I don't understand why people think that staying home, running the home, raising the children, being there for the husband is not work. My wife did not work outside the home for about 4-5 years out of our married life, 48 years and counting, but I never told anyone she didn't work when she was not out of the house. I always said that my wife did not work outside the house, not that she did not work. That guy sounds like an absolute dolt and his wife should have dumped him many, many years ago as it's apparent that he didn't appreciate her and what she did for him over all those years.
I pull double and would second Curtisfamily above, if you can pull double. That way, when you want to take the ATVs somewhere else, you don't have to break camp to take them elsewhere. Are you sure you can't double tow in Oregon? I believe that a large number of states allow double-towing but with lengths restricted and also needing brakes on each of the towed trailers. Some also restrict double-towing to only with fifth-wheel trailers. Here in Wyoming, we can double tow up to, I think, 75' as long as all the towed vehicles have brakes.
What's wrong with getting stuck in Buffalo jams. A person shouldn't be in a big hurry to get anywhere in the Park, especially if they are planning on a week or so of sightseeing. Sit back and enjoy all that nature presents and be thankful you are in a place that allows you to do so.
1.2 million compared to 842,000 seems like a significant increase. I owned a 2011 Ram 3/4 ton crew-cab diesel but only for nine months. Don't know if I would have had problems, but got rid of it for other reasons.
Colter Bay campground, not RV Park has about 10 sites with electricity for ADA purposes. They save about 4-5 of them until late in the afternoon and then, if they are not rented, they open them up to the masses. Most of them have space that is paved, but even the ones that don't have good gravel. We rented one site this summer with our son, his wife and four grandkids. The cost was around $35 per night with the electricity, they don't reduce the fee for the senior pass unfortunately. If you aren't also wedded to water, that would be another place to park your motorhome. They don't take reservations however so it's kinda first come, first serve.
We have two Ekornes chairs, one is about 17-18 years old and still looks like new, that's the wife's chair. Mine is about seven years old and still looks new as well. The newer one cost about 1 1/2 times what the older one did. Really love the quality, but the prices are way beyond reasonable now. I'll have to take aloof at the Palliser ones.
Only way to get the price you paid for an RV, when you sell, is to not buy one in the first place. These products, like most, will depreciate over time and, almost without exception, never sell for the same as the previous purchase price. For example, we bought a FW in 1993 for $14,400, a Jayco Eagle 215SD, and sold it in the fall of 2011 for $4,000. However, if you measure how much pleasure we derived from the FW over the 18 years, not to mention savings on motel rooms and eating in restaurants all the time, while on the road, I don't feel we got taken when we sold.
We towed a Jayco Eagle SuperLite HT 26.5 RLS with a 2011 Ram Diesel Crew Cab long-bed and a 3.42 rear end. Was not happy with the lack of "oomph" but the truck pulled it fine. Decided, for various reasons to get a different truck so went with a 2012 GMC D/A crew cab short-bed with 3.73 rear end gears and there was a world of difference towing the FW. While you might be a bit over the "optimum" pin weight, I would say go for it. The auto and 3.73 in your Ram will do a great job pulling that FW and you shouldn't have a problem at all as you probably don't have the de-rated diesel Ram I had, due to the six-speed manual transmission.
It seems to me I remember that Quicken is an electronic checkbook and Quickbooks is an accounting program. If you are running a business with numerous reports, payroll, inventory, you should stick with Quickbooks. I know it's a bunch more expensive that Quicken, but taking into account the reports you will have to manufacture using Quicken, you'll be way ahead using Quickbooks.
A number of years ago my wife and I were at Jackson Lake, in the late fall, fishing and had just put our boat in the lake. The end of the ramp was just barely in the water so a person had to get off the ramp with the back wheels in order to launch the boat. Well, someone with a off-shore racing boat, a cigarette I believe, started to put his boat in the lake, got the boat off the trailer and couldn't get the trailer out as the back wheels of the tow vehicle, a FORD, spun in the rocks off the end of the ramp. So, I went and unhooked my trailer and pulled the FORD up the ramp with my little old GMC D/A combo. Only bad thing was that my wife was so engrossed talking to the owner of the cigarette boat that she didn't take any pictures of our GMC pulling the FORD up the ramp. Probably could have gotten a couple of shekels for that picture. In all fairness, the FORD was a two wheel drive long-bed and the rocks off the end of the ramp were not only wet but slick as well. It was fun doing it, though.
