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RE: Do you need Commercial Plates in NY to tow a trailer?

For those recommending calling the DMV - the NYS DMV is pretty overwhelmed these days - possibly because of COVID. Last week I spent well over an hour on hold on the phone with them regarding a question I wanted to ask about a boat title. -Speak
SpeakEasy 01/18/21 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Busted!

Took the cover off today and towed the trailer over to the storage place. Replaced the cover and left it there. I feel a little disoriented, but at least my neighbors can enjoy the look of the neighborhood again. -Speak
SpeakEasy 01/10/21 02:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

Come to Tennessee like the thousands of New Yorkers moving here ASAP. Not being political. It’s just a fact of life. This state is exploding with folks from California and New York/ New Jersey. Not sure why, can’t put my finger on it. Thanks! Thanks for the invitation! I'm sure I would like it in Tennessee. Governor Cuomo has actually encouraged people who disagree with him about social issues to leave the state! Be careful, however. Immigrants from California and New York may bring ideas with them that could ruin the good life y'all have cultivated down there. One of my daughters and her family have relocated to NC, so if we're going anywhere it would probably be to NC. (But back to the topic at hand: I suspect there are communities in Tennessee that would tell me the same thing about where I can and can't park my trailer.) -Speak
SpeakEasy 01/05/21 06:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

Can you park it beside your driveway... then technically you are not parked in the driveway like they warned you about! The ordinance says it has to be in the back yard. Side yard COULD be approved, but it would require a request on my part and a specific approval from the City. My side yard could not accommodate a trailer. -Speak
SpeakEasy 01/05/21 06:14am Travel Trailers
RE: [SOLVED] Can an inverter on a car charge the house battery?

It's been mentioned, once, in this discussion, but it bears repeating: you have to connect your inverter directly to your car battery. Do NOT under any circumstances, connect the inverter through your cigarette lighter port. You probably already know this, but it is important enough to repeat. -Speak
SpeakEasy 01/04/21 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for portable electric space heater for rv!

I like my Delonghi a lot. -Speak
SpeakEasy 01/02/21 10:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Busted!

SpeakEasy - I think your plan is a good one. While I feel bad that you have such a limited time to work this, there are two sides to every story. We live in a very small community that has NO zoning. Over the years, our little town has become very run down because of that. Our Mayor and Council (my DH is on council) are working on a plan that would create LIMITED zoning in order to bring our town back. A lot of the new requirements deal with rental properties that the owners do not paint etc. including fines. They want to require trash pick up for every property, or proof of trash removal. We want to establish a volunteer group of people that will paint, or clean up properties of senior citizens who can no longer do it themselves. There are other ideas dealing with junk cars etc, but nothing about RV's or boats that do not encroach on neighbors properties or hinder them. Not perfect but our town is beginning to look better already and we need this.I've lived next door to people who didn't give a dam how their property looked. The did absolutely no maintenance to the house in the 10 years they lived there. Yard was full of **** and unmowe'd. Never said a word about it but can't say I was disappointed when they moved. It took the person who bought it one whole summer to rectify the years of neglect. I hope you're not implying that my storage of my trailer in my driveway is equivalent to these folks..... -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/30/20 11:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Murphy Bed Option

When we bought our TT we opted for a Murphy bed. The reason? We were towing with a mid-sized SUV, and we wanted to get the most possible trailer with the least possible weight. The Murphy bed option got us a reasonably-sized trailer (for the two of us) and allowed us to have both a "bedroom" and a "livingroom" in the same space. We put it down every night and up every day. At first, our longest trips were the typical vacation 2-week or 3-week trips. Now that we're retired we're taking longer trips - 6 weeks or so. Putting the Murphy bed up and down is getting old. Plus, we are now towing with a half-ton pickup. We have much more towing capacity than we currently need. So now, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade to a bigger TT, and I won't be going with a Murphy bed. Besides the up-and-down every day there is also the sacrificed storage space that would ordinarily be under a bed. Murphy beds are great for certain benefits. But they do have some down sides. -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/29/20 05:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

