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RE: What items have you forgotten when you left for the winter?

Medically related items. A Dr. order for a monthly blood test I need. An actual hard copy of a prescription for a med. Didn't go back as it can be handled by phone, fax, etc.
Jayco-noslide 05/27/15 09:03am Snowbirds
RE: RV Resorts

About 10 different state and national parks in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Jayco-noslide 05/26/15 06:14pm Snowbirds
RE: Anyone not want to retire?

Retired at 57 1/2 and have never looked back or had an ounce of regret. And it's not really that I have a lot of money either. We have workamped for 8 summers since and I had a part-time job for over 2 years and that's because "retirement" gave me the flexability to do that. I know people who are getting old and not retiring and I can't figure out if it's because they really love their work or are just scared of change and unknowns that retirement will bring or can't think of anything else to do.
Jayco-noslide 05/26/15 06:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking at Winnebago View

I think how much RV space 1 needs is a very individual matter and strictly in the mind so to speak. We workamped for many summers for 10 weeks and snowbirded all winter in a 25 ft. 5th wheel with no slides. Quite small to some. a number of times we wished we were home but never because of lack of space. I don't subscribe to the "bigger is better" mentality. However, we have decided that at this point in our lives we need a dinnete, a couch, a 3 burner stove, a standard size frig with freezer and a fulltime, walk-a-round bed and whatever size is needed for that. So we have a 30 ft. Class C with 2 slides. We have had much smaller and might again 1 day.
Jayco-noslide 05/23/15 02:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinions for First National Park Visit

Yellowstone is tops for wildlife but Glacier NP in northwestern Montana is our favorite of all national parks but it is a long ways for Floridians. We have visited few if any really disappointing national parks. All the major ones in Utah are great. Grand Teton is very high on the list and it is "small" enough to see most of it in a few days. Also adjoins Yellowstone so those 2 would be my 1st priority.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: real world fuel mileage

30 ft class c V-10. MPG ranges 7 to 11 with toad. Depends lot's on wind and terrain.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Locked? unlocked? TT and 5th wheel RV's

Always lock the door to insure against it swinging open. Never lock compartments unless leaving it unattended for long period. No thefts yet in 40 years.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do I need a hitch lock?

I never had one. The chance of theft is probably something like 1 in 10,000? I was always more concerned that someone would just release the hitch when parked but never happened. I choose to not try to protect against low probability events.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Backing up with toad

The RV place that installed my baseplate etc. said "Don't back up an inch" and I haven't. I'm thinking the problem isn't just steering the toad but the stress placed on the hitch and baseplate by backing? So far I've only had to unhook once because I pulled too close to a curb. It is a constant concern for sure. But my son tows with a dolly and he can't back up either so only way to avoid the problem is to not tow any thing or use a trailer which isn't an option to me.
Jayco-noslide 05/21/15 09:09am Dinghy Towing
RE: Used RV under $20,000

We paid $23,000 for a 2003 Itasca(part of Winnebago) 30 footer with low miles but it does have 2 slides. We've had to spend some money our 1st year and a half with it but nothing huge like a new motor or trans. If I buy another one it will probably be a Winnebago or Itasca.
Jayco-noslide 05/19/15 06:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking to purchase a used Class C

2 years ago we bought a 2003 Itasca, 30 ft. with 2 slides for $23,000.It had just over 21,000 miles. The bed is in the rear crosswise with the slide which makes for a nice bedroom. It gets from 7 to 10 MPG but you won't beat that much with a smaller one unless its a diesel.
Jayco-noslide 05/19/15 06:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Seeing yellowstone on foot?

Probably but the Park is bigger that our 2 smallest states combined.
Jayco-noslide 05/19/15 06:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sonic Turbo as a Dinghy

We tow a 2012 Sonic (non-turbo), auto trans. It addresses "towing behind a motorhome" very specifically in the manual. Pull 1 fuse, turn the key to the 1st position, make sure in neutral and start the motor for a few minutes every fuel stop. I'm surprised that the turbo would make a difference but maybe it does. There is 1 model with different performance gearing that can not be towed so maybe that goes with the turbo? Its great to tow and only about 2700 lbs.
Jayco-noslide 05/19/15 06:08pm Dinghy Towing
RE: SE Financial RV Financing Experiences (or other)

I just can't resist lecturing a little. Do you really plan to finance an RV for 12 years? Bad idea. The depreciation of the RV will out pace your balance reduction early on and you will have a major upside-down loan so that if you sell or total it you will have a big loan balance left. No one should make that kind of loan to you for your protection and theirs. Ok, I'm done so you can all hate me and tell me it's none of my business.
Jayco-noslide 05/14/15 06:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Trade in or sale

You will almost always do better financially by not trading. If you trade they will give you an inflated price for the trade-in and not discount the new unit as much. Makes you think you are getting a good offer but if you have no trade you usually get a much better price on the new unit if you bargain. So, you can take way less than the trade offer if you sell on your own. You might do 100's better or even several thousand. A big BUT, it is much easier to trade and not fool around trying to sell as long as you know you are probably paying more.
Jayco-noslide 05/14/15 06:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadmaster or Blue Ox?

I have a blue ox; probably 10 or more years old(don't know if they have changed). No complaints. There's quite a bit of adjustment if you aren't lined up perfectly. However, unhooking goes much better if you are on level ground; otherwise, may have to turn the toad vehicle one way or the other or put some pressure forward or back.
Jayco-noslide 05/14/15 06:08pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Help us finalize our smaller A purchase decision!

For what it's worth someone in a campground said " No matter how big a Class A, it is for 2 people. My son has a 36 ft class A and the bed for the 2 kids still has to be made up and taken down every day. So some prefer a Class C for a family because of the permanent bed over the cab. But, we have a C (just 2 of us) and I agree that the steering is sloppy.
Jayco-noslide 05/13/15 06:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Sam campground guide

I could handle the big Good Sam book like it is if it just listed the amenities of all campgrounds; ie, elec sites or not.
Jayco-noslide 05/11/15 09:14am General RVing Issues
RVing in north/northeastern Minnesota

We are planning a trip to this area with our 30 ft. motorhome and wondering about the campgrounds and amenities. We favor public campgrounds, state parks mainly or national forests if the roads and sites are OK for the motorhome. We definitely don't require full hook-ups every night but prefer electric most nights. Also, level and firm sites would be good. I see that there are many interesting looking state parks with waterfalls, etc along the coast east of Duluth. Also wondering if reservations would be required. Any info appreciated.
Jayco-noslide 05/07/15 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Good Sam campground guide

I agree. the changes have pretty much made the directory useless to us because it gives so little info about non-Good Sam campgrounds. We mostly stay in state parks and other public campgrounds. I was told that they only list those other campgrounds as a courtesy more or less and they do not pay to be listed. OK, so I hope someone else comes out with a good comprehensive directory.
Jayco-noslide 05/07/15 02:41pm General RVing Issues
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