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RE: summer trip. Tough Mudder/ upstate NY/ New England

"generally speaking I make sure to have full hook ups on the annual big trip. I don't like wasting time, I'd rather spend the money. I state park camp a ton of weekends locally so its something I'm just not in the mood to do on vacation." I agree but Salisberry was ok for just the two of us. When we traveled with our daughter and friend that was a non starter. As you can see we traveled New England and had fun. Lots to do lots of fun.
Crabbypatty 06/19/18 04:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: summer trip. Tough Mudder/ upstate NY/ New England

Yes we did: Lake George, Plymouth, Lake Ossipee, Bar Harbor, Cape Cod were all one week each. We used them as base camp then drove around doing things. Boston Minutman we use for long weekends as our daughter lives in Boston and Boston hotels are big $$$. That said if you want to loop through you can just as easily do a couple three days then move on. However there is lots to do. We went to Cape Cod 3x's. We want to Cape Cod then Danforth Bay Lake Ossippee for a two week vaca. All were fun and certainly we will go back again. Last Labor Day we found a great Masachusetts State park on the ocean Saulsberry but they only have electric and water hook ups. So you need to dump, bring a tote or pay to be sucked out. We also spent a week in Brattleboro Vermont at the KOA then drove around the state from there. Happy Trails Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 06/18/18 04:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: summer trip. Tough Mudder/ upstate NY/ New England

Lake George we stayed at Lake Georg Camping Resort on the schroon river. They run you up river in a cattle wagon with tubes and you float back. Also has a shuttle to town and back. They did a bonfire on Saturday night where they burned the old picnic tables and anything else they could find. It was a huge fire. White Mountains we stayed at Danforth Bay on Lake Ossipee and drove to Mt Washington and other areas on the "Kank" If you stay there and like BBQ, go to Yankee BBQ and order the "feast". If there are 4 of you you will bring some home... Bar Harbor we stayed at Bar Harbor KOA Oceanfront. We had a waterfront FHU site. They have a guy cooking lobstah dinners in the CG. Driving over the causeway is Trents Lobstah Pound. Ive never eaten a 2.5lb lobstah before I went there and it was the most delicious sweetest Ive ever had. There is a Mountain Explorer Free shuttle service that loops the island. Just need to stand up at the office. Boston Area Just West is Boston Minuteman CG there is a train station nearby to get into Boston. We will be there end of July. Plymouth Mass we stayed in Pinewood CG and took the ferry to PTown at the end of the cape. Its on a lake and only 10 minute quick drive into Plymouth. Lots to do. Cape Cod we stayed at Cape Cod Camping Resort near Falmouth. Although its at the beginning of the cape the resort had FHU and is also on a fresh water lake, pool games for kids etc.. Hope that helps. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 06/18/18 04:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Front hitch for bicycles

I did that on my 2001 Suburban and it managed to disrupted the airflow and made the engine and tranny run hot. However I know people who have done it with no issues. etrailer.com is where I bought my hitch.
Crabbypatty 06/18/18 04:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Installing a solar panel on Jayco 2008 rubber roof

Same as Colo Native. 4 panels on the roof no issues.
Crabbypatty 06/07/18 04:32am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery monitor question

I installed the Tri Metric 2030rv as well. Tells me state of charge, charging rate in amps as well as draw and more. I have two Trojan T125 6volts on the bow and dry camp so the setup is important for battery life, peace of mind etc.
Crabbypatty 06/04/18 03:56am Tech Issues
RE: 12v vs 6v batteries

You should search the forums here as this is always discussed. 6 volt deep cycle were designed for heavy usage and deep discharges. This is why they are used on golf carts, fork lifts, large diesel trucks and boat motors etc. The plates and cells are bigger which is why they take longer to discharge vs 12 volts. Real World: I bought two trojans T125's in 2004. Sold my TT in 2015 still going strong. bought two new t125's and they are on the new to us TT. We dry camp as much as wet camp. 2016 put 428 watts solar on and we dont even bring the generator with us anymore. The heavy duty batts plus solar = works for us. So its more $$ but divided by 10-12years = a good cost benefit not to mention peace of mind while out in the boonies. happy trails
Crabbypatty 05/23/18 04:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who actually enjoys towing?

Mostly I do but there are times when the drivers are nuts cutting me off in stop n go traffic that it can be annoying. Looking forward to upgrading to a fiver, supposedly tows better than a TT and I want a king bed....
Crabbypatty 05/22/18 04:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dexter EZ Lubes, use or not?

Crabbypatty 05/15/18 03:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Overnight Stays at I-95 Rest Areas

To each there own, but we drive off and CG for the evening. To help look at i95exitguide.com There is lots of info along the way. Georgia FLA border Brunswick KOA. North Carolina Raleigh KOA. South of the Border. Virginia Fredericksburg KOA. All of these are not far off the road. My BIL also overnights at Cracker Barrel. That said there are rest areas where the truckers stay over. Follow them.
Crabbypatty 05/04/18 04:34am Beginning RVing
RE: Generator question - worth it to sell Champion gen for Honda

My Honda is celebrating its 14th birthday. The rangers have come by and shut down the champions as they are louder and in one instance my Honda was still running. She never heard it! You get what you pay for and th reputation has always been stellar.
Crabbypatty 05/03/18 04:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Best East Coast Beaches

Simply Search here in RV.net for lots of responses. There are lots of options depending on what your looking for. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 04/27/18 04:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Wheel chocks - Best for trailer?

