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« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2005, 07:23:56 PM »
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But when you need a roll of toilet paper, does anyone really care?

LOL well, since you put it that way, no  ;D

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I hope you donít think I am recommending that everyone buy RV stuff from WM, as that was not the point of my comments.

No I don't, but there have been a number of comments made about buying stuff at WM as a way of saying "thanks for the free campsite". Buying stuff at WM has also been given as a reason for overnighting there. I had made the comment that I didn't know what I'd keep buying at successive WM stores on consecutive nights, and RV supplies somehow cropped up in the conversation. I was merely lamenting the fact that I'd have more reason to go to WM if they had a better selection &/or quality of some merchandise.

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I do admit though that I once got banged up (the trailer) at a WM by a guy in a pickup hauling big red pipes who dragged a red line down my trailer and ran off before I could get his tag.  He was not an RVer though.

There's another reason not to take our coach to a WM. Since he wasn't an RVer, it's unlikely he'd be dragging his big red pipes around a CG. When our coach got dinged soon after we bought it, it cost me $2,000. I can stay at a lot of CGs for that amount of money  ;D

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You can order it from any of those RV online bookstores and places that sell RV tapes and DVDs.

Thanks. We have an online store on our web site, so I might just  order it there.

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If anyone is interested in viewing any of these we can either loan them at QZ, or have a "viewing" in QZ this coming rally.

Great idea and that's very kind of you. We had 22 folks in our coach when Betty & Terry Brewer showed the DVD of their Mexico piggyback trip. They injected appropriate comments all the way through and there were lots of oohs and ahhs.

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Hope they include some sort of rating on the comfort factor!

Well, the winner was Quilted Northern, quite a comfortable TP  ;D
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« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2005, 07:58:44 PM »
Tom:

I will look into Quilted Northern.  If it is as comfortable as 2 ply Thetford and a lower price, certainly will switch.

Yes, parking lots can be dangerous to the coachís health.  I find that a better negative than crime etc.    However, donít forget the tree at Duncanís campground in MD that ran across the path and hit my coach!   ;D

Ron:

I used Thetford for two years in the trailer and never had a problem.  What is BWT??
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« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2005, 08:02:34 PM »
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What is BWT??
  Black Water Tank.
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« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2005, 08:03:14 PM »
Smoky,

My motorhome came with a supply of Thetford from the previous owner so I used it til it ran out. I then bought some Angel Soft because of the recommendations here and the test results, and the fact that it is fairly inexpensive at the local supermarkets.
Since I have one of the clear elbows with the flush attachment I can see what comes out of my black water tank, not something I would recommend. But, since switching to Angel Soft I have never seen paper come out in clumps, it has always been liquified.

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« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2005, 08:23:37 PM »
Woody:

Sounds like a winner to me.  Is it as soft on the butt as 2 ply Thetford?   The Admiral here beside me says she has used Angel Soft in the old non movable house and liked it.  Looks worth checking out.  Would not surprise me if WM carries it too! LOL!

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« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2005, 10:41:00 PM »
Note to Tom:  Re the TP portion of this thread..

Anyone tested the new "less is more" Charmin?

Tried it in the office where I used to work and guess what

They are not lying with that ad.. You really do use fewer sheets per wipe
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« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2005, 10:48:38 PM »
The last time I rested Charmin it failed miserably.  That was a few years ago so they might have changed again.  Charmin did test good some time ago but they changed something.

When you do the TP test let us know the results.
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« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2005, 12:44:27 AM »
I will look into Quilted Northern. If it is as comfortable as 2 ply Thetford and a lower price, certainly will switch.

FWIW QN is a lot more comfortable than 2 ply Thetford (I've used both), but that's not why folks are suggesting you change. Ron was quite pointed, but you are free to do whatever you want with that advice. The issue with Thetford is apparently the glue that prevents the tissue from breaking down. Not having had a blockage yet is like saying you haven't yet seen a problem at a WM parking lot. When it happens it won't be pleasant to deal with and having saved a few pennies won't seem to have been worth it.

