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RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

I saw one in a showroom and thought it was hideous looking. Sticker price was in the 50s. But I am not a Jeep person in general.
JAC1982 08/23/19 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Good Sam - what's in it for the campgrounds?

Before the internet was a "thing", you had to rely on things like Good Sam or AAA to tell you which spots were the best rated. I'm in my mid-30s, and I remember my mom planning our trips using the AAA guidebook when I was a kid. Nowadays, you can go on various websites and read reviews from actual people who stayed there recently, to see if the spot is worth a stay. Once a book is published it can become immediately out of date. So I don't blame RV park owners for wanting to ditch it and just rely on internet advertising and word of mouth since that is more up to date and in many cases, free or low cost. Reviews from real people are flawed by their impression of the campground; ie, it is subjective instead of objective. They can rate the entire campground as poor because one thing didn't meet their criteria. Also, as much as I hate to say it, people are paid for good and bad reviews. I have been in highly rated BS campgrounds that had a messy restroom at the end of a long weekend. Likewise, I've been in moderately rated campgrounds that I thought deserved a higher rating. Nonetheless, go through the rating sheets and you'll come out nearly the same as the book. Like most rating systems, it's not perfect but it's pretty good. That's why you read the actual reviews, not just what they rated it. If they gave it 1 star but said it was because of something I don't care about (like I don't care if the bathrooms were dirty because we don't use them), then I don't really give that review much merit. But if the review mentions that there was a lot of road noise, or there were a lot of bugs during the time of year we want to go, then I give that review more weight. If a review is vague and just says "Awesome stay!" then I don't really count that either This is a perfect example of a review I find helpful, even though they only rated this park 1 star. This is for the KOA in Laramie, WY "As a KOA RV park this is very disappointing. The slots are long enough but very narrow, couldn't extend my awning without hitting the coach next to me. The park is right on I-80, the traffice noise is horrendous all day & night. There is a nice grassy area for dogs and a small dog park. This is a good spot for an overnight but not for extended stay." That review tells me that it's a perfectly fine place to park our camper to basically just sleep in when we go up for a football game.
JAC1982 08/21/19 12:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Good Sam - what's in it for the campgrounds?

Before the internet was a "thing", you had to rely on things like Good Sam or AAA to tell you which spots were the best rated. I'm in my mid-30s, and I remember my mom planning our trips using the AAA guidebook when I was a kid. Nowadays, you can go on various websites and read reviews from actual people who stayed there recently, to see if the spot is worth a stay. Once a book is published it can become immediately out of date. So I don't blame RV park owners for wanting to ditch it and just rely on internet advertising and word of mouth since that is more up to date and in many cases, free or low cost.Internet advertising is the polar opposite of low cost and free. There is a reason Google is one of the most valuable companies in the world. GoogleAds is one of their profit centers. You pay Google for keyword Placement. Then you have to pay internet professionals to optimize your search results, to optimize your website for mobile and on and on. My internet advertising budget drawfs all the other, more traditional, avenues such as guidebooks and signage. The internet is BIG business and the cost to use it for advertising is equally large When I refer to free/low cost, I mean when there's good reviews for a spot on the internet, whether it's TripAdvisor or RV Park Review sites, or Google reviews, or Yelp....whatever, it basically free to the RV park owner. That's where I go when I'm trying to decide which campground to pick. I rarely just Google "RV Park in XXX". I look on Google Maps in the area I'm after then read reviews that other campers have posted.
JAC1982 08/21/19 12:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: This is what happens when you don't pay attention

Not too long ago there was a single vehicle rollover accident that killed a passenger near my house. Everyone was making comments on the Fire Department's Facebook post very similar to some above... "must have not been paying attention, idiot was on their cell phone, jerk was probably trying to illegally pass someone". Then about 2 days later the driver's daughter posted that it was her father that was driving and he had a medical emergency. Her mother was the one that was killed. So yeah, enough of the speculating when it comes to stuff like this. Nobody knows what happened and these are real people involved.
JAC1982 08/20/19 03:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Good Sam - what's in it for the campgrounds?

Before the internet was a "thing", you had to rely on things like Good Sam or AAA to tell you which spots were the best rated. I'm in my mid-30s, and I remember my mom planning our trips using the AAA guidebook when I was a kid. Nowadays, you can go on various websites and read reviews from actual people who stayed there recently, to see if the spot is worth a stay. Once a book is published it can become immediately out of date. So I don't blame RV park owners for wanting to ditch it and just rely on internet advertising and word of mouth since that is more up to date and in many cases, free or low cost.
JAC1982 08/20/19 12:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommend me a Vacume Food Bagger

I watched a lady return a FoodSaver she had bought at Costco 9 (!!) years prior. It stopped working. They took it back no questions asked. So, yeah, buy it at Costco if you have a membership.
JAC1982 08/19/19 03:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Financing for used toy hauler.