The other thing you can do is research the penalty fees involved. How much $ is the first violation? How much for the second? Maybe it escalates, maybe it doesn't. Could be that paying the fine every month or so is cheaper than paying for storage. You cannot find safe storage around here for less than $200/month. I probably would choose to not own an RV if I couldn't park it here at home. Not worth the cost or the inconvenience. I'm looking at about $35 to $40 per month for outdoor storage at a gated, paved, fenced facility with 24-hour security cameras. The biggest issue right now is that it is full-on winter here, and the storage lots are almost full. Also, they don't keep them plowed (snow). Right now I would have access, because last week's thaw melted the snowpack, but there will be more of the white stuff. So - wait until the end of January and roll the dice on being able to get in? Or do it now while I can and pay for a month that I really don't need? -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/29/20 09:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

I think it would be best to plan a way to move the trailer to the back yard. Hopefully getting the spruce tree removed won't cause any environmental or "green people" issues....sorry I'm from Cali and generally speaking, you can't just "remove a tree" cause you need to. God forbid we follow CA on that! I've removed about 7 big spruce trees already from my back yard. They were dead, or nearly so, so I can't imagine anyone objecting to that. I can remove this one myself, so no need to get any professionals involved. -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/29/20 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

... Use to go to Council Weekly Meetings. Would come home all wound-up due to the Idiots on the council and there 'thought' process After 6 months of this I quit going...wasn't worth the heartburn, blood pressure and just being peed off Life has been much better.........still idiots on the council cause they have 'ties' to community (Once again Small Town Politics at large) Comply or Storage.... *Hate to see a good tree removed, along with the other needed work/monies but if you want it on site.....comply and be done with it Storage until Spring...then do the needed mods I've gone through EXACTLY the same process with the same results. I have no intention of fighting City Hall on this one. Even if you win, you lose too much. I understand that the trailer in front of the house detracts from the overall visual appeal of the neighborhood. I understand that my property will "look better" if the trailer is elsewhere. Still, it is disappointing that it's been OK with everyone for years, but suddenly someone has a problem with it. I also really detest the whole notion of neighbors turning neighbors in to the authorities. I can't help but wonder if this whole COVID thing has emboldened people to act that way. I've been researching storage places. I only need to find a place for the months of February and March this year, because they gave me to the end of January to comply. I'll probably move it to storage this year and then work on making a place for it in the back yard. The tree is no stately, towering, majestic natural wonder. It was damaged in an ice storm many years ago, and it is sort of ugly as a result. It won't be missed. The leveling and other work can be done relatively inexpensively. -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/29/20 06:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

I also live in Western NY. I would find a place to store it for the rest of this winter and then do the work on your property in the Spring if that's what you want to do. Most of those self storage places offer outside storage for RV's at reasonable prices. The weather alone would stop me from trying to do it now. With that being said, I created a pad in my yard that hss pressure treated 4X6's for a border and filled with Asphalt millings. It has worked out great. I don't sink in and millings are cheap. I borrowed a buddy's backhoe and dug out the lawn, put in the 4X6's myself and paid $1000 to have the millings delivered, raked out and rolled. If you're wondering why I didn't go out to the street, it's because code in my area only allows for one driveway on a residential property so I did what I could get away with. https://i.imgur.com/VIMX50Hl.jpg Very nice setup! -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/28/20 02:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

I would look for a storage space. That was actually my first thought. But then I got to thinking about how nice it is to have the trailer on hand as an emergency off-grid shelter and a get-out-of-town-in-an-emergency lifeboat. I'd really rather have it here on my property. -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/28/20 01:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

Before you do anything is it possible you could go to the city fathers and politely plead your case and ask for a waiver explaining how long you have had it there with out any notice? Guy I suppose it's worth a try, but my previous experience suggests that it won't help. The people who run our city are the smug, arrogant, elitist type. -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/28/20 01:43pm Travel Trailers
Busted!

