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RE: Texas Hill Country

Depending when you go, DO make the Willow City loop if in the spring. The wild flower fields are unbelievable. Then of course there's Lukenbach. Another gotta see for us. This is one of the few places in the United States where we prefer to stay at a KOA. It is at the intersection of the road leading out to Lukenbach on US 290. The best part of the campground is far back among the trees. That would still be our choice.
padredw 01/29/23 05:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

other states gave some type of preference to their residents I will not dispute the results of that study, but I can say that has not been my experience (60 years including tent camping; 25 years with fifth-wheel.) I have "camped" in every state except 4 small states in New England. I cannot recall ever being treated differently in making a reservation because I was not a resident of that state. If this has changed, I believe it is an unfortunate change. We live in a great nation of "sister states". The principle I am advocating is "reciprocity" such as exists with recognition of driver's license and auto insurance (to give some simple examples). In all my years of camping I have assumed this to be the basic operating principle and I regret to see such barriers even being considered. Just the opinions of an old man who may not be as wise as he thinks.
padredw 01/27/23 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

I dare to quote from an earlier post I made (now hopelessly lost back about three pages and now completely overlooked). The principle of reciprocity is important to "travelers" such as we still are more than it is to full timers. We travel from state to state with the feeling that we are guests, but we know that for people traveling to Texas we are the hosts. I suggest that should be the norm. I can just imagine if we get state after state making such distinctions and passing laws. I look back over 25 years of RV traveling (and 60 years of state park camping) with great appreciation of the hospitality of almost every state in the nation. **Especially Florida... added to this quote and fully true.** This law is not likely to affect the few years I have left to travel, but I think it would be a tragic decision and a terrible precedent for other states. Think carefully and remember to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
padredw 01/26/23 08:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

Thank you, PlasticMaster. I hope others will read with as much understanding as you have. Unfortunately, some will move right past as if I had never posted. I intended it entirely positively and hope it will be received in that same attitude. It is a very important issue with two quite different ways of resolving it. I hope the right path will be taken as the example for other state.
padredw 01/24/23 11:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bill giving residents priority at booking FL state parks

We first stayed in a Florida State Park in 1962. It was then called "Fort Pickens State Park" but is now a part of the National Seashore. On that trip we traveled all around the perimeter of Florida with a tent--all the way down to the Everglade National Park on the Gulf side and back up on the Atlantic all the way up to Tomoka State Park. We were a young couple then traveling with a car and tent. We stayed mostly in Florida State Parks on that trip. We fell in love with Florida State Parks 60 years ago Later, with our family, we spent weeks instead of days at our favorite parks with a larger tent: Fort Pickens, St. Andrews, Manatee Springs, etc. Upon retirement we became RV campers. Florida remained one of our favorite destinations. We have wonderful memories of staying in our trailer at St. Andrews and Fort Pickens. I am now 90 years old; my wife is 87; but we have given up being able to spend even 4 or 5 days at St. Andrews--or probably any other state park in Florida. We are lucky to get 3 or 4 days at Fort Pickens National Park, and that is without such a law as this. We don't blame anyone for this, certainly not the state of Florida or residents of Florida. The same thing has become true all over the country. It is certainly true of our popular state parks here in Texas. It is almost impossible to get a week at Tyler State Park here in East Texas, or in Inks Lake State Park in the Hill Country. But for the state of Florida to take the step suggested by that Bill is an entirely different thing. The principle of reciprocity is important to "travelers" such as we still are more than it is to full timers. We travel from state to state with the feeling that we are guests, but we know that for people traveling to Texas we are the hosts. I suggest that should be the norm. I can just imagine if we get state after state making such distinctions and passing laws. I look back over 25 years of RV traveling (and 60 years of state park camping) with great appreciation of the hospitality of almost every state in the nation. This law is not likely to affect the few years I have left to travel, but I think it would be a tragic decision and a terrible precedent for other states. Think carefully and remember to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
padredw 01/24/23 08:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado experts...help please

I have traveled most of this route. Some of it many times towing a 34' fifth wheel: A - cut off at Walsenburg and go up thru Salida, Leadville, Silverthorn, Kremmling, Granby.
padredw 01/23/23 05:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Generator question

Thanks, Bud, that works. Wonder why it works in your post and never did in mine? I tried several variations; none worked. But this works fine and illustrates my generator. I will go on to say that I have a 3000 watt inverter which allows me to plug in my power cable just as I would to a campground pedestal and into the same power inlet as the generator or from the campground power. Everything is powered, not that I would try to run everything from the batteries.
padredw 01/20/23 11:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generator question

If your RV has an adequate hitch -and- if your electrical inlet is nearby, you might consider my solution. http://www.dw4u.net/Gen.JPG My link (link looks the same to me) http://www.dw4u.net/Gen.JPG Bud's link (copied from his post below) I give up. I can't get this image to display. Note the input at the rear of the trailer. Note the input cord on the tray. I can run the 15K AC while driving down the road. I only do so in the heat of summer to cool off the trailer about half hour before arrival at campsite. The generator is a Honda 3000. It provides 30 AMP power to every outlet in the trailer, with the usual constraints of a 30 amp supply.
padredw 01/20/23 08:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Harvest Hosts

No much that I can add. I am in my first year of membership and have stayed in only a few Harvest Hosts. Here is the summary of my experience: It is worth it to stay in some really different places where you can have personal contact with the owners. Our preference is mostly to stay at farms and we have been pleased with those where we have stayed. Don't do it to stay in a free or "inexpensive" place, but do it for the enjoyment of a different kind of overnight RV travel. Every place we have stayed in HH has been far better than a Walmart or even Cracker Barrel, neither of which we have ever chosen in which to overnight.
padredw 11/30/22 10:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park

