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  1. Another good example of how we are all different. After 7 years, I have yet to see if the TV works. When traveling I have so much to see and do that I just do not have time or interest in TV. I also decided years ago, that I would rather participate in sports and other activities and have a lot less interest in watching others.
  2. Thanks, looks like a good opportunity that others might enjoy. I have seen plenty of bison up close and personal.
  3. Out of curiosity I just checked and the rates at Cherry Hill are about $80 per night depending on the specific site. I cannot understand this sort of RV travel. I would stop at a place like this only because I wanted an overnight location convenient for visiting the city. I guess others feel "comfortable" staying in such a place. Certainly the rates, cull out the riff raff.
  4. This is just nonsense. I would guess you are trying to rely on a nearly useless free campsite listing. There are countless great places to stay near Baltimore and also plenty of places to stay for visiting Washington, D.C. The Maryland House rest stop is just outside the Baltimore beltway. It is a big stop, with security, 24 hour stores, and plenty of parking including plenty of trucks and other vehicles parking overnight. There is another smaller rest stop south of the city. There must be a good dozen Walmart supercenters within a few miles of the beltway. I would avoid the one inside the beltway but that still leaves plenty in good locations. There are countless places to stop in the northern suburbs around Towson. You can even pay a parking fee and stay closer to city center but I would not find that worthwhile considering the great choices a few miles away. Washington, D.C. is even better. In addition to rest stops, Walmarts, and endless suburban choices, there is even a national park with camping located within the beltway. It is a 2 mile drive or a 1 mile walk to a metro station for convenient travel to downtown. If the campground is full, which is unlikely, you could spend the night at the metro station parking lot or at a large shopping center a mile away or at the official rest stop a few miles north on the Interstate. Of course, if you are a big rig camper and need constant hook ups, you can stay at the Cherry Hill RV park and take the shuttle to the metro. As always the big issue is hook ups. It is easy to stay for free in safe, pleasant locations or if you want hook ups you can pay $50 a night. On this forum, many seem to prefer the $50 a night option. There is often a swimming pool and some sort of clubhouse where the lonely can talk RV parts and locations with other "campers".
  5. Yes we do have different interests. It seems that much of what interests you would bore me to death. That is fine. I am not trying to change your interests. The point is simply that many of us, full time or not, enjoy RVs for the travel opportunities. I live in a great place with a beach within 2 miles, arboretums, gardens, museums, art galleries, and University educational opportunities all but next door. When I get the opportunity to travel I want to see those really special places that are not nearby. You can pick the wildlife refuge in Ohio. I will travel the Oregon coast instead.
  6. I have nothing against hunting. My point is that refuges are not necessarily that fun to visit. Many are also seasonal depending on bird migration patterns.
  7. Have you seen any of those wildlife refuges? Which would you recommend as worth spending some time to visit? BTW, a "refuge" is often not what you think it should be. Many I have visited allow hunting and in fact that is the main reason for them. https://www.fws.gov/refuges/hunting/
  8. 2gypsies, absolutely!! We are all different. That is why something like 2-2-2 makes no sense to me. Unfortunately some of my favorite areas are very crowded. Fortunately the vast majority of visitors never stray more than a few feet from parking lots and paved walkways. In fact I heard from one ranger that the NPS did a survey and found 97 percent of visitors fall into that category. Another positive is that most visitors have to follow a typical 9-5 schedule. I don't. The best part of my day starts when others are leaving to go eat dinner.
  9. You don't need to leave the system empty after sanitizing. In fact I would be concerned about that. Filling it completely will cover the surfaces with treated water. It is my understanding that the system should remain ok indefinitely if used. I have sanitized mine once a year even when in use. If the water sits stagnant for more than a month or so, at a minimum, I would drain the system and refill. I use a Britta filter and drink the camper water so I am extra cautious. I treated my system several weeks ago and am not leaving until next week. I am going to hit the main tank with a quarter dose of bleach, pull water through the cold side and then drain and replace. It takes me almost no work and just a little time to sanitize my CW. My HW drain is fussy and tends to leak unless I cover the drain plug threads with just enough Teflon tape so I will leave it alone this time.
