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RE: Florida closed to travel?

I can't imagine Florida would close down its borders. When the Pandemic first hit, there were COVID-19 checkpoints on I-95 and I-4. The checkpoint on I-95 is gone now, not sure about I-4. Even then, people weren't denied entry, just told to quarantine. That was before Florida was hit hard. Florida's economy can't handle losing all the money that Snowbirds bring into the state. It's very unlikely the state would block snowbirds entering, even if they could. -Michael
mgirardo 08/04/20 08:40am Snowbirds
RE: Transporting Raft from Campsite to Launch Ramp?

Light boat and raft dollies We own a 12' Porta Bote with the porta dollies, so no need for a trailer, but I know plenty of Bote owners that make dollies/trailers out of PVC with long handles. Similar ones for inflatable boats are in the link above, just look at some of the photos for ideas. 1.5 inch PVC can support a lot of weight. I've seen some with just 2 back wheels and others with a 3rd wheel up front so all you have to do is pull, no weight to support. -Michael
mgirardo 08/04/20 08:20am General RVing Issues
RE: portable storage shed

We have a 7x7 Rubbermaid Roughneck shed at our seasonal site. We have the one pictured on the home page. Our Destination Trailer has no outside storage, except under the bed. That storage is large, but only accessible by a small door. It's not the most portable; the box it comes in will fill a standard bed of a pickup, but it can be put together in a couple hours (I put mine together by myself) and taken down even quicker. We have ours on a platform, but as long as the ground is flat and level it will work on bare ground. Doesn't require anything more than normal hand tools. Rubbermaid does make smaller versions that would be more portable and still be large enough for a freezer. -Michael
mgirardo 08/04/20 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Why so few Murphy beds ?

I wish our Bungalow came with a Murphy bed in the master bedroom. Ours is a bunkhouse, so the living space is not optimal. It would be nice to have a Murphy bed that was either a bed or when it was pushed up, a sofa was there. I work out of the TT, so being in the main living area can be distracting some times. -Michael
mgirardo 08/04/20 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: DeWalt vs Milwaukee

I've got an older 18V DeWalt that has served me well, aftermarket replacement batteries are dirt cheap on Amazon, and they do have a 18V to 20V adapter that would allow it to use their modern battery design...but there are times I wish it had more power. This video comparison of DeWalt batteries vs cheap replacement batteries may interest you: Project Farm -Michael
mgirardo 08/03/20 06:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Florida

My mom recently visited the ER for a non-covid issue in a southern NJ hospital. She was in the hallway in the ER until they found a room for her. Then she was in an alcove in the hallway until the results of a covid test came back. She was negative, so they put her into a room. She needed to use a nebulizer, so they actually moved the patient already in that room to another room. They were concerned the nebulizer could pick up airborne covid and make her sick. So she ended up with a private room. Our county here in GA is a hot spot and for a short time, the only Hospital here was using Ambulances as ER space until they could make more room for beds. -Michael
mgirardo 08/01/20 06:46am Around the Campfire
RE: What is your long term Dicor plan?

Eternabond is my long term Dicor plan as well. -Michael
mgirardo 08/01/20 06:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Losing home & need to immediately relocate to truck camper

Everything I need to go off-grid? You will need some way to recharge your battery(ies). Either a Generator or Solar. You can't rely on running the Truck to recharge the battery. If you plan to have a fridge and furnace, you'll need a decent sized battery bank. If you want to run the A/C, then you'll need a generator. Water would be the next big concern, where will you get it? Gas stations may not be too excited to see you filling up large tanks of water. You need to find where low cost or free sources of drinking water are. You also need to know where to dispose of the grey water and black water. Free dump stations are out there, but may not be where you want to be. Basic equipment everyone should bring such as emergency repair kits, hatchets, saws, etc. ? We always traveled with a set of mechanics tools, drill/driver, fuses and duct tape. The hatchet & saw would come in handy if you plan to have camp fires, but not really a necessity. If you plan to boondock alone and your truck doesn't have 4WD, then either a come-along or electric winch with a pull pal would be helpful. The best way to find caravan groups to start out with? Google search or Facebook Groups. All the places you can safely & legally boondock? We've used freecampsites.net. There is also campendium.com and probably countless others. Again, Google is your friend. -Michael
mgirardo 08/01/20 06:17am Beginning RVing
RE: What do you shut off when leaving for a trip

