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Maverick Ranch RV Park Review In Lajitas, Texas

Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, Texas

Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, Texas

When we were exploring the Big Bend National Park area in the lower western tip of Texas, we stayed at the Maverick Ranch RV Park in Lajitas, Texas

First Lajitas, Texas. Lajitas is an unincorporated town located between Big Band National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Yes, I did not know there was also a state park named Big Bend, but there is.

“Welcome To The Other Side Of Nowhere” is the saying down here. Where you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere but sometimes that is exactly what you need. Just to get away from the cities and the noise. To go somewhere were the skies are vast, the views are spectacular and the air is pure. The hiking and off-roading trails are boundless and plentiful, so be sure to bring your Jeep or dirt bike. What you don’t get a lot of here is options. There are a few decent and some what famous restaurants around the area but there are no big grocery stores, just a small corner store where you can get the basics and meet the local mayor, who happens to be a goat. A, dare I say, bigger store is about half an hour away in the town of Study-Butte, TX with a population of a whole 267 people. So you can imagine the size of that store. We were surprised and happy to see that they did carry Blue Bell Ice Cream though.

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

Our Site At The Maverick Ranch RV Park In Lajitas, TX

There are a few RV parks to chose from when you are visiting the Big Bend area. Some are closer to Big Bend National Park and are located right in Study-Butte. However, we chose to stay a little further out at Maverick Ranch RV Park. Maverick Ranch RV Park is part of a luxury resort with a world class golf course (which we don’t play), spa, Equestrian center, Skeet and Clay shooting, Zip lines, restaurants and even an International Airport so you can fly in with your private jet. When you stay at the rv park, you are privy to partake in all of the resort and it’s activities, for an additional fee of course.  

Restaurant At Lajitas Resort

Restaurant At Lajitas Resort

Shops And Rooms At Lajitas Resort

Shops And Rooms At Lajitas Resort

Enjoying A Prickly Pear Margarita While David Plays With Trevor Hickle

Enjoying A Prickly Pear Margarita While David Plays With Trevor Hickle

 

 

 

 

 

David got to play with Trevor Hickle one night in the Thirsty Goat Saloon while I sat and enjoyed a Prickly Pear Margarita, a specialty down there. We had dinner there as well. It was good food but let’s just say that it certainly reflected resort prices and leave it at that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Park had some nice big sites, enough for our 45 foot Motor Coach and Jeep. Some back in spots were shorter but most were plenty long. We were in site 29 and we had no issue leveling our coach. Being right on the end we had a nice grassy corner next to us and the WiFi antenna was right across the way. We are happy to report that their WiFi actually was usable and worked thru out our stay. This was a good thing because the one thing we did not think when we booked this place, about being down in such a remote location, was our Verizon signal. Our phones were on extended network. Even with our cell phone booster, we could only stand in one spot (near the antenna booster) inside our rig to make calls. Our Verizon MiFi box was on roaming. So having the parks WiFi work well was a real big plus in our book. 

The Office At Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

The Office At Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

Maverick Ranch RV Resort In Lajitas, TX

 

The wonderful ladies in the office know all the great things to do in the area. They also have a big community center, laundry facilities and full bathrooms for your convenience. Weekly entertainment can be found in the community center as well as in the lounges and restaurants. 

The Maverick Ranch RV Park was a great jumping off point to our adventures in the area. We set out to explore Big Bend, of course, as well as the towns of Study-Butte and Terlingua, TX.  

National Geographic named highway 170 as a must drive and one of the “True Last Frontiers” to explore. When you make your way into the Big Bend area, you start your journey on this scenic highway, continuing all the way through Lajitas, dubbed River Road, and through to Presidio, TX. All the while traveling along the Rio Grande River

River Road Scenic Drive

River Road Scenic Drive

River Road Scenic Drive

River Road Scenic Drive

Mexico is an easy crossing from inside Big Bend National Park or from Presidio. However, once a year in May the (unincorporated) town of Lajitas put on a festival called, “Voices From Both Sides“. It’s a gathering where the communities from both Lajitas, the surrounding towns and the Mexican communities get together and celebrate the coming together of two Nations. They wade across the river, singing and rejoicing at the reunions of old friends, while enjoying festival food, music and good times together. Now that would be a site to see and experience. 

