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  1. The generator on our 1993 Foretravel is mounted on the side, just below and behind the driver's seat. It does slide out, but the back side is still a pain to get to. We have it serviced annually in Nacogdoches, TX, at one of the several places that specialize in Foretravels (that's where they are made). Ours gets plenty of exercise as we run the generator while traveling. At a minimum it is powering the refrigerator, and on warm or hot days it is running one or both air conditioners.
  2. No, the site is free as long as you are getting work done. That may be one of the reasons why we've never wallydocked. Going in those doors is expensive!
  3. Signed up with bookbub.com and chose a book. Had to argue with the Amazon sign-in some, but eventually got a book. I'm happy now.
  4. When we go to Camp Foretravel it costs us about $1000/night - sometimes more.
  5. I called the Artesia Public Library and found out that we can get an account with them, but not until we go back later this fall. We do have Prime, so I tried that. It looks like there is a pretty limited selection to borrow, with most books being for sale. I'll keep looking.
  6. The last time we were in Sioux Falls we asked about getting library cards, and explained to them that we are full-timers who use a mail-forwarding service. That was fine with them, and we were given library cards. We've regularly checked out ebooks for the past couple of years. Recently, after an update, the app stopped working properly, so I deleted the app and reinstalled it. Nothing worked, so I contacted the library. They just called to tell me that, since I don't own property in Sioux Falls, I'm not eligible to have a library card. I can, however, get a nonresident card for $63/year. That's for each of us! What do other full-timers do for books? Since we are now leaseholders at The Ranch, maybe there is something available from Artesia or Carlsbad?
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    Somehow I've managed to get onto some of their brand-specific newsletter sites that I don't want to be on. I've tried unsubscribing, but that seems to get me more newsletters. I tried the link above and clicked on CONTACT. That brought up an ad for gmail! At least delete still works.
  8. The one-night stay is a requirement to obtain the driver's license AND to register to vote. If you don't care what county you are registered in, you can use just about anywhere for that stay. Your license and voting will be in that county, which may or may not be the one where your mail is sent. When we moved to SD we stayed at a great State Park south of Sioux Falls. The attendant was familiar with the receipt requirement and made sure that our receipt had both of our names on it. We got the car registered (we had done the MH via mail months earlier) and then went to register to vote. That's when we found out that we would be registered to vote in the neighboring county, because that's where the park was. We were on our way to Brookings for a Habitat For Humanity RV Care-A-Vanners Build, so we went up for our two weeks there, then came back down to Sioux Falls, where we stayed a few nights at the fairgrounds. We could then change our voter registrations to Minnehaha County.
  9. Another name for full-timing is Chasing 70. If it isn't 70 degrees where you are, go somewhere else where it is. We generally put fixed dates on the calendar and then figure out how and when to get from one place to another. A couple of times that has involved some pretty fast cross-country moves. Most of the time, though, we take our time. We stretch our money by volunteering at places that provide a FHU site in exchange for some work. We do campground hosting several months each year and we also do Habitat For Humanity RV Care-A-Vanner builds. We spent 10 weeks in Hobbs, NM earlier this year working on houses. Check out: http://www.habitat.org/cd/rv/schedule.aspx Our original plan, five years ago, was to work (for pay) four months, volunteer four months, and be on our own four months each year. We've never yet had a year that hit that exactly. Some years the work has been more than four months, and some it has been no months. Some years we've volunteered more than four months and some less. The mix is pretty much dictated by what positions we can get. Sometimes family things change plans. Earlier this year we became leaseholders at The Ranch, one of the Escapees co-ops. We pay an annual maintenance fee and our electricity when we're there. Yes, we had to pay a lease fee, but we get almost all of what we paid back when we turn the lot back in, so our costs are pretty minimal and we have a storage shed in which to keep things we won't need until the next time we're there.
  10. No one asked our ages when we visited The Ranch or Lone Star Corral. When we got on the Active Waiting Lists we had to verify our ages by including a copy of our driver's licenses. I don't remember the exact percentage, but in order to qualify as a 55+ community an certain percentage (80% maybe) has to be at least 55.
  11. Welcome to the forum. As Kirk said, establish your mail service first. There are several in SD, each with advantages and disadvantages. Check them all out and make your decision. Once you have your new address you can register your vehicles there. It is easy enough to do yourself if you are there, but it can be done by your mail service for a fee. I'm not sure about the insurance. I'd suggest you contact your current agent and ask. We have our car insured with State Farm, and they require an agent in the new location write the policy. As you are doing your mail service research you may want to call each company and ask them some questions including the ones you asked here. They should all give you the same answers (other than fees, of course), but if one doesn't match up with the others that may be a red flag.
  12. Right now there are three rigs in the campground, all widely spaced, with us in the middle. This morning I was doing stuff outside, when I turned around and saw a large dog at the front corner of our coach. It growled at me and I get inside as quickly as I could. A few minutes later it was checking out the firepit at the next site, so I hopped into the car and drove up to the host. He immediately went to the rig that he thought owned that dog.
  13. I tried it (Mac and Firefox) with no results. Tried a search for rvnotepad and got the same info plus your post.
  14. We're at a campground that is pretty empty Sunday evening through Thursday afternoon. People start coming in on Thursday, and by Saturday morning the place is full. The rule is that dogs must be on a leash, but it isn't enforced. The first weekend we were here a family of "regulars" had two large dogs that were "leased" by an electronic leash. I don't know exactly how those things work, but I suspect that if the dog was really intent on getting past the boundary there would be no real consequences. There might be a moment of pain as the boundary was crossed, but once on the other side it would be just like being inside as far as the dog was concerned. This weekend a group of people had several campsites near us. One of them had two or three larger dogs that looked like Labs. The first thing they did when the dogs were released from the truck was to let the dogs jump into the lake for a swim. They were leased for the rest of the weekend. Just now a man came back from the bathhouse and his dog (looked like it has dome boxer in it) was running free.
  15. Quite a few years ago our neighbor's overweight pit bull got loose and visited our dog, who was on a run line. The pit wanted to fight, and our dog was more interested in playing. Our dog was backing up as the pit came toward him. Finally the pit lunged. As he made contact with the front end of our dog, out dog's hind end made contact with the electric fence. There was a brown streak going one way and a black one going the other, but dogs crying in pain. By that time the neighbor arrived to get his dog. We told him what happened, and we all had a good laugh. When we host we frequently have to tell people that their dogs need to be on a leash whenever outside of their vehicle. When we're not hosting we may mention it if a dog comes up to us, but usually we will just report it to the host or ranger.
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