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RE: Where is everybody?

Well we made the run across the desert last week, got to Mesa on Friday, Oct. 1st. Temps fall into the 60s at night, having rain right now! A few people starting to trickle in. Have an appointment this morning to get our booster shot plus flu shot! After a month seeing California fuel prices, almost had sticker shock at "low" fuel prices again.
BarbaraOK 10/05/21 08:04am Snowbirds
RE: Land border closed to Canada

I really doubt it has anything to do with handling the tourists at the border. I drive long haul in the summer and our crossings are always slower than a tourist. There is paperwork that has to be examined and sometimes have to use a credit card to pay for the crossing. Rarely do you spend more than 10 minutes at the booth. They read the truck plate and all your data comes up on the computer screen. Tourists entering Canada are not held up as we have an app where all the Covid test data is uploaded before you reach the border. The USA has been working on a similar app. BarbaraOK: Traveling in an airplane is certainly more risky than driving. Crowded airport lines as well as being squeezed into a shuttle van. Besides Canadians would be double vaccinated unlike the millions in the USA who are unprotected. Imagine a plane load of Texans or Floridians visiting your state! I am convinced it is political. Every border state official ( mayors, Governors, Congressmen and senators have been applying pressure on the administration to no avail. The scientists have stated that the Canadians pose no risk. Certainly allowing visitors from India and some almost 3rd world countries pose a much larger risk. Logic does not apply!! I'm not saying the decision on not to admit was based on logic. The problem is that the US is also dealing with two borders and I think there might be some language in NFTA that says what you do for one, you do for the other. The discussion on the driving I saw was the fact that they assumed that those coming across driving would be stopping at restaurants all the way to their destination as well as using motels, etc. The idea of RVers being self-contained does not compute with these people.
BarbaraOK 10/02/21 09:39am Snowbirds
RE: Land border closed to Canada

The original rationale was that if flying, you get to your destination and then quartile for 2 weeks and if you are carrying the virus, the physical area in which you have contact is limited. In contrast, drive across the border, you are stopping every night (and remember, this is originally projected as people in CARS, not RVs) in a different place, going into restaurants along the way, so that you might spread the virus in several states as you wander to your destination. Yes, things are different now, but also Canada only has one border they are having to deal with, we also have 2, so that adds another layer of complexity. Not saying I agree with what they have in place, because I don't, but that is how it came about.
BarbaraOK 10/01/21 08:17am Snowbirds
RE: Snow Birding

We spent several years in Arizona doing a couple of weeks here, a couple of weeks there, trying to find an area that hit all of our must haves for a place to spend several months each winter. That really is the best way to do it since everyone has different likes/dislikes (I can't imagine being in Yuma for the whole winter, others love it) and each area has different advantages/disadvantages. We settled on the Mesa, AZ area and then spent several winters doing longer stays at different parks before we settled on our current one where we bought a Park Model for the winter. Put the motorhome to bed in a storage area, and spread out for the winter. When it starts to get hot, motorhome comes out and we hit the road again!
BarbaraOK 09/10/21 09:22am Snowbirds
RE: Where is everybody?

We're already on the move towards Arizona. We are in the Bay Area today for the next three weeks before making the run across the desert to Mesa on October 1st.
BarbaraOK 09/09/21 10:33am Snowbirds
RE: Down Sizing

Do you have to leave the area right away. I'd suggest seeing if you can get a month's space at a park in the general area. Just move your clothes, dishes, etc. over and start living. Whenever you want something, first see if there is something already in the coach you can use instead, if not go get it. We've been out since 2006 and until we got our park model, in 2015, we got ride of stuff every year. All pans should be multiple use - a larger pan can cook smaller amounts, but not vice-versa. Bet you have 2x or more the number of clothes you really need. Get rid of heavy parkas, etc., and think layers. Remember, that your car can hold some stuff in it. We didn't have the worry because we had over 5000 lbs we could file - never came close to it. Plus, we've got a 10K hitch, so we've never had to worry about how much our car weighed. We tow 4-down, makes life so much easier. Barb
BarbaraOK 08/05/21 04:47pm Full-time RVing
RE: Rio Grande Valley

