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RE: Easy Sparkling Potatoes - Dutch Oven

That sounds good!! I'll have to add that to my recipe box.
KarenS144 10/31/14 04:10pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: September in Washington (North Cascades & Olympics)

We're considering Washington as a destination for our trip next year! Thanks for sharing that beautiful part of the country.
KarenS144 10/27/14 06:21am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

I vote for the combo. We have our 1st convection/microwave in our coach and are still learning what to cook & how to cook it but I like having the option.
KarenS144 10/26/14 03:07pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why Go To RV Shows?

We think it's fun! Not so sure it'd be as much fun if we had to battle the crowds like the OP. We tend to go during the week & fairly early in the day which eliminates those that are still working and the school aged group.
KarenS144 10/26/14 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV parks NO motorhomes over 10 years?

We've been asked our old our coach was when we've called to reserve an overnight spot.
KarenS144 10/25/14 05:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you use an outside TV?

We have an outside TV in our new-to-us coach and have used it more than I thought we would. We have DirecTV and listen to music channels more than watch TV although we did watch part of a football game last night. Prior to this coach, we hauled a TV from home occasionally and set it up if we were camping with friends to watch NASCAR.
KarenS144 10/19/14 07:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Are Most Class A Motorhome Owners Hermits?

Well...we have 4 slides but not 40'. We're outside more than in when we're camping. In fact, we just got back from a 4 night trip. Unfortunately, the weather sucked for 2 days so we did stay in much more than usual but still took the pups (NOT FOOFOO DAWGS, btw!) for walks. We have boxers! When we're traveling & just overnighting somewhere, we usually do stay in other than to walk the dogs. Most of the time, I'll cook inside, we eat inside and relax inside. Why drag all that stuff out to set up camp for 1 night? When we camp, it all comes out...the canopy, the gas stove, the tripod, the dutch oven, chairs, rugs, lights and campfires! Here's proof: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v239/PaintGal/Kendall101814_zps9793510f.jpg
KarenS144 10/19/14 07:32pm Technology Corner
RE: Finding a campground

I use the online reviews already mentioned, go to the websites & check out the campground on Google Earth. We've only stayed overnight in one place that made us uncomfortable. We prefer to stay in state or national parks, BLM or Nat. Forest CGs rather than private CGs but sometimes that's not possible. We've had good luck at Good Sam's & KOA CGs but I still read reviews and utilize Google Earth before deciding.
KarenS144 10/13/14 07:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Women purchasing RV's

Not sure what the purpose of the post was but I think the mindset with most anything mechanical is that the "little woman" can't comprehend the complexity, can't make decisions on her own and has no money of her own. Salesmen see no reason to "waste" their time. On the Thor products... think long & hard and really LOOK at some in 3D. There are a lot of complaints about quality in Thor products and the one THOR motor home we considered had a multitude of fit & finish issues. Compare your RV to similar ones being sold on the online sales sites to get an idea of pricing. You will not get nearly the price from a dealer as you can selling it yourself but that presents it's own set of problems. Run a NADA report on your RV and figure the low end retail is about what it should be priced. Good luck!
KarenS144 10/13/14 07:16am RV Lifestyle
RE: Finding out how much we can tow

You might find info here: http://www.trailerlife.com/trailer-towing-guides/ http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/towing_guide/ Many times it's not the towing that's the problem. It's the stopping that sometimes doesn't workout so well. Your TV needs to have the weight & power to safely STOP whatever you're towing. You need to find the numbers on the trailer you're considering. They should be listed somewhere in the unit..maybe in a cabinet? This link will help you understand what all those weights mean: http://changingears.com/rv-sec-tow-vehicles-understand.shtml The truck should have a plate somewhere that tells you what it's limits are. Don't forget that you have to factor in EVERYTHING in the trailer when considering weights...food, bedding, water, personal items and you need to consider the same for the truck.
KarenS144 10/11/14 07:26am Towing

We're on our 3rd (and according to DH, LAST motorhome). We've had a B+ and are enjoying our 2nd Class A. We liked our 24' B+ for short close to home trips but with 2 boxers and more stuff for longer trips, we were really cramped. Motorhome #2 was a 29' Georgetown gasser with 2 slides. We thought we had the PERFECT coach for us and we did make 2 long (month +) trips and lots of shorter trips. The front seats aren't squashed under a bed so that area becomes part of the living area and...WOW! ...does that make a difference. The main complaint we had was handling. Wind, trucks & uneven roads made for a lot of white knuckles and tired drivers. #3 is a new to us Newmar Ventana DP. We've not yet made any long trips in it but it's just under 35' long so we think we'll be able to find places to camp in state & national parks as well as other public lands fairly easily. We usually don't stay in "RV Resorts" except to dump, take on fresh water & do laundry. It handles much better than the G'town & has "Comfort Drive" to make steering even easier. Consider what type of "camping" you're going to do. If you'll be without hookups for any length of time, you should consider tank capacities. Are you going to stay in one place for several weeks or keep moving around? Will you have a toad? Another option is an all electric coach which I first thought was not going to work for us but our Ventana is and we love it. There are so many different options that I'm sure you will find the perfect coach! Keep us posted.
KarenS144 10/11/14 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: BLM Camping near Moab

There may be 2 sites at Big Bend large enough for your rig.
KarenS144 10/04/14 08:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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
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