So, would we stay at Maverick Ranch RV Park again? Yes, yes we would. With the understanding that it is a distance from anywhere (but UPS does deliver out there). The people are great and super friendly. The food and entertainment good. The views are boundless. The quietness and peacefulness enveloping.

You know that saying, it’s not about the destination but the journey. Such can be said for this area. So enjoy the drive and the scenery as it passes you by. The quietness of the surrounding hills and canyons. The peacefulness at night walking around underneath the big star filled sky.  For you’ll be in a big city again where the noises and lights will filter inside and you’ll long for those dark skies at night once again.

I will write up more on this area in another post. The things that we explored, our afternoon trip into Mexico and David playing at the famous StarLight Theatre. Until then, enjoy this video of Maverick Ranch RV Park from David.

OOBerfest 2017 Full Concert Video!

OOBerfest 2017

OOBerfest 2017

So OOBerfest 2017 has come and gone. If you missed it, you can read all about it here.

We all had a good time but one of our favorite memories, one that we are still talking about to this day, is the Notes From Neptune Concert we held.

You heard me right. We held a concert, out in the middle of the dessert of Quartzsite, AZ, dry camping, for over 200 of our friends/followers, with 5 huge bon fires and LED lighting provided from our coach. Oh….let’s not forget the tequila too :) 

 

OOBerfest 2017

OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

In our previous OOBerfest post, we gave you a little taste of the concert. 

But we really did not feel that was enough. 

So David spent hours upon hours editing over 3 hours of raw video footage to bring you the full experience of OOBerfest 2017 Notes From Neptune Concert.

Notes From Neptune And Special Guest David Bott At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And Special Guest David Bott At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune At OOBerfest 2017

 

We hope that you enjoy this concert as much as we did. Now fair warning, it is 1 1/2 hours long. So throw it up on your tv, grab some tequila or wine or what have you and fully immerse yourself in the OOBerfest experience. We hope this brings a smile to your face. And to those of you that attended OOBerfest, we hope this brings back some fun memories of our time together. 

Remember to use Full Screen view mode. :)

 

 

OOBerfest 2017….What A Blast!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

Welcome To OOBerfest!

So OOBerfest has come and gone. Even though there were high winds and it rained on and off all week, which was very unusual in this area, this time of year, everyone still had a great time.

What? You don’t know what OOBerfest is? Well, last year when we got together in Quartzsite, AZ in January, during the big tent event, to have a meet and greet for the first time, our guests named it that…OOBerfest. Get it? OOB…Outside Our Bubble? And you, being a reader of our blog are now dubbed our OOBies. And we love our OOBies :) So we decided we would meet up again in Quartzsite. This being our second year for this get together, we had 74 RV’s show up to join us this year! Wow! That felt great and is very much appreciated.

We arrived a few days early to try to stake our claim to our land. Thankfully, some OOBies were already there holding our spot from last year. That was great because as you may know, this is all held on BLM land. So it’s really first come, first serve. 

Movie Night In Quartzsite, AZ

Movie Night In Quartzsite, AZ

 

 

We were able to get in one movie night before OOBerfest officially started. Hoping to get another in during our event, but alas, the winds were just too strong. 

 

 

 

Welcome To OOBerfest Meet And Greet

Welcome To OOBerfest Meet And Greet

Tech Talks - Question And Answer Seminar

Tech Talks – Question And Answer Seminar

We had some great people come out and we had great seminars set up during our time together. We had a beautiful sunset that was the backdrop to our welcome talk. The following day the hardy souls that came out in cold (again, unusual for this time of year in Quartzsite) got treated to various seminars. Everything from coach weighing and the importance of the correct tire pressure for your weight to tech talks with David and everyone joining in on tips and tricks. During the few days of OOBerfest you had the opportunity to get your coach weighed, all four/six points and get a summary of what your tire pressures should be set at. A great service that Steve & Susan Kass from RV Weight offered at a small charge to our guests. 

Coach Weighing And Tire Pressure Seminar

Coach Weighing And Tire Pressure Seminar

Getting A Coach Weighed At OOBerfest 2017

Getting A Coach Weighed At OOBerfest 2017

 

The evenings were filled with campfires and gabbing. Getting to know each other and making new friends.

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

Evening Campfires At OOBerfest 2017

The first evening while we were all getting to know each other, one of our guests brought out a pitcher of Sangria. This was so popular it was later dubbed, “OOBer Sangria” and many pitchers were shared throughout the event. So Thank You Kathy for a great memory and for those that are wanting the recipe, here you go! 

