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RE: Family Traditions

As a former teacher, (and the DW a former English teacher) we choose to read aloud to the grandchildren. We camp together almost every weekend, all summer long, and have been doing so for many years. So far, I think we've read about a dozen whole chapter books to the kids. Usually we get through one whole book (couple hundred pages) each summer. Incredible memories for all!! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/22/22 05:09pm Family Camping
RE: Bryce Canyon NP to the Northeast

LOL. We were out there last spring. After Mrs. S. saw Traveling Robert's video on Hwy 12 - complete with the Hogsback - she made me promise not to make her go on it. We had to take the long way around. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/15/22 10:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Impact of fuel prices on travel

We have a trip planned for later this month and into next month. 3000 miles. Cost considerations are serious enough, but probably still do-able. My biggest concern is supply. We were in Raleigh last year when that east coast pipeline got shut down by a hacker. People were panic-buying, and there were a couple days when I wondered if I'd be able to get home. That experience has me wondering if it's wise to travel this year. Heartbroken. But it's nothing compared to what our Ukranean brothers and sisters are going through. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/09/22 04:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Florida

https://www.brevardfl.gov/ParksAndRecreation/Campgrounds/ManateeHammockCampground https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233638 We stayed at this Manatee Hammock Campground once. It was nice. Right across the water from the NASA launch site. If you time it when there's a launch, I imagine it would be an amazing view. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/09/22 04:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

If you like reading trip reports, ours was written up here. -Speak By the way - if you do click on my link to read the trip report, it is a daily journal. At the bottom of each page is a link to the next day. The link is a rectangle with a -> on it and the title of the next day's entry -Speak
SpeakEasy 11/01/21 07:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

You are definitely on the right track with your planning so far. In 2014 Mrs. S. and I celebrated our 40th anniversary with a similar trip: flew to Anchorage, rented a class C for 10 days, toured around, had a great time. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. We rented from ABC Motorhomes in Anchorage. If you like reading trip reports, ours was written up here. If you read it, you'll get a lot of insights into what a trip like this can offer. -Speak
SpeakEasy 11/01/21 07:16pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: U.S. 20 across New York

Thanks for the responses. We'll be in a rental car on this trip, not an RV, so it looks like 20 might be interesting and not too challenging. We're thinking that the Finger Lakes region would be most interesting & picturesque, are we right? Any opinions on the drive along the south shore of Lake Ontario? I'm sitting on the western shore of Cayuga Lake right now, looking out at the sparkling-diamond morning-sunshine on the lake. I grew up in the Finger Lakes, and hope to be here until I die. Sailing, swimming, fishing, kayaking, powerboating - can't find a better place for all of this. If you're not able to get out on one of the lakes, there are a ton of family-run wineries that are producing award-winning wines. The Rieslings are notable. On weekends, you can almost always find a local chicken barbecue fund-raiser at a fire hall or church. (The barbecue sauce they all use is the same - a vinegar-based sauce that was developed at Cornell University back in the mid 1950's, I think.) Route 20 will take you through the town I live in - Canandaigua - where you'll find a lot of small shops and some art galleries on Main Street. (You'll have to get off route 20 to go down Main Street.) Further east, the village of Skaneatelas has lots of those too. Again - right on route 20. Back to the west, outside Buffalo, the town of East Aurora would be an interesting stop. I'm not sure it's right on route 20, but it can't be far off it if it's not. If you go there, Vidler's is an interesting stop. It's an old fashioned "department" store - like what you might have seen in the 1950's. The drive along Lake Ontario between the Buffalo and Rochester area was in pretty bad shape the last time I drove it (about 2 or 3 years ago). That road is the Lake Ontario Parkway, if I remember correctly. I doubt it has been repaved since then. I've lived here so long, and love it so much, I've considered writing a travel book for the region. So, if you'd like to PM me for more ideas, feel free. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/29/21 07:19am Roads and Routes
RE: U.S. 20 across New York

If you are looking for slow, route 20 will provide it for you. Most of the time it is 2-lane, and it goes through a lot of small towns where you'll see plenty of 35MPH speed limits. It is not a road that has been updated and modernized to speed traffic along. I avoid it whenever I can, but living here, it is pretty much impossible to avoid it. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/27/21 07:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Upper New York Fall Trip

Ok. Thank you. We normally go to door county in Wisconsin but wanted to try something different. It doesn’t have to be upper New York. Pa or OH works too. We just want highs in the 60s. For example in Wisconsin we have a few small towns to shop. A small cute zoo. Fruit picking etc. kinda looking for places that are like that. We are coming from Nashville TN. Will probably visit harpers ferry WV on the way home. There's definitely you-pick apples that time of year here in God's Country. Many, many small towns. Is history your thing? Try Seneca Falls for women's history. Rochester (city - not small town) for photographic history at the Eastman House. Tons of history at small towns all along the Erie Canal. It's probably too late to get a campsite at Letchworth or Watkins Glen that time of year. Try Sampson State Park. Lots of sites, and less well-known than the other two. Centrally-located in the Finger Lakes too. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/26/21 10:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Armchair Quarterbacks Unite! Stupid Stuff We've all Done...