  10. If your water smells, chances are the source is the hot water tank. At least that was my situation. Typically I have just sanitized the cold portion of the system. After two years of not being used and the hot water tank sitting with the plug removed, I got a strong odor from the HW tank. Bleach cured the issue but it took a couple of hours and numerous flushes.
  11. I don't get everything done in a year. In fact I have been so busy I have not been on the road in almost 2 years. I am more than ready to set out. When traveling, it is clear that not all places are created equal. In addition man has wrecked lots of places. I like to eat but monoculture agricultural fields are a horrible ruination to the prairies that were once there. I would rather spend my time in the areas of truly spectacular beauty and interest. Many are national parks for that reason and those areas are now somewhat protected. My first 4 years of travel, I spent at least 2 months in Yellowstone. I have barely scratched the surface and still can hardly pull myself away from the heavily visited thermals. Sorry but I see little comparison between Yellowstone, Glacier, Olympic, Arches, Canyonlands and the cornfields of Iowa. I will drive past the cornfields in order to have more time elsewhere. To me that is part of the attraction of RV living.
  12. No more springs for me, especially for an RV mattress which is often fairly thin. I went to overstock and found an absolutely perfect foam mattress. It is a full queen only about 6 inches thick. The bottom 4 inches are dense foam and the top 2 are a softer foam. The top was called memory foam but I don't think that fits. It is more of a regular foam. As I remember it was either a Sealy or a Serta brand mattress and was only $400 delivered.
  13. I am also retired. When not in school, I worked all my life starting at age 17 until I retired at age 64. I am hoping to have half that many years in active retirement. I have things to do, places to go. This year I am getting a late start. I wanted to go to Yellowstone, Glacier, Olympic and then to a wedding in Washington State at the beginning of September. Now I don't have enough time. I have two more months of travel I want to do after the wedding including southern Utah, Mojave, Death Valley, Great Sand Dunes. Unfortunately I am not able to leave Long Island until next week. It causes me plenty of stress just to make it past NYC to the middle of PA. I make a short day of it and stop at Cabelas in Hamburg. After that 3 long days, most of it through monoculture and destroyed landscapes, will bring me to the Rockies and then I start to smile. I may be retired but I am busier than ever. I only have about 3 months to travel. By the time I get back to NY it will be the holiday season. My wife has big doings in January. We are hoping for Hawaii in February and I want to be back out West early in March. I have all sorts of other things I am giving up for these trips. I will be missing all of my University courses. Will not be able to train or compete in archery. Will have great difficulty completing any serious artwork or applying for galleries and other art exhibitions. I will probably be cut or need to drop out of the elite photography group I was accepted into last year. The last thing I want to do is sit in a cornfield driving 200 miles every other day just to see more corn.
  14. I cannot imagine wanting to stop in the fields of Iowa, or Kansas, or Nebraska. There are reasons this is called "fly over" country. I would more typically drive from 9am to noon or so, have lunch, take a nap, drive from 1pm to 4pm, stop again for another meal and nap, and likely continue driving a couple more hours. So a pretty leisurely 8 hours or so of driving and about 500 miles of travel. Another day of the same and I have a 1000 miles behind me. With 2, 2, 2 that drive would take a week and a half or longer.
  15. I do not dry camp in parking lots just to save money. I stop and stay at rest stops, truck stops, Walmart and other assorted areas largely because of the convenience. When driving I look ahead somewhere during the late hours of my travel day. In most areas of the country finding a campground is much less convenient and often many miles out of my way. I have pulled into quite a few at the end of the day only to find them full. By comparison, pulling into a parking lot hours past dark is no big deal. If the first choice looks a bit seedy or uninviting there is another within a few minutes.