Los Angeles is not an RV friendly county, as cost of land and various restrictions make developing a park prohibitive. Therefore, to be close to Disneyland you will have to pay. If you are willing to drive for 30 min to 90 min depending on traffic you can find some decent parks. But by national standards they are still very expensive for what is offered. Out my way you have Castaic RV park, Travel Village RV in Valencia by Magic Mountain and perhaps Acton KOA. All will be about 90 minutes from Disneyland, as little as 45 minutes if your lucky, but don't count on that. For one day at Disney all are OK, if your going to do the Parkhopper thing and visit both parks over two days staying close in does have advantages. Also parking at Disney is $20/car and there is limited RV parking (not to mention horrible LA traffic in an RV). You can walk or shuttle to Disney from the local RV parks. The closest RV park to Disney is about a mile walk (not a straight line because of the highway)and you get very little besides a cleaning parking lot with hookups in a close location.
Call a mobile RV technician. Call the local campgrounds in the area and ask if they have references for mobile techs. Then have them come out and fix it. If you don't usually go up on the roof DON'T. I know that I am no longer capable of getting up on my roof, so I won't. Even if the repair is simple the cost can and probably will be too great.
The seller knows what she wants. More power to her. She doesn't want to play games, she didn't start at some ridiculous price planning to work her way down. If you really like it, and it is worth the asking price, purchase it. Otherwise, keep looking.
Some would say they are doing you a favor by reminding you of a renew opportunity to the previous free trial. Personally I find it is just over-exposure which has created an insensitivity. We have Good Sam Roadside Assistance, (just because I think I should have at least one brand). We receive almost daily (exaggeration) GS mailing, so they are thrown out without opening along with the rest of the unsolicited advertising we get. Just please remember to recycle.:)
I've used the ReadyBrake for about 4 years, excellent product. Easy to hook up, trouble free, good customer support. I had the box type previously and found the box cumbersome and it would wear down the toad battery. ReadyBrake does not affect the battery, as you are using the toad braking. I did order a new cable this summer as it was showing some weathering, replacing the cable was easy as it just slipped back into the sleeve all the way to the brake peddle. I had it installed by a auto technician as I was afraid to drill through the fire wall in the Saturn...everything was just so close together.
From Anaheim you really don't have much choice, your 1/3 there. Either the 5 or the 405. Coming back you can take the 215 North to the 15 and hopefully miss most of the traffic and road construction, (but it has traffic too).
Just plan on a long slow drive, it the traffic is light you can be pleasantly surprised.
I purchased a 2015 Tiffin on it's way to the 2015 RV show in Pomona discounted 25%. There were lots of reasons for the discount (none of them being family) just they couldn't complete the previous deal (they crashed the coach before delivery). Anyway 25% appears to be a good feel good number.
I won't disparage Thor, but after long careful inspection and research I purchased Tiffin.
As noted above, insurance companies and extended warranty companies don't fix things or send parts, they authorize and pay for service. Safety first: If the ill fitting windshield represents a safety hazard (probably does since this protects you from flying objects while driving) get it repaired, even if it means at your expense, but document everything. Contact your insurance/warranty company and tell them of your problem with the repair (send an e-mail or fax along with the phone call and also send a written letter). Call and hard copy the repair facility telling them of the danger they placed you in and ask for the appropriate refund (remedy). Write a letter to Good Sam Action Line. (Why not) And Good Luck. I have no legal experience, I am just giving you suggestions as to how I would handle the situation. It may take months to get satisfaction, and you may never be compensated for the poor work. But safety first.
Best? Neither, but in a roadside emergency (or just a breakdown) both will respond quickly to your call. Both will try to dispatch a local independent contractor, and both will call emergency first responders for a "Emergency".
But both have countless complaints, either because they couldn't find a contractor close to your location, or because the contractor was incompetent in dealing with RVs. Personally, I had a problem with Coachnet unable to send someone out, they tried to give technical assistance over the phone, but all that amounted to was reading the directions to me (I had the direction book in my hand, and I can read). AAA clearly states in the contract that many locations do not offer RV (especially big RV) service and you will be on your own, you can "try" to get reimbursement is approved. Currently I have Good Sam. I have no complaint, but clearly others do.
Pick one, hope you never use it, and enjoy
Yeah, about that! I'm not standing up for Good Sam, heaven forbid, but it is not always their fault. They sell roadside assistance but it is contracted out. When I called for a flat tire on the car (easy right) I was told it would be 90minutes to respond. I decided to start changing the tire myself, (Saturn, small car) and had the job completed in no time. Called and cancelled the service. The tow truck called a few minutes later, he had not been informed of the cancellation, and we talked (nice guy). When I was told the ETA I was also given the service providers phone number...from that point on I should have called the service provider directly. When I first called for service I should have called the provider to verify the time, (not 90 min only about 30 min). When in the future, heaven forbid, I have to call ERS again I will immediately call the service provider given and verify time and their ability to provide the needed service. It's a learning experience.
When a few years ago I did call Good Sam for a HWH jack problem they specifically searched for a provider for hydraulics, it was going to be a few hours before the truck service could arrive in Indio on a Sunday, and luckily other at the fairgrounds came to assist and got me on the road. I again cancelled the service with sufficient time to keep all happy.
