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RE: $$$ to maintain and repair?

Our 13 yr old Jayco Greyhawk has 75,000 miles on it and I have kept track of all repair costs. It has cost me about $1,000 per year and that includes a new refrigerator, roof A/C and new tires in the past 18 months. I only do minor work on the rig myself (change out batteries, tighten screws, add fluids, replace air cleaner, etc.) so the $13,000 spent so far includes oil changes & pretty much everything else. This is our 7th motorhome in 33 years of RVing and we've kept it MUCH longer than any of the others. As has been mentioned, buying a new rig does add peace of mind and newer tech stuff but doesn't guarantee no problems. We had major transmission and differential problems with this rig at only 17,000 miles (all fixed under warranty thankfully)! It's been a much more dependable rig since then with regular maintenance. We plan to keep it going for a few more years. Much less expensive than buying a new rig.
DouglasC 06/10/19 04:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: East Tennessee

A new section of the Foothills Parkway between Townsend and Wears Valley was opened last November (it been under construction for years). Great views of the Smokies. Also, as has been mentioned, Townsend is close to the Cades Cove area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - - and must see if you are in the area (there is a GSMNP visitor center in Townsend on US 321 that will have lots of information about the Park).
DouglasC 06/02/19 04:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which Mail Service do you use?

Personally have had ZERO issue with USPS Forwarding. X2 We have used USPS mail forwarding several times in the past few years and have never had a problem. The whole process of setting up the forwarding can be done on-line in minutes with only a small fee charged.
DouglasC 05/28/19 09:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Four Down or Car Dolly

Been towing 4 down for 25 years now! Started out in 1993 with a tow dolly - - hated it! The extra work of setting it up (attaching the car) and the problem of where to store it at a campground was a real pain. When the tow dolly got stolen from my back yard I had a base plate installed on my car. (my RVing friends accused me of paying someone to steal it - - they knew I hated it!) Have installed base plates on 8 cars in 25 years & on my 3rd tow bar - - still worth it IMHO. Would NEVER go back to a dolly.
DouglasC 04/13/19 04:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing Lincoln

We have a 2014 MKZ Hybrid that is towable 4 down, but, it is too low to be towed with safety. Even if it had better clearance, the places we like to visit require quite a bit more clearance than the MKZ can give. We have a Grand Vatara and CRV for towing. Apparently "wildmanbaker" does a lot of off road towing so considers his MKZ "to low to tow". We also have a 2014 Lincoln MKZ hybrid and have towed it over 10,000 miles without any issues except a dead battery a couple of times. Have learned to monitor it more closely now and haven't had that problem in a couple of years. The MKZ tows great and it's sure nice to have to use for sightseeing when we're camped - - economical and comfortable!
DouglasC 03/18/19 04:02am Dinghy Towing
RE: Question on Membership CG

Good advice so far. Memberships in Coast to Coast, Thousand Trails, etc. only make sense if you use them. Passport America is cheap and you can recover your cost in 2 or 3 nights of camping. We have been RVing for 32 years and full timed for 11. At one point we had all the memberships - - eventually dropped most of them as we no longer felt they were a benefit to us financially. We still have Thousand Trails, PA and Escapees. Overall, the memberships saved us a lot of money over the years - - but you have to use them - - and you may find yourself planning your travels around where the membership campgrounds are - - which may be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view.
DouglasC 03/06/19 08:55am Full-time RVing
RE: Question about being temporarily "homeless"

A mail forwarding service (like Escapees) provides you with a legal address. We have used Escapees Mail forwarding service for 13 years and had a house in southern AL which we sold last year. USPS had no problem forwarding mail from our old AL address to our Escapees mail forwarding address in TX.
DouglasC 02/25/19 08:25am Full-time RVing
RE: Older Motorhome

Owning an older motorhome, like our 2006 Jayco Greyhawk, means more money spent on maintenance. As someone else mentioned, after 10 years the costs do start to climb. In the past couple of years we have replaced all the hoses and belts on the engine as well as installed new tires (the 3rd set, 2nd replacement). In the past year we have replaced the roof A/C and the refrigerator. All in all, we've spent just shy of $5,000 on the motorhome in the past 18 months. There will be additional costs over the next few years but we don't expect to spend nearly as much as we have in the recent past. And of course, this money spent is small in comparison to the cost of a new motorhome!
DouglasC 02/15/19 09:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: When to quit.

