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Old 07-06-2008, 06:44 PM   #1
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First, I'm really glad we bought a MH. The kids had a great time at Yogi's Camp Luray in Luray, VA. The bunkbeds really helped let us put them to bed and then play games.

Things that don't quite work right:
1. Gray water monitor shows 0% all the time.

2. MH operator didn't dump gray water in time. Mother in law had gray water come up through the drain during her shower.

3. Center light works for a few minutes, and then gets tired and quits.

4. One of the supply lines for the bathroom sink leaks.

5. One porcelain tile is lifting up.

There are a few other minor issues on my list.

Other than a tag axle Phaeton, we were the only RV in the park that wasn't all or mostly white.

Most RV people are very friendly. One lady walking by said, "That's not really camping, is it?" Hmmm. I was minding my own business, so I just smiled and politely said, "It's vacationing."

I need to work on my grilling skills and work on recipes. Hopefully the 2 year old and 4 year old will be willing to eat more variety when it comes to grilling.

When it's raining, and you're grilling inside, remember to turn on the exhaust fan. That smoke alarm is really loud.

When reserving a spot, ask if the sewer connection is uphill or downhill from the RV. You know what rolls downhill, not uphill. I had to keep lifting the stinky slinky several times to empty it because the connection was slightly uphill. I even have those hose supports.

We still overpack stuff for the kids.

I can't wait to head out on Thursday for a car show at Carlisle with the Ventana, but it will be dry camping.

More later.
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:44 PM   #2
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First, I'm really glad we bought a MH. The kids had a great time at Yogi's Camp Luray in Luray, VA. The bunkbeds really helped let us put them to bed and then play games.

Things that don't quite work right:
1. Gray water monitor shows 0% all the time.

2. MH operator didn't dump gray water in time. Mother in law had gray water come up through the drain during her shower.

3. Center light works for a few minutes, and then gets tired and quits.

4. One of the supply lines for the bathroom sink leaks.

5. One porcelain tile is lifting up.

There are a few other minor issues on my list.

Other than a tag axle Phaeton, we were the only RV in the park that wasn't all or mostly white.

Most RV people are very friendly. One lady walking by said, "That's not really camping, is it?" Hmmm. I was minding my own business, so I just smiled and politely said, "It's vacationing."

I need to work on my grilling skills and work on recipes. Hopefully the 2 year old and 4 year old will be willing to eat more variety when it comes to grilling.

When it's raining, and you're grilling inside, remember to turn on the exhaust fan. That smoke alarm is really loud.

When reserving a spot, ask if the sewer connection is uphill or downhill from the RV. You know what rolls downhill, not uphill. I had to keep lifting the stinky slinky several times to empty it because the connection was slightly uphill. I even have those hose supports.

We still overpack stuff for the kids.

I can't wait to head out on Thursday for a car show at Carlisle with the Ventana, but it will be dry camping.

More later.
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:58 PM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">2. MH operator didn't dump gray water in time. Mother in law had gray water come up through the drain during her shower. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you have your sewer hooked up, leave your gray water valve open all the time. Then it will not fill up.
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What Ben & Bonita said. You don't want to leave your black tank valve open, but leaving the gray open is what most everybody does. Keep an eye on the black tank level and dump when at least half full. Being single I don't let it go that long in the summer heat, I make liberal use of the tank washer to add volume and help flush it out. With your tribe going half to three quarters shouldn't be a problem.
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Well, if those are ALL of the issues you encountered, then you had a really good trip! As for the snarky comment about "not really camping"... I think your response was excellent. Congrats on a fun trip!

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Old 07-07-2008, 05:06 AM   #6
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After that incident with the gray tank filling, I did leave it open. We had to anyway since we tested out the washing machine, and there's a note on the machine to leave the valve open.

I closed it on the next to last day so I'd have some rinse water for the black tank.

Other observations:

Using a monitor for the freezer/refrigerator is good, but it really shows how much the temp goes up even when opening the door for just a second.

Make sure everything else is ready before the meat on the grill is done.

We went to Stanley, VA on Saturday night (the fourth was a rainout) for fireworks and a town fair. They apparently had a beauty contest for toddlers and some of the contestants were dancing on a stage while the cover band played.

It is VERY disturbing to see 4 year old girls dancing and doing suggestive hip thrusts. What kind of parents think this is OK? It's bad every time they show that Jon Bennet Ramsey girl. Seeing it in person is worse.

It was interesting to see the adult Miss Virginia there, but if this is the best gig she could get for the weekend of the fourth, I feel bad for her.

I'm getting much more comfortable driving the beast. That may change as I hook up a trailer to pull my Road Runner on Thursday. Comfortdrive works well, although I have nothing else to use as a comparison.

More thoughts/observations as they come back to me.
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Ref # 2- If I had my mother-in-law on board, I'd let the gray water back up every time! Ouch!! (Wife hits me with Sunday newspaper)

When I get people who say "That's not really camping", I say, with a smile , "You're right, we gave up camping years ago, we're Rvers now".
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we use a sewer solution and it does not matter if the drain hole is up hill or down hill.

also carry tools and tighten stuff up as it leaks

tap the lights with a closed fist and the lights will come back on - IMHO a lose starter

when it rains the wife does the grilling out side
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Thanks for the post on your new adventure.I sold my house and if Newmar stays open long enought I want to order a coach from them.I was wondering if you can tell me what you think of the electric jacks so far? Keep your results coming for us wannabes.
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Wallynm,

I thought about the sewer solution, but I'll wait to see if this was just bad luck, or if it's common to have the sewer connection uphill.

I did try banging the light and fiddling with the flourescent bulbs. It didn't help, but also wasn't a high priority.

We didn't notice the sink leak until we were pulling out. It's not bad, but I'll look at it this week.

John34,

The electric jacks work fine so far. Our site was gravel. I don't have anything to use as a comparison. They auto level fine and retract fine.

Hydraulic jacks are available on other models as an option, but not on the Ventana.
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My friend's vintage 69 Travel Trailer. His 68 Plymouth Fury Wagon wasn't ready yet (brake controller and hitch).



Mother-in-law watching my 2 year old.



At the Out-laws popup. I'm in the light green shirt with my 4 year old son in front of me.



Yogi says Hi!


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If you are considering an alternative to the "stinky slinky" don't rule out the models that utilize a macerator pump. If one does a lot of boondocking where dump stations, and water sources, are not readily available running the hose over to a vault toilet, during on the pump and MT'ing your tanks is really handy. Some units will pump up to 350' against a 15' head pressure.

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I will definitely consider the macerator options.

So, how much can a Port-O-Potty handle? There are lots of those on the Carlisle Fairgrounds much closer than the bathhouse toilets.
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Hey,

If you do the macerator bit, make sure the only items that go into the toilet have gone through your mouth first----

I'm so proud of you mastering the picture posting, on this forum, prior to mastering the Motor Home. I went a year and a half with the new rig before I caught on to picture posting .

We are happy your enjoying the RV life. My wife loves starting in the back cleaning and ending up in the front about 30 minutes later-- done!! A far cry from the home place.

Best of luck with your beautiful rig and your lovely family,
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