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  • Birthday 02/24/1946

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    Kathy and I are both retired from the medical field and now have a summer home in central KY near our son, daughter in law and three grandchildren. We winter in South Texas at Port Aransas. Our interests include hunting, fishing, skeet, and good times with good friends.

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  1. Golf carts are very popular here in Port Aransas, TX. Many owners in our park own one and guests can rent one to use during their stay. The city of Port Aransas regulates usage, a license and proof of insurance is required and use is restricted to streets with 35 mph or less speed. Carts can also be leagally used on the beach which is partly why they are so popular here. Whether or not one would be of value to you will depend a lot on where you are and the local ordinances regulating use. For us here in Port A we find the cart a very nice luxury item but not quite a neccessity, Best Wishes, Jay
  2. we are at Gulf Waters RV Resort in Port Aransas, Tx and our occupancy is high, about the same as the previous nine years we have stayed here. Most of the RV parks in our area have recovered from Hurricane Harvey with the exception of Mustang Island State park and the city park. The condo industry in Port A on the other hand has taken a terrible beating from the hurricane and a very large number of units are still not available for rent. Regarding types of rigs, I can't say I see any noticeable change compared to previous years. Best Wishes, Jay
  3. Be advised Mustang Island State Park is closed due to Hurricane Harvey damage. There are many other RV parks open in the area. Fortunately there is much to see and do in the area in spite of all the hurricane damage. Be sure to call ahead for any RV park reservations as spots will be hard to find in Feb. Many of the condos in the area suffered hurricane damage and are not for rent, therefore demand for RV sites seems to have increased at many of the parks that are open. If you have never seen whooping cranes a trip to Rockport/Fulton would be worthwhile. The birds winter there until March. Come see south Texas and the Gulf Coast, we winter Texans love this place, Best Wishes, Jay
  4. By no means am I saying I am an expert on high end rigs but we have owned a Teton and now a Continental Couch and for us one important hallmark of a high end rig from a new prospective is the ability to build one any way you want it. Our CC started with a blank sheet of paper and DW had it built exactly the way she wanted it. And I got the things I wanted too! Materials, you pick 'em-solid hard woods, granite tops, tile floors etc. Appliances-want residential-you got it. Pick your style lights, finishes, shades, fabrics, etc. In the end its one of a kind and its yours. Not many manufacturers out there now are doing that, New Horizons and Space Craft may be it. As for durability, as Glenn said the Tetons out there are still good rigs and Teton went out of business in 2006. We went to a TCI tally a few years ago and there were 35 Tetons there and several were pushing 20 years old and were still road worthy. Are there rigs out there of high quality from other manufacturers, yes, but your ability to individualize a rig and get nearly unlimited options will vary from one to the next. And getting a frame and running gear of the very best quality will be difficult as mentioned above. Is a custom built rig costing $200K or more worth it, only you can answer that question, Best Wishes, Jay
  5. we have a similar one by Cuisanart and really like it. Actually think it is is more flexible than a conventional grill. Only problem we had was initially getting it seasoned so food didn't stick. Used olive oil liberally at first and it worked well. No flare ups and no cracks for food to fall through are an advantage over standard grills and doing the breakfast bacon, eggs, hash browns and sausage all at the same time is easy! Steaks, dogs, burgers, fish all turn out great too. Glad we got one, Best Wishes, Jay
  6. Agree with Spindrift, the real challenge on I-64 isn't Afton mtn, its Sandstone mtn where you cross the New river. About 4.5 mi of 7% grade on both sides and the bigger challenge maybe getting down safely rather than going up. There are run away truck ramps on both sides and they have signs of use! One white knuckle experience going down Sandstone mtn with a dually convinced me I needed a real truck with a real engine brake, safe travels and best wishes, Jay
  7. Ryno, if you have an easy access location for your valves I don't see much down side to going with the electric valves. We recently had to replace both of our electric valves(along with a lot of other stuff) due to flood damage from the storm surge of hurricane Harvey. It was an easy 15 minute job to replace both valves. Replacing manual valves wouldn't have been significantly easier but probably would have been cheaper. Fortunately our insurance covered all the damage to our rig except for the deductible, Best Wishes, Jay
