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RE: Syracuse NY to Portsmouth NH then up the coast of Maine

From Portsmouth heading up the coast i.e. York-Wells-Kennebunkport eventually to Bar Harbor. Would like to travel right along the coast stopping along the way at different "chicken Lobsters" restaurant's for lunch. "chicken lobsters"? They're much more commonly called "chix", and it means they are small lobsters, usually 1 to 1 1/8 lb. Also seconding the wise advise to avoid 290. It slaloms through Worchester ("Wooster") and the traffic is horrible most times of the day. Stay on the MassPike to 495.
mkc 08/28/19 05:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV parks near Geogretown, Ky

If you are going to Rode to the Horse as a competitor, you likely want to stay at the horse park campground. BUT, if you are going as a spectator, be aware the horse park campground will likely be jammed full of competitors, which means lots of extra truck and golf cart traffic, many more people (especially using the bath house and laundry equipment), and often folks who don't follow the rules about leashed dogs, maximum number of people and vehicles per site, and dumping grey water on the site. We love KHP and the campground, but we won't stay at the campground if there is a large show going on at the horse park.
mkc 08/25/19 03:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Syracuse NY to Acadia National Park

After school starts you will need to check when some of the sites and amenities close in Maine. When I was up there in October everything seemed to be open only from Thurs. - Sun. It may have changed. The camp ground where we were staying was closing shortly after Columbus day. +1 Most Maine campgrounds close by Columbus Day. Some close earlier - mid September to Oct 1.
mkc 07/22/19 08:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fall trip to Kentucky

KY Horse Park has a decent CG and I believe you get free or reduced admission to the park if you are staying in the CG. Be sure to check the Horse Park calendar to make sure there aren't any large shows going on - those tend to overwhelm the campground with people using RVs while they stay for the show. It gets really crowded, there will be lots of unleashed dogs, high-speed golf carts, and what really turned us off was folks dumping grey water right on the sites. One rig even had a sewer hose connected and routed underneath, with things used to camouflage what they were doing. We alerted park management about the grey water and the hose but even with visits from the park police, the activities continued.
mkc 07/07/19 08:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northern Vermont to Maine

2's not bad at all, 27 can feel tight in a couple of places between Farmington and Kingfield. Also remember you will be going up to Sugarloaf, so there will be a climb. If you're staying at Cathedral Pines for more than a week or so, be sure to deploy Fresh Cab in your storage bays since there are a lot of woodland critters. We stayed there a week and had a bit of a squirrel problem.
mkc 06/28/19 08:11am Roads and Routes
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. Just be aware most of Bar Harbor is now "pay for parking" https://www.barharbormaine.gov/400/Parking-Information The Parking rates range from $1.50 per hour to $2.00 per hour with certain high demand areas having 4 hour limits and the other areas with no limits. All major credit/debit cards will be accepted as well as US quarters but no paper money. Paid parking will be enforced between the hours of 9 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 8 PM on Sunday from May 15th to October 31st. Also be aware of the dates of the Bar Harbor Cruise Ships 2019 large cruise ship dockings. They can unload thousands into the city and pretty much overwhelm things We found the same problem in Portland.
mkc 06/11/19 07:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help getting out of NYC

Class C motorhomes are not legally permitted on virtually all New York (and Connecticut) parkways; passenger cars only means, well, passenger cars only, and a motorhome ("house car" on my registration) is not a passenger car. The only exception to this that I know of in New York state is the Lake Ontario State Parkway, which does permit non-commercial RVs and trailers that are not too tall. In many cases, a class C motorhome simply won't fit underneath the overpasses on parkways. It's not just the overpasses (although having lived and worked in the Hudson Valley for decades, I've seen my share of tall vehicles stuck at them and having to be backed out and down entrance ramps). There are basically no shoulders, often rock faces, and no medians (just a very short guardrail) on most. The roads were designed as scenic drives for cars and are not at all suitable for an RV. I can recall a time where even light pickup trucks weren't permitted on any of them. That did change over the years, but I believe there is still the restriction that if you have commercial plates, you can't drive a pickup on them.
mkc 06/11/19 07:50am 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. There is a significant public effort to get it changed back, or at least have Tappan Zee added back to the name.
mkc 06/11/19 07:45am 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.
mkc 06/10/19 08:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Visiting Dallas TX

Just FYI, "Dallas" is HUGE - the Metroplex is the size of the state of Connecticut. We lived in the west fringes for 12 years. It took us 2 hours to get across to the east side Dallas city limits. Research what you want to see and go from there, especially to choose a park. You don't want to be fighting with commuter traffic.
mkc 06/06/19 09:46am Roads and Routes
RE: New York City

