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RE: I-84 from Connecticut to New York. Issues?

84 in Connecticut can be packed during "rush hour", but otherwise is okay. It is becoming due for repaving.... so I think more than a few areas are pretty rough, towing a TT on it can be painful, motorhome might be okay.
Tvov 11/09/19 10:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Sticker shock

Here is an idea. Why don't you guys who obviously know everything about how these service shops should be run, start your own. You will obviously be rich nearly overnight and us dummies will never have to wait to make an appointment again while we enjoy your cheap prices!:R Exactly. Unless you have owned a business you have no idea the multitude of overhead costs that must be covered by means of the income you collect before you can even think about a profit for yourself. I think the biggest issue most people have is the "estimate" price that shops give... it rarely includes all the add-ons, such as "shop rags" and disposal fees. So if you are given an estimate of $500 for mechanical work, then have it done, you end up paying like $650 due to add-ons and fees. That is what upsets / annoys most people.
Tvov 11/09/19 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sticker shock

I wonder what the rate is when divided by actual time spent versus the book rate that we are charged? Talking to some mechanics, the "book rate" is sort of the maximum amount of time it should take to do a repair. Most experienced mechanics can work much faster, but the "book rate" helps them when a job doesn't go smoothly, gives them sort of a cushion. Most independent shops now use the same "book rate" (or more precise "computer rate) as the dealerships, or close to it. As posted earlier, they sometimes also add in the "shop rags" and other expenses now.
Tvov 11/07/19 11:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

What happened? There aren't at least 10 new posts since yesterday...
Tvov 10/29/19 05:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Smoke Detectors

Yes, leave the alarms on. Doesn't hurt anything, and might help save your house. In my town, we (I am in the fire department) certainly do respond to a few calls a year where a neighbor or a passerby hears an alarm going off and that person calls 911.
Tvov 10/24/19 05:26am Snowbirds
RE: Rodent???

There were some naysayers about Tomcat bait. Not sure of their experience, but I use it with success to get rid of the roof rats we have around our house due to all the citrus trees around. I did have some mice in the house a few years ago, and used bait, traps and glue boards. Got only 1 in a trap and found 2-3 dead ones under the stove, near the bait. Glue boards didn't work, though I'd used them successfully about 30 years ago in my old house. Lyle Tomcat and Dcon baits can and do work, but other baits are much more effective in my experience.
Tvov 10/24/19 05:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trouble with California

Ag. Check points;we all know understand and tolerate them,never a problem. Couple of weeks ago we were heade to redwood. National forest from Grants Pas Oregon. Ag check ahead, ok I fall into line with everyone else,multiple lanes,cars trucks,other rv,s. Everyone pauses about thirty seconds and moves on. Normal right? .... I have never been to an Ag check point, except for being asked about fruit crossing to and from Canada. I would assume stopping at an Ag check point would involve an inspection of the interior of a vehicle / trailer like a camper, as it would be common to carry some fruit in a camper (at least, we usually have some). You "understand and tolerate them"... but you were surprised at a request to inspect the interior of your camper? What is the point of just asking if there are fruits and veg on board? Related question... if it is common at these Ag check points to just wave vehicles through, or just ask about fruit and veg without an inspection, what is the point of them? And another related question... with these "wave through inspection" stations, have they ever caught and/or stopped any bugs? As I said, I know very little about this Ag inspection stuff.
Tvov 10/22/19 05:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Is this forum going to get fixed???

Never had a problem ...ever Try this and follow along This is how mine was set up when I joined and never changed. That is the way mine has always been, and I get issues. Not as many as other people, but far more than any other forum I go to.
Tvov 10/19/19 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Is this forum going to get fixed???

I also switched to using the Good Sam portal... much fewer issues, but still have problems every so often. I've just settled on that this site is just really clunky.
Tvov 10/18/19 06:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations for quiet portable generator

If you are going to run a generator a lot, Honda or Yamaha... and Champion from what I've read recently. The inverter generators are really quiet, when they are not at full throttle. When you use air conditioning or things like a microwave, they throttle up and you most certainly can hear them running. If you realistically are only going to use it for one or two trips a year, almost any brand will work. Whatever you buy, before you store for any length of time (more than month or so), drain the fuel and run the engine dry!
Tvov 10/17/19 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: Modern Food?

.... I also have learned over the years that you don't eat pizza on the east or west coast .... I live up the road from New Haven, Connecticut... home of Pepe's pizza, Sally's, and Modern Pizza. Always the "top 10" lists of best pizza have them, usually they are in the top 5. Having said that... if you are fan of thick and/or Greek style pizza I can see your point.
Tvov 10/17/19 06:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Rodent???

I would assume Canada has something similar: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/tomcat-mouse-killer-refillable-station-16-x-1-ozblocks Hardware stores, garden centers, etc usually have them. Simple black boxes designed to hold the bait.. allowing mice and rats into them, but larger animals can't get to the bait. I prefer Ramik, or better yet One Bite, but you can use the Tomcat bait boxes with whatever bait you want.
Tvov 10/17/19 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rodent???

Many times the mouse poison causes the mice to be thirsty, and they leave the area (or camper) to find water and hopefully die out there somewhere. So if you don't have dead mouse smell in your camper than that is what happened. Dcon and Tomcat poison pellets are very weak and sometimes don't work. Try Ramik (green packaging), and especially One Bite (yellow packaging) works well for me. Avoid putting the bait in the camper - it will draw the rodents into the camper to get the bait. Use the outdoor bait containers (designed to prevent other animals from eating the bait). I put those next to the jack and wheels, where rodents can crawl up into the camper. Rodent control is hard, and never ending. Try variations of all the advice you read about here. Eventually you find some combination that will work for you.
Tvov 10/16/19 05:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Modern Food?