But to play along: At a campground, the owner decided to help us back into our site. He's standing right next to my window, blocking the view in the mirrors and of the DW. He then proceeds to back me over a hump...5th wheel proceeds to meet truck bed rail. Another time, we were parked and hanging out working and the park was helping someone into the pull thru site next to ours, the worker proceeded to direct them such that the trailer drug along the side of a tree scratching it up. To make matters worse, 3 days later, the worker helped another guy come in and did the exact same thing. We no longer accept assistance from park workers. We camped at a campground in Alabama where the owner INSISTED on guiding us into our site. It was a VERY tight fit, and I went along with it. (Didn't have much choice.) Mrs. S. and I have our system, and we do fine with it. Well, he's guiding me in and he's within earshot of me in the driver's seat. I'm backing up (slowly), and he kept saying (louder and louder), “You’re Good!” Interpreting this to mean I was heading in the right direction, I kept going. He kept getting louder, until he finally bellowed “STOP!!!” I stopped. He told me he wasn’t sure I was going to stop. I thought, “Hm. I stopped as soon as you told me to stop.” Later, as I was reflecting on it, I realized he was probably using the words, “You’re good” to mean “Stop.” Weird. With my normal partner she tells me to stop when she wants me to stop. I’m just glad he finally figured out the correct way to use the English language to get me to stop. It wouldn’t have been pretty to back into the huge tree that was back there. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/14/21 04:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Armchair Quarterbacks Unite! Stupid Stuff We've all Done...

OP - You're not getting much of what you asked for here, are you? I'll play. Although I wish I didn't ever have to 'fess up to this. It was on one of our very first trips with our very first "RV." A popup. I parked it. I detached. But it wasn't exactly in the spot I wanted it to be. I tried picking up the tongue to move it, but it was too heavy to lift. I asked my wife and two daughters to stand on the back bumper to lighten the tongue so I could move it. They innocently complied. Now I could pick up the tongue. But the trailer started to roll backward toward a 5- or 6-foot drop. Yeah. It's rolling backward; loved ones are standing on the back bumper; it's heading for a drop off. I quickly dropped the tongue, and luckily it stopped rolling. I still have nightmarish thoughts thinking of that trailer rolling over one or more of my girls. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/14/21 06:05am Truck Campers
RE: Spiders

This stuff worked on the spiders in my basement. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/08/21 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Brake Problem

Yes, that wheel with the loose bolt is suspect. That's the first place I'd be looking for a short. Get your multi-meter out and happy hunting! -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/03/21 07:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Rhode Island trip

Mystic Seaport isn't too far away. It's in Connecticut. It's a restored whaling village, and the last time I was there (about 15 years ago) it was excellent. History. When we were camped at Fisherman's Memorial we stumbled into an opportunity to get on a ferry boat tour to Block Island. It was a fund-raiser or something, and it was a half-day cruise that included a meal and some time on the island, as well as a complete boat ride to and around the island and then back to port. Lots of fun. Of course Newport, but you already mentioned that. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/30/21 06:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1 month old TT totaled?

Update: Geico claimed TT as total loss. Based on the suggestion from you guys, I consider that good news for me. My purchase is 20k, they offer $18,700, how does that sound? My expection is they will replace a new one or the 20k purchase price, since my policy does appear to be premium. Um, if they are offering $18,700, then that's what they will "give" you when they cut a check. Not $20K, and not a new trailer. Just a check for $18,700 which you will most likely use to shop for a replacement trailer. If that sounds good to you, then that's the end of the story. If you want more from them, then sharpen up your negotiating skills. And good luck to you. When my truck was totaled, the insurance company made me an offer that I wasn't really too thrilled with. It was about 90% of what I eventually spent on a replacement truck. I didn't try to negotiate, because at that point I was tired of riding the emotional roller coaster and just wanted to be done with it. It's up to you how you proceed at this point. I would think that $18,700 would be sounding pretty good to you right about now. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/30/21 06:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Walkens Glenn

I live in the Finger Lakes, so I rarely use campgrounds in this area. However, lots of people have had good things to say about Clute Park, right down near the lake. If it were me, I'd want to be near the lake. But really, it all depends on what you're looking for. What are you interested in doing in the Finger Lakes? Maybe I can give you some tips. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/28/21 02:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1 month old TT totaled?

Years ago my daughter backed her car into my popup causing SIGNIFICANT damage. The insurance company (GEICO) did NOT total it. After repairs, which looked good, we had all sorts of unanticipated problems for years and years down the road. Trailers are surprising in terms of how they respond to various stresses and strains going down the road. My advice - if they are willing to total it, accept it and move on. Get a new trailer. You'll never know what hidden problems you will have avoided, but know that they could be significant. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/28/21 02:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Heavy duty hitch extension??

I can't show you the math, but I can tell you that extending your hitch length has an enormous effect on tongue weight. Think of a lever and the leverage effect. I think the physics of it is sort of the reverse of a weight-distribution system. I'm sure some of the engineers on this forum can jump in here and explain mathematically what it is that I'm referring to. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/26/21 06:36am Truck Campers
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