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RE: Dogs in TT's

I found that heat was a big problem back there for the pups. It's hard to get AC back there when it's hot. I would have a remote temp gauge back there. If your dogs get stressed and hot, you've got a big problem. The noise level is also high. I have a Bed-rug in mine. You should have gotten a Megga-cab. I have the megacab and two large dogs. ONE St Bernard may fit back there with the seats folded down, but not two. I'm thinking for giant dogs maybe a 3/4-1 ton van may be the answer, with rear seats removed. The cap on the pickup truck would be a factor in hot weather since the OP lives in West Texas.If you take out the back seat you may be able to build a platform out of plywood. On my Ford crew the platform was 58"wide by 45"deep and has enough room for 3 Collies. Your megacab would be even larger. You could measure and cut cardboard the same size and lay it on the ground and have your 2 dogs lay on it to see if it would give you enough room. If not you won't have to change your truck. I thought of a 1 ton d-max van but it was De-rated on power with a lighter duty transmission. This would limit you to a TT as well. I wrapped the back seat in plastic and store it in the garage. Would take about 15 minutes to put back in. My 2010 Megacab already folds down into a very nice large platform. I put in a cheapo Walmart foam matress topper, sheet, and dog blanket on top of it. It is enough room for my 55 lb. greyhound and 62 lb. flatcoat retriever. Our neighbors have a couple of Bernards, and I don't see any way to fit TWO of those 100+ lb. lovable giants back there!
Major Dad 03/27/15 08:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dogs in TT's

I found that heat was a big problem back there for the pups. It's hard to get AC back there when it's hot. I would have a remote temp gauge back there. If your dogs get stressed and hot, you've got a big problem. The noise level is also high. I have a Bed-rug in mine. You should have gotten a Megga-cab. I have the megacab and two large dogs. ONE St Bernard may fit back there with the seats folded down, but not two. I'm thinking for giant dogs maybe a 3/4-1 ton van may be the answer, with rear seats removed. The cap on the pickup truck would be a factor in hot weather since the OP lives in West Texas.
Major Dad 03/27/15 08:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Dogs in TT's

Congrats Dvitale300, Showing a Saint is not easy. I have a show Bernese and he travels with me in the cab of my new Ram Laramie, fold flat floor in the rear. I would not travel with him in the TT because I need someone to talk to on the long drives. Not being able to lower the tailgate is also a bummer. Is there room to move the tanks back and then move the tongue jack back enough to clear the tailgate? Might need to do some welding to make it work. Think outside the box. How close is it to clearing? To help with the dog hair some I cover the entire back seat area with a sheet and take a few along on longer trips. Use the dog blower to blow out the truck. If you have too much dog for the cab you'll just have to get a class A MH like all the big dogs at the shows. Do you have your X-pens mounted on the back bumper yet? I've been thinking about replacing my hard tonneau cover with a camper shell, and replacing it with a cap that has a rear door. My tailgate doesn't open when hitched, so that might be an option for the big doggies. Cap with rear door I haven't looked into the brands yet, but one with this type of design is what I was considering.
Major Dad 03/26/15 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pet Resorts, Not RV Resorts

We have been in 28 campgrounds, both public and private, since January 1. We have been from Florida all the way to California. In only one campground did we have a dog problem and poop wasn't the problem. We have only encountered unpicked up dog poop in two campgrounds, one public and one private; in the public one it may have been coyote poop. Yes, we notice those things because we have a dog and work hard to make sure she doesn't disrupt the camping experience of others. Just like we work hard to make sure we humans don't disrupt the camping experience of others. And we have found that other campers, for the most part, are the same way. We have, however, run into Camp Hosts who seem mad at the world. Sometimes I wonder why they take a job working with the public they seem to hate so much. With some, it's dogs; with others it's cars or fires or noise or children or people in general. They really need to think about why they are doing what they seem to dislike so much. Now, I'm not saying you - the OP - are one those people. I'm sure you are very pleasant in person. But you may want to figure out why you have so much time to sit around and watch people with dogs doing their business. Maybe find a hobby. Maybe get a dog. Anything to relieve some of the stress you seem to be under. My nomination for best post of the day! This has been our experience as well. When traveling I feel it is best to be tolerant of others' lifestyle choices. Some take their dogs, some don't, some even take cats or birds. Some take their kids, some have a whole van full of active kids, some are childless. Some people are irresponsible with kids/pets, most are not. Sometimes parents are judged by ohers as being irresponsible because their kids are loud and seemingly ill-behaved, when actually they are dealing with a disability such as autism. Sometimes it is a cultural issue. In short, it doesn't hurt to be charitable and tolerant of those who make different life choices. It usually DOES cause strife when one negatively stereotypes all dog owners/cat owners/parents/etc. When people are inconsiderate of other campers and breaking campground rules, camp hosts and rangers can correct the behavior constructively, or they can be emotional and confrontational. In my experience in the military and in public schools, one of these approches definitely works better.
Major Dad 03/26/15 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Washington state or Texas?

