Mayfest is such a fun family activity every year, and it gets better every year.
They have great bands, arts and crafts, good food, you name it! It’s loads of fun and your family will thank you.
This favorite Fort Worth family tradition will return for four days spreading over 33 acres in Trinity Park, along the banks of the Trinity River. The gates will open on Thursday, May 5, 2011 and continue through Sunday, May 8, 2011. The festival will focus on favorite traditions while exploring new and exciting entertainment possibilities for all greater Fort Worth families to enjoy.
Tickets purchased at the festival gates are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 years, and free for children 5 years and under. Patrons can also save money by parking at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium and taking a shuttle to the festival at no charge.
Mayfest, Inc.’s mission is two-fold – to garner awareness for Trinity Park and the Trinity River in an annual celebration, and to raise funds for support of community programs and Fort Worth’s parks and river. Mayfest festival is four day family festival that attracts over 200,000 people annually.
Over 2,200 volunteers contribute over 12,000 hours of service during the annual event. All profits from Mayfest, $5.8 million to date, are distributed to its founding partners that support the greater Fort Worth area through the beautification and recreational development of the Trinity River and local parks, as well as various community programs. [Source: Mayfest]
If you have a great time at Mayfest and aren’t ready to go home, come by the dealership and see us!
As with most things in life, there are some rules that should be followed in RV camping. Some rules are printed in black and white for you and some are only implied. I thought I’d take the liberty of spelling out some of those unwritten rules, incase there are any RV newbies out there.
1. Keep your pets in line.
Try to keep your dog from barking all night long so the people parked next door can get some sleep. Clean up after your pets. Use a leash. Even if Spot is friendly, not everyone is an animal lover. Good pet-etiquette on your part helps ensure that the many RVers with pets are welcome at campgrounds.
2. Keep the noise down if arriving late.
If you find yourself arriving at a campground late in the evening, do what you can to keep the noise down. Just do the minimum necessary and save the rest for the morning. No yelling back and forth to each other. Your neighbors will appreciate it.
3. Don’t trespass.
While an RV is camped at a site, that should be considered their property for the time. If you are out for a walk, you don’t walk thru an occupied site, stay on the path and walk around.
4. Keep it clean.
Pick up after yourself. Don’t leave too much stuff lying around outside the RV because it starts to look sloppy. Trash or anything loose that can blow around is a definite no-no.
5. Practice the golden rule.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you aren’t sure about whether something would be ok or not, how would you feel about it if someone else did it? That should be your answer.
Harvest Hosts is the first membership program of its kind in the United States. RV owners that have self-contained RV’s (they do not need service) can pay $20 (a discounted rate for their 2010 founding year) for a one year membership. That membership allows you to stay overnight, no longer than 24 hours, at participating vineyards, farms or orchards all across the United States.
Here are some comments from RV owners about this new service:
Just saw your ad in Escapees Mag and checked out your website. What a great concept! My wife and I love to travel in our RV, enjoy wine, fresh produce and meeting interesting people. This is perfect for us. Thanks for setting this up and we wish you both well. Bob & Linda K.
Thank you so much for this wonderful service you’ve provided. I downloaded the Host Directory last night and can hardly wait to visit some of these places. We are full time RVers and will certainly use your directory to find those wonderful out of the way places that we enjoy visiting. Again, thanks so much for putting this directory together. We plan to use it a whole bunch. Dan and Gail B.
This idea came to RV owners Kim and Don Greene after travelling through Europe. They discovered several membership networks that allowed motorhomes to park overnight at wineries and farms. One of the main networks, France Passion, has been successful in Europe for 16 years, yet nothing like it has ever taken hold in the US.
After much work the Greene’s are happy to report that they are adding new locations all the time and the feedback has been wonderful. Let us know what you think. Is this a service that you would use?
Buying a fifth wheel is a lot different than buying a Class A or Class C RV. There are positives in a fifth wheel that you don’t have to look for in another kind or RV. You won’t have to check if regular engine maintenance was done, or if there is any structural damage like you would in an RV. But there are also things that you should specially check for on a fifth wheel than an RV. An article on jrconsumer.com has some great tips for anyone looking at getting a fifth wheel.
Check if the travel trailer is straight from front to back. Check if the back is true by measuring the diagonals from lower left to upper right and from lower right to upper left. If they match the box is true in the back. If they don’t match, look for another one; this one’s been torqued. If the sides are smooth, lay a cheap laser level on the side and see if it runs into the side, or diverges from it. What you want to see is the laser keeping a steady distance from the back to the front of the trailer.
If your candidate for purchase is still in the running, check all doors and drawers. Make sure they all open easily and close securely. That applies to slide-outs, and awnings too. If you can, take a water hose to the doors, windows, slide-out seams and roof, then go inside and check for leaks.
If you can, check the plumbing. Make sure it all works, especially the draining part of it. Look at the storage tanks for water, waste, gas and propane as applicable. If they are old and warn, worry; if they are all brand new worry. If the storage tanks have all been replaced, ask who did the work and if possible consult with whoever did the work about the reason for the work, and the extent of the work, as well as the possibility of getting some kind of warranty.
If your candidate has passed all parts of this examination, ask if you can take that puppy for a walk around the block. When you get safely back from the short road test, you can look at the furniture, appliances, and carpeting. By this time it doesn’t matter much what condition they are in, but you might get the price lowered a bit if the furnishings are ugly.
So if you’re looking at a fifth wheel, these are some tips to keep in mind. Can you think of some other tips that may be valuable?
Mike and Mindy love traveling and seeing new places in their RV. They love to share their stories with you, along with any tips and tricks they pick up along the way. Follow them and their adventures across the country.