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  1. This video we cover everything about Kernville California, from hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rafting and even skiing. Great boondocking locations and great campgrounds as well. We have been going to the Kern River Valley/Lake Isabella area for a long time now, it's the gateway to the southern sierra's! While we were in Kern for Whiskey Flat Days we decided to share our knowledge of the area and take you on a tour. This area is an outdoor paradise with year round activities. Whiskey Flat Days is one of the most popular festivals in Southern California. This festival takes place in Kernville (Formerly Whiskey Flats), Where the town is taken over with vendors, carnival, rodeo, a parade and even a wild west encampment. Hope you enjoy the video and do not forget to SUBSCRIBE!
  2. https://youtu.be/47v1vmdX8vI Best views you will ever find for Free! Good roads and very remote!!! Check it out!!
  3. In this video, we show you some of our highlights from King Of The Hammers 2020 and take you along as we spend the day spectating at various locations. King of The Hammers 2020 is an offroad race that combines rock crawling and desert racing. They have multiple races throughout the week, UTV's, dirt bikes, trophy trucks, every man challenge (lower budget & car limitations) and the main event King of the Hammers. The racers can get up to 100 mph in the open desert and they are also built to crawl the rock sections at high speeds. We started spectating this race around 2009, we have had a great time every year. To keep it safe for spectators they have taped off certain areas, we do our best to get as much footage as possible. Considering that we live in our trailer full-time and Melissa couldn't make this trip I left the trailer with her, ill show you my new RV! Hope you enjoy this video!
  4. On our way to meet up with some fellow Xscapers we stop off at Truck Haven for some shut eye. The next day we find some free camping near Yuma Arizona, American Girl Mine to be exact. RVing is more fun with friends! A few weeks ago we met Jill and Curt at the Xscapers annual bash. Instantly being connected through off roading, they invited us down to boondock near American Girl Mine just north west of Yuma Arizona. Over the the next few days we did some exploring, off roading and smoked some delicious meats together. We also go to the valley of the names and drive to the bottom of American Girl mine, this is a fun one! Hope you enjoy!
  5. Continuing to explore the open desert we head over to Burro Schmidt Tunnel in the Mojave Desert. Carved all by hand taking over 33 years, this tunnel goes all the way through a mountain. We enter the tunnel and show you what it's like on the inside and all the way through. On this adventure I have gotten pretty good at crashing our drone and Melissa finds a unique use for the GoPro. After spending a good amount of time exploring around the tunnel we cut back across the desert. Attempting to find another mine but the road conditions wouldn't cooperate.
  6. It's finally here, winter wonderland snow camping In California. This past Thanksgiving we went out desert camping with friends. We didn't realize a huge winter storm was rolling in to Southern California. That didn't stop the fun, this video has all sorts of off roading, prerunning, delicious meats and snow mageddon! It was unexpected but we had a great time and made the best of it. This is a memory with friends that we will never forget.
  7. We are in Barstow California for the annual desert clean up and prerunning! this is an amazing event where overlanders, campers and outdoor enthusiasts get together and clean a local desert. It's a great event, the desert community gets together with many sponsors. They provide, all the cleaning supplies, dumpsters, t-shirts and event a huge raffle. We went out with the toy hauler, filled the truck with trash and watched some trucks jump. Hopefully this catches on!
  8. This video is action packed! RV Living at it's finest, boondocking with friends, beautiful California desert and Prerunning. There's a little bit of everything in this one. We even break our truck! This video is about our journey to meet up with friends at their annual desert trip, Desert Palooza 2019. This event has been going strong for 15 years, out in Jawbone Canyon CA. Along with all of that we show your one of our tips for fueling up with a large rig, give a few more details on our Grill that so many people keep asking about and of course we take you along for the ride while we go desert prerunning. Hope you enjoy the video!
