I can only refill my prescriptions a few day before I will run out, it drives me crazy. I wish I could renew before it was required. So they sent a renew notice, big deal, just look at the magazine and you will see how much time you have left. JMHO
Our favorite San Fran base camp is KOA Petaluma. Yes, it's a KOA, but it is a gem in the franchise. Fully paved, excellent staff, large sites, all the regular KOA stuff. It is just across the Golden Gate from San Fran, making the trip to the city a lovely drive. I believe they also have tour transportation. Last trip we wanted crab at the pier, but when we saw the price we just could not do it. On the drive back to the KOA we passed Costco. Fresh crab was less than half the price. We enjoyed our crab dinners almost every evening.
If it had been a rental car from a major rental company you would have been charged for the time the vehicle is out of service along with the repair costs. Additionally, when I had a paint scratch repair on my rig the shop painted the entire section, not just the scratch, to assure a matching repair. Personally, the repair cost sounds reasonable. JMHO
Beautiful trip. Highway 101 is a major highway with only a few tight spots. An easy lovely drive with plenty of places to stop. Highway 1 is the road closest to the ocean. In many places it is the 101. Only the drive between Carmel and Morro Bay in California is to be missed. This is often listed as one of the most beautiful drives in the West, but in an RV you will be on the wrong side of the road, with shear drops into the rocks and ocean, hair pin turns so tight you see your own tail, and only two narrow lanes, with traffic driving much too fast in either direction. This is a good place to rent a car and make it an all day drive through Big Sur. The rest of the drive, through Washington, Oregon, Northern Ca, is safe and wonderful. Best to you and Happy Trails.
And the oil light or the engine warning light or the engine temp gauge never came on. So the dash warning panel was not working or was ignored. There was no smell of hot anything? I am afraid you are writing to an unsympathetic group. JMHO
I purchased one from the hardware store, I think Homedepot, in the lawn and garden section. It is brass and has lasted for many years. I also have a one foot white hose attached to the elbow making hookup even easier.
I switch back and forth just for a change of scenery when traveling to Sacramento to see friends. 99 has more places to stop and sightsee if your taking a leisurely drive. But going through more towns also means while traveling in the right lane you will have to deal with freeway entrance traffic on a regular basis. I-5 is just a long stretch with fewer onramps. Probably better just to take the I-5. Harris Ranch is the 1/2 way point, Harris as a sit down restaurant, or you can exit to the right for the fast foods. Fuel is usually expensive at that exit. If your not into the 380 mile drive from Sacramento to LA, the Almond Tree RV park (it now has a longer name) is a nice place to overnight, grass and wifi. CHP watches both roads closely, so if your towing keep it at the posted 55mph, you will find almost all of the trucks will stay below 60mph. Travel safe and Happy Trails.
Actually, many people at WalMart make much more than minimum wage...and many people at independent stores at the mall do make minimum wage. Just Life.
Back to the thread. I really try to purchase from Camping World since they support the RV lifestyle and you can often see and touch the items in question. This week I needed an extension safety bar for the entrance of the RV. CW had it for about the same price as Amazon...great. Less than $99 so I would have to pay shipping...ok, the price was still close enough...But 10 to 14 days for delivery when Amazon is next day delivery. Sorry Camping World.
Additionally, the computer shows it is out of stock in Valencia (a short drive) but in stock in quantity in other SoCal CWs. You would think they could offer an on-line in store transfer so I could pick it up next day or two. It is very time consuming to call CW Valencia so I felt that option was not practical.
Just a suggestion...
Out here in Southern California 1/16th of an inch of rain and the NEWS goes on Storm Watch. A dusting of snow on I-5 (the GrapeVine) and the CHP either shuts down the roadway or starts escorts. What can I say.
I've been using the same mobile repair technician out of Woodland Hills, very close to Thousand Oaks, for 6 years now. He does body work, engine work on gas and diesel, and all interior systems. Frank's Mobile RV Repair cellular 818-445-6738.
Congratulations, and Best of luck to you. My experience with the LaMesa Company in Riverside was less than wonderful. I trust you received EVERY promise clearly stated in WRITING. Your attorney may need the documentation in the future, as mine did.
Maybe things have changed, so as I said, best of luck.
