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RE: RV Park Reviews

As far as adding advertisements, that is how they make money, its the business model. If not for the ads, none of their sites would exist. They're not doing it for fun to provide a free public service. Yet the people who contribute the reviews that are the backbone of the site do it to provide a free public service. I just went to the website and couldn't tell from the reviews if a campground I was looking at has electric hookups, so I looked at the "amenities" section, but you have to log in to see the list. Grrrrrr.
Rice 01/18/20 04:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Washing clothes while underway

Those of you with washer/dryers in their RVS, while a dryer usually needs a lot of electricity, are RV inverters usually big enough to run the washer while underway? I, like others, am uneasy about how the spinning of the washing machine would interact with the RV jostling down the road. But to answer your question, I used a Kill-a-Watt to measure the electrical draw of my old Splendide 2000 combo unit. The most it used while washing was during the super-high spin at the end of the cycle, with the pump running (the pump runs only intermittently during spinning). That was about 400 watts. During the regular spin cycle, it used 240 watts when the pump was also running. The pump itself uses about 100 watts. The wash cycle, where the drum turns one way and then the other, maxed out at 150 watts. For the full 1 hour and 15 minute cycle (one wash, three rinses), it used 0.210 kilowatt hours. That would be about 18 amp hours out of the batteries. When washing, the Splendide is not a high-amp appliance like a microwave or hair dryer.
Rice 12/31/19 01:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for info on TSD Logistics

Thanks for implying that I don't know how to drive an RV. After 20+ years of fulltiming (truly, traveling and no home base) and over 300,000 miles of driving I'm pretty sure I know how to drive. However, pulling off at a random exit because Gas Buddy says that exit has cheap gas will not ensure that you find a gas station your RV will be able to easily maneuver in and out of. I am on a time schedule as I travel on business and getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible is top priority. Using truck stops to save time, and possible frustration, is well worth it to us. If you're going to be using the major brand truck stops no matter what, then the TSD discount is a no-brainer, although it must sting to know that you've been sometimes paying $1 extra a gallon for the privilege because they are happy to gouge RVers by not offering them the same discount they offer truckers. And likewise, pulling off at a random exit because Gas Buddy shows good diesel prices there, without knowing anything about the stations, is a terrible idea. I'm a very skilled driver, but I never want to mix it up with regular people filling in a gas station if I can help it, and I sure as hell don't want to go driving around neighborhoods in search of an accessible station. We've been fulltiming for 16 years now (also "truly, traveling and no home base"), and over the years I've built up a really good map of fueling locations that are either independent (i.e., not Love's, etc.) truck stops, or gas stations that have truck pumps that are easily accessible in my motorhome + toad. When driving, I make a note every time I see a station with truck pumps that I didn't already know about, and add it to my database. Then I can use Gas Buddy to check the price at that station that I know is accessible next time I'm going by there. It's also possible to scout places using satellite images and street views, so not being local doesn't make it impossible to find alternative fueling locations, although it's not as "easy" as just pulling into Love's. There are lots of them out there, and I've avoided using Love's and the like for years, if I have an alternative. But if you don't want to actually or virtually scout, with the TSD discount, you can at least know that you're no longer being gouged by paying the price on the sign that you've previously been paying, which appears to be only for suckers.
Rice 12/30/19 02:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for info on TSD Logistics

Please, don't plan! Don't take advantage of something that might save you money! No one cares! See what it costs you when you try to pull into a regular gas station and put a groove in the side of your RV. It's all about choices. No one is saying you have to make this choice but this choice is a good one for most RVers with diesel RV's. It's an excellent choice for RVers with diesel RVs who are buying their diesel at places like Love's with inflated diesel prices. But the major-name truck stops aren't the only places accessible by big RVs. I noticed the high diesel prices at places like Love's a while back, and started seeking out other stations with accessible truck pumps, and almost never end up at Love's or Pilot or whatever.
Rice 12/26/19 11:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for info on TSD Logistics

Plenty of posts on this and the savings average 30-40 cents on an inflated price. Right. My experience is that it just gets the inflated truck stop price down to what other places in the vicinity (including stations with diesel pump islands for trucks) charge. So it's handy for that, if you really want to go to Love's or whatever. But don't fool yourself into thinking you're "saving" 40 cents when what you end up paying is the same as other stations around there.
Rice 12/19/19 06:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Park Reviews

What I hate about it is that I can no longer get a useful listing of all the RV parks in a town. Previously, it would give a list of all of them on a single page, and the 3 latest reviews for each. I could scroll down and kind of get a feel for the types of RV parks available, glancing at the price and reviews of each without having to click anywhere else. No longer. Now I get a list and a map, and I have to click on each one individually to get any information, and when I do, the formatting makes me have to scroll like a madman because of (a)nother map, then photos, then tips, and when I finally get to the reviews, there are five per page. Shoot, I used to get three per page, with all the parks on the same page, still with the opportunity to click on an individual park if I wanted more information. I hate it.
Rice 12/19/19 06:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New RV TV show 11/17/19

