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RE: Las Vegas RV Parks

I would recommend Las Vegas RV Resort on Nellis Blvd. about a block from Sam's Town. It is a little less tight and a little nicer than the Sam's Town RV parks. It has pretty good security and you can walk or drive over to catch the shuttles at Sam's Town to the Strip and Downtown.
one_strange_texan 06/16/20 08:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Galveston - Bolivar Ferry

As others have said, the attendants at Bolivar Ferry handle a lot of RV's and will direct you to the right lane or even occasionally pull you over to the side if the boat is almost full so you will have room to board on the next one. My close calls have been my own extended side mirrors when towing. The lanes are somewhat narrow and the drivers coming into the lanes beside you may not be careful when pulling alongside. Retract the mirrors as soon as you reach your parking spot if you can.
one_strange_texan 05/12/20 07:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Truck 4x4 or 4x2 ??

Even If I didn't plow snow, I would have 4X4 .. Only needed it 2-3 times, I look at it like insurance, don't like to pay it, but darn glad you have it when needed.... I bought my first truck for 5th wheel towing, a 4x4, on the advice of a coworker who told me if I ever really needed it, I would be glad I had it. That came true on a couple of occasions, most prominently when I had to pull my trailer up a steep, wet road to escape suddenly rising waters. Everyone must decide for themselves how much risk or inconvenience they are willing to take or experience. One only knows in hindsight. I am not sure there is any one "right choice" for everyone, looking into the future.
one_strange_texan 04/27/20 12:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bridge height apps

It is interesting to note that a dataset of low clearances was available some time back on a handy site I use called "POI Factory," a free site which is a repository of free lists of points of interest. As I interpret what I read, the low clearance POI data was taken down at the request (or demand) of the owner of the data since it was considered copyrighted information. I do not know if the data came from lowclearances.com or if that was the data owner in question. Maybe the lowclearances.com site or the information itself will return at some point. To be most useful, the data needs to be refreshed and kept up to date. Also note that, in addition to the Garmin resource I mentioned in my earlier post, an app on Apple devices named "ParkAdvisor" contains low clearances on its maps in addition to RV parks (including individual park information), fuel stops for RV's and major outlets like Walmart. Other similar apps may have the information as well. I do not know how up-to-date the information is. I know Garmin issues map updates around 2 times a year but I cannot verify if low clearance information is updated with the same frequency.
one_strange_texan 04/15/20 07:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bridge height apps

Not a direct answer to your question. Garmin includes clearances into its North American maps. You put the dimensions of your rig into the device as well as the route planner and it routes you and also warns you if you are coming up on one. It has saved my behind a couple of times. There used to be a site called "Low Clearance POI" that allowed you to download into your GPS, but I just checked it and it seems to be defunct. If you Google something like "low clearances" you will see some possibilities, I can offer no first hand experience other than the above. The Motor Carrier Atlas would be a good tool for planning, but less helpful when you are underway, unless your navigator has it open. My near misses were due to either missing a turn or "winging it." The Garmin warned me in time on both occasions.
one_strange_texan 04/14/20 03:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Flat towing vehicle list

Motorhome.com downloadable dinghy towing guide
one_strange_texan 03/27/20 05:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: fifth wheel gas stops

Plan your route and determine, as best you can, at what mileage interval you should plan on stopping for fuel (leaving the appropriate reserve amount still in the tank - don't run it near empty). Use Google Maps or Google Earth around the points you identify to find and check out the satellite view of potential fuel stops (search for "gas stations near . . ." the town where you plan to stop). You can even go down to ground level in Maps & Earth to check things out from the highway. There is a distance ruler in Earth you can use on the satellite picture to check out turns and clearance if need be. There are several apps for smart phones & tablets that can identify fuel stops on routes and maps. Good luck.
one_strange_texan 03/12/20 07:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Orleans LA

