Sunline RV Forum
Sunline User Photos

Go Back   Sunline Coach Owner's Club > Sunline Club Community Forums > Sunline Community
Click Here to Login


Join Sunline Club Forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-23-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
dtstanton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 448
SUN #4364
dtstanton is an unknown quantity at this point
First Time Out

We just got back from a nearby outing in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, East of Canyon, TX. Just spent one night, but it was enough to give our T-1350 a good test run. I pull it with a 2003 Chevy S-10 4-cyl. and it did a satisfactory job. Pulled well on the highway, and had no problems at all getting in and out of the canyon. Posted a couple of pictures here in an appropriately titled album.

The camping itself got off to a rocky start, though. Our spot had a picnic table that was occupied by a family (parents and 5 young-ish kids), and their table was occupied by some childish trash-mouth bozo with two pit bulls that were tied out. He was with a large tent camping group of some sort that occupied a flat open area adjacent to the TT spots. The family was off site for a while, but we set up anyhow. (I paid for it, it's my spot, and they were full up.) After the family showed up, I tried to resolve the situation myself, but it became necessary to call park officials to get the confusion straightened out. The family next to us was no problem, but they had nowhere to go because of the other guy. A park ranger came down and promptly straightened it out, and we had a picnic table. (This was a few hours after we set up.)

That little incident was met with a finger, a lot of potty mouth, general "jerk-ness" from the miscreant that couldn't understand there was one picnic table per site.

As a result of all this, we didn't feel comfortable leaving our camp site out of view to hike, for photography, or anything else. That put a big damper on things, but we did get the prime objective accomplished - testing our Sunny as far as towing, getting in and out of the canyon, set-up, etc. We only used the electric hookup because I haven't fully checked the water tanks or function of the gas appliances, and we didn't really want to use all the conveniences this time anyway. I did leak check the gas stuff, and leak checked the water lines with city pressure, but that's about it. I do have a water pressure regulator, but wanted to give the water lines/fittings a good test with the higher pressure.

All in all, it was a good overnighter. Cold have been better, but it made for a good learning experience.

-Dale
__________________

__________________
dtstanton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
Moderator
 
Sunline Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,938
SUN #123
Sunline Fan is an unknown quantity at this point
Wow, those are some spectacular views! That's a shame that you had a bad experience there though. It seems like there's more of that kind of stuff going on in state parks- people aren't as respectful of others. I don't blame you for not wanting to leave the site though, I would have done the same.
__________________

__________________
2007 T-286SR Cherry/Granola, #6236, original owner, current mileage: 9461.2 (as of 10/01/16)
1997 T-2653 Blue Denim, #5471
1979 12 1/2' MC, Beige & Avocado, #4639
Past Sunlines: '97 T-2653 #5089, '94 T-2251, '86 T-1550, '94 T-2363, '98 T-270SR
Sunline Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 02:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
dtstanton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 448
SUN #4364
dtstanton is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunline Fan View Post
Wow, those are some spectacular views!
Yes, many people have no idea what's in the panhandle. You can drive right by and never know it's there. People have to get off I-40 to see it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sunline Fan View Post
That's a shame that you had a bad experience there though. It seems like there's more of that kind of stuff going on in state parks- people aren't as respectful of others. I don't blame you for not wanting to leave the site though, I would have done the same.
I hope it wasn't an omen, but their plates were from the same state Sunlines came from. <G>

One good thing - our next camping experience is bound to be better!

-Dale
__________________
dtstanton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 07:19 PM   #4
Moderator
 
Sunline Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,938
SUN #123
Sunline Fan is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by dtstanton View Post
I hope it wasn't an omen, but their plates were from the same state Sunlines came from. <G>
Oh geez...

__________________
2007 T-286SR Cherry/Granola, #6236, original owner, current mileage: 9461.2 (as of 10/01/16)
1997 T-2653 Blue Denim, #5471
1979 12 1/2' MC, Beige & Avocado, #4639
Past Sunlines: '97 T-2653 #5089, '94 T-2251, '86 T-1550, '94 T-2363, '98 T-270SR
Sunline Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 08:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Wannabes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 708
SUN #4050
Wannabes is an unknown quantity at this point
Palo Duro Canyon, I'm jealous! Been there but didn't camp there as I'm the first in my family to have a TT. We're hoping to get our 2363 out there some day, once we get some more experience. (Sorry about the jerks from our home state tho'.)
__________________

Matthew and Lisa
TT: '02 T-2363;
TV: 2012 Ford F-150, 4x4/Off-road, 5.0L V8, "Big Gray"
Reese Straitline w/ dual cam
Wannabes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
dtstanton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 448
SUN #4364
dtstanton is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wannabes View Post
Palo Duro Canyon, I'm jealous! Been there but didn't camp there as I'm the first in my family to have a TT. We're hoping to get our 2363 out there some day, once we get some more experience. (Sorry about the jerks from our home state tho'.)
I won't hold those jerks against you.

I do understand about the experience. We'd love to have you back for a visit when you're ready.

