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RE: Nissan Armada ability re: Base/Dry weight 7038 lbs

Had an Armada with my current trailer for two years. The trailer was way under the tow rating, but the hitch weight made the setup unusable. My trailer tops out at about 7000 lbs, but the hitch weight combined with one or two people in the back seat, dogs, and cargo (things you buy an SUV for) taught me to pay attention to payload and hitchweight in the future. BTW, we LOVED our Armada in every other respect and kept it for 8 years, long after we quit towing with it.
Major Dad 04/17/14 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Hdg East across NM and OK on route 40. Suggestions?

When staying or going through Amarillo, try the Big Texan Steakhouse. Yes, it's unabashedly over-the-top touristy in the tradition of roadside attractions, but if you have a sense of humor it is darn fun...and the steaks are great! If you stay in an RV park, they'll send an old caddie limo with a set of longhorns on the hood to pick you up gratis (camp host will arrange it for you); just tip the driver. You don't have to be a Yankee or Canadian or German to enjoy it. Shoot, we're as Texan as they come (TexaSecede!) and we love going there too.
Major Dad 04/13/14 03:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: **** RV Parks in Truth or Consequences *****

We overnight at Elephant Butte Lake State Park nearly every year. I wouldn't want to be there during warm weather on the weekend (lots of boaters), but it is otherwise quiet, scenic, and has large campsites.Elephant Butte Lake State Park
Major Dad 04/13/14 03:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spring is here, Britts opening today

Ah, the smell of doughnuts and salt air...that triggers all kinds of memories from my childhood in Kure Beach!
Major Dad 03/28/14 09:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lott Rot?

You can make incredible deals by buying leftover units that way. The dealers really want to move them. The only issue to be considered is resale value. Keep in mind that by buying a unit that technically already has some age (according to the books), you have lost some value. The loss can be offset by paying less. For example, if you go to resale or trade a 2013, it's worth less than a 2015, even if both units are brand new. When people shop for used, they consider dates. Banks and insurance companies do, too. It used to be that some banks would not finance used units older than X amount of years. That may not be the case anymore, though. From my limited experience, trade-in values are pretty atrocious in general. If you get a really big markdown on last year's model, that should more than compensate for any loss of trade-in value in the future. There are so many variables involved in the future value of a used trailer, I would not even make that a consideration in the purchase of a new trailer now. As a matter of fact, since we plan to buy a new trailer next year, I can confirm that won't be a consideration in our next trailer.
Major Dad 03/28/14 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: 13500/1500 air conditioner?

We have a 29' Rockwood and the 15K a/c does NOT keep up in the summer in the SW desert after a day of driving. A 13.5 would be out of the question for us. We are looking at a Roamer for our next TT sometime next year; one of the selling points is improved ventilation coupled with 50 amp service and prewired for a second a/c. I guess it really boils down (so to speak) to where you plan to go in the summer.
Major Dad 03/05/14 08:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Padre Island National Park RV site April 1

I have stayed at Malaquite Campground several times. First come. No reservations. I see no problem with your size rig. If you don't need a bathhouse, pavement, or covered picnic tables, there is a five mile stretch of (usually) two-wheel drive accessible beach just south of there. Open camping wherever you'd like, just don't park where I need to drive!
Major Dad 02/27/14 10:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flagstaff 25ks or Rockwood 2503

We have enjoyed our 2008 Rockwood. If you are in Florida and intend to use the trailer, you would do well to have a 15K BTU a/c. Our Rockwood is a couple feet longer, and even the 15K a/c just doesn't keep up with daytime midsummer heat, depending on location. The price you quoted actually seems pretty good to me. That's about what we paid six years ago for our trailer.
Major Dad 02/19/14 11:44am Travel Trailers
RE: What jack do you use in case of a flat?

Since I have a tandem axle trailer I don't mess with jacks. I loosen the lugs, pull the wheel next to the flat up on blocks, chock the wheels on the opposite side, and change out the tire. No need to worry about correct jack placement, and no lying on the ground to get it there.
Major Dad 02/12/14 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: South Llano River or Pedernales Falls

I think jjjandrbaker has been to Tyler SP. In his signature block (back one page from here) he has a link to his travel blog that has a lot of Texas State Park information.
Major Dad 02/03/14 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: South Llano River or Pedernales Falls

Thanks for all the great info! I hate not knowing what to expect at a campground. So I think perhaps we will go to Pedernales for Easter (although now Guadalupe sounds nice and a park I will need to check out in the future) and save South Llano as a stop over on the way to the Davis Mountains this fall. Is there swimming at all at Pedernales or just the falls? I know the kids would like to at least be able to splash around or wade into the water. I am thinking 3 nights. Then this September maybe stay 3 nights at South Llano on the way to Davis Mountains with either a 3 or 4 night stay there with a day trip to Balmorhea. And perhaps hit Guadalupe for a couple nights on the way home. Trlrboy I love all your photos. Going to go spend some more time looking now. Thanks everyone! There is swimming downstream from the falls, as long as there is enough water flow. The camp map will detail where you are allowed to swim in the river. There is a trail that leads down from the campground to that area, and you can find yourself a nice spot. There are shallow areas and deeper pools, depending on the age level of your kids. There are also plenty of hiking trails; one of them involves fording the river and hiking through an abandoned ranch on the other side. Great park for kids!
Major Dad 02/03/14 12:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: South Llano River or Pedernales Falls

We go to both South Llano River and Pedernales Falls. South Llano River is a great park for wildlife and hiking, but the campground is small so get reservations early. Pedernales Falls is a wonderful place, but heavily used due to proximity to Austin. Get reservations early as well. If you want to see painted buntings, Easter weekend at Soulth Llano would be the time to go. Most people think of the wild turkeys there, but the small painted buntings are spectacular bursts of colors. Painted buntings Davis Mountains State Park is my absolute favorite. We've camped there in tents, tent trailer, and travel trailer. There is so much to do there you'll want to stay a long time. One word of warning about tent camping...absolutely NO FOOD IN THE TENT. The javalinas are harmless as long as you keep your distance. But they WILL come to visit you if you keep food in your tent, as the kids of a fellow teacher learned one spring break when they sneaked in some snacks. The kids were unharmed of course, but the tent was shredded!
Major Dad 02/02/14 08:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: gulfstream quality.

