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  1. Usually state parks (which is where I do most of my workamping) require so many hours from you for your site. In Texas State Parks they require 25 hours. Virginia is crazy, requiring 30 hours. Tennessee requires 20. I travel solo, so I work all the hours. Couples can split the hours between them or one person of the couple can work all the hours, so there is some flexibility there. Mike and Claudia are spot-on about TX state parks looking for more volunteers due to a hiring freeze. In addition to calling the volunteer coordinators directly, it is also very helpful if you visit a park in person when making your workamping inquiry. I have stumbled into work that way simply because there was an unexpected opening at the time I was there. This way you can also check out the feel and suitability of a park for your own needs. Once you settle into a situation, I am sure your son will become a welcome part of the park community, especially if it is a smaller park. Also, as others have noted, getting jobs will become easier once you start gathering experience and references. Good luck!
  2. Thanks for posting the link. I finally got off my lazy tail and posted a review for my favorite service center in Northern Virginia (AA Truck & Auto, Lorton, VA).
  3. I have a recommendation for any RV'ers visiting Livingston who need to get their inspection done. This place will inspect vehicles, motorhomes, towed trailers, and fifth wheels. There is ample room in front of their shop to maneuver your rig (unlike a couple of the other local inspection places). The fellow who did my inspection was knowledgable about travelers who may be showing up to get their inspection done well after they got their registration (unlike another place that told me I didn't have to get inspected at all). Soda's Auto Repair 936-563-4234 6709 Highway 190 If you are coming from Livingston, head east on 190. Soda's is 6.2 miles after the intersection of 190 and 146. It will be on your left as you near the top of a hill and is across from a cell tower.
  4. Just a shot in the dark, but have you contacted the SKP co-ops that you might be interested in about that 2 adult rule? Perhaps if you explained your son's situation, an exception could be made. Just a thought. Good luck on your search.
  5. Another quality C (actually a B+) is from Phoenix USA (
  6. Will do. Have a happy holiday, and thanks for sharing.
  7. Great little recipe, just right for a simple RV kitchen and cook. Thanks! Have you ever tried it with chocolate frosting instead of white?
  8. Hi, I've been full timing 2 1/2 years in a 25 foot class C with no toad and remain very happy with that decision. I think it depends a lot on your style of travel. If you like to be off somewhere every day or so exploring the sights, then a toad makes a lot of sense. I tend to park for a month or two (or more) for workamping jobs and then go out every 6 or 7 days for groceries, laundry, exploring, etc., grouping all my errands up on that one day. Even at a full hookup site, I only hook up to electricity (operating off of the water pump for water and using the campground dump station on errand day) so coming and going is very little trouble. 25 feet is very manageable for parking and navigating most places. And honestly, coming out from the grocery store on a hot day and being able to pop my cold items right into the refrigerator is a real treat. Having my house with me when exploring is also wonderful when I want to stop for lunch or even take a nap! Best part is my dog is always with me (on hot days I run the generator and the A/C for her while I shop). Simplicity and cost are two very nice benefits of being toad-less but, again, it totally depends on your style of travel and camping. Good luck in your planning and decision-making!
  9. There are two county park campgrounds in the Virginia suburbs: Pohick Bay Regional Park and Bull Run Regional Park. A little further south there is a campground at Prince William Forest State Park. I am only familiar with Pohick Bay, which is 12 miles south of the Mt. Vernon estate in the southern part of Alexandria, VA (a great place to visit). Most sites are electric only, but there are a handful of full hookup sites. The park's property is huge with many walking trails through beautiful, wooded, hilly terrain. The campground is not on the water but part of the park does border Pohick Bay off of the Potomac River, where there is a boat ramp, boat rentals, picnic areas, and a playground. Not only is the campground reasonably close to Mt. Vernon, its property is adjacent to Gunston Hall, George Mason's estate and now a lovely museum. A few miles down the road is Mason Neck State Park, a great place for eagle watching, hiking, biking, etc. There is a VRE (Virginia Railway Express) station in Lorton, VA close by. The county park website is or you can google each park separately. Like noted by the above response, make your plans/reservations well in advance, and have fun!
  10. I believe that just selecting a doctor or having one assigned to you is not enough. I made my "New Patient" visit within the first quarter of 2016. Now they have a file on me with all the basic medical and personal info they need. If you have not stepped into their office yet, physically, then they really have nothing to go on should there be some kind of need for them to respond as your primary physician in the case of an emergency.
  11. I absolutely could be wrong, but it is worth putting out there in case needed. Also, perhaps someone more knowledgeable can clarify. I believe you need to become established with an HMO doctor sooner rather than later so that you have a doctor on record that can be contacted in case something happens when you are out of state. If you do not have a doctor on record, I suspect an already complicated situation could become even more nightmarish with, for example, the insurer refusing even to reimburse for emergency care.
  12. Not necessarily recommending this, as it is a very personal, individual decision. I've had a TX HMO for 2016 because there were no other options on the ACA exchange. First thing I did was wander over to Livingston and I got set up with a doctor who did my annual blood work for the single prescription I require. I figure that way I also have a doctor who has a file on me so that if, heaven forbid, there is some kind of emergency situation when I am out of range (which is a huge chunk of time) hopefully things will be covered at least as far as the emergency goes. I cross my fingers/pray that I won't have to test that. Meanwhile, I figure I'll just pop over to the HMO physician once a year for the blood work and any other annual things I need done. Good luck to you in your own decision.
  13. Full-time RV living is about as recreational as it gets! Aside from that, though, I do remember looking at an Airstream trailer back when I was in the research stage and the salesman noted that the warranty was voided if the RV was used for full-time living. When I narrowed my search down to a Class C(B+) Phoenix Cruiser, I explicitly asked about the warranty in cases of full-timing. No problem. Bottom line, it pays to ask and, where possible, look at warranty docs prior to purchase.
  14. another smart phone fan... in addition to above posters' comments, you always have it with you anyways so no matter where you are, you have the info right there.