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2 hours ago, Grizz1 said:

Looks like I will have to transfer to the class of 2020.

If you now pay state income tax, this could be a beneficial change of plans. 

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Re: Memorizing numbers

I use Google Keep quite a bit to save that kind of stuff. I have one note with all our car (RV, toad, daughter's car) plate numbers with year make & model. Another with the access code for our storage unit, another for RV stuff like cabinet measurements, bike lock codes, and so on. Also put grocery list there & things I eventually need/want to buy.

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4 hours ago, Kirk W said:

If you now pay state income tax, this could be a beneficial change of plans. 

Yes it might be! Jersey likes its taxes! Income, property, sales, and rain!

Just more of a headache than I was prepared for, I would have started the domicile search way earlier if I would have known about my daughters change of plans. But that is what makes life interesting....right.😂

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Hey guys! Just wanted to check in & see what everyone's plans are. Is anyone going to be in Quartzsite in Jan? And the Escapade in WY in June? We will be doing both & would love to meet anyone who's around!

We left Houston this morning, headed for California to see DH's dad for Christmas, south of LA. Will head out from there after the New Year and wander around, aiming for Q'site around the time of the tent show. Plan on wandering around the Southern desert Southwest for the winter. Oh yeah, gonna be in Tucson for the Escapees Hangout in early Feb.

The beginning of full-time life has been great! We left Houston Sept 1 & headed to Red Bay AL, to get punch list work done on our new rig at the Tiffin factory. Spent 2 1/2 weeks there waiting for, and then getting the work done. But we met lots of fellow Tiffin owners & had fun trading stories. We will likely head back there in March before our warranty is up

After that, we wandered to East visiting family we don't get to see a lot of. We went to Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, DC, HamptonVA, AshevilleNC, Atlanta, and Destin before heading back to Houston for a month to take care of med & financial stuff. Took our toad up to Tulsa to see fam for Tgiving. Kind of weird being in a S&B for a week after sleeping in the Chrysalis every night since late May. We missed her. 

But now we're back on the road again & I'm so excited! Hope to see some of ya'll in person!

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35 minutes ago, Cheryl Mc said:

Just wanted to check in & see what everyone's plans are. Is anyone going to be in Quartzsite in Jan? And the Escapade in WY in June?

While we aren't part of the class, we will be at Escapade so will be happy to meet you then! I lead the security team so should be really easy for you to get in touch with. 

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Cheryl - you have certainly put on the miles this fall!

Funny that you left Houston Thursday, That’s the day I left Livingston. Right now I’m in Las Cruces, I’ll be in Tucson this evening, Yuma area tomorrow for a couple of days. Then Christmas with my sister in Vegas, leaving the 29th.

I’m going to Quartzsite, definitely in January, possibly for New Years (haven’t decided yet). My idea at this point is to buy an LTVA permit at the BLM office in Yuma, since I’m going there anyway. That will give me more options for staying in the area. So my guess is I’ll be there the first of the month, moving over to Scaddan Wash area to meet up with friends January 9th, the week before the big top opens. I’ll be leaving Q on the 23rd for a place near Phoenix, not entirely sure what my plans are for February (thinking about going back to Q for a while, maybe) and early March, there’s a lot to see in Arizona.

I’ll definitely be at Escapade. I also signed up for the RV boot camp, figured they can tell me all of the things I’ve been doing wrong for so long!

My first days as being a full-timer have been fun and unexpected. I’ve visited places I never expected to visit now (Florida), got to be better friends with a TC owning couple I had met a couple of times before, and met lots and lots of new friends at various campgrounds I’ve stopped at. Not sure it feels any different than when I took long trips before I sold the house. I keep thinking that it will eventually feel different, it probably will in February, when I realize I don’t have to shovel my driveway!

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Looks like your right in front of us. We just spent 2 nights at Davis Mtns State Park and heading to Las Cruces today. We will stay in LC 3 nights, then one night each at Picacho Peaks SP, AZ and then somewhere in Yuma before heading onto CA.

I highly recommend the Boot Camp. We did it in Nov '18 at Livingston & learned a ton.

Maybe we'll catch up in Qsite.!

