Wine with a View…. what we like and don’t like about this RV

Class C RV…..an “Opulent” choice like a rich. bold glass of red wine

My husband was very hesitant about staying the night in an RV and was shocked when I told him the plans I made. He looked at me with huge eyes and his eyebrows raised into what would be a hairline (if he had one), and then grunted when he found out where we would be sleeping that night. With a quick growl he asked, “WHY? I am perfectly happy at the hotel”.

Notice the leg recliner extension – both sides of the dinette have this feature
Watch Mark convert the dinette into a bed and see the special features of the Owner’s Sleeping Quarters.

He decided that he would at least try to have an open mind about staying in an RV, put his feet up and made the best of the experience. We definitely liked using the dinette seat as a chaise lounge. After having major back surgery a couple years ago, he was not convinced that he would fair well sleeping on a dinette bed.

My husband was unsure about sleeping on a bed that would be converted from the dinette without a thick mattress. However, he quickly worked to create our evening haven. Watch as Dana shares tips with Mark on how to quickly convert a dinette to a sleeping area on our YouTube video channel Camper Crazy Buzz. Learn how to keep the cushions from slipping when you roll over at night and many more tips about storage in a View, especially if someone uses a CPAP machine.

The dinette area is very large and is able to sit 4 people easily. Each end has an extension that can be used as a chaise lounge or you could easily bring in an additional table to extend the dining area. The thing that caught my eye was how easily Dana’s husband can work utilizing the dining area. He had plenty of space to spread out with paper, pen, computer and phone, and can even put his feet up while his wife drives as he “kills himself” conducting business.

I was thinking that this may be a great RV for a working couple that travels, especially if they are on the computer a lot. With the increase of Millennial’s living full-time and working in RVs, this could potentially be an RV they would consider purchasing.

As we interviewed Dana in our round table discussions on our YouTube channel (Crazy Camper Buzz), she exuded pure joy when answering questions about her View. She is more than ecstatic that she and her husband are the proud owners of a new Winnebago View. Dana’s husband was happy to pose with her in this pic, however, he asked that I conceal his identity so his coworkers don’t get jealous of all his travels while “working”.

They were the perfect hosts in allowing us to stay overnight with them so my husband could get the whole RV experience and also shared some useful tips.

Their View is able to sleep up to six people comfortably since they have the berth above the cab. The owner’s sleeping area is a corner bed and has a curved bottom side which I thought may be uncomfortable. Dana assured us that while she sleeps against the wall, her husband’s feet do not hang over, although that not be the case for anyone well over six feet tall. The bed has separate adjustable headrests, so if one person wants to sit up to watch TV or read a book, the other person can lay flat. I think this is a great feature, and for some reason is not included in any videos that I watched about this style View.

This Class C RV has lots of STORAGE, STORAGE AND STORAGE. We especially liked all the storage surrounding the corner bed, as well as the privacy curtain and blackout shades. Dana made good choices in what she would need to outfit her rig and how to utilize her storage to its best capacity, which we will discuss in a future youtube video. To see all the specifications and different floor-plans available, you can visit Winnebago.com for details and watch the walk-through video by the manufacturer.

https://winnebagoind.com/product-classes/class-c

Now for the most important part of this blog…

Like Dana, I enjoy a rich, bold glass of red wine in the evenings and was curious as to how she travels with her wine glasses. While I have every desire to retire and “be gone” like Anna Kendrick in the “cups” song, I have no desire to drink wine out of plastic. I was very shocked to see that Dana’s elegant, thin rimmed, tall wine glasses sat on the shelf above her cooking area. She opened the cupboard door and there were 4 glasses sitting perfectly, undamaged and without any restraints. I was very curious and shocked because lets face it, traveling down the road and swerving and hitting pot holes would surely shift items in cupboards, drawers and storage areas.

Her tip was simple, use Gorilla type shelf liner in the cupboards and your glasses will stay put as long as you don’t drive like Danica Patrick. The shelf liner can be cut into small pieces and placed in between plates and bowls to keep them from sliding and chipping, or under pots and pans to keep from shifting.

It is also a handy tool for making the dinette into the bed which my husband used when making up our bed and is in the video on our YouTube channel.

All in all this is a great RV. It is not an RV that we would select for our lifestyle but has some great features that we like. The outside gray color is attractive and we liked the interior colors. This is not “grandpa’s camper”.

