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RE: Photos of New Fishing Bridge RV Park - YELLOWSTONE

I know - W've been to Yellowstone numerous times. We do not camp at Fishing Bridge because it looks like a parking lot with pedestals. Need I repeat myself again. A central parkinglot is not the best way to see Yellowstone IMHO ... we move around from place to place as we find an open campground. Not sure how that works nowadays, but it worked for years in the past. We never made reservations, we always got a site, and we moved every couple days so we were close to everything we wnated to see or do at least one time. I'm guessing now it's quite different ... We'll not go back for a while until the reservation and camping situtation changes - or perhaps never again. We've seen, we've photographed it, we've hiked it ... We've been cought in the snow. WHat did we miss??? :) We camp in the more isolated area so we can enjoy the experience -
monkey44 07/03/22 07:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Photos of New Fishing Bridge RV Park - YELLOWSTONE

Looks like a parking lot with pedestals.
monkey44 07/03/22 08:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Empty parks with no open sites.

We live in Florida as well, and have seen the same problem. Site vacant for days, but can't use it because it's reserved, but no one occupies it.
monkey44 06/23/22 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Back before cellphones

HAHAHAha ... It probably records the number you call so it can call it with telemarketing. The next step up in capturing phone numbers .... :) Fake street phones. Where is the sarcasm emoji when we need it?
monkey44 06/21/22 11:08am RV Lifestyle
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

Don't know how many posts I have, but enrolled here in 2002 ... shared what I know, and learned a lot since buying my first truck camper ... before that, lots of tent and van camping. Lots of good info on here still, when you need it. Altho, member numbers do seem to be dwindling a bit. I suspect other venues, FB - TT - IG, etc. take a few away... We use FB for friends and family - no other social media interests us -- too much BS on most of them, with little real meat for the RV commuunity. JMHO :) M44
monkey44 06/21/22 08:45am General RVing Issues
RE: TT Roof Treatment

Can you put Heng's on with a roller? One coat, two coats?? And do you seal any potential leaks you might find before hand, or does the Heng's patch small leaks or tears as well?
monkey44 06/15/22 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Southeast TC Gathering - FALL 2022 ???

We might ... been awhile, and are planning a trip in the Fall ... not sure where yet. Blue Ridge area probably, we're pretty flexible.
monkey44 06/09/22 07:49am Truck Campers
RE: CG Prices

Taking advantage and gouging during a tragedy or catastrophe is pure greed, no matter how anyone can try justifying raising prices beyond normal conditions. Running a successful business under normal economic conditions will support raises to employees who help make that company successful.
monkey44 06/07/22 02:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

When a company invests in improvements and raising prices, that's a little different than raising rates, and doing no upkeep or improvements. THen take the extra profits to the bank, and clients get nothing extra for the extra fee. The latter reminds me of the word Greed...
monkey44 06/06/22 10:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

Fuel costs equaling SS pay raise does not even include increases in insurance or maintenance. So, the SS pay raise doesn't even equal the cost of traveling with an RV, let alone everything or anything else in life.
monkey44 06/05/22 01:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

Fuel prices ain't the half of it. We just got an insurance renewal quote for two mid-sized SUVs and a 2500HD. Almost $5000 for one year, up from $3600 last year. and up from $1900 the year before. So, even staying home cost 30% more even if you don't drive anywhere. That one blew my sox off ... gotta shop around again. Now we gotta pay for new sox AND high fuel and insurance. If the increase in your car insurance blew your socks off, brace yourself for the homeowner's increases that are lurking just around the corner. With home prices (notice I didn't say 'values') skyrocketing like they are, count on your insurance premium increasing somewhere north of 50%, and probably a lot more. If your home was valued at $300,000 a year ago (for example), it's probably $500,000 now -- maybe more. Don't think the insurance companies are still going to let you insure for the lower values. But, you won't be the only one to suffer from sticker shock upon receipt of your HO insurance bill (if that's any consolation). Yup, I didn't mention HOI in my post, but it went up roughly 25 percent from last year. Talk about a killer, both HOI and Autos are all due for us July 1st.
monkey44 06/04/22 05:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

Fuel prices ain't the half of it. We just got an insurance renewal quote for two mid-sized SUVs and a 2500HD. Almost $5000 for one year, up from $3600 last year. and up from $1900 the year before. So, even staying home cost 30% more even if you don't drive anywhere. That one blew my sox off ... gotta shop around again. Now we gotta pay for new sox AND high fuel and insurance.
monkey44 06/04/22 10:04am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

