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  1. Our rule was to leave a park by its checkout time, stop at whatever attracts our attention during the day, be in the next overnight parking spot by suppertime, and stay however long feels right for that spot. At Walmart that was one night. At a CoE park it might be one week. How far we traveled depended on what stops we made during the day but we seldom drove more than 200 miles in one day. As you can see we were not hurry up and get on the road people nor were we hurry up and get to the next overnight spot people. The only time we made sure we had reservations was when we camped in Key West and it turned out we wouldn't have needed that since we were there just as their rates we dropping for the end of that season. For holiday weekends we mostly came in on Wednesday and stayed a week. But, I hear the need for reservations is a tad more needed now than it was back when we were fulltiming 2008-2011 as there is, apparently, more competition now. Although, I still didn't feel a need for reservations during my snowbird years from 2012-2015 but it's easier to find a spot for a van that it is an extended HDT pulling a long 5th wheel. My membership park across the river from Parker, AZ, did require reservations so I would pull into the Walmart in Parker to stock up on groceries then call my park from there and make a reservation for two weeks starting that night. Linda Sand
  2. x2 except ours was a backpack with extra meds, copies of prescriptions, computer backups, and other things we deemed necessary in it. too. Linda
  3. When we had a nine gallon black tank we had to empty it twice a week but there were two of us and women simply use more TP than men do and there's only one of you so you probably will also have to dump your smaller tank twice a week. The water containers used in a system like this are usually also five gallon ones. But at eight pounds per gallon of water those containers will be heavy. Just something to consider when making your decision. Linda
  4. The only added item that concerns me is the solar panels are flexible ones. Plus it is a 2500 so I would want to drive it over a scale to see how close it is to its gross vehicle weight rating. With those caveats, yes, this is a good price. Linda Sand
  5. Welcome. You can learn a lot just by reading various threads on this forum. They don't have to be currently active for you to read them. So, pick one that sounds interesting to you and have at it. You might find some answers but you might also find some question we can then try to answer for you. Linda
  6. Yes, because November is such a good time for RVs to be in South Dakota. Plus, the elderly and handicapped love having to go out one specific day whatever the weather is doing. 🙄
  7. Now that I know you have been backpacking and staying in hostels I am more confident a Class B would work for you. Thus, I understand the temptation to jump right in and buy one of those units at a price you like. I suspect you won't have regrets if you decide to do that. Linda
  8. If you don't particularly want to spend time in big cities I would look for McDonalds restaurants in smaller towns. They have free wifi for their customers. Some have better placed outlets than others. My favorite was the one in Parker, AZ, because it had outlets at three tables next to the restrooms. I didn't like the one in Quartzsite because it only has one outlet by a couch and the homeless were using it to charge their stuff every time I went there. In Parker, I would go and buy a drink then work for awhile. If I needed more time, I would buy more food. Perkins Restaurants also have free wifi but I didn't feel comfortable staying there as long as I did at McDonalds. But you do get to start working while waiting for them to take your oder, then bring you the food, then bring you the check--about an hour usually. You can find Perkins when traveling freeways by looking for their giant US flags near freeway ramps. Some laundromats also have free wifi so you can work while washing clothes. If you decide this lifestyle is for you, you might want to invest in a phone plan where you can use it as a hotspot. Both Verizon and AT&T cover most of the country now. Linda
  9. I'm not sure WildBill has ever lived in a Class B. While I agree with him that you should stay at one or more campgrounds for your trial and use their electricity, there is much to learn from filling your water tank then then disconnecting from the faucet. And you should never open your black tank valve until you are actually ready to dump anyway so leaving it closed until it fills or your are ready to leave is not a hardship. Living in a Class B is different than any other type of RV because of the limits of its size. It's a critical part of learning if this type of rig suits you or not. I have owned pretty much any type of RV except a 5th wheel or travel trailer since we bought a tent trailer back in the 1970s so I do know a bit about the challenges of various types. In a B storage space is also limited so you quickly learn what you can or can't cook because you don't want to use your limited space for a stock pot and, while you might be able to get a pizza delivered to your site, a pizza box will not fit in your fridge. Linda
  10. At least one week. You aren't going to want to drive to a dump more often than that. One of the reasons we sold our first Class B after only four months is that the two of us couldn't make the small black tank last a week. The Lexor has a larger tank and, I think, there is only one of you so you should be able to go longer but until you try it you won't actually know. Linda
  11. Yes, that's a valid question but my answer may surprise you. I bought my last Class B specifically to address those issues. Being able to reach my kitchen from my bed meant I could do many activities sitting down. Being a short RV with no slides meant I could walk from one end to the other using cupboards and cabinets for support. Being custom made meant I had a place to park my electric scooter. It wasn't until I could no longer pull the dump handle that I sold it. Now I wish I'd simply installed a macerator instead so I would not have to pull the dump valve. Linda
  12. You need to be out long enough to discover how long the holding tanks work for you. The black tank on Lexor is larger than most Class B's so, if you can handle the smaller one of a Roadtrek you will be sure you will like the Lexor. Linda
  13. I've used both many a Blue Beacon Truck Wash and a service that came to the park. Oh yeah, there's a DIY wash at Mystic Lake Casino's campground that has walkways where you can see your roof without having to climb up on it. Full hookups all year but I don't think the wash is open in the winter. Linda
  14. You "imagine" so many things that are not truly relevant. I had no mold on the shower curtain in any of our rigs. Just turn on the vent fan before you start your shower and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth when done and you will be fine. I tried using campground facilities and found them to be more work than they were worth--to me. Linda
  15. Sometimes. Try listing it as a package and see what you get. You can always list them individually if the package doesn't sell but selling them all at once is less work. It's not unusual for newbies to prefer to buy the whole package rather than figure it all out for themselves. Linda
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