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RE: Tragedy leads to no camping at Cottonwood, AZ Walmart

Doeesn't this fall under the phrase grandma used to use about "locking the barn door after the horse is stolen"? According to the article, the camping ban had been the store's policy for some time, but had not been enforced.
joanne0012 03/29/15 08:28am General RVing Issues
RE: How to Get the Stink Out of Bathroom

Another potential vent pipe issue is if the vent pipe from the tank gets loose and falls down to sit not the bottom of the tank, so that the end is underwater instead of in the air gap at the top.
joanne0012 03/26/15 08:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crowe: Snow

Out from under?? LOL last night's big news was that the 2 inches we got on Saturday night put Boston over the previous record for most snow in one season. I've been watching my neighbor's lawn chairs emerge from the snow, but now the seats have disappeared again. But after all we've been through, 2 inches was nothing, it just freshened up all the gross dirty snowbanks along the roads. The piles that had been 7 feet tall are now down to 3 or 4 feet. The ground was frozen really solid before the snow started in January so it's slowing down the melting process.
joanne0012 03/16/15 08:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Visiting the Statue Of Liberty

… Sounds to me like the OP wants to hit and run. Since driving,parking getting around NYC in an RV is next to impossible, that would mean he needs a place to park, and the ferry, from the NJ side...). Good catch -- I guess most of us just scanned right past that reference to "the apple." So Liberty State Park was the best suggestion, though it would be wise to check on their parking accommodations and access for big vehicles.
joanne0012 03/16/15 03:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Visiting the Statue Of Liberty

I live in New England about 4 hours from Liberty Harbor RV Park, so I've stayed there several times on the way home from trips farther west. It's all about location, location, location, and quick, economical, easy access into NYC. If you stay farther out from the city, a lot of your time will be eaten up in commuting.
joanne0012 03/14/15 08:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Clueless where to start

Reading, renting, and visiting RV shows will give you lots of information, but you need a basis for actually processing it, so my favorite suggestion above is to visit a campground and talk to people who seem like they might be undertaking an adventure like yours. You can't live in a house full time one day, and then start living in an RV full time the next. You need transition time in which you own both and take short trips so you know whether it's a good fit, what vehicle and equipment suit you, etc. A woman traveling alone needs a reliable vehicle: don't scrimp. The link above with lots of blogs is very entertaining but leaves out my very favorite, which got me started on my own RV adventures. Andy doesn't post much any more, but his story is so detailed and personalized, it gives a good feel for the experience of transitioning to full time. Travels with Andy Traveling with a pet puts major constraints on you, especially with a dog: How long you can leave the vehicle unattended, where you can park (especially on hot days and some campgrounds don't allow dogs), etc. There are several reliable mail-forwarding services, you can just pick one. Likewise, handling all your finances (banking, charge accounts, etc.) online is easy and most of those accounts want you to "go paperless" anyway.
joanne0012 03/10/15 01:17pm Full-time RVing
RE: Watch what you say on social media.

When I was growing up, we had a snoopy neighbor who looooved to gossip. Mom always said, "Don't tell Rita anything you wouldn't put on the front page of the newspaper." Growing up with that habit of screening everything I say has served me well!
joanne0012 03/06/15 07:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone here prepaid for a funeral?

Before choosing a funeral home, you need to have some idea what services you need -- cremation or burial, visitation, plot, etc. The simpler your needs, the less you need preplanning. My mother wanted to just be cremated with no ceremony. My dad priced a cremation service a couple of years ago when she had scary surgery. The when she died earlier this year, the price for the very same cremation package at the same place had dropped by $100! Dad's theory is that there's more competition.
joanne0012 03/06/15 02:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Parking Lot Ethics

While it is correct that there is very few hard and fast rules, there is in fact acceptable etiquette. Not every one who overnights at Wally adheres to them but they do exist. They are like the "unwritten rules" that govern many things in a polite society. If you do nothing else, please go in and introduce yourself to the manager on duty. ... Many of these etiquette "rules" are very subjective. WalMart themselves probably don't want their managers tied up with chatting with every RVer that comes by. I've stayed at dozens of WMs across the country and have never spoken to a manager. You do need to make sure that your chosen WM allows overnight parking; in addition to municipal ordinances there are shopping malls that prohibit them in their leases. Call ahead and just ask whoever answers the phone whether they permit overnight parking "for customers who have RVs." You don't need to talk to the manager. While you're at it you can ask if there's anything else you should know like a specific area of the parking lot you should use, or should avoid.
joanne0012 02/10/15 05:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Massachusetts

