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RE: What Do You Do Without A Permanent Mailing Address?

If your wife is planning on needing health care outside of California, and you don't want to pay for it out of pocket, make sure you get a PPO rather than an HMO. Most HMOs won't cover you out of state except in an emergency. The best state for health insurance prices last year, that also allows one to have a PO box address, is Florida. The exchange offers PPOs and slightly better prices. However, what ever state you choose, you need to establish residency. That includes registering your vehicles and getting new driver's licenses. It may be the case, if you have any ties to California, that it is easier just to keep your residency there. Then you don't need to change your driver's licenses, registration, and health insurance. You can still, however, have a Florida, Texas, or any other state, mailing address. Your health insurance is not tied to your mailing address; it is tied to your residency. For our first year full timing, our residency was Maryland for health insurance reasons but our mailing address was in Florida.
dahkota 10/17/17 04:33am Beginning RVing
RE: From 5er to class A, why?

MH arrival at site process: Press Auto Level Press slide out extends Turn off engine Press SATV dish to "on" Open residential fridge for cold beer and relax in A/C comfort Attach utilities when desired This is our procedure in our MH also. Takes all of three minutes. For those that have problems with toweds, ours takes 3 minutes for two to hook up and 3 minutes for one to unhook it. Usually, DH goes to the office for our reservations and I unhook the jeep. I'm always done before he is. If it takes you longer, it is your towing setup. We had a tt for the first 6 months of full timing then switched to a Class A for the last three years. We probably wouldn't still be FT if we still had a tt or a 5er. It is entirely too much work for as much as we move.
dahkota 10/11/17 02:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Walmart and other free camping

We have overnighted dozens of times over the last three and half years of full timing. Our first choice is typically casinos - they often have a restaurant. Our second choice is rest areas - we've never seen a prostitute or drug dealer in the dozens we have been to. We also have never been kicked out of one. North Carolina has some great ones. Our third choice is Cabela's - they can get busy but are typically clean and quiet Our fourth choice is walmart - they are ok but can be loud and sometimes the people hanging out there leave a lot to be desired. Our fifth choice is truck stops - we look for ones with RV parking. Loves, T/A, and Pilot all have apps that describe their stores. Best of luck and enjoy the trip!
dahkota 09/14/17 11:53am Beginning RVing
RE: Fall colors - East Coast

Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive Blue Ridge Parkway
dahkota 08/31/17 07:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cell phone signal booster

We use a wilson sleek we've had for about 4 years. We are considering switching to one of their whole house boosters but haven't made the jump as the sleek does what we need.
dahkota 08/31/17 07:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Road Construction

Google maps is pretty good. Turn on traffic alerts.
dahkota 08/06/17 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class A or Class C?

We decided on an A for the following reasons: more fuel storage more water storage more gray and black storage more propane storage more cargo capacity less claustrophobic with big front window and usable front seats wider and taller inside
dahkota 08/06/17 04:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Any towing difference between 8' or 8.5' width?

We don't tow an 8'6" trailer but we drive a 8'6" wide class A. We have to pay more attention at toll booths, narrow bridges, construction zones, and tight city streets. In some places, the roads are only 9' wide; not a lot of play there. But in three years of fulltiming, we haven't hit anything yet. Oh, and narrow, twisty back roads with no shoulders and a 55 mph speed limit are very testing, especially with speeding on-coming cars.
dahkota 08/06/17 04:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Montana and Wyoming help

Go up through Idaho into the Bitterroots. Try Gallup, Moab, Salt Lake City to head north. In Idaho, hit Craters of the Moon NP then Stanley Idaho for amazing views of the Sawtooths. From there, head north through the Bitterroots to Missoula, MT. Or try a little further east and hit Ennis and Virginia City on your way to Butte.
dahkota 08/06/17 04:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: What do you cooked in your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Spaghetti sauce, chili, pulled pork, chicken for soup, bean soup, beef stew. Meat works well if you don't have to worry about the texture like in chicken salad or pulled pork. I tried ribs and they tasted great but the texture was off until I stuck them in the oven for 20 minutes to crisp up. The instant pot is especially good for broth. Drop a whole chicken in, add a cup of water and seasoning,cook for 35 minutes. Pull out the chicken and use it for chicken salad. Throw in some noodles and veges and cook for 10 minutes more for some great soup. Sometimes I throw in 6 chicken breasts, cook them, then refrigerate them. I use them during the week for various meals after slicing them and throwing them in the frying pan to brown: tacos, Caesar salad, fajitas, chicken Alfredo, etc. Good luck! It makes cooking easier but only makes some things better.
dahkota 07/31/17 08:17pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: nj to sc

