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RE: Home Base

….. Now, our big expense is storage. About $325/month to keep our stuff until we get off of the road. The initial plan is to fulltime for 14 months, do a trip criss-crossing the U.S. and then settle back into a S&B somewhere. We'll sit down at about the 1/2-way point and decide if we're going to continue fulltiming or stick to the plan and come off of the road. If we continue, we'll get rid of everything. If we decide that we'll end up coming off of the road, we'll have the stuff ready for us. You're really not going to see much in 14 months - - We've been fulltiming for over 9 years and still have a lot of places left to see. If you are going to criss-cross the country in 14 months you'll see nothing but interstates and truck plazas. Just spending 1 month in each of the lower 48 will take 4 years to do, and a lot of states take much, much more time that 1 month. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/17/15 11:35am Full-time RVing
RE: Any Regrets For Starting Extended Travel Early?

I've waited and I've saved and now I can afford to take the risk. If I try living in an RV full-time and I don't like it I can sell the rig and go back to life in a fixed home and if I lose $10,000 giving it a try it won't wreck my retirement. I don't agree that financing is bad. I could pay cash for an RV, but I'd rather make a down-payment equal to the initial depreciation plus some cushion and then feel like if I had to sell at any point in time I could get about what is left on the note and my true savings is still what is still in the bank. Not to mention that if you have a large chunk in tax-deferred savings, still making money for you, financing avoids taking the huge tax bit when withdrawing a enough to pay for a new coach. Plus, that money was making money at a very good rate for us. And in an emergency we could have drawn it out, but didn't have to, and it is still there (though now we have to take a minimum distribution each year) earning money for us. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/15/15 10:18am Full-time RVing
RE: RGV or AZ this Winter?

We spent one winter in RGV - ate dirt for weeks on end. And there is no culture to speak of, so off our list of places to go for winter. Florida, expensive and natives hate tourists and treat you accordingly, plus BUGS. So no go. SoCal is too expensive, so that leaves Arizona. And we found everything we want in the Phoenix area. Barb You must have been to a different RGV. How many performing arts centers in RGV? Anything comparable to Heard Museum, Musical Instruments Museum, Barrett-Jackson show, Arts district in Scottsdale, Phoenix Symphony, hundreds of very good restaurants, PGA golf tournaments, vineyards, olive groves, Tombstone, and on, and on, and on......?
BarbaraOK 07/08/15 10:05pm Snowbirds
RE: Domicile

If you're under Medicare age it's very difficult, if not impossible, to do this if your address is anywhereBINGO! Not true, if it is for emergency care. That is the key difference. You can't have your insurance in TX and use physicians in AZ for primary, routine care unless they are part of a group covered by your policy, but you can get care if you break a leg in AZ. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/08/15 07:40pm Full-time RVing
RE: RGV or AZ this Winter?

We spent one winter in RGV - ate dirt for weeks on end. And there is no culture to speak of, so off our list of places to go for winter. Florida, expensive and natives hate tourists and treat you accordingly, plus BUGS. So no go. SoCal is too expensive, so that leaves Arizona. And we found everything we want in the Phoenix area. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/08/15 05:57pm Snowbirds
RE: Domicile

The key for health insurance under 65 is that you have to establish a relationship with a primary care physician (or clinic) in the state where you have insurance and return for annual checkups if you have maintenance meds. Then if you become sick/injured it is an emergency situation and all PPOs that I have seen cover emergency treatment outside of coverage area. And if you use 'network' physicians (like BCBS) then costs are usually the same as it is when in your coverage area. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/08/15 05:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: We launched this past Friday!

It wouldn't have spent the money for Fort Wilderness for my 'unpack' and 'settle in' time. To much to do at FW to be sidetracked spending time looking for a place to put extra Toilet Paper. We did the move every few days the first six months - put 11,000 miles on the coach in those 6 months and were completely worn out. Why do you have to move every week? Give yourself a break and spend a little extra time - your body & mind will thank you later on. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/08/15 11:14am Full-time RVing
RE: Direct TV!!!!!!!!

