Hiking along Oregon rivers and a note about inexpensive full-timing

Thursday, May 7 –  Sunday, May 10

1-P1040757Isn’t Oregon beautiful?

Bridget, Reggie, and I hike the trails along rivers south of Bend.

The scene above is the Deschutes River with a Ponderosa pine in the foreground and snow-topped Paulina Peak in the distance.

I take several photos from this vantage point.

1-P1040755-001I turn and shoot the photo below.

1-P1040754-001On a hike in La Pine State Park, we visit majestic Big Tree.

1-P1040763 - CopyIt’s too tall for me to photograph well!

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Another smaller sign says that Big Tree is no longer the tallest, due to the effect of weather, but it remains the largest in diameter.

We  hike along Fall River and stop at the falls.

In the summer people dive into the pool below the falls, even though the water remains very cold year round.

1-P1040692-001“Pretty spectacular, isn’t it, Bridge.”

1-P1040677These hikes help use up Reggie’s energy.

1-P1040684-002 Bridget surprises me with her stamina.

1-P1040680-001She enjoys walking trails through the shade of pines and resting in the lush grass in clearings.

1-P1040654Toward the end of a long hike she stops at a log across the trail and waits for a boost over.

On Saturday the crew and I take a drive.

We take a look at Crane Prairie Lake, Lava Lake, Little Lava Lake, and Cultus Lake.  Many boaters, fisher-people, and picnickers are out enjoying the warm, sunny day.

We cruise through some of the many campgrounds. 

At Crane Prairie Campground, which is huge, I stop at a spigot and fill up a few water jugs.

At one point in our meandering I park at a day use area frequented by fisher-people.  Bridget, Reggie, and I hike a short way along a river which I’m guessing is a tributary of the Deschutes.

I take several photos this day, and then accidentally delete them during the upload to Picasa!

1-P1040696-001We’ve hiked a lot the past few days!

I move us to a better campsite.

I know, what was wrong with the one we had?  Nothing, really.  Hard to believe, but our new site is even better!

I’ve coveted this site since I first drove the campground loop.  It offers a long, open stretch of riverbank and is more by itself.  When the man vacated it, I hitched up and moved the Best Little Trailer.  More about the campsite in a future post.

1-P1040774-001 - Copy Monday, May 11

After glorious, sunny days, what does it do?

Rain!

Well, of course!  This is Oregon, after all.

It’s cold enough to require the heat of the Wave 3.  Except for quick potty breaks for the crew, we’re  inside all day.  It’s quite a challenge keeping Reggie, the power ranger, entertained.  He finally gets a clue from Bridget that the best thing to do on a day like this, especially when you live in a 17-foot trailer, is take long naps!

The rain drums on the roof all day and through the night.

Tuesday, May 12

Sometime before dawn the rain turns into snow!  All precipitation ceases with the sunrise.  I dash to the riverbank for a few misty photos.

1-P1040777About the blog . . .

I appreciate the comments posted by readers during my break from this blog.  It was nice to get away from the computer to explore a little of Oregon.  Your remembrances and tributes for Mother’s Day were touching.  Thank you for participating.

A big welcome to those new to my blog or to the comment section! 

I’m very happy you’re with us!

1-P1040778About the budget . . .

I noted the request for me to update the financial reports to show how one can live the way I do on a limited budget.

Some of my readers come here in hopes of seeing how they can retire on a similar income.  

I apologize for not posting more recent information.  I don’t know why I’ve found it difficult to keep up with it.  My inner procrastinator has taken over!

1-P1040770I haven’t experienced a noticeable increase in essential expenditures over the past six months. 

I’m spending more because I’ve “loosened my belt” a bit since the first few years on the road.  I do know I can live happily and travel as much as I have been, while keeping my budget in the $13,000-$14,000 range.  Keep in mind that I have a fund set aside for maintenance, repairs, replacements, emergencies, and unforeseen expenses.

Of course, I could live on less than $13,000 a year.

I’d cut back on travel and other non-essential costs.

I attest wholeheartedly that I’m living at a level that is easy, comfortable, and right for me and my crew, without any sense of deprivation.

1-P1040776I hope this gives you pre-retirement folks an idea of what is possible.

My way of life probably doesn’t match the way you would live.  You may have medical expenses that I don’t have.  Maybe you like to eat out more, which I rarely do.  I don’t buy wine or gourmet food or have my nails done or dress fashionably or spend a lot for entertainment.

However, seeing how I live a full life for under $14,000 annually provides a reference point for you to plan your retirement as a full-time vagabond!

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237 Responses to Hiking along Oregon rivers and a note about inexpensive full-timing

  1. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Can it be?

  2. Cactipete says:

    Ohhh, your photos are amazing

  3. Mary Alice Cure says:

    These photos are the best!!! Makes me want to go that direction. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Sue, Welcome back, I have missed you! I see why you have been taking time away, with all that beautiful land to explore and enjoy….but how did you do it on the rainy day…maybe naps with the pups.

    I am off now to take Daughter #2 to the airport…enjoy your day with the blogorinos, they like me have probably missed you, but we seem to get along great no matter.

    Hugs to the babies.

  5. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    I have been working on my future boondocking budget and find it hard to spend money! Gas, food for two and any campground fees would be our biggest expenses. Our medical is covered by my wife’s retirement, we are debt free. The main future expense would be having to replace our tow vehicle. We are so looking forward to getting out there very soon.

    Great pictures of Oregon. The PNW is a beautiful part of the country and we are looking forward to spending summers up there….somewhere.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You and your wife are blessed like I am if you are able to be content without spending a lot of money. The saying “The best things in life are free” is very true!

      I would add to the three biggest expenses you mention, replacing tires, maybe a transmission (Ugh, knock on fiberglass), or a stint off the road (hotel?) for medical care. You know this, just mentioning possibilities for anyone reading this.

      Waiting is tough. It’s even tougher when waiting for all this. Thanks re: the photos. You’ll find a beautiful “somewhere” in the PNW!

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        I was going to hold off revealing this but we have a signed contract on the house. We do have to clear the inspection contingency but it looks like we will be wheels rolling bu the end of June!

        The inspection is this Friday, so everyone keep your fingers crossed…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          HOORAY!!! That’s wonderful, John! I’ve been waiting for your announcement…

          The end of June… *sigh* …. That inspection will be fine and you’ll be on your way!

        • Jan In MI says:

          Hi John,
          We also signed an agreement to purchase and had the inspection Monday morning before we left for a months camping on the west coast of Michigan. Hopefully when we return we will have sold house.

          • Donna in CT says:

            I’ve mostly been lurking and not commenting the past year or so but have been reading your posts since about six months after you started. I’m also in the process of moving. The closing on the house is June 15th. Can’t buy a rig until I get the money from the house, so I’ll be homeless, hopefully not for longer than a month or so. I have lots of relatives and friends around the country so I’ll be “couch surfing” with them as I make my way first south than west. I’m so excited and scared but it’s been my dream for about 10 years now. Yay!

            • Jan In MI says:

              Yes, we are scared also to not have a house but we have a 1999 34′ Winnebago that we are still paying for. We went the trailer route 21′ a few years ago but could not have 2 people inside for very long and no space for storage. Came home after 2 months out and traded for current coach.
              Jan

            • John K - Mobile, AL says:

              Good going Donna! Glad to hear you have sold your house as well. Ours will have been on the market for 13 months by the time we close. We are so ready to be on our way to our next adventure! I hope you can find your dream rig and get going on yours soon too.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              GREAT NEWS, DONNA!

              After ten years of dreaming you are about to launch. I’m very happy for you! Being excited and scared is part of being truly alive!

              I hope you won’t disappear forever into lurkdom. Do give us an update now and then.

              Oh, and thank you for being a longtime reader of my blog!

            • Krystina - Friant , CA says:

              Good Morning Donna

              I too was homeless when I sold my house on January 30, 2014. At that time there was about 50″ of snow on the ground (Vermont) so I had to wait to buy my RV. I stayed with a friend for almost two months. While there it snowed 18″ more in mid March. I NEVER thought that winter would end. I finally was able to buy my “buggy” and left March 27th. Hang in there. It will be well worth the wait.

              Krystina

          • John K - Mobile, AL says:

            That is good news Jan! When we leave here we will head north to the Airstream factory to get some warranty items fixed and then up to upper Michigan and head west from . I haven’t spent much time on there northern tier. Looking forward to exploring that area.

            • Jan In MI says:

              John,
              You will love upper MI as I do and will always consider MI home no matter where I roam.

              Jan

            • John McDonald says:

              The beautiful, rugged UP of Michigan will keep you happy as you travel from Sault Ste. Marie in the east along hwy 28 toward hwy 2 at Wakefield, but take your time. And traveling on hwy 2 toward Seattle in the far west puts you on the road that Larry McMurtry in his book “Roads” describes this way, “…the dream road, the good-as-it-gets road…U.S. 2 had everything–the widest vistas, the greatest skies, and more history than anyone traveler could hope to exhaust.

