Kevin H

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  1. A note for anyone contemplating a purchase from "Marine Warehouse". The prices on their web site for the Dikinson Mediterranean stove is not the one you will be charged. (http://www.marinewarehouse.net/dickinson.html). The site shows the Mediterranean stove at $1400. but the final price will be $1450.00. I called them about the discrepancy and was told that they know about the wrong price but they are "so busy they cannot get it changed". They said it will be a few months before they can get to it. This was around Jan 19. Today, Feb 15, the site has not been changed. My initial confirmation order showed $1400.00. When I called MW they would not honor that amount. They offered to cancel the order but because it still was the best price I found, I continued with it. Trust me, if I had found any price even close I would have cancelled. The stove arrived with the box pretty beat up. Upon inspection, it appears to be fine. So, if you order anything from Marine Warehouse, beware that you may be billed for more than what is depicted on their web site or what is on the initial invoice. They are "too busy" to get the prices corrected.
  2. We are getting ready to put new carpeting in our Montana 5th wheel. We considered laminate and vinyl but decided to stick with carpet. I am wondering about the actual installation process. Has anyone used the tackless strips that are common in S&B installations? I am concerned about slide clearances. If you did not use it, or do not recommend it, what method is best for attaching it along walls? Along the same thoughts - does anyone have a good and experienced installer they recommend in the southern US from Alabama/west Florida anywhere to Las Vegas and on up to Salt Lake City? We can make arrangements to have it done when we migrate west and north.
  3. Talked to FL Panther National Wildlife Refuge today. Looks promising. Great suggestion, avan.
  4. Absolutely agree to take US 90 from San Antonio to Alpine. Be sure to stop at Seminole Canyon State Park, 40 miles west of Del Rio, and 10 miles west of Comstock. I led and lectured the walking tours of the ancient rock art for three winters. You will not be disappointed. There is no indicator of how magnificent the canyons throughout the desert are unless you stop and check them out. Take some time to hike the rim trail at Seminole. Easy, level hike, about 7 miles round trip. Spectacular views into the canyon and you end up walking a short ways along the Rio Grande River. While exploring in your car, (do not take your RV on this outing) leave Seminole Canyon State Park and go west on 90. About two miles down you will see on the left side of the road, an abandoned gas station with the island over the pumps collapsed. Turn off the highway and go down the road west of the gas station. You will come to a park/picnic area that overlooks the confluence of the Pecos and Rio Grande Rivers. Very neat area to look around. Check with the visitor center at Seminole to see if there is a Sunday hike to the White Shaman shelter. If you can do it, you will see some of the oldest, most spectacular ancient rock art in North America. Prepare to be mesmerized. As stated, Langry is also neat. Judge Roy Bean ("the Hanging Judge") was quite a character. The desert garden is really nice. On west to Marfa, Alpine and Big Bend. If you have time visit Davis Mountains State Park and also the nearby McDonald Observatory. Southwest Texas does not look too inviting from the roadway, but trust me, explore it and you will be amazed.
  5. Thanks for the responses, folks. I am asking because my multiple volunteer stints have all come about by stopping in at each facility (COE, NPS, TX Parks & Wildlife) and asking if they could use some help. I have not done an "official" application via Volunteer.Gov or any other method. Those visits have all ended with a "when can you start?" . With the unusual introduction to each stint, none seemed to follow conventional time periods or commitments. But, now I am looking down the road for when we finish my seasonal position at Yellowstone this fall. avan - Thanks a lot for your offer to visit and share info. I will look on the web for each proffered park and get back to you if I have specific questions. Working as a docent/interp is right up my alley. I prefer those types of positions over maintenance or camp host slots. Thanks again for your generous offer.
  6. I'm investigating possible volunteer spots for this coming Fall and Winter. Considering Arches NP in Oct-Nov '17 and Everglades NP in Feb.- Apr. '18. Anyone ever volunteered at either, or both? What were your responsibilities and hours? How did you like the areas? Looking for pros and cons for each park. Any and all info appreciated.
  7. Magge, I would not even go this far. There are too many other rigs out there that are in great shape. You still run significant risk even tho it will have been checked out. Most likely there are a number of things that are not quite fully broken right now. Down the road, lots of shaking, hitting pot holes and the like, high water pressure in a park, etc., those items that were weakened will finally break. You will do yourself a big favor if you just walk away right now.
  8. Glenn - I get your example of the Smart. Here's the way a discussion was summed up recently: It is not so much the physical vehicle, which HDTs obviously appear, but the actual USE of said vehicle. Hence my questions regarding the gray line.
  9. I've been thinking about the discussions regarding commercial vs non-commercial use. One example that Phil cites is race car haulers. I get it. The trucks are used for hauling the cars and equipment. Sure seem commercial to me. Here's my question: Where do you draw the line for commercial vs non-commercial. Joe-the-Plumber uses his truck to haul his plumbing tools job to job and has his truck festooned with advertisements. The use is the same as the racer: He hauls the tools for his commercial enterprise and so is commercial, right? What about Carl the carpenter who hauls his saws in the bed of his pick-up from house to work site? Is he commercial? If not why not? Carl now has a helper who carries his own toolbelt and a skill saw in his truck from home to site. Is Hank the Helper commercial? If not, why not? How about Alice Avon (does Avon still do door to door?). Is her car a commercial vehicle? My take from the discussions, is it appears that any vehicle that transports tools/equipment of a profession is commercial. If the discussion that the USE of the vehicle, vs the vehicle itself determines its category, that line is pretty gray. Back to race car haulers. I already see the eyes rolling and forehead slapping, but why is a truck that merely hauls the cars and equipment to and from the track leaving the revenue generating work to the race cars, commercial when any other person hauling their tools of trade not commercial? Do we extend this to the cars used by traveling salesmen?
  10. Thanks everyone. The suggestions for vinyl or wood are intriguing but we have determined that the carpet is best for us. We did our own vinyl in our MH but we spend time in much colder areas than before and our trailer is colder than the MH. So warmer floors are a big issue. (you don't think that we are a few years older now has any impact, do ya??) Anyway, thanks for the info and if anyone is near Foscue park in Demopolis, AL - stop by.
  11. Thanks for the info, OTT. I've heard of Ernie in Weatherford before. Re: Foscue - Yes. We are going to volunteer from mid Jan to mid-April. Ann is our contact. Seems like a great gal. We stopped there on our way to Asheville, NC ad were quite taken with the city and park. We talked with a Ranger who was filling in for Ann for a couple days. Next thing we knew, Ann called. The result is our returning to work the gate for a few months prior to returning to Yellowstone for the summer. We're pretty excited. As I said, we were quite taken with it. If you come through in March, be sure to look me up!
  12. I succombed to her wiles about 34 years ago... Loving every minute of it!!!
  13. Merry Christmas everyone!!! Our carpet is getting pretty tired. Time to think about replacing it. Any suggestions as to carpet brands? Any tips I should look for in an installer - questions to ask, things to point out etc? I know installing in an RV is different than in a S&B. Lastly, we are going to be in the Demopolis, AL area for a couple months. Any suggestions or experience with sources and installers in the area? We could go to Birmingham, Montgomery, Chattanooga, or anywhere within a couple hunnert miles.
  14. Foretravel MH to Airstream TT. What prompted you to make your change? BTW - I have not used rvtrader so cannot speak to that.