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RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

We have been doing the southern scene for over 15 years and yes it is warmer mostly. We will miss that BUT if I am going to be confined to a trailer or motor-home without human contact it would be liker jail. On the other hand we have two homes in Michigan and although we do not frequent the northern on in the winter anymore we could. One main stay home in southern Michigan is 2500 sq ft and has a hot tub room and a separate wood shop attached to the garage. A home theater, fire place with plenty of fire wood, I have my office and computer room the wife her sewing room with room for her rather large quilting needs. Plus family which maintain the same anti virus plan as we do. SOOOOOOOO in the end we are giving up the sun and warmth for a much larger environment with lots of stuff to do in any season. Bottom line just going south is just not a huge draw and the mixing with thousands of seniors in the public places is not a a good thing for us.
tomman58 09/15/20 10:15am Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

SD experts continue to debunk the media's twist on Sturgis. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/09/08/study-260-000-coronavirus-cases-likely-tied-sturgis-rally/5750587002/ Hmmmmm, the truth appears to have been blocked. Imagine that. Another source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielcassady/2020/09/12/did-the-sturgis-rally-cause-250000-coronavirus-cases-heres-why-experts-are-skeptical/#35e8cc6b73a1 Apparently we're not entitled to the truth. Believe what you wish but stats are stats and they predict up 400,000 dead before end of year. I cannot see going to our RV park and being in close proximity of our fellow campers without a bad outcome. We will just stay hunkered down this winter. and hopefully by next winter they will have a proper vaccine.
tomman58 09/14/20 07:23am Snowbirds
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

We have a permanent site in central Florida at a very good RV park, great friends , lots to do BUT all that said, everything is communal. From the dances to the pot lucks to all the games . Everyone is right on top of one another. Heck when we play cards many bring in candy or other treats, of course they complain about the cards getting "sticky", but the entire experience is close and friendly. We cannot take the chance this season and will still home by choice. I wish all good luck and hope that you make it through this winter as it isn't going to be a healthy one. Take care of each other!
tomman58 09/13/20 08:27am Snowbirds
RE: six and six in florida

Old Mill Stream. Nice park Central Fl.
tomman58 09/07/20 06:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

I drive at 68, tire are rated higher but at 70 the mileage falls like a rock. I do see on I75 many trailers at 60 or 62 this is a bad thing because as cars move into the left lane they leave a 60+ zone and go into a 80+ zone. A lot of brake lights and a nasty experience for all. Sure, only those that drive sensibly and within the speed limits should be inconvenienced. In Michigan that would be most everyone. People here drive at 80 as a norm.
tomman58 09/04/20 06:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

I drive at 68, tire are rated higher but at 70 the mileage falls like a rock. I do see on I75 many trailers at 60 or 62 this is a bad thing because as cars move into the left lane they leave a 60+ zone and go into a 80+ zone. A lot of brake lights and a nasty experience for all.
tomman58 09/04/20 06:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Travelling with Bathroom Fan Running

If you have a later model TT like our Jayco the fans no longer have to be open as they vent differently. they are even rain proof because of the newer design.
tomman58 08/27/20 06:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Electric vehicle mandate in California

California has a mandate for electric vehicles in the future. Just read with the extreme heat PG&E will have rolling blackouts because of power shortage. Noticed this in previous years as well. Do you think requiring electric vehicles is putting the cart before the horse in not having a updated power grid to handle the increased demand of charging electric vehicles? I think mandating any type of technology is dangerous. It stifles development of competing and perhaps better technologies. Requiring a maximum emission output is one thing. Stating how you "must" get there seems illogical. I disagree as anything that can be cheaper, more available and a better mouse trap will always float to the top of consumer desires.
tomman58 08/15/20 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Florida closed to travel?

Florida is all about the money they won't stop the cash flow............ but we will as until we feel safe we are not going to team up and play cards, games, potlucks or dances it seems to be a virus breeding thing. If you go have a shot of Clorox for us.
tomman58 08/04/20 07:10am Snowbirds
RE: has anyone seen one of these in person?

