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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
RE: Money from government

We got our $1,200 check yesterday, 4/15, deposited in the account that our Social Security payments go to.
2 Retired 04/16/20 01:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: Slide out awnings yay or nay?

How do so many "make sure you don't park under trees"? So many of the RV parks we go to, particularly State Parks, have so many treed sites we can't usually avoid it! We have been RVing for over 45 years, and have dealt with both having and not having slide-out awnings. In our experiences, have never had a problem with them - not even in very high winds. Did occasionally have trouble with water from heavy rains seeping through gaskets when bringing in slides without the awnings.
2 Retired 04/16/20 08:40am General RVing Issues
RE: The perfect RV campground

1)Few "Extras" for a site price, make it for a family of 4 and minimal more for extra people. Please don't charge a separate price for cable, WiFi, etc unless its not available for every site. 50 amp more than 30? OK. Of course more for sewered site, but all sewered sites the same. 2) Please don't jack up prices too much for a camp store. I think 20% above retail is fair 3) Of course, good, well maintained hookups. PLEASE - sewer hookups that are LOW enough to drain properly! 4) Good interior roads and site access large enough so the neighbor doesn't have to move his tow vehicle 5) Please have enough help so maintenance and landscaping can be done well. 6) Please strongly encourage office staff to be as friendly as possible - and to tell the truth when a problem exists! We once were told no one was on our assigned site, adamently told that, when we saw there was a rig there- and it looked like it had been there forever! They refused to believe us, and when we insisted they go to the site to see for themselves, they insisted we were wrong. It was late, we were very tired, and all we wanted was to go to sleep! Finally, we were offered another site, which was all we asked for in the first place. Problems occur, mistakes are human, but don't make it personal, please! 7) Most important of all to me - consistency. Same rules for everyone. Enforce rules you think are necessary - enforce them for everyone the same. Best of luck to you!
2 Retired 04/10/20 03:31pm Family Camping
state by state list of CG closings as of 4/6/2020
2 Retired 04/07/20 09:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

Just an honest question - no insult or anything like that intended. Does anyone have an estimate on how many 'full timers' do so out of necessity - not because they love the lifestyle? I'm certain there are some who do so because it may be more cost effective. Just asking out of curiosity.
2 Retired 04/07/20 09:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's Opened?

"Yep, the people who want to tell everybody else what they can and can't do and take away their freedom because they are afraid. They've lost their compassion for other innocent people. And they've become all high and mighty and think they are making a great sacrifice for society. You're not responsible for my life and I'm not responsible for your life" But you are responsible for my life if you become infected, don't know it, and I get it from you! "High and mighty" really doesn't explain the need for all of us to be aware and safe. We all have the same rights, but nowhere among them is absolute freedom. That only exists when no one else is around nor involved in any way with a person's existence. Please show me where, in any DEclaration of Independence or Constitution, our citizen are entitled absolute freedom? Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. Doesn't say absolute anywhere. The Constitution says "We the People", not "Me, Myself".
2 Retired 04/05/20 04:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: What's Opened?

Virginia state parks were closed last week or the week before. Smart move.
2 Retired 04/05/20 04:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Should we be going?

Very glad you had a good time. Hope in several weeks everyone is still healthy. To me, nothing is worth my health, particularly a weekend camping trip. DH and I have been camping for over 45 years, and we are "Jonesing" for a campfire, but we won't put our health, or the health of those we love, in any unnecessary jeopardy. Just my thoughts. People do what they want.
2 Retired 04/05/20 04:22pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Should we be going?

"Take a look around the next time you step outside. What do you see? I bet you see people getting gas, going to store, picking up food from take out etc... Dont be silly." Not where we are in VA! Because so many did exactly what you said, and ignored the potential, we are not in a basic lock down. Yes, we can go get groceries, but only 10 in the store at a time, and often what we need isn't available. There is take out food, but very limited menus and pick up only - with no human contact of any kind. It's not silly. It's real. Please believe it or it will never get much better. Every day more and more people are dying, yes, DYING here. I pray for those in areas where the virus has not invaded that it never gets to you. I really do.
2 Retired 04/05/20 04:18pm RV Lifestyle
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