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RE: Recommedations

You didn’t say where in FL you’re starting, but the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Gulf Shores, AL, New Orleans, Texas was mentioned but I’d add the Tx Hill Country, Carlsbad Caverns in NM, Bisbee, Az mine, Tombstone, AZ, Kitt Peak observatory outside Tucson, as well as Old Tucson western town.
arhayes 11/23/19 09:50am Full-time RVing
RE: Where to jack

I use my level system to raise one side, put jack stands on each axle at the u-bolt, then put a 20 ton jack on the frame as additional support in case of hydraulic failure. We're full-timers and I change tires by side so this works out great for me. I just take the wheels to a shop and have them mount and balance the new tires
arhayes 11/03/19 01:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: My Grand Design 320G came in!

Congrats on your new rig!
arhayes 10/11/19 02:32am Toy Haulers
RE: Downsizing Complete

Congrats on retirement from a fellow Texan. We retired 5 years ago and have been on the road ever since. Don’t miss the house or the “stuff” and we love traveling. There is lots of good info on the forum about the full-time lifestyle. As you have questions in the future, let us know. Enjoy your Latin American winter!
arhayes 09/28/19 07:32am Full-time RVing
RE: retained fumes in garage?

We have hauled our Goldwing full-time for the last 5 years and never had a gas odor in the garage.
arhayes 08/17/19 04:40pm Toy Haulers
RE: Do we or don't we?

Ditto on recommending continuing to work. Unless you plan on boondocking and not doing much traveling, full-time RVing is not necessarily inexpensive. You can expect monthly expenses to be equivalent to your current outlay, so without a pension and with inadequate savings, you will not be helping yourself. I’d also suggest you find a good financial planner and let them help you navigate this decision.
arhayes 08/14/19 09:37am Full-time RVing
RE: Using my Class A motorhome as a Full Time Residence?

As said above, you’ll find many options. Many RV parks we’ve been in offer weekly and monthly rates. Typically we have found that monthly rates will not include electric and they’ll have it metered. Just find an area you like and ask around. I would not buy a lot until you are sure it’s in an area you want to visit often.
arhayes 07/16/19 09:56am Full-time RVing
RE: Long Term RV Repairs

In our 5 years of full-timing I’ve never seen or talked to anyone that had a mechanical problem that lasted months. I have run into being told it would take 2-3 weeks for a dealer to get us in for a repair. The solution is to realize that you don’t have to use a dealer and can find alternatives. We had a hydraulic line break and we’re told by a dealer it would be 2 weeks before they could get us in. I found a local diesel shop that made and installed the line in 1 hour. We also had a warranty repair that the dealer told us would take 10 days to get to us, so we just stayed in a local park and enjoyed touring in that area until they could get us in. Once they got us in, it only took 4 hours for them to do the actual job and we were back on our way. You have to be flexible and search for alternatives.
arhayes 07/16/19 09:50am Full-time RVing
RE: Newbie RV guy, maybe

We full time in a 43’ TH and have almost completed the lower 48. For Alaska we are also contemplating buying a in bed-camper to go in our F-350, tow our bike on a trailer and leave our TH in the lower 48. Less wear and tear and greater mobility. I think you’re on the right track!
arhayes 07/10/19 09:00am Toy Haulers
RE: Toy hauler fails

I recently had a tie down fail which let my Goldwing lean over with no damage. This was after 3 hours on a very rough highway, and after 5 years and hauling it 42,000 miles, so I didn’t feel too bad. If you use a good chock and tie down carefully, you’ll have no problem!
arhayes 06/24/19 09:40am Toy Haulers
RE: Ramp strength question

I’m not familiar with that trailer, but the owners manual should show the ramp weight ratings. My TH ramp supposedly is rated to 2000lbs as a ramp, and 3000lbs as a deck. We full time in it and we carry a Goldwing in the garage. I honestly don’t know how I’d get 6-8 folks on the ramp at one time and ours in a 43’ rig. YMMV
arhayes 05/31/19 07:50am Toy Haulers
RE: We're you apprehensive going full-time?

We retired out of Dallas, but our kids were no longer in the area and both of our families are spread around the US. It made selling our home and leaving the area easy. We’d also been very mobile our entire lives as both of our dads had been career military plus we moved 11 times with my job. We did not know where we wanted to eventually end up, so part of our travel goal has been to find a place north and south that we love and eventually have 2 seasonal places. We have been looking for 5 years it are stil not ready to come off the road. We did spend almost a year before we retired researching full-timing, so we’re pretty well versed when we started. Good luck!
arhayes 05/11/19 09:38am Full-time RVing
RE: TH....But Not Carrying Heavy Toys.....Problem?

