The Frig. We always have goodies for a sandwich or some other lunch. We plan it that way. The place for lunch is usually as rest stop or a roadside pull out with a glorious view. It's all about the travel. :)
Typically I just use bare hands and soap and water. I keep a box of the super thin food handler gloves in the compartment just in case. At one time I was using dishwashing gloves, but if I stored them in the dump compartment I considered the fact that they would be themselves contaminated. With a false sense of security I might carelessly cross contaminate. Given the relatively clean environment of the dump compartment, I think very careful personal care is sufficient. JMHO
After reading my post I hope I will still be invited to social hour!:B
I have found them excellent and helpful. As for being in California, yes, but they attend the FMCA conventions around the country. Also, I have used my extended warranty for problems which occurred during our travels in other states. I give them a great recommendation.
Your profile does not give a whole lot of background. We used a tow-dolly with great success for 25+ years. Finally gave it up when the knees and back complained more than I wanted to hear. We now tow 4 down. Our previous RVs had a 454 gas engine, then a Ford V 10, then the Workhorse 8.1, now a diesel. Never noticed any change in driving towing a light car over the California mountains. MPG seemed to stay between 6 and 8, never more than 8mpg and usually closer to 6...lots of mountains. We have rented a car on occasion when towing seemed inappropriate for the destination. Renting, though easy, is still a bit of a hassle, especially if it is for a short period. Wait for the pickup, drive to the office, wait for the clerk to finish the current customer, then fill the paperwork, and finally arrange for return. There are exceptions. In West Yellowstone, Big Sky had the car waiting for us at the KOA, and we left the keys with the KOA office when we left. Same was true at Circle of Pines KOA in Williams AZ, using Route 66 Rentals. Our Avis club card has all the paperwork prepared in advance, but unless it is an airport pickup you still have to wait for a driver to fetch you. Then there is always insurance. If you scratch or dent your car you can cry, moan, scream, and get all sorts of angry. If you dent the rental you will have to pay the deductible, pay lose of use on the vehicle, and make the insurance claim, unless you cough up the $10 to $20 dollars a day for full coverage insurance.
If your young, or at least flexible, there is nothing wrong with a tow-dolly.
JMHO and Happy Trails.
PS: We're taking a long weekend to visit friends this weekend and I will be renting a car at the destination.
Haven't had a chance to change my profile yet, been to busy moving all the stuff from the Winnebago, to the Allegro Red 38QRA. Ten years worth of "important" stuff added with each trip really adds up. Today I think I put everything going into the bay storage in tubs or strapped groups and stuffed it all away. I no longer have to worry about the tables sliding, the bay storage is tightly packed. Maiden voyage next week, 4 or 5 days to Sacramento and back, without the toad, just to get the feel of the diesel.
Thank you all for your suggestions, many of which were put to use.
Our new Allegro has pass-through basement storage. How do you guys and gals secure items like folding picnic tables to keep them from sliding on the road?:@ Any suggestions that will prevent me from trying to reinvent the wheel will be appreciated.
Wow, my dream trip. Anyway, I try to limit myself to a max of 250 miles a day. That said, the first leg is usually Las Vegas, 280 miles, or Sacramento going North, 380miles. That 380 mile trip really kills me but breaking it up when I have driven it so many times seems wasteful. On our last trip some of the days were only about 150 miles, but there was so much to see.
And because the Fed is keeping interest rates low so that RV sales continue and campgrounds can borrow to build and expand, those who have saved for retirement can not get a decent yield on savings and investments. There is no longer any such thing as compound interest...what do you get on 0.1% or even 0.99%
Oh well. Happy Trails.
And I don't care what it costs, I love traveling in the Motorhome.
Interesting concept. The first problem I would envision is operational space, as RV service takes a great deal of ground space. Expanding on your concept, if a dealership were to use modern technology in the business model, service reservations could be made on-line. Specifics could be arranged, perhaps with digital imagine. Parts could be ordered in advance, and perhaps deposits could assure advanced part orders. RV warranty, extended warranty, and general service are all areas that need improvement in the industry.
I like the readybrake on my Saturn, and I am having it installed on the Sienna so I can tow the van. Never have to worry about the battery. Easy setup and nothing to store when using the toad. It is, in my mind, complicated to install and I am have a tow shop do the instillation.
If you really like the Brake Buddy, getting a new one at discount seems like the better idea.
