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RE: Class A toad caught on fire

1) a rear camera won't show a flat tire. We had a flat and couldn't even feel a difference in the pull. The monitor can't show a view from the side. A motorist pulled alongside and gave us that dreaded hand signal. We were riding on the rim by that time. We immediately installed tire presser sensors on all tires - motorhome and toad. 2) RE: a safe hidden in a rear closet, etc. Ours is portable and is kept by the front door and is easy to grab when we leave the motorhome. We don't have a safe for intruders as the chances of that are almost nonexistent. 16 years of full-timing, lots of boondocking in remote places and talking to full-timers constantly, and have never heard of an instance of intruders. Yes, it 'could' happen but if it does so be it. Our concern is having our important documents, etc. ready to grab on exit. If we're in a shop for servicing our documents go with us in the toad for the day.
2gypsies 04/18/14 01:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Guide book or website about steep/twisted/rough roads?

..and reading that description tells me what to expect for the next 20 miles - no surprises. What's wrong with that? If the last entry stated a 10% grade begins in two miles, I would want to know that and perhaps find a different route before I even get on that road. When we're doing extensive mountain driving we go over our next day's planned route the night before when there still time to make changes. We don't get on a mountain road and THEN begin reading about it. We have no fear of mountain roads and know that going up and down will be slower for us. But we do appreciate finding this kind of information to let us know what we're getting into.
2gypsies 04/17/14 11:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Can smell mold but can't find it

We were in heavy chipmunk surrounds and once had a chipmunk die in one of our bay compartments -left the door open for him to walk right in :). A couple weeks later the strange moldy smell began. We emptied the bays and found it. Washed his resting place and no more smell. A mouse might smell the same!
2gypsies 04/17/14 11:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is Top of the World Hwy paved

OP - since you don't like dust/gravel and your wife needs guardrails, I highly suggest you skip the Top of the World Highway. You might even have difficulty with the whole Alaskan trip if you don't like dust. Re-think your goal. Hopefully, you'll change your mind. All that dust/gravel is well worth it.
2gypsies 04/16/14 10:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fresh water AND grey water combined?

OP - Even if you're buying a new RV, don't assume that the grey tank hasn't been used. Also, even if you redesigned the plumbing yourself the resale is zilch. No one would want to buy it set up like that.
2gypsies 04/16/14 10:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping

If you look at some RVs with full paint you will see that black would look better than white. You can't see the roof but you can see the air conditioner. When being built, some are even painted a color to blend with the full paint - brown, dark green, etc.
2gypsies 04/16/14 09:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Guide book or website about steep/twisted/rough roads?

We use the Mountain Directory all the time and find it very accurate on what to expect mile by mile.
2gypsies 04/16/14 06:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Northern Yellowstone

Here's the official Yellowstone campground site: Yellowstone Campgrounds If you're already in the park you might consider checking at your reserved campground the day before you leave and again in the morning. Many times there are cancellations and you could then just stay where you are. We love Mammoth and our 40' MH fits just fine. The views along the ridge are gorgeous and you'll usually have elk walking down the street. This is a handy campground if you want to explore more of the north area and for even taking a day tour north. We've also pulled into Madison and Bridge Bay early morning and easily secured a site without reservations. Give it a try and have a good trip!
2gypsies 04/16/14 06:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling without reservations

We love Baker's Hole c.g. but realistically, if you need electric you'll need to arrive early morning not in the afternoon. Folks in some dry camping spots the previous night will gobble up the electric sites as soon as folks leave. We don't have a problem because we like the dry camping spots. You might have a list of RV parks in the area ready to call for a site if you can't get one at Baker's Hole.
2gypsies 04/16/14 05:44pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Lost my awning on the highway - high wind

Our friends lost their awning in similar fashion. After that, we took a long velcro strap and put it around the awning arms about half way up so they can't come open on their own. It has worked for a number of years now. Easy to remove and put back on when needed. It has "worked" because they haven't had enough wind from the side. The wind comes up under the awning and unfurls the fabric by striping the ratchet that holds the awning rolled up. The arms are still locked. To do the job the roller tube has to be locked in place somehow. Agreed, a velcro strap will not keep the awning secure. We were traveling a back road of Texas, thankfully, when a quartering wind took the whole roller off. We didn't use Velcro and the arms were still secure. It was scary to think of that roller sailing if we had been on an interstate. Since then we use an awning lock.
2gypsies 04/16/14 05:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: rt 14 east of cedar city

