For a communications company, they have decent products and service.
But they have the "clunkiest" website of them all.
I would put it in harsher terms... their website sucks! It is one of the worst and most difficult to navigate websites for a company that I have used. What makes me laugh is that they offer website development help to other businesses!!
I have actually been very happy with Verizon for providing cell service and the phones they have available. BUT... you may want to (if you have the time) try 3 different methods with them:
1. Use the horrible website to peruse/buy phones.
2. Call Verizon directly - you will find different phones and plans available than the website, sometimes less expensive.
3. Go to a FACTORY Verizon store. A lot of the "Verizon" physical stores are independantly run retail sales stores that are not actually directly overseen/run/managed by Verizon. They will have all different phones and plans, but you might (will) have issues with warranty repairs or calling plan questions. The Factory Verizon stores can (or at least are supposed to) do anything and everything for you... but again, sometimes some plans and phones are only available using the website.
I have no idea why Verizon operates this way. Even with all this weirdness, Verizon offers the best coverage in my area and we've been satisfied with them.
I've had very good results with Bounce sheets and Irish Spring soap inside the trailer and mothballs OUTSIDE the trailer around the wheels and jack (anything touching the ground). Trailer smells great in the spring, and I think the Bounce sheets do absorb some moisture too. I have not tried the peppermint oil (yet!).
Having said that... these are just repellents. If mice have a choice of places to go, they will go where there are no repellents. If there is no other place for them, they will go into the camper, soap/sheets/mothballs/sonic noise whatever.
As to mouse traps, I have always used cheese (American or Swiss, whichever is less expensive). The key is that very quickly the cheese chunk on the trigger will dryout and harden - then the mouse has to gnaw at the bait, tripping the trap. Peanut butter can be easily licked off without tripping the trap. I prefer the traditional traps with wood base and spring steel - they are powerful and seem to kill the mice almost instantly. As someone already posted, you are actually bringing bait/food into the camper if you set them up inside the camper, so see if you can avoid that. And if you don't check them daily you might have the smell of dead mouse in your camper for awhile...
If you use glue traps, a couple things to keep in mind. 1. Keep any pets AWAY from them! That liquid/oozy glue is VERY effective. 2. If you catch a mouse/rat, you now will have a live animal to get rid of. Many people simply put the trap, mouse included, into a bucket of water where it will drown. This can be rather unpleasant if you are not ready to do that.
Farmers do use those bucket traps with water and bait/peanut butter on a can or bottle that spins - they can be very effective. I would not consider them practical inside a camper... BUT how about setting up one or two outside the camper?
Dealing with mice (and other rodents) is an ongoing job. Try all the different methods out there and/or combine them, and see what works for you.
Really think hard before lowering your trailer.
Our 21' Forest River has the torsion bar suspension, which I think is about as low as you can go. I wish my trailer was higher, like our friend's 19' Jayco.
I have to keep in mind the low rear end, and also how low the hitch setup is! When I'm all hooked up (level), the bottom of the hitch jack seems to be only a few inches off the ground - one of these years I'll measure it.
When I put the awning out and angle it for rain run off, it is really low -- I have to crouch walking under it sometimes. This is not at a crazy steep angle. Our friend's TT is no problem, the awning is way up there.
Do you like to store things like coolers and toys under the camper? Very convenient to do. But usually we can't, again, trailer is too low.
Just some things to keep in mind as you look at trailer height.
So, I'm confused. You are making a post about a post that was deleted from a different forum? Because that "deleted" post was reposted here? On a thread that is/was closed? So you are posting about a closed thread on this forum that has a post from a different deleted forum thread?
So, do you want more attention or less attention?
I need more coffee...
This doesn't really surprise anyone too much, does it? Electronics are just as prone to hacking / theft as anything else. Years ago (too many for me to think about) keyless entry systems were touted as being substantially more secure than keys.
I love the keyless entry, and our cars also have the keypad on the door. Takes a real effort these days to lock oneself out of a car... although my wife and daughter have managed to...
We stayed at Pinewood Lodge in Plymouth a couple of years ago and it was really nice.
I'll second this, except we were there in 2007 so I don't have an up to date opinion on it. It is on a lake that was great for swimming and kayaking.
Visiting Mayflower II (Pilgrim boat) is really interesting, along with Plymouth village. Remember, when you go to see Plymouth Rock, ask the attendants about it because they have a really interesting 5-10 minute talk about it.
Be ready for relatively expensive rates and fees in that area!
