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RE: Best resale value toy hauler or tt

I believe condition rather than type is far more important for resale. RVs are like most cars….the original owner takes a beating on depreciation. As for the TH discussion, while we full-time and haul our motorcycle, I’ve been seeing an increasing number of THs not hauling toys, but being turned into living space for kiddos, or offices for those still working. As for predicting the future, remember that the current market will change once covid is over and people have to settle into a more traditional lifestyle. I’d expect there to be a glut of used rigs on the market in 2023 and behind. We will see.
arhayes 08/28/21 02:18pm Toy Haulers
RE: Placement of motorcycle for towing

Have to assume you’re getting a towable and not a 5ver. I’d assume their tie downs are placed for optimal loading.I’d think it’d be set up more over the axles. On my 5ver, I keep it in the center of the garage and the weight is behind the axles. However, pin weight is essentially the same whether the bike is loaded or not.
arhayes 08/22/21 10:41pm Toy Haulers
RE: Down Sizing

We began full-timing in 2014 in a 43' 5th Wheel Toy Hauler. Based on over a year of perusing FT forums and asking questions, we decided to get rid of virtually everything we could not take with us. We had the kids come get what they wanted, gave family heirlooms to other family members, then had an estate sale and sold the rest. We did save a few tubs of items we knew we wanted to keep and those are stored in my wife's sisters attic. It is primarily family memorabilia. I digitized all of our home movies, pictures and photo albums and gave the hardcopies to the kids. I built a tool collection of ones I felt I'd need (to which I've added over the years) and the wife did the same with her craft stuff. All in all it has worked out well. We were both all in on the new lifestyle and downsizing from 3000sf to 450sf has been no issue. If you are going to use a storage building, make sure to not let it go too long. You'll find most of it was just "stuff" and you'll be paying to store things you really are not invested in. We have zero regrets and our first 7 years has been wonderful. Good Luck.
arhayes 08/05/21 03:02pm Full-time RVing
RE: New, to us, toyhauler...maybe.

I guess then we say Tentative Congrats? Hope it all works out for you and that you enjoy your new rig.
arhayes 07/10/21 06:43pm Toy Haulers
RE: Caulk or no caulk

Agree with Grit Dog….you definitely want to address it as ramp doors are expensive to replace. Don’t ask how I know.??
arhayes 06/29/21 10:27am Toy Haulers
RE: domicile confused

Just remember that the domicile issue is a legal thing as much as anything. Depending on what state you are in and where you think you want to domicile may make it easier or more complicated. If you are not going to be on Medicare when you retire, insurance may be a critical issue too and impact your decision. Looks like you live in PA now. Where are you thinking you want to claim as your permanent address? Disclaimer….I am not an attorney but I did consult one when we decided. Ours was easier as we were Texans and decided to maintain domicile in TX using Escapees as our address.
arhayes 05/23/21 08:09pm Full-time RVing
RE: Florida domicile people do you stay 6 months there?

Good comments by all. As stated, Escapees has great guidance on Domiciles that you can view without being a member. Go to , touch “education” and select Florida. Good luck.
arhayes 05/23/21 08:59am Full-time RVing
RE: Very disappointed

We use Escapees for our domicile address, but always call it either # or Suite. Worked for all transactions for 7 years.
arhayes 05/08/21 06:45pm Full-time RVing
RE: voting and driver license issues with full time

I would verify if under Florida law that would qualify as a legal domicile address address before you jump into it. After that, you'll change all of your DL, legal documents, financial, etc to that as your permanent address. Depending on FL voting laws, you may have an issue having absentee ballots sent there, but the registrar can tell you. We have voted absentee "in" TX for 5 years with no issue using Escapees as our mail service. Good luck.
arhayes 05/06/21 12:02pm Full-time RVing
RE: Movin on up!

arhayes 04/25/21 05:03pm Toy Haulers
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
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