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Old 07-20-2018, 11:20 AM   #57
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Mr. D, How do you manage to handle your 45 foot motor coach and a toad. I have a 40' Newmar and I'm really concerned, as to getting set up at the campgrounds. When my wife was alive we would unhook the toad usually by the registration office, then she would follow me out to the site. Help me get backed into the site and all was good. I'm concerned about having to unhook then leave the Explorer (toad) and then having to walk back (often quite a ways) to get the car. any . info would be helpful
Mine is a little shorter at 36' and add the toad. I have a bicycle that is used when I need to disconnect at registration. Seems to work for me so far.
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Mr. D, How do you manage to handle your 45 foot motor coach and a toad. I have a 40' Newmar and I'm really concerned, as to getting set up at the campgrounds. When my wife was alive we would unhook the toad usually by the registration office, then she would follow me out to the site. Help me get backed into the site and all was good. I'm concerned about having to unhook then leave the Explorer (toad) and then having to walk back (often quite a ways) to get the car. any . info would be helpful
Sometimes I can drive the combo to my site, unhook and get into my site. Others I unhook at the checkin and leave it there. A few times there is a lot in between I can use. It just depends on the campground.
I have always had to do my own backing, etc as the DW was not helpful. At one campground she stood and watched me uproot the power post. I lost sight of it and she assumed I saw it so she just stood and watched.
Even back when we went from a TT to a TypeB MH in 1988 she refused to drive, in fact she even refused to sit in the drivers seat to help me check the lights.
So, by now I'm used to doing everything without help. Takes another adult beverage or two though.
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Mine is a little shorter at 36' and add the toad. I have a bicycle that is used when I need to disconnect at registration. Seems to work for me so far.
I just added bicycle to the towed so that could also be an option in the future. So far I've just walked back when needed. At one place they escorted me to my spot then took me back to checkin where I had left the towed.
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hmm, I never unhook at registration, usually try to get pull through sites, but if not, my thinking is that if the site is big enough, the way there should be and once there, stop one site short, unhook, pull rv up and back in, then get the toad out the street, THEN set up camp... takes maybe 10 minutes to clear the street.
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Mr. D, How do you manage to handle your 45 foot motor coach and a toad. I have a 40' Newmar and I'm really concerned, as to getting set up at the campgrounds. When my wife was alive we would unhook the toad usually by the registration office, then she would follow me out to the site. Help me get backed into the site and all was good. I'm concerned about having to unhook then leave the Explorer (toad) and then having to walk back (often quite a ways) to get the car. any . info would be helpful
As others have commented it's not that bad. I also have a 41ft MH with a Ford Edge Toad. I just disconnect at the office or on road in front of site, depending on CG. Then walk back to get the car after set up. Sometimes I carry a bicycle which could be used if distance too great.

I tend to look for pull-through sites more often now that I'm solo, but I'm getting much more confident backing in solo. If the site is tight with trees or obstacles, I just frequently stop, get out and look around, plan next move, etc. Just don't let yourself feel rushed or worry about others around watching you. I don't take help from random people for spotters since I don't know their skill level.
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hmm, I never unhook at registration, usually try to get pull through sites, but if not, my thinking is that if the site is big enough, the way there should be and once there, stop one site short, unhook, pull rv up and back in, then get the toad out the street, THEN set up camp... takes maybe 10 minutes to clear the street.
Yup, that's what I do too.

As for backing in, I do a lot of getting in and out to look and make sure I'm not about to crunch into anything.
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hmm, I never unhook at registration, usually try to get pull through sites, but if not, my thinking is that if the site is big enough, the way there should be and once there, stop one site short, unhook, pull rv up and back in, then get the toad out the street, THEN set up camp... takes maybe 10 minutes to clear the street.
That's the most rational way to do it. Even with both of us we do it that way. We just move to one side of the road so we are not blocking the middle and do what needs be done as quickly as possible. Watch others doing the same thing.
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Not sure if this would be considered lonely but i was driving around yesterday doing some errands and i had this feeling that if something happened to me noone would miss me for days or more. Im in an area now with no family and no friends and it might take a week or more before anyone would ever even think that maybe something happened to me.

