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RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

From the Virginia State Parks website: Virginia State Parks are open for day-use activities. As always, we have the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff in mind. We continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19, and this page will be updated as new information becomes available. Effective Friday March 27 overnight facilities and restrooms will be closed through April 30. The closure includes all cabins, campgrounds, camping cabins and yurts, as well as restrooms and bathhouses. COVID-19 and Virginia State Parks
Dutch_12078 03/27/20 05:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

Our RV is our home, but we are slowly heading north to our upstate NY family cottage where we'll hunker down for awhile until things settle down. We're currently near Savannah, GA and are not concerned at all about passing through the seven states we'll traverse on our way to NY from Florida. Since we'll be calling the cottage "home" for this purpose, if asked, we'll just say we can't obey a stay home order until we get home. This is why so many people are going to die unnecessarily in the US. We've been raised all our lives to think that our country is the exception to everything, and that we as individuals are exceptions to every rule. We haven't had any face to face interaction with another human in over a week. Our brief stops have been handled with online reservations and phone check ins. I rarely leave the motorhome except to hookup and refuel, both with appropriate protections. My wife hasn't been outside for more a few minutes in that time. We left Georgia yesterday when no "stay at home" order was in place and are currently in South Carolina where no order is in place, and tomorrow will be crossing North Carolina non-stop into Virginia where there's also "no stay at home" order. So please tell me just which rules are we breaking? And just how are we killing anyone?
Dutch_12078 03/24/20 06:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

Our RV is our home, but we are slowly heading north to our upstate NY family cottage where we'll hunker down for awhile until things settle down. We're currently near Savannah, GA and are not concerned at all about passing through the seven states we'll traverse on our way to NY from Florida. Since we'll be calling the cottage "home" for this purpose, if asked, we'll just say we can't obey a stay home order until we get home.
Dutch_12078 03/23/20 09:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

As for using a Recreational Vehicle for full-time living in, I'm not sure I'm a fan of using national tax or state tax park dollars to support this. What I do support is use of tax dollars to set aside special areas where folks could full-time live at using RVs (areas kept and maintained much, much better than the Slabs) ... such that maybe true recreational part-time RV'ers could find a spot when they are able to break free and take their RV out for a few days here and there. What makes your part-time RV use any more "recreational" than my full-time RV use? I worked over 50 years so I could retire and enjoy my remaining years traveling around the country in my RV seeing the sights I missed while working. Why should my 2 week stay at a state park be any different than your 2 week stay? The only difference is where we go home after our stays.
Dutch_12078 03/21/20 07:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

China seems to be on the downhill side of this outbreak. They say the incidence of new cases as well as the incidence of deaths in China have both declined for the past month. China's population is 1.435 Billion. Total deaths attributed to this virus, as of now, stands at 3,255. If my math is correct, that's a mortality rate of 0.00022% of the population in the nation that was the origin and epicenter of the disease. (Mortality rates are supposed to be calculated versus total population, but many news sources are figuring death number versus number diagnosed with the disease, a misleading statistic if it's called "mortality rate.") Have you looked at the draconian measures China took to reach this point? Are we willing to submit to them here? China’s aggressive measures have slowed the coronavirus. They may not work in other countriesUh, a lot of those measures are already done: closing concerts, arenas, large gatherings of people, closing restaurants and shops, curfews in some areas. And talk of limiting travel except for necessary people. Those are all pretty draconian steps to take. More than 50 million people under mandatory quarantine has not occurred in the US, nor is our government monitoring our movements using popular phone apps to enforce compliance. In other parts of China people "voluntarily" quarantined and were monitored by appointed leaders. Are we up for that here?
Dutch_12078 03/21/20 07:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

China seems to be on the downhill side of this outbreak. They say the incidence of new cases as well as the incidence of deaths in China have both declined for the past month. China's population is 1.435 Billion. Total deaths attributed to this virus, as of now, stands at 3,255. If my math is correct, that's a mortality rate of 0.00022% of the population in the nation that was the origin and epicenter of the disease. (Mortality rates are supposed to be calculated versus total population, but many news sources are figuring death number versus number diagnosed with the disease, a misleading statistic if it's called "mortality rate.") Have you looked at the draconian measures China took to reach this point? Are we willing to submit to them here? China’s aggressive measures have slowed the coronavirus. They may not work in other countries
Dutch_12078 03/21/20 05:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Possible stimulus payments from Gov't

For those using USPS mail forwarding, government checks are typically mailed in a "Do Not Forward" envelope and will be returned. Those using private commercial mail forwarders do not have that issue.
Dutch_12078 03/21/20 04:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: General Question About Routers

In answer to your question about changing locations, as long as the carrier your hotspot/router is subscribed to has coverage at the new location, it will work. Many of use hotspots from more than one carrier since none of them have 100% coverage nationwide. Often where one doesn't work or work well, the other one does.
Dutch_12078 03/20/20 07:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Insanity in the grocery stores...

