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RE: Palo Dura Canyon

Thanks for all the replies. The couple we will be traveling with must have full hook-ups so camping in the canyon probably is out of the question. They have a very small trailer with very small holding tanks and really do need a sewer connection. I have heard there is a KOA close by. The KOA is well-run and close to the Big Texan Steak Ranch. We had to "redeploy" there this past spring break when a wildfire started in Palo Duro and we had to evacuate. The only negative is that the KOA is at the end of the airport runway and across the highway from busy train tracks. So when the a/c is not running, you have a lot of noise from the railroad, airport, and highway.
Major Dad 09/09/14 11:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: open range travel trailers

I just joined this Open Range Owners' Forum, if that helps. If there are others, I'd like to check them out as well.
Major Dad 08/09/14 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: open range travel trailers

We're picking up our OR Roamer RT288FLR Tuesday. We vacation in the heat of the summer, and have spent a couple years looking into a better insulated TT with 50 amp capability. Our new trailer will have two a/c units, both ducted. Since Outdoors RV and Arctic Fox don't sell trailers down here, the Roamer was the logical choice...especially since they have the floorplan and specs we want. I guess we will know after the two-year warranty period if it is as well-constructed as it seems.
Major Dad 08/09/14 02:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Snakes and TTs

Please don't kill the snakes...they're better than rodents in campers!* I'd rather the snakes eat rats then go back to where they came from. *Except for rattlers. But plenty of non-venomous snakes die because some panicked humans think EVERY snake looks like a rattlesnake.
Major Dad 06/06/14 01:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Axle Alignment Recommendations San Antonio Tx

Southwest Brake and Alignment 3930 Pan Am Expy (IH 35) SATX 78295. 210-225-5577. It's near Spashtown. They specialize in trailer brakes and alignment and have done a great job every time I used them. I hear them recommended by RV dealers and mechanics in San Antonio as well.
Major Dad 06/05/14 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Recomendation for rv park near Lincoln, NM

Valley of Fires. I love Valley of Fires, but the OP will be in NM during July. It will be hot enough to melt the lava fields again...
Major Dad 06/04/14 10:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recomendation for rv park near Lincoln, NM

Bonito Hollow has full hookups and trees, and is at higher altitude so it is much cooler. We overnight there when going through the area.
Major Dad 06/01/14 07:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling with the propane on.

Travel with them on......30 years Firefighter......Never saw a Fire,SOLEY CAUSED by leaving Propane on. Question ???????????? Do you turn your gas off,at home,when not using it, Just in case??????? Do you turn off your Electricity,at home ,when not using it...just in case???? Of Course you dont........Propane Fridges were ment,designed,engineered to be used on the road....PERIOD. Totally agree...great post! On the other hand, I have seen LOTS of vehicle fires caused by gasoline. Instead of turning off our propane, we'd be much safer turning off the GASOLINE supply to our tow vehicles while traveling down the road... ;)
Major Dad 05/31/14 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Why are teardrops so expensive?

A few points from an Economics teacher... .... Of course, these are generalities and individual results may vary You know, I am aware of all your points, and I agree with them because they are true as far as I was taught back in university economics. But that is not my point. Consider this - statutes are there to tell us what we can do according to the law. Morals are there to tell us what we are should do. Now take that inter-relationship and consider the parallels with regard to to economics and greed. That is all I am prepared to say on this. Robert the Aussie makes a good observation - the teardrops manage to be priced lower (appropriately?) Down Under. I would wager to say it is similar in Canada but I might be wrong given it proximity to us here. I don't think that we can be so presumptuous to say that those two countries are not familiar with the tenets of economics. Economics aside, if we do not stifle our consciences, we can allow that in the marketplace in which we live greed is a factor. As for the teardops - I think they are pretty cool (thanks to bakerkids who shared her beautiful picture - makes me feel like camping right now! :)) and her thoughts on why it works for them, and for many others who like small (that definitely has its advantages). The market (as long as market failure is not present) sets the price. In that context, if you want to say the supplier is "greedy" for selling a product for what the market will bear, then the consumer is just as greedy for trying to purchase something for less than the market price. I see no moral issues here; we're talking about travel trailers (wants), not life-saving medications (needs). Consumers and suppliers are both motivated by self-interest, and those competing interests in the marketplace are what sets price and production levels. It is tempting to ascribe "greed" to this process when a market doesn't produce something for the prices you want, but I can assure you that I never called myself "greedy" when I bought my trailer for an incredibly low price in 2008! IOW, understanding how demand, supply, and pricing works helps consumers make better choices (in this case teardrop trailers), and I certainly support that!
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Cochiti Lake COE Camping in New Mexico ????

Have you thought about the COE campground at Abiquiu? The lake is not accessible from the campground, but it is short drive to the lake. They say the fishing is great there, but I haven't looked into it yet. The view from the campground is incredible. Riana Abiquiu COE http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundDetails.do?subTabIndex=0&&contractCode=nrso&parkCode=rian
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campsite Configuration/Setup????

We K.I.S.S. depending on the site or length of day. Coleman exponent, matt, grill, cooler, and call it a day. When you take the kids camping, everything gets rearranged anyway; no sense spending too much time on it. I really miss those days! (We're empty nesters still waiting for the first grandkid to take camping...)
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Why are teardrops so expensive?

