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RE: Full-time in the San Francisco Bay area while working?

...there are much cheaper (certinaly than $1,600 a month) options in the Bay Area. You need to forget about the peninsula and concentrate on East Bay. I started out staying at San Francisco RV Resort for ~$1,400 a month with all utilities included along with WiFi. That was the most I ever paid to full-time there. In east bay, there's Trailer Haven in San Leandro where you can stay for ~$700 a month,and it's minutes from the BART. . The original poster specified Marin County, not the East Bay. SF RV resort is south of the city, also not in Marin County.
NCWriter 04/22/14 12:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: Full-time in the San Francisco Bay area while working?

You would probably have the same types of potentially disruptive and expensive repair issues with an older RV as you did with a boat. I lived in that area some years ago. Many people seek affordable housing in the Bay area, and RV parks located on valuable real estate such as Marin County are not going to be cheap. They also are not likely to welcome any of what the owner or manager might consider seedy-looking older RVs longterm. If you google RV Park Reviews, Marin Ca, you'll find a couple of choices in Greenbrae near the Larkspur Ferry to the city ($12 round trip daily with Clipper card). Read the parks' numerous rules regarding the age of RVs, etc etc. With weekly rates, looks like you would need to plan on about $1600 a month for site rental at the Marin RV park in order to get electric, water & sewer hookups, according to their website. (IF they let you stay there.) You also may need to refill your propane tank periodically for cooking, furnace, etc, Add the purchase price for the RV and several thousands more potentially to keep it in workable condition, and it could be cheaper to rent a small apartment. Government run campgrounds (state or county parks, Federal govt campgrounds) usually have two week stay limitations and often do not provide a full range of services at the site such as a sewer hookup.
NCWriter 04/22/14 05:35am Full-time RVing
RE: **** Santa fe parks***

I've stayed at Trailer Ranch twice and enjoyed it both times. It's on a direct bus line into the Plaza, with stops at the weekly Farmers Market and other shops, restaurants, and attractions.
NCWriter 04/21/14 01:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travelling the Southwest

We were at Chaco Canyon the last weekend of September last year and it was down to 28 degrees overnight in the high desert. But it warmed up quickly with sunrise and the weather was spectacular during the day. The following weeks it was a bit warmer in Taos, Abiquiu, Santa Fe, Albuquerque with chilly nights, gorgeous days. The Balloon Fiesta weather in ABQ is known for being quite cold at dawn during the launches. So just be sure to have what you need in the way of propane for your furnace, a space heater for hookup sites, and warm clothes in layers you can shed. There's a good COE campground with electricity in Abiquiu, by the way, at Riana Lake in the heart of scenic Georgia O'Keeffe country.
NCWriter 04/21/14 04:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping in Cody, WY

We enjoyed Cody for three nights. It is a touristy place, but hey - we're tourists, and we had a warm welcome everywhere. And the museums are world class, some of the best I've seen anywhere. The trolley tour was fun, and picks up at Ponderosa CG where you can buy tickets, for an overview of the town and its history. We took the tour in the afternoon and got off at Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel in town for the free Wild West shoot out program they put on each early evening. It was an easy, pleasant walk back to the campground. The museums are located between the CG and the Irma in town, so it's easy to get around, lots of parking. North of Cody, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center tells the story of the Japanese internment center there during WW II, well worth a visit. Another very well planned and executed museum. We also visited the dam west of Cody on the way to Yellowstone. The drive from Cody to the NP is quite scenic, great rock formations. (But I would not base there either - too far to do several times round trip.)
NCWriter 04/21/14 04:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pre trip prep...what am I forgetting?

Is some extra cash on that list? Credit cards, checkbook? We take along copies of all the credit cards, front & back. Medicare and other insurance cards, originals and copies. Also the addresses and phone numbers for all the relatives. Passports in case we want to go to Canada unexpectedly - you might want to run over to Campobello Island across the bridge from Maine. Llist of all our account and policy numbers and contact info in case we need to reach an insurance agent after a disaster back home. RV road service card. All the cords for recharging electronics like phone or tablet, and for recharging camera battery. But our geezer passes for sure.
NCWriter 04/19/14 05:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Handicap Parking

Richardwise, good point that there are invisible disabilities. I get annoyed sometimes when I see able-bodied (in my perception) folks taking up the one or two wider, accessible places ... especially when we are waiting for my nephew (quadriplegic, uses wheelchair) or sister (bone cancer surgery left her needing a walker) to arrive at a restaurant. But your brother's example reminds that a person might be suffering from an exhausting condition that isn't apparent to a casual observer.
NCWriter 04/19/14 05:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Class B Windows

