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RE: USPS mail forwarding vs ???

Does anyone have any experience using the USPS service, or how does it compare to the services offered by the Escapees and Good Sam? Hands down the US mail forwarding. Your mail comes into the main post office in the state you live in and then immediately and DIRECTLY goes to you where you are at. There are huge time delays and many people handling your mail using Escapees and GS. I respect Escapees but you do have to pay for it. And GS? I would not let THEM touch anything! YUP. You can use the regular government United states postal service to have your mail forwarded for FREE. It's on line. fill it out and for 4 months they will forward your mail. If you need it for more than 4 months just go back on line and request 4 more months. Just be SURE to mark "TEMPORARY" forwarding. I have been using this service for years now. Real slick and you know you will receive all your mail in a timely fashion for FREE.
rockhillmanor 10/25/14 06:18am Full-time RVing
RE: Dog Crap

I had a fellow camper pull into his site in front of mine. And while they were setting up their unleashed dog got out the door as they were going in and out. I had a small BBQ set up on some blocks along side my MH. Their dog promptly walked over on my site and pee'd on on my BBQ!!!! Shocked I just calmly said, "Ah, hello? Your dog just pee'd on my BBQ." The camper was devastated and apologized, and came over and washed off the BBQ. My camping neighbor still felt so bad she went to Walmart the next day and bought me a new BBQ. Then the following day she bought treats and stuffed toys for each of my dogs. So moral of the story is keep your cool. Yelling really doesn't solve anything and in my case it netted a new BBQ AND treats and toys for my dogs.! :C
rockhillmanor 10/25/14 06:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: How to avoid bad campgrounds

SpotCrime looks interesting.. Just gave it a quick look, but when I typed in a local zip code the results were for a much larger area. Made it less helpful to me. Some Zip codes can incorporate 'many' counties and can be a huge area! In the 'update location box' enter a town name or address to get more concentrated results. spotcrime.com
rockhillmanor 10/25/14 05:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cash or Credit

In my case all the stations that had a cut off it WAS the gas station limiting their losses. The first time it happened I immediately called my bank and it was not my credit card. During the first time I hit the road full time I quickly learned it is prudent to tell you bank BEFORE you embark on extensive RV traveling! :W The first time I crossed state lines within a day buying gas, rv supplies, food all that activity sent up red flags to my bank and they shut down my card. And then once again when I encountered the limit on the pumps when gas was so high I needed 3 times running the card to fill the MH! The second time was 'activating' one of my cards on the road 4 states away from home and on the same day hitting the grocery store, RV supplies, gas, and 2 fast food stores! I called to tell them it was me and the bank said boy you must have been really hungry! :B
rockhillmanor 10/25/14 05:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash or Credit

When gas hit 6.00 a gallon. Sadly the year I went full time.:( The pumps would shut off at 75.00. It is the 'gas station' that sets that limit not your personal credit card. Filling up to limit and then running your card again to filling up again is the answer. Whatever you do DO NOT leave your credit card with the attendant as many gas stations where asking customers to do, to have the pump activated to fill your tank completely.
rockhillmanor 10/24/14 07:45am General RVing Issues
RE: How to avoid bad campgrounds

What is it about permanent or semi-permanent residents in an RV park that bothers you people? Some other examples come to mind, but bottom line, there's no zoning in these "towns" and you can find yourself staying in a neighborhood you would avoid as your residence. X2 Everyone is skirting around the whole issue of being politically correct when in actuality it is what it is. Lower income and convicted felons. I tried a few of them in my travels that had permanent residents. Because I full time I do stay in one CG for more than a few days often. Which allows one to really see what there is not to like. What I found out which was a real eye opener. Is that convicted felons are actually given funds to acquire a trailer and move into a CG. Their PO's actually come out to the CG on a regular basis. Cost is lower than gov funding apartments, they can't get regular housing because many landlords do not allow felons, and they don't have to come up with exorbitant utilities deposits which they can't period. I.E. CG's are they place they end up at. I stayed a month in that particular CG observing/talking to them. Most WERE felons of violent crimes, drug dealing and yes sex offenders. Their trailers where old run down and their sites were poorly kept. They've been in jail most of their lives and don't know anything differnt. The balance were people on gov aid. The CG address DOES satisfy the gov to send them their checks and food stamp cards. If you stay long enough as I did you will also see they continue to buy and sell drugs right out of the CG. Actually it makes it far easier for them to do so because there is police patrol presence in a CG like in the city. Again which is why they gravitate to the CG's. I was not brought up in the drug laden slums of the city and choose not to RV to a place in the same conditions. Henceforth why "I" do not stay at CG's that have permanent residents after finding out what it really entails. So those that want to throw the PC card around about the poor mis understood low income people? Stay a month or so at a CG that has a disproportionate amount of residents, watch what activities goes around you in close quarters and get back to us if you want to RV there with your family. Just saying. There is another way to avoid places that you mention in your post, Not altogether but will help. Lets say you have to hold up somewhere because your tow vehicle broke down or medical or something you didn't plan. You need to find a place but not familiar with area. There are web sites that list crime rate by zip code. If it is higher than your or what you're comfortable with pick another place. Just Google up "crime rate by zip code". Works mostly for picking in town overnight places. Some are in "war zone" and others not so much. Sometimes only a 10 min drive separates them. And I don't think your being "politically correct" I think your saying what is factual. spotcrime.com This is the one I use. Put in the zip or address of destination or CG. Many of us RV'ers travel thru areas that we are not familiar with. This website will help you stay safe. The data is from 'actual' police reports which you can read. I broke down in West Memphis and had to leave the MH in the repair shop.. I was going to take the toad to go see a very popular attraction and stay the night there, when the owner of the truck shop suggested I NOT go there and gave me this link to show me why! :W IMHO using spotcrime.com is great addition to planning an RV trip with your family, or for deciding where to stop for the night.
rockhillmanor 10/24/14 07:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need a winter camp near Ashton, IL

