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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
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

I think it is a nice floorplan for 2 people, but it definitely doesn't have a lot of storage for food or clothing. That would be the only real drawback I see by looking at just the floorplan. Also, is there a designated place to put that removable table when it's removed? That would be a real consideration for me since I wouldn't want to lay it on the bed or put it in the shower or.....
Merrykalia 01/17/21 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

Covid had not altered my camping s far and I doubt that it will. I'm not worried about it altering my camping, I'm worried about it altering my LIVING!! I'll take the vaccine as soon as it's open for persons with compromised immune systems from cancer and auto-immune diseases.
Merrykalia 01/14/21 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: First camp trip?

It's nose-high, so sleeping in it might be hard. You'll either roll out of be "down hill".:) Either way, have a great time.
Merrykalia 01/14/21 02:39pm Beginning RVing
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

I have owned and cooked in 6 different campers...popup, hybrid, travel trailer, 2 different fifth wheels and now a motorhome. I could cook up a good meal in all of them...some, just a bit easier. The popup had a tiny fridge and 2 burners. That limited what we could do inside, so I mostly cooked outside under a canopy. The hybrid was a bit more challenging because the stove was directly across from the bathroom door. Again, most of it was done outside. A trailer is matter how big it is, compared to a residential kitchen, it's small. The use of a burner also heats up the camper quickly, even in cold weather. It also produces lots and lots of steam, which produces condensation, which can produce lots of problems down the road. Each Thanksgiving, I fix a full holiday meal in our camper, or outside of our camper. Over the years, we have purchased some really good equipment that we carry with us...a grill, a flat-top griddle, a butane burner and a CampChef oven. These are my mobile kitchen essentials and I can use them anywhere. My suggestion is to look at a camper that has good storage and don't buy something because it says "airstream", but look for good quality vs investment cost. Plan to set up an outside kitchen that can be used in any weather. Good luck.
Merrykalia 12/21/20 04:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Concerns About Going Full Time

Most folks spend several years getting ready to full-time, then several more months actually doing it. You seem to have gotten a wild-hair and just did it. If this doesn't work out like you had hoped, do you have a backup plan? Seems like if you can sell the camper and truck, you can hop right back into the rental market there in NYC pretty quickly. You are right, most "ladies" aren't going to want to go back to the marina and hop into the back of a truck, but.....if you find the right one. Winter will be your big test. If you can keep warm, keep things from freezing and enjoy it, you are pretty much there. The summers will also be trying when you are cooling the thing down. I hope you have found what you are looking for. You are only young once, so enjoy it.
Merrykalia 12/18/20 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: February trip south on the East Coast

It will be COLD until you get east enough to get the ocean breeze. Then it'll be cool. We HATE Myrtle Beach, just too much! Too much traffic, people, etc. We enjoy smaller parks and ocean destinations. If you like the crowded cities, try Myrtle Beach, but even North Myrtle is too much for me. Head a bit further south (warmer, too) and check out Hunting Island SP (outside Beaufort, SC). Campground right on the beach. Jekyll Island is really a fun trip, but you will also still be on the cool side in February. We were in Miami last year at the end of February and it was in the high 70s, but up in GA, it was 40 degrees. At home in the mtns of Va, it was 10! Gulf Shores, AL, Destin, FL, Pensacola, FL are all great visits. If you are wanting warm temps, you must head to south Florida and good luck getting a reservation there.
Merrykalia 12/16/20 04:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Not Utilizing RV Parks or Boondocking

I purchased my RV so I didn't HAVE to use hotels/motels, where who knows who slept or was IN the bed the night before. I don't know for a FACT that the sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforters have been cleaned, don't know if the toilet was sanitized and other areas. In my own RV, I know who slept in the bed, what was done, when the sheets were changed, when the toilet was cleaned, etc. I will say that we were heading toward a girls' week beach vacation and my friend got off work late, so we left about 3 hours late. I had a stop in mind to camp halfway, but it started raining about 2 hours into the trip. When we got to the halfway point, we kept driving and got within a couple hours from the beach and pulled into a hotel about midnight and spent the night. I had a popup at the time and she had never helped me set it up and in the rain, at night, was not the time to teach her. We got up in the am and arrived at the beach by 11 am. Had a most fabulous week!
Merrykalia 11/07/20 11:05am General RVing Issues
RE: OK to TN

