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  1. Welcome to the Escapees Forum!!! Here is a link to a topic that discussed locating Veterinary services while on the road.
  2. I reread the new terms of service and do not see any mention of "vacation stop" or suspension of services. I don't believe these are considered "cancellations" of service. I just suspended my DTV service until February. My current bill shows a balance as it has in the past when I suspended service. I do not know if the fact that I do not have a contract and own my equipment makes a difference or not. Only time will tell what happens in February as I understand that there will be changes to the SD programming about that time also.
  3. I agree, but it may also work on those it is not intended for. Discharging any aerosol in a confined space like inside an RV may contaminate the whole area and anyone in it. There are pepper spray and other chemical self defense products that emit a fog and others that emit a stream. A stream is less likely then a fog to contaminate non-target areas in a confined space, but it will splash. It takes some practice to consistently hit the target with a stream and there are practice canisters available. The agency that I worked for included exposure to the chemical agents as part of the training required to carry and use them. Picture receiving a bear hug from an assailant with a shirt soaked with pepper spray. The purpose was so that there was no surprise in the affect of exposure and to create the survival mindset that even if exposed, one could continue to defend self and others. Many items can be used as a baton for self defense. It takes training to know where to strike and practice to be able to reliably hit the target area. The use of a baton can be considered deadly force depending on where on the body it is used to strike. So, education/training is something to consider.
  4. If the animal is recovered, it may take time for the testing to confirm that the animal had rabies. There is a window of up to several days to start treatment. Post exposure treatment involves multiple injections, usually at a doctor's office. If you are concerned about and feel you are at risk of exposure to rabies, talk to your doctor. You may be able to get pre-exposure treatments that will reduce the number of post exposure treatments required. During my working years, I had both pre-exposure and post exposure rabies treatments and never went to an ER to get them.
  5. In addition to activities that the resort may have, most communities have opportunities to get involved. State Parks, National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges often have volunteer programs for the local community and often have friends groups that organize volunteer activities, run book stores and conduct other fund raising activities. As mentioned, Habitat for Humanity has volunteer opportunities for both the local community and RVers. Fraternal Organizations like the Elks, Moose, Jaycees and Rotary will welcome your participation. There may also be opportunities to volunteer at a local community/Senior Center.
  6. Go on line and log into your Direct TV account. Then check the guide to make sure the shows you want are available for viewing on line. I am not sure, but I don't think every show is available for viewing on line. I also think some may only be available after the initial on air showing. If your computer and TV have an HDMI port, you can hook the TV to the computer and get a larger picture and maybe better sound. I do it all the time rather than have a second Direct TV receiver.
  7. This is somewhat related to the DirectTv versus streaming discussion. For those that have a fixed satellite antenna and get caught in a situation where trees or other obstructions block the signal but there is a good Wifi or cellular data source, you can stream many shows and movies through the DirectTv website watch online feature. There are also some channels (Fox News is one) that let you watch live over the internet by logging into your DirectTv account. With the car connect in the truck, DW can watch on her tablet if she gets bored while I am driving. Yes it uses data if you connect by cellular, but is just another option to having TV when you might otherwise not. I believe Dish has something similar.
  8. For those over 65 that are on Medicare and haven't been keeping track; according to the Medicare Website the new cards are mailing NOW for South Dakota.
  9. Welcome to the Escapees Forum!! If you use the Recreation.gov website for federal facilities the length of the site is often included in the information provided when you click on the site on the map. This website often provides site size information for National Forest Service Campgrounds. For state parks, Reserve America often has site size information for each site. This is a post by forum member Zulu from another topic on the same subject. Again, Welcome to the Escapees Forum!!
  10. I am not arguing with you or any one else. A question was asked, I tried to provide an answer and links which you apparently did not like. Any changes to TX law should be included in the Texas Administrative Code which is why I posted the link to what appears to be the current version. The note at the bottom of the page states The note at the bottom of the section on Address states: I can find no evidence that Speights vs Willis was settled by the TX Supreme Court in October of 2002. The very opinion that you linked to is from not the Texas Supreme Court.
  11. Here is a link to what I believe is the current TX Administrative Code regarding establishing domicile for the purpose of obtaining a driver's license. Section (g), (2) states Here is a link to the section on Address. I can not find any other section/statement that specifically mentions use of a mail forwarder or that seems to apply specifically to full time RVers.
  12. In case anyone missed it, this was the same day that this thread was started. Despite the announced closing date of July 31, it sounds like mail was already being returned to the senders by the postal service at the time this thread was started.
  13. Putting slides out and leveling aside; I like to plug in right away to let the EMS do its thing and test the voltage, ground, etc. Nothing much more aggravating then getting setup and then finding that there is a problem with the power pedestal that requires a move.
  14. If there are any National Parks, State Parks, Corps of Engineers Lakes, National Forests or other public recreational facilities nearby; I would suggest that the Park District Supervisor talk to the Volunteer Coordinator at one or more of them. He also needs to talk to his agency's legal staff about things like liability for the volunteer's actions and work related injuries incurred by the volunteer(s). If the Park District workers are unionized, that would need to be another topic of discussion with the legal staff. Total dependence on volunteers can have its down side. Even if RV volunteers stay one whole season, there may be need for repeated recruitment and training. There is no guaranty that every volunteer will be any more dedicated, polite or knowledgeable than the current employees. Many public agencies that use RV volunteers also use volunteers from a Cooperating Association or Friends Group started by local residents. These groups are often tax exempt entities which in addition to recruiting and managing volunteers can raise funds to help with projects at the facility. I worked at facilities where some local volunteers had volunteered for more than 10 years. Some volunteered several days a week.
  15. I did experience battery swelling from the constant charging. I read that some jetpacks would run with a USB connection without a battery and some others could be hacked to do so. The use of a cradle amplifier also seemed to decrease jetpack battery life/increase swelling due to the heat produced by the amplifier. The USB modems with an external antennae port were at one time a popular solution to this problem. The modem had no battery and the antennae could be placed in/near a cradle amplifier. I am not sure that cell phones like constant charging from a USB either, but in my experience the speed when tethered to the router is consistently better than when connecting to the phone as a hotspot.
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