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RE: NY State Parks - interesting info

Never thought I could go to a campground and see a three ring circus..... You're kidding, right? Sitting in any typical campsite you can watch: (1) arrivals ('nuf said) (2) the guy trying to get green wood to burn (3) the guy trying to split firewood with a hatchet etc. The entertainment is half the fun of camping ;) -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/31/20 06:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Topsail Hill, Florida Reservations not efficient?

It's not just Topsail, and I don't think the problem originates with ReserveAmerica. The presence of empty sites is something I've seen at several FL state parks. I think it's a problem with the Florida State Park system. One thing I learned is that most FL state parks keep back a certain number of sites for walk-ins. If you're already camped in a FL state park and you want to extend your stay, you may get lucky and be able to move to a vacant, walk-in site. However, they don't make it easy. The following story is an excerpt from my travel blog from last year's visit to Anastasia State Park: "Today was the day to try to extend our stay by one night. I had been told at check-in that the procedure was to return to the office at 10:00AM on the day we wanted to extend, and they would see if any sites were available. This seemed a little unnecessary to me, because we saw empty sites, dozens of them, all over the park. (We have seen this in all the state parks in FL: no reservations available; shows fully booked; but empty sites every night. There is a flaw in the FL state park reservation system.) At any rate, at 10:00 AM I showed up at the ranger station to take care of business. I was the only one there. The ranger asked what I wanted. I told him I would be checking out of site 107 and I wanted to stay another night. He said that he would put me on the “waiting list,” and I could check back at 1:00 to see if anything was available. I looked at him. I told him what the other ranger had told me about showing up at 10:00AM. I looked over at his clock. I told him it was 10:00AM. He said, “Yes; you get put on the waiting list at 10:00AM and then at 1:00 you check to see if you can be put on a site.” Waiting list. I was the only one there. I told him there were vacant sites all over the park. He told me to come back at 1:00. I told him that I would appreciate knowing if I would be able to get a site, because if not, I would need to activate a “Plan B” and go somewhere else. He told me that I would be sure to get a site. I wondered why he couldn’t just assign it right then and there. Granted, checkout isn’t until 1:00, so people currently on a site have until 1:00 to stay and maybe extend, but he knows there are empty sites that he could assign me to. Grrr. I don’t do well with this sort of bureaucracy." -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/31/20 06:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NY State Parks - interesting info

Even though the governor of NYS has proclaimed that SP Campgrounds will be open I still can't make a new reservation this Year! WNYBob I wonder what would happen if you made a confirmed reservation for next year, and then tried to change it to this year... ;) May or may not "work," but one thing would be certain: ReserveAmerica would ding you for your reservation fee and for a cancellation fee. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/30/20 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NY State Parks - interesting info

Even though the governor of NYS has proclaimed that SP Campgrounds will be open I still can't make a new reservation this Year! WNYBobYeah - they're not taking new reservations for this year - you can reserve for next year though... This is particularly, oddly, frustrating given that one of their new "rules" is that you should "pre-register." (SpeakEasy hits forehead with palm of hand.) -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/30/20 07:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone heard of harvest hosts (free camping database)

rvshrinker - don't be discouraged by members here telling you to "look it up." You came here to hear from other people, so here goes: We first heard of Harvest Hosts before we owned a travel trailer. I thought it sounded like a great program, so as soon as we got our trailer I signed up for Harvest Hosts. That was about 4 years ago I think. We are still members, renewing each year, so that should tell you something. There are some limitations to the program, but as long as you understand them and work within them, it's a great program. Here are some of the things I like: * wineries and farms are fun places to stay, usually * wineries and farms are typically small business, and you can usually meet the owners, talk with them, and get to know some fascinating people. This to me is the very best part. * most of the places we've stayed are really quiet at night after the businesses have closed down for the night * we've gotten off the interstates and into some areas of the country that we wouldn't have seen otherwise We usually use HH when we're on our way to a distant destination that requires more than one day of travel. The HH's serve as overnights along the way. Sometimes we need to go a little off a straight course between point A and point B, but that's OK with us (leads to my final bulleted point above.) Occasionally we'll set up a short HH-to-HH trip just to get away from home for a few days. It can be fun to set out without a specific end-point destination, letting the string of HH's be our destinations. Again - not something we would do if we weren't in a program like HH. About a year or so ago the original owners (founders) of HH sold the business. Almost immediately the annual membership fee went up significantly. At the same time, a change began to occur: lots of new hosts announced, and lots of old hosts dropped out of the program (without any announcement.) A few places that had become favorite stops for us are no longer in the program. No explanation as to why. It makes me wonder if the new owners are doing something to cause these dropouts. There must be a reason. We still love our HH membership and what it opens up for us. I guess if you already love wineries and farms, that helps a lot. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/29/20 01:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to watch rocket launch in or near motorhome?

