Within a 2 hour drive of Dallas:
Tyler State Park, Lake Tawakoni State Park, Lake Ray Roberts State Park, Cedar Hill State Park, Glen Rose State Park, Cooper Lake State Park.
I haven't explored the area around Lake Ray Roberts so not sure how much is there to visit, but the park is nice. All of the other parks are nice but also have nice areas around to visit. Except for Cedar Hill, think small town and cool Mom & Pop stores.
3-5 hours from Dallas:
Fort Griffin State Historic Site. Haven't been in 2 years since they did some updates, but it is a neat historical site. They were supposed to update the campsites and then my DH changed his dove lease to a different area. Hope to make it there after DD graduates and my time constraints change.
Copper Breaks State Park. Again neat historic campground.
We also enjoyed McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. It is in the middle of Austin, so we really used it as a hotel for sightseeing.
As you can tell, I'm a state park geek. We buy the state park pass and get our money's worth. And I love to visit the areas so I'm not necessarily looking to hike and bike all the time. We enjoy just sitting around the campsite and chilling out. And yes, I'm the type to stay inside sometimes and watch tv and do my camping crafts. My DH uses the campsite as homebase during hunting season so we spend quite a few winter weekends out.
We've spent several summer vacations down at Galveston Island State Park, but it's really starting to wear waiting for them to rebuild after it got wrecked a few years ago.
Enjoy your new adventures!
We have a 2005 23B
If the battery is charged, check the fuse connected to the battery. I hate to say that I have had to change many of those. Ooops!
The breakers are at the floor under the bed behind the bathroom. Yep, I've flipped a few of those, too.
After that, I guess I'd check the battery converter. I'm not going to push my luck on that....
I've never seen a reset anywhere on our frame and we've been using it since we got it in 2005.
Have I mentioned how lucky I am? My 17-year old daughter loves to go camping! She's already trying to figure out how to get a second vacation next year because my parents are taking us to Disney World for her graduation present next year and staying at the DVC. She wants to get our week at Galveston! Now granted, I've never banned her phone, computer or TV. She has some medical issues that makes a lot of physical activity really tough so we do hang out a lot in our trailer or my parents trailer. But, when dad or I say it's time to go or do, she goes willingly. Plus she loves to hunt with dad. So I consider us extremely lucky.
Where we live, they are pretty strict on school. We have never taken our DS out of school for vacation. In the last couple of years, they have even changed early pickup. And since she started high school and marching band we've only had 1 1/2 month for vacation the last few years. We make up for it by planning a lot of short weekend trips. There are a couple of campgrounds within an hour or so from home, so I drop her off at school then drop the trailer off at the park and set up. Pick her up after school and take off. And she and dad take off for their hunting trips so she doesn't miss as much as you think she would.
So it isn't as relaxing as taking off for a longer period of time, but she will graduate in June. Get through her college years and who knows what we may do then!
My 17-year old daughter usually goes with me, but it's her choice. She doesn't like to hang out alone and she doesn't have many friends that want to go camping with us. To be honest, when we're camping, we go to hang with the family and get away from daily life, so we don't expect to leave her alone.
Otherwise, we have left her alone when she was sleeping/napping, but I usually don't leave the park and the dogs keep her company. And do I worry about her? She shoots much better than I ever will, so not really!
Check your Taho owner's manual and check your fuses. Our Chevy truck has this issue and that is typically the fix. The turn signals etc. run on different fuses which is odd, but that's how they built them.
Our business partner has a Ford F-150 and it has the same problem. He carries several spare fuses because of it.
My HTT was stolen a few years ago and I had to file a claim with Progressive. We were extremely fortunate that our trailer was recovered minus the battery, microwave, radio and most personal effects that we stored in the trailer. Now I don't have anything that cost much over $150 stored in there. Most expensive were the sleeping bags that we had just put in there for the hunting trip we were leaving on in 3 days. We had a check in hand 3 days after recovery for the towing, the dealer had a check in hand within 1 week to replace the missing items and I had a check in hand for my personal effects in the same timeframe. We had the trailer ready to camp within 4 weeks. I have no complaints with Progressive and will recommend them to anyone. Maybe check with your vehicle or homeowner insurance to see if they cover the more expensive items? I know, not a response to your feeling that they are "scamming" you, but I know from experience that they will work with you.
