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RE: Opinion on Resort fees

Just a ploy to list a low competitive price on the travel websites to make you click to see the real cost. Resort fee is nothing more than part of the cost to stay at the venue. Possibly they may not pay fees to the booking website on the resort fee. Similar to charging excessive shipping on ebay to avoid seller ebay fees. ^ This ^ May also be that the state charges hotel and/or sales tax on just the rack rate, not the additional fees. But the primary reason would be to mask the true nightly fee.
mkc 01/18/21 10:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Memphis

Definitely Tom Sawyer, but do have a backup plan and monitor their website in the event of a major rain event anywhere along the Mississippi. Tom Sawyer floods, and if there is a significant storm in the upper midwest it can cause the park to close for a few weeks until things dry out. They do also fill up quickly, so reservations would be suggested.
mkc 12/09/20 03:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Acadia NP -- Blackwoods Campground 2021

In addition to an RV-size issue, be aware almost all campgrounds and RV parks in Maine close by mid-October, many even earlier. Same goes for much on NH and VT.
mkc 10/09/20 04:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds in Maine

Highly unlikely. Virtually all RV parks in Maine close by mid-October (many earlier than that). You're also often dealing with hard freezes past that and most parks drain and winterize their water lines when they close up. Do be aware of the additional issue this year of either a less-than-72 hour old negative Covid-19 test result OR a mandatory self-quarantine with absolutely no shopping or dining (not even going grocery shopping) if you are visiting Maine from most other states (there are a few that are exempt from this). Also be aware the neighboring states have similar travel restrictions.
mkc 09/30/20 01:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best route around/thru Nashville & Memphis

If you are going through Nashville at other than rush hour, and especially not on Fridays, straight through on I40 works well. Just remember to stay in the middle lane as you will need to "keep right" and "keep left" frequently to stay on I40 and not end up on the wrong side of a split. If you have to hit it at rush hour, I840 would be the recommendation but it will add 30-45 minutes to the drive. As for Memphis, there really isn't a bypass or alternate route. Just don't drive through at peak times. And realize as you approach the city going westbound, it's a right exit to stay on I40. If you are going eastbound, it will be a left exit at the end of the circuitous path to stay on I40.
mkc 08/22/20 07:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: New England Travel

You did not answer my question, if YOU are wearing a mask then you believe that you are 'protected'. So how does someone else not wearing one affect YOU who are wearing one? Masks are worn to primarily protect others should the wearer be infected, not the other way around. They significantly reduce the spread of droplets (if worn correctly).
mkc 08/18/20 08:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New England Travel

Maine has a mandatory quarantine/negative test requirement for anyone entering the state. You should research each state's current restrictions and make sure you can comply before making reservations.
mkc 08/14/20 07:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thousand Trails memberships

Do understand the program first and consider shopping for a "used" membership. In the past (haven't looked recently), people were giving them away or selling them simply for the transfer cost just to get out from under the contract. It is essentially a timeshare (with the exception of the annual zone passes, if they still offer those). Also be aware that TT parks are often older parks that haven't made capital improvements in a long time.
mkc 08/10/20 04:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA work

We have worked as KOA Workampers, but it's been a decade since our last stint with a KOA. Every job is different in terms of hours and what they consider compensation (site, pay, partial site, etc.) because each KOA is independently owned. Not all offer a free site. Some just offer a discount. Some expect you to work 40 hours/week for only a free site. Others have a lower work requirement. There are other, free, options for finding workamping jobs. Workamper News was one we also followed.
mkc 07/05/20 07:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Mexico 'Quarantine" Requirements

This is very concerning to us as we are thinking about leaving for a trip to get away from it all in a couple of weeks. Although we plan to stay quite a bit east of there, we still have this fear of being quarantined for 14 days crossing a state or two. Where would be the best place to find this info, as things seem to change daily. Your best bet is to look up each state's travel restrictions as you get closer to your trip. They can and DO change on a daily basis. There is really no one site that is updated for all states, real time. That's why checking each individual state's official website will be your most reliable source of income. You especially don't want to rely on a social or "unofficial" website for timely, correct, and relevant info. There are lots of discussions right now on some of the FB RV groups I follow where people are asking "how is the trip from X to Y state? Did you have any quarantine issues?". The responses are primarily from people who traveled into state Y weeks ago, and usually not from state X, nor a route through intermediate states when one might have to overnight (and run into issues).
mkc 07/04/20 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can an RV even get East of the Hudson?

If you are truly going "Down East", as in Maine, understand the Maine and Vermont restrictions/quarantine/Covid-19 test requirements as well. Maine Travel Resources COVID-19 Vermont COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
mkc 06/28/20 12:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Toll roads or not

If you have a motorhome and are going on I-90 across New York, for instance, the motorhome discount plan will save you a good chunk of money (about half the toll vs. cash) if you request it with a New York state EZPass transciever. That said, you cannot order a motorhome transponder online or over the phone with the discount plan. You must send them a completed form plus a copy of your current registration receipt and then they enable the discount. The registration must say "registration receipt" on it somewhere (be forewarned - the first one you get in Texas says "Title receipt" or something like that and they did not accept it for ours because it didn't match their needed verbage). In addition, NYS uses different transponders for towing vs. not towing, or at least they were doing so up through 2017 when we got ours. Their transponders explicitly match the number of axles. If you traverse the NYS Thruway often, it's worth the hassle, but plan ahead and give yourself a few months to get the correct transponders. Otherwise, there are other states that are easier to sign up with; you just won't get the discount. And to the OP, be aware you cannot go on anything labeled "Parkway" in NYS, even if your GPS insists on it ;-) You're not allowed and you won't fit under the low clearance structures. Edited to add - link to NYS Thruway Toll Calculator. You are over 7'6" so put in "all other vehicles", then select "over 7'6"" and then the number of axles (total) on the ground. Example - PA State Line to Mass State Line, 2 axle motorhome or truck pulling a 2 axle car or trailer - $68.80. Tag axle motorhome pulling 2 axle car is $92.95 Last we went through, NY takes cash only, no cards or checks, and nothing larger than a $20 bill.
mkc 06/26/20 04:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Week in Maine. Where would you go?

