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RE: Camp Margaritaville

Been watching that property for years and wondered why the building was vacant. Great location and I am sure it will prosper if managed properly. Yep great location. I'm just wondering how successful its theme will be in an area that prides itself on family entertainment. Jimmy Buffet's fan base is middle age, middle class America...they tend to wear funny hats and Hawaiian shirts. Otherwise, that's about as family friendly as it gets.
valhalla360 01/23/21 03:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

This isn't a gray area of if they are really doing it commercially. They certainly seem to be a commercial operation. But do they disrupt park operations or disturb park visitors? If they do not then why should they be charged a fee with a two week waiting period to use their video cam? Fees should have a rational basis and not just be a money grab. There is also the $1,000,000 insurance policy to consider. The average youtube channel owner in a park doesn't have a shooting schedule in mind, uses a tiny camera, creates no disruption. The park rangers most likely never know that they are there or any different from the multitude of other visitors. So why should they pay to use the public's property in a way no different from the average tourist does shooting selfies. The parks do NOT belong to the park service after all, not in this county, yet. The park doesn't know what the commercial operator is doing until the permit is filed. They have accounted for this by setting up a permit fee schedule that adjusts based on the impact and complexity of the shoot. For what they are doing, it's a $75 fee, which is very reasonable. The average youtube channel owner literally doesn't make a penny and is therefore exempt from the permit process. There is likely some gray area with youtube channels that bring in a couple hundred dollars per year. These guys are making 6 figures off the channel and related activities. Dig around for some of their behind the scenes stuff. It's not a full blown movie set but it is a lot more than a cell phone on a selfie stick (some of their early stuff is but they've moved far beyond that) Unless they are doing something stupid to raise the risk, a $1mil umbrella insurance policy doesn't cost much. Particularly if it's spread out over the 75-100videos per year that they put out.
valhalla360 01/23/21 03:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Camp Margaritaville

Is it actually affiliated with Jimmy?
valhalla360 01/23/21 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

Watched most of WHY WE DON’T VISIT NATIONAL PARKS, though haven't seen the referenced video that caused their issue. Based on their RV Vblogs, I think it's a stretch to consider their videos as primarily commercial, and not more toward journalism or travel documentary in the public interest supported by monetizing open access to their channel. Even if they didn't monetize their channel, YT possibly could do so themselves. Would it still be considered commercial? On the other hand, if they charged for streaming access or for DVDs of their episodes, then I could see it focused more for commercial purposes. You seem to be thinking in the old style of making and selling video tapes or DVDs. That's a dying method of delivering commercial videos. Youtube is a bit confusing for many because anyone can post a video to it and most don't make a dime off it. Those people could legitimately claim it's not a commercial operation. But the ones who get big numbers are almost always very much commercial operations. They are a commercial operation. - They have 2 million subscribers. Their videos often have several million views. That does translate into substantial direct Youtube income. - One of their early videos specifically talked about them turning on the monetization options on youtube. - They have product tie ins (essentially short commercials) in most of their videos. - They have a Patron account which is another way to monatize the channel. - They openly admit this is their primary source of income. Keep in mind, they are normally do not primarily focus RVs and on national parks. They more typically travel internationally and a large percentage of their videos include reviews of commercial activities in the area. This isn't a gray area of if they are really doing it commercially.
valhalla360 01/23/21 07:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

Here is a link to the original case: Court Case And they say permits are up to $750/day which strikes me as pricey. Pull up the link to the fee schedule from the NPS. I believe their work would qualify as Catagory 1 Filming, which is $75. That strikes me as pretty reasonable, The only thing I could find with $750/day was for motion picture filming that involves 49 or more people edit: I just realized, you provided the link.
valhalla360 01/23/21 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

The case that brought this to the RV public was Nate and Kara (not sure if that is their name) who did get a big fine for shooting video in the park. Their story They did have a decidedly monetized YT channel but they did not use lighting, props or models.Non-disruptive. They have an episode up detailing what you had to do to get a permit, there was (IIRC) a $400 application fee, not refundable and you had to apply way in advance. 30 days? You had to provide a minute by minute schedule of shooting and I think there were additional fees. This is all from memory so it may be in error. And all they were doing was walking around with a selfy stick and a GoPro or somesuch. I never heard of them and their target audience is obviously the 20-30 age group. He also got a warning from the FCC about flying a drone in the park, something he should have known about. We have been watching them well before this incident. We really like them but they knew of the rules and tried to fly under the radar. They were caught. While all you see is them walking around with a selfy stick...there is a lot more to putting together a high quality video and it's a lot more disruptive. The drone flying is a good example. It's generally prohibited because visitors find it disruptive. Had they gotten the permit, they would have known they couldn't do it or they could have set up a plan to get permission. The minute by minute is an exaggeration. The park want's a schedule so they can insure no conflicts. They have a history of doing this in other countries...ask forgiveness rather than permission when breaking the rules. When you only stay in a country for 3-4 days, you can often get away with this...this year they were stuck in the US all year. This doesn't mean they are bad people. We still watch their videos. But requiring permits for commercial filming is a reasonable expectation.
valhalla360 01/22/21 02:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

