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RE: Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

Ive never owned a MH but I wouldn’t make mods like a skid plate because you want to go off road etc. I would be looking it over very well to try and bulletproof it as good as possible. My FW sits nice and high because of the axle flip but there are other vulnerable items like the drain pipe. So guards and skid plates are good but more as protection during normal use not for taking it to the limit. I made brackets and a protective shield under it and where something like a tire gator could bust the end off. I also made a guard bracket to protect my fumoto valve Check the spare tire and possibly make a secondary restraint for it. Check the exhaust system for good hangers and improve where needed. Look at everything that could go wrong. While you are under it its also a good time to plug all the holes to keep the critters out. Ive double towed my FW and atv trailer through a fair amount of rough places but I have the option of possibly driving the truck if the FW was stuck or broke etc. I also have a couple street legal motorcycles If your MH is stuck broke its all you have unless you pull something. Dang! Sounds like you have quite the setup. That was the kind of stuff I was thinking about though. Just keeping the underside protected from rocks flying up, or whatever. Good mods, I dig it.
prepilot_3ck 02/13/20 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

I don't know how much fresh water your tank holds but for me I always run low on 60 gals of water before batteries reach 50% SOC in around 7 days. So any mod that would increase FW capacity would be the first thing I would do like adding more tank capacity or a water collection system. Even filling several 5 gal containers and using them to wash dishes outside saves inside water for showers. Washing dishes, pots and pans takes more water than Navy showers. I also carry an electric chain saw to sometimes clear dirt roads of fallen trees and for fire wood once there. Having had several branches cut my roof backing into wooded sites I worry more about that than damage from underneath from rough dirt roads. Class A's usually have good GC. Solid point. I have a folding hand saw, but I may need to upgrade. We're mostly in the desert so trees aren't normally a thing though. Maybe in the upper elevations we'll have some pines to deal with.
prepilot_3ck 02/13/20 05:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

I added 4 more 6 volt batteries to store the power. I just installed 600W of solar, and 2 battle born lifPo batteries. I'm picking up 200W portable solar as well so I can find sun if I need to.
prepilot_3ck 02/13/20 05:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

Battery powered spotlight works well to see what's up without having to get out the truck. Once parked some people like having outdoor lighting to work on bikes or hang out and cook. Others might like it dark and check out the stars. I use a cheesy solar powered motion sensor light on the side of my trailer. It's nice having it light up when walking up to the rig. Not the best choice for being the party trailer though. Yeah, I'd probably do something permenent, but the motion activated light is a good idea too! I'll have to look for something.
prepilot_3ck 02/13/20 05:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

Tow hooks and a tow strap. Magnet on a stick around camp will find ya lots of potential nails. Got that already, but that's a good point.
prepilot_3ck 02/13/20 05:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

I'm not sure what you'd need floodlights for. Finding boondocking sites in the dark.
prepilot_3ck 02/12/20 06:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

Yeah, these are all great points. It also explains why I don't see a lot of people doing off-road mods to a class-a. We do have 22.5inch wheels, and our RV is a toy hauler so we could bring quads or whatever with us. We currently tow my wife's Jeep Cherokee so we can get places in that. Well, it looks like lights might be a good upgrade if we start down that path (so to speak). Thanks!
prepilot_3ck 02/12/20 01:28pm Class A Motorhomes
Class-A Boondocking mods - but not those kind

Fellow drivers of the Fonzie-class of RVs, I'm picking up my RV today from the custom shop where I've had about 2/3rds of the solar panels/gear installed that I plan on having done. Just decided to break up the project to make sure I'm not over doing it. Ya know? Anyway, we're hoping to do more boondocking as a result of our new found energy independence. Obviously, power is a huge key to boondocking, and water storage and all of that. What about physical mods to your RV to handled the rigor of boondocking? Has anyone thought about or done anything like, suspension mods, tires, skid plates, flood lights, brush guards, anything like that? Is that even a thing people do?
prepilot_3ck 02/12/20 10:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

