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RE: How to camp with electric only

I'm still wondering how you managed to fill up both a black and gray tank in one day. Are your tanks teeny tiny? We boondock often. As a female, with hair that needs to be washed every day or two, I Navy shower. Turn water on to get everything wet, turn off water. Then soap up hair, turn water on to rinse hair. Turn off water, put in hair conditioner, and then do body wash. Rinse. Done. Uses very little water, and I never run out of hot water either. A man could do it with even less. For dishes... well, we use paper plates/utensils for the most part. Not the most eco-friendly, but saves a lot of dish water. Get one of those sponges with a handle that holds soap, so you can wash things little by little instead of a whole sink of dishes. The toilet is the one thing we don't mess around with. Husband has Crohn's disease. We use it as normal. Easy enough to add more water with a jug to that to flush if things got really dire, but we have yet to be in that position.
JAC1982 05/18/20 01:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: our current FINANCIAL situation

Yup, it's all relative to where you live. $150k a year in the Denver Metro is decent, but not great, especially if you have kids. We have friends with 3 little ones paying close to $5,000 a month in childcare. They both make enough to not make it worth one of them quitting to stay home with the kids, plus doing that can often hinder your career in the long run. Shoot even a babysitter so you can go on a date night every now and then around here is $20/hour.
JAC1982 05/12/20 01:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: our current FINANCIAL situation

Another thing to consider is the stimulus checks people received. A family of 4 that makes less than $150k a year (which is still a decent income in many parts of the country) would have received $3400. Now, it's not a bad idea to put that into savings. But many people don't do that, so they could combine that with maybe a vacation fund they had to take the kids somewhere for Spring Break or Summer Vacation, and that's a nice down payment on a travel trailer. Even if they are still both working they would still receive that money. What .... "A family of 4 that makes less than $150k a year (which is still a decent income in many parts of the country ....)" That's a decent income all righty ... in spades. How many, and in what places in this country, are families of 4 (the parents of which are working for THE MAN) bringing in that kind of yearly income??? :h I mean here in Denver Metro, probably many assuming both parents work in white collar jobs or the expert trades. My point is, a lot of families who didn't even really NEED the stimulus money got it. Even those who make over 150k but under 190k still got something. It amounts to "free" money to those who aren't even struggling right now. So they can put it towards a "fun" purchase, like an RV of some kind.
JAC1982 05/11/20 01:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: our current FINANCIAL situation

Another thing to consider is the stimulus checks people received. A family of 4 that makes less than $150k a year (which is still a decent income in many parts of the country) would have received $3400. Now, it's not a bad idea to put that into savings. But many people don't do that, so they could combine that with maybe a vacation fund they had to take the kids somewhere for Spring Break or Summer Vacation, and that's a nice down payment on a travel trailer. Even if they are still both working they would still receive that money.
JAC1982 05/11/20 10:52am General RVing Issues
RE: our current FINANCIAL situation

We bought a new 5th wheel on April 15th. We were already thinking about it, but we got an even better deal than they had offered us when we first started talking with the dealer, just before St. Patrick's Day (last weekend before our state shut down). Interest rate was very appealing as well. But, we are some of the lucky ones. We are both still working without any interruptions, husband already worked remotely anyway and I shifted from 1-2 days a week at home to every day. We actually have more money right now than usual, because this time of year we go to a lot of sporting events, like hockey playoffs and baseball, and that is all cancelled/postponed. All concerts we had tickets to are cancelled or postponed. I'm not commuting to work so I'm not paying gas or tolls. My house cleaner has cancelled so that's even more money I'm not spending. We could also live in our new 5th wheel if it came down to it. So it's also a bit of a backup plan for us if things got really desperate. But again, we've been so fortunate to not be anywhere near that sort of desperation.
JAC1982 05/11/20 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: How much off MSRP now?

We just bought a new rig a few weeks ago. We found that while they didn't come down a crazy amount off the MSRP, where they made it up was on the trade. Even Keystone threw in some money to make that deal work. We got a much better deal overall than what they offered us 2 months ago.
JAC1982 04/27/20 12:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: HOA says NO to temp RV for Dr.

Not all HOAs are like this. A neighbor lent his Montana 5th wheel (which is 36' long) to a nurse for this very reason. Her HOA normally doesn't allow RVs to be parked at the home, but in this case, they had no problem with it being parked in front of her house until this all blows over. He is also paying to have the tanks pumped by a honeywagon when the time comes so she doesn't have to worry about it. As others have mentioned, HOAs are ran by a board. If you don't like the decisions the Board is making, then show up to the meetings to express your opinion, and also vote when elections come up. I was on my own HOA board for 2 years, and I found it interesting that the biggest complainers to the management company were the people who never showed up to meetings or elections. When I was on the board, for the most part, my own feelings were not important, if the majority my neighbors wanted a rule changed or something like that, then it happened. I agreed with them most of the time. We actually made the neighborhood MORE RV friendly during my time. But we also have acre+ lots. I can see why more typical neighborhoods and townhome communities would not want people parking RVs at home. Also as a side note, there is a whole Facebook group dedicated to people who want to help First Responders and Medical Professionals like this with their RVs. Called RVs for MDs.
JAC1982 04/17/20 12:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