              Cheers John (from Duluth, MN)

            • John K - Mobile, AL says:

              Thanks, we are almost giddy with excitement!

  6. Jonesgirl145 says:

    Thank you for that financial framework. It is helpful and you are correct in that we have differing needs and tastes but I think yours is pretty good. Health and your crew, the transportation and a map so what else does one really need. Great example of priorities. Janet

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jonesgirl145,

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to give an idea of what this life costs and especially pleased you found it helpful. Yes, one’s priorities determine one’s level of contentment. Thanks for writing!

  7. Teri LiveOak Fl says:

    Love your adventures. You inspire me. We’ll be on our own adventure next spring. Thanks for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri in Life Oak,

      One year from now? In the meantime I’m glad you’re riding with us and enjoying our “adventures.” Nice hearing from you!

  8. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Lovely pictures today – the one with the mist/fog/whatever it is over the water is really beautiful. I remember the first time I went to Oregon – whenever I looked at my GPS there was “blue” on the screen – either a lake, a river, a stream, or an ocean. We will be taking our MH up to the Willamette National Forest in July, and then over to the coast to Harris Beach State Park. I can’t wait!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I know what you mean about all the “blue” in very green Oregon! The Big River flows by our campsite and it is full to its banks, which is a pleasant change after camping next to low reservoirs and dwindling streams. With all the water that’s here, it rains and snows making it hard to think in terms of drought.

      Oh, you have a wonderful trip planned. No wonder you’re anxious to go!

  9. JW says:

    Morning Sue,
    The first photo is absolutely inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning and you’re welcome, JW,

      Thank you for noting that photo. I obviously like it, too, having given it “top billing.” 🙂

  10. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Lovely, lovely photos. What a beautiful spot you chose. You have shown a lot of folks that being frugal doesn’t mean being cheap! You enjoy life on less $ and with less stuff; a very good lesson indeed 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia GB in MA,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. It is beautiful here. Yeah, it doesn’t take a lot of money to enjoy living. It’s what we do, not what we have, that matters. Always nice hearing from you . . .

  11. Diann in MT says:

    Thanks, Sue. I clear about$11,000 a year and I can see that if I really had to, I would be able to live alone in my trailer year around. It would require longer stays in as many boondocks as I could discover. I would bet others have done exactly that on much less.
    Little Reggie is quite the log hopper! Thanks for the adventures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Diann in MT,

      At $11,000 it would be tight, but possible. Sure, many people live well on less than my budget.

      I spend about $800 a year on camp fees which represents approximately 100 days and those are choices I make, not necessary camps. I camp for free over 250 days a year, but I could camp free year round if I had to.

      • Joy Sutton says:

        Over the yrs I have become a powerhog. Trying to recoup myself as I was actually raised before power available in the country. Know I can buttttt need to change that. People like me are part of the nations problem. Could you point to a specific post or so on your solar set up and use. Trying to keep current and reading past posts

  12. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    What beautiful scenery!!!! Great pictures and of course, a wonderful looking campsite. You sure can find them!
    Lots of Love and Hugs to you and the crew

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Same to you, Pauline! I know you are very busy keeping up with the grandkids, so seeing you here is really appreciated.

  13. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    BEE-UTIFUL is all I can say.

  14. Jolene says:

    Hi Sue,

    This is just totally beautiful! I love this area of the country. Glad you and the crew are enjoying it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jolene. We are loving Oregon, even though we have several rainy days ahead, both here and on the coast, if forecasters can be believed. I’m amazed that it’s only May and we’ve already enjoyed several great camps pushing north and west.

  15. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    What a life you and the crew have!

    Just my opinion …but you have detailed your expenditures since you embarked on this journey. Clearly it shows …you are living on less and enjoying life more.

    Like you mentioned…everyone’s needs and expenses will differ….kind of like a vehicle’s mpg may vary due to driving traits!

    But you’ve proven…it can be done! Continue or not to continue providing details is your decision…that takes time away from you exploring.

    Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      You are very considerate. Truth be told, I could do a lot of exploring with the crew and still have time to work on financials. Retirement has me accustomed to following my whims and moods. It’s become very difficult to do what I don’t feel like doing!

      And I really want to provide people with the information to help them realize their dreams. It’s the work that I shun. Not surprising. Ha!

  16. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    I particularly like the “misty morning” picture.

    Thanks for the general information about your budget. We are each individuals, so mine will be different in the details. Knowing your lifestyle and its approximate cost gives me a very useful idea of the costs that can be freely adapted for the differences in my personal style.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Exactly, Calvin R.,

      And you’re welcome! I’m glad you find the information helpful.

      My blog has a lot of detail about day-to-day stuff, not directly relevant to the cost of full-timing, just stories and such. However, by pairing accounts of my days with what I spend can be very informative for someone wondering about this lifestyle. As you wrote, then freely adapt to suit yourself!

  17. Tara from Pac NW says:

    Beautiful photos and Bridget seems so content!

    I have been very inspired by your trip to central Oregon and landing such gorgeous water front campsites.

    I am planning a trip from my home in Vancouver, WA to Deschutes Forest to Crater Lake, ending at Grants Pass to visit w/ my Mom and Stepdad around the second week in June.

    Through my online research just today, I’ve found a campground called Contorta Flat that looks gorgeous and not too crowded–which is on the southern end of Crescent Lake. There are lakefront sites, reservable online, and cheap (to me!) at $12. I hope it works out!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tara,

      Thanks regarding the photos. I’m glad you like them.

      I looked up Contorta Flat and it does look like a gem! That’s the kind of rustic campground I prefer… off the “beaten path” and therefore not crowded, not “pretty-fied,’ left naturally beautiful, inexpensive.

      I did read that there isn’t much separation between sites, but that’s a small concession when in an outstanding camp…. lakeside with a beach! You’re gonna’ have a wonderful June, Tara!

  18. Jan In MI says:

    Not quite #1 but close.

    We think we have the house sold and will close July 6th or 7th if all goes well. We have agreed to stay on until Sept. 6th as they are stuck in a lease until October. When we actually sign the papers we can finally make plans on what direction we want to head.
    We want to go to South Dakota and change domain and then head west to see my brother who works in Yellowstone but that’s as far a we go with plans. A lot depends on the weather. Your blog has helped me a lot in places to visit but we won’t boondock much as we are tied to TV so far. I want to get away from it and get out and see this wonderful country. Unfortunately my back is bad and have to use a walker for any distance.
    Thanks for your wonderful posts and all the pictures of the crew. I want to get a dog but hubby doesn’t want one yet as the y tie you down and we don’t want to leave them in the coach for any length of time. Can you train them not to bark when you leave is the issue.

    Jan

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      Yes, you can train dogs not to bark. Some people use a special collar for that purpose. After a period of time, the collar isn’t necessary. I don’t know any of this from experience. Maybe a reader will take the time to explain what they know on this subject.

      You may already know that it isn’t necessary to travel to South Dakota in order to change your domicile/legal address. It can be done via a mail service such as Americas Mailbox. Then you only need to go to SD to obtain a new driver’s license which I didn’t do until a year or so later. Renewals can be done by mail, I believe. I know registrations can be renewed by mail.

      Congratulations on the sale of your house! It’s kind of you to postpone until September for the benefit of the buyers.

      As for plans, make ’em up as you go along. I think that’s part of the fun! Best wishes to you both and thank you for the kind words about my blog.

      • edlfrey says:

        I have no experience with shock, ultrasonic or spray collars used as a training tool to prevent barking. However, the ultrasonic collars seem to be a good choice because the barking triggers the collar. Shock collars do work but the owner needs to be skilled in its use and provide the shock at the proper time.

        I have managed to train Patches to not bark through repeated correction and patience.
        When I first adopted her she would bark when I left her – I think that behavior has been corrected (I have asked neighbors and they have all said that they didn’t even know I had a dog). She almost never barks at another dog when we pass by during our walks even when they are barking up a storm at her. She may bark if another dog approaches our home but even then it will usually be only one bark and she shuts up on Command. The barking exception is when someone knocks on our door – she barks until I open the door or I give a Down Command.

        • Jan In MI says:

          Thanks edfrey for the help on barking dogs. I don’t want to be afraid to leave for a couple of hours and have the dog bark the whole time.
          Jan

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Bark collars work…after awhile they “work” without batteries! 😉 Citronella collars eh I personally wouldn’t want this sprayed in my dogs face.

          As with anything the dog will eventually figure out how to defeat it.

          I’m with Ed on this one…in regards to patience with training.

          AO will bark (big girl voice) when someone or something is approaching our house. Once we acknowledge her “warning”….it’s over.

          • Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

            We use barker breakers. Our dogs are actually calmer and more relaxed when they wear their collars. The first bark results in a tonal warning. The second bark results in a very low shock. The shock value goes up after every bark. Actually, with the collars on, our dogs never bark. They just lie down and go to sleep. At home, if they are barking at a knock on the door, you can hold the collar up and they will quiet down. We have a yappy doxie and decided to try the collars after having nasty notes pinned to our front door.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              I know exactly what you mean about just showing them the collar! Dakota aka Cody hung his head at the sight of it! So when the battery ran out…there was no need to replace it!

            • Jolene says:

              Hi Jan,

              There are also breeds of dogs that just don’t bark as much as others. We have a Boston Terrier and he hardly ever barks.

              I take him on walks and all the dogs will be barking their fool heads off and he doesn’t utter a sound. Others that I have read on a Boston Terrier page I go on FB say much the same. Very few are barkers or if they do it doesn’t last long.

            • Jan In MI says:

              Thanks for the info. Jolene, I may look into that breed.

              Jan

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Basenji also.

              Get a dog you’ll absolutely love….teaching it not to bark is part of the fun!

              It’s like people who choose golden doodles because they don’t shed!

              If one is worried about dog hair…Why get a dog in the first place?

    • Hi Jan,

      Yes, you can train dogs not to bark, but please don’t use any “collars” (or spray bottles, rocks in cans, electronic devices…etc) for this purpose (sorry Sue). The collars do nothing but instill fear, intimidation and make the dogs not trust you, in addition to becoming anxious…something hard to get rid of once it starts.

      Look up Victoria Stillwell. She is a proponent of positive, force-free training. Find one of her certified trainers (once you get a barking dog), or read up on her methods for DIY training.

      Congrats on your new life 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        If I may reply to your comment for Jan…. I agree that the barker breakers might be too much for some temperaments. This is why I haven’t used one to curb Bridget’s barking when I leave her in the PTV.

        I do think, to give balance here, I should point out that I have spent many hours with a certain happy-go-lucky doxie and a loving, devoted beagle who were trained with a barker breaker. These two dogs couldn’t be more trusting and secure. One size does not fit all. Thank you for sharing an alternative for dog owners.

    • Krystina - Friant , CA says:

      Hi Jan

      I gave up TV watching when I got on the road over a year ago. I have a nice one in the Buggy but I decided not to watch it. By not watching it I do other things which I might not do if I had TV. Working fine so far. I do a lot of sewing and crafts so I always have a couple of projects going. I read. I walk (I have a very bad back so I really do need to walk…but not far). Of course I am the only one making the decisions so I can do what I want. Congrats on the house selling. Really kind of you to wait until September.

  19. R. now somewhere in CO says:

    I guess I should consider #12 my lucky number. Once again I’m 12th. I’ll be now reading your posts and comments very closely since my plan is to hike on a number of sections in WA and OR of Pacific Crest Trail this July and August. You’re such a great example how a person can have so little and be satisfied with life. I too sold everything after my husband died and for already almost 9 months I tent camp, hike, travel, stay every a couple weeks or so in inexpensive motels and enjoy my life the best possible way. I miss my husband and often cry but I know I still have a good life and I’m doing what I enjoy doing. It is amazing how little I need. Thank you for including in your post very inspiring pictures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, R., and thank you for your faithfulness to my blog. You inspire me with your efforts to design a full life for yourself since the passing of your husband, even though you carry grief with you. I also admire the way you travel and camp lightly and inexpensively.

      You won’t find me hiking the Pacific Crest… You’re more ambitious in that department! I’m glad, though, if my posts and photos are helpful as you plan your summer.

      Thanks for keeping in touch…

  20. Wheelingit says:

    We’re just a hop and a skip away from you right now enjoying some property sitting in Bend before we head out to the Wallowas. Welcome back to Oregon! We’re super happy you’re here.

    Nina

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nina,

      You’ve been writing some outstanding posts lately! All your posts are super, but I’ve been particularly impressed lately. You got it together, girl!

      I’m “super happy” you’re enjoying Oregon, too. Thanks for the welcome!

    • Krystina - Friant , CA says:

      I love your posts and always marvel at the things you do and the things you know. I have learned a lot from you guys! Thank you for sharing all that knowledge.

      Krystina

  21. Looks beautiful! At the rate you are going you are going to be hitting BC in July! Are you heading this way this summer? I don’t know how you are able to keep up with the financials. We’re on vacation right now and I can hardly keep up with the receipts! Happy late Mother’s day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Jill.

      We wouldn’t be this far north if it weren’t for my desire to beat the crowds to the coast. Although I don’t think one can do that as much these days as in the past… Unfortunately (for us) it looks like rain on the coast this May… although any rain is a blessing!

      I hope you are enjoying your vacation. I don’t know how far we will go this summer or where…

  22. Deb D says:

    Love Oregon , beautiful and green. And no sales tax. The pictures are
    Fantastic . Don’t fret about us . We all look forward to your journey.
    Love your crew and their adventures. You should take up writing
    children’s books. Have a great day !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Deb D. I appreciate your encouragement to write. Maybe someday, if I can no longer be on the road. And thank you for telling me not to fret. You have a great day, too!

  23. What a beautiful location you and the crew are at. You found two excellent camping sites, makes me jealous just looking them. Long hikes are definitely good for Reggie, and the Bridge also. Rainy days can be tough for all of us who travel with 4-legged babies, glad to hear the crew managed it well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W,

      Yes, long hikes are good. All three of us sleep soundly after getting some exercise in the woods. Ah, what to do with an energizer puppy on a rainy day!

  24. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Your gorgeous photos of Oregon make me homesick, Sue. I grew up in Lincoln City & spent many happy summers camping in Central Oregon.

    Reggie is such a smart pup to have figured out weather-related napping. Having Bridget the Sage by his side is wonderful for him. They such a dynamic duo!

    Your comments about money, spending & budgets are so helpful. Since retirement, I’ve come to appreciate the value of every dollar. I need a haircut but it’s so expensive! I’m considering going to Jim’s barber–he charges $12 and does a wonderful job for him. I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do a good job cutting my hair. Have you ever had a barber cut your hair?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Sure, I’ve had a barber cut my hair… Remember when businesses used the word “unisex” a lot? I’ve never had a complicated hairstyle requiring a “stylist.” I need a haircut badly right now, have needed one for a long time. One of those things I tend to postpone…

      The thing with a haircut. You can take a risk because it will grow out. 🙂

      Thanks re the photos. I can see why you’d long for a return to central Oregon.

  25. weather says:

    Today’s sixth and eighth photos struck me as particularly fit for a story illustration.The next best step to take being where Light is seemed to draw my eye and mind while the rest became beautiful setting and background…Having springtime’s fresh grass and promise on them-quietly lovely and so appealing,the way many great invitations are.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I wanted more brightly lit photos for this post. This is Oregon and catching the light is more challenging. It is a beautiful setting, I agree! Thank you, BTW, for your thoughtful comment under the previous post. I appreciate your messages… I hope all is well with you and yours…

      • weather says:

        All is wonderfully well here,thank you and Good morning,Sue.We had wind so strong earlier that I watched an eagle wrestle with it and wait it out in one of my trees rather than continue fighting…wisdom and passion-beautiful to behold…I hope whichever state of light and shadow that you prefer is available today.My momentary preference is for another cup of coffee inside,the changes here are exhilarating and it’s nice to wait for more in warmth 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I feel the same way. Mornings here are very chilly. I’d rather be inside with my crew, the heater, and a cup of coffee. I considered hitching up and leaving today. The prospect of breaking camp in the morning chill changed my mind (I do like an early start on travel days.) The sky is clearing which promises a much warmer afternoon.

          Good morning to you, too, weather! Love your eagle vignette of “Wisdom and Passion.” 🙂

          • weather says:

            Delightful to have the freedom to reconsider the days agenda ,isn’t it?Decades of “just do it” no matter how we felt and now-“oh,a chill,I choose cozy” .In contrast to my accomplish mode during much of yesterday,rather than make breakfast I put peanut butter on a few crackers and deemed it protein enough for now,Ha!Since you know that the forests that are dark and deep and the ocean’s crashing waves and foam will wait for you ,I’m glad your clock today is set to the promise of warmth…I love to picture you content.

  26. So glad to see you enjoying central Oregon. Your hike at La Pine state park brought back some wonderful memories of my trip last year. That big tree! Truly spectacular, and yes, difficult to photograph.

    There are so many wonderful places to visit in this area. Wishing you and your crew a spectacular time in Oregon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Michael,

      You’re right about this area. One could come here for several years and never discover all the beautiful places. We haven’t ventured far from our camp, it’s so nice around here. Thanks for the wish!

