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RE: Texas crud in Canada or is it a form of bronchitis?

Self doctoring is about as foolish as it gets. Many Winter Texans put themselves at risk by taking the readily available antibiotics from across the border. Often times, they take antibiotics for allergies and virus's, both of which are not helped by antibiotics. "If" I was going to try a home cure, I would try something like Claritin to see if it responds to anti-allergy drugs. I would take antibiotics only if ordered by a real doctor. Not an Internet buddy. And the antibiotic should be prescribed in response to the results of a culture of throat/nasal mucous to see which particular bacteria is the problem. They now have strep tests that take less than 30 min, and this is important because while strep is fairly easy to cure, it is necessary to identify and properly prescribe antibiotic that will work against the infection. Colds take about 2 weeks to cure on their own, or 14 days with the intervention of chicken soup. ;)
BarbaraOK 05/27/17 10:56am Snowbirds
RE: Tool boxes that full timers carry

Doesn't matter what you have with you, you won't have the correct tool or the right size screw, nut, wire cap, etc. It will take TWO trips to Lowe's or Home Depot to finally get the correct size. Then the 15 minute job will run about 2 hours and at least 15 minutes of shouting at spouse. OR - you grab your credit card, call a mobile tech to fix it, and sit and drink a nice glass of Cab Franc while the repairs are being made. I, personally, always pick option #2 Barb
BarbaraOK 05/24/17 11:40pm Full-time RVing
RE: Why did you start full-timing?

I wrote a page for our blog on that subject: Why Fulltime
BarbaraOK 05/24/17 10:03am Full-time RVing
RE: This snow bird is late heading home

A lot of people want to get home to do taxes. Since we full time, I do mine on the road and have a tax preparer I mail my stuff to. It's done, finished, in record time. Dale There are so many great tax prep programs out there, never felt the need to have someone 'finish' up my work.
BarbaraOK 05/20/17 10:51am Snowbirds
RE: Re: Input sought. Building RV pad. Amenity suggestions?

I wouldn't put a cover over it. Many RVers have roof mounted satellite dishes! Brian And most travel with a tripod setup for when they are in places with tree cover, etc. Small inconvenience to set up compared to the cost of a new roof on an RV. We are talking about HAIL in TEXAS. Maybe you've never been there, but we replaced roofs on house about every 7 years due to HAIL.
BarbaraOK 05/20/17 10:49am Full-time RVing
RE: Re: Input sought. Building RV pad. Amenity suggestions?

What do county zoning laws say, not to mention business laws. Well water, septic, or on county services? I would put a very high cover over the parking spot for the RV to deflect hail - that is a real problem for RVs. Barb
BarbaraOK 05/19/17 05:08pm Full-time RVing
RE: This snow bird is late heading home

I live and work at a RV Resort in Sarasota, FL. I don't understand why April 1st is the big date to leave. April is a very nice month here. Slower, much less people and traffic. Still dry and sunny. We see a lot of that in Arizona too. Many are from the midwest and remark that they have to get home to make sure the 'kids' do the planting right. Mind you, the 'kids' that they are referring to are in their 50s and probably WISHING that the folks would spend the month of April somewhere else. :B People get in runts and don't realize that they may miss some of the best things by not staying a little longer. In Arizona it is starting to get warm, but the nights are cool, the traffic DRAMATICALLY drops, no waiting to get seated at a restaurant, etc. - we love it. Plus there is always rain when we get to Oregon in the spring, so the longer wait just makes the summer travels start off better.
BarbaraOK 05/19/17 10:27am Snowbirds
RE: Some full time questions from a bunch of newbies

Tabith, a lot of fulltimers develop a practice of doing some sort of a circle travel during the year, ending up at some point in the area where they have physicians/dentists and thus get their yearly checkups, etc., done while visiting relatives and friends. We returned each year to Tyler, Tx where we had lived before retiring for a number of years until we noticed that we were spending several months in Mesa, AZ in the winter, and, at our age, it is nice to have time to get things taken care of (change of medications, etc) while we are in one place for several weeks. It is just a matter of going over what you plan to do with your travels and getting your physicians on board. If going back to your current area isn't in the cards, then do realize that most of the Urgent Care facilities will handle anything that comes along, and often will set up you as a returning patient if you think you will be there for several months. And check an area to see if there is a dental school nearby - good for getting cleanings done and other work if needed. Barb
BarbaraOK 05/14/17 11:52am Full-time RVing
RE: Are FT RVers being unnecessarily harrassed ?

