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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
RE: A Latex Mattress solved my sleep/back pain

I'm investigating mattresses! We have a sleep number in the S&B and love it but the one in the coach is horrible. I've added some padding on top and that has helped slightly but we want to get a new mattress and soon. I'll Google the Pure Bliss mattresses! Thanks
KarenS144 02/28/15 06:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Online RV sales sounds to good?

We've sold 2 units on RVTrader and bought one off of Craigslist. PPLmotorhomes.com is a great site for gathering info.
KarenS144 02/28/15 06:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Strict schedule or flexible travel out west

When folks say that WA and OR spots are already getting booked, they may be referring to coastal camping spots. In Oregon we stay inland and have neved needed reservations anytime during the peak summertime season. Remote inland spots is the key to no reservation camping in the coastal states. We find the same situation in California during summers - stay inland. Stay inland is hard to do and camp on the coast! ;) We want to camp on the coast somewhere but are planning several days inland too.
KarenS144 02/26/15 06:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Strict schedule or flexible travel out west

When we went to Utah a few years ago & when we went to Glacier & Yellowstone a couple of years ago, I did make reservations at Nat. Parks early. Even then, I was out of luck in a couple of places and could only get 1 night on the North Rim (I know..that's not Utah but close!). We stayed at a couple BLM & a Nat. Forest CGs that were great and were among our favorite places. I'm trying to get a trip to WA & OR together for this year and have looked at a couple NP CGs and they're already full. I did make reservations in a state park for Labor Day but probably won't make any others until a couple of days from arrival. I have a general idea a route & of where we need to be & when we need to be there and will sort of keep to a schedule since we have the reservations for Labor Day weekend. They could be cancelled though if we find somewhere we'd rather be. ;)
KarenS144 02/26/15 06:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Advice on driving Oregon's coast road?

Thanks for the suggestions! It's always helpful to know what attractions there are in an area. It's way better than finding out about cool stuff after we leave.
KarenS144 02/23/15 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bryce/Zion with dogs...

National Parks do not allow dogs on trails or anywhere other than paved areas & campgrounds. National Forests aren't as strict and state parks have the most lenient rules. We do leave our dogs occasionally but not for long. At Zion, you have to take shuttles to see the park and of course, dogs can't go. We camped in the park at Watchman and fortunately had good shade & comfortable weather so left the furry ones for a couple of hours while we took the shuttles around. We made a trip back to check on them then caught the shuttle again. I've not had any luck finding kennels that I would leave ours in.
KarenS144 02/22/15 09:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Advice on driving Oregon's coast road?

We hope to be in that line of southbound RVs on 101 down the Oregon coast this summer too. We're planning on picking up 101 at Astoria and going to Reedsport before heading east to Collier Memorial State Park. I was planning on 3 days to make the approximately 200 mile trip and staying somewhere in Astoria then a stop about half way & a night near Reedsport. Any advice on places to stay or must stops? We'll have a toad.
KarenS144 02/22/15 08:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Over night stay HWY 20 in Oregon

I've been researching the same area. There are several Deschutes National Forest campgrounds but depending on the size of your RV, may not be good choices. There is Tumalo State Park that is supposed to be very nice (unfortunately booked for when we're there).
KarenS144 02/22/15 08:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Family Owned MH Manufacturers

You might want to tour some factories before you make a purchase. We purchased a used Newmar about 7 months ago so aren't in your 3 year time frame but we're very happy with the coach. We had a chance to tour the factory in Nappanee, IN and were very impressed with the workmanship and quality control and I don't think you could find a nicer group of people anywhere. Before we bought our coach, we were very interested in an Allegro RED and did look at some new ones. They were gorgeous and seemed to be very well made but after more research, we settled on an '11 Newmar Ventana. One reason was the larger carrying capacity that it had over the RED we were interested in. Compare the tank sizes, coach weight and cargo capacity of the coaches you're considering. Good luck with your search!
KarenS144 02/22/15 08:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have to decide if selling private is better or dealer

It is much more hassle to sell on your own but you're likely to get quite a bit more for it. We sold our Class A ourselves about $15,000 over what a dealer offered us but it took about 5 months, a 100 emails, 50 phone calls & 10 lookers before we did. Sorry for your mishap but glad you weren't hurt.
KarenS144 12/14/14 03:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cancel my Membership

Paragraphs are helpful. ;) Sorry about the ordeal. Being "stuck in traffic" for that long seems unlikely and I hope GS crosses them off their call list. One would think that GS would have ways to check the companies they use. It certainly doesn't reflect well on them to call unreliable service.
KarenS144 12/10/14 06:52pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: don't understand DP steps

With our gasser, we used a separate step probably 99% of the time. We have a DP now (and we aren't squires!) but seldom use the extra step. It depends on how level the site is but when we dump the air bags, it does sit a little lower. We have 2 outside & 3 in.
KarenS144 12/06/14 06:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winterizing a Residential Refrigerator

