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RE: Looking to buy our first DP

I’ve posted many times that you should buy more MH than you think you need, ONE TIME!!! 17 years ago as a lurker on this site I made a very expensive mistake believing posts that 36’ is the max for public CGs...so I bought a used 36’ DP. Only took 2 years to figure out what a mistake that was so traded for a used 40’. When we started snowbirding went to 42’ for 14 years...7 summers of which we spent out West staying in mainly public CGs without reservations. Sure it’s harder with a BIG rig but it’s a lot easier now (the internet) than 14 years ago. Three summers ago we went to Southlake Tahoe on Labor Day without reservations, getting into the city park, our first choice. NO, it was not on Friday, it was on Monday when the working folks have to go home. This past summer we did 7 weeks out west without reservations (in a 45’) without any major problems finding public CG sites...USFS CGs are our favorite. I realize the bath and a half four plan is the current fad so I will not comment on needing 2 thrones, or frameless windows. Wow i bet you finding driving your 36' a breeze compared to a 45er, can i asked what made you downsize?
Donna Jean 11/05/19 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking to buy our first DP

I’ve posted many times that you should buy more MH than you think you need, ONE TIME!!! 17 years ago as a lurker on this site I made a very expensive mistake believing posts that 36’ is the max for public CGs...so I bought a used 36’ DP. Only took 2 years to figure out what a mistake that was so traded for a used 40’. When we started snowbirding went to 42’ for 14 years...7 summers of which we spent out West staying in mainly public CGs without reservations. Sure it’s harder with a BIG rig but it’s a lot easier now (the internet) than 14 years ago. Three summers ago we went to Southlake Tahoe on Labor Day without reservations, getting into the city park, our first choice. NO, it was not on Friday, it was on Monday when the working folks have to go home. This past summer we did 7 weeks out west without reservations (in a 45’) without any major problems finding public CG sites...USFS CGs are our favorite. I realize the bath and a half four plan is the current fad so I will not comment on needing 2 thrones, or frameless windows. I loved reading your post, it's very encouraging because i really don't think we could get all we want in anything under 40' thank you for taking time to comment. I also love the fact that you have been at it for so long, it's weird but even though i have never had an RV I just know i am going to love it. Ian and I have had cigarette style boats for the last 30 years, we have had a 43' one for the last 15 and spend a lot of time sleeping in marinas and towing it around, so he figures it will be easier to drive the bus than towing that boat. I have always loved the marina life, meeting new people and seeing new places so I can't wait to hit the road in a nice RV. Thanks again and since you are such a seasoned veteran would it be OK if once in a while i hit you up with a questions.
Donna Jean 11/05/19 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking to buy our first DP

Bob and Ann, i see you have a bath and a half, we would like that also, but LOL i got a little beat up by some because i wanted two "thrones" We are also going to be looking for a small jeep
Donna Jean 11/04/19 07:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

so listening to all if you i thought i would check out the RV for sale web sites to see if we could get something smaller, even if we just did with the single bathroom we cannot sleep six months in a queen or smaller bed, 30 years of sleeping in a king, and now cannot change, we have done it on vacation and have been miserable, it will not work for 6 months. Anyway so far i cannot find something in a DP with a king bed. Pisses me off i put in king bed as my key word and all the buses wind up with queen beds. Let me know if anyone of you that had a 30 some DP had a king bed.
Donna Jean 11/04/19 07:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: More campers than parks

this thread makes me very scared of what is ahead for my husband and I. we are putting our home up for sale in the spring and plan to buy a DP and live full time for 6 months or longer before relocating from MI to TN. Since we will not be able to start this adventure before we sell our house we have no idea on when it will start so trying to book far in advance is going to be a big problem. Our hope is to be on the road by August and spend time first in CO then move on to UT. I hope we are not homeless with a MH and no where to park it
Donna Jean 11/04/19 07:29pm General RVing Issues
Looking to buy our first DP

I posted in one of the other forums about how in the spring my husband Ian and I will be moving from our home into a used DP full time for at least 6 months, hopefully longer. Besides the right engine one of our must haves is a king size bed. To get what we want we have been thinking we will have to go 42'ish. Because of a lot of the comments about the length being hard to find spots to park I started wondering if we could go shorter, so i started searching the RV sale web sites for DPs around 36' with a king bed and have not found any. So I have two questions. 1. do any of you have a mid 30"s with a king bed? 2. For those of you with 40+' experience do you find it hard to find RV parks to rent spaces for a few weeks at a time. We want to spend a lot of time in CO, UT, AZ, CA, OR and eventually head south in TX, AL, and FL.
Donna Jean 11/04/19 07:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

