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RE: KOA

Yea burn $200 of fuel for the day and then the campsite costs $10 too much? wow I see what you did there. Yer' tryin' to introduce them tricky maths to confusacate the issue. I never falls fur that! Seriously though, a trip to a tax free state, with gas at 10% less than neighboring states, by the time you add it up, an overpriced campground really isn't a deal breaker. Now if we are talking about ocean area campgrounds, it can be a bit shocking, but it beats paying 3x as much for a nearby hotel. This is a bit off topic but.....there is one bargain on the Delaware coast....Delaware seashore state park.....very inexpensive...not much in amenities other than full hookups, bathhouses and laundry...but walking distance to the beach!
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 05:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Your Opinion on Forest River

We purchased a new 2015 Forest River Sunseeker in May 2014. It is on a Ford E450 chassis so I cannot speak to the MB piece of the equation. In general, we have been very pleased. Like any new unit, we had a punch list of items to be repaired. They were a nuisance but didn't impact our use of the unit. The biggest issues were the kitchen window needed replaced and the backup camera was not working. Due to the problem with the kitchen window, the laminate countertop had a few bubbles so they replaced that without my even asking. Your success or lack thereof with warranty work depends more on your dealer than anything else. In general terms, I don't think there is much difference in build quality on ANY of the so called "entry level" units. They all use the same couple of chassis, and they all use appliances, parts, etc. that are largely the same. The variables in quality are often luck of the draw. You can get a good or bad forest river, just like you can get a good or bad Jayco, or Winnebago, or etc.... Personally I think Forest River has the edge with what you get for the money. When I was looking at class Cs from many different sources, the only concrete advantage I could find was that Winnebago does a far superior job with documentation and manuals than most others. So, you can add me to the "happy with Forest River" group..
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 11:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How young to take children??

No such thing as to young, take the baby now. Agreed! As long as there are no unusual medical issues, if you are able to handle the baby at home, you can handle them camping. We found that as long as the babies were warm, dry, and fed, they didn't notice the difference anyway :) The only thing we changed when the children were very young is that we made an effort to stay on a routine similar to at home..which mostly meant normal meal, bed, and nap times. As they got older, those things held less importance when on vacation...
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 11:01am RV Lifestyle
RE: KOA

Wow, one night at a KOA in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was $60, guess this is the last KOA I will stay at! Stayed in a nice campground near Mt. Rushmore for $40. :( I am always surprised when I hear what people think is "too much" for a campsite. Now, I am talking about full service commercial campgrounds here, not the more rustic state or national forest sites with no hookups and few to no amenities. In most cases, I consider myself fortunate to find a site for $60. Now, granted, we have 7 so in some cases, we pay a little extra for the number of people, but still.... Perhaps I am not a savvy comparison shopper but honestly I chose a campground based on what is most appropriate for my needs/wants. Price is much lower on the list of things I consider. And, yes, I do realize that we are blessed to not have to look as closely at the costs...
johnwalkerpa1 08/21/17 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: FOUR Corners Monument

Yes, there is plenty of room. As the linked post above states, some are disappointed by the area and some reports show it's in the wrong place...... but I think it's a fun stop, especially if you are passing by anyway. I wouldn't travel hundreds of miles out of my way but it's a good quick stop for a photo op and there are often some nice Navajo crafts for sale.
johnwalkerpa1 08/18/17 11:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Shutting off the water

I never shut it off. X2, I wonder if they shut off the water at the sticks and bricks when they leave on vacation? Never turn off the propane or H2O. Yep, I do...it only takes one burst washing machine hose to change your mind!
johnwalkerpa1 07/05/17 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Help, Ford Explore battery dies when flat towing

Only one additional note... I'm reasonably sure that the Ford recommendation to start the engine after 5 or 6 hours of towing has nothing to do with the electrical system or battery. As mentioned earlier, 5 minutes of idling would do almost nothing to recharge the battery....I believe its for lubrication... of course I've been wrong before :)
johnwalkerpa1 06/13/17 08:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Please help! Alaska itinerary for RV newbie.

One thing to consider...when you say that you are an RV newbie, does that mean you have no experience at all with an RV? If so, you should consider that some of the things that experienced RVers take for granted will take you more time until you get the hang of things. Its not a big deal and none of it's rocket science, but if its all new, you'll want to leave more time for things like taking on water, dumping your tanks, stopping for gas, backing into campsites, leveling etc.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/17 10:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class C without boondocking amenities

I'm considering getting a Minnie Winnie 22R to travel around the country while working remotely. It's the smallest class C that Winnebago makes while still having plenty of room for a single guy. I like the idea of getting a Winnebago because they're so highly regarded by the community. I'll stay at my destination for at least a month or so at a time. I don't need the propane system, I can easily get by without it when I'm on the road. It just seems like a waste to have a propane system and all of those propane appliances that I don't really need. Is there an alternative that better suits my needs? There are always alternatives, given enough money. You could get a custom build done or you could simply remove anything you don't want after purchase and replace those items with more storage or ?. But, you'll spend substantially more money and end up with something you'll probably never be able to sell for a reasonable price. Unless there is a real pressing need, I'd just not use what you don't want to use but leave it intact.
johnwalkerpa1 04/11/17 10:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chesapeake Bay Bridge (not the tunnel)

