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RE: So different now

We’ve been full-timers for 7 years, and discovered early on that we never pull into a campground without a reservation. Now, it may have been made from 3 hours away on the road, but it’s worked for us. Of course we have always made sure to pick a place to be for holidays and make those reservations well in advance. We had no issue booking anything last year, and have made travel plans into mid year from AZ to AL with no issue booking any days. YMMV
arhayes 04/13/21 06:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: Main entry door shuts hard

I’d suspect that the “finger polishing” is depositing enough skin oil to ease the closure. I’d suspect that even though you aren’t seeing strike plate markings, it may not be a smooth fit. If you could find some carbon paper or other way to identify high spots, I think you’d solve it. I had similar issues with mine early on and found a high spot that I polished out with my Dremel tool. Good luck.
arhayes 04/11/21 08:43am Toy Haulers
RE: Domicle not getting caught?

Check out the info on Domiciles from Escapees, the national organization for Full-Timers. The high tax states all want a piece of the action, so you have to be careful about where your income in coming from as they STILL may try to tax it. Hopefully the link will give guidance.
arhayes 04/01/21 04:43pm Full-time RVing
RE: Need new tires

The problem with trailer tires is the tread gets little wear so they almost always look great unless there has been abnormal wear. Normally they'll age out or have signs of dry rot before the tread looks worn. I buy Sailuns because I only run my "H" rated tires 15,000 - 20,000 miles and they are less expensive. YMMV
arhayes 03/29/21 10:00pm Toy Haulers
RE: Tips/Tricks/info on Full-time RV'ing For Beginners

Try to follow the 2-2-2 rule. No more than 200 miles a day, off the road by 2p, no more than 2 travel days back to back without staying multiple nights. In our 7 years (so far) of full-timing, it’s worked well. We’ve discovered some really neat places often within 200 miles of where we’d been. As others have said, you’re in no hurry. We’ve been places we planned to stop for a day or two, and wound up staying a month as there was so much to see and do. Look at every place you stop as a destination. Some of the coolest venues have been in places we only had as overnight stops, so we just extended and stayed there longer. Ask the locals what you should do or see in their town. Consider joining the Elks or some other social club that’ll give you a local group to meet and find out about the area. As a bonus, many Elks clubs have RV spaces available.
arhayes 03/22/21 10:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Going Full Time Soon - Health Insurance and Mail

You are actually asking very smart questions! For mail, there are several mail services that Full-timers use but the two I'm familiar with are: - Escapees-Mail Service - America's Mailbox - Americas Mailbox Medical is trickier depending on your state and whether you can qualify for an Obamacare plan. You say you didn't want one, but insurance was cost prohitive when we retired as I wasn;t willing to pay $2500 a month for the two of us. We retired at 60 and hit the road, so had to go thru 5 years of scrambling for insurance because our retirement income was too high to get an ACA subsidy. if your retirement income will be below the threshhold (it was $63k - not sure if that's that same now) you may be in good shape. Just make sure whatever plan you get would you would be in network in any state. We wound up using a Healthcare Sharing Ministry program that worked for us. It provided essentially the same poor coverage as ACA at less than half the cost. As an aside, I found that routine doctor visits cost me less by paying cash than using the insurance. We used GoodRX for routine prescriptions at reasonable prices. You need to look at legal Domicile issues if you think you may change state of residency for legal purposes. Again, Escapees has info on their website to give you some guidance. Hope this gets you some info you can use.
arhayes 03/08/21 01:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: Gen octane recommend

I run 87 octane non ethanol as recommended. I do add SeaFoam regularly and Stabil when I fill up in colder temps. Worked well for 7 years and starts and runs well every time.
arhayes 02/26/21 05:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: Rear Deck System Worth It?

We have full-timed in a TH for the past 7 years carrying a Goldwing in the garage. We have enjoyed the deck in areas where we could back up to a lake or good overlook and enjoyed the 3 season doors. But, in 7 years that’s happened about a dozen times. It’s something you can add later if you decide you’d use it, but for us it was a waste. We typically get pull through sites since we ride a lot, and those are not conducive to using the deck. Good luck.
arhayes 02/09/21 07:01pm Toy Haulers
RE: Water hose for fresh water hook up

We have been full-time travelers for almost 7 years, and I’ve been through several hoses. I got tired of having issues putting a hose away in cool temps, so changed 1 1/2 years ago to to the Apex Teknor Zero G hoses. They are flexible, drinking water safe and easy to handle. A 50’ hose fits in the space of a 25’ rubber one. One other thing I’ve done is add quick connectors to all my hoses and fittings. Makes it very easy to quickly disconnect or add hoses to my supply manifold.
arhayes 02/05/21 07:29am Full-time RVing
RE: Toy Hauler Garage- bed lift system

