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RE: Finding camping spots

RVParkreviews is very good. We also just ask here on Open Roads! Usually someone will have recently stayed wherever it is you are thinking about. Also, state park websites. We have almost camped at all the Connecticut state park campgrounds - amazing how many there are that I never knew about. This probably goes for all the states... you might be amazed at what is right around you.
Tvov 04/28/17 05:23am General RVing Issues
RE: What do you use as the "length of your travel trailer"?

For state tax purposes, I use box length - 21 feet. For campground purposes / depending on the sites, I use total length ~24 feet.
Tvov 04/27/17 05:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar vs generator

Do you really think you need the independent power? We found that we don't "need" a generator or solar. For weekend camping without hookups, careful use of electricity makes our single battery easily last a weekend. From Friday night to leaving on the following Monday, single battery power is fine. For a week plus, I usually bring a spare camper battery so I know we have enough power. Otherwise we plan camping trips at campgrounds with electric hookups, especially if we think we'll want to use the air conditioning. Although having a "full hookup" campsite with septic is nice, I have no problem with using the dump station at a campground so we will choose a campsite based on location and size, not just hookups. A lot of campgrounds around us have "electric only" campsites, or campsites with electric and grey water only drains - which is really nice, you can take long showers! If I ever do get a generator for camping, I will spend the money to get a high quality and Quiet! one like a Honda. Friends have a Honda 2,000 watt camping generator, and it is just weird how quiet it is.
Tvov 04/26/17 05:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Which kind of RV to buy for our situation? Details...

So, do you have a budget? Seems like you might be looking at less than $10,000?
Tvov 04/24/17 04:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Disney and universal Florida. How to do both..

lawrosa, have you been to Disney before? Even spending a week there, it will be almost impossible to see everything. You might be a little over ambitious trying to do the two places at once.
Tvov 04/22/17 06:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cape Cod

Atlantic Oaks Campground centrally located at the cape. Rail trail behind campground, beaches everywhere. Don't forget to get a lobster roll at Arnolds next door! Mike Second this. Their pull through sites are surprisingly roomy. The "Rail Trail" is really cool for bicycling - an old railroad bed that has been converted to a biking / hiking trail. Atlantic Oaks is directly on it. You can go easily up and down the Cape on it. I think my son and I went 16 miles one day with no problems.
Tvov 04/22/17 06:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Registration......Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!

We pay property tax on our camper. I'm not sure what you mean by an "excise tax" - we pay a registration/license fee every 2 years to the Connecticut state coffers, but it isn't too much, less than $100 - I should look, I think it's like $20. "Property tax" goes right to my local town hall, and that is a couple hundred dollars. I actually don't begrudge that too much, as at least I can go to a town meeting and complain about spending, making me feel like I have some sort of control over it.
Tvov 04/22/17 05:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Limited Slip or Open Differential?

This thread has got me scratching my head. I need to go and look up the specs on my 2008 F250 2wd super duty. I've always thought (assumed) that it had Limited Slip Differential and Traction Control. Why would a vehicle not have both?
Tvov 04/21/17 05:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Connecticut State Parks - some closed to camping

Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could upgrade the rest of our state parks like Hammonasset State Park. I have been trying off and on the past 5 years to book hammo to no avail, too much local demand... Mike You are trying only to get holiday weekends and/or electric hookup sites? Holiday weekends are always packed, and 3/4 of Hammo is no hookups. Electric sites need to be booked the moment they become available, although non-holiday weekends are sometimes open. non-electric sites are usually available throughout the year. I go back and forth on "upgrading" the state park campgrounds. It is really nice to have hookups, but so many state parks are beautiful and inexpensive to stay at as they are. Upgrading will increase the rates, and the crowds. As I said in my first post, Macedonia Brook has become our favorite state park for camping, and it doesn't even have bathrooms with running water! Maybe the outhouses keep people away? lol x2 on reserving. I can generally book any non holiday weekday @ Hammo but got to reserve far in advance for weekends and holidays. The only time I ever got a spot on Beach Rd was a fluke and uhm I dinna need the electricity but still had to pay for it . Will give Macedonia a look see this summer after we return from Indian Lake SP in NY. Where we'll have to bring in all supplies including water by boat and I'll introduce my loved ones to the joys of pit toilets. If they don't tar and feather me after this vacation I'll count my blessings more often, hehehe. Macedonia is one of the parks that is Closed for camping this year, but I think you can still check it out. As I said, absolutely no "amenities", just wooded campsites along a brook.
Tvov 04/20/17 04:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Connecticut State Parks - some closed to camping

Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could upgrade the rest of our state parks like Hammonasset State Park. I have been trying off and on the past 5 years to book hammo to no avail, too much local demand... Mike You are trying only to get holiday weekends and/or electric hookup sites? Holiday weekends are always packed, and 3/4 of Hammo is no hookups. Electric sites need to be booked the moment they become available, although non-holiday weekends are sometimes open. non-electric sites are usually available throughout the year. I go back and forth on "upgrading" the state park campgrounds. It is really nice to have hookups, but so many state parks are beautiful and inexpensive to stay at as they are. Upgrading will increase the rates, and the crowds. As I said in my first post, Macedonia Brook has become our favorite state park for camping, and it doesn't even have bathrooms with running water! Maybe the outhouses keep people away? lol
Tvov 04/19/17 04:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: LED's

I got some replacement LEDs for my truck running lights at Walmart... and they are pretty crappy. They are the blueish color, so behind the orange lens they actually come out more yellow. I've also replaced about 3 out of the 5 LED bulbs because they are built so poorly - I bought extra out of habit and have used up my extra bulbs. Next time I have to replace LEDs I'm going to try an auto parts store. In this case, "saving money" at Walmart was not worth it.
Tvov 04/18/17 04:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Awnbrella

So those are curved braces that go under an awning and hold it up? I guess to increase the rain runoff? And you could probably not have to angle the awning. Seems like a fine idea... or you could just angle the awning...
Tvov 04/17/17 05:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane grill

There are a lot of different connections, adapters, and hoses available for propane tanks and grills. It is possible you just haven't found the correct adapter. If your local hardware store sells propane grills, they may have some different adapters you can look at.
Tvov 04/16/17 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Connecticut State Parks - some closed to camping

CT will never close Hammonasset State Park - that is by far the most financially lucrative park for the state. Hammo essentially pays for most of the rest of the state parks. Another state park you might want to look into is Rocky Neck State Park, about 30 minutes farther north on I95. Pachaug state forest is, if I remember correctly, all tent camping sites. A couple CT state parks have "horse camping" sites! I did not know that until a few years ago. These are areas that you ride to (no room to trailer a horse in, not sure where you would start!), can set up a tent, and there are "hitching" posts and water troughs for horses.
Tvov 04/16/17 06:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Connecticut State Parks - some closed to camping

Well, our wonderful Connecticut state gov has decided to close some state parks for camping to save money for 2017. Most all of them are small, non-hookup parks. Just double check if you are planning any camping trips in Connecticut. Our favorite, Macedonia Brook, is closed. Non-definitive list of closed-to-camping state parks: Macedonia Brook Devil's Hopyard Salt Rock Campground Pachuag State Forest - Greenfalls camping area closed
Tvov 04/15/17 07:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boycott Walmart in Seguin TX

Not far into this thread I began to think that maybe this was a good way for the original poster to get material for his "book" he says he's writing.
Tvov 04/15/17 06:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Tell us what we need

... We forgot a can opener. How does that happen? ... Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool! You probably had one in your glove compartment of the truck, right? Glad you had fun.
Tvov 04/15/17 05:42am Toy Haulers
RE: High Output alternators?

Stop by your local Rescue Squad stations and take a gander of their Emergency Vehicles DC systems. They got all kinds of high performance DC setups going keeping all of their emergency systems working... When is the last time you saw one them sitting on the side of the with run down batteries haha... Roy Ken Not sure what you mean. Emergency vehicles will quickly have dead batteries if people aren't careful. At the local fire / rescue station you will find all the vehicles plugged into shore power. Emergency vehicles (fire trucks, ambulances) rarely shut off their engines without plugging the vehicle into "shore power". All the ambulances in my town have permanent jumper cables sticking out of their grills - since they sometimes want to shut down the engine at an extended medical to quiet things down (idling diesel noise can get annoying). Fire engines routinely have 3 or more big batteries, but even those can drain quickly if the driver isn't careful. Fire engines almost always have a battery master shutoff switch - but there are so many systems that get added over time, sometimes there are still vampire electric drains even with the master off.
Tvov 04/14/17 05:56am Truck Campers
RE: 2013 Ford Escape

Have your friend look at popups. Not only are they easy to tow, but they are extraordinarily easy to maneuver in a campground... just unhook them and push them around.
Tvov 04/12/17 05:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Campground Will You Never Go Back To

Our worst was Brialee Family Camping in Connecticut. A combination of things: Nasty manager, unfriendly seasonals (really bad), and lack of maintenance. Lack of maintenance means the grossest bathrooms we've been in - backed up toilets, standing disgusting water on the floor, not cleaned all weekend. Now, we haven't been there in years, so I hesitated to post this, but I went to read some recent reviews about the place... turns out things seemingly have not changed! A couple bad reviews, then a bunch of "best" reviews - hmmmm. Some other campgrounds we've been to may have some bad reviews, but we went knowing what to expect. One campground, on a drive through tour, just isn't all that great - but we've always had a fantastic time there and the people are all great. Another campground right near my house is a "party" campground. If you go there wanting a quiet, undisturbed weekend - you will not like it. If you go there ready to have a few drinks with your neighbors and basically meet the whole campground as everyone (and all the kids) walk around saying hello, you will have a great time.
Tvov 04/08/17 07:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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