RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Search

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  



Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'catkins' found 55 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 3  
Next
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
RE: Leavenworth, WA recommendations?

This is high season for the area for camping, a spot might be difficult to get. Icicle Creek RV Park is located very near town along the river.
catkins 08/16/19 02:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best fit for family of six?

RVing is a wonderful way to travel as you see the country. It is NOT an inexpensive way to travel. There is annual maintenance, tire replacement, overnight costs, insurance and more. Towing slows down the speed at which you can safely/legally travel whether a towed car or Trailer. That many people in one RV will allow for little to no privacy for anyone. Storage for clothing and more would need to be carefully looked at in any RV/trailer you might consider. If long distances are in your future, driving slower only increases the required time while towing/RVing dramatically increases fuel costs. Many class A Mhs get 8-10 mpg on a good day with no mountains to cross. We use 50MPH as out time estimator for our travel which includes short rest stops/quick lunch in our travel day. My family loved our little trailers we had. I have such good memories of our adventures. Your family may also love joining the RVing world. Just think very carefully about why and how this would it work for you all. Go wander through some an envision how the space and seating would work for you when camped and when travelling. Good luck!!!
catkins 08/15/19 10:03am Beginning RVing
RE: Winnebago vs Tiffin

Had two Winnebagos and when we bought new again in 2014, Tiffin won hands down. Fit and finish on the Winnebagos was so much inferior to past years. Was actually quite unacceptable. Maybe Winnebago has improved quality/build but look carefully. I have been very happy with Tiffin support and customer service. In 2014, I would not buy a Winnie even though that was where we thought we were headed. Also think resale values and do some checking. Good luck with your decision making.
catkins 07/20/19 10:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toby is now waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge

Sorry for your loss. Toby sounds very loved. So hard to let them go when it is time.
catkins 06/18/19 05:47pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Advice for first time RV rental and experience

Just to be certain, you cannot ride in a trailer while it is being towed. Also, when using an RV you will often have to follow truck speed limits (55-60mph most often) and will slow down some going up and down big hills/mountain passes. When going down passes and large hills NEVER ride the brake!! Gear down and brake hard occasionally to slow down. Slow = safe. TV options, likely only over air or cable TV in some parks. Netflix and Hulu require you to have a subscription and a smart TV with internet access. Your adventure sounds wonderful but I too would think less miles rather than more. Being overly tired and pressed for time is a vacation killer. With little ones, you will need to take breaks from the road. Popular NAtional Parks can be VERY busy in peak tourist months, causing the need for more time to see them and to drive to them. Parking along the roads/highways is not allowed often. There is some boondocking(parking with out services) on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land out west but only in specified areas. Some find lots of boondocking sites but if getting from point to point is your goal, may not be reasonable to search them out often. Walmart stores have allowed overnighting at some but mnay are now saying NO to abuse or local laws. I wish you luck with your planning. Sounds like an amazing adventure. Keep reading and asking questions - start a new thread of inquiry here that is very specific will get you the best answers! Good luck!
catkins 06/17/19 04:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Advice for first time RV rental and experience

Welcome to the forum! Not much privacy or separation in an RV. Sometimes there is a rear bedroom with a thin door between areas in a larger Class A RV. The front compartment would then have to accommodate one couple and the kids. Is it doable, yes but a larger Class A will restrict where you can park it when sightseeing as I assume you will not have a rental car to drive as well. You may be better off to consider one small Class C rental RV for each couple. Easier to find parking when at sightseeing places where you need to get out to enjoy. Expensive ...... yes. RVing is a wonderful experience and if you can adjust to being very close in a small place when not outside, you could have a great trip. EL Monte RV and Cruise America, as stated above, are the biggest networks of rentals. Did not see where you intend to go nor what time of year. Weather can adversely effect travel so be sure to add that to your planning phase. Extreme heat or cold creates issues for RV travel as well as sightseeing. RV Air conditioners tend to be not so efficient in high heat areas! Summer time on the roads in America can be very busy and even getting reservations for your overnight stays may require some considerable advance planning and obtaining. Best of luck for a grand adventure exploring our beautiful and diverse country!
catkins 06/16/19 12:07pm Beginning RVing
RE: Hose question........

