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  1. Any Advice on best 4x4 RV for off-road Boondocking?

    Ground clearance and grey tank capacity would be your main concern. Any RV can travel down a good gravel road. With our 40' motorhome we traveled many miles on forest service land and BLM lands. You certainly won't be doing any big rock hopping. You can scout out the road by using a satellite map view. If you're still not sure and you are towing a car, disconnect the car and do a trial run before bringing the RV. Fresh water you can always haul in extra jugs. The black tank seems to last longer than the grey tank. There are ways to cut down on your grey water with short showers (turning the water on and off) and not doing dishes every day. Wipe them off with a used paper towel/napkin and there won't be any smells. When doing dishes you can dump the dishwater down the toilet for extra space. Turn your water pump off when flushing the toilet and use the dishwater instead. You can grill outdoors and use paper plates to save on dirty dishes. We didn't dump grey water at our campsite. Boondocking can easily be done. With our tank capacity we could last 10-14 days. By that time we were ready to move on anyway so we'd leave, find a dump station, load with fresh water again and move on. We loved it!
  2. I agree that hopefully folks will take their garbage to a proper place for disposal instead of just laying it lay. There's a town dump for that purpose in town run by the city. When we stayed with a large group in the 14-day area the guys would make a trash run whenever the facility was open. They'd gather a couple trucks and everyone would load them up. I don't recall the facility hours but times were limited. Please do the right thing and don't destroy the desert with trash.
  3. Big Bend

    In 16 years of full-timing we always drank the water from our holding tanks and filled it at many types of places. We did use filters though - one on incoming water and one at the kitchen sink. As far as the national park's water - like all national parks; it's tested regularly. The same would be true of state parks. They wouldn't take a chance on masses of people getting sick. Private parks? I don't know.
  4. Back Up Drive

    I just took a computer class and it was mentioned not to put sensitive information on the Cloud. How safe is the Cloud? It seems anyone can break into anything nowadays.
  5. Look for a Jeep Liberty. It's a very comfortable car in the back seat and plenty of room for cargo. We bought ours in 2004 and sold it 3 yr. ago with over 175,000 miles. . . just routine maintenance done on it. It gave us a lot of fun in the backcountry! Not sure when the last model was... thinking around 2012.
  6. I just read a post on another forum that Trump stated he will not shut down national parks. On Edit: I just found this: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/19/578985305/open-or-closed-heres-what-happens-in-a-partial-government-shutdown
  7. MN and MI travel

    You didn't say if you were leaving Minnesota to come into Michigan from the south or north but I'd recommend north via Hwy 2. As soon as you enter the Upper Peninsula stop at a visitor center for the 'waterfall map'. There are some pretty ones on the western side of the UP and most are easy to get to. Here are some suggestions driving west to east in the Upper Peninsula: Porcupine Mountain State Park, Keweenaw Peninsula - (Copper Harbor & Fort Wilkins Historic State Park) Munising and tour Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore (photos best on sunset cruise), Taquamenon Falls State Park to tour the Great Lakes shipwreck Museum, Sault Ste Marie to watch the big ships come through. Then south on I-75 to the Mackinaw Bridge - can take the ferry to Mackinac Island (yes, it's spelled both ways - Mackinaw and Mackinac) from both sides of the bridge (St. Ignace is the quiet side). Once you cross the bridge head down Hwy 31 along the lakeshore. You'll find fun small towns to explore in a beautiful setting. Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City and over to Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore. Try to get a site at the Platte River campground at Sleeping Bear. It's an awesome spot. Canoe the Platte River from the campground area (rentals) down to Lake Michigan for a relaxing, safe trip. Day trips from there: Leland and take the ferry to South Manitou Island for a day trip. (We volunteered at Platte River campground and gave the lighthouse tours on South Manitou so they hold a special place for us.) Drive all around the Leelanau Peninsula. Interlochenn State Park hosts a world known music camp all summer. Take in a performance by the World Youth Symphony - awesome! From there you could travel all the way down either coast - west along Lake Michigan (more crowded and popular) or on the quieter east side on Lake Huron. Mid-state - Hartwick Pines State Park is interesting because of the logging museum. The farther south you get the more people you'll encounter. Have a great trip and make reservations ASAP. Michigan is a very popular state in summer!
  8. Texas Border Check Points?

    The last post date I have is September 2016. No big deal. Carry on.......
  9. Texas Border Check Points?