I don't know how close you need to be to get a good view of a rocket launch. But a couple years ago we camped at Manatee Hammock Campground near Titusville. There were no launches while we were there, but I have a mental note to try to go back there when there are launches to watch. It is almost directly across the Indian River from Cape Canaveral. You can see the larger structures of the Kennedy Space Center complex from the campground. I think it would be a great place to watch a launch. Not too close; not too far away. I think you'd have a great view of the rocket as it gets farther up in the atmosphere than you would if you were as close as possible to the launch site. Of course, if what you are looking for is the ground-rattling, up-close-and-personal experience, that's something else. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/26/20 04:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Propane Exhaust Smell

Might be a good time to test your propane detector if your trailer has one. If you have the little coleman propane tanks you can poke the little shrader valve. Its just like letting air out of a tire. Propane sinks so think about that as youre walking around smelling. Squirt bottle with soapy water would be my approach. Even if it turns out the mixture is off its not a bad idea to squirt soapy water. Some items it helps to shake them gently. My propane regulator hose will leak if if i pull the hose in a certain direction. The smell of propane is distinctly different from the smell of propane exhaust (or burnt propane). The OP described a smell of exhaust. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/22/20 04:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane Exhaust Smell

I had the same exact issue twice in my popup years ago. Once when the fridge was 6 years old, and then again when it was 12 years old. I replaced the fridge burner orifice. Evidently they had a 6-year lifespan. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/22/20 01:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Phoenix to Toronto, May 2020

Long way off, but looking for feedback on routes for this journey. Due to schedule, we have to bomb it on the most direct route to Toronto, then we can take our time to meander our way home. Leaving Phoenix May 24th. Comments? Suggestions? THANKS IN ADVANCE I think you’re going to find the border closed tight unless you have a reallllllly good reason for needing to cross. Even then you need to call the crossing point you intend to use and verify with staff there that you will indeed be allowed across the border. Prolly wouldn't hurt to read the OP's update. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/06/20 06:44am Roads and Routes
RE: And Texas Caves In

TEXAS - April 15 - 15,492 infected 364 deaths (more than at Goliad) 15,492 out of a population of 29 million. That's about 5 people in every 10,000. Now, in New York City, the number is closer to 130 per 10,000 people. Now, if we all keep to the stay-at-home routine, the virus isn't going away. At some point, when we all start to venture out again -whenever that is - the virus will still be out there. We aren't eliminating it by staying home. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/16/20 06:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Wisconsin Campgrounds

I was just in Baraboo to get our weekly groceries. There were 3 trucks w/boats parked at the store with Illinois plates. Why can't these people stay at home. Don't bring more CV to us. We are dealing with our own. That is one reason the governor closed all of the parks. In the news video of the crowded parks, 4 of the 7 cars that you could see the license plates were from Illinois. I guess that makes sense, they think that Wisconsin is their largest state park. One of my big concerns is, when we do start to see travel restrictions lifted, I will be traveling with NY plates on my vehicle. Will people assume I'm from NYCity and persecute me? In the county I live in, which is 350 miles from NYCity, we currently have 4 cases of COVID19 per 10,000 population. In NYCity it's over 95 per 10,000 population. It's bad enough that I have to put up with the same restrictions as NYCitiers, but will my fellow Americans hate me when I come to their state? -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/10/20 04:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wisconsin Campgrounds

The problem is, with so many places closed, any place that wanted to sensibly remain open, will be inundated by people traveling to that place to camp. I for one am chomping at the bit. I had a 6-week trip to Florida cancelled, and I'm literally looking for anyplace to go. I'm sure I'm not the only one. So what happens when we all find that ONE place that is still open? And then there's the issue of the more remote, less-populated areas being unable to handle a large number of imported ill people. I'm afraid the prospects of going camping soon are pretty bleak. Grrr. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/10/20 08:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CDC and the government may be loosening the lockdown

Some of you are missing the point about masks. The primary reason to wear a mask in public is to prevent YOU from unknowingly infecting others. -Speak
SpeakEasy 04/08/20 03:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

Here are the most useful "tips" I received and followed as I was learning DO cooking. I still use them 10 years later: 1. Use briquettes, and put 1/3 of them under the DO and 2/3 on the top. Arrange the ones on top in a ring around the outside edge. 2. 30 briquettes produces about 350 degrees. 3. Rotate your DO 90 degrees every ten minutes. After you rotate it, rotate THE LID back to its original position. (This keeps any hot spots from burning what you're cooking.) 4. Use two firebricks side-by-side to give yourself an insulated and safe 9-inch-square platform for building your fire. 5. Don't feel like every step of the recipe has to be done on the fire in order for your meal to be "authentic." A lot of times I start out with the DO on the range-top to get things started, then I move it to the fire for the 30 to 45 minutes or more needed for baking. Mostly, have fun and don't stress out! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/28/20 07:42am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Inverter Installed - Open Ground?

