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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2016, 08:37:21 PM »
Where do you put a baby in an RV?
How practical is it for a couple with one baby?

In a regular car seat, which may or may not be accessible from the front cab without stopping.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2016, 09:04:38 PM »
Our rented RV had a backup camera but that is only one part of the equation in backing up.  You have to watch angles and sides.  The backup camera is nice but its better to have someone behind you helping out, especially with a 31 foot RV.

As for the baby seat, our RV had lap belts by the table and couch.  You have to install the car seat forward facing, which is what we did.  These seats are directly behind the two front seats but you cannot easily reach these seats from the two front seats.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2016, 09:19:16 PM »
In a regular car seat, which may or may not be accessible from the front cab without stopping.
:o Can you please explain?

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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2016, 09:23:39 PM »
:o Can you please explain?

You cannot easily reach these seats without getting up from the front seats - that is the way it was in our rented RV.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2016, 10:00:00 PM »
You cannot easily reach these seats without getting up from the front seats - that is the way it was in our rented RV.
Oh, phew. Was thinking for a minute that he meant like the ambulances where the front can't reach the back  ;) .
I know what you're referring to of course, but people walk around an RV during driving.... :-X

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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2016, 10:53:51 PM »
I also wanted to mention that we bought and used this book when looking for campgrounds in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada:

https://www.amazon.com/Southwest-Camping-Destinations-Arizona-Mexico/dp/0974947199/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470883939&sr=8-1&keywords=campgrounds+of+the+southwest

KOA Campgrounds also has a free book listing all of their affiliated campgrounds.

If you are interested in RV's, you may consider getting a subscription to Trailer Life and/or Motorhome Magazine.  We've been reading both of these magazines for years.

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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2016, 11:06:21 PM »
I don't think I'll be shlepping pots across the country to cook, but using the microwave for a double wrapped may be a nice amenity.
How does the microwave work? On the generator?
Or on the engine if the engine is running?

Also, how clean do they expect it to be when you return?
Is it like the rental cars who all say it must be clean, but no one really returns them spotless..?
Or is this more for real?

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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2016, 11:07:44 PM »
I also wanted to mention that we bought and used this book when looking for campgrounds in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada:

https://www.amazon.com/Southwest-Camping-Destinations-Arizona-Mexico/dp/0974947199/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470883939&sr=8-1&keywords=campgrounds+of+the+southwest

KOA Campgrounds also has a free book listing all of their affiliated campgrounds.
I see you really planned this a year in advance, books and all...
I'm hoping there's some sort of app.

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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2016, 11:11:33 PM »
I don't think I'll be shlepping pots across the country to cook, but using the microwave for a double wrapped may be a nice amenity.
How does the microwave work? On the generator?
Or on the engine if the engine is running?

You can use the generator at any time - whether or not the engine is running.  On our RV, there was a switch to "prime" the generator with fuel.  After priming it with fuel, you hold down a button to crank it until it turns over and starts running.  The generator used fuel from the gas tank of the RV and it did not have its own separate fuel tank.  However, if the fuel level drops below 1/4 tank the generator will not turn on.  We used the generator while driving to power the AC unit in the rear of the RV since it was so hot.  We also used the generator while parked in different spots to power the AC.  The microwave appeared to be a regular residential microwave oven.  It works either off the generator or when connected to electricity in a campground.

Also, how clean do they expect it to be when you return?
Is it like the rental cars who all say it must be clean, but no one really returns them spotless..?
Or is this more for real?

The RV upon return does not need to be spotless, just broom swept clean.  However, as I mentioned to you earlier, the waste tanks must be empty and water holding tank full on return or there will be an added fee.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2016, 11:20:47 PM »
However, as I mentioned to you earlier, the waste tanks must be empty and water holding tank full on return or there will be an added fee.

And the propane tank refilled as well.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2016, 11:21:42 PM »
And the propane tank refilled as well.

Not necessarily.  El Monte RV - the place I rented from in Las Vegas - did not require me to refill the propane tank at all. 
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2016, 11:22:40 PM »
Not necessarily.  El Monte RV - the place I rented from in Las Vegas - did not require me to refill the propane tank at all.

Good to know. My place did.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2016, 11:28:08 PM »
Since we are discussing propane, I should mention that I was told that I had to shut the valve on the propane tank before filling up the RV with fuel.  There was a small door on the side of the RV behind which the propane tank was located.  I had to turn the valve to shut it off before fueling up.  It wasn't a big deal.

Also, I was told that the refrigerator in the RV worked better if left in the manual setting to work only on propane rather than on the auto setting where it switches automatically between electricity and propane.  When we parked in campgrounds for the night, I flipped the switch to auto so that it would work off electricity and in the morning when we took off I switched it to manual/propane only mode.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #28 on: August 11, 2016, 08:19:59 AM »
A note on babies in RVs:  car seats must be installed in FORWARD-FACING seats.  There may be a rear-facing seat directly behind the cab (e.g., dinette), which may seem an awfully convenient place to put baby, but this is neither approved nor safe.  Also, if your baby is still rear-facing, the car seat should be installed rear-facing.  Some RVs even have top tether anchors for added safety.
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Re: RV/Motorhome/Camper Master Thread
« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2016, 08:24:30 AM »
"5) How do these camping sites work? Reserve ahead of time, especially during popular times."
Well, I'm talking about next week...  Is there still any point?

Try BLM land or WalMart for nights you can't find a campground.  (Do research on BLM land beforehand.)

Are there any apps for RV's that can tell you closest campsite or place to get new water or empty holding tank?

"Is there anywhere safe to park (without the above fears) besides camping sites?I wouldn't, plus it may be illegal."
Wow, that's interesting. So you mean it can be illegal to just park by the sidewalk on any random side street in a random neighborhood?
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