It's not bad. It looks narrow but it's mostly psychological as the lanes are standard width. Semi trucks drive it all the time. Just stay to the right and drive at normal speed and you'll be fine. I'd avoid it in high winds but there will be warnings and or restrictions posted at those times.
johnwalkerpa1 03/22/17 08:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: East coast camping

Assateague STATE PARK in Maryland Why not Assateague NATIONAL PARK???? They are similar but the state park has some hookups. AC is nice as there is little shade and can get buggy at night.
johnwalkerpa1 03/21/17 10:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Travel Restrictions due to snow on PA interstates

There is no route I99 in PA I believe you need a newer map :)
johnwalkerpa1 03/14/17 04:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Rt. 301 in MD & VA

We are heading to Florida from Vermont in 10 days. We usually go down on I-81 as I-95 is too hectic. Looking at the weather forecast there may be ice and snow in the mountains so we will probably take the coastal route and we have not been on 301 in 20 years. Is it too slow with many traffic lights and a lot of development now? How is the pavement? We will be towing an 18ft. travel trailer. Any suggestions will be appreciated. If your plans are 10 days out, I wouldn't worry about snow on 81.. The next two days might be rough but by the weekend temperatures will be well into spring like conditions. That's the nice thing about March snow in the mid Atlantic states.....it can dump a lot but it never lasts long.
johnwalkerpa1 03/13/17 06:59pm Roads and Routes
RV Travel Restrictions due to snow on PA interstates

FYI....Starting at 10:00 PM, tonight, Monday March 13, certain classes of vehicles, including RVs are banned from Pennsylvania interstate highways east of I-99 due to the impending snow storm. Not that I expect that many people would want to drive through the storm anyway :) But, if you are stuck in the area you probably want to start looking for a place to hunker down for a day or two. The bulk of the storm will be over by late Tuesday but with high winds expected, I wouldn't be surprised if drifting is an issue into Wednesday or so.
johnwalkerpa1 03/13/17 11:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Dolly tow a 2017 CR-V

Thanks to all for your thoughts and advice. Here's a short video describing how the tow dolly works...and why I am trying to find out if the front wheels are free to turn left & right. I guess a picture (video) is worth a thousand words....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xktb6wuoo4o Thanks OP for including the video link! That will be helpful to others who may be reading the thread to understand how the ACME dolly works. Some of the above posts stating that wheels are always locked need to take into account the type of dolly....some do and some don't. This one does not...in fact, must not. I have an ACME dolly and it works great. Of course, none of this answers your actual question but may be helpful to others :)
johnwalkerpa1 02/27/17 12:21pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Yellowstone

How hard is it to get a camping spot in Sept. after school has started? Dusty Usually much easier after Labor Day...
johnwalkerpa1 02/16/17 06:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone

Hello. M'y question is how to visit Yellowstone NP with a Class C motorhome with no car or motorcycle. It's for August this summer. Is Rvs allowed in this park, where park for night....??? Every good ideas are Welcome. Hello, Yes, RVs are allowed in the park. We have travelled the park several times with a 31 foot class C, without towing a car and had no problems. At some of the pull offs and scenic features, you might have trouble finding a parking place or may have to park farther away and walk. But, we never missed seeing anything by not having a smaller vehicle along. There are campgrounds in the park and several near the various entrances. Inside of the park, you can only stop for the night at the campgrounds, not at other places. During the summer months there are times that it may be difficult to get a campsite. Yellowstone is one place that I highly recommend making advance reservations whenever possible, especially if you need hookups. Have fun!
johnwalkerpa1 02/16/17 06:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 360 Siphon sanitary roof vent

We have a rotating type but I agree that they have little value...with one exception....that is if you "flush in motion". It seems that it prevents down pressure from the movement down the highway from pushing air back down the vent stack. Otherwise, I have not ever had a smell when sitting still..other than when someone forgets and doesn't turn the fan off when flushing..
johnwalkerpa1 02/03/17 09:23am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Campground Reservations

My experience is that the Canadian Rockies, Denali and July 4 are the biggest concerns. However, I've also found that if you are flexible enough, its not an issue.. By flexible, I mostly mean the following: 1. Occasionaly, Be willing to accept a dry site rather than hookups 2. Occasionaly, Be willing to wait a day or two to get in the popular spots 3. Occasionaly, Be willing to boondock which is easier in Alaska than most any other place.. Edit...When I said "the Canadian Rockies" above, I really meant Banff to Jasper...not the Canadian Rockies farther north....
johnwalkerpa1 02/03/17 06:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alcan Hwy Alaska Cell service?

I don't know if it's still an extra charge in Canada, but years ago the charge was outrageous. It depends on your plan. I have a Verizon plan that includes Canada and Mexico at no additional charge but plans vary widely.
johnwalkerpa1 01/18/17 07:49am Technology Corner
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