Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Research and Plans

Monday was another busy day but at the end of it, we wondered what we had accomplished.

Al went for his annual physical.  He had previously gotten his blood work done, so today was  an EKG, and the dreaded prostrate exam. No sympathy from me on that one :)  He got good results from his physical.  His  cholesterol and triglycerides levels were down to a normal range.  Yea!

I've been doing some research on mail forwarding services and the best state for our domicile, or home state. We have tentatively  planned on making Florida as our home base once we start fulltiming, and we're thinking that maybe we will just come here to Georgia for our yearly physical instead of trying to find another doctor.  We never really had a good GP in Tampa.  It's pretty much on the way anywhere we will be going, so that may be an option.  We feel we get better care with a small town doctor. He's almost like Marcus Welby!  One more thing to think about in the process of living fulltime in an Rv.

As far as mail forwarding services,  I would like to use Escapees because they are set up and run by full timers and know what we will need.  The only issue is that they are based in Texas and we would have a Texas mailing address.  I can see an issue with our insurance company if we have a mailing address in Texas and vehicle registration and drivers licenses in Florida.  I know a lot of people manage this with a Texas mailing address and another state home base, but I don't think I want to hassle with it.  I also checked into Good Sam's mail forwarding service, which is based out of Pensacola, Florida.  I think that may be our best bet.  We really are Floridians anyway, having lived there so long.

There is a good amount of information on both the Escapees and the Good Sams website, for anyone looking into the full timing lifestyle.

All of this stuff is premature, until the house sells, but once it sells, I want to be prepared because I'm sure it will be pretty hectic.

Today is the day the people who came to see our house were going to "make an offer."  The more I think about that, the more skeptical I become. I'm not going to hold my breath.  In fact selling right now would sure mess up our wonderful plans we have for the winter!  Our warm temperatures are leaving us and we're expected to get a cold front.  Today it's supposed to get up to 77 for the high and Wednesday up to 57.  That's quite a drop.  It might not sound cold to people in North Dakota, but trust me, with our humidity, it's cold!  So I think it's time to head south!


  1. I know we may be the exception to the rule here, but we have been on the road for four years without a mail forwarding service.

    We live without magazines and junk mail, and get very little other mail. We have signed up for everything possible to be delivered to us via the computer.

    All financial issues are accomplished on the computer. The only thing we can not get around is the doctor bills. They handle the billing the same way they handle us, as inconvenient for us as possible.

    What little snail mail we actually need is sent to our daughter in Fl. She reviews everything and if we really need to have it for review, she scans and e-mails it to us. In the last 12 months, we have not had any mail actually forwarded to us.

    She saves the stuff that we cannot stop like magazines that come with our RV memberships and other stuff that she thinks might be of interest to us. When we visit her, we review it and largely throw everything in the dumpster.

    I know this is not for everyone, but I see others hanging around places to just wait for the mail to catch up to them. We would not find that handy.

    Finally, sorry this got long, we hung on to our original doctors for a few years, but since we never really needed to be back there except for them, we switched to doctors in FL and so far that is working out fine. We have also become fans of urgent care places wherever we go. We had to use one this summer and it was a great experience. We now have doctors and dentists in several states that we would gladly go back to.

  2. We hope you get a good offer for your house, but if you don't then it wasn't meant to be right now.

    Travel Safe

  3. You need to do what is best for you thru your insurance.Nothing like being somewhere..and your insurance becomes a joke!!

    I hope everything goes well for Al on the physical.

    It is 51 here today..we were grabbing jackets this morning..lol

    Hope something happens on your house. We are going to wait it out another 3 months..we will see.

    Hugs Cindy and Walker

  4. RE: mail forwarding services-we use MyRVmail.com out of Crestview, FL. We've had it since June and really like it. Check it out.

  5. Sounds like you are prepared either way for the house 'offer' today! Sure lots of things to think about and plan for when going fulltime!

  6. After a very cold wet weekend, we finally had some sunshine a warmer weather today.

    I guess your "anytimers" now.


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