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  • BarneyJessica
    BarneyJessica:
    Spending about a week in Benton Harbor Mi area in Sept. what are good rv parks. Have a 40 for 5th wheel
    • 8 hours ago
    • · via iPhone
    • BarneyJessica
      David & Leslie "40 for 5th wheel"????
      • 8 hours ago
    • BarneyJessica
      Mike and Donna Wagner Did you know you can use the Map on the Home page to see all the RV Parks in any area you want?  Each Park has it’s own webpage here in RVillage where you can read all about the park and see what other RVillagers have commented about it?  You ca...  more
    • BarneyJessica
      WayneDianeWilliams thank you for this information :) Hide 1 Reply
      • BarneyJessica
        Mike and Donna Wagner You’re welcome - RVillage has nearly 33,000 RV parks on that map - more than any other app that I know of.
        • 7 hours ago
    • BarneyJessica
      BarneyJessica Nope didn’t know that I will try it. Sorry that’s a 40ft 5th wheel.
      • 7 hours ago
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      • BarneyJessica
        Mike and Donna Wagner You can also use the map to route your trip, and it will show you different routes to get to your destination, and the RV Parks will show along your route.  The map can also show you where other RVillage members are along your route in case you want ...  more
        • 7 hours ago
  • GireRVadventure
    GireRVadventure:
    We where woken up this morning to a huge BOOM, after some investigating we found out our battery in our 5th wheel exploded. We never lost power in the RV. We know it needs to be replaced, but we are planning on taking the RV in for some repairs in a few w...  more
    • 8 hours ago
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    • GireRVadventure
      Tom & Marsha Smith You should replace the battery and clean the battery compartment. Sounds like the battery may have overheated and exploded. The power inverter should be checked could be over charging. Hide 1 Reply
      • GireRVadventure
        GireRVadventure Is it safe to just leave it until we take it in the shop (3 weeks from now)? My hubby was blown up in Iraq, I really don't want him getting hurt again.
        • 6 hours ago
    • GireRVadventure
      David & Leslie Remove the exploded battery.  There is only one battery?  Liberally rinse all the acid from the compartment - top, sides, and bottom of the compartment - and from under the RV if the acid leaked through the compartment onto the ground.  Rep...  more Hide 3 Replies
      • GireRVadventure
        GireRVadventure Thank you for your help. I'm just really freaked out about it. Do we shut off the power when we clean it? Will it be safe to turn it back on after it's cleaned without a new battery in it's place? We have three week until it goes in the shop. My husband g...  more
        • 6 hours ago
      • GireRVadventure
        GireRVadventure Yes there is only one battery
        • 6 hours ago
      • GireRVadventure
        David & Leslie Ask your park host for help.  In his self-description, he indicates he provides help for those in the park.  Take him up on it.  Also, I assume there are others in the park who would be more than happy to help.  Don't be afraid to ask ...  more
    • GireRVadventure
      Mike and Donna Wagner Mike who is our technical guru agrees exactly with the advice given by David & Leslie.
    • GireRVadventure
      Steve & Diane Some RVs have slides that won't operate without a functioning battery, even when on shore power.
  • Barbara and Chris Walker
    Barbara and Chris Walker :
    We are staying at Thousand Trails Gateway to the Cape campground and have seen so many lovely places. We've been to Plymouth Rock, New Bedford (I've never seen so many fishing boats in one place!) The canal at the Cape watching all the boats go by and enj...  more
    • 11 hours ago
    • Dell & Judy Jackson and 3 others like this.
