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ReserveAmerica Refunds

I received and email from PA State parks telling my reservations had been cancelled due to the Cov19 shutdown and they were reimbursing me. The email also stated that the refunds were going to be handled through ReserveAmerica. Well, 16 days later I'm still waiting for my refund. Has anyone received their refund and how long did it take? (PS: how come it takes so long to refund a CC but takes hours to bill the CC for a reservation?)
fitznj 04/05/20 05:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling the summer

We all know if you go to an empty CG when you get up the next morning there will be someone parked beside you. And the rest of the CG will be empty. This is funny...... I've been seeing this phenomenon for a few years now. - We camped the day after Labor day - completely empty state park, next day woke up to someone parked right next to us. - Jan. we camped in National Park - completely empty, you guessed it, camper right next door - Yesterday, went for a walk in the woods, parked in an empty field (50acres?), come back to a car parked so close I could not open the drivers door completely. I've been taking photos just so I can get a laugh during these days.
fitznj 04/05/20 06:44am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Big Bend National Park closed

This may not be a bad thing; I was there last year during the gvmnt shutdown and the NP was really empty of people. I stayed at Terlingua (stone throw from the southern entrance) and had the whole place to myself (well almost!). No traffic, no backups, almost no one on the hiking trails..........etc. They did not block the entrances, so you could drive into the park as normal. I saw some people on the primitive sites along River? Road.
fitznj 04/03/20 05:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: This might be helpful for single ladies

I think you are overthinking this "sense of danger". I've lived in 6 different counties (2 of which could be called 3rd world) and believe me when I say that America is the safest place that I have lived in. I've traveled in some of the most remotest areas of the USA on a dirt bike solo and never once felt threatened. I've boon-docked in similar areas and never felt threatened or in danger. I love the solitude (especially in the SW) and would not trade the experiences for anything. The only 2 times I felt some sense of "angst" was: 1 - riding alone in Utah, I was far from anything and the hairs on the back of my head told me to "stay smart and don't do anything stupid"... 2 - riding alone 3 months ago in Death Valley, similar feeling. Just use common sense and you should be fine. 99.99% of the people you meet are decent folks, trying to make a living and raise their kids. I feel a lot safer in remote areas than I do walking the streets of any major US city. Thank your lucky stars you live in the USA - it probably the safest country to live/wander/travel. I'm 63 now and don't intend to stop travelling for many years yet - there are many places in the US that I still want to see.
fitznj 04/03/20 08:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Colorado State Parks closure

I don't understand this "no camping" policy either; Here in the NE, PA and NJ closed their parks to camping but not day use. I go to state/county parks every day for mountain biking and since the closure, there have been 2 or 3 times MORE people in the parks. I live next to a county park and the trails are packed with people. Normally outside the summer season, the campgrounds have maybe 10 spots occupied out of 170? sites. I don't get it. Keep the campgrounds open and the bathrooms closed.....
fitznj 03/29/20 04:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The RV Life

This country has some REEEEALLY amazing places, views, food. It's good to hear you're back in - make the most of your opportunities, get out there and enjoy yourself; RVing alone in not too bad either, I go to places that do not interest my wife so spend time alone. I'm actually enjoying it more than I thought.
fitznj 02/18/20 05:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Death ValleyCA->Chicago: sights? boondocking. in April.

I just spent 8 days in DV on a motorcycle ride - super sensational. There are plenty of places to camp - a few official campsites and lots of "remote" areas. I was told that you camp anywhere off the main roads as long as you are not blocking access. Lots of stuff to see - pick up a map at the visitor center; This is a spectacular place - spend the time to "soak it all in"; Just down the road is Mojave - another spectacular landscape.
fitznj 02/17/20 05:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: TV Antennas

I, also am not aware of any OTA antennas which "locks" into a signal, I thought the TV scans airwaves for a signal based on the position of the antenna. As a point of reference I've used a Sensar iV, Rayzar Auto and I now have a King Jack on my TT. The adjustable Sensar iV seemed to be the best followed closely by the King Jack with the Rayzar a VERY distant third.
fitznj 02/12/20 05:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbies RVers

I'm in a similar position (I have a 20ft Toy hauler/Transit) but have been looking at a Class C or B+ for a couple of cross country trips. This will be for my wife and myself; I've been looking at max 24ft. Easier to drive and able to get into tight spaces, easier to park at shopping malls. Diesel or gas - don't think it makes much difference for me. I looked at Mercs - very nice but the diesel Transit has caught my eye. Why? if you breakdown in the middle of nowhere there is always a Ford dealer nearby. I prefer a slide-out for the extra room - I've never had a problem with my slide out on my older TT. Also you get tend to get a better sofabed with the slide out and room to move around. Axis or ??? : I've looked at a couple of Axis - you do get a lot of RV for the money. The Axis is on my list as I probably won't keep the RV for more than a couple of years; I still prefer a pull behind TT/TH. I was not TOO impressed with the workmanship/quality but then it's built down to a price; The mechanicals are all FORD. One item to think about. A Class B/B+/C will have to be packed up each time you want to go anywhere (like the local restaurant). Unless you are willing to tow a car - which kind of defeats the object of buying a small RV....
fitznj 02/09/20 05:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Insurance - Increase Every Year About $100

You may want to shop around; My premiums have been steady or even gone down on my house/car/TT; I cut my motorcycle insurance by half by going to another Ins Co and I got slightly better coverage.
fitznj 02/06/20 12:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charging camper batteries with generator?