And if you divide that amount of difference over a two week stay, without towing anything or driving much. You get a small daily increase in vacation costs. The fun and relaxation alone should be worth it.
monkey44 06/03/22 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

We always consider the difference between normal fuel price and the scalper fuel price. It's not $5.67 a gallon is too high, it's only $1.57 higher than last trip. So, at per thousand miles an 10 mpg, we only spend an extra $157 dollars for the trip - well, for each thousand miles. If we can't afford that, we should get out of camping ... sell our $45,000 rig and all our gear. And stay home ... think about the difference between spending $5.67 a gallon as $567 opposed to the $410 already planned in the budget, and instead of $5.67 a gallon, when you budget just think only $157 more. So, if $157 more keeps you home, don't know how to change that. In fact, if you cut your trip one travel day short, you'd recapture that $157 in fuel and also camp fees. Trip based on 1000 miles and ten MPG ... equates to $.567 per mile in fuel cost per 1000 miles. When fuel hits a dollar a mile, that might keep me home, or closer ...
monkey44 06/01/22 02:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Florida State Parks Early Reservation

We live here in central Florida ... we camped a lot until recently over the past few years, now it's almost impossible to get several days in a row. Every once in a while, we can get a mid-week day ... Of course, we can easily camp in the summer HAHAHAHAHAHAHAaaaaa .... The trouble is always the cheaters - if all campers would book campground sites in a manner that allows everyone equal access instead of breaking the rules and staying more days than allowed in a month or a year, we'd all get to share and enjoy the state parks. And, the campgrounds would still be full and collect revenue that helps the state maintain the park charter and protect the wildlife and habitats.
monkey44 05/30/22 07:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida State Parks Early Reservation

Without our snow bird money a lot of small business's would dry up and blow away. Ok, but its hard to believe you have anything to come back to the next year in Dec/Jan, after you bail in April. How do they survive without you the other 9 months? Or are you spending enough during those 3 months to keep them all afloat the other 9? We live right here in central Florida ... we see no stores closing when snowbirds fly north for the summers. Sure, snowbirds add to the revenue stream when here, but also use services and resources as well. And add lots of traffic and crowding. We have lots of snowbirds in our senior community. We're happy to see them arrive, and happy to see them depart.
monkey44 05/29/22 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CC safety

Ok, thanks guys - I kinda figured it was more difficult than simply scanning ... And, yes, we have warning sent each time we're charged on VISA. But, am not always looking at my laptop when at a store :) ... don't always have my phone at hand either - not every minute of the day. Guess I'll save my pennies and skip a 'scan safe' wallet too ... buy myself a Snickers instead. Happy camping y'all ... M44
monkey44 05/29/22 11:15am Technology Corner
CC safety

Just received a new VISA card equipped with the 'touch reader' technology. Says we only wave the card over the reader for payment. That seems a bit dangerous to me - if the reader can read the wave, why not a stranger standing behind us in a store, or anywhere, with a scanner in hand. We don't sign anything, we don't show the safety number on the back, nothing but a wave and a charge. Now I also see 'card wallets' that have a wave protector screen. So, now we get a 'wave card' and need an 'anti-wave wallet' to protect it. One more thing to buy and carry around. Pretty soon we'd need a cargo trailer just for identification and credit cards and check cards, etc. Anyone have a comment on the safety of 'wave cards'... seems pretty easy to scan the signal.
monkey44 05/29/22 08:09am Technology Corner
RE: Lowering / raising with manual jacks

Thanks monkey44. I have the connector but my drill may need to be upgraded. It quits once things get really heavy. Was more concerned about the lifting leg so thanks for the comment. I bought a heavy duty Makita - battery powered - it lifted my Fleetwood at 2500 lbs. easily. BTW: Lift the front two first, then the rear, in three or four inch increments each.
monkey44 05/24/22 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Lowering / raising with manual jacks

Get yourself a heavy duty battery-power drill and a connector ... when I had a camper without electric jacks, I'd raise it three or four inches at a time, no problem. Even with electric jacks my current camper sometimes raises one leg quicker than the others. I just stop and balance the jacks out individually, then continue.
monkey44 05/24/22 11:39am Truck Campers
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