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RE: Campgrounds in or near Bryce and Zion. 40 foot coach

Watchman campground inside Zion NP has some large (40 - 50') sites with electric hookups, some right by the Virgin River. Depending on dates, you can book at Reserve America. The benefit is you can walk to the visitor center from your site and take the free hop-on/off shuttle into the canyon, where cars can't go in season and parking is limited anyway. Shuttle runs constantly and works very well.
NCWriter 07/28/14 06:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Booked Yellowstone!!!

Now the fun part begins - anticipation. We stayed in FBridge last September and liked the location and amenities. There's a camp store, fuel & propane station nearby just outside the FB entrance. I've read posts where people describe it as a "parking lot" but there are lots of trees, and you may see deer and other wildlife - a bison came through our loop one afternoon. We were glad to have the electric hookup after busy days touring. The staff people at check-in were really nice folks. We asked to be placed close to the office (laundry, showers, tour bus departures, etc) and they were very accommodating.
NCWriter 07/28/14 05:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Picky Choosing

At just under 36'LOA the only problem with state parks has been finding class Bs or class Cs in the few over 30' sites.. Many reasons the big sites may be full. Perhaps they were the only available sites the day those smaller B and C RVers arrived. Or they got there early and liked the view or location. Or they preferred the site because it was much more level. Or the site was closer to a restroom for a person with a disability. It's unrealistic to expect a big, beautiful site to be left awaiting some big rig's eventual arrival and ridiculous to get peeved at finding smaller rigs in "your" sites. Just plan ahead - arrive earlier in the day or stick with site-specific reservable campgrounds, public or private. Big trailers give you plenty of living room inside, smaller motor homes have less living space, often get better fuel mileage and fit in more sites. It's the trade-offs you consider when you buy.
NCWriter 07/28/14 05:15am Fifth-Wheels

Another vote for Terro. We used to live in the Virgin Islands, bug capital of the universe, and Terro was the local solution to ant problems. Local knowledge also advised granules to spread around your house foundation, treatment of choice for ferocious biting centipedes, but I sincerely hope we never have any of them in our RV.
NCWriter 07/27/14 05:26pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Bryce or Zion first? Which has less to walk?

Another vote for Bryce and the many overlooks. Spectacular views. But if you go to Zion, you could take the free "Ride with a Ranger" leaving from the visitor center. It's a narrated tour, maybe an hour long, on one of the shuttles down into the canyon. Stops a few times for photos, no real walking.
NCWriter 07/26/14 04:41am General RVing Issues
RE: DIdn't receive free night certificate

If it is the same type of "free night" program that we were 'blessed' with, you are better off without it and I wouldn't be too upset about the oversight. (Quoted post: what was wrong with the program??) We received a sheet of various coupons when we upgraded to a Deluxe membership at a Camping World Store, submitted the coupons with receipts from the Good Sam campgrounds where we stayed and received a check, no problem. If I recall, it was up to $25 per night. Hope you get your free night coupon soon. Worked fine for me.
NCWriter 07/26/14 04:26am Good Sam Club
RE: Bought some hearing aids today

Been wearing a HA for 20 years (deaf 100% in the other ear so won't help), and Costco price was half what I've paid elsewhere for virtually identical product. Huge savings even on one HA.
NCWriter 07/25/14 06:17am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: NJ turnpike tolls

Cost us $21.30 in a class B yesterday traveling from Liberty Harbor down to Cherry Hill to spend the weekend in DC area. The road was mostly in good condition and traffic was very light all morning. We skipped the metro regions/tolls by traveling further west when headed to/from Atlantic Canada, so experienced a touch of sticker shock. I guess sometime we'll get around to getting an EZ pass, but this was the first time we've ever needed it in 40,000+ miles. Wish they'd merge with Florida's Sun Pass, because we use that every year.
NCWriter 07/25/14 06:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Atl, GA to Badlands and Yellowstone

We traveled that way last year about a week before your planned date. It can be really hot in the Badlands and fairly cold in Yellowstone by then at night, so bring summer clothes, jeans and heavier layers. Some campgrounds inside Yellowstone close by mid-September, so you might consider going there first. One stop en route that we enjoyed was St. Louis to see the Arch and the fantastic museum beneath it. There is an RV park facing it just across the river (Casino Queen, East St. Louis, Illinois), and you can either drive over or take an easy train ride one stop to see the Arch. We followed part of the route of Lewis & Clark from there, heading north to South Dakota.
NCWriter 07/24/14 05:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Newbie getting a head start.

