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RE: Am I correct or not?

I always wonder when I see people post costs for nightly stays....I rarely find campgrounds for $25 per night or hotels for $50 per night....well, at least not hotels I'd actually want to sleep in! Either I'm really bad at finding bargains or some of these figures are 15-20 years old ????
johnwalkerpa1 07/21/16 09:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Advice traveling Albert and BC

My experience in that area is that you can usually (but not always, i.e. holiday weekends, etc.) find a spot without reservations if you don't need hookups. If you do need hookups, its much harder.
johnwalkerpa1 05/02/16 08:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tow dolly

If money is no object and you already have (or want to buy) a vehicle that can be towed 4-down, its the way to go. But, one thing I have found is that it somewhat depends on how you travel. If you tend to stay a week or two at one place, then the extra effort needed for the dolly is no big deal...i.e., load and unload once every week or two or three.... If you move every day or every few days and want to unhook your toad each time, then its much more of a pain to use the dolly.
johnwalkerpa1 05/02/16 08:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: Trip Expectations

I'm planning on taking my first trip to Alaska when I retire in 2018. I'm interested in taking photos of wildlife and scenery. Can anyone recommend the best time of the year for that type of sightseeing? How much time and money would you recommend? There are thousands of variables in your questions but I'll offer two suggestions to start.. 1. I like the fall colors (and by fall, in Alaska, I mean mid-August to late September) for general landscape and wildlife photography but that's mostly a personal preference.. 2. If you want bear pictures, time it with the salmon runs.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/16 11:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip Expectations

With very few exceptions (on rare occasions, a trip is just no fun for whatever reason), I ALWAYS wish I had more time on every trip I take. But, since I am not fortunate enough to be either retired or independently wealthy, I ALWAYS have a limited number of days available. My approach for now, is I'd sooner take the trip with the time I have than not take it at all.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/16 06:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: fence post sewer hose holder

I used threaded rod with plates and lock nuts, top of the frame and bottom of the fence post. just make sure you don't over-tighten as you can crack or crush the fence post (don't ask me how I know!!) I used 1/2 inch rod which is overkill but I already had it laying around..
johnwalkerpa1 01/11/16 05:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Blythe Island Regional Park and Campground in Brunswick, GA has a boat launch into the South Brunswick River. For an 18' boat, it's $6. If you are camping, overnight docking is available - not sure what that costs. -Michael Thanks! That looks like a great possibility...
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Call Satterwhite Point on Kerr Lake (NC/Va). They have a campground and a marina. I'm thinking they will be what you're looking for. Big lake as well. Thanks! We are planning a 2 week trip to visit relatives not far from there this May so I'll check it out..
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Try here - - Raystown Lake Thanks! Been to Raystown many times with just the boat and truck but didn't know if they had a launch service or not..I'll check into it..
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Arrowhead Stayed here lat summer. Nice park. Thanks! On my list!
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

Before we bought our boat we rented a couple. At one campground I saw a guy with a very nice Class A diesel pusher and a boat. One morning somebody came and hooked up and took his boat down to launch, later that evening same guy retrieved it. But the odd thing was he wasn't with the guy in the motorhome. I ended up talking to him and he showed me his cargo bay rather full of cases of beer. He told me in the past 5 years with that RV he'd never once launched or retrieved his boat. Instead he took the time to fine some young man with a truck that would like to earn a case of beer. Pure genius. I've kept that in mind as I launch our boat with our motorhome, but so far I've had no issues at the places we camp. Just an idea for you. Great idea! It might just be worth a try...as long as the beer stays in the truck until after the launch :)
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

They also make battery powered devices for moving travel trailers around. One of those might do what you want. I had wondered about those...Would they be able to actually pull a loaded boat trailer (2500 pounds) out of the water? Or, in the reverse, have the braking power to keep the whole thing from going into the drink during launch? I have no experience with them but it seems to me even if they had the power they would lack the weight and traction?? I'd like to be wrong as it sounds like a great idea if it would work...
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

