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Big Oak River Camp, Camp Wood, TX refused to return deposit

About thirty of us had a March 2020 group trip planned to Big Oak River Camp, in Camp Wood, Texas...we were forced to cancel because of the coronoavirus outbreak...owner refused to return deposit despite the unexpected and unforeseeable need to cancel in light of group-gathering prohibitions and government guidance re. travel
trailernovice 03/18/20 03:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
better to adjust wd hitch for heavy load? or for unloaded TV

Replacing w/d hitch...plan to assemble/set it up this weekend...here's the issue We have a small motorcycle that fits in the truck bed...sometimes we take it with us on camping trips/sometimes we don't...weighs about 250.. the question: with this new hitch, would it be better to set up the rig with the bike loaded on the truck, such that the hitch would sit higher when we travel without it? or would it be better to set up the rig withOUT the bike loaded, such that the hitch would sit lower when we travel with the bike in the truck bed? Also, I'm well within hitch weight so not looking for 'check capacity' advice... Thanks in advance
trailernovice 01/09/20 08:02pm Towing
RE: Illinois state park alcohol rules

The park we'll be at is Illinois Beach State Park
trailernovice 01/05/20 07:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Illinois state park alcohol rules

Reserved into an Illinois state park for our summer trip. I see on the 'rules' page no alcohol allowed in campground, either consuming or possessing. Texas state parks policy bars consumption or display of alcohol in any 'public area', which is defined as anything outside of a camper's tent or trailer. Does the Illinois policy mean what it seems to mean? that drinking is barred even within the confines of our own travel trailer? Thanks
trailernovice 01/05/20 07:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Can installing weight distribution hitch be a DIY project?

As mentioned in another post, my w/d hitch and one of the tension bars is shot I see an exact replacement online for a lot less than a dealer would charge Is installing the hitch as a DIY project possible? I could pattern the settings from the unit I have now and then fine-tune it Thx
trailernovice 12/31/19 01:53am Towing
RE: Texas Beach Camping

These are all parks that MAY/SHOULD be able to accommodate you, with water being a short walk across One more.. south of Houston, there's Matagorda Bay Nature Park.. not directly on beach Another... Sea Wind county park
trailernovice 12/31/19 01:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas Beach Camping

Some of these may be closed/restricted from hurricane damage...we've used them all Goose Island state park.. beachside and interior sites Mustang Island state park..almost on beach. . Two rows Padre Balli county park..On Padre Island, south end of Corpus Christi...basically a parking lot, separated from the beach by a sand dune South Padre Island...KOA, and two county rv parks..one very large and popular (Isla Blanca)
trailernovice 12/31/19 01:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any info re why Rio Grande Valley RV show cancelled?

That was 2019.. we went..2020 cancelled...curious why
trailernovice 12/30/19 07:25pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
Any info re why Rio Grande Valley RV show cancelled?

Annual (second week of January) Rio Grande Valley RV show cancelled.. curious as to why.. anyone know specifics behind the decision? Thx
trailernovice 12/30/19 09:46am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Better/safer to have only one w/d bar? Or none?

As indicated in thread-starting post, two bars is not an option until home..Socket clip snapped.. its one bar only, or nothing.. trying to figure out which better
trailernovice 12/30/19 08:43am Towing
RE: Better/safer to have only one w/d bar? Or none?

The question wasn't whether having w/d preferred.. the question is, under circumstances where the only option for my 325-mile return leg is a single w/d bar or none, which way should I go? For those concerned.. with or without w/d, am WAY under capacity.. tt right at 5000 lbs, with hitch weight under 500
trailernovice 12/30/19 08:23am Towing
Better/safer to have only one w/d bar? Or none?

One socket clip on my Reese round bar broke while on the road..it won't hold the bar now.. Getting a repair or replacement can't happen until after our return leg later this week Our trip home about 325 miles Left side bar and socket fine Here's the question.. for our return trip, am I ok/better to run with a single w/d bar? In other words, is one better than none? Or does having a w/d bar on only one side create an unsafe imbalance situation or something, such that it's better/safer to run with no w/d at all? Thx
trailernovice 12/29/19 06:51am Towing
Tension bar won't stay in place

Reese round bar...As I was pulling out from last camping trip, campground neighbor stopped me to let me know a tension bar had slipped from the hole on the hitch.. I put it back in and tapped the spring-loaded clip...when I got to destination and unhooked, the bar popped out as soon as tension was released. Ideas? do the bars themselves wear out such that the groove is no longer able to hold the clip tightly? If so, can just the bar be replaced? Do the spring clips wear out? Is there something I should be doing that I've overlooked, or something I should be doing differently? This hitch system has been used on nearly a hundred trips, with many trips involving unhooking and re-hitching multiple times
trailernovice 09/24/19 10:59am Towing
OEM brake controller, where have you been all my life?

New truck has my first oem brake controller.. previous trucks had aftermarket units.. this thing is great.. easy to get adjusted, smooth, effective.. with no lurching and grabbing
trailernovice 08/22/19 08:02pm Towing
RE: Carrying a scooter (motorbike, not mobility scooter) ?

We actually DO take a scooter with us..honda pcx 150.. it fits neatly in the truck bed, with tailgate up..have a three-piece, 9-foot ramp..I just ride it in and strap it down Concur with others that putting it on or at the back of the trailer could adversely affect tongue-weight percentage
trailernovice 07/29/19 10:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Different size bumper caps.

As far as a workaround for end caps.. i lost so many i started using velcro strips, cris-crossed, over the end of the bumper.. another solution would be a piece if cloth or plastic or whatever, held in place by a tight rubber band
trailernovice 07/29/19 10:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Different size bumper caps.

As far as a workaround for end caps.. i lost so many i started using velcro strips, cris-crossed, over the end of the bumper.. another solution would be a piece if cloth or plastic or whatever, held in place by a tight rubber band
trailernovice 07/29/19 10:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Different size bumper caps.

What i came up with.. it's not the weight of a bumper-mounted bike rack with two bikes that is the problem...it's the action as the rack bounces down the road with the weight of the bikes on the end what is essentially a lever .. to prevent the leveraged 'jiggling' tha5 can lead to the bumper snapping off, i just run a ratcheting nylon strap from the top of the rack to a point on the frame, underneath the trailer and make it tight .. four trailers / mucho towing over the past ten years, and never even the slightest crack in the welds
trailernovice 07/29/19 10:31pm General RVing Issues
Anything to know using OEM brake controller v. aftermarket?

New truck.. for the first time, using an OEM integrated brake controller .. until now, all tv's had aftermarket controllers Anything I should know/watch out for with this one? Going on the road with tt on for the first time next week New truck is 2019 Ram 1500 5.7 hemi.. for whatever reason, can't update profile
trailernovice 07/27/19 08:11am Towing
We always unhook, even on an overnight stop

Several years ago, dw sustained an injury while camping that required an ambulance/hospital...I had left the rig hooked up, as our stay was only an overnight.. unhooking the tv from the trailer meant her ambulance was 15 minutes ahead of me.. Lesson learned: always unhook upon arrival.. reasons...1) i could see a situation where we would need to roll immediately (can always come back for the tt later..2) if it were ME that was sick or injured, dw would probably not be able to remember how to and/or be physically capable of unhooking to get me to help--dealing with the weight distribution system can be confusing at first, and requires a bit of strength
trailernovice 07/15/19 10:49pm General RVing Issues
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