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RE: How big is too big?

If you are going to be traveling in the west in national parks that were built years and years ago, you will run into problems. If you are planning to stay in RV parks with services (like water, power, sewer), you should have no problems. If you are planning on using state parks on the E coast, you should have no problem until you get over 40 or 45 feet. I host in a state park in Virginia and we can accommodate units that are in excess of 65', but they only advertise 40' units.
Merrykalia 05/20/19 07:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Columbus, Oh to Cape Charles, Va

It's an interstate highway, so it has at least two lanes, 7% grades and lots of other traffic that travels it daily. Yes, you must cross mountains and it has curves. Follow the signage as to the maximum and minimum speeds and you should be fine. Use the tow-haul function on your truck to allow the vehicle to slow in the mountains. We have stayed at Misty Mountain Campground, just west of Charlottesville and it had easy access off of I-64, about 5 minutes. The sites were close and not much privacy, but it worked great for an overnight.
Merrykalia 05/13/19 02:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Magnetic Screen Door, Is it feasible?

We had one in our S&B a few years ago and it lasted about 3 weeks and then the magnets wouldn't hold securely. It was a waste of $$. They may be better now.
Merrykalia 05/12/19 04:11pm Tech Issues
RE: How to clean the weep holes?

We had a TT and the weep holes were awful to keep clean and water flowing through them instead of coming inside. I found that a paper clip worked wonders and would clear out the "junk" that accumulated. I would clean them out every couple of months and never had another problem with them.
Merrykalia 04/29/19 08:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alabama State Park reservation system is awful

^^^It might be interesting to drive through a park that has no openings on a weekend to see if they all showed. Humankind being what it is, I bet there is a segment of our population that reserves a site well in advance so that if just on a whim they "might" go camping. This is true, BUT..... If they pay for it, they can do anything they want to with it. They can let it sit empty or use it, it makes no difference.
Merrykalia 04/22/19 07:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thinking about changing from DirecTV to Dish

Dropped Direct last year, got DISH. We have a receiver in our RV and it costs us $7/month. We use it from May until November, then turn if off. It has worked fine for us for last year and we just turned it on last week (we started camping a little earlier than normal). Is this a stand alone account, or an add-on to another account? Yes, this is an add-on to our home account.
Merrykalia 04/21/19 01:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Thinking about changing from DirecTV to Dish

Dropped Direct last year, got DISH. We have a receiver in our RV and it costs us $7/month. We use it from May until November, then turn if off. It has worked fine for us for last year and we just turned it on last week (we started camping a little earlier than normal).
Merrykalia 04/20/19 05:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Short trip opinion

On a side note...i'm finding the 6 people to a campground limit frustrating. Is that more so a RV park rule and not something you'd see at a more primitive campground? I'd like to have nieces and nephews join us. The 6 person per campsite is so you won't have Andy and his girlfriend and their friend Fred and his boyfriend, Alfred and their 3 other friends and 4 dogs coming into the campground to camp. Then, about 8 pm, 6 other friends pile out of a junker truck with 4 cases of beer and having an all-out party that starts Friday night and ends with them laying around the campfire until Sunday. If you are a mom/dad, uncle/aunt, whatever and have 4-5 kids, most state parks won't be concerned. If you are in a private resort, you will probably have to pay for more than 2 people, not even 6. I know in Virginia, the rules state that a maximum of 6 people UNLESS it is a family unit. (We camp host and there is a family that comes to camp at our park that has 11 kids. Yes, 13 of them. They camp in one spot in a 28' bunkhouse TT. I don't know where they all fit, but they do and they are the most gracious, considerate kids I have ever been around.) This is just my opinion, but I would not take nieces and nephews until you figure out what you are doing and how to set up and take down. It's still hard for us to set up when they have friends with them and are excited to camp with us and we have been doing this for 20+ years/
Merrykalia 04/14/19 06:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question on Selling FW Hitch

When we purchased our Anderson Ultimate, we sold our old hitch on craigslist without the rails. It sold in 2 days and the guy showed up to pick it up from 4 hours away. He had cash in hand.
Merrykalia 04/14/19 06:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What kind of RV for FT???

