The Full Time Dream! - Page 9 - Luxury Coach Lifestyles
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-13-2012, 12:35 PM   #161
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Left Padre Island yesterday after dumping 8 days worth of effluent from our tanks.....very happy to have been able to make it 8 days this time. We then drove over to a local do it yourself car/truck wash and washed a week's worth of salt and sand off the TBird, Newell and trailer. Humidity was at 93%. Still no Spring Break crowds. We drove 133 miles east on 35 to Palacios, TX. This is a very quaint little fishing village.....they have a large shrimp fleet here. We are staying in Bayside RV Park right on the shores of Matagorda Bay. This is a Passport America park....the discount does not apply to waterfront sites, where we are, but if you stay in the middle row, or fence row it is $10-15 per night. The waterfront row is $35. Nice park, friendly staff, and we recommend it. We had to drop the trailer as none of the pull through sites was available, but the trailer is only 50' from us.

Elaine and I have been using small walkie talkies when parking, and backing lately, and, WOW, has that improved the communication....the hand signals were just not working....!! Plus, Elaine has become a parking/backing expert and gives great verbal directions!

Heading to Galveston today.....humidity currently at 100%....had to run A/C all night, but that's what it's for right? Hoping humidity goes down and sun comes out so we can do more dry camping, and use those solar panels for their intended purpose.
__________________

__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2012, 12:37 PM   #162
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Left Padre Island yesterday after dumping 8 days worth of effluent from our tanks.....very happy to have been able to make it 8 days this time. We then drove over to a local do it yourself car/truck wash and washed a week's worth of salt and sand off the TBird, Newell and trailer. Humidity was at 93%. Still no Spring Break crowds. We drove 133 miles east on 35 to Palacios, TX. This is a very quaint little fishing village.....they have a large shrimp fleet here. We are staying in Bayside RV Park right on the shores of Matagorda Bay. This is a Passport America park....the discount does not apply to waterfront sites, where we are, but if you stay in the middle row, or fence row it is $10-15 per night. The waterfront row is $35. Nice park, friendly staff, and we recommend it. We had to drop the trailer as none of the pull through sites was available, but the trailer is only 50' from us.

Elaine and I have been using small walkie talkies when parking, and backing lately, and, WOW, has that improved the communication....the hand signals were just not working....!! Plus, Elaine has become a parking/backing expert and gives great verbal directions!

Heading to Galveston today.....humidity currently at 100%....had to run A/C all night, but that's what it's for right? Hoping humidity goes down and sun comes out so we can do more dry camping, and use those solar panels for their intended purpose.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	BAYSIDERV.jpg
Views:	69
Size:	75.6 KB
ID:	1497  
__________________

__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #163
folivier
Senior Member
 
folivier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Thibodaux, LA
Posts: 1,221
Default

" Hoping humidity goes down"
Yeah, that'll happen! Dude you're heading right into more humidity. Some days I think we get over 100%!!
__________________
Forest & Cindy Olivier
1998 Newell 45' 2 slide #486
2004 Chevy Silverado Z71
2013 RZR 570LE

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul, you have a body." C.S.Lewis


https://www.luxurycoachlifestyle.com/...php?albumid=14
folivier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2012, 11:37 PM   #164
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

It was 100% this morning....down to 88% as I write. What I have a hard time getting used to is the small difference between high and low....today 73 high, low to be 68....WOW!
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2012, 12:35 AM   #165
folivier
Senior Member
 
folivier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Thibodaux, LA
Posts: 1,221
Default

Yeah, that's why we use our air conditioners year round. Not as much for the temp as for the humidity. In summer our highs will be in 90's and lows in 80's. Not much relief.
__________________
Forest & Cindy Olivier
1998 Newell 45' 2 slide #486
2004 Chevy Silverado Z71
2013 RZR 570LE

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul, you have a body." C.S.Lewis


https://www.luxurycoachlifestyle.com/...php?albumid=14
folivier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2012, 10:22 PM   #166
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Moved on from Galveston Island this morning taking the Galveston/Bolivar FREE ferry over to Bolivar Penninsula and up Texas 87 to I-10. We are now in Duson, LA at Frog City RV Park. Humidity is down in the 50's here!
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2012, 11:52 PM   #167
folivier
Senior Member
 
folivier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Thibodaux, LA
Posts: 1,221
Default

If you go through New Orleans heading east DO NOT take the Huey Long Bridge over the Mississippi river. Very narrow and has a wiggle in the middle (they built the bridge from each side and didn't quite meet in the middle!) Better route is the GNO bridge (Hwy 90), or take LA 20 north of Thibodaux and cross there and get on I-10. Or take Hwy 90 to Boutte and get on I-310, cross the river there and get on I-10.
__________________
Forest & Cindy Olivier
1998 Newell 45' 2 slide #486
2004 Chevy Silverado Z71
2013 RZR 570LE

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul, you have a body." C.S.Lewis


https://www.luxurycoachlifestyle.com/...php?albumid=14
folivier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 01:22 AM   #168
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Good advice Forest.....90 was not a good experience.....very rough in places, and some of the bridges we just bounced across....the T-Bird actually moved physically to the left inside the trailer from all the rough and bouncy road. Will take 20 across to I-10.