In the quote from the manual, the phrase "one of the AC output wires must be connected to the chassis" is what I am calling "bonding". That phrase in the manual implies that it is perfectly fine to go ahead and bond the inverter if it makes you feel better. There will be no actual benefit from doing so, but your tester will show what you want it to. If you do this, just be sure you bond the NEUTRAL wire to the chassis, otherwise, your tester will show the outlet as reverse polarity. Understood. Thanks again. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/20 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Installed - Open Ground?

It is showing OPEN GROUND because there is electrical potential between the inverter's outlet GROUND pin and its "NEUTRAL" pin. The only way to get this to not show OPEN GROUND is to connect the inverter's NEUTRAL pin to its GROUND pin. The same thing happens with a lot of the inverter generators. We build a "bonding plug" and plug it into an outlet on the generator that fixes that. This is NOT of concern. This is not power from the utility company. The inverter, like the inverter generators, has a floating NEUTRAL and does not need to have its GROUND pin connected. Read some of the threads on this topic concerning the inverter generators. There are a lot of them. There is disagreement on whether to bond the generators with good arguments on both sides. (The only good argument on the side of bonding the generator is because some EMS units won't let power in if you don't.) My advice is to contact the manufacturer, merely for your peace of mind, then stop testing the outlet. It is fine. WARNING: I do not know if bonding is safe with your inverter. I do not know if bonding should be done with your inverter. I am providing this information only so you know what is causing that error message. Thank you. Your explanation not only makes sense, but it helps me understand the following statement in the manual: "Local regulations may require a true neutral. In this case one of the AC output wires must be connected to the chassis, and the chassis must be connected to a reliable ground. Please note that a true neutral is needed to ensure correct operation of an earth leakage circuit breaker." -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/20 07:31am Tech Issues
Inverter Installed - Open Ground?

I finished installing my new Victron 250w 12v inverter. I hard-wired it with direct connections to + and - battery terminals using 9 feet of 8AWG wire. There is a connection point on the inverter for a ground wire. The manual tells me that the "AC outlet is isolated from the DC input and the chassis." (They mean the inverter's chassis, not the trailer.) My circuit tester registered the AC output as "open ground." I tried running a ground wire from the inverter's ground connection to the trailer frame, believing the trailer frame to be the ground in this case. The circuit tester still registers "open ground." First question - is any of this a concern? Second question - why is it still registering "open ground"? Third question - if I do need to ground it, how do I do so? Thanks in advance. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/20 06:05am Tech Issues
RE: Impact of Coronavirus on Parks?

Well. Florida is closing the state park campgrounds for the next 60 days. There goes our spring trip. 25 nights that we had reserved in various FL state parks. Some reservations that we bagged eleven months ago. ****. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/17/20 08:35am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

It's not about "you." It's about "us." -Speak And you are a Doctor? Does it make a difference? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/16/20 06:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

There are TWO different perspectives to take when thinking about the situation we're in, and both of them are true and valid. One is the perspective taken by the doctor in this video: the effects of the virus on individuals. The other perspective is the social perspective: how the virus moves through a population and what the effects of that are. By far, the most serious issue is the population issue. She stated that "only" about 5% of patients become critically ill. OK - that means each individual has a pretty low probability of having serious problems (unless that individual is in a high-risk category.) But here's the rub: That small percentage ... of a very large number of sick people all at once will overwhelm the capacity of the health care system to care for them. That's when things get scary and truly dangerous. When people who desperately NEED critical care can't get it, because there aren't enough beds, ventilators, doctors, and respiratory therapists, they will die. In some cases, needlessly. If they could get the care they need, many could recover. But they won't get that chance if our health system is overwhelmed. If we can keep the numbers of people needing critical care below the threshold of what our capacity is, then we'll be relatively fine. But to do that, we have to take some pretty drastic social measures like closing down events where large numbers of people gather. It's the contagiousness of this virus that creates the problem, not the seriousness of it for most people. So we have to request/require large numbers of healthy (or apparently healthy) people to change their lifestyles for a while to disrupt the spread of this thing. Not for their sake, but for the sake of that 5%, and for the sake of the health care system and people trying to care for them. It's not about "you." It's about "us." -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/16/20 06:15am Around the Campfire
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