Did the inspector cite the specific code and tell you if a complaint had been filed - or was he just out driving and saw the RV?
BarbaraOK 05/13/17 09:25am Full-time RVing
RE: Some full time questions from a bunch of newbies

Aridon, you are free to express your opinion whether you agree with me or not. I'll read and consider it too. 2gypies, however, want those who disagree with them to bow out. Huge difference. How many yrs have you fulltimed? How many kids have you home schooled?
BarbaraOK 05/12/17 09:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: Some full time questions from a bunch of newbies

Go over to the Escapee Forum (www,rvnetwork.com) and ask your question. They have a new group called Escapers, that is primarily for those still working in the road with children
BarbaraOK 05/11/17 06:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: Are FT RVers being unnecessarily harrassed ?

It would be helpful if you were to list what was in the citation your friend received, which should have cited the specific code violation.
BarbaraOK 05/11/17 06:11pm Full-time RVing
RE: Texas state Inspection may be gone

Since we live in Harris County, all our vehicles would still need emissions inspection. So it doesn't save us much trouble, just saves $7 per vehicle. It would be nice if we didn't have to take the 5th wheel to get inspected each year though. Your trailer has no engine, so no emission inspection
BarbaraOK 05/09/17 02:21pm Full-time RVing
RE: Changes in Texas Class A/B Exempt license procedures

Locally RV's are exempt from testing if they are personal use. I wonder if this will spread nationwide or just a few select states? Do you know if any other states require testing for RV's? Lots of states have this rule, not everyone knows about it. TX, PA, NV, NY are some examples of license based upon weight. In CA it is based upon length (> 40') for motorhome. Barb
BarbaraOK 05/07/17 01:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: This snow bird is late heading home

We left AZ on the 30th of April. Heat across the desert. Slowly working our way towards Seattle by the 25th of the month.
BarbaraOK 05/04/17 11:00pm Snowbirds
RE: mail address/physical address in different states

This sort of issue makes you wonder what sort of idiots we have running the show, doesn't it? It isn't uncommon for people to travel a lot. Many jobs require it, for example, and then there are the full-time RV folks. So why do government entities not figure out a way to accommodate such folks? Sheer idiocy is the only excuse I can come up with. In the scheme of things, RVers are a very tiny portion of the total population. And fulltimers are a fraction of that tiny portion. In this instance, I'd advise setting us a "mailing address" at a nearby UPS store, so you can have them send mail to where ever you are in the country, and use your 'home base' as your physical address.
BarbaraOK 04/22/17 10:46am Full-time RVing
RE: Could use a little help with my Full timing scenario

It has ALWAYS been the case that you didn't need to worry about inspections if out of state. It has only been the past 3 yrs when they went to 1 sticker that you had to certify that you are out of state. And by fall it looks like that requirement will go away. WE got our Class A licenses (we can pull over 10K with out MH) in 2006. Have renewed them by mail and in person, just can't renew online.
BarbaraOK 04/10/17 11:49am Full-time RVing
RE: Could use a little help with my Full timing scenario

JimParr, Why are you posting incorrect information? No one who has a RV in Texas is required to get a CDL license. Some might have to get an enhanced license, which requires a 20 question written test and a 20-minute driving test, neither of which are a problem to pass. It is based upon weight of MH (over 26000 lbs). And if you are out-of-state, you DO NOT HAVE TO RETURN FOR AN INSPECTION. You just renew your registration online and certify that you are out-of-state and will have it inspect when you return. Our coach hasn't been inspected in years because we haven't passed through with the coach. Plus looks like by the fall, no one will be having to have safety inspections done any longer, just emission testings in the big metro areas. One should not post 'hearsay' information.
BarbaraOK 04/07/17 03:59pm Full-time RVing
RE: Lot of birds flew out of our park today.

I love April when every leaves, the park is quiet, there are no lines at our favorite breakfast places, less congestion at stores, the weather is warm during the day, but still cool at night - - best of the desert for us. By the end of April we are happy to get on the road to the coast, but we wait for the thundering herd to get on the road and gone and take our time moving north.
BarbaraOK 04/02/17 11:42pm Snowbirds
RE: Snowbird bang for buck: parked fiver or park model?

When you get to our stage in life you quickly figure out that 5 yrs is a long time for seeing the same people every year. I would never buy a new Park Model, most of the new ones seem up for sale within 3-5 yrs and the floor plans really don't change (only so much you can do with 400 sq feet) so the used ones can be a very good buy.
BarbaraOK 04/02/17 11:33pm Snowbirds
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