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  • Birthday 01/22/1952

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    Clovis, CA
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  1. Smith Point County Park, Long Island

    Yes, it does help. I didn’t check rvparkreviews but bookmarked it for the future. Looks like a real good place to camp. I am concerned with booking a site given trouble i had navigating the online system and the fact that most, if not all, sites are snatched up soon after becoming available - a problem i have experienced before with other campgrounds and online reservation systems. Ill just have to try to get there after labor day.
  2. Smith Point County Park, Long Island

    I plan on visiting family on Long Island late summer/early autumn of 2018 and have identified Smith Point County Park at the east end of Fire Island National sea shore as possibly the best suited for my needs - close to family, pet friendly, beautiful location. I’m interested in hearing from Escapees with some experience staying at Smith Point regarding crowds, availability of sites, reservations (online or phone), in season/off season, or any other matter that may come to mind.
  3. How much time should I spend in new domicile state?

    Good advice. Thanks. I’ve been keeping detailed notes with information and dates of govt agencies, organizations, and companies that ive notified of my SD address. Im doing this because i am currently living in California and figure that if there was ever a state that may challenge one’s residency it would be CA. in fact, regarding California DMV, one can list both a residence and a mailing address. I list my current residence in CA but list my mailing address as SD.
  4. Music?

    Anyone have any stories or experiences of skipping the performances and just chilling in the campgrounds and parking lots enjoying the community experience, watching and saying hello to folks, and so on? At times i choose campgrounds even if i can boondock just for the opportunity to be around people. I’m sure the fun, laughter, music, and good times of music festivals spills over into the campground with impromptu jam sessions and the like.
  5. I’ve been studying how fulltimers travel to see of i can get a feel for how i might pace myself when i hit the road. 200 miles or less seems comfortable for me personally. I was thinking about this and wondered if i could draw a circle with a particular radius around a given point on google maps to figure out - more or less since the distance would be in a straight line - what lied within that particular circle. It appears that this is not a capability on google maps except by using additional software or going to a website that incorporates that software on a web page. Here’s an article on the subject... https://diaryofdennis.com/2016/10/17/how-to-show-a-radius-around-a-google-maps-location/
  6. Social Security Residential Address

    I went to the medicare website today to change my address to SD and was sent to the Social security website to do it. It appears that medicare uses whatever address the SSA has for you.
  7. SoonToBe FT - Purchase / Finance / Tax Questions

    I've been following this thread and i am a bit confused. I always thought that sales tax is determined by the location of the sale and not the residence of the purchaser. Please help me understand where i am wrong. Thanks
  8. Online Travel Map

    Currently in preparation for full-time traveling, I have been considering several map programs to record my travels. I have decided on two programs to experiment with - Google's My Maps and SpotWalla. I like Google's My Maps because i am familiar with Google Maps and comfortable using Google's map programs. I like SpotWall because it appears comprehensive in its structure and uses technology and software that is mostly open source. I don't, however, have any specific user experience with SpotWalla that would allow me to recommend it or to identify any shortcomings in the program. I may use both. I would like to hear from others who have specific experience with SpotWalla.
  9. Does mail service address force domicile?

    I haven't seen anything on bank accounts, banking - please pardon me if i missed it. When i go full time i will already have changed everything over to my SD address (mail, dl, veh reg, voting, etc.) but i would like to maintain my relationship with the bank i have been using for almost 30 years (a California credit union). Any one have any negative experiences or warnings about doing this that may provide California a means to question or reject my SD domicile claim. BTW, my pension check goes directly to the credit union via direct deposit.
  10. National Parks Senior Pass price change

    I find it difficult in these times of high technology that there isnt a database that will identify a senior pass holder so a lost card can be replaced without having to purchase another. If they are lifetime passes then the politicians that were ok with the price increase should have provided for a way to get a replacement card without paying the fee again.
  11. How many tour without a toad?

    I had a Pedego electric bike a few years ago. I loved it. And I would highly recommend it. Any bike has some limitations compared to a toad but these may be a good alternative in some situations. http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/
  12. B-20

    Would the use of B20 adversely affect heater and other systems that use the vehicle's diesel as its fuel source?
  13. My tips for RVing with Dogs

    Thank you, remoandiris, for the work you put in to help me on this issue. In practice i go by the general definition of my ESA as a pet except for the very limited coverage allowed by the FHA and FAA. There's room for improvement in laws and policies regarding ESAs however. For instance, i find it absurd that an ESA is not allowed the same privileges on railroads in the United States as they do on airlines. I can't imagine taking Matilda with me on a flight but would sure like to travel with her on a train.
  14. My tips for RVing with Dogs

    Does anyone know if the law that protects housing rights for people with semotional support animals would apply to campgrounds? "The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 requires the landlord/property manager to make a reasonable accommodation to their policies and allow the tenant to have an emotional support animal. This includes species, breed, and weight policies."
  15. Help with numbers on Sprinter-based coaches?

    I was looking through the iExit app and online at gasbuddy.com and i didnt see anywhere whether their diesel listing was B5 or B20 - only prices. Is this info online or do folks just drive up and hope for the best? If you have experience calling ahead, has that been successful? I'm wondering whether someone answering the phone would know this or would know how to find out.