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  1. Wearing a mask when in proximity to others is the thing to do patriotic. We are in a war. WWII military casualties were about 410,000 in four years. This war has killed almost a third as many in less than six months. That's a war. The countries that have the best records of fighting this war (definitely not the USA) rigorously use masks. That is because masks are a weapon to limit the spread of the virus and the deaths of several hundred thousand more people. So be a patriot. When you are in public places or with others in close proximity wear a mask. Not doing so is unpatriotic.
  2. We've been full time for a bit over two years. For the first few months we were in our home area winding down the business but living in the RV. September 2018 we went on the road. Initially we traveled every few days. That quickly became a lot of work and we resolved the change in 2019. We wintered in Florida and went north traveling in the spring. We spent six weeks getting to Wisconsin and then a month there. We spend five weeks in Michigan traveling one day from Wisconsin by ferry. From there we traveled east to New York over a period of a couple of weeks and then spent ten days there. Off to Maryland to visit the grandchildren and children for two weeks. Then south to Florida, slowly, arriving at the end of October. We usually do not travel more than 300 miles/six hours of travel per day. We usually travel a day and stay a week or more.
  3. This year we wintered in Florida after a summer spent in the Midwest and East. We had a swing out west planned for the spring, summer and fall. When this first raised its ugly head we decided that travel would be a bad idea and found a campground here in Florida that we like. We were considering going to Michigan for the height of hurricane season. After reflection, the original no-travel orders and campground closures in many states (Michigan included) did not bode well if we were there when infections climb. Being stranded adds risk. We play golf and keep pretty much to ourselves. We have everything delivered and do telemedicine when we can. Florida is getting hot now so we will have to be more vigilant. If a hurricane comes though we will drive to a city out of the path and hunker in a hotel.
  4. I can't comment on the motor home because I've never had one. We have a fiver. Regarding the pandemic, we had plans to travel this year. Those are on hold. We found a park that will take us on an annual basis and we are staying put in Florida. When we came into this park we were required to self-isolate for 14 days. Most of the park facilities are closed although the pool is open. It is an outdoor pool in direct sun, and pool furniture is spread out. The biggest problem I see is the lack of knowledge and the lack of a crystal ball. There are many conflicting scenarios regarding the effects of reopening the economy. At this point there is no way of knowing what your destinations will be facing in the months to come. If you need a place to stay you might try contacting parks that have an annual or seasonal rental agreement. Tell them you are willing to self isolate on your site for two weeks. They may let you move in. One concern I have is what to do if a hurricane decides to move through. We are trying to find alternate sites to move to, depending on the storm path. Good luck.
  5. I was a Maine resident for many decades. For visitors (known locally as people from away) anything before July 4 is pretty early. Cold, wet and buggy. (The joke is that we have five seasons, fall, winter, mud season, bug season and July). July is good. August is great. September starts to cool off pretty early but there is wonderful weather that time of year. October can be beautiful but stormy and pretty cool at the end.. The coast will be cooler than inland throughout the summer and early fall. Then it switches. I suggest calling campgrounds now to get an idea of where they think they will be in a few months. My guess is they don't know, but they may keep you informed by email if you let them know you are interested. The state is still under pretty heavy restrictions. Presently, anyone coming from out of state needs to quarantine for 14 days. I don't know when that is going to end or whether it applies every time you change campgrounds. Usually coastal campgrounds are pretty well booked up by now, but this mess is turning everything on its head. You may have to book further inland and visit the coast. Be aware that coastal traffic can be pretty brutal between July 4 and Labor Day. There are times when the traffic on andoff-island from Bar Harbor can be more than an hour. The two weeks following Labor Day are some of my favorite times in the state. The bugs are mostly gone. Temperatures are moderate but not yet too cold (there will be chilly nights). The bulk of the tourists are gone after Labor Day although weekends can get pretty busy. There are no hunters in the woods and fewer boaters on the lakes, rivers and sea. Wayne from Maine
  6. We have been full time and retired for the last two years. We were wintering in Florida when this appeared on the horizon. We are COVID-19 at risk. Given the lack of any reliable information about where it is and the fact that it is spread by asymptomatic people, we decided to stay put until a reliable vaccine is available. That looks like late next winter at the very earliest. We are in a pretty large FHU site in a park in rural Florida. We were the last people into the park, at least until fall. The off season population is pretty low. Golf courses are still open here so I am playing and walking the course as much as possible. Jinx is sewing and golfing. With luck we will travel in 2021.
