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RE: Pacific Coast Highway

We had planned to drive that route last May until the huge mud and rockslides closed Hwy 1. We decided to visit a lot of the old Spanish missions driving north on 101 from SLO - enjoyed it a lot.
NCWriter 03/16/18 07:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone Grand Tetons

We did a similar two-month trip from the east coast with a motorhome in mid-August to October 2013 - I definitely recommend it! We met up later with friends who flew to the Black Hills, rented car, and drove to Yellowstone. We realized after talking to them that we saw so much more, there was just no comparison. If you have the time and the RV, this can be a trip you’ll never forget. Some highlights: Followed part of the Lewis & Clark Trail, camped along the Corps of Discovery route, stopped at numerous markers and museums including the great one at the St. Louis Arch. A week in the Black Hills of South Dakota at Custer State Park - many area things to see. A couple of days in Cody, definitely! Yellowstone (we camped at Fishing Bridge), and Grand Teton (at Colter Bay RV Park), Both CGs are inside the parks and have electric hookups. Headed south to some great places - Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Ouray Colorado, then drove down to New Mexico. Anasazi Heritage Center, Canyon of the Ancients, Hovenweep National Monument, Aztec Ruins NM, Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Had a fun day riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Taos was a highlight including the High Road. We camped at a very low cost at Riana Abiquiu Lake Campground (Army COE.) Visited Georgia O’Keefe’s home and Ghost Ranch where she painted. Went down to Santa Fe, one of my favorite places in the West, Toured the Bradbury Science Museum at Los Alamos. Grand finale - the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. What a trip. Loved every minute of it. Just an example of all that’s available in our big country to see once you hit the road. Even if you come straight across from the north both ways and ignore the Colorado and New Mexico parts we enjoyed, I think you’d have a wonderful trip!
NCWriter 03/04/18 07:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Class C MPG

if you want MPG get a sprinter with a mercede benz diesel Except that in most cases that's false economy. You get better mileage, but actually spend more money not less. The cost of the buying the Diesel engine exceeds the savings from the improved mileage in most cases. Not always. We sold our first used Sprinter (to buy a newer one) and the resale value was extremely high, almost what we paid for it.
NCWriter 02/27/18 06:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C MPG

16 actual average on last summer’s 10,500-mi. trip coast to coast including Rockies.
NCWriter 02/27/18 05:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Glacier National Park

Stayed at KOA East last June and would stay there again. The Jammer Tours pick up there (if you specify when you reserve), the staff is good, big laundry facility, pretty setting, big fenced dog park, and located close to the visitor center for the NP.
NCWriter 02/14/18 11:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Odd things that Happen when on the Road

Didn’t happen to us, luckily, but it seems that people vs moose is a huge problem in Newfoundland. They had fences, warning systems, all kinds of signs on the trans-CA Highway there. Still people get killed hitting them.
NCWriter 01/23/18 11:52am General RVing Issues
RE: First time... full time.

Points to consider and research: New versus used RV costs. If you have cash, great. But if you take a 15 year loan to buy a depreciating asset, besides a big monthly payment, you’ll still be liable to pay off a big chunk of the loan after you get bored with it and sell for whatever you can get for it. Income stream - similar to the $2000/mo. apartment example you gave, you’ll need enough to cover your RV “rent.” Costs of insurance, maintenance, fuel, propane, expensive repairs, etc. Then there is weekly, monthly or nightly RV campsite rental. Utilities may be extra in long term rentals. Everybody has fantasies of pulling off the road to camp free in the woods, but it’s not quite that simple.
NCWriter 12/29/17 06:16am Beginning RVing
RE: Planning a Newfoundland trip.

Article from 2013 trip This might be of interest, though a bit dated and kind of a whirlwind around the island. We're planning a return next year for a more relaxed trip.
NCWriter 10/06/17 02:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: I-95 SB from DC worst in United States

Drove that for my job for years. Retirement is even sweeter when reminded of what you had to do for a paycheck.
NCWriter 10/01/17 04:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida State Parks Status - 3 more open -UPDATED 10-13-17

We also had a res for Pennekamp in October. Got the canx refund notice from Reserve America today. All our other October Keys state park res were canx a week or so ago,
NCWriter 09/27/17 07:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Airstream Atlas B+ Motor Home!

Looks good! Coach House Platinum is pretty high -end, too.
NCWriter 09/27/17 05:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carolinas pull through overnight sites near 95

Check out South of the Border in Dillon SC. X2 - have used it often, evacuated there during Irma for two nights. About $25. Restaurant in the complex. Also New Green Acres is a good choice, though lots of puddles when there was rain. Have used Lake McIntosh several times but minimal shower facilities in a trailer building when we've stayed there (not recently).
NCWriter 09/26/17 05:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Built Class C Motorhomes

Mb engines in rv, s have been some of the worst. When fl started to put them in rv chassis many had to be cnged over to cummins. Did not meet epa standards. When those mh, s come up for sale no one wants them . At the same time fl put them in class 8 trucks. Those trucks are next to worthless. Moisheh Not sure what "fl" means. Florida? Freightliner? If you mean Freightliner, I owned a 2006 Mercedes engine RV with a Freightliner badge and it was a gem. Got 25 mpg (diesel) and it brought top dollar when I bought another Mercedes RV. Very good quality for both.
NCWriter 09/24/17 04:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: anastasia state park to reopen to camping?

Just a note of caution. Many Fla. state parks are indeed opening. But for day visitors, with campgrounds still being repaired. So don't assume.
NCWriter 09/24/17 04:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida State Parks Status - 3 more open -UPDATED 10-13-17

I've received a refund from Reserve America for Long Key, Bahia Honda, and Curry Hammock. Mid-October trip. No refund from Pennekamp, but sounds like they'll be open. Surprised. Up here in Sarasota, Oscar Scherer isn't taking reservations until next week some time but they are taking walk-ins for camping.
NCWriter 09/20/17 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Edisto Beach and Hunting Island SP, in South Carolina

Sure did enjoy camping in those oceanfront sites at Hunting Island while it lasted, though.
NCWriter 09/16/17 01:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane Irma damage DIY at its finest!

I think I recognize that house. Florida Man lives there. Florida Man
NCWriter 09/16/17 01:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Myaaka River SP Sarasota Fl

Saw an overhead photo of the park yesterday. Heavy flooding around the building where the boat tours depart. That nearby campground must be completely submerged. Not the first time, either.
NCWriter 09/15/17 03:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Receiving Packages?

We've done it. Lost an exterior vent on the first night of a two-month trip en route to Canada. Called a campground where we had reservations the following week in Maine, they said it would be no problem. Called Dometic, they shipped, everything went smoothly, installed the part back on the RV before leaving the US.
NCWriter 09/15/17 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
Fort DeSoto (Florida) still closed

Saw this today 9/15 on a Facebook post by Friends of Fort DeSoto Park (base of St. Petersburg's Peninsula) from info provided by the park staff: "UPDATE on Fort DeSoto Park condition! There is still no power to the park. All power poles are still down and lines are all over the road way including many large trees blocking the roads. Only this morning, did some large equipment arrive to help with wood chipping and tree removal. The park still requires many days of clean up and restoration. OPENING HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO MAYBE EARLY NEXT WEEK."
NCWriter 09/15/17 12:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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