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Old 04-01-2010, 03:10 AM   #341
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Hey people, don't badmouth CruiseAmerica RVs. The interior of my class C does look like one from CruiseAmerica. No fancy countertop or cabinetry. I am skimping on the interior to have money to splurge on the future exterior paint job with flames, crossbones, and skulls. The whole work

Talk about granite countertops, my newer boonies home was built with them, while the ones in the older city home never get updated. It's funny that meals taste the same from either kitchen.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:44 AM   #342
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Talk about granite countertops, my newer boonies home was built with them, while the ones in the older city home never get updated. It's funny that meals taste the same from either kitchen.
I've often thought that !
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:39 AM   #343
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Do you back up all 63 feet?

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Yes!

Mounted behind our fifth wheel is a swivel-wheel extension. It is solidly attached to the rear of the fifth wheel, and goes in the direction of the rear of the RV when backing.

I have to be careful not to call it a trailer. It's a solidly mounted extension of the RV.

If that's hard to picture, google "swivel wheel".
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If that's hard to picture, google "swivel wheel".
Okay. I did and this is what I find:

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Swivel wheel Trialers for Towing Motorcycles

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Is the Swivel Wheel System in conjunction with my Fifth Wheel trailer considered a triple tow vehicle?

Yes! It appears that the Swivelwheel System is considered to be a triple tow. Currently, there are 22 states that do not allow triple towing. These states include all states from Florida to Maine along the east coast, Oregon, and Washington. California allows triple towing, but requires the driver to have a Class-A license. California will stop out of state rigs and inspect your drivers license.

NOTE: I have talked with a a lot of individuals that pull another trailer or tow vehicle behind their fifth wheel travel trailer. (This could be a boat trailer, cargo trailer, tow, etc.) A significant number of people that I have spoken with did not realize that they were prohibited from triple towing within certain states. I would recommend checking with the state you are interested in visiting for any towing restrictions. There are a number of publications with this information at hand. The new Trailer Life Campground Guide has a chart with this information A web sites that may be useful is: Rules of the Road and Towing Laws
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Just goes to show....

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I'm glad I'm the big rig driver, because my husband is so darn good at giving back up directions and really looking out for the rig when we are getting into a site. Plus - when we pull into the truck stop, it's so convenient for him to hop out of the passenger seat to do the fuel fill up.

Sometimes I see folks backing into a site with the spouse outside kind of flapping vaguely or not even really spotting or walking around the rig to check. Maybe I just don't understand their system but I'm just so glad I'm not the one trying to back it under those conditions.

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Which leads to my question ... do you see many 60+ singles RVing, or does it take a couple to make it work?
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Which leads to my question ... do you see many 60+ singles RVing, or does it take a couple to make it work?
I rv primarily alone in the winter and have for three years now. I am 55. I have a back up camera and I scout things out before backing.
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Which leads to my question ... do you see many 60+ singles RVing, or does it take a couple to make it work?
A few - it's not that rare. Both sexes. And I know there are some very active internet forums for single RVers.

The singles usually travel with at least one pet.

In terms of whether it takes two - the simpler the better for RV setup if it's just one person. I usually see trailers and/or 5th wheels or Class B/Class C RVs. Not large class A motorhomes.

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Thanks. Yes, I was thinking about backing up and setting up. Also, it seems that so many floorplans assume you want to separate living and sleeping. I'd expect a single would want one room.
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A lot of singles seem to manage the backing up and and setting up just fine.

In fact - many of them use trailers, and have obviously figured out how to back up to connect the trailer hitch without assistance from a partner. I think there are a couple of aids to help with such things.

Personally, if it were just me (i"m 5'3" and not a large person) I would go for some kind of Class B unit (camper van type), carry a bicycle. And only if going for fairly long trips would I pull a car behind the RV. But even on longer trips, if I was moving frequently - staying at places for only a few days at a time - I would probably nix towing a car.

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A lot of singles seem to manage the backing up and and setting up just fine.

In fact - many of them use trailers, and have obviously figured out how to back up to connect the trailer hitch without assistance from a partner. I think there are a couple of aids to help with such things.

Personally, if it were just me (i"m 5'3" and not a large person) I would go for some kind of Class B unit (camper van type), carry a bicycle. And only if going for fairly long trips would I pull a car behind the RV. But even on longer trips, if I was moving frequently - staying at places for only a few days at a time - I would probably nix towing a car.

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I haul up to a couple of bikes (a hybrid city bike and a 'bent) plus my Yamaha Vino 125 scooter. The scooter is on a rack on the back. I need to get help to load and unload the scooter but that never has been an issue. I love having the scooter for mobility. Two bicycles is a bit much, but I use each for different purposes. I leave the recumbent at home if I am not near bike trails but I try to be near trails.

