RV/Motorcycle Trip

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Dan R, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Dan R

    Dan R Been here awhile

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    Hello,


    I just recently found this site, and have been reading non-stop for weeks. I currenly live in Ontario (Canada, not California) and have been dreaming about selling everything, and moving onto the road.

    I'm not sure if this is the right section, but do any of you travel with a motorhome (I'm thinking ~20-24ft Class C) and a bike. The motorhome would serve as a 'base' and I would use the bike to travel around. I just sold my last bike and am in the process of shopping, I am seriously considering a supermoto setup (one of the problems I can forsee is getting the bike into/out of the RV - I would prefer not to tow a trailer, I am looking for a bike-friendly layout, and I'm sure the door will need some modifications) mainly for the small size and moderate off-road ability. Are there any ride reports with a similar setup? Anyone have any thoughts? It will be just me travelling, so I don't need a huge toy hauler RV (budget ~20k for RV), but would like something comfortable enough to live in.

    In my dreams, I travel the Canada/US/Mexico working odd jobs here and there, but not settling down too long.
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  2. Dan R

    Dan R Been here awhile

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    Thanks Geode,

    Anyone else?


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  3. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

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    Welcome to the asylum, Dan.:wave

    I'm doing that in a Lazy Daze class "C" with a Super Sherpa on the back on a rack.
    I find an area I want to be in for awhile, park the RV, unload the bike to explore.

    Currently in N. Arizona boondocking (free camping) in the Kaibab national forest.

    If you don't move around too much, the RV lifestyle is good, fuel prices these days make it too expensive to cover much ground.

    Let me know if I can answer any questions?

    Here is a couple of pics of my setup.
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  4. SeanF

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    Hi Dan-

    I live in a converted school bus, bouncing around the 4-corners states of the southwestern USA. Been doing this for nearly 2 years. Here's home:
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    That's southern Arizona, near Mexico. Currently I'm in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
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    More details on the conversion and travels here.

    There are a few more full-time RVers kicking around the ADV forums. There are lots of forums where you can learn about the day-to-day realities of full-timing, such as finances, communications, etc. Escapees is one, though bear in mind that most of the participants there are from the senior/retired set, so they may have different concerns and priorities. Lots of helpful info for the beginner Rver.
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  5. Dan R

    Dan R Been here awhile

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    Thanks again for the replies.

    I'm not a stranger to the RV'ing 'lifestyle', I've had a travel trailer for 3 years, but have never come close to fulltiming, though it has helped me understand the problems that I may encounter.

    Those are two nice looking setups, anything you guys/girls would have done differently?
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  6. SeanF

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    Yeah, I should have started doing it sooner. :deal
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  7. FYRMAN

    FYRMAN Adventurer

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    Amen!
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  8. jgreer

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    :thumb nice set up. How much power you draw with all the solar/wind stuff. I have a 30' fith wheeel toy hauler I live and work out of. All the comforts of home and if you don't like where your park you can always move. I have the sprint pcs card for internet and has work flawlessly for two years with pretty quik upload/download times.

    Lots of luck Josh
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  9. SeanF

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    Thanks Josh. There are 4 x 120 watt panels, and the wind turbine puts out 400 watts at peak (~30mph wind @ sea level), and starts generating at about 7mph. I have 4 x Trojan L16H batteries, each rated at 420AH @ 6 volts, wired in series/parallel for 12 volts. Power has yet to be a problem....but then all of the lighting is LED, there's no microwave or other major electrical draws other than fridge and computer(s).

    I've been curious about the aircards for internet. Roughly what up/down speeds have you experienced?

    I'm liking the mobile life. How long have you been at it? Any pics to share? :ear

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    manganos Let me pontificate.

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  11. SeanF

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    Thx for the link. :freaky
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  12. dalej

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    Another good site to learn about different rv's and the lifestyle is rv.net
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  13. BearII

    BearII No, it's not complicated

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    Hi Dan,

    Have you considered a toy hauler version? They make them as Class C's, trailers and fifth wheels. I bought a small 16' toy hauler trailer that I tow behind my truck. It doesn't have much, two beds, sink, frig, some storage but with the beds up I can get both my wife's F650GS and my R1200GS ADV in there no sweat.

    I like the set up for low cost and convenience. I use a Nissan Titan to tow it which makes maintenance easy. One thing to remember with Class C's is that if you have a problem your home is in the garage and you're on the street. Of course, that's not a big problem, you can just take off on your bike and campout for a few days while it gets fixed. But for some folks it is a concern.

    Eventually when we are truly full-timing we want to go with a fifth wheel toy hauler, but for now this is a sweet way to spend several months on the road.

    Check out this website: www.rv-dreams.com. This couple is pretty cool, in their early forties they decided the rat race was not for them, bailed on the corporate jobs, sold everything and hit the road full time. Of course, their approach is stricly fifth wheel (no motorcycles) but the guys web site will definitely give you all the detail you need to think about to do it yourself including budgets, planning for medical, vehicle, life insurance, etc., etc.

    Good luck!
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  14. northidaho

    northidaho high side slide ride

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    My wife and I are about to pull the trigger on a new Holiday Rambler Black Diamond toy hauler. I have 4 dirt bikes that I want to pull around and occationally my vstrom. I cant full time yet but it sure seems fun. Does any one have one of these rigs or one similar that can impart some info? Dont mean to high jack just want to keep the info going on this thread.
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  15. yiet

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    This is a bit of a thread hi-jack and my apologies in advance. My wife and I are planning to do something similar starting this winter. But instead of spending money on the RV we are planning to pick 3 or 4 southern USA destinations with good year round riding and then take a monthly vacation home rental. I'll take my 07 GSA and a vehicle (for her) down in late fall and ride back in spring probably covering the four corners. Are there any recommendations from you experienced RVers or others living down south about the best locations to use as an operations base for touring and exploring the south of USA and north of Mexico?

