Nothing wrong with investigating electrical matters, as any international traveler can attest. (No call for head-slapping emoticons.)
Nova Scotia is a great RV destination, very welcoming to visitors. Touring caravans come here so you can definitely find campgrounds to handle larger RVs.
I'd say the rates run about $40 to $60 CA. About the same as Maine, depending on water views, etc.
Baddeck is a good area up on Cape Breton Island as a base to leave your big rig while exploring the Cabot Trail, and the area has good RV parks. The town is very nice, with services you need like grocery stores, etc. Be sure to tour the Alexander Graham Bell museum there.
The Fortress of Louisbourg is a marvelous historic restoration (largest in North America) with costumed interpreters. Several RV parks there, too.
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For Halifax and points south, we stayed at Scubie Park in Dartmouth. There were some larger RV sites, but I'd call or email to inquire and book ahead.
Dinosaur National Monument at the NW corner.
Colorado National Monument - stunning red rock scenery, nice drive through it. Looms over Grand Junction, and there's a nice state park there at Fruita by the river. Wineries all around GJ open for visitors.
Ouray - pretty mountain town, shops and restaurants, 4J RV campground two blocks from the main drag on the Uncompahgre River. Easy climb up a box canyon nearby.
And of course Mesa Verde National Park at the SW corner.
Cape Breton Island was a highlight for us. We drove the scenic Cabot Trail and spent a night on the west side (great sunset views) plus a night at Dingwall's Hideaway Campground & Oyster Market around the tip. Steep coming down the east side, though. Some prefer to park the RV at Baddeck and drive the Trail by car.
We found one day to be sufficient at the Fortress of Louisbourg, but arrive when they open. If you have a Parks Canada annual pass, show that and you'll be waved past the ticket lines. In addition to the Fortress, the lighthouse is worth a visit. Several campgrounds in town to choose from.
A good campground for visiting Halifax is Shubie Park in Dartmouth just across the bridge. Many interesting sights - We spent several hours in the Citadel at the top of the hill to watch the daily firing of the noon gun, see marching bands, tour the fort, and see the excellent military museum. The Maritime Museum on the waterfront tells the story of the disastrous explosion in the city's harbor and has a moving exhibit on the Titanic sinking. We also visited the cemetery where many Titanic victims were laid to rest.
I've used an iPad (now iPad Air2) for the past five years and RV.net has always been as easy to use as any other forum, easier than some.
Just looked at the forum OP mentioned and it seems a lot messier. Can't believe there are numerous Ford ads inserted into the content of users' forum posts (not just on the margins, actually shoved into posts.) No thanks.
Downtown Riverside is a good over-nighter. Nothing fancy, but a good one.
X3 - it's a city-owned place that takes reservations and the best part about it is watching boats, kayaks and rowers going by on the river, plus the city lights. It was 110 degrees when we stayed there but we could have the A/C on and watch the world go by out our front windows.
If you use Passport America, be aware those are sites against the back wall, not facing on the river.
White water rafting in Jackson Hole. Lots of companies to choose from.
There are also wonderful scenic float trips on the Snake River entirely within Grand Teton NP that give you a different angle for looking up at the majestic mountains. The boatman does all the work rowing and the ride is fairly smooth so you can concentrate on spotting wildlife and taking photos...moose, elk, lots of Eagles.
That was a highlight of our time in GTNP, and I'm so glad we did it.
Wahweap is a nice CG. If you stay there, you are within a short walk of the boat tours of the lake and other included amenities such as the resort hotel pool and park ranger talks, as I recall. Don't miss the tour of Glen Canyon Dam - you need to make a reservation and provide ID. Fascinating to go down inside it and also walk on top, and the films are worth seeing.
We moved over from Wahweap to the CG in Page itself for convenience at the end of our visit to take an excellent guided raft tour on the Colorado River the next day which departed from the town. The tour operator provided bus transport from their office to the raft dock at the start, and picked you up at Lee's Ferry at the conclusion to return to Page.
I highly recommend all three tours, boating above the dam, inside the dam, and rafting below - really enjoyable and gives you a full picture of that controversial project.
It's great to have less competition for camp sites now. April and May are wonderful here - excellent weather, snowbirds gone and kids still in school.
I have to laugh at the dissing of my state's summer temperatures. I grew up in Washington, DC, where the bugs, heat and humidity made it a "hardship" posting before the days of air conditioning. Also lived on the coast of NC where we used our back yard to eat out exactly one time in 8 years - too hot, humid, and buggy.
