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This group is for those of us who own a larger rig and know the problems and benefits of such ownership.  It's open to all classes of RV, whether class A, fifth wheel, class B... see more

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  • DARCAN
    DARCAN:
    Does anyone have any experience at Lake Alamo State Park in Arizona? We've heard there is good off-road riding there and thought we'd try it out either before or after we go to Quartzite this year. We have a 43' diesel pusher and pull a 24' enclosed tra...  more
    • Wed at 7:29 AM
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    • DARCAN
      King Family Call the park
      • Wed at 8:14 AM
    • DARCAN
      frank391 Lot of gravel rd to get there
      • Wed at 9:39 AM
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      • DARCAN
        DARCAN I wondered if it was gravel. That's for that info.
        • Wed at 3:49 PM
    • DARCAN
      Brian & Anne The main road in is paved, with a section or two gravel patches. The park can handle your rig but you may have to drop the trailer if the large sites are all taken. There is a large section of BLM adjacent to the park where a lot of big rigs park and play...  more
      • Fri at 7:46 PM
  • Mark and Connie Garrett
    Mark and Connie Garrett:
    We are staying in the Pismo Beach area around the holidays. Looking for recommendations for big rig friendly RV parks/resorts between Pismo Beach and San Diego. Trying to cut our drive in half as we travel back to SD. So probably south of Santa Barbara...  more
    • November 29
    • Mark and Connie Garrett
      Mary Schultz My children live in that area. We stay there all the time in our 42ft. We love the state park there as you can go to the beach and dunes. Also there is a nice RV. Park right next to it. Really nice. And there is RV camping right on the wharf but first come basis.
  • KMT
    KMT:
    I am planning a vacation next year to the Pigion Forge/Gatlinburg Tenn area. Any suggestions on campgrounds in the area that can accommodate a 45 ft motor home would be greatly appreciated.
    • November 22
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    • KMT
      SCOOTER There is light traffic?
      • November 29
    • KMT
      Summrbrz Pine Mountain RV Park in Pigeon Forge is nice. Accommodated our 44’ with no problem.
    • KMT
      SCOOTER Hey Summrvrz is that the site's they are trying to sell we stayed there a few years ago. A classy place if that the same. I have also rented homes in that complex
      • December 8
    • KMT
      Summrbrz Don’t know about sites for sell in the RV area. They have pull-throughs and back-ins. All are FH w/ 50 amp. There are rental cabins also. The sites are spacious concrete slabs. The trolley to Gatlinburg comes right into the park. We’ve already booked fo...  more
      • December 8
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      • KMT
        SCOOTER Must not be the one I'm thinking about
        • December 8
    • KMT
      Summrbrz pinemountainrvpark.com
      • December 8
  • Adam Sherman
    Adam Sherman:
    Another subjective question:I am thinking about a  transition to a motorhome full-time for a year or two. The RV parks in Utah don't allow motorhomes older than 15 years. I like the idea of buying an older Coach and fixing it up the way I want to. Consi...  more
    • November 21
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    • Adam Sherman
      lvmci Hi Adam, bus conversions might be your answer, buses can be beautiful or krapy, most parks refuse skollies, and some bus conversions, but usually an exterior photo of a 35, 40 or 45' conversion, is good, there are facebook and web sites that deal with th...  more
    • Adam Sherman
      Nan33 Why do you believe Utah parks in particular don't allow older coaches?  We spent most of October in Utah, and tho we only stayed in 3 commercial parks I did not see any restrictions as I did my planning and researching parks.  Our coach is a goo...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Adam Sherman
        Adam Sherman The KOA in salt lake has. 15 year limit. I still work so i need a place to park and live in salt lake. There are two more in town (that I know of) I am checking on
    • Adam Sherman
      Steve & Diane I know of someone who has a Class A about 15 years old or so.  If asked how old, he tells the park that it is a 2010.
    • Adam Sherman
      RKuba A big tipoff on an older coach is the use off decals instead of full body paint. The decals fade from Sun exposure and tend to look really old. I have an 11 year old coach that has full body paint with a nice clear coat finish, and it looks like a new coa...  more
    • Adam Sherman
      SCOOTER A RV park that has this rule has just enough snob appeal that I wouldn't want to stay there. However I had a 2000 Blue Bird for 6 years over the limit and never got turned down. It the RV is n good looking sharp they wouldnt even look twice
  • COMER & COOKIE
    COMER & COOKIE :
    We are settled in to our new lot that we purchased in an Motor Coach only Resort. We have decided to stay here 7-8 months a year, of course out traveling during Las Vegas,NV hot summer months. Comer traded in his Colorado Real Estate license for a Nevada ...  more
    • November 20
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    • COMER & COOKIE
      Bandit455 Beautiful setup!
    • COMER & COOKIE
      Brian & Chippy Sexton WOW, easy to spend a lot of time there. Enjoy!
  • Adam Sherman
    Adam Sherman:
    I'm
    Considering a 42ft w/tag axel...Will I be missing out on that many Boondocking and dry camping spots? Is there a sweet spot for a DP length?
