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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
RE: Rv showers

Our last trailer had the mini-tub with shower curtain. Actually, it started out with one of those fan-fold semi-rigid curtains, but I replaced it with a curtain so I wouldn't keep hitting my shoulders and elbows on it. It would have been just fine with a curved bar. For the size camper we had, I wouldn't have wanted the exra weight that comes with a glass shower stall. Now we have a neo angle shower stall with glass door. The only thing I don't like is that the door swings out, so water on the door drips all over the floor and after our showers the bath mat is pretty wet. One of those clamshell-type doors that slide open from the middle would be less messy.
Major Dad 01/15/15 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: RV Park Reviews??

I'm getting familiar with the new site and it's growing on me. What I like about it is that it loads faster, and is MUCH more mobile-friendly. I'm looking forward to the app they are developing to make it faster to access with my smart phone.
Major Dad 01/11/15 06:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio campgrounds

We have stayed at Travelers world , which was extremely convenient for downtown. We have also enjoyed staying at Cranes Mill campground on Canyon Lake, but would not want to make the trip into San Antonio each day. Be aware that Texas schools have spring break some time late in March. Spring Break in the San Antonio area is the second week of March. I imagine others will have Spring break the third week. The last week of March this year is Holy Week and Easter (March 29- Apr 4), when many tourists from Mexico visit San Antonio. That won't affect the campgrounds, but the higher end shopping centers and Riverwalk will see an increase in business.
Major Dad 01/06/15 08:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio campgrounds

If you want to be near downtown attractions, the KOA and Traveler's World seem to be the two best choices from what I hear from visitors to our city. The KOA is right on a bus line, which is easier than parking downtown. If it were me, I'd stay at Guadalupe River State Park and commute (but avoid rush hour like the plague!).
Major Dad 01/06/15 12:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: To Awn or Not To Awn

Here is a twist. We have the typical power out, power in awning; it works fine, we use it a lot and it is push button convenient. However, I do not like the fact that it goes straight out and straight in. As the sun drops there is no way to lower the leading edge of the awning. My niece had the same issue, so she ordered her new 5th wheel has a manual awning that you can set at almost any angle. Certainly not as convenient but a bit more practical. The DW and I are thinking about adding one of the sunshade to ours. We also have a power awning but ours can be lowered a bit by pulling down on one of the brackets on each side. I will lower one side a bit to drain off rain if needed. I am with you, though, I would trade it for a manual awning if I could. It doesn't lower as much as I'd like it to at times. If this one ever breaks hard, I'll probably be replacing with a manual awning. The only mechanical thing I hate about our new trailer is the power awning. It only goes straight out and straight back in, and doesn't incline at all. If and when it fails, I will return to a much more useful manual awning. Like others have said, NEVER NEVER NEVER leave your awning out if you are not with your RV. We saved ours in the nick of time during a pop up mountain thunderstorm in Colorado, while our neighbor who had left for the day had his awning beat up his Class A roof in the wind. I couldn't do anything but watch as the strong wind whipped the awning up and down; the force of the motion and the speed of the wind made it so dangerous that if I was able to catch the awning on the downward motion, it would have flipped me up on the roof with it.
Major Dad 01/06/15 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Open Range Quality

We recently bought a 2014 OR Roamer 288FLR in August, and just completed our fourth trip last week. It has been a huge jump in quality from our 2008 Rockwood. The only warranty issue besides a loose screw has been a recall on the slide switches; they seem to work fine but will be replaced. Also, some design genius decided that those stupid swoosh decals should go across windows, but that will be easy enough to peel off in hot weather. The beefed up insulation has worked well in hot weather (100+) and cold weather (25 last Monday). It is heavier and 4.5 feet longer, but seems to track and maneuver better than our 29' Rockwood. We did a lot of research before buying this one. Aside from some of the common issues involved in almost all RVs (Hisense? TV, Jensen stereo, off-brand tires, sporadic delamination reports that happen with any RV except aluminum skinned units), we happily settled on the Roamer with the floorplan we love. That's our experience so far. In five years or so, I'll have a better feel for the Roamer's durability.
Major Dad 01/05/15 07:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Shocked at lack of quality

I have seen the Aerolite products at Camping World, and had the same impression of their quality. We went to the RV show in San Antonio last weekend; just looking and not shopping since we just bought our Roamer in August. Of all the lightweight models we looked at, the Lance seemed to stand out for build and practicality. I would have liked to have seen a Northwoods product as well, but I have never seen one at a RV show here. If we ever downsize to a 1/2 ton towable someday, we'll start by looking at Lance.
Major Dad 01/05/15 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Wheel Bearings Packed? Yearly Maintenance

