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  1. I just ran across an interesting article in Forbes magazine that addressed changing your domicile from New York (or NJ or Mass) to elsewhere. It pretty much recaps what's been covered in Escapees magazine articles, but the advice is general enough that it could be useful for folks not leaving those states, too. Here's the link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2017/09/25/even-new-yorks-hard-nosed-tax-enforcers-cant-resist-a-true-paris-love-story/#3aa2f6021fb6
  2. OK, how 'bout this? Can you iopen a short-term PO Box somewhere in IL, then go online and use that mailing address for your IL driver's license, still keeping your sister's physical address on the books? We're using a PO Box in North Carolina as our mailing address for some things, with a "physical" NC address on the DMV records, and they've been fine with sending the licenses and registrations to the PO Box. In other words, could you take the mail forwarding service out of the equation just for this transaction? (We still have the SKP mail service for most of our transactions, but not for anything Motor Vehicle/Insurance-related). Good luck! (Things have gotten a whole lot more complicated since the Patriot Act stuff. Wait 'til the banks start telling you they're going to close out your account unless you give them a "real" address! Yep, we ran into THAT nonsense this year).
  3. I lived in upstate NY for a couple of years with 2 coyote packs in the immediate vicinity. During the day, I never had any problems. My dog and I were within 200 feet of one big boy, and he just looked at us and continued trotting along the road. At night, I'd be more careful in case the packs were out running--especially on moonless nights. Outside lights on, dogs on a leash, and a quick in-and-out. Frankly, I'd worry more about snakes than coyotes. And at least where I lived, they served a useful purpose by keeping down the feral cat population.
  4. We bought an EMS from this company years ago, and also have found their customer support absolutely first rate. Plus, the product is excellent and warned us many times over the years about pole problems--you know, the kind the owner insists "nobody else ever complained about." LOL
  5. RE: BarbDan17's post: "Your comment is my deepest concern of buying used. While you told the dealer every issue on the rig, I'm certain the information was not shared with the next purchaser and makes me only want to buy new. :-( " A friend of mine was having major repeated problems with his Class A (can't remember if it was gas or DP). Anyway, he finally decided to dump it. Took it to a nationally-known company (hint: first word begins with "C", second word begins with "W"), along with a list of all the things that needed to be fixed before it should be sold. Salesman balled up the list and threw it in the trash, saying "We're not interested in any of that." Pity the poor soul that bought THAT rig!
  6. Only thing I'd like to add is to really investigate the kind of insulation used. Poorly-insulated rigs mean condensation problems and big electric bills (assuming you ever stay monthly or seasonally at a campground). Our rig was made with expandable foam that, when dry, added strength to the walls. It's also a great soundproofing asset. Also along these lines, for my money, less glass is better. Picture windows are lovely when the weather's perfect--and it's ALWAYS perfect in the magazine photo spread! Not so much if you get assigned to a site in full sun in the middle of August, or if fall weather dips into the teens or 20s. Here's one tip that might work--visit an RV lot on a sunny day and walk into a couple different brands. You'll probably notice that some are like furnaces inside, while others are much more comfy. You can use that as a clue about how easy or difficult it will be to heat/cool the various models.
  7. So very sorry this happened to you, and hope you'll be back behind the wheel in weeks instead of months. I've come close to breaking a few body parts myself on those bleepin' metal steps. Thanks for warning everybody from your hospital bed. That's really thoughtful on your part.
  8. I found out recently that Timberlodge RV resort in New Waverly TX changed its name to Hillcrest. Anybody hear anything about why? Just curious if there was a change in ownership or something.
  9. We have 300 watts of solar panels on the roof of our RV, and went with Lifeline AGMs when the system was installed 12 years ago. We put them in and forgot about them. Never had to do so much as 1 minute of maintenance. After 12 years they finally wouldn't hold a full charge anymore. But during those 12 years we lived fulltime for 6 years, so they were used every day. When the time came to replace them, we chose Lifeline AGMs again. It was a no-brainer. Bought them online from a California company, who shipped them free all the way across the country! Personally, given our great experience with AGMs (and especially with Lifeline brand), you couldn't pay me to go back to the regular kind. Totally dependable and totally worry-free! (Can't say that about too many things in the RV world).
  10. JM, sounds like you're doing a whole lot right. I had working breeds for many years, and have a hound (mix) now. Training the hound has been more challenging (sometimes outright frustrating) but I found that agility has been very helpful. Even when you don't have a formal agility course & equipment available, you can often improvise with stuff available. For example, at one campground recently, I noticed a series of about 14 or 15 evenly-spaced posts about shoulder height. Those became our weave poles. We practiced every day for about 2 weeks everytime we passed by. She got really good at this skill, even though I kept her on a leash. While my working breeds loved training and could stay focused for an hour, the hound does better with lots of small training sessions--three or four commands at a time--sprinkled throughout the day. She's got great stamina even at 11 years old, and if it weren't for her, I'd be a couch potato. One trainer suggested using food treats to train, but I found that packed on too many pounds; she's happy to get access to a toy as a reward, or even to get a real enthusiastic "good girl!", so that's what I do. Over the years I've tried and disgarded a lot of advice. Pretty much have settled on positive reinforcement as much as possible, making sure the dogs get enough exercise and socialization, and keeping their brains in gear (no problem with that when you RV, because every new location has new smells and sounds).
  11. We returned our NY license plates, then filed the proper forms from the NYS DMV to turn in our driver's licenses. This appears to be all that was necessary to satisfy NY that we indeed are now non-residents of NY. [/quote I've read that NY doesn't always give up so easily. At least at one time, Albany was trying to claim that if you had a bank account in NY, you were still a New Yorker (Declaration of Domicile notwithstanding). Maybe that's changed, but I'm not taking any chances: am cutting ALL ties with the Empire State.
  12. Just a P.S. Google Andrew Luescher for a good veterinary perspective on what's wrong about Milan's approach. Dr. Luescher's explanation says all that needs to be said about Milan.
  13. I worked as a vet tech and have access to forums limited to veterinary professionals. I can tell you that Milan's approach is NOT well-regarded by vet behavioral specialists. It all looks so good and simple on camera, but outdated techniques (like flooding) can backfire badly.
  14. Some of those folks may know what a dollar bill looks like, but apparently buffalo nickels stump 'em. Ran into one kid who announced knowingly: "We don't take Canadian money."
  15. I met a couple from Iowa, traveling in a really nice Class A, who set up a fenced area outside their rig. Filled it with straw and brought out their hog. Not a pot-bellied pig, mind you. I'm talking full-size Iowa hog! Very well-behaved critter, quiet & well-mannered. They'd take her for walks around the campground on her leash, & she "heeled" better than my dogs! Turns out the animal had been a 4H project, & they didn't have the heart to send her to, well, you know... (Good people!)
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