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RE: RV Parks near Charleston, SC

If you are going to be there for 6 months or longer, try a mobile home park. The downsides are no bathhouse, you may have to put utilities (electric and possibly water) and provide for your own cable TV/internet. All of this requires a refundable deposit. None of these things were ever a "problem" for us. We always used our onboard bathroom. Getting our own utilities was typically a $100 deposit for each utility. We now have our own hotspot so that one is not necessary for TV/internet.
LMHS 03/14/23 11:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Price of camping

I don't know where "River Road" is (other than TX because you posted it) but I would guess that if you object to the price, then it's time to find a different place to go. I've pretty much taken state parks out of my choice of places to stay. I think they have just gotten too high priced for what is usually a W/E site, especially once you add in all the extra fees. They are looking more like a KOA (Keep On Adding) with all the "extra" fees. You may want to look into a Passport America or Happy Camper membership. Those are both half off (from overnight to up to a week) for what is often a full hookup site.
LMHS 03/13/23 11:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tankless water heater

I replaced the old 6 gallon LP water heater in my daughter's old Lance truck camper with an old Eccotemp L5. They are made to hang on the wall, usually "outside" in an "outside" shower. I hung it on the back wall over the toilet. The camper has a wet bath (you can sit on the toilet and wash your... feet). We leave the rooftop vent in the shower open and run the water heater. Bonus is it heats up the tiny bathroom too. It provides ALL the hot water in the truck camper. Prior to sticking it in the truck camper, the heater spent 4 years on a food cart where we had to have hot water every time there was a surprise inspection. So far, the highest it has been is 6000ft. Since it's been in the truck camper, the highest it has been is just over 5000ft. When it was on the food cart, It was vented thru the wall to the outside using a 90 degree duct fitting that sat on top of the exhaust at the top of the heater. It's a bit of a "redneck" idea but it has worked well for us for a couple of years now and looks like it will go for a few more years. Although you most likely want a more expensive solution. I'm odd enough that I have secured small box fans to the ceiling to make a "ceiling" fan with protected blades.
LMHS 03/04/23 07:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: State Parks

#1 These are government campgrounds run by government workers or government contractors. They. Don't. Care. Reserved sites are paid for and they don't care if the site sits empty. All your whining isn't going to make much difference. #2 Increase your options. I still haven't figured out why so many of you people think private campground owners are the spawn of Satin. There are also plenty of city/county parks that are under used. Go. Someplace. Else. I have found that using a 50% off discount (Passport America or Happy Camper) often gives me a w/e/s site for the same or less than the state/federal parks w/e sites. Once all the fees are added in, I have discovered that many public parks have priced themselves out of my preferred budget. Sometimes, you just need to go camping someplace different.
LMHS 03/02/23 05:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which BIG RIG TRUCK atlas do you use?

I use Rand McNally Motor Carriers' Road Atlas Rand McNally Road Atlas Midsize (It gets torn apart and stuffed into sheet protectors so I can write my route and notes on the sheet protectors with wet erase markers) The Next Exit Interstate Highway Guide I replace every 3 years (not all at the same time). I prefer to run US Highways rather than Interstate Highways. Since US highways cross over Interstates, the Next Exit lets me know what is at those exits. The trucker's atlas let's me know what roads are not good for longish campers. Also easier to see the "truck bypass" for various small towns. I have noticed that there is a lot of truck traffic on the US highways. It seems that the truckers are going back to the old US Hwy routes. I know I can make better time bypassing Atlanta's Interstates and taking US441. Adds miles but saves me hours. Plus it's not as stressful. I use the CoPilot app on a cheapie Android tablet (it can go into my different vehicles). I plot my routes online. I use my own personalized travel maps built in Google My Maps as well as Google Maps. I double check with my trucker's atlas. I outline the route in my sheet protected map. I check the Next Exit for potential stops. I load it into my CoPilot app. #1 Get out and use a tape measure to see how tall you REALLY are. That not only means the distance from the ground to the top of the roof but also any thingy that sticks up above the roof (including antennas). If you are in a fiver, hook it up and measure the highest point. Write the highest measurement down and stick it someplace that you can easily see it without searching for it. You might want to include your loaded weight in pounds and tons as many bridges on secondary roads are rated in tons.
LMHS 03/02/23 10:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pets left alone in RV at campground?

Weekenders vs Fulltimers Fulltime. Current park allows pets to be left inside rigs. Not barkers. Not left out all day and/or overnight. If the park you prefer does not allow pets to be left alone, then change your preferences. Previous park made a rule that didn't allow dogs to be put in a kennel crate outside, unattended. That was because some worthless weekenders took off for almost a week and left their two dogs in a kennel crate covered with a black cover... in NM summer. No one knew. One dog died, one barely survived. The people were arrested when they finally showed back up.
LMHS 02/26/23 07:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Filing up DEF

Could you not just go buy a jerry can with a long nozzle, label it as "DEF ONLY" and use that? If the nozzle still isn't long enough, could you buy a clear flexible vinyl tube that fits over the end of the nozzle and fits into the DEF fill? Just wondering. I don't think that there is anything magical about the factory DEF containers. But I may be wrong.
LMHS 02/23/23 11:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No place to camp in Florida