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On 12/12/2019 at 3:22 PM, Cheryl Mc said:

We are in Livingston TX now and will not be leaving he area for a few weeks. Probably heading to Livingston Lake then south to Galveston area. Then east from there.  Will not be making it to the Q this year with the 2019 group.  We want to be in northern Mississippi to start the spring.

 

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16 hours ago, Cheryl Mc said:

Looks like your right in front of us. We just spent 2 nights at Davis Mtns State Park and heading to Las Cruces today. We will stay in LC 3 nights, then one night each at Picacho Peaks SP, AZ and then somewhere in Yuma before heading onto CA.

I highly recommend the Boot Camp. We did it in Nov '18 at Livingston & learned a ton.

Maybe we'll catch up in Qsite.!

If you don’t mind staying about 30 miles east of Yuma, there’s a nice Passport America associated park called Copper Mountain. It’s out in the middle of nowhere so not a good stop if you need to shop in Yuma, and may be too far east depending on where you are going in California. I don’t know if they have pull-through sites, I’ve only stayed in their back-in ones, which are huge, much wider than normal. It’s typical desert, no trees. I’ll be there tonight and tomorrow.

Otherwise there are tons of campgrounds in Yuma, but haven’t stayed at any of them. There’s an Encore Park that looks really nice, I’ve driven past it occasionally. I’m going to be staying with a friend of mine there (he has full hookups) from the 18th-21st, I’ll do the trip up to Vegas in 2 days.

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5 hours ago, fpmtngal said:

If you don’t mind staying about 30 miles east of Yuma, there’s a nice Passport America associated park called Copper Mountain. It’s out in the middle of nowhere so not a good stop if you need to shop in Yuma, and may be too far east depending on where you are going in California. I don’t know if they have pull-through sites, I’ve only stayed in their back-in ones, which are huge, much wider than normal. It’s typical desert, no trees. I’ll be there tonight and tomorrow.

Otherwise there are tons of campgrounds in Yuma, but haven’t stayed at any of them. There’s an Encore Park that looks really nice, I’ve driven past it occasionally. I’m going to be staying with a friend of mine there (he has full hookups) from the 18th-21st, I’ll do the trip up to Vegas in 2 days.

I think we're going to boondock for just the one night. Vibin' & Drivin' (You Tube channel) has a list of their favorite free campsites & one is just west of Yuma.

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Not surprised you’ll be stopping west of Yuma, I’ll have to check them out, though I always stay with friends in Yuma.

Travel safe and hope to see you in Q in January.

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I’m now in Quartzsite, think I’ll stick around here until the middle of the month.

Christmas was wonderful this year, celebrated it with my sister and her family in Las Vegas. I did get tired of driving from the Oasis RV Park up to Summerlin, stopping at my storage unit though. I don’t know if I’ll ever get organized!

I toyed with the idea of skipping the LTVA pass and just moving between the 14 day free areas. But in the end, decided it was still worth it to get the season pass, I very well may stick around here for February and part of March (maybe).

So far it’s been interesting, to say the least. I’ve driven a lot further than I had planned on (hadn’t planned on Thanksgiving in Florida, which added over 2,000 miles). I found and fixed one plumbing leak and suspect that the pressure relief valve on the water heater may be flaky. And that’s got me thinking about replacing the water heater, the drain plug threads are gunky from hard water and when I tried to replace the plastic drain plug, two new ones got cross-threaded. I gave up at that point and put in the old one, which works for now. There’s always something with an RV, decisions to be made. A Jew water heater is over-kill at this point though.

Is anyone else from the class of 2019 here?

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Just wondering how my fellow class of 2019 are doing this first month of 2020.  If all of you are happy with the choices you made last year to go full time.

This morning I started thinking about various things.  Most people I’ve talked to about going full-time said to give it time - a year - before you really get a feel of what it’s like.  I’ve been a long-timer for several years and for the most part, I’ve been feeling like I’m just in the middle of another multi-month trip (I’ve been full-time since the last week in September, 4 months).

