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RE: GPS app best one for a iPad

We've been happy using CoPilot RV for the past couple of years. Be sure you have an iPad with cellular capability so it has the GPS receiver. You don't need to have an active cell plan to use CoPilot. The entire map database can be loaded onto the iPad. The database updates can be done over a wifi connection. Art
older_fossil 09/21/21 07:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Wyoming Vacation June-July 2022

The last couple of years we've been amazed at the crowds in those shoulder months. "amazed" - meaning crowded or not crowded? Like new monthly visitation records September 2020 and again May 2021. :(
older_fossil 09/16/21 09:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wyoming Vacation June-July 2022

We've spent a fair amount of visiting Yellowstone, but mostly May/Sept/Oct. We usually stay at Rocky Mountain RV Park in Gardiner for access to the northern part of the Park, especially for wildlife in the Lamar Valley. And we like Grizzly RV in West Yellowstone for visiting the southern half of the park. Fishing Bridge is more central, but it is a HUGE park and exploring from any base means a lot of driving. The last couple of years we've been amazed at the crowds in those shoulder months. June to August will likely be very crowed, and traffic and parking will be an issue. Besides Yellowstone, we like Devil's Tower, the Tetons and Cody for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museums. We always try to visit the Black hills in South Dakota while in that area.
older_fossil 09/16/21 07:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Domiciling in California

We were California residents when we first went full time. Because my wife wasn't yet eligible for Medicare and we wanted to keep her CA based PPO medical plan with national coverage, we kept a CA domicile until Medicare became an option. We used the Escapees Texas mailing service for virtually all of our mail and used our Son's street address for domicile purposes. That meant we filed CA state tax returns and had CA driver licenses and vehicle registrations. After she was able to get on Medicare we moved our domicile to the Escapees service for South Dakota, but kept our primary mailing address in Texas. HTH, Art
older_fossil 09/13/21 06:05am Full-time RVing
RE: Jeep toad ?

If you looking for a nice cushy ride, a Wrangler may not be for you. We got a wrangler and love it but a bit rough on rough roads. Tows nice, simple setup, I buy another if I ever need to. With our previous coach, we towed a 2001 TJ (2 door) wrangler for somewhere around 100k miles. It was set up for serious off road trails and wasn't a great ride for long driving days. I really liked the low end torque of that 4.0 six cylinder, but rarely saw above about 15 mpg on average. As we got older, it was harder to climb into the lifted Wrangler. When we went full time and moved up to a diesel pusher, we went for a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee for more comfort and cargo space. While the GC is still a very capable offroad vehicle, the DW is lobbying for a 4 door Rubicon Wrangler whenever we replace the GC. Art
older_fossil 09/12/21 12:16pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep toad ?

What model of Jeep are you considering? If just Wranglers, most of them are flat towable. With other models, it depends on the drivetrain. On some models only very specific drivetrain options are flat towable. In general you need a 2 speed transfer case that has a true neutral selection. Art
older_fossil 09/12/21 06:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Wine Country north of San Francisco

Just be prepared for crowds and high prices. If it were us, for wine we'd rather spend time in the Paso Robles area in mid state or further south in the Santa Ynez Valley. Art
older_fossil 09/03/21 06:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds near Yellowstone

We spent four weeks between Garniner and West Yellowstone last September. We had days it seemed very busy only to learn that YNP hit a new visitation record for September last year. We went back for May of this year and found it very busy and learned a new May record had been set. We read reports that the park was looking into ways of managing the traffic. This is already happening at other national parks, and I am afraid it will be a growing problem across the country, especially with the most popular parks. Art
older_fossil 09/03/21 06:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Just beginning to do homework

I'd recommend taking as much of the summer and even early fall as possible. There is lots to see in Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. I'll second getting Mike and Terri Church's Alaska Camping Guide and the Milepost. We've been up three times, in 2005 and 2012 in a class C with friends in their class C, and by ourselves in 2018 in our current Tiffin Bus. We are thinking about going back up while we still know we can. If you are taking your Jeep and are used to getting off the paved roads, there are many great back roads to explore. Depending on current conditions and your own driving comfort, consider driving the Top-of-the-World Highway and/or the Old Denali Highway in your coach. These two roads are gravel/dirt, but have been fine the times we've driven them and offer wonderful scenery. If interested, you can find the 2012 and 2018 trips in the highlights list in our blog: http://arts-work.blogspot.com/ Art
older_fossil 08/15/21 08:15am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Laze Days owners questions