What they all said. Almost all the CG's in the midwest close October 1st. If you find one that is open but without water you will still have the problem of staying warm in an RV during that time of year where 32 or even below is common. And trust me been there tried that, you won't be able to. All the chain motels now have extended stay rates. I'd park the MH in the motel lot and stay in a warm comfy motel room with electric, running water and heat! :C
rockhillmanor 10/23/14 06:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions - Family roundtrip Orlando to Ft Myers

Hi, We are from South Africa and will be spending time in Orlando and then doing a short family RV roadtrip with our children and grandchildren (4 X 30 feet RV's - 11 adults and 3 children under the age of 4, in total) for 4 nights departing from Orlando to Fort Myers and then back to Orlando. I have booked the first night in Tampa and thought we should spend the next 2 nights in Sarasota and explore the area and the last night in Ft Myers. Christmas eve and Christmas day will be included in this trip. I would really appreciate your thoughts/input and advise as to whether you agree with the above. I am also concerned with transportation in these areas as we will not be towing any additional vehicles with us so will need to rely on public transportation to get out and about once we have parked the RV'S in the campgrounds. Thanks. Nat. Does this mean you are taking 4 separate RV's?
rockhillmanor 10/23/14 04:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Putting MH insurance "to sleep"???

In general and in most states you will only be able to drop the comp part of the insurance. That will save you a considerable amount of money. And just add it back on come spring. But if a tree falls on your RV ort someone backs into it where it's parked you're screwed. And it's a moot point if you have a loan on your RV. You lender will REQUIRE that you keep full comp insurance on the 'their' collateral. I kept full insurance on my MH when I was parking it for the winter. Of all my toys the MH is the least expensive insurance bill I have.
rockhillmanor 10/23/14 03:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Furcamper going blind. Your $0.02 to help next trip?

http://www.beaglenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/6-199x300.jpg Unfortunately, Claire is loosing her sight. She makes it around the S&B just fine - most the time. I have blocked off the couch to keep her from jumping up on it (so she wont misjudge the distance going up or down and get hurt). I am going to spend a bit of time to make sure she learns the couch is unavailable to her any more. I have a 14 year old who no longer sees very well either. He has seizures that are now under control without drugs. The couch is his be all end all favorite place to sleep so I would not be so quick to block off the couch for your pup you can help her with that. Here is what I have done to assist him and it works very well for him. 1. I ALWAYS leave a light on. Day and night. 2. I bought 2 different height hassocks and put them up against the couch. This gives him a two step up to the couch. Once he learned this way of getting up to the couch I encouraged him to use it going down also. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the old boy with disc problems, eyesight problems is running up and down his hassock ladder to get on and off the couch without any problems. Of course he feels secure sleeping there just like he did before he lost his eyesight and ability to get up on it. :C
rockhillmanor 10/23/14 03:51pm RV Pet Stop
RE: How to avoid bad campgrounds

What is it about permanent or semi-permanent residents in an RV park that bothers you people? Some other examples come to mind, but bottom line, there's no zoning in these "towns" and you can find yourself staying in a neighborhood you would avoid as your residence. X2 Everyone is skirting around the whole issue of being politically correct when in actuality it is what it is. Lower income and convicted felons. I tried a few of them in my travels that had permanent residents. Because I full time I do stay in one CG for more than a few days often. Which allows one to really see what there is not to like. What I found out which was a real eye opener. Is that convicted felons are actually given funds to acquire a trailer and move into a CG. Their PO's actually come out to the CG on a regular basis. Cost is lower than gov funding apartments, they can't get regular housing because many landlords do not allow felons, and they don't have to come up with exorbitant utilities deposits which they can't period. I.E. CG's are they place they end up at. I stayed a month in that particular CG observing/talking to them. Most WERE felons of violent crimes, drug dealing and yes sex offenders. Their trailers where old run down and their sites were poorly kept. They've been in jail most of their lives and don't know anything differnt. The balance were people on gov aid. The CG address DOES satisfy the gov to send them their checks and food stamp cards. If you stay long enough as I did you will also see they continue to buy and sell drugs right out of the CG. Actually it makes it far easier for them to do so because there is police patrol presence in a CG like in the city. Again which is why they gravitate to the CG's. I was not brought up in the drug laden slums of the city and choose not to RV to a place in the same conditions. Henceforth why "I" do not stay at CG's that have permanent residents after finding out what it really entails. So those that want to throw the PC card around about the poor mis understood low income people? Stay a month or so at a CG that has a disproportionate amount of residents, watch what activities goes around you in close quarters and get back to us if you want to RV there with your family. Just saying.
rockhillmanor 10/23/14 03:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to avoid bad campgrounds

google maps, "street view" will also tell you what you need to know too. Let's you drive down the road the CG is on to see if you can actually fit with your rig and than switch to over head to view the entire CG from above to see the innards of the CG. Google Street View, IMHO priceless if you RV. :C
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 08:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A T& T and Verizon