If you are wanting to stay within the national park, it would be well to start working on the reservation system right now. You need to find out the "window" of dates when you can reserve a campsite and be ready to try to get that site immediately. We have stayed in Estes Park many times but only once in the park. We stayed in the Glacier Basin campground. There were very few sites that would accommodate our 34' fifth wheel. We were very fortunate to find one that did--by working on it far ahead of time as above. The other campground in the park is Moraine Park, but I do not have personal experience of that campground.
padredw 11/19/22 07:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas - LBJ, George HW Bush libraries

I would recommend the Holiday RV Park in College Station. We have stayed there several times and always found it a nice place to stay. For the Austin area my first choice would be McKinney Falls State Park. I'm sure you would have to make reservations there far ahead of time as it is popular and right near the city of Austin. We have also stayed here. Sonny's RV Park in Lexington, Texas is about as near to half way as you will find between these two presidential libraries. I have never stayed there, but for your purposes it will probably be entirely adequate. It is 50 miles from College Station, and 50 miles to the LBJ.
padredw 11/09/22 04:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interstate 59

It's been a long time ago, but it got so bad near Birmingham headed toward Gadsden that I turned off the Interstate not knowing what road I could find going north. I followed local roads for some miles before they brought me back onto the Interstate. Fortunately, the Interstate was somewhat better from that point on. I do believe that first stretch was one of the worst I have ever been on.
padredw 10/16/22 01:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Newbie Road Trip TX to FL

These are, for the most part, routes that are familiar to me. I will give you one possibility that fits into the states you have mentioned. Of course, I-20 to Shreveport, but you could take the South loop around to I-49. One good possibility for overnight would be Poche's Market and RV Park at Breaux Bridge, LA. Great Cajun food at their restaurant. Continue from there on I-10. Several possibilities for overnight: Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi, Gulf State Park in Alabama, or best of all, Fort Pickens Campground National Seashore near Pensacola, FL. In Georgia there is Blyth Island Regional Park near Brunswick, GA. From there you have Savannah, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach. Make your own choice. Then on to Garner, NC. We have stayed at all the parks mentioned and many more along this same route. All great choices. EDIT to add: I live 20 miles north of Longview. Will be glad to answer any specific questions about this route or my suggestions. Please use a PM (Private Message) if I can be of more help.
padredw 09/12/22 10:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Las Vegas Nevada to Tampa Florida

When you get to Wichita Falls just East US 82 splits from US 287 take it to I30 about 30 miles West of Texarkana and I49 down to I20 at Shreveport. Totally avoid Ft Worth Dallas metroplex. I very much agree with this advice. I just followed it up to Wichita Falls on the way to Colorado and again from Wichita Falls on the way back.
padredw 08/30/22 11:05am Roads and Routes
RE: snowbird season/route to use west towards Az via TX from Fl

Another alternative is to go up from Mobile, AL to Jackson, MS and pick up I-20 West. That would put you through East Texas where there are plenty of COE campgrounds not far off the Interstate. Here are a few: Lake o' the Pines, two nice campgrounds on each side of the dam: Buckhorn and Brushy Creek. About 20 miles North of I-20 Bardwell Lake, southeast of Dallas may be a bit too far off your route, about 45 miles but there are 3 COE campgrounds around that Lake. Benbrook Lake is just 12 miles southwest of Fort Worth and less than 10 miles off I-20. Holiday COE Park seems to be the best campground around Benbrook Lake. I am limiting myself to those campgrounds near to I-20. One last comment: I-20 around Dallas/Fort Worth is one of the best bypasses around an urban area. I have rarely had to slow down from posted speed limit. Of course, I may have been lucky. One wreck could create an entirely different situation. Still, I have found the traffic to flow freely on I-20 south of DFW. You will merge with I-10 out in West Texas.
padredw 08/26/22 10:29am Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado Hwy 50 @ Monarch Pass

I consider Monarch Pass a routine drive. I've been over it both ways many times. My present rig is a 34' fifth wheel pulled by a Chevrolet Duramax/Allison 2500. Never a worry on Monarch. The only pass I have bypassed so far is Slumgullion. I feel sure I could do it, but at almost 90 years old I think I will just let that one go. Wolf Creek many times. Both Monarch and Wolf Creek have been improved since my first tow over them.
padredw 07/22/22 12:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Using a Cpap in my AF 27-5

There are several possibilities depending on your circumstances. If you are connected to shore power you just have to find a plug convenient to your bed. In my case I purchased the DC power adapter. I had a 12V "cigarette type" plug installed in the bedroom with direct 12V from the batteries. This allows me to bypass the inverter and save significant energy overnight. I also use this same power source when we are "hooked up" -- no reason not to.
padredw 07/13/22 08:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best route

Starting from Dallas, I would get as quickly as possible to US 287 all the way to Amarillo. I have made that route so many times I almost know every curve and bump! (Though I pick it up at Henrietta not in Dallas). Especially at this time of year I would go through Dalhart to US 87 to Raton, NM where I would pick up I-25 North all the way to WY 59 to Gillette. I prefer this Western route because it is more interesting (and cooler) than to alternative through Oklahoma and Kansas.
padredw 07/04/22 06:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Dude ranch RV parks?

Here are just a few--I could go on. These are in our area of Texas and Arkansas. I only included ones that specifically reference RV camping as part of their identity. Broken Heart Ranch Circle J Guest Ranch Twin Elm Ranch Saddle Valley Ranch & RV Camp
padredw 06/19/22 08:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tonneau Covers

What I do not like about the back flip is the fact that it blocks the rear window when opened all the way Yes it does, but have never had need to drive with it in that position. The hitch works just fine with the cover in the next to last position. The cover snugs down and tows fine in that position; also allows covered storage under that front panel.
padredw 06/09/22 03:36pm Fifth-Wheels
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