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RE: Recommendations for quiet portable generator

If you are going to run a generator a lot, Honda or Yamaha... and Champion from what I've read recently. The inverter generators are really quiet, when they are not at full throttle. When you use air conditioning or things like a microwave, they throttle up and you most certainly can hear them running. If you realistically are only going to use it for one or two trips a year, almost any brand will work. Whatever you buy, before you store for any length of time (more than month or so), drain the fuel and run the engine dry!
Tvov 10/17/19 06:29am Truck Campers
RE: Modern Food?

.... I also have learned over the years that you don't eat pizza on the east or west coast .... I live up the road from New Haven, Connecticut... home of Pepe's pizza, Sally's, and Modern Pizza. Always the "top 10" lists of best pizza have them, usually they are in the top 5. Having said that... if you are fan of thick and/or Greek style pizza I can see your point.
Tvov 10/17/19 06:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Rodent???

I would assume Canada has something similar: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/tomcat-mouse-killer-refillable-station-16-x-1-ozblocks Hardware stores, garden centers, etc usually have them. Simple black boxes designed to hold the bait.. allowing mice and rats into them, but larger animals can't get to the bait. I prefer Ramik, or better yet One Bite, but you can use the Tomcat bait boxes with whatever bait you want.
Tvov 10/17/19 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rodent???

Many times the mouse poison causes the mice to be thirsty, and they leave the area (or camper) to find water and hopefully die out there somewhere. So if you don't have dead mouse smell in your camper than that is what happened. Dcon and Tomcat poison pellets are very weak and sometimes don't work. Try Ramik (green packaging), and especially One Bite (yellow packaging) works well for me. Avoid putting the bait in the camper - it will draw the rodents into the camper to get the bait. Use the outdoor bait containers (designed to prevent other animals from eating the bait). I put those next to the jack and wheels, where rodents can crawl up into the camper. Rodent control is hard, and never ending. Try variations of all the advice you read about here. Eventually you find some combination that will work for you.
Tvov 10/16/19 05:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Modern Food?

Funny this thread pops up. I barbeque a lot at home, and with daughter being semi-vegetarian we cook a lot of interesting and good vegetable based meals. I have found recently (last few years maybe? maybe last 10 years plus?) that restaurant food in general seems remarkably bland - and a lot seems similar from restaurant to restaurant. We've given up on virtually all chain restaurants. Last time we were at a Cracker Barrel (over 5 years ago) all the food tasted like microwave TV dinners. We got a couple restaurant coupons as gifts a couple years ago, and they could be used at Longhorn Steakhouse. We found one a couple towns away and went there. We were amazed at how mediocre everything tasted. Maybe and hopefully it was just the restaurant we went to, but we haven't been back. Local expensive restaurants are okay, but not great. Seems like a trend is to spend extra time on "signature" appetizers and have standard main entrees. A few restaurants we just buy extra appetizers and have those as meals. And what is up with McDonald's?? Even they have gotten worse. They have reduced the staff and now have "order kiosks"... I stopped in one on my home recently and ordered (from real person!) a couple bacon egg cheese biscuits and coffee. He handed me a number and told me to sit down and they would bring out the meal... It was not busy, and there was maybe 1 or 2 cars in the drive thru.... 10 (TEN!) minutes go by and I get up to see if they had forgotten me. They were just getting my food ready. And it was stale. McDonald's used to be fast - for those who remember, as quick as the cashier would ring you up the food would be on the counter... and it was cooked right then, not warmed up in a microwave. That is why it was called "fast food"... not any more. So, YES it seems to me that restaurants have gotten mediocre. The only thing we can do about it is to find the good restaurants and frequent them. But even that doesn't always work - too often, the good restaurants try to find ways to become "more efficient", and then the mediocrity starts creeping in. Back to my own grill!
Tvov 10/16/19 05:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Acadia NP - rv length

