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RE: Why did you go the 'full-timing' route...

Started camping in the backyard when I was 10-11 under and old smelly tarp draped over the clothesline. Graduated to Boy Scout camping weekends and summer camp. Brought my first Sears tent when I was 16 one of my buddies aunt lived on a lake up in Wisconsin. After high school we traveled all the Midwest and out to Yellowstone and up to Canada. After I married, the then wife, and I continued to camp for many years till we purchased a farm with that and a regular job time disappeared. When the marriage dissolved and the farm along with it I wound up with a social group that brought me back to camping. Eventually a new wife and new exploration of the National Parks. Unfortunately her death came too soon to join me in our plan to full time. Luckily I met a woman that had also lost a partner and shared my desire to travel and explore our beautiful country and that's where we are today. Each day is a joy.
stickdog 09/15/14 06:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Joliet,il to Great Smokey Mtn

We prefer taking I57 to I24 avoid I65 too much traffic and Indianapolis and Louisville can be a pita.
stickdog 09/14/14 07:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: water filter

We use the charcoal filters that screw on to the bib. When we were on well we used the same except larger under the sink. The only place DW wouldn't drink the water from the tap was Florida..... it was too warm.
stickdog 09/14/14 06:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: B&W hitch adjustment question

On my 09 F350 DRW I have it set high as can be and as far forward as possible. I have 7 inches clearance.
stickdog 09/14/14 06:29pm Towing
RE: How to get from here to there

Google maps are alright, I use them all the time for our travels but you can alter them to suit your preferences. Run your google map again and pull the route down to Albany NY. You'll get new routing that will keep you in the USA. If you have any questions about a particular part of the routing post another question here and someone familiar with that road will reply.
stickdog 09/14/14 06:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Centerpoint suspension question

We have trailair suspension and have no problems with things bouncing around. Just keep it aired up to the weight on your axles.
stickdog 09/14/14 06:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential fridge pros/cons

I have yet to hear anyone complaining about going residential. Most that I know though are MH full timers so most have generators with 4 to 6 battery banks. If we ever replace out present fiver I would consider a residential fridge.
stickdog 09/14/14 05:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A whole new world...

Sounds like a plan!
stickdog 09/13/14 08:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: new or used?

We brought our Hitchiker used 4 1/2 years ago. DW likes the MS Traditions line maybe get one when a good used unit hits the market in 4-5 years.
stickdog 09/13/14 08:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long full timing?

Four years four months and 24 days.
stickdog 09/12/14 08:18pm Full-time RVing
RE: swapping propane tanks

Whenever I have a 20# tank go out of date I trade it in at any BB tank exchange for a in date one, never had a problem. After that refill as needed at any propane station until that one expires.
stickdog 09/06/14 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Snowbirds Question

The normal recommendation is to go straight south till you are in warm temps then de-winterize. Some use RV antifreeze for flushing the commode and carry a few gallons of bottled water for drinking and washing, warming on the stove as needed if overnighting in the RV others just stay in a motel and not bother with the rv till in warm weather.
stickdog 09/06/14 06:12pm Snowbirds
RE: Number Of Hours?

It really is very simple. We have been on the road now in our 14th year. We workamped in many venues about 6 months a year and spent the other 6 traveling. We haven't hated it and have had many wonderful experiences. What would you trade for watching bear catching salmon amidst a setting replete with northern lights that most people can only dream of and still get paid $10/ hour plus a free site with all amenities? (we did it in AK for 5 months) Would you trade it for $5/hour? Would you trade it for nothing but site? We've done all of the above and have rarely been disappointed. As far as a cap, no. We've worked as many as 20 hours each for nothing more than full hookups because it was where we wanted to be, when we wanted to be there and doing what we enjoyed doing. For example, we "worked" in a location in OR that required we do 30 hrs per couple for just site and FH. We were located in a private homestead where the owners were building a nature preserve on the 20 acres that they owned. Our "work" consisted of removing non-native plant life and general VERY light maintenance This all 30 miles from nowhere aside 2 streams and amid some of the most lush terrain in the country. Sometimes one can't put a price upon happy. There are folks who will argue that to trade their time for less than what THEY believe that they are worth worth is horrid! I feel sorry for them. They still don't get that it isn't at all about material gain. They likely never will get it and are extraordinarily limited as to what they can experience. YOU are the only one(s) who can decide the balance between what you consider "work" and what you are receiving in return, and again, that frequently isn't a matter of just a full hookup site or other amenities. If you allow it, it can mean peace, not only literally, but with your soul (whatever you perceive that to be) and truly enjoying what is left of your ever dwindling life. It just occurred to me that I sound like an old hippie. :) Never was one but the last point is crucial. Many of us are looking at the waning years of our lives. Apropos to the discussion: how do you want to spend yours? Well said!
stickdog 09/06/14 06:00pm Workamping Forum
RE: Black Tank Won't Empty

get a bottle of RV Digest-it and follow the directions it will turn all solids into liquid even toilet paper Sure you have a mess left by the previous owner, a mix of paper and poop congealed. It must be liquefied to drain. Your going to have to use the above mentioned product or one for septic systems. It may take a week of marinating to re-liquefy. You could do it with water alone it would just take longer a nice simmering stew.
stickdog 09/05/14 07:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Domtic fridge problem with propane.

Mine wouldn't light, turned out dirty burner cleaned it with old tooth brush. Air in a can would also work but I didn't have any.
stickdog 09/05/14 06:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Too much of a good thing? Retirement on the Road NYT

Isn't wonderful we can all live our dreams. I'm retired and now free to wander.
stickdog 09/04/14 08:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: RVs and the migrant elderly workers of our times

Still sounds like economics to me.
stickdog 09/04/14 06:21pm Workamping Forum
RE: do you leave your awnings out?

The OP is from Texas. We have been fulltime for 4 1/2 years and the only state we didn't leave the awning out was the 6 months we were in Texas. Sure we've rolled it up a few times when high winds were forecast but we found in Texas we spent more time than it was worth and just left it rolled up.
stickdog 08/30/14 09:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mail Forwarding and Home Base

We use http://mydakotaaddress.com/ in Madison, SD. We use that as well. I won't say one state (SD,FL,TX)is better than another each person has different needs which anyone of those states may or may not address. We have family up north though not in SD so we travel near enough and often enough that location is no problem when licence renew rolls around. It may just be my Midwest mentality that selected SD over the other fulltimer friendly states.
stickdog 08/30/14 08:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: Workcamping experience ?

Camp hosting ain't rocket science. Depending on the state in which you host it could be cleaning campsites after use, cleaning shower house daily or twice a day, maintenance mowing lawns, repairing broke things, painting,etc. We did a forest service OHV site 16 hrs a week. Our job was to do hourly vehicle counts on Sat & Sunday and pickup litter and clean a pit toilet on Monday morning. We usually did it Sunday evening after the riders left. If we had heavy rains and the trails were muddy we locked the gate if it was Sat & Sunday it still counted as days worked. It did get loud on the weekends.
stickdog 08/28/14 06:49pm Full-time RVing
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