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RE: Rv park reviews

We have always relied on the rating in the Good Sam Campground Directory to find nice, clean campgrounds. However, we do not understand how Mt.St.Helens RV Resort received the high ratings it did. There was no one in the office when we arrived. We had to walk up a hill to find someone who told us to just park anywhere. The park was not clean, the RV's there were being lived in full time and had a lot of junk surrounding them, and we did not feel safe staying there. We pulled out and drove down the road a few miles to the Silver Cove RV Resort which was everything that we expected the ratings to reflect. What is confusing is that both parks received 8/9*/9's but there was a world of difference between them. How often are these parks checked and rated? We would definitely advise people to NOT plan on staying at the Mt.St.Helen's RV Resort because if was anything but a resort... it put us in mind of the movie "Deliverance". The Good Sam rating system is described here: Good Sam RV park rating system If you read it you will better understand how the situation you describe can occur. The first number in the rating is based on whether or not certain specific amenities are present at the park. The second number is based on the cleanliness and appearance of the bath and shower facilities. The last number is based on the overall appearance of the park. The things you mentioned would not necessarily affect any of those three criteria.
docj 09/29/14 06:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rv park reviews

I have posted on this site since 2007, now none of my reviews get published and on my controls page it says i have posted zero reviews. Very strange!! Ditto-X2. I've posted many reviews over the years, but it seems like my last 4-5 reviews never did get posted. I have as many "great reviews" as I do "bad reviews. I don't like surprises when I get to an RV Park....so I try to tell it like it is so the next person won't get a big surprise. Hhg Did either of you change your display names after receiving our recent email about that topic? If you did and are using your new user names to log into your RVPR account you may not be able to see some of your reviews. Try logging in with your old name and see if that changes anything. If you can't see your reviews either way, PM me your user names (old and new, if applicable) and I'll take a look at it. Sorry for any confusions, the good news is that I've been told the new site will be operational within a month. Joel Weiss
docj 09/28/14 07:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rv park reviews

My only couple of complaints are the folks who are in a bad mood and can't give a review based on the facts of the park and the fact that if you are doing a several day out and back trip and stay at the same parks both ways,you can't post a review for both stays if made in a given period of time. We have to establish a minimum time between reviews of the same park or people who are seasonal or extended-stay campers could post unlimited numbers of reviews about a park which would distort the statistics. Your specific situation was unusual, most people wouldn't normally have such a pressing need to post a second review so soon after their first one.
docj 09/28/14 07:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rv park reviews

captron33: The site is OPINIONS...and who really knows who submits them? One review of a park is a 10....the very next is a 1. Could be a nearby competing campground, yes? Then some guys are simply not happy with anything....they themselves are miserable and demanding. Then others blame the bad weather on the campground. IMO, there is far too much said about the availability of the internet connections, when perhaps they should be outside enjoying the pool, playing golf, or even the weather! That's MY opinion. All reviews of anything are just people's opinions unless they are just checklists. I don't know how you can avoid the fact that some people's reviews will focus on things that aren't important to you. That's why I always read the reviews themselves and don't just rely on the numerical scores. When I encounter reviews that aren't relevant to me I simply ignore them.
docj 09/28/14 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rv park reviews

I stopped using RVparkreviews due to their censoring of reviews. Instead, I suggest using Trip Advisor. No censoring/editing of the reviews and no delay in being published. With all due respect, reviews on RVParkReviews are not censored. We do correct obvious spelling and grammatical errors and we reserve the right to return a review to the submitter for revision if it does not comply with site policies. Reviews are NEVER edited in a manner which would change their meaning. The most commonly rejected type of review is one which is nothing but a recounting of a specific occurrence (a messed up reservation, a noisy neighbor, etc) without providing any additional information about the park that would be useful to others. Reviewers are welcome to post about their bad experiences, but those unfortunate circumstances may not be relevant to others. We try to ensure that all reviews have at least a bit of information useful to everyone. As for the delays in getting reviews posted this summer, we apologize but I don't think the delay ever exceeded 10 days even when we were being swamped with them in mid-summer. I don't think too many people were seriously inconvenienced by that. We expect to bring additional volunteer admins on after we move to the new software/hardware platform. Joel
docj 09/28/14 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Avoid Springdale rv park in Clinton MS

That park already has some negative reviews at RV Park Reviews. Add yours. As previously noted the park in question is probably the Springridge Mobile Estates & RV Park not the Springdale park as stated in this thread. There is no listing for a Springdale park in Clinton in RVParkReviews.
docj 09/28/14 06:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: DELL M90 XP-PRO FRESH OS INSTALL to WIN 7 PRO

