Just bought our first RV

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Yea Butch, I mentioned the casino. I like to mention it as often as possible however my husband has a different idea sometimes.
So far we have only gotten to visit some of the ones in Louisiana, Isle of Capri, Delta Downs, Coushatta. We have been up to Shreveport once and over to one south of Baton Rouge a few times. I can't wait to get to Las Vegas next year. Hopefully we will be checking out the one in Eagle Pass in August but I have been doing a little more research and I'm not totally convinced I want to go there. Maybe we will stay in Concan and drive over one day instead of trying to stay closer to the casino. Still doing research though. Let me know of the good casino's you all have been to.
 

DL Rupper

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Well if y'all Texas types ever get out of that big ol State, try Terribles RV Resort/Casino in Pahrump, NV. It was a PA park, don't know if it still is, but it is a 9 or 10 on a 1-10 rating system. Of course you Texicans have to leave Texas to get there. As a added incentive it's only about 60 miles from Las Vegas. Well come to think of it, Laughlin, NV is a fun place to gamble and dry camp behind the Ramada Express or on the banks of the Colorado river at the Davis Dam RV camp across the river from Laughlin in Bullhead City, AZ. I know it's hard to think about leaving Texas, but if you ever do, check Pahrump, Las Vegas, or Laughlin. We plan to check them all out this fall after the temps fall off a wee might. :cool:
 
#46
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There's only one problem Carol...you go to Vegas and nothing else will ever do. Been to Reno, thought it was great, been to Tahoe and thought it was better, but my goodness, we went to Vegas about 15 years ago and try to go back at least once a year.. Nothing will or can compare. We go thru Shreveport quite often on the way to Al and will stay at the Diamond Jack cg but usually don't even go to the barge aka casino. There are more craps tables in any one Vegas casino than probably in the whole state of Louisiana. Hope you get to Vegas real soon. Thanks Tex....Texicans. DL will be coming back thru here and we'll be awaitin.
 

DL Rupper

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Hey Jim, I said sorry. I'm getting quite feeble and early in the morning things aren't quite as clear as they should be. It's early (8:30am) out here in the land of the "tree huggers". Oh dang it, now I've just p*&$#*d off my hosts here in the GREAT Northwest. :laugh:
 
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I plan on getting out of this state for a visit as soon as possible. Now that you have given me a couple of places to look into I will do my research on how to get there. The only reason I thought about Far West Texas is because it is about the same amount of time to travel there as it is to get to some of our Louisiana destinations and that is about how far my husband's nerves are good for on any given day. About 5 hours and then he needs to stop and relax for the rest of the day. He is kinda wound up tight sometimes. He is the strangest man I know, says he has no patience to sit and fish but can sit all day and watch drag racing. When we are on the road though he is kinda nervous. If we are going somewhere familiar he has very little problems but if it is new he gets excited and then we have some heated discussions and then we get where we are going and he acts like there was no problems. I go through this every time we go anywhere almost. I have to say the MH has changed him a little. For the first time in years he actually said "I'm excited!" And he has been telling me that I did a good job on getting him to agree to get the MH. Friday night he was very calm and getting to the park was a piece of cake. But we do spend a lot of time at Lake Texana, this is just the first time that we had a Motor Home of our own to go in. So anyway in my rambling what I am trying to say is that I have to get good directions and map out our trips way in advance and he has to study them and I have to explain everything to him and then on the day we leave we go over it all again, and of course there is always road work or one of the roads is not exactly like mapquest shows it or something but it always works out. Unfortunately I think the first opportunity we have to go in the MH again is not until August. This month is almost over (he mudraces every other weekend). In July my sister is coming from Florida to stay for 4th of July weekend and leaving the next monday. then mudraces. We have our vacation scheduled for the 1st week in August. I don't know how far you can get and come back in a week but I plan to find out. :)
 

DL Rupper

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Hey Carol, check out a GPS. They sorta work. You have to know where you are going and not trust the "Lady in the SKY", but they do help.
 