2,400 miles in 8 days sounds like a nightmare I am happy you liked it. I was revisiting my old(er) posts and had to comment on this one. :) Yeah, it was a lot. We only stayed more than one night in one place. It was really fun though. I don't mind driving, the scenery was amazing, weather was perfect, and we got REALLY good at setup/take down of our RV and toad. I would have loved to take more time, but we still work regular jobs so we needed to get back. That pace is not for everyone for sure, but it was really fun for us and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
prepilot_3ck 02/12/20 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

Again, I want to thank everyone for their advice. Everyone absolutely contributed to a successful trip. We did it in 8 days (played hookie one additional day) 2,352 miles in 8ish days. 1 truck stop, 5 campgrounds, 2 Harvest Hosts. 7 wineries, 3 museums, 1 tourist town, 1 National/State park, 1 aquarium, 1 wedding and countless scenic vistas/overlooks. Can't wait for another trip like this. Thanks to everyone again, for great advice. Brian
prepilot_3ck 06/28/19 05:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

prepilot…..We do a similar trip every other year, except from Los Angeles. Not to burst your bubble, but you're wasting your time. The routes you're talking about will have you driving in the coach, more than camping. Driving a major highway in an RV, most can average 50-55mph. Driving the coast in either California or Oregon, you'll average about 35-45 mph and it will be exhausting.....lots of on and off the throttle and turns. If you really want to do this trip, bonzai via the shortest route from Reno, via I-5 to northern Oregon and then come back south, crossing back to the I-5 at the California/Oregon border. I'm not being fecitiuos, but with your schedule, you'll have just enough time to park in a campsite, eat dinner and prep for travel the next day. The trip you're talking about is at least a 14-21 day trip if you want to sight see and enjoy yourself. Bubble not bursted. This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for so thank you. Yeah, we'd LOVE to spend more time doing this, but our schedule just won't allow it. We enjoy the ride in the RV and I enjoy driving the RV so I think for this trip we'll just have to make note of where we want to stop next time. :) Thanks!
prepilot_3ck 06/09/19 09:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

be sure you call and make reservations at the parks you want to stay at. this time of year it is almost impossible to get in to them. don't wait do it now x2 It may already be too late for the best parks. My own feelings is to do that round trip in 7.5 days is a very aggressive schedule. You'll save more time by staying on the I-5 even with the mountains. Some sections of the 101 have plenty of stop lights when you get near the towns. I live in Eugene/Springfield. Don't take the rig through Eugene. Go up the I-5 and take the 195 exit over the freeway west and just stay on it and it will intersect Hwy 126. Turn right and it takes you to Florence. Old Town Florence is nice with an RV parking lot on the east side of town. A real nice RV park in Florence is Harbor Vista just a mile or two north of town. There is also a casino(Three Rivers) in Florence that has an RV park with hookups, and you can also boondock at the Casino if you'd like. One tourist trap to skip is Sea Lion Caves. It stinks(literally) and if you pull over at the next north cutout you can see all the Sea lions you want for free. Don't come over to the coast from Corvalis. So many switchbacks my girls we're throwing up and I looked back and both cats we're throwing up also. Their trying to fix the road but it still sucks. When you get to Newport make sure you see Nye beach. Lots of nice little shops and eateries. A good seafood restaurant in Newport is the Sea Hag. Good luck. PS gas is about a buck more in California than Oregon. Gas up in Oregon if possible. Great! Thank you. We're going up for a cousin's wedding and my wife and I are only in our early 40's so we're both still working. 7.5 days isn't our choice, but it's kinda what we got. So we're considering this to be kinda of like and Alaskan or Hawaiian cruise. We're just going to be able to see the high points then target specific things on future trips to that area. This is great information though, thank you!
prepilot_3ck 06/09/19 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

