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Mr. Camper

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  1. This has happened with us in the past and we provided them with the date we hoped to be back by and within a couple of weeks of being home we each received a notice. Mrs. C. had to serve once but I was excused as the person served by the defense was a former student.
  2. We were driving across the Everglades on Alligator Alley towards the East Coast when we had to turn around due to a jack-knifed truck ahead. We had a 1996 truck and were towing a 31 foot TT. Did I mention it was at night and also in the middle of a heavy rainstorm? With ditches on both sides of the highway, there wasn't a lot of room. The cop directing traffic had to stay out of his vehicle and had little sympathy for the three RV's blocking the area. The two 5er's had to go before it was our turn. It was a long time for them and even longer for us to make the turn and get back to Naples for the night. Driving back to Naples for the night we passed a very long RV caravan heading east. They should have made it by now. As we pulled into a KOA for the night, the rain stopped. The road was still closed the next day so we changed plans went up and over to Lake Okeechobee.
  3. The advice given so far is good but I would like to stress that you need to do a lot of planning. Where did you want to visit? Are you looking for natural attractions like State and National Parks or manmade attractions like Disney Land/World, Universal Studios, or a combination of both? Once you get to a location how are you planning to get around and leave your site? If you have a Class C you'll need something to leave with and drive around. If you are planning on unhooking your RV from the campground hookups and then you can add the fun of trying to park it wherever you are going (large parking lots or crowded city streets). I don't want to rain on your parade but your children are very young and what are you planning to do with them when they get tired or bored? Your options are to carry them or put them both in a stroller. That will take up more space and limit your adventures. If you go east from Miami it will take you about 22,000 miles to get to San Diego and your RV will sink rapidly into the Atlantic before you get 100 yards off Miami Beach. San Diego is west of Miami by about 2,650 miles. Buy a good map and compass when you plan. If you hug the southern and western coasts you'll miss a tremendous amount of America. Seriously, my suggestion is to pick the top ten things you want to see in one region of the USA and go for that. When your kids are older and able to appreciate what they are seeing come back and visit us on a larger scale. Also, don't forget things like medical coverage and insurance. The UK's National Health coverage should be checked before you leave to see what you will be covered while traveling abroad. When our kids were little we always had to be aware of close by clinics, hospitals and such and that is within our borders. It's a huge undertaking and I'd hate to see it ruined by biting off more that is feasible on your trip. Best of Luck.
  4. Just because he may be paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get him.
  5. We do our best to never drive on any interstate, let alone on toll roads. We have found that traveling the "Blue Highways" the most enjoyable. That way you get to see most of "real America" and avoid a lot of congestion on the interstates. No paying for roads I've already helped pay for with taxes. Yes, it does take a bit longer to get somewhere but its a lot more interesting. Special thanks to William Least Heat-Moon.
  6. Yes, that's true. That might clear out most of this forum by the end of the year.
  7. It's a shame that it had to come to this.
  8. It never fails to amaze me the lengths some folks will go to engage in an argument, friendly or not. Someone posts a comment with a warning about a possible issue and then has the "pleasure" of defending himself. What is wrong with just reading his comment and accepting the information without the bickering? The fact that this is not a secure site and has huge problems in the past should be a clue to something to be wary of for the future. My filter caught it also and I didn't click on the link.
  9. Just for a more accurate update. DISH offers a pay as you go monthly subscription. We used it this past summer. Used DISH systems like the DISH Tailgater system are available with a simple search online. https://www.dish.com/programming/packages/pay-as-you-go/
  10. We bought and use the Xtend ladder (see below) from Amazon. We've had it about a year and it is easy to maneuver, store and use. It's a bit expensive but it extends out far and is safe. Worked well to paint the shutters on the sticks and bricks and we brought it along on our most recent trip.
  11. Actually, my health is the overriding factor in this situation and I have to have a 50 amp site even though our RV can run with just 30 amps. In our early RVing days we tried to go the "spur of the moment" route and just stop somewhere when we were tired. However, over the years as things changed it became necessary for a sure 50 amp site that we make reservations all along the way.
  12. We always make reservations ALL of the time, not most of the time. It's what we do. I can't drive as long as some and it's necessary for me to be able to stop early and have my evenings free for health reasons.
  13. Same for me. I started years ago with the original Nook, but after a couple of years, there were problems with it and BN. I switched to the Kindle e-reader mentioned above by SWharton and I completely agree about the e-reader. I've used it for a long time and wouldn't change to anything else. It's light, the battery lasts a while and the books download quickly. I don't use the free library downloads. I have a group of authors that I follow and pretty much by the time I get through the releases from them they tend to start up again. Also, with Kindle, they have a Goodreads program and with Book Bub, I get daily e-mails with offers. Some are free, some or $1.99 some are $2.99 and they make good fillers if needed.
