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  1. Kudzu--I have been happily toad-less for three years of full-timing in a 25-foot B+, primarily for reasons of cost and simplicity. As others have rightly pointed out, whether that works for you depends totally on your style of travel. One suggestion if you are still in doubt when the time comes to purchase your rig, etc: Try without a toad at first. You can always add one later. That's how I approached the dilemma and it worked well for me.
  2. Sorry about your kitty and good luck with all your efforts. On the diet side and her reluctance to eat the prescription KD food, have you googled for ideas on home-cooked meals for kitties with kidney disease? I have done so for my dog and settled on a recipe for ground beef (with high fat content), white rice, sweet potatoes, and green beans. She loves it and is doing quite well on it. I mix in lots of water at serving time to help with her fluids (I flunked the sub-cue procedure and am unable to do it). It will possibly be different for a kitty, but just as an example from the dog side, beef was recommended over chicken because of lower protein and lower phosphorus content. Best of luck to you and your sweet pet.
  3. electrical

    I have a built-in SurgeGuard with a display panel inside the rig. While staying at Rainbow's End in Livingston this past winter the SurgeGuard cut off the electrical supply sometimes several times a day. The display panel indicated low voltage. I asked staff to check my power post and was told everything there was fine. A workamper told me the park is very old (I was camped at one of the 30 amp sites in the old section) and that they have "dirty electricity." I imagine if you don't have some kind of EMS system and are camped for very long in a spot like that, your appliances will surely suffer.
  4. I rarely make reservations. I try to show up to the park that I want to be at for the weekend no later than Thursday. I also call ahead to make sure nothing is happening in the area or the park that will fill it up mid-week and if they are likely to have spaces left for the weekend if you get there by Thursday. That said, it probably depends on the kinds of parks you want to visit and how large they are. Again, call first, have alternatives, and you should be fine. Part of the beauty of full-timing is you have the leisure of flexibility.
  5. Usually state parks (which is where I do most of my workamping) require so many hours from you for your site. In Texas State Parks they require 25 hours. Virginia is crazy, requiring 30 hours. Tennessee requires 20. I travel solo, so I work all the hours. Couples can split the hours between them or one person of the couple can work all the hours, so there is some flexibility there. Mike and Claudia are spot-on about TX state parks looking for more volunteers due to a hiring freeze. In addition to calling the volunteer coordinators directly, it is also very helpful if you visit a park in person when making your workamping inquiry. I have stumbled into work that way simply because there was an unexpected opening at the time I was there. This way you can also check out the feel and suitability of a park for your own needs. Once you settle into a situation, I am sure your son will become a welcome part of the park community, especially if it is a smaller park. Also, as others have noted, getting jobs will become easier once you start gathering experience and references. Good luck!
  6. Thanks for posting the link. I finally got off my lazy tail and posted a review for my favorite service center in Northern Virginia (AA Truck & Auto, Lorton, VA).
  7. I have a recommendation for any RV'ers visiting Livingston who need to get their inspection done. This place will inspect vehicles, motorhomes, towed trailers, and fifth wheels. There is ample room in front of their shop to maneuver your rig (unlike a couple of the other local inspection places). The fellow who did my inspection was knowledgable about travelers who may be showing up to get their inspection done well after they got their registration (unlike another place that told me I didn't have to get inspected at all). Soda's Auto Repair 936-563-4234 6709 Highway 190 If you are coming from Livingston, head east on 190. Soda's is 6.2 miles after the intersection of 190 and 146. It will be on your left as you near the top of a hill and is across from a cell tower.
  8. Just a shot in the dark, but have you contacted the SKP co-ops that you might be interested in about that 2 adult rule? Perhaps if you explained your son's situation, an exception could be made. Just a thought. Good luck on your search.
  9. Another quality C (actually a B+) is from Phoenix USA (
  10. Will do. Have a happy holiday, and thanks for sharing.
  11. Great little recipe, just right for a simple RV kitchen and cook. Thanks! Have you ever tried it with chocolate frosting instead of white?
  12. Hi, I've been full timing 2 1/2 years in a 25 foot class C with no toad and remain very happy with that decision. I think it depends a lot on your style of travel. If you like to be off somewhere every day or so exploring the sights, then a toad makes a lot of sense. I tend to park for a month or two (or more) for workamping jobs and then go out every 6 or 7 days for groceries, laundry, exploring, etc., grouping all my errands up on that one day. Even at a full hookup site, I only hook up to electricity (operating off of the water pump for water and using the campground dump station on errand day) so coming and going is very little trouble. 25 feet is very manageable for parking and navigating most places. And honestly, coming out from the grocery store on a hot day and being able to pop my cold items right into the refrigerator is a real treat. Having my house with me when exploring is also wonderful when I want to stop for lunch or even take a nap! Best part is my dog is always with me (on hot days I run the generator and the A/C for her while I shop). Simplicity and cost are two very nice benefits of being toad-less but, again, it totally depends on your style of travel and camping. Good luck in your planning and decision-making!
  13. There are two county park campgrounds in the Virginia suburbs: Pohick Bay Regional Park and Bull Run Regional Park. A little further south there is a campground at Prince William Forest State Park. I am only familiar with Pohick Bay, which is 12 miles south of the Mt. Vernon estate in the southern part of Alexandria, VA (a great place to visit). Most sites are electric only, but there are a handful of full hookup sites. The park's property is huge with many walking trails through beautiful, wooded, hilly terrain. The campground is not on the water but part of the park does border Pohick Bay off of the Potomac River, where there is a boat ramp, boat rentals, picnic areas, and a playground. Not only is the campground reasonably close to Mt. Vernon, its property is adjacent to Gunston Hall, George Mason's estate and now a lovely museum. A few miles down the road is Mason Neck State Park, a great place for eagle watching, hiking, biking, etc. There is a VRE (Virginia Railway Express) station in Lorton, VA close by. The county park website is or you can google each park separately. Like noted by the above response, make your plans/reservations well in advance, and have fun!
  14. I believe that just selecting a doctor or having one assigned to you is not enough. I made my "New Patient" visit within the first quarter of 2016. Now they have a file on me with all the basic medical and personal info they need. If you have not stepped into their office yet, physically, then they really have nothing to go on should there be some kind of need for them to respond as your primary physician in the case of an emergency.