Do you want the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which is just outside of Annapolis? Or do you want the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel? Directions provided by geneeich
dahkota 07/29/17 06:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Wash.DC in 25' Class'A'?

You could tour the city at night though I wouldn't go walking around. The city is pretty at night and the traffic is much less - there are even places to park. During the day it isn't worth trying. You're too tall for the parking garages and too long for the parking spaces. Take metro - its much easier.
dahkota 07/29/17 05:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Kentucky Bourbon Trail - best campground

We stayed in Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
dahkota 04/24/17 03:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Convection oven recipes?

We use our Whirlpool convection microwave everyday, just like a normal oven. Not sure if it is because it is a microwave or not but, unlike my s&b gas convection oven, I do not adjust temperature or time. We bake bread, pizza, cookies, cakes, you name it and it all comes out perfectly, unlike a regular RV oven. I also use it to make dinner - lasagna, mac and cheese, meatloaf, chicken, pork loin, etc. I cook things just like in the oven at home. The only difference is the size (no turkeys) and no broiler (no seafood). Otherwise, it is the same. Enjoy the new toy!
dahkota 04/23/17 04:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Fort Clinch State Park

We've stayed Riverside and Beachside in a 34' class A. Some of the sites can be tight but if Reserve America says you'll fit, you'll fit. Your tow vehicle may have to squish in... Some sites are oddly configured so look at the pics at any site you are considering. Oh, at Riverside in Fort Clinch, I wouldn't try the 32' site booking unless you really want to wedge yourself in there. The whole campground is like being in a jungle and there really aren't rear overhang areas in many sites.
dahkota 03/31/17 01:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New (maybe) Class A owner and Jeep JK

Thank you for the info. I remember seeing something about the Mopar wiring harness when I purchased the Jeep. Where does this install on the Jeep? In the engine compartment. One end sticks out of the front of the jeep, the other end is routed to under the passenger side dash. Here is a write up. We had it installed when the bumper and winch were installed. Not sure if our jeep mechanic did all those steps. In fact, I doubt it, because the install of the harness, winch, and bumper took six hours total.
dahkota 02/08/17 11:27am Dinghy Towing
RE: New (maybe) Class A owner and Jeep JK

We pull our 2015 Wrangler with a Ready Brute Elite. It is a tow bar and surge brake in an easy to connect package. We have driven 40K miles with this set up without a problem. It takes one person less than five minutes to hook or unhook. Two can do it in two minutes. To connect the tow bar to the Jeep, we installed a custom bumper(Rockhard)instead of adding a base plate. Using the custom bumper instead of the baseplate allows us greater ground clearance, a level towing hook-up, and space for a winch on our jeep. We also use a Mopar Wiring harness(Part #82211156AB) to have working lights on the jeep. Our A is a 34' Bounder with a 5K towing capacity. It is a 22K F53 chassis. It has no problem at all pulling the jeep, even on grades as high as 15 percent. The only time we feared not getting up a hill was on the Dalton Highway. We really like our set up and wouldn't change any component. Good luck with your new adventure!
dahkota 02/08/17 11:04am Dinghy Towing
RE: Recreation.gov and FireFox problem

No problem with Windows 8.1 and Firefox 50.1.0
dahkota 01/30/17 07:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Eclipse 2017

Just an FYI, Federal campgrounds typically allow bookings beginning 6 months in advance. Right now, one can only book through July so all of August is open but not yet bookable.
dahkota 01/30/17 07:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: National Park Vacations might not Happen in 2017

Not disputing anything you have written, but my understanding this is a hiring freeze. Employees already working are not under this? Yes, but most National Parks hire seasonals for the summer months.
dahkota 01/30/17 07:24pm Truck Campers
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