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RE: Mt. Hood and Crater Lake RV Parks????

Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area is in the Crater Lake area, though a bit of a drive. Nice place, stayed there at the end of May.
NCWriter 08/19/17 02:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need confortable chairs that pack up in a tube

When we first got our class B, we went through a couple of sets of cheapie camp chairs before I bought a set of Pico telescoping armchairs a few years ago. (After seeing a lot of them in use at a class B rally.) They fold into a square the size of a laptop case, and are comfortable, well made, still look new after lots of use. More expensive than the flimsy cheapies, but these suckers will outlive me. If you buy the Pico chairs, shop around online. Prices can very $30 or so.
NCWriter 08/16/17 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Places to Stay near San Antonio, TX

Another spot to consider is the KOA off Gembler Rd. We stayed here several years ago, and it worked well for us. Easy 10 minute bus rude to downtown, and it sits on the Salado Creek Greenway. I'm generally not a big fan of KOAs, but this one worked well for our needs. X2 - stayed there in May...there are some peaceful campsites very close to that greenway, which was ideal for walking the dog. We used the bus - easy way right into heart of town.
NCWriter 08/14/17 04:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is the best NP camping experience?

These all can be booked online and dry CGs usually allow generator hours: Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone has full hookups. We saw Elk in the campground, and a bison wandered through our loop one afternoon. Good location. Colter Bay RV Park at Grand Teton NP has water and electric. Grand Canyon's Trailer Village CG (south rim) has full hookups. Lots of Elk every day. The park shuttle stops at the CG entrance. The North Rim campground has dry camping, water available. Zion Watchman CG as noted above has electric, and is a short stroll to the shuttles and Visitor Center. Some sites right on the river. Rocky Mountain NP Has dry camping with nice views at Moraine Lake, regularly visited by black bears. Shuttle about a 15-minute walk. Bryce Canyon has dry camping, shuttle stop nearby. Acadia NP, same. Devils Garden CG in Arches NP is currently closed for road work, but has dry camping amid great red rock scenery. Everglades NP has electric hookups, a short drive to marina and visitor center where crocs and gators coexist in same waters, highly unusual. Lots more out there, but those come to mind from past visits.
NCWriter 08/14/17 02:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A shoe by any other name

Also have never had such issues.
NCWriter 08/13/17 04:56pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Oregon ocean view RV spots

We stayed this summer in the state parks mentioned in the first three replies, all very easy walk to beautiful beaches. Another favorite in our trip was Beverly Beach SP because we reserved far enough ahead to get a site in the section closest to the ocean. I could see the Pacific out the RV windows. That coastline is really wonderful for an RV vacation - we loved every minute of ours.
NCWriter 08/11/17 06:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pets- unpopular viewpoint

As a mostly-deaf person who gets by through reading lips and the help of a Hearing Dog trained by Dogs for the Deaf, I agree that the notion of taking emotional support dogs into public places illegally is unfortunately on the increase. My dog sticks quietly to her job but has been treated to incessant yapping by a poorly-behaved dog while going through airport security, while walking through a cruise ship restaurant, and in numerous other places where only trained service dogs should be present. People rushing up out of nowhere to grab at or pet the dog without inquiring first are a constant issue for service dog teams just trying to go about their business. Happened again this morning while I was standing in line talking to the receptionist in a doctor's waiting room, then later while seated. Campgrounds don't bother us much because we expect to see numerous pet dogs. Most are pretty harmless but all should be leashed, and people need to pick up their dog's droppings, for crying out loud.
NCWriter 08/07/17 11:56am RV Pet Stop
RE: Missing our camper

To the OP, Class Bs are wonderful if you don't require a pricey rolling condo with fireplace, washer-dryer, multiple bedrooms, etc. As a former Casita-owner, you sound like a good candidate accustomed to smaller space advantages. We still miss ours and will no doubt buy another one in the future. They are more expensive than people expect, but they are much more custom-fitted, often with more durable quality materials, and have stronger resale value than most RVs do, too, so you'll probably get a return on the other end. We did. Easier to find both new and used now that many more models are being produced. You could do some preliminary online searches to see what some of the big dealers like Lichtsinn RV in Iowa or PPL in Houston carry. Some vans have raised roofs or lowered floors to allow more head room, while others like the Sprinters are entirely fitted into the existing steel frame. You won't have multiple exterior storage compartments, and storage is at a premium inside, too. However, the interior nautical-style compartments are well-planned and there's often a hanging locker. Typically have shore power for 120, some have solar options. You'll find variations on small enclosed bathroom layouts, some with wet shower. Usually will have a galley with sink, propane cooktop, small three-way fridge, and microwave oven. Bed styles may be fixed twins, corner beds, or sofas that convert to a bed. Front cockpit seats may or may not swivel around to provide seating facing the living space when you are parked. You'll have fairly small fresh water and holding tanks, but can probably go three to five days depending on variables. Many have propane generators, propane/electric water heater, propane furnace. One or two house batteries. 12-volt outlets to use for fans etc when dry camping. You'll find gas and diesel models made in the US and Canada. All get better fuel economy than most other category RVs. The T1N Mercedes/Dodge/Freightliner Sprinter diesel RVs (produced up to about 2007) get great mileage, later Sprinters get very good mileage. More recent entries into the RV conversion market are on Ford Transit, Chevy Express and Ram Promaster chassis. Some names if searching for Class B RVs (in no particular order) are Pleasureway, Leisure Travel Vans (no longer selling new), Great West, Roadtrek, Coach House (made in Florida), Advanced RV, Airstream Interstate, Winnebago, and Sportsmobile which makes custom vans.
NCWriter 08/07/17 04:17am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Campground Recommendation Mount Rushmore Area

X2 for Game Lodge. Custer State Park has facilities comparable to a national park. Quite amazing to look out the RV window and see so close up the herd of bison which wandered through the campground several times just on the other side of a fence.
NCWriter 08/05/17 09:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Booze in the RV... Legal?

