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RE: Locked Out!

My only advice is don't throw good money after bad. You have tried the simple solutions, but it sounds like the internal parts of the lock cylinder have failed evidenced by the inability to remove the key. Drilling it out and replacing is probably the simplest and cheapest way to go. When you do, cycle the locks and handles multiple times before you shut the door just to add a measure of safety.
wapiticountry 02/25/21 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

Are you sure it is just a CC&R and also not a deed restriction? If it is a deed restriction the city or county can and will get involved. You also have to take into account the lady you are worried about has lived there and you are a newcomer. You have no idea what influence she may or may not have over the other neighbors. She may be viewed as a pest or she may have just been chosen by the entire neighborhood to voice their concerns. Someone mentioned most people won't go thru the time and expense to actually try and enforce those covenants, but you have no idea if someone in the neighborhood chases ambulances for a living and would like nothing better than to spread a little of their special joy your way.
wapiticountry 02/22/21 08:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Spring Break West Texas?

Normally I avoid spring break and Easter but I have a student that wants to see west Texas. I was hoping with the pandemic that there would be fewer travelers this spring.Could very well be more travelers than usual since travel out of the country is still very much limited and people want to go somewhere.
wapiticountry 02/20/21 08:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

First, thanks to all the replies. Now slightly related question. The floor plan I want is a 24.5' long Coachman Freedom Express 20SE. It's the exact floor plan as the now discontinued Ultra Lite 204RD. Coachmen and stripped some stuff, and will present it at a lower price point. Thing is, it's not to be shipped for several more months. This dealer said he had one because Coachmen built a "prototype" ahead of schedule for use at a regional Super Show. At least that was the story told to me. In any case, it's the only one I can find anywhere. From the "original" price I can get it for 24% under that price, OTD, excluding state tax.If I am not mistaken, that Travel Trailer should have a list price around $30,000 plus or minus a few thousand. Even if you were to achieve the maximum discount most of the keyboard negotiation warriors post they have received (35%) you would save another $1500 to $2000. Is the wait, plus the possibility that rig you want could end up being priced higher than the one the dealer has in stock (after all the dealers are not the only ones who want to take advantage of the hot market, manufacturers are likely to push up pricing.) worth that to you? Are you perhaps putting too much emphasis on the "discount"? Would you be happy if you got a 40% discount instead of the 24% discount if the rig had an MSRP of $40,000 instead of $30,000 even though you would be paying $24,000 instead of $22,800? Remember, the MSRP is based on nothing but the whim of the manufacturer. There is no law or guideline that regulates what the MSRP is or what amount of markup there is between the dealer's cost and that MSRP. Competitive pressures are what drives those decisions. If you like the rig and are happy with the actual cash dollars you have to spend to buy it I wouldn't care at all about the "discount" percentage. I would buy it and start enjoying it, because that is worth way more and a thousand or so dollars of discount I may never ever actually receive.
wapiticountry 02/19/21 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

Whatever you see on the internet regarding discounts are to be taken with a whole lot of grains of salt. I would fully expect if someone posted they negotiated a 90% discount on a new Prevost someone would quickly post that they negotiated to get theirs for free. Why would this subject be any different than any subject? Do folks not get 30% + off sticker price? Or did you just get hosed for full price and a little defensive of it?I've bought many vehicles over the year and have gotten big discounts on some and paid way over sticker for others. I was always more concerned with getting what I wanted than squeezing out the last dime of discount. I sure wouldn't walk away from an RV I wanted because the dealer would only take 20% off their asking price and some random stranger had posted on the internet you should either get a 30% discount or walk.
wapiticountry 02/17/21 11:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

