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.
Our trip this summer took us to KOA West Yellowstone. This is a great place for a family. Only six miles from the West entrance of the park, indoor heated pool and spa, lots of KOA family friendly activities, snack shack and restaurant, lovely tree covered park, level spot, just a real nice place. At the Tetons try to find time for the Bar-J Chuckwagon Dinner and Show in Jackson. A truly entertaining family evening, and the food was good too. Excellent cowboy music and stories. There is a zip-line at the ski resort in the town of Jackson, (not for me but the grandkids had a great time). Have a wonderful time, make memories, and Happy Trails.
PS: If you have any problems around Yellowstone, or need to rent anything I highly recommend Big Sky Rentals in West Yellowstone. My Adventurer motorhome need a engine air conditioner something or another, and I was told by many not to drive any distance for it could cause the belt to break and freeze the engine. Big Sky diagnosed the problem and ordered the parts, put me back together so I could return to the RV park in the evening after touring all day, then had me bring it in the following day for the repairs, again while we spent the day touring. Totally saved the vacation. We rented a 12 passenger van from them also, so that our whole group (3 families) could tour together. Good People.
Never had such a problem. I have arrived and been told that I had the last site, or the last few sites, or back in only, no pull throughs left. But every time the claim was truthful. I do remember on day, I think in Blythe, Ca that our small caravan of friends pulled in for the night and we were told we could only stay one night as it was full. There was nobody there, really nobody but us. As we left in the morning the Rally began to show up, I am sure they were full by evening. I think I'm rambling. So Happy Trails.
Time to call an attorney and see what your rights and obligations might be. Certainly you should not be required to drive back the TT without appropriate title and insurance. What if you are stopped or have an accident? What paperwork did you sign and what vin numbers were on the paperwork? Where is that TT, are they still in possession? Time for professional legal assistance.
I used them for two policies (two RVs) over the years, and my daughter used them to cover her RV. We have had excellent responses from the company when we made a claim, they acted as our agent and followed the claim through, helping when questions came up. I certainly recommend WholesaleWarranties. If you go to some of the many RV rallies you will see the owner, Jeff Shelton (or CEO or whatever he is) or some of his staff out front answering question. Definitely good people.
My experience with Mike Thompson RV Fountain Valley Sales was very good. I couldn't be more pleased. I started my RV search with trepidation, as I have spoken with many salespeople over the years who have absolutely no knowledge of RVs or RVing. I started dealing with Cher Lyckman, who has RVed, does RV, and was exceptionally knowledgeable regarding her products and many of the other brands on the road. Every promise made by the Mike Thompson store was fulfilled, there was no upselling, no pressure, just a good experience and I believe I received a fair deal. During the negotiations, which took months because we were not sure just what we wanted, they offered to bring a coach down from another store for inspection, a 2014. We were asked to put up a "$1,000 good faith refundable deposit". We did, after making sure numerous time it was refundable. We did not purchase that MH, and our deposit was instantly refunded...actually the check was returned uncashed. We did then purchase a 2015 with a floor plan which matched our requirements. I am a happy camper and I will continue to recommend Mike Thompson RV to my friends. JMHO Happy Trails.
Its someplace to go. We went there, looked, loved, left and probably will not return. Glad we went once. I do prefer Mt. Hood as the drives takes one through many small towns and by farms where we would stop, talk with people, try the local wears, and enjoy the day.
I'm not really sure what the purpose is of the question, but like many campfire conversations, people talk about nothing and enjoy the company.
I really can't comment of Mike Thompson RV service, as my new motorhome was purchased there, I took it for one service problem, the water heater did not work, I arraigned for a same day service, the problem was the plug was loose, it was "serviced"...re-plugged...and I went home. No complaint, but not much was required. They did find the problem.
As for Mike Thompson RV Fountain Valley Sales, I couldn't be more pleased. I started my RV search with trepidation, as I have spoken with many salespeople over the years who have absolutely no knowledge of RVs or RVing. I started dealing with Cher Lyckman, who has RVed, does RV, and was exceptionally knowledgeable regard her products and many of the other brands on the road. Every promise made by the Mike Thompson store was fulfilled, there was no upselling, no pressure, just a good experience and I believe I received a fair deal. During the negotiations, which took months because we were not sure just what we wanted, they offered to bring a coach down from another store for inspection, a 2014. We were asked to put up a "$1,000 good faith refundable deposit". We did, after making sure numerous time it was refundable. We did not purchase that MH, and our deposit was instantly refunded...actually the check was returned uncashed. We did then purchase a 2015 with a floor plan which matched our requirements. I am a happy camper and I will continue to recommend Mike Thompson RV to my friends.
No one has asked why, that I remember. I have been asked; how much, how far do I travel, MPG, how much to fill a tank.
As for your Mom, she comes from a different time frame. She was probably raised with the concept of purchasing everything for cash, don't buy it if you can't afford it today, and prepare for another depression. I am not saying these values don't have merit, as perhaps we, as a society, have forgotten many of the lessons hard learned in the past.
My parents taught me to only take pictures when a person (family member or friend) is in the frame. Send post cards, don't make phone calls. Always send a thank you note, not just say thank you. And of course, dress you best for Church and meals. Oh, and wear clean underwear, you never know when you might get hit by a bus.
Similarly, I often have trouble understanding my adult children and even more trouble with my teen grandchildren. Really, every kid needs a smart cell phone?
Everyone needs their own computer...can't share. At 16 I got to drive the family car, my granddaughter received her own. I won't even try to discuss life style changes from my generation to the current generation.
Understand you folks, shake your head, and change the conversation.
Only Verizon is everywhere there are cell towers.
Not even Verizon. They ARE #1, but AT&T is a close second, and the overlap is far from perfect. My phone is AT&T, and my wife's is Verizon. It is not at all unusual for my phone to be the only one working. As Rockhillmanor says, having one of each is the only way to maximize availability.
Wife has Verizon and I have AT&t. Covers us in most of USA, except a few Indian reservations.
If your not in a rush, 101 is fine and lovely. At some points it is two lane, and at some points you have turns, but nothing that would be of any concern to a traveler not on a tight schedule. There are plenty of places to stop and lots of things to see. However, large fuel stops are few and far between. So if you see a fuel stop at 1/2 tank, go ahead and fill up. It will make the trip more pleasurable. Happy Trails
I too would reach for my Good Sam ERS card first. I do have flares, a flasher, and about 50 ft of heavy rope. Yes I have a shovel, but I've had it since the kids were in Scouts, and a hand axe (same reason). With an older smaller RV I used to have snow chains (which could also be used for soft ground). I carried the chains when we used to take the 32fter to the snow. Now, I'm older and sorer, and I would just call.
You can get a "fence" that has two bars to slip under the mattress or dinette pad to keep the little one from rolling off. My daughter preferred the Pac-&-Play, fold up playpen. It folds into a tube much like a travel chair.
Enjoy every moment, and Happy Trails.
Slow down is really the best advise. Living in Southern Calif it is not unusual to have winds in the 25mph range and gusts in the OMG range. Your driving a high profile, higher center of gravity, vehicle than your car or van. The wind makes a big difference, regardless of all the ad-ons people will try to sell. Just slow down. At 55mph I find than I am comfortable in most wind conditions. On occasion on the Pearblossom Highway or over the Canejo Pass where gusty winds can and have turned over semis, slowing down to 45mph keeps me comfortably on the road. I've seen RV's pushing their speed in these areas, passing me at 70+mph. Later I have seen a few off to the side with their awnings torn apart.
The trip should be part of the vacation and part of the fun, so slow down and enjoy the scenery...even if it is just the same old desert along I-5.