida. I think it will really encourage us to sample lots of the parks, especially in the spring and fall when kids are in school.
NCWriter 07/03/15 04:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserve America transaction fee?

I think the most important question has been missed by everyone. How were you lucky enough to get a reservation at Long Key SP? :) October hurricane season maybe?
NCWriter 07/02/15 10:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserve America transaction fee?

Never seen a transaction fee for Florida State Parks. May be something new, after all the pols always need more money. Edit: I found it, new fee granted by the state; "Reservation Fees Visitors will pay a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee (per reservation, not per night) when making a reservation online or by using the call center. This fee is collected at the time of reservation." Link; https://www.floridastateparks.org/content/reservation-information I wonder if this took effect July 1? I booked Oscar Scherer on June 30, no fee. (And as a new somewhat old Florida resident, it was a bargain at 50%.) Colorado had a $10 online res fee last time I booked (2013).
NCWriter 07/02/15 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: getting to NYC from Liberty Harbor

It is very easy and Liberty Harbor provides a lot of info at check-in. Just buy a ticket for the fare you need at a machine at the Path station. The ferry is quite pleasant but check times since it doesn't run throughout mid-day IIRC - leaves Wall Street area to return starting about 4 p.m. (And doesn't operate on weekends.) Path station is close, just a short walk, to the campground and ferry dock is adjacent to Campground. Be sure you get on the correct ferry - not all go to Liberty Harbor. Check the schedule sheet the office will give you for particulars.
NCWriter 07/01/15 05:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Retired, first time buyer

I think it's good to see a lot of RVs of all types before deciding. RV shows, dealer lots, asking around. We considered everything from a large class A to a small trailer for a couple of years before coming full circle to our original thought, a class B. Never regretted it, found a good used one and have traveled all over the US and Canada for 2+ months at a time. Love every minute of it, and about 95% of the small RV owners I've met we're very happy with their choice. So take with a grain of salt people who want to tell you not to buy a 22’ RV - just see a lot of them and imagine in detail how you'd use yours. I also think you are smart to learn as much as possible about all the systems and how they work. Owners of both new and used RVs often have issues to deal with, but actually using one is a big education. It really would help you to rent one for a week and start some on-the-job-training.
NCWriter 07/01/15 04:27am Beginning RVing
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