We live near the Lancaster area and go week-end camping there a lot.
Beacon Hills is nice, but about twenty minutes away from Sight and Sound.
Old Mills Streams is our favorite campground in the area and is close to Sight and Sound.
We didn't start camping until our two oldest were out of the house, and our youngest was ten, so I only have experience with one daughter, but what I found.... anytime we went on a "real" vacation (the fun trips to Yellowstone, Disney, you get my drift), our daughter was ready to go (she still is). But, it was those week-end get-aways we did (camped fairly close to home, maybe went a place or two, but mostly just relaxed), that she never liked. When she was twelve/thirteen, if she could bring a friend, she was fine. As she got older, she came, slept late, used electronics, and acted polite and civil. So, life was good.
To me-the "real" family vacations were about all of us, what we all wanted to do, but the week-end get-aways were mostly for my husband and myself. So, what was I going to do? Force her to play twenty games of Uno, read and nap the afternoon away in a lounge chair under a tree while acorns dropped on her head? Why should I? And, don't get me wrong. It's not like she absolutely did nothing with us on those week-ends. She ate with us, roasted marshmallows, took a walk with us.
Why would I want to get into a power struggle with my daughter, insisting that she "enjoy the outdoors" when she didn't want to.
My opinion, there are enough issues in life that can rip your gut up without fussing about a camping trip.
Okay, I am thinking I am glad we are at the end of the camping season. This gives me some time to look into this. A "regular" microwave would certainly be easier and less expensive to get, but, I don't want this project to turn into a headache for my husband either, and I want to make sure the microwave is able to stay secure.
Thanks for the input.
We are camping this week-end, and yesterday when I went to use the microwave, it made a scary noise and died. It is almost the end of the camping season for us, so my husband is thinking that later this month, he will pull the microwave, see how it is set up, and go about installing another one.
My question-do we need a special rv microwave or will any microwave do?
Any other advice to us about this job?
There are people who stay at Fort Wilderness that long. People on the disboards talk about several people who spend quite a bit of time camping at Disney. I think this amount of time would give you a chance to really explore Disney World. I would make a reservation as soon as possible.
We have an rv dealership near us that has one of the two rv's I was considering-the 31 foot one. Well, I decide to take a drive and see it this morning.
First off, the salesman says, "hello honey," and I try not to cringe. Next, he guides me out (with his hand on my shoulder-thinking maybe I will get lost from his desk to the parking lot???). This dealership has a great service department, which, when the need arises, we use, and has some good brand rv's, so I decide to play nice.
We get outside, and I see the fifth wheel. Okay, even 31 feet seems huge to me. I have no idea how any of you pull these monsters.
We go inside the rv-look around just a few minutes (I had told the salesman I wasn't going to buy today, could I just have a quick look, and I didn't want to waste his time).
And then, he looks at the numbers and says that I should be able to pull this giant with a Ford 250 and why didn't I trade now, since my 2002 was depreciating more every day.
I stopped playing nice-told him that there is no way that the rv should be pulled with a 250 (thank you, everyone) and if I bought his fiver, it, too, would start depreciating the moment I drove it off the lot.
So, a big thank you for all of the advice. No matter what we decide, I have already learned a lot.
Stro-I was looking at an Excel. However, I had no idea the 29 foot was considered heavy.
But, listening to all of you....it is.
I am glad we are not looking to buy for awhile, because if we go this route, there will be a lot we have to learn/understand about trucks and weight.
Thank you for all of the information. When we were younger and our youngest daughter camped with us, the Class C was a great way to travel and camp. However, she is now in college, and my husband and I recently took a trip alone, and we started talking about a fifth wheel (just tossing ideas around at this point)for our future needs. We don't tow and hoping into a car and exploring would have its benefits.
Okay, I was thinking that a fifth wheel was going to cost less than a Class C.
I am thinking, this might not be the case, depending on what fifth wheel/weight I think about.
I did just read the thread about considering good, used units.
Once again, rv'ing involves a lot of decisions.
We currently have a Class C but have started thinking about a fifth wheel as a possibility for our next rv.
My question is about fifth wheels and trucks needed to pull them.
I am looking at two different fifth wheels.
One has: a maximum GVWR of 15,000
a base weight of 11,600
a hitch weight of 2,500
This fifth wheel measures 29'5"
The other has: a maximum GVWR of 17,500
a base weight of either (there are three models)
12,600 and 12,280 and 11,900
a hitch weight of 2,690 and 2,570 and 2,560
These fifth wheels measure 32'11"
My question is-what size truck would we need to pull these fifth wheels?
Thank you for your input.
Last time we were at Otter Lake was about three years ago. A very nice campground. There were daily activities, which included, archery, baseball, ceramics (you paid for the item to paint), bingo, a movie every few nights, and I am sure I am missing something. There
was an outdoor pool and an indoor spa/pool/or something like that. There was also a lake, with a beach, and I saw people fishing in the lake. I believe hiking trails were also in the campground.
Otter Lake had a nice general store that sold ice cream.
One word of caution-Otter Lake is not really close to anything in the area, so bring enough supplies for the week.
My husband and I are also in the education field and have the summers available for long trips. About ten years ago when we started rv'ing we had the same concerns as you did-balancing "living in the present" and being concerned about the future.
After a lot of thinking, we decided on a Class C. For us, getting to a destination was half the fun. Stopping at the World's largest ball of twine, seeing the biggest legs in Texas, etc-we enjoy those kind of stops. And, so, we wanted to be comfortable while we traveled. Plus, our daughter could stretch out and use her ipod, computer, Kindle, etc while we drove. And, I could use the bathroom whenever I wanted.
Now, if you are going to commit to any new rv purchase, I would suggest this-think about your kids and how they will grow in the next few years. Example-we started out with a 24 foot rv. We loved it. But within two years, our daughter grew from a ten year old to a twelve year old and not only grew, but would spend huge amounts of time in the bathroom. This lead us to a 28 foot rv. The 24 foot simply did not have the space we needed. So, although you certainly don't have to think decades into the future, I would think about your kids as they grow during the next few years.
Good luck in your search.
We were in Yellowstone about eight years ago. Brought the bikes. Never even took them off the rack. We felt the roads in Yellowstone were too narrow for safe biking. Now, this was eight years ago, and one person's opinion, but I would not take bikes to Yellowstone.
Before you book either Spring Gulch or Country Haven, I would ask if you plan to do any site-seeing. Both campgrounds are a bit out of the way of the tourist spots. If you want to be more in the thick of things, I would suggest Old Mill Stream or Beacon Hill.