Most places charge $135 per foot of the length of the top of the RV where roof has to go. There is a much better product available for RV roofs than rubber roof. It is a DOW Chemical sprayed on roof that is a minimum of 3/16 inch thick, and covers all flanges so you never have to caulk again. It is guaranteed for 20 years and provides a better R factor for weather. My 36 foot class A was done for $4800 including all new roof vent covers, two AC gaskets and new vent covers for pipes and Refrigerator. It is a product that expands 600 times it's size when it cools down almost immediately after it is sprayed on with a large sprayer. Then sides are covered and you end up with a white or what ever color you want coating over the grey product. It is done at Dave's RV roofs in Green Cove, Florida, and is available many other places in the US and Canada.
The Adirondack state park is a vast area as proclaimed by the state legislature. Starting at the South end heading north from Albany on I 87 at exit 24 of the NYS Thruway, (which is I-87 North until exit 24 then becomes I-90 heading west which is toll) Exiting at 24 gives you the Northway which is I-87 and I-90 East toll free to exit 12 at route 9 near Kinderhook, If you stay on I-90 east it is toll and is the Berkshire spur and takes you to the Mass. Turnpike where the towns of West Stockbridge is and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Going North from Exit 24 on the Northway about 55 miles is Saroatoga which is the largest city in NYS by size and has horse race tracks and Historic downtown with its Canfield Casino, and beautiful plantings and a Carrosell. Then farther North on either route 9 or I-87 Northway is Lake George a 32 mile long lake with historic sites, boating, tourist traps, etc. Then to the north and west are white water rafting mountain climbing and many lakes. Bolton Landing at the north end of lake George is where you might see Rachel Ray as that's where she's has a summer place. Typically the no seeums are out until a hot day in July that kills them all off. There are many places to stay in an RV but tends to be booked in prime summer months. Then to the East in Vermont you can see Grandma Mosses, museum, Williams College, and the white mountains of Vermont, with some Ski area's having summer venues.
The "B" would not be what it is today without the Benz. That 3500 platform is far better than any US designed B yet. Of course they have been in Europe for years and are 98% of the motorhomes in Europe. Although with US diesel fuel cost higher than gasoline, they are rated around 18 MPG which when compared to gasoline prices is about 15 MPG, cost wise. The US sells much of US Diesel to Europe, as they pay more for it than the US customers will. Perhaps that will change if and when the US and other countries start using Natural and propane gas for vehicles. The main advantage to a "B" is its size allowing it to be a daily driver and an home. As for long term stays it does not feel as homey as an A or even a C. The fact they presently qualify as a second home and are deductible as is mortgage interest on your primary home, may disappear when deductions are taken away for higher tax revenue in DC. To "B" or not to "B" that is the question?
The AC units are held on with the bolts inside the RV, under the inside cover around the sides one bolt on each corner which should be snug not torqued tight. They are very durable if kept snug, and usually last as long as the AC units do, as that's when you replace gaskets and check roof. The Refrigerator vent cover should have enough room under the cap to see the blots that sometimes do need cleaning and caulking. The cap is usually held down from top by two blots that have sealant coving them. If you can't get at the area under cap you can take it off, clean and caulk, but it's usually sealed with heat proof caulk that last very long.
I would put the baby in the passengers front seat facing the rear and in a properly sized baby seat. Then the non driver parent would sit with the two children on the seat belted sofa just to the rear of the driver so the baby could be seen and attended by the non driving parent. I would not remove seat belts from children or baby seat while traveling so stops for bathroom and feeding would have to be made as needed. Many RV's have that set up. Booster seats may be needed as they restrict the children from slipping out of the large adult seat belts. I had three children in less than two years and had all three in child seats with seat belts across the back seat of our 1965 Dodge Dart convertible. They were all forward facing and I had to use car seat belts and child seat straps, and a toy attached to all the front loop bars that were padded. Of course they all wore hats and had sun tan lotion, and their Mom paid attention to them as I drove. We usually had songs to sing to make the ride a fun thing for them. Enjoy them as they grow up fast when they are close in age. I think you will find the auto rules differ from RV rules for front seat. That's because there is no back seat that faces forward in most RV's as they usually face sideways. Plus most RV's do not have front seat airbags which is why child seats can't be in front of cars and vehicles that have front air bags, as they injure the baby when they deploy.
History of Dodge boys: They started out making engines for Henry Ford. He always said you can have any color car you want as long as it's Black. After deciding to go out on there own, the Dodge boys made a better car and painted it green. That was the easiest way to tell a Dodge, as it was better built and green to boot. They then got contracts from the US Army for vehicles and the Power Wagon was born. They were brothers one mechanical and one a great business person.
