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  1. HERO Maker is offline at the moment, but if he saw this post I'm sure he would mention COMMERCIAL RV INSURANCE is astronomical, and premiums increase exponentially each year. Carriers frequently decide after covering the big RVs for a year that they are going to drop them altogether, so it's always a shifting search. *** I don't have the specifics on the numbers at the moment, but if our most recent policy premium is as I remember, it would underwrite our space rent at our current park for 13 MONTHS, not including our monthly electric bill.
  2. CEEMINOR, This thread might be helpful. Start with first post, even though the link opens near the end of the thread. Enjoy the read: http://www.rvnetwork.com/topic/130797-no-power-on-dometic-fridge-model-rm-2652/?tab=comments#comment-937589
  3. We signed up with Escapees mail service in Livingston in July 2008 when we left our stick and brick. We have been so happy with their service. In all that time the mail only got screwed up one time and it wasn't Escapees; the substitute mailman for the day wasn't aware that the house being framed didn't belong to the pre-existing mailbox and he didn't deliver the mail. All the Escapees help has been outstanding for all the years on the road. Whether it's membership, mail service or the forum, the motto ought to be "Don't leave home without it."
  4. One of our favorite ways to find places to stay when heading out to new territory is through a site called RV Park Reviews. I just checked the Iink and it looks like the name has changed to Campground Reviews. http://www.campgroundreviews.com Search the area where you'd like to visit and a number of choices will come up, along with nearby towns to explore further. The reviews are written by people who've stayed on site, and their opinions reflect what they value at a campground. You can tell pretty quickly if you'd like to explore a place further. The other nice feature is that many reviews will reference the campground's website and often you will find an satellite map to get a feel whether your rig will fit or not, how to approach the entrance, etc. I'm sure other Escapees will recommend their favorite websites they use to plot their next stay. This is just the first we consult when checking out a completely new area. Many sites will offer discounts if you stay a week or a month at a time. Have fun on your new adventure. We've been full-time since 2008. It's a great way to live.
  5. I discovered drain flies in the shower and found this interesting website: https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com. The home page has tons of links by pest category which lead to further help to identify what specifically you are dealing with. Here is one of the links on fly categories: https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/fly-table-summary.html You can also search midges, fruit flies, biting flies, gnats and more. This is a product they recommend for drain flies, safe for RVs and septic. "InVade Bio Drain Gel combines citrus oil and premium microbes in formulation thick enough to coat the insides of drains allowing it to eliminate odors and eat through scum. When first using InVade Bio Drain apply every other day for the first week and then continue to use once a week afterwards." https://www.domyown.com/invade-bio-drain-p-352.html The 4th question in Q & A specifically is about RV use, with a tip to follow up with HOT water after it sits overnight. Also "pet safe if used as directed." Many reviews on amazon said it worked with only one or two applications. I know this discussion is about the black tank system, and I'm working with the grey, but I'd call the people at Do Your Own Pest Control to see what they recommend for that specific application. The price seems to vary even on the website and in their store, where it was cheaper than the link I gave you above. Check elsewhere, too. Good luck and keep us posted. I'd like to know how you resolve the issue. Boiling water, bleach, vinegar and soda...nothing's worked with these stubborn things living in the shower drain. I'll be ordering some Invade Bio after we're settled at our next stop. One more link, same source: How To Get Rid Of Drain Flies: "Drain Flies are also called moth flies, sewer flies or filter flies." https://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/drainflies.htm
  6. I like stackable rubbermaid tubs. Will check the label when we park today. We have a variety of sizes - some of which have lasted more than 10 years. Heat, cold, humidity isn't an issue and if the contents went in dry they stay dry. They can bear the weight of either another box on top, or even our little grill without cracking or caving in. The lid is deep, and the lip keeps things from sliding around or related little doodads from rolling off. From size to size the lids are interchangeable. Looks like Rubbermaid's quit making roughneck boxes, but you may be able to find some still in retail stores. The newer Sterilite has held up better than I expected. I have a few smaller, clear boxes for speciality items, but some lids on larger boxes cracked or caved in a stack. Some of their lids are more molded now like the old rubbermaid and have held up better. I still go with rubbermaid if I can find them, and only use clear boxes where they will not be part of a stack. Bottom line, look for tough, waterproof, stackable, and sizes that vary in height rather than footprint (or two of the same brand in small fit crosswise on the lid of a large, etc.). I'd also get a few basics, but you will want to buy your totes and bins once you have your rig. It's easier to get your groups of stuff together and then buy the bin to fit, i.e., all your laundry/floor cleaning supplies, all the bathroom supplies, pet stuff, hoses, little plumbing doodads, bungies and ties, etc. Some of the smaller clear boxes are related to the last items that my hubs wouldn't find if he couldn't see them - and they go in a separate spot just for him... no major stacks in the basement. There are some clear stackables with locks where the bottom of the upper box is the lid for the lower box. They come about 3 or 4 layers high. That works for some of the hub's little things that he needs to hook up as soon as we land somewhere. It resides in a cubby on the truck and he doesn't have to move anything to get to it. We're rolling now; will take a photo or two when we get settled later.
  7. Pyrex, Corningware, and regular metal bakeware work fine in my convection mic. Haven't used a regular oven for 10 years. I also bake at the temp called for in recipes and just set a timer at 10 and 5 minutes early to check for doneness.
