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.
We used to love the place. Bad press made us stop traveling into Mexico. Now bad health is the issue. It is a lovely town, if it survived the tourist recession. If you go, remember you are traveling in a foreign country and their laws apply, not ours. Follow the speed limits, the speed bumps are "extreme", so slow to about 5mph when you see the signs. Do not bring firearms or ammo into Mexico! You MUST have Mexican auto/liability insurance, you can purchase it on line or in Tucson, Yuma, etc. Have Fun.
I currently use the ReadyBrake and have been happy with the product. I previously had a BuddyBrake but found it cumbersome. Before I used a supplemental brake I DID have my toad disconnect due to a faulty weld and pull away from the motorhome. Luckily I was on a wide back road and there was no damage to anyone else. The welding shop picked up the cost of the repair, which included putting the whole front plastic back on the Saturn. The toad still has the scars of that encounter. I now hook up the brake whenever I tow, even short distances. JMHO
As much as we enjoy camping as a family DH and I are wanting to go by ourselves without the kids (12,7). No, I don't plan on leaving them home alone, but with grandma. How many of you go alone? How much grief do you get from the kids for ditching them?
My Grandkids think their parents don't leave them with me often ENOUGH.
And I agree! http://rainy.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/files/2010/10/Smiley.GrandmaHugsAni.gif
Depends on your medication. Some medications such as pain medications stimulants, and many anti-anxiety medication either cannot be refilled (class 2) or can only be transferred one time (Class 3 &4) and the transfer of medications is governed by State law, so it does vary in States. If possible you should travel with a written prescription for your medications, again depending on the medication the written prescription is good for 6 to 12 months. When you need a refill, bring your prescription bottle to the pharmacy 2 to 3 days (weekdays) before it is needed. The pharmacist can then call the doctor if the State does not permit computer transfers. If you need a class 2, pain or stimulant medication all bets are off. Most pharmacist will not fill the RX if they do not have knowledge of the patient or the doctor...the federal penalties for making a mistake are just too extreme.
Most important is DON'T RUN OUT. Allow enough time for phone calls, faxes, and transfers, remembering there are different time zones, and you are not the only patient...in fact, you are possibly/probably only a one time patient. When all else fails, you are out of medication, and a transfer in not possible, you will then have to visit a local Urgent Care center and have a local doctor rewrite the prescription.
Best to you: Gary, retired pharmacist.
Gee, I like the magazine, and look forward to its arrival every month. Sure the reviews are totally one-sided. The RV's are loaned by the manufactures, and I am sure they were tuned and double checked before being sent for review. But read the Auto reviews in the paper, or other magazines....it is advertising. Take it with a grain of salt...oh, forget that, salt is bad for the heart and kidneys. Just read the articles and take it for what it is worth. "Nice interior, storage capacities, GVWR, and all the plush stuff. If you have any interest in the rig head to a dealer, kick the tires, or read the reviews on the many web-blogs.
You can get Coachnet without FMCA, but you loss the small discount.
As for FMCA being worthless, we have been members for many years, and for many years we really did not participate in any activities. However, the Goose Egg shield on the MH did act as a great start of many conversations on the road. Now we still are not local club members, not our thing, but we have attended a couple of rallies, really enjoyed them, and plan to attend two rallies early next year, maybe more as the year progresses.
Its a club, join if you want, or don't join. But the magazine is does a good job of keeping members together, introducing new products, and it pays for this by advertising.
I have been an FMCA member for many many year, but just this last year we have been able to attend on of the regional rallies. It was great, and we have scheduled two rallies for 2014. We will be attending Indio and Rocky Mountain. Nice people and lots of activities for all interests. Even if you don't do the group thing, we didn't for years, just having the "goose egg placard" on the MH helped to start conversations with people at campgrounds everywhere we visited. Yes, it is a worthwhile investment. By the way, we also have been Good Sam members for the same many years. The campground discounts and the Emergency Roadside Service are nice, as are the many people we meet along the way.
Depends on what you call expensive. But after rocking the rig with the jack down I would certainly want a competent tech to inspect the welds on the jack and the piston. Next time, if your raised and the weld fails the results could really be expensive and dangerous.
A replacement jack can be costly, however, on the HWH jacks sometimes the spring just becomes warn, like and old garage door, and does not have the force to bring up the jack. Or, there may be a plug in the hydraulic line than can be service. It's worth having it at least checked out before it breaks.
Thanks guys: although not aesthetically as pleasing as the almost invisible knob your ideas make much more sense.
We are off to Pomona Tuesday to see if some of the MHs we have viewed on line tickle our fancy.
I understand your frustration, as my request for a tire change took longer than needed because closer repair facilities were not utilized. HOWEVER: I really do not wish to pay much more than I already pay for emergency roadside service. I understand that GoodSam, CoachNet and AAA along with all the less known ERS providers must contract with service facilities. They pay less, but they offer a contracted area of service.
Guess if you want speed, you call the guy across the street, but if you want the ERS (insurance) to pay you call and wait. It is the same with prescriptions...you want it fast, go to the friendly local guy, but if you want it free or for less, go mail-order or to the contracted chain.
Glad you got back on the road safely.
Happy Trails, and may you never need to use ERS in the future.
Looking to purchase a new MH with a residential frig. Heading to the show in Pomona this week just to look. I watched a video about a Thor model, where the residential frig is kept closed with a screw and knob combination between the two doors. It looked like a fine threaded screw, and the operation seemed cumbersome. Is the locking devise needed? Have any of you made your own devise? Do other brands use different locks?
Just asking so I will be well informed before I meet the totally uninformed salesperson.
Major highway all the way, just about on any of the highways. We gone a few times straight up the "5". Boring from LA to Sacramento. Lovely drive the rest of the way up. Once you get into Oregon the road surface becomes much improved. Redding makes a great stop with lots to see, same with Shasta area. If you have time you can shift west and go up the Oregon coast, or stay on the five and stop at 7 Feathers Casino, nice rv park, and stay on 5 and spend a day or two in the Salem area. Portland, the city that wants to stay weird, as a great street fair every week and of course Voodoo Donuts. Lots of wine tasting, and driving the Colorado River gorge seeing all the waterfalls. Wonderful trip.