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  1. mickeleit, I cannot answer your question directly, but have been considering medical coverage over the past two years or so. Nationwide coverage is on it's way out for us who are not Medicare eligible. My own situation is my wife will be Medicare eligible within 9 months of us hitting the road. I'm not sure but am considering using a COBRA benefit for that 9 month period after I leave my job. I have been building up our health savings account as well, hoping to have a stash of cash there for future expenses. For myself, I'll be providing my own health insurance for several years. I'm considering several options right now. One is to start seeing a doctor in my current home state who does not except insurance. This Direct Medical Care plan is an example. As we plan to travel "home" at least twice a year I could see the doctor there for more routine services which are sharply discounted. The doctor also offers medical care online through video chatting. Maybe I could then enroll in a high deductible "catastrophic" plan for more extreme needs. We are looking at Texas as well for coverage, but from what I've been reading Florida is the most likely place to find a possible nationwide coverage plan. I do however worry about handling emergencies and what each plan might offer. Right now, with a lack of nationwide plan coverage options, there is risk here. Not so much for my wife but for me who will have no Medicare coverage. Personally, I'm not going to let that risk stop me from going full time in an RV. For me, it is not an answer to just say work until I'm 65. Fortunately I am healthy today. I suppose if that changes in the next two years before we leave full time, then I might reconsider. Some of the best reading regarding full timer health care can be found on the Wheelingit blog. This would be a good time to get with your state senator as they review the current healthcare bill. Some already are aware there is a very big cap in the plan for those wishing to retire early. I'm not meaning to get political here. We are considering Texas as a domical for many reasons which include it being close to our home state of Missouri where many of our family members live. I'll let you know if I find a plan with nationwide coverage - but doubt that will happen any time soon. I'm making a list of alternatives which include the above mentioned as well as discounted ways for medications, what Mexico offers for dental and vision, what other doctors are out there in Texas (or wherever) who don't except insurance but discount their rates. I'm also considering a plan B in the event of a medical emergency until I could return to my local health care coverage. Frankly, I do not care to donate a life savings to a doctor or a hospital. But would like to be stabilized before returning home. Regardless, it's going to be expensive and a risk in this life style. It's a big topic. Sorry I can't answer about Texas or South Dakota. It will most likely change anyway in the next year.
  2. Kirk, a friend also suggested attending the Escapade rally in Sedalia Missouri. How does that work should we not own the RV by then? I assume we would have to also decide to become members of Escapees which is most likely in our future anyway. We just don't have a reason to take advantage of the benefits of membership in full until we start to travel more frequently.
  3. Thought I would get a Class of 2019 thread up and running. Come along and join. It will be interesting to compare each other’s preparations and share in your successes leading to 2019. Here is Karen’s and my story so far; We stated planning in September of 2014 and found the Escapees forum shortly thereafter. We figured moving full time to an RV would be the best way to see the country. We never planned to retire in our current home which we will likely sell in the spring of 2019. My separation date from my current employer is no later than November 2019 or as early as July of that year. Karen has already “retired.” We both enjoy the outdoors, having considerable time under our belts tent camping. Owned a popup camper then a 30’ travel trailer which we sold some time ago. After much consideration, we have decided on a fifth wheel towed by a dually truck. Or plan is to purchase the rig well before we leave full time and burn up weeks of vacation getting used to it. After traveling around for a while, we plan on workamping or volunteering. So far, we have not set a domicile state but the Escapees location in Livingston Texas sure looks promising. We currently live on the north side of Kansas City Missouri. Mark and Karen
  4. Congrads on getting the estate sale over with DunellenGuy. I'd think you will find beautiful spots while your touring the country that will make it all worth it. Only you can say if those new memories can replace what you are letting go of. What an adventure. We are looking forward to our time to leave.
  5. Thanks for the information pass-on missourijan. The area around Beaver Lake is beautiful. I copied the ranger's info and hope to make use of it someday. Nearby Eureka Springs is a fascinating place to visit and not that far from Branson Missouri which was a benefit when we visited the area.
  6. We have yet to purchase our full time 5th wheel. After about three years research my wife and I came to a few conclusions as to what trailer we will most likely end up with. We generally decided on a rear living room plan and have found none less that 35' where we really liked the floor plan in the weight class and price point we are considering. After following a dozen or so blogs where others travel fulltime in a 40' fifth wheel I'm not concerned about finding spots to stay as others seem to get around just fine. A friend suggested the 38' length was a good spot for him and I trust that opinion. All this considered we are looking at rear living rooms starting at 35' up to 40'. For us, the floor plan we end up liking the most between those length ranges will dictate the length we end up with. We have been able to eliminate a few trailers because they were over 40' and/or they did not have a decent cargo weight capacity. We have found a couple in the 35' to 37' range that look promising. Wish I had experience towing so I could provide more specific advise. This is just how we are approaching it. Lots of folks in this forum with experience and they are always helpful.
