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RE: cell reception options

First, ask around your RV park or town and see what they use to get good reception. You could always go to WalMart and get a cheap TracFone. For 3 months, you can get 90 minutes for $20. When you get home, don't use it again. You'll loose any unused minutes but you can re-purchase minutes the next winter. It's cheap enough. Or use it at home until your minutes run out. I'm not sure which is which but some are on the Verizon towers and some on AT&T. Since your Verizon doesn't work you'll probably have to get one using AT&T's towers.
2gypsies 12/18/14 05:24pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Alaska-Spring or fall and why

We've never had problems with bugs in the summer. The big problem is if you get deep into the forests or around lakes.
2gypsies 12/18/14 02:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska-Spring or fall and why

In most cases, you shouldn't plan this as a week or two vacation. It's much too far and costly. If you can, plan to be there a good part of the seasons. I'd recommend crossing the Canadian border around the 3rd week of May if going in spring. If you want to be there for the fall color, plan on starting to head back south no longer than the 3rd week of September.
2gypsies 12/17/14 10:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Idaho campgrounds

It's all about elevation in the mountain states. Keep in mind that Boise is very hot in summer. Ambassador RV in nearby Caldwell is very nice. Twin Falls to Pocatello is another hot area. Hwy 75 north from Twin Falls to Stanley is a lot cooler and a nice drive. The Sawtooths have many great forest service campgrounds. Even our 40' motorhome fit in them. Stanley to Salmon and north to Missoula is a beautiful drive with cool temps and also nice forest service campground all along the river with excellent fishing. Cascade and McCall is a cool temp area but continuing north to Lewiston you'll be getting into hot weather. Then it cools again at Coeur d'Alene/Sandpoint. Idaho is one of our favorite states to tour. Have fun!
2gypsies 12/17/14 10:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Summerizing the S&B

Set your air conditioner at 85 deg or so. Your bill should only be $20/m or around there. Leave your refrigerator on with some bottled water or cans of pop for the cold to zero in on. It's harder on them if you turn it off. Turn off ice maker. Turn off all water. Turn off water heater. Notify local police that you will be leaving for months so they can check the house occasionally. Most areas do this service. Cancel your newspaper. The very best thing you could do is to have someone you can trust to come in once a month and run the dishwasher, garbage disposal, showers to keep the traps full, sinks for same reason. Perhaps your realtor could recommend someone.
2gypsies 12/17/14 09:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for a Cool Place to Camp in AZ during the Summer

I gave you some ideas in your post on the Escapees forum. :) Have you considered sharing them here? Okie Dokie :) Flagstaff and on the Rim (Payson, Show Low, Pinetop and Greer) are the coolest for summer. Flagstaff has slim pickings for RV parks and from driving by all of them, J&H is the best one but we've never stayed there. We stay either at Bonito national forest campground just outside the gate to Sunset Crater or at Pinegrove national forest campground at the south side of Lake Mary, south of Flagstaff. They are good if you want short-term (14 days). There are forest campground all along the Rim drive (Hwy 260) from Payson eastward. Just north of Show Low is Juniper Ridge RV. It's a huge complex with many park models but has a section for just RVers and also owners rent their lots (which is better if you can get one). It's very clean, big lots, has a pool, spa, tennis, pickleball, golf, clubhouse and activities. However, true to it's name is has junipers and very few actual shade trees and it's a little lower in elevation than Show Low so it's warmer - although not hot like the deserts. In Show Low itself is Venture In which is popular and others along Hwy 260. Good luck!
2gypsies 12/17/14 05:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: length

You mentioned you're traveling in the West. We full-timed and traveled solely in the West the past 10 years with our 40' motorhome. Public parks are always our first choice and we never had a hard time finding a spot, including in the major national parks. We also love the forest service campgrounds and boondocking. You just have to do a little more research on campgrounds but there are many good reference materials out there. We've never been turned away from a campground because we couldn't fit. We even use public parks in California but not their state parks. We have found gorgeous forest service sites and county parks in California.
2gypsies 12/17/14 05:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: S&B preperations

Going out for 4 months and having a house to return to is not the same as going out and not having a house to return to. When the house is gone the “security blanket” is gone. If you have an Exit Plan, which btw every full timer 'should' have....there is no need for a security blanket.....such as a house not occupied/leased or rented sitting and costing money with taxes etc. does nothing more than eat into your retirement funds while you are on the road. Most of us Full Timers who do come off the road never go back to their home state. We end up buying a new house and living in the warm state we liked the most while full timing.:W Exactly right. You don't need to keep the house for a 'security blanket'. Sell it; invest the money and when you find that special area to settle down in you'll be good to go. None of our full-timing friends settled in their previous home state. They all traveled for 10+ years and found they liked different things.
2gypsies 12/17/14 05:29pm Full-time RVing
RE: Advice welcome for Newbie

MONTANA LOOKING TO CRACK DOWN ON RV TAX EVASION Just say'n..... This article is because the owner of the LLC garages his RV in Massachusetts and has a home there. That's illegal. That's tax invasion. The OP does NOT have a home anywhere; therefore, LLCs are perfectly legal. Without owning a home you need to register vehicles somewhere. That's the big difference in legal or not. If you own a home somewhere else you better check out your LLC plans very carefully. There are many ways that LLCs are legal.
2gypsies 12/17/14 05:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Looking for a Cool Place to Camp in AZ during the Summer

I gave you some ideas in your post on the Escapees forum. :)
2gypsies 12/16/14 09:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane-Kanab-Page-Cameron

