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  1. I also think you might want to go to Boot Camp now then again closer to departure time. You will learn different things even if the presenters are the same because you will be coming from a different place yourself. When you go to RV shows spend lots of time in each type of RV thinking about what you would put where and and moving as if you were actually living in each. You'll find how how big a shower YOU need and if that chair is comfortable for more than the 5 minute break from walking the show, etc. (Every chair feels good at first when you've been walking on asphalt or concrete.) When we got close to deciding which rig to buy I would take the manuals for that rig and sit my "my" chair to peruse them--two birds with one stone. Linda Sand
  2. But, it sometimes has to do with the service. Flying J used to have a buffet where truckers could fill their plates before even sitting down then a server would come take their drink order. Drivers could be in and out without using up many daylight hours. Then Flying J changed to Denny's which they understaffed and their service went to pot. I stopped seeing many truckers there. Linda Sand
  3. Welcome to the world of RVers. You pretty much get to pick what class to join but the best experience come from joining the class of people going fulltime the same year you do as sharing those first experiences provides a bonding not easily available elsewhere. The primary method of joining a class is to participate in their discussion on this forum. Some classes have additional requirements but they usually are not hard to meet. I suggest you participate in the class of 2017 forum and see if that fits for you. Linda Sand
  4. Then there was the time we tried to meet out OTR driver daughter at a truck stop for lunch once on a holiday weekend near Minneapolis. There was no place for her to park. She wound up at an abandoned building near by and we picked her up there. She left a note on her cab that she would only be gone an hour just in case. There was a responding note on her cab when we got back saying this was private property so it's good she left the first note. Semis can't just park anywhere. Linda Sand
  5. I once parked at Flying J in an RV spot only to have a refrigerated truck park next to me. It gave me a whole new perspective. Linda Sand
  6. I'm with Linda H. If I was starting now I would join Escapees right away and learn from them as much as I could by reading their magazine, attending Boot Camp and an Escapade even before I bought a rig. The rest of them I would wait until I was actually traveling--or at least at the serious planning stage. We joined Passport America at the first of their parks where we camped after having researched them online. Linda Sand
  7. It is! Having a restaurant and a cafe' under the same roof is turning out to be a real bonus. Who cares what the weather is doing? That's a major change from RVing. Linda Sand
  8. We drove the Great River Road from St Paul, Minnesota, to Hannibal, Missouri, in a Winnebago View without towing a car. It was a great trip. We always intended to go back and do the rest but it didn't happen before we got off the road. We also drove Historic Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica in that View. It took us a month. We actually ate breakfast in downtown Chicago when we found two empty metered spots between an alley and a bus stop--pull through parking! We stopped at lots of diners and museums along the way. We could park in one spot if it was one where we could let the back end hang over the edge of the lot. We found the View great for drives like those and the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Natchez Trace. So, yes, buy a View and go enjoy. Linda Sand
  9. A prime example of the old adage "Haste makes waste."
  10. I suspect they were taking turns sleeping and driving but that final turn lasted too long. It was a borrowed RV. I wonder how the owners are taking this. I'd guess caught between worry about the people and irritation at the wreck of their rig. Linda Sand
  11. Not helpful right away but I would be thinking about suing that tech. I have had friends with door lock problems but not one of them ended up with the type or amount of damage you have. Linda Sand
  12. Tiny Houses also tend to have open shelving since they rarely move. Everything would fall off at the first turn or stop if that was your design. Linda Sand
  13. Have we already forgotten the pain caused to the family of an explosion in an RV owned by a pastor when comments were made about a potential meth lab being the cause? Please, let's not speculate in a harmful manner. Linda Sand
  14. It would be helpful if you went to RV Service Reviews and left a bad review for this tech. A badly torn up door jamb should NOT have been part of this process. Linda Sand
  15. Our experience is limited but once we bought a membership in a system with reciprocal agreements in the others there were no more sales pitches in any of them. Linda Sand