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RE: Water Hearter Source For Full-Time

We have a 250 gal tank at our S&B. We had ours filled last week, 248 gallons at $2.98 per gallon. I think electric is cheaper, but the gas is hotter and our electric water heaters were only lasting us about 3 years, just as the warranty ran out. We got a gas on-demand system, our power bill went down $50/month, but we also have the gas to pay for.
Merrykalia 04/26/20 06:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Residential Refrig

How far is home? We have driven 3 days with overnight stopping in between and our fridge was still cold when we arrived. I guess it will depend on how topped off the batteries when you leave, outdoor temp, how many batteries you have and lots of other variables. I will say that our batteries died on one trip, but the fridge and freezer still held their cold.
Merrykalia 04/15/20 05:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

^ Hey ppine, can you expand a bit on the last post? If someone wanted to try wood, how do you check or adjust the temperature? There must be some kind of formula you're using. I use wood 90% of the time when I am using my DO. I just open the lid and look at it and check the "doneness" of whatever I am cooking, just like I would if it were in the oven.
Merrykalia 04/06/20 08:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Eastern Shore of Virginia Welcome Center

As of right now, all 43 Virginia rest areas are open. As you know, things change every day and sometimes several times a day. Who knows what will be happening in May. You can keep abreast to all of Virginia's changes in roads, rest areas, toll booths, etc. here: VDOT news
Merrykalia 04/04/20 06:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Storing with levelers down?

We have the auto-level on our fifth wheel and we store it on a sloped parking area that is paved, but we also have electric available, so our fridge stays plugged in and running. We always hit the auto level since it takes about a minute and a half to do.
Merrykalia 04/01/20 01:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bunkhouse comparison

No, but when I googled it, I got this video. Video Thor Ace vs Pursuit
Merrykalia 03/29/20 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

I would start here: Lodge Cast Iron recipes Then some more: Feast and farm
Merrykalia 03/27/20 04:58pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: camping in ohio

Shelter in place. Stay at home. Leave the campgrounds that are open (there aren't many) for people who HAVE to use them because they have no home. (full-timers)
Merrykalia 03/27/20 04:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Glowsteps questions

I do not have a truck camper, but we have the Glowstep Revolution on our fifth wheel. We had them on another fifth wheel and when we purchased a new one, the steps went with us. We LOVE them and until they come out with newer ones, we will have these on. The Glowsteps that we have are deeply grooved across the steps and it works well, even in snow, not deep snow, but with 1/2" or so, they are fabulous. They are made of aluminum, but they are not slick in rain. I really can't say enough good stuff about them.
Merrykalia 03/26/20 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Closing campgrounds and no where to go

A64, friends of ours arrived home from Florida on Tuesday. They left at 4 am and arrived at home about 9 pm (in Virginia). She said they found places to eat and "Pit stop" all along the way. They were not in an RV, but in their Suburban.
Merrykalia 03/26/20 04:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: Closing campgrounds and no where to go

Boondock PRIVATE Cgs Options are available ----one only needs to do a little research In some places they are available. In other places, boondocking will get you thrown in jail!
Merrykalia 03/25/20 04:29pm Full-time RVing
RE: New Truck - Is My Math Right?

That is the real problem with half ton pickups from ALL the manufacturers. Unless you special order something, most of the trucks sitting on the lots are VERY limited with payload. They look pretty and all the additional "pretties" also eat up your payload numbers. I would guess and say that 50% of the people out there that purchase their first truck and camper are over their specs. Maybe not grossly overweight, but...... A little knowledge up-front will make you feel better and will make for a better experience.
Merrykalia 03/18/20 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: New R/V mattress

We purchased a Spa Sensations cooling memory foam model from Walmart for about $200. It's FABULOUS! We had a Tempurpedic at home and when we had to replace it due to age, we purchased the Spa Sen at 1/10th the cost of the Tempurpedic. It lasted about 8 years and we purchased another just recently.
Merrykalia 03/03/20 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Advice on Campgrounds

We have no idea what you WANT to do, nor how you like to camp. If you want a "camping" experience, stay within the national park. If you want to be around the "things", then an RV Park would be called for. If they are in/around Pigeon Forge, they are crowded. You will be no more than 20' from your neighbor. If I were you, I'd get on and put in each town. It will give you a score for each campground. You can better determine what YOU want.
Merrykalia 02/19/20 12:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fireplace in TV, Do they work?

