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RE: Gatlinberg, TN and Ashville, NC

For Gatlinburg, we stayed Smoky Bear Campground and RV Park. It's about 20 minutes east of Gatlinburg, 10 minutes from a full grocery stores, but it's away from the crowds and hustle and bustle. Very clean and well maintained, and the hosts are really wonderful.
Campfire Time 07/31/20 12:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV awning cleaning

I spray the dirty/molded areas with Awesome Orange from the dollar store. Then use a wash pad on a wand and car wash soap to wash it all off. Then rinse with a hose. It comes right off. If we go more than a month between trips I cover the ends with soda bottles (see link). This really works well. It's not fool proof but over the course of a winter the dirt/mold on the awning is minimal and easy to clean.
Campfire Time 07/22/20 12:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing with 4cyl Sorento?

Baby it. This whole setup is marginal at best and I think you are going to be very unhappy with it. Potential braking issues have been mentioned, but I was thinking cooling system. Watch your engine temps and if possible monitor the transmission temps.
Campfire Time 07/14/20 11:57am Towing
RE: Vehicle for Towing

Check the payload. Your tongue weight is going to be in the neighborhood of 900#, add that the weight of the hitch and you're close to or over 1000#. Some SUVs have low payloads. If one you look at is say, 1300# then you might be cutting things close. I always avoided PUs. I loved my Suburbans. But now that I have a crew cab truck, I can't imagine going back to a big SUV.
Campfire Time 07/10/20 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford delays Electric F150 to mid 2022

This doesn't surprise me. It was ambitious for any of the big 3 to promise rapid rollout of electric trucks. Right on the heels of Mary Barra predicting mass electrification of cars will take decades.
Campfire Time 06/11/20 03:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting state-by-state reopening guide

Interesting list but missing data for campers. WI State Parks are open, but campgrounds are closed. Private CGs are allowed to be open but some counties have closed them at least until the Stay at Home order ends May 26th.
Campfire Time 05/12/20 01:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Door county WI

We go to Door County 3-4 times per year. There is never anything going on mid week except maybe in July or August. Shops and restaurants are still all open in mid October, but some are already switching to off season hours and may be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most of the private CGs last weekends are mid month and many of the shops will close by the end of the month. Mid week is a great time to be there as nothing is busy. You can get seats and restaurants and bar seats at the brew pubs and tap rooms without fighting your way in. Weekends are insane up there in Oct. Everyone is there for festivals and to see the colors. Weather can be all over the board. Most years it is cold and wet up there in Oct. but sometimes you can hit some good weather. There is some talk lately about keeping the tourists out of Door County due to the virus. Their medical facilities are in Sturgeon Bay and not equipped to handle a bunch of virus patients. I think they have 10 ICU beds. We have plans for two weeks in August and we are considering cancelling our annual trip. I suspect we will still be practicing social distancing and maybe even wearing masks in public. I would not cancel yet. Far too early to decide. The Door County Health Dept (or what ever it is called) has closed private CGs through May 26th but I would not be surprised if that gets lifted with some specific requirements. The rules are literally changing daily here as in most states. Door County is heavy on tourism dependency and is mostly small business. We have reservations in mid may and though CGs are supposed to be closed, we'll wait for official word from the CG.
Campfire Time 04/20/20 01:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No Corona

So a little on line humor? Whether its droll or offensive or funny - one should try to remain unoffended and understanding. I agree. None of this is fun. For anyone. Least of all the health care worker affected and those who are still working with the public. They are all heroes. That said a bit of humor helps us all deal with it. One's mental health is as important right now as physical health. If one chooses to hang their heads so to speak, they are are going to have a harder getting getting through it. I choose not to hang my head. Speaking of liquor stores, in WI they are considered essential. Many microbreweries are able to sell craft beer as curbside pickups.
Campfire Time 04/03/20 08:46am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Can You Pass Through States with Stay at Home Orders?

Our RV is our home, but we are slowly heading north to our upstate NY family cottage where we'll hunker down for awhile until things settle down. We're currently near Savannah, GA and are not concerned at all about passing through the seven states we'll traverse on our way to NY from Florida. Since we'll be calling the cottage "home" for this purpose, if asked, we'll just say we can't obey a stay home order until we get home. This is why so many people are going to die unnecessarily in the US. We've been raised all our lives to think that our country is the exception to everything, and that we as individuals are exceptions to every rule. :h Huh? I don't understand. