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RE: Custer State Park. 175 site new camp proposal

First, I am not opposed to state park camping expansion, I do use the system, not for the cheaper option, but for the experience. It is fairly arguable that government lodging option is a direct competition option with the private sector, when there is equal and fair opportunity. When the gov. makes their own rules and does not fairly compensate the local community with PILT payments, becoming a burden which should be an asset on the local community . In 2008, SDGFP sec. Vonk berated us private camp operators during a gfp special commission meeting concerning rates and PILT payments. He. stated ' If you would just quit your bitching you should be glad you get the overflow we bring in' . Not so. paid Beaurocrat thinking. There are comparables in Virginia and Alabama, that I know of, where the state parks can expand, but must charge a rate comparable with the surrounding community and reimburse the local comminity for services and costs. The proposal is running into strong opposition, amongst state legislators, state and local Chambers of Commerce, the DOT, County First responders, County commissioners, wildlife groups, the list goes on. Governor Noems statement is not correct, in 2009 when the existing CSP campsites were electrified - at a cost of $1Mil - 15 existing sites were converted for the new camping cabins and 35 new sites built for the other 35. Another $1 mil. ( which were built by prison internees) The proposed location is misrepresented as 'western' in the park, which would place it near emergency services with easy, quick access and off a major highway easily driven by large vehicles. it is not. Wildlife loop road is in the south eastern part of the park, remote, narrow, no shoulders, during high season wait times to turn onto or off it from US 16A can be frustrating. Then theres the inevitable Bison traffic jam. Add in the cost, she proposed, works out to $ 56k / site, would not recover the bond, maintenance any where near the 10 year timeline. or show any visitor an enhanced experience. Private parks can build comparable sites for $25 k Including buying the land. And pay property taxes to the county which the state park does not. SD state parks charge high daily, weekly and annual entry fees, offer cheap camp fees. For an overnighter it is prohibitive. For a longer stay, fair, for a resident that can use the parks more, a good deal. I know The location proposed for this camp. Its not one you or the local South Dakotans would want. Treeless, away from trails,lakes, just an open prairie that would be one big traffic jam an hour from nowhere.
SDcampowneroperator 01/20/22 07:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Custer State Park. 175 site new camp proposal

First to answer you, we sold our park 2 years ago, are retired, our interest now is in equality and fairness. Yes and no The private and public parks in the state have an inequal relationship. Its more than the free land, no property tax, subsidized utility amortized beyond possibility of bond recovery. Read and think about the continual past bison blockades to and from this area, that would make even worse EMT services. Custer County has an established &1.51 deficit/ PILT ( payment in liew of tax ) with CSP, for service to the park from the county taxpeyers. Increased visitor overnight load would demand even more from our services. The only recourse we in Custer co. have to recapture the costs is sales tax, which the State park does not remit to.
SDcampowneroperator 01/18/22 08:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Removing Old Decal's

Yes, we did remove all the he old vinyl graphics last fall from our 12 YO 5er. At the same time cleaned and polished the gel coat. Only a very close look sees the 'shadows' We have obtained a factory replacement set of graphics for our orphan to apply when the weather allows.
SDcampowneroperator 01/18/22 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
Custer State Park. 175 site new camp proposal

SDcampowneroperator 01/18/22 06:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: Dumb mistake

A few raindrops will settle out and be separated in your water filter. At worst case you will get a 'Water in fuel ' check light. If you do, stop as soon as it is safe, , open the drain on the bottom of the filter and let it drain until the droplets 'sheet off' no longer 'beading off ' as droplets. A few pumps on the primer pump will help. Use of a diesel fuel conditioner like Howes, Sea Foam or Diesel Service will dissipate water , for dissipation, not ridding the water. Even treated dissipated water is harmful to common rail HPS diesel pumps. Avoid the issue, deal with it, do not try to 'treat'' it away. Seems like a lot to go through for $20.00 Exactly my point. Treating away the water is more costly than dumping suspect fuel. That raises another issue, how and where to dump contaminated fuel? Theres the kicker, do you trust the water separator filter and do you know how to service it? If not, read you tube for a minute about your truck.
SDcampowneroperator 01/16/22 06:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dumb mistake

