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Re: The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« Reply #180 on: August 03, 2016, 06:17:10 PM »
Ayuh, we went way down east.
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« Reply #181 on: August 03, 2016, 09:59:18 PM »
We went to our last stop in Maine in Old Orchard Beach, or “OOB” as the locals call it. This park was billed as a RV Resort, but reality is it is more of a mobile home/seasonal park with a few over night spaces.  We were attracted to the park by the positive reviews, and the fact that they honored Passport America.  Since we have been running  into some pretty pricey RV parks in the New England area, a Passport America value was pretty attractive.  But now we know why.

The park itself had many family amenities, pool, kids water park, play ground, and even  an outdoor theater that played kids movies or cartoons most days. If you choose this park, be prepared for LOTS of kids, not always being monitored or supervised.  The electric scooters and bikes were most troublesome, often in the hands of 6 – 10 year old's. Not getting hit or run over during our week stay was an accomplishment in itself.  The roads of the park are paved but the sites are gravel. They are good size however.  We had an end site, #68 that we spread out it.  However that  didn't stop the neighbors and their kids from  strolling through on their way to the pool.  Weekends were particularly crazy, with tons of kids going every which way.  The noise level in the park was pretty loud most nights, and just about always it was the permanent residents whooping it up until the wee hours. And there was no one to complain to as most of the workers in the office were young teens. 

We had a full hook up site which was fairly heavily treed, but with the help of my android app was able to get satellite from the roof top satellite dish.

We didn't see any dedicated handicapped sites, and the restrooms although new, were fairly cramped inside.  Interestingly, the wash basins were on the outside wall of the restroom, and many mornings we were treated with watching various male campers shaving.  There were also 2 washers and 2 dryers available at bathroom area, but those too were outside under a roof overhang. 

There was WiFi available at the park, but we used our Verizon service when we could. Signal on the island was pretty slow during the day, but was better at night. The other thing that bugged me was that even though this was a huge park (nearly 300 sites) there was no pet walk area.  That left you walk your pet down the many permanent lined streets, with the residents keeping an wary eye on you.  It just didn't feel comfortable.  We paid just over $42 a night with the Passport America discount.  To get to the OOB beach area a shuttle picks up right in front of the entry into the park and I believe was only $1 per person to ride. 

We toured the OOB area, and mostly it was older and a bit run down in many areas.  In sharp contrast we drove to the Kennebunk area which was obviously the “high rent district”.   We also drove past the “Bush compound”, home of the senior President and Mrs Bush.  It kind of sits out on it own little spit, or island but is easily visible from the road. 

I think if we are ever back in the area we would look for someplace a little more RV oriented, and less mobile home community. 
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« Reply #182 on: August 04, 2016, 09:57:54 AM »
We stayed just down the road at Wild Duck Campground, 39 Dunstan Landing Rd, Scarborough, ME 04074, wildduckcampground.com, (207) 883-4432.
Smaller campground but no problem with noise or kids. The area known as Dunstan in Scarborough, Maine, has a rich history. Settled by Europeans in 1651
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Re: The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« Reply #183 on: August 05, 2016, 06:19:41 PM »
This park was billed as a RV Resort, 

A rose by any other name Sarge. 
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« Reply #184 on: August 05, 2016, 06:41:39 PM »
OOB is an old school summer resort area typical of places like that on the coast. We went to a rally at Moody Beach a couple years ago and it was nearly impossible to move on Highway 1. Any place on the shore is a prime destination in the New England area.
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« Reply #185 on: August 05, 2016, 06:46:29 PM »
You are right Gary. My standards don't necessarily equate to other folks. But I do reserve the right to complain about it!!

