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Posted: 04/06/21 08:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have noticed that in the North East about everything is still locked down tighter than the gates of he!!. But at the rate they are moving South from up there soon will be no one left. This morning here on the news they said 900, that's right 900, are moving into FL every day. 100 a day into the Raleigh-Durham area. Can't say I blame them. Sorry you could not make the RV work.

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I have noticed that in the North East about everything is still locked down tighter than the gates of he!!. But at the rate they are moving South from up there soon will be no one left. This morning here on the news they said 900, that's right 900, are moving into FL every day. 100 a day into the Raleigh-Durham area. Can't say I blame them. Sorry you could not make the RV work.


We are not locked down "tighter than the gates of Hell". I can move about freely in NH, ME and MA. Pretty soon in VT as well. NH has been doing well-we've had increased capacities for a while now. ME is coming right along and MA is now catching up. Only restriction in NH is masks in public places when social distancing isn't possible. In ME it's out in public all the time but not a big deal. People are moving TO NH in droves, not away, as it's considered a "free state". Out of state purchases on homes in northern NH used to be at the rate of 10%. It's now at 35% much of it due to remote work options. I don't know what your "gates of Hell" comment is based on but it's not reality.

If it doesn't work out now we'll just pursue it at another time, probably towards the end of summer when people are deciding whether or not to keep their seasonals. Don't know if the unit we looked at sold-I haven't called to ask-but they are expecting more in the July/August time frame. At a greater cost, of course, but that's the way of the world.


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Not trying to say that our dog is quiet but what I found that works for all the dogs we ever had was to turn the AC fan to High (med and low work too) and even if the temp does not kick the AC on, the fan provides white noise for the dog and it has stopped all of them from barking. My wife likes to leave the radio or the TV on for them too.


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Campinfan wrote:

Not trying to say that our dog is quiet but what I found that works for all the dogs we ever had was to turn the AC fan to High (med and low work too) and even if the temp does not kick the AC on, the fan provides white noise for the dog and it has stopped all of them from barking. My wife likes to leave the radio or the TV on for them too.


Not trying to start an argument, but if you aren't there how do you know for certain that they aren't barking? If the rules state no dogs left unattended then I will not leave my dog unattended. It's that simple because then the next step the cg may take is no dogs at all.

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Crowe wrote:

Campinfan wrote:

Not trying to say that our dog is quiet but what I found that works for all the dogs we ever had was to turn the AC fan to High (med and low work too) and even if the temp does not kick the AC on, the fan provides white noise for the dog and it has stopped all of them from barking. My wife likes to leave the radio or the TV on for them too.


Not trying to start an argument, but if you aren't there how do you know for certain that they aren't barking? If the rules state no dogs left unattended then I will not leave my dog unattended. It's that simple because then the next step the cg may take is no dogs at all.


I am gonna have to agree with Crowe, no way for you to know if the dogs are behaving or not when you leave unless you add some sort of IP camera to monitor them via your cell.

I can in fact attest to the fact that running a A/C does not always work to keep the dogs quiet..

I camp in the deep South in the summer where daytime temps often hit 95+ and that is on a cool day.. Running A/C 24/7 is pretty much a mandatory item when leaving dogs behind in a RV.. Without it those dogs wouldn't stand a chance after a couple of hrs locked up in a RV.

I am not trying to be mean and I am not against dogs but even the most well trained dog can easily get upset or anxious and not behave as trained at the slightest noise above what they are used to or when their master is not present..

Don't get me started on the radio/TV either, have endured a few campers that used that ploy and would leave the TV on at high volume plus the A/C running or the ones that leave the radio run but neglect to turn off the outdoor speakers for an entire day for their dogs..

RVs are not sound proof by any means, loud sounds from inside easily pass to the outside just as well as outside noise passing into a RV.

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Don't have a dog in this hunt [emoticon] but one thought I'd offer is to do stuff when the urge strikes you....not that I'm old at all nor barred from doing "stuff" but for quite a few years during my Tejas exile, I told myself "I'll do more of *** whatever *** when I get back to AK". Only to find that the passage of time meant that either the state or I or both had changed to the point that doing whatever was no longer feasible or it was not as enjoyable as presumed.

If the relevant timeline is either now or in the fall, probably not a factor, but as time goes on, negative inertia has an increasingly strong effect, often to one's detriment.

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Don't have a dog in this hunt [emoticon] but one thought I'd offer is to do stuff when the urge strikes you....not that I'm old at all nor barred from doing "stuff" but for quite a few years during my Tejas exile, I told myself "I'll do more of *** whatever *** when I get back to AK". Only to find that the passage of time meant that either the state or I or both had changed to the point that doing whatever was no longer feasible or it was not as enjoyable as presumed.

