We've stayed at VineyardRVpark.com numerous times. We will be there again in late September, as we have good friends who live in Vacaville. Most of the park is older and rustic, with lots of trees, easy access, and good clean hookups. There is a newer section which is fully paved, but all spots are backins in that section and you give up the trees.
How about a futon: it can be put together in place, and the mattress is more comfortable than a folding bed. I mention it because we just vacationed with kids and grandkids. The adults put a futon cushion on the coach to make it more comfortable. We then carried the pad to the back bed in the daytime to keep it out of the way. Just an idea.
Since school has started, you might try Dockweiler State Beach in Playa Del Ray. Space may be available if you are looking at a weekday. Los Angeles is NOT a very RV friendly town. I can't think of a single place near the center of town where you can camp or dry camp. This topic has been brought up many times be people who wish to camp near one of the major hospitals during a family admission. Not far from the LA central area is Valencia, with Castaic RV park and Travel Village RV park (near Magic Mountain), both are very nice. It would be at least at 45 minute drive to downtown, during rush hour it will take 2 hours (or more). But if you plan your day to start after 10AM the drive is ok.
Good Luck, and Happy Trails.
AAA is great for your car. It does not appear to have the resources for Larger RV and Trailer emergency service....(I can only cite my family personal experience) We currently have Good Sam. From my one call, AAA would have been better changing the flat tire on the CAR. AAA tour books are certainly not what they used to be, they just barely touch a few points of interest. We don't use paper maps anymore...I-phone and Google map. So for us, it is GoodSam.
Try calling either the Airport Police or the local police department and ask for permission to park at the area or a alternative large vehicle parking area. Personally, I would see no reason for a parking restriction, just make sure the height clearance permits entry. You might also check with the airport fire department and see if they have a large vehicle space available.
Good luck, and Happy Trails.
I find Trailer Life, the GoodSam directory, to be an excellent first source when traveling. It may not list EVERY RV park, but those not listed may have a reason for not listing, such as not being public. Once I have a few parks in mind I check RVParkreviews.com for peer to peer comments. I also check the campgrounds website for location, direction, and photos. The entire process only takes a few minutes. Finally a phone call to the park verifies that they have available a site that fits my need. I'm not afraid to ask: "Is the pool heated? Are the pull throughs level? Do you get cell phone signal? Park WiFi is always nice, if it works, if the park is not full crowding the bandwith. But we travel with a hot-spot.
Many RV parks are expensive, but give me a super clean park, with a well planned comfortable pad, and I'll pay the rate.
We have never used out external entertainment center. This Christmas my son gave me a pair of nice WiFi speakers that work great off the I-phone and I-pad. Not only do I use these outside, but I can keep them close and not bother the neighbors. Much better idea.
I've replaced the newly inserted safety "wart" twice on my Norcold. I have replaced the cooling coils, and the motherboard over the last 5 years. On my previous Dometic I needed to replace the door seals regularly, as the replacement seal in glue on and does not stay in the hot California climate. My friends with a TT cannot keep the Dometic at a temperature setting, it either freezes everything, including the milk and eggs, or it stays too warm. We are currently looking for a new motorhome...it's just time for us...and it will have a residential frig.
Just came back this week. What a wonderful place and we had a fantastic time. Grizzly is indeed the closest "resort" park to the west gate. We, however, stayed at West Yellowstone KOA. A lovely park that I highly recommend. Trees, indoor heated pool, coffee shop, restaurant, cable TV, and wifi (weak wifi but available). Really a nice place with level sites. We had a premium site with concrete patio, wooden bench swing, concrete round table and benches (really new and nice) grass, and very easy access. If you get down to Jackson don't miss the Bar J Western Show and Dinner. As it happens, we needed emergency RV service on the dash air, Big Sky RV and Rentals were fantastic. We also rented a 15 passenger van from Big Sky, as we were traveling in a group. Wonderful people. We stayed in the West Yellowstone area 6 night, even with some rain every day we could have easily stayed longer and had lots to do if time permitted. We came up the I-15 to the 20. There is about 5 miles of major road construction on the 20, concrete dividers, and no shoulder steep drop off, all along the 5 mile stretch. Big rigs did it, we did it...but I was not happy!!!