For many of us "die hard" RVers (we've been RVing for 32 years) it will definitely come down to the physical. You know the old line about "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak". We're in our late 70s and slowing down a bit but not ready to quit RVing by a long shot. Planing to join a 27 day Caravan to the Canadian Maritimes next summer - - after that we'll think about slowing down! Merry Christmas to all!
DouglasC 12/21/18 02:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mail forwarding

We have used the USPS "Temporary Mail Forwarding" service numerous times over the past 10 years and it has worked well for us. As previously mentioned, it only costs $1 to process the request on-line. Check it out at: https://www.usps.com/manage/forward.htm
DouglasC 12/11/18 01:45pm Full-time RVing
RE: Thoughts on manufacturers

We LOVE our 28' Jayco Greyhawk and have no couch, only a dinette. As the saying goes, "different strokes for different folks". We wanted a dinette so we had a place to set up our computers and we DO NOT find it to be "very uncomfortable" as another poster seems to think. We have a walk around queen bed in the back with lots of storage in the bedroom and that does take away some space from the front living area (you can't have everything in 28'). If you want a couch and a dinette you have to go up to a 31' rig.
DouglasC 11/11/18 05:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cincinnati I74 to I75 SB

X 2 on taking the I-275 bypass plus the shortcut in IN 1. We did it last week and will be doing it in reverse tomorrow. Signs on IN 1 say "No big Trucks" but we've done it many times with a Class C motorhome pulling a toad. Really no problem, just a little slower than the Interstates but cuts off quite a distance. You don't go into Ohio at all with that route (I-74 to IN 1 to I-275 to I-75).
DouglasC 11/09/18 06:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bryce to Capitol Reef

One of our favorite drives in the entire country. No problem for us driving. Recommend it highly. X2! We have traveled in all 50 states (48 by motorhome) and Hwy 12 in Utah from Bryce to Capitol Reef is one of our favorites. Don't miss it!
DouglasC 10/30/18 03:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Class A or Class C?

My wife & I have been RVing for 32 years and have owned 7 motorhomes. We've had them from 19' to 39". The Class A motorhomes do have panoramic windshields and it's nice to have all that room when you are camped but the Class C motorhomes are generally more maneuverable and maintenance costs are significantly lower (smaller tires, can use fast lube oil change places, etc.). We've owned our 28' Class C for 12 years now and have even lived in it for as long as 6 months one time - - so that size seems to work best for us now that we are no longer full-timing. We suggest that you rent a Class C and decide if it will work for you. Our son owned a 31' Class C for 7 years when his 2 kids were younger that size worked well for them.
DouglasC 10/10/18 06:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: wisconsin dells

If you don't mind being a little further away from the Dells, Sky High Resort in Portage is a Passport America park. Nice park with great views overlooking the valley.
DouglasC 10/07/18 03:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Has anyone gone from class A to Class C?

The cost of maintenance on a Class C is definitely way less than maintenance costs on a diesel pusher! I can take my Class C through a fast oil change and generally have the work done for less than $40, literally hundreds of dollars less than the annual maintenance costs on a diesel pusher. Even Class A gassers must be taken to a limited number of service centers where the costs are usually well over $100 for annual maintenance.
DouglasC 09/04/18 06:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Has anyone gone from class A to Class C?

We've been RVing for 32 years now and have owned 7 motorhomes. Started with a 19' Class B, then a 26' Class C, then a 33' Class A, then a 35' Class A, then a 39' Class A diesel pusher. Finally decided that the diesel pusher was just too big. Like the OP stated, nice when parked but a problem maneuvering in many places. We then downsized to a 34" Class A gasser and eventually, after stopping full timing (we did that for 11 years), we went down to a 28' Class C. We have found that for us the 28" Class C is perfect - - enough room for us when parked and much more maneuverable when on the road. We've owned it now for 12 years and have on occasion actually lived in it for 6 months at a time. We have a walk around queen bed and lots of storage in the bedroom. It's a little tighter in the living room with only one chair and a dinette - - but it works for us. We'll never go back to a Class A. One of the best parts of having a Class C is that my wife will drive it; she would never drive any of the Class A motorhomes. Having a cabover bunk is great for storage too!
DouglasC 09/03/18 04:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need to buy a toad

Many Ford products are towable - - Fiesta, Focus, Edge, C-Max, Fusion hybrid as well as the Lincoln MKZ hybrid.
DouglasC 08/04/18 05:54pm Dinghy Towing
RE: SWFL to Gatlinburg area

Depends where you are going in the Gatlinburg area. If staying in Sevierville or Pigeon Forge you might want to get off I-40 eastbound at exit 407, TN 66. The suggestion to avoid Atlanta and go north in US 441 is also a good one. We've been over the mountain thru the GSMNP many times with various size RVs. It's doable with all size RVs, just shift down heading down to Sugarlands from Newfound Gap.
DouglasC 07/20/18 02:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Class C Insurance?

National General - - Quite pleased overall - - they handed an accident claim well but since then premiums have taken quite a jump. May look around at other options next year.
DouglasC 07/01/18 09:01am Class C Motorhomes
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