If the relevant timeline is either now or in the fall, probably not a factor, but as time goes on, negative inertia has an increasingly strong effect, often to one's detriment.

Opinion only.......


Agree. 100%. Only 60 but my mom was 55 when she died and husband's father was 52 when he died. Life is short.

We are 1 step closer to buying now. Looked at the dealer website and the unit we looked at was now labeled "Blowout, RV Show Price" so I called. Price dropped by 25% so we are now VERY much interested rather than wait as the price will only go up. Checked a few more campgrounds and there is sporadic availability-will just have to not be as fussy as in the past. One hurdle left before we pull the trigger-storage. Can't store in yard-original covenants say no but even though they aren't enforceable now we don't want to be "the ones". Also don't want it taking up so much of the driveway/yard. Will keep y'all posted!

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Not trying to start an argument, but if you aren't there how do you know for certain that they aren't barking? If the rules state no dogs left unattended then I will not leave my dog unattended. It's that simple because then the next step the cg may take is no dogs at all.


Maybe things are changing, but in my experience, many of the rules say you can't leave your dog *outdoors* unattended?

We've always found KOAs to be dog-friendly; plus State Parks. If those are booked full - look for county-run or municipal parks; or even Federal land if you can live without power for a bit?

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Crowe wrote:

Just kind of rambling but definitely open to any thoughts, other than "if your dog is quiet no one will know if he's there". Rules are there for a reason whether or not we like them. Thanks.

Not sure what you are asking. The campgrounds you want to visit don't allow dogs left unattended, you aren't open to the possibility of leaving a quiet dog in the camper. Sounds like you have answered your own question.

We, on the other hand, have a small IP camera in our camper. We put our dogs in a cage while we are gone, give them comfy beds and blankets and turn the radio on for ambient noise. We have the IP camera that will give us sound alerts if the dogs bark loud enough to trigger the camera. We can then decide to speak to the dogs through the camera or return to the camper.

We bought a camper to allow us to travel with our dogs. I can't take them to the beach with us, can't take them on a friends boat with us, can't take them to the grocery store, etc etc. There are times when dogs need to be left alone. We don't leave them all day, and we certainly don't leave them unattended outside.


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Crowe wrote:

PA12DRVR wrote:

Don't have a dog in this hunt [emoticon] but one thought I'd offer is to do stuff when the urge strikes you....not that I'm old at all nor barred from doing "stuff" but for quite a few years during my Tejas exile, I told myself "I'll do more of *** whatever *** when I get back to AK". Only to find that the passage of time meant that either the state or I or both had changed to the point that doing whatever was no longer feasible or it was not as enjoyable as presumed.

If the relevant timeline is either now or in the fall, probably not a factor, but as time goes on, negative inertia has an increasingly strong effect, often to one's detriment.

Opinion only.......


Agree. 100%. Only 60 but my mom was 55 when she died and husband's father was 52 when he died. Life is short.

We are 1 step closer to buying now. Looked at the dealer website and the unit we looked at was now labeled "Blowout, RV Show Price" so I called. Price dropped by 25% so we are now VERY much interested rather than wait as the price will only go up. Checked a few more campgrounds and there is sporadic availability-will just have to not be as fussy as in the past. One hurdle left before we pull the trigger-storage. Can't store in yard-original covenants say no but even though they aren't enforceable now we don't want to be "the ones". Also don't want it taking up so much of the driveway/yard. Will keep y'all posted!


If it something you wish to do and it is affordable and you are comfortable having something that you don't use every weekend and you can find a place to store it when not in use, then why not?

RVs = Recreational Vehicle

It is for your "recreational time", time to leave the everyday hassles of a job behind for a few days or weeks and reset your mind.

Not "everyone" that owns a RV has the ability to use it every weekend and that is fine.

We use ours a total of 2 weeks every summer and that is in one lump sum, not spread out over a bunch of weekends. Scheduling conflicts, distance to and from where we like to go makes it impossible for my family to camp weekends.. A 14hr one way trip then add in setup/teardown eats up 2 days out of our trip so we are plenty happy to camp once a season and our RV sits doing nothing 50 weeks out of the yr.

I realize you also have your "favorite" haunts you would like to camp at but for this season you may be a bit late to the plate at those. So you may need to consider thinking outside of the box and locate less busy places a bit further away from your normal places and if it means you only get to camp once or twice a season, roll with it!..

For us, the main place we like to go to gets extremely busy during summer. At one time before our DD was born we used to go there just before summer rates started, it was less busy and lower prices.. Once DD got in school, we have not been able to do that.. We have to book our site about 6 months ahead.. Some popular places you may need to book a yr or so ahead..

You can get pretty creative finding places to camp, do some Internet searches of the areas of interest for campgrounds and see what pops up..

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