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RE: El Paso Wally docking

Another good place for overnighting in the El Paso area is at Cattlemans Steakhouse outside of Fabens (I-10 Exit 49), North about 5 miles on TX 793. The restaurant is located on the Indian Cliffs Ranch (a working ranch) and you can dry camp for free in the upper parking lot. We have camped there numerous times over the past 20 years, last time in 2015. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant (which sits on a bluff) in the evening and watch the lights come on in El Paso, 25 miles away. Road up to the restaurant from TX 793 is a bit steep but we have seen all sizes of RVs in the parking lot over the years. 1st time we stayed there we were driving a 39' DP with a toad. Best steaks anywhere at reasonable prices. See for more info and menu.
DouglasC 01/09/20 01:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Any experience towing a Ford CMax Hybrid?

I have towed several of the Ford Motor Co. hybrids including a 2008 Mercury Mariner, a 2012 Ford Fusion, a 2014 Lincoln MKZ and currently tow a 2019 Ford Fusion Energi. All tow great! I also know a couple who tow a Ford C-Max. They are also very happy with the car in general and the way it tows as well. Go for it!
DouglasC 12/28/19 03:20pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains

The campgrounds within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are nice but like campgrounds in most all the National Parks, have no hookups. There are numerous commercial RV parks in the area, mostly in Townsend, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville - - and a few in Gatlinburg close to the park. Generally the closer you are to the park the more expensive the RV parks are. There are numerous hiking trails and waterfalls to visit within GSMNP, as well as Newfound Gap at the TN/NC state line and Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the U.S. east of the Mississippi. One of your 1st stops should be at the Sugarlands Visitor Center just inside the park, a couple of miles from Gatlinburg. There you can pick up a free newspaper ("Smokies Guide") that has a map of the park and much information about the park including information on Ranger led hikes. Lots of attractions for the kids, mostly in Pigeon Forge and scores of great restaurants in the area to eat at.
DouglasC 12/15/19 01:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2nd to Wrangler what are the best toad options?

Ford Fusion hybrids have always been towable (in production since the 2009 model year) as well as the newer Fusion Energi (plug-in) models. I previously towed a 2012 Fusion hybrid and now tow a 2019 Fusion Energi model. The current Energi model is the easiest to set up for towing yet - - no fuses to pull, etc. Any time the transmission is placed in neutral, a message pops up: "to engage Neutral Tow, press L" When you press L, a message "Neutral Tow engaged" pops up. The transmission is now locked in N and you're good to go. All these Ford hybrid vehicles (including Lincoln MKZ models) tow well and are comfortable and fuel efficient vehicles to drive as toads.
DouglasC 12/14/19 06:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: diesel class c

Everyone seems to like the fuel economy and perhaps quietness (depends on what models one is comparing) of a diesel but what about the initial cost? Every diesel based Class C (eg. Winnebago View or Fuse) is $30 to $40 thousand more than a comparable Ford E350/E450 based motorhome. You can certainly buy a lot of gas for that price difference. Not everyone wants to pay over $100,000 for a motorhome. That's why Ford still sells many thousands of the E350/E450 cutaway chassis to the RV industry each year.
DouglasC 10/23/19 07:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mail Forwarding services

In your case, since you are looking at this as a temporary 1 year thing, you can contract for mail service from any of the companies in any state and remain a resident of MI. What you need is a Michigan address you can use during that year such as a friends or relatives. Your mailing address would be at whatever service you choose and you will change your mailing address only to that new address. When asked for a residence /resident address, you will list the address of your friend/relative. Resident/Residence - MI Address Mailing Address - Address assigned by whatever mail service you hire. Excellent advice. If you have a relative or good friend who will let you use their address as a "residential address" in Michigan, what you use for a mailing address can be anywhere. When we 1st started full timing years ago we used our daughter's address in Grand Rapids for our residential address (on our driver's licenses and vehicle registrations) while using the Escapees mail forwarding service in Livingston, TX for our mailing address. All our mail went to Livingston except for license renewals.
DouglasC 09/21/19 02:25pm Full-time RVing
RE: ?? Mail on the road ??

Escapees RV Club operates the largest mail forwarding service in the world. Check them out at
DouglasC 08/26/19 05:38pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Cedar Point and Michigan

Wayne County Fairgrounds near Detroit is a good spot for camping while taking in "The Henry Ford" (Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour), a not to miss attraction in the Detroit area.
DouglasC 07/28/19 01:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: $$$ to maintain and repair?

