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RE: cochise stronghold

That's one of our favorite areas but September will probably still be hot. We've hiked Cochise Stronghold trail. :)
2gypsies 08/31/15 04:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cancellling Glacier NP - Smoke! Give us ideas

FYI...Our 40' motorhome and toad fit in Apgar.
2gypsies 08/31/15 04:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground Damage Deposit

An actual charge on the card or an amount 'hold' on it to be applied only if the site is left in a mess? Who hasn't pulled into a site & found beer cans, baby diapers, assorted trash in the fire ring. Who hasn't been greeted by fresh dog poop in their site? No problem with people having to pay for their lack of consideration to the future CG users. Me, never. I guess I've been very lucky but I have never found an issue with a campsite. I mean some have been unlevel or narrow but I've never found one with garbage. That's because someone and most likely a volunteer has cleaned up the site before you came onto it. :) As volunteers we know what kind of garbage campers can leave behind and what kind of damage they can do.
2gypsies 08/31/15 04:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Downsizing - 2 yrs and counting

It's one thing if you say "I'm going to TRY out full-timing for a year and see if we like it" - then keep your stuff and pay the storage fees for it. However, if you go into it saying "We're going to travel and see this wonderful country of ours - SLOWLY" - then sell the stuff. That's what we did. After 16 years we found an awesome 55+ community that we would have never dreamed of living previously. Many of the homes sell completely and very nicely furnished because older folks pass on and their kids don't want to deal with the 'stuff'. We didn't have to buy one thing for ours and the furnishings were top quality and matched the Southwest area. Had we kept our furniture for 16 years and paid storage - YIKES! Plus, it would be very old-fashioned for today. If you don't make a definite commitment you probably won't be successful. As for an 'exit plan'. The only one we had, along with our full-timing friends, was sell the house, invest the money and make no other plans. Some folks think they have to have a house to come back to. Will you really want to go back to where you lived? Bitter cold winters? Would you be able to take care of that big house? Even if you have medical issues, you can get through them in an RV as easily as in a house. We've done it and seen it done over and over. A friend right now is on dialysis and still traveling. Many folks get cancer and are treated while living in their RV. Same goes for various surgeries and joint replacements. In fact, from experience it's a lot easier to recoup in a RV where things are close requiring minimal walking. Physical therapists and visiting nurses will also come into your RV for treatments. It all can be done. Bottom line - go into it with a very positive attitude and things have a way of working out. Enjoy the new lifestyle!
2gypsies 08/31/15 04:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: What kind of RVer are you

Full-time travelers for 16 years - an awesome experience!
2gypsies 08/31/15 04:23pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Ouch! Invisible bugs?

Keep in mind, also, that no see ums can very easily come in through your screens if you keep a window open. They are worse than mosquitoes, deer flies and rattlesnakes!!
2gypsies 08/31/15 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ovenight in a Truck Stop

I totally agree with the OP. RVers have many more options for overnighting than a semi does. Now mid-day, we have stopped at a rest area in the truck/RV section to fix a quick lunch and then we're on our way. We don't overnight in those places.
2gypsies 08/31/15 04:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Aspen - Colorado - Date for Golden trees?

We found the 3rd to 4th weeks of September best for the awesome Colorado color at high elevations. The drive on Hwy 550 from Ouray to Durango will forever be in our mind. Perfect weather and perfect Jeeping! Thanks for the Maroon Bells pic....beautiful!
2gypsies 08/31/15 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV caravans

I disagree on seeing more on a caravan. We drove to Alaska on our own to spend the summer. In talking with folks who were on a caravan, they definitely did not go into the 'nook and crannies' of the trip that we did. They went to the big highlights, as we did, also. All you have to do is read a guidebook and you'll know the highlights of where tours will take you. You wouldn't see a group of caravan folks touring the Iditarod racer's kennels as we did by ourselves and getting a ride on the 'summer' sled with wheels through the forest. We were the only ones there after driving our toad 20 miles on a gravel road to get to his house. How'd we find it? While talking to someone who lived in the area he offered to call the guy to see if we could come for a tour of his setup. There were plenty of other instances of small places we went that tours did not. We met folks continuously along the whole trip time after time and made friends with them. We had plenty of socializing without the group-catered dinners. We ate where the locals ate. Quite a few full-timing friends of ours drove themselves to the Maritimes. They told many stories of being welcomed to dinner or 'secret' spots by local home owners. They were even offered a place to park their RVs - free.
2gypsies 08/31/15 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: When is generally a good time to start?

