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RE: Two sides of RV camping.

This week we've been at a "resort" where we met up with other Newmar owners and have had a great time. Most of the time we camp or glamp if you prefer where we have big gravel sites in the trees with a fire pit and cook on charcoal while watching the outside TV. LOL! We have no problem boon docking either. Love love love the CGs at NPs, NFs, BLM areas, COE places and state parks and much prefer them over Resorts. Thanks goodness there is a tent or RV for everyone that wants to enjoy camping, traveling & RVing.
KarenS144 09/26/14 02:11pm Family Camping
RE: Traveling thru Southern Utah + Grand Canyon

We did the Utah NPs and went from Arches to Bryce via UT 24 (Goblin State Park is not too far off the route and worth a stop) & you'll be right there at Capital Reef NP if you go UT 24. We took UT 12 and it was beautiful. We were in our 29' G'town gasser towing a Jeep Wrangler when we made the trip and we saw way bigger rigs than ours on 12. We were a bit nervous after reading some of the reports online but we asked on several forums and were assured we'd be fine and we were! You may want to get a copy of Mountain Directory West if you don't have one.
KarenS144 09/15/14 07:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: How to get from here to there

I don't know of any one program. I use MS Streets & Trips but it's not going to be updated & supported any longer (sad about that!). I also use Google road & satellite maps and >>GASP<< a paper atlas! I think there are programs designed for truckers that some RVer use so maybe they can chime in too. Other publications that I find useful are Next Exit, Trailer Life Directory & Mountain Directory West AND an Atlas. I would never want to depend on a nav system or mapping program without a paper map backup.
KarenS144 09/14/14 04:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: WQho to contact for selling

We had emails and calls from several different "let us help you sell" companies. Ignore them. Your price point is the most important factor followed closely by the pictures in the ad. How the ad is worded is also important. When we were looking for our new to us motor home, if the ad didn't have good pics & a detailed description, it didn't interest us. Buyers want to see and read about the RV.
KarenS144 09/11/14 07:38am General RVing Issues
RE: 2014 days spendt camping?

Not enough! Only 17 so far with 15 more planned. We didn't get to make our "long" trip this year. :(
KarenS144 09/10/14 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone Else Pre-Cook ?

It depends on where we are & what type of camping we're doing. If we're traveling & sight seeing, then I like to have pre-cooked meals. It's nice to be able to warm something up and eat before midnight! If we're camping... in one spot for several days...then I like to drag out the DO and charcoal. We have a tripod too that we use often too. Many times, I'll just prepare extra of whatever I fix at home and freeze it to use. I've got 1/2 of a pork loin, Buffalo chicken strips, various stews & soups just waiting in the freezer for out next trip! I also use a crock pot a lot.
KarenS144 09/07/14 07:18am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Standard vs Residential Refrigerator

We just purchased an all electric coach and it has a residential fridge. There are 8 "golf cart" house batteries on board. We've had the fridge running for 3 days in 90* weather and still had plenty of battery. I was skeptical of a residential fridge at first but I'm a card carrying fan now! Ours has a water filter under the sink which filters water for the fridge and a separate water faucet in the sink. When we changed the filter, quite a bit of water ran out of the line. I think most of that must have been the water in the line to the ice maker. The other thought would be to run fresh water through the fridge and toss the first couple of batches of ice. Can you get the manual for the fridge and see what it says about storing for an extended time?
KarenS144 09/06/14 06:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thor Ace 30.2 or jayco Greyhawk 31fs

We don't own either but did look at the ACE the year it was introduced. At first glance it looked awesome! So many cool features and nifty gadgets then we opened the drawers and cabinets. Hopefully, the quality of the ACE has improved since then. It seems a lot of people as really happy with their ACE now. We also looked at a Jayco Greyhawk about the same time and from what I remember, the Greyhawk seemed to be a higher quality unit at that time which was in 2011. With the Class A gasser, you have the engine under your feet and believe me, it is noisy and HOT. You'll have a pretty big window which is nice for sight seeing. The front seats become part of the living area in a Class A which is also a plus. We had a 29' G'town Class A and it was a challenge to keep on the road at times. Semi's pushed and pulled us. We were thrown around by uneven roads & we don't want to talk about crosswinds. Part of that may have been the smaller tires on the G'town. I *think* I remember the ACE having 22.5" tires which would help some. Sorry, I can't be more help! Good luck with your search and keep us posted on your decision.
KarenS144 09/06/14 06:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Lodge Cast Iron

I also have a DO and a skillet that go camping with us. I purchased them new and have seasoned them & cooked in them enough so they've got the black non stick finish that cast iron is noted for. I use the DO to cook on charcoal and the skillet I use on the propane cook stove. I have 2 other larger skillets passed down from my grandmother that I use at home and am contemplating another DO/skillet combo. I love my cast iron!
KarenS144 09/03/14 08:13am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Newmar

Call Newmar. With the VIN number (or the last 5 letters/numbers) they can probably pull up your coach's build sheet and know exactly what you need for it.
KarenS144 09/03/14 08:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mt Rushmore

We were there last August and left our boxers in the Jeep for maybe 45 minutes. We did not see everything but got the pics of the 4 heads (which you can see without paying the big bucks). BTDT and can cross it off the list. We enjoyed Needles Hwy & the Wildlife Loop in Custer more.
KarenS144 08/26/14 07:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portable satellite