Not much into toy haulers but just looking at the rest of the trailer this is something on the entrance level. Seem cheap and not thought out in many, many ways. From the little sink and micro under the stove to the sink in the bedroom. What s nightmare.
tomman58 08/02/20 07:43am Toy Haulers
RE: 100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

I am hopeful for a vaccine by year end. The purpose of my post was not to discourage anyone but emphasize the need to take as many precautions as possible. I have followed a lot of this and am a broken hearted RVer this winter. I have not found any credible scientist or knowledgeable person that says they're will be a vaccine that is going to be totally workable though even next year there are just to many variables to this virus. There may be one that works for some and then is not effective for others much,much testing will be required for a finial solution and then it will need to be redone for the next year. We will wait .
tomman58 07/28/20 05:30pm Snowbirds
RE: Cracker Barrel

When we travel the CB breakfast is the meal of the day till we stop after 8 to 13 hours of traveling. As stated I like to start at 4 am and by the time I wake up and it becomes daylight I am ready from a meal. We will then travel to our spot for the night. Long drives I have become accustomed to as we cross the US and go back before stopping at our winter spot. CB always offers the same food , quantity, and quality time after time. The one other place we go is Dennys, they are often are our fuel stops and they do a good breakfast especially in October when you can get pumpkin pancakes.
tomman58 07/26/20 12:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cracker Barrel

When we travel we go to CB each morning while on the road. I like to get up early ,4am, and drive for a few hours before doing breakfast/ brunch. The CB offers ,to me, an exceptional breakfast, mama's pancake breakfast is my fav, great consistent quality. We don't do dinner there very often. As a rule I can never park in those rV slots. I have my truck and a 40' TT I always fine room in the back and just take up a bunch of spots on one of their cut outs for cars. Many are like me and do the same with their buses and toads. They are all the same but different but they are their for travelers and you can do them. I have been in places on a Sunday morn or even sat that I showed up at 9 or 10 am and they are packed and cars are parked in the RV slots. I good news is when you find one CB it is likely there is another one down the road a few miles. Get their map and decide which one you want to shot for. Oh and another thing, I try to no go to those that are in a city's limit as those are busier and more cramped. Been doing CB's for many, many years
tomman58 07/26/20 07:19am General RVing Issues
RE: When this is over

Looking back at this post and rereading the comments cannot say much has changed. We are worse off now. We are so tied of this and just want to return to our favorite campgrounds whiteout fear of the unknown. We have lost too many to this and so much has changed. I know buck up and take a deep breath this will be over sometime................. we hope. I think I'll just go wax the trailer.
tomman58 07/20/20 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

An often mentioned benefit is that nitrogen molocules are larger than oxygen.... So it does not leak thru the pores of the tire as fast.... probably true but..... Regular air is about 68% nitrogen, so according to this theory every time air is added to the tire the nitrogen % should increase.... IOW, even those that do not initailly have their tires filled with nitrogen soon end up with close to the same percntage as those that do! In short; their is very little benefit to having this done. Especially if one takes into account that the nitrogen filled tires are never 100% filled with nitrogen! That would require suctioning out all of the air before adding the nitrogen.... Which is impossible. Just Curious - how often are you adding air to your tires? I can go years and never add air. If you are adding air regularly, you might have a different issue you should look into.Once a year. In the spring when the temps are cooler here in Phoenix. As the temps go up into the summer, the pressure rise that goes along with the temp rise offsets the natural pressure loss that ALL tires experience. The main difference I have seen is that since I switched to LTs in 2006, is that I get to add air several times to my tires as they now last long enough for me to do so.... When I ran STs, my tires generally lost pressure suddenly and were unable to be topped off. This always happened before their second birthday. So my ST tires never got a very high percentage of nitrogen in them. Do you think that may have been the reason they failed?:B I have always needed air every say 3 months. Maybe only 5 or 8 pounds but still. It might have something to do with weight and temperature swings. The air needed thing has occurred on all my trailers and tires except this one with nitrogen, but after 2 years I add a couple of pounds when going out.
tomman58 07/18/20 07:01am Travel Trailers
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

Have had it in a few cars and 2 trailers. It is nice in the trailer as the tires hold their pressure and only rarely do you need to add "air" I normally keep adding air and in a few years when I have a moment I may stop and have new nitro done but certainly do not make a big deal about it.
tomman58 07/16/20 08:06am Travel Trailers
RE: 100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

