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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
RE: 3 1/2 season Travel Trailer

Thanks for the replies. Open Range is now very much on our list. We tried to see a dealer today, in passing, but the salesman knew nothing so we walked away. Tomorrow we look at several dealers near Orlando which represent both trailer brands. Good point about 50 amp supply. We need it. Brian Jayco acquired Open Range earlier this year. The OR founder is supposed to still be in charge, and OR products are still going to be built at the same factory the same way. That should mean more dealers selling and servicing OR RVs. How it all works out is yet to be seen.
Major Dad 11/14/14 02:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: 3 1/2 season Travel Trailer

I would Avoid Jayco and Open Range...Delam and other quality control issues....as far as dump valves,the handles Themselves can be exposed, as long as the Gate Valve is in a heated compartment......that is how the Artic Fox is setup.... I've seen plenty of delamination on RVs in campgrounds over the years but have never personally observed a Jayco delaminating, though I am sure it has happened. I have never owned a Jayco and have never seriously considered owning one, so this is just a casual observation. As far as Open Range, I have not heard about delamination being a major issue, and I am member of the Open Range users' forum so it would be obvious if it was a big problem. After three months, I have not noticed any major QC issues yet on our Roamer. All manufacturers have issues of one type or another, even Arctic Fox. I really am interested in learning more about the problems you've mentioned, in case there is something I should be looking for that my research missed. The OP wanted suggestions about a trailer that would handle 3.5 seasons with Arctic Fox being eliminated due to the lack of dealers in the area; I had a similar experience this year, and Open Range Roamer was our best alternative given the absence of Arctic Fox in South Texas. I am not altogether sure I would have chosen Arctic Fox if there was a local dealer, mostly because of the lack of 50 amp capability (for our summer travels) in the trailer length we wanted.
Major Dad 11/14/14 07:30am Travel Trailers
RE: 3 1/2 season Travel Trailer

We had the same requirements for a trailer we could use both in cold and really hot weather, so we chose Open Range Roamer. Here is a link to the "Construction" page on their website.
Major Dad 11/13/14 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Cool drone flyover video of Portal RV resort Moab UT

IMO, this provides a lot of reasons for not going there. So - yea, great idea. Idea for new event in the mythical "Redneck Olympics"...Drone Skeet Shooting!:B
Major Dad 11/12/14 12:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there RV parking to see the Alamo?

Thank you for all of the comments and suggestions. They are very much appreciated! I must admit that I was at the Alamo once as I had boot camp at Lackland AFB in 1970 and made it over to see the Shrine. But 44 years time has clouded my memory. Thanks. dreamer. One thing that has NOT changed since your Lackland days is that on Friday afternoons and Saturdays all the newly minted airmen are touring downtown with their families. It is still a heartwarming sight for us.
Major Dad 11/12/14 07:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there RV parking to see the Alamo?

And another thread hijacked..... Sorry...leaving "defending my hometown" mode and going back into "helpful" mode...
Major Dad 11/11/14 07:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there RV parking to see the Alamo?

But the Riverwalk is hardly just a shopping mall...it's so much more. We disagree. Nearly all that you named was less historic and more commercial venues that can be found in most mall areas. Historic interests us but not the commercialized shops. Different strokes as they say. I totally disagree, but then again my opinion is based on my experience as a history teacher. San Antonio is one of the great historical treasures of our nation. The Alamo and Riverwalk are the most visited attractions in the Lone Star State, so I guess I'm not alone in my observation. As I mentioned upstream, the Alamo and Alamo Plaza are about to undergo some major restoration. But saying that everything historical in San Antonio is nothing more than shopping mall is not accurate. I'll stake my history degrees on it. I am sorry you must have had a bad experience here; but if you had called me I have made sure you enjoyed your visit a little more!
Major Dad 11/11/14 03:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there RV parking to see the Alamo?