They can help you at Association Island, Henderson Harbor, NY but only if you want to catch some of the biggest small mouths in the East! Great KOA get a sun rise or sunset site. There is a few marinas on Oneida Lake that can help you also, write to me if you want in. Consider putting a front hitch ball on your C , it works pretty well most of the time, but I have also asked other guys with trucks to launch me, without much trouble. Unloading is easier, as you can move the trailer by hand, if you are close, then hitch it up and pull straight. Thank you! That looks like a nice place...Definitely on my list for next summer..
johnwalkerpa1 12/17/15 05:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

I think you'll find that there aren't a lot of campgrounds with launch ramps, although they do exist. What's even rarer are campgrounds with a ramp and a launch service, much less a free one. You might have better luck finding campgrounds with a marina nearby that offers a launch service. It likely won't be free though. Yes, I haven't had much luck finding any...there are a few with attached marinas but none that offer a launch service... Oh, and I'm not looking for free....I meant "fee" :) I'd be happy to pay for the service...
johnwalkerpa1 12/16/15 01:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Campgrounds with Boat Launch Service - Eastern US

I'm looking for campgrounds that are located on fresh water lakes/rivers that have boat launch services...Not just a ramp but a fee service where they'll put a boat in the water and pull it back out. I can easily tow the boat (18 foot bass boat) behind my class C , but launching (while sometimes possible depending on the ramp and surrounding room) is not something I like to do with the RV. I was thinking it would be a good trip to stay in a nice campground and do some fishing with the boat. Mostly looking for PA, NY, MD, DE, NJ, VA, WV, TN, KY, NC for shorter trips but would also be interested in other locations for future reference as well. Do any places like this exist? Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 12/16/15 01:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Wholesalers....Thoughts opinions?

We bought a class C from RvDirect in 2014. Picked it up in Buffalo, about 6 hours from us. We got a great price and the experience was good. There was only one thing I didn't like (but I chose to hold my nose and do it anyway) and that was that I had to pay before I arrived for PDI and pickup. It worked out fine but...... The other thing to consider is that unless you are reasonably close to one of their retail locations, you are on your own with service and warranty. I am fortunate to have a local dealer that had no problem working on a unit I didn't' purchase from them. Not all dealers have the same attitude.
johnwalkerpa1 12/16/15 09:39am Beginning RVing
RE: More European Designs becoming prevalent?

Where did they park that Red monster, certainly not in any NP, National Forest, COE, or any State Park we've ever been in. Its been a couple of years but one was parked at the Badlands KOA in South Dakota a few spots down from us....This was 2009 so the bus was a few years older but the design and usage was the same. there were 34 people in the one we saw....wonder what their extra person charge was!!! Interesting concept but it reminded me of sleeping in those pull-out drawers at the morgue :) Not for me but we talked with a few of them who we could communicate with and they seemed to be having a great time....They did seriously overwhelm the shower house early each morning though!
johnwalkerpa1 12/09/15 01:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Does Using SmartPhone as Hotspot Ruin Battery?

You are being BSed. Agreed...they must teach that line in Verizon Sales School...I've heard it said more than once...usually when they want me to add another device to my plan... It IS true that a tethered phone will use battery faster than non tethered but it won't ruin it...I equate it to how the battery on the phone goes down faster when you are in an area with no or weak signal and the phone is searching...it is about the same..
johnwalkerpa1 12/03/15 08:44am Technology Corner
RE: Reflective Caution Tape

My take on this: If someone can't see the back of a full sized RV, then reflective tape isn't going to help... Yep, I sort of had the same thought...But, that being said..I did replace my tail lights with LEDs....Mine were not very bright, especially in the rain or fog...makes a huge difference in rear visibility at night...
johnwalkerpa1 11/16/15 02:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Correct way to start Onan 4K generator

Instruction manual says PRESS STOP till the light comes on (Assumes there is a light) I suggest you hold it a bit longer (15-30 seconds) ) that is usually the key...especially if the generator is a ways from your gas tank...they lose fuel pressure when they are off for a while and it takes a while to get it back...my gas tank is 20 feet away from the generator...about 30 seconds usually does it for the prime...the light comes on at about 8 seconds....not long enough..
johnwalkerpa1 11/16/15 01:55pm Beginning RVing
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