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Everything posted by coachmac9

  1. I would second Geico! They saved us some money and also paid for a new awning that was damaged by a thunderstorm...and paid off very quickly!
  2. There are many different types of driving jobs in the oil fields...and they all pay very well right now. You didn't mention having a four year old son along with you in the original post. Yes, that definitely will limit your job choices...good luck with your test and job search.
  3. If you are going to go ahead and get your Class A you can make a lot more money with a lot less hassle in the oil industry. They are desperate for Class A drivers and you can work as much or little that you want to work. I have a Class B and am presently getting it upgraded to a class A to supplement my retirement also.
  4. We had great experiences this past summer going in and then coming back to the US...in fact coming back in to the US the computers had crashed and the crossing guards were very apologetic when they asked us to please wait for a few minutes while they rebooted their system...we then struck up a very pleasant conversation with the guard while we waited.
  5. My wife and I were just talking about this yesterday. We went in to Dallas Saturday and noticed that the two brand new RV parks that were finished and opened early this summer were already about 90% full!! We were surprised that they filled so quickly. It also looked like a lot of those RV'ers were not going to be moving anytime soon!!
  6. Yea, we got in to a bad real estate deal that I thought we could write off as a loss and they jumped all over it. I ended up owing around 10K along with penalties that took me a long time to pay off. That was in the early 80's and 10K was a lot of money for someone just starting a career and had two kids to feed!!! Taught me a lot of hard lessons though!!!
  7. Thanks Kirk and Twotoes, and yes, that is sound advice! I really didn't think it would be a viable option but figured I would ask, just in case it might be. I had my once in a lifetime (I hope) run in with the IRS and it wasn't fun!!! Definitely don't want to go there again!!
  8. If you work full time from your RV...say you do on-line teaching or any other work that requires you to work IN the rv or use part of it as your office, can you claim part or all of your RV payment (if you have one) as your office on your income tax or is it not worth the risk? Thanks!
  9. We bought one of the ladders like the Werner that was mentioned above but I think it was another brand. It folds up to a manageable length and is very sturdy. I weigh around 250 lbs and it supports me just fine. We got ours at Lowes for around 120 dollars.
  10. My wife is the reader in our family and she also has the Kindle Paperwhite and loves it. We also use Amazon but we have found the local library to be a great source for downloadable books. It did take her a while to get used to using it and learn how to download books but now she loves it!
  11. 😅😅😅 I almost put an "over and under" bet with my original post on how many posters it would be before someone said something about the topic not being in the right place!!! I did ponder for a little while when I posted originally about where to put it...it's not "satellite tv and radio", or "technical tips and tricks" or "rv'ing on a budget"...probably should have posted under "general rv information" but I didn't...more demerits for me!!!! Thanks again for all the useful information guys!!
  12. Suggestions please for a decent OTA antenna that is not crazy expensive. Thanks in advance.
  13. Wow!! Sounds like a blast!! Definitely going to have to put this on the to-do list!!
  14. I have the same problem. I am 6' 4" and my knees hit the underside of the steering column which really hurts and is annoying. With the slide in, as it will be when traveling, the problem is even worse because I can't adjust the back of the seat to get comfortable. This is one of the main things I have put on the "list" for the next RV I buy...along with a bedroom slide and 50 amp service!!!!
  15. Nothing could be worse than the dreaded "love bugs"!!!!! Having grown up in the Livingston (Tx) area and spent countless hours scrubbing them off the front of my vehicles on a daily basis I absolutely believe they are one of God's plagues spoken of in the bible!!!! LOL!!! I really think that was one of the main reasons I changed occupations and moved away from the area... and only go back when they aren't swarming!!!!
  16. I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado 4x4...We thought we wanted a Jeep Liberty 4x4 but I absolutely hated it. Thankfully I was able to get what I paid for the Jeep so I didn't lose anything. I have had the Chevy since it was almost new and it now has over 300,000 miles on it. By far the most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. It even survived being driven by my son during his high school years!!! Considering using it for my coffin...hopefully no time soon!!!!!
  17. We are going to do the same thing except all I want on the back of the tow vehicle is a camper "shell" to keep some of the things we take along out of the weather. The camper shell will also provide us a place to get out of the rain/cold if we get caught back in the boonies while we are exploring. We have talked to several folks that are pulling similar set-ups and they report no problem at all with the diesel pulling it.
  18. That's a good price for this vehicle as it is equipped. We sold our that was a couple of years older but was also equipped the same way. It sold quickly so good luck with yours!
  19. What a great idea!! Brings back some great memories of riding my bike down to our courthouse and just sitting around on the town square most Saturdays listening to life stories told by men that had fought in WW 2 and survived...as well as all kinds of free advice on just about any type of subject I could imagine!!! It was such a great time to grow up in!!
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