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RE: Full-time and don't/didn't like it?

Then there are those who try to jump right into FT living. BIG mistake. Back in 2006 we met a couple, just retired, sold their house, bought a 3500 dually & a 5er that had a $110,000 MSRP sticker on it. They were going to FT. They had never so much as had a popup before or a rental & they were going to jump right into a very nice 34' 5er. They took delivery of the truck & trailer in March 2006. September 2006, they wanted OUT. This was not the lifestyle for them. After 3 months, & price drops, they finally sold truck (16,000 miles) & trailer combined for $85,000. Very expensive lesson learned. People told me to rent first. Have you looked at the price of RV rentals? So he spent $35,000 for 6 months of camping/traveling. Do you know what it would cost to rent that truck + 5er for 6 months? A lot more than $35,000 I'm pretty sure. If he could afford to do that he probably could afford to take the $35,000 hit. That's my situation. If it doesn't work out it won't ruin my retirement finances. Anyway, I'm saving some money every day by not renting an apartment or paying home ownership costs, which I've also done.
DallasSteve 03/30/20 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Corpus Christi/Rockport/North Padre

I think you are going to find more and more of this as things unfold. Small towns are looking to take care of themselves. They don't have resources for large amounts of outsiders. It wasn't that long ago that the Rockport area was hit by a hurricane. They were probably still just getting back to normal, now this. This is why full timers need to get somewhere fast, and stay there. You make a valid point. There's not a lot of fun in touring the country if I can't do much once I get to a new area. And it is cheaper to rent by the month. I'm paying $30 a night at the RV park where I am today. I can rent 1 month here for $300. That's about 20 free nights, minus some electricity. Maybe I have to bunker down until this country becomes a little bit free again.
DallasSteve 03/28/20 03:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Corpus Christi/Rockport/North Padre

RV's not welcome in Port Aransas I knew this when I made my prior post however I forgot to post it. Chris Thanks for posting that. Note to self: Don't spend any money in Port Aransas.
DallasSteve 03/28/20 03:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Corpus Christi/Rockport/North Padre

Chris I checked the national seashore and it is open for day use and closed for overnight camping because the Coronavirus only comes out at night. Or maybe it's because the people running the parks are stupid.
DallasSteve 03/28/20 12:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Corpus Christi/Rockport/North Padre

I'm looking for an RV campground in the North Padre Island area for 2 or 3 nights. I'm looking for something with a nice water view at a reasonable price. I saw one private park there for $42, but it was just a parking lot a half mile inland. I also see there are some county, state, and national parks. If they are still open that might be my solution. Who has stayed in the North Padre area at a park they enjoyed? Good value for the price.
DallasSteve 03/28/20 10:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Full-time and don't/didn't like it?

I've been planning to full time for 5 years. I started on March 13. Lucky Friday the 13th. So far I don't like it much, but the Corona Panic is making it hard to like it. All the COE campgrounds are closed here in Texas and they were my "go to" campground. I can't pull the trigger on getting a "toad" vehicle with all of this mess and that just makes it worse. And my wife is trapped in South America so that sucks. If she was here it might be great. Anyway, I'm glad I'm giving it a try. My budget can take the hit. I would've regretted it more if I never tried it before I died. The motorhome is great. The campground mess is not great, but some day will get better. I'm going to hang on until she gets back in a few weeks or months and let her give it a try with me. If we like it, great. If not, we'll probably sell it and go back to South America. You can live in a pretty nice house for little money down there.
DallasSteve 03/28/20 12:35am General RVing Issues
Propane Switch: Was Red, Now Green

I have 2 propane tanks on my motorhome and there is a switch in the middle that directs which tank you want to use. I read the manual (really) and it said when one is empty the switch will change from green to red and start using propane from the other tank. I've been running the furnace a bit at night and so this morning I checked. Both tanks started out full on this new RV I bought. The switch had been on the right tank (for no particular reason). This morning the switch was red for the first time. I think this means the right tank is now empty and it is now using the left tank. I switched it to the left to see if it was green. It was green. Then I switched back to the right tank where it was red and now it shows green. I went back and forth several times (and again a few hours later) and now they are both showing green. So what does this mean? A bad switch? An almost empty tank? I now have the Coronavirus? I actually got an email from the Texas Parks Department today telling me that someone at Cedar Hill State Park tested positive for COVID-19 so they are closing the park. They wanted to tell me because I was there Sunday. I've got no signs yet. I think my broccoli will kill any virus.
DallasSteve 03/25/20 05:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

