A little on the Roadrunner RV Park where I will be for the month of October. This is a fairly new, full hookup RV Park located right on busy Route 84 just south of Espanola, New Mexico, about 20 miles north of Sante Fe. I stayed here for a week or so a few years back and it worked out to be a nice place to stay while exploring the area, reasonably priced, $27 with a Good Sam discount, $475/month, and that gets you 50 amp electric, good water and properly located sewer connection on each site. It doesn’t appear they allow tents as there is no bathroom or shower, laundry facilities in the park.
It is essentially a large, flat gravel parking lot, no trees or grass, but the spaces are fairly well spaced out on diagonally oriented lots so you are not staring into your neighbors unit all the time. There is adequate room between lots to park your tow vehicle beside or behind your RV. I have a spot on the farthest lane from busy Highway 84 where I am faced looking out over the desert, not at another row of RV’s, so it actually feels like I am in a more remote campground. I haven’t been bothered by road noise at night and traffic in the park has been very limited both day and night, so it has been fairly quiet. They offer free WiFi, but it hasn’t worked at all for me since I have been here, however I do get very strong 4G Verizon coverage here for my JetPac. With no trees, obviously satellite TV reception is just fine. The dogs have the usual desert complaints about all the plant life sticking to them, and sticking them, lot of limping and hopping going on here, but that is going to be the same no matter where we set up here in the Southwest.
My limited dealings with the park staff have found them very polite and helpful, so all in all, I would have to say that this is not a bad place to nestle down and wait out the government shutdown.
You may have noticed that I have not yet gone on too much of a rant about our wonderful federal government shutdown yet, but I do feel one coming on as I sit here twiddling my thumbs in the desert. Not today, but I’m afraid I am going to have to go off on one one of these days, probably pretty soon.
Today I worked for about 8 hours on re-checking all of the Handy Bob blog on solar power and charging systems and getting my system specs committed to paper, then did some work on my blog until 3 PM. Now I have to go out and get a hydrometer to check the batteries before I email Bob for advice on how to get a little more juice out of my expensive solar system. From reading his blog ( for the second time no less ) I would have to guess that my batteries are just not ever getting fully charged, probably because of some of the conservative factory default settings on my inverter/charger.