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RE: RVing in Europe

I think the European RVers are more interested in touring than sitting in a luxery campground.
2gypsies 09/18/14 10:17am RV Lifestyle
RE: Fire

We are just amazed at the efforts of the firefighters. Can you imagine yourself dressed in heavy clothing, carrying many, many pounds of equipment, walking through very steep, rough terrain into the high heat temperatures? They are awesome!
2gypsies 09/18/14 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: $500,000 Motorhome. Class A? or would it be a C.

That unit is not meant to sit in luxery RV parks. It's meant for getting out in the boonies and there's no reason for "plush". Anyone buying that is interested in how sturdy it's built. It's also 'euro style' inside and many love the ultra modern with easy care.
2gypsies 09/18/14 10:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best route: Phoenix to Bakersfield

We've taken your first route through Havasu City to I-40. Once you get on I-40, there is absolutely nothing to stop for and no campgrounds within easy reach so plan for a straight through to Bakersfield. Have a good one!
2gypsies 09/17/14 11:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Highway 50 - Nevada - Place to overnight?

If you have a big rig (the size isn't in your signature), then don't try for Bob Scott. We barely fit in the biggest site they had with our 40'. There is a BLM campground at Hickison Petroglyph Rec Area just east of Austin that would take a 35' rig. There's also a rest area just beyond Hickison to the east and one at Eureka. Your best bet is to stay around Fernley/Fallon area and head east and then another stop at Ely. There really isn't much inbetween unless you spot a place along side of the road for boondocking. For fuel, the only places for easy access for a big rig would be in Fallon or Ely. It's a beautiful drive but like it's slogan, it is lonely. Enjoy!
2gypsies 09/17/14 10:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1st long trip,Colo. to New England to Nova Scotia and back.

You didn't state your planned route but if you're getting tired by the time you hit Michigan, the Upper Peninsula and the lower, northern part will be beautiful. If you can make it to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore around Traverse City, Michigan, it is breathtaking beginning Oct 1. Keep in mind also that the colors and leaf drop depends on the weather. Sometimes those leaves drop very fast. I don't know if you'll both be driving but if you're getting tired, slow the pace and don't try to cover so much territory. You'll be seeing fall colors wherever you go. Also, I wouldn't recommend making lots of reservations. Just take your time and enjoy. Have fun on your trip...and 77 is not old. :)
2gypsies 09/17/14 10:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: problem with dealer noit getting work done--byers remorse

If this is a used unit, hang in there but keep calling/visiting and pushing. This should be a slower time for them to get the job done. Are you having major things done to it? If so, perhaps that's the hang-up. After you receive it and agree to what was done, enjoy the heck out of it. If you then have future repairs to be made, that doesn't involve the original purchase, move to another repair facility. You have no obligation to keep returning to the same dealer - unless it's for something that should have been corrected in the first place. Good luck!
2gypsies 09/17/14 09:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Boondocking on North Rim of Grand Canyon

Yep, Ramblin' Ralph, it's NF22. It's neat to see the area via satellite! Thanks.
2gypsies 09/16/14 03:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 2010 Jeep liberty Toad option

OP - another thought. Perhaps getting a sturdy little step like RVers use (look at Camping World), that would make it easier to get into. You will use the vehicle much more than having her in the vehicle so why not get what's good for you and improvise?
2gypsies 09/16/14 08:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why did you go the 'full-timing' route...

We were 'downsized' from our jobs while in our 50's. Luckily we had been savers so there was no real need to look for other jobs...so we bought a 27' travel trailer instead. We took off for four months in Florida. While there we met many happer full-timers. We had never heard the word back then. On our long drive home to Michigan I said "We were gone all that time and never missed anything in that house. Let's sell and go full-time". We sold everything during the summer and took off in our new lifestyle not having any plans, and no computer, no cell phone back then. We didn't have any time-length thoughts and definitely no ending thoughts. We didn't store anything. We just headed West. We joined the Escapees RV Club which was the best thing we did for preparation. We've met many lifelong friends though the Club. We full-timed for 16 years without one regret. We have now bought a small townhouse in an state we never dreamed of living. Our friends from Escapees and full-timing together, 22 couples, have bought in the same 55+ very active community. We have a very good support system. We are truly happy we did what we did. We also did a lot of volunteering for national and state parks and Fish and Wildlife. It gave us a good feeling to help out in places we enjoy visiting and it gave us purpose. We had many good experiences in our constant travels and our grandchildren had a big part in lives - traveling with us or visiting us or we visiting them for big chunks of time. We were there for all their 'big' moments in school and sports. Now as they are older, they are envious of all we were able to do.
2gypsies 09/16/14 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

