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  1. <facepalm> Okay, senior moment there. Totally blanked on it. I was thinking that was like the 'permanent' park place.
  2. I am planning on running down to Livingston, TX for a few weeks to establish Texas residency and bone up on all things Escapee next May. Can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive/basic local campground? I'll have a 35' Class A to park.
  3. I did, thanks! Took possession of it on the 25th (I think) in Albany, NY, drove it down to Somerset, PA and had a ton of solar installed over the course of a week, then brought it home. Planning on some more small trips before winter, then next spring heading to Livingston, TX to become a Texan. LOL
  4. No kidding?!?! People do that? WTF do they think is so funny about that? I can't recall the exact name of the pin I used to attach the clevii to the toad. Black pin, red d-handles, the retaining pin attached by a lanyard. I'll make it a habit to do a walkaround each time before I leave. I chose one off etrailer. InfiniteRule. Looks to be pretty resistant to prying or being snapped off, and I think it'd be difficult to pick. Thanks all!
  5. This would be for the tow bar assembly going into the receiver on the RV, not the tow bar arms onto the toad. Or is the principle the same? Docj, what you're talking about is a "flat" key, where the pins in the lock are all in a line, versus one of those round keys, where the pins are arranged in a circle, correct?
  6. I am thinking of getting locking hitch pins for both the tow bar (ReadyBrute Elite, if it's important) and the bike rack on the toad. The one on the RV will ALWAYS be on. Does any one brand stand out among the others for durability/corrosion-resistance? Or is it pretty much six of one and a half dozen of the other?
  7. Call me optimistic, but I'm gonna drop this here. Looking for something in West/Southwest Texas, preferably. Plan on retiring at the end of September, then traveling to Livingston to establish Texas residency. While my past experience has been predominantly office work, I am eager to try jobs I've never had before. I'm fairly smart and can follow written or verbal instructions, so light maintenance or 'handyman' work is fine. I should have no bills other than insurance on the RV and Jeep, gas and groceries, so I'm also cheap. LOL Current resume.doc
  8. I am looking forward to this next phase of my life. This'll be a hoot.
  9. I guess I'll stake a claim in the Class of '19. I have a 2019 Newmar Bay Star 3401 on order that I expect to take possession of next April, then drive it (for the first time LOL) to Somerset, PA for the solar install. Then back to WV to begin transitioning "life" from the S&B to the RV. Should be living in it full-time by August, leave the WV ARNG in October, then head southwest to find work. The R-word (retirement) popped up on my mental radar maybe 5 years ago. I started off trying to decided between going overseas to live, or getting some rural land here in the US to go off-the-grid on. Eventually, I decided that I did not want to be half a world away if my son needed me (or vice versa). The realities of living off-the-grid seemed pretty daunting, especially after meeting with a fairly well-known blogger in the Terlingua, TX area. Gorgeous country, certainly affordable, but I questioned my own ability to get by in a fashion I'd consider comfortable when I got into my 60s and 70s. LOL As luck would have it, that very same trip to TX also involved me driving from Terlingua, TX to Astoria, OR for a National Guard mission. What a gorgeous drive! Spent three days in Monument Valley, drove through Capital Reef, Moab, the Columbia River valley....and Astoria was no slouch either. That trip made me realize that North America alone had a lot of stuff left for me to see, and I wasn't going to be content sitting in one place. I began reading various RVing forums. Joined Escapees and have a mailing address (though I haven't really used it yet). Asked every goofy question I can think of (some of them here! LOL). Fast forward to now.....I've decided to forego trying to get 20 active duty years, and will be happy with my 15 and change. I have 20 overall, so I've earned my pension. I'll just need to work a few more years until I can draw it...but this time I can look at stuff that heck, until lately I've never even heard of! Beet season? Workamping? KamperForce? LOL I'm giddy. Well, I'm rambling. Probably won't make any 'official' activities like Escapades or Q or anything like that for a bit, but I'll be with ya on the interwebz!
  10. I'm tellin' ya'.....gonna need a dictionary to learn all this RV lingo. LOL So it's kind of a 'soft qualification'.....around the time when one goes full-time and shows up for a gathering at Quartzsite.
