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RE: The Wife Says We Are Keeping Our '89

If it ain't broke, why try and fix it? ;)
FULLTIMEWANABE 04/25/19 12:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brother in Law wants to not get in financial trouble

As has been stated by others above, initial capital outlay is one thing at the front end, but the ongoing maintenance and repairs (and there will typically for most of us be many over the years!) is to us the biggie. For what it's worth, when we bought out first and current A class back in 2003, we chose to go with gas at the time based on the fact that for an extra $100,000 it would have cost us for a brand new diesel we could have bought a lot of gas for those extra $$$'s. Secondly, we were concerned about the cost of maintenance of diesel versus gas and the ease of being able to do a lot of the regular maintenance ourselves where possible. Absolutely can't argue with the engine noise being upfront, but ........ whilst we might be a minute or two longer getting up the top of a hill/mountain, we strangely get up there the same as the diesels. By the way hubby would love a diesel, but I'm just struggling to personally justify it. Agree with others floorpan, reliability overall reviews and good construction would be my priority first and foremost and whether gas or diesel after those facts, but as always ........... to each their own ;) One of the best pieces of advice we ever received at the front end, was to put at least 5% of the purchase price into a maintenance/repair account, which is what we did based on new purchase price, and being under warranty initially. If we were going to buy a previously enjoyed coach we would likely have put 10% of the purchase price aside. We have sadly depleted this account on numerous occasions = 2 engines, tires all at once, leaf springs and so on, but we have replenished it as quickly as financially possible so it is always there for the next breakdown, replacement/repair. We very strongly advocate to anyone buying an RV to put aside some serious bucks into a "just in case" maintenance/repair account right from the get go of ownership and add to it on a consistent basis, that plus regular maintenance/checks before heading out on the road we feel are of paramount of importance. It saved our bacon on numerous occasions, as well giving us peace of mind. RVing has likely cost us more than hotel rooms, flights and car road trips, but the joy and memories we've created for over 20 years, sleeping in our own bed, potty on board, stopping where and when we've wanted to have a rest, eat and being in our home away from home, initially with our fifth wheel and past 16 years Gasser we wouldn't have traded for more money in the bank today. Live for today and plan sensibly but not obsessively for the tomorrows, just in case they don't all come!
FULLTIMEWANABE 04/25/19 12:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Said goodbye to my foster dog

People laugh at me when I fret about feeding on time, making sure water's plentiful, exercise, chastising and treats and just the general way I treat all our animals as little humans in fur coats. They have hearts and minds that hurt just like ours do. Our daughter's horses, dogs and bless her heart our last (can't bear the heartache of losing anymore) Golden Retriever Sassy that fell asleep in my husband's arms September 2013. Oh what I wouldn't give to be moaning about her hair again everywhere ever since! THANK YOU to each and every person that realizes that these creatures have the same feelings we do. Have you ever seen someone beat/ill treat a dog, and yet it still comes back loyal and wagging it's tail = heartbreaking. I just don't know how anyone can turn their backs on animals suffering either mental or physical cruelty. Kudos to you for making his last 5 months so wonderful and comforting him right to the rainbow bridge.
FULLTIMEWANABE 03/22/19 01:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Satellite TV is Dead, Direct TV just lost 267,000 customers

Cut the cord/satellite 3 years ago this June. Should have done it years earlier, but got suckered in to the grandfathered plan we could take on the road with us. Was spending over C$2000 a year to watch repeat after repeat after repeat and shows rehashed like Quincy MD, Murder She Wrote etc etc. Only kept it for the extortionate add on Sports and Wildlife channels for hubby. Now he goes watch live on big screen TV his Hockey locally. Gets snippets of his football, and watches all the wildlife programs his little heart desires on his iPad. FWIW, we too are rural and had absolute garbage internet for years. A couple years ago they brought in a "Hub", which so far has been awesome, and costs us less than half what we paid for Satellite alone, so we are saving a good couple hundred a month since cutting the cord so to speak. Daughter added Roku and now we have way more than enough to meet our couch potato needs ;) SD PS: We too trade markets and used to watch BNN live on TV, now get it all on line for what we need just had to learn to adjust and get used to different programmes for the same end of the day results.
FULLTIMEWANABE 03/20/19 09:21am Technology Corner
RE: Coney Island from Manhattan

Subway to Coney Island and Free Ferry to Staton Island and back giving you the best close up of Statue of Liberty for photos we personally found ;) Just sayin'. Worked for us and would do it again. PS: Don't forget for good financial luck to either, slap the bull's butt, grab his sacs or stroke his horns on wall street. Different beliefs, different people!
FULLTIMEWANABE 03/08/19 04:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CG near Duke Cancer Center?

Volunteer that worked at the centre in 2014 told us most extended visitors stayed at Birchwood. WM at that time also used to allow O/N parking = maybe worth checking out as a back up for an odd day or two in between. FWIW: to others with family being treated under age 21, there is a Ronald McDonald House also.
FULLTIMEWANABE 02/27/19 12:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boston - Cape Cod area

Interested in this thread also for our trip to Boston. Which CG within walking distance (we don't have a toad) for quick transport to DT Boston? Doesn't have to be upmarket or tons of amenities just somewhere safe to sleep at night = bit like ease of access for NYC from Liberty Harbour in NJ set up would work. Thanks, FTW A few weeks ago we booked 14 days for the middle of May. We originally looked at Normandy Farms but they didn't have any full hookup sites available for that length of stay. Just a suggestion, I would book well in advance. This obviously is a busy tourist destination. Weekends are booked well in advance. Thanks for the heads up Gramps, and I'm sure you'll have a blast on your trip. We are planning on September after schools back in, and also we are 100% off grid independent for up to 3 weeks on tanks and ample solar. We can handle dry camping, just want somewhere close to commute into Boston and safe to park overnight for 3 or 4 nights tops, purely to access Boston. Everywhere else we've got covered on spreadsheet, but Boston accessibility is proving to be a bit of a doozie for us, based on advisories not to drive into, and CG's so far away it appears. PS: We're doing a 6 to 7 month West to East coast Newfoundland/Lab trip, starting end Apr, then dropping down to Boston/RI and across and up the lakes on the USA side coming back.
FULLTIMEWANABE 02/25/19 04:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boston - Cape Cod area