    PS If this doesn't work out well, I'll take the RV option.
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  16. EdOriginal

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    A great place to buy an RV is Montana, no sales tax. The RV Dealer I bought a Class C from 3 years ago also gives you FREE storage/parking in their fenced/secure/guarded lot, as long as you own the RV...great benefit...they stored mine all winter last year, Free...even have a webcam so you can see the RV lot from anywhere in the world on your computer screen. They also have 4 or 5 free full hookup campsites at the dealership (first come first served) I left the RV based in Montana for 2 yrs as I took in trips to Alaska, then 5,000+ mile trips around Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming...taking the RV back to storage in Montana after each trip.

    I also have a Honda Element I do the same thing in on short trips. The Element's rear seats come out and is exactly long enough for an air mattress for sleeping.

    On both the RV and Element I haul a 4x8 trailer with built in ramp for either 1150GS or KLR, or both. Plus have a rack built above the trailer to haul a canoe on the trailer, works great 2 bikes and a canoe. I sometimes haul both bikes depending on type of riding to do. I'm hoping to sell both bikes and get an F800GS to cover both bases. I also have a trailer hitch carrier for the RV to carry a 500 lb or less dualsport. Hitch carrier is work to load and unload so I prefer the trailer. I have never had an issue pulling a trailer with the RV, just have to be careful in fast food or Walmart parking lots. FYI Walmart lets you park an RV for free over night, but not services. I carry battery powered lights to read and do not miss the TV but do stop at RV parks every 2 or 3 days, to get water and dump station.

    I looked at RV's for several months...and am glad I bought the 24' Class C RV. 12 mpg all the way to AK is not bad. Class A or B is too long for me, anything bigger than a Class B will take two parking stalls in a parking lot, and can be a hassle for "my"needs. My camping buddy takes an hour to set up and level and I take 5 minutes at the most. For ME a 5th wheel would be a pain to haul around/backup for any long trips. Plus you have to have roughly a $30,000 pickup truck, in my case a pickup would just be for the 5th Wheel. To me a 5th Wheel would be good for long term living in, but that's not what I wanted anytime I'm in the RV I'm on a trip.

    Also a really good deal is the little trailers (15, 20, 30 fott long) one passed me in Alaska last week pulling a 17' trailer with a 4 cyclinder Honda Elements... saw several on the way to Alaska with dualsports in the pickup bed...also keep in mind a trailer or 5th wheel gives you the freedom of having a vehicle for mobility...in a small remote town or backwood dirt road.

    Moving South question: I'm in Atlanta, you have to be in South GA or Al (or better yet south Florida) to get away from the cold winters. Southern Arizona, etc might work.

    Negatives: You will probably go steer crazy living in a Class C after a Month. Most people living full time in RV prefer Class A or 5th wheel.,,,and as mentioned above they have their issues. But being single a Class C would probably work for you.

    Highly recommend...get the push-outs if it is in your budget. Gives so much more space...for TV, sleeping and dining. Look at used RV's there are great deals available...due to gas prices. But remember a fill-up in a Class B is approaching $200.00.

    What I do is take a direct line course like from Atlanta to Billings, Montana but do 7 or 8 side trips on 2 wheels along the way. (Check out gyphy's ride report that is currently quite popular.) I may head back to the RV or stay in a $39 motel on a long two wheel trip. I have left the RV in a Walmart or Sams remote parking space a couple of times while I was on a motorcycle trip but a couple of times paid a campsite just a parking charge, usually $10.00 if they have space available.

    I have had a trip planned with 3 other riders, where we take turns paying for gas, campsites, driving, and take turns for 2 wheel days. But have not pulled it off yet...but still working on it. One person drives the base RV while everyone else rides and meets up at the end of the day. RV gets 12 mpg at 55 mph but 9 mpg at 70 mph, really makes a difference.

    Also, I have a friends who selling's advertising for a MAJOR magazine and does everything out of his RV and cell phone on the road in Montana. If he has to fly he parks his Class C and catches a flight.

    PM me if you want the name of the RV Dealer in Montana, or have other questions.

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    We spend winters in our little old 5th wheel trailer which we tow behind our old F350 diesel. The trailer has been modified to carry a Super Sherpa under the front and another on the back.

    Last winter we left before Thanksgiving and got back to NY state in mid April. Basically went down I-81 and then off to TX, and then across the SW along the border all the way to LA with two stops in Mexico. On the way back we we routed a little north so we could do Canyon De Chelly and Santa Fe, etc. I was a truly wonderful experience. Very nice people all along the way.

    We never had a cabin fever problem in our little unit because we were out doing the tourist thing or whatever most of the time.

    I had hoped to do alot of hook ups with Adv'rs and do some riding, but for the most part that was unsuccessful - except for a wonderful day ride with Choppercopper in the mountains east of Phoenix.

    Even last year it was a lot cheaper to stop (even in RV parks) than it was to move. This year it will be twice as bad, so we're thinking of limiting our travel to go no further west than Big Bend, TX.

    Lots of places have free WIFI, and electrical hookups were common. Dump stations were frequent enough so it was never a problem. We have generator, but never used it. If we go west again we'll spend a good deal of time on BLM land and will use the generator.

    Until you've RVd it, you might not know that you can stop for the night at most Walmarts - which is very convenient when you're doing the slab from one place to another. Another free stop is at Flying J truck stops which have separate RV parking, dump stations, and propane.

    If we decide to really commit to the lifestyle, we'll go for lots of solar and a wind turbine.

    Last year was the best winter I've ever had.
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    rjzinc The World is My Home

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    I'm looking to downsize the RV and get some better gas mileage with the M-B diesel....


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