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RE: Disney World (not fort wilderness)

3 Years old is a great time to go to Disney. Yes, they won't remember it, but they will have such a great time. You will have a great time watching them. The Disney characters are drawn to little ones, so if your 3 year old isn't really into that, just keep him back from the crowd. The first time we took our kids to Disney (2005), our son was 2.5 years old. Both our kids loved Jo Jo's Circus (not sure if it is still popular) and we ran into Jo Jo and the lion from the show. Our son was in the stroller and he didn't want to go near them. While our daughter was taking pictures with Jo Jo, the lion slowly crept up to the stroller, got down on his needs and "said hi" to our son. It was such a cool experience and our son loved it. The first time we went, we stayed at Fort Wilderness for 10 days. We did Magic Kingdom twice, Animal Kingdom twice and Hollywood Studios twice. We skipped Epcot and we probably could have skipped Hollywood Studios. Don't forget the water parks or Disney Springs. We also took the kids on the boats between the campground, Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom, that was a good way to let them recharge. If you are staying at a Disney Resort, ask about the Hidden Mickey challenge. Not all the Resorts have it, but the one at the Wilderness Lodge is fun. Your son might not enjoy it as much as your daughter. -Michael
mgirardo 10/16/19 08:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Modern Food?

We prefer going to local restaurants instead of chains. Although I do like Outback and Longhorn, most other chains are okay at best. Sorry, Steak and Shake does not even rate in my opinion. Most of the time, the local restaurants feature local cuisine using locally harvested meat and produce - so both are usually fresh. Plus in a local restaurant, the chef can do his/her own thing and his/her name is on the line. It does make a big difference. With a chain, they just follow whatever corporate sets and if it isn't great, they don't care. Chefs don't become famous using other folks' recipes. When we are traveling to new locations, we always ask the locals where the best places are to eat, rarely do they tell us about a chain restaurant. -Michael
mgirardo 10/15/19 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

I have noticed that I only get the error now when I try to read threads that are more than 1 page. I have my settings to display more posts per page, so a lot of the threads are only 1 page, but for those that go longer, I have to click on a different page to get into the thread, including this one. If it is a new thread to me, then it is useless since I can't read the first 20 posts. Here is an example of a thread I got the error message: -Michael
mgirardo 10/11/19 11:33am Around the Campfire
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

Since logging in to post the above reply, I have not had a problem moving from Forum to Forum while logged in. Hopefully the issue has been resolved. -Michael
mgirardo 10/08/19 06:10am Around the Campfire
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

The server's logs should have plenty of error reports for the Server Admins to reference. The error is from the server, it's not a client side issue. It could be caused by something on the client side, but the server is generating the error and it should also be storing it in the error logs. Up until a few days ago, I have always stayed logged in, pretty much since the day I joined. I rarely log out. I have noticed if I am logged in, I can go to the Newest link or Active link at the top of the page and it will show me all the Newest/Active threads and I can read them. I'm guessing that is why some folks are saying they don't have a problem because it doesn't happen there and I know a lot of folks use those two links. I don't use the Newest and Active link. I am using the latest version of Google Chrome, but I have tried it using Microsoft Edge as well and still get the error. It has happened in every Forum I read: Class C, Travel Trailer, Beginner RV, General RV, Tech Forum, DIY, Campgrounds and Attractions, Boondocking, Snowbirding and Around the Campfire. In Google Chrome I do use Adblock Plus, but I don't in Microsoft Edge. The work around is to be logged out and then read the forums until I want to post a reply. Then I log in, hit the back button to get back to the thread and reply. This doesn't always work, but it usually does. Post volume has been very low the last week or so. Most likely people haven't figured out the workaround and just leave frustrated. Considering there are members that have been here for 10+ years that still can't figure out how to post pictures or create clickable links, most likely they get the error and just leave. -Michael
mgirardo 10/08/19 06:01am Around the Campfire
RE: An error has occurred (Resolved at last)

If you don't log in you can access all the forums, once you log in some are not available.. That's not entire true. I have gotten the "An error has occurred" error message when not logged in. Just happened a few minutes ago when I tried to access the DIY forum, after successfully reading the Tech forum while logged out. It's been a problem for me for the last 4 days. I have tried clearing my cache, nothing. I even tried different browsers, always get the error when logged in, every so often get it when not logged in. -Michael
mgirardo 10/06/19 08:39am Around the Campfire
RE: Replacing a Travel Trailer floor