We had several people inside visiting while Dana talked about the RV features and we were not overly crowded. The air conditioner was not overly loud and seemed a lot more quiet than other RVs we have been in.

Most of all, it was an excellent choice for my husband to try out for his first night in an RV. We were comfortable and had a great night’s sleep.

Thanks to the owners for allowing us to have a glass of Wine with a View.

Camper Crazy Confusion …”To Poop or not to Poop”(that is the question)

Okay, you may be thinking…

“this is going to be a crappy, stinking blog”. We just hope you continue reading and visit our newest video as we research the dirty part of owning an RV. It is a topic that needs to be discussed and thought about when contemplating purchasing an RV.

Listening to videos about campers or visiting RV sales showrooms, you hear terms like, “black water”, “gray water”, “dump tanks” and may see toilet paper designed for RV use. Seriously, do you really need to buy a specialty toilet paper like this one sold on Amazon? There are youtube videos with people testing toilet paper to see which dissolves best. They are usually long, boring videos, so we decided to talk with people that own campers and ask their opinion.

Sold on Amazon

You may hear your camping friends talk about “toilet bombs”, but they are not Camper Crazy toilet terrorists, they are just sanitation sensitive. For us future RV owners, these may not be familiar terms. However, if we watched that movie “RV”, we probably all remember the dumping scene. Thus the question, “to poop or not to poop”.

If you remember our blog and videos featuring BJ & Shanna’s family, they started out their trip with strict orders to their kids not to poop in the RV. They had to use the comfort station at the RV parks. They didn’t want to deal with all that cleanup work. By the end of their trip, they were all using the throne for their dirty work.

When talking to other campers, some have decided it is not worth all the hard work and strictly use the RV park facilities they camp in. However, that is a bit difficult if you eat a lot of high fiber foods or if it is bad weather and you have to run to the park facilities.

But, why is this important? Well, for one thing we spend a lot of time using the toilet! There are studies that have been conducted that show people spend from 1.5 – 3 hours on the toilet each week. So, if you are living full-time in an RV, in one year, you may spend almost one full week on the toilet. So, we figure, not only should the bathroom area be the right size, but the toilet should be comfortable and we better know how to keep that toilet cleaned out properly.

So, what is black water and gray water? Below your beautiful RV are holding tanks that hold the non-pretty elements of your RV. Underneath will be your “black tank” that holds the waste from your toilet. You will also have a “gray tank” that holds the waste water from your shower and sinks. If your holding tanks are not properly cleaned, they will generate a smell that will make you think that skunks have taken your RV hostage.

All of the RVs we have looked at have a foot flush on the toilet. You step on it and it dispenses water into the bowl and opens the valve in the bowl to dump the toilet waste into your black tank. Following are tips that we will try to utilize, if we figure out what type RV to purchase:

Tip #1 – Make sure you have some water in the bottom of the toilet bowl before you use it.

Tip #2 – Some recommend that if you have your fan on while using the toilet, shut-off the fan when you flush. That process will eliminate the fan from pulling up the stinky odors from the black tank when the valve opens. Others say that if you clean out your tank properly and often, this is unnecessary.

Tip #3 – Make sure your toilet bowl is empty of all water once you start traveling, otherwise you will have to clean up a sloshy mess, especially if the driver of your RV drives like my husband.

Tip #4 – You can use your shower sprayer with hot water to spray out the toilet bowl before you dump the tank and the steam will also help breakup any solids that may be starting to harden.

Tip #5 – Dump your black tank and THEN dump your gray tank to flush out the hose.

Tip #6 – Make your own toilet bombs. You can find instructions online to get the recipe and the campers we interviewed used slightly different recipes but all happy with the results. One of the campers we interviewed simply uses a few scoops of Borax and large squirts of Dawn dish-washing liquid and flushes it down into the black tank.

Tip 7 – You may want to try Poo Pourri…

Some recommend after you dump and clean your tank to add water to the tank to help solids from sticking to the sides and bottom of the tank. Other campers say this is unnecessary if you dump often and clean properly and use toilet bombs. After you dump your tank, you should always clean it out manually or with a Saniflush if your RV comes equipped with it.