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    If you don't already have one, get a good road atlas. We recommend the Rand McNally Motor carriers atlas. It shows "designated highways" for motor carriers(tractor-trailers). I figure if a tractor-trailer can get down the road maybe I can too! Know what if any limiting factors there are for your rig and your driving skills. We are 13'-6" tall and 65' long and I hate tight right turns and can't back up or do u-turns worth a darn. Never blindly trust a route from a GPS if at all possible. We always look at the route in advance looking for any potential problems. We once were detoured off our route because of an accident and went miles down a narrow two lane road with no center line or shoulder. It was a nerve racking experience. I once had a GPS give a route on a dirt road through a farmer's pasture! Because we are a 65' big rig we tend to call ahead and ask for a 70' pull through site. Many CGs, especially older ones and in the east can't handle bigger, longer rigs so know what your size requirements are. State and local roads in the west can usually be good roads but back east can be dicey so check them out in advance on at least the atlas. Google maps is also another good resource and we like RV Park reviews to check out CGs in advance, Best Wishes, Jay
  9. Our 2015 Continental Coach has two macerator commodes , one black tank and the Tank Tech i-series tank monitor system. As pointed out by Phil(Big 5er), with macerator commodes one is not able to asses black tank status by "listening" to the tank ( as we did with our previous rigs with conventional rv commodes). A reliable monitor system is necessary. To date our macerator commodes and tank monitor have been accurate and reliable, Best Wishes, Jay
  10. With our Teton the biggest problems were damage to the wooden structure from undetected water leaks. Fixing our rig was not something a mobile RV repair service could handle on site. We did have Texas Custom Coach in Pipe Creek TX work on our Teton a couple of times. They found our water leaks and stopped them and did repairs. We were very satisfied with their service. If our Continental Coach needs in shop work we would go back to Texas Custom Coach. We were very disappointed that Forks and the Stutzman family ceased operations, they were a top notch and honorable business, Best Wishes, Jay
  11. Gulf Waters RV resort, Pioneer RV and the new Port A RV park are all back open now in Port Aransas. We had substantial damage to many businesses in town but important ones such as WhataBurger, Dairy Queen and the IGA are back open. The ferry is running and the public marina is open. Fish are biting and ducks are arriving, live is still good. We didn't get hurt quite as bad as our friends in Rockport/Fulton. What we can't get/do here in Port A we can go to Corpus Christi. Come visit, the beach is beautiful, Best Wishes, Jay
  12. Red Raider, welcome to the forums. As you probably know south Texas was hammered hard by hurricane Harvey and many RV parks were severely damaged or destroyed. If you expect to come here in January you need to be booking a spot now. Some parks are back up and running and they are filling up fast. Kayak fishing has been fairly good down here right now with some nice trout and redfish being caught. As the waters cool off the fishing will slow down some but people will fish all winter down here. Look for parks along or near the Laguna Madra or Intercoastal waterway from the Corpus Christi area over to Galveston. From Rockport to Houston was the region of heaviest damage so spots may be hard to find in those areas. Check out Texascoastalbendfishing.com for some tips on kayak fishing in the area, Best Wishes, Jay
  13. We are winter Texans, have spent six months the last nine years in south Texas. Many nice places along the Gulf from The Rio Grande Valley all the way to Galveston. We are in Port Aransas, plenty of fishing all year long, been catching speckled trout, red and black drum and sheepshead right now, Best Wishes, Jay
  14. Ryno, can't say with any degree of authority which is truly best, but we have had the Valterra electric valves in our rig for three trouble free years, Best Wishes, Jay
  15. Mark, I understand your point and am not trying to disparage it. Simply wanted to point out that in most RV brake systems there is an electrical component, and there is no redundancy as you point out so a single failure totally disables the system. In our 30 years of RVing we have had far more issues with the electrical component of our various rigs than the hydraulic. My point that I was trying to make is that a system with two failure points would seem to have a higher chance of a failure than a system with one. Since going to BluDot with our current rig we have eliminated the electrical component issues with our braking system. Yes, you are right, we still have the risk of a single point failure of the hydraulic system, but over the years the hydraulic brakes have seemed to be more dependable than electric. No claims of expertise here, just some personal observations, Best Wishes, Jay
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