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RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

Its always been like that in most state parks in SC, particularly in the ones near any body of water! "Peak time" is even more PEAK than ever! We now live in Va, and almost nothing anywhere, public or private CG, is available on weekends. Fortunately, we are retired and can enjoy better chances for a site during the week. As land values rise along with property taxes (particularly in the Midwest and Northeast) maintaining a campground is getting too costly for many owners. Fewer parks, fewer sites. Combine that with the current interest in privacy while traveling, the RV industry is in boom! More rigs, less site availability. Yes, it is almost everywhere.
2 Retired 07/07/20 10:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What do you keep in your camper.

Agree with regular bedding instead of bags. Too bulky and too hard to clean. We have been RVing for over 45 years, and I am certain I keep far more than I need in our RV. Eating utensils for all who would normally be there - You can decide if you want to keep washable versions or rely solely on paper for this; One each - frying pan (lg & sm), big pot, small pot; zip lock bags for everything; if you have one, cooking vessels for a microwave; coffee cup for each who would usually camp in rig; plastic glasses for drinks; paper products (T paper, paper towels, paper plates, paper bowls); a colander; if needed, a cork screw; plastic wrap & aluminum foil; a fire extinguisher; one-cup coffee pot; spatula, long fork,small whisk,slotted and large spoon (typical starter set for a kitchen); larger bowl for mixing things; Trying to think of what I always use. I cook often in my RV, but many people don't. If you aren't planning to cook most meals, you may not need what I have listed. Store as many things inside other things as possible. A sharp knife; a cutting board; a portable grill; collapsible chairs for the campfire; a tool box with basic tools (if you're able to actually do repairs beyond the simple things, this would obviously contain far more than screwdriver, hammer, plyers! You'll figure you what the basics are for an RV as you borrow from others as you need them!); Outdoor extension cord; lights for the awning (if you want); mat for under the awning (wouldn't go anywhere w/o one); small table for outdoors(not all RV parks have decent tables, some none at all); I keep basic spices/seasonings in the RV (salt, pepper, etc); a few basic foodstuffs (can of soup, pasta,sauce, etc) for those overnight stops on the way to destination). We also keep basic clothing in the rig. Hoodie, rain poncho, underwear for 2 days, shorts/jeans/shirts for several days. Every trip we pack more. Also keep sandals/sneakers in RV. We both also have warm jackets for those chilly nights by the fire. Over the years I have determined that it is just easier for me to go food shopping after we reach our destination, right after we finish hooking up.That way, I only buy what we will use for that particular trip. Far less to move in and out of the RV. I do usually take condiments from home, placing them in smaller containers with tight lids. Don't want small bottles taking up space in my fridge at home when we're back! You'll find that you will begin to accumulate things, or find out you do or don't need items as you use your RV more. It's a never ending life experience! DH and I absolutely travel with far more than we need. Every once in a while we go through everything, make changes, and start the whole process all over again! Part of the game! Trial and error, and no two RVs are packed the same! Whatever works for you depending on how you will be using it. Hope this gives you some ideas.
2 Retired 07/07/20 10:12am Truck Campers
RE: Are all RV's noisy and rattle?

Yes, they always have rattles. Generally, you can dissipate the noise level by making sure everything is as secure as possible (windows totally closed, pots & pans not touching, etc). The better one stores things, the less noise. It takes time to figure the source of each sound, but then it's relatively easy to find a solution. Yes, RVs are big metal boxes filled with so many different things! The quality of the road, the quality of the materials used to make the RV, the way one drives it, so many different reasons for noises. We have been RVing for over 45 years, and have never had a ride in our RVs anywhere near as quiet as in our cars - the nature of the beast. BUT - we've always been able to have a conversation while driving!
2 Retired 07/07/20 09:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: shower head

Oxygenics X5 So much more water pressure and so much less water used! we have used electrical tape wrapped around our propane hoses. Seems to help.
2 Retired 06/30/20 11:57am Tech Issues
RE: Should I connect my sewer line when camping?

