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RE: Campgrounds near Las Vegas

They got 2' of snow and there's black ice, but yeah, they're open. haha funny guy. Lows in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 60's to 70's. Anyway, just looking for a campground with full hookups to dewinterize my camper en route to Yuma. And to spend the night without freezing!!
~DJ~ 01/24/15 04:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Feb 1st were out of here need a 1st night plan or alternate.

Well were going to give a try to get on our way Feb 1st. Leaving Richmond Mi. and heading toward Fla. Williston Crossings for a month. If I get on the road early and if I have decent weather it is 375 miles to KY Horse Park. I drive under 65 so I think we can make it before 5PM. The next night I plan on staying at Harvest Moon near the KY/ GA border about 325 miles the second day. I am not thinking of dewinterizing the first night just heat some water on the stove and wash up. Maybe second day dewinterize if the weather looks good. Now the question is what alternatives are there if something happens and the first days drive becomes too long. This a new new TT and I have not pulled it very much only a couple hundred miles. I however am not new to towing and RVing with well over 100,000 miles in our last 4 camping units ( 3 MH's and 1 TT ). I have made this trip a few times and it is hit and miss weatherwise. Right now the 15 day forecast looks OK but you know how that goes. Also any alternatives to going through Atlanta. And for Night 3 around the GA. Fla. line. My reservations at the RV park in Williston are not until Feb. 4th. There is a nice campground off of 75 at exit 129 called Whispering Hills RV in Georgetown,Ky.....cut down the first days trip some what Also, i think that campground next to Camping world ,mentioned ,i another post here..is still closed...would cll to double check....but at exit 80 is a new campground at carroll's sasuage co...Chuck
ct1964ups 01/18/15 07:02am Roads and Routes
Feb 1st were out of here need a 1st night plan or alternate.

Well were going to give a try to get on our way Feb 1st. Leaving Richmond Mi. and heading toward Fla. Williston Crossings for a month. If I get on the road early and if I have decent weather it is 375 miles to KY Horse Park. I drive under 65 so I think we can make it before 5PM. The next night I plan on staying at Harvest Moon near the KY/ GA border about 325 miles the second day. I am not thinking of dewinterizing the first night just heat some water on the stove and wash up. Maybe second day dewinterize if the weather looks good. Now the question is what alternatives are there if something happens and the first days drive becomes too long. This a new new TT and I have not pulled it very much only a couple hundred miles. I however am not new to towing and RVing with well over 100,000 miles in our last 4 camping units ( 3 MH's and 1 TT ). I have made this trip a few times and it is hit and miss weatherwise. Right now the 15 day forecast looks OK but you know how that goes. Also any alternatives to going through Atlanta. And for Night 3 around the GA. Fla. line. My reservations at the RV park in Williston are not until Feb. 4th.
Dog Trainer 01/17/15 03:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for stops in route

There are several c.g.'s in Kentucky and Tennessee open all year. Over the years we have traveled south in the winter at least 12 times and have never spent a night in a motel and we leave from near Toronto. We always stay in campgrounds and usually dewinterize the second night in Kentucky. Do a google search and indicate campgrounds open all year. Then call the c.g. and confirm their facilities and price. We have run across KOA's that want to charge $45 a night in winter for just an electric hookup. No way will we stay at a place like that. If you are a member of Passport America check the parks along your route. There are a couple that might work for you.
Tripalot 01/17/15 08:56am Snowbirds
RE: Looking for stops in route

There are different methods many of us snowbirders use to look for lodging or a campground while going to/from. You can always ask the question as you have done or you can do a little research on your own since most folks won't be traveling the exact route you're going. Here's what I have done. --Determine how long I plan to drive the first day. Estimate your average speed (including fueling, potty, food stops). Take the number of hours times the average speed and you'll come up with an approximate location(s) where you might want to get a motel/campground. I move along pretty well on the road, but my average speed is usually around 50-55 mph barring any unforeseen traffic problems. --There is a nice book called NEXT EXIT. You might want to invest in this book (about $15) as it will be real informative in regard to what motels, fueling locations, food, etc. you'll find at specific exit numbers on all Interstate highways. --I've also used Google maps to identify what might be available in regard to motels at certain exits. Using these satellite maps you can often see parking areas around motels. You can also phone ahead to motels you find on the Internet to ask about RV parking. We've rarely had problems with parking, but usually we only spend one night in a motel on our way to FL because the 2nd night we're usually in warmer temps and can dewinterize. We go the I-69/I-65 route (and catch US231 in Montgomery, AL). We've stayed in Bowling Green, KY (exit #22 I believe) where there is a Quality Inn with plenty of parking. Last year we stayed in Brentwood, TN and then this year we made it about 10 miles into AL before we stopped for the night. I think these were all Quality Inns. Hope this helps some. Good luck with your trip.
Parrothead Mike 01/16/15 08:45pm Snowbirds
RE: UGH....WINTER

Not sure if you have any open campgrounds at all up there now. But we will do during the winter is go a little further south to Myrtle Beach (4 hr drive for us) for a long weekend. We won't dewinterize the motorhome. We will leave it winterized. We make sure we park close enough to walk to a bath house and just use the bath house. Don't use the plumbing in the camper. Carry some jugs of water and don't pour down the drain. Pour into a plastic wash basin that we can carry outside and pour down the outside sewer trap. We usually eat out. But if we cook there on site, we normally do something easy that requires no or very little cleanup. Heat up water on stove and wash whatever in the plastic wash basin. Beats having to dewinterize, use the sewer hose and rewinterizing. It's not an every day thing, but is good for a trip every now and then. Matter of fact, we are headed to MB in 2 weeks for a 4 day trip. Daughter is out of school for a couple days right after a weekend. Wife and I took a couple days of PTO.
wbwood 01/12/15 08:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Will pipes freeze camping in 26 deg.weather

Why chance it, for one or two nights, use bottled water and rv antifreeze for flushing. A little inconvenience but a lot less than a broken pipe. That is what we do when heading south in the winter. We dewinterize when we are far enough south to ensure no more freezing weather. Ken x2
AllegroD 12/30/14 12:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will pipes freeze camping in 26 deg.weather

Just don't dewinterize until you hit warm weather. Drink bottled water and flush your toilet with Rv antifreeze. Yes, that is the safest option, and that may be what we end up doing. The place that we are staying doesn't have showers, so we would like to use the motorhome shower.
keyman44 12/30/14 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will pipes freeze camping in 26 deg.weather

Why chance it, for one or two nights, use bottled water and rv antifreeze for flushing. A little inconvenience but a lot less than a broken pipe. That is what we do when heading south in the winter. We dewinterize when we are far enough south to ensure no more freezing weather. Ken
Beverley&Ken 12/30/14 10:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will pipes freeze camping in 26 deg.weather

Just don't dewinterize until you hit warm weather. Drink bottled water and flush your toilet with Rv antifreeze.
pawatt 12/30/14 10:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keeping Trailer Safe In-Between Winter Trips

Yes winterizing my rigs take a hour if I take my time and about 5 to 10 dollars worth of pink stuff depending on which rig. This is my hobby so I don't even think of it as work. I enjoy messing with my campers. I will gladly dewinterize for a good trip and winterize when I get home. Yikes! You're making it too difficult! We went to Florida over Christmas. I winterized at the end of October and un-winterized in Georgia at a KOA enroute to Florida a little over a week ago. Took 2 bottles of "pink stuff" and winterized when we got back to Indiana. I kept a close eye on the weather forecasts and decided to re-winterize once home as temps were above 32 pretty consistent. Got home and first thing I did was re-winterize with the "pink stuff". It took less than 10 minutes (if that long), and that included popping the low-point drains. Glad I did it right away, because that night it dropped below 32. I installed the in-line winterizing kit when I first purchased the camper. Drain the water heater, then Flip the valve on the water heater, Flip the valve at the water pump and stick the hose in the gallon jug and turn on the water pump, turn on each faucet, hot and cold until pink runs, and what's left over from the 2 gallons, dump down the drains for the p-traps. Then go under the trailer and pop the low points and let it drain. Close them, done! Total time ... less than 10 minutes. Not sure I follow what you are getting at. Both of my rigs are in my shop. I could probably cut my time to 20 minutes on the 5th wheel and about the same for the TC. But I don't see it as a chore so I fiddle around and take my time. Looks like we both do the same thing.
dave17352 12/29/14 10:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping Trailer Safe In-Between Winter Trips

Yes winterizing my rigs take a hour if I take my time and about 5 to 10 dollars worth of pink stuff depending on which rig. This is my hobby so I don't even think of it as work. I enjoy messing with my campers. I will gladly dewinterize for a good trip and winterize when I get home. Yikes! You're making it too difficult! We went to Florida over Christmas. I winterized at the end of October and un-winterized in Georgia at a KOA enroute to Florida a little over a week ago. Took 2 bottles of "pink stuff" and winterized when we got back to Indiana. I kept a close eye on the weather forecasts and decided to re-winterize once home as temps were above 32 pretty consistent. Got home and first thing I did was re-winterize with the "pink stuff". It took less than 10 minutes (if that long), and that included popping the low-point drains. Glad I did it right away, because that night it dropped below 32. I installed the in-line winterizing kit when I first purchased the camper. Drain the water heater, then Flip the valve on the water heater, Flip the valve at the water pump and stick the hose in the gallon jug and turn on the water pump, turn on each faucet, hot and cold until pink runs, and what's left over from the 2 gallons, dump down the drains for the p-traps. Then go under the trailer and pop the low points and let it drain. Close them, done! Total time ... less than 10 minutes. I drain the black and gray tanks first. To the OP: No reason why you cannot winter camp. You have a couple choices. Dry camp (no water in your camper.... revert back to tent camping days when you used campground facilities and carried water in jugs or buckets. Nothing down the drains, no showers, but cat baths and toss the water out the door. Second option is to ensure your tanks are heated and winter proof. Then you can use on-board water. Either way ... don't let cold weather stop you.
DutchmenSport 12/29/14 07:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping Trailer Safe In-Between Winter Trips

