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RE: Bad experience Lancaster KOA

The OP..remember?? the one who started this thread.. was not singled out for anything. Everyone has to pay the price or dont come in. My response was specifically addressing WRVPO's sickening attitude toward disabled guests, not the OP's complaint. That said, being denied the ability to have someone enter the park, briefly, to pick up a disabled guest, without an outrageous fee, is a pretty textbook definition of failing to make reasonable accommodation. Not only would this situation look pretty bad in the local press, and any RV review site that is willing to post it, but it's well worth contacting the state's disability advocate office with the info.
soren 07/10/16 08:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bad experience Lancaster KOA

ADA requires reasonable accommodation of the disability. Based on OP's description, what was requested was reasonable if the distance from the campsite to the gate could not be easily traversed by the HC person. In addition to posting to the various campsite review sites, formal ADA complaint should be filed with a copy to the CG and to KOA main office.It is this thinking that causes businesses to want to get any disabled person in and out as soon as possible. The Drumbeat of sue, sue, sue makes businesses fear the disabled customer, not want to accommodate them. It is this thinking that causes businesses to want to get any disabled person in and out as soon as possible. The Drumbeat of sue, sue, sue makes businesses fear the disabled customer, not want to accommodate them. As far as whether or not the requests were reasonable, in my opinion absolutely not. Why should a disabled person get to bring in guests without a fee when everyone else has to pay. Not all parks have the ability to monitor all visitors. We can, but we are in Montana and very few of our guests from Thailand have visitors stopping by. But if a park is located a short distance from major metro areas and serves primarily locals, it would be close to impossible to administer some visitors in free and others pay. As for the golf cart, our insurance specifies that we are not to allow any non employee to operate or ride in park vehicles. Maybe as the owner I would take that chance, buy I don't empower my employees to make that decision. You have a well earned reputation on this site, and it isn't a good one. However, this may be a new low, even for you. My wife has been severely disabled for over two decades, and has NEVER experienced the mentality you express. Fortunately, if and when it happens, there are a number of avenues available from a governmental and legal standpoint, to make somebody like you suffer a significant price for singling out disabled folks for abusive treatment. BTW, one of the most memorable experiences we had while traveling was a CG owner who realized that my DW would end up struggling while accessing one of his buildings. He asked us to give him an hour or two, and spent that time with a tractor and a crew, while he pulled a patch of unused sidewalk up, and reinstalled it, to create a smaller step in to his lodge. That is what have character means, not trying to get disabled folks of your property, ASAP, since they might have issue with your attitude and behavior. WOW, you really hit bottom on this one........................you must be proud.
soren 07/09/16 11:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Indiana Highway RV Torture Test

No offense taken. We all have opinions on everything. I for one have been driving/towing on Indiana roads since 2000. I have never experienced the things you describe in your post. And yes I have experienced rough roads in almost every state we have been in at one point or another including yours. Have a nice day. They must hand out those rose colored glasses when you renew your driver's license in Indiana, LOL. We just headed west from PA. to Montana. Pennsylvania has greatly increased their gas taxes, is now spending a ton on rebuilding and resurfacing roads, and repairing and replacing the thousands of bridges we have that are in trouble. For the first time in my lifetime, I can honestly say that PA's roads are good and steadily improving. Ohio was a lot better than in previous years. Indiana, specifically the toll road, is sadly, a national disgrace. To actually have the stones to charge motorists a considerable sum, to travel Indiana toll road, while allowing it to basically self-destruct, with little evidence of repair, and ZERO evidence of actual improvement, is simply unbelievable. The service plazas are disgusting relics of half a century ago. That is the ones that are still standing, as some are now just piles of rubble, and garbage strewn lots. Obviously Illinois is no better, and Wisconsin and Minnesota are only slightly improved. For the first time in two decades of making this trip, you can actually close your eyes an feel when you get to South Dakota, since the motorhome is no longer porpoising up and down on the lifted, rocking slabs, and slamming into cracked up slabs and ridiculous bridge transitions. We put about 20K a year on our motorhome, traveling all over North America. I can assure you that the poor condition of Indiana roads is far from a matter of opinion.
soren 07/06/16 06:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Needing help in Cambridge Ohio