Except this season, we've been sunbirding. We live in the south and were spending the summers in the northeast. We shut off the water, the hot water heater off, empty the fridge and freezer (and leave both doors open), turn up the A/C upstairs and turn the A/C off downstairs before we leave. One year, the wife and kids went back home for a few days while I stayed up north. She turned the water back on, the hot water heater back on and set the A/C at a comfortable level both up and downstairs. They went out for a couple hours waiting for the house to cool down only to find it raining in the garage when they returned. The expansion tank on the hot water heater had ruptured. If that had happened after we left for the season and the water was on, we'd have one seriously high water bill. We had to replace four 4x8 sheets of drywall, fortunately, nothing in the garage was damaged. -Michael
mgirardo 07/27/20 06:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Realistic Price for Class C

Part of the reason it seems an rv Selling frenzy is because for several months they did not build any. So there is still a slight shortage. But in my favor by waiting till Nov/Dec they are going to have MORE than the usual allotment on hand as the builders finally catch up. What's left on the lot at the end of the year, is what they couldn't sell during the camping season. Yes, you could get a better deal, but you may not find what you want. If you have to order what you want, you aren't going to get a great deal. I agree with midnightsadie, find the one you want and get the price you want for it. -Michael
mgirardo 07/27/20 06:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pay showers?

We've only encountered it once, at a campground in Maine. Back then it was 5 minutes per quarter if I recall correctly. That was about 18 years ago. -Michael
mgirardo 07/26/20 07:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Being hoodwinked by Store Clerks

I have to agree with nickthehunter. Anything could have gone wrong and it could have been an innocent mistake. I received a gift card as a gift. When I went to use it, they told me it was never activated. Fortunately, I had the receipt the gift giver provided to prove otherwise. So was the clerk at the place I tried to use it being dishonest or perhaps it was just a computer error. :rollyeyes: I've never had a computer error before :rollyeyes: That's the reason they give you that receipt, in case there is an issue. Whenever I buy a gift card, I always give the receipt with the card to indicate it was activated in case there is a problem. -Michael
mgirardo 07/25/20 08:15am Around the Campfire
RE: banana's

How about Banana Nut Bread or muffins? I know you said no Banana Pancakes, but Banana Blueberry Pancakes are my favorite. Do you have an Ice Cream Maker? Homemade Banana Ice Cream with chocolate Chunks and some walnuts (just like Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey), now I've got to go buy some bananas. As to your question, according to Healthline.com, from The Bottom Line section: The bottom line Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They’re full important nutrients, but eating too many could end up doing more harm than good. Too much of any single food may contribute to weight gain and nutrient deficiencies. One to two bananas per day is considered a moderate intake for most healthy people. Be sure to eat this fruit as part of a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients your body needs.
mgirardo 07/25/20 08:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Columbia, SC., campgrounds

We've stayed at Sesquicentennial State Park before. Not as nice as other South Carolina State Parks we've been to, but we enjoyed our stay. -Michael
mgirardo 07/25/20 07:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Did you notice..........

