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RE: Lots of lessons... lots and lots of lessons :)

I'm sure we can all relate to these minor problems. Even after full-timing for 16 years RVing always had some glitches. For instance - falling through a septic tank that the owner didn't know was there. Had to build a RR tie road under us - took 2 days with lots of help and meanwhile we slept in the thing on a big tilt! Have fun!!
2gypsies 05/25/15 09:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Many credit cards do NOT charge a fee. Our Visa didn't. Also, you could plan ahead a little so you don't run out of cash on Sunday!
2gypsies 05/25/15 04:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Our families 8 week RV Trip

I'm sure you're overwhelmed by now. However, I would like to add a few more comments. - definitely check out one of the above poster's link 'Southwest Trip 2014' by Tragusa3. He began planning about a year prior for his big trip with the family. This forum gave him a lot of help and consequently, he did make changes to his original plan. Many of us have been to the planned sites and could give additional help and time needed. - You have a Jeep. Moab is one of two of the best places for Jeeping. (The other would be Silverton, Colorado just north of Durango). The trails are awesome and unlike anywhere else. Your family would absolutely love getting out on those trails of slickrock. The scenery is beautiful. - You planned to stay at Canyonlands - great place. Don't forget to tour Arches Nat'l Park nearby. Something the whole family would love is the ranger-led hike called 'Fiery Furnace'. Check it out on the park's website. You need reservations for it. Arches could take a couple day's time in itself. - all of the national parks have excellent web sites with very helpful information such as 'Things to Do' and road updates. Also, hiking information and campgrounds. Check them out. - if you get to the Grand Canyon, definitely hike down the Bright Angel Trail if only for 1/4 mile or so. It will give you an altogether different perspective of the massive canyon rather than just standing on top. Remember...going up is a LOT more difficult. Take lots of water. I really hope you can shortened the miles for your trip. You'll enjoy it much more.
2gypsies 05/25/15 04:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Utah's State Highway 12

Excellent photos of examples of what some will call 'steep drop offs'. The terrain is a gradual slant not what I would call a drop off. :)
2gypsies 05/25/15 01:09am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Finding safe location for boondocking

I, too, don't associate boondocking with high crime areas. WalMart overnight is not considered boondocking, if that's what you mean. To me boondocking is a nice scenic spot on public lands such as BLM or national forests. We did a lot of it and never felt unsafe even though we were far from civilization and without neighbors. We also felt safe leaving the RV and taking the Jeep siteseeing. In 16 years of full-timing we never felt unsafe or had any problems. Just use common sense.
2gypsies 05/25/15 01:05am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Our families 8 week RV Trip

I can't imagine that trip. It wears me out just reading about it! :) You have entirely too long of driving days with only one night at destinations. First, you can't put on lots of miles per day driving an RV. It's nothing like a car. 300 miles would be tops in my estimation. Get to your RV park around 3pm. Set up. Let the kids swim, etc. Relax and have a cool drink, dinner and call it a day. Everyone will be in a better mood. San Antonio to Carlsbad Caverns - a long drive. Texas is BIG. Carlsbad to Tucson and spend one day (extremely hot in Tucson and you're not going to be doing outdoor activities) Missoula, Montana and a day trip to Glacier (Glacier warrants at least 2-3 days and staying in or near the park) Moab - 1 night - You have a Jeep and Moab is for Jeeping and Arches & Canyonlands Nat'l Parks....4-5 days minimum and others....... Even if your wife shares the driving - and she should, the drivers will be exhausted. Subjecting the 3 children to those long days is going to be very hard on them and you. I would highly suggest that you cut the sites in 1/2 and eliminate the big cities. You can't do them justice with a day or two. The kids would be more satisfied with the national parks but even getting way over to California, Oregon and Washington is too much. You'll enjoy the trip better and will be much more relaxed if you cut it way back - in my opinion. We full-timed and traveled constantly for 16 years and still didn't see everything. :)
2gypsies 05/25/15 12:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Arizona for our first winter south suggestions please

You can only stay 2 weeks at a time and reservations are suggested but the Maricopa County Parks of the greater Phoenix area are awesome - nice spacious sites and lush Sonoran desert. Lost Dutchman State Park is also a winner in that area. Any of the state parks can handle big rigs and they are great but only 2 weeks at a time. Quartzsite mid-January is a must-do just to see the massive RV congregation. Pick your spot off I-10 and Hwy 95 and enjoy for a short time. Yuma is the warmest spot. Further north along the Colorado River up to Havasu has a couple nice state parks. Don't go north of Phoenix during the winter - too cold. Tucson is nice and Benson which is east of Tucson should be checked out. . warm days and cool nights but lots to do in the area. . . Tombstone, Bisbee, Kartchner Cavererns (which has a nice campground). A day trip to Chiricahua Nat'l Monument is worthwhile. The hiking is great. You have a great idea to check out different areas. What's great for one person isn't necessarily so for another. We love Arizona!
2gypsies 05/23/15 03:25pm Snowbirds
RE: Spare tire for Alaska trip ?