Well JAC make sure everything is fixed. BEFORE. You sign on the dotted line. Hope you are able to enjoy 0. Yup, not our first rodeo :)
JAC1982 04/13/20 02:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

We are getting a screaming deal on our trade for a new 5th wheel. We visited the dealer a few days before the lockdown happened here in CO, and at the time, the deal was just "OK". A few days later when lockdown was imminent, they called us back and sweetened the pot. We're supposed to go pick it up Wednesday, we'll see if that still happens. We've done everything via phone/email, the last thing to do is the PDI which we can do without contact with other humans. We both are still working from home with no real threat of losing our jobs. Besides, the new 5er is nice enough that we could live in it if the poo really hit the fan :) I realize our situation is unique though. We're very lucky that we haven't been negatively affected by any of this (other than going a little stir crazy in the house).
JAC1982 04/13/20 01:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth-Wheel Movie night

If you like British shows, check out Broadchurch. I think it's on both Netflix and Amazon Prime. The Bodyguard on Netflix is excellent as well.
JAC1982 04/08/20 01:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: AZ Governor Statement on RV Travel during Stay At Home order

Golf courses here in CO are open even though we are on a stay at home order. The clubhouses are closed, you cannot rent a cart, and they turned the holes upside down so you don't reach in there to grab your ball. Flags are fixed too.
JAC1982 04/02/20 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone seen a Van Leigh???

I walked through a Beacon at an RV show and it seemed "fake fancy" to me, but with a Real Fancy price tag. Like a lot of shiny things etc. that were bordering on tacky (that might just be my own taste though). But when I really looked closely, I didn't see any actual substance that was any better than something that has a lower cost. You're paying for the flash.
JAC1982 03/30/20 12:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana 294RL for Single person fulltiming

We just put a deposit down on one. Trading in the toy hauler. It will be our third Keystone product. We joked that if everything goes to hell we could easily live in the Montana... not so much in the current hauler we have. I think it has a nice livable floor plan with good storage for full timing. That was something that was important to us, coming from a toy hauler that basically has one giant storage room. All the windows are nice too.
JAC1982 03/20/20 01:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Some ATV rules Help

As others said, depends on the state. Here in CO, ATV/UTVs are not permitted on public roads anywhere (a few areas "look the other way"), even if it's licensed in a state that allows them to be licensed, like UT, WY or SD. So, for example, my father in law has a RZR that has WY license plates and has all the equipment to be considered street legal in WY. But he can't come down here to CO and drive it on the public road legally. But he can go to UT, where it's also legal, and not have any issues. Another thing to keep an eye out for is if you need to buy a UTV sticker in the state you're traveling to. We have to when we go up to WY even though we also have a CO one.
JAC1982 03/16/20 09:26am Toy Haulers
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Way late to the party but yes, if something like this was available maybe, an hour or two from home, I'd use it for a weekend. It's nice to just get away from the house and people in general for a couple days. But as a destination spot for a vacation? Probably not.
JAC1982 02/14/20 01:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best Route from Fresno to Camp Pendleton

I grew up in Visalia and we travelled frequently to San Diego. 99 to I-5 to 210 to I-15 is the route we most often took when trying to avoid LA traffic. But there's still traffic no matter which way you go unless you go way out of the way... it's just a little less yucky than I-5.
JAC1982 01/27/20 04:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Alliance 5th Wheels

I'm sure it is the rendering of their new building. But that's a weird choice to put on your homepage. Why not just have pictures of your campers? Nobody cares what their office building looks like.
JAC1982 01/22/20 05:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alliance 5th Wheels

When their homepage shows a picture of a fake office, that throws red flags to me.
JAC1982 01/22/20 01:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Flagstaff to Flaming Gorge UT or Cody WY to Red Lodge MT

Just had to add I agree w/ the others about Flaming Gorge... Lucerne Marina or Manila. The WY side of the Gorge kind of stinks, IMO. We did 7 days boondocking there near Buckboard Marina and will never do it again. The UT side at least has more trees and greenery. Something to note, there is a free dump station in Rock Springs at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Right off I-80 and very easy to get in/out.
JAC1982 01/17/20 03:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: is there a blue book" for toy hauler brands

I usually just go on RV Trader to see what trailers similar to the one I'm looking at are listed at. I've always found NADA to be way high. For example, just last week, NADA said our low retail value was $49,000. We talked to a dealer about a trade in, they offered us $35,000. I know trade-in is always less than retail. A similar model with a smaller garage and no generator is for sale in Utah for $45,000 (that was the only thing I could find on RV Trader "nearby"), so we were expecting something closer to that. I think if we listed it for sale ourselves, we would list it at around $49,900. We owe more than that even, but I agree most people list it for what they owe on it. Dealers will always low ball. They take a trade low and resale higher to make money off your trade. Same goes with used autos. Wow, really? I had no idea. Sorry, that was sarcastic. And yes, we've already traded something in before so we know the drill. We just didn't think they'd lowball us by that much.
JAC1982 01/17/20 03:33pm Toy Haulers
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