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RE: Mass Pike Boston to Venice FL

Do not know how you are planning to avoid 95 through NYC and North Jersey, but IF you find yourself crossing over the Delaware Memorial Bridge into Delaware, there is an excellent opportunity to totally avoid Baltimore, Washington DC and Richmond traffic. Once you cross the bridge, Its I 295, which merges into I 95 S for a very short while. Just stay right after the toll and pick up Delaware Rt 1 to US Rt 301 (It's a toll road for a short while - the new section which bypasses a lot of local traffic -f or us its worth every penny). Stay on US 301 South through Delaware and Maryland. You'll cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (NOT the Bridge Tunnel) Continue onto 301. It will merge with U S 50. When they split, stay on US 301 South. You will cross into Va on the "Nice Bridge" (not really so nice in an RV, but we've done it numerous times in our Class A!) Continue on 301 South to Bowling Green, Va - You'll pick up Va RT 207 there (a sign for I 95 is visible). Follow that for about 10 miles to I 95 South around exit 104 (Reuther Glen). Take that to I 295 S, exit 84 towards Mechanicsville. That will take you around both Richmond and Petersburg. Driving through Richmond on I95 in an RV is not something I would ever suggest! 295 merges back into 95 S around exit 46. Don't know if this is helpful, but it's the way we always went when we lived on the Jersey Shore. You miss all of the Baltimore/DC/Richmond/Petersburg traffic.
2 Retired 01/21/21 11:41am Roads and Routes
RE: RVing with a parrot

Cannot testify as to the quality of any of these options, but they are all free from toxic chemicals: \
2 Retired 01/20/21 01:05pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Suggestions for rest of Florida trip in Feb

Thanks everyone!
2 Retired 01/19/21 11:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Suggestions for rest of Florida trip in Feb

DH and I are basically touring Florida in February. So far so good with reservations! Will be in J'Ville, St Augustine, Stuart, over to FT Myers and then to Tampa/ST Pete - mostly using the RV to visit friends all over the state. Where to next? We have at least 3 more weeks to wander! Have been to Pensacola area (open to any other suggestions on the panhandle) and don't want to do Disney at this time. I am a history buff and DH goes along with almost anything. We are NOT into a lot of outdoors activities, but will walk for a purpose! Will be wandering in a 34'Class A with toad. Would like to make a 'loop' that will take us back towards home in Virginia . Thought about going up into Georgia, but not sure where to go there. Wondered about Atlanta, but many have suggested it's too congested and not worth a visit. Open to any places you may have gone along the way that you found worth a stop. Campground suggestions also welcome. Thanks in advance. Pam Hyatt
2 Retired 01/14/21 01:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: St Augustine Campgrounds

Thanks everyone. Made our reservations at Compass RV Resort. A little out of the way, but that's to our liking. Appreciate the quick responses and suggestions.
2 Retired 01/14/21 01:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
St Augustine Campgrounds

DH and I have a 2006 Class A in good shape. Looking for a spot for several nights in St Augustine area. Anastasia SP has nothing available. Most CGs are pricy. Looking at Stagecoach, but their website seems to be anxious about any RV over 10 years old. Am I reading something into this, or do they actually enforce this policy (know some places do). There is nothing at all unattractive or "grody" about our RV. It was simply made in 2006! It's clean, well kept and acceptable to everyone who sees it. Please advise if you know about their policy, and if you can suggest another park. Thanks.
2 Retired 01/13/21 07:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: February trip south on the East Coast

Ken56 is absolutely right! Angelos in Montross is about the only good choice. There is a place called Yesterdays (we don't enjoy it) and a small Mexican Restaurant that has some good choices, but Angelo's is honestly the only place in Montross I could recommend. Colonial Beach has several, including Suki's, a great Thai place with awesome Pad Tai! January 6th - an area update. Covid is running wild in our county, particularly in Colonial Beach. Would suggest not visiting now if that's possible.
2 Retired 12/22/20 11:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
February trip south on the East Coast

DH and I are planning a trip this February from Virginia down to SC (Myrtle Beach), then Savannah to St Augustine. We have not planned after that. Welcoming suggestions where to go next! Thinking of Florida West Coast, maybe Atlanta. Any other suggestions? Traveling in a 34'Class A with toad. Love history, not into anything physically demanding. Thanks for your help!
2 Retired 12/15/20 07:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: When a sale is not a sale

Very sorry for your loss. Tell the buyer not to contact you again. The deal is off - because there was no $ exchanged, never a promise you would bring the rig to him, or deny him the opportunity to see it. He's either lying or just plain wrong about the credit union!
2 Retired 12/13/20 12:19pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Reservations

In response to making multiple-reservations for the same night's stay - that's the problem. It's hard enough to find a spot when traveling now, with so many newbies finding RV travel preferable to staying in hotels. Campgrounds are overcrowded, and many have a 'reservation only' policy. Empty sites are a challenge to find. When one RVer makes several different reservations for the same night, other's are denied the opportunity. Decide ahead how far you want to go, how many hours you want to drive, and stay near there! Planning works wonders! Of course situations may change (bad weather, heavy traffic, etc) and cancelling a planned reservation in that instance is necessary. We would never make several reservations for the same night at different campgrounds. We feel it is selfish.
2 Retired 11/18/20 11:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Reservations

strongly agree with those who make reservations, particularly in light of today's reality. So many CGs are using "reservation only" policies. Most we have contacted have significantly reduced cancellation fees, or eliminated them alltogether as well. Safe travels.
2 Retired 11/18/20 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Do we have to winterize if we use our RV during the winter?

