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  1. Interestingly, I have dealing with the face mask issue for a couple of days since the Governor has announced an executive order that they must be worn inside and outside if social distancing cannot be maintained. But, and here is a big rub, from what I gathered from the article, the virus takes a break if you are in a public venue eating, drinking or exercising. Well, I had researched this early on about cloth face masks, so was prepared to share the info with my elected officials. I have asked the Governor's office for the "data" that she keeps saying supports her "EO" and have yet to receive it. I have asked the physician who was supporting it in a Wichita, KS newspaper from the University of Kansas for the "data", while supplying the data/studies that I drew my conclusions from. Cases are down here, and we were supposed to be done with all the orders on July 15, now. Our small businesses have struggled as our Public Health Officer closed the town well before others in the state. I know no one that contracted COVID 19, my friends know no one either. We had a death, and a friend of mine knew the family. It was a COVID 19 death, but the death certificate (legal document) said the cause of death was heart disease. Our Governor has said that we need to wear masks until a vaccine is available, and Fauci has said we may end up carrying a card to show we have been tested for antibodies. Ah, no! I have read the research, and "NO"! I see so much fear mongering and terrifying people, but you must do your research and stop listening to the news media. COVID 19 is so small that it will pass through a cloth mask, and I'll leave out all the gross possibilities of those reusing cloth masks, especially on young children. I have a lot of "data" coming from reliable sources, but I am listing one here which will probably be taken down as it is against the current narrative. There are many articles on the FB page "Recall Kelly". "Knowledge is power." They have terrified many of the older people in our community yet I have seen reports of a handful of 100+ individuals that have recovered. Build your immune systems, because who knows what comes next. Before being critical of people who aren't wearing masks, which I am tired of, educate yourselves beyond MSM and the CDC (yeah, check them out closely when it comes to them and big pharma). Not political in any way, just the facts. "Data" comes from science not numbers from the CDC or KDHE. And, from across the world:
  2. Because opinions by physicians, epidemiologists and scientists of various specialties disagree, people are approaching the "situation" differently. Even the CDC will not give even a guess as to how accurate the tests are for COVID 19. Our county locked down very early forbidding a person to associate out of their household unless it involved "essential" activity, and now, we have ended up with a lot of late blooming cases. Once the "marketing manager" started scheduling tests, "positives" picked up. They were threatening huge fines and possibly jail time in our county, so the Public Health Officer has had her wings clipped at this point. We are on the cross way of 2 major highways, and in the RV park, there has been no absence of business since March. Because of the size of the virus, it pretty much will pass through any mask, and masks increase the risk of adjusting it and touching one's face, not to mention the reuse of them leaves something to be desired. Those with breathing issues need to be very careful when wearing a mask as there have been problems with lack of oxygen. The college here is going to require students wear masks inside and outside when they cannot social distance which means for hours a day breathing their own carbon dioxide, and I do wonder if they will try to institute that with school age children as I can't imagine that will play out well knowing kids. People are seeing the facts now, and the more that are infected, the quicker it times out. CDC is supposed to come out with new mask recommendations in the next few days according to what I have read. Being well informed on this is the only way to go, stay away from the news and learn the science. Politics are poisoned on both sides at this point. Believe in science, and the CDC maybe not so much. Questioning is good.