Interested in this thread also for our trip to Boston. Which CG within walking distance (we don't have a toad) for quick transport to DT Boston? Doesn't have to be upmarket or tons of amenities just somewhere safe to sleep at night = bit like ease of access for NYC from Liberty Harbour in NJ set up would work. Thanks, FTW
FULLTIMEWANABE 02/25/19 02:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tioga George

So sad to hear of George's passing. I enjoyed his blog for many, many years and his meet ups. RIP George.
FULLTIMEWANABE 02/05/19 11:04am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Any Diving RVers?

Been a few years but we'd not found many opportunities on the East side, but out West had had some off Vancouver/Islands/California coasts in places. Off the Fla Keys, Blue Holes, various Caves, Gulf Mexico for just itsy bitsy messing around (Point of Rocks Sarasota albeit free diving worked as not very deep to warrant full scuba LOL), but we enjoyed various jump off areas around there. Beautiful crystal blue/green waters off Gasparilla Island Fla on right side going in but on the left of the point is where the Pro Tarpon fishing occurs - crabs etc, flushing out of Charlotte Harbour. Mexico should give you some good diving sites if you RV down there. Whale Sharks were the highlight for my daughter and hubby. Otherwise most of our diving was done Bahamas, Caribbean etc. Google is your friend ;)
FULLTIMEWANABE 11/27/18 03:54pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: How many driving hours per day?

I very vividly recall the working/school crazy days of yesteryear when we'd drive 12 or 14 hour days sometimes (including fuel and meal stops), to cram as much time in at a destination as possible. Nowadays, we vary how long we travel from day to day. Find hubby now sometimes finds even an hour half/two hours too long LOL. I think most days of "travel" days, we would average around 3 to 6 hours depending what we are stopping and looking at enroute. When we get closer to home, we are known still to finish the last 7 to 8 hours on occasion in one go. You said you were in no rush! If that is the case, then find some places you'd like to stop at enroute and hold up as and when you want to. It's not a race ;)
FULLTIMEWANABE 11/20/18 10:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Finally joined the Apple bandwagon!

I was a devote PC/Windows user for the longest time and Blackberry Bold - totally anti anything Apple. Excel and the other suite of Office programmes I just loved. Finally a client that works for apple insisted with his working for Apple I couldn't be seen with a Blackberry, on giving me his old iPhone 5 and the next thing on a visit to his home in San Jose, daughter and I both ended up toting MacBook Pros back home with us. Hated the numbers and pages compared to Word and Excel for the longest time, but with practice since 2014 am now a user of all things Mac. One HUGE thing I learnt very very early on was when the new upgrades come out like Yosemite and the others, I DO NOT upgrade immediately, as many have had glitches, which I can't afford the downtime for. I wait a couple of months or so and then do the upgrade after googling what problems others that have upgraded to the new system have had and the solutions have been implemented to those problems. Right now I am still being prompted to upgrade to MACOS MOJAVE, but am resisting for a few weeks to see what problems others might encounter from this upgrade first. Love the fact that the mac doesn't crash as much as the PC did or go as sluggishly slow.
FULLTIMEWANABE 10/31/18 12:53pm Technology Corner
RE: overnight stop

South Pointe Casino at the very South end of the LV Blvd has awesome free Overnight area for RV's and Trucks. We stayed there twice very comfortably with security checking in regularly back in June this year and would do so again. Silverton said we could also stay O/N in the designated area when we were just visiting the fish/waterfall display.
FULLTIMEWANABE 10/19/18 03:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where Do You Stay in Las Vegas

Stayed at LV RV Resort Nellies Boulevard early end May this year and also the year before. We don't toad, and whilst the RV Resort was great and reasonably priced, walking to and from to Sam's Town was a little nerve wrecking, especially at night!! Used the Shuttle at Sams Town whilst staying there to get to the strip and back = worked OK for 3 days when we were generally waiting for an overseas relative arrival at McCarran to come in. On the return trip to drop off at McCarran, we booked into Oasis LV for 3 nights, just off South side of Strip and now they are charging $12 for their shuttle per person per day return trip with very limited schedule, so we Ubered up and down the strip and did Freemont as well. That worked brilliantly. With no relatives on board we prefer to boondock, so in the past we've stayed at the back of Bally's/Paris, but they now charge for parking, albeit we did once stay O/N there. However, right south on the strip is the South Pointe, and they have a dedicated area for trucks and RV's to stay O/N complimentary which we did for two nights and it was perfect, and felt way more comfortable walking around wise than Nellies Boulevard. Like we said, very much enjoyed the Las Vegas RV Resort for pricing etc near Sam's town but felt very very uncomfortable walking around the sketchy area of Sams Town vicinity. Seeing some interesting folks, police checking vehicles often and people urinating on the main boulevard against the small trees. To each their own, and YMMV, just sharing our experience this May. PS: We used Passport America for both stays at the Oasis Las Vegas, so the rate was much more reasonable than the rack rates - Mon to Thurs both times.
FULLTIMEWANABE 10/08/18 01:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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