How about you just leave it alone while driving rather than learn the rules of 48 states and all the local jurisdictionz...? I guess you didn't read his first sentence. This forum is a place where people can bring questions, especially when new to RVing. The first answers were very helpful. But I think it was uncalled for to scold a complete stranger and imply he drinks while driving.
NCWriter 07/31/17 04:49am Beginning RVing
RE: National Park Trip

This year in May and June, we visited some new ones and old favorites of the NPs. A few thoughts from this and previous trips: It was very nice, sunny but cool enough to need jackets early in the day or at night, at the south rim of Grand Canyon in mid-May. Yosemite's waterfalls were spectacular this May due to heavy winter snow melting, but the park was also already very crowded. Some NPs can only be visited in late June or later. Check when roads and campgrounds will even be open in parks like Crater Lake (which had snow piled higher than the visitor center in early June), Mt. Ranier and Glacier. Their seasons are mainly July and August. North Rim of the Grand Canyon is cooler than the South Rim in summer, and is open from about May 15 to October 15. The Canadian Rockies NPs and Icefields Parkway are worth the long drive up. We were there mid-June and everything was open and already busy. Plan to see Waterton NP in Canada when you go to Glacier - well worth it. Rocky Mountain NP was great in late June with beautiful snow-capped mountains but pleasant temperatures. Yellowstone and Grand Teton can be visited in late August and early September when families are back home for school, but note that most campgrounds begin to close mid-September. Utah's NPs are wonderful and an be really hot by August. Bryce at a high elevation is cooler in the summer than Zion. Be aware that mid June to the end of September is the Monsoon season of rains and flash floods in parts of the Southwest. I agree that spring or fall work best for the Grand Circle/Four Corners.
NCWriter 07/29/17 04:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Anyone walk across the Rainbow Bridge?

Yes, we walked it a few years ago. As noted, you enter from a Niagara Falls SP parking lot closest to the bridge. It's a pleasant walk with nice photo opportunities. The border clearance was quite simple and fast in both directions. The day we walked over, traffic was stopped and backed up the length of the bridge, so it was the quickest way to go into Canada.
NCWriter 07/28/17 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Low Salt / No Salt

Thanks to Tiger4X4 for pointing out that salt is ingredient #2 in Smokehouse Maple. I love it on broiled Salmon but would not suggest it to someone who must restrict salt and sodium. Mrs. Dash brand has some salt-free seasonings that are good. I buy a lot of their Southwest Chipotle. The main things to avoid are prepared foods like the Hormel dinners (roast beef, meatloaf, etc) because they are loaded with sodium. And a lot of food you wouldn't expect is high in it - raw chicken breasts often have added salt. Read the labels.
NCWriter 07/23/17 07:53am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Mercedes Sprinter Fuel Mileage

A few points from owning two Sprinters over the past seven years to add to Ron's summary; other owners may have different experiences to share. We have a Sprinter which came with a diesel generator; they don't always come with only the option for propane generators. The resale value far exceeded our expectations on our first Sprinter... depreciation is often less with diesel engines vs gas. We've never had problems finding places for servicing.
NCWriter 07/20/17 10:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mercedes Sprinter Fuel Mileage

On a recent 10,500 mile trip to the Pacific NW and Canadian Rockies, we averaged 15.9 in our Sprinter. Our previous 2006 T1N Sprinter Class B averaged about 24 to 25 but that was a different machine.
NCWriter 07/19/17 06:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Traveling I-10 West

Have to agree that Houston is a nightmare. Couldn't believe the massive freeways and traffic trying to get around the city from the southeast on a Sunday morning in early May this year.
NCWriter 07/19/17 06:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Any website that shows rv parks along my route?

X2 AllStays Camp and RV app
NCWriter 07/19/17 06:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel to/from Canada

I don't think anyone has mentioned this yet, but people here in the past have reported that having a DUI, DWI, or other drug/alcohol conviction on your record in the U.S. can be a reason for denied entry into Canada. This apparently goes for not only the driver but other passengers, too.
NCWriter 07/17/17 12:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Banff/Lake Louise in September--good idea?

Sounds like these Florida residents might find it a bit chilly! What about driving the parkways inside the national park. Will the roads accommodate a 34 foot RV? Yes, although parking is a challenge up at Lake Louise. Go very early in the day because the lots get really crowded. There's also no problem on the wonderful Icefields Parkway heading north from Lake Louise to Jasper, with a very large RV lot at the Icefields Center. The parking lots at the most popular viewing pull-off spots (like Peyto Lake and the waterfalls) can be very full...might be hard to find an RV spot, much less turn around to exit. We barely managed to squeeze in at 25 feet. But we were there in mid-June, so maybe it will be less crowded in September. Jasper is easier than Banff for RV parking right in town, in my opinion (but we did go early in the day). There are curb sites all along the road by the train tracks across from the lawn of the visitor center. Also across the street on that road by the train tracks is a good grocery store and a couple of fuel stations.
NCWriter 07/17/17 11:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Glacier National Park newbie

I agree with TenOC, wait. The Going to the Sun Road is one of the highlights of Glacier. It would be a shame to drive that extra distance and not get to see it. And the Canadian side is beautiful. We only made a day-trip of it. Next time we'll stay there for at least a few nights. X3. We were up there earlier this summer and spent just a day in Waterton - wish we had planned a couple of nights on the Canadian side and taken the boat ride to the US side or vice versa. And I'd definitely want to do Going to the Sun Road.
NCWriter 07/17/17 11:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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