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RE: Buy Register A Car While Traveling?

As a follow up, we returned to Texas in September, and I got the vehicle inspected and registered. It had to be inspected in my county of residence. Now I have title and plates and I paid my tax.
DallasSteve 11/02/20 12:11am Full-time RVing
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

Wow, 16.5/KWH is crazy expensive as here at owned home our electric power is 9.6/KWH and when in our Florida CG with our RV it's 10.3/KWH. I agree the electric rate in this park is very high, but the rent here is very low, only $275, and it's a nice quiet park in the area where I want to be. So I figure they are making another $25 or so a month on my electric bill. I'd rather pay that than stay at one of the $500 parks around here even if their electric was 10 cents per KWH. If my electric bill runs high here, I will just switch my heating and cooking over to propane.
DallasSteve 11/01/20 05:24pm General RVing Issues
Bluetooth Gaps

I have a sound system in my Winnebago motorhome that uses the truck dashboard to connect to the speaker system. I can connect my phone or laptop to that system by bluetooth. It works, but every once in a while the song I'm playing will pause as if the bluetooth lost its signal for a moment and then it resumes. Is there something I can do to solve this problem?
DallasSteve 10/28/20 07:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

I look at it a bit differently. When we had a 38' DP, and set the furnace to propane, it would heat the entire rig. But at night I could use an electric space heater (carefully) in the bedroom and just keep that space warm. Gotta be more economical. This of course assumes it's not getting cold enough to threaten the plumbing with freezing. I did a quick and dirty comparison using the link pianotuna posted and the cost looks pretty close, as several here have said. Electric and gas are about equal in cost. I'm not poor, and I tend to like a warmer room (when I worked my overweight workmates usually kept the office like a freezer even in the summer) so I'm not going much below 73 degrees. But I like conserving what I can so I will try blocking off the bedroom and bathroom at night and just heating that area with the electric. In the morning I may blast the living area a few minutes with the furnace to thaw it out.
DallasSteve 10/28/20 04:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

Keep in mind that the propane furnace also heats the chamber where the tanks reside. A portable electric heater will not heat those areas, unless you run the furnace fan without heat, IF your thermostat will allow that (Mine won't.). The instructions for many portable 1500 watt electric heaters state that they should not be operated while asleep. Sure, it is a CYA for the manufacturer, as required by corporate lawyers, but it is something to consider. More good tips. Here in the Rio Grande Valley it almost never gets to freezing but if it does I'll be sure to run the furnace. I'll probably take my chances with the electric heater running all night, too. They are less than 1 year old and I keep them far away from anything flammable.
DallasSteve 10/28/20 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

Thanks to everybody for those great comments. We got down to about 50 last night and I started on electric, but it was getting chilly so I set the furnace to kick in at 73 degrees. I don't like it very cold. Pianotuna (Don?) That is a great calculator. I'm going to call the propane service today and find out how they do the service. I want to keep my tanks and I want to know how they charge. I will try to get the BTU numbers on my furnace and do the calculation. I may have to keep making trips to Tractor Supply. I also need to see if I can get my second electric heater on a second circuit so they will both run and not trip the breaker.
DallasSteve 10/28/20 09:26am General RVing Issues
Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

I'm not sure if this is the best forum category for this thread. I am spending the winter in South Texas and we are back to heating the motorhome. I bought an electric heater because I like to minimize my trips to refill the propane tanks. Here at this park they have a propane service that comes by every week and I can pay them to refill my tanks. My question is: Is there much difference in the cost of heating with the electric heater (at 16.5 cents per KWH in this park) versus using the propane heater. The propane heater uses the thermostat and so it is a little easier to control the temperature throughout the rig, but other than that the electric heater can keep us warm. Also, do you trust a propane service to use good propane and fill your tanks? (I don't know if using bad propane is a real problem as I am new to this) Generally I took my tanks to Tractor Supply and trusted the to give me a good liquid/gas.
DallasSteve 10/27/20 09:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