There is no way we will only use campsite comfort station facilities to do our business. So, our goal is to make sure we know all the correct procedures in emptying the tanks, keeping them clean and using the proper chemicals that will keep the tanks in good shape and eliminate stinky odors.

If any of our readers have other suggestions that have worked for them, please leave a comment to help educate us and others that are Camper Crazy Confused also! And if you are camper crazy confused, leave a question and we will try and find an answer.

As always we recommend you watch our video on this sensitive subject matter. Simply login to YouTube and search for Camper Crazy Buzz. Don’t forget to subscribe and like!

Camper Crazy Round Table Interview Part 2. https://youtu.be/GpHvgXH2iTg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpHvgXH2iTg

MOST IMPORTANT TIP:

If your RV does not have a lock on the bathroom door, you may want to install a seat belt on your toilet. You never know when you will fall off the pot and fly out the door(s)! Learn more & get the BUZZ in our videos and remember, “safety first”!

Camper Crazy Confusion

What does a used Jayco 5th Wheel, a brand new Winnebago View C class and a Pleasureway B+ class have in common? Look closely, can you tell?

In our quest to figure out which type of RV we should consider for our future travels (if and when my husband decides it should be in our future), we decided to take a road trip. Traveling to just outside of Memphis, we met up with our experienced Glamping Sr. couple, the Mid-lifers in their new Winnebago and their friends that have camped for years from Arkansas, with their pickup and 5th Wheel Jayco camper.

On our way, we stopped at Gander RV Sales in Alabama. We have been to many RV showrooms over the past couple years just “kicking tires”, but now we need to get all the BUZZ! Time to really educate ourselves, but there is a lot to learn when you know little about the Camper Crazy World.

So to persuade my husband that this is a life he would enjoy, I take him into the accessory store. Anyone that knows my husband can tell you that if it has a knob or a plug or a switch… he has to turn it, plug it in or switch it. He just can’t help himself. My plan…there has to be generators right? We will make our way there. We will eventually make it to the campers, but one step at a time.

Gander RV has a great accessory store, one of the best we have visited so far. They had a great pet section, RV furniture, outdoor equipment, all kind of RV parts and of course…GENERATORS. https://rv.ganderoutdoors.com/dealer/oxford-alabama-anniston

Oh boy, the bait seems to be working. He is enthralled with all the gadgets and the chair even has some kind of knobs and switches! Wow, they have more generators than one of the electrical supply houses he likes to frequent. This store is great! It is clean and spacious and has a great supply of camping gear, parts and accessories.

That is not all, they also have a nice selection of RV trailers and we look at several with our sales rep, Danny. He hasn’t been selling RVs for very long but is quite informative. Since my husband is a free lance electrical estimator, it is important that we have access to WiFi and we know not all parks have great WiFi, so we ask Danny about options. He shows us an LTE WiFi Router by Furrion. “Stay Online while exploring the world offline”, seems to be their motto. We need to explore this option further and if you are interested too, check out their website https://furrion.com/collections/routers/products/router

We see several campers that could potentially work for us, but feel more CONFUSED and overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we don’t know about the Camper Crazy world. So we get back on the road to hopefully find some answers. I am also very excited because I have a special surprise for Mark. I made arrangements for us to stay one night in the Winnebago View with the Mid-Lifers at the RV Park! Not so sure how he will react, but I am hoping that he will love it.

Oh, I almost forgot, what does a Jayco 5th Wheel, a Pleasureway and a Winnebago have in common? Owners that are all HAPPY CAMPERS and love think their RV is best…..for them at least. They are happy to share their likes & dislikes of their campers and discuss how to choose your RV and much more.

Join us on our youtube channel for Part 1,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipHJxNl5D5c

as my husband conducts Camper Crazy Round Table interviews with the owners as they discuss such topics as:

  1. What is your favorite feature of your RV? Part 1
  2. What don’t you like about your RV? Part 1
  3. What TP do you use? Odd question but important! Part 2
  4. Is it safe to be using the toilet when taking a curve at 60 mph? Part 2
  5. What is your best tip for someone purchasing an RV? Part 3
  6. You don’t want to miss these videos and by the way, we are still undecided as to which type RV will be best for us.
  7. Go to Youtube and type in Camper Crazy Buzz and you will see our channel. We thank you in advance for subscribing and liking our channel and our blog.