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RE: Need advice on a Texas drivers license

Bill, you were not paying attention. No one needs a CDL of any type for an RV. We all said that. What you have to have is a Class A exempt for truck and trailer if the trailer is more than 10,000#. Also if you pull a trailer behind your motorhome and it weights more than 10K# you need a Class A. We have a DP and while she tops out at 32K# (and she has a GCWR of 43K), she has a hitch that would allow her to pull a >10K# trailer. We have Class A licenses, simply because the place where we got ours allowed that while Class B covered us for what we were currently doing, Class A would cover all contingencies.
BarbaraOK 04/16/18 08:17am Full-time RVing
RE: Need advice on a Texas drivers license

No Bill, for pulling a trailer over 10,000#, you need a Class A license. Still not a CDL, but there is a slight difference between the Class B and Class A. The written test is the same, and the driving test just about the same. Barb
BarbaraOK 04/15/18 06:21pm Full-time RVing
RE: Your Snowbird experience?

We won the weather lottery by being in Mesa Az this winter. Had a great time. Super riding area. Texas hill country warmed up in time for our month there. Another great riding area. Our park promised very fast internet included in our rent but it never happened. They offered refunds to park model owners but squat to RVers. Cost about $75 / month for our own internet. Are you a member of FMCA. $40/month for unlimited, with throttling a maybe after 25 gigs
BarbaraOK 04/12/18 03:06pm Snowbirds
RE: Capitol gains tax?

Remember, it isn’t that the house sells for $500K, but the PROFIT is above $500K. You get to subtract costs of remodeling, cost of getting it ready to sell, cost of selling, original purchase price, to figure out gain.
BarbaraOK 04/05/18 12:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Boycott - Arizona Market Place, Yuma, AZ

Boycott starbucks, This is getting out of hand. :) Down right unAmerican
BarbaraOK 03/26/18 06:37pm Snowbirds
RE: Leaving trailer for six months in a hot location ?

pink stuff will evaporate slower.. keeping the toilet seal from drying out. sink traps.... so not as much needed keep a few windows open a LITTLE.. and/or roof vents... a small amount.. Air movement is good... my opinion. Fill ziploc bags with water and put over drain opening, fill large bag with water and place over seal in toilet. Prop open refrigerator doors and crack vents open.
BarbaraOK 03/16/18 07:35am Snowbirds
RE: Interesting observation

And on the reverse, the minute we moved into our park model we found a chill I. The air from RVers parked around us. Pleasant, but really at arms length. When we arrive in the fall we usually have the MH on a site for 2-5 days while we unload and people coming in in the RVs are friendly. But within a week the chill settles over. Really strange. Barb, I find that quite strange given the VVV/Fiesta/Ranchos is mostly park models! Maybe you should move out farther East to Cal-Am's friendliest RV Resort. Lots are larger and park is smaller to boot. Send me a PM and drive out to Gold Canyon sometime and check it out. We will be here until late April. Chris You haven’t been in the Fiesta section for a while, loads of older PM have been removed, lots of RV sites. Gold Coast is too far out for us, long drive to get to anywhere. Plus the awful traffic during the month of the festival each March. :W
BarbaraOK 03/16/18 07:31am Snowbirds
RE: Interesting observation

Just a note, the correct spelling is: clique
BarbaraOK 03/15/18 09:45am Snowbirds
RE: Interesting observation

RGV...ok ... one park... been here now 2 winters ( 5 months each )... same site with travel trailer.... and met most park model owners.. 3 days ago I purchased a used park model.. I have been flooded with new visitors.. aka same park model owners... so much so, I am having problems getting things done... way different behavior... nice before.. just not friendly.. And on the reverse, the minute we moved into our park model we found a chill I. The air from RVers parked around us. Pleasant, but really at arms length. When we arrive in the fall we usually have the MH on a site for 2-5 days while we unload and people coming in in the RVs are friendly. But within a week the chill settles over. Really strange.
BarbaraOK 03/13/18 07:02am Snowbirds
RE: Timing?

Best selling time for houses is the spring, so put it up this spring and if it sells right away, move into your RV in a park in town (or somewhere close) for the remainder of time before he retires. Set up your SS for direct deposit. Never had a check come in the mail so that was never a problem. You are going to get a mail forwarding service right? Do that at least 3 months before you leave. If house sells, do it then. Can he forgo vacation this summer and take it in January instead? As everyone has said, take a deep breath, relax, and know that we have all been there, done that. We actually put our house up a year before we retired and ended up renting a duplex for the year (house sold in 3 days) for the year. So we downsized in two steps. Actually made it easier to do. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/11/18 01:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: USPS Forwarding Problems

Not sure you have much recourse. We experienced (are experiencing) much the same problem. We put in our mail forwarding request with start and stop dates way in advance of our winter trip to Yuma AZ. My wife uses mail order prescriptions which are sent automatically. We kept waiting but they never arrived. When we went to the Yuma post office to follow up we found a large pile of mail there that had never been delivered. Their comment was " You need to stop by and let us know you are here" Gee I thought that was what the date on mail forwarding is for. Been here since September and have only received one magazine. Don't know who is reading our subscriptions but it isn't us. All snowbird areas require you to go in and tell them you are there. Or in our case, each mailbox has a green sheet in the box, which you fill out and deposit in the outgoing mail when you arrive. Until that green sheet is removed, no mail is delivered to that box. That is really the only way they can handle it because saying you are going to be here on November 1st can't be guaranteed in stone - especially with RVers. Barb
BarbaraOK 03/11/18 01:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Questions for snowbirds and campers?

since my reply was edited out by someone, no need for the quote
BarbaraOK 03/01/18 06:25pm Snowbirds
RE: Questions for snowbirds and campers?