Since this year will be different, one item to consider is what will be open at each RV park. Parks with lots of facilities charge more money. If the facilities are closed then you are paying for something you will not receive. That, too. I drove by a Wilder RV Resorts park named Texas Trails in Pharr. It's a nice, big, clean park but nothing special. It has a price of $705 per month. I called and it sounded like they use one call center for all of their parks (I'm not sure). The lady started to pitch me all their special offers. I think she said if I pay for 3 months I get the 4th month free which means their $705 would be about $530 per month. I'll stay with my park that's charging $275 and is also nice and clean.
DallasSteve 10/22/20 09:02am Snowbirds
RE: Any one else giving up snow birding due to the covid

We're living in our rig so we don't have much choice. We headed south and south we will stay until about March or April. I don't have many risk factors so I take basic precautions and hope for the best. If I get "coronatized", well, we all have an 'expiration date'. I've had 64 years of good health. That's more than a lot of people.
DallasSteve 10/20/20 11:49am Snowbirds
RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

take a ride over to palmview and check out the parks on Benson Palm drive. you might find something you like here. from 200 to $900 a month. be sure to check mission West, greengate Grove, Americana, and Val's country corral. they're also several others. Golden Grove is very reasonable but no pool. we are on the bike trails and state park next door. Palmview? Hmm. That's a little further west than I was planning to go, but I mapped it and it's only 25 minutes from here. We might swing out that way. Is there any particular thing you like more about that area?
DallasSteve 10/20/20 11:43am Snowbirds
RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

Steve, The Winter Texan area of the Rio Grande Valley runs from Rio Grande City in Star County to South Padre Island. Most of the RV parks are located from Mission to San Benito, but there are others outside of this area to the west and east of these towns. If you want to explore the area the best location in in the middle of the RGV which is the eastern part of Hidalgo County. That is where Donna and Mercedes are located. The RGV is very long and narrow so a trip from one end to the other and back is over 150 miles. VP and Llano have one location each and both are located right in the middle of what the valley has to offer in the way of events and things to do. Alfred, or anyone else, We arrived in Donna, TX and the first park we looked at was the cheapest, but it was a dump, IMO. The second one was $10 more for a night but much nicer. Not great, but clean and well kept. They showed me their rates. They want $275 for a month. I think that's great for a decent park. Just to be sure I was checking Google maps for the parks in McAllen and Alamo. It seems like most of them are owned or managed by a company named Wilder RV Resorts at the website rvresort.com. All of those parks look to be $650 or more for a month. Do you know about those Wilder parks? Why so much more? I think most of it is just overpriced marketing like tennis shoes. I bought my new Filas on sale for $30. I'll probably stay where I am, at least for the first month. Also, it's darn hot down here (I can't say the other word here). I'm from Texas so I know the weather changes, but I thought by late October I would be OK. The forecast is 7 more days in the 90s then it drops down to around 80. I don't trust the 10 day forecast. What is your experience here in November?
DallasSteve 10/20/20 10:09am Snowbirds
RE: Are My Tanks Really Empty?

Winnebago has a lot of different models and maybe the Intent uses something different. I looked again at my black and gray tanks in the storage compartment and they each have about 4 wires connected to something that is screwed into the side of the plastic tank. I could take a photo, but it's not worth the time to me to upload it so I can link it here. If that is "non contact" then you are correct, but to me it looks like the sensors puncture the side of the tank to sense the water level. No, you are correct. I just assumed Winnebago used the non contact on all their motorhomes but what you are describing is definitely the standard tank probes which are notorious for giving false readings. Still 30 seconds is pretty fast for a 42 gallon tank to drain unless you have a 3" drain valve vs a 1 1/2". Again if you are confident the tank is draining I would run off the pump which will give you a clue if something screwy is filling the tank. Sam The pump test sounds like a good idea. Sometime when we are not using much water I will give it a try and listen for the pump.
DallasSteve 10/05/20 09:10am Tech Issues
RE: Are My Tanks Really Empty?

