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RE: Propane shut off valve opens on its own

Grit dog, my biggest problem is with my computer, as I will type out a paragraph and the unit will delete everything I just wrote or write back over what I am writing. Assuming this is a laptop, keep your palms up when you type. It sounds like part of your hand is swiping the mouse pad as you type and causes the cursor to move, possibly selecting text. Then when you type the next letter, whatever text was selected gets deleted. You can also buy a desktop style keyboard (wired or wireless) and you won't have that problem anymore. If going wireless, might as well get a keyboard and mouse combo, then you don't have to use the laptop's keyboard and mouse pad. Some laptop mousepads are a real hassle. -Michael
mgirardo 05/17/22 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: My key fob quit working

Call a locksmith that programs keys, they might be able to find fobs. My son bought his first car, a used Volvo with push start a couple years ago. The dealer only had one key fob. The locksmith wanted $200 for 1 key fob. We were able to find key fobs on Amazon, $70 for 2. They look identical to the OEM key fob. The same locksmith charged $50 to program them. -Michael
mgirardo 05/09/22 05:47am Tech Issues
RE: Travel through Atlanta

Atlanta area drivers follow too close and drive too fast for the conditions. They also change lanes too often. I seriously doubt many could pass a driving test. I've been going through Atlanta since the late 60s. It has steadily grown worse and now I refuse that route. That's pretty much any big city along the East Coast (and probably the rest of the country as well), it's not just an Atlanta phenomenon. -Michael
mgirardo 04/22/22 05:57am General RVing Issues
RE: No more photo posting... huh?

Google Chrome 100, works fine for me https://i.imgur.com/mWttF74l.jpg -Michael
mgirardo 04/18/22 05:42am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Destination Models - Replace Vertical Blinds with Drapes?

Our Bungalow Destination Trailer came with Black Out curtains, attached with a normal household curtain rod. -Michael
mgirardo 04/04/22 06:40am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery operated fan quesiton ?

I don't think you have to pay anywhere near that much for a USB power bank that will run a couple of fans overnight. For example, here's a 10 amp-hour model for $25. Theoretically, that's big enough to supply 5 watts for 10 hours. Instead of looking for something exotic with ultra-fast recharge, just buy two of them - and use one while the other is recharging. $25 for 10000 mAh is a little expensive. For a few dollars cheaper, try this 26800 mAh unit. I can charge my SmartPhone that has a 5000 mAh battery 3 times from 20% with this bank and still have a little left over in the battery bank. -Michael
mgirardo 04/01/22 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Generator Wildlife Hunt

How to post pictures: click here. -Michael
mgirardo 04/01/22 07:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Batteries sat for 5 months without charge

We camped seasonally for a few years and always disconnected the battery before leaving for the season. We always made sure it was fully charged before leaving for the season. When returning 7 months later, the battery was usually at around 12.5 - 12.6 volts. At the end of the 2019 camping season, we moved our TT off-site to my parents' house because we knew we wouldn't return the following year and disconnected the battery cables. We expected to sell it in the spring. We did sell it in the spring, but because of the Pandemic (mom is high risk), not until the spring of 2021. When I finally got to the TT 18 months later, the battery was sitting at 11.97 volts. I was expecting to have to buy a new battery before selling it, but it took a charge just fine. -Michael
mgirardo 03/21/22 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: BEST way to get to Myrtle Beach from Boston MA by CAR

YES if you look at a map BUT the traffic going through NY MD and DC is HORRENDOUS so looking for ways others do it to avoid hours of traffic jams and faster ways of getting to MB. Thanks for your suggestion. Yes traffic on I-95 through Northern VA is rough, but if you time it correctly, you can sail right through. Since you plan to stop for a night anyway, I would drive from Boston to say Baltimore. Leave Boston after Rush Hour and you should avoid Rush Hour every where else and get to Baltimore in about 7 hours. If you leave Baltimore at 4:30 am, you will drive right through the DC area and should get to Myrtle Beach in about 8 hours. If there aren't any accidents, you should be good to go. These estimates are based on as few breaks as possible and going a few miles over the speed limit (I usually do 64 in a 65, 72-4 in a 65, 74 in a 70). I-95 is the quickest way south when your destination is along the coast. We travel from Coastal GA to Southern NJ frequently. I have tried finding a better way to go, but everything is far out of the way or smaller roads that take a lot longer. Any time saved by not getting stuck in traffic is lost going so far out of the way. We always leave at 3 am and get to our destination in 12 hours (that's 1 stop; gas, potty break and food at 1 stop usually in Kenly, NC). Heading south DC is fine as we are usually in Richmond by 7-7:30 am. Heading north, VA/DC over the last few years has been becoming more problematic. If we can get through Northern VA before Noon, we are usually okay. For us, if traffic is looking iffy heading north after VA, we'll jump off onto 50 from the Capital Beltway and head up 301 to 13 to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. We take 295 N, but for you the NJ Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway would be better. When we have driven north of NJ, we would normally take the Parkway to the Tappan Zee Bridge and then back to I-95. It's been at least 15 years since we've driven that route, so it may not be any better than going over the GW Bridge through NYC. Good luck! -Michael
mgirardo 02/03/22 07:52am Around the Campfire
RE: pocket knife

