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  1. Carolaow

    Mobile RV repair in Livingston, TX.

    Here is one that a friend of mine in Rainbow's End uses regularly (and which he highly recommends): Price Mobile RV Svc & Repair, Chris Price, 936-215-1537.
  2. Carolaow

    Land Between the Lakes NRA

    Lake Barkley Canal Campground (270/362-4840) was real nice when I stayed there a year ago. Be careful which loop you pick--big difference in size of rigs they can take, shade, spaciousness, etc. From my notes, the loops that can easily handle larger RVs were the Canal View Loop (several pull-through sites here) and Fisherman's Row. There are full hookup sites in Browns Point loop but those sites looked pretty cramped to me. Woods Loop and Beach Loop looked to have some decent sites, too.
  3. Carolaow

    I'm stuck - Class B or Class C?

    Guilty as charged. Hi MrsSquid! I agree with everything Solo18 has to say about full timing in a C, although mine is a B+ as some call them--the difference being that instead of a bed over cab, that is where my TV and a couple of storage cabinets are (makes things more streamlined). Mine is 25 feet long (model 2351) with no slide, a decision I made in the interest of simplicity. That also makes for larger storage cabinets in the area where you do not have a slide. Like Solo18, I do not tow a car, a decision I have only momentarily regretted a couple of times in four years. All the posters here have legitimate points. Only you know what will work best with your travel goals and budget. Good luck with your decision, and keep us posted!
  4. Carolaow

    Livingston TX RV Service

    SWharton--for tires, I had good luck with Casa Della Tire, 1009 N.Washington, 936/327-9110. They helped me with one of my valve stems that had come loose from the wheel cover, a job too little for anyone else to bother with. No charge. Talked with Robert there about possibly replacing my flexible stems in the future, too.
  5. Carolaow

    Generator Service near Bushnell?

    Big Orange Tire did mine a couple of years ago. 352/793-8552, 520 N. Main. Very conveniently located to Sumter Oaks/Bushnell.
  6. Carolaow

    Can I really full time on $2,000 a month

    Another solo traveler here. In my opinion, $2K is easy to meet with some left over if you camp host or workamp at least part of the year. The biggest line item in my budget is nightly camping fees, but they fall to a big fat zero when working at the campground. This also works well for someone who likes to stay a couple of months at a spot then move along. Another benefit is you get to really know the campground and the area where you are working and you will have time and opportunities to forge new friendships. Right now I am averaging 7 months workamping and the rest traveling between jobs or just traveling for the heck of it. It's a great life--have fun with your plans!
  7. Carolaow

    That tough decision

    My deepest condolences. May you find comfort in the knowledge that you did your best for him and he had a good, long life.
  8. Carolaow

    Random questions from the crack of dawn

    On days you want to splurge, many public laundromats have a "Wash & Fold" service. The one I used while camp hosting in TN charged $10.00 for 10 lbs, which was one good-sized load. It was only a few dollars more than if I used my own money to wash them myself. I could drop it off, go do other errands or explore the area, and pick it up on the way back. It is a bit of a splurge, but since I had no nightly camping fee for several months while in that area, it was a lovely treat.
  9. Carolaow

    Water pump mystery

    Do you happen to have a four-way water input valve (the kind that you can switch between using city water, using the tank, filling the tank, or winterizing)? The one used by my rig's manufacturer has been causing a lot of problems for customers lately. It can cause cycling of the water pump as you describe, as well as other problems. Sorry I don't know the brand name of the valve, but I suppose any of them could go bad. Mine got so bad that the pump cycled every couple of minutes or so and if I turned the pump off so that I didn't have to listen to it, when I turned it on to use the water, it cycled a full half minute or more to get water back into all the pipes. You could hear the water flowing near each faucet. Anyways, just a thought.
  10. Yarome--That was one of the most informative, balanced posts I've read here on any topic. As a solo traveler, I just wanted to toss out a thank you very kindly!
  11. Carolaow

    Cleaning as a necessity

    On the food-trash side of things, I put anything remotely food-related, including the crumbs from the toaster (brushed out after each use) into a grocery bag in the freezer. Hoping that keeping the inside free of tempting smells will keep all nuisance critters from coming inside.
  12. Carolaow

    How many tour without a toad?

    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.
  13. 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.
  14. Carolaow

    Dirty power??

    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.
  15. 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.