  3. OK, the group that I am familiar with from the early 90s did do exactly that and gave "star" ratings to the different manufacturers. Maybe they changed, but I am talking nearly 30 years ago to your 10 years. They also rated the RVs as full-timer, vacation, etc. I was already familiar with RVs to a certain extent, watched over the years, and it was my opinion that the smaller manufacturers were more interested in getting the ratings, so were more accepting of the organization, buying of their "products", making "donations"......... I also know how they got that ratings sitting there first hand and watching it happen. When the organization that I was talking about got started it was one man and this is the "group" that I was talking about discussed in this forum in 2004: http://www.irv2.com/forums/f84/rv-consumer-group-ratings-6894.html I have seen this topic come up across the internet. They don't rate every model, and many people are very happy with units that they slam. It is also recommended for those that don't really know anything about RVs, but with the internet, I just don't see making the investment. The manufacturer that I worked for "earned" the 5-star designation. I see they still have it today from RV Consumer Group. I just googled and found the name of the individual that was the manufacturer and his name was J. D. Gallant. I met this man in person. Got a very bad impression of the operation at that time, and I have commented in other forums over the years, probably to include this one, on this group. J. D. Gallant: https://rv.org/pages/about-us Yep, that is him. We did more RV shopping than most being on RV #10. Both new and used RVs having looked at many RV units over the years. We bought our first in 1984. Anyone considering buying into this should search for other opinions on other forums. Gee, imagine that a $40,000 5th wheel isn't as well built as a $150,000 one! Can you full-time in a $40,000 5th wheel? Many people full-time happily in one that even costs less. Most people won't keep a unit for 15 to 20 years anyway. The group may have changed over the years, but it looks like the same one. My vote is "no", first hand accounts are always better than opinions, so if one wants to spend the money, then go for it! Some like it, but there are enough shortcomings that one needs to understand what they buying. OK, maybe it was "donations and buying products" rather than membership, but I didn't like the "business practices" that I saw at that time. A manufacturer with about 25 employees total, including both office/shop. My advice is to go to the owners' forums for the units that one is interested in and read, read, read/ask questions. Go out and look at used units of that manufacturer and see how they held up. Never consider an RV an "investment". There are more buyers for that $40,00 5th wheel when you decide to unload it then the $150,000 one with some time on the road.
  4. Do they still offer memberships to manufacturers? I remember when they first started, and they did have manufacturers that bought memberships. I know some of the manufacturers would not give them the time of day, especially the larger ones who didn't need a "rating" from the organization. I remember the info they first started out with, and it was of some benefit as at that time, there wasn't the wealth of information that is available online now. Even in the beginning, I found the info already outdated as the industry moves along quickly with models, improvements, finding cheaper ways of doing something, etc. I had the benefit of working for a small direct sale manufacturer at that time and watching a visit and really being "the fly on the wall" in this case. I just didn't think much of the whole thing.
  5. I would not use Drano or Liquid Plumber. I usually use hot water, vinegar and maybe baking soda trying one or two of those together. I have a small plunger that I use on the sink drain to speed it up if necessary, so that might be an option. Vinegar usually cuts soapy residue especially with a hot water chaser.
  6. I realize co-ops are different than Rainbow Parks, but because we have the 3rd adult (our son with Down syndrome), I either read the "rules and regulations" if online or called the co-ops (2 that didn't have info readily available online. Both of them danced around it never really saying "yes" or "no", kind of coming up with other issues we might have that would prevent us from joining the co-op. It didn't give me the best feeling, and I understand the choice is entirely theirs. I am arrogant enough to write it off as their loss and not ours! I wish they would have just come out and said "no". Obviously, I'm not going to choose a co-op over our son. We are looking hard at whether we will continue our membership which is due next month. We have looked at activities with the different groups. We, like some others, aren't into potluck and alcohol which can leave one on the "side lines". We often don't "fit" which is fine. I sort of fell in love with the original idea of the Escapees. Many things up close aren't the way they appear from a distance. We have met a handful of really nice people that belong to the Escapees, and really appreciate those like Kirk that work diligently to keep this forum afloat. We were considering attending the Escapade in Wyoming, but it a lot of money to sit on the side lines, so.................. We don't fit in a group which is fine, probably better than fine.
  7. We became interested in Escapees when we were in our 30s, a good 30 years ago. We came here trying to figure out how to go full-time and have jobs. At that time, more than one person said that we needed to "earn" it like they did and wait until we retired. It seemed like every time I asked a question then, I just got some smart remark about not having earned....... I also agree that those with cheaper rigs or lesser funds to buy a rig need to be just as welcome as anyone else. I see so much criticism when someone mentions a rig not considered for "full-time" in their opinion. Having lived full-time among others off and on, I can tell you that I have seen people full-timing in every possible variation of RV imaginable, and it works for them. I have heard that The Ranch has that "spirit" that first interested us in the Escapees. There is so much information and experience that can be shared here, and a warm welcome despite someone's "circumstances" would certainly not hurt! I am afraid that the "spirit" is wilting, but much of that is due to the changes in the world in general. Cheap RV Living has an active forum which is a good resource for those with lesser means, younger ages, etc. Lessons could be learned from their forum. An attitude of tell me your circumstances/what you have to work with and I'll share the knowledge/experience I have to try to help you make it work would show some true "spirit" IMHO. Kirk: I know the "spirit" that you speak of. There still are Escapees out there with that, and I feel sorry for those that don't get what the Escapees "Spirit" is. I read the books and articles about and by the Petersons, and once emailed Kay and got a very nice response. I try to show that "spirit" in my life, a Golden Rule thing for me.
