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  1. Thx Allie & Jim. I checked out Croatan and online reviews of the free boondocking sites are not good. Reports are that they're dirty and heavily used by locals for partying. But I'm open to other opinions...!
  2. Howdy friends. I'm looking for boondocking suggestions on or near the coast in S. Carolina and N. Carolina. Pulling a small travel trailer so small sites/access are OK, and don't mind "primitive" sites. Thanks in advance!
  3. I would also like to know who you decided to use. Please fill us in! By the way, I recently corresponded with another fulltimer who domiciles in Nevada and they use this outfit: https://travelingmailbox.com/
  4. Are you looking for info on rust prevention or rust treatment/removal? And are we talking inside the rig or outside?
  5. That's simply beyond awesome.
  6. I'm frankly shocked that anyone would complain about a lifetime national parks pass that costs $80. That's one tank of gas in a full-size pickup truck. All those of you who are old enough to buy a senior pass can still do so for just $10. So go buy one. It will be younger generations like myself who will be required to pay the higher fee once we're old enough to buy the pass. And I would happily pay $80 for it. That's a screamin' deal. But I have 10 more years to go until I'm eligible -- and I would wager money now that it will go up in price again before then. So please, enjoy what you have.
  7. That is true only in some municipalities. In others, it is as low as 7 percent. Some years ago, when we began our first attempt to become fulltimers, I spent quite a lot of time researching the pros/cons of different states. Tennessee has a lot going for it. The big disadvantage, as Barbaraok mentions, is that there's no RV-friendly infrastructure in the state to establish a legal domicile and mail forwarding. It's possible that someone could use a UPS shipping outlet for this, because they do offer mail forwarding services similar to those provide by Escapees and others. But in the limited research I've done on this, UPS fees for this are not at all competitive. One advantage to Tennessee is no income tax. They DO charge an income tax on dividends and interest from investments, however. Although at the time I did my research, they exempt the first $1,500 in income for individuals and $2,500 for couples. (Conn. & N.H. have similar arrangements with bigger exemptions). Anyway, back then I began preparing a spreadsheet that compares a number of different state laws and taxes relevant to fulltimers. I'm happy to share that with all of you, as long as you keep in mind that the info is outdated now. I haven't messed with this spreadsheet since 2010. Here's the read-only Google Drive link: States for Fulltimers
  8. Big O Tires has a deal going thru Feb. 16 on certain brands: Buy 3, get 2 free. Possibly not the right tires for most RVs, but good for toads.
  9. I like to keep my motor clean simply so I don't get filthy when I'm working on it and checking fluids. And yes, a clean motor also helps you spot problems. I've had good luck by first spraying on plain old Simple Green, then hose off with a normal squeeze-gun sprayer on a garden hose.
  10. Why not start your own service doing taxes just for fulltime RVers? It's a niche you understand which also has special needs.
  11. +1 on learning some yoga. Great for core strengthening and overall flexibility (very important when you live in a small space and/or drive a lot). A big advantage is you don't need any gym equipment or gadgets. It can be done anywhere. (Shameless plug: My wife is a certified yoga teacher and plans to begin offering classes specific to RVers soon.)
  12. I will second most of what the others have said: You don't need a HDT, and you'll probably be OK with a 3/4-ton pickup truck, given the weight of your trailer. A 3/4-ton means single rear wheels, which means it will be more maneuverable when you are not towing. But you need to run the numbers, and the video that Trey linked to is very helpful in that regard. The same website also has a helpful glossary that defines many common towing terms/acronyms. I'll add that you will be confining your search to American-made pickup trucks (Dodge, Ford or Chevrolet/GMC). There are no foreign-made pickup trucks sold in the US that are capable of towing a fifth wheel the size of yours.
  13. Thanks for the followups. You're right, the early Dodges are reknowned for their mileage. I see 22 mpg easy (hand calculated) on my 2001 traveling unloaded without really doing anything special. Motor is stock, but I do have an aftermarket 4" exhaust and run synthetic oil. That's with a 4:10 rear end. I have the factory optional 265 tires on mine and I'm thinking about going down a size (245) as I don't expect to tow at full capacity. But that tire will be smaller diameter, which may hurt mpg a bit. On the other hand, it may also be less rolling resistance, so it could be a wash.
  14. +1 on Nash/Arctic Fox. And then, of course, there's the smaller Airstream models, but they are big money. Riverside RV is a small Amish company that makes a variety of retro-themed and toyhauler models that are highly regarded. There's a company in Canada called Taylor Coach that makes some very nice trailers that seem similar to Nash. And don't forget the fiberglass makers, which are also highly regarded: Scamp, Casita, Escape (the latter also Canadian).
  15. Thanks K&J, good info. Wow, 17.9 mpg pulling a 30 ft trailer? That's impressive and speaks well for the chip. What year is your Dodge?