As far as returns on TP we wouldn't even be having this conversation if stores had brains enough to limit quantities in the first place. When I went to Sam's today I was talking to a gentleman who had gotten a 96 roll pack from a janitorial supply house THEN went to Market Basket for more. Really? Again, it was just he and his wife. Must be the brother of the other guy I met at Market Basket last weekend! I saw an interview on the local news with a Publix store manager that said he started a 24 roll limit per purchase as soon as he saw the rush beginning. He said families would come in and each adult and child would make separate purchases. He said his shelves and back room were bare within 24 hours and now his employees don't even have to stock the shelves when a truck rolls in. They just roll out a trolley load of TP and it's gone before they can get to the shelves with it.
Dutch_12078 03/19/20 09:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Army Corps Of Engineers Parks Are Closing?

"Corps recreation closures related to COVID-19"
Dutch_12078 03/17/20 06:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Don't come to NH either!

Some advice on protection from Corovirus It can live up to 12 hrs on Cold metal surface Heat of 27C kils it So does Sunshine Sneezing or coughing can spread it up to 3 meters far Have a bit of Hot drink every 15 minutes to keep mouth clean,moist,stomach acid will kill this virus Avoid cold drinks or ice cream Any mask will work as protection Take a deep breath and hold for 10 seconds,IF you need to cough you may be infected Share w everyone Please just stop this it’s not helpful !! And for the most part it's wrong!
Dutch_12078 03/17/20 05:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rec.gov cancellation policy

We finally snagged a site at Ft. Pickens, FL in May and now looks like we might have to cancel. Is Rec.gov offering any special cancellation policy due to the COVID-19? From what I can find they are making no extra exceptions due to this virus outbreak. Their website states: Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. They say nothing about cancelling a week or two (or more)in advance and loosing less of your money. Really not sure what to do. Both DW & I are in the high risk category, but really want to go. "Reservation Cancellations & Changes" "Cancelling a Reservation: Customers may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation. Depending on when you cancel in relation to your arrival day, it may be considered a late cancellation (see below)." ... "Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window" Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee." https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies
Dutch_12078 03/16/20 09:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

I have a similar chain saw based saw I carry in my day trip fanny pack. Very compact and easy to use. My regular backpack has a folding saw though that's a bit easier to use.
Dutch_12078 03/15/20 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hand Sanitizer

There was a article on the news about a person Amazon shut down for price gouging selling hand sanitizer. The person was complaining about not having a outlet to sell 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer. And the Tennessee Attorney General has issued a cease and desist order against buying or selling any medical products while he and his brother are being investigated for price gouging.
Dutch_12078 03/15/20 06:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: People suck

I didn't stop shaking hands because of COVID-19, I stopped because of the toilet paper shortage! ;) I wonder if farmers are seeing a run on corn cobs...
Dutch_12078 03/14/20 06:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Aladdin System

The SeeLevel installation guide calls for 18 gauge wire and it works fine with the wiring used for the common KIB screw sensors. The SeeLevel sensors can be grounded at the tank end, requiring just a single wire to connect all the sensors to the dislay. Model 709 Manual (Page 14)
Dutch_12078 03/14/20 08:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No power to center pin of 7 pin trailer connector on Winne

Thanks Scottg-- After more looking, I found a breakout of the trailer connector. Yes the center pin is labeled for backup lights. Guess if I want a charge line, I will have to install one. Thanks for your help. -- Mick Pin #4 is the standard charge line pin.
Dutch_12078 03/12/20 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spittoon? in a shower Wolf Pup camper

That's the bathroom sink. If you look closely, you'll see there's a second shower wand holder installed at an angle just above the sink. It's not the best arrangement I've seen, but I guess it beats the wet bath often found in smaller RV's.
Dutch_12078 03/10/20 09:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dish Network/Carryout G2+

The Dish Hopper series receivers will not work with any single LNB dome style antenna. As Bill said, the 211's and the Wally are the available choices currently. As he also said, adding an external hard drive will add DVR capability. If you add an available OTA adapter (built in to the 211k), you can record one sat program while watching an OTA program or vice versa. You can also record a sat program and an OTA program while watching a pre-recorded program.
Dutch_12078 03/10/20 07:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Rv park south of Atlanta

If you drop down to the Florida line on I-75, we like the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs about 30 miles south of the line. But unless you are real lucky, book 11 months in advance. True for the peak winter season, but they didn't specify a time frame. By mid-April it pretty much opens up for full week or more stays with some shorter stays before then.
Dutch_12078 03/10/20 06:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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