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RE: When will you start the flight south?

Arrived in Mesa yesterday. Had a really great trip from Santa Clarita to Palm Springs - it rained and the temperature was cool. Then yesterday from Palm Springs to Mesa - never had to turn the AC on, had clouds, some rain, some wind, pleasant trip until with hit I-10 in Phoenix and the usual crash with 20 min delay. Otherwise, a long but easy day. Already had breakfast at Wild Berry this morning - no one in town, the roads are empty. Barb
BarbaraOK 10/06/15 07:17pm Snowbirds
RE: Years full-timing since retirement?

We retired 9 ½ years ago, have slowed down so we only travel during summer months and sit still during winter. Maybe 3-4 more years of summer traveling - just depends upon our health. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/28/15 12:46pm Full-time RVing
RE: First time heading south

There are doctors in Arizona We change our physicians to the Mesa area last winter since we spend the whole winter there and are very happy with the result. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/28/15 12:44pm Snowbirds
RE: First time heading south

Look at the Cal-Am parks in Mesa/Apache Junction. They all have a fall special and you should be able to get October-December for a very reasonable cost and then head out Jan 1st. Where in Washington are you coming from? West side, you could look at going up Highway 101 from LA to Olympia - much less chance of snow. East side, just cross fingers & hope on the way up - though I would still do 101 up in January and hope for the best when you get to Olympia. We expect to be in Mesa next Monday at Val Vista where we spend the winter. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/28/15 09:57am Snowbirds
RE: Advice Please Re San Francisco and LA

Could you give us some specifics are your rig. MH, 5th Wheel, etc. length of rig, route you are taking getting to California, what do you want to see in SF and LA, how much time do you have. How much are you willing to pay for a site. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/17/15 08:41am Snowbirds
RE: This Past Camping Season

Paul, I can't answer that because we don't camp - we RV. Camping is what people do to take a break from their everyday lives, be it a weekend or a 2-week vacation. RVing is when you do when living everyday in an RV. This isn't a break, this is a lifestyle. We made sure we had reservations way ahead for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, so we could just hunker down and let everyone else get their limited vacation time in. Otherwise it was about the same as it has been every other year, just get them as needed. We don't do state/national parks in the summertime since those are always booked solid Thurs-Sunday during the first 2 weeks of January. We never know that far ahead where we will be, so we don't worry. That's why we have membership parks to use. We've been fulltiming 9 years, and this was the strangest summer we've ever spent. We're on the West Coast and have spent more time in HOT, HOT weather in Washington state than I can ever remember and have had smoke in the area for many, many weeks. Sunday morning it looked like a like snow coming down as we moved from Northern Sonoma Valley (Cloverdale) with the smoke & ash coming over from the Valley (Middletown) fire. This is one of our favorite times of the years - kids are back in schools so parks are very quite and the weather is still warm and it is a great time to slowly make our way back to Arizona for the winter. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/15/15 10:15am Full-time RVing
RE: full-timing and credit rating

We keep our Credit Rating high, by using Reward CCs. Hate to carry too much cash for monthly RV Parks and 50gals of fuel at fill-ups. Plus we get Cash Back monthly. We get our cash backs in the form of gift cards for Starbucks and Panera Bread. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/10/15 12:59pm Full-time RVing
RE: 1st Anniversary Reflections as a Full-Time RVer

Wait until you've been out 5 or so years and go back and review your blog post. You will grin at how much you though you knew and realize at how much you hadn't even yet considered. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/08/15 01:09pm Full-time RVing
RE: Wondering how many Canadians cancelling trip south

What you are stating is what is known as "consignment." A doctor does not have to follow those rate structures. They can charge whatever they want and the person will have to come up with the rest. I'm guessing you have extra insurance. Next time you go into the hospital ask only for SS "consignment" rates and see how far you get. It is called assignment. Yes, that is what I'm talking about - and we never have had a problem finding physicians who accept assignment. Our primary care physicians are now in the Mesa, AZ area, where there is a huge senior population and thus they accept Medicare patients. So doesn't matter what they charge, what they get is determined by what Medicare approves - Medicare pays 80% of the approved amount, our supplemental insurance pays the other 20%. The only extra that we pay for is to the ophthalmologist when they give us a new prescription for our glasses. That isn't covered by Medicare (except for the first one after cataract surgery), otherwise we never pay anything. If you think about, most of the specialists who deal with aging patients (like the big bulge called baby boomers) would have a difficult time staying in practice without their Medicare patients. That's why the life span has increased in the US. Opthalmologists, cardiologists, rhuematologists, orthopedists, oncologists, etc. al deal with mostly elderly patients and do fine on Medicare. And all of the hospitals, and their associated clinics, that I know about accept Medicare. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/07/15 10:17am Snowbirds
RE: Wondering how many Canadians cancelling trip south

