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  1. "Rule #1,Do not fall in love with anything with wheels on it." Actually, it should be "Rule #1,Do not fall in love with anything." Reputation of the seller is everything. As wilyoung said, sales people are trained to make you feel good about whatever it is they are selling. No matter what it is, someone else sells the same thing. I suspect that if you could talk to those who posted the reviews you would find that they all felt they were getting a great experience - until they handed over their money. FWIW, I'll buy accessories at CW (tire covers, for example) but not an RV, nor will I have them do any work on my coach. I'm sure that there are some great CW stores, but I've never heard of any. I have heard lots of horror stories about them.
  2. Scheduling stops

    We're full-timers. All three of our children are married and two of them have children. The one who doesn't (yet) lives near her brother. The two are in one State while the third is several States away. We also work part-time for our church group, Laborers For Christ, and volunteer with Habitat For Humanity's Care-A-Vanners. We also want to visit all 50 State capitals. We're looking at establishing some sort of "home" base at some point. Right now the Escapees Co-op in Hondo, TX sounds like a good fit for us, but we're still looking. We have a DP, so we need to drive it for 50 miles or so at least once a month. We don't want to spend all of our time driving, so we tend to keep travel days to 200-250 miles or so, and then generally try to stay for at least a few days. Our children understand that we aren't going to be in snow country much during the winter, so we try to arrange being "up north" maybe every other Christmas. We do a lot of FaceTime visiting with children and grandchildren.
  3. Acronyms

  4. And sometimes the "discount" is quite a bit more. I just checked one website that has brand-new DP coaches at 28% off of "MSRP." Remember, that's their initial offer. If the dealer is hungry enough, or the coach has been sitting too long, you might be able to snag one for 40% off. Make a low offer and see what the reaction is. That goes for any type of RV. Also, if you are dealing with dealers (as opposed to buying directly from the factory) you can sometimes play one dealer against another. Really, you are in charge. The dealer can't make you buy something. Just don't fall in love with a particular coach if you want the absolute best deal. Offer what you think is a fair price. If you are willing to haggle some, make your offer somewhat lower than what you expect to settle for. If you don't want to haggle, tell the sales person that you are making a take-it-or-leave-it offer. If they don't accept your offer you will walk out and take your business elsewhere. Sometimes they will accept your offer. Sometimes they will refuse it then, but call you back a couple of days later accepting it. Sometimes they won't accept it and you won't hear anything more from them. Make an offer and see what happens.
  5. Acronyms