I know a lot people use air to blow out the lines but we've never done it. When we winterized our Newmar Ventana, we made slushies 2X instead of ice cubes. We left the filters in and will make 2 or more batches of real ice before we actually use any. The washer was run on both hot and cold water until the pink stuff was seen in the tub and then drained. Our Ventana has a toilet spray, outside shower and a drinking water faucet next to the kitchen faucet. Not sure about yours but don't forget them if you do! Ours is plugged in which should keep the house batteries charged but we're not sure about the chassis battery and need to investigate that further. Winterizing is SO depressing!
KarenS144 12/06/14 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Purchasing a new class A

There are a lot of options for you. Look at all of the online sale sites. Some of them let you filter by budget and you can chose gas or diesel & a lot of other options. Most will show floor plans but if not, you should be able to see floor plans on the manufacturers site. As mentioned, floor plans are so very important and making sure it fits with your style. If you like to enjoy watching TV in the evenings, having a TV located where it can be seen comfortably is really important. Having room for your pups is a must too. One of the reasons we chose the coach we did was because of the room up front. Plenty of room for the boxer beds and still be able to move around. Of course, most of the time, they're piled up on the couch & not on their beds. Our new to us coach has a residential fridge with ice maker & I don't know how we managed without it. I gave up my gas oven which I NEVER turned on in the 3 years we had our gasser and don't miss it. I do the majority of cooking outside when we're camping (not traveling...there's a difference ya know!) either with the tripod & grate or a dutch oven or both but you may prefer an oven. You will need to be conscious of weight and how much you can put in a gasser. They usually do not have the CCC that a diesel has and being overweight an happen pretty quickly. Once you zero in on a manufacturer/model then you can do a more extensive search for reviews and known issues. Good luck with your search and keep us posted!
KarenS144 12/05/14 10:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Purchasing a new class A

We have 2 boxers that travel with us & have no issues with leather either in the coach or the S&B. The couple that we bought our DP from traveled with at least one dog and the leather is fine.
KarenS144 12/04/14 06:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Internal Organs pushed towards spine

Fourteen is old for just about any dog but especially a boxer. Boxers are such wonderful companions and I'm sorry your girl is having problems. We had a boxer that had seizures and was on phenobarbital. I also had a syringe of valium to give him anally when he had a seizure. That was supposed to help calm him afterwards since he got so anxious and unsettled. The pheno did make him even more wobbly than he already was for a few days (he had DM symptoms too) but he adjusted. I took him to Purdue to be evaluated and their conclusion was the same as my vets. He probably had a brain tumor. We opted not to continue with further tests or exploratory surgery. Even with the pheno, Schuller had a seizure about every 4-5 days until I started him on melatonin which I did because he was restless at night. He was seizure free for almost 6 weeks when he was taking the melatonin. Some studies support the thought that melatonin suppresses the growth of tumors which may explain why Schu's seizures stopped for a while. I also tried the holistic route with Chinese meds & acupuncture and he did seem better after the acupuncture sessions. He was 10.5 when we helped him to the Bridge. Sending lots of good thoughts and vibes...
KarenS144 12/04/14 06:47pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Purchasing a new class A

There are so many choices out there. research. Research. RESEARCH. Gas or diesel? What length? What options? Are you towing another vehicle? Are you full timing, a weekend warrior or somewhere in between? What sort of camping do you want to do & where? How many people will stay with you? Do you have pets? How much will what you put in it weigh? Think cargo capacity. What is your budget? You can usually buy a better quality used motor home for the same or less than a new one. Now..with all that typed out... The Thor Palazzo is one that gets a lot of complaints. I have no personal knowledge about them though. What models are you looking at?
KarenS144 12/04/14 01:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hot kitchen cabinets

That happened to us too. The cabinets were warm and it sounded like there was coffee perking in the vents. It drove me nuts after we bought our new-to-us coach. I finally called Newmar and they solved the mystery.
KarenS144 11/25/14 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: What slide design do you prefer

It looks like both are DPs which probably means the access to the engine is in the rear of the MH. If the bed is over the access door, it might make it more difficult (read costly) for repairs if needed. If the bed is in the slide, there is room between the bed & closet to access the engine. Another thing to consider is what closet or cabs are accessible with the slides in. Some beds in the slides don't have much room around them especially on one side so it's likely that someone will have to crawl or scoot to the end of the bed to get out or have to crawl over the other person. It is also challenging to get the bed made. Both of our Class A's have had beds in the slide. Our first was a gasser which had closets & drawers opposite the bed. Our current Class A is a DP and we have 2 slides in the bedroom with a W/D & closet in the back & drawers opposite the bed in the other slide. We enjoy the windows on either side of the bed and have enough room in the DP to get out of bed on the sides rather than on the end of the bed. I noticed the pics are from PPL. Have you been able to actually see units with the floor plans you posted? Seeing things on "paper" is a lot different the seeing them in 3D. Good luck with your decision! Please let us know which one wins.
KarenS144 11/25/14 07:09am Class A Motorhomes
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