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RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

Major, I know. We studied all of that in Texas History in 1953. Now, about Goliad. Good point.."Remember Goliad", too (March 27)! For those readers unfamiliar with it, the Texians at Goliad were executed in 1836, three weeks after the Alamo. At Goliad, the mission and presidio (fort) are both preserved, plus the memorial to Fannin's men at the massacre site. The state park there has full hookup sites, though not ALL are full hookup. Goliad State Park Goliad would be an excellent stop for anyone on a historic fort tour of Texas.
Major Dad 03/04/15 08:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

I'm not going to go through 5 pages, but has anyone mentioned the Alamo?? Of course I ALWAYS remember the Alamo (especially every March 6th!), but it was a mission used as a fort. Of the original Alamo mission, only the southeast corner with the chapel still exists; the rest is paved over :M. The original fort in San Antonio (the presidio) is no longer there.
Major Dad 03/03/15 09:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jayco vs Forest River Salem vs Open Range

If you are referring to the Roamer 292RLS, the DRY hitch weight is 1020lbs. We love our Roamer 288 FLR, but it is definitely not lightweight. Have you considered the Open Range Light line of trailers? Open Range Light One thing Open Range has over the other brands you mentioned is much better insulation. We looked at Jayco products and OR products at the same lot last summer in South Texas. The OR trailers were easily 15 degrees cooler in the summer sun. They have 50 amp capability, which is important for us in sun-drenched (i.e. brutally hot) Texas. But we have done two cold weather trips and were grateful for the extra insulation then, too.
Major Dad 03/02/15 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

Fort Davis is a classic, you expect to see John Wayne ride out of the rocks any minute. Best example of a frontier fort. Much of it is restored, more is restored each year. They frequently have living history exhibitions; last year we walked into the enlisted barracks and a Buffalo Soldier was there to tell us about his life in the Army. Davis Mountains SP is just outside town, which makes a nice place to stay to see the fort. It is the rare state park with full hookups, and even a hotel/restaurant (Indian Lodge) built by the CCC to resemble adobe dwellings.
Major Dad 03/02/15 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio, Tx area

Travelers World and KOA are both good options to see downtown. If you are interested in Sea World/Six Flags, then Blazing Star or Admiralty are your best bets.There is no USEFUL mass transit between downtown and the two theme parks.
Major Dad 02/19/15 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping In Snow

Ruidoso is pretty far south; we stop over there at least once a year. Until you get up into the mountains, snow is not generally an issue. There are several major highways into the area, so they are probably kept clear...unless you drive there DURING a major winter storm. If you stay at a campground along one of these highways, it should not be a problem. I don't know what the road up to the Apache Ski area is like, so you may need chains. I would be more concerned about THAT part of the experience with 2WD than towing into an area RV park. Maybe their website (or the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce website) has answers, or at least a phone number for you to talk to someone. If you have heated tanks, then you'll probably need to turn on the tank heater at night. Just remember to disconnect and drain your water hose at night and just go off your onboard fresh water tank.
Major Dad 02/09/15 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in Branson

Does Table Rock have a pool? It has a nice lake to swim in according to the website, but no pool. I have been eyeing this state park for a visit as well. Check out Table Rock State Park
Major Dad 02/07/15 07:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Park permits - is there a better way?

The only states I have been in that required a camper to pay a day use fee were Wisconsin and Texas. The rest included it in the site fee. Which states are you going to? Also, you can just pay the fee when you arrive... Colorado required daily passes as well last time we stayed in one (2010). A few years before that we spent a week at Ridgway SP and paid for a stack of sticky-note window passes for the week that we had to change daily. It is a pain that each state does it differently but the establishment, funding, and operation of state parks belongs to each individual state. Even with the user fees, state parks usually provide a more economical (and less cramped) camping experience than private parks. We enjoy both state parks and private parks; where we stay is based upon many factors, but daily entrance fees are not a huge deciding factor for us. Since we frequent Texas state parks, the annual pass easily pays for itself every year. If we decide to spend a long vacation in NM or CO, we would consider the annual passes for those states as well.
Major Dad 02/01/15 08:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Does an extra 6 inches matter?

