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Old 02-19-2022, 11:59 AM   #21
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You're a better man than me. No way I could live in a trailer. About 6 weeks of being on the road and I get itchy for home.
How about this instead
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Old 09-22-2022, 06:45 AM   #22
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Looking Back #1

We have entered the twilight years, but our minds are clear and the thousands of pictures we took during our RV traveling years are stored on discs with trip and highlights.

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We still travel, just in a different way, SUV. October 4th will mark our 64th year together. We will spend it at the monster Cherokee resort casino up in the NC Mountains, at Cherokee, NC. It’s a nice drive up there from our home in the foothills section of SC. They comped us for three nights which was nice of them.


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We made our last trip west from SC and return. It took us to 19 states with a 3-month layover at Yuma, AZ. Being seasonal travelers, we always wintered in the south. CA – AZ – TX – LA – FL was our southern hunker down states. Our northern lay over states were ME – NY – ND – SD – CA. We did spend a couple of weeks one time at my cousins CG in NH. However, it was mosquito season and after two weeks of that we headed for the Maine coast and a parking site in the sun.


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For those of you that have followed our traveling posts you may have noticed our bat antenna is often extended when we are using our Dish system. That’s because Dish and ABC were almost always bickering, and that service would be interrupted. When that happened and we wanted to watch ABC, I installed a switching system that allowed us to switch between the dish, bat and CATV connections. We had a two-box dish system, and I added a line connection to the bedroom. Some pictures will show the TV line hooked up going to the bedroom TV. It’s near the RH bedroom window.

I’ll add to this from time to time when that little light bulb in my head lights up with an interesting subject.
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Old 09-22-2022, 08:15 AM   #23
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Thanks for the post Cal. Happy 64th a couple of weeks early!! Hope it's a great day for you.
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Old 09-23-2022, 10:51 AM   #24
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During our 23 years in Jacksonville, FL we had two homes built from the ground up. It was fun going by and checking the progress and inspecting the work. The first one was a smallish all brick 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms on a ¾ acre lot just 5 miles from Naval Air Station Cecil Field, where I was stationed. The second was our retirement home. It was much larger with an in-ground pool and in a golf course community. Linda and I both loved to golf and were planning on retiring and travel around America where golf courses were plentiful. However, Linda became disabled by a chronic condition and could no longer work full days or golf. Because her condition is not life threatening or debilitating, we started looking for other retirement options. We had traveled around the USA a lot but were never able to take the time to look around and enjoy America. We started reading trip, travel blogs and decided to hit the road in a small RV home. At the time of retirement, I was 63 and retired from the Navy, DOD and on SSA and Linda was on SSA disability retirement at 60. Well, we sold nearly everything in the house, plus our car, boat and truck and purchased a new 38’ fiver and a Cummins powered Dodge Dually to haul it with. The first couple to look at our home purchased it without any haggling. They even brought us gifts to the closing because the house was completely ready for them.

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You know this is going somewhere, don’t you? Once we started advertising and selling things from our home, we found eBay. Most of the things we sold there were by auctions. It was fun and exciting and once we hit the road it became one of our enjoyable things to do. Linda always liked to read. I liked fishing and old military things. I had opened a separate eBay banking account when selling home things and linked it to a PayPal account. On the road we went to yard sales and flea markets and purchased things we thought might be profitable. We allotted enough RV storage space for 200#. To ensure our weights (GVWR, GCWR, and GAWRs) were remained within the limits set for them, we scaled our rig about 3 times a year. My items were mostly old fishing lures, military Zippo lighters and pocked knives. My prized finds were Cattaraugus knives. I found a few that looked like they were in such bad condition I wouldn’t have put them in my junk toolbox, and then they would sell for hundreds of dollars.

Linda was very good at finding pristine condition 1st edition books which can also bring in hundreds of dollars. But, remember this, it was a hobby we could do together, and it was fun. We had some really nice dinners from any profits we made. (We shipped from where we were at and return shipments went to our USP mailbox at Jacksonville, FL. (Our sons managed our storage space).
During my Navy years we transferred coast to coast 5 times. From the time our two boys were in 1st and 3rd grades we rented pop-up trailers and camping equipment from Navy MWR and went camping and fishing. By the time our boys were in their early teens they had been to a dozen or more national parks/forests. From Acadia in Maine to Los Padres NF in Calf they explored wildlife and forests even walking on fallen red woods in Sequoia. From all that experience we decided to never dry camp in our retirement adventures. And we never parked in someone’s parking lot. You can count on one hand the places we parked with only water & elect. I think we did gray water dumping less than 6 times.

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Here are some places we do not recommend. The Salton Sea, it stinks. John W. Star SP, Starkville, MS. FHU? Yes! Still yucky!

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Helpful hints about some of the things a full timer will eventually add as necessary. Almost all Military CGs with FHUs will have an extra 15 APMs available at the power connection area. Some civilian CGs will also have the extra power available. I got a 15 AMP extension cord and run it up through the laundry chute into the bedroom, where the extra power is welcomed for hair dryers and curling irons, those things that often got me hunting for the CG circuit breaker box.

