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RE: Harvest Host users

All depends on what you're looking for in your RV travel experiences. We've been members for about 4 years, and we keep renewing, so evidently it works for us. Here's a set of questions for you to consider. If your answers are generally "yes," then you'd probably enjoy being HH members. 1. Is there room in your travel life for 1-night stops? (Often hosts will let you stay more than one night, but it is only by request, and you shouldn't plan on it.) 2. Do you enjoy meeting people and talking with them about their businesses and/or farms? 3. Do you enjoy family-run farms and wineries? (This is the vast majority of HH hosts). 4. Are you willing to go a little bit out of your way from your direct, straight-line travel route to discover your overnight location? 5. Are you willing to spend a little money (we usually spend around $30) in exchange for an overnight and some "product?" 6. Are you comfortable staying overnight at a location that is usually rural and where you might be the only ones around? Some of our most memorable travel experiences have been at Harvest Host locations. The quiet beauty of the rural locations, along with the interesting people and good wines, have been great. Has your friend told you that he gets a discount on his dues if he recruits you? -Speak
SpeakEasy 12/05/19 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Installing rear wireless camera

I installed a similar camera, and I wired it to the running lights, as has been suggested. You'll want to have the transmitter from the camera as far forward as possible in the trailer. You may also have to keep your cell phone as far as possible from the receiver/display unit in the truck or tow vehicle. I found that there was a fair bit of radio frequency interference from my cell phone when it was close to the receiver. Here's an LOL moment: I installed my camera on the rear bumper of the trailer. Everything was fine until the first time I went to empty my tanks. Yup. I had drilled and screwed into the stinky slinky stored in the rear bumper. Embarrassing. -speak
SpeakEasy 11/30/19 03:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Florida panhandle reservations

If you are just interested in camping at state parks in Florida, the reservation window opens 11 months in advance. So now, if you're looking to go this year, your best bet is cancellations. There are always cancellations, but you have to check for them pretty much daily. At a lot of the state parks in Florida, there are also some non-reservable sites. They don't really make this known, nor are they actually listed specifically. The strategy is to get a reservable site for a couple of nights, using a cancellation, and then extend your stay by moving to a non-reservable site when your reserved stay runs out. -Speak
SpeakEasy 11/11/19 04:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Seneca Lake Area

If you're looking for a full-service RV resort, there are a couple that I know of in the area, but not right on Seneca Lake. There's Junius Ponds RV Park, which is a bit north of the lake. Unfortunately it is right next to I90 - the NYS Thruway. So - lots of highway noise. I've never stayed there. A bit to the west is the Canandaigua KOA. Again, I've never stayed there. It's a beautiful area. I have a seasonal tent site on the shores of Cayuga Lake, and I spend about 45 nights every summer there. I keep a cruising sailboat on the lake, and I sail just about every day while I'm there. There really aren't any sizable towns along the shores of Seneca Lake - east or west. Geneva is at the north end, and Watkins Glen is at the south end. If you're into estate wineries, you'll be in heaven. There are hundreds of them in the region, and some of them have world-class wines. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing are all very popular activities. If you give me some idea of the kinds of activities you like, I may be able to give you some tips. -Speak
SpeakEasy 11/11/19 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are RV shows worth it?

I have enjoyed going to shows, up until the last one I went to. It was last winter, in Raleigh, NC. I went on Saturday afternoon. Here's the problem: it was the peak of flu season, and there were hordes of people crammed into every one of the RV's. It didn't occur to me until I left that I had just exposed myself to a million opportunities for the flu to infect me. Thank God, I never did get sick, but the thought of it was enough to keep me from doing it again. If I go to a show again, I'll try to go at a time when there are fewer people (Friday during the day or Saturday morning). I'll also bring along a lot of hand sanitizer. Might even wear a mask. -Speak
SpeakEasy 11/09/19 11:17am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Quick reply please.

What are you looking for here? If my wife and I disagree about something, it won't help her case if she comes up with a bunch of people who agree with her. -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/26/19 07:06am Class A Motorhomes
Utah National Parks: November? or April?

On my bucket list is a trip to the national parks in Utah. We have some limitations on the time of year we can go there. What's the weather like in November? What about April? Is one of these months better than the other for any reason? If so, why. Which would you choose, and why? Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! -Speak
SpeakEasy 09/25/19 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: If I have to ask I probably shouldn't

I think it kind of depends on what other CI stuff you have. I have a couple different dutch ovens (with legs), a skillet, and a griddle. I don't think this item would add enough to my collection to justify the cost. But that's just me. -Speak
SpeakEasy 08/15/19 03:45pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

Sam - which 4runner do you have? The older 8-cylinder? If so you may be OK. But if you have a more recent 6-cylinder, what are you doing about hitch weight? That 5000lbs trailer should have a hitch weight of 500 to 700 lbs. That would exceed the capacity of the 4runner's hitch unless you're using weight distribution. Unfortunately, the 4runner's frame isn't recommended for weight distribution. So what's your situation? I went through all of that stuff a few years ago. Was shocked and terribly disappointed to learn that I was exceeding specs on my 4runner. Had to trade it out for a better tow vehicle. Toyota is horrible about towing and payload. They just don't "get it." And I had been a Toyota loyalist for over 30 years! -Speak I have encountered most of the adverse driving conditions I can imagine and I don't want to add anymore into my worry. I hear you. I didn't need to add to my worries either, and I really wanted to keep that 4Runner. It towed like a dream. However, when I was faced with the fact that the manufacturer would not endorse use of a WDH, I had to deal with it. I contacted Toyota directly, and they told me directly that use of the WDH was not recommended. It has to do with the way the receiver is attached to the frame. There are mere bolts to make that attachment, and the rotational torque applied by the WDH was not appropriate for that attachment point. Se la vie. -Speak
SpeakEasy 07/09/19 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