  9. 2007 Dolphin LX model 6320 (34ft) -- Original owner, 70k miles Workhorse W22 chassis with GM 8.1L gas engine and Allison 6sp transmission. Excellent condition, very well cared for from day one with complete maintenance records. Six new Michelin XRV tires, new brakes with genuine Workhorse pads & rotors. Recent major transmission service at Allison factory service center. Spacious interior with two Slide-outs. Many upgrades to enhance dry camping. 1025 watts of solar power, six premium AGM house batteries, high end solar charge controllers & battery monitor system, and 2kW inverter/charger. Fresh water increased by 20gal to 100gal total, gray increased by 26gal to 67gal total. High resolution SeeLevel-II tank monitor system 32” 1080p HD TV $850 Casper queen mattress, window awnings, plus many other upgrades. Did not intend to sell this coach, hence the new tires & brakes. But, we came across a new motorhome we really liked and decided to take the plunge... This very nice coach is cleaned, serviced, smogged and ready-to-go. ---needs nothing--- $39,900 or make me an offer. Rick 760-415-0733 -or- rick.rv61@gmail.com RV is stored at residence in San Diego area
  10. Come along as we explore a few different areas along the 395 HWY in California. Rv living allows us the freedom to travel where ever our hearts, by simply following the weather and maintaining a strong cellular signal. While camping north of Bishop California we head into town to explore there small shops and grab some coffee. The following day we wake up pretty early to make the trek north up the 395 to Ruby Lake Trail Head. The hike ends up being a perfect day hike in an extremely beautiful area. On our drive back to camp/home we decide to hitch up and head south back to Fossil Falls for the night. They have a small campsite that is VERY primitive, but only $6 a night.
  11. We go through our process to finding a free camping. We have been doing this for many years, so for us this seems like a simple thing but we realize there is a lot of information out there. From selecting your state and region. To different land use, apps, and websites that can help you along the way. The point of this video is so that you can learn the process, learn the rules of the land you are camping on and also learn potential hazards/dangers that you could run into. Like driving a 38 foot Toy hauler down a dirt road! Hopefully this brings a good amount of value to you. Thanks for watching!
  12. For those of you towing fifth wheels, especially during overnight stops, do you run your genny in the truck bed while remaining hooked? I'm planning on storing them in the front of the truck bed, and running them from there when necessary, but have concerns about CO emissions. Anyone do it, and what, if any, precautions do you take? Thanks for any responses.
  13. Balloon Fiesta HOP (Head Out Program) Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Option #1: October 2 - 7, 2020 Option #2 October 7 - 11, 2020 Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020 Balloons, balloons and more balloons! If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, join the Escapees RV Club HOP for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Each morning, as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains, the skies will fill with 600 bright, beautiful hot-air balloons from all over the world. From its beginnings in 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest International Balloon Fiesta, with a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park and a launch field the size of 54 football fields (78 acres). It is the most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world, with 886,307 attendees in 2019. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the only Balloon Fiesta where the "box effect" comes into play. The "box effect" is a unique wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path; allowing them to return to the launch field, or even landing next to your RV. The Dawn Patrol lifts off in the dark, with specially-fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The "Zebras," dressed in black and white, are the ones who coordinate the launching of the balloons. One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists wave their national flag during the launch. Even though there are always traditionally-shaped balloons, there will be various specialty shapes, too, and some of the most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Ladybug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebee's hands have Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. When visiting any of the balloon pilots, remember to ask them for one of the trading cards, which will explain all the pertinent information about their balloon. This fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons – America’s Challenge race, with the winner being the one that has traveled the farthest. Past gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and across Canada. You can track their progress on the Fiesta website. At dusk, you can see the Twilight Glow on the launch field. This is when the burners are ignited, filling the balloons with a bouquet of bright colors. Then, the nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks. Escapees will have Boondocking, “rally style” parking and a private tent for inclement weather, socials, games and catered meals. There will be a considerable amount of walking, so please bring comfortable walking shoes, as well as binoculars and a camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime special moments. Early arrival - Options 1 and 3 Due to the popularity of this event, we recommend early arrival for parking at the HOP location for Options 1 and 3 only. Early arrival is September 29, 2020. The cost for early entry is $22.50 per night up to the date of the HOP. While registering for the HOP, please let headquarters know which day you plan to on arrive early. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Three options will be offered for The Balloon Fiesta HOP. Early parking is not available for Option #2 Option 2 sites will not be available for early arrival at the HOP. If you are registered for Option #2 and want to arrive early, you may call the Balloon Fiesta for any additional parking (for any dates outside of the HOP event) and pay the Fiesta directly. You will be parked in the Fiesta camping area, but will need to move your rig to the HOP camping location, with the HOP arrival date and time for the Option #2. Option #1: You may purchase the first five days (arriving October 2 and leaving the morning of October 7), which will include the traditionally-shaped balloons, a special presentation by a Professional Hot Air Balloon Pilot and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below. Friday, Oct. 2 Options #1 and #3 Arrival Professional Balloon Pilot Presentation Announcements Meet and greet *Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 3 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation Announcements Socials – get together *Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 4 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Mass Ascension Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social Balloon Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct. 5 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations Free afternoon Tuesday, Oct. 6 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations Free afternoon *Farewell catered dinner for the Option #1 Wed., Oct. 7 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations – Professional carvers Option #1 - leaves Farewell Option #1. Safe travels! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Prices for Option #1: October 2 – 7, 2020 Two-person rig: $1110.00 Each additional person in RV $755.00 One-person rig $999.00 Option #2: You may purchase the last five days (arriving the morning of October 7 and leaving on October 11), which will include the traditional shape balloons, the special shape balloons and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below. Wed., Oct. 7 Option #2 Arrival Free afternoon Announcements Meet and greet *Welcome catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 8 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 9 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon Launch Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Saturday, Oct. 10 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol, Morning Glow Mass Ascension Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent at the north end of Main Street) Music Fiesta (extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social hour *Farewell catered dinner Night Magic Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 11 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Laser Light Show Farewell Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q&A End of HOP - Safe travels! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Prices for Option #2 October 7 – 11, 2020 Two-person rig: $1095.00 Each additional person in RV: $745.00 One-person rig: $989.00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________________________ Option #3: Register for the entire stay of the Balloon Fiesta HOP, which will include four tickets per person, entrance into the balloon launch field, plus the activities below for ten days and nine nights. Friday, Oct. 2 Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Balloon Pilot presentation Announcements - meet and greet *Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 3 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 4 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading *Catered dinner Balloon Glow AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct.5 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 6 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Balloons launch Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational *Farewell catered dinner Wed., Oct. 7 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Announcements and social hour *Catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 8 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 9 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon launch Competition Flying begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sat., Oct. 10 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Music Fiesta (Extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Farewell catered dinner Night Magic Glow AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 11 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Farewell Mass Ascension Prices for Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020 Two-person rig: $1355.00 Each additional person in RV: $855.00 One-person rig: $1245.00 Registration also includes: · Prizes · Your HOP hosts · Souvenir HOP name badge · All gratuities · Locations to visit that are optional. Some past options were Santa Fe, Old Town and the Botanical Gardens. And much more! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Payment options: Pay half of the fee upon registration and then make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days before the event. Ask the HOP department about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend, too. We’d love to have you! There is a $50.00 charge for nonmembers on land HOPs. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club, please call 936-327-8873. To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 For more information, email registration@escapees.com Confirmation email Once registered, a confirmation notification will be sent via email regarding pertinent information, such as RV Park address, tour dates, times, etc. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. This insurance should be purchased within 10 business days of registering for the HOP. HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee cancels a HOP, • 1 Business Day from Booking: Full Refund · More Than 90 Days to the event: 75% Refund · 30 – 90 Days to the event: 25% Refund · 30 Days or Less to the event: No Refunds See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub then, click on the event page For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll-Free) Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 936-327-8873 www.escapees.com
  14. I am selling a 2003 Monaco Dynasty with 1575 watts of solar on the roof. Here’s a link to the website that will provide in depth detailed descriptions of all the various systems with matching pictures. SOLD!!! https://2003monacodynastyregal.blogspot.com/2019/10/live-off-grid-in-luxury-with-tv.html
  15. Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is quite amazing, lot's of sage brush and rolling hills. We stop here for a quick night , the higher elevation helps with the extreme summer heat. In the morning we bring the drone up real quick just to take a look around. After 6 months we are finally back in California it's a strange feeling, it's the longest we have ever been away from California and our home town of Simi Valley. We find a great boondocking spot inside Inyo National forest just a 10 minute drive from Mammoth Lakes CA. While we are there for only a week, we get a bit too relaxed with our water supply and end up running out! Hope you enjoy this video!