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« Reply #38 on: December 15, 2005, 05:08:34 PM »
Back to overnighting in parking lots and local cops running you off.  If one wakes you up and tells you to leave, get him to put it in writing and sign it along with his badge number, or videotape him doing so, and turn him into the highway patrol.  The reason is he has just violated DOT laws written to protect the public from sleepy drivers.  The law was written with the over the road triuck driver in mind, but applies to all drivers.  It's illegal to drive when you are tired or sleepy, and this is a federal law that will superceed any stupid local ordinances. As long as your rig is not causing a traffic danger, blocking traffic, or a tresspassing complaint has been filed, you can pretty much stop anywhere you like...to sleep.   Most of them silly signs are unlawful for the cities to enforce, but they do it anyway because most Americans no longer demand their rights and liberties protected by the law.  If they force you to drive on, and you have a wreck, you will probally own that city, if you have proof.  Fred 

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« Reply #39 on: December 15, 2005, 05:37:48 PM »
The subject title says it all...Walmart Campground???? there in lies the problem, Walmart is not a campground, an overnight spot possible unless posted "No Overnight", and don't blame this on area campgrounds, it is set in stone by county laws, as here in Fla., while Walmart Mgrs, may be willing and some go against the county laws and allow it, most do not..And why have these laws come about you may ask, well due to the many people who have actually set up camp, awnings out, lawn chairs, grills etc. etc. for weeks,and being a nuisance, you always have those people who will take advantage and spoil it for everyone else. that is why in most cases the local cops are called, they are doing their job enforcing the county laws.Just because many of us RVer's are law abiding, nice quiet folks....believe not all are, come on we've all seen it!

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« Reply #40 on: December 15, 2005, 08:53:21 PM »
The "No Overnight Parking" law in Cortez is a city ordinance, pushed through the city council by the campground owners (I was there at the council meeting, I know). I have never, ever seen anyone "camped" at our local Wal-Mart, or anywhere in Cortez outside of a campground. I have never seen a grill put out or even an awning. I've seen neat, tidy RVs parked there overnight. We've parked on many occasions at Wal-Marts across the country. We have never put out the awning, grill, satellite dish, or even the dog crate. We stop to fix dinner and to eat and, yes, usually to shop. But if we were asked by a police officer to move along, we would probably move along....no need to hassle a cop who's just doing his job. If campground prices returned to reasonable prices, I'd probably stay with them more often.

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« Reply #41 on: December 15, 2005, 09:20:53 PM »
The subject title says it all...Walmart Campground???? there in lies the problem, Walmart is not a campground, an overnight spot possible unless posted "No Overnight", and don't blame this on area campgrounds, i

Several of the members of this forum have posted earlier in this thread about attending city council meetings where such laws were being considered... Also links to minutes of such meetings have been posted and/or links to newspaper and other media articles about these meetings.

In each and every case those speaking in FAVOR of prohibiting overnight parking on Wal-Mart (or other) lots were indeed campground owners, or their legal representives.

So, yes, we blame campground owners... Follow the links, read the info for yourself and then reply


As for Fred... Often if you ask to officer to put it in writing and sign it,  he will be more than happy to do so, but then you are going to meet the officer again... On your court date

Could you please give us chapter and verse of the federal DOT statute?  Thanks in advance (I do have an old copy of "What Every Commericial Driver Must Know" and I'm sure it's in there, but alas I'm not sure where it is at this time)
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« Reply #42 on: December 15, 2005, 10:43:19 PM »
While we have never attended a meeting of any kind in our city or county, and do not know who attends, we do know people who work for our city/county and have spoken to Walmart Managers where we have heard about the campers for weeks at a time, and we are speaking about our Beautiful State of Florida, not anywhere else. And also pretty sure that Walmart is considered private property owned by them deeded to them? and if your sleepy and pull in my driveway also(private property) you will get chased, and whether or not you get in an accident, you would not have a leg to stand on trying to sue, in a court of law. The fore mentioned is strictly an example....as far as challenging the police if the parking lot is clearly posted No Overnight, well Lot's of luck...Ya'll    For cheap camping check out state parks, they're all over never found one over $20.00 of course we get senior discounts too.