  27. Wow…those pictures, all of them, are just stunning! Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE Oregon!?! Haha! I think I tell you every time! Your posts and pics are keeping my dream alive….I want to find that little waterfall you found one day… I can just imagine going to sleep at night listening to the rushing water…

    Hope your enjoying your day in those gorgeous surroundings! Super envious over here…

    Marla 🙂

  28. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hey there Miss Sue and the Crew!

    I have not spent much time on looking at your budget recently-thank you for the reminder. I am always interested in learning about this stuff… for the future and today.
    I think it is wonderful that you share these things with us! Thank you!

    Little drippy here today too, on the coast of WA. Trying to mop up the final ‘things’ for our big event on Saturday May 16. A few hiccups in life, but all will be grand. 🙂

    Sending you warm hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      You’re welcome re the budget information. I should pay more attention to that feature of my blog.

      Yes, “drippy” here, too! I hope you’re past the “hiccups” soon! Hugs to you, too, Barb.

  29. Elizabeth in WA says:

    YES, Oregon is beautiful…well where you are anyway!! And I do love many parts of the Northwest…when one lives in beauty it just helps have a better outlook on life I think!! Enjoy!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree with you, Elizabeth, at least for some of us. Visual surroundings are important for keeping an upbeat outlook.

  30. Rita says:

    What beautiful photos of your camp and the pooches….that Reggie is adorable! I too love Oregon…it would be my second choice to live if I have to move from AZ. BTW I went to boarding school in Salem, OR…..love, love, love the Oregon coast too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      Thank you for complimenting my photos. You experienced two different environments while growing up — OR and AZ. I can see why you’d have affection for this state.

  31. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Photos are lovely as ever. I remember passing through Bend on family vacations in the old station wagon. Love the PNW and all the greenery. Will put this area on my bucket list of camp adventures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K.,

      I’m happy you like the photos. Thank you. The PNW has been on my must-see list for many years. It’s great to be here!

  32. Pamela K. says:

    Well…
    I just lost my entire reply comment to John K about his house being under contract!

    Do anyone else have this happen often?
    I do and it is very fustrating to have to reconstruct the whole thing again.
    anyway…

    Congrats John! Hope you are Rollin’ with the best of’em really soon 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela K.,

      I have lost long replies and even blog posts. I finally figured out why it happens to me (maybe not why for you). I tend to type very fast and sometimes I hit a key that is a “shortcut” key that erases everything. I hate that! I should dismantle that. It happens when I’m in the middle of something and I never get around to making sure it won’t happen again. I agree, it is very frustrating.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        Thanks, I will try to remember that and type with more caution the next times around.

        • John K - Mobile, AL says:

          Thanks Pamela K…are we related? Both being K’s! Ha!

          • Pamela K. says:

            John,
            We are first cousins by Alphabet, lol. Welcome to the family 🙂

            About that inspection report you are waiting on…
            I was a Realtor, Mortgage Loan Processor/DE Underwriter for many years doing reviews for fraud on mortgage files. I say that because it is always wise to ask for, demand even, a written copy the Inspector’s Inspection Report ~in its entirety~ without ommisions. It is wise because some, not all, buyers will fudge an issue to try to reduce the purchase price after the fact. Without the full and complete report it is very hard to prove prior to being at the closing table. Just a heads up tip so it is always best to do your own research on any subject. Anyway, mortgage was very good to me. A related field after my Police 911 days. Mortgage Fraud Review was a great field to go into and I found I was really good at it 🙂
            Best of wishes to you on your home being In Contract! Here’s cheers for a happy and quick closing so you can RV with the best of ’em. 🙂

            KEEP CALM
            AND
            CARAVAN ON!

            • John K - Mobile, AL says:

              Thanks Kuz! I will be sure to ask for a copy. We are trying to head off any major issue, but you know those inspectors…they can be real nitpickers.

              John

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              🙂

            • BadgerRickInWis says:

              One of the smartest things I did when I sold my farm was I paid for an inspection report rather than wait for the buyer. That way any issues they brought up I took care of before it hit the market.(and showed them proof that it has been fixed) The ones I didn’t want to fix I has written estimates for.
              We told the buyers that of course they could pay for one themselves if they wanted but no one did.
              Not the way it’s normally done but it worked for me.

  33. Betty Shea says:

    Beautiful photos!I love your free spirit!!!And I love seeing those sweet pups…what a great life you are giving them !!

  34. Monica-CA says:

    Your new campsite is prettier than the last site. Reggie looks like he is enjoying this lifestyle- lucky dog! The photo of the morning mist is calming. I’m enjoying your walks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Monica,

      I enjoy sharing our walks with you. It’s nice to have readers who appreciate my photos. Thank you!

  35. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    I was reading, just last night, about the many fees that the different States are charging to camp on lands. Not just the campground fees but the State Pass fees and Park fees both day use and to camp added to the campground fees. Is that right, are there add-on fees in addition to campground fees even on public lands? Or does the Senior pass cut those costs down to half and zero out many of the other costs? I would think that the add-on costs would really add up as you travel across many states. About how much do these added fees cost you and the crew per year? I guess I’m really asking if there are hidden fees other than the Senior pass and the free or half price camping rates per night? I was reading about Washinton State’s requirements and was surprised who they add up! Other states seem to be adopting a similar finance model for public lands camping. So is it a number that would really affect one’s budget over a year’s period?
    Thanks, in advance, for helping me and others to understand this subject.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela K.

      I haven’t come across the added-on fees. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I avoid camping where there are higher fees, like the state parks in Washington, for example. In Washington there are “recreation areas” that require a pass that one purchases. I don’t remember the details on those. I don’t go to places like that because they’re usually popular and more congested and I find an alternative that suits me better. I also don’t make reservations.

      I’ll probably have to fork over some bucks to camp along the coast; that comes with the territory.

      I have heard there are campgrounds (I think state) where you pay an entrance fee when you first come into the park and then pay the campground daily fee.

      As for public lands (I assume you mean BLM or national forest land and monuments), I haven’t seen extra fees other than the usual campground fee, and then, as you know, with the senior pass, I pay half the fee.

      If I ever do encounter additional fees, I’ll include that in my blog post about the campground.

      No, we haven’t paid any “hidden costs” in nearly four years on the road. I’m not sure I know what you’re referring to. Maybe a reader will know more and explain.

      • Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

        We have encountered add on fees in many state parks. You really have to be carefull and do your research. In some areas you will have a $5 reservation fee added regardless of a reservation being made or not. Some states add a daily entrance fee to the camping fees. You will think you have a low cost camping spot but after you get to a park you will find out about the add on. Bummr. I now make a point of looking for these extra costs when doing my research.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for sharing this!

        • Pamela K. says:

          Bill and Anne,
          Thanks for explaining this so much better than I was. Yes, the state parks and some others are doing exactly that. Also some toll roads in and out of the most popular parks are springing up with added fees.

          • Pamela K. says:

            Sorry Ann,
            I put an added ~e~ on the end of your name. Then realized you didn’t spell it with the ~e~. My bad.

          • Scott B Out says:

            I just stopped at a local “campground and day use area” (swimming hole) here in Arkansas, that 2 or 3 years ago, you could camp at for $3.00. Now there is a $4.00 “day use fee” AND a $9.00 campsite fee. hmmm, not good, but really still a bargain compared with commercial sites. Sometimes it seems the world is falling in around us: Fees go up, rules get stricter; I’ve been reading government officials are trying to pass laws to lease or sell public lands, just read a couple stories about the government passing laws in a few states to make rain water collection illegal. (?) Some campgrounds in our area have actually closed due to “lack of funding”, yet other NEW sites have been opened! (?) We should all know by know that GOV works in mysterious ways….

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              Scott,
              I know, I was also reading about how some states are wanting to sale or lease some of the public lands to developers. Really surprised me, but then again, not so much of a surprise…that dreaded dollar/profits thing.

            • R. now somewhere in CO says:

              There is lots of public land in CO, UT, WY leased to drilling. There is also lots of public land leased to logging companies

            • Scott B Out says:

              Its only smart to make “use” of the land, and to manage it properly if it is not getting much recreational use. It’s when they start locking gates, “forbidding” entry, and signing on long term leases that it gets scary…

      • Pamela K. says:

        Hi Sue,
        Yes, Bill and Anne said it much better than I could have. That is what I was reading about last night. Also parking fees, boat launch fees and such along with the reservation fees and added daily fees…it adds up to alot plus the state’s park pass. There is even discussion about taking those fees another step further and doing that with the public lands and wildlife reserves. Also there seems to be a tends to make roads toll roads leading into and out of some of the most popular parks. It does seem that the landscape of RVing and Boondocking is rapidly changing… Sadly, it makes me feel like a kid who is having their toys taken away from them. Too many cooks in the pot can ruin the soup.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Nobody better mess with free access to undeveloped public lands!

          • Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

            Some states even have a per dog per night fee! We have found this fee at parks in both Virginia and California. Obviously we don’t stay at these parks!

