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    2006 Volvo 780
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  1. We have been full timing and working wherever we go since 2014. At different times, I have defined myself as a migrant worker, a migrant engineer, and an itinerant engineer. My wife defines herself as a virtual analyst, a mobile analyst, or an analista gitana (gypsy analyst). A lot depends on who the audience is.
  2. We are first timers in the lower RGV (Bentsen Palm Village). It is pretty full but there are a few spots left. We have driven thru several other parks and they all seem to be fairly full but each had a few sites available.
  3. HERO Maker: I have been here since last June; first at Casa de Palmas and now at Bentsen Palm Village. I spent two years shutting down and disassembling two ignition wire plants in Nogales, SON and relocated them to an SMP operation just off 97 on the south side of Reynosa in the Parque Industrial Stiva Alcala. I was supposed to be finished the end of last May, but the Reynosa operation had issues and needed help resolving maintenance, repair, and operational issues. And so after heading north for cooler climes on June 1, we found ourselves once again turning south and heading back to the the border mid-June...albeit we were now about 1200 miles east of Nogales and in a much more humid environment. You are “In and out of Reynosa a lot”? Are you working there also?
  4. Lots of great roads in the Hill Country. We spent a winter volunteering at the Uvalde National Fish Hatchery west of Honda and found lots of roads....Most were paved. One of my favorite places for exploring was while staying in Amado/Tubac, AZ. Thousands of miles of gravel/dirt trails on public land in the desert and mountains to explore using the dual sports. Loved sitting on top of the mountains around Whipple Observatory or enroute to Patagonia and looking over the valley with a book, drink, a few snacks and hearing nothing but the wind....... There is nothing like that around McAllen, TX. We did ride the gravel part of Military Rd. out to 83 and then to Loma de la Cruz and on to Edinburg Airport. Other than that there is only shopping malls and restaurants to ride to.
  5. How do you fix them now? Do it the same way. I agree with previous responses. If you want to fix it yourself, ask a neighbor or the office. Almost all will be willing to help.
  6. Now in Bentsen Palm Village in Mission, TX. Will be working in Reynosa until June, 2019.
  7. That is close....they estimated 20+/- lbs. It depended on the design, number of colors, and coats of clear.
  8. If I had it to do all over again, I would absolutely get full body paint at the time of purchase. It would have been much cheaper and saved me a lot of effort in the long run. We have a 2008 42 ft KZ Escalade with partial paint (graphics only). After 5 years, the finish was oxidizing and chalking. Washing it twice/year took about 4 hours not including the roof. I would then have to hit everything but the graphics with the polisher. Depending on how bad the oxidation was, that would take me 12-16 hours and then about the same time to wax it again with the polisher. Last year, we started looking at new rigs but decided we really liked ours so we checked into painting it. We got quotes from Mike’s Custom Painting and Precision Paint in Bremen, IN and ended up getting the rig fully painted this past summer. As mentioned above, the quote started out at $12,500 but ended up around $16,000 by the time we selected our design, colors, number of coats of clear coat, and other options. Joan loves her “unique” paint design and colors.....I am just happy with how little work it takes to keep it looking nice. if your new rig will come from northern Indiana, there is a chance it may be painted at Precision or Mike’s .....or one of several other quality paint shops up there.
  9. I was fortunate to start with an HDT. I was also fortunate to have Henry counsel me at the 2011 Spring Escapee Rally held at the fairgrounds in Goshen, IN. We Had already decided on a new 2011 Dodge 3500 and a 42 ft Forest River XLR when we walked by Henry’s Royals International and stopped to talk (He was recruiting for the Heavy Hauler BOF). Henry took the time to review and discuss our decision and share some sage advice. His advice was to look very closely at the foundation and build of the Forest River XLR (or any rig we were considering) and to seriously consider an HDT along with a higher quality used 5’ver. We listened and ended up with what we are still full-timing in today. Thanks, Henry!!
