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RE: Williamsburg/Langley

We lived in Hampton for 3 years when I was working at NASA-Langley. Nice place, but it's very hot & sticky in summer (dull overcast, 90F and 90% humidity). Fall, winter and spring were great. Glad to be back in the Northwest - now retired in Anacortes, WA.
frankdamp 05/07/19 09:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford V10 with 4 speed or 5 speed transmission

I gave up RV'ing a few years ago. our last rig was an '02 Georgetown 32-footer with the V-10 engine. I'm sure it had a 5-speed transmission, but can't nip outside to check. I sold it about 5 years ago. I'm probably remembering wrongly!
frankdamp 04/27/19 12:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mounting spare 19.5 Tire underneath

We bought a used 32' Class C. The previous owner (from new) had equipped it with a spare wheel. It was attached by a chain in the top of the propane tank compartment. It was cushioned so the tank wasn't at risk of damage. In four years and 6000 miles we never had to use it.
frankdamp 04/10/19 08:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorcycle Auctions, Las Vegas

In my younger years (mid-20'S), living in the UK, I rode motorcycles based on expenditure needed to run them instead of cars. I also worked for Norton-Villiers for two year before emigrating to the US. I rode a 650SS as a commuter (45 miles each way) and was a test rider for the Commando and AJS Stormer machines, sometimes in moto-cross races with the Stormer. I did ride a Harley once but found it way too heavy, compared to the 400-pound Commando. After we emigrated to Washington State (1968), I took one look at the little old ladies driving their Oldsmobile 98 down the freeways at 45 mph and peering through the steering wheel to see the road and decided bikes were too hazardous. I was also concerned about making an emergency maneuver the wrong way due to being on the opposite side of the road compared to the UK. I missed motorcycles for a while, but got over it eventually.
frankdamp 02/25/19 01:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: ? Class-A Gas Climbing MPH

Around the Western states, we had some slow going, particularly on SR20 going over Washington Pass (5200' above MSL), but our 32-footer Class A with the Ford V-10 managed relatively easily. I think the slowest climb was out of Winthrop, WA, up the long westbound drag to the top of the pass it got down to 30 mph in a couple of places. That was the only time I was mildly concerned, but more about the coolant temperature than anything else. It's about a 15-minute continuous climb.
frankdamp 02/18/19 12:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Seven weeks on the road...1/2/3/4/5/6/7..and home

Gary: Washington snow has finished falling, but temps are still getting below freezing from about 16:00 on, so it's not melting. Main roads have all been plowed, but neighborhood dead ends haven't. It shouldn't be an issue by the time you get here.
frankdamp 02/14/19 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Seven weeks on the road...1/2/3/4/5/6/7..and home

Gary: I don't know if you'd head west to Washington before going north. The northern half of Washington got fairly heavy snowfalls the last week or so. Olympia got 12", Seattle a similar amount. We got 6" in Anacortes and I've heard that Bellingham really got clobbered, but don't know by how much. Their daytime highs have been below freezing for several days. It's raining in Anacortes this morning, so we may be snow free by Saturday or Sunday.
frankdamp 02/14/19 08:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Need DIY rv height rv wash...Florida/95

I'd suggest contacting the local transit agency or the school district bus garage. Our local agency (Skagit Transit) uses a car wash that has one bay with a much higher roof than the others and is longer.
frankdamp 02/07/19 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Early Spring Trip to Olympic NP

Sam: Are you planning to do the trip northwards through California and Oregon to get to Washington? If so, I'd suggest going over to the coast after crossing into Oregon. Highway 101 runs very close to the beaches all the way up to the WA border. When we had our RV, we went south on Highway 101 on the west side of the Cascades. I was a bit surprised to find that it runs N-S a few miles inland. There are short dead end roads at frequent intervals down to the beaches. Across the northern coast and the eastern side of the Cascades, it's closer to the beaches. In April, Hurricane Ridge might still be inaccessible for an RV. You might want to consider going back to the "mainland" on the WA-State ferry from Port Townsend to Keystone (the Ferry Service says it goes to Coupeville, but that's 8 miles from the terminal). That ferry route actually crosses the Strait of Juan de Fuca (almost open ocean). It's a fairly short hop from the Keystone ferry terminal, north on Whidbey Island and across the Deception Pass bridge to Anacortes, then SR-20 to I-5. Wonderful country and great sights. We've lived in Anacortes since I retired early from Boeing 20 years ago.
frankdamp 02/06/19 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Time to get ready