  8. If I had an insurance man that I trusted, I would talk it over with him, since it will not be on your property or in paid storage elsewhere, that would probably require some extra rider or something.
  9. I get tired of people who breaks laws whining when they get caught. Seriously, maybe take the safety of others on the roads that will be traveled into consideration. Once stopped for an infraction of the law, one is opening themselves up to scrutiny, so maybe just check everything and make sure laws are not being broken from the get-go. The things I have seen on the road........... Good website for understanding weights: http://changingears.com/rv-sec-tow-vehicles-understand.shtml I googled to read some articles on this, and what I found was lists of RV forums where people were asking if they would have issues towing overweight. They seem to want reassurance that it will be OK from others doing it. What else I saw was attorneys advertising reference being in an accident with an RV and it turning out to be overweight, so that comes into play. There are a number of accidents that RVs are involved in. I hope they catch and ticket every last person that is towing overweight! As more RVs are on the road, more accidents taking place involving them, others will be demanding that something be done. That is the way it works when people cheat, everyone pays in the end! People seeking reassurance that they can break the law without consequences? I have nothing positive to say about that.
  10. What information are you finding overwhelming? Have you looked at the manufacturers' websites at floor plans, lengths, and weights? I'd look at this: https://www.etrailer.com/question-303461.html as seems a relevant discussion or maybe this: https://www.odyclub.com/threads/whats-the-largest-camper-or-rv-honda-odyssey-2011-can-pull-any-ideas.244497/ How long is the "initial" drive? I am wondering what trailers you have been considering. Some of the manufacturers' websites have "RV Finder" (I have seen them at several sites) where you put in your perimeters, and a list of those that would work comes up. Forest River's RV Finder: https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/rv-finder (not recommending them, but they have the biggest lineup) Good luck!
  11. I think the more one spends, the more they expect, which is reasonable. This does give us "pause" though since we were planning a trip next week to look at GD. We did see another video where a floor area near the bathroom entrance had to be ripped out and replaced, again it was OSB (not a fan of that myself). It was interesting to watch the person dig through that insulation trying to see if there was a leak. One thing I find irritating is that construction details are nearly impossible to get as photos and brochures are mostly fluff: "king size bed", "oven", "stereo system", etc. Roof decking? Roof membrane? Rarely do they tell you exactly what that is. I consider, for the most part, like everything else anymore, "luck of the draw". If someone is only looking at the lifestyle short term (2 to 4 years), I recommend either used or entry level. The good thing about entry level is that there is a market after a couple of years whereas those high dollar ones, tons on the market, especially fifth wheels which do not seem to be in demand as a new one, maybe not of the same quality but all shiny, clean with new appliances, etc., can be bought for less than the used higher end. Spend enough time in a used one to get a feel for any offensive odors as they can be VERY hard to impossible to get rid of. So, thanks for the video and other comments here.
  12. I can beat all of the examples! Someone with a larger dog appeared to have taken up the throw rugs the dog had used for a toilet, big potty, and put them in the washer without shaking them out. It fell on the floor, was in the washer and the dryer. This person also routinely washed his containers with chewing tobacco in. I am currently washing our clothes daily in a Scrubba and using a spin dryer to get them dry enough to dry within a couple of hours after seeing one of the contractor scoop a pile of filthy, greasy clothing from the back of his truck to wash. Another big issue with contractor presence can be tar. It doesn't hurt to carry a container of bleach wipes, always checking before placing anything in the washer or dryer. Sadly, many of the laundry mats are in less than great areas of a city, and in one city, it was the clearinghouse for the illegal drug trade. I agree with the others, check for reviews, but that will probably be limited for some areas.
  13. We use the cheap Camco ones as I just feel better about changing them from time to time. We insulated ours for winter and then just left the insulation on. Used the lengths of pipe insulation, Reflectix and a good tape - that is the standard here. I have heard those cool ones that coil up do not last very long, and they are expensive, and have not heard good things about the ones that come "heated" for winter. In the AZ desert, the water came out of the ground lines very hot! (The freeze line there is not deep at all, but where the freeze line is deeper, the water isn't as hot coming into the hose.) So much depends on location.
  14. Thanks for sharing! I have always wanted to go to Wyoming, so this is one that is more attractive than some of the others to me.
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