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RE: Safety in the RGV

Living in fear is not living. We feel the same way. I'd just stay home if I felt I had to look over my shoulder constantly and eye everyone as a potential mugger.
2gypsies 02/05/16 10:03pm Snowbirds
RE: Lost Alaskan RV Park, Alpine, Texas

That's a long drive to Big Bend. Are you going to do the drive more than once? Big Bend deserves more than one day. Consider staying in the park itself for a better experience.
2gypsies 02/05/16 09:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Safety in the RGV

It's a well-known fact that at most trailheads in the U.S. it's advised not to leave valuable in the vehicle. Again, this is not a RGV problem. Crime is all over the country - and world. Just use common sense.
2gypsies 02/05/16 04:23pm Snowbirds
RE: Let's talk trash

Somebody needs to get a part time job, new hobby or volunteer at a old folks home:):):) With the strange posts, me thinks this full-timer is bored or else is trying to rack up the number of posts he makes. :)
2gypsies 02/05/16 04:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: For those of you that have kids or have already raised kids

I get a little sad when I think about it. My parents managed to take my brother and I on A LOT of major vacations, driving cross country in our 72VW Westfalia. I make a good living, but with the incredible cost of living where I do, the economic downturn, and cost of towing a trailer, we will never be able to take our kids everywhere I have been....... Don't you think your parents had economical difficulties back in their time, too? Yet, they managed vacations. I know my parents were far from having extra money but they scrimped and saved and gave us things that we took for granted. If they didn't have money to buy something they didn't buy it until they could save the money. I think a lot of folks nowadays have priorities screwed up. They think they need all the latest electronics, big homes, expensive cars and think nothing of running up their credit cards. Instead of giving the kids a new phone, put aside the money toward a vacation and leave all electronics at home. Enjoy the time together without interruptions. Just my thoughts......
2gypsies 02/05/16 04:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Eating Out

Full-timers for 16 years - ate out if we received a good recommendation from a local person in a small town. The Mom & Pops are the best. Usually we camp or boondock so we're not close to cities. Breakfasts and BBQ are favorites - no chain restaurants.
2gypsies 02/05/16 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Kitchen slide problems?

Since you're looking at a 2002-2006, I wouldn't worry about it. Anything that could happen would have happened by now and would have gotten repaired.
2gypsies 02/05/16 03:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Hampshire domicile / residency? (No S&B)

Domicile and residency are two different things.
2gypsies 02/04/16 08:21pm Full-time RVing
RE: Annual Budgets?

Kyle86: The first thing you need to do is cut up those credit cards. Once you start using them, especially for large purchases/repairs, you'll never get out of debt. Credit cards are o.k. but only if you pay off the balance every month. Instead of thinking about any kind of travel, take your RV to a larger city, plan to stay long-term (at least a year), both of you get a full-time job and save more money. Save. Save. Save. Good luck!
2gypsies 02/04/16 04:50pm Full-time RVing
RE: Traveling from Seattle to Alaska Early Spring

I don't think you'd enjoy starting your trip in mid-April. The lakes will still be frozen and you could possibly hit snow. A lot of things will not be open for travelers either. We left the 3rd week of May and everything was open and we had great weather. We returned mid-Sept and some campgrounds were closed but enough were open and there are plenty of boondocking spots.
2gypsies 02/04/16 04:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Weather Roulette

One big plus for Arizona is that even if some of the days are cool there is usually that wonderful SUN up there. When we lived in Michigan we didn't see the sun for months.
2gypsies 02/03/16 09:50pm Snowbirds
RE: Taking an RV to Alaska

I think you can tell by now that the drive to Alaska is an easy one IF you take it slow and enjoy the scenery and critters along the highways. Yes, there are construction areas but then, there are those kinds of areas in the lower 48. We did not have any damage to the windshield, our 40' motorhome or the towed Jeep. We bought all new tires in Oregon (no sales tax) before our trip as they were six years old. Go for it!! :)
2gypsies 02/03/16 09:46pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: best way into yellowstone national park

According to my mapping program (Delorme) you have two ways to get to Fishing Bridge and surprisingly, they are both the exact same miles of 1660. Amazing! 1. From Cincinnati take I-74 to I-80/380 to I-35 a short distance to I-90. At Buffalo, WY take 16 rather than 14 (an easier drive to Greybull) then 14 west into Cody and Fishing Bridge. 2. From Cincinnati take I-74 to I-80 to Rawlins, WY. Then pick up 287/26 into Dubois, WY continuing west into Grand Teton Nat'l Park then north to Fishing Bridge. I would highly recommend that you allow a few days in Grand Teton Nat'l Park as it's completely different from Yellowstone in looks and in things to do. If you want hookups, Colter Bay RV is the one. If you can do without hookups both Colter Bay campground (right next door to the RV park) or Gros Ventre campground both have 300 non-reservable sites and if you plan it to get into the area in the morning you will have no problem getting a site. Gros Ventre is our favorite. Since they're both the same distance, you could take one way there and the other way on the return. Be sure to check out the park's web sites. They give lots of good information on what to do, the road information (sometimes there's repair issues), etc. Grand Teton National Park Yellowstone National Park
2gypsies 02/03/16 09:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-20 or I-40 from Alabama to Santa Fe, NM?

