When you need it, the only thing that will count is who is the contract facility in your area. All the phone people are nice, they act concerned, they ask if you need 911 assistance, then they find a contract tow/repair near you. If you get a good one it is wonderful. If you get a bad one it is a horror story. And if, like me, CN couldn't find anyone to answer the call on the 101 in Washington, near Port Angeles, on a weekday morning, then you are SOL and on your own until tomorrow. Just pick one and hope that you will never need the service. If they do you right, you renew, and if you have a complaint you end up changing to the other company. I currently have GS. I understand both companies write excellent apology letters. AAA is in the same class, if you read the contract closely they can leave you in a safe location for 3 hours and come back for you if their busy (happened to my son) and since they are regional "clubs" if your in an area that does not have RV coverage they will make "reasonable reimbursements" or something like that whatever that means. JMHO
Flying Flags is a lovely park with all the amenities of a resort park. It is central to many wineries, a bit of a drive to the ocean, but close to Solvang, a tourist town. A bit North is Pismo Coast Village, reservations are tight as it is a shareholder park (whatever that means) but they do take non-members, a very nice park, on the beach (sort of, you have to walk a bit and there is not an ocean view from the sites) Even farther North is Morro Bay and San Jose. All are great destinations. Have fun, and Happy Trails.
At 30ft you will feel like you are driving a van. In most cases your Class C or Class A will drive just like any other vehicle, and probably a lot easier than a U-Haul (not knocking U-Haul) but for kicks you can rent a large U-Haul and drive it around the block a few time....an RV will be so much easier as the steering and suspension are designed for comfort not utility. At 30ft even 32ft you don't have much of a rear to worry about and the coach will track just like a van. You are wider, but you get used to it real fast. You accelerate slower and stop slower, so you learn not to pass and to leave plenty of space in front. In our family I drive, my wife drives (probably better than I do) and all my adult children take and drive the motorhome.
Enjoy, and Happy Trails.
In 1984 we camped out with friends watching the Olympic Torch Run in Los Angeles. We had our Holiday Rambler then and they had a new Vogue. It was indeed a luxurious motorhome. I'm not sure what happened to the brand during the consolidation of the RV industry, but as an example of why it is hard to follow: Our Holiday Rambler, which was an original company, sold to Harley Davidson, which has since sold a few more times. But in 1984 Vogue was in vogue.
I too believe it is the cable company and not the campground that has changed the game. In my home, TimeWarner now requires a digital box on every TV not just those receiving upgraded service. The box is free until Jan 2016, but then who knows...get you hooked then up the charge, just like the street drug industry. It this becomes a problem for campers they may have to add a short splice cable between the TV's and the signal line, this can then be used to insert the campground box if needed. But before you go and change things remember the industry is changing almost daily...WiFi feeds, internet feed, lets see who wins the war of the airways.
Not sure about your load or your speed. My previous Adventurer rode nice but in the high winds of the desert around Palmdale I would often have to drop my speed to 45mph to ride heavier on the ground. My Adventurer didn't have a tag but previous to that my Holiday Rambler had the tag axle. Again, speed greatly affects control. The Holiday Rambler had sway bars on the steering, which was very nice.
Farmington New Mexico is a lovely large town (very small city but I park in Los Angeles). There are days worth of Indian heritage to view, both ancient and recent history. I'm sort a history buff and really enjoy the local museums. There is Four Corners, the spot where 4 states meet, not really much to see, it is a National preserve in the middle of Indian country so there is a fee to drive up the road to see the landmark. The roadside stand does sell some really fantastic Indian flat bread. A bit south is Monument Valley, Gouldings Campground is the only game in town, but it is full hookup and the view is spectacular. I personally find Monument Valley one of those places at the top of the Natural Wonders list. As a bonus, as you drive through on the road that should be called a jeep road, or when you take the tour and let the Indian guides drive you, you can envision the filming of almost every western movie you saw as a kid. We picnicked in a secluded area and I swore I could hear or feel the Calvary trumpets over the ridge. It really is spectacular. From Farmington you'll only be about 30 minutes from Durango Colorado, another beautiful town/city and Mesa Verda where one can spend days touring the Indian villages built into the side of the mountains.