  7. We can argue about whether there is a realist in Washington or a Pollyanna who ignored the problem until the cows come home. What is the point of that argument? Those things already happened. It is a waste of time in the context of what to do now. That issue will be resolved in November. Right now we have to figure out how to reopen the economy without killing a couple of hundred thousand people. I don't think we can say with any confidence that any part of the country is without the virus. There isn't enough testing. It has been spreading out from major airline hubs and along major transportation routes. It is likely everywhere, we just don't know. We need to know if we are gong to get the country rolling again. This is like fighting a battle without even a map or a view of the battlefield. The economy needs to reopen but we need to be very vigilant and shut down outbreaks early. That means we need reliable information about where people are getting sick.. Kinsa thermometer data seems to be providing realtime intelligence about where the virus is emerging by identifying who has a fever and where. I ordered a Kinsa thermometer this week and will start participating. What we do know is that younger people die from it at a lower rate. They are also the ones who do most of the work of the country. The vulnerable people need to continue to hide from the wolves. That means I will hide out until there is a vaccine. BTW, for the folks whose happy hour is okay because the people are like family, you might explain that the greatest transmission of the virus is among families.
  8. We had plans to travel west and then return to Florida via the northern tier and down the east coast. Late in February we concluded the COVID-19 was going to be a widespread problem and bought a lot of supplies. We are both in vulnerable categories. The problem wasn't going to go away For us that means laying low for 12-18 months until an effective vaccine is available. In early March we located a park here in Florida that is reasonably close to medical, supplies and outdoor activities. We moved in 4/1 and are in a 14 day quarantine per park rules. The park has since closed to new people. Golf, fishing and bike riding are still on the menu, so long as we are careful. I am surprised to see people who are obviously over 65 ignoring social distancing on the mistaken assumption that their friends could not possibly carry the virus. The major planning effort right now is where to go if a hurricane looks like it will roll through. Some days I feel like the wolves are watching from just beyond the firelight. It is going to be a long haul.
  9. We are members of 2019 despite actually going full time in 2018. We planned on 2019 but moved it up. We have been on the road for a year now and it seems a progress report is in order. Jinx and I left Maine last September. We'd been living in the 5er since May 2018, but still locally. We had to wind up the business before we left. We left on a Friday planning to stop a Cabelas and leave early the next day to avoid Boston traffic. When we stopped the brake actuator for the electic over hydraulic disc brakes on the trailer did not. First lesson. Get Escapees roadside assistance rather than Good Sam. GS told us we would have to wait until Monday before they could do anything. Escapees would have towed us to a campground and then to a repair facility on Monday. Five days later we were back on the road. We worked out way south to Florida and stayed at a few different places. We volunteer at golf tournaments so we moved around a bit. Didn't see a snowflake all winter except on TV. We established domicile in Bushnell, FL at the Escapees park. Escapees mail service is fantastic. Spring found us working our way up through the midwest to Wisconsin and Michigan. Our pace of travel has slowed. We go no more than 250-300 miles per travel day and generally stay at least a week after a day of travel. It took six weeks to get to Wisconsin. The ferry across Lake Michigan was great. The weather was fabulous and the golf was fun, if trying at times. We worked the Thornberry LPGA Classic in Oneida WI. At that point we decided to stay on the road for the foreseeable future. Since we have an older rig (2006 Carriage) we decided to upgrade. We didn't like any of the new 5ers so decided to have a major overhaul - suspension, appliances, flooring, entertainment center, lights, furniture and a bit more. We went to Elkhart for the work and dropped our rig off 7/15 with a planned completion date of 8/16. Second lesson. Get completion dates in writing and try to get some sort of penalty clause for late work. They didn't finish until 9/6! For the planned time we spent a month in a cabin on a lake in Michigan. For the unplanned time we lived in a motel with the soul of a new urinal. We had an Amish refrigerator upgrade as a separate (and prompt) shop in Shipshewana, IN. Now it keeps ice cream firm!! This fall found us in upstate NY, PA and currently MD. Heading to NC tomorrow and then a few weeks in SC. Florida again this winter. Then eastern Rockies and western Midwest in 2020 followed by a winter in AZ or TX and exploring the far west in 2021. Safe travels. Wayne & Jinx Foote 194 Rainbow Dr., #9445 Livingston, TX 77399-1094 wfoote@me.com 207-944-9336
