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RE: Walmart overnight parking Per the information at the link above: Can I park my RV at a Walmart store? Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV. Curious if anyone has a link where Walmart states who they consider to be among their worst customers??
wapiticountry 03/31/23 01:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Underground 250ft run

1/0 Aluminum underground feeder would be my choice. Multiple times cheaper than copper in conduit. The trenching and installation is also easier. Only additional cost would be some sand to bed the wire if the ground is rocky.
wapiticountry 03/31/23 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Rv loan rates!

The “buying of toys” was an anomaly during the Covid restrictions. Many were bought with cash by people who will never miss the money. Vacation options were virtually eliminated. No cruises, no trips to Europe, no Broadway shows while eating in 5 Star restaurants and staying at the Ritz. Spending $25,000 or more for an RV didn’t stress them out, it was what they would have spent anyway. Only difference is they had something more tangible than photos and memories when their vacation ended. Some will have enjoyed the experience and add RVing to their vacation options, others will park it and never give it another thought and some will sell. None of the buyers from this demographic are going to be forced to liquidate due to financial hardship.
wapiticountry 03/26/23 04:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Seven States to Ban the Sale of Gas Powered Cars in 2035

Politicians love to pass laws that don’t go into effect until they are long gone from office. And the few that are still around should it go bad will either deny they had anything to do with it passing or blame the other side for botching the implementation. Taking responsibility should a law backfire is not in any politician’s playbook.
wapiticountry 03/21/23 11:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Price of camping

If only any of those rates, be it RV or Hotel were available in high demand areas. Example: West Yellowstone in August. Grizzly RV park standard back in site $129.00 a night. Holiday Inn Express $402/night. And those prices don’t include a dozen eggs. Welcome to prices in the year 2023. Wow, we spent a week at Fishing Bridge in the park for something like $85/n. I was choking on that a bit but location was worth a lot. Helps to be flexible on dates or book early. Paid $35/n in Cody just before going into the Yellowstone. I'm guessing you were talking about a holiday weekend or something to be paying $402/n for Holiday Inn.I pulled August 8 -9 out of thin air.
wapiticountry 03/19/23 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Price of camping

What happen with the price of the campground? I see $80-100 per nite on River Road in TX.That insane they try to scare the people away?That the price of a nice hotel. LOL! When was the last time you stayed in a hotel??? Market forces. With so many people buying RVs during COVID it's only natural that prices for sites will rise due to more competition from users. While $80-100 is too high, hotels that aren't total fleabag places start around $125. Basically, unless you have a specific reason to go to an expensive campground, there are plenty available in the $20-40/n range. If only any of those rates, be it RV or Hotel were available in high demand areas. Example: West Yellowstone in August. Grizzly RV park standard back in site $129.00 a night. Holiday Inn Express $402/night. And those prices don’t include a dozen eggs. Welcome to prices in the year 2023.
wapiticountry 03/16/23 11:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Price of camping

Parks are paying more for everything. Utilities, labor, taxes, interest rates, professional services etc. are going up. Plus the park has to increase their profits or they fall behind all the inflation effecting the ownership. Also, parks are getting a lot more sophisticated in their pricing and management. Reservation software makes demand pricing much easier. Parks are realizing full parks may not be as profitable as being 80% full at a higher rate. And like already mentioned supply and demand is very much in the favor of parks. Finally, the $100.00 nice hotel room doesn’t exist in most popular areas. $200 to $300 a night is closer to the norm .
wapiticountry 03/13/23 02:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Electric and ICE forever together?

Apparently the option for Long distance travel by EV is to eat meals when charging. That’s a deal breaker for me. I don’t want to be limited to what restaurant I patronize or when I eat because fueling and eating must occur in lockstep. Often my long distance travel is work related where getting there and getting back is time sensitive. Eating is pulling thru the drive thru and continuing down the road. No time for a leisurely meal. Even vacation travel is hurry up and get there. I have seen enough truck stops and logged enough highway miles to realize they aren’t interesting enough to dawdle. When EVs can recharge comparable to refueling an ICE then maybe I will be interested. Until then, no.
wapiticountry 03/07/23 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric and ICE forever together?

It all depends on the technology, the electric grid, the government, the buyers, and so on. I'm not buying anything in the current climate. Who knows what will happen tomorrow. With my luck, I'd end up with the betamax of car engines... The Betamax thing is a real concern. Currently there are several, real , major issues with EVs. Can they be solved? Maybe. Will they be solved in a way that is backwards compatible? Less likely. Are there competing technologies in development that may render current EVs the equivalent to that Betamax? Yes. Are current EVs perfect vehicles for a percentage of the population? Absolutely. Are they also completely unworkable for another segment of the auto market? Again absolutely. The difference for me is trashing an obsolete Betamax that cost a few hundred dollars stings. Having a $50,000 white elephant of a car hurts for a long time and will likely leave some pretty ugly financial scars.
wapiticountry 03/04/23 10:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Stuck in yard, ruts. Install driveway? Ideas please.

