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RE: Class a toy haulers that can fit a smart car

Any reason why you want to buy an RV with so much space dedicated to a car when you could tow it and have the space for other things? Not trying to be Crass, just curious as to why you want the smart car actually in the RV instead of behind it. Also considerations to the GVWR would need to be looked at. I’m with you. The GVWRbis exactly why I'm asking here. I figure people know of some with a good payload capacity in the garage. I don't want to tow because of the way we travel. We full time. We don't use campgrounds. Just not our thing. So we don't want to be unhooking towing gear every time we need to go on an appointment or into a city center. A travel trailer would almost work, but you can't leave a travel trailer places for the day. Looks bad. Leaving a class a for the day isn't a big deal. So I need to go on meetings in places you can't easily get an RV into. This means the big rig stays in the suburbs and I drive the smart car into the city. I want to be able to come and go fairly easily. Playing Devil's advocate here, I can unhook our CRV in about 30 seconds using our ready elite tow bar setup, 60 seconds if I am taking my time, and be ready to go. In a Toy hauler, making sure you are on level ground, opening the back ramps/wall to the RV, unstrapping the car from the bottom of the "garage" backing down the ramps, closing it all back up, and everything else I don't know about putting a car in the back of an RV, seems considerably more difficult and time consuming than flat towing - hooking an unhooking. The cost for otherwise unusable space of a toy hauler vs flat towing seems like you are losing a lot of floor space you could otherwise use or buy a smaller RV. Maybe I am missing something. There are reasons that most people flat tow and very, very few people put car in a toy hauler. As far as a trailer, I would think hooking and unhooking a trailer is more cumbersome than either method with a MH. Good points. What happens to the towing gear when you are unhooking the toad? Where does that go? Is it heavy? If it's 30 seconds and I don't have to put away a bunch of heavy tow bars and stuff, I may be looking at this all wrong. The flat tow toad may be right. Is it huge headache to constantly be towing a car? I feel like not being able to back up when you are full timing around is big issue. Like you might get stuck in tight spits. Yes, fear of towing something I can't see is an issue.
HadEnough 02/13/20 06:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class a toy haulers that can fit a smart car

Any reason why you want to buy an RV with so much space dedicated to a car when you could tow it and have the space for other things? Not trying to be Crass, just curious as to why you want the smart car actually in the RV instead of behind it. Also considerations to the GVWR would need to be looked at. I’m with you. The GVWRbis exactly why I'm asking here. I figure people know of some with a good payload capacity in the garage. I don't want to tow because of the way we travel. We full time. We don't use campgrounds. Just not our thing. So we don't want to be unhooking towing gear every time we need to go on an appointment or into a city center. A travel trailer would almost work, but you can't leave a travel trailer places for the day. Looks bad. Leaving a class a for the day isn't a big deal. So I need to go on meetings in places you can't easily get an RV into. This means the big rig stays in the suburbs and I drive the smart car into the city. I want to be able to come and go fairly easily.
HadEnough 02/13/20 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class a toy haulers that can fit a smart car

I guess that's what I meant. Private sale. Used.
HadEnough 02/13/20 08:47am Class A Motorhomes
Class a toy haulers that can fit a smart car

Can anyone give me some examples, hopefully of budget minded class a RV is that will fit a smart car in the cargo area?
HadEnough 02/13/20 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

I'm picturing more of a cow pasture, 20 miles from the nearest gas station situation. But maybe that's because I'm used to the West. Me too ... we don't need to camp near any "attractions" other than what Mother Nature supplies ... but it sure would be great to have full hookups out there so we could save up for and stay put for, say, a couple of weeks. I'm thinking of a, say, 500 acre or more ranch out in beautiful country (and with a private lake too) that had maybe 50 FHU sites scattered throughout it, with a two week maximum stay to eliminate wealthy squatters, and at a price of around $70 per day. We'd of course leave the rancher's cows and/or sheep around us alone ... but might insist on being able to fish the lake! There are private fishing arrangements out in wild country similar to this - but they would be drycamping and are expensive. Bingo. That’s part of what I was picturing as well. A place to really stay a while. Something to enjoy.Your first hurdle would be running a business on 500+ acres of pastureland will assuredly cause the ranch/farm to lose it's Agricultural exemption for property taxes on that acreage. And most states have a look back provision in their tax codes that would allow them to collect back taxes even if you got away with it for a few years. Then there is the not insignificant costs of running miles of utilities and roads. There are pretty strong economic reasons most RV parks are not what you are describing. Oy. This guy still? Why don't you worry about your own business? Thanks
HadEnough 02/09/20 04:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

