Some more information.
Yes, we still have the Lazy Daze. Up to now, we have not towed. We are planning to either tow on this trip or rent a car as needed.
We were thinking that two months would be a good start to our first "big trip." We are just going to focus on the northwestern part of the United States at this time. We plan to head to the southwestern United States at another time.
The reason I haven't done tons of planning for this trip-there is a possibility that our daughter would be visiting. She and her family (meaning the best grandchildren in the world) live in Australia and are coming to visit sometime next year. Not sure when. Naturally, if they come in August/September, this trip goes out the window until another time.
Thanks for the suggestion of state and local parks. I never thought of using state campgrounds.
Does two months sound reasonable for this trip?
I am retiring early next summer, and to kick off my retirement, my husband, who has already retired, and I are thinking about taking a trip out West. We live in Pennsylvania. We would probably visit T. Roosevelt National Park, Glacier, Olympic, and Redwood before we started for home. We haven't decided what to see on the way home yet, but the journey home would probably not be as ambitious.
We have been out West twice before-once to Yellowstone/Grand Tetons and once to the Utah/Grand Canyon area. We did each of those trips in three weeks.
Now, my questions:
#1-I am a planner and have always planned trips in meticulous detail. Before a trip like this, I would always have our major campgrounds booked (example-the national parks). This time though, we would like to take our time and travel without time constraints. Doing some research, it appears that the national parks have quite a few "first come, first serve" campgrounds, so I am thinking we would be good. BUT, am I right?
#2-I was thinking that about two months would be a good time frame for a trip like this. Yes? No?
Thoughts? Thank you.
We have been to Lake in Woods.
Also, to quite a few other campgrounds in the Lancaster area.
I am going to say-no-there are no other campgrounds like Lake in Woods in the area. Lake in Woods is truly a resort. Tons to do and a lot of amenities. A place you could go (especially with the kids)for a week and never leave.
Now, with that being said, we haven't been to Lake in Woods in several years. Our kids are grown, and Lake in Woods is a bit far away from Lancaster attractions. We tend to go to Old Mill Stream and Beacon Hill when go to Lancaster.
Found the problem. My husband read all of the great responses here and decided to first take a look at the battery.
And......the battery was low on water. Filled the water, ran the generator a bit, turned it off, and let the rv sit for an hour. Then, he hit the gas/start button, and the fridge turned on immediately.
Thank you so much for saving us a trip to the repair shop.
Thank you. I don't think we have one of those "read the charge in the battery things/voltmeters?"
If not, we'll get one and check. And, rats, the battery is only a year old.
Again, thank you.
I'll let everyone know how things turn out.
I was hoping that someone could help us with a refrigerator issue.
My husband went to start our Dometic gas/electric fridge. He pushed the gas start button and nothing happened. No clicking noise (which always sounds when the gas starts up) at all.
He waited a bit and tried again. Nothing. Tried again. Nope.
Se, he fired up the generator (we are not connected to electric at home)and was able to get the refrigerator to start with the generator current. Once he turned the generator off, the refrigerator switched itself to gas. We left for a trip and had no trouble with the refrigerator for the rest of the week-end. It stayed on gas while we drove to a campground and then switched to electricity once we set up.
Upon returning home, and once the fridge was off, my husband once again tried to start the fridge by pressing the gas button. Nothing.
Does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong.
I have been looking on line, at the Escape fifth wheel. Problem is-the factory is in western Canada.
I worry the bathroom will be too small. Would love to see one. The website says the closest one to me (with a person willing to show) is in Richmond, VA.
Assuming you like yours?
My husband and I and our four year old daughter lived in a trailer (maybe thirty feet) for a year and a half while I finished college. We then stayed another six months in the trailer and added a baby to the family. We also had a dog.
Would I do it now-no way. But, we were young and needed to survive on $400.00 a month. It worked for us. We didn't see it as a big inconvenience. It was just what we could afford at the time.
Best wishes whatever you decide.
When we bought our last class c, we wanted a unit with a cabover bed, but found a great unit with a front entertainment system. My husband is handy and we thought we could replace the entertainment system with a bed. BUT, just to be on the safe side, we called the factory and asked for their opinion. The factory told us to NOT do this; that cabovers were given different structural support than entertainment systems.
Now, perhaps the rv that you are looking at is made differently, but I would check with the company.
We have a 2002, rear bath Lazy Daze, and we love it. There are times we discuss getting a newer model but we have never had any issues with our rv, so we keep deciding to hang on to it. It is wonderful. Now, we do keep it well maintained, which certainly helps.
My questions would be-how well do your (or your wife) know your daughter's friend? Has she been over to the house enough so that you know what type of personality she has?
Does she seem like the type of girl who would enjoy a week-long camping trip, which would include using a bathhouse to shower in?
Are you going somewhere where there are activities for the girls to do that will let them stay busy?
And, while I understand the concept of the girls being flexible and adjusting to you-what about-are you and your wife flexible enough to adjust to the noise, staying up late, mess that two fourteen year olds can make?
I understand your hesitation-this trip could go either way.
How old is your son? We first started rv'ing when my daughter was ten. I threw a pillow and a sleeping bag up into the cab :), and she did the rest. As she got older,she felt like she needed more cushioning, so we got her a foam mattress pad.
I tent camped a bit with my aunt and uncle back in the 60's when I was around ten. Decided I didn't like camping. Then, tent camped with a friend in my early twenties and remembered why I didn't like camping. Then, in my mid-thirties, we rented an rv and drove it to Maine for a week's vacation. After that trip I vowed to NEVER camp again. Enjoy and camping were not something I could even remotely see as being in the same sentence.
Later, when I was in my forties, we adopted a retired racing greyhound, and I fell deeply, madly in love with that dog (and she with me). Every time we went on vacation (we even had someone come to the house and dog sit) the dog got sick (wouldn't eat, vomited, etc) and her hair would start falling out.
So, fate had me consider rv's. We bought one, loved it, as did our dog, and we have had the best adventures ever.
Our rv has been the best, financially unsound decision of our lives.
I am going to do a bit of generalizing here:
MOST Lazy Dazers take great pride in their units and maintain them to death.
MOST also keep copious notes/records of their work.
It is not uncommon to see Lazy Dazes from the 1980's still on the road.
It is hard to find units in the east.
I would suggest that you head over to the Lazy Daze Forum and post your question about the leak. The owner of the Lazy Daze might even be a member of one of the forums.
You mention that someone was going to fly out to see the unit:
We had a 23 foot Lazy Daze and wanted to buy a larger 27 foot unit. We saw a unit that interested us in California. We called and spoke to the owner. My husband flew out to California, the owner picked him up at the local airport, they went to the owner's house, my husband examined and drove the unit, and then gave me a call. He thought the rv was solid. We gave the man a down payment, my husband stayed the night at their house, and was taken to the airport by the family the next day. This was a 2002 Lazy Daze that we bought about ten years ago. We still have it and love it.
We live fairly close to Lancaster and travel there quite a bit. I don't think(could be wrong on this) that Beacon Hill has pads or paved roads, but I would say it would be a good place to get out of the rain for the next few days. It is on a hill, so the rain shouldn't be a problem. In addition, it is a great campground.
It is also near the town of Intercourse, and otherwise a central location to the area attractions.