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RE: Pagosa Springs, CO

We've enjoyed this campground. It's surrounded by national forest and near Weminuche Wilderness, and out of town. It puts us near some nice trails. Sportsman's Campground and Mountain Cabins
Major Dad 05/20/16 09:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help with attaching water hoses and sewer hoses

Thanks for the helpful suggestions...I knew there would be plenty of good advice here. I also know that campers are some of the most helpful people in the world, and that folks in the campground are willing to pitch in and help a disabled vet the way I was willing to help before this disease struck me down.
Major Dad 05/09/16 12:37pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
Help with attaching water hoses and sewer hoses

I am dealing with grip and arm weakness due to ALS. While I can still walk and travel we'd like to go out west (FHU campsites only), but I don't have enough grip strength to snap the sewer hoses in place, and getting the water hose tight is another issue. I can probably handle the water hose with vise grips and pliers, but does anyone out there have any suggested methods to attach the sewer hose? My wife and I can handle everything else. Since we are in our RV for the next two months while our house is being built, I will have time to practice on this.
Major Dad 05/09/16 10:11am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Big Bend NP

Is there some sort of resort near there? I feel like I saw that but now I can't find it. Thanks for the tips on Rio Grande. We definitely need hook up with 10 kids. Here it is Maverick Ranch RV Park at Lajitas Resort I haven't stayed there yet but I have driven by it and thought it would be worth trying.
Major Dad 04/25/16 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Las Cruces, NM RV parks

Hacienda is nice and clean, and very convenient for overnight. It is right next door to an RV dealer, in case you have a wandering eye. I believe it is the closest RV park to La Mesilla, if you want to experience the local cuisine in an historical setting.
Major Dad 04/15/16 09:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chama,NM

The train goes right by Rio Chama across a trestle. The campers gather in front of the trestle to wave at the morning train going out and evening train coming in. Great fun! The park is also close to the train depot which is another plus. The other parks seem like nice places, but I enjoy the trains too much to consider staying anywhere else. But then again I'm a history teacher and I live in the past...
Major Dad 03/24/16 10:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chama,NM

Enjoyed Rio Chama and the train this past summer. The sites directly on the river are really nice, as long as you don't mind backing in (I don't).
Major Dad 03/21/16 10:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TT vs 5th Wheel

As a Ram 2500 Megacab owner, I can assure you that it has a much lower payload than you might expect. Two years ago I looked into what type of 5th wheel I could pull, and it was only smaller lightweight models. You can tow a much nicer travel trailer than a 5th wheel with the 2500 Megacab due to the payload limitations.
Major Dad 03/21/16 09:57am Travel Trailers
RE: White Sands

The State Park nearby is Oliver Lee / Dog Canyon and is down Hwy 54 toward El Paso a few miles. Nice park and an interesting bit of area history work checking out if you have not ever been to this area. Terry There are a few reservable sites at Oliver Lee with electricity and water. Most sites have no electricity. Site #2 is really nice, as I remember.
Major Dad 03/18/16 02:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Matagorda Bay Nature & RV Park

In looking at some of the suggestions in my earlier post I investigated Matagorda Bay. It looks like a spot we would really enjoy. I went on line at look at availability for the first week of Feburary and found 53 sites available for the 4 nights I had selected. Is there something wrong, like is it flooded or something? You can have four seasons in one day in February in coastal South Texas. Haven't been to this park yet, but it's on my (non-Spring Break) bucket list.
Major Dad 01/08/16 10:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CG Texas Gulf Coast Feburary

In early Feburary We will be stopping in San Antonio for a week or so, after that we would like to get a spot on the Gulf for a few days or up to a week. I realize it's peak time right now down there , but hoping for an opening for a short stay. Any suggestions of places to check on? As long as you aren't trying to get to the Gulf Coast during Spring Break (in San Antonio March 14-18), you should still be able to get reservations somewhere if you call now.
Major Dad 01/07/16 12:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Staying In Archers Nat. Park in July?

We stayed in Arches in mid-June for three nights. It was hot during the day, but we were sightseeing during the day. It cooled off quickly at night and was cool by morning. The elevation is above 5000' there, so nights will be cool. It was really nice staying in the park to beat crowds to the parking lots. Of course, the Devil's Garden campground is beautiful (see photo below), and you are within walking distance to the trailhead for Landscape Arch and other features in the area. Sunset up at Delicate Arch is a real treat, and I appreciated not having to drive all the way back to a commercial campground in town after dark.
Major Dad 01/06/16 09:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas in January

You might want to check out Lake Corpus Christi state park it is about 45 minutes out of Corpus. In Corpus Christi The aircraft carrier Lexington is now a floating Museum you can tour and the State Aquarium next door to the Lexington is also nice. Padre Island National seashore is also not far from there. Great fishing around the Corpus and Rockport area also! One loop of this state park has 50 amp and sewer hookups. Nice lake facilities, and evidently a popular stop for birders. We stayed there for the first time last month and loved it.
Major Dad 12/10/15 01:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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