Don't bet on it. At some point the shear number of infections will necessitate drastic measures again unless people wake up and get vaccinated. And even then, I am not sure that we haven't missed the golden opportunity to shut the virus down and the variants after Delta are going to require development of new vaccines to stop.
BarbaraOK 07/31/21 08:52am Snowbirds
RE: Future Canadian Snowbird questions

Since you aren't a resident of Montana, I take it you are going to form an LLC? How much will that cost - up front and yearly maintenance fees to keep the LLC going. If you aren't going to move the trailer, why not buy a Park Model in whatever park you choose - - thousands of them are bought and sold every year, a lot owned by Canadians.
BarbaraOK 07/22/21 10:35am Full-time RVing
Happy Birthday Canada

To all of our northern neighbors, Happy Birthday and hope we see you this winter!
BarbaraOK 07/01/21 02:02pm Snowbirds
RE: Winterizing & Summerizing for Snowbirds

Summerizing? It's 115 and 115+ outside this week in Arizona. It's hot enough that the label adhesive on the antiseptic bottle melts in the car and the label slips away. The roof shingles would probably slide off the roof if they weren't nailed on. I need to set and leave the air conditioning on in the house before leaving for the summer. I'm thinking 90-degrees. Any suggestions as to what to set the AC temp? Why haven't you left already? We leave the mid to end of April. Since our Park Model is old, we just shut off the water, shut off the power, cover every thing, put blackout curtains in the windows to cut down on sun infiltration and go. We have someone check on it all summer, and they turn on the water and power about 3-4 days before we arrive back, usually the first of October.
BarbaraOK 06/21/21 10:46am Snowbirds
Non-responsiveness of Good Sam

So, I posted about not getting my supposed gift certificate in time to do any good since we are RVing for the summer months. Funny thing to do for RVers to do, I know. This was the last message in the thread that I posted Hello BarbaraOK, Please send us a PM with your membership information so we can assist with getting this issue resolved for you. Venesa Good Sam Care Team I sent the requested information and received a reply saying that they had already started the process and would send me an email. AND NOTHING. We are now in an area with a Camping World about 3 miles down the road from us - but I will NOT be walking into that place before we leave next Monday. Talk about a shame operation!
BarbaraOK 06/16/21 09:16pm Good Sam Club
RE: Renewal Gift Certificate Expires

Hello BarbaraOK, Thank you for your time and post. We apologize you received an expired Merchandise Certificate. Please send us a private message with your Good Sam membership number and your best mailing address, and we can issue a replacement. Please be advised that the certificates are issued by a third party company and can take up to two months for delivery. Regards, Amy Good Sam Care Team Obviously you didn't read closely. WE ARE TRAVELING FOR THE SUMMER. Not sure exactly where I will be in 2 months and it won't be anywhere close our address. We travel from April through September! So people who will be traveling and could use the certificate for needed things are just out of luck. Thanks for nothing!
BarbaraOK 05/25/21 09:36am Good Sam Club
Renewal Gift Certificate Expires

So I renewed and got a Gift Certificate for renewing. EXCEPT, I received it in our package of mail on the 21st and it expired on the 15th of May. Of course, what business do RVers have to be traveling and only get their mail every few weeks! How dare we actually use our RVs and get out there. But it is typical of what I've come to expect from Good Sam and I will not renew again!
BarbaraOK 05/22/21 08:24pm Good Sam Club
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

I just got my TX driver's license upgraded to a "Real ID" using the TX PMB. Banking good, investments good, credit cards good, taxes good. However, yesterday I was looking at the Capital One CC and it said you could check to see if you are pre-approved. As soon as i hit the address line it kick me out and said I could not use that kind of address. Oh well, it doesn't all work! It's the 77399 zip code - that is a unique zip code for the Escapees Mail Forwarding business. If you are living in any of the houses around the property, I believe you have a 77351 zip code like everyone else in Livingston. I went to buy something online and after putting in the credit card information, it asked for our address, which is often used to verify that it is my card. No, wouldn't take it. I contacted the company and said if BOA has no problem with my address while using the card, what is your problem. Turns out it was the zip code. She said put in another zip code for the town, did that and everything went through as planned. Whatever software they were using wouldn't allow zip codes for some types of businesses, but never really MATCH with the credit card companies. If the zip code was possible for the town and wasn't on their can't use list, it was all good. And of course, what I was buying was sent to a different shipping address. Had the same problem with Wal-Mart when trying to set up getting groceries for curbside pickup. So told Wal-Mart that because of their attitude they wouldn't get my business, plenty of other firms are willing to do business with me.
BarbaraOK 05/11/21 09:21am Full-time RVing
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

