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RE: Overnight at Wally's

I love the argument that "it's convenient to shop there" as a reason to overnight there. Well, yeah, that's why it's called a STORE. And I suspect that those shopping at Walmart will continue to do so even if they stay at an RV Park for the night. I'm planning a road trip for next summer and it was pretty simple to find a couple dry campgrounds where I could sleep for the night at a reasonable cost. No need to have to choose the $40+ RV Park.
toedtoes 06/23/19 04:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Paying for public campgrounds

I don't full time and I don't have checks and I usually don't carry cash. So, if I didn't makereservations ahead of time, I get enough cash to cover the fees plus a bit extra and use that.
toedtoes 06/23/19 04:08pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Flowjet Waste Pump Blessing or Curse...?

I have the portable one. I love it. My clean out at home is positioned just right so I cannot use a stinky slinky practically. The flojet sends everything down the clean out quick and easy. To set up, I attach it to the dump valve just like I would a stinky slinky, attach a dedicated garden hose to it (have the hose on a reel), then use jumper cables to attach to the house batery. Setup takes less than 3 minutes. Dumping takes about 5 minutes while just stand there, and it's about 3 minutes to clean and put away. When I used the stinky slinky at home, it took a good hour having to "carry" the contents of the slinky out to the drain. Connections always leaked. At dump stations, the stinky slinky works fine.
toedtoes 06/22/19 10:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Feds open 1.4 million acres to hunters and fishermen

This is a very very very sad thread.
toedtoes 06/18/19 07:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 2018 TT has been deemed Total Loss by insurance company

Sorry to hear. That is a bummer - especially with summer in full swing. My thought is why is there no safety overflow drain in the tub to the ground? A $25 drain would save $25k in losses. I suspect it's because RVs have been built for years on the concept of "self contained". The fresh water tank and water pump would make such a drain unnecessary. So even with more and more folks using city hookups, the manufacturers see no need to change things.
toedtoes 06/17/19 03:15pm General RVing Issues
Garmin InReach SE+

Just a heads up as these come up in conversation every so often. Amazon has the SE+ for $289. That's $10 less than for the mini and about $60 less than its usual proce. I think the SE+ may be discontinued in the near future (seems it's not getting a lot of space on the garmin website these days), so if you want more than the mini but not as much as the explorer, now's the time.
toedtoes 06/17/19 03:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Camping with Dobermans

Good you had all that happen while at the dealership, so you weren't stuck with a problem. Don't give up completely. Keep looking. The right RV will come along.
toedtoes 06/16/19 11:39am RV Pet Stop
RE: So we came home with this.

It looks similar to a kencraft. Is it fiberglass? If so, look them up.
toedtoes 06/15/19 07:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping with Dobermans

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/30836/jack-russell-tops-cops-list-of-dogs-most-likely-to-bite-humans/ The dangerous breed list changes with breed popularity. Yep. As soon as people start getting dogs because of a tv show, movie, celebrity, etc., that breed starts having "aggression" issues. But it can't simply be because people get dogs that they don't understand, are unwilling or incapable of training, and/or breed indiscriminately. No, it must be that the breed "is bad". What's ironic is that a few of the breeds on the list are used in law enforcement and the military, Because they are intelligent and have predictable behaviors. These same breeds are focused and can perform life saving/threatening task under pressure. But yet they are not worthy of entering a CG. A lot of the breed list is based on hype and not actual data. All the dogs on the breed list experienced a "macho dog status" with idiots who think a mean dog made them tough guys. This is a good article about how that happened to the pitbull. article And here is a short story about the dogs that rescued from Michael Vick. They have proven that these breeds aren't bad. best friends story
toedtoes 06/15/19 12:12am RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/30836/jack-russell-tops-cops-list-of-dogs-most-likely-to-bite-humans/ The dangerous breed list changes with breed popularity. Yep. As soon as people start getting dogs because of a tv show, movie, celebrity, etc., that breed starts having "aggression" issues. But it can't simply be because people get dogs that they don't understand, are unwilling or incapable of training, and/or breed indiscriminately. No, it must be that the breed "is bad".
toedtoes 06/14/19 07:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

After all is said and done, it still comes down to a simple fact. The large powerful breeds are capable of inflicting significant physical damage IF they do bite. And no RV park owner has the time or expertise to determine the personality of every dog that may enter their park. Yes, you are probably more likely to be bitten by a high strung little yapper than a large dog. But where the yapper may break the skin and cause some bleeding, that large dog can tear flesh and muscle. I am not opposed to large breeds by any means. My Golden weighs 88 lbs. But the large dogs do require special considerations by their owners and by those who own or operate facilities in which they may enter. I think it's more simple than that. A private park can make whatever rules about pets they want. If you don't like the rule, go elsewhere. For public campgrounds, most usually have rules for all dogs, not breed or size specific. Again, if you don't like the rule, go elsewhere. I don't stay at parks with breed specific rules. I rarely stay at campgrounds with overly strict rules (e.g., no dogs anywhere but the campground and roads). I prefer to stay at campgrounds that let me hike the trails with my dogs and let my dogs in the water. I prefer campgrounds that require all dogs to be leashed. The rest is up to me. I follow the rules for the campground. I keep my dogs safe.
toedtoes 06/14/19 11:59am RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