Volokh Legal Blog If I'm reading this correctly. The parks were requiring a commercial permit which was very pricey and had a lot of nitpicking requirements if you posted your video on YouTube. It's not particularly pricey or nitpicky. You do have to plan ahead and it guarantees that you have signed off on the rules and limits for filming. The way I'm reading your article is: - If the filming is commercial but primarily news reporting, it's protected as free speech. - If the filming is commercial with just a profit motive, you have to get a permit still. That makes a lot of sense. If there is a bear attack, you can't use the permit process to keep the press from covering it. But if you are just making a travel series for profit, you should get a permit and you can't claim you didn't know you couldn't disrupt the other visitors in the name of profits.
valhalla360 01/22/21 02:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Fuel Costs

There don't seem to be any large scale changes in the market supply, so most likely the market reacting to the recent action by the top office. The market is often fickle in the short term reacting to news stories. I would expect it to be a short term impact as the pipeline wasn't even close to production, so there is no immediate impact to supply.
valhalla360 01/22/21 01:12pm Snowbirds
RE: It's a wonderful day: COVID vaccinations

Unless they increase the rate of vaccines getting to NH I'm looking at months before I can get a shot. Estimate is at the current rate it will take 17 weeks to get through Phase 1B. I'm hoping Biden accepts Amazon's offer of distribution help-I think it's needed. NH is already at 6% vaccinated (5.6% nation wide) and the rate has been accelerating. At least at the national level, if the pattern follows with no increase, we should hit around 30% vaccinated somewhere around mid april (10-12 weeks), which should largely clear out the Phase 1B category and they will likely open the next category before it's finished so they don't artificially restrict demand. If J&J gets their vaccine approved as expected, that's somewhere around a 50% boost in supply, so things should accelerate even further. Lots of positive news. I think we are getting a lot of effort to lower expectations so they can trumpet beating estimates rather than explain missing ambitious goals.
valhalla360 01/22/21 10:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Ford super duty 3.31 rear end. Will it be a big mistake. ?

This has been beat to death on recent threads. With the 8/10speed transmissions, the rear end ratio doesn't make much difference. - With 1 key exception, if you would be over the max tow limit with the lower numerical ratio. What the engine will see is it needs to provide roughly the same RPM/Torque for the same speed regardless of rear end. The transmission will select a gear that makes that happen. You might run in 7th instead of 8th but who cares if the motor is running at the same RPM/Torque output? In the old day's of 3 or 4 speed transmissions, it made a big difference because there was so much room between gears that if you dropped down a gear, you could miss the engines RPM sweet spot (peak torque/HP) and it would result in running at excessive RPM. Using a higher (numerical) rear end could compensate by adding to the torque allowing you to stay in a higher gear. With 8/10 gears and motors designed with flat torque curves (not to mention massive torque compared to 20yrs ago), the truck can always keep the motor running darn close to ideal RPM for conditions.
valhalla360 01/22/21 06:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Build my TV

Should have added more detail. GVWR = 16,800# Hitch weight 2686# Very interested in the comments on DRW v SRW I'm still thinking 3500-4000lb pin weight by the time you get loaded. You can find SRW trucks that might take that pin weight but it's near fully loaded with just the pin weight. Keep in mind, you probably aren't going to run with an empty truck. - At a minimum your average 5th wheel hitch can add 200lb - Passengers count against payload. - Diesel engines eat into payload - 4x4 eats into payload - 4 door cabs eat into payload - Bells and whistles eat into payload - Firewood, other camping gear? If you had a SRW truck already, you might work the numbers to see if it's possible to keep it within the ratings but unless the dealer lets you take it to a nearby scale, you are hoping they are accurate and even then, you have to leave some margin for loading your gear into the trailer increasing the pin weight. If you don't have the truck, I would just go straight to the dually, so if your estimates are a little off, you have some payload to play with.
valhalla360 01/21/21 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Build my TV

