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  1. MeanderMan

    Hwy 190 Across Death Valley

    Thanks, all, for the good info. I "flew" the route on google earth (and forgot I had a copy of the Mountain Directory West), but thought firsthand experience would be helpful. We've been full timing throughout the west for ten years in this motor home, so we'll give it a try. Sure cuts down the mileage from Lone Pine to Las Vegas.
  2. MeanderMan

    Hwy 190 Across Death Valley

    We're visiting Lone Pine next month and I'd like to drive across Death Valley on highway 190 to Death Valley Junction. It's not identified on my trucker's atlas as a suitable route, and I'm wondering if it's OK for my 40' DP. Anyone made this trip? Thanks!
  3. I've enjoyed reading all the posts on this subject. Except for the paranoia about rollovers, they were all useful and worth considering. As someone who has owned four 5th wheels and two motorhomes, and have been full timing for 14 years, I'd add one more thing to consider; weight. When we lived in our fivers I always had to consider the weight - the tires and suspension were limited in what they would carry. In our 40' DP, we started with a carrying capacity of nearly 5000 pounds. In addition, the structure is stronger and the interior furnishing better because there's no restriction on what the tires/suspension can carry. True, there are fivers that have a large weight capacity, but you'll need a MDT to pull it. In addition, we volunteer for 3-4 month periods in places we want to explore, and our AWD CRV gets 28MPG - a big advantage over a large pickup. Not to say the MH is better than a fiver - we' enjoyed our fiver days, but at this point in our lives we prefer the motor home. The bottom line is to get out and enjoy the RV lifestyle, no matter what type of RV you choose.
  4. MeanderMan

    Ample CCC for fulltimers?

    I agree that 1500 each is generally sufficient. We've been full timing for almost 14 years; we started with everything we "thought" we'd need, and each year tossed another one of those essentials away. It's a learning process, you'll find you evolve as time goes on, especially in the kitchen. Be careful when reading the literature, and be sure and have it weighed (four corners) before buying, if possible.
  5. MeanderMan

    Have You Named Your RV?

    Since our motor home is our base to explore, and it provides a peaceful home, we came up with this:
  6. MeanderMan

    Class A Diesel Annual Service

    Once you're comfortable with understanding what you need each year, consider using Speedco, the Jiffy Lube for truckers. No appointment, fast service (you can stay in the motor home), and reasonable prices. I just had my annual fluids & filters (oil change, lube, filter, primary fuel filter and coolant check) at the Spokane Speedco. I was in and out in one hour and the cost was $245. Just remember that you'll be entering the bay from the opposite direction than the trucks due to the rear engine, so park away from the entry and check in. These guys work on diesel trucks all day and are knowledgeable and I've found them to be professional.
  7. MeanderMan

    Dream Duty stations or Highway to Hell?

    Best: Yokota AB, Japan McChord AFB, WA Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Holloman AFB, NM Indifferent: England AFB, LA Galena AFS, AK Scott AFB, IL Nellis AFB, NV Bad: DaNang AB, RVN Altus AFB, OK Andrews AFB, MD Castle AFB, CA Keesler AFB, MS
  8. My wife uses the convection portion of the microwave/convection oven all the time. A while back we spent time in a vacation rental where she used a conventional oven. Afterward, she said she was glad to be back in the RV where she could use hers. It took a bit of time for her to understand how to best use hers, but she wouldn't have a regular oven now.
  9. MeanderMan

    Call Blocking Apps?

    My technique is simple; I don't answer any calls that aren't in my contact list. Period. If it's important, they'll leave a voice mail. I checked every call that didn't leave a voice mail for a year using google, and every one was a spoof/spam/robot call. So if they want to talk to me, they have to leave a voice mail.
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    Are you dreaming of a new RV?

    We've always said we'd love to have a Class B fully-contained van to pull behind our DP so that we could go "camping". We explore a lot of backroads in our CRV, and see places that we'd love to spend a night at, but at 40' and 32K lbs, we wouldn't get 1/4 mile off the pavement.
  11. MeanderMan

    Motor home slides

    We're on our 8th RV now after 40 years of RVing. The addition of slides was a huge improvement in RVs, and in the beginning (90s to 2010 or so) they were simple and reliable. Manufacturers didn't seem to cut corners, and the hydraulic systems or electric motors were large and able to compensate if one side was a bit uneven. Our 2006 DP with HWH hydraulics has never failed in 8 years; it generates a massive amount of power to the slides. In recent years, however, the effort to cut cost and use smaller, cheaper components has caused problems. Visit the Winnebago site on IRV2, you see that over half of the owners of new MHs are having problems. The new slides are like an older Porsche sports car- if everything is perfectly tuned, they're great, but if one small component gets just slightly out of kilter, the whole system fails. My opinion, for what it's worth, is get a two-slide model that's ten years old. It will be reliable and the curb side, without slides, will give you a great patio area with your awning.
  12. MeanderMan

    Gas or Diesel for full-time?

    We've full timed in a 37' 2-slide Workhorse W24 and a 40' 4-slide DP. We traveled all over the West over mountain passes without problem, although the engine noise required turning up the radio volume. Maintenance costs were low, and I could buy parts anywhere. We love our DP, but the maintenance costs are much more than the gasser. As a full timer, it's a rare location that will let you work on the rig, so you're limited to diesel maintenance facilities. The DP certainly drives better, but you'll spend a lot more time sitting. Keep looking, the right choice for you will become apparent after a while.
  13. MeanderMan

    Nogales Dental ?

    Nogales is a pretty busy port of entry for trucks. We have SKP friends in Benson who have had good experiences in Naco, a small town with easy crossings. You can Google Naco MX dentists; there are some with reviews.
  14. MeanderMan

    New KOA CEO

    When we first started RVing in the late 70s we almost always stayed at KOAs. Like a good hotel chain, you could expect a certain standard. Today, that consistency has disappeared; there are as many poor ratings on KOAs as any other park. The only consistency is the high price of a stay, geared for a family with children. As such, they have no appeal for us, and we only stay when no other option is available.
  15. MeanderMan

    Telescoping Ladder

    I've had the folding step ladders, the four-piece folding ladder, and the telescoping. I much prefer the telescoping; it's sturdy, at 12' tall enough, and folds to a size that I can easily fit in a cargo bay. I glued a strip of carpet along the top rung and when cleaning the windshield extend the ladder just over the glass. It works great, and I don't have that ugly stepladder hanging from my rear roof ladder.