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RE: Yellow jacket trap

Has anyone used a homemade yellow jacket trap successfully? We have lots of yellow jackets this year. I’ve found and eliminated two underground nests but still have quite a few roaming around. I made a trap (found on internet) out of a 2 liter bottle, sugar water, apple cider vinegar and banana peel. No obvious success yet…in fact looks like they are laughing at it…..stinking yellow jackets. After two days - one suicide ant. Note - I tried a store bought trap that uses a bait that smells like dead stuff - caught only flies.
VAfan 08/04/14 04:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: No answer phone calls...

I’m with you…can’t just let it ring. Had a robocall this morning @ 7:30 with no answer and like you I called back only to hear “unable to complete the call as dialed”. Typically if a person calls I stop them short and ask to be taken off the list…if a robocall with no answer I call back…sometimes have the option to be removed from the list. Since I took the fight back approach seems like the calls have reduced. Thought about doing away with the landline but it is part of the Verizon package and it’s a clear option when our cell phones lose the signal.
VAfan 08/04/14 04:41pm Around the Campfire
Yellow jacket trap

Has anyone used a homemade yellow jacket trap successfully? We have lots of yellow jackets this year. I’ve found and eliminated two underground nests but still have quite a few roaming around. I made a trap (found on internet) out of a 2 liter bottle, sugar water, apple cider vinegar and banana peel. No obvious success yet…in fact looks like they are laughing at it…..stinking yellow jackets.
VAfan 08/03/14 10:16am Around the Campfire
RE: Stuck on I81 in VA with no help from my Allstate Motor Club

I feel your pain….had a similar experience with AAA I posted here several years ago when my power steering pump broke in Mathews Va. Like you had to take care of the situation myself; truck was towed 4 hours later after a rendition of “who’s on first” and them trying to send a tow truck from 150 miles away. My take away from the experience was to ask for a different rep. if you are having trouble (may need to call back and ask for a supervisor) and to make sure they are from the region you are in. Good luck with GS…..lots of similar posts like this one…..may be the nature of the beast.
VAfan 07/28/14 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Run Gas AND Electric?

Would be great to know the service managers reasoning. The electric is on all of the time and only turn on the gas during a shower…works for us….gives us a few extra minutes.
VAfan 07/27/14 08:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tragic Storm Hit At Campground.

We've seen some awful pictures of the damage on the news...our prayers, our hearts go out to all those affected by this storm. x2
VAfan 07/24/14 06:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Getting around the Campground

We use "low end" bikes and leave them outside....don't worry about covering in the rain.
VAfan 07/20/14 05:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: bunch of angry birds !!

Agree…..I’m thinking when I see the negative comments here is someone that could utilize their time better then sitting in front of computer on a forum waiting to bounce on someone. They obviously are intelligent and have computer skills…..got to be a better way to spend time. I do lot’s of volunteering, including a member of a disaster action team for the Red Cross….always in need of people with computer skills….case workers, logistics, scheduling, communications, etc.
VAfan 07/16/14 04:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV private camp memberships ?

This tread is great - lots of great advice / info. Try not to get locked into any membership. Most membership campgrounds are now allowing the public and offer yearly memberships (Thousand Trails) and are all about keeping the corporate hierarchy wealthy. We learned the hard way and now feel locked in. The reason we joined one (Thousand Trails) was because we loved what they consider our home park. Enjoyed it for multiple years thinking we would eventually break even at some point. The park now has a fraction of the transient sites (converted to permanent) they had when we joined and is allowing the public in. So they have succeeded in the objective of keeping the campground full and generating lots of income from the permanent sites…while the long time members are scratching our heads thinking “what happened?”
VAfan 07/08/14 04:17pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Note to Self

Note to myself. And make sure there isn't a partial sack of potatoes sitting on the floor under the dinette booth after a trip! Or that sack of potatoes sitting on the pantry floor in the house before leaving for a long trip! 2x - Found out last month - rotten potatoes in the trailer cabinet - smells like a dead "critter".
VAfan 07/06/14 04:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT Gas Milage

