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RE: Pushing the Limits and My Moderation Philosophy

I've been talking with a couple of members privately about some of the perceived over-moderation in other areas of the forum and, yes, even some of my own posts were edited or deleted; and that's not unique to this forum, but I've had it happen in other forums I frequent. My advice to them was something I started doing a few years ago when it came to expressing my opinion: What I learned to do was to surround the opinion with something like: ... or, if I'm feeling a bit more assertive: ... or, text followed by... (IMO, YMMV) These qualifiers sometimes saves the post as it clearly states that I am not speaking as an authority (or simply being a smart @$$ on the topic, which I should expect would be edited or deleted - this last one sometimes comes as a shock to my fellow mods :) ). That can sometimes make the difference...
LLeopold 07/22/15 08:35am Beginning RVing
Pushing the Limits and My Moderation Philosophy

Originally posted Sept. 21, 2007 as a reply to the question, "Why so many grumpy people full of opinions here?" The moderators of the Open Roads Forum are volunteers, giving of our time and talent as fellow RVers and campers, to this forum to help promote our hobby. We are neither omniscient, omnipresent nor omnipotent (Admin might be, however). If there are rules violations we may or may not, encounter them and advise the others, so that appropriate action might be taken. We rely on our fellow members to advise us by clicking on the "Notify Moderator" link. That link also provides room for comments. It is not, nor should it be considered, "tattling" for a member to advise a moderator about a rules violation. Let me remind you that the Open Roads Forum is a family site and is now one of the largest forums, by membership, on the internet (over 200,000 members). When you post, it is not read only by other adults, but also by minor-aged children, who have an interest in RVing and camping. The forum is for the RV consumer community and only that community. That's the forum owner's (AGI) rules we abide by. Let me also make it perfectly clear, there are plenty of other forums with much looser rules than this one, and that the participation is, by far, much less than this one (and more than one has been shut down by the sponsoring ISP due to the excesses of the few). If you want to exercise your "rights of free speech" on issues other than RVing or camping, you also have the right to post them elsewhere. Also remember that any reference to the Bill of Rights is to limit the government power over its citizens. It has absolutely no relevance to this forum or to its rules. Sustaining the forum rules is a primary reason this forum has succeeded when so many others have failed. If there is a perceived error in judgment by a moderator (read my opening statements), we still would like to know about it. First, contact the moderator of the forum if they already have not PMed you about it. Personally, I try to head off any confrontation by PMing a member and giving them the opportunity to edit their thread or post, or an opportunity to explain why the post should stand as is. If I get a less than satisfactory (i.e. confrontational) response, I will edit the post for them, or yes, delete the thread entirely. And yes, that is how I moderate Beginning RVing and Tent Camping; I have, from time-to-time posted my method of moderating in those forums, and yes, have been called on an error in judgment by "my" members from time-to-time; again, I am human, too. For those who are involved in Scouting, you will know what I mean when I say that I try to "follow the 12" when evaluating posts and intentions of the originators of the posts (PM me if you want to know what this means). Each of the moderators has their own method of implementing the spirit of the moderation guidelines (forum rules). Again, when there is a question, we typically consult each other. But then, Beginning RVing and Tent Camping does not get the same amount of traffic than the other forums, so I actually have the opportunity to respond more frequently and intimately, with the members than, perhaps, the other moderators. I always welcome input from the members (as do my fellow moderators) so that I can provide a service to members who share my passion for the outdoors lifestyle. The forum administration picks its moderators from the membership based on their participation in the forum and how they are received by other members (and moderators). Again, I state, if you have a question of the moderator regarding your or another's post, free free to contact them to get clarification. If you do not get a response from that moderator (again there may be a delay, hey we like to RV, too!), feel free to contact another moderator. But, one thing you do not want to do; you do not want to get into a confrontation with the moderator(s), nor the Administrators. You will want to keep the issue civil. It'd be like getting into a confrontation with a campground host or the rangers. You might be "right," but will the aggravation in the meantime be worth it? NOTE: I will allow the thread to remain open for a few more posts, but if I see anymore posts that clearly violate the Forum Rules, I will close the thread. Call it censorship if you want, but that's how I moderate. I make sure that we all follow the rules.
LLeopold 07/21/15 01:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Things to consider when buying first rv

