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RE: advice for a newbie

I agree with Larry Cad. We started with a small popup and DH and I took it to a school parking lot. We had 4 cones that i borrowed from our local police department. We set them up, drove around them, between them,etc. going forward. THEN, we started backing into place. We laughed, we yelled, we giggled, but we finally got it. It was not a quick process. We finally settled on me backing the camper and DH out spotting for me. It has worked for over 30 years with us backing in that way. Both of us can do it, but I am a bit more proficient. We have had 6 different campers in that length of time from the popup, hybrid, bunkhouse TT, 2 5ers and now with have a diesel pusher.
Merrykalia 03/27/21 09:22am Beginning RVing
RE: For the Kids: Hobo Pouches, Hobo Packs, Foil Packet Dinners

This is our "go-to" for large gatherings. We fix all the meat and veggies, have sauces and other goodies and we tear the foil for the packets prior to. We set everything out and everyone fixes their own, including kids. My kids have been doing this since they were 3 or 4. They know they must have veggies and a bit of protein, otherwise, the choices were theirs.
Merrykalia 03/23/21 06:41pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tips/Tricks/info on Full-time RV'ing For Beginners

Do a GOOGLE search of full-time RVing and you will find a plethora of websites and blogs about just that. You will get much better information there than on here when very few are full-time RVers and you will find lots of TROLLS who just start arguments and have no idea what they are talking about. I know that a family who have full-timed for 3-4 years have a blog called LEARN TO RV. He works in tech and does that on the road.
Merrykalia 03/21/21 10:33am Full-time RVing
RE: Delaware and Maryland camping help

If you are in Fenwick Beach, you are about 30 minutes north of Ocean City, MD. You can experience EVERYTHING there. You will also be about an hour and a half north of Assateague and Chincoteague.
Merrykalia 03/15/21 02:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Star Link

This school referenced above is in the Appalachian Mountains in Wise County Virginia. If you look at a map, we are in the little triangle on the western end of Virginia. We are actually classified as living in the "south", below the Mason Dixon line. If you want to look up the school system, google Wise County Virginia schools.
Merrykalia 03/15/21 02:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Star Link

As I stated above, a local school system is testing for Starlink and this is from the tech director. "We have installed the service in 45 homes to serve students in Wise County. I will say with confidence that if you have been relying on HughesNet then you will be blown away. SpaceX continues to launch satellites to make it even better and to support more connections, but our families have seen download speeds of 60mbps to 150 Mbps. The satellite receiver will face to the Northern sky, opposite of your current dish, and the installation app helps you place it to avoid obstructions that could interfere with service. While there are moments of disconnect (not ideal for gaming), more satellites are being launched monthly to reduce that. Hope this helps. Note: it was not used to replace existing service providers as we targeted families without availability to broadband. "
Merrykalia 03/12/21 12:38pm Technology Corner
RE: TT Floorplan with recliners on back

I do have a comment on that floorplan, at least the 27RLLS. It might matter to you or it might not. I always thought that would be a great floorplan, but then I sat down at the seat closest to the door and couldn't see around the sink countertop. There was a coffee cup sitting there that blocked the tv.
Merrykalia 03/06/21 07:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Resuming Rving... ideas dealing with Covid.

While in NOLA just after Christmas, the city had a "mask mandate" when IN PUBLIC and 95% of people complied with it. Most all of the stores in the city were requiring masks if you came in. I saw several people be turned away from entering restaurants and stores because they refused the wear a mask. It was also that way in Galveston at the pier. We went to a restaurant there and they had tables spread out pretty well and servers were masked. If the OP is paranoid (possibly with good reason), partying on Bourbon Street doesn't make a lot of sense. Masks or no masks. Taking a walk by himself in the woods and then showering in his RV shower...no significant risk. My intentions were to say that most people were abiding by the mandate and not complaining about using the masks and the mandate was being backed up by the stores/restaurnts. We were not "partying" since we were there with our two teenage daughters and were there during the day. Most everything closed down about 8 pm so there is very little partying going on there at the moment.
Merrykalia 03/06/21 06:35pm Family Camping
RE: Star Link

One of our local school systems are using it to extend internet services to some of their students who live in very rural, mountainous areas of our county. According to our technology director, it's working well. These are residences that don't move, so...
Merrykalia 03/05/21 01:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Resuming Rving... ideas dealing with Covid.

While in NOLA just after Christmas, the city had a "mask mandate" when IN PUBLIC and 95% of people complied with it. Most all of the stores in the city were requiring masks if you came in. I saw several people be turned away from entering restaurants and stores because they refused the wear a mask. It was also that way in Galveston at the pier. We went to a restaurant there and they had tables spread out pretty well and servers were masked.
Merrykalia 03/02/21 01:59pm Family Camping
RE: What is It?