It has been a long time, but the last time we stayed Blackwoods campground it was VERY tight for anything over 30 ft. There were some big TT and motorhomes in there, but they were getting all scratched up driving around the campground. The private campgrounds in the area are usually booked up well in advance of the season. Many times the very beginning and end of the season really opens up (and can be chilly!). Assuming you haven't been to Acadia, it is gorgeous! If you have them, bring bicycles - the carriage roads are fantastic to ride on. At least one morning, get up really early to see the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain - it is the first point of land on the continental USA to see the sun... just cool to see. Acadia is open at night! We found that Thunder Hole is especially neat at night - no one else around, booming waves, beautiful stars.
Tvov 10/15/19 06:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: toilet treatment for black water tank

Never let your tanks sit empty, and most chemicals are snake oil that cover up odors only. We do 5 gallons of water after dumping (Home Depot bucket x 1 or my wife's mop bucket x 2), and the sloshing action while driving is enough to prevent buildup anywhere. I am not sure what you mean by "never let your tanks sit empty"... ours are always empty when parked at home. I never leave them full. Do you mean for seasonal campsite?
Tvov 10/15/19 05:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Deceptive traffic citations

Interesting thread to read. My son got caught in one of the "non-existent" speed traps that don't exist (as some seem to think). I may have posted about this awhile ago - in a Maryland "construction zone" (some people may already be sadly nodding their heads). Turns out that in Maryland, when they are thinking about doing highway work, they can put up "construction ahead" signs in that area months before anything is started, and lower the speed limit by 10-25mph seemingly depending on the mood of whoever decides these things. Son was using cruise control right around 68mph in a 65mph zone (YES! He was speeding!! 3mph over!!!). Little traffic, and as he said no construction cones, flashing lights, nothing. NO police cars. He got a mailed traffic citation (from a camera) for "speeding in a construction zone". Turns out there was a "construction ahead" sign somewhere that he passed without seeing it, and the speed limit dropped - again, without him realizing it. I told him to just pay it (it wasn't that much), because in today's world of computerized records you want to make sure it doesn't come back to bite you in the future to have that on your record. I looked it up on the internet, turns out Maryland is notorious for doing this. Put up construction ahead signs in an area that might have construction sometime in the future, lower the speed limit (with little signage, and nothing like traffic cones or construction trucks / equipment), use cameras to enforce it. Later, when no construction actually is going to be done in that area, take all the signage down and move to another possible future construction area. But, of course, it isn't a speed trap.
Tvov 10/09/19 06:23am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Cover

Big old tarp for me, usually bought from the local hardware store. I am on, I think, my 3rd tarp since getting the camper. As previously posted (goes for all types of covers) watch the corners, secure it without making it too tight, use ALL grommets and securing points, and it will last years. BUT - they don't last forever. And YES - I am jealous of those with RV "carports"... lol! I try to wait as long as possible before putting on the tarp, colder the weather the less amount of condensation / mold under the tarp. I've not had an issue with condensation or mold on my camper (yet, at least). Covers designed specifically for RVs are better and nicer - especially the ones with a "door" built in so it is easy to access the camper. Being cheap or whatever, tarps have worked for me.
Tvov 10/09/19 05:16am Travel Trailers
RE: I Think I'm Outta Here

lol, I just came from a thread where people are complaining that the thread wasn't related enough to RV'ing... you think that poster will be back?
Tvov 10/08/19 05:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Bus crash on Utah 12

Maybe this should have been posting in Around the Campfire or something, but I think it is interesting.
Tvov 10/08/19 05:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

This whole argument will be moot sooner or later, within the next 5-7 years if you ask me. 2WD trucks will go the way of the manual transmission. 4x4 is so overwhelmingly popular, and 2WD sales are dwindling year after year. Eventually the manufacturers will drop the 2WD option, and with it all the specialized components required to make them, thereby cutting production costs. Maybe, and I would not be surprised. But have you looked at service trucks? Most of the pickup trucks used by electric companies, gas, etc? Almost always they are 2wd, even in New England. Maybe more north they are 4wd, but all around me the vast majority of commercial pickup trucks are 2wd.
Tvov 10/08/19 04:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Rubicon Gladiator vs the Rubicon Trail

