Plugging Away At It

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 242015

We always try to stay at home and off the crowded streets and highways on holiday weekends, which is what we have been doing. Except for a trip to the dumpster I didn’t leave the motorhome all day yesterday.

I spent most of the time plugging away at the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, which will be my main activity for the next week or so. I’ve got the Letters to the Editor, Meandering Down The Highway, Free Campgrounds column, Dump Stations column, RV Calendar, and one feature story done so far. It’s a good start, but I still have a long way to go before I send it off to the printer.

I am still amazed at how much better my hands have been feeling since I started taking two 1000 mg MSM capsules every day. Six months ago, two long days in a row of typing would have my arthritic fingers aching terribly, but since I’ve been taking the stuff I have had almost no pain and instead of being stiff and swollen, my fingers are flexible and feel fine.

About 5 p.m. I stretched out on the couch for a short nap, waking up just in time for a delicious dinner of Miss Terry’s clam chowder, made from scratch. Nothing you’ll get out of a can or order in a restaurant can compare.

Among the e-mails I have received in the last couple of days were two asking me if I thought a Thousand Trails membership was a good investment. Since we have been members for over ten years, obviously it works for us. But like anything, if you use it it’s a good investment, and if you don’t, it’s a waste of money.

Our annual dues are around $550, which gives us 50 nights of “free” camping, and anything over that is $5/night. Some of the campgrounds in the system, Las Vegas being one of them, charge $5 a day extra for an upgraded site with 50 amp electric. Even at that rate, it’s a good deal. We have nine weeks reserved on the Oregon/Washington coasts this summer. Where can you get that so inexpensively?

It seems like no two Thousand Trails memberships are the same, depending on what kind of deal you can negotiate. If you are considering a membership, I urge you to look at the resale market. There are some very good deals out there. Check internet forums like the Escapees, Thousand Trails groups on Facebook, and resale companies to see what is available.

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  2 Responses to “Plugging Away At It”

  1. We bought into TT this summer thru a re-saler and it is the only way to go, our dues are about the same as yours but we have unlimited three week stays. Nice thing also is we have no week out. Our only problem we found out that not all parks are in the system since they are MId-Atlantic, Oceanview and a couple of others. We can upgrade to get these parks for another $3,000. We are considering doing it since next summer we want to do the Atlantic Coast. We were to believe that these were included in what we were buying. So just double check what you are really getting.

  2. I would agree first 40 years are the hardest, but the next 40 years will be a lot of fun!!!!

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