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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
RE: Not given site reserved

Yes….it has happened…..James Island in Charleston. The person in the office said, “Can’t have the site you made reservations for because of mechanical failure”. She then tried to give me what looked like a tent site. To make a long story short it took a manager to free up some of the better sites for me to choose from. Not the best of check-ins; especially after 6+ hours of traveling. The only “mechanical failure” I saw with motor home parked on my original site must have been in has lawn chair.
VAfan 04/12/14 02:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is .22mag snake shot enough for moccasins?

Head shot with CCI 22 long rifle shotshell takes care of Virginia copperheads; 22mag should do the job. Very little collateral damage but be careful if you are in a closed space, the #12 shot has a tendency to bounce around.
VAfan 04/04/14 01:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bicycling On Beach Sand Or Snow?

Thanks for the info…love riding on the beach. The beaches have taken a toll on my cheapo diamondback mountain bike….starting to rust and sand is “grinding” in the crank bearings. Maybe I’ll set up this bike just for the beach. How they do on payment/dirt? Hopefully good enough ride around the campground.
VAfan 04/02/14 07:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: "Jack" digital antenna

I see the usual arguing about Jack & Winegard antennas is on again. My normal range Winegard III and an additional R.S. inline amplifier is 120 miles (day), and 160 miles (night) and up to 240 miles for analog. I have covered the bases by checking all coaxial connections from roof to connections on back of plate. I replaced all original coaxial cable with RG6, quad-shielding (except inside roof and wall. Too hard to do.). Nothing wrong with the Jack for most people. The reason most think one might work better is that they compare their current campground at different times. Height matters, along with any specific site in a campground. For example, I have a favorite campground down by the shores of Lake Pepin (Mississippi River). The bluffs are all about 800 feet above the river bottoms in all directions. Dependent on which site I pick in the park I can go from around 6 channels to 35. The transmitters are all located from 60 to 95 miles away. Things can also very because of weather (fog, heavy clouds, storms). I normally can get 40 to 60 channels, and as many as 99. I think I maxed out the memory of my older 19" LCD TV that time. Being retired I will spend more time locating channels in all directions. I log my channels along with site number in park so I know which site works better when returning there. Remember. Height makes might, and location, location, location. Sometimes reversing the direction parked on a pad allows front of antenna's need to point exactly at a tower (or getting a signal bounce off an opposing bluff). 2X Way too many variables and unknowns for an accurate comparison; just like tow vehicle MPG. I’m going with the test equipment and similar conditions post. Overall my Winegard III does a great job….but would love to have a next generation antenna that pulls in that one fuzzy local station – especially when storms are brewing.
VAfan 03/28/14 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: New camper frozen water lines

Hopefully you are ok……I was surprised how many people don’t winterize when we were looking at used trailers several years ago. They claimed no problems and we have occasional lows in the single digits.
VAfan 03/18/14 06:37am General RVing Issues
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