Still have our FL trip planned in Christmas. This will be completely burned out by November. How do you know it'll be burnt out by November. Hey I'm all for optimism but why would you say that? SARS had 2 years to the last death. Spanish Flu (yes there are still odd cases) took 3 years for the bulk of it. So why do you for one minute think COVID-19 and all it's mutant strains will be wiped out by November? It's a bit like all the posts I read about "when the vaccine comes out". How can those folks be sure there will even be an effective vaccine. Again, it was partially developed we are told, but never used for SARS. Even our Flu vaccines each year are a guess as to which maybe 3 strains might be most prevalent to target. I wish I had the crystal ball on all this that some do. In the meantime, right or wrong advice from those that "seem" to know better than me, thank you to all who wear their masks to protect me as I do mine to protect you when out in public! Do you think you'll be able to enter the US?????? Will you???? WHY !!! Hey Tom, I'm by no means saying we'll be able to do anything or anything will happen, hence I don't have a crystal ball in all this like "some" seem to make statements implying they do! At the end of the day the USA has the right to keep us out of there same as other countries have same right to do so with their countries. As for WILL I? If I'm RVing then possibly, because I personally believe we are more socially distant than being in a SnB. We wear masks when we are out in public for groceries/gas, sanitize to the point our skin is almost dropping off, which begs the question if we'll have resistance to anything at the end of all this, and we tend to boondock remotely so ........... WHY? Why not if we are legally allowed to and we feel that the risk is no worse than staying home for our individual circumstances. At the end of the day it would be more in the interest financially I would think for the USA to open to Canadians than the other way around from a "travel perspective of dollar spending". Assuming the data of for every 2 Canadians heading south only 1 American heads into Canada. But again, I know absolutely nothing or diddly squat for sure so ....... I was just saying, why are people making the assumptions they are about being over by November, or a vaccine coming out, when none of us knows anything in that regards, and can only hope we are being guided right on the internationally worldwide general consensus to "wash/sanitize hands regularly", "keep social distance" and sneeze/cough into our bent elbows. That and being urged to wear masks to protect others, all of the aforementioned we try to follow. We are not about to predict anything. We do have a loose plan of "would like to do's", if things are safer and when opened up eventually. We aren't in anyway trying to cause an argument. Just curious how so many folks are so confident referencing taking an unknown side effects vaccine that will supposedly be here soon and having a timeframe for when this will all be over! Good luck, my wife's cousin is marred to an Canadian....... they have not been able to see each other since March. She works in Canada so they cannot get together till this ends. I know many,many Canadians and they are the best but in today's world I cannot see them and they cannot come here..... this sucks.
tomman58 07/12/20 07:03pm Snowbirds
RE: 100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

Still have our FL trip planned in Christmas. This will be completely burned out by November. How do you know it'll be burnt out by November. Hey I'm all for optimism but why would you say that? SARS had 2 years to the last death. Spanish Flu (yes there are still odd cases) took 3 years for the bulk of it. So why do you for one minute think COVID-19 and all it's mutant strains will be wiped out by November? It's a bit like all the posts I read about "when the vaccine comes out". How can those folks be sure there will even be an effective vaccine. Again, it was partially developed we are told, but never used for SARS. Even our Flu vaccines each year are a guess as to which maybe 3 strains might be most prevalent to target. I wish I had the crystal ball on all this that some do. In the meantime, right or wrong advice from those that "seem" to know better than me, thank you to all who wear their masks to protect me as I do mine to protect you when out in public! Do you think you'll be able to enter the US?????? Will you???? WHY !!!
tomman58 07/12/20 03:11pm Snowbirds
100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

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tomman58 07/11/20 01:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

Generally each year we take off in the first week of Nov. +/-. We normally travel to LA or to Az then back to Fl for the winter. We have a Jacuzzi a double slab for the TT, a shed and a flower patch. We hook up and do cards, pegs and jokers, bingo, pot lucks, dances and entertainment. All of which are not done without social distancing. We always laugh because at the card games many bring in candies and other treats then after a week of two they complain the cards are sticky. Point being it is a giant love fest with fun and great times. And a great place to get sick. BUT ....................... this year we are not in the hugs mode, we do the mask thing and don't linger at the stores and stay at our cottage up north as the virus tolls are very, very low. So Florida looks like a bust. We are being told by many in our park that they are not going to come and the Canadians are not allowed to come. What is your winter plans looking like?
tomman58 07/11/20 01:19pm Snowbirds
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