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  1. JRP

    Driving thru Salt Lake City

    Depends on the direction of your next destination. Since I was always coming from or going to the SW from I80, I preferred to get off before SLC and use Provo Canyon hiway 189. If you need to stay on I-80 to go into northern NV then just time it to avoid the worst of SLC rush hour, and be prepared for the steep decline going down from Parleys Summit. I'd also check the UT DOT site, I've heard there is a major construction project underway near Parleys Summit adding another truck lane. not how much impact that's having on traffic.
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    Durango, CO to Lubbock, TX where to stop in-between?

    "Updated Agenda is to stay 3 nights in Brantley Lake. We cancelled Cochiti and booked Santa Fe Skies RV Park outside of Santa Fe for 7 nights Then off to Sky Mountain Resort RV Park in Chama for 4 nights. " Good choices. I use Santa Fe skies frequently on my trips from southern NM to Colorado. From that side of town you can still use the 599 bypass around Santa Fe to get on 285/84 at the northern end of town. The tight turns & traffic in downtown Santa Fe are not very RV friendly. Hwy 285/84 up to Chama is all good road and easy driving; watch for the speed limit drops at the many small towns along that route, they all count on the income from speeding tickets. Going north, Sky Mountain Resort will be just before you get to the actual town of Chama. Chama has several good restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores.
  3. I'm not sure if your glasses are too rosy or you lead a sheltered life, or you're choosing the wrong words to describe this complex situation. When you start traveling around the country you will find dozens of trailer parks in all areas of the country, filled with folks forced to decide between fuel for travel or food for survival. Many of them had the RV dream and ended up running out of resources and permanently parked. Some end up in that situation through lack of planning, underestimating the cost of fulltime travel, no reserve fund for emergencies and some end up there due to circumstances forced on them or their own poor choices. Most here may have employable skills and good sense, but most here represent the middle to upper class of RV'ers. There is a whole other class of RV folks living hand to mouth with no employable skills or with one of a 1000 other life problems that prevent meaningful employment. Your stated outlook and generalizations are a bit too mythical, narrow and gilded.
  4. That's the best answer yet, to a very complex decision. everyones circumstances are different. If we knew when we would die, planning our retirement would be much easier. avgs are just statistics. planning your retirement based on avg death ages is like planning your next major purchase based on avg salaries of others. speaking of a "fools choice", basing the decision solely on one factor and ignoring the dozen other valid factors is a fools choice. For the record. I retired at 60 because that's when I had enough invested to support myself for twice as long as I expected to live, and to live an active life at the level I was accustom to. I actually liked my job and had lots of fun and was able to travel all over the world while working. I made the mistake of volunteering to open a new branch of the business in California. I hated California and that was a big motivator in deciding to retire early. After 10 yrs of retirement and fulltime, extended time & part time RV'ing, I bought a live aboard ocean going sailboat and now spend my winters sailing around the Fl Keys, Bahamas and Caribbean islands. I still have my motorhome for part time use during summers in the Rocky Mountains. My health is not perfect but I don't let it control my life. My kids & grandkids worry about me getting sick alone on a boat in the middle of the ocean. I tell them I'd rather die out there having fun, than sitting on my couch at home being safe.
  5. JRP

    US 20/26 Idaho

    I answered in your other thread since I saw it first. >>> Not lately, its been a few years. I used to spend half the summer in Id, before I bought my CO homebase. But 20/26 was always a good road. Its south of the higher peaks, so no steep sections, just some mild up & down. Its mostly 2 lane with occasional turning lanes. It does have shoulders, in some sections they're narrow, other sections full width. My only concern would be checking the Id DOT site for planned summer construction/resurfacing projects. They rely on the summer season to get all their road work done, and sometimes they cause backups on the 2 lane roads.
  6. On the normal route, your biggest concern will be Raton Pass 7800 ft near the NM-CO state line. If you make it up that with no issues, then the short climb from CO Springs to Manitou Springs will be a non issue. If the Raton Pass climb concerns you enough, there are options to avoid it by heading north around Amarillo, into western Kansas or eastern CO and then back west to Pueblo and I25. much longer routes but avoids the worst steep climb.
  7. JRP

    Durango, CO to Lubbock, TX where to stop in-between?

