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RE: Everglades and Big Cypress camping in Feb. - availability?

Flamingo is anything but a swamp, more like a very large grass parking lot. But it is surrounded by 10s of 1000s of acres of mostly wet - if not technically swamp then still not the beaches and sun and sand that most people seek. Only reason these sites were still available on 10 days notice.
solismaris 01/23/20 05:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Everglades and Big Cypress camping in Feb. - availability?

Now that I made my reservations (got one of the last 2 tent sites at Burns Lake in Big Cypress for those dates, and also got a site at Flamingo in Everglades (the website didn't tell me how many were left) I'm set. Not everybody loves swamps I guess! Now I get to obsess about the foolishness of sleeping in a thin tent just a few feet from gator-infested Burns Lake! Wish me luck!
solismaris 01/23/20 01:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Everglades and Big Cypress camping in Feb. - availability?

I can handle the Octogenarians lol it is the mosquitoes you've got me worried about now! I'm a big DEET fan and that will help. At least it's the dry season - could be worse! Availability looks good for the tenters in the interior. I think I'll make it work!
solismaris 01/22/20 07:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Everglades and Big Cypress camping in Feb. - availability?

Hi, just starting to make plans - very late I know. I'm a tent camper and wondering should I even think about going to the Everglades, Big Cypress, and Fakahatchee area in 2nd-3rd weeks of February? I would need sites with car access - not hike-in. What if any availability should I expect? I am completely flexible as to developed or primitive campgrounds. Would reservations be absolutely required? Recommended? Don't worry there will be plenty of room? Forget about it and start planning for next year? Any thoughts?
solismaris 01/21/20 11:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Time to reorder some LED bulbs

Very happy with superbrightleds.com
solismaris 12/30/19 01:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Short queen mattress at CW

I'd never consider a foam mattress in an RV. If your camping habits are like mine (not everyone's are), memory foam solidifies to concrete-like firmness at low temperatures. It is not unheard of to have temps of 40 in my trailer on occasion.
solismaris 11/12/19 10:27am Travel Trailers
Winterizing and sink sprayer hose

I always winterize with compressed air followed by antifreeze. Never had a problem except one: the kitchen sink sprayer hose endpiece (that screws onto the pullout hose) has cracked each of the past 4 years and needed to be replaced. (Yes I did remember to flow the antifreeze through it.) I guess I can attribute this to the fact that it's cheap junk, and maybe the two pieces that screw together are made of different plastics with different expansion characteristics? In any case, I am determined not to have this happen again this year so I unscrewed the endpiece. Anyone else have this problem?
solismaris 11/06/19 01:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Acadia NP (Portland) to Shenandoa NP - avoiding NYC?

We're heading to Shenandoa NP, leaving from Portland, ME My mapping software takes us right through NY city! I'd like to arrive in Shenandoa still alive. What routes are better for avoiding the busy city areas? What are you afraid of? My trips through the Bronx on I95 was one of the most interesting parts of my journeys from MA to SC. A little slow but lots to look at! I've since given that route up, now going through central Pennsylvania instead. But that's because of the ridiculous high tolls on the NJ turnpike; nothing to do with NYC.
solismaris 10/21/19 02:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: How cold can you go?

Another concern not mentioned is the slide. Don't try to operate it in sub-freezing weather. You may tear the gasket - a very expensive mistake. If I'm expecting a cold night and leaving the next day I'll make sure the slide is closed before going to sleep while it is still warmish.
solismaris 10/17/19 11:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Keep using Eternabond until entire roof is covered?

EternaBond can be ordered in a roll that is four feet wide. piano - why do I see the person stuck to the roof like flypaper...? :B Yeah. A piece that big would be hard to manage. And mistakes could be very costly! But that suggests to me that the the manufacturers may well intend it to be used for large jobs, possibly including a complete roof recover.
solismaris 10/17/19 08:55am Tech Issues
Keep using Eternabond until entire roof is covered?