  8. Here is the publication Social Security sent. It's a .pdf or I would post the link: What You Need to Know When You Get Retirement or Survivors Benefits Social Security Administration | Publication No. 05-10077 ICN 468300 | Unit of Issue — HD (one hundred) January 2018 (Recycle prior editions) Produced and published at U.S. taxpayer expense On page 5 there is an interesting section on what you must report to the government. Here is just a little highlight of many: Let us know if you plan to go outside the United States for a trip that lasts 30 days or more. Tell us the name of the country or countries you plan to visit and the date you expect to leave the United States. We’ll send you special reporting instructions and tell you how to arrange for your benefits while you’re away. Be sure to let us know when you return to the United States. Here is an excerpt from page 4 of the same booklet: "How we’ll contact you We usually mail you a letter or notice when we want to contact you, but sometimes a Social Security representative may come to your home. Our representative will show you identification before talking about your benefits. If you ever doubt someone who says they’re from Social Security, call the Social Security office to ask if we sent someone to see you. And remember, Social Security employees will never ask you for money to have something done."
  9. Thank you First Responders! Love to hear your cat stories. Hearing how you've handled chronic issues is minimizing my initial Shock and Awe Sh*&%#~t! I could hardly talk for 30 minutes after that first diagnosis and prognosis (max 3 months if left untreated). Thankfully we caught it early and she's NOT underweight, even though she was dropping weight fast. Kitty begs for cheese but rarely eats it unless she sees it come right out of my sandwich in a 1/4" x 1/4" piece. Too bad we can't hide that pill in a potato chip. LOL. Liverwurst sounds like a great plan ~ at least I like it if she doesn't, unlike the 6 or 7 flavors of open cans of cat food in the fridge. Was pretty desperate trying to find something she'd eat after she quit the Hills kd fare. She's starting to look better after a week of eating again. Turns out there's a lot of discussion among vets on the right amount of protein for senior cats with renal issues, but I can tell you her "no protein" diet wasn't working. Will try the other gymnastics, er.... pilling techniques this weekend before the cat sitter takes over Wednesday. He is one of the few sitters she likes and maybe the cuddle technique will work. I found a compound pharmacy (closed today) that may make up an ointment for the sitter to apply in her ear while I'm gone. We'll see. As for stink-eye, I've been giving her a water chaser via syringe before I let her go, followed immediately by kitty crack (Party Mix). She might grumble a bit munching on snacks, but at least I don't have to see the stink-eye. LOL Dollytrolley, thanks for the comments on the radiation. I may track back at a later date. The vet tech had it done for her "Leo" two years ago and he's been fine since. She did say the specialty vet keeps the patient a week and then sends the radioactive cat home. BUT you are not supposed to spend a lot of time with the cat for a week... gloves for box duty, etc. I don't know how we'd manage that in a fiver unless we all wore hazmat suits. I don't want to get stopped or held at the border as a radiological undesirable. We don't take the rig to Mexico, but we travel back and forth a lot in the pickup. 2gypsies: Thanks for the lead on Wheeling It blog. Love Nina's style and appreciated her research and great links to more resources. Bookmarked several pages and will go back often. Here is a helpful page she linked to on the clinic they used for the radiation treatment for their cat Taggart. How awesome to have a Kitty cam to watch your sweetie in post-treatment quarantine: RVr's blog re their experience with radiation treatment for their cat They show it's doable in an RV and it looks like Taggart just moved to France with them 2 years after treatment. Here are more details for future Escapees looking into radiation treatment: Cornell vets explain feline hyperthyroidism & treatment options One thing at a time. This issue is new news and I have a short window to solve the pill problem before I have to leave her for nearly a week. I'll be back after a few days just to do the sub Q treatment and then head back to Mexico for the rest of the week. Thanks for your stories and advice. I really appreciate all you've shared and find great comfort among those who get what we're going through. ~Sheri & Kitty
  10. What do you know? My husband said we could do that with ours, too! Does it turn itself off when the power comes back on?
  11. I think the pill popper is going to be a finger saver! LOL
  12. Any tips on the easiest way to give a cat a small pill? I'm hoping to find something to hide it in so she'll just eat it. I tried the chicken flavored "greenie" but she chewed the empty sample up. The second one had the pill and she spit the first bite right out and wouldn't even eat the "pill-less" leftover as a snack. I've had success with a pill popper but don't want to make the pet sitter learn that trick. As an update, we've been doing sub Q fluids almost a year now and the vet just said her kidney disease numbers are better than when we started. The bad news is she's just developed hyperthyroidism. The pill is the best treatment for our situation right now, but there are other options available to consider. Have you had to deal with your cat's hyperthyroidism? Has anyone gone the radiation route? Thanks for your help and sharing your experience, friends. ~Sheri and Kitty BTW: 100 tablets of 2.5 mgs of Felimazole ran $30 at the vet; $23 at http://drsfostersmith.com; $13 at http://vetrxdirect.com. So hoping NO ONE needs that factoid.
  13. In 10 years we've never been charged for Kitty, but when asked we tell them we have a cat. I like the manager to know she's in here in case of some emergency. It rarely happens, but sometimes power goes out in our park on high-demand days when it's super hot. If we're away from the rig, I'd like a call if that happens. Yesterday (June 8), it was 90 degrees at 8 pm INSIDE the fiver after towing all day through south Texas. It could be that and more in no time if the electricity goes out mid-day here at the border in the summer. If I can't get back quickly to rescue Kitty, the manager knows how to get her out. Our pet sitter also lives onsite and knows the emergency plan. Just something to think about when deciding whether or not to tell management that you have a cat in the rig.
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