No coverage is one of the selling points when true boondocking. Our families know if they can't reach us to just leave a message. We check the phones every few days. People went camping for centuries before cell phones were invented. Somehow they all survived and western civilization did not crash. Just don't rely on OnStar saving your family when you are boondocking!! My friends elderly mother hit a deer in the foothills in California. Hit Onstar for help and NOTHING. Daughter called to find out what happened. OnStar uses cell phone towers there were no Onstar towers in the area she had the accident. Many think that OnStar is satellite based and always available. I know I did too. Well, no cell phone signal where you crash... no OnStar. :(
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 08:00am General RVing Issues
RE: A T& T and Verizon

.... We would never need or even consider a burner phone. Why not? I just threw my iPhone in the garbage. $140 dollars a month vs a 'burner' smart phone from Walmart: No contract, no updates/upgrades needed every week to keep phone functioning, unlimited talk, text and data for $45.00/mo. I see no reason why these phone companies 'still' require contracts other than to hold you hostage for upgrades to make more money for them. Article in Barron says these new china smart phones are taking a huge chunk out of samsung who's ceo is in a coma and son will have to pay several millions of dollars on estate tax when he dies. They figure it will go bust when that happens. And more importantly for me no tracking every single move I make or personal data compromised. Go new burner smart phones! :B
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 06:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Bugs in TT when not in use?

Here is what I did to eliminate ALL of the bug and critter problems when storing the RV for the winter. 1. Vinegar and coconut oil in a spray bottle and sprayed around the ceilings, walls and around all sinks to keep the spiders out and from breeding. Makes your RV smell nice also. 2. Go underneath your RV at night with the lights on inside. Plug all the holes where the light comes thru to keep ALL critters big and small from getting inside. You 'will' be shocked how many holes you will find! 3. Go to any farm supply store or Tractor Supply and pick up a couple of rigid 'Starbar Fly Stik' fly sticks and hang them in your RV. I use the removable 3m hooks and hang 4 of them from the ceiling from front to back. These are the bomb for attracting/getting rid of fly's and many other type bugs. http://www.horse.com/item/starbar-fly-stik/SLT300094/ http://www.statelinetack.com/item/starbar-fly-stik/SLT300094/ Come spring you won't have mice, spiders, bugs or anything flying, crawling in your RV to clean up. Just take down the strips and go RV'ing! :C
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 06:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Unlocked iPhone 5

It might be a good price if it is unlocked by the provider and not jailbroken/unlocked by the owner using software. A jailbroken phone is not able to have any system updates unless you go through the jailbreak procedure again. Is there a way to find out if an iPhone is unlocked or jail broke?
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 05:48am Technology Corner
RE: winterized.

I feel for you all because I too always dreaded the day I had to winterize and realizing my RV'ing was over for another year. Whenever I get homesick I take a trip down a forum thread about winterizing and quickly get over it! No more winters for me. Greetings from Florida! :W
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 05:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Cracker Barrel Prob Tenn

Their breakfast is great! Eggs in a basket my favorite! :C http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608010517236942777&w=242&h=164&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7 I have a MH towing and have never been able to get into ANY of their parking lots. And when the weather changes and they start up their fireplace I can no longer go to CB because of the smoke and being unable to breathe. IMHO they need to rethink the exhaust system on all that smoke that doesn't go up the chimney and remains inside the restaurants.
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 05:35am Roads and Routes
RE: ......

There is nothing here a bear could hurt usually. They feed mostly on berries and such .. You need to look up the DNR site and learn all there is about bears. YES they CAN hurt and kill your pets and you. It is illegal to feed bears and will only end up in them being euthanized if they become a nuisance and/or someones pet gets mauled or killed.:( You are serious about trying to attract a bear to your house? If a bear gets used to finding food at your house, it will actively look for food even if you don't leave any out - meaning it will go through doors. Virtually every time a state Department of Environmental Protection (or Wildlife) has to come to a property to euthanize a "nuisance bear" it is because someone started to feed the bear. Best way to get a bear killed is to feed it. Please enjoy wildlife, but from a distance. Let wildlife be wild. X10 Well said.
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 05:15am RV Pet Stop
RE: Snowbirds heading south?

Already there. WOW! Now THAT looks like a real nice place to land for the winter! WHERE is there?
rockhillmanor 10/22/14 05:07am General RVing Issues
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