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  1. When we visited the Boston area two years ago, we chose to stay at the Canoe River Campground in Mansfield, MA. We also wanted to camp outside of the greater Boston area to avoid the congestion & also because I had relatives in the Warwick, RI & Bellingham, MA to see. Mansfield put us roughly equi-distant to Boston, to Providence and to Cape Cod. Canoe River CG, like many CG's in New England are very family oriented, so they have many activities for the kids. The owners of Canoe River CG suggested taking the train to get into Boston & offered to take us to the Mansfield train station. He said that if we called him when we got on the train coming back, he would pick us up at the station. Normandy Farms is a very popular CG but is rather pricey. Another popular place is the Circle CG Farm Campground in Bellingham.
  2. We have been talking about a trip to see these parks in Utah next year. Anybody have any campground recommendations near each of the parks in Utah?
  3. I thought that the question of opening membership up to owners of towables was to be voted on in July. Does anyone know if the board has authorized the FMCA membership to vote for/against this proposal? If so, what were the results? I haven't seen anything here regarding this as yet.
  4. I also use a Canon Pixma IP 110. I like this printer very much as it is very compact and the print quality is excellent! I have had this printer for two years and my printing demands are limited so I don't have a feel for how long the ink cartridges last yet.
  5. We stayed at the Midessa Oil Patch RV Park last October & it was nice. Our experience there was good & we would stay there again if we pass through Midland-Odessa again. I believe it could have been a KOA at one time judging by the style of the office. The power & restrooms were good. I don't remember having any noise issues such as full timers leaving for work.
  6. I recently ran across the planner that http://www.rvparky.com/ offers and found it useful. I especially like the way it changes all your dates if you choose to vary your schedule. It also does not list many RV parks but used in conjunction with http://www.rvparkreviews.com/ it is still helpful. I have not heard of RV Trip Wizard so I will continue to follow this thread to learn more of others experiences with it as we are planning a cross country trip this summer. Brad
  7. We are headed to Crater Lake & Sisters from central CA this summer in our 38 ft Safari Simba towing a Ford Edge. We are looking forward to the drive up Hwy 97 out of Weed through central Oregon. After Sisters we plan to work our way west to Salem, & then the Tillamook area. We will be then traveling south along the coast on 101 on our way back home. The last two years we have gone up on US 101 & enjoyed that very much. There are so many small towns to see and enjoy. This year it's time to see the other side of the mountain! Does anyone have any favorite RV parks in these areas? I understand that wherever we stay we will have to drive a bit to get to Crater Lake NP. Thanks!
  8. I have a Duo Therm heat pump that is not working as expected. The front system is running in "Aux Heat" mode, so the furnace runs when I set the CCC for heat pump to run. The rear heat pump runs normally. I understand that when the temperature drops below 30 degrees the heat pump will switch to Aux Heat but where I am located night time temps are in the high 50's. I suspect that I may have a bad temp sensor causing this. How can I find out what is happening here?
  9. I recently upgraded to the wireless Genie system at home and plan to take it on the road soon. I plan to locate the host receiver in the bedroom, with the video bridge connected to the bedroom TV output jack coming from the video control box and use a wireless client up front for the overhead TV. Can I put the power inserter in line coming into the video control box or is there a better location?
  10. We traveled on Hwy 18 between Lincoln City & Salem and Hwy 38 between Reedsport & Eugene in our 38 ft coach this last August. These roads were really nice to drive down and the scenery was great on both. I haven't driven Hwy 20 but I would think that Hwy 20 would be as good as Hwy's 18 & 38. Oregon's highways are far superior to those here in CA.
  11. FYI - We got "promoted" to Member status at 10 posts. Thanks!
  12. We are planning on going to the FMCA Western Area Rally in Indio in January. Does anyone have any RV park recommendations in the Indio - Palm Desert area? Any favorite places to stay for 4 - 5 nights? I have been looking at Desert Shadows, Indian Waters & Indian Wells parks and each seems to be nice and conveniently located to the Indio fairgrounds. Thanks!
  13. Thanks Tom! I think I had found the answer to my question shortly after my post regarding getting promoted to "member" status. I have seen "members" with as few as 12 - 15 posts. It makes sense the way this works. The forum here is for each of us to participate by asking questions and contribute our knowledge and experiences to those who seek to learn. Thanks again. Brad
  14. Just curious. When does a "Newbie" move up to the next membership level? We all have to start somewhere and earn some recognition before being "promoted" so I don't mind the "Newbie" designation. I think that it let's others know that I am new to RVing and may sometimes ask a question about something that many others have known for years. When I was in college, one of the professors used to tell us that "there are no dumb questions if there is something that you don't know or understand". He did say that there "are sometimes some rather "dumb" answers at times". In the farming world, I realized that I learned something new and useful almost every day. My experience here in the FMCA forum is that there are many good questions and I have yet to see an answer that wasn't helpful, if not to me, but maybe to someone else.
  15. We have a 2007 Safari Simba FRED. This is our first coach and I see it as an entry level Class A coach for us. We plan to upgrade to a rear engine DP someday but we will enjoy this one for the time being. The engine can be heard more so than a rear engine DP but I haven't driven a DP so I can't really say how much different the noise levels are. After driving this coach for almost three years now, I don't really notice the engine noise other than when running at higher rpm levels climbing steep hills. The real difference that I see is the difference in the torque produced by the 5.9L Cummins engine vs. larger, DP engines that produce 1,000+ lbs of torque that allow you to climb hills with greater ease. The bottom line is that if you are able and willing to spend the additional money, then a DP would be a better choice. I am looking forward to driving a DP in the years to come!
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