As a business owner, (non clock puncher/salary earner) for most of my adult life, sometimes the cost of creating the appearance of doing well in spite of not doing well is worth the price. (of course, you cannot do this all the time long term, . . search Ponzi schemes) I don't decide for anyone else. For example, if you own an RV Park (which I don't) with a 50% vacancy rate, IMO, you have to do something to boost sales because you are losing money on ALL the vacant spaces which cost you a fixed amount per space per night. If you let someone with an RV&EV stay there and even though they use an excess amount (beyond your estimated amount) of electricity, it's still better than getting nothing at all from a vacant space. Tell them they have to stay three nights for the given rate. This is casino thinking. In retail, it's called a loss leader. Of course, . . . if you have a 10% or less vacancy rate, ALL THE TIME, none of this applies and you SHOULD charge a premium, especially for SPECIAL people. No freebies. Chum leeThat Casino is selling something other than the loss leader item. (Really? Ever heard of a jackpot or an all you can eat buffet?) The RV park is usually a one trick pony, that being site rental. When you start discounting to fill sites you often lose revenue since those people that would’ve paid full price are now only paying the discounted rate. Plus there is nothing that guarantees a single additional site rental if they did offer a lower rate or reduced electrical charges etc. IMO, the casino, as a business model, is not that different from an RV park. They sell space (rooms), services (hookups) and entertainment (neighbors). As I previously said, if you have a minimal vacancy rate, you have no need to offer freebies (discounts). You seem to fail in grasping that concept. It's when you DON'T, . . that's the problem. VOLUME! Have you ever heard people in the entertainment industry say, "There's no bad publicity!" Why? Because it generates buzz. (volume) In our current social media controlled society, people talk to each other all the time. IMO, when you gracefully accommodate potential good customers, they say nice things about you to others. (which further generates buzz/business) When you don't, . . . . well, . . . just look at this website. I'm not selling anything here. Initially, I hated most of my instructors in the school of "hard knocks", but eventually, . . . . I graduated, and . . . I'm still learning. We could go on and on comparing similarities/differences. Just do what works for you. Chum leeYou are kidding, aren't you? Casinos and RV parks are similar?? Maybe you have never been to a casino, but they have one true profit center, you know, Gambling. They are a great example of one thing, however, and that is providing discounted "loss leaders" to generate business isn't always good business. You are right, they used to offer discounted rooms, cheap buffets, $1.99 steak dinners etc. to attract people into their buildings hoping they would place bets. What they found out was there was a great deal of positive word of mouth about those rooms and meals and people flocked to them. What those people didn't do, however, was gamble. So now the rooms aren't discounted to $20.00 a night, you pay a hefty "resort fee" on top of the room rate, the buffets are $30.00+ and you don't get Secretariat on a plate for $1.99. Unless you prove to be a high rolling "whale" bargains in Las Vegas are few and far between. As for word of mouth advertising in the RV Park business, if that word of mouth is "XYZ Park is cheap" all that is going to get you is people looking for cheap. That is not the customer I am looking for. I prefer one who knows they are going to pay a premium price for a premium park in a premium location. That is who pays the bills, not discount Debbie or cheapo Charlie.
wapiticountry 02/17/21 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

Whatever you see on the internet regarding discounts are to be taken with a whole lot of grains of salt. I would fully expect if someone posted they negotiated a 90% discount on a new Prevost someone would quickly post that they negotiated to get theirs for free.
wapiticountry 02/17/21 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

As a business owner, (non clock puncher/salary earner) for most of my adult life, sometimes the cost of creating the appearance of doing well in spite of not doing well is worth the price. (of course, you cannot do this all the time long term, . . search Ponzi schemes) I don't decide for anyone else. For example, if you own an RV Park (which I don't) with a 50% vacancy rate, IMO, you have to do something to boost sales because you are losing money on ALL the vacant spaces which cost you a fixed amount per space per night. If you let someone with an RV&EV stay there and even though they use an excess amount (beyond your estimated amount) of electricity, it's still better than getting nothing at all from a vacant space. Tell them they have to stay three nights for the given rate. This is casino thinking. In retail, it's called a loss leader. Of course, . . . if you have a 10% or less vacancy rate, ALL THE TIME, none of this applies and you SHOULD charge a premium, especially for SPECIAL people. No freebies. Chum leeThat.Casino is selling something other than the loss leader item. The RV park is usually a one trick pony, that being site rental. When you start discounting to fill sites you often lose revenue since those people that would’ve paid full price are now only paying the discounted rate. Plus there is nothing that guarantees a single additional site rental if they did offer a lower rate or reduced electrical charges etc.
wapiticountry 02/16/21 03:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: FOB keys and theft