If your trip includes going onto town and the French Quarter, I'd recommend French Quarter RV. You can walk most places. Staying out of town, you will find that parking anywhere near the quarter is very expensive and hard to fond a spot. We have used French Quarter RV and will return. It is a nice, well run park within walking distance of the Quarter. All sites are back in, so getting into your site is much easier if you arrive during the week before it fills up for the weekend. Your plans probably should also include the use of Uber or Lyft. We walked over to sites downtown during the day, but always caught Uber over or to return after dark. Keep an eye out for the taxi if you call them, because they often have trouble finding the pickup point. Also study the routes in and out prior to arriving or departing, depending on how maneuverable your rig is.
one_strange_texan 03/07/20 09:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: getting trapped inside a park

This quote has probably been cited here before: "Having a 4x4 allows you to get in trouble a lot further away from home than you ever could before. Having a 4x4 along with a winch allows you to get in trouble in places where perhaps no one will ever find you."
one_strange_texan 02/22/20 09:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Florida toll charges

I second the idea of getting the SunPass. I got one for a trip to Keys as well. I do not recall having to get it in person. The SunPass site indicates it is still available on line at a price of $4.99 and will be mailed to you 4 to 5 days after you apply for one. I am referring to the "Mini-Transponder" which goes on the windshield below the rear view mirror alongside, and in addition to, any other toll tags such as the TxTag, which I have here in Texas. You preload the account with $20 or so and give them a valid credit card, which allows them to replenish the balance as needed while you use it. After your trip, I recall you can request your account be closed and the balance refunded, usually something on the order of $10-$20. I have left mine open and used it again on the another trip to the Orlando area. It basically works in similar fashion to turnpike networks around the country, such as Texas, Kansas and the Northeast. I found that having one is handy, not only on the Florida Turnpike, but on several of the toll roads around Miami and Alligator Alley (I-75 between the Miami metropolitan area and Naples).
one_strange_texan 02/08/20 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida to Texas

I've thought about getting on/off I-10 in Denham Springs LA. Baton Rouge traffic has always been a nightmare for me. I'm going that way in April and might try it. I'll see how bad 190 can get going through Baton Rouge. I think you mean getting off I-12 at Denham Springs, though I-12 is definitely the "non-New Orleans" alternative to I-10. US-190/US-61 is the Airline Highway. I used to go to a trade show located on it several years ago and seem to recall it is stop-and-go heavy traffic. I actually got off I-12 with a pop-up over 20 years ago at the Airline Highway exit and had a horrendous time moving around and getting back on the interstate around rush hour. I can't say I have found any good way through Baton Rouge, though I have not tried it in the middle of the night ;).
one_strange_texan 01/30/20 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Galveston area things to do

There are a lot of good restaurants in Galveston. Though Gaido's is good and is an old favorite, I usually eat elsewhere due to the crowds. Good seafood at several other restaurants and very good Mexican food as well, especially at some of the more out of the way family run restaurants. 2112 pretty much covered the bases of things to see.
one_strange_texan 01/27/20 05:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida to Texas

I have mentioned on previous similar posts that I tend to jump over to US-190 from I-10 using LA-415 just west of the Mississippi River right after Port Allen, LA. I continue on US-190 west to Ragley, LA and continue west on LA-12 in Ragley when US-190 turns north. LA-12 turns into TX-12 at the Texas state line and TX-12 rejoins I-10 in Vidor, TX. This route avoids the long Atchafalaya bridge, which still may be under construction and occasionally is closed if there is a traffic incident, a very rough stretch of interstate in Sulphur, LA and construction in Orange, TX. It is not a controlled access highway, so there are occasional traffic lights. The roads are fine and the towns are not large. It may take a little longer, unless there is an incident or heavy traffic in the bigger cities on I-10, but I believe it is much less stressful. Definitely get off I-10 at Winnie and take the ferry via the Bolivar Peninsula, as others have suggested. You may go through a security check and may also have to valve in your LPG tanks prior to boarding the ferry. The crossing doesn't take long and is interesting, not to mention shorter and minus the traffic of the Houston metropolitan area. On weekends and other peak times there may be a wait to board, but most of the time the wait is not very long.
one_strange_texan 01/27/20 05:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

