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RE: Big Great Lakes Trip (Campground Recs Please!)

Harrisville state park has sites right on the beach…..east side of the state. You should list what type of RV you have because there are many nice private resorts but some have restrictions on what you can bring in. Also, many of the state parks only have a few sites that will accommodate a 40-45 ft. coach.
JTHarley 09/22/14 10:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big car, big cigar and no gas.

Look at used Prevost, Newell or Foretravels…..The house portion on these motorhomes are built to last and of course the diesel will run 1 million miles plus if well maintained. Think long and hard on the size also and the number of slides. When you full time you will want as much room and storage as possible. Get a 42 or 45 foot coach with at least 2 slides. Of course I'm biased to Prevost coaches. After owning 6 coaches..3 purchased new from 36-40 ft. we opted for a 45' XLII Prevost. They are laid out to live in AND they are the most comfy coach I've ever driven.
JTHarley 09/22/14 10:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: winter camping in warm climate

Check out Bryn Mawr (OCEANFRONT) in St. Augustine Florida……not too hot not too cold and right on the beach. Lots to do close to the resort. Heated Pool and Hot tub near the beach. We are staying there from December 1st thru April 15th….We leave a few time to travel around florida ….Orlando 2.5 hours, Jacksonville 30 min. Naples 4.5 hours. They take MH's, fifth wheels and travel trailers.
JTHarley 09/20/14 06:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big car, big cigar and no gas.

At $150K per year you WON'T have to spend any nights in a Wal-Mart! :B Even at $1K per month for a site….and that would be a nice site you will still be living high off the hog. I'm 55, retired and on the road for 6 months per year….. I have a used prevo coach. Fuel and maintenance about $6-8K per year, $2K for insurance, $12K for site rentals (we stay weeks or months at one spot). Eat out at least 4-5 times per week ($500 per week food & entertainment) ….so I'm at about $28-30K per year! Our budget is $100K per year that we can spend….. We still have our stick house (paid for) which costs about $3K per month all in with taxes, utilities, insurance, maintenance ect.. That still leaves us with around $34K as a cushion each year. When the cash gets low in 20 years, we will sell the stick house and rental properties and go for another 20….that should do it! If that is your budget, I wouldn't sweat it and just go have fun.
JTHarley 09/17/14 06:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How young were you when you bought your first DP?

42…Now 54
JTHarley 08/13/14 04:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Walmart and other over night stays.

If you buy a "walmart" atlas it will list all the "superstores". We always go into the store, stock up on some items and check with the people at the customer service desk to make sure it is ok. Some cities now have ordinances about overnight camping even at walmart. This way you avoid the knock on the door at 2:00 a.m. asking you to leave. I've never had any problems staying over at rest areas……I just park next to all the big trucks and take a snooze
JTHarley 07/30/14 07:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tom Sawyer RV Park on the Mississippi

Great place just keep your eye on the sky…..heavy rains means get out!
JTHarley 07/03/14 11:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Diesel Prices

Diesel was 10 cents cheaper than unleaded for ONE WEEK now it's back at $3.99….I filled up 200 gallons in the bus when it dropped so I saved a cool 20 bucks….
JTHarley 06/27/14 12:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Contemplating trip to Florida Keys

Voted the best RV resort in the nation……BLUE WATER KEY! Mile marker 14.5 in Key West…you won't be sorry.
JTHarley 06/25/14 05:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Servicing an Aqua-Hot System

I've owned 4 coaches with standard LP heater…..3 coaches with aqua hot…..I never, never, never will go back to LP. As far as maintenance, once a year done at the service about $275 and that's it…very easy to do yourself if you want to learn. Forever hot water, no filling LP tanks, no danger of explosion, warm floors, even heat……one of the best additions to any motorhome!
JTHarley 06/21/14 06:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach Prices and Long Term Quality

Check out this link…… http://www.prevost-stuff.com/used_coaches.htm
JTHarley 06/20/14 04:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach Prices and Long Term Quality

If your going to drop $500K or more at least look at these: Prevost, Foretravel, Newell, Wanderlodge…..by far these are the best built coaches and designed to run 20++ years. In the next group I would put american coach, monaco, country coach the new cornerstone, newmar…..after that comes Winnebago, Fleetwood ect….
JTHarley 06/19/14 05:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach Prices and Long Term Quality

I'm on coach #7……and I can tell you that my experience tells me that most "shells" will never last as long as the diesel engine, trans and chassis components. Build quality is the big question and american has a reputation for well built motorhomes…that's why you see a bunch of older eagles, heritage and traditions on the road. I made a huge leap from a fiberglass coach to a bus. We could have bought a new Cornerstone, Heritage, Tradition ect. BUT after looking at Prevost chassis's we opted to go with an older Prevost vs. a new fiberglass coach. Many people in our club are driving 20+ year old coaches and they look and run extremely well. The other thing is no matter who the converter is the chassis is still a Prevost and designed to travel dependably over a million miles with good maintenance. If you are looking for build quality and thinking of spending north of $500K I would strongly suggest you browse some older prevost coaches. In that price range you could easily find an '06 or '07 even an '08 depending on the converter.
JTHarley 06/19/14 11:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Park Tenants Rights in South Carolina

My only comment is why would anyone want to stay where they are not wanted or are being harassed? The wonderful thing about this lifestyle is you can pick up and leave on an hours notice and move on down the road to someone who will appreciate you staying and paying rent……If you've paid thru the end of the month or till a certain date then bite your lip and ride it out…..then LEAVE!
JTHarley 06/12/14 03:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nashville,TN looking for suggestions

Just made reservations at Nashville KOA for June 2015, based on good recommendations on these forums. The KOA has been remodeled and is FANTASTIC. Big pull thru sites, newly paved roads, nice patio furniture….this is not your typical KOA. Also, if it rains, the other campgrounds get flooded very easily.
JTHarley 06/10/14 07:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

Thanks all….I've got a dual track going on….will check out the places above as well as looking into a hotel/motel Someone just PM'd me and said the westin downtown may be pet friendly…..so I may not have to navigate Detroit with the bus.
JTHarley 06/08/14 01:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Greatest campgrounds ever

Blue Water Key RV resort in Key West…….No place finer in the country! BTW…the price reflects this.
JTHarley 06/08/14 08:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

I don't know what your definition of close is, but perhaps you might want to think about overnighting the dog at a facility that can take care of its needs. Not an option…….no boarding facility will give him his food and insulin at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. They also will not let me pick up the dog on a Sunday…..I guess it is a liability issue with a dog that has medical needs like diabetes. I'm going to check with the DAC first. I wouldn't need to spend the night anywhere in downtown I just need a "safe" place to park the coach from 5:00 p.m. to about 10 p.m. Once the reception is over I can easily drive the coach to a walmart in the suburbs or a campground. Don't really need to plug in anywhere the generator is fine for the time I am there. I wouldn't hesitate to go to a motel and simply drive the car but I'm having trouble finding a downtown motel that is pet friendly….especially with a big newfoundland.
JTHarley 06/08/14 07:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions

I have to go to a wedding on August 2nd in Detroit at t he Detroit Athletic Club. I will be traveling in the motorhome and the only place I've found that is somewhat close is Harbortown in Monroe. I'll have to travel back and forth to the coach because of our diabetic dog and was wondering if there is anything closer to Downtown…...
JTHarley 06/08/14 05:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Diamond Shield removal

Did mine while wintering in Florida…….used steam, heat gun and the stuff they sent me to remove it. 2 people working 6 hours each day and it took almost 4 days to get it all off. I will NEVER use this stuff again.
JTHarley 06/05/14 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
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