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RE: Triple digit heat! Generator won't run

.... Went outside to see if it was cool enough and someone had plugged the #@%$ thing into shore power with the generator running! We've had some issues with things being touched in the past - but nothing this bad. .... Someone plugged in your camper without you knowing about it? Is this in a campground, and maybe someone thought the shore power plug fell out? Very odd.
Tvov 06/13/19 05:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interstate 95

lol, just realized that I basically just repeated what Crowe posted... ;)
Tvov 06/13/19 05:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate 95

I95 through the bottleneck of northern Mass / New Hampshire / southern Maine can be very busy on Friday afternoon/night northbound (everyone going north for the weekend) and Sunday afternoon southbound (everyone returning home). If you can avoid Friday and Sunday, travel should be smoother. For some reason, I've found that Sunday afternoon going south on I95 leaving Maine is worse. Having said this, traffic is usually not horrible... just slows down.
Tvov 06/13/19 05:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Terrible condensation/mold? What to use to prevent

When I winterize out TT and/or park it for an extended period between uses, I use Damp-Rid hanging bags and small pails to help keep it dry. I hang a bag in the main part of the TT and open all the cabinets and doors. I put the little pails full of the calcium (what is used to absorb water) in the storage compartments. When using absorbing products like this, CLOSE all the windows and vents - you are not trying to "dry" the outdoors! Works well for our 21 foot camper. Larger campers may need more things done. Throw out stuff if it is really nasty with mold, but usually I just clean off mold with something like Chlorox Cleanup (something heavy on the cleaning / bleaching stuff).
Tvov 06/12/19 05:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Diesel Fill up

Many years ago when I had a 2000 F250 7.3, we stopped in New Jersey off of 287 to fill up. The station had the large nozzle which didn't fit our truck. The attendant (New Jersey still has the "full serve only" rule...) took the nozzle and just carefully put it against the smaller opening and filled my truck. It can be done, but I am pretty sure it was a "standard" fill pump and not a high-speed pump.
Tvov 06/11/19 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bar Harbor Campground

Just a note about the free shuttles (Island Explorer) in Acadia park - they can be a long wait at the bus stops. When we were ready to do things, the shuttles were never around. We just drove around with our pickup truck... not sure what you have, anything bigger like a Class A or C would be difficult. Class B wouldn't be bad, and would be nice to have a mobile "base" for exploring.
Tvov 06/11/19 06:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interstate 95

In Connecticut taking 84 to avoid 95... have they done any repair or repaving on 84? For the last few year the condition of the road has been terrible! 95 is actually in pretty good shape (don't know how long that'll last...). I prefer to put up with traffic in 95 just because 84 is so bad pothole-wise. Unless they've paved recently.
Tvov 06/11/19 06:21am Roads and Routes
RE: Help getting out of NYC

...the Tappan Zee, which officially these days is the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge. Really! So my wife was right! (don't tell her). We just went over that last Sunday, and my wife was surprised to see a sign about the name change. Meh.... I've always thought "Tappanzee" is such a cool name.
Tvov 06/11/19 06:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Help getting out of NYC

You may already know this, but careful with "parkways" in New England! Garden State Parkway is okay to tow on, but most are not open to trailers. Some people tow campers on them, but... that is your call. Actually, in NYS it's not "your call". NY Parkways are passenger car only, no trucks or trailers permitted AT ALL. There are no shoulders, no medians, and underclearances of less than 10 ft in many areas. The reason RVs end up on them is unfamiliarity with the area and/or blindly following a GPS. I should have been more clear. I didn't mean to randomly do what you want. I am saying "your call" meaning some people will tow campers / small trailers on the parkways to save time, running the risk of a ticket. Also depends on the parkway and what state you are in. And - a lot of GPS and mapping apps don't distinguish between parkways and general use roads. So, anyway, make sure you do your research on routes!
Tvov 06/11/19 06:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate 95

Without research, I can't think of any RV size/height or propane restrictions in New England, especially Connecticut, on the major highways. How tall is your camper? On the major highways you will be fine, but getting off onto local roads pay attention to bridge height signs!! Traffic on I95 in Connecticut... lol, I just posted about this in another thread, I am going to copy it here: Speaking of traffic and Connecticut... you will hit traffic at the border in Greenwich, and it will not let up until you hit the opposite border with Rhode Island. Wish I could give you better news. Avoiding traffic by trying to travel at odd hours is a **** shoot. Rest stops coming from New York: First one is around exit 12 (don't get concerned - the southbound rest stop on opposite side is around exit 8... just keep going). The exit 12 rest stop can be Crowded! All the people with full bladders from getting through New York stop there, lol. You might want to push on to the next rest stop if you can. There are 4 more rest stops up to Madison, really spaced only a few miles apart, then pretty much nothing until Rhode Island. But... those "few" miles of spacing can be a long time in traffic if you need a rest stop. You may already know this, but be careful of "parkways" - campers/trailers are usually banned from them. So in Connecticut avoid the Merrit Parkway.
Tvov 06/10/19 05:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Help getting out of NYC

