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  1. We started with factory installed 4 acid house batteries; 2 chassis. Later we went to AGM As stated, we didn't use much electric at all. .. lights, radio, quick microwave use. Used a stovetop coffee pot and toaster was a fry pan.
  2. The wife isn't on Medicare. This program would be good for those not on Medicare.
  3. We had 300w for our 40' motorhome and served us very well for 8 years. Of course, we're not energy hogs. Charging was easily done wherever we were in the West.... in the East it may be different. We even got sufficient charge in Glacier Nat'l Park during one solid week of rain parked under trees. Our panels were in an opening of the trees so even the daytime light in the rain gave us enough charge. During sunny days we could last forever. What is your idea of boondocking in the winter on 4x4 roads? I guess I wrongly assumed by winter you meant in snowy conditions. Many places in the Southwest to do this. We used good gravel roads for our stays with the motorhome - up to approximately 20 miles from pavement. We didn't need 4x4 although we towed a Jeep which gave us excellent options for exploring farther in on true 4x4 roads. It's just us but we'd prefer a bigger RV for full-timing than you're thinking of and towing a car for siteseeing, shopping, etc. A car can go and fit in more places than a RV.
  4. Here is the website: https://plushcare.com/our-doctors/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=LS_PlushCare&gclid=CjwKCAjwps75BRAcEiwAEiACMYedr9wzgTjF4ONNKHBubCZxKPYmZoxImPgd5Nlm3pCAQPHFTxQTnRoCxaIQAvD_BwE If you look at the web site there are pics and stats about their doctors. Here is one of them: https://www.caredash.com/doctors/allison-lovell-hjfnd Sounds like a good option to keep in mind.
  5. I don't understand the wording in the link you provided for renovated RVs. It states: The minimum budget required is $50,000 for a fifth wheel or $30,000 for a travel trailer. This budget covers purchasing the RV from us and the renovation. I'm reading that for $50,000 you can buy the RV and have renovations done. What kind of RV are they talking about for that price? You might want to pick out your RV and then go to the manufacturer to see how it's built before renovation. Before putting a lot of money into an older RV decide if you will keep it a long time. Most RVers will not buy an old RV. You'll have a very limited audience for resale especially if you include a composting toilet and removing the black tank. When you start talking about changing the drivetrain and moving the whole kitchen you're going to get into more money than you think. You're considering winter camping so want 4x4. You'd had better have a satellite phone. Driving in the backcountry on unplowed roads could easily turn into being stranded.. even with 4x4. Good luck with your project! I hope you'll return with the finished RV to show us it CAN be done.
  6. I use Avast Anti-Virus and no problems with the site.
  7. This Fall Acadia will require that you have a reservation for entry to the park just as Rocky Mtn. and Yosemite have done this summer. However, it may be permanent at Acadia to manage the crowds. https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/08/acadia-national-park-test-its-reservation-system-fall?utm_source=National+Parks+Traveler+Week+in+Review%2C+August+11%2C+2020&utm_campaign=National+Parks+Traveler+Weekly+Review&utm_medium=email
  8. Here it is.... worked for me. http://rvservicereviews.com/Index.asp
  9. We really like teaching hospitals associated with an university. Their clinics can take care of all specialities and your records are all in one place. They are up-to-date on the latest procedures.
  10. With today's virus going on I don't think I'd like a trailer without a bathroom but that's just me. You have a 2010 Forester. Are you planning to keep it in the near future? Perhaps getting a vehicle to be able to pull a small trailer with a bathroom might work. The Casita brand of small trailers has a nice small 16' with a bathroom and bunks.
  11. I totally agree with your route. The ferry is fun!
  12. Here it is on the Oregon State Park site. https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=v.feature-article&articleId=286
  13. Early in our full-timing years we stayed at a couple rest areas. They are not a favorite. First, the truckers need them more than a RVer. Secondly, I don't think they're as safe after 10pm as a WalMart would be. I certainly wouldn't use the bathroom after 10pm. There are some wierdos out there. Mid-day once we went out our door and 3 truckers immediately surrounded us. They asked us to come over to watch a game they were playing and guaranteed to win big bucks. Nope. If you Google WalMart overnighting you can get a list with phone numbers to call and ask. We stayed away from big city stores... just felt safer in small towns. We soon learned not to drive so many hours and never used businesses again. We traveled secondary roads so there were also nice public parks to stay or boondocking spots. I hope you can make this work..... it would be great for both boys ..... and the parents, too!
  14. H1N1 (swine flu) was nowhere as deadly as COVID-19. It hit children and young adults more because older people had already built up immunity through exposure to similar strains of the flu over the years. COVID-19 deaths in 6 months has hit 162,000 in the U.S. H1N1 deaths in 1 year was 12, 500 https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-03-h1n1-flu-covid-pandemics-response.html
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