This is only a guess, but my understanding is that Mercedes has to approve the designs that Sprinter conversion companies use and sign off on the structural integrity, appearance, etc before they allow them to sell them as new vehicles with the badge on the grill. I believe the factory Sprinter trucks have no operable windows aft of the cabs. But apparently Mercedes approves the small tilt-out windows some converters use. Ours came with screens. They actually work fairly well because in addition to airflow with the roof vent & F. Fan, the little windows can be used when it is raining, and can be left open when you are away from the RV or while driving. It would be hard for a thief to reach in and get anything or gain access through them. We leave ours open during hot weather while parked in our driveway to let heat escape. You can buy or make screens for your front cab power windows very easily - we bought Skeeter Beaters online that attach around the driver & passenger window openings with magnets. Some newer conversions have very nice optional or standard screen arrangements inside of the side sliding door and at the back, inside the two cargo doors. Some Sprinter suppliers sell screening for these openings, and some peope make their own. We rarely use the AC unless the humidity is really bad.
NCWriter 04/18/14 12:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Heading out west - snake precautions.

A friend of mine with a service dog was concerned too, and I believe got some kind of anti venom kit through her vet before a four month long trip west.
NCWriter 04/18/14 10:00am RV Pet Stop
RE: Salad Shooter for Grated Cheese

Pre-grated cheese also has added stuff to keep it from clumping. I buy pre-grated 99% of the time. But I read somewhere that it works better to grate your own for macaroni & cheese due to the added stuff. Something to do with faster melting without added stuff... Or whatever. So for that I buy block cheese and run it through the food processor. Not sure it really makes a difference.
NCWriter 04/16/14 07:50pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Is it Just Me?? (Campground Websites... Or Lack Thereof)

I, too, like a good website with up to date info - especially rates - and a way to email or make a reservation on a form, because I have difficulty on the phone. Photos are nice but useless without information. But one of the mst enjoyable places we ever stayed had no web site and had never appeared in RV Park Reviews. So you just never know.
NCWriter 04/16/14 05:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: nameing your rig

Our little van RV recently got a name to suit her newest occupant - see my signature.
NCWriter 04/16/14 05:38am RV Lifestyle
RE: My furry beach bums

They look so happy!
NCWriter 04/16/14 05:33am RV Pet Stop
RE: Help!! need some easy mexican dishes

About the easiest one I know is Fiesta Chicken in a crockpot. Google it for details. Many variations, but basic gameplan is to put four fresh or frozen chicken breasts in a crockpot with cans of drained black beans, drained corn, chopped onion, green pepper if desired, and a half cup of salsa. You can vary the quantities to suit your tastebuds, and double easily. Cook about three hours on high. Mix in a chunk of cream cheese shortly before serving and stir to melt it in. Serve - as is like a stew, over rice or tortilla chips, or roll up in tortillas. Shredded cheddar makes a nice topping. I like to add Mes. Dash Chipotle seasoning (salt free,)
NCWriter 04/15/14 06:32pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Just got home from snow birding last week and...

Come on out to the coast where it's warmer. We're taking Raylene camping for the first time (just one night) this week. After this winter, though, we're making long range plans to move to Florida!
NCWriter 04/15/14 01:15pm Snowbirds
RE: Took this last night

Thanks for posting - beautiful!
NCWriter 04/15/14 10:43am Technology Corner
RE: Canadian Maritime Provinces Tips

We really enjoyed the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. Plenty of RV parking on site, and several nearby campgrounds for overnight. Some people use the town as a base to drive the Cabot Trail.
NCWriter 04/15/14 05:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Job memories

A singer? And one of America's highest paid entertainers, according to the recent Parade magazine "What we earn" article.
NCWriter 04/15/14 05:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Happy Dogs From This Weekend

Those sure are happy doggie faces! Raylene's going on her first overnight in the Lab Cab with us this week.
NCWriter 04/15/14 05:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: Help a newbie choose

I like the Sprinters as an RV platform. I worry about costs of keeping them serviced, especially since I can do most of my own work on gas-powered, domestic vehicles. Yes, it would be nice to limit the outlay to 4 figures, and, it looks like there are some nice, older ones in that range. If your budget is under $10,000, you may be better off looking for a basic empty van long enough for your kayak (not an RV) in good condition and doing the conversion yourself with some simple elements.
NCWriter 04/12/14 05:25am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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