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Cofair Quick Roof vs Eternabond?

Called my local RV shop and asked if they had short rolls of Eternabond. Yes. They did. Went in to get it. Was in a hurry. Bought what they gave me and got home with it. Discovered it wasn't Eternabond, but Cofair Quick Roof. 1. Is it equivalent? Have you used both and can give a comparison? 2. Has "eternabond" become a generic name for this sort of product? I'm a little annoyed that (1) they sold me this without telling me it wasn't Eternabond, and (2) I was in such a hurry that I didn't notice until I got home. I like the parts guy in this store, and I will continue to do business with them. But I may return this roll unused, since in these days of online shopping I can get the real thing delivered to my door in a day. This Cofair stuff wasn't even any less expensive than Eternabond. Or am I making a mountain out of a molehill? -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/29/19 07:07am General RVing Issues
RE: MH trip to Keys & New Orlean lessons

We just got back from FL as well, and experienced the dreaded "love bugs." Yuck, yuck, yuck. Made me want to throw up. But honestly, how did you sustain $2000 damage? I bought a $6 bottle of tar and bug remover and scrubbed them off. Then when I got home I scrubbed some more and applied a new coat of wax. What am I missing here? -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/26/19 04:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida Keys RV Parks in Winter

Welcome to the fray! I started asking the same sorts of questions about a year ago. It's pretty complicated finding a place to camp in Florida during the winter, especially in the Keys. You have to either book way ahead (as in 11 or 12 months ahead) or work the "cancellation" routine. I found this article to be really helpful in getting started. Also, concerning COE and other forest service possibilities, go to recreation.gov and choose all the appropriate filters. There are a couple of COE campgrounds in southern Florida, and a bunch of forest service campgrounds in the Ocala National Forest area. Don't overlook county parks as well. The tricky thing is, there are a lot of counties in Florida, and you have to find each one's website and explore whether or not they have parks that have camping. And most of them give early preference to reservations from county residents (as they should). Good luck. Maybe we'll see you down there. It's doable, but it takes effort and either advanced planning or a laid-back attitude. Last month I met a couple who had been on the road in Florida for 4 months, and as far as I can tell they didn't have any reservations anywhere. They were having a good time moving around from one available short-term stay to another. That's great if you have the temperament for it. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/20/19 06:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Vultures!

We visited the Everglades last month. No problems with the vultures camping at the Flamingo campground, but they are still a problem at the Royal Palm vistor's center. Below is a picture of the vultures doing their thing. Note the tarp on one car. The NPS still provides tarps and bungees for visitor use there. https://www.berggreen.org/misc/Arts_Work/7D2_5664.jpg Art I'm sure those are the very ones that got after my stuff. I don't travel with a ladder, so until I was able to borrow one to check things over, I was nervous that they had compromised my roof. Fortunately, there was no evident damage. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/19/19 11:33am General RVing Issues

Did you know that vultures can be the enemy of your RV and your tow vehicle? This came as news to me in a recent visit to the Everglades. I first heard about it when I was reading reviews of the campground at the Flamingo area. A camper had written that while he was camped there, vultures had attacked the rubber seals on his truck. He said it was so bad they had to leave. This was a negative review of the campground. It was so outlandish that I sort of dismissed it. Sometimes people will write just about anything if they are in the mood to write a negative review. I tend to filter things like that pretty critically. Then, a couple days later, I was at the Royal Palm Visitor's Center. I was reading a display that the park service had put up. It was about the vultures. They attacked my rig, but I"m ok now. Who knew? -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/17/19 06:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Big black ants

Well, this is certainly timely. We're at the end of our 6-week trip to Florida. The second week of April we spent 6 nights at a wonderful campground at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Wonderful, except for the fact that while we were there the ants moved into our trailer. We've been battling them ever since. Grrr. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/08/19 03:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wondering about Harvest Hosts

I've responded to questions about HH before. It's all a matter of how well their model fits your travel preferences. HH fits our preferences well - some of the time. When we're en-route from point A to point B, it works out great for us. When we want to spend time in a location, not so much. We've used HH many times, and we've never been disappointed. Each one is totally unique and different. Most locations are wineries, but not all. If we spend $30 or so on wine or some other product that interests us, in exchange for an overnight, that's fine with us. We get the product, and we get the peaceful overnight stay. We've seen parts of the country that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We like rural America, and the people who make it what it is, so it's all good, for us. We've met a lot of really wonderful people at HH locations. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/03/19 06:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Overnight parking in Cranberry PA

