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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
RE: How do you feel about people walking through your campsite?

For me, it depends on many factors. -Is it a corner site, that leads to the RR? -Near a playground? -Behavior of those walking through? -Am I outside at the time? Etc. Most of the time I consider it rude, but if they're extra polite about it, or just cut in a little I can get over it. I agree with this. Unless the trespasser displays criminal intent, I am not going to risk triggering a confrontation. Last year while at the Mesquite camping area of Palo Duro Canyon SP, a young man who looked like a Tibetan monk (orange robes and shaved head) strolled right into our campsite while my wife was sitting outside reading. While she watched, he proceeded to look inside the back camper window, where I was taking a little after-lunch nap. I'm glad I didn't wake up and see him looking in; it might have been a little disorienting to say the least. The point of this story is...well, I guess there isn't really a point. It was just a weird little experience.
Major Dad 05/05/15 01:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bryce Canyon Utah

We stayed at Ruby's this past summer. Our site was wooded and had full hookups. It was July and it was crowded, but we didn't care because we spent all our time in the national park. We had no trouble parking in the national park itself, but we came early and stayed late. We'll stay there again if we go back because it has full hookups and it's really close to Bryce. The touristy stuff doesn't bother me because I just ignore it.
Major Dad 04/23/15 09:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: McKinney Falls State Park (Austin TX)--status?

The trail to the right of the visitor center along Onion Creek is closed due to erosion. It is a nice trail, which goes to a giant tree and an Indian shelter in the cliff. I'm not sure when it is going to be reopened. The rest of the park and trails are open. When we were there the end of December, tree pruner crews were clearing out branches and dead wood out of the camping area.
Major Dad 04/22/15 08:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any Reason To Get A WDH?

We towed a lightweight 29' TT with an Armada, and learned about this the hard way. We had the automatic airbags, but even with that we ran out of payload quickly, even with WDH. The wheelbase is fairly short compared to a pickup, so there was ocassionally some discomfort when 18 wheelers blew by me. We loved the Armada, but is was only a marginally capable TV for the trailer we had. When the airbags failed (dang THAT was expensive!) we upgraded. Your trailer is lighter and shorter, but a WDH is a must-have in my opinion.
Major Dad 04/17/15 12:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Inspection in Texas

I agree. To explain why would be a political answer and the moderators are intolerant of such things. Texas is the only location I've been forced to travel through and constantly run into hassles unlike every state in the union. To my knowledge they are also one of two states whom constantly speak of leaving the United States. I have been through Texas a number of times and never had a problem. Could it be that you are a member of the "over 65 mph at any time" club. Just sayin.. There is no longer a lower speed limit for RVs, trucks, etc. in Texas. That being said, I don't exceed the 65 mph speed limit my trailer tires impose on me because I don't want to be the main course at a buzzard buffet on a lonely West Texas highway! As far as Texas seceding, we wouldn't do that because the rest of the country is too dependent upon us! :B
Major Dad 04/15/15 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Question about air conditioning

I have never camped in West Texas. But a 13500 BTU unit on a 30’ TT sounds light to me. If the unit has ducted AC you could try opening the ceiling vents on the AC unit for a rapid start of the cooling process. Once the area under the AC unit is cool you can close those vents to reduce noise. We had a 29' TT and spent 7 summers out west. Even the 15K unit could not keep up in West Texas/southern NM. Our first night on the road from San Antonio to Balmorhea SP was nearly always miserably hot inside the trailer. Our new trailer (33.5') has much better insulation and 2 a/c units, and we no longer have that problem.
Major Dad 04/13/15 08:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Big Bend

Keep in mind Fort Davis is a pretty good drive from Big Bend. If you want to go to McDonald Observatory (try to be there for a "Star Party"), Davis Mountans State Park has full hookups (incl. sewer) and a hotel, the Indian Lodge. Be sure to make reservations early; this park is popular.
Major Dad 04/08/15 01:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suspension Question

I have 2014 Dodge Ram 1500, 5.7 Eng. 30 ft Autumn Rideg trailer . Tongue weight 900 lb. equalizer hitch. All hooked up the rear of truck is down about 4 inches. Folks have suggested Firestone airbags, stronger springs, etc. looking for help from folks who have experienced this and the ways you cured problem and got your dodge 1500 approx level. Thanks Here's the manual with step by step instructions. I would first check the inside of the driver's side door to see if your Ram model has enough payload for that trailer's loaded tongue weight. The unloaded tongue weight of my 33.5' trailer is nearly 1000lbs unloaded, and my 2010 Ram 2500 Megacab tows my loaded trailer almost exactly level. Without the spring bars, the rear end squats significantly. The manual shows you how to measure and adjust your weight distribution bars if the rear end is squatting and front end rides high.Equalizer manual.
Major Dad 04/02/15 04:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Costco Auto Program

I buy from Costco because they provide quality goods at good prices. They also have the exact kind of dog food that is recommended for our greyhound. I could care less about their politics; I might add I drive my diesel pickup truck with an NRA sticker there for large purchases, as do many Texans. I don't go to Costco for politics; I have a variety of news sources I read for that. I read RV.Net for information about RVs, such as this thread about Costco buying program for RVs. It piqued my interest, though I'd probably never use their buying service for an RV. As an Economics teacher, I sure don't read RV.NET for information about Economics. This thread is a sterling example of why NOT to do that! :R
Major Dad 04/01/15 08:54am Travel Trailers
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