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RE: Homer/Seward for 4th of July?

Looks like the RV park question is covered. ...but I'd offer a thought on the general concept. I like Seward and Homer...often drive to Seward for the day and fly to Homer for the weekend....but I wouldn't go to either of them over the 4th of July unless: a) you were looking for a party weekend without much peace and quiet; and b) you had early and guaranteed reservations. Seward, IMNSHO, becomes a zoo over the 4th of July. Homer does as well, but to a slightly lesser degree. X2... In a past life I spent several years in Seward over the 4th and it was not for me. But, its all in what floats your boat. I don't like crowds or parties. And I have nothing against the occasional drink but I don't like drunks. :) But, if you DO like the party scene, you might have a great time.
johnwalkerpa1 04/18/14 06:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: We're looking at this one..

It looks nice from the few pictures they list. I would ask for a bunch more pictures so you can see more detail. However, the price is too high for a 1998. I would try for well under 10K. The new tires are a plus.
johnwalkerpa1 04/08/14 06:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Final decision - Forest River Forester-2251LE

Thanks all for the replies. Please correct me if I am wrong . I am new to RVing and I have been looking for almost 2 months. The only 28+ feet I found for under $50K is the Coachmen Freelander 28QB . The quality of this model appears to be lower than the quality of Forest River products. No, you are on the right track! The number of new 28+ footers under $50K will be mighty rare! Opinions vary on quality, but personally I do agree with you that the Forest River products are better than Coachmen. And aside from quality, you typically get a little more bang for the buck when you compare features in an apples to apples comparison..
johnwalkerpa1 04/06/14 06:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Extra Gas in a Can

A 10-11 gas tank is very small even for a car so I am not sure what RV you have that would only have that size tank? But, if it really is that small, yes you might have some challenges. It all depends, though, on where you are heading. In the lower 48 there are only a handful of places where gas stations are farther apart than 50 miles. I would not carry any gas inside your RV. If you need to carry it you'll need to get some kind of exterior rack. Even if your RV says not to tow, you can probably still have a hitch mounted that would take a 1 1/2 or 2" bar and put a hitch carrier of some type. That wouldn't add that much weight and is not like actually towing something. If you do this, get one of the higher-quality metal jerry cans (think of the kind you used to see on the back of jeeps) that are designed for this use, and they are safe enough....outside...
johnwalkerpa1 04/06/14 06:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How to keep dog bone dry (electrical)

As long as they are in good condition and plugged in tightly, you don't need to keep them dry. They are exterior devices. The only thing I do is make sure that the actual metal parts of the plug are dry before you plug it in. Of course, if at all possible, avoid plugging them in when it's actually raining but once they are plugged in, no worries...
johnwalkerpa1 04/03/14 12:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help For Grand Canyon

Not to generate this discussion ONCE AGAIN but you only see about 10% of the Grand Canyon at the North Rim and a long drive to get there. True enough....I much prefer the north rim BUT, I have already been to the south rim many times. For someone who is a first time visitor, the south rim is where to go.
johnwalkerpa1 04/01/14 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help For Grand Canyon

At Trailer Village stow your sewer hose or the crows will peck holes in it. I had forgotten about that! Had the same thing happen with the ravens about 5 years ago while staying there...
johnwalkerpa1 04/01/14 09:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone know the grade on Hwy 93 (Icefields Pkwy) in Alberta?

No problems...Many smaller hills and there is one longish up and down (sort of a pass) but its not hard.
johnwalkerpa1 03/31/14 11:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Central PA/Hershey Area

Close to Lancaster and Shopping at the Big outlets at Reading.. The PA Renaissance Fair is right down the road. Its been a few years since I have gone, but pretty sure that the Ren Faire is not open until early fall... Edit...it starts Aug 2 this year thru end of October.
johnwalkerpa1 03/26/14 01:14pm Family Camping
RE: Help For Grand Canyon

Like some others, I much prefer May or September for the Canyon. Mostly due to the reduced crowds. The prime summer vacation months just offer too much humanity for my taste, especially on the south rim.
johnwalkerpa1 03/21/14 07:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sitting @ Dinette w/slide in when stopped?

