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RE: Terre Haute KOA Cancellation Policy

It is not a KOA only policy. We have found only stiff cancellation penalties will deter people from making multiple reservations in multiple places and leaving those parks high and dry when they finally decide where they actually are going. The current logic is they like to keep their options open. Holidays are probably the worst, because if you get a cancellation, it is very difficult to fill that site. Most people make reservations for weekends like the Fourth and Labor Day leaving fewer last minute travelers on the road. Hence the reason for two weeks or greater notice. Sorry, but it's tough to imagine having any difficulty filling a site in any desirable park, for the three big holidays. Most I have dealt with have waiting lists of back-up guests in the event of holiday cancellations. We had a change of plans, and casually shopped for a last minute spot at one of our favorite parks, this recentedly passed Memorial day. The desk clerk asked if we wanted to be #30 on the waiting list? Today I booked a last minute spot in West Yellowstone for the July 4th holiday. The spot was available for less than thirty minutes, following a cancellation. I have no issues with pretty harsh cancellation policies, and understand why they are necessary. That said, assuming you have a park worth going to, if you can't fill it on a holiday weekend, there is a problem, and it's not a shortage of customers.Well, just because you can't imagine it, doesn't mean it isn't true. I just did a quick look at one row of sites, the guests are from Alberta, California, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin and 2 from Florida. Exactly how many of those would be available to fill a last minute site in Montana? I get nearly ZERO local business. Montana is sparsely populated and the locals generally don't travel to the local RV parks. They have millions upon millions of acres of Forest Service, BLM and National Park land to play in and every local has a favorite, secret spot. Thank you for validating my point. I spend a lot of time in SD. another lightly populated state with little in the way of local business. From Sioux Falls to the Hills, it's the same story, campgrounds stuffed full, and not just on holidays. As for your question, about how many travelers are available to fill a last minute opening on a holiday weekend, in MT. Apparently more than a few. As I described, I grabbed a cancellation, in MONTANA, that was only open for less than half an hour. Prior to that, I spent a half hour on the phone hearing, "sorry we are booked full for the holiday. Seems to me that pleasant and agreeable management, in a booming economy, would have little issue in keeping a popular CG full this season. So far, having spent the last few weeks in the mountain west, we have seen little evidence to the contrary.
soren 06/29/16 06:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Jams

I shot through the one lane gap and cracked the throttle and they all move away so the the herd of cars could go through.I had a super load air horn for back-up, plus speed. Careful-that could be construed as harassing the wildlife. I once traveled the entire length of Rt 16, through the park, with a local jackass, in a beater pick-up, nearly touching my bumper. I stopped for a herd of Bighorn sheep. It shortly turned into a sheep jamb, with dozens of stopped cars, in both directions. Dozens of people out and taking pictures. The redneck had enough of the wait, and blasted through the herd with his horn blaring. I stopped and discussed it with the next ranger I found. The ranger was absolutely bummed that I didn't have a plate number from the truck. They are real serious about hunting down idiots that harass wildlife, and they love to give hefty fines once they do. As for the tiny brained, loud pipes, Harley crowd, there have been old bulls in the park that hold a special hatred for the noise you spew, and a burning desire to tackle the source of the racket. Nothing more ironic that getting flattened by an angry bull. Especially if you have the requisite, and 'tarded, "loud pipes save lives" sticker on your noisemaker.
soren 06/28/16 07:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Terre Haute KOA Cancellation Policy

It is not a KOA only policy. We have found only stiff cancellation penalties will deter people from making multiple reservations in multiple places and leaving those parks high and dry when they finally decide where they actually are going. The current logic is they like to keep their options open. Holidays are probably the worst, because if you get a cancellation, it is very difficult to fill that site. Most people make reservations for weekends like the Fourth and Labor Day leaving fewer last minute travelers on the road. Hence the reason for two weeks or greater notice. Sorry, but it's tough to imagine having any difficulty filling a site in any desirable park, for the three big holidays. Most I have dealt with have waiting lists of back-up guests in the event of holiday cancellations. We had a change of plans, and casually shopped for a last minute spot at one of our favorite parks, this recentedly passed Memorial day. The desk clerk asked if we wanted to be #30 on the waiting list? Today I booked a last minute spot in West Yellowstone for the July 4th holiday. The spot was available for less than thirty minutes, following a cancellation. I have no issues with pretty harsh cancellation policies, and understand why they are necessary. That said, assuming you have a park worth going to, if you can't fill it on a holiday weekend, there is a problem, and it's not a shortage of customers.
soren 06/28/16 07:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Counter tops in Winnebago Destination

Don't know how cheap of a fix you will find. I have an '07 Winy vista, and the countertops were garbage. A thin backer of dense fiberboard, with a microscopically thin plastic foil covering. I pulled them all and made replacements with furniture grade particle board, and a high end laminate. Materials for everything, including kitchen, bath, dining table and nightstand, ran about $300 bucks. For a few hundred more, any decent cabinet shop could do the same thing for you. Since I was starting over, I also installed a corian double bowl kitchen sink, and a new stainless steel bath sink. It was nice to see the crappy factory sinks hit the garbage can, where they belonged.
soren 06/06/16 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel Trailers.....what brands to stay away from??

