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RE: Bear Tooth Highway

I've read threads where people brag that they did it driving a 40'+ MH or pulling some sort of long trailer and I suppose if you're really lucky and meet no traffic on those hairpin switchbacks and have really really good brakes, you might be able to do it. I can't see where it would be anything but a white knuckle drive and certainly not enjoyable with even a medium sized RV.
KarenS144 05/26/15 08:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: TomTom Horrible Routing

I mentioned before that I always have an Atlas or paper map available as well as checking Google Maps. I have on occasion used the map program on my phone too! BUT... I like having TomTom riding along with us. Ours has a split screen that appears when we're at an exit on an interstate and clearly indicates where we need to be to go where we're mapped to go. He gets a little perturbed when we exit and it's not mapped. I wish there was a "chill" button on him. I like being able to tell how much farther we need to go & about what time we'll get there. I also like to know how fast we're going. ;) Tom gives us plenty of warning before there is a turn which is handy too. The maps are only as good as the updates and TomTom depends on the users to bring new roads & construction detours to their attention. I've done that for a major bridge construction in our area and sure enough, the next map update had the detour. They do check it out though before making the change. When we bought our new to us coach, it had a TomTom Eclipse which we named Paula. I've had great customer support from TomTom to get Paula updated with the new maps. Now, we sometimes have both Tom & Paula on at the same time....BUT I still want a paper map!
KarenS144 05/21/15 04:51pm Technology Corner
RE: TomTom Horrible Routing

I use a TomTom quite a bit but always Google map the route the night before and have a paper map along for the ride too. There have been times when TomTom really tried hard to get us lost and once when I was looking for the southern entrance to Shenandoah NP, it tried to send me to the northern entrance. It does sound like you have a setting that's not right though.
KarenS144 05/18/15 06:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Unhealthful food at Assisted Living Facility

My mom is in an assisted living facility and she has complained about the amount of salt they put in food. It's gotten some better but in our opinion everything still tastes salty. I hope you get home soon!
KarenS144 05/17/15 06:39pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: How long drive time with kids without wearing out?

We don't have skinkids but do have 2 boxer furkids. They sleep on the couch when we're on the road. ;) It seems we average just under 50mph from leaving in the mornings, rest stops, fuel stops and lunch and that's driving 62-65mph on interstates. The kids will adapt. My parents drug 3 of us cross country several times and we were mashed into the car with them and sometimes a grandmother. Most of the time we did "drive throughs". We would drive through a national park and maybe stop at an overlook. Sometimes, we fly by the sign and say there it is. There is so much to see in our beautiful country even if it's just seeing it out the window as you drive past. BUT... those are wonderful memories and the time spent with my siblings and parents then are treasured now... maybe not so much then. ;)
KarenS144 05/04/15 07:16am Beginning RVing
RE: How to sell our Class C

I'm sorry camping isn't for you. Having that much money tied up is tough. We've sold 2 RVs. Our first was a B+ and it sold within 2 days of listing it on RVTrader. The 2nd was a Class A gasser and that took longer. We sold it after about 2 months on Craigslist! I had lots of good pics. Make sure the lighting is good, pics are focused and it's neat & clean. Make sure to include pics or a description of any problems. We had a lot of inquiries, some were scammers, some were just curious, some wanted us to give it to them. We had 3 couples that actually came to look at it. One never called back, one wanted to think about it, the 3rd bought it. Look at similar units that are listed and compare prices. Remember that the asking price may not be the selling price. Good luck!
KarenS144 04/21/15 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone-Fishing Bridge or Outside Park

We stayed 3 nights at Fishing Bridge and used it as the base camp to explore Yellowstone. Yellowstone is BIG. Really BIG. No matter where you stay, you'll have to drive. A lot. You also need to factor in the jams. Usually bison or elk but still jams of traffic backed up a long way. IMO, staying in the park is better than staying outside but if you don't have reservations, you might be out of luck.
KarenS144 04/16/15 06:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I lost another Grand-dog

I'm sorry for your loss. Furkids are part of the family (or should be) and losing one is heartbreaking.
KarenS144 04/15/15 04:59pm RV Pet Stop
RE: does this happen to anyone else

If one person doesn't like long camping trips-take a walk in his/her shoes. If one person's vacation idea is driving, building a fire, drinking beer and fishing-and the other person has to worry about packing everything, arranging meds and doctor appts., cooking, shopping, cleaning and coming home to a 6 ft. lawn, piles of dirty laundry and a filthy motorhome-maybe things are a little off-balance. LOL! That happens here (I'm not the one that goes fishing ;)) but I still love to go...anywhere. I much prefer camping in a campground to sitting on a tiny concrete pad next to another concrete pad with another RV on it. We're planning a trip which will be about 2 months long but since we do have a farm with critters & a yard with grass that wants to grow extra fast and long when we're gone, we can't stay gone much longer than that. I love the actual drive time too. I enjoy seeing the landscape roll past..even the corn fields in Kansas! I can hardly wait till we leave for our trip to WA & OR this summer. It's a lot of work for sure but seeing this beautiful country and enjoying OUR gorgeous parks make it worth all the drudgery of "housework". I'd have to do the boring housework stuff at home anyway. I LOVE to camp!! Probably more than DH. I grew up being carted across the country and camping in a tent until we moved up to a popup. DH did not and for the longest couldn't understand why a campfire outside in the cold air was better than a fire in the fireplace in a warm house. I'm sorry for those that have spouses that don't enjoy camping.
KarenS144 04/15/15 08:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential refrigerator

We don't have a fiver (we have a Class A) but have breakers for each appliance so you might need to flip a breaker somewhere. We have a 2000W inverter and 8 house batteries for the fridge and other appliances. I hope you get it figured out!
KarenS144 04/12/15 06:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anxitity with new dog