Maine is being very cautious about people being welcome from outside New England, check before you head out to Maine. This is correct. Right now, only those from ME, NH, and VT may stay at commercial lodging, including RV parks and campgrounds. You definitely do not want to travel into Maine without confirmed reservations, either, as many parks and campgrounds are not permitting stays shorter than 14 days. Starting June 26, 2020 folks from other states may visit if they either 1) Self-quarantine for 14 days. No dining out. No take out. No grocery shopping - bring any food you may need. No indoor tourist activities. Contactless delivery, if the lodging permits it, only. or 2) Certify to a negative Covid-19 test done no more than 72 hours prior to entering Maine OR self-quarantine (as above) and be tested in Maine. You may end self-quarantine once you receive a negative result on the test. Beginning June 26th, out-of-state visitors may quarantine in commercial lodging establishments for 14 days. During the quarantine, visitors cannot go to places with other people like restaurants, stores, and grocery stores, or pick up take-out. A lodging establishment may arrange for take-out, delivery, or grocery services for the visitors. Visitors can leave their hotel room or campsite during these 14 days but only for limited outdoor activities such as hiking as long as they are not around other people. Visitors can come to Maine and quarantine for the length of their stay if it is less than 14 days For 10 days, you would have to stay in your unit except for things like hiking, bring all your food, and you would not be allowed to shop at all. Maine Travel Resources - COVID-19
mkc 06/23/20 04:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bar Harbor,Maine

More info on visiting Maine this summer and the mandatory 14 day quarantine, even for RVers. Quarantine means no shopping, no dining out. Not even groceries. Bring everything you'll need for 2 weeks with you or research contactless delivery options ahead of time. Visiting Maine rules for summer 2020 as of June 6
mkc 06/06/20 07:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bar Harbor,Maine

The below items is from Bayley's CG, which is participating in the lawsuit A federal judge upheld the state's 14 day quarantine, which remains in place at least through July Federal judge upholds Maine's 14 day quarantine The Maine Attorney General’s Office filed a brief this month on behalf of the state. It emphasized the swell of visitors that come to Maine every summer and said the order does not ban travel into or from the state. “Maine has a population of just 1.3 million residents,” the state argues. “Last summer there were 22.1 million non-resident visits, with over half of those visits coming from states where infection rates are much higher than in Maine. Recognizing the need to control the virus and protect our residents, Maine’s governor, through a carefully calibrated process and in close consultation with government officials and public health experts, has issued a series of executive orders pursuant to her authority under state law.” The state’s response also included supporting affidavits from the head of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the governor’s chief legal counsel. “Moreover, at the time the quarantine requirement was issued, and continuing to this day, nearby states, including Massachusetts and New York, had much higher infection rates than Maine’s,” CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah wrote. “Our concern was that people in those states would travel to Maine and unknowingly infect people here, thus further increasing the spread of the virus and the number of COVID-19 cases in Maine. “Under that scenario, the capacity of Maine’s existing health care system to provide care for individual patients could potentially be exceeded.”
mkc 06/04/20 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bar Harbor,Maine

Do watch the quarantine rules for Maine as they unfold. Right now, parks are closed to out of state campers. Once they open to out of state campers, those campers must quarantine in their RVs for 14 days. That means no shopping (not even for groceries), no dining out, not even take out. You must stay at your unit for 14 days. You may receive delivery of food. There has been no date announced for the lifting of the mandatory 14 day quarantine. It is the subject of a lawsuit, but a federal judge just recently upheld the current Maine quarantine rule.
mkc 06/03/20 08:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bar Harbor,Maine

Go to, search the area for options. Once they are open for reservations for out of state residents (Maine campgrounds have been closed to them due to COVID-19, although there is a current lawsuit regarding this), get a reservation. Maine has an extremely short camping season, this year especially, and July and August are the most popular months. You will need to book ahead.
mkc 06/03/20 05:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Escapees

What I was asking is how difficult is it to get into their campgrounds, are they always full? It would be nice to go to a campground once in a while for a few weeks or so. Rainbow Parks (I think there are 7) each operate a campground for Escapee members. I believe you have to contact each park individually - they are not centrally operated. The Co-Ops are all independent and not all offer short term stay options. There are 11 of them and each sets their own rules. If they offer short term, it is basically renting another person's long-term-lease lot. They do not have campgrounds, per se.
mkc 04/23/20 05:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

I would strongly suggest anyone considering this consult their insurance company first to see if your policy includes coverage when loaned to a non-family member. Most won't (not even comprehensive coverage such as for fire, theft, or weather-related damage).
mkc 04/11/20 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Vermont Campgrounds Closed

Sending all those campers out on the roads... There aren't likely to be any campgrounds open for overnighting this early in the year... Most New England campgrounds don't open until May.
mkc 03/31/20 04:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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