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RE: Diesel Availability, Dempster and Dalton Highways?

As mentioned, make sure you fuel up at Coldfoot. Here's my blogpost on our trip down the Dalton. We spent 5 days on that road. It was one of the highlights of our trip and yes, we put our foot in the Arctic Ocean :) Dalton Hwy
soos 05/21/15 12:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Why did you stop full time rving?

We went full time in 2009 in our early 50s when hubby was offered a retirement package. We figured it was a good chance to see the country. We thought we'd do it for a year or two, so put some of our stuff in storage. We enjoyed the lifestyle a lot and are technically still fulltimers, but we are building a house in AZ, where we usually spend the winters. The house will be in Havasu because we are boaters at heart and there is a great lake here. Why? As I said we are boaters and want to spend more time on the water, but mostly hubby ran out of projects to do and misses his tools. We will still travel most of the time, and the house will have 3 FHU sites for friends :)
soos 05/20/15 11:10pm RV Lifestyle
RE: How do you travel with a cat??

We live in a 5th wheel but bought a truck camper to go to Alaska last summer. Our cat spent 5 months in the camper with us on that trip. Here's HIS opinion of our Alaska trip My Alaska Trip- by Dozer He always goes out on a leash and only when we are sitting outside. It took him a while to get used to it, but he did, because its the only way he gets to go out. He doesn't care for truck travel much but again, he gets used to it. He is always in a carrier in the truck. We do keep an eye out for off leash dogs. Dozer is not afraid of them and will actually stalk them, especially small ones, but I don't take any chances.
soos 05/09/15 06:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Big Bend

Here the stuff we did in Big Bend. two of the hikes are not listed on the park maps, to keep visitation to a minimum. Big Bend blog posts PS I recommend staying in Study Butte. We stay at the Big Bend resort Rv park. Its closer to most of the "attractions" than the campground inside the park and its near Terlingua which is a really cool town that actually has some decent restaurants.
soos 04/09/15 12:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: still traveling ?

I have a friend who is a full timer who travels solo. He is about 85 years old. He is just now packing up to make a trek from New Mexico to South Carolina.
soos 04/01/15 11:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ready cash

We carried several hundred dollars cash. Just before coming back into the US for the last time, we spent most of the leftovers putting fuel in the truck, eating out, etc. we had a fair amount of trouble with our debit card. we had not told chase we were going to Canada. Even after we did, we had issues. Sue
soos 03/26/15 11:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: National parks visited?

37 of the 59 actual national parks.
soos 03/24/15 12:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Remdies for Bugs & Bears

We ordered head nets and permethrin to soak them in: Head net Permethrin My vet says that the Permethrin spray is safe to use on dogs. We also ordered some good DEET thinking it would be 2 or 3 times as much in Alaska: DEET We also bought and used all of these items. The Permethrin can said NOT to spray it near cats-in a liquid form it can cause central nervous system damage, but once its dry its ok. And some of us already own things like bear spray and would rather not have to throw it out and buy new stuff just to cross into Canada-which-by the way-you will probably be doing several times along the trip. It would be crazy to keep geting rid of pet food, bear spray, vegetables, fruit etc everytime you cross during the summer. We had bear spray with us and just listed it when asked if we had anything for personal defense.
soos 03/23/15 12:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canceling SiriusXM

reading this thread reminded me that I needed to cancel. They offered me a lower price and when I declined they just canceled it for me, no problem. Sue
soos 03/19/15 12:54am Technology Corner
RE: El Paso, TX Campground

Howdy! We've stayed a few times in Anthony, Tx at the campgroud behind Camping World. Its near the Texas/New Mexico border. Large nice, clean and we felt safe campground. "Happy Trails" Chiefneon X 2 we have stayed here many times. they just became a KOA but there aren't many amenities, they just added picnic tables and they do have laundry and decent wifi. Its called American RV park.
soos 03/19/15 12:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blog sites

I use blogspot as well, but what I really recommend is that you download Microsoft Live Writer. It allows you to compose your post on your computer even if you don't have internet. Then you post it to your blog when you do, or whenever its ready. it saves a copy of every post on your computer. i think you can use it regardless of whether you use wordpress or blogspot. Sue
soos 03/15/15 11:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Another Capital Reef Question