So i guess for us solo'ers we better hope and pray that there are always good people around that will help and not just drive by.
I use a SPOT satellite transmitter device to send a daily message to my relatives on the other side of the country, with instructions that if they do not get the message, track me down cause there is something wrong and my pets need attention.
I admit missing a day once in a while, and....no calls oh well. The dog can survive a week gnawing on my bones.
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I use a SPOT satellite transmitter device to send a daily message to my relatives on the other side of the country, with instructions that if they do not get the message, track me down cause there is something wrong and my pets need attention.

I admit missing a day once in a while, and....no calls oh well. The dog can survive a week gnawing on my bones.


I just bought a Garmin InReach GPS device that also has text messaging via satellite so I can keep in touch when in areas with no cell coverage or if I have an accident on a trail. Have a monitored SOS function to get you help if needed.
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While not single and RV'ing so can't share first hand experience.

We are Elks members and use their RV and lodge facilities nationwide. For having people contact and conversation its very good. Am always made to feel welcome the first time I enter the Lodge.

I think if single RV'ing the Elks or similar organization could be a good resource.
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hmm, I never unhook at registration, usually try to get pull through sites, but if not, my thinking is that if the site is big enough, the way there should be and once there, stop one site short, unhook, pull rv up and back in, then get the toad out the street, THEN set up camp... takes maybe 10 minutes to clear the street.
I only unhook at registration the odd time Iíve been requested to, the rest is the same procedure I use all the time.
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Hi all,

I just found this website and had to verify that I was not on my usual sailling forum. I guess there are lots of similarities between single men RVing and single men sailing (i.e. she canít or wonít cook, clean, provide financial assistance, play, etc.).

Iím a single female and would love to sail for the next 5ish years and then spend another 5ish years RVing throughout Canada and the States (Mexico???). In the past month I have come to the conclusion that RVing may be my only option as I can get my own vehicle and take off, whereas as sailing I need a boat. And no, Iím not getting my own boat - been there, done that, ainít going back. lol

Regarding golddiggers. Sometimes men can be labelled golddiggers as well. Take the boat I crewed on last summer. He blew $150,000USD getting his boat from the Great Lakes to the Carolines in 5 months (should have taken 1 month and $10,000). During one of our Skype sessions a few months ago he asked me to join him back on the boat and maybe I could get a job in the US. Not happening! Iím Canadian and if the US government wonít let Mexicans in as temporary workers, I doubt they would let me work. Plus why would I want to work again - retirement means not working.

Now heís in a position where he would like to make additions/upgrades to his boat (watermaker, solar panels, etc.) and has no money, so heís thinking maybe I could subsidize HIS boat. Not happening.

As well, regarding the golddiggers, why do some men seek women half their age? If men donít want to lose everything (money, home, rv, etc.) then they should stay away from the young ones who are establishing themselves in the workplace and building a pension.

Regarding the loneliness, I think many women have an easier time chatting up with strangers than the average male plus we tend to be the Social Director in most relationships, so we probably donít feel the loneliness as much as men. I did a 2 month road trip in 2016 and talked to peeps in coffee shops, museums, neighbours as campsites and had a great time.

Within the next 6-8 months I hope to be on the road again and between planning my next stops/visits, working on a blog/vlog, knitting (when its raining) I doubt very much I will be lonely when parked Ö but who knows. I could be wrong. lol

Finally, I have been following a few vloggers and one in particular seems to be travelling with a companion. She has her wheels and he has his and they plan the routes and activities and just get it done. That could also be an option for the single crowd (someting I might even consider).
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No offense, but women half our age are often prettier. Many men are very visual in this respect. The trick is finding one who will be true and loyal to the relationship for the long haul. True love is often difficult to find, at any age.
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Iím a single female and would love to sail for the next 5ish years and then spend another 5ish years RVing throughout Canada and the States (Mexico???). In the past month I have come to the conclusion that RVing may be my only option as I can get my own vehicle and take off, whereas as sailing I need a boat. And no, Iím not getting my own boat - been there, done that, ainít going back. lol.
I sold my Nauticat 44 ketch before getting the current Airstream - lifestyles are very similar, as well as systems and maintenance issues, just that one floats and one does not.
Sounds like you want to crew, not own. Have you looked at Taru's Blog?
Might be worth getting her insight on relationships and sailing. Might be worth looking at the Trawler Forums, where you can find people traveling worldwide who could use crew. The ride is easier, and usually couples.
If you are really looking for a relationship, my sincere advice is get a dog. They love you unconditionally.
Fair winds.
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