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RE: I'm completely discouraged after reading these posts...

OP: Sure there are repairs and such, as with any vehicle. That's to be expected. Go to RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions/Post Your Campground Pictures Here section of this forum and see some of the sights you'll miss without you RV. To me it put things into perspective and all becomes worthwhile. Enjoy it, it's worth it!!!
garmp1 07/28/15 03:10pm Beginning RVing
Removable Awning

We have a SportsMobile with the penthouse top (pop-up type) and are looking for an awning that we can set up at site, rather than have attached to the van permanently. Busdepot.com offers one but is not available until after the first of the year. Not really sure if this is the answer we're looking for or not. Just need to know what's out there and available. We want something that packs up in a small package, easy to set up, waterproof and sturdy. Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to share? Thanks
garmp1 07/28/15 02:55pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: FireFox & ReserveAmerica

My FireFox does not show Hardware Acceleration, but did restart Firefox in the safe mode with add-ons disabled. Same result, whenever a campground map is displayed on a Reserve America web page, firefox becomes very very slow and almost unresponsive. Most everything seems to work fine until you click on the map then it almost locks up everything. Still searching for a fix, but will continue to use Chrome in the mean time.
garmp1 07/28/15 07:23am Technology Corner
FireFox & ReserveAmerica

Any one else having an issue using FireFox browser while using Reserve America? I use an iMac and the DW a Windows 8.1 laptop. Both with the same results: major hesitation, lagging and total lack of responsiveness. Used Google Chrome and not a lick of problems. I noticed it primarily with New York and Ohio parks.
garmp1 07/27/15 02:56pm Technology Corner
RE: 100% Disabled Vet Rates

sdianel: been to a couple of famcamps and they are really nice. A bit to much like RV parks, rather than camping, but still really nice.
garmp1 07/24/15 03:18pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Just got my new DO

Did a pork but last trip. Browned it on the grill/campfire then into the DO. To die for. Simply played it by ear or by what ever looked good in the spice rack. Yum!
garmp1 07/24/15 03:12pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Just got my new DO

WE bought our "preseasoned" Lodge 10", got the trivet for the bottom, threw in a whole chicken, followed a simple recipe I had,. So many coals on the top, so many on the bottom after so much time add so many here and there. DW was determined that this was an invite to dine at a restaurant. Ta Da!!! After what seemed like an eternity of no peek cooking, we opened the lid and revealed a golden brown bird cooked to perfection. Juicy and so tender that you couldn't lift the entire thing from the oven without it falling apart. Eager to do something else our next trip.
garmp1 07/23/15 03:34pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
100% Disabled Vet Rates

Not sure where to post this, so I'm putting it here. Just returned from a 10 day jaunt through Ohio, Pennsylvania and into New York, before returning home. Our trek took us through Kentucky as well as Indiana and Illinois. Although we did not camp in all these states. We found that Ohio & Kentucky offer free camping to 100% disabled veterans. My DW always asks if discounts are available for AARP, Golden Age Passport (Geezer card), Vets, seniors and anything else there might be. To our surprise both Ohio & Kentucky state parks offered free camping to 100% disabled vets. Asked to see your letter of authorization and said have a nice stay. Makes you feel good. Not a bragging post as "Look what I got", but rather something I thought I should share.
garmp1 07/22/15 03:32pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: ~Post your campsite photos here~

Four Mile Creek SP, NY http://i.imgur.com/jJM1qa0l.jpg
garmp1 07/22/15 02:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camper Vans & Class Ber's only. How late is too late?

I have to agree on arriving about 4-5pm or earlier, if possible. Especially when in new/unknown territory or regions. Better to select a site worthy of your B. Down side is that it never seems to fail that the great spot we selected is right across the road from, or directly under, a dusk to dawn light. If we do arrive late, we don't even pop the top (Sportsmobile with penthouse top), quietly plug in and relax, cause the late arrival means a long day of driving or what ever. Time to unwind with a beer or two. Sleep comes early, then on to the next site the next day with less to pack.
garmp1 07/10/15 03:05pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Grayton Beach