OOBer Sangria

One of our friends even brought their Hot Air Balloon as they are pilots in Napa Valley! Alas, no rides were allowed. They were helping their granddaughter get her hours in piloting the balloon as she was studying for her pilot’s license. That didn’t stop our guests from enjoying the early morning set up and take off’s, joining in on the chase crews and helping out where they could. Thanks Ken, Diana, Kristy and Grace for the enjoyment and excitement. 

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

OOBerfest And A Hot Air Balloon!

 

The Main Tent Event In Quartzsite, AZ

The Main Tent Event In Quartzsite, AZ

 

 

Of course Saturday was the opening of the big main tent event in town. Thankfully the weather cleared up that day, the wind had died down throughout the day and it was a nice day to explore the goods for sale that you know you could not resist. Well, some of us could :) 

 

 

 

OOBerfest 2017 Pot Luck

OOBerfest 2017 Pot Luck

Set Up Bonfires For Evening Entertainment

Set Up Bonfires For Evening Entertainment

While everyone was out enjoying the day and shopping until they dropped, David, myself and a few volunteers set up some very large bonfires, closer to the staging area, for that evenings entertainment. So when everyone got back from their long days, we all got together for a potluck dinner. Of course with 74 RV’s, we had A LOT of food with a good variety as well. It was enjoyed by all.

And what better way to say Good-bye to our OOBies than to throw a big party out in the desert. So party we did. We hired a band from Phoenix to come in and play a concert for us. 

We had 3 large bonfires by the band and 3 outer-ring bonfires going all night long! 

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

OOBerfest Party In The Dessert

Our coach was used as the lighting and staging area. It really worked out perfectly. We have to admit, we were stressing out a bit about the weather all week long. But in the end it really turned out beautiful for that evening’s entertainment. 

Oh My! And entertained we were. Thanks to Notes From Neptune for a great concert in the middle of the desert. A different venue for sure for these guys to play. 

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Notes From Neptune And David Playing At OOBerfest 2017

Everyone, including the band, had a great time. They performed a lot of great songs, including one special request from us for “Purple Rain” by Prince. When they started up the song, everyone broke out their purple glow sticks (that were handed out at the pot luck) and waved them in the air as a special surprise for the band. It was well received to say the least. Grins from ear to ear. So much so that the singer, Thomas, even broke out his phone and recorded all of us waving our glow sticks in the air! An experience like no other. 

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

Enjoying OOBerfest 2017

 

Their may or may not have been some Tequila involved with the evening festivities.

BK Trying To Catch A glimpse Of The Festivities

BK Trying To Catch A glimpse Of The Festivities

 

 

And apparently we kept BK awake well into the night. He was trying to get a glimpse of the concert but alas, all he could see was the good time had by all. 

There were, of course, lots and lots of pictures and video taken of OOBerfest just with our cameras and phones alone. So we created a link for a public album of all the photos that were taken, so that you may relive the fun. We also opened it up so that any of you that were at OOBerfest can upload your pictures as well for all to see what a great time we all had. So PLEASE upload some photos and videos. :)

Here’s the link to the album…

OOBerfest 2017 Photo Album

 

 

 

Time To Relax After OOBerfest

Time To Relax After OOBerfest

 

The next day was departure day for some but most stayed well into the week. Time to relax and chat with new friends. Sit around the campfires and reminisce. Exchange emails and info to keep in touch. Make plans to meet up down the road. 

We, of course have to give a big shout out and Thank You to the volunteers that helped us park rigs, build fire pits and everything else! We could not have pulled it off without all of you. So Thank You! 

And while the weather was a little off this time, with high winds and on and off rain, it did clear up towards the end of OOBerfest. And as one of our guests pointed out, it’s not about the weather, it’s about the friends and experience that make OOBerfest what it is. So we are thankful for everyone that came out to meet us and have a good time.

We feel very privileged that we have such a great following of people. We are lucky to be able to travel like we do and meet new and interesting people where ever we go. We hope that someday, if you have not run into us by now, that we may meet.

And who knows…

Maybe there will be another OOBerfest….

Someday…

Somewhere.

Until then, enjoy this video that David put together of our gathering in the desert, OOBerfest 2017. 

