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RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

If no out of state campers were allowed in state parks in Florida how much would “tourism” revenue go down? Precious little considering Disney, Universal Studio, Cape Canaveral, private parks and condos full of snowbirds, etc. Some of you seem to have the belief that as campers you’re integral to Florida’s survival and should have a vote in their affairs. I think you’re overestimating your value ($$$). Exactly--- there are 3,600 campsites within Florida Sate Parks... there are 36,000 hotel rooms on the Disney property itself. Add in the off premise rooms all around Orlando and every place throughout Florida and then all the condo's, Air BNB's, privately run campgrounds and you can see that state parks are a very tiny fraction of tourist accommodations in the state.
JoeH 01/29/23 05:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

I dare to quote from an earlier post I made (now hopelessly lost back about three pages and now completely overlooked). The principle of reciprocity is important to "travelers" such as we still are more than it is to full timers. We travel from state to state with the feeling that we are guests, but we know that for people traveling to Texas we are the hosts. I suggest that should be the norm. I can just imagine if we get state after state making such distinctions and passing laws. I look back over 25 years of RV traveling (and 60 years of state park camping) with great appreciation of the hospitality of almost every state in the nation. **Especially Florida... added to this quote and fully true.** This law is not likely to affect the few years I have left to travel, but I think it would be a tragic decision and a terrible precedent for other states. Think carefully and remember to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." When I did my study back in 2010, 18 other states gave some type of preference to their residents.... Florida is just late to the game in giving the owners of the parks(state residents) proper access.
JoeH 01/27/23 06:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GMC Class A

I've considered getting a GMC, and may do so when I decide to downsize. I can't give any GMC specific advise other than I had a 1966 Toronado and a 1968 Toronado. They were my favorite cars. The front wheel drive and engine are the same as used on the GMC motorhomes and I had no issues with either of my Toronados.
JoeH 01/25/23 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

... I believe his presentation is a little misguided though because I've observed every summer over the last 14 years at Bahia Honda at least 80 to 90% of the campers being from Florida. https://www.flsenate.gov/media/videoplayer?EventID=1_ky7xx6qg-202301171330&Redirect=true Thank you for the link. I agree that the majority of SUMMER campers are from Florida. No one else from up north in their right mind would want to come to camp in HOT Florida in the summer. The reverse is true, however, for the great weather months of October, November, December, January, February and March. Out-of-staters and Canadians are in the majority. Most other state parks around the country and many county parks give residents an advantage over non-residents. We are hoping for that to happen here with our Florida State Parks and our residents. Denny and Cindy Henderson I agree... in 2010 I did a study of park occupancy during the snowbird season in south Florida ( e.g. Collier Seminole,Pennekamp,Long Key, Bahia Honda,Curry Hammock ) and the vast majority of sites were occupied by out of state residents. For example at Collier Seminole, on many of the days, over 90% were non-residents. This data was captured by site visits and from Reserve America reports. The results were presented to the then Director of State Parks, Don Forgione and staff. They then undertook a study and reviews confirming my findings. Due to political considerations, it never moved much forward other than continued discussions. I also pointed out that several counties in Florida offer preference in reservations to their county residents and that 18 other states offer some type of preference to their residents. It's about time Florida did the same. Residents pay for the parks via taxes and should be able to use them. There are plenty of commercial campgrounds to accommodate visitors from other states. To put it in perspective, there are only 3600 campsites in the state park system, that people are trying to reserve and there are well over 100,000 commercial campsites that those visitors can use.
JoeH 01/24/23 05:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What Chassis do I have

Back when I had a v-10 F53 based motorhome, I found that parts listings for the F-550 were equivalent. Many shops don't have references for F53, but it they plug in F-550, bingo !
JoeH 01/20/23 05:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

I've towed a Tracker and a Ranger.... Tracker was about 2200 lbs. Fun car !
JoeH 01/17/23 05:55am Dinghy Towing
RE: RVIA Certificate?

We are scheduled to go to a campground that is going to require an RVIA number. It is a county campground in Florida and it was very difficult to get a spot. I have never run into this before. Our Camper is an Arctic Fox and when I called Northwood they said they are not RVIA members and use Pacific West Associates to “certify” meeting standards. Has anybody run into this or have any experience with this? I’m not sure of I should just show up or try and ask them in advance. Our home park has the same rule but is intended to keep out trashy homebuilt units and really not called into play unless necessary. For what it's worth, I believe Marathon Coach ( high end Prevost converter) is not an RVIA member either. You won't see one of those being turned away
JoeH 01/17/23 05:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Foggy windows help please

So this Fleetwood expedition that I'm look at most the windows are fogging upI cant remember if there was a fix for that or not? If so what is the fix and who can I contact for that information? Other then these windows in about to make a offer. I appreciate any and all feed back. Sun Coast Designers in Hudson,FL does the repair and provides a lifetime warranty. It's about $300 per window. I have had 3 done there. Very professional and good work. Here's their website: Sun Coast website
JoeH 01/05/23 05:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: snap pads

I've never seen a need for the snap pads. They reduce clearance and provide only marginal increase in foot print. In 30 years of traveling in a Class A, I've only encountered one RV park that required some type of pad (that was this past summer) and they provided 4 pieces of plywood which they placed on the ground.
JoeH 12/31/22 05:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: San Antonio

We stayed at the KOA San Antonio. Site was large enough for our 43' MH and full sized pickup toad. There is an adjacent bike trail to ride on and city bus service at the gate if desired.
JoeH 12/30/22 05:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Rentals/Accommodations St Pete in Feb?