I was wondering if it is ok to sit at the dinette when stopped with the slide in? We were told we should not walk on the floor of the retracted slide on our 5th wheel. Sometimes space/time constraints might not allow for the dinette slide to be extended in order to have a meal. I would have a hard time seating any passengers while travelling without sitting them on the slide...both my dinette and couch are on the main slide. No problems....
johnwalkerpa1 03/18/14 05:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Upgrade Mattress

Our Sunseeker came with a great Serta pillow top full sized Queen bed. I thought that was standard. It's optional. I wonder if Bednarski and RVbill have it or the standard one. We have the same one you do, and think it is very good. Everybody is different, of course. They may have the standard one. I tried both when I was shopping for sunseekers and there is (at least to me anyway) a huge difference between the standard and optional sunseeker mattress.
johnwalkerpa1 03/17/14 08:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smallest Class C with double fridge?

What is the smallest class C with a double fridge (full size)? It is an option on the Forest River Sunseeker models 2860DS, 3010DS & 3050S and the matching Forester line floor plans. I can't be sure that is the smallest in which it is available but it's the smallest I have found.
johnwalkerpa1 03/15/14 08:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Campground / Marina Combinations

Thanks everyone for all of the ideas! I will start to look into all of them...
johnwalkerpa1 03/14/14 06:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing 2003 Suburban 1500 4X4

Thanks guys. I truly value all of your expertise. I do plan on having the Sunseeker for a while. So I am starting to think I will not tow at all. Unless I get small vehicle just for towing. My last concern in the CCC. The 2015 Sunseeker I ordered has every option (satellite, auto levelers, etc). Has anyone on here ordered a fully loaded Sunseeker recently? What was your CCC? estimates? I may have screwed myself by doing that (10% down/ordered already). I will have to wait and see until I go and pick it up. I heard they weight each RV and put a little sticker on the door. I will also be weighing it myself. Thanks, Jeff The CCC (or maybe they list it as OCCC) is going to be a little different on every one. But, if you got all of the options I would guess in the 1500-1600 range. Full body paint adds some weight too. I have seen them with CCC as high as 2200 without many options. I should clarify that I have been looking at the 3010/3011 models. The 3170ds may be a little heavier but should be close..
johnwalkerpa1 03/14/14 06:21am Dinghy Towing
Campground / Marina Combinations

I am looking for suggestions for some nice locations anywhere east of the Mississippi that have a campground and a marina together on freshwater lakes or rivers. I have a 16 foot fishing boat and ideally would like to find a place where I could put the boat in a slip at the marina for a week or so and then walk down from the RV to use the boat each day. Even better would be a marina that would launch and retrieve the boat for me. I can (and have) launched with the RV where there is enough room at the launch but its not a lot of fun... Any recommendations? Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 03/13/14 06:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing 2003 Suburban 1500 4X4

What is your reference for that? I am actually getting at 2015 3170ds from RV direct. I can't find where it says 7500/750 for towing. That would be awesome! Here is the link to the Forest River site. Sunseeker Features You can see it listed under 'exterior'. With the exception of the Chevy chassis models and the 2300, all of the hitches are 750/7500. The RVdirect website is out of date...not only on the hitch but also on the tank sizes.. at least the last time I looked. I ordered a 3010DS from them at the beginning of Feb....should be ready about the end of April.
johnwalkerpa1 03/12/14 05:49am Dinghy Towing
RE: tracfone

I have my Iphone on tracfone and it works great 46.68 a month for unlimited talk,text,data I am interested in knowing how you did that? Both using an iphone on tracfone and the unlimited talk/text/data. Sounds great but I never was able to find an option like that. I would jump on that if I could!
johnwalkerpa1 03/11/14 08:29am Technology Corner
RE: Towing 2003 Suburban 1500 4X4

Is the Sunseeker you are considering an earlier 2014 model? The current 2014 models (starting in about October I think) have 750/7500 hitches.
johnwalkerpa1 03/11/14 07:49am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2008 Ford E-450 Class C- Early and Late models differences?

Hello all- Couple of questions.... 1. Was it a mid year model change? 2. Beyond the grill, what other differences/changes were made (interior, exterior, mechanical, etc)? Thanks! I think that the max front axle (and total) weight increased by 400 or 500 pounds on the 'new grill' models.
johnwalkerpa1 03/11/14 07:28am Class C Motorhomes
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