Exactly right Bill. We found that any place on the NE coast was in high demand, and "beggars can't be choosers" as mom used to say.
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« Reply #186 on: August 07, 2016, 09:27:04 PM »
Double OB is also a favorite of the French Canadians from Quebec which really strains the available RV spaces.
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« Reply #187 on: August 07, 2016, 09:34:09 PM »
Yep, a whole lotta Canadians here on the east coast right now Jeff. At least 25-40% of all the rigs here in Liberty Harbor are from Canada.
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« Reply #188 on: August 10, 2016, 03:49:19 PM »
Wawaloam Campground
510 Gardiner Road
West Kingston, RI 02892
Sometimes you just can't go by what the brochure says (or the on line reviews).  This campground was also highly rated and reported to have many amenities.  Well this campground would also qualify as a very family friendly place, as long as your rig is not too big.  This campground is very similar to the one we just left in that most of the sites are long term/seasonal campers.  Diane made a reservation for this campground back in January when she was planning the trip.  She specifically provided our RV size and that we requested FHU and a “lightly treed” site.  They assured her that is was no problem, and we made the reservation for a week stay. 

Upon arrival that wasn't exactly what we found.  The sites we were given was up at the end of a long narrow road in a cave of trees.  When I got backed in we quickly figured out that the site was too small for the motorhome to fit on the pad.  The site had a cement RV pad that was on a site that was uphill from the road. Only the pad itself was semi level, and the dirt at either end dropped off quickly.  No matter where I put the RV,  one set of jacks was not on the pad, and into the very off camber dirt. 

We went back to the office to discuss the issue with the staff (which were very friendly by the way).  They looked at their campground map and  declared that the site was “too small” for our size rig.  With few options available, we took  another site, W&E only.  I  dodged some tree limbs to pull in, and found it too was pretty off  camber in both directions. I was able to block the jacks to get us level, but we still were not overly pleased with the site.  This one backed up to a large green moss covered water hole, and was next to the play area and campground store which made our site the “pass through” for all the campground traffic to go through. 

We quickly decided to cut the stay down to 3 days, just long enough to get us through the weekend and move on down the road.  The site was $50 a night, which included a $3 a day pet fee, which I think is excessive.  The restrooms were clean, but old and not handicapped accessible. WiFi was offered for checking email only. The cell signal here was also very weak, so the Verizon air card struggled as well.

Fisherman’s Memorial State Park
1011 Point Judith Road
Narragansett, RI  02882
After deciding to cut the stay short, Diane went on line and checked Fisherman’s Memorial State Park. A really popular place she had tried to get into before settling on Wawaloam.  Surprisingly she found a site that was available for the 4 days that we needed to  fill.  It was in loop 2, a W&E site, but it fit or needs nicely.  The park is so in demand that most of the sites sell out year to year with the same folks reserving far in advance.  The roads and pads are paved, but the patio area is all grass.  When we arrived at the park, it was mostly sold out. We found our site and after a little shrub trimming by me, we settled in. 

While hooking up I had a nice surprise. The on line web site lists only loop 1 as FHU, 2&3 as W&E, and 4 as dry camping.  While hooking up I quickly realized that we had sewer as well! It appears that loop #2 had sewer added last year, and the web site has not been updated.

The sites were good size, and some had trees and shrubs between the sites. Even though the park is on the coast, only a few sites in loop 1 could actually have a small view of the bay area off of the main body of water. The restrooms are clean but small, and may be handicapped accessible to some extent. The Verizon air card worked pretty well here, and better with the antenna mast extended.

The prices were better too, we paid $35 a night for the FHU site. The worst part about this location is that we noted that some of the sites are extremely out of level.  The campground is slightly terraced so one end of the site is higher than the other.  If you get lucky enough to get a site here, try using Google earth to scope out the sites first.  Our site, #51 was one of the more level sites.

There were some pretty strict rules that applied to this park, although in the 4 days we were there, not one ranger or park employee came by or patrolled the park.  One that almost no one cares about in the east, is “absolutely no parking on the grass”.  The other was “no alcohol permitted  in the park”.  I did actually see folks not exactly adhering to either rule, but no one ever did  anything about it. 

