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RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

There is a multi park vendor who does this sort of thing. He takes over State and Federal park campgrounds. He runs them, maintains them, improves them and still pays the state or Federal agency a fee for doing so. And he does not raise the fees and still makes a profit. He runs the Coyote Blog That link to his Park Privatization pages, where he explains how he does it. He hires many workcampers. It seems the logical solution would be to allow the park service to have workcampers. Are there laws against that, maybe labor rights laws? On a level playing field, government provided services are always cheaper than privately provided services. Both have the same base costs, but the private service has an additional cost, which is the profit to the owner. But often the playing field is not level, as in this example where the private owner has a large amount of work done by people who are basically volunteers. Don't know if this is what you mean. But the NP CGs, and COE campgrounds around here have Camp Hosts. They assign sites, and generally keep a close eye on the CG don't know how much they are paid, but they do get a site with full hookups. In many cases. the CGs they serve hove no hookups, or only have water, and sewer. But the hosts have it all. At the last Cg we were at. there were 2 host couples. They worked 4 days on and off. 12 hours a day. Don't know if that is what you were referring to or not
Terryallan 10/13/19 01:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

Seniors are one group that might be hit hard by the policies, if adopted. The memo argues that the 50 percent discount for seniors should apply only to base campsite fees and encourages NPS to introduce “new senior fee blackout periods during peak season periods.” A good idea that makes a lot of sense. Why do seniors get a %50 discount to begin with, or a discount at all. for the same reason seniors get their SS, their Medicare. We have paid for it since we were in high school. Then when we turned 62 1/2 we bought Senior Passes. Passes that allow us to get a discount. Have you ever bought a season ticket / pass? that is what our senior Pass does for us. Those National Parks don't pay for themselves. Fee only make a small amount of what it takes to run them. They are paid for with our taxes. Taxes we have been paying for 45 to 60 years. I have been camping in NP CGs for nearly 45 years. I have been paying full price for nearly 45 years. Now I intend to enjoy one of the small perks of being old. Shoot dude. it's only $10.00 to 12.00 per night. Not going to break the treasury. So yes. We have earned a discount. and when you reach senior age. You will be able to get one as well.
Terryallan 10/12/19 08:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

What puzzles me is that people will take part in an activity that clearly includes an aspect that they don't like, and knowing full well that that particular aspect is an integral part of the activity, set out to change things to remove that part which they don't like, ruining it for everyone. "Gee I love surfing, but the sharks!!! We should kill all the seals so the sharks will go away." For Barney... "I love ice cream, but the sugar!!! Let's get the gummint to set limits on the amount of sugar they are forcing me to eat." Make a trip to Prince Edward Island to find out how much french fries made with heart healthy oils suck. We're not happy until you're not happy. End of rant It is a lot like moving in beside a racetrack, or airport, and whining about the noise from the racetrack, or airport. Don't want to hear race cars, or plane. Don't move in beside of them. Don't want to smell campfires. Don't go where they will be. Really is that simple. A important part of camping is in fact the fire at night. where you can wind down, and discuss the days events, and plan what you want to do tomarrow. where you can meet with friends, and make new ones. A good fire just about ALWAYS draws a crowd. Many of us do not destination camp. We don't just use our campers for a hotel room, we go camping, just have a bed to sleep in. We go camping to relax, lay around the fire, go fishing, or just plain do nothing. A camp fire is a big part of that relaxing. Watching a fire will put you to sleep faster than drugs. Every part of your body relaxes when sitting by the fire. That is why we only go to places that allow fires
Terryallan 10/12/19 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

We RVers need to Boycott places that don’t allow a special part of the camping experience...”campfires”. It’s bad enough that so many places don’t allow wood fires but not allowing propane campfires is beyond ridiculous. We carry in our RV a variety of equipment and supplies for a campfire and it’s so disappointing to not be able to use them and enjoy that experience. I own a small RV park and when we are in a burning ban I have had people cancel their reservation...”Really, we can’t have a campfire?...we will book another time” I will not book anymore places that don’t allow a campfire. We carry along a propane firepit and an extra 20 lb. propane tank to power it in order to solve the "no campfires" problem! No fire ring to clean out or messing with firewood is required. The flame is adjustable and comes up through the bricks in the firepit to look just like a the real thing. It puts out heat just like the real thing, cooks S'mores and hot dogs, emits no odors to bother other campers, and you just turn a knob to shut it down when going to bed. It works like a champ for providing carefree campfires everywhere. Can't make stick biscuits on one. got to have a real fire.
Terryallan 10/12/19 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