I have not done "rock crawling".... but.... at 5:30 in that video, the guys are talking about how solid axles keep the wheels on the ground much better than independent suspension. I have never heard that before. Is that just for rock crawling?
Tvov 10/01/19 05:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

Been towing with my 2wd F250 since 2008, when I bought it new. All of our camping (with the TT) has been in established campgrounds, and I have never needed 4wd. Would I like 4wd? YES. Next truck will be 4wd. My present truck has been great, but especially after having cars with AWD and living in New England, from now on I always want 4wd or AWD. 2wd trucks are seemingly so rare these days, I think sometimes it may cost more to get 2wd as they might be a special order.
Tvov 09/30/19 06:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Seen in the campground: mega generator rear-rack

Instead of buying a separate generator for his camper, he just hooked up his home backup generator? That looks big enough to do welding with!
Tvov 09/14/19 06:28am General RVing Issues
RE: School me in public parks camping...

Many of the campgrounds we've been at that have "workcampers" have very clean showers. I always remember one of the campgrounds at Lake George New York, Evergreen family campground (something like that), had workcampers who cleaned the showers twice a day on weekends. They were great!
Tvov 09/13/19 05:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: School me in public parks camping...

You may very well find that you enjoy the state and federal park much more than you might think. Around me, state parks have MUCH larger campsites - like 3 or 4 times larger... or more. "campsites" will vary greatly from park to park, and within the park itself. My favorite state park (Macedonia Brook in Connecticut) doesn't even have running water, it has old fashioned hand pumps in the park. You will learn to conserve water, and may be surprised how long your freshwater tank can last - easily a long weekend with "navy" showers, a whole week if you are able to shower somewhere else in the campground. It is very easy to do a 3 or 4 day long weekend camping trip on just battery. Treat the camper as a big tent, with a water pump and, joy of joys, your own toilet! Only use power in the camper when you really need to, like late night bathroom trips. We use battery camping lanterns in the camper when "dry camping". Your refrig needs power even on propane (non-power frigs are rare campers these days), but uses very little electricity. Be careful with hot weather camping - the vent fan(s) in the camper will drain the battery. We usually dry camp in the spring and fall when it is cooler at night, just leaving windows open is plenty for ventilation. A lot of parks around us are putting in water and electric only campsites, which means you just have to be careful about filling up your grey tank too fast. You will learn how to conserve! We love dry camping. Huge campsites, much quieter campgrounds, beautiful scenery.
Tvov 09/12/19 05:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

I just skimmed the thread, but I did catch this "Dilbert-ism" from the initial link: "An action plan will be developed in coming weeks to chart the course of the industry group going forward." LOL! I Love "corporate speak"!! So, nothing will be done except more meetings and hiring some more managers for a new department of, well, whatever it is they are meeting about.
Tvov 09/12/19 04:48am General RVing Issues
RE: How come?

"vacation stomach"... which happens when I switch from my normal diet to all the sugary, carb heavy foods at tourist destinations. Took me decades, but I've learned to try my best to restrict the tourist foods. Still get vacation stomach many times, but usually not nearly as bad. Allergies... the change in environment many times will kick off an allergy attack. Which, of course, lasts about 4-6 days - just the length of most vacations / camping trips. Sometimes I'll start taking Zrytec / Claritin type meds before a vacation to help with allergies. Wife and I just got back from an Alaska cruise - we both were stuffed up the entire trip, but were able to control it and have fun anyways. So, YES, "vacation sickness", however you want to classify it, is a real thing for me!
Tvov 09/11/19 06:52am RV Lifestyle
RE: Winter Storage of a Travel Trailer?????

We cover our TT over the winter. The custom covers are really nice, make sure you tie it down using EVERY grommet / hole / snap - that will help prevent any wind/flapping damage. The covers do not last forever... it varies with quality and use, but you might want to replace a less expensive cover every few years, the more expensive ones last longer. Some really expensive covers can last a lot of years. Storing inside a barn or similar is ideal. Mice... there are tons of threads on mice. Read all the advice, and here is one more tidbit -- Do NOT use moth balls Inside your camper! Try to catch the mice before they get into the camper.
Tvov 09/11/19 06:41am Travel Trailers
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