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RE: Chihuahuan Desert Camp'n Trip

Great trip and choice of locations! Balmorhea SP is always our first stop for summer vacation. We think about that cool water the whole time we're loading the trailer in hot San Antonio. We usually finish up each trip at Davis Mountains State Park. This past August was strange...the Davis Mountains were GREEN and cool...I have never seen that before. It sort of looked like Ireland, except with mesquite and cactus. We have done Oliver Lee SP for a couple of Spring Breaks. We love the Dog Canyon trail that starts at the visitor center (ironically, it's a bad trail for dogs unless you put booties on their feet). Last time we hiked it an F-22 from Holloman went supersonic and the shockwave echoed up the canyon; it gave me goosebumps. Of course I still bleed Air Force blue... The dump station was nonops last time we were at Oliver Lee...is it working again?
Major Dad 09/19/14 07:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio

Depending on what your budget is there is a really nice park off of 1604 (west of I-10) called Blazing Star RV Resort that's really nice. Close to Sea World and Fiesta Texas if Theme Parks are your thing. Blazing Star an upscale RV Park for sure, but in a good location for Sea World/Fiesta Texas and not far from TX 151 which will take you towards downtown (but avoid rush hour at all costs). The Admiralty RV park is nearby but has been hemmed in by the fast-growing suburbs. Now there's a big construction project next door so it looks less appealing than before, though the facility itself looks nice enough.
Major Dad 09/18/14 09:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's the best deal you've gotten on a campground?

Riana Campground (COE) at Abiquiu Lake, northern New Mexico in Georgia O'Keeffe country. $16 a night with electric, flush toilets, showers, very large RV parking pad sites with separate area for covered picnic table and fire ring. Reserve America books it. As card-carrying geezers, of course, we paid $8 a night last October. Love the views there of Mt Pedernal above the lake. O'Keeffe loved to hike and camp there and directed that her ashes be spread there. The countryside scenery is wonderful, and you can reserve ahead to tour the artist's two homes. Shhh! now everyone knows about this spot! We have a rear bedroom trailer, and have stayed in campsite #1 (view of the lake out the back) during a full moon...what an experience! We did drive over to the Ghost Ranch two years ago in our Ram diesel and parked among the Priuses. We did not get a warm reception...:B
Major Dad 09/18/14 08:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Power awning question

We mounted our LED strip on the camper just below the awning. Mounting this way the lights can be used any time, independent of the awning. I routed the wires up over the top & down the ladder. I really like this solution to the problem. I have an electric awning with LED lights that can only be used when the awning is deployed. The only problem is that since my awning doesn't tilt, I only have it unfurled for shade and never for rain. There is no need for shade at night, so I really don't want to extend the awning just to use the lights...which means I'll probably never use the LED awning lights.
Major Dad 09/18/14 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Palo Dura Canyon

Thanks for all the replies. The couple we will be traveling with must have full hook-ups so camping in the canyon probably is out of the question. They have a very small trailer with very small holding tanks and really do need a sewer connection. I have heard there is a KOA close by. The KOA is well-run and close to the Big Texan Steak Ranch. We had to "redeploy" there this past spring break when a wildfire started in Palo Duro and we had to evacuate. The only negative is that the KOA is at the end of the airport runway and across the highway from busy train tracks. So when the a/c is not running, you have a lot of noise from the railroad, airport, and highway.
Major Dad 09/09/14 11:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: open range travel trailers

I just joined this Open Range Owners' Forum, if that helps. If there are others, I'd like to check them out as well.
Major Dad 08/09/14 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: open range travel trailers

We're picking up our OR Roamer RT288FLR Tuesday. We vacation in the heat of the summer, and have spent a couple years looking into a better insulated TT with 50 amp capability. Our new trailer will have two a/c units, both ducted. Since Outdoors RV and Arctic Fox don't sell trailers down here, the Roamer was the logical choice...especially since they have the floorplan and specs we want. I guess we will know after the two-year warranty period if it is as well-constructed as it seems.
Major Dad 08/09/14 02:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Snakes and TTs

Please don't kill the snakes...they're better than rodents in campers!* I'd rather the snakes eat rats then go back to where they came from. *Except for rattlers. But plenty of non-venomous snakes die because some panicked humans think EVERY snake looks like a rattlesnake.
Major Dad 06/06/14 01:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Axle Alignment Recommendations San Antonio Tx

Southwest Brake and Alignment 3930 Pan Am Expy (IH 35) SATX 78295. 210-225-5577. It's near Spashtown. They specialize in trailer brakes and alignment and have done a great job every time I used them. I hear them recommended by RV dealers and mechanics in San Antonio as well.
Major Dad 06/05/14 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Recomendation for rv park near Lincoln, NM

Valley of Fires. I love Valley of Fires, but the OP will be in NM during July. It will be hot enough to melt the lava fields again...
Major Dad 06/04/14 10:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recomendation for rv park near Lincoln, NM

Bonito Hollow has full hookups and trees, and is at higher altitude so it is much cooler. We overnight there when going through the area.
Major Dad 06/01/14 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling with the propane on.

