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  1. Good luck both with selling your house and buying a trailer! It was an awesome feeling yesterday when I finished all the paperwork to list the house. I know what you mean about being uncertain about whether you’ll like RVing. I was in the same boat over 3 years ago when I bought my trailer. Only different wrinkle was that I was using some inherited money to buy it and could only buy one once. So I ended up spending more but got it right, love my trailer. I hope you do too.
  2. Hopefully I’ll get an offer right away and won’t have to worry about it. My realtor has my house down for their agent caravan next week while I’m camping. I don’t think she’s planning an open house just yet. I think I’d rather go camping somewhere instead of remembering to wipe down the stainless steel kitchen sink every time I use it. But I’ll see when I get back.
  3. It sounds like the Lance 1685 might be a good fit for you, certainly worth a look. The U shaped dinette is big - the slide with the dinette is 3', it has a permanent regular queen bed (not a short queen) and has heated holding tanks if you get one with the 4 seasons package (an option but most are ordered that way, I think), walk-on roof with the ladder being an option (usually ordered that way also). They can be harder to find away from the west coast as they are made in California. Used ones tend to also be harder to find and sell pretty quickly. Solar or "solar-ready" (pre-wired for solar) is an option. They tend to be popular and a fairly long order time if you don't get one a dealer already has on order (but not yet built). Good luck with your search!
  4. An update: Today I signed the listing paperwork - my house is officially for sale! There's still some things in it, but a whole lot less than there was, and it's in shape to show. I now have an Escapees Texas address, a safety deposit box in Las Vegas but decided to wait until the house goes into escrow or toward the end of May (when my sister gets back from a trip) before actually renting one and moving what stuff I'm going to keep there. It occurred to me today as I was doing the final housekeeping (I hate housekeeping), that I don't think I can manage to keep the house in show condition for very long if I'm living here. Right now it's not a problem - tomorrow I'm going camping and will be gone 10 days. But after that? How do people manage to keep their house up while they are living there? Or do they just move out and go on the road, leaving the house empty while it's on the market? I've been so busy concentrating on getting rid of stuff and fixing what needed to be fixed that I really don't have any plans beyond this upcoming camping trip.
  5. Another brand you might look at is Lance. They make 4 season trailers that are lighter than many and most could be towed with a half-ton. One of the nice things about them is the storage space - they have been making truck campers for 50 years so they are good at maximizing storage in small places. https://www.lancecamper.com/ It would be worth taking a look at them.
  6. Oh, you mean like my sister who called me once saying that she had one-upped me. She was driving between Casper and Laramie after dark and hit two - not one but two - antelope. That was about a year after we hit a bear here in California. My dealer was very good at checking all the systems, but he didn’t re-winterize. It’s not usually a big deal for the majority of his customers here in SoCal so I don’t think he thought of it. I guess I’m lucky I live where it does snow because I discovered the issue right away and could get it fixed within a couple of days. I also got to use the trailer right off, so I put into practice all of the stuff he taught me on the delivery inspection. If it weren’t for the horrendous sales tax here, I’d probably buy from him again if I decide my trailer is too small for full-time living. I’m madly trying to get stuff out of the house, There’s a number of RV items in the house that I don’t leave in the trailer when it’s going to freeze, such as the adjustable water pressure regulator as the gauge is in oil and I froze one once. I also don’t leave the Winegard portable satellite antenna or a couple of other electronic devices as I wonder about the electronics reacting to the cold. Hopefully tonight will be the last of the below 32 nights, that’s the forecast anyway.
  7. Congrats on the new RV! That Class C looks like a very functional floor plan. Are you going to change your domicile or remain a Wyoming citizen? A couple of years ago I was camping in Dubois and kept reading a real estate ad for a couple of acres, spring on the property along with a water tank, power and septic tank. I loved the area and seriously thought about buying it and claiming Wyoming as my primary residence, with the California house as a second (winter) home. But I couldn't make the finances work. I still love Wyoming in the summer though. It's always a good idea to find out where the problems are first, before you are on a long trip. And yes, you WILL have some issues (though my trailer has been more or less trouble-free so far). My first issue was a kink in the fresh water tank drain - my dealer delivered it to me with 2/3 full tank. I couldn't get it emptied before it snowed several days later, so I driveway camped in it. The 4 seasons package worked the way it should, I was comfortable, the tank didn't freeze. Unfortunately, my house wasn't so lucky, the main pipe into the house froze. Still makes me smile. I sent the paperwork in to the Escapees Mail Service yesterday, and talked to my realtor. I'm still aiming to have the house on the market by the end of the month, and think I should be able to make it. While I haven't done anything particularly that's irreversible (other than sell the family silver and give away a ton of junk to a thrift store), I'm committed to getting it done and getting on the road, and to another state. I just feel setting up a Texas address was the proverbial stepping off the cliff - I still haven't burned any bridges yet, I'm committed to being a full-timer.
  8. Interesting discussion for me as I’m madly working at selling the house and going full-time. Today I happened to read an article in Truck Camper magazine where the author was in an accident that totaled his truck and damaged (but not totaled) the camper. One of the items the author happened to have with him was the title and that sped up the insurance process (signing the truck over to them before they pay you). He went on to discuss the reasons why it is foolish to carry them (someone who steals the rig now can fake a transfer), and suggested leaving the originals with a relative who could send them to you quickly. It gave me something to think about.