The Scusset page on Reserve America still says: " We are not currently accepting reservations for this campground and apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back mid-February for an update." Even the page that you quoted says, "Once the construction schedule is in place, camping reservations will resume."
joanne0012 01/22/15 12:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: DC area

As others have mentioned, you could be there for weeks and not see everything. Make a list of everything you'd LIKE to see, then pick a few per day depending on geography and on your stamina. Try to vary the type of activity, so you don't get "Museum'ed out". Also, don't do too many sad things in one day such as memorials and the Holocaust museum. Keep an eye on museum hours; they close as early as 5:30. The Newseum is worth paying for (and a ticket is good for two days); the Spy museum, not so much unless you're a fan of that stuff and young at heart. That's a good tip about getting off the Metro at Cleveland Park so you can walk downhill to the Zoo entrance, then when you leave the Zoo turn left when you exit so you can walk downhill to the Woodley Park station. The animals are out and active long before the buildings open; go at 8 AM if you want to see pandas frolicking. I like the off-the-beaten-path places like the Building Museum and the Folger Shakespeare Library, with its Elizabethan theater.
joanne0012 01/20/15 10:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Chantilly Dulles Expo RV Show

Aha, so that's where all the Sprinters went! We should have traded tickets. I was at the Boston RV show this past weekend, where I could find only 2 Sprinter-based units and the popups were everywhere. I'm pretty sure I didn't see a single Airstream trailer, though I might have overlooked them since the line-of-sight was poor. The various cracker boxes from Indiana were packed in tight, and the PleasureWay that I really wanted to inspect was backed up against a wall in a corner next to the presentations stage. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v281/joanne0012/Pleasureway%202015%20RV%20show/Stuckinacorner_zps5ffd990b.jpg height=300
joanne0012 01/20/15 03:48pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Airstream Interstate water fill system

Actually I never do, but this was such an outrageous claim I just had to check it. Makes me wonder about some of the other assertions the Airstream rep made, as well as some of the Airstream features that make it different from other Sprinter-based units like PleasureWay (macerator vs good ol' gravity, kitchen faucet, etc.).
joanne0012 01/20/15 11:23am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Airstream Interstate water fill system

Thanks, that's a very entertaining diagram, but it's not specific to this RV and since the salesman was so insistent, my question is whether the Airstream is indeed lacking that "Normal/tank fill" valve.
joanne0012 01/20/15 07:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: RV Shows

… the smaller RVs like the Navion and one of the Pleasure-Way vans (don't remember which one) caught our attention... I had specifically e-mailed Flagg to see if they planned to bring a Class B to the Boston show, and was very disappointed to find that the Pleasureway (FL model) was stuck literally in a corner, backed against a wall and right next to the presentation stage so only 2 sides were accessible. Plus, their rep and I had trouble understanding each other. It's not just white upholstery that suffers at shows. The only other B I found was an Airstream Interstate, which had been broken in two places by visitors the previous day (kitchen counter extension and the support for the back of the sofa).
joanne0012 01/19/15 07:47pm General RVing Issues
Airstream Interstate water fill system

The rep at the RV show in Boston today described a water system in which connecting to city water automatically fills the 26-gallon freshwater tank. I have only owned a Class C, in which these were completely separate, and it took me a while to understand what he was saying about "Overflow". Finally I asked, So if I'm at a campground and connect to city water, then when I leave I have a full tank of fresh water whether I want it or not? And he said yes. Is this true? It makes no sense to me; the rig also has a separate freshwater tank fill as expected. I found only one other Sprinter-based unit at the show (a Pleasureway) and the gentleman I spoke to could not understand much of what I said, nor I him, so I didn't dare to bring this up. Thanks for any insights you can offer. And while we're at it, I'd welcome any tips for a potential Pleasureway buyer; the Plateau TS seems to be just what I'm looking for, but I didn't get any satisfaction at the show today.
joanne0012 01/19/15 06:29pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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