I use large yellow plastic chocks. When on un even or sloping sites I also lock of the tires by using ratchet straps. Simply hook into each wheel slot on the top, two opposing slots and apply just enough pressure to have a tight strap. No way it can roll and also reduces some back n forth motion. I came up with this in a pinch when the trailer rolled an inch or two and the bumper stopped it. I couldn't move the truck and a strap was all I had. Since then I use them almost always and have no need to spend $ on rotochocks etc. Works perfectly
Crabbypatty 04/26/18 04:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar: MPPT working with converter?

The MPPT will sense that the batts are being charged and or state of charge and will adjust its rate of charge. My solar is on along with being plugged into shore power. Morning Star Controller.
Crabbypatty 04/26/18 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: Combining multiple internet solutions

I use Hawkings Smart Repeater with an amplifier plus a Hawkings Marine Antenna on the roof. I also use a cellular booster as your sitting in a tin can which blocks the signal, also with a trucker antenna on the roof. After I hook up at the cg. is simply go up the ladder and raise the two antennas. Its not a perfect system for a variety of reasons, the main one being, distance to the signal tower or hot spot, or obstructions, ie woods at the CG blocking the signal. Sometimes I just take the trusty laptop to the nearest starbucks, walmart parking lot and just sit in the TV and work. So when I get a call and cant connect reliably, I just take a short ride, conduct business and couple that with sight seeing, shopping or eating out. If I had your kind of business I would also use a satellite connection. I see them at CG's on some rigs, and most state they work fine, unless you park under a tree. Keep in mind that CG's bandwidth isnt great as well as others streaming netflix etc, drawing down the signal. PS we were just at an rv resort and the wifi wasn't very reliable. I was using my hotspot most of the time, until I needed to send a large file. The office had a business area where one could work. I simply went there had a fast wifi connection and conducted my business. So make sure that you plan includes a laptop that will do what you need as well.
Crabbypatty 04/25/18 04:26am Technology Corner
RE: Reviewing Solar and batteries for retirement

I have had Trojans t125 on my other TT for 10 years when I sold them, still going strong. We dry camped with a generator. Our new to us TT is beginning its 4th season with the same batteries that I bought new for it. The key to batteries when dry camping whether solar or shore power, is to not let them draw down below 50%. You can check the battery charge with a simple volt meter and a chart (download one at Trojan) or fancier is a battery meter hard wired. For 10 years I used a simple volt meter plugged into the cigarette plug by the tv and Velcro to the wall. Worked Great. In our new to us I added 428 watts solar and bought the TriMetric 3030. The Tri Metric measures all kninds off things but I keep it set on Battery %. Simple read. I have never had to add more than a splash of water. So I think that two things could things could be happening. Your charger is over charging to high a voltage and or you have drawn your batteries down to far. We also have a Xantrax inverter. I found that the entertainment circuit, runs the TV's and some outlets front and rear. I removed that from the 110Volt panel and plugged it into the inverter. Its that way all the time. When dry camping I just turn it on. We watch TV movies, charge our phones pc, etc and when lazy, use the electric coffer pot.I also hanged all the interior lights to LED. We dry camp as much as FHU . I hope this helps you!
Crabbypatty 04/25/18 04:16am Tech Issues
RE: Another Tire Blowout

I had my other TT for 10 years. It came with Marathons and I installed two more sets, due to age and mileage. Ive never ha a blow out. I check the tires air pressure before the trip and during the trip. My new to us much heavier TT came with Load star tires. Typically I see these on tractor Trailer rigs. They were fine but more than 8 years old, so I replaced them with Good Year Endurance tires last year. yes they are ST's not LT's but a took a 500 mile round trip last year and they ran quiet and cool. We just got back from 1500 miles same thing. I don know how your loaded, or how you tow. But if you go fast and drive as if not towing that can stress the tires. Your axles could be ut of alignment do you have uneven wear? Just my opinion, but I would change out the fronts to be Marathon as well. Same set all around.
Crabbypatty 04/24/18 04:38am Tech Issues
RE: Buffalo to Myrtle Beach

While I cannot speak to that far a west route, we have come down 81 to 66 to 17 to 95 in Fredericksburg. 95 Traffic is typically busy through Richmond but we lay over in Fredericksburg for the evening. Thought about 77 but it takes me to far west. This year we were traveling with others and heard about a 15 mile back up on 95 in SC. We took I40 around Fayetteville east to 17 to 31 bypass. It was a nice route into MB vs 301 501 544. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 04/24/18 04:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling through upstate NY

We stayed at Lake George RV Resort. I do not know there policy but it was a great CG and will go back. I haven't run into a two night policy yet. We also stayed at Newbourg KOA for an evening. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 04/21/18 05:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Engines to avoid on F-250?

Ive had K & N cold air kits on 5.7L Tahoe and 8.1L Suburban each sold with over 250,000 miles and going strong. It adds gas mileage and there is a noticeable uptick in power when towing. Tweaking the exhaust and a a 5star tuner, like I used on the Suburban, will increase horsepower more than 5% making towing easier and more fuel efficient. While diesels get better mileage and have more torque, it don't tow anything that heavy to warrant the extra initial price and fuel costs. 95% of the time the truck is used locally, then we tow with it. Very happy with the 6.2L 6 speed setup. The Burb was 3 speed and bruted through towing. This works for us.
Crabbypatty 04/21/18 05:42am Tow Vehicles
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