We just went from an 8' wide to 8'4" wide trailer. I never tow over the 65 mph tire rating, and have a 3/4 ton diesel. No noticeable difference in mpg or handling, though towing in the city on narrowed construction lanes takes some getting used to.
Major Dad 01/29/15 12:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blocks under leveling jacks

Used to use wood. Over time went to the lynx levelers. Lighter, cleaner, more utility. Still carry a few pieces of plywood to put under the levelers on soft ground. I do the same thing. The lynx levelers are lighter and easier to stack and pack, and I carry enough weight around as it is (in more ways than one!). I've never cracked or broken one, even though we'll stack them one to three high under the wheels for levelling when necessary. I have a few wood blocks just in case, but they have cracked and warped over the years while the orange "legos" are still going strong.
Major Dad 01/23/15 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Austin, Tx in April ??

OK Mountain Mama will do, thanks for the heads up. I wonder what the temps will be that time of year, and flying bugs? And as long as I'm in the asking mode does anyone have any idea where we can board our dog, we do not leave him in the camper when we are not there. Highs can be in the 80s to even low 90s, lows in the 50s-60s. April can be tough to predict down here; it depends on the time of month, and what the fronts bring. As I remember, we had a surprise freeze in San Antonio the first week of April last year. As far as bugs, it just depends on rainfall amount and temperatures. We don't have bugs this time of year like the Gulf Coast or the eastern pineywoods, though if there has been rain there could be some mosquitoes. We did see some dormant fire ant mounds last month walking around the park. This part of Texas isn't too bad for flying insects generally. Don't know about local kennels. Austin is proudly advertised as a dog-friendly town so I am sure there are good kennels in the area, though the urban gentry there may call them something like "dog daycare" or "dog resorts".
Major Dad 01/21/15 04:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Austin, Tx in April ??

McKinney Falls State Park it is. 12 minutes away, sweet. Major Dad any site recommendations or some to sway away from? Thanks for the recommendation. And thanks for the other replies. We want to roam around the area. We are not city people but do want to see some of Austin's sights. Mostly we want to see the Hill Country, have no idea what it is but am anxious to see it. It may have been in Corey Ford's " The Lower Forty" were the club spent a lot of time hunting and fishing in the Hill country. We are looking forward to our trip. Thanks Folks There are lots of nice sites a McKinney Falls. I would avoid the usual suspects...near bathhouses and dumpsters. Some sites are in the open, some wooded. Just ask at the office for your preference. We were on the 50 amp loop and had a large campsite in the open, which is fine for us for the last week in December. Some sites have a terraced picnic table area, which we enjoyed in the past. We stay there because our son lives in SE Austin, and it is a nice location for Austin sightseeing. I recommend visiting the Bullock Texas History Museum..a new museum with some incredible exhibits, including the LaSalle ship LaBelle. I was able to park my Ram Megacab 4X4 in the parking garage, though it was a tight fit. Even if you don't go into the museum, that garage is in a nice location to take off on foot to see the capitol building and university. Texas History Museum
Major Dad 01/21/15 10:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Austin, Tx in April ??

Ok folks after viewing the map it seem the wedding site has moved to the southeast side of the city. Sorry for the mix up. The address is 745 Mansell Ave. which appears to be between Springdale Rd. and Shady Ln. just north of the Colorado River Wildlife Sanctuary. We will be traveling with our truck camper and hope where ever we stay we will be able to off load it for city driving ease. McKinney Falls SP will fit the bill. Be sure to make reservations, especially if you want a 50 amp site. They may be full during the spring wildflower season. We were just there three weeks ago and they are clearing out lots of underbrush, so it should be nice for springtime. Nice hill country oasis amid suburban sprawl.
Major Dad 01/21/15 09:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas Inspection now required

The Texas inspection is such a joke. It always has been, and it always will be. Gosh I can't even get started on this topic without wanting to go on a rant. Just another worthless tax. It most certainly IS another useless tax, but better than the alternative of having to pay a lot MORE per year for rigorous inspections and having to jump through hoops to meet inspectors' pet peeves. I lived in Germany for 6 1/2 years and have had some experience with that; I saw practically NEW cars fail inspections there. No, I'll pay the annual Texas trailer inspection fees and get my sticker like I always do (of course I'll exercise my right to grouse a little), and be thankful every day I don't live on the wrong side of the Red River!:W
Major Dad 01/15/15 07:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Rv showers