Wouldn't the bad guys doing the intercepting need to be fairly close to you in order to intercept the signal as well as be close to the car to identify what the heck they stole the code for in the first place? I doubt they wander around the mall intercepting random codes hoping they catch a Porsche and not a Renault Le Car. The exact time it is best for them to intercept codes is when you exit the car and head into the store. That is the time they can identify the vehicle the code belongs to and have the added advantage of knowing you are not going to report it missing for a period of time since you are shopping. That is also when you would have the key out of your $10.00 Faraday bag so you could lock the door. For me, investing in good insurance is a much better solution then dime store internet hacks when it comes to protecting my cars. That way I am financially safe no matter how careless I am with my keys.
wapiticountry 02/16/21 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

Good reason for adding a few dedicated J1772 units on dedicated circuits not on any loop.Yup, that is certainly the answer. Only one problem - that $40 your willing to pay ain't going to incentivize a RV park to undertake such an endevour. Yep. And only the park operator can decide if it’s worth it. It won’t be important for a 3 or 4 years yet. Electric half tons are just starting to come out this year. But eventually it will just be a decision on wether it’s worth it to provide a service that will attract clientele or lose them to the competition. Hotels had to and are still having to make that decision. For most EVers it’s a binary decision when they check the website or phone the hotel. Do they have EV charging facilities. If not, move on. In the case of hotels it’s even easier. There is an APP called EV hotels. I’m sure that will happen for campgrounds too. Either way, it will always be up to the operator.At least for the foreseeable future EV charging will be an amenity that parks will decide whether the costs and additional management is a net positive at the end of the day. No different than a pool, a playground or a dog park. For some that amenity is a necessity, for others completely unimportant. Fact is no business can please everyone and RV owners who need EV charging will be a niche market many parks will not seek to serve in over the next several years.
wapiticountry 02/15/21 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

Let me start this off by stating I own an EV, but it is not used by us when we RV, because we use a truck and trailer. Why is it incumbent on the park to provide charging stations? The charger that I have at my house I would call semiportable, it is kind of big, but it can be done. It plugs into the same outlet that a 50 amp RV would. I bought this version because if we were to travel with the car, some places have thus type of plug that they allow guests/customers to use for charging. This is a big if, but if the power pedestal is wired properly it should be able to supply power to all of the plugs at their rated capacity. With appropriate adapters, when needed, both the RV and EV could be connected to the pedestal. One to the 50 and the other to the 30 if the pedestal is equipped with both a 50 and 30. If not, one to the 30 and the other to the 15. I know this doesn't typically apply to a motorhome and toad combination, but most parks charge an extra vehicle fee. The park could just charge an EV fee in attempt to cover the added electricity use. Or the less popular option, raise the price for all sites.All NEC code requirements take into account what is called "demand factor". What that means in simple terms is only a percentage of the available power on any circuit is used at any given time. That is why if you add up the breakers in your home panel you get a value much higher than the rating for the panel. The NEC wiring codes take into account the fact you never use all the circuits at the same time or at maximum draw. However if you were to somehow use each of those home circuits at their maximum rating you will trip the main breakers even though you didn't overload any individual branch circuit. Same with a loop of power pedestals in a RV park. Current code allows for up to 8 50 amp RV pedestals on a 200 amp circuit. That is because the demand factor for 8 RVs on 50 amp pedestals on a loop is less than 50%. That means that at peak usage times if there are 8 RVs on that loop they will have an average draw of less than 25 Amps per each leg of that 240 volt, 50 amp pedestal (6000 Watts). The demand factor is computed using historical data of power usage by RVs. The demand factor calculations were not computed taking electrical vehicle charging into account. A single Tesla using the Tesla 50 amp power cord draws 32 Amps per leg ( 7680 Watts) and will draw that continuously until the Tesla is charged, which could be up to 10+ hours. To put it in other words, that single Tesla charging is taking more power than the average RV consumes during peak usage times. Just like you couldn't add a 9th RV and pedestal on that 200 amp loop or run all your circuits in your house at maximum rating, you can't add EV charging without overloading the main circuit and tripping the breakers that serve the entire loop.
wapiticountry 02/14/21 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