    • Barbara and Chris Walker
      Connie Seagle Do you find TT worth the cost? Hubs retires in 44 days and we are going to hit the road. Everybody I talk to about TT tells me something different. If I understand it correctly it does seem to be worth the cost but im just not sure. Would be hapoy to...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • Barbara and Chris Walker
        S&DFadyk We use ours..purchase fr OK m camp outlet in Florida

        Pre own membership vat great rate

        Message is for '#
        • 8 hours ago
      • Barbara and Chris Walker
        Windblownrose Buy used, start small, get the best anti-sway bar. If you don’t have a truck yet get a F250 or 2500. Better to have more truck then not enough truck. Well that’s my 2 cents worth
        • 3 hours ago
    • Barbara and Chris Walker
      wannabervin You should get down to Rhode Island and try some clam cakes. A local specialty found nowhere else.
      • 8 hours ago
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      • Barbara and Chris Walker
        Barbara and Chris Walker Some campgrounds can be tight but cost wise it is very cheap If you get the trails collection as well it is really the way to go
        • 4 hours ago
    • Barbara and Chris Walker
      Windblownrose Ok clearly I misunderstood the question ?. T have TT got it free but have upgraded so far it has saved me a lot of money. Will be wintering in Texas so it will save me $$$. Going from park to park
      • 2 hours ago
  • Mariska Lynn
    Mariska Lynn :
    I just spoke with a neighbor who lives in their house for 6 months and in the RV the other 6 months of the year. When they are in the RV, they rent out the house on airbnb, and when they are in the house they rent out the RV on a website built for that ty...  more
    • Wed at 12:36 PM
    • Becca Ray and 1 other like this.
    • Mariska Lynn
      hoffygolf No, asking for trouble, if asking me.
    • Mariska Lynn
      David & Leslie We winter in Yuma and are away from our house for 5 1/2 months.  To keep the house looked after while we are away over the winter, we have a fellow living in the house year-round rent-free.  He pays the power bill year-round and also purchases w...  more
    • Mariska Lynn
      Benji Please thank him for his service for me. I too suffer with PTSDand it's s daily battle you have to overcome.
    • Mariska Lynn
      Halfloaf It's not for me, but I stayed next to a couple in Florida who rent their house on Airbnb and when it is rented they stay in local campgrounds (they have office jobs).
      • 13 hours ago
    • Mariska Lynn
      Gary & Debbie Glenn We rent out our Casita at Buckhorn Lake Resort when we know we are going to be on the road for at least a month. Right, the money works.
      • 10 hours ago
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      • Mariska Lynn
        Mike and Donna Wagner Is that the resort in Texas near Kerrville?  We really enjoyed visiting that area and especially the Elks Lodge there.
        • 7 hours ago
  • DVC
    DVC:
    For those full timers what do you do with your rig when you travel without your motorhome?
    • Wed at 12:35 PM
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    • DVC
      Tom & Sue Wyatt We usually rent a house for a couple of months in the winter to ski. So far we've been able to bargain with RV parks to get a reduced rate. We like to keep the motorhome hooked up to electric for the refrigerator and batteries. Some places are much less e...  more
    • DVC
      PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman We took outs to a storage facility near a family member, whom was also listed as contact person if there were any issues.  Most storage facility charge less then 100 bucks to park it for a month, no long term commitment.  Also many KOA RV Parks ...  more
    • DVC
      xctraveler Many Mini store places have secure sites for RVs, we have used them many times. For shorter periods we have arranged with RV park to pay for a site or storage site while we are gone. For a trip last year we found an Elks Lodge with fhu and they agreed to ...  more
    • DVC
      Halfloaf I've done it once, and I left it at a storage facility.
      • 13 hours ago
    • DVC
      The_Miller’s We spend 4-7 months out of the year in Thailand. We empty out the RV, prepare it for storage inside and out, and cover it. We pay less than $70 a month for an outdoor storage. We have done this 3 times since having our RV and away come back to find it in ...  more
      • 5 hours ago
  • gypsy ken
    gypsy ken:
    Here's another example of information on the Internet not always being accurate and needing to be checked. I will be in College Park, MD, outside of Washington, DC later this week and then want to proceed north on I-95 all the way to Maine. Neither my F...  more
    • Mon at 8:16 PM
    • Randy & Sandy Wetzel and 2 others like this.
