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RE: dogs on Fla Beaches

Venice (however not close to Perdido since it is in the SW - south of Sarasota, north of Punta Gorda and Ft. Myers) has a dog beach. Oscar Scherer State Park near Venice has a campground.
NCWriter 02/20/17 04:33am RV Pet Stop
RE: Hwy 1 at Pfeiffer Big Sur: bridge failure indefinite closure

Thank you so much for posting this. Was planning to drive that route in late May, so I'll be following this story. California storms are really raising havoc - I feel sad for those who live there and whose lives are so disrupted. Bushay Recreation Area inland at Ukiah has closed for now - got a cancellation notice from Recreation.Gov yesterday. All of us planning to visit the state have to look at our routes and options.
NCWriter 02/18/17 05:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Michigan to Washington D.C. Apr/May 2017

We agree, Cherry Hill CG is the place to stay, we have been there several times. The even have a D/C Bus stop at the park. Also since the new administration is in office things are beginning to re-open to the public. Just heard last week that Tours to the White House have resumed. Good Luck and Happy Camping !! Agree with Cherry Hill - very comfortable place as a DC base. Rare to find such a safe, nice RV park so close to a major metropolis. Re the White House tours, website says they resume March 7, which works for the poster's plans. But heading toward Easter, Spring Break season and beyond, it might be tough to get anything requiring reservations in DC, so get in touch with your congressional office now.
NCWriter 02/17/17 01:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roadside Cancellation--Are tou kidding me?

Welcome to the forum, original poster. So often people join forums (of all kinds) in order to badmouth a business, never to be heard from again. Even a free, longtime forum owned by the very business they are bad-mouthing in this case. Maybe that won't be the case this time.
NCWriter 02/16/17 06:51pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Niagra Falls Park?

Four mile creek, X3
NCWriter 02/15/17 02:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NFS campgrounds

The one we have stayed in often, Cedar Point CG in Croatan National Forest, NC, has always had a camp host on site - very visible and hard-working last June when we spent a week there. The gate is locked at night for security after a certain hour. Great location with kayaking and nature trail boardwalk over the marsh, quiet and wooded, but close to Emerald Isle beach, stores, restaurants, etc.
NCWriter 02/15/17 02:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Winnebago VIEW 24V

A couple more weeks and my driveway will look like yours. We found one with the diesel generator as well. Downsizing from a Class A doesn't have to be painful. Congrats! You will love it! I've already put 200 miles on mine coming back from OKC. Average 16.9 MPG over the 200 miles, but I have a heavy foot. Great mileage! Our Navion also came with the diesel gen (we bought our RV used, so inherited it). Nice option.
NCWriter 02/13/17 07:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oscar Scherer SP, FL

We've stayed there many times and now live a few miles from the park because we grew to enjoy the Sarasota area so much. As mentioned in the first response, June won't be crowded unless there are family/friends groups in adjoining campsites on the weekends. It's a great time to visit the area after the snowbird traffic subsides. Check the Reserve America description but I'm pretty sure all sites have water and electric, and no sites have sewer. There's a dump station. Rental canoes are available. Wifi at the little nature pavilion by Lake Osprey. Great bike riding on the Legacy Trail. The north side Sites are along South Creek, but if you have a dog, note that no pets other than service animals are permitted in those sites, #68 through 98. Some of those sites have nice views of the creek not obscured by foliage. This park has five restrooms/shower houses, a pretty short walk from any site. My favorite pet-approved sites are on the west curve, numbers 64, 65, 66 and 67. They feel more private and spacious to me, and in my memory are quite level. Lots of grocery and other shopping nearby in both directions. Turn right (north) going out of the park on Tamiami Trail (41) and you'll come to a big Walmart superstore and post office, further along to a shopping center in Palmer Ranch with a Publix grocery store, Target, Walgreen's, etc. and Palmer Ranch Animal Hospital, a good vet. Next shopping center past that has Costco. RV World is a mile south of the state park if you need any parts or repairs. Big dealership where we bought our current RV. The beaches are to the west on the Gulf of Mexico. Nokomis Beach isn't far. Siesta Key is also close. For restaurants, Casey Key Fish House is a casual joint we like on the water nearby. Drive along Casey Key's road to see some incredible waterfront homes. Sarasota has some world-class attractions - the Ringling Museum as noted (circus museum is one element, along with European Art, Asian Art, the Ringling mansion on the bay, etc.) Also visit Marie Selby Botannical Garden, Mote Marine Lab, and more. Good suggestion re Myakka River State Park. They have air boat rides where you see dozens of gators - you feel like you're in the Everglades. You could get a campsite there or just visit for a day excursion - not very far from Oscar S. Enjoy. We love it here.
NCWriter 02/13/17 05:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another successful GSRA experience

Good to know, Darsben. We very exceedingly satisfied when we needed them twice in the past few years.
NCWriter 02/13/17 11:56am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: New Winnebago VIEW 24V

Enjoy! We have the Navion sister-model and it's an ideal size for us - two adults + big dog. We made a one-month trip around Quebec and the Gaspe Peninsula without a tow vehicle. (We easily rented a car once for parts of Montreal and suburbs not served by public transportation. Enterprise provided transportation to/from the nearby RV park.)
NCWriter 02/13/17 11:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What would you add to your RV experience?

How about family sections AND adults-only sections in all campgrounds? Or just peace & quiet sections? Most of the handful of negative experiences we've had were in parks where parents tossed the kiddies, even tiny ones, out the door to "play" (create attention-seeking mischief or wander off beside bodies of water without lifeguards) while the parents stayed inside' abdicating any responsibility for the kids' bad or dangerous behavior. Or times when way too many people in one campsite were partying long past quiet hours. Etc etc.
NCWriter 02/13/17 11:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Passport America, worth it or not?

