We have unbreakable insulated Tervis tumblers in two sizes in the RV, plus more at home. Love them because they are USA-made right here in our Florida town and have been for 70 years. Also because they have a lifetime guarantee, which we have utilized a couple of times.
In addition to the Winnebago View, there's the identical Itasca Navion made on the same assembly line, just sold as a different label. We're happy with the used one we bought this year.
Dealer told me the Navion name is going away later this year. Makes sense since the View is the same. Of course, you can't believe anything you hear, so forget everything I said.
Yes, I've heard that, too, although they are marketing 2017 models, so who knows. (But of course there will be used Navions around for a while.)
We entered retirement in phases. Came up with a five-year plan of maxing our contributions to retirement plans, paying off all debts, selling things, and getting ready to live in paradise.
Bought a fixer-upper house in the Caribbean and moved there in our early 50s, and lived there about nine wonderful years. We left behind the high stress and long hours of Washington, DC, and had part-time jobs in the US Virgin Islands that paid less but gave us much more satisfaction and control over our days. We made lifelong friends and had great experiences. With a lot of sweat equity, we sold the renovated house at a great profit. Moved back to the mainland US due to poor 3rd world health care down there and to be closer to aging parents.
Back in the US, we continued enjoyable part time jobs on our own terms with lots of flexibility to allow travel. We've made a lot of long bucket list trips, including many in our RVs. Never regretted leaving the big salaries behind because life has been so rich ever since. Now about 20 years later we are almost fully retired and do the occasional assignment for fun. Still traveling.
I think this was an ideal path for us to retirement. No sudden change from work to empty days, and freedom to reinvent our career paths into things we had long hoped to do for a living.
A big key to retiring young and being able to pursue your long-held job interests or hobbies IMHO is to be debt free and have some savings that can grow.
I think that's crazy. We usually leave a campground earlier than the check out time. So, does that mean they are going to give us $10 back? see how crazy that sounds? As far as cleaning, I have seen very little of that. Most places we go, I usually am picking up cigarette butts and disposing of them. I don't think I have ever seen anyone leave a camp slot with trash and garbage on it. Just the cigarette butts now and again. If a camp ground is cheap about the early fee, they are cheap about everything else too. Not for me.
Yes it does sound crazy because campsites aren't rented by the hour. You also aren't paying for a 24-hour time slot. Rather, you are paying for use of a site for a posted arrival time (say 3 pm) to a departure time (11 a.m.), and if you choose to arrive later or leave earlier, that's fine. No refund.
We've stayed in high demand state parks that had hard and fast check-in times. No exceptions, no option to pay more. The camp hosts and rangers need that time to perform daily duties prior to the next wave.
Meanwhile, I don't think the commercial CG office clerk sits there twiddling thumbs either waiting for people to come. They have accounting duties, payroll, reservation requests, etc. to handle during a lull. So, yes, they try to manage the arrival time when they'll start getting busy again. Why not let only the people who want to interrupt the work flow by arriving ahead of posted check-in pay a small fee? Give the small business person a break.
They do that c rap in the Outer Banks as well for rental houses, except that the fee is $125.00 for a 1 PM check in instead of the standard 4 PM. Maybe Superman(girl) flies in to clean those specific homes.
Please allow me to try and explain the reason for the c rap, as you put it, of those managing publicly-rented accommodations with a few hours for turnaround.
The previous people leave late after trashing the place, stealing or breaking some of the furnishings, appliances, grills, pool furniture, etc., having illegally housed more occupants than were in the contract, and so owners/managers are not only cleaning, but repairing & replacing. The new arrivals always want you to make an exception and let them come early. There's a limited labor pool of cleaning and repair staff to call in. Meanwhile the roads are jammed, so you sit in your car for a very long time trying to get everything pulled back together. God help you if everything is not perfect.
If Supergirl were available, yes - she'd be hired.
Campground owners have similar issues. They have to unclog the toilets, clean up the trashed sites, fix the electric boxes that got ripped out by someone who forgot to disconnect, etc etc. They could explain to you that many people are careless slobs.
Liberty Harbor works very well. The camping facilities are minimal and it is expensive but the location is great. Nice view of the city and Statue of Liberty. It's a very short walk to the train station (office staff provides details) which takes you to the 9/11 museum in minutes, or on weekdays there is comuter ferry service also into the city (Wall Street area) which is a pleasant ride, if you stay elsewhere, you'll have a very long ride in.
I scraped plenty of skin off my fingers tucking in sheets against the wall sides of the beds when we had fixed twins in the two back corners of our class B. Regular sheets didn't fit. Figured the corner bed would be the same.
So I'm much happier now in a small C with a rear slide that allows a "walk around" queen. The top third of the mattress folds in when you retract the slide (sheets stay on.) So much easier to put on clean sheets and to make the bed daily. I already had a good set of standard Queen sheets unused at home which fit perfectly and the memory foam mattress gives a good night's sleep.
