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RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

Some of us go regularly to Chanute for service. Daryl has always been willing to help over the phone with things I can do--or have to do in an emergency. I'm posting this just to say: let's give them as much of our service business as possible. That will enable them to stay in business. I can usually schedule a visit to Chanute as part of a trip I'm planning.
padredw 02/25/21 09:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

Old biscuit is entirely correct about the NuWa manual. I have the same year and model HitchHiker as he. The manual I have is largely composed of manufacturers' manuals of individual components such as refrigerator, oven, television, furnace; I could go on. There is only some very basic information about the trailer as a whole. This is not to say that the information contained in the "manual" is not important, it is and I have made use of it over the years I have owned this trailer, but it is to recognize its limitations. IN specific response to the original question of this post, one thing you will not find among these documents is a "wiring diagram". It does not exist and never existed. There is an active Forum for NuWa owners and there are many members who are willing to help new owners. http://nuwaowners.org/forum/ Edit to add: Where are you in Texas? Send me a private message. I may be able to help.
padredw 02/23/21 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Durango, Colorado or Shiprock, New Mexico.????

Heading south out of Pagosa Springs toward New Mexico on 84 means you'd miss Wolf Creek Pass I don't mind Wolf Creek Pass as I have towed over it several times. BUT . . . the drive on 84 from Pagosa Springs in a beautiful drive, and it is the one I would choose.
padredw 02/04/21 08:17am Roads and Routes
RE: Texas/SE NM during Spring Break - just getting our trailer

You mentioned Central Texas. There is no better time to visit, especially around Fredericksburg than April. We prefer the KOA at Fredericksburg. Inks Lake State Park is ideal but may be difficult to get a reservation even now. I often try for a couple of weekday nights then supplement with something like the KOA. There are also some nice choices around Kerrville. You might enjoy a visit to our part of the state--Northeast Texas. Springtime is also a beautiful time to visit here. There is Tyler State Park, Daingerfield SP, Bob Sandlin SP, and Atlanta SP. Again, it might be difficult to get into Tyler SP, but my comment above also applies here--try a couple of weekday nights. It would be worth it. There are two COE lakes which have excellent campgrounds: Lake 'O The Pines with Buckhorn Campground and Brushy Creek Campground. There is also Wright Patman Lake with my favorite, Spring Creek Campground. Atlanta SP, mentioned above, is on Wright Patman.
padredw 01/31/21 09:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: vallecito res. colorado

Has anyone stayed at any of the national forest sites on vallecito res. Are they doable for a class A Hi neighbor, I have reservations in June, 2021 for the "Vallecito Campground" which is a national forest campground. I have never stayed there in an RV, but did so when we were backpacking. I think there may be a few sites that could accommodate your rig but you would have to be very selective. You also would need to reserve for a site in that campground. I do not know about any of the other NF campgrounds in the region. I have stayed in the Blue Spruce commercial campground which is just around the corner from the Vallecito Campground. They usually stay pretty full during the Summer and a reservation would be essential to stay there. Both the Vallecito NF campground and the Blue Spruce RV Park are at the end of the trail (highway) and beginning of the trail (hiking into the Wemenuche Wilderness trailhead). Here is a valuable YouTube video of the Vallecito NF Campground: Vallecito NF Campground We spent 7 happy years in Henderson while I was pastor of the Methodist Church there.
padredw 01/31/21 07:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Springs big rig RV park?

