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  1. I have a Class C with the Ford engine, tranny, etc. I do the preventive maintenance items such as fluid changes, belt and hose checks, tire pressures and checks, alignments, batteries (engine and house), wiper blades, etc. My previous Class C was nominal maintenance until I started getting up there in miles. Then the tune-ups set in, seals and gasket changes, water pumps, etc. I budgeted for those items well in advance so when it came time, the money was already set aside and there. Hard part was finding a automotive place that would work on it since it was an RV. Many did not have the bays that would accommodate it.
  2. On behalf of the Military, Veterans, and Gold Star Families BOF, we wish all our US Veterans a Happy Veterans Day. To our Canadian veterans, we bid you a respectful Remembrance Day. To our the families of our veterans, we send you a huge THANK YOU for your support and sacrifices. Richard Strait, USN Retired Point of Contact - Military, Veterans and Gold Star Families Escapees Birds Of a Feather (BOF) group.
  3. Semper Fi Catfish From what I was told at a recent TFL Q&A, is that the TFL serves as a supplement to the Medicare Advantage Plan. The Medicare Advantage Plan becomes the primary insurance and pays first for the covered medical expenses. Then TFL pays afterwards. The representative said that many military retirees go with the TFL for the extra benefits it provides.
  4. I signed up for DirecTV Now via AT&T years ago. Fifty bucks a month and nearly 100 channels. As long as I streamed through the AT&T network, it was data free. In other words, it does not count as data use. That was the huge selling point for me. I open up the app on the smartphone, connect the phone to the Roku (Bluetooth), and have the Roku connected to the TV in the RV. Perfect! Stream as much TV as I want without worrying about data limits or being throttled down. Since DirecTV was bought by AT&T, things have changed. First, the price went up. Second, the price went up again and they took away channels. Third, another price hike and again channels removed from the package. Mostly local channels this time. Latest, another price hike. What started out as $50 for 100+ channels is now $75 for 60+ channels. I have not changed my package so I still get 80+ channels. I watch about a 16 of those 80+channels. Of those 16, just over half of those channels are not available with the current AT&T TV Now plans/packages. Not worth it anymore for me. Why pay $75 for the 16 channels I do watch. It is only a matter of time before the channels that I still have that are no longer included with the current packages are dropped for good. I am left wondering what happened to AT&T.
  5. Excellent reminder Kurt. We use the range vent every time we are using the stove, oven, or slow cooker. We also will open the window in the kitchen area. Fresh air is good.
  6. RVillage does not allow for file storage in their groups. That is a bummer for certain. I will be interested in hearing what you find besides Facebook. I am not a Facebook fan yet I know it seems the world evolves around it.
  7. RVillage could be a replacement. It does not have all the features that Yahoo! Groups have yet it is better than nothing.
  8. In the winter time I run a dehumidifier periodically. When the outside temps get cold enough, condensation will form in the RV. You will see it especially around the windows and can sometimes feel it on the walls. I do use DampRid when I am not running the dehumidifier. Best regards,
  9. Congrats on Full-timing. Along with the previous suggestions folks have mentioned, get some bug defenses set up. Bugs, especially those little sugar ants, love to walk up electrical, sewer, and water lines and into the rig. Stuff for wasp as well. If you do not have day/night shades, consider getting some automotive shades to help block out the sun in the warmer months. Your a/c will love you for it. Vent cushions for the interior help with reducing heating and cooling cost. Again, congrats on full-timing!
  10. Super C is what I am looking at to purchase in a few years. They are nice.
  11. No jam ups or dragging. There is a tail swing that I keep alert to when making turns. If there is a steep entrance or exit on the paved road, parking lot, or driveway then I take it at an angle to decrease the chance of the rear dragging. It does have bars on the frame underneath to protect everything should it bottom out. I do not try to force it into places.
  12. My wife and I full-time it in a 33 foot Class C. As the others have said, there are pros and cons for both. Make a list of what you must have in the RV and what you want in an RV. Make sure the unit you pick has the "must haves" and then some of the "wants." Find a floor plan that works for you. Remember, this is supposed to be enjoyable and fun. 🙂
  13. I used to place DampRid in the RV when storing it in the winter. It worked very well. DampRid is available at most stores such as WalMart, Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, Target, etc.
  14. Hello everyone, The Military, Veterans, and Gold Star Families Birds Of a Feather (BOF) has members helping at two different Wreaths Across America locations. They are the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley Nevada and the Michigan Veterans Cemetery in Grand Rapids Michigan. If you already know you will be in one of those areas and wish to help out, please let the BOF know. If you wish to volunteer at a different area then please let us know that too. Best regards, Richard "Doc" Point of Contact for the Military, Veterans, and Gold Star Families BOF Escapees BOF - Military, Veterans, and Gold Star Families Blog
  15. Yes, there is still a RVillage. Some groups on it are very active. Others, well, they are collecting dust and spider webs.
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