I would also point out that most problems aren't due to "aggression". Bat-dog is not aggressive. She is afraid. Her fear is what drives her. If she feels threatened or cornered, she will react first think later. So making sure she doesn't feel threatened or cornered is my job. Eye contact is a big one for her. It's too intense for her. I have a friend who joins us camping a lot. This friend had a dog as a kid, but has never been around them otherwise. When they first met, Bat-dog barked at her. My friend barked back jokingly. Bat-dog did not approve. For years, Bat-dog would not go near my friend and would bark non-stop at her. I kept giving my friend suggestions on how to approach and be around Bat-dog. She often felt she was completely hopeless around dogs. It took a long time, but my friend has learned a lot. Now, Bat-dog will let her scratch the tummy and doesn't bark at her constantly. Sometimes, I will hear my friend say "oh I'm sorry, I looked at you". Bat-dog will even lay her head on my friend's leg. My friend is no longer afraid of Bat-dog because she understands how HER actions affect Bat-dog. And she can approach other dogs with more self-assurance because she can better read the dog's signals. Fortunately, through it all, she has had Moose-dog who thinks it's his his job to protect and keep her safe. But even with him, she had to learn to talk to him - let him know when she was just going away for a moment or actually leaving because he would stand guard waiting for her to return for hours. Last year, I was listening to the radio and they mentioned a new study with dogs. I texted my friend the results and she said "oh yes they do!" . The study found that dogs hold grudges...
toedtoes 06/14/19 11:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

Years ago, I was at a grand opening for a leashless park. One of the top trainers in the area was there with his dog. As we stood outside the enclosed area watching people with their dogs unleashed in the parking lot, the main park area, and the leashless area, Kevin said "this is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. No matter how well trained my dog is, I would never let him offleash like this." His point was that no matter how well trained HIS dog is, he cannot guarantee that of every dog they meet. It doesn't matter that your dog will stay at your side or stay on the mat or stay at attention. That other dog could approach your dog and a fight ensues. And without a leash on your dog, you will have to stick your hand into the fight to pull your dog out. Shortly afterwards, we saw a woman walking through the dogs with a cat on her shoulder and he said "no that's the stupidest thing I've ever seen". When I had Dog, we were on our front lawn practicing stays. She was in a stand stay. A dog that was walking down the street with its owner (unleashed) ran up onto the lawn and literally bulldozed Dog over. I had Dog on a leash and was able to lead her away as this other dog kept trying to knock her down. The owner was chasing along behind trying to grab its collar. Another time at a leashless park, I had just walked inside with Dog when a large chocolate lab walked up and peed on her. The owner stood there laughing. Dog was still on her leash - we turned around and walked out. Dog was an extremely well trained and well behaved dog, but I can't control the behaviors of other dogs or people so I make sure I have a leash on my dogs regardless of their obedience level.
toedtoes 06/14/19 10:50am RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

Generally the only dogs I am afraid of are the ones off leash or on those damnable recoil type. But I do have a courtesy questions from dog owners point of view, I always ask if it is okay to approach a dog. I am 6 feet tall and bending over a dog can appear to the dog to be an aggressive move, so once the dogs person says it is okay, I kneel before reaching for the dog. I feel that I've reduced my size and shown the dog I'm not a threat. After the dog sniffs and get tired of that I will gently touch the dog and then rise and talk to the person. So what say you owners, is that a reasonable approach to putting you dog(s) at ease? Thank you! That is perfect! My Bat-dog is one who gets scared when people lean over her. Your approach is great. Even if you don't kneel, just as long as you don't lean over the dog is very helpful. I always tell folks to let Bat-dog approach them and don't make eye contact. It puts her at ease and let's her know it's her choice whether to make contact or not. Folks like you make it much easier to teach Bat-dog that people are good.
toedtoes 06/13/19 06:38pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

Get a Million $ insurance policy guaranteeing coverage for any and all damages they might cause...I would then let them into my RV Park as that would make up for voiding my insurance. No need for a policy you keep your vacancy and I will keep my money. I know I can find another park without breed restrictions to accept my money, I hope/trust you can find another camper to fill your vacancy. It's a win for both of us no policy required. I've spent thousands in camping fees over the years, unfortunately none of it went to your CG. Unfortunately your breed restricting policies are restricting your revenues along with the dogs. You are only seeing one side of the issue. As a non-pet person, I always check out the pet rules at potential parks and choose the ones with the strictest rules. So, in my case, they are gaining business because of their rules. I'm pretty sure there are far more people RVing without pets than there are people RVing with dogs on the aggressive breeds list, so the parks with stricter rules are going to be the winners. The bottom line is that a private park can have whatever policy it wants regarding dogs. It's up to them to decide if it is worth it or not. But if the park's insurance company puts a ban on breeds, then just say that. No one is asking you to ignore your insurance company. So no need to suggest a dumb thing like "get a million dollar insurance policy so I can ignore my insurance company's policy".
toedtoes 06/13/19 05:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

