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RE: Cuts to the Senior discount coming?

Why would it be different? They are eligible for the senior discount also. And just because they aren'ton SS, diesn't mean they aren't as cheap as all the other seniors. Read it again. If they had to LIVE on SS, not the $174k a year for life they get now. I still don't see how that would change their view. You think they DON'T use every senior discount available to them even with $174K a year? They will want the discount just as much as any other senior - whether in a huge class A or a popup. The truth is they aren't the ones changing the senior discount - it's the USNPS. It's not the politicians, it's the bureaucracy.
toedtoes 10/21/19 08:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Cuts to the Senior discount coming?

If retried senators and representatives had to live on Socalled Security, things would be different. Why would it be different? They are eligible for the senior discount also. And just because they aren'ton SS, diesn't mean they aren't as cheap as all the other seniors.
toedtoes 10/20/19 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cuts to the Senior discount coming?

I am afraid my comments would be political if I posted my full thoughts. We who are seniors have EARNED our discounts by decades of paying taxes. Congress types who feel we do not deserve them.. Need replacement. Except, as WRVPO mentioned, there is no proof of taxes paid to get the discount. Anyone who is of age can get the discount. Which means a person who lived their entire life in another country, without ever having paid U.S. taxes, can move to the U.S. at age 65 and get that same discount that you "earned". No one has earned the discount. It is a consideration given for a particular reason. That reason, like most all senior discounts, is to get seniors to spend more money. If they give you a camping discount, they are doing so to get you to pay for tours, souvenirs, activities, etc. They will make more money selling you overpriced thimbles, magnets, etc., then they will on campsites.
toedtoes 10/20/19 06:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cuts to the Senior discount coming?

I've always thought the Senior or Access Pass system was a bit weird. The standard passes provides free day access to the parks. So then they offer the (previously) highly discounted Senior/Military passes for those specific groups as an incentive. But they don't stop there. They then add on an additional half off camping benefit, etc. Most other places that offer access passes set them all up to include the same benefits - you just pay less for the pass as a senior. And remember, the camping discount isn't $15 instead of $25 per night. It's $12.50 instead of $25 per night. That's an additional $2.50 per person per night over the above impact calculation. My opinion on this is that the senior discount is way above most any other senior discount out there. Free day access AND 50 percent off camping. Most are between 10 and 20 percent off. As more baby boomers continue to hit 62 years old, this is going to severely cut into funding for the parks. Changing it makes sense. As an Xer, I would love to get this current discount, but it doesn't make economical sense to continue it. As a camper, I have looked into the regular pass. For the high price, it does not make sense at all. I gain no benefit by buying the pass as long as I'm camping. I would like to see a change something like this: $100 per year for the regular pass. It will include a 20 percent discount on camping and 50 percent discount on day access fees. Rather than free day access. Twenty camping nights at $25 sites or twenty day accesses at $10 regular fees will pay for the pass. $50 per year for the senior pass. It will include the same 20 percent discount on camping and 50 percent discount on day access. Ten camping nights or ten day accesses will pay for the pass. $50 per 10 years for the disabled pass. This would be much lower because of the more limited access to all of the national parks, etc., for disabled folks. $50 flat for active duty military personnel. Once they are no longer active, it will change to $50 per year. Catch: the military personnel must be in attendance in order to use the pass.
toedtoes 10/20/19 03:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Crowe - unfortunately, if the people on this forum are representative of RVers in general, "if you don't like the rules, go elsewhere" isn't a choice. Instead they must demand that anyone who does things differently is bad and must be destroyed. Doesn't matter how much easier it would be to just find a park that meets your wants and needs and stay away from those that don't. Heaven forbid, another RVer purposely choose that other park - we must save them from themselves.
toedtoes 10/18/19 08:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Where do you find water

At least in the west, ask before filling at a public campground. Many have limited potable water access and that water needs to supply every one staying in the campground, not just one person's 100 gallon tank.
toedtoes 10/15/19 09:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Pickle on My Entry Door Grab Handle

It could have simply been a game of "how close can I get to their motorhome with them inside and not noticing". The pickle tells you that someone made it all the way to your RV door without you noticing. Or there is this: Pickles on Highway
toedtoes 10/14/19 03:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

I remember when I needed the door handle contraption replaced on my Durango. The dealer priced it at about $400 in labor. As soon as they told me, I called an independent shop I usually go to and asked their labor cost for the repair. $75 at max. I immediately turned around and told the dealer to not fix it. They had already removed the contraption - not five minutes. In less than another five minutes they had put the old "broken" one back on and I was on my way. Their labor rate was approx. $100 an hour. So for a 10 minute job they were going to charge me 4 hours of labor. My independent shop charges $75 an hour with a minimum 1/2 hour labor charge. They acknowledged it was less than an hour's job and were going to charge me accordingly. In the end, the door contraption only needed a shake because when they put it back on, it worked fine. I learned after that, that labor costs get inflated way beyond the time frame. If I go someplace new, I stay there for the repair and watch how long they actually work on the vehicle and compare that against the labor charge. If it is within 30 minutes difference, I'm good. If more than that I don't return ever. My independent shop will often drop off a bit of labor costs because I am a longtime regular customer. They also will tell me if my picking up the part and bringing it in will save on markup. On my side, I don't give them a bad time if they can't get to my vehicle right away and I don't whinge about the costs. We both win.
toedtoes 10/14/19 03:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

