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RE: Reservations

2 Retired has it right. All you knew in the past about reservations or no reservations has changed now due to COVID. We are nearing the end of a 6-week trip, and we have found that almost everyplace is disallowing walk-up, no-reservation camping. We've been all up and down the east coast and all throughout Florida. If you don't have reservations, you generally can't camp. Not because of demand, but because they don't want you to spontaneously show up. The Florida state parks were the worst. Generally, in the past, you could get a walk-up site the day-of, but not now. Lots of sites are going unoccupied because of this. One host told us that if the state finds that the park is collecting revenue on a non-reservable site (in other words, if they sell it to you as a walk-in) they will be "in trouble." This is what we've found concerning state parks. Other types of campgrounds may have different policies. Point is - COVID has changed everything. -Speak
SpeakEasy 11/20/20 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: New to RV’ing....and might not last

Glad you're getting the hang of it. Best strategy is to keep your sense of humor. Heck, Robin Williams set the bar pretty high for RV screw-ups. :) -Speak
SpeakEasy 10/12/20 08:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 3/4 or 1' butyl tape?

Slightly off topic, but I've read that it's the butyl tape (or any butyl sealant) that produces the infamous "black streak" effect. Any truth to that? I have some spray cleaner called "Black Streak Cleaner," and it does a great job of easily removing those bad boys. -Speak
SpeakEasy 10/10/20 06:16am Tech Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

Congrats! -Speak
SpeakEasy 10/08/20 08:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

Thank you all for the replies! I decided to bite the bullet and ordered a set of Endurance. Locally Goodyear is only exclusive to one dealer so there's no shopping around and pay the full list price. Are they available? I was told by my tire shop that production was shifted from trailer tires to passenger tires, due to the pandemic slow-down, and Endurance tires aren't available any sooner than the end of October. -Speak
SpeakEasy 10/07/20 12:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing Travel Trailer

I am in upstate NY. our freezing here is the same temperature as Colorado's freezing. First year we used the pink stuff. Never again. we had foamy water for most of that season. I thoroughly and completely blow it out. Takes time to do it right,ain''t gonna get done during commercials, blow it turn one valve at a time let it settle and do it again Sounds like you added antifreeze directly to your fresh water tank. Been there; done that. Never again. The proper way to use antifreeze is to pump it into all the lines WITHOUT adding it to the fresh water tank. Then when you begin to run fresh water through in the spring, it will flush ALL the antifreeze out of all the lines and fixtures immediately. No after taste; certainly no foam. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/30/20 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Why Didn't I Think of This Before?

Do you have an inlet port on the outside of your camper to allow you to pump RV antifreeze into the lines for winterizing? If so, there is a diverter valve on your water pump to switch input from the fresh water tank to that outside port. If you have this, you can just put an external tank of water next to that input port, run a hose into it, and switch your diverter valve to get water from that source. No need to re-fill your fresh water tank. EZPZ Presto! -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/28/20 07:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Near tragic event!!

I spent years without using a torque wrench to put wheels on and off. Then I became a TT owner. Got myself a torque wrench and started doing things by the book. I was surprised by how little effort it took to tighten the wheel lugs to spec. 'nuf said? -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/26/20 06:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Foam Mattress Topper

OK thanks all for the info... I'm going to get one, now I just have to decide what thickness and if I should get the RV King size. A recommendation: Go to Bed Bath and Beyond. Buy the lowest-price one, bring it home and try it out. If it doesn't feel good enough, bring it back and return it (Yes - they will let you do that!) and buy the next most expensive one. Repeat if necessary. When I bought mine they had three price-points, and I ended up with the middle-priced one. Love it. Would never go without one now. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/24/20 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Monitor Install

Thank you for posting this. I've purchased one and am in the process of installing it now. I want a "clean" job, so I had to order a couple of ring terminals large enough to put on the negative wire coming in from the battery (6 AWG I think) for the connection to the shunt. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/24/20 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: EMS/Surge Protection or.... TPMS???