Upgrading from a 27'TT to a 41' 5er. Obviously now also need to trade in my TV for something more capable. Relying on the collective wisdom of this group for guidance. I do not have any strong brand loyalty beyond american made -- concerned about driving experience, ride comfort, towing capacity for the quoted trailer, and reliability. Make your proposals. Pretty well set on a diesel, but convince me if I am wrong. Trailer is 40' UVW 14344 lbs What's the GVWR...I would guess 17-18k. (empty weight is pointless as you aren't going to travel with an empty trailer) That suggests a pin weight of 3500-4000lb. Is it a toy hauler? Those often have pretty large payload capacities. Even at the lower end, you are in 1 ton dually minimum territory and being from Denver, the high altitude advantage of a turbo along with exhaust braking recommends a diesel. Any late model will do the trick. (10-15yr old trucks may not be capable but it sounds like you are going new, so that may not be relevant) You might also want to look into some of the 450/4500 models but the line has gotten blurry with the 1 ton capabilities climbing substantially.
valhalla360 01/21/21 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's a wonderful day: COVID vaccinations

PS: Someone mentioned going out to dinner after they get the vaccine. I assume they meant to say in 2-3 weeks after getting it. For all practical purposes, the day you get the vaccine, it hasn't provided any level of immunity. That was me and yes, I intend on waiting until I get both doses. I'd be curious to see any reactions people might have. I'm never nervous about getting a flu shot but this one makes me a little edgier. I kind of figured that was the intent but the way it read sounded like you were heading straight out from the hospital to hit the Golden Corral. ;) My sister got it 3 weeks ago (she's head of one of the convention center covid overflow centers). Unfortunately, her doctor told her it was no big deal to get the shingles vaccine at the same time, so she was knocked out for a couple days with flu like systems. No idea which vaccine or if it was the combination. We did make fun of her as she's an RN with 40yrs experience.
valhalla360 01/21/21 01:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Texas coast winter stay

valhalla360 I couldn't reply to your post, kept getting Invalid Formatting We spend 14 winters in Rockport before heading down to Weslaco. Because of Covid our start this year has been delayed. Ordered anew 5th wheel the first week of Oct but the production line was shut down until the first week of this year. Dealer called me Monday and said it was on the lot and wanted to know when I would like to pick it up so I told him I would be up there tomorrow. We need about 2 weeks to get ready to leave, wanted to spend a week over at the State Park on Mustang Island but everything was booked solid, however I was able to get 5 days (wanted a few more) over at Goose Island State Park. For a week we would consider Mustang Island State Park or with a little forethought, beach camping (it's free for up to 3 days but you do need a $12 parking pass for any parking on the beach). Assuming you have 4x4 and put some boards under the trailer wheels, I wouldn't worry too much about getting stuck. There were tons of campers on the beach over Christmas/New Years. But we were stopping for a month, so we wanted full hook up and services, so we picked Pioneer. There are a few other private parks in the area that all looked good. Really not much industrial unless you go over to the mainland closer to Corpus. Then again, it's kind of cool to see the big oil rigs in for maintenance. If you are still going this year, call around. When we left, Pioneer was probably 20-30% empty sites. Things started clearing out after New Years.
valhalla360 01/21/21 09:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TFL Truck tests Ford Raptor vs Ram TRX towing on I-70

I suppose if you just do laps pulling it up the mountain "foot to the floor" (whatever that means, I'm pretty sure you couldn't keep your foot tot the floor in a trx with any trailer it's rated for on most any grade without going way faster than you can handle or is even close to legal, lol)all day every day, it will probably affect service life greatly. And virtually noone will buy these 2 models if their purpose is mostly work. They're hot rods and off road toys that can tow as a side benefit. That's my point. Pretty much no one is using these for towing...at least not anything significant (sure maybe a utility trailer with a couple dirt bikes). But climbing big grades regularly isn't that unusual. I'm sure lots of guys living in Denver will pull a trailer west into the mountains most weekends in the summer. If they were floor it to keep the speed up to 70mph thru Vail Pass, that's going to be very hard use for a full hour of continuous output. Heck running that at 45mph with a 10k trailer is pretty hard use...70mph is probably more than double the power demand. The test is really just silliness. I'm pretty active on one of the tow boats forums. I'd say that the most most popular single model of tow vehicle is a Ford Raptor. It is popular because (at least in theory) it makes a good tow vehicle for the average wake boat which probably weighs 7000 pounds (+/- 1000 pounds), and absolutely is fun to drive. There is already plenty of talk of some of these folks moving to a TRX. Not once have I heard about an engine/tranny problem with the Raptor (although plenty of complaints that the rear end isn't stiff enough for the tongue weight). That said, I think a fair number of these trucks will be used for that type of duty. In response to your comment about heading to Vail from Denver, that is far from an hour of running WOT towing that way. West bound there are three or four extended hills, none of which take more than 5 minutes up. With lots of areas for the engine to cool down between inclines. Eastbound is a little steeper, both up Vail pass and the east side of the tunnel. But none of that requires my Expedition Max with 3.5 EcoBoost to run WOT pulling my 7000 pound boat. And I have half the HP of the TRX. Moral of the story, I can't think of a on-road situation where you would run the truck in a legal fashion that would put a significant strain on the powertrain. And if I were looking for a truck to only tow my boat (no RV), a TRX would be HIGH on my list of considerations. Considering the number of raptors sold and the number I've seen actually out on the road towing...I suspect the sample you are getting on the form is highly distorted. I also suspect most of those aren't thrashing it on big climbs. Are you towing 7k at 70mph with your ecoboost when you do that climb? I've only been thru a couple of times and both were EB...I didn't see any RVs doing 70mph and maybe not an hour straight working the old V-10 pretty hard doing 45-50mph with a similar weight but easily 20-30minutes continuous. Take it up to 70mph and that's a lot more power output.
valhalla360 01/21/21 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Texas coast winter stay