I like Eternabond and have been gradually replacing caulked seams with it. Now, after 15 years the rubber roof itself is starting to go; the white is wearing off in places and the black shows through. They make Eternabond in 12" widths and even wider. How about I cover those spots with wide Eternabond strips? And as the roof continues to age, cover those new spots, etc., until eventually the entire roof may be covered with overlapping Eternabond? Advantage: I can do it gradually, and it is within my skill level. Replacing the entire roof is a huge job, lots of upfront cost, and I would probably screw it up.
solismaris 10/16/19 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: skylight/sunroof. clear, cloud, or smoke.

When I needed a replacement for the crappy OEM light that crumbled in 5 years the clear was warranted for 1 year and the cloud was warranted for I think 5 years. Apparently the clear model lacks much UV protection. I don't know if all manufacturers are the same but it was the deciding factor for me. I really wanted clear but didn't want to have to repeat the rather involved installation in a few years.
solismaris 10/04/19 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: What do you want in a campground?

I mostly agree with the other postings. But I don't think anybody mentioned highway noise. Seems like a large number of private campgrounds are very close to a very busy highway - even an interstate, and the noise is atrocious. That's only good for a one-night stop while moving long distances.
solismaris 10/03/19 01:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: February Camping From Long Island?

There are very few campgrounds open in the Northeast in Nov-Mar, but they do exist. I don't necessarily recommend camping in such cold weather but there are places to do so if you are determined. As somebody who does enjoy the challenge (and lack of crowds) of off-season camping, it REALLY REALLY REALLY bugs me that campgrounds don't generally list their seasons anywhere on the websites. So I have to call dozens of campgrounds to find one. I complain to them about this and they generally respond with something really lame like "It's not the same date every year so we won't do that".
solismaris 10/01/19 01:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black starting to show through on rubber roof

Yep. I'll cover it for the winter and try recoating next spring.
solismaris 09/30/19 04:49pm Tech Issues
Black starting to show through on rubber roof

This year for the first time I noticed the black starting to show through on my 15 year old rubber roof. Only in a few places - mostly where I tend to scrub more in preparation for Proflex touch-ups. I know this means the roof is starting to wear out and will have to be dealt with by replacement or recoating. I wonder how much "grace period" I have before it starts leaking? I really don't want to tackle a major project like this this year. Think I'll make it another 1/2 year?
solismaris 09/30/19 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: Estimated generator price

$600 sounds fair to meGood Luck with that. I can buy a brand new Champion for that price. Champion? Ha! They should not even be allowed in campgrounds - too loud! Quietness and efficiency are among the many reasons Yamahas and Hondas are so expensive - and worth it. I'd be very comfortable paying 1/2 original price for a 4-year-old Yamaha - provided it is tested under load as described in previous post.
solismaris 09/19/19 05:11am Tech Issues
RE: Class A stuck next to house!

Sorry for your troubles. Stories like this reinforce my resolve to never own an RV without 4 wheel drive. Which unfortunately rules out class A's, B's, and C's. Travel trailer and pickup for me; I've pulled it through mud and standing water many times and never been stuck!
solismaris 09/10/19 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: When do you throw in the towel?

At $60000 for a new truck I'll keep mine going as long as possible. $5000 already this year for fuel lines, brake lines, and new brakes. That's a lot but still well under the cost of new truck payments. I agree with the person who advised "When annual repair cost reaches 70% of new car payments, that's when it's time." Which is about what I would do if I was comfortable with new truck prices. But for me, when my truck and trailer wear out beyond repair I plan to majorly downsize. I don't subscribe to the "When repair costs exceed replacement cost it's time" theory. The used vehicle I own and know inside and out is always better than the new-to-me used vehicle I don't know.
solismaris 09/06/19 11:30am Tow Vehicles
where can I do this (purchase a lot and put an rv on it)?

What's to stop me from just buying a nice lot somewhere and putting my trailer on it, using it maybe 10-20 weeks out of the year for camping? Presumably, zoning laws. But seriously, is this possible any place in the northeast us? (MA, ME, NH, VT)?
solismaris 09/04/19 05:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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