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Dry Creek

For the links to the (numerous) RV fires – they almost all seem to be older RV’s – with the exception of the first one. Even the one motor home where they label the video as “Late Model gas”, it’s really an early 2000’s model DP – with a fire in the generator.
Are older RV’s more prone to fires, or is it just the luck of the draw that older ones are on fire when people have the time to video?


About the Class C bed question …. we effectively have a two bedroom 40′ coach because one of us snores and the other passes gas. I’m not fessing up to which one is which, but sleeping together has not worked much many for years. Visitations are allowed, but snoring during visitations is not permitted. 🙂


Just a thought on some things. Some people work September to June. Some are laid off July and August and struggle to get back on their feet in September. And some people who are laid off during the summer are paying tuition bills to get their children thru school. Nice newsletter but with it comes a price. Putting food on the table and paying 1100 tuition bills for 9 months and praying you don’t end up with a cut off electric bill or this newsletter. Someday.


Seen on an actual Jeep that I keep bumping into from time to time:

Silly Boys Jeeps Are For Girls



Our unit had an Rv Queen island bed in the back on a slide(nice setup) But we eventually found flaws with the 1″ step down from the slide the floor which caused issues with the underbed storage alignment.

We did away with the entire thing. gave up our underbed storage to do this.
our bedroom slide is 39″ x 66″. we found an armless loveseat that is 39″ x 66″ and paired it with a 39 X 75″ fold up bed frame from amazon. Then we custom ordered cushions for the loveseat 2 33″ x 33″ and a custom mattress from The Foam Factory. This setup breaks down to just the loveseat if we want to use the backbedroom and builds into a huge bed if we want that.

We had a truck camper when we first started out we hd to climb in and out of the bed all night. i would not go back to that for sure.

good article

Portia Loper

King bed for us in our 27 foot Thor Four Winds!! Opted for TV and storage above cab rather than a bed. Fabulous!!!


Chuck, we had sold our 5th wheel with its queen bed with room to squeeze along each side of the bed. Before purchasing another, we rented a motorhome that had a back corner queen size bed which meant for those days we were climbing over each other in the middle of the night. Frequently broken sleep does not make for good rest.
Our neighbors introduced us recently to a light weight tow-behind which works well behind our new little Nissan truck.
The model we chose has a queen bed oriented to that we can each exit bed along our own side and has a larger bathroom. The neighbor actually returned their model and purchased this same one after the inaugural trip.


Hi Chuck, we took three years to pick out our current camper and the bed configuration was the number one factor. We had a used pop up to start with and immediately got tired of climbing over each other during the night to use the facilities. We then changed the way we used the larger of the two bed pull outs turning our bed/air mattress to be “north south” instead of “east west” so we no longer needed to crawl over one another. By doing that we knew how the bed had to be in our next camper.


The idea of my wife or I log rolling over one another on an upper bunk is comedic, except that we nearly do that anyway in our “island bed” travel trailer due to absurdly tight clearances around the queen in the only non-slide room. The door is in the middle of the foot of the bed, but there’s about 12″ either side and 6″ between bed and door. My legs aren’t THAT thick, but I usually have to get up by doing a martial-arts kick-stand up and through the door into the livingroom in one motion.

Seann Fox

Chuck I really wish you would stop pushing the water bandit on the website and news pages there is a reason why a lot of campgrounds don’t have threaded faucets they have limited water supply and a big motorhome coming in and taking a hundred gallons or several big motorhomes coming in taking hundreds of gallons of water leaves the rest of the people with no water at all. the campground I host at has limited supply of water and it must be trucked in and people ignore the sign please do not fill your holding tanks taking all of the water and leaving the rest of the campus are with none until the new water delivery can be arranged usually in a day or two


Hi Chuck,
We’ve had a couple Class C’s and several trailers over the last 40+ years and toyed with going to an A a few times. The reason the C works so well for us is because it gives us two permanent sleeping areas. Since I snore, kick, and stay up later, I’m a pain to sleep with. The boss can have the bedroom since she goes to bed early and is often awake in the middle of the night. We can be at opposite ends of the coach during periods of insomnia and not bother the other one. We have a trailer now and shopping again for a C.

Robert Hoffman

Hi Chuck et al,
First comment on the over-cab bed discussion. Our first RV was a 1984 Allegro Class A with .. guess what? … an over-cab bed. I think it was only used once .. when my daughter and her two sons visited. The grandsons got to sleep in the over-cab. The thing you didn’t mention in your article was the problems that arise is you sleep up there and sit up in bed. At least 3 or 4 times during the night, I heard “bonk” when one of them forgot where they were and sat up, banging their head on the ceiling. We went through 6 RVs over the years and that was the last one with one of those useless (IMHO) over-cab beds.
Second comment is about how thrilled I was to see your reprint of a letter I wrote to you in 2012 in your article “Ah, the good ol’ days of slow Internet”. Really funny to think about how far we’ve come since that 300-baud modem and “terminal.” For those interested, I wrote a book about that 1984 trip entitled “Retire and Travel for $1000 a Month”. It can be read free on my website Retirement-Tips.com, or you can purchase an electronic PDF version or (for a few dollars more) an autographed copy of the original book (only have 2 or 3 left). By the time I wrote that book, I’d graduated from the VT-100 terminal to a Mac Plus with a full megabyte! of memory. A copy of the book made it to the internet in 1999, when I discovered how to build websites. And now we can read it on that website from our phone .. it’s certainly come a long way in only 35 years! Joyce and I RV’d from 1984-2013 – read about my “Last RV Trip” in Chapter 91 of My Travel Log on the Retirement-Tips website.

Paul B

Hi, Chuck. on the subject of Class C, we enjoyed the twin beds in our 27 foot for many years. It provided flexibility — we usually sent the kids to the upper deck in the front, but on certain occasions when guests were aboard, we took the upper deck. I really enjoy your newsletter every week!

Bill T.

Hi Chuck. With regards to your editorial about a Class C Motorhome, we chose a Class C with a queen size island bed right from the start. Couples don’t have to go to the additional size and expense of a Class A, to get a layout that mostly works for them. A little research goes a long way. People are not going to find 100% of everything they want, in their price and comfortable driving range, but choosing 1 or 2 key needs, such as an island bed, is pretty easy to do.