We don't do reservations and had no problems getting campsites along the Icefield Parkway and for the whole summer on our trip to Alaska. Jasper has hundreds of them. For Banff if you can time it for early week it would be better.
2gypsies 08/30/15 08:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: West Coast Travel - 5th Wheel

Thanks everyone, and yes a boneheaded question without more details! Anyway, we plan on traveling from Buffalo, NY to the following; Yellowstone, Glacier, Portland, to Astoria then following the Coast south, then East toward Salt Lake City, then through major National Parks in AZ, NM, ending up in Florida for the winter... That's a big trip for first starting the end of September. You'd probably want to take I-90 across to Bozeman, Montana and south into West Yellowstone for your stay. Yellowstone National Park All of the national parks have wonderful web sites like this. It's worthwhile to read them thoroughly for road information and things to do. Some things will be closed in October so check dates. Then I-90 to Missoula and north on 93 to Glacier. Then I-90 to Hwy 12 at Yakima, Washington to either Hwy 97 to Maryhill, WA to I-84 west to Portland or from Yakima, continue on Hwy 12 west to I-5 and south to Portland. If you really don't want to do Portland from I-5 you could take Hwy 4 at Longview, WA to 401 south to Astoria and south on 101 along the coast. Depending if you want to be around San Francisco you could take I-80 east to Salt Lake City and south on I-15 for the Utah parks. This is a lot of interstate driving but there are many secondary roads you could take if you research the elevations and keep a watch on the weather for Oct/Nov. You might want to purchase the "Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers" which is very helpful for a heads up on what to expect. Buying it from the publisher is cheaper than Amazon for some reason. When you get specific details of your route, come back and ask more. All of the above roads are no issues for RVers.
2gypsies 08/30/15 08:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Campground Damage Deposit

Here's a list of their rules. It sounds like this is a well-managed park and one that we would enjoy. I wish more parks would be like this. http://www.cypressblackbayou.com/images/pdf/occupancy-7.pdf
2gypsies 08/30/15 08:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Downsizing - 2 yrs and counting

We decided to full-time in May and took off with everything gone in August. Once we started it went fast and was a VERY good feeling. Start a room at a time and put aside things you'll take along. You'll probably look at those piles a few times and still eliminate some things - especially kitchen stuff and clothes. Then we asked the kids to take what they wanted. It was just a few things because they had their own 'stuff' and tastes. Then we sold big items by advertisements. Then the garage sale, Goodwill and finally the dump. What a relief!! We never had a feeling later that "we should have kept.....". We had everything we needed in our RV. Good luck in your new lifestyle. We thoroughly enjoyed our travels and volunteering for 16+ years.
2gypsies 08/30/15 07:56pm Full-time RVing
RE: Wyoming/Colorado weather in Oct.

I wouldn't say you'd need chains in October. We've been in those state at high elevation at that time and had gorgeous weather. Cool at night but warms up fast. If it would happen to snow it's not going to stick for days on end. The pavement is still too warm.
2gypsies 08/30/15 07:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tiffin or Newmar

You don't need dealer support for a 12 yr. motorhome. There are many good places that will work on the mechanics.
2gypsies 08/30/15 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stopped in motor home for going too slow on I-80

Wow! I thought this was a RV forum.
2gypsies 08/30/15 07:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: When is generally a good time to start?

I'd say mid to late May would be good for the roads although you know how weather can change. You'll definitely have snow on the mountains and to us, that's a plus. They'll be gorgeous. We came the opposite direction one September. There was no snow on the mountains and they are black. We didn't like it at all. Of course, if you're planning to do any hiking, you won't do much in May because the trails will still be closed. Mid-June would be good for hiking.
2gypsies 08/30/15 03:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: West Coast Travel - 5th Wheel

Give us your planned route once you hit California or Oregon. If you're planning on driving Highway 101 all up the coast, you'll have no issues. However, it's not recommended you drive Highway 1. They're completely different. Regardless, the roads you take to even get to Hwy 101 could make a difference for you. What is your route? If you're first leaving the end of September you could also be entering the rainy season for the coast but then again, you know how the weather can change and you could have gorgeous weather. Bring a raincoat - in case! :)
2gypsies 08/30/15 03:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: ALT-89 Jerome, AZ accident

The road is posted for RV length. It's definitely not recommended for big RVs, especially driving through Jerome. I, too, think some RVers panic on narrow roads. You need to do a little road research in mountain areas.
2gypsies 08/30/15 03:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: San Diego (Encinitas) to Borrego Springs...

You could also take I-8 and exit at Ocotillo Exit #87. Take S2 into Borrego Springs. It's an easy, pretty drive with a RV but longer than the other routes.
2gypsies 08/30/15 03:42pm Roads and Routes
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