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Old 04-11-2016, 07:55 AM   #61
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It's a good time for the most part. As with everything, it's not all smiles and daisies. But you take the good with the bad and make the best of it.

How are you making out with the dry camping part?


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Old 04-11-2016, 09:18 AM   #62
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How are you making out with the dry camping part?

Better but not great. We do ok with lights and whatnot, but my CPAP machine has become a pain. I end up running an extension cord to the truck and running off of that. I used to be able to run it directly in our kitchen 12v hookup.

My battery panel/sensor is useless and tells me different results each time. I think I want to get a Trimetric monitor, just to get a better fee for volts and what (at least I think that's what it would do).
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:44 AM   #63
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Thanks for the Harvest Hosts info. I was just looking at this online and then checked here to see if any posts about it . . . of course there are! Great pictures. It's more than a place to park - it's an added experience for the trip. Especially for kids, and the wine especially for the adults! I'm recommending this program to my sister and brother-in-law who own a ranch and sell both nationally and internationally organic legumes and heirloom grains such as barley and lentils, and books (yup, books) through an online business which features unusual, scholarly and out-of-print books. If interested, you can check them out at:

Welcome to Timeless | Timeless Food

CE Ranch Books - Unusual, Scholarly and Out-of-Print Books

They are in west central Montana and there aren't many host sites in the area so it might be a good fit for them.
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Old 10-21-2017, 08:19 PM   #64
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I thought I’d resurrect this thread. It’s hilariously awesome to look back on the trials of that first stay... that night was so cold!

We find ourselves having renewed our Harvest Hosts membership and sitting now at a winery in Lometa, TX. The sun has just set and I’m listening to the kids sit on a blanket and sister is reading a book to brother. In the other ear, there are crickets out in the grass and vineyard. (Unfortunately, it was hot today and the generator drones on for a quick cooling of the camper and to cook up some dinner in the InstantPot.)

We had another excellent experience at a winery. Being non-wine drinkers, we tend to look for juice-like wines. The staff welcomed us openly and one of the gentlemen took us for a quick walk showing us parking opportunities. The owner thanked us for visiting (and I thanked him for his hospitality).

We bought a small pizza for some pre-dinner, 2 glasses of wine, and a sprint. I think I heard that we were in for about $32. I little expensive for a dry camping stay, but the atmosphere and solitude are worth it! While having drinks and waiting for the pizza,

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A footnote, if you make it this far- I’ve mentioned it A LOT, but my battery, inverter, and generator upgrade are fantastic. I can come into this type of stay and have no qualms or fears about having enough electricity. The generator is only for A/C and/or running an electric cooking appliance (InstantPot or microwave).
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Welcome to Texas!

Enjoy that weather, cold and wet moving into the north now.

PS We are heading to a COE park between Waco and Corsicana tomorrow. Come on over an join us for a few days! The weather will have moved on through by then. Liberty Hill is a beautiful park.
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Thanks for the update on Harvest Hosts. That is a great looking pizza and tasting room. I had not heard of them until earlier this year when I saw this video. I am intrigued to check them out.

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Welcome to Texas!

Enjoy that weather, cold and wet moving into the north now.

PS We are heading to a COE park between Waco and Corsicana tomorrow. Come on over an join us for a few days! The weather will have moved on through by then. Liberty Hill is a beautiful park.

I’m looking forward to the coolness. The camper is pretty toasty inside and seems to hold heat after a day of travel. We’ll run fans as much as possible.

We are headed to Austin for a buddy’s weddin’. After the wedding, we put the rig in storage and then fly back to Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks for my sister’s wedding.

Otherwise, I’d love to come visit!
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I’m looking forward to the coolness. The camper is pretty toasty inside and seems to hold heat after a day of travel. We’ll run fans as much as possible.

We are headed to Austin for a buddy’s weddin’. After the wedding, we put the rig in storage and then fly back to Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks for my sister’s wedding.

Otherwise, I’d love to come visit!
Beautiful country around Austin. Enjoy your trip, and the wedding.

We are ready for some cool weather too. I think we are ok here in central Texas but I just saw storms and a tornado up in Oklahoma tonight. It is coming our way, but hopefully the heavy stuff will stay north. Keep an eye on it tonight.
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Beautiful country around Austin. Enjoy your trip, and the wedding.



We are ready for some cool weather too. I think we are ok here in central Texas but I just saw storms and a tornado up in Oklahoma tonight. It is coming our way, but hopefully the heavy stuff will stay north. Keep an eye on it tonight.

Thank ya. Will do.
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Harvest Hosts doesn’t look like something I want to try. I’m glad it works for y’all
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