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RE: Could the weather get any more miserable?

Some years the Indy 500 weather is a mess. It's weather. If you want to get someone to make changes - go to a chapel and talk to the man upstairs.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/30/21 11:31am Around the Campfire
RE: boondocking near the border

Amistad isn't too remote. Close to Del Rio and the very large/ strong US Border Patrol station at Comstock. An area heavily patrolled by CBP. However, a public forum is not the place to get a decent answer. Call the Val Verde County Sheriff's department. Also call the National Park Service Visitor Center (830)775-7491 and get them to put you in touch with the Law Enforcement division. They can give you the straight answer.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/30/21 11:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Disaster-AAA

NONE of the towing services own a single wrecker. They hire contractors, and often the contractor works with several tow services. Mostly they are independent or small businesses. Where and when are big factors. I-95 on a holiday weekend, it will be a long wait because the actual tow trucks are busy, and as mentioned, they get to the higher paying jobs as a priority. If you breakdown on I-10 in far west Texas, it is going to be a long time. I've seen a truck that had to drive over 150 miles one way to get to a service call. But how the towing service deals with that on the phone is a factor. We've been happy with Good Sam Platinum the five or six times we've used them over the past 10+ years. VERY IMPORTANT Sign up for the HIGHEST level of service they have. It does make a difference.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/30/21 11:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Nascar Follies

Same kind of mess in Daytona road course this year. Rain tires work for moderate levels of rain. The flood that hit Austin (and later farther north near Dallas) was something that road racers would have stopped earlier. Also, road racers understand the potential danger of high speed at zero visibility, something the NASCAR guys seem to now understand.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/26/21 06:14am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

If you thought it was stupid to have the cars skidding all over the place in the rain near Austin,..... I-20 in Weatherford has more wrecks, including some to match Martin Truex's hit, in the rain today. I LOVE Texas weather. The purebread Texans deserve it, and those like me who moved here deserve to suffer.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/24/21 02:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Driving people to boondock by calling themselves a "Resort"

"Resort" = a newer likely parking lot RV park laid out for pull-thru spots mainly. Has a clubhouse or such, a nice pool, and a high price. It is not a campground. One in central Texas for only five year old or newer diesel Class A rigs stays full. They have the site utilities setup for the rig to pull head in - for the sunset views. Brick fire pits, charcoal grill built in, covered picnic table, etc. Biggest complaint they get is people complaining that they don't know how to back their mega-expensive rig out of the parking spot at the end of their stay. But they are almost always full.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/24/21 02:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Map that river

There are places in WY where it doesn’t leave WY. A few years ago I visited Great Basin National Park - worth the effort though a bit out of the way. One of the things I learned was the size of the areas in the US that do not drain to oceans. Several areas, and some in strange places. Great Basin Map This does not mean everything drains into the Great Salt Lake or the Salton Sea - just that region has dozens, maybe hundreds of small basins that do not drain to the ocean.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/23/21 05:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is there an online listing for Army Corp of Engineers parks?

US Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Facilities The individual park information is from each individual local Project office (What the COE calls a lake/ waterway/ etc.) The validity/ currency of the information comes for that level, and in part depends upon the priority providing more than a basic list is given by each local head (a civilian employee). The COE Districts are headed by a US Army officer, and maybe a few more depending of several things. The priority the District officer puts on this information is also a factor in how current the information is. All this feeds into the Recreation.gov site. One thing you will learn quickly is that there are quite a few non-reservable campgrounds, usually dry CG with no amenities over a pit toilet, maybe even not water, around many COE lakes. You can also see that many former COE CG have been contracted out to other agencies, or even commercial vendors. i.e. Near Mobridge in northern South Dakota on Lake Oahe (Missouri River) the former Indian Memorial CG on a former island in the river is now called "The Bay" and is operated by the Standing Rock Souix Tribe in association with a casino they have nearby. The former Indian Creek CG is now operated as two separate CG by the South Dakota State Parks.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/23/21 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Map that river

Great find!!!
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/21/21 10:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement

I was "invited to retire" less than a month after my 56th birthday. I was lucky, the rest of my IT section and much of the IT department was simply laid off. Those in Dallas were in a lot of trouble because EDS laid off over 20,000 IT workers less than a month later. Did some odd jobs, and had to use the 401k to keep the newish house we bought a couple years before. Finally the market changed enough for us to sell the house and we moved into a TT full time. I was 62 and took Social Security to have enough income to live upon. Alone with my USN pension and my wife's SS. No regrets. Yes, I would have more money if I kept working, and a higher SS check. ================= SS is not in danger of running out of money during our lifetime. There is a very slight possibility that after 2035, SS may need to pay reduced benefits, currently estimated at 79% of promised benefits to new retirees. The SS Trust Funds has about THREE trillion invested in the safest possible US government securities. The trust fund ran a surplus of a couple billion in 2020 and is expected to run another surplus in 2021. But the math is that the number of people retiring will increase, and the number of people paying into SS will decrease to the point that the fund will start to run a negative balance soon. Even so, it will be 10 to 15 years with negative growth. =================== Social Security has money invested in interest bearing bonds equal to about 12% of the total money invested in the New York Stock Exchange. Social Security investments are large enough to totally own the Dow Jones top 30 companies. By law, Social Security is invested exclusively in US Government first pay bonds. Which means, Social Security gets paid before Savings Bonds, before T-bills, before other bonds purchased by other investors. Social Security owns more US government debt than ANY country. When the budget is/ was created, investments is US Government Bonds were treated as 'free' money by Congress. It could be paid back then the bonds are due by future bond purchases. Well the problem is the SS income from payroll contributions is now less than the amount being redeemed each year. So they money cannot be rolled over into new bonds at current rates. Some of the bonds have to be sold and used to pay benefits. So far the economy has helped to keep the interest paid on bonds high enough so SS has not needed to actually lower the trust fund reserves, but the number is very close now.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/21/21 10:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Interstate highway conditions

Not only do the different states control the money and how it is spent for road repairs, but in many, maybe most states, the actual contracts are issued by county or regional level highway groups. In Texas we don't see it much on interstates, but on state and US highways the change when you cross a county line can be obvious. We do have a state wide highway agency, but they cannot enforce minimum standards for contracts. Since highway money is a source of power by local political figures, the system will not change much, no matter how much money is put into the highway system. Maybe I'm getting cynical in my old age, but until we change the system with term limits, and the people taking back power at the local level, the higher national system will never change.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/21/21 10:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Adding travel time to Google maps

50ish mph average, not matter what the mapping software or GPS says. Over 7 years full-timing, 46 states, that's about right.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/16/21 06:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Waco Tx to Tyler Tx

Is early April recent enough? Fine excellent road for towing or a MH. Once you get past the construction zone in Waco/ Bellmead - Take Loop 340 to miss that.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 05:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Electricty and RFI ib body

Non-properly shield RFI can be damaging to a person's health and cause a lot of problems. Back in the mid-80's, some of the Chief's in the technical unit I was with in Japan (MOTU-7) worked on an RFI measurement, mitigation project. They found amazing things like improperly shielded and grounded lifelines on ships setting up resonance fields which made the starboard bridge wing unusable on one ship. An improperly tuned and grounded SPS-40 radar could trip circuit breakers on other ships, and other effects. It would not surprise me that an RV, or even a home, could amplify RFI signals and focus them some place. Does your wife hear the noised in only one place, or a couple worse than others?
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 02:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: DENTIST IN PROGRESSO

I used Dr. Xavier Aguirre - DR X - 1-866-529-8963 I would recommend him for full dentures, partials, implants and such. Excellent work, and his own lab in his office. Did a great job with 23 extractions and full plates, including setting implants in the bottom jaw. I waited a few months after the implant bases were put in to allow the bone to grow back around them and anchor them. The final fitting of the lower plate by his lab people was tedious. He came to check after a couple visits back, and sent the plate back for a completely new rebuild. Been perfect since. However, he does have large hands and fingers. If you have a physically small mouth, he might be uncomfortable. My wife used Dr. Zacharias. She has much better teeth than I do, only needing a yearly cleaning, one once needed an inlay. We had time, because that clinic which is a family practice, father, son, wife, does not have an in-house lab. One thing which I've found different in Mexico than in the US. Assistants do a lot of the setup and cleanup work, with the dentist doing the actual procedures. Dr. X has several students working with him, and several very experienced people who have been with him for years.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 02:15pm Snowbirds
RE: Thoughts of Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks SP

We camped at Goosenecks Oct 27-28, 2016. There was a gate shack, and the fee was $10 per night. Loved it. With a 40' long TT, I was unwilling to try to get to one of the dry spots on Valley of the Gods Road. Next trip I want to see if I can get to a site on Comb Wash near UT-95. Was Sand Island full?
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/15/21 02:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DENTIST IN PROGRESSO

We always walk. Lines for cars are often longer than lines for people walking, especially going into Mexico.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/12/21 04:33pm Snowbirds
RE: Traveling around Lake Michigan

In 2018 we mostly went around Lake Michigan. From near Chicago to Plymouth, WI to Sturgeon Bay, WI to Escanaba, MI to USFS Au Train, MI near Lake Superior, to USFS Bay View near Sault Ste Marie, to USFS Brevoort near Mackinac Island down into the mid Michigan lower peninsula. We love the trip. Crossing the bridge with my 40ft trailer was no big deal.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/05/21 07:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Transferring fresh water when dry camping

I use a bladder. My solution also.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/02/21 01:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: El Paso, TX

Personally I'd rather avoid the I-10 from El Paso to Fort Stockton drive. So we usually cross that part of the country on US-70 from Las Cruces and Roswell into Texas. But we do at times like last September. Now, I cheat. Being retired Navy, I stopped at the Fort Bliss RV Park. And left I-10 at Van Horn for the much friendlier drive on US-90. In El Paso, the TX Franklin Mountains SP is not someplace you want to try to take an RV, and while Hueco Tanks SP east of El Paso is interesting, probably not a good base to explore El Paso. One the NM side of town, I'd recommend Las Cruces. There is a park that looks decent about halfway between Las Cruces and El Paso but along that stretch of I-10 are a bunch of dairies. If the wind and weather is not exactly right - the smell and the irritating things in the air will clean out your sinuses, and maybe take the paint off your rig. I like NM state parks. Wish they had not forced me to pay a bit over a hundred in cancellation fees last summer and fall when the state parks were closed, and then only opened to NM state residents. They cancelled 12 reservations, and while the camping fees were refunded, the reservation fees were not. NM reopened state parks to out-of-state visitors on Feb 27 for camping. Alamogordo is too far to commute back and forth in my opinion, with Las Cruces as an alternative.
PawPaw_n_Gram 05/02/21 01:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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