If you plan to "follow the weather", the need for a 4-season trailer goes down tremendously. If you plan to stay in the south during the summer, two AC units will be needed. There is a facebook page for full-time families. That might be a good place to start.
Merrykalia 04/14/19 02:25pm Full-time RVing
RE: EZUP Canopy - Truss Repair

Over our 40+ years of camping, we have had several of these tents. We have found that the actual EZUP brand will last us in excess of 7-8 years, while the off brands will usually last 2-3 years. They are expensive, but well worth the money. We usually have an off-brand that we use here and there and if someone needs to borrow one, we will loan the off-brand.
Merrykalia 04/12/19 07:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Easy Routes Through the Appalachians?

The "Appalachians" run from north Georgia, up to New York state, so unless you want to give a little more info, we can guess, but not give you the information you are wanting.
Merrykalia 04/12/19 09:44am Roads and Routes
RE: What's the one thing that you have but hardly EVER use?

We have a small outdoor oven with two=burner on top. We use that since the ovens inside gets the fifth wheel way too hot, even in winter. Ours still has the paperwork taped to the shelves, but we do store our bread in there.
Merrykalia 04/11/19 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: blackstone griddles

The Blackstone is about the same as having good cast iron. As long as you season it well and store it clean, but oiled well, it should serve you for the season. I would take it out during any long storage time and use it at home during those times. I use my cast iron predominantly in our S&B, but I have a few items that are seldom used. I will wash, dry and oil well, then put a few pieces of wadded newspaper in them to prevent rust. When I take them out several months later, I rinse them, dry them and they are ready to go again. NEVER use soap of any kind on them.
Merrykalia 04/11/19 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: Travel trailer for taller person

Friends just bought a 2019 Mesa Ridge 2102RB and he is also 6'4". He said it was one of the only ones he felt comfortable in that was at the RV show. He even had a bit of headroom in the shower, but he would have to bend over to get his head wet in the shower. He had plenty of leg room when he was sitting "on the pot". That was not the case in many of them.
Merrykalia 04/11/19 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: knee relacement

DH had his shoulder replaced in March a few years ago and our only change was that I did the driving and the setting up outside. He did the setup inside that he could do. Then, in September, he had one knee replaced and did that rehab, then the other one in December (we had met our deductible and got it in before the end of the year). By the time camping season rolled around for us (March or April), he was ready to go again. He's my $6 million dollar man now and doesn't have many more parts that can be replaced, but now I guess it's my turn. Do your rehab and best of luck with this second replacement.
Merrykalia 04/11/19 10:48am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Virginia Beach in April

When we visit Va. Beach, we are usually in a hotel for some sort of conference. We enjoy just sitting on the beach and watching the planes come and go. When an aircraft carrier comes in, it is awesome to watch the planes heading into the base. You will be within easy distance of Williamsburg/Jamestown, (about an hour) as well as Norfolk (15 minutes, or 3 hours if there is traffic). In Va. Beach in April, there is the "something in the water" festival at the convention center. As someone else suggested, google "Virginia Beach Tourism". You can also do the same for Williamsburg and Jamestown.
Merrykalia 04/09/19 11:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need Help on how to get health insurance while traveling

Problem is with ACA and ALL insurances us YOU NEED AN ADDRESS. We are selling the house and until we find another we wont have an address. They make it very difficult in this country to survive without a physical address.Thank you all for your ideas, especially Tech writer for the links and STBRetired. I will check blue cross. But what do you do for an address, unless you own a house somewhere. Until you establish yourself in another state or even country, your "residence" is still in CT. People who rent don't own property, but they are still residents. There are many mail-delivery services that will give you a "residence" and accept mail and deliveries for you and then forward it to you.
Merrykalia 04/09/19 11:28am Full-time RVing
RE: Need advice on reducing trailer bounce!

I think once you add some weight to the front of the trailer with your belongings, you will have a much more steady ride. Try that and if that doesn't work, try tweaking the WDH and if that doesn't work, THEN consider some other alternative AFTER doing lots of research.
Merrykalia 04/08/19 08:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Two soups

hokey pokey, have you ever tried the Artichoke soup with non-marinated artichokes? I do not like the vinegary taste of them.
Merrykalia 04/08/19 07:57pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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