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  1. mlsj2009

    Buying into RV Resorts

    My wife and I recently bought a big rig from a couple which also included a membership into Thousand Trails as part of the package deal. We are currently experiencing difficulty transferring the membership, and we wonder if it is worth the effort. We would appreciate hearing about any experiences you seasoned travelers have had concerning this resort in particular and any other rv resorts you may have had experiences. It is a big investment, and while we have read other review sites on Thousand Trails, we are not sure we trust all the information on those sites, probably from our lacking very little rv experience. We find it hard to separate legitimate from illegitimate complaints in those forums. We look forward to a long association with the Escapees RV Club and hope to meet many members. If you think you can help us, please jump in and comment. We will value any input.
  2. Mathew Underwood

    Campground Host

    Looking for campground hosts for the season at a 111 site Corps of Engineers campground in Southern Vermont. Site with Electric, Water, and Sewer provided. Work schedule is 5 days on 5 days off. Job is posted on Federal Business Opportunities www.fbo.gov. search Solicitation #W912WJ18Q0092 for more information. Project information can be found at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Ball-Mountain-Lake/
  3. Hello All. For background, I'm currently looking at trailers(toy haulers mostly) to move in to live in full time. We recently decided on going with a travel trailer instead of a generally more expensive RVIA certified tiny house and currently looking at a 2017 Heartland Prowler 261TH. One thing I'm having trouble with is how to hook up a washer/dryer in the trailer. Can anyone recommend a washer/dryer combo that can be hooked up to a faucet and standard 120V outlet? I read one article recommending a Splendide model, but wrinkles seemed to be an issue with that one. Wondering if anyone has had good luck with any others in particular? Just to clarify, there are no traditional hook ups in the trailers we've been looking at. I searched around a bit and couldn't find much on here regarding this topic, sorry if it's been covered previously. Thanks in advance!
  4. Hi all. I've been reading on this forum quite a bit and love how active it is. I was hoping all you experienced RVers could give my husband and me some guidance on what rig to buy. Here's our plan: We want to travel the country for at least one year with our (now) 2 year old. We are open to the idea of buying a Class C or Class A, but here are our main criteria: 1. NEEDS to have a sleeping solution for our toddler that we don't have to set up everyday (leaning towards Class C because it's more common to find bunks in those). We're also open in remodeling a closet or other space into a bunk if that's a viable option. 2. USED and under 40k, we don't mind doing cosmetic remodeling. 3. Max length 32, preferably 30' 4. CCC of at least around 2,000lbs (We found a Bigfoot that we REALLY liked, but turns out the CCC is only 455lbs) 5. double sink (or is that something that can be installed afterwards in any rig?) 6. good insulation as we plan to take it up North (but not in the midst of winter, so expecting no colder than 20 degrees at night) 7. Car seat safety - needs to have a dinette or seating that can accommodate a car seat rear-facing 8. Some counter space would be nice since we'll be cooking a lot 9. Reliability. We've been saving for this trip for quite a while and don't want to spend too much time in repair shops or broken down 10. Tow rating - needs to be able to pull a dinghy (make and model TBD after we purchase the rig) I'm hoping you can give us some guidance on any or all of the items we need! Please let us know what you think what brands/models to look for and which ones to avoid! Also, I'm not sure what age is "too old" for a used unit that we need to Thank you and happy travels!
  5. This 40ft fifth wheel toy hauler has a large open floor plan, large windows, and lots of space. It is in great shape, and has new vinyl wood plank flooring throughout. Some of the other features: -Queen sized bed in master bedroom-Brand new sofa that turns into a Queen sized bed, with lots of storage underneath-Queen sized loft - Onan generator -Large bathroom and shower -Electric awning and security lights-Huge 12 foot garage/extra room-Opposing slides in kitchen for more floor space-Indoor/outdoor music sound system-Kitchen island for more storage and work space-Auto seeker satellite -Fuel station for fueling toys.-Large tanks to extend your camping trip-A/C and furnace-Washer and dryer hookups-Bedroom slide to maximize space-Insulated underbelly for cold weather. https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2009-Keystone-FUZION+403-123301360
  6. We are selling our full time RV package. It is a 2006 Newmar, and a 1998 Volvo VNL610. It's a great package, but we need more room and we are moving into a larger home. Here is a link to the craigslist ad: https://twinfalls.craigslist.org/rvs/6194085574.html We are still living in it and prepping to move in the next few weeks. Just wanted to get it out there. $33,250 Thanks, Greg
  7. Daniel93

