Issue 7, 2/16/2006

Changin' Gears - Trading City Lights for the RV Lifestyle

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1) One Year in the Rogue Valley
2) Amphibious Class A Motor Coach
3) Changin' Gears: Update for the Second Half of 2005
4) RV FAQ's & Tips

1) One Year in the Rogue Valley 
Our recommendations of fascinating places to see in southern 

The choice to make the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon our first 
major RV stop turned out to be a wonderful decision.  The summer 
months had perfect weather and the scenery was breathtaking...  

Our plan was to stay in the Rogue Valley six to nine months, then 
move on before next winter.  Even well made plans change over 
time, and ours was extended to a full year due to the birth of 
our first child.  

Read the entire article here:

2) Amphibious Class A Motor Coach 
How often have you pulled into an RV park late in the day to find 
all of the choice waterfront slots taken?  Now you can do one 
better by parking your motor home on the water.  

For those who love land and water, and want to enjoy both in 
luxury, Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International (CAMI) is 
custom building the Terra Wind amphibious "Motor Coach/Yacht".  
Luxury motor homes make a statement on their own, but talk about 
turning heads when you drive your custom coach into the lake.  

Read the entire page here:

3) Changin' Gears: Update for the Second Half of 2005
Charlie and Landra's Transition Into the RV Lifestyle

Summer in the Rogue Valley was absolutely beautiful; sun-filled 
days with comfortable evenings and very little rain.  

Landra was fortunate to work in one place as a temp, all year 
long.  At the end of June, we moved from the RV park in Phoenix 
to a KOA in Gold Hill.  This added another 5 minutes to her 
commute into Medford, for a total of 20 minutes.  Not bad, 
compared to the average Dallas commute of 45 minutes.  

Read the entire update here:

4) RV FAQ's & Tips 
A selection of RV Frequently Asked Questions & Tips from the 
Changin' Gears web site: 

Does an engine tuner (chip) reduce fuel consumption?

Most engine tuners focus on increasing horsepower.  Tuner 
manufacturers are hesitant to promise reduced fuel consumption 
(increased mpg), and some even disclaim this in their ads, but 
many users report a gain of 2-3 mpg.  

Reduced fuel consumption is realized by those who continue to 
operate their vehicles in a similar manner as before the tuner.  
Those who take advantage of the additional horsepower by 
accelerating aggressively or racing up steep hills, will almost 
certainly see no reduction in fuel consumption.  

Our Ford F-550 truck came with the Superchips tuner.  With the 
tuner installed, we gain 3 miles per gallon while not towing, and 
2-3 while towing on flat highways.  

Why is it called a "chip"?  Today, most engine tuners are 
installed as software through the engine diagnostic port.  Years 
ago, tuners were only available as micro chips, which had to be 
physically installed into the engine control circuitry.  For this 
reason, engine tuners are still referred to as "chips", and 
vehicles modified with a tuner as "chipped".  

Before considering a tuner for your vehicle, please read the 
WARNINGS in the "Fuel Consumption" section of "Large RV-Towing 
Truck Issues": http://tinyurl.com/c4qvm

Older RV's may not be permitted in some parks

Before buying an older recreational vehicle, be aware that some 
private parks have an age cutoff for the RV's they allow.  When 
you call to make a reservation, park staff often ask what year 
model is your RV.  For many private parks, the cutoff is 10 to 15 
years old.  

The reason for the age limit is to maintain park aesthetics.  
Because of this, park managers may be willing to make exceptions 
for older RV's kept in good condition.  The inverse is also 
true--a newer RV that looks shabby may be unwelcome.  

Enforcement of the age limit varies by park and season.  Better 
maintained parks are more selective about the rigs they allow.  
On the other hand, parks tend to be more lenient during the slow 

To our knowledge, public parks have no RV age restrictions.

Complete RV FAQ's & Tips:

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