Here's another thought/strategy to consider. Do a google maps (or whatever your favorite mapping ap is) route from your origin to your destination. Note the miles. Then do it from origin to a nearby park midway (try Raccoon Park in Beaver County in this case) to your destination. Now note the miles. Often the additional # of miles is not very significant, since the app takes you the shortest route to the park and then back on course afterward. I use this method when I'm trying to decide if a Harvest Host location is close enough to our chosen route to consider using it for an overnight. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/30/19 08:15am Class A Motorhomes
Roadside Assistance

We'll be setting out on a 6-week road trip soon, and I've been looking at all the options for different roadside assistance plans. I priced out Good Sam, AAA, and Coachnet. While prices varied, they all seemed to me to be overpriced for what they offered. Also, I've read numerous complaints here on the boards about shortcomings from all three of them. (Coachnet seems to get the fewest complaints, but that's just a feeling - not a data analysis.) I was all set to forget the whole thing, when it occurred to me to see what my auto insurance (Erie) had to offer. I have full coverage on the truck and liability coverage on the trailer. Turns out my coverage includes roadside assistance. When I pressed them on what was actually covered, it turns out I can get towing, flat tire repair, and battery jumping. It's on a reimbursement basis, so I'm responsible for finding a service center that will help me out if I have trouble on the road, paying them, and then submitting paperwork. My point in sharing this is to point anyone in the same boat to a solution that I found. Check with your auto insurer before you write that check to one of the big three. I'm sure some forum members here are going to jump in with all the reasons I'm not as well covered as I would be with one of the big three, but I'm happy with the way things stand. Peace -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/30/19 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Overnight parking in Cranberry PA

How about this? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/30/19 05:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: state park and federal park amenities

"Amenities" you usually get at State Parks and Federal Parks? - larger sites - more privacy - lower price - rangers (on patrol) - ranger programs/amphitheaters - hiking trails - more wilderness - wildlife Oh. You were asking about hookups? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/29/19 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Powering a Backup Camera - Travel Trailer

Tapping a marker light makes a ton of sense. Thanks, everyone, for steering me right on this one. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/26/19 11:02am Tech Issues
Powering a Backup Camera - Travel Trailer

I have a little backup camera that I'd like to install on the back of my travel trailer. It's a "wireless" model, but that doesn't mean it is completely wireless. The camera is connected - by wires - to a transmitter, and the transmitter needs power. The directions that came with the camera assume you're installing it on a car, and they detail connecting to the wiring for the backup lights. I want my camera to be able to operate whenever I'm underway - not just as a backup camera. So I'm not going to power it from the backup lights. So here are a couple options I see: (1) I can get power from the #4 pin (the aux 12v pin) on the 7-pin Bargman connector (and the ground from the #1 pin. This would mean, if I understand things correctly, I'd have power to the transmitter (and camera) whenever the trailer is connected to the tow vehicle. I realize I need to double check to make sure my tow vehicle is powering that #4 pin. OR (2) I can get power from the 12V battery system on board the trailer itself. Then, I guess it would be powered 24-7, unless I use the trailer 12V disconnect switch to turn off the 12V system. There are probably other options, but I'm not really seeing a benefit to them at this point. I think I like option #1 a lot better than option #2, but I'm looking for opinions here. - Would it do any harm to have the camera powered 24-7 on the trailer's 12V system? Does it have a phantom draw? Would it shorten the life of the camera? What have I not thought of? Thanks in advance. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/25/19 06:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

I gotta tell ya, my Lodge Griddle is the best thing ever! I cook everything on it! Sometimes I don't even take a grill and just cook on it over a fire or bed of coals. Excellent! Glad to hear this. It's sort of what I was hoping to hear. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/19 03:35pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Purchasing a Winterized RV

I wasn't as smart as you. I bought my trailer while it was winterized, brought it home, and then de-winterized it myself. That's when I discovered that there was a leak in one of the pipes bringing water to the toilet. By then it was impractical to bring it back to the dealer to have them fix it. It would have meant doing without the trailer for a couple weeks while they put it into their repair schedule. The only practical solution was for me to repair it myself. It turned out to be pretty easy to do, and it was a good "roll up your sleeves and learn your trailer" moment for me. But it was a little annoying. Get it squared away before you leave the dealership. One way or another. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/19 03:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

