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RE: Hello Everyone

Robb, Welcome. Don't know about your area, but here's another site to check outuscampgrounds. We use it all the time: Just go to the map and put in the state of interest and a wealth of info appears. Hope This Helps
garmp1 09/17/14 03:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to shop for Class B

We are more than satisfied with our Sportsmobile. It was made to our specs and exactly what we wanted. We liked the Traverse by Pleasureway, but there were features we didn't want and you basically had to take it the way it comes. Sportsmobile was the answer for us. We were able to choose what we wanted and leave out what we didn't. For us storage was a big issue and took precedence over interior stove and fridge. Their quality is only surpassed by the service and attention to detail. WE love ours. Hope this helps!
garmp1 09/17/14 03:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Need for a toad with a RoadTrek?

Don't think you'll need or want a toad. Most times we just plug in the power and forgo the water altogether. And if we don't need the a/c or microwave we don't even plug in the power. A toad will negate some of the advantages of a Class B. I couldn't agree more. Don't know how many times while traveling, turned onto narrow, even dirt single lane roads exploring new campgrounds only to find a dead end and need to turn around. To us a toad is just a hassle. There are times when it would be advantageous, but to us they are rare. But that's just our thoughts.
garmp1 09/17/14 02:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Current Conditions @ Bryce National Park

There is now a 45 mile work-around instead of the 250 mile one from Vegas, so were at least considering it. The 250 mile one was taking up to 8 hours in stop and go traffic... ugh Billandcarole: Help! I'm lost! Work-around? Instead of 250 miles it is now 45??? Looked at Google Maps and I'm lost. Please explain. We were thinking of a trip to Bryce Canyon next year and if Vegas is only 45 miles away, why not?
garmp1 09/12/14 03:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help planning trip to Fort Worth, TX, from Lansing, MI

According to Google Maps Meramac SP, about an hour south of St. Louis would be a half way point. Not far off 44 and nice for a night over. A bit busy on the weekend, but still manageable. A typical MO State Park, with trees and private spaces. Just outside of Sullivan, Mo, so stocking up on supplies is not an issue. Have a great and safe trip. If you want more MO SP, PM me and I can probably help.
garmp1 09/12/14 03:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stephen Foster State Park, White Springs, FL

We stayed there on our way to Manatee Springs and loved. What a nice quiet park that is very pretty. We happened to hit it at the beginning of an antique tractor meet/show/gathering and got the only open site. But it was still very nice. Plan to stop in again on our way to Ft. Desoto also. (Hopefully) http://i.imgur.com/LpXr1lLl.jpg
garmp1 09/12/14 03:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hot Springs, Arkansas

X2 for Petit Jean! What a nice park with so many hiking trails and a wonderful lodge with a great restaurant. http://i.imgur.com/4EJSk0Ul.jpg http://i.imgur.com/DwK2wt1l.jpg
garmp1 09/10/14 03:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need Honeymoon Destination help!

DW & I spent our honeymoon camping, and after 43 years still camping and finally REALLY enjoying it after retirement. Anniversary's are the same and enjoying every trip!
garmp1 09/10/14 03:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yeti cooler vs a second fridge

But Bumpy, after you build you own Yeti, rather than purchasing, you won't get the FREE bottle opener! Yup FREE! Just spend $300 - $400 for a cooler and get a FREE bottle opener. But they ARE great coolers.
garmp1 09/09/14 03:07pm Beginning RVing
RE: New Lodge Cast Iron

We recently bought our first DO and added a trivet to the bottom to keep the meat off the direct bottom. First try was a whole chicken on the wire trivet with some potatoes. I found various recipes, cooking charts, suggestions and so. Told the DW to stand back, this is a man's job and proceeded. Did a couple loads of charcoal, per instructions, and never once lifted the lid (which drove the DW crazy). Consumed a few adult beverages and sat back waiting for the I told you so's. After the predetermined time removed the lid to reveal a perfectly golden chicken. Only glitch was that the bird was so tender, it was hard to get out of the DO. And taste? OMG Simply great. Only down side is, guess who has a new job when camping? Also did a prime rib at home outside on the patio and it also was great. Keep using it, keep it clean and it will smoothen.
garmp1 09/03/14 03:40pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Iowa/Minnesota trip help

Thanks for all the great info. Unfortunately, we have to cancel our plans as I came down with a strange kidney disease and it sort shot all our travel plans in the butt for a while. I have this thread marked for future reference and hope to put it to good use when the time comes. Not posting for sympathy but to say thanks for all the input and terrific info. Greatly appreciated!
garmp1 09/02/14 03:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who here eats better while RV'ing than at home?

