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RE: Looking for 5 star RV Park

Would like to find a Campground for next summer in the north that has concrete or asphalt pad, FHU 50 amp, patio, picnic table for 1 or 2 months. All suggestions appreciated. Thank you in advance Watkins Glen / Corning KOA, NY. The Villages RV Park at Turning Stone, NY Resorts has some very high end sites and I believe the 2 parks have concrete or asphalt sites Mike
mdcamping 06/29/22 01:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fuel cost in your area

about $4.83 for reg seems to have leveled off Mike
mdcamping 06/28/22 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Campground availability on shorter notice

I had noticed that RV parks were not as busy as they have been in the recent past. As evidence of this we called a resort we have been going to for years and they had more than 6 sites available for October. This happens to be in an area where October is the high season. In the past we made reservations a year in advance due to high demand. Just recently rebooked for 23 a resort campground in upstate NY, I was surprised that they were holding their rates for 23 even after dumping $$$$ into the park, this is probably do to the uncertainty of the near future economy. Mike
mdcamping 06/26/22 06:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer brake problem?

I pulled into the shop with just the back brakes working. This was a scheduled service as 1st tech did the repair. I hooked up trailer to truck, tested brakes and they were not working at all. I "never" left the shop with the trailer. What they have told me was they have a senior tech that has now been working on the trailer the past 2 days taking it out for some test rides trying to figure where the problem was and my last conversation was they got half the brakes back working and yeah they mentioned that the problem could be the magnets. Hope tomorrow this gets resolved. I have never worked on brakes my whole life, rv or auto as this is something I have always had a service shop do. My last 2 trailers never had issues with brakes. My present trailer sat for 5 years unused as owner had run into a hardship and had to sell. so my guess this probably contributed to the brake problems? This weekend we are supposed to go to the catskills in NY, so my trip is in jeopardy... not a happy camper... Mike
mdcamping 06/15/22 05:52pm Travel Trailers
Trailer brake problem?

The Jayco 24 RBS I purchased this spring I noticed the back 2 brake drums where super hot and the front 2 drums where not hot at all after doing a trip. Had to wait 1 month for my scheduled service today. Tech said rear brakes were almost frozen, cleaned up brakes and calibrated. After hooking up trailer at the service center which was on a slight down grade I let the truck & trailer roll slowly in neutral. I then put on the manual break to full gain... Nothing... I then got the tech we repeated the test with him pulling the brake away pin.. still nothing... So tomorrow the shop foremen is going to work on the brakes. So my question is on my past 2 trailers when doing a similar test when I activated the brakes in full manual gain the trailer brakes always locked up or almost locked up. I a missing anything? help. Also had the bearings repacked. Mike
mdcamping 06/14/22 02:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: 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 ;-) If your talking about Frontiertown by Ocean City MD? Last year I recommended the resort campground to a friend who had a young family. They absolutely had a blast and are returning again this year. The placed is a true resort with a water park and loads of other amenities. I remember him commenting on how expensive the place was but I don't think it was in the $200 range but I could be wrong. also he didn't go on the Big 3 holidays so maybe he got a better deal. This year were going to Sun Outdoors Association Island, NY I think I'm paying just over $110 per night, waterfront on Lake Ontario. :C Next year I was told prices go up because of the resort expanding. Mike I just re-booked Sun Outdoors Association Island for 2023, same time. Rates are staying the same for 2023, $110 per night including site lock fee. I just looked at the reviews for Frontiertown on RV life, Ouch! you were right some of the reviews had posted rates of $175 and $200. 20 years ago we did a bunch of similar type parks. Lots of young Rvers only get a few weeks vacation to spend with family so thats when you need to make it count. Mike
mdcamping 06/06/22 06:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: 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 ;-) If your talking about Frontiertown by Ocean City MD? Last year I recommended the resort campground to a friend who had a young family. They absolutely had a blast and are returning again this year. The placed is a true resort with a water park and loads of other amenities. I remember him commenting on how expensive the place was but I don't think it was in the $200 range but I could be wrong. also he didn't go on the Big 3 holidays so maybe he got a better deal. This year were going to Sun Outdoors Association Island, NY I think I'm paying just over $110 per night, waterfront on Lake Ontario. :C Next year I was told prices go up because of the resort expanding. Mike
mdcamping 06/04/22 06:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: What's up with CGs?

I agree with everything mentioned, let me add one small Item. Check the REVIEWS on the campground, best way to find what is actually going on. Mike Speaking of which, is Woodall's no longer around? What is the go-to site now for finding campgrounds and reviews?This site: Used to be RV Park Reviews Though not always accurate, google reviews gives you a fast insight. OP, just curious how do the reviews look? Mike
mdcamping 06/03/22 05:33am General RVing Issues
RE: What's up with CGs?

