yes, slides do make quite a difference and not just for extended stays--while we got something we thought would be perfect for the two of us and one little 12 lb dog, it wasn't long before we were hauling friends and relatives on wonderful camping and vacation trips. when you are talking two more full size dogs, another adult or two and two kids--it's almost a necessity.
nice little winnie. we've been full-timing now since the 1st of may with a long list of ideas for places we want to go once the weather settles down next spring. currently relaxing in pahrump (NV) at preferred RV park--nice--day time temps high 60's--high 30's at night. will also have to spend some time back at the paper residence and get that settled as well....still have a few things to sell. time to simplify!
If you have Michelin tires that are within 5 years of purchase and have sidewall cracks, you can call Michelin to have them replaced or give you a discount on the replacement. It took me 5 minutes on the phone with them, and they sent me to the nearest dealer for inspection. Dealer reported back to Michelin which offered me 40% discount on replacement tires since I already put 35K miles on the old ones. All done in one day.
I was going to pay full price to replace my cracked tires, but I'm glad that I decided to give Michelin a call at the last minute.
well, crap! too late for that and we were certainly within 5 years of purchase. afraid to leave idaho with cracked tires and were on our way out of town. thanks for info--can maybe help someone else with same situation. DH had always sworn by michelin; now have Toyo (from Les Swab).
thank you all for the excellent and fast responses! the pictures were exactly what our set up looked like (located in the 2nd basement storage behind the door. we'd just replaced the house batteries last year; knew it shouldn't be that. the DH sometimes hits switches on his way out the door, checked to make sure the aux battery switch was on. DH got out his handy-dandy voltmeter and we checked the charge. we are now looking good on the electrical--learned something new--and the system looks like a go.
the tires, oh yeah, not even going to revisit that situation. got out the handy dandy charge card. now have two new tires on the front. they were 4-5 yrs old; still good tread, but i didn't like those cracks. valve stems; agree. need to be replaced. we will revisit that issue next SS day, assuming the feds don't stop that, too.
again, thanks everyone! always appreciate the advice and why i come back so often!:D
having had a blow out on an inside dually, i'm rather paranoid about our tires now and generally get the DH to stop and ck the tires before we leave town on a trip. it's amazing how often we find them low. this time, only 25 lbs in the rear outside discovering a faulty valve stem; finding also cracks across the sidewalls on the front as well. GROAN! bad enough, but then drive all day and dry docked at wally world last night to discover our electrical charge down to 1/3. especially after driving all day, it's usually fully charged--as it was when we parked it for the two weeks we were at the crash pad. figured parasitic discharge, but drive all day again and it's no better. huh? now what?
I NEVER walk around in the MH while its in motion. BTW, did I mention that I'm a solo RVer? :)
no problem, just use your cruise control.
as I remember right, there was a lady RV'er who indeed did just that, traveling alone, set her cruise control to go back and fix herself a sandwich, then was surprised when it crashed. she obviously survived to relate the problem with the cruise control. ;)
agreed not a safe thing to do, especially when you are so careful to belt up in the passenger seat. yes, it's possible to get up and go back. yes, have used the bathroom; yes, have prepared a coke or something cold to drink. no, have NOT tried to fix a lunch--we stop for that. no, have not tried to sleep on the bed. we did have guests one time, who not entirely well, went back to lay down. she reported it was bouncy and not terribly comfortable. wouldn't recommend it. there are so many really nice rest stops along the way on most interstates. some have major facilities (including dump stations-free) that we schedule to use. stop for a few minutes and rest.
since we found a vacuum that is fairly compact and works well, we use the passenger leg area to store that appliance when parked. we spent lots of gas dollars and tons of time trying to find a little table top that would fit between the seats. couldn't even find a TV tray--nothing that wasn't a set of 6 and weighed more than a regular cabinet. have given that idea up. maybe this winter, DH will build me something--I've certainly planted the hint!
we have straps above the shelf from corner to corner of the shower--two. http://i1043.photobucket.com/albums/b433/clydegin/Image08182013142456_zpscf2ca92c.jpgthey hold everything we need and go nowhere. never have to move anything. just go and except for this last REALLY bad road (and then we had lots of stuff on the floor), they stay put.
pretty much sounds like our criteria at the beginning of our search as well. wanted the smaller for the maneuverability and we thought would be better mileage. also wanted the walk-around bed, couch (jack-knife that makes into a bed) and the dinette. didn't take long before we realized we were looking approx. 30'--and that's what we ended up with, 30' Winnebago, two slides, dinette, J-K couch, and walk-around bed. like the division of the shower from the toilet room, too. apparently mileage is pretty much moot point--about the same whether 25' or 30'. and I might add-we've never regretted this decision. it's a super unit.