One last comment, many owners' manuals are also specifying "maximum frontal area" of the trailer, which in effect rules out hard sided RV trailers and limits towing to low-profile trailers like pop-ups and utility models. The reason being that the wind resistance of a high profile trailer adds as much load to the drivetrain as the weight of the trailer. This totally puzzles me. I look at Sequoia as a more powerful 8-cyl upgrade to a 4runner. And yet my 4runner can tow 5,000lbs travel trailer easily -- and have overtaken a few heftier Chevies (of course with bigger trailers) on uphill climb on the I-80, I-101, I-5, 395... Sam - which 4runner do you have? The older 8-cylinder? If so you may be OK. But if you have a more recent 6-cylinder, what are you doing about hitch weight? That 5000lbs trailer should have a hitch weight of 500 to 700 lbs. That would exceed the capacity of the 4runner's hitch unless you're using weight distribution. Unfortunately, the 4runner's frame isn't recommended for weight distribution. So what's your situation? I went through all of that stuff a few years ago. Was shocked and terribly disappointed to learn that I was exceeding specs on my 4runner. Had to trade it out for a better tow vehicle. Toyota is horrible about towing and payload. They just don't "get it." And I had been a Toyota loyalist for over 30 years! -Speak
SpeakEasy 07/09/19 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Backing up a trailer like a boss

Backing up a trailer fast is not impressive. It is contrary to the real world and safety. JMO I don't disagree with you, .... but ... did you watch the video? It's not just about speed. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/28/19 06:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Backing up a trailer like a boss

What I'm wondering about is whether or not he did all of this using just his mirrors. Now THAT would be impressive. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/27/19 05:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV stove griddle

I bought this. Fits perfectly on my outside grill (or even on the stove top inside). I love it. -Speak By the way, it was much cheaper (less than $30) on Amazon. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/20/19 06:40am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV stove griddle

I bought this. Fits perfectly on my outside grill (or even on the stove top inside). I love it. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/20/19 06:38am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Microair vs Hyper Engineering?

Can't comment on the Hyper Engineering product, but I'll throw this into the analysis: customer service. The folks at Micro Air are super to work with. Very customer-service oriented. They'll answer all your questions quickly and in a helpful, friendly way. If that matters to you. It does to me. -Speak Very good point. I think the popularity and customer service aspect is worth the extra cost. A year or so ago there was a discount code available if you went to Micro Air through the Gone with the Wynns blog website. Might have been a $25 coupon, if I remember correctly. (Act fast before the mods remove this post for soliciting. Even though I have no skin in the game.) -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/15/19 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Microair vs Hyper Engineering?

Can't comment on the Hyper Engineering product, but I'll throw this into the analysis: customer service. The folks at Micro Air are super to work with. Very customer-service oriented. They'll answer all your questions quickly and in a helpful, friendly way. If that matters to you. It does to me. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/15/19 06:58am Tech Issues
RE: How to Set up a two person TENT.

A couple weeks ago I got "yelled at" here for posting a link to my travel blog. I guess someone didn't like the fact that wordpress had an ad in my blog. I was accused of click-baiting. I gave up on watching your video because I was subjected to at least two ads in it before I could even begin. So what's up with the rules around here? -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/15/19 06:53am Tent Camping
RE: FL Keys in June

I've been to the Keys once, so I'm no expert. But that "once" was last month! Someone mentioned the difficulty with parking in Key West. Well, let me tell you what we did. They have those curbside pay kiosks. You buy a certain amount of time and get a slip to put on your dashboard. We parked in one spot, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then moved and parked in two different locations in the city - using our timed slip on the dashboard to allow us to park in both new places. I thought it was great! Sunsets at Mallory Square are... amazing. Because of people-watching mostly. Dive charters from Marathon and from Big Pine Key were terrific. We had such a good time (camped at Bahia Honda) that we've already made our reservations to go back next April. Woo hoo! -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/12/19 05:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting rid of campfire smoke odor

You've no doubt heard of "noise-cancelling headphones." Well, what you may not have heard of, and what you need to get is "odor-cancelling nose plugs." -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/10/19 11:46am Beginning RVing
RE: 6 volt battery question

You asked what you need. You need a short, heavy-duty cable to connect the two GC-2 batteries the way others have described. I found a 15-inch (or so) 000 cable with the appropriate battery-connection tabs already made. I think I found it at Tractor Supply. It was much less expensive than having my local RV shop make one, which they would have been willing to do. You need a way to encase the 2 batteries. I opted for two separate battery cases, each designed to hold one GC-2 battery. I was able to mount them on the space where I had previously had one 12V case. I also wanted a way to lock them down to prevent theft. I made an aluminum locking strap that surrounds the entire 2-battery-box setup. Speak
SpeakEasy 06/07/19 10:39am Travel Trailers
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