Sachse Oh, out near Southfork. That used to be out in the "boonies" but it's probably pretty well developed by now.
DallasSteve 03/25/20 08:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

My doctor today strongly disagrees with you. We went in for our semi-annual checkup in a northeast Dallas suburb this morning. He is a staunch right wing supporter of the Republicans, Trump and Gregg Abbot (TX Governor). He was ranting about TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick's statements yesterday that the country needs to get back to work, and that we can live with an increased infection and death rate rather than damage the economy. Dr was very emphatic that no one has a good idea what this really is yet. How to stop it, and that this is spreading much faster and worse than anything the US has ever seen. On the eventual sickness and effect, he says he sees nothing that would stop this short of 50,000 deaths, minimum. Would nto be surprised to see five to ten times that if we stop our efforts to minimize contact. This is a guy who thinks Trump is god and Pelosi the devil. When we arrived, one window at the office (a stand alone building) was open. They took our names and told us to wait in our vehicle until we got a text. Took us straight into a checkup room. We were not allowed to be in the hallway when another patient was there. Diabetes tests, urine samples, blood work, we were escorted from one to the next. Very strange. And they only see 'wellness' checks in the morning. Anyone with any problems is seen in the afternoon, and more isolation. So far they have seen no COVID-19 cases. Three patients asked to be checked for the virus, and were referred to Dallas County Health Department. Saturday, we visited daughter and her family after winter in the RGV. Three of her four children, one boyfriend and her husband. Eight in all. It is almost #2 grandson's 18th birthday, a small party. Today after Dr, we stopped by for 10-15 minutes to drop off something we picked up in Mexico for her, but forgot to bring Saturday. About two hours later, she sent us a text. She worked in a large building last week. Work from home started yesterday. She has been informed that someone on her floor in the building has tested positive for COVID-19. She, and everyone she has been in contact with since the middle of last week needs to go into 14-days self-quarantine. Most concerned about her almost 24 year old daughter who is 5 months pregnant with my first great granddaughter. So far this has been rougher on pregnant women than any group, even us old farts. ---------------------------------------------------------------- On the OP and the original topic. I've seen nothing about stopping truckers traveling normal routes and such in states with lock down orders. But I would say an internet forum is one of the worst places to try to get accurate policy information. (Facebook is worse). Policies are changing daily, hourly in some cases. In about two weeks, there will be some clarity to the situation. Unless you have to move right now, try to stay put. If you have to go now, call the state police and ask them what is the rule in their state for through travelers. Paw Paw Look how long your post is. My attention began to wander after about 2 paragraphs. Cut to the chase. Or as I read once in a book about songwriting: Don't bore us, get to the chorus. I found myself fixated on the question of "What is the suburb Northeast of Dallas that he mentions?" Garland? Richardson? Buckingham is in there, too. YouTube: Paw Paw Tells A Story
DallasSteve 03/24/20 09:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

I remember the story of a hiking friend. He was in Toulomne fly fishing when a hot woman approached him and engaged him in a talk opening up on how lovely the place is. She asked where he lives and told her he is a Californian and lives 5 hours drive down South. She said she is from a Southern state and added there is nothing like this down there and that he is lucky to be living in California. Well long story short, he wants to say bye as he is chasing the fish downstream but she won't let go. He must be joking but he said that he got the impression that she would have left her two kids right then and there had he propositioned that he'll take her with him, LOL.:) Color me skeptical. I find that the fish are always bigger and the women are always "hotter" when the story gets retold.
DallasSteve 03/24/20 12:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