I’ve been very lucky the past 6 years - I haven’t had a cold or the flu or anything like that.  And I’ve never been sick when I’ve been living in the trailer (5 years).  As I sit here in the early morning, sniffling and coughing from a head cold, it occurs to me that dealing with a minor, annoying illness is a big step toward being a permanent full-timer.  I don’t have the option any more of cutting a trip short and going home.  Plus I’m dealing with this while I’m dry camping (I had power and water for a couple of days but have otherwise been dry camping since before New Years).  

If I can gracefully get through this stupid head cold (which I think I got while waiting for 3 hours at the CVS in Parker Arizona for a prescription, or else at the Safeway next door), I think I will have crossed a threshold.  

What do my fellow classmates think about that?  Have you felt a difference yet between being on a long trip and being full-time yet?  Why?

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On 1/31/2020 at 8:38 AM, fpmtngal said:

Just wondering how my fellow class of 2019 are doing this first month of 2020.  If all of you are happy with the choices you made last year to go full time.

What do my fellow classmates think about that?  Have you felt a difference yet between being on a long trip and being full-time yet?  Why?

We just completed our 5th month as fulltime.  Wife and I also worked through having a cold which in her case even included a call with a doctor through a telemed online service.  Had to replace the truck while stopped, fortunately at a decent park.  So some big things as well.

We definitely like the decision to go full time although there are briefer times when we still stop and wonder if this was the best thing.  Life goes on like normal. Sickness and truck issues or whatever.  I agree the ability to be flexible and remembering this is not a vacation makes us more full-timers than not.  Lots of challenges out there. The key is are the hassles worth it.  We think so.

 So glad to have met so many others who taught us so much. So glad we tend to stay a week at a time, and twice for monthly stays, as we learn this way of life. The support system from our new neighbors is awesome. Seems like in just a couple days you get to know them.  The wife is able to talk to neighbors about her concerns and the emotions of it. I'm also able to get second opinions from the neighbors.  Really great support system to include everyone here on this forum.

 

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Wow - replacing the truck is significant!  While I’ve considered upgrading my truck to a 3/4 ton to get more payload, I wouldn’t want to have truck problems first and be forced into it.  Sounds like you’ve had some great support from other campers along the way.  That’s one of the things I love about the whole RV community.

I’m at a cross-roads today.  I’ve been camping with friends for most of the month and the last few are all heading home tomorrow (different directions). 

So tomorrow is the first day since I sold the house where I don’t have some sort of goal or direction.  It’s a weird, new sensation for me.  I can stay where I am now (dry camping) and sit out the cold and windy weather predicted for the next couple of days. Or I can go to a full-hookup campground about 130 miles away and try to run my 6 gallon water heater out of water without considering the size of my grey tank.  I’ll decide in the morning...

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Sounds like you are setup for longer boondocking stays.  That's a plus in that it gives you more choices on where you stay.  We are setup, or making adjustments, trying to hit a 2 week goal for electric only hookups. So far we would just have to add about 30 gallons of fresh water as our waste tanks will handle it.  We have a 30 amp generator but still try and find at least 30 amp connections in a park.

We decided so far not to plan to far out ahead of us, so the ability to take a spot with less services is a plus as the parks we like fill up such as state and corp. of engineers. We don't like having a place to be at a certain time although we are scheduled in late April at the factory for minor RV repairs.  By the way you may already know you can buy an annual pass ($80) for Corp of Engineer parks which cuts you stays to half price.  If you are 62 or older the annual pass is good for a lifetime.  American the Beautiful pass is what it's called.

We kind of pick an area we want to be and gradually meander towards it.  Hate moving more than 200 miles at a time or spending any less than 2 days in a spot.  Once we arrive at the park/spot we decide in a day or so if we want to extend our stay, hence not having too many reservations setup ahead of our travels.

Waiting the winter out sounds good!  I know the feeling when friends that you came to know start moving out. Causes hitch-ich and the desire to move as well.  But, seems like in some cases new friends just move in behind them.

I retired in October of 2019 so I'm still adjusting to that change as well.  It's about equally as hard as moving into the RV lifestyle.  The wife had been retired already and established a routine at our old sticks-and-bricks house. I think she is having more trouble than me making the switch in terms of how she spends her days. Finding those friends in the parks for longer term stays has been a huge help.

