Class A RV Map

I’ve come across this map a few times now.

It started life as a thread on the iRV2 Newmar Owner’s Forum. A very long and, at times, somewhat controversial thread that is now over 40 pages.

The premise of the thread was for Newmar owners to share their experiences at RV parks that were Class A restricted and RV parks that were well suited for Class A rigs.

People look for different experiences when they go out with their rigs. We have stayed at all sorts of different places: driveways, fields, KOAs, casinos, parking lots, rustic RV parks and luxury Class A restricted RV parks. We enjoy the Class A parks when we are staying in one place for a month or longer.

The Class A RV Map page, to the extent that it will continue to be maintained, is another resource we will use when looking for an RV park that offers a good experience for Class A rigs. It differs somewhat from the US RV Big Rigs site. That site is a commercial undertaking and you have to pay to get access to their data. We have their book and, for the most part, we use the book and the site to see if our rig will fit in a particular campground. And, of course, there is always RV Park Reviews. Like many crowdsourced review sites, you have to use a bit of discernment when reading through the comments.

The folks behind the Class A RV Map produced this video which provides more insight into their volunteer effort.

Newmar For The Win

Newmar Dutch Stars reign supreme at the Myakka River Class A Motorcoach Resort. There are 80 coaches on site right now. 25 of the coaches are Newmar coaches, almost a third of the total. And 10 of the 25 coaches are Dutch Stars. Of the 10 Dutch Stars, 9 of them are less than 4 years old. The oldest Newmar is a beautiful 2008 London Aire. There is but one King Aire, one Essex, a few London Aires and Mountain Aires, several Ventanas and a couple of Newmar gassers.

There are two Prevost coaches and two Newell coaches. A dozen or so Tiffin and Entegra coaches. And then an assortment of Class A coaches from American Coach, Monaco, Beaver, Holiday Rambler, et. al.

Here is one shot of a gorgeous Beaver coach. Love the gold paint colour.

We are at a smaller resort with only 100 sites but I am still a bit surprised by the concentration of Newmar coaches here.

We are not that far from the largest Newmar dealer in the world, North Trail. Perhaps that might be influencing the number of Newmar coaches here. In talking with the owners, most purchased from North Trail.

We might drop by North Trail over the next week or so and check out some of the new Newmars before the big Tampa RV show in January. We will be at the show but the crowds do make it a bit of a challenge to walk through the coaches.

 

Myakka River Motorcoach Resort

Our front yard. Such incredible views from our coach at Myakka River Motorcoach Resort. We love it here so much that we extended our stay until the end of January. It is quiet, peaceful with a wonderful community of people. With less than 100 sites, it is also an intimate spot. Close to so many services yet tranquil and calm.

Here is where you enter Myakka. Motorcoaches will park and unhook on the far side and register at the main clubhouse.

The clubhouse features some wonderful amenities and a beautiful swimming area.

Each evening we have been rewarded with beautiful sunsets from our site.

Our coach is right at the riverfront. The sites are large and landscaped with good privacy.

There is a boardwalk that spans the front of the resort property.

One path of the boardwalk leads out to a pier.

Here are a few of the coaches on the riverfront sites.

Roughly two-thirds of the sites are owned and many owners have built up their sites with coach houses.

And the inside sites are also very nice with water views and fountains.

We weren’t sure what to expect coming to Myakka. It is a gem in this part of Florida and we are thoroughly enjoying our time here.

Myakka River Motorcoach Resort

Look at them awnings! They stayed put until we wanted them to deploy.

After a long 800km drive — almost 10 hours of continuous driving behind the wheel — we pulled into Myakka River Motorcoach Resort just minutes before closing.

They had a special welcome sign just for us at the check-in. A very nice touch to a stunning resort property. Thrilled that we get to spend a month here.

It was late and I did not have much time to take photos but I did snap a few of our site. We face the river with an incredible view.

More details about the park over the next few days.

Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort

We arrived to Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort late yesterday afternoon. Rain followed us the whole way down.

Lorraine went to the office to register while I unhooked our coach. Much to my dismay, we had “lost” one of our tow bar hitch pins.

We had made one, and only one, stop on our drive down from Mountain Falls. And that was at a Pilot in Bowman, South Carolina. Before I started to fuel the coach, I did a quick circle check to make sure everything was fine with the rig. And it was.

I guess I should have checked again before we left.

There was a pretty rough group of people in the lane beside us in a black pickup truck. They were not at the pump itself, more like twenty feet or so behind it. Outside of my visual range.

I really didn’t think much about them. There are rough people throughout Canada and the United States.

I was shocked to see that a hitch pin had been removed from the tow bar. Fortunately, the main locking pin that attaches the tow bar to the baseplate of the car was still in place. I’d hate to think what might have happened if we had lost that pin as we were travelling.

Our mission later this morning is to find some spare pins before we resume our journey south tomorrow.

Hilton Head looks best at night however I did not have my camera with me when we walked through the park last evening.

I did walk through this morning and here are a few shots to share with you.

This park has a lot of vegetation. Trees provide a canopy over much of the area and the landscaping is well developed. Most of the sites are occupied by Class A rigs. Very few Class B or C rigs. Fifth wheels are not permitted.

Some wonderful rigs like this old Prevost. Hard to make out, but the upper shades read: “Marty’s World”.

And a newer Prevost.

And look who’s here? Ryan from sortofhomeless.com. I’ve followed him for a while. And, since Lorraine and I currently do not have a stick and brick property, we can relate to being sort of homeless. Or, as someone has told us, not homeless, home free.