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RE: Going to the Sun Road

It's also avalanche related, it seems. One week ago, we were happily riding up that road in a vintage red "Jammer" with a tour, when the driver arrived at a barricade. Road closed until the slide could be cleared. So we (and a batch of other Jammers behind us) had to turn around. We never made it to Logan's Pass.
NCWriter 06/27/17 01:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: How likely to get last-minute spots in national parks

My approach would be to set up a plan of specific dates and start checking often online now. People do cancel, and maybe you can get a night or longer. Sometimes once you are "in" and are physically there, the rangers on site are forthcoming about inventory they control close in. Then scout the back-up possibilities, fanning out for 10-30 miles or so, for commercial campgrounds, state parks, Army COE, etc. Some take res, some are first-come. Do you have an app like AllStays? It's very handy for finding things in a specific vicinity. I've found that late August is still prime time. Families are thinning out for back-to-school, but there are still many Europeans in rentals, and of course others without kids.
NCWriter 06/27/17 06:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: so TT is back to pre dog condition

Puppies do chew. Had a dog once that ate a pair of glasses and my $300 dental night guard custom-fitted to prevent tooth grinding. I ground my teeth for the next 14 years, but she probably reduced my blood pressure, so I figure we were even.
NCWriter 06/24/17 06:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Senior pass increase

Isn't it great that we are charged to go see public land. You could always sample Canada's public lands this year. All the national parks are free in 2017, even for non-citizens. They'll even mail you the plastic hang-tag.
NCWriter 06/23/17 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: The end for me

I want to add my sympathy and condolences. Almost every day on this summer's extended trip, we talk as we go down the highway about what a great time we have had during these RVing trips, and the wonderful places we've seen, experiences and adventures we've had. I'm so glad you had that, too.
NCWriter 06/23/17 06:06am Truck Campers
RE: Best route through San Antonio and Houston

Don't do Houston on a Friday afternoon like we did. Traffic was terrible. It was also really terrible on a Sunday morning in May when we drove up from Galveston and around an outer loop headed west. San Antonio wasn't bad on a Tuesday morning during rush hour.
NCWriter 06/23/17 06:00am Roads and Routes
RE: To RV or not to RV, That Is The Question

Tell us what you envision. Going to the major national parks? Visiting big cities? Enjoying the outdoors, hiking? If it's mostly the parks and outdoors, a trailer could work IF you are mechanically inclined. Things frequently need adjusting or fixing on both old and newer RVs. Definitely do some shorter trips well in advance. Two months is a big bite to chew. Book your national park camping sites now for summer 2018 or as soon as reservations open. Or do a hybrid experience without an RV. Look into renting campground cabins for some of the trip, to add the outdoors element of campfires, outdoor cooking, animal sightings, other kids to talk to, nearby activities, etc. Many KOA campgrounds have these, and seem to be adding more - I think they come with sheets and towels but could be wrong on that point. I've also seen some state parks and even National parks with cabins or tent bases. A lot of Canadian national parks have yurt rentals. Alternating some unusual accommodations like that in or near parks (with standard motels with pools which most kids like) would make the trip memorable.
NCWriter 06/23/17 05:42am Beginning RVing
RE: With Record Rv Sales 2 years in a row, we'll need more sites

I think the newness will wear off and like boats the RVs will be sitting in driveways unused before you know it. Perhaps the issue isn't more RVers but more retired RVers with time finally to do what we want? I think it's both young families and new retirees, along with multi-generation family groups. We've been on the road for two months out west, and there sure are loads of shiny new units in the campgrounds. Several times people have pulled in next to our site and the owners mention they just picked it up and are new to RVing. Also we've seen an incredible number of rental RVs this year compared to past trips west -maybe double. So those are soaking up available sites in the most desirable places. They've been mostly Cs, but Canadian rental companies are also renting a lot of Class Bs.
NCWriter 06/22/17 06:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 2 from west Glacier to St. Mary koa campground

Not related to the route (we came down from Waterton) but we have enjoyed the busy KOA here at St. Mary's. Nice staff, modern laundry and bathroom facilities, great gift shop with high quality items, hiking gear, some convenience foods, and Montana-made ice cream flavors scooped for cones. We ordered pizza one night, very good and delivered hot to our site. They'll begin offering the barbecue starting on this weekend. It's a great location, very close to the visitor center. The jammer red bus tours pick up from the KOA office. A lot of fun, though today they couldn't go to all the way to Logan Pass because an avalanche was not yet cleared. Only downside is the Wifi is weak and there's no cable TV or over-the-air antenna channels, but not a big deal. Very high wind all day here today, and blowing dust. The town itself ibetween here and the visitor center is small, just a couple of gas stations and hotels, so stock up before you come.
NCWriter 06/20/17 08:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: camping policy at national parks

Maybe people try to scalp excess space in their sites online (to strangers), given the scarcity of campsites in some national parks, if they figure they can get away with it? Curious to know if OP has been able to book in advance anywhere what he wanted (two RVs in one site)? Many state parks say "one camping unit" and some go into a lot of detail about definitions and what is allowed in a site. I guess Sequoia needs to spell it out, too.
NCWriter 06/20/17 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper, Class B or C for this?