I don't understand the need for a bath and 1/2. I'm assuming that means two thrones? My floor plan has an almost full size shower, and a separate water closet all packed into a 28'5" class C. And the OP wants a 40'er. Why are you and others trying to talk them out of it? I am not sure if it was you that posted some funny comments, i read them but did not have a chance to reply, and now they are gone. This website is not unique in people always questioning why you want or have something and insisting their's is the better way to go. I have spent 20 years on an offshore boating web site almost identical to this and i think it's even worse over there, you have guys that sit behind their typewriter questioning every move you make, every boat you buy, every rig you use or every part you buy and LOL some of them either don't own a boat or have one that floats:R However through the years we have met many people from the site, been on their boats, attended boat races and parties with them, so you learn to take the good with the bad. I was laughing about this Sunday morning with my husband. I told him I found a website for RVs just like Offshore Only and just like Offshore Only I have found a lot of good information already as well as a lot of questions and comments regarding the choices we plan on making. LOL I think i like it here, so ya'll should get used to seeing me around:B
Donna Jean 11/04/19 04:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

There are many posts on this subject. Start searching including other forums and there are many options. Basically it's like moving to another state except you might have to periodically return to your state for whatever like DL, health coverage, etc. Many FTers use a mail delivery service. One popular choice is the TX Escapees. Whatever state you select involves much more than you've posted. You'll get lots of opinions and while you're awake do your online research. like others have stated 6 months or so is like a long vacation. For us we do not know exactly what month we will start this trip since we have to sell our house first so it could be the end of the summer; beginning of fall when we finally move out of our MI home. so we will just keep an address in MI and pay our taxes here. Come Jan. 1 we will get a rent contract from a relative in Tn and start the new year with residency there, this avoids multiple tax returns and so forth. WE DO NOT want the responsibility/expense of a house during this trip, we also don't want to spend time looking, finding the right home will be hard for us plus there is a chance we may want to build. I am assume you live in Franklin, that's very nice. My SIL lived there until recently when she moved to Spring Hill, we will be there for this Christmas. The area we are interested in is Lake Tellico, have you been to Tellico Village, beautiful community. Where did you move from?
Donna Jean 11/04/19 04:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

I don't understand the need for a bath and 1/2. I'm assuming that means two thrones? ................. irritable bowl syndrome, colitis, Diverticulitis, recurring cdiff, chronic constipation, OR perhaps i am just a spoiled princess that requires an extra throne:D i know you mean well and i thank you for your concern but in more ways that one it's my business:):)
Donna Jean 11/01/19 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

would love to get a bus in the 30's' range but so far none seem to have enough room, a bath and a half and a king bed are musts. I know that might seem extravagant to some but we know our habits and what will work for us and LOL most importantly keep us out of divorce court! If we can'tcamp inside the national park, which i don't think we will be able to, we will camp near and use our jeep to tour with. Funny that someone would mention the senior pass, we were at a party last night and one of our friends told me the same thing, so we will definitely be buying one. Thanks again for all the advice and words of encouragement
Donna Jean 11/01/19 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

our health plan is with Blue Cross which most doctors take, so that's a good thing
Donna Jean 10/31/19 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

For full timers, you want a "portable" health plan . . . one that operates (and costs) equally in every state.And the doctors won't know you and you won't know them which might be a issue in some cases. Carry all of your records with you. Visits, Xrays, blood work, meds, dental, eyes, everything as they may not have online access. thankfully at present we don't go to the doctor often, but I get a shot in my knee every four or five months and talked to the doctor, he is going to give me a letter with a care plan if i need to see a doc on the road. great idea about bringing the medical records I will definitely do that
Donna Jean 10/31/19 02:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