 

 

 

Professional RV Wash and Waxing

Our Tiffin Allegro Bus at Sunset

Ok, ok, we get asked some of the same questions all the time. These questions we are kind of proud to be asked.  Questions such as…”How do you keep your coach looking like it does.”, “Is that new?”, “What do you use for wax?”, and “How do you wash your coach?” So in the past we had made a video on how we wash the coach and that can be found on this page, however there is a secret to how we keep the coach looking so nice that goes beyond washing it. That is, we have it professionally waxed at least once if not twice a year. 

Now not all washers and waxing companies are created equal and we surely have had our issues with some right down to not using the proper items to clean the coach. So it is important to know some things and what to watch for when having your coach or RV detailed. The first rule is when you find someone that does it right, keep them! Go back to the area at least once a year as good help is very hard to find, but when you do, you know it. So that is why we have only two people that work on our coach other than us. That is Andrew of A.N.S. Detailing and Dustin of Tiffin Motorhomes. 

A.N.S. Detailing

Andrew has been doing this for some time and is not only the owner of the company, but has personally trained his excellent employees to do the work as he would, and more importantly, as it should be done. As a coach owner himself, he more understands the needs and what needs to be done. (IMHO) They do not just wash and wax coaches and RV’s from Prevost on down, but also exotic  cars some of which cost more than a coach. He also works directly with the Meguiar’s company even training with them as well as training for them. So all in all, you can see why we trust him to work on our home. He can be found in the Fountain Hills area of Arizona during the winter and Spearfish, SD area in the summer. 

Dustin Working on Coach (Camera shy)

Dustin works for Tiffin Motorhomes as a painter in the service department. He has worked not only in the build plant doing paint work, but really shines when he works by himself or with a teammate under his guidance. Seeing we had special work done paint wise on our coach, Dustin is the one I ask for and choose to only work with, as he understands the needs of this particular coach. So along with that, he is the only other one that is able to wax it when work has been done. I trust his work as he takes pride in making something look factory new again. He is polite, funny, and just seems to care. Not that others are not the same for we have worked with various people at Tiffin of course, but in the case of paint…he is my go to guy.

Washing using the right brushes for the right areas.

So, back to washing and waxing. Of course we made a video on it which talks about the items to use, how to use them, and what to look out for when having your coach or RV washed and waxed. But in a nutshell, Only Lambswool for washing with poll head or Lambswool Mitt on the paint areas, use Boars Hair Brush Head (which is actually soft and not cheep!) for items like the roof, slide toppers, and slide topper casings, more or less anything that does not have paint. And the most important item….Deionized Water for rinsing!!! The use of Deionized Water allows for your coach or RV to dry almost spot free thus not needing you to dry it, which can actually make for fine “spider” scratches. Some of you may know, we carry with us CR Spotless Water Deionizer unit to use when we rinse. HINT…Based on where you may be, try NOT to wash your coach if it is windy and there is dust in the air as that will just collect in the water drops and make for spots. As far as what to use for soap. If you do not use a foam canon (you will see one in the video) then using baby shampoo and 1/4 cup vinegar does wonders. Just remember, it is the suds that clean…So you want a lot of suds. 

Our Current Wax of Choice.

For the waxing we use Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax which is applied via a random orbital buffer. I carry with me a Black & Decker WP900 unit. The wax is then removed by hand using very soft micro fiber cloths like the AmazonBasic Microfiber Cleaning Cloths which I buy in 25 packs.  Why so many? Well that is another tip…when removing wax be sure to adjust the cloth often and even change cloths or you will not only be removing wax, but also have the chance at leaving wax build up from the wax coming back off the cloth. 

So that’s our secret, we use a professional when it comes to the waxing of our coach.  Of course before you can wax it, you need to wash it and let it dry.  I surely could wax it ourselves, after all, we do wash it. But overall, well, I hate waxing so I hire it out, but only to someone I can trust and would do it like I would.

UPDATE: Our friends at CR Spotless once again liked our writeup and has offered our readers 10% off there purchase!  Use Coupon Code OOB15 (it is good to go for all water systems, wands, replacement hardware but is not applicable to sale items or the resin exchange.)

RV Windshield Repair For $10.00!

Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit

You read the title right…RV Windshield Repair for $10.00! (Prices vary) No, I am not kidding and it is not all that hard. In fact with the Rain-X Windshield Rain Kit that you can get from Amazon, you will be prepared to stop a rock chip and small spider crack from spreading to the point the windshield needs to be replaced. 

