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RE: East Coast Trip

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.
NCWriter 08/23/16 10:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Good all-around sleeping bag / mattress

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.
NCWriter 08/23/16 10:35am Tent Camping
RE: Introducing Ourselves: Two 23-year-old fulltimers

Have fun! Great chance to see the USA.
NCWriter 08/21/16 06:08pm Full-time RVing
RE: 2017 View/Navion 24G

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.
NCWriter 08/20/16 07:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Planning Yellowstone/Teton Trip (from Iowa)

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.
NCWriter 08/17/16 04:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Separation anxiety

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.
NCWriter 08/15/16 07:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: Campground locations on route?

I use Allstays. In addition to locating, you can click within the app to get more detail on the CG facilities and click again to go to that CG on various review sites (such as RV Park Reviews.com).
NCWriter 08/13/16 08:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Atlanta GA

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.
NCWriter 08/13/16 05:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A little problem at Zion National Park.

Heard there was a roadrunnerand a coyote in the area just before it fell Meep-meep.
NCWriter 08/12/16 10:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Washington DC area campgrounds

Cherry Hill. 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.
NCWriter 08/12/16 10:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Downsizing from diesel pusher

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.
NCWriter 08/11/16 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Your favorite campground for the view.....

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/CaribbeanChris/c100f728-ede9-4303-bc66-679ec27a6476_zpsprirycgl.jpg
NCWriter 08/11/16 09:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Your favorite campground for the view.....

Camping au Phare (Lighthouse Camping) in Perce on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec. Great panoramic views of the town of Perce, the pierced rock, Bonaventure Island, and a lighthouse. http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/CaribbeanChris/IMG_0924_zpsr12k667q.jpg
NCWriter 08/11/16 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Your favorite campground for the view.....

Fort de Soto, Floridahttp://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/CaribbeanChris/4413a093-ccaa-4aa2-98c4-6d9f0b418068_zpsopx3tgwd.jpg
NCWriter 08/11/16 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Your favorite campground for the view.....

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park, "vip" paved section (cost is higher than the further-out dirt field but tickets are included) next to the balloon museum and a few minutes walk from the launch field. But only once a year and only when the winds are right. http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t625/CaribbeanChris/Balloon%20Lo%20Res_zpssurxyk10.jpg
NCWriter 08/11/16 09:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Foil Packets

My father called them "Cowboy packets" so I do, too. I fold over about a 24" sheet of heavy duty foil to start off. Rub with a little olive oil to prevent sticking. I usually flatten a bit of ground beef, not quite as large as a hamburger, in the middle. Top with diced, peeled potatoes, chopped or sliced onions, carrots - about 1/2 " thick sliced on an angle. Ground pepper and Lary's seasoned salt. Sometimes a squirt of Swwt Baby Ray BBQ sauce. Then seal up the bundle but not too tight or flat - allow some room for the steam. Cooks in 15 or 20 minutes on the grill grate.
NCWriter 08/08/16 10:18pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV parks/camp grounds

You'll find that this forum has folks who hate to reserve ahead, prefer the freedom to change plans...and others (like me) who enjoy the process of mapping out every tiny detail in advance. Most fall somewhere in the middle. I like to book online and have a printed confirmation, but you can pick up the phone at lunchtime and give them a credit card for that night. Or just show up by 6 p.m. or so. Some places even post signs after the office is closed telling you to pick a site and pay in the morning. Pay attention to cancellation fees even if they don't mention on the phone (ask) before giving a cc, just in case. Some places have hefty canx fees, others have none. Whether or not you need reservations varies by where and when, all of us might agree. Resort/heavily touristed area in high season, probably. Weekends and holidays, good idea to reserve ahead or at least call a day or two out. High demand and low price (state park on the water in Florida Keys, for example), almost impossible to GET a reservation the minute the booking window opens), though you can always show up and ask. Off season when kids are back in school, reservations generally not needed, unless there's an event like the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Mid-afternoon at a place along the interstate is usually easy enough to get because they cater to over nighters. There are some handy apps like Allstays Camp & RV that can locate campgrounds.
NCWriter 08/07/16 12:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Downsizing from diesel pusher

For something easy to zip around in, there are quite a few makers with diesel Sprinter-based small Cs (25 feet or so) with slides, and some like ours do not have the over-cab bed, but instead have a skylight. Such models get about 14 to 17 mpg. Ours has a rear slide queen bed. Driver's side sofa slide-out. Front seats swivel around to face the living area, so easily seats four. Look at LTV, Coachmen Prism, Coachhouse Platinum, Winnebago View/Itasca Navion IQ and lots of others. Various floor plans.
NCWriter 08/07/16 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: North to South Highway in New Brunswick

We drove the "other" from Cambellton down to St Leonard on a Thursday morning in July. Road was fine, very little traffic, a few small towns, otherwise mostly forests...saw a couple of moose by the road. Other than that, your basic point A to B highway ride.
NCWriter 08/07/16 11:11am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Refrigerator and Bathroom Questions

When LTV was still making Free Spirit true class Bs with the Sprinter van, they came out with one that had a large rear bath and a lot of storage drawers. I think the fridge was bigger than the former Free Spirit models like the one we had. This would have been a 2013 and/or 2014 model year, I think. It had a little driver's side slide for the sofa that became a bed. Model was the Free Spirit SS.
NCWriter 08/06/16 06:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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