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RE: Rving coming to an end

Sorry to hear your news. Best wishes for *both* of you as you travel this new and bumpy road.
avan 11/03/20 07:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Teacher's Pet

Dale. I’ll confirm that used motor coaches are hot items especially in FL and that’ll go double for one in as good condition as Phaeton Place. If you run into any issues, just PM or email me, don’t work too hard getting it emptied.
avan 11/01/20 11:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buy Register A Car While Traveling?

The necessity to have initial inspection pre registration and to subsequently go thru vehicle inspections annually, should I cross into TX, was one of three reasons I changed my domicile from Escapees/Livingston, TX to SD.
avan 11/01/20 11:18pm Full-time RVing
RE: Back Again

Just to update. I found my motorhome - a 40’ AllegroBus and a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4X4 to tow behind. Got everything set up and myself moved off the boat and into my new home by mid June. I’m now 4,900 miles down the road having visited, about half and half, some of my favorite places and routes of my prior decades of full timing and new places I’d missed before. I plan on a new first for me for winter. I plan on wintering in AZ having every year before wintered in S. FL. Enjoying every minute even though my navigator is no longer with me. I do keep a blog at with the new RV portion of my adventure beginning at post #74.
avan 11/01/20 11:04pm Full-time RVing
RE: Back Again

Thanx Dianne. Emotionally the boat is well into my rear view mirrors. Literally too as I am well past a full month into the new full time RV segment of life and 1400 miles down the road. Enjoying the decision and the rig. Had to replace the entry step motor and the port side air height valve - less than I expected after a shakedown cruise The photography of the boat is finished as is the write up and the boat listing finally published. Any of you who want to reverse my process and buy a great boat ready for serious cruising, Caribbean exploring and gracious living, check it out at
avan 07/02/20 10:25pm Full-time RVing
RE: Back Again

A lot has happened in1.5 months. The boat is in the slip ‘for sale’. Broker is taking pics today. My crew of the past 15 months has moved off and back into her full time motorhome and is now several states away resuming her wandering lifestyle. I now own a car for the first time in 15 months. The world moves faster by road! I bought a 2019 Jeep Trailhawk 4x4 to tow behind the motorhome. I had Blue Ox ship a new base plate, tow bar and wiring to the marina and it’s now all installed. I looked, personally and virtually, at a number of motorhomes. Reminded me of the lessons learned 6-7 yrs ago shopping for my then motorhome. Don’t believe what you hear or see. For example, I was very interested in a Country Coach for sale in AZ and did some checking before making reservations to fly to see it. Contacted CAT with the engine serial number to check on engine history. The tech came back on the phone and said “you want to pass on this one”. Seems like less than 100 miles before the rig was brought to CAT for overheating. Said the tech, ‘not just overheating but very extreme overheating’. Cancel that trip. I did end up buying a very nice, great condition, AllegroBus 40QSP. Included a new set of shoes for it and replacement of a couple of fogged windows. Analysis on all fluids were good though the lack of prior analysis did not provide comparison. Nonetheless, it provides a good baseline. I then had complete changeout of all fluids. Bought it thru my MT LLC so now driving it on temp tags waiting for the permanent ones. Parked it at an ELKS Lodge campground a few miles from the marina and over a couple of weeks packed all my stuff off the boat and moved onto the motorhome. That gave me plenty of evenings to ‘learn’ the coach, switch locations etc. Have hired a reputable Captain to care for the boat till sold, clean out sea strainers etc., secure the boat for any impending named storm and to run the boat for its eventual sea trial. So I’m ‘on the road again’.
avan 06/11/20 01:11pm Full-time RVing
RE: Tow bar recommendations

Thank all. This forum has improved in the past few years. Post requesting info on tow bars with 5.5 responses on point and only 1/2 post telling me what tow vehicle to buy! ??
avan 05/09/20 06:39pm Dinghy Towing
Tow bar recommendations

This question is for those who have used more than one brand of tow bar or have done deep pro/cons investigation of various brands. I’ve FT for 18 yrs and flat towed four of those years. I used a Blue Ox setup with their auto stop feature. I found it very easy to use but have never had experience with any other brand. The only negative I found was that when traveling, it was not worth the effort for me to remove those 6-8” connection ‘prongs’ that stuck out the fron of the toad. They were ugly, I always worried what might happen if someone backed into one in a parking lot since they w ere the forward most protrusion. And My shins got whacked more than once when I forgot they were there. So after having been living and cruising on my boat fulltime, I’m now selling it in favor of going back on the road. So I need to buy a suitable 4 down toad and set it up for towing and hence my looking for advice from those who can make first hand comparisons and recommendations for set up. I liked the auto stop which I think is similar to something Roadmaster offers. I once had and out of frustration thru in the campground trash the Brake Buddy system. Your thoughts and why please.
avan 05/06/20 08:03pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Back Again

Tom: not that it’s really your business but yes I’m alone. And I’m downsizing. Considerably The boat I’m living on and which I’ll sell is 55’ overall and has a 15.5’ beam. It also has 4 floors of living space which provides a total of at least 2-2.5 times the square footage. In addition there is the walk-in below deck storage and walk-in engine room. It has 3 staterooms and 2 full baths plus outside deck seating and lounging areas. A MH will represent a lot less cleaning etc. I won’t be filling a 850 gal fuel tank anymore with diesel, will get considerably more miles per gal and at a higher speed. I will have to get used to having a gray water tank again??. My last summer travel MH was 30’ Aspect triple slide. Nice for what it was - a summer traveler but not for full time living. Most of my 15 yrs of FTing was in 40’ rigs. . Not sure what you mean ‘if ever in your position” but guessing you mean ‘alone’ or ‘full time’ but guessing from your address in your signature that you are not a full timer and probably not even a long term snowbird. I’m thinking I know what I’m doing. Thanx for your thoughts.
avan 04/29/20 03:46pm Full-time RVing
RE: Back Again

Hi Terry & Dale. Moving the boat Monday to the marina where it will be available for sale. Then need to move crew off and then myself. Hoping to have a place to move on to:). Then list. I don’t want the “# of days listed clock” to start running until the vessel is ready to show and that means people and possessions off. Boat has been a great place to isolate and don’t want strangers aboard when I’m there. Lady RVer: “from long ago”. Please rephrase. I feel old enuf as it is :B Lwiddis: please don’t give that advice to those looking to buy my boat:C
avan 04/29/20 07:38am Full-time RVing
Back Again

After full timing nearly 15 yrs my wife passed and I hung up the keys and bought a condo. After spending a few years learning to cope, I sold the condo and decided to see parts of the country from a different perspective and I bought a 54’ boat to cruise the East coast, the Keys and Bahamas full time. What fun! ‘ My age tells me it’s time to shift gears again so the boat is going up for sale and I’m shopping for a new home again on wheels and hope to be a FT traveling RVer again within a month or so. Looking for 40-42’ diesel pusher @ 10yr +/- old
avan 04/28/20 07:09pm Full-time RVing
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