Even though Texas is the best Republic---I mean State--- in the Union, we leave it for higher elevations during the summer. We have about the best weather imaginable for 9 months of the year, but Texas heat is something to ESCAPE!
Major Dad 03/23/15 01:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: El Paso, TX Campground

In all our years travelling through El Paso, we haven't found a place we liked in the city. We usually stay at the Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces for overnight stops. The Roadrunner RV Park does not fare very well on rvparkreviews.com.
Major Dad 03/17/15 12:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

Major, I know. We studied all of that in Texas History in 1953. Now, about Goliad. Good point.."Remember Goliad", too (March 27)! For those readers unfamiliar with it, the Texians at Goliad were executed in 1836, three weeks after the Alamo. At Goliad, the mission and presidio (fort) are both preserved, plus the memorial to Fannin's men at the massacre site. The state park there has full hookup sites, though not ALL are full hookup. Goliad State Park Goliad would be an excellent stop for anyone on a historic fort tour of Texas.
Major Dad 03/04/15 08:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

I'm not going to go through 5 pages, but has anyone mentioned the Alamo?? Of course I ALWAYS remember the Alamo (especially every March 6th!), but it was a mission used as a fort. Of the original Alamo mission, only the southeast corner with the chapel still exists; the rest is paved over :M. The original fort in San Antonio (the presidio) is no longer there.
Major Dad 03/03/15 09:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jayco vs Forest River Salem vs Open Range

If you are referring to the Roamer 292RLS, the DRY hitch weight is 1020lbs. We love our Roamer 288 FLR, but it is definitely not lightweight. Have you considered the Open Range Light line of trailers? Open Range Light One thing Open Range has over the other brands you mentioned is much better insulation. We looked at Jayco products and OR products at the same lot last summer in South Texas. The OR trailers were easily 15 degrees cooler in the summer sun. They have 50 amp capability, which is important for us in sun-drenched (i.e. brutally hot) Texas. But we have done two cold weather trips and were grateful for the extra insulation then, too.
Major Dad 03/02/15 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

Fort Davis is a classic, you expect to see John Wayne ride out of the rocks any minute. Best example of a frontier fort. Much of it is restored, more is restored each year. They frequently have living history exhibitions; last year we walked into the enlisted barracks and a Buffalo Soldier was there to tell us about his life in the Army. Davis Mountains SP is just outside town, which makes a nice place to stay to see the fort. It is the rare state park with full hookups, and even a hotel/restaurant (Indian Lodge) built by the CCC to resemble adobe dwellings.
Major Dad 03/02/15 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio, Tx area

Travelers World and KOA are both good options to see downtown. If you are interested in Sea World/Six Flags, then Blazing Star or Admiralty are your best bets.There is no USEFUL mass transit between downtown and the two theme parks.
Major Dad 02/19/15 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping In Snow

Ruidoso is pretty far south; we stop over there at least once a year. Until you get up into the mountains, snow is not generally an issue. There are several major highways into the area, so they are probably kept clear...unless you drive there DURING a major winter storm. If you stay at a campground along one of these highways, it should not be a problem. I don't know what the road up to the Apache Ski area is like, so you may need chains. I would be more concerned about THAT part of the experience with 2WD than towing into an area RV park. Maybe their website (or the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce website) has answers, or at least a phone number for you to talk to someone. If you have heated tanks, then you'll probably need to turn on the tank heater at night. Just remember to disconnect and drain your water hose at night and just go off your onboard fresh water tank.
Major Dad 02/09/15 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in Branson

Does Table Rock have a pool? It has a nice lake to swim in according to the website, but no pool. I have been eyeing this state park for a visit as well. Check out Table Rock State Park
Major Dad 02/07/15 07:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Park permits - is there a better way?

The only states I have been in that required a camper to pay a day use fee were Wisconsin and Texas. The rest included it in the site fee. Which states are you going to? Also, you can just pay the fee when you arrive... Colorado required daily passes as well last time we stayed in one (2010). A few years before that we spent a week at Ridgway SP and paid for a stack of sticky-note window passes for the week that we had to change daily. It is a pain that each state does it differently but the establishment, funding, and operation of state parks belongs to each individual state. Even with the user fees, state parks usually provide a more economical (and less cramped) camping experience than private parks. We enjoy both state parks and private parks; where we stay is based upon many factors, but daily entrance fees are not a huge deciding factor for us. Since we frequent Texas state parks, the annual pass easily pays for itself every year. If we decide to spend a long vacation in NM or CO, we would consider the annual passes for those states as well.
Major Dad 02/01/15 08:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Does an extra 6 inches matter?

