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  1. Back to the original question, i would add the following: Flashlights, including at least one headset flashlight. Extra batteries. First aid kit with variety of bandages and antibiotic creams. Couple of rolls of paper towel, and of course, TP. Rags and dish soap for cleaning. Windex or similar for windows and mirrors. Mop or Swiffer, etc. and a bucket. Paper plates, cups, etc. plus plastic silverware.
  2. I also am in the category of drinking my water for 8 years and still standing. I bought my motorhome new, and it had a whole-house filter, which I change every few months. I also sometimes use one of the hose filters, but I also trust state and national park water because it gets tested more often. I also sanitize my tank every few months, depending on how hot it is outside. And since I full-time, my tanks never sit with water in them for very long because I tend to use them instead of hooking up my city water hose. If you get cloudy water at a faucet at a state or national park, ju
  3. Don't forget that park models will have the utilities more insulated. In an trailer or 5th wheel or even motorhome, they are up off the ground, so you are going to have to worry about pipes freezing and you will end up having to spend money having the underneath protected from weather. A park model will be much more like a tiny house or tiny apartment in that there will be less worries. Also, big point, is that you will burn a LOT less propane. I was in northeastern Ohio last November getting some medical things taken care of, and I was spending about $35 per week on propane and was STILL
  4. Ditto on the recommendation of a park model. A park model is a "trailer" of sorts that is not intended to be moved very often, if at all. It will be smaller than what we think of as Mobile homes, and very appropriate for one person. The difference between that and the trailers you have been looking at is that the insulation will be better and it will be more like a home. It also will be closer to the ground. They will also have permanent sewage, water, and electric connections and bigger appliances. As you are looking at RV parks, ask if you can add a small storage shed. Most trail
  5. On a slightly different topic, but still very important, is what happens when you require a very expensive medication for something like cancer. The newest cancer "targeted" drugs are very expensive. I participated in a research study and got all my drugs free, but over 15 months, my total drug bill without Medicare would have been $13,000 per month for one new medication that came in pill form and about $100,000 for a year of the other, which was a monoclonal antibody--a total of about $250,000 for just the meds, let alone the other medical costs. (A year later, price is still $13,000 per
  6. I have lived for eight years in a 32' Class C, with no towed vehicle. I am alone, and it is a good size for me. If I need to go into town or sightsee, I take the whole motorhome, but just leave all my stuff at the campsite. (When I want to go into a big city, I often rent a car from Enterprise and they pick me up.) I have never had anything taken other than one instance when a young state park worker thought my "campsite occupied" sign, water hose, and chair was trash. I caught him on the way to the dumpster and chewed him out thoroughly for being so dumb! My sign even said "BE right bac
  7. My motorhome is 32' long and I have never found a national park I could not fit in. I don't know where that myth got started, but in 8 years, I have not experienced it. There is a campground in Grand Canyon with a limit of under 30', but you just stay in the other campground that has full hookups for RVs, No limit there at all. If you want to check it out, go on recreation.gov and check out a few campgrounds.
  8. You could also try wicker baskets big enough for plates. Small ones for cups and saucers. Frankly, I started out with dishes, but soon dumped them for paper plates and paper bowls. Much easier and don't break if they fall. Also do not need to be washed.
  9. One to two weeks in each location will give you a chance to relax and also see the area. There are a ton of COE campgrounds in the southeast that will be open in the fall and through winter. One of my favorites is Old Federal in Lake Lanier, but it is closed until some high water repairs can be made, but there are a lot of lakes in the southeast. And there is always the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. Ditto for Tennessee and Georgia. And cut your travel between campgrounds to 100 miles as part of your slowdown!
  10. I'm 77 and been full-timing alone for a little over 8 years. Also, I am still in travel mode, spending a few days to two weeks in state, federal, and county campgrounds. Also planning another trip to the UK next late spring if they will let me in. Some things are getting harder, and I cannot walk as far as I used to, but I just got a new electric bike to give me mobility in campgrounds. Not easy to lift it on the bike rack, but I am going to manage. And I am still teaching online college classes, which I hope will keep me mentally healthy. Biggest handicap is being only 5'1" tall. Want t
  11. I have a 32' Class C and almost never have had problems finding a camping spot in a national park. Grand Canyon does limit one campground to less than 30' but that one has no hookups anyway, and I much prefer Trailer Village which is still in the park and can fit a 40' motorhome. And parking lots in big stores is also not a problem. Just park on the outside edges. It is difficult to park in some smaller strip mall lots, but that would be tue with or without the extra 5 feet. If you are camping for several weeks or months, you will appreciate the extra 5 feet, especially with two peo
  12. I have not stopped traveling since I am full-time and heading slowly north to where my son lives. I have been staying 1-2 weeks at each of several campgrounds that were in fairly isolated rural areas in northern Florida, a state park in Georgia, and now am in TN. I cannot stay at my son's house because of subdivision rules and there are no decent commercial campgrounds nearby, so I am waiting for state parks to open May 17. I need to get some dental work done and some medical tests taken care of in Ohio, then will resume moving in late June, through northern Michigan and parts west.
  13. Hate to tell you, but Florida has been hot and humid most of the winter, and there are more cases in the southern part than in the northern part. Course, some of that is due to crowds, but it has been a very sunny winter as well, with lots of fresh air. However, I agree that being in an RV is the safest place to be if you live alone, as I do. No way do I want to head north or west and hang around with family!! I have not found any commercial campgrounds closed in Florida, and am at one right now, even though I checked in only a week ago. Only thing I see wrong with starting out f
  14. The key here is Central California. If the poster is talking about the central valley in California, daytime temps can average 110 to 120 during the summer, which is not at all comparable to a lot of workcampers' experiences. Many places are so hot as to require two AC units, or sweltering in the summer heat.
  15. I am a full-timer and pretty much keep moving. I prefer state and national parks, and I am still in mostly tourist mode even after several years on the road. I have traditional Medicare with a Plan F supplement through United Healthcare, which means I never need referrals. I see my regular physician in Ohio when I can, but I have visited a lot of urgent care centers as I have traveled 136,000 miles in 7 years. I also had hand surgery twice while staying near my son in northern California. In addition, I am participating in a research study in Oregon, so my oncologist is there. (Had
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