For sure, if you can get into Cheyenne Mountain State Park that is not only the best in Colorado Springs, it is one of the best anywhere. But IT IS HARD TO GET A RESERVATION! And you have to have a reservation. I stayed there twice last Summer and was lucky enough to get a reservation in July, 2021. Now, the KOA at Fountain is far better an any of the campgrounds in Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs--in my opinion. Most of the campgrounds in town are packed in. At least the campsites at KOA are reasonably spaced. I stayed in the KOA last September until my sites at Cheyenne Mountain opened up. This was because the September snowstorm ran us out of Rocky Mountain National Park. So here is a clear recommendation: Cheyenne Mountain if you can get a reservation, otherwise KOA at Fountain. EDIT to say: forgot to add, I did not notice road noise at all at the KOA.
padredw 01/30/21 03:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fredericksburg Tx

I agree completely with IDman. The KOA in Fredericksburg is our first choice--in the back of the park down in the trees. He said it first; he said it right; I just agree.
padredw 01/16/21 05:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: August cammping

I am already finding it much more difficult to find sites to reserve in Colorado in July--September. We used to travel there without concern about finding a campground with open sites; now we have to be fast on the draw when the six-month window opens up for state parks and national forest parks. As for Texas in August, I'm with Paw Paw. The best place to camp in Texas in August is in Colorado!
padredw 01/04/21 07:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Western Washington to Nashville

What do you think about taking I-20? Thinking maybe we could visit White Sands NP again (weather should be fine) and then head East on I-20 through Dallas (or possibly drop down to I-10 and visit family in San Antonio, Houston). Since you asked about I-20 I will comment about that portion of your contemplated route. From Dallas to Nashville is about 665 miles. One good thing: from west to east I-20 is an easy route south around Dallas/Fort Worth on the south. I have towed my fifth-wheel on this route several times and have never had to slow down. April is a beautiful time in East Texas as the wildflowers are blooming and the temperature/humidity hasn't reached Summer's awful highs. There is a super fine state park at Tyler just off I-20, but the park is popular and would require advance registration. The direct route to Nashville from Dallas is to take I-30 to Little Rock and I-40 on to Memphis and Nashville. (the interchange from I-20 to I-30 would be on the east side and still avoid much of the city traffic.) You have mentioned the alternative to drop south. If so, you would stay on I-10 and not take I-20. In April this would take you to the Texas Hill Country and such towns as Kerrville and Fredericksburg as well as to San Antonio. It would be a great time for a visit to Fredericksburg, a quaint town with German heritage. The bluebonnets would likely be near their peak. To really enjoy this area would require staying over for a day or two at least. You may take an entirely different route, I am commenting only on the portion of I-30, I-30, and I-10 within Texas. I know these routes well as I live just 20 miles north of I-20 not far from the Louisiana state line. Let me know if I can help.
padredw 01/04/21 07:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Rving coming to an end

Sorry to hear about Diana's illness. Have always appreciated your posts on this forum. Will pray for you both.
padredw 11/03/20 02:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A Month in Brownsville TX, Jan 2021??

You may want to consider the entire Lower Rio Grande Valley--all the way from Brownsville up to McAllen and Mission. Many good RV resorts along this entire route. From Alamo to Mission there are so many parks that you can choose your activity every day of the week by visiting neighboring RV resorts.
padredw 10/28/20 10:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fire in Grand County CO - 10.31.20 update

Thanks, Thom. We are following these fires with great concern and sorrow. We camped at Glacier Basin campground in September and had to leave early because of the September snowfall. Now we are thankful for this snowfall and hope that it will be enough to at least help the firefighters. Please continue to keep us posted.
padredw 10/26/20 09:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Albuquerque to Tallahassee

Would Hwy 190 E over to I-12 a good road to miss the construction? Yes, that is what I meant in an earlier post as an alternate: Turn at Opelousas onto 190 rather than going on to Lafayette. I often choose to go that way.
padredw 10/26/20 09:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Albuquerque to Tallahassee

49 is OK never been on 98 in AL US 98 is fine until the very outskirts of Mobile. I have found several ways to get around some of the congestion (which is not that bad compared with many other metro areas). One key is to get on I-65 South and take it around to intersect with I-10 E. 49 to 98 in Mississippi is a route we often take to Florida.
padredw 10/25/20 08:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Albuquerque to Tallahassee