WE have an electric fireplace in ours and we use it to supplement the furnace when it is cold and to add a bit of warmth to the fifth wheel when it's just a bit chilly. It does add a certain ambiance to the living room, but it doesn't put out tons of heat. We have an infrared heater that really belts out the heat when it gets cold, but it does also suck the electric power. It can heat the 42' of fifth wheel to 75 degrees with no supplemental furnace when it's in the teens outside.
Merrykalia 02/19/20 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

I think it the RESPONSIBILITY of the camper checking in to ask for any discounts that apply to them, as long as it's posted in a prominent location. I think that any place that ASKS if you qualify is just going the extra mile for a customer and I would recommend them widely. There are lots of things that happen in the "public service" arena that I think is just stupid. Yes, I said STUPID! When you have to stamp "NOT A FLOTATION DEVICE" on plastic bags, it might be better to let the survival of the fittest do it's work. OK, I'm done, but if a campground asked me if I qualified for any of their discounts, I would be tickled, even if I didn't get one.
Merrykalia 02/18/20 02:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone seen one of these?

Two friends have these to pull behind their MCs. One of them has another camper that he CAMPS in and the other fella pulls this with his pickup to camp for a week.
Merrykalia 02/16/20 05:44pm Folding Trailers
RE: Need a base camp RV park for touristing in NYC

Liberty Harbor is a BIG PARKING LOT with water/electric, but it is the closest to NYC, has easy train access. It has NO camping feel, so don't expect any of that. It is easy to get into the city and back out without having to ride a bus or train for over an hour. So far, I've kept the fam away from there for about 4 years, but I figure next year is going to be a definite. I detest NYC and if I never had to go again, I'd be tickled.
Merrykalia 02/15/20 07:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: East coast north/south route (PA to FL)

I-81 has lots of traffic, but is 100X better than I-95 any day of the week. I-77 is USUALLY decent. Yes, there is a mountain you have to go down, but keep it in the right land, lower a gear and go. The speed limit changes with the weather, so keep an eye out on it. I-26 is normally pretty good, but sometimes, there is a backup where it connects to I-95. If that is the case look up Rt 21 out of Orangeburg or Rt 15, just past the interchange are both decent roads and will keep you moving.
Merrykalia 02/15/20 07:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Need Side Dish Recipes

When I think about side dishes, I think vegetables, so here are a few easy, but delicious ones. Kale-Brussel Sprout Salad (like at Cracker Barrel) Recipe here Hash-brown Casserole - 1 bag frozen shredded hash-browns, thawed and drained, 1 can cream of chicken, 1 cup sour cream. 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese. Mix well, add 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Spray 13 X 9 casserole dish and pour mix in, spreading evenly. Bake 30 minutes @ 400 until bubbly. Asparagus bundles - take 4 trimmed/cleaned asparagus spears and wrap with a piece of bacon or prosciutto, then secure with toothpicks. When all asparagus is bundled, sprinkle a small amount of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper over each bundle, bake at 350 for 12-13 minutes OR place on a hot grill, turning every 2-3 minutes until asparagus is done and bacon is crisp. Creamed corn - 2 TBL real butter, 1 bag frozen corn, 1 TBL sugar, 1 TSP flour, 1 small can of evaporated milk. Add butter and drained, thawed corn in a skillet and heat until hot, allowing the corn to "fry" in the butter but not burn. Add sugar and mix well. Add flour and stir for at least 2 minutes, then add evaporated milk. Brussels Sprout Bake - 1 bag frozen or fresh baby brusselsprouts, thawed and drained cut into 1/4ths. Toss with a TBL olive oil, sprinkled with garlic powder to taste and salt and pepper. Place in a metal pan and bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven until browning and crisping of outer edges. An alternative cooking method (my favorite) is on a grill. Baked Potato Salad - Peel 8 good size potatoes, place in a pot and cover with water, salt and boil until done. Remove potatoes from water and allow to air dry. Dice potatoes into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup mayo, a 1/2 to 1 cup sour cream, bacon crumbles, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, green onions (anything you would add to a baked potato or potato skins). Mix well and place in fridge. The longer it sets, the better it gets.
Merrykalia 02/14/20 08:37am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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