Lots of place won't let you wash rigs/cars anymore. Often depends upon the local environmental laws. For example, lots of communities now sample run off into storm sewers during rain storms. If oil/grease found and they can track it back and see someone with water running off of a rig into the street that leads to the storm sewer, then there is a violation. Car/truck washes have oil/grease separators to catch that and divert such runoff.
As for kick backs - no different than the places we've seen that say you can't use on board w/d because of their septic systems, all the while having laundry rooms (with money going to park) which empty into same said septic system. And commercial w/d use a lot more water than an onboard system.
Let's see our rig is 13 yrs old and we have no plans to buy a new one. We know her by now and it is cheaper to fix problems than opt for a new one with new bells/whistles (which won't work right for the first year) and huge outlay to do so. So we just keep what we have got until she can no longer run - - which will probably be long after we will be able to still use her.
I don't care if you have a 24' Class C - pull a toad. The process of unhooking is going to get OLD very quickly if you are doing it every day to go see the sights. With a toad, you park the rig and then use that base for sightseeing within a 50-100 mile radius, depending upon your preference. Done, then move on down the road, set up and spend a few days sight seeing, repeat as necessary.
Of course, don't listen to those of us who have been fulltiming for years and have met many, many who said they didn't need a toad - - sure enough within 6 months (or usually less) they are now pulling a toad.
Not only isn't it a county as a whole, it is a zoning issue within a county, etc. And there are some 'clubs' that have set things up that way to avoid some property taxes by having a favorable zoning that only allows for short term stays. It is all in how the particular piece of land is zoned, what covenants are in place for the area, how it is taxes, how it is incorporated, etc. And this happens all over the country in various degrees.
I think the genesis of this rumor might be the camping clubs like Port Susan in Marysville. They limit how long you can live there, so folks buy another site and put something on it.
There is also a park outside of Concrete that is a 'camping club' with the same restriction. It has to do with how the 'club' is set up and how the property is managed in terms of zoning/taxes/etc.
Please, please rethink this schedule that you have. You're setting yourself up to fail. We always have a general 'we will get to such & such during the next 6 months' but that's it. Heavens, we haven't decided where we are going next week yet. Might just stay here another week.
I'm pretty sure it's propane only. I have an 06 Fleetwood pioneer. I don't see any way to use electric heating on it.
By '06 most were dual source for heating water. Take the cover off and get the model number & check.
If you are running off propane, then the water heater will not affect your electric bill.
But the question is - are you paying a separate electric bill ?
If you have full hookups and the price you pay includes all electric, then it will be cheaper for you to run your water heater on electric because there is no additional cost. If the price does not include electric, then it might be cheaper to run on propane.
Unless OPs is propane only.............hummmmmmmmmmm
If the OP doesn't have electric heating possible, they need to look at an optional electrical heating element (such as this) because if one is already paying for electrical as part of the site cost it doesn't make any sense to use propane.
it seems there is mixed reviews. A few questions. If mine runs off propane then why would I worry about my electric bill? I'm not at a campground so there are no facilities but I do have full hook up. It seems like if I use my shower every day it would be more effecient to leave it on and have it cycle on a few times a day for a few minutes to maintain heat than 20 minutes from cold every time. If I'm going to be gone more than a day I'll turn it off. But for now I'll try leaving it on and see how often it kicks on in a day.
Water heaters are notoriously inefficient on propane, so depending upon costs, it might be cheaper to use electricity. Plus no hassle of getting propane. Ours is always on electric, have used it less tha 2 days a year on propane because we don't boondock.
How well does any of those services work if you are moving very often and not sure where you'll be in two weeks. Can these services hold your mail for several weeks while you figure out where you'll be? Likewise, will a post office in the little town I may be head to, hold mail for weeks at at time? Unfortunately, we are adrift in junk mail that we don't want.
We will HAVE to decide on this in the next week or so as move out is May 29th.
We never get any third class mail - it is all shredded by our mail service (Escapees) so we never see it. Yes, we pay a little extra more, but we don't pay to have it shipped to us, plus it just makes everything easier for us.
