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  1. Big Bend

    And as long as you are there.....a river rafting trip on the Rio Grande is well worth it, too. Enjoy!
  2. Campgrounds near Seattle

    We have lived on both sides of the cascades in Washington, starting in1968. While some have mentioned the traffic, for medium sized cities, Seattle and Portland are worse than Chicago during rush hour. During this time it can take you 3+ hours to get from Bellevue to Ft Lewis. If you are in the Kent area Lake Sawyer RV Resort is a affordable choice. Over the years we have stayed many times, and it takes non members. It's not fancy, but adequate. While close to shopping, it is still a little remote.
  3. Thermal Windows

    Our 2006 Winnebago Adventurer had two fogged windows that we had fixed at RV fog pros, in May. They did a great job. I highly recommend them. It turned out that one of the windows had been poorly repaired before, and was very difficult to take apart. They like to have six to eight hours for the windows to set up before driving. As it was later in the day before the window was reinstalled we had to get a hotel room for the night. They offered to pay for the room, but we refused, it was not their fault, and we wanted it done right. It's a family run business that also has a fiberglass repair run by another family member, When they removed the difficult window, a few chips of fiberglass pulled off, the chip spots were repaired, and color matched so you can't even tell. Note that you can stay at a Wallmart nearby, but we opted for the COE park Hickory Creek about 15 miles away, very nice, and half price if you have the geezer pass. It's a little difficult to find, so we stopped by the night before, especially with all the highway construction going on in the area.
  4. We have used RV Fog Pros just north of Dallas/Fort Worth in Grapevine, TX. A+ service. Two windows fixed in our Winnebago, excellent job. We full timed in our Okanagan 33 foot fiver for three years, had high quality double-glazed windows. The Winnebago not so much, but still would not be without double-glazed windows.
  5. Looking for an RV spot in San Diego CA

    Just saw you post, We grew up in San Diego,( Lakeside, Ramona, Alpine) and while we stay for free at my sisters, there are some great places to stay. I second Santee Lakes, although it may be to late to get a reservation. The YMCA facility is very close, and with the pass option is very reasonable. Wonderful swimming and summer programs for the kids. Another option is to look at RV/ trailer parks in Descanso, Pine Valley, Crest, Alpine, Harbison Canyon, and Ramona. These communities are only minutes away from downtown San Diego and may be easier on the pocket book.
  6. What Satellite to buy

    For three years we have been using the VIP722K receiver with the Winegard Carryout G2. No problems. You do have to supply a 12 volt cig. outlet to power the G2, I just added one in the same compartment as my sat hookup. Bought the 722 on e-bay used, made sure there were no charges to the receiver first. We change service locations often, sometimes three or four times a month, usually no problems. As others have mentioned we use the dish chat. Cut and paste a blurb from word, fill in local address and zip, and make sure only change service address not billing. The dish rep may tell you that the 722 will not work, but it will. I record shows all the time with the DVR, with only one TV I have to force the DVR to record what I want on #1. It's not hard only a extra step. This has worked everywhere from San Diego to Oroville (in Washington State) to Rockport Texas, up to Chicago, and everywhere in between.
  7. Good Morning, Just a quick post to let everyone know this Membership is still available. It has 60 campgrounds in these states: Virginia 3 Texas 7 California 16 Washington 12 Tennessee 2 Florida 2 Oregon 5 Michigan 1 Arizona 1 Indiana 2 and one each in SC, VA, NJ, NC, PA, NV, and BC There is no charge for the nights you stay in the campgrounds, but you are required to stay out for 7 days after each stay of more than 3 nights. This is a great way to help with your full timing costs. You have a 10 year contract that TT tells me you can opt out in writing after 3 years, or it auto renews for the full 10 years. Jerry is a great person to talk to and to work with. Thanks, again Jerry! :-) Please have a wonderful day!
  8. Good Morning Jerry, We are VERY interested and will call back when Thousand Trails is open, tomorrow. Enjoyed your conversation. Have a great day! Karen :-)
  9. Seattle area RV friendly

    Wenatchee Hospital, near Leavenworth, maybe it's called Confluence Hospital now, does have RV parking at the edge of their parking lot. I don't know all of the particulars, but it may be worth looking into. We have always been happy w/ the health care providers there. Good luck!