Wichita Falls has a low-cost, short-stay RV park run by the city. Electricity and water hookups, and dump station. Location is north side of the city, on west side of the freeway, where I-44 ends. Follow the signs to the Texas welcome center.
There is a commercial RV park on the Seymour highway, you get off the freeway onto 5th street and go west, I think it is less than a mile. N side of the road, between highway and Wichita River.
I've stayed at both places, recommend the city operated park for overnights, the commercial park is often full of long term residents and transient work crews, overnight spaces are not often available. Some sites are full hookup, and there are some large pull throughs.
There was a third location advertising as RV park last time I was there, turned out to be a mobile home park in the housing area between the air base and I-44. They are looking for longer term residents that happen to have RVs rather than mobile homes.
All of these places are RV parks, not campgrounds. None of them allow camping. If you want a campground, you will find two campgrounds at Lake Arrowhead State Park, just south of Wichita Falls on US-281. The campgrounds permit camping, and also accommodate RVs. RV sites have water and electricity, dump station in the park. Be aware, Texas has per-person daily admission fees in their state parks, on top of campsite and RV site rental fees.
If you are going to be there a while, you will likely be living in a RV park or trailer park, which will have a valid residential address, rather than a campgroud, which might not.
There will likely be a change of address required when you move to a house. In most states, this is caught at license renewal time.
I've used braided dacron (that's a plastic) to restring. It was either 80# or 40# test that had the same thickness as the original string. Was sold either as catfish line or offshore saltwater line, one was black, the other beige, used whichever was beige.
I would be wary of monofilament or any of the fused braided "super" lines because the smaller diameter and slipperiness will require you to put more tension on the strings to get the friction you need, and the line will wear through the grommets just that much faster.
You can get the proper line through several sources, there are people selling kits on the WWW. I chose to go with a braided fishing line with hopes of better wear properties for the line itself.
Maintenance might be one of your lowest costs. The biggest costs for my MH have been depreciation (I started the second year) and cost of money (loss of investment income in my case, but could be interest on a loan). Over ten years, these have averaged out to about $3000 a year, based on a $60,000 into the MH initially, scale to another price.
These, and items like insurance ($1000 a year), storage ($400 a year for me, but I know people payong over $2000 a year) and maintenance of and repairs to the house stuff (has been about $300-400 a year for me, with covered outdoor storage, can be much more in a harsher environment) will be more or less fixed, no matter how many miles you drive, how many nights you sleep in it.
Chassis maintenence costs will be more measured per mile, rather than per year, so it depends on how much you drive. For my C, and an A gasser will be similar except that tires will be a little more expensive, I'm seeing about 40 cents a mile fuel costs ($9000 for 36,000 miles) but that is going up. Oill changes, transmission fluid changes, a set of tires, brake maintenance, has added up to about $1800 over 36,000 miles, or 5 cents a mile.
There are many ways to non-destructively compromise most locks, particularly those with shackles. Most cases it is not necessary to mess with a key. Locksmiths know this, and it gets taught in spy school, and probably in prisons. I would not be surprised to find instructions on the Internet.
But I am not going to give intructions here. All I'll say is that the weaknesses are to serve convience of the lock owner. If you can close a lock without using the key, someone can likely open it without using a key.
I think it depends on whether you are looking to build a camper, along the lines of the Westfalia and other conversions of the VW vans, with just sleeping space and removable camping gear, or a small motorhome, like most of the B conversions today.
It also depends on whether you have dual use intentions, and what those are. Because I have camping, rather than living in it, intentions, and want five passenger capability converting back to at least eight pasengers, and wiil pull a small TT if I really want to have a house with me, I'm starting with a 18-foot passenger van, won't be taking out much more than seats, and what goes in will all be removable. E-350 this time, because I prefer the passenger arrangements.
