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bob91yj

A new beginning.

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After a year or so of thought, my wife and I jumped in with both feet today, we bought an Outback 330RL.  We are selling our house to my son/daughter in law and giving the full time RV living lifestyle a shot. 

We currently plan to live at Santee Lakes www.santeelakes.com with the required breaks every 6 months.  I've got 10 years until retirement, so we'll have that long to prove the concept to ourselves.  We are experienced off roaders/desert racers, have had virtually every combination of boondocking shelter/trailer/camper made at some point.  We currently have a slide in pop up camper in  our '06 Duramax that we use for Baja travel, as well as the US desert southwest.

Look forward to meeting some of you along the new road we've decided to travel!

 

 

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You are most Welcome! Nice little rig you've got there. 

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Welcome to the Escapee forums! Join in at any time or any thread as more people make a better forum.

The website in your link seems to be down at this time but am wondering if you do not mean the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, near San Diego, CA?

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^^^^Your link was better than mine was.  Thanks, and yes that's the location we are going to call home.

 

I see you spent a little time at sea, what was your rate?  I was an MM1(SW) when I got out.

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Welcome. Nice looking rig. I hope you enjoy living in it. San Diego is, I understand, the best place to live year around. Our visits there have been short but enjoyable.

Linda Sand

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We've lived in Santee (San Diego suburb) for the last 30 years.  The cost of living is ridiculous, but we're close to the desert, mountains, Baja, and generally have good weather.

Our move isn't much of a change of location (maybe 3 miles), but the lifestyle change of full timing in a travel trailer (admittedly a big trailer).

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Bob I hope you've got A/C if you're in it up there in Santee this week.  You probably do if you spend all your time in the deserts.  The best year around weather in the nation but this week is to hot here in San Diego and so I know you're even hotter up there.

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^^^^I've even got roof air on my slide in/pop up truck camper.  The new trailer has a 15k BTU AC, it also has provisions for a second roof air if we find that we need it.

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A lifted tow rig is stupid, let's all get past that and deal with the reality of my situation.

My truck is an '06 GMC 2500 Duramax crew cab short bed 4x4.  It has an RCD 6" lift on it, 315/75/16 "E" rated BFG KO2AT's for tires.  I also have a 24' enclosed car hauler trailer that I stuff a 5000# Jeep in to, can't be a pound over 9995, says so right on the trailer placard:o.  I have been San Diego to Silverton, CO, with this combination a few times, a couple of Baja trips, and countless trips to the high desert at Johnson Valley OHV park.  I've always used a conventional drop down hitch to pull the trailer with no issues. 

The new trailer is lighter, but longer (a lot longer).  I'm thinking that I should get a weight distributing hitch.  Looking for recommendations for a drop down (adjustable) hitch that will meet my needs.  Thanks!

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On 6/18/2017 at 11:53 AM, bob91yj said:

I see you spent a little time at sea, what was your rate?

I was in just short of 8 years, 1960 - 68. I left the Navy as an IC1(SS) and was designated Nuclear Power, electric plant operator. 

The (SW) designator is one I don't know?

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(SW) Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.  I started off if the Nuclear Power Program, completed the schooling, then I was booted out,.  I was FALSELY accused of having an attitude problem!:o  Did you ever get to meet Heimy Rickover?

We locked in our campsite yesterday.  My wife was given bad information about Santee Lakes when she made her initial inquiries.  They weren't going to have room for us at a long term site until Mar of 2018...that wasn't going to work.

We ended up finding a spot at All Seasons RV park in Escondido, CA.  ewe looked into a fairly large corner space.  It is going to work out better for us all the way around I think.  We got a space on a corner, it's 20 miles closer to my work, and they have unlimited stay times.

This has been a learning evolution/eye opener for us.  We are desert rats by nature...boondock camping in the deserts of SoCal and Baja is our usual MO.  Many of my friends have 5th wheel toy boxes in excess of 40' long.  Trailer length is not an issue in the desert!  Our new trailer is 38' long, I had no idea that it would be more difficult finding a spot in a campground that can accommodate that length.  Our other challenge has been our 12 year Boxer dog, he's about 65#'s, which is over the weight limit at some parks, others have Boxer's on their bully breed list.  All Season's has a weight limit, we talked to the decision maker and she is going to let us in as long as he isn't a pit bull.

We do the walk through on our trailer next week, hope to be moved in to it by the 10th of July.  Our space becomes available on that date, and all of the financial dealings should be taken care of by then.  On another note, in this day of electronic money transfers, why does it still take 7-10 days for a check to clear from one financial institution to another?

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18 hours ago, bob91yj said:

Did you ever get to meet Heimy Rickover?

 

I was topside watch on my first boat when Admiral Rickover came aboard but never officially met him.

18 hours ago, bob91yj said:

On another note, in this day of electronic money transfers, why does it still take 7-10 days for a check to clear from one financial institution to another?

The reality is that it doesn't. It may take a business that is receiving a check that long to do the things that they must, but a check is confirmed by the bank it is drawn on usually in minutes and always in 1 business day to the bank which accepted it. But if you are addressing the actual delivery of the RV, most of that time lapse is because of the selling dealer.

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We moved into the trailer on Saturday, so far so good...it's only been two days though!:D

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