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  1. SnowGypsy

    Retired Pastor Housing Allowance

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. SnowGypsy

    RV Inspection

    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.
  7. SnowGypsy

    RV Lots The Original SKP Ranch

    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.
  8. SnowGypsy

    Excel Travel Trailers

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. SnowGypsy

    What brand?

    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.
  11. SnowGypsy

    What brand?

    With older units, the maintenance and the way they were used play a very big role. Find something that you really like, and it makes the "hiccups" easier to deal with. Also, visit the owners' forums and look for ones that are active as they are an excellent resource for information when it comes to buying and maintaining, especially when it comes to "orphan" units. Also, often even in the best of coaches, there is a year or two where they had issues, and the forums are the best place to learn about this.
  12. Kirk: Thank you. The programs here do a quite a few outings and things our son would enjoy. Not an easy decision, but thinking long term.......... Our son really isn't interested in seeing and doing the things we do, no surprise as we are the "boring" parents. He has been rolling his eyes at us for awhile now. Thank you, Trostberg, I wasn't aware of The Care Center doing that. Kansas has a layer of snow this morning! Very cold and supposed to be 12 degrees tonight, so I guess we could be a lot of places other rvers would avoid. We know about "winter" rving!
  13. SnowGypsy

    Buying Advice

    I would not consider a Scamp or Casita even the other molded fiberglass travel trailers with the exception of BigFoot. Freezing weather is tough, and "4 season" can be misleading as "4 seasons where?". If you aren't familiar with this free online magazine, it is good resource for info on Truck Campers: https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/ Most of the truck campers are heavy enough that the cost of the truck to hold them is just sky high. With a truck camper, would getting your dog inside be an issue? The R-Pod and those similar will shake apart under rough conditions. Older R-Pods were better than the newer ones, but that applies to many of the RVs on the market. I, myself, would avoid Forest River products, been there and done that, and also a forum member there still. If you aren't aware of this forum, they might have some better ideas as what direction to take: https://expeditionportal.com/forum/ Before purchasing a unit, try to join the owner's forum for that particular unit. There is some real junk out there. A problem here or there is OK, but some of the manufacturers don't seem to have a clue what they are doing or try to cut corners to be competitive and the quality suffers.
  14. Our first interest would be in the co-ops as they appear to be a much more economical choice, and we wouldn't mind pitching in with whatever help we could when we were there. Some of the parks definitely price us out when it comes to purchase. Linda H: We had our eye on the Deming ERPU because of the location, but the ERPU was discontinued there a few years ago. I had called, but they didn't really give a reason as to why. We really liked that idea of the 5 year renewable lease. We have decided to try to find a suitable residential situation for our son. He appears to be for the idea, so taking on that task next week.
  15. I visited most of the websites (Summerdale does appear to be a good location). The 3rd adult, our son, is a problem with some, Benson being one of them, Pair-Of-Dice another - probably most co-ops. One had a 7 year waiting list of those that actually addressed the subject on their website. Reminder that there is a big discussion about "The Ranch" with a lot of details and links here: http://www.rvnetwork.com/topic/128329-rv-lots-the-original-skp-ranch/ Top picks for us would be "The Ranch" and Summerdale. Wish we could leave today! I am surprised that the SKP Co-ops & Rainbow Parks don't get much discussion here. Thanks to everyone for participation!