Welcome to the forum. You are smart to start researching early and to consider all your options. Brace yourself. Strong opinions on diesel vs gas on this forum, pros and cons for both but it boils down to personal preference. Diesel used to be cheaper but now is pricier in most parts of the US. I've seen it cheaper in Atlantic Canada. Mileage will be better, engine will last longer, servicing may be more expensive. There are quite a few smaller class C diesels built on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. Winnebago View and its twin the Itasca Navion, Leisure Travel Unity, Coach House Platinum II, to name just a view.
NCWriter 07/24/14 04:48am Beginning RVing
RE: New Rig

Great choice, ideal B floorplan, IMHO, because the galley and entry door face the campsite ( not the sewer), and the raised refrigerator saves bending. Pleasureway has a great quality reputation. Enjoy!
NCWriter 07/24/14 04:40am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Booning in National Forest or BLMs

Slightly off topic - If you like National Park and state park campgrounds and haven't yet tried Army Corps of Engineers camping, check that out sometime, too. (Not boondocking, but established campgrounds that can be nicer than a good state park, and at lower rates.) Like the NF established campgrounds, you get a 50% discount if you have a senior pass (get one when you turn 62). We're at Ives Run below Tioga, PA today - big paved site, paved roads, water & electric, great view of the lake.
NCWriter 07/22/14 04:32am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Need Campground near Marine Corp Base Quantico, VA

We stayed at the Prince William FP RV campground (on PWFP border, not the dry CG inside the park) a few days ago. They are a concessioner for the National Park. Good experience. The pool sure felt good.
NCWriter 07/18/14 06:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newbie

The vents, awnings and AC units on the top are definitely giveaways that a van might be an RV. Since we're talking stealth B camping, I've sometimes had idle curiosity when looking a newer models about how "stealthy" the newer Sprinters actually would be since Mercedes designed the grill with quite a large logo. There are after-market conversion kits for older Sprinters with Dodge or Freightliner (like ours) grills (with the Mercedes engine), but we passed on that option, because I suspected the big "star" logo might make the van more of a target for unwelcome attention.
NCWriter 07/17/14 08:01am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Newbie

Welcome to the forum! Do you (or does your wife) have some specific concerns you've thought about when looking at Bs? Maybe people here who own them can help with some answers. I think our purchase of a class B was the best retirement decision we made, and our trip experiences have been priceless. If you want to cover lot of ground touring, you'll find a B to be very nimble. For me, it's about as simple as traveling via car, with the bonus of a kitchen and bathroom. Besides fitting into about any parking or campground situation, you can set up or depart very quickly and easily. I don't worry about stealth because we stay in campgrounds, but some people order their RVs without any exterior design decals.
NCWriter 07/15/14 04:04pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Glacier NP and Yellowstone NP - how long to visit

We spent 5 days in Yellowstone and 3 in Grand Teton and would not cut any shorter than that.
NCWriter 07/15/14 05:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions for potluck?

I make a corn and black bean salad sometimes from our class B kitchen. (Also a small fridge, but big enough for the two peppers needed, one red and one green.) You can make just before the potluck and serve it room temperature if you don't have refrig space. Just drain two cans each of corn and black beans. Rinse the beans under running water and drain. Dice the peppers and chop a half red onion. Toss with any oil & vinegar salad dressing ( I like Paul Newmans), about a half cup. I add a couple of teaspoons of Mrs. Dash seasonings ( either Fiesta Lime or Chipotle). (Add Salt and pepper only after tasting first.) Many variations on the Internet, some with cilantro, but I keep it simple. I use Mrs, Dash seasonings because they are perfect for making quesadillas, too. No salt, just flavor.
NCWriter 07/15/14 05:07am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for a custom Sprinter RV Shop. Advice?

Sportsmobile has a location in Fresno, good reputation.
NCWriter 07/15/14 04:53am Beginning RVing
RE: Leak Stains

Try a little rug/upholstery cleaner on a damp sponge. Squeeze a few times to get some lather, and then rub it on gently on the stained area. Keep at it for a while and add more cleaner as needed. Results may be better after it dries. (Caution - read the container which usually suggests you try it on a hidden area first, if you can, to make sure it doesn't remove color.) I used rug cleaner to get some water staining off my cab area ceiling after the plastic cover of the vent van developed a hairline crack, causing a leak that drove us crazy until we figured out the source.
NCWriter 07/14/14 06:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What blogs do you follow?

I'm not a blog follower but drop in now and then to a few. I prefer the ones that are sharing info and photos with fellow travelers, rather than bombarding with so many commercial messages that it's hard to find the meat. (Mike Wendland turned me off when he began pitching everything from packing cubes to Roadtreks. More sponsors than a NASCAR driver.) Anyway - Kimbo Polo is a forum participant who posts good information on her travels - currently on theUS west coast (her blog has a long list of other blogs, too.) Frugal-RV-travel has some good free info on their site (along with their e-books for sale).
NCWriter 07/13/14 05:06am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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