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RE: stairs

When they first came out a lot of folks were happy because of the added stability they gave them. I know my wifes first thought after seeing them was - So isn't all the dirt/rain etc going to go inside the camper? My first thought was that I would never be able to use them at the storage yard being in close proximity to the trailer next to me. I just figured if I ever bought a new trailer like that I would need to have them swapped out.
austinjenna 03/10/23 04:59am Tech Issues
RE: ebike for a heavy rider?

I ride my Ebike all over the CG. I may ride it into town or to the ch area . I ride my Ebike distances I could never ride a regular bike. An Ebike flattens the hills and picks up the slack that a regular bike doesn't do. It not about $$$ or longevity its about going from point A to B with ease. An Ebike takes you up the inclines in ways that a allow older riders to keep riding. Some may call it cheating. But cheating is driving the car to town, Ebikes allow one to enjoy the biking experience, while maintaining a comfortable pace and getting some exercise. An Ebike makes biking enjoyable vs. challenging. I get some enjoy the challenge and a more intense work out, However there are many that are beyond their days of being challenge by a bike and prefer an enjoyable ride. I totally agree with this statement. Maybe some are thinking there is no exercise in the electric bikes but there is. Ours are pedal assist so they 'help' with the pedaling. We have taken them pretty much everywhere and have enjoyed so much more than we could have on a regular bike. We have ridden all the 50 miles of carriage roads in Acadia, Along the waterfront in NJ, the 35 miles or so in Chicago waterfront etc..which would have not been possible without them. It really gets us out to see more than we normally would have.
austinjenna 03/09/23 03:22am RV Lifestyle
RE: ebike for a heavy rider?

Hi, My wife and I have the Aventon Level - original version and now they have the V2 version out. I am 6'4 and 280lbs and the bike is capable of 300lbs. It is a rear drive comes with a rear rack, fenders, etc... although we did buy aftermarket seats and the battery is removable. We take these with us all the time when we go camping and have about 1500 miles on them without any problems. They come in multiple frame sizes (S,M,L) as well as either step through or step over. Keep in mind whatever you buy they will be heavier than your normal bike and would need a bike rack to support the additional weight. For that I bought the KAC K2 rack, they are not rated for RV usage though. When we take them camping we just store them inside. If you have any other questions just let me know. Hope it helps
austinjenna 03/08/23 06:11am RV Lifestyle
RE: State Parks

I just booked into Myrtle Beach for the last week in March 7 days + 1 free. That’s supposed to be a busy week. Going from there to Charleston the next week and no problem there either. Happy camping folks, enjoy your life. Myrtle Beach in March would hardly be considered as prime time for camping. I think the folks on here are talking about the summer months when the parks get filled up.
austinjenna 03/04/23 04:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

I camp at both state park and private CG's. The experience at a state park is much different than a private park. State parks are generally more about experiencing nature vs. Private. If you just want to compare them in terms a $$. In some cases the prices maybe close enough. However if you want to compare pricing in a resort area, or an area with some sort of attraction private will be much more expensive. If you want to compare experience they are generally very different. Most state parks are built on land that was set a side for public use because of some unique feature. There is generally way more to a state park than just a cheap camp site. I would agree with the above statement
austinjenna 03/03/23 05:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

I checked Ohio State Parks and they state "If you don’t arrive for a reservation and if you don’t contact the park to cancel, you will forfeit all fees paid." So, if you are staying at your state parks, you do stay at campgrounds with a requirement to show up on the first day. Sorry that is not what that means that there is a requirement to show up on the first day. What it means is if you don't show up and didn't cancel the reservation you wont get any money back.
austinjenna 03/02/23 02:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

Campgrounds with the "must occupy the first night" rule mean occupied by a person not a vehicle or trailer. I have never been to a CG that had this rule. Not saying it doesn't exist but I have been around a lot and never seen or noticed it. Probably because I am occupying the site so it didn't matter to me. I can see that this going back and forth will lead to nothing so I will end it. I wish you all well in what you are trying to do and happy camping.
austinjenna 03/02/23 10:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

I have no problem if they actually used it. But to leave it vacant is a waste. But more importantly it denies others the chance to use the site. Is it OK for Elon Musk, Warren Buffet or Jeff Bezos to book all the state parks in the country and leave them vacant because they can afford to! It's also not sour grapes on my part because when I see all the vacant sites it's because I'm actually at the CG camping. Typically I have a site already. However I recognize that there is a problem because the sites are showing as reserved on line. In some cases the site has a tag showing it as reserved but no one shows up the entire time. Wasting an opportunity for others is a real problem and contributes to the shortage of camp sites we see all over the country. I hope I'm ruffling some feathers because the inconsiderate behavior needs to be addressed. Fines and penalties will resolve the issue because it will separate those who think they have money to waste by making reservations that don't plan to keep. From those that do have money to waste. Yes there are some truly wealthy people that fines and penalties won't faze. But a $100.00 or more penalty will open up quite a few camp sites. Where do your rules end? Is it just for camping? If I go to a sold out sports venue and see empty seats - do I make them sell them to me because they aren't being used? Probably not and why - because someone paid for them even though they are sitting empty and others could enjoy it. Would it really make you feel better if someone booked the site for a week, came on Sunday to drop off their rv, left and didn't return until Friday night for the weekend?
austinjenna 03/02/23 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

