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Kirk W

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  1. No doctor statement of any kind is needed.
  2. You are probably thinking of the thermister that senses temperature for the controls, but moving iit about won't do anything for this problem.
  3. Welcome to the forums! No physical exam or medical statement of any kind is needed.
  4. I would call that smart, not lucky. Most of us don't really think much about retiring until we get close to the age where our friends and coworkers are leaviing. I was fortunate in that my dad was 35 when I was born and he was still working at 70, when he cautioned me about putting a plan in action to be able to retire. Dad was farming when SS was introduced and so didn't become part of it until 1957. It isn't so much what your plan is as it is that you have a plan and work with the plan. Life has no guarantees and neither do plans, but your are much more likely to succeed if you have some goals and a plan to reach them.
  5. Welcome to the Escapee forums. Sorry that your refrigator pushed you here but we will do all we can to help. Your symptoms sound like a loss of refrigerant problem and your refrigerator being 13 years old, it is a strong possibility. Open the outside access cover and look for any signs of yellow residue of any kind or any odor of amonia. Either of those will indicate a leak from the cooling unit. In addition, make sure that the air path for venting the air through the refrigerator is all cleal and not obstructed, especially up near the top outlet. You can boost the heat removal process by placing a small fan where it will blow into the lower opening and thus increase the air flow through the refrigerator and see if that helps. While the refrigerator takes several hours for cooling to reach normal operating levels in the interior for the refrigerator, I suspect that you already know that and have had it on for some time? We might be able to help a little bit more if you tell us what model your Dometic is.
  6. Welcome to the Escapee forums! Sounds like you are heading in the right direction, so I'll just continue to observe.
  7. The only thing that I can find on the subject from Seaflow is for the spray pump the say to mount it with the motor up to prevent water from ever enteriing the motor.
  8. I suggest that you visit the Polk County Assessor's page and get your information or give them a call. They are used to doing this sort of thing and will have answers. Phone: 936-327-6801 Fax: 936-327-6885
  9. Welcome to the Escapee forums! Do you carry all of those in an RV? I did once see a woodshop of that type that was set up in a fifth wheel, toy hauler.
  10. I don't belong to any of the park groups but I hear by far the most positive comments about Thousand Trails.
  11. You are correct! Chadron state park is also a nice park with many campsites, but Ft. Robinson is the one that I should have linked to. Thanks!
  12. Welcome to the Escapees RV Club forums! There are several companies that rent RVs here in the USA and by far the largest of them would be Cruise America. I suspect that the second largest such company would be El Monte RV Rental. You should also consider RV Share and Outdoorsy. I have no personal experience with any of these companies, but hear them mentioned or see their rented RVs frequently on the road. Some other companies that you may wish to check out are: USA RV Rental - Offers a simple, three-step booking process Apollo RV Rentals - Great for travelers who want flexibility Cruise America - With 121 locations across America, itโ€™s a convenient choice El Monte RV - Huge selection and can help you plan your trip Motorhome Republic - Perfect for travelers who want all the included services Expedition Motor Homes - Can even get motorhomes delivered to your home or office Road Bear RV Rentals and Sales - Plenty of winter specials Motorhome Bookers - No-frills but great prices Camper Rentals USA - Great option for people wanting to explore California RV Rentals USA - Family owned and operated, but still plenty of RVs to choose from The most difficult part of your plan will be to find an RV that has separate private compartments for two pairs of adults. Very few RVs are built with separate bedrooms and only the largest will allow any significant amount of privacy. My suggestion is that you find ways to work around that requirement. Sleeping space for your group is easy to find but with only 1 private bedroom while the other would share space with the children. Each of those parks offer a great deal to see but it would be very difficult to see all three in only 2 weeks time. All 3 parks aslo are best visited in the summer months and they are all very busy in summer and so would need reservations to stay inside of the park. It would be possible to see both Grand Canyon and Yosemite in two weeks but to add Yellowstone would be problematic because of the distance involved. You could visit Yellowstone, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain national parks in that time period with perhaps a few other stops in the trip. I suggest that you narrow the field of where you wish to go first, then let us know and we can help a great deal to fill in with suggestions of thiings to see along the way. If you were to travel from Yellowstone NP to Rocky Mountain NP in Juy, there is a huge rodeo for 9 days in Cheyenne Wyo. that could be a good intermediate stop in route. There are many other possible things that could be included in your trip based on the area that you select and the time of year that you visit.
  13. Now if you manage to achieve that you will have acomplished much! Part of the problem is the proximity of the alarm to the stovetop in many RVs. If the rental RV has a range hood you can probably succeed, but if it doesn't you will have a major challenge. We still set ours off from time to time. The key is to know how you get the battery out before you cook much.
  14. Kirk W

