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RE: Unhooked for the night.

I suppose it depends on when you call it a day and where you stay. We are both still working and have limited time, so when we have to stop for the night it is not until midnight and typically at a Walmart so I have never unhooked. If I was stopping at 5pm, staying at a campground, and leaving the next morning I probably would unhook just to make it easier to level, and because many sites are not long enough for our trailer plus truck. Never done this however so I'm just guessing.
kfp673 06/20/22 03:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Florida Spring Break RV PArk

We have a 16 year old son and his schools new Spring break that started this year is the last week in March and same in 2023. We normally go to Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach for SB but end of March is still the snowbird time there and not many kids. We would like to go to Florida next year but don't want to do Fort Wilderness as we have done Disney 5 times already. Would love a resort like Ocean Lakes or Fort Wilderness with tons of stuff, people, golf cart riding etc. We spend most times at the CG so doing touristy stuff is not at the top of our list. Hard to find a similar Ocean Lakes or Ft Wilderness CG in Florida so looking for any suggestions. Thanks We have gone 2 years now to what was originally called Cabana club now part of the Margaritaville RV resort chain that is growing. Smaller but super nice, clean, tons of activities for kids a nice pool and a brand new second pool. Also right next door to a wake board / water ski park if your teen is up for that. Check it out.
kfp673 06/12/22 10:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CG Prices

Sun recently purchased frontier towne in OC. I feared for the worst. However it has not been as bad as expected. They added a new fully paved full hook up section that is very nice. I agree rates increased substantially, but I'm sure adding 50 full hook up sites was a few million dollar project. As mentioned Frontier towne is in a resort town and will never be an economy destination. There are budget friendly destinations but they are generally not located in prime tourist areas You cannot realistically compare resort town CG prices to other non resort CG's. You need to consider what hotels and condo's go for in resort areas to get a better feel for pricing. Not comparing resort to non resort. Just saying that those 2 in particular you mentioned had a range of prices over Memorial Day of $200-350 per night. That’s insane and as mentioned in my first post, I’m sure was the reason they did not sell out. They are both decent places but I have stayed at far far better for a small fraction of the price. You could never touch a site at one of those two resorts over Memorial Day if you did not book far in advance. Now that they are owned by the corporations who jacked the prices to more than double with the private owners used to charge they are not Selling out. Again $350!!! Now I know that is not their regular price on a non-holiday weekend but Just poking around I have noticed even their regular weekend rates have gone up substantially as have every other park purchased by corporations that I pay attention to. I appreciate all of the comments on this thread. It’s great to hear all the different perspectives from all of the different areas of the country. At the same time it’s just a shame to see the costs continue to rise with very little improvement. It’s also a shame to see two or three large corporations buying up so many of our favorite private resorts and essentially ruining them with decreased service and increased pricing.
kfp673 06/06/22 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: CG Prices

Good thoughts all! I should clarify that my point is not a 100% blanket statement. Certainly plenty of lower cost CG's, especially in lower demand areas, but my findings have been those are either very difficult to get in without booking far in advance, or they are just bad / dumpy places. I should also clarify that while prices have been climbing as we all know, I am specifically referring to this year / right now. And I totally understand that a private CG with lots of "things to do" is going to be much higher than state parks or others, but there's a limit. Seems like the majority of major hikes (some have doubled or nearly doubled over the past 2 years) are the corporate campgrounds. We used to actively avoid Sun, Trails, etc. We did not mind KOA so much as they still tend to feel like personally owned. problem is, Sun and Trails are buying everything, doing nothing at all to improve them (or maybe very minor tweaks) and hiking prices. Again, I can't speak for all locations but in my experience so far this year. Up and down the east coast I am seeing these privates sell to the corporate names and it's really a shame. Can't blame the owners as I'm sure it's a win for them but prices go up immediately in my experience. Anyway, not much we can do I guess other than keep looking elsewhere and increase my boondock trips
kfp673 06/05/22 06:39am General RVing Issues
CG Prices