Our 13 yr old Jayco Greyhawk has 75,000 miles on it and I have kept track of all repair costs. It has cost me about $1,000 per year and that includes a new refrigerator, roof A/C and new tires in the past 18 months. I only do minor work on the rig myself (change out batteries, tighten screws, add fluids, replace air cleaner, etc.) so the $13,000 spent so far includes oil changes & pretty much everything else. This is our 7th motorhome in 33 years of RVing and we've kept it MUCH longer than any of the others. As has been mentioned, buying a new rig does add peace of mind and newer tech stuff but doesn't guarantee no problems. We had major transmission and differential problems with this rig at only 17,000 miles (all fixed under warranty thankfully)! It's been a much more dependable rig since then with regular maintenance. We plan to keep it going for a few more years. Much less expensive than buying a new rig.
DouglasC 06/10/19 04:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: East Tennessee

A new section of the Foothills Parkway between Townsend and Wears Valley was opened last November (it been under construction for years). Great views of the Smokies. Also, as has been mentioned, Townsend is close to the Cades Cove area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - - and must see if you are in the area (there is a GSMNP visitor center in Townsend on US 321 that will have lots of information about the Park).
DouglasC 06/02/19 04:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which Mail Service do you use?

Personally have had ZERO issue with USPS Forwarding. X2 We have used USPS mail forwarding several times in the past few years and have never had a problem. The whole process of setting up the forwarding can be done on-line in minutes with only a small fee charged.
DouglasC 05/28/19 09:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Four Down or Car Dolly

Been towing 4 down for 25 years now! Started out in 1993 with a tow dolly - - hated it! The extra work of setting it up (attaching the car) and the problem of where to store it at a campground was a real pain. When the tow dolly got stolen from my back yard I had a base plate installed on my car. (my RVing friends accused me of paying someone to steal it - - they knew I hated it!) Have installed base plates on 8 cars in 25 years & on my 3rd tow bar - - still worth it IMHO. Would NEVER go back to a dolly.
DouglasC 04/13/19 04:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing Lincoln

We have a 2014 MKZ Hybrid that is towable 4 down, but, it is too low to be towed with safety. Even if it had better clearance, the places we like to visit require quite a bit more clearance than the MKZ can give. We have a Grand Vatara and CRV for towing. Apparently "wildmanbaker" does a lot of off road towing so considers his MKZ "to low to tow". We also have a 2014 Lincoln MKZ hybrid and have towed it over 10,000 miles without any issues except a dead battery a couple of times. Have learned to monitor it more closely now and haven't had that problem in a couple of years. The MKZ tows great and it's sure nice to have to use for sightseeing when we're camped - - economical and comfortable!
DouglasC 03/18/19 04:02am Dinghy Towing
RE: Question on Membership CG

Good advice so far. Memberships in Coast to Coast, Thousand Trails, etc. only make sense if you use them. Passport America is cheap and you can recover your cost in 2 or 3 nights of camping. We have been RVing for 32 years and full timed for 11. At one point we had all the memberships - - eventually dropped most of them as we no longer felt they were a benefit to us financially. We still have Thousand Trails, PA and Escapees. Overall, the memberships saved us a lot of money over the years - - but you have to use them - - and you may find yourself planning your travels around where the membership campgrounds are - - which may be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view.
DouglasC 03/06/19 08:55am Full-time RVing
RE: Question about being temporarily "homeless"

A mail forwarding service (like Escapees) provides you with a legal address. We have used Escapees Mail forwarding service for 13 years and had a house in southern AL which we sold last year. USPS had no problem forwarding mail from our old AL address to our Escapees mail forwarding address in TX.
DouglasC 02/25/19 08:25am Full-time RVing
RE: Older Motorhome

Owning an older motorhome, like our 2006 Jayco Greyhawk, means more money spent on maintenance. As someone else mentioned, after 10 years the costs do start to climb. In the past couple of years we have replaced all the hoses and belts on the engine as well as installed new tires (the 3rd set, 2nd replacement). In the past year we have replaced the roof A/C and the refrigerator. All in all, we've spent just shy of $5,000 on the motorhome in the past 18 months. There will be additional costs over the next few years but we don't expect to spend nearly as much as we have in the recent past. And of course, this money spent is small in comparison to the cost of a new motorhome!
DouglasC 02/15/19 09:24am Class C Motorhomes
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