I agree with everything mentioned, let me add one small Item. Check the REVIEWS on the campground, best way to find what is actually going on. Mike
mdcamping 05/31/22 07:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rv Covers

I have used rv covers for the past 17 yrs. Mostly adco brand which I have found to stand up a little better to weather in general. Cover goes on in late OCT and off in early april. I think it helps, makes a barrier between snow & ice and helps keep the trailer cleaner. IMO Mike
mdcamping 05/31/22 07:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Back before cellphones

Remember the rows of pay phones campgrounds had near the office? Phone calls when you changed campgrounds and periodically so people back home could get in touch if they had to. It was nothing to be out of touch for days if you were out west. This came up last night as some neighbors complained about the lack of cell coverage in the campground and how “dangerous” it was to be unreachable. Was a time about 20 years ago where we had some drunk out of control camping neighbors where I thought it could turn into a dangerous situation. Lucky for us they we not directing it at us but I had wished I had a cellphone in case the situation had changed for the worse. By the next year we had our first cells. Yeah sometimes I can find all the technology tiresome but that's not why we go camping. :C Mike
mdcamping 05/29/22 07:19pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Remember to keep alert while driving..

This is from my dash cam on our first camping trip of 2022. We are on I90 going East not too far from Vantage, WA. loose pallets I was very lucky in that the pallets were FLAT ones and hit the road just before I slowed down and split second decision to keep going straight. (I was also towing my #7000 TT and there were some 20-25 mph side winds going on). Note the car that passes me on my left.. I could not move over and somehow I knew that he was there... Another lucky incident while on the road for sure.. :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1 Yikes! my heart raced just watching that. Good to read your okay. I Think your do for some uneventful travels. :C Mike
mdcamping 05/28/22 06:22am General RVing Issues
RE: WDH

Have had three trailers and multiple tow vehicles over the years. Have always required a WDH. New truck (Sierra 2500) and hooked up the, fairly small, trailer for the first time to this truck. Pre and post measurements at the front and rear wheel wells. Difference at the front is 7/16th inch higher and rear is 3/4 inch lower. Have not done any weigh scale, but presumably the difference in height(s) has some correlation to the effect of the weight on the truck. So, is the difference in heights minimal enough that a WDH is unnecessary or should the set-up be weighed? And, does a WDH provide any other benefit, other than distributing the weight? As I am so used to having a WDH hooked up, it would seem strange not to have one. Marv My truck has both the heavy duty payload Pgk and trailer tow Pkg. My front wheel well before and after difference was 1/2". Following the WDH instructions brought the measurement back to 87%. As mentioned the added benefit is the sway control. Mike
mdcamping 05/24/22 06:41am Towing
RE: Overnight stop in CT, NY, or NJ? Suggestions needed.

GW Bridge is a tough travel. :) Mike The bridge itself usually isn't too bad, and the exit for 87/Deegan is right there when you hit the Bronx. We lived on LI for many years and most of the pain of the Cross Bronx going East is after that Deegan exit. Not saying always but most of the time. Why I didn't recommend staying on 95N up to 91N to Hartford, it's brutal. There will be some pain going over the bridge, but at the same time 287 is no bargain either.... I did the GW bridge about 25 yrs ago.. never again.. yeah I try to avoid the whole I95 to I91. The 287 beltway/Mario Cuomo bridge traffic does move as I have had much better luck. Mike
mdcamping 05/10/22 05:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Overnight stop in CT, NY, or NJ? Suggestions needed.

GW Bridge is a tough travel. :) Mike
mdcamping 05/10/22 04:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Overnight stop in CT, NY, or NJ? Suggestions needed.

I84, Look into Lake Compounce Campground in Bristol,ct has large, flat easy in/out sites. Mike
mdcamping 05/10/22 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Ride

Sharp looking truck, congrats! Mike
mdcamping 05/09/22 04:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Member introduction

Welcome aboard! :C Mike
mdcamping 05/06/22 06:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Courtesies

Hope I'm not an old codger yet? :B but what I find annoying is finding garbage in my site or in my fire pit. Please clean up after yourself. On the same subject we do river fishing every year, sometimes I will see garbage floating down the river, some of the stuff might be wind blown (please secure your garbage) but some of the stuff people/kids just chuck in the river... not good.. Mike
mdcamping 05/02/22 06:50am RV Lifestyle
RE: NYS State parks w/ lake picnic areas

We would leave the RV at the Cg and go to the SP for picnic/lunch. Look forward to what you all have to say. TIA Hartwick Highlands Campground in Cooperstown NY has larger pull through sites and down the road is Ostego Lake/Glimmerglass State Park & Beach Hope this helps Mike
mdcamping 04/28/22 07:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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