Travel with them on......30 years Firefighter......Never saw a Fire,SOLEY CAUSED by leaving Propane on. Question ???????????? Do you turn your gas off,at home,when not using it, Just in case??????? Do you turn off your Electricity,at home ,when not using it...just in case???? Of Course you dont........Propane Fridges were ment,designed,engineered to be used on the road....PERIOD. Totally agree...great post! On the other hand, I have seen LOTS of vehicle fires caused by gasoline. Instead of turning off our propane, we'd be much safer turning off the GASOLINE supply to our tow vehicles while traveling down the road... ;)
Major Dad 05/31/14 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Why are teardrops so expensive?

A few points from an Economics teacher... .... Of course, these are generalities and individual results may vary You know, I am aware of all your points, and I agree with them because they are true as far as I was taught back in university economics. But that is not my point. Consider this - statutes are there to tell us what we can do according to the law. Morals are there to tell us what we are should do. Now take that inter-relationship and consider the parallels with regard to to economics and greed. That is all I am prepared to say on this. Robert the Aussie makes a good observation - the teardrops manage to be priced lower (appropriately?) Down Under. I would wager to say it is similar in Canada but I might be wrong given it proximity to us here. I don't think that we can be so presumptuous to say that those two countries are not familiar with the tenets of economics. Economics aside, if we do not stifle our consciences, we can allow that in the marketplace in which we live greed is a factor. As for the teardops - I think they are pretty cool (thanks to bakerkids who shared her beautiful picture - makes me feel like camping right now! :)) and her thoughts on why it works for them, and for many others who like small (that definitely has its advantages). The market (as long as market failure is not present) sets the price. In that context, if you want to say the supplier is "greedy" for selling a product for what the market will bear, then the consumer is just as greedy for trying to purchase something for less than the market price. I see no moral issues here; we're talking about travel trailers (wants), not life-saving medications (needs). Consumers and suppliers are both motivated by self-interest, and those competing interests in the marketplace are what sets price and production levels. It is tempting to ascribe "greed" to this process when a market doesn't produce something for the prices you want, but I can assure you that I never called myself "greedy" when I bought my trailer for an incredibly low price in 2008! IOW, understanding how demand, supply, and pricing works helps consumers make better choices (in this case teardrop trailers), and I certainly support that!
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Cochiti Lake COE Camping in New Mexico ????

Have you thought about the COE campground at Abiquiu? The lake is not accessible from the campground, but it is short drive to the lake. They say the fishing is great there, but I haven't looked into it yet. The view from the campground is incredible. Riana Abiquiu COE http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundDetails.do?subTabIndex=0&&contractCode=nrso&parkCode=rian
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campsite Configuration/Setup????

We K.I.S.S. depending on the site or length of day. Coleman exponent, matt, grill, cooler, and call it a day. When you take the kids camping, everything gets rearranged anyway; no sense spending too much time on it. I really miss those days! (We're empty nesters still waiting for the first grandkid to take camping...)
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Why are teardrops so expensive?

Greed? It's a free market! People are willing to pay more for something that does not require a half ton+ pickup/SUV that itself costs 50-10% more than a similarly equipped minivan or mid sized crossover. I agree with all of the above except your question. Yes it's a free market and if sellers can get away with as large a profit margin that the market can bear you think they will lower their price? Conversely if the prices are to be lowered do you think that these small vehicle owners would not relish the savings? Just remember that the same free market is responsible for bringing goods from offshore at the cheaper prices that we ALL like to pay, American jobs notwithstanding. So what do you call that if not greed? Now let me go read the rest of the posts for my lessons in economics. I must have forgotten what I learned in school. ;) A few points from an Economics teacher... 1. Teardrops are not overpriced if they are actually selling for those prices that you and I consider too high for us. The market sets the price (interplay of demand and supply), not the manufacturers. IOW if inventory is moving, by definition the price is not too high. 2. As long as demand outpaces supply, the equilibrium price will remain too high for many people. A high price over a sustained period of time will incentivize suppliers to produce more, and then price will start to drop as inventory increases to meet pent-up demand. 3. My advice is to wait until this happens...or find a cheaper alternative. My guess is that used teardrop prices will generally remain high as long as the new teardrop prices are high, especially if you shop for a used one from a dealer that also sells new trailers. Of course, these are generalities and individual results may vary!
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: reefer problems ??

just so you know reefer is also slang for marijuana...lol I thought this was going to be another of those Colorado threads...:S
Major Dad 05/21/14 08:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Southern Louisiana

We have done night tours before on several different areas. They are alot of fun and you see things that are not out during the daylight. These night tours are from sundown or a little later. They last for a couple of Hours. Just depends on what you want. Bullfrogs and gators are nocturnal; the sounds alone would be worth the trip. Should be fun, but do bring the repellent like others have said. Or maybe a saddle to ride one of those swamp mosquitos!
Major Dad 05/20/14 08:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moab- tips, suggestions?

there is a small campground in Arches nat'l park ..quite scenic and an amphitheater right there. Not sure about reserving or if there is power . You do need reservations, and there's no power or hookups. There is a restroom with flush toilets and a spigot for filling water bottles. It is a beautiful campground...see signature picture below. Yes, it is hot but it cools off nicely at night.
Major Dad 05/13/14 04:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: target range

How about the Whittington NRA Shooting Center in New Mexico? You don't have to be an NRA member to use the facilities, I'm told. NRA Whittington Center
Major Dad 05/12/14 08:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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