I would suggest the Corpus Christi area and if I could afford it I would stay here but I Can't Afford it.. Down the road about 5 miles and a more reasonable price is This One. Both of the above parks are as close to the beach as you can get plus both have bay water close by for the kayaks. I wasn't allowed to post the link because of a formatting problem however I would do a Google search with the following words. Port Aransas RV Parks. Any of those parks should work for you. We are down in the RGV now but just spent a month in Port Aransas (Corpus area but on the beach). Pioneer (see link in prior post) is where we stayed. It was quite nice and reasonably reasonably priced. They are on the beach. In normal years, they have plenty of activities (Of course, this year things were odd). This is not a dedicated old folks park so you will see younger folks/families but no issues. You can beach fish or lots of backwaters and bays for kayaking and fishing. We have been thru Arizona but the brown get depressing after a couple weeks.
valhalla360 01/21/21 05:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVing with a parrot

Made me think of this.... https://www.dogshaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Party-023b-637x849.jpg width=300 I wish no ill will upon the OP's parrot but all I could think of was Monte Python's Dead Parrot sketch.
valhalla360 01/20/21 08:23pm RV Pet Stop
RE: It's a wonderful day: COVID vaccinations

I wish Michigan would get going! I am almost 84 with numerous heart and other issues and have not even had a notice to make an appointment yet. Maybe I'll just drive down and give Moderator a visit. :W Barney Just got an appointment 1/2hr ago for Sunday morning. We are from Michigan but down in South Texas for the winter. At this point, they have more people wanting the vaccine than available doses, so you have to go online and find a sign up place online while they have openings. I had been popping onto the local hospitals site every hour or two while doing other things and it kept saying they didn't have any available appointments...then suddenly it sent me to the sign up page. Got appointments for both of us but 5min later I checked and it was back to not having any appointments available. I expect in 2-3 weeks, they will have plowed thru much of the 65+ crowd and it will get easier to get an appointment (plus there are 2 more vaccines expected to be approved by then increasing supply) but if you want it quicker, you have to take the initiative. I'm betting Michigan is similar. PS: Someone mentioned going out to dinner after they get the vaccine. I assume they meant to say in 2-3 weeks after getting it. For all practical purposes, the day you get the vaccine, it hasn't provided any level of immunity.
valhalla360 01/20/21 02:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: RVing with a parrot

This is our first motorhome. I know I'm not the only one out there who will be traveling with a parrot. Do any of you have any input on what 'head chemicals' are bird safe? For those who don't know, chemical vapors can kill a bird in minutes. Ex. Teflon cookware is deadly. I would be grateful to know what you are using. Thank you. Carol H2O works great. Unless you are boondocking, don't be shy with the use. If you still have odor issues, there is a leak or other failure in the system to fix (unless the leak is someone missing the bowl while taking a leak). Chemicals just mask the problem.
valhalla360 01/20/21 12:45pm RV Pet Stop
RE: TFL Truck tests Ford Raptor vs Ram TRX towing on I-70

I suppose if you just do laps pulling it up the mountain "foot to the floor" (whatever that means, I'm pretty sure you couldn't keep your foot tot the floor in a trx with any trailer it's rated for on most any grade without going way faster than you can handle or is even close to legal, lol)all day every day, it will probably affect service life greatly. And virtually noone will buy these 2 models if their purpose is mostly work. They're hot rods and off road toys that can tow as a side benefit. That's my point. Pretty much no one is using these for towing...at least not anything significant (sure maybe a utility trailer with a couple dirt bikes). But climbing big grades regularly isn't that unusual. I'm sure lots of guys living in Denver will pull a trailer west into the mountains most weekends in the summer. If they were floor it to keep the speed up to 70mph thru Vail Pass, that's going to be very hard use for a full hour of continuous output. Heck running that at 45mph with a 10k trailer is pretty hard use...70mph is probably more than double the power demand. The test is really just silliness.
valhalla360 01/20/21 11:04am Tow Vehicles
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