ERS, from all major providers is just that, emergency assistance, a single phone number to get help eventually, or to call local Emergency first responders if needed. There are plenty of horror stories about the bad service from CoachNet and AAA.
Just my input.
I do hope GS will follow up on your complaint and fix an obvious customer relations problem. And I hope they fix it soon as I just renewed my GS...hope I never have to use it.
I have always felt the trip is just part of the fun and vacation. It is possible to drive to the Grand Canyon in one shift, but not for me. You could just take I-40 stopping around Needles then on to the Canyon. My choice, which we have followed many times, is the first night in Las Vegas, then down highway 93 to the 40 and basecamp in Williams Arizona. One advantage is with a brand new rig you will be overnighting in Las Vegas, a city with many RV service businesses. Hopefully your new rig will be problem free and ready for the road, but things happen. On our maiden trip the hot water would not come on, it turned out the water-heater was unplugged. But it is better to diagnose in a city rather than a small town. Then basecamp in Williams. We really like the Circle of Pines KOA in Williams. Indoor heated pool, large sites, quiet, family friendly, perfect. Do not miss Bearazona drive through animal park in Williams. Fun for adults and children alike. If you have little ones the Deer Park petting zoo is also a worthwhile trip. If you have a moment on the way, take the turnoff to Seligman, just to drive through the rather historic antique town (very small short town) and just of the I-40 with easy re-entry.
Have fun, and Happy Trails.
Have someone who really knows RVs look over the prospects. Even if it costs a few buck get a mobile RV tech or just a good friend who has RVed for many years look at the rigs with you. Low mileage can mean that it was parked at the beach for months on end, used occasionally, has rubber rot, roof rot, a generator that has never been exercised, etc. High mileage may have been gentile treated, well cared for, and a good purchased. Or then again, maybe not.
Water boils at a lower temperature so things cook strange.
HYDRATE...dehydration at altitude is a major concern.
When we were at Estes park (a few times) even the dog got sick!
The body compensates for the altitude by increasing production of red blood cells permitting increased oxygen transmission. Foods that promote red blood cells would not be a bad idea, personal diet permitting.
Enjoy the beautiful country, the clear sky, the stars, everything!
Thank goodness for Tire Protector USA (tireprotectorusa.com) as they saved me on this last trip. Leaving Sacramento I apparently miss-installed my braking system. About 5 miles down the road from the RV park my Tire Protector started screaming, and at first I didn’t know what was making noise. The display showed my towd front tires at 185 degrees. I pulled over to check and found smoke coming off both front wheels. I had been driving with my brakes depressed. I unhooked the brake system, gave it a few minutes for the smoke to clear, and went onward with our vacation. I don’t think it did any major damage to the brakes of the Saturn, but I will have them checked next week.
On the way home from 7-Feathers I saw another motorhome, which I recognized from our last stop, on the side of the road, and I pulled over to offer assistance. They had just lost the toad front tire, which had completely come off the rim. I guess another driver had flagged them to pull over as they were towing the toad on the rim, throwing sparks. They did not have a tire monitoring system. All went well, they called Good Sam who came out with the needed assistance. We left them with a road cone and the assurance that help was on the way.
Anyway, Tire Protector, as with other tire monitors are not perfect. They give strange beeps, sometimes lose contact, and have a learning curve. But I do think this one saved be a bunch of money and a lot of lost vacation time.
Good Luck! My new RV comes with 4 (count them 4) TVs. We seldom, I mean really seldom, watch TV even at home. Thankfully, I can take the grandchildren on a two week trip and never turn on the TV. Strangely, there generation, and that of the older grandchildren, seem to outgrown the need for television. In exchange they now think and dream in bandwidth. The six year olds play Mindcraft on multiple formats, phones, I-pads, laptops, whatever. The older ones share thoughts and read books and articles on e-format devices. E-communication is their reality. One just showed me her perfect report-card, posted on her phone by the school. They no longer send written report cards unless requested to do so by parents.
So sure, make them see the beauty of nature first hand, look and the birds not the pictures of birds, hike, bike, whatever, but it will be difficult to tell friends how much fun they are having if they cannot communicate.
My first motorhome had electric jacks. On an early trip, perhaps the first, I put the jacks down and blew the fuse. Replaced the fuse and the jacks came up, put them down again and the fuse blew. After a sleepless night I crawled under the RV and found when the jack extended it pinched a wire. Changing the wire run solved the problem for the life of the rig.
Hope your solution is a simple.
If the business has a presence in California they must collect CA sales tax. They may not even have a store in CA, they may just have an office, a receiving dock, or some other activity within the State. The definition is very broad, and defending ones company against sales tax evasion can be very expensive.
Without considering floor plans, which in my mind is most important, I can only give my feelings. I drove gas motorhomes for over 35 years and enjoyed all our trips with the family. This year I purchased my first diesel. Cost had previously been the major constraint, and floor plan, but the kids are grown and on their own, so may things change. The first major advantage of the diesel is that it is quiet. We can hear the radio, and have quiet conversations while on the road, even over mountains. Second is the rock steady drive. Even on California's miserable highways (delayed maintenance) the bus like ride is very comfortable. I never had a problem towing a smallish car behind the gas motorhomes, so that is not an issue. The tile floor vs the carpet or vinyl floor is not an issue, and since I never fill the bays as we vacation, we don't "full time" carry capacity is not an issue.
So enjoy, and Happy Trails.