No Campfires..........PLEASE post those CGs Call them out We should start an ongoing list that gets updated frequently That way I can pick which ones I will partonize cause I hate campfires! Not so much hate them.....it's just there are MORE & More inept campers that do NOT know how to have a campfire. They think smoldering/smokey is good vs an actual fire And then they go inside! YEAH.CGs with NO Campfires. I like the concept Smoky fires keep the bugs away. I always have a little smoky fireGiven the choice between smoky, stinky fires or bugs, I'll take the bugs every time. And the only way it keeps the bugs away is if you sit in the smoke. Boy is that pleasant. Not really. The fires will help keep them away, and we also use citronella candles. You don't mind candles do you? AND it is really hard to make stick biscuits if you don't have a fire, and no. you can't make them on a propane fire. I do however put out my fires before I go to bed. I keep a hose ready at all times. All I got to do it water it down when we are done with it.
Terryallan 10/11/19 09:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

I guess this explains the recent trend of putting electric fireplaces under the 60 inch TV in RVs lately. I thought it was silly, but maybe the manufacturers were onto something. No you are right. it is silly. I don't go camping to sit inside. My last trip. The TV wasn't even turned on. We cook outside, we eat outside, we sit outside. We sleep inside. If I was going to sit inside and watch TV. I'd just stay home.Aren't you glad everyone isn't just like you. We don't "camp", we gave up tents years ago. Now we RV. We RV at the beach. We camp in the mountains. And you don't want to cook inside at the CGs we go to. Cooking inside puts cooking grease, and food smells inside your RV. Bears love the smell of bacon, eggs, and well what ever you cook inside. So we cook outside, so as not to invite them in. Plus I don't want that cooking grease all over my beds, or TV, or sofa, Well I just don't want it in my RV.
Terryallan 10/11/19 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: What good are low point drains?

I use my low point drain lines to empty the hot water tank so I don't have to remove the plug every time I want to drain the tank when not in use. You just have to open the pressure relief valve and open the low point drains and you get pretty much all the 6 gallons of water out of the HWT. I blow out my lines and don't use the RV AF. I made an adapter that screws into the city water inlet with a ball valve on it and hook it to my air compressor and set the compressor to around 40 psi and just go round and round on the faucets, toilet, pump, shower, outside shower, etc and open hot cold let it build pressure back up, repeat until I'm satisfied that I've got the water out of the lines. I also close and open the low point drains too, so it just all works for me.. I can see your point on the low point drains if you are in 0 degree weather and have water in the system.. Mine are exposed under the trailer too, so in theory, they would freeze up at the end.. Would they freeze up enough to split the pipes? Dunno.. For me, that's a non issue, as I don't camp in that kind of weather... But I know there are a lot of folks that do camp/live in freezing weather, so I guess that would be a concern.. Not real answer for ya, other than to say "good luck".. :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzl.jpg?1 I do that as well. all you got to do is open a faucet, and the entire hot water tank drains. Pretty cool. Now I do have 4 low point drains. Why I don't know. When I winterize I open the low points, and drain the water heater tank. Then I close them. I then use air to blow out the water. I go to each faucet, and open them one at a time, and wait until all water spray / mist finishes coming out. including toilet flush valve, and shower head. Why? because ONE (1) time I didn't. The pipes did not freeze. But the inside of the valve did. I had to replace the faucet. So now I make sure there is no water droplets left in the faucet. Then I open the low points again and blow out any thing left in them. It's easy, takes about 20 min. So yeah. I want to keep my low point drains. And do remember. IF you use the pink stuff. to press in the little check valve in the city water inlet. If you don't. It could freeze. However. Stand back, or let the pressure off inside first. It's gonna shoot out of there.
Terryallan 10/11/19 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

My recent “no propane campfires” experience had nothing to do with a fire ban. was simply the private park’s rules. Near my small trailer park we lost 14,000 acres of mostly public lands last year...started by lighting. Forest have always had fires...the question is how much of our “rights” do we lose to protect against the possibility of a fire? Years ago I struggled with a missouri county over their ban on swimming from lake shores. In the public meeting a ranger said “mr...have you ever pulled a drowned young girl out of a lake?”. I responded...”no and that has to be the most horrible experience...but then maybe you should drain the lake”. Towns all over america have or will ban winter sledding in their parks. How far we will let this kind of “protection” go? Yep yep. I myself survives drinking from a water /garden / hose pipe, riding in the back of trucks, riding bikes without helmets, and the dreaded swimming in the lake, plus waterskiing with only a ski belt. Yeah, back in the day. We lived on the edge. Just didn't know it. We just lived.
Terryallan 10/11/19 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

