Texas: 1/1 – 1/12/2020

Bright and early on the first day of 2020, we arrived in Texas.

We spent two days at the Jetstream RV Resort at NASA in Webster, just southeast of Houston.  

During this time, we continued our search for a new trailer.  I had become obsessed with the prospect of upgrading.  We were becoming more educated with the options available to us.  We learned that the Montana is higher priced because of its interior looks but is not necessarily well built.  We learned that two of the top makers for quality built RV’s are Jayco and Forest River, but everyone has an opinion.  We checked out a Jayco Eagle at Lonestar RV in Houston, but left empty-handed once again.  It just wasn’t right.  I couldn’t get that Mississippi Montana RV out of my mind.

We arrived at Northlake Village RV Park in Roanoke, only 20 minutes from our friends in Keller, Texas. This resort was not only closer to them, but much nicer than the Fort Worth RV Park where we stayed last year.

It was great to see the Miller Clan again and to be able to celebrate Kate’s birthday in person.  We had four days together, which included a day trip to Six Flags and dining at the movie theatre.

Six Flags Over Texas


On Tuesday, January 7, we headed northwest towards Amarillo.  We had found online a Coachman Fifth Wheel for sale at Century RV that looked promising.  Scott and I had agreed on a rear-living layout with three slides and an island kitchen.  Below is a picture depicting the type of center island kitchen/cooking area we were looking for. 

Our current RV is made by Coachman, and we have had no issues with it thus far.  We found a RV Resort not far from Century RV, so we booked a night at Oasis RV Resort so that we could continue looking at RV’s the next day.  It was a brand new resort with almost 200 sites.

The next morning we got to Century Auto RV Sales to check out the Coachman Fifth Wheel.  We liked it but it had a residential refrigerator, which would require upgrading the battery system for boon docking.  Except for the fridge, it pretty much had what we were looking for.  

Dale, our salesman, suggested that we look at a Palomino Columbus Compass that was on his lot.  Within a very short time, we knew we had found our new home…a 2020 Palomino Columbus Compass 329 DVC, which is made by Forest River, Inc.

For the next few days we remained in windy Amarillo, waiting for our new home to be readied for sale.  Scott had to remove the cap from the bed of the truck, take apart the built-in-drawers, and empty all contents to make room for the fifth wheel tow. We had to rent a U Haul to take our “toys” to Durango where Molly would store them for us temporarily. Scott ordered a new trailer hitch to hold our bikes, kayaks, and SUP.

We had to kill some time, so we drove to Cadillac Ranch, one of the worlds’ first roadside sculptures. It features ten Cadillacs buried nose down in a field. You are allowed to bring your own paint can and be creative. You are also encouraged to take your empty cans to the on-site dumpster. It seems like many people forgot that simple task. We didn’t partake in this activity.

The Entrance

Our next tourist stop was at The RV Museum, which featured RVs, camping and lifestyle exhibits from the 1920’s through today.

The Juke Box reminds me of Hagler’s in Oradell.
This looks like our first TV set from the 60’s.
My Grandpa Joe Finnegan traveled around the country in one of these.

The next morning, we were ready and on our way to pick up our new home. Notice the empty bed in the photo below.

It was time to shake hands with Bill and Dale and get on our way again.

If you would like to see the inside of our new home, check out the “About Us” page.

Our planned ski trip was delayed by four days, but we were truly happy with the reason for our delay.  Next stop, Taos, New Mexico.  Woo-Hoo!!

2 thoughts on “Texas: 1/1 – 1/12/2020

  • What a beautiful rolling home you have. I’m very happy for you guys. I am curious though about mountainous back road travel adventures, and how it handles on snow and icy roads? Worrying mom wants you to be safe. Love you so much.

  • Congratulations on your new home! A month out and I hope it is everything you were hoping for. Have been reading a bit about your adventures. My husband and I have considered renting a smaller (17-20′) trailer for some several week adventures but so far we are still talking…

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