Start of the 2016 Texas Road Trip

27 02 2016
2016 Texas (and Arizona) Road Trip

2016 Texas (and Arizona) Road Trip

Welcome to Lake Trinidad and the start of the 2016 Texas Road Trip.  As has become an annual routine, we’re parked at Carpios Ridge campground.  With 6 full hookup sites, these make it easy to de-winterize with lots of fresh water and the ability to easily leave the anti-freeze behind.  We’re parked in site #3, our favorite site #6 was previously occupied.  With piles of snow in the shady spots, there haven’t been a lot of warm days or nights here yet.  Reports seem to indicate about 28 degrees for the low last night.

The last week has been somewhat of a mad sprint.  A bit of history for those that don’t know the whole story.  After the Denver RV show in mid January, we had decided we were ready to “pull the trigger” on a new RV purchase.  We’ve been comparing various models to “the one” that we’d picked last year, the Forest River, Rookwood 8289WS, a 31+ foot, rear living, triple slide fifth wheel.  After internet shopping all the way from Central Texas to Southern California, we ended up finding the model we wanted at Nolan’s RV right here in Denver.  The option list wasn’t exactly right and we weren’t quite where we needed to be on price.  After dragging our feet for a few weeks before the RV show, the sales rep notified us that they’d sold the trailer during the show.  They expected to have more inventory sometime in March.  With this upcoming trip, we’d decided we’d need to find another unit out of state, or wait until we returned to Denver.  But, Nolan’s ended up acquiring a February 17th build slot.  They estimated they could get the trailer to Denver on February 22nd at the very latest.  We picked our exact option list, worked a few numbers and voila, had a brand new RV on order from the factory (fingers crossed)!  As it turns out, the trailer arrived in Denver on the 18th, and was ready for deliver last Saturday exactly one week ago.  We spent about 2 hours on a PDI, swapped all of the contents of the Wildcat into the new Rockwood, signed the paperwork and were off for a 2 night “shake down” trip to local Chatfield State Park.  Our experience (so far) at Nolan’s has been terrific.  We have no qualms fully endorsing them, from the sales team to the service folks – they have gone above and beyond on every level of support.

So, long story short – we’re now headed south with a brand new 2016 Rockwood 8289WS and from the 3 nights we’ve spent in it so far, loving it!  More as we get to Santa Fe Skies, a nice RV park on the south side of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Rockwood 8289WS

Rockwood 8289WS at Chatfield Lake State Park, 1st camping night

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29 02 2016
Magda

WOW! Congratulations!!
We lookforward to reading your next posts especially since we’re planning a trip to the Big Bend area in early May

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