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RE: Durango or Jackson Hole ?

We've stayed at the Virginian in Jackson a few times. It is centrally located near the center of town. The Virginian RV park is a gravel full hookup parking lot behind the small hotel. Guests have access to the pool, laundry, etc. Very friendly camp host. I'm sure we will go back again.
kalynzoo 07/23/16 05:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do you answer when a stranger asks about MPG?

If they don't have an RV, like at a gas station, I just say "I get pretty good mileage for a two bathroom house." If they are RVers and want an honest answer, my gas rigs got about 6-7mpg, a lot less going over the mountains. The diesel so far gets about 8mpg.
kalynzoo 07/22/16 10:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow bar braking

I stand corrected. I just looked up Autostop and it appears that Blue Ox now has a system similar to NSA Ready Brake. Again, it will have to be drilled through the car firewall and attached to the brake peddle.
kalynzoo 07/21/16 05:43pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow bar braking

I also think you are referring to the NSA Ready Brake. I have the adaptor which permits me to use the Ready Brake with any towbar, I have Demco. It inserts between the towbar and the motorhome, a surge mechanism then manually engages the toad brake by pulling a line drilled into the cab. I like the systems simplicity.
kalynzoo 07/21/16 05:39pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Which campground in Redwoods National & State Parks?

OK, it's not a State Park campground. We recently enjoyed our stay at Benbow Valley KOA. It used to be Benbow Valley RV Resort and recently went KOA. Lovely, centrally located campground with full amenities. Just north of Willits in Gerberville it is central to the Redwoods. There is an adjoining golf course, if your into that, and across the way, a short walk, is the historic Benbow Valley Inn with an excellent restaurant. Enjoy and Happy Trails
kalynzoo 07/21/16 05:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spare Parts To Carry

We all have different ideas about what to carry and how much. Spare parts and tools for some, consist of a cell phone and credit card. I carry basic parts and tools, including duct tape. Yup, if it won't move spray it with WD40 and if it does move use duct tape.
kalynzoo 07/21/16 05:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spare Parts To Carry

If your a survivalist, or just really enjoy RVing in the back country I guess the list of spare parts is almost unending. Serpentine belt, generator parts, water supply parts, hydraulics for the slides and jacks; and these are just a few of the vital units, forgetting the superfluous like sound and entertainment, oven, lighting. As for me, I too have accumulated many spare parts which I have lost track of, so my major accessory is my Credit Card and Cell Phone. I don't leave home without them.
kalynzoo 07/21/16 05:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reasonable Prep Fees?

I agree, it all depends on the bottom line. The sales price is $10,053, not 9K. Now it is time to negotiate or walk. Do ask for a line by line justification of the prep fee. Then ask that they guarantee the work they did in preparation. JMHO
kalynzoo 07/20/16 10:38am Beginning RVing
RE: Buying a used tire to carry as a spare?

Another reason it may be a good idea to carry a spare is so that you are not at the mercy of the tire dealer and whatever price he wants to charge for the tire that he brings to you. I had a flat tire a couple of years ago and the RSA tire service wanted to charge me over $700 for the tire. I had them come out and look at the tire(nail puncture). Luckily they were able to patch it and I was on my way. When I replace all my tires next year, I will keep an inside dual for a spare(unmounted). I had a flat with damage to the sidewall just last month between LA and Sacramento. We were able to drive safely to a tire shop at Harris Ranch. I was thrilled that on a holiday weekend they were open and had the right tire for my van. I only had to pay $180 for a tire I could purchase at home for $60-$80. Truly I was thankful that they were there, the service was fast, and the family could get back on the road. Just of cost of living sometimes.
kalynzoo 07/19/16 10:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buying a used tire to carry as a spare?

When we traveled to Mexico with a Tracks tour years ago I purchased a used 22.5 matching unmounted tire to use as a spare. My friend uses the same size, so he purchased the serpentine belt to have on hand. We used neither...thank goodness. I traveled around with that hunk of rubber in the bay for years, thankfully never needing it. If I did need it, I would have had roadside service mount an outdated tire, at my expense, which I would use to drive to the nearest city, then purchase a new tire and have it remounted at my expense. With the current roadside policies offering to find a tire dealer to bring the proper tire, or tow you to a tire dealer, it seems a bit silly to carry a spare that is probably beyond the owners capability to mount themselves. I just plan on purchasing new tires every 6 years or so and hope for no road hazards. JMHO
kalynzoo 07/19/16 10:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just got AAA - Do I still need Good Sam Roadside Assistance?