In buying a used RV class A start at the top, as if it needs a new roof the run about $4,500 for a 36 foot RV. If the roof has leaked or will leak, the interior will be rusted and full of mold. Then if you are happy with the interior condition and layout then make sure everything works like oven, stovetop, heater, water heater, fans, alarms, TV's stereos etc. Then you are left with the tires, brakes, engine AC, radiator, etc. Best to have a mechanic check the elements you are not able to do yourself. You need to understand that the vehicle has to be roadworthy for safety and convenience. You can spend now on an inspection by an expert or pay later for repairs that could be more than the unit is worth. As far as running the generator, it is usually best to use it as needed not continuously, as the interior lights and pumps for water are 12 volt and run off your house batteries, that are usually 2 deep cell 6 volts tied together for 12 volts. Those batteries recharge when generator is on and when you are driving, but need to be checked for fluid level as charging evaporates interior acid fluids. Then you have propane that heats hot water, interior heater, and stove burners. Propane also runs the refrigerator when electric is off, as it is 120 Volt and only uses 12 volt to start the propane, when 120Volt is off. That refrigerator has to be close to level to allow the system to work, that's where leveler legs if present on RV are used. If it does not have a working leveling system blocks have to be used and are a real pain to level and can be dangerous due to slippery soils. So don't look, inspect and use someone that knows RV's to determine the value. Most sellers will listen to an experts valuation and adjust their asking price to the market value indicated by the analysis.
It's all in the service records, as if transmission fluids were filtered per manufactures recommendations along with all other services like belt, hoses, wires, distributor, brakes, tires. Figure 7 tires if needed are about $2500. other services could be another $3,000 to get it roadworthy. The brakes probably will have rusted to the races so have the races greased first thing as they are known to not retreat and hold on to rotors causing drag and hot spots. Then the roof may need replacement if it's original at about $4500. If it needs just routine work and everything else is done it's probably worth around $20,000.
If it's fully extended it should not sag. Then you have to keep it lower on one end so water runs off the center too. Center supports do help, but even then you need to make sure of full extension and tip to one side. Using deflappers keeps center flat by holding material out not allowing center sag.
As far as driving I-81, it's a hilly and sometimes snow bound roadway. I would get to I-95 just below Washington, DC area and that way you will have a flatter warmer ride. You may know that many Canadians go to the West Coast of Florida. The East Coast is not as touristy for RVers. If you want warm go as far south as you can, at least to the FT. Meyers area. Then If you want to see Key West, without driving there, hop the boat from Ft. Meyers Marina for a round trip of $125 with return whenever you want as it's not a day trip unless you want that. Bicycles are allowed at $25 extra, and can easily traverse the 4 mile by 4 mile city. See the sunset on Malory Square, beach at Ft. Zackary Taylor at the tip of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, And of course buy a fresh baked Key Lime pie. The trip is 80 minutes one way. The drive is 156 miles from Miami. Get a Pilot RV card and gas up, dump tanks, stay over for big discounts. On I-81 watch the hills in Pennsylvania as they are steep and you need to down shift and brake if you have a heavy load. Call ahead and check for a site ahead of time. Plot your fuel stops, as sometimes there are none for miles.
Many Condo RV lot's are economical due to their income when you are not on site. The value then is in its income as an investment plus the potential resale when you finally sell. Of course there is a management fee for rental, common fees, utility cost, and real property tax cost. Many lots in the Florida Keys seem expensive, but they rent for thousands a month. You can also buy them with a group that share the time on the site. With 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, the demand is increasing therefore prices increase. Before you buy rent the site and see if you fit in with the other owners and enjoy the site.
Now you know how Tiger Woods felt when he took a 3 iron to the head. Many slide on pipe insulation every time the slides are out, but you have to remember to take them off or you get in a pinch. Take care, probably three weeks before you look like new.
The soil you are parked on is the first place to start. Don't try to level on clay side hills or gravel as both shift under weight and rain will make clay into a slip and slide. Sand is easiest as is silt which is a combo of soils and vegetation. Good rule is to use locking plastic levelers as they are designed for safety. Even then you have to use as directed and only stack as high as they recommend. Always ask if you can rent a level lot when going to Parks, and don't forget the sewage does not flow uphill if you're on a plumbed site.
Many times it's because the factory unit is under designed for the length and weight of the built living area. It does have advantages, as most tax axles have separate braking systems which add to stopping and towing ratings. It also eliminates any lateral sway as the tag has an equalizer sway bar.