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RE: Do ice cubes in the black tank really work?

I don't think it is any more effective than just leaving water in the black tank to slosh around while driving. If you do use ice, I'm pretty sure you'd need a lot more than what is used that video. -Michael
mgirardo 07/08/20 07:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Destination / Park Model Trailers

We were shopping for a Destination TT for about a year. We looked at many different models and brands. We are a family of 4, so bunk houses were a must. We also have lots of nieces and nephews, so the more bunks the better. We ended up with a Jayco Jayflight Bungalow with a bunkhouse and 4 slides. The bunkhouse has 2 opposing slides (bunks are in the slides) with a half bath. It has 4 bunks and 2 trundle beds. The lower bunks are about an inch shy of being a twin size bed. We actually replaced the OEM mattresses with memory foam mattresses and they overhang the frame about an inch. It's pretty roomy and our kids (16 & 14 when we bought it) really appreciated the space. We've used all 6 beds in it several times. The quality is on par with any other TT. The biggest advantage of a Destination Trailer is that they usually have taller ceilings and the floor plans are geared more towards full time living. Ours has all residential appliances, including the range. It's smaller than a normal range, but it has 4 burners and the oven fits a full sized baking sheet. Much nicer than the standard RV stove and oven. We use it all the time. Our refrigerator is an 18 Cubic Foot unit with ice maker. We have several large parties during the season and it is nice not having to rely on coolers to store extra food. We found with Jayco, they only build Destination Trailers for a short period of time (seems like during the winter) and if we wanted to special order one, it would probably take a long time. Other manufacturers may be different, but it is something to plan for. When we really got serious about buying a Destination TT in mid May, the dealer had several, but only one of the floor plan we wanted. In the short time it took us to decide to buy, it had been sold. The dealer told us it would probably be 8 weeks before Jayco could get one built. We decided to pass since the season would be more than half over by then. The following year, we started a little earlier. At the time, the dealer had 3 on the lot. When we got to the dealer they had only 2 of the floor plan we wanted (with 4 more ordered) left, but only 1 with the options we wanted. The one we ended up buying had only been on the lot a few weeks. Two of the 4 units they had on order had actually been ordered the summer before and hadn't been fulfilled yet. The salesman told us that happens a lot with Destination Trailers since Jayco only makes so many of them. Ours was pretty well built. Although we had a few minor issues, nothing that required a warranty claim (which is good since we had no way of getting the TT back to the dealer). I was able to fix the minor things. -Michael
mgirardo 07/08/20 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Update since buying my first TT

I would be concerned with using an expandable hose long term. We used one seasonally for occasional use and handled it with a lot of care. I don't think it would last long under constant use. They are not nearly as sturdy as a regular hose, very thin covering over a thin hose. -Michael
mgirardo 07/08/20 06:30am Beginning RVing
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

The most I've driven our Class C in a day was 900 miles, left 9 am and got there around 12:30 am. Normally, I'd drive 700 - 800 miles in a day. We live in Southeast GA and have family in Southwest NJ. We've seen most of the sites along the way, and we just want to get to our destination. Our Class C had great road manners, no white knuckle driving and no exhaustion at the end of the day. I'm still young, just turned 47 and have been driving this trip towing our HTT, driving the Class C and driving various cars/trucks for over 14 years. We started taking this journey driving through the night. Leave 8 pm and get there around 7 am, but that is tough. Now we usually leave 3 am and get there around 3 - 4 pm. I'm sure it will get harder as I get older, but right now it is not a problem at all. -Michael
mgirardo 07/08/20 06:22am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Large camper with single AC

When we were Destination Trailer shopping a few years ago, we were surprised how many came standard with only one A/C unit. Most of the ones we looked at where 38' or larger. Our Jayco Bungalow came with 2, but the 2nd was an option. Our 32' Class C struggled with one 13,500 btu unit, I couldn't imagine what the Bungalow would be like with only 1 unit. -Michael
mgirardo 07/05/20 12:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Stay on your own side....

I thought the border was closed to non-essential traffic since mid-March. I wonder why they were allowed to enter? -Michael
mgirardo 07/05/20 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class C vs Trailer for Cross country with family? Help

I think traveling in a C will be much more comfortable, but when it comes to camping, the trailer will probably be more comfortable. In a class C, you either need a bunkhouse or you'll be converting the couch and/or dinette so everyone can comfortably sleep. We had a bunkhouse C and it was great when the kids were young, but once they hit their teen years and started growing, they out grew the narrow bunks. They complained that if they moved around, they'd usually hit the wall or the blinds on the window. Something like Jayco's 28BHBE, 26BH or the 26BHS with its Double Bed bunks would probably be a lot more comfortable. Other manufacturers also make models with double bed bunks, so you aren't limited to just Jayco. -Michael
mgirardo 07/03/20 06:13am Beginning RVing
RE: Which Code Reader to Buy ?

On my smart phone I have Torque (The Pro version) and I have a box that is an OBDII to Blue Tooth.. (NOTE THIS RIG IS A GASSER) have second adapter for my car This is what I do too. I bought a $15 bluetooth ODBII adapter from Amazon and spent $5 for the Torque Pro app. It reads and clears codes as well as the real time vehicle data it reports. The Torque app provides links to find out more about the code(s) that are read. -Michael
mgirardo 06/29/20 08:14am Tech Issues
RE: Should I connect my sewer line when camping?