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Thanks for your insights - a very interesting perspective and different than what mine had been - different circumstances and different backgrounds.  Reading your point of view has given me some things to think about, I like that.

I ended up deciding that I really didn’t want to hunker down alone for a couple of cold, windy days at the isolated piece of BLM desert south of Why Arizona we were occupying, so opted for the full-hookup campground and a long, hot shower 130 miles away.  That piece of desert was very nice, I’ll stay there again and do the things I didn’t do this time, but I wanted that long, hot shower and it was going to be a lonely spot without the people I was camping with.

I am willing to do up to 300-350 miles a day if there’s a good reason to do it - I did it that was when I was a part-timer and it seems like a comfortable fit for the most part.  Probably it’s a bad habit I should try to break, right?

You just must have bigger waste tanks than I do - I can manage 10-12 days before I need to dump, depending on how careful I am and how interested (or not) I am in moving over to a dump station (requires re-arranging stuff and packing up the computer).  If I weren’t solo I couldn’t begin to contemplate 2 weeks!  One of the couples who went home today can only do about 4 days without dumping and refilling.

As far as power goes, I have fairly small power requirements so I’m able to be self-sustaining, using the generator when the solar falls short (more than one cloudy, rainy day in a row mostly, but also I have a couple of things that are beyond my small inverter’s capability).  I’m lucky in that I can run anything in my trailer (including my AC if needed) with a Honda 2200 generator and propane.  I would love to have more battery power and more solar, and a bigger inverter, but then we are talking significant money and I’m still vaguely thinking of replacing my trailer at some point.

Your comments about friends in one place leaving and other soon-to-be friends moving in to take their place is something I had forgotten/overlooked with the whirlwind that January was.  I spent most of it involved with a forum camping group I’ve known and traveled with since I bought my trailer over 4 years ago.  I always feel a sense of loss whenever I leave one of their get-togethers.  Thanks for the reminder that it’s just a temporary thing.

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Well I guess I'm class of 2019. I bought my Thor Hurricane  Four Winds 2001 in August and began full timing in Houston as I moved into the RV from living with my  brother since 2009. Ten years was long enough for that situation. Two hard headed independent people under one roof. I stayed in two resorts in Houston til November then drove the RV to Missouri for two moths to celebrate the holidays with mom and the rest of the family. Celebrated Grandma's 100th birthday the week before thanksgiving. Wow. Stayed til Christmas then drove the RV back to Texas and parked it here in Tyler. Went on down to Houston with mom to celebrate Christmas with my brother and pick up my Pickup truck. Came back to Tyler in that and that's where I am now. Might be moving to a Lake Palestine resort come spring time if all goes as planned.

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3 hours ago, SteveCampsOut said:

Celebrated Grandma's 100th birthday the week before thanksgiving. Wow. 

Yes, welcome to the class of 2019!

And a double wow for having a grandmother who’s 100 - that’s awesome!  My grandmother claimed to be 96 the year she passed away, but my sister is into genealogy and found her birth certificate - she lied, she was actually 98!  I hope I will be as spry as she was at her age.

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I sold my home on Vancouver Island BC  in Nov. 2018 and have been travelling since. I picked up my current rig (an Alto  R1713 by Safari Condo) in May 2019 and travelled to Yukon and Alaska. The winters I spent in the Baja. I am a solo Over and am enjoying "My Happy Place". I have not done very much with the Escapees although I have attended the get togethers on Vancouver island and I have stayed in Yuma at Kofa.

Am planning to join the Solos but need to get back to Canada to mail my application and cheque. If I mail it from the Baja, it will likely not get there this year....lol.

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2 hours ago, Queen Mary said:

I have stayed in Yuma at Kofa.

Am planning to join the Solos but need to get back to Canada to mail my application and cheque. If I mail it from the Baja, it will likely not get there this year....lol.

Where in Kofa did you stay?  A couple of friends of mine are camping along Palm Canyon Road and I went up there to visit - a very nice place.  It’s gotten to be quite popular, they were far from alone along the road.

I still haven’t joined the Solos, figure I’ll check them out at Escapade in June.

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