...better than standing on the side of a hwy in the middle of a trip staring at a smoking wheel bearing! True....but there have been plenty of stories of bearing failure AFTER A SERVICE. Spring Break, 2012...I had just had the dealer repack the bearings on our 2008 Rockwood 8272S a couple of weeks before our trip from San Antonio to Alamogordo NM. I was doing the "every other year" schedule as recommended by the dealer. Between Balmorhea and Van Horn on IH-10 (very close to the last place on earth), I noticed that something wasn't right, even though we were fighting heavy winds and going uphill. One of the bearings had burned out and the wheel froze, ripping the tire to shreds. We limped along slowly on the shoulder on three tires to Van Horn, where a truck and trailer shop replaced the assembly and had us on our way within a couple hours the next day. I never went back to that dealer for maintenance again, but did find a great RV mechanic in San Antonio...Texas RV Supply. We now take our trailer to them once a year for bearings and other assorted mods and maintenance. Maybe it's overkill, but I'm willing to pay for a little peace of mind after that experience.
Major Dad 01/01/15 11:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Arches NP

A short hike to Delicate Arch (about 30-45 minutes) for sunset (bring a strong flashlight for the walk back downhill) is something you'll never forget. Arches has a beautiful campground (see below), but it has no hookups. Landscape Arch is walking distance from that campground, and is worth the effort. You can see quite a few of the other arches with short walks from the parking lots along the road; if you start earlier in the day, you'll beat the crowds and bus tours that drive up from the town.
Major Dad 12/16/14 07:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Making the Change from A to TT

Another big difference in going to a lightweight TT will be the grey water tank. Most trailers that size have a very small tank compared to Class A tanks. You will need to dump grey water much more frequently, which will be a factor if you stay at state parks or COE parks without sewer hookups. That was one of many factors in moving up from our 29' Rockwood to our new 33.5' OR Roamer...double the grey tank capacity.
Major Dad 12/03/14 08:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Colorado Fly Fishing RV Campgrounds

Castle Lakes outside Lake City has both a fly fishing lake and a stocked fishing lake. It sits at 9,000', and also has National Forest access with fly fishing opportunities as well. Castle Lakes
Major Dad 11/19/14 01:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New RV Park Reviews website is now online

We have started traveling with smartphone (Android) and leaving the laptop at home. Yes, we are trying to make it into the 21st Century. I appreciate that the new website is mobile device friendly; it makes it much easier to use on the go. Also, it loads much more quickly. I say this even though I really liked the old website, and don't enjoy learning to navigate new websites in general.
Major Dad 11/18/14 08:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What to do between San Antonio and Carlsbad Caverns

I was thinking of visiting Carlsbad Caverns when heading west from San Antonio but the 7 hour drive is a bit long to handle in one shot. Do you know of any interesting stops between the two? Balmorhea SP is a nice stopover on IH 10. Depending on the time of year, it's the best swimming hole in Texas. The birds and fish are interesting there. Balmorhea SP Davis Mountains SP is just south of there, and there is plenty to do around Fort Davis. This state park has full hookups and a spottly cable TV at the FHU sites. Davis Mountains SP 7 hours from San Antonio to Carlsbad seems a bit optimistic to me, however; you may want to check the mileage on that against what speed you can average. I have made that trip several times. Part of that trip is on sideroads with oilfield traffic. If you hit everything just right and don't stop for very long, I guess it's possible. Since I tow I don't exceed the trailer tire speed limit of 65 mph, so individual results may vary. I like the route on US 90 through Del Rio and Langtry also. Besides the Judge Roy Bean museum and TXDOT visitor center, the bridge over the Pecos is really scenic. Pull out to the scenic overlook with picnic area for a great view of the bridge and river. You can continue on through Alpine (RV parks there) and on through to Fort Davis.
Major Dad 11/18/14 08:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 3 1/2 season Travel Trailer

Update on what we bought today. Thanks for all your views and information. It all plugged into what we put our money on but not in the way we expected! Looked at the Open Range and Eagle's today and then DW noticed a Airstream lot near the Eagles. Well she feel in love and we are now the proud owners of an Airstream Flying Cloud 27FB. She said she just wanted a peek! I was concerned about the lack of a slide out or two but she is sure she will not be claustrophobic. I have to say they make the most of the available room. Lucky we have a large truck which can carry her baggage! It will curtail our planned extended camping season and was a lot more than we intended but we can afford it so here we are. She is a very happy puppy. Brian "Happy wife, happy life" certainly trumps all other considerations. Enjoy that shiny new trailer!
Major Dad 11/17/14 07:20am Travel Trailers
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