    "and of course if you are following the news the 416 fire in southern colorado is near Durango but according to news at 6 Pm Durango is still open for business. " As of some time today, the entire San Juan National Forest is closed completely, Stage 3 status due to ongoing extreme drought & fire danger. This covers almost 2 million acres of prime outdoor recreational lands from the Dolores River to Wolf Creek Pass across the south western half of CO. NFS management says this closure will remain in effect indefinitely until the summer monsoon rains change the conditions. Yes, the city of Durango remains open for business, but all the public lands around it are now closed. US hiway 550 has been closed in both directions frequently, then opened as the fire conditions allow. The Durango to Silverton Tourist Railroad has been closed off & on due to the fire.
  8. JRP

    Colorado Wildfire Season

    I know that many here either visit, stay or pass through Colorado during the summer travel season. If you've not already heard, most of Colorado & especially the SW part of CO is in extreme drought and wildfire danger this season. This year we had small wildfires popping up in early May, and larger fires started last week. We just got 100% containment on a 100 acre fire near my summer hometown of South Fork CO, which had closed campgrounds, roads and NFS trails in the area. Now we have a larger fire (just under 1000 acres) still growing, near Durango CO. Its caused complete closure of Hwy 550 north of Durango. No need to be scared or cancel your CO plans, but be very aware and pay attention to local and NFS wildfire news sources. Also be aware that many areas are under Stage 1 or Stage 2 fire restrictions, which prevent any open fires including campfires, off road travel, shooting, use of any engine without approved spark arrestor, etc http://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/06/01/wildfire-develops-near-durango/
  9. Social Security will have no problem with you using either a SD or TX address, which ever one is your domicile. But your statement above is confusing & you may be raising potential domicile confusion, saying your domicile is SD but then using a Tx address for SS. Escapees offers the option to give you a SD address for official domicile items, while keeping your mail through SKP TX. maybe that's what you meant Yes you can setup SS to be all electronic communications and auto deposit to your bank. But they still record your official address of record, and in my opinion that should be your domicile address. check with Escapees consulting lawyer, Shawn Loring for clarification.
  10. Med Supplement Plan G has all the exact same coverages as F, except F also covers your Part B Deductible, which in 2017 is $183 (changes almost every year). So if you find a Plan G with annual premiums more than $183 less than a Plan F, you're better off with the G and paying the $183 deductible out of pocket. unless you prefer to pay more just to have someone else pay your deductible. " Does my thinking sound right? Plan F to start, wait and see, and change to perhaps Plan G if prices goo too high? " The only potential hiccup in that thinking, is if your health changes before you make the change from F to G. During your initial sign up period they ignore your current health & any pre-existing conditions. However any future changes are subject to Underwriter review & approval, including a detailed review of your medical records. So make sure you keep your original plan active until the Underwriter's inquisition is completed. They can't cancel your original plan, but if your health is no longer good in their opinion, they can deny the change to a different policy. In my case, I found the Underwiters review more annoying than an IRS audit, and I was only changing from an F to G within the same company already insuring me.
  11. "cold" is just another relative term that means something different to all of us. My southern NM ranch is like a heat wave in winter compared to my homes in the Black Hills of SD & 8000 ft in the Colorado Rockies. Southern NM is usually only "cold" overnight, when I'm inside & under a down comforter and could care less how cold it is outside. Shortly after breakfast it will be back to sunny & 60 something, perfect for my morning walk & chores. However the high winds that we occasionally experience in southern NM are a valid complaint. But after years of travel around the country I've found that mother nature has at least one type of annoyance to throw at every area of the country.
  12. "Your best bet is to find good deals at campgrounds that suit your fancy ..." To each his own, these questions & their answers always show that even a group of RV'ers is made up of folks with different priorities and preferences. Your "best bet" is my worst nightmare .... I would much rather put up with ..Zoning, real estate taxes, leaves and weeds, well and septic, monthly power bills , than having neighbors 10 ft on either side of me. Your best bet is why I only lasted 4 yrs as a fulltime RVer. But I'm now a happy RVer moving with the seasons to my own properties. "You're looking at at least $50,000 to buy and develop a pad that stands on it's own." That statement shows you have no idea what you're talking about, or you're trying to do it in all the wrong places. Before I retired to fulltime RV'ing, one of my hobbies was buying & selling undeveloped rural land parcels. There were dozens of 5 acre parcels I bought for $500 at county tax auctions and then sold for $5000, or 40 acre parcels I bought for $4000 and sold for $40,000. It just takes a lot of research & days riding down dusty roads in the middle of no where. As I said above, I've done exactly what the OP asked about in 3 different locations and I barely spent $50,000 on all 3 combined for the initial development (graded drive, pad, water, septic, power). After I stopped fulltiming, I did invest much more in each property to build a home or Mfg home. But while I was living in my RV & traveling from one site to the next, all I had was a pad, a water well, a septic sys, and either grid power where it was close by or an expanded solar sys where not. Finding the right site is the key, the more remote the better. Everyone needs to do their own search, since our needs & wants all vary. In place of snoopy neighbors, you should be willing to put up with mice, rats, coyotes, rattlesnakes, black bears, etc The counties that fit my needs 10 yrs ago when I built mine, are irrelevant today, since their rules have likely changed. Someone mentioned