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JimK

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  1. Be careful about the post office mail forwarding to begin with! Weeks and even months after setting up mail forwarding, the post office still delivered some of our mail to the old address. One important piece of mail was completely lost and it included a check for several thousand dollars. Instead of relying on the post office request address changes with every place that sends you first class mail.
  2. When I was full timing, the average was 30K miles a year. Now I only take part time trips of about 4 months duration. The trip always involves driving from the East coast to the Western States and is typically about 15K miles. A lot of my driving is done in spurts. I am old, tired and lazy, but I can still drive through the Midwest at 600 miles a day. It is easy with a truck camper. I typically drive about 2 hours in the morning, make a pit stop and drive another couple of hours. Then I stop for at least an hour. I jump in the camper, fix a hot meal and take a nap for up to an hour. I drive 4 more hours and repeat. Then I drive 4 more hours before landing at a Walmart or rest stop for the evening.
  3. I doubt this will help the OP, but a few years ago I decided to try carpet over the original sheet flooring. I went to Lowes and got a piece of indoor/outdoor carpeting which I cut to fit. I did not need to fasten it or finish the edges. The rubber backing keeps it from sliding. When it starts to get dirty, I just pull it out, hang it over a rope and beat on it like olden days. Once a year I wash it with Lysol and water. It still looks like new and I could easily replace it for $50 and an hour of work. After a day of hiking, I enjoy being able to walk around the camper with no shoes. Even on cold night, a midnight trip to the bathroom with no shoes works well.
  4. I am having a hard time understanding the forum guidelines, but it seems this was a personal attack. I have no interest in questioning the OP's choices. At one time or another, many of us visit friends/relatives or otherwise stay in densely populated areas. For that reason this seems to be an important topic. For those situations, it seems important that we understand our rights and understand and comply with the laws. It also seems important to avoid confrontations and understand how to deal with any potential confrontation. Again, I conclude that sort of information does not fall within the forum guidelines and needs to be researched elsewhere.
  5. There are all sorts of misunderstandings about vagrancy laws and the ability to park and sleep in an RV in populated areas. I tried to give a brief explanation of the legalities...without any sort of political overtunes...but it appears a moderator did not approve and deleted the post. It seems to me this is an important issue for anyone parking an RV in populated areas but apparently I cannot help. I suggest you try to research this issue using other sources.
  6. The original issue was about buying an RV for extended use and then reselling that same RV and returning home. A great many foreign visits do this even for relatively short trips. It can be way cheaper to buy and sell as opposed to the high rental costs. Some RV rental companies, such as Cruise America, handle the logistics and make this easy for a foreign visitor. You might pay a bit more but the logistics will be easy for both buying and reselling.
  7. I took a look at the Keystone manual. I think it is excellent and covers all of the basic operation, upkeep and maintenance issues thoroughly. You don't need a more specific manual just read the manual and ignore any items that do not pertain to your model. You should be able to read the manual in a couple of hours and have a good idea of what needs to be done and how to do it and there is a summary to make it easy.
  8. My wife and I bought an RV. It sat in our driveway for months while we downsized, sold the house and I retired. When all the plans were done, we got in it and drove off as full timers for the next couple of years. We had no issues. YouTube can help with virtually any issue or repair and what is needed for full time RV living. This is not rocket science. If you are jumping into full time, then the biggest issues are about getting a mailing address, reestablishing residency in that State, changing insurances and transitioning as much as possible away from any snail mail to electronic. A couple of hours of Google searching should clarify the choices and procedures.
  9. There are lots and lots of choices for quality, cost, size, features. This is even worse than asking what car to buy. You really need to be more specific, narrow your choices and then look at each of those choices. If you ask others, they will typically promote what they bought and often have little experience with different choices.
  10. Could we also say that taking a hike and getting lost could also earn a Darwin Award?
  11. I think you mean triple slide camper. They are heavy and usually not useable without the slides extended which means you cannot park anywhere, certainly not in a regular parking spot or street side parking and they are certainly not stealthy. On top of that you need a seriously heavy duty truck, certainly at least a 1 ton or greater dually.
  12. Casinos have varied ways of dealing with RVs. Some charge and operate RV parks. Others allow free parking in the lot. Some will not permit overnight RV parking. In one case I had to go into the casino get free chips and an overnight parking pass. I guess they expected me to play since I was given a few dollars of free chips.
  13. And the National Parks cover some of the most scenic and interesting areas of the United States. They also include over 5000 miles of paved roads and 10000 plus miles of improved trails including many that are paved or consist of boardways. How much more development in the National Parks do we really need before they cease to be special places?
  14. Do we really need a lot of improved facilities? Our parks are heavily used and crowded already. Let us leave at least some natural, wild and undeveloped areas or at least try to minimize the impact of the crowds.
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