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Thinking about moving to Texas

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I am considering moving to Texas in the next few months to a year.
I have an 88 302 bronco, are they tough on emissions down there?

Also, i am coming from Colorado, how is the off-roading down there?
The Rockies sure are nice...hope they didn't spoil me.

We are looking to be just north of Houston probably

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Since your truck is more than 25 years old, you are exempt from emissions testing in Texas. You only have to do the safety test ($12.50).

Technically, you may fail inspection if the original emissions equipment is not present, functioning or not, but I have never had any inspector look under my hood or under my truck. I do not even have a muffler and I live in hippy liberal Austin and drive all over town with no issues.

Houston is good for off-roading. Go a little west and the land is flat and open. Go farther west and you can find granite boulders to climb. Go north and east and there are pine tree forests. Go southeast and you are at the beach.
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North of houston is more like south louisiana. Cypress swamp land and pine forest. If you want to do anything other than mud bogging you will have to go out toward Austin, which is like 3 hours or so west.

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If you passed Colorado standards you should have NP anywhere except California, which is anther planet.
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Sounds like it wont be too hard then.

what is that safety check? seems like they are looking for factory equipment. what else do they check?

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Thanks for the replies guys.

Sounds like it wont be too hard then.

what is that safety check? seems like they are looking for factory equipment. what else do they check?
It's pretty easy. Horn, lights working, brakes and e-brake working, turn signals, tire tread depth, no lug nuts missing! Actually it's only $7 now since Texas went to a single sticker program.

Where about in Texas are you looking to move to? Big state and all the areas are very different. Im partial to the Hill Country. 2 very good off road parks are in Mason (Katemcy Rocks) and Marble Falls (Hidden Falls Adventure Park). Get used to paying for land access to wheel - there are very little public lands in TX you can still wheel on. It's actually not a bad thing - the parks are well maintained and the trails are well marked.
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That is easy enough... probably would not drive without those things anyway.

I did notice several of these parks in online searches. I was not sure how I felt about those.. kinda feels like a play pen... but then again these parks are probably bigger than i am imagining.

We are looking at several areas around the Sam Houston national forest due to family looking to move there as well for work. I think we will fly out for a few days to look in the next few weeks, hopefully that will help with the search

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Thanks for the info guys, looks like we pulled the trigger, we are looking at houses in the woodlands/ spring area we will hopefully be out next week to look at some.
Is there anything we should know about the area?

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Thanks for the info guys, looks like we pulled the trigger, we are looking at houses in the woodlands/ spring area we will hopefully be out next week to look at some.
Is there anything we should know about the area?
Robert I lived in Spring about 3 years ago. Check out the FB page several members live and work in the Spring area.
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Beware of The Woodlands. It's very nice but also very restrictive with their HOA. Personally I would find a more rural area like Montgomery or Lake Conroe. You can probably find something less restrictive in Spring but you may have to go farther out if an HOA is an issue for you.
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Scoop thank you for that (did not think about that), we just got back from looking at houses we looked in both spring and conroe. we were surprised at the hoops we are having to jump through to find a place. we were told to go through a realtor and they made us go back years to prove that we can rent a place. nobody we contacted prior to the realtor even got back to us. is that normal? we picked a place, but we were told we cant have it due to having 2 Belgian malinois dogs. we are still looking at some options in conroe though

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Wanted to update since you guys took the time to inform me on Texas.
We ended up moving at the end of May, we are in the woodlands... I have not had problems with the HOA yet ( we will see how that plays out) i figured that my truck would be a little one here, but in the woodlands it mostly hipster cars and imports and i am still out of place most of the time...not that i care though
I am loving it here so far, its just very hot...
Don't know if you guys do get togethers in this group ( will keep an eye out on the forum) maybe i will run into some of you here.

Thanks for the help!
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Wanted to update since you guys took the time to inform me on Texas.
We ended up moving at the end of May, we are in the woodlands... I have not had problems with the HOA yet ( we will see how that plays out) i figured that my truck would be a little one here, but in the woodlands it mostly hipster cars and imports and i am still out of place most of the time...not that i care though
I am loving it here so far, its just very hot...
Don't know if you guys do get togethers in this group ( will keep an eye out on the forum) maybe i will run into some of you here.

Thanks for the help!
Welcome to Texas! We actually had a meet and greet in Spring today. Join up on the Ford Broncos of Houston FB page for all the latest updates. Most of the locals don't come here much. We're hoping for more participation of the local crowd. Had about 5 or 6 BKO's show up today.
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Wanted to update since you guys took the time to inform me on Texas.
We ended up moving at the end of May, we are in the woodlands... I have not had problems with the HOA yet ( we will see how that plays out) i figured that my truck would be a little one here, but in the woodlands it mostly hipster cars and imports and i am still out of place most of the time...not that i care though
I am loving it here so far, its just very hot...
Don't know if you guys do get togethers in this group ( will keep an eye out on the forum) maybe i will run into some of you here.

Thanks for the help!

welcome to texas! you seriously came at the worst time of the year as far as weather is concerned.

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Thanks, I will check out the Facebook page.

Dash_cam,
You are correct, we had a rough time arriving. It rained for days and they would not come turn on the power and gas for days... but we got it all worked out now.
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Welcome to Texas! I just moved here at the end of April. I've loved it here since


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Welcome to Texas :)
Even in some of the swankiest areas, you'll find others with interests in similar vehicles. You're in a good part of the state for a lot of activity. Have fun!

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