We use 2x25' water hoses - food grade not garden hoses! Sewer hoses , one 15' sewerand , one 10' and one 5'........ we always seem to need a few more inches. Yes, you should use a different hose for the rinse connection on the sewer tank.Enjoy the adventure!
catkins 06/13/19 06:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: lost my co pilot

So sorry for your loss. Will be sending thoughts for strength and comfort.
catkins 06/12/19 03:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Pressure regulator at source vs. destination

I place the regulator at the park bib. Hoses may weaken and fail over time if you place it on the RV end. Either way the RV is protected. I left mine once on the park pipe and now am careful what I am taking off. Just another mental check list item.
catkins 06/02/19 02:18pm Tech Issues
RE: De-laminating

Agree - good choice to keep looking. Hidden damage is almost always worse than what you see. Delamination often continues to expand, roof leak could mean soft spots, mold and more. Keep looking - happy hunting!
catkins 05/22/19 03:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Extended Service Plan

I disagree often on this subject. It REALLY matters who you get your policy through and what the exclusions are. I have had three policies over the years as I fix things with a screwdriver, duct tape and check book. I am obviously not mechanically inclined nor do I have any expertise. I know enough to avoid being scammed but not to fix. In those three service policies I have been under what I paid once and over in paid repairs twice. Labor IS included in mine. I pay the deductible and they pay the remainder of the repair. The last policy paid out over $5k the cost. I like to sleep at night and not worry what a major repair may cost me. You must read the policy, know what you are getting and be sure to get any repairs PREapproved. Maintenance must be kept up and sometimes an inspection of the RV must occur before they will issue a policy. For me it works. I know that any service/insurance policy is betting I will not get more than I paid. Many do start their own repair account and bank the similar money. Really is a matter of personal expertise and level of comfort with paying for a large repair. Read the fine print before purchasing and compare to other potential policies. They vary wildly in cost and coverage. Happy Trails!
catkins 05/21/19 10:11am Beginning RVing
RE: Looking for good campground in Portland OR

Jantzen Beach is the closest. Has been years but it likely has the best location for your needs. Commuter traffic in Portland is no fun..............
catkins 05/18/19 06:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newby questions

I have RVed for over 20 years, starting in a Class C then As. In my growing up days, we tented and then had trailers. Here are some reasons why we chose MHs over trailers. In bad weather, we can pull in, and basically start enjoying our stay. Elec and water can be connected later. Having levelers does away with the need to use blocks or similar under wheels to get level - push a button and done. Rest stops - you can choose to use your own bathroom without stepping outside and in a pinch, the passenger can use the bathroom while in motion (I KNOW - not safe.) The routine to hook up a trailer can be quite time consuming and yes, it gets faster with practice. With a MH, you unplug, stow hoses and elec cord, retract levelers and off you go. MHs have advantages over trailers in other ways - better storage in most MHs, better insulation often, larger tank storage capacities often, better visibility our windows, onboard generator vs portable to name a few. Truck pulling vs pulling a Toad (towed vehicle) behind MH - a Toad must be able to be towed by the MH(weight restrictions) and be mechanically able to be towed. There is a cost to getting a Toad setup and purchasing the tow bar/aux brake. It is easy to connect/disconnect quickly. Gives the flexibility once in camp to sightsee and do errands. We did MH only for one trip and quickly decided we wanted the freedom a Toad offers. You will need to consider which will work best for you now and as you age. What is easy now may well become more difficult as you get more "mature." Look at floor plans and think about travel needs. Take your time, ask lots here and do NOT believe what salesmen tell you without verifying. Yes, there are some excellent and honest sales people but their focus in on moving a unit and getting a commission. Do your research and here's to many happy RVing years!
catkins 05/10/19 09:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Washington DC area

Another vote for Cherry Hill. Enjoy your visit.
catkins 05/09/19 10:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ? Quartzsite Auto Parking and/or RV Park Recommendations

