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RE: Nova Scotia in July without reservations?

We traveled (me in a 17' trailer & friends in a tent) in June & July, 2013 with no reservations except a 4 day stop at Ponderosa Pines Campground in Hopewell Rock, NB. We did sometimes call ahead in the morning for a pair of sites for that evening, but rarely needed to.
vermilye 05/26/16 02:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Over the top noise - Hellsgate SP in Idaho

Reminds me of a stay at Shellmound County Park in Florida. A nice quiet rural campground until the air boats show up. The combination of unmuffled V8's & large propellers is "interesting". That & the combination of chiggers ( a post a few days later) & no-see-ums made for a annoying night. Still, a lot less expensive & more open than the other Cedar Key campgrounds.
vermilye 05/20/16 08:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Little Rock AR

I stayed one night at the Little Rock North KOA while waiting for a site at Maumelle Park. Stayed at Maumelle for three days.
vermilye 05/20/16 08:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Replacing 30 amp cable.

If you do any cold weather camping, be sure the cable is not plain thermoplastic - it gets very stiff with the cold. Rubber or some of the newer insulations such as Carol's Super Vu Tron will remain flexible in the cold.
vermilye 05/19/16 06:35am Tech Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

Is there long stretch where you have no data? Canada and AK? I used AT&T this winter in Florida with my Iphone. From what I hear, I guess this is what I will use next time I go to AK. I just checked AT&T Web site and it is $60 prepaid for one month for 5 GB high speed and unlimited slower speed after that and the data can be used in Canada too. The phone in Canadas can be used but there is a .39 cent per minute per call. There are parts of both Alaska & Canada where there is no service. In many cases as you near towns & cities, service becomes available & disappears as you leave. The phone services change their plans & coverage so quickly that what was true in June may no be so now, but the AT&T Canada plan only covered voice & text. One "interesting discovery" was the AT&T Canada plan had unlimited texting included, but because I didn't have texting on my US plan, they charged me for each text message at the US rate...
vermilye 05/16/16 09:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

A quick question, which Cell phone carrier are you using in AK and how does it work so far? Thanks Verizon and AT&T are the two big carriers up here. My wife used Verizon with the Canada add in for a month last summer when she was driving the Alaska highway, it worked great. I use AT&T and have good coverage throughout the road system here. Which on works best, any preference? Do you get coverage with both in Canada, Yukon, BC? I went in June & July last year with an AT&T iPhone & a Verizon Jetpack for data. Much better service in Alaska with AT&T, however in the major cities Verizon was OK. Some of the Verizon stores had "Verizon in coming to Alaska" signs - I suspect they are improving coverage. As to Canada, we had little problems with AT&T for voice, data was expensive...
vermilye 05/14/16 03:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Whom Of Us Boondocks 14-days Or More At A Stretch?

I spent the winter in Quartzsite - 93 days without hookups. No generator, but 355 watts of solar, a pair of 6V 232 amp hour batteries, & an inverter so I could make a pot of coffee & toast in the mornings...
vermilye 05/14/16 09:33am Tech Issues
RE: Back-up Camera

I see that apparently there are "wireless" cameras but when I did some checking I was told that you still have to wire into the back-up lights so that doesn't seem "wireless" to my mechanically challenged brain. Is this true. Also, will any wireless ones do the job for the length of my 30 ft. Motorhome? Most of the inexpensive wireless back up cameras do not do well over the combined length of the trailer and tow vehicle. Even the more expensive ones will sometimes suffer drop out from interference. Some of them have the transmitter separated from the camera - a wire runs between the camera & transmitter, allowing the transmitter to be placed in the front of the trailer. While you do have to run the wire from the camera, it has the advantage that the transmitter ends up closer to the tow vehicle, resulting in a better (and more reliable) signal. It still solves the problem of a wired connection between the trailer & tow vehicle. I have a wired system. The advantage - no interference, no drop outs, etc but I do have a separate connector to get between the trailer & tow.
vermilye 05/10/16 09:13am Technology Corner
RE: Niagra Falls to Arcadia NP Route Suggestions

Or a combination of some of the suggestions,like 104 over to Fulton, then pick up Ny 3, up through Watertown, all the way to Plattsburgh, then take the Cumberland Head ferry to Grand Isle, to Rt 2 all the way to Maine. Certainly not the fastest, or shortest, but quite possibly the most scenic. I agree, although since I live in Oswego, NY I usually pick up NY 3 in Mexico (NY). While lots of twists on a 2 lane road, continuing on 3 through the Adirondacks to Plattsburgh, then US 9 to US 2 is a slower, but more scenic route. If you have time, a stop at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake is worth a visit.
vermilye 05/06/16 09:05am Roads and Routes
RE: RV Camping near New River Gorge WV

