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Old 07-31-2016, 04:06 AM   #1
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Little Guy travels west coast w/ a cat ?

If I full-time with my cat in a basic Little Guy 5 wide (no a/c), where shall I go in summer/winter for tolerable temps. I was thinking California, Oregon, Washington coast so we have livable temps. I will have to drive back to Reno for medical care and prescription renewals, since I have Medicare and it doesn't travel.
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Old 07-31-2016, 05:34 AM   #2
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. . . since I have Medicare and it doesn't travel.
If you have regular Medicare (with or without a supplement), it is good anywhere. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan (HMO), you can still access emergency services anywhere. Prescriptions can be faxed or called in anywhere by your physician.

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If "livable temps" are around 40 degrees with an occasional drop into the 20s or even lower, the Warshington westside of the Cascades would work. It is a wet, damp climate and your things will always feel damp. It may be worse if you have arthritis.

I used to have a 5 wide and spent a Christmas Eve night in it at an elevation of 1500 feet. It was 40 so when we went to bed, and 50 something in the morning. My faithful Lab helped warm things up.

We do get snow. Even the beach gets snow sometimes. Plan for long spells of drizzly weather.
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I can find "liveable temps" pretty much any month of the year without leaving Arizona. It's all about elevation: low desert in winter, mountains in summer. The only caveat is desert nights can get chilly, and when a Pacific storm rolls through, days can be cool, damp, and windy, too. Liveable, but chilly.

At risk of repeating myself and others, I really can't imagine doing this in a teardrop. A small full-height trailer would be so much more comfortable!
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If I full-time with my cat in a basic Little Guy 5 wide (no a/c), where shall I go in summer/winter for tolerable temps. I was thinking California, Oregon, Washington coast so we have livable temps. I will have to drive back to Reno for medical care and prescription renewals, since I have Medicare and it doesn't travel.
Try to arrange prescription renewals with your doctor to get them out of state. Many fulltimers do that. They may use CVS or Walgreens. You can try looking on the Escapees forum for such threads.
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If "livable temps" are around 40 degrees with an occasional drop into the 20s or even lower, the Warshington westside of the Cascades would work. It is a wet, damp climate and your things will always feel damp. It may be worse if you have arthritis.

I used to have a 5 wide and spent a Christmas Eve night in it at an elevation of 1500 feet. It was 40 so when we went to bed, and 50 something in the morning. My faithful Lab helped warm things up.

We do get snow. Even the beach gets snow sometimes. Plan for long spells of drizzly weather.




Except, of course, when the temps are above 90 during the hot parts of the summer (in western Washington) with nights staying in the upper 70s, often-- never mind EASTern Washington, in the summer it's so hot we absolutely hate going over there.

And, yeah, it's a DRY heat--it sucks every ounce of moisture you have in your body out of your body and sends it off into outer space.

For goodness sakes, unless you HAVE to use a teardrop, get yourself something you can stand up in! Things like tents and teardrops are fun as all get-out when you're healthy in your 20s! Not so much when you're older and not entirely well any more. Do yourself a favor and think a little bigger!

Oh, you said Washington and Oregon COASTS?
Yeah, they're more likely to be quite chilly at night, sometimes tremendously windy, often quite wet (for days and days) -- and then there are the HOT days when you can't believe there's an entire ocean right there that "ought" to be cooling you off...and never forget the salt spray deterioration of all things metal over time.

Many things are fabulous for two weeks...not so much every single day.

Plus, trips back and forth to Reno may seem like they'd be OK now, but over time the same roads start to seem awfully repetitious and even hideous.

Still, I admire your moxie!

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Yah. The eastside of the Cascades is very cold in the winter--usually gets down around or below 0 at least once or twice. The rain we get on this side turns into snow over there. Then if the sky clears up, the inversion sets in--endless days of gray in the valleys, sun up higher but both cooling down into the teens or below at night. Clear skies mean cold in the winter. I grew up in that.
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Hi....I have Medicare with an advantage plan, so I had to declare a physician and hospital where I live. I could do E.R. In other states, I suppose. But for regular issues I would have to come back to Reno. My physician requires a face to face every 4-6 months to renew medications. Newer laws have changed things, I'm told. I spoke with Medicare and the advantage plan. I have Senior Dimensions of Nevada, so they said I can't go out of state.
A year ago I moved to Prescott, Az and couldn't find a physician who would take new patients. I got bit by stray cat and needed series of rabies shots. My only option was to go to e.r. for all the injections for many weeks. Total bill was $38,000!
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Slow pat,
Is that winter 40's west of Cascades. If so, what is summer? I don't want my cat to heat stroke.
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Cathi,
I have gotten renewals out of state at Walmarts. But have to see my doctor every 4-6 months for renewals. So I need to stay WEST, to make it a little easier to drive back to Reno.
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Jon in AZ,
I agree with you and my first choice would be a Scamp. But I recently became disabled and lost my house etc/bankruptcy. Luckily, I qualified for SSDI, but it's not enough to maintain an apartment. I thought if I could find a used Little Guy, it would be a step up from tent living. I use a walker, and am hoping a Little Guy would be easier than getting off the ground in a tent.
I lived in Prescott for 5 months but couldn't cope with all the scorpions where I was. One of those Arizna Giant Centipede stung one of my cats, who died. So I left the area. I do miss the sunsets though.
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Summer in western Washington can be quite hot unless you're right at the coast or up in the mountains. Especially lately. This year has been a lot better until the last week or so, when it went into the 80s. Even at the coast, you have days when it's plenty hot. Sometimes it cools down at night... We don't "ever" leave our pugs in the car or trailer unless we're in there with them; the heat can build to dangerous levels all too fast. If we're in there, we'll be aware of it and deal with it.

Terribly sorry to hear about your cat and the giant centipede. Horrible.
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If there was one perfect place for year round weather, no bugs, no snakes, etc. It would be a retirees heaven and property would be a gazillion dollars an acre with a waiting list for 25 years to get a plot of land. Lynn, you'll need to plan to move according to the seasons, etc. There is no eutopia, unfortunately.


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Hi....I have Medicare with an advantage plan, so I had to declare a physician and hospital where I live. I could do E.R. In other states, I suppose. But for regular issues I would have to come back to Reno. My physician requires a face to face every 4-6 months to renew medications. Newer laws have changed things, I'm told. I spoke with Medicare and the advantage plan. I have Senior Dimensions of Nevada, so they said I can't go out of state.
A year ago I moved to Prescott, Az and couldn't find a physician who would take new patients. I got bit by stray cat and needed series of rabies shots. My only option was to go to e.r. for all the injections for many weeks. Total bill was $38,000!
If you were able to switch to standard Medicare plus a supplemental, you would have a lot more flexibility and would not be limited to a local network. Even with your current plan, when out-of-state you should be able to go to a walk-in clinic (not an ER) for urgent visits, which would charge a lot less. Though I hope your MC Advantage plan paid the $38k (which would have been much less after the MC adjustment; they bill, then write off).

Not my business, of course, but have you looked into apartment sharing, or group homes? I know there are amazing people who live out of tents and campers full time, traveling all over, but having a stable place to live makes dealing with pets and medical problems much easier, and you wouldn't have the cost of vehicle(s) upkeep. You could still get out for a few days at a time in your Little Guy.

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