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RE: Can an RV even get East of the Hudson?

There is no reason to go through any part of New Jersey to get to the New England States. Though when I went that way, I stopped for a few nights at a New Jersey military RV park (April 2015) just so I could add another state to my sticker. The same with Connecticut, though we volunteered with the COE in Thomaston CT for 6 months that summer. Camping ain't cheap in New England, but it was a bucket list thing for me, and the wife's brother lived near Hartford, CT. We still plan to go back and spend a lot of money traveling around. Yesterday we crossed the state line from Texas to New Mexico. Flashing sign said face masks are required everywhere in NM. Haven't seen anyone wearing one yet, but we haven't been to any place with more than a few people yet. From what I see and hear, folks are traveling. Just be ready to wear your masks.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/29/20 02:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dish TV Pay-As-You-Go RV Plan

Dish CS reps know nothing about the RV plans. The RV market is such a tiny part of their business, most CS reps will never have an RV call in their entire career. I always and ONLY use Chat to talk to Dish. There it is easier to explain what I need. In general I try to avoid conversations with CS reps anywhere, but for Dish, I found it essential. Now, we are full-timers, so it is something we depend upon all the time. Dish has updated the mobile app for my cell phone so I can see where the satellites are, and make sure I have a clear view of them when I try to setup the dish. I can change my location so that I get the local channels for that area - important for weather. I might also add, if you have any television service at home, check into possible options. AT&T has mobile plans for satellite users if people use Direct-TV at their home, or use any wired/ fiber AT&T television service. But AT&T refuses to sell Direct-TV to people with no fixed base for their primary receiver setup. Dish is the only option for people like us who have no physical home base.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/25/20 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dish TV Pay-As-You-Go RV Plan

It depends upon the antenna and the box you have. Basically - Dish uses three satellites in the west, two in the east. If the antenna has one LNB, with is the case with almost all dome type dishes - it can only 'see' one satellite at a time. Two different TVs can watch different channels from Dish, IF they are on the same satellite. If they are on different satellites, no can do. If you have a three LNB antenna - it can 'see' all three western satellites at the same time, and different channels on different satellites can be viewed at the same time. Box - you pay per box for your service. If you have two TVs, and the cheaper boxes, you need one box for each TV. Or you can buy a more expensive box with two tuners so that it can display two different channels on different TVs at the same time. The Sling/ Hopper boxes seem to be the best, but we have an older single channel box. (Note - you need a two tuner box to be able to record one channel on DVR and watch a different channel at the same time. Wife wants me to buy one.) One other point about Dish. In Nov 2018, HBO and it's associated channels were removed from Dish. This was about 10 months after HBO was acquired by AT&T. Another company which AT&T owns is Direct TV. Make up your own mind as to why the two companies - Dish and HBO/AT&T/DirectTV were unable to conclude a new agreement in 2018.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/25/20 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Snow Birds ??

We will be in south Florida. It will be interesting because the park we stay at near Pompano Beach is about 90% French Canadian winter residents and some full-time residents. Heck, the staff speaks French better than English. But it is very close (8 miles) to my wife's son, and that's THE priority as far as she is concerned. I'm a good husband. I do what I'm told.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/24/20 01:02pm Snowbirds
RE: Air Conditioning how many do not use it.

When I was a teenager, we would camp (we didn't have a tent yet, we kids slept in lawn chairs) on a lake in central Arkansas almost every weekend all summer. It was great, but we were sweating before breakfast and while sleeping. Today with children and grandchildren near Dallas, we spend a lot of time (too much IMHO) in that area. Some years as many as 100 days with temps over 90 degrees. Not only do I use the AC a lot, but a 30 amp trailer is simply not capable of being comfortable in those conditions. We are serious when we say that summer does not start in June, it starts in the first two weeks of April - and does not end until a week before Halloween. The summer (2017) we spent in Washington and Oregon camping for four months at several campgrounds within a half-mile of the ocean was wonderful. Hope to do it again. Didn't see 90 until we got close to Spokane in the last week of August on our way back to Texas.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/23/20 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Closing campgrounds and no where to go

A lot of staying in one place near Dallas. Heading out on our first long trip of the year Saturday, at least a month later than normal. Already I've had three reservations at NM state parks cancelled, but alternatives were found. Just cost a bit more to stay in typical RV parking lots than at a nice state park.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/23/20 05:54am Full-time RVing
Albuquerque to Heron Lake SP

We have a reservation for Heron Lake in late August. Trip planners are giving us two routes to take. I-25 to US-84. I've driven all of those miles in the past. Seemed to be a good road. Alternative route given is US-550 to NM-96 to NM-112 to US-84. Since we are headed toward Texas via 84/285 to I-40 to after that, 550-96-112 would be a different route up than back. Looks to be a fair 2 lane road. Though of course it is in the middle of nowhere.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/22/20 08:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Need a route from McAlester, OK to Joplin, MO

We drive 75/69 from the Texas border to I-44 in May 2018, and it was significantly better than it was in 2012 when we made the trip. However, if you took the southbound route a few weeks/ months ago and though it too rought, I can only recommend the Indian Nation Turnpike north from McAlester. And US-75/62 north from Henryetta. It is not great but better than US-69. To me the worst stretch of US-69 from I-40 to McAlester. North of that isn't too bad. But that's my opinion.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/22/20 08:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Do useless gifts bug you like they bug me?

We managed to convince ours that gift cards, preferably restaurants, are the only gifts we want. We appreciate the thought, but a simple card is nice. I'd rather have a phone call on days like Father's Day. But being full-time, if they buy us something, it means we need to throw something similar away.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/21/20 07:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Hey 160 from Cortez CO to Hwy 89 Flagstaff?

cell service? Mostly very limited to none. It is getting better. The Navajo Nation is working to provide 4G coverage for the entire nation, but I don't know how far the plan has progressed.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/21/20 07:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Brrr! Only 100 degrees.

We will be there for 2 weeks in the later part of July. Not my favorite, but the only time that works for visiting a granddaughter we haven't seen for almost 3 years who lives with her mother.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/19/20 11:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Opening of National Parks, Forests & State Parks

Got a phone call last evening (June 18) from Oasis State Park near Clovis, NM. My reservation for 6/25-27 is being cancelled due to park campground closure being extended through July 4. Got a longer automated voice mail from New Mexico State Parks that all reservations are being cancelled for camping in their parks from now through July 4. I will be refunded my camping reservation costs - less the non-refundable $12 per reservation fee (what NM pays RA and themselves for processing the reservation). We have reservations for Oasis SP 6/25-27, Sumner Lake SP 6/28-30, Manzano Mountain SP 7/1-2. Looking now for alternate commercial campgrounds with open space. Will probably buzz through NM quickly in a couple days rather than take 8 days and enjoy the sights.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/19/20 11:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: NM 6 I40 to Belen

My measurement is that Hwy 6 is 23 miles shorter than I-40/I-25. What's your fuel mileage? And cost per mile? Cost vs time is up to you.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/15/20 07:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Favorite place to camp to avoid the heat in middle USA

As we folks in Texas reply when people ask what are Texan's favorite camping places in the summer --- COLORADO Get above 5,000 ft elevation, preferably above 6,000 ft and an area which supports trees. That will not stop hot days from happening, but what you want is places that get cool at night. Earlier this week near Dallas, the LOW was 81. It was 91 at midnight, 81 about 5:30 as the sun rose and 90 by 9:30 am. I can't hardly take those kinds of temps any longer when the days never get cool.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/13/20 10:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nascar Follies

Ryan Blaney cannot get a break.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/10/20 08:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Reservations for WRONG dates...

Got an e-mail this morning saying "How was your visit to our state park?" Problem is the reservation was for a week over July 4th weekend. No, it wasn't. I had made the reservation for JUNE 2nd - 8th. My bad...
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/10/20 11:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: US 69/75 in OK and TX

Going through Oklahoma so that you hit US-281 as soon as you can in Texas is a good option if headed for the Hill Country. Though it is poor in OK, US-69 across northeast Texas is an excellent road, and a good way to miss Dallas on the east side. Either cut back to IH-45 @ Tyler on TX-31, or at Jacksonville on US-79. Personally, most of the time I'll take US-75/ IH-45 straight through Dallas. But I spent close to 30 years in the DFW area and know the road and lanes to be in early.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/07/20 07:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Reservations for WRONG dates...

I've done it more than once. My fault totally. I've never had a campground get it wrong. I do most bookings on line, and keep a copy of the reservation. More than once I've looked straight at a reservation and seen what I expected to see, not what it actually said. Now, don't let me get started on my wife and doctor's appointments!!!!!
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/06/20 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserveamerica

True, but some companies where slow, even now not able, to implement the technology. Doubt RA was one. My daughter is in customer support. All her phone support was Internet - not using or tying up her home telephone line at all. But she is lucky. She has fiber-optic cable to her home for internet. My brother in rural Arkansas still uses dial-up 56K modem for internet.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/06/20 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Why are people not opening new campgrounds/RV parks?

We are seeing several new 'RV' parks opened each year across north and central Texas - but these are full-time resident parks. Mostly for working people who have moved to a 5er for full-time living instead of an apartment or mobile home. Not traveling. Seeing almost no new locations for the traveling RVer.
PawPaw_n_Gram 06/04/20 07:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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