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    Fulltiming 9/05
  1. We have been at a KOA in Indiana since mid-March as my wife recovers from back surgery. With the prospect of cold weather and no on site LP fill, without tearing down our motorhome, I opted for a adding a Marshal Stay Longer valve assembly before we left Texas. I purchased a 30# LP cylinder and have had it filled 3 times since arriving. The 1st time at the KOA for a standard 30# tank fee of $38.44. the next 2 fills were at a TSC about 8 miles away @ between $12.50-$13.00 each time. Our motorhome still has over 3/4 tank of propane from our last fill, before arriving. The only additional thing I would like for the Marshall valve assembly to have a check valve so the 30# cylinder could be removed for filling without the on board tank having to be shut off or removing the LP hose and capping the valve port for the external tank.
  2. This past year 61 stays..49 different locations, around 7800 miles on RV. Since 10-01-2008..507 stays in 85770 miles. Lost 1st 3 years of records in computer crash during 9/08 and yes I back up every time the program is used now, often on 2 different USB drives.
  3. 2-2-2 = basically why be in a big hurry for us. There is a lot of country to see so why rush through it? When you stop for a couple of days, look around you may be surprised by what you find. In by 2 usually means plenty of spots left, unless you are in a heavy tourist area, plus you will be parked and semi-safe, when all the weekenders come and bottle up the roads trying to park after 6PM.
  4. We only make reservations well in advance in Virginia where our daughter's family lives, since it often books up and a COE park in Mississippi that is a hot spot when we travel there for my family's reunion. Other than that we call ahead after lunch on the day of arrival. This has worked well for us for 12 years of fulltiming.
  5. Don't know about State Farm, but we've banked with Wells Fargo, with our Dakota Post (formerly Alternative Resources) address for 12 years now. When we set up our SD address Doughterty Insurance who were in the same building as AR. We had Progressive Direct at the time and switched to them as the agent of record with little additional cost to us, when we purchased fulltimers insurance. Then a few years later when Progressive made a 40% jump (w/o any claims) they found us a much better rate with GMAC for the same coverage.
  6. Check with Dakota Post in Sioux Falls can help you with your needs.
  7. No sense being here after 13+ years....this is awful, someone doesn't deserve a hug. Off to RV.net, IRV2 and FMCA forums won't have to sort through the clutter at those places. Also what's with the post count?
  8. Still have the B+, which as usual is in storage for the winter, as we sit on our S Texas lot in our Phaeton. Getting ready to head for Indiana Sunday AM. Scoittiemom has back surgery in Indy March 24th. Will be at KOA E for at least a month.
  9. The only reservations made in advance is at a COE park near my family's reunion site, that I make 6 months ahead. Other than that the KOA close to our daughter's home about 2 months out since it is a heavy tourist and college area. I usually call about two hours before our arrival in an area to check on availability as we travel. Has worked well for 11 years of full timing.
  10. Don't forget the Ferry stops along the way. In 2013 we returned south via the ferry system. On our 10 days off and on the ferries, our stops exploring Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau, I found more interesting than "the mountain" that all go to see. By the time we had traversed Icefields Parkway in the Rockies and the Alaska Highway, to me the terrain and wildlife basically looked the same. Our longest ferry leg was 23 hours from Ketchikan to Prince Rupert where we picked up Highway16 headed east to Indiana. Now after the trip, if we go again we would also stop at Wrangel and St Petersburg on the Marine Highway System for a few days each. Our trip was over 15,000 miles and 79 days from start to finish. Also we highly recommend "The Milepost" and Mike and Terri Church's "Traveler's Guide to Alaska Camping" as great tools in planning your trip. We boarded The Marine Marine Highway at Skagway, got off at Haines (saved a couple hundred miles driving and it took only about an hour on the ferry), Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, for a few days each, before ending up at Prince Rupert. The only reservations we had for the trip were for the Ferries which my wife made in February before we left Indiana on May 20th.
  11. BTW our MASA plan is a lifetime plan covering us both, $3700 in 2007 or about the cost of new tires for out Phaeton at the time.
  12. When we were looking at medical evac plans ..none compared to MASA in one respect.."no coverage for pre-existing conditions .. ", like mine. 90 day waiting period for us in 2007 to gain total coverage. My uncle had MASA and they paid for 2 helicopters to hospitals and 1 medical plane from Orlando to South Bend IN, no cost to him. He also suffered from heart problems for years before he joined.
  13. I have a similar history, 3 heart attacks in early 1998, no bypass, to bad of shape due to a botched heart cath at another hospital, stents were my only option. On my 4th ICD since 2004, also have had heart failure since 9/2010 which is controlled by an extremely low sodium diet, We made a 79 day, 15,000 mile trip to Alaska in 2013. We are fulltimers since 9/2005 and have been MASA members since 1/2007 only additional things we did for the trip was a rental satellite phone and stocked up on my 12 medications. We traveled in our B+ (no toads) with close friends in their Class C, in case trouble or tire change was needed on the Alaska and Top of The World Highways, that way with the same chassis we both had "7 spares". No problems at all on trip, we traveled back to Indiana through Canada from Prince Rupert BC, they opted for a trip to Oregon then back across the northern US to Ohio.
  14. 3 wind sensor and control box combos in 1st 4 years of ownership, been turned off at control box switch now for over 6 years. Only deploy when we are at the rv and close when wind picks up. Still quicker and easier to use than a manual awning.
  15. After 11 years of fulltiming we ditched the crockpot and pressure cooker for an Instant Pot. Neat having a cooker that can sear or brown meat without a skillet. Really speeds up cooking of various meats.