We just went from an 8' wide to 8'4" wide trailer. I never tow over the 65 mph tire rating, and have a 3/4 ton diesel. No noticeable difference in mpg or handling, though towing in the city on narrowed construction lanes takes some getting used to.
Major Dad 01/29/15 12:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blocks under leveling jacks

Used to use wood. Over time went to the lynx levelers. Lighter, cleaner, more utility. Still carry a few pieces of plywood to put under the levelers on soft ground. I do the same thing. The lynx levelers are lighter and easier to stack and pack, and I carry enough weight around as it is (in more ways than one!). I've never cracked or broken one, even though we'll stack them one to three high under the wheels for levelling when necessary. I have a few wood blocks just in case, but they have cracked and warped over the years while the orange "legos" are still going strong.
Major Dad 01/23/15 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Austin, Tx in April ??

OK Mountain Mama will do, thanks for the heads up. I wonder what the temps will be that time of year, and flying bugs? And as long as I'm in the asking mode does anyone have any idea where we can board our dog, we do not leave him in the camper when we are not there. Highs can be in the 80s to even low 90s, lows in the 50s-60s. April can be tough to predict down here; it depends on the time of month, and what the fronts bring. As I remember, we had a surprise freeze in San Antonio the first week of April last year. As far as bugs, it just depends on rainfall amount and temperatures. We don't have bugs this time of year like the Gulf Coast or the eastern pineywoods, though if there has been rain there could be some mosquitoes. We did see some dormant fire ant mounds last month walking around the park. This part of Texas isn't too bad for flying insects generally. Don't know about local kennels. Austin is proudly advertised as a dog-friendly town so I am sure there are good kennels in the area, though the urban gentry there may call them something like "dog daycare" or "dog resorts".
Major Dad 01/21/15 04:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Austin, Tx in April ??

McKinney Falls State Park it is. 12 minutes away, sweet. Major Dad any site recommendations or some to sway away from? Thanks for the recommendation. And thanks for the other replies. We want to roam around the area. We are not city people but do want to see some of Austin's sights. Mostly we want to see the Hill Country, have no idea what it is but am anxious to see it. It may have been in Corey Ford's " The Lower Forty" were the club spent a lot of time hunting and fishing in the Hill country. We are looking forward to our trip. Thanks Folks There are lots of nice sites a McKinney Falls. I would avoid the usual suspects...near bathhouses and dumpsters. Some sites are in the open, some wooded. Just ask at the office for your preference. We were on the 50 amp loop and had a large campsite in the open, which is fine for us for the last week in December. Some sites have a terraced picnic table area, which we enjoyed in the past. We stay there because our son lives in SE Austin, and it is a nice location for Austin sightseeing. I recommend visiting the Bullock Texas History Museum..a new museum with some incredible exhibits, including the LaSalle ship LaBelle. I was able to park my Ram Megacab 4X4 in the parking garage, though it was a tight fit. Even if you don't go into the museum, that garage is in a nice location to take off on foot to see the capitol building and university. Texas History Museum
Major Dad 01/21/15 10:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Austin, Tx in April ??

Ok folks after viewing the map it seem the wedding site has moved to the southeast side of the city. Sorry for the mix up. The address is 745 Mansell Ave. which appears to be between Springdale Rd. and Shady Ln. just north of the Colorado River Wildlife Sanctuary. We will be traveling with our truck camper and hope where ever we stay we will be able to off load it for city driving ease. McKinney Falls SP will fit the bill. Be sure to make reservations, especially if you want a 50 amp site. They may be full during the spring wildflower season. We were just there three weeks ago and they are clearing out lots of underbrush, so it should be nice for springtime. Nice hill country oasis amid suburban sprawl.
Major Dad 01/21/15 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas Inspection now required

The Texas inspection is such a joke. It always has been, and it always will be. Gosh I can't even get started on this topic without wanting to go on a rant. Just another worthless tax. It most certainly IS another useless tax, but better than the alternative of having to pay a lot MORE per year for rigorous inspections and having to jump through hoops to meet inspectors' pet peeves. I lived in Germany for 6 1/2 years and have had some experience with that; I saw practically NEW cars fail inspections there. No, I'll pay the annual Texas trailer inspection fees and get my sticker like I always do (of course I'll exercise my right to grouse a little), and be thankful every day I don't live on the wrong side of the Red River!:W
Major Dad 01/15/15 07:50am Travel Trailers
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