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  1. "That is not how I read Kirk W's post. I read it as it isn't a good idea to put yourself (a man) in a situation (no supporting witnesses) with an unknown woman. In today's climate all it would take would be an accusation (from the woman) and the man's life and reputation would be ruined." ----- Seriously? If this is indeed what Kirk intended to imply, what a sad commentary that a casual offer of RV chore assistance from a man to a woman might be viewed as "sexual harassment". I've experienced real sexual discrimination and harassment; a guy's offer of help with an RV task doesn't come anywhere close!
  2. I understand your reluctance; some women resent offers from men to help with various jobs, often because they feel that their abilities and competence to handle any operation "without a man" are being questioned. I've been traveling solo for many years, and rarely need assistance with anything, but I don't take offense at all when a man offers assistance or a suggestion unless the offer is presented in a presumptive, arrogant, know-it-all manner, and/or the man continues to insist on "helping" after his offer has been politely declined with a "Thanks, but I'm good." RVers are generally friendly people, and I believe that most of them genuinely want to be of use when they offer "guidance" to another RVer, male or female. All one can do is to offer, then move along if it's declined.
  3. Rosita

    Bluegrass Festivals?

  4. If I read this correctly, it seems that an "electronic receipt" can only be redeemed for an "valid permit and decal" at the Yuma Field Office. (I put the applicable sentence in bold.) If this is accurate, what's the advantage to using "Your Pass Now" for those needing a pass for a BLM area in Quartzsite or Havasu (or other)? What am I missing? "Once purchased, you must print your permit receipt and exchange it at one of the following locations during normal business hours, excluding holidays, to receive a valid permit and decal(s): La Posa LTVA - Tyson Wash Contact Station, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily, Sept 15 – Apr 15 Imperial LTVA Contact Station, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., daily Yuma Field Office, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you arrive after business hours, please park and establish your campsite at the LTVA. The following day you will need to proceed to one of the locations listed above to exchange your permit receipt and receive your official permit and decal(s). The Yuma Field Office, located at 7341 E. 30th Street in Yuma, Arizona, is the only location that will accept electronic receipts.
  5. Rosita

    Zion National park

  6. I believe that 2013 was the last model year of the Honda Fit with a non-CVT automatic.
  7. Accessing the article requires a subscription to the Yuma Sun.
  8. "With this combination I would only have one motor and transmission to maintain and worry about." --- Yes, but do factor in the reality that the 5th wheel will require its own share of maintenance and repair expenses. A 5th wheel or TT may not have a 'motor', but it has plenty of other components that need regular servicing and/or repair, and, often, replacement, e.g., tires.
  9. The OP could try this: https://rvinspection.com/
  10. "Murder, She Wrote" was filmed in Mendocino, California! 😉
  11. Toll takers were eliminated on the Golden Gate bridge a few years ago; it's either FastTrak or receiving the toll fee in the mail (license plate photo). The wide lanes are ample for clear passage of large vehicles if one is paying attention and "centers" in the lane; this mishap was undoubtedly due to "pilot error".
  12. OP, you might want to check out these resources as starters; there are many other like sources of "van living" information, some linked from the "Cheap RV Living" site. http://www.cheaprvliving.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFr5LUX8Fts
  13. This? http://grillguard.com/ I've had one for years; well-designed, constructed of high quality materials, and it folds flat to store.
  14. I use white vinegar and hot water for many cleaning jobs, but if the smell of vinegar is an issue, try "20 Mule Team Borax"; it has a very faint odor (undetectable to some people) and is inexpensive, versatile, and effective. Follow the instructions on the box.
  15. Nina (and Paul) of the "Wheeling It" blog posted a very informative two-part article on this topic in the past couple of weeks: http://wheelingit.us/2017/02/09/the-costs-of-fulltime-rving-part-i-budgeting-planning-your-spend/ http://wheelingit.us/2017/02/16/the-costs-of-fulltime-rving-part-ii-specifics-links/
  16. Keep in mind that cassette toilets (and porta-potties) usually have a waste tank capacity of 4.5-6 gallons; this is very little, particularly if one doesn't have frequent and convenient access to a dump station or toilet. Also, a full waste tank can weigh anywhere from about 35 to close to 50 pounds; that can be a load to heft up to an outhouse hole or a toilet rim to dump (and flushing the toilet several times), and/or manage without spilling the "contents" all over when at a dump station. For some people, a cassette or porta-potti works; I'm not one of them.
  17. Rosita

    San Francisco

    A FYI: Several northern sections of Highway 1 are currently closed due to rock and mudslides. Depending on how much more rain we get, for how long, and the types of damage incurred, road closures can last from a couple days to several months. Right now, this is what to expect: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi?roadnumber=1&submit=Search Check the CA DOT site for current road conditions before expecting to travel.
  18. Jack, Trey and Susan are undoubtedly correct; I neglected to consider that LOW offered conferences at locations other than Moscow, ID, and Tucson, AZ (my experiences were at these locations) and the instructors did vary from venue to venue.
  19. "I know several of the folks who were staff for the Life on Wheels and none of them are involved in either of these." --- AFAIK, neither Walter Cannon nor Howard Payne was ever directly involved with LOW as instructors. There were instructors who offered courses on RV weight safety and there were people who offered 4-corner rig weighing, a couple of times through what was called "A Weigh We Go"; I believe this was a forerunner to the current RVSEF organization. One instructor who was involved with LOW and currently offers classes for other clubs/organizations is Mac McCoy; his fire safety class is excellent and highly recommended.
  20. The OP might want to read the product descriptions of the multitude of Garmin units available (I agree with Garmin being the "best" choice) and get a unit that offers the features that s/he needs. I suggest that a GPS system that may be desirable for a big class A or large 5th wheel or TT may be overkill for a 24' rig.
  21. You might enjoy reading the content on this website (and the associated blog and You Tube channel): http://www.cheaprvliving.com/
  22. JMHO, but I would sell the 5th wheel myself rather than consigning it to a dealer or trying to engineer a swap; neither would be a "clean deal". A consignment sale gives a healthy cut to the selling dealer and I doubt that even a relatively equal value swap could be made, particularly since you don't seem to be sure what you want to trade the 5th wheel for. I'd sell your rig privately, do plenty of research to help you decide what would work for you, then make that buy, i.e., not contingent on selling or trading the 5th wheel.
  23. Bigfoot is in business, but they currently make only truck campers and travel trailers. Born Free makes a class C, as does Lazy Daze. Lazy Daze are factory-direct; current delivery times are about a year, but "pre-loved" LDs can be found. Born Free and Lazy Daze produce high-quality products; both are pricey. (BF more so!) But, if I were buying a new class C, my choice would unquestionably be another Lazy Daze. I agree with Moishe's assessment of Thor products, and would add the advice to carefully and thoroughly research the quality of all manufacturers' products; IMO, there is a massive amount of poorly designed, engineered, and constructed junk currently rolling off the lines.
  24. Aha! Thanks for the photo; obviously, I had no idea that split windshields were still used in later-model rigs of any type.
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