    Sewer hatch seal

    Steel wool is quite fragil and flexible. I have used it for years and never had it puncture anything. Remember that there is a reason it is called wool.
  15. I don't think that the state even considers if anyone is a fulltmer. The issue is if they have a permanent, physical address in the state or county.
  16. We very much agree with your thoughts! I left at the very earliest that my employer would give me retirement without penalty (age 57) and that has now been almost 20 years ago. We started to draw our social security at the age of 62 and that too was, for us the right decision. Yes, we would have more money if we had waited, but we would have missed out on so many wonderful experiences that we will always remember from those extra yeas. Remember that the only thing you have which once gone can never be recovered or replaced is time. Use it well as yours will run out far more quickly than you think!
  17. The best place to learn about the Escapee camping options is to visit the RV Parking pages and check out each of the different choices there. The Rainbow parks are the ones actually owned by the Escapees organization and they give members a significant discount (typically about 20-25% on all visits. Then are the co-op parks that were started by Escapees but as memberships were bought the ownership passed to those members and each one now manages its self and they maintain loose ties to the club. Next is the discount directory where the parks are not owned or in any way tied to the club but they give members a discount, some 15% on all stays and others 50% but for a limited number of nights. The last section is the "day's end directory" which is a listing of free or inexpensive places to stop for a night and it is maintained by a club member for a small fee and is compiled from the Day's End listings that are published in each issue of the magazine.
  18. A week is hardly enough to test several lifestyles. I don't think that you should even think that is what you are doing but rather that you will be familiarizing yourself with RV travel. Keep in mind that there are many, many different ways of living in an RV and that the choices are only limited by your imagination. Since you are in Florida, I would agree with what Linda suggested and do so knowing that you will only scratch the surface and mostly learn about the RV. Being in FL you have access to a very wide range of RV park facilities and what amenities will be depends to some degree on the time of year that you choose to take the week trip. The Everglades NP has some great camping oportunities for getting away from the city but Florida has nothing to match the Bureau of Land Management's LTVA's where you are truely away from all city, and no remote areas like the national forests of the west where you may not even see any other RVs. With only a week to spend, do not try to cram in too much or it will be all work and little or no play. This life is supposed to be fun so make sure that you choose some things which will be. This is to be a trial run and not an endurance test.
  19. Most people who are into that sort of thing consider the baby boomers to be those who were born between 1946 and 1964. I am aware that nowadays that BOF will accept pretty much anyone who wishes to join, but that was not always the case in the early days. Also, at least in the beginning it also hinged around a gathering on the deserts near Quartzsite, which has never been on our favorites list.
  20. Welcome to the Escapee forums and to the RV club as well, Amy! We are here to help so feel free to ask questions in any of the foums or just visit to comment. Under TX laws the mail service address is legal for all purposes but there are some companies that are reluctant to do so and that is especially true if you are dealing with them outside of Texas. If you move your business interests to Livingston, you will find that all of the business and professional people there understand what we do and how we do it. In addition, if you contact the Escapees office, they can often help you to deal with the companies who don't understand.
  21. I have no idea. If you want one you might contact the Dream Catcher RV Park and ask them. The web does show them as having leases available but their page doesn't show any rates for a lease.
  22. If you route near to Chadron, NE you should spend at least a night at Chadron State Park, which is one of the most intact of the Indian war ear forts.
  23. Some of us predate that group as well. Perhaps we need a chapter of the over the hill gang? ๐Ÿ˜„
  24. Kirk W

    Cozy Travler

    Welcome to the Escapee forums! I am not familiar with the brand and while I found some information about the company that comes from 2009/2011, nothing recent. I did find a company called Cozy Cruiser out of Oregon and old information on Cozy Traveler in Goshen, IN. If you can give us a bit more information about it we might find more.
  25. I went looking for information on the 1999 Endeavor and the HR website has downloadable owner's manuals, but only back to 2004, which is about when they became part of Monaco. In looking through that one it really doesn't show enough to be sure, but it doesn't seem that it does so and that wasn't common back then. Our 1998 coach, to get around that on long term stops, I just mounted a Battery Minder near the battery for the chassis and permanently connected it to the battery and to 120V shore power so that it was there anytime that we were connected to shore power or had the generator running.
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