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RE: Baltimore Tunnel

You can always go 695 around Baltimore so you don't have to travel thru the tunnel. It might simplify things immensely. Unless you are over-height, you should have no problem at all with Rt 17. Semi-trucks use it all the time and you are probably not as tall as they are. Ours is 13'2". You need to KNOW EXACTLY how tall you are, so measure it, don't guess.
Merrykalia 07/07/19 07:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Permeable patio under mat

My assumption is that you are there for the holiday weekend and will be pulling out on Monday? Ask the campground to put some gravel in? I guess since you are already set up, they would wait until you move to do that. I think you are probably stuck with the situation and need to pray for no rain while you are there. For me, I would probably pull up my mat, wash it off and put it in storage. I'd put a small rug just at the bottom of the steps to collect most of the dirt and grime from being walked into the camper. Yes, there are some things you can put under the mat, but they are expensive for just a few days or even a few weeks. You're camping.....don't sweat the small stuff. Enjoy the great outdoors and if it rains, stomp in the mud. Have a great Independence Day celebration.
Merrykalia 07/03/19 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Virginia I -81 corrider gas tax.

We have fought for years to get more road construction in the Great Southwest (100 miles west of Roanoke) and we are finally slated to have some construction in the next 5 years.....we'll see how that goes. RGar, my suggestion is to fill up before you hit Virginia and keep going. It's a $.07 tax, we will still be cheaper than many of the adjacent states.
Merrykalia 06/18/19 06:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Storing/Parking TT in North Fla. off I-75/I10

We were going with our church on a mission trip to Gainesville, FL and then vacationing with friends at Jekyll Island Campground in SC. We found a secure storage facility just off of I-95 near the Jekyll Island exit. Drove down, spent a night of two on our way to Gainesville, dropped the trailer at the storage facility and headed on down. When the trip was over, we headed north to the facility, paid the $45 for the month (least amount) and went on vacay. It worked perfect for us, but we did have to purchase all of our food locally since we didn't want it anything sitting in the camper while we were not plugged in.
Merrykalia 06/13/19 04:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Replacement mattress

We replaced the nasty mattress that was in our TT with a Spa Sensations, 8-inch gel memory foam mattress from Walmart. It slept as good, if not better than our Tempurpedic we had in our house. When we sold that TT, we ordered a new mattress to go into our fifth wheel before we even took possession of it. When our Tempurpedic finally bit the dust at home, we replaced it with a 10-inch SS mattress. It's been good for about 6 years. I guess it is just according to how much work, money and time you want to put into a 20 year old camper. Right now, it's not worth much, maybe 1-2K, but that might be stretching a bit with a soft floor.
Merrykalia 06/12/19 05:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: FL Keys in June

That's a long way to drive for just 4 days of the Keys. There are so many different things to do and so much more than just Key West. That is one of my least favorite places in the Keys. Marathon has lots to offer, from turtle hospital to dolphin research center to the Fl Keys Aquarium. There are a couple of really nice state parks in the Keys that you should check out. Key Largo, Islamorada and Big Pine Key have lots to offer. Get on TripAdvisor and just bring up the Florida Keys. There are so many things to do that you can easily fill up 4 days, probably 7-8 days, easily. We were there the first week of June last year and it was hot and humid. Yes, temps were in the high 80's and low 90's, but with the humidity, it felt much, much warmer. You can find camping spots in June because other people have already left southern FL because of the heat and humidity. Just an FYI.
Merrykalia 06/12/19 02:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Terrible condensation/mold? What to use to prevent

You apparently have a very humid environment where you store the TT. We keep a large bucket of cat litter open in our living area, a large bowl in the bathroom and another in our bedroom. Ours is stored uncovered outside and we have never had a mold issue.
Merrykalia 06/12/19 02:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Mosquitos

If you have a fire, that will dissipate some of them. Add some sage or rosemary to the fire to boost the power of the smoke. Otherwise, long sleeves, citronella (added cedar will help) oil burning in some lamps, a fan moving the air will keep them at a minimum, staying inside during dusk or until it gets completely dark will also assist.
Merrykalia 06/11/19 07:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: NC/TN I-40 wesstbound rock slide-back open

No surprise from me....it happens about every 4 months. It will open up and then it will rain or snow and slides occur again. This is what happens when money talks instead of listening to the engineers.
Merrykalia 06/10/19 06:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: LED Bulbs for trailer interior in a real store, not online?

Go to a local store and take one of the bulbs. Ask them to order for you. You won't have to return, etc. and a local business gets to keep the profit.
Merrykalia 05/31/19 06:50pm Travel Trailers
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
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