For everyone else we arrived in Thibodaux around 2:30pm.....spent a couple of hours on the way down at Avery Island. Very interesting place, and guess what....it is not a literal island. It is the largest of 5 salt domes in Louisiana, and since it is elevated above the surrounding Bayou it is called an island. Great place to visit....especially if you love Tabasco sauce.....once we exited our coach we could smell Tabasco in the air the entire time.

We are enjoying staying on Forest's property, and he has very nice neighbors. His neighbor, Darrell, has a small soccer pitch on the back of his property, so I feel right at home.....lol. Discovered when I was dropping the trailer that I had not raised the landing gear far enough yesterday in Galveston when we hooked the trailer back up, so I'll have to track down a replacement and install it before we leave.....nothing worse than self induced mechanicals.

Watching a little March Madness on DirecTV now.....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	TRAILER.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	92.8 KB
ID:	2010   Click image for larger version

Name:	THIBO.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	96.9 KB
ID:	2011  
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2012, 08:57 PM   #169
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

The front landing gear, or jack, if you will, only cost $25 to replace. Forest steered me to Southern Trailer Works out on 308 about 5 miles from here....we went there this morning, and they had exactly what I needed. Took about 5 minutes to put in the new jack.
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 01:52 AM   #170
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Spent the afternoon with Tuga Gaidry and Matt Russo talking Newell's and life. What a great afternoon.....thanks guys for dropping by. Got the bent tongue jack replaced.....here's a picture of the repaired jack.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	JACK.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	93.6 KB
ID:	2016  
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2012, 03:53 PM   #171
express1
Senior Member
 
express1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: south louisiana
Posts: 654
Default

Clarke & Elaine, we also had a good time, but as always the visits are just to short. Maybe we will get together again before ya'll leave.

I did send the info on Connie's music.
thanks again,
matt
express1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2012, 03:23 AM   #172
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Spent this morning cleaning my radiator, and engine compartment, and the other half of the coach (back and passenger side). I did the roof, driver's side, and front yesterday. This afternoon Elaine and I went over to Nicholls State University just a few miles from Forest's home to attend Swamp Stomp which features Zydeco music. We spent about 5 hours there enjoying the music of several bands, and the nice breeze....very nice day to be outside. We will probably go back tomorrow to hear a couple more bands, then off to New Orleans for the day on Monday, and then up to Baton Rouge on Tuesday. Had crawfish for the first time today at Bubba's II just up the street. Life is good!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ZYDECO.jpg
Views:	51
Size:	90.5 KB
ID:	2024   Click image for larger version

Name:	ZYDECO3.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	100.2 KB
ID:	2025   Click image for larger version

Name:	ZYDECO2.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	77.4 KB
ID:	2026  
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2012, 02:43 PM   #173
tuga
Senior Member
 
tuga's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houma, LA
Posts: 886
Default

Clarke,

On your visit to the Big Easy, be sure to ride down St. Charles Ave either in the T Bird or on the "street car". St. Charles Ave. ends at Lee Circle and from Lee Circle you are close to the D Day Museum and the Aquarium. The French Quarter is across Canal Street; it has some really neat places and sites!

Enjoy!
__________________
Tuga & Karen Gaidry
1999 Newell 45 w/2 slides
Coach #512
2005 Pilot
tuga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2012, 05:05 PM   #174
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Good information Tuga.....we will follow your advice!
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 12:00 AM   #175
ccjohnson
Senior Member
 
ccjohnson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southwest NM
Posts: 346
Default

In response to the walkie talkie post:
Fran & I use our cell phones when backing the coach into the garage. It is very helpful fitting 42'6" into 43'3" space!
__________________
Clint C. Johnson / Fran Balm
Coach 289 '92 42'6" 8V92 Hybrid
Several Toads:
XL-7
F-350 4X4 Crewcab
F-250 4X4 Crewcab
ccjohnson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 12:15 AM   #176
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

It also helps the marriage to last longer.
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 01:20 AM   #177
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Drove into NO today.........walked Bourbon Street, took trolley down St. Charles, toured the National WW II Museum, ate a Higgens Club.....nice day.
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 10:33 PM   #178
Flydrifter
Member
 
Flydrifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 36
Default

Check out Gasbuddy.com, it will give you all the gas and fuel prices ina city and the stations which they are at. I have the app on my iPhone, and it includes the map feature, can save you big time.

Ray
1996 Newell, #420
Tulsa, OK
Flydrifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2012, 11:18 PM   #179
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Thanks Ray, I have that app on my phone and it is invaluable....have used several times recently.

Clarke
__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2012, 02:58 PM   #180
chockwald
Senior Member
 
chockwald's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Riverside, California
Posts: 1,543
Default

Getting ready to roll the wheels again.....heading over to the Civic Center to the RV Dump station to dump, then back to hookup the trailer. The last thing is the mail delivery....waiting for a Priority Mail envelope that should come today......otherwise we are here for another day. From here we will roll up to Baton Rouge to site see, and fuel up.....found a station selling diesel for $3.76.
__________________

__________________
Clarke and Elaine Hockwald - FULLTIMING!
https://whatnewell.blogspot.com
1982 Newell 36 DD 6V92 TA
2002 Thunderbird Retro
Cannondale Tandem
Cannondale Bad Boy
Cannondale F600
2 Terra Trike Tadpoles
Intense 5.5 mountain bike
ALBUM: https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=213
chockwald is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Newell Coach Corporation or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×