Electric vehicles account for around 1% of the vehicles on the road in the US. Even if those percentages equally applied to RVers (which they are not, since there are almost no electric vehicles towing trailers and very few being used as tow cars since 4 wheel down towing is currently not available) a park would lose at most only 1% of their business by not having EV charging available. To chase that 1% would involve both a capital investment in charging equipment and installation of that equipment. Even with RV charging it is likely the park would capture less than that potential 1% since some people would not have a requirement to charging available when they choose where they are going to stay. The park would be much better served financially to invest that money into advertising or amenities that would attract the 99% who do not require EV charging. Even if the most optimistic projections come to fruition, it will be a decade or more before EVs become even a large minority of the vehicles on the road. It is very likely that the technology and infrastructure for recharging will greatly evolve over that time. There is really no reason whatsoever for a RV park to make an investment in EV charging at this time. It isn't always necessary or wise to be part of the leading edge.
wapiticountry 02/14/21 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

Hmmm, Norway used LESS power in 2020 than it did in 2010. So much for increased consumption due to BEV's. I think it is safe to say heating would be the major contributor to electrical consumption in Norway. If 2010 was a cold year and 2020 a warm year that is the most likely factor.
wapiticountry 02/13/21 02:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

Centralized charging stations would be a no go from the consumer point of view. From personal experience I can tell you they are not going to want to park their vehicles away from their sites, even for a relatively short period of time.Actually it is currently working very well at every other venue. Do people just go crazy at an RV park?Apparently so. Having owned parks for going on 20 years, not having parking at the site for personal vehicles is a huge issue. I would never, ever reconfigure or build a site where the occupant had to park anywhere but on the site itself. Maybe it is because they usually have a lot of personal items in that car related to vacation travel. Things like expensive cameras, spotting scopes, expensive fishing gear, climbing equipment etc. Or maybe they just don't feel comfortable having their personal car out of sight. But it would be a big customer service negative in my opinion if the charging had to be done at a location away from their RVs. Good to know. So adding a pay to play J1772 EVSE on a half dozen sites would probably suffice. Get the 24 foot cord version. My guess is customers towing with an EV truck would pay through the nose for the convenience of “fueling up” right on site. Or just add a second 50 amp plug with a padlock and charge a flat rate for access. Maybe 50 bucks a day to use it. Maybe more.Like every other park in the country, I do not have the ability to just add a charging station at a site. My electrical distribution system is not set up to just add another 50 amp circuit on the loops. Doing so would actually violate NEC rules by overloading the main circuits. To add them I would have to trench and add another main distribution line. That is a major, major expense above and beyond the cost of any charging station. Even if I added them to your six sites, how do I go about managing the occupancy? Do I not rent those sites and turn away reservations to keep them open hoping someone needing EV charging eventually shows up? If I take reservations for them from non-EV guests do I then turn away EV guests? Do I move the advanced reservation customers to less desirable sites to accommodate the last minute EV reservation? Or do I just put the EV charging stations in the least desirable sites so that doesn't become an issue? Simple solutions usually aren't very simple.
wapiticountry 02/13/21 09:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

Centralized charging stations would be a no go from the consumer point of view. From personal experience I can tell you they are not going to want to park their vehicles away from their sites, even for a relatively short period of time.Actually it is currently working very well at every other venue. Do people just go crazy at an RV park?Apparently so. Having owned parks for going on 20 years, not having parking at the site for personal vehicles is a huge issue. I would never, ever reconfigure or build a site where the occupant had to park anywhere but on the site itself. Maybe it is because they usually have a lot of personal items in that car related to vacation travel. Things like expensive cameras, spotting scopes, expensive fishing gear, climbing equipment etc. Or maybe they just don't feel comfortable having their personal car out of sight. But it would be a big customer service negative in my opinion if the charging had to be done at a location away from their RVs.
wapiticountry 02/13/21 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