H2H1

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Dang DL you took the thunder out of my sail, I was going to suggest that Carol get a good GPS, You know the one that you get out side of Texas. The one you get inside of Texas just get you going in circle around the state :laugh: :laugh:,you know that TEX and JIM want you spend all your money the great state of Texas :laugh: :laugh: :approve: :approve: :) . Jim we loved LV and Reno and we are looking into going back to Jackson hole to going skiing and snow mobiling. Dang I love being retired and enjoying the good life :laugh:
 
#52
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O.K. just rub it in! I can retire in about 11 or so years, until then it is one week or weekend at a time. I will look into a GPS but that will be more confusing than it was trying to find the right RV. Guess I better just start looking then when I find one that seems to do the right stuff I need for the price I can pay then I will jump on it. Until then I will have to trust mapquest :eek: As far as spending all my money in Texas actually I have been known to leave a lot of it in LA :laugh: Less of it will go anywhere but to the bank now for a while though. Got to rearrange the budget for a couple of years til I get my car paid off so I can pay off the MH faster. Guess if I trim down going to the casino only two or three times a year instead of five or six, I should have it paid off real soon. I already gave up Bingo two nights a week. Now I'm down to one night a week at Bingo and if they don't have it that night I might have to go for up to two weeks :angry: :disapprove: :( I'm not talking about that big time casino Bingo, I'm just talking about the VFW, or American Legion Bingo here. But that is the most excitement I get around here so I take it. :cool:
 

Shadow

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Hey Carol. We spend a lot of time at the new Casino in Lake Charles. L'auberge Du Lac. We can get there in three hours. So we can just do a day trip if we want.

DL, I hear Laughlin has a River Walk along the Casinos. How would you rate it? Does Davis Dam have full hookups?
 

H2H1

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hey Butch Laughlin is a beautiful place to go. Harrah Casino is where we go, took to a jet boat ride down to Havasu and saw London Bridge got the history on it. I loved the ride . Also where is Lake Charles?
 

DL Rupper

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Butch, the River is great in Laughlin. The river walk is nothing like the one in San Antonio. It just connects the Casinos along the river, but the Colorado River is really pretty there. It's one of our favorite places to visit. Don't go in the summer. It's over a hundred degrees there. It stays about 10 to 20 degrees warmer than Las Vegas. Much lower in elevation.

The Davis Dam RV park does have full hookups, but as I remember they are not as close to the river as the dry camping area. Also, there are decent RV Parks in Bullhead City or at the Riverside Casino. We just like to dry camp when we stay there for a couple of days. If you stay longer you would want full-hookups.

We usually stay at Laughlin, Las Vegas and Pahrump in one visit. Laughlin is about 95 miles South of Vegas and Pahrump is about 60 miles from Vegas. We usually go in late Oct after the temps go down.
 
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We once left Vegas for a Laughlin day trip. I had on shorts...well it was hot in Vegas. Stopped about half way for a stretch and the temp had dropped about 30 degrees. Got to Laughlin and found warmth again. I can't remember which casino but it was the best brunch I've ever eaten. Craps tables were not friendly to Jim on that trip.
 
#57
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I just bought my first RV. It is a 1972 Jayco. It is almost 14 ft long and self-contained. I need to do a few things to it before I take it out on the road for the first time. I also need to purchase a battery. I have no idea what I am doing. I will be towing it with a 2003 Chevy Venture and will be getting the hitch and wiring installed on Friday so I can tow it home. Any suggestions you offer will be greatly appreciated.

Lori
 
#58
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Welcome to the forum Lori. I really don't have any words of wisdom for you but the people on this site are great. I am sure they will be full of information. Have fun! Our first trip was the greatest!
 

Shadow

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Hey Hollis, It's in Louisiana. You blew thru there about 80 mph on you way to Biloxi :eek: Should of stopped ;)

Thanks for the tip on Laughlin.... Your now forgiven DL

Welcome aboard Lori, Ask away, the experts will be on shortly... :)
 

DL Rupper

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Hey Lori, welcome to the forum. You will need a Deep Cycle Marine/RV battery for your RV. If you want cheap, you can get one at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club or Costco for somewhere around $60 to $70 depending on what size you need. Most places want your old battery in trade. They recondition/recycle them.

You will need a white water hose, a water regulator, and possibly a water filter. Your best bet would to purchase those items from Camping World if you have one or a good RV parts dept. Get a Marshal brass water regulator, a water hose that has a flanged female connector and a water filter that is orange on both ends. The hose, regulators, and filter sold at Wal-Mart aren't very good. You will probably need some power cord adaptors that you can buy at Wal-Mart. Not sure if a "72" Jayco has a 20 amp or 30 amp power cord. you will also need a sewer hose. I use two 10 foot and one 5 foot section so I can reach most sewer connections. Last but not least get a box of 50 disposable gloves for connecting/disconnecting your sewer hose from the campground sewer connection. That's just a starter list. Everyone will have more to add or give you their idea of what's best. We all have our own opinions.
 
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