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Old 05-23-2016, 02:54 PM   #211
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ependydad, how has renting your house worked out for you? Not sure if we want to sell our house or just rent it, hubby not to excited to be a landlord and feels it would could be a burden.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:59 PM   #212
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ependydad, how has renting your house worked out for you? Not sure if we want to sell our house or just rent it, hubby not to excited to be a landlord and feels it would could be a burden.
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Pam, it's going well. We actually have re-upped with our tenants for another year on the lease. Knock on wood, we haven't had any issues and literally hear nothing until I get my property management report each month + direct deposit the next day.

They took a fee for the initial lease and a much smaller one for the lease renewal. Then each month, I pay them/they keep 10% of the rent.

The couple of questions that I've had or paper work that comes in, they've been quick and responsive with any question that I've had. I would happily do it again.

NOW- my personal situation... I lose money on the house each month. The rental amount doesn't fully cover the mortgage and then I am basically paying the property manager fees out of my pocket. But, I bought this house at the height of the housing boom and way overpaid (even for the Baltimore/DC suburbs). I've also officially decided that I have no interest in moving back to that area (unless my wife tells me that I am). I wish we would have sold it instead of renewing our tenants. If it was a break even or money making opportunity, I'd likely keep the house. I'll almost positively sell it come 2017.
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Old 05-23-2016, 05:39 PM   #213
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I did not read all of your thread, but seem to me you are missing a lot of nice area on the upper Midwest/ rocky mountains

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Old 06-01-2016, 06:11 PM   #214
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I did not read all of your thread, but seem to me you are missing a lot of nice area on the upper Midwest/ rocky mountains
I sure am. The initial plan missed a lot of goodies. Fortunately we broke from that after about the 5th stop. But, the sort-of plan was to make it out west and bounce around there for a while. We made a bit of a bee-line to California and made it to Los Angeles and San Diego before we had to make a trip back to Florida for Disney World (happy wife, y'all).

We're bouncing around the east coast for this year before we'll finally make our way to the west for a good long stretch and will hopefully pickup the places we've been missing.
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:13 PM   #215
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Once we left Tampa, we did a bunch of Disney visits. Let me share my entries since my last post:

After Tampa, we headed to Fort Wilderness for the Princess 5K. I think I covered some of this in a Trip Report here, but for blog prosperity:
Now Or Never - an RV Tale: The Mouse's House, Disney World


Leaving the Fort, we went up the road to Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort. Pretty quiet stay, but we did make a couple of trips into Disney again:
Now Or Never - an RV Tale: Groveland, FL at Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort


We left there to another Thousand Trails park called Peace River in Wauchula, FL. Nice place and we had a pretty quiet stay. It was great until our friends "talked us into" heading back to Clermont. So we cut it a couple of days short.
Now Or Never - an RV Tale: Peace River in Wauchula, FL


And our last Disney-fied update, we stayed at Thousand Trails Orlando for a week.
Now Or Never - an RV Tale: Thousand Trails Orlando which is really in Clermont, FL

From there, we started heading north with visits in South and North Carolinas before making it up to Pennsylvania. But, I'll write about them soon enough...
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:20 PM   #216
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Doug, when you head west, make sure you visit Silver Dollar City and Branson, MO. Traffic is horrible, but the whole area is worth the hassle. It is all family oriented and you will not meet friendlier people anywhere in the US.

AND, just west of there is Eureka Springs and the Passion Play. Wonderful experience. Eureka Springs also has a Christ of the Ozarks statue similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Thanks for the ideas, OldCoot. We've already done some time in Branson, but didn't really explore a whole lot. The surrounding areas do seem to hold a lot of great stuff.

But, blogging is hard. It took me over a month to get the next less than 1-week installment out. We made our way to Myrtle Beach where we stopped at a Harvest Hosts location in Johns Island, SC. It was a nice farm and the scene of my infamous emergency exit attempts. Up in MB, we stayed at Ocean Lakes and had a nice visit. A little chilly because it was April, but we enjoyed ourselves.

Now Or Never - an RV Tale: A long weekend in Myrtle Beach
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:57 AM   #218
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Yesterday/today's update...

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I'm hoping it's just a bad battery and I have to replace the pair. The truck is 4 years old and we just got to the heat of Florida on Sunday.

It's at the dealership now. We'll see how it goes.
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I got what I hoped for- 2 bad batteries. But, holy flipping expensive. $185/each!
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I got what I hoped for- 2 bad batteries. But, holy flipping expensive. $185/each!
Whoa, I failed to read the "each" the first time around. I guess they knew they had you behind the eight ball. Yikes!
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