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RE: Realistic mileage for Sprinter based diesels?

Our older Sprinter has averaged about 23 on all types of roads, including Rockies. Mostly long trips of one to two months or longer. After it passed about 60,000 miles, it started getting better mileage, 24+ on flat Florida highways. We don't usually exceed the speed limit, so YMMV.
NCWriter 01/11/16 05:21am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Keys in February - Realistically

A few years ago, we got into Jolly Roger a few days in advance. Liked it well enough to return frequently. They have seasonal campers, but also plenty of folks coming and going for shorter stays, so you might have a good possibility of getting something.
NCWriter 01/08/16 07:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Floridian Christmas Trip - Advice needed

Have you been to Everglades National Park? You know your kids' ages and interests, but some great boat rides and fishing available in Florida Bay and the back waters down at Flamingo, plus easy hikes. Lots of wildlife - crocs and gators, birds. Also interesting to walk the Anhinga Trail, take the Shark Valley tram tour, see the Nike Missile Center, etc. Airboat rides in northern section of the park. Very educational and fun.
NCWriter 12/07/15 08:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Retirement Trip

We had a good experience at Cherry Hill, a full service campground which is on a bus line for access to the city or Metro subway station. Daily briefings and loads of free briefings and information on transportation and sites you'll want to see. It's about the closest to the city, just at the Beltway.
NCWriter 11/29/15 06:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2015 NASCAR champion is Kyle Busch

My DH has been following Kyle's career from the start, BIG fan. Amazing comeback from injury, and a well-deserved win. I was surprised that some news broadcasts focused entirely on Jeff Gordon's retirements (nothing against Jeff, well-deserved recognition) but made no mention of Kyle's achievement. By the way, that baby is adorable, and I love his little race car footies.
NCWriter 11/26/15 06:24am Around the Campfire
RE: What are you reading?

Just finished two (not in the Magee series) by John D. MacDonald, "The Last One Left" and "Slam the Big Door." Still need to read some of his others. Went through his Travis Magee series 15 years ago and am about to start reading them again in order. Big JDM 100th birthday celebrations coming up in 2016 in the Sarasota area where he lived most of his adult life.
NCWriter 11/24/15 10:47am RV Lifestyle
RE: So...question for you all.

Class Bs are great, but very small - limited storage, refrigeration, and holding tanks, so not really suited for parking to use as an apartment for weeks at a time. Bs are also in great demand by people who want to travel to see the country, so prices are high. $20,000 might get you an old, well-used, high miles, gas van that would need some repair work and regular maintenance. Finally, RVs are great for do-it-yourself types who tinker with one sitting in the driveway....I don't want to throw cold water on your plan, but people who are not mechanically inclined are probably not the best candidates to enjoy RV ownership. Things always break down or go wrong, and if you have to pay somebody else and wait around for them to order parts and fix stuff, it will get really tedious and expensive fast to own an old RV, especially if it sits most of the year.
NCWriter 11/21/15 06:21pm Beginning RVing
Older Florida Sunpass may not work after 12/31

Saw an article in our paper this morning that Congress requires all toll roads be able to accept transponders from any state as of October 2016. To make the transition, Florida has been gradually introducing the new models and notifying people if their old ones will no longer work, with info for replacing with the new version. If you have a Sunpass and don't know if it will still work, Google: SunPass Tag Swap. There's a PDF flyer to click with photos and descriptions of old and new versions. If it beeps and has batteries, it is an older model. If this has been posted before, apologies. I know a lot of Florida visitors or snowbirds buy Sun Pass transponders. We got one years before moving here.
NCWriter 11/16/15 04:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Searching for Campgrounds - Moab, Utah

We also liked Canyonlands RV for a couple of days to stock up in between longer stretches at Devils garden in Arches NP and Dead Horse Point SP. It's right in the heart of town. Across the street is a good restaurant, Moab Brewery. Right up the street is City Market, a fine grocery store.
NCWriter 11/06/15 05:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Teeth Treat

Hearing Dog Raylene gets Dentastix, one a day. I get them at Costco.
NCWriter 11/05/15 10:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: Advice on purchasing a used class B

We always thought we wanted a B until we saw a bunch of them at the Hershey show. Was surprised how tiny they felt, and we expected tiny. Dont know how 2 people do the 59G or something that size. And many of the wet baths are just borderline unusable and we are 5'8" I get what you are saying. Years ago, I looked at a couple of B vans at an RV show that convinced me they were too small, and I walked away - looked at other options like trailers for a long time before coming full circle back to the B idea. After seeing the one we bought, I realized that some other layouts have a much less open feeling due to cabinet placement. In our 22’ van, I can be stretched out reading on the bed in the back, but have an unobstructed view straight ahead to the windshield. It has a very spacious feel compared to many, which makes B living much more viable for me.
NCWriter 11/04/15 02:20pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Advice on purchasing a used class B

