Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Full-Time RV-ing: Must-See Gem of The Week - Star Cafe in Nashville TN

Happy Tuesday from right outside Music City, Peeps!!!

We're in Goodlettsville, TN (just about 14 miles north of downtown Nashville TN), and wow have I discovered a Must-See Gem of The Week!!!

C'mon down, Y'All, and stop in the Star Cafe!!!

Rumor has it, they have the best fried chicken in the South. (Note: They do have one helluva great Meat N Three-style breakfast!!! Been there! Done that!!!) And we'll be tryin' the fried chicken later this week (probably on Friday or Saturday night during their Singer/Songwriter Nights - each Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 pm).

***Super Scoop: most restaurants and bars down here have Singer/Songwriter nights where local talent trying to make it big, line up their guitars and take turns on the stage, hoping a big-time producer or agent happens to be in the crowd that night. Sometimes, even the superstars pop-in. For example, one night The DH (Darling Husband) and I were in Stage (one of the terrific bars on Broadway in downtown Nashville) and Ronnie Dunn was standing right next to me at the bar and soon took the stage for a couple of songs!!! :-)

Here's the fab little stage at Star Cafe, where superstars like Dierks Bentley and Wynonna Judd have performed...

Nothin' at Star Cafe matches - which I adore!!! Every chair at every table is different. Each piece of silverware, each glass and plate are unique. I even had my omelet (in the middle of August) served on a snowman covered Christmas plate! How fun is that?!

Also, our waitress - Kat - was wonderful! (Wavin' atchya, Kat!!!)

And Sally Findey, the hilarious and super-talented owner and recipe maven, has the best "table legs" I've EVER seen!!! LMAO!!!

Wavin' atchya, Sally!!! We'll be back soon!!!

So yep, Star Cafe is definitely my Music City Must-See Gem of The Week!!!

Okay, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps, It's Your Turn: Tell us about your fave diners across the USA...

The Best of Full-Time RVing Wishes --- D. D. Scott

P.S. Programming Note: Each week, I'll now have a Must-See Gem of The Week as well as Full-Time RVing Tips and Tricks, plus Special Features on all of the fantabulous RV Resort Parks we're calling "home". And, of course, I'll keep y'all up to date on my new books, audio books, and more.

Speaking of which...Book Two, in my Bootscootin' Books Series (STOMPIN' ON STETSONS), features a Meat N Three Diner just like the Star Cafe. It's called Lucy's Lunchbox Cafe. Not sure what a Meat N Three Diner is? I give you all the scoop in Stompin' on Stetsons. And...my upcoming release (just in time for Halloween this year) - PRACTICAL MAYHEM (Belle Bishop, Queen of Witches, Book 2) - will also feature a Meat N Three Diner...and it might even be Lucy's...still figuring that out...LOL!!! :-)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Full-time RV-ing: What to Know Before Your Inaugural Roll-out

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!

With just two weeks to go before our Inaugural Roll-out as Full-time RV-ers, I thought I'd share a few of the HUGE things we've learned while preparing for our new lifestyle.

Here we go:

1. As a Full-time RV-er, more than likely the current "auto" type insurance you have on your RV will NOT cover you!!!

For example, we had the RV covered as a recreational vehicle with State Farm. We insisted our agent call their underwriting department because we had read on our Facebook RV-ing Groups (huge shout-outs and thank you's all-around to both Living The RV Dream and RV'er's Life for Me) that most regular insurance companies do not underwrite the Full-time RV lifestyle. Sure enough, State Farm does not, and our agent had no clue and had told us he thought we'd be fine, only to learn that would not be the case.

Solution: We're now insured through Good Sam who specializes in Full-time RV coverage. (***Note: Both our RV and toad are covered under this new policy.)

2. It appears that South Dakota is the most RV-friendly state to make your home base and legal residence.

They have no state income tax. In addition, they're one of the cheapest states in which to register and plate your RV. They will renew your plates by mail, and you qualify to do all of this with just one night's stay in their state (receipt required). You can also get your driver's license there, again with a one-night-stay receipt (***Note: Make sure both your name and your spouse's too - if applicable - are on the receipt.)

We're using a company called Americas Mailbox to facilitate this process as well as handle our mail.

3. As for satellite systems, if you're only going to have one TV, you're fine going with something as simple as Dish's Tailgate Bundle ($449.00 on Amazon with free-shipping for Prime Members)

No need to go for the more expensive $800+ system (that Camping World pushes) unless you're going to be using multiple TVs.

Also, Dish allows you to pay-as-you-go for their service. So, say you're going off the road for a month or two, you can stop your service then restart it once you're back traveling again. Cool, right?

4. Camping World is fantastic, and there are fabulous lifestyle gadgets you can only get there - like these really cool extension bars you put in your frig so the items don't shift to the front and fall out when you open the door. But...that said...most of the time, Amazon has the same items and they're a bunch cheaper along with free-shipping for Prime Members.

5. If you're going to be staying in RV Resort Parks with full hook-ups, more than likely you will not need a Blue Boy (which is between $200 and $300) for your black and gray tanks' wastes. You'll have a sewer hook-up at your site. :-) ***Note: You would need them for stays at national and state parks that don't have full hook-ups.

Okay...those are a few of the major things we learned while preparing to hit the road. Hope these tips help you in your journey!!! :-)

How 'bout all of you fellow Full-time RV-ers...what else should peeps know before their Inaugural Roll-out?

Happy Motoring!!! --- D. D. Scott