There is a new RV Resort being built just north of Jacksonville, FL called Pecan Park RV Resort. I'm not sure if it is just an extension of the Pecan Park Flea Market and Campground or an entirely new resort. Unfortunately, it borders I-95, so probably won't be the quietest campground, but should be easy on/easy off. -Michael
mgirardo 07/24/20 06:14am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Walt Disney/Universal since Covid re-opening

We haven't gone, but have friends that are there now. Apparently, it is pretty quiet. We've seen ride lines that are empty. I think they said their longest wait for a ride was maybe 15 minutes. I love Disney, but I couldn't imagine going to Disney in the summer, even more so during a Pandemic in a state where the virus is running rampant. -Michael
mgirardo 07/21/20 07:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stone Mountain park

We went to Stone Mountain in the winter and enjoyed it. We won 2 nights free stay in a raffle at the Tampa RV show years ago. We went in January. The park was probably 1/3 to 1/2 full. I can't remember which loop we were in. The site was in the 300s, along the lake. We did the snow activities which weren't very exciting and we hiked some of the trails. We did take the gondola up the mountain. I doubt we've ever go back, but we did enjoy our time there. -Michael
mgirardo 07/20/20 12:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The worst Post Office in the USA... your vote

Brunswick, GA. Worst Post Office ever. We've seasonal camped the last 5 years. The 2 years before that, we camped for a month or more at a time. The first 2 years, we used the Post Office's Premium Hold service. They collect the mail each week, then send it all out the middle of the week in one priority mail package. The one year, we didn't get mail 2 of the 6 weeks. One week, we got a priority mail envelope inside the main package. The envelope had all the mail they didn't send the previous week, but they still charged us for each week. The 5 years we were seasonal, we had problems every year. One year my wife and kids went back home for something after about a month and found the mailbox filled to capacity. When she went to the PO asking about it, they found our carrier as she was still at the office. She claimed she didn't know it was supposed to be forwarded. Really? At least after that, mail forwarded fairly regularly. Other years we would get mail very sporadically and we'd often get notified by different companies (like Banks and even insurance carriers) that mail they sent us was returned. One year, both my wife and I had to re-register to vote because something wasn't forwarded. We'd also go to visit family around Christmas, often for a few weeks. We've put in mail hold orders only to be ignored. Once I got a call from a neighbor concerned because our box was overfilled and it was supposed to rain that day, 2 days before our mail delivery was supposed to resume. The neighbor told me it looked like they'd just been shoving mail in the box for the last few weeks. He was nice enough to take it out for us and secure it. Last Saturday, the mail carrier came to deliver a package. We live on almost 2.25 acres. Our driveway is about 75 feet long. The mail carrier entered the driveway, drove about 15 feet, then drove straight across the lawn to our front door, dropped of a package meant for a neighbor, then proceeded to loop around on the front yard back to the driveway. I'm sure glad our septic is in the back corner of the lot. I could go on and on. With CovId19, we chose not to camp this season. Can't wait to see how things go next year! -Michael
mgirardo 07/12/20 07:12am Around the Campfire
RE: NC campgrounds with good internet

Our seasonal campground has good internet. Using a Ubiquiti NanoStation,I get good, reliable internet - about 30 mbps down and 15 mbps up from the Access Point about 750 feet away. That is not the norm though. Most campgrounds we've been to either don't offer free wifi throughout the campground (you have to be near the office) or if they do offer free wifi it is not very good. We've been to campgrounds where wifi was dial-up speeds at best if it worked. Some places we've had decent enough speed to check email or catch up on news, but that's about it. As bucky said, bring your own, be it a hotspot on your smartphone or a Mifi/jetpack type device. -Michael
mgirardo 07/12/20 06:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

merging is a lost art. #1 Merging is an art, but you forgot your part. Slow down or speed up to let someone in. It's a merge lane, work together with those trying to merge. There is no stop at the end of the merge lane, they have to get in and you are expected to assist them with that. #2 You don't slow or speed up to allow people to merge with you, but then you get mad that people won't let you merge back in? #3 It happens and is frustrating. Just use your blinker and get over when you can. It does help to speed up some. Again, work with other drivers. Technically, you are in the wrong since you are in the passing lane. I'm with you, I love to drive, but there's no way I could do it for a living, unless it was in the middle of nowhere and no one else is on the road. -Michael
mgirardo 07/12/20 06:27am General RVing Issues
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