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  1. Yep, call the county. But I'll share our experience: We are domiciled in Livingston. Bought a fifth wheel in Wyoming, and the dealer sent the paperwork in to Polk County. Our registration went through without an issue, and we didn't need to get it inspected in Texas until we returned almost a year later. No issues. Each year upon registration renewal, we check the box that says our vehicles are out of state and we promise to get them inspected the next time we are in TX. Sometimes that happens in the same year, sometimes not for a couple. It's never been an issue. Texas makes it easy to be fulltimers and we love it. Congrats on your new toad!
  2. Please let us know if it works out for you. That's an interesting situation. Have you picked out a mail service yet? I know exactly what you mean about the pre-medicare options being better in Travis County. For us, making a domicile switch wouldn't be worth giving up the mail service or our Livingston address. As much as we don't like our insurance plan, thankfully BCBS allows us to choose physicians anywhere in Texas. So we chose a primary MD in Kerrville last year, but they weren't great. We may look at practices closer to Austin this year.
  3. Are you a full-timer working on the road in a non-traditional job or unconventional business? If you've been successfully doing it for at least a year, and you are an Escapees / Xscapers club member, we want to hear from you! We especially want to hear from club members doing unconventional work that is not tech-related. This is for an upcoming edition of Escapees Magazine. If you would like to be featured, contact editor@escapees.com. Thanks!
  4. We also prefer camping in the sticks. But we work full-time on the web, so when we are not near cellular broadband, our rooftop deployable RV Datasat 840 is how we get online. The link goes back to our blog with all our experiences using the system. Mobile satellite internet is not for everyone and it is not cheap, but we find it worth the investment since we must have reliable connectivity.
  5. As you can see, it's an individual thing. But since your situation sounds a lot like ours, I'll share our experience to hopefully give you some insight on how it can work. We do work long hours, more than we did before we hit the road in 2007 because the Internet has changed customer expectations. Whereas before we had work hours, today it all blends together. As you know that's the nature of being self employed. But... Pre full-timing we were outdoorsy people but our physical health was just meh. Sure, we biked and hiked more because we started living in beautiful places. But we never challenged ourselves physically. It was pretty much status quo, just in more beautiful places. Twelve years later, hitting 50 made something click. We just ran our first marathon and plan to continue doing so well into our later years. This didn't necessarily have anything to do with full-timing, but the ability to train in freekin' awesome places is quite motivating! So yeah, we're in better shape than when we started. We still work crazy long hours, but without the burden of homeownership and all that accompanies it, we have waaaaaay more free time to pursue a higher level of fitness. Good luck to you! Keep in touch and let us know how your adventures go. See ya down the road!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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...."
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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