-Dale
__________________
dtstanton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 09:02 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
dtstanton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 448
SUN #4364
dtstanton is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wannabes View Post
(Sorry about the jerks from our home state tho'.)
I may have misspoke. The plate was colored like the Penn plate of the '70s. Not so now. The jerk's looks more like Delaware's. Wish I got a better look at it. Sorry for the misinfo.
__________________
dtstanton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 08:49 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 2,821
SUN #2097
mainah is an unknown quantity at this point
I work part time for a camp ground and it seems that some people from away feel that it is their right to act like idiots because they bring money to the state. Often there is a little too much alcohol involved and that never brings out the best in people sorry you had so much trouble first time out it does get better.
__________________
mainah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 09:04 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 357
SUN #132
Makers Mark
In pre-planing my bucket list of things to see Palo Duro Canyon came up as a must. That is where they have the summer theater production of TEXAS isn't it? A search on Google images have many spectacular shots. Caprock Canyon is not far away from there. Would you recommend one over the other, or both?

As a PA resident I can assure you we are not all like that goofball.

Regards,
MM
__________________
J & JL
1973 Sunline Competitor Pick-up Camper
2002 Sunline T-2363
2015 Rockwood 2608WS (SOB)
SUN # 132
Makers Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 10:09 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
dtstanton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 448
SUN #4364
dtstanton is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Makers Mark View Post
In pre-planing my bucket list of things to see Palo Duro Canyon came up as a must. That is where they have the summer theater production of TEXAS isn't it? A search on Google images have many spectacular shots. Caprock Canyon is not far away from there. Would you recommend one over the other, or both?

As a PA resident I can assure you we are not all like that goofball.

Regards,
MM
First of all, I must apologize to Pennsylvanians everywhere. I was going on the color scheme of the plate - and got it wrong. His plate had the color scheme of the 1970's PA plate. Hasn't been used since 1976, I believe. Now Delaware uses it. Sorry about the misinformation. I never did actually see the state's name on it, and didn't get a photo either - but I got a few good ones of him and his dogs. (He even threatened me if I took his picture.) <snicker> I have no doubt it was an isolated case, but it wasn't a good first impression for us. They are all "up" from here!

As to the canyons, I've never been to Caprock but I have it on my list. I hear it's pretty nice, though. Yes, the musical TEXAS! is at Palo Duro Canyon through the summer. I've seen it a few times since I got here in '04 and loved it every time. I've got some shots of it in my pBase galleries, too - if you're interested in digging through them.

Dale Stanton's Photo Galleries at pbase.com

-Dale
__________________
dtstanton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 11:18 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
dtstanton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 448
SUN #4364
dtstanton is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by mainah View Post
I work part time for a camp ground and it seems that some people from away feel that it is their right to act like idiots because they bring money to the state. Often there is a little too much alcohol involved and that never brings out the best in people sorry you had so much trouble first time out it does get better.
Yes, I'm sure some do get really cocky simply because they're not at home and in party mode. We have friends that also work campgrounds around the country and they fill us in on strange things now and then, too. (I think they're in Michigan somewhere now.) I know it's not the norm, and may be pretty rare, but still....

We're going to give it another shot this weekend.
__________________
dtstanton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 12:27 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 357
SUN #132
Makers Mark
Dale,
Thank you for the photo's. Great shots, can't wait to see it for myself.
MM
__________________
J & JL
1973 Sunline Competitor Pick-up Camper
2002 Sunline T-2363
2015 Rockwood 2608WS (SOB)
SUN # 132
Makers Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 04:02 AM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 19
SUN #938
Anne and Jim
Send a message via AIM to Anne and Jim
We were at Palo Duro Canyon in May of 2010. Beautiful, interesting area. Had a great time, but did have some of the same type characters across the road from us, (dogs, kids, etc), and their friends in the tent area. Had to sic the Rangers on them too. Would go back again if it was closer to home... Jim
__________________
Nana annemarie and Granddad Jim
2004 Solaris T 1950 # 5537
2000 Expedition
Anne and Jim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2012, 06:48 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
dtstanton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 448
SUN #4364
dtstanton is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anne and Jim View Post
We were at Palo Duro Canyon in May of 2010. Beautiful, interesting area. Had a great time, but did have some of the same type characters across the road from us, (dogs, kids, etc), and their friends in the tent area. Had to sic the Rangers on them too. Would go back again if it was closer to home... Jim
I hate to hear that, Jim. That can't be good for any campground. Is this a common occurrence? I've heard from several campers that it's "rare", but you can imagine the thoughts it puts through a first-timer's mind.

I've also learned that it's usually better to not reserve a spot. The refund policies at the campgrounds I've seen/researched say they don't give them unless something campground-related prevents you from getting a spot. Over the weekend, we had a spot reserved and prepaid. It rained quite a bit here, and conditions were such that we would pretty much be confined to the TT the whole time, so we didn't go. Since spots were available and accessible, we lost our money - but learned a lesson from it. If we were travelling the country or a distance from home, it would have been a different story.
__________________

__________________
dtstanton is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Time to fess up EMD_Driver Sunline Community 12 02-06-2011 08:27 PM
Awning Time lenchernit Repairs and Maintenance 4 12-31-2010 12:09 AM
First time out in 2670 brickric Repairs and Maintenance 4 07-11-2009 04:51 AM
First time owners of RV TT blt Introduce Yourself 2 05-21-2008 02:30 PM
No Time for No Electric! Poor Man Campin' Repairs and Maintenance 4 05-01-2008 09:49 PM



Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sunline RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:59 AM.