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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
RE: EVs Stealing RV Campsites!! Not....

Ford truck guy -- X2 could not have said it better myself! The stealing was the bad thing (and the only thing) that should have been a no-no off of unoccupied sites. But it did come across as though he did not like EVs period. So if a Class B or Class C occupied those sites (say camping newbies), the OP would have no problem with that. The real problem he does not recognize, and that there are now a lot of new campers brought on by Covid taking up a lot of camping sites, not just EVs.
charlestonsouthern 07/19/22 11:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Eastbound

BFRNK, well, then, James Island County Park is the best RV park to stay. Also, easy to Folly Beach and easy to historic Charleston peninsula. Also, some sites have little crabbing docks to catch large blue crabs for a spicy crab and shrimp and corn boil. But call early for reservations.
charlestonsouthern 07/16/22 09:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nascar Follies

P.S. He was murdered at a gas station!
charlestonsouthern 07/16/22 11:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

What's this? NASCAR's Bobby East stabbed by a transient in LA! So very young at 37.
charlestonsouthern 07/16/22 11:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Are there any snowbird RV parks in New Mexico?

LMHS -- You just mentioned my favorite place in the mountains; we tow our small camper to the KOA on the Cherokee Reservation around September, buy their fishing license for $5.00 and with my little cane pole catch some of the most beautiful brown speckled trout in those little streams and they are tasty, too. If we rise very early to track some of the hordes of elk, we first stop by Peters Pancake House for great cups of coffee and some tasty waffles with all types of syrup and eggs prepared "over easy." Just don't know how people like Dollywood or Sevierville as they are so crowded. And the children at the schools have made such beautiful art, and I always bring home a few pieces for display. If you go home in September, take the time to go by the KOA and see a 25-foot Hi-Lo camper sitting in the park, come knock on my door, and we will make you breakfast. You should be proud of your little town.
charlestonsouthern 06/29/22 02:12am Snowbirds
RE: Stealth Camping Tennessee

fourthclass -- I miss him, too. He would celebrate Christmas (even though he was Jewish) by attending the "Nutcracker Suite" ballet nearly every year. There was always someone who would invite him to Thanksgiving dinner. The country music celebs on tour would give him an upfront seat at their concerts when in California. I wonder what the Nashville groups think about what's happening in Tenn. And if they still remember George.
charlestonsouthern 06/17/22 03:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

Talleyho, "Maybe things are different other places in Mexico." Bingo! As far as subsidies are concerned, Mexico does not evenly distribute them across the nation and does not evenly withdraw them across the nation. The one region in which Mexico is constantly fiddling with fuel prices and their subsidies is northern Mexico. Why? Because Mexico wants fuel prices more in line with US prices near the border, and Mexico a while back allowed some US retail stations across the border to compete with Mexico retailers; that was the time when Mexico said that the price of fuel would eventually float freely on the open market; however, for that you need competition. The Mexico statement never came true as it continued to give and withdraw subsidies unevenly across the regions.
charlestonsouthern 06/13/22 03:32pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

Chris, as of January 1, 2021, there were 129 "operable" petroleum refineries in the US. ("Operable" is the key word.) The newest refinery began operating in 2019 in Channelview, Texas.
charlestonsouthern 06/13/22 01:08pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

Chris, why? Mexico is a major oil producer. Could it be that Mexico has a shortage of refineries to turn that oil into fuel; it imports 80 percent of its fuel from the US. The 80 percent comes from data as of 3/24/2022. This date is before the recent swift rise of prices in fuel. We all know that other reasons have to do with oil shortages as a result of Ukrainian/Russian War and the US's intentional boycotting of Russian oil. You can't refine fuel if you don't have crude oil. We, the US, once imported 8 percent of its oil from Russia. There are other reasons for Mexico's rise; for example, AMLO is slowly taking back the subsidies the government provides to keep the fuel prices lower. Well, where does the money for the subsidies come from? It comes from the revenue generated from Mexico's oil production since Mexico is a major oil producer. It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul.
charlestonsouthern 06/12/22 11:50pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Cataloochee campground

We were there about ten years ago. "Little Cataloochee Valley." I think the mountain we had to skirt on that narrow gravel road was Sterling Mountain. Beach and I were holding our breath, an endless ravine on the driver's side and the wall of the mountain on the passenger's side. We dropped the hitch to our RV at the KOA in Cherokee; early the next morning with a picnic lunch and plenty of water we drove our F-250 Ford diesel through Maggie Valley and turned off into this residential neighborhood and through to this narrow gravel road. I couldn't believe this was an entrance to the national park. After miles and miles of this road, we finally hit some pavement, made a left turn onto the pavement and into the valley. On the left was the campground; we walked in because I wasn't sure how much turn-around space we would have; what we saw was a lot of primitive camping, tents and tent trailers on wheels, no more than about eight feet long; all were using lanterns for light, but saw no camp fires. We continued on crossing a little bridge with a rushing stream under it and met up with the one and only ranger for Little Cataloochee. He was a descendant of one of families who had lived in the valley. Since I am a history buff, he took the time to explain how his family came to the valley in the 1800s. We parked the truck and walked the valley and visited all the buildings that were left; they were unlocked; the old church, school house, a barn, a house circa late 1800s, etc. This was a valley of pristine beauty with totally no electricity, even I guess today, and beautiful speckled brown trout swimming in crystal clear streams. We almost had the place to ourselves. After all the crowds we saw at Cade's Cove near Sieverville, why? Aha! It must be that **** scary narrow road hugging the mountain coming into the valley. It turns out that was the same road used by the settlers of Little Cataloochee to bring supplies in before the first snow of the season in the 1800s. There is a lot of wildlife in the valley roaming in herds, primarily Elk; we did see a few black bears as we were walking across a meadow to the church. A lot of the buildings have been moved and set up behind the Park Visitors Center near Cherokee (how they got those buildings down that road is a mystery to me). If you have the stamina, I recommend visiting. But 1) leave early in the morning, 2) keep checking the weather on the mountain and valley, 3) carry provisions with you like peanut butter and jam sandwiches, flashlights, and blankets in case you get stuck up there overnight, and 3) DON'T take your RV on that road into the valley. Let the ranger know you are there overnight if need be. Give yourself plenty of daylight on your return trip to leave the valley. There is a book regarding "Little Cataloochee Valley" for purchase at the Park Visitors Center near Cherokee; the book tells a lot of history about the place and Franklin Roosevelt who is responsible for the community's demise in the valley.
charlestonsouthern 06/06/22 12:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The price of fuel is not nearly high enough

bgum, since you mentioned college, then you must recall college Economics 101 regarding consumer response models, theories, and micro-economic laws. It's one of the requirements under the Humanities.
charlestonsouthern 06/03/22 08:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: No shortage of RVs

Caveman -- "affordable" is subjective relative to the person buying the RV. The "high end" with more luxury options or custom RVs don't seem to be having much of a problem. But, then again, that is true most any time of the year.
charlestonsouthern 05/31/22 01:40pm General RVing Issues
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