lawn mowing and other typical home maintenance. Most of the areas where this type of development is done, do not support a suburban home lawn. 2 of my 3 sites still have no lawn after living on them for 10 yrs. A lawn would require a sprinkler sys and I have no interest in spraying my limited water supply on the desert. I'm gone for 6 months at a time and no one does any maintenance while I'm gone. My 3rd property, in Colorado, does get more than enough natural rain to support native grasses. So on that one I do cut the grass twice a summer; in the winter I'm gone for 6 months and the grass is under 4 ft of snow. when I return in late spring, the snow is all gone, I don't own a snow shovel. Someone mentioned security, vandalism & theft. Again those are very site specific issues. In 10 yrs at 3 locations I've never had one breakin nor any vandalism. I'm frequently gone for 6 months, before returning to one of my properties. In the early years when it was only my RV coming & going, I had no security other than a helpful neighbor 1/2 mile away. As I began to add structures, equipment and eventually homes on the properties, I added security systems & cameras. At my 40 acre winter place in the desert, I have a shooting range in my back yard and maybe my frequent days of shooting 30 rounds off my AR15 might discourage some of the local low life. In my 10 yrs of winters out there, I've shot 4 rattlesnakes that got too close, 2 coyotes that attacked my dog, and no burglars. I'm gone all summer and when I return in late fall its always in the same condition I left it. Some years when I owned 3 RV's and 3 trucks, I'd leave some of the spares parked out there all summer. So my summary is, if you want to do it and you're willing to put in the research time & move to a different area of the country, its easy & economical to do. But we're not all looking for the same thing, If you're looking for reasons not to do it, there are plenty of valid excuses to go down a different path. PS: yes boondocking is a good option for folks who like a bit more space. However, its limited to 14 days in most locations, except Q. For those who want to spend 2-3 months in the same location its hard to find boondocking sites that fit (except Q in the winter).
  13. "So, you solo travelers, what kind of preparation have you made? How do those preparations differ from when you lived in a house? " "Talking about this seems to weird a lot of people out, but I came to grips with mortality a long time ago." I've been a solo for more years than I care to remember. My adult kids sometimes ask why I'm still single 20 yrs after the divorce, my only reply is that I'm having too much fun to stop and play the dating game. My death plans & preparation haven't changed from my sticks & bricks adrenalin junkie days to my fulltiming RV days, to my snow bird days to my off shore sailing days. I have a detailed will & trust agreement filed with my attorney & copies with my adult kids. I have emergency contact info on all my fridg's and in my wallet & phone. Other than making sure the kids get quick access to my assets & properties, I don't really care where I pass or who finds me or when they find me. I just hope its not at home sitting on my couch. When I was in better health, I spent most of my non-working time climbing rock walls, climbing high altitude mountains, kayaking over waterfalls, jumping out of airplanes, hang gliding off mountains & cliffs, and repelling hundreds of feet down into unexplored caves. Folks always accused me of having a death wish. My response was No, I go out of my way to perform all these sports in the safest manner possible; and I have a Life wish. I retired (at 60) as soon as I thought I had enough invested to allow me to continue having fun until the end. These days I still RV around the mountains in summer, and I sail my live aboard sailboat from Fl to the Bahamas and around the islands all winter, and my health is no longer perfect.. I don't have any concern about having a heart attack or stroke while I'm out there alone in the middle of the ocean. I would be more worried about having the attack while sitting on the couch, safe at home. to each his own I don't think its weird to talk or think about it for planning purposes. But I think it would be a shame if you avoided doing what you love doing just because you're alone & not in perfect health.
  14. "Does anyone here know of counties where it is legal to buy 1 - 5 acres and use it as a RV home base?" I don't have a list and don't think a national list exists, it would be too massive to evaluate every county in every state. I have done what you propose in 3 different western states, in rural remote areas of SD, CO and NM. Your chances of doing this legally improve greatly west of the Mississippi and far away from any developed area. It does vary widely from county to county. Many prohibit it completely. Some allow it only while building a permitted residence. Others allow it under certain circumstances & conditions. I've read county regulations that only allow it for 90 days a yr and others for up to 180 days a yr. Most counties that allow it, had regulations that required a permitted & approved septic sys as well as a permitted water well on site before allowing any occupied RV living. Some counties with updated building codes now require high tech, custom designed, very expensive septic sys, compared to the rather low cost basic system. I've also seen several counties that require a minimum lot size of several acres in order to permit a septic sys, since they don't want septic systems on every 1 acre lot in areas where there may be thousands of 1 acre lots plated. My suggestion is narrow your search, find some specific land parcels for sale, and then investigate the specific counties involved. I can almost guarantee you that any land within 10 miles of any size city, town or residential subdivision will not allow it. Beside the regulations & restrictions, those type areas usually include at least a few neighbors who will contact the county inspector to report you for every nickel & dime violation. Whereas in more remote areas the neighbors are more likely to be the live & let live type of folks.
  15. JRP

    Domicile & Auto Insurance

    "So how did you guys go about this? This may be a silly question as I tend to overthink things" Deal with an online insurer, like Progressive Direct, who doesn't ask so many questions. Or deal with an RV specialty agency like Miller Insurance or others, who understand the RV & Fulltimer lifestyle and write 1,000 's of Fulltimer Policies.