I'm picturing more of a cow pasture, 20 miles from the nearest gas station situation. But maybe that's because I'm used to the West. Me too ... we don't need to camp near any "attractions" other than what Mother Nature supplies ... but it sure would be great to have full hookups out there so we could save up for and stay put for, say, a couple of weeks. I'm thinking of a, say, 500 acre or more ranch out in beautiful country (and with a private lake too) that had maybe 50 FHU sites scattered throughout it, with a two week maximum stay to eliminate wealthy squatters, and at a price of around $70 per day. We'd of course leave the rancher's cows and/or sheep around us alone ... but might insist on being able to fish the lake! There are private fishing arrangements out in wild country similar to this - but they would be drycamping and are expensive. Bingo. That’s part of what I was picturing as well. A place to really stay a while. Something to enjoy.
HadEnough 02/09/20 01:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Thanks again for all the input. The location and price haven't been decided yet. Just getting my feet wet here trying to understand if I'm the only person who would enjoy this type of stop or if there are others who would enjoy it. From this part of the evaluation, the next step is to see if there is any financial viability at the rates people would be willing to pay. It would appear there isn't, which explains why campgrounds basically suck and are full of wall to wall people crammed allintona tiny area. Because they need to get every possible dollar from the land to make even a moderate profit. Basically I'm checking to see if it's an idea people would use and also if it would be profitable enough to make it worth spending time on. I'm currently looking to buy or start another business. This was one of my ideas. If anyone has a profitable small businesses they want to retire from and sell, shoot me a message. I'm in the market and would likely pay a normal asking price if the business is sound. So if you have no family that wants to run it, want to retire, but don't want to just close the business, let me know.
HadEnough 02/09/20 04:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Ok. Thanks for all the feedback. Seems it may work, but it's not a complete home run. That's why I asked here. One big variable is price. I think that depends heavily on location. It's $120/night to stay in a parking lot in Jersey City, NJ with quick access to NYC. It's booked nearly solid too. Can't determine the price of the KOA nearby to where I am in Florida since it's sold out for the next 6 weeks and the site only shows pricing if they have a spot. Not a single spot or day available on their calendar. If I look in Montana or something, low prices and plenty of availability. So we are all talking from a huge variety of backgrounds in price here. Those were some beautiful pics above of the BLM type camping. That's definitely the dream. I'd prefer that too. But I guess some people like NYC and Florida too, given they are completely sold out and/or $120/night. So location dictates price. As to the park owner, I already own 2 other small businesses. Haven't worked at any other company aside from my own since before the turn of the century so we can let that ridiculous part of the thread go. Found it particularly funny he was all sour grapes just like a hotel owner would be toward an airBNB. Owns one small businesses but assumes I'm either "dirt poor" or shady because he's frightened. That alone makes me think I'm into something. Ha ha. I'd personally like something like this myself since I'd never stay at a campground. I don't like all the neighbors and activity. I boondock if I'm urban or rural, but would prefer a nice campsite, especially visiting a new area or somewhere that I have a lot of plans for exploring. It gets annoying trying to find a spot to boondock in congested areas. Plus hookups are great. Thanks for the thoughts. I guess the market reaction is "meh". It's funny because I'd never use Harvest Hosts because I don't want to buy stuff or have long chats with the hosts. I want small, individual, private campsites without all the people involved. It doesn't exist. But it seems I'm pretty much the only one that feels this way.
HadEnough 02/07/20 05:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

I assume your business plan includes just ignoring the mundane things actual park owners have to contend with. Things like liability insurance, permits, licenses, inspections, environmental rules, water testing etc. I suppose the "I hope nothing goes wrong" approach may work for a two site park, or it may not. If it does work, no problem, if it doesn't, only you know what you can lose. If you have assets, being sued for a few hundred thousand because someone tripped and broke their hip may or may not be a big hit. If you are otherwise broke, too bad for the injured party. But how do you expect people to find these sites in the first place? You surely can't afford to advertise with only two sites to potentially generate income. Even if you do some basic advertising, most people are going to just discount everything you say about the place and assume it is really just someone looking to collect $50 in exchange for allowing them to park in their driveway. If getting there requires turning off the main roads and down side streets, alleys and country lanes you lose a big percentage of potential customers. Very few people are going to take a two site park seriously. Today, with the internet, it is easy to research places to stay even while traveling down the road. For almost everyone, an unknown place with two sites in the middle of who knows where for $50.00 isn't a chance they are going to take. How do you plan on collecting the site fees? Are you going to be there every day and night 365 days a year? Doubtful you are able to take credit cards, so are you going to be strictly cash? Our real life experience is that less than 10% of customers pay in currency, if it wasn't for our ability to accept credit and debit cards we would be out of business instantly. There are a whole lot of roadblocks for something like you propose to actually work out. Good Luck. Said by an RV park owner. Ha ha ha. That's like a hotel owner posting their opinion about AirBNB. Nothing but sour grapes and fear. You'd probably say the same thing to someone opening a competing RV park in your town too. Well, you're 100% wrong on nearly everything you posted.
HadEnough 02/06/20 12:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Full hookups and no crowded sardine can campsites. In other words privacy and quiet. An hour drive is no big deal. Go anywhere away from cities in most states and everything is an hour drive from most CGs anyways. Could be worth it. Are there any reviews on these? No WiFi would be somewhat of an issue. Otherwise most other amenities are just fluff. Even when our daughter was a kid we stayed away from tourist traps like KOAs. State parks and COAs were always the preference. Sorry. WiFi included. Private and very fast wifi, unlike typical campground WiFi with 600 people on it. Streaming movies no problem.
HadEnough 02/06/20 07:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