    • gypsy ken
      gypsy ken Thanks all.  My first, and only, trip over the GW Bridge in my 40' motorhome, towing my car, many years ago, taught me to use I-84.  But the information I have, John and Mimi Tulloch, is that NY prohibits overnight parking at all rest areas.&nbs...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • gypsy ken
        Larry Holbrook Sorry to hear about your last trip - BTW of the 500 mile trip around NJ/NYC, only 80 miles is in NY state - your a NE boy and know your way around that neck of the woods -

        Which way to Millinocket?


        • Tue at 9:13 AM
    • gypsy ken
      Joe Costa Avoid 95 at all costa North to South on the East coast only way to go for an enjoyable trip in I81 Use the Tappanzee bridge Can not travel on the parkways though so staying on the NY throughway is probably a better idea when u get off I81 & I 78 North or ...  more
    • gypsy ken
      BJP23 We live in CT when we aren't traveling in our motorhome. I agree with the advice to use I-81 and I-84 and stay off of I-95. That's what we do when we are headed southwest from CT. Hide 1 Reply
      • gypsy ken
        Joe Costa Grew  up in Bridgeport left in 68 for Nam for 3 tours Never went back to live there  Taught in Maine Virginia & Alaska Now in my RV Full time for now Looking for a new retirement place in the West South West in the Winters then back to RVing in ...  more
    • gypsy ken
      Benji Unless you have a commitment to get to Maine. You'll
      Most likely save money by driving west on 66 to I-81 to I-84 across NY pick up I-95 near Hartford CT. There are vertically no tolls except for the Newburgh-Beacon bridge in NY. There are plenty o...  more
    • gypsy ken
      Joe Costa 95 is no where near Hartford 91 meets 84 and then meets up with Mass Pike for about 15 miles until 295  the beltway around Boston that finally meets up in NH with 95 North into Maine. I 95 Maine Turnpike is a toll road and so is the Mass Pike  T...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • gypsy ken
        Benji My point was to avoid MD, DE, NJ and NYC. All terrible roads with numerous tolls and heavy traffic. I'm sure from Hartford CT you can get bearings to ME that would not make the route I suggested a waste.
      • gypsy ken
        Paul & Kay Legare Thinking Joe meant for his 295 around Boston to be 495
        • Tue at 6:43 PM
  • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
    PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman:
    Can anyone recommend an RV park around or nearest to Hamilton, MO. Area, And can anyone tell me what kind of weather they have in mid-late Sept. (around the 20th).. Thanks.
    • Mon at 9:37 AM
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    • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
      BJP23 I have not been there, but on the RV Quilters Facebook page, some have mentioned a new RV park close to Missouri Star Quilt. It's called "Country Charm RV Park." Everyone has said they like it. Hide 1 Reply
      • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
        PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman Thanks.  I'll call MSQC,  and see if they can advise me more about this new park.  That is exactly were I am heading to.  Thanks for the info, and happy quilting.  : ) 
    • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
      Linda Elliott was just there a few weeks ago. Stayed at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park. Nice park and about 30 minutes from Hamilton. Hide 1 Reply
      • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
        PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman Thanks.  I seen them listed as near,  but they still looked a bit of a distance on the map.  30 mns, is not so bad.  Is it a clean, over all quit park? Our rig is 38 foot+ truck.. Roomy for mobility? Thanks for the info. 
    • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
      Linda Elliott Most sites are back in and may be too small, but there were some pull throughs with plenty of room.
    • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
      John and Rocki There is a new RV Park in Hamilton, just opened in March. “A Country Charm RV Park”. It is small, only 14 sites, but very nice. Most sites could accommodate our 43’ Class A. Jerry, the owner is still developing the park, but for the most part, it’s done u...  more
    • PetCrazylady & Wildhorseman
      Mike and Donna Wagner Have you looked at the RVillage map? 33,000 RV parks with comments on the parks by RVillagers?  That’s more parks than most other apps and the personal experiences of other RVillagers are posted right on each Park Page. 