You don’t say what brand rig you have, but Happijac is what is is my rig. The stop blocks are just small pieces of metal screwed into the rails. You could fashion something from most any bar stock. Here’s a link to the owners manual that shows stops. Hope this helps.
arhayes 01/24/21 07:33am Toy Haulers
RE: 13'5" clearance

As others have said, know your exact measurements when hooked to your tow vehicle, and measure at every high point. My rig is 13’4” at the front AC, but 13’5” at the rear. I assume no “fudge” factor on marked overpasses. Remember that if roads have been resurfaced, the bridge marking may not have been remeasured. We have seen several where crews were out measuring again after roadwork had been performed. Generally, if I’m on a road and see 18 wheelers on that road, I figure I’m safe. To date we have never had to detour because of a low bridge.
arhayes 01/15/21 07:11am Toy Haulers
RE: Level up System Bleed Off

We’ve been full timers in a TH with the Level Up system for almost 7 years. I too find that I need to re-level about once a month when we are somewhere for an extended period of time. I use the Cat Hydraulic additive in my system plus spray the seals weekly with Silicone. I’ve never found a leak nor have I even seen a solid reason/solution. It just “is what it is”.
arhayes 01/11/21 08:59am Full-time RVing
RE: Smallest RV anyone has full timed in?

Only you can decide how much space you’ll be comfortable with. Envision a week of bad weather where you will be trapped indoors. Is the space in your TT something you’d be happy in until you recover your outdoor “living room”? Is the layout conducive to accommodating both your work and hobbies? The good thing about a little smaller rig is that you’ll be able to stay in most state and national parks if you choose. Best of Luck in the future and Merry Christmas!
arhayes 12/07/20 06:12am Full-time RVing
RE: Question for those tha full/part time in their TH

That type TH would be fine for the weekend warrior, but I cannot imagine having to unload my motorcycle at every overnight stop just so I could sleep. If you’re considering going FT, get a full size rig where YOU are in control of when you offload your toys. YMMV!
arhayes 11/14/20 07:37am Toy Haulers
RE: banking when full timing

You are way overthinking it. All of my banking for the past 40 or more years has been by phone, Mail, or online with our Credit Union.....which is in a ciy I left in 1974 and have never lived in since. I’ve been a USAA member for 48 years, and started some banking with them in 1990, yet have never been to a physical bank. We’ve bought homes, cars, boats, etc remotely all these years. We get cash, when needed, at local bank atms, and usaa reimburses the fees to us. Now we’ve been full-time RVers for 6 years (no home base) and still no issues. I see no reason to worry in these days about a physical bank.
arhayes 11/10/20 08:12am Full-time RVing
RE: Sharing our location/travels with others

Just use email....We post pics of things we have done we think friends might be interested in on FB, but our “friends” are really our friends.. we text and email our kiddos with other details.
arhayes 11/07/20 06:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: Hitch weight vs payload

Would you believe, the pin weight of our 43', 19,400 GW TH is within 20 pounds whether our Goldwing in on board or not. It is right at 4200 lbs. I would not plan on a significant change.
arhayes 11/03/20 01:20pm Toy Haulers
RE: Anyone know anything about Thousand trails? Good or bad

We have been full time for 6 years and looked at TT early on. Besides the constraints on stays, it forces you to feel obligated to go where they’re located to get your money’s worth. We have toured now in all the lower 48 and would have missed a lot if we’d been staying in TT parks. Save you4 money and find RV resorts/parks near where YOU want to go.
arhayes 11/02/20 07:17am Full-time RVing
RE: Medicare Questions

I think Taxman is spot on a far as your current corporate coverage will be secondary as long as your wife is carried on your plan. Not sure if you travel since you’re posting in FT Rving, but when you quit work, you’ll need a supplemental for your wife and other coverage for you. Will you be offered COBRA when you leave? It may be a little pricey but will at least give you 18 months at the same coverage you have at work and would get you close to 65. Insurance offered varies from state to state, so it’s great you’re investigating now. I retired in 2014 at 60: carried COBRA for the first 18 months, then used a Healthcare Sharing Ministry since my pension put me over being able to qualify for an Obamacare subsidy. Make sure to check all your options. Good luck!
arhayes 10/25/20 10:16am Full-time RVing
RE: Newbie

Hello all , we traded in our 5th wheel for a 2020 Momentum 29G just wanted to say hello Congrats on the new rig Assume you are on the GD Owners Forum and the GD Facebook Groups as well. Lots of good brand specific info there.
arhayes 09/28/20 06:41pm Toy Haulers
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