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RE: Unleashed dogs in campgrounds: A solution

I think I have hit on the answer. If we simply require all campers to join this forum the unleashed and pooping dog problem would vanish. In all these years I have never seen the offender be one of OUR people. ALL of the forum members leash and clean up after their dogs! It is always "the other" guy who is the offender.
SteveRuff 09/15/14 01:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Microwave/Convection Wire Racks

I leave my racks in all the time. Many of the settings are using both convection and microwave so it is obviously okay to do so. I have never seen a spark like used to happen with older microwaves when metal was inside.
SteveRuff 09/12/14 10:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: 2014 days spendt camping?

Left home on June 5th and won't be back there until mid to late October. At this point I am not quite sure when we will head out again after that.
SteveRuff 09/11/14 02:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big or small with toddler

We spend most of the year in a 34' motor home. Our "stick and brick" home is 3200 sq. ft. We find the room in our motor home is more than adequate for our needs. I can't remember one moment where I felt crowded or cramped.
SteveRuff 09/10/14 03:26pm Full-time RVing
RE: Why I do not depend on camground Wifi

Right now my Netgear Genie is reporting 29 devices connected to the WIFI in the park. My connection is relatively good, certainly adequate for my email and surfing needs. I have seen it as high as 72 devices connected and at that time it is too slow to be of any use at all. The downside is that my MIFI Jetpack will only connect at 3G with 2 bars so it is even less satisfactory.
SteveRuff 09/06/14 11:37am Technology Corner
RE: Off-grid vs RV park

I realize you have a dream and this lifestyle is all about living "the dream." However, the "deal" you are being offered is too one sided and not in your favor. Take the park and learn to live in your RV first. One of the hardest lessons I had to learn was that I did not have to take the "Once in a Lifetime" deal, whatever it was, because there always seemed to be another one down the road. You will find that co-op deal again. If the one you are looking at makes it, they will still have room for you in a year or two and you can get in then.
SteveRuff 09/05/14 12:43pm Full-time RVing
RE: Financing Survey

We have always paid cash. Never finance anything that will depreciate in value or you will be upside-down sooner or later. While in theory I agree, but... With such low interest rate environments (we can get 5% at our credit union for up to 10 years) why not let your investments work for you and make payments. After you add the ability to write-off interest on the loan, in the 25% tax bracket your effective loan rate is 3.75%. (Last year most of my accounts had returns in the high teens and low twenties.) To each their own, I guess. JMHO Doug I am glad someone else feels the way I do. At the time I bought, my investments were making 3 to 4% more than the cost of the loan. Made more sense to finance rather than sell off for the cash. Financed for 20 years at 5%. I never figured it as a percentage of income although it is less than 2%. I used the dealer financing but then refinanced for a better rate.
SteveRuff 09/05/14 11:45am Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie Needing Answers

4 drop down televisions is probably not going to happen but tablets can fill that requirement. The fact is, 5 somewhat private sleeping areas is a huge barrier that I doubt you can overcome. Perhaps you should think along the lines of taking a tent along for the boys. With just you and the daughter in the RV you have many more choices available.
SteveRuff 09/04/14 02:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: disadvantage of having MoHo parked in driveway.

I am trying to think if I own anything that has enough value that I would be willing to shoot someone for trying to take it. Outside of my wife, my son, and my dog, the rest is just stuff and hardly worth taking a life over.
SteveRuff 09/03/14 12:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any New WW Recipes

I just posted a new halibut recipe I found over on the old WW thread. Trust me, this one is good! We even put it into the "company" file for those rare times we have dinner guests. Speaking of the old WW thread, I'd be interested in finding it, but I'm not successful. Here it is for those that are interested. WW Thread
SteveRuff 08/29/14 09:34am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How do you hang your bath towels?

