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  1. Thanks! That ought to keep me busy for a while.
  2. Just dropped the toy hauler ramp for the first time. It was exciting getting to see what it's like to be inside looking out finally, because I've set up a Soloflex station in there and plan to exercise with a view. The problem is, now that the ramp is down, I feel exposed like a carnival attraction. Can anyone recommend an appropriately-sized mesh or screen solution that would work well for privacy - making it easier to see out than in - as well as flying insects? The opening's interior dimensions are about 56" wide by 75" tall. (I'm new to RV life, so I'm hoping there's an obvious best-in-market solution that everyone knows about and can easily point me to.)
  3. I guess there are more options - weird they didn't show up last time I did my research, which was a few months ago. Just settled on this option for $600. They won me over with their tales of "Amish construction". https://amazon.com/Graphite-Mattress-Premium-Textured-Trailers/dp/B07VDBK6HW/
  4. Just spent my first night in my new (to me) used 2019 Keystone Outback 240URS. It was great, except for being on a naked and beat down mattress. Turns out the size is RV Short King which is 72" x 75". Searching on the internet, the only two vendors for that size mattress that I can find are: https://rvmattress.com/ https://restrightmattress.com/rv-king-mattress/ On both sites, the middle-quality option is about $1100, so not much difference there. But also... neither one offers sheets in that size. They both carry sheets, just not in that size. Which is stupid, and a terrible customer experience. So, my questions are: Are there any other vendors for RV Short King mattresses besides there two? Are there any vendors for RV Short King bed sheets at all?
  5. That's neat, I didn't know about that service - but what I meant was a site for people who have hookups at home and want to rent them to someone like me, so I can bring my RV there instead of a commercial RV park.
  6. Crap, I just thought of an even better question. I'm currently browsing listings on AirBnB to see if I can do better than a motel, and I saw someone renting out a 5th wheel hooked up in their backyard, and it made me think: Are there people who have RV hookups at their home and would be willing to rent space/hookups? Like AirBnB but for RVs? If so, I could negotiate with a private individual and not worry about policies like up-to-date registration and having a tow-vehicle on-hand 24/7, at least until I progress my personal situation further.
  7. I forgot to ask my other policy-related question: How strict are RV parks about making sure your travel trailer is properly registered? I just got my residency address today from Escapees Mail Service, but still have to wait for my incompetent RV dealer to send my titlework to the Texas DPS, then make an appointment to go there, and I figure all this could drag out for weeks or even months - in the meantime, if no park will let me move my trailer in, I'll be paying a fortune on motels.
  8. Sorry for the delayed response. Video: Thanks, though I've already seen that one. I watched all the videos on YouTube about the 240URS when I was buying since I couldn't get to see one in person. Documentation: Don't know, and won't know until I get there in three weeks. The manufacturer (Keystone) has a 100pg manual online that they update every year, but it's a generic manual for all Keystone models - hundreds of models across dozens of lines, of which the Outback is merely one. So it's of very limited use. I called them and spoke to a person to ask if there's any manuals for my specific model, and was shocked to learn there isn't. I consider that a mark against Keystone. They still made my favorite floorplan in the country, and I don't regret my purchase - but no manual is unacceptable. Propane: Don't know, won't know until I get there. But it's my least concern. Filling a propane tank is literally the one thing us city boys actually have done before, thanks to grilling. That's what I was hoping - until I learned about their policy of requiring you to own your own tow vehicle. I started another thread entirely about that: That's basically what I'm hoping. First I need to find an RV park that will have me, then I need to figure out how to tow it from the storage unit to the park, and then I can finally focus on hooking up / operating the RV itself - which is when I'm hoping friendly neighbors and staff will pinch in when I get stuck. Combined with patience, online research, and probably buying tools and parts. Yes - towing and anything to do with septic are the two most intimidating aspects to me right now, in my ignorance. Unfortunately, the dealer's in another state - and not particularly competent. I'm still having to hand-hold/yell at them through the registration process, which we began together in January and is still not close to done. (They sent docs to NV, failing to realize a physical inspection is required, and now NV is sending it back, and we're gonna try again in Livingston, TX, home of Escapees.) Re: RVOU - Thanks for the tip. In that case, I might sign up for and rush through those online courses after I get there and see the trailer. I think that covers everything...
  9. Oops - just edited original post to add that info.
  10. Hello. In three weeks I'll be moving into my RV to live full-time - but I've never seen it, nor have I ever owned or operated an RV before - or even taken a class. It started in December, when I decided I prefer mobility to being tied to one place. I spent several days researching the different categories and features of RVs, then several more days researching all the models sold in America that meet my criteria until I found the one that most appealed to me (2019 Outback 240URS - a 28' travel trailer) and purchased a used one from a dealer in another state. It's currently stored in Houston, near Escapees - which I just joined. (Both RV Club and Mail Forwarding service.) Now, once I get there, I'd like to focus exclusively on how to properly operate and maintain the trailer before going anywhere or settling in to the area. The Boot Camp seems like a great method, but the next one in Houston isn't until November. My question: Does it make sense to jump straight into the RV Online University courses, or do they assume knowledge from the Boot Camp? And can online learning be sufficient, or do I need some in-person coaching, and if so - where do I get it? PS - Attached is the photo I've been using as my desktop wallpaper since January.
  11. Yes, although hopefully not for long. Starting in Conroe (an hour north of Houston), and plan to relocate to outside Austin a few months later.
  12. The lesson here is - consider the natural disaster threat portfolio of each individual RV park in addition to policies.
  13. Hadn't considered emergencies - although I imagine most emergencies could still be handled between rentals and old-fashioned helping. Guess I'll just have to work a little harder to pick places.
  14. I hear TX has legendary humidity - and that's where I'm heading first.
  15. Although I have no prior experience with RVs, after 2020 I desperately needed more freedom, so in January I purchased a 2019 Outback 240URS (28' travel trailer) from a dealership in Florida and had it shipped to a storage unit in Houston, where I'm planning to unite it with it for the first time on June 1. (I'm in Las Vegas until my lease ends May 31.) I also just signed up for the Escapees RV Club membership with Mail Forwarding service. Since their HQ happens to be near Houston, and they have their own RV Park (Rainbow's End), I thought it'd be smart and fun to take the trailer there first and stay there until I learn how to properly operate and maintain my trailer while surrounded by experts. However, I just noticed this on their policy page: I don't own a tow vehicle - I own a Honda Insight (basically a civic hybrid) because I do Postmates/GrubHub delivery for a living. Whenever I need to move - which I don't plan to do often - I intend to make use of the very affordable 3/4 ton tow trucks that Enterprise Rental offers at convenient locations all over the country. It makes no sense for me to own a tow vehicle right now. (I'd like to own a truck and be completely independent, but I can't do that until I have income other than food delivery, which is a long-term goal.) So, my rookie question is: Is this a common policy? Do most parks discriminate against perfectly rational and responsible people like me on the assumption that "don't own truck" means "likely to be a problem"? And is there no way to compensate with, say, a security deposit, or something like that?
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