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              Ann,
              Yes, exactly, again! We found that same thing with our dog and our cats too. It really added up fast. AND the campground had a per day Visitor Charge…for people who are visiting a paying Camper in their campground! $12.00 they charged us for 3 Visitors! They only stayed a few minutes on the way to their own campground. Wanted us to meet their granddaughter. We really thought that was greedy of the campground owners. Crazy isn’t it?!

  36. Utah Bonnie says:

    You’ve found another stellar spot again. I love the photos of the sun coming up with the mist and melting snow. Thanks for the update on expenses which makes this lifestyle seem so much more attainable.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Bonnie. Thank you for appreciating my photos and letting me know.

  37. Tawnya says:

    Hi Aunt Susan ! You are now in my favorite part of the country. I love the North West. If Brian and I ever get a chance to live like you we would spend every summer in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming. I love all the rivers and creeks. Please take care of you for me. I love you bunches !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Niece Tawnya!

      I hope you and Brian do find a way to travel in the places that you love. There are lots of rivers and creeks waiting for you!

      I love you bunches, too, sweetie. More than you can know. Yes, I promise to take care of me. You take care of you, too. 🙂

      Hugs to you and Brian . . . .

      • Pamela K. says:

        Morning Sue,
        That was such a warm and happy exchange between Aunt and Niece! Really made me smile to read it. I think Niece/Aunt relationships are Extra-Special…clearly the two of you have a special bond.
        What a nice start to my Morning Coffee/Day 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Tawnya is an exceptionally fine human being. She is one of the most compassionate, genuine persons I’ve ever known.

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            Sue,
            She sounds like she is. I have read her postings to you several times and she is always such a sweet young gal.

  38. mockturtle says:

    Be sure to check the crew for ticks as they are particularly bad this year, due to the mild winter. Bucky picked up a bad crop in the Rogue Valley of OR but I’ve heard from others that it is a problem in other parts of the NW as well.

    I agree about living on less in this life style. And not depriving ourselves of anything! Fuel is my main expense. I’ve never been more content.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mockturtle,

      Seems like someone told me about ticks in the ares of the Rogue. Thanks for the reminder to check. Ticks will have us moving to another place. So far the crew has been tick-free.

      Fuel as a main expense doesn’t hurt much when one camps many days for free… I love your last line: “I’ve never been more content.” Good for you!

      • R. now somewhere in CO says:

        Only yesterday I talked with two hikers who returned from AR. After one of their hikes they found on them 27 ticks. Yes, twenty seven. I never hiked in Arkansas.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That sort of thing is common in Georgia. Yuck.

          • Scott B Out says:

            OK, OK, Lets not get tick-phobia.
            I’ve been living in Arkansas (Deep in the woods mostly) for 25 years.
            It’s ALLOT to get a dozen ticks in a YEAR…
            Unless they are talking about seed ticks, in which case, it is possible to pick up 100’s off of one plant… 🙂
            Take a shower, problem solved. 🙂
            On the other hand, I remember my days in Illinois and Wisconsin where a dozen mosquito bites were a nightly affair (Mosquitoes carry more discomfort and more disease). At least ticks have the decency to stick with you so you get the pleasure of ending their miserable little parasitic lives. 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You’re right. There are certain areas, like fields of tall grass for instance, where ticks might be in high number. Then in a nearby area one can walk without picking up any ticks.

            • Joy Sutton says:

              Lol. Had to laugh. Ticks are a given here. I know some carry nastys but I pick the dog after each trip out, spot on, I know chemical but sometimes the lesser of 2 evils. Locals take it and carry on. I am a nurse and we always have a behind the hand snigger when someone comes to the ER with tick bites. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  39. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The photos are just beautiful. I never tire of seeing the lovely scenery and the canine antics. Bridget seems happy and content. Reggis is just a kid sowing his oats! Through you, my hopes and dreams keep on expanding.
    I took looked at the new Casita Independence on line and think it would be perfect. I has definitely shifted my thinking. I do still like the Oliver, but they have really gone up in price. Their double hull & 4-season rating is nice and it is sturdy, but you could buy 2 Casita’s for the cost of one of them. If one traveled the way you do based on seasons, there is really no reason for the added expense.
    Thanks for the budget info. As I get older, I find I purchase less and less every year. Safe travels and hope the rain stops soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Interesting comment about your thinking as you work on making that very important decision. I can relate to “there is really no reason for the added expense.”

      For me I didn’t want a rig that was so “precious” because of it purchase price that I would worry about taking it to rough and beautiful places. Most people have a threshold where the price isn’t justified for the intended use of the item.

      Some people, for one reason or another, need the extra insulation because they camp in cold weather more often (lto be near family or a job, for instance). I like the challenge of moving to manage the temperature of our environment. I migrate like the critters do. 🙂

      I haven’t looked at the Casita Independence. I’ve heard people say they like it.

  40. Scott B Out says:

    Thanks so much for sharing financial info. It is very helpful and re-assuring.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s my pleasure, Scott B Out. Thanks for taking the time to give me feedback on that.

  41. Timber/Rusty inthe Zone says:

    Wonderful photos Sue.,,,,, I or shall I say “we” live on 12,864.00 this year and each year we get a raise on my VA Pension + free Medical, But mostly I do my own Doctoring. Eat right and go for long walks and get a least 8 hrs. of sleep, naps included. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Timber sys HI to Bridget and The Reggie Man.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,me

    • John K - Mobile, AL says:

      Oh, I thought naps were just freebies over and above the 8 hours…hehe! I can’t stay in the bed for more than about 6.5 hours anymore, but I love my mid-afternoon naps. Good to hear you are out and about and taking care of yourself.

      • Timber/Rusty inthe Zone says:

        Thanks John, I’m the same, my back wont let me stay in bed more than 6 hrs. but the nap helps in getting 8hrs.,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I know you know how to budget! And you live a good life at the same time. Wise advice for taking care of oneself. Thanks for sharing that. Hi to Timberrrrr!

  42. Cindy in OR says:

    You are now in my “neck of the woods!” And as far as your lifestyle, I dream of the day that I can live very similar to you and your pups. I already have the pup (but would like one or two more!), and am now trying to figure out what the best type of campmobile for us would be. Just when I think I’ve found it and decided, I head off in a new direction. I’m not ready to buy yet, but love doing the research. Downsizing will not be a problem, I live in a 360 sq ft cottage. I’m considering an early retirement in seven years. woohoo!

    And thank you for the financial figures, that is a great help and wonderfully inspiring and motivating!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cindy in OR,

      Eventually you’ll figure out what is best for you. It is fun and sometimes overwhelming when researching rig possibilities. You’re fortunate to have time to research and decide carefully. Early retirement — sweet!

  43. I was inspired by you to go fulltime Rving myself. I thought I could boondock as much as you do, but since my mother is with me I needed a huge rig and I’m not as mobile as you. I was really hesitant to expose my financials in my blog, but when I saw you do it I figured I may as well too. My financials post (if anyone’s interested):
    http://www.searchingfulltime.com/2015/03/financials.html

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Yamila,

      I can understand the hesitancy to post your financial info for the world to see. It isn’t something one is brought up to do. (Money is private.) However, by doing so you help a lot of people. Your full-time RV living plan is sound and I wish you many enriching experiences in this new lifestyle.

      Normally I don’t encourage folks to promote their blog or website on my blog because it soon would become a referral service here, rather than a community of caring and helpful readers. In your case, I’m happy to do so because you shared information relating to the topic of this post. I’m sure several of my readers will appreciate the link.

      Best wishes to you and your mother!

  44. Always read your blog – seldom the comments, but have just plowed through them all…I reckon single-handed you have influenced hundreds of folks to take to the nomadic gypsy lifestyle – sell up and hit the countryside. The peace and contentment offered has to be a good thing….well done you – I would contemplate the same if i was younger and lived in USA where there seems to be heaps of camping options and distance between non tiring. But allas I travel & dream through you and others enjoying the ups & downs of such a life that more & more others are turning to – that’s gotta say something about today’s society. ….cheers from Australia

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Leslie,

      Interesting perspective. I hadn’t thought about RVing in Australia, there being tiring distances between camps and not having as many options as in the U.S. I’m thankful for the choices we have in this country.

      Thank you for reading my blog! Yes, the growing popularity of full-time living and traveling in an RV does say something about today’s society… Many of us are fed up with the materialism and unsatisfying expectations. We seek the “peace and contentment” that you mentioned and that can be found in simpler living. We also like to go places. . .

      Cheers back to you, Leslie! Good hearing from you!

