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    Saint Thomas, PA
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    Full timing when retired, 7 months or less. Serving with SOWERS and touring this great country.

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  1. Dennis, You mentioned long wait times. Do you mean hours, days, weeks, or months? I'm remembering the stories of guys dying while waiting to see a Dr, is why I ask. I can see waiting for hours for a walk-in with a non-critical illness. My PCP has that at times. I'm 2 weeks out till I can see a gastro Dr. just for a consultation and I've got good insurance, so I get that they aren't sitting around waiting for us. I'm just wondering if the VA is a viable option until Medicare kicks in 3 years down the road. Or maybe I should get catastrophic coverage also. Thanks for serving all those years. Wiley
  2. Thanks guys! I’m more confident after hearing your experiences. And if I have any trouble at the VA, I’ll just tell the nearest ER that I identify as an illegal immigrant and get free care! Ha!
  3. This Navy vet is retiring at 62 and going full time. I have a VA card that i got about 5 years ago for ID purposes. I’m a vet, not a retiree. ‘75-‘79, not wartime. Does that make a difference in the healthcare system? Is the VA system someone who travels around the country can use?
  4. Well, I made a slight adjustment on the cables, and yes, a small adjustment made a noticeable difference in the movement of the slide. There is a piece of metal “angle iron” on the leading edge if the bottom of the slide. I took it off and trimmed a little off where it dragged across the flooring. Crude but effective. I hope it didn’t just mask some other problem. Thanks for the feedback.
  5. Thanks for the replies. I got into the cable adjustments and made some improvement, but it still rocks forward on retracting. I took the tension off the slide topper and it didn’t make any difference. I had hopes for that idea, it made sense. I noticed that the outside skin on either side of the slide, near the bottom where the mechanism is bulges out on retracting. Startled me! I’m going to give a local independent shop a whack at it. I’ve heard good things about him. I’ll keep you posted...
  6. I have a '12 Open Range R412 recently purchased from a private party. The kitchen slide tilts inward at the top when retracting, enough to scrape the flooring. It settles fine when fully open or closed. I see adjustments on the cable system, just reluctant to mess with it without some guidance. I've got mechanical skills, but this is new to me. Any suggestions?
  7. I'm negotiating the purchase of a 2012 38' Open Range, and it comes with a jack for the king pin. I'm not seeing a lot of value and I am seeing a fair amount of weight and used up storage space. I'm also not experienced at this, so I'll ask those who are... Keep or sell?
  8. Thanks for the feedback. Pete, I looked into that. I think it will work just fine. Bob, what is on the camper now does not feel like rubber, more like a semi-flexible plastic. Now if it would just stop raining...
  9. I have a '96 Skyline park model with roof leak issues. Most leaks are at the edges, but whatever it was coated with before is mostly gone. At the RV show in Harrisburg last year, I talked with a gentleman about Rexoseal RV roof restoration system. It sounded like what I need, but I have next to no experience in this stuff. Any recommendations or comment about this product or another brand would be appreciated.
  10. Thank-you for the replies. So I'm thinking about your comments, remembering my time serving with Samaritan's Purse, Habitat, the local pregnancy ministry, etc. I surveyed my tool assortment and started thinking the garage was overkill. Spent two days at the RV show in Hershey (I live 80 miles away) going to seminars and touring 5ers. We saw no THs that we'd like to live in full time, and so have scratched that idea. We did see two Grand Design models (374TH & 375RES) and a Montana 3791RD with expanded storage options. They would accommodate tools and some prepper supplies very nicely. If anyone knows of any 5ers with abundant storage that I might find on the used market, please share.
  11. Over the years, I've acquired a lot of mechanics and building tools. Nearing retirement, the plan is to serve with SOWER Ministry working on various projects around the country. If you have done this sort of thing with SOWER or one of the similar ministries, what sort of tools have you carried, what did you wish you had, and what did you carry that you never used? We're thinking 5th wheel toy hauler with as small a garage as we can get for tools and 2 bicycles. Advice on tools, storage, and RV selection will be appreciated.
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