Some people are indeed crazy. We had a similar incidence years ago, before cell phone. It was evening coming home from Las Vegas. Very scary. Then we had our son, a young LEO with us, but we really did not want him to get involved as he was still probationary. I hope we never have such a circumstance again, but times have changed and I guess I am now prepared. Today it would be best to call 911 immediately in anticipation of a problem and cancel the call later if not required. JMHO
If you are really stressed for time the trip works. However, we just returned from San Jose to Los Angeles, a long boring 5+ hour drive. At least 2 more hours to Indio. Personally, I'd try San Jose to the Magic Mountain area of Valencia. Travel Village RV park or Castaic RV park. Then another long day to Blythe, there is a very nice Blythe KOA on the river. Then Tucson. I haven't been there for years. Next stop would be Deming NM. Stop at Tombstone. Haven't made it to Austin yet, but hope to get there this summer, or next. We did spend a couple of nights in Juarez in a nice park, but we were very uncomfortable with the neighborhood even though we were in a caravan. I'd plan on just driving through quickly...JMHO.
Have a great and successful trip.
Interesting post. Thank you for completing the story, otherwise it would have been just another GS bashing. I really am pleased to see that appropriate service was delivered. I will be getting my new MH this week and it comes with one year of CoachNet. I still have 2.5 years left on my GSERS. Considering the poor experience I had with CN I will continue my GS even though the services are duplicated. Actually with my RV general insurance and my additional extended warranty I have 4 phone numbers I can use for roadside assistance. With any good luck I will never have to use any.
My personal feelings: I (we) enjoy access to cable TV and it reflects in our evaluation of a campground to others. My wife and I are not serious TV watchers, even at home. Our motorhome does not have satellite, by choice, and over the last 10 years I don't think I raised the stick antenna a dozen time. Some parks truly do not need cable, as their proximity to a city permits multiple channels over the air. When we are only staying for an overnight cable is not an issue. However, if we are traveling and reach a destination for a week long stay cable is a lovely addition to the vacation. KOA Santa Cruz does not (did not?) offer cable, and we found our week stay with the grandkids a bit problematic as a result. Great campground, but if we return with the kids we will borrow a sat-receiver. Having just purchased a new motorhome, I was annoyed to find that I needed to have 4 TV's, or special order the new rig. Really, 4 TVs. Since this appears to be the new norm for mid and higher end coaches I would think that a new RV Resort park, hoping for more than transient stays of a week or more, would offer cable to at least numerous sites.
Personally again: I would not object to a "small" fee for cable and/or WiFi: However, I would expect the service to be exceptional!
JMHO, good luck on your venture.
Thanks for the comments. I still plan on the Remco pump. The way depreciation seems to work it will be cost effective to convert the Sienna rather than the 30 to 40K for a new fully equipped van. Besides, we really like the Sienna. Dolly towing was great when I was young, but gets hard on the back and knees with age. The plan is to have hitch/auto shop install the Remco, the baseplate, the light wires, and the ReadyBrake cable. The shop doesn't think I need a hot line to the battery, but the new Allegro Red catalog notes a hot line in the tow plug, so I may add it anyway. I was really just wondering if anyone else was towing the Sienna.
Thank all, Gary
Now that I purchased an Allegro Red I want to tow my 2005 Toyota Sienna LX as a flat tow. Remco makes the transmission pump, I have the new cable for the ReadyBrake, and I believe I will have R&E Racing in Lancaster make it all go together. Since the Toyota manual give no clue: Do any of you tow the Sienna? Besides putting the key in AUX do you pull a fuse? Should I put a hot line in to keep the battery charged? My previous toad is/was a Saturn Vue, and all the information was in the manual. R&E doesn't think I will have a battery problem. Just looking for a second opinion.
In my gas RV I carry a rather complete tool box of wrenches, pliers, etc. Most I have never used, but I have loaned them to other RVers on occasion. My most used tools are the hammer for tent stakes, ax to cut kindling off fire logs, and the trusty allen wrench needed to tighten the mirrors. Basically if it is not a really simple fix I call for help. Sure, I replaced the shower valve, and fixed the sticky lock, but under the hood, forget it. I have just purchased my first diesel, I don't even have possession yet, but the least important thing on my mind is engine maintenance. For just like the past 35 years of RVing, it will be handled by a mechanic. Happy Trails.