Well, I didn't read all of this discussion thread or watch the show ... but I'll just bet that: The topic(s) didn't include how to boondock camp for several days out in the middle of nowhere without having to run into a town for entertainment, or to restock something, every other day in a towed vehicle or a tow vehicle. Actually, the show had a lot of practical boondocking content.
Rice 12/09/19 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: New RV TV show 11/17/19

WHEW! I thought there was something being said about the Morton’s. About the Morton's what? And which Morton are you talking about? Edit--Oops! Didn't see JKJavelin's reply. I give some leeway to news programs and newspapers, which have to get stuff up on the screen quickly, and mistakes do happen. But for anything with a longer lead time, like magazines and TV commercials, there's no excuse.
Rice 11/26/19 05:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: New RV TV show 11/17/19

"And I noticed that in that commercial, it identified them as "Morton's" on the move. Arrrgh." What is your point? I'll just assume that you're among the legions of RVers, along with whoever made the battery commercial, who don't know how to make a name plural. Hint: you don't use what I referred to as the execrable apostrophe.
Rice 11/25/19 12:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: New RV TV show 11/17/19

I noticed that the Mortons have a bank of $1000 a pop Battle Born LiFePO4 batteries and are also appearing in their commercial. And I noticed that in that commercial, it identified them as "Morton's" on the move. Arrrgh. Then again, that's pretty authentic because almost every sign that people put in front of their RVs uses that execrable apostrophe: The Smith's. I wonder, though, if there are two types of commercials on shows that buy time on a network. Like in this case, there were some that were pretty clearly "Discovery" commercials, like Arby's, and some that were very specific to the show, like for the batteries. Maybe that's why there were so many--two different sources. But surely that would all be spelled out in the contract, so it shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone involved in the show how many commercials there would be. Maybe they thought Discovery wouldn't be running any of their own?? And to be honest, some of this was the show's fault. After every break, they came back with a "This show is sponsored by..." thing, which is, of course, a commercial. That's on them.
Rice 11/25/19 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: New RV TV show 11/17/19

8 AM??? That reeks of bought time for advertising. Hope I'm wrong. At the end, it says in tiny print: "The preceding program was sponsored by Four Points Television Productions. Any websites mentioned in the program are not endorsed by or affiliated with Discovery Inc." Sounds to me like the program buys the air time. However, it looked to me like Discovery still runs some of their own ads, like for Arby's and for their own TV shows. Didn’t care for the driving segment. He wasn’t having her watch the swing on the rear. And the push pull of the hands was crazy. Made it much harder to drive that way. I didn't see the first episode, but they continued the driving in the second episode, and the push-pull steering surprised me. It appeared she was having to do it because she was sitting so far back from the wheel that she couldn't reach the top of the wheel, and I thought, "Hey, move the seat forward." But apparently that push-pull (or shuffle) steering is what's taught in driving schools, including truck driving schools. I personally don't like it. I also noticed that the instructor wasn't wearing a seat belt when they were driving around on the streets. I watched Technomadia's posts as they originally aired it and you could read the heartbreak in their comments. I don't understand. They're heartbroken about the show??
Rice 11/24/19 11:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Missing couple camping on Padre Island confirmed dead

I had just watched one of the videos by Grand Adventure on You Tube, he was there a couple of weeks ago and had gone on the beach near the end of South Padre , showed the River there and people in the middle of the river apparently going back and forth. They didn't camp there for that reason. The couple's bodies were found on Padre Island, not South Padre Island. They were camping 175 miles from the border in Brownsville.
Rice 11/05/19 10:08pm RV Lifestyle
RE: NYC - Central Park

About 20 years ago, a friend and I took what turned out to be a private bike tour of Central Park. It was a couple of hours, and the girl leading it showed us her favorite little places, like the Bow Bridge and the Ramble. Having a bike makes it possible to see a LOT more of the park than walking. That said, I was poking around and noticed a "hidden secrets" walking tour. I know nothing about it other than reading the website. If Central Park is a high priority for you, then using a bike to cover more distance and sights, and adding the "hidden secrets" tour or something like it, might be a good combination. The same year I took the bike tour, I took a tour on one of the open-top double-decker buses, and when going down 5th Avenue along the park, the guide pointed out Harlem Meer and said it was the Reservoir. Argh. Suffice to say the park was best done with someone who loves it in particular. As for burgers, in my opinion they are too variable to name a "best" because it depends on what a person likes, but an interesting place is Burger Joint in the Parker Meridian hotel on 56th Street. The entrance is in the lobby of this fancy hotel, behind a curtain, marked with a neon hamburger. Just burgers and fries in a very small space (best to avoid lunch hour), but interesting because it's just so odd that it's there.
Rice 08/21/19 04:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: AC question