I guess this explains the recent trend of putting electric fireplaces under the 60 inch TV in RVs lately. I thought it was silly, but maybe the manufacturers were onto something. https://i.imgur.com/FXrVheOl.jpg No you are right. it is silly. I don't go camping to sit inside. My last trip. The TV wasn't even turned on. We cook outside, we eat outside, we sit outside. We sleep inside. If I was going to sit inside and watch TV. I'd just stay home.
Terryallan 10/11/19 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

No Campfires..........PLEASE post those CGs Call them out We should start an ongoing list that gets updated frequently That way I can pick which ones I will partonize cause I hate campfires! Not so much hate them.....it's just there are MORE & More inept campers that do NOT know how to have a campfire. They think smoldering/smokey is good vs an actual fire And then they go inside! YEAH.CGs with NO Campfires. I like the concept Smoky fires keep the bugs away. I always have a little smoky fire
Terryallan 10/11/19 08:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

honestly. A CG where campfires are not allowed is a deal breaker for us. Unless we are at the beach and it is 95 degrees. then they can ban all the camp fires they want. But in the mountains. If a CG doesn't allow fires, we just don't go. If the site are too close together to have a fire. That is just another reason to stay away from that CG. what ever their reason. It is a deal breaker. In Maggie Valley, fires are not allowed on site. They have a communal fire. We don't camp there either.
Terryallan 10/10/19 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Urgent Need of Advice re Winterizing!

Thinking out loud here. I learned in school that freezing water expands and bursts pipes. however IF it has some where to expand to. It will not burst the pipe. So if the black, fresh, or grey tanks are not full. The water has room to expand. Even the water in the drain pipes has room to expand back into the tank. I leave 5 gal or so in my black tank year round. And yes it does get cold here, sometimes in the single digits.
Terryallan 10/10/19 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Issue

Did the water get hot? If it did, and the fault light didn't come back on. No problem. I'm guessing the water heater is full of water. Don't laugh. Been there done that. Left the by pass open and the WH didn't fill.
Terryallan 10/10/19 08:54am Tech Issues
RE: ST Tires ???

That’s fine you guys keep on supporting the Chinese. Zero issues. Guess that ain’t good enough for some. MAXXIS aren't Chinese. and maybe in a 3 or 4 years when GY proves itself. I'll give them a shot.
Terryallan 10/09/19 08:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thanks for fixing the forum problems.

Access still not working for the "My forums" feature
Terryallan 10/08/19 03:37pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: ST Tires ???

He used statistics. Thousands of tires sold and not one non roadhazard claim. That is a fact. so thousands of NEW tires haven't failed. I would hope not.
Terryallan 10/07/19 06:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: ST Tires ???

I guess FACTS don't matter! Only experience really counts. Any fly by night professionals can make up their facts based on a VERY SHORT time span. As I say. In a few years we will have a good knowledge / sampling of how good or bad they are. But not in so short a production run. ANY china bomb will last 2 years, and we know how good they are. and they are GoodYears. that is a strike against them to start with.
Terryallan 10/07/19 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: ST Tires ???

"All the same. I'll wait a couple more years to say they are great tires. Most any tires will last 3 years. It's that 4th year that will get you." OK, please return next Summer to declare they are a winner!!! Even tho the professional already said they were. The professionals don't tow my trailer. GoodYears have been disaster for many years. 2 1/2 years of a new tire ain't going to fix all that in my mind. Or most other people. I use to run GY on my cars until I finally figured out they don't last.
Terryallan 10/07/19 11:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to towing, hitch weight question

Check your manual. Sometimes there are different ratings if you use a distribution hitch. For what its worth I think that the 10k gross is to much for a 1500. Mine was 7200 and I wouldn't do much more than that. The usual standard for a Weight Carrying hitch is 500lb. So his 970 is 99% sure to be a WDH weight. To the op. You gonna need more truck, or less trailer and appears you realize it. Good luck, and happy camping
Terryallan 10/07/19 07:52am Towing
RE: ST Tires ???

We are talking the whole market not just a few examples. 2 2/3 years is more than enough time and this is backed up by CapriRacer. My experience analyzing tire returns for a major tire manufacturer says that it is the summer months that matter and that tire failures peak in the 3rd summer, but you get a good indication after the second summer. That means the Goodyear Endurance has experienced 3 summers with no reported non-road hazard failures. ******************************************************************** CapriRacer Visit my web site: www.BarrysTireTech.com All the same. I'll wait a couple more years to say they are great tires. Most any tires will last 3 years. It's that 4th year that will get you.
Terryallan 10/07/19 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
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