When I was younger we traveled all over the lower 48 and never gave breakdowns a thought, just fixed them and kept going. Now that I am an old geezer and can't do the stuff I used to do, we are somewhat hesitant to just take off and go where ever.
And, mo-ho's are so much more complex now, that finding a competent repair person in The Middle Of No-where is hard to do. So, we stick to traveling fairly close to home and in areas where we know of good RV shops. This has become a bit boring as we would still like to strike out for "parts unknown"
What do others do to overcome the fear of break-downs where there is no help available.
I think carry'ing a spare tire (only) is a no brainer. You slide it in the middle of a compt. stow small stuff inside / around it, and when you have a tire problem all you need is the tire changing truck. Why get ripped off for the wrong size tire or wait days for the right size?
The motorhome will cost more to buy and more to maintain, so you need to figure out what you want it for. If you travel often and don't spend a lot of time in one place, than a mo-ho is the way to go. But if you stay put for months on end, a 5th wheel is a better deal cost wise. IMHO a 35 foot 5th wheel has more (useable) living space than a 35 ' mo-ho. Yiou can tow a small car for running around in and not have to drive a big truck. Yet if you have a need for a big truck, that off sets it. Insurance on a mo-ho is likly more expensive than on a 5th wheeler.
Now, you have to decide if you want a diesel which will cost you 25 % more, either new or used. Again, how many miles do you plan on putting on the mo-ho? There are some very nice 36--38 foot gassers now, and they are OK if you stay out of the hills as they can be very noisy climbing hills. But then, hills are not the bigges part of the trip. The diesel will have better brakes, better suspension, and a Jake or Exhaust brake which is nice.
Me: Two 5ivers, than a 34 foot gasser, than a 40 foot diesel. If one can afford it, the diesel is the only way to go and we are parked way more than we are driving. So,oo didn't really follow my own advice but I LOVE my diesel.
After 35 + years of RV'ing, IMHO a macerator is way more work than they are worth. One big exception might be if you have to go a long ways or uphill to the dump pipe. They are so slow that you leave a lot of "stuff" in the bottom of the tank unless you take the time to flush it several times. Further, if you dry camp and use the public tank dump on a Sunday afternoon, you will have a line up of very unhappy folks who just want to get home and not wait for you to pump stuff out. And finally, I have never had to perform any maintenance on my 3 " dump hose while a macerator will eventually plug up or seize up no matter how careful you are.
In most states and counties their is a requirement for a "positive fitting connection between the hose and the sewer pipe". This is usually accomplished by have a threaded female connector on the sewer pipe that you can screw you sewer hose adapter into. Sometimes thier is just a tight friction connection that will also meet the standards. What IS NOT legal is to just have the elbow hanging down into the sewer pipe, which can easily jump out when you open the dump valve.
Well, I hardly ever make the effort to let people know of REALLY POOR PARKS. But this one begs the exception of my rule "not to bother"
In 35 years of RV'ing this is one of the 3 worst parks we have ever had the misforton of staying in.
1. Illegal and non-working sewer hook ups
2. Sewer smell 24/7
3. Kids (and some adults) waling through site; 24/7
4. Rusty elect. hook ups, falling over in some cases, poor contacts
5. VERY narrow sites, no room for 4 slide unit.
6. Dirt every where, NO landscaping at all, no gravel, just dirt
7. 10:00 PM quite time NEVER enforced. Drunk & Noisy is the rule,
1. Pool nice & Clean, as were the restrooms
2. Staff tried to be helpfull, but were untrained and un-motivated
3 Location 10 minutes to the beach/boardwalk
AVOID AT ALL COSTS