And ok. What if the private spot was much closer to the attractions? Closer than the KOA?
HadEnough 02/06/20 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Thanks for the input so far. I did try to check the local KOA to see what the rate was to see if half that rate would work. They have no available spots for the next 6 weeks so the rates aren't showing. Anyone know what, say, the KOA in Fort Myers, FL costs?
HadEnough 02/06/20 06:59am General RVing Issues
Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Would you camp at a place like this? *Quiet, Private land holding only one or 2 other RVs, if any. You might have the whole thing to yourself. *Full Hookups, but absolutely no facilities. Just your campsite. *Within an hour (or even much less) of major destinations like the beach, Disney, a big city, or other attractions. Grocery stores close by too. *Same price as a big, crowded campground with pools and neighbors packed in next to you. $50-$80 a night depending on location. Basically, very private, relaxing camping instead of being in a small village of RVs with all the commotion and neighbors. Please tell me why you would or wouldn't like this. If you'd use it or not. Thank you!
HadEnough 02/06/20 06:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Frame and tie down damage from unmarked speedbump.

You guys really don’t get it do you? That’s exactly what that thing looks like. A piece of flat asphalt. Yet, it’s actually a full-size speedbump. Speed bumps like this are supposed to be marked with large white arrow is all over them and shrinking in size for about 50 feet in front of them. The speed I was going with the speed everyone was going. They were about half a dozen cars all in a line and another half dozen or more behind me. Must be nice driving out in the country in the middle of nowhere and having the road to yourself, but that’s not what goes on in Jersey City right here outside of New York. If you have ever been to the liberty Harbor RV park that is mentioned all the time on here, it’s right around the corner from that place. You do not drive slower than the speed of traffic or you’re going to get shot. So enough giving me a hard time please. I hope each of you that chose to be mean to me when clearly you can see this thing is unmarked, hits something just as big that destroys your RV as well. I’m out of here.
HadEnough 09/30/19 05:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Frame and tie down damage from unmarked speedbump.

I guess I don’t really have a recourse. Nothing that a guy who is still working and not retired can do. The amount of time involved would probably not be worth it right? So frustrating and unbelievable that they could leave something like that in the middle of the road.
HadEnough 09/30/19 03:56pm General RVing Issues
Frame and tie down damage from unmarked speedbump.

Last year they put in a new speed bump in a place that I had been driving for years and I didn’t notice the speedbump. I was driving out of habit, and I hit it and damaged my frame mounts for my truck camper. And broke the water tank. I replaced these frame mounts And fixed the water tank, only to hit a completely new AND unmarked speedbump this year! This unmarked speed bump damaged the frame mounted tied downs and the frame itself. Do I have any recourse here with the city or do I just have to eat this? Do I have to pay for this frame to get welded? And replace yet another set of damaged tiedowns? I’m a little bit irritated at this point. Please see pictures of the unmarked speedbump and the damage to the RV at the following link. I posted a picture of the frame mount how it should look, and a picture of the one that was destroyed by the unmarked speedbump. Also pictures of the speedbump itself. Pictures of the broken frame mount, broken frame, and unmarked speedbump. This is actually unreal. The truck camper left the bed of the truck. Dishes everywhere. Everything flew off of shelves. Unbelievable impact from this unmarked speedbump.
HadEnough 09/30/19 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Asking for advice setting up truck for tc

Don’t forget you can also trick out the truck if you need to. Extra Lifes for the springs, bags, new rims and tires. Mine came all tricked out like that. It’s only a 2500 and they have an arctic fox on it.
HadEnough 09/30/19 11:43am Truck Campers
RE: Storage Compartment Theft

there is no safe storage any where. if a crook wants in he,ll get in. You have to be willing to travel. Or to pay for on-site security. The RV may not be an hour away from your house. It might be two hours. But by changing locations, you can definitely increase security. Especially if you are in an area that is high crime. Full of crackheads. That type of thing.
HadEnough 09/30/19 11:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Storage Compartment Theft

I think it is the storage facility that needs to upgrade it’s security. I would suggest moving to a different one.
HadEnough 09/30/19 05:37am Travel Trailers
RE: full time 101 questions

Mobile homes are built for full time use, RVs are not. Prepare the site, buy a used mobile home and get it delivered. Put a foundation under it and you have a house. This is the right advice. RVs are meant to travel... And we pay a premium for that portability. If you are just staying in that one spot, you really don’t need to spend all the money on a vehicle. And by vehicle, I’m including trailers. Anything that is truly portable.
HadEnough 09/28/19 10:06am Full-time RVing
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