  45. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Love your site…Fantastic pictures. Hope I get that way in the future.
    Last year we were very lucky to have a lovely young woman want to become involved with our shelter. She was born and raised in Oregon.Her hubby is Canadian & after several years in CA they came up here to his hometown. She was telling me that this part of Ontario reminds her very much of Oregon. We are so lucky to have her, she is a lovely person.
    Sure do like that Reggie Man…so cute.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      We can carry a longing for the place where we were raised or a place similar to it. It may only be the type of vegetation or the smell of the ocean that makes a place seem right, like home. Thanks for complimenting my photos and blog.

  46. K & B in CO says:

    I have to love how you will pack up on a whim and move to the best campsite in the neighborhood. I drive my dear wife nuts on many occasions circling around campground loops, rubber necking as we go by possible boondocks, and always coveting that better campsite. I am starting to take it easier, for harmonious living.

    LaPine looks like a great place to camp. Is there a full set of services in the area? Internet? Or, were you boondocked nearby?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, K & B in CO,

      Yeah, get the best campsite you can! That’s what I say! Why settle for less…. 🙂

      I’m not sure what you mean by a full set of services in the area. Bend to the north is a fairly large city with all you need, also La Pine to the south of here. La Pine State Park has what you would expect of a state park…. water, electric, showers, flush toilets, dump station, paved roads, trails…

      In the immediate area around our campground — Big River Campground — there is a lot of private property so not a place where boondocks can be found. Further into Deschutes National Forest are boondocks, some near lakes. Internet signal is strong in this area.

      This campground is conveniently near a main road, only $10 reg/$5 senior pass, and it’s rustic — all which suits me fine. There aren’t any services other than trash bins and vault toilets.

  47. Thank you for showing me a corner of our country where I have never been, but always hoped to go. We are settling in Florida now and our long journeys are pretty much over. But I am seeing the PNW through your eyes!
    I love the photo of Miz Bridget looking all happy and content! What a sweetie! There is no way you could take a bad image of Reggie from any position! He’s just a hunk of cuteness from any angle! Grin! Looking forward to seeing more of the PNW through your eyes and your experiences! Hugs to the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      You’re welcome. I didn’t think there was a “corner of our country” where you’ve never been! Glad to give you a glimpse of this area.

      Thanks for the kind words about the crew. Bridget enjoyed that day and Reggie, of course, loves activity! Mr. Hunk of Cuteness is curled up sleeping beside me, no bigger than a dinner plate. Bridget is conked out, too. The two of them go to bed early, around 6:30 p.m.

      I hope Radar and Doogie are doing well, healed up and happy. Same to you and Chuck!

  48. Dawn in MI says:

    Oregon is beautiful! And you know what? I just realized that there are TWO female full timers in Oregon at the moment! Judy Bell is volunteering at a park on the Oregon coast. Her blog is http://travels-with-emma.blogspot.com/…she travels with a dog too. I think that’s so cool that two of you that I follow are both over there at the moment. I get to explore with BOTH of you! I can not wait to see more!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Yes, I’ve seen her blog. Her photos of the coast are very helpful right now.

  49. PookieBoy north of houston says:

    well now….Bridget is my kind of dog….waiting for a liftover…..thats what I been missing here lately is a liftover….my guys at camp with love it when I ask for a liftover…
    its been raining here for 3 days straight and expected to rain the rest of the week so Ive pretty much stayed inside…..ugh!! we had bad drought and fires here 2 years ago with no rain and now we get too much but I’d rather have too much than not enough…
    thanks for your posts…..it looks like I’ll have to visit Oregon one of these days….
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      Good to hear that Houston is receiving rain and lots of it. You’re right… Too much rain we can deal with. Drought is a tougher problem.

  50. Jan In MI says:

    Looking up the barker breakers on amazon they look like a box that must be clipped to collar, is that right?

    Jan

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I guess so. I’m not familiar with them.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Negative

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  51. Jan Johnson says:

    Oh is it gorgeous there! And snow! As I pant in the 90s here in Georgia that sounds so so so good! I really want to make my way out there one day. Thanks for the wonderful photos – so lovely.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jan. “90s here in Georgia”… in May. Boy, does that bring back memories.

      Daffodils are blooming here, but I saw that the recent cold snap burned the blossoms. After a few years of moving around I’m all mixed up on the seasons and what weather can be expected. I have to remind myself that this is Oregon in May….

  52. MB says:

    Good morning Sue! I just wanted to thank you for including the amount you live on/year. I have read your financial reports in the past but doing it this way really put it into perspective. From your blog, I know your lifestyle and thus know what that amount of money supports. I understand the “in case” account. My Grandma always gave me “in case money” when I went anywhere. BTW….she wanted it back if there was no emergency. LOL! She is the one who gave me my love of travel and reading. When we went on long road trips, she had a bag full of change. It was designated as toll and Dairy Queen money! Loved (love) that woman! 🙂 Have a great time in OR. Such a beautiful place. Must seem strange after the wide open spaces of the desert. Love to you and the crew from me and mine. MB from VA (for now)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, MB,

      You’re welcome regarding my financial info. You summed up my purpose in sharing it — “From your blog, I know your lifestyle and thus know what that amount of money supports.” Exactly! 🙂

      What a wonderful Grandma! Thanks for telling us about her and her ways. I think she taught you more than a “love of travel and reading.” She may have taught you to be the loving person you are.

  53. Gayle at As Time Goes.....Bye says:

    Sue, the photos in today’s blog are just breathtaking. I made a note of your location so I could explore it more fully & it is now on my bucket list. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Gayle. It’s fun to share photos of the beautiful river scenes. I could stay here the rest of my life and not run out of scenes and subjects to photograph. Thank you for responding to these I’ve shown.

  54. What a wonderful spot with the water and trees. Love the misty morning pic. Fun to see the little Beagle hanging out with the crew as well. All that fresh air hiking must make for great naps :-))))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Quite a difference from our camps in the desert! Fresh air hiking = good appetites and long naps. 🙂

  55. Jerry Walter says:

    Have really enjoyed your pics. The scenery where you camp and hike just encourages us as we get closer to our traveling. Reggie and Bridget are great partners in your adventures. What are you using to take your photos? Looking at cameras to purchase.

  56. Applegirl NY says:

    I feel like I’m always a day late in reading your posts! Great information and I love the exchanges on living on a smaller amount of $. When my sons were small, we decided I would stay home. So many of my friends said we were so lucky we could do this. My hubby made less than most of their husbands. We just lived differently than they did.

    No right or wrong, but clearly a choice.

    Love the pic of Bridget in the green grass. Ahhhhh spring!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      Yep, all about choices. People often say they “can’t” do something when, in truth, they don’t want to make the “sacrifices” necessary. I put sacrifices in quotes because many of the things we think are important to have, could be given up easily and painlessly. You had the wisdom to know this and follow through with it for the benefit of your sons. If my husband hadn’t run out on us, I would’ve done the same thing.

      • So sorry about that part of your history….but “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” as the song goes. You are about the strongest that I have seen in years….you and might I add, your friend Weather. 🙂

        • P. S. I might add that I see MANY strong and able people on this web-site, that is what brings people together I guess…A community makes you stronger.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Thank you, Shirlene. And most of us have put some years behind us… It takes time to build strength….

            • Barbara (Nashville) says:

              My husband and I do just fine on our social security, which isn’t much compared to a lot of folks. I have a family member who makes 50% more just on his pension than we do and was complaining about how hard it was to get along. His house and cars are paid off. We still have a house payment and now a car payment, since the accident in November totaled our vehicle. Amazing!

        • weather says:

          Strong Bear Hug Shirlene 🙂 Ha!

  57. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy! Great shots of that pretty little stream. Tired little fur kids due to all the exercise makes for peaceful evening I imagine. First time I was in Oregon I jumped out prepared to pump gas and an attendant informed me it’s against the law to do so there amazed me. Saves you ladies from pumping it yourself and getting those gas smells on your hands so good deal. Hi to the little pals.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      The exercise and fresh air does make the crew sleep well. That photo of a sleeping Reggie was taken on the ride home after a long hike.

      It is nice to be waited on… at the gas pumps. 🙂

  58. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Ah Oregon! We are up here too, in Klamath Falls. Loved your photos, we will have to,plan to camp there at some point. So far we haven’t ventured that far north to camp, pass through, yes.
    Isn’t it wonderful the variety in this state?

    We are up visiting our son and his family, he is recovering from a broken foot that required surgery, not easy for an active family man I must say.

    I have been loving this damp cold weather, I could live by the ocean in a heartbeat…grey sky’s? Bring them on!
    Can’t wait to enjoy your next adventure and read of the crew’s antics!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sounds like your son has a major owee. Well, if you like damp cold weather, Oregon is providing it right now. Enjoy!

  59. DesertGinger says:

    Well I’m here in Elk City OK. Too pooped to continue. Driving through rain most of the time and….what did I forget? My raincoat. Today I drove over an hour in thick fog. Storms predicted to last all evening.

