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  1. Great stories!!! Keep them coming! I have a nibble on my house. It’s a contingency offer, so I’ll be on pins and needles until the buyer’s house closes, supposed to be August 30th. Assuming that happens and the rest goes smoothly, I could be houseless by September 20th. I’ll head home September 1st to start that final push. Until then I won’t believe it will happen.
  2. When I was a kid I thought that would be a great way of going camping, but I would have wanted a 4 legged TV.
  3. My small 21’ trailer has a 9K Coleman and this is the first time I’ve felt it couldn’t keep up. I’ve only camped one other time in over 100F weather, and that was just an overnight stop in Mesquite, on my way to the Utah and Wyoming mountains. Yuma in the winter is nice. Yuma in the summer? Not so much. I don’t have a slide awning, I’m now wondering if one would help with this extreme heat. I’ve been thinking about talking to Shade Pros this January in Quartzsite about replacing my awning with Sunbrella material anyway, maybe add a slide awning, too?
  4. Very cool story! Congrats on getting it all together. I just dropped the price on my house again and it’s been shown twice. I have my fingers crossed, hoping for an offer in the next couple of weeks, so I can officially join the class of 2019. At least the septic system is finished, so I am now free to travel. I spent last week going through my trailer stuff, as I had realized that my trailer was overweight. It looks like I might start off with some of my extra RV stuff in the storage unit, something I hadn’t planned on. At the moment I’m testing my smaller AC against temps around 105-8F, something I’ve never done before. It’s an interesting experiment, not something I would want to do on a regular basis though.
  5. Have you noticed that the answer “it depends” comes up so often in RVing? And with “it depends” also comes “what compromise do you have to make?” This is definitely one of those times. Don’t buy a generator right away if you don’t plan on dry camping much. I got along quite nicely without either a generator or solar (my big regret was not getting factory solar) and a single Group 27 battery for two years by staying in campgrounds with at least power. I now dry camp a lot and have a Honda 2200 generator, both a portable and roof mounted solar panels along with two Group 31 batteries. But I didn’t add all of that at once, I got things as I found I really needed them. I started with adding a portable solar panel and tried dry camping for more than a day or two. Loved it, did more of it and discovered where my limitations were. When some friends proposed a trip to Alaska that was almost all dry camping, I knew I needed additional Ah and a generator as I couldn’t count on the portable panel as my only power source. The compromise? Adding the second battery put me over my original tow vehicle’s tongue rating. I refuse to carry a genny in an occupied space (I think it is unsafe), so I had no place to carry it - my original TV was an SUV. I might have considered carrying a genny in the trailer’s front pass through because it isn’t connected to the inside of the trailer, but it won’t fit. The reasoning behind that is that various other RVs have generators in compartments, like truck campers and various motor homes. But they are not occupied spaces or somehow open to occupied spaces. My genny lives in the bed of the F150 I bought last year. I have a roll-up tonneau cover because I couldn’t maneuver a 50 lb object around the bed all hunched over like I would be if I had a shell (pre-RV pickups in the past had shells). What are you towing with? What are the various weight ratings? Will adding a generator add too much weight? Lots of questions come up when it comes to generators. P.S. The genny doesn’t get used all that much, at least since last summer’s trip to Alaska. I’m not going to sell it, but much prefer solar and can live comfortably with 12 volt system and a small inverter. I don’t have a residential fridge or other large 120v appliances.
  6. Don't get too many tools right off, start with the basics indicated above. You can always add tools later, as you find you need them. Some of your kit might be specific to your type of RV - for instance, I have a travel trailer so I have a torque wrench to check the torque on the wheels periodically. Also, my manufacturer uses the square head screws (there's a name for them but I don't know what it is) in a lot of places - I made sure when I bought my ratcheting screw driver that it included tips to fit them. I have manual stabilizers so I also carry a battery powered driver - a battery powered drill or driver might be nice in any RV but rarely use mine for much more than the stabilizers. I bought channel lock pliers the first time I couldn't get a campground's sewer cap off. I've used it for other things, it's quite handy now that I already own one. Tools tend to be heavy, and my rig is maxed out at the moment. So be careful with what you get and how much weight it adds - too many tools may require you to leave something at home that you'd need more.
