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RE: I Hate the Heat

This is nowhere near anywhere, but take a look at Grayson Highlands SP in Virginia. It is normally 15-20 degrees cooler there on the mountain plateau than it is in the foothills. It got down into the low 50s last week at night. A fellow camper friend was there and said he sat by the fire every evening with pants and a hoodie on. The same night, I sat outside my camper about 40 miles away with my shorts, bug spray and box fan.
Merrykalia 08/23/19 12:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: Advice for newbies

We use most of the sites listed above, but also www.campendium.com. Also, check out this section of rv.net. Just scroll through and if you have any questions about the topic, read it. It is VERY helpful. New RVing FAQ
Merrykalia 08/22/19 10:02am Beginning RVing
RE: College Park MD to Nags Head OBX

I will do about anything to stay off of I-95, especially around the DC area. I would probably head down US 50 to 301s if I were in a hurry. If not, head across to Annapolis and head down 13.
Merrykalia 08/15/19 05:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: If I have to ask I probably shouldn't

I REALLY, REALLY like it. I think I will have to ask for this for a Christmas present, or birthday present, or Mother's Day or whatever. Or, I may just order it. I agree, a $60 price tag would be much easier to justify.
Merrykalia 08/15/19 05:47pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Pop-up trailer for newbies.

We LOVED our little popup and pulled it behind our Subaru for years. My opinion on this and would give it to anyone who asked: 1. Get a fridge. If it can be accessed without lifting the top, that's much better than not, but those are few and far between. 2. Don't get one with a bathroom/shower. Use a porta-potty for nighttime use ONLY. (The less water, sewer you have to deal with, the better. Available at Walmart for less than $75). 3. Used is more economical and if they don't like it, someone else has taken the depreciation hit. 4. A small popup, about 10 years old, but taken care of shouldn't cost too much - less than $5k. 5. A small popup with go almost anywhere and be pulled by most anything that has a tow package on it. 6. They are just FUN! Craigslist in Pittsburgh In Wooster
Merrykalia 07/29/19 05:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: AT&T/Direct TV is Now Losing Over 8500 Customers Per Day

What better to do on a Saturday than watching Dean Johnson remodel a bathroom? Well.... My wife came up with a good answer to that question..... Since we cut the cord I have remodeled two houses including three down to the stud bathroom remodels. Sometimes I miss Dean Johnson..... Dean Johnson is not on there, but you can watch HGTV on the HGTVgo app, but it too is streaming, so you have to have an internet connection.
Merrykalia 07/26/19 05:39am Technology Corner
RE: Floor damage - water rot - What can I do!

Pull everything out of the box, pull out the rotted wood, replace wood, lay some linoleum down, put stuff back in......TAAAADAAAA, new camper.
Merrykalia 07/21/19 05:57pm Folding Trailers
RE: Is a travel trailer with a slide out a good idea for me?

Whether it is to keep up with the "Jones's" or want some sort of impressive status symbol (who in the world needs a 38ft long trailer with "triple slides"?).. We do! We have two teenage girls and we camp-host for the months of May, June, July and August. Once we are in the trailer for over two weeks, we need space to get away from each other. So, yes, we NEED quad-slides! Folks who say slides are trouble free and have never had an issue with a slide have never looked for leaks and damage. Like anything else in an RV, some maintenance needs to be done. You don't have to go crazy with it. Yes, we have had slide problems - they were not aligned perfectly and one was dragging after a few uses. Took it back to the dealer, they adjusted it and we have had two years of great service.
Merrykalia 07/21/19 02:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stuff in your storage compartment?

Take a look at this list. It's in the FAQ forum pages. Stocking RV
Merrykalia 07/20/19 04:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Baltimore Tunnel

You can always go 695 around Baltimore so you don't have to travel thru the tunnel. It might simplify things immensely. Unless you are over-height, you should have no problem at all with Rt 17. Semi-trucks use it all the time and you are probably not as tall as they are. Ours is 13'2". You need to KNOW EXACTLY how tall you are, so measure it, don't guess.
Merrykalia 07/07/19 07:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Permeable patio under mat

My assumption is that you are there for the holiday weekend and will be pulling out on Monday? Ask the campground to put some gravel in? I guess since you are already set up, they would wait until you move to do that. I think you are probably stuck with the situation and need to pray for no rain while you are there. For me, I would probably pull up my mat, wash it off and put it in storage. I'd put a small rug just at the bottom of the steps to collect most of the dirt and grime from being walked into the camper. Yes, there are some things you can put under the mat, but they are expensive for just a few days or even a few weeks. You're camping.....don't sweat the small stuff. Enjoy the great outdoors and if it rains, stomp in the mud. Have a great Independence Day celebration.
Merrykalia 07/03/19 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Virginia I -81 corrider gas tax.