Mod Note: This clearly was copied from a commercial web site which was referred in another thread and closed by me yesterday. If this post was to test where the line is drawn in terms of what is acceptable and what is not, then I suggest you reread the Forum Rules where it clearly states: * You may not use the Open Roads Forum to either advertise or promote commercial endeavors. This includes direct posts, member name, URLS in your profile or signature, as well as, active links to other sites on the Internet. If a member, especially a Senior Member, insists on testing the forum moderators or administration, we have a long history of being less tolerant than accidental postings by new users. Perhaps it is time for me to repost my philosophy regarding Beginning RVing so that all may know, for sure, where the boundaries are. In the meantime, I'm closing this thread.
LLeopold 07/21/15 01:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Things to consider before heading to an RV Sales Lot

As per the Forum Rules: * You may include URLs or active links to commercial sites for the purpose of expanding on comments or providing additional information as part of regular forum interactions. However... * You may not use the Open Roads Forum to either advertise or promote commercial endeavors. This includes direct posts, member name, URLS in your profile or signature, as well as, active links to other sites on the Internet. The key words in the "may" are "...for the purpose of expanding on comments..." So, since this did not start out as a discussion about doing one's homework and the OP providing it as a useful link, but instead, simply posted the link, the context falls primarily to the latter than the former. While I checked to see if there is an association between the OP and the web site/it's owner, rather than deleting the thread entirely, I'll merely close it and chalk it up to forum newbie "faux pas."
LLeopold 07/20/15 12:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: Short bed manuvering

Here's my story from 2002. And guess what? It happened again this past weekend 13 years later. You'd think I would have learned by now! :O
LLeopold 07/01/15 02:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alfa see ya or Alfa gold

Checking the NADA Guide for Alfa and other sources, the "SYF" prefix would lead one to believe that this is a "See Ya" model and not a "See Ya Gold" model which has a "SGF" prefix. Here's an example of a 2006 SYF35RLIK Model 314. My guess is that this is what yours looks like. Here's an example of a 2006 SGF35RLIK Model 323. You'll notice that the "Gold" is prominently marked on the unit. So, if yours was represented as a "See Ya Gold", I would go back and ask how they arrived at that result. Hope this helps.
LLeopold 06/23/15 01:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Dump techniques....

http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/masonry/000/540/660/961.png Time to close this thread.
LLeopold 06/22/15 03:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Alfa see ya or Alfa gold

The See Ya and Gold are two different models from Alfa Industries. Without knowing the floorplan model and year, we cannot tell you which one you own. We can tell you that the "See Ya" is the middle child of the model line while the "Founder" is the low end and the "Gold" is the top end. If you do a search within the forums, you will find owners (and non-owners) commenting on their experience (and hear-say) in owning the Alfa-series motorhomes and trailers. Hope this helps. Otherwise, provide the model number and we may be able to answer better,
LLeopold 06/22/15 03:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: 23 minute dump time?

Time to say goodnight.
LLeopold 06/09/15 10:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Going Dry Camping next month, is my AMPH theory correct?

Further replies may be made here. Gentle reminder, Forum Rules state to refrain from posting in multiple areas (actually, explicitly not allowed).
LLeopold 05/15/15 09:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Gaming in a RV?

Advertising item referenced by immediate prior post has been deleted due to violating the Forum Rules.
LLeopold 05/08/15 10:47am Beginning RVing
RE: Reputable Dealers NY State area

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LLeopold 02/03/15 01:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: SCREEN DOOR Replacement ( Screen Only )

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LLeopold 10/31/14 06:34am Beginning RVing
RE: RVing without an RV

I had thought about bringing the fifth wheel as an overnight enroute and then parking it at Philmont. They have parking, but no hookups and you are expected to stay in one of the tent "cities". The tents and facilities are really good, BTW. Since it was only one night each way and with the price of diesel, it was more economical to take the car and reserve a cabin at the RV parks. The point I'm trying to make is that RV parks with cabins are good alternatives to hotels/motels so long as you provide your own bedding (and are typically more kid/Scout friendly). One thing I did not mention is the two RV parks also permitted tent camping immediately adjacent to the cabins. An additional thought for groups, like a Scout trek team.
LLeopold 08/22/14 07:16am Beginning RVing
RVing without an RV