The camel in the tent that you didn't ask about is that financial institutions are unlikely to accept a PMB address. And here we've been using our Livingston address for 16 years without a problem. Hmmmm.
BarbaraOK 05/08/21 09:07am Full-time RVing
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

I believe it is going to be harder to vote in areas withered large numbers of full timers register. The local election officials rightly take a dim view of those voters, especially when it comes to local issues. There is something wrong with people who never step foot in town or county voting on bond issues, county elected officials, school boards etc. A crackdown wouldn’t surprise me. No, local officials don't take a dim view of full timers, at least not in Livingston, as we provide a lot of jobs for people who live in Livingston, we provide money for their bridge upkeep fund and do not use the roads, and we count in the census which increases the numbers in the town, which helps when getting federal grants, etc.
BarbaraOK 05/08/21 09:04am Full-time RVing
RE: Tips/Tricks/info on Full-time RV'ing For Beginners

Start reading blogs of people who post in RV forums and see what they think was important enough to write about - especially people who have been full timing for a long time. And notice how things change for them as they get to use to the ups and downs of full timing.
BarbaraOK 03/21/21 11:29am Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

We retired in 2006 and have been chasing the 75° mark. Are you going to 'live' with one of your relatives, as in that's the place where you will get your mail, register your vehicles, get your drivers license, vote, etc. If so - I would suggest Texas as that state is RV friendly. I'd actually suggest using Escapees in Livingston, TX as your domicile, but since you have family in Texas where you plan to spend time, that might be a better fit for you. Also think about your medical care - where do you want that to be based. It might not be a necessity now - but it will be. Growing old isn't easy. I would suggest establishing your primary care relationship where ever you decide to spend at least 1 month or more each year. We originally retired out of Tyler, Tx and kept our physician there. But in 2015, we changed to the Phoenix area for ongoing care as we started spending more of the winter here and they have great medical care in the valley. Of course, since we are on Medicare, that became very easy to do. Don't wait to decide where you are going to "live", start the discussions now, and with your family, so that it is all set before you leave your house. We put in our change of address about 3 months before we went full timing so that we could be sure all of our mail would be forwarded. And move all financial, etc. away from paper and to digital that can be managed from your computer.
BarbaraOK 02/08/21 07:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fantasizing, I suppose

2-3 years. That would be barely seeing all the Truck stops and traveling interstates. We spent 9 years full-time and the past 6 years 1/2 time (wintering in Arizona) and STILL haven't seen it all. We initially thought 1 month per state so for lower 48, that's 4 years right there. While maybe a months enough for small states, it takes more time than that to really get a feeling for all the country has to offer.
BarbaraOK 02/02/21 07:49pm Full-time RVing
RE: Vaccinations

Here is another thought on vaccinating snowbirds. If an unvaccinated snowbird gets covid do they go to the hospital in their home state or in a hospital in FL? Which state bears the burden of treatment? If someone can figure out how to vaccinate military personnel who are not in their home state (without affecting states vaccine allotments); someone can figure out to vaccinate snowbirds who are living out of their home state. Sick individuals go to the closest hospital, which is why Arizona is vaccinating anyone who fits into the age/health category currently being enrolled. Snowbird spend a LOT of money in Arizona and are vital to the economy. Lack of Canadian snowbirds this year is impacting every RV resort in the greater Phoenix area. In fact, not only is Arizona giving snowbirds their first shot, they a HIGHLY recommend they stay long enough to get the second - and spend more money during that stay! The problem was no clear direction about the vaccine distribution until last week when the opened up the 1B category to 65 and up, and told states not to hold back, but to use all they had to get the first doses out. Many states have not done that because they don't trust that there will be more supplies coming. It will shake itself out in the end, but in the mean time, it is extremely chaotic.
BarbaraOK 01/26/21 08:09am Around the Campfire
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