  7. My travel trailer came with TowMax tires - I heard not long after I got it that TowMax (Load D) were a slight step up from the Marathons but not much (both had poor reputations). People I know who own similar trailers usually replaced their tires when they were 3 years old (date of manufacture), regardless of tread depth, often switching to Carlyle load E tires. When Goodyear came out with the Endurance, many (including me) changed to them. The manufacturer now uses Endurance tires as OEM and I don't hear much about early blow-outs any more, unless there was unusual wear patterns from alignment issues. My Endurance tires are now 2 years old and have around 20,000 miles on them. I've been lazy about replacing my torn tire cover, so they haven't been covered while I've been home this summer, so I'm starting to think about replacing them next year sometime. The tread is still good and there's no unusual wear pattern indicating alignment or inflation issues. But I'd far rather spend the money and change them out early than to have a blow-out and the damage that can happen - it could be cheaper. I also use a TPMS - it's good insurance and I do monitor the temp as well as the pressure.
  8. Oooh, I do love the mountain graphics on your TC! I know, lots of people don’t, but I do! I’ll be interested to hear how you make out full-timing in the 1172, you probably have almost as much living space as I do in my little trailer, though I probably have more storage space. I know that how much space one feels comfortable in is an individual thing, but I sometimes wonder if I’ll want a bigger trailer (and truck) after a while.
  9. Way to go! Two great success stories! Love it!!!
  10. Oooh, very cool! Great looking rig and congrats on the sale of your house. So how is life going in the RV?
  11. The couple I filled up at last year accepted Visa. Don’t know about all of them, only the ones I stopped at.
  12. This thread, which has gotten a little off-topic, has touched on a couple of issues and hit some nerves. One issue brought up is the fact some campground owners/managers don’t maintain their properties well. But that happens with apartment buildings, too. 30 years ago my BIL had a nice two story apartment. It was new, well maintained and the complex a nice community. He lived there for 10 years, until whoever owned it stopped fixing things and the better tenants started moving out. I drove past it last summer and couldn’t believe how awful it looked, a complete slum. Another issue, and I think the original point, is that there does seem to be a growing movement to choose full-time living in an RV set up permanently in a park as an alternative to living in a manufactured home, getting an apartment or buying a house, especially in large urban areas or where housing is limited and expensive. A used 10 year old 5er is cheaper to buy than most manufactured homes. The people who are part of this group aren’t necessarily interested in RVing as a mobile lifestyle, only as a way they can afford to have a roof over their heads. They may or may not realize how much maintenance an RV requires, many do what they can afford to do, while others might not care. Just like renters and homeowners in that same urban area. Recently I spent a couple of nights at the campground where I had lived the last 4 months I worked, when my trailer was brand new. 3 years ago I paid $925 a month site fee (winter rates, higher in the summer, electricity included), and that was about half the cost of a small 1 bedroom apartment near where I worked. Now they charge $1100 a month, winter rate (don’t know if that’s year-round or not). This is an older campground near Magic Mountain and a relatively convenient commute to the San Fernando Valley and West LA so we are talking very major, expensive urban area. When I wandered around, there were no open sites in the month-to-month section and many of the same rigs were there. Since there were no open sites, even at $1100 per month and not the cheapest park in the area, people thought it still a reasonable way to live, with all the rigs well maintained and no tarps in sight. Most of the time I lived there, it appeared I had no way to move my trailer as my TV was at the house 40 miles away. I was commuting in a Prius, usually backed in because it was easier to pull straight out at 5am, but also it was my little private joke. I actually had someone ask me if it pulled my trailer all right (my trailer is small but not THAT small!). That gave me a good chuckle. The people living there all had their own stories, one couple sold their house and were living in their 5er while their son was in college. Some were part of the full-time RV community who remain mobile (either following work or following the seasons). Some were looking for a more affordable permanent living situation and saw an RV as a cheaper alternative and better than living with parents or other family. Like others, I have seen other campgrounds with poorly maintained RVs in them. Those people all have their stories too. Some may not care, some may be doing the best they can and would make considerate neighbors. At least for now, RV ownership as an alternative permanent living condition seems to be here to stay, especially around urban areas such as the greater LA area.