I always have put board(s) under both wheels to level side to side. I just don't like the "look" of the axles at different angles when you lift only one wheel. A small difference probably won't hurt anything, but a big height difference just seems like it would stress the connections / shackles / bolts.
I don't know about Lynx levelers, but a camper neighbor gave me his set of plastic leveling blocks because his new 5th wheel was too heavy and was crushing them. Just something to watch out for (he went from a dual axle TT to a triple axle 5th, big weight difference).
This is the one we have in our camper, didn't realize they are quite that expensive! But it works great, and as I said if you open the vent only about an inch no rain comes in, unless it is a big storm:
Yes, the MaxxAir vents are better, but I am very happy with our fan.
We always have windows at least cracked open when camping. Our skylight in the bathroom opens, so I open that about an inch (low enough that rain won't come in) and open one of the windows in the front of the camper about an inch. Usually I can feel a slight draft coming through the window, which is what I want.
Our bathroom skylight also has a Fantastic Fan, which works great for "power venting" our 21ft camper.
Sometimes we do use the A/C fan at night for white noise. Some campgrounds can be noisy until late.
If it is a really warm night and we need to use the A/C overnight, I STILL crack open windows for venting. You need that fresh air!
I'm sure we all have a item or two the better half just refuses to agree too. Mine is pretty simple, I want one of those state visited map to put on the screen door. She won't have anything to do with it "too tacky".
My wife is the one who bought one of those maps, and I have never got around to putting it up.
Funny thing is, I am the one who is usually vetoing more "stuff". Wife basically says yes to buying, well, anything!
Although, now that I think about it, I have not actually asked about getting a 24 year old girlfriend...
If you have someone "help" you back up by standing near the rear of the trailer, two things:
1) They need to stand where you can see them in the driver's side mirror... sometimes they need to stand pretty far off to the side.
2) They need to tell you where the rear of the trailer should go, NOT which way they think you should turn the truck!! It will get too confusing if they start trying to tell you which way to turn the truck - that is something you will learn.
Be patient. and practice.
Also, learn how to use your side mirrors, and learn what they are showing you. Best thing to practice this is to stop looking over your shoulder when just day to day driving around. Begin using your side mirrors all the time, on all your vehicles.
We tried out the "RV-Que" bbq that came with our trailer that hung on the side of the TT for the first couple seasons... then gave up on it. As others say, sometimes it would fill under the awning with smoke, and the smoke would get in the trailer. It also takes up room under the awning which can be at a premium on rainy days.
We now use one of the portable grills available, like a Coleman Roadtrip (ours is a Thermos that is no longer available). I can setup the grill outside the awning, or just under an edge of the awning in bad weather, and take our grill to other friend's campsites to cook as we have done often.
Careful on buying too much stuff before going on a couple camping trips. Make sure you do a couple "driveway campouts" if possible, then try a local campground / state park close enough so you can run home if you need something.
One "splurge" is nice camp chairs. If you have young, growing kids, get them less expensive Walmart chairs that you won't worry about getting beatup or broken. For Mom and Dad, take the time to sit in chairs in the stores and be willing to spend a little more for nice ones... makes sitting around a campfire that much nicer. Also plan on having two extra cheapo chairs for people who might visit.
Actually, we didn't find Fort Wilderness all that expensive. Big thing is we went during a "slow time", October, so the rates were lower - about the same as a really good full hookup campground around us.
Also, check with AAA if you are a member! Our first trip we got a pretty substantial discount by making arrangements through AAA. They don't always have discounts, but ask.
Are you driving down? You should figure at least two days of driving each way.
Best thing is the 7 day Park Hopper pass. You can basically go anywhere and do anything in Disney World at any time just by showing the card they give you. If you want to cook your own food in your RV, then that is a money saver, but it is nice not having to do that.
When we went we got the 7 day park hopper with standard meal plan. The meal plan included one counter service meal, one table service meal, and one snack per day. You can mix and match how you use the meal plan. We made our own breakfast in the camper, then didn't worry about food the rest of the time.
I used Disboards forum a lot for planning ideas and help.
I used this forum (Open Roads) extensively for route planning help!
A few years ago we stayed at the KOA in Niagara on Lundy's Lane on the Canadian side. I thought the campground was fine (kids loved it), and the local bus stops right in front of the campground all day long - just jump on it (very reasonable cost), and it brings you right to the falls.
We went with two other families. For dinner one day, we ate at the Skylon Restaurant (the big tower right next to the falls). They have an all you can eat buffet "family" section and we loved it! The food was great, and we put a dent in their profits that day, lol! The view over looking the falls is fantastic.