I live in Dallas and camp every year in August just outside of town. I have a 23B and really have no trouble. Granted, we camp in a state park under trees so we have decent shade. No trees? Use a solar blanket or the specially made covers on your tent ends to reflect the heat. Keep the curtains on the beds closed during the day to keep the heat at bay. Swimming in lakes or natural bodies of water will be questionable due to our drought conditions, but swimming pools would be great. Only you know your comfort level so only you can decide if it is doable for you.
Our camping makeup-mom, dad, DD16, and my parents in their 60's.
We are Disney fans, so we always carry different animated movies. Aristocats, Aladdin, little mermaid, lion king (1 1/2 is a hoot!), mulan, etc. Then live action like George of the jungle, Alice in Wonderland, the Santa Claus trilogy, & Muppet Christmas Carol (for holiday camping). Everafter, Knight's Tale, That Thing You Do, Remember the Titans, Xanadu, Frozen Planet, Planet Earth, and countless others that I can't remember. We are tv people, so we do spend time watching tv. To each his own :)
My DD's first camping experience was dry camping in a tent on a hunting lease when she was 6 months old. We were able to plug in 1 extension cord so we could blow up my air mattress and have a small tv if needed. Otherwise, no facilities. I had to use a bowl for my bathroom and luckily there was a wally world close by if I really needed facilities. She nursed and we carried cereal and jar food. It was harder for me not having a shower for 3 days than for her! Babies are good at spit baths! But it worked out. 16 years later we still camp and she looks forward to it. We just go in our hybrid now. And she still goes hunting with dad!
Have only stayed in one COE recently. There was a guard shack that is manned during the day plus an gate with a keypad so u don't have to get out of your vehicle. The exit gate automatically opened when you drove up to it. No problems there.
We have a 2005 23B with a 15k a/c and live in Dallas. We have camped in 110 weather in August. We were at Lake Tawakoni State Park so we had shade and did not use our solar blankets. Keeping the curtains on the bunkends closed we kept it bearable, prob upper 70's. Nights are no trouble. Camping in Galveston, we use solar blankets on the bunkends and can keep it about the same. We do close the curtains on the bunkends during the day because they are miniature ovens. You can definitely keep it decent, but not cold. Just my thoughts.....
When we bought our 2005 Jayco 23B, my DH was adamant about upgrading to the 15,000 BTU A/C. Not having experience with the smaller A/C, I can't say for sure how much of a difference it makes, but I can handle being inside the trailer on really hot days without feeling miserable. We typically camp in state parks, so we usually have plenty of trees to cover, so we don't usually have to use our solar blankets on the bunk ends. On our longer beach vacation, we do have to use the blankets to help out. If you are planning to camp where the summer temps get really hot, I would definitely upgrade.
3rd generation. Grandparents bought an Apache pop-up in the 70's and it was a family affair. First trip I remember was in '73 and was the grandparents and the 4 of us. My brother was 6 weeks old. I don't know what happened, but during the night, it stormed and the camper leaked. Rude awakening! But it worked out because we camped for years in that Apache. When I got married, we tent camped for our honeymoon. Daughter was 5-months old for her first tent camping experience. Finally got tired of the set up for tent camping and bought an old used Jayco pop-up in 2003. Parents began tent camping with us at that point. Upgraded to our HTT in 2005 and haven't looked back. Parents finally had enough and bought a pop-up in 2008. Then decided that was too much and bought their Open Range trailer in 2010. Already have 4-5 trips planned through early summer. Is it spring break yet?
Just a quick reminder when looking at insurance... Remember to add your personal items inside your trailer. If something were to happen to your trailer, insurance usually doesn't cover content unless you have it on your policy. We have it on our policy for $3000 for personal items. We pay around $400 per year. We had our trailer stolen the day before a trip and we had already started packing. The trailer was recovered minus most of our stuff. Insurance covered what was originally on the trailer under our general coverage, but we would have been on our own for our personal stuff if I hadn't added the rider. It took every penny and then some to replace what was lost.