If you not there the site would be open up period. The only thing to debate is should you be fined? Death is not an excuse otherwise there would be a lot of Grandmothers and Aunts dying Friday night at check in time! The vacancy problem can be curtailed, we just need policy makers to be aware of the problem and then have to stomach and determination to implement STRICT rules to address the issue. As you can see from this thread there are plenty of people willing to tie up sites and knowingly leave them vacant as long as the reservation meets their own personal criteria. Some reserve sites for "just in case" without a firm plan to use the site. Those that intentionally create vacancies are not concerned with the financial cost and can afford to waste the money on the vacant site. They have no concern for others who would actually use the site. It's the other campers that must put there foot down and demand policy makers fine the abusers and eliminate deliberate premeditated vacancies. They paid for the site and its theirs to use. Its not up to you to decide on how they use it. Just sounds like sour grapes on your end because you didn't get a site for lack of planning better.
austinjenna 03/02/23 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

As far as who determines a no show is not rocket science. You have 24 hours to show or call CG with explanation otherwise you are penalized. My grandmother died or the dog hid the RV keys is not a valid excuse. Either you call to say I broke down but I am now on my way or you face the penalty. Yes some innocents will become collateral damage but the no shows will cease. If you re-read my post I never said who determines a no show. Its rather obvious if they didn't check in LOL. I said who makes the determining factor on opening up a previously booked site when the person notifies the CG on why they are late. According to you a death is not good enough but a broken truck is LOL
austinjenna 03/02/23 03:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

One of the things that the Ohio state parks did in regards to people booking the entire week and then going in to modify their reservation just to get the weekend, was that they no longer allow any reservation changes. If you cancel the reservation it cancels the entire reservation. You cant go in to modify your reservation and cherry pick a few days out of it. After you cancel you need to wait until you can try to rebook it. In the meantime others can sign up for email alerts if a site becomes available in that campground. So the original person who made/cancelled the reservation stand a good chance that someone else already booked it. At least here there are no more days of just packing up your camping gear and going to find a site that day. Everything in our state parks is by reservation. Even if you pull up and the CG is half empty you still need to go on the reservation system and reserve a site. They don't allow walk ins. The days of not planning out your trips ahead of time for summer and making reservations thinking that you will just pull up and get a site are virtually non existent anymore, at least in summer at the popular campgrounds. As far as what others suggested, that if they didn't show up on time the site should be re-opened. Who makes that determining factor as the 'why' they didn't show to see if a site should be reopened? What if someone was called into work, truck issue, trailer issue, kid broke arm..but they still intend on coming for the rest of the it the 17yr old kid at the check in?
austinjenna 03/01/23 06:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

goducks10 wrote: Just so someone else can have the spot? Absolutely. Why should everyone else be denied the use of the campsite because of one selfish person. Because they paid for it, period. Its not up to you to decide 'how' they use it. If they book for a week and are there just for the weekend then so be it and its there choice.
austinjenna 03/01/23 05:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Parks

This may work well for many on this forum. A young couple that wants to take their kids camping would probably not go without a reservation as they have to schedule vacation time from their jobs and make numerous preparations. Driving 4 hours to find no sites would be a hardship. That is why it is such a shame to see the sites in state parks go empty because people are gaming the reservation systems. Nothing will change until not showing up the first night hits the gamers really, really hard in the wallet. The issue is you think the CG's really care and they don't. They have the money from the site so it makes no difference to them if the site is occupied or not. It actually works out in their favor because there is no cleanup from the site, less people using the bathrooms, showers, swimming pools etc.. In todays world you need to make reservations in advance - at least here in Ohio for the state parks as there are no walk ins allowed and all sites must be booked online.
austinjenna 02/28/23 04:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bicycles

I carry 2 electric bikes inside my bunkhouse 5th wheel. Transporting them inside keeps bikes out of weather and eliminates security issues. Same here. We have 2 full size electric bikes and put one in the bunkroom and one on top of the dinette. On my old fiver I had a receiver on the back but the rear takes a lot of bumps and my bike holder was starting to bend and this was without electric bikes which are heavier just 2 standard bikes and the rack was a Yakima. so after that I just started putting them inside
austinjenna 02/17/23 04:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The villages florida

I usually look in google maps. One of the layers they have is 'biking' and can show you the bike routes.
austinjenna 02/09/23 04:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Honda 2000 won’t run my late model home furnace

I built the bonding plug, used a power strip on one outlet and plugged in the bonding plug - that worked
austinjenna 12/08/22 03:50am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000 won’t run my late model home furnace

So I had a question. I have a EU2000 and it only has the 2 receptacles. I think I only have 2 options. 1-take the faceplate off and wire one of the receptacles. 2-Make a bonding plug. If I use a bonding plug in one of the outlets that leaves me with only one to use. Can I plug in a surge protector which has a few outlets and plug the bonding plug into that? and still be able to use one of the other outlets on the surge protector?
austinjenna 12/06/22 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

I run 1 or 2 cheap electric heaters. I run a heavy duty extension cord to the pedestal 120 outlet and through the slide seal to the inside and plug it in, this way its not taking and of my 30 amp power so I can run other things in the morning.
austinjenna 11/18/22 04:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Route Planning Question

RV Trip wizard for me
austinjenna 11/03/22 04:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Visible Phone Hotspot

One advantage of a cell modem (travel router) is the ability to add an external antenna. In fact, most cell modems have two antenna connections, allowing dual external antennas in a MIMO configuration resulting in considerable data speed increases. Thanks for the explanation. I dont have visible so can have multiple connections and also have the surecall booster so I can put an antenna up on a telescoping rod in those fringe areas.
austinjenna 10/27/22 05:29pm Technology Corner
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