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  1. I use a "New since last visit" link, so I didn't even notice where the OP posted. Do the demerits go on my "Permanent Record"?
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    Medicare Advantage Plan Recommendations?

    No referrals are needed with our UHC Advantage Plan, and we can see non-plan specialists at a higher co-pay. Our primary care doc for many years was already in-plan with UHC when we switched to them, so I don't know if we could have a non-plan primary or not at a higher co-pay. When my wife was in active cancer treatment several years ago, with UHC's help, we had no problem finding an oncologist in Florida that coordinated her treatments when we were there for the winter with her oncologist in upstate NY. We paid the same co-pay for both. I should mention for my self, that I also have the VA facilities available if I should need them at some point. And also keep in mind that we pay no other premium for our Advantage Plans beyond the standard Medicare premium that we all pay. We do pay $17/mo for Part D coverage though. If we both went to a supplement plan, our combined premiums would be around $500/mo or more, and so far, our annual out of pocket medical expenses haven't been anywhere near that $6000+ annual total. It's even rare that we have a single month's med expenses that exceed the average supplement monthly premium. I make no claim that Advantage Plans are best for everyone, but our yearly analysis says they're still working well for us.
  3. As more stations move down to low and high VHF channels during the current FCC mandated repack cycle, the King's performance will only get worse. The link below is to a chart of the new channel assignments for the repack. Note that the channels shown are the actual RF broadcast channels, not the virtual channels shown in on air ID's. https://www.rabbitears.info/repackchannels.php
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    how many flushes

    How many times would you have to dump your cassette over the course of those ~2 weeks? We would dump our black tank just once between Canyonlands and Arches, most likely at the free dump site at the Maverick station in Moab, and once again after Arches at a location based on our next stop.
  5. I don't like to link to other forums, but here's a long post by an FCC licensed broadcast engineer using professional level equipment comparing a King Jack with a Winegard Sensar III w/Wingman add-on. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27171026.cfm
  6. Jeff's RV Service is only about 35 miles from Ithaca in Waverly, NY. I have not done business with them, so this is not a recommendation, just a reference. http://jeffsrvservice.com/rv-repair/ Sawyer's Mobile RV Repair is in Lindley, NY, about 55 miles from Ithaca. Also someone I have not done business with. https://www.facebook.com/Sawyers-Mobile-RV-Repair-360001260798270/
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    Medicare Advantage Plan Recommendations?

    Our UHC Advantage Plan has a "Passport" feature that lets us use in-plan providers at our normal copays almost anywhere in the country with just a phone call.
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    how many flushes

    A "vault toilet" is the modern high capacity equivalent to the old "outhouse" or "pit toilet" that was located over a hole dug directly in the ground. The "vault" is a large holding tank, usually concrete, that can range from several hundred to several thousand gallons capacity. They're emptied periodically using standard septic system pump out equipment instead of being moved over a fresh hole periodically as was done in the outhouse days.
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    It's the chair, Vern. Be very afraid...
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    Awning Cover

    A few years ago, I watched a fellow winterizing his RV, including installing his homemade awning cover. His was very similar to this one on YouTube:
  11. Dutch_12078

    Vehicle registration expired, please help

    It's not really that weird, Linda. In my working days, I had company cars for years that were owned by a company in MD, leased to my employer in MA, and registered/insured in NY where they were "principally garaged".
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    Well, there is that to consider...
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    For future reference, try posting tests here: http://www.rvnetwork.com/forum/89-test-posts/
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    Social Security to increase in 2019

    We re-evaluate our coverage each year, and so far, our UHC Advantage plan and Part D coverage have come out on top for us. We see our primary doc usually only 3-4 times a year with a $10 co-pay, and specialists 2-3 times a year at a $45 co-pay. My few drugs are generics at $3 per 90 day refill, and the more expensive drugs my wife needs are covered in part by NY State's free "EPIC" secondary insurance plan for the elderly. All in all, our annual total medical expenses are significantly lower than any of the Supplement Plan premiums.
  15. Like Kirk, we've gotten along just fine for a number of years with mid-sized gassers, most of the time with just the two of us and our dog, now just the two of us. We did move up about 5 year ago from a 33' no slide gasser all the way to a 34' single slide gasser though. Also like Kirk, we sometimes stay in one place for 2-3 months, and we've also been told we've been "doing it all wrong" for the past 10 years. Oddly, we somehow don't feel that way at all...