RV Travel Reader RVs, April 16, 2016


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The RVs of RVtravel.com readers and how they use them

Issue 52; Posted Apr. 16, 2016

From Richard Forlani, Valatie, New York

RV-Forlani-3-27-16This is my 28-foot Bullet trailer, which I tow with a Ford F-150 with EcoBoost engine (great engine for trailering). In the picture we were stuck in an unexpected snowstorm in Fort Stockton, Texas … after leaving New York to avoid the snow in January 2016. (After last winter in Valatie, N.Y., I promised never again!) We made it to Death Valley just fine … parked overnight at a Love’s truck stop.

I have 200+ watts of solar panels on the trailer. We were not plugged into any electric for eight weeks and did just fine with lights, heat, hot water, charging phone and computer, and listening to the radio.

My wife, Jackie, and I did much RVing, including hosting at Camden Hills State Park, Maine, and many cross-country trips. This was my first trip without her (she passed last February). My faithful traveling companion on this trip was a rescued lab mix named Sweet Emily. I was rather apprehensive before the trip, but once I hooked up the trailer and got behind the wheel I was fine. Of course, there were a few lonesome moments but Emily took care of most of them.

On this trip I was on my way to meet dear friends in Death Valley. Alex was the best man and wrote the ceremony at our wedding 44 years ago at Fallen Leaf Lake at South Lake Tahoe, California. Alex’s wife’s name is Suzanne.  Yes, it was a hippie wedding and, yes, we wore flowers in our hair. My first trip out West was in a 1961 Volkswagen van. For many years Jackie and I had a blog: 2hippies2pups.blogspot.com. It still exists in cyberspace. I took the pictures and she did the writing and computer work, so now I just put the pictures on Facebook for others to enjoy.

My plans are to winter in California and Arizona, and summer in the Sierras and upstate New York and Canada. I’ll spend time in between with my grandchildren in Kingston, New York.

Life is what happens … while you’re making other plans.

From Bill and Carol Newman, near Calgary, Alberta, Canada

RV-Newman-3-21-16We are Canadian snowbirders from a town about 50 km east of Calgary, Alberta, on the Trans-Canada Highway. (For those who aren’t too familiar with Canada, the main route of the TCH spans 8,030 km or 4,990 miles.)

We have a 2008 42-foot Beaver Contessa as our winter home. Our dinghy is a 2012 Chevy Equinox. We like the interior and exterior beauty and interior space of our RV, but don’t look closely at the exterior paint as there are cracks, chips and scratches in the paint. We don’t like the cost and our own considerable time spent on maintaining the Contessa. We completed 32 maintenance items in the 2015/16 winter, but added eight more items to our maintenance list.

The UV screens on our RV windows were spray painted by an artist named Marlon in Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico. We highly recommend Marlon for his work. [Editor: If interested, contact Diane(at)rvtravel.com for Marlon’s contact info.]

We are not boondockers, as we like the comfort of RV park hookups. Besides, we had to install a residential refrigerator when our two-way refer died. We typically winter in Yuma, Arizona. We summer mainly in Canada, and RV usually with our grandkids. They’re getting older, so we are planning trips on our own, or with other RVer friends, or participating in RV rallies

From Mark and Kathy Hufstedler, Rochester Minnesota

RV-Hufstedler-3-23-16We made a huge jump from tent camping to a 2004 36-foot class A Gulfstream Independence in 2011. We really enjoyed sitting up high and having the freedom of one of us being able to get up and get a beverage, make a sandwich, etc., all without having to stop. However, the noisy and fully taxed front engine V-10 coupled with the busy steering had us looking for a diesel pusher.

We found the perfect fit in our 2004 Itasca Horizon with a 350 HP Cummings. The TV is directly across from the couch, and all of the nice amenities have allowed us to really enjoy our travels.

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Don & Phyllis bBishop
4 years ago

We have a 1965 Airstream Caravel and pull it with a 2004 Dodge Dakota 4 Door 4 x 4 pickup. it gets about 18 mpg and we are really pleased with the combo. We are both in our Seventies and the small space is ideal for my wife and I. We will celebrate our 52 anniversary in June of this year so I guess it is working.

Don Bishop

richard p forlani
4 years ago

thanks , nice job…kids and friends enjoyed the article