    Eddie, Google is (sometimes) your friend. Type in "HDT and RV" (leave out the quotation marks) and you will get relevant hits. Try that with whatever other acronyms you are wondering about.
  6. Welcome, Gina. Thank you for your service. I would suggest that you start by figuring what you want to do. If you are going to stay in one place for school reasons, traveling only during school vacations, then you may want to consider getting an apartment or house. That will allow you to get a fairly fuel-efficient vehicle, and you won't have to worry about finding an rv park. If you are going to travel a lot during the school year then you will need to road school. We weren't able to do that, as my work was tied to a specific place. If you can work from your rv (app developer, for example) you can probably do this. I don't know what the regulations are for that, though, so be sure to do some research. Getting a drivers license ought to be pretty straightforward. Once you decide on a State you can find out what it takes to get a license there. Licensing a vehicle will be a similar process. Many, if not most, States have this information online. Back to my second paragraph, if you decide to settle in one place for a while you can spend some time researching exactly what it is you want to do as a full-timer, which will determine what sort of rv you need.
  7. This question seems to come up every year or so. The short answer is to find several general areas where you might like to buy your property and then do some specific research. There are lots of places in the country where you can do this, and lots where you can't. Don't depend on a real estate agent to give you correct answers. Go to the county offices and ask yourself. Yes, you may be doing some driving, but so what? We bought approximately 10 acres in SW MO in 1998. At that time we were able to put in our house with NO regulations. At that time we didn't have to do a percolation test to put in a lagoon. That may have changed. Our well was 500 feet, about twice as deep as most in the area, but we never had a problem. We didn't need to put in a road, just the driveway from the road up to the house. Electricity was already running past the property, so it was a small matter to put in three poles. Another possible option is an Escapees Co-op. There are several from Florida to Washington. A lot at one of them might be a good answer for some.
  8. Although this isn't a topic that a lot of people like to discuss, it IS one that we all need to consider. Even those who are not full-timing can have an emergency in the campground. Having some emergency instructions clearly posted can really help the stranger (EMT or temporary neighbor) who finds you. Even a spouse who comes back from Wal-Mart and finds you sprawled out of the floor might not remember who to call first (besides 911).
  9. Weight and surface area have a lot to do with how well a particular combination will tow. The trailer you are looking at is a big box that is fairly tall, so wind will affect it more than, say, a 34' Airstream. We're considering a 34' Airstream, which has a similar weight (9800 pounds) and we, too, will be carrying quite a bit in the bed of the truck. For that reason we will go with an F350 dually and something like a Pro-Pride or Hensley hitch. Something to think about is that the wind loading on the trailer at 70 mph is a LOT more than at 60 mph. So is the fuel economy.
  10. "...plug your RV into shower power..." Not sure I'd want to try that shower! <grin> Seriously, generally red = positive and black or white = negative on 12 volt systems. There are enough variations, though, that one can't just assume. Disconnecting all power and doing a continuity check is great IF you can easily get to both ends of the subject cable with the meter probes. If not, you will need an assistant and a jumper wire. Another method that is frequently suggested is a tone set. I've not purchased one, but probably will get one eventually. Basically, you attach a signal generator to one end of the subject wire and put a probe near the other end of the possible subject wire. If you hear the tone or see the light you know you have both ends of the same wire. This can be done by only one person, rather than using an assistant, as a meter would require.
  11. We spent a couple of months researching the advantages and disadvantages of Texas vs South Dakota. Florida wasn't really a possibility because of distance. In the end we chose South Dakota. We actually licensed our motor home in SD while we were working on a church project in Oklahoma. That summer we came up to Sioux Falls, got our drivers licenses, licensed the Jeep, and registered to vote. We spent maybe 10 days doing all of that and visiting the area. We signed the declaration of intent to return, but didn't expect to do so for some time. Yesterday we left Sioux Falls after spending two weeks there. Plans change. We left Missouri a couple of years ago, but it took a while for our house to sell. Missouri hasn't bothered us. We did send a note to cancel our MO voter registration. Please note that South Dakota needs a campground or hotel receipt with both names on it if both of you intend to become SD residents. If you wish to register to vote that receipt has to be from the county in which you are going to register. We goofed and stayed at Newton Hills SP at first, so when we registered to vote we found out we were registered in Lincoln County, not Minnehaha County. When we came back two weeks later we stayed at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, so we were able to change our voting place.
  12. New Vs Used

    Now that you actually have your coach you can make a better truck choice. Use the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) for the coach as the weight you will actually be towing. Use 15% of that if you got a travel trailer, 25% of that for a fifth wheel as the hitch or pin weight (the weight that the rear axle will actually have to carry). Add to that whatever will have to ride in the bed of the truck (tool box, fifth wheel hitch assembly, etc.) for the real added rear axle weight. Don't let the sales person tell you that an F250 can tow anything, or worse, an F150 Eco-Boost can tow anything. The issue isn't making it go but stopping it. Wally Byam once towed one of his Airstreams with a bicycle. He didn't tow it very far, and certainly not very fast, but he did make it go. Not a recommended towing setup, though.
  13. New Vs Used

    A couple of years ago we finally had the opportunity to visit PPL in Houston. We didn't have the time to go through all of the coaches there, but were rather surprised to find cleaning supplies still in a dirty bathroom, the bathroom sink sitting on the floor in another, trash in another, etc. In at least one case there was a similar coach very close by for the same price as the dirty one. Sometimes sellers don't look at their rigs through buyer's eyes.
  14. How to prepare to drive a new MH?

    G.O.A.L. = Get Out And Look. About every third campsite requires me to get out and look before attempting to park. Jo Ann is right with me, and together we figure out what needs to be done. Just before I get back in the coach I tell her exactly what I want her to tell me (we use a radio). So far we haven't had any problems. A good number of years ago I taught at a residential high school and most of us had to take our turns driving a school bus for various activities, so I was somewhat used to driving a large vehicle. When we took our coach out for a test drive the seller pulled it out of the shed and pointed it out the drive, then let me take over. She sat in the navigator's seat and was rather surprised that I didn't have any problems driving the coach. I explained about driving the school bus and that there were four adults aboard, not one adult and 20 teenagers. That made a BIG difference.
  15. Decision Dilema

    "I try not to attribute human traits to dogs, but I have known and owned several that appear to suffer from ADHD. I have also had several that were would be juvenile deliquents always testing the borders of acceptable behavior." Many years ago our twin daughters took our two dogs to 4H dog obedience class. One of the dogs had to go an hour early because he just didn't seem to get the point. We joked that he was in doggy special ed. We all cried when he died at age 14. For us, having a cat is a better choice since we are frequently away from the coach all day. We're talking about whether we ought to have another cat or kitten to keep her company when we're gone.