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Old 06-24-2013, 02:59 PM   #15
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Thanks Sarah, I'm still learning how to navigate the site...we will definitely do some driveway camping and then go someplace nearby first. To show how little we know, my husband started the generator and said that the air didn't work...well turns out nothing worked because apparently something from the generator wasn't plugged in so even though it was running, nothing would have worked. I will look into roadside assistance - we have some through the extended warranty that we purchased but I don't know how limited it is...will definitely figure that out and was thinking of joining Good Sam's (they gave us a great deal on the insurance vs. where we insure our cars). Unfortunately both my husband and I are worry warts so we need to change our ways and just go with the flow. Thanks so much for your response! Sue

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Old 06-24-2013, 03:03 PM   #16
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Car rentals

I don't know if I'm responding correctly but thanks so much for the suggestion to rent through Enterprise...it's one of those "why didn't I think of that!)...you and others are definitely correct, don't want to pack up each time we go somewhere if can avoid it and my husband refuses to tow a car...I'm not sure that the large scooter he is considering getting will get much use except for a quick run to get something. Thank you thank you thank you SO SO much!! I appreciate your suggestions and will definitely use them...Sue

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Welcome and glad to meet you!

If you are going to stay in a park for more than a week, you can always look up car rentals. Heck, Enterprise will bring the RV to you and take you back when done. I know of many who use this route rather than having a toad.

With a smaller MH it is feasible to pick up each time you have an errand, but it will get to be a PITA after a while.

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Old 06-24-2013, 03:09 PM   #17
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Relax is is easier that it firs appears. Get the rand McNally GPS for RVS. That will help with plotting a course for point to point. Also get a 4G iPad with the "All Stays" apps. It will show camp ground along the way, fuel stops and whether the stop has propane. Most KOAs are OK if only staying overnight and most have propane.
THE Ad is a great companion to the GPS.
I guess I need to figure out how to respond to posts...Thanks for the iPad suggestion...I was wondering what was a good choice as I knew that I wanted internet access along the way but don't have any kind of pad and didn't even know what people use them for...and am smart phone ignorant. Thank you so much!! (to everybody who has posted responses to my post...my responses seem to get separated from the message I'm responding to. Slowly my blood pressure is coming down thanks to everybody who has written with great suggestions.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:17 PM   #18
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig and upcoming adventures.

Originally Posted by sue1bill1 View Post
Unfortunately both my husband and I are worry warts so we need to change our ways and just go with the flow. Thanks so much for your response! Sue
As everyone else has said, just relax. It really is a piece of cake once you get past the OMG stage. None of the things you mentioned are show stoppers and can all be handled with little or no hassle if and when they occur.

Some people are planners and have to have everything mapped out in order to be comfortable. We're on the opposite end of the spectrum and have been through 44 states and 5 Canadian provinces. I'll bet the number of times we've had reservations at a CG could be counted on two hands. We use the internet to locate CGs up ahead while we're traveling. We usually call when we're about an hour away from stopping for the night but sometimes we just pull in and we have hardly ever been turned away because they didn't have a spot for us.

WalMart is everywhere but if you search the forum I think you'll find a number of tools folks use to help them find the nearest. We don't do long haul travel days and have never used WalMart. We're usually in our CG all set up for the evening by about 4pm.

If I'm correct, the View is not a very large rig so I don't think you'll have trouble being able to park it at most shopping centers or tourist attractions. As Sarah pointed out, the issue will be the hassle of "breaking camp" in order to run to the store.

Best of luck to you both. With a reliable rig under you... a good roadside assistance plan... and (hopefully) at least a smart phone to access the internet, you'll be old hands at this in no time and wonder what all the concern was about.

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Old 06-24-2013, 03:24 PM   #19
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Thanks Steve/propane

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Everyone has a fear of the unknown and right now this mobile lifestyle is unknown to you. It will quickly pass.
1. If you run out of propane, you have a microwave, the frig will run on electric, the A/C is a heat pump, and you have a magic device called a generator that will make electricity all night.
2. No park with hook ups, no problem. See 1. Above. Spending a night at Walmart or a Flying J is liberating and you will never worry about that again.
3. Your small RV can park in the space of a couple of cars, so going to most any place you want to go is only a problem in that it will require you to unhook at the campground when you go somewhere. I predict that after a few trips, you will be shopping for a small vehicle to tow.

As soon as you get your Winnie stocked for traveling, do a camping trip it your driveway to get familiar with the routine. You may feel foolish but it will banish many of your fears.

Try to understand that sitting in your driveway is a magic carpet, not a vehicle. Inside you can have your own little condo complete with bed, bath, kitchen, and everything it takes to live comfortably regardless of where it's parked.

If you go to Yellowstone, be aware that Sept in the high country is the beginning of cold weather. The National park campgrounds in Yellowstone will be closing by mid Sept. Fishing Bridge is the only campground in Yellowstone with electric hookups. There are a number of commercial parks primarily in West Yellowstone available but Yellowstone is so big that if you stay outside the park you have a long commute to see everything.

Our best friends live is Seaford, DE and we are meeting them close to Williamsburg, VA in mid July. Come on down. By the end on the summer you will be comfortable with the whole deal.
Hi Steve! I used to travel to Seaford on business til DuPont closed shop there...my problem with the propane is that our generator runs on propane so I assumed that nothing, including fridge will work if we run out of propane. My husband didn't notice til we had bought this RV that it comes with an option for a diesel generator that runs from the diesel gas tank which would really give me peace of mind! Maybe we need to re-think our plans for Yellowstone and wait til we're not quite the newbies that we are...I really want to see the Grand Tetons, etc etc. and we have about a 5 year time line where we will probably be able to travel via RV since my husband just turned 70 and though I'm 56 my health stinks so I rarely drive (though am going to be back up when I can so he can get a break on our trips). We just dove in head first and at least now I'm not ready to sell our brand new RV because I'm too afraid we can't do it...thanks to you and others who have posted here. Thanks so much! Sue and Bill (and Barkley the possible RVing dog...will see if he's up to it when we driveway camp!)
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:30 PM   #20
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Sue and Bill, in RI we have some great State camping areas, so after you get settled with you new MH. Come to NE. for short a drive and see the sights.
I've heard there's a lot packed into your small state (not sure if DE is smaller??) so will definitely check out what's available...I think if we try multiple short trips this summer it will help our confidence and we'll save Yellowstone for next year. We are figuring on travelling around for 4-5 years so don't have to do it all at once. Thanks for the suggestion! Sue
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Regarding your concern about running out of propane: I recommend you install one of these
Stay A While Deluxe - Mr. Heater F273734 - Propane Hoses and Adapters - Camping World
This lets you run all your appliances including generator from external propane tanks which you can take to get refilled without moving the motor home. A side benefit is the hose that comes with it that lets you run a disposable cylinder grill directly from the on board supply.

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