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  1. After years of staying in RV parks around the country, I would say that if one's main interest is finding women of any age to date, I just haven't seen that much of it. I think following the blogs of some of the younger full-time RVers might help one to understand the reality of the situation, although at your age, you are sort of between the younger set and the older set.(I believe age is more than just a number.) I think it is more likely that one would find dating material at a location out of the RV park maybe focused on activities that both enjoy, but how many women would be interested in dating someone that was "on the road", I am just not sure. Becky of https://interstellarorchard.com/ discussed this and although I searched for the article I couldn't find it right now. She mentioned that she always explained when dating that she was only in the area for a short time.
  2. They have laid off more than 800 employees, that has to be devastating! https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/erwin-hymer-financial-documents-paint-a-bleak-picture-1.4301697 I did notice at rvtrader that all of a sudden, several 2019s have been listed. I would be concerned about warranty although, as with other RVs, many items would be covered under separate manufacturer warranties. I cannot imagine that, if bought by someone else, that they would honor the warranties from Roadtrek/Hymer as that would be unusual for a company to do. Also, value if the units become "orphaned" would be questionable.
  3. Still not enough information to give any real advice, so my only suggestion is trying this website https://www.rv-camping.org/arizona/
  4. As someone who has always traveled with larger dogs, if you have larger ones, you may well run into limitations especially in retirement/snowbird locations (think 20 lbs with a limit of 2, etc.), so how many dogs and the sizes will definitely be in play with some of the parks. There can also be breed restrictions. Also, when saying "dog-friendly" it would be helpful to know exactly what one's definition is of that. I would avoid southern AZ in the summer as the desert is very hot, and when the AC goes off in an RV, temps rise very quickly. We lived in southern AZ for 6 years, but I still remember the experience well.
  5. https://www.drsfostersmith.com/pet-meds/foods-and-treats/rx-dog-food/ps/c/9547/31479/31480?cmpid=E-_-D-_-072618-_-C1 This could be another online resource. We haven't ordered prescription products, but have ordered many other items over the last couple of decades from them and been satisfied.
  6. I think this question would be best asked of a tax specialist. I think we will see many changes with the IRS coming up, so always check for the most recent info.
  7. Some RV dealers take names and RV desires and let the prospective buyers know when something comes in. With TTs and Class C, decent used smaller units are almost impossible to get because of their desirability. Doesn't hurt to ask if a dealer will take your name and what you are looking for and let you know when something comes in that might be a match.
  8. We have pouring over the reviews, and to sum it up, "They don't make them like they used to." It appears to be more "hit and miss" with most accepting that there will be problems, which is what I think drives the lack of quality control anymore. I think you are on the right track and have a sense of which are better constructed just by doing a walk-thru. Years ago, I got a book from Escapees about choosing an RV written by the founders of Escapees and one thing that always stuck with me was to look around for what basically amounts to sloppy work and avoid those units. Makes sense. Was really glad to hear about health issues being more controlled. Have followed you for decades now through the forum.
  9. There are natural alternatives to DampRid that can be "recharged" in the sun. We like those. Damp-Rid, with the exception of the ones that hang, can be messy and destructive when spilled. Well, we like ZipLoc, and it does keep spiders from invading. Everyone can use whatever they like, I just wanted to let people know about the ZipLoc as we were delighted when we discovered them. I have always been a "less is more" type person, so my experience may differ from others when it comes to storage among other things.
  10. We discovered the Ziploc which do have a gasket and love them. We get the 15 gallon WeatherShield, some in clear and a couple in the almost black. We order them online from Wal-Mart. They really lock down!
  11. I agree with Kirk. In NC, the mobile RV tech we used did onsite inspections, and he was very good. Myself, I would stay away from anyone who is just an "inspector" as that training alone just isn't enough to suit me. You might consider taking a checklist and doing a sort of preliminary check if you are somewhat familiar with RVs as something significant might show up that would let you know that you didn't want to pursue the sale any longer.
  12. Wow! Well, if we don't end up with a lot (and looks like our son may just have found his future home, so we may be real serious about finding something soon), I am glad for The Ranch. BigTexRex, you have been such an awesome source of information on The Ranch. Previously, I could find very little info. Got a product? Got to let people know about it. Thank you again.
  13. As you probably know, Peterson went out of business a few years ago. I have seen a number of units over the years as they were produced in KS. I did at one point look at their website, and never remember seeing a bunkhouse neither there or on the road. They may have did a "customized unit" but otherwise my guess is none exist. They were an awesome manufacturer like so many others that have went out of business. I don't believe they produced that many trailers, but the ones I have seen lately are still in tip top shape. I think most of their business was in 5th wheels also. I know they offered TTs, a couple of models, just before going out of business.
  14. Thank you, Smitty. I did not realize that a long waiting period would be only a couple of years in some cases, that really isn't that long. We have had no luck in finding a residential situation for our son. Looks like we'll continue to be campers rather than full-time rvers, but we love camping! There is a place in Kansas called Linn Valley Lakes, a gated community with deeded lots, nothing fancy that we may check out. Again, thanks everyone for contributing to this discussion.
  15. People tend to run into trouble when they don't realize how much something will cost to fix or replace, so it would be good to understand that before making a purchase. As others have said, definitely have it inspected, but that still won't predict when something older will fail. Also, I want to mention that I regularly price RVs of different types, and after every hurricane, I notice a big surge in units on the market with a closer look very often revealing black mold stains in the lower storage areas. Just be aware of that. The market is flooded with older motor homes, I would shop with that in mind as it can't be that easy to sell one, and the price should reflect it being a buyer's market.
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