Greed? It's a free market! People are willing to pay more for something that does not require a half ton+ pickup/SUV that itself costs 50-10% more than a similarly equipped minivan or mid sized crossover. I agree with all of the above except your question. Yes it's a free market and if sellers can get away with as large a profit margin that the market can bear you think they will lower their price? Conversely if the prices are to be lowered do you think that these small vehicle owners would not relish the savings? Just remember that the same free market is responsible for bringing goods from offshore at the cheaper prices that we ALL like to pay, American jobs notwithstanding. So what do you call that if not greed? Now let me go read the rest of the posts for my lessons in economics. I must have forgotten what I learned in school. ;) A few points from an Economics teacher... 1. Teardrops are not overpriced if they are actually selling for those prices that you and I consider too high for us. The market sets the price (interplay of demand and supply), not the manufacturers. IOW if inventory is moving, by definition the price is not too high. 2. As long as demand outpaces supply, the equilibrium price will remain too high for many people. A high price over a sustained period of time will incentivize suppliers to produce more, and then price will start to drop as inventory increases to meet pent-up demand. 3. My advice is to wait until this happens...or find a cheaper alternative. My guess is that used teardrop prices will generally remain high as long as the new teardrop prices are high, especially if you shop for a used one from a dealer that also sells new trailers. Of course, these are generalities and individual results may vary!
Major Dad 05/22/14 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: reefer problems ??

just so you know reefer is also slang for marijuana...lol I thought this was going to be another of those Colorado threads...:S
Major Dad 05/21/14 08:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Southern Louisiana

We have done night tours before on several different areas. They are alot of fun and you see things that are not out during the daylight. These night tours are from sundown or a little later. They last for a couple of Hours. Just depends on what you want. Bullfrogs and gators are nocturnal; the sounds alone would be worth the trip. Should be fun, but do bring the repellent like others have said. Or maybe a saddle to ride one of those swamp mosquitos!
Major Dad 05/20/14 08:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moab- tips, suggestions?

there is a small campground in Arches nat'l park ..quite scenic and an amphitheater right there. Not sure about reserving or if there is power . You do need reservations, and there's no power or hookups. There is a restroom with flush toilets and a spigot for filling water bottles. It is a beautiful campground...see signature picture below. Yes, it is hot but it cools off nicely at night.
Major Dad 05/13/14 04:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: target range

How about the Whittington NRA Shooting Center in New Mexico? You don't have to be an NRA member to use the facilities, I'm told. NRA Whittington Center
Major Dad 05/12/14 08:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bryce Canyon National Park

Agree with profdant139. To SEE Bryce, not just say you have been there, you want to stay there for the sunrises and sunsets. That is kinda like people saying to stay at Williams and drive an hour and a half (at best) to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to "see" it midday. Stay at Ruby's Inn - and you can make reservations. Ruby's Inn is more expensive, but the park shuttle stops there if you want to use it. We'll be doing just that in the middle of July. Can't wait!
Major Dad 05/10/14 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Open Range Roamer 316RLS

Let us know how it works out. We will be in the market for a Roamer TT next year; the RT288FLR is our first choice (we prefer a rear bed model), and the RT316RLS is our first choice for a front bed model if our first choice is not available. We're really impressed with the Open Range products, since Arctic Fox and Outdoors RV products are not available in our area.
Major Dad 05/10/14 08:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Lockett Meadows

When I was there around 1997, during the summer time, I did not see a single other vehicle going there. There were only about three other campers. It was super quiet. It thus far has been the best camping spot I have ever found. I do not have a toad, and would need to make it all the way up there in my class C. I believe it was at most a couple of miles to the summit and was not something that could not be negotiated. I think I will give it a try. As long as there is no snow, it is doable. Let us know how it goes..inquiring minds want to know! We'll be in Flagstaff (Ft. Tuthill USAF Rec Center)in late July, so if we don't hear anything then we'll assume it went well. Wish I was in Lockett Meadow right now, as a matter of fact! The hike up to the Inner Basin (caldera of the huge volcano) is really worth the effort, if you haven't done it before. The trailhead is at the far end of the Lockett Meadow CG.
Major Dad 05/08/14 11:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Texas

Stayed in PD Canyon on the way to Grand Canyon some years ago. It is well worth the visit but I don't think I could do two weeks there. Highlights include VERY tame deer, turkeys wandering through the CG, unusual rock formations. Panhandle weather in March can be highly variable- it's anyone's guess. Be aware that cell coverage on the canyon floor is mostly non-existent, at least it was three years ago. Best get an update. We were amazed to be able to receive local TV signals through the antenna. Lastly and MOST important. Check the Texas school calendars and AVOID the spring break week. Site availability will increase 3x. There is plenty to do if you like hiking, horseback riding, watching sunrise/sunset in the canyon, the big museum in Canyon, and the attractions in Amarillo. Spring Break is fine because the park is so spread out, but you'll need get reservations a good six months ahead of time. We're veterans of four Spring Break trips and have never felt like the park was packed...unlike Garner SP, for example.
Major Dad 05/06/14 03:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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