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RE: Northern Michigan

On your way south consider taking US-23.....along the lake huron shoreline. It is the "Natural" side of the state without the traffic and tourist traps like in West Michigan. About 2.5 hour from the bridge you will find Harrisville State Park where you can set up camp right on the beach...literally, it is 10 feet from the sand and a beautiful state park. You'll pass many of the states lighthouses like Presquill, Sturgeon pointe, and 30 minutes south of Harrisville is Tawas pointe state park and lighthouse. Many, many small towns with quaint restaurants and shops and a much slower pace than the west shore of Lake Michigan.
JTHarley 07/03/15 01:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's the price "tipping point" for you?

Location is key when considering pricing AND the time of year. A campground right off the freeway for an overnight $28-32 seems fair. When we are traveling to a destination more than a day away the DW and I like to stay at a campground one night and the next in a Wal-Mart or rest area. It seems that in just about any "tourist" area prices are between $48-$90. For instance if you want to stay near Naples or Orlando "in-season" $68-$90 is the norm. We really don't have a "tipping point" so when we want to do the tourist thing we know we will pay more.....if we want to relax for a week, two or a month, we find a camp that has some decent amenities like a pool, hot tub, nice grounds, a few activities and off the beat and path and we can easily find them for $28-35 per night even in season.
JTHarley 06/14/15 08:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any thoughts on Four Winds Super C

I camped next to a guy who had the 550 and had been driving it for a year. He said he had very few problems with it, drove great and it did look very nice. If I remember correctly it had 3 slides. Of course I'm a bit biased with my Dynamax (2nd one) and I have yet to find a super C manufacturer that has a better build quality on the coach part and of course the M2 heavy is built on a million mile chassis. I like the fact that just about every city traveling down the interstate has a freightliner service center and or cummins. I suppose there are a ton of Ford dealers but not all of them will work on the 550 chassis.
JTHarley 05/31/15 05:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Haulmark Super C

I'm Baaaaack......Well, as some may remember I had a 45' Dynamax Ultra 450UL for 4 years. Sold that in 2012 and bought a 2005 prevost XLII and LOVED it. This last winter while in Florida we bought another site in the resort we go to in St. Augustine and plan to put a park model on it so we felt the Prevost was just too big to let sit for 4-5 months and wanted something smaller again so on the way home from Florida we sold the prevost and bought a 2015 Dynamax DQ320XL and love it! Best part is my wife can help with the driving now and it is soooo much easier to maneuver for short trips and to take to state parks, which we like. Don't get me wrong, NOTHING drives like my prevost but it sure does feel good to be back in a small truck conversion.
JTHarley 05/13/15 03:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV park in GA

12 years heading to Florida from Michigan and 12 years stopping at twin oaks…..easy in and out, nice folks and clean.
JTHarley 10/18/14 01:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Montana LLC

We don't write the tax laws….I for one am an advocate of a "flat tax" or a "fair tax". I tell my accountant every year that I want every advantage available to me via the tax code. Translation take me as close to the line without crossing it! I'm a business owner….I pay taxes A LOT OF THEM. Between income tax, property tax, gas tax, fica, futa, social security, sales tax, property tax, special assessments, ect…. I pay very very close to 50% of my total income to taxes. I don't mind because I have been blessed in my life. BUT, I feel NO GUILT, in taking each and every advantage available to avoid taxes BASED ON THE LAW! Also, the home mortgage deduction MAY be available to everyone but look at the statistics of home ownership in the last 6 years…it is down considerably so yes, I believe that the home mortgage deduction is a benefit for the wealthier people in our society. If you want to clean up this mess get rid of ALL tax deductions and charge a flat or fair tax with a threshold so those not making much money don't pay ANY taxes. If a society is to work everyone at some point and time has to have skin in the game and help push the wagon…….the real problem is that entitlements have put more than half the people in the wagon and those of us pushing are getting damn tired…..LOL
JTHarley 10/15/14 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Montana LLC

Just a bunch of Elcheapo people who do that. Bet you'd ***** if they cut down on the police answering calls and charged you $1000.00 a year for ambulance and fire dept. It's called fraud and it's also Insurance fraud and is a federal crime so if convicted you can loose you right to vote, carry weapons and do a lot of time in jail. If I saw you do it I'd probably ask the government if they knew but wouldn't tell. Here's news also. I owned a trucking business and know all the ins and outs of LLC and you'd better be legal if something happens. I am SHOCKED that people are complaining about those who use a COMPLETELY LEGAL way of avoiding taxes!!! Like others have said IF YOU CAN COMPLY WITH THE LAW OF YOUR STATE then by all means go for it! Michigan is HORRIBLE about sales tax…..If you buy a motorhome for $250K, drive it two years and then trade it in for a motorhome that is $300K….guess what, YOU PAY THE TAX ON THE ENTIRE $300K, no credit for the trade in at all! Furthermore, the plates are calculated on sale price of the coach…..so after 5 years you are still paying the high plate fee even though the coach is worth 40% of what you paid. My plates for a 2005 coach are well over $1,400 per year. So, I see nothing wrong with using the tax laws to your advantage…those that don't are simply throwing money out the window.
JTHarley 10/15/14 06:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The big boy class A's