I hafta laff as people who show the pictures they want so as to prove a point and avoid the whole truth. Seems soos's pictures do just that. Soos must be a politician as they are good at that! :-) Huh? I posted links to a blog post that i wrote 3 years ago, soon after driving that road. I Certainly didn't just pick the pictures to prove a point on this thread, years after the trip. The FACT is that we had no issues on that road and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact we've driven it several times, always towing. Obviously people have varying opinions and comfort levels towing a rig and my DH is an experienced driver who enjoys being behind the wheel so maybe we enjoyed it more than others would.
soos 03/13/15 12:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

we also found "the Alaska App" to be extremely useful
soos 03/12/15 01:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Another Capital Reef Question

The road between capitol reef and escalante had me nearly in tears. I was terrified. I am usually the driver, but I could not do it. My husband took over, but not until we had an argument about how he really needed to respect my fear of the road and to drive very carefully. I hope to do So Utah again someday, but it I wont drive that road. It was scary in car, terrifying with a trailer. wow, talk about different strokes for different folks. I LOVED that drive and we were towing a 38 ft 5th wheel. what a stunningly beautiful drive! We kept pulling over to take pictures every chance we got One of my several posts about that area Rte 12 Utah oh, and one more that is mostly just pics of the road the view from the window
soos 03/12/15 12:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need Alaska Advice

see now, with kids, I would skip Denali, except to try and catch a glimpse of the mountain, and you can do that in Talkeetna. I would definitely head to Seward for a boat tour, among other things, and stop at the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center on the way. It will be great for kids.
soos 03/12/15 12:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Annual cost to fulltime

Many stokes for different folks .. That's why seeing many peoples ideas / budgets are important I have no doubt I can full time on 20 grand .. However I don't want to !!! Luckily ( and I know I am) have 3-4 x that amount "all in " if I want to use it so I can stay in " nicer" parks , travel more, eat out more.. It's nice to see budgets that are more like what I'm planning. Most posts are "how little can I spend and still full time" but that's not my situation and as I've said I know many more who must spend more than they let on but don't want to get run over by others "overspending" ! ;-) in many cases it isn't how cheaply can I full time it's what will it cost to full time under less restrictive circumstances. Everybody has their own normal and that's ok .. We are in the same situation. We don't have to skimp, we don't really "budget" per se, we track all our expenses. As I mentioned, we spend about $72,000 a year. More if we do something like spend the winter in the Keys (Yikes!) etc. But spending $72,000-$80,000 a year is us not holding back at all. we eat out whenever we feel like it, buy whatever toys (cameras, phones etc) that we want, and stay at whatever RV park we want. For us, we are spending maybe 15% less than we did when we owned a house. Some of that savings is the fact that we don't "vacation" like we used to. No trips to the caribbean, etc. We have a cat, and cat sitters are tough to come by on the road. Our first year out we went a little easy on the spending until we saw how it was going. Then we decided we could afford to spend more, and we figured if we ever needed to, we could slow down and volunteer or work camp. We have been, until now, rare fulltimers. We move at least once a week or so, all year long. That adds substantially to the cost- no monthly rates for us, and lots of diesel fuel, but we've had a blast. Sue
soos 03/05/15 09:40am Full-time RVing
RE: Annual cost to fulltime

Here is what I mean. What is the average amount YOU spend to live as a full-timer for one year? Simple question. $72,000
soos 02/26/15 11:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: DRV Memphis

Empty weight of 19,000#, so your loaded weight will be 21,000# plus. What are you planning to pull this with? Not your 2012 F350? Ken why not ? The newer trucks have amazing towing capabilities: F350: 5Th-wheel Towing up to 24,500 lbs.
soos 02/24/15 10:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for golf/tennis RV resort in Arizona NOT only 55+

Don't golf or play tennis either. Pickle ball maybe.
soos 02/10/15 10:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida Keys

X 3 Jolly Roger on Marathon. Eat at the Sunset Grill :)
soos 02/10/15 10:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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