For the extra $100+ dollars a year I would get Good Sam for my RV needs. JMHO
kalynzoo 07/18/16 09:54am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: roadside assistance

Triple A does not specialize in RV. The certainly seem to have the best nationwide network for auto service, but it clearly states in their contract that many regions do not have RV and you will be on your own and hope for "reasonable" reimbursement. Both Good Sam and CoachNet use contract stations for service. A good station gives good service, and a no so good station...you get the idea. Most threads are complaints of poor service, poor response time, or people seeking services outside the scope of emergency roadside assistance. I had CoachNet first, had a poor experience, and now have Good Sam. Good luck on your choice, and I hope you never have to give the service a try. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 07/18/16 09:51am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: URGENT - where to buy a car dolly?

I understand from other posts that vans do not tow well on most dollies as the front wheels are forward and the fenders tend to rub on the pivoting fenders. When we were looking Acme Tow Dolly said they had a unit that would accommodate vans.
kalynzoo 07/11/16 09:30pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Campground in the Port Townsend, WA area

Our favorite campground in the area is Rest-A-While on the 101 south of Port Angeles. It is really just a full hookup parking lot on the Hood River Canal, but the view and tranquility are wonderful.
kalynzoo 07/11/16 03:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground in the Port Townsend, WA area

Our favorite campground in the area is Rest-A-While on the 101 south of Port Angeles. It is really just a full hookup parking lot on the Hood River Canal, but the view and tranquility are wonderful.
kalynzoo 07/11/16 03:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tiffin Allegro and Georgetown XL

Its all about the floor plan. We chose the Tiffin Allegro Red 38 QRA because the floor plan best met our needs and wants. Reading the threads it would appear the factory workmanship is only as good as the technicians who worked on your coach on any given day. I do believe we did reasonable well, with very few workmanship concerns. For us, one of the greatest factors was the ability to walk to the frig and toilet area (mid coach)when the rig is closed in the travel setting. Many floor plans made this action very difficult for people with mobility issues. So best to you on your search. The Winnebago Journey is a lovely coach to add to your search list. Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 07/10/16 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Skunk train calif.

The Benbow Resort KOA is a lovely campground not far from Willits. It used to be a private resort and became a KOA within the last few years. We based there last spring on a trip to the Redwoods. Again, lovely park, on a golf course (I don't play) excellent restaurant a short walk away at the Benbow Inn, a historical landmark and really fine restaurant. We plan to return.
kalynzoo 07/09/16 10:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bad experience Lancaster KOA

There is a good chance that the campground is violating the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA). If it were me: I'd write a formal complaint with details to the KOA Corporation, the campground, and the California State Attorney General. You might also get other contact information on ADA.gov. I certainly would not let a situation like this be forgotten.
kalynzoo 07/09/16 10:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where do you stay in or near Pasadena, CA?

The Van Nuys location is a residential park in a very poor location. Not necessarily economically poor, just not nice. KOA Pomona is very nice, but a good 45 minutes from Pasadena without traffic. Travel Village or Castaic RV both in the Valencia area are nice, but also about 45 minutes from Pasadena. LA is not an RV friendly city, very few parks (land is too expensive and environmental regulations and zoning regulations are hard to overcome).
kalynzoo 07/08/16 11:02am Family Camping
RE: yellowstone grand tetons without reservations

We have really enjoyed our stays at KOA West Yellowstone. In Jackson we stay have stayed twice at The Virginian, which is a gravel full hookup lot in back of the small Virginian Hotel. Very central location, not much of a park, but clean, friendly, and access to the hotel pool. Often when we make our plans we can not be sure of the exact date we will arrive at the end point destination. Many parks will permit you to make your reservation in advance and then adjust the arrival date a few days before arrival or even the day of arrival. We have called campgrounds on many occasions over the last 40 years requesting a change in reservation for a day late or a day early. I have never been rejected. Perhaps we would have to switch spaces to accommodate other reservations, but never a rejection. Now this has always been at private campgrounds, KOA's family run campgrounds, etc. I have no idea what the rules might be at State or National campgrounds. I will add, that if you have any RV problems in Yellowstone or need to rent a car of van, contact Big Sky Rental in West Yellowstone. They really went out of their way to accommodate use when we had RV problems, so I recommend them every chance I get. Do enjoy, and Happy Trails.
kalynzoo 07/08/16 10:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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