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Martha seems to have the perfect single set up... well maybe minus one of the bikes... but I agree with audrey if it were me I would be in a class B and not tow a car but would likely tow a scooter as well in this setup...
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I can see the tradeoffs. A class B is small enough to drive to the places I would want to go, but it seems too small to live in for more than a week. Something bigger means that I would want to park it and do sightseeing and grocery store runs in something else. But, I can't see myself on a scooter on roads with speed limits above 25. So I imagine towing a small car. But then I've got a long rig and more problems setting up....

I'm sure that the only sensible thing is to rent and find out. It seems that Cruise America is a reasonable option, I saw a lot of them in Wyoming last year.

But, I've got a couple more "dreamer" questions. Martha, did you find a floorplan that worked well for a single? And, any comments on finding good places for cycling? -- do you travel to flat land or hilly places?
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That's it for me too. I don't think I would be comfortable using a scooter to go get groceries, etc. if I had to go on any major road.

I remember touring someone's Chinook (very expensive Class B). Personally, as a single I think I would be just fine in one of those for an extended period assuming I was really touring and not just parked somewhere for a long while.

Born Frees look really nice too. Also $$$ I expect.

Road Trek - a bit cramped IMO. Extremely popular though. See lots of older couples traveling in them.

Yeah - try out Cruise America. That's what I see way more than anything. Those are the smaller Class C's. Very practical IMO. Big enough to camp in. Still small enough to navigate most parking lots with relative ease. The foreign tourists obviously love them - I see so many in national parks.

On cycling: We carry bicycles. Here in TX many of the state parks are enormous and have extensive low-traffic roads for cycling if not also bike paths. We don't cycle normal traffic roads unless very short distances.

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I can see the tradeoffs. A class B is small enough to drive to the places I would want to go, but it seems too small to live in for more than a week. Something bigger means that I would want to park it and do sightseeing and grocery store runs in something else. But, I can't see myself on a scooter on roads with speed limits above 25. So I imagine towing a small car. But then I've got a long rig and more problems setting up....

I'm sure that the only sensible thing is to rent and find out. It seems that Cruise America is a reasonable option, I saw a lot of them in Wyoming last year.

But, I've got a couple more "dreamer" questions. Martha, did you find a floorplan that worked well for a single? And, any comments on finding good places for cycling? -- do you travel to flat land or hilly places?
My 125 Vino will go 60 mph but that is pushing it. At 50 it cruises fine. I just stay away from freeways and I am ok. It has a decent sized bin beneath the seat plus a hook to carry a bag or two by your feet. Even without a rack I can take three small bags of groceries. The only real limitation is weather.

The floorplan of the LazyDaze twin king works great for me and is fine for two for short periods of time. My spouse and I spent 6 weeks in it with two dogs. That was at least one week too long. I just spent two months in it and was comfortable.





I really like the two couches in the back with the drop down table. Very comfortable. For two, the couches turn into a king size bed. For one, I sleep up over the front cab. When traveling that is where I stash my bicycles.

This winter I spent quite a bit of time in Long Beach California. I picked the park partly because it was right on a bike trail, the Los Angeles river trail, as well as a good trail system going down the coast. The Rio Grande valley was good for biking and the area Audrey now lives in is developing dedicated trails. I have also hunted down various rails to trails bike trails, mostly up north where I live.
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The floorplan of the LazyDaze twin king works great for me and is fine for two for short periods of time.
We looked at one of these early on when we thought we'd go the Class C route. We decided that not having a dedicated bed would be a drag for full-timing. Oh, and the small fact that we're on the east coast and that you can only get a Lazy Daze on the west coast.

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Just now, I visited the Web sites for used RV listings. Earlier, I said that there were good clean class Cs for the low price range of $20-25K. Not anymore. They are gone! For that price, a buyer now has to content himself with ex-rental units with high mileage. There were several that I would have bought if they were not from out-of-state. Their listings lingered for a month or two back when I was shopping. Now, I don't see the listings anymore.

Either it is now springtime and people are preparing for summer trips, or that the economy has recovered and people have started to open their wallet.
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Just now, I visited the Web sites for used RV listings. Earlier, I said that there were good clean class Cs for the low price range of $20-25K. Not anymore. They are gone! For that price, a buyer now has to content himself with ex-rental units with high mileage. There were several that I would have bought if they were not from out-of-state. Their listings lingered for a month or two back when I was shopping. Now, I don't see the listings anymore.

Either it is now springtime and people are preparing for summer trips, or that the economy has recovered and people have started to open their wallet.
Just wait until the next gasoline/diesel price spike.

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