Quartzsite is a fun, quirky place but it is spread put. The big tent can accommodate scooters but I would avoid the first two days of the Big Tent event due to extremely high foot traffic inside. After that, early morning or late afternoon are best lower traffic times. Vendors for assorted "antiques" and rocks are abound all around town. Across Kuhn St. from the big tent event there are MANY vendors in rows selling things you never knew you needed. All of this including inside the big tent are on mostly level, hard packed desert with the big tent putting down carpet inside. Just be sure your scooter can easily travel aver slightly uneven terrain. Be sure to check out the QIA Pow Wow around the same time as the Big Tent (maybe just before??) for another fun browsing opportunity - inside and outside vendors, lots of rocks, jewelry and arts and crafts (Not Native related at all......) Quartzsite is a unique experience. Only two small grocery stores/dollar stores in town so I suggest you stock up on most of what you need in advance. Blythe CA 20 miles away is the closest big box grocery Store(Albertsons). If you plan to stay in a park, get a reservation NOW!! All parks are basically full during the big tent event and usually for all of January. PM me with any questions - we boondocked for 9 years there going elsewhere last season. Enjoy Quirky Quartzsite! FYI - you can pull into a large parking lot behind the big tent(by the yellow elephant water storage tanks) and drop her off closet to the tent entrance or find parking there if lucky/early enough.
catkins 05/09/19 10:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ? Quartzsite Auto Parking and/or RV Park Recommendations

Quartzsite is a fun, quirky place but it is spread put. The big tent can accommodate scooters but I would avoid the first two days of the Big Tent event due to extremely high foot traffic inside. After that, early morning or late afternoon are best lower traffic times. Vendors for assorted "antiques" and rocks are abound all around town. Across Kuhn St. from the big tent event there are MANY vendors in rows selling things you never knew you needed. All of this including inside the big tent are on mostly level, hard packed desert with the big tent putting down carpet inside. Just be sure your scooter can easily travel aver slightly uneven terrain. Be sure to check out the QIA Pow Wow around the same time as the Big Tent (maybe just before??) for another fun browsing opportunity - inside and outside vendors, lots of rocks, jewelry and arts and crafts (Not Native related at all......) Quartzsite is a unique experience. Only two small grocery stores/dollar stores in town so I suggest you stock up on most of what you need in advance. Blythe CA 20 miles away is the closest big box grocery Store(Albertsons). If you plan to stay in a park, get a reservation NOW!! All parks are basically full during the big tent event and usually for all of January. PM me with any questions - we boondocked for 9 years there going elsewhere last season. Enjoy Quirky Quartzsite! FYI - you can pull into a large parking lot behind the big tent(by the yellow elephant water storage tanks) and drop her off closet to the tent entrance or find parking there if lucky/early enough.
catkins 05/09/19 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Surge Protector

Progressive EMS! An EMS does so much more than just protect against surges. Ours will cut off for low power and reset automatically to allow power after a low/high power issue. By far the most reason for us with issues is low power at parks. Our EMS cuts us off until power rises to a safe level again. Worth every penny. This is not the place to go cheap with an inexpensive surge (only) protector. Read the spec and then decide but we never plug in without our EMS.
catkins 05/09/19 10:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best RV route map

I use Google Maps and then check the proposed routes using Trucker Path app or our Truckers Road Atlas. If road is good for big trucks, good for me. We always travel using our onboard guidance in the RV but sometimes have to say nope and reroute via a safer route as we have pre-checked our route. The onboard guidance eventually figures the change out. LOL No one method or program is foolproof. Safe travels!
catkins 05/08/19 11:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Service Temporarily Unavailable! Please try again later.

Makes it pretty unusable but then how would we know what Ella and the team is doing today?? Hope they fix it soon, nice to look for assistance or to give some hard earned wisdom here,.
catkins 05/07/19 02:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: So what's the deal with weight stations?

Nope, only commercial traffic must stop. Actually, sure they will get cranky IF you stop. Happy travels.
catkins 05/07/19 02:54pm Beginning RVing
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 3  
Next


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2019 CWI, Inc. © 2019 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS