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  • Birthday 12/12/1973

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  1. I beg to differ, our last 2 5ers have both been 13'6". It's something we watch very closely because we don't want to end up being that guy.
  2. Yes but I know with our upcoming plans it could be days before we can get to a glass shop. Especially when we head to Alaska next summer. I wish this last incident could have been a chip fill but it was too big.
  3. We hear this question all the time. We are both 43 and have been blessed to call ourselves retired for the past 3 & 6 years. Some times we embellish the truth but other times I just say how it is. Most folks think it's great we can get out and see the world while we are young enough to enjoy it. I wouldn't trade it for anything, the lessons we learn while traveling. I know someday we will come home and enjoy our brick and sticks home when we can no longer handle the road but that is a ways down the road. When we are home we do a lot of volunteering in our Community and use our skills to improve our community. I've also started blogging our travels so it gives me something to do when we travel. I've tried to work for myself because I felt like I needed a job as I felt guilty for being retired at 38 but it wasn't worth it to me when it wasn't necessary. I'd rather work for free with volunteering and getting paid in smiles and thank yous.
  4. We took advantage of a Thousand Trails special where we could purchase 2 zone passes for the price of 1. So for $549 we have the entire western half of the US available to us. Doing the math we need to stay on average 15-18 nights a year at their parks to make it worth it. The only negative is most of their parks are located along the coast however we can visit their sister campground program Encore at a discounted price which are more available inland. Regardless we feel we will be able to take advantage of the program. There are options to upgrade in their system to all parks but we won't look into that until we plan to travel the Eastern half of the country. I wish you luck in your travels.
  5. We plan to pick up some chip repair kits for the occasional rock chip but this one was beyond usual. It was as big as a baseball and layered the glass.
  6. We were coming back from a truck hike (not towing) and a rock chip from a semi going the opposite direction tagged us. It must have hit us just right to make such a big impact. Cost us $250 with our insurance to replace the windshield. =( Hopefully we don't have to do that again anytime soon.
  7. I-5 doesn't have the double decker, that is hwy 99. Your probably best to just stay on I-5 and go with the flow. Best of luck to you and safe travels to Alaska. We will be doing Alaska in 2017, taking the Alcan Highway up.
  8. My husband and I use a great app on our cellphone that gives us all the gun laws of each state that covers everything from permits to transportation laws. It's called CCW by Workman Consulting LLC in the app stores. It costs a small fee but well worth the knowledge. This app is about empowering the CCW (concealed or open carry permit) holder (or anyone who wishes to lawfully transport a firearm in any state.) It gives you the direct information that you need to follow the maze of arcane, complicated, and dissimilar gun laws in each state and in each situation. It provides all this information with an easy-to-use User Interface. Laws updated every month or more frequently!
  9. I just wanted to stop and say Aloha to all our new family members in the Escapees and Xscapers family. We are Gary and Stacey and we hail from Washington State. We call ourselves Pau Hana Travels as we are blessed enough to call ourselves retired in our 40's and well Pau Hana literally translates to Done with Work in Hawaiian. We consider ourselves part-time fulltimers as we do have a home base here in Washington State but we are free to travel as far and long as we want to be gone. We currently have plans to leave for approximately 3 months this Fall and join up with our fellow Xscapers at their Convergence at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October and next year we plan to spend our entire summer up in Alaska. We are looking forward to meet more Club members on our adventures and are looking forward to joining up with our local Chapter for a Rally in late May. Our home away from home is brand new 2016 Cardinal 3825FL 5th wheel. We just returned home from a 1200 mile shakedown cruise all around Idaho and we couldn't be happier with our purchase. Attached is a pic of our rig while we were camped at the Craters of the Moon National Park last weekend. We love the forward living concept of the 5er and it gives us ample space to move around the rig with us and our 2 dogs, Spirit (Siberian Husky) and Sofi (Yorkshire Terrier). Anyway, I just wanted to introduce ourselves and let everyone know we are excited about being apart of the ohana "family" of the Escapees/Xscapers RV Club.
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