we have a 5th wheel currently and are debating if a Class A diesel would suit us better. We understand that we will be giving up floor space due to narrower slides, but we don't see many windows in the A units (looking under 40 feet). It seems like the windshield is the main window, where we have nice windows in the living area currently and a bath skylight. You state that you have windows in your living area. So do we. We have the big windshield and depending where you're parked it can afford a glorious view - rivers, lakes, mountains, wildlife. We choose public parks for that reason and choose a site that has a view and faces east or north so the sun doesn't affect the view. Along with the windshield letting in light and the view, we also have two large windows and a side window in the living area and a 30" long deep slide going back into the dining area. In the dining/kitchen we have a large window and a side window and a kitchen window. Plus, we can easily see the view from the windshield and other windows. In the bedroom we have three windows. We also have a skylight in the bathroom and two Fantastic fans in the house that let in ceiling light. There is very little wall space without a window. I think you just have to get used to having windows in different places. We have an abundance of light. Would love to see a unit with that many windows. What do you have and what year is it? 2004 Newmar Dutch Star
2gypsies 09/15/14 09:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Boondocking on North Rim of Grand Canyon

As stated, the park buildings and campground close Oct 15 but the park roads are still open for touring until snow closes them down. Just outside the park entrance is DeMotte national forest campground right on Hwy 64. It's dry camping and a lovely spot at that time of year with the aspen yellows and green pines. You'll have to check when that campground closes. About 1/8 mile from DeMotte toward the park entrance on the same side of the highway, turn right on a very good wide gravel road and drive about 1/2 mile and you'll begin seeing lovely boondocking spots. Forgot the forest service road number but it's easy to spot. Find your perfect spot, turn off the key and you're home. :) Taking this gravel road on the opposite side of Hwy 64 is doable, too, but we find bigger spots on the west side. Enjoy!
2gypsies 09/15/14 09:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Traveling thru Southern Utah + Grand Canyon

From another post it sounds like you're coming from Idaho so here is a route we'd suggest: I-15 south to Hwy 28 at Nephi (south of Salt Lake City) to I-70 east. I-70 east to UT 191 south to Moab and Arches. Many RV parks in the area. You can also easily check out Canyonlands from Moab. From Moab, North to I-70 and west a short distance to Hwy 24. South to Torrey and stay here to check out Capitol Reef Nat'l Park. From Torrey take Hwy 12 to Bryce (Ruby's RV is convenient). From Bryce take Hwy 12 west to 89. Now you have some choices: If you don't want to take the Zion tunnel or can't because of the RV size, then take Hwy 89 north a short distance to Hwy 20 west to I-15. Don't take Hwy 14 across to I-15. It's steep, narrow and curvy. Take I-15 south to Hwy 9 just north of St. George and east to Springdale and stay there for Zion. The free shuttle has its route in town and it's a pleasant place to stay. Or you can stay in the park at Watchman c.g. with electric, water fill and dump station. All easy driving. The alternative after leaving Bryce and if you choose to take the tunnel is Hwy 12 to Hwy 89 south and Hwy 9 through the tunnel and into Zion. You should read this information on the tunnel before deciding. There are RV length restrictions. Zion Tunnel Information Or another choice is Hwy 12 to 89 south and stay at a RV park on 89 at Glendale or Mt. Carmel. Then you'd drive your tow vehicle through the tunnel for Zion. You'll have to take the shuttle for touring Zion. You can't drive your vehicle. Exit Zion either by the tunnel and Hwy 9 east to 89 south. Or...if you're in Springdale, take Hwy 9 west to Hurricane and pick up UT59 which becomes AZ389 taking you to Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT. Stay in Kanab if you want to do the Grand Canyon North Rim, watch your timing because the park buildings and campground usually close mid-October. You'll have to check. The roads will be open though until snow closes Hwy 64 into the North Rim so you can still go into the park. The aspen will be changing color beginning around Oct 1-15 and it's gorgeous. Personally, if you're planning on the South Rim, also, I would skip the North Rim. So, from Kanab, UT you can take 89 east to Page, AZ (the easiest) and out of Page pick up the Hwy 89 detour which has been in effect for about a year because of the 89 road collaspe. The detour might be shown on some maps as IR20. There will be signage directing you and it's now the truck route, too. It's newly paved and runs approximately parallel to 89. It's good for RVs and will bring you out to 89 south of Page. From Kanab, UT another route is taking 89A through Jacob Lake and east to pick up 89. This is a very scenic route but you'll have a steep, curvy downhill a short distance from Jacob Lake. We've done it often but wanted to alert you - depends on your vehicle and your calmness :) So..now whichever route you take you're on Hwy 89 heading south toward Flagstaff, AZ. To work in Grand Canyon South, pick up Hwy 64 west off 89 which will take you into the park. This is just north of Cameron on 89. Stay at Trailer Village in the park itself if you can get reservations. It's the best and easiest way to tour the park as the free shuttle stops right at the RV park - full hookups. Exiting the South Rim, take Hwy 64 south to 180 into Flagstaff and then pick up I-17 south to tour Sedona. Don't take 89A into Sedona if you have a big rig - steep and curvy. There are some RV parks around I-17 or Sedona itself (expensive). We feel Sedona is a zoo to drive a RV in so we always stay at Cottonwood in Dead Horse Ranch State Park (good for big rigs). You can then easily drive your tow vehicle into Sedona. Heading home, get back to I-17 north to Flagstaff and east on I-40. Sounds confusing but get good maps and you'll figure it out. Have a great trip! For RV parks/campgrounds in the different areas of Utah and Arizona you might want to consult this site: RV Park Reviews
2gypsies 09/15/14 09:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: camping in SE Utah in Jan.- March