Winnebago has used what they call true level sensors for years unless something has changed in the last year. They are a non contact probe that mounts to the outside of the tank with glue. They are pretty darn reliable on the water and grey tank, the black can get toilet paper on the sides and fool them. If you are confidant the tank is draining than something is filling it. The best way to determine that is to run off the water tank using the pump. You should be able to here the pump running when it shouldn't be and trace the problem from there. Sam Winnebago has a lot of different models and maybe the Intent uses something different. I looked again at my black and gray tanks in the storage compartment and they each have about 4 wires connected to something that is screwed into the side of the plastic tank. I could take a photo, but it's not worth the time to me to upload it so I can link it here. If that is "non contact" then you are correct, but to me it looks like the sensors puncture the side of the tank to sense the water level.
DallasSteve 10/04/20 04:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Are My Tanks Really Empty?

Winnebago uses non contact tank sensors and they're usually pretty accurate. You have a 42 gallon grey tank and it probably takes a lot longer than 20 seconds to empty, more like 2 or 3 minute's. Next time you dump look at the hose and make sure the tank has actually stopped draining. The other possibility that was mentioned earlier is some nut left one of the install cutouts in the tank and it is blocking the drain. Sam I can see the gray tank in my storage closet and it has wired sensors on the plastic sides, so those look like contact sensors to me. I emptied my tanks again today and I timed them. The gray tank was full to the point of standing water in the kitchen sink. They took longer than my guess. The black tank water and solids rushed out for about 15 seconds and continued slower for about another 5 seconds. The gray tank water rushed out for about 30 seconds and continued slower for about another 5 to 10 seconds. 2 or 3 minutes is way more than it ever took to drain the gray tank, even when it was brand new. I still say the 30 seconds seems about the same as it was before when I drained after 2 days, instead of 1.
DallasSteve 10/01/20 09:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

Steve, The Winter Texan area of the Rio Grande Valley runs from Rio Grande City in Star County to South Padre Island. Most of the RV parks are located from Mission to San Benito, but there are others outside of this area to the west and east of these towns. If you want to explore the area the best location in in the middle of the RGV which is the eastern part of Hidalgo County. That is where Donna and Mercedes are located. The RGV is very long and narrow so a trip from one end to the other and back is over 150 miles. VP and Llano have one location each and both are located right in the middle of what the valley has to offer in the way of events and things to do. Thanks for the info. Do you like that area better than Harlingen (a little bit north)? I was in Harlingen 10 years ago on travel and it looked pretty nice. I don't know much about RGV. Also, I looked at Isla Blanca on South Padre Island and they offer monthly rates at $550. I'd say that's reasonable on the beach, but maybe it's "a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there" type situation. Anyway, I reserved 2 nights at Isla Blanca as we are moving down the coast before we settle down.
DallasSteve 10/01/20 12:06pm Snowbirds
RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

Steve, Both Llano Grande and Victoria Palms have older and newer sites. They are priced according to size and landscaping. IMO go for the best sites. Llano is more remote than VP so your drive off campus to get anything will be longer. Both have mid valley locations for easy exploring of the area. Alfred I'm not sure what you mean by "mid valley locations". Do they have more than one location for Llano Grande or do you mean there are other similar parks in cities more in the middle of RGV? What is considered RGV? Mission to Harlingen?
DallasSteve 09/30/20 09:05am Snowbirds
RE: Full Time For Six Months

