There is probably a switch/button to power boost the antenna. This must be off when using cable. Also, the TV may have a cable/antenna menu, and with modern TVs you must go through the search mode every time you relocate. Yeah, real pain. But I'm betting it I the power boost antenna button.
Yes, from my experience typical. As a result I do not take my RV to a dealership for service. I use and independent repair facility, or an independent specialty shop where the employees and owner have a vested interest in satisfying the customer. JMHO
Our favorite is Oasis RV Resort. Excellent electric so fear of brown-out is not an issue. Great pool, nice grounds, good pet runs. You can go straight up Silverado to get to Henderson. Sam's Casino has a nice RV park, but it is more of a full hookup parking lot. They have a small pool, and the Casino amenities are about 100 yards away. Yes, it will be hot. I suggest getting reflective window shades (like the folding type for windshields) and plan of placing them on all windows. Also you can cut some foam to press into the ceiling fan vents. If you have an RV frig, don't plan on keeping ice cream in the rig. We have kids in Henderson and make that summer trip regularly.
Given a choice I would go through Vegas. Love the Oasis. Next stop is a lovely little KOA in Beaver. Small, clean, friendly, nice playground, and very small townish. We've made it our midway stop a few times. In Salt Lake City we really like the SLC KOA. Central to town, paved large campground great for bikes, nice hiking trail along the river, about a 1/2mile from the fairgrounds, just in case something is at fair. The tour of the Mormon Central Square is lovely, (we're not Mormon) but the kids still enjoyed the history of the West. If you have time and stop at Salt Lake City, do take a car out to Antelope Island. We didn't get there until our 3rd trip through the city, it is really hard to find the entrance road. The Island contains the country's largest herd of buffalo, then there is the historic western ranch at the end of the island. Lots of birds. It was a fun day.
It is an interesting drive, reminding you how vast our country really is. It is either boring or fascinating for hours upon hours. For the children, take books, games or videos. But the roads are nice.
I personally consider the Cajon Pass, between Victorville and Riverside by far worse than the Grapevine. That long straight drop on the west side is stressful, and the often felt cross winds are a pain. That said, we travel the Grapevine all the time. Previously in a 38ft with a 454, then a Ford V10, then a Workhorse 8.1. Now we have our Allegro diesel. Anyway, if the F150 is in good shape you should have no problem on the Grapevine. Since time is not the problem, just find a comfortable speed and go. Take the downhill with the trucks at 35mph or in the second lane a usual 45mph. My son takes his boat over that hill often with his F150, boat at about 22,00lb.
Vineyard RV park is a regular for us. Very nice park in Vacaville. Close to Napa, very close to the JellyBelly factory tour. Lots of history to see in the Sacramento area. Benbow Valley KOA is a lovely resort, excellent (really excellent) restaurant at the Benbow Valley Inn next door. Just outside Garberville, and a good basecamp for the Redwood.
Best? My choice would be the 40 to the 93 to Las Vegas. Then the 15 to the I-5/I-14 split, then the 1-5 to the 99. It's a long drive and I would plan three days, but that's just me. Enjoy, and Happy Trails.
:@ This plugs into the 110 outlet? Not an expert or an electrician. However, from experience, the 12 volt outlets usually are fused and wired for low amps. Many devices will not work on the cigarette lighter. You need to wire the 12 volt plug directly to the battery with heavier wire and heavier fuse. The pictured 110 to 12 volt adaptor likewise offers a low amp output. Depends on what you want to run. There are many 12v to 110 inverters available offering the ability to run heavier loads.
I keep my campsite clean, and always pick up after my dog. Guess years of involvement in Scouting (Girls and Boys) ingrained the idea of leave it better than you found it. Sadly, this is not always the case with others (not even close to always). If someone at the campground were not designated to pick up poop, keep the poop bag dispensers full, rake the runs, and wash down messes, I can't imagine (yes I can) how bad the campgrounds would be. So I pay the 2 buck, expect a clean campground, and complain if the facilities are not maintained. JMHO
Best? You will find that most people think theirs is the best, or worst. First, you can search the archive towing guides in Motorhome Magazine or the FMCA Magazine. A booklet section is published around Dec, Jan every year listing towables for the following year. You can also search the REMCO website, which will tell you if your car needs modification or is towable. You will then need a baseplate, towbar, lights, and braking system. There are many MAJOR players in the towing industry, and all have excellent reputations: Demco, Towmaster, and Blue Ox are the ones that come to mind. A reputable hitch shop in your area will probably recommend the one they keep in stock and are most familiar with...I see no problem with this. The same hitch shop will connect the towable's (toad's)lights to the motorhome. This leaves the brakes...do get a supplemental brake, really. Here it is your choice. How much towing will you do, how easy do you want the setup, how much do you want to spend. The removable boxes are least expensive (BuddyBrake), then the compact boxes, then the permanent instillations. I have a ReadyBrake, which requires no power as it is a cable activated by surge, however, the instillation can be pricey. It is so easy to use, and has no footprint in the cab.
Lots of good articles on towing in the Motorhome Magazine, and if you join FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) their magazine is very informative. Membership in both is not expensive and good reading. Both offer perks (discounts) which I have never used. Probably most important is finding a reputable installer.
Best of luck on your hookup, and Happy Trails.
I have no problem with others who travel USA for months on end (or years). Neither my wife or I could do this. Our family is close, we enjoy the children and the grandchildren. We enjoy the little league games, school shows, parties, and just hanging out with the family. So for us, no. Six weeks on the road would currently be our limit. Alaska, someday, maybe, probably not.
Again, for those who travel and see the many great sights, I envy you, but travel away from family is not for everyone.
You and your husband will just have to work out a happy solution.
Bad experience with Coach Net. They couldn't find service for me on highway 101 in Washington on the Olympic Peninsular on a weekday. So far I'm happy with my two calls to Good Sam. Flat on the car, it took much longer than AAA but still less than 1 hour. (in Los Angeles) A RV problem, they found a knowledgeable truck technician to work on the hydraulics...other RV's fix the problem before the truck was due to arrive and we canceled the call. Still, they found someone. (out in Indio on a Sunday). I just renewed my Good Sam but my insurance company on the car includes roadside assistance, and I will probably call that first for the car.
I think the post simply presented information within the parameters of the forum. If the post was a search for employees, or an item for sale it would have been an inappropriate post. This was an informational post...OK, Wagon Masters get paid. Cool. It is hard dirty work, and I would not want the job. Yes, I've been on WIT Caravans, and a couple of TRACK Mexico caravans. Fantastic. The Wagon Masters and Tail Gunners certainly earned anything they received, including the significant thank you tips from Trackers. Is this any different from posting that some work camp posts offer housing while others offer housing and meals, and others add a salary?
Not lying, not deception, not out of protocol.
JMHO, and Welcome to a new member of the forum.
It will depend on the independent contractor who is called to provide service. Even if they provide RV coverage (I have no idea) their call center will simply pull up your location and call the nearest service provider (tow truck), if they do not respond (because they really don't have too answer the phone) the next provider will be called. The guy who finally comes out might be great, or might have no idea what he is doing. Or a small tow truck might be sent to pull the 30K# coach. Luck of the draw (JMHO)