Decided on the TPMS. Installed it today. Got the EezTire one. I really like that it is totally wireless. The deciding factor was the issue of safety to self and others. An EMS will protect our own stuff, but the notion of the TPMS protecting others, in the event of a catastrophic blowout, tipped the scale in favor of that product. Maybe next year I'll get the EMS. Thanks for playing along. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/23/20 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie with a Dutch Oven

Stew. I would recommend a chicken stew or pork stew. With meat, carrots, potato, onion. Some oil or bacon fat in the pan to start with and brown the meat a bit. Then throw everything in together. 30 charcoal briquettes - with 20 on top and 10 underneath. Cook for about 45 minutes. Good to go. No leftovers. Have fun! -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/20/20 07:15pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Border closings

If that is the case; does that mean that the snow birds from Canada won't be able to leave ? If yes there are going to be a lot of unhappy people from Ontario. I think half the owners in our park in Key largo are from Ontario Guy Canadian Snowbirds can leave...by air only. The US will not allow Canadians to cross the US border right now. Part of a reciprocal agreement between both countries to limit the spread. This has large support among the Canadian population. Wait. What?? Leaving "by air" and landing in the US doesn't count as "crossing the border?" By what logic? -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/17/20 06:55am Snowbirds
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway

I recommend the book on the Blue Ridge Parkway by Rose Houk. If it were me, I'd head west from Raleigh and get on the Parkway at Deep Gap, NC. Then I'd head north on the Parkway. Depending on your interests, and depending on how much driving you want to do each day, you might consider stopping at the Blue Ridge Music Center, just north of the NC-VA border. If you are looking for just dry camping, right on the Parkway, there are a few options. Doughton Park, Rocky Knob, Peaks of Otter, and Otter Creek are all within what would be about a 600-mile loop, returning to Raleigh from the north. Each of these campgrounds has at least a couple of hiking trails accessible right from the campground. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/07/20 07:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: EMS/Surge Protection or.... TPMS???

I'm interested to know if anyone here has actually suffered damage to their electrical components due to bad power. I've heard lots of stories of tire blowouts and the damage caused. I've heard stories about how EMS systems have protected people from damage. I'd like to know if there are people here who have actually suffered damage because they didn't have an EMS. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/04/20 06:54am Tech Issues
RE: Natchez trace

I second the notion that it depends on your interests. There is so much to see! I hope you have a lot of time and are OK with a slow pace. We loved our trip up the Trace back in 2018 (until our truck disaster). I would post a link to my blog where I wrote about each day of our Trace trip, but the last time I did that here people got on my case for "promoting" my blog. (It's not a money-producing blog by the way, so the notion of promoting it is absurd.) If you would be interested in reading about our trip, PM me and I'll send you the link privately. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/04/20 06:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Watch That Diamondplate!

Thanks for the info. I would have never thought about that diamondplate doing that. I have two batteries right there. Sure will remember this post. I'm really glad you posted this response. It makes it worth putting up with the people who are on my case for doing something stupid. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/01/20 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Watch That Diamondplate!

Makes no sense to disconnect the positive first, unless of course you absolutely can't reach the negative post. I don't know about you, but if I had a dollar for everything in life I've done that "makes no sense," I'd be a rich man. -Speak
SpeakEasy 08/31/20 11:41am General RVing Issues
RE: 30 foot run of sewer hose--downhill?

Use lots of water. Especially AFTER you've dumped. -Speak
SpeakEasy 08/31/20 08:27am General RVing Issues
Watch That Diamondplate!

Front of my trailer has diamondplate in the lower 2 or 3 feet. This is immediately next to my battery boxes. Today when I was doing some maintenance work I had occasion to disconnect the battery. I was using a crescent wrench to loosen one of the terminals, and the wrench slipped out of my hand. For an instant it was still touching the + terminal while it was falling against the diamondplate. ZAP! Fortunately it only made contact for an instant. Moral of the story - disconnect the negative first. That diamondplate is connected to the frame, which is essentially the ground/negative of the battery circuit. -Speak
SpeakEasy 08/31/20 07:31am General RVing Issues
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