20 is an excellent way to get to I-15. I don't have my "Mountain Directory for Truckers" handy but I would guess Hwy 14 is more than a 6% grade.
2gypsies 04/16/14 12:24am Roads and Routes
RE: cops stopping you

16 years of full-timing and never any problems. We've gone through many border crossings - never checked. Never heard of anyone having a problem. If you don't give them a reason to check on you then don't worry.
2gypsies 04/16/14 12:14am Full-time RVing
RE: Spare tire class A motorhome

We've full-timed in our 2004 for 10 years with no spare - even driving to Alaska. We are very conscientous about keeping our tires in excellent condition - replacing before they 'really' need it, and keeping them properly inflated. Being full-time we carry everything we own so don't have the room for a spare. Also, we wouldn't have the strength to handle it. Granted, we could need a tire someday but we have roadside insurance. We just don't worry about it. If we'd have to wait a day or two for a tire we'd be happy boondocking and waiting!
2gypsies 04/15/14 11:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Possible Routing

Tyrone & Gladys: Yes, that would be a nice route, too, but it's 222 miles longer than the most direct route, not 800 miles shorter. It's pretty but one needs to be aware of the mountain climbs from Durango to Jackson unless one made some longer alternative routes. We've been in those areas many times and love the mountains. There are many routes to get there - just depends if you want fast or scenic.
2gypsies 04/14/14 09:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: What manufacturer do I purchase?

Newell,Foretravel,Country Coach,Monaco,Newmar Mike gave you the top manufacturers for mfg. for full-timers or extensive travelers that put on a lot of wear and miles. Are you going to be a weekender? If so, there are other mfg. that would be good, too. You can find used high quality motorhomes for the same price as a new entry model one. You might want to check out iRV2 owner forums for all manufacturers and start reading and asking questions. You can also get an idea from reading if folks are talking about any major flaws or poor workmanship with their motorhomes. Also, what years of a particular manufacturer that put out poor quality. For instance, Tiffin has had some bad years of production. We've had our Newmar since 2004 and love it. It's a very stable company that has been around a long time. Good luck and start reading!
2gypsies 04/14/14 08:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: South west RVs are not nice

JiminDenver: What an excellent post!! We enjoyed it thoroughly.
2gypsies 04/13/14 08:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Do you suffer from Stuff-o-cation?

Lizzie: It sounds like you're a prime candidate for full-timing. Have you ever considered it? Getting rid of it all is like a big weight being lifted off you!! Good luck with the June 13 deadline! :)
2gypsies 04/13/14 08:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Possible Routing

Beth, I don't know if you have a computer mapping program or perhaps you're just not interested in getting one but it's really not needed. I just plugged into my mapping program (Delorme) the most direct way to get from your house to Yellowstone. That's how I arrived on the 2091 miles and the route I gave. It's not necessarily a preferred route. It's just the shortest. There are many, many different ways to get there depending on what you want to see along the way. However, if you have no time schedule you might just want to get a good road atlas - Wal Mart sells their's near the registers - and study the states you'll be passing through. Main attractions, parks, etc. are usually marked on the maps. Take a highlighter and mark things you might be interested in seeing and pick a highway that most of them are along. It doesn't have to be an interstate. Sometimes a state highway will have more for you to see and neat little towns to poke around. Many of those small towns have nice city parks for a night's stay and most of them are very reasonable in price, sometimes free. Don't be afraid to get off the interstates if you want to really see our beautiful country. That's how we love to travel. Yes, it's slower but if you have the time, go for it. Planning the trip is part of the fun!
2gypsies 04/12/14 10:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Hwy 101

X2 but we move from campground to campground during the morning just as folks are leaving. We prefer the state parks and no reservations. All the sites in a particular campground are not reservable. It can be done.
2gypsies 04/12/14 10:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: UTAH Hwy 89, 12 and 24

Here's a wonderful guide for Hwy 12 Scenic Byway: Utah Hwy 12 Scenic Byway Guide
2gypsies 04/12/14 10:33pm Roads and Routes
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