Wow... a lot could go wrong here. Have they had large dogs before? How old is the pitty? Have they had him scanned for a chip? Any vet should be able to do that. Is there an animal shelter in the area to notify that they've found this dog in case the owner is looking for him? While they may want to keep him, is it best for the dog if they do? With both working and being gone all day, it will not be easy to train him properly. If he can't be kept safe, protect the house and the other pets till he is, it might be best to take him to a shelter or find a rescue for him. If they're going to try to keep him, he should be neutered ASAP. Crate training him is very important as well and may not be easy to do. Tying him would be the absolute last resort. Purchasing a an outdoor kennel to keep him in, is slightly better. Bully breeds can be wonderful dogs but are not for everyone. They are very strong dogs and need a lot of attention & exercise. Some have high prey drives which make them not good with smaller dogs & cats. Do not trust this dog with the resident pets just yet. Have them check to see if their insurance company has a banned breed list. Pits have a bad reputation as you probably know and are not favorites of insurance companies.
KarenS144 04/09/15 09:22pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Newbie Question about RV Insurance

Never trust a dealer! ;) I hope you've done your research concerning the Class C you're interested in and really go over it carefully. Have you had an RV before? We paid about $100/mo for our 2011 Class A gasser when we had it. We pay about $140/mo for our '11 DP now & both were higher than what we expected.
KarenS144 04/08/15 06:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Finally Looked at Some New Class A's

How exciting for you!!! Our first Class A was a Georgetown 280. It was deemed an "entry level" (I really don't like that term) but it had everything we needed and we really enjoyed it for 3 years. What we didn't like was the ride and handling. Loud, rough and it was a wrestling match to keep it on the road in wind and when trucks passed. what chassis was that georgetown on? that could make a lot of difference in the handling. i.e. if it was on the old chevy P-30/32 of course it handled like a bread truck cause that is what it was. bumpy It was the F53 but had 19.5" tires. We think that was a contributing factor to the handling issues. Our G'town was a 2011 model.
KarenS144 03/29/15 09:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finally Looked at Some New Class A's

How exciting for you!!! Our first Class A was a Georgetown 280. It was deemed an "entry level" (I really don't like that term) but it had everything we needed and we really enjoyed it for 3 years. What we didn't like was the ride and handling. Loud, rough and it was a wrestling match to keep it on the road in wind and when trucks passed. We sold the G'town last summer and now have an '11 Newmar Ventana. The difference is amazing. The quality of the materials used is evident and it's more comfortable and much easier to handle. We've looked at Bay Stars since purchasing our DP and they are very very nice! We toured the Newmar factory last fall and they're built on the same line at the same time as the rest of the Newmars. Customer service is top notch too. Have fun looking at the different coaches!
KarenS144 03/28/15 07:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New RV

You'll still be overwhelmed after the walk through, notes and vid. There is a LOT to understand and it's all new stuff. Take your time, read the manuals, try each system and appliance, read the manuals & do it again. Read the manuals! If you get confused or stuck with something.... POST your question. Someone here will know the answer and be able to advise. For your first night & maybe 2nd & 3rd in the RV, pack it with everything you think you need and stay in the driveway. Make a list of everything you need to run to the house to get and a list of everything you didn't need that you thought you would. Now you know what to keep and what to throw out. ;) What did you get?? We also need pics since we're a nosy bunch and like to see pics of other's RVs. Welcome to RVing!!
KarenS144 03/27/15 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Switch to dry dog food?

Try to keep my boxer boy, Cody, out of the asparagus patch. You cannot eat a banana without sharing with him. He drools over apples too....broccoli, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, potatoes, beans...there's not much that he doesn't enjoy. Both boxers will eat several pears per day as soon as the pears are marble sized. They love to pick their own pears from the 2 ancient trees in our backyard. Here is the goober wanting inside to eat his pear: https://scontent-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1450703_10200114987795795_1511564469_n.jpg?oh=74ff93dbba291434df6c1ce23eee6d25&oe=557343B6 And enjoying a banana! https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1379251_4828753135055_1863561893_n.jpg?oh=2ee8840d1861e22b0b3cf7763a3a554c&oe=557EB212&__gda__=1438319930_9d64fa852f8d8b8e1ff4d108f2760ed9
KarenS144 03/21/15 06:21pm RV Pet Stop
RE: This and That Soup

That sounds good! Sometimes, the best dishes are experiments but the sad thing is, it might never be duplicated again. ;)
KarenS144 03/21/15 01:51pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Craigslist Scammers...

We had to deal with scammers when we had our motorhome listed on CL too but most of the time, the emails received from them were fairly obvious. Sometimes, I replied via the Craigslist email or a temp email to wire "good faith" money for the full amount and I'd get back to them. No one ever did. CL did generate a lot of legit inquiries and we eventually sold it because of the CL ad. We also found our current DP on CL.
KarenS144 03/19/15 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: What to see around Mount Rushmore

You might want to avoid Sturgis during motorcycle week unless you like lots of bikes and crowds. I think it's usually in early August. Make sure you know where the tunnels are in the Black Hills and how big your rig is. The tunnels aren't very friendly to RVs. Devil's Tower isn't far from Mt. Rushmore and is worth seeing.
KarenS144 03/19/15 06:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oh no how do we.......

Thunder Shirts work great for anxiety. You can also take short trips and make them fun for the pups so stop to play or give them treats along the way. You may only go around the block or a mile down the road and turn around. If they're really upset, you might want to just sit in the truck with them and not go anywhere. Work up to starting it and sitting in the drive then ease into short trips. Use toys, treats &/or verbal praise and lots of petting to reward them. It's also important for you to remain calm and not anticipate their anxiety.
KarenS144 03/19/15 06:19pm RV Pet Stop
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