  14. While that is so true, I was also pleased to see that my Part D monthly went up a bit but my med prices will stay the same for now. It's an overall upside. That doesn't happen too often when the government is involved.
  15. We're in West Central Arkansas but have a trip to North Central Arkansas for early next month. We had some severe weather go through here last night but it left this morning and took the last vestiges of summer with it and we woke up this morning to great fall weather. We have day trips for the next three weeks and the weather will be great for that (usually). We do have family along the west coast of FLAUSA and are in constant contact with them and as of now, they are safe, dry and secure. Now, we have to wait for them to be able to call us with any updates. Our next concern is where HM goes after it leaves FL behind. We have friends and family in the Carolinas and they aren't going to be able to handle much more rain.
  16. I did check the link docj provided and it did show up, so we will post the review shortly. Why it didn't appear earlier I have no idea. I did attempt to post it at Niemeyers Rugged River Resort and as Rugged River Resort and both times it just "froze" without further action. We had to reboot the computer to get it unfrozen. RV Park Reviews is the only place we post reviews so more than likely that will be the only place we use. I've seen RV Parky and Campendium and frankly, we weren't impressed with either one. Thanks for the information
  17. Yes, this was N. RRR. We tried posting to RV P. Rev. but it wasn't listed and when we tried to add it, it wouldn't. Hence our post here.
  18. I thought I'd wrap this thread up with a post-seasonal camp review. We left there two months early. First the positive news. We never lost electrical power. Now for the rest of the news. The roads are dirt and rock and hilly. They don't trim back the shrubs and/or trees along the road so lots of vehicle scratches. None of which is obvious from Google Earth. No rules for driving around. It was not unusual to be breaching a hill and have another vehicle coming at you. Thankfully, no crashes just a few near misses. It's in the Brainerd area in RainorSnowta (found on the map as Minnesota). You really don't get many other options. For the owners, this appears to be a part-time hobby. They have full-time jobs elsewhere and getting someone on the phone is only possible by leaving a message and hoping you get a callback. We know this because the place lost water pressure three different times and we had to call and wait for a response. Thankfully after the first time, we kept our water tank full. It was necessary. Apparently, the rules as stated in the agreement are not followed and enforced by unseen persons. Management as previously stated was non-existent, so others had visitors who parked all over the sites, roads and anywhere else they could, even twice on our site, once blocking us in. Nine miles to the closest grocery store and any type of commercial civilization. Barking dogs and dogs running off leash were the norm, not the rarity. We believe the positive reviews we read were from people who enjoyed the "no rule enforcement" and felt that was a good thing. What did we learn? No more seasonal camping unless we are able to make an in-person visual inspection ahead of time, and a seasonal place that you pay for monthly and can leave at any time.
  19. Talk is cheap. Listening is more productive.
  20. So as Paso Robles goes, so goes the nation? I think its a matter of location. Also, amenities might have something to do with pricing. If all campgrounds ever go that way regardless of location and amenities it's time for us to go back to sticks and bricks.
  21. We began with a RAM 1500 gas engine, then moved to a RAM 2500 gas and finally to our current RAM 2500 Turbo Diesel. We own a 27' TT with two opposing slides. We looked at and discounted a 5er because it wouldn't work for us. Our preference is a TT. We started with a 24', then moved to a 33' TT and now have a 27' TT. For a variety of reasons, it's what we prefer. We have nothing against 5ers or long TTs. The 27' has everything we want or need and the RAM pulls it easily. You have to look at your needs and decide what they are and what will work for you after you decide on the vehicle you wish to tow it with. Just be sure that it can easily pull anything you eventually purchase.
  22. Yes. our coverage includes both truck and RV. We haven't had the misfortune to need both since our truck was running well, but the issue with the slides is something else again. With two adults and two dogs, staying in the RV with the one slide half in (or out) wasn't an option. Coverage covered the hotel cost and meals.
  23. Things can go bad regardless of what your RV is or what type of coverage you have. We had 2 issues this past summer trip and couldn't stay in the TT so it was a hotel for 3 and 1/2 days. We even had to drive the half mile from the campground to the RV dealer with one slide out. Not a fun experience. The first time this occurred a local resident living at the park was able to call someone who did help us and we were on our way the next day, with the slide retracted. It worked well for the next 3 months but the gremlins struck again and we had to leave the TT at the RV dealer and drive to a local motel. Obtaining the correct part and getting it installed took some time but the last 10 days of the trip the slide went in and out as it should. I guess if we were that concerned and unprepared we could look for another TT without slides. Stuff Happens.
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