Check out Open Range.... very well made...IMO....we love ours. I would look for one issue on these. Just a casual observation while walking through campgrounds, but I have seen a significant number of older Open Range TTs with water damage to the front. Specifically, large, long areas of delamination under the front marker lights. I know that proper maintenance could of possibly eliminated the issue, but it sure seems to be pretty typical for their products.
soren 06/04/16 05:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Cedar Pass Campground

Last summer we hit it on a whim, with no plans. Cedar Pass was full, and the KOA was full. We stayed just down the road from Cedar Pass, at a combination hotel/campground. That was one rough place. Standing water, high grass, killer skeeters, and that was the good part. Sad part was that I knew better, since we are in SD. a lot. I should of just headed up to Wall, or west to Hermosa, and found something civilized. Between the sketchy campground and the "interesting" meal in the little town of Interior, that night, I was pretty much in the dog house, for a long time, as far as the DW was concerned. She is no spoiled princess, but doesn't really take to third world conditions to well either, LOL.
soren 06/02/16 06:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moab, UT

Lauren, you accuse a business of lying and you have no idea if they are, or not. There are a multitude of reasons that the campground and the surrounding area, or the entire town, could be having internet issues, and the McDonalds, several miles away, is working just fine. Unless you got the information straight from the local network provider, how the heck do you know if you were lied to, or not? You have been bashing Spanish Trails for a long time, here on the forum. It might be time to get over it. As many have stated, and you can't seem to process, if you have a NEED for internet access, you have a responsibility to provide it for yourself. There isn't a campground owner in north america that will tell you that you have anything close to reasonable expectations on this issue. Due to the exponential growth in data consumption, even brand new local networks at campgrounds are obsolete, and overloaded, within a few years. Now add a few clowns attempting to stream movies, and it's game over. It always has been, and will continue to be a problem in the near future. As I stated in another one of your rants attempting to damage the place, like most reasonable people, the DW and I spent a week there last summer, and found it to be real nice park with decent folks in the office. I wouldn't hesitate to return or recommend it. OTOH, I do have rational expectations on everything from the NEED to provide my own internet, to the fact that stuff happens, including things like water pipes breaking, and other small inconveniences. Might be time to quit flogging this dead horse, particularly since you are attacking a decent, well run CG, not some poorly run dump, and as you may of noted, generating nothing but a long list of reply calling you out on the fact.
soren 05/28/16 10:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is the etiquette when staying at Walmart pkg lots

If there are no signs posted, and there are other RVs already parked, instead of looking for somebody to get "permission"from, I just join the crowd. beyond standing in line at the service desk, I would specifically avoid seeking any management out in a case like this. They have better things to do that bless your overnight stay. The corporate policy is clear, the specific locations where it's not allowed are usually heavily posted, and determining it it's acceptable is usually pretty obvious. Unless you pull off the road before 3PM, you probably won't be the first one to drop anchor.
soren 05/26/16 10:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rinse hose at dump station has no threads

Clearly the word of a state bureaucrat is almost as good as the words of God almighty. The only issue is that he made it perfectly clear that he either misunderstood your question, never camped a day in his life, or (most likely) is clueless. The "tower" he refers to is the device with the spring loaded wand attached. IT comes from the factory with a small brass nozzle. It DOES NOT have hose threads as it is designed to be used for rinsing the stinky slinky and cleaning the area, if you spill. The tower is designed to prevent cross contamination by having a very short hose that does not reach far, it prevents the nozzle from laying on the ground if dropped by an inconciderate user, and it does not have hose threads to prevent it from being used to fill fresh water tanks. Tower rinsers are NOT designed for tank flushing. As fla-gypsy and many other experienced and seasoned members have stated here, there is no need to rinse your tank after dumping. Do whatever blows your skirt up if you have nobody in line behind you, but don't waste others time take care of things that are a waste of time, and accomplish nothing, which unfortunately, is what many people do when dumping, line or not.
soren 05/26/16 08:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Is a little rust a deal killer?