When we went camping,(we full time now,) we always ate better. We prepared special dishes using food we normally could not afford in our budget at home, like shrimp, stone crab claws, lobster, etc. Occasionally, during the weekend, we also had good old grilled hamburgers. I have to agree with Dog, we eat better mainly because we are taking advantage of the local foods available, and mostly at lower prices than at home. That and just the availability alone, fresh cheese and smoked fish in WI, lobster in ME, shrimp & seafood on the Gulf coast, etc. Even the restaurants with various local cuisine offer many tempting dishes that need trying. Besides that, there's always the trusty dutch oven.
garmp1 08/29/14 03:12pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Any experience with electric bikes?

DW has chronic breathing issues, but still loves to fish. My breathing is also compromised.
garmp1 08/26/14 07:21am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Yeti cooler vs a second fridge

I, personally, am a Yeti type camper and having just acquired them, I have 2, I swear by them. The Yeti, like any other cooler, will consume ice over a period of time. The Yeti, even empty, is heavier than most coolers. The Yeti cost a lot more than most coolers. Bottom line! It IS worth it!!!! Unless you like to plug things in and run power cords every where, I'd opt for the portability, durability, and performance of a Yeti. But back to your basic inquiry about milk. 4 Gallons in a cooler/fridge? Have you ever considered "shelf milk"? Google it or even do a search on this forum. Don't now the economics of it, nor have I tried it, but understand the shelf life is very long until opened. And it come in various fat content (2%, etc). Just a thought that could save you some bucks by not having to buy and extra cooling unit.
garmp1 08/25/14 03:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Any experience with electric bikes?

I was looking at the Jetson also, but backed off, because of the reviews I read. I really want an electric scooter type that can carry the DW & myself from our camp site to our favorite fishing hole within the campground. Say one mile max. And also be small enough for her to handle solo. And must fit on a carrier on the back of our B. Id hate to spend slightly less than $2,000 per electric bike and have to buy a pair of them to fill out fishing need, but rather spend $2,000 and have one that would carry both or either of us a mile or so. Any and all help and opinions are welcome.
garmp1 08/25/14 03:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Coolers

We have had the Gott, the Coleman Extreme and the Yeti. Although pricey, the Yeti is by far the best going, in our opinion. The draw back is the weight. We have a Yeti 65 & a 35. My DW & I, both retires seniors who love to camp have limitations and one large cooler was out of the question. With any cooler common sense prevails, pre-chill, keep full, and keep out of direct sunlight. With all this said and equal the Yeti is by far, in our opinion, the better product. Very pricey, but better. It's not a question of how much ice do I have to buy to pay for the cooler, but rather the security of knowing that purchasing ice isn't a daily necessity.
garmp1 08/22/14 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping Florida for 1st time

I have to vote for Grayton Beach, although it sort of bothers me to boast about such a beautiful park that is already over used and hard to get into, but it is really ideal for us. We a B campers and the private spaces allotted to each site, especially in the older loop is fantastic. We are B campers without a TV, so we virtually fit most anywhere and TV reception is something we worry about when at home not camping. The town of Grayton Beach is worth exploring, as is the Red Bar. As earlier stated Seaside, which is unique, Detin, Panama City, are all close by. Grayton Beach offers you the opportunity to do tourist type stuff and then come back to camp and relax in the quiet of a peaceful sourrounding.
garmp1 08/19/14 03:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: federal senior passes

We got ours at the local National Park. And the reason I said we, is that our last trip to Florida, Juniper Springs Recreation Area is that while I have a Geezer Pass, the DW didn't. I got in for 1/2 price and she had to pay full price. But while in St Augustine and visiting various forts, we both got in for nothing. In other words actual mileage may vary from park to park. Also any veteran having a valid VA ID card, Military card or even their DD214 can get the pass for free, if applied for in person, not sure about on line requests.
garmp1 08/17/14 03:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Iowa/Minnesota trip help

Thank ya all for the info. Very helpful and several places we never thought of that sound very interesting. Is there enough in the area of Itasca SP to spend 3 days? Maybe a day trip to Bemidji and the Paul Bunyon/Babe statue and a tasteful lunch of a burger (or local favorite) and a beer. What we generally like to plan for our trips is like a large circle. Say up the eastern route and return via the western. Local food is always a focal point, as is history and scenery. thank again for the help.
garmp1 08/14/14 03:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another New Member

Welcome to the board. We can be a little opinionated at times and not always agree with you. But there again, you can't always be wrong. There are a bunch of very nice and well informed people here who are more than happy to share their wealth of info on many topics. Many happy and safe travels! Enjoy our beautiful country!
garmp1 08/12/14 03:09pm Beginning RVing
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