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RE: Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Black Hills, finally!

Some campgrounds and attractions are already closed, Snow predicted for Friday.
pawatt 10/01/14 10:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Migration south

We have been going to Texas in Feb. the last few years, I am retiring at the end of the year at age 70 and have been looking forward to spending more of the winter there. Unfortunately, my wife's health is declining and I'm not sure we can go at all. We missed last year because of a broken hip and now 3 compressed vertebrae fractures. If you can go, don't put it off, you never know what the future holds! Go as soon as possible and enjoy!! This is very good advice, hope you can make it. They do have some very good doctors in the Valley too, Especially at Dr's. Renaissance in Edinburg.
pawatt 10/01/14 09:41pm Snowbirds
RE: Trans Canada trip: Nova Scotia to Calgary

The really good scenery is West of Calgary, Bannif, Lake Louise, Jasper & all of BC. You will see a lot of Wheat fields after you get out of Ontario.
pawatt 10/01/14 06:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Snowbirding back in the day!

If you're wondering what $1.00 a week realy ment.... http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/priceguide.htmlhttp://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/priceguide.html Now that is all very interesting.
pawatt 09/30/14 03:12pm Snowbirds
RE: Winter Texan numbers dropping in the Valley

Over 65 on Medicare coverage is better than any we ever had with our private insurance. It is the younger retires that face the huge medical insurance costs. I retired at 53 and medical insurance has been my biggest cost. It is the 55 - 65 age group that we are not seeing starting to snowbird. Medical costs are one of many reasons I think we are not seeing much of this age group as well as RV parks not adapting to the interests of younger snowbirds, no or lost pensions and other reasons. In the park we go to I would say the average is well over 65, maybe 70. I want to retire in about 18 mos. at age 63 and then migrate to Texas for the winters, but the health insurance is the one thing that is still a big ?? Insurance will be costly where ever your are until you reach Medicare age. I currently pay $515.00 a month for a $3500. deductible Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan for myself only, my wife has other insurance. This was about a $200.00 reduction in cost for me since the ACA, no subsidies. Be sure what ever insurance you get covers you in the states you plan to be, many only provide limited emergency room coverage and maybe urgent care. Tell your agent & provider your plans and make sure you have coverage. We travel all over the USA and BC/BS has plans that work but are more expensive than some.
pawatt 09/30/14 10:22am Snowbirds
RE: Winter Texan numbers dropping in the Valley

pawatt, How is the valley now? We are planning to stop and shop in Mexico. Is this a good plan? We normally stay at a small park in mission called Seven Oaks, but have not been there in 4 or 5 years. We wonder about all the bad press on Mexico but in our past experience we never had an issue in Pergresso. We will be back in the Valley in 3 weeks, Friends there have been going to Nuevo Progreso without incident. I would avoid Reynosa but things have calmed down all across Mexico and many do spend the Winter in Mexico as well. They have had about 12 inches of rain in the Valley this month so bring your mosquito repellant until it dries up. We are about a mile from 7 Oaks at Green Gate Grove.
pawatt 09/30/14 10:14am Snowbirds
RE: Snowbirding back in the day!

Pretty Kool!!!
pawatt 09/29/14 07:08pm Snowbirds
RE: RV park near Mt Ranier NP

Shady Firs in Packwood, very reasonable & quiet. Cash or checks only, no credit cards. Nice location. The larger sites don't have sewer hookup but there is a dump station.
pawatt 09/28/14 09:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: City Campgrounds

Thanks Everyone, some really good links.
pawatt 09/27/14 09:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winter Texan numbers dropping in the Valley

Over 65 on Medicare coverage is better than any we ever had with our private insurance. It is the younger retires that face the huge medical insurance costs. I retired at 53 and medical insurance has been my biggest cost. It is the 55 - 65 age group that we are not seeing starting to snowbird. Medical costs are one of many reasons I think we are not seeing much of this age group as well as RV parks not adapting to the interests of younger snowbirds, no or lost pensions and other reasons. In the park we go to I would say the average is well over 65, maybe 70.
pawatt 09/27/14 12:59pm Snowbirds
City Campgrounds

We recently have stayed at several city campgrounds that were very nice & reasonably priced. Many city campgrounds and not listed in any of the guides. Anybody have a good source or tips for finding these city campgrounds? We have found some that were free for the 1st few days, some as low as $5.00 and none over $30.00.
pawatt 09/26/14 10:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground search tools

I believe I have about 100 honest reviews both good & bad posted on www.rvparkreviews.com and never had one edited or deleted. We use that as well as RVPARKY.com and Allstays. The Good Sam RM GPS is good as well but not all campgrounds are listed.
pawatt 09/26/14 10:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winter Texan numbers dropping in the Valley

Very true re outmoded facilities etc. We were surprised at some of the outmoded facilities at the RGV campgrounds. Shuffleboard, seriously. Our RV community in Palm Springs replaced their shuffleboard with a world class gym and continues to improve it every year. Facilities related to hiking, climbing, biking and other sports are what attracts snowbirds in California. But to each his own. Re the Mexican border thing, I don't think that would affect much. ...... This is very true, many of the parks are old with small close sites and activities are bingo, shuffleboard, pot lucks and music jams. Many older parks resist updating and many of the older long time residents are very resistant to change.
pawatt 09/25/14 09:54pm Snowbirds
RE: Winter Texan numbers dropping in the Valley

A US couple can easily pay $1,200 us per month for health care. It's too much of a risk to go without. We paid $1680.00 a month until we got $5000.00 deductible policies Now it is nearly $1200.
pawatt 09/25/14 09:27am Snowbirds
RE: Social Security question/ help please if you know

Its not all about the money, retire and enjoy life before it is too late. Are you going to enjoy traveling more now or when you are 80.
pawatt 09/24/14 10:38pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Winter Texan numbers dropping in the Valley

It's not off topic...it is simply one of the reasons for the drop in Winter Texans in the Valley. Some folks are getting older, and as a result the cost of health care for Canadians is prohibitive. There are other reasons as well, this is simply one of them. Yes, as long as it don't get political and it usually does.
pawatt 09/24/14 05:26pm Snowbirds
RE: Winter Texan numbers dropping in the Valley

Isn't this all off topic? Yes, lets try to get back on topic.
pawatt 09/24/14 03:54pm Snowbirds
workampers Review Site

This site may have some helpful info for workampers. I am not affiliated with the site, not a big data base yet but maybe useful in the future. Workamping Review Site
pawatt 09/23/14 08:59pm Workamping Forum
RE: Yellowstone: what's the big deal about it?

Was there for 3 weeks a few years ago, could have spent the whole summer there and only touched the surface of all to see and do.
pawatt 09/21/14 06:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mobile Banking Just curious?

How many of you use mobile banking, smart phone to make check deposits by taking a picture of your check and depositing it to your account without ever leaving your house or RV? Any problems? I just started using the feature and love it, Saves gas and waiting in long lines and I can make deposits from 1000's of miles away. all of our income...pension checks and SS...are direct deposited into out account. no need for paper checks anymore. I still get random paper checks from our retirement business.
pawatt 09/20/14 07:10am Technology Corner
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