  16. Boondocking outside Grand Teton National Park has its perks! We have a meet up with multiple full-time families, at the same time we make new friends that happen to be new to full-timing. Ryan and Jeff sold everything in Arizona, bought trailers and moved up to Wyoming to be river float guides on the Snake River. We also reconnect with Kyle Nugent, a full-timer that we met in Maine roughly 2 months earlier! He is traveling the country hitting one baseball field at a time. We happened to stay in touch, told him we would be in the area and he came by! Kyle is an avid fly fisherman and he decided to give me some lessons, but I was only interested in flying the drone! This video is a great one, make sure you watch till the end! ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️Hit that subscribe and like button⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://www.youtube.com/c/adventureen...
  17. We take the journey from Deadwood South Dakota to Wyoming just outside Grand Teton National Park. The drive is quite long and when we arrive we are super tired. While looking for a good camping spot with decent cell phone service, we go down a road we shouldn't have been on with our 5th wheel. Getting out of this area requires a steep uphill rutted road and four wheel drive! The following day I drive into town and reflect on the great dirt road driveways we have had lately! We head over a near by camp to meet some other RVers that we were in touch with on Instagram. This area is absolutely beautiful and might be my favorite place in the country. We are looking forward to exploring the area for the next week! Hope you enjoy the video! ***Feel free to subscribe and hit that like button!*** https://www.youtube.com/c/adventureen...
  18. After camping a few days right outside the park we finally venture in, right off the bat we see a large bison. Going further into to the National Park the drive is quite breathtaking. The winding roads, mountains and bright blue skies. We drive through the whole park and end up hiking the Notch Trail, it's short at 1.33 miles but the views are amazing. Back at camp we have an amazing experience with the big horn sheep! They come out of no where and completely surround the whole trailer. Our time at this boondocking spot comes to and end, we carefully take the muddy road out what we call "the secret entrance / exit". It works great and we make it out with no problems, then we have a great drive to our next boondocking spot Northwest of Deadwood South Dakota. Here we plan to hike in Custer State Park, hit Mount Rushmore, visit Deadwood and meet up with friends. Hope you enjoy the vlog, let me know what you think!
  19. We make it to an epic Boondocking spot just outside of Badlands South Dakota! We finish our drive to Badlands national Park (well just outside of the park), before we get there we camp on the Missouri River. We are so excited to be out west again, more Boondocking! The Boondocking spot we land at is just outside Badlands National Park and it's absolutely amazing. Camped on the edge of a cliff, we plan on staying in this location for a week! The roads were quite muddy getting in but, but of course the Ram made it. After we dropped the trailer, of course I had to do a little off roading! ***Feel free to subscribe and hit that like button!*** https://www.youtube.com/c/adventureen...