  10. I worked 2 Peaks at Campbellsville and had a great time.....and will do it again. The work was not “easy”, but I did not find any of the jobs hard or tiring. Depending on what I did, I walked anywhere from 12,000 to 45,000 steps/day. The “stow” positions averaged in the 12-14,000 range; “pick” averaged 14-20,000; “water spider” ranged from 20-45,000; “gift wrap” was hard for me as it required standing and very little walking but some people loved it; “ICQG“ (inventory control) was easy (maybe 6000 steps/day) but boring for me, “receiving/unloading” trucks was fun but requires twisting/bending/stooping/carrying with some heavy boxes. The people were great and the work was .......work. My piece rate never measured up, but as a CamperForce, employee I was only required to attain 85% of what was required of full-time employees. I volunteered for any and all overtime and worked 60 hr weeks as often as possible, but 60 hours was never required. We stayed out at Green River RV Park across the street from the Green River State Park RC flying field and had a great time. The people I spoke with at Heartland, the Stables, and the State Park all seemed satisfied with their places. There were a few that decided they liked the idea of being across the street from the DC and walking to work that moved to Heartland but I think most people were content. I will not be a CamperForce worker this year as I have another commitment, but I would not hesitate to do it again.
  11. There is nothing demanding about about doing laundry in your rig.......or anyplace else for that matter. Everyone has their own reasons for making the decisions they do and their decisions are correct from their own perspective. Amen to Linda’s comments on the noise and wrinkling. Another benefit we found while in AZ for a summer was that the dryer pulled conditioned air out of the rig, blew it outside, and sucked in hot air which now had to be cooled. Not using the dryer helped reduce the load on our AC. But I will say the laundry dried faster in southern AZ than it has anywhere else. I am currently working in McAllen, TX, and lappir is correct. We spent $6.50 washing and drying 3 loads of laundry. While talking to the service gal at the laundromat, she looked at what we had and said they would “wash & fold” it for $8.00. So once per week, I now drop our laundry off on my way to work and pick it up on my way home that day or the next. Who knows, when we finally retire, we may decide to repurpose the area again and recapitalize on the hook-ups with another W/D.
  12. A separate W/D was on our must-have list when we started the full time journey. Within 6 months, we quit using it due to the daily laundry requirement and the drying time. She said she would rather spend 2 hrs one day/week at a laundromat.....so that is what we have done for the last 4+ years. The washer and dryer were removed and sold and the space repurposed. The rig is currently being refurbished at Rec-Spec in Wakarusa and the idea of a W/D and dishwasher was brought up, but she was adamant......she didn’t want either one. She would rather have the space and weight carrying capacity for other things. The only thing she did want was a residential fridge.....and get it she will.
  13. After reading through this thread......I am stunned at the reactions. My situation is a “little” different as I am not moving to a given state for an employment position, but based on the laws quoted earlier, I am non-compliant pretty much wherever the company sends me to work. I work for a company in Indiana with locations around the country: Indiana, Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, and Mexico. My domicile is in Indiana, my checks come out of Indiana, and my taxes are paid in Indiana. My typical assignment times range from 1 month to two years. Some years I may work in 3-4 states. My last assignment was in AZ. I left after working there for 2 years and never registered my vehicles nor became a resident. I have now been working in McAllen, TX for the last 10 months and have not registered my vehicles in Texas. I may be non-compliant, but in the last 10 years, I have never had a problem. The only place the company’s financial counsel has told me to make sure I paid taxes was while I was working in Mexico for more than the permissible 183 days. Here in McAllen, TX, there are a number to CBP leo’s on 90 days temporary assigned duty. The two I spoke with said they are not aware of having to re-register or re-license in Texas Right or wrong, the AZ RV park I was in had folks from around the country staying there for extended periods of time while working at the copper mines. To my knowledge, none of us had any issues with the leo’s......other than a few traffic tickets. I have not spoken of this to any of the other transient workers at the RV park, but I can see their plates are from A number of non-Texas states. This is just my perspective, but unless the company’s legal counsel advises us otherwise, I have no intention of getting a new drivers license and re-registering my tractor, fiver, car, and motorcycles every time I change states.
  14. mb36912

    Ram 5500

    Bill Napier on Http://www.rv-dreams.com uses a 5500 to pull his New Horizons and put quite a lot of research and thought into his choice. He has a spreadsheet to plug all weights into and incorporates a safety factor into all calculations. He will share his thoughts on the truck freely.
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