As the owner of an '07 Winny, I'm taking a break while spending another day under the thing, dealing with rust and sealing issues, where caulk has failed and allowed water to penetrate the skirt. Bottom line with Winny is that they have no real rust resistance when it comes to any sheet metal they installed on the Ford chassis.. They appeared to have fogged a coat of paint on, unprimed, unprepped, bare metal underneath, and it comes off in big sheets, it's a joke. Is it a deal breaker, not at all. But there are going to be darn few Winny coaches of that age that do not have at least a little surface rust.
soren 05/19/16 09:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Old Post-Do you remember?

I'm curious if this is the Forum that had a gentleman whose RV broke down somewhere in the South and he was going to wait to have it repaired while he saved up the funds. It was quite an expense if I have this right. Does anyone know of this? IIRC, it was a replacement engine for an older gasser.
soren 05/19/16 08:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: EZpass help please

A word of advice. Stay off the Pa. Turnpike if you have anything more than a car. It is BIG BIG BIG $$$ anywhere on it with a MH. And most of the road is either in construction with 40MPH speed limit or is so rough you will want them to pay you. Gee, I spend a lot of time on the 476 portion, the road is fast, with a 70MPH post and nobody seems to care if you are ten over, not that I would drive a MH that fast. On the thirty miles I use most, there are two short sections of 55 limit for two new bridges being built, other than that it's in great shape. I wholeheartedly agree about the insane cost, and the fact that they want you to have a separate transponder for any six wheeled motorhome over 14K LBS.
soren 05/17/16 04:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Well, I've always felt like there's always at least one jackass in every crowd. Guess we just found the RV.NET one. Mike Well there is that, and the fact that his last post is pretty much unintelligible blather.
soren 05/16/16 07:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Here is one actual other reason. In Montana, state law requires that a hose be available to rinse down the dump station pad. That water line MUST be labeled "Non Potable" and is actually required to be constructed so that it cannot be threaded onto a fresh water fill. That's funny, since most older RVs have a gravity fill inlet for their fresh water tank, and a cut-off hose will actually fit into that inlet while a threaded end won't.:DAny hose I have seen won't come remotely close to reaching my gravity fill I said it here before, but it's worth repeating. I was once behind a French guy who was dumping at a national park. He was in a rented rig from the outfit that decorates all of them like a rolling billboard. He hooks the stinky slinky up, and pulls the black valve. Next he grabs the hose like he is holding a fire hose. He sprays it in the direction of the drain, and for the most part, keeps the mess inside the recessed "sink" area surrounding the 4" sewer hole in the ground. After he does both tanks, he takes the short fresh water hose, located on one of those spring loaded towers, and slides it through his hose like he is cleaning the barrel of a gun. For his final act he stretches the hose tight, holds it in opening and FILLS HIS FRESH WATER TANK! I managed to control my gag reflex and not toss.
soren 05/16/16 06:11pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Ok Buttercup! We should all be as sweet as you! You should actually look at your self in the mirror someday!! Again,, didn't say I was trying up or holding anybody up. Because we know how important your life is as compared to others!! Good Day Eh?? No Jack, we should all be considerate of others, and believe it or not, the vast majority of us are. I find it absolutely hilarious that you have the Heuvos to say, Again,, didn't say I was trying up or holding anybody up. When you started this whole mess by boasting about what a self absorbed jerk you are, remember this line Jack? If there is a line behind me,,oh well,, should have gotten there earlier. As for "my life being more important than others" you once again miss the point. I am considerate of others, and do not waste THEIR time, specifically since I am NOT more important than others. Once again this is a trait that separates most of us from those suffering from Narcissism. Good luck Jack. I hope your a much better person in the real world.
soren 05/16/16 06:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Ha,, thats precious!! What the heck do you all gotta do with dump times?? Do you sit in line with a stop watch?? And its not just one state,, its our Country (and yes i'll drag the Canadians in also) seems to be about ME,, Oh poor you,, I took five extra minutes rinsing my tank,,Why??? Cause I have a rinse appliance!! I used it! Lets outlaw it and we can all get along with our lifes in an expedient manner!! So is it just me because I only have a half ton pick up pulling a three quarter ton load going up hill slowing you down. I am sure in Colorado and Canada they all own one ton diesels and go about it merrily!! Right?? Oh yeah Right eh!! No Jack it isn't the whole country, and it sure as heck isn't Canadians. There is also a huge difference between being a self absorbed narcissist, who truly believes that the world rotates around them, and being a decent human being. Generally, pointing this out to a narcissist, is about as successful as trying to teach a pig to play the piano. When you believe that you are the chosen little snowflake who is above everyone, you simply can't fathom the fact that most see you as you truly are. It's always somebody else, how could it be possibly be you?
soren 05/16/16 02:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Prime example of how perception clouds the truth.. The OP NEVER said antything about how long it took to use the rinser. I never said I take any extra time and hold up the line! What your all perceiving is that because YOU don't have one I take extra precious time away from you! You see waiting is a part of life (currently waiting at DMV). Also,, where is that we who use a tank rinse are abusing the facilities? Do some math, figure how many gallons are in your holding tanks, now figure the flow rate to empty, now give me a figure of quick you can hook up and unhook. Some people take a little longer and thats ok! But roughly ten minutes for me to do what I need and you all have a cow?? Who's the troll here?? Being a troll involves posting things you do not believe in, to elicit a response, for your own entertainment. Being a self-absorbed narcissist is another affliction, unrelated to trolling.
soren 05/16/16 01:03pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