Yes, there is a lot to see and do.
I have a ReadyBrake and like it. I previous had a Buddy Brake, and although it worked I found it cumbersome to put on and off. I have never been stopped by CHP or any officer and have never been checked for a brake system. HOWEVER, should you get into an accident, your fault or not, it is conceivable that the other party will try to put you at fault for not having the braking system. Example, they made a left turn in front of you as the light changed and you should have been able to stop for your light which was changing to red. Normally you could claim right of way, may now not so much. Just saying.
I am one of the unbelievable stories, as my toad did break away, luckily on a back highway road, at a slow speed, not far from home. There was no other party involved as the toad just pulled away and slide into the curb when the mounting bracket failed. I did not have the buddy brake attached as it was a hassle for the short trip. Like I said at first, I now have the ReadyBrake and I don't move unless it is attached. Two wire hookup and off we go.
It is a beautiful clear easy drive. Not many months ago there was extensive construction South of St. George through Arizona. Not scary but it did slow traffic. You get traffic congestion as you go through Las Vegas, but it is slow not difficult, just follow the trucks to be in the correct lane for through traffic. The Cajun Pass between Victorville and San Bernardino is a long steep pull first up then again long straight steep down. The weather in this pass can get extreme, either high winds, snow, rain, or all of the above. But it is a wide well controlled and patrolled freeway so if you watch your speed, drive with care, and take it easy the drive is no worse than any other mountain freeway pass. All in all if you don't try to rush it is an easy uneventful ride. One thing to consider if you are on a time limit, in a car/suv the speed limit in Utah is 80, the 70 in Nevada, and you can maintain 65 in Calif going over the mountain. Not so much in an RV. Given the choice for a vacation I would take the RV.
We will be there, and have been looking forward to the Rally since last year. Our group will included 4 families. Three families are FMCA members the fourth has a 5th wheel. Hopefully in the near future the bylaws will change to include 5th wheels. Even though we do not belong to a "chapter" we still enjoy the Rally. See you there.
I use clear silicone caulk for small areas. I will accept Peg Leg's advice that it is a bear to lean off for later repairs, but I have never had to make a later repair so I have no experience in that area.
Vacaville just west of Sacramento, Vineyard RV park is lovely. In Morgan Hill there is a lovely park my son stayed at for 3 weeks this year, Maple LeafRV, or something like that. Both these parks are nice for overnight and extended stay.
Your not alone by any means. Living in SoCal there is no need to winterize. But with a large close knit family and a long time friend base we find little need to travel for extended periods. You are definitely not alone in your lifestyle.
Our long previous Holiday Rambler had a pull-down bunk over the cockpit. It was a bit smaller than a twin, and with a scissor mechanism it was quite a bit wobblier than what is offered today. Our youngest at the time, from his 5th year to about 8 years old found it was perfect. At first we attached a netting for safety, but later we found it was unnecessary. Back then we had twin beds in the back, and could/would sleep two on the dinette, two on the couch, one on the pull down and there was room for a couple of sleeping bags on the floor, in case it was too inclimate for a tent. Great memories. Happy Trails.
But what did you purchase? Was it just transportation, or was/is it a way to have memorable vacations, a chance to travel with the kids and grandkids, a means to see places in the United States that would otherwise only be viewed from the window of a plane.
But if it is only the cost you are considering, did you factor in the trip to the doctor or chiropractor when you said you could change the tire by yourself. Or that night you and yours had to spend a night in a motel while the thing-a-mo-bob had to be replaced. (does that night go on the positive or negative side?)
Happy Trails, and may it all be worthwhile in the end.
We were lucky, while at the beach with kids and grandkids the door closed and locked, perhaps because the grandkid(s) flipped the switch before closing the door. The lucky part was the bathroom window was open, and the 7 year old was small enough to be lifted and put through the window. He saved the group and was given applause and cheers when he opened the door. Fun memories.
We now hide a set of keys.