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  1. It really depends on what you end up enjoying the most: boondocking in faraway, remote places or the conveniences of living near or in towns In our 12 years fulltiming we've shifted from almost all boondocking to a 60/40 blend of dry camping and park stays. Along the way we discovered that: Reservations near and in any popular area (e.g., anywhere on the west coast, in the Sierras or in larger college towns) are pretty much mandatory during summer, sometimes during winter as in the case of the west coast. Boondocking in remote areas is great if you're set up for it (solar, etc). You can enjoy tons of free stays in the west, but during summer it's not exactly fun when the temps are high. In winter, you'll have company but it's still nice. Monthly RV park stays are almost always a better deal than weekly or nightly. Escapees parks offer wonderful deals for enjoying either boondocking or hookups. I think your first year out you'll be finding out what you enjoy the most and for us, it was our most expensive year. The more we slowed down, and discovered the camping methods we liked, the more we were able to cut back on rent. Have fun out there and experiment. That's what the full-timing adventure is all about!
  2. Echoing what everyone else said. Don't know where you heard that bad advice and I'm sorry you followed it. We have never had a problem after telling repair people we are full-timers, either with insurance or warranty work. We've been 12 years full-timing and are always upfront with a shop when we call for any kind of service (which thankfully is rare). Once we tell a shop it's our residence and we are going to sleep in their yard until the job is done, they get us out of there quickly! If they won't allow us to do that, we look elsewhere. Good luck with that repair. Sounds awful. I'm sorry!
  3. Wow you sound like super cool people! Congratulations on this new phase in your life, how exciting! I cannot give you the perspective of someone your age, but being on the road for 12 years and meeting lots of people I can tell you that there are workarounds to any challenges that come up. For example, we belong to MASA (life flight services) that as part of their plan offer an emergency driver to get your rig where it needs to be if one of you gets sick. I hope we never need it, but since I'm not the 5th wheel driver in our relationship, I'm comforted knowing it's there. As for your mobile home, only you can decide on what to do. But I know that when we sold our mountain cabin it was sad, but also liberating. I'm so glad we did it, and I don't need to worry about it burning up in a fire. It was also nice not being worried about it while we were on the road and not actually there (which was rare). What's your radio show called? I'd love to listen! You can still do that show from the road!
  4. We are driving from Las Vegas NV to Indio, probably via Hwy 95 south to I-10 West, and want to find a good rig wash. Anyone know of a good one? Thanks!
  5. It's a lovely road but... Eastbound I would think is fine if you take it slow. Spectacular views, a few heart stopping drop-offs. Westbound is another story. We did it once towing our fifth wheel with full tanks and will never do that again. It was the first time our Dodge tranny ever got so hot we had to pull over (and it was in November!) Lesson learned. Happy travels!
  6. Glad to hear you got your ballot. Still no word on our first one, but now we are waiting for the replacement from the clerk's office. I have total confidence in the SKPs mail system. My gut feeling is that somewhere outside of it the disconnect happened. Thanks for the tip to send with tracking!
  7. Are there any other Polk County registered voters / SKPs out there who currently have missing absentee ballots? My absentee ballot was received at the Shepherd address over two weeks ago. My husband's was not, even though we mailed our applications on the same day. Today I called Escapees mail service in Livingston to double check it still isn't there. A kind rep told me that they have received "a lot" of calls about missing ballots. Same situation. One person in a couple got theirs, the other did not. After speaking with SKPs I called the County Clerk and the rep stated they cannot track the missing ballot. The only way to request another one is to email the Clerk and request one again. We have. And now we wait. Makes you go "Hmmm...."
  8. Thanks! I will send him there, he's been shopping at all the wrong places obviously. But. . . $518.92 for a Class A versus $121 is still quite a difference, especially if cost is a concern. I think I'd have a heart attack if I had to buy tires that cost that much.
  9. It totally depends on one's priorities and for us, the deciding factor is the cost of ownership. We have had two Arctic Fox fifth wheels in 11 years of full-timing, because trailers cost much less to maintain than a motorhome, at least in our experience. For instance, 10-ply trailer tires on our fifth wheel are about $121 each through places like SimpleTire. Our friend was just telling us that a good tire on his motorhome is about $800. And he needs more of them than we do. Maintenance on our Dodge has also cost less than what it costs to maintain a motorhome and toad. If we ever wanted to sell our Dodge (we don't), we would get a decent resale value on it even for a 2006, as opposed to a used passenger vehicle toad. Sure, it would be nice to have a motorhome sometimes, but the thought of needing to work harder to pay for it just doesn't rock our world. Our rig is low maintenance and paid for, and we like it that way.
  10. We just scout out different areas we enjoy and feel more at home in because of the people and the culture of the park itself. Once we find a place like that, we tend to go back again and again. Most parks in the sunbelt states offer seasonal rates, you just have to ask or dig around their websites. The fun part is finding that one place that really gets you excited about returning each season! Good luck in your search.
  11. We use it all the time! Yeah, hippies, vegetarians like us and vegans are quite fond of it. Look up "nutritional yeast vegetarian vegan recipes" on the web and you'll see tons of recipes. You can do a lot with nutritional yeast, from sprinkling it on popcorn to making "cheesy" sauces for nachos, pizza, etc. It does take some practice but if you want to try cutting back on dairy intake it's a great way to start. You'll find it in health food stores, places like Sprouts and many conventional markets have it in bulk. Let me know what you think if you try it.
  12. Do you work from the road? If you've been making a living as a nomad for at least one continuous year, we want to hear about it for a new ongoing column in Escapees magazine. Send a brief synopsis to editor@escapees.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue. Xscapers and Escapees members only, please and thanks!
  13. Should clarify to say they are no longer a player in rooftop mounted mobile satellite internet systems.
  14. Um, no, we do voice and Skype all the time. We just pinged 590 from Alaska. If you've got the money, they can deliver it now. It is not like things were when HughesNet was a player. Today Mobilsat has different plans available depending on one's usage. We have never been happier with our service. There is no comparison between not having service at all, and having these speeds when your income depends on it. We love it.
  15. I'd like to respectfully say nope, that's not the case at all. We currently have a rooftop mounted RV DataSat 840 and find the speeds and performance almost just as fast as cellular broadband, even up here in Alaska where are currently camped. Anyone with a technical background who prefers to camp in remote areas but must be online every day like my husband and I will find that the investment is worthwhile. It has been indispensable for us up here in the North Country and all the other remote places we travel in our RV. If you have any questions about RV mobile satellite internet please PM us. My husband has extensive experience with this technology, we were users #1 for this system and have owned one since 2007. Can't live without it.
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