"jake2250".....Your method is fine if you're the only one left on earth. I think COMMON SENSE needs to be applied if it's a busy time or weekend. Not everyone is retired and can wait an hour and 20 minutes to dump, which is what you're asking them to do if there is more than two people behind you and the others are being as selfish! Luckily, I can dump at home, where I do my thorough tank flushes. It all evens out,, for the FIVE minutes extra I spend,, You can hurry up and vice versa, If I pulled up and there were that many people that it would be an hour and twenty minutes before I could dump,, First I would look over and apologize to the wife that I was to lazy to get up earlier and get there before the large crowd, second I would do some quick math in my head and determine where on earth i would be in an hour from now! If it worked out that hauling that stuff home would be better than getting stewed waiting in line and I would live longer (because we know stress is a killer) by not worrying about it I would probably blow off the dump and head home,, After all, allot of Camping World facilities have free dump stations and My storage place has free dumping. Or I could learn a lesson and chalk it up to being what it is and wait in line? But on average it all works out in the end,, hence thats why we are at the dump station!! If the dump station gives you chest pain and everyone else needs to hurry because you are waiting,, Then it's really not about ME is it?? What did the salesman tell you when he did his walk thru when you bought your trailer?? "Hurry Hurry Hurry,come on now get with it You need to dump as fast as you can Hurry"Also,, did the campground post time limits?? You ever use a pay toilet?? If your from the east coast you sure have! Do you hurry for the next guy?? My dad always reminded me, "never Push"!! Its my quarter I will get my moneys worth and get the job done right the first time!! So how does this differ?? I don't consider myself the only person on earth,, But where I am at that given time and place is the place I am at!! The guy that just left the dump station before me doesn't care about me,, I am sure he didn't care about me being in front of me either! Do you also think he looked in his mirrors and gave a hoot about me as he pulled up to dump?? HE had a job to do,, some people take longer than others,,THATS LIFE!! Its all one big pooh sandwich and we all gotta take a bite,,, Just smile and move on!! California calling!! and a newbie as well. Down the road he might learn some RV courtesies??? How about it. Talk about a great state, with a mind numbing percentage of self-centered idiots. They might be offended if their state's motto was changed to, "It's all about me", but thousands of locals from the Canadian border to Colorado, would all be nodding their heads in agreement.
soren 05/16/16 01:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do they cut hose end off at dump station on purpose?

Not only should they NOT have a threaded end on to, prevent filling of fresh water tanks, it also helps speed up the selfish idiots who think that taking ten to fifteen minutes of slow ritual, while dumping, is just fine. Even though there is a line backing up behind them. I can only imagine how bad it would be if the same type of clods add a tank flushing ritual to their list of OCD procedures while dumping. It's simple, put a pair of disposable gloves on, connect the hose, dump the black, dump the grey, put the hose away, move on. If it takes more than five minutes, and there is somebody behind you, you need to rethink the ritual. Unless you are putting the RV away for the season, there is zero need for a tank flush. Once you dump, use the onboard water to add a 2-3 gallons to the black tank, as a bonus, toss in a small amount of liquid laundry detergent, and drive away. After decades of doing this, and dumping many hundreds of times, I have never seen a need for a flush system, or had a tank clog, while on the road. Sitting for months at a time, in a seasonal site, yes, on the road, never.
soren 05/16/16 07:05am Beginning RVing
RE: my first disappointment

Who would like some reading? The conclusions are that DRLs saves lives and injuries. http://www.swov.eu/rapport/R-97-36.PDF Unfortunately, the same guys who make silly statements about topics like this, are the same ones who can read a well documented study and say, "nah, I still don't believe it". I have a good buddy who refuses to wear seatbelts since, "you're better off being thrown from the vehicle". This guy is far from an idiot, on most issues, but..............
soren 05/10/16 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
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