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RE: Rain Gear

Having been to Alaska and having worked part-time in a clothing retail store for a number of years, let me offer the following for your consideration: Make sure you get a water-proof jacket, ex. Gore-Tex, not water repellent. You will eventually get wet in a water repellent jacket if you are in the elements for any period of time. Check the tags and the jacket itself to make sure it is water proof and breathable. I hate to add this, but, don't depend on the sales rep's knowledge alone. Some are clueless. Consider shopping in a store that will allow returns if the garment is unused and you have receipts. Keep in original package if possible. We took rain pants for all of us, but never used them. We had no trouble returning them after our trip because we complied with the return rules. Another store to consider is LL Bean. Can buy on-line and have shipped to you for free. Have a safe and enjoyable trip.
PghBob 01/24/19 05:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Banff/Jasper July 2019

Not sure what campgrounds will be open in April. Check ahead. Whistlers, as noted, will be closed this summer. Remember July 1 is Canada Day, and many of our good neighbors will be looking for campgrounds at that time. This is especially true of Banff which is so close to Calgary. You should be making your reservations by now.
PghBob 01/12/19 08:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Warranty Work Frustration After Frustration -

LarryDel: I'm sorry for your problems. It should not happen with a new rig, and the treatment your are receiving is terrible. Once most repairs are complete, give some thought to getting rid of that lemon and buying from a higher end manufacturer. Good Luck.
PghBob 11/07/18 08:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Minnie Winnie

Consider how you will use the rig most of the time. Are you just going to the lake or campground for the weekends? Are you going to drive across the country to National Parks? Are you planning to full-time or snowbird? These are important considerations because of the weight you might need to carry. Slide outs and automatic levelers add considerable weight to the chassis, thereby reducing the amount of people, pets, clothes, food, and water you can carry with you i.e., Occupant and Cargo Carrying Capacity (OCCC). Remember that in RVs, it is not the space you have for stuff, but rather the weight of the stuff that counts. This is not to say that you should avoid these choices, but rather understand that they will effect what you can carry. Further, make sure the rig will be functional and usable with the slides in. Likely, you will spend a lot of time driving, and you can't have the slides out then. Usually, dealers will show the rigs with the slides out demonstrating the available space. Make sure to see them with the slides in as well. As to your question about leveling, many of use the blocks you can buy at Walmart or Camping World. Many times we don't need to level, but if we do, we use the blocks. Always make sure, no matter how you level, to keep one wheel on the ground. Good Luck with your search.
PghBob 11/02/18 06:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Used Class C Help

Good advice so far. I would add the following to clarify weights a bit. The Ford E450 chassis (most common on a C) has a GVWR of 14500 pounds. The RV manufacturers the house part of the RV, so that the weight of the house can vary greatly. Generally, the longer the Class C the more it weighs. Further, the weight of the house part is increased by the addition of certain options like leveling jacks, slide outs, and after-market goodies. The weight of fluids like gas and fresh water is also added to house weight. Subtract these weights from the GVWR, and you get the OCCC Occupant and Cargo Carrying Capacity, that is the amount of weight of people, food, pets, and stuff you can carry. The GCWR is the total weight of the RV and tow vehicle weight that the chassis can carry. On the Ford E450 it is 22000 pounds (I believe). So the fully loaded RV, the tow rigging, and the tow vehicle should not exceed this weight. If you consider a Super C unit, remember certain state like PA where I live will require you to get a Commerical Drivers License if the GVWR is 25000 pounds or more. Good Luck with your search.
PghBob 10/28/18 10:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sad day today

Snow in Western PA overnight tonight. No accumulation, ground still warm. I hate winter.
PghBob 10/20/18 06:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Just Starting Out

Sleepygeek, thanks for the update on your childhood in the 'burg. I grew up in Munhall, lived in and out of the city, and now live in the North Hills. My Uncle lived right behind the old St. Francis Hospital in a duplex. Things have changed a lot in Lawrenceville, it is now the up and coming part of the city. Putting in Condos where the Arsenal used to be (and finding old shells while digging), tore down St. Francis and built a new Children's Hospital, and moved St. Margaret's to the Water Works in the Aspinwall area. Good luck with your RV and safe travels.
PghBob 10/18/18 06:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can I wait a week to winterize

Agree with winterizing now. You can still use your RV if winterized. Take bottled water for drinking and cooking. Use RV antifreeze to flush the toilet. You can dump the black and gray tanks as usual as long as the valves don't freeze. I just finished winterizing our Class C yesterday and will be using it in warmer weather in a couple of weeks. Winterized it will stay until next Spring.
PghBob 10/17/18 06:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Just Starting Out

Sleepygeek, don't ever be afraid to ask a question on this forum. Most of the answers are useful, some are biased to a particular manufacturer or type of RV. You will quickly learn to sort through the replies. Since you self-reported as new to RVing, one thought to consider is to attend a large RV show so that you can take your time checking out the various vendors, types of RVs, and floor plans. The largest RV show in the country is in Hershey PA in mid-September. Don't take your check book! Think about how you will use the RV most of the time and use that as your guide to type and floor plan. Consider chassis. Do you like the Sprinter type, a Ford type (most Class Cs), or a Chevy chassis? Do you want/need a four wheel drive chassis? Do you prefer a rubber roof, fiberglass, aluminum, or other type? Do you plan to be at campgrounds with services or do you plan to mostly boondock? If you boondock, do you need to upgrade your electrical systems for increased coach batteries, solar systems, and electrical management systems? You should consider the sizes of your fresh water, blank tank, and gray tank if boondocking. Lots to consider. But you are doing the right thing by asking questions instead of just buying a "cream puff" that catches your eyes. Finally, once you decide on a type of RV, consider renting one for a week or so, and try it out. Do you like driving it? Practice using all appliances and the generator. Practice backing in to campsites. Practice hooking up, leveling, dumping, and unhooking. Good luck and best wishes for success with your search.
PghBob 10/16/18 08:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2019

Keep in mind a lot of campgrounds and services in Alaska and in Northern Canada will begin to close up shop as early as mid-September. Plan accordingly. Safe travels and have fun.
PghBob 10/05/18 11:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Lazy Daze motor homes?

