B-Class Camper Vans

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After a couple years of researching online and looking at the outside of them on the road and at various campsites, we actually spent some time the past two days looking at them up close. We also looked at one smaller C Class (for comparison purposes…laughs).

We liked the E-Trek features of certain Roadtrek models, they are like the ultimate boondocking B Class. And we love to boondock! We like the windows and open feeling of the Winnebago Travato.  Windows are important! We like the work station feature and the general appearance of the Airstream Interstate.  Then they showed us the Pleasure-Way Lexor!  We had not really considered a Pleasure-Way prior to today. Certainly a very nice B Class!  Ultimately any of them would work well!

If you own a B Class, we’d love to hear about your experiences…pros and cons, thoughts, and suggestions!

 

 

 

Then this happened…

 

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” ~ Robin Sharma

One thing you can count on in life is change. RVing and change go hand in hand, especially as in “change of plans.” Basically, when someone “signs” up for a nomadic life they need to be open to all sorts of change, some are exciting and somewhat more comfortable and others are a bit more stressful.

As I have recently shared, my mother-in-law fell and broke her hip requiring surgery. Scott went to be with her in Texas. I did the solo RV thing for a while. Then Scott flew back late one night and his mother passed away suddenly the next day. It has been a sad stressful time for our family.  As we were preparing for him to fly back to Texas to bury his mother, this happened…

Without any notice they sprayed a chemical on the roads in the RV park we were staying at…being chemically sensitive this is somewhat of a nightmare for me. Even those who are not sensitive had some reactions to this spray…wheezing, coughing, eyes tearing, headaches, etc. Thankfully, we became aware of it through a phone call and I never had to personally be around it. We waited until the spray had settled for a couple hours and then Scott went in to see if he thought I could be around it. He had reactions to it, hooked up our Shasta and moved it out of the RV  park. Which left us scrambling to find a new place to stay about 7 P.M. the night before we had to leave at 2 A.M. to fly to bury his mother. Not the best situation. We had planned to stay at this RV park for a month. In fact, the first time we had ever planned to stay anywhere in our RV for a month. Anyways, we ended up at a state park that had two nights available and got settled around 10 P.M. Scott took the car at 2 A.M. and headed to airport. I stayed with our RV without a car at a state park.

After he returned we were thrilled to learn that some of our camping friends were boondocking up near Snoqualmie Pass. We joined them up there for a much needed weekend of friendship, laughter, good food, nature, and getting away from RV parks!

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Bridge near Tinkham Road

 

 

Campground Reviews & Memberships

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We often get asked about how we find our camping spots and what memberships we find helpful. We decided to write a blog post about these topics.

When we first started out RVing we used Good Sam and general Internet searches for reviews when planning our stays. We eventually wrote a few reviews on Good Sam. We are currently Good Sam members, however we will only be as long as we feel we are getting value out of our membership. We eventually started looking at other places for reviews. Our two favorite places are Campendium and RV Park Reviews. We also sometimes use freecampsites.net.

Our camping preferences are boondocking on dispersed land, state or national park campgrounds, or a small quiet basic RV park. Sometimes though for various reasons we find ourselves at an RV resort.

Sometimes we carefully plan our adventures and other times “serendipity happens!”

We are trying to get better about taking time to review places after we have stayed at them. It is a work in progress that depends on time and cell phone/WiFi reception/connection.

As for memberships…these are our thoughts based on our limited experience this past year…

Our most used membership is Passport America. It pays for itself in one or two stays! We have never had a bad experience at any of the campgrounds listed with PA. Some are nicer than others, it pays to read reviews carefully.

Good Sam  ~ Our first year we used this very often for the 10% discount, but have not used it lately at all. We will probably not renew next year. So far it has not paid for itself this year. However, it was a great place to start when first RVing. We still do use their trip planner from time to time.

KOA ~ Last year we found some deals at KOA campgrounds, used the membership discount, and had good experiences. We felt it was worth it. So far this year we are thinking it is not worth it. We had okay experiences, but felt we overpaid for what we got. Hoping we have better experiences in the future.

Boondockers Welcome ~ We did not renew this year. We had it all last year and never once did it work out for us to stay at one of their properties. We did try, but the people were not at home the dates we needed, the space was not available, or our RV was too large (never thought we’d hear that! Actually, it was the combination of our Pathfinder and our Shasta).

Escapees RV Club ~ We renewed this membership. We feel it provides great value between the information, discounts, and Xscapers. We especially enjoyed the Xscapers convergence we attended!

We recently purchased the following memberships, but have not yet tried them out…

Harvest Hosts ~ We feel this will pay for itself it one or two stays. We love the pictures we see of others’ stays at Harvest Host locations.

Thousand Trails ~ We have heard the good and the bad about TT. We purchased the 2 for 1 Zone Pass. We know it may or may not be our cup of tea. We will keep you posted on our experiences with TT.

Note: We are certainly not experts on these topics or anything pertaining to RV life. We are just fellow travelers sharing our experiences. There is no “one size fits all” or “right” way to do anything in the RV lifestyle!

Enjoy the journey!