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RE: Lost Maple Sate Park in TX

I assume you have a reservation. They are pretty full this time of year. On weekend days during this season the cars can line up for over a mile on the highway to get into the park. There's no cell service that I've ever observed, and I've been there over the years with both ATT and Verizon service.
Major Dad 11/13/15 12:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Parks in the Austin, TX, area?

Bastrop State Park is open according to the website, and it has full hookups.
Major Dad 11/02/15 07:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is it worth visiting Marfa TX

When traveling through West Texas, we stay overnight (or longer) outside Fort Davis. Davis Mountains State Park has FHU and is in a great location, and makes a nice springboard to see Marfa lights, Fort Davis National Historic Park, the McDonald Observatory (Star Party!) among other things. If you are into cutting edge modern art that makes absolutely no sense to most of us, then you will love Marfa.
Major Dad 10/13/15 11:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Open Range Slide Out Problem

Google the Open Range RV Owners Forum. There have been issues with gear boxes on the newer models. THere was also a TSB concerning slide switches If the other slide(s) work try swapping the switches to see if that is the cause. I am having my slide switches replaced by the dealer this week because of the recall. The switch problem, as I understand it, is that the faulty switches do not provide enough power to operate the slide. I haven't had that problem yet, but that was going to be my plan should one of the three switches fail on the road.
Major Dad 10/08/15 12:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pending Maiden Voyage - Need helpful tips and advice

Be sure to test out all the systems while you are out. If it is a new trailer, try out the propane furnace during the day with all the windows open, or else you'll end up setting off your smoke alarms and terrifying the kids and dogs in the middle of the night. Don't ask me how I know this. :S Hey, we don't use heaters very often in South Texas!
Major Dad 09/04/15 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Haul when not hitched.

On my Ram I only use Tow/Haul when towing, when not towing I just use cruise control and the tranny downshifts to maintain speed similar to a grade brake. My Tow/Haul locks out 8th gear which is the upper overdrive.. Where we drive in the San Juan mountains we can't use cruise control because too much of the driving is below 35 mph, especially on hairpin turns on the Silver Thread Highway. And especially when following another vehicle. Tow/Haul mode is the only way to go and not have to smell hot brakes. Where I can maintain 35+ mph, I use tow/haul, cruise control, and ALWAYS exhaust brake. In a mountain environment the mpg difference is negligible. Go off on some of the dirt mine roads and tow/haul is even more indispensable. This past summer my brother-in-law was following us in his truck and was amazed how little he saw my brake lights, while other Colorado natives on the highway were riding their brakes.
Major Dad 09/04/15 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas station help!

I don't start looking for fuel at 1/2 or 1/4 tank. I plan where to stop before I even crank up the engine in the morning, and backup possibilities in case of increased fuel consumption. Since we travel out west where gas stations can be few and far between, planning is crucial. When we have cell coverage, we then use Gas Buddy to choose the specific station based on location and ease of entry and egress. No worry involved when you plan ahead...must be the military ethos ingrained in me!
Major Dad 08/28/15 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Lake City, Colorado campgrounds?

We always stay at Castle Lakes when in the Lake City area. As a matter of fact, we spent two weeks there last month. Call first for availability. It's on the road thal follows Lake San Cristobal toward Cinammon Pass; you'll have to drive 3.5 miles past the blacktop, but the gravel road is in better shape than the paved road. It's far out of town (just the way we like it) and up around 9200' MSL, but has full hookups and two nice stocked fishing ponds. Some campsites are roomy, others close together. I recommend the campsites in the wooded area closest to the fishing lake. The Highlander RV park along the same road has a nice view, but large RVs are packed really close together.
Major Dad 08/09/15 07:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: South Llano Texas SP

Does this river at this park always have water? I know some in Texas get low in late summer. Regardless of the stage of drought, this park always has flowing water. It is downstream of the springs that feed the river. It has a very small but very nice campground. We usually visit 2-4 Times a year.
Major Dad 07/17/15 12:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need a guide for San Antonio TX

There is a book with a self-guided tour called "The Alamo Story and Battlefield Tour" by Dean Kirkpatrick. It may be of some help. As a history teacher in San Antonio. I an excited that the state has finally taken charge of the Alamo and will be restoring the Alamo and building a museum befitting its importance. This has been a long time coming.
Major Dad 07/04/15 02:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need a guide for San Antonio TX

great town, I used to live there. Pretty hot this time of year. You might see if the River Walk has been cleared of any flood damage from a few weeks ago. I think the bus is your only choice if you don't rent a car. You might also enjoy camping in the Hill Country, Canyon Lake or the Island across from Corpus too if you have time. No need to worry about flooding on the Riverwalk. There are floodgates and tunnels that divert the water away from downtown. Travelers World and the KOA are the best choices for touring downtown, though neither is in a scenic location. As for the weather, this is the time of year we LEAVE Texas!
Major Dad 07/02/15 10:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Those with dogs