  7. Thanks for the link Bill. Was wondering the same thing myself.
  8. Big5er, I'm in the same boat. Staying a couple more years on the job makes financial since so I'm doing it. The extra retirement $$ is forever and we will be glad to have it later after the newness of retirement wears off.
  9. We have been looking at the Champion inverter generators. Our plans would be to boondock occasionally and will not have a residential fridge nor start off with any solar. A friend we met who travels part time had a Honda 2000 inverter but sold it and bought a Champion 775531i 3100 watt inverter generator for a lot less, and it will run one air conditioner. He heard one running at a campsite and said it’s no more loud than the Honda. I noticed Champion also has a new 3500 watt model that has a 30 amp outlet and remote control start button. Friend is mounting his in the truck as he has a sliding cover on the truck bed for times he is not towing. The 3100 watt Champion noise level is advertised at 58 dBA at 23 ft and runs for 8 hours at 25% load with a 1.6 gallon fuel tank. Cost is $795 at Amazon. It weighs 94 pounds (gross weight). That’s manageable. You can also buy a dual fuel generator that runs on gas/propane. Another option is the lighter, more expensive Honda 2000 watt units that you can link together for 4000 watts. I could see one advantage being if you don't want to run the ac, such as to charge the batteries, you could get by with just running one of the two. the Honda 2000 Inverter is slightly lighter weight than the Champion 2000. Yamaha is another popular selection. In 2016 the 3000 watt units weigh in at 136 pounds and above according to my research. We rented a class C motorhome last year that had a 4500 watt Onan on-board. It sure was nice just to push a button inside to start the generator and the fuel was provided out of the motorhomes fuel tank. Myself, I'm apprehensive about the amount of propane the built in units would use on a fifth wheel. But then again many have them. If we wanted to run both air conditioners and a lot more I would go with the Onan on-board. But for us, the 3100 or 3500 watt portable unit will be good enough.
  10. I'm interesting in following along with you guys. Right now we are thinking our date will be in late 2019 and would like to read about how it goes in your class. These forums seem to have the best posts regarding classes. I've been following the 2017 class for a while now.
  11. Honalee you guys are so close, it has to be a relief. We also imagine getting a rig up to a year ahead of time. How much did you end up paying for the 10x10 climate controlled storage unit if you don't mind me asking? We have not made a decision yet but found a none-climate controlled unit in Buckner for $475 a year. For now my wife and I are planning to just keep a couple boxes in our daughter's basement. It would be nice to have a little "insurance" in case we end up not liking it on the road as unlikely as that might be. So far we think the hardest thing to give up will be our artwork that took years to find and have framed. Sent you a private message begging to tour your Ambition. We live north of the river.
  12. Thank you for the reply Roger.
  13. I'd be interested in if any retired law enforcement are keeping their guns under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act? And if so, how are you handling the annual firearms training requirement? I'm thinking about going that route and try to be back in my agency's state when I know their range schedule. We plan to travel in a fifth wheel so I can leave the gun behind when restricted in areas. Then again, I might just carry a baseball bat in the trailer.
  14. Guess you could stay at one of the several Casinos in town. I've not found any of them to have electric service and I'm not sure what, if anything, they charge. There is no BLM land here in KC. All the Casinos have decent access to the Stadiums. I'm not sure if it's okay to leave your rig for the time it takes to go to a game or not. I've checked out most all the RV Parks north of downtown and I think Smithville Lake is the best although they don't have sewer hookup but do have dump stations. Some also stay at World's of Fun. I've not checked out any of the RV places south of downtown, which would have better access to the ball stadiums. Check out Jackson County Parks. Here is a list of a few of the RV parks around KC. I'll have to add Leavenworth State Fishing Lake to the list Bob.
  15. Thanks for the feedback 2gypsies. Appreciate the fact it's coming from a 16 year veteran full-timer. I downgraded Fairbanks on our list of places to see. I've just not got around to listing other stops in Alaska, although two bloggers I read are now in Alaska and I'm sure will have a few to add to my list. I just add stops as I read about them. I feel for the original poster with the question 35' or 40'. We rented a 25' class C last year. Was intimidated the first time we drove it off the property. Six hundred miles later it was no big deal. What's been selling us the most in terms of what length to buy really has been the floor plan options that come with trailers starting at around 35'. Especially the storage space provided with a drop-frame design in the basement storage. I’ve had enough people tell me there is not much of a difference between hauling a 35’ and a 40’ that I’m inclined to believe them. Most of the blogs I follow, but not all, are written by those who travel in a big rig. I’m thinking this will not only help us understand the pros and cons but also get a feel for the places they haul those trailers. Funny, I picked up another habit after studying up on towing longer trailers. I now watch the truckers to see how they are making turns and dealing with traffic. Figure I’ll find someone that knows a trucker and ride along a little. If it’s not against the rules. My friend with the 40’ fifth wheel has offered to give me some driving lessons (he drives, I ride) if I get up on his roof and do the maintenance work. Sounds like a good deal to me. That might be something the original poster should try to arrange as well.