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RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

We are planners. We decide where we want to go and plan the trip based on no more than about 400 miles per day. We look at maps and the trucker atlas to look for the roads we want to take. We also use the Mountain Directory to look to see if there are any extreme ascents or descents. We reserve all the RV spots. We used rvparkreviews extensively for places to stay. We have a larger RV (39 foot class A) so we look for long pull throughs for overnight stops so we do not have to unhook. Our trips are usually 2 weeks to a month long. Yes, we risk not making it to a place where we have a reservation, but for us, the piece of mind is worth occasionally losing a deposit.
ncrowley 06/22/19 07:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: The wide world of steering stabilizers

Yes, I have one. I do not see much difference in normal driving. I purchased it to hopefully help in a front tire blowout.
ncrowley 06/07/19 06:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Heading to Mt. Rushmore

I second the Rafter J Bar Ranch, but I would worry about getting a spot at that RV park or others in the area without reservations. They have a short season and they fill up in the season. You can call the RV parks and they will tell you if you will need a reservation.
ncrowley 05/22/19 12:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2006 In-Motion Satellite Question

I would anticipate that you will either need to or want to replace it. We have a 2004 and when we got it 6 years ago, we tried to get our dome to work but never could. We decided to just go with an external dish and have been glad we did since we do not have to worry about trees blocking the signal.
ncrowley 05/21/19 06:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newby questions

The east expensive way to go is a truck and trailer. Since you have not had a RV before, it is a good way to learn what you like and do not like. It is more comfortable to travel in a motorized RV pulling a car. It is easy to access the bathroom and set up.
ncrowley 05/12/19 11:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Have you thought about downsizing?

From the Winnebago Navion 24V spec sheet: GCWR(lbs.) 15,250 GVWR(lbs.) 11,030 4,220 difference 2-Door Jeep Wrangler 3,970 lbs 200 lbs below the max GCWR I have a 4 door Rubicon and it is 4500 pounds. But also those numbers are better then the model we were looking at a year ago. We were getting around 3700 pounds difference.
ncrowley 05/05/19 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have you thought about downsizing?

That’s exactly why I’m looking at it gemsworld. I want to do more coast to coast travel and it just seems like a much easier way to put on lots of miles on the road. I would also like to have the ability to tow the Jeep Wrangler so I don’t know if the Sprinter is capable of that. I did see several of the Sprinters towing wranglers on this last trip. Are they rated to tow that much? They cannot tow most Wranglers even though they have a 5K hitch. We have a Rubicon and they definately cannot tow that. Subtract the GVWR from the GCWR and that is what you can tow. You may have a few hundred pounds more if you do not load the RV to the max. When we did the math, we were a LOT less than the Rubicon. The dealer kept telling us there was no problem, so we called Winnebago and they told us that the calculation we were doing was correct and we should not tow the Jeep. We like the Sprinter and have done the math on that chassis with a number of manufacturers and they all can tow less than 4K pounds so we gave up on that chassis.
ncrowley 05/03/19 06:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to calculate the cost of RVing

We also did the math because we are both engineers and want to know. We purchased a 9 year old diesel pusher. The math clearly showed it is considerably more expensive to travel in the coach than using motels. We still have the coach 7 years later and we are very happy with our decision to buy it. We have been places where there was no close hotel. We have had camp sites in beautiful areas. Our dog gets to travel easily with us. We have our own bed. We get to cook our own food. We do not have to do the "bag drag" from hotel to hotel. We think traveling in the coach is great.
ncrowley 04/28/19 05:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Low overpasses, etc.

While we use a GPS, we never trust them completely. We check each route with a truckers road atlas. The atlas shows low overpasses and bridges with weight limits. You can also get this information online. We plan our fuel stops by looking at any questionable places with Google earth. We do the same with the RV parks and will often call them to ask about access. We read the reviews on rvreviews.com to see if there is anything we should knnow about the park. Yes, we plan but it gives us peace of mind.
ncrowley 04/22/19 06:07am Beginning RVing
RE: newbie needs wisdom

First, get one with complete maintenance records. Make sure any maintenance records you get are complete. An oil change once per year is far from adequate. Get one that has been well taken care of my knowledgeable owners. Watch out for the paint checking issue in those years. I would prefer one that was kept under cover. Get it inspected by an independent shop. Floor plan is important. Stay with the better brands: Newmar, County Coach, Tiffin. We are fine with our rear radiator. The issues we had were due to being out in the sun and incomplete maintenance records.
ncrowley 03/26/19 06:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Tire Monitoring System to get?

TireMinder is my favorite. Great customer service.
ncrowley 03/24/19 06:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Has this happened to you?

I had it happen to me in Beaver, UT in my car. It was a fuel stop on the east side of the highway with a tire shop attached. A guy came by and told me one of my rear tires was going flat. He said there was free air on the side of the building. When I got there to check things out, there was a guy waiting to check my pressure for me. He said it was very low. I started getting a weird vibe. There was no alert in the instrument panel. He said he would fill it. Then, he just went a few secs and said - oh, he overfilled it. That was too fast to be overfilled. Then he said he could get me a good deal on a tire and got me a price. I was not feeling right so I went on my way. There was nothing wrong with that tire.
ncrowley 03/19/19 03:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tombstone or Bisbee?

We just went to both in Feb and we really enjoyed the mine tour in Bisbee and the town is really cool. We enjoyed Tombstone but it was too touristy for us.
ncrowley 03/04/19 08:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Class A Buyer with Questions

NADA is not realistic. A coach that has been well cared for and updated is the same price in NADA as one that has been neglected. That does not make sense. Look online to see what is selling for what amount of money. See how well the coach was cared for and if there is a set of maintenance records to prove it. Look at the better brands and the higher end lines. Decide what features are a must have and which you can live without. Expect to see a lot of coaches before you find the one that works for you.
ncrowley 03/04/19 08:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stand-alone GPS or smartphone?

Most of the time, we use the RV Garmin - nice big viewable screen and works all the time without using data. However, sometimes we use the smart phone if the address is very new.
ncrowley 02/12/19 02:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie Question

Added a TPMS Magneshade Water filters Battery watering system Replaced old radio Replaced old tube TVs
ncrowley 01/22/19 06:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gray water flush

I would really like to have a grey tank flush. We do not have any odors but the food particles sit at the bottom of the tank and it does not look like they all get flushed out.
ncrowley 01/15/19 01:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: New member needs advice on 2003 Monaco Signature

Have they done all of the scheduled maintenance on the coach and the generator and do they have documentation of the maintenance? When we needed to have things like the generator hoses replaced, it was a pretty expensive job, for example. Do they know what maintenance should be done and on what schedule?
ncrowley 01/13/19 04:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to RV’ing need advice

I would also look for RV parks that allow park models. Park models are better insulated and therefore you would pay much less for utilities which will be expensive in the summer. When you are in an RV park long term, as you will be, the electricity you use is charged separately. There is also more room in a park model for you and your kids. If you will not budge off the idea of a fifth wheel, purchase an older one that is of better quality rather than a new one of lesser quality. You want one that is built well, with good insulation and quality components. Getting a new one with a warranty is not going to compensate for poor workmanship. Also, as stated, where are you going to live while the RV is in the shop for warranty repairs?
ncrowley 01/07/19 11:55am General RVing Issues
RE: New to RVing Class A advice needed

I agree with the brand recommendations you have been given. Stay with the better made coaches. The most important thing for me is a complete set of maintenance records, which means they knew what the maintenance schedule for all the components are, tracked and did them, and have records to prove it. You want one that has been well cared for.
ncrowley 01/03/19 10:53am Beginning RVing
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