I am looking for a local to MA or NH to replace my 21 ft TT floor due to it becoming spongy.I have attempted to do this on a local area of the trailer, but I found many other soft spots throughout. Does anyone have any recommendations? Mark I don't know anyone in your area, but as others have said, it will be costly. Our Hybrid TT had a soft floor from a leak at one of the outside storage doors. Factory didn't seal the bottom (have seen that on lots of TTs and MHs) and water came in. It started under the dinette, so we didn't notice it until the rot came out beyond the dinette. I ended up replacing about 40% of the floor. Ours was an ultralight and after making the fix, the floor was not as stiff as new. I ended up putting in a few 2x4s to act as I Beams between the main trailer supports. It helped, but still not as stiff as new. The process was a long one. I had a friend help me pull the furniture up (sofa, dinette and the front storage cabinet). We also had to remove the pump, fresh water tank and the hot water heater. We just the vinyl floor and pulled it back as far as we could, which was to the refrigerator. There was a small amount of rot under the refrigerator, but it wasn't bad enough to warrant removing the pantry and refrigerator cabinet. After we removed the rotten wood, I let the trailer sit for a week in the backyard with the bed ends out and the door open in the middle of the summer in GA (no rain all week) to dry out. Then I replaced most of the insulation (foam board) and I used 1/4" oak plywood instead of luan. Glued the floor back down and replaced everything we removed. -Michael
mgirardo 10/06/19 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Aquariums

M'lady had a pet shop for about 8 years. we sold quite a few turtles, and with most aquatic ones the biggest issue was space for them to turn around. The rule of thumb is 10 gallons of water for every inch of carapace. So if the turtle's carapace is less than 4", a 40 gallon tank will work fine. When a turtle is startled, its first instinct is to dive and they like to dive deep. They also like hiding places or vegetation to hide in or behind. Short term in a pet store, the 10 gallon rule can probably be ignored, but for long term health of a turtle, it needs a lot more room. -Michael
mgirardo 10/06/19 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Suspension upgrade disappointment.

Some things aren't trial and error. Did you have the ball joints checked? If they haven't been replaced on a 15 year old Motorhome, they are most likely due. The OEM ball joints on our 2009 (2008 chassis) only lasted 7 years. Our Jayco handled great on the road right from the dealership lot. I could easily drive it 15 hours at a time without undue fatigue. After about 6 years I noticed it was wandering a little. I figured it was time for an alignment. When I took it in, the mechanic told me it needed ball joints. After they were replaced and aligned, it handled even better than new. Our mechanic charged $950 with an alignment to replace the ball joints with Moog greaseable ball joints. -Michael
mgirardo 10/06/19 07:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Aquariums

A 75 is awful tall so the length and width are not that great. Take a look at some other tank sizes, A 30 long or a 40 breeder would drop the weight without losing too much manuevering room. A 40 breeder is 36" long by 18" wide by 16" deep. A 30 long is 36" long by 12 5/8" wide by 16 3/4" deep. Petco carries the 40 breeder tanks, 40 A turtle that requires a minimum 75 gallon aquarium would be very stressed in a 30 or 40 gallon aquarium. I think the slide will be fine with 600 lbs of weight on it. Our family of 4 exceeds 600 lbs with all of use seated at the table. That doesn't include the weight of the table or the sofa which is on the same slide. We camp seasonally for 4 to 5 months and haven't had an issue with the weight effecting the slide's operation. -Michael
mgirardo 10/05/19 06:21am Travel Trailers
RE: We're sorry. An error has occurred.

It was happening to me the few times I tried to get on, but I just dismissed it as another problem with the message board. Today, I tried it again and get the error as well. I have found that if I am logged in and try to go to one of the Forums, I get the error. If I click on the Newest link or the Active link and then click on a specific thread it works fine. However, if I click on the Forum name, I get the error. If I log out, everything works fine. If I log back in, same issue. In order to post this message, I logged out, went to the Forum Posting Help and Support forum and clicked this thread. Then, I logged in, hit the back button to get to this page and refreshed so I would be logged in on this thread. Then I could post this message. -Michael
mgirardo 10/04/19 07:59am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Frame and tie down damage from unmarked speedbump.

The speed bump is clearly marked to me, that's what those triple arrows mean in front of the speed bump. I spend almost 6 months of the year in NJ. Every speed bump in NJ is marked the same way. Actually, in NJ, those are called speed tables. Speed bumps are not as wide and they are harsher to drive over. -Michael
mgirardo 10/01/19 06:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Philly visit?