Just saw a Gulf Breeze Champagne 30 RKS at the RV show in the Alamodome this past Friday. I have not seen a recent Gulf Stream product before, but we have a new dealer in San Antonio that now carries them. I was so impressed by the quality that I went back two more times to check it over and under. Especially liked the dinette that can comfortably seat full-sized grownups. The carrying capacity is greatly improved, and fit and finish much superior to my current Rockwood. Makes me think...;)
Major Dad 01/28/14 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: 4x4 vehicle needs Ridgeway CO area

There are several websites by 4X4 clubs. This one is pretty decent and also has pictures of the various trails. Traildamage.com I have found that Bushducks is useful for trail conditions. Bushducks
Major Dad 01/15/14 02:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 4x4 vehicle needs Ridgeway CO area

I've done Yankee Boy Basin and Ophir Pass in a stock 4X4 Armada with no problem at all. Rented a jeep for Engineer Pass; current Ram 2500 Megacab too long for some of those dips and turns. Cinnamon Pass is a little better, but I would just as soon drive a jeep. Animas Forks to Silverton is easy for any stock 4X4 vehicle.
Major Dad 01/15/14 01:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blue Mesa Recreational Ranch (Colorado)

Never Never NEVER get involved in ANY Time Share! As an Economics teacher, I have to ditto that!
Major Dad 01/11/14 11:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Legalized weed in Colorado - impact on campgrounds

Three thoughts on the issue... 1. For those who think the choice is being next to dope smokers vs. drinkers, I suggest that is a false choice. As one who has been teaching 17-21 year-olds for over thirteen years, they smoke and drink AT THE SAME TIME. Frequently. It is a common practice for young people to do this; maybe older users do the same, but I don't know any older drug users that admit to it. 2. From news reports I have seen, the cost of legal weed is significantly higher than the current street price. It would be naive to think legalization will drive street dealers out of business or legitimize them. The black market will endure because it is cheaper than the legal stuff, and high schoolers/middle schoolers will keep the up demand for illegal pot since it will still be illegal for them to buy. 3. I don't care what the campers in the next site do as long as they don't involve me. I already despise the smell of cigarettes no matter what's in them and I don't care to hear my neighbor's music or parties in campgounds, period. In short, I don't plan to change my vacation plans, complain to management, or leave campgrounds unless those things occur (it's been rare so far).
Major Dad 01/07/14 10:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help plan our week in Moab, UT

In Arches dogs are not allowed on trails, but are allowed at pullouts on paved surfaces, so be aware of that. You'll want to get out and walk some of the trails to the arches; many of them are easily accessible by foot. The scenic drive along the river is really beautiful, with some well-preserved petroglyphs on some of the canyon walls.
Major Dad 12/27/13 05:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: trip to San Antonio texas

We are in San Antonio right now. Weather is on the coolish side. Traffic is horrendous and makes me want to just stay in the RV. The Alamo Bowl is on Monday 12/30, so the traffic will only let up on 1/1/14. In general, our traffic has been rapidly increasing over the past few years since our economy is booming (Eagle Ford oil boom, relocation of corporations from the Rust Belt and California). Our traffic is nowhere near as bad as Houston or Austin, but we are trending in that direction. That being said, weather is spotty here but overall is pretty good all winter. When we get cold weather, it is usually warm again in a couple days. As far as heat goes, I'd avoid San Antonio May through September if I didn't have to be here to work.
Major Dad 12/27/13 04:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer AM radio reception

My FM radio works fine but can't seem to get anything on the AM dial in the trailer. Are the antennas that bad for AM or maybe something is disconnected. Anyone else have bad AM reception? Assuming your radio is connected to it's antenna, and it probably is if you are getting lots of FM stations since most use the same antenna. The problem may, and probably is, not with your radio but with the other "stuff" in your rig. Your AC to DC puts out a LOT of radio interference (RFI). Unplug your rig and see if the AM radio is better. Make certain your inverter (if you have one) is off too, they also can generate RFI. It is possible that the control board on your refer is to blame, but this is less likely. Also your blower motor on the furnace can generate RFI. Weather affects AM much more so than FM, as does EMI. I have tried a lot of different things to improve AM reception in the trailer, but too many electronic systems with their own electric fields make AM reception on the camper radio poor at best. (I'm on my third system in the trailer, but that's a problem with poor products). Also IIRC from USAF radar school, there are no radio waves that follow the curvature of the earth. radio waves are line-of-sight. If conditions are right, AM signals reflect off the ionosphere back to earth, then back to the ionosphere, etc. True story...a few years back while we were traveling through NW Arizona during the lunch hour I was surfing through the AM band looking for Paul Harvey's noon broadcast and found a clear strong signal. At the end of the broadcast the news station identified itself as a Traverse City MI station. I started surfing the dial and found other strong signals from the upper Great Lake region. That day AM was "FM" (freaking magic!)
Major Dad 12/20/13 09:13am Travel Trailers
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