Perhaps you need to broaden your camping experience? Try some of the lesser known, less popular parks. It really depends on why you are going to the places that you are going. If you are hung up on state parks because you think they are cheaper, try the city/county parks. As for private parks, I find that Passport America gets the price to the same or below state parks (which are pricing themselves out of my range for a partial hookup site). I tend to use parks as a place to park my rolling motel room and visit the local area. I don't stay in "destination" parks. There are more things to see than what's inside a "destination" park. I will give you a tip, there are plenty of parks that are nice but get a bad rating because some people are intimidated by the "permanent" RVers. Or "older RVs". Is that you? People tend to stay long term for two reasons.... price and people. I am a "permanent" in an "older RV". I promise that you and your shiny new RV won't get cooties from me or my older RV. As a matter of fact, I would probably never say anything to you. It's the dreaded "overnighters" that trash and tear our park. And that goes for every park that I have long termed in. I lived, long term, in one park that consistently got bad reviews for having long term "permanent" rvers who were pushed out of the way, against a wall. That left all the pull-thru sites open. But the pull thru sites were w/e and they used the dump station. The horrible terrible "permanents" who were all in the shortish back in sites had sewer hookups. Some of the reviews got really nasty because the full hook up were used by the long term. Yet, even when there were FHU sites open, they didn't stay over night in them. I think it had to do with being next to a long term "permanent." Did they think they were going to be robbed? Oddly, the only people who stole from us was the overnighters.
LMHS 02/22/23 09:29am RV Lifestyle
RE: Best security cameras for travel trailer?

Try looking at and their "party plan". Just dont plan on connecting anything else to it. Visible does not state this in their material or website, but you can only connect one device at a time to their phones. To use the Visible cellphone as a hotspot with multiple devices, you need to use a router. I use a router. My laptop connects to the router. The Firestick connects to the router. When at home, my cellphone defaults to the router. The Switch connects to the router. The printer connects to the router. Etc. The router connects to the phone which sits on a charging pad (came with the phone) Visible no longer has the "party" plan. It's now $30/mo for the cheapest plan. The cheapest cell phone I could find to use as a hotspot was $100 (Visible Midnight). I bought a Beryl router I used a someone else's information to set up the router and phone I downloaded the document and opened it to edit. I saved all the settings in the document that applied to the phone that I used. This way I can set it up again if I need to. I also changed the sequence in the set up slightly (dim the phone AFTER you get it all set up otherwise you can't see the screen). Just another option.
LMHS 02/22/23 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Little Rock, AR to Jackson, MS

Could do what I do. I open up Google Maps and drop that little dude onto the highway in several places. Mostly in towns that the US highway takes me thru the middle or and places where there is a left hand turn to see if there is a traffic light and/or turn lane.
LMHS 02/18/23 09:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Washer issue driving me nuts

Using an HE (High Efficiency) washer is different than the previous generation of washers. You can't just shove dirty clothes in a big wad. You have to use a light hand and run a smaller load of clothes. I used to get stuck in the appliance dept at Home Depot. I learned a lot about HE washers because so many people had problems with them. Turned out they just needed to adjust how they loaded the machine. Kinda like going from a 700W microwave to a 1000W microwave. There will be some adjustments that need to be learned. HE washers just work better with liquid detergents. So do HE dishwashers and the small countertop dishwashers. I have a Whirlpool Cabrio TOP LOAD HE washer. I find that I need to put clothes in the bottom of of the tub in a single clump, one item at a time. I start out spacing the clumped items, 6 items in the first layer, evenly around the tub. Then I put a second layer, lightly laid on top of the first layer but off set between the first layer clumps. With shirts, I can run a 3rd layer. I add a Color Catcher sheet and about a cup of baking powder on top of the dry clothes. I buy baking soda in 15 pound bags from Sam's Club. I use 2 TBSP of a low sudsing coconut oil based liquid dish detergent. The brand I use is the PINK dish detergent from Sam's Club. I use white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser. I don't use fabric softener in the washer or dryer. I have allergies to many of the fragrances used in laundry detergents. I run most loads on Normal wash/Heavy soil/High spin/cold wash-cold rinse/Deep clean cycle. My daughter works at Harbor Freight and her work clothes are full of dirty mineral oil. They do come out clean. I don't pretreat her clothes either. Bedding, coats and towels (I have bath sheets which are heavy oversized towels) are washed on Bulky Wash with all the other settings the same. Bulky Wash uses a higher level of water. But it's still not like the non-HE washers. I used the same settings and methods when I was using my other daughter's front load HE washer. I also wiped out the door gasket with every use since we had dog hair in the laundry loads.
LMHS 02/04/23 07:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to keep a TC from being stolen when not on the truck?

