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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
RE: 33gal freshwater, about how long will it last?

With our previous camper, about three days. That factored in 4-5 "navy showers" and dish washing. Obviously, if you hike in dusty or muddy conditions, you may run out faster. Our gray water tank was smaller than the fresh water tank, so it was more of a problem than the fresh water tank capacity. I would stop up the little tub and scoop out the shower water into the toilet to save gray water tank space.
Major Dad 05/18/15 10:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Austin, TX

We like McKinney SP. it's close to town but seems like it's in the country, but it may be booked. You can tour the capital & go to the Bob Bullock museum, but not sure of hours on weekends. Just Google things to do in Austin! McKinney Falls does have some 50 amp sites, and is in a perfect location to tour the area. No sewer or TV connections, but plenty of RF TV signals if that's important. Other day-trip things to see are Pedernales Falls SP near Johnson City (walk down to the falls!), the LBJ Ranch and Sauer-Beckmann living history farm (free entry unless you want the $3 ranger-led tour of the Johnson ranch house). Inks Lake SP was already mentioned, and there's the world-famous pies in Marble Falls at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.
Major Dad 05/18/15 08:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for TT with rear bedroom

Open Range Roamer has a nice rear bedroom model. We liked it so much we bought one. You will need a 3/4 ton truck to pull it, though. RT288FLR
Major Dad 05/18/15 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: West Texas RV Park Advice Needed

It is absolutely amazing that the best state park swimming hole in the entire state of Texas is way out west - at Balmorhea. Even the best place for scuba diving training. Summer time - reservations are essential. If you can't get in - Saddleback is ok. If you want more than a day - Davis Mountains SP is about 35 miles south and a good place to stop. At 5,000 ft elevation - it's not near as hot as places like Fort Stockton where you can fry eggs on your TV hood at 7 am. During the summer on weekends, half of West Texas is there cooling off in the pool! I never knew there were that many people in West Texas. The park does implement a crowd control measure - where cars have to line up outside. When one car leaves, another is allowed in. I've seen overflow parking on Sunday afternoon along the drive and past the parking lot in the grass. The rangers do a great job keeping it all organized. Since we had reservations, we went past all that and set up camp, then went to the pool when the daytrippers began leaving.
Major Dad 05/14/15 04:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: West Texas RV Park Advice Needed

Depending on what day it is check for openings. Sharon Good point. During the summer on weekends, half of West Texas is there cooling off in the pool!
Major Dad 05/14/15 03:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stove Vent Hood

X2 If you remove it and use the roof vent fan the ceiling around that fan will be covered with dirt from the steam and grease from cooking etc. because it will suck all of it right up to your ceiling. You can say you don't cook messy things. Well just boiling water or cooking vegetables, frying an egg, etc will be sucked up all over your ceiling. What doesn't get sucked up by the fan will end up all over your furniture. Over time you WILL see the results inside you RV of removing it. That range hood may look worthless but there is a screen/filter in the hood to 'prevent' all that stuff from covering your walls and ceilings. I wouldn't do it. just saying. I have a range vent hood that doesn't vent outside, and a ceiling exhaust fan above it. I was skeptical at first, but the washable filters draw in the smoke and steam and expel the hot air; the ceiling vent above it then expels the heat from cooking. I grudgingly have to admit that this works. One benefit to this setup is that there are no annoying vent flappers on the side of the trailer to remember to clip shut and that break off anyway with time and use. They also flap in the middle of the night when it gets windy...I HATED that!
Major Dad 05/14/15 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: West Texas RV Park Advice Needed

Hello Friends, We are heading west from Austin on I-10 soon and need some help finding a nice park to spend the first night. We would like to drive 350-400 miles that day so it would put us around the Balmorhea, Tx area. Thanks! Our first night westward every summer is Balmorhea State Park. They have pull-throughs with 50 amp power and even a marginal cable TV connection. But the best part is one of the best swimming holes in the state that is guaranteed to cool you down. Balmorhea SP
Major Dad 05/14/15 08:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black Canyon of the Gunnison South Rim campground

Some sites are long enough for you. When you reserve the sites online, it gives you the dimensions. I'd stay away from the sites that are along side the road; the back-ins are much nicer and more private.
Major Dad 05/12/15 11:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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