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RE: RGV ten year trend

I Wintered in Florida for the first four years of my retirement and then realized I was paying one hundred percent more for a five percent improvement in weather. Thus, I now Winter in the RGV. I did not have to spend a single Winter in Arizona to verify the same price differential. People talk and word gets around pretty quickly about such things. Money might not matter to most of you. Alamo Rec-Veh RV Park in Alamo, Texas is pretty full every winter. Nice parks like Texas Trails look like a war zone with more empty sites than occupied. Since this is a RV forum, I wonder if the practice of converting RV sites to permanent occupancy is a factor in park numbers being down in some areas?
TomG2 09/17/19 12:24pm Snowbirds
RE: RGV ten year trend

One observation is that the more expensive options are filling up quicker, according to alfredmay and pawatt?
TomG2 09/14/19 09:58am Snowbirds
RE: RGV ten year trend

When someone asked my father in law what he did when camping, he asked them back, "You have to "Do" something?" That generation worked for everything they got and were ready for a rest. Young people today may not have worked that hard?
TomG2 09/14/19 09:53am Snowbirds
RE: RGV ten year trend

Wow, what will be next? Rip out the shuffleboard courts, padlock the bingo hall, and cancel the crochet classes? I'd skedaddle too. Drone flying, Pickleball, Radio control boats and car racing, dancing, and other activities may bring in the younger generation. Not enough that parks provide, "It's something to do" type of events.
TomG2 09/14/19 08:26am Snowbirds
RE: RGV ten year trend

I was curious if other parks are finding vacancies where there were none before. "....what is there to do in south Texas?" Our Singles group loves the countless dances, all styles. There is the Gulf of Mexico and a few other touristy things. As mentioned, the RGV provides the most Winter degree days for the lowest price. It is cheap, dirty, windy, friendly, and cheap. With more vacancies than ten years ago.
TomG2 09/13/19 07:26pm Snowbirds
RGV ten year trend

Ten years ago, this park did not have enough spaces to park all those that wanted to park here. Five years ago, they said that all sites were rented for at least one day during the season. Last year they conceded that there were always spots available. This year they are actively looking for new renters. This is a mid priced, mid sized park located in the middle of the RGV (Rio Grande Valley). Looks like the crowds are going elsewhere or nowhere? How about your parks?
TomG2 09/12/19 06:46pm Snowbirds
RE: Build Your Own Travel Trailer

Many people, me included, convert cargo trailers to campers. Some are over 30' but most are smaller. Get exactly what you want and only what you want. Fun too.
TomG2 09/04/19 07:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: solar update

Thanks. Welcome to the world of solar. Doesn't cost a fortune or require an electrical engineering degree to get some real benefit.
TomG2 09/03/19 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Month long stays w/o the rv

Victoria Palms in Donna Texas has Motel Rooms and Suites with kitchenettes. Full use of the parks facilities and amenities. It is Very nice. Texas Inn and others offer monthly rates around $1,200 in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Many RV parks have a pool of rental units also. January is the most expensive and least available month, of course
TomG2 09/01/19 05:56am Snowbirds
RE: Tilting Solar Panel

Some good information here. http://www.solarelectricityhandbook.com/solar-irradiance.html
TomG2 08/31/19 03:16am Tech Issues
RE: Personal experience with having slides and no slides?

It also matters if you are traveler or a parker. Slides are great for the sitters but might slow down the runners a little.
TomG2 08/30/19 07:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Learn about solar for rv's

I like to "Learn by doing". A couple of hundred dollars (or less) will get a usable basic kit which will let you learn about the fun of solar and economic choices. I am not smart enough to get such things perfect the first try. I enjoy the trying and learning. There are too many variables including cost, limitations, intended use, storage capacity, etc. for the one size fits all option. I would be bored to death if I paid an "expert" to set me up.
TomG2 08/27/19 01:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Personal experience with having slides and no slides?

...snip..... You talk to someone just in passing and you say you want something with slides this next time and they start telling you all the stuff that could go wrong......snip..... Change "could" to "will" and you will have my experiences with slides. I have had three trailers with and four without in the last twenty years. The ones with were fun. The ones with, leaked or required more maintenance than those without. My current and future trailers will not have slides. I don't need the room, as I am a single camper. I don't need the complications, as I am a lazy camper.
TomG2 08/27/19 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: You're right!

The forums verify the validity of the quote, Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you. I have received my share of hate, which seems to be the currency of the day on here and social media in general. Like others have mentioned, I am glad that I have been a long time member.
TomG2 08/27/19 06:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Free Solar

Seems like backwards to be in Texas in August instead of in January, but no doubt there is a good reason! Dancing four nights a week with lots of other singles.
TomG2 08/22/19 08:01pm Tech Issues
Free Solar

Another photon filled day in Sunny South Texas. Actually, Dusty Sunny South Texas. A quick rinse and wash improved one of my solar setups between 5-8 percent. Free, except for a little water. Take care of your panels and they will take care of you.
TomG2 08/22/19 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: Plate fees are going up in illinois

Travel trailers were probably too low at thirty dollars, but fifty would have been more reasonable.
TomG2 08/21/19 02:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar charge controller weird voltage reading

Welcome to the forums. The panels are about 95 watts @ 25 volts. But the PWM controller drags the voltage down to just 12.7. Not all PWM controllers act that way. Mine (HQST) boosts at 14.4 volts and floats at 13.8 volts. My 100 watt panels provide about 75 watts each under normal conditions. The OP's should do as well. To the OP: Some controllers scroll through various readings. Yours may be looking at one reading and then another?
TomG2 08/21/19 09:13am Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight 100 Watt Solar Kit

Do a search of YouTube videos for dozens of reviews of the HF kits. Most are positive. Some have combined up to six kits for 600 watts. Be aware that the panels are of the Amorphous variety. Larger than some others for the same output, better in cloudy conditions.
TomG2 08/21/19 06:30am Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight solar working great!!

...snip...... I'm out exploring all day with my 8-10 year old boys. I wanted a simple plug and play that'll bring my batteries back up during the day and I got exactly what I wanted. Brian Did you return the kit? Wasn't it fun to extend your trip quietly and simply? Welcome to Solar.
TomG2 08/20/19 09:44am Travel Trailers
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