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RE: Expectations of a Newbie

We have been doing exactly what you propose and see numerous others in that age group doing the same all over the US and CA. No toad, but we rent a car for unusual circumstances, rarely. Ignore the horror stories. We previously had a wonderful Class B, loved it, but needed more space with acquisition of a big dog. Just look at lots of layouts and makers and imagine yourself living in it. We have an Itasca Navion, and find the rear slide out queen bed to be comfortable, the living area spacious enough, reasonable storage for two, and more refrigerator/freezer space than we use. We can easily go five days without a dump station. You can investigate solar options. We usually find electrical hookups but some people like to spend a lot of time off the grid out in the boonies. Don't worry about finding campsites. Just book ahead if it is peak season, prime destination, weekend, holiday. Even then, there are many more places than you might imagine where you can stay, and sometimes you'll discover your own gems.
NCWriter 06/30/16 06:41am Beginning RVing
RE: Online search engines for camper locations??

More votes for Allstays (great app on iPad for finding big variety of places) and RV Park Reviews.com for comments about many of them.
NCWriter 06/29/16 01:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone in September

Commercial campground is probably a good idea. The NPS CGs inside the park start closing in September, and although they've added some cellular capability, I wouldn't rely on getting what you need. We went to YNP after Labor Day one year and it was wonderful. Great weather (cold at night, though) and moderate crowds especially if you set out early each day.
NCWriter 06/29/16 05:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camp Site Terminology

Then of course there is the terminology of what will be at the campsite. Developed camping may be dry camping with no electric, water, etc. at your site, although there often is a water source somewhere and a sanitary dump station. Full hookups means water, electric, and sewer (your very own capped hole in the ground at the site versus a dump station shared by all.) Electric comes in various amps or combos (15, 30, 50) so you need to know your requirements and carry adapters. Just to keep things interesting, you could find full hookups anywhere - even at a state or provincial park - or completely dry camping, so you can never assume. Not unusual to find various options in the same campground, with price varying by what your site contains. RVing in Canada has different terms like Fully Serviced, 2-way, etc.
NCWriter 06/29/16 05:23am Beginning RVing
RE: rafting the colorado river

We have only done the slow moving, no whitewater rafting that starts at the Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell and concludes at Lee's Ferry. It is a beautiful, tranquil experience that shouldn't be missed. We did that trip, too, and enjoyed it tremendously.
NCWriter 06/28/16 11:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Horrible experience yesterday

Welcome to the forum, ROHare, and hope you'll participate beyond one post to air a grievance. Glad to hear the manager you spoke with was wonderful.
NCWriter 06/27/16 03:26pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Need a sanity check or whadda think about this plan?

Managing a rental condo from afar will not be easy. Even nearby it's a challenge. Renters move in and out, you gave to find new ones (if you are lucky), repair the tenant's damage, paint, fix or pay for a new dishwasher, etc. Then the building's roof goes, so there's a hefty assessment you have to find money for. And then the condo fees increase. If you don't have renters, guess who is paying the utilities? Hope you were kidding about the divorce.
NCWriter 06/27/16 05:00am Full-time RVing
RE: First & last stop for Newfoundland.

X2 on Cheeseman. Nice provincial park and good location for the ferry.
NCWriter 06/27/16 04:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Things to see on the way to Yellowstone

In the SD Badlands area, there's a Cold War nuclear missile site maintained as a National Historic Site. You have to get tickets ahead because the elevator only holds six people going down to the control center where the missiles would have been launched. Fascinating tour. Google Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.
NCWriter 06/27/16 04:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Things to see on the way to Yellowstone

There are numerous Lewis & Clark historic sites - several (depending on your route), going N and W above Omaha to South Dakota. Some markers and nice small museums about their expedition, if you like history. Google theNational Park Service's L&C National Historic Trail. The best guide is "Along the Trail with Lewis & Clark" by Barbara Fifer. Printed a while back but still relevant, obviously. It tells where to find such sites by using modern roads. Also shows state parks, campgrounds, etc. There is a Lewis & Clark State Park in Onawa, Iowa with waterfront camping near where they camped, and a replica keelboat. In Chamberlain, SD, along their route, you can camp right on the mighty Missouri at American Creek Campground.
NCWriter 06/27/16 04:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Canadian Banks - Changing American to Canadian $

