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Watch out for cost of Michigan State Parks

I've complained before and am again though I don't expect it to change anything. But sometimes I wonder if anyone really complains about price any more so the seller never knows?? We are from Illinois and were just camping at Sleeping Bear Dunes NP campground. No hook-ups but nice campground for $6 (senior pass). We called to see about reserving Ludington St Pk. It would have totaled $49 for 1 night. Rediculous. This crosses the line! This includes entrance fee(which many states waive if camping and I think maybe it's more for non-residents), The camping fee and a way too high $10 reservation fee. Most of the states which charge a daily entrance fee have a lower camping fee so that the total is around $30. PLUS the sites have only elec, no water. So we found a public park several miles away for $30 with full hook-up plus Wi-Fi. We drove through Ludington SP for a look and I've never seen a sate park campground so crowded and with sites so close together. Boy, I sure am glad it was so outrageously expensive so that we did not stay there.
Jayco-noslide 06/29/15 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pricing confusion???????????

I think part of the problem is that many of us RVers have a hard time estimating what any given RV might be "worth" because there are so many variables; age, type of RV, condition, and many more. It's fine to say offer what you are willing pay to pay but one needs some guidelines to start with so the "book value" may help. I might be willing to pay $10,000 for a late model Class A but pretty silly if it will probably sell for over $80,000.
Jayco-noslide 06/29/15 01:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pricing confusion???????????

Dealers typically overprice RV's so that they can make it look like they are offering you a lot for your trade-in; although, this seems like a stretch. I think I would offer below the NADA listed value. Also, check out comparable RV's to see what they are selling for. The asking price is pretty meaningless as most vehicles and RV's sell way below. You can always raise your offer but not lower it.
Jayco-noslide 06/18/15 10:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Old grumpy guy

I'm 72 and have RVed for over 40 years. I'm wondering where and when you mostly camp? We snowbird in winter mostly at state parks and almost never have the problems you are listing but school is in session and it's mostly senior campers. In summer We go to national parks, some state parks, corps of engineers, etc with occasional private campgrounds and still don't see the problems much but there are more families, kids, etc. So, I'm thinking, avoid holiday weekends and RV more in winter if possible. Also, avoid campgrounds around festivals, celebrations, etc. that attract part-time campers and not "real RVers". In 40 years only 3 or 4 really bad situations come to mind. I don't think we are all that tolerant but we do have a couple of noisy fans on at night and don't hear much.
Jayco-noslide 06/13/15 10:16am RV Lifestyle
RE: Towing with a minivan

It probably would but I wouldn't. In addition to being marginal with power and braking it is a front wheel drive which isn't great for towing. How about a pop-up?
Jayco-noslide 06/11/15 09:52am Beginning RVing
RE: Towing Question

When in doubt, downshift. Many are afraid of high RPM's because of the sound but up to around 5,000 RPM's isn't going to hurt anything for short periods. Motors are sort of overbuilt in that regards.
Jayco-noslide 06/11/15 09:44am Travel Trailers
RE: What was your first newbie moment?

After 10 years towing a 5th wheel, got a 30 ft. Class C. Stopped by the campground check-in station heading out and needed to make a U-turn to re-enter the campground. Forgot about the rear overhang being up against a log fence and damaged the rear lower corner pretty badly. Expensive body work!
Jayco-noslide 06/09/15 01:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1/2 ton towable FW

Before our current Motorhome, we towed a, 1999 25 ft. Jayco 5th wheel with no slides with 2 different half-ton Chevys for 10 years. It worked out fine but I always said that I wouldn't want any more weight; not even a few hundred pounds. For the life of me, I can't figure out why the manufacturers don't make more truly half-ton towable 5th wheels in the 25 to 27 ft. range but they don't. There are plenty in the 30-32 ft. range but they are really too heavy for the average half-ton. Sure it might work if you have a newer half-ton equipped with the biggest motor, heavy duty suspension, etc. but most half-ton aren't. Oh, and don't pay any attention to salesmen. Fully research it yourself and don't tow any more than 80 or 90% of the truck's advertised capacity.
Jayco-noslide 06/09/15 01:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Engine as brakes down a mountain

