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  1. We recently stayed in a city park that had a monthly rate, but was an exception to everything we've seen so far. Usually government-run parks have a two-week limit. You might check that idea out. We've found that commercial parks will have weekly and monthly rates, but may only have limited sites available for those. You might try looking for parks that aren't right by a popular tourist attraction.
  2. Kind of depends on the floorplan of your rig. In our coach, the litter box in in the walk-through bathroom, right between the shower and the door to the bedroom. We use the Breeze system, so there is no smell. Urine goes through to a pad, and solid simply dries. We scoop it out and toss it in the toilet as needed. The pellets are changed each month. The food and water are also in the bathroom, but between the toilet and the sink. We've frequently read that you should have one more litter box than cats, which means we should have two. We don't have a place for another one, and she knows where this one is. No problems after five years.
  3. We were hosting at a State park when a group came for an anniversary celebration. They rented several sites together, including an extra one, for the food. Unfortunately, the designated food site was the easiest one to back into, and one of their group didn't appreciate the extra work of having to back into a harder site, but that was his problem. The group pretty much kept the road clear, and weren't loud. At another State park we had a group of smokers for the weekend. They showed up with their rigs, then went home and brought back the smokers and food. On Saturday they fed the entire park! Again, the kids weren't a problem.
  4. As I scanned through this thread, it seems to me that the OP is more concerned about theft of propane tanks than anything else. A stout chain and padlock will deter the honest people, but someone with a bolt cutters can defeat the lock and chain. Add more chains and padlocks and now you have made it too difficult for you to take the empty tank out and get it filled and the thief still has his bolt cutters. All he has to do is cut a few more places. You could chain a dog to the hitch, but then the neighbors (or the campground) would complain if the dog barked. Again, the thief just has to bring something to neutralize the dog and the bolt cutters. I guess the short answer is that there really isn't any way to deter a determined thief other than an armed guard. Probably not worth the expense. It sounds like the OP has a trailer of some sort at home, and home is in a neighborhood that sees a fair amount of theft. Many people keep their propane grills in the garage. Without getting into the argument of how safe that is, it might be that removing the tank and storing them somewhere out of sight may be a solution. In fact, if the tanks in question are the small, grill size ones, maybe the solution might be to arrange with a local propane seller to keep the tanks there when not in use. Part of the agreement might be to have the tanks full when called for (advance notice required). Don't know if a propane seller would go with such a deal, but it wouldn't hurt to ask.
  5. We're SD residents and do some work with our church group, Laborers For Christ. When we work for Laborers, we are paid minimum wage for that State and, of course, have to file a State tax return there. When we work in a State with no income tax, we pay no tax to that State, such as when we worked in Texas. When we work in a State with an income tax, we pay their income tax to them. Our work is long enough that we never hit more than one State tax in any one year, so it isn't all that much of a pain (other than last year when it cost is $40 to file to get an $8 refund). Oh well. You should probably be members of HSLDA and learn what the homeschool laws are in each State. It might be that you will want to visit certain States only during the summer or only for very brief periods of time. Our children are now starting to homeschool their children, so it has been a while since we had to know anything about homeschooling laws. You may want to check out some of the Christian sharing outfits, like Medi-Share. One of them may suit your needs. As you have already been told, there are lots of compromises here, and what suits one family won't suit another. You may end up just making a spreadsheet, listing all of the costs (health insurance, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, etc.) and then figure out the total for each State and go with the one that is lowest.
  6. Welcome! It sounds like you have done some research already, and that's a good thing. Buying the RV before you move out of the house may let you transition from house to RV more easily. IF (and that's a big IF) you can park your rig at your current house you can begin to move into it gradually, eventually getting to the point where you are sleeping in it, then basically living in it. All the while, everything is just a few feet away, so when you need the can opener for the first time you can run back into the kitchen, get it, and then leave it in the RV. That isn't possible in many places, though. Check your local zoning laws. Like others have said, take a bit more time to find a new home base. There are many options for you to consider. One would be the Escapees co-op in Hondo, TX. There is currently a waiting list, so you could get on the list (if it looks like something that would interest you) and later change your mind if you find something else that is better. Another option would be the ERPU program at a couple of Escapees parks (Livingstone, for one). Both of those require you to live in your RV, rather than a S&B, on the park. Kirk lives in another TX RV community that is more or less modeled on the co-ops, but is enough different that you may find it an option. He can tell you more about it. We retired from the Missouri Ozarks. If you are interested in rural/small town living, that may be something to consider. Dallas County, where we used to live, as no restrictions on what you have on your property, so you could keep the RV on site. In fact, you could live in it on your property while you are building a S&B if you don't find something already like what you want. There are lots of places around Pomme de Terre lake.
