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  1. If you are in Texas PPL Houston is worth a visit. Their sales staff are not on commission so no hard sell.SEE http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/ Get Texas driving licences if you can. they will give you a much wider choice of insurance companies and save you $100s on the annual premiums. If you plan to visit the National Parks get a America the Beautiful 2017: National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass. At $80 US for both of you it is bargain.
  2. They do make some smaller fivers at around 24 ft. A fiver will be more stable on the road and less affected by crosswinds. It is also much easier to reverse.
  3. Look hard at the amount of 'STUFF' you are going to travel with. Then look hard at the amount of storage space each type of camper offers. Class As and SOME fivers have lots of storage. Travel trailers and some class Cs often have next to none. We drove around North America in with a geriatric GSD in a small class A for two and a half years and we completely filled all available storage lockers and cubbies with stuff. If you plan to move a lot a small Class A or C makes sense and you need not tow a car. However in your position I think I might look hard a fiver, yes you are going to need a pickup truck to tow it but at your budget 10 k on truck and 10 k on a fiver makes sense. You don't give a location but if you are close to Houston PPL have 10 or so fivers under 10k.
  4. Houstom to Cabo san Lucas on the Baja. Up to Alsaka via the ALCAN after visiting most of the West coast National Parks and some skiing at Mt Hood and Squaw. Back down the other side of the Rockies and across to Florida. We fitted in The Ranch [ unforgettable ] Quartzite [amazing] Carlsbad Caverns [deeply impressive] a day watching the Slough Creek wolf pack on a kill [ we did not know how lucky we were ], the fishing bears at Hyder [smelly] The Mayan ruins on the Yucatan peninsula and so much more. All of this with a geriatric GSD. We rarely stayed anywhere more than 3 days except Jan/Feb when we stayed put. 21/2 fantastic years.
  5. We only made reservations for holiday weekends and always for popular National Parks like Denali and Yosemite. In fact I quickly learned to find out when the bookings were released and sat on the lappie at midnight poised to book at 1 second past. We always traveled with empty waste tanks and some water and were happy boondocking on the odd occasion we found our chosen park full.
  6. Make sure you do the logging tour in Forks. Hosted by former loggers you get to see different logging sights and a working mill. We saw elk end learned about timber production in the past as well as today. Well worth while. We also enjoyed Harry’s Ridge, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. 8 miles round trip; 200 feet gain. Best time: May through October The best way to understand what happened at Mount St. Helens in 1980 is to walk in the path of the blast. This trail takes hikers from the crowded Johnston Ridge Observatory to a point overlooking stark Spirit Lake. Hikers can see the regrowth close-up and get views of the volcano and blast zone.
  7. That was the route I went down but had a Yam 225 dual sport not a scoot. It is a real lightweight. It was OK on the freeway and great fun off road. Transverse carrier on the hitch made it easy to carry. I did not notice the difference when both were left behind.
  8. You are running on a set of time bombs. I had a 7 year old Michelin XZA blow out the inner sidewall with the well known 'zipper' type failure. The force of the blow out damaged the engine doghouse and the passenger side floor. The tire still had about half new tread depth A front tire blowout is not a trivial incident it often leads to loss of control and a major accident. Perceived wisdom is to replace RV tires at 7 years REGARDLESS OF WEAR.
  9. If you are going to be touring around moving every few days I would go for a Class A. We loved being able to pull up in the rain and put the kettle on with our feet up with out having to go outside. On the other hand A big 5er with slides is great if you don't move it much. Remember if you are boondocking with a 5er you need to think about generators, water tanks and grey/black water tanks.
  10. I faced a similar problem in 2006. I was able to store my rig in the Livingston SKP for about 2 1/2 months for a reasonable rate. There are some car rental places that will do a one way. I used Enterprise they will deliver for a fee.
  11. We too found ourselves doing 50 to 150 mile days. Slow down and smell the roses or bears. Two of the many highlights that stick with me, Liard hot springs and the fishing bears at Hyder.
  12. I use the free Google Blogspot for one single reason. I feel that it is the company least likely to fold. I used two other free blog services and both folded loosing a lot of memories. Yes I should have backed it up but failed to do so. At least I still have most of the pics.
  13. When you are looking at data of Cats/Cummins/Man diesels that run 1/2m to 1 m miles consider that these are engines that are run in benign operating conditions ie started then run for 8 or often 16 hours a day often at steady rpm for long periods. We Rvers are not as kind to our engines. Still 300k miles would be a reasonable life expectancy
  14. Plan to stay at least 50% of your time in Yellowstone at Fishing Bridge RV park, the only place in the with full hook ups. Opens May 6 th NB Book AS SOON AS YOU CAN Mammoth campground is the only to stay open year round. It has big pull throughs. We liked the ranger led hikes. The volcano one was led by a professor of volcanology from a top university who volunteers as a ranger in summer.
  15. I had a Yam 225 dual sport carried across the rear of a 28 ft class A on a tow hitch carrier. It would carry two at a pinch but was much better solo. Was excellent both on and off road and could manage 65 - 70 comfortably if needs be. Used more for fun exploring than grocery trips. If I knew I was going to stay on the pavement and make lots of shopping runs I would consider a big wheel scooter around 200 250 cc.Something like a Bergman. They are warmer dryer and it is truly amazing what you can pack away in one.