If you have someone who will excavate, form up and pour a 12x60 concrete drive for $3000 you found a good deal. Just be sure you have any necessary permits and that the slab is a minimum of 6 inches thick. Often residential drives are only 4 inches, but that is insufficient for heavier RVs and the like.
wapiticountry 02/19/23 08:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Residency and voters rights in South Dakota

In Montana small towns have the ability to enact a local resort tax. The money stays in the community and can be used for a variety of local projects. A town where I owned a park put such a tax on the ballot. The town was a major tourist town with over 700,000 vehicles visitors each season. The tax is assessed on lodging, including RV stays less than 30 days. The community population is less than 800 and the eligible voter count less than 400. Those visitors put a huge strain on water, sewer, roadways and other visitor services. Heck, over $30,000 a year was spent keeping a public restroom facility clean and supplied using mostly volunteer labor. Prior to the vote it was discovered a local non profit entity that was opposed to the tax was encouraging out of town members to change their address to that non profits location which they could then use to register to vote against the proposal. In the end it was revealed that address had 48 registered voters even though it had no lodging facilities at all. The tax ultimately passed, but the vote was much closer than projected, likely due to those extra 48 votes. The county registrar office subsequently put out guidance that falsely claiming residency to vote is fraud and a crime.
wapiticountry 02/17/23 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for 5 star RV Park

Polson Motorcoach Resort in Polson Montana will meet all your requirements. And at prices from $140 a night to $368 a night it’s still less than the cost of one prosthetic arm or leg (one of your criteria).
wapiticountry 02/16/23 10:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can the grid keep up with EV use?

A greater short term question is where to charge them. A significant percentage of drivers do not have access to garage charging. People live in apartments with parking lots that have no power. Other people have multiple vehicles and park on the street. The high speed charging stations are far less numerous than gas stations. And numerous people live in areas where the commutes require long ranges without the ability to recharge. That part of the EV puzzle is absolutely as questionable as the capacity of the power grid.
wapiticountry 02/13/23 03:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Brevard County Florida camping fee changes

Sounds like they actually have a bit further to go. Even with the rate increase the rate is below what the average private park charges. Allowing 90 day stays is still ridiculous, though not as ridiculous as the previous 5 1/2 months. No one person should be allowed to monopolize a public RV site for anywhere close to that long. 21 days would be my maximum. Public parks, and their RV sites should be for use by everyone, not the lucky few who get through the reservation system and tie up sites for months at a time.
wapiticountry 01/30/23 04:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

“Subsidized” seems to be the wrong word. From the Florida State Parks Foundation website; “STATEWIDE ECONOMIC DATA IN 2022, FLORIDA STATE PARKS & TRAILS SERVED MORE THAN 32 MILLION VISITORS GENERATING: - $4.4 billion direct economic impact on local economies throughout the state, - Over $267 million was contributed to the state’s general revenues in the form of state sales taxes, - More than 55,000 jobs were supported by state park operations.” According to media reports, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the Florida Park Service, has a budget this year of $4.2 billion. It looks like they return far more money to the economy than they take out.Having a budget of $4.2 billion while generating $267 million in taxes implies a subsidy from the state of nearly $4 billion. Direct economic impact has no defined meaning. Is it business profit? Unlikely. Is it estimated sales? If so , the true economic impact on the community is much less. For example, if the park guest spends $100 on a camp stove made in China you need to subtract the cost of goods sold from the actual economic impact. Those parks may have a huge impact on the micro economy of the nearby areas but they are clearly not self sufficient and depend upon continued support from the state’s general fund which is overwhelmingly dependent on taxes collected from residents.
wapiticountry 01/28/23 11:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

If no out of state campers were allowed in state parks in Florida how much would “tourism” revenue go down? Precious little considering Disney, Universal Studio, Cape Canaveral, private parks and condos full of snowbirds, etc. Some of you seem to have the belief that as campers you’re integral to Florida’s survival and should have a vote in their affairs. I think you’re overestimating your value ($$$). Agree 100%. The people that propose that argument are the same ones who think RVs staying overnight in the parking lot are key to Walmart’s profitability.
wapiticountry 01/28/23 08:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

As Bucky said, Let's not forget that Floridians over 65 already get half off pricewise. That does not apply to non-residents.Half off something you can get a reservation for isn’t that great a deal.
wapiticountry 01/24/23 04:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

Florida residents not getting sites at Florida state parks vote in Florida elections. Out of state RVers not getting a site don’t .
wapiticountry 01/23/23 03:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVIA Certificate?

Check with the park. No one on the forum knows why they chose that rule and how they enforce it. It’s a county park, meaning the government is involved. For all we know there was a serious accident involving a home built rig. Maybe a fatal fire or electrical issue. The county attorney defending the county does some research and decides the RVIA sticker would provide them a layer of protection in the future so it is mandated. The employees aren’t empowered to make any exceptions so no sticker, no site end of story. As for all the posts saying they have never been questioned, they probably never have had a lot of things happen to them but have happened to others. That’s why people have insurance, door locks, bear spray etc. Just because it didn’t happen to Fred doesn’t make Barney immune.
wapiticountry 01/19/23 10:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Park pet peeves, Park owner’s turn

Yes the sewer hose is a big consideration. It is virtually impossible to disconnect and store it without leaving a trail of droppings. That's what I figured, except the drain is often 20-30 feet from my dump valve and I have to use two hoses to reach. I'm always very tidy about dumping, but I get it. Some people shouldn't work with the public. Even if the sewer connection is two hoses away you can “walk” the contents down the hose from the rig to the sewer connection. In all my years of owning parks I never saw a guest crawling under their rig to walk the contents of a sewer hose from on side of the rig to the other. As for some people not being suited to work with the public, spend enough hours doing it and I would bet everyone would have times they like to strangle a customer or two even knowing it was going to take a lot of time and effort to bury the bodies. The fact they don’t is a testament to their dedication to their job.
wapiticountry 01/10/23 09:37am General RVing Issues
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