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RE: Class A vs Class C: Maintenance and Towing

Your husband has the right idea. Motorhome RVs cost a LOT to purchase, maintain, insure and use. And they lose value each year after you buy them. If I were looking for a low cost RV for my young family to go camping twice a year or whenever I had $300 or so in hand to cover fuel and campsites, I'd get a used pop-up trailer. We had one when we were first married and had lots of fun with it, towing behind the car we already owned. By the way....you mentioned costs of purchasing a class A or C. If you have $19,000 - $30,000 in cash, that's great...spend a little of it on a low-cost used trailer and invest the rest for cost if maintaining and using your trailer, and for life's emergencies, college, or your retirement. You will be so glad you did. But, If you were thinking of borrowing the $19,000 - $30,000 to buy a used motorhome or RV of any kind, that would be a really, really bad idea for a young family on a budget looking for low cost vacations.
NCWriter 10/31/14 05:36am Beginning RVing
RE: All I wanna know...

All I wanna is a phone that just makes phone calls! What a unique concept if I can find one. No cameras, internet or other "features." Just a phone. No more. No less. We've been happy for years with Jitterbug phones (Great Call is the new name.). Cheap monthly cost, and they just make calls period (no Internet etc.). I think we found them in an AARP magazine. Big buttons you can actually see! Yes! And you can press them even if you don't have tiny fingers. I can actually hear on them, and I'm deaf.
NCWriter 10/30/14 03:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: All I wanna know...

X18 (or whatever it's up to now) for Mr. Coffee. That's what we have now, with a second, thermos-type pot. Our previous fancy cuisinart coffee maker sounded like a good idea when we bought it at Costco, because it would grind beans for you. The first time we tried it, the noise level was mind-boggling, as if a fire engine was grinding those beans two inches from your head. Never used that feature again.
NCWriter 10/30/14 03:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: South Carolina I95 northbound

So be sure to fill up your fuel tank, because with lower taxes, the gas is cheaper than it will be after you cross the state line to somewhat better roads.
NCWriter 10/29/14 03:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: My Boy's Sick ...

Sounds good... hate to see you have to finance Calvin's trip to the Betty Ford. I've been dealing with the "process of elimination" cow patties a little bit for a few days, so Raylene has been enjoying her private chef-prepared ground turkey and canned pumpkin. Hope she'll be back on the regular diet tomorrow (extremely expensive instead of outrageously expensive.) They're priceless, though, so it's all worth it.
NCWriter 10/28/14 02:41pm RV Pet Stop
RE: My Boy's Sick ...

Raylene's been asking about her boyfriend. Have the adjustments helped? I noticed Calvin was eating Royal Canin Potato Venison - is he still? Raylene now eats that, too. My girl had a weeks-long episode of almost daily vomiting this summer, and the vet eventually suggested trying Royal Canin anallergenic food (aka the "gold nuggets.") It's made of turkey feathers, of all things, but boy, did she get well fast. Immediately stopped all the barfing. Then we transitioned to the PV.
NCWriter 10/28/14 04:58am RV Pet Stop
RE: IPad APP

(I guess everybody already knows up you can easily put an app-like icon on your desktop for one-click access to this or any other favorite website.) Gulfcoast, to answer your question on how to do this: When you have this forum home page (or any page) open on your screen, look at the top line. You'll see little pictures of a book, a cloud - and a square with an arrow arcing out of it toward the right. Press/tap that little square and you'll get a batch of choices. One of them is "Add to home screen." Press that, and a little icon will appear on your ipad's home screen. I use this a lot for sites I visit often. Easy to remove if you decide you don't want it. (Press any icon on the home screen until it wiggles with an X at the top left. Tap the X and you'll get an option to delete the icon.) Edit - oops, Davydd beat me to it again. Anyway, now you also know how to get rid of the icon if you get mad at RV net.
NCWriter 10/27/14 01:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Eating t the "Ritz"

There are some small groceries around here on the NC coast that still cut their own meat. When I see short ribs in the meat case, I pounce. The very definition of a satisfying, hearty beef dinner.
NCWriter 10/27/14 01:13pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Winning the RV campsite lottery

Yep, a couple of years ago, we scored two weeks in February at Long Key State Park in the Fla. Keys the very second bookings opened 11 months out, and I did the happy dance. So I know how you feel.
NCWriter 10/27/14 01:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another Yellowstone question

. I was wondering if everyone could share their opinion on key landmarks, areas or things that are a must-see at Yellowstone/Grand Tetons.Thanks. For Yellowstone, the thermal features & geysers are my Must-See places. Grand Prismatic Spring is spectacular. I loved the Fountain Paint Pot trail. (Norris Basin, West thumb, and the Upper, Midway & Lower Geyser Basins all have so many gems.) And up at Mammoth, see the Terraces. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is also beautiful - don't miss seeing the Lower Falls. At Grand Teton, I thought Jenny Lake was gorgeous. I'd highly recommend taking one of the guided river float trips, too.
NCWriter 10/27/14 06:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