Both DH and I are retired, but our kids are still in school, even this year. We spend May until September getting in as much camping as we can. If we are traveling lots of miles to somewhere, we will have one long day(8 hrs) , then a short day, and if needed, then another long day. Our short day is from about 10 am until 2 or 3 pm with a short stop in the middle. You can still cover quite a bit of mileage doing that. We don't need two days to recover from a long drive, if we did, we probably wouldn't still be traveling.
Merrykalia 11/07/20 10:56am Roads and Routes
RE: OK to TN

We are staying at "The Ridge"! It's a great place. Do you know which site you are in? We were in Site #5 and we did get some traffic noise, but during the day, it was BAD, but in the evenings (after Dollywood closed down), it wasn't too bad. Sirens from rescue squads were obnoxious during the day.
Merrykalia 10/19/20 06:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: OK to TN

I don't know where you are staying in Sevierville, but I can highly recommend The Ridge Outdoor Resort. It's definitely big rig friendly. We had a 43' fifth wheel when we were there in July.
Merrykalia 10/19/20 10:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Virus while camping

We all got sick in December and January. Tested neg for flu and strep, but we were all SICK! We stayed at home in March and April, but began camping again in May. We have camped in Tennessee and Virginia throughout the summer. None of us have gotten sick, but we CAMP! We don't use the camper just as a hotel. We cook most of our food at the campground, we use the amenities, but try to keep our distance from others. We have hosted in a state park for the last month and are having a great time, but again, we don't go into others' campers, we stick pretty much here. We do grocery pickup and we wear masks, as do most others in our area.
Merrykalia 08/24/20 12:21pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Campground on river VA/WV/KY

Thank you. I looked up the directions to camp clinch and it looked pretty windy up 31 to get into the valley. Will a 35’ camper fit up those roads ok? It is windy and the pavement runs out about 2 miles from the campground, but we have taken our 43' fifth wheel in there with no problem. You have to go slow and there is only one lane part of the way, but I have seen a couple of large buses in there and we have gone several times, along with friends that have large fifth wheels. (Sorry it took so long to get back with you, been on vacay and did not use any internet).
Merrykalia 07/26/20 08:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground on river VA/WV/KY

For something away from the crowds of the New River Valley and those large campgrounds, check out Camp Clinch. It is only about 20 minutes from I-81 in the Great Southwest of Virginina. They have WIFI, but cell service is pretty non-existent. Natural Tunnel SP is about 10 minutes away and also offers camping, but it is not ON the river. You get mountains, you get trails, you get a river, a full hookup site and plenty of silence. If you want to venture to TN, Douglas Dam Headwater Campground is right on Douglas Lake, a part of the Tennessee Valley Authority. There aren't many trails close by, but you are right on the lake.
Merrykalia 07/11/20 03:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lacrosse quality?

Your best bet is to get on the Prime Time Forum and see what kind of problems OWNERS are experiencing, not what others have HEARD. More than anything, you need to find out what kind of warranty and more importantly, service from the dealership that you purchase from. The RV industry is being inundated with new RVers who want all the bells and whistles, but have no idea what really counts - the workmanship. You will get all sorts of workmanship extremes (both ways) on any RV brand. Once you find what you want, go over it with a fine tooth comb, or have someone who knows to do it for/with you. That is how you can guarantee to some extent, not purchasing a lemon.
Merrykalia 07/06/20 06:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Outside Shower Mods/Upgrades

We have not had a truck camper, but when we are at the beach, we use the outside shower on our TT and now our fifth wheel. A hula hoop, shower rings, 2 shower curtains (to give some enter/exit room) and a teak bath mat to stand on are all you need and can be purchased at the Dollar store for....$1 except for the teak bath mat. If you don't have the teak bathmat, make a quick easy one using left-over wood or pallet wood, just something for water to run thru and to keep your feet from being in the mud. We installed a Command hook or two on the outside of the camper to hang our towel and other needed items. We will use the cheap hose and nozzle that came on the camper until it breaks, then upgrade to a newer better one. We hook the hula hoop up to 2 ropes and run across the top of the camper and secure to hold it up at the correct height for whomever is using it. It's not a permanent solution, but it's pretty durn easy and cheap to fix up. It keeps the sand and stuff out of my holding tanks, mykids think it's a hoot to take a shower outside. Don't forget to get a shower curtain that you can't see through!:o I will shower naked, but have a bath robe hanging off the Command to slip on so I don't have to dry off inside the hula hoop, which can be confining.
Merrykalia 06/28/20 11:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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