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  1. Alan Fowler

    Alan Fowler Read Only Funster

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    Hi
    I'm Alan and I have never even sat in a motor home before but this year I and my wife Kate are going to hire a motorhome (or should I say RV) in California for 6 weeks. I'm hoping to pick a few brains to learn about the joys and pitfalls of this type of holiday. My son Alasdair and his wife Sarah are walking the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican to the Canadian border, through California, Oregon and Washington, a total of 2650 miles, and we will be meeting up with them in a couple of places to give support, feed them up and run them to the nearest town to re-supply. Their trip will last 6 months and we will be meeting them in the Sierras between Kennedy Meadows at the south end and Yosemite Valley at the north.

    Hope someone can help!
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Sounds brilliant, if only I was younger !
    Peter
     
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    oooooo exciting do hope you enjoy
     
  4. Alan Fowler

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    Yeah! 20 or maybe 30 years ago I might have tried something like this myself but now I'm too creaky to live in a tent for so long so hence the motorhome.
     
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    Hi Alan and :welcomefunster: you'll love it. I have to say having spent several weeks last year doing exactly that, you'll love it.

    Must do's; Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, miss the Hoover dam and head for Zion National Park. If you have time "Brice NP" too.

    Grand Canyon and much as I hate to admit it, we spent three days in Vegas. The only part of the holiday I wasn't looking forward to and it was certainly one of the highlights.

    Did a little bit of Route 66 somewhere between Flagstaff and Phoenix. Death Valley and Standpipe Wells.

    The list goes on and on. I have to say the Americans really do set their RV parks up well. Every site is a "pull through" so you'll probably not have to reverse into anywhere.

    I think I'm talking myself into going again..........All the best Griff
     
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    Hi and welcome feel free to ask any questions im sure a member on here has hired an RV in the USA before also.

    Gerry
     
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    loads of advise on here if you wait a while...

    one member in particular, Forest boy, may rear his head at some point.
    I believe he's RV'd every American state except Hawaii

    as said, the American campsites are geared up for larger motorhomes, much more so than the UK.

    and remember....the majority of 'small' American RV's are still larger than the majority of European motorhomes

    you may also get a lot of advise on our sister forum.....RVOC
     
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    Did you get a meal in Standpipe Wells? the waiter there is the drummer of Bill Hayley and the Comets
     
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    America was still to be discovered..





    Besides that welcome to Fun.....
     
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    Yes we ate there but I don't recall anyone telling us that. Great cocktails there and made some Yank friends. Small world ain't it.

    I do remember it being the worst dust storm on our journey
     
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    ahh vegas......breakfast..my fav meal....


    a few dollars gets ya more food from so many different cultures than ya can imagine...like doing a world tour in one spot.


    was it "Grits and biscuits" one of the choices....was like being a cowboy

    When you are over there very near to when ya get to da big mountains look out for a tourist information post....easily spotted as its the only building I saw in 3 hours driving. they will give ya a piece of paper with drawings on when to turn off the road by looking out for a bolder shaped like this...you go down the track and there are all the boulders the Lone Ranger was made there, Rawhide, film after film....no charge...

    So my only tip is..food and bears...
     
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