Not a lot of people seem to know about these kits. In fact when I was making the below video, we had 4 people stop and ask what I was doing. When I told them, each of them replied they did not know such a thing was available.

Sure you can call a windshield repair guy to come take care of it. But what if you are not in a area that they will be able to get to you any time soon. You run the chance of that currently small rock hit becoming a full size windshield crack that now requires the windshield to be replaced.

It happened to us. We had a rock hit and called to get it repaired. They could not get to us that day and by the next morning due to the cold, we work up to that rock hit now being a full size crack. We then needed the entire windshield replaced. See blog post here.

Chip that turned into full crack.

 

So having a chip repair kit on-board could make all the difference and it really is not all that hard to use. However, there is one thing you really need to know. Once you use the kit, if it does not turn out well, a chip repair guy can not then come in and fix it. This is because the resin that is used would now be blocking the path for his resin to get into the crack. I will say however, I have personally repaired this current windshield four times now and a one other time it was done by a professional. All four of my repairs actually came out better then his. (Maybe I am just lucky.)

So, without going on and on, we made a video talking about the kit and showing an actual repair we did on our windshield. The things we do for our readers.  It was quite hard chipping the glass just right in order to make the video for you. (Kidding!!!!!!)  

Crack Before

Crack After!

Kit Used Click Here: Rain-X Windshield Rain Kit

Gray and Black RV Tank Flush Out Service

Special High Pressure Tank Cleaning Tip.

So we did blog posts on RV Tank Use and hoses that included a CAM Lock Hose System and then we did one on Electronic Dump Valves. We mentioned that we put in the electronic dump valves so we did not need to go outside each time to dump our gray tank as we leave ours closed. So that blog post and video opened up quite the conversions here and elsewhere dealing with keeping the gray tank open or closed when you are parked. 

We treat the gray tank like the black as it does have solids that get into it from washing dishes. You also have grease from cooking, not that you dump that down the drain, but it does get in again from cleaning. Don’t forget the washing detergent, shampoo, soap, etc and so on. Remember it is not just water going down the drain, these items can and do collect on the bottom of the tank and on the sides.

Icky muck build up from Gary Tank!

In fact, in the video of the of the RV Tank use and the new hose system, I showed you what the build up can be like as it was clearly shown on the side of the clear down tube I installed, all showing on the side the gray tank is on. This was collected “gunk” that stuck to the side of the tube that even after a flush. As such, you can only grossly imagine what the inside of the gray tank looks like if it is left open and only closed to fill some before dumping your black tank.

So like the black tank, we leave our gray closed and open it when it is close to full to thus allow for a best chance to PULL “gunk” out of the tank based on the force of the rushing water. Also the items scum that floats on the tops that kind of makes a thin film will also then be pulled away. That same scum that would otherwise be stuck to the bottom or sides and build up over time with the heavy items.

So, knowing that we leave ours closed and thus to us having the best chance of a clean tank each time we empty it, we wanted to have a professional cleaning done. This is in hopes to show you what is still in the tank when you think it is clean! So if we have gunk that comes out after we flushed it, and we leave it closed, imagine what a tank that is left open, with the build up I showed happens, would look like!

Of course we all also flush out our black tanks right? But of course you do. But after you emptied it, then flushed it, and even if you then filled it again with the flush water and then drained it again, you would think you are all cleaned out. Nope, not by a long shot. Things still stick and build up over time. So, of course we had to have the black tank also cleaned.

And you thought it was clean!

Much better after power flushed!

So enter the professional tank cleaner Todd. With a 4,000PSI pressure gas power washer with a special tip that shoots out 4 powerful jets backwards at an angle, thus washing will get your tanks as clean as it can be. The best want to show this is via video, so if you care to see what comes out of a tank you think is clean, feel free to watch this 7.5 minute video. Once you see what comes out of our gray tank that we keep closed, thus the best chance of keeping it clean, I think you might just get the point on the build up that can and will happen when you keep it open.

Look, we all have our own ways we do things.  That’s great.  If you care to leave your gray tank open, that’s fine by us. We just wanted to show why we keep it closed and empty it as needed.  And yes, you would be more than likely going out to empty it every 2 or 4 days as we were. So now you can see why we installed the electric dump valves. :) 

This was the first power tank cleaning we have done with our 2014 coach. After seeing this we will likely have the tanks professionally cleaned every other year.