I agree with seeing them install several charging stations in a central location rather than setting up each site. Depending on traffic in the area and the layout of the campground, they could install it at the front or adjacent to the campground as a pay site and generate additional revue by it being available to non-campground patrons too. Use the additional charges for leaving the vehicle after it is fully charged to encourage owners to move vehicles once they are charged to help with availability. The other option in the near term would be upgrading several sites with charging infrastructure and then charging extra for those sites. Of course this would depend on the ability to upgrade the campground feed if necessary and the costs. It would be cost recovery for the electricity used and discourage those who don't have an EV from reserving the sites to have them available for EV users to reserve.Centralized charging stations would be a no go from the consumer point of view. From personal experience I can tell you they are not going to want to park their vehicles away from their sites, even for a relatively short period of time. We had people complain that some of our sites had the parking for the towed vehicles directly across the access road, maybe 25 feet away. Then you have the problem of if you advertise you have charging you need to have it 100% available. People aren't going to be happy to reserve an RV site and find out they can't charge their EV because someone else beat them to it. These are just a few of the issues besides the 800LB gorillas of cost and utility capacity that would have to be considered before a park took on the added challenges of being a refueling station.
wapiticountry 02/12/21 01:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: FOB keys and theft

I can only hope my cars get stolen after I have had them about three years. The insurance settlement less deductible will be a much better deal than I would get on a trade in. And removing the trade leaves one less thing to negotiate over. Big win. Of course, it won't happen since vehicle thefts by someone intercepting the signal from your FOB is 99.999% theoretical and .001 reality. Just like gas stations are not exploding because someone used their cell phone at the gas pump or RV owners who do not put on rubber gloves when dumping their tanks have not all dropped dead from disease, FOB interception is not a problem to worry about. Gotta run, it's been 71 hours and 59 minutes since I disinfected my Amazon package so in another minute I can open it and retrieve the treasures inside. Don't worry, I'll be sure to wear three masks.
wapiticountry 02/12/21 08:38am Tech Issues
RE: Not a good year to visit Glacier NP

Might be a good year to visit Glacier since it appears that cross Canadian travel will be a no go again. That means less crowding in the campgrounds since Canadian RVers are a significant percentage of the RV traffic at Glacier due to proximity. Add in the fact there likely won't be international visitations in the Rental RVs and all you will have to fight are the 3 million or so fellow American RVers.
wapiticountry 02/11/21 08:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: It might begin very soon

One of the biggest hurdles to automated driving are ethical decision trees. What will the programming be when the vehicle is faced with multiple bad outcomes? Will it be programmed to protect the vehicle at all costs, keeping it out of the ditch and running into a child instead? Will it be programmed to go the other way and veer into the ditch and miss what it thought was a child, but was actually a bag of trash in the middle of the highway possibly careening out of control and crashing into homes, businesses etc? There is a lot of information available on this problem and it is scary to realize there may actually be computer code that makes the decision to deliberately kill you in an effort to protect someone else. And what happens when a truck driver makes the same mistakes? Unless Asimov's 3 laws blows up and the trucks decide we are better off locked in our houses, it's not really a big worry.When the truck driver makes a mistake it is an accident and liability insurance takes over. But when the computer makes an actual, provable, decision to run over a 65 year old instead of a 10 year old because the programming says the life of a young child is more valuable than that of a senior citizen is that still an accident? I don't know, but I do know it will kind of suck to be at the bottom of the decision tree. There is much more to automated vehicles than just letting them loose. The programming will require making determinations that will ultimately result in death and injuries and those determinations will be etched onto those circuit boards for the world to see. I am not sure that auto makers or individual programmers should be allowed to make the ultimate decision on who should live and who should die when an automated vehicle is faced with a no win scenario.
wapiticountry 02/10/21 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: It might begin very soon

Welcome to the future..... Where's my dang flying car??? One thing at a time please, with my flying car, I can stay well above the debris field caused by the railroads without tracks. Flying CarsThe heck with a flying car, I want the Jetpack we were promised decades ago.
wapiticountry 02/09/21 11:21am Tow Vehicles
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