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« Reply #43 on: December 18, 2005, 05:17:14 PM »
Tom:

I tried Quilted Northern and finally had to give up on it.  Three jammed macerators in a two week period.  I went back to Thetford and no more problems.  This might be macerator specific, dunno.

Recently we switched from Thetford to a more comfortable deluxe single ply Scott and still have had no problems.  Right now Scott deluxe single ply is our choice, but we still have an open mind and an open toilet.   :D
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« Reply #44 on: December 18, 2005, 09:43:52 PM »
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Tom:

I went back to Thetford and no more problems. 

Recently we switched from Thetford to a more comfortable deluxe single ply Scott and still have had no problems.  Right now Scott deluxe single ply is our choice, but we still have an open mind and an open toilet.   :D

You were pretty lucky you didn't have problems with Thetford TP.  Thetford products are not welcome in our coach.  We use Scotts single ply and have done so for a few years now. Angel Soft is also good last I knew.  IMHO it is a very good idea to perform the TP test occasionally since the makeup can change.  Chemin use to be very good but then they tried to improve it or something and it went bad.
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« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2005, 11:10:52 PM »
You were pretty lucky you didn't have problems with Thetford TP.  Thetford products are not welcome in our coach. 

Ron

There are products you should take another look at occasionally. For example, Thetford sells 2 TP products, a 1 ply and a "soft" 2 ply. We used the 1 ply for many years and had good results with it. As a matter of fact it was rated as high as Northern Quilted in the TP test. We stopped using it a couple of years ago when the formula was changed. Thetford may have gone back to the original formula. If so, it is an excellent product that won't clog your holding tank. On the other hand, the 2 ply was always a disaster.
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« Reply #46 on: December 19, 2005, 09:27:59 AM »
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There are products you should take another look at occasionally.

IMHO Thetford is not one of them.  I question the integrity of a company that tries to sell me a product  that will preserve the contents of my black water tank and a product that may clog my system.  Thetford sells products containing formaldehyde, which is an excellent preservative, to add to the BWT and they sell TP that dose not break down well that will likely clog the system. I have no desire or do I see the need to preserve the contents of a BWT nor do I see any need to use a product that may or may not clog the BWT system. 

I know that companies change their products from time to time but a company that markets products for RV/s should have run tests to determine it performance in the RV application before releasing it to the RVers.  When I tested Thetford several years ago it failed the TP test probably worse than anything I have subjected to the test.  That is not to say that 6 months later it wouldn't pass.  I suspect the inconsistency may be due to their getting their product from the lowest bidder and could care less on its performance.

Like I said before Thetford products are NOT welcome in our coach.
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« Reply #47 on: December 19, 2005, 09:14:07 PM »
I find myself completely agreeing with Wendy. 

The whole subject of overnight camping at WalMart is way overblown IMO.  Some people just seem compelled to campaign against overnight stays at WM.  When we are on the go, nothing beats a stay at a WM (for us anyway), where we don't have to hook up, check in, etc.  Plenty of good restaurants and nice retail stores nearby (not many campgrounds can say that) and just perfect for the family in transit.  Also top notch security and safety which I have not always found at campgrounds late at night.

One can pull put in the morning in seconds for the next leg of the long trip.  And I have never, in 3 years of RVing, ever seen abuse of WM overnight privileges.  Oh how I get tired of the anti WM crusade.  The camp ground owners have a great lobby going.   :D   I say this as someone who spend more than $4k a year at campgrounds.
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« Reply #48 on: December 19, 2005, 10:03:46 PM »
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Some people just seem compelled to campaign against overnight stays at WM.

Smoky, I fully respect your WM perspective, gained from many nights in WM parking lots. Personally, I won't stay there for reasons/concerns I've quoted in prior discussions. But this should not be misinterpreted as an anti-WM campaign or crusade. (No, I didn't think you were referring specifically to me. But, since I had to weigh in with my "not for me" comment, I wanted to make sure folks don't inadvertently associate me with the anti-WM campaigns).

