Saturday, December 9, 2023


You could win a Toyota Tundra from Texas State Parks group – but you gotta hurry

Last May, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation opened a contest to help support the parks. It read in part, “Make a $25 donation to support 100 years of Texas State Parks and you could take home a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro plus extras from YETI, Solo Stove, PAKMULE, Tecovas, SWAROVSKI OPTIK, Turtlebox, PECOS Outdoor and more.” Sounds like a raffle, huh? Well, NO, you don’t need to “donate” anything and still have an equal chance to be the winner. But you’ve got to act no later than this Sunday, October 22, and there’s a catch even there. But still, you could win.

You could win more than a truck

What’s the prize package? In addition to a NEW Toyota Tundra pickup truck, you could win these other goodies: A YETI cooler, cargo carriers, luggage and drinkware (valued at $1,625); PECOS Outdoors Table (valued at $689); Swarovski Optik Binoculars (valued at $1,500); TurtleBox Audio Speaker (valued at $399); SoloStove Fire Pit Bundle (valued at $900); Tecovas Boots Package (valued at $600); and finally, a PakMule Cargo Carrier (valued at $695).

Really, no donation required

So what’s the tricky bit about the $25 donation? Well, as you might expect, it’s a bit of a come-on. Those who send the foundation a $25 (or larger) donation are “automatically entered” in the drawing for all this swag. However, those who don’t want to cough up $25, or any amount for that matter, can still enter the drawing, and you could win. How’s that work? Here’s the quote from the official rules:

“You may also enter the Sweepstakes without making a contribution by mailing a postcard with your name, address, and valid email (winner will be notified by email) to:

“Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Attn: Sweepstakes Entry
2914 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204”

Here’s the tricky part

Now, here’s where it gets tricky. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on October 22, 2023. Since the deadline is Sunday, you’ll need to have your postcard delivered before that date, which probably means by this Friday. So, really, if you want to do the “no donation” route, you’ll need to hustle into the post office now.

If you don’t mind making the donation, then you can log on to the website, make your donation, and be automatically entered. You’ll have into Sunday to do that.

In either event, BE SURE to log into the website and read the official rules. You’ll be opening yourself up to various things, including putting yourself on a mailing system for future informational campaigns. You could win – but only if you follow the rules.


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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Barry (@guest_257555)
1 month ago

Good to know.
I live in Texas and haven’t heard of this.
Of course, I read this in RV Travel Saturday edition and have to have a post card delivered by Friday.
Timely article.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Barry

Sorry, Bill. We did publish the article three days ago, so if anyone read it at that time they probably would have had time to run to the P.O. to send in a postcard. Or, if not, you can still enter online until tomorrow night. We don’t live in Texas and hadn’t heard about it either, or maybe we would have said something about it sooner. But since you do live in Texas and hadn’t heard about it, we don’t feel quite so bad. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at

Neal Davis (@guest_257540)
1 month ago

Thank you, Russ and Tina! Too expensive for me. 😉 No idea what I’d do with a truck beyond sell it. Just too expensive. 😉

Diane Tricomi (@guest_257475)
1 month ago

As much as i would love to WIN the tundra, I am a little upset with TEXAS at the moment for having a Hail storm this past month that damaged both my Travel trailer and my 2014 Toyota Tundra that I love !

Bob P (@guest_257472)
1 month ago

Toyota Tundra(frozen arctic mud) not worth all the emails and phone calls you’ll get.

Rock (@guest_257458)
1 month ago

Open only to Texas residents

Tommy Molnar (@guest_257492)
1 month ago
Reply to  Rock

Yeah, I just noticed that – right at the top of the rules.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Oops. Sorry, Tommy and others. We missed that or would have mentioned it in the post. We didn’t follow our own advice to read the rules carefully, obviously. Our apologies.😔 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at

Bill Byerly (@guest_257560)
1 month ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

Apologies accepted!!😊

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

🤗 Have a great day, Bill. 😀 –Diane

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