    Input from Class B Couples

    Hello all! My fiance and I are beginning our RV hunt and leaning towards a Class B. Our plan is to live full time (hoping to start Spring 2018 after I graduate) as I run my sports massage business. Looking for input form others in a Class B on their pro's and con's. Also open to discussion from individuals against Class B.
  8. Help! We just received notice that Blue Sky will no longer cover RVs. We need to find a replacement company that works well for full timers and has liability coverage. We have an umbrella policy that will be invalid without liability coverage on either a house or an RV. Any suggestions?
  9. Zatarra

    Coachmen Clipper Cadet

    Hi, Anyone live in a Coachmen Clipper Cadet full time? I have been looking at them. Seems small enough but still has everything that I'd like: Toilet, shower, closet for clothes, stove top, bed, microwave. Seems like a good one to live in without having to get a big one. I've seen them for $9,995.00. It would just be me, no pets.
  10. A_K_Chesnut

    What size solar?

    Hey everyone! My wife and I are new RVers prepping for full time starting this August. We intend on boondocking as much as possible, so naturally I'm trying to learn about solar. Let me tell you, my head is SPINNING. I've been researching pretty heavily for days and I'm really not any closer to figuring out what to do. Some say atleast 200w, others say even more. Everyone says don't buy Harbor Freight, so that's helpful. Looking at systems, these buggers are expensive. I'm perfectly capable of installing a setup myself (and even have some knowledgeable help), but I'll say right now a $2500 system is NOT in the budget! I don't mind having to run the gennie a few times a week, but want to stay away from the several hours twice a day deal that many are describing without solar. Could I get some help? I'd love to list our RV and expected electrical usage and maybe get some guidance on a good system or two? We have a 1993 Tioga Montara Class C, 23'6". One 12v house battery - do we have to add another? I don't have a good spot for a second, the current one is housed under the top step and there isn't any more room We will be moving with the weather, staying away from very cold and very hot climates as much as possible Will be swapping to all LED interior lighting - I suspect we will have two lights on for maybe 3 hours a day (we enjoy other light sources and use mostly candles for light in our home) Electrical panel for the fridge Water heater - I doubt we'll be using this often, water is easily and cheaply heated over our outdoor wood stove. Easy to pop on the gennie if we have to have an indoor shower (we love gym memberships for the free showers after a nice workout!) Water pump - This one is hard to say how much we'll be using, but I will have a water setup outdoors for dishes and general washing Window fan - I have a hard time sleeping in the heat and need some airflow. A small 12v fan propped in the window running at night will do the trick A/C - will only be used when our gennie is running or attached to shore power Furnace - We have a great little portable catalytic heater we can use instead of the furnace TV - I'd love to be able to run a small LED TV, say 20" or so. We enjoy watching movies now and then. So lets say we watch a movie twice a week. If I can get a solar setup that can handle this, I'll snag a 12v TV. If not, will just get a regular one and run the gennie for movie watching Small portable electronics, such as laptop/tablet/cell phones - I'll have one or two large powerbanks for charging these. Will charge the power banks while at work (we'll be working part time). Would be great to charge the banks occasionally off solar Hopefully I have everything covered? We're long time "stealth" campers, but this is our first foray into RVing. Thank you in advance to everyone for your help! I'm sorry to say I wasn't able to come to a reasonable conclusion on my own. Here's our new home, our first night boondocking on the drive home to Denver from Dallas
  11. Since I've settled on the 2016 Arctic Fox 27-5L and a Chevy Silverado 3500HD to tow it, my next step is figuring out how to add the right solar setup for boondocking and off-grid living. This gentleman seems to have a very solid setup. I'd like to copy it, although I hope to avoid putting any new holes in my rig. My daytime usage is going to be one or two laptops, a 4G hot spot, and perhaps the television. At night I'll be using the aforementioned items plus the lights. I'd like to cook with propane instead of convection/microwave and keep the fridge on propane as well. I know that I'd like to put 400 watts of solar on the rig, with the remaining equipment copied from the above setup: charge controller, 2000W pure sine wave inverter, automatic transfer relay switch, etc, etc. I'm still going to get a generator to fall back on, if I need to run A/C for example. Questions: 1) Do you have other recommendations for solar setups aside from the above-linked one? I'm open to hearing more ideas. 2) Do you recommend solar panels that can tilt, or are flat panels sufficient? 3) Is there a way to put 400 watts of solar panels on my roof without any permanent modifications to the exterior or interior? I'd like to keep the rig unmodified to the greatest extent possible. 4) Do you recommend any installers who can perform the work? I'm willing to drive quite a ways to see the right person. Thanks for any advice.
  12. Hinterland