If I were wanting to build a small house on wheels, my starting point would be a 20-21 foot (or longer) cargo van, because to get the most space for what goes inside, a passenger van would be stripped to the bare metal walls, and there is a lot of stuff to come out. I would probably look for one with windows in the side and rear doors, so as to have more flexible wall space for installation of RV windows and/or the collection of vents and RV appliances and utilities that mount through the wall. This consideration would likely put me in an Express rather than E-series, as the Express has more contiguous wall space ahead of the rear axle, and less internal wall structure to get in the way. In addition to the bracing I'd have to work around, the Ford has me working with a double-wall construction every place I want to cut.
I think this is why we see more motorhome conversions on extended Express 2500 and 3500, and more camper or dual-use conversions on E-series, but the commercial ones more often start with partially windowed cargo vans than with passenger vans, because all the seating will be custom rather than OEM and they will be doing cabinet work where the passenger van has trim.
It depends on what you mean by short.
2004-2006, maybe longer, but I was shopping those years, Fleetwood had a 27-foot model (26Y) in their entry level Fiesta/Terra lines that had a bed open on three sides, but the bathroom was all one room. It was short because it did not have a living area, just a dinette in the kitchen space.
If "short" covers 30-32 feet, in the same era you will find FourWinds Hurricane, Coachmen Mirada, and Damon Daybreak models in that length range (model names with numbers like 29 and 30) that have the walk around bed, kitchen separate from living area, sofa and dinette, with maybe one lounge chair, and a walk through bathroom that puts shower on one side of aisle, sink and stool in a small room opposite, and a door to close off the whole area from the foward part of the coach.
At this length you'll probably find the arrangement in other models, but I know only what I looked at and was shopping entry level to fit a 30 foot parking space. You'll find the same plan in a C at 29-32 feet, model numbers 28 to 31. It is typically the largest size C in rental fleets, and the most popular with families, so there are always a lot of them on the used RV market. The A gasser in this size is less easy to find, unless you go back about 20 years to when smaller motorhome were preferred by more buyers.
Happy with the MS2 on my E-350, same size and load range as the C uses. Had LTX M/S on the C as OEM, was not happy enough with them to buy six new ones, replaced with XPS instead. My C runs heavy, usually near weight limit for rear axle.
Family trips we've done, either my family of four, or the family of 6-10 (it grew over 18 year span) I grew up in.
Mount Rushmore-Glacier-Yellowstone (from SE Michigan, three weeks).
Loop of Michigan L.P. lakeshore (Huron and Michigan) parks and communities (one week from SE Michigan).
Michigan U.P.: Mackinac Island, the falls at Newberry, Sault Ste Marie and Superior shore to Wisconsin, returning through Wisconsin, done from SE Michigan and from NE Oklahoma.
Historic communities and settlements of Iowa and southern Wisconsin (sort of a "Little House" and Amana tour, leading to Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells.
San Antonio, stays of one to two weeks, visiting Hill Country towns.
Grand Canyon and west-central Arizona attractions like Sedona and Jerome, with some time in Phoenix, then Carlsbad Caverns on the way back.
National Parks and monuments of Colorado Plateau: Arches, Canyonlands, Colorado NM, mesa Verde, Bryce, Zion, Escalante, and Monument Valley (you kind of have to at least go through it).
Monticello, Richmond, Williamsburg and Jamestown.
Most of these places lack theme parks, if that's what you are looking for (we are the generation before Disney, Dollywood and Legoland). But many of the historical places are re-enactment settings, which my girls and grandkids found interesting starting at about age 8-10.
Otherwise, most of it is visiting historical places, seeing special scenery or geology, and outdoor activities. Some of it was just about the camping, when we were camping and not just RV traveling.
Nothing new, what you've always gotten by default is the name put on the page by the person who named the page. You just found a lazy web page maker, who didn't expect that page to be bookmarked. I catch a lot of pages with names like '1', '2', '3', etc once I get inside a site.
Usually your browser lets you put your own name on any bookmark you save, when you save it. I know that Safari and Firefox do this. Internet Explorer used to have a "manage favorites" tool where change any part of the favorite (bookmark is what Netscape and descendents called them, with more limited scope). But I haven't been using Internet Explorer for at least ten years, so don't know how that tool evolved.
Start with #4 and work backwards. What is the software in your TV that does a slide show? The program producing the show needs to be compatible with that.
