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  1. Sounds like you are handling it just about right. If I were in your shoes I'd do the same - just tap the brakes a bit and give this thing more time to play out. Hopefully you aren't depending on investments for part of your income - this isn't a good time to tap into them. There's a good chance that the country will open at different speeds in different areas. My guess is that rural areas will be declared "okay" first - something that works well for RVing. Good luck with your plans, I think you will love it.
  2. I think the next level is to wait till closer to winter. Because reservations are made so early there's a higher rate of cancellations than you might expect. If you can get on some waiting lists and are flexible, there's a good chance that you'll get a spot. Otherwise, you might want to set up a list of campgrounds you would like and call them every week starting in the early fall. Good luck in your search!
  3. I've been thinking about this every since I heard about New Mexico's closing of their State Park Campgrounds, trying to understand the logic of it. Like many of you we are sitting in our RV in a long term campground waiting it out. In our case we're already committed to stay put till Memorial Day (nothing to do with the virus) so it isn't impacting us personally. It would sure matter to us personally if we were on the road! Here are my guesses: The decisions being made to close public campgrounds are being made by bureaucrats who envision "camping" as a big group of cub scouts in tents. Not much "social distancing" in a group like that - and, of course, not the most common user of a paved RV campsite either. If not that, maybe they are thinking "shelter in place" as meaning stay right where you are - for most people, at home all snug in their stix and brix dwelling. People heading out to the state park are buying fuel, going to the store, and, in general, mixing with others. The thing is, most people are doing these basic things, camping or not. It seems to me that the reasonable thing would be to lock the bathrooms and any other common areas and let people camp, maybe even allowing longer stays. All the above is just me thinking - I really don't understand the reasoning.
  4. Thanks. Yes, I was looking at the old map with it's location specific markings too. Reading your post I realized that there is just one mark per state - more or less in the middle. The thing that confused me was that I was zooming in to Texas and thought the big dot near Fort Hood was only for the soldiers returning from South Korea. Thanks for helping me understand what is happening.
  5. I'm a bit confused by that gisanddata map because it shows just one cluster of virus cases at Fort Hood and no where else in Texas. However, if I look at the local news or go to the Texas DHS site, it says there are scattered cases all over Texas, including in and around Houston. I wonder why the fancy data map doesn't include those cases?
  6. For the OP's consideration: our travel style is to stay a minimum of 1 week - because of that PPA is seldom of use to us. Two reasons: 1. While there are many exceptions, most PPA campgrounds limit the discount to something less than a week 2. While there are many exceptions, many PPA's aren't really the type of campground we enjoy. We've been in a few that were great - otherwise, those we have used have been less than what we like. Even with these limitations, I think PPA is a great deal - and in our years on the road our card has always paid for itself. However, because of the two things I mentioned, PPA isn't a big player in our travel plans.
  7. If you are 62 the America the Beautiful senior pass will get you a nice discount at Corps and Engineers campground, National Parks, and a few others as well as free entry at National Parks, etc. Not all will have FHU though. Camping in that part of the world you may want to make peace with less than FHU - it will open up your camping possibilities and save you some money. Unless you intend on camping in the states you named exclusively, a national Thousand Trails membership may still be a great money saver. Just a few months in those campgrounds will pretty much pay for your membership. For travel days, Passport America can't be beat. Aside from that, if you are seriously trying to save money you might want to look into camp hosting, at least a few months each year. Also, longer stays in commercial campgrounds (monthly) will save you a lot of money. The problem with these two solutions is, of course, that you won't be traveling as much during the longer stays. Most people start out in "vacation mode" and, as time passes transition into a more leisurely travel style. Hope this helps - I'm sure you will get other helpful replies.
  8. Question is pretty well answered - I'll just add this rule of thumb: the longer the planned stay the earlier the reservation. An exception is that if you are willing to chance it you can probably pick up a last minute spot due to a cancellation. Popular winter campgrounds are often booked from one winter to the next. Because of that there are very often late cancellations. Most bigger winter campgrounds have waiting lists. If you get on the list at a few of them you will have a decent chance of finding a spot.
  9. From what I can tell FMCA roadside assistance is $129/towables $159 driveables. Is that not correct? https://www.fmca.com/index.php/fmca-rv-roadside-assistance.html
  10. BTW, when you see how passionate people are about their MH -OR- their 5ver you can at least rest assured that one isn't obviously superior to the other - people are happy with both. That takes a bit of pressure off of your decision.
  11. I think that pretty much sums up the decision. Either way it's a compromise, you just have to pick the one that seems most reasonable for you.
  12. We fulltimed in a 5th wheel for 6 years before trading for a diesel pusher. Honestly, the jury is still out for us on which is best. Here's a longer article I wrote about our experience to date: http://www.pastorscott.com/travel/2019/08/25/comparing-a-5th-wheel-and-a-diesel-pusher-motorhome/
  13. We flat tow a 2017 Ford C-Max Energi - neat little car. It is a "plug in hybrid." On a full charge it goes around 20 miles before the engine kicks in.
  14. Thanks for all the helpful replies - just a note here that while we love state parks, we aren't interested in that kind of stay for a long term escape from summer heat in NM. There aren't that many state parks at altitude - those that are are booked up well in advance - we would want to be more stationary than moving every two weeks - and the state parks don't offer full hookups, something we want for longer stays.
  15. Great information - thanks folks. We've spent most of the year touring for the past several years, thinking about a different approach this year. Time will tell.
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