We've been RVing for over 40 years and never gave much thought to your question! If we are stopping for just 1 night, we rarely hook up the sewer, unless we needed to dump, of course. Any longer than 2 nights, it's always hooked up in the beginning and we leave the grey water open - until the night before we are leaving so there is some water to help clean the black tank excess in the hose.
2 Retired 06/30/20 11:54am Beginning RVing
RE: slide vs no slide

Have been RVing for over 45 years, and once we got one with a slide, I understood the appeal. We will NEVER get another rig without at least one! Even had a pop-up with a slide out kitchen area! Other suggestions are spot on about being certain you can access everywhere when slide is in! Some rigs close up and bathroom/bedroom/fridge are no longer in play. We have only twice had a problem with slide not working properly in over 20 years and several different RVs. The extra interior room is wonderful - and would be great for extended family or friends. Very easy to operate, just be certain rig is level before opening or closing.
2 Retired 06/27/20 08:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Campground recommendations for the FL panhandle

try for campers' opinions and experiences in the area you're looking at. We use it whenever we are going to an area we have never been before.
2 Retired 06/27/20 07:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toll roads or not

Lived in the NE for many years. For the type of travel you are planning, would definitely "bite the bullet" and get an EZ Pass for the Interstates and bridges. There are discounts for using it, and the time and traffic you will save makes it a far less stressful. The earlier suggestion for fueling is also significant. Too many fuel stations along the 'back roads' are not accessible for our 34'MH, towing our car. If you enjoy meandering, and don't mind heavy traffic, with many stop and go situations, by all means stay on local roads. If you are planning to deal with any of the many major cities, definitely pay the tolls. Just our experience
2 Retired 06/26/20 08:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Parking RV at home

All above advice is what I would suggest. In addition, check with local ordinances or HMO rules (if applicable) to find out any restrictions/rules on RV parking at home. Some towns require RV's and boats if stored at home meet existing setbacks, others don't care. Some communities require them to be stored on concrete, asphalt, brick driveways, etc. while some don't allow it at all. Just a phone call usually needed if you haven't already done that. Enjoy RVing!
2 Retired 06/14/20 11:26am Beginning RVing
RE: Where to RV on East Coast

The Pocono Mt. REgion of Pa might be interesting to you. I know one large CG, Otter Lake CG in the Stroudsburg area is literally on a huge lake with swimming, fishing, etc. available. There are other options as well. The Northwest region of NJ is also possible, with lakefront Campgrounds in the area as well. Might want to check out the Lancaster County, Pa region too. The area has numerous campgrounds, unique communities and attractions (it "Amish Country", and Hershey Park is nearby). None of those areas is very far from you at all, I don't think. You can look at for info on campgrounds and descriptions so you might find something enjoyable. I would agree with others who suggest not going too far from home. Sounds like this will be a 'first time' adventure for the family and it may turn out to be too different for some! Also suggest you take notes, literally, when given instructions when renting the RV, and absolutely don't hesitate to seek help when you set up or take down the rig at the CG! Campers are generally very helpful people!
2 Retired 06/14/20 10:02am Beginning RVing
RE: Traveling substitute teacher in retirement?

Cost of living while full timing varies greatly, as others have explained. Monthly site costs differ from daily ones, but you would have to plan ahead for that as not all CGs offer monthly site,and costs for electricity, (often separate fee for monthlys), dependable Internet, etc can or can't be included. Being certified to substitute varies greatly from state to state, even district to district. All require background checks, and it costs separately for each district - can't just get it done once,I don't think. Often this job is no longer done by schools but subcontracted out to private companies, district by district, so you would need to get on each list. Pay varies GREATLY district by district as well. The better the pay, the less likely you could get called - everyone wants to work there! Don't know if you have ever done sub work before, but it is NOTHING as ALL like having your own class. I taught for almost 30 years (high school) and took 5 years off in the middle to 'play mommy'. I then subbed for almost 2 years before I could get a permanent position - mostly in the same school system I had previously taught in. Students do not respond to a temporary teacher the way they do to 'their own'. It's natural. You aren't expected (and often not allowed) to actually teach. Do what the teacher left for you! You often do not get the kind of support concerning necessary discipline you would if the kids were 'yours'. You don't have a reputation - administrators don't know how you actually deal with kids. I was a known commodity, and generally had few problems, but I was still seen as 'just filling in' until the 'real teacher' came back. Add to that the idea that you want to keep on traveling every 3 or 4 months - each time you would have to start over. Bottom line, from my experience, not something I could recommend.
2 Retired 06/07/20 02:15pm Full-time RVing
RE: North thru/around Wasington DC

Agree with Ford Truck Guy. We made the trek from Florida to NJ many times and ALWAYS avoided 95 between Petersburg, Va and the Philly area. Pick up I295 near Petersburg, then hook back up with I 95 for a short time, exiting at # 104 (Rt. 207) Takes you to US 301 North. Ride that to Delaware Rt 1 (NOT US 1) which will connect you to I 95 and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Have not taken the RV beyond the Jersey Shore, so others may have a better route once in NJ. Be safe! You will DEFINITELY benefit from using an EZ Pass once you enter the Northeast (Virginia and up).
2 Retired 06/03/20 12:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Why are people not opening new campgrounds/RV parks?