Yes winterizing my rigs take a hour if I take my time and about 5 to 10 dollars worth of pink stuff depending on which rig. This is my hobby so I don't even think of it as work. I enjoy messing with my campers. I will gladly dewinterize for a good trip and winterize when I get home.
dave17352 12/29/14 01:25pm Travel Trailers
Keeping Trailer Safe In-Between Winter Trips

I have a travel trailer that I winterized in November. I am in Virginia so its probably safe to dewinterize in March. However, we have found that we are missing out on some good trips because it is now winterized. I really hate the idea of keeping our unit off-limits during the mild VA winters. I imagine I can't forgo winterizing for the sake if being able to camp in the winter, can I? Is my only solution to winterize after each trip and dewinterize before each winter trip. Seems like a time and money draw to keep doing that.
RescueRam3 12/29/14 11:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Arctic Fox 22G

I like it! While I normally suggest a slide for everyone, you obviously don't want or need it, so no point it having the weight or extra $$$. We are working toward a more minimalist lifestyle and this trailer fits the bill. You'll have what you need, good quality and not some "fluff" you don't need or want....mostly need for minimalist. Like the bathroom and great storage. Like the counterspace in the kitchen. Problem with watching TV in bed - if you do that - is that I tend to doze off. I've seen the first 15 minutes of a zillion movies - no clue about the ending. Outside shower?? We use ours twice a year....in the spring to dewinterize, just in case and in the fall to winterize. That's it! Awning?? If it's not something you use, I wouldn't fret over adding options to it just to leave it stowed. Folks have lived for years with a manual awning, or now the power but without the tilt feature. Ours is power and we never, never leave it out when we leave the campsite or if weather looks questionable. Lesson learned so we don't need it to tilt when we're 5 steps away from the button. I think I've seen maybe 1 Arctic Fox here in TN. Where are they manufactured? Since we don't winter camp it would be overkill for us, but I do like the general quality mentioned often. Enjoy your new camper and make lots of happy memories. Merry Christmas!
dadmomh 12/12/14 10:42am Travel Trailers
Trip report: Chattanooga & GSMNP April 2014

Hope there's no time limitation on posting previous trips. I've enjoyed reading other people's trip reports and I thought I'd share our Spring Break vacation from April 2014. My husband and I are in our late 30s, and the kids were 11, 9, and 5. Trip timeline was 4-3 to 4-13. Day 1: Driving MI to Chattanooga We planned on getting an early start, by about 7 or so and driving straight through to Chattanooga.........yep, that's 650 miles from home in southern Michigan. It was still snowing at home so we waited until the last minute to dewinterize and sanitize. At 10pm the night before our departure, I noticed water on the floor of the bunkhouse. Apparently the hose to the outside kitchen busted during the winter. The following morning, we didn't leave until 9:30am after waiting for the hardware shop to open and getting the parts to fix the leak. We drove straight through stopping every 2-3 hours for only 20 minutes at a time. I'm sure the majority of people here have been to the Smokies, but it took us 12 hours, is longest drive we've gone and it's the farthest the kids had ever been from home. So it's pretty significant for us. No joke, it poured for the first 9 hours of the trip. At one point I asked my husband if he wanted to stop for the night and he said, "Why bother. I'll just have to set up in the rain and the kids will stay inside playing on their tablets. May as well keep driving." Right-O! We did fine until the last hour when we all got a little stir crazy and my 5 year old was crying because she wanted to be in bed. :( We made it to Best Holiday Travel Park in Chattanooga at 10pm. It was 75 and muggy and I couldn't wrap my head around it because you couldn't see grass in anyone's yard at home. This park is actually in Georgia and came highly reviewed but I didn't care for it too much. The spaces were ridiculously tight and you couldn't even get chairs around the campfire. Some class A couldn't do both the awning and slide at the same time. We went to bed exhausted and ready for day two! Day 2: Chattanooga After our long day of travel we were promptly woken up at 5:30am by a loud beeping alarm. We sprang out of bed disoriented and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. Turned out to be the LP alarm. It took us several minutes to figure out that we had the gas shut off completely and the actual sensor had gone bad. We clipped the wires to silence it, but after being shaken up and thinking we were poisoning our children, we couldn't fall back asleep. The kids slept through the excitement......I have no idea how they did this! After breakfast we picked up a new LP alarm (installed that day and hasn't given us a false alarm since, whew!) and headed out to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. The kids and I had never been to an aquarium before. It was a blast! My daughter got her ponytails wet from petting the stingrays. https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10257811_10202912411285066_4195581487992836446_n.jpg?oh=0f0ea5ea48410db47d56011869bd25f4&oe=54FF82F5&__gda__=1426183907_c52a5c02665206d0763af29148cf5d1f https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10006924_10202919209015005_1142602771661038127_n.jpg?oh=a1b6a343ac35613f09d72831fdcc58a6&oe=5517891F&__gda__=1427271689_2bec852a77b9baecb1a58f4a9c1b599e We spent a few hours at the aquarium then went back to the camper for lunch. It was a little overcast and threatening rain, but we decided to head out to Chickamauga National Military Park to check it out. Lessons I learned at Chickamauga: -The children don't care to look at statues placed in fields....at all. DUH! Should have seemed obvious, but I thought they'd like it more. Nope. -Educational material about the Civil War can be used as punishment for my children. Yep, it's that bad. :) Cannon outside of visitor center = good. https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10153177_10202912386804454_1049474822111727727_n.jpg?oh=58cd9cc395fc1b326e7c5d62dfae11e3&oe=54FC5FFC Gun room inside of visitor center = good. https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/1977180_10202912389364518_683934558751265896_n.jpg?oh=d57cfa0b56420ba42f75c77da5ea423f&oe=5506E5C2&__gda__=1427014568_6be2c122d76945c0826c54088733b5dd Random statues placed in fields = not good. Museum gift shop = good. https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1378874_10202912388084486_293474337094846393_n.jpg?oh=d5e12971bdd9659cedcaf6f2e52567de&oe=55451153&__gda__=1426463375_85e5749ff91a7902ca7eef8440728264
michigansandzilla 12/10/14 08:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water