It's around 1340 miles either way. Neither will have great scenery - typical interstates. Take your pick.
2gypsies 02/03/16 09:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bellengrath Gardens

If you stay in Gulf Shores, Alabama you can take your car on the short ferry across the bay - a unique and pleasant way to get to the Gardens. By the way, the Gardens are awesome on a night around Christmas - nice decorations.
2gypsies 02/03/16 09:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Forks, Wa campgrounds

For hookups, Forks RV is the one.
2gypsies 02/03/16 09:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How many days each for these NPs?

You didn't state how long of a trip this will be. Naturally, if you're on limited time you'll have to be the judge on how long to stay in each area. Every one of the national parks has a wonderful web site with lots of good information. Check them out. Here is the one for Arches: Arches Nat'l Park The best hiking in these parks are in Bryce and Arches. In Bryce it's like you're walking through a fairyland. In Arches, reserve a spot on the Fiery Furnace ranger-led hike. There's nothing like it that we have seen. You and especially the children would love these. I assume you will not be hiking down the Grand Canyon. That's an overnighter and an extreme hike. However, even walking down the Bright Angel Trail for 1/2 mile or so will give you an altogether perspective of the canyon. The Rim Trail will give you nice views of the canyon as you're walking and you can use the free shuttle to do this trail and get on and off wherever. Capitol Reef has some nice trails but Canyonlands doesn't unless you go south of Arches to the Needles area. Kodachrome? - Bryce is much better. Zion? - good but can be strenuous, even the river trail. Since hiking isn't all your activity, there are other things to do in the immediate area. I feel Arches has the most variety from renting a 4x4 for the trails, taking a night Colorado River boat ride (a short tour), good eating places, a drive up to the LaSal mountain area, and others. Next in line for other things would be Zion. The other parks are fairly remote but all are wonderful! We've been to them time after time and never tire of them. Have a great trip!
2gypsies 02/03/16 08:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Hampshire domicile / residency? (No S&B)

The way I see it is that TX/SD/FL became RV friendly over time. As well, it took RVers to dig in to all of these issues to figure it out. I'm just digging into another state in depth. I looked all over the web for any other discussions on this and none were sufficient for me to feel it was/wasn't a good choice. NH would be very beneficial to add to the list of pro-RV states, if this works out. Ken The Escapees RV Club began in 1978 by a wonderful full-timing couple (we've met them). They have done much for the RVing community, especially full-timers. We've used their mail service for 20 years and became very active members. Check it out: ESCAPEES RV CLUB They have a yearly Escapade (rally) and every year it's in a different location. This year it will be in Vermont so if you're nearby, go there and check it out. Escapade in Vermont
2gypsies 02/03/16 08:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: Mildew in the camper. Ugh!

Sorry for the problems. However, if you really like traveling in a RV consider renting one occasionally. Don't give it up completely. Cabins can be pretty creepy also and we all know how RVers feel about motels.
2gypsies 02/03/16 08:31pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Great Video on Quartzsite

My thoughts exactly. I can't imagine wanting to go there let alone stay there. Well, millions of people can't all be wrong. :) The swap shops can be done in less than a day. The real purpose most folks go there is to hang out with friends and get together with like-minded people. There will be groups with every make of RV out there, sitting around the fire and comparing their goods and bads. There will be groups of geocachers, 4-wheelers, kayakers (the Colorado River is very close), ham radio buffs, hikers, cyclists, family reunions, RC and now drone enthusiasts, etc. We've gone for years. As full-timers we have a group of other full-timers. 185 rigs showed up this year during a 2-week period and they all parked together in one area. There were potlucks, mini seminars on various topics, auctions for charities, cook-offs and approx. 30 other activities. If someone wants to do something it's posted on a whiteboard and it just happens. In the evening there are even travelogs shown on a screen hanging outside on a RV, movies, a huge campfire where folks bring out their musical instruments for a jam session. Going by yourself is not as much fun as meeting up with a group and that's what is mainly done.
2gypsies 02/03/16 08:16pm General RVing Issues
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