Hello to all. Well we are back from a two week holiday excursion from Colorado to New Orleans, LA and back! We traveled well over 1,500 miles each way. Our lovely A/S is a dream to tow and to live in while traveling– we just love her. I wanted to share with you a few of the RV parks that we stayed in and to get your feedback on a few problems we experienced.
The first night we traveled from Loveland, Co to Colby, Kansas. It was our intent to stay in Oakley Kansas, but did not leave as early as we hoped. The RV Park in Colby was not the best. By the way all of the KOAs in Kansas were closed for the winter. On our return trip we stayed at the High Plains RV Park in Oakley, KS, which was very nice. Cost - $20.00 with Good Sam discount. The shower and restroom facilities were excellent and they also had a very nice store and laundry. We arrived there in 20 degree weather, which only got worse. We woke up to 11 degrees, one inch of snow on the ground and snow flakes in the air. We thought later what a wonderful picture that would have made, but I guess we were too cold and worried at the time. We were not sure that we were going to make it home. We waited around until late morning, spoke with some very friendly truckers and decided that we would give it a try. The roads to Loveland thru Denver were clear. Thank goodness! The furnace worked great – good thing! We were snug in our bed like bugs in a rug. One thing I can say about Kansas is that they have a lot of wonderful rest areas and plenty of RV parks.
The night before our coldest night and snow fall we stayed in Gainesville, TX at their Outlet Mall. We had no idea about this place, but were lucky enough to have a Woodall’s book with us since it took us a heck of a lot longer time than expected to travel thru Dallas. What a nightmare – heavy traffic, road construction and breakdowns – plus it was a Friday. I don’t like driving thru Dallas one bit – just no convenient way to go around.
This Outlet Mall has 25 full hookup sites on the mall lot and cost $17.00 a night. The weather was balmy, in the 70s. We had no idea what we were heading into. As we traveled from Gainesville, TX thru Oklahoma into Kansas we watched the temperature fall from the 70s to below freezing. We had to stop and winterize the A/S at a Wall Mart parking lot in McPherson, Kansas before moving on. One poor guy came up to us and wanted to chat about the A/S, which we did for a few minutes, but it was so cold and the wind was blowing so hard that we jsut had to cut our conversation short. Texas has very few rest areas (at least the areas that we have traveled thru heading to LA.)
On our trip south we stayed at the KOA in Ardmore, OK, which is just north of the Dallas area. The owner was very friendly and the facility was great. We would stay there again. Cost-$18.00 a night.
We stayed four nights at a placed called Minosa Landing in Columbia, MS. This place was wonderful - heavily treed right on the Pearl River. The facilities were terrific. They have a four star rating on their restrooms and showers; a full kitchen, laundry and pavilion - cost $18.00 a night. We were out one day visiting family and came back to the site to see that another A/S had arrived! We also stayed two nights in Purvis, MS at a brother’s house on his 200 acre farm, which was just beautiful! Cost-free he he.
No RV parks to report on, because we stayed at a family member’s house with make shift hookups that worked out just fine. We ate boiled crabs, crawfish and shrimp until we popped– WOW what a wonderful few days.
We saw two A/S in Harahan, Louisiana near where we were staying – one new and one poor oldie that needed attention and love. We pasted two A/S on the road.
Problems to report:
We did have three problems that I would like to share and hopefully receive feedback on.
(1) While driving thru one of the heaviest rain storms that we have encountered in a very long time we noticed after we had setup that the carpet near the door was wet. We figured that rain might have gotten in thru the furnace exhaust vent. The rain was really coming down as we drove from Purvis to Columbia. Anyone else have this problem?
(2) We had to finally stop and remove one of the rock guards, because it was vibrating loose – broke one of the fasteners at the bottom and two of the lower screws. Both rock guards caused scarring to the A/S from rubbing on the body just above the top edge of the rock guards.
(3) The indicator gage on the black tank seemed to register incorrectly. Once dumped and totally flushed it registered ¾ full. We need to study how these indicators work.
These are the only problems that we have had with our A/S, which are minor. We are concerned however about the rock guard and wonder if we should just take them off.
Airstreams are the best!!
What a lovely holiday vacation we had in our Airstream!