While in this park we did a tour of the mansions in Newport, RI.  While many of the “cottages” as the wealthy owners referred to them are pretty spectacular, it is interesting that many are now owned by the the state, or the Preservation Society. Apparently the owners couldn't afford to keep them, so they just let them go, or sold them on the cheap.  Many of the mansions are open and available for tours.

Either way, if you are going to stay in RI, this is a top choice to stay.

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Re: The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« Reply #189 on: August 10, 2016, 09:01:42 PM »
Fisherman's is one of our favorite campgrounds, and we do make reservations a year in advance. Area 2 was redone last year, but they did a lousy job. Sites are not level, and some of the sewer connections are a foot or more above ground level.

Area 3 is tents only; Area 4 is W/E. We like Area 4, because the sites are large, level and secluded. It's a great home base to visit Newport and Block Island.

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« Reply #190 on: August 11, 2016, 12:04:00 AM »
I have not been able to get in Fisherman’s Maybe next year. We have stayed a a place in Road Island on Warden's Pond. You are right Fisherman’s  is a good location.
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« Reply #191 on: August 11, 2016, 07:13:26 AM »
Area 3 is tents only; Area 4 is W/E.

Thanks for the info, I was going from memory (which isn't great at times).  We heard some complaints from a neighbor that some of the new sewer sites were not installed correctly. Fortunately that was not our site. Ones across the road had some really steep drives that a motor home would have a tough time leveling on.  It doesn't seem to keep anyone away though, as the place was packed.

Maybe next year.

Better start early Bill, it sounds like trying to get into the Keys in January!
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« Reply #192 on: August 11, 2016, 08:29:40 AM »
We just recently stayed at Wawaloam since we couldn't get a site at Fisherman's. We didn't have the problem with our site that you did, but we were in the front on a gravel/dirt site with no trees. While it wasn't the best place we've stayed, it wasn't the worst....just okay, I'd say. Our bad experience was we ate at the "restaurant" on Friday night as the lady in the office said they have the best meatloaf in RI. Well, I guess that's subjective because just like the site, it wasn't bad, but wasn't that good, either. DH got fried clams and got food poisoning. We had a horrible night until about 3:00 a.m.. So, our Wawaloam experience wasn't a great one either.
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« Reply #193 on: August 11, 2016, 08:58:08 AM »
Ouch! Now I don't feel so bad! At least we didn't get food poisoning during the brief stay!
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« Reply #194 on: August 11, 2016, 11:49:59 PM »
Sarge, This happened the day after we drove this road. I saw a bunch of rocks that you wonder how they stay in place.
 http://fox13now.com/2016/08/10/zion-mount-carmel-highway-closed-after-huge-rock-falls-on-road/
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« Reply #195 on: August 14, 2016, 05:06:02 PM »
Liberty Harbor RV Park
11 Luis Munoz Marin Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07302

It has been 6 years since our last New York/New Jersey experience.  We were hoping that the park had improved in that time period, as it was a bit rough last time we were here.  Well, not so much. In fact, things are in a little worse shape than the last time we were here.  For those that don't know, this park is a great place from which to visit New York city, as the Path train picks up about 5 blocks from the park and delivers you to a variety of stops in NYC, including the World Trade Center and Memorial. 

So they get LOTS of business here, even though this park barely rates “parking lot” status.   Since we were here last, the park added RV site markers bolted to the ground to define parking spots.  Actually it just allowed them to wedge as many rigs into the available space as possible.  The park is W&E only,  with a dump station.  The sites are heavy small gravel, and the road is paved.  A RV site here is a whopping $90 a night.  We stayed for 7 days and got one day free, which brought the price down to $83 a night. There is a bath house on site, but is in serious need of updating.  It looks to be handicapped accessible, but there is NO AC in the building, so they are hot.

The electric service is easy to see, as all of the wires for the sites are strung overhead on a low wire. Even though we were connected to a 50 amp pedestal, we spent the whole week surviving on 30 amp power.  Apparently all of the sites are wired on the same line.  So with 50 amp electric consisting of 2- 120 volt feeds, line #1 is carrying all of the rigs in the park that are using a 30 amp plug, which is 1- 120 volt feed. 