"Walk around" is a marketing term because there isn't a whole bunch of room on the sides. But it's enough space to get in and out. (When my 72 lb dog decides to sleep on the floor by my side, however, I end up having to slide myself toward the end to get out without stepping on her during the night. Nothing's perfect.)
You might enjoy the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Historic lighthouses, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, beautiful beaches.
In South Carolina, I like the coastal town of Beaufort. A great place to camp is at Hunting Island State Park right on the Atlantic Ocean.
Maine is a great vacation destination as already mentioned, and at many campgrounds you can call in an order for a cooked lobster dinner delivered right to your campsite.
When we had a class B, after one season with some Colemans (ours were cheapies and there are better ones, I'm sure) I bought Xtra large 40 degree flannel-lined sleeping bags from L L Bean. Got them on sale, maybe $60 or so.
I made liners for them out of flat queen sheets, and often we just slept in the liners on top of the un-rolled bags, which provided good extra cushioning needed for the firm cushions on the twin/King bed in the back.
When we did need them in cold weather, they were super comfortable.The extra large size meant I could move much better when I wanted to roll over or stretch the legs. The zippers were strong and easy to use. For rolling the bags, had straps with a strong plastic clasp - easy to open or close.
After long trips, I took the bags in to a dry cleaner/laundry and had them washed. They always came out perfectly. Hated to part with them at a yard sale, but our RV now has a real bed that uses queen linens.
We bought a used 24G this year (after owning an LTV Class B Sprinter), and we're happy with it after a five-week trip this summer.
Can't really help you on the 2017 model differences, and we have a sofa in the front slide (no evil cupholders:B) but I can give input on a few things.
We have a Lippert slide system and one of the two living room slide motors conked out soon after we got it. Don't know what brand they use now. It was annoying to have to take it into the shop, but it was a fast fix and the slides really make a huge positive difference for me.
We don't have the chair boosters. I use those front chairs as is every night and find them very comfortable (even after riding in it all day facing the other way). I just raise to the max height, and lower the arm rest if I need to lean on something to stand up. It's very fast and easy to swivel the seats, which was a concern I had, and it utilizes the front cab space as part of your living room. The ride up front is considerably more comfortable for driver and passenger than our 2006 Sprinter cab was.
Ours came with some nice options like full body paint - our previous van had decals. After 10 years on the road, all the van's decals were faded, worn and peeling. The Navion has been on the road since 2012 and the paint makes the RV look brand new. Can't tell you how long it will hold up, or whether it's worth $6K, but it really looks great IMHO.
Agree re the speakers. Never use them, never will.
We're really happy with the back queen bed, and sleep very well on it. I expected a hassle with folding down the top third, but it's not a big deal. Ours does not have a door to the bedroom (came with a heavy curtain we don't use.)
Like all the bathroom storage and we just did some mods to add extra shelves in tall spaces. We have a fixed sink.
We don't have/need a toad. Our old van which we loved was showing its age and was a little too tight after a big dog joined us. The amount of space inside now is a considerable difference, yet it's still quite nimble to drive and we're getting 15-16 mpg. We got a great trade-in on the van, and the 24G is has turned out to be winner for our needs. YMMV.
Fishing Bridge worked out great for us. It was quite cold at night and we could use our electric space heater.
An early start every day is a good idea to avoid crowds, and we saved time by being inside the park.
For our first trip to YNP, we took advantage of two guided bus tours that left directly from Fishing Bridge. We also drove independently to see other places that interested us.
Wow, great advice here.
It sounds like a tough situation for you because the dog is fearful, but also now might be conditioned to getting "good" results (not being left alone) from negative actions like whining.
I have an assistance dog trained by Dogs for the Deaf, and because of the strong bonding created with the human partner, was taught by her trainers to also be sure I left her home alone from time to time to lessen the chance of such anxiety developing. I sprinkle some yummy treats (there are anti-allergenic versions) on her bed and leave a TV on. Now I think she looks forward to it.
I think the Kong advice was definitely worth trying. Our trainer suggested using yoghurt, treats, dabs of peanut butter at one end, and various healthy foods the dog likes. The Kong website probably has lots of suggestions. Stuff the Kongs and freeze.
If you like COE parks we highly recommend Duckett Mill on Lake Sidney Lanier!
The only problem with the Lake Lanier COE CGs (as we have discovered when hoping to visit relatives who live at the lake) is that most of them are not open year-round. Duckett Mill closes this year In mid-September.
Another plus - If you are tired after sightseeing, they have a small grill next to the pool at the building where the briefings are held. Good food and ice cream. (Open seasonally)
Also a very large coin operated laundry facility with many machines.
I looked at the Navion and others on the Sprinter chassis. You do not have enough max gross weight to pull a 4 door Rubicon. You have to be really carefully to not exceed the max combined weight even pulling a lighter car. Even with a smaller RV, I would not consider going without the toad. We decide to stay with our 39 foot pusher. We were giving up too much to go smaller.
We prefer not to tow, while other people do happily tow in small/mid Cs. Toad vs no-toad is a whole different subject, though, often brought up on this forum. The bottom line is always: to each his own, different strokes for different folks, etc.