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  1. The phone # listed in the recent Escapees magazine is 928-344-0645 and 928-344-0900. I don't think they take reservations. Beginning in April is not their busiest time. office@kofako-op.com
  2. Before buying one I'd recommend you try dry camping first and see how your tanks hold up with conservation and how difficult it would be just to move to the dump station rather than dealing with the 'blue boy'.
  3. Huh? If he's going to Alaska he will be driving either the Alcan or the Cassier.
  4. Even on 20 or 26 and I-84 you will have some 4-6% grades. If you've done those without a problem you won't have an issue with 395. There will just be more of them. It's a very scenic route and we've done it with our 40' motorhome towing. This is how 395 is described in the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' (highly recommended, by the way): 13 mi. south of Canyon City there's a northbound descent of 6% for 4-1/2 mi. w/ constant curves. Then south of Long Creek, OR there's a northbound descent of 4 mi of 6% ending in the town of Long Creek which has a 35 mph speed limit & a 25 mph school zone so take it slow approaching town. Then past Long Creek is a series of rolling hills with fairly steep grades but not long. Then comes Ritter Butte Summit near MP81. It's a 4-mile 5-6% descent with curves. Then south of Ukiah & Dale, OR at MP71 is a northbound descent with 7 miles of 3-5% with curves. North of Ukiah is 2 miles of 4-6% with curves. Have a good trip!!
  5. Overloading those tires and not running with the correct pressures also contribute to blowouts. We checked our pressure every time we moved; didn't drive over 62mph, replaced all our tires by date, not looks, had a TPMS on both the motorhome and toad car. We did all we could and luckily didn't have any tire issues but not saying it couldn't happen. Unless you've had a blowout at highway speeds I don't think any of us can determine how it actually feels and if we could bring the RV to a safe stop. Blowouts happen in a second. Our reflexes aren't that fast in a situation such as this. Be safe out there and do all you can to help prevent such a event!
  6. Sorry.... we don't agree with that. There are many, many RVers that don't have any tire issues.
  7. When we got our motorhome the sales person took us on a secondary road and directed us up a mountain road. We took turns driving and right away he noticed we both were oversteering on the curves. He said to loosen our grip and lightly steer and sure enough, it followed effortlessly. By the time we returned we really did feel that we could handle it just fine. Probably not the best short lesson as we think of it now but it did give us confidence in driving in our beloved mountains. I will say we previously towed a 5th wheel giving us a little more experience on a big rig. For you, with absolutely no RVing experience and since it seems you have an instructor available, I would recommend that you 'both' take the lessons. If only one of you takes the lessons it could be an issue. If you both take lessons and both of you know how you were taught, there shouldn't be any disagreements on not doing it the right way. Plus, sitting in the driver's seat and the passenger's seat is a completely different feeling of control or lack of! Best of luck in your new lifestyle, with the motorhome and BART.
  8. I would say you don't even need to secure the sofa when you put it back in place. We removed ours and replaced it with two LazyBoys which weren't secured and which didn't move in our travels. A sofa is even heavier.
  9. Welcome to the Forum and to future full-timing! We used a 40' for 8 of our full-timing years. Public parks were our first priority and I'd say we staying in them 95% of our time with absolutely no issues. You do have to do your research first but once we got there we always fit. We used national parks, state parks, Corp of Engineers, national forest campgrounds, county and city parks. We also boondocked a lot on BLM or forest lands. We rarely made reservations except if we had to be at a place a definite time/place to visit family, etc. We even spent a full summer traveling to Alaska with no reservations and staying in our kinds of parks or boondocking. We fit in Yellowstone, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Big Bend and others. We fit in state parks along the Oregon coast and many, many other states. Having 30A or no electric at all didn't matter to us. We had solar and we 'tried' not to be in extreme temperatures. We don't stay in expensive RV parks. We have a national Senior Pass which gives us very reasonable stays in public parks. You also asked if we move often or not. . . a little of both for us. During the winter we tended to stay put in an Escapee park most of the time for 4-5 months. We also volunteered for national and state parks occasionally so we'd stay in one spot for 2 months or so. It certainly doesn't hurt a motorhome is sit without use. Thousands do it for a season and many leave their in storage a season. What does hurt them is starting them up and letting them run a short time without taking it out on the road to exercise it. If you don't want to drive it occasionally, it's best just to let it sit without running it.
  10. Look at this one in northern Florida: http://www.tgoresort.com/properties/
  11. We carried document with us in a so-called 'fireproof' box which, when you see how fast a RV goes up in flames really doesn't amount to much. However, we do keep it handy by the front door and could grab it fast. We carried all our season's clothes. We just downsized them. You really don't need a lot. They all fit in our closets; none were stored. You're correct in that a storage facility for 'stuff' is very expensive. We didn't have one. Do you have family that you could leave your jewelry with? Or a bank safe deposit box?
  12. Each park has a web site with lots of good information, including camping: https://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/big-bend-ranch
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  14. We did change ours out after 5 years before our last Alaskan trip. From Arizona we called Les Schwab in Junction City (just outside of Eugene, Oregon) and had them order us a new set. We specified the tire date of not more than 4 months old and the matched set was installed before heading up. We crossed the border at Sumas, Washington - not too crowded and an easy one. We spent the first night in Hope, BC - a neat small town. The streets are lined with huge gorgeous wood carvings. It has a nice grocery for stocking up and we converted some cash for the trip. We stayed in public campgrounds in Canada and the Yukon and many have the 'iron ranger' to drop your fee. We had no damage or dings on our trip to either the motorhome or the Jeep. Have a good one!
  15. Welcome! Sounds like you've done your homework very well and you've made three good choices for your RV search. Best of luck to you!