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Old 09-21-2008, 11:53 AM   #15
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GRACIES MOM: Total agreement with you. I have noticed also that more and more c/g's have a large contingent of permanents. In some that I have used previously, it is now 2/3rds permanent and 1/3 over nighters or those in transient. They have scaled the width of the sites down to the point where you can hear your neighbor snore. I guess this is,(in a sense), another spin off of the high fuel prices. People are parking their rigs some place and leaving them parked. They have become more important than the traveler. Sad turn of events.

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Old 09-21-2008, 03:38 PM   #16
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We have used two ceramic heaters bought from Walmart. They work great on 50 amp service. I did find a pretty neat round ceramic heater. It has a lever that will close a window in the rear that forces the heated air out of the front. When the lever is opened, the heated air radiates out 360 degrees. This function works well on the dinette table or "L" shaped kitchen counter. I don't think I paid more than about $15 for the cube and $25 for the round type.

This will be the first season in the new MH with its heatpumps. I suspect I will still have to supplement the heatpump and furnace with the ceramic heaters to limit the furnace run time.

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Old 09-21-2008, 06:16 PM   #17
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GraciesMom:
Homer - the campgrounds here in Denver - this SUMMER - if you were going to stay for a month, charged a deposit for power, an extra charge for WiFi and some of them charged for cable. And the monthly charges were over $500 - some much more than that. We are talking some DUMPY RV parks too. Lots of permanent residents and junkers. I hate it when a campground advertises WiFi and cable and then you find out that there's an extra charge for them - and with the WiFi you have to log on and pay with your credit card. $4 to $10 extra per dog, a charge for more than 2 or 4 people, a charge for taking credit cards instead of cash. It's getting ridiculous. You would think that with the gas prices and the lack of RV's traveling right now, they'd be bending over backwards to accomodate you. As long as I have my air card to get online and my cell phone . . . I'll take WalMart parking lots or WHATEVER to staying in RV parks when I'm on the road headed for a destination. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

ThousandTrails effectively just doubled their annual fee with the upcharge for the previously free WiFi. Why would anyone pay $500 a year for Tengonet WiFi that only works at select campgrounds when for similar money you can get an entry level air card plan that will work in most places that have cell phone coverage?

They are also removing sites to put up cabins (condos) for sale.

Here in Florida some really junky parks are charging $800+ a month for a site with an electric meter(seperatly billed). They give them some really fancy names but....

I can understand that some people are real power hogs and can run up a bill with their AC's set in the high 60's and low 70's or the heat set to 80, both with the windows open all the time however for an 18 X 40 foot patch of ground in a low rent district these rates are getting to be a bit much.
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we use a small cube shaped ceramic heater from walmart. Works great. We had a more expensive one from Camping World and it didn't work right. Took it back as a fire hazard. Wouldn't shut off and the floor in front of it would burn your hand.

The cube works perfect and the floor never gets hot nor does its exterior.

Why use your own propane furnance for heat when you have shore power? Amazing how many people do though.


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