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RE: when boondocking do you bring a weapon ?

We don't own a gun for a lot of reasons. Don't hunt anymore so it would only be to shoot a person. We think that the risk of misusing the gun and shooting someone by accident is greater than risk of being attacked. Also, in most situations things would probably happen so fast and we would be so hesitant to fire that it wouldn't help. Shooting someone and going to prison is a fear. I don't think the risk of being attacked is any higher RVing than it would be about anywhere. We do carry bear spray (for bears) and would have it close if danger anticipated.
Jayco-noslide 06/21/16 01:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Sold monster, went smaller :)

Good for you. Small is good.
Jayco-noslide 06/15/16 02:16pm Toy Haulers
RE: New truck now?

I used to love getting a new vehicle every year or 2 back when I didn't know that I couldn't afford it and didn't need it to be happy. At 73 I would still like the novelty of a new car or truck every year or so if I had enough money to provide all other present and future needs and no loans. Not going to happen. That's OK because I've learned that a "new" one isn't new after a few months and used is great and saves thousands. Also, they will nearly all last for years and well over 100,000 and still be nice. Debt free and plan to stay that way.
Jayco-noslide 06/15/16 02:13pm Toy Haulers
RE: Budgeting for Camping

Expect to pay a wide range for the sites; from $10 or so at National Forests to over $50 for private RV resort type parks and everything in between. Average for us is around upper 20's per night but we prefer state and national parks and have the senior pass. You can control food cost by whether you eat out or do your own cooking. Paying for tourist attractions can add a bunch or you can hike, fish, etc. You will use a lot of fuel when on the road but you can control that too to some extent. Compared to hotels and resorts and eating out 3/day you will save a lot if you don't count the cost of the RV.
Jayco-noslide 06/10/16 02:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which books and/or apps for trip planning?

Since I got a smart phone and the "RV parks" app (free) I'm not sure I will ever use my directory again. It's just a map of the US which you can zoom out or in, find your routes and move along them and the campgrounds just start popping up. Sometimes you have to zoom in closer to get government parks but they are nearly all there. Then touch the little symbol and the full name of the campground comes up with details about amenities, phone number, etc.
Jayco-noslide 06/10/16 02:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Difficulty With Florida State Parks

Fl. has great state parks but, yes you probably waited too long for getting a southern or coastal site in winter. However, even trying 11 months ahead is still problematic because people get on the phone or internet at exactly mid-night 11 mos. advance to get sites. So the only hope is to get on everyday and hope to time it when someone cancels. We've been doing Fl. snowbirding lots of years and have pretty much given up at parks like Myakka River, Oscar Scherer and other southern coastal parks. Often you can get sites at St Pks more in central and northern Fl. and the ones on the panhandle don't seem to fill up as quickly in mid-winter because it can be chilly.
Jayco-noslide 06/01/16 12:16pm Snowbirds
RE: Realistic Budget 2.0

I think the fact that no one else is even mentioning the depreciation of your RV proves my point that most RVers leave that cost out. This would be like claiming that one can drive a car for x number of years for an amount and completely leaving out the cost of the car. Someone mentioned their daily cost for camping being 20 something but if you add the cost of the RV to each day it will be more that the camp site. Assume you buy an RV for $100,000, use it for 10 years and stay in it 3,000 nights and sell it for $30,000, then it cost you 70000 divided by 3000 = $23/night and that's not counting any loan interest,upkeep, insurance, extra fuel, etc. If you only used it 1500 nights than it would cost $46/day. Of course you have to estimate because you don't know what it will be worth when you sell or trade. Houses gain value; RV's lose big time. I am also an RVer but I just want to know all the cost.
Jayco-noslide 05/28/16 02:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: Realistic Budget 2.0

Depreciation of and replacement of your RV is a BIG item and it's not in there. Granted, it's a long term issue but my opinion is that this item is the biggest expense of RVing and most RVers leave it out. Estimate when you will sell or trade your unit, what you will get for it, subtract that from what you paid and divide by the number of nights spent in it and you may be shocked. This figure can equal or exceed a daily motel but of course there are many variables.
Jayco-noslide 05/25/16 10:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Phone drug scam..??

Start by--Is she expecting to have a prescription ready? Many pharmacies will call and say when ready. But they should state the name of the pharmacy and none I use require any kind of response or information. They are simply informing me it's ready. Your's sounds bogus. When any doubt, don't respond.
Jayco-noslide 05/25/16 09:57am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Glad we didn't quit over high gas prices.

Another thing gas prices have taught us is that, like the stock market, we can't predict. Several years ago we thought it would be $5 and rising by now. So, I firmly believe 2 yrs from now gas could be $5 or could be $1.50.
Jayco-noslide 05/25/16 09:52am General RVing Issues
Glad we didn't quit over high gas prices.

Here today gas took a 25 cent jump and it started me thinking about the days of around $4 gas and my 30 ft. motor home. As I am, I bet most of you are glad you didn't throw up your hands (and wallets) and quit RVing several years ago over high gas prices? I thought back then and now that fuel is not the most costly part of RVing when compared to motor home depreciation. Even if gas goes up enough to cost a couple hundred more on a trip, it's not enough to quit. Back then I pondered just how high it would have to be to restrict my travel. So far haven't found out.
Jayco-noslide 05/24/16 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Potable Water Etiquette

This is worse. I once caught a guy allowing is dog to drink from the community water, mouth on faucet. I said,"You do realize that people get their drinking water there" and he pretended not to know. Gross.
Jayco-noslide 05/23/16 09:13am RV Lifestyle
RE: Potable Water Etiquette

No, I think your concern is appropriate. Those aren't meant for individual units. It would be OK if the person is filling their tank I guess. I probably wouldn't make an issue of it if there are plenty of other faucets near by. But, if not, I would unhook it to get the water I need.
Jayco-noslide 05/23/16 09:10am RV Lifestyle
RE: How do you stabilize your Class C when parked for camping?

We do nothing to stabalize our 30 ft Class C and have no problem.
Jayco-noslide 05/23/16 09:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Boondocking near Major City Experiences

Might be ify. We have stayed in quite a few Walmarts, for example, and the only 1 where we felt a little uneasy because of drunk or crazies walking through at night was in a large city.
Jayco-noslide 05/23/16 09:03am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: What do you use for a BBQ?

The Weber I use is great. It's black, sort of rectangular with a lid and works off the small screw on propane tanks. There are several sizes and mine was around $100. Only problem is that aren't tall enough to do something large like a chicken. Great for steaks, chops, pieces of chicken and I have done a small roast in foil.
Jayco-noslide 05/23/16 08:59am Beginning RVing
RE: MPG woes

Sounds bad. I get about that + or - 2 with our 30 ft. Class C V-10. But before you give up realize that the way we check MPG isn't real accurate and 1 short trip isn't enough to get close to a true reading. But, if you can't get 12 or 15, I guess why have a Class B?
Jayco-noslide 05/23/16 08:54am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: How do you flush out the fresh water tank?

I don't obsess too much about it. I just make sure to drain after an outing, then some bleach and refill before next trip. The big thing is that we just don't use our tank for drinking. We fill a plastic container with a faucet on it for drinking, coffee, etc and a couple of extra big clorox bottles full of back-up water. I guess we could still get something from showering but hopefully the bleach covers that.
Jayco-noslide 05/20/16 02:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Explain this

My guess is that going down does not cancel up because the motor is still running and using some fuel?
Jayco-noslide 05/19/16 09:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Quick overnight stops in route

My only concern with cracker barrel is that aren't open 24 hrs. so no security?
Jayco-noslide 05/19/16 08:58am Beginning RVing
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