Engines have a "red line", that is an RPM number which you are advised to not exceed. It's usually around 5,000 or 5,500. My motorhome doesn't have a tach but the redline is usually far above what sounds uncomfortable to the ears. 4500 sounds pretty loud but won't hurt a thing.
Jayco-noslide 06/02/15 12:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Engine as brakes down a mountain

Definitely makes sense. I don't know how long and steep that grade is but the principle is to avoid using the brakes so much that they might start getting hot and fading or just putting on a lot of wear. Always use a lower gear to brake. Just use some sense. Don't down shift to your lowest gear going 50 MPH. Downshift to one gear below the top one around 50 or so before you start down the steep part and if it looks like that's not going to do it brake enough to slow down to 30 or so then go down to the next one. If you do it right you shouldn't need to brake a lot and only intermittently.
Jayco-noslide 06/02/15 12:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: RV's in winter

Rv's have a furnace so you can stay comfortable as long as you have propane and your battery holds out if you aren't plugged in. Most motorhomes have a generator to recharge the batteries. However, most campgrounds have generator hours so the batteries still have to make it through the night. Personally I don't think its much fun when daytime temps are below 50 or 60.
Jayco-noslide 05/29/15 01:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What items have you forgotten when you left for the winter?

Medically related items. A Dr. order for a monthly blood test I need. An actual hard copy of a prescription for a med. Didn't go back as it can be handled by phone, fax, etc.
Jayco-noslide 05/27/15 09:03am Snowbirds
RE: RV Resorts

About 10 different state and national parks in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Jayco-noslide 05/26/15 06:14pm Snowbirds
RE: Anyone not want to retire?

Retired at 57 1/2 and have never looked back or had an ounce of regret. And it's not really that I have a lot of money either. We have workamped for 8 summers since and I had a part-time job for over 2 years and that's because "retirement" gave me the flexability to do that. I know people who are getting old and not retiring and I can't figure out if it's because they really love their work or are just scared of change and unknowns that retirement will bring or can't think of anything else to do.
Jayco-noslide 05/26/15 06:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking at Winnebago View

I think how much RV space 1 needs is a very individual matter and strictly in the mind so to speak. We workamped for many summers for 10 weeks and snowbirded all winter in a 25 ft. 5th wheel with no slides. Quite small to some. a number of times we wished we were home but never because of lack of space. I don't subscribe to the "bigger is better" mentality. However, we have decided that at this point in our lives we need a dinnete, a couch, a 3 burner stove, a standard size frig with freezer and a fulltime, walk-a-round bed and whatever size is needed for that. So we have a 30 ft. Class C with 2 slides. We have had much smaller and might again 1 day.
Jayco-noslide 05/23/15 02:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinions for First National Park Visit

Yellowstone is tops for wildlife but Glacier NP in northwestern Montana is our favorite of all national parks but it is a long ways for Floridians. We have visited few if any really disappointing national parks. All the major ones in Utah are great. Grand Teton is very high on the list and it is "small" enough to see most of it in a few days. Also adjoins Yellowstone so those 2 would be my 1st priority.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: real world fuel mileage

30 ft class c V-10. MPG ranges 7 to 11 with toad. Depends lot's on wind and terrain.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Locked? unlocked? TT and 5th wheel RV's

Always lock the door to insure against it swinging open. Never lock compartments unless leaving it unattended for long period. No thefts yet in 40 years.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I need a hitch lock?

I never had one. The chance of theft is probably something like 1 in 10,000? I was always more concerned that someone would just release the hitch when parked but never happened. I choose to not try to protect against low probability events.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Backing up with toad

The RV place that installed my baseplate etc. said "Don't back up an inch" and I haven't. I'm thinking the problem isn't just steering the toad but the stress placed on the hitch and baseplate by backing? So far I've only had to unhook once because I pulled too close to a curb. It is a constant concern for sure. But my son tows with a dolly and he can't back up either so only way to avoid the problem is to not tow any thing or use a trailer which isn't an option to me.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:09am Dinghy Towing
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