Our last trailer had the mini-tub with shower curtain. Actually, it started out with one of those fan-fold semi-rigid curtains, but I replaced it with a curtain so I wouldn't keep hitting my shoulders and elbows on it. It would have been just fine with a curved bar. For the size camper we had, I wouldn't have wanted the exra weight that comes with a glass shower stall. Now we have a neo angle shower stall with glass door. The only thing I don't like is that the door swings out, so water on the door drips all over the floor and after our showers the bath mat is pretty wet. One of those clamshell-type doors that slide open from the middle would be less messy.
Major Dad 01/15/15 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: RV Park Reviews??

I'm getting familiar with the new site and it's growing on me. What I like about it is that it loads faster, and is MUCH more mobile-friendly. I'm looking forward to the app they are developing to make it faster to access with my smart phone.
Major Dad 01/11/15 06:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio campgrounds

We have stayed at Travelers world , which was extremely convenient for downtown. We have also enjoyed staying at Cranes Mill campground on Canyon Lake, but would not want to make the trip into San Antonio each day. Be aware that Texas schools have spring break some time late in March. Spring Break in the San Antonio area is the second week of March. I imagine others will have Spring break the third week. The last week of March this year is Holy Week and Easter (March 29- Apr 4), when many tourists from Mexico visit San Antonio. That won't affect the campgrounds, but the higher end shopping centers and Riverwalk will see an increase in business.
Major Dad 01/06/15 08:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Antonio campgrounds

If you want to be near downtown attractions, the KOA and Traveler's World seem to be the two best choices from what I hear from visitors to our city. The KOA is right on a bus line, which is easier than parking downtown. If it were me, I'd stay at Guadalupe River State Park and commute (but avoid rush hour like the plague!).
Major Dad 01/06/15 12:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: To Awn or Not To Awn

Here is a twist. We have the typical power out, power in awning; it works fine, we use it a lot and it is push button convenient. However, I do not like the fact that it goes straight out and straight in. As the sun drops there is no way to lower the leading edge of the awning. My niece had the same issue, so she ordered her new 5th wheel has a manual awning that you can set at almost any angle. Certainly not as convenient but a bit more practical. The DW and I are thinking about adding one of the sunshade to ours. We also have a power awning but ours can be lowered a bit by pulling down on one of the brackets on each side. I will lower one side a bit to drain off rain if needed. I am with you, though, I would trade it for a manual awning if I could. It doesn't lower as much as I'd like it to at times. If this one ever breaks hard, I'll probably be replacing with a manual awning. The only mechanical thing I hate about our new trailer is the power awning. It only goes straight out and straight back in, and doesn't incline at all. If and when it fails, I will return to a much more useful manual awning. Like others have said, NEVER NEVER NEVER leave your awning out if you are not with your RV. We saved ours in the nick of time during a pop up mountain thunderstorm in Colorado, while our neighbor who had left for the day had his awning beat up his Class A roof in the wind. I couldn't do anything but watch as the strong wind whipped the awning up and down; the force of the motion and the speed of the wind made it so dangerous that if I was able to catch the awning on the downward motion, it would have flipped me up on the roof with it.
Major Dad 01/06/15 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Open Range Quality

We recently bought a 2014 OR Roamer 288FLR in August, and just completed our fourth trip last week. It has been a huge jump in quality from our 2008 Rockwood. The only warranty issue besides a loose screw has been a recall on the slide switches; they seem to work fine but will be replaced. Also, some design genius decided that those stupid swoosh decals should go across windows, but that will be easy enough to peel off in hot weather. The beefed up insulation has worked well in hot weather (100+) and cold weather (25 last Monday). It is heavier and 4.5 feet longer, but seems to track and maneuver better than our 29' Rockwood. We did a lot of research before buying this one. Aside from some of the common issues involved in almost all RVs (Hisense? TV, Jensen stereo, off-brand tires, sporadic delamination reports that happen with any RV except aluminum skinned units), we happily settled on the Roamer with the floorplan we love. That's our experience so far. In five years or so, I'll have a better feel for the Roamer's durability.
Major Dad 01/05/15 07:47am Travel Trailers
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