    Up North in the White Stuff

    Well, we are so glad to be here, and almost nervous. There are so many excellent blogs and websites listed, and we are just getting started. But here goes, and we shall jump on board anyhow. Full Timing here in Canada, all year long. Very glad to be through the process of downsizing and living in our RV and being mobile. We have a YouTube channel as well as a website, if you are wanting to know more about us crazy Canadians who live all winter in the white stuff! http://www.rvlifecanadianstyle.ca www.youtube.com/channel/UCPluQIOp3Vhvw0pUXwhJoVA
  13. Greetings, My wife and I have been full-timers for almost 10 years. We do not have a stick home, so our legal address has been Escapees in Livingston. Part of this time, we have traveled extensively, moveing every few days, and part of the time we have volunteered or worked as paid employees for the National Park Service. In the latter case, we would set still for up to six months at a time. We plan on starting to travel more, both domestic and international, so we are going to apply for TSA Global Entry. For those of you that may not be familiar, once received, this pass will allow you to go through fewer checks when going through security, such as leaving your shoes on. It also simplifies and speeds up entry through customs on reentry to the U,S. from international travel. Here is the question, on the form you are to list ALL of the places that you have lived for the last 5 years. If we put Livingston, that will show up as false as we have been employeed by the Park Service part of that time. If we put everyplace that we have stayed in the RV, it will be well over 100 places. (Yes, we could do that since one of us keeps a detailed daily diary.) If we put Livingston, they will likely know/find out that this is a mail forwarding service, even if it is our legal address. So, have any of you applied for the Gloabal Access status and what did you do. Thanks in advance for any thoughts. Jim & Jan
  14. Hi, We are expecting to make the transition to full timers this year. What banks have worked well for national coverage with a domicile address at Escapees in Livingston, TX? We have investments with Merrill Lynch, so BofA might make sense. Any experiences or pitfalls anyone can share? Thanks for any help, Art & Barbara Berggreen
  15. jonahj11

    family of 5 full timing

    Hey all, I've been a lurking here a bit and really enjoy all the info, and feel it's time to jump in. My wife and I have been craving a big adventure for a long time and we have stumbled upon full time RVing as our ticket. But first a little background. My wife and I are in our early 30s and we have 3 girls. 4, 8 and 9. We have had our noses to the grind stone for 10 years and saved enough money to have a humble home paid for. This was a goal for us for a long time. We are debt free and loving it. Problem is .... we move all the time. like 8 times in the past 10 years of marriage. I can't stay settled down. We home school our girls and like hiking and field trips and adventure. But with all my time at work I usually miss out. So... We are considering a big change. Sell our home and cars and everything we have amassed to live this way Put all that capital toward a rig and set out for a year touring the country Of course this is the short list but let us know what you full timers think. Any considerations on rigs, timing of our children's ages, or experiences would be great. We could always just live here in north GA debt free and keep working but.....we are looking to try something new. Thanks
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