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RE: 24 foot Class B Questions

Lynn, I understand what you (and most everyone else) are saying but...the van is 13 years old! We will just keep gently using it. I do drive it almost every day around town to do errands. We are on our knees and our fingers are crossed!
GizmosMom 08/27/13 08:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: GizmosMom --) Class B Rallies

You have a good memory! I just happened to click on "newest" posts and saw this! I am still working at a preschool and Joe manages a club in the UT stadium. We are both still in the workforce and we participate in bass fishing tournaments with our couples fishing club. Our schedules are somewhat crazy and unpredictable. In addition, we also have annual trips (Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break) with friends that we take each year. Those all eat up a lot of vacation time. So I just kind of keep looking at the rallies and check to see if we can participate. The last trip in Michigan was very attractive but it was during May and that is a very busy month in the world of the little people (preschool). We are both from Michigan. Next summer we are going back for a combination family reunion and our high school class reunion. So keep planning them and we will see if we can attend! I am so happy that my little idea has helped everyone to make such strong connections!
GizmosMom 08/26/13 09:15pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 24 foot Class B Questions

I hope that we can keep using our van. It has everything we want in a van. Dual tires in rear and a kind size bed that is pretty comfy. We can stand up straight. And now we have a new refrigerator, too! Hopefully the end is in sight, repair-wise. It's nice to hear that others also are driving older units.
GizmosMom 08/26/13 09:02pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: best route to colorado from nc

Not sure where you live in NC. Could you get on to Interstate 40 in Knoxville and then travel on it west? Or if you have the time, take some of the state and US highways. You will see more of the country and small towns that way.
GizmosMom 08/22/13 07:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: traveling West on I 80 to Yellowstone with a 4 year old.

When I was eight years old my family traveled from Michigan to Yellowstone. We stopped at the Mitchel Corn Palace, The Harold Warp Museum in ? Nebraska and Wall Drug. We loved every minute of those stops. Times are different now but just in case...check them out!
GizmosMom 08/15/13 05:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 24 foot Class B Questions

Thanks, everyone. Our Xplorer is 21 feet and just perfect to drive around. It's just getting so old. We wanted to keep it forever but now think that is unrealistic. Although I do keep seeing people post here with older vans that they have purchased or are restoring. Will keep you posted. No way can we afford to purchase now. We retire in about 4-5 years so....?
GizmosMom 08/15/13 05:12pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: chicago area guidance

On our way to Michigan from Texas we always swing over Highway 24 from Illinois to Indiana and take IH-65 north. You could detour south but it would be out of your way. They say if you time it correctly, very early or very late or on a Sunday, you will go through without any problems. Have made that drive many time. Just be prepared. You never know what the traffic will be like. That is just my 2 cents. (but haven't traveled that way recently)
GizmosMom 08/14/13 06:07pm Roads and Routes
24 foot Class B Questions

Our old 2000 van has cost us plenty this year. We take good care of it and are up with the maintenance but things happen. This year alone we have replaced all six tires, new rear brakes, new motor for passenger side window and new computer. We headed out on a nice Friday in July and our destination was the Grand Mesa in Colorado. We got as far as Sweetwater, Texas, where we stopped for lunch. The van would not start. After some "wraggling" with Good Sam Roadside Assistance we found a place that would at least look at it and it was towed to a Dodge Dealer in Abilene. The rebuilt ECM that was replaced in May failed...so a new one was ordered and our trip was history. Now we have a gray water water leak and we are replacing the Dometic refrigerator that died in October. We looked at new vans (yikes $$$$$$) and saw some real "Purdy" ones but decided to wait. Now for my question: We looked at some ERA's and an airstream and they were 24 feet long. Do any of you use these as a daily driver? And where do you hang your clothes? We saw some very small closets. Do you hang your clothes in the shower stall? We will keep on camping with our beloved old van but will continue to look for a gently used van that fits our needs. Does anyone else have an older van that they keep pouring money into? Thanks!
GizmosMom 08/14/13 05:59pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What was I thinking??? :-(

Smudge acts the same but seeing and hearing those ice cubes going into the cooler are what really get that tail wagging. My husband and I are fond of our buckwheat hull pillows and when we would move them out of the bedroom, little Gizmo would KNOW that we were going somewhere!
GizmosMom 08/01/13 03:51pm RV Pet Stop
RE: This is not fair!! LOL!!

They are both cuties! And what is "sleeping in?" Nothing I know about as a pet owner!
GizmosMom 07/17/13 10:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: Pets on the Road...

Welcome! There is a section here called RV Pet Stop and there are many posts about traveling with our pets. There is also quite a bit of great information in another section called Beginning RVing . Read the section with the FAQ's Someone posted in the Pet Stop the other day about St. Bernard dogs. After you read through those you will probably find many answers. Some of, course, will be different than others.
GizmosMom 07/17/13 10:27am RV Pet Stop
RE: 1st post - hello & camp question

Welcome! Our "baby" was 2 months old when we began camping with a van and a tent in 1983. We have fond memories. I emptied the cooler, filled with warm water and gave my dirty little toddler a bath in it. (you need to be creative when tent camping with children!) We moved to a Class b, then a Class C. Went back to tent camping for seven years and now it's just the two of us with the dog in another Class B. We love camping and hope that you and your family will have many great memories, no matter what type of TV or tent you camp in!
GizmosMom 07/15/13 08:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Pikes Peak and my Roadtrek 210

We use our generator in the mountains of Colorado to charge up our batteries. We run it only in the afternoon as we camp in the National Forest Service campgrounds. We do have to make that adjustment. It's an Onan.
GizmosMom 07/15/13 03:32pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Taylor Park, Colorado

I thought the construction would last until September or October but I could be wrong. You could phone Harmel's Guest Ranch at (970) 641-1740 Or Three Rivers at (970) 641-1303 We might be headed that way ourselves next week but I just assumed that we would have to take the detour.
GizmosMom 07/15/13 03:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Air Conditioner

Vince, did you replace that air conditioner yourself?
GizmosMom 07/14/13 09:32am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Cancelling Colorado Molly Brown Reservation

Our plans have changed and we are cancelling this lakeside site on Turquoise Lake, near Leadville, Colorado. Molly Brown Campground It is site #8, Sunday, July 21 for 5 nights.
GizmosMom 07/13/13 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2003 Roadtrek window air conditioner prob .

1. I would check your electrical connection. Ours was doing the same thing once while we camped but when we disconnected and ran it with the generator on it was fine. 2. If you run a search for years past in Class B with "Air Conditioner" you should see many posts. We had to replace a couple of our units on our Xplorer and I remember that someone (years ago) replaced his and there are specifics in some old posts. We always paid to have ours replaced as we are not very...well, handy with things like that. If you can't find that post let me know and I will search. I think I have it book marked somewhere. Also, don't run your AC when parked on a slant...we found out that will kill the unit.
GizmosMom 07/13/13 07:32am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: A/C Question

Unless you have a window type AC unit like we do in our class B. You should be almost level when running it. I know this as we had to replace TWO units before we were advised.
GizmosMom 07/13/13 07:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Dogs in National Parks

Oh...thanks, that is good to know. I thought they were just not allowed to walk on the trails.
GizmosMom 07/11/13 08:19pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Hey! We bought it!!

Congratulations on your new rig! I think I need to take everything out of our van, go through it and re-pack! It's been a while since we did an overhaul!
GizmosMom 07/11/13 06:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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