We didn't carry a spare for our 40' motorhome. However, we did replace all tires before making the trip. They were 5 yr old at the time.
2gypsies 05/23/15 03:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Utah's State Highway 12

The road is not narrow. It's a two-lane. It seems narrow because of not having wide shoulders. If you can drive a two-lane you can drive this one. There are pull-off spaces occasionally. It's a beautiful drive. We've done it often with our 40' motorhome. The Escalante area has lots of boondocking but it could be hot mid-summer. It cools as you head further north toward Torrey.
2gypsies 05/23/15 03:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Hiking with Google Street View

OK, here's something that's not "Google Trail View" but rather "Google River View". As a matter of full disclosure, this is the only location I've put here that I haven't been to. Upset Rapids, Grand Canyon NP We got an entirely different view of Upset Rapids after our paddle boat upset!!! Quite an experience. The oar boats went through first and parked onshore. The guide wanted to take a video of the paddle boat coming through. He got the whole 'upset' on video and gave a copy to all six of us.
2gypsies 05/23/15 02:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: space containment

Go to a Dollar Store for small baskets that will fit to hold spices, first aid stuff, etc. If you have empty space toss in some paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex boxes, etc. to keep things from moving around.
2gypsies 05/23/15 02:51pm RV Lifestyle
RE: RV Security

16 years of full-timing and moving constantly along with boondocking miles from civilization.....we've never had a problem. It's not something we would worry about.
2gypsies 05/23/15 02:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help with DP for Full Timing

Just speaking for ourselves, we definitely don't think Aqua Hot, washer/dryer or dishwasher are critical for full-timing. We did without them for 16 years with our 40' Newmar motorhome - Spartan/Cummins. Dishes for two are minimal. Why do you need continuous hot water except if you have a washer then you'll be doing constant laundry because of their size. We went to a laundramat every two weeks and finished in 1-1/2 hours. It's no big deal. Public parks were always our first choice - national, state, national forests, COE, county and city. We also loved boondocking on a lovely stream or lake. Therefore, we could never have a washer or dishwasher. Everyone is different and it just depends on YOUR WAY of RVing. Full-timers don't need full hookups.
2gypsies 05/22/15 01:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Overnight on west side of St. Louis?

X2 on Babler State Park. Huge grassy sites. Need reservations.
2gypsies 05/21/15 01:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toad left in park

Since the tire wasn't rotating the flat part was always on the ground and it blended in with the pavement. We didn't even notice it when unhooking after 200 miles. However, getting into it and driving it to the campsite it went thump, thump so that's when we knew something was wrong.
2gypsies 05/21/15 01:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for Co-Travelers - 2016 Alaska Trip

Just a suggestion - You will still be structured if traveling for 4 months with 2-6 rigs. Why not do it on your own? It's a easy trip and you tend to see the same people along the way. If you stay in campgrounds folks will be sitting outside chatting with each other. Join in. Campgrounds will have cookouts and activities for you. You really don't need anyone to go with you to a museum. Side tours/glacier tours can be done alone and you'll have plenty of others along doing the same thing. You can't get lost on the trip. Everyone drives the same roads and goes to the same attractions. Just keep another option open.
2gypsies 05/20/15 09:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC Provincial Parks

When you cross, go to a bank and get multiple denominations of coins. Perhaps Google for fees as some of the Provincial parks you hope to use to get an idea of the cost per night. Then you'll be ready. Have a great trip...wish we were going again this year.
2gypsies 05/20/15 09:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tell me about Mesa Verde National Park, CO

To get to the cliff dwellings you'll definitely have to walk - down and up. If you can manage that - even slowly - that's great. A few ranger-led tours take you into the dwellings and one in particular you'd have to crawl through a opening and climb tall ladders. So read about the park in depth. Mesa Verde We went to Bandelier Nat'l Monument in New Mexico and it has a nice flat walk going by the dwellings. Again, a ladder is needed to get right up to them. Bandelier If you're ever around Flagstaff definitely go to Sunset Crater Volcano Nat'l Monument just north of town on Hwy 89. Right at the entrance gate is an awesome dry camping national forest campground, Bonito. On the loop drive through Sunset Crater is Wupatki Nat'l Monument and that one I believe you'd be able to enter the dwelling easily. It's a beautiful loop drive. Wupatki
2gypsies 05/20/15 08:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: bears

We hosted in the Cascades for four years... you won't believe how many parents let their kids take food into their tents or fruit flavored drinks or fruit/berry flavored accessories, like lipstick, shampoo, chewing gum... You won't believe how many people without kids do the same thing. Oh yes. At another volunteering gig in another campground a girl left a candy bar in her backpack and tossed it inside her tent. Naturally, a bear tore into the tent (no one was in it) and subsequently the bear was killed in front of the Girl Scout troop because it then started getting into other tents... a lasting impression, for sure.
2gypsies 05/20/15 08:31pm RV Lifestyle
RE: RVvillage.com

I guess my point was that we don't need a social networking site to meet people. We do just fine meeting them while doing like activities and have done so before computers. I just don't get it but everyone is different, for sure.
2gypsies 05/20/15 08:24pm General RVing Issues
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