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Old 06-24-2011, 04:04 PM   #15
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Semi full timers?? LOL

7-10 months and now travel in a scamp 16! LOL.. well you are full timers in my eyes because you have mastered the art of simple living! hhaha..
you have a great point about the debit vs credit link for you money.. totally missed that, so I learned something today! (or was pleasantly reminded) Thank You!,.
And Like you, everything has to have a place, nothing on the floor in my CT-13.. I have been a minimalist all my life the only time aquiring things is was in my previous two marriages..(hence why Im single.. haha.. what was I thinking, if you like the white picket fence and stick house Im not your man!)
Hope to see ya on the road, checking out for Illinois then Pa to NJ then turning south...
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:54 AM   #16
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Good ole' Walmart as back up! Please everyone who uses Walmart to park, clean up after yourself. If YOU see trash laying around or bottles, pick them up! Bring gloves with u of course. We civilized people need to protect our right to park at Walmart....even if we have to clean up after the lazy slobs who go in there and make it look bad for ALL OF US!


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Old 04-02-2015, 06:21 AM   #17
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State by State Living Costs

We don't worry too much about state by state living costs. Our only concern is state income taxes and state sales taxes. We have presently list NH as our domicile state where we own a home. This allows us to buy expensive items without sales tax. Similarly it has no state income tax, further sheltering our income.

As to 'on the road' state living costs, we have begun to avoid CA, everything is more expensive there, particularly fuel. Emotionally we just find the state a little too crazy for us though we do like the northern portion. There are now towns in CA that have broken thru the 10% sales tax barrier.

Generally we find no issue with living costs in various states, we're hardly ever in one place enough to let it bother us. We are more likely to avoid areas because of traffic than any other reason.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:26 AM   #18
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UPS Deliveries

Most campgrounds allow UPS deliveries.

We are Amazon Prime members. Prime results in fast, free deliveries, usually 2 days or less. Amazon ships typically by the post office or UPS. We have actually had the post office deliver to our campsite on a Sunday, apparently they have a contract with Amazon for Prime deliveries.

I can buy from prime small items where it's cheaper to get it from Amazon than to drive to the store.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:32 AM   #19
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Telephone, Television and Internet

We have had Verizon for a number of years and it works most everywhere. It is expensive and I suspect there are less expensive solutions but it has worked for us. We probably could save in this area.

We both carry smart phones, again expensive but the phones have taken over so many functions in our lives. They are our cameras, internet, gps, clocks, weather info source.....

We had Sat TV for a 13 years and dropped it this year We find Internet entertainment to be better and cheaper, again thru Verizon.
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Old 04-02-2015, 07:34 AM   #20
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Norm, you wrote " We find Internet entertainment to be better and cheaper, again thru Verizon." Would you mind elaborating on that. It seems that streaming movies would eat through most data plans quickly and foul up the campground provided internet service. If there's a good set up via internet for entertainment on the road, I need to learn about it. I do not watch TV, but love Netflix.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:28 PM   #21
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Any advice for Canadians that are becoming full timers? - We plan to travel the midwest U.S. in the winter months, and back into Canada when the snow is gone
We will be retaining an Ontario address as our permanent residence.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:18 PM   #22
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Where are you thinking in the Midwest in winter months? We were at our daughter's in Kansas in mid January and it's certainly winter there, we only de winterized the trailer just before we left there on Jan23 to head to southern TX because temps were staying above freezing at that time. In March when we returned I didn't winterize again as it was fairly warm until we had to head back home end of March.

You need to get at least into TX and the further south the better. Dallas and area were hit in February with a number of storms bringing snow and ice. We were in the Rio Grande valley and had some colder temps there, not close to freezing, but cold. March 5th early morning in San Antonio it was only plus one C!

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Old 06-15-2015, 06:17 PM   #23
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Norm, you wrote " We find Internet entertainment to be better and cheaper, again thru Verizon." Would you mind elaborating on that. It seems that streaming movies would eat through most data plans quickly and foul up the campground provided internet service. If there's a good set up via internet for entertainment on the road, I need to learn about it. I do not watch TV, but love Netflix.
Formerly we had wi-fi and Dish Sat TV, together they were around $140 a month. We dropped Dish and bought Netflix ($8). We've come to love Netflix.

We are fortunate and have an unlimited wireless program on 3G from Verizon. It's fast enough to let us see Netflix. It costs us $60 a month, we use it on the road and when we're home. I just checked to see how many Gigabytes we've used have used half way thru the month, surprisingly 65 GBytes. Yikes...

Our Escapee park in FL has wi-fi. Netflix's popularity seems to be soaring and there's an effort to increase the wi-fi capability.

We do watch some TV but now through the Internet. We are presently experimenting with various services. We are members of Netflix, Amazon Prime, HuluPlus and Sling TV, testing to see what's out there. All in all we're spending less and once we filter the various Internet services it'll be even less.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:22 PM   #24
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We don't have a firm agenda just yet. Plan to go as far as we have to in order to get away from the snow
Certainly southern TX is in the plan, then west from there, up the coast and back into Canada in BC.
Thanks for you input - any hints/tips are certainly appreciated
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:46 AM   #25
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If you're looking for warmth in the winter I'd consider southern AZ, like Yuma or Florida, southern Texas can be cold and very windy. AZ would be my choice if I were going t head up the West coast and home.

Generally we try to leave before the first northern storm. This means we never need to winterize our trailer. It means we eliminate the family Christmas holiday. Friends who need the holiday have an early Christmas; everyone seems to like it because it simplifies their lives and yours.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:45 AM   #26
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That was our plan Norm to go to AZ last winter but went to RGV for a number of reasons.

We are going to check out AZ but will likely be returning to TX if I take the winter job I was offered there which comes with a 2 br park model trailer!

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Old 06-16-2015, 10:36 PM   #27
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RGV ????

was that better than AZ ?? AZ, SC, PNW, BC.....it gets confusing....
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:08 AM   #28
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Any advice for Canadians that are becoming full timers? - We plan to travel the midwest U.S. in the winter months, and back into Canada when the snow is gone
We will be retaining an Ontario address as our permanent residence.
Are you aware of the Escapees organization? They cover everything on full-timers from mail service to magazines to forums on all subjects.

You do not want to be even near the Midwest in winter. Southern Arizona as Norm says, or Florida or somewhere else far south would work.
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