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RE: RVing without an RV

I had thought about bringing the fifth wheel as an overnight enroute and then parking it at Philmont. They have parking, but no hookups and you are expected to stay in one of the tent "cities". The tents and facilities are really good, BTW. Since it was only one night each way and with the price of diesel, it was more economical to take the car and reserve a cabin at the RV parks. The point I'm trying to make is that RV parks with cabins are good alternatives to hotels/motels so long as you provide your own bedding (and are typically more kid/Scout friendly). One thing I did not mention is the two RV parks also permitted tent camping immediately adjacent to the cabins. An additional thought for groups, like a Scout trek team.
LLeopold 08/22/14 07:16am Beginning RVing
RVing without an RV

I just got back from a Scouting conference at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico (yeah, a lot of you know that I am still in Scouting as a leader even though my Eagle Scout son aged out a long time ago, yeah it stuck with me). The accommodations at the ranch are large (12'x12') canvas tents on permanent platforms, cots, mattresses, a wooden box for a closet and an electric outlet. You provide your own bedding, etc. Just a slight step down from RVing as the bathrooms/showers are more of a dorm style - private full facilities like many at RV resorts/campgrounds, which leads me to the topic. And, of course, one eats at the dining hall - summer camp for adults! I would have taken my FW and truck for the trip, but since there would only be one night stop each way, and with the price of diesel, I decided to take my commuter car (a 2013 Hyundai Elantra) instead. Using the Good Sam Club Travel planner (on-line), I found two RV campgrounds on the route between Camarillo and Cimarron, NM that had cabins available for use, so I booked those using my Good Sam Club discount. Each was VERY reasonable in price ($35/night) - definitely less than staying in a motel or hotel. One even provided the bedding. Some pictures of the cabin at the first camp (USA RV Park in Gallup, NM) I haven't uploaded the second, which was actually a small bunkhouse (I had it all to myself) as the RV park catered to horses (it had stables for the horses to stay overnight) but will do so when I have some time tonight. So, even if you are on a road trip without an RV, you can still get the RV experience. When I mentioned this to some of the participants at the Scouting event, they had not considered this and stayed at hotels/motels at a higher rate even though they had all that they needed with them.
LLeopold 08/18/14 12:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: Yamaha Propane Generator

Gentle reminder. Multiple posts on the same topic are not allowed as per the Forum Rules that you agreed to when you registered. All remaining answers may be made here.
LLeopold 08/13/14 12:33am Beginning RVing
RE: Going to re-seal my roof ?

I resealed my 25 ft. fifth-wheel roof after repairing some water damage about three to four years ago. I used this. You may want to consider doing this as the lifetime of a rubber roof is 10-15 years. I believe I posted a thread on my experience from considering to finish with pictures of the progress. Ahhh. Here it is: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24236262.cfm. I just reread the post and did not mention that the Liquid Roof went on beautifully. Tarping the trailer and taping it with painters tape was actually the most challenging (meaning that the application of the liquid EPDM with a roller was that easy). I still own trailer and there are still no leaks three years later. Hope this helps.
LLeopold 08/08/14 04:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: License class requirement in California

Ummm. Some clarification is in order from the post in Beginning RVing. All from the CA DMV Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook where one may download a copy from: https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl648/dl648.pdf and from the CA DMV license chart available at: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/cdl_htm/lic_chart.htm#classc Assertion #1: If you are a California resident, to legally pull a 5th wheel with 15K GVWR in California, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #1: You may pull a 5th wheel that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C license. You may pull a 5th wheel between 10K and 15K GVWR with a Class C license with a "Restriction 42" endorsement (I have this particular endorsement and it is not well-known at the DMV). Over 15K requires the non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #2: To legally pull a travel trailer (bumper tow)with 10K GVWR, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #2: One may pull a travel trailer that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C licence. Over 10K does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #3: To legally drive a Motor Home that is 40 ft or greater, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS B license. Clarification #3: One may drive a motor home that is less than 40 ft. with a Class C license. Over 40 ft. does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class B license (a non-commercial Class A is also permitted). If we're going to cite items, let's try to be as complete as possible and include citations to official sources. As to visitors, the state recognizes other states' licensing to a degree. Double or triple towing (5th wheel towing a boat, for example) gets a bit dicey. Hope this helps with full clarification.
LLeopold 08/08/14 03:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Be aware of driver license requirements in California

