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    Love to drive, travel. Just sold my house and leaving in September 2016 to live full time in 19ft. trailer with my two dogs and parrot.

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  1. Independent Lady

    Domicile question

    Thank you Kirk. My biggest reason for not sharing my own experiences is that I don't want to color someone else's enthusiasm as they look forward to starting out. I just came across a few pages in my journal where two years ago I was doing just that. I was impressed with many single ladies who have blogs and imagined myself out west with my dogs as happy as them. However, what I did not realize was my very very strong tie to New England, my home. What my take away is from my own adventure, is that I did it, went everywhere I planned to go, saw what I wanted to see, and said okay, time to go home!! However, I did enjoy living in my travel trailer. It was very comfortable, and from that, I am thinking now about my next home, which might even be a tiny house, or something similar. I learned that I am the least materialistic person I know, and was quite happy with very little. So what is interesting is that I learned a lot about myself. I can see how many of you do enjoy it and embrace it as a fulltime thing, and I didn't want to come on here and be negative in that regard. . Also, being alone was a tad bit scary. Sorry to those who do travel alone, but I had some mishaps that were not fun because I was by myself. Try to get a tow truck to come to get you when you're in the middle of nowhere and no-one want's to drive that far. Google maps also does not distinguish crappy neighborhoods when mapping routes, and I found myself in some pretty sketchy ones. I consider myself pretty gutsy, but that was not fun. Yet I can honestly say that had I not gone where I did, I would not have the appreciation for New England that I have now. So there is good in an adventure that took a one-eighty. Hope I helped that lady here in New Hampshire, Barbara
  2. Independent Lady

    Domicile question

    HI- I'm also not sure if you own a home here in New Hampshire, land, or what, but this is what I learned, When I left two years ago, I jumped the gun so to speak, with an offer on my house here in New Hampshire. Since it all looked like it was going to go through, I took off and changed my domicile to South Dakota. What I did not expect was the $1,500 excise tax I had to pay for my truck. Even though it's just a one time only hit, it shocked me. My insurance also doubled from what I was paying based on living here in New Hampshire. That also was a shock, since I have a clean driving record with no accidents. I also did, of course, get a new drivers license, but funny how things turn out, because the offer on my house fell through, and full timing in my trailer was not all that I thought it would be. I missed New England so much, I ended up back here this spring, and now want to move to Maine.f If you own property here in New Hampshire, and will be here six months out of each year, if I were you, I'd keep your New Hampshire registration and drivers license. For now, I'm keeping the South Dakota domicile, but only until I move to Maine permanently. Also, I figure I"m pretty much a minority on this forum, since traveling in my RV was not all that I thought it was cracked up to be. However, I am very glad that I did it, drove cross country actually twice and saw all that I wanted to see. From what I learned, you might want to try it out before making the leap to change your plates and license. I'm now paying a thousand bucks more each year for insurance then if I'd kept it in New Hampshire, but that's life, I had no idea I'd end up back home, which I am very happy about. Hope my story helps you, Barbara
  3. Independent Lady

    Got a favorite photograph?

    Hi Jimk' Yup, I am a passionate writer just now beginning to set up my website. A long ago love I never pursued and very much enjoy it now. But back to the topic here. Again this is "just" an RV and travel website, and with that said, I've seen many many absolutely stunning photos taken by RV'rs with the run of the mill digital cameras that are breathtaking perhaps not so much for their technical abiliities or lack thereof, but because of the incredible scenery in the county, and where these folks are vsiting. So I suspect that is what is driving this contest, more then focusing on professoinal photographers. And also Jim, as others have noted, for fun, which of course makes RV'ing so much more enjoyable when you can share experiences, conversations, and photos. So clearly love what you do, and so do I, but just wanted to share with you how I see this thread got kinda like a rocky, winding road. Who cares what anyone thinks, do your thing and be happy!! take care Barbara
  4. Independent Lady

    Tent attached to trailer?

    thanks scouser, sounds like maybe this would really sell if I was smart enough to know how to create one. Maybe there's other people like me looking for one! Then again, perhaps not many people lost their awning in a "minor" tree incident thanks again Barbara
  5. Independent Lady

    Tent attached to trailer?