I was born in 1973 and grew up in Southern NJ. No one carried a knife. Now that we live in GA, it seems most men I know carry a pocket knife. I sometimes carry a Leatherman with a knife on it, but not all the time. My soon to be 19 year old son does like to carry a pocket knife. -Michael
mgirardo 01/25/22 08:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Looking for a RV park in the Jacksonville Fl Area

We've stayed at Hannah Park several times. It is a great park. It's closer to Mayport and Jacksonville Beach than it is to Downtown Jax. As for Pecan Park, I would worry more about I-95 traffic as it is right off I-95, you can see the campground as you drive by on I-95. I've never stayed there or driven through it, but from I-95 it looks like your typical parking lot type campground. The web site makes it look really nice, but never shows how close to I-95 it is. It's pretty darn pricey too. -Michael -Michael
mgirardo 01/21/22 07:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: st augustine fl

Although Hannah Park is a very nice park, it is about an hour from St. Augustine. We like North Beach Camp Resort. -Michael
mgirardo 01/18/22 06:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ins and outs of DNA testing

I first got interested in ancestry when my uncle was contacted by a distant relative (4th cousin or something like that). The in-depth family tree that my uncle's cousin did sparked my interest. Before spending money on a DNA Test, get on Ancestry.com or another site like it and start a free trial. Start building your family tree. You may be surprised what you find. These sites pool members' accounts that have public trees, so if you have a relative in common with another member's family, you can review that person's relative. If you can confirm they are related, you can add that person's branch to your tree, quickly expanding your tree. Once you start building your tree, you will start getting "hints" about family members. These hints could be photos, census reports, birth announcements, etc. I was surprised how many census reports I found that had family members' names on them. As long as your free trial is valid, you will have access to these hints. If you cancel your trial, you will still have access to your tree and you'll see the hints, but you won't be able to view individual items. You have to purchase a subscription to view the document, photo, etc. So download these items while you are on the free trial. -Michael
mgirardo 01/05/22 07:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Broke down on the road, what's your insurance experience?

We had a positive experience with AAA Plus with RV. We've had AAA for 25+ years and the RV add-on for about 10 years. We got rid of the RV add-on when we started camping seasonally and the TT stayed at the campground. There were a couple times where we had to wait up to a few hours, only once more than 2 hours. That one long wait time was because the only driver AAA could find that could handle a family of 4 (with a booster seat and a car seat) was at the Jersey Shore and we were outside Philadelphia, after coming down the Commodore Barry Bridge. After calling AAA we contacted Coachnet as it came free for 1 year with the HTT we just recently bought and they found the same exact guy, but Coachnet would only take us to the nearest Chevy dealer. AAA took us the 80 miles or so to Hershey's High Meadow Campground, which was our destination, then he took the van to the Chevy Dealer in town. Only cost us $20 for a tip to the driver. On the East Coast, AAA is pretty good. We've broken down outside of our AAA Region and did not have trouble getting towed. With AAA Plus or better, the tow truck driver will go off-road if he is comfortable doing so. Outside of the East Coast, I have no experience with AAA. -Michael
mgirardo 12/22/21 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Mouse in the house

We had to leave our Destination Trailer parked, for an unknown amount of time, in an area we knew had mice. I purchased some copper mesh to stuff into any openings on the trailer. I had heard that steel wool works well, but I figured it would probably rust out, so I went with the copper mesh. I rolled it out and then balled it up like a steel wool pad and shoved it into every opening I could find under the trailer. I found half a dozen places in the underbelly that were large enough for even a rat to get through. Because of the pandemic, the trailer was parked for 18 months. When we finally got to it, the only evidence of mice was a small nest at the top of one of the 30lb propane tanks. It drove me nuts not being able to inspect the TT for 18 months and was pleasantly surprised to find no mice or evidence of mice inside the TT. Spiders yes, but no mice. -Michael
mgirardo 12/16/21 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Crooker River SP, GA