I will give a (not so) quick recap of my travels so far in my first 6 months. I will just add it to this thread because the ones here who expressed an interest in reading about my travels may see it here and the others may not care anyway. I returned to the USA from 6 months abroad on a flight to Florida mid-March 2020. I bought my new motorhome in Jacksonville, Florida. That's funny because tonight I am in Jacksonville, Texas. And, despite his flaws, Andrew Jackson is one of my favorite Presidents because he is the only President who ever paid off the national debt. Lots of them promise to do it. Old Hickory did it. I came back to Dallas quickly to pick up some things from storage. I then headed south and planned to travel around south Texas, but that was in April and the Covid panic was shutting down a lot of state and federal campgrounds. So I rented a spot in a nice campground in Georgetown, Texas. After a month there it started getting warmer so I made plans to head north. I wanted to buy a Jeep Wrangler and flat tow it behind me, but despite the economic crisis Jeep was not discounting their Wranglers much. They said they were great deals, but they really weren't. I ran out of time before I could buy one so I headed north with just the motorhome. We traveled back through Dallas to get a few more things out of storage. I had reserved sites at a number of Oklahoma state parks for our journey to northwest Arkansas. That part of Arkansas besides being beautiful mountain scenery has cooler temps than the surrounding areas. Oklahoma was one of the few states that did not shut down some or all of its state parks. Texas caved in. We stayed there (in Springdale) for over 3 months and it is beautiful and the hottest days were 95 degrees and only about 2 of them compared to 18 100 degree (and up) days in a typical Dallas summer. So I was happy about that. While we were there I bought a Jeep Wrangler and got it set up to tow back south with us in September. That's where we are now. We looped briefly up into Missouri then back into Oklahoma over to Amarillo and then east and south through Dallas and now east Texas. Starting Sunday we will spend about 14 days on the beaches of Texas, but not actually on the sand. I have reserved state and private parks along the beach that have paved roads with electric and water. As I'm traveling I try to keep my driving to about 7 hours per week. I get weary after a couple of hours driving. It's too much like a job for me. We stay at parks for 1 or 2 nights along the way. I usually don't think there is that much to see in one place, but sometimes it is a little rushed. Anyway, the cost of gasoline, the repairs that appear on my to do list faster than they disappear, the parks that have no or poor mobile data (internet), the drudgery of keeping the beast in her lane on the highway, the gray water tank that keeps filling up faster and faster, the rush (sometimes) to unhook and get back on the road, are making me question how much longer I want to do this. I'm going to put off any decisions until March because if I sell this rig I probably won't do it again. I will talk to my wife next year and we will decide if we do this another year or not. I don't regret what we've done so far; I've learned some things about this country, small towns, and me. I'm retired and I wanted to give this a try and I'm glad I did. Almost every park and city has had something beautiful and or interesting to see. By March I may be ready to do it again.
DallasSteve 09/29/20 09:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: Are My Tanks Really Empty?

Interesting ideas. I checked the manual and it says my gray tank is 42 gallons and the black tank 36 gallons. Are those reasonable amounts? I'd love to get 4-5 days and maybe I could do it alone but probably not with me and her. Even 2 days is liveable because when we travel we are usually only 1 or 2 days at a park. In that case I can dump when we leave. I'll see if I can get the wife to take shorter showers and I may look at buying paper plates and plastic cutlery. Thanks everybody.
DallasSteve 09/29/20 08:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

OP.... To answer your questions. Very few RV resorts have golf courses. Most amenities are free or very low cost, but golf may be the exception. Only the larger, higher end parks have all the amenities. Smaller parks just have some amenities and others just a rec hall. Alfred Thanks. That's about what I guessed. I've been in maybe 10 private RV parks so far, but I haven't been to South Texas yet, so I wasn't sure if it was different. The nicest park I've been to was the Big Texan RV Ranch in Amarillo and it was first class, but not a lot of amenities except their indoor pool. I spent a month in one in Georgetown that only had the rec hall. I spent the summer in one in Arkansas that had nothing but nice weather and a good price. :-) I don't have to have a golf course; I don't play often and I can go to a public course.
DallasSteve 09/29/20 08:57am Snowbirds
Are My Tanks Really Empty?

My gray water tank is filling up much faster in September. During the summer I could go 2 days between emptying the tanks. Now in September I have to empty the tanks every day. I just emptied the tanks and I looked at the meter on the wall. It says the black tank is 2/3 full and the gray tank is 1/3 full. Are those accurate? If they really are not empty why would that happen? My hose connection is made of clear plastic so I can watch the water come out. When I dumped the black tank a lot of brown water with some toilet paper flushed out. It seemed like about the normal amount to me. When I dumped the gray tank even more water rushed out under a lot of pressure for what seemed like a long time to me. I didn't time it, but my guess is about 10 seconds, then it slowed and emptied for another 5 or 10 seconds. Could there really still be another 1/3 or 1/2 a tank of gray water (and black water) in the holding tanks or is the problem that we are wasting more water and we need to reduce our water usage? Edit: Last night, after only 12 hours since the last dump, the gray tank was so full there was an inch of water in the shower and the wall meter said it was full. Also, the motorhome is only 6 months old.
DallasSteve 09/29/20 08:38am Tech Issues
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