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RE: Best time of year for the Florida Keys?

We love the Keys in the winter, but since we're Floridians, we're kind of wimpy regarding the water temperature for snorkeling and diving. We found the water started getting nice and warm towards late April and into May last year. It does get pretty hot but if you're close to the water, you'll most always have a nice sea breeze. The water is nice and warm from May through October and it may be easier to get reservations than in the winter. Of course you do have to consider hurricane season which is from June 1 thru November 30.
Klueck 01/25/15 09:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crowds in the Keys ?

Never been to "Q" but I've read tons of blog posts. It seems like a fun place but I can't believe it could compare to the Florida Keys in the winter. We have been going down to the every winter for the past several years. We liked it so much we bought an rv lot there near Key West. Key West is crowded and crazy, and it takes a little getting used to, but it's a super fun place, especially during the nightly sunset celebration. We find the lower Keys (from Big Pine Key and down) to be less crowded. It's crazy up towards Islamorada and Marathon, but nice and quiet where we are on Cudjoe Key. Check out my blog if you want to see all the fun things to do in the Keys. Here is a link for a fun night in Key West, but there is so much more. Never a dull moment. Sunset Celebration in Key West
Klueck 01/25/15 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Snowbirding and beach or pier fishing.

We're in the Tampa bay area and it was 38 degrees last night. I would recommend you go as far south as possible. The Keys is the best place for warm weather AND fishing.
Klueck 01/25/15 09:07am Snowbirds
RE: Naples, Florida

It's okay. Typical Florida snowbird park. We use it as a stopping off point on the way from the Keys.
Klueck 01/25/15 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Zoning rules and parking in Florida

We had that same idea, except to buy a lot in the Florida Keys. It turned out, the zoning won't allow it. You can have an rv lot on your property only if you have a house there too. Of course parking the Rv would depend on any homeowners rules in each particular community. We ended up buying an RV lot in a resort style community where we can park the Rv when we're there, rent it out when we're not, and eventually put a park model, trailer, or home on the lot and live there. It's the best we could find in the Keys.
Klueck 01/25/15 08:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Preventing refrigerator fire on Norcold 1210

We have a 3 1/2 year old Norcold 1210 refrigerator. It works fine but I am concerned about all the refrigerator fires I hear about. Would I solve the fire issue if we had a someone cap off the propane to the refrigerator and use it only on electric? We have considered replacing it with a residential refrigerator, but cannot locate one that is only 64 inches tall that would fit in the compartment space we have.
Klueck 01/07/15 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: How Long a Learning Curve Driving a Class A

Lazy Days in Florida has some wonderful online courses that should help. check it out here
Klueck 01/04/15 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Central Florida weather and almanac

We're from Tampa and the winters can be unpredictable. We're either in shorts or sweats on Christmas....it's about 50/50. We've been running the ac the past week, but a cold front is coming, bringing the highs to a predicted 52 degrees (burrrr) on Thursday. If you want warm, head to the Florida Keys. The record cold in Key West is 47 degrees, I believe.
Klueck 01/04/15 06:39am Snowbirds
RE: Taking Kayaks

We had Tarpon Wilderness hard kayaks but decided the hassle of carrying them on the roof was too much trouble, plus they were too heavy. I was extremely reluctant to purchase an inflatable kayak, but after reading some reviews from others, we decided to give the Sea Eagle Fast Track 385's a chance. I was pleasantly to find they tracked as well as our hard kayaks, were easy to paddle and were more comfortable. They weighed half of what the hard kayaks weighed and when we aren't using them, they stow nicely in one of our basement compartments. If you get tired of carrying kayaks on the roof, you might want to give them a try. Here is my blog link about our Sea Eagles. They have many different models. Some are inexpensive entry level kayaks, some are more expensive and more for people who do a lot of kayaking. HERE
Klueck 01/04/15 06:34am Class A Motorhomes
Rest areas in Ft Myers or Punta Gorda,Fl allow overnight?

Heading to the Keys sometime next month, but not exactly sure of the date yet. We don't want to drive straight through in one day. We need an overnight stop between Tampa and Keys and our usual overnight spot is booked. We've never stayed at a rest area. Do they allow overnight stays in the rest areas off interstate 75 in south Florida, probably Ft Myers or Punta Gorda?
Klueck 01/03/15 06:12am Snowbirds
Need Help. Sofa stuck in bed position

I put the jack knife sofa down into the sleeping position last night, and now I can't get it back up and into the sofa position. Hubby just had shoulder rotator cuff surgery and is in a lot of pain and cannot do anything to help me. We never use it as a sofa, but last night for probably the second time, I put it down into the sofa position. It didn't want to come down easily and the back seemed stuck to the wall. Now, I cannot get it back to the sofa position and hubby can't help because of his shoulder. I'm not sure if it's broken, or operator error. I pulled the lever under the bottom of the sofa, but then what? Do I push, pull up, or what? I've tried pushing, pulling, swearing and nothing works. We're trying to rehab him and this sofa in the middle of the room is not a good thing. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!!
Klueck 12/29/14 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Best time of year for the Florida Keys?