O.K. guys. Here's the Grand Canyon Nat'l Park's website describing the different areas of the park. The EAST end is 26 miles from the Main area. It is reached by traveling on the East Rim Drive (Desert View Drive) and the famous 'Watchtower' is there along with Desert View campground. Yes, it is part of the national park and the views are of the Grand Canyon. We've been there and stayed in the campground. It's a very quiet area compared to the Main Area. The other quiet area is the North Rim. Cameron along Hwy 89 is not part of the national park. You'd have to drive on Hwy 64 west to reach the EAST end of the park. East End of the Grand Canyon Nat'l Park
2gypsies 12/16/14 08:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: I need a reality check

We use Verizon with our Jetpack. We also stayed in the boonies in the West and we got good service. If you're traveling West, Verizon is the one to get. East - don't know. However, definitely don't rely on campground Wifi. It's awful and they don't usually let you do streaming. It's purpose if for email and short surfing. As far as towing a car. It's simple. You pull to your campground site area, disconnect the towed and park it in a empty site or wherever. Back your RV in and park the towed at your site. If the park is small you can also unhook the car at the park entrance, drive and park at your site and walk back to get the car. You can also ask for a pull-through spot and no unhooking until you're parked. It really is not any bother. Just don't think you back your RV with the towed vehicle attached. You can't and shouldn't try. A foot or so, yes, but no further.
2gypsies 12/16/14 08:42pm Full-time RVing
RE: Help deciding between 2 motorhomes

These are the differences I see and by far, the Newmar is the best-looking. It is bright and has gorgeous cabinets. Newmar: LOTS more cabinetry , especially upper cabinets across the whole living/dining area; wonderful hall cabinets/drawers and cabinets/drawers at the foot of the bed. The Excursion doesn't have nearly as many cabinets - none in hallway like Newmar's and none at the foot of the bed. Newmar: Side radiator Newmar: pass through outside storage - The Excursion has shallow storage. Newmar: Table and chairs at curbside/patio side. The Excursion has a booth and many folks find them uncomfortable, especially for a larger person. Newmar: Has a much nicer kitchen with more countertop space. Newmar: Has nice porcelain sinks in kitchen and vanity. Excursion has stainless steel and looks old-fashioned I'd definitely vote for Newmar with it's history of satisfied customers. Plus, we full-timed in one for 10 years with no complaints.
2gypsies 12/16/14 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arches NP

For Arches itself you could do the drives and some easy hikes in 2-3 days. However, there is so much more to do in the immediate area that keeping busy for a longer period would be no problem.
2gypsies 12/16/14 02:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I need a reality check

Here's another great blog site to explore. They retired early in their 40's or 50's, I think, and she has written many awesome blogs on different problems/solutions that young RVers might have. They also love to boondock. Explore every aspect of her blogs. He's also written some financial articles on the blog. We took off in our early 50's and never regretted it. It's a wonderful 'freeing' lifestyle. WheelingIt Blog It sounds like you've done a lot of research and know what you want in life. That's good. I think it would work for you. Good luck!
2gypsies 12/16/14 02:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: PPL Consignment - Great Experience

Our buyer flew in from Florida so obviously he was looking for the 'right' one as there are plenty for sale in Florida. No, they don't leave the hundreds of RVs plugged in and neither do they give a warranty. They do go over the main components thoroughly with the customer and the customer is free to bring in someone else if they choose. The customer had questions of us and we answered. They were satisfied. This is typical with most consignments, I'm sure. Regardless, all we wanted was to sell it and they did. We're happy. There's no sales pressure to the potential customer. We arrived with the motorhome with a price in mind by doing our research. PPL thought it was low so we agreed to up it. Glad we did!
2gypsies 12/16/14 01:43pm Class A Motorhomes
PPL Consignment - Great Experience

Just a FYI: We sold our motorhome within one month at PPL. They were great to work with and we'd highly recommend them. Everyone there was highly personable and helpful. It's a very professional organization.
2gypsies 12/16/14 12:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yosemite valley arrival 12-24 w/ 35' A?

Once a campground is closed they probably won't re-open it so don't rely on that.
2gypsies 12/14/14 09:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: getting cash on the road

We never use debit cards. We use credit cards with protection and get cash back when grocery shopping. We really use very little cash nowadays. Everything is paid with credit card and we have always paid it off in full every month so no interest fees. It's just easier to manage rather than cash. As for as medical insurance, one thing you don't want to do is to domicile in South Dakota if you're not on Medicare yet. There is no country-wide insurance to be had in South Dakota. Go to IRV2.com and look at the full-timing forum for long posts about this problem. Texas or Florida are the states to choose for good medical coverage country-wide. Good luck!
2gypsies 12/14/14 08:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: new life

Congratulations. You made a good choice. We retired early and never regretted it. We volunteered for national and state parks off and on for our 16 years of full-timing. It's an awesome experience. There are many wonderful opportunities out there and you get to choose what you want to do. We've given lighthouse tours, lived on an island, played with the fish at a Fish & Wildlife gig, toured Lake Powell on a houseboat, pulling a speedboat for siteseeing those fascinating coves (yes, while volunteering), walked trails and just chatting with other hikers, and many more wonderful 'jobs'. It gives you a worthwhile feeling to help others to enjoy the parks. You'll love volunteering. It sure beats sitting and watching t.v. all day. I can't believe the two comments made about how awful hosting 'must be'. They didn't even do it. How do they know? It is nothing like they 'imagined'. Volunteers have choices as to the jobs they perform. If they don't like a particular one then don't apply for those kinds of job. There will be others who don't mind doing them. The purpose of volunteering isn't a free campsite. It's helping. Best of luck and have fun in your new lifestyle!
2gypsies 12/14/14 08:47pm RV Lifestyle
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