Kirk Wood

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    Seasonal traveler, now based in Lindale, TX.
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    Volunteer work-camping, most outdoor activities.
    Writing for RV magazines especially for Escapees Magazine.
    Photography, particularly wildlife.
    Grandchildren! (we have 5 grandsons & 3 granddaughters).

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  1. There is probably a rebuild kit available for yours. Check what brand & model it is and let us know here as there is probably a member or two who have rebuilt one like yours. Most common in RVs are pumps that use a diaphragm system and those are easy to rebuild. If changing the fixture and not just a bulb, I suggest you go digital as there are several excellent choices. Not so sure that I would take this to an RV shop. Your appliance guy is probably better at it and you may even find it more economical to just replace it. If you are concerned about the common key found for most RVs, we have lived with that now for many years and have never found it to be a security issue. I would put that far down my list if I were you.
  2. Since nobody has yet done so, I welcome you to the Escapee forums, Paul. From my observation, I think that Zulu has done the most research on healthcare coverage of most anyone I see on the forums. We were fortunate to have had coverage until 65 from my previous employer and continue to have supplemental coverage to Medicare from them so have not had to deal with most of the current issues. I can tell you from experience that what county you physically claim isn't normally an issue in TX but you may have to be careful with the address issue for your insurance company, If you have kids in San Antonio whose address you might use for most things it would make Escapees mail quite usable with little issue. We moved to Medicare well before the ACA and the recent issues that have come with that so I'm sure that Zulu is much better informed on the healthcare side of things but we did leave much of our business and our voter registration in Ft. Worth for varying lengths of time when we went on the road and none of it was ever a problem. For anyone who requires continuing care, returning to the same doctor for physicals and follow-up care is the best approach as much for health reasons as for insurance ones. Doctors seldom accept tests and diagnosis of other medical people who they do not know and so want the patient to go back through things if you seek any form of continuing care. On the other hand, while we did return to the same doctor for all continuing care annually and later biannually, we never had any problems with visiting one of the outpatient clinics for short term illness along the road. For most things, TX and Livingston are difficult to beat for most fulltime services, but recent political activities have made the medical issue very difficult and it doesn't look to be over in the near future.
  3. Let me suggest that you read at least one book on living in an RV living. They are readily available from Amazon and most public libraries will have a few. They also have several books about ways that people earn a living while traveling in the RV. I really think that you would find a lot of very helpful information is some of these books for very little cost. Lou makes a very good point. There are people out there who do make a good living on the road but their numbers are small. A growing number of younger families are not moving to the lifestyle with jobs that do work and travel, but those are also mostly in construction or internet based, or running a business remotely. It can be done, but few of us on these forums do so. There are some hard work & long hours seasonal jobs that see RV people such as the sugar beet harvest. (American Crystal ) ( Idaho Picking Jobs ) Another of these hard work & long hours for lots of quick money jobs would be the Amazon Camperforce work. With any of these, you can make quick money but you need to be capable of long hours and hard physical work.
  4. They already are whispering! We carry two 10' and one 5'.
  5. There are many options once on the road with an RV to supplement income or to stretch it further. We spent a great deal of our time on the road as live-on volunteers which means you don't have any parking expenses and usually also have free laundry equipment. There are also many places to work for a site & some wages while others work seasonal work such as the sugarbeet or potato harvests, pumpkin patch & Christmas tree lots, and such jobs.
  6. The most recent story about this sort of problem that I could find was this one from WMAR Baltimore about the issue. They also make reference to Safety Research & Strategies who have some interesting information on their website.
  7. Now there is a subject for an entirely new thread!
  8. Now there is a subject for an entirely new thread!
  9. Enjoy your weekend and remember the meaning of Memorial Day!
  10. We just visited one of the "Traveling Wall" memorials to the Viet Nam war. This is my third visit to one of the traveling walls and we have also been to the genuine article in Washington DC. The discussion with my grandson about both the reason for the wall and he then asked about the number of them, since he found several such walls on the internet, he is asking which one is the "real" traveling wall? The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall The Moving Wall American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund It would appear that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund seems to be the same group who raised the funds for the original Anyway, I'm still quite sure just how to answer my grandson, although it did lead to a pretty extensive discussion of the Vietnam war and what took place at the time. His dad remembers the last few years but was born in 1966 so he was only 9 when it finally ended.
  11. Me too! Nothing is quite so good as success on a task that has been difficult.
  12. Sorry! I had thought that I was pulling your leg a bit, but will refrain from that in the future.
  13. Here is an interesting story also about Forest River warranty issues for dealers. It sounds on the surface like a good improvement.
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  15. While that is true, the manufacturer's warranty does not normally pay for damages caused to the RV by a blown tire. Most tire warranties will have a disclaimer for consequential damage.