Most people who abuse handicapped parking are just "stopping for a minute"... which is why they get away with it -- unless a cop happens to be right there they don't get a ticket. In my town the police do a walking beat almost every day in the center of town and regularly ticket cars improperly parked for whatever reason. During the middle of summer they have police "explorers" (usually young people looking at a police career) do the parking tickets.
For years my Dad (WWII and Korea Vet, can hardly walk) didn't use his handicapped placard, so the "people who really need it" could use the spot.
You can't "be certain" as to how handicapped someone is. It is different for everyone. And, some people legitimately think that just because a car has a handicapped placard, that car can be parked in a handicapped spot, whether or not a person in the vehicle needs it.
I just go on about my day... keeping in mind that Karma can be rough!
The key to sticky traps is to put one bit of dog food in the center of the trap, but you have to check the trap so the mouse can be either dispatched or released (your choice) without suffering.
I am not aware of any "sticky trap" that you can release a mouse from. The ones I know of are a shallow, rectangular tray filled with goo that is incredibly sticky - once a mouse gets caught in that, no way can it be released. The recommended "dispatch" method is drowning the mouse, tray and all, in a 5 gallon bucket full of water.
I prefer the traditional snap traps. I use your basic American cheese - break off a small square and squish it onto the trigger. After a short while it will harden (you may want to actually let it harden before setting out the trap) and when the mice have to chew on it the trigger gets tripped.
As to baiting, I found the "Ramik" and "One Bite" bait bars to be much more effective than "De-Con". As another poster mentioned, but the bait outside of the camper if possible. If there is a concern about other animals (especially pets) getting to the bait, you can buy bait containers that will prevent anything larger than a mouse or rat from accessing the bait.
I use Irish Spring soap and Bounce original scent sheets in our trailer... I don't know if they are keeping the mice out, but the trailer smells great in the Spring!
Family is very excited. Spending a 7 nights at FW.
Any suggestions for places to read up and tips and things to do and see?
Any ideas much appreciated!
joe b. had a great response. I'm trying to think of things to add...
At Fort Wilderness itself, don't miss Hoop De Do Review! It is a lot of fun - musical / comedy / show dinner. You will most likely need reservations.
Also at FW, the carriage ride around the campground at night is really nice. We went on the "Haunted Carriage Ride" in October and were surprised at how good it was... I don't know if they'll have a theme for it in November.
The little speed boats you can rent are a hoot to bomb around in. Try to go early in the morning, as the bay gets surprisingly busy with boats during the day.
Assuming you pick a day to stay at FW instead of going to the parks, you might want to rent a cart. Besides making it easy to get around (FW is a BIG campground!), they are fun to do "looping", driving around sightseeing through all the campground loops.
The floating light show goes by the beach at FW around 9:30pm (I think, someone may want to correct that). It is really cool to see it go by while sitting on the beach. Yes, the nightly fireworks can be seen from the beach, but they are kinda far away. One time my daughter and I were returning to FW in the evening on one of the ferries, and the ferry had to pull over to let the light show boats go by... and the captain of the light show turned it on for us! It was really cool to be that close on the water and see it.
There is a HECK of a lot to do at Disney World. I think November is one of the "slower" months, so it hopefully won't be crowded. I would think twice about waiting too long in line for a ride if it can be avoided - there are so many other rides and things to check out. For very popular rides, try getting to them first thing in the morning or in the evening when there might be fewer people. Also, one tip we read about was when first entering the Magic Kingdom in the morning, try going LEFT instead of right... most people naturally turn right first. It was weird - we turned left one morning when we entered the park, we ended up riding Pirates of the Caribbean multiple times with virtually no one else there. Later in the day, there was more than a 1 hour wait for it... Also, the wait for some rides is surprisingly quick even with long lines - Haunted Mansion (my favorite) lines usually move quickly. "Soaring" is a really neat ride. I found "GM Test Track" to be NOT worth waiting for - I don't really know what the big deal is about that ride.
Meals - a lot of the restaurants and food places in Disney World serve similar food... good, but really not amazing. The top restaurants, though, deliver some incredible food - and they are expensive. We went to the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Hotel once (our 20th wedding anniversary), and the food was great. Our dinner reservations were timed to coincide with the nightly fireworks, and we went out onto the viewing deck to watch them - we were basically above the fireworks! It was fantastic.
I could go on and on. One thing to remember -- if you have any questions or any problem/situation, ASK a Disney person. They are called "cast members" as opposed to employees. A few times when I needed something or we had an issue, when I asked a cast member about whatever the situation was, it was taken care of immediately (within reason). I really have never had such excellent customer service anywhere else I've been.
most of you must be wealthy
All depends on how you look at it. Up here in Connecticut, the nightly cost of a private campground with full hookups will run $60 - $90 a night... darn close to Fort Wilderness, actually even more if you compare with FW during slow months. FW has so much going on some "regulars" don't even bother leaving the campground. If you do leave the campground...
As to Disney World itself, yea, it is expensive. We've been twice over the last 8 years, and we saved up money before going so that we wouldn't come back to big credit card bills. I suggest to people that if they are on a tight budget, they might want to consider delaying going and saving up some more. When you get there, you don't want to have to spend the whole time worrying about the cost. We had great, fun experiences. Disney World is by far the best run destination vacation we've ever been to.
The vast majority of our camping trips these last few years now that the kids are grown up (they don't need the playgrounds, pools, and arcades) have been to state parks and "rustic" campgrounds. It is nice, though, to every once in awhile go somewhere and be pampered!
