Just know this... when then President George Bush (I believe Sr.) had to come to Canada, he needed a special exemption because of a DUI from back in the 70's. Not sure how easy or difficult it will be for a regular Joe to get one.
If you are going to be there for a bit, why not rent a "turdis", or a plastic bathroom that is plopped down by a sewage company, then picked up after the event? You can padlock the door so it isn't a public restroom. Cost is probably $75-$100. In fact, I've rented one for about four months for about $400, with weekly pump-out services.
Of course, if you want something you can use at multiple events, I'd probably look at the Cabela's solution as mentioned above.
The problem with that is that, when people see it, they assume it's a public washroom and you get to turn people away every few seconds, especially during a parade like a St. Paddy's Day Parade. At events like that, you want something more inconspicuous.
To bypass DC traffic, I would take US 15 down to Warrenton and then US 17 to Fredericksburg and pick up I-95 there. If you take I-295 around Richmond the next traffic you'll hit will be Jacksonville.
If you take I-81, I-77 and I-85 you'll hit bad traffic in Charlotte and Atlanta.
Edit: I just reread your post and noticed you're going to the panhandle. I'm not sure which route I would advise. I-95 would probably be longer.
Take the 485 around it and you miss the Charlotte traffic. No comment on Atlanta, though...
Oil service on both the MH and Genny runs me just about $300 at a garage. Doing it for the first time myself last spring barely broke $100.
Disposing of the used oil was as easy as driving over to the local oil changers down the street on the way home from my storage.
Given that St. Jean Baptiste is on a Tuesday, I'd be willing to bet that, if you don't have reservations already, you might have a tough time finding an open spot the weekend of 20-22 and probably the 23rd as many will take a vacation day to extend the weekend to 4 days. Although this might seem early, this is a big deal to Quebequers and that's the busiest camping weekend of the year in the Province.
Personally, that's the weekend I stay OUT of Quebec instead of going into the heart of it. A lot of drinking that weekend. A good friend of mine works in the loading dock at Costco in Gatineau, QC and they can't bring out the beer skids fast enough... they put one out, get in back to bring out another, and that first is empty before they get there and the delivery trucks are arriving so often they are practically lined up waiting to unload. This goes on all day long almost every day of the week prior, and even worse the Friday of... not a word of a joke, I've been there.
The one PIA is engine oil changes. Engine drain plug is right over the front axle so you'll need a big funnel or something to divert the oil. I cut the bottom off a laundry bleach bottle.
There is enough room between the engine and front end on mine to squeeze the oil catcher under the engine and sit on top of the front end while the engine drains.
I tried one vacation not using a TOAD on our last tour of Florida. Lets just say I won't do that again.
4 days in Daytona went ok, as did the 4 days in the Keys. However, 2 out of 4 days in Orlando at the start of the vacation without a car, despite having a reservation for the full 4 days, told me that there was no way I'm doing that again. Enterprise pretty much ruined that for me. When your car reservation, made and confirmed months ahead of time, isn't worth a damn, you're kinda stuck.
I found the review that you are referring to. In its 338 words (according to Microsoft Word) there were less than 10 devoted to a description of the park. The remainder recounted the incident which you have already described. Our policy is that incidents such as this can be included in a review but should not be its principal focus. Because your review was primarily a recounting of this incident, it was deferred.
However, when reviews are deferred for this reason an email is sent to the address associated with the account and the author is given an invitation to revise and resubmit the review. The emails are automatically generated by the system so there is no possibility that it wasn't sent. I show no record of you having resubmitted this review. Did you receive the email? Do you still have access to the email account on file with RVParkReviews?
Out of respect for your privacy, I did not reprint your review here, but I would be glad to send it to you by PM if you don't have a copy on your computer.
Now to me, this explanation makes perfect sense.
I have had negative reviews posted on rvparkreviews with no issues. Part of it had to do with inept employee assigning me an already occupied site, as well as some fairly ignorant residents that went in unedited.
Do you not have a checklist to use when leaving a campground? Would you really want to do all that each and every time you want to go see/do something? Disconnect everything when you leave, reconnect everything when you get back?
If you would like to do that, then give it a shot, by all means.
What are you going to do when you get to an attraction and there isn't enough parking for you? Try to find parking on the street? It would be interesting, first of all, for you to find 3 or 4 empty spots in a row, or to even see if the meter maids will let you get off by paying only 1 of the meters or if you'd have to feed all 3 or 4.