Fridge won't eat up much utility cost. It depends on the unit. My four-door Norcold uses about 7 kwh/day when it's on electric in moderate conditions. In the summer in South Texas, it will be running close to 24 hours/day, which would be about 10 kwh/day. That accounts for about half my electric use if I'm not using the air conditioner.
Rice 08/09/19 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can't report posts to moderator

The top of each forum section tells you moderator of that section. Aah, thank you. I hadn't gone to the "table of contents" part, and have now sent a PM to the moderator. And thank you to Iraqvet05 for letting me know it's not just on my end that this is a problem; I had very marginal internet service and wondered if the "report" was just taking too long. Apparently it's a system-wide issue. This has been a learning experience, not least that irony is alive and well in this little corner of the internet.
Rice 08/07/19 11:41am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Can't report posts to moderator

Is there an alternate way to report posts? Yep just PM them.:S PM who? I've been using the "notify moderator" link that's on every post, and that's what's broken.
Rice 08/07/19 10:33am Forum Posting Help and Support
Can't report posts to moderator

I've tried at least a dozen times, over the course of several days, to report a post for political content, and every time I get this: We're sorry. An error has occurred. We are unable to process your request due to an error with our site. If you receive this message again, we may be experiencing some system difficulties. An email has been sent to our development staff to diagnose the problem. Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience. Is there an alternate way to report posts?
Rice 08/07/19 08:22am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Need Help on how to get health insurance while traveling

There are two types of this kind of coverage in an auto insurance policy: medical payments (Med Pay) and personal injury protection (PIP). In some states, PIP coverage is mandatory, so people might already have it without realizing it. PIP covers more than Med Pay (e.g., lost wages), and is generally more expensive. The details vary by state. But your suggestion made me think about what I have. I know that I opted for Med Pay on my RV policy, but I'm not sure whether I have Med Pay or PIP on my toad's policy--they are with different companies, and I shop the RV policy heavily, while I've had my toad insured with the same company for years, so I haven't thought about the toad's insurance in a long time. I need to check into that.
Rice 08/05/19 11:15pm Full-time RVing
RE: Can’t insure full-time camper and truck

None of this applies to those of you who’ve had your insurance for years - you all have your individual solutions and for the time being these are working. But really, you never know insurance is actually working until you file a claim. Furthermore, as was alluded to upthread but not made really clear, one of the things a fulltimer policy gets you is the liability coverage that a typical homeowner's or renter's policy includes. Using the suggestions here will not result in having that coverage. That's a risk someone might want to take, but they should know they're doing it. In the case of my motorhome (I know I'm in the truck camper forum), the fulltimer liability portion is less than $100/year, so obviously the really high "true" fulltimer quote you got wasn't high just because of providing that coverage, and the other considerations you mentioned must affect the rate for truck campers. Me and wife don't make accidents so I am buying liability only coverage. Something I found out that surprised me is that if your vehicle is damaged by a hit and run driver who is never identified, it's your own collision coverage that covers it. Or, that's the way it is on my policy (not in a no-fault state--I don't know anything about those). That surprised me, although I'll admit I'd never given it a lot of thought. I always associated collision coverage with protecting myself only from my own acts, but that's not the case. I have never been at fault in an an accident in 38 years of driving and thus enjoy very low premiums but I am the first to realize I am not infallible. We don't have loans on our truck or camper but I really wouldn't want to repay for these things out of pocket in the event of an accident. The comprehensive part of the bill just isn't that high to take the risk. Maybe in 5 years or so... I agree that comprehensive coverage isn't very expensive, but that doesn't cover anything in a wreck where you're at fault. Comprehensive is for damage not caused by another vehicle, like hail. Collision is what covers your car if you're at fault in a wreck, and it tends to be pretty expensive.
Rice 08/05/19 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Help on how to get health insurance while traveling

Have you considered getting one of those Medical Evacuation / Air Ambulance policies that will fly you back to your home state where your regular insurance will cover you? ... Hope that helps . . . I think it does! I went to the link you gave and it looks very interesting. I did quotes for people under 75: for one person it's $525/year, and for two people it's $725/year. Of course the devil is in the details, as always, and I wouldn't get it without first looking at the actual plan documents. And it's of no help for fulltimers who are interested in a way to get routine medical care while traveling, but for healthy people who can't get insurance with a nationwide network and don't want to get wiped out because of an emergency, it might be a viable option. Thanks for throwing something new in the mix!
Rice 08/05/19 11:30am Full-time RVing
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