thank you all, so much good advice here that's for sure. I hate to waste your time on giving me info that we do not need so i will give you a bit more info about us and what are goals and plans are. For those of you that speak about health care, we are good, actually very good and very lucky, my husband has General Motors UAW retiree benefits now for both of us, he took a new full time job when he retired that offered benefits but he declined them and uses his retiree benefits. When we become Medicare age the GM benefits will become our secondary health insurance, we also have dental coverage. Unless something drastically changes we will not need to purchase health insurance. We thought briefly about trailers and I was very impressed with the size and space in 5th wheels but my husband was clear he does not want to drive a large pickup truck cross country, he wants to drive in comfort in a DP. He drives a big diesel dully when pulling our 43' boat and he says he does not want that when we move to an RV. We plan on getting a two door jeep to pull behind the RV and we know for instance in some if not all the National Parks our DP might be to large to park there so we will park somewhere else and drive there in our jeep, that goes for other places we might want to go as well. Our big concern is since we do not know when this journey will start (because we will sell our house first) is that we can not make reservations ahead of time, and some of the popular places might be booked. The first place he wants to go to is CO. Someone said 6 months is really like a long vacation and I guess that is really true so we will ask a freind to see if we can use their address at least until the end of 2020 and then if we still do not have a physical home we will ask my husband's sister who lives in TN if we could use hers. I would like to switch from MI to TN at the end of next year, it will make tax time easier. Has anyone used someone else's address, are their problems with that. Most of our bills and banking is done on line and except for the end of the year tax stuff I don't think we would get much mail
Donna Jean 10/31/19 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

It IS exciting alright. We lasted 3-1/2 years, in a 40 ft Dutch Star with 2 slides. Wow so for 3.5 years you only lived in an Motor Home, couple of questions, had you been RVing part time for a while first? Did you have any type of home or apartment for the 3.5 years you were on the road? and LOL i guess your marriage survived it. :C
Donna Jean 10/31/19 11:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

Hi Donna Jean, And if Ian is ill, would you be comfortable driving a 42 foot vehicle with a toad? Campgrounds are different than Marina's. Folks who can afford a boat (bring out another thousand) are more financially well off than RV'ers in general. Many of us are happy camping with no facilities. That is even more so now that solar power and internet access are affordable. If buying used, there are three things to look for. Look for water leaks. Look harder for water leaks. LOOK EVEN HARDER FOR WATER LEAKS. Those that know Ian feel he will not have trouble with the RV because he is use to driving a big diesel truck pulling a 43"boat and we love staying in marinas, I assume campgrounds will be similar. I do plan on driving but not nearly as much as Ian, if he was to ill to drive i suspect we would stay put. Boats are like RV's some can be pretty low budget and some are tricked out. We have met all sorts of people from a family of six with a 25 year old boat and only a cuddy cabin to sleep in to people on luxury yachts, I expect people in campsites are not that much different. Have you ever spent much time sleeping in a cigarette style boat, while they might look pretty they suck for interior comfort:D We used the marina facilities all the time and only used our head if absolutely necessary, we also never had running water in the boat, of course the longest we ever spent on the boat was about 2 weeks at a time. That's good advice on the leaks, where are some of the areas that are most prone to leaking. I will be sure to let Ian know, i suspect ian will join here to and read up on all the stuff to watch out for. What surprised me most when talking to people with the Class A's on how much trouble you can have with buying new. Everyone told us with new you are back and forth for repairs or tweaks they all said the same thing; "hopefully with used they will have gotten the kinks out."
Donna Jean 10/31/19 10:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

Yes 2009 42' HR purchased 2011. We now live in Sun Lakes AZ and travel 4+ months in the summer plus shorter winter trips. So full time for the summer months. Kitchen Forward Quad model. Kitchen is up front, TV on midship wall and viewed looking aft. We never like the forward high TVs. Single bath and we've never wanted the space consumed by bath and a half. King bed - but I'm not sure any RV has a king bed as size is adjusted to fit an RV. One couch, originally had 2 but one changed to a desk by prior owner. We don't have a need for 2 couches as one a large swivel desk chair are great. 3 AC/heat pumps. Propane stove top and refer. Aqua Hot (diesel) for hot water and heat (about 60K BTU as I recall). Extra circuit added so we can use 2 space heaters on second cord when at 30A CG site. Solar and other modificagions. A lot of the ones we looked at have a king bed, we use it as a key word in our searches, it's one of our must haves, we just don't sleep well in a queen. did you have a specific floor plan in mind when you were looking, do you find an advantage in the kitchen up front. I ask because in my mind i thought having both couches behind driver/passenger seats makes for a big conversational area if we had company. I also might sit there at times when hubby is driving so i can elevate my legs.
Donna Jean 10/31/19 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