Got a Stabile Lift on the old camper. It would be difficult to keep the camper on the truck with only half of the Stabile Lift system. The other half is attached to the frame under the truck. Also, while we have done a lot of work to the inside of the camper and upgraded a lot of things that you can't easily see, the outside looks "rough". It looks like a ragged out 1994 Lance truck camper. With a redneck "back porch" added to it. And we like it like that. I don't mind parking next to a shiny new looking truck camper. They will probably break into the shiny new looking rig before they break into mine.
LMHS 02/03/23 05:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Washer issue driving me nuts

HE washers, top load and front load, are supposed to have a "cleaning" cycle run once a month (I think Splendide manufacturer says every 30 washes). It should have come with the directions for your washer. My HE top loader has a "clean" cycle (just add bleach) just for cleaning. I find it easier to run the clean cycle on the 1st day of every month. Otherwise you can buy a product called Affresh and run that in a cleaning cycle OR a short cycle (NOT a fill and dump cycle but an actual wash cycle). On a front loader, you MUST wipe out the backside channel of the flange around the door as it will smell nasty and can also make your clothes smell. You may not notice your clothes smelling if you use a heavily scented fabric softener or detergent (do you smell like "Eau de Gain" or a similar detergent/softener?). Don't forget to clean the detergent/bleach/softener dispenser cups.
LMHS 02/02/23 09:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone awitch to new Visible Plans?

Ticks my daughter off because she has an S22 and they will require that she buy the same model of phone yet again. No 5G anywhere near us nor will we go to Mexico or Canada. So we can't see paying for things we won't use. Guess I'm not following. Why buy again? You can bring your own Samsung S22 on Visible. I have been corrected. Her less than 2yo phone is an Samsumg A13 5G. She WANTS the S22. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S8. It's a few years old. Both phones are unlocked. Both phones were bought outright. We input her IMEI number. The website says it is not eligible to bring. Neither is my phone. So we will buy new phones YET again. The Visible Midnight that I bought seemed to be a decent enough phone and that will probably be what I get for myself. My daughter wants one that takes good pictures because she is an artist and tends to upload her art.
LMHS 01/31/23 10:37am Technology Corner
RE: Generator question

May I make a suggestion? When you are looking at the fuel use of the generators, many manufacturers list it XX hours at XX gallons. What they often do not mention is that those figures are for operating at 50% of running watts. When I sized for my bus, I added up what I wanted to operate. Upped the starting watts for all the compressors (I doubled running watts to get my compressor start ups). I only figured one AC unit since I would only run AC in the bedroom overnight. Then I doubled all that. That's how I came up with the running watts I needed. Another thing you have to be very careful about, or ignore it completely, is the decibel ratings. Seems like no two manufacturers use the same distance. I have a cheap open frame contractor LP generator. I can stand at the from of my 40 ft bus and I can carry on a normal conversation with the generator running at the rear of the bus. For that my suggestion is to find youtube videos and listen to the generators. Since I operate my generator in parking lots, normally next to a semi-truck that is idling all night long, I don't really care a whole lot about the decibel rating.
LMHS 01/30/23 10:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone awitch to new Visible Plans?

$30 plan for a hotspot. Got the cheapest phone they had at the time ($100 Visible Midnight). No phone we own will qualify to transfer. Never does. Ticks my daughter off because she has an S22 and they will require that she buy the same model of phone yet again. No 5G anywhere near us nor will we go to Mexico or Canada. So we can't see paying for things we won't use.
LMHS 01/30/23 10:50am Technology Corner
RE: Verizon Grandfathered Unlimited Plan

I use Visible. Where I live is "rural".
LMHS 01/26/23 06:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Roadtrip by car vs RV, a couple of thoughts...

I think that how much using a camper costs vs flying has far too many variables to just make a blanket statement. Sounds more like some are trying to validate having a camper while others are trying to validate the decision to get rid of it. So you people are flying with your dogs? I've never tried that. I don't think the dog would tolerate that. I'm not sure a planeload of people would enjoy listening to her sing the ancient dirges of her people (aka "rooing"). She has a lovely singing voice that carries well... just ask her. "Paid for" used (cheap) slide in truck camper + "paid for" used pickup truck + a few fairly cheap modifications (to allow parking overnight in parking lots) = cost of fuel to travel. Also it's 3 hours to a major airport on one end of the flight and 1 hour on the other end to visit family (requires a car rental on the destination end) + hotel room + eating every meal out. I know what it costs for the same trip taken in the truck camper (2022). In Feb, I'll find out what it will cost to make the same trip in a plane (both my daughters cooped up in a plane together, then cooped up together in a rental, for 3 days). And there's also the 3 hours worth of gas in my Jeep to and from the major city with the major airport. I'm losing my jeep for 5 days because it's 4WD and the roads in winter are unpredictable. I'm the lucky one, I get to stay home with a dog that will be freaked out because her "mummy" is gone. Basically the cost of allowing the dog to go traveling in comfort is priceless.
LMHS 01/25/23 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

This was on another RV forum.
LMHS 01/23/23 11:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVIA Certificate?

I would just take a pic with my cellphone of any RVIA sticker on any trailer. The RVIA Standards are a joke. The manufacturers dream up "standards" that they don't even need to follow. It says so right in the front of the RVIA's NFPA 1192 Standard on Recreational Vehicles. I know because I bought one of the books back when I converted my bus.
LMHS 01/18/23 12:19pm General RVing Issues
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