There is an electric only campground at Babcock State Park about 24 miles from the New River Bridge. Not much in the way of shopping nearby, but one of the most photographed grist mills in the country in the park: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images148/ASE_1299.jpg height=480
vermilye 05/06/16 08:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Taking an RV to Alaska

We made the trip last summer (friends towed a 16' Scamp with a Sienna Van). No windshield dings, no flats, and a great trip. As others have said, watch for the cones or flags pointing out frost heaves and take you time on the gravel sections being repaired. Our Alaska Trip
vermilye 05/05/16 02:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket for day trip?

I prefer Nantucket, although I might be influenced by the fact that my parents retired there in 1978 and my brother still works as a carpenter on the island. Lost of nice beaches, a choice between city & country, enough museums & historic sites to keep one busy. There is plenty to do if you don't want to get out of the city - don't sass up a walk on the docks to see a huge range of boats, but there are a number of "Van Tours" available that lets you see the rest of the island. If you stay overnight it can be expensive, and, as Paul or Sandra noted, ferry reservations for automobiles are usually necessary & expensive (my last was $450.00) round trip. I have a number of journals of visits to the island Here is one from 2011 with links to others.
vermilye 05/05/16 08:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Southwest trip planning

Don't pass up some of the great Utah state parks along the way. Some of my favorites include Dead Horse Point, Goblin Valley, Kodachrome Basin, and for a great view, Goosenecks SP.
vermilye 05/03/16 11:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Using smart phone as a hot spot

One problem with using your phone as a hotspot is if you use a Sleek type amplifier. Since the phone is in a cradle, unless you have a bluetooth headset, it may be difficult to use it as a phone...
vermilye 05/01/16 10:12am Technology Corner
RE: Wilson Sleek came in today.

I use a WirEng Boat Antenna combined with a 4G Sleek. The combination covers most of the Verizon & AT&T frequencies, and the gain figures are better than those of the Wilson Trucker antenna.
vermilye 04/29/16 05:11pm Technology Corner
RE: What are your favorite state parks to camp?

I have a number of favorite state parks, but #1 is Ricketts Glen State Park in PA. 21 waterfalls along 7 miles of streams filled with cascades. More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images147/ASE_1212.jpg width=640 Some other favorites include some to the Utah State Parks including: Kodachrome Basin More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images228/ASD_2718-Edit.jpg width=640 Goblin Valley More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images114/ASD_2437.jpg width=640 Dead Horse Point More Photos at the bottom of the page http://lakeshoreimages.com/images375/_DSC2095.jpg width=640 Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA More Photos http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images335/ASH_3417.jpg width=640 While there is no campground, Chittenango Falls State Park in NY has my favorite waterfall. More Photos http://lakeshoreimages.com/images13/chittenangofalls.jpg width=640
vermilye 04/28/16 02:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Dislike of 'Reservation Only' camping

I do lots of long trips (111, 138, 304, & 193 days) and make as few reservations as possible. For example, on a June & July trip to Alaska, the only reservation made ahead of time was for the Teklanika Campground in Denali National Park. Over the 74 days we only had one stop where the planned campground was full, and found another a mile down the road. I want the flexibility of being able to stay longer or skip new parts of the country, depending on what I discover in the area. My solution when campgrounds start to fill is to call in the morning to check availability for campgrounds in the area I expect to reach that night. Most campgrounds are honest about the likelihood of them being filled for the night - if they are close, I'll make a reservation. In the few cases where everything is booked, I just go somewhere else. I do have the advantage of being retired so my schedule is more flexible than most, and I generally stop by 2:00, early enough that there are usually non reserved sites still available.
vermilye 04/28/16 09:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to Order the Right 220V MALE Plug?

Try IDing your connector at this page - scroll down for the NEMA configurations section...
vermilye 04/22/16 07:03am Tech Issues
RE: Days with out electric hook up?

While the longest stretch of dry camping on our recent Alaska trip was 4 days at Denali, I spent 95 days dry camping at Quartzsite, AZ this winter. A pair of 6V batteries, 195 watts of solar on the roof & a portable 160 watt panel. No generator, and I did make a pot of drip coffee each day. As to Alaska, most of the commercial parks along the way have hookups with at least electric & water.
vermilye 04/08/16 10:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Southern California Campgrounds

One I'd add to the list is Red Rock Canyon State Park 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14.
vermilye 04/08/16 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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