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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
RE: Utah hiway 12--i just drove it

UT 12 is a gorgeous drive! We drove it south and towed our Jeep in the 29' Class A gasser we had then with no problems. I bet it was beautiful with the snow on the ground.
KarenS144 03/18/15 06:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Questions for those who've stayed at Buffalo Bill state park

We also stayed at the North Fork CG. So very nice! Absolutely loved it and plan to go back this year. If you have time while you're there, you should plan a day trip and drive the Beartooth Highway. It is spectacular.
KarenS144 03/14/15 11:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah NP's

We like to schedule 3 nights in a park which gives us 2 full days to explore but we don't get to hike much because of our dogs. There have been numerous times that we wished we could have stayed longer but with 2 days, you can see a lot. We know where we want to spend more time now! Check out Dead Horse Point & Goblin State Parks as well. Dead Horse Point has a nice campground and is near Canyonlands and not far from Arches. Goblin is worth the side trip to get to it.
KarenS144 03/13/15 09:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Kentucky Camping

Shhhhhh.... Dog Folks!! Lets keep Kendall a secret! Besides, it is filling up for the summer already . ;) Twin Knobs is a nice campground on Cave Run Lake. It's east of Lexington, KY about a 100 miles. Green River Lake CG might be an option. There is the Kentucky Horse Park which doesn't have fishing but it does have horses which is better, IMO! Cumberland Lake State Park has camping. Red River Gorge is a beautiful area too. Have fun!
KarenS144 03/13/15 07:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Switch to dry dog food?

There are just about as many dog food brands as there are dogs! I've tried various kibbles from high end to Purina. High end foods seemed to cause a LOT of noxious gas emissions that caused our eyes to water. I've been feeding our 2 boxers Purina One for years and they're doing great. Gypsy is 11 this month can Cody was 7 last Dec. They're fed just under a cup 2x/day. I would not let her free feed. Bulldogs tend to be pretty round to start with and she might get way too heavy if allowed to eat all she wants when she wants. You'll have to experiment to see what works for your girl. You may want to stick with the protein that is in the canned food if she's doing well with it. Switch her slowly by mixing a small amount of kibble with her canned, then gradually increase it over several days. She may not like it but she will not starve and will eat what you feed her as long as you don't cave! I know those big sad eyes can make us do things we don't want to. ;)
KarenS144 03/13/15 11:41am RV Pet Stop
RE: DP Search

We looked at a few used coaches at dealers and they were nasty. Why they aren't cleaned up first is beyond me. When we sold our gasser, it was spotless. I had always kept it clean but wasn't about to have strangers poking around in it and finding our dirt! The "pre-owned" DP we found on Craigslist was clean as well and the lady we bought it from could not have been nicer.
KarenS144 03/09/15 06:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Well I did it! Got the camper out of storage!

I am SO jealous!! I've been suffering from Spring Fever for a couple of weeks now. I used the "need to exercise the Oasis system & gen" excuse to get the motorhome nice and warm so I could open the slides and at least sit in it for a while. Our snow is melting but it will be a while before we can get out. Our first scheduled trip is the 1st week of May but it's doubtful that I can wait that long.
KarenS144 03/07/15 01:01pm Family Camping
RE: New to Class A