Go south on 101 better access to view points and easier to get back on the highway turning right than left! You have a ambitious schedule. The route from Reno via Klamath falls and crossing to Eugene is the easy climb. Go as far north in Oregon on I- 5 as you have time then cut over most roads are fine but the further north the more you climb the “small “ coast range and back down to the sea All very doable but I’ve lived there my whole life and don’t know your comfort level Driving . Now come down 101 . I don’t know where all the switchbacks and close overhangs are but they aren’t on 101 ! ... it’s a major highway ... trucks use highway! 1 maybe in calif but that’s 1 not 101 . The north coast has lots to see and do different from the south coast but you know your timeline. Have a great visit ! Oregon State parks are fantastic and midweek availability can usually be had if you stop early I'm a pretty confident RV driver. Been doing it for a little over a decade now and have encountered lots of stuff. So far so good. With my gas motor pulling a car, I just hate working the engine that hard. I miss my DP in a lot of ways, this is one of them. It is a tight time line, but we like being on the road, so it's not a huge deal.
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 04:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

We have done I5 North to Williams, CA. West on highway 20 which drops you out on the 101 near Willits, CA and then 101 North up the coast. Done it with the 40' FW and the 36' MH and trailer. Cool! THanks!
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 03:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

E side of the sierras is nice and would be my choice. The greater LA area is a nightmare, and I drive it once a month from San Diego to Goleta. 101 does not get picturesque until you clear Ventura. Beware rush hours through Santa Barbara too. I hear that.. ok. Thanks.
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

My suggestion would be to head west to Bakersfield then get on I-5 and head north to Salem, OR. Turn west at Salem to HWY 101 and travel southbound. The scenic viewpoints will all be on the right side so you would not have to deal with cross traffic when pulling in to see the fantastic views. We did that in a 40' motorhome and towing. There are a few tight turns, but I never had to get over the centerline to make the curve. Since you have more time heading north than south, you could reverse what I said, but cross traffic can be pretty hectic during the summer. Thanks!
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

Did the PCH 2 years ago from LA to Oregon with our 37-0 motorhome and toad. Some of the switchbacks will make you real nervous. If you cut a little to tight the overhanging rocks will redesign your MH. The trip although beautiful wore my ass out. Get ready for some real expensive camp sites and fuel. Hmmm maybe I'll stay away from the PCH. Thanks
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 02:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

Is it doable in a 40Ft gas class-A with a toad? my opinion, you will be a worn out nervous wreck i did it once with a PUP / fold out popup but i would never do it with a big class A , even without the toad I'm a pretty confident RV driver and don't get too stressed out even in the most dicey situations. What really freaks me out is strong wind when the road is under construction and the lane is made narrow by concrete barriers. THAT'S when I tend to pucker up.
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 02:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

You are planning a 2000 mile round trip journey in 7 1/2 days? There is no logical route other than 95 all the way to Reno and across the great divide (big hill but you get over it quickly). It's then 395 N. and the logical route from there through Susanville and Klamath Falls. You could also detour after you cross the great divide through Grass Valley and Yuba City to get to I-5 to get yourself up OR. It's just about how many miles you like vs. how many hours you like. In any case it's going to be a grueling trip. Good luck! Great points there. 95 doesn't look too hilly. I'll have to re-eval that route. Getting out of the heat, and down to sea level seems like the idea thing, but....yeah, like you said, it's miles vs. time I guess. Thanks
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice for a trip up the west coast

If possible go up to Ft Stevens State Park. Visit the Maritime Museum in Astoria which is very interesting. The line across the street at the Bowpicker is for excellent Fish and Chips. Take the $2 waterfront trolly trip. You won't regret the trip further north. The OR/CA border is the only higher elevation pass and not to bad. Several of the roads from 5 to 101 in OR are OK, not to limited. 20 in CA is OK or 37 to Vallejo on a non Sears Point race day. Outstanding. Thank you!
prepilot_3ck 06/07/19 02:45pm Class A Motorhomes
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