    And…this motel room has a recliner! And fridge and microwave and flat screen TV. Woohoo! So we are all set for a comfy night. We froze last night. I never expected it to be so cold…in the 30s. Duh. Not smart.

    Elk City is quite a nice, clean little town, by the way. Not that little but nothing like the big cities I am used to.

    I am always so amazed at how vast the western states are. My god, driving through western NM and the panhandle of Texas is so barren!
    So, I’m off to my evening of wTching TV and sleeping in my comfy recliner. Tomorrow I have 250 miles to Tulsa. Drove 600 miles today.

    Ta-ta for now!

    • weather says:

      Wow,Ginger,bet (and hope)you’ll sleep well,warm and happy.That’s quite a trip .Was the we freezing last night you and Chloe?Good night and Godspeed

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Safe travels DeGin!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      Whoa! 600 miles in one day and through rain and fog. You’re amazing! You deserve the comforts of that motel room. Relax, sleep well, and safe travels tomorrow!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      You brave lady, Ginger…glad you are ok and found a place with even a recliner!! We love ours and have slept in them!!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Pretty cool to be gettin’ a “report from the road” from my buddy DG!!!

      I’m so proud of you. Even if you did forget your raincoat. Probably too many years living in the desert. 🙂 I hope you two are having a great time, travel safe and let the joy of the road fill your heart.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Thanks all. I’ll keep you posted! According to the news, the next few days are going to be a wild ride here in OK. Just like my youth. Hope I don’t have to crawl under someone’s house.

        And…I did the math. When I leave from Joplin I will have 1341 miles to go. That means approximately 450 miles a day. That’s not too bad. 7 hours a day or so. A couple of nice campgrounds, assuming it’s not still freezing. Not sleeping in car when it’s in the 30s again!

      • You go DG! Thanks for taking us along.

  60. BadgerRickInWis says:

    OK, so now that the thrill of being #1 has set in and I’m done boasting to all my friends and family about it I can write a longer comment about the actual post.

    First I just have to say thanks yet again for letting me tag along. Central Oregon is one of my absolute favorite parts of the country. I once did a 10 day trip in the 3 sisters wilderness that was absolutely magical. Big mountains, big trees, waterfalls, and everything so green and lush. Your pictures bring all those memories back and stir my soul for future adventures. Such a wonderful gift to receive.

    I commented in the last post I do appreciate your financial updates and they continue to give folks a sense of “yes, I can do it too”. It was through those reports that my own dream began to form. But IMHO I don’t ever want you to think that you need to work on anything that you’re not moved to. You give so much of yourself in terms of time, dedication and love to this blog that no one could ask for more. If working on reports ever takes away from your living in the moment or sharing that adventure with us than it is time poorly spent. What I’m sayin’ is if it feels like work don’t do it. Damn it woman, your supposed to be retired!!! 🙂

    Plus you give such excellent details in your posts that I could probably figure it out more or less on my own. Since last year you are probably spending a bit less on gas, a bit more on food. Internet and other fixed expenses would also go up a bit. Also since “he who produces smiles” came into your life you have been spending more on campgrounds and doing less boondocking. Your daily life is proof that one does not need things to be rich.

    BTW, I have to smile at the image of Bridget waiting patiently at the log for the arrival of the royal lift. Just love that girl!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      I can understand how the fame and glory of being number one would occupy your time and energies. 🙂 Now that the dust has settled, it’s good to see a long comment from you because I always benefit from what you have to say. Yes, I did see what you wrote under the previous post.

      Thanks for the kind words about my posts. Even more than that, thank you for seeing from my point of view. It is hard for me to be task-oriented (get those financial updates done, darn it!) when I’m retired, traveling, wanting to enjoy new places and my crew, and living in the moment. I appreciate your understanding.

      It is a privilege to help others find a way to live a full and enjoyable retirement within a modest budget. That’s why I feel guilty about not keeping up with the financial information. It thrills me whenever someone tells me my blog opened up their minds to possibilities and thus changed their life.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        If it helps any with the guilt look at it this way. Back in 2013 when you were dutifully filling and posting your expense reports every month the average post had between 80 and 100 comments. You responded to virtually every one. Today that number is three times that!

        Ask yourself this.Which do you think is more important to the success of this blog and the benefit you provide to those of us sharing in your dream. Your commitment, passion and personal connection to this community or some numbers on a spread sheet?

        I know what my answer would be. Love ya.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Gee, Rick. You make sense. I hadn’t looked at it that way. Love you, too!

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            Another idea. Maybe just once a year you could update on your fixed costs. Insurance, internet, mail service etc.
            Than the variable daily expenses we can figure out as our personal situations won’t be the same as yours anyway. Plus you give pretty good details on that in your regular posts. Just a thought.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’ve been thinking along those lines. You may have noticed that I removed the monthly reports of 2012 and substituted a summary of expenses for the year. I want to do that with all past years and maybe include a recent month once or twice a year as a more current example, showing the details. Something like that.

            • Joy Sutton says:

              These post caused me to go back and look at the financial stuff. There is more there for me than just money. Already made detailed by the month itinerary . One of my fears was that I would not be able to find the boondocking sites that would be necessary for me. I have a generater and by reading the reg blog seem to think I might be able to use it as you often seem alone so noise might be ok and not bother too many. One thing I noted also was the lack of med ins. I would have the med supplements to Medicare and Medicaid copays. I would have to pull in the Internet fees and am wondering if I can get by on McDs. Hope you don’t summarize too much I missed the last full months on 2014 as they weren’t clickable links , so the itinerary was missing a hunk.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, Joy,

              I hope you have a cushion ($) in case a boondock isn’t available. I’m not sure if you’re saying I don’t have medical insurance. I do have medical insurance, now and in the past. As for the summaries of the last months of 2014, they aren’t clickable links because I haven’t written them yet.

            • Joy Sutton says:

              No cushion yet . Do have RV paid for but older and repairs are being done. Major like air and suspect frig soon. Still have to sell. Surprised at Amazon totals, be more careful to use links in future. Looks like it really helps make a difference. Enjoy reading .

  61. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Good Morning Everyone!
    Hope your days is off to a fine start.
    My morning has been a mixed bag so far. I have spent the better part of the morning going thru my purse, wallet, change purse to find receipts of purchases from yesterday and the day before. As I thought, all purchases were on my credit card. No cash purchases at all. So, why is that important you ask? Well, yesterday morning I had two to-do-things to complete for the day. One, take the car in for a front end alignment. And after that, to the Sports Academy to get a new Zero Gravity Lounger with my Birthday Money.
    Sounded simple enough but it was not to be…
    Early AM I grabbed my purse, counted my cash money, and headed to the car repair shop. I had my purse, my computer, my lunch tote. I left my purse under my front passenger seat and my lunch tote in the back while I hooked up my computer in the waiting room. All things seemed well enough. The car work was completed, happy, happy, and I paid the bill with my credit card. Left out to go to Sports Academy to buy my new Lounger with my B’Day money… Gone! All but 30.00 was gone! One 20.00 bill and one 10.00 bill was all that was left! Three, count them…3…twenties had walked out of my change purse! I can’t prove it but I’m pissed about it. The shop, of course, had to take my car for a drive after completing the alignment…just sayin’…the cash money was in my change purse, I know it was, I counted it before leaving the house. I didn’t spend it and WHAM! It was gone! Mice! The repair shop must have MICE and they ate it. Surely that MUST be the case, don’t ya think?! Or else someone had a REALLY NICE lunch at my expense…

    Bottom line:
    There will always be Takers.
    Fool on me to have left my purse in my car. A Senior Moment Got-Ya!
    🙁

    • So sorry you got ripped off….I am also sorry that you cannot seem to trust anymore, no more leaving your front door open just in case one of your friends needs to stop by to use the facilities or leave a love note…I miss the 50’s….ha!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Shirlene,

        Oh Boy! Do I hear you? YES!
        I am such a product of Yesteryear…

        Some people can trust everyone almost all the time.
        Sue is like that, it works for her.
        Me, I almost always take it in the shorts every time I try.
        Less and less I even bother to try anymore. Sad but true. It just doesn’t work for me.
        Some people can drive like crazies, run red lights and get by with almost anything. Not me. Blue lights appear out of nowhere at the drop of a hat, lol. So I stop at every stop sign even, seriously I do. And the list goes on…
        Sometimes, not always, I think I must have missed standing in THAT LINE during the creation, lol. I guess I stood in the Straight And Narrow Or Your Butt Will Get In A Wringer line.

        It’s all so sad really, I miss trusting people. It really is a real downer for me to not be able to. Other than my beloved Klemper I just don’t put much sock in people. Sadly it’s been that way for many years. Guess I’m not willing to have that X-Factor hit me hard in the butt. It’s always been that way for me too. Something I just had to come to terms with but I never find it easy to understand it. I do wish it were different somehow…
        Oh well.