There are a few rental places such as https://midfloridarvrental.com/ in the area. The problem will be finding a site that time of year. Might want to call places like Bay Bayou ( https://www.rvparkflorida.com/) to see if they might have an opening.
JoeH 12/24/22 05:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV park "STANDARDS"

KOA actually does have definitions and requirements for Journey/Holiday/Resort and if you call to complain about a resort not having amenities claimed the campground has to respond to corporate with an explanation and a timeline for the issue to be resolved. Campgrounds that get lots of complaints can get kicked out of the KOA system, I've seen it happen. Jellystone is similar, though they're a bit more skewed towards the campground owner in that I've read many reports of it taking quite a few years for a campground to have the Jellystone name removed. KOA is different. It is a "company of campgrounds" not a directory. Not sure what you mean by a company of campgrounds. KOA is mainly a franchise operation that brands privately owned properties, along with a couple dozen corporate owned cg's. I have had less than pleasing experiences at some of these franchise locations and have notified corporate. As the post above indicates, they do contact and have leverage over the franchise holders to make corrections. Good Sam-- I'm with the others that see GS and Camping World as having evolved into a substandard operation under Lemonis' "leadership"
JoeH 11/29/22 05:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newmar question

Take it out for a drive and see if the performance is adequate for your needs. We aren't in a race anyway, so if you are comfortable with it while cruising and hitting some reasonable hills, it should work.
JoeH 11/21/22 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Great Tailgating Campgrounds

Sky, I'm a bit confused. Tailgating is usually at an event, and typically the parking area related to same. What are you tailgating about?? Wouldn't that kind of suggest a location? Matt I am also confused by the OP's question..... btw, really like your GMC. One of these days, I'm going to get one.... I had '66 and '68 Toronado's so am at least familiar with that part of the drive train.
JoeH 11/20/22 06:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newmar question

The Newmar brochure and everything I find via google say 500hp 2016 Newmar Mountain Aire Brochure
JoeH 11/20/22 06:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2018 Sprinter has tendency to overfill on fill up

It happens with my DP too..... one method of minimizing the spillage is to make a few wraps of paper towels ( usually found at teh pump) around the nozzle before inserting it into the filler tube.
JoeH 11/17/22 05:45am Tech Issues
RE: HwH is getting Ridiculous

YOU CALL GM OR FORD AND ATTEMPT TO DIAGNOSIS YOUR VEHICLE OVER THE PHONE AND GET PARTS. REPORT BACK. HWH IS NOT IN THE BUSINESS TO TELL RETAIL CUSTOMERS HOW TO FIX AND TO SELL PARTS. THEY DO THAT AS A CONVIENANCE. PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE PROFESSIONALS LIKE ME HAVE TO WAIT FOR PHONE TIME. Doug "professionals like you...right" Little hubris going on, do we? I don't know you, and I have no way to know if you're capable of dealing with HWH jack system problems, so there's that. What I DO know is that there's no one I can call in my area I can trust to do knowledgeable repairs on my HWH RV system. "Take it to a dealer", you might say. Sure - and be ready for them to park it out on the "Back 40" for 3 months, then put their minimum-wage teen-age wonder with his power driver on it, and then, STILL, screw it up. Not happening. I don't call "GM or Ford" for service issues because AUTOMOTIVE dealers are EXPECTED and REQUIRED by manufacturers to take care of problems. Comparing the automobile industry to the RV industry is apples to oranges, and YOU KNOW THAT. Once an RV leaves the factory, it's on it's own, maintenance-wise - FACT. Your attempts to paint RV owners as clueless and helpless are less than helpful. Many of us know a lot more about our own RVs than dealers do, and trying to get any technical or service help from dealers with most of the systems in our RVs often end up a frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive dry hole. In many instances, our only recourse with service-related issues IS to directly contact the manufacturers, and YOU know that. It's a totally different ballgame from the automotive situation. Lastly, I've been here long enough to have seen many of your posts. I'm not sure what you think you're accomplishing here, but my impression is that your objective is to denigrate RV owners. You can guess what I think of that attitude. I too have read many of Doug's responses and appreciate his knowledge and the accurate "to the point" responses, unlike many of the misleading guesses from novices that seem to pop up in response to people's serious questions when trying to solve a problem. I agree that the current HWH business process/consumer support is broken. I carry a 6ft 2x4 to assist my one jack as I've been waiting for replacement springs for a long time.
JoeH 11/16/22 05:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do dp motorhome with air bags also have shocks.?

I changed mine after a couple of years for what I consider better performing ones. OEM were too harsh
JoeH 11/15/22 05:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: traction tracks

For driving in sand with my car or truck I carried either cardboard or old carpet. Both worked fine. I've gotten out of a muddy area with my prior motorhome by laying down firewood under/in front of the rear wheels. I won't even consider going off pavement with our DP . Anything that will prevent your wheels from sinking will help, whether it be traction mats,carpet,etc,
JoeH 11/14/22 05:40am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Parks Near Johnson City, TX

Watauga Dam, near Elizabethton is awesome. Its a TVA campground, very scenic. Tennessee is a bit if a ways from Texas !
JoeH 11/05/22 05:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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