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  1. We were there in October and asked for chef TJ because we had two vegan children and one adult in our group. He was busy with the Food and Wine at Epcot but the chef that was on duty was still a big hit with everyone. It seemed that the chef on duty was trying hard to develop his own reputation and everyone left very pleased. I did not know that vegan food could be so good looking and tasting.
  2. Disney potty training....

    My daughter was 3 when she potty trained herself at the Magic Kingdom. I guess the toilets seemed like an adventure to her. After she did it once she was excited to use every porcelain facility we walked by. She's 40 now and will try to potty train her youngest at MK in December when she comes down from NJ. I hope you have the same kind of luck. It sure makes life easier.
  3. IRMA

    The Governor of Florida is limited to two terms. He is in his second. He no longer has a target constituency so I don't think he is pandering to anyone. He is finally just doing his job. If he does it well enough he might get another job in the federal government. They seem to be having trouble filling vacant positions. Any one who has stood in a line for anything in the days before this hurricane can attest, some people are not handling the stress well. Cutting in line, arguing with other drivers about anything unimportant 7 days ago and making snippy comments about others, whether it is the clerk behind the counter or the Governor are just some of the panic attacks I've seen and I've seen a Tesla S in a line at my local Mobil station. Cranky behavior is just one of the unseen effects of a hurricane bearing down on you. Courtesy and compassion will prove much more valuable to you than trying to find someone else to blame. Lets take that to the Debate page. P.S. In the history of the world I have never heard anyone complain about not having to pay a toll.
  4. IRMA

    The only thing you can control in this life is your attitude. I am assuming that my motor home will not be in condition to go to the Fort on October 9-20th. I will let this group know of my cancellation as soon as I can get out to the storage lot after the storm. I am also hoping the damage is enough to total the unit so I can buy a new one. Either way its a win-win for someone.
  5. IRMA

    There are a few people on this thread who must be biting their tongues reading some of these comments. While I am no fan of our Governor he was told to suspend the tolls because they cause massive traffic jams during an evacuation. Hurricane Andrew proved that. If you try to evacuate a metropolitan area just prior to a hurricane you are planning for a disaster to happen. Today it took a friend of mine 6 hours to drive from Homestead to Palm Beach County. It should have taken two. The Florida Turnpike is now impassible at certain times of the day. You encourage people to evacuate early so that they can go to friends and family outside of the hurricane zone. Plains and trains leaving south florida are now at capacity. You can't get a ticket for love nor money. The Dade States attorney is now investigating the airlines for price gouging. No one in their right mind would allow a loved one to go to a hurricane shelter. With no electricity and running water the restrooms become open sewage pits. While some now have electric generators many still do not. No A/C in a gym with several hundred people is not to be believed. I also policed Dade County during Hurricane Andrew. As fotofx steve can attest, the actual storm will not be the worst part; its the months and years it will take to get things back to normal if that is possible. Courtesy and compassion will be the best tools you can have in the months ahead. The lastest hurricane advisory has the size of the hurricane being much wider than the Florida peninsula. Perhaps we should all be concerned.
  6. Tire blow outs

    RV tires rarely wear out. The sun and weather will age the sides of a tire and that is what causes blowouts. Under inflation and overweight can cause a blow out. None of these conditions can be prevented by nitrogen inflation. Just keep your tires properly inflated, keep the weight of the cargo in your trailer evenly distributed and inspect the tires for age and cracking on the sidewalls. If your tires are more than 6-7 years old start saving up to replace them as a set.
  7. You don't buy an RV as a investment. Everything goes down in value. Some more than others. While I agree with much of what the article writer described in his article, his recommendation was a Casita. No way will that be comfortable for more than 1 person. There are a few manufacturers that have an excellent reputation for quality but you will find that you will still have to do maintenance on all of them. You will also have to recognize that you will pay for what you get. There is one very large manufacturer that claims 80% of the RV market. That is based on price not on quality. The quality manufacturers do not have problems with delamination because they build a quality product using quality materials. While an EPDM roof is guaranteed for 12 years it should last 20. It will tear if you let a tree branch scrape across it. Don't ask me how I know. Many quality companies use fiberglass roofs and fiberglass front and rear caps. The quality manufacturers for Class A's are Newmar, Tiffin, Winnebago and Fleetwood. The next time you go camping look around and see what everyone else has. The new ones are going to be different from the old ones. The units still on the road after 10-20 years will most likely be the ones I mentioned. But there are always exceptions. The writer found a few really bad pictures and used them to slam the entire industry. In most cases that's fair but not in all cases. My current RV is a 2007 Newmar Baystar. Its built on the same assembly line that their $1 million dollar Essex's are build on by the same people. My unit is an entry level Class A with a Ford Chassis. I never had a leak and the quality of the components are generally good but I still had to fix the hot water heater, the refrigerator and the automatic steps over the years. If I had to do it all over again and I just might, I would stick with a gas Class A with a full body paint job, Fiberglass Roof and a residential refrigerator. But units from those manufacturers with those features are not cheap. rv*& market
  8. Planning for 2019 Yellowstone/UT/AZ/CO roadtrip