That was apparent the first day when our Progressive Industries surge guard took us off line several times. When I checked the digital display, Line 1 was hovering around 105 volts, but Line 2 was showing 120 volts.  But that doesn't help me, if either line drops below 104 volts, the surge guard takes us off line to protect all our 120 volt appliances.  The first day I ran the generator for about 1 1/2 hours to get through the heat of the day.  The second day I started the rear AC unit early, and since the rear AC is wired on line 2, we never dropped below the 104 volt threshold on line 1. But for the rest of the week we were restricted to 1 AC unit in the heat and humidity, and doing laundry and cooking was a juggling act for Diane.  Not really acceptable for $90 a night and gravel.  The last day was a real stretch. The heat index was at 103 degrees and 1 AC wasn't cutting it. So turned off every possible draw  I could find in the rig, including the battery charger, and fired up AC 1.  It worked kinda, but we still went off line half a dozen times.  This and the park has many empty spots.

The surrounding area has boomed in the last 6 years, and views of The Statue of Liberty are difficult at best now. A high rise office building (60+ stories) on the back fence of the park creates a back drop of construction noise all day long. The road into the park is more “mine field” looking than  road, and there are NO signs to let you know that the park is at the end of the road.  The office staff are security guards for the parking lot, and fill in registering people in.  They do their best, but not really well equipped for this function.  The Port Authority which owns the site and adjoining Ferry Terminal have abandoned maintenance on the area. Even though a dock area where various sail and power boats are docked is adjacent to the lot, foot high weeds and trash are everywhere.  If it sounds like I am being hard on this place, you would be right! This is one of those places best described as “It is what it is”. 

We did make several trips into and around the city during our stay, so it was not a wasted stop. But given the state of the park, the cost, and the conditions walking the city streets, and the amazing lack  of signage on streets around New Jersey, it's a good bet this will be our last trip to NYC. Kinda “Been there, done that”.   

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« Reply #196 on: August 15, 2016, 07:27:36 AM »
BTW, Diane's blog was updated as well. Lots of pics and quite and interesting point of view there!
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« Reply #197 on: August 15, 2016, 09:27:28 AM »
Wow, that really is a "you're there for the destination" sortof campground, isn't it?

Those tent sites are wonderful there, in your 2nd picture.....
and the upskirt photo of the hot chick in your 4th photo..... I just had to chuckle about that!

and I love the idea of the captions in your last couple of photos.... that would make a great pub crawl tour/trip..... George drank here and so did I!  Sign me up!!
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« Reply #198 on: August 15, 2016, 09:57:39 AM »
We thought about staying at Liberty Harbor for convenience, but I'm pleased with our decision to stay up the Hudson at Croton Point SP.  Full hookups, much more scenic, and a 50 minute train ride into Grand Central.  We only made one trip into the City, though.  I may have felt differently if we were there for several days.

Edit:  Just read Diane's blog.  Re: NYC, we concur.  The lowlight was when I desperately needed to use the facilities after a subway trip, so I ventured into a NYC subway station men's room.  It was literally 120 degrees inside, it stunk to high heaven and the floor was filled with what I thought to be trash, but later discovered to be the earthly possessions of the gentleman in the single stall.  As I started to take care of business at the urinal next to the stall, said gentleman started aggressively panhandling me from underneath the partition.  I zipped up and beat a hasty exit.  I didn't bother to wash my hands because I figured further time in the restroom would be a less sanitary option.

Diane would not have liked it.
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« Reply #199 on: August 15, 2016, 10:25:46 AM »
BTW, Diane's blog was updated as well. Lots of pics and quite and interesting point of view there!