We have the Winegard Carryout for DirecTV and have no complaints. It can usually find the signal fairly quickly but there have been a few times, that we have to move it and let it search again. It just depends on where the trees are.
KarenS144 08/26/14 07:30pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Bryce Canyon

We stayed at Ruby's. Nice but costly. Bryce is worth the extra $$ IMO! Absolutely gorgeous. I highly recommend the trail ride into the canyon, especially if you don't hike in. You learn a lot of history and the views from the bottom are just as awesome as from the rim.
KarenS144 08/24/14 06:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2010 Ventana

We just purchased a 2011 Ventana 3433 about a month ago and still can't get over the workmanship and quality of the coach. I checked on Newmar's site for a 2010 brochure for the Ventana but there isn't one listed. If you can get the VIN number, you can call Newmar and get a build sheet if that helps. There would also be a record of any work done at the factory and I'd think any warranty work done anywhere. You might request a brochure. I'm sure if they have an electronic copy, they'd send it to you. From what we were told, you should be able to get the records of maintenance work or repairs done on the chassis by calling the manufacturer. Ours is on a FL chassis but the '09 may have been Spartan. That year is pre DEF if that matters to you. Based on our experience which isn't a lot, the Ventana is a great model and Newmar is a respected manufacturer who has been in business for years, even through the crash when so many manufacturers went belly up. Of course, how the coach has been maintained is really important. Here is the "Owner's Guide": http://comnet2.newmarcorp.com/instance1Env77NEWMAR/html/images/2010VTDPOG.pdf Here is the '09 Brochure: http://comnet2.newmarcorp.com/instance1Env77NEWMAR/html/images/2009vtdpb.pdf I think that was about the time the big crunch hit and there were very few 2010 coaches built. Good luck!
KarenS144 08/24/14 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2015 Allegro 32SA

We were considering a used Tiffin RED so I did a lot of research on them and found a great resource here: http://www.tiffinrvnetwork.com/index.php We wound up with a Newmar Ventana. I know the DPs are a different animal but chose the Newmar over the Tiffin primarily because of the additional cargo capacity. Good luck with your choice!
KarenS144 08/20/14 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A - Diesel versus Gas

Our 2011 G'town 29' gasser was loud and hot. We put insulation under the doghouse & floorboard which helped slightly. The best thing we did though was sell it and buy a DP. We went up slightly in size but made a huge leap in quality with a 2011 Newmar Ventana. No more engine screaming under our hot feet and we can have a conversation without shouting to be heard. Our Ventana is just over 34' and while bigger than our gasser, it's still pretty small for a DP.
KarenS144 08/16/14 08:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lackofsleepin hospital

Hi, all. I'm trying to recover from a devastating stroke I had about a month ago.and haven't had a decent night's sleep dusting that time. They do give me a sleeping pill but I still get exhausted during the day ,especially during therapy.imthinking of trying ear plugs but know from experienceimnottoo comfortable wearing them.im attempting to get into a private room, Erich should help.but I have an acute sense of hearing and there are all kinds of noise in these institutions, such as traffic in the hallway,ACunits kicking on, etc.sorry about the sloppy typing but I only able to use my right had and at the angle my iPad is not ideal. Just had to vent a bit. I'm sorry about the stroke but thank goodness you're able to communicate and your thought processes weren't affected. Since you have a roomie, could you use the small ear buds to connect to a white noise machine?
KarenS144 08/13/14 07:06am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Man, there's a lot of******in my camper!

LOL! We just did the same dance when we sold our 29' G'town. I could not believe the stuff that we'd packed into it both inside & out. I will say it was packed pretty tight so not much moved when we were underway which was a plus! We bought an almost 35' Newmar so we have a lot of extra space and I hope to keep it that way!
KarenS144 08/12/14 06:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Newmar or Tiffin?

We recently did the Newmar/Tiffin comparison but we were deciding between an Ventana LE & Allegro RED. Both were very nice but there were some differences. We didn't get either one of those though. After a LOT of research and deciding what we wanted, we settled on a 2011 Newmar Ventana. Side by side, it seems the Newmars are a bit heavier and can carry a larger cargo. Tiffins seem to have more cabinet space but are a bit lighter and the cargo capacity isn't as large. In my research, I found that there were a few years that had some issues for Tiffin. You may want to research the "Big Three" which are problems with the roof, slide floors and the wet bay. I *think* the years was around the 2010-2012 models but I won't swear to it. The interior workmanship seems to be of equal quality. We liked the floor plan of the Newmar 3433 and since we were concerned about the FWS in other models, the 4 slides of this coach really appealed to us. Flip a coin!
KarenS144 07/25/14 06:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Traveling to Montana, Wyoming and back to Rapid City, SD

You may also want to double check your route from Butte to Glacier. We went to Missoula and north along the east side of Flat Head Lake. Also...IF you can hang in Cody for a few days, plan on taking the toad to Red Lodge, MT and enjoying the Beartooth/Chief Joseph Hwys. Irma's is a must stop in Cody too. I 2nd Buffalo Bill SP, btw. We stayed at the CG farthest from Cody and really enjoyed it. It's right on the Shoshone River with access to the river for fishing. You might check fishing regulations though. It seems there are limits to when and size.
KarenS144 07/22/14 07:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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