Wait until you see the egg prices! Barb
BarbaraOK 09/06/15 07:57pm Snowbirds
RE: Wondering how many Canadians cancelling trip south

LOL...Tequila. At 65 a US person doesn't get free health coverage. Just up to an amount the government will pay, anything over is our responsibility. Last winter was a park benefit for someone that was going broke with physical therapy that wasn't covered. We also do not get assisted living beyond a month, after that it's our cost . Of course we can buy insurance to cover the gap for both. I guess your and mine Medicare are different. Once Medicare approves a charge, they pay 80% and then the patient pays the other 20% or their supplemental insurance pays that. You never pay more than the 20% of what Medicare determines is the appropriate fee, no matter what the original charge was, assuming that you are going to a physician/hospital that accepts Medicare patients. Or am I missing something? Barb
BarbaraOK 09/06/15 03:27pm Snowbirds
RE: Upgraded Oven

Microwave-connvection oven. Never use the propane oven - it is for storage. Wish the **** thing wasn't there, drawers would have been worth more. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/05/15 11:35am Full-time RVing
RE: full-timing and credit rating

Howdy! We've been living debt free for over eight years fulltiming, and have no plan to ever go into debt again. "Happy Trails" Chiefneon And? Knowing how to use credit wisely can actually be a plus for you. And never, ever, say "Never". No one knows what the future may hold and whether or not a debt might mean a better life later on. Barb
BarbaraOK 09/03/15 05:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: A few questions

Steve, If you were in Houston, why not spend the few minutes and drive north to Livingston and have the inspection done at a place that is familiar with fulltimers. And if you were within 3 months of when your registration renewal was do, just do it online and then, if and when you return to the state, do the inspection within 3 days of returning. Some people are really over thinking this issue. It is so easy to take care of, I'm not sure what the 'big deal' is all about? Barb
BarbaraOK 09/02/15 08:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: A few questions

Yes, I would also suggest that your 'home address' be your sister's home, while mailing address be in Livingston. You also want to make sure that your vehicle inspections are up to date, and not find out 1/2 way through a trip to Alaska that you 'must' be back in Texas in 10 days to get the vehicle inspected, the registration renewed, and your drivers license will expire in 30 days on your birthday. You should be able to renew your drivers license a few months early of it's renewal date. You probably need to show up at your DMV to figure everything out. . Fred. Your premise is false. You can do the online renewal for vehicle registration and not be in the state, you just indicate you're out of state and that you will be have the vehicle inspected when you return to the state. We've been out of state for 2 years now, will probably be another 2-3 years before we are 'in state' with the coach again. We know people who have been gone for 12 years at a time (longest you can go without renewing DL in person). I do not understand why you continue to give out false information.
BarbaraOK 09/01/15 09:54am Full-time RVing
RE: Getting credit card with no residential address

There's nothing random about the effect of the Patriot Act on life in these United States. It just seems to have hit some F/T RVers harder than others. Perhaps full timers should fund a lobbying firm to get their concerns across:). They have one. It is called Escapees and they have been working with financial institutions on behalf of their membership regarding the misinterpretation of the Patriot Act for the past 2 years or so. Which is why a lot of us don't seem to have the problems that others are having. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/28/15 06:20pm Full-time RVing
RE: When will you start the flight south?

We're already on the way. Just got into California today (100° at Red Bluff this afternoon). Will exit the state about October 5th and be in Mesa hopefully that same day. Have concert tickets for David Sanborn at the MIM on October 9th. Yes, it will take us a month to get through California - - lots of wineries to stop & sample. Smoke in southern Oregon was Horrible this morning - - all of the mountains are hidden in the smoke. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/27/15 06:56pm Snowbirds
RE: How Long?

We've been fulltiming for 9 years, but this past year we changed a little in that we have a winter RV that is stationary in a park where we spend 6 months and use the motorhome for the other six months to travel. Since we like AZ in the winter, made sense to us. But as we age, we find that we are slowing down and I am sure that within a very few years, it will just be the AZ place for us. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/26/15 10:34am Full-time RVing
RE: Getting credit card with no residential address

Please tell me with a credit card, you will pay it off each month. :) (Sorry off topic) Not only off topic, but I would say that it is none of your business what she does with the card. Since we are adults here, one should expected to be treated as an adult, not lectured to by the "do as I say" squad. :R Barb
BarbaraOK 08/26/15 10:30am Full-time RVing
RE: New snow birds looking for recommendations

What is it you like to do? Have you been to Arizona? RGV? Personally, I don't like the RGV even though we are technically Texans. Love the Phoenix area, but then we like access to lots of museums, good shopping/restaurants, lots of concerts all winter long, parks with lots of activities & amenities, SPRING TRAINING!, did I mention lots of shopping & restaurants? We do seeing nature during the summer. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/24/15 10:02pm Snowbirds
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