I had a 2008 F450, King Ranch version, for 3 years which was a pretty nice truck, that handled beautifully and was superbly comfortable to ride in, but it had trouble passing by gas stations. I drove it across the country the year we bought it, when diesel prices were right at $4.00 a gallon, towing our large Newmar 5th wheel and barely broke 4 mpg at one point in going across South Dakota. I told my wife if it got to costing us $1.00 a mile for fuel, we were going to park it. Fortunately, we never crossed that threshold.
In 2011, I bought a new 6.7L F350, which we still have, also a King Ranch. It gets much better mileage than the F450 did, and we have had zero problems with it so far. I have to admit, though, that I barely use it now, and have only run a single tank of gas through it each of the past couple years - it only has about 12,000 mile on it.
Rather than let it just sit in storage all year, I'm right on the cusp of ordering a new Northern Lite camper, which I expect to do today, for delivery late next spring.
One of the reasons I picked the F350 over the F450 in 2011 was that there wasn't much difference in the towing weight limits between the two, as I recall, and the F350 was several thousand dollars cheaper - something to keep in mind when you are truck shopping.
We traded our 2006 F350 KR for a 2011 F450 because the (at the time) new truck had more towing capacity. We have had very few issues with the 450. One of the reasons we paid more to get the 450 though, was turning radius. There was a HUGE difference in the turning radius - the 450 turns on a dime compared to the 350(different front axle).
I *think* the newer 350 towboss has the front axle of the 450, also giving it a much tighter turning radius. We really notice the difference, and wouldn't go back.
I agree for national park type destinations, reservwtions matter, but for the 'travel' portion, you are just stressing yourself out more, trying to keep to a specific schedule.
the day before, or the day of, will be fine for most places.
We leave tomorrow for a trek from MA to AZ- an 8 day trek no reservations at all.
Get an app like Allstays that shows RV parks, casinos, etc.
I've learned from others on here: Black Tank closed until filled up, or nearly (so you don't get rock hard "stuff" in the tank). Gray tank you can leave open, but let it fill when you get close to needing to dump the black tank, then the Gray can follow the black to clean out the hose.
A side ques to one of your comments, what bank is best for attaining money/cash throughout the US?
We find Bank of America and Chase to be the most prevalent but many people swear by credit unions, so I think there are multiple options.
Take I-95/Route 128. Driving through Boston is such a pain.
X2. Regardless of restrictions it's not a fun time. 95/128 will get you where you need to go easier. When are you going? Rt. 128 will be closed 11/4-11/6 as they will be tearing down a bridge.
128 only adds about 15 minutes to the drive.
we put our glass wine glasses in two places- the Waterford hang from a wine glass rack with rubber stoppers keeping them from clanking against each other, the cheap glass ones go in a box, each in their own sock.
Look at this blog- they fulltimed with 6 kids for quite a while. I am sure she wouldn't mind if you wanted to reach out.
I don't think you are crazy at all. Kids need stability? They have that if you give them the time and attention they need. Actually easier to do that if you are traveling as a family- let them have significant input on destinations etc.
To hedge, you could put SOME of your household goods in storage- we did that, and kept everything for 7 years, at which time we decided to build a new house ( NOT in the same state we were in before).
Time with our kids is so short- if it feels right for your family- DO IT.
In our case our kids were full grown, so it wasn't a consideratiion.
Yeah, I do have a call into them as well. But given our decision to bounce around this year, I likely won t book anything if/when they call back. I do like their location, though, and will definitely be one we look into when we get into the Tucson area. It may be minor to others, but the fact that they don't have picnic tables is a significant negative for us. From what I'm learning from my web research, this appears to be common in the snowbird parks. True?
I wouldn't call Justins a snowbird park per se but come to think of it, many RV parks (vs campgrounds) don't have picnic tables. We never use them so are happier to have extra room.
Justins is laid back, with miles of adjacent hiking trails if you like to walk (desert trails has the access too).
Personally I don't think you'll regret your decision to wander around this first year.
You can check out Tucson, Casa Grande, Mesa area, Havasu, borrego Springs, And even wander into the Palm Springs area of CA if you want :) LOTS of places to see!
Adding to that, I would think that the aforementioned night stands would prohibit the insertion of a king mattress. We have a queen, and there is no way we could fit a king in there after the fact.
If you are ordering one, you can specify which size bed you want.
The only thing maybe you could do would be to remove the night stand if you really need a King.
We tested out queens (think motels and visiting relatives) before we decided that it would work just fine for us.