There is a Camping World facility in Akron Ohio, about 75 miles north of Cambridge, going north on I 77. I don't have any info. to recommend or not recommend this place. JMHO, but............... #1. Antique coach #2 on the road and needing immediate attention That pretty much puts CW at about dead last on my list.
soren 07/02/16 08:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: So ca to Black Hills and Sioux Falls SD

Two thoughts. First, there is a great domicile service in Rapid, so it worth the extra 700 mile round trip to drive right past America's Mailbox. on RT 90 in Rapid, and spend two days on the road, heading back and forth to Sioux? Second, the Sturgis rally ends on August 14th. I would be real sure to avoid the entire area from the first of August until the 14th. Enjoy SD. We love it, and after celebrating the 4th in Yellowstone, we will be heading back to SD. for a while. Good luck.
soren 07/02/16 08:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Help With Busted Sewage Pipe!

What does the primer do? Not much on the black ABS plastic, since it doesn't need primer.
soren 07/02/16 08:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Change your oil- yourself or shop

I have the Ford V-10 and do it myself, even if it's on the road. I stop at Wal-mart and grab the Motorcraft brand oil and filter, then change the oil wherever it looks like I'm not going to create an issue. This has included the parking lot of a Marina, several abandoned lots, rest stops and roadside pull-outs, and most recently, while parked in a friend's yard. I put a small plastic tarp down, make a catch chute with cardboard to guide the mess into the catch pan. Typically, I don't end up with a dropped spilled on the ground. The oil and filter cost $30, and I have been quoted from $60 to $169 to have it done "professionally". I save a few hundred a year doing this, and know it's done right, with the proper materials.
soren 07/02/16 08:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor buys Jayco

Everyone is having knee jerk reactions to this, including me, but because I have a horse in this race..I went a bit further..The President of Entegra (Tadd Jenkins) is speaking or in correspondence with all Entegra Coach owners. This is going to be an independent freestanding entity which has Thor as a parent. Now no one can predict the future years from now, but for now, NOTHING IS CHANGING...no coaches, no warranty and more importantly NOT CUSTOMER SUPPORT nor any personnel including upper management (Bontrager included)....I believe Thor is going to use the Entegra flag as their upper echelon to break into the luxury market..Only time will tell but for now Entegra will stay as it is..and I have one with the up to date and proven old standards plus my 2 year warranty. The fact Tadd Jenkins took the time to actively reassure me and gave me his cell number tells me the dedication that current management has and that although there is a parent, things will stay the same as long as Entegra has sales, and they do... You may be right. OTOH, spending half a million on a luxury product, and having the president of the company spending time to personally contact you, when a major shake-up happens, is something I would expect any intelligent company to do. Look at Tiffin as an example of how to properly kiss up to keep the customer happy. That said, will the owner of a Thor/Jayco $18K Jay Flight end up benefiting from the deal? My guess is the best they can hope for is the existing status quo, which is hardly impressive.
soren 07/02/16 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor buys Jayco

Jayco's lack of quality will be a perfect fit within Thor. Lol's Thor got to get their investment money back so they'll have to make some costing cutting efforts that unusually includes quality.Not sure how Jayco could cut costs any further unless they just throw all the parts in the box and ship it. Jayco has the only 2 yr. warranty. Because you will need it. Amen to that. Our first Jayco was a 2008 Jay Flight. It was a nice, fairly well built trailer. We then went with a 2013 Eagle. WOW, it was junk. We suffer through the garbage build quality, which was compounded by a dealer who did things like dealing with carpet wrinkles by stapling them down, and screwing up everything else they tried to repair. Now that Thor is in the picture, I can only imagine how well these thing will be tossed together. I predict that it's only a matter of months until the two year warranty is reduced to one. There will be a press release with weasel language along the lines of......... "bringing warranty service in line with industry standards, to improve the customer experience" LOL
soren 07/02/16 08:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help With Busted Sewage Pipe!

My first move would be to grab a small can of ABS cement, and run a big bead of it, right over the crack. If that fails, there are kits made to repair broken plastic pipe.
soren 07/01/16 09:44am Class C Motorhomes
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
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