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RE: Winter RV Florida Gulf Coast

Here's what we did. Disclaimer: This was over the 2015-2016 winter which was before the big push in buying RVs, but I believe that 90% of the big push was bought by working people who won't be spending the winters on the Gulf Coast. We left New England Nov. 1st and got back on May 4th. We stayed at most places 1 week, usually traveling on Wednesday. We knew where we were staying next and I was looking for a place to stay the stop after that. We had advanced reservations only at places we wanted to be at a certain time. We never had a problem getting into a place, and I don't even think I had to call more than a couple of campgrounds in one area. We alternated between private and public CGs. We started down the east coast (Myrtle and Hilton Head) then the W. Palm area in FL, over to the Sarasota area then out the panhandle and around the gulf coast to Galveston. We worked our way back through OK, Arkansas, the Ozarks, KC and east from there. I believe the reason this worked is because I was picking up cancelled plans. The roughly 2 week out period, plus not checking in on a Friday seemed to work for us. We wanted to get further south in Florida - like down towards Naples - and there were sites available at private CGs, but the price was above what we decided was reasonable (> $100 a night). https://i.imgur.com/6IdrDl2l.jpg
jplante4 09/16/19 10:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wireless cameras

We tested the Furrion at the RV parts store when it first came out. We took a battery and the camera about 100 yards away with the monitor in a metal building and it worked fine. They are a little pricey tho.
jplante4 09/14/19 01:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

Not a bad discussion considering the topic. I only deleted a few posts that were over the edge. Good job folks. CLOSED
jplante4 09/14/19 06:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Hard wired surge protector

I have that same surge protector in the Sahara. It is wired to protect from bad power from the generator as well, which has saved my butt a coupe of times when I was having generator problems.
jplante4 09/13/19 06:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV GPS Units / GPS Apps that ACTUALLY WORK???

The Copilot RV app has kept me off roads I shouldn't have been on several times. I run it on a tablet. It does not need a cell signal to provide routing, but if you get Active Traffic it uses the cell data. The DW uses a TomTom and backs it up with Google Maps on her phone. When thy differ (and they often do), we default to Copilot.
jplante4 09/12/19 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

I needed to delete the post that contained the reference to the "half black" Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", but I need to remind everyone that those 2 combatants (one played by Frank Gorshin who also played The Riddler on Batman) were the LAST TWO representatives of their respective races. Hopefully, that's not where we're heading. Let's try to keep the left/right politics out of this discussion.
jplante4 09/12/19 07:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Class A drive tires

I went from 11R22.5s to 255/75s because I had a hard time finding the 11s. Next tire change I'll be going back or trying to find a metric that has the same diameter as the 11s. My speedo is off by about 6%. I son't know why the chassis manual called out the 255s as a replacement.
jplante4 09/11/19 06:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Middletown CT Washington St railroad underpass?

We use Rt66 all the time to cut from I-84 to Rt9. The Sahara is 11'6" and I've never given it a thought. Here's a shot from Google street view. Looks like plenty of height, although I couldn't find a clearance sign. No sign usually indicates >14 feet. https://i.imgur.com/8sjcu5ql.jpg
jplante4 09/09/19 12:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: RVing YouTube videos???

I've been following the Wynns sailboat journey but I couldn't stand their RV videos. Maybe they've matured. Agreed on Bus Grease Monkey. He finds some pretty cool old bus conversions.
jplante4 09/08/19 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best RV Resort or Campground

I've been to only 2 places where the resort itself is the destination - if you like pools and pickle ball/tennis etc. Normandy Farms in Foxboro MA Hilton Head Island Motor Coach Resort in Hilton Head SC The biggest reason I haven't been to more is that they are frightfully expensive and I don't play tennis. HHI had the nicest sites we've ever seen. https://i.imgur.com/7tOIpj7l.jpg
jplante4 09/02/19 07:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV AC Longevity

Highly dependent on voltage. My 24 year old Penguins are still going, knock wood. I put in a Progressive surge protector/EMS and keep a good eye on the volts and amp draw. However, you are correct The new ones don't seem to last as long. I bet we sold 30 AC units this summer and half of them went to 2-5 year old campers.
jplante4 09/01/19 05:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Vinyl plank flooring - snap lock with history of success?