I don't know what that product is, because I don't have a TV that does slide shows. I suspect those that do, don't all do it the same way. I've encountered the capability in DVD and BluRay players, and they don't handle slide shows the same way. It is mostly a matter of cycling through a batch of image files, but there is no consistency in how they handle directory structures and use naming conventions, nor what image file formats and variations are OK.
If a TV that does slide shows does it the same way, then all you need to make a slide show might be your file manager, e.g. Windows Explorer, and an understanding of just what the TV wants.
I've put together slide shows with Powerpoint (and predecessors), as video files with MovieMaker, and in Elements and Lightroom. But these all need a computer to play them back. I've assembled video slide shows into DVD-video packaging, but this still needs a DVD player for playback, my TV can't do it alone.
Dealer either has insurance or faces bankruptcy. Bankruptcy has been widespread among RV dealerships in the U.S. for the past ten years, market issues as well as natural disasters.
Longer term question, what will the receiver do with those units? Most often, sell as salvage, to buyers who might try to turn them around retail.
Have you talked to Scott's? They had a couple Rockwood hardsides when I was shopping in 2012, actually had an A-Liner traded in on one the day I visited. There is also a dealer in either Joplin or Springfield that carries inventory on Flagstaff hardsides.
This is a bad time to try to find anything, as 2015 production has started, and dealers who did well with Fall sales or early Spring clearances get caught with low inventory.
Lately C-A has been having custom models made by what used to be the FourWinds company in the Thor group, now part of Thor Motorcoach. But they've worked with other suppliers in the past, so the current relationship may not be exclusive.
Often special rental models will have similar floorplans to a retail model, but will differ in detail. Sometimes the rental models will be exclusive to a particular customer, especially for C--A, and there will be no retail equivalent.
When you find the ex-rental for sale, it will usually be identified as to manufacturer, e.g. FourWinds Majestic for ex-C-A built by FourWinds, Coachmen Pathfinder or Roadmaster for ex-rental built by Coachmen. Winnebago rental models are usually identified by brand when you rent, and many rental companies buy the Chalet rental model rather than a retail model, but those also get used for rental when an early turnover is part of the business plan.
The first time we visited, some 50 years ago, it was just before Labor Day and it was t-shirt weather. We had come down from 100+ temperatures in the Missoula-Superior area. Day we left Yellowstone, stopped overnight in Cody to horrific thunderstorms. Yellowstone had gotten half a foot of snow, and our family in Superior were snowed in for a couple of days, foot to a foot and a half. Then it got warm again.
So I would say September weather in Yellowstone is "changable" as need be your plans. It is really difficult to predict the first and last of winter storms in high country, as the first storm is often well before winter setting in, and the last can be well into what looked like Spring.
Traveling without reservations, I take what I can get, along with the risk that it will sometimes be nothing, and I'll have to move on down the road for the night. Works that way with or without the RV. Have spent some nights sleeping in a car in a parking ramp, and napping at rest stops so I could move on.
Plans get cancelled, changed, adjusted. Not too long ago, got trapped in Europe by a volcano. Ten years ago, had much of my May Day holiday in China cancelled, modified, as hotels, transportation systems, and attractions were shut down to help control the spread of the virus that got called SARS in the West. Last summer had to drive another hour down the road because everything in the town where I had planned to stay was filled by the people who had come for cattle auction.
You've been there, as you say, and if those risks are no longer acceptable, then you change your travel lifestyle to make plans to stay at, and visit, only those places where accommodations can be assured. Been there too, when my wife was sick and dying, and yet wanted to travel. I've learned that life changes, what I can do changes, as I get older, so I adjust to what can do, rather than what I used to do. That would be the strategy.
What is an "old age pass"?
Is the Golden Age the same thing? Wife got one of those years ago.
This one replaces the Golden Age, which was a NPS pass, with a broader pass for all Federal recreational properties outside DoD ( but CoE still honors it). When you try to use the Golden Age pass at a facility issuing the new one, they should offer to replace it with the new one, gratis.