I use the orange lynx blocks for simple front end adjustments. also, DH made me a set of 2 x 8's joined so they span the dualies along with a strap on the end for easy pick-up and load. of course, I use them in front when working with front end adjustments, too, and they are much less prone to move or slip on me. I like to be just a touch high on the slide side so when they are out, I actually finish leveling. half-bubble works for me. walking from back to front, I don't want to feel like i'm running downhill, etc., and am usually pretty careful about leveling while DH sits behind the wheel and awaits the word on setting the brake. ;)
we've been parked since the 1st/may in the treasure valley of Idaho. the awning has proven invaluable--reducing heat gain on the sun side of the rv and reducing the a/c load. greatly improves the comfort level inside and out. only caveat: if you will be leaving the unit for an extended period of hours and are located in an area of spontaneous winds, make sure you retract before leaving the unit. one evening as I was leaving for a meeting, I looked at the awning and wondered if I should retract. thinking my DH would be there in case the wind came up, I left. yes, it surprised DH and before he could get it down, the top got ripped. he has since completed a repair which looks good and should hold (hopefully) for some time, but we were quoted $200 for new and $200+ for labor to replace. high tension makes the awning dangerous and the rv service said it takes 2-3 guys to install. assume that's a decent price, but don't know if we are comparing apples to apples.
agree with snowdance; we get the same water droplets from a/c condensate drainage. hate the way it's routed, but also don't want to mess with design as it looks like the route is specifically open (with a mini-scupper) for drainage there. yes, it creates a minor streak, which also bothers me, but then I try to be careful with this thing as it's going to be "home" for awhile yet.
What is a G7 park?
Are you living in the MH now in Idaho? What will you do when winter comes?
....I'm actually seeing multiple offers coming in on houses for sale and bidding wars liken to the 80's happening.
Add up all the monthly CG fees and ALL the monthly gas, MH repairs, maintenance, etc-on the road living expenses times 12 and then multiply that by how many years the DH plans to stay in the MH......maybe the grand total on paper might change his mind! :W
oh I SOO agree! i'm anxious to find something that might work for us, but remember now we have DD in and settling are already paying one mortgage. SS just doesn't go too far and I know prices are on the upward swing. groan....I really think it's going to take at least this winter (and maybe next spring) before I can get DH to come back around. yes, currently living in Idaho but planning to split soon as we can get the house DD is now living in cleaned up and settled down. come October I assume we'll be heading south.
Eek! no, the toilet hasn't done any of that burping yet (thanks for the graphic description--i'll relay to the DH)--thank heaven--but maybe that would shorten this whole full-timing thing. ha!
yes, gary, have been on the site for awhile now and always appreciate your comments. and yes, you are so right on many levels and thinking the workcamping might make sense for us. something to look into and I will--TY. also, totally agree with the comments re home prices and mortgages. now if you could only convince the DH of that! you'll remember I said "he says" he wants to full-time several (or more!) years. i'm still trying to get my head around that as i'm very worried about home prices and mortgages pricing us out by the time we get back. unfortunately there would be no way we could buy and snow bird ($$$) at the same time. our current monthly in this G7 park is $350--very reasonable, I think. so if the point is that the southern parks are really that expensive we are really pushing that point, huh. personally, i'm hoping by next spring DH will be rethinking the full-timing. end of july marks 3 mos.
the toilet; put our boys up in the winnie last year when we were celebrating our 50th and apparently didn't get the black tank cleaned well. I've been following the suggestions re NOT dumping until full--not sure about it "burping". messed up our sensors--easy to do anyway. been trying to get them cleaned but are chronically at 2/3 full. oh well. not really a big deal. I appreciate all the comments again--thanks, all.
as I wrote several months ago; the DH and I were moving into our Winnie to duck pond while we were between houses. after a year of looking for a home for us all (DH and I, daughter, 2 Gkids, and eventually my sister(?), we finally gave up late may and just bought something to get our daughter into. in the meantime, we've been staying at a G7 resort in Caldwell called Ambassador. what a great park! DH is LOVING it! changing our idea completely--now want to full time (he says) for several years before we start looking for housing again. since here we've met many full-timing residents all quite happy doing the seasonal thing following the weather. we want to snow bird starting with Pahrump NV and thence to quartzsite AZ but get no response from any RV parks. lots of BLM land tho. do most full-timers find a BLM space there? only problems we've encountered so far has been that of caring for the toilet; apparently a science we've yet to conquer.
doing some maintenance today; time to go get some propane, gasoline, etc., discovered we couldn't pull in the slides. yup, engine battery dead. no prob, tried the auxiliary start. nothing. we recently replaced the coach batteries; shouldn't have been a problem. replaced engine battery. slides are back working normally. however, question at the RV dealer about the auxiliary start--they think might be a faulty solenoid. huh? engine? any other ideas why the emergency auxiliary start wouldn't perform?
while it's true you can't use a heat pump much below 40 degrees, we use ours very effectively when it starts getting really cool. love the savings on the propane tank; extending the propane usage. I haven't done any comparison in costs, but if you are paying for an RV space which includes electric, you are getting it included w/o spending the propane; another good thing.