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Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2399

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Regarding the poll on the home page, I thought it unusual that there would be almost 10% who have never camped without any hook-ups. I understand that it is mainly motor homes that are fully self-contained with aux power sources that make that a livable arrangement. But propane provides for cooking, heating water, running the fridge, and if needed the heat unit. Battery power runs the lights.

The only ones who would typically not use hook-ups are tent campers. So I was curious as to why someone would not have boon docked, at least once or twice?

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2400

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You would think that owning a "self-contained" RV would entice people to try the freedom of the outdoors. But we have met many people who would NEVER dream of being without electricity for their DVR, TV, Satellite, Computer, and Microwave. We've even met RV'ers who have NEVER started their generator! :o We recently met a couple who fulltime and didn't boondock for their first year on the road. They were worried they didn't have enough water for 1 shower in their 100 gallon storage tank. But they've gotten past their fears and are boondocking with us now.
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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2401

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We PREFER not to boondock. We have on occasion, mainly at a Wal-Mart for the night while going from here to there. After ten years of RVing in motorhomes we finally did some boondocking this past year. We spent eight days at the FMCA SE Area Rally in Brooksville, FL, and then spent five days at the Naval Base in Key West. Still not crazy about it. The biggest problem is the smell of burning diesel from everyone running their generators. At the rally generators had to be turned off between 2300 and 0700. Everybody had their auto-gen start set for 0700. When we first stepped out of the coach all you could smell was diesel fuel. My attitude: If God wanted me to dry camp He would not have had them put that 50 amp cord that hangs out the back of my coach! ;D

We'll be dry camping again but it will only be out of neccesity. When we arrive at our destination I want, at minimum, an electric outlet. Oh, by the way, we did dry camp for six days two weeks before Christmas. It was in our driveway when we lost power due to the ice storms here in Oklahoma City area. Ran the generator straight for 140 hours. This was way more hours than we put on the generator in our last coach and we owned it for five years.
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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2420

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..........We've even met RV'ers who have NEVER started their generator! :o..........

Here is a piece of advice that I got when I got my generator repaired. "As long as you are sure that your generator is not leaking fumes into the RV do not use the dash AC, always use the roof AC on the Gen set". Here in the Northeast where it is all hills you actually use less gas, and have more power to put to the road by using the roof AC. In most cases the Gen set uses less than 1 gallon of fuel per hour, and should be run for 30 minutes under 3/4 load at least 4 times a year. The generator guy claims that doing this will make me come in more often for service if I can't do it myself (I can), but I will probably only see him once in 10 years for major repairs.
I tested this out on a trip this Summer, and I have to admit it was cooler in the RV, I had power to climb hills, and at 12.5 MPG VS 11.3 on dash AC it cost less too. I'm willing to bet that this is probably good for the engine as well.

Never Boondocking? I can't see that, I want to see the places and do the things that you can't see unless you Boondock. ;D

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2422

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I personally find it hard to understand any one with an RV has never boondocked -- even accidentally -- seems like at least a few times you'd get stuck without a camp-spot.

And that means never using many national parks or state parks because most of them do not have site-services. I'm sure it happens, and these folks are not making it up -- it just seems very odd to me that one would have an RV and never enjoy the out-of-site lands that we have in USA and Canada, Mexico, etc.

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2423

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My inverter is the primary power source for boon docking. Altho not at the same time, it will run everything in my coach except the basement air unit. We use it way more than the generator.

We also have some friends who have never boon docked. But then they prefer the concrete subdivision campgrounds, so enuff said.

Bblhed> We?re not impressed with our dash air during hot weather, so I?m going to give your idea a try. If we?re still hot with the dash air on and burning more fuel anyway, I might as well burn it from the generator.

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2429

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And how old are you monkey44? We are fully retired and have been stickless full timers for more than four years now and have never boon docked, not even in a Wal-mart parking lot. Came close a few times in state parks where we only had water and elect. but had planned ahead and were there for less than a week. I consider my generator as emergency equipment. If I can't park real close to it I'm just going to miss it and move on. You mght be surprised at what you can see at some of the great RV parks in this country. Yep, we gave up going to those places where we can be kidnapped (south) or hijacked (north). We stick pretty close to the main stream where those around us look a lot alike; Grey Haired & Comfortable. When our kids were young we went out in the wild and pitched tents with them and went hunting & fishing or just exploring. Now they are doing it with their kids.