What a great plan. Make the best possible RV decision and go for it! Keep us informed. We had boats on SF bay for over 40 years and water seems to attract us like a magnet. They were always our "Cabin in the woods". Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, lakes, rivers you name it. do you have a 42' Holiday Rambler, that's around what we are looking for, I assume you don't live in it full time, does it have a bath and a half? What's your floorplan like and do you like it We want King bed, two couches or two lazy boy chairs behind the driver seat, then kitchen and half bath, stackable washer and dryer, if possible but not deal breaker Dishwasher and TV on the outside. aqua cool and electric range. And of course my husband wants a BIG engine.
Donna Jean 10/31/19 08:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

we love the water also, we think when we finish our full time adventure we will settle on Tellico Lake in TN, currently our boating has taken place just on the great lakes, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and my favorite Lake MI, the water is so blue you think you are in the Caribbean. Boating and skiing is the main reason we have not done much sightseeing across the country so we are so ready to explore. We also don't have any children or grandchildren, some of our friends are so busy with grand kids now they can't seem to get away for very long My husband has talked about getting an inflatable with an outboard, but i am not so sure that will be practical or possible to store in the basement of the bus, so i said lets wait on that a bit. We road bike and he is much better so we are thinking about getting a tandem bike, so much to store............... We have been to the RV show and a few dealers looking at used one, we both want the same floor plan so that's good. The sales guys at general RV said the MI show in Feb is really big and he will have tons of new trades then, we really are searching for just the right one
Donna Jean 10/31/19 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

Check out Bob Wells YouTube channel cheaperRVliving. He has 4 videos for full-timers and nomads concerning State residency and using mail forwarding services. thank you i will
Donna Jean 10/31/19 08:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Live on the Road and Excited

Without putting a damper on your plans, it seems like you're making a big lifestyle shift- without explaining why. That's your business and right, of course, but it raises an eyebrow for me- like Pianotuna. I suggest smaller steps to downsize and sell between now and then. Do you need the Jeep right away or could you visit dear off-road areas the first year and be fine with the Camaro, for example. I think it's be a blast. Ditto for leaving MI- maybe buy a 2 bdr and use 1 for storage, and then you have a domicile and a home base to park toys that didn't fetch a good price. You can sell the smaller house in a couple years- or use it instead of TN, going south in winter with the RV. There are so many ways to slice it, and plenty of people I've talked to only see 1 option, and then have hindsight. I understand your thinking and thanks for the suggestions, friends have told us the same thing, but we are set on it. We are so ready for this change, for the last twenty years my husband and I have worked (ourselves/not hired) to the bone on a house we built on a lake, building decks, installing wood floors, insulation, seawalls, gardens,crown molding, paver brick patios, installing underground sprinklers, recently repainting the whole interior, plus finishing a 1500 sq ft basement with full bathroom by himself, the list goes on and on and never ends, now we have to deal with the clean up of 20 tall oak trees, it consumes most of the week end until into December, during this time he also built 4 large 800 HP engines for our offshore boats. Up until a few years ago he worked 58 hrs a week for 30 years at GM, thankfully he retired from there a few years ago and took another full time job, thankfully it is only 40 hours which LOL almost feels part time to him. We have a lot of equity in our house and he will fully retire when he turns 63 in May. It's hard to explain but we want a break from everything to do with owing a home. Even if we rent or buy a small one, which we thought a little bit about we would still have responsibilities, things like mortgage, utilities, outside maintenance, getting broken into etc. We are craving the freedom from home ownership and the ability to go where we want, and spend time together. Those that know Ian feel he will not have trouble with the RV because he is use to driving a big diesel truck pulling a 43"boat and we love staying in marinas, I assume campgrounds will be similar. We snow ski and have been out west probably more than a 100 times but not once in the summer so we cannot wait to do that and not be thinking about a little house somewhere. We both agree that the worse that could happen is we not like it, and then just come off the road sooner than later and either sell the RV or use it for vacations. The camaro will definitely be sold, it's a convertible and when Ian bought it in 2017 he planned to own if just for about 3 years anyway. LOL my husband is a motorhead, with tons of construction abilities so i think we will be good. Me I just can't wait to travel, meet new people, hike, bike, spend time with my little pup, and curl up with a good book at night, LOL i might even pick up trying to learn to knit again.
Donna Jean 10/31/19 08:19am General RVing Issues
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