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  1. South Dakota (Sturgis Motorcycle) is coming up.... 647 new cases in one week; 10 new deaths in one week. Unfortunately, the majority of those at the rally aren't from South Dakota. They will be traveling through states and shedding the virus at many places.
  2. We started with factory installed 4 acid house batteries; 2 chassis. Later we went to AGM As stated, we didn't use much electric at all. .. lights, radio, quick microwave use. Used a stovetop coffee pot and toaster was a fry pan.
  3. The wife isn't on Medicare. This program would be good for those not on Medicare.
  4. We had 300w for our 40' motorhome and served us very well for 8 years. Of course, we're not energy hogs. Charging was easily done wherever we were in the West.... in the East it may be different. We even got sufficient charge in Glacier Nat'l Park during one solid week of rain parked under trees. Our panels were in an opening of the trees so even the daytime light in the rain gave us enough charge. During sunny days we could last forever. What is your idea of boondocking in the winter on 4x4 roads? I guess I wrongly assumed by winter you meant in snowy conditions. Many places in the Southwest to do this. We used good gravel roads for our stays with the motorhome - up to approximately 20 miles from pavement. We didn't need 4x4 although we towed a Jeep which gave us excellent options for exploring farther in on true 4x4 roads. It's just us but we'd prefer a bigger RV for full-timing than you're thinking of and towing a car for siteseeing, shopping, etc. A car can go and fit in more places than a RV.
  5. Here is the website: https://plushcare.com/our-doctors/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=LS_PlushCare&gclid=CjwKCAjwps75BRAcEiwAEiACMYedr9wzgTjF4ONNKHBubCZxKPYmZoxImPgd5Nlm3pCAQPHFTxQTnRoCxaIQAvD_BwE If you look at the web site there are pics and stats about their doctors. Here is one of them: https://www.caredash.com/doctors/allison-lovell-hjfnd Sounds like a good option to keep in mind.
  6. I don't understand the wording in the link you provided for renovated RVs. It states: The minimum budget required is $50,000 for a fifth wheel or $30,000 for a travel trailer. This budget covers purchasing the RV from us and the renovation. I'm reading that for $50,000 you can buy the RV and have renovations done. What kind of RV are they talking about for that price? You might want to pick out your RV and then go to the manufacturer to see how it's built before renovation. Before putting a lot of money into an older RV decide if you will keep it a long time. Most RVers will not buy an old RV. You'll have a very limited audience for resale especially if you include a composting toilet and removing the black tank. When you start talking about changing the drivetrain and moving the whole kitchen you're going to get into more money than you think. You're considering winter camping so want 4x4. You'd had better have a satellite phone. Driving in the backcountry on unplowed roads could easily turn into being stranded.. even with 4x4. Good luck with your project! I hope you'll return with the finished RV to show us it CAN be done.
  7. This Fall Acadia will require that you have a reservation for entry to the park just as Rocky Mtn. and Yosemite have done this summer. However, it may be permanent at Acadia to manage the crowds. https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/08/acadia-national-park-test-its-reservation-system-fall?utm_source=National+Parks+Traveler+Week+in+Review%2C+August+11%2C+2020&utm_campaign=National+Parks+Traveler+Weekly+Review&utm_medium=email
  8. Here it is.... worked for me. http://rvservicereviews.com/Index.asp
  9. We really like teaching hospitals associated with an university. Their clinics can take care of all specialities and your records are all in one place. They are up-to-date on the latest procedures.
  10. With today's virus going on I don't think I'd like a trailer without a bathroom but that's just me. You have a 2010 Forester. Are you planning to keep it in the near future? Perhaps getting a vehicle to be able to pull a small trailer with a bathroom might work. The Casita brand of small trailers has a nice small 16' with a bathroom and bunks.
  11. I totally agree with your route. The ferry is fun!
  12. Here it is on the Oregon State Park site. https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=v.feature-article&articleId=286
  13. Early in our full-timing years we stayed at a couple rest areas. They are not a favorite. First, the truckers need them more than a RVer. Secondly, I don't think they're as safe after 10pm as a WalMart would be. I certainly wouldn't use the bathroom after 10pm. There are some wierdos out there. Mid-day once we went out our door and 3 truckers immediately surrounded us. They asked us to come over to watch a game they were playing and guaranteed to win big bucks. Nope. If you Google WalMart overnighting you can get a list with phone numbers to call and ask. We stayed away from big city stores... just felt safer in small towns. We soon learned not to drive so many hours and never used businesses again. We traveled secondary roads so there were also nice public parks to stay or boondocking spots. I hope you can make this work..... it would be great for both boys ..... and the parents, too!
  14. H1N1 (swine flu) was nowhere as deadly as COVID-19. It hit children and young adults more because older people had already built up immunity through exposure to similar strains of the flu over the years. COVID-19 deaths in 6 months has hit 162,000 in the U.S. H1N1 deaths in 1 year was 12, 500 https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-03-h1n1-flu-covid-pandemics-response.html
  15. Driving a 30' RV cross country is no different than driving it just in your own state. The difference is time. Are you retired? Can you take more time to get to Arcata? I'd advise planning on 300 miles/day of travel. Pull in early with time to relax, have dinner (in your RV or go to a take-out place), shower have a good night's sleep. Donner Pass - by the time you get there you'll be so much more comfortable driving. You will have probably used your RV on other inclines/declines. This one is very doable and many RVers do it. It's a popular route. It's a long downhill with places to pull over, if needed. Get into low gear so you don't have to use your brakes as often. It's multiple lane. Stay in the right lane so you won't feel pressured to go faster than you want. You can do it!! Hwy 101 is not mountain driving. Yes, there will be hills but no major ups and downs. There will be gentle curves but not hairpin turns. Many portions are straight and flat. It's really an easy drive. The end of September/first of October is a safe time for your trip - weatherwise. Your only concern should be the miles to get there in a reasonable time period. If you can adjust and take it easier across it will be more enjoyable for you, less tiring and safer. I'd advise to really avoid 600 miles a day with a RV even with two drivers.
  16. Look like a nice RV for you! Looking at the bunks they would be very difficult to use sheets. You'll have to think about sleeping bags. Have fun!
  17. Emigrant Gap on I-80 /Hwy 20 to Williams at I-5 via Hwy 20 is 101 miles Emigrant Gap on I-80 to I-5 and north to Williams is 127 miles On I-80 you'll have Donner Pass beginning about 27 mi. west of the CA/Nevada state line. Westbound you'll have 33 truck advisory signs along the descent so this is a biggie. There are two runaway truck ramps. It's a long downhill (40 miles) so use your gears to save your brakes.
  18. I agree. Why bother to go through the motions. It's not going to mean a thing.
  19. We like paper maps and route ourselves the way WE want to go!!
  20. This is a beautiful drive and very doable with any size RV. As you head north on 101 you'll be seeing many huge redwoods. Enjoy the trip!!
  21. You state this is your first trip with a new motorhome. You're correct in that you scheduled this trip with too many mountains/hills to navigate. How do you feel when you drive it on easier roads? Does it seem to sway? Perhaps you need some mechanical adjustments/additions made. Would you and your wife consider switching vehicle drivers? You take the car and she takes the motorhome on iffy roads? Many women drive and love it. Perhaps a RV driving course would help both of you. https://www.rvschool.com/ It would be a shame if you stayed out of the mountains completely. That's where the beauty is!!
  22. I would think Lippert would store it for you. They know you're traveling and have no place to put it. Or... ask them what they suggest.
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