I've been living in my current home (which I own) for over 17 years. It's located in a small city of about 11,000 people. My property is a half-acre, fairly level lot on a suburban-style street. The neighborhood was developed between the late 1960's and 1970's. I've kept a travel trailer parked in my driveway for the last 5 years, and I had a popup parked in the driveway for 12 years before that. Last week I got a citation from the city, telling me that I am in violation of a city ordinance. Apparently, from Dec. 1 to April 1 I am not allowed to keep the travel trailer in my driveway in the front of my house. The paperwork indicates that this ordinance was established in 2001 - two years before I moved here. There has never been any indication before now that I couldn't park in my own driveway. The city relies on community members to report violations, so evidently someone decided that they didn't like looking at my travel trailer and they blew me in. I am not happy. I've been given until the end of January to get the trailer out of my driveway. I'm allowed to park it in my back yard, but I can't get the trailer back there without some property modifications. On one side of the house I have enough space to get through, but I have to remove a spruce tree, trim some branches on some other trees, and do some leveling. I will have to drive on the lawn in order to get the trailer back to the space I will park it in. I'm able and willing to do these property modifications, but the whole thing is a PITA. Obviously, an alternative would be to find an off-site storage site for the months in question. Any advice or comments on the choices I face? Anyone else doing something similar to what I'm describing for back-yard storage? -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/28/20 12:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is it a sin to modify an antique cast iron griddle?

A couple years ago my wife bought me a dutch oven at a garage sale. She paid $15 for it. (I have a dutch-oven-cooking hobby.) What she got me was a Griswold that was about 100 years old. I never used it, but I cleaned it up a bit. I was curious about whether it had antique value, so I did a little research. Turns out it was a rare item, and it appeared to have a value between $200 and $300. (I found this out by examining "completed" sales on e-bay for this exact item.) Since I wasn't interested in using it (because it didn't fill a gap in my collection) I experimented with listing it on Craigslist. After a couple of false starts with potential buyers who weren't all that serious, I sold it for $200 to a collector. Moral of the story - if it has antique value, why not find that out and sell it to someone who will appreciate it? My guess is that it doesn't have antique value, based on what you've said about it. Without a known name it is unlikely to have value. Oh - and I split the "profit" on that Griswold with Mrs. S. -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/15/20 12:25pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Reservations

2 Retired has it right. All you knew in the past about reservations or no reservations has changed now due to COVID. We are nearing the end of a 6-week trip, and we have found that almost everyplace is disallowing walk-up, no-reservation camping. We've been all up and down the east coast and all throughout Florida. If you don't have reservations, you generally can't camp. Not because of demand, but because they don't want you to spontaneously show up. The Florida state parks were the worst. Generally, in the past, you could get a walk-up site the day-of, but not now. Lots of sites are going unoccupied because of this. One host told us that if the state finds that the park is collecting revenue on a non-reservable site (in other words, if they sell it to you as a walk-in) they will be "in trouble." This is what we've found concerning state parks. Other types of campgrounds may have different policies. Point is - COVID has changed everything. -Speak
SpeakEasy 11/20/20 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: New to RV’ing....and might not last

Glad you're getting the hang of it. Best strategy is to keep your sense of humor. Heck, Robin Williams set the bar pretty high for RV screw-ups. :) -Speak
SpeakEasy 10/12/20 08:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 3/4 or 1' butyl tape?

Slightly off topic, but I've read that it's the butyl tape (or any butyl sealant) that produces the infamous "black streak" effect. Any truth to that? I have some spray cleaner called "Black Streak Cleaner," and it does a great job of easily removing those bad boys. -Speak
SpeakEasy 10/10/20 06:16am Tech Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

Congrats! -Speak
SpeakEasy 10/08/20 08:35pm Travel Trailers
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