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RE: Dog or Pets in Motorhomes

If you have a "tense" dog (that's what I call them) that gets frantic when you're gone, then you'll have problems. As for pets in the rig....we have 2 cats. They ARE different than a dog (they don't bark). We don't have to worry about them. We, too, leave the A/C on. They have the run of the place just as if we were in a stick home (it IS our home -- fulltimers). We've been traveling with them for 9 yrs. They ride in the 5er (I know...some people think this is horrible) because they get car sick in the car and I won't drug them. They sleep in our bed and are happy cats. As for my thoughts. I've debated getting a dog. Have always had a dog except for last 15 yrs. I watch people having to walk their dogs in the rain, having to be out at night to walk their dogs, having to run back from a tourist attraction because they need to let the dog out and I've decided to not get a dog. If I HAD a dog when we started camping, I'd KEEP the dog with me and NOT put it in a kennel. The best of kennels can't make most animals happy, in my opinion. would YOU want to be caged up like that?????
amandasgramma 03/31/15 07:53am RV Pet Stop
RE: Help with portable solar please

I don't know where Golden HVac has been camping, but we've had portable solar power for over 4 yrs now and no one is stealing them. We cable/lock them in just like we do our Tailgater. We do portable because we camp under trees in the NW too often. Think of where you camp before you decide on portable or set in solars. As for "turn key"....can't help you there. DH bought 2 245watt panels and hinged them together. He concocted a stand for them that is moveable and is the carrier for the panels when we put them in the pickup bed.
amandasgramma 03/31/15 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: What's the oddest Pet rule you've encountered at an RV Park?

OR he had people walking the dog to the park and the dog can't wait. Then the "parents" of the furdog don't clean up after the dog. :) I can understand why that might be the rule.
amandasgramma 03/29/15 10:13am RV Pet Stop
RE: FYI Repairs

Think of how much work you'd have made at your stick built --- shoveling snow or mowing a lawn...... :) :) We think repairs are minor.
amandasgramma 03/29/15 08:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Update from Lost Dutchman SP Apache junction

RUB IT IN!!!!! We tried to get reservations.....FULL!!!!! I'm so jealous! NEXT year we'll be there!!!!! Oh, and try Organ Pipe Cactus NM (no elec or water at site -- dump station avail).... It's beautiful, too.
amandasgramma 03/28/15 05:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Small Fiver

Are you wanting new? We had a 21 foot 5th wheel....a Wilderness. It was built in 1990 and had fewer problems than most new rigs nowadays.
amandasgramma 03/27/15 03:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: User friendly GPS

Rand Mcnally has a GPS we LOVE. We've been thru every other brand of GPS, and this is the best. So far, after 6 months on the road, it hasn't led us wrong. And it'll show fuel stops, etc. Also, it'll show it which EXACT lane you should be in to make that next turn! DH LOVES it.
amandasgramma 03/27/15 08:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Returning to RV's after 10 years planning first trips

I have nothing to offer other than to say we have the Rand McNally GPS and it's the FIRST one that has been "right on" with our travels this winter. We haven't been to the east coast with it, but we're REALLY happy with it. :) And BTW, that's after we had bought 3 others...........BIG improvement.
amandasgramma 03/27/15 07:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Reno Area RV Parks?

We like Shamrock RV park on Parr Blvd. It's easy on and off the freeway and close to the Bonanza Casino -- away from the noise. :) Last time there, it was clean and reasonably priced.
amandasgramma 03/27/15 07:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Composting Toilets

Problem Solved or Option 2 :B EITHER solution would result in a divorce here.
amandasgramma 03/25/15 03:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New couch

redneck sofa!!!!!
amandasgramma 03/25/15 07:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HP Lap Top will not load.

I've been updating automatically via wireless for many years at home but I turn updates OFF when travelling. me, too...then started having major problems this winter....6 months on the road with Jetpack. Finally, saw the UPDATE logo lit up, did an update (gee..only 68!!!) and VOILA...all my problems have stopped!!!! Quite frankly, OPer...if you can't get the lap top to open up, you can't do the things everyone is saying to do....right? or am I reading wrong. Sounds like trip to repairman. :(
amandasgramma 03/25/15 07:53am Technology Corner
RE: Laughlin rv parks

We stay at Davis Camp RV park...across the river. It's quiet, clean, and has easy access to drive over to the casinos.
amandasgramma 03/25/15 07:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Costs that go away, costs that stay