We Fulltime in a 42.5’ TH and carry a Goldwing. I’ve weighed with and without the bike and the pin weight is not significantly different. Obvously the overall weigh was 1,000 lbs less without the bike. Because of the refueling system, generator, etc, you can expect a TH to be heavier than a comparable length regular 5ver. Our “garage” turns into my ham radio shack and my wife’s sewing/craft room when the bike is offloaded. Our rig has a sliding glass door between the living area and garage, so the garage becomes another room with its own AC, TV, etc. We love the space for hobbies and as an office. I think you’ll be happy with the options that space gives you as you can customize it to your needs. Good luck.
arhayes 03/24/19 08:20am Toy Haulers
RE: WiFi mobile services

If you’ll spend most of your time off the beaten path, I’d plan on getting a portable hotspot, get a WeBoost to allow you to get a better signal, and try to find a good or unlimited data plan. We have been all over the country using Verizon, and overall their coverage has been good, though we also had success in the east with ATT. For your WeBoost, I’d mount a short mast on the ladder of your rig( or other high point. That will allow you to manually rotate the antenna to get the best signal. Good luck.
arhayes 03/24/19 08:11am Full-time RVing
RE: How long have you been on the road

We sold our home and retired on July 31, 2014 and hit the road on August 14th of that year. Been living the dream ever since. We’ve now toured 46 of the lower 48 and have pulled the 5ver just over 38,000 miles. Lots more to do and see. Life is good!
arhayes 03/21/19 08:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Wintering in a toy hauler

What HadEnough said is definitely true. A dehumidifier will be your good friend. Regardless of insulation, if you’re going to stay in cold, windy areas, you’ll want to plan skirting around the rig too. The underbelly and under slides are especially susceptible to cold. We’ll just stay in AZ during winter, but you let us know how it goes!??
arhayes 03/10/19 07:45pm Toy Haulers
RE: Question on Membership CG

We have been full-timing for 5 years and use Good Sam, Passport America, KOA, and Escapees. We have investigated the time share type places, but they seem regionally spotty and to make them pay you have to use them. It really all depends on what your travel goals are and where you like to camp. We are not boon dockers and with a 43' 5ver don't stay in many state parks. We like travelling and spending time exploring history and the sights in areas we visit, so rarely travel m,ore than 200 miles in a day, not do we make lengthy itinerary plans that tie us down. We have often planned to stay one or two days in a location, then changed based on what's in the area and stayed a couple of weeks. Other than our 3-4 month winter stops in FL or AZ, we rarely stay in one place more than 2 weeks - though we have stayed in "target rich environments" for a month where there was lots to do within 100 miles or so. I'd recommend NOT buying into a Coast to Coast, etc type plan until you've been on the road a little and see what you like. Had we done so, we would not have gotten our money out of it, but YMMV. Most have "look see" type arrangements so you can check them out. Keep researching and have fun!
arhayes 03/05/19 12:08pm Full-time RVing
RE: Huge Range in Insurance Premiums

You’d almost have to compare line by line on the policy quote to see where NatGnl was so much lower. You DID specify Full-Time with them too, right? Sure seems like an error.
arhayes 03/04/19 09:38am Full-time RVing
RE: Toy Hauler vs Below Floor Garage

We have a 380th which has a 10’ garage with sliding glass door between the “living area” and garage. We bought this in ‘14 before the 376th came out. After 5 years of full-timing, and with our hobbies, we still prefer the traditional format. We have found that almost all of our socializing in campgrounds - other than bad weather - has been outside, so we don’t miss the larger living area. Once we unload our Goldwing, I am a Ham radio operator and my desk and radios all reside in the garage. I eliminated the garage bench seating and turned that into workspaces that raise and lower, so my wife has a 5’ table to do her sewing and crafts and we have an additional table on th either side for the printer, etc. We have very good friends that have and love their 376, but neither have hobbies like ours. When we are at their place visiting, we still sit outside. Hope this helps. YMMV.
arhayes 03/03/19 07:59am Toy Haulers
RE: Considering New 5th Wheel Toyhauler-Concerns

We’re different since we full-time, but our rig listed pin was 3500# and we weigh in loaded at 4200#, and are within total weight. It takes a 1 ton dually For us.. Good luck.
arhayes 02/25/19 04:43pm Toy Haulers
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