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RE: Mattole Rd. (Lost Coast Highway, King Range) California

The Google street view car has been down it. Looks like the above description is accurate. I've never been on that road (or on that part of the coast at all) but it is now on my to-do list after looking at it on Google.
msmith1199 08/29/14 05:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida cracking down on out of State plates ?

I think this is just a scare tactic by the highway patrol because simply recording a license plate like this isn't going to prove their case. I doubt that any state has a law that says one of their residents can't own a vehicle that is registered in another state. But every state will have a law about how long that vehicle can be in the state without the plates being changed. For example I live in California and if I wanted to keep my motorhome in Florida all the time and just fly out there to use it, it's going to have to have Florida plates on it. And I can even drive it back to California if I want, but I can only keep it in California a very limited amount of time. So just because I may be spotted in California with it, doesn't prove I'm breaking the law. However, here in California the CHP does have officers assigned to enforce these kinds of things. What they will do is find out where vehicles are and then check on them on a regular basis to see if they ever leave the state. After they determine they have been in the state too long then they start the prosecution process.
msmith1199 08/29/14 05:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chassis build versus motorhome build

On the registration should I show it's a 1998 motorhome or should I say it's a 1997? The former got me into trouble because it does not match the title. You want it to say 98 because that is what it is. The main reason for wanting the 98 over the 97 is resale value, but on a 17 year old motorhome it likely wouldn't make much difference anyway.
msmith1199 08/29/14 12:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: One trip all 48 States

How to drive through 48 states in 113 hours It was 6872 miles. Okay, I'll buy it now, but I don't believe the 97 hours without ever speeding part of it. I got to wondering if a circular route would be the best, or one where you start on one side and finish on the other going up and down would be more efficient. Looks like the start on one side and finish on the other is the shortest.
msmith1199 08/29/14 10:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: One trip all 48 States

I found a link to an article about these guys. They make the claims as you state, however, they refuse to disclose their route because they don't want somebody else to copy it. I'm not believing they did it in 6893 miles without seeing their route.
msmith1199 08/28/14 07:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: One trip all 48 States

3 guys did it in 97 hrs and 7 min without speeding. I don't think they saw much of each state tho. Not on the highways they didn't, not without speeding. Assuming they maintained a constant average speed of 65 MPH throughout the entire 97 hours, they could have only traveled 6,305 miles. I think the OP's distance of 9400 miles to touch every state in the lower 48 is probably closer to accurate. Look at the links posted above. The guy on the motorcycle posted what appears to be a very efficient route to touch every state. He's just hitting the very corners of the outlying states like Washington, Maine, Florida, and California. And still his route is 8,000 miles. To do 8,000 miles in 97 hours you would have to average 82 miles per hour. That means every time you stopped for fuel or slowed for traffic that would have to be made up by going well over 82. 6893 miles and they think they can get that down a little. A lot of the way was 75 MPH but they never broke the speed limit. Do you have a link that shows the route they took? I played around with Google maps and mapped out a trip to start at the edge of California and touch Florida and Maine and then end in Washington and that was 6115 miles and it left a lot of states not touched.
msmith1199 08/28/14 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: One trip all 48 States

That is your assumption OP does not state that. Yeah he does. He says what he has planned can be done in 9400 miles. Please show me how you can include Hawaii and Alaska in that 9400 mile trip to touch all the states.
msmith1199 08/28/14 07:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: One trip all 48 States

3 guys did it in 97 hrs and 7 min without speeding. I don't think they saw much of each state tho. Not on the highways they didn't, not without speeding. Assuming they maintained a constant average speed of 65 MPH throughout the entire 97 hours, they could have only traveled 6,305 miles. I think the OP's distance of 9400 miles to touch every state in the lower 48 is probably closer to accurate. Look at the links posted above. The guy on the motorcycle posted what appears to be a very efficient route to touch every state. He's just hitting the very corners of the outlying states like Washington, Maine, Florida, and California. And still his route is 8,000 miles. To do 8,000 miles in 97 hours you would have to average 82 miles per hour. That means every time you stopped for fuel or slowed for traffic that would have to be made up by going well over 82.
msmith1199 08/28/14 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winterizing tips for living in RV, in frigid climate?

Good luck. You wouldn't catch me trying to spend the winter in a motorhome unless I had 50 amp electrical service and water and sewer.
msmith1199 08/27/14 04:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Monterey, Ca fairgrounds