A little off topic, but I have a Garmin RV660 GPS. With the correct dimensions of my 5th wheel in it, it tends to keep me off roads like that, as someone else has observed. However, it is not foolproof. For some reason, it does not like traffic circles ("roundabouts"). It routed me through some residential streets I would rather not have used, apparently to avoid some traffic circles in Fort Collins, CO (which they seem to like to use on several of their streets). There is no setting, per se, in the preferences concerning avoiding traffic circles. The only one I can figure applies is "Avoid U-turns," which I definitely want to do with my trailer. However, in this case I was generally only going quarter or halfway around the the circle to go straight or turn on a crossroad. The circles were quite manageable with my rig. My takeaway was that I should more carefully study the routing off freeways through unfamiliar urban areas. I you zoomed in to the route, you could see it was doing some weird maneuvers. I can preview the routing since I usually preplan the routes on BaseCamp. Just a learning to pass along to other Garmin RV users. P.S., my nomination for worst (major) road is I-10 through Sulphur, LA just west of Lake Charles, as several others have observed on these forums.
one_strange_texan 01/23/20 03:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rv beach sites

We have stayed at Henderson Beach State Park a couple of times and enjoyed it. It will already be partially or fully booked up for the summer by now as it is popular. You may be able to find an opening. Florida state parks reservations open 11 months ahead of your planned arrival day.
one_strange_texan 01/12/20 07:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-10 Thru Houston

Is there any time frame as to when this repair might be completed? Link to local media story. Link. Short answer is that it apparently is done. I cannot give you first hand knowledge since I don't travel that way these days.
one_strange_texan 01/12/20 06:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Visiting Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton Ntl Pk,s

Yellowstone will not only be crowded but by September you might catch some snow - might get lucky and have 70's everyday, but plan for Cold and Damp and be Happy with Sunny and Warm. We are also planning a trip to Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier in the same time frame in 2020. I know snow is a possibility, but I am surprised Yellowstone is still crowded in September. I know it is very popular park, but I would think the crowds would be down some from the summer peak due to school being back in session.
one_strange_texan 12/20/19 03:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds in Texas, specifically near Austin

If you are needing a place to stay in Austin itself, there is a new KOA on the eastern edge of town (Austin East KOA Holiday), kind of out in the country. It is new and the owner is working hard at making it a well-run park. We stayed there in early October and were impressed. However, if you are going to do a family camping trip, I will echo the suggestion of getting out of Austin and visiting the Texas Hill Country.
one_strange_texan 12/20/19 03:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Bend

Been saying I would go for years. Was thinking about using Seminole Canyon SP as a stopover from Houston. Anyone have experience there? We used Seminole Canyon as a stopover from Houston to Alpine. It was a good park. Finding a site there shouldn't be a problem. We were the only rig in our loop. I would recommend a full day there. Take the tour into the canyon (you must sign up for a scheduled tour) to see the native American rock art. If you hike the trail to the Rio Grande in the park, the cliffs on Lake Amistad are quite impressive. We also enjoyed a visit to Langtry, home of Judge Roy Bean, "The Law West of the Pecos." We got a kick out of seeing the "No Fishing from Bridge" sign at the high level bridge over the Pecos River Canyon on the way to Langtry. I recommend gasing up in Del Rio. There may not be any fuel from where US90 crosses Lake Amistad near Del Rio to Sanderson. We found the stations in Comstock and Langtry closed on the Sunday we tried to refill there. There might be more options now, but the entire area is pretty remote, as you might expect. I noticed the church in Langtry only had services 1 or 2 Sundays out of the month.
one_strange_texan 12/16/19 07:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Reviews

There's an old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!". There's another one I really like: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should!" Took a highly useful, user friendly site that did just about what most of us wanted and needed and made it so much "better" it's almost useless! Just finished trying to find CGs around Stuart Florida - the old maps were very easy to use - the "old way" always gave me the info I needed, literally at my fingertips, to do what I needed to do. I was so frustrated just now I almost deleted the site! I recall using the old site, before it was purchased by Campground Reviews or RV Life, to get a list of all the campgrounds at a given distance from the town or city you enter in the search (e.g., within 20 miles of Salina, Kansas). You could choose various distances for the radius of the search. You can kind of do that now, or use the map, but not as easily. If I remember properly, you could also put other criteria on your search (full hookups, 50-amp service, etc.).
one_strange_texan 12/16/19 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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