Preaching to the choir, beating a dead horse, etc etc I know but I still have to vent. I've been camping my whole life and have had travel trailers for the past 18 years and never thought I would see site prices even come close to approaching what I have been seeing lately. Thankfully state parks (which we love and prefer) have kept prices somewhat flat, but we can rarely get a site at state parks. We are not year in advance planners outside of 1 trip each year so we rarely get in. We do it all from boondocking to "luxury RV resorts". The mid tier to "luxury" range has always been from $65-$150 that we have seen, and places like Fort wilderness up around $200. While looking for a site over memorial day weekend, we found a few near Ocean City MD, NJ, and elsewhere that we have used in the past (but not for the last 5 years) that ranged $200-$350 per night! Are they crazy?!?! It's a darn camp site not an all inclusive resort!! It's no wonder the few we found in that price point were not sold out over the holiday weekend. And, KOA's and others we looked at similar to KOA's are all over $100 now. We ended up boondocking and had a great time but we are finding our boondocks sites are far busier now likely because of it. I just can't believe anyone would pay even $150+ let alone $300+ per night at any RV resort / campground. For that price it should include food delivered to my camper, unlimited cocktails, and someone should come make my bed and clean my camper each day. I really hope people continue refusing the Sun RV and others like it so prices start dipping again. This is not inflation. This is "because we can" greed and its ruining camping for those of us without deep bank accounts. Sorry for the rant ;-)
kfp673 06/04/22 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric bikes !!

To those talking about speed governing (not me I love the top speed ! ;-)) that is precisely how the Lectric XP2.0 works and likely all the new Lectric models as well. It is not specifically a governor but it sets the pedal assist top speed in roughly 5mph increments. For example, setting the bike to PAS 1 will only help you up to 5mph. You can go faster but only by peddling just like any other bike or by turning the throttle which again is a choice you are making as the rider. Within smaller campgrounds is pretty much the only time I ever use 1. PAS 2 is 10mph etc up through PAS5. Vast majority of my riding is PAS 3 which is a nice 15mph cruise speed. I would assume many other electric bikes work the same way but look into it.
kfp673 06/03/22 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: DC to AC help

Curious, where did you mount the inverter to make in convenient for your shore power cord? Also, what size inverter do you run and off what size cable from the battery system? Thanks! Front pass through storage of a travel trailer. Battery connection is about 5' of 2/0 gauge.1500 watt pure sine wave inverter Thanks! I like the simplicity of your method of simply plugging the shore power cable into the inverter, but doesn't that cause the batteries to try to charge themselves? With onboard chargers in the camper any time I have AC plugged in the charger is on. Does this cause a problem? Edit- Actually, I see you dedicated a breaker to the onboard charger so you can isolate and turn that off. Found a youtube video of this exact install. I guess the only downside is having to change the shore power cord back and forth from inverter to generator throughout the day. Thanks again
kfp673 05/27/22 05:52am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DC to AC help

My technique is similar to pianotuna's. When boondocking I do the following: 1. Fridge and water heater on propane 2. Disconnect converter. I isolated my converter's power supply to its own AC breaker that I switch off. I also have air conditioner, electric water heater, and microwave breakers switched off to avoid accidentally running them (too much load for my battery system) 3. I plug my camper's shore power cable into the inverter's AC outlet. 4. Turn on inverter, now all outlets are live in the camper. Curious, where did you mount the inverter to make in convenient for your shore power cord? Also, what size inverter do you run and off what size cable from the battery system? Thanks!
kfp673 05/26/22 08:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DC to AC help

Great feedback everyone. I'm busy reading all of this and appreciate the help!
kfp673 05/26/22 12:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
DC to AC help