    • November 20
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    • Adam Sherman
      The Rolling Stones The short answer is:  Hmmmmm, probably not. When going ‘Off the Grid’ you can go any place that allows that type of Camping that you can get into. Not much difference between a 35 and a 42 with that regard. The ‘Tag’ is for weight distribution/trans...  more
    • Adam Sherman
      BobKathy95 We think 40 is a better length for several reason. The 40 will generally turn in a smaller radius than 42 or 45 coach. The biggest thing you will notice is basement storage. The 42 and 45 will usually have noticeable less basement space because of the roo...  more
    • Adam Sherman
      Mary Schultz You won't miss a thing. I have 42 foot Monaco and get in most everywhere. State and national parks, off main road areas too. Just use common sense and take it slow. More is better! Hide 1 Reply
    • Adam Sherman
      SCOOTER I have 45 and do not go to state parks in my own state of Michigan because most SPs were built decades ago for 35 Wenibagos the longest in the late 60s . Buy what suits u for a floor plans if you can swing all the toys u want get it never mind about the l...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • Adam Sherman
        Hank & Shirleen I am 6’2” and we bought our first MH in 1981. A 24’ WInnie Brave. Mostly for tailgating at college games. It was used and we said yes. Then I said, just a minute, and ran back in and sat on the hopper and closed the door to be sure I could fit and close t...  more
      • Adam Sherman
        Bryan & Linda My wife and I love having 2 baths in our coach! Makes for many happy travels!!!
    • Adam Sherman
      Silvergreen Sig Tag usually shortens the tail overhang and that along with manual ride height override was important to me to get over some obstacles. Of course, tag distributes the weight over more of road surface when on softer ground with a heavy rig. Still need to be...  more
  • Mary Schultz
    Mary Schultz:
    Anyone at ElCapitan State Beach in Santa Barbara? We are heading there in the morning. No reservations and taking a chance something is open. Like spots in 90's and 100's. Our rig is 40ft.
    • November 17
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  • Nan33
    Nan33 :
    HELP! I'm hoping there may be a night owl out there with RV electrical knowledge. Coach is a 2006 Itasca with 10 m/o house batteries and 500 watts of solar on the roof' Gray day today, so not much solar energy. We left for about 9 hours and came back...  more
    • November 16
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    • Nan33
      BobKathy95 If everything is off except fridge, you would expect the new batteries to hold their charge. 500 watt solar doesn't seem like much but on a sunny day probably works OK. Based on our experience with solar - just guessing that cloudy and shorter days (winte...  more
    • Nan33
      Bandit455 What concerns me is the generator wouldn't start with battery boost, but chassis batteries easily(?) started your coach. Before you reinvent the wheel troubleshooting, have your coach batteries checked. Dry, sulphated batteries can suck up all kinds of po...  more
    • Nan33
      Bandit455 One thing I would like to clarify, it sounds like you are NOT plugged in, correct? What is the weather like? is it cold? Also, electric water heater runs off of 115vac circuit, would not effect coach batteries. Once batteries are fully charged, ANY auto p...  more
    • Nan33
      Don Estey How it working now?
      • November 19
    • Nan33
      Nan33 Turned out the "salesman's switch" shorted out.  It is now taped into the off position and we ar awaiting arrival of a new switch.  For th moment all is well and we are crossing our fingers that it will hold until we can install the new swit...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • Nan33
        Bandit455 I caught the 10 month old part, but not that they were Gel cells. It is possible, however unlikely, for them to over charge and even gels can die the sad horrible death. That is why with battery issues, I always start with the battery. Glad you found out ...  more
      • Nan33
        Don Estey Salesman switch
        Lol... never came across that
        Thank you
  • B & C RV
    B & C RV:
    Passenger side door location: We are Future RV owners (read newbies) shopping for a class A. Some models have a passenger door and another entry door on the passenger side. Others only have a passenger door which serves as the main entry for the living a...  more
    • November 4
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    • B & C RV
      Bandit455 My MH has the entry door ahead of the passenger seat, my old TT had a ‘midship’ entry door. The only real difference I have found, is during bad weather and it is raining, the area around the door on TT was protected by the awning and you didn’t track in ...  more
    • B & C RV
      FreedomBaron The MH with a mid-ship door usually take some living space around the door away (much needed space if you are full-timing). Also - related to the door position - consider the driver's sitting position versus the front axle location (only if it is a factor...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • B & C RV
        Don Estey At 45 feet it wouldn’t be an issue lol. That’s big enough to have three doors and a garage!
        • November 7
    • B & C RV
      Dale & Kathy Our door is in front, but the same model motorhome can also come with a mid entry door but without the large pantry we love.  Our experience is that you have to give up something with a mid entry door.  Also when traveling with children a front ...  more
    • B & C RV
      SCOOTER Go for the layout of the floor not the door
    • B & C RV
      Don Estey It takes owning a few to know the tricks and likes. Take your time and think with the head,,not the heart:)
      • November 6
  • B & C RV
    B & C RV:
    Does anyone have problems with exhaust when pulling a toad? Especially with diesel pushers?
    • October 27
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    • B & C RV
      Lucy and Jim I've not noticed any issue with soot or dirt. We dolly tow and have a flap under the Monaco that helps I guess.
    • B & C RV
      DenStar Our toad can get really dirty. Usually the first thing we do is look for a car wash. 
    • B & C RV
      SCOOTER I guess I'm always Inthe rain my toad always need a wand passed over it from the clean queen.
    • B & C RV
      BobKathy95 We have towed untold 1000's of miles with no soot issues at all. However, we generally only use branded diesel and run Diesel Kleen on nearly every tankful. Diesel Kleen will add about $0.06 per gallon to your fuel costs but the benefits are very obvious....  more
      • November 5
    • B & C RV
      Bandit455 There is a hose coming off your valve cover, part of the PVC system I believe. It is refered to as a "slobber hose" and that is for a very good reason If yours is just hanging down the side of the engine into open air, make a catch can out of just about a...  more
      • November 17