A few raindrops will settle out and be separated in your water filter. At worst case you will get a 'Water in fuel ' check light. If you do, stop as soon as it is safe, , open the drain on the bottom of the filter and let it drain until the droplets 'sheet off' no longer 'beading off ' as droplets. A few pumps on the primer pump will help. Use of a diesel fuel conditioner like Howes, Sea Foam or Diesel Service will dissipate water , for dissipation, not ridding the water. Even treated dissipated water is harmful to common rail HPS diesel pumps. Avoid the issue, deal with it, do not try to 'treat'' it away.
SDcampowneroperator 01/16/22 06:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Needles to Quartzsite?

For fast . time, go the Ca. route. For the experience and scenery, the Az. route. The stoplights thru Havasu really are not an issue, This is an issue where the the reverse of the. ' road less traveled ' is less traveled for good reason.
SDcampowneroperator 01/11/22 06:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Retiring from the RV world

list it on some site that appeals to visitors, like cruise ship staff. The cruise we were on this month had several of the entertainers quiz us about rving in the US and Americas. I started a thread about it.
SDcampowneroperator 12/30/21 06:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storing With or Without Full Gas Tank

Fill it, no concerns of condensation, leave it low, then have to treat it for condensation. Either way, you pay upfront for the fuel or treatment. Leave untreated you risk condensation and degradation of the fuel quality. Is treated fuel better than untreated? Whats the answer when it hits your engine? Think of fuel as a shelf life commodity -which it is, as an expiry date commodity if not HANDLED and used by date does diminish its quality Extending fuels quality viability does make you think. In a totally contained system without degrade everyone else is amenable and excited at the prospect.of good fuel forever
SDcampowneroperator 12/29/21 05:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Camper basically chopped in half by tree

From the ( my past) campowners perspective, case law and acts of God are to be considered. The act of God argument prevails when the guest chose the site, case law gets involved when it can be demonstrated that the property operator did not address a possible natural hazard. The question facing operators is what is a possible hazard? A root exposed by last weeks rainstorm, could be a tripping hazard, or could it be more, a weakening of the root system that may cause the tree to fall. Case law supports the landowner. Noone can call in an expert engineer or silviculturalist to determine if and when a tree may fall, or which way. In the broad opinion of the law, as I ve seen it applied to our interest, It also applies to that same. interest for freedom and choice of lodging or location . The guest chose the site, the weather was unknown, the risks accepted. given these factors, the camp responsibity is moot,
SDcampowneroperator 12/28/21 06:14pm Truck Campers
RE: this is why

this has been solved. they now sell bms's with heating options. When I make the switch they will be used in 0f unprotected temps. Wont the heating option then use battery power?
SDcampowneroperator 12/27/21 06:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Broke down on the road, what's your insurance experience?

We have never bought any extended service plan or warranty. We bring tools, such as wrenches, our common sense and awareness. Broke down 3 times, 1st. in '74, on us 281 at 2AM so. of O'neill Ne. Capacitor went ( remember them, the thing by the breaker points? ) went. A good samaritan drove me into St. Marys, woke the gas station owner for the parts then drove me back to my car and helped get it going. I made it to Dodge City from Manitoba on time for the wedding. cost $20 for parts and atip to the good samaritan. ( 1974 $ ) 2 nd time an oil line from the block to the turbo on my 93 chevy 6.5 diesel truck blew out at 11pm feb. 97 30km east of Kenora, On. First passer by sent a tow truck. All fixed the next day, for a couple hundred bucks. ( $240 cdn 1997 $) 3 rd time , 9AM. in jan. 2020 50 mi. west of Albuquerque, we btoke a main spring on our 5er. Trurk stop recommended mechanic arrived in an hour, began repairs while we drove back to the city for parts. All fixed in 4 hours. (450 $ us ) Those samaritans and honest businesses are becoming rare. Vetting becomes a before trip exercise. My moral of the story is its exceedingly rare for a warranty to pay up for the problem, they may pay for the emergency tow but then to their approved facility which then may have inflated rates. Our insurance is to buy informed and be prepared Its a lot cheaper and much quicker in the long run. Put those warrany payments into a savings account.
SDcampowneroperator 12/21/21 06:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck of the Year

