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Connie
10 months ago

Does anyone know of any shows in Las Vegas?

For some reason, the show sponsors don’t seem to know we’re here.

TravelingMan
10 months ago

Upcoming RV Shows – TEXAS

January 2-5, 2020: South Texas RV Supersale
at Joe Freeman Coliseum, 3201 East Houston St, San Antonio TX 78219

January 2-5, 2020: Tarrant County RV Show
at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St, Fort Worth TX 76102

January 3-5, 2020: Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show
at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78701

January 3-12, 2020: Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show
at NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston TX 77054

TBA: January 2020: All Valley RV and Outdoor Show
at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, 1000 North Texas, Mercedes TX 78570

January 24-26, 2020: East Texas Boat and RV Show
at the Maude Cobb Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd, Longview TX 75604

February 12-16, 2020: Houston RV Show
at NRG Center, 1 NRG Park, Houston TX 77054

February 7-9, 2020: Midessa Boat, RV, Sport and Gun Show
at Ector County Coliseum, 4201 North Andrews Hwy, Odessa TX 79764

TBA February 2020: Coastal Bend Boat and RV Expo
at Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd, Robstown TX 78380

February 13-16, 2020: Austin RV Expo
at the Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78701

February 20-23, 2020: Dallas RV Supersale
at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Frwy, Dallas TX 75207

TBA March 2020: South 40 Outdoor Expo
at Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Boulevard, Waco TX 76710

TBA September 2020: Southwest RV Supershow
at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Frwy, Dallas TX 75207

TBA September 2020: Austin RV Super Sale
at Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley, Round Rock TX 78665

Snayte
10 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Don’t miss with Texas 😀

Connie
10 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Any in Nevada? They don’t seem to get advertised well, if they’re here.

Colleen P
10 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Tampa Florida January 2020

jillie
10 months ago

I remember back in the summer of 2011 when we crossed the US to Montana and got a campsite at a state park in South Dakota near DeSmet in May. We used GPS to get to the site at the end of June. When we turned down this one road, dirt there was water on both sides of the road, 12 feet from the dirt road but let me tell you, in the dark no markers it got more and challenging. We were able to turn around and head into town to find a place to camp. Were told the park was washed out and no one contacted us. They never called us. I was not happy about that. There is a place near the hospital where there are places to over nite camp. You can hook up for electrical but thats about it. A lot went wrong that nite but we were glad we did not need 911 to get us out of that predicament. Needless to say SD state park got an ear full from me when we got home.

Gaye Tesar
10 months ago

The following incident is sad in so many ways, and one issue is the fact this manufacturer advertises this product for indoor use, with a built in low oxygen sensor that will shut the unit off if carbon monoxide levels get too high. .

Man, dog die from carbon monoxide poisoning while cooking in van, coroner says – KVEW

KENNEWICK, Wash. — A 61-year-old man and his dog were found dead in a van from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning on Thursday, according to Benton County Coroner Bill Leach.

David Dana had been living in van with his yellow Labrador retriever in a friend’s driveway on the 6400 block of W. First Ave.
He was using a Mr. Heater brand heater, which was hooked up to a five-gallon propane tank, to cook a roast on a skillet inside his van right before his death Thursday morning, Leach said, adding that carbon monoxide is an odorless gas.

He said the van did not have enough ventilation for the type of heater he was using.

Dana’s friend found him dead in the van around 2:20 p.m. The friend had to smash out the van’s windows because the doors were locked.

Leach is reminding the public to know how devices are supposed to be used and whether they are okay to be used indoors.

Editor
Russ De Maris (@russ)
10 months ago
Reply to  Gaye Tesar

Gaye: There are some issues with the reporting here; which heater was used appears to be a question, as another source says a “parabolic” heater was in use–which is certainly not a Mr. Heater. We’ll be chasing down the facts and letting readers know what we find shortly.
Russ and Tiña De Maris, rvtravel.com.

Alvin
10 months ago

For the millionth time in my life I have to ask the question, why do the homeless live in such squalor? I was once homeless myself, living in a 1953 Chevy, sleeping on the backseat, boondocking in a shopping complex parking lot across the roadway from the automotive dealership I eventually spent a lifetime working at. I had no running water, no facilities of any kind, BUT I kept myself clean, free of drugs and alcohol, brushed my teeth, kept the car from overflowing with junk, I left no mess behind, nor inside my home (the car) and so forth.

What is it about homelessness 2019 version that makes people live and exist the way they do despite all the agencies out to “end homelessness” which did not exist when I was without a permanent home. Maybe too much socialism? – just a thought!

Alvin
10 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane. Yes,Yes, Yes to your question. I live in a small city Lethbridge Alberta with the highest drug usage per capita in the world (over 700 “clients” (drug addicts) per day use our SCS -safe consumption site) Bern, Switzerland is second. And it is all paid for by the taxpayer here, every penny – er nickel we banned pennies long ago) Look it up.
Drug usage and tolerance is surreal, and it is spreading fast.

The politics of all it entails which is extremely complex for the “left out” will affect everyone paying the bills monetarily and socially sooner or later unless we choose a rock large enough to hide our head under, and take the bank account with us!

Not pretty but it don’t go away ignoring it! Witness the story referenced.