Ummm. Some clarification is in order. All from the CA DMV Recreational Vehicles and Trailers Handbook where one may download a copy from: https://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl648/dl648.pdf and from the CA DMV license chart available at: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/cdl_htm/lic_chart.htm#classc Assertion #1: If you are a California resident, to legally pull a 5th wheel with 15K GVWR in California, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #1: You may pull a 5th wheel that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C license. You may pull a 5th wheel between 10K and 15K GVWR with a Class C license with a "Restriction 42" endorsement. Over 15K requires the non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #2: To legally pull a travel trailer (bumper tow)with 10K GVWR, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS A license. Clarification #2: One may pull a travel trailer that is 10K GVWR or less with a Class C licence. Over 10K does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class A license. Assertion #3: To legally drive a Motor Home that is 40 ft or greater, you must have a NON-COMMERCIAL CLASS B license. Clarification #3: One may drive a motor home that is less than 40 ft. with a Class C license. Over 40 ft. does, indeed, require a non-commercial Class B license (a non-commercial Class A is also permitted). If we're going to cite items, let's try to be as complete as possible and include citations to official sources. As to visitors, the state recognizes other states' licensing to a degree. Double or triple towing (5th wheel towing a boat, for example) gets a bit dicey. Hope this helps with full clarification.
LLeopold 08/08/14 03:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Converter vs. Charger, Whats in a name?

I broke the OP's post into readable paragraphs for the sake of clarity and to encourage a discussion for our beginners. Personally, I also saw some value in the post as well as interesting observations (as was mentioned there is some misinformation, so it should be pointed out as part of the discussion. So, purely for the purpose of forum discussion which should be of interest to some of our fellow beginning RVers (and you know who you are! and if you are confused about what the OP wrote about, keep in mind the only dumb or stupid question is the one *not* asked - I'll keep the smart-aleck know-it-alls in check if necessary if things get heated). The idea is for all to learn something about our hobby (it's RVing!) in a friendly virtual campfire setting... So let's keep the (civil) discussion going!
LLeopold 07/30/14 12:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: rv body parts

Gentle reminder (we all need them from time to time). The Forum Rules state that multiple posts are not permitted without advance approval from the forum moderators or administration. Further replies may be made here.
LLeopold 07/14/14 09:11am Beginning RVing
RE: Strange pairings at the camp ground on father's day weekend.

OK. Time to close. 'Nuff said.
LLeopold 06/30/14 12:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Realities of Mexican insurance

Moved from Beginning RVing...
LLeopold 05/27/14 12:03pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: To drive or to tow??

Further replies may be made here. Common newbie mistake. Multiple posts are not allowed without prior approval from the moderators or administration as per the Forum Rules agreed to when signing up.
LLeopold 03/27/14 11:11am Beginning RVing
RE: volunteer for Florida state park

Moved from Beginning RVing to obtain more informed responses.
LLeopold 03/04/14 11:31am Workamping Forum
RE: Federal Tax Question - CA

As a long time RVer in California, and having taken the H&R Block Tax Preparers course a few years ago (better than staying at a Holiday Inn Express!) and completing the course with a 96% (meaning that 4% of my answers would be wrong as compared to a study that was done that showed the IRS hot line folks got approximately 38% of the answers were wrong as compared to the publications - Source: http://www.gao.gov/products/GGD-90-36), applied and received a tax preparer ID, and I'm a beta-tester for TurboTax®, I think I am in a position to discuss tax ramifications and using TurboTax®. I'll even cite the federal and state tax publications to back up my response. I am, however *not* a certified public accountant, so take my credentials accordingly. Here's my response. You may deduct the California Vehicle License Fee portion of your registration as you would on your tow or other vehicle. You cannot deduct any other taxes or fees on your Schedule A (Source: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/faq/ivr/222.shtml). If you do not have the breakdown from your billing notice, you can get the information from the CA DMV's web site: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/FeeCalculatorWeb/vlfForm.do) You may deduct any interest on loans for your RV the way you would deduct mortgage interest on your home. You enter this on Schedule A as part of your mortgage interest deduction (Source: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p936/ar02.html, Qualified Home). You may not have received a Form 1098 from the lender, but you *can* (and should) request one by contacting them; otherwise, you can enter your interest in the TurboTax® worksheet (source: https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1900976-form-1098-mortgage-interest-statement) and it will transfer to the Schedule A. That's it. Hope this helps.
LLeopold 03/04/14 10:10am Beginning RVing
RE: Travel Trailer Cover

Further replies may be made here.
LLeopold 02/20/14 09:09am Beginning RVing
RE: Campground rates RVing on a budget

Since there is another thread on the same topic and it's been cited, no need for this one to continue.
LLeopold 01/20/14 05:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: Diamond Kote RV Protection ?????????

Forum Rules Further replies may be made here.
LLeopold 10/29/13 04:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: ECO Coat Review

Correct. Multiple posts are not permitted without prior approval as per the Forum Rules. Further replies may be made here.
LLeopold 09/18/13 06:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: internet access with a hot spot

Multiple posts, without prior permission, are *not* allowed as per the Forum Rules. From the Forum Rules: You are not allowed to post the same message in multiple forums without permission from one of the Open Roads Forum moderators. Further replies may be made here.
LLeopold 09/18/13 10:52am Beginning RVing
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