Folks have to make their own minds up, but that doesn't mean that my concerns aren't very real to me even if others think they're overblown.
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« Reply #49 on: December 19, 2005, 10:09:50 PM »
Aye Tom, I think we are in agreement as we both seem to be saying it is a personal choice whether or not to stop overnight at retail locations.  My overblown comment as you suspected is not aimed here but aimed at both the campground owners and the Internet in general.  I wish folks would just let the WM lovers go on loving WM unless, of course, they misbehave.   :D
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« Reply #50 on: December 20, 2005, 07:15:56 AM »

Like I said before Thetford products are NOT welcome in our coach.

Ron

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« Reply #51 on: December 20, 2005, 08:20:59 AM »
Ron

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« Reply #52 on: December 20, 2005, 09:27:52 AM »
Smoky, when we stayed in Tucson several years ago the Walmart near I 19 encouraged RV'ers to stay there for several weeks at a time and these people would get out their grills, chairs, awnings, etc. and someone even emptied their gray water on the parking lot and they had to close that part of the parking lot.† The next year there was no RV parking at that Walmart.† This was the winter after 911 and the campgrounds were not full, not even close.† We have stayed at a Walmart about 3 or 4 times in nine years and only over night.  We do not care to since we stop early in the afternoon and I prefer not to spend the afternoon in a parking lot.
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« Reply #53 on: December 20, 2005, 09:38:39 AM »
We do not care to since we stop early in the afternoon and I prefer not to spend the afternoon in a parking lot.

That's a good point Lorna and one I haven't seen mentioned in our prior discussions on this subject. I don't stay at WM for a different reason, but yours just got added to my list of "why not WM". Doesn't mean we don't shop at WM. OTOH I made a comment to Chris just yesterday that went something like "WalMart is going the way of KMart"; A number of WM stores I've been in over the last year or so look more like a big rummage sale. That and the apathy of staff contributed to a loss of customers for KMart.
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« Reply #54 on: December 20, 2005, 09:53:42 AM »
Tom,  I had not been in a KMart in a very long time for the very reasons you stated, but saw a buy one, get one half off ad for toys in the newpaper.  With the granddaughter in mind, I thought why not check it out?  Drove to one in a neighboring town and was pleasantly surprised to find that the store had just been completely renovated and looked more like a Sears store. It was nice and clean, well organized. Guess the combining of their two companies is making a difference.  Just have to see if it lasts, or reverts back to the way it was.  Kay
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« Reply #55 on: December 20, 2005, 10:21:02 AM »
Kay

Yes, KMart changed significantly after they nearly went belly up and brought in a new CEO to revive the company some years ago. At one time I seriously considered writing to their chairman offering my services to shake 'em up, but figured my lack of retail experience would be an issue. I just felt at that time that almost anyone could do a better job of running the company.

My "going the way of KMart" comment in my prior message was a reference to KMart in those prior times. As you correctly say, their stores look much better now and their staff appear to be motivated to care about their customers.
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« Reply #56 on: December 21, 2005, 07:52:40 PM »
Tom,

Your lack of retail experience might have been a benefit for KMart....certainly couldn't have hurt them ! The closest one to us is one of the most profitable KMarts in the country and it still looks like a second-hand store/dump. I wouldn't set foot in the place if I wasn't doing merchandising jobs there. The WalMarts, on the other hand, are neat and tidy with friendly, helpful employees. I know this varies in other parts of the country but that's the way it is here in the Four Corners. Just don't try to spend the night in the parking lot of the Cortez WalMart (but you can stay in the Farmington, New Mexico, parking lot).

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« Reply #57 on: December 21, 2005, 07:57:25 PM »
Hi Wendy,

Interesting how things vary across the country. I was in our nearest WM today and, by the time I left, wished I hadn't gone. OTOH I've been in WM stores that are well kept. I haven't yet figured out the common denominator between the "bad" ones.
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« Reply #58 on: December 21, 2005, 09:50:04 PM »
Tom, I'm guessing that you were in the WalMart on Hammer Lane. It's as real junky place. My experience is that the stores mirror the  neighborhoods, poor neighborhoods, poor stores.
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« Reply #59 on: December 21, 2005, 10:38:21 PM »
Robert, this was the Tracy store.
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