Los Angeles and Santa Monica are not real RV friendly as far as camping facilities. Getting a spot at Dockweiler will be difficult. There is a private RV park in Malabu ($$$) and it is on the wrong side of Pacific Coast Highway, making beach access less than easy. Further up the coast is Ventura RV Park, full hookups, a walkway under the freeway to the beach, nice, but no ocean view. At Yosemite we like KOA Mariposa, you "feel" like your in the park but it is a 30 minute drive to the park entrance. Fishing is nearby, not on site. San Francisco, KOA Petaluma. It is truly a gem in the KOA franchise. Just over the Golden Gate Bridge from the SF Harbor district. If your traveling with children the KOA Santa Cruz is a great basecamp for Monterey. Pismo Beach is truly a destination during the summer so reservations anywhere are a must. For Santa Barbara you might stay at FlyingFlags in Beulton. It is 30 to 40 minutes to SB but Beulton and Solvang are great destinations and it makes a nice base.
Why would you question their promise? Unlike a government, when a business makes a promise they are legally bound to keep the promise. I presume that the specified amount of time is industry standard, so smile, your worries appear to be over. JMHO
Sommerville Almond Tree RV park on highway 5 at exit 325 was lovely when we stopped their a couple of months ago. Very friendly, large clean sites with grass. Strong WiFi. A couple of fast foods just a short walk away (and I don't walk very far at all). We also stayed at Lost Hills RV park at the 5 and 46 on the way back. It was a sand lot, lots of blowing sand, no gravel, no grass, but it was in good condition with full hookup. But I'd vote for Almond Tree.
As mentioned above: Why ask for roadside repair? Simply, I am stuck on the road, the engine light is on, or it will not go, send a tow. As for having a belt: I can put gas in the rig and check the dip-stick.
Previously, when I had CoachNet, and needed a tech to retract my jacks, I had to pay for the service call. As for the distant mechanic...How big is your rig? Many shops will not respond to MH above certain weights. No arguing that Good Sam could have/should have done better. But it is "emergency" roadside assistance, and sometimes it is difficult to triage an emergency. JMHO
I'm not one to defend a chain/franchise since it is up to the consumer to purchase the services, but I feel I should at least come to the defense of an organization which supports the RV lifestyle and offers what I believe to be good service. KOA has put a great deal of pressure on the franchise operators to clean up their act and meet at lest the basic standards. That said, I find KOA consistent: consistently clean, friendly, and everything in working order. Some are exceptional, even resort quality: KOA Petaluma, San Diego, Williams Circle of Pines, Salt Lake City...could all be called destination locations. Yes, compared to some places a KOA is pricey, and compared to a free parking lot it is down right expensive. But when I reserve my space in the morning by phone I know a spot will be ready when I pull in, even if it is after the office closes. My map and info sheet will be posted on the board. Everything at the site will work. If I go on-line the price with all additional charges are listed. And it is a franchise, so for the most part, the manager is the owner, and the whole family works at the park. They have a vested interest in good service. Yes, there are some company locations. But lets all be fair, and lets not paint a chain from one experience, especially a historically past experience.
Sorry for being long winded, just needed to vent.
Happy Trails to All.
I think it is great news. We enjoyed the campground when it was Boudreys. We never visited the Lazy Days. However, if and when we do Tucson again it will be with the Grandkids, to show them where we went to College, etc. Since Tucson really does not have any "family" RV parks, or at least didn't the last time we traveled through, a KOA will most probably do very well. All the best luck to them. Tucson is a tourist market, and a "family" oriented short stay park couldn't hurt. Then again, maybe KOA wants to expand into the longer stay market? JMHO
I guess I can believe the poster, as CoachNet treated me about the same. On highway 101 in Washington they could not find service. But some years ago AAA could not find a facility to change/repair my 19.5 tire in Arcada. I ended up having the gas station across the street assist me. That was a great day, fresh crab on the beach watching the waves, as the tire was repaired. All stores don't end bad. Anyway, being left on the road is totally inexcusable. I do hope the operator is reprimanded or discharged. I would have gotten the name and ID number, expecting either a formal apology or an address where I could direct a gross negligence suit. Hope this story does not repeat, but again, it happens with all three road side assistance providers. It just shouldn't.