There's not a whole lot to do in the immediate area. If you don't mind driving an hour, you'll have more options. About 40 minutes north is Jekyll Island, GA. It's a nice day trip. The historic downtown area has some interesting history of the US's most wealthy of the early 1900s (in its hayday, 1/6th of the country's wealth spent their winters on Jekyll Island). If you golf, there are several courses. You can visit shark tooth beach and search for shark's teeth. People have found Megalodon Shark teeth on the beach. There are lots of walking and biking trails throughout the island. The Wharf in the historic district is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. It is only open for dinner. You do have to pay to go on the island (it is a GA State Park), for a RV, I think it is $12 for the day. There is plenty of parking available for large and small RVs. About 45 minutes west is the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Lots of walking trails here as well as Swamp Island Drive, which is a loop through the swamp where you will often see alligators in the small ponds along the road way. Along Swamp Island Drive is the Cheeser Homestead, you can see what it was like to live in the swamp. Although it is not where the homestead was originally located, the home is the Cheeser's home, moved from its original location. There is also a boardwalk with an observation tower at the end. We have seen alligators along the walk as well as other wildlife. You will usually see Alligator in the lake that the tower looks out on. You can take a boat tour of the swamp as well as rent kayaks or canoes. A trip south to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is a nice day trip. It's about 45 minutes south from Crooked River. There are a lot of nice dining options in downtown Fernandina as well as on the beach. There is parking available along the beach. I'm not sure about the downtown area. I know there are parking lots, but not sure if they offer parking for RVs. -Michael
mgirardo 12/13/21 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: February Trip

Between Savannah and St. Augustine is Jekyll Island, GA. There's not a ton of food options on Jekyll Island, but there are a few decent restaurants, The Wharf being one of our favorites. A short drive to St. Simons Island yields a lot more food options. Jekyll Island was called the Millionaire's Playground back in the early 1900s. The country's wealthiest spent their winters on Jekyll Island. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel was their home, except for those that built their own "cottages" on the grounds. Those buildings are still used today. You can visit the museum and get a guided tour of the historic district. There is the Sea Turtle Center and there are miles of hiking trails and biking trails. About 1 hour west of Jekyll Island is the Okefenokee Swamp. There are multiple entrances. We like to go to the National Wildlife Refuge entrance outside Folkston, GA. It is more self guided, but they do offer boat tours and you can rent Kayaks (or bring your own) for the best way to see the swamp. There are lots of hiking trails. There is also the Chesser Homestead, that offers a glimpse into the life of how folks lived in the swamp. There is a $5 entrance fee here. The Okefenokee Swamp Park entrance in Waycross does offer boat tours, a train tour, an education center, alligator viewing areas and a short boardwalk to a viewing tower. There isn't much that you can do for free here. If you can get a campsite reservation, Hannah Park in Jacksonville is a great County Park. The beach is a short walk or bike/car ride away. It won't be as warm as further south in FL, but definitely better than Virginia. Between Jekyll Island and Jacksonville is Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach. There are a lot of restaurants here on the beach as well as in the "downtown" area. -Michael
mgirardo 11/19/21 07:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A cappuccino, a cruller and a life decision

I suspect the OP knows this and is likely to avoid anything like Mr. Big's silly approach of course, but renting in an area for a year or two before pulling out of the previous area or before sinking costs into long term assets would probably be a good approach. That's a good approach in a long term, stable Real Estate Market. When my wife and I bought our first home, we had been living in an apartment while I finished college. After graduation, we decided to buy a home in Ocean City, NJ. It was a dream of both of ours. We both visited and loved Ocean City while growing up. My parents thought it would be a good idea to rent for a year or two before deciding to buy. In Feb. 1999, we bought our 3 bed/2 bath, 1500 sq ft home for $93.5k, $16.5k less than asking price. Seven months later, the housing market had been heating up and the same exact house, steps away from ours, sold for $20.5k more. We were very happy we decided to buy when we did. That same home is assessed at $280k today. -Michael
mgirardo 11/11/21 06:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Wind!

When we first bought our Destination Trailer, we decided to cover it. Our seasonal site gets a lot of wind during the summer, but the winds seemed to shift in the fall, so we took a chance. Our cover had straps that ran from the edge of the roof and hooked onto the bottom edge of the wall about every 6 feet or so and a strap on the front and rear to remove any slack. We put the cover on in September, when we left for the season. In December, we checked on it right around Christmas. Almost every strap had frayed away part of the cover at the top of the trailer wall. We didn't have the time to really do anything about it other than to make sure the straps were still secure. Fast forward a month and I got a text, with pictures from the campground owners, of our Trailer with the cover completely off. It actually circled the trailer. So it didn't blow off, it ripped down the middle at the top. Turns out, a tree branch just happened to fall on one of the vent covers. It poked a hole through the cover and the vent cover. During a windy storm, that hole in the cover expanded until it completely failed. Fortunately, the hole in the vent cover was in the half bath and there was no sign of water intrusion in the guest bath. The sides of the trailer were fine. There was no chafe marks or any signs of damage. The roof, however, did have some damage. Where the straps attached at the roof, there were about 3 inch long slits in the TPO at the edge of the roof on the street side. Our trailer was 40 feet long and the cover had about 6 straps on each side. The curb side did not have any of this damage. There were 5 slits that I repaired with eternabond. There did not seem to be any water damage to the wood under the TPO and the inside was dry as well. We did not cover it after that. -Michael
mgirardo 10/31/21 09:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Stability control

I would start with an alignment. Replacing or adding parts before having the alignment checked could be a waste of money. If it needs new ball joints, they find that out during the alignment. -Michael
mgirardo 10/26/21 09:38am Class C Motorhomes
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