In Texas if after Wichita Falls you pick up US82 to Sherman then US69 down to I-20 you can avoid the Fort Worth Dallas metro area. These are both good roads. This has been my recommended route for some time, but I have lately found a good alternative: stay on US 82 to Texarkana then take I-49. You can either stay on I-49 to Lafayette (or Opelousas) OR take I-20 East from Shreveport. The point is I agree with prichardson to take 82 after Wichita Falls (actually at Henrietta) and avoid the DFW area.
padredw 10/25/20 08:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado - Wyoming - Montana - Idaho

I have been told that mid-July thru August is the best time due to weather for 7 weeks in those states. Do you agree? If you are coming from East Texas as we are, this would be an ideal time to get away from our heat and humidity. I would not limit my travel to the Rocky Mountains to these dates, but I expect they may ideal for this whole range of states. We just got back from Colorado (early September) and, if anything, felt that was a bit early.
padredw 10/14/20 08:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Later and Later Check-in times

All this in good will. Threads have a way of their own. But since I created this thread and have found that my concerns are pretty widely shared I have some hope we can address those concerns helpfully. I will quote below a message I sent to Campendium and TheDyrt. Maybe others will join me in making this a constructive crusade to persuade COE (and maybe some others) to rethink these extremely late check-in times. 6:00 pm is near dark and night time. I am accustomed to check-out around 11:00 am and check-in around noon or 1:00 pm. Anyway here is my message: Thank you for a very useful website and a virtual community. In planning for an RV trip up into Arkansas next week, I ran into, what is for me, a problem. Two of the COE campgrounds had a check-in time of 6:00 PM (and a check-out time of 4:00 PM). I have been traveling all across the United States in fifth-wheel trailers for over 20 years. This late check-in time seems completely unreasonable to me and out of line with my experience over most of those years. So why do I write Campendium? 1. I would like to know when and why COE management began these very late check-in times. Such a virtual community that you represent might be more likely to get a straight answer than I could get as a single citizen. 2. I would like to see if there is anything we can do to reverse this change in COE policy. Again, such a virtual camping community that you represent may be able to have more influence than I ever could as a single respondent. 3. On the other hand, I do want to do what I can so maybe you can tell me the most effective office or person with whom to communicate in the Army Corps of Engineers to express my concerns.
padredw 10/10/20 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Later and Later Check-in times

Are the check-out times later too? Yes, on these parks I'm dealing with. Check out still about an hour (some 2 hours) before check-in time. We booked a spot at Rend Lake this past summer in Southern IL. Arrived at Noon on SUNDAY -- thinking the weekenders would be gone by then. Check out time was 4pm We had a similar experience at Rend Lake. In fact, this was one of the first times I noticed such a late check-in time. That was more than a year ago but now two of the COE campgrounds where we are planning to stay in Arkansas (Old Cowhide and Denby Point) have check-in at 6:00 pm with check out times of 4:00 pm. Other than this we often prefer COE parks, but 6:00 pm is beyond reasonable to me. Wonder how this trend got started???
padredw 10/09/20 02:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Later and Later Check-in times

I have just noticed as I plan for a trip that the COE parks (and some others) are having a later check-in time: many at 4:00 pm and one, at least, with 6:00 pm. These are all in Arkansas, but I think it applies more broadly than that. That certainly does not fit my usual pattern of moving around noon. Have you noticed this, and what can we do about it? I know that what suits some may not suit others, so I know this is a personal opinion.
padredw 10/09/20 09:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: US 84 New Mexico

My map shows 84 between I 40 and I 25 and extends beyond both. Yes, indeed. US 84 N turns off from I-40 just west of Santa Rosa, NM and joins I-25 just south of Las Vegas, NM. So it definitely connects I-40 in the south to I-25 in the north. US 285 also connects I-40 and I-25 further west--from Clines Corner to near Santa Fe. Either one will work depending on where you are going.
padredw 09/28/20 07:30am Roads and Routes
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