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state by state closures and rules

Sd has no closure rules, as our governor does not have power to enact them, or to restrict interstate travel and commerce. Local authority such as state parks, Federal parks and lands can restrict with their authority can close access. I came across a national news story today that listed every states restriction and travel orders. SD had no restriction but thats only from the state level. Within the state, there are many closures, travel advisories from local and fed authorities. I like it that we do not have Big Brother here telling us what to do, how to live our lives. Its very apparent here that social interaction distancing has taken root well before recommendation. Our residents are first at heeding recomendations. So now, Im proud that we are the state with the distinction of being 51st at something. So glad to no longer be a camp owner.
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/20 07:57pm Truck Campers
RE: What is MISSING from your RV Park?

Things we wish were everywhere: Paved roads and sites - no dust Passport America accepted without restrictions Fire rings and BBQ grills Large off leash pet area Long pull thru sites Wide sites with well manicured lawns Rental golf carts at big parks No add on fees for extra people, vehicles, pets, activities, 50amp etc. Clean laundry with enough machines max price of $1.00 per load. Me too! Even gov. parks cant do that, look into building or operating your park with that criteria. So glad I am no longer a park owner.
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/20 07:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best way to repair a hole in hauler vinyl floor

if you can find the same vinyl, tape a piece over rhe damaged area pattern matched , then cut thru both layers with a razor knife to make a patch. Remove the damaged area, glue down the patch. Flooring stores have products to blend in seams, make a parch disappear. You shouldnt transport firewood, unless its kiln dried. Might move a disease
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/20 07:17pm Toy Haulers
RE: Full-time and don't/didn't like it?

Full timing is as we see it, an adventure. We never will, although we travel extensively for months at a time. DW & I like our home. We relish the travel and new or old places, also the familiarity of going home. I guess it comes about from my past career in construction where we had to go where the job was, now we go to where we want. 19 years we owned our camp ( sold, retiring) Spoke with many a full timer. Regularly the concept was for 'now' for research for a place to settle off the road..
SDcampowneroperator 03/27/20 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Well, They gone and done it

Square toed Harness boots, a tye dyed shirt, Jim Morrison on AM radio, Peace and Love baby!
SDcampowneroperator 03/25/20 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stewards Volunteers are no longer allowed

We ,the public all own and should have concern for preservation of our lands. Use of public land for personal or business gain is prohibited. Use of lands are for business purpose are for fee. A camp owner in the Black Hills was bankrupted because they LED horse trail rides into bhfs and CSP state lands. On our recent snowbird trip to Az, the camp in Bouse, Az, emphazied free daily led excursions by a camp compensated ambassador. I brought it to the attention of the new owner that he should research his policy. Camp led rides and compensation for the ambassador ended the next day. Enjoy and use our lands. The mantra of leave ony your foot prints, not tire tracks will become the norm and law. Where the designee is licensed to use the lands, such as a concessionaire, protection of sensitive areas is guaranteed. Not so with authorized or unauthorized motorized travel. I see a trouble arising.
SDcampowneroperator 03/23/20 08:20pm Toy Haulers
RE: The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands

The travel and tourism industry is being turned on its head. Impacts are deepest where people are in close proximity, such as air and cruise where 'social distancing' is impossible. As reality sets in with the new normal, RVing and camping with your select cohabitants will be the choice of travel and escape from 'cabin fever' . Stay home orders. My RV is also my home. Wherever it goes we can practice distancing and sanitation just the same as in the S&B I do not get the rash of camp closures, I do get closure of public gathering places, activity, washrooms in those camps. RVing and camping may return to its roots of family time, smores, hiking and biking and outdoor activity with your loved ones instead of the face to face social interaction our society has changed into. Personal value is not measured in how your friends like you, but in how your family loves you. Private camp industry professionals are reserved but optimistic that the industry will weather this crisis well, sectors ( camps) whose guests are drawn by the in camp activity, or to crowded attractions in the area could see attractions close, camp activity shuttered if it drew people into close proximity. Camps whose focus is spacious outdoor activity with minimal group activity, may well benefit from the crisis, At least on occupancy, less so from value added ventures. The industry concern is not for itself, but for you max. No longer a camp owner
SDcampowneroperator 03/22/20 06:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gas prices

1.38 at Rapid City sd Windmill Truck Stop. All others still about 2.09 yesterday, even Sams Club . Diesel 2.79 everywhere.
SDcampowneroperator 03/19/20 06:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Quartzsite or bust

Spent 2 months in Bouse, in a private camp. left 3/4 for home Spent many days trail riding the area around Plomosa rd, sw of Bouse. up to Quinn Pass where we have boondocked in years past. 14 day stay limit! bullcookies! There were rigs out there for the whole time, not moving at all.
SDcampowneroperator 03/19/20 06:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Big Oak River Camp, Camp Wood, TX refused to return deposit

Every hospitality industry has cancellation policies. They developed them depending on past trends of occupancy, the length and amount of time for refunds, amounts of, are fluid only by the business and by your choice agreed to when you made the reservation. Unforseen circumstances such as a natural disaster where the business cannot fulfill service do warrant refund, or rescheduling of the event such as concerts or sporting. to cancel within the period of time you agreed to for penalty through no fault of the provider is at your expense. Parks do not have that luxury to reschedule. They are at the whim of the seasons weather and events around them. RVing and camping is the safest form of travel. No air, cruise,subway, restauarant NO close proximity with strangers. Your gathering is your family and friends. You fear your own group gathering, not the others in camp because you have distancing from them Should the camp bear the cost of your fears however founded? Max no longer a camp owner
SDcampowneroperator 03/18/20 07:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black water tank completely full and won't drain. Help pls.