Had a Rottweiler that was tied up broke its chain and attacked my little dogs that were on leash. I hope all park owners will turn you down. A rottweiler attacked your dogs so you condemn a doberman... My shepherd mix was attacked by two mini schnauzers. Guess I should hope all park owners turn down poodles.
toedtoes 06/13/19 05:21pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

Control_Freak - you'll do fine with that attitude. Enjoy your campout! And I totally agree about the muzzle. You don't muzzle a dog simply because some person might be afraid of it. You only muzzle a dog if it is necessary for the dog.
toedtoes 06/13/19 04:57pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Camping with Dobermans

Yes, some private parks will "ban" your dogs. Just go elsewhere. Most public campgrounds do not have breed restrictions and do not "ban" dogs. When you are camping ALWAYS follow the rules. Keep your dogs on leashes. Don't leave them unattended. Clean up after them. Remember that if something happens, no matter who is at fault, your dog(s) will be looked at as the problem by default because of their breed - so you want to do everything to prevent any complaints. Don't throw an attitude. If you get questioned, always be understanding, take responsibility, and be honest. If something does happen, don't get defensive. Listen to the ranger/authorities, accept responsibility for actions that you or your dog did (e.g., I did drop the leash accidentally or I didn't see them until they came around that corner on the trail, etc.) Don't say "my dog wouldn't hurt a fly", etc. Those types of comments are overused to the point of being meaningless. Be a bit reserved and minimize contact with strangers - who may do something that scares your dog and cause a reaction that your dog will then be in trouble for. Remember it's better to be distant from other campers than it is to risk their doing something that will get blamed on your dogs. ALWAYS carry copies of their rabies certificates (not just the tag). I keep a copy in my motorhome, my trailer and my SUV. Having that certificate on hand can prevent your dog from being impounded. And it shows that you are a responsible owner. If other dogs are running loose, being aggressive, etc., be vocal in telling your dogs "what a good dog. Just ignore that bad dog" and "please get your dog and keep it away from mine", etc. You want other campers to notice YOUR appropriate behavior and the other dog's (and owner's) inappropriate behavior. That will help protect your dogs if another dog starts a fight, etc. Again, always keep your dogs on a leash. As long as your dog is on a leash and you are holding the leash, you have minimized (if not eliminated) any cause to blame your dog(s) for any incident that could happen. For the younger dog, just work with her while you are camping. Most people will be fine with your dogs if they see that you are attentive to their behaviors, making an effort to instill and promote good behaviors, and that YOU are not being rude, aggressive, or snotty to others about your dogs. I have only had one person go through my campsite while my dogs were there. It was a yound gir! about 7. I was sitting in my chair and holding my dogs' double leash. The girl came running through my site and ran straight towards my dogs. When my Bat-dog started barking at her, she froze. She was definitely startled and scared (the girl). I told her to turn around and go back and then go around the campsite. She did and there was no other problem. That trip, there were a good dozen kids hanging out just below my campsite at the creek. They were all extremely great kids and their parents were too - we just agreed to reasonable boundary markers so the dogs could adjust to their coming and going without feeling their "territory" was being infiltrated. Bat-dog has people fear issues and as long as I follow the above guidelines, I have never had a problem with her and other campers. Everyone is very understanding. But I'm honest and will explain her issues if I see someone looking sideways at us. The rangers are always very nice about her. I have even had some make an extra effort with her to help her learn people are nice. Always keep your dogs on a leash. As long as you have them on a 6ft leash and are holding it, you can prevent most bad situations. Those you can't prevent, you can show that you were always in control of your dogs. This is the most effective way to protect your dogs.
toedtoes 06/13/19 10:49am RV Pet Stop
RE: Older Dog and Night time

Moose-dog has developed "old man dog syndrome". He no longer feels it necessary to be "the good boy" that he has always been. For years, when he got scared, he would crawl behind me on the bed. Now he does it for a variety of reasons - mostly because he has decided he prefers my spot on the bed - and he literally shoves me off the bed. He ignores me completely whenever he doesn't want to do what I want him to do. He has to be reminded to go outside before bed (he will go if I insist, but otherwise will wake up in the night and need to go immediately). He prefers to sleep as late as possible. Nothing abnormal, no illnesses, etc. He has just decided that he deserves whatever he wants because he's been so good for years. I can't really argue with that logic. His hips are going and he's old for his breed mi, so I just put up with it and tell folks "he's got old man dog syndrome".
toedtoes 06/13/19 10:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: Parking at Walmart

My nephew is some kind of Wal-Mart manager in So.Florida and he sez that most of the time when you ask to see the manager they give you the " manager " that is the closest and the general manager will probably never hear of your request . That's standard with most retail stores. You ask for a manager and you get a line supervisor, floor supervisor, or assistant manager. After 5 pm and on weekends you will likely only get a supervisor because the managers only work M-F day shifts. Not anything specific to Walmart.
toedtoes 06/11/19 10:39am General RVing Issues
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