Alternate route: We came home going through Jackson Wy, on the 26 to Idaho Falls. This was a good road, no construction, it will take you from Jackson through Yellowstone to West Yellowstone. The drive will probably take more time, but there is no construction (to speak of...as there is always some construction) and the scenery is spectacular.
Since I purchased my current RV in 2005 I have been going to the RV show every year to see all the new stuff. I never could find anything "better" to replace what I have. This year, only because I want diesel so I can tow the boat or a larger car, I will make the trade...but I really prefer the floor plan in my current RV.
I could write a text regarding the overreach of authority when making regulations; however, that was not really your question.
To maintain the family tradition how about one of the many propane fire pits offered by Camping World and others. You can still make Someors, granted it not even close to the warm crackle of fresh wood, but it complies with regulations. Happy Trails.
In the 2014/15 Journey or Meridian when plugged into shore power will both the house and engine batteries charge on these new motorhomes?:? I ask because in my 2005 Adventurer the engine battery is isolated and does not charge on house power, I installed a trickle charger to keep it charged. I presume the 1000 watt solar panel is for the house batteries...but that would be unnecessary if the coach is attached to shore power most of the time. Looking to purchase one of the above in the next few weeks, probably will have to special order to find it just right.
Anther thank you to Big Sky. We were in Yellowstone last week and the A/C compressor gave out on the dash. We were warned by many that this could burn the serpentine belt leaving us dead in the highway. Big Sky came to the rescue. We made an appointment and brought the MH in Monday morning. By mid afternoon they said it could not be repaired and a replacement would be shipped in for the following morning. I was about to put together a "bug out bag" for the six of us (we were traveling with kids and grandkids on this trip) when Big Sky said no reason, they would put us back together and we could bring the MH back the following morning at 11AM. We went back to the campground, had a fun evening, and returned. The MH was then fixed and ready by 3pm. The total charge was based on the basic repair...we were not charged for the extra work they had to do to give us the evening in our MH. Great People.
Additionally, while in Yellowstone, we rented a 15 passenger van for the week to tour...we were traveling with another MH, and this way we did not need to take 2 cars. Great service on the rental. Big Sky certainly gets my recommendation.
I've thought about it many times. Now I turn on my ShopSmith, using scraps I pick up while traveling or scraps from home projects. I have found it difficult to sell my work on ebay or espsy or such, as there is so much competition. But it makes great gifts. Penn State, and other sites have really nice portable lathes. Turning is really quiet, so I cannot see how it would bother neighbors. And Like I said, it is fun to find local woods for projects. For now, I have my knife and a book on beginning whitling...but I haven't begun yet.
Thirty some odd years ago we were going to do the same thing. Back then the rental business was not as well established. After looking for anything that was clean and in good condition we gave up and purchased our first RV, a 28ft Class C. We've enjoyed RV vacations in many rigs since. The point being, if you think this will be an ongoing recreation for the family you may do well to look for a good previously owned entry level diesel RV. It is quite possible that you could purchase a used RV and then resell it for a similar price. That is if you are into private sales of things.
Whatever way you go, enjoy and Happy Trails.
I spoke with a CW salesman today regarding a 2015 Journey 36M. To get the booth we want it will probably have to be ordered from Winnebago. A question comes to mind relating to Camping World sales. If purchased from one CW will all locations of CW honor the manufacturers warranty should problems arrive while traveling?
Sounds silly as I write this, but your response would be appreciated.
Very seldom will I accept such a site, but when required I raise the front beyond what is needed, insert my Lego like blocks under the wheels, and then lower to level. Makes me more comfortable to know my wheels are secure.
I offer my highest regard for salt lake KOA, large spaces, big trees, nice people, close to city sights. Tonight we are in Brigham City KOA on our way back. Very rustic, but lovely view, quiet, and we'll kept for an older campground. I'd stay here again. If you can fid the time do not miss a trip to Antelope Island.