I use a very light olive oil or coconut oil. Make sure the brand used has no salt or you will have rust. The flat side is great for pancakes, Texas toast, English muffins, grilled cheese sandwiches, seared vegetables, etc. We also use our Lodge griddle in the motorhome oven to create even temps. The oven is where we store it. To remove the heavy food crusting I use a cast iron chainmail scrubber. IMHO cast iron ware is the best for camp cooking. :c Wow, thanks for the tip about the chainmail scrubber. I hadn't been aware of them, and it sounds like the perfect tool for cleaning. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/16/19 10:52am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

The outside propane grill that came with our trailer is "OK," but not great. The grill cooking grid surface is a lightweight stainless or something, and it doesn't really give us grill lines. And, whenever I have used it I've had a major clean-up job, because I just WON'T put it away greasy. So I decided to buy a Lodge cast iron griddle that will fit right on the grill top. It's the rectangular one with diagonal ridges on one side and a smooth surface on the flip side (16.5" by 9" or so). I've been cooking in dutch ovens for years, but I've never owned a griddle. I tried it out at home last night on our kitchen range, and it did a nice job on a NY strip steak. So, aside from the usual "grilling," what sorts of things have you cooked on your griddles? Any things, other than bacon or other really greasy things, that should I avoid? If I want to do grilled veggies, do I need to put some oil on it, or is the seasoned cast iron surface good enough on its own? Any advice? Thanks! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/16/19 08:12am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Shenandoah National Park in April

It's a **** shoot, at best. Yes, SNP is lovely, and yes, I understand that you have hats and mittens. But you won't get electric hookups at any of the SNP campgrounds. And if you opt to stay at a campground outside the park, you'll be doing a lot of driving up and down the winding mountain pass roads every time you want to go up into the park. If you look at the weather forecast 7 to 10 days ahead of your trip, and it looks like it will work for you, and if you can bring a generator or do without electric for the duration, then you'll probably have a great time. I like the Big Meadows campground for a lot of reasons. Lurray Caverns will be a great day trip for all of you. But, I'd have a "Plan B" for poor weather. You could get a solid week of low 40's, upper 30's and rain, rain, rain. Who needs that? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/16/19 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Upcoming Florida Trip

While you are in the Keys make sure you take the dive boat trips out to the reefs. They are great trips and aren't all that pricey. Just hope that you do not have onshore winds which ruins the diving and snorkeling. The boats can provide all your gear tho I'd at least bring everything except tanks. There is a boat out of Bahia Honda, we never got to try it because of those winds I mention above that stir up silt and reduce visibility to just about zero. I am not as familiar with diving in the panhandle. I know there are some boats and they have to go much further off shore to get to their dive sites. I think those are often wrecks. There is a well known springs dive spot called Vortex Springs. Not sure how close that is to Top Sail. Weeki Watchi is now open to divers. And so are the springs in the Ocala NF (Salt Springs), Mainly Alexander Springs. I don't think there is much at Salt Springs and Alexander is just a shallow dive. Crystal River has boats that drop you off upstream and pick you up a mile or so downstream. That is a very excellent trip you feel like you are flying over the green waving grass in the perfectly clear water. Yeah, I've been pricing dive trips in the Keys and on the panhandle. Keys are much more affordable. Panhandle trips are out to shipwrecks. How do I find dive buddies while on the road? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/15/19 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Upcoming Florida Trip

Stretch that return leg out some. If you haven't previously, visit Savannah Ga, beautiful old town, fascinating cemetary, and great food, then up to Charleston SC, Ft. Sumter, and old town tours as well, then up to your Raleigh stop before going back to the Coast for Nags Head beaches, Wright Bros Memorial, lighthouses and then up to Williamsburg Va for some history. We're pretty open about that return trip. It may well stretch out to a week or so. We did visit Savannah last year. Had a nice time touring that town. We're thinking maybe a day or two in Charleston. We did visit the Outer Banks a while ago and saw the Wright Bros Memorial. Loved it. Thanks! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/15/19 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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