Take a wrong turn in a small town and, oopsie... you're at a dead end. You're going to have a great time backing your MH up the street and back onto the street you came from since there is no room for you to turn that monster around.
A small TOAD will not effect gas mileage much and do you much better in those situations. The gas you'll save by NOT using the MH on errands like this will more than make up for it.
I would be willing to bet that, despite the length of your current setup, the turning radius you have now is smaller than the turning radius of my 35 footer.
Disney raises prices 10-15% every year, never fails. Which is why, the first time we went about 6 years ago, we bought 7 day tickets which never expire. Considering the price increase over that time and the cost we paid to get the 'no expiry' option, we'll be way ahead when we go back to use our last 3 days, which should be in a couple of years.
Does everyone traveling with toddlers stop for bathroom breaks or can they run with mom to the bathroom and then get back to their seats like in flight bathroom breaks? Does anyone make sandwiches while moving? The sales people we spoke with all seemed to promote the idea of life at home Going on as usual just at 55 mph. They're talking about preparing meals, walking around, making a pot of coffee all while rolling to your destination. With our pooch too. It didn't sound really safe to us, but what do we know, we don't own an RV, never have, never even been in one rolling down the highway. So please excuse or ignorance. Again that's why were here asking questions. I suppose I need to see where the seatbelts are placed in the vehicles we'd consider, and probably show up at the dealer with our car seats to install to see them in action.
Personally, if an adult wants to get around and make a sammich, coffee, or sit on the dumper, they can make the choice to do so without me stopping if they tell me to keep going on - it's their life in their own hands. However, the child(ren), I, as the driver, am responsible for. If my daughter needs to go to the bathroom, the MH will make a stop.
Of course, a salesman will say all the things they need to say to make things seem ok. The capability is there to do all of that without stopping, for sure. Ultimately, it's up to you (or whoever else will be getting up and walking around) if you (they) want to take that risk. Probably 999 times out of 1000, there will be no issues or problems. But I certainly wouldn't want to have a look at the aftermath that 1000th time.
For the overprotective bunch.... how many kids are belted in while riding the SCHOOL BUS...:h....City Bus..:h.....Tour Bus...:h....If you don't know, the answer is ZERO.....Dennis
You mean buses that protect passengers through a compartmentalization design that includes:
•Seats with high backs;
•Seats filled with energy-absorbing material;
•Seats placed close together to form compartments;
•Strong seat anchorages.
Does any of that exist in a motorhome?
A front end accident on a bus, an unbelted child (or anyone for that matter) will move all of a foot... maybe a foot and a half. How far will an unbelted child in a MH travel before they contact something, probably something without any padding whatsoever?
I'm really confused about a topic where, on one hand you indicate that you are concerned about travelling safely, yet on the other you are even entertaining the thought of rolling down the road without them being strapped in.
Seat belt laws exist for a reason... those reasons exist whether you are rolling in a car, your Explorer, or a motorhome. Also, keep in mind that there is much more bouncing around in a motorhome than your Explorer. Going around corners, even at a slower speed, in a 20000lb MH will also have them moving around.
Not sure I can really say that there is one type/brand which is constructed more safely than another.
For those of you warning of legal problems from towing slightly above specs, can you furnish a citation of where and when it has ever happened with a non-commercial RV.
I have searched Lexus/Nexus, Google, LegalNet, etc. with no hits.
I really think the OP should be more concerned about alien abduction, plenty of reports of that.
I am not saying it couldn't happen, just it never has. He is more likely to win the lottery without buying a ticket.
While may not be able to provide an actual case, a simple google search can find plenty of lawyers looking for this kind of thing. Just searching "rv towing negligence lawsuit" came up with a guy in North Carolina who seems to specialize in towing lawsuits on the first page, as a example. If you're happy with the risks, go right ahead - that's your choice. I certainly won't try stop you.
To me, this is exactly the same as travel insurance or car insurance (although car insurance is mandated by law). Some are happy to go without the insurance, but if you are ever in a situation where you need it and don't have it... that's where you have a big problem. But, hey, odds are you won't need it.
Come across a lawyer that is looking to make a name for themselves, or worse, try to get their client off on something and put fault onto you, I wouldn't put it past them to pick over the situation with a fine toothed comb to find possible "negligence" - it's their job after all. Again, whether the judge buys it or not is beyond anyone's control.