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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

Having resisted going residential because we boondock often I finally gave up on my NoCold 1200 recently and all of your questions/concerns will be answered HERE. I did not post my costs so I'll do that here: Scratch/dent 21 cuft refer.....$500 4 new AGM 115 AH batteries......300 1000W PSW inverter.................175 100 amp smart charger.............200 Transfer switch and cables.......100 Total..................................$1275 I spent more than that on my 1200 over the last several years. Could you tell me where did you buy those 4 AGM batteries and what brand are they,, I have never seen anything priced that low Thanks X2!! At that price, I'll take a hundred of them :)
johnwalkerpa1 11/03/15 05:58am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Help ordering first new RV

On the startup kit, I too would skip it and get higher quality items yourself..you can use the kit as a reference list and then get your own. For the vent covers, I think they are very important...but, what are they charging to put them on? If its not too high, let them do it just to save the hassle. They are very easy to install, though, so if they want too much, you can do it yourself as long as you don't mind getting on the roof...
johnwalkerpa1 10/27/15 10:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Garmin 760

We have had this unit since the spring and all and all it has done well. We completed an 11,000 mile trip to Alaska this year where I had put in routes for each day and it performed well...On the whole trip, only twice did it mess up...once it was about 10 miles off on an address and the other time it said that our campground was 11 miles out in Cook Inlet :) Both issues were easily resolved before they caused any problems..or water damage!! I always map my route out ahead of time and decide how I want to go rather than just enter an address and hope. I really like to use a GPS more for knowing about how far ahead a turn may be and which lane to choose than the actual finding where I am going aspect. My only real complaint with it is sometimes I think that the "RV mode" is overly-conservative. It gets all disjointed on sharp curves and has been wrong on clearances on some bridges. Although, if its going to be wrong, I'd sooner it be wrong this way than the other way! In areas I know, I tend to ignore it or switch the RV mode off. One of these times, though, the "boy who cried wolf" syndrome may bite me by doing that...
johnwalkerpa1 10/26/15 10:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Upgrade for Alaska?

And ....sometimes things work out fine too :) We completed the epic 11,000 mile roundtrip this summer in less than 7 weeks. Absolutely, we would have liked more time but we didn't have it. We had a good trip and really nothing of any significance went wrong. All of our reservations were correct and no flat tires! Our biggest issue was our water pump quit working around Destruction Bay...turns out the plug came loose from that nice smooth stretch of the Alaskan Highway up there ;)
johnwalkerpa1 10/13/15 07:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: delaware seashore state park

If you are on the south side and want to go to the beach on the north side, you can cross over the dedicated bike/ped path on the east side of the cable stayed bridge. The views from up there are awesome. One issue with the south CG is that the roads are very old and have lots of dips and potholes. And when you get decent rain storm events, some of the roads (and sites) are under up to a foot of water. I would imagine the roads in the north CG are all brand new, and I'm not sure if they have any flooding issues there. The cottages available for rent are also on the north side. They are VERY expensive. We just returned from a long weekend on the north side. While we didn't experience any rain, I think that anything short of a hurricane or major noreaster would not be a problem...they have built wide drainage ditches between each row of sites that are about 3-5 feet deep. I am thinking it should drain fairly well. We loved the north side with the exception of one thing....The bathhouses are brand new and sparkling clean...BUT...they have two issues that really should be changed...one is they need to get rid of those stupid waterless urinals! Even though the whole place is clean, its still stinks as a result. Second, for some reason, they didn't include any private changing area in front of the shower stalls...makes it like a high school locker room when it comes to privacy.....there is plenty of room and it would add little to the expense...not sure what they were thinking there...
johnwalkerpa1 09/22/15 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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