Double ditto re parking. We did not spend too much time on the Riverwalk as it's an outdoor mall and we aren't into shopping. But Mi Tierra Cafe is a good recommendation... The Riverwalk has plenty of shops, but also theaters, restaurants, historic sites (La Villita, San Fernando Cathedral, Menger Hotel with all its supposed ghosties, Alamo Plaza, King William Historic District, The Pearl Brewery urban gentry hangout). It is also a long tropical garden with all kinds of plants that can't grow at street level. It's really beautiful during Christmas with the lights twinkling along the river, and the big tree at Alamo Plaza of course. The Rivercenter Mall IS a shopping center, and La Villita IS lined with artist galleries/shops. But the Riverwalk is hardly just a shopping mall...it's so much more.
Major Dad 11/11/14 07:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for larger trailer

Both of these Open Range trailers are about 36' feet. Open Range Journeyer OR trailers have beefed up insulation and 50 amps for two a/c units...for these long Texas summers.
Major Dad 11/10/14 01:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is there RV parking to see the Alamo?

If you have time, don't miss the other missions. The Alamo is just one of several in the city. There are signs and directions. I would not take the RV on the driving tour of the other missions. I recommend visiting the Mission San Jose first (skip the dopey movie in the visitor center), then go to the Alamo. That way you will get a better idea of what the Alamo grounds looked like during the winter of 1835-1836. The Alamo is DEFINITELY worth seeing, but only if you care about our history, or have an old Davey Crockett coonskin cap and popgun in your attic. The good news is that the state historical commission has taken control of the Alamo away from our corrupt local politicians, and big plans are afoot to restore the Alamo Plaza area and make it a more fitting setting for the "Shrine of Texas Liberty." It makes this old history teacher proud to think this may happen in my lifetime! Don't even think about parking an RV in downtown San Antonio. Some of the RV parks are on bus lines, so that would probably be best. If you have a "toad", park in the Rivercenter Mall parking garage for the Alamo/Riverwalk. When you go to El Mercado (Market Square), they have their own parking garage. Be sure to go to Mi Tierra Cafe, and save room for dessert from their bakery. I recommend the pumpkin empanadas.
Major Dad 11/10/14 07:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing characteristics of a TT the height of a 5th wheel.

Our 33.5' Roamer is just under 12' tall, with high ceilings and 50 amps for the two a/c units. What I have noticed so far is a little drop in mileage over our 2008 29' Rockwood, but it feels a little more stable going down the road, and is surprisingly no more difficult to manuever. With that much space inside, I'd install a second a/c unit if the dealer hasn't done it already. I guess Open Range took a similar approach and that TT is very5th wheel like in design? Yes, it is just under 12' tall and 8'4" wide (before deploying the three slides). I looked in Open Range 5th wheels (just a few inches taller than the TT) to compare them to the trailers. We wanted a well-insulated, durable, comfortable trailer to take us into the first years of retirement. We liked the amenities of 5th wheels, but didn't want to give up the truck bed.
Major Dad 10/29/14 12:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Simple Question...I think

Our 27' Rockwood was actually almost 29' feet when measured tongue to spare tire on the back. Our staorage unit was supposed to be 30', but it was 29'. Had to back it in just right and take off the spare to make it fit. Our current Roamer was advertised as 33.5', and is exactly that long. When we went trailer shopping, my measuring tape was always in my pocket because of the manufacturers' inconsistency.
Major Dad 10/29/14 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing characteristics of a TT the height of a 5th wheel.

Our 33.5' Roamer is just under 12' tall, with high ceilings and 50 amps for the two a/c units. What I have noticed so far is a little drop in mileage over our 2008 29' Rockwood, but it feels a little more stable going down the road, and is surprisingly no more difficult to manuever. With that much space inside, I'd install a second a/c unit if the dealer hasn't done it already.
Major Dad 10/29/14 07:48am Travel Trailers
RE: new 2015 340flr Open Range

Very nice. Have had my eye on one as well. Just wondering why you preferred the front lounge over the rear. I am curious because the RLS model is essentially the same trailer flipped around. We have the Roamer 288FLR, which has some similar features. The rear bedroom is nice for back-in sites so our bedroom overlooks the campsite and nature, as opposed to overlooking the back of my truck and the road. We tend to spend more daylight time outside than inside, so the rear living arrangement isn't of that much value to us. I had looked at the Journeyer 340 FLR, but it was a tad taller and heavier than we wanted for our 3/4 ton truck---but other than that I like it a lot.
Major Dad 10/25/14 11:33am Travel Trailers
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