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RE: Medicare coverage while travelling

Buy a Supplemental (Medigap) Plan now since you are just now qualifying for Medicare. It supplements Original Medicare. The insurance company MUST take you now, but that will no longer true some months after that initial stage of joining Medicare, so it's important to decide now. The various plans (mine is F) as mentioned carry identical features from one company to the next. I agree, plan F is the most complete coverage (an agent called it "the Cadillac of Medigap plans"). I pay nothing beyond the monthly Medicare charge (deducted from my Social Security) and the Supplemental company's monthly premium - no co-pays or deductibles. I bought mine through Blue Cross in N.C. It doesn't matter if you move out of state, you still can carry the policy with you. And it gives coverage wherever we go. One point to know. Drug coverage is not included in Supplemental plans. So you still need to get a Part D drug plan separately.
NCWriter 12/06/16 07:42pm Full-time RVing
RE: Is Motorhome Magazine any good? GS RV Travel/Saving guide?

Now and then I write destination articles for the magazine so I am definitely biased. But I honestly have always enjoyed reading all the other articles as an RVer. I first got a free one-year subscription for attending an RV show in N.C. and kept it coming because I liked the articles (long before I was writing for them). I've been following a fun series lately called "The Classic Ride" which profiles people who have vintage RVs and tells about their experiences with them. Also another series about National Parks. Always enjoy the tech info, tips from readers, pictures of mods others have done, etc. By the way, the magazine's editor, Eileen Hubbard, is a real professional and a pleasure to work with. I've been connected with numerous publishing organizations over the years, good and bad, and these folks do a first class job.
NCWriter 12/05/16 07:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HOW not to burn to death in your Rv

NCWriter 12/04/16 06:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: HOW not to burn to death in your Rv

Thousands of people do not die in RV fires every year. But thousands do unintentionally help others make money by clicking on monetized YouTube creations. I've noticed on some forums that original posters who always reference their "fun" YouTube reports never return to answer questions and never participate in any other discussions.
NCWriter 12/04/16 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campground suggestions for St Louis. Close to Arch

Casino Queen worked really well for us. You can see the Arch across the river from the campground. They'll shuttle you, very short trip, to the Metro station and after riding the train a few minutes across the river, you'll get off at the first stop and walk to the Arch through a park-like area. (Call when you return for a shuttle back to the RV campground.) If you want to drive over, there are some parking lots available. The museum under the arch is very good with interesting films, though temporarily closed for renovations according to the website. Lots to learn there about Jefferson, the westward expansion, and Lewis & Clark, and also about the engineering and construction of the Arch. Definitely ride the tram to the top! Another fun thing to do - take a short riverboat ride on the Mississippi. Board just down the bank from the Arch. There's a little sandwich place there while you wait.
NCWriter 12/02/16 06:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do you deal with trash?

I think some of the people replying didn't realize this was a question on the Class B section of the forum. Or maybe have never seen the inside of a B - space is extremely tight. I've never seen a bathtub in a Class B where you could stow trash.:) Our LTV Free Spirit had a coated wire grocery bag-frame screwed onto the inside of the below-sink cabinet door. It was handy and did not interfere with the contents stowed under there. Of course, it only held as much as a grocery sack holds so we took out the trash every day.
NCWriter 12/01/16 11:22am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: How to plan one week in the Canadian Rockies

Thanks, Uncle Rj ... good advice. No, no reason to go via Calgary, just headed down to Glacier.
NCWriter 11/29/16 05:47pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: US Income Taxes

Turbotax. If you cannot avoid paper (bummer), you can file an extension online. Then do them before October. If I remember correctly, when you file for an extension, you still must include payment for what you estimate you'll owe, if anything.
NCWriter 11/27/16 04:32am Snowbirds
RE: Favorite Pet Commercials

I wished I had been at this shooting to see how they did it. Farmer's Mermutt Add Tom Me, too. We stop and watch the whole commercial and laugh every time it comes on.
NCWriter 11/22/16 07:31pm RV Pet Stop
RE: In need of a tow

We had an excellent and fast service last Thursday when we needed a tow. Would have hardly known where to begin finding that tow company at night with the size truck that was needed. Whatever we pay for Good Sam Roadside Assistance, it was worth every penny to see that big tow truck arrive.
NCWriter 11/08/16 07:19am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Long Hauls and Restroom Breaks

We stop every couple of hours to pee, get a snack, walk around a little and let the dog walk a little and do her thing if she needs to. It's also good to not SIT for hours on end. Ever heard of deep vein thrombosis. I was wondering when someone would point that out. It's important to stretch and walk around regularly.
NCWriter 11/06/16 06:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Newfoudland trip

