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  1. vermilye

    Walmart vs. Amazon

    If you want a real challenge, get a package delivered to Quartzsite, AZ. No deliveries to street addresses (even for the few permanent residents), and FedEx & UPS won't deliver to a BLM site (if they could find you). The Post Office general delivery window is only open for a couple of hours per day with a long line (in winter). The solution is to have packages sent to Quiet Times, a business that receives packages for a small fee. Even then, the addressing must be exact or it will never get delivered...
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    Free eBooks

    While I now have and use a Kindle Paper White, I stuck with paper books for years. I still do at least half my reading on paper - I trade books at campground laundries & libraries, hit the used book stores, often trading at them. Most offers a 2 for one trade on books. I can't pass a used book stall at Quartzsite!
  3. It depends on the McDonalds. I tried to upload some photos at the Shiprock McDonalds in NM during a trip & it was no go. Forty miles away in Cortez, CO it only took seconds. I've found most of them quite fast, however since adding an AT&T Mobley & a Verizon Unlimited (not really) plan, I have rarely used McDonalds. I don't do hundreds of GB per month, but often hit 45 - 50GB without streaming.
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    National Park Week free admission

    The pass did go up to $80.00, but you can purchase a 1 year Senior Pass for $20.00. Do that 4 times (I believe in a row, but not sure) and it turns into the standard $80.00 Senior Pass.
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    Suggestions of must see's on a road trip from Houston to New York

    So many choices! I'l just add my favorite state park - Ricketts Glen in Northeast Pennsylvania. 2 dry campgrounds (bathrooms with showers) a lake, and my favorite - 5-6 miles of cascading streams, including 22 waterfalls on a loop hike within the park. Some photos from my visits.
  6. The Chandler, AZ post office page is different from some others, and you are right - it doesn't show general delivery as a service. An example of one that works the way I described is for Deming, NM. Their (and others) home page has the link to "Services Offered at This Site). Sorry about Chandler...
  7. I don't know if it works for all of them, but every post office I've looked up doing a google search has a link on their home page "Services Offered at this Location". Click on it & it shows if they have General Delivery.
  8. vermilye

    Wifi booster? or antenna? help!

    Here is one of the better ones.
  9. As of 12:20PM, on Sunday, 1/21, both the water fill & dump stations at La Posa South are open. (There were 17 RVs in line for the dump).
  10. I'm in LaPosa West LTVA (BLM at Quartzsite) and no one has stopped by to tell me to leave!
  11. Since this is the week the "Big Tent" show opens in Quartzsite, the number of RVs in the nearby LTVAs has increased by large numbers. When I arrived in November I was the only trailer in my section of LaPosa West; now there are hundreds. While I was told by one of the volunteers that they will not be chasing people out of the LTVAs if there is a shutdown, obviously the rules can change. I do know that there are enough RVs here that if they started chasing them out, it would take days just to get them out the entrances. As Linda said, LaPosa South is well water, however last year they did go to alternate days during the busiest part of the season to let the well recover.
  12. vermilye

    State Veteran's Benefits

    Some benefits are even at the town level. I get a 30% reduction in town taxes as a Viet Nam combat vet.
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    How does your state rate for taxes?

    Have to agree with Dutch - I have a 1200 sq ft house on the shore of Lake Ontario in a small town in upstate NY, and with the senior exemptions, Viet Nam Combat exemption my combined property & school taxes are under $2000, and with a pension from a state university, no NY state income tax.
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    Mobley problems

    Mine has been running 24 hours per day (pin 4 & 16 only) without resets for the last two weeks here at Quartzsite...
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    Horst Miracle Probes

    Since I've only had the Escape 21 since August, I can't give a qualified opinion. My previous trailer, an Escape 17 rarely gave correct levels on the black & gray tanks using the standard probes, but so far the new trailer has been accurate. I think Reace (the owner of Escape Trailer Industries) got tired of complaints about the indicators using standard probes & switched to cut down the whining! They provide excellent customer service...