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RE: Your First Class A

To get ideas and what your budget will purchase, look at this site for both diesel and gas. Bottom line.... if full-timing stay within your budget and don't go into debt. Also, have enough set aside for repairs/maintenance/updating/tires. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/diesel/diesel-motorhomes.php
2gypsies 12/02/16 05:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Possible snowbird next year.

I have been retired for awhile and now that the grandkids are in school, we are not as closely involved with them. I am getting sick of MI winters (lack of sun more than the cold or even the snow). FL would be our likely destination, hopefully near the west coast. When we started full-timing our last home was also in Michigan so know what you mean about lack of sun. :) We first went to Gulf Shores, Alabama State Park (full of snowbirds and can stay the whole winter) and we left the RV on the site and drove back for 3-4 days at Christmas - still a pain though. How do you find a place to stay ? Not set on FL, but the daytime high temps should be in the 60s in January-March. The popular snowbird areas are Florida (high costs and lots of traffic); southern Alabama; southern Texas - Rockport and down to Mission; Arizona - on a line across from thePhoenix area and lower. New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi are cold. Southern California is another warm spot. The most sun will be in Arizona and California. We love Arizona! Do most people head south in the late fall and return for Christmas (can't miss that) or just wait until after the new year. Every way is done... depends on you. Last, is 18-24' TT "big enough" for 2 people used to having their own space in a 1400 sq ft house ? I want to keep the size "reasonable" in case we want to take any long trips during the rest of the year. I'd recommend 27' as the shortest for comfort. Even that is too small if you have days of rain! Plan on two comfortable seating areas - not a dinette as the main seating. I'd also recommend trying out different states and different areas of the state the first couple years rather than making a reservation at a place unseen and being stuck there if you don't like it. We liked state parks and moved around.
2gypsies 12/02/16 11:20am Snowbirds
RE: 2 week trip south

we were in the Keys part of sept, and oct. just looking for a quick get away. any recoomendations on gulf shores? We liked Gulf State Park, Alabama better than northern Florida. It's very nice and a beautiful beach, great restaurants, shopping and fresh shrimp off the boats. Biking is excellent if you bring them. The park is full of snowbirds staying the winter. The park has some activities. Unlike most state parks with a 2-week limit, you can stay the whole season here.
2gypsies 12/02/16 11:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground suggestions for St Louis. Close to Arch

For just a short stay, use the Casino RV park. I don't believe they'll let the kids inside but staying in the RV park is o.k. I think there's a shuttle to the Arch.
2gypsies 12/01/16 09:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommend nice spot in Sourhern AZ?

If you want true boondocking (no outhouse, I don't believe) here is a place at Tucson and it's near the great hiking of Tucson Mountain Park. http://wheelingit.us/2013/03/01/boondocking-site-review-snyder-hill-blm-tucson-az/
2gypsies 12/01/16 06:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Nice RV parks near Bryce UT in the spring

Here are the reviews of the area parks: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/utah/bryce-canyon The free park shuttle stops at Ruby's so everyone can come and go as they please. It's very convenient and has a restaurant, laundry, fuel, repairs, etc. It would be great for the four families and you wouldn't have to use cars to get in the park.
2gypsies 12/01/16 06:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Morning Lows

30 just south of Tucson, AZ @ 5am. Hard freeze last two nights! rocmoc n AZ This concerns me. We want to winter in Tucson next year. I thought it stayed pretty warm there. Will I have to worry about water lines freezing in my 5er or is this 30 degree day an anomaly? We are a distance out from Tucson. Tucson is warmer and does get down to freezing a few times but not often. Tucson is at 2200 feet and we are at 3300 feet. rocmoc n AZ If it freezes overnight you won't have a problem. It's constant cold temps that create problems. Also, that was just two nights. Now the forecast is warmer. Tucson doesn't stay cold all winter but can have cold spells..... but oh, that sun warms it up nicely. We were on the pickleball courts at 9am and it was warm without a coat. The sun shines in Arizona!! :)
2gypsies 12/01/16 04:08pm Snowbirds
RE: Recommend nice spot in Sourhern AZ?

This is an absolute beautiful campground in Tucson with hiking trails surrounding it. Sorry... not outhouse... it has flushies. :) http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?pageId=1327 Tucson also has the Coronado Nat'l Forest campgrounds along the Catalina Highway but not sure if they would be open in winter. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coronado/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=74395&actid=29 Also, just south of Tucson are the Santa Rita Mountains and Coronado Nat'l Forest campground, Bog Springs - for small RVs. It gets occasional snow but will be cold. https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/camping/bog-springs-campground Catalina State Park on the north side of Tucson has access to hiking trails as does Sabino Canyon day use facility. In winter, desert hiking is the best and most of it will be in mountains but not high extremes for snow. There's awesome hiking all around Tucson. Come and experience it! I wouldn't even put Tucson in the same category of Quartzsite. It's not known for hiking. Nevada is cold as is the higher mountain country of Arizona.
2gypsies 12/01/16 03:56pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 2 week trip south

Any chance to go longer for two weeks? If retired, two months of Jan/Feb would be much better and you can go deeper south.
2gypsies 12/01/16 03:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Planning an extended trip, looking for advice.

