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  1. We are Thousand Trails (TT) members but not TT fans. We are currently in the NW and have found that any of the "Reasonable" TT parks are booked up a long time in advance. The ones that aren't booked up are in our experience pretty run down. Be aware that having a pass or a membership does not guarantee you a site or even get you a reserved spot. You may end up in a dry camping spot or find the only one left is too small for your rig. You don't have to pay the full price for membership either. You can buy a "Used" membership on Craigslist or thru a number of resellers online. A membership that may cost $7000 at the sales office in the park may be $3000 or less "Used". There is a transfer fee when you buy a used membership around $750 so be aware of that if you go that route. Our experiences with TT is here: https://banbrv.blogspot.com/2017/11/thousand-trails-good-and-bad.html BnB
  2. Don't forget the basics. Check the oil level. If it's low the generator will stop. I assume you have more than a 1/4 tank of fuel in the rig? Once those 2 basics are checked then move on to fuel filter. I seem to remember there is a fuel flow test measuring how much fuel the pump passes in a set time. That will tell you if the pump is bad.
  3. We stumbled across the cause of the bad taste in our water a while back. We carry 2 fresh water hoses for those odd occasions where the water spigot is on the wrong side of the site or the fill point is far away. Our spare hose sat in the storage locker for the winter while we stayed in a park for 5 months. Once on the road we were low on water and needed to fill from a tough to reach spigot and used both hoses. The water tasted funky but we got by using bottled water for cooking and drinking them dumped the tank the first opportunity we had and filled up again. The water was fine. We discovered that the hose that sat for 5 months caused the bas taste! No I try and use both hoses in rotation to avoid a repeat of the problem. BnB
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    The link is to an article I did about controlling camping costs. The $25 a night is easier to achieve AS AN AVERAGE over a full year but some of the tricks and tips can still be used to lower the AVERAGE costs. http://banbrv.blogspot.com/2016/06/camping-for-25-night.html Brian
  5. We visited Crater Lake yesterday, the campground is under construction and only 25% of it is open. We got there at 11am and there was a long line waiting for camp sites. They don't open the desk for camping until 12 noon! We parked the RV at Mazama Village and drove the toad round the part of the lake that was open (East loop closed due to snow) by the time we got back around 2pm there was still a line for campsites. You can make online reservations starting July 1st. Personally I'd stay in Klamath Falls and commute to the park. Unless you intend on hiking there you probably will have seen what you need in a day. If you are around that area Mount Shasta and the lakes around there are beautiful. The Oregon Coast is nice but busy, Consider McMinneville and the Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Mount Hood and the Bennet Pass East of Portland and the Columbia River Gorge. Watch our blog as we will be visiting them all in the next couple of months I'll post our Crater Lake experiences in the next couple of days. BnB
  6. We stopped going to all KOA's after a series of overpriced rundown experiences. In all organizations there are always good and bad but in our personal experience the KOA CG's are mainly bad. BnB
  7. We went to Europe for4 months. We searched for the cheapest airfares which happened to be Orlando to London England. We arranged out trip for that year to end in Orlando and being Thousand Trails members we got a deal storing the rig there and got Uber to drop us at the airport. http://banbrv.blogspot.com/2017/05/when-time-slowed-down.html Unfortunately we arrived back as Hurricane Irma was arriving too and beat a hasty retreat up to Alabama! We closed the rig tight and left a large bowl of kitty litter in the living room and a big box of Damp Rid in the kitchen. We had made reflectix shades for the windows and were pleased that we had no mold or mildew anywhere. We did get what are politely called "Palmetto Bugs" in the rig and had to use Black Flag bug bombs a couple of times before we got rid of them totally (Ugh}. We are considering doing it again in a year or so and may search for flights out of Phoenix of LA this time, and covered storage. BnB
  8. Don't forget there is a "Home Resort" requirement for RPI. In other words you have to own in a resort somewhere and pay their annual dues as well as RPI's. TT is expensive if you pay for it at a resort it's much better to buy one online "Used" and to pay the transfer fee. https://banbrv.blogspot.com/2017/11/thousand-trails-good-and-bad.html BnB
  9. Try this. Pick a campground that appeals to you. Camp half the week with hookups. Unplug from the hookups for the other half of the week. That way you can always plug back in if something goes wrong. Enjoy!! BnB
  10. One of the essential steps to fulltiming is making a budget. You have to know what your income is going to be in order to decide if it's going to be achievable. That being said there are things you can do to make up shortfalls such as work camping, boondocking etc. For us the major decision was that we would be debt free when we set off. That influenced what RV we bought, what we towed and our daily camping cost average target. Also we don't have to have the latest ad greatest things to enjoy what we are doing. Lithium batteries are high tech but lead acid can and will suffice if you aren't planning on being out boondocking as much as humanly possible. We don't find the need for solar when we only drycamp for about 4 days, what's wrong with running the generator now and then? We shop at thrift stores for DVD's rather than spend big money on satellite TV. Out cell phones provide us with internet and some limited streaming. The old saying is "Cut your cloth according to your means". You can and will enjoy fulltiming even without all the bells and whistles.. We stopped getting magazines and newspapers before we retired after we realized that all they are there for is to sell you things you don't need. http://banbrv.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-top-10.html But have fun and we'll see you out o n the road somewhere. BnB
  11. There are several good resorts in CG to chose from. There is also the Rovers Roost SKP park not too far out. Shop around and you should find what you need. We like Sundance 1 and they hive Passport America discounts. BnB
  12. We winter in AZ and Phoenix Library system gave us free cards. They did require us to go and renew them this year though with a confirmation of the address we use at the RV park. Three years ago Leesburg FL charged $20 for a visitors library card that lasted a year. BnB
  13. X2 by far the best way. We avoid Interstates wherever possible. America isn't visible from the Interstate. BnB
  14. We had 10 rigs there before Escapades in March and we all had dinner there during the week of Escapades. Food was good, service slow when we showed up with 40 people! New owners were very welcoming. Don't see how you can complain about them returning calls when you get FREE CAMPING. Try the Hot Rod Garage restaurant place just down the road, there where people boondocking there when we went for dinner. BnB
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