I got lots of chuckles from Diane's NY blog posts.  As a country girl, I would probably react the same way since I don't like crowds and I don't like rudeness.  I was feeling claustrophobic just looking at the pictures!   ;D

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« Reply #200 on: August 15, 2016, 03:07:56 PM »
The lowlight was when I desperately needed to use the facilities after a subway trip, so I ventured into a NYC subway station men's room. 

I agree Scott! I was feeling like I could need the facilities as well, I just couldn't bring myself to venture in one. 

Wow, that really is a "you're there for the destination" sort of campground, isn't it?

It sure is, and they make no bones about it. But they don't mind hosing you down for the privilege though.

I was feeling claustrophobic just looking at the pictures!   ;D

Yeah, it's not the place to go if you are not into crowds. Everything is packed, and every place you want to go, a few hundred people got there before you.

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« Reply #201 on: August 15, 2016, 07:18:47 PM »
I was born and have lived in WNY 56 yrs .Never set foot in NYC.Hope I never do.
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« Reply #202 on: August 15, 2016, 07:46:40 PM »
Everyone should visit the Statue of Liberty at least once. Even more important is Ellis Island, which pretty much tells the story of America.

Christmas time used to mean taking the train into NYC: checking out the window displays, the tree at Rockefeller Center, Times Square.

I will admit that the city lost its appeal after 9-11. I'd only been back a few times for work, and had no desire to visit. We finally went to the 9-11 Memorial and located the names and photos of a couple friends lost that day. That was pretty special. Maybe we'll even go back for Christmas.

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« Reply #203 on: August 15, 2016, 07:51:50 PM »
NYC definitely has it's appeal. But you really have to WANT to put up with the rest of the stuff.
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« Reply #204 on: August 15, 2016, 08:42:37 PM »
NYC definitely has it's appeal. But you really have to WANT to put up with the rest of the stuff.


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That sort of sums up our thoughts. We enjoy Braodway shows and some of the sights but it gets harder to endure Liberty Island each time we go. Stayed up in Florida, NY a couple of times but it is 2+ hours of commuting so we did West Point and some of the sights up there.
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« Reply #205 on: August 15, 2016, 10:29:38 PM »
Yeah, we considered a place further away, but we knew we were going to make almost daily trips into the city for a week. And part of it is we don't like leaving the pup in the rig for more then 5-6 hours tops.  I didn't want to burn half of it commuting in and out of the city.  So we bit the bullet and stayed in Jersey. It was a trade off.
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Re: The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« Reply #206 on: August 16, 2016, 08:03:03 AM »
We were recently at Liberty Harbor to visit NYC. I have to say this was the first trip to NYC that I have enjoyed. I made many many trips to NYC for business (often twice a month for 5 years) and never enjoyed going. Not having to stay in hotels, fight crowds at the airport, find taxis in the rain or snow made taking the Path Subway and staying at Liberty Harbor was OK. Particularly since I got to stay in my own MH. Liberty harbor RV Park was exactly what I expected as was the traffic to get there. But the drive to Liberty Harbor certainly doesn't rank as one of my favorites!

That said, having done the sight seeing we wanted, any return trip would be for Broadway plays and I might just stay north and take the train.

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Re: The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« Reply #207 on: August 16, 2016, 08:24:40 PM »
I might just stay north and take the train.

I think if I ever went back, that is the way I would do it too.......
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Re: The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« Reply #208 on: August 23, 2016, 08:48:24 PM »
Timberlane Campground
117 Timberlane Road
Clarksboro, NJ 08020

After leaving Liberty Harbor, it wouldn't have taken much of a RV park to improve on our last stop.  We were only making a 3 day stop to visit an old neighbor that used to live across the street from us in Ca.  We didn't have a lot of choices as we were trying to stay within a certain  area to be  close enough for our visit.  We were a little sketchy about this campground because some of the reviews it got were pretty rough.  In fact one reviewer called  it a “dump”.   

But we figured even if it was a bit run down, we were not going to be there that long.  So we rolled in expecting the worst.  What we found was not that bad. The worst part about the park was that the sites were pretty close together.  As for the condition, it looked pretty well taken care of.  The grass was cut, and the facilities were freshly painted.  The pool and spa were clean and in good order. 

