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  1. I would rule out ANY solution that involves hotels/motels, as the bedbug epidemic seems to be a "thing" these days.
  2. OregonJim

    Weather where you are?

    Up here in Oregon, it's virtually the same as in Texas, Kirk. 70's all week - little to no rain. By this time next year, we hope to pointed toward AZ or FL.
  3. Mickeyblueyes, I'm in virtually the same boat as you. I'm heavily leaning toward a Class A diesel pusher. However, finances may dictate a gas rig. And, I haven't completely ruled out a fiver, either. If I already had a suitable truck (which I don't), I'd probably be leaning the other way. For me, the most important thing is trying to imagine the amount of work required on a regular basis to setup/breakdown camp. Remember, you'll be doing this dozens of times each year, usually before and after a long day of driving - and the weather may not always be favorable. In a motorhome, you can just stop, push a button to level, and go to bed. Hookups can wait until the morning. In a fiver, you have to set out the legs, chock the wheels, unhook the truck, level the rig, then you can go to bed (and it could very well be raining the whole time). Also, I dread the day that I forget to lock the pin in place before driving off. I like the idea that you can park in the pouring rain, have supper or do whatever you want and not have to get wet in a Class A. I don't like the idea of not being able to back up without unhooking the toad. However, I'd rather have a small, fuel-efficient toad to sight-see in than a big, noisy truck. A fiver has more interior space, but far less storage space. If you run out of propane in a motorhome, you have to move the whole rig to refill. In a fiver, you can just put the tanks in the truck and get them refilled. For me, I'm looking at doing a fair amount of boondocking, and I don't know that either setup has a clear advantage in that area. My wife and I are going to an RV show this weekend - the only goal is to get closer to making a decision on the TYPE of rig we want to spend the next 10 or more years in. Maybe that strategy would help you as well... -Jim
  4. OregonJim

    Towing a Honda CRV

    In all three vehicles that I've owned with "factory" tow packages, none of them had the charging pin hooked up to anything. I had to add the wiring for that myself. Without charging, you can expect the battery to be dead in approx. 8 hours, give or take - less if you forget to pull the fuse.
  5. OregonJim

    Should I change domicile from OR?

    This has been an interesting discussion. The bottom line is that each state has its own unique residency laws. I think I will compile a "cheat sheet" for all 50 states so that I can see at a glance what we are required to do when crossing a state line. We don't plan to stay in any one spot for more than a month or two, and I can't imagine staying in one state for six months or more, even if we're moving around. We also plan on keeping a detailed travel log with receipts, so there should be no question of where we've been or for how long. The way I look at it, by going full-time, we're just trading one set of inconveniences for another. Not a bad thing, just different.
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    Setting up CR-V for TOAD

    I understand, but instead of removing an opportunity for error, that just adds one more. Remove key, put in pocket, walk back to motorhome, see something else that needs to be done, do it, forget to finish original task of attaching key to steering wheel. By defeating the wheel lock, which is nothing more than a (weak) anti-theft device, and which is pointless anyway since the key is right there in the ignition half the time, it seems to me to be a far more idiot-proof solution, no? -Jim
  7. OregonJim

    Setting up CR-V for TOAD

    I can see myself easily forgetting to re-insert the key in the toad the next morning, especially if we are trying to get an early start before enough coffee. Would it be reasonable to permanently defeat the steering column locking mechanism in order to not require the key at all while towing? It seems to me that it would remove one more opportunity for an expensive OOPS moment... -Jim
  8. I've been building my ebook library for about 25 years now. It's all organized with Calibre, using 43 category databases. If I were able to read one book a day, I would have to live to the age of (..pulling out calculator..) 236 in order to get through all of them. Is there a Booklovers Anonymous? At least there's one thing RVers can be extravagant about collecting! I do try to keep the number of books on my Kindle under 500 at any given time, but I guess there's really no rational reason why... -Jim
  9. OregonJim

    Should I change domicile from OR?

    Thanks for that. I hope everything worked out well for you after the accident. Thank you as well. That answers a couple more questions for me. I feel much better now. After several years of reading forums, magazines, visiting club sites, etc., I got the distinct impression that the vast majority of full-timers were changing domicile to one of the big three. It never occurred to me that there may be a silent majority that simply don't change domicile at all. Maybe it's like RV reviews - for every complaint you see, there are hundreds of others who never post because they never had a problem. -Jim
  10. OregonJim

    HAM "shack" setup for your RV

    That is exactly what I did in my last trailer. It worked very well. The Tarheel is on the van right now, but due to be transferred to our full-time rig, probably a Class A DP, whenever we find the right one. Before that, I had an S3 43' collapsible fiberglass ground-mount vertical. Collapsed size was about 5 1/2'. Easy to put up, easy to stow, but can be tough to find enough area to spread the radials. Boondocking only, would never try that in a campground... -Jim W7JLL
  11. OregonJim

    Toilet Problem-Too Small

    One foot down to hold the valve open, one hand to plug nose for the duration, and good aim. -Jim
  12. That is a good point. The DMV is not an enforcement agency. Years ago, I purchased a motorcycle on a whim. I learned how to ride as a kid, but realized (after I bought it) that I had never bothered to get my motorcycle endorsement. So I made an appointment to take the test at the DMV, and I asked them if it was legal to ride my motorcycle to the DMV to take the test. They told me that they were not an enforcement agency, and to "try and not get caught". Since then, I treat what the DMV says as not necessarily the same as what a LEO (or judge) would say. -Jim
  13. OregonJim

    5th Wheel vs Travel Trailer

    One thing that I hardly ever see mentioned, and what tipped us toward a motorhome rather than a 5er, is mileage. With a motorhome and toad, the mileage you rack up on the motorhome is only going from point A to point B. Then the toad is used for all the sight-seeing and running around. The motorhome might see 7k mi/yr, while the toad can easily exceed 25k mi/yr. With a 5er, the tow vehicle racks up ALL that mileage - 30k+. Not so much of an issue with a diesel rig, but certainly worth considering if you're going gas. -Jim
  14. OregonJim

    New RV - let's have some FUN here!!!

    This is one of the first things I put on my to-do list in case we purchase new. And here I was thinking I thought of it all by myself. -Jim
  15. One thing that is very important (Kirk already said it, and I'm repeating it) - make sure you get a good 3rd party inspection on any used rig BEFORE you sign on the dotted line. While I'm not going to be a full-timer until next year, I have purchased a number of used trailers over the years and done an extensive amount of camping and travelling with them. The only ones I didn't have inspected were the ones that cost less than $5k (it wouldn't have been cost effective) - but those I still inspected myself with a fine-toothed comb. Plus, they were for camping - I wasn't planning to use them as my home. The only other thing I'd mention is that I've been researching brands and customer satisfaction trends / complaints for many years, and ONE of the two manufacturers that you mentioned has gotten enough negative "noise", consistently, that I (personally) would not consider them. I'm not going to name names because it is not my intention to bash anyone - just do your due diligence in researching beyond just the "specs". -Jim