We normally request mail about every 3 weeks - most everything is done online. Often we request mail when we know that our medication refills have been received in Livingston. Part of our mail service is I get an email telling me whenever they receive a package for us - in this case our medications. Then I request that the mail be sent, by Priority Mail, to General Delivery at whatever small town is near us for the coming week. I get an email with the tracking number for the package and track the package as it moves across the country. 2-3 days later, when I check it will show the package at the PO. I make sure I have the tracking number on my iPhone and go into the PO. A couple of time they will say, no we don't have anything for you, I pull up the tracking number, click on it, and it shows it delivered at the PO - - sure enough there it is, and after a red faced "ah, ah", I'm on my way. They are suppose to hold General Delivery mail for 30 days, but I wouldn't depend upon that. We just make sure we are going to be in one place for a week and have it sent. Haven't had any problems in 9 years of fulltiming.
Am posting here because replacement toilet priorities may be different between full time RV'ers and part time or vacationers.
We have an older rig that has had issues with the toilet since we bought it. Our current unit is a Sealand Traveler, various parts have leaked. We have had them repaired but getting tired of it and looking to replace it with a good quality unit.
We just spent yesterday replacing the ball, upper seals, spring cartridge, water valve, and flexible floor seal on ours, same model. Tedious job and took about 3 hours of our labor. If I had to do it over again, I'd buy the already assembled lower unit instead of the various pieces. Don't want an electrical one - just one more electrical thing to develop gremlins. :E
Why do you want to keep your Maryland driver's license? What state do you plan on making your domicile (register your vehicles, have driver's licenses, vote, etc.)? Usually people set up an LLC to avoid the sales tax on more expensive units not just paying registration fees.
Please don't take this the wrong way, but if you have already decided that you are going to 'fulltime for a year' you will find yourself in vacation mode the whole year and at the end you will be exhausted, you will both say it wasn't for you, and you will no longer go on the road. You are setting yourself up for failure. It takes 2-3 years just to get the bugs worked out and settle into a comfortable style of traveling. If your wife is already putting up road blocks she is letting you know that she doesn't want to do this and at the end of the year you will be back in that house. Plus, because you only have a year, you will have rushed around and won't have seen as much as you want. Better off to try just snow birding for a year or two and then see if you want to full time.
this is a question my wife ask . so how long on average do fulltimers keep there rigs before tradeing it in another one. looking to fulltime soon
We purchased our rig in 2005 - still have it and have no intention of purchasing a replacement. We now know her quirks, and when something goes wrong, still cheaper to repair than to purchase another unit for the few remaining years we will physically be able to handle a Class A.
Just wondering, for those that "invest" the old S&B profits for an exit plan. Where did you "invest?"
We've had a bull market for seven years now, but that can't go on forever. Interest rates are next to nothing, so what is the plan to make sure you still have some buying power when you come off the road.
We use Vanguard, very happy with the diverse investment funds they have, their low fees, and how well the funds have done even through the crash.
Last fall we came to the decision that since we always spend the winter in Mesa we would look at a park model (used) in a park we liked as a winter home and a 'just in case' something happens to one of us or the rig, we have somewhere to go to. We purchased in October and got a great deal because we could pay cash and the previous owner wanted out. It isn't our forever home, but for now it is our winter place where we can spread out a little. Then come spring, we hit the road by April 15th. We've already put 2000 miles on the coach since we left April 13th. Looking forward to our summer of exploring and hope to be back in the Mesa area by the end of October.
A small but growing number of our RV friends are using their Southern home as a base and visiting up North in the summer. See any disadvantages to this? I am already spending almost seven months in the South, so I am not too far from making the conversion myself.
We have full timed for the past 9 years and decided it was time to have a home base. When we looked at which season allowed the most travel, it is summer. Winter only has a few places (S. California, Arizona, Southern Texas, Gulf Coast, Florida) to go, and since we were already spending the winters in Mesa, AZ, it was a no brainer to look for a park model for our winters and then the spring-summer-fall we travel around the rest of the country.
Why a 5th wheel? Have you done a lot of RVing before? If not, what made you decide on a 5th wheel.
We have full timed for 9 years. And we found that we always spend the winter in Arizona (Phoenix area) and then explore the rest of the country during the spring, summer, & fall. Didn't like Florida or south Texas and S. California gets pretty expensive.
This past fall we decided that we would get a park model for the winter, when we really don't move much, and then travel in the MH the rest of the year. Having a PM in Michigan will mean you have limited your chances of seeing the rest of the country during the summer. When you can no longer travel do you want to end up back in Michigan? You may want to rethink where to have a PM as well.
I'd be very leery of the 'health share' type of coverage. Make sure you know what happens if someone has a heart attack and requires 3-4 bypasses or is diagnosed with cancer requiring surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. You will approach ½ million rather quickly. Unless there is some form of underwriting for this type of thing, the whole arrangement could go south very, very fast.