We used a lot of Tarkett Commercial LVT/LVP. Same exact product just different shapes/styles. "Luxury Vinyl Tiles and Planks" "Luxury vinyl planks and tiles offer complete design freedom with endless layout possibilities across a broad range of patterns, colorways, quality levels and installation formats." I went to the Tarkett commercial site (we are actively researching a RV flooring replacement) and I found this for installation instructions: "Room temperature must be maintained between 65F and 85F and the ambient relative humidity must be between 40% and 60%...Once the installation is completed, the service temperature of the space must never fall below 55F" Those temperature and humidity parameters are significantly different than what we would be able to maintain. During winter storage the unit could easily see single digit temps. Thanks for the information; it is frustrating because the product looks nice. What do the other manufacturers say? I am betting similar. Exact same warning on Allure. And if you try to glue it down, or nail trim through it, you will get buckling. My Allure floor has been down for 2 seasonal cycles in the northeast. In the summer, the interior gets up to 100° and down to 0° in the dead of winter. The only buckling I'm seeing is under the couch where - guess what? - I tightened the couch bolts too much. The rest of the floor looks as good as the day I put it down. Actually, I just wanted a couple of years out of the Allure. I needed to replace the disgusting carpet and really wanted to go with a teak and holly floor but I had already blown the upgrade budget for that year (the new couch).
jplante4 08/31/19 07:13am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Kiplinger: 13 Reasons You'll Regret An RV In Retirement

I got a kick out of the pic of a person dumping the tanks. Gloves, long sleeve everything and - what is that? - a bee hood?
jplante4 08/31/19 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: City bans camping gear in your vehicle - $1000 fine

Thoroughly beat to death last month. Old news. CLOSED
jplante4 08/31/19 06:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Personal experience with having slides and no slides?

When we were looking, we concentrated on simplicity. We only looked at coaches with ample room without going to slides. I believed the "more things to break" crowd. Working part time at a parts store at an RV service center, I see lots of things that break. Refrigerators, air conditioners, leveling jacks. In the 2 years I've been there, I only remember ordering parts for a single slide out repair. I think we sold 30 AC units this summer, most of them to replace 2-5 year old units.
jplante4 08/31/19 06:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Where do you search for parks?

I always start with Campgrounds reviews.com If I'm not comfortable in what is written in the reviews or just to few I will then research trip adviser or google. There are a couple of tools on the campground reviews web site that will help you in this. First is the number of reviews. If there are 2 reviews, well one is the camp ground and one is the nearest competitor. So you cam pretty much throw out the high and low. The other is the previous reviews by the reviewer. If you see a bad review and discover that particular reviewer basically hates everything, that would lead me to disregard that review. Some people aren't happy until you aren't happy. Finally, my cutoff is a rating of 7.5. This is from personal experience.
jplante4 08/30/19 05:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Martha's Vinyard Visit

The Black Dog and Mad Martha's The carousel in Oak Bluffs The Old Whaling Church in Edgartown South Beach - while your down that way, hop a scenic flight in the old biplane at Katama.
jplante4 08/27/19 03:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Changing username but email doesn't work?

Moved from general RVing.
jplante4 08/27/19 03:10pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Where do you search for parks?

campgroundreviews.com (formerly rvparkreviews.com) almost exclusively. We try to avoid parks with ratings less than 7.5. An interesting note is that the people who provide RV Trip Wizard also own the campground reviews site, and they have put a link to that site when you choose "More Details" in the trip planner.
jplante4 08/27/19 05:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Argo, the all-aluminum camper

You just need to paste the link from the photo posting app. No need for the extra XML.
jplante4 08/26/19 05:03pm Truck Campers
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