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GaryAnnable

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  1. How many of you are "full timing" in your pre-retirement years? Should FMCA consider offering Group Health Insurance Plans? Would you be interested, if plans were made available? These might easily be offerred through the Better Business Bureau and/or the Chamber of Commerce, as I had done for my company in my previous life. Let's see how large a Group we are ...
  2. I don't see anyone commenting on Yagi USB antennas? Am I the only one using one? I have mounted my 13 oz brass Yagi antenna on my Winegard TV antenna, and now have a 17 dBi directional antenna that is tunable from inside my rig. I've received signal, and logged on, to open systems from as far away as 4 miles (clear line of sight, @ Valley of Fire State Park, NM), so far!
  3. I use a Yagi USB directional antenna, mounted on our Winegard TV antenna, to facilitate directional tuning from inside our rig. I have received unsecured/open signal for as far away as 4 miles(clear line of sight) so far! The USB cable is run through the rig and plugs directly into a (1) computer USB slot. When the Yagi is plugged in to "Windows 7" computer, both internal and external connections are available.
  4. I use a Yagi USB directional antenna, mounted on our Winegard TV antenna, to facilitate directional tuning from inside our rig. The USB cable is run through the rig and plugs directly into a (1) computer USB slot, no coax cabling = no RF loss. I run XP on my computer, but my wife runs Windows 7. When the Yagi is plugged in to "7" computer, both internal and external connections are available. Hope this helps.
  5. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned ehealthinsurance.com, this is a very handy web site for researching health insurance rates anywhere in the country. PPO plans seem to be the best option for full timers, providing coverage without needing a primary care physician. High deductable plans with health savings accounts are available and worth considering, for younger heathy full timers. Hope this helps!
  6. Am I the only one using a Yagi USB 17dBi directional antenna? I've mounted mine on my Winegard TV antenna, so I have directional tuning from inside my coach. Routing the USB cable was the only challenge. Built in USB connection eliminates signal loss that coax connections experience. I have received FREE unsecured wifi signal from as far away as 4 miles (clear line of sight - Valley of Fire, NM), so far! Free is the key for us, as we need to keep handle on our monthly expenses, being "pre-retirement" full timers. Initial investment is around $100.00 (two months Verizon service).
  7. I use a Yagi USB antenna(17dBi), mounted on my Winegard TV antenna, so I have directional tuning from inside my coach. Routing the USB cable was the only challenge. Built in USB connection eliminates signal loss that coax connections experience. I have received FREE unsecured wifi signal from as far away as 4 miles (clear line of sight), so far!
  8. We have since changed our "domicile" to South Dakota, only to find out, after the fact, that "Wellmark" (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) DOES NOT write health insurance for full time RVers! While I did research pricing, I did not ask this specific question. This was/is our primary concern, at this stage in our lives, with both my wife and myself being under 60 years of age. Are there any other "youngsters" out there who have health insurance outside of their "domiciled" state? We still use FMCA mail forwarding, if we can use this to obtain Health Insurance in Ohio, it would save us approximately $250.00 / mo.
  9. Thanks to everyone for your input. It appears as though there is a consensus that there is no singular BEST answer. I will continue to research, but will not likley pursue Ohio residency ...
  10. Warm isn't really a factor for us, as we will not necessarily spend any time in our "domicile" state anyway. Warm, or more accurately not frigid is an issue, if we are required to visit that state at an inopportune time, however. We are currently in the RGV, so for ease of establishing, Texas would be at the top of the list. Conversely, Ohio has been our mailing address for over a year now and health insurance premiums are lower there. The question is what is required to establish (and maintain) residency in OH and what are the pitfalls? We will not work in Ohio, so income taxes should not be an issue. Is there a personal property taxon motorhomes? Are automobile: insurance and registration rates competitive? Is it safe to assume that your Ohio retirement income is taxed and is therefore your primary reason for changing to Texas? Thanks for you thoughts. Gary Annable Kenwood RV Park LaFeria, TX
  11. Can anyone offer any critique on the use of Cincinnati, OH (pre-retirement/workcamping FMCA Member) for use as a domicile? It seems to be a logical choice, with our current FMCA "PMB", however, I have yet to find any discussion, pro or con, on the topic. Our primary concerns are: #1) Health Insurance cost, #2) License & Vehicle registration & renewal requirements, #3) Taxes (incl: income, sales, vehicle excise/personal property). We are currently struggling with our choice of domicile. Having left Western New York 4 years ago, and full timing since December 2009, we need to choose a new domicile, as our health insurance (NY) is skyrocketing. Ohio seems to be a viable option, with Ohio rates (ehealthinsurance.com) being more affordable? However, as I mentioned, I have not come across any discussion of Ohio as a domicile, and am therefore wondering about the pitfalls ... Any comments on Ohio vs Texas, would also be helpful.
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