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  1. And it all runs down stream. Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, AR is currently closed and I suspect that Warrick Point in Greenville, MS and River View in Vidalia, LA are also or will be soon.
  2. The intent of my post was not to discuss the merits or issues in taking SS early, but rather to explain why the benefit of someone who retired early may not be much more than someone who had lower wages. If I remember from other posts, you both had pensions and employer paid health insurance after retirement. Many who depend on SS as a major part of their retirement income do not have those benefits. Everyone's circumstances are different and if one does not fully understand all the rules and the implications of them, the results can be less than desired.
  3. We have stayed there twice but it was a couple if years ago. The last time we were in Nashville, the only place we could get a spot was the Jellystone Park. It was considerably more expensive and not any nicer for what we need, I my opinion.
  4. Those retiring before their full retirement age need to realize that Social Security payments are based on 35 years of work. I believe if you have less than 35 years paying into the system that zeros are included in the calculation. In many cases, the wages earned in later years are greater than those earned at the beginning of ones entry into the work force. I believe the annual estimate of benefits projects the latest years earnings to retirement age so it may over estimate the benefits to be payed if one retires early. There is also a reduction in benefits for each month that one retires before their full retirement age. This calculator from the Social Security Administration can be used to get a more realistic estimate of ones benefits if planning to retire early.
  5. Welcome to the Escapees Forum!! Where you stay will to some extent depend on whether you want hookups and the size of your RV. If you are planning to visit Yellowstone in 2019, as noted on the Park's website; Fishing Bridge RV Park is closed for the 2019 season. It is the only campground in Yellowstone with hookups. This means that there are over 300 fewer full hookup sites available in the area. If you can dry camp, the seven first come first serve campgrounds in Yellowstone have some longer spots. Check the link above. Only Mammoth and Norris campgrounds allow generator use. Canyon Campground is very popular and I think convenient for touring much of the park. All the concession run dry campgrounds allow generator use. There are a number of Forest Service campgrounds outside the park which may or may not have sites for larger RVs. Baker"s Hole and Rainbow Point on the West side have some electric sites as do Rex Hale and Wapiti on the East side. Again, welcome to the Escapees Forum!!
  6. This is getting off the original topic, but for those not familiar with them, here are a couple of links: Florida Water Management Districts, Florida Wildlife Management Areas. Each area has its own rules and restrictions so some research and reading is required.
  7. Does your Fios plan include access to the Verizon Hotspot network? A few years ago when cellular customers could access their hotspots for free, I found that many were collocated with Tengo installations at campgrounds/RV parks. The speeds of the Verizon hotspots were not throttled like the campground wifi often was. I currently have access to the Xfinity Wifi network. It broadcasts its hotspots from its residential and business customers routers. It is not uncommon to pickup several hotspots in parks with longer term residents or adjacent businesses. Where I am now, I am getting about 10mbs down and 5mbs up on an Xfinity hotspot. I also have access to the Xfinity streaming which includes a number channels and on demand. There are some restrictions on the major networks. CBS is not available, you have to subscribe to their streaming service. On Demand access to ABC, NBC and Fox is often restricted so that the latest episodes of a show are not always available right after airing. Amazon Prime provides some additional viewing opportunities as do some of the free services like Pluto and Crackle. We recently upgraded our 6 year old phones. The new phones included the option of a Tablet linked to each phone at no additional device fee. There is an additional line fee, but this gives us 4 hotspot/tethering limits of 15G and unlimited streaming on the tablet which I find much better than streaming on the phone.
  8. It may be a matter of semantics, but I usually think of Wildlife Management Areas as properties managed by state Fish and Game Agencies. They are usually pretty primitive and primarily established for hunting and fishing, Florida does have a number of Wildlife Management Areas that allow camping, but I am not aware of any that have utility connections for RVs. The Edward Medard Conservation Park appears from the website to be a Hillsborough County Park as does Lithia Springs Conservation Park. As for a route from Mobile to Denver, if you have the time, I would suggest taking US-98 to Natchez then the Great River Road, US-61, North to Memphis then I-55 to the St; Louis area where you can take US-50, US-36 or I-70 West to Denver. Lots to see and do along this route.
  9. The National Parks, National Forests and Corps of Engineers are in three different agencies. Their rules regarding fees and discounts for concessionaires are different.
  10. Welcome to the Escapees Forum!!! This calculator will help you figure out what trailers you can safely tow. If you already have the Pathfinder, load it with a full tank of fuel and all the passengers and gear that you will carry and get it weighed. Use this weight in the calculator to determine what trailer you can tow. If you do not own the pathfinder yet, select the trailer first and then match a tow vehicle to the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the trailer. Another issue that is not discussed as often as weight is the relationship between tow vehicle wheelbase and trailer length. This website gives a good overview of this important consideration. Again, welcome to the Escapees Forum!!
  11. The road service is through Allstate. We have used it a couple of times for both the RV and the car and had good results.
  12. To me, Thousand Trails and KOA are completely different types of memberships. Thousand Trails is prepaid. Now that many of the Thousand Trail and Encore parks are open to non-members, you only save money if you use them enough. The KOA membership is a discount card with an annual cost of currently $30. For years we got a card for free from our RV road service provider. In addition to the 10% discount, points are accumulated with each stay that result in further cash discounts based on the accumulated points. For us, some of the larger savings have been on purchases from their business partners. They had a good deal on RV road service which also included a KOA gift card. What works for one may not work everyone.
  13. As mentioned and as noted on the Park's website Fishing Bridge RV Park is closed for the 2019 season. This means that there are over 300 fewer full hookup sites available in the area. How big are the 3 fifth wheels? If you can dry camp, the first come first serve campgrounds have some longer spots. Check the link above. Only Mammoth and Norris campgrounds allow generator use. Canyon Campground is very popular and I think convenient for touring much of the park. All the concession run dry campgrounds allow generator use. There are a number of Forest Service campgrounds outside the park which may or may not have sites for larger RVs. Baker"s Hole and Rainbow Point on the West side have some electric sites as do Rex Hale and Wapiti on the East side.
  14. I have used the Forest Camping website many times, but am not aware that it contains information about vehicle camping (dispersed camping/boondocking). The National Forests do still have some free developed campgrounds which are listed in the Forest Camping Guide. How/whether one distinguishes between dry camping versus boondocking depends as there seems to be no clear distinction in many discussions as long as both are free.
  15. The Forest Service Website has links to all of the websites for the individual National Forests. The rules for length of stay in that Forest will be described. The Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) for each Forest (search the website for MVUM) will show the areas where vehicle camping is allowed and describe how far off the roadway vehicles may be driven. This website contains links to the MVUMs for many of the National Forests.
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