You're not going to find many posts on this topic because most people did the upgrade from XP to Win 7 many years ago. I suggest you use Google to search the web rather than expecting to find answers on this forum. What I do recall about the upgrade is that Microsoft did not provide a direct upgrade path since they expected users to have gone to Vista before going to Win 7. As a result, they did not provide a way to keep your applications installed; you would have had to re-install them. I got around that problem by buying a 3rd party program that handled the installation and eliminated the need to re-install applications. I have no idea whether or not such programs still exist. I have to question why you would bother to install Win 7 on an old computer at this point anyway. Like it or not Win 7 is being replaced by Win 8.1/9 and it seems pointless to go through all that effort again. Furthermore, whatever computer you have XP installed on is "antiquated" by computer standards and I question why you would want to spend any money at all upgrading it JMO.
docj 09/27/14 06:28am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile Banking Just curious?

Huh! Amazing that folks still get paper checks! During the course of the year there always seem to be a few small checks from rebates, refunds, class action suits, etc. Many of them have 180 validity dates. I don't know any way to avoid these.
docj 09/20/14 07:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Mobile Banking Just curious?

Campground WIFI through your laptop is not secure. With all due respect, this is an often repeated internet myth. All financial institutions and many other websites use HTTPS protocol which provides a multi-level encryption system. Regardless of whether or not the campground wifi is encrypted, your data is secure.
docj 09/20/14 02:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Mobile Banking Just curious?

BUT....I only use my laptop. I would NEVER use a smart phone to do ANY banking they are NOT secure. https and ssl means nothing on a smart phone. All one has to do is read the news and the privacy info 'before' you check the box to go on line on your phone for banking and you won't use your phone either. :W I refuse to live in fear of "what if's". I figure that the ACTUAL chance of someone intercepting my deposit of a $5.00 rebate check made from my phone while at an RV park in rural MT is somewhere between slim and none. Not to say that all these articles about security are wrong, just that the actual chance of you being picked on in an isolated case is small. I have my bank account set up so that I am alerted if any of a variety of "unusual events" occur. If they do I would contact the bank immediately and prevent further intrusion. Most banks provide more protection for customers regarding fraudulent activity than required by federal law and the law is already pretty good with respect to this. The key is keeping track of your accounts and reporting incidents promptly, if they occur. IMHO life is too short to worry about every single thing that could go wrong.
docj 09/20/14 06:55am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile Banking Just curious?

You can either photo your check, or scan it. Once you learn the little details it works just fine. As a full-timer, when a check show up at our mail service in SD I have them scan and email it to me. I then print it, "endorse" the printed check and photograph it with my phone to make the deposit. I've done this dozens of times with no problems. Our bank, Wells Fargo, recently improved its phone app so the photographs are now approved >90% of the time.
docj 09/20/14 06:02am Technology Corner
RE: Direct TV dish question

Your dish will work fine, but you will need to repeat the Satellite Setup portion of the receiver menu. At home the antenna settings are going to be something like Slimline-5 or Slimline-3 and the Switch Type could be either Multiswitch or SWM depending on how long ago your installation was done. In order to use your portable dish, the antenna type has to be 18" round and the switch type will be Multiswitch. When you return home the receiver will need to be reset to the home settings, whatever they were.
docj 09/17/14 08:17am Technology Corner
RE: Directv Hook-up problem

The r22 rwceiver needs a b band converter. Try reading this: http://forums.solidsignal.com/content.php/1149-What-is-a-B-Band-Converter-(and-do-I-need-one- B-Band converters were only needed to receive HD signals from the Ka band 99 and 103 satellites. They are not relevant to reception of signals from the 101 bird or to this thread.
docj 09/16/14 05:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Directv Hook-up problem

You don't need a B-Band converter to get signal from the 101 satellite; it is needed only for the 99 and 103 birds.
docj 09/16/14 04:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

Ok...I just have a simple question about this topic, don't shoot the messenger :) Most of us most likely know where we are headed for the day, right? Doesn't anyone take a look at a map on your cell phone while you are having coffee in the morning and get a general idea of what roads you will be on? Look over the directions and kind of know what your options are? Or look at a Walmart Atlas? I use an old I phone4 and occasionally I will ask the wife to check the built in traffic app and re-route accordingly. Just asking...:B Last week I was working a booth at the Hershey RV show. My CG was about 30 minutes away from the show. My return to the CG was usually at ~6-7pm during the evening traffic peak. I used Google maps to guide me every day. I don't think it used the same route home more than twice since it used real-time traffic information to provide the fastest route. If it doesn't bother you to be stuck in traffic, that's fine. I'm not in a hurry, but I enjoy not sitting in traffic jams. No atlas can do that for you. JMO
docj 09/16/14 04:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

