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    24/7 Chat About Anything

    Big, big improvement today on the COVID front. Although there are unknowns, Paxlovid (antiviral) seems to have helped a great deal.
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    Contracted COVID. That's what ten nights of motels, breakfast buffets and restaurants will get you (I unmasked to eat) -- besides a whopping tab. A breathing treatment at the clinic helped avoid a visit to ER, and the anti-viral seems to be helping, too. Be careful out there, and stay well!
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    a safe place to take along when I have to go

    I concur (LOL). I will add that intuition (as I define it) often provides the impetus to research scientifically. (I define intuition as observation at the subconscious level being presented to the conscious mind in a tidy package, which may lead to further awareness or inquiry.) There.
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    We are traveling in a Prius and staying in motels since the 5th. Our van's a/c went out just before we were called out of town, and had to stay at home base since it was 108F when we left. Can I rant? Cities: It took us 3-1/2 hours to get clear of the one we live in (major accidents...
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    a safe place to take along when I have to go

    I don't view your input as particularly insensitive, and agree that empirical data is invaluable. As you have indicated, our knowledge evolves, and, IMO, there are many ways of "knowing." Science and intuition have always been great companions!
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    Rocket stove and thermos cooking

    My experience with thermos cooking was limited, but basically successful. I followed some guidelines from The Boat Galley. In the end, though, thermos cooking was abandoned because of food safety...
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    Electric van

    Absolutely love this combination, and will definitely stay tuned.
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    If I need to be TOWED to a mechanic?

    My van is titled and insured (liability and roadside assistance only) as a passenger vehicle through USAA. No problem with service, but have never needed a tow from a Forest Service road, for example.
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    When it's time to stop.

    Thanks to each of you for your contributions to this topic--everything from end of "the road" to end of life. These community discussions are invaluable!
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    When it's time to stop.

    And the on-site thrift store (proceeds benefit the Care Center) is a fun place to shop!
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    Renting has gotten easier at many Texas state parks, where self-serve kiosks are now in place. (Haven't checked prices, but hopefully less potential for being disappointed to find the rack/shack closed.)
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    Family Hoping for Advice on this Class B

    May I recommend a book? (I take that as a "yes". LOL.) Buying a Used Motorhome How to get the most for your money and not get burned I read this at no cost under a "free" trial of Kindle Unlimited (Amazon), and found it helpful in understanding the dance steps. He emphasizes that...
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    My 2023 Promaster livability build

    Looks good! I especially like the ceiling finish-out and transition trim.
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    M going 2 order new Promaster

    Dude! Where 'ya bean? I hope you've been too busy fitting out your Promaster to post here. Would love an update, BTW.
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    Roll around kitchen

    Good move! I was too chicken to cross the Panhandle with the heat and an iffy van. Taking the time to have a few things replaced. Hope you are happily reunited with the bus in the fall! (It's only 99F at the moment, but that's a fluke. Better stay put for now.)
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    Funny thinking about shoes. My feet were extremely narrow (quad A), and it seemed I would never graduate from very childish lace up styles. (There is less difference these days.) More than anything, I wanted penny loafers. I just knew I would be less weird if I only had penny loafers like my...
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    Yeah makerspaces! One of my daughters picked up some wood turning skills at one. Great equipment and mentors. Libraries are adding these spaces, too. I'm all for shared space, resources and knowledge/experience. (I once day dreamed about buying a building in a small downtown for a sewing...
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    RV park life, is it affordable for low income?

    Brought tears to my eyes. Reminds me of "AstroBri(an)". RIP.
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    We've made a few things in our solar cookers (homemade: two different panel styles) lately. Temperature is not really that important. Clear skies is what matters most. CARD is a good mnemonic: Collection, Absorption, Retention, Duration. Re baking bread: I don't see why you couldn't do...
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    Minivan, Hanging Curtains behind Driver Seat?

    LOL. The private privy is one of my favorite things about curtains: pull & go. It is amazing what a difference curtains and other window coverings make! We are in a 100+ pattern now, and the van interior is surprisingly cool without any sun heating up objects inside. (I'm not traveling...