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RE: Adding travel time to Google maps

50ish mph average, not matter what the mapping software or GPS says. Over 7 years full-timing, 46 states, that's about right.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/16/21 06:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Waco Tx to Tyler Tx

Is early April recent enough? Fine excellent road for towing or a MH. Once you get past the construction zone in Waco/ Bellmead - Take Loop 340 to miss that.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 05:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Electricty and RFI ib body

Non-properly shield RFI can be damaging to a person's health and cause a lot of problems. Back in the mid-80's, some of the Chief's in the technical unit I was with in Japan (MOTU-7) worked on an RFI measurement, mitigation project. They found amazing things like improperly shielded and grounded lifelines on ships setting up resonance fields which made the starboard bridge wing unusable on one ship. An improperly tuned and grounded SPS-40 radar could trip circuit breakers on other ships, and other effects. It would not surprise me that an RV, or even a home, could amplify RFI signals and focus them some place. Does your wife hear the noised in only one place, or a couple worse than others?
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 02:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: DENTIST IN PROGRESSO

I used Dr. Xavier Aguirre - DR X - 1-866-529-8963 I would recommend him for full dentures, partials, implants and such. Excellent work, and his own lab in his office. Did a great job with 23 extractions and full plates, including setting implants in the bottom jaw. I waited a few months after the implant bases were put in to allow the bone to grow back around them and anchor them. The final fitting of the lower plate by his lab people was tedious. He came to check after a couple visits back, and sent the plate back for a completely new rebuild. Been perfect since. However, he does have large hands and fingers. If you have a physically small mouth, he might be uncomfortable. My wife used Dr. Zacharias. She has much better teeth than I do, only needing a yearly cleaning, one once needed an inlay. We had time, because that clinic which is a family practice, father, son, wife, does not have an in-house lab. One thing which I've found different in Mexico than in the US. Assistants do a lot of the setup and cleanup work, with the dentist doing the actual procedures. Dr. X has several students working with him, and several very experienced people who have been with him for years.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 02:15pm Snowbirds
RE: Thoughts of Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks SP

We camped at Goosenecks Oct 27-28, 2016. There was a gate shack, and the fee was $10 per night. Loved it. With a 40' long TT, I was unwilling to try to get to one of the dry spots on Valley of the Gods Road. Next trip I want to see if I can get to a site on Comb Wash near UT-95. Was Sand Island full?
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 02:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DENTIST IN PROGRESSO

We always walk. Lines for cars are often longer than lines for people walking, especially going into Mexico.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/12/21 04:33pm Snowbirds
RE: Traveling around Lake Michigan

In 2018 we mostly went around Lake Michigan. From near Chicago to Plymouth, WI to Sturgeon Bay, WI to Escanaba, MI to USFS Au Train, MI near Lake Superior, to USFS Bay View near Sault Ste Marie, to USFS Brevoort near Mackinac Island down into the mid Michigan lower peninsula. We love the trip. Crossing the bridge with my 40ft trailer was no big deal.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/05/21 07:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Transferring fresh water when dry camping

I use a bladder. My solution also.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/02/21 01:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: El Paso, TX

Personally I'd rather avoid the I-10 from El Paso to Fort Stockton drive. So we usually cross that part of the country on US-70 from Las Cruces and Roswell into Texas. But we do at times like last September. Now, I cheat. Being retired Navy, I stopped at the Fort Bliss RV Park. And left I-10 at Van Horn for the much friendlier drive on US-90. In El Paso, the TX Franklin Mountains SP is not someplace you want to try to take an RV, and while Hueco Tanks SP east of El Paso is interesting, probably not a good base to explore El Paso. One the NM side of town, I'd recommend Las Cruces. There is a park that looks decent about halfway between Las Cruces and El Paso but along that stretch of I-10 are a bunch of dairies. If the wind and weather is not exactly right - the smell and the irritating things in the air will clean out your sinuses, and maybe take the paint off your rig. I like NM state parks. Wish they had not forced me to pay a bit over a hundred in cancellation fees last summer and fall when the state parks were closed, and then only opened to NM state residents. They cancelled 12 reservations, and while the camping fees were refunded, the reservation fees were not. NM reopened state parks to out-of-state visitors on Feb 27 for camping. Alamogordo is too far to commute back and forth in my opinion, with Las Cruces as an alternative.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/02/21 01:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Questions for Veterans

