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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
RE: Advice needed: how to keep a rig cooler...

I found it helps to have the Fantastic fan on low to suck out the hot air at the ceiling. We only had one A/C on our 29' Class A and during the day, I'd shut the vents which forced the cold air out at the unit, then at night I'd close it off, & open the vents in the bedroom. We also used fans to help circulate the air.
KarenS144 07/22/14 07:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling to Montana, Wyoming and back to Rapid City, SD

Spring Creek CG is near Big Timber, MT and is a very nice place to stay. It's very clean and well maintained with some of the friendliest staff you'll find anywhere. We stayed at the KOA in Bozeman (great museum there, btw) then drove a short distance to Red Cliff CG in the Gallatin NP. It's right on RT 191 and I'm pretty sure there are sites plenty large enough for your rigs. W. Yellowstone has a lot to choose from. We stayed at Grizzly's for a night before entering Yellowstone NP. It looks like you've planned a great trip!
KarenS144 07/21/14 08:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping spots in and around bryce canyon

We stayed at Ruby's which is just outside of the park.
KarenS144 07/19/14 06:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to from here? (Custer S. Dakota)

Theodore Roosevelt NP is wonderful. We were lucky enough to grab a site in the park and thoroughly enjoyed it and the loop through the southern part of the park. We didn't get to the northern part on that trip though. Devil's Tower is worth the stop too. If you have time to go to Cody then north to Red Lodge, MT. Take the Beartooth Hwy/Chief Joseph scenic loop or stay on 212 into Yellowstone. You won't regret it. There a gem of a CG called Spring Creek Campground and Trout Ranch just south of Big Timber, MT. It's right on the Boulder River and you won't find a cleaner prettier campground with any friendlier folks anywhere. It's farther west so might not be convenient for you to get to.
KarenS144 07/19/14 06:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Possible Big Repairs, Used Motor Home

We're in the process of buying a 2011 DP and like others feel it's a calculated risk. We aren't getting hit with the huge depreciation but neither do we have the warranty to fall back on. I hear all the of the time to get an inspection done. We weren't able to find anyone or place that offered that service where the coach we're buying is. Run a Carfax which will give you some but not all info. The engine/chassis manufacturer should have records if there was any service work done for that coach. Not sure about other manufacturers but Newmar has been a huge help in answering questions about the particular coach we're interested in. Good luck with your search!
KarenS144 07/15/14 06:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Crock pot in RV?

I do it too! I love to get back after a day of being gone doing fun stuff and having supper ready. I use the liners which makes clean up a lot easier. I justify it by telling myself that I don't have to use as much water which would fill the grey tank sooner. ;)
KarenS144 07/15/14 06:37am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Want to upgrade - Is diesel worth it?

Getting in on this a bit late but we have spent the last 7 months deciding if we should sell our gasser and jump to a diesel. It makes no real sense for us to do so if all we were looking at was size. Our G'town 280 had everything we needed and plenty of room BUT... the motor in the front was hot & noisy. The holding tanks while good sized weren't large enough to stay "off grid" as long as we would like. We looked at an Allegro RED at an RV show this spring and fell in love. We were all over one until I did some more research and learned their carrying capacity was sorely lacking. There just wasn't going to be much left after water, food, gear, dogs, their food & gear and towing a Jeep. Then we latched onto the Ventana LE. Thought we'd found a great deal but it was a 2013 which did not have Comfort Drive so we X-ed it off the list. I looked every night on every online sale site, searched dealer inventories, called dealers and left a description of what we wanted: a 2011 Ventana 3433. It took months but we found her on Craigslist for heaven's sake!! We're supposed to pick her up next week from a private seller and we can't wait. In just the short time we drove it, the difference in the handling, noise, "feel" is amazing. It's 6' longer & way heavier but is much easier to control. Diesels have our vote! ooops.... I need to change my signature!
KarenS144 07/13/14 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Type of Camper Poll

Mark us as Friendly. RV resorts as a last "resort" & prefer anything else. We'd rather have hookups but they aren't necessary.
KarenS144 06/28/14 07:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Routes in Montana

We took SR 35 around the east side of Flathead Lake after receiving several suggestions when I asked about the route. It was a good drive and we scored some absolutely delicious cherries on the way! We in a 30' & tow a jeep.
KarenS144 06/14/14 08:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: I need a Facebook solution please....

I use Chrome and don't have the shut down issue but I'm REALLY thankful to know how to turn off the auto play vids!
KarenS144 04/01/14 06:55pm Technology Corner
RE: flemington nj campground

Looks like there is one about 17 miles away. Mountainview Campground 131 Goritz Rd, Milford, NJ 08848 (908) 996-2953 I don't know anything about it and it's not listed on RV Park Reviews.
KarenS144 03/26/14 08:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Used Allegro RED?

Thanks! I did join the Tiffin forum and there was a lot of info. It sounds like Tiffin is fixing any of those problems at no charge. It would still be a hassle to arrange and get to Red Bay, AL though.
KarenS144 03/17/14 06:18pm Class A Motorhomes
Used Allegro RED?

We've "just looked" at several new coaches and based on our use, cannot justify the price! BUT we have "just looked" long enough to find a 2010 Allegro RED that is easier to rationalize. ;) I understand this was the first year Tiffin made the RED but comparing them to the '14 models, the only difference is the wheel base (slightly longer in the '10) and length (about a foot longer in the '14). We've not yet seen this coach but have talked with the owners (they are the original) and it seems to be well maintained and has been garaged when not in use. The engine & tranny are the same in the '10 as the '14 so there must not be any serious problems with that combo. We are comfortable with the Tiffin quality and after emails & phone calls, our gut feelings tell us the owners are honest but maybe we're really incredibly naive.... :h Has anyone heard of problems with the 2010 or 2011 Allegro RED?
KarenS144 03/17/14 07:11am Class A Motorhomes
How Many of a Model Are Made?

How many of a particular model DP are made? Do dealers order what they think they can sell and then those orders are filled or do the manufacturers build what they think the dealers will want? We've seen a lot of the same model tag alongs at dealers but it seems as the price goes up the number out there goes down. Can you guess what our weather is like today? If you said windy, cold & snowy, you'd be right. I'm bored and ready to do some camping.
KarenS144 03/16/14 03:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'm A Nutcase, I Swear!

Kudos to you! I hope he responds to your love and attention. Good luck!
KarenS144 03/10/14 07:50pm RV Pet Stop
RE: RV Washing Machines?

It seems that the majority of those with W/Ds love them. In the coaches we're "just looking" at, two have the Splendide 2100XC and the other has a Whirlpool stack. If we got past the "just looking" stage, I thought I'd just have the W/D taken out but I think I've changed my mind now.
KarenS144 03/08/14 04:01pm General RVing Issues
RV Washing Machines?

We keep telling ourselves we're "just looking" >>sigh<< BUT the ones we're "just looking" at have either the stack W/D or the W/D combo. My question is what does one wash in them? The ones I've seen look like they'd maybe be able to wash a couple of pair of socks at most! Are they really worth the price, loss of space, water usage and humidity in the coach?
KarenS144 03/07/14 04:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Route Advice Needed for Vernal, Utah Area

hmmm..looks like we'll be traveling through Dutch John! Now, I need campground suggestions for the Flaming Gorge area. Thanks!
KarenS144 03/02/14 12:05pm Roads and Routes
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