Plug the shore power cord into the generator; Turn generator on.... done (I have a voltmeter hooked directly at the batteries so can see what is going on)
fitznj 02/03/20 04:36pm Truck Campers
RE: RV gasoline life span in long term storage

I had a classic car that did not get driven too often (<150/year); it had at least 2 year old gas in the tank and drove ok each time. However - it sat unused for more than couple of years and the float bowl and jets had a chalky residue which had to be cleaned out. If you can; run the engine to operating - every once in a while and maybe add fresh gas with seafoam.
fitznj 01/31/20 04:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Insurance

I hate how insuance companies all seem to operate the same. Once you are a policyholder, they increase your rate every year at a pace higher than insurance rate inflation. Does not apply to every Ins. Company; I've been with the same ins. company for 30? years. My rates are a lot lower than they were. Even my home owners policy went down by %15 this year; To the original OP question: Ask you auto or home ins. company; My Camper is insured through my auto/home company for < $200 per year.
fitznj 01/15/20 03:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mount trailer tires yourself at home?

My local tire shop charges $20 to unmount/mount/balance a tire; At that price, it's not worth doing it myself.
fitznj 01/15/20 03:52pm Travel Trailers
Pops RV - confused

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fitznj 01/13/20 05:33am Forum Posting Help and Support
Pops RV - confused

Been looking for a class B+ or small Class C, been looking in all the usual places. About 1 month ago found one with what looks like a floor plan I can live with and it's less than 1 hour away. It's being sold by Pops RV (a broker - I assume); Anyways filled in the on-line form and sent to to Pop's. Never go a reply back. This past Friday saw another B+ close by; Filled in the form and sent it out. I was asking about driving over to take a look. I received an email back with 1 - a link to the ad with a suggesting to read it (???) 2 - a pdf doc with the "sales process" 3 - a question about how I'm going to be paying for it (???) Is POP's RV for real? or are trolling for you personal information
fitznj 01/13/20 05:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Rio Grande Village RV Campground in Big Bend NP

Rio Grande is really remote and far from any supplies; There is a small, and I mean REALLY small grocery store and gas close by but it is far from anything else; The sites are essentially a large parking lot and rather unappealing. Stillwell RV is just on the outside of the park but again really remote. Personally, I'd stay at Terlingua - large grocery store, several restaurants, close to the NP and closer to the State Park.
fitznj 01/12/20 06:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Bend National Park

I've stayed at Stillwells - just outside the NP; Nothing fancy but that's par for the course in Big Bend. Expect remoteness. I then moved to Terlingua and stayed there another week; Close to amenities (grocery store, bars, restaurants, gas.....) - Quirky little town but I enjoyed it. Take ALL your supplies (food/drink/propane/gas.....) - it's remote out there and gorgeous. I was hoping to get ther again this winter, but plans changed. I stayed at Guadalupe State Park in Hill country, really nice campground. Good for hiking, cycling and relatively close to a town.
fitznj 01/03/20 04:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: never camped in Delaware

WE stay at 3 different public camp grounds in the area: Cape Henlopen is the closest Killian Pond and Lumms Pond are a short drive away
fitznj 01/01/20 03:25am Family Camping
RE: Big Bend

Big Bend NP is a sensational experience if you like remoteness. It's far away from anything so stock up with all essentials before arriving. I stayed at Stillwell Ranch, just outside the NP - has hookups and a good place to use as a base - I think he has 4,000 acres. Then moved to Terlingua. I ride dirt bikes and mountains bikes, so I spent 2 weeks riding all the remote dirt roads in the NP. The views as spectacular. The road to Presidio is a "must do" - essentially parallels the Rio Grande. You can get supplies at Study Butte/ Terlingua, but fresh fruit/veggies come just once a week so stock up. Couple of good campgrounds in this area and there are 5 or 6 bars/restaurants as well. There is one in Ghost Town where all the locals hang out and watch the sunsets - kind of a unique place. All the people I met were exceptionally friendly and very easy to strike up a conversation (I live in NJ - enough said).... Did I say it's remote? some of the rustic campsites are literally in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you're gas tank is topped up (although there is a gas station the NP). I'm going back this Jan but staying at the State Park and riding to Ruidosa - another "must do" drive. Enjoy - you'll love it,
fitznj 11/16/19 02:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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