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  1. Grew up in Pennsylvania and camped there a lot. Have family that still owns cabins in the PA woods. The bears are Black bears and have a tendency to get into trash, garbage, BBQs and anything that smells like food if given the opportunity. Years ago, the bear hunting season in PA was suspended. The number of nuisance bear complaints rose each year until the hunting season was reinstated. Northern New Jersey has a high bear population which spills over into Northeastern PA. The governor of NJ recently suspended bear hunting on all state lands, so the bear population in those areas is likely rising and I am guessing the number of nuisance bear incidents is also. He plans to end all bear hunting in NJ after the 2020 season. If the area where you are leaving the RV is a sanctuary of sorts where no hunting can occur, I would be more concerned about them causing problems near human residences. Not sure what PA does these days about enforcing rules to help prevent bears from becoming habituated to humans. As someone else mentioned there are a number of smaller critters like mice, squirrels, woodrats and even raccoons that will find there way into vehicles and buildings and cause substantial damage.
  2. The Act was signed into law today.
  3. For those that might be interested, The Great American Outdoors Act passed in the Senate. It will now move to the House of Representatives.
  4. I have used electric collars on numerous hunting dogs since the mid 1970s. In my opinion they are most useful for avoidance training such as snake proofing and stopping chasing of cars deer, etc. They are often the only way to get compliance with commands at a distance when there is no physical connection between the handler and the dog. The first ones had one setting that was quite robust like a cattle prod. Some of these early systems used a single channel or very few channels so that there was a chance that another dog handlers transmitter would trigger other dogs collars. A power radios like CBs or ham radios in close proximity would sometimes trigger the collar. I think these problem have mostly been resolved. Today, many collars have multiple stimulation settings as well as tones and vibration. I prefer a collar with all three and a wide range of stimulation settings. Once a dog knows a command, the tone or vibration is often all that is necessary to get their attention and focus on the command(s). There are systems that can handle more than one collar from a single remote. Not all collars and transmitters are waterproof. Some state they are water resistant. Some collars with rechargeable batteries can not be opened to replace the batteries and are essentially throw aways. Good quality systems are not cheap.
  5. Welcome to the Escapees Forum!!! Here is a link to a topic that discussed locating Veterinary services while on the road.
  6. I reread the new terms of service and do not see any mention of "vacation stop" or suspension of services. I don't believe these are considered "cancellations" of service. I just suspended my DTV service until February. My current bill shows a balance as it has in the past when I suspended service. I do not know if the fact that I do not have a contract and own my equipment makes a difference or not. Only time will tell what happens in February as I understand that there will be changes to the SD programming about that time also.
  7. I agree, but it may also work on those it is not intended for. Discharging any aerosol in a confined space like inside an RV may contaminate the whole area and anyone in it. There are pepper spray and other chemical self defense products that emit a fog and others that emit a stream. A stream is less likely then a fog to contaminate non-target areas in a confined space, but it will splash. It takes some practice to consistently hit the target with a stream and there are practice canisters available. The agency that I worked for included exposure to the chemical agents as part of the training required to carry and use them. Picture receiving a bear hug from an assailant with a shirt soaked with pepper spray. The purpose was so that there was no surprise in the affect of exposure and to create the survival mindset that even if exposed, one could continue to defend self and others. Many items can be used as a baton for self defense. It takes training to know where to strike and practice to be able to reliably hit the target area. The use of a baton can be considered deadly force depending on where on the body it is used to strike. So, education/training is something to consider.
  8. If the animal is recovered, it may take time for the testing to confirm that the animal had rabies. There is a window of up to several days to start treatment. Post exposure treatment involves multiple injections, usually at a doctor's office. If you are concerned about and feel you are at risk of exposure to rabies, talk to your doctor. You may be able to get pre-exposure treatments that will reduce the number of post exposure treatments required. During my working years, I had both pre-exposure and post exposure rabies treatments and never went to an ER to get them.
  9. In addition to activities that the resort may have, most communities have opportunities to get involved. State Parks, National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges often have volunteer programs for the local community and often have friends groups that organize volunteer activities, run book stores and conduct other fund raising activities. As mentioned, Habitat for Humanity has volunteer opportunities for both the local community and RVers. Fraternal Organizations like the Elks, Moose, Jaycees and Rotary will welcome your participation. There may also be opportunities to volunteer at a local community/Senior Center.
  10. For those over 65 that are on Medicare and haven't been keeping track; according to the Medicare Website the new cards are mailing NOW for South Dakota.
  11. Welcome to the Escapees Forum!! If you use the Recreation.gov website for federal facilities the length of the site is often included in the information provided when you click on the site on the map. This website often provides site size information for National Forest Service Campgrounds. For state parks, Reserve America often has site size information for each site. This is a post by forum member Zulu from another topic on the same subject. Again, Welcome to the Escapees Forum!!
  12. I am not arguing with you or any one else. A question was asked, I tried to provide an answer and links which you apparently did not like. Any changes to TX law should be included in the Texas Administrative Code which is why I posted the link to what appears to be the current version. The note at the bottom of the page states The note at the bottom of the section on Address states: I can find no evidence that Speights vs Willis was settled by the TX Supreme Court in October of 2002. The very opinion that you linked to is from not the Texas Supreme Court.
  13. Here is a link to what I believe is the current TX Administrative Code regarding establishing domicile for the purpose of obtaining a driver's license. Section (g), (2) states Here is a link to the section on Address. I can not find any other section/statement that specifically mentions use of a mail forwarder or that seems to apply specifically to full time RVers.
  14. In case anyone missed it, this was the same day that this thread was started. Despite the announced closing date of July 31, it sounds like mail was already being returned to the senders by the postal service at the time this thread was started.
  15. Putting slides out and leveling aside; I like to plug in right away to let the EMS do its thing and test the voltage, ground, etc. Nothing much more aggravating then getting setup and then finding that there is a problem with the power pedestal that requires a move.
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