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RE: Winterizing & Summerizing for Snowbirds

Summerizing? It's 115 and 115+ outside this week in Arizona. It's hot enough that the label adhesive on the antiseptic bottle melts in the car and the label slips away. The roof shingles would probably slide off the roof if they weren't nailed on. I need to set and leave the air conditioning on in the house before leaving for the summer. I'm thinking 90-degrees. Any suggestions as to what to set the AC temp? Why haven't you left already? We leave the mid to end of April. Since our Park Model is old, we just shut off the water, shut off the power, cover every thing, put blackout curtains in the windows to cut down on sun infiltration and go. We have someone check on it all summer, and they turn on the water and power about 3-4 days before we arrive back, usually the first of October.
BarbaraOK 06/21/21 10:46am Snowbirds
Non-responsiveness of Good Sam

So, I posted about not getting my supposed gift certificate in time to do any good since we are RVing for the summer months. Funny thing to do for RVers to do, I know. This was the last message in the thread that I posted Hello BarbaraOK, Please send us a PM with your membership information so we can assist with getting this issue resolved for you. Venesa Good Sam Care Team I sent the requested information and received a reply saying that they had already started the process and would send me an email. AND NOTHING. We are now in an area with a Camping World about 3 miles down the road from us - but I will NOT be walking into that place before we leave next Monday. Talk about a shame operation!
BarbaraOK 06/16/21 09:16pm Good Sam Club
RE: Renewal Gift Certificate Expires

Hello BarbaraOK, Thank you for your time and post. We apologize you received an expired Merchandise Certificate. Please send us a private message with your Good Sam membership number and your best mailing address, and we can issue a replacement. Please be advised that the certificates are issued by a third party company and can take up to two months for delivery. Regards, Amy Good Sam Care Team Obviously you didn't read closely. WE ARE TRAVELING FOR THE SUMMER. Not sure exactly where I will be in 2 months and it won't be anywhere close our address. We travel from April through September! So people who will be traveling and could use the certificate for needed things are just out of luck. Thanks for nothing!
BarbaraOK 05/25/21 09:36am Good Sam Club
Renewal Gift Certificate Expires

So I renewed and got a Gift Certificate for renewing. EXCEPT, I received it in our package of mail on the 21st and it expired on the 15th of May. Of course, what business do RVers have to be traveling and only get their mail every few weeks! How dare we actually use our RVs and get out there. But it is typical of what I've come to expect from Good Sam and I will not renew again!
BarbaraOK 05/22/21 08:24pm Good Sam Club
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

I just got my TX driver's license upgraded to a "Real ID" using the TX PMB. Banking good, investments good, credit cards good, taxes good. However, yesterday I was looking at the Capital One CC and it said you could check to see if you are pre-approved. As soon as i hit the address line it kick me out and said I could not use that kind of address. Oh well, it doesn't all work! It's the 77399 zip code - that is a unique zip code for the Escapees Mail Forwarding business. If you are living in any of the houses around the property, I believe you have a 77351 zip code like everyone else in Livingston. I went to buy something online and after putting in the credit card information, it asked for our address, which is often used to verify that it is my card. No, wouldn't take it. I contacted the company and said if BOA has no problem with my address while using the card, what is your problem. Turns out it was the zip code. She said put in another zip code for the town, did that and everything went through as planned. Whatever software they were using wouldn't allow zip codes for some types of businesses, but never really MATCH with the credit card companies. If the zip code was possible for the town and wasn't on their can't use list, it was all good. And of course, what I was buying was sent to a different shipping address. Had the same problem with Wal-Mart when trying to set up getting groceries for curbside pickup. So told Wal-Mart that because of their attitude they wouldn't get my business, plenty of other firms are willing to do business with me.
BarbaraOK 05/11/21 09:21am Full-time RVing
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

The camel in the tent that you didn't ask about is that financial institutions are unlikely to accept a PMB address. And here we've been using our Livingston address for 16 years without a problem. Hmmmm.
BarbaraOK 05/08/21 09:07am Full-time RVing
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