I don't see any expenditure for an exit plan. The OP stated he would use the proceeds from the house sale to buy the motorhome. That cash will evaporate through depreciation. When Rving is no longer possible, cash will be necessary to find alternative housing. The "exit" plan could be to park the unit and live out life in it. No alternative housing needed. Just a place to park. X2!!!! I've seen too many family battles over "inheritance"....I firmly believe in spending it NOW!!! (It's MY money!). I love our rig and plan on being in it for the rest of our lives. Should we win the lottery, well, maybe...........MAYBE we'll buy a stick built some day.
amandasgramma 03/24/15 12:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Towing at night in hot weather

We have a gauge on our diesel pickup, hot weather DOES cause the motor to run hotter. And as others said, the 5er gets hot. We have 2 cats that ride back there. (I know, put them in the pickup is not an option --- ever smelled cat puke in a hot pickup????) We don't drive at night (bad eyes for both of us!)...so we leave earlier.
amandasgramma 03/24/15 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Costs that go away, costs that stay

:) :) Medicare and supplement will be the same in all states for us. :) Your plan looks like what we figured out. I can tell you, after 6 months, the worry about the house back home (hard winters....snow, freezing) has gone away....and we LOVE it!!
amandasgramma 03/24/15 07:51am Full-time RVing
RE: Some basic questions about fulltiming

We have a friend letting us "rent" from him.....we're renting a bedroom. He gets our mail, tosses junk mail and forwards when we tell him. That covers our insurances and driver's licenses. Our "renters" insurance covers the cost of anything we have in storage or in our rig. Our car insurance and RV insurance cover the truck and rig. Oregon doesn't have an excise tax that I know of and no inspections. We have kept our "family doctor". We go to Oregon once a year (well, we WILL...we've been on the road for 6 months)....and will have appointments for everything. We will get a year's worth of prescriptions written up. If we get ill on the road, then urgent care clinics and hospital ERs. We carry our medical report written up by our doctor. Eventually, we're going to be going to South Dakota for residency and mail forwarding.
amandasgramma 03/24/15 07:46am Full-time RVing
RE: laundry

We don't. Storage IS at a premium, we boondock 90% of the time therefore it would use up all our water (and not sure the dryer would run on a generator). I LOVE going to laundromat and having everything done in 2 hours. Here's food for thought.....are you planning to go to RV parks??? We've seen in the RULES of a couple of parks that we're not to use our washer/dryers (if we have them). I can imagine it takes a lot of electricity and the smaller parks may have septic problems if everyone used them. My guess...not sure why.
amandasgramma 03/23/15 06:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: Questions for Full Timers

My wife and I have talked about full timing for years now. We see four issues that must be overcome before venturing out. Some of these are stated above. Really, if you are looking at 10-15 years from now, NOW IS the time to start planning! 1: Become debt free. Owe nothing to nobody! 2: Liquidate all your physical assets, own no property except your RV rig. 3: There must be a steady source of income that will sustain you for the rest of your life. 4. In the event full timing RV does not work, there needs to be a contingency plan to return to a place of permanent residence. (wherever that may be) X2 :B. Not worrying about the house "back home" has taken a big load off our shoulders. As for how long "out"...we are out FULL-time. We travel as we want. Sometimes we've stayed a month in one place (and got bored), other times we've stayed one night. We look at maps and then internet for a particular area, and decide "gee, we want to stay there for a week or two and see all the sights" or we say "let's only stay one night....and be on our way. All 4 of these issues may take you 15 years to get there. So, really, if you are serious about full timing, this is what you should focus on first, while you have the time. One more bit that might help, and will give you 10 years to prepare: Downsize! Begin to downsize now! Downsize your spending habbits. Downsize your eating habbits. Downsize your 'toys', clothing, house hold furniture, pots, pans, books, tools, equipment, everything! You have the luxury of time to descope and downsize every aspect of your life and make those adjustments now so it will not be a "shock" when you are able to simply make the move from your sick-and-brick house to a 4 wheeled house! For my wife and I, our biggest obstacle is #3 above. FYI-- Campground sites can run from $18 a night to $100 a night, depending upon where you stay. Multiply that by 30 days, and you see the biggest obstacle. If you can afford that, the rest is easy. X2
amandasgramma 03/23/15 02:39pm Full-time RVing
RE: Washington state or Texas?

Summer trip? You ask Washington or Texas? Really? :@ Washington, of course! X2!!!!!
amandasgramma 03/23/15 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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