I'm sitting here at the dinette table looking out through 4 large window (not including the cockpit) and chuckling....didn't know I was window deprived. I guess in the bedroom?? Nope more large windows so it must be the toilet room where the window is small. I don't think anyone is saying you are "window deprived"; I own the same coach. But if you haven't seen some of the new MHs you don't understand how few windows they have. Last year we were parked next to a 45' American coach with a full wall slide that had only one tiny window over the kitchen sink on the entire length of the slide. What ever happened to cross ventilation, let alone the view? I know that there are lots of people who never open their windows; that may be fine for them but it sure wouldn't work for us.
docj 09/16/14 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

Have you downloaded an App like Copilot or do you use the just what came with the phone? Is the phone mounted on the dash and can you read it or is it hand held? Do all of the newer phones like I phones have these features that you mentioned? We don't have any additional apps and simply use Google Maps which has excellent navigation and traffic avoidance features. Google's routes are constantly being updated by inputs from every Android device whose GPS function is active. That provides far more traffic data than is available from standalone devices that use the usual traffic info services. The phone is in a RAM mount attached to the windshield and its audio output connects via Bluetooth to the car's radio. All Android smartphones have these features and there's probably something similar for iPhones.
docj 09/16/14 02:55pm Technology Corner
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

Generally, I want privacy when we are inside, the patio is for visiting and being in the open. MM. I must be more private, because I agree with this. When camping if we wish for a bit of privacy, we like to know we can simply move inside the motorhome. Our class c had a huge window by the booth which I liked while inside, but did not care for the 'view' from the outside. Often times we would find ourselves lowering the blind because if not it would place us on display to the campers nearby. However, tinting the windows would have certainly helped. As I noted previously, the windows on our MH make it virtually impossible to see in during the day; we routinely leave our shades open. At night people can see in if lights are on inside and that's when we put the shades down since there's nothing to see when it's dark outside. Not all MH's are made the same; the dark privacy glass we have is similar to that installed in the rear area of many SUVs so people can't see the cargo, etc. They don't seem nearly as dark when you look out through them.
docj 09/16/14 05:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Using a stand alone smart phone as a GPS

A smartphone does not need cell service for the GPS to work. It has a dedicated GPS chip for this. What phones have such a chip? Every smart phone I've owned including my current Samsung S4 rely on cell towers for position, not GPS satellites. Without phone signal the GPS stops working. With all due respect this is not correct. Try loading an app such as Satellite Check-GPS status and you will find that your phone can track and display all the available GPS satellites. The phone can lose its ability to provide map routing if you haven't downloaded to it local maps for your area. In that case it is navigating using map data provided via the phone link and interruption of that will cause it to stop navigating. BTW, there's no way that use of phone towers would enable the phone to provide the precise position data displayed in Google maps which can often locate you to within ~100 feet or less.
docj 09/15/14 09:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

we have a 5th wheel currently and are debating if a Class A diesel would suit us better. We understand that we will be giving up floor space due to narrower slides, but we don't see many windows in the A units (looking under 40 feet). It seems like the windshield is the main window, where we have nice windows in the living area currently and a bath skylight. You state that you have windows in your living area. So do we. We have the big windshield and depending where you're parked it can afford a glorious view - rivers, lakes, mountains, wildlife. We choose public parks for that reason and choose a site that has a view and faces east or north so the sun doesn't affect the view. Along with the windshield letting in light and the view, we also have two large windows and a side window in the living area and a 30" long deep slide going back into the dining area. In the dining/kitchen we have a large window and a side window and a kitchen window. Plus, we can easily see the view from the windshield and other windows. In the bedroom we have three windows. We also have a skylight in the bathroom and two Fantastic fans in the house that let in ceiling light. There is very little wall space without a window. I think you just have to get used to having windows in different places. We have an abundance of light. Would love to see a unit with that many windows. What do you have and what year is it? That description pretty well describes our 2000 Beaver even though I know it was written about a different MH. I don't think that many windows was all that unusual then.
docj 09/15/14 08:54pm Class A Motorhomes
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