Unfortunately DC and most northern states do not have our nifty Florida home feature, the "Lanai cage" which keeps out bugs so you can sit outside all year if you wish. I always thought those screened cages looked kind of dorky but now I love it.
We love the warm temps because then we can really enjoy Florida without all the snowbird traffic. We never get in the ocean or our pool from November through April. Water's too cold. In the summer, it's wonderful.
We met an unhappy couple who sold their home and "hit the open road". Man and wife were happy for some time, worked at state RV camps. Had a semi-permanent screened patio, she had a sewing machine, etc. Wife started to miss home living, friends, kids, BUT they could not afford to buy a house. "Wither thou goest" does not always work. Males may be fine with full timing, females may change their mind about it. Best to try some extended tours and staying put for some time, before selling your home.
We met some folks who had done the same in a nice class A after selling home. A few months in, the wife became disenchanted and wanted a house again. So they bought one and divorced (after 20+ years) within a year. Had to sell that house and the RV. Big expensive mess.
Knew another couple who bought a very pricey cruising sailboat, moved aboard and quit jobs. Guy was in heaven sailing around the Caribbean living his dream, not so much the wife. They sold the wonderful boat, which broke his heart, and moved back ashore, back to jobs. Sadly the wife died a year later.
So I agree with your advice.
Re your option #1 route from Dinosaur down to Grand Junction...did it once, wouldn't want to repeat that drive.
We weren't even towing and were in just a Class B Sprinter with plenty of power to haul us across Douglas Pass. But some steep grades and switchbacks earned a spot in my "roads to avoid." Other people might scoff, but I still recall the very unhappy faces of some other campers towing big trailers when we stopped for a break halfway at a rest area pull-off. Nice scenic view, though.
I'd backtrack as you described in option #2. There's a KOA at Vernal, by the way. Nothing special, but it was fine for an overnight.
For campground in the Black Hills, I loved Game Lodge in Custer State Park. One of the best SPs in the country IMHO. We spent five days there as a base for touring the area.
We have made the same trip for years...we follow I75 north to I40 east to I81 north to I84 east into New England. There is a lot of truck traffic along this route, but we find it infinitely better than attempting I95. There are also a lot of campgrounds along this route, as well as a number of Camping World stores.
Completely agree with these 81 to 84 recommendations. I don't even like to drive on 95 in the NE corridor in a car, much less an RV.
Once you have bypassed the Boston area, you can get over to 95 or better yet, Route one along the coast. There are some nice coastal campgrounds but you may want to reserve now. Rates will run a little higher than elsewhere, and you may be asked for a non-refundable deposit, but they have a short season to be open.
Enjoy Maine! We loved visiting all the scenic lighthouses and staying in the woodsy campgrounds. Often you can order a cooked lobster dinner delivered right to your campsite.
While motorhome shopping, the best thing that fits my needs so far is a Winnebago Fuse, which is a Ford Transit diesel rig. Since it is a diesel, it has a propane generator...
Not every diesel rig necessarily has a propane generator. Our used Sprinter-chassis Itasca Navion (small class C) came with a diesel generator that was an offered option.
OK. Y'all know I don't do Generators. So I want to ask. What is wrong with a propane generator? After all. We all carry propane any way.
Nothing wrong with them IMHO. We had one in our Leisure Travel Sprinter-based Class B, and it worked great. Never a bit of trouble. And, as you said, we carried the propane anyhow for the stove, etc.
We transferred dry cereal into plastic vertical bins made for such storage because they fit in our RV cupboard very well vs assorted open cereal boxes, plus the infestation issue is fixed. Also use small plastic totes as mentioned above.
After five years of trips short and long, I don't leave anything in the RV unless we're on a trip after living in a hot climate for years. My theory (right or wrong) is that canned and packaged food deteriorates faster in high temps. There's no question that spices do. We clear out all the food at the end of a trip.
There's also the issue of hauling around excess weight in canned goods you "might" use. We usually hit Walmart once or twice a week for milk and fresh meat/produce, and it's easy to add the remaining ingredients.
So I start each trip with the basics like seasonings and condiments I know I'll use often for simple camping meals, plus a couple of weeks worth of ingredients and snacks. I've figured out what might be hard to find on the road, and do stock extras - for example, we like spicy V8 in small cans but it's not always available.