THE JOURNEY - MARCH 2019

 


Amarillo RV Museum
March is finally here and those of us that are in the great white north are still in the great white north. Shoveled snow off the driveway yesterday and am wondering....is spring just around the corner?

So this month we are going to feature another southern state, Texas. The picture above is from the Jack Sisemore RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas. This is a must see for anybody that call themselves RV'ers. The history of RV's all in one place.

Route 66 runs through part of Texas and a lot of snowbirds head for the destinations within the state including Houston and nearby Galveston, the Corpus Christi area and the more southerly region of South Padre Island, Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen. Snowbirds are also attracted to historic and lovely San Antonio                                  

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We want to wish all our RV friends safe and happy travels wherever your journey takes you.
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While in Texas you can visit the north, the central and the south.


About Amarillo

Amarillo is a city in the Texas Panhandle.

 It’s a gateway to the vast, trail-lined Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

 The Cadillac Ranch is an installation of graffiti-decorated cars, partly buried in a field. 

With art deco and Spanish Revival buildings, the U.S. Route 66–Sixth Street Historic District is a hub for dining and antiques.

 The Jack Sisemore RV Museum is a must see for RV'ers.


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San Antonio

San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city.

 

 

 

Corpus Christi


Corpus Christi is a Texas city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s tucked into a bay and its beaches are sheltered by Padre and Mustang islands. The Padre Island National Seashore is home to migratory birds and endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. The harborfront Texas State Aquarium has touch pools, an aquatic nursery and a shark exhibit. Nearby, a WWII aircraft carrier, USS Lexington, now houses a naval aviation museum.


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 Welcome To The Texan RV Park

We are located between two beautiful lakes nestled in the trees of deep East Texas. Most sites are wide with gravel full hook-ups in a peaceful,  picturesque setting.


Most sites have a concrete patio. We have a great clubhouse with a deck and gazebo extended over one of the lakes. Our rates are very reasonable and we are open all year. Stay with us for a day, a week, a month, or as long as you like.


The Texan RV Park Sites
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While touring Texas enjoy a great Fish Taco. A little of the ocean and a little of the south.


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Air Conditioner Maintenance

Even if we are down south in the winter months we still need the air conditioning in the daytime.

Keep your air conditioner in good shape with these tips

Tip Of The Month


It's a good time to give your RV air conditioning a tune up! 


Let's start inside--with the air filters. Check your manual to find out how to get at those dust busters. Typically you'll remove a few screws out and remove a plastic grill. Some a/c filters can simply be pulled out and washed in warm, soapy water, completely dried, and put back in. Simple as it is, it's not a bad idea to do this a up to a couple times a month when RVing dusty areas; once a season elsewhere.


Non-washable filter can be replaced with an after-market filter called "electrostatic," said to grab more pollen and dust that the original. These aren't cheap, but are re-washable, and if they do as they claim, could be a godsend for those with allergy issues. Camping World carries them.


With a hose-type vacuum, suck up any dust you see, and if you can access any ducting, give it a good suck as well.


With the "hood open" on the unit, take a look at the mounting bolts that come down through the roof and snug up inside. These hold your unit to the roof and also help to keep a weather-tight seal. You may need to remove the trim, or "air box" to see them (and possibly expose yourself to wiring, so shut off the power to the a/c unit here). Make sure the mounting bolts are tight.


Next, head up to the roof, using a secure ladder and "walking boards" if needed so as not to disturb the roof. Again, make sure the power is "off" the a/c unit. First, take a look at the condenser fins that provide a broad surface for outside air to draw off the heat that's been pumped out from inside. The fins should be straight and true, not bent over onto one another.


Bent fins can be straightened out with a small slotted screwdriver or knife blade. It's a tedious task, but important for your unit to be efficient. Commercial "fin combs" can be had from an a/c supply.


Look over the shroud or cover, they often take hits from low branches, and UV rays can eat up plastic ones. Some may be fixed with fiberglass cloth and resin, and it's best to make the "fix" inside the shroud where it keeps weather out, but doesn't look horrific. A more expensive fix is to buy a replacement shroud.


With the shroud removed,check out the evaporator, looks like a small auto radiator. Use a brush to gently remove dust from it, or use an air hose to gently blow it out. Inspect the a/c motor, too. Some units have oil holes, often covered with a rubber plug--others are permanently sealed. If serviceable, pull the plugs loose and drop in three to four drops of "three in one" oil. Don't over-oil, less is better than too much.


Replace the shroud and make sure it's secure, lest if blow off your rig. Tighten the mounting screws--not too much zeal here! Firm but not over-torqued.


Time for a system test. Make sure you have enough "juice" available, most require at least a 30 amp service. Turn on the unit and let her rip. Hopefully you'll have oceans of cold air, ready for summer's heat.


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