Agree with Guidry, not a bait & switch situation. Very straightforward about restrictions. We've used it seven years, more than paid for itself. Some of the CGs are strictly overnighters and ask for cash. But we've stayed at several very nice places and returned at full price during blackout periods.
NCWriter 02/08/17 07:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newbies interested in PEI and Cape Breton this summer

http://www.newglasgowhighlands.com/ Can't recommend this place enough. Oldcow Agree with Old Cow - very well-run campground on PEI. The owner gave us a suggestion of a fish market (Doiron) nearby in North Rustico that had wonderful cooked lobsters for sale (we wanted to eat a little lighter that evening than the famous PEI Lobster Suppers nearby.) We also stayed at Linkletter Provincial Park by the water on the southern coast to tour Charlottetown. Cape Breton Island was really enjoyable for us. We drove clockwise on the Cabot Trail. Enjoyed lunch and a performance at the Celtic Music Center in Judique, and spent the night at Inverness Beach Village - beautiful sunsets facing west. Cape Breton Highlands National Park has campgrounds, and numerous scenic overlooks. We stayed up at the top of the island one night (Dingwall - Hideaway Campground and Oyster Market.) We took an Oshan Whale Watching tour late afternoon - very reasonable price, and saw lots of whales. Driving back down on the east side of the island, the road is fairly steep with some tight turns, so instead of towing, you may want to leave the 5th wheel somewhere like Baddeck and drive at least part of the trail in your truck as many people do. Several campgrounds in Baddeck. Don't miss the Alexander Graham Bell Museum there in Baddeck - fascinating. Plan a day to tour the Fortress of Louisbourg (similar to Colonial Williamsburg in the US), and get there early. Again, there are several campgrounds in the town to choose from. If you are going this summer, you'll save lots of money because Parks Canada is offering free admission to historic sites.
NCWriter 02/06/17 01:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: planning a trip to yellowstone, road driving help needed

I remember a large-space, RV-designed lot by some of the major thermal features but it was more than halfway filled with cars, too, since the car section of the lot was already completely full. (That was after Labor Day in September.) It's good to get an early start every day before things get so crowded. Xantera has some tours that leave from campgrounds (and other locations) and we took two - Circle of Fire was a good overview of the park, and another one left at late afternoon for wildlife viewing. Driving/parking was the bus driver's problem while we just hopped off and saw the sights. Tours I don't love bus tours as a rule but those worked out pretty well for a first visit orientation to the park. Then we spent the rest of our week driving around to fill in the gaps. It's worth downloading the Experience Planner brochure on that web page - tells about some free tours available, too, like one of the Old Faithful Inn.
NCWriter 02/06/17 01:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glacier Nat Park

We're also going to Glacier this summer - glad to get all the input folks gave on the campgrounds. We booked the KOA on the east side of the park - one reason was that the Red Bus tour will pick up at right at the campground.
NCWriter 02/05/17 03:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Resale-mpg-service cost. MB 3500 vs Ford 450

no, I have often heard folks say that they paid $3,000 extra for something and got $2500 for it on resale so they only lost $500. the truth is at higher interest rates, they actually paid $5,000 extra for that and they lost $2500. you basically did the same thing. bumpy Actually, nope, I didn't. I'm not those folks. And now - back to the original post's topic.
NCWriter 02/05/17 02:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: Resale-mpg-service cost. MB 3500 vs Ford 450

I should have mentioned that the resale or trade-in at the other end recoups the price premium. That was our experience - very minor depreciation after five years and 50,000 miles. have you calculated in the interest you paid over x years on the additional cost? or if you paid cash, the interest you lost on spending that money? bumpy Doesn't everyone?
NCWriter 02/05/17 08:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Hard-Sided PopUp Class B

Maybe they didn't attract enough of a market. Just guessing but many class Bs in current production are built into existing delivery van models (like MB Sprinters and Ford Transits) that are already designed to be high enough inside for most people to walk around in. No need to change the structural integrity of the steel body to add headroom. Others have employed a lowered-floor design to gain headroom inside for years.
NCWriter 02/05/17 04:22am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Resale-mpg-service cost. MB 3500 vs Ford 450

In my opinion, engine longevity is immaterial for most motorhomes because any of the common engines will typically outlast the house part. The Ford V10 can be expected to go for at least a couple hundred thousand miles with ordinary maintenance. Taking 16 mpg as average for the sprinter and 8 mpg for an equivalent E-350, at $4.00 a gallon it would take 40,000 miles to break even on NCWriter's estimated $10,000 premium for the sprinter. or 80,000 miles at $2.00 a gallon. bumpy I should have mentioned that the resale or trade-in at the other end recoups the price premium. That was our experience - very minor depreciation after five years and 50,000 miles.
NCWriter 02/04/17 09:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: Resale-mpg-service cost. MB 3500 vs Ford 450

We bought a three-year old model, which of course saved a big chunk to start with. Like Gonzo, we get about 15+ mpg, and friends with another layout (one slide instead of our two) get 17 mpg. Neither one of us tows. Diesel engines of course have longevity which adds value. Our last Diesel Sprinter-chassis RV got better and better mpg after about 50,000 miles. The trade-in value was much higher than we expected. You can buy your oil and change it yourself, add your own DEF, etc. If you take a MB to a dealer for everything like some do, obviously that will add expense. My uneducated guess is that overall, you'll pay a premium of about $10,000 for owning a diesel C. The longer you keep it and put miles on it, the more that gap closes, especially if there's another episode when gas prices hit $4. Overall I think the advice is good about looking at both gas or diesel small Cs until you find a layout and price you like.
NCWriter 02/04/17 05:10am Beginning RVing
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