Let the campground know that you need electric hookup for health reasons, they may have sites reserved for ADA use - medical need falls under that (usually). I don't know about the specific campgrounds you are looking at, but the local state park in my area has a few ADA electric sites that many times are unoccupied even on busy weekends.
Oh, and Acadia is great to visit. Blackwoods campground in the park is No hookups, but a great campground. Various private campgrounds in the area to choose from also. The park is setup so all the major areas can be accessed by car, but it is easy to get away from people by hiking just a little way off the most used paths. Also fantastic bicycling, with miles of "carriage roads" to ride on.
Sept in New England is THE BEST! Come on up and have no fear. You'll love it that time of year.
Well... I lean towards October as being the best! lol, we'll just have to agree to disagree and go camping!
Years ago when I studied Geo thermal I was told the average temperature stays within 1 degree from year to year, thus a cold winter = a warm summer and a warmer winter = a cooler summer etc. Seems around here that has held up since I started paying attention. I'm not exactly looking forward to this summer as there is only so much clothing people will let me take off in public...
Years ago I was fortunate to get to know a wonderful lady (who has passed on) who grew up on a small farm. These days it would be called "off grid", back then it was called living. She always said "Nature makes up"; meaning cold winter - warm summer, cold summer - warm winter. She was a treasure trove of "olde timey" weather knowledge and sayings, which inevitably turned out to be accurate.
I see some serious problems with the simulated "poo" The viscosity is all wrong
Based upon my research on RV.net, the following needs to be added to the recipe:
(2) eating utensils
(1) cell phone
Don't forget tweezers and toe nail clippers...
X2 on the next test including a tank flusher unit of some kind (quickie, tornado, whatever). Either a tank flusher, or a flush king unit.
I definitely think that your original test would have been much better, if some kind of flushing had been done with the 3" hose setup (whether that flush was done with a tank rinser, flush king, whatever).
You did a flush afterward with the Sewer Solution, but not with the 3" hose. Its no surprise (and not a fair comparison), that you'd end up with a cleaner tank with the sewer solution and flush afterward vs 3" with no flush.
My bet is that if you do a flush afterward with both approaches, you're going to find the tank gets cleaned, emptied 'bout the same with either approach.
Yes and no... The sewer solution comes with a built in flushing valve, while a standard 3" stinky slinky is just for draining. So it was interesting to see what does, and doesn't, end up draining from the tank. Having said that... after dumping I usually just direct a hose into the open toilet to flush out my tank, I don't have any bends in the plumbing.
WD-40 should not be used on firearms. It can penetrate primers and make them not work. Our department firearms officer told me many years ago if I had a can of WD-40 to place it under the tire and back over it. A misfire for a hunter might mean missing a duck. In law enforcement, a misfire is quite a different matter.
I hear and see all sorts of uses for, or not for, WD-40. Depends on the day, weather, season, and year it seems whether or not WD-40 is good or not. As to primers... it would be interesting to see how much WD-40 is applied to a firearm in order work its way into a primer. Makes me think maybe someone just sprayed a firearm without wiping it down... I am sure most lightweight lubricants will affect primers if too much is used.
As to who said it was good for firearms, WD-40 is advertised, right on the can, as being suitable for cleaning and protecting firearms. I don't use it for that, but I know some very experienced hunters who swear by it.
Anyways... see you on the road!
Also.... don't forget dirty or corroded battery cables and connections after years of use. A couple years ago I was always having to recharge my battery, and had a couple dead batteries in the middle of dry camping trips... finally realized the battery cables, about 10 years old, that looked perfectly good had corrosion under the insulation for the first inch or two from the clamp. I cut off about an inch from the positive and negative cables, reattached the battery clamps, and suddenly all my "bad" batteries work great!
...It seems my battery always runs low or dies out if I leave my trailer unattended for a few weeks....
Your camper has a few "vampire" electric devices on it that will slowly drain a battery over time. Gas detector is one obvious one. Most other electronic equipment when "off" are not really off, still drawing a little bit.
Also DO NOT USE these small RV30A-15A small round adapters. These units will get hot on you rather quick and will burn up your SHORE POWER 30AMP PLUG.
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You DO NOT want your SHORE POWER CABLE PLUG end up looking like this...
I've been using one of those small converter plugs (bought from Walmart) for probably a decade without any problems. But... I don't use A/C or microwave with the TT at home.
I usually have my TT unplugged and the battery disconnected when parked at home. I plug it in and reconnect the battery a few days before leaving on a camping trip to let the onboard system charge up the battery and to run the refrig to cool it down. If I know we'll be camping a couple trips (weekends) in a row, I will leaved it plugged in at home.
While some folks cut up some 2x8s, those are heavy. These are the better way to go. They are very light, interlock to make varied heights, and make the job of leveling your rig quick and easy, and there's zero risk of bending the frame.
I carry both 2x8 boards and "lego blocks". Besides leveling, the legos are great for under the front jack (with a board or something to prevent the jack from breaking the legos) and also providing a large pad under the stabilizers. And... don't forget about leveling the grill and/or picnic table if necessary!
Also, to the original poster, search these forums. There are many threads about leveling campers.
I will reiterate; the test proved nothing, other than you leave a lot of "stuff" in your tank if you don't rinse.
I was unaware anyone was/is trying to "prove" anything? Seems like an interesting way to see how the black tank on RVs works.