We have fought for years to get more road construction in the Great Southwest (100 miles west of Roanoke) and we are finally slated to have some construction in the next 5 years.....we'll see how that goes. RGar, my suggestion is to fill up before you hit Virginia and keep going. It's a $.07 tax, we will still be cheaper than many of the adjacent states.
Merrykalia 06/18/19 06:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Storing/Parking TT in North Fla. off I-75/I10

We were going with our church on a mission trip to Gainesville, FL and then vacationing with friends at Jekyll Island Campground in SC. We found a secure storage facility just off of I-95 near the Jekyll Island exit. Drove down, spent a night of two on our way to Gainesville, dropped the trailer at the storage facility and headed on down. When the trip was over, we headed north to the facility, paid the $45 for the month (least amount) and went on vacay. It worked perfect for us, but we did have to purchase all of our food locally since we didn't want it anything sitting in the camper while we were not plugged in.
Merrykalia 06/13/19 04:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Replacement mattress

We replaced the nasty mattress that was in our TT with a Spa Sensations, 8-inch gel memory foam mattress from Walmart. It slept as good, if not better than our Tempurpedic we had in our house. When we sold that TT, we ordered a new mattress to go into our fifth wheel before we even took possession of it. When our Tempurpedic finally bit the dust at home, we replaced it with a 10-inch SS mattress. It's been good for about 6 years. I guess it is just according to how much work, money and time you want to put into a 20 year old camper. Right now, it's not worth much, maybe 1-2K, but that might be stretching a bit with a soft floor.
Merrykalia 06/12/19 05:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: FL Keys in June

That's a long way to drive for just 4 days of the Keys. There are so many different things to do and so much more than just Key West. That is one of my least favorite places in the Keys. Marathon has lots to offer, from turtle hospital to dolphin research center to the Fl Keys Aquarium. There are a couple of really nice state parks in the Keys that you should check out. Key Largo, Islamorada and Big Pine Key have lots to offer. Get on TripAdvisor and just bring up the Florida Keys. There are so many things to do that you can easily fill up 4 days, probably 7-8 days, easily. We were there the first week of June last year and it was hot and humid. Yes, temps were in the high 80's and low 90's, but with the humidity, it felt much, much warmer. You can find camping spots in June because other people have already left southern FL because of the heat and humidity. Just an FYI.
Merrykalia 06/12/19 02:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Terrible condensation/mold? What to use to prevent

You apparently have a very humid environment where you store the TT. We keep a large bucket of cat litter open in our living area, a large bowl in the bathroom and another in our bedroom. Ours is stored uncovered outside and we have never had a mold issue.
Merrykalia 06/12/19 02:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Mosquitos

If you have a fire, that will dissipate some of them. Add some sage or rosemary to the fire to boost the power of the smoke. Otherwise, long sleeves, citronella (added cedar will help) oil burning in some lamps, a fan moving the air will keep them at a minimum, staying inside during dusk or until it gets completely dark will also assist.
Merrykalia 06/11/19 07:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: NC/TN I-40 wesstbound rock slide-back open

No surprise from me....it happens about every 4 months. It will open up and then it will rain or snow and slides occur again. This is what happens when money talks instead of listening to the engineers.
Merrykalia 06/10/19 06:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: LED Bulbs for trailer interior in a real store, not online?

Go to a local store and take one of the bulbs. Ask them to order for you. You won't have to return, etc. and a local business gets to keep the profit.
Merrykalia 05/31/19 06:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: How big is too big?

If you are going to be traveling in the west in national parks that were built years and years ago, you will run into problems. If you are planning to stay in RV parks with services (like water, power, sewer), you should have no problems. If you are planning on using state parks on the E coast, you should have no problem until you get over 40 or 45 feet. I host in a state park in Virginia and we can accommodate units that are in excess of 65', but they only advertise 40' units.
Merrykalia 05/20/19 07:11pm Class C Motorhomes
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