As an individual, you are not entitled to make the decision for the rest of us that you should be allowed to put our lives at risk for your "right" to roam the country as you wish. Stay healthy and help others stay healthy. Society doesn't care how its decisions negatively affect me, but I'm supposed to care how my decisions negatively affect society. When it's potentially life or death scenario for someone else in society, yes you should care! Your either part of the problem or part of the solution Kidnapping is one of the most heinous crimes in society (your precious society). When I was a child the punishment for kidnapping in many states was death. It was on a level with murder and rightly so, in my opinion. My wife has been effectively kidnapped by society. She can not return to the USA from Colombia for at least 30 days and maybe forever, if that's what "society" wants. She has the legal right to return to the USA but because of a decree by the President of Colombia she can not leave that country right now. I might say there is some argument for this action if they said "If someone wants to travel they must first take a virus test and if they fail the test they can't travel." But that's not what they did. They just cancelled her return flight and the return of everyone else. You may say, 'It's not kidnapping.' And legally you are right. Society makes the law. But Society makes mistakes. Once Society said you could own slaves. Then they changed their minds. Right and wrong did not change. Society was wrong. Once they said 'No abortion', now they say 'Abortion on demand.' Society has to be wrong with one of those. They can't both be right. And just because society says 'We want to do this and we can do this.' that doesn't make it right. Might does not make right. She has been effectively kidnapped by society for its selfish reasons. Society doesn't care about her (or me), only itself. Therefore, there is no moral reason why I should care about what is in society's best interest. You're not responsible for my life. I'm not responsible for your life. If a virus comes along and it gets spread by normal activities that does not give society any moral right to take away the freedoms of others for its selfish cowardly reasons. Fact. So don't try to take the moral high ground with me, because you don't have it.
DallasSteve 03/23/20 11:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

When I'm in my motorhome, I'm in my home. I don't own or rent any other real estate. So I believe I'm obeying the law. I'm staying at home. I also went to Kroger and Walmart today, but that seems to be allowed. I'm staying in Texas for now because it hasn't jumped on the "close your state parks" bandwagon. The order I saw for Dallas County applied to residents of Dallas County. I'm not a resident of anywhere, except where I'm parked for the night.
DallasSteve 03/23/20 10:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

As an individual, you are not entitled to make the decision for the rest of us that you should be allowed to put our lives at risk for your "right" to roam the country as you wish. Stay healthy and help others stay healthy. Society doesn't care how its decisions negatively affect me, but I'm supposed to care how my decisions negatively affect society. When it's potentially life or death scenario for someone else in society, yes you should care! Your either part of the problem or part of the solution Only life or death or are there other scenarios, like say kidnapping that should concern me when it happens to someone else in society?
DallasSteve 03/23/20 08:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

As an individual, you are not entitled to make the decision for the rest of us that you should be allowed to put our lives at risk for your "right" to roam the country as you wish. Stay healthy and help others stay healthy. Society doesn't care how its decisions negatively affect me, but I'm supposed to care how my decisions negatively affect society.
DallasSteve 03/23/20 06:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

None of those can be mitigated by any action. COVID19 can. I suppose other people have pointed out how foolish that comment is, but I will point it out, too. Almost every one of those major causes of death can be mitigated by some action, like diet and exercise in several of them. At least we don't shut down society until people eat right and exercise regularly. People die. New ones take their place. Nobody gets out alive.
DallasSteve 03/23/20 07:54am General RVing Issues
RE: closures

...... Hopefully someone in government will realize that a bunch of people live” on the road “ in one form or another of an RV... Our best hope is to keep writing to everyone in government to tell them we will vote for people who keep the campgrounds open.
DallasSteve 03/23/20 07:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

As for using a Recreational Vehicle for full-time living in, I'm not sure I'm a fan of using national tax or state tax park dollars to support this. Well, that can go both ways. I may not be a fan of using national tax or state tax park dollars to support your part-time use either. There's no moral law that says one is right and the other is wrong.
DallasSteve 03/21/20 07:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

How about an ex wife who rips you off and then, when you finally had enough and leave, she criticizes you for leaving? Mike Seriously, don't flatter yourself. Do you really think California or any Californian cared that you left? Reminds me of a famous country song. I've thought about getting a bumper sticker that says: "All my exes live in Texas, that's why I live in an RV" It's funny because it's true.
DallasSteve 03/20/20 09:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Army Corps Of Engineers Parks Are Closing?

Another one bites the dust. I just arrived at Clear Springs Park near Texarkana and they have signs up saying their campground is closing March 22. This is like a bad movie where the world comes to an end, except the sky is not falling. People die. New ones take their place. This too will pass. They should at least let the fearless go camping and everybody else can crawl under their beds.
DallasSteve 03/20/20 06:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Army Corps Of Engineers Parks Are Closing?

I have reservations at a COE park near Texarkana, TX tonight. I just called to ask if the park is open. I told her I have reservations for tonight. There was a big pause. She said registered campers are allowed in, but no visitors. ****. That means I have to cancel the orgy our club had scheduled for tonight. That's just a joke. The phone call part is true.
DallasSteve 03/20/20 08:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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