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RE: BCBS of Texas to drop individual PPO plans in 2016

Interesting. When shopping for Domicile states last year, we noted that Texas BCBS silver PPO plans were more than double what we paid in our own state. So we are not domiciled in Texas, which would have been the easiest. I'm left wondering if it is bad management by BCBS Texas, really high medical charges in Texas, or general poor health of Texans.
dahkota 07/30/15 10:15am Full-time RVing
RE: Dish and Winegard PathwayX2

stupid double post.
dahkota 07/28/15 08:56am Technology Corner
RE: Dish and Winegard PathwayX2

The receiver powers the antenna, so that may be the case. I'm fairly certain mine doesn't do that. In fact I believe it continues to track the sat's even when off. Now if your power is completely off, ie the unit is unplugged, then you would need to reset the entire thing. Same with ours. If power is completely disconnected from the dish, it has to start over. If we turn off the receiver but the dish still gets power, it continues to track and update.
dahkota 07/28/15 08:55am Technology Corner
RE: Seriously considering 2012 FW 40g

The front leveler was not needed to level the coach. Sometimes my front ones don't come down if front high, sometimes the back ones don't come down if rear high. It all depends on the levelness of the ground I am on.
dahkota 07/26/15 09:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Avoiding information overload while full time traveling

Apps? Naw, stop at the local tourist office and ask questions. Same for park staff or camp hosts. I love informing visitors about sites to see in the area. It gives me a chance to interact with lots of interesting people This. Works better than any app. Welcome centers are a great place to figure out what you want to see or where you want to go. No tech involved. National Park, Forest, State Park, etc. visitor centers and staff are great resources for camping and boondocking. Local knowledge is usually your best bet. Park staff and camp hosts will know events, best places to eat/shop, and what to do. A local paper is also a good bet for events and happenings in the area.
dahkota 07/25/15 11:07pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Home Base

We held onto our home and rented it out for the first six months. Then we sold it. We knew, all along that we didn't want to live there if we ever came back. If I had my choice, we would have sold it before we left. DH wanted it just in case. It is easier without the s&b. Someday, we may buy another but it won't be where we were living.
dahkota 07/17/15 11:52am Full-time RVing
RE: Difference in finding camp spot or towing w/ 28' v 30 v 32'?

Our 27RLS was 32' long. Our previous tt, a 22FB, was 24' long. That 8' made a huge difference to us. There were less campsites we could fit into, making us have to book further in advance if we wanted specific campgrounds. Some of our favorite campgrounds we could no longer get in to at all. But, we prefer forest service sites and alternatively frequent State and Federal campgrounds. We rarely ever used private campground which, from what we hear, have no problem with lengths. We are now 34' long. It limits the number of sites we can get into and sometimes it completely eliminates campgrounds. But again, these are public campgrounds, not private ones. Other people seem to have no problem but I think it really depends on where you camp.
dahkota 07/16/15 11:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: 50 Hidden Gems Across America

I got to the second entry, Alaska, where they spelled Knik incorrectly. If they don't have time to edit, I don't have time to read. How am I going to look up places without the correct spelling?
dahkota 07/16/15 09:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Meadows on Skyline Drive

E180 is the best site. E185 is really slanted. Don't remember about E186 but most sites on that side are kinda unlevel in one direction or another. Beautiful campground, particularly the ones on that end that overlook the valley and the Appalachian Trail. The food at the lodge is pretty good but it is REALLY crowded in October.
dahkota 07/15/15 07:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jay Flight vs Snow River

If I was only going to use it for occasional weekend trips and a week or so vacation, I would buy the Jayco and use the $7K to pay for the trips. If I was going to use it during the shoulder seasons and camp a lot more often and a lot longer, I would get the Snow River.
dahkota 07/15/15 02:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing a rig

Just an FYI - there are many places around the west where one can RV comfortably during the winter and ski. For example, one can live in or around Phoenix and ski in Flagstaff. You might consider warm places a couple of hours from ski areas rather than cold weather places that would be rough to live in in an RV.
dahkota 07/15/15 11:09am Full-time RVing
RE: Any Regrets For Starting Extended Travel Early?

We started early - at 47 last year. I can't imagine doing the things I am doing now at 68. We could have had more money had we waited but we could have also been dead by then. I wouldn't trade my current full time life for more money and security. We have been lucky - our 457s are bigger now than they were when we started over a year and a half ago, even though we have been drawing them down for living expenses. If the market suddenly crashed and we started tapping our reserve fund, we could always start working again. Since we have downsized so much, even minimum wage jobs would be enough to live on in the right climate. Nope, don't regret it for a minute. There is always a job somewhere if we need one. And there are plenty of fulltimers in their 20s and 30s who work and RV.
dahkota 07/14/15 08:39pm Full-time RVing
RE: Options between stops - SE USA

We have stayed quite a few times in rest stops in Florida and SC and prefer them to Walmarts. We will stay in truck stops IF they have a separate RV area - we don't like taking truck stop spaces from truckers. We stayed at a Walmart once in South Carolina - our last time. It was a teen gathering place as well as the local 'hot rod' club hangout. There is less noise, commotion, and action at rest areas.
dahkota 07/14/15 08:08pm Full-time RVing
RE: toilet height

We used a three inch riser like the amazon link. We had no problems with the foot pedal or anything else - worked just like normal. We got it at the dealer who sold us the trailer.
dahkota 07/14/15 07:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why do People run AC with doors and windows open??

Why do people run the a/c with doors and windows wide open? We do it when we want a fast cool down of the RV, when the temps outside are cooler than inside. This happens when we have been driving for hours or when we have been out and about all day. The RV cools down faster and we have it on less in the long run. We don't leave it running all day when we are gone which is just as wasteful. Our thermostat is set at 76 rather than the typical 71 degrees. More than half of our power consumption is power we make ourselves - through our solar panels (2/3s of our time is spent dry camping). Since we full time, we aren't heating and cooling an additional 2000 sq. ft. house while we are 'camping.' We have a carbon footprint that is less than 1/10 of the average American household. So, before you point fingers at the wastefulness of others, please check yourself first.
dahkota 07/14/15 09:50am Tech Issues
RE: On the Cheap in Florida

Escapees has a park in Florida.
dahkota 07/13/15 07:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Comparing Class A Cost To Travel Trailers

Our first six months full-timing was in a Sprinter tt. It was not up to the task. The Sprinter we had was not built for full time living (well, it might be if you don't move it a lot). We have been in our Bounder for ten months now. The difference in build quality is night and day.
dahkota 07/08/15 09:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Black vs White

My last tt had white covers. We were in Phoenix, AZ last June in 110 degree temps. My white shrouded A/Cs couldn't get the temps below 80 either. It is the direct sunlight that is a problem, more than the color of the A/C covers. RVs are tin boxes. Park them in the sun, they get hot fast. We used this to our advantage during the winter.
dahkota 07/08/15 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Air conditioner trips 15 amp breaker

If it worked for a while and now constantly trips, you may have something else - fridge or water heater - also trying to run. Turn off EVERYTHING and try again. If it works, that is your problem. We lived on a 15 AMP outlet for over a month this past summer. A/C worked fine as long as nothing else was on.
dahkota 07/07/15 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: my near disaster

Happened to us in Oregon but with our toad. We disconnected, drove to Auto Parts store, bought a new 7-pin, spliced it to our cable, and have been good to go every since - about 6 thousand miles so far. Took maybe 15 minutes after we had the parts and tools. Much cheaper to do it yourself.
dahkota 07/07/15 08:09pm Travel Trailers
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