Alvin
10 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Early 60’s hmm, me too. It sure is a small world Diane.
Despite the horrible social situation we find ourselves in (which many many folks are working day and night to remediate) we have in this city one of Canada’s finest Universities. It’s a grand facility I live mere blocks from spending a fair bit of time poking around in.
It is indeed a small world which I still find magic in the wonder that the sun rises everyday & shines on us – without fail.

Perry
10 months ago
Reply to  Alvin

Socialism? No, they are left out by the current version of capitalism that favors the wealthy at the expense of the common man.

Perry
10 months ago
Reply to  Perry

You can delete my previous comment, but in fairness, you should moderate Alvin’s “Maybe too much Socialism?” Politics has no place on this blog!

Alvin
10 months ago
Reply to  Perry

Sorry Perry I apologize. I’m Canadian and Canadians apologize for everything someone else finds offensive. In the future I’ll find and use the synonym for the S word, so we can keep politics palatable for you. We can’t keep it out, Again Sorry. Peace!

Colleen P
10 months ago
Reply to  Perry

We haven’t had capitalism in the US for over 100 years. No one alive today has actually seen true capitalism. Today all you have is greed on both sides of the aisle.

Willie
10 months ago

RE: Tesla trucks and “helping the earth by lower emissions.”

How do you think the electricity needed to charge the Tesla’s batteries is generated? In these parts is a coal fired power plant. It’s a myth and fraud that electric cars claim to be emission free.

TravelingMan
10 months ago
Reply to  Willie

Nothing is emission free. Cows and most people I know are not emission free.

No source of electricity is without some form of “pollution”. And we ALL use electricity for our own reasons. Let those that use NO form of electricity cast the first stone (One would have to live in the desert under a rock). Anything you buy is made with electricity (including food sources). The question becomes how can we store the energy without being wasted.

If you use solar panels, how many chemicals do you think it takes to produce those panels and where do they end up when they are finished? Batteries are used to store that unused energy.

The same with wind. Where did all that steel and copper come from to build, transport and install these massive wind units?

As of 12/2017 (https://modernsurvivalblog.com/systemic-risk/united-states-power-generation-locations-and-our-reliance-on-nuclear-coal-gas-oil-hydro/), we find the following producing energy at 1MW or higher:

Nuclear – 60 Plants – 20%
Coal – ~400 Plants – 30%
Natural Gas – 1,793 Plants – 34%
Oil – 1,076 Plants – 1%
Hydro – 1,444 Plants – 7%
Solar – 1,721 Plants – 1%
Wind – 999 Plants – 6%
Other – 1%

Here is another website that supports the number of power plants in the US and their types:

https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=65&t=2

Having worked at several electrical generation sites, that generator never stops unless the plant is in an outage period. The fuel usage can change on demand, but not the electricity voltage output.

Different plants have different purposes. Can one imagine installing solar in northern Michigan? Great maybe in the summer (although not optimum output), but in the winter, there is going to be a problem with snow.

And for those that think we can get away from coal…What happens if something disrupts the natural gas or oil supply? Terrorist actions, OPEC supply cuts, Domestic plant fires. Anything can disrupt this supply chain.

Hydro…What do you do when there are seasons of drought?

Wind…What if the wind is not blowing?

Solar…What do you do when it rains, snows, dust storms, clouds, etc?

Nuclear…Most feared because of perception and lack of understanding. Also because our Government has not lived up to it’s commitments to build spent fuel storage facilities anywhere. What if enough environmental conscience persons are able to shut this door?

No one source will do it all. If that coal is taken away from your area, be prepared to get a generator. But, remember, this uses gasoline, diesel or LP to run. Think about the emissions coming from that source.

If a comparison is made between the amount of pollution is produced from recharging a battery compared to the amount of pollution produced to run a combustion engine, there is likely no comparison.

And when comparing the number of parts used in a combustion engine compared to a battery run auto, once again, the affects on the environment will still be far less.

From a practical standpoint though, I think we are still years away from producing an affordable truck that can tow a 45′ RV for any real distance. There are still plenty of areas in this country in which we have traveled 400-500 miles without seeing a fuel or re-charge station. How about that trip to Alaska you have been dreaming of?

fred ford
10 months ago

how does one determine the difference between a homeless rv’er and a full timer? aren’t full timers homeless also?

Ken
10 months ago
Reply to  fred ford

Nope, we are houseless, not homeless.

jillie
10 months ago
Reply to  fred ford

Nope. No more cleaning clutter out of the closets and dust bunnies.

TravelingMan
10 months ago
Reply to  fred ford

Since RV’s are classified by the government (HUD) as temporary shelters, I would propose that if you don’t have some form of stick-and-bricks, you are considered homeless. That’s why it’s hard to get a drivers’ license, medical insurance, a passport or your mail. You don’t have a permanent address.

In a stick-and-brick (or form thereof), you don’t have this issue.

Having said that, the pros outweigh the cons of sticks-and-bricks if you are playing the game right. 🙂 (Admittedly, its not for everyone).

But, we love being “Homeless” and are proud of it!

TravelingMan
10 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

BTW…We are full-timers and have been for at least 5 years now. We could move back into a sticks and brick at anytime. It’s a lifestyle choice.

Danny Wells
10 months ago
Reply to  fred ford

Low IQ question ? Not funny.