    Just to toss this out... this post was started 1 year and 4 m. previously - 2016 (not 4m).
  10. Summer RV 3 week Trip from San Antonio need help

    Unfortunately there are no good campsites close to Carlsbad Caverns. Guadalupe Nat'l Park would be the closest at 36 miles. It would be fine for a day trip to Carlsbad and we've done it... but not in summer. It has no electric. Carlsbad KOA and Brantley Lake State Park are the best choices and they're both around 38 miles away. We've stayed at Brantley and Guadalupe because we like natural surroundings and spent a few days. We hike to the top of Guadalupe .:)... needed a day of rest afterward! White's City RV at Carlsbad entrance gets awful reviews and is expensive to boot. If you just stay there and spend the rest of the time at the Caverns I guess it would be tolerable just for sleeping. At least you'd have electric. According to the reviews just don't plan to use the bathrooms. http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/new-mexico/carlsbad Another suggestion for a stop but it might be too close to your home - Caverns of Sonora on I-10. We were impressed with the caverns as they were up close and intimate. They also have a campground. Balmorhea State Park is very nice. Does your child swim? I don't recall but the water might be too deep for just putzing around. It's spring water so cold but in summer it might feel good. As Trailertraveler stated, Oliver Lee is a very nice state park in New Mexico.
  11. New to this "Realm"

    I guess it can be done - you're young. However, three children in 0 deg and probably wind in South Dakota is going to be a challenge. One thing is that you will be constantly be moving bedding around since the children will probably be sleeping on the sofa and perhaps at the converted dinette (if the child is small). A toy hauler and using the 'hauler' area for a bedroom would be ideal but I really don't think they are insulated well unless you can add lots of insulation on the inside walls/floor. Personally, I'd look for a place near the schools to purchase (mobile home) and forget about a small trailer for the time being. Your fuel bill is going to be extremely expensive for an RV and you can almost count on having pipe/water/sewage issues during the winter. Good luck with your plans!
  12. Summer RV 3 week Trip from San Antonio need help

    Since you're traveling in the summer with a 7-yr-old, I'd gear the trip for her and going 'cool' places. I'd personally skip Marfa (you can do that for a weekend trip anytime since you're already in Texas - work in Davis Mtn. State Park) I'd also skip Guadalupe unless you want to stay there for touring Carlsbad. It's really a hiking park and will be hot in summer. For Carlsbad Caverns we've stayed at Brantley Lake State Park. Then head to White Sands Nat'l Monument. At the Visitor Center you can rent 'sleds' for sledding the sands. This will also be hot so plan on going early morning. The rangers also put on some evening programs and if you're there during a full moon they'll do a full moon walk. From White Sands you could go to Ruidoso and take in the Smokey Bear Historic Park and even attend a horse race in town, if scheduled. Santa Fe - there's a nice national forest campground in the cool mountains just east of the city toward the ski area. We've stayed at nearby Cochiti Lake Corp of Engineer campground which has hookups and walked through nearby Kasha-Katuwe Nat'l Monument with very unique formations that a child could use imagine on! We then drove the car into Santa Fe and picked up the city bus for getting around town. Cochiti Lake office can give you good information for doing this. The bus is a cheap, fast, easy way to get around the city. The Farmer's Market makes a nice visit. You can get a Visitor day pass for the local gym with a fun indoor pool. Santa Fe Skies is a nice RV park if that's what you'd prefer. You will be close to Bandelier Nat'l Monument with nice Indian ruins to explore and they have a pleasant campground - no hookups. If going to Taos you could stay at Orilla BLM Rec Area nearby. Taos itself is basically expensive shopping and the Pueblo Ruins but taking the circular all-day drive is pleasant over to Eagle Nest and Red River areas. It's nice a cool up there!
  13. I just read one of our favorite blogs and after years of full-timing and extensive boondocking they are going to Europe for a couple years. They have a very well-kept motorhome for sale with many upgrades and lots of equipment for sale. The towed vehicle is also for sale. I believe it's a Honda CRV. I have no connection and don't know the price they're asking but I'm sure it's in excellent condition. Today's blog gives their email address for details. https://wheelingit.us/2018/01/06/our-big-big-big-2018-plans-yes-everything-is-going-to-change/
  14. Traveling with health conditions

    We've known a couple folks who were full-timing and on dialysis. They kept traveling and seemed to have no problem getting treatment. Best of luck to you!
  15. What future for our national parks?

    The Senior Pass is a very small part of your finances if you're traveling. Cut our a few meals out or other luxuries and you'll have the money for the Pass - well worthwhile! The same goes for fuel. You can lower the costs by staying in one spot longer. Or cut your campground stays and learn to boondock. There are trade-off to RVing. Have fun planning.
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