New flavors of kool aid abound. Those who drink it are of concern.
SDcampowneroperator 12/14/21 05:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: cruise ship crewman buying rv and tow or towed in no.amer.

Thanks for the responses, I did mention to them about past rental units, but knew little about them myself, so that thread link is educational to everyone. The interested people are entertainers, couples and groups, with immaculate records, so visas are not an issue, they could possibly get permission to perform at venues in the Americas. Read that again, the Americas. They want to go tip to tip, Alaska, to Newfoundland, to Argentina & Chile. Recall, they are multilingual and international? Of high interest to them was the 'boondock - drycamp stuff we know well, they do not know of because there are no open public lands in the Old World. Their cruise line is exclusive in that they have no home port or itinerary, so their contract time may end in any port, start in any port. Domicile nation then becomes a choice, without many constraints. Shore Leave time is optional to a point they can choose in their contract. Its a very fluid moving target. No pun intended, Economic ability is not at issue.
SDcampowneroperator 12/10/21 06:01pm General RVing Issues
cruise ship crewman buying rv and tow or towed in no.amer.

Just now home from a 40 day cruise from Athens to Buenos Aires. Several of the crew expressed interest in doing the topic, the rv land yacht concept appeals to them and as they are essentually free to travel the seas, the same appeals to the lands. These people are talented, multilingual,world experienced -- which leads them to the concept of rving the Americas between cruise contracts. We recommended this and some other websites to research, for purchase and planning. We suggested to buy 3- 6 year old class C with toad, What would you recommend? They will be reading this topic.
SDcampowneroperator 12/09/21 05:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do's and don'ts of towing a loaded 12" tandem behind 5vr??

Take the rig for a test drive in an empty lot to see how sharp you can turn without one of the trailers hitting the truck or each other Truck / 30' / 12', I suspect you may have a limit of turning radius ( unrelated to fuel range or bladder capacity)
SDcampowneroperator 12/03/21 06:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggestions for a shorter 5’ver…

2011 carriage 32 fws is the closest I can think of that comes near your criteria. You could build bunks in the rear. Theres a couple for sale on rvtrader.com
SDcampowneroperator 11/22/21 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Glacier National Park and Mount Rushmore campgrounds

A tip. In my previous carreer(pipelining) we learned to not always choose the town or camp nearest our point of interest. Look at it this way, draw a circle of the places you want to visit, If you only visit any of those places once, then any lodging within the circle will amount to the exact same amount of travel time and mileage to see them all. If you go to the same attraction more than once, of course it is smore ensible when sites are equal to stay closer to it. Camps that have that claim to fame have rates to reflect the proximity, not necessarily the experience. We choose our camps on the camp not on its proximity to the attraction.
SDcampowneroperator 10/25/21 06:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question about gray water...?

I got called out to a PUP site years ago because of ants. When I got there with insecticide, I politely told the lady the ants are just doing their job, cleaning up the corn and food debris from the dishwater you dumped there. I saw them carrying their dishes to our wash sinks after that.
SDcampowneroperator 10/20/21 04:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you pay for winterizing?

No idea how much a shop charges Camping World services starts at $110/ hr. . Winterizing is so easy to do. Some pink A/F or compressed air, for little time and cost. Why pay to save yourself 10 minutes of easy effort? The first or second time you use it will pay for your air compressor, and you will have it for many other uses. We have to winterize, dewinterize several times a year. And pump up car, mower, camper tires.
SDcampowneroperator 10/19/21 08:09pm Tech Issues
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