I'd highly recommend not to travel via the interstates. The secondary roads are just fine for RVs and you'll see a lot more countryside. We did it all the time with our 40' motorhome. I think you've got to help us a little more on what states you hope to see. You've made a BIG request. You're starting in British Columbia but said you don't want to do the western states. For starters you could get on Hwy 2 through Montana and take it into Michigan for awesome scenery along the Great Lakes. From Michigan you'd have many choices to get down to the Florida Keys depending on your interests - historic areas, beaches, forests w/lakes and rivers.... When ready to head home from Florida travel through the lower southern states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas then into New Mexico and head northward. We always enjoy state parks and in the southeast you'll find many Corp of Engineer parks that have very nice sites on water.
2gypsies 11/30/16 06:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Christmas present storage

If you're in cold temps but not freezing, it also makes an extra refrigerator for big items for the holidays - prechill drinks; store cookies so they don't get eaten.... You don't need to turn the refrigerator on...just setting them in the cold RV will do.
2gypsies 11/30/16 06:12pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Nice RV parks near Bryce UT in the spring

March is going to be cold and even April. Ruby's is the best in that area.
2gypsies 11/30/16 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oregon coast camping

Sea Perch is too pricy for us. The state parks are great!
2gypsies 11/30/16 04:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fredericksburg Texas

We've stayed in both when visiting friends. Fredericksburg RV is much better as a park. We don't have dogs so can't help there. Would you really need a dog park? Just walk the dog normally. There are plenty of places. I guess I wouldn't choose a RV park depending on a dog park.
2gypsies 11/30/16 04:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: tanks

Collect your prize... you win!!! We left both closed. Leaving the gray open and with constant trickles of greasy or soapy water, you sewer hose will look and smell awful. If the gray tank never receives full water, the bottom of that tank will also be greasy. Not a choice to leave the black open. It would be foolish to do so.
2gypsies 11/30/16 03:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Westward Ho!

Finally.....some chatter on this forum!! Thank you. You'll love Mammoth in Yellowstone. It's not as hectic as some other parts. Your photos are great!!
2gypsies 11/30/16 03:42pm Workamping Forum
RE: RV Length in Denali NP Campgrounds

We've stayed at Teklanika and Riley Creek with our 40' motorhome in huge sites. Your additional 3' would not have made a difference in the sites we had. However, as stated, you can't choose your site beforehand and if you drive to Teklanika and there are no sites big enough for you then you can't stay. You need to stay in a site. There is no overflow area. The road was plenty wide for us and it would be for you, also. We got no scratches! We reserved 5 nights at TEK and started our drive in when the rangers allowed us early morning so we got there early. We were a little early for our TEK reservation so on a whim we boondocked nearby outside the park in a lovely spot. We drove into Denali early morning and easily secured a huge site for 5 additional nights in the front campground, Riley Creek. Our days were full for the 10 total days. There's a lot to do in the front part of the park, also. We saw 'THE' Mountain 7 of 10 days and every one of the big animals - more than once. We only made reservations about 2 weeks prior when we could better judge when we'd be there. Teklanika and the July 4 weekend were the only reservations we made for the whole summer. We did a lot of boondocking and dry camping. Also, take the school bus tour which is way better than the 'fancy' bus tour. The school bus drivers are very knowledgeable and are experts at pointing out the animals in the distance and they'll stop to let you take photos. The only thing is that you have to bring your own lunch. :) Staying at Teklanika purchase the TEK bus pass and you can ride as often as you want and as far as you want. There were times we just went out for a couple hours or near sunset. We got off the bus and walked the road some distance and picked up the next bus coming by. It is sooooo quiet and the vastness is overwhelming when you're out there by yourself. If you're planning the summer, try to route it so you'll get to Denali around mid to late August. Many RVers will be heading back at that time so your chances are better. One thing, they will not measure you.
2gypsies 11/29/16 06:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Death Valley in June?

Scotty's Castle tour is one of the main reasons to go to Death Valley. It's fabulous and has great history. In June you'll just be driving the main roads. There's nothing else for a reason to stop. Other times of the year you can do off-roading or hiking. How can you not stop at Badwater Basin? Take the Artists Drive loop? There is so much more to DV than Scottys Castle saying it is 'just a drive' is an injustuce. My wording wasn't good. We absolutely love Death Valley and have been there many times so I don't mean to put down DV. I was just thinking that since Scotty's Castle is closed and it is June with extreme temperatures for any hiking, that driving is all they will be doing. Yes, Badwater and Artists Drive are great. My point being, they will be driving. If they were going out of their way to visit Death Valley there could be other places with more interest at that time of year.
2gypsies 11/29/16 06:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing a Jeep Liberty Diesel

Our 2004 Jeep Liberty had 170,000 miles on it when we sold it last year. It towed beautifully and was a fun little car for off-roading. We didn't have any major repair done - just maintenance. If they were still sold we'd buy another in a heartbeat.
2gypsies 11/29/16 06:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: When To Sell

Sorry to hear of the medical issues. I'd begin advertising after the holidays. People are spending their money in other ways at this time of year. Buyers get wary if the things are advertised for a long period of time. They think something is wrong with it. Wait until January. I'm sure you've had some good trips in the past. We'll all live with memories at some point. Good luck!
2gypsies 11/28/16 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
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