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  1. I think it depends on how accessible your Aqua Hot system is. One of my friends comes out bloody after every encounter with his. But, he's dealing with a broken system not just annual maintenance. Linda
  2. Our daughter, also an OTR driver, went the other way. She bought a house and land in Montana but it is as close to boondocking as you can get while owning such. She's totally off grid and as far from a mass of people as she can get. She loves driving, but she also loves privacy. I suspect that need for privacy is one of the things that makes her love driving--all those hours alone in the cab. Linda
  3. My first thought was to wonder if you've ever had a 4-wheel weigh done? It could be a load problem although this is a pretty extreme situation. Linda
  4. Not obvious to me. Lots of rigs have that capability once you learn how to conserve water. I used public facilities to shower once and said, "Done with that." After that it was sponge baths daily with showers (in my conversion van) only once a week. Most boondockers learn tricks like that quickly. Linda
  5. While I agree with this the original question was a bout flexibility not longeveity. Linda
  6. Water & sewer on the land but you didn't mention electricity. If not, I'd start with a bid for that. Our daughter was frustrated to find out what bringing in electricity would cost. Linda
  7. My theory is that Roadtrek 1 wishes he was on the road full-time. So he feeds questions to us to keep him entertained when he's stuck in his stix n brix. Since many of us seem to find his questions entertaining I don't see that as a bad thing. Even though I do get frustrated with him sometimes. Linda
  8. We once owned a mobile home in Texas. It was the most affordable housing in the small town where we were stationed. We lost a lot of money on it when the park in Minnesota we were having it moved to when Dave was discharged from the Army rented our lot to someone else leaving us with no place to park it thus making us have to sell the home. Somehow that park found a spot for our buyer, though. That was back in 1970. Apparently things have not improved since then. Linda
  9. I guess all those years we had a tent camper or a VW camper we were part timers although we didn't think of ourselves that way. During part of those years we were members of the National Campers and Hikers Association and camped with that group once a month spring through fall. Also during part of that time we had a membership in Coast to Coast and camped at our home park frequently but didn't find their parks to be convenient when traveling. When we decided to go full time we discovered Escapees, joined this organization, and camped with this group at random intervals. When we moved back into an apartment I became a part timer again, going south for winters and making great use of a membership in a park that was part of the Colorado River Association. Now we are done with that type of traveling so we have no RV and no memberships. Life changes. All of it was good. But, I agree that when we were part timers at the beginning we had no idea what it would be like to be a full timer. You simply cannot know what you have not experienced. You can know a lot about camping and traveling but you can't know what it means to not have a home base as long as you have always had one. Linda
  10. True. But having a bug out bag near your closest exit is also a good thing. I may be wrong but I think you generally have time to grab it on your way out the door or to throw it out the bedroom window. RVs do burn rather fast, though, so leave the bag if that's what you need to do to get people out. Linda
  11. Maybe they are new and still afraid to back their rig?
  12. Maybe their hookup connections are on the wrong side?
  13. People seem to have two reasons for parking backwards. One is to get the view from their front windows. The other is to face a friend's rig to share the space between. Obviously, the second was not tru in your situation. So, was the back view of a lake or ocean? In either case, sorry to have to tell you this but inconsiderate people don't care what you think. Linda
  14. I live in Minnesota and stored my conversion van outside in the winter with no problems. I'd buy that rig quickly if I was currently in the market. It's lovely. Linda Sand
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    The RV Consumer Group's ratings are helpful to know but need to be treated as a guide rather than a limit. People full time in every type of rig out there including tent campers. It's all what YOU are willing to live with. Life itself is a compromise. Linda Sand
  16. One way to practice driving is to have your partner drive it to a rest area on a freeway then you drive it to the next rest area. Pull through parking spots in rest areas are great for learning because all you have to do is drive. Nothing says you have to learn all the steps at once. Backing can come much later. Linda
  17. I was t-boned. A dash cam would not have helped in that situation. Just something else to think about. Linda
  18. Very few couples feel comfortable living full time in less than 30 feet. We did it but we are odd. The RV Driving School will teach you to be comfortable driving the one you have now which is cheaper than trading multiple times looking for one that works for you. https://www.rvschool.com Linda Sand
  19. While I'm having fun looking at lightweight rigs, this knowledge would really be helpful if we are to truly help you instead of just playing around. Linda
  20. One advantage of the Ailiner is the hardtop and sides lets you camp in bear country. When we had our tent camper we were turned away from a campground in Yellowstone National Park. Linda Sand
  21. If you're primarily looking for a bed off the ground, you might want to Google "Motorcycle camping trailers". They tend to have a bed in the body of the trailer then a tent room that extends from one side. You can then put a cargo carrier on top of the trailer for the gear you can't fit into your Subaru. We bought a lightweight aluminum roll-up table from REI that would make a good base for a kitchen unit in the tent part. Linda
  22. Unless it is a grease fire. Water spreads a grease fire. The best "media" for a grease fire is putting a lid on the pan.
  23. When you work in a house, you can only write off your working space if you don't use it for anything else. I would think that means you can only write off the portion of your RV that is your jewelry bench. I'm not a tax specialist so I agree you really need to find someone competent now! Linda
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