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  1. theboondork

    full timing expense for 2018

    While the gadgets definitely are getting smarter I feel I'm falling behind faster than their gaining. And my problem doesn't seem to be learning new things, it's remembering the things that I learned. Most times when I open up some software that I don't use very often I have to go over to YouTube and get a video on how to make it work because I can't remember where I put the last video on how to make it work. Tom
  2. theboondork

    full timing expense for 2018

    Well then you're in a nice place. I always stay up on the high flat area other than down in the hole for fear that if it rained I couldn't pull the trailer back up the embankment. I stayed just down the road at Craggy Wash one year but I felt the road going down there was too rocky and rough on my tires. And since I live totally on solar, I don't even own a generator, the Canyon walls were preventing me from getting sun for much of the day so Lonetree has always been my go to spot when in Havasu. I try to never buy gadgets that are smarter than I am, but it's getting harder and harder. Tom
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    full timing expense for 2018

    Thank you for the compliment about the pictures I sure appreciate it, its just about the only hobby I have left. I used to think I put things off because I had better things to do, but it turned out I was lazy, unambitious, and unmotivated. I know this is true because my wife used to tell me all the time. I was in Havasu, I think it was in November, and I boondocked out at Lone Tree BLM area for a while. I always liked Havasu, it's got a lot of shopping and things to do but in a few minutes you can be out in the desert in the middle of nowhere, my kind of place. The weather is no better here, yesterday was okay but that was the first time in a long time. I'm beginning to think maybe I should've gone to southern Texas this winter. I see you have a smart car. I've already got a smart phone that I carry around, I'm afraid if I got a smart car the phone and the car would get together and realize they no longer needed me. Tom
  4. theboondork

    full timing expense for 2018

    You have certainly been there and done that so your suggestions are valuable to all of us. I've been RVing for 30 years but I've only been a full timer for a little over three so I've still got a lot to learn. I admit to having numerous character flaws such as lazy, and unambitious but when you throw procrastination in there it makes accurate record keeping hopeless at best. I try to keep up with my expenses as best I can but my heart usually isn't in it. When I made my first expense spreadsheet it had two columns, fuel, and miscellaneous, because the cost of diesel fuel was about all I cared about at the time. I envy people that can keep up with details but I like to think of myself as a "big picture" kind of guy, and my big picture is where do I want to spend the winter, and everything else is miscellaneous. Tom
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    full timing expense for 2018

    I never actually wanted to keep up with my expenses I figured that just limited my freedom. but since I don't have an income of any kind, no retirement benefits, no Social Security, I just sell off assets whenever I need some money. And since a lot of my assets are Real estate I have to hope that real estate is up when I need to sell something.And since I have a rough idea of what things are worth at the moment I figured I'd better see how much it cost me to live every year so I would have a rough idea how long my assets would last.so I've figured I'll be okay as long as we don't have another crash like we did in 2008. Tom
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    full timing expense for 2018

    the problem for me is making the money last until I leave this world. I would hate to spend my last couple of years wandering aimlessly around the country looking like a homeless bum...... oh wait a minute, I do that already....Nevermind. Tom
  7. theboondork

    full timing expense for 2018

    I used to do the same thing, except I wrote my expenses in a notebook and never bothered to add them all up for fear of what I might see. But then I learned how to use a spreadsheet which automatically adds everything up for me so the numbers can't be ignored. There's a lot of truth to the old saying, "ignorance is bliss" Tom
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    full timing expense for 2018

    Thank you very much 2gypsies that's very kind of you to say, and yes I do travel alone, and I do love nature. I think boondocking not only saves me money but it gets me out into nature where the pictures just take themselves. Tom
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    full timing expense for 2018

    If anyone is interested I just put my 2018 expenses on my blog. I'm a full timer that boondocks most of the time, and I live by myself in a 2013 30 foot Arctic Fox fifth wheel. I don't break my expenses down into very much detail so I only have 10 categories, But it tells me everything I need to know. If you're interested you can find it at http://www.theboondork.com/mainphp theboondork
  10. theboondork

    NM Parks Pass

    I'm a full timer and a boondocker. I buy the New Mexico out-of-state Park pass every year. I tow a fifth wheel that has a motorcycle on a rack on the back.and in all my years of doing that I've never been charged an entrance fee or any other kind of fee. My pass lets me boondock for free and after two weeks I move to another park. I think it's one of the best deals that any state offers. Theboondork
  11. theboondork

    What Battery to Choose for Upgrade?

    I'm a full-time boondocker and I've been using four Battle Born lithium iron batteries for a couple of years now, they replaced four 6 V Trojans, and I absolutely love them . There's all kinds of great things about them but the first thing I noticed is all four of my Battle Born batteries weigh slightly more than one of my Trojans. The only downside is, and it's a big one, they cost an arm, a leg, and a couple of other body parts, none of which I was using at the moment. But other than that there the best batteries I've ever used. Theboondork
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    RV Inspection

    I personally would never trust the dealer, he doesn't have your best interest at heart. And even though you didn't ask , I don't buy anything from Camping World. theboondork
  13. theboondork

    Truck Camper Battery

    I have only the most basic understanding of electrical stuff so please take that into consideration before doing anything that I've done. I had the same problem back years ago when I had a hallmark pop-up slide in camper, and that was that I couldn't get enough amps from the truck to the camper to charge up the battery while I was driving, it would charge up a little but not enough to last me through the night. So here's what worked for me. I bought a 20 foot jumper cable from Walmart, I think the wire was # 6 size, and I ran that jumper cable wire from the battery isolator [solenoid] in the truck to the camper where I put a large plug that would handle high amps in the wall of the camper. Then I ran the rest of the jumper cable to the camper battery. So basically what I had was a # 6 cable running from the trucks battery solenoid to the camper battery with a way to disconnect it at the camper. You can use any large wire I just used Walmart jumper cable because it was dirt cheap compared to going out and buying big wire. Also you need a big plug that will pass all those amps I don't think the normal camper plug will do it. After doing that, when my truck was idling and putting out 14.8 Volts to the truck battery, I was getting the same amount back at the camper battery. theboondork
  14. theboondork

    Best 5Ws for Boondocking

    I knew when I decided to go full-time that I was going to boondock a lot, so I spent a lot of time on the Internet researching different fifth wheels. And to make a long story short I chose the Arctic Fox 27 – 5L. It's got the big tanks that you want, its sealed up well, and you can use it when the slides are in and that was very important to me. One thing you don't often hear about is how strong and sturdy the Arctic Fox is. There's a lot of "pretty trailers"out there that will make you want to move right in. But crawl around under them for a while and you might see a very small frame, axles that are barely rated high enough to carry the trailer, 15 inch wheels, and a rear bumper that won't even support a bicycle rack. A clue to how the trailer is built is it's carry capacity and my Arctic Fox 27 – 5L has a 3800 pound carry capacity. But more importantly if you're going to boondock you're going to be on some dirt roads that's going to bounce and twist the trailer and if the trailer is not designed to deal with that then things will start breaking. Yes I know I'm biased in favor of the Arctic Fox, but believe me if it was falling apart around me I would report everything going wrong on my blog, after all I'm not trying to sell it so why would I make it sound better than it is. theboondork
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    If you would like to follow my blog I can be found at theboondork.com. I talk about my travels, my Arctic Fox fifth wheel, full-timeing, and Boondocking. I have no advertising on my site and everything I talk about comes straight from my heart. I would love to have you on board. theboondork