I believe it is going to be harder to vote in areas withered large numbers of full timers register. The local election officials rightly take a dim view of those voters, especially when it comes to local issues. There is something wrong with people who never step foot in town or county voting on bond issues, county elected officials, school boards etc. A crackdown wouldn’t surprise me. No, local officials don't take a dim view of full timers, at least not in Livingston, as we provide a lot of jobs for people who live in Livingston, we provide money for their bridge upkeep fund and do not use the roads, and we count in the census which increases the numbers in the town, which helps when getting federal grants, etc.
BarbaraOK 05/08/21 09:04am Full-time RVing
RE: Tips/Tricks/info on Full-time RV'ing For Beginners

Start reading blogs of people who post in RV forums and see what they think was important enough to write about - especially people who have been full timing for a long time. And notice how things change for them as they get to use to the ups and downs of full timing.
BarbaraOK 03/21/21 11:29am Full-time RVing
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

We retired in 2006 and have been chasing the 75° mark. Are you going to 'live' with one of your relatives, as in that's the place where you will get your mail, register your vehicles, get your drivers license, vote, etc. If so - I would suggest Texas as that state is RV friendly. I'd actually suggest using Escapees in Livingston, TX as your domicile, but since you have family in Texas where you plan to spend time, that might be a better fit for you. Also think about your medical care - where do you want that to be based. It might not be a necessity now - but it will be. Growing old isn't easy. I would suggest establishing your primary care relationship where ever you decide to spend at least 1 month or more each year. We originally retired out of Tyler, Tx and kept our physician there. But in 2015, we changed to the Phoenix area for ongoing care as we started spending more of the winter here and they have great medical care in the valley. Of course, since we are on Medicare, that became very easy to do. Don't wait to decide where you are going to "live", start the discussions now, and with your family, so that it is all set before you leave your house. We put in our change of address about 3 months before we went full timing so that we could be sure all of our mail would be forwarded. And move all financial, etc. away from paper and to digital that can be managed from your computer.
BarbaraOK 02/08/21 07:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fantasizing, I suppose

2-3 years. That would be barely seeing all the Truck stops and traveling interstates. We spent 9 years full-time and the past 6 years 1/2 time (wintering in Arizona) and STILL haven't seen it all. We initially thought 1 month per state so for lower 48, that's 4 years right there. While maybe a months enough for small states, it takes more time than that to really get a feeling for all the country has to offer.
BarbaraOK 02/02/21 07:49pm Full-time RVing
RE: Vaccinations

Here is another thought on vaccinating snowbirds. If an unvaccinated snowbird gets covid do they go to the hospital in their home state or in a hospital in FL? Which state bears the burden of treatment? If someone can figure out how to vaccinate military personnel who are not in their home state (without affecting states vaccine allotments); someone can figure out to vaccinate snowbirds who are living out of their home state. Sick individuals go to the closest hospital, which is why Arizona is vaccinating anyone who fits into the age/health category currently being enrolled. Snowbird spend a LOT of money in Arizona and are vital to the economy. Lack of Canadian snowbirds this year is impacting every RV resort in the greater Phoenix area. In fact, not only is Arizona giving snowbirds their first shot, they a HIGHLY recommend they stay long enough to get the second - and spend more money during that stay! The problem was no clear direction about the vaccine distribution until last week when the opened up the 1B category to 65 and up, and told states not to hold back, but to use all they had to get the first doses out. Many states have not done that because they don't trust that there will be more supplies coming. It will shake itself out in the end, but in the mean time, it is extremely chaotic.
BarbaraOK 01/26/21 08:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Vaccinations

From a public health standpoint, it would be best for Florida to vaccinate snowbirds. This population is the most likely to end up in a hospital and comprises a significant portion of the population. Financially and for the stability of the health care system it would be smart to vaccinate as many as fast as possible, be they residents or not. The government is supplying the vaccine and hopefully reimbursing state costs in providing the shot, so long term there should be little extra financial burden to the state. That's what Arizona is doing. Snowbirds provide a LOT of money, in fact the Health Departments are reminding snowbirds to stay and get their second shot here, to make sure you have 2 doses from the same manufacturer, as well as spending some more money in the state!
BarbaraOK 01/23/21 08:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Full time with DirectTV