Call for a septic company vacuum pump out service if theres a plug of solids at the valve or drain, which would allow a trickle as you described. If you are certain the valve opens. , vacuum will suck out the blockage. Then, if you have the dreaded poop pyramid break it down with a stick or a flexible piece of 3/4" elec. BX cable if your drain is not straight down into the tank. You may have to call for a pressure clean out to break down the pyramid. Educate everyone about sufficient use of water and whats acceptible to flush.
SDcampowneroperator 03/15/20 07:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1990 royals continental fifth wheel

Carriage built the Royals International , not continental, as a custom 5er in those years. Components such as anything ( doors, A/C, Heater ) not Carriage made were supplied by vendors and should still be available by their MFGR. An orphan does not mean unavallability,
SDcampowneroperator 03/11/20 07:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Census 2020

To vote in a presidential election, you must be 18 years old a citizen of the USA, as defined in art. 1 sec. 4 of the US constitution. Census should identify citizenship, legal status or ( ahem ) other residency. pollsters should verify citizenship, legal residency to ensure compliance. States are permitted to enact their own voting requirements in elections in that state level, Federal elections are citizens only. Once (1980) when I lived in Canade a census taker asked if I vote. I said no, I'm not a Canadian citizen, I am a landed immigrant. She asked what does that matter? I replied to do so would impress my idealogies on citizens. She did not know the laws of her own country. It is not wrong to prove eligibility to vote.
SDcampowneroperator 03/11/20 07:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Weak Brakes

Check the brake magnets with a magnetic compass to see if they are working. Simple test, pull the dynamite switch at the tongue then go to each wheel with your compass. is should point qiuickly at the wheel.
SDcampowneroperator 03/09/20 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water system for boondocking

Why can't one use the water pump built into their RV? 1. Install a tee valve on it's input with a 25 ft. (or shorter, as needed) piece of the clear, small diameter, potable water flexible tubing coiled up and stored right next to where the water pump is. Normally the tee valve would of course would be turned so as to direct the pump input to the RV's freshwater tank. 2. To replenish the RV fresh water tank, turn the tee valve handle to the other position so the water pump would draw water through this piece of clear tubing that you had running into whatever tank your had your extra water stored in. 3. Now temporarily screw onto a sink faucet in the RV a piece of potable water hose (white color?) that could reach outside into the RV's fresh water fill opening. 4. Turn on the water pump and fill the RV's fresh water until it's full or until the extra water tank runs out. Wala ... make use of the existing high quality water pump built into the RV that is already prewired with an ON/OFF switch and that is powered by the RV's batteries!. Weve done this, a longer hose for pumping pink into extra water jug outdoor shower into tank fill. Pump switch, everything in the outdoor shower, water hook up cabinet. Only thing needed was a longer hose on the winterizing side of the valve normally used for pumping anti freeze.
SDcampowneroperator 02/29/20 07:42am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

The reason we ask to see the card is to verify expiry and that names match. Cant have someone borrow uncles card. That has happened. That's your privilege. Apparently that extra few bucks is very important to your business model. The guy down the street must be less profit constrained. I guess I appreciate the hotels that cheerfully want to help me save a very few bucks, instead of looking for any reason to get out of the discount. I'm sure there are folks who go around just saying they are XXX members. If your bottom line is so thin that you feel you have to weed those out, then I guess you'll need to card everyone. It's the only way to be sure. Your business model suggests just lower the price to the discounted level for everyone. What's the point if everyone qualifies? It is easy to spot those that never had to run a business to feed their family. its about honesty we have it, a guest who tries to circumvent those who have paid money ( GS, FMCA, Senior) or by service to country and community dishonestly are not our business model. Discounts are for the deserving and honest. The dishonest are encouraged to take their business else where and leave us with the fine honest deserving folks.
SDcampowneroperator 02/18/20 06:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

The reason we ask to see the card is to verify expiry and that names match. Cant have someone borrow uncles card. That has happened.
SDcampowneroperator 02/18/20 02:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

We ask, and point to our rates board then ask to see the card. Previously we did not ask then had some come to the office days later wanting the discount credited back. Its always the customers responsibility at CHECK IN to show they qualify.
SDcampowneroperator 02/18/20 12:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mh propane capacity discrepency

Tank capacities are shown in gallons of water, theres a plate on the tank that shows that. Propane capacity is 80% of the water capacity (WC) #. A 38 gallon tank would hold 30.4 gal of propane. Never seen one that big. Since you post you are taking on about 24 ga. , that is in the range of a 100# tank with a WC of 28. Check your numbers. That is a common size. There is no air or water in a propane tank. The bleeder screw is a mechanical full level dip tube that will bleed liquid propane at the 80% level, vapor at lower levels. The guage on the tank is a mechanical float guage, that sends a signal to the in coach guage. Trust the on tank guage. Also consider that if 80% is full, the 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 (full) should more properly read 1/3, 2/3 3/3 Full.
SDcampowneroperator 02/07/20 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Toadless car renters

Many private parks in touristy areas have their own rental cars, or access to a dealer with used and newer to rent a car. We have both, if our rental cars are taken we can connect you with all the offerings in the area. None are chains. Typically fees for a used sedan for any day are less than the chains and are more available. Call The Camp Area car dealers.
SDcampowneroperator 02/05/20 06:32pm General RVing Issues
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