We did a refinance loan to improve the interest rate on our old trailer with Essex. Basically the same as doing a used trailer loan. USAA usually does pretty good w/ RV loans if you're a veteran. We couldn't do one as we are just family of a veteran even though we have accounts there.
JAC1982 08/19/19 11:39am Toy Haulers
RE: Momentum 398M holding tank size

Oh man I would love black tanks that large. We were annoyed that the model year after our Impact doubled the tank size. We could boondock for over 2 weeks if we had ones that big. We never come close to filling the gray or running out of water.
JAC1982 08/09/19 12:56pm Toy Haulers
RE: Help!! Awning collapsed

My neighbor has a cheap Jayco Hummingbird camper and the awning broke with a gust of wind. They fixed it. Took awhile sitting at the dealer but they did fix it. It's worth a phone call at the very least before going the route of buying a new one yourself or filing an insurance claim.
JAC1982 08/06/19 11:31am Toy Haulers
RE: Curious

Only thing we've ever had stolen was at a music festival, and someone stole some beers out of a cooler that was sitting outside in the middle of the night ;)
JAC1982 08/06/19 11:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Help!! Awning collapsed

If it's brand new then Grand Design should fix it. May take awhile, but it should be covered under the warranty.
JAC1982 08/05/19 11:02am Toy Haulers
RE: 1st time boondocking and could not get our AC to work

We had an issue in our brand new camper on the second trip out with it. First trip out it worked fine but we were on shore power for that trip. On the second trip it would stop working a lot like you describe when using the generator. We attempted to use only that one AC instead of both, but that didn't matter. Rear one worked fine. We ended up having the AC unit itself replaced and that fixed it. The generator was an on board 5500 Onan so it wasn't an issue of not having enough power.
JAC1982 07/30/19 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: If you had a month...?

I'd head straight up to Banff and Jasper National Parks then mosey my way down through Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Custer State Park and the Badlands in SD. If you're willing to drive that far, I'd agree with PartyOfFive as the northeast is perfect that time of year. This is what I would do. Maybe throw in Glacier instead of the SD stuff since that's not too far for us.
JAC1982 07/30/19 11:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Lost my dad...

I'm sorry to hear. My grandpa just passed a few months ago, he was 99. They sound like the same type of guy...grandpa worked for the Navy since WWII through the 1980s. He was in the group that developed the sonar technology for the submarines so he also spent a lot of time of them. It was top secret back then. They were big camping folks too... the tent I grew up using was their old one, and then later they bought a little fiberglass trailer. My aunt still uses it. Take care of yourself :)
JAC1982 07/25/19 10:49am General RVing Issues
RE: RV parks on 80 east

80 is a pretty long highway so I'm guessing you want suggestions anywhere along that route? The KOA in Laramie, WY isn't bad, we've stayed there before. Sites are close together and it's right off the freeway but it works fine for an overnight.
JAC1982 07/23/19 04:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggest a sewer hose kit.

Even when we have full hookups, we just use the tanks and then dump as needed. That doesn't quite answer your question, but may help you from spending money on a bunch of equipment you're not going to use much.
JAC1982 07/23/19 11:56am Beginning RVing
RE: Recommendations needed for a nearby anniversary trip please.

Everyone beat me to say somewhere in New Mexico.
JAC1982 07/22/19 05:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Battery replacement brands

We have Optima marine batteries. We've had them around 4 years and they still work fine.
JAC1982 07/22/19 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gravel rv pad?

I agree w/ talking to someone local who is familiar w/ your soil types. In our case, we used 4-5" of asphalt roadbase, used a bobcat to spread it then smash it down as best it could, then drove the big truck over it back and forth many many times. We used peagravel in our dog run area and I wish we had used larger rocks. The gravel just moves around too much.
JAC1982 07/18/19 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Routes north from Denver

The Boulder-Denver Turnpike (Rt 36) will not be the road to take for a while until they get THAT new problem resolved :S THAT problem may be with us a while...:E Besides, it runs northwest... Plus I'm not sure why anybody would take an RV on 36 anyway....
JAC1982 07/17/19 03:57pm Roads and Routes
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