IMO, a campground is an area where people go in the middle of the wilderness, while an RV Park is a tiny town. Therefore, streetlights are not compatible with campgrounds, but are compatible with RV Parks. Same with swimming pools, stores, laundry facilities, and playgrounds. As for group campfires, if folks want them, fine. But I have no desire to participate. Same with interpretive programs, potlucks, get togethers, etc. I'm a social person, but not a big group person.
toedtoes 10/13/19 08:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: More info that might debug the error: the "page 1" glitch

I've noticed that threads with a bunch of posts gets the error. As soon as there is a new page with just one post on it, it comes up. But it there are 2 or more unread posts on the page I will get the error. If I have read all the posts on a page, it comes up. If there are more than one unread posts on the page, I get the error.
toedtoes 10/13/19 04:58pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

That wasn't the OP who said that.
toedtoes 10/13/19 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Not every RV Park bans all outdoor fires. So the answer is simple: If you like campfires, frequent the parks that allow them If you don't like campfires, frequent the parks that don't allow them. There is no reason to force either side to give in to the other. For public campgrounds, campfires are usually allowed unless there is a burn ban.
toedtoes 10/12/19 11:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Deceptive traffic citations

I agree. I have run into "problem" cops, but they are the minority of all the good ones I have dealt with. I don't envy them their job and I am grateful they choose to take it on.
toedtoes 10/12/19 11:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Deceptive traffic citations

I believe there are speed traps. However, I also believe that many people complaining about getting caught in a speed trap, simply got caught speeding. Oftentimes an officer is handing out tickets because of complaints by the local residents. I got a ticket like that once. It was a common commute route and the homeowners complained enough about speeding that the PD set up an officer to hand out tickets over the course of a week. I got caught speeding and got a ticket. It wasn't a speed trap, it was a focused application. The officer even apologized to me for the ticket. There was no plan to make money, just to stop the speeding. Amazing how many people told me it was a speed trap and I should fight it because "it was illegal". Nothing illegal about it. I knew I was speeding. The signs were proper. There just happened to be an officer watching with a radar gun.
toedtoes 10/11/19 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

The OP specifically said he was NOT talking about places with burn bans in place for fire prevention. He was talking about RV Parks that don't allow campfires just because. Totally different thing. But the answer isn't a boycott and putting those parks out of business. It's simply choosing to go to RV Parks that allow campfires and leave the others to all those folks who don't want campfires. Something for everyone.
toedtoes 10/11/19 03:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

" So historic building which equates to old, and flooding in just the past few years. Doesn't add up that the historic buildings were the problem but rather what ever was built or changed in the last flood" If that is the same news story I saw on TV this past year That was unprecedented flooding that had never happened on that scale in over a hundred years Lots of things change in a hundred years Concrete and pavement where it never was, blocked Creeks, less trees or maybe more houses and less crops Possibly even Historic buildings that did not exist the last time this occurred It was repeated flash flooding that is expected to continue to happen for years to come. The point is that things change and we need to deal with problems that we didn't before. Comparing disasters from a hundred years ago, comparing disasters (or the lack thereof) between different areas or different climate or different terrain, etc. and then using that to say that California and/or PG&E is wrong is not only illogical, but irresponsible. How that town handled it's situation was based on that town's particulars. Trying to use Florida or Louisiana or Houston as an example of how to handle it wouldn't make sense. They all have different particulars that make their situation different from each of the others.
toedtoes 10/11/19 03:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

I agree with Rockhillmanor. I have an old motorhome. I have put in a lot of money over the years, but I have still spent less than I would if I had bought new (or even less old). And now that I have put in a lot of that repair work, my motorhome doesn't need much more, so my costs are going back down. It's a cycle.
toedtoes 10/10/19 10:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Places To dine

I feel your pain. I live in a place where folks wait for hours in line to get a new fast food burger or a greasy donut. The local places are out there - you just have to move off the highways more. You might try asking at a grocery store for some recommendations on local restaurants.
toedtoes 10/10/19 10:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Isn't it great that there are so many different places with different rules? It means we can all go where we agree with the rules. The OP wants campfires and suggests boycotting parks that don't allow them. No need to start a boycott - just don't go if you don't like it. I like to take my dogs hiking on trails. So, surprise, I don't go camping in places that don't allow dogs on trails. I don't condemn the other places, I just don't stay there. Some folks don't like hookups. So they don't stay at places with hookups. They don't demand a boycott on places with hookups. Some people don't like generators. So they don't stay at places that allow constant generator use. They don't insist on a boycott to ban generators from all places. The OP wants a campfire. So, the OP should stay at places that don't ban them. That doesn't mean places that do ban them should be run out of business. Someone else loves places that don't allow campfires. So they go to those places and don't suggest a boycott of the places you prefer. It's all really rather simple.
toedtoes 10/10/19 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

I don't regard the OP as "whinging" or "whining". I don't think it's unreasonable to expect public utilities to maintain their facilities in a way that doesn't jeopardize public safety. In lieu of that, they are shutting off power to hundreds of thousands of residents. I was born in Los Angeles, and have lived here all my life, and only relatively recently have these massive conflagrations caused by power lines become an issue. PG&E, the northern Cal. utility, allowed a natural gas pipeline to deteriorate to the point that an explosion killed 8 people and caused over $500,000,000 in damages. Last year, their power lines fell and caused a huge fire which wiped out an entire town and killed 85 people. We pay some of the highest rates in the country for power here. Is it too much to ask that the equipment be properly maintained? It's not the OP being called out for whinging. It's all the armchair quarterbacks who would rather sit and condemn California/PG&E for doing something while at the same time condemning them for doing nothing. And of course making armchair decisions that would "solve the problem immediately" with no concept of reality.
toedtoes 10/10/19 04:17pm Class A Motorhomes
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