Our used B had only a regular microwave, so we tote around a small toaster oven. I would definitely look for a convection combo whenever the day comes for or next RV.
NCWriter 10/27/14 06:32am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: IPad APP

I read some other forums but actually prefer the look and readability of this one. There's a lot of white space. Works fine on iPad. (I guess everybody already knows up you can easily put an app-like icon on your desktop for one-click access to this or any other favorite website.)
NCWriter 10/27/14 06:17am Technology Corner
RE: Best RV parks near Washington, D.C. and New York City?

When I was still working, a colleague and I were sent to Washington, DC for a series of classes presented by IBM.... We were there the end of May for a couple of weeks. The end of May, many of the stores underground were closed for JFKs birthday on May29th. But one store was closed for Jefferson Davis' birthday on June 3rd. DC is considered the south by some folks. :) I think it was JFK who said that DC is a city with Southern efficiency and Northern charm. But he was just kidding. (I lived there about 30 years and still love it.)
NCWriter 10/25/14 05:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

A couple of other interesting spots from recent travels... Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY. World class collection dating from ancient Egypt something like 3500 years ago to the most modern art glass. Technology, glass blowing, free hot glass show. Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte airport. Has the entire Airbus jet inside from the "Miracle on the Hudson" US Air landing. Lots of interesting displays like Captain Sully Sullenberger's uniform, passengers' suitcases, etc. The museum has a lot of other historic aircraft including a Phantom F-4 jet (my brother flew one in Viet Nam days.)
NCWriter 10/25/14 05:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Care Free campground in Sylva, NC

Never been there, but we were in the area Mon. & Tues - too bad, could have checked it out for you. If you end up still looking in the area, there's always Creekwood Farm RV in Waynesville, close to Maggie Valley. Nice atmosphere, and creek sites depending on your size needs. If you like a good pancake house, try Joey's on the main drag in Maggie Valley for a hearty breakfast. For Italian food, Frankie's is good. (Maggie V and Waynesville are both close to Sylva. Entrance to Blue Ridge Parkway & the NP is near Maggie V. Waynesville has a nice little Main Street area to stroll with shops like Mast General Store.)
NCWriter 10/25/14 04:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: National Park Vandal

The Feds have used the Antiquites Act to go after defacers of public lands, and if she tramped around painting in canyons with petroglyphs or pictographs, they'll have plenty of cause. A few years ago, some bird-brain fisherman from my state of NC decided to carve his name next to the Descending Sheep panel petroglyphs in a canyon along the CO River below Glen Canyon Dam. He got caught and was successfully prosecuted. Seems like the fine was $10,000, some community service hours, and years of probation. I truly hope this woman, with her delusions of talent, gets the same for each instance.
NCWriter 10/24/14 06:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

Wow, great lst for OKC. We stayed overnight in August 2011, planning to see our nephew (who left the day before for a funeral in Canada) and to see the sights, especially the memorial where our nephew had helped with rescue operations. It was 110 degrees, so we ended up immersed up to our necks in the campground pool and moved on west the next day for higher elevations. So I'll save this list and try again.
NCWriter 10/24/14 06:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

Beautiful pictures, Vermilye!
NCWriter 10/23/14 05:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Shopping near Harkers Island, NC

There's not much on Harkers, so stock up beforehand. Best place is Morehead City, which has Walmart, Lowe's Foods and large Harris Teeter (among others)... followed by Beaufort (closer to HI) with Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and smaller groceries. All of these stores are on Highway 70 in both towns. Distance is about 10 to 20 miles from Harkers to the west. (This area curves east-west along the coast, rather than north-south.)
NCWriter 10/23/14 05:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

NCWriter, your interests are very near the same as ours. We've been to all the places you have mentioned other than the Crow Canyon Center and the Anasazi Heritage Center in Delores, Colorado. I wish we had known about them before we visited all the sites. Next time in Colorado we will for sure go to those. Thank you! You're welcome - we returned for a second trip for many we missed, and I am sure will be back for Round Three. Haven't made it yet to Canyon de Chelly. My brother told me about Crow Canyon. He has gone a couple of times to spend a week on a dig. The one-day class takes you out to see a dig in progress. CC is near Cortez, and really an interesting place. You'll like the Anasazi Heritage Center. The BLM had hundreds of archeologists working for years collecting artifacts before the canyons were flooded by the McPhee Reservoir - I read that the DAP (Dolores Archeological Project) was the largest ever in the history of the US. It's the center for Canyons of the Ancients also.
NCWriter 10/22/14 09:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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