      • 7 hours ago
  • Larry & Darlene
    Larry & Darlene :
    Not sure if this is the best place to post this but I'll give it a shot.
    We checked into a new campground the other day and my non-contact voltage tester indicated a hot skin condition. :(

    The NCVT-2 alarmed with a low-pitched pulsing beep with flashing ...  more
    • Mon at 8:59 AM
    • MaryAnnWendland and 2 others like this.
    • Larry & Darlene
      Larry & Darlene Just got off the phone with Mike Sokol and he shared that with the dual range non-contact voltage testers they should be used on the high range (48V-1000V) for something as large as an RV. The 5.5 volts I was seeing is within the 5% as listed in code. :...  more
    • Larry & Darlene
      Benji Simple info, water conducts and elevates conductive levels in some materials like wood. So I would think
      Rain would of elevated the readings you were getting as it lowers resistance.
    • Larry & Darlene
      Travelinas Thanks for posting this. I just learned something new. "Hot skin condition?" Holy sh*t. Had no idea this could occur. I always test the polarity of the pedestal when we hookup and use a Progressive Energy Management System, but from what I was just readin...  more
    • Larry & Darlene
      Larry & Darlene Definitely.  Mike Sokol will be doing a post on his No~Shock~Zone column on this subject. 
    • Larry & Darlene
      Mike and Donna Wagner Mike Sokol was at the RVillage One Rally in Elkhart ID in May this year and he gave an excellent seminar about this subject.  I wonder why you have not changed your location to the Park you are in so that others can be aware of this problem at that park?
      • 7 hours ago
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      • Larry & Darlene
        LarandSus It sounded to me that after talking to Mike, they had determined it was tester operator error.
        • 4 hours ago
  • Annie & Pete
    Annie & Pete:
    For those of you who put your appliances in the sink, these placemats have kept all of my things on the counter with no movement!
    • July 15
    • · via iPhone App
    • Gary & Tammy Sherrick and 13 others like this.
    • Annie & Pete
      Gwen & Tom Stanley Yes, I have some of that too. It works really well. I put some in the drawers but it kept sliding. Didn’t work so well for that part. Hide 2 Replies
      • Annie & Pete
        LarandSus Same here. I pull it back in place everyone i open a kitchen drawer.
        • July 15
      • Annie & Pete
        MaryAnnWendland I thumbtacked them to the bottom of the drawers at each corner. I remove the thumbtacks every three months wipe down the drawers and hand wash the liners in dish detergent then rinse, dry and put them back. We are in our ninth year of full-timing at I am ...  more
        • Mon at 10:38 AM
    • Annie & Pete
      Annie & Pete I have the rolls too. What I like about the he placemats is I can throw them in the wash. The rolled ones work great between the pans!
      • July 15
    • Annie & Pete
      charles formby Works here, Faline said.
      • July 15
    • Annie & Pete
      Rick and Dee What is the name of this placemat?
      • Mon at 9:26 AM
    • Annie & Pete
      Annie & Pete Waffle Weave placemats is what you need to google
      • Tue at 1:46 PM
  • Ray & Elaine
    Ray & Elaine:
    Were are you going for the winter
    • July 15
    • · via iPhone
    • The Mountains and 3 others like this.
    • Ray & Elaine
      charles formby Watertown NY....then back to gulf coast...need resort job for winter.Lane FORMBY
      • July 15
    • Ray & Elaine
      Benji I've heard more Canadians stay in Myrtle beach than anywhere else on the east coast.
      • July 15
    • Ray & Elaine
      Windblownrose Tip of Texas RV Resort
    • Ray & Elaine
      Karen & Collins Put the RV in storage & rent a condo in the Dominican Republic for 3 months.  Cheaper than a lot of FL campgrounds & right on the beach Hide 1 Reply
    • Ray & Elaine
      John Radloff I just landed a Workamping position in Southern California!