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Hoby is a full-time RVer--my wife, dog, and I have lived in our Motorhome since October of 2007. I consider Albuquerque, New Mexico as home, but stay on the road and have an RV lot/coach house in Mission, Texas (Retama Village). I may not be the best source of information about "camping" since I do not camp--we like to have all the luxuries of home, so that will influence the tone of my posts.

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Lots of Suds and No Spots!

Lots of Suds and No Spots!

(Photo Caption: Washing Dishes) That is the first thing we noticed when we washed dishes after installing a water softener for our RV—it definitely took a lot less dishwashing liquid, there were much fewer spots on the glasses, and it felt better on the hands.  It also made a huge difference in the shower with the body wash and shampoo.  My initial thought was, “we should have done this sooner.” ... [Read more]

Are You Legal?

Are You Legal?

(Photo Caption: Driver's License) I started thinking about this question because of a couple of things that happened recently.  The first thing was that I changed my residency to a new state.  That was quite the process.  Since I’ve done this a number of times over the years, I was surprised at the sheer amount of effort it took this time.  I do not know if it is because of changes that... [Read more]

To Reserve or Not To Reserve

To Reserve or Not To Reserve

(Photo caption: Bumble-bee and Flowers) Now that we are well into Spring and moving toward Summer, it is time to begin the Summer travels.  For us, this involves a detailed planning process where we determine where we want to be when and then finding the appropriate RV parks, resorts, and campgrounds that will meet our criteria.  As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, we are full-timers so do not... [Read more]

1015 Onions and Dancing Horses?

1015 Onions and Dancing Horses?

(Photo Caption: Onionfest Shirt) Of the many events that we attended here in El Valle this winter, the one we found most interesting was Viva La Onion! – the Weslaco, Texas Onionfest.  The Weslaco Onionfest celebrates the “world famous” Texas sweet 1015 onion that was developed here in Weslaco by Texas A&M.  The name comes from the recommended planting date, and the onion has an incredible... [Read more]

Coyotes and Taps…A Balancing Act Between Comfort and Nature

Coyotes and Taps…A Balancing Act Between Comfort and Nature

(Photo Caption: Buckhorn Lake RV Resort from our window) As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, as full-timers our goal is not the same as many campers in that we are not trying to “get back to nature.”  For us the ideal campground is not one that is set deep in the woods with no phone, satellite tv, or internet connection where the only activities are fishing, hiking, hunting, and sitting around... [Read more]

“Stick-Homes” for RVers

“Stick-Homes” for RVers

(Photo Caption: RV supersite with Texas Coach-house) When we decided to become full-time RVers, we knew that we would eventually want a “fixed” home again.  We thought it would be a number of years before we found just the right place, though, because we knew it would be a long time before we were willing to give up the RV lifestyle—not just the traveling around the country exploring the great... [Read more]

A Golden Opportunity…Customer Service

A Golden Opportunity…Customer Service

(Photo Caption: The Golden Egg) As we have traveled the country the last 4 years we have noticed that Customer Service does not seem to be one of the top priorities when it comes to RVs…this ranges from the campgrounds/resorts, to the service centers, to the restaurants, and (most of all) fuel stations.  Rather than post a long list of the horrible (yes, that really is the correct word) experiences... [Read more]

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide

You Can Run, but You Can’t Hide

(Photo Caption: Ice on the Palm Trees) As a full-timer, who tends to fall into the categories known as “Winter Texan” and also “Snowbird,” a major part of planning our locations throughout the year involves running from the bad weather.  We watch the weather patterns and try to avoid tornado season, hurricane season, blizzards, and nasty weather such as freezing rain.  Naturally, we also... [Read more]

What has 400,000 legs, avoids hot peppers, and hates cold weather?

What has 400,000 legs, avoids hot peppers, and hates cold weather?

(Photo Caption: The Los Ebanos Ferry) There is an interesting group that shows up in the Rio Grande Valley (extends approximately from just West/North of Rio Grande City down to Brownsville) each year that are called “Winter Texans.”  Some estimates say that 200,000 (for a total of 400,000 legs) Winter Texans arrive in the Rio Grande Valley each year (other estimates are closer to 150,000), causing... [Read more]

Bluebonnets, Chicken Fried Steak, and Deer

Bluebonnets, Chicken Fried Steak, and Deer

(Photo Caption: Hill Country Winery) One other stopping point on our way from New Mexico to South Texas is the Texas Hill Country.  We always enjoy our stay in this part of Texas because there is so much to do—and it is close to San Antonio and Austin. When in the Hill Country there are a few things that, at least in my opinion, must not be missed.  The first three of these things are food…Chicken... [Read more]

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