We had this problem at our last park hosting position. The gnats were hatching in a holding tank at the park and coming up the sewer hose when dumping. We poured a couple of gallons of bleach into the holding tank and 1 gallon into ours after we dumped. We left it in there for a few days then dumped again. You may have to treat it more than once.
We have a king bed and use regular king sheets. I bought a pair of men's suspenders from Wal Mart and extended them out as far as they would go. Spread them in an "X" beneath your mattress and fasten each side of the sheet to them. They will keep any sheet tight across the middle (where it bunches).
As the other poster said, it's a personal decision. Heat pump electricity versus propane for furnace. Don't know which is more economical. We have a heat pump and like it but we are headed to Reno for the winter and ours won't work under 30 degrees, which is fine because it's noisier than the furnace running at night.
We have family in west Phoenix so we always stay at Leaf Verde in Buckeye. It's a nice clean park with good facilities, friendly office staff. They give Good Sam discounts and have monthly rates. We like the location because it's close to I 10 but not close enough to be noisy. It's about 1/2 mile to shopping, Wal Mart, Fry's, fuel stations, Cracker Barrel and other fast food restaurants.
Yes, definitely. I have some small decorations for every holiday, Easter, Valentines Day, Halloween but mostly Christmas. I always loved the season so when we went fulltime I had to bring something. We have a small tree like one of the other posters pictures and we also hang stockings, put out holiday tea towels, bathroom towels, santa soap dispensers and rugs. It just wouldn't be the same without some decorations. I have lights for outside too.
Santa Monica, Dockweiler Beach Rv Park, it's an LA county park or Golden Shores in Long Beach. Which side of Yosemite, east or west, there are parks with hookups on both sides. Channel Islands National Park is accessible by boat only, closest rv park is Ventura Beach RV Resort. It's pretty pricey in the summer and has lots of freeway noise but is the closest park to the Ventura Harbor with full hookups. Pismo Beach, Pismo Coast Village, right on the water, all back in sites, 3 blocks to walk downtown. Just a suggestion for California State Parks, if you plan to stay at El Capitan or any other state park in the summer, be sure you make reservations 6 months ahead on Reserve America. Any beach park is jam packed in the summer and some may have 1 or 2 sites available but I wouldn't count on it.
Awesome, the stuff from the dollar store removes yellowing from plastic. However, DO NOT let it run down the sides of your rv. I tape some paper towels or shop towels under whatever I'm using it on. You can dilute it but it works better straight out of the bottle.
I was hoping this was NOT what you were asking. Do not drive your 40 ft with toad over Beartooth Hwy. You may make it up to the top, which is steep & many switchbacks both sides, but you will be holding up traffic behind you; however, you may not have any brakes coming down the other side. It's 10,000 feet high. Please don't.
We did that in 2011, I 10 from CA all the way to FL, down the panhandle then cut across and went up the coast, ending up in Niagra Falls. We did not go further east than NY. We stopped in all the usual places Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, then inland to the mountains of NC (good roads) & the Outer Banks, Gettysburg, Poconos, Washington DC then inland to Niagra Falls. I don't know that it would make any difference which way you travel. The roads were fine until we got on the PA turnpike (I 476), it was far worse than any road in CA. I would strongly avoid that. We traveled some interstates, some 2 lane highways. We used Passport America mostly and just worked around their restrictions. In Gettysburg, we stayed for $25 when the regular cost was $50 (during the week). Campground costs are higher in the east. We traveled slowly, took 6 months and it cost $20k. We visited many of the forts that were built to defend the US from the British or used in the Civil War and I learned a lot that I had forgotten or never knew about that era.
Yay! We have been fulltime for 7 1/2 years, too young for SS and we have found a way to make it work. Those stressful jobs were killing us. The first few years we had a workamper/park host job in the winter season and another one in the summer season with a few weeks off in the spring & fall to travel. Now we work 6 months (me a volunteer park host and DH works outside the park) and travel 6 months. You will never regret your decision. My 2 cents, only keep a storage unit if you just can't part with some of your "stuff", don't travel too many miles each day, travel some of the 2 lane highways, plan for maintenance & repairs and enjoy it!
Well, like everything else, you can get thousands of answers. Thankfully, we are all different and are interested in doing different things. We park host 6 months of the year in CA then travel for 6 months. It depends on our plans, in 2011 we went all the way from CA to the FL panhandle on I 10 then north on the east coast all the way up to Niagra Falls. We came back down through PA, OH, KY, TN then stopped for a few weeks to visit family in NW AR before heading back to CA. That was a 6 month trip. In 2013 we went to Tucson for 3 months, then TX, AR, IL, WI, MI, IN, over to MT to visit relatives and back to CA. We enjoy visiting national parks, COE parks and other places we were never able to see while working. Some people like to golf, fish, attend Nascar races, visit caves. We stay busy, either traveling or seeing sites, sometimes we spend a couple of weeks on maintenance.
No, no delivery or sales problems. The ones outside the fence are owners that came there for service. The others are in the final stages of production, either off to the paint factory (offsite) or finishing up custom orders. You should see some of the other rv manufacturers around there, hundreds & hundreds of rv's waiting for shipment. I believe Drv completes 2 per day. Did you post this on the Drv owners site? www.suitesowners.com
Building a business of teaching music or rv repair would be really difficult while moving around. RV Parks usually have a list of rv tech's in the area that they recommend, don't think they would be willing to recommend someone that's just staying in their park. Just my opinion but I think if you need additional income you need to be more realistic. You may have to park in one spot for a couple of years, save $$$ then do some traveling. Yes, medical insurance can be really expensive. The little information I have read about the new health care exchanges give you a few options, like higher deductibles. That has been our option since we went fulltime at ages 48 & 56. We have been purchasing high deductible policies that run in 6 month increments from www.ehealthinsurance.com. If you pay the entire 6 months at time of purchase you get 20% off the premium, then we renew every 6 months. We purchase our medications from the Walmart or Target $4 list and make sure any prescription the Dr writes is a generic.
I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this. If you just can't do without a dishwasher and you don't buy a rig with one built in, you can add a portable one. We had a Vesta portable dishwasher for several years and it worked great. We were able to set it on top of the clothes washer, it had it's own water heater so just hooked it to the cold water. As to the freezer you can also add one of those in the basement, however, we haven't found the need for one. We have a pretty big Dometic 4 door frig/freezer and with good packing can get quite a bit in the freezer.
Definitely stainless steel. Ace Hardware has the best selection and price. They sell the screws already painted but it's pretty easy to buy the unpainted ones, stick them in a piece of cardboard then spray paint with white paint. We also spend some time at the beach every year and have had to replace over 300 screws on our 4 slides.
Why not take off the fabric? If that fabric is from 1996 it probably needs to be replaced due to odors absorbed or dust or whatever. If there is any padding underneath I would change that too. I changed out a fabric covered headboard on a 5th wheel. I don't think you need any special skills, just remove the old fabric to use as a pattern and buy new fabric, install with a staple gun. You will probably really like the results!