...Class B costs are usually double of that of a Class C... Curious what you mean by the above? Comparing what to what? I think he meant that the selling price on Class Bs is high, due to everything needing custom fitting by good carpenters into the curves (versus filling a box with square parts). However, operating costs on Bs are lower due to the excellent mileage per gallon, and they can fit into any campsite.
NCWriter 06/20/17 08:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Truck Camper, Class B or C for this?

Bs are great but will not meet your needs re storage. I think all RVs have mechanical issues at some point. There are so many systems and parts that can have glitches. A small C (25 or so feet) would probably work for you and are readily available used. Most have either generators or are wired for them. Some like ours have Diesel engines and generator options if that appeals to you. Bathroom and shower small but functional. Keep in mind that the more you use your shower, the more often you have to dump. Many people take advantage of campground showers when they are clean and roomy. The ducted air conditioning works very well on either shore power or generator 120 - our B had a unit that chilled well and quickly but uncomfortably blasted right over the bed. For heat, you can set the A/C, use the propane furnace, or plug in a space heater. Ours has a rear slide for a queen bed. Decent comfort and size, uses standard queen linens, easier to get out of for two people than a corner bed. Downside is mattress has to be folded in when you bring in the slide, but it's designed that way and easy enough. Storage on some Cs like ours is OK but not plentiful or made for large objects, so that cab-over advice is good - would give you an empty bunk to utilize.
NCWriter 06/20/17 08:14am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: DIY end table

Sounds great, and a good use of that space - it's amazing how often RVs lack a simple little side table to put down a drink or plate. I bought a small folding table to fill the need, but it's a cheapie and doesn't match. I wonder how many people ever bother to screw in those dining tables that have a floor mount in front of the sofa for some RVs. Ours lives in the garage.
NCWriter 06/09/17 07:02am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Amount of people at campsite

Oh boy, you have pushed my "rant" button. Oregon State Parks allows up to 8 per site and no limit on pets....so we have camped a number of times next to complete insanity.....morning, noon and through the night. They do charge for extra cars. Ya, I know, we have wheels and can move on down the road if we don't like it....but still.... We've been in Oregon for the past week at various state parks, and I noticed that rule - very surprised. Made for some very full campsites on the weekend.
NCWriter 06/05/17 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crater Lake

Yes, definitely go. Highway 62 from the south is open and kept plowed. Check your route and the website. We went for the morning two days ago, and took numerous photos of the lake. Stunning! The snow on the ground adds a lot of beauty. It was foggy driving up but the sun gradually broke through. By noon, we had gorgeous sunshine. You can see the lake behind the lodge and can drive a short stretch of the rim which the rangers keep open, park, and see the lake and island. It was chilly but beautiful. The visitor's center is open (side entrance -the front is behind a huge snowbank), where we watched the good, brief film. We stopped for coffee and hot chocolate in the historic lodge (fireplace going - great atmosphere!) and returned there later for lunch. I can recommend the chowder with salad combo.
NCWriter 06/03/17 07:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Can you get Sweet Baby Ray barbecue sauce where you live, Lyn? I use that and sliced onions for pork chops in the crock pot. Yes, we can buy Sweet Baby Ray's sauce. Above poster mentioned Campbell pulled pork seasoning in a bag - that I have not seen in our stores. Every recipe sounds delicious - well maybe not the cherry coke one - but now I must pick one. Enjoy! You've made me hungry. We're halfway through a 10-week trip and I think it's time to get out my little crock pot and buy some pork this weekend.
NCWriter 06/01/17 07:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Rv camping in class c white mountains august

We stayed at Tarry Ho Campground in Twin Mountain last July. Very good and central location for the Mt. Washington Cog Railway (a great experience or you can drive a car up, but not an RV), Franconia State Park and the National Forest, the famous Mt. Washington Hotel where Bretton Woods Conference was held after WW II - we had lunch there one day. It's a wooded campground by a river, good wi-fi, on a busy road but quiet at night. Nice owners.
NCWriter 05/31/17 07:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crock Pot Pulled Pork

Can you get Sweet Baby Ray barbecue sauce where you live, Lyn? I use that and sliced onions for pork chops in the crock pot.
NCWriter 05/30/17 07:12pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: $15 CW coupon really??

In some of the other posts on the forum ,they said you could make an online order and then send in coupon to redeem the amount in a refund. Does it say it can't be used online? We did that in April before leaving on a long trip - found the item we wanted, talked to clerk when ordering from the online catalog, received our order fast, mailed in the coupon, got a refund on our credit card. Done.
NCWriter 05/30/17 05:14pm Good Sam Club
RE: New here, Introduction

Welcome! We just left Santa Rosa yesterday after the weekend -so many great places to explore in your home state. Hope you have even half the fun we've had in our RV, because that will mean it becomes the best retirement present you could ever have given each other.
NCWriter 05/29/17 05:18pm Beginning RVing
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