Funny this thread pops up. I barbeque a lot at home, and with daughter being semi-vegetarian we cook a lot of interesting and good vegetable based meals. I have found recently (last few years maybe? maybe last 10 years plus?) that restaurant food in general seems remarkably bland - and a lot seems similar from restaurant to restaurant. We've given up on virtually all chain restaurants. Last time we were at a Cracker Barrel (over 5 years ago) all the food tasted like microwave TV dinners. We got a couple restaurant coupons as gifts a couple years ago, and they could be used at Longhorn Steakhouse. We found one a couple towns away and went there. We were amazed at how mediocre everything tasted. Maybe and hopefully it was just the restaurant we went to, but we haven't been back. Local expensive restaurants are okay, but not great. Seems like a trend is to spend extra time on "signature" appetizers and have standard main entrees. A few restaurants we just buy extra appetizers and have those as meals. And what is up with McDonald's?? Even they have gotten worse. They have reduced the staff and now have "order kiosks"... I stopped in one on my home recently and ordered (from real person!) a couple bacon egg cheese biscuits and coffee. He handed me a number and told me to sit down and they would bring out the meal... It was not busy, and there was maybe 1 or 2 cars in the drive thru.... 10 (TEN!) minutes go by and I get up to see if they had forgotten me. They were just getting my food ready. And it was stale. McDonald's used to be fast - for those who remember, as quick as the cashier would ring you up the food would be on the counter... and it was cooked right then, not warmed up in a microwave. That is why it was called "fast food"... not any more. So, YES it seems to me that restaurants have gotten mediocre. The only thing we can do about it is to find the good restaurants and frequent them. But even that doesn't always work - too often, the good restaurants try to find ways to become "more efficient", and then the mediocrity starts creeping in. Back to my own grill!
Tvov 10/16/19 05:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Acadia NP - rv length

It has been a long time, but the last time we stayed Blackwoods campground it was VERY tight for anything over 30 ft. There were some big TT and motorhomes in there, but they were getting all scratched up driving around the campground. The private campgrounds in the area are usually booked up well in advance of the season. Many times the very beginning and end of the season really opens up (and can be chilly!). Assuming you haven't been to Acadia, it is gorgeous! If you have them, bring bicycles - the carriage roads are fantastic to ride on. At least one morning, get up really early to see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain - it is the first point of land on the continental USA to see the sun... just cool to see. Acadia is open at night! We found that Thunder Hole is especially neat at night - no one else around, booming waves, beautiful stars.
Tvov 10/15/19 06:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: toilet treatment for black water tank

Never let your tanks sit empty, and most chemicals are snake oil that cover up odors only. We do 5 gallons of water after dumping (Home Depot bucket x 1 or my wife's mop bucket x 2), and the sloshing action while driving is enough to prevent buildup anywhere. I am not sure what you mean by "never let your tanks sit empty"... ours are always empty when parked at home. I never leave them full. Do you mean for seasonal campsite?
Tvov 10/15/19 05:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Deceptive traffic citations

Interesting thread to read. My son got caught in one of the "non-existent" speed traps that don't exist (as some seem to think). I may have posted about this awhile ago - in a Maryland "construction zone" (some people may already be sadly nodding their heads). Turns out that in Maryland, when they are thinking about doing highway work, they can put up "construction ahead" signs in that area months before anything is started, and lower the speed limit by 10-25mph seemingly depending on the mood of whoever decides these things. Son was using cruise control right around 68mph in a 65mph zone (YES! He was speeding!! 3mph over!!!). Little traffic, and as he said no construction cones, flashing lights, nothing. NO police cars. He got a mailed traffic citation (from a camera) for "speeding in a construction zone". Turns out there was a "construction ahead" sign somewhere that he passed without seeing it, and the speed limit dropped - again, without him realizing it. I told him to just pay it (it wasn't that much), because in today's world of computerized records you want to make sure it doesn't come back to bite you in the future to have that on your record. I looked it up on the internet, turns out Maryland is notorious for doing this. Put up construction ahead signs in an area that might have construction sometime in the future, lower the speed limit (with little signage, and nothing like traffic cones or construction trucks / equipment), use cameras to enforce it. Later, when no construction actually is going to be done in that area, take all the signage down and move to another possible future construction area. But, of course, it isn't a speed trap.
Tvov 10/09/19 06:23am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Cover

Big old tarp for me, usually bought from the local hardware store. I am on, I think, my 3rd tarp since getting the camper. As previously posted (goes for all types of covers) watch the corners, secure it without making it too tight, use ALL grommets and securing points, and it will last years. BUT - they don't last forever. And YES - I am jealous of those with RV "carports"... lol! I try to wait as long as possible before putting on the tarp, colder the weather the less amount of condensation / mold under the tarp. I've not had an issue with condensation or mold on my camper (yet, at least). Covers designed specifically for RVs are better and nicer - especially the ones with a "door" built in so it is easy to access the camper. Being cheap or whatever, tarps have worked for me.
Tvov 10/09/19 05:16am Travel Trailers
RE: I Think I'm Outta Here

lol, I just came from a thread where people are complaining that the thread wasn't related enough to RV'ing... you think that poster will be back?
Tvov 10/08/19 05:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Bus crash on Utah 12

Maybe this should have been posting in Around the Campfire or something, but I think it is interesting.
Tvov 10/08/19 05:06am General RVing Issues
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