Fuel economy while towing travel trailers is much more about frontal area wind resistance than weight. That's the fact! If you want to get better gas mileage, consider something such as the Trail Manor units. Otherwise, you can't beat a pop-up tent camper. Although we downsized to a trailer that weighs less than 6,500 lbs. loaded, gas mileage is only 9 to 9.5 mpg on the average. 2x Similar MPG (8-9.0) towing a pontoon boat vs. my 7,000 lb. travel trailer with my Suburban – both like pulling a parachute.
VAfan 07/02/14 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: I'm too lazy for this.

What else would you/we be doing? Looking for something to get us in more trouble……
VAfan 06/27/14 09:29am General RVing Issues
RE: pontoon

Used Clorox® Clean-up® Cleaner + Bleach on the my old pontoon seats - works great. Go slow with a good brush and don't leave it on long...maybe 3-5 minutes and rinse well. Repeat as needed. Bleach has a tendency to break down the stitches.
VAfan 06/23/14 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thousand Trails – goal to be trailer parks?

Thanks for the responses everyone. We all have heard TT corporate “stuff” though years; was thinking maybe someone had the inside scoop. The maps they give out at my home park don’t have annual sites marked; maybe for a reason. Seems like they would make sure to have a good balance to make everyone happy; if they want to continue to sell memberships.
VAfan 06/22/14 05:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Thousand Trails – goal to be trailer parks?

Every year we go to our home Thousand Trails park in Gloucester Va. we find they have added multiple annual sites. Annual sites seem to be the priority over “transient” campers like us. I bought a membership (15 years ago) with the understanding the same desirable sites would always be available. We have visited parks with very little transient sites – I’m thinking they were intentionally set up that way. Does anyone know if this is an official goal of Thousand Trails?
VAfan 06/20/14 07:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Don't take this too serious, I'm just wondering...

Go ahead...but take a lesson from this guy! ;) DUI for Lawnmower Rider http://cbspittsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/tom_marrone.jpg?w=420&h=316&crop=1 width=400 Yep.... happens....my neighbor's final DUI was on a lawn tractor. We are looking for him to make another break for it every time he cuts the grass.
VAfan 05/20/14 06:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bluebird house snake guard suggestions

Thanks Dutch; looks like a cone is the way to go. Talked to bluebird society person today; his recommendation is to use a cone or trashcan lid at least 18” in diameter. He is also frustrated regarding the stovepipe recommendation…popular misinformation. You think it works until a large black snake shows up… “grinning”.
VAfan 05/16/14 06:14pm Around the Campfire
Bluebird house snake guard suggestions

Looking bluebird house snake guard suggestions other than a stove-pipe baffle. The house is a typical store bought mounted on top of a 1” diameter pole. The baffle worked yesterday; a ~4ft. rat snake crawled inside – stopped at the baffle top – then crawled out. Today hear the bluebirds fussing……will spare the details.
VAfan 05/15/14 11:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Handicap Parking

I think that the OP's question was, how can you be certain. My simple answer is that you can't. I try not to let it ruin my day as I see those sites being abused because you can't tell by looking. 2x I attend kettles for the Salvation Army during the Christmas Holiday at the major malls. I “try to” stop noticing what I thought were “obviously able” parking in handicap spots; sometimes with no pass. In the past 4+ years…sometimes spending 4+ hrs a shift….have never seen police write tickets. Would be good to see some kind of enforcement…warnings…..stink eye….something.
VAfan 04/19/14 04:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Famous sightings... almost

Talked to the boy that played the young Forest Gump (Michael Conner Humphries). He walked out on a fishing pier in a VA Thousand Trails campground with two men. Very nice….wanted to know what everyone was catching. We’ve had multiple Elvis sightings – most in travel trailers....one in a VW bus.
VAfan 04/14/14 01:02pm General RVing Issues
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