I just got back from a Scouting conference at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico (yeah, a lot of you know that I am still in Scouting as a leader even though my Eagle Scout son aged out a long time ago, yeah it stuck with me). The accommodations at the ranch are large (12'x12') canvas tents on permanent platforms, cots, mattresses, a wooden box for a closet and an electric outlet. You provide your own bedding, etc. Just a slight step down from RVing as the bathrooms/showers are more of a dorm style - private full facilities like many at RV resorts/campgrounds, which leads me to the topic. And, of course, one eats at the dining hall - summer camp for adults! I would have taken my FW and truck for the trip, but since there would only be one night stop each way, and with the price of diesel, I decided to take my commuter car (a 2013 Hyundai Elantra) instead. Using the Good Sam Club Travel planner (on-line), I found two RV campgrounds on the route between Camarillo and Cimarron, NM that had cabins available for use, so I booked those using my Good Sam Club discount. Each was VERY reasonable in price ($35/night) - definitely less than staying in a motel or hotel. One even provided the bedding. Some pictures of the cabin at the first camp (USA RV Park in Gallup, NM) I haven't uploaded the second, which was actually a small bunkhouse (I had it all to myself) as the RV park catered to horses (it had stables for the horses to stay overnight) but will do so when I have some time tonight. So, even if you are on a road trip without an RV, you can still get the RV experience. When I mentioned this to some of the participants at the Scouting event, they had not considered this and stayed at hotels/motels at a higher rate even though they had all that they needed with them.
LLeopold 08/18/14 12:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: Yamaha Propane Generator

Gentle reminder. Multiple posts on the same topic are not allowed as per the Forum Rules that you agreed to when you registered. All remaining answers may be made here.
LLeopold 08/13/14 12:33am Beginning RVing
RE: Going to re-seal my roof ?

I resealed my 25 ft. fifth-wheel roof after repairing some water damage about three to four years ago. I used this. You may want to consider doing this as the lifetime of a rubber roof is 10-15 years. I believe I posted a thread on my experience from considering to finish with pictures of the progress. Ahhh. Here it is: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24236262.cfm. I just reread the post and did not mention that the Liquid Roof went on beautifully. Tarping the trailer and taping it with painters tape was actually the most challenging (meaning that the application of the liquid EPDM with a roller was that easy). I still own trailer and there are still no leaks three years later. Hope this helps.
LLeopold 08/08/14 04:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: License class requirement in California

Ummm. Some clarification is in order from the post in Beginning RVing. All from the CA DMV Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook where one may download a copy from: https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl648/dl648.pdf and from the CA DMV license chart available at: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/cdl_htm/lic_chart.htm#classc Assertion #1: If you are a California resident, to legally pull a 5th wheel with 15K GVWR in California, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #1: You may pull a 5th wheel that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C license. You may pull a 5th wheel between 10K and 15K GVWR with a Class C license with a "Restriction 42" endorsement (I have this particular endorsement and it is not well-known at the DMV). Over 15K requires the non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #2: To legally pull a travel trailer (bumper tow)with 10K GVWR, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #2: One may pull a travel trailer that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C licence. Over 10K does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #3: To legally drive a Motor Home that is 40 ft or greater, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS B license. Clarification #3: One may drive a motor home that is less than 40 ft. with a Class C license. Over 40 ft. does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class B license (a non-commercial Class A is also permitted). If we're going to cite items, let's try to be as complete as possible and include citations to official sources. As to visitors, the state recognizes other states' licensing to a degree. Double or triple towing (5th wheel towing a boat, for example) gets a bit dicey. Hope this helps with full clarification.
LLeopold 08/08/14 03:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Be aware of driver license requirements in California

Ummm. Some clarification is in order. All from the CA DMV Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook where one may download a copy from: https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl648/dl648.pdf and from the CA DMV license chart available at: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/cdl_htm/lic_chart.htm#classc Assertion #1: If you are a California resident, to legally pull a 5th wheel with 15K GVWR in California, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #1: You may pull a 5th wheel that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C license. You may pull a 5th wheel between 10K and 15K GVWR with a Class C license with a "Restriction 42" endorsement. Over 15K requires the non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #2: To legally pull a travel trailer (bumper tow)with 10K GVWR, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #2: One may pull a travel trailer that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C licence. Over 10K does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #3: To legally drive a Motor Home that is 40 ft or greater, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS B license. Clarification #3: One may drive a motor home that is less than 40 ft. with a Class C license. Over 40 ft. does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class B license (a non-commercial Class A is also permitted). If we're going to cite items, let's try to be as complete as possible and include citations to official sources. As to visitors, the state recognizes other states' licensing to a degree. Double or triple towing (5th wheel towing a boat, for example) gets a bit dicey. Hope this helps with full clarification.
LLeopold 08/08/14 03:24pm Beginning RVing
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