Kirk Wood

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About Kirk Wood

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  • Birthday 09/18/1942

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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. So share with us what value the group has for those of us who served but are excluded from use of the military campgrounds? My VA identity card won't get me access to any of them since I only put in 8 years. I did look at the website but since the Escapade is enough rally for us each year, I just don't see much to justify my joining.
  2. It is clearly up to every individual to choose what states, cities, or political entities we choose to visit or to avoid visiting, but it does seem to me that doing so based upon those I agree or disagree with would cause me to miss out on seeing a lot of wonderful things in our country. I do consider such things when choosing a home-base location but for me, I'll choose to see as much as I am able in all 50 states, not because I agree with their political views but because I am a proud American and want to experience all of our country that I have time and means to reach.
  3. And realize that this day will come for most people at some point. For us, the time came rather suddenly due to my wife's health issues. While you are going through the motions, consider also what it will mean if you need to use a walker or some other assistance device due to surgery or infirmity. As wonderful at the fulltime lifestyle is, you still can't stop the aging process.
  4. That might be better than lacking in class........
  5. Possibly true, but with a price of $63,900, I could buy a new 19' KZ-Sportsman every 10 years, even allowing for inflation and still have money left over when I was finished. I bought the one that we presently travel in new, just 4 years ago and I paid $12,000 in total including tax, title, and licensing. And my Sportsman has more headroom and even has storage cabinets above due to the difference in shape. Or you can compare the 17' Sport at $45,900 to the 17' Casita at $21,000.
  6. Great!
  7. That isn't exactly true. What they banned was state-funded travel to those states and it has no impact upon those who wish to travel to CA.
  8. Welcome to the Escapee forums! It is great having you join us. Don't think that there are no travel trailers owners on the forums as there are and I happen to be one of them. When we were fulltime with a tow rating of 5k#. We have since upgraded to a used Dodge/Cummins diesel, 2500 (3/4 ton) truck to tow with. There is a lot of advice to be had here, so ask away. Remember that the more you learn the better off you will be when shopping. We can offer things like checklists to use and advice on manufacturer reputations.
  9. That just tells us that you haven't been into RVs for very long. You could add others like Revcon, Superior, and National RV. There used to be some truth to that statement and the high price part is still true. In fact, that is the highest priced new RV available in the US today. A 16' model that you can pay $46K for! The most accurate description of them is:
  10. Welcome to the Escapee forums! Attending early would probably be a good thing if you continue to research and learn about RVs and RV living after that. Boot Camp is only the beginning and doesn't pretend to answer all of the questions. Before you go it would be wise to read some books on fulltime RV living from the library or from Amazon. The more that you know before you attend the better off you will be.
  11. Nobody I know does that... And I do not recommend fooling with the pressure switch adjustment on the water pump unless you have a pressure gauge to know for sure what you are dealing with. Turn it the wrong direction and you could damage your water system. In my experience, water pressure too high is as common as too low.
  12. Defining that is one of those things that just depend on who is answering. When we sold our house and hit the road the class idea had not been thought of. It originated out of a group of new full-timers who get together in Quartzsite and for several years the forums were used to promote that gathering. Over the years I think that it has gotten much looser on who is or isn't in any "class." I wonder if the lack of a "fulltimer class" would explain why I was recently told that I have no class?
  13. I don't use it either and my former employer (not an RV service) told techs not to use it.
  14. A friend in the parks asked me to post this one.
  15. To a degree, there is a correlation, but only within limits. It is pretty safe to assume that the lowest priced units are not as quality as those at the top of the price range, but you can't always say that all of those at the top are of high quality. The RV Consumer Group has done a great deal to educate the RV buyers and that has helped a little but you just can't educate those who are not interested or who don't realize the need. There are tell-tale signs that any layman can learn to look for which give strong hints about the level of quality of the construction, but even some of the best materials are at times used in construction that has little quality control to keep workmanship up. It is pretty safe to assume that when you buy a coach from Marathon , Prevost , or Newell you will get a high-quality coach but as you come down the price scale the quality control in the factory also disappears.