Don't forget the taxes - property, income, capital gains, etc. Land values in many parts of the U S A are skyrocketing, and the 'highest and best use' of land is almost never an RV Park! In the Myrtle Beach area, where it seems everyone goes for vacation and many in RVs, parks are packed - but as far as I know only 1 new one in many years - and it's almost in North Carolina! The land is just too useful for new housing projects and commercial use.
2 Retired 06/03/20 11:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
need new tires

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2 Retired 05/11/20 11:23am Class C Motorhomes
need new tires

Dry rot has forced us to accept the need for new tires. Class A, 32' 2006 Georgie Boy Pursuit. Current have R245/70R19.5 (H) on it. Lasted only less than 6 years with less than 20,000 miles on them. They sat too long in the sun, for sure. Suggestions on which tires to buy w/o breaking the bank. Looking at some brands in the $180-225 per tire range Several J, 18 ply, most, like what we have now, H with 16 Ply. Costs quotes is just per tire, not mounted, aligned, etc. Would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks.
2 Retired 05/11/20 11:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel restrictions

Each state is responsible for and in control of their own state parks, forests, etc. If it is a national park or forest, it is under the control of the federal government. Simple. Numerous states are beginning to reopen closed state facilities. Here in Va, for example, state parks are open for "daytime activities", although the beaches in them are closed except for exercise and fishing. All the camping facilities in the Va state parks are closed as of today. Officially, they are still closed until June 10th, but that could be altered.
2 Retired 05/07/20 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tabletop LPG Barbecue Grilles Anything To Be Wary About?

We love our Weber Q 1000! Have had it for several years and are not fussy about its upkeep - still no problems! As far as cooking on it - remember, it's not like the really great one on your back deck at home! It's much too small for beer can chicken, for instance. Haven't found a table top with a closable top high enough for that. It is not nearly as easy to adjust the amount of heat or flame you will get. Cannot change how close the grate is to the source of the heat, for instance. Also cannot do 'indirect cooking' on our Q. Either the whole thing is on, or its off. No side to side or front to back options - only one control. There is a top and bottom cooking surface, (which is typical) but the top is much smaller than the bottom and is useful only for keeping something warm while the rest finishes. Like many, we use either the 1' disposable gas canisters or travel with a 20' tank we use with an adaptor. it's not perfect, none of the table top ones are, but wouldn't go out without it! Just a suggestion. If the one you decide on does not come with a cast iron or heavy steel griddle, get one! Great way to keep the RV cooler in the summer by doing breakfast outside!
2 Retired 05/06/20 02:50pm Tech Issues
RE: What to look for when inspecting a used TT for purchase

Another thought - you asked about depreciation of the RV - Yes, just like a boat! Sorry, but that's pretty much always been true! And remember, the 2015 didn't cost $20,000 when it was new!
2 Retired 05/06/20 02:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: What to look for when inspecting a used TT for purchase

Dont be concerned about taking your time. Open the cabinets, all of them, and look for water leaks inside them. Check every corner. Make sure every appliance included in the sale works! As said before, definitely, positively check the roof! Don't accept "it had a leak but it's fixed now!" Check to make sure its not delaminating anywhere along the outside. Once that starts separating, it's big time trouble. Also agree that the $ spent having a pro check it out (not a friend of the seller!) is worth more than you will pay for the rig! He will check things no one else would even think to look for, and you could well get your cost back either by paying less because of what he found or getting fixed or replaced what he says isn't working! That's been our experience anyway.
2 Retired 05/06/20 02:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Curious

To respond directly to the original question: Far too often. If I wasnt seeking a direct answer to a direct question, I wouldn't have posted it!
2 Retired 04/30/20 11:19am General RVing Issues
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