I doubt anyone would say something. I wore a 3rd ID shirt during the 2003 war. Some folks who know I'm retired Navy asked about that. "I'm wearing it to show how proud of my son over in Iraq." You would be wearing it to honor your grandson-in-law. Proudly.
PawPaw_n_Gram 04/02/21 05:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: I can't figure out how to use Recreation.gov

they actually had the sites numbered backwards, their maps really sucked with sites in the wrong place, roads were in the wrong places, no site photos where there was before That data is all supplied by the campground. The website vendor does not get paid to update or verify the data. When Reserve America lost the bid, they refused to return to the government years of data they had received on campgrounds - maps, site numbering, pictures, site amenities, etc. The contract for Recreation.gov is a US Department of Agriculture contract for National Forests campgrounds. Other agencies like the Department of Interior National Parks and the Department of Defense Corps of Engineers are able to use Recreation.gov on a courtesy basis. Those agencies were very upset that what they considered their data was not transferred to the new contractor. Also most agency campgrounds, even USFS, did not have copies of what had been submitted in the past to Reserve America. A manpower extensive and expensive task to recreate all that data.
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/30/21 07:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: I can't figure out how to use Recreation.gov

A few years ago when the contract changed, this forum was full of cheers to see the hated, dreaded Reserve America gone. I have occasional frustrations with the new site, because I still use Reserve America for state parks, and another older website for a membership campground that was old and outdated when I retired from the IT world in 2009. Like anything, it just takes a little practice.
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/23/21 10:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Do not believe every thing that you read .

My son and his wife have a bunch, and have trouble getting rid of the eggs. Talk about messy, disgusting animals. And lord forbid she ever try to clean one. I was about six when my father made my mother get rid of the few we had left.
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/18/21 08:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Full Time Living Recap (Almost 1 Year)

To be fair, 2020 was a real poop of a year to try to learn about RV traveling and full-timing. The first thing that happened to him early was getting more or less ordered to stay in place for a month or longer. We headed to Arizona from Texas in late June, and lost a bit over a hundred dollars in cancellation fees as our two months planned in New Mexico state parks was wiped out starting July 1. I think you've missed the opportunity to experience what state parks have to offer as far as diversity. Even last week, I had to cancel three TX SP reservations due to come changes. Before, I almost never reserved COE or SP's. Now I can't go to one at the last minute. Which s***s for a roving RVer. Better luck next time Steve.
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/18/21 08:29pm Full-time RVing
RE: Big truck passing

The air coming off the passing vehicle adds new side forces to the vehicle being passed. In a one unit RV such as a motorhome, it is mainly pushing toward the right. As you watch the mirrors just as the truck gets even with your back bumper, hold the wheel and be prepared for a very small correction to counteract that force. In a two unit RV such as a 5er or TT, that unit is pushed toward the right also. The pivot point of the unit - the hitch, is pushed toward the left. RV combos with the hitch mounted over the real axle have the least movement because the angle of the push is minimal. Rigs like my truck can get a substantial push toward the left. I have to be prepare when being passed to turn toward the right a little. The number of things which can affect the force are huge. Basically a lot to do with aerodynamics, speed differential, and speed of the vehicle being passed. RVs are NOT aerodynamic, and the faster they go, the more they are subject to forces exerted upon the RV. As mentioned above, a movement at 70 will feel massive, at 60 much less. In MOST cases. Every passing is a bit different, and it takes miles of driving to understand your vehicle's sweet spot.
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/18/21 08:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crazy Weather

Yep! It's actually a fact that Amarillo Tx has the highest average wind speeds in the US. That's because there are only three trees between Amarillo and the Canadian border to slow down the wind, and the cold!
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/18/21 06:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Texas Bluebonnets forecast

A few dogwoods on the drive from Fairfield to Lake Tawakoni today. Went by the Richland-Chambers Dam, Athen and Canton. No bluebonnets!
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/18/21 01:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting vehicle

The vehicle falls into the 'Expedition' class of RVs. It is a small market, with very specialized requirements. The original vehicle and the links I posted are ways people were trying to enter that category of RV, but at less than mid-six figure cost. Though I'm not sure they made it. Earthroamer GXV
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/17/21 08:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crazy Weather

Mother Nature: Now I'll give folks a couple normal days. Texas: Hold my beer. Watch this! ------------------ Welcome to Laredo, where our people are friendly and our weather is bi-polar.
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/17/21 04:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: Texas Bluebonnets forecast

Yesterday - Harlingen to Hallettsville via US-77 Today - Hallettsville to Fairfield - US-77 - US-79 - I-45 Not a single bluebonnet in sight. Only a few redbuds starting to bloom.
PawPaw_n_Gram 03/17/21 04:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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