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RE: Coast to Coast and RPI

We paid for ours the first year we were out. We knew the areas that we would traveling (mostly western US), knew about what parks, in what systems, were available in areas close to family, and it was a no brainer for us. We spend ~ 100 nights a year in membership parks at between $0 and $10 a night. One of the things might be to try the Thousand Trails Zone Pass. It is a 1 yr pass for ~ $500 that gives you 30 nights free and then $3/night after that to a zone. If you are on the west coast, it will pay for itself and give you a chance to decide if you want to buy more or not. And since it is just for one year you can just walk away if you decide it isn't for you. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/29/15 09:23am Full-time RVing
RE: The Zen of Full Timing - Living Comfortably

I'm not roughing it. No way. If a glass or dish breaks I will buy more. I'm helping people all along the way to put shoes on their kids feet. My sentiments exactly. We are now helping the economy by spending the money we saved and saved over the years.:W Barb
BarbaraOK 01/28/15 09:51am Full-time RVing
RE: Coast to Coast and RPI

The parks sell several times the number of sites they have as memberships because not everyone goes at the same time. It is the annual dues that sustain the park, then the additional money from traveling affiliates fill up otherwise vacant slots. For example, the park may have 100 sites and they know that during their season they will have 75 of those slots filled with dues paying members, the other 25 go into the 'affiliate pot' . The large amount for new membership is mostly sales commission, which is why you can really bargain with the sales person. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/27/15 10:49am Full-time RVing
RE: Indoorpools

Val Vista Village, Mesa, AZ.
BarbaraOK 01/27/15 07:41am Snowbirds
RE: Fulltiming and Prescriptions

Instead of everyone talking about what the DEA requires, or doesn't require, why not just go read the DEA page on Schedule II drugs. One thing to note it is not DEA that says 30 day supply, it is state requirements. What they do say is no refills. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/22/15 03:42pm Full-time RVing
RE: Besides south Fla, Where is it warm???

But a lot of us enjoy having the cool nights with low humidity. Makes for great sleeping. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/21/15 10:26pm Snowbirds
RE: Usage and price Data for full timers

We put in about 20 gallons a year of propane into our motorhome. Unless we are somewhere really cold, we use mainly electricity for all cooking, heating water, etc. because it is usually included in the site rent. Since we are FT, we follow the sun so are usually in moderate places requiring very little heat. Will be in the low 70s today in Mesa! Barb
BarbaraOK 01/21/15 12:23pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fulltiming and Prescriptions

Another problem is with the Schedule II drugs that can only be prescribed for 30 days & no refills: Link. That is my biggest concern when we hit the road full time. We think we will have to be back to our hometown at least every 6 months just to get the scrips filled. We plan on staying a month each time at a local RV park to visit doctors, get our teeth cleaned, catch up with old friends, and perform any needed maintenance on the rig. We were hoping to spend winters at different locations around the US but think that the schedule II drug issue will determine our schedule for us instead. We're in Mesa, AZ for the winter. Lots of 'snowbirds' in the area and a lot have established physician care in the area for the winter months. Yes, it does somewhat limit their travel, but most of them do well having physicians in two areas traveling in between and varying the routes they travel between the two points. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/21/15 09:43am Full-time RVing
RE: Route Info California and Arizona

Barb, the Hawks are trying to give people heart attacks! Chris But it was a thrill at the end! Barb
BarbaraOK 01/19/15 07:52am Snowbirds
RE: Fulltiming and Prescriptions

How difficult is it finding a doctor and getting in for an appointment? Depends upon where you are and the time of year. Lots of fulltimers find that they spend the winter (~ 3 months or so) in the same place and use physicians in that area. A lot will depend upon your insurance and what they will allow. Since we are on Medicare, it is just looking for physicians who take Medicare, which isn't too difficult in an area with LOTS of snowbirds. We found a new primary care physician this winter since we purchased a park model in Mesa, AZ. Lots of hospitals have established physicians groups and we chose on of those groups and have been very happy with our choice. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/18/15 01:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fulltiming and Prescriptions

You really need to find a physician that you like, that understands what you are doing and that you go to see once a year. You may think that things won't change with your health, but the simple fact is that we are all aging and aging isn't always pretty. We changed to physicians in the area where we are spending the winters, to give us more time to have things checked out. We use Express scripts - get the scripts written for 90 days with 4 refills, that takes us to the next year. We do so because of the requirements of our insurance as mail order pharmacies are usually cheaper. We are also investigating whether it would be cheaper to buy some of the meds from Costco without using our insurance. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/18/15 10:11am Full-time RVing
RE: High Level Q: TT vs FW for Full-timing?

Why are you not considering a motorhome?
BarbaraOK 01/16/15 05:53pm Full-time RVing
RE: thinking about Arizona next year

Gold Canyon is not Apache Junction - further out, parks are more expensive. Apache Junction is the on more inexpensive side of things. As for restaurants - lets just say they are also on the inexpensive side. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/14/15 09:04pm Snowbirds
RE: thinking about Arizona next year

Why not plan on stay 2-4 weeks at different places throughout Arizona to get a feel for the state. Two areas for wineries, Oak Creek Canyon area (near Sedona) and down near Wilcox (off of I-10 west of the New Mexico border) loads of areas for hiking in the desert. Lots of good state parks and in the Phoenix area some wonderful county Parks. Most of those have 14 days limits and are just water/electric with dumps at the park. And the Cal-Am parks (several in the Phoenix area) often are open to Passport America members for 1 week stays, sort of a try and see if you like us, so you can get an idea of what they have to offer. We like the Mesa area, lots of good shopping, restaurants, arts centers, concerts, etc., plus we are 15-20 minutes from being out in the middle of the desert for outdoor activity. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/13/15 09:33am Snowbirds
RE: Route Info California and Arizona

Hey, Barb! One more win and we can have a Seahawks party on the street the 1st! Do they have a big screen in the club house? Chris Yes and I believe they are having a Super Bowl party that afternoon. There are Seahawk banners/flags flying all over the park. Barb Do you know if the super bowl party is a sign up event? Thanks Chris Doesn't appear to be - says to just bring your own snacks and drinks. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/11/15 05:43pm Snowbirds
RE: Route Info California and Arizona

Hey, Barb! One more win and we can have a Seahawks party on the street the 1st! Do they have a big screen in the club house? Chris Yes and I believe they are having a Super Bowl party that afternoon. There are Seahawk banners/flags flying all over the park. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/10/15 10:26pm Snowbirds
RE: draw back to fulltiming in NH?

Campgrounds that are open in the winter. Cost to try to keep warm.
BarbaraOK 01/09/15 06:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: Route Info California and Arizona

We're in site #315 - a park model with a "More Wine, Less Whine" flag that is flying most of the time. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/09/15 09:07am Snowbirds
RE: Route Info California and Arizona

You'll be faster stay on I-8 to I-10 up to Highway 60...That route is 27 miles longer that 84/347 and unlikely to be faster. Difference is the two lane roadway with stop lights and a casino on 347, but it is a good road unless you're lucky enough to catch the freight train in town...for convenience I'd stay on I-8 to I-10....Dennis X2 - it isn't worth the hassle to say the 27 miles. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/08/15 06:28pm Snowbirds
RE: Route Info California and Arizona

There won't be any traffic around Mesa since the Super Bowl is on the other side of the valley. 63 is in Fiesta just down the street from us and while they use to have park models there (if you are looking at Goggle Earth) those have been removed. There is a park model in 60 and then not another one on that side until you get to 71. Barb
BarbaraOK 01/08/15 08:16am Snowbirds
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