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Old 09-23-2022, 03:44 PM   #25
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Looking Back #2

During our 23 years in Jacksonville, FL we had two homes built from the ground up. It was fun going by and checking the progress and inspecting the work. The first one was a smallish all brick 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms on a ¾ acre lot just 5 miles from Naval Air Station Cecil Field, where I was stationed. The second was our retirement home. It was much larger with an in-ground pool and in a golf course community. Linda and I both loved to golf and were planning on retiring and travel around America where golf courses were plentiful. However, Linda became disabled by a chronic condition and could no longer work full days or golf. Because her condition is not life threatening or debilitating, we started looking for other retirement options. We had traveled around the USA a lot but were never able to take the time to look around and enjoy America. We started reading trip, travel blogs and decided to hit the road in a small RV home. At the time of retirement, I was 63 and retired from the Navy, DOD and on SSA and Linda was on SSA disability retirement at 60. Well, we sold nearly everything in the house, plus our car, boat and truck and purchased a new 38’ fiver and a Cummins powered Dodge Dually to haul it with. The first couple to look at our home purchased it without any haggling. They even brought us gifts to the closing because the house was completely ready for them.

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You know this is going somewhere, don’t you? Once we started advertising and selling things from our home, we found eBay. Most of the things we sold there were by auctions. It was fun and exciting and once we hit the road it became one of our enjoyable things to do. Linda always liked to read. I liked fishing and old military things. I had opened a separate eBay banking account when selling home things and linked it to a PayPal account. On the road we went to yard sales and flea markets and purchased things we thought might be profitable. We allotted enough RV storage space for 200#. To ensure our weights (GVWR, GCWR, and GAWRs) were remained within the limits set for them, we scaled our rig about 3 times a year. My items were mostly old fishing lures, military Zippo lighters and pocked knives. My prized finds were Cattaraugus knives. I found a few that looked like they were in such bad condition I wouldn’t have put them in my junk toolbox, and then they would sell for hundreds of dollars.

Linda was very good at finding pristine condition 1st edition books which can also bring in hundreds of dollars. But, remember this, it was a hobby we could do together, and it was fun. We had some really nice dinners from any profits we made. (We shipped from where we were at and return shipments went to our USP mailbox at Jacksonville, FL. (Our sons managed our storage space).
During my Navy years we transferred coast to coast 5 times. From the time our two boys were in 1st and 3rd grades we rented pop-up trailers and camping equipment from Navy MWR and went camping and fishing. By the time our boys were in their early teens they had been to a dozen or more national parks/forests. From Acadia in Maine to Los Padres NF in Calf they explored wildlife and forests even walking on fallen red woods in Sequoia. From all that experience we decided to never dry camp in our retirement adventures. And we never parked in someone’s parking lot. You can count on one hand the places we parked with only water & elect. I think we did gray water dumping less than 6 times.

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Here are some places we do not recommend. The Salton Sea, it stinks. John W. Star SP, Starkville, MS. FHU? Yes! Still yucky!

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Helpful hints about some of the things a full timer will eventually add as necessary. Almost all Military CGs with FHUs will have an extra 15 APMs available at the power connection area. Some civilian CGs will also have the extra power available. I got a 15 AMP extension cord and run it up through the laundry chute into the bedroom, where the extra power is welcomed for hair dryers and curling irons, those things that often got me hunting for the CG circuit breaker box.

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I use one of those cords for my 14K btu portable A/C and have another heavy duty cord as I plug in my microwave via an outside receptacle on the back of my camper. Got sick of the microwave on and the A/C needing to be turned off or the main breaker would pop.
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On a summer trip going north to Nova Scotia we took a two-week layover at a family CG in the town of Alfred Maine. It was a sort of base camp because I have family members living in Sanford and Portland, ME. Linda had never been north into Canada, and I wanted her to see the largest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy. However, it was not to be. Linda’s mother in SC had taken ill and was given a wrong prescription from a pharmacy that would eventually cause her demise.

Never let a family member find a place for you to park your RV, especially someone that is not familiar with RVing. When Linda’s brother called and told us not to worry, he would find us a nice place to park all we told him was it had to be a 50-amp FHU. Well, he found us one about 12 miles from Linda’s mother’s home. Its name would be April Valley CG and it is for seniors. To be honest, it did evolve into a nice quiet place to park, and it’s gated and very safe. Trees were planted around the pond where we parked and have grown into nice shade trees for those that park there. It was in the process of opening, and we were the first RV to park there. A $100.00 a month discount of the prospective monthly fees was offered, and my brother-in-law paid the first month’s rent. It was almost like dry camping. Located far away from busy highways, shopping areas and other home development areas gave us the feeling of being completely isolated. However, there was a nice hilly golf course about 5 miles away and their restaurant (19th hole) served three scheduled meals a day plus snacks for the turn.

The park had a manmade fishing pond that was stocked with pan fish and catfish. There is a mountain stream flowing into a small freshwater pond in the upper section of the park land. Its popular fish is the rainbow trout.

Here are some pictures. It was full summertime and we had zero shade. I would try to keep the black truck cool by parking under nearby pine trees. The owner and his family home are on the park property and acted as the park office while a camp office/store was being built. In the link provided below you can see how it has improved since we were the first to park there. A notation must be made to inform you I was 65 years old when that last picture was taken and learning how to eat ice-cream, crab legs and fried catfish.

https://aprilvalleyrvpark.com/

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