Grayton Beach is the pits!!! Don't go there around Thanksgiving!!! Top Sail, Henderson are far better choices. But seriously, it is GREAT. I only said that to discourage people from making reservations. We're planning a stay over Thanksgiving, but am waiting for my DSL to get off her dear ars and confirm plans. We prefer the old loop and it's privacy. But we have a B and the smaller sites are not a problem.
garmp1 07/09/15 03:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reservations for popular campgrounds

I guess that camping, or "RVing" has become so popular that reservations are almost required at most popular parks. I have been camping, I mean with a tarp over a rope between two trees and on the hard, cold ground, with no electricity nor flush facilities in sight, since I was 5 yrs old. I'm now 68 and have a B with a nice mattress and micro wave, but still love the outdoors. My issue is that there are many parks we'd like to visit, and being retired should have the opportunity, but between family and health issues, we're not always sure exactly when we will be where. To me retirement is to go "as the breeze blows". And the other issue is that we are from the mid-west and really like to camp among trees, vs a field. We need space between camps. A hand drawn map doesn't give me the info I want. And ain't gonna do no Wally World for a night!
garmp1 07/09/15 03:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Fiat Ducato 2015 Class B Motorhome

Any one have a guess on the estimated cost in the US for such a rig?
garmp1 07/08/15 02:52pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Grayton Beach around Thanksgiving

So it is generally filled up during that period? Really hard to nail down our itinerary to specific dates. Guess we gotta seek an alternative. Thanks all
garmp1 07/08/15 02:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Grayton Beach around Thanksgiving

Any one have any experience with the availability of sites at Grayton Beach, FL over the Thanksgiving holiday period? DW & I are thinking of trying that this year, but have a few things that might hinder the trip and won't be resolved until the last day or so, so reservations are out of the question. Ultimately we like to spend about a week there and then work our way over to Gulf Shores and then back to ST. Louis. Camp out of a B and only require electric and nice facilities. Any suggestions/recommendations?
garmp1 07/07/15 03:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Class B "sweet spot"-priced campgrounds, 2 adults

OP. You hit the nail on the head, so to speak. We are in the same boat other than the fact that we've been doing this for a number of years. Our latest RV is a '12 SportsMobile and appears to be set up like your B. We have no shower or water at all, so there's no disposal issue. We use the campground facilities, showers & such. Don't want nor need water park slides, mini-golf, etc. As you said adult-ish orientated. Most posters on this site have large A's or C's and are totally self contained. The only time you see these people is when they step outside to adjust the TV dish. They offer great advice and insight, but are big rig driven. Tree overhang and clearance for the slide is not a concern to me and nor is satellite reception. Not knocking the larger RV people (just envious I guess), but that's not the type of info I am seeking at this point. As stated a couple of times earlier, we find the COE parks about the most consistent from state to state and very friendly to most any size rig. Most state parks are also nice. But be aware of the "RV" parks. Like camping in a treeless field. I guess that's the big difference between B's and the others is that B's camp, the larger units park. Please start you web site geared toward "campers" and we'll do our best to contribute.
garmp1 07/05/15 03:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Need a guide for San Antonio TX

DW fell in love with the River Walk, the Alamo, and the entire downtown experience. After I convinced her that she needed to see it and the Alamo. We were able to stay at Ft. Sam (disabled vet), just north of the River Walk. Sorry I can't help with campground info, but be sure to take in the River Walk and enjoy. We sure did!
garmp1 07/01/15 03:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smokers

Come to the conclusion that I'm best off with what I have. Just have to adjust my cooking methods. To do a pork butt for several hours, I'll simply put it on the smoker for 6 or so hours and then transfer it to the gas grill for the final cooking. Equipment I have. Flavor I like and I don't have to fork out a couple grand for a cooker I'll use a dozen time a year. Not to mention the storage issue. Our home isn't that big and not is the patio area. Thanks for all the advice, info and leads.
garmp1 07/01/15 03:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Watch out for cost of Michigan State Parks

Missouri State Parks are hard to beat. NO entrance/use fee. No up charge for out of state. Paid for by an 1/8 of one percent state sales tax. Not big on discounts for various things,(10% senior/disabled) but the cost is already more than reasonable.
garmp1 06/29/15 03:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smokers

GoPackGo, I just did the same and am planning to go there next week. I'd like a nice unit for home, but am a bit scared to pull the trigger. Will talk to these people then shop! Thanks
garmp1 06/29/15 03:31pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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