There is so much more to Philly than just Independence Hall. The University of Pennsylvania has a great Museum of Natural History. There's the Art Museum, the Mint and the Franklin Institute to name just a few. Keep in mind the best Italian restaurants in the world, outside of Italy, are in Philly. -Michael
mgirardo 09/30/19 07:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Not A Joke Top Off With Gasoline or Diesel

Hey B.S. It's been what? A week? Shame you cannot differentiate a week from a month. Costo Chula Vista CA. prices jumped fifty-one cents a gallon. It's been over 2 weeks actually. Everywhere I've been on the east coast, gas prices are failing back down to pre-attack levels. Where we live, prices jumped about 15 cents per gallon. Prices began dropping a couple days after the spike. I haven't been out of the house today, but according to Gas Buddy, the prices are back to their pre-attack levels, $2.35/gallon. Commifornia was almost $1.00/gallon more before the attacks. According to Gas Buddy, gas in Los Angeles is $1.80/gallon more than gas prices here. Almost $1.00 more than any other state near it. Seems like Commifornia is ridiculously high all the time. -Michael
mgirardo 09/30/19 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: Printer

I work out of our RV and we camp seasonally. I use a printer often enough that it would be a real hassle to have to take it somewhere to print. My wife uses it from time to time as well. I would recommend a laser printer as the (powder) toner won't dry out like an inkjet printer. The last three years, we have left the printer in the TT over the winter (along with all the networking equipment) and haven't had any issues with it. -Michael
mgirardo 09/30/19 06:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Storage Compartment Theft

But whether they get in or not, at least they'll beat the sht out of your camper trying. There is some truth here. Our HTT was broken into while in storage. I had only looked the lock, I didn't lock the deadbolt and they easily broke in. I then locked the deadbolt. Before I had a chance to find a new lock for the door, they tried to break in again. Since they could not get in, then ended up breaking the window in the door and then even tore the door just below the window trying to get in. The deadbolt worked, but as a result of using it, they did a lot more damage trying to get in. Even breaking the window is an easy replacement, but since they tore the metal of the door, we had to replace the entire door. Just out of spite, they also cut the tether that connects the fresh water fill's cap and they cut the coupler lock. The police thought they were probably just looking for a place to sleep. The first time they broke in, they didn't steal anything or even disturb anything. Using an extra piece of steel to beef up the lock probably won't help much. If the thieves have a crowbar, all they have to do is bend the door opening out of the way. If it were me, I'd empty the compartment and leave it unlocked. -Michael
mgirardo 09/30/19 06:45am Travel Trailers
RE: ? Disney Ft Wilderness (& Fishing)

This has changed since the little boy was killed... While I was there this year, I saw security ushering folks away from the canal with pole in hand several times. This was in 2 different areas... 1 was on the main road over near the pool entrance, and the other was back in loop 300.. NOW.. You used to be able to fish in the pond at the bike barn, I am NOT SURE about that, I do not remember if there were anyone doing that ????? That is a shame. We saw folks fishing when we were there in April, but I guess security just hadn't reached them yet. -Michael
mgirardo 09/25/19 05:46am General RVing Issues
RE: ? Disney Ft Wilderness (& Fishing)

This is correct - you can't fish on your own on WDW property. If you want to fish on property, you'll have to book a charter. This is only partly correct. If you want to fish in Bay Lake (at the campground) or any other Lake in WDW, you will need to book a guided fishing trip. You can fish in the Canals and the small ponds throughout the campground on your own. I have seen people catch fish in the canals and the dock near the pool. -Michael
mgirardo 09/24/19 06:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Valve extenders safe?

Our Jayco Class C came with valve stem extenders. They worked okay. We had a problem once when I went to air up one of the inner dual tire and it wouldn't take air. I had to pull the simulator, remove the extender and put it back on. I had to do this twice before it finally started to work properly. When we replaced the tires, we had the tire shop install Tire-Man Dually Valve Stem kit. These made checking and airing up the tires so much easier (even easier than with the valve stem extenders). -Michael
mgirardo 09/23/19 05:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Need an Overnight stop off I-95 near Walterboro SC

November is normally still warm. We have had several years where it was in the 90s at some time in November. There is a Walmart in Walterboro. Not far from Walterboro is Point South KOA at exit 33. There is also a Walmart in Pooler, GA, I want to say exit 102 (could be 104). The Pooler, GA Walmart is just far enough away from I-95 that it is usually quiet. -Michael
mgirardo 09/12/19 06:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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