When we used to begin our winter travel on Jan 2 from Rochester NY we would fill with water in the driveway and dewinterize with the furnace on. The furnace kept the utility bay warm enough and the volume of water in the FW tank was great enough to prevent fast freezing. We drove through some freezing weather and stayed in our son's driveway with temps down to 15 overnight. That coach was an '04 Southwind and before that an '01 Daybreak. We burned a lot of propane keeping warm but I don't remember ever freezing the water system. I would NOT be happy getting fresh water at FJ. I would stop at a campground along the way however and put some water in the tank for travel purposes. Once you get south of I 40 most campgrounds are open.
xctraveler 12/08/14 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water

If it's too cold to dewinterize before we leave, we fill a few gallon milk jugs to take with us. By the eve of the second day we are in S GA or N FL so we dewinterize at the campground. Works for us.
CG Dawson 12/08/14 08:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Coach is in garage for now, but after Christmas taking off to Houston for a month. I do have some things to take care of while there and I hope its not going to be to cold. Then home for 3 weeks while hubby is home on turnaround. Then we are heading to Florida for a month, possibly 2. DD and I can hardly wait. I will have to dewinterize and do it again then dewinterize again but better then everything freezing up. I worry that Feb could be very bad weather to go back to Indiana and leave again. Maybe I will get lucky.
PatStab 12/02/14 09:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I-75 Mi. to central Fl.

Does anyone know of rv parks along the 1-75 rte from Mi. to fla. I figure the first day we will make it to Central KY. then another 350 miles day 2 then into our destination. So we need to spend 2 nights along the way. I am wondering if 2 nights in a dog friendly motel may be the answer. Any suggestion would be appreciated. BTW we are leaving the 1st of Feb. that is why the question. May not dewinterize until after knoxville or a little further south. We will be in our new 34" TT and truck Not sure your exact route from Michigan to Kentucky, but if you are getting to central Kentucky in one day it will be a long one. We do the I-24 to I-65, and at Birmingham we take US RT 231 to I-10 to I-75 and into SW Florida. We avoid Monteagle (the I-24 to I-75 route) because we had bad experiences going that way on two different occasions. Back in the 90's (March) we hit a blizzard up there and were stuck for 3 days, three years ago it was so foggy up there we had to sit for 4 hours. I don't mind the climb it is just the unpredictable weather conditions between December and March up there. We are using Clarksville RV CG this year on our way south. It is right on the interstate and is open all year. Nashville has a nice KOA but it is around $65.00 per night. There are some good CG's down through Alabama. The time of year you are leaving I think it would be questionable if you could de-winterize in TN or KY. If it was me I would look ahead at the extended temps for those areas and make my decision. When we leave next month we will not be winterized. We simply set the furnace on 50 or 55 degrees and go. But we could be traveling in 30 degree days and you may be seeing 10 degree days.
C-Bears 11/25/14 01:18pm Roads and Routes
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