This article is dated (our trip was four years ago) but I think much of the information will be the same. We hit a lot of the high spots in three weeks, although we did not go over to Labrador. I'd recommend a minimum of a month there since the ferry is quite expensive. 2013 MotorHome Magazine article about Newfoundland
NCWriter 11/04/16 08:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling with animals to Fla. Keys -Screw Worm

We have friends who travel the Keys on their yacht - who checks their dog? But then, they stay on Marathon Key so it's probably moot. Good question. The USDA is trying to contain this so it doesn't spread to infest the livestock industry. Actually Marathon is about 50 miles closer to Big Pine Key where all the endangered Key Deer have died than we were up in Key Largo.
NCWriter 11/03/16 10:32am RV Pet Stop
RE: Traveling with animals to Fla. Keys -Screw Worm

Appreciate that clicky - on the highway and the 4G comes and goes. The ag inspector was a nice guy who was telling us about the process the state is now using of irradiating male flies to render them sterile and try to wipe out the population.
NCWriter 11/03/16 08:54am RV Pet Stop
Traveling with animals to Fla. Keys -Screw Worm

On arrival at John Pennekamp State Park this week, we were given information from the Rangers about a confirmed infestation of New World Screw Worm. It has killed many of the small Key Deer already down on Big Pine Key, along with at least one dog. It can also infest human beings. Before leaving the Keys driving north, you'll have to stop at an check point set up by the Florida Department of Agriculture at Mile Marker 106 for a mandatory check of your warm-blooded animals. We stopped there this morning, answered questions, and were on our way in five minutes. I wouldn't risk bringing an animal down if it has any open sores. It's pretty grim-sounding, although it can be treated. For more info: www.FreshFromFlorida.com/ScrewWorm
NCWriter 11/03/16 08:27am RV Pet Stop
RE: Wish List to design better RVs

Great post!! Have someone who actually cooks use the microwave/convection oven. I'd like to show the designer of our RV, for example, that the oven door swings open in the wrong direction, so it's a real safety hazard while you are trying to get a hot dish out, around an open door in a narrow hallway, and down to the counter. And because that oven is very high over the stove burners, it means the average height user has to reach way up to get hot food, possibly boiling liquids, and try to lower it without spilling just to see if it is done yet or to stir it while cooking. Quite a maneuver! Really hated breaking my 50-year old irreplaceable square glass Corning ware lid while trying to get around that dang door. (Note re the first post - our rear window behind the bed is the emergency exit, so I don't think it's going to disappear in future models.)
NCWriter 11/02/16 03:03pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Liners for Slow Cookers?

I bought a package of crock pot liners and have only used one. I got to thinking - how many chemicals are in those bags and do I really want to be ingesting more chemicals than are already in so much of the food we consume. I must admit, they sure make clean up very easy - great for camping . I agree. Don't know if it's my overactive imagination but seems to be a slight chemical taste or smell when I use them. So at home, I just wipe the crock before using with olive oil and then soak it in hot sudsy water to wash. But I'll probably use the liners on our next two-month trip when I want to have something hearty ready at the end up a busy day, because they really do eliminate that messy chore in a smaller kitchen.
NCWriter 11/02/16 02:26pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: My Carotid Artery Surgery

Hang in there, lots of prayers and good thoughts from your friends in this community. We all eventually deal with things that loom large, but as we say at my house, "It beats the alternative" to still be on the planet and have to cope with the sometimes difficult aspects of aging. And it comforts me sometimes to remember that this, too, shall pass.
NCWriter 11/01/16 06:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Collier-Seminole SP Naples Fl

So we stayed there last night. The new bathroom is a vast improvement - the old one was awful with a sort of trough of gray water running along the wall beneath the shower and sink plumbing. The only strange thing is that you have to walk all the way around to the back of the bathroom to enter, so access faces away from most campsites. The sites are not paved and have poorly-defined areas of scattered white gravel, so your parking area for RV and/or vehicle is a messy mix of grass, mud and gravel. There were a lot of muddy areas and ruts all around the grounds. The power boxes appear to be new, but the breaker on ours tripped about three times (site 100) for no apparent reason. Wooden railings have been added to separate the sites. Some roads have new paving. There are new ramps leading into the screened pavilion. I agree that the dump station arrangement is a bit odd. I'd avoid the back row of sites (the wide base of the inverted triangle) when booking. There used to be thicker foliage back there behind the sites, so you'd hardly know highway 41 was behind you. Now you can actually see and hear cars whizzing by behind some of the sites.
NCWriter 11/01/16 01:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Choosing Campgrounds from the Road

Allstays camp & RV. Along with RV Park Reviews.com.
NCWriter 11/01/16 01:07pm Beginning RVing
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