OMG why do people use DTV? Because most of us never have problems. When you have a convoluted setup as was described, problems happen. There are also some missing facts to the story that might help to identify the problems and indicate possible solutions. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/08/15 11:08am Full-time RVing
RE: Domicile

Thought there was a recent change in TX inspection law....tied to registration renewal. No inspection/no renewal??? YES.....if under 65 Obamabcare Healthcare coverage is limited for SD FT RVrs. One reason we are NOT SD anymore. That was the original new law, but Escapees worked with Truckers Association, Military Associations, etc., all people who the legislatures forgot about to get the renewal setup so that you self-certify that you are out of state and you are good to go. One advantage of being an Escapee - someone who can lobby the legislature when needed. And if anyone uses the requirement of having to show that you can handle a rig weighing more than 26,000# as a reason not to go with Texas, then they shouldn't be driving a big rig. Test is very easy to pass. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/07/15 11:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: Direct TV!!!!!!!!

Down-Home Sorry, but something isn't tracking. Are you saying you are leasing the dish as well as the receiver from Direct TV.? We purchased our dish/tripod separately, we own them. Now the receiver is Direct TV's so when you cancel your account you need to return the receiver to them. I'm not sure why you are getting a run around, because getting the service address change isn't hard. You might need to talk to a supervisor, but loads of RVers get their address changed every day. You seem to have too many addresses and accounts and that would add to the confusion. Just cancel the accounts, send the receivers back and get hooked up with Dish. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/07/15 10:40am Full-time RVing
RE: What Do You Do When Your Home Is In The Shop?

….. At least with a fiver you can take belongings out of the unit and you have your truck to drive to the hotel with. If the MH isn't rolling and stuck in the shop I guess you either rent a car or ride your bicycles to the hotel. Why would we rent a car? We tow a perfectly good one. I did a blog page on How to Survive Repairs that might be of interest. After 9 years, we've gotten pretty good and finding ways to make maintenance/repair days like other days. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/04/15 09:52am Full-time RVing
RE: Advice please

We've fulltimed for 9 years, and since I'm now in my 70s, I will be the tough minded grandma that is going to speak straight out to you. 4 kids in a small trailer - I don't think so. What might work for a 2-week summer camping trip isn't going to work for fulltiming. Realistically you need a trailer with at least a bath and a half, plus at least 2 bedrooms which will still have people sleeping in the living room, etc. A toy hauler with the garage area made into a dormitory is a better option. And none of that can be towed by a Suburban - 1 ton diesel will be necessary. And kids need 'stuff', especially when they are being removed from familiar surroundings, they need things to make them feel at home. I think you need to step back and re-think this and figure out why you want to do it and what benefit the kids will gain versus what it is going to cost them. I will agree it isn't how much space you need, it is what your kids need. Thinking about them FIRST and FOREMOST will get you on the correct track. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/02/15 12:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: CheapHeat Add on for Propane Furnace

What size external tank are you talking about? And are you sure there are no local ordinances prohibiting it? In Mesa, you can't fill tanks in a park, but you can have a dealer deliver replacement tanks and take the empty ones away. Barb
BarbaraOK 07/01/15 10:21pm Full-time RVing
RE: Coming back off the road

We've been out for 9 years. Last fall we purchased a park model in a park that we really enjoy for the winter months, to spread out just a little, and then come spring we hit the road again in the motorhome to travel in good weather. We love Mesa for the winter - concerts, shopping, museums, restaurants, always something to do, plus the park we are in has more things going on than anyone could possibly want during the winter. We have long term care insurance in place, so if one of use needs more assistance, funds are there. Barb
BarbaraOK 06/28/15 11:23am Full-time RVing
RE: Registering new trailer