We go down to the Keys every winter, and the weather is usually very nice...average 80 day time and 70 night time. Sometimes a little lower. We're long time Floridians so we don't like cold/cool water. The water starts to warm up nice in about April and the winds tend to be a little less, which is better for boating/kayaking. Hurricane season is June 1 thru November 30, so if there is a threat of one coming, they evacuate all the tourists first. You need to keep that in mind. It's a long way down there. It's pretty hot and muggy in the summer, but bugs aren't a problem. Just because no hurricane hit Florida in the past few years, all it takes is one tropical storm. We lived through 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons in Tampa and those were "years from hell." Ask any Floridian. We were under almost constant threat of one hurricane or another. We were all "storm weary" for most of the season. We have a lot on Cudjoe Key and love to spend winters in the Keys. If not for family obligations, we would be there from Dec 1 (end of hurricane season) through the end of May when it starts to get pretty hot. Whenever you go, it's nice, but summer is pretty hot.
Klueck 12/15/14 07:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: If SC too cold may go to FL over Christmas-Suggestions

We're in central Florida and it got down to 34 last night. burrrrr. Don't expect warm temps in SC over Christmas. We can't even count on them to be warm in the Tampa Bay area. It's a crapshoot. Most RV parks in Florida have heated pools, but most that are south of Tampa are probably booked already. We're at Quail Run Rv Park in Wesley Chapel, Fl. Nice heated pool, but the 300 sites are already about 80% full and the remaining ones are booked.
Klueck 12/15/14 07:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No DC power, so we have no heat or air conditioning

OP here Thanks for all our your help. We got some excellent info on a Monaco owners forum as well and it seemed that our problem was the battery cut-off solenoid, or salesmans switch. We were told how to bypass it, but were uncomfortable doing it ourselves. Fortunately our mobile rv mechanic was able to come out. It took him 15 seconds to by pass it and all is well. We have DC power again. :)
Klueck 10/28/14 05:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2004 Monaco Executive

As I sit with probably the same problem, I'm also wondering what ended up being his problem.
Klueck 10/27/14 06:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New cat in house......dog is not happy

Good job rescuing the poor kitty. Slobbermouth will get over it and they'll be good buds. We had a slobbermouth too....but we named him Blue. Slobbermouth was more appropriate though.
Klueck 10/26/14 05:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: No DC power, so we have no heat or air conditioning

One of the things you said can be interperted two ways We checked the house batteries and all four were 6.92 Now, House batteries are always 12 volt (Resting full charge is 12.6) never 6 volt.. HOWEVER a 12 volt battery can be made by wiring two six volt batteries in series. So do you have 4 12 volt (Six cells each) batteries or do you have 2 12 volt batteries each made from two Six Volt (3 cells each) batteries? The answer to that makes a BIG difference. I'm guessing you have 4 very dead 12 volt Marine/Deep cycle and likely will need to replace them because they tend not to recover from that level of discharge. on the other hand, if my guess is wrong, they are full up. ---------------------------------------------------- We have 2 12 volt batteries each made from two Six Volt (3 cells each) batteries He says they are fully charged, at 6.92 v each. I know nothing about this but am relaying what hubby tells me. thanks for your help
Klueck 10/26/14 11:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No DC power, so we have no heat or air conditioning

Also, check the salesman switch by the front door....altho from the condition of the batteries, it sounds like they simply drained down overnight. Have you checked their water level? Why is your inverter ON if you're plugged into shore power? Did your shore power go off during the night and the inverter kick on? That would really drain the batteries. Keep us posted....Dennis Dennis Yes. The water level in the batteries is good. The inverter is always on, because in our manual it says "the main switch to the inverter is to remain on." We have done it this way for the 3 years we've had the coach. NO, it doesn't appear we had a power outage overnight. Our Progressive Surge electric management system would have indicated that, and it didn't. A few people on a Monaco forum think it may be the solenoid that's connected to the battery cut-off switch. They have told us how to go around it, but hubby and I are nervous about attempting that. Don't want to blow anything up. :) Evidently, these solenoids are known to be faulty. Right now, we're hoping our mobile RV tech hasn't left for Florida and can help us out before he leaves town.
Klueck 10/26/14 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lost 12 volt for coach and chassis

We are having the same problem. If you get the answer, please let me know.
Klueck 10/26/14 06:22am Class A Motorhomes
No DC power, so we have no heat or air conditioning

Everything was fine when we went to bed last night. When we got up this morning, we noticed none of our DC lights were working. We have a 2003 Monaco Windsor DP. We have an inverter. All AC systems are working, but we have no lights, can't run the heat or air conditioning because the thermostat is dead, no water pump The TV, coffee pot, portable heaters all work. Hubby checked the 4 house batteries and they are all reading 6.92 The 2 chassis batteries are reading 13.7 The inverter is blinking green as normal. We did not accidentally hit the battery cut off switch, but we flipped it off and on, just in case. Any ideas?
Klueck 10/26/14 05:53am Class A Motorhomes
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