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2431

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Monkey44 is 64 years old -- also retired, but still go off into the back-country. I meant no disrespect for people that never boondock if anyone takes my comment that way -- I just find it hard to believe anyone that RV's would never have done it.

Boon-docking seems like one part of the camping/RVing way of life, that's all. And, I do like the sites with FHU services best, especially as I get older, and am also a DAV with ortho injuries -- so getting around is much less easy now than when I was younger ... and as I age, I tend to plan a little better and try to find CGs with hook-ups instead of "wild sites" -- and you're right about the NP's and SP's -- each often has great places to explore and visit, even the one that are more developed ...

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2433

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I am with you monkey 44, I have a 40' Allegro Bus from Tiffin Motors. Their motto is Roughing it Smoothly.

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2434

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FastEagle> RE: We are fully retired and have been stickless full timers.... I feel your pain.

Wonder if there is a RV conversion kit for those of us who'd like to regain the stick feel? Maybe take out the steering wheel and put in a multi-button stick and a throttle quadrant. Add a landing gear control wheel for the leveling jack controls. Perhaps speed brake controls for those idiots who stop quickly in front of us. An afterburner for mountain driving. Then as the ultimate touch we could add a high lift rotor system for the rig to get up and away from any traffic jam.

I'm getting excited just thinking about the possibilities.

The Navy guys probably want some kind of dive plane stuff. The Marines would swap the toilet for a trench.

You think?

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2436

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"The Navy guys probably want some kind of dive plane stuff."

Dive planes -- as in Submarines?? Can certainly relate to that ... speeding along under the sea !!!

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2441

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The other half and I have boondocked only for camping purposes in Utah. Never more than a week since we need to empty one of our black and one of our grey tanks after a week of use. We dont have a problem with boondocking but have not run across a situation where we have needed or wanted to boondock since we began camping and rving as a more constant five years ago.

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2442

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HA -- Roughing it Smoothly -- that works for me !!

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2489

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"The Navy guys probably want some kind of dive plane stuff."

Dive planes -- as in Submarines?? Can certainly relate to that ... speeding along under the sea !!!

Yes! another bubble head!
There is a difference between a submarine and an RV?

Lets see, you can cook, eat, bathe, sleep, and move all at the same time, and the space is limited. I still have to pump the san tanks, and load the water, at least in the RV I get to "float off the header".

Npoe, not seeing the difrence. ???

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2490

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Subs and RV's -- definitely comparitive ... RV's a little smaller??? But a sub will surface, but not so sure about an RV ... watch those lakes :D :D :D

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The Navy guys probably want some kind of dive plane stuff. The Marines would swap the toilet for a trench.

You think?


Only a small, slightly deranged, few Navy guys go down in submarines. I have the same problem of getting on a ship that is designed to sink as I do with jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. The majority of us Navy guys are surface skimmers. But the analogy of an RV and a ship is pretty close. The only exception is when the wife starts to think she is the Captain. 8)
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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2494

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Good one Chief -- but these great old subs are designed to surface too, as well as sink -- just gotta blow a little hot air into the tanks -- we got a lot of that from the Chiefs Quarters whenever we had a need ... just ran a duct in there and listened to 'em chat ... used a maxi-patch, a little HP copper pipe and some duct tape, and routed it wherever we needed it at the time -- worked excellent. ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Recent Poll Results 13 years 6 months ago #2497

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Saw an rv on one of the RV shows that the feller had converted so he could drive it into and across water. Interesting to say the least. Would had to see it in rough water could easily topple it being top heavy and all.

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Saw an rv on one of the RV shows that the feller had converted so he could drive it into and across water. Interesting to say the least. Would had to see it in rough water could easily topple it being top heavy and all.


I think you're talking about the "Terra Wind" RV. Custom made and sells for $850K - $1.2M. Made for calm lakes, not rough water. Read all about it, and other custom specialty amphibious vehicles at: www.terrawind.com
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Would make for a great way to clean the bugs off the front. LOL

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