A True Outpost – Terlingua

Starlight Theater
Starlight Theater
Gift Shop and Hotel
Gift Shop and Hotel

In the last post I mentioned two towns that we frequented during our stay near Big Bend National Park.  One was Terlingua and the other Lajitas.  Maverick RV Ranch, where we stayed is in Lajitas and Terlingua is about 17 miles north on the road back to civilization.  I say this because these two towns are truly in the middle of nowhere, just like the national park.  Terlingua’s history is as a quicksilver (mercury) mining town, but that has long passed and it is now a final stop on the way to Big Bend.  Terlingua also sponsors an international chili cook off which is held the first Saturday in November and has brought it additional notoriety.  It has a small grocery store, gas station, several RV parks, a couple of restaurants and a ghost town.  Liz and I found the ghost town to be an interesting stop and well Continue reading A True Outpost – Terlingua

Winter 2016 Trip Highlights

We just returned from our 9 week winter adventure that started in the middle of December with our trip to Ft. Meyers, FL and ended with our return home on February 18th. We had a great time, met new people and saw new places while traveling about 4500 miles. This is a great time to travel as fuel prices are really low in the South, at least Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. I bought diesel at Flying J/Pilot because I have their discount charge card and paid $1.88 a gallon. However, as some regular stations diesel was $1.67 and regular unleaded was $1.36. We met old friends in RV Parks in Duson, LA on our outbound trip and at Lake Conroe, TX on the return trip. Most of our early trip experiences are chronicled in previous posts, so this one will focus more on the return trip.

We enjoyed our month long stay at Bentsen Palms in Mission, TX. The local Mexican American population was friendly and they welcomed “Winter Texans”. The food was fabulous and I think that I can say now that I have had real Mexican food. I do have to say that the jalapeno peppers are hotter in Continue reading Winter 2016 Trip Highlights

Oasis Issues Resolved!!

Main Controller Unit
Main Controller Unit

If you have been following along you will remember that we have been having problems with the Oasis system on the Ventana.  Oasis is the brand name for the hydronic heating and hot water system on the all electric coach.  It not only provides hot water but also baseboard heat as a furnace once it gets too cold for the heat pumps to function efficiently.  It is a great idea and for most folks, I understand it to be fairly trouble free.  Well, not for us.

Since we took delivery of the rig in October, I felt that something with the system was not working properly.  When I used the furnace, it seemed like the fans ran a long time and would blow cold air on occasion.  I mentioned it to the techs at Newmar, but when they tried it it worked fine.  Well, the almost continuous fan running and occasional blowing of cold air continued so I took it to the dealer in Jacksonville.  They kept it for a few days and couldn’t find a problem.  They told me that I was too impatient and that I needed to give the fans time to cycle off once the heat turned off.  I told them I disagreed, but they just looked at me as if I had two heads.  During this time we always had hot water for the shower, dishwasher, etc.

We then left on our trip to Ft. Meyers before Christmas and since the weather was warm we never tried the Oasis furnace.  Once we got to Texas and had Continue reading Oasis Issues Resolved!!

Time to Move On

Entrance Sign
Entrance Sign

I started this post a week ago and just never had a chance to finish it so I’m getting it out today as I have a few more posts that I would like to get up soon.  I will leave it as I wrote it last week.

It’s hard to believe that we have been here in Mission, TX for almost a month already.  We have enjoyed our stay, but we are leaving on Monday February 1st and heading to Lajitas, TX via Eagle Pass, TX.  Lajitas is about 650 miles northwest of here on the Rio Grande and next to Big Bend National Park.  The RV Park we are staying at is a golf and spa resort although we will probably not take advantage of those amenities.  There are very few RV parks to choose from in the Big Bend area and of the other two choices, one was full and the other got mixed reviews so we decided to stay at the resort.  It will be Continue reading Time to Move On