Hello All. I know it has been discussed a million times but I'm struggling to find posts that start with "step 1". Feel free to simply point me to a post if you know if one. We started doing a lit more boondocking 2 years ago. We upgraded to dual portable generators, added more water storage, and upgraded the single 12V battery to a pair of 6V. The 6V upgrade was huge and allows us much more time with out the generators. I might add to that but the next thing I'd like to do is power some AC devices such as coffee maker and TV off the battery. When I search, most of the inverters have AC plugs directly on them but I would like ours hard wired in. Ideally we would like to have any AC plug have the ability to run off the battery with an inverter before the panel but I'm not sure how to do that or which (relatively affordable) inverter to go with. If I learn from your replies that picking 2 or 3 AC outlets is easier then I am fine with that as well, but I still want it hardwired with either an auto switch over or manual switch but where it feels to the user as if you had AC power to the trailer. Auto switchover would be preferred. Any help is appreciated and thanks in advance
kfp673 05/25/22 10:43am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Electric bikes !!

Another one for the Lectric XP. We bought 2 of the XP 2.0's around Christmas time. Really just started using them. Had a few minor issues but the company took care of us right away. Love them so far! We ride them at home and on the road. A bit heavy so it is a challenge getting them both situated when folded in the truck bed but not too big of a deal. Also got a pair of the Jetson's from Costco for our 14 yr twins. They are designed to hold adults so I have ridden them as well and also no complaints. Much slower than our Lectrics but perfectt for the kids or anyone really who wants to save some $ and maybe pedal around towns etc.
kfp673 05/04/22 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

This past summer I invested in fresh tank because we have been increasing our boondock camping. I was ready to buy the larger 65 gallon bladder but because I camp with 3 kids and tons of bikes, fishing poles, and other kids things loaded into the bed of the truck, I was concerned about puncture. So instead I went with a hard side 35 gallon tank from tractor supply and an $11 drill pump. Used it 3 times so far and it worked fantastic. Takes me about 10-15 minutes to pump 35 gallons into my tank. My wife and daughters love it because they can now take "real showers" when we do boondocks weekends LOL
kfp673 11/18/21 01:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: I'm actually in favor of high cancelation fees....

Thanks for all the replies so far. Good to know others are seeing the same thing... Taking all the replies in, I feel like a combination would be best. 1- all or nothing cancelation and 2- your LAST day (not the first) has to be the full period out. So here in PA the period is 11 months to the day. The "to the day" part needs to be your date of departure. Should at least level the playing field for those of us trying to get weekends. Thanks again all!
kfp673 10/04/21 06:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
I'm actually in favor of high cancelation fees....

Maybe that's not the answer, but maybe it will help at least a little... Sorry for this upcoming rant, but I have a state park rant I must make to get off my chest ;-) I've been tent and RV camping in state parks my whole life. Most here in PA but also surrounding states. Now that I have a 5 person family, state parks are the perfect balance of what I want (boondocking) and what the kids want (hookups and things to do), but getting a site with at least electric has become near impossible at most of our favorite parks without months and even a year in advance planning. My wife and I both work and we have 3 kids in sports and activities. Trying to plan long weekends a year in advance is not possible. Our full week vacations we rarely plan that far out let alone the weekend trips. Anyway, my gripe is the games people play with booking. Here in PA, you can book 11 months to the day in advance and book up to 14 consecutive nights. What that causes people to do is book 11 extra days with their last day on a Sunday when they only intend to stay for the weekend / long weekend. Because the cancelation fee is only $10 they just wait the 30 day waiting period (or longer) and cancel the days they don't want. They also book multiple long weekends without knowing if they can make it and cancel when it gets closer, again it's only $10. So people like me that are looking too book 30-60 days out have to sit on the computer multiple times per day just hoping to get lucky. I would love it if they did what our PA state forrest does with Boondock permits and have a 30-90 day window (depending on the area), but I know people need more time to plan. So, I would be in full support of a 1/2 or even more loss for cancelation. Of course as always that means people with money can still play the game and others can't (like many things in life), but maybe it would discourage the "games". Another idea would be to make a new rule where EVERY day you plan to book must be at least 11 months out. So you now can't book until 11 months from the last day of your trip rather than your first. Anyway, sorry for the rant. It has been getting harder every year but the past 2 years has been terrible. There are a few parks that we used to camp at least once every year that we have not visited in 3-4 years now simply because we can't get a site. Anyway, back to your regularly schedule programs....
kfp673 09/27/21 01:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pet peeve, neighbors leave porch light on