Not sure, but the OP might be simply having some fun on a late Winter day. All it would take is the insertion of one word to make this a daydream, which is what I think it is. As in: "If" I was going to build a campground, what would you like to see in it? Nothing wrong with enjoying the dream. Personally, I don't think a person with the wherewithal to build one or two new campgrounds in the state of Florida is going to need our help. True, but isn't that really a large part of the problem with a lot of things in the RV world. Non-RVers 'think' they know what people need/want. But they never ask.
BarbaraOK 03/01/18 06:22pm Snowbirds
RE: Questions for snowbirds and campers?

This particular property has already been approved for the RV park, I just want to see about making it larger. It will not have problems with neighbors since some of the neighbors are RV parks. I'm planning on putting in fencing along with security cameras. Speed limits shouldn't be an issue if the layout is done correctly. The prime spots will be back in only since they will back up to the lake. I'm planning on a walk full circle around the lake with some fishing docs. I'm also thinking that stocking the lake might be a good ideal. There are restaurants and stores with in a few blocks, walking distance. There are lots of trees on the property and I'm hoping to save as many as possible. What kind of games are important for people, keep in mind that this is a small park so no tennis courts. I might be able to do a volley ball court. How many people play shuffle board? I see a lot of them here in Florida. I'm not a drinker, and I don't want a park full of drunks, but I do understand the social aspects of it and think that something in moderation can be done. Thanks for all of the suggestions. So your park will be for 5th wheels/trailers only? Because if you have 'lake views' and require people to back-in then why would anyone in a motorhome come to your park. Our "views" are out our front windows. You might want to rethink that one. We've been at a couple parks around a small lake, one side was back-in the other was pull in. Or you could set it up back-in next to pull-in all around the park with the back-to-back hookups. If you are looking for snowbirds, then will the park be 55+?
BarbaraOK 03/01/18 08:31am Snowbirds
RE: Domicile / mail services

We have a different mail service in SD also and I do not think Escapees can offer the same type of services. Example would be getting your license plates. We did it over the internet, submitted forms and check to the mail service. They personally went to the county treasurers office and licensed our vehicles and purchased the plates, came back to their office and mailed the plates and documents out to us. I don't think escapees has a physical presence in S Dakota ( I could be wrong) so therefore cannot handle those type of things in the same way. A simple call to the Polk County Assessors Office and they walk you through the process, give you exact amount you need to send them and then mail new plates/sticker to where you are staying while making the purchase. EVERYONE in Polk County seems to understand what fulltiming is all about.
BarbaraOK 02/27/18 06:59pm Full-time RVing
RE: Palm Springs lot ownership

I don’t think senior citizens should have the monopoly on quality rv parks in warm weather destinations. Disneyland was designed for kids, but they would let you in... with a smile. Odd comment for you to make, that I should have a prescribed purpose and place different from you.... Do you decide that for others? Are you talking about a couple of weeks over the holidays? If not, what about their education?
BarbaraOK 02/25/18 08:17pm Snowbirds
RE: Leaving RV in AZ in summer?

We are concerned that the woodwork seems discolored (dried out?) in units we have seen here in Yuma. We also have a residential refrigerator. I thought it was better for the fridge to be left on. We just want to maintain the unit as best we can. Thank you for your helpful posts. So far, no one leaves the electricity on... Don't leave the frig on. First, it will run and run with no thermal block (food) in it to help maintain cold. Second, it will add to the heat in the unit. We also have a Park Model that for our winters in Mesa. We do the same as mentioned before, turn everything off, put jugs of water in sinks and bathtubs, windows covered with 'black out curtains' (material at JoAnn Fabrics), cover furniture with old sheets, clean out all food, turn of frig, turn off power and water and go. Come fall we reverse the process for the winter. Woodwork is going to dry out - that is the nature of living in the desert with low humidity. Remember, it is a 'dry' heat. Barb
BarbaraOK 02/25/18 09:03am Snowbirds
RE: Palm Springs lot ownership

How much time did you spend. Months? We have spent several two-week stops and those are always about 6 days to long. There just isn't that much to do in Palm Springs unless you are in to, and can afford, golf or tennis. One week covers all of the arts venues, etc. Spend at least one season before buying to know whether or not you'll have enough activities.
BarbaraOK 02/24/18 06:15pm Snowbirds
RE: What does the future hold for 55+ park model communities?

here in Mission Texas... this park is under orders by the corporate owners to switch over from RV/MH/park models.. to all park models . to the point the park is purchasing used park models and moving them into the park.. many over 60 feet long. 6 this past month.. and another one next week. they are NOT for rent.. they are for sale by the park and must remain here for 5 years.. and the 55 years old part... is now 40.. So they are changing to an manufactured home park. A Park Model, by definition, has a limit of 400 sq feet. Obviously the corporation has decided that they want a change in direction.
BarbaraOK 02/03/18 08:58am Snowbirds
RE: What does the future hold for 55+ park model communities?

Same in our park in Mesa, AZ. There have been a couple park models that have been perpetually for sale for the past 4 years. This year the price on one of them was suddenly lowered and it now has a new owner. Didn't even see the couple, so I'll assume one became sick and they decided to really get it sold.
BarbaraOK 02/02/18 09:02am Snowbirds
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