  13. Sounds like an excellent plan - taking some time off here and there. Finding balance. I'm in the opposite end of things - the house is done, just needs normal housekeeping to keep it in model home/show condition. The trailer is mostly organized, certainly enough for a camping trip. I've been sitting around doing very little recently, just waiting for the contractor to do something about the septic system. As soon as that's done, I'm going to go camping somewhere for a while. No idea where, but somewhere that's not too crowded and not too hot. I envy you your Wyoming location. I've never been in Casper but I've traveled around other places in your state and love what I've seen. Construction? I looked back at some of my previous posts and noticed that I said the septic contractor was talking about the first week in July. He's now saying the end of next week (last week in July), maybe it'll be done the first week of August? Yes, it always seems like construction projects take longer than you expect them to. There's always some part or tool you discover you don't have but need before you can go further. Or you order something and UPS loses it between their local office and your house. Or... Hope your wife is correct and you are on the road in September, looking for warmer places than Wyoming in the winter.
  14. How are others doing for this year's class? Any new stories, people ready to put their houses on the market or recent sells? My septic system issue still hasn't been solved, though the paperwork has been written up and will be submitted to the county tomorrow, I think, new estimated date for construction end of next week. And no one is looking at the house, so I'm now discouraged. I've re-listed the house as a 2 bedroom plus bonus room which reflects how it's legally configured and because the only practical way to solve the septic system issues is to size it for a 2 bedroom. But that also means that even fewer people will bother to look at it. So I'm discouraged, wondering how to get anyone to actually look at it (it shows well once people walk in the door). Open houses aren't working now, no one showed up at the last one. So how are others doing? Improvements made? RVs purchased? Lessons learned, positive experiences? Plans working out?
  15. I think Kirk's comments are right on. I'm not necessarily the best person to answer since my house hasn't sold yet so I'm not a full-timer. I'm also solo, something that's not uncommon but isn't the norm. On the other hand, I have spent a lot of time in my RV, both living in it at one spot (4 months), as well as taking multi-month trips, some covering a lot of miles and others being more of a wandering, where will I go tomorrow or gee, this is a great place, think I'll stay here for a while type of trip. I've stayed at a number of different types of camping situations from lovely, destination type campgrounds to open camping somewhere. It's all about attitude. My experience is that I take my health and fitness attitudes with me. I can be as active or a sedentary as I want. If I'm feel lazy, I don't get any exercise. If I'm staying somewhere that doesn't promote walking, I'll stay inside on the computer or watch movies up to a point, I get bored with such things easily. If I'm camped near a national park or somewhere with fascinating places to go hiking, I'll be at the trailhead with my camera(s) early because that's what I enjoy. As far as food goes, if I've driven a lot of miles (350 is a lot for me) and had to break camp in the morning and set up later on, I can almost guarantee I'll pull something out of the freezer for dinner, the last thing I want to do is go somewhere to find something to eat. Doesn't matter if it's a market or a restaurant - I'm tired and just want to sit. I figured that out very quickly, my original intention had been to carry less food and buy locally but quickly discovered that wasn't practical for me as a solo RVer. Now I carry more food and make sure I build in "down days" whenever I'm traveling. That way I'm more likely to eat properly and not depend on Stouffer's. Local farmer's markets? Too often I'm camping where such things don't happen. In fact, most of the time I'm camping where there's only limited local markets and their choice of produce and products could be very limited. That's my own personal choice for camping. My personal experience is that traveling RVers have to have a certain amount of agility and ability to do things because that's the nature of it. Current rigs don't necessarily take a lot of strength but you still have to bend over or squat down for hookups, moving stuff around if you set up chairs or a grill on your front patio, etc. I have to have the ability to climb a ladder to clean off my roof-mounted solar panels, do roof maintenance and clean the slide roof since I don't have a slide awning. That's the nature of my rig. Would I lose those agility things sooner if I didn't have an RV? Perhaps, but perhaps not (houses take more effort and energy for housework and basic upkeep, too). I had a reasonable amount of fitness when I bought my RV, about 4 months before I retired. My fitness level does seem to go up when I'm living in the RV - I have a small trailer and it's harder to be lazy in it. Plus as a part-timer, I've been camping somewhere I want to visit, whether it be for a couple of days, a week or whatever. That in itself means I'm active. Will that continue once the house sells? Probably, because it drives me nuts to be stuck at the house for more than a month or so.
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