I see you found an answer. It looks to me like it may be a great way to separate a bunch of eggwhites from the yolks. I have 10 of those....I use my fingers to separate eggs. Much easier quicker and they are always with me. Just wash before and after.
Merrykalia 03/01/21 06:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: U.S. Highway 17 Coastal Hwy from Savannah GA thru S Carolina

Never driven up the left coast, but have driven up both 17 and 13 on the east coast. Several times while towing our 35' TT and also not towing, we took it because I-95 was a parking lot and it was such an enjoyable drive, we started using it exclusively.
Merrykalia 03/01/21 06:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Resuming Rving... ideas dealing with Covid.

We have kept on camping and traveling in our motorhome. We do stop for fuel, but usually just use the MH , for bathroom facilities. Unless we need something, we mask up, fuel up, pull out. We are socially distanced from everyone except our family/friends (bubble). We (DH and I) have been vaccinated but our teenage daughters have not. Hopefully, that will occur soon. Keep on Camping!!!!
Merrykalia 03/01/21 06:47pm Family Camping
RE: Resuming Rving... ideas dealing with Covid.

We have kept on camping and traveling in our motorhome. We do stop for fuel, but usually just use the MH , for bathroom facilities. Unless we need something, we mask up, fuel up, pull out. We are socially distanced from everyone except our family/friends (bubble). We (DH and I) have been vaccinated but our teenage daughters have not. Hopefully, that will occur soon. Keep on Camping!!!!
Merrykalia 03/01/21 06:31pm Family Camping
RE: campground reservations

This year is going to be like last year....no way close to NORMAL, so reservations will probably be needed for any tourist area or anything close to the interstate system. I you KNOW where you are going to be, go ahead and reserve.
Merrykalia 03/01/21 06:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tennessee state parks

Each campground is different and COVID has changed the "norm" at most of the parks. We camped at Cove Lake SP, just north of Knoxville, back in October. A ranger was on duty when we arrived and checked us in at the station. The sign said that if the ranger was not available, to go on to your reserved site and the ranger would be by later to see if we needed anything. If I were concerned, I would call the park you are interested in.
Merrykalia 02/27/21 04:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Shopping for a Jeep Wrangler... maybe?

We also just purchased a toad for our motorhome, but we went with a Chevy Spark for the ease of flat towing, as well. In and around our area, a used Jeep is just not affordable. Most of them are going 2 and 3 K above the NADA pricing. We live in a mountain area that gets lots of snow, so a Jeep Wrangler is a daily driver instead of just a fun vehicle.
Merrykalia 02/09/21 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jayco or Grand Design

I would check reviews on the dealers and go with the one with the best reviews.
Merrykalia 02/01/21 03:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Federal Mask mandate

We just returned from a trip in our MOHO. We left on Christmas Day and returned on the 17th. We headed south for some warmth, spent some time in NOLA. They have a mask mandate when "in public". About 95% of the people on the streets and 98% of people inside the stores had on masks. There were signs all around stating the the city had a mask mandate in place. Most people abided by that. While in a couple of stores (didn't go in many), if someone walked in without a mask, the owner/employee would ask for masks to be worn. I saw some people leave instead.
Merrykalia 01/22/21 01:21pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Help me plan my trip please! RI, DE and MD

We did a 3 week excursion up to ME, RI, MA, DE and MD several years ago. We stayed at Ginny B's in Foster, RI. It had a large pond that my daughters enjoyed fishing in. They caught and released a couple of fish. It was not far from whatever Interstate we were driving on (sorry, it's been a while). There were lots of seasonal campers there, but they were all nice and welcoming. We were invited to dinner at one of our closest neighbors. In Maryland, I will suggest Point Lookout SP. It is at the very tip end of Southern Maryland (not on the DELMARVA peninsula) and is on the Chesapeake Bay, where the Potomac runs into it. There is lots of paddling on both the Potomac and the Chesapeake, as well as their lake. Being on the water, it is very buggy, but we had such a great time. (We hosted there for 3 summers in a row). My daughters were 6 and 9 when we started going and absolutely LOVED the Nature Center in the park. It had lots of programs specifically for under 12 kids. If you are wanting to get to the DELMARVA peninsula, the Delaware Seashore SP is right on the water. Not a lot of shade, but it is centrally located between Rehobeth Beach, DE and Ocean City, MD. Lots and lots of great seafood is available within a 15 minute drive from the SP. If you haven't Assateague and Chincoteague areas are definitely worth visiting with the wild ponies. The time you are planning to be there would be during the running of the ponies, so it might be hard to get a reservation. If you are unfamiliar with that, just google it. It's worth seeing.
Merrykalia 01/18/21 04:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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