Volunteer for four different tax-exempt organizations and fill in part-time, during filing season, reviewing tax returns for my old firm. Told them this fall that I believe this next season will be my last as our reason for being stuck here in our retirement town is not gone with my father-in-law dying last spring. Hope to get out and about traveling during the winter, sold my snowmobiles so minimal ice fishing at 10,000' and, if we do snowmobile, we'll rent the machines.
As for the OP question, I waited until I was 63 1/2 before taking SS. I applied for it early with the beginning date equal to the day after my retirement. Got my first check that next month. Had a little problem later in that SS went in, not at my request, and backed up my retirement date. Sent me a check for the difference as if I had retired earlier but, reduced the benefit payment due to the back-up. I went ahead and cashed the check, stupid, and then appealed the recalculation of my benefits. Took me over six months for them to get it figured out but eventually, I wrote them a check for the overpaid benefits and kept getting the original amounts calculated when I retired, with the CPI adjustments of course. If I could have retired at 62, I would have done so and started taking SS. We have no assurance we are going to live to the break-even point and to listen to the financial planners say to wait makes no sense to me since my father died at 55 from a heart attack, my uncle on my mom's side, who died at age 43, died before age 50 from a heart attack. Why should I take a chance that I will outlive the averages, I have already outlived most of my father's family, on the male side, and my mom's side, both male and female. I think a person ought to take the money and go have a wonderful time in retirement, if he/she can afford to do so.
I have Farm Bureau for my house and ATVs, but when I priced it for my cars and FW, the price was about 25% higher than Hartford, even with the discount for bundling the house. We haven't used Farm Bureau for any problems so I can't tell you how they do. As for Hartford, we are on our second claim with them and so far, they have handled them to our satisfaction and promptly.
Me Again, I hope to heck you are talking tongue-in-cheek here. What are the "Blue" states going to do for energy? I think that the "Red" states, except for Pennsylvania, almost have a monopoly on energy, even the clean energy since the "Blue" states don't want to clutter up their view scape with windmills, NIMBY, baby. Also, "Red" states comprise a very large percentage of the real estate in the United States and have most, if not all, of the states who have balanced budgets and don't have to worry about their cities declaring bankruptcy. And, how do you consider the "Blue" states control 80% of the fresh water when most of the headwaters originate in the "Red" states? As for you getting Hollywood, what the heck do they do to enhance the lives of the rest of the world?
We bought our first refrigerator in 1969 and retired it in 1992, actually it finally quit running. Bought a plain Amana, no ice maker, no water, and it's till running in our garage after 21 years. New frig is a Sear Elite made by LG and we have had it since about 2002 and have had numerous problems, but it was a first run fridge and that may have contributed to the problem. We have an extended "warranty" and have used it three times on this newer fridge, ice maker went out and control panel had to be replaced as well as overheating and messing up the light in the fridge. As for the dishwasher, we had a few dishwashers over the years but purchased a Sears Elite DW in 2002, made for them by Bosch. Loved it, exceedingly quite and got almost everything clean. When we retired and moved, we tried to buy another one, but couldn't get it in the finish we wanted so went directly with a Bosch. Again, a great dishwasher, quiet and gets almost everything clean. However, our cost was less than $700 when we bought in 2008, and I think that would be higher now. We did buy the extended "warranty" for it and have had to use it once when the handle broke this last year.
I would recommend you use the T/H mode all the time you tow and, as well, simply push the button for the engine braking system to operate. The engine braking system will help a lot when going down mountain passes, or really steep hills, and will allow you to not use the brakes as much. We have a 2012 GMC 2500HD D/A combo and the T/H and engine brake system work great when we are pulling our FW and boat, with a total combined weight of around 12,000.