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  1. Allentc2

    What is this "Class" thing?

    I am looking forward to this next phase of my life. This'll be a hoot.
  2. Allentc2

    Class of 2019

    I guess I'll stake a claim in the Class of '19. I have a 2019 Newmar Bay Star 3401 on order that I expect to take possession of next April, then drive it (for the first time LOL) to Somerset, PA for the solar install. Then back to WV to begin transitioning "life" from the S&B to the RV. Should be living in it full-time by August, leave the WV ARNG in October, then head southwest to find work. The R-word (retirement) popped up on my mental radar maybe 5 years ago. I started off trying to decided between going overseas to live, or getting some rural land here in the US to go off-the-grid on. Eventually, I decided that I did not want to be half a world away if my son needed me (or vice versa). The realities of living off-the-grid seemed pretty daunting, especially after meeting with a fairly well-known blogger in the Terlingua, TX area. Gorgeous country, certainly affordable, but I questioned my own ability to get by in a fashion I'd consider comfortable when I got into my 60s and 70s. LOL As luck would have it, that very same trip to TX also involved me driving from Terlingua, TX to Astoria, OR for a National Guard mission. What a gorgeous drive! Spent three days in Monument Valley, drove through Capital Reef, Moab, the Columbia River valley....and Astoria was no slouch either. That trip made me realize that North America alone had a lot of stuff left for me to see, and I wasn't going to be content sitting in one place. I began reading various RVing forums. Joined Escapees and have a mailing address (though I haven't really used it yet). Asked every goofy question I can think of (some of them here! LOL). Fast forward to now.....I've decided to forego trying to get 20 active duty years, and will be happy with my 15 and change. I have 20 overall, so I've earned my pension. I'll just need to work a few more years until I can draw it...but this time I can look at stuff that heck, until lately I've never even heard of! Beet season? Workamping? KamperForce? LOL I'm giddy. Well, I'm rambling. Probably won't make any 'official' activities like Escapades or Q or anything like that for a bit, but I'll be with ya on the interwebz!
  3. Allentc2

    What is this "Class" thing?

    I'm tellin' ya'.....gonna need a dictionary to learn all this RV lingo. LOL So it's kind of a 'soft qualification'.....around the time when one goes full-time and shows up for a gathering at Quartzsite.
  4. Okay, I'm semi-clueless. What's this Class thing about and what is the criteria? LOL Is it when you start RVing? Full-timing? Finish an RV Boot Camp??
  5. Deal breaker right there! Sounds cool though. I am going to try to optimize my RV for accessing the interwebz, so with luck I'll be able to do Netflix/etc. like I do now.
  6. Allentc2

    To TOAD or Scooter

    I have not started RVing yet, so my opinion may not be worth much. I HAVE gone through the Toad/NoToad/WhatKindofToad process though. While I agree with Solo18 that proper planning prevents plenty of pitstops, I also realize there may be times/places when I want to leave the RV where it is and take something smaller. I have ridden motorcycles in the past, and thought something small might be ideal. I was leaning towards a TW200 myself, for small errands or sightseeing in the boonies. What pushed me away from that is age. LOL My knees are already tired. I don't want to throw a leg over a bike or soak up bumps on a small-wheeled scooter (which might not be good on crappy trails in the boonies). I also haven't given up on the idea (perhaps over-optimistically) that I may not be RVing by myself. LOL So I found a good Jeep Wrangler to be my toad. It'll be easy to set up for towing, relatively cheap to operate, can go about anywhere, and won't be a PITA when the weather doesn't cooperate. Just my $.02.
  7. Allentc2

    Any CamperForce vets?

    Thanks for the input everyone! Sounds like it may be worth trying out at some point.
  8. 2019, it's an option. BayStar2019_2.pdf
  9. Allentc2

    Any CamperForce vets?

    I was talking to the Amazon guys at Hershey last weekend. Sounded like a pretty nice gig. Anyone have any experience? What was the campground they put you up at like?
  10. I went to Hershey where they had a 3408 (which has w/d hookups) but I really wanted that computer desk/buffet table thing. LOL Plus I wasn't sold on a w/d being mandatory for full-timing. I guess we'll see by this time next year. LOL
  11. Allentc2

    Registering a vehicle in Texas

    After multiple readings of the packet on Escapees, it SOUNDS like I can do the following.... 1. Get insurance thru a TX insurer (and I need to look into future, full-time RVing insurance BEFORE I insure the Jeep) 2. Get proof of insurance. Fill out packet using Escapees mail service addy. Send all that along with PA seller's title, photo ID (in my case, military ID card) and mucho dinero to Polk Co. auditor 3. Once registered and titled, get plates (I gather personalized plates are gotten online?) and drive down to TX in a reasonable amount of time for inspection and to get driver's license. Sound right?
  12. HAH!!!! Fellow future alumni!!
  13. Allentc2

    Registering a vehicle in Texas

    I thought you had to show proof of insurance in order to register. And I'll check on the other insurances. Thanks!
  14. Allentc2

    Registering a vehicle in Texas

    I did but honestly....they seemed a little rushed. I tried to explain my situation, the lady referred me to the packet here.
  15. Allentc2

    Registering a vehicle in Texas

    Well, this insurance info is good to know, but I need to know about registering this Jeep. LOL