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  1. We have always used a cover for our TT. We went with a custom cover by ADCO a few years ago. It's held up well and has the zipper access you are looking for. If you go the cheap route the old saying of, "You get what you pay for," will be obvious. Where outside will you be parking the TT when the cover will be on? I ask because it's a lot easier to clean the cover when we remove it than it is to clean it while it's sitting on the TT. Sap and bird waste will be on top of the cover and and a good long handled brush with soap and water and the cover is as good as new. We also cover the roof A/C with a fitted cover before the ADCO goes on. If you have those little gutters on the ends of the TT to redirect the water, use a cut tennis ball to cover the edges before the cover goes on. Nothing lasts forever but we know when this one wears out we will be ordering another.
  2. Many years ago we stayed at Boyd's Campground in Key West. Great location and good service at that time. While it's a small island you really should spend a week there to get the full flavor of that end of the Keys.
  3. I agree with the comments about the Airstream however, I believe you talked about living in it for a long time and wanted something viable for many years. Before you run out to purchase any RV you need to look at the long term feasibility of the floor plan. Hit some RV shows or large dealerships and look over as many as you can and do not buy the first one you like. Imagine yourself living in it day to day and decide if all features work for you. Sleeping, storage, kitchen, bathroom, towability, etc. We had a great TT that was 31 feet in length and until Tropical Storm Debby did damage to it back in 2012. We then purchased a smaller unit, a 27 foot TT with a floor plan that we liked and has proven to be the best choice for us. We tow with a RAM 2500 and it helps with storage in the bed, the RV storage pass-thru, and under bed storage gives us all we need. Closests are good and the bathroom is roomy, the kitchen set-up works well with enough counter space for the things we need. We were able to personalize the living room to fit our needs so we enjoy the time inside on evenings and inclement weather days. Before we made the purchase we must have looked at close to 30 units. The one we bought was about the 20th on the list. After a trip several hours away and two more large dealerships we went back to order #20. One final thing don't look at just the RV. If the dealership is going to be responsible for warranty work, look at them closely. I sat in their waiting room for about an hour and a half while Mrs. C. did some shopping elsewhere and talked to the folks coming in and got their sense of the customer service and knowledgeability of the service staff. Just some other things to consider. Best of luck.
  4. I've served three times. Once we were into the third day of the trial when the parties reached a plea deal and we were dismissed. The other two never had to hear opening arguments as they reached an out of court settlement just prior to the first day. Since then I've been called one time and was excused for medical reasons. I did get a lot of reading time in while waiting to be called. Mrs. Camper had to sit through a four day trial and it was also settled while the jury was deliberating. Her only time.
  5. Now that you mention it, suppose that Elton Musk, the British half-brother of Elon Musk and one of his Tesla self-driving cars crashes on a Colorado highway and as I come upon the wreck and stop to help I discover that another group traveling in the opposite direction also got out to help and they were a group of tourists from China and were providing help to other victims. Do I turn around and leave the area or stay and help? This will keep me up wondering what to do.
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    Thanks to all who posted hidden gems. We will be finalizing our plans and wanted to thank all of you and we will be adding some things to our trip. Safe travels.
  7. I've attached a link to their website. https://www.rvparkyellowstone.com/?utm_source=campgroundreviews.com&utm_campaign=RVLife_Campgrounds&utm_medium=referral
  8. We were there a few years ago and had to stay in West Yellowstone. While outside the park it is still "centrally located" to go either on the north loop road or the south loop road, or straight across and then north or south. We looked at both Grizzly RV and the West Yellowstone KOA. We decided to go with the KOA because it was the only one who could guarantee a reservation that close to our arrival date. Sites were okay and staff was courteous and very helpful. We are going back after Fishing Bridge is reopened and hope to stay two weeks. If you want to look at another location that we've stayed at look at the north entrance near Gardner, MT look at Yellowstone RV Park. Make your reservations as soon as you can lock in your dates.
  9. WOW, Zulu you are a master of the obvious. I never said anything about the Coronavirus. I was addressing the hysteria over vaccinations and the ill-advised commentary regarding flu and other vaccines. Since there is no active moderator who keeps things on track and the comments were off base, I felt a voice of reason regarding the efficacy of getting the flu shot was in order.
  10. If anyone is dealing with a chronic illness it is advisable to always keep all of your vaccinations current, including the yearly flu shot. I'm dealing with one along with 37,000,000 others and the stats on that is that many folks don't know they have it. There are not early symptoms and a lot of folks get to the later stages without serious signs. Getting the vaccinations, especially the yearly flu shot is advisable. The flu shot is also available in doses for those over 60. We will be visiting the Grand Canyon in a few months and wherever we go we are always careful, and it has nothing to do with ethnicity, race, or anything but good health practices. Always carry a bottle of antibacterial hand cleaner. It's not 100% but it cuts down on the possibilities.
  11. Thank you hemsteadc, Mrs. C. used my computer, changed the setting and forgot to change them back.
  12. Many years ago I was heading from Topeka to Florida and looked for a place to tent camp for the night. Just north of Nashville I stopped for fuel and asked if the guy knew someplace I could stop for the night, and not a big campground. He told me about a guy with some acres who would accommodate me. He provided directions and when I met the guy he offered me the use of his field and I was welcome to fish in his well-stocked pond. He wanted two good catfish. I caught four and gave him two and I had a quiet and peaceful night. I made a couple of extra stops in Georgia to see families of USAF buddies and while they offered me a room with a bed, I declined and they suggested a couple of places, one near Macon and the other just before the Florida line, near Valdosta. For the next few years I tent camped that way. Stopping and asking worked for me. A spot for the night was free with no strings. Only one other person asked for a favor. Once I set up I ran into town and picked up some supplies for them and that was it. Best way to see the USA.
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    We appreciate the time and effort on these responses. We'll be busy this weekend checking them out. Keep them coming. We have all of the information on the National Parks and National Monuments. Haven't spent too much time on State Parks so we will look at those very carefully. Thanks
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    One of our long trips this year is to tour Arizona and the National Parks of Utah. We have it planned and know about all of the usual things to see (National Parks, Monuments, Historical Sites). We are always on the lookout for the hidden gems that don't either have the funding to advertise or attract enough visitors for word-of-mouth. Our interests are varied so any suggestions would be welcome and we can go from there. Thanks.
  15. I used this a couple of summers ago and since then have met a few people who "full-time" nine months and stay in one place for the remaining three months. I don't know if this will work for you but it has worked for the couples we met. All of them wintered/summered for their three months in one place and had a PCP who they met but would also do Tele-Med appointments with them via the computer when they traveled. If labs were required they either went to a Quest Lab or other independent lab to have the labs drawn and results faxed to their PCP. We aren't in a big city and one of my doctors only visits 2 days a week and goes to another city for 3 days. Should I need to see him on the days he's not in my area I could go to the office (manned by nurses for this purpose) and do a Tele-Med visit with him but on his schedule. It can sometimes be a longer wait but it's the best option. Thankfully, that practice has now found a full-time doctor to man the office five days a week. Only one of the three couples had additional hoops to jump through because of their insurance. I didn't pry when an explanation wasn't provided but you should clear this with your insurance to make sure they'll cover this.
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