It's really a personal choice, whatever works best for you. If we are camping more than one overnight, we'd hook up sewer at the same time as water and electric. If we were just doing a quick overnight and didn't expect to fill the tanks, then we would not hook up sewer. There is no right or wrong way. For me, I like to get all the hookup out of the way at the same time. If we get setup and need to leave quickly, then I might skip the sewer connection, but that's unusual. Other than animals possibly getting at it (which I've never had happen or know anyone that it has happened to), there is no harm in hooking up the sewer hose when you first setup. -Michael
mgirardo 06/29/20 08:03am Beginning RVing
RE: Preference for one night camping

If it is a quick stop, we just stop at a Walmart. Easy in, easy out. Security drives around all night long and if we need anything, just walk in to the store. -Michael
mgirardo 06/28/20 06:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help finding this DC Outlet

Perhaps try a RV salvage yard. Both our Jayco Pop-up and our Rockwood Hybrid TT used those type of 12 volt connectors for bunk-end fans/lights. I'm sure there is a camper or 2 in a RV salvage yard somewhere that have some. -Michael
mgirardo 06/27/20 07:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cribbing a trailer

Our seasonal TT is 40 feet long. I jacked the trailer up, one side at a time and placed cinder block columns just in front of the axles and just behind the axles. Then I put another column of cinder blocks about 8 feet from the columns near the axles. Lastly, I used the stabilizer jacks with cinder blocks underneath them at each corner. So there were 4 columns of cinder blocks per side relatively evenly spaced plus the stabilizer jacks. If you look at a mobile home, the cinder block columns are usually spaced a few feet from each other, usually no more than 3 feet. Our TT is rock solid. The only time we feel movement is when our teenaged son bounces around on his bunk which was on a slide. -Michael
mgirardo 06/25/20 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

well put as I have said before here, when approaching a city and want to ask a trucker which is best route to get thru, north side, south side or straight thru, exactly who do I call using my "advanced technology" magic phone? bumpy Google Maps or Waze is best, no need to call anyone. Just zoom out and look for where the traffic is worse. Or better yet, just let the app choose the best route. I've been let down by my Garmin a bunch of times with bad directions, but Google Maps has yet to let me down. -Michael
mgirardo 06/21/20 07:30am RV Lifestyle
RE: Have you broken a post fore a crown?

It depends on the tooth. Teeth that do a lot of work may get a post, especially if the remaining tooth isn't in great shape. I had a root canal on a molar that got a cavity while I had braces and had to have a post and crown. My daughter fractured a front tooth as a young child. Now 18, she had a root canal done and then a crown, no post. Glad to hear your post didn't break. I couldn't imagine the force needed to break a post. -Michael
mgirardo 06/06/20 07:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Why are people not opening new campgrounds/RV parks?

We love the Brunswick, Saint Marys, Kingsland area. In recent years getting into a park has been increasingly difficult. Would you be so kind as to provide the names of the new parks or links to their websites? The first is Coastal GA RV Resort in Brunswick. It opened less than 10 years ago and the addition was just recently completed. The other is Cathead Creek RV Park in Darien. -Michael
mgirardo 06/05/20 07:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: E-450 Spare Tire carriers

When we owned our Class C, it did come with a spare, mounted on a rear bumper spare tire mount. With the spare tire mount and the roof ladder, we couldn't use all 4 bikes on our hitch mounted 4 bike rack. So we moved the spare tire under the queen bed. There was a lot of space under the bed. Even with the tire there, we had plenty of room for other stuff. -Michael
mgirardo 06/05/20 06:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why are people not opening new campgrounds/RV parks?

There have been several new campgrounds within 20 minutes of me. One of them, just a few miles away, recently expanded. -Michael
mgirardo 06/04/20 07:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

On a gas grill, since the wood isn't in direct contact with the heat source, how long does it take for the gas flame to get the chips smoking, prior to putting the meat on the gas grill? Do you experienced folks soak the wood chips, or not? That would depend on how far from the flame the foil packet is. My previous gas grill, a Charbroil brand grill had the burners covered by flavorizer tents, then the grate was a few inches above that. With a foil packet on the grate it would take a few minutes to start smoking. I haven't smoked on a gas grill in a long time, but it is effective. I've smoked ribs and boston butts on a gas grill. Not a flavorful as when cooked on a smoker, but still good. -Michael
mgirardo 05/30/20 06:30am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: setting up a deer trail camera/reformatting 64 GB card

If I'm not mistaken, without special software, you can't format a 64GB SD Card to FAT32. There are applications that can do it, not sure if any are free. If you do get it formatted with a third party APP, it is possible that the Camera just will not recognize the larger card. If you right click your 64GB SD Card in Windows Explorer and select Format, FAT32 will not be an option. The Command Line and Diskpart will give you an error if you try it there. -Michael
mgirardo 05/28/20 07:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Still no Stimulus Payment

Downhome who finally gave you the answer on why you had not received it? I'm still waiting for mine and wondering if it will ever show up. Have you visited the Get My Payment page to find out what the status of your payment is? We have not gotten a refund in a while, so the IRS did not have our bank info. We did file 2019 taxes and we are getting a refund and we did provide direct deposit info, but our 2019 return hadn't been processed in time. To add insult to injury, we moved early March. The IRS released the Get My Payment system on March 15th and it took about 2 weeks of checking each day to find out when we were getting our payment. For about a week, it just said they didn't have any info. Then finally the web site stated we were eligible (which we knew) and gave us the option to enter our banking info. Then about a week later, it finally reported the date we would get it and we did indeed get a direct deposit on the date the web site stated. It's too late to provide banking info for direct deposit any more, so you will have to wait for it in the mail. About the only way to find out where your payment is, is through the Get My Payment web site. -Michael
mgirardo 05/21/20 07:32am Around the Campfire
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