    I loved Cody. Like I said, timing is everything. If it is possible to check with the chamber of commerce find out when the Plains Indian Pow Wow is being held on the Museum grounds. You will not see anything else like it. Take lots of Pictures. The wild west show outside of the Irma is a little cheesy but maybe the kids will like it. I wish I was going back.
  9. Planning for 2019 Yellowstone/UT/AZ/CO roadtrip

    I just thought of another thing to consider. Timing. We went in the early part of June. Still lots of snow and ice on the ground but the roads were clear. The waterfalls were roaring and the rivers were fast. The bears and other wild life were just coming out of hibernation and came down into the lower areas so we saw bears of all kinds, every day. I would imagine that the closer you go to summer school vacation times the more crowded everything will be
  10. Planning for 2019 Yellowstone/UT/AZ/CO roadtrip

    I have a class a MH and tow a car so I could not stay in the smaller camping areas of Yellowstone. We stayed at 4 places in the area. Colter Bay RV in the Tetons was great. There are two areas with and without full hookups. Fishing Bridge was a muddy parking lot and the Sewer Connections were tricky in that they were elevated off the ground and you had to figure out how to get water to flow up. But it was in the park and everything was as convenient as possible from there. I had to take a side trip to Cody Wy to get my Refer fixed and the Ponderosa Campground was great with lots to do in the beautiful town of Cody. The drive from Yellowstone to Cody was very scenic. We also stayed in emigrant Montana at a place called Yellowstone Edge. It is 45 minutes outside of the north entrance of the park. You can find a live video cam to see the park on their web site. Lots of big rigs there. I have heard nothing but good things about the Grizzly Campround on the west entrance so that my be your best bet for what you have planned. Reservations are a must.
  11. So I work up a thirst and go to the 7-11 for my free slurpy only to see that two bus loads of little kids from a summer camp had the same idea. Never mind.
  12. Looks like you got some good advice so I won't repeat much. Not having to tow a rig from north Georgia is a big plus and will make your trip go faster and less stressful. If you start making a check list now and add to it as you think of things you will be less likely to forget something. Include on that list as much bottled water as you think you can carry, a few electric fans and a thermocell to repel mosquitoes. You do not want to buy bottled water at the Trading Post. Bring a small cooler with you so you can drink your own cold drinks at the pool. However the food and drinks are good and it is nice to pamper yourself with those things. There are always activities at the pool to participate in or just watch.While things may have changed a little from your last visit you may have changed as well. I don't like standing in line as much as I used to and I'm not trying to see everything in one day. Bikes may be a suitable substitute for golf carts. I always like riding the Monorail to see the hotel lobbies and maybe sample a drink or two from each bar. Disney Springs is also a must see. Taking a boat over to the Wilderness Lodge is a great way to spend an afternoon. All of the things I just mentioned do not cost a thing. Most of the time I camp I do not go to the parks and I always end my day by going to the lake and watching the fireworks.
  13. I've met a new cast member who has had to learn the navi language. He is a musician but I'm unsure how to describe what he is going to do. Drums are involved.
  14. Ask for a parking permit for your guests when you check in. If you can park their vehicle at your site without parking on the grass or blocking the road your fine. If you can't then you can park in the lot east of guest services and take the bus to your site.
  15. Rv slide maintenance

    They sell stuff in an spray can that can be sprayed in a stream. You still need a ladder to get up to the side of the slide out so you can spray along the top gasket. I';m not sure I will do that again because now when I open and closed the slide it sounds like I'm slowly rubbing a balloon. The talcum powder in a sock on a stick seems to be the best idea.
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