We winter camped in the Poconos for a number of years. Had our RV on a permanent site. The water at the site was turned off, so no water ran through out water pipes, which we had drained before the cold weather hit. We also made certain all plugs were left open. We did use the drains of the sinks, and also the toilet (used gallon bottles of water to flush). At the end of each weekend, we would dump at our sewered site, and after closing the levers drop a gallon of cheap windshield washer fluid down each drain and the toilet to protect the levers from freezing shut. It worked perfectly. We would never leave any chance for water to freeze in the pipes. We used a large 60 cup coffee maker for our hot water and a 2.5 gallon plastic jug with a petcock on it for our cold water needs. Worked like a charm.
2 Retired 11/14/20 04:05pm General RVing Issues
road trip in Feb or March

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2 Retired 11/05/20 11:55am Truck Campers
road trip in Feb or March

DH and I are looking for new places to enjoy in Feb/March. WE have a 34'Class A, with toad.We are leaving from the Northern Neck area of Va and planning on going first to SC (Chesterfield area), then Myrtle Beach where we have friends. From there, going south to Savannah and St Augustine areas. Have done all of these before. Question is, where next? Don't want to head so far south as the Keys, and have been to Tampa area and Pensacola. Please, not Orlando! Any other ideas? I'm a history buff and we love to wander. Not looking for a lot of physical activity, but greatly enjoy going places we have never been that have interesting quirks or just simple things to do. Plan on being on the road about a month. Don't have to stay in Florida! We are both almost 70 but still physically well. Nothing too taxing, but walking is fine.Ideas on CGs would also be welcome. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
2 Retired 11/05/20 11:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Tow or not to Tow

stop in State parks (but finding an open site is getting much more difficult) More and more Walmarts/commercial parking lots are not allowing overnight stops anymore. Local ordinances, liability concerns, etc. plus the fact that too many RVers are taking advantage, putting out awnings, grills, etc and staying days, not overnight. I would call ahead to be sure your planned place still accepts it. We have been RVing for almost 45 years, and since we went Class C to Class A have ALWAYS had our toad with us. We love to 'wander' and 'explore'. WE've never had a problem. we can hook up/unhook in a matter of a couple of minutes. We don't need a tow dolly, and that makes it so much easier. Our little 2012 Ford Fiesta w/manual transmission (the salesman told us it was equipped with the "Amish package" - just basic and simple!) is perfect for our needs.
2 Retired 08/26/20 07:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: campground recommendation

You might want to check Real campers sharing their own experiences. I've used it whenever I"m going to a new area.
2 Retired 08/22/20 10:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wishing to stay out of I-95S through Washington DC

If you're starting out near I 95 in Pa, you may want to check this route. We've have used it often going between NJ and Myrtle Beach. You avoid 95 from Delaware all the way to south of Petersburg, Va (exit 46 on 95). You will use I 295 around Richmond and Petersburg, but most of it is newly resurfaced, its not a toll road, and it's fine. The only caveat is the construction on the Bay Bridge on Rt 301 (not the Bridge Tunnel, the Bay Bridge over the Chesapeake Bay on Rt 50/301). It's iffy. During the week or early morning/late evening usually not bad, but there was a 20 mile backup yesterday (police action which is very unusual). I just put Smithfield, nc as a destination to get the directions. Only tolls are on the new part of 301 in Delaware, the Bay Bridge and the Potomac River Bridge connecting Md with Va - this is a two lane bridge - DH says it's "not fun but no real problem". We have a 32'MH and always pull our toad. You might hit some traffic around Waldorf/LaPlata in Southern Maryland (lots of traffic lights) but that's about it if the Bay Bridge isn't bad.
2 Retired 08/22/20 10:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Bathroom on the road?

Do it all the time. Rather than driving with water in our tanks, we also simply fill empty gallon milk jugs with lids with water to pour into the bowl after each use. Easy, simple, and no need to even use the water pump! Just be sure to use only as much T-Paper as necessary and to add extra water once you're set up in a campsite. Helps avoid clogs when emptying the black tanks. Suggest you always make sure the black tank is full when you empty it as well. Creates a much better flow and also helps avoid a clog. Happy camping!
2 Retired 08/17/20 12:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: food storage

My RV has a pantry, but anything not in a can or bottle goes into a zip-lock bag or a plastic container with a lid. Keeps everything fresher and deters critters!
2 Retired 08/17/20 12:10pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: New to Outdoor Dutch Oven Cooking

Thanks for the chart Vintage 465! Very helpful Much appreciated.
2 Retired 08/08/20 10:00am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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