Had an similar issue with a neighbors light that was shining through our tent end when we were tuning in for the night. I politely asked them turn off the light as they were fine with it. problem solved. I'll put up a string of lights, I just unplug when I turn in, notice most other folks do the same, no worries. Mike I think this type of polite communication is key, but it is important to remember it is a 2 way street. My family (kids included) are night people. So if your "turn in" time is 9 or 10, I'm sorry but my light is staying on. 11 or 12 when we go in and they 100% go off. Everyone should be flexible, but also willing to communicate. Now if a neighbor leaves it on all night (we have all forgotten and done it), a quick reminder and I'm sure 99% will say no problem.
kfp673 09/26/21 06:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Fridge project for the fall

If you can hear the fans making more than a slight hum it's time for new fans. While you are at it maybe ad one. They are really nothing but the same ones used in desk top towers. Don't go crazy with the number of fans or they will short cycle. This will be my project soon. Just have to figure out how to get to the current fan location. It's currently located about half way up the stack. Based on what I am reading, sounds like most have better luck with it up closer to the top vent closer to the fins, but I'm not sure I can even get my warm down in there to reach the fan. Looks like it was installed first and then the refrigerator placed in the cavity. Thanks again all!
kfp673 09/26/21 06:12am General RVing Issues
Fridge project for the fall

Hello again all! Our camper has the typical (Although taller than previous I have owned) AC / LP RV fridge. However, our fridge is in a slide out. This summer we have done more traveling south than we ever have and I noticed 2 things. 1- the fans in the top of the 2 exterior vents (I guess it is exhaust fans??) can be awfully noisy and 2- it struggles to keep as cool as I would like. This is especially true at the beginning of our trip when we have more food in the fridge. It does perform a bit better on LP than electric, but when we have electric hookup I hate the idea of wasting propane. Anyway, I am curious if anyone has successfully improved the cooling capability. I am also curious if anyone has found equal or better exhaust fans that are quieter. They are often right above my head when I sit outside, and on a warm day they will run A LOT and get annoying. Thanks in advance!
kfp673 09/15/21 06:05pm General RVing Issues
Water heater sealing question

Hello all, When you look at many water heaters, across the bottom where the heater fixture meets the external mount / door, there is a strip of black sealant that seals the space where they meet. Hopefully I am explaining it well enough... It feels similar to decor roof sealant. Mine is cracked across the bottom. Not a huge deal but I'd like to replace it. I feel like Butyl tape is the best option but looking for confirmation. I was going to grab black silicone, but the original feels more "gummy" than silicone. Is Butyl tape the best for this? Thanks
kfp673 09/15/21 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Is there a quiet water pump?

Awesome feedback everyone. After reading these replies about insulating the pipes and mounting on something rubber I googled it and found a bunch of videos saying the same thing. Never considered that. Figured the pump itself was just noisy, but insulation and rubber pad is a cheap and easy thing to try. I'll give that a shot first. Thanks all!
kfp673 09/08/21 12:55pm General RVing Issues
Is there a quiet water pump?

We have been increasing the amount of boondock camping we are doing so I started carrying a 35 gallon water tank in the truck. Currently using a drill pump with intentions to buy a 12V transfer pump some time soon. But that got me thinking... The water pump in our trailer is the typical loud rattling pump. Not a big deal during the da, but a toilet flush in the middle of the night will wake me up (pump is in a compartment in main bedroom). I figured there must be a "high end" and obviously more expensive pump I could install in the camper and then repurpose the existing pump to become my transfer / backup. Is there such an animal? I'm happy to pay a premium for something smooth and relatively quiet. Any suggestions? Thanks!
kfp673 09/08/21 05:57am General RVing Issues
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