You register the trailer in the state where you live. A lot of fulltimers 'moved' to a new state that is friendly for fulltime RVers, such as SD, FL, or TX, and once they have established a legal physical address through a mail forwarding service, then register all their vehicles, get new drivers licenses, etc. Barb
BarbaraOK 06/28/15 11:12am Full-time RVing
RE: Choosing a rig

For a lot of us, fulltiming means following the 75° mark whenever we can. And since most are retired when they do this, taking up skiing at our age isn't something we think about doing - though there is no reason you can't do it. To live in the winter in an RV, no matter how well insulated they claim to be, is going to require some preparation to make sure you are comfortable. If you want to do this, make sure that you are looking at rigs with enclosed holding tanks that are warmed by the furnace, or have heating tape on them to ensure that they don't freeze during the winter, ease of filling and maintaining fresh water tank (in really cold weather you want to run of the fresh water tank, filling it during the warmer part of the day), ease of access to your wet bay for dumping during warm part of day, how you can skirt to help block the wind from blowing under your rig, etc. Barb
BarbaraOK 06/27/15 01:18pm Full-time RVing
RE: Chasing 75 degree weather all year? Need some input

If I was going to stay put in one spot all year round, and I could afford it, it would be somewhere around Cloverdale, CA Ack!! No, no no. Cloverdale is HOT in the summer. I lived in Guerneville for 11 years (very affordable... in a permanents-only trailer park that was a wonderful community), and that was usually quite nice in the summer. After more years than I care to count in the south, anywhere where the night time temperature is below 80 in the summer is good for me. 105 with 95% humidity (east Tx) can really sap you in a hurry, especially with night time lows of 85. Also lived through several hot summers in Phoenix, so if it isn't 110 the it is just very warm. On the other side, after 13 yes in Michigan, cold isn't until 0F, above that is brisk! Barb
BarbaraOK 06/24/15 10:42pm Full-time RVing
RE: Snowbird Signing off for last time

Sooner or later we all have to hang up the keys - first the RV then later the car. That's one reason we went ahead and got a park model in Mesa. Even when we have to sell the MH in a few years, we will still be able to enjoy winters in the sun and drive (or fly) back to relatives in the north. Just a little planning is all it takes. Hope you stay around - lots of expertise to give to those just starting out. Barb
BarbaraOK 06/22/15 02:01pm Snowbirds
RE: Reservations Needed?

Can someone explain the Monday moves to me? If I find a park that lets me in on Monday but has every space rented for the weekend, won't I just have to move somewhere else on Friday to vacate the space? How can I just show up at a park and tell them I want to spend two weeks or a month without a reservation that will keep me from having to move every weekend? I'm not a full-timer just yet so I ALWAYS make reservations if I want to have a parking space for my Thu-Sun weekends. Thanks, John For those parks that have some drive-up sites, if you pull in on Monday or Tuesday you have the best luck in getting them. Locals will often bring the trailer out on Thursday afternoon to get a site, then bring the kids out late on Friday for the weekend. We have found that there is also a greater selection of sites on Monday - the weekenders are gone so the little pop-ups are out of the sites that will handle a motorhome. Plus, we love Sunday afternoons in a park after the weekenders have gone home - it becomes very peaceful and if there is only a dump to use, much easier to use on Monday rather than on a Sunday. Barb
BarbaraOK 06/18/15 05:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: Arizona for our first winter south suggestions please

Don't expect it to be warm. I spent one winter there and now head south into Mexico. I hate cold, even if its sunny. I also discovered Arizona has no ocean beaches. Desert gets boring (at lest to me) after awhile. As far as quartzite is concerned, I tried that, but sitting out in the middle of the desert with a bunch of cheapskates (LOL)is not my thing One winter and you know what every winter is like. Real broad research there. To each his own. I like the FEW nights it goes do to 39° - gives a little crispness to the air during my morning walk. If you think "Q" is the only place people go to in AZ then you really did miss a lot.
BarbaraOK 06/18/15 11:37am Snowbirds
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