Being that you are from AZ (according to your profile), do plan your route in NY carefully. You are not permitted to be on anything labeled "parkway" in NY. It's common knowledge to those in the northeast, but definitely not to those from the southern or western states (case in point our neighbors in Texas and a truck pulling an Airstream I saw, both routed onto the Taconic Parkway which is NOT and RV-permitted route for a reason - designed for passenger cars only - no shoulder and clearances in many areas less than 9 ft.
mkc 05/28/19 07:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Poor to Terrible WIFI

You have to figure the park is sharing it's WiFi with everyone in the park. It would be like you at your house sharing your WiFi with maybe 50 others at the same time. Speed will be sacrificed. The park couldn't afford to provide everyone with a highspeed connection. Most of the time, because of their remoteness, they're lucky to have any kind of wired connectivity for internet services. You can bet they can't get a fiber connection. Agreed. First-hand experience while workamping at a park - the potential Internet service provider wanted $5K just to do a survey to see if they could bring service to the park (no mention of how much it would actually cost the park to buy and install infrastructure or the monthly fees from the provider).
mkc 05/27/19 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Summer Route & Stops Through New England - Suggestions?

Avoid Bar Harbor and Portland on dates when large cruise ships are docked. They unload thousands of passengers that overwhelm the otherwise lovely towns. The ship schedules are available online.
mkc 05/09/19 08:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best RV route map

RV Trip Wizard uses Google Maps for routing. It does NOT route you around inappropriate roads, clearances, weight limits, etc. It *might* show a warning on the map, but it does not provide a safe alternative route. and it apparently doesn't factor in that RVs are not permitted on any parkway in NYS...
mkc 05/07/19 08:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Texas hwy 19?

Paris and Huntsville are both well on the east side of Dallas. Are you starting somewhere north or west of Dallas?
mkc 05/03/19 07:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: NY - Dutchess/Columbia county residents

I’m a seasonal in Copake. Small world! That's where we stay when we visit family in Amenia and Purdys, plus a good friend from high school is also a seasonal there!
mkc 05/01/19 06:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: NY - Dutchess/Columbia county residents

I would not bring my fifth wheel on the Taconic. I believe it is limited to passenger vehicles That is correct. Passenger cars and light trucks only. Many clearances are very low. Sorry David, maybe I wasn't clear, I'm driving on Jackson Corners Road and going under the Taconic. I was curious of the clearance for that underpass. Google StreetView doesn't show any clearance signs on the underpass itself (sometimes a good way to check). Is Route 2 (Jackson Corners Rd) shown on a Trucker's Atlas as a truck route? If so, you should be OK.
mkc 04/29/19 08:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Either smell in coach

suggested I get a hotel for the next couple of nights and then call the plant on Monday and see exactly what they did and the connection to any smell. Sounds like the best idea yet. Thanks for the responses If the house batteries are in the center of the coach, they should be on a slide-out tray so they can be serviced, as in water check and refill, and terminal cleaning. If glues were used in the repair work, the odor should be acetone or methyl ethyl ketone or some other solvent, probably not ether. Hopefully the OP will post back as to what occurred and if it's been resolved. As a note, FT uses AGM or Gel batteries for the house batteries, so no regular maintenance other than checking/tightening/cleaning connections. Not sure if the OP meant a slide BLADDER replacement as opposed to a slide. If the latter, the bladder is held in place with a VHB-type adhesive. The old bladder and all its adhesive has to be removed, the surface cleaned, an adhesion promoter used, then the adhesive itself. That could be the source of a lingering odor. The bladder is adhered to the sides of the opening of the sidewall (the slides get pushed into the coach in these later-year models), so it is possible that he/she could smell any leftover solvent, adhesion promotor, etc. If it was a complete slide replacement, dang - what the heck happened?
mkc 02/25/19 12:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big Bend Rio Grande Village No Reservations

Try this Big Bend Closures The areas closed to public entry from February 1 through May 31 are: The Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail from the Boot Canyon/Southeast Rim junction to a point just north of Campsite NE-4. All Southeast Rim campsites as well as Northeast (NE) campsites 4 and 5 are closed during this period. Technical rock climbing on rock faces within ¼ mile of known peregrine eyries, as posted, will not be allowed between February 1 and July 15. The National Park Service does not plan to close any other areas, but restrictions may be modified if Peregrine behavior or nesting sites do not follow traditional trends.
mkc 02/06/19 06:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Bend Rio Grande Village No Reservations

Be aware of some area closures at Big Bend for the next several months https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2019/02/temporary-closures-big-bend-protect-peregrine-falcons
mkc 02/04/19 10:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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