Taking 287 / Tappanzee, it is simple to get back to I95. Go up Garden State Parkway and get onto 287... stay on it until you get to I95. Tappanzee is basically a brand new bridge, pretty cool looking. There is still one of those Massive barge cranes parked next to it. Some people can find traveling 287 a little confusing - a lot of sections are "combined" with other routes, just follow 287 and you will be fine. You may already know this, but careful with "parkways" in New England! Garden State Parkway is okay to tow on, but most are not open to trailers. Some people tow campers on them, but... that is your call. Have you timed your route? It may be worth just going over the GWB even with the toll cost. I have no idea about when to avoid the worst traffic. Speaking of traffic - traffic for me over the last year going over the Tappanzee at various times has been remarkably "good". Sure traffic is there, but moving well. Maybe the new bridge is working! Speaking of traffic and Connecticut... you will hit traffic at the border in Greenwich, and it will not let up until you hit the opposite border with Rhode Island. Wish I could give you better news. Avoiding traffic by trying to travel at odd hours is a **** shoot. Rest stops coming from New York: First one is around exit 12 (don't get concerned - the southbound rest stop on opposite side is around exit 8... just keep going). The exit 12 rest stop can be Crowded! All the people with full bladders from getting through New York stop there, lol. You might want to push on to the next rest stop if you can. There are 4 more rest stops up to Madison, really spaced only a few miles apart, then pretty much nothing until Rhode Island. Out of curiosity, where are you staying in Connecticut?
Tvov 06/10/19 05:44am Roads and Routes
RE: New Tires For A Brand New Trailer

Run a brand new camper for only a couple seasons then replace the original tires?? If they are truly under size for the camper, sure. But if they are the correct size and in good shape, you should get at least 5 years out of them. This is the first time I've seen people say to replace tires at 2 years... usually it is recommended to replace tires at 5 to 7 years old. Has something changed in the camper and/or tire industry in the last few years I'm unaware of?
Tvov 06/07/19 05:08am Towing
RE: Any kind of spray on protection for oil pans?

I don't think I've ever heard of an oil pan rusting through. Over 30 years of snowplowing in Connecticut. I know people who've replaced oil pans, usually do to damage like 4x4'ing in the woods. Is this a Dodge/Ram thing? (yep, I went there!!)
Tvov 06/06/19 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: How to Choose Your Perfect Steak

That was a good, straight forward article! Thanks!
Tvov 06/06/19 06:04am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Dealer Service Rant

Have been disappointed lately with dealer service. It seems that they find a lot of other items that need attention. Does anyone know if service writers work on commission. I don't know the details, but essentially YES! The service writers make more money, the more they get customers to authorize work. For many car dealerships, they actually make more money from their service center than they do from selling cars.
Tvov 06/06/19 05:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: HEY we need a sticky for our TT pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks great!
Tvov 06/06/19 05:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Storing tools for the RV

I bought one of the "Mustang" took kits from Walmart when we first bought our TT. Hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, various sockets, wire cutters, wire connectors, zip ties, etc. Comes in a folding plastic case that keeps everything neat and clean. Not too heavy at all, keep it in a back storage area. The tool I use most often out of it is the neat little 6" level! I also made sure to include a socket that fits the lugs on the trailer, as of course they are a different size than the ones on my truck. For a jack, I found that my truck's jack works fine on my trailer if I have to change a tire.
Tvov 06/05/19 05:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Drawing water from a lake

I'm a little surprised at how many here are getting so excited about water. As some people are explaining, just do the same thing as bottled water companies do - filter and treat the water. "Bottled" water was at some point "non-potable" water - it just has been filtered, treated, and tested. Same with your "city water". A lake is where the local water company gets most of the water for the town water system in my town. They have some wells also, but most of their water is from reservoirs.
Tvov 06/05/19 05:22am Tech Issues
RE: Best Fridge setups for stationary camping

I think it also depends on your definition of "stationary" camping. If you are going to be somewhere for weeks or months, why not a large frig? Most "seasonal" campers have full size frigs. I could see if you are doing multiple shorter trips smaller frigs would be easier to transport. I've never thought about having more than one frig.
Tvov 06/03/19 05:29am Family Camping
RE: How do you share camping expenses?

If we invite someone NEW to camping for a night or two, we pay for everything. If it is going to be for longer, we explain to the newbie how campgrounds work and the costs. We usually just split the costs in half - easier to figure out. Meals we plan out in advance - so far everyone we've camped with jumps in and offers to pay / provide an equal amount of meals. We used to camp with 3 other families, and I would pull my hair out - because they were very much into "bring whatever, whenever". They wouldn't have set times for meals, and you never knew what was for dinner, or if you would have multiples of the same food. We always had a blast with the group camping, but I am a "planner", and would get a bit frustrated with the lack of meal planning.
Tvov 06/01/19 05:21am General RVing Issues
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