I thought that was what the treadmill was for.
SteveRuff 08/24/14 10:52am RV Lifestyle
RE: 2015 Allegro 32SA

We are in our 2006 Allegro Bay 34' and have nothing but high praise for the quality and the workmanship. Perfect? Absolutely not. We have had some issues. Point is that they were taken care of with no hassle by the Tiffin network. We had a dealership tell us that they had no problem with doing warranty work even though they were not a Tiffin dealership because Tiffin always paid their bills promptly and were easy to work with. We have been to Red Bay twice and will go again soon for some refit and refresh work. I have even had occasion to call for parts and have had them shipped that day sometimes for free but even if not then at least reasonably priced. I doubt we will buy another coach but if we were to do so I would look to Tiffin first.
SteveRuff 08/20/14 01:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: thinking aobut going solo

We spent four years in a 24' Isata motor home. The first year was with no toad and it was doable but became confining. We bought a Pontiac Vibe, 5 speed manual and towed it for the next 60,000 miles or so. No problems encountered and much more satisfying.
SteveRuff 08/19/14 12:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Washer/Dryer combos

DW wanted the combo since that is what our coach has a space for. We gave up the storage to have it put in. As everyone knows, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" We are all happy here :) She absolutely loves not going to seek out the laundromat, schlepping all our clothes and supplies to and from, spending 2 or 3 hours in a hot, often dirty place in a bad part of town. I, of course, had to go with her so it's a win win situation. There was a brief learning curve and some wrinkled loads but now she has the system down and loves being able to do the laundry in her pajamas if she wants!
SteveRuff 08/14/14 01:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: work campers/permanents/long term

Sounds to me like we are not all on the same page. I wonder if hotpepper was referring to a work camper who works in the campground as opposed to a camper who goes to work at an offsite job.
SteveRuff 08/12/14 12:48pm Workamping Forum
RE: Another shirt ruined with tiny holes !

Simple. It is the same thing that takes one sock from your dryer. Whatever it is takes the cloth from those tiny holes and collects them until it has enough to make another sock to match the one it took!
SteveRuff 08/11/14 01:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: “Perfect” traveling meals

For us nothing beats left over fried or roasted/broiled cold chicken. Add some potato salad, a bag of salad and some salad dressing of choice. We take the packets of water flavoring to add to bottled water, iced tea with peach being our favorite. Throw in a cookie or two and you have an elegant picnic lunch.
SteveRuff 08/10/14 10:40am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How long are (have) you keeping your MH in retirement

Our first was a small 24' Class B+ Isata. It had 40,000 miles on it but was built right and to high standards. We kept her for 4 years and finally traded her off ay 90,000 miles+. We had decided we liked the life and wanted to continue. We bought our 2006 Allegro Bay new in 2008. because it had been on the lot so long the dealer was eager. He gave us a good price on the new one and top dollar for the trade in which was sold before we had all of our stuff removed! I suspect this will be our final motor home because it is what we wanted and we are quite happy with it. I am 68 now and expect to travel another 10 years or so, God willing. I doubt we would get a whole lot more for her now than we will 10 years from now so it doesn't really make sense to sell and buy another.
SteveRuff 08/09/14 12:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: newbie question about extended stays

First motor home was a 24' Isata. We had her for a year and traveled with no toad. We found it doable with limitations. We almost always were able to find a spot to park, especially in larger parking lots such as Walmart, major grocery chains etc, even larger tourist attractions. We had our tear down, set-up routine down to a science and could stow, pack and vacate a site in less than 15 minutes. Often our set-up was less because we would just plug in if our water tank was full and we didn't need to dump. What we eventually realized, though, was that more and more often we simply skipped going to do something or missed some things we would really have enjoyed seeing because we just didn't feel like going through the hassle and, as some one mentioned, going off leaving the motor home with the genny running so the dog stayed comfortable. Our first trip with the toad clinched it. We so enjoyed that and we realized that, for us, a toad was a "must." In a year of travel we now put 5,000 to 8,000 miles on the motor home but double or even triple that on the toad.
SteveRuff 08/07/14 03:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: What's the secret to making fluffy scrambled eggs ?

IHOP adds a bit of pancake batter to theirs.
SteveRuff 08/06/14 03:16pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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