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Mr. Camper

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  1. We don't camp in parking lots, rest areas or do any dry camping and we carry a generator in the bed of our truck. We've had to use it twice but never for the reason we bought it and hope we never have to.
  2. When we purchased our RV we asked the service department at the RV Dealer what they suggested and the Service Mgr. gave us a list of general tools that would help us with basic maintenance. We bought the needed tools at Lowe's and kept them in an old tackle box. Over the last six years we have added three additional tools and it is that simple. There was nothing unusual on the list and we have used everything we bought over the last six years. Pliers (various), wrench, screwdrivers, a hammer, grease and grease gun and a few replacement nuts and bolts for things that may vibrate off when traveling. Since our first couple of trips we've learned what to check before we travel and it has helped.
  3. We rarely travel on interstates and this trip we had to in order to meet up with our daughter who is traveling east. We have run into the same problem and we solved it by one of us going inside and having them open the pumps until we fill up. This has never been an issue for us when we are off the superhighways when we pull in to fuel stations along the US/state or county roads. When this trip is over it's a return to the back roads for us.
  4. Rest in Peace Pete, James, Bubba, and George. Today and every day I'll remember serving with you guys forever.
  5. I'm just curious, but has anyone here actually answered the question from the original poster? If not, why is this still open? I had thought this forum was to help people with answers to their questions. I find it hard to believe that a campground will be found but who knows.
  6. What if the dog is deaf? Our beagle is 13 years old and has lost a lot of her hearing. She has other issues because she still thinks and always has thought she was a Great Dane.
  7. If that is what you'll do, why make the post. Just remember that what action you choose, you are also choosing the consequences. If you're okay with that, then you have answered your own question.
  8. I was trying to make a point that it's not any of anyone's business but the poster and the woman she finds that want to share the time. Try not to be a jerk about it. I wasn't attacking you, I was pointing out something you apparently just didn't think about. I wasn't being negative but you thought it necessary to do so. That is what's wrong with this forum.
  9. Perhaps that is something to share with the other person who has a basic interest in the idea. Whatever deal they chose to make is between them. My thoughts are that she was just looking for another female with a rig that didn't want to camp alone initially.
  10. Actually, the answer depends on where you are going and when you are going. For example, the Arkansas State Parks, especially the ones that have AAA sites (H20, Elec, Sewer) allow you to make reservations a year in advance. This can be helpful if you want to be in a specific place. The good news is that if your plans change you can move your dates around if the new dates are available. Our experience is that the policy varies from state to state. Since you didn't get specific about your itinerary, your best bet is to check the online websites for the states you plan on visiting and see what their policies are. National Parks can be a different issue altogether. This year is the 100th anniversary for GCNP and I had a friend tell me that they were unable to get anything for the time they wanted. He isn't flexible due to being on a schedule so if you are not, give it a try. If you haven't made plans for the holiday weeks you may have a difficult time but perhaps some of them have a waiting list and if enough people cancel you might get lucky. Best of luck.
  11. I'm shocked and really surprised. I didn't think it was such a huge problem with booking tickets to see a Madonna concert in 2019. Now if it was an Oldies Concert or Doo Wop that would be understandable. Enjoy your stay at Yosemite NP.
  12. Mr. Camper

