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  1. That tow rating of 8,600# for the Tahoe is for a basic vehicle with no options, no gear, a partial tank of fuel, and no passengers...only one 150# driver. What this means for you is that once you fill up the fuel tank, add all the gear that will normally be carried in the vehicle, and add the spouse, the kids, and the pets, what you will actually be able to tow will be something less. Since you already have the Tahoe, I recommend loading it up like it will be for a trip with full fuel, people/pets, and gear, and taking it down to the local scales to get it weighed. You'll need to know two numbers for your Tahoe: The GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating...the most the Tahoe can weight) and the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating...the most the Tahoe plus the weight of anything you tow can weigh). Once you know the actual loaded weight of the Tahoe, you can use the calculator trailertraveler gave the link to in order to figure out what you can really tow. Additionally, the 7,600# dry weight of the trailer may not be the *actual* dry weight since, typically, manufacturers don't add in options to that figure. So instead of using the dry weight, always use the trailer's GVWR for your calculations.
  2. There's no way that the shoulder parking along the road would hold the hundreds of vehicles that use the pay parking lot. It might be OK at this time of year when the snowbirds are gone, but certainly not during the winter. Hopefully, it will open again before the winter season starts!
  3. I use Open Office for both word processing and spreadsheets.
  4. The following comes from this site: https://www.medicare.gov/supplements-other-insurance/how-to-compare-medigap-policies "Plans F and G also offer a high-deductible plan in some states. With this option, you must pay for Medicare-covered costs (coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles) up to the deductible amount of $2,340 in 2020 before your policy pays anything. (Plans C and F aren't available to people who are newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020.)"
  5. We've used both Good Sam and Coach Net, have used both with good results. We are now with Escapees' ERS mainly because of the cost. I had occasion to use it last month when I had gone to the grocery store to pick up groceries I'd ordered online. When I went to start the car again, the battery was dead (original battery on a 2011 car). I called Safe Ride and they had someone out in less than an hour to jump start the battery.
  6. The outside lane, where the auto sized diesel nozzles are usually located makes sense since most big rigs fill from both sides so they need to be on an inside lane where there is a pump on both sides. Might as well use that outside pump for something!
  7. In our experience when we had a diesel pickup truck, the truck stops almost always had a regular auto diesel sized nozzle at their truck lanes. It came in handy when we were pulling our fifth wheel rather than trying to enter and exit at the auto pumps. The auto diesel sized nozzles were usually on an outside pump. If it's not obvious, go inside and ask if they have such a nozzle and where it's located.
  8. We travel from Washington State to Arizona and back again each year. We usually travel through Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. There are many areas in the vast empty countryside where there are no OTA signals
  9. That works fine -- IF you're in an area where there are OTA signals. We're often in areas where there are none. (We're Dish customers and have had no problems changing local channels as we travel. We usually use Dish's chat feature to do so and it takes maybe 5 minutes.)
  10. At the bottom of your post, you should see an "edit" button. It's to the right of the "quote" button.
  11. It's already open. Even if it weren't, the bypass is to continue heading west on US-6 and then take NV-360 north to where it intersects with US-95.
  12. We travel US-95 at least once a year between Washington and Yuma. It's a good two-lane road with no grades to speak of...unless you plan on traveling US-95 in Idaho as Linda mentioned (White Bird Hill can be a bear going up or coming down). However, if your destination in Washington is Sequim, I would not travel through Idaho, getting off US-95 at some point. There are lots of ways to go depending on how much time you want to take. If it were us and we wanted to stick with US-95, we'd take it to I-84 in Idaho, just before Ontario, ID. There *is* a grade on US-95 after crossing over from Oregon to Idaho, but it'll be downhill going north. And, of course, traveling I-84, you'll have to go over the Blue Mountains...a grade going up and quite a grade going back down toward Pendleton. As long as you are familiar with mountain driving, you shouldn't have any problems. Alternatively, at Burns Junction in Oregon (where US-95 turns and heads east toward Idaho), you could take ID-78 into Burns, OR and take US-395 north to I-84. There are some grades on ID-78 into Burns, but nothing too bad, and it avoids going over the Blues...although we travel over the Blues usually twice a year, and, despite the grades, it's a good road. Just check the weather and make sure the roads are clear and don't have snow/ice on them. Of course, if you're going this time of year, that won't be a problem. It's actually a beautiful drive. Anyway, once on I-84 headed west, go all the way to I-5 and take it north to US-101 just south of Olympia, WA and then north to Sequim.
  13. North Ranch is a Rainbow park, not a co-op. We had our name on the list for a spot at the co-op in Sutherlin, OR, until we finally decided we didn't want the structure and rules of that type of setup. We've been to all of the co-ops from Texas westward except for Jojoba and they each have their pluses and minuses. We're not interested in activities provided by a park, so that was never on our radar. However, if that's important to you, it would go a long way in helping you make your choice. I agree with 2gypsies...visit all of the parks and stay for at least a month in each to get a feel of the park.
  14. Finally received the money on the 6th!
  15. Is the iPad the only Verizon device you have? If you also have phones using Verizon's service, that's 15GB per device, for a total of 45GB if you have 2 phones and the iPad.
  16. Oh, come on now. Certainly you know that the term "Washington State" is to differentiate it from Washington, D.C.
  17. We're sheltering in place at our sticks and bricks home in Washington State. Normally, we leave at the end of October to head south for the winter...I'm hoping we'll be able to do so again this October. We boondock, so social distancing isn't a problem. Where we usually stay, we'll have grocery stores where we can order online and do curbside pickup. Our biggest problem will be doing laundry since it's not always possible to stay a minimum of 6' away from others in a laundromat.
  18. We didn't get a refund (nor did we have to pay) for 2019, either. When filling out the Get My Payment form, I checked the box for "got a refund" and then put "0" in the amount box. It finally accepted the information this past Monday and the message I got was that the money would be auto deposited to our checking account.
  19. We have been AARP members for years...and get very little junk mail from them. One of the benefits we use from being an AARP member is the mobile home insurance through Foremost. We've also used the Medicare Supplement through United Health.
  20. We STILL haven't received our stimulus check, but I WAS finally able to get the Get My Payment site to work yesterday after a couple of weeks trying! (First, as noted above, I kept getting the message that the banking information I had entered didn't match their records (it did), and then for days on end I kept getting a "technical difficulties" message.) So now they have my direct deposit information (they had it, anyway), maybe we'll be getting money deposited shortly. But I'm not holding my breath.
  21. Since the census is used for things like the number of U.S. Representatives in Congress from each state, if we were still fulltimers, I, too, would use my domicile address even if that is not where I physically was on April 1.
  22. We're at our home in Washington State as we normally are during the spring and summer. We usually head south for the winter at the end of October and we're hoping we'll still be able to do so this fall. Time will tell.
  23. No post office, no voting by mail, including absentee ballots.
  24. The problem is, the site is telling me the banking information I entered (and where our refunds are deposited) does not match their records. I've used information from both 2019 and 2018 and get the same message. That's why I'm thinking that, for some reason, the IRS is using the banking information where are Social Security payments are deposited.
  25. We haven't received ours, either. My problem is that when I filed our taxes in February of this year, we did not get a refund, so didn't give the IRS any banking information. We DID get a refund when I filed our 2018 taxes, but when I go to the IRS site to track where our stimulus check is, it gives me the error message that the account information doesn't match their records. So now I'm thinking maybe they're using the banking information where our Social Security checks are deposited, even though that's not the same bank I use for refunds. I'm going to try that again later this morning to see if that works. If not, I guess I'll just have to wait for a snail mail check.
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