I am about 6' tall, and we traveled in a 26.5' 2002 Mid-Bath Lazy Daze for 140K miles over 13 years before we went full time. No clearance problems except getting into or out of the cab if the over-cab bed was flipped out. They are very solid and reliable rigs if properly maintained. But currently they are rare and selling for insane levels during the current RV situation. If you really are interested, I'd recommend joining and hanging at the LD owners forum: LD Owners Forum Art
older_fossil 08/08/21 04:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Down Sizing

By the time we decided to go full time over six years ago, we had been making extended trips in our 27' no-slide class C for several years, so we knww we could live in a very small space and how little we actually needed. Talking to full timers in campgrounds, we often heard the recommendation not to put anything in storage, as many had regretted spending the storage fees on what had become "a bunch of old stuff". Think very carefully why you are storing things. Our son has been a minimalist for a long time and his opinions were taken seriously. When we came to the point of dealing with a house full of 40 years of accumulation, we came to realize that much of it had to do with past interests and phases of our lives and that we really had no big emotional attachment to most of it anymore. What really surprised us was the effort to just dispose of it! Some family heirlooms went to other family. The rest went to garage and estate sales, lots to charities and some to the dump. We did put some stuff in storage while we ordered a diesel pusher for fulltimimg. Once we had the new coach, what we could not fit/justify in the new coach went to charity. After six years we are still fine tuning what we add and give away. Art
older_fossil 08/07/21 07:04am Full-time RVing
RE: Alaska Sept 2022

We've had some nice weather and gorgeous fall colors driving down from Alaska through the Yukon and BC during September. But as others have said, many of the tourist oriented services are already shutting down for the season. Don't plan on provincial parks or all of the private RV parks to be open. Pick up fuel before you get low. Art
older_fossil 08/05/21 11:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dinosaur National Park

We were last at Dinosaur NM for a few days in late October 2020. Definitely see the new quarry exhibit, but we also like many of the back roads. If you are staying in Vernal, check out the Split Mountain Campground. For back roads check with the park for current conditions, but I think some of them are OK for your short class C if you have experience driving back roads, go slow and use caution. We have several posts on our blog from that visit, including McConkie Ranch petroglyphs. http://arts-work.blogspot.com/2020/10/dinosaur-national-monument-part-1.html
older_fossil 07/31/21 07:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boondocking Water Question

+1 on adding an inline valve like the previous poster suggested. We can vary the flow rate to the hand-held shower head when we want/need to be careful with water usage. Art
older_fossil 07/24/21 02:50pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Camping at Petersburg, Alaska

In May 2012 we and another rig (both class C towing Jeeps) worked our way up the inside passage, spending a few days at each ferry town. We spent 3 days near Petersburg at The Trees RV park and General Store, a few miles out of town. But looking for current information it sounds like they may no longer be operating. The USFS Blind Slough CG gets fairly good Google reviews, but again nothing recent. We did charter a small private boat for an all day whale watching trip on Frederick Sound which was fantastic. Art
older_fossil 07/24/21 06:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fundy National Park

We spent one night in 2017 in our 40' Bus towing a Jeep Grand Cherokee. On a quick look at their reservation page I see some sites up to 70'. You may be limited to 30A electrical service.
older_fossil 07/15/21 09:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Al[pine WY to Cody WY

I agree with the others, just go through Yellowstone NP. The north and west entrances were backing up early during May. I expect they will continue to have record visitation this summer, so get to the park as early as you can and don't be surprised if you have to wait at the entry station.
older_fossil 07/05/21 07:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Monitor panel inverted

I see you posted about this on the Tiffin Owners Forum. I know I've seen this discussed before and a solution, but I couldn't find that thread. Do you have a house battery disconnect switch? I'd try turning that and the AC power off for a minute to try to reboot things. Art
older_fossil 06/20/21 08:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good iOS app for RV navigation?

We've been happy running the CoPilot RV app on an iPad Mini for the past 2-3 years. It has full offline maps and takes into account RV dimensions. It allows for routes with multiple stops and/or routing vias. I use Google Maps satellite and street views when route planning in unfamiliar ares. We will sometimes use Waze to check traffic while driving in heavily populated areas. Like any GPS based navgation, a healthy amount of common sense is also needed. Art
older_fossil 06/02/21 10:17am Technology Corner
RE: Cerro Gordo?

We've been to or through Cerro Gordo several times over the years. Lots of interesting mining history at that location. It too bad that one of its great buildings, the American Hotel, burned down a couple of years ago. The main road up from the town of Keeler is usually well graded, but has steep and switch-backed sections. I'd agree that a high clearance vehicle is best. All other roads to/from Cerro Gordo can be serious 4x4 challenges. Call the caretaker at Cerro Gordo to verify if a tour is available when you want to visit. On a clear day the views across the Owens Valley to the Sierras are wonderful. Art
older_fossil 06/02/21 09:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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