Who is the "you", you are referring to. If YOUR dog poops on my step there is no stereotype, it is a fact. Maybe I should point the finger at myself and lay news paper all over my campsite with a moist towelette so I won't offend anyone. Maybe I should use kleenex instead to avoid paper cuts. Not sure I'm picking up what you're laying down Major. My dogs are quiet, always tethered and attended when outside, and we always pick up after them. We never let our kids (back in the day) run through other campsites, and we taught them to be respectful of others. We never play our music loud, and we NEVER use the outside speakers. We never leave outside lights on except when we need to see something. Our campsites are always in better shape when we leave than when we arrived. Our parents took us camping and taught us to be considerate. Not everyone has the benefit of this upbringing, so I don't ruin my camping trips seething with anger about those who did not learn these lessons. None of us is without our faults. As far as to whom my previous post was addressing, I used the second person plural as a generality, addressing only that behavior. I sincerely apologize if anyone thought I was addressing them personally.
Major Dad 06/22/15 11:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Those with dogs

So many people so quick to criticize and insult others. It strikes me that people have the tendency to stereotype other people when they've had bad experiences with people of the same demographic. Having lived and worked overseas, that seems to hold true regardless of culture. So if you want to judge ALL dog owners (or members of any race or ethnic group for that matter) based on the bad behavior of a few, you will end up disliking anyone who is not just like you. But as I tell my teenage students, when you constantly point the finger of blame at others there are always three of your fingers pointing back at yourself.
Major Dad 06/22/15 09:28am Travel Trailers
RE: 3/4 Ton as Dedicated TV?

I would have preferred an SUV with our two large dogs, but they just don't make Excursions any more. We got a Ram 2500 Megacab, and it gives us plenty of room with the seat down, and room for three full sized adults with the seat up, with storage space behing the seat. Put a cap or tonneau cover on the back and you have plenty of storage. The weights of my trailer are close to the OP's, and I am not in the least worried about towing issues. And since regular gas is $2.55 locally and diesel is $2.52, I'm feeling pretty smug about the choice of a diesel right now. Of course, I'm always happy about it when we tow in the mountains regardless of the price of diesel.
Major Dad 06/20/15 10:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Cooling trailer while driving

In the eight years we've used Maxxair vent covers, we've never had problems with dust or rain coming in through the ceiling vents. We travel during summer with the ceiling vents wide open in the SW US, sometimes going down some really dusty roads. If it's over 100 outside, it really helps to keep the interior from becoming superheated.
Major Dad 06/09/15 09:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Cooling trailer while driving

The Texas heat is officially upon us. My pregnant wife asked me politely to ask online if you guys and dolls can provide any creative ideas for cooling the trailer while driving. Our dealer specifically told me to make sure all Windoes and popup vents are closed tight when towing? Do you guys agree. When we went to pick up our trailer the other day it had to be 130 degrees inside. Takes quite a while to cool it off when it's that hot inside. Also, w it getting that hot inside I was wondering if it may be a good idea for is to take all our liquid products w us each time we come and go. Maybe a bag set up w all out cleaning products, toothpaste, shampoo etc, so it doesn't dry out ove the course of a few weeks??? Thanks in advance AG I put Maxxair vent covers over the ceiling vents and leave them open all the time in hot weather. Also, I have a Fantastic fan in the bathroom. As soon as we arrive at the campground we open a window and turn on the fan until we get the a/c going. We've been summer camping in Texas many years, so we have this procedure down.
Major Dad 06/07/15 01:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rockport Texas

There are no campgrounds on the beach! You would need to go to Port-A for that. There are a few on the Bay. Copano Bay RV Resort, our RV park Bahia Vista RV Park, and Blue Lagoons (basically a parking lot). There is also Goose Island SP across the new causeway. We live here so PM if you want additional info. or have more ?'s! Goose Island State Park has breezy campsites right on the bay. You can set up chairs right behind your rig and fish if you want. I'd avoid shady sites in the trees due to all the rain we've had lately. Must be a bumper crop of mosquitoes in the wooded sites by now.
Major Dad 06/04/15 08:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tell me about Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Glad to be of service! The museum has a very nice picnic area with covered tables along an accessible concrete-paved path up the hill behind the museum. Beautiful views from these picnic tables.
Major Dad 05/22/15 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tell me about Mesa Verde National Park, CO

There is a nice little park right in the middle of Cortez also. If you stay in Cortez or one of the RV parks near Mancos, the BLM has a nice new museum (VERY accessible) near Dolores (which also has an RV park) that I recommend. Trust me...I'm a History teacher! Anasazi Heritage Center
Major Dad 05/21/15 12:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Austin, TX

Mckinney Falls SP is not very far from the Austin Lone Star RV resort and a much nicer setting. Of course, it's not on the freeway right behind an adult video megastore like the Lone Star RV park, either.:E
Major Dad 05/20/15 08:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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