  7. The OP hasn't been back since asking his question, but others may be benefiting from the discussion. The original RV refrigerator in our Foretravel was 20 years old when we bought the coach, and was pretty much dead when we took our first trip. We had already decided that we would replace it with a residential refrigerator. A few minutes with a tape measure gave us the dimensions that we had to work with. A couple of evenings on the Internet got us a short list of residential refrigerators that would work. Jo Ann picked out the one she wanted, and we quickly found a source. The Lowe's in the neighboring town could have it in a week, so we started removing the original (dead) RV unit and prepping for the new one. The delivery guy damaged the new refrigerator, so a week later the new new one arrived a week later - with the manager! We've been using that apartment-size refrigerator for five years now.
  8. We ran into that small glitch, too, five years ago. We were told that we had to have a receipt, showing both of our names, to prove that we had spent a night in the State. We stayed at a beautiful State park south of Sioux Falls. When we registered to vote and showed them the receipt, they said we would be registered in Lincoln County, not Minnehaha County, as that was where the park was. We came back to Sioux Falls two weeks later and stayed at the Fairgrounds. With that receipt we were able to switch our voter registration to Minnehaha County.
  9. To each his own. We have stayed at KOA campgrounds in the past, but not if we can find something better. We've found that they, like other commercial parks, try to pack as many rigs into the available space as possible. We'd much rather stay at a COE park, a State park, or a city or county campground. In fact, we're slowly compiling our own list of city/county campgrounds that we like. We're not at all interested in the exercise room or swimming pool, so why pay for something we're not going to use? Some people say KOA stands for "Keep On Adding" as it seems that there is an additional fee for almost everything that we might want, and no deductions for the things we don't want. For us, a KOA is an acceptable overnight spot, but we'd never want to stay at one for more than one night - too expensive.
  10. Kirk, are you still using it? We did a bit of research just now and it seems that it has been removed from most things that used to have it.
  11. I believe that the above information is correct for ALL of the mail forwarding services in SD, not just Escapees' service.
  12. Part of the reason why some States have shorter lengths permitted than others may be that their roads are narrower and maybe have more curves. The Interstate Highway system has design standards that are uniform nationwide. Other highways are designed in the States, and don't meet those standards. Particularly in the East, roads may still follow what was, essentially, a foot path. Yes, it has been widened some, and some of the sharper bends have been straightened, but it is still more suitable for a car than for a MH towing a vehicle or a large truck towing a larger 5'er. While I'm thinking of it, pay attention to height restrictions on your proposed route.
  13. We've driven in rain a few times in the five years we've been on the road. Not a big deal IF the wipers are up to it. Part of the reason we chose a no-slide MH was that we have a curious cat. She sleeps in a carrier while we're driving. When we stop for lunch we let her out. We like having the coach at a comfortable temperature all the time. As I type this it is 92* here, headed for a low of 72, so both air conditioners are running. Tomorrow we're traveling about 350 miles. The generator will be running, as will both a/c units, and the coach will be comfortable the whole time. That's one advantage of a MH. On the other hand, we're finding that we are staying in one place far more than we thought, so we're wanting to trade the Foretravel for an Airstream. Yes, we'll have to give up having the coach at a comfortable temperature while traveling, but we're not traveling as many days as we thought we would five years ago. Remember that what is right for you today may not be right five years from now. So what? Very few people get the perfect RV the first time. Do your research and buy what seems to be the best for you for now. As you travel and use your coach you will find that maybe you would be better off with something else. Trade. Repeat. There is a reason why there are so many RV options available. Not every RV is right for every person.
  14. I generally consider PPL's prices as the bottom end for the condition of the RV. Their business model is to keep the price low so the rigs move quickly. Do some research to see what rigs similar to the one you are considering actually are selling for. Sometimes a seller really needs to get rid of their rig and are willing to take any somewhat reasonable offer. Others are wanting to get top dollar for it, and are willing to wait for the right buyer. When you find something that suits you AND passes inspection, make an offer. Just remember, though, you are probably not the only one looking at the rig. Particularly with sought-after coaches, you have to be ready to jump when the right one comes along.
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