Snow is beautiful on those red rock areas. :)
2gypsies 09/15/14 08:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

What an absolute fabulous gift you have given your children. They were just the right age to absorb it all in and I'm impressed with how they stuck with the Junior Ranger Programs. They take a lot of time and parents have to get them around to all the places to answer the questions. What a great family you have!! The pictures are awesome and bring back happy memories for us, too.
2gypsies 09/15/14 08:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hershey Show thoughts

Years ago on a whim with no intention of owning one, we stopped at Foretravel dealer in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, I believe. We asked why they didn't have slideouts. The salesman stated "Foretravel will NEVER have slideouts". Look at them now! All these new gadgets are being shown because that's what folks are asking to have. The ones buying now are used to having those things in their homes and expect them in their RVs. Doing dishes by hand? Ha. That leaves the practical folks wondering..... Why?
2gypsies 09/15/14 07:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newmar versus Tiffin

Another vote for Newmar. We bought our new 10 years ago and had approximately 100 custom changes done to suit us and our full-timing lifestyle. At that time they pretty much would do anything you wanted except for any changes that would affect structural issues. I seriously challenge you on this quote: We bought our new 10 years ago and had approximately 100 custom changes done to suit us there is not even 100 things to change on a entire MH So...what are the stakes? We re-worked our whole unit to suit us. Many were not major changes. We had more electric outlets, 12V plugs, adding/deleting lights - types of lights - types of fixtures, designing our computer area for our equipment, deeper overhead cabinets..removing items not wanted and replacing with different, adding window sills, choosing a chair option fabric color for the sofa, adding a solid wood headboard, adding more sliders in the pantry, removing mirrors here and adding there, and the list goes on. Yes, you can get to 100 fast! I wish I could recall a poster's name who was building his Dutch Star around the same time and I'm sure he topped 100.
2gypsies 09/15/14 07:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2010 Jeep liberty Toad option

When I had a knee replacement it was much easier to get in and out of our Liberty than a friend's Honda because the Liberty sits higher and I could just slide out. In the Honda it was really an effort to boast myself up and out. Definitely different strokes..... :) Good luck in the search.
2gypsies 09/15/14 06:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A - Why so limited windows?

we have a 5th wheel currently and are debating if a Class A diesel would suit us better. We understand that we will be giving up floor space due to narrower slides, but we don't see many windows in the A units (looking under 40 feet). It seems like the windshield is the main window, where we have nice windows in the living area currently and a bath skylight. You state that you have windows in your living area. So do we. We have the big windshield and depending where you're parked it can afford a glorious view - rivers, lakes, mountains, wildlife. We choose public parks for that reason and choose a site that has a view and faces east or north so the sun doesn't affect the view. Along with the windshield letting in light and the view, we also have two large windows and a side window in the living area and a 30" long deep slide going back into the dining area. In the dining/kitchen we have a large window and a side window and a kitchen window. Plus, we can easily see the view from the windshield and other windows. In the bedroom we have three windows. We also have a skylight in the bathroom and two Fantastic fans in the house that let in ceiling light. There is very little wall space without a window. I think you just have to get used to having windows in different places. We have an abundance of light.
2gypsies 09/15/14 06:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Now why cant Winnebago make a motorhome like this - in a 25'

The main reason why I am stuck on the 25 foot thing is because many state and national parks, especially in the mountains, California, Big Sur area for example have RV size limits for the most scenic and interesting campgrounds - of 25 feet long or less. OP, if that's what you want then by all means, go for it. However, all gorgeous campsites in the West and national parks do not have that 25' or less restriction. With our 40' motorhome we have stayed in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon and many more national parks. We have been in all the states in the West and public parks are always our first choice - national, national forests, state parks, county and city parks. We also find beautiful spots boondocking in the wilds. We've gone to Alaska and used public parks 95% of the time or else boondocked. Mountains? We've boondocked or used forest service campgrounds up to 9,000 elevation. I think what we're saying is that you don't have to get a 25' RV to find amazingly beautiful spots. Perhaps we can't fit in the spots that you looked at but those aren't the only scenic spots to be had. You just have to do research before finding that perfect campsite. Good luck finding the motorhome that is perfect for you!
2gypsies 09/12/14 09:22pm Class A Motorhomes
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