  10. How about a motion detector triggering a recording of a dog barking?
  11. As I mentioned before Jinx and I made a sudden move to full time earlier than planned. We stopped taking new business in January 2018, moved into the RV in May 2018 but stayed in the area until September 2018, when we finished all of the leftover business. The house sold in August and we got rid of everything that doesn't fit in the RV. We went on the road the end of September, spending five weeks driving down the east coast. We got the Bushnell, FL, at the end of October and established Florida domicile. We followed the club's instructions and it went flawlessly. We spent the first part of November in Naples where we volunteered at the LPGA Championship tournament. We then spent December through February in Davenport, FL. Come March we moved to Palm Harbor, this time to volunteer at the Valspar PGA Tournament. We left in mid-May, 2019. We've adjusted our travel speed. When we first started RVing we would travel 300-400 miles per day, sometimes two days in a row. I think that was a factor of having a work mindset with the need to be certain places at certain times. We now travel no more than 250 miles in a day and stay at least a week after that travel day. Much more relaxing. We are slowly making our way to Wisconsin to work another golf tournament, visit Jinx's family and have the grandkids up for a couple of weeks. We will be at Mammoth Cave National Park in a couple of weeks. leaving Chattanooga tomorrow. We plan to come back to Florida for 2019-20 winter by way of UP Michigan, Canada above the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls, grandkids in MD, and foliage in the Smokeys. No major problems. We have an older RV so things wear out. We budgeted for that when we bought it. The major issue I faced was recognizing I was retired and living on the road instead of being on vacation. There are big differences between the two. When I worked and went on vacation, I often did things that are unhealthy in the long run. Traveling, as noted above, is another difference. It has been a year of slowing life down and developing new habits. I am no longer self-conscious about working out on the mat in front of the RV, regardless of who is around. I play golf a couple of times a week. We visit things we want to see in mid-week instead of on the weekends - less crowded. We hope all is well with you. Jinx and Wayne
  12. Alie & Jim You have a Carri-Lite, too? We have. 2006 36KSQ. What are you pulling? You can reach me directly at wfoote@me.com.
  13. I have a Transfer Flow TRAX3. It is a 50 gal tank that fits below tonneau level. No problems with it. There is a monitor that mounts on the dash showing both the TF tank and the onboard tank levels.
  14. Many people do not realized that you will need a special form to bring the firearm back into the US. the form is Customs form 4457. https://customs.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/323/~/traveling-outside-of-the-u.s.---temporarily-taking-a-firearm%2C-rifle%2C-gun%2C
  15. Thank you all for your good wishes. We close on the house tomorrow. Initially we planned a trip that was too fast. We figured out that we want to go more slowly. We will take about a month or more to get to Florida from Maine this fall. And, yes, we recognize that playing golf in Hawaii will require a plane flight or a cruise.
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