So you full time with Direct TV, do you own or lease your equipment? Do you have the option of canceling your service for a period of time without cost, if you are in a location where you can’t get service due to trees or hills. Trees and hills - that's why we have 150' of cable. And we have used that much at times to get a signal during baseball season! Direct TV you rent the equipment. Direct doesn't have the option for suspending for a few months, but if you are full timing why would you? Do you understand that full-timing means you don't live in a house, you get your internet via MiFis with data plans that usually limit you to 25-30 G per month and more and more people have at least 2 data plans, one from AT&T and one from Verizon to cover them when they travel. This is in addition to whatever they have for the phones.
BarbaraOK 01/20/21 08:19am Full-time RVing
RE: Full time with DirectTV

I always start the phone call by asking for a supervisor and explaining that what I need is different from their routine customers and there is no need for me to waste their time, especially if I am going to be 'yelling at someone' before I get finished. Person always happy to get a supervisor on the line, and a couple of times I have had to ask for their supervisor. Lately I've been having good success at using Twitter when I run into a roadblock with a company - something about blasting out a generalized complaint all across the world (as in "Why does XYZ Company treat customers so badly" etc) will get a lot of retweets and a DM from the company giving me a specific phone number of call and someone who will talk to me.
BarbaraOK 01/19/21 08:42am Full-time RVing
RE: New Border Regulations

BarbaraNOtOK-You should put your brain in gear b4 using the keyboard. I was relating what's available in Yuma-no mention of the rest of the country. I didn't say I was driving. It's not too likely an airline is going to stop over so a passenger can get a covid test. You have a direct flight from Yuma to a city in Canada? Flying out of Phoenix or Tucson, or San Diego, plenty of labs doing PCR tests with 2-3 day turn around. Stay in hotel near the airport, get test done, get result and fly home.
BarbaraOK 01/12/21 10:55am Snowbirds
RE: New Border Regulations

Yep our rocket scientist has really messed up. I read the req'ts today. Main problem is that rapid result tests will not be recognized. I phoned around Yuma and all providers have a 3-7 bus. day turnaround...tough to squeeze into 72 hours. Hopefully they fix it by the end of March. Means you'll need to stop near a major city on way north that has a lot more testing available. Don't judge the rest of the country by what is available in Yuma.
BarbaraOK 01/11/21 11:27pm Snowbirds
RE: Vaccinations

Got our appointments for the end of January in Maricopa County, Arizona
BarbaraOK 01/11/21 10:08am Around the Campfire

There are many flea markets and farmers markets throughout the valley. fruit and produce is almost giveaway cheap. A few less vendors this year due to covid. This alone makes me want to try RGV instead of Az! There are some of the same things in Arizona. Citrus Groves all over the place. Some decent wine growing regions in the state. Plus in both Phoenix and Tucson areas great museums, great restaurants, great shopping and come spring training, 15 teams within 40 minutes of each other. And if going across the border, there are also places that are nicer than along the Rio Grande.
BarbaraOK 01/08/21 06:53pm Snowbirds
RE: Another article on Snowbirds, or the lack thereof

he tells me he's acquired the product and is just waiting for Dec 21What's the significance of Dec 21? The border will stay closed for probably another 6 months (less if the immunizations roll out faster than expected). It is just an arbitrary date that was chosen about 3 months from the last date - they don't know how long the high rates of infection will increase so extending by 3 months at a time.
BarbaraOK 12/18/20 11:28am Snowbirds
RE: Membership in Coast to Coast

Thank you Ella for the pointer. Unfortunately, it’s more of marketing level Information instead of the details I was looking for. Do you have a more detailed link about terms and conditions of the membership? Thanks Mike It will be in the contract from the "Home" park you buy into. Each Home park will have different items included about your membership, etc. Generally speaking, as long as you are a member of a Home Park participating in C2C, are current on your dues to both home park and C2C you can book stays in the few remaining parks taking C2C members. Please note that a lot of them have become Good Neighbor Parks, and usually also take Passport America for a week, so you are better off with that membership (a lot cheaper).
BarbaraOK 12/14/20 09:02am Coast to Coast
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