We have a 2011 LD with 75000 miles on it. Been cross country 3 times and up to Alaska once. Only minor issues, two with appliances that were easily resolved. Yes, it is still a wood frame and aircraft-grade aluminum skin and paint. Yes, no slides. One of the best things about having an LD is knowing that if it is cared for properly, if it becomes time to sell and is priced right, buyers will line-up and the rig can often sell within hours of placing an ad. People will fly cross country to buy a used one in good shape and infrequently will place a deposit on a used one sight unseen. This is not hyperbole, but rather the experiences of members of our LD club. As noted by JT, not all LDs are perfect. That can be said of any RV. For more info on LDs, "join" the LD Owners site posted by JT.
PghBob 09/29/18 11:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Preparing house for long road trip

We always turn the water off at the main inlet valve when we are away from the house overnight, even one night. BIL learned the hard way, that if the water heater starts leaking, a lot of damage can be done over one night. Put at least some lights on a timer, and let a trusted neighbor know when you are leaving and when you will return. Our daughters check our house frequently while we are away, and if we are gone more than a week, our SIL cuts the grass and checks the house.
PghBob 09/05/18 05:59am Full-time RVing
RE: Long Trip Considerations

Remember, depending on the route you take, there are areas where there will be no cell phone service. Even if traveling in summer, take a jacket or sweatshirt, and a few heavy clothes, because it can snow any month and be cold in areas of the country. Watch the weather carefully and be prepared to alter your route if necessary. At this time, there is a storm hitting south Florida that is expected to cross into the Gulf and hit the Gulf coast states by mid-week. Lots of rain and flash flooding expected. Make sure you have a good weather radio with alerts with you. When traveling through areas like Tornado Alley, when you stop for the night make sure you know where the storm shelters are located. If traveling more than 3000 miles +/-, consider planning an oil service stop somewhere along your route, and if on a schedule, make a reservation for the service. Make sure your medical coverage is good where you plan to travel. Plan for rainy days, take your rain gear. But also have some things to do inside the rig in case you find yourself in torrential downpours. Have fun and safe travels.
PghBob 09/03/18 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Drive on flat outside dually tire to repair shop?

"The best on the market,that are the original,are Tire Man. Chuck is the original designer of these an he has been around for years. If you have any questions just give him a call, he is always happy to help. Any others are just cheap reproductions of the original." Our valves are from the Tire Man. However, the information from another RV board is that Chuck is now deceased and there is no one taking over this business. Borg will necessarily be the way to go now.
PghBob 08/30/18 02:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Alaska Road trip, 2019

Folks going to Alaska next year might want to start a Roll Call Alaska 2019 group here.
PghBob 08/20/18 05:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Class c mileage

Remember to check the OCCC of any Class C or B that you are considering. The Promaster chassis cannot carry the weight of a Ford E450 (for example). How much food, water, clothing, stuff, and stuff for the dogs will you need to carry? Good Luck with your search.
PghBob 08/14/18 05:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class c mileage

We have a 27 foot Ford E450 chassis Class C, and usually get about 8.5-9 mpg driving at the speed limit on Interstates. Our worse was 7.5 driving into a strong head wind, and our best was 10.5 driving 40 mpg around Yellowstone, including stops. Mountain driving will use more gas, while driving the coastal areas (flat) will use less.
PghBob 08/14/18 07:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Advice for older couple

Consider how you will use the RV most and how often the grandkids will be joining you. For example, are you going to drive to the lake for the weekend, park it, and let the kids play outside? Or, are you taking the kids for the summer and crossing the country and seeing all of the national parks? (All will be inside for much of the travels.) Will the grandkids be with you only once in a while, or do you provide child support while the parents work? The answers to questions like these will help you focus on the kind of RV that works best for you. We have a 27 foot RV, and our two adult daughters and sometimes our Son in Law travel with us. Often we take long trips, several have been cross country. Whether for the two of us, four or five of us, smaller than 27 feet would not work for us. Yes, you could make 24 feet work for you, but it will be real crowded with all of your grand kids (IMHO). Good Luck with your search.
PghBob 08/09/18 07:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbie

From your post, it sounds like you are a vet. Often, military bases offer famcamps, camping areas for vets. I don't know if they are free or if they charge a fee. Most who have stayed there seem to feel they are well equipped and in good shape. Also, consider getting a Senior Pass for the National Parks, if you don't have it yet, for reduced camping fees in these areas.
PghBob 08/05/18 08:37am Full-time RVing
RE: Opinions a Please re Toad or No Toad!

If you are visiting Mt. Rushmore, don't miss Badlands NP about an hour east just off I 90, and the national Minuteman Missle site off the same exit. You can reserve a site in the Badlands campground, if you do it early enough. You might get lucky and get a site with electricity, else dry camping.
PghBob 07/31/18 01:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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