  20. In this vlog is a sad but exciting day, we pack up leave Mt Desert Narrows RV Resort and head south to Cornish Maine to spend time with family in the area! We end up Moochdocking at our families house, from there we head to New Hampshire to Diana's Bath a hiking trail and waterfall ran by the United States Forest Service. Being so close right in New Hampshire we head over to North Conway to explore their downtown area with all the shops, I get some delicious beef jerky with a review, and of course we have to have some Moxie!!! A Maine staple have you ever tried Moxie? Make sure you watch till the very end!!!!! Loving the RV Lifestyle!
  21. 2007 NEWMAR MOUNTAIN AIRE IDEAL FOR DRY CAMPING & FULLTIMING: Net Carrying Capacity of 8990 lbs. One owner, non-smokers, meticulously main- tained 45’ w/ 450 HP Cummins and 4 slides, 10KW diesel genset w/autostart, 6 solar panels, 8 batteries. Energy Management System, inboard autotransformer and surge protector for low power campgrounds. LP/electric 4 door fridge w/ice mkr. 120v/12v basement fridge freezer. LP cook-top. Aquahot furnace/hot water. RO-UV Water Puri- fication System. Remote LP shut off. 6w cool or LED lights throughout. Sleep Number king bed. NADA Average Value is $196,000. Asking $166,000. For pictures and detailed description view online at www.rvtrader.com/listing/5007496630 or contact Bruce: BRButlerTX@aol.com NOTE: Willing to negotiate the tow vehicle c/w Airforce One braking system, Blue Ox tow bar and rock screen, plus a full set of dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, toaster, coffee pot, crock pot, BBQ pit, 50 Amp extension cord, DISH receiver, bike and kayak rack and a myriad of spare parts. 2007 Mountain Aire M-4521 Spartan ISM 450hp (196K).pdf
  22. I love boondocking,and I hate generators. Recently, I sold my 37 ft 5th wheel and bought a 29 ft Arctic Fox 27-5L, because I was fed up with being stuck in tight National Park and State Park campgrounds. When I climbed on the roof for the first time and saw how cluttered the roof was with exhaust pipes, hoods, AC unit etc, and considering a usable roof length of less than 25 ft, I all but gave up on the dream of installing a meaningful solar power plant on this roof. But after taking exact measurements of the roof and the obstacles, and realizing how far the solar panel industry has come in terms of power output per square unit, I started some serious research. And came up with the solution of installing 5 of 350W monocrystalline JA Solar panels. They are about 38"x79" big and cost me less than $200 per piece (plus freight), which is a steal deal compared with what other dealers charge.Because several roof obstacles are about 40" away from the roof edge, I was able to squeeze 5 of these panels on the roof (see attached pic). Of course, mounting them so close to the edge and to hoods etc. was pretty challenging,and I had to use slightly different methods to fix the panels to the roof, depending on their location. Since no solar mounting hardware available on the market could be used because of the tightness, I devised my own, relatively simple method by using pairs of slotted aluminum angles in each of the four corners of a panel. Each angle was about 10" long; one was screwed to the panel, the other one on the roof in a way that aligned the slotted sides of the angles so that they could be bolted together (see pic). One of the panels had to be raised about 7" above the refrigerator exhaust hood, but that was the only more complicated construction (see pic). The 10 wires from the panels are connected in a combiner box that sits atop the hole that I had to drill right above a wall that is already used as a wire raceway. I chose AWG 1 wire from the combiner box to the solar controller (that sits in the front compartment), which probably is an overkill, but the cost difference is negligible compared to the overall cost of the project. In a subsequent post, I will talk about the installation of the solar controller, a 4000W inverter, 2 Tesla battery modules, and the necessary control and protection circuitry. And, of course, about the practical experience with running the entire coach off grid, with water heater, AC, microwave, toaster, hair dryer and all the other power hungry gadgets.
