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RE: Semana Santa

Chris, I noticed on, I believe, your blog that you and Juan were thinking about shopping for another tow vehicle; good time to go shopping (with a wide selection) while on the US side of the border.
charlestonsouthern 04/05/23 11:56am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: cell phone

Wandering Bob, which Cruise Line are you sailing? Beach and I have a long standing with Princess. We take our I-pads, lap-tops and I-phones. The ship usually gives me free credits assigned to my cabin or you can buy a package of credits. Both Carnival and Princess are pros at getting you started. We sent messages and pictures back home, and we got responses very quickly. What you don’t want to use the credits for is surfing the web; you will end up using up your credits very fast. Yep, all the modern conveniences. Talk with the cruise line customer service or travel agent handling your reservations.
charlestonsouthern 12/14/22 11:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: GSMNP close trails to allow black bears to feed

Those corn jokes always keep me laughing!! Good one.
charlestonsouthern 10/30/22 10:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: GSMNP close trails to allow black bears to feed

ken, X2. a few years back, my husband and I were camping at the KOA in Cherokee, NC around early September. We were visiting the Great Smokies Ranger Station nearby.. While viewing some old cabins(which was in the rear yard of the station and had been moved there from a high mountain valley), herds of elk swarmed across a stream into the yard and out into a large meadow for grazing. Since I was cornered and no way out, I penned myself against the outside wall of one of these cabins so that I would not be trampled. The young ones in the herd were in no way afraid of me; they stopped and then came closer and closer as if they were waiting on a hand out. When the large stag returned to edge them on, I was a little scared, but they moved on. These young elk must have been hand-fed at some point in their life.
charlestonsouthern 10/30/22 12:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Theft at a State park.......

I really can’t figure out why someone would take the chance or risk of being injured or death by stealing junk, such as sewer hoses, grills, or bicycles, etc. Nowadays, people with legal permits have protection and have motion cameras on their RVs. I guess thieves think their lives are worth less than the junk or their IQ is below 100, take your pick. We’ve been lucky; the only living creatures messing around on our camp sites at odd hours are squirrels, raccoons, and grazing deer.
charlestonsouthern 10/17/22 10:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is Playa del Carmen and Majahual safe

Opnspaces — The places you have mentioned have a high degree of tourism; therefore, many bus routes will be available. The most prevalent crimes will be pick pockets or sale of small amounts of drugs. Can you convince him to take a buddy with him (boy or girl)? The “buddy system” or four eyes are better than two eyes. Give him some extra cash to hide on his person; don’t want him to skimp on good transportation, it’s safer. A law officer suggested to me for my granddaughter to give her a “church key” bottle opener to use for beer; don’t accept an open beer from anyone; your son should open his own drinks. If he learns a few rules and abides by them, he’ll be fine.
charlestonsouthern 10/11/22 11:02am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Displaced Florida Snowbirds Room Here

AND you’ll cultivate a taste for Tex-Mex food and Texas BBQ! Very good!
charlestonsouthern 10/05/22 10:56am Snowbirds
RE: The impact of Ian...

Bears Den, hope you won’t worry so much about that; you guys and gals have enough to worry about already. FEMA and other government agencies will take care of that particular problem because of the size of their pocketbooks and authority. All I can do for you right now is donate money to the Red Cross and to the soup kitchens and meal stations. God bless you.
charlestonsouthern 10/04/22 09:46am Snowbirds
RE: Ian destruction

Heard on the news last night that residents in those hard hit areas are being asked to evacuate; I’m sure some have insurance for that, but some do not. After a diligent search and rescue effort, room has to be made for all the FEMA-supplied trailers to house people from FEMA itself, Corps of Engineers (levee just broke somewhere around Sarasota and, of course, bridges), Red Cross, feeding stations, etc. If residents stayed during Ian, they will not want to leave their property after Ian, but it is the best thing to do in order to repair the entire infrastructure. If residents want to stay in Florida, I hope there will be enough shelter available farther north, say around Tampa and Orlando. But money will be made available by FEMA to purchase and stay in RVs in northern Florida by residents who are uninsured.
charlestonsouthern 10/03/22 12:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hurricanes and traffic jams

NamMedevac, I’m probably telling my age here, but the last part was due to Jeb Bush after Andrew, the very best governor of Florida ever; he even negotiated with the insurance companies so that they would not pull out of Florida in mass. But I think I’m getting off the subject matter here. Moderator, forgive me.
charlestonsouthern 09/28/22 05:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hurricanes and traffic jams

Philly —- Haaaaaaaaaaaaa! You caught me by surprise! Now, how do I get off the floor from laughing! But you did relieve some of the stress from this storm. Thanks.
charlestonsouthern 09/28/22 04:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Everything Bad Hurricanes Tornadoes Earthquakes YIPES!