  9. Interesting that you decided to go with a portable generator - up until Christmas I thought having a built-in would be better, don't have to maneuver it around, especially a 3500 W generator - that's more weight than I can lift. But then I was parked next to someone who had one in a parking lot type campground - his was louder than I had expected and I instantly was grateful for solar and my Honda 2200 (my trailer is 30A and I have a relatively small AC unit). While I am able to lift it, I prefer to run it in the pick-up bed, leaving either the tonneau cover or the tailgate open (rain the tailgate is open, no rain and I'll close the tailgate and leave the tonneau cover open). As a part-timer I didn't carry huge amounts of stuff in the bed so I could arrange things for proper ventilation and fire safety. That assumes I don't take a lot more things in the bed than I already travel with on long trips. That's the goal, hope it's attainable.
  10. Oh, very cool! A great idea and now ordered. It never occurred to me to try something like this to secure it.
  11. Nice spreadsheet, looks well thought-out. You have a few things on there I don't have and don't need or want (DVR for satellite - I've never had one and don't miss it at all), and a couple of things I've thought about and am likely to get at some point, maybe. I like the idea of an RV oriented GPS, but have nav system built into my TV, so I continue to think about getting the Garmin that's RV specific. I had a water bandit but found too often the water pressure of the outlet I was trying to use it on was too strong, so I've given up on it. Don't know if it's just me or what. As far as the clear sewer hose adapter - I wish I had both a 45 and a 90. Reason being is that I have the 45 on the trailer and so can see it emptying and tell when the water runs clear. The 90 at the end of the hose is cloudy and I once had an issue with the hose not draining properly and I didn't pick up on that right away. A clear 90 at the sewer hook-up would have alerted me to the issue right away. Thanks for the reminder about the wheel covers - mine need to be replaced. My most recent purchase was a folding hand-truck/dolly. I figured it would be handy to move heavier items like propane tanks around. I've wanted something for carrying junk around for a while, figured that as a full-timer I'd want it even more. Also I've just added solar rope lights to use around the trailer and truck - I had a friend recently who found a rat's nest in his truck's engine, and a number of people have said they help if you are camping where pack rats are common. I'll see next time I'm camping somewhere they might be needed. I've never bought a water pump or a water bladder. I have dry camped for 10 days without going through my fresh water tank and by that time I needed to empty one or both of the other tanks, so moving the trailer over to a dump station with a portable water fill point seems to work for me. I do carry bottled water and prefer 2-1/2 gallon jugs, but often now I find myself buying the gallon bottles at Costco (6 gallons in a package) if I can, rather than to try to manipulate 5 gallon water jugs. Water is expensive weight-wise, and I'd rather use that 280 lbs (approximate weight of 35 gallons of water) for other things (propane fire ring and extra propane tank being high on my list). A bladder does allow you to leave your rig where it is, but I've just not had the fresh tank empty before the other tanks needed emptying. I bought a heated water hose right after my first camping trip, where I didn't know enough to disconnect the fresh water hose from the spigot when the temps dipped down to 22F and it froze. I've never actually used it because since then I'll just run off of the fresh water tank if it looks like it's going to be below freezing at night. While I expect I'll end up camping nights when it's below freezing, I'm not going out of my way to do snow camping for any length of time. I guess it will make it into the trailer since I'll no longer be able to ignore it in my under-house storage. But I don't think it's necessary at all unless you are going to do a lot of snow camping where you would be likely to need to refill your fresh tank. I may find myself "willing" it to someone else at some point though. Just one of the things I thought I needed that it turned out, I didn't really. My bucket (multiple uses) is collapsible and it works great. Saves room for other things. Anyway, some thoughts. I'm a gadget person so I actively work hard at not getting too much stuff at first, to wait until I really feel a need for it. Believe me, I could own a huge amount more stuff if I operated on "get everything now just in case", have an overweight rig and a lot of stuff I never use. Then I'd be in the same place I am now - spending days making trips to the dump and the local charity thrift store.
  12. I was thinking of how much stuff I needed to buy when I got my trailer, and I was only part-time. Now that I’m about to go full-time, I don’t know how much I’ll use Amazon Prime. But the delivery people sure knew where my house was!
  13. Amazon Prime and a high credit card limit/big bank account are a beginning RVer’s necessity.
  14. I just called and asked about a vehicle that’s out of state for a new registration/new resident. My situation is that I’m solo and have 2 autos as well as the trailer. I’m not going to sell the second car right away, I’ll leave it at my sisters, which is out of my current home state. I asked if I could still register it at the same time as I did the truck and trailer which I will take to Texas and was told I could (subject to vehicle inspection when I do bring it into the state). I could potentially have another issue in that I will be selling it in the fall. Do I get Texas registration only and leave the title as California? I don’t know if I would sell it in Nevada or California but probably not in Texas. Or do I change the title to Texas?
  15. Oooh, very pretty! Have fun outfitting it!
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