I agree with the bank machine system, as long as it's affiliated with your card. (Not an independent bank machine company that charges bigger fees.) Once in 2012, however, I was really glad we stopped at a Maine bank and got $100 in CA currency for miscellaneous minor stuff on a Friday before we crossed the border onto Campobello. If there was a bank machine on that island, I sure never found it.
NCWriter 06/26/16 02:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mesa Verde National Park

In addition to dry camping, the Morefield campground in Mesa Verde has 15 full hookup sites with reservations. Either area is open so you'd get t.v. service...don't know about cell. You might have to drive to the Visitor Center. We always try to stay in the national parks. It saves on driving and most of the time costs and you just feel a good experience for staying right there. https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/camping2.htm We stayed in one of those electric sites a few years ago. Glad we did - full moon, ranger program at night, tour van picked up at the campground office (which also had a store and pancake breakfast IIRC). I had already booked a site online, saw one come open with electric, and gave a call. The reservations guy was great about switching us, no penalty. So I'd keep an eye on the res site for openings. That said, the CGs down below the Mesa have much better facilities overall for RVing. We stayed in Cortez once, also at McPhee Reservoir Forest Service/BLM? CG near Delores once. All worked out fine. It's a fascinating area to explore. See the BLM's excellent Anasazi Heritage Center while you're there. Salmon Ruins, Aztec Ruins and especially Hovenweep are great, too.
NCWriter 06/26/16 05:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling with the Veterans Admin.

That's very encouraging! DH has his medical coverage through the VA (he had a very successful hip replacement by a non-VA surgeon and hospital a couple of years ago through their program for Vets who were waiting too long and lived too far from a VA hospital). I've often wondered how it would work out when we are far from home in the RV.
NCWriter 06/26/16 05:04am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Favorite scenic drive?

I never get tired of the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. All that aquamarine sea, as if you are driving to the Caribbean.
NCWriter 06/24/16 01:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Monument Valley

Gorgeous photos, thanks to all who posted. We took the tour one August mid-afternoon, and as the sun set, the light on the rocks made for wonderful photo opportunities. It's a beautiful place, and feels familiar if you've watched old movie Westerns. The downside of the bus tour is there are almost no bathroom facilities obviously except for a rare porta-potty, and you may find yourself spending a very long time just waiting for the other passengers buying stuff or wandering away for various reasons. (Still, no way I'd have driven even our small Class B back then on those roads.) Gouldings worked for us. Be sure to visit the little movie museum in the Gouldings complex.
NCWriter 06/23/16 05:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Baltimore, MD to Glacier National, Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore

I enjoyed camping inside Custer National Park, one of the best state parks in America. Numerous campgrounds, but Game Lodge Campground has electric sites and water/dump station. It also had a herd of bison walking past just outside our RV window several times. Amazing experience.
NCWriter 06/21/16 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Storage inQuebec City

I'd try Camping Transit RV Park at Levis right across the river. It's a big place. Worth asking what they'd charge for a secure dry site.
NCWriter 06/21/16 07:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Help!- Trying to rent a car at airport to pick upRV

X3 Enterprise. My retired brother-in-law has been a driver for them for decades in Florida. We rented a car from them today near our RV park outside of Montreal. It's already set up that they will provide transportation back here to the RV when we return the car to their location in a few days.
NCWriter 06/21/16 07:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First Trip Tips

My brother told a story the other day about an almost-mishap during his pilot days in Vietnam Nam, and the lesson learned was to TRIPLE check the list when distracted by being in a strange location away from his usual home base routines. Made an impression on me because like many, we travel from campground to campground on long trips seeing the sights, and scenarios greatly vary from place to place. So always lots of distractions arriving and leaving. The other day, a NFS campground host told us about a big class A that had driven off the day before while still plugged in - destroyed the power box. So he was dealing with how to take care of campers arriving for that site in a full campground.
NCWriter 06/21/16 04:41am Beginning RVing
RE: diesel fuel stops

stock up on DEF at any Walmart before you go. Diesel fuel sites can be found by downloading and using gas buddy, an app for iPhone or android phones X2 - We do both. I use Gas Buddy on my iPad as the right-side passenger, and it's easy to find best price and easiest on-off, map & directions available. Best free app ever.
NCWriter 06/20/16 09:01am Roads and Routes
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