We've just about narrowed our search down to PW or LTV. Anybody have opinions on the pro's and con's on these two? They both have a good reputation for quality and I don't think you could go wrong with either one. We bought a used 2006 LTV five years ago and it has been one of the best purchases we've ever made. The chassis, solid wood interior cabinetry and fittings have all held up beautifully to rambling down a lot of rough roads. Fuel mileage has been outstanding. The seats up front are quite comfortable for long hours on the road. Every time I think about getting something bigger to more easily accommodate our big dog and all her stuff, I remember how much I love it and put off looking again. It's just an ideal RV for two people, and we've lived in it more than two months at a stretch.. Already thinking about our next long trip for summer 2016.
NCWriter 11/04/15 02:12pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Advice for newbie

I wrap some casseroles and pans in bubble wrap and then kind of wedge things together vertically in one of my cabinets. I also pack soft things (dish towels, tablecloth) in the microwave to keep the glass turntable snug. Part of our pre-go routine includes remembering to check the refrigerator - locked plus a pin - because it WILL fly open otherwise going around a sharp turn, spilling stuff all over the floor.
NCWriter 11/04/15 01:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: Jill's final trip

Thank you for posting that lovely photo. Her face is so wise. What a lucky doggie she was to find a forever home with you.
NCWriter 11/04/15 01:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Maureen OHara passed away, age 95

For many years she lived on Tortola in the BVI . I can not claim to have been a friend but I was at her house several times . She was married to Charlie Blair , the owner of an airline that flew Grumman Seaplanes . I sometimes ran the ferry from Cruz Bay , USVI to West End , Tortola and if Our Congressman's wife was going to visit Maureen she would invite me along . Nice house right on the western end of Tortola . WOW forty years ago , how can that be as I am only 39years old ? Perhaps she had two Caribbean homes? She and Charlie Blair lived on St. Croix overlooking Christiansted harbor in the US Virgin Islands. John Wayne was a frequent visitor. Blair's Antilles Airboats seaplane business was based on St. Croix, and he died piloting one of the planes to St. Thomas. When I lived on St. Croix (1999 to 2008) she still maintained a condo there and visited most years. Lots of the former Antilles employees there would have reunions she would attend. The house Blair built for her still stands, and has the logo of Antilles Airboats etched into the glass doors facing the view.
NCWriter 11/03/15 05:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Utah trip

Thanks for posting! Looks like a great trip. If for no other reason (and there are many), buying an RV was one of the best things we ever did because we got to see spectacular Utah.
NCWriter 10/30/15 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Working on the road

I have no doubt that people in many occupations work from RVs. You can even be paid via PayPal. I edited various Caribbean boating-related magazines and other publications for years. Our work evolved in the early 2000s until the editorial end was done entirely online. The publisher was (still is) a great guy who left the editorial entirely in my hands to manage while he supervised ad sales. For my main job, the monthly finished product was roughly a 100-page color magazine the size of Time or Newsweek, distributed throughout the Caribbean. I never met most of the design staff nor 95% of my writer-photographers in person, and some of them lived aboard sailboats. They pitched ideas and emailed articles and photo files to me. I organized the whole enchilada every month and uploaded all the edited pieces to a password-protected FTP site (File Transfer Protocol) for the designers to download. The designers did their page work, inserted the ads, and I downloaded their proof files to correct. They uploaded the final files to printers - one was in Miami. I just needed a laptop and Internet connection periodically, and worked from odd places all over the world, including a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So an RV is a piece of cake. I didn't need a printer. I eventually retired from full time editing - obviously work is work even when you control your schedule and workflow. I still write travel articles occasionally, and easily keep in touch with my editor via a 4G or wifi connected iPad as needed. I've worked for her for four years and we've never met in person.
NCWriter 10/29/15 12:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Booked some space next month for a state park five miles from our house. We're renovating our house over the next couple of months and will need a place at various times to get ourselves and the dog out of all the dust, noise, stress, etc. So we'll stay off and on at the state park. We'll still be in our little outpost "home," still in our familiar neighborhood and can go by in the evening to see the contractor's progress (or lack thereof) on our reno. I feel better already knowing we have an escape hatch.
NCWriter 10/28/15 08:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Ocala Natl. Forest at Thanksgiving

207 black bears of the 320 limit were killed the first day, yesterday.
NCWriter 10/25/15 05:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another bad accident

How terrible for his wife! To helplessly see that happen right in front of you....
NCWriter 10/22/15 02:21pm Class A Motorhomes
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