The restrooms were clean and handicapped accessible, although a little dated.  There is wifi offered,  but our Verizon air card worked acceptably. There is a front and a back loop,  and the back loop sites are a bit bigger than the front.  However, the back is also heavily treed, and we preferred a more open site. We paid $44 a night for a FHU with a gravel pad. The electric was a little weak, but this time it was on Line 2, so we never did have too much of an  issue with it. We just metered our use of the rear AC and the washer/dryer, and  didn't  run them both at the same time.  Not a great park, but fortunately  not as bad as other reviews had stated. 

Cherry Hill Park
9800 Cherry Hill Road
College Park, MD  20740

Our next stop was really highly rated, and we were anxious to check it out.  And this was going to be our base camp to check out many different sites in DC.  Maybe our expectations were too high for this park, because we were not that impressed with it.  The park itself was huge, and this was one place where an escort to the site would have been  nice.  The roads were paved, but all the sites are gravel. We paid $70 a night for a premium site.  The other site that were not “premium” looked almost identical to ours. The difference  was a small brick patio on our site was a $10 a night bump.  We had a FHU 50 amp site, and all utilities worked well.  The bath house was clean and handicapped accessible. However, we saw no handicapped accessible camping sites.  All the sites were loose grave and would have been tough to get around on with a wheel chair or walker. 

The pool and “splash pond” for the kids looked nice, but with all the trips into DC we never got the chance to use them. The maintenance around  the park was a bit lax, and the grass was long and weedy. One of the regular complaints about the park was that the employees seemed a bit aloof.  That was especially true for the office staff.  I had to go into the office several times during the stay to pick up packages.  We always got the feeling that we were bothering them.  There is a small on site gym that we used one day. However the AC never came on, and the temps and humidity was a killer. It was a one time experience.

Our Verizon air card worked amazingly well here, but a cell tower was located right next to the park.   One downside to the park was that it is pretty noisy. There are freeways all around the park, and there must have been some construction going on nearby as well. Several times during the night we were awoken by a low rumbling noise that was similar to a low bass speaker.  It would continue for an hour at a time, stop and then restart randomly.  We never did locate the source of the noise.  The park itself is also not located in the best of neighborhoods, so for casual dinning or grocery stores you  needed to travel a ways. 

To get into DC we drove to College Park Metro station about 4 miles away. We bought a Metro Card that you flashed at the turnstiles to gain admittance to the trains. The system was pretty easy to figure out,  and it cost us between $3 and $4.50 one way to get to the Metro station that was closest to the “Mall” area. From there we walked to Lincoln's Memorial, Washington's Memorial, and the American History Museum.  The crowds were not bad, and getting around the city was a breeze compared to NYC. On another day we drove the Jeep to the Pentagon Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery.  All the sites are remarkable, and some quite moving.  DC is one place I could come back to again as even staying a week we just scratched the surface of the things to see and do.  Our next trip to visit DC we will search out a different place to stay. 

One thing I did get accomplished while here was I changed out the hydraulic pump motor on the rig.  After much searching to try to get my motor rebuilt, I soon learned that getting replacement brushes for a 12 volt, high amp motor is like finding hens teeth.  And I spent one whole day calling around the country talking to various rebuilder shops.  The copper triangle shaped brushes used in this motor make it an anomaly.   I finally found a distributor in Texas that stocked the motor.  Best part was that I purchased it for less than half of what Camping  World wanted  to sell me for.   I had it shipped to the RV park for just over $200.  Camping World  wanted $480 to have one drop shipped to me.  It's installed and all is happy in RV land again. 

Diane has just updated her blog, and has lots more details and  pics.
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Re: The Maine and Eastern Seaboard Trip, Just the Facts, Maam!
« Reply #209 on: August 23, 2016, 11:41:20 PM »
The best thing about Cherry Hill is it's location the worst thing is it's location.
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