Sure they're cool to look at, but I really don't feel out of place in my '01 Tradewinds LTC when I'm parking next to one. The one that I liked was my neighbor at Oasis in Vegas that had sold his 1.8M Prevost to his best friend for 1.5M and was waiting to take delivery on his new 45' Dynamax quad slide.I asked him why and he said that the Prevost actually had some things he didn't like and also, the Dynamax had a 40K tow rate and his cargo trailer weighed in at 25K. I have also stayed at Pacific in Newport and you can stay there if you meet certain standards and there are spaces available. That is so funny…..I sold my 45' Dynamax with quad slides for my prevost. The Dynamax Grand Sport Ultra was an amazing machine and I really liked it but my wife was not crazy about the "truck" drive and feel compared to the prevost. Amazing as it may seem, even though the dynamax is a $500K coach there where many resorts that turned me away because it wasn't a class A…..oh well, there was always someone right down the road willing to take my cash…….LOL
JTHarley 10/11/14 01:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First time, 6 months on the road!!!

Since we own a site in St. Augustine that will be our home base but we are looking up concerts, shows, events, festivals and will just bounce around when we get restless. Since this is our first year able to go for 6 months we are going to do the Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, New Orleans areas and then next year we want to head west for the winter. We're both talking Alaska in the future…….but that one will be a few years out.
JTHarley 10/11/14 01:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many of you are cooking with the NuWave

We also have two in the MH……most of the time we use them outside and they are great.
JTHarley 10/11/14 11:32am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: First time, 6 months on the road!!!

…word is this winter is going to be as bad or worse than last year…How can anyone possibly know that? You know......The farmers almanac!!!;) Exactly….that and the fact that it has already gotten below freezing up north here in OCTOBER!!!! We're not taking any chances after last year when we pulled out on Christmas Eve with over 3 feet of snow. I've had to turn on the aqua hot in the coach the last few nights while it sits in the pole barn.
JTHarley 10/10/14 07:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First time, 6 months on the road!!!

Over the last 12 years we've taken RV vacations. First it was 2 weeks, then a month, then 6 weeks, then 3 months but this year is the first year both the DW and I have no strings….I lost my parents last October and January (good long life at 98 & 88) wife's parents passed a few years back and no kids. We looked at each other and said "what are we waiting for" so we decided to leave northern michigan on October 10 and come back in May (if the snow is gone)….LOL Plans are to meander down to Tennessee for the fall colors, over to Hilton Head, then on to Florida at various destination from St. Augustine to Orlando, to Naples, to Miami and down to the keys. We're both excited but a bit anxious thinking about living in the coach for that long. We've talked about being road warriors for years and the time is finally here…..Safe travels to all and if you live in the north……word is this winter is going to be as bad or worse than last year…timing couldn't be better. Good for you guys!!! Were about a year or so away, but we'll be selling everything and going fulltime. Just out of curiosity, what are your ages? Also, if not of Medicare age, what are you doing for health insurance? -paul......Just being noisey. We both just turned 55. We were FORCED to get a new health care plan last year because I've always been self employed so we opted for the multi-state silver plan from BCBS. Works pretty much anywhere BUT don't get me going about Obamacare…..what happened to my premiums and deductibles makes me sick!
JTHarley 10/10/14 07:19am Class A Motorhomes
First time, 6 months on the road!!!

Over the last 12 years we've taken RV vacations. First it was 2 weeks, then a month, then 6 weeks, then 3 months but this year is the first year both the DW and I have no strings….I lost my parents last October and January (good long life at 98 & 88) wife's parents passed a few years back and no kids. We looked at each other and said "what are we waiting for" so we decided to leave northern michigan on October 10 and come back in May (if the snow is gone)….LOL Plans are to meander down to Tennessee for the fall colors, over to Hilton Head, then on to Florida at various destination from St. Augustine to Orlando, to Naples, to Miami and down to the keys. We're both excited but a bit anxious thinking about living in the coach for that long. We've talked about being road warriors for years and the time is finally here…..Safe travels to all and if you live in the north……word is this winter is going to be as bad or worse than last year…timing couldn't be better.
JTHarley 10/10/14 06:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The big boy class A's

My prevost has such large capacities (fresh, grey, black) and a big bank of batteries that unless we find campgrounds that are easy in and out while traveling we are just as comfortable staying at rest areas, wal marts or truck stops traveling to our destinations…..I can easily go 10 days with full tanks before we need to find water and a dump. I'll admit it, I like "resort" campgrounds that cater to big rigs and not just the one's that "say" they do. Many people in our prevost club worked our way up to a Prevost. I've had 7 coaches since we started the lifestyle. Started with a B+….Went to a C….then a super C….then my winnebago journey…..then a winnebago vectra….my last coach was a 45' Dynamax truck conversion and now my prevost. We own a site at Bryn Mawr in St. Augustine which is a campground that allows everything from Pop ups to prevosts and I love the fact that there is such a diverse crowd of campers……fact is we all LOVE camping and are just doing it at various levels of comfort. If you want to see a bunch of prevost coaches just find out where they rally and you can see dozens and dozens of them from 20-30 year old classics to the newest with the latest and greatest. There in lies the difference between the prevosts, newell, foretravel coaches. They are built like tanks and can easily run for 30 years + with regular maintenance. The house portion on these coaches are built to last as long as the million mile plus chassis.
JTHarley 10/10/14 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Empire to Dearborn, MI campgrounds

Check out Harbortown in Monroe…..nice camp and open year around. short drive to the places you want to go.
JTHarley 10/04/14 12:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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