  23. Hi all, I'm a passionate novice to Boondocking and new to this group. Could any of you offer advice/help on the best type of motorhome I should buy for cross-country, 100% off-grid, Boondock traveling? I've done a good amount of research but I'm having trouble putting all the "pieces" together to make the best-informed decision possible for what motorhome, preferably used, I should be looking to buy. Here's what I've put together so far in an attempt to meet my needs. Goal: Easily boondock cross-country and into the mountains in my motorhome. Budget: Maximum, all-inclusive cost - $100,000 Requirements: Class C Motor Home (This seems the best class for my needs, let me know if otherwise!) Maximum length to still allow for city street parking Sleeps a minimum 2 people, preferably 4 Heavy duty 4x4 transmission to handle off-road driving up into the mountains Motor Home Design: Easily provide 100% off-grid capability e.g. easy to add solar, water collection/distillation, efficient system for disposal of grey & dark water waste, etc. So, does such a motorhome exist or will I have to have one custom built that will probably put me way over budget? From my research, here are two motorhomes that appear to accomplish what I'm looking for, but it's over my budget e.g. $125,00 - $150,000. Is there any mainstream make & model out there that offers similar features compared to these custom build? 2018 Unity FX https://leisurevans.com/serenity/videos/?video=serenity-video 2018 Pleasure-Way Plateau XLTS Tour http://pleasureway.com/the-plateau-xlts/ Thanks in advance for any help on my quest to find the best, affordable, motorhome for this 61-year-old "wannabe" full-time boondocker ?
  24. We've been searching high and low for the best method to brew a perfect cup of camping coffee while boondocking, without using any electricity whatsoever, and we've finally found it! No generator, no battery/inverter use, and cleanup is a breeze using little to no water:
  25. A little bit about us. I’m Patty, from Chicago originally. I’ve done a lot of car camping but never in an RV. My husband, Esam, is mechanically inclined. He has never been to America and it's going to be amazing to see America again through his eyes! I’m right now in Egypt and will be on my way to New York in a few weeks to help my best friend, Sue, when she is released from the nursing home where she is recovering in after getting her leg amputated from a rare bone disease. My husband will follow at the end of the year hopefully. We’re all between 48-56. My stuff is all in storage in Idaho and Sue’s stuff is in storage in Maryland. It seems a perfect time to take off because we don’t have a house or an apartment. We hope to downsize both our storages and get rid of what we don’t need. Our budget is about 40,000 to 50,000 with some room for fixes and our combined monthly resources will not be that high so we will want to boondock often and consider my husband and I working seasonally. Sue and I make jewelry that we plan to make and sell on the road at festivals and other venues. Sue is an artist making jewelry from paper. She’s been busy making beads the whole time she has been in the hospital. She is doing phenomenal at walking again. The physical therapist said she has begun walking faster than any other person he helped! She has a great attitude and spirit and I think it’s going to be just fine for her to RV with us with a few modifications. I am very partial to 5th wheels. I thought we could buy a used 5th wheel and a used truck to pull it. The problem is that we can’t use the truck to sightsee because Sue needs a wheelchair and a scooter and hand controls. The wheelchair and scooter can’t get wet. It would be hard for her to get in and out of the truck also. What we want to do is get a 5th wheel that my husband tows while Sue and I follow behind in our 2015 Subaru Forester. I’m afraid that many campgrounds don’t allow you to have a third unit. For us, it really is a need and not a want to have a car that Sue can be comfortable in as a passenger or driver. Are we forced to get a Class A or C? Is it possible to talk to people at parks to let us park our truck somewhere while we are using the Subaru to get around? But if it’s going to be a huge hassle we’ll have to consider an A or C. I guess we could also consider a travel trailer and a van that could hold her scooter and wheel chair. Any advice is welcome! One extra issue with getting an RV to consider is that we want to have a table in the RV that we can have 2 office chairs at to make jewelry. I was thinking this could be done by removing a bunk bed, moving a dining booth or a couch. But we also need 2 beds for the 3 of us. Does anyone have any suggestions? We’d like to stay under 35 feet. So I’m hoping for answers and suggestions! Thank you so much!
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