    Estes Park

    Heading to Estes Park next month and saw I had two options for driving in. One is US 34 westbound and the other is US 36 westbound. I'm looking for the best road in with the least amount of switchbacks and climbs. If anyone is familiar with either of these roads into EP I'd appreciate knowing which one is the easier drive into town. Thanks in advance. Also, after Estes Park I'm heading to Central City, CO. How is the road south from Estes Park? The map shows most of the trip to be CO 7.
  13. I have a Kindle eReader and my suggestion is to go to the Amazon website and at the very bottom, you'll find a link to their HELP desk. Follow the links to that and you'll be able to use your computer to get online help to fix your issue. They have a chat service that is knowledgeable and should get you going again. Hope this helps.
  14. Asking how often and how far are good questions. Asking where we prefer to stay is another good example. Asking about our income, gender, race and other questions is not acceptable. Tacking the word census to the survey is another false step. If you or anyone else choose to answer those questions, go for it. We don't care if you do, but we chose not to. We are very careful about the information we put out on unsecured sites. Frankly, I don't understand why everyone else isn't. You also won't find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other "social media" location. We choose this location for the information on the RV lifestyle, but if a secured site was available we would be there. To each is own.
  15. Gee, thanks for explaining that to me. We still feel that the personal nature of some of the questions were not appropriate and as such, we didn't answer them. Knowing how we travel, where we stay, and what we like to do is valid. What our income is, race, and other personal questions is not necessary, in our opinion.
  16. In our opinion, some questions were not pertinent to RV travel. We provided the answers to the questions we deemed appropriate the rest we left blank.
  17. We travel the US, State, County, and other backroads whenever possible. More to see and get a real look at the USA. We use the Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer. They do have one for Idaho. One word of caution, buy directly from Delorme. Amazon and other places have them but not always the most updated version. We looked at one for Colorado and they had a 2012 version when we ordered from Delorme we had a 2015 copy. Same with Arkansas. We had a 2004 version and wanted something newer but Amazon only had a 2012 and Delorme had 2018.
  18. As previously stated, I think because of the possibility of poor weather taking the northern route can be risky. Also, going over the Rockies at those locations can be tricky for reasons already stated. Why not right up I-75 to I-10, then west to I-5 and take that right to Tacoma. Much less likely to run into poor travel conditions. I'm assuming that since you know that you aren't leaving till May 1st you aren't giving yourself much leeway for situations that may occur not under your control. That kind of driving over that short a period of time is going to be taxing on you, your wife and the tow vehicle. If May 9th is the day you must be there by it doesn't provide much time for your wife before she has to begin working.
  19. We rarely use the big truck stops as they are usually along the Interstates. We have used smaller ones along US routes and never had a problem filling our 2016 RAM 2500 at any pump. Much more room to maneuver at the truck pumps when we have the RV hooked up. One of us is usually pumping the fuel while the other one does the windshield and walks the fuzzy kids. As previously stated pull up out of the way when done pumping to allow the next in line to move up, even if there is no one behind you.
  20. We drive whatever the posted speed limit is, adjusted down for road conditions. We only drive on interstates when absolutely necessary, so our driving is on the U.S. and state routes to get us from place to place. Speeding tickets are not part of our budget so we follow the law.
  21. There is no long term commitment to KOA. You can terminate it at any time. We use it for the convenience of traveling. We stay off interstates whenever possible and the KOA's are usually near the highways but if they are located where we want to go it's worth a stop for a night or two. We tried TT in FLAUSA and were unimpressed regarding a membership. As stated by rynosback, "there are good parks and bad parks in any system." It just depends on where we are going and when we want to stop for the night or nights.
  22. You asked a reasonable question that nobody can answer as nobody has the ability to see into the future. While a healthy person over 80 who wants to travel, can and a person half that age but in poor health has to stop. We met a couple in MN last summer who were 84/79 and they flew there in the summer and in October flew back to Florida. They had someone drive their rig to for them and set it up for them. One leg was driven by a grandson and the other leg back to Florida was driven by a great-grandson. They had no plans to stop anytime soon as both were in good health. The only reason they had someone else drive and set up for them was to calm the concerns of their other children. They didn't sit around the campground all day. They made day trips 3-4 times a week. If you have your health and the desire to be mobile is strong, why not?
  23. How many in your party, how many are kids (ages)? What are everyone's interests? Do the search for the Office of Tourism for each state you visit to plan the trip and check out things that interest your family. Are you planning to stay inside the park? Fishing Bridge is closed this year for repairs so if you need full hook-ups you'll have to stay outside the park. What are you going to see inside Yellowstone NP? A week is okay, but not nearly enough time to see it all beyond a cursory visit. We've stayed at Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone and Rocky Mtn. RV in Gardiner. We've stayed at both campgrounds along with Fishing Bridge and we had a great time for the three weeks we were there and divided the park into thirds to cover as much of it as we could. Have you considered adding a visit to Grand Teton NP which is just south of YNP on this visit? That's at least another 4-5 days to enjoy the park, especially if you plan on hiking. If you just plan on driving from point to point, be prepared for heavy traffic.
  24. Aren't generators like insurance. You need it, but never (usually) know when and where you do, you're glad to have it. I have a generator and we never take the RV out without it. You can never be sure when the time will come, and in my situation, it could be life-saving.
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