    Thank you for taking the time for your ideas, This might all be for nothing but I"m going to try! Take care Barbara
  6. Independent Lady

    Got a favorite photograph?

    Hi JimK, I just wanted to tell you I get what you're saying. I'm just finishing up a novel, and looking for an editor which is a nerve wracking experience. I don't want just anybody, but someone who understands the mechanics of writing. that said, this is just an RV site, and from what I"ve read here, there's no interest in the technical aspect of photography of which you are so well trained. It's just a fun thing, and maybe it should be further defined as just that, so you're not insulted. Sometimes we try to explain too much when it's just not worth it, take care Barbara
  7. Independent Lady

    Tent attached to trailer?

    I"m not sure I"m witty enough to come up with something that won't come crashing down in the first wind. ha- It's going to be fun figuring this out because I"m sure there's something I can do. I suppose I could even just get those shade tents, and add the screening which I"m sure is sold separately somewhere thanks again
  8. Independent Lady

    Tent attached to trailer?

    Hi John, thanks for that. I wish I had my awning still, but it's too expensive to replace it. I think the velcro is a great idea, and I"ve been checking out Walmart screen tents,. I don't really care if it doesn't look that great, as long as it serves the purpose. I could probably glue small velcro stips on the side of my trailer, to attach to the velcro strips I"ll sew on the mesh somehow, or the edgng of the tent. I think I'll get the cheapest one to try out in case it doesn't work, Ha, thanks so much Barbara
  9. Independent Lady

    Tent attached to trailer?

    thanks- I see some cheap screen houses that might work since the walls are straight. I might be able to put one side right up to the trailer wall somehow, if it's doesn't work at least I didn't spend a lot of money. Thanks I'm going to see if I can somehow maybe use velcro somehow and attach it that way, who knows, might work.
  10. Independent Lady

    Tent attached to trailer?

    I just thought of something and I'm not even sure it if exists. I have a twenty foot trailer which I love, but sitting outside in summer up here in New England the mosquitoes are torture. I did buy a screen tent, but have to go outside the trailer to go in the tent. I was thinking it would be nice to have either a screen house type thing or tent that attaches right to my trailer kind of like an extra room. I would need something pretty snug to the trailer so the dogs can't slip out, or maybe I can rig up something myself. Does anyone have any ideas, or know of a tent or screen house that would work? I did find one that attaches to the awning, but I no longer have an awning. Small incident with a tree took care of that last summer thanks so much anyone. Barbara
  11. Independent Lady

    Re-packing wheel bearings

    Thank you bipeflier Rm and bee, I guess my thinking was more that it's going to be sitting here stationary for at least six months or maybe more. Somehow I got the idea that I should do this especially since it was not being used. When I do leave, I don't plan to go cross county again, but stay on the east coast, probably "just" another couple thousand miles again for another year if I don't buy another house by then. I like the idea of not messing around with it if it doesn't need it, and yes, there are other things (little things) I am repairing and fixing. Of course if I call a shop, they'll tell me to bring it in, and I have a feeling they'll find something wrong, even though I've been hauling it just fine. Much to think about, Thank you for your knowledgeable thoughts, Barbara
  12. Independent Lady

    Re-packing wheel bearings

    Question for Devil- Why is that? Some people here in New Hampshire leave their RV's out in the weather, although I chose not to. I actually just took it out yesterday and it's sitting on the snow. Even if I did put boards underneath, wouldn't the wood soak up moisture, especially if it rains, and even keep the moisture in the wood? curious what your reasoning is,,,??? thanks Barbara
  13. Independent Lady

    Re-packing wheel bearings

    So many great responses. Georgia, my concern exactly. Worse nightmare would be leaving here this fall, and a major accident happens because my wheel fell off. I'm going to print out all this information, so that when someone helps me, I at least know what to look for and ask. To me the wheels are the most important part of the rig, except of course, the hitch. Thanks so much everyone, so much help!!! Barbara
  14. Independent Lady

    Re-packing wheel bearings

    Thank you Becky, wise advise. It will take some worry away from being able to do this right.
  15. Independent Lady

    Re-packing wheel bearings

    Hi Pak, I think we just posted at the same time. Thank you as well- It will probably take me fifty times longer then you fellas, but again, I'm learning and want to figure this out. Am making my list of tools! Barbara
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