I guess I shouldn't brag about the weather here in Anacortes. When I got up this morning it was 35F and snowing. Now, at 15:15, it's still 35F and still snowing. It's not very heavy, but there's about 2" on the yard and maybe 1" on the street.
frankdamp 02/03/19 04:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Time to get ready

We're in Washington State, about 50 straight line miles from the border with Canada. For the 5th year in a row, we haven't had any snow at sea level. The overnight low temps at the moment are around 34F and daytime highs getting towards 50 degrees. Most days are dull and overcast, but we've had quite a lot of sunny ones in the last couple of weeks. Rainfall total for January was only about half the typical amount. We're just at the northern edge of the Olympic Mountains' wind break. It's amazing to see how often the big TV weather map showing the path of the weather goes either side of our location. On average, we get about 30 percent less rain than Seattle.
frankdamp 02/02/19 04:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class C

We had a 26' Class C for a couple of seasons. It was something of an orphan. Ours was a Winnebago version, but we found out later that the model had been a Winnie for only about 9 months of its production life. They sold the design off to another manufacturer. We bought it to "see if we liked RVing". We did, but that thing was a turkey, mainly because of its odd-ball layout and equipment. It was a 198-something with a carb equipped Ford 460. Enough anti-smog gear to get the space shuttle a street license and 5 mpg (average) at sea level. On the plus side, we never had any problems with water ingress. It was a very solidly built rig, rectangular steel-tube body frame with aluminum skin. We managed to sell it through a local dealer's consignment plan and didn't lose too much from our original purchase price. Subsequently, we bought a 32' Class A, which we used for four seasons before giving up the RV life.
frankdamp 01/17/19 02:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting Dutch Motorhome.

With the gas prices in Europe (over $6.00 a gallon in many places) you don't see many "big pick-ups". This rig looks like a cleverly designed alternative.
frankdamp 01/14/19 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: SAFETY WARNING FOR TOADS

How come whatever spell-checker (if there is one) in the forum doesn't spot that "tounge" isn't a real word. It's "TONGUE".
frankdamp 01/14/19 08:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevrolet Honey

I would be extremely wary of anything older than about 1990. We started out on our RV experience with a 1985 26'Class C. It turned out to be the biggest gas-hog I've ever got stuck with. We were very lucky to sell it fairly quickly, on consignment with a local dealer. I found out, after talking to several owners of similar age rigs, that they were at the last stand by most manufacturers to avoid fuel injection chassis. Ours had enough anti-smog devices to get the USS Forrestal through a smog test. We got about 6.5 mpg at sea level and around 4.5 at altitude. It's difficult to travel around the Cascades and Olympics without running into altitude! We found out we loved the RV lifestyle, but not with gas consumption that bad. After a couple of years to pay off our gas bills, we got back into the lifestyle with a newer 32' Class A with the Ford V-10. With that engine, gas mileage didn't change with altitude and averaged out at about 8 mpg. Unfortunately, gas was selling at around $4.50 a gallon in the rural areas of Oregon we visited at the time. We miss the lifestyle occasionally, but are glad, overall, that we had the experience and decided not to continue it. Eventually, it dawned on us that very few of the places we visited were as pleasant as where we lived, so we decided to give up the life. After four years, the last of which was the year of our 50th wedding anniversary, we sold the rig - we'd only used it for one trip in the spring of that year. It did come in useful as supplementary living accommodation for people from overseas who came for the anniversary (two from England and three from Japan).
frankdamp 01/09/19 04:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I use a WDH on a DP

I'd consider a two-axle trailer to replace the one you've got.
frankdamp 01/07/19 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: When to quit.

We stopped after 4 years when I was 72, but it wasn't age-related. We had a 32' Class A which managed about 7.5 mpg. At the time, gas in small-town Oregon where we liked to visit, was about $4.50/ gallon - one reason we quit. The second reason was the quality of places we visited. Compared to our home town of Anacortes, WA., most places weren't as good as home and we couldn't justify burning the gas to go places we didn't really like.
frankdamp 12/18/18 10:50am General RVing Issues
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