Looks like an okay RV park. Any first hand info on this location, last price I had was %50.00 a night. Be there middle of Sept. Couple nights. I've never stayed there, but I've drive by it. It is just a parking lot with hookups, but it is a good location for seeing Monterey. The Monterey Peninsula is a very RV unfriendly area. There are really very few RV parks and the private ones are very expensive. There is a County RV park at the Laguna Seca Racetrack that is nice and is more of a regular RV park versus a parking lot and it's reasonably priced too. It's just a few extra miles out of town from the fairgrounds. You would want to check and make sure there isn't a race going on or you probably wouldn't get an RV site anyway. I don't live far from Monterey so we often go for the weekend. Don't tell anybody, but we stay for free when we go. I know of a nice quiet level street with parking next to a hotel so we always just overnight there on the street. Then I get up at about 6:30am and drive the motorhome down to one of the turnouts along Ocean View Blvd in Pacific Grove. There is no time limit on the parking there and you just have to be out by 11pm. At 6:30am none of the tourists are down there yet so you can find nice places right along the beach to put the slides out and stay right there all day. Then after dark we move back up to our street parking area.
msmith1199 08/27/14 02:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Monterey, Ca fairgrounds

Head a little North to San Juan Bautista, Betabel RV Resort, better price, and very nice. Unless you want to be in the city. Marina Dunes, is another option. Never stayed at the fairgrounds RV park Sounds like the OP wants to stay in Monterey. Betabel is 30 miles from Monterey and it's not an easy 30 miles thanks to all the road construction there. Do not go to Betabel if your interest is the Monterey or Carmel area. Marina Dunes is good, but it's close to $100 a night too.
msmith1199 08/27/14 02:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake in California

This is the first timed That I experienced an Earth Quake while sleeping in the TT. Bob When we were in California - I kind of wished we'd experience an earthquake :-) I figure if ever there was an abode designed to handle the movement - and RV would be it!! I have relatives there and they had their trailer parked on the side of the house with the scissor jacks down. The quake destroyed the jacks and caused damage to the trailer frame where they attach. I would imagine that a Class A up on hydraulic jacks may also have run the risk of the jacks being damaged.
msmith1199 08/26/14 05:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: "The beach was too sandy."

I managed an American Express office in Chevy Chase, Md., back in the 1980s until the wealthy clients drove me crazy. One young lady returned from her trip to St.Maarten and came by to lodge a serious complaint that there were too many fat people on the beach at the resort. That is a legitimate complaint because when you watch the commercials or look at the flyers there is nothing but attractive young people on the beaches! You ever watch a commercial for a cruise ship where all the actors in the commercial have an average age of about 22, while the true average age of the passengers on any given cruise ship is about 83? :)
msmith1199 08/26/14 05:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Replacing windshield gasket in 99 holiday rambler endeavor.

They may be jacking the price do high because they are worried about breaking the glass in the process.
msmith1199 08/26/14 05:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: lifetime of chassis batteries?

Well, it would be much more convenient if the batteries failed at home versus when boon docking in the middle of no where.
msmith1199 08/25/14 09:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why buy out of California

Read and completely understand Pub 52 for CA. Among other restrictions in 2004 and I believe still current was functional use out of state, currently for 1 year. Storage was not functional use. This are other current restrictions that may make it difficult to qualify, perhaps very difficult for a CA resident. Just curious, how do you get your license (plates) and tabs if you don't pay taxes. You can't buy and register a vehicle in a State you don't live in (well legally you can't) You can't drive the vehicle around without plates. I'm pretty sure you can buy a vehicle in a state you don't live in and register it there. If in fact you intended to leave a vehicle in that state, you would actually be required to do that. There are people who keep homes in different states. They only get to claim one as their primary residence. So if they keep vehicles at their other homes in other states, they would have to be registered in those other states.
msmith1199 08/25/14 11:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why buy out of California

If you lived in CA and didn't want to licensed rv why not buy a "trip permit". That way the state get some $$ and you get to use RV. You both win. California doesn't allow trip permits. If you actually take possession in California they must collect the taxes no matter what state you live in. That is why we had to have a driver drive the motorhome we purchased in California to Nevada and meet a Power of Attorney who signed the document of delivery in Nevada. We Live in Washington State and didn't want to pay our taxes to California. California does not have a program to collect the taxes for your State and send it to them. They keep every sale delivered in California. When you get to Nevada, your are then driving with not even a temporary license, so we had already made arrangements to send the paperwork and tax money to Washington and they sent our plates and paperwork back by overnight delivery. (Washington State has private DMV's so that is possible to make those arrangements) Couldn't you have also arranged to have the motorhome delivered to your home in Washington?
msmith1199 08/25/14 11:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: lifetime of chassis batteries?

My 2002 motorhome on Ford F53 still has original Motorcraft starting battery the motorhome came with. I am not replacing it until totally dead.I can always start the motorhome with house batteries. I can tell you on my DP once the chassis batteries were shot, the house batteries would not start the motorhome. I could get them to start the generator, but even with the generator running the engine wouldn't turn over. Gas rigs are probably different.
msmith1199 08/24/14 09:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How high can we count in images with numbers in them?

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msmith1199 08/23/14 09:26pm Around the Campfire
RE: How high can we count in images with numbers in them?

http://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/attachments/off-topic-6/31262-count-100-000-pictures-sw4006paperweight-jpg?dateline=1359153528
msmith1199 08/23/14 09:25pm Around the Campfire
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