Wanderingbob, you are so very, very right! The waiting and stress is what gets you. Ian is supposed to cut across Florida, come out into the Atlantic at Daytona Beach, north up the Atlantic, and curve northwest into Charleston. I’m hoping it will blow itself out by then, but we’re ready. The Atlantic Ocean is now cooler than the Gulf of Mexico; therefore, I’m betting the cooler waters will starve the storm to death.
charlestonsouthern 09/28/22 04:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Compressor refrigerator opinons

sparky, hope I found the right floor plan. Is the entrance at the back end of the camper? Like it! Split bathroom with john privacy, great! What cu. foot frig is it? You are going to love it, but the feel of towing will be different after towing the popup so long. You'll get use to it. Don't ask me how I know.
charlestonsouthern 09/23/22 09:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best route from Myrtle Beach north to I-77

ken56, if you are taking shortcuts to or from Myrtle Beach using SC little two-lane highways and bridges through the swamps, I just wanted you to know that alligator hunting season is on through October 8. There will be trucks and boat trailers parked anywhere along those roads after the hunters put in their “swamp” boats; not much room for parking because of very soft shoulders and some will use a piece of the highway. For example, Lake Marion has this past week given up two 13 footers (weighing approximately 650 lbs. each). You can imagine what it’s like getting those critters to shore and into the back of those trucks.
charlestonsouthern 09/20/22 11:05am Roads and Routes
RE: America's first automated RV park

I think someone missed something, “. . . . . when town ordinances forbid it.”
charlestonsouthern 09/15/22 08:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: America's first automated RV park

kfp, everything you have said, I could not agree with you more. This would solve two problems for tired drivers and the public at large, 1) it would remove tired drivers from the road, thus reducing accidents and 2) reduce the number of RVers in say, for example, Walmart parking lots overnight when town ordinances forbid it.
charlestonsouthern 09/15/22 11:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mass Graves ?

Bob, Bless her Heart! (unless you’re pulling my leg)
charlestonsouthern 09/12/22 11:45am Around the Campfire
RE: Medicare advantage plan for retired military

George, your non-vet friend (new to Medicare) will not have the benefits available to him which you now have and will have when you become eligible for Medicare. That is why you can’t compare your benefits package (as part of your USAF retired medical) to any civilian package he may sign up for. He wants supplemental insurance in order that it may the amount which Medicare won’t pay; generally Medicare will pay up to 80 percent of his medical bills; the supplemental insurance he would buy pays the remaining 20 percent as long as the billed medical items are approved medical items by Medicare. When you reach age 65 for Medicare, your Tricare (because you are retired military) becomes your supplemental health insurance and you pay no premiums for such supplemental coverage and have all free medications and prescriptions. That is good news for you. Now the bad news. We are retired USAF also. But we buy travel health insurance when we leave the US or it’s territories from a subsidiary of USAA Insurance Company; the last time we were out of country was 2020 before Covid, and the travel medical was 100 dollars for two weeks for both of us. I think that is pretty good, and we used it for medical treatment twice. As far as dental is concerned, we use the Dept. of Defense prescribed and sponsored company, Metropolitan Life. It is a negotiated contract for dental costs, and this insurance company won the bid. The former company who had the contract was Delta Dental. We do pay a premium for this; what I like is that the premium is negotiated by the government.
charlestonsouthern 08/17/22 11:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: FDR state park campground in Georgia

Regarding the gators, speak with the park staff and locals, and they will give you an idea of where the most gator activity would be; also ask about timber rattlers and water mocassins if you go hiking. They will have colored photos in the office in order that you may differentiate between venomous and non-venomous snakes. It's a beautiful place, especially in spring when the azaleas are in bloom.
charlestonsouthern 08/15/22 12:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: EVs Stealing RV Campsites!! Not....

Toedtoes, yes, sort of like large motorhomes with all these large and deep slides which protrude over into your camping site extending beyond the utility hookups. Your picnic table in your site has been moved before you occupy your site to provide more room for their slide overhangs.
charlestonsouthern 07/20/22 01:53pm General RVing Issues
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