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  1. It reached 89 in Issaquah yesterday on the east side of Seattle! Had to run the air conditioner for about 3 hours this afternoon - first time since we came across the desert in April! Will only be 82 today and then 70s for the rest of the week. Ahhhh
  2. Bingo! And given our age, it is likely that your physician has several codes identifying what problems are being checked. I get one blood test every 3-5 years (CA125) that looks for the reoccurrence of ovarian cancer. And I always make sure that the lab understands the coding is for someone IN REMISSION for ovarian cancer. Physicians, and their office staff, know the various codes and take care of it. I have, several times, been asked at a lab if I know the CA125 will not be covered, at which point I again reiterate that they must make sure to indicate I'm a cancer patient (you are never cured, just in remission even if it has been 25 years) .
  3. We live in a single family residence, don't you? Or do you have multiple families in your RV? Or, you could look at it as an apartment since your at an RV Park and each site is the same as an apartment.
  4. When in Oregon we stay at the Escapee CoOp (Timber Valley) in Sutherlin. They even have a Starbucks in the town, right on I-5
  5. No, Medicare does not require two. I normally have an annual checkup, labwork ordered, maintenance meds refilled and that’s it UNLESS there is something abnormal on the tests. Even then, it may just be an email to change dosage, etc. otherwise I don’t return until the next fall unless something unusual happens, like an infection.
  6. All belts, filters, and fluids should be REPLACED. You need to know what you are starting with and the best way is to start fresh! Batteries, what is their age and what is their electrolyte status - check with a hydrometer, then make sure they are filled. Tires - how old are they? If older than 7 years replace. Otherwise, make sure they are filled to the proper amount based upon the weight of your coach. You have had it weighed, right? If not, that's another To-Do for your list. Wait until you've driven it a little bit to see what the shocks/sway-bar feel like. Check your electrical cord for any sign of discoloration. Check water hose for leakage around fittings. Check waste hoses to any pinholdes. You do have a multimeter, correct? If not, get one. Toilet, does the bowl hold water. If not, think about getting the dump seal replace. Water pump, does it easily move water around and shut off when you close the faucet. If it keeps going, you've got a small leak somewhere. That should get you started.
  7. In areas like Denver that have short travel season, long term rentals are how they pay basic and short summer overnight/weekly stays are the profit for the years. $35/night in a large urban area - been a while since you’ve been out?
  8. Most states adopted NFPA standards into their regulation by incorporation, same with the national electric standards, etc. All RV manufacturers follow the RV standards, which incorporate standards from various organization. Nothing in those standards saying you can’t secure your cylinders, only that the shut off valve be accessible by emergency personnel when it is hooked up to your rig. They also require that tanks be vented to the atmosphere. Would anyone disagree with that? I truly don’t understand what I keep seeing. If more people followed best practices there wouldn’t have been standards and regulations promulgated in answer to injuries and death.
  9. Joe, if someone can afford $3600/month for an RV site, I guarantee you they would not be an RV that couldn't move. And I did misstate what the monthly cost of the $60/night site would be - should have been $1800 a month. Still would be way more than would be charged as a monthly charge on an annual lease. I do know one park in Seattle that charges that rate in the summer because they are about the only park on the north side of Seattle that still takes travelers - and they can do that because they are booked a YEAR ahead (they also have a deal with cruise ships for storing rigs while people are on cruises). And you are on the slippery slope where "these type of residents" can slide into "those people". Why do people who still work for a living and don't make enough to afford to buy a house/rent an apartment bother you so much? Is it written somewhere that ALL those who are staying in RV Parks must be retired and move every so many days/weeks/months? You do know that there are people who make a living moving RVs (assuming trailers/5ers) around? Not at all unusual to see just a car parked at a 5th Wheel, only to have a large truck come bye and hitch up the trailer and move it away, while the wife follows in the car.
  10. You can own a house in every state in the country (as well as overseas) that does not determine your domicile. And it isn't being tax exempt, we still pay taxes, but we don't pay state income taxes on our income. Most states have a time limit on how long you can stay before THEY consider you a resident for tax purposes. So in your hypothetical, Virginia would be the one to go after you for state income taxes if you spent all year, every year, there. We very seldom venture into Texas anymore as we travel, but we are also mindful of the length of time (most states will be 30 days if you get a job, 6 months if you don't work) in the states where we spend considerable time. Arizona has a 7 month time frame (they really enjoy having snowbirds come and spend the whole winter with them) before you are considered a resident. I think the state of Virginia would take a dim view of your "moving' without actually quitting your job, selling your place and physically moving out of state. Banking - you can use any bank/CU you like that has a web presence. We have BOA, branches in most states, deposits can be done with mobile app. We rarely use cash, but you can always get cash back using a debit card at grocery stores, etc. We each have a couple of credit cards and designate some for everyday expenses, some for RV travel expenses, and pay them off each month. All of our retirement funds are direct deposit and we do everything with the bank (except the occasional stop at an ATM) online. Really very, very easy. We also try and use the ApplePay feature as much as possible. If you can't handle emptying your waste tanks then RVing is probably not going to be for you. Really isn't a big deal unless you make it so. It isn't hard to do,
  11. You do know that people on monthly/annual rent don’t pay $3600 a month, right? You haven’t been around Seattle have you? Parks we could stay in even 3 years ago are now annual only with looong waiting lists. And most big cities are not allowing new parks to be constructed, again that pushes prices higher. I am sure that phrases like “these types of residents” might convey an unfavorable impression to readers.
  12. In the past 13 years we have had ONE address - our Livingston one. In the same time frame, our daughter has had 6 or 7! It was 4 years ago they finally purchased a home and stayed more than 2 years in the same place - - and they are already talking about looking for something else! $100 a month for mail service?
  13. If a park contains rigs that can not move, are literally falling apart, blue tarps all over, that is a management decision to go with long term resident and don't want to bother maintaining the park. It is a business decision. If you don't like it, don't stay there. That maybe all those people can afford, or that is the only place that had openings and they are doing the best they can while they look for something else. Try finding places along the west coast, housing is out of sight (either purchase or rental), no town/city will approve new parks and a lot of places have decided that they will be better off with long term residents than having to deal with traveling public. Why the OP chooses to use the derogatory remark of "trailer park" towards other RVers (of whatever type they maybe) is beyond me.
  14. Ray, Those are for unused cylinders. which means the valves are closed and the unit is not in use. That has to do with storage, not with cylinders CONNECTED to a rig.
  15. Ferries in Washington State require propane turned off before they load you and they check each unit. Almost every local/county/state governmental units dealing with fire/safety, etc. have adopted NFPA regulations by reference, often then including extra regulations to address local concern. For example, you can not fill propane tanks (either DOT or ASME) in RV parks in Mesa. You can arrange for delivery of tanks and use ‘extend-a-stay’ adaptors for motorhome, or take DOT tanks to filling station throughout the area. As was pointed out, you can not stopped someone if they are hell bent to steal from you. If staying long term having a LARGE tank installed would reduce simple theft.
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