    • Krystina - Friant , CA says:

      OH NO Pamela!!!! #$_@~!……Yes, you probably won’t get your money back but I would seriously go back to the shop…when the owner (or manager) is there and try to get it back. That would alert the owner/manager that they indeed had a thief on their payroll. If they want to keep their reputation in your area they just might give it back to you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sorry that happened to you, Pamela. Maybe the person who took the money really needed it for a good purpose. Or maybe not. In either case, you’re in a better situation than the thief, if that’s any consolation!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        There are ONLY clear and certain times when theif is an OK-MUST in my book.
        1. To assist one in fleeing from abuse at the hands of another, to remove one from Harm’s Way.
        2. To feed a starving child or elderly person, and only if all else fails to put the needed food on the table.
        3. For immediate medical attention to save a life.

        As far as I see it, that is pretty much my short list. I have no pty for thieves regardless of who they are. Other than dire need situations, there is always another way to find needed money legally. Any thieves do it because they are too proud to ask for help from others. My thinking is that their pride complex is not a good enough reason to pass muster.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I agree! I didn’t mean to imply that theft, in general, is justified. I was trying to lessen that ripped-off feeling.

          • Pamela K. says:

            Sue,
            My bad. I read it wrong and when I went back and read it then I understood what you meant. Thanks for trying to make me feel better about it all. Your a good person, Sue, I know that you would never condon illegal taking. Besides, KARMA has a way of working all things out. What goes around, comes back around. I have no doubt that his personal friends are just like him. Something about Birds Of A Feather Fly Together… Next time it might be his own wallet, at the hands of one of his own friends, lol.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Yes, they may have been in dire need of it. But that doesn’t make theft OK. By all means I would go back and talk to the manager or if it’s a local shop talk to the owner. This may not have been the first time that it has happened and if the owner is not aware that he/she has a problem employee than they can’t stop it.

      Obviously you will not go back to that shop and will probably tell everyone you know not to go there. It’s not fair to the owner and the other ethical employees there to lose business because of one thief.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Excellent point, Rick!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Rick,
        I would go back there, they did great work on my car and that is what I paided them to do. They are local and I really enjoyed my time there, nice folks, for the most part. I wouldn’t confuse good work with an employee with sticky-fingers. I would make certain to leave nothing of import in the car, the next time around and I would never tell anyone about the money walking away since I cannot prove it. Local businesses are having a hard enough go of things with the way today’s economy is – that and hard to find good help in a small town. As for the mrg/owner, they are on their own on this one. Sooner or later his employee will show himself as a theif or he will move on to some other shop and do it again. Now, if I could prove it, well, that’s a whole different story! I would have called the police 911 myself! Since I can’t prove it, well, I stopped ~policing anyone~ long ago, not my job.

  62. Pamela K. says:

    The B’day Money That Walked Away (Continued)

    What I didn’t say in the story before was this part of the story…
    While I was on my computer in their little waiting room the one of the head mgr/owner was talking to another customer about one of the shop workers who would not listen to orders and would not follow directions. He said he had tried to make his worker understand certain things but the worker was not willing to listen and learn – was too head-strong. He said he was going to have to tell him he needed to change or he would be told to work somewhere else. Well, I have to wonder if the mgr/owner did have that talk with his worker and the worker wanted to get-back at the mgr/owner or something like that. Otherwise, I am certain I am not the only customer who has ever left a purse in their car under the passenger seat. Looking back, it does strike me as odd that the money takes a walk on the same day the mrg/owner was clearly having a bad go of it with one of his workers.
    Oh well…lessons learned for another day.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Pamela, maybe I look at this differently because I used to be a small business owner and had to deal with some employees who had a variety of issues. Again I encourage you to go back and try to talk to the owner. Not from a place of anger or looking for retribution. (and PLEASE talk to them before posting something on Yelp or some other internet review site) Just try to let him/her know what happened and you want to make them aware of it. They can’t fix a problem that they don’t know about.

      I realize that doing this might be hard for some people and it’s easier to just not bother. But please take the time and talk to them. If they care about their business at all they want/need to know and will appreciate it. Your effort might just save the jobs of the other hard working honest people there who really need those jobs.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Sorry you were responding above as I was typing this. I know you can’t prove it as in a court of law. But if something happens again the owner can connect the dots for himself.

        • Pamela K. says:

          Rick,
          I know you mean well. You live in Wisc. I’m here in the heart of redneck Georgia. Worlds apart as I used to live in Minnesota. That said, the auto shop has my lic number, kind of vech, and my address and phone. I don’t want to go back and have some redneck theif show up causing me any hassles or anything like that. Here, in the deep south, some people can go-off at the drop of a hat! I have never in my life seen so many people with prior criminal records…just sayin’. I have lived many, many places in different regions of the country. I have never had to watch my back like I have since living here in the Greater Atlanta Metro! I can’t wait for Klemper to retire again and get out of this dreadful place! Good travels and boondocks await us else where, I’m sure of it. Til then, I can be found under hiding under the mushrooms, lol!

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            Understood, you are right. I do not know your specific circumstances. I guess I was speaking more in generalities.
            I know you to be a wise and caring woman. Follow your heart but use your head. You will always end up where you are supposed to be.
            P.S. enjoy the mushrooms, they are great sauteed in a little butter. 🙂

            • Pamela K. says:

              Badger Rick,
              You are so very sweet to say that about me. You have become a friend over these many posts of RV Sue’s blog.
              Balance, I’m always seeking to maintain ballance in my life. Some days it’s a piece of cake, other times it is heavy lifting. It all works out 🙂

  63. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    I signed up with Americas Mailbox today. In the referral box I just put “Rvsueandcrew.net”. I hope they know who that corelates to…;-/

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, John. That was thoughtful of you!

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        Well, it’s not much for you, but if you had 12 referrals a year, you’d be saving your annual renewal fee. That would buy a few tanks of gas.

  64. Pamela K. says:

    Thank you everyone for your sweet comment to me.
    I will Carry-On, I promise, LOL.
    Besides, a certain Zero Gravity Lounger awaits my purchase 🙂
    This time, with my credit card 😉
    I swear, sometimes I just sit back and have a good laugh at all the things I can get into, LOL. I Love Lucy would be proud of me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m tempted to say… shop online (at Amazon), but I won’t do that. 😉

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        I know… It is that trust thing again. I just can’t help myself to get over the fears of online shopping. If I could, I would click away on your Amazon links, truly I would. I have been on computers since 1986 and have yet to shop online! I feel like the guy who was the last hold-out for a Burger King Whopper! Remember him? He made the national news… Well, maybe one day I’ll turn the corner. Until then I am always glad to see that others do shop with you and support your blog/lifestyle. You are kind to tease me about it, shows you are a good sport and a classy lady.
        Hugs.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          A very nice message to me, Pamela. Shop the way you feel most comfortable. I hope you like the anti-gravity chair as much as I like mine!

  65. Joy Sutton says:

    I keep wishing there was a like button.

  66. Evelyn Beevers says:

    I love your blog and the simple way that you and your crew live. I too live on a small retirement and also travel as you do. Love camping and the outdoors, but it is a challenge sometimes to live the way we do. Currently in Florence, OR enjoying this area very much and will be headed up to see what I can see in the Washington area. Do you fish at all while you camp? I do enjoy your photos, they are very beautiful.

  67. c collins says:

    I couldn’t locate your email so I’ve had to post here….where could I locate a semblance of your electrical schematic…that would show how you isolate and connect the various multiple batteries and use them with the inverter, solar panel, charge controller, and make connections of the tow vehicle electrical with the Casita converter and the Casita brakes and rear running lights/brake lights.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Before addressing your questions, I need to ask: Have you looked at the pages under Solar in the header?

      • c collins says:

        I appreciate your willingness to assist me in understanding. I have read all the Solar notes and have pictures of your components . I understand solar recharging of the “original” battery installed on a Casita, but your setup appears to be more complex. I have a 07 Freedom Deluxe Casita, a 500 and a 3000 watt inverter (but their usage is on hold). and two 100 watt Renogy solar “suitcases” (with a 20 amp charge controller). I manually setup the solar charging as needed. I have a 2000 Honda generator that will power the air conditioner, the microwave, etc. I converted the generator to run on propane. My next consideration is extra batteries .

        To provide info to you:
        I cannot determine why you have “dual purpose” batteries versus deep cycle. Are they used in starting the TV ?
        This question would be answered, as well as others I haven’t formulated, if I could study the electrical schematic.
        I appreciate any info you can provide.
        C Collins

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I am not ignoring your questions. I have moved both your comments regarding my solar set-up to the comments section under Solar Panel, accessed from the header. I did this so your questions would not be “buried” under an old post. Scroll down the comments under Solar Panel and you’ll find your comments. I hope to have a reply for you soon.

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