Pdogii, We blame our boxers for needing a larger motorhome! We started out in a B+ but soon learned that if one of us moved, we all had to move. LOL! I was not looking for or even considering a washer & dryer when we started looking for our DP. I thought the most one could wash in one might be a pair of socks but they came with the Ventana. I discovered that I LOVE THEM!! I've only done a couple of loads but they held way more than I thought they could and it was nice not to have to lug dirty clothes to the laundry and be robbed by the small questionable washers & dryers that have been used for no telling what. I don't think I'd want to be without them now. Another appliance that I won't do without again is the residential fridge! Good grief. What was I thinking when I said I didn't need one?!? Having one has really spoiled us and having an ice maker is icing on the cake! Our 28' Georgetown was on the F53 chassis and it did fine on I-70 in Colorado going over the Rockies. We did not set any speed records going up and I'm pretty sure a bicycle passed us but we made it. We tow a Jeep Wrangler. Had it not been so loud, so rough, so hard to keep on the road in winds or truck traffic or so hot, we may have kept it! It was a "low end" unit though and had 19.5" tires which played a big role in the handling part. Gassers have the motor up front, pretty much between the seats and it generates a lot of heat. We added insulation to ours which helped slightly with the noise and heat but it was still pretty toasty. Perhaps, a better quality gasser has more sound/heat proofing? Dunno. I am certainly no expert but I would think the longer the motorhome, the more it will weigh. I know there are 38' gassers but is the engine and chassis adequate to handle the weight? That's another reason we jumped to the DP. Loaded with 3/4 tank of fuel, full black & grey tanks, 1/3 tank of fresh water plus all the assorted things we think we need to drag along AND the boxers and their gear, we are still 3000lbs under our max weight. Check around for RV shows and look at as many units as you can. I don't think you can go wrong with a Newmar or Tiffin. We were impressed with the quality of both. We looked at a Fleetwood Discovery too and it was nice but not the same quality as we saw in the Newmar & Tiffin. BUT neither was our G'town yet everything worked and it was a comfortable coach. You may not need tile floors and solid countertops! We don't but they came with our coach. Internet shopping is a great way to narrow down what floor plans and options you like. It is also invaluable for pricing and seeing what is available for your budget. We've bought both new & used and have been happy with the results. After stalking for months on big & small online RV sale & dealer sites, we found our "pre-owned" (sounds better than used. ;) ) Ventana on Craigslist! You & your wife aren't newbies to RVing so I apologize if I'm telling you what you already know. Keep us posted on what you find.
KarenS144 03/06/15 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to Class A

You had me at "boxer"! We have 2 that travel with us. Welcome to rv.net! We're on our 2nd Class A. The first was a 28' gasser which we enjoyed but decided we would a enjoy a DP more. For us, there are a lot of advantages to having the Class A. The huge windshield and being higher off the road lets you see more of the road as well as the scenery. We like having the kitchen & bathroom available without having to get out of the vehicle. Most cars can be towed on a dolly but it's way easier to tow 4 down. You may want to make sure your Honda can be. You'll need a tow plate and braking system for it. You'll also need to factor in it's weight when considering a Class A. I read a couple of other RV forums and the one manufacturer that I see the most complaints about is Thor and more specifically, the Thor Palazzo. I have no personal experience with it but we did look at the Thor ACE when we were first looking for a Class A and were not impressed with the quality. Good luck with your decision!
KarenS144 03/05/15 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking to upgrade to a larger Class C

I agree with the others. When we were looking to upgrade from our B+, we looked at Cs and found some we really liked at a dealer but while there to check them out, we took a long look at a Class A. that was the end of the search for a C and the beginning of the search for an A. The Class C & Class A were just about the same length but the A was so much roomier. The cockpit becomes part of the living area which adds several feet to the floor plan. Good luck with your search.
KarenS144 03/01/15 08:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 70 through Utah

There is SO much to see in Utah. One could spend months/years there and not see it all. In fact, we met a couple who had visited Utah then decided to move there for a couple of years to see all there was to see. That was 25 years ago and they said they still hadn't seen it all. Bryce is a must see. We stayed at Ruby's and took the Jeep into the park but there are shuttles there as well. Hwy 12 can be intimidating, especially the section called the Hogback, but it's a spectacular drive and one you should not miss. The loop around Fish Lake which is west of Capitol Reef is a wonderful day drive. We stayed in Torrey and made the drive from there in the Jeep. Just beautiful. Goblin State Park is a bit out of the way but worth the stop. Arches & Canyonlands are near Moab but don't miss Dead Horse Point State Park. Seeing the sunset from the point is something you should do too. Hwy 128 is another spectacular drive and has some wonderful BLM campgrounds along it. Hopefully, we'll be back in that area next year!
KarenS144 03/01/15 04:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 70 through Utah

If you have to stay on the interstate, you won't have a problem but you will be missing some of the most gorgeous country in the US along with several Nat Parks! I-15 to UT 20 to UT 12 takes you right by Bryce & north to Capitol Reef then UT 24 to I-70. Breathtaking country and worth a drive through even if you don't get to see the parks.
KarenS144 03/01/15 07:56am Roads and Routes
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