  11. Okay, I'm semi-clueless. What's this Class thing about and what is the criteria? LOL Is it when you start RVing? Full-timing? Finish an RV Boot Camp??
  12. Deal breaker right there! Sounds cool though. I am going to try to optimize my RV for accessing the interwebz, so with luck I'll be able to do Netflix/etc. like I do now.
  13. I have not started RVing yet, so my opinion may not be worth much. I HAVE gone through the Toad/NoToad/WhatKindofToad process though. While I agree with Solo18 that proper planning prevents plenty of pitstops, I also realize there may be times/places when I want to leave the RV where it is and take something smaller. I have ridden motorcycles in the past, and thought something small might be ideal. I was leaning towards a TW200 myself, for small errands or sightseeing in the boonies. What pushed me away from that is age. LOL My knees are already tired. I don't want to throw a leg over a bike or soak up bumps on a small-wheeled scooter (which might not be good on crappy trails in the boonies). I also haven't given up on the idea (perhaps over-optimistically) that I may not be RVing by myself. LOL So I found a good Jeep Wrangler to be my toad. It'll be easy to set up for towing, relatively cheap to operate, can go about anywhere, and won't be a PITA when the weather doesn't cooperate. Just my $.02.
  14. Thanks for the input everyone! Sounds like it may be worth trying out at some point.
  15. I was talking to the Amazon guys at Hershey last weekend. Sounded like a pretty nice gig. Anyone have any experience? What was the campground they put you up at like?
  16. I went to Hershey where they had a 3408 (which has w/d hookups) but I really wanted that computer desk/buffet table thing. LOL Plus I wasn't sold on a w/d being mandatory for full-timing. I guess we'll see by this time next year. LOL
  17. After multiple readings of the packet on Escapees, it SOUNDS like I can do the following.... 1. Get insurance thru a TX insurer (and I need to look into future, full-time RVing insurance BEFORE I insure the Jeep) 2. Get proof of insurance. Fill out packet using Escapees mail service addy. Send all that along with PA seller's title, photo ID (in my case, military ID card) and mucho dinero to Polk Co. auditor 3. Once registered and titled, get plates (I gather personalized plates are gotten online?) and drive down to TX in a reasonable amount of time for inspection and to get driver's license. Sound right?
  18. I thought you had to show proof of insurance in order to register. And I'll check on the other insurances. Thanks!
  19. I did but honestly....they seemed a little rushed. I tried to explain my situation, the lady referred me to the packet here.
  20. Well, this insurance info is good to know, but I need to know about registering this Jeep. LOL
  21. My impression from talking to the rep down there is so long as I'm 'sticks n' bricks' at the start, and I insure the toad FIRST (as doing the RV first makes it the daily driver and about 3x more expensive) he really didn't care. I'm sure it is easy to do in person, but I'm about 13 months away from that (according to plan). I suppose when I pick up the RV I could run down there for a week and do it all at once, but I'm just wanting to register the Jeep right now.
  22. Okay, I have read and reread the bit on domicile and establishing residency in Texas. What is confusing me (admittedly, not hard to do) is the order... Step 1. Get the mailing address. Check. Step 2. Establish professional/social connections. Check....I think. Been talking to the State Farm agent about insuring the toad and RV (in that order, I might add). Step 3. What in the heck do I do first??? Driver's license? But I have to establish residency (which is, I thought, done at the conclusion of Step 6??) to get the license, correct? I was going to insure the Jeep I've just purchased via private sale from an individual in Pennsylvania, then get it registered/licensed in Texas, but I'm not sure I can do that. The Polk Co. auditor referred me to the packet here, but that looks to me like I need to submit a Texas DL. Or do I send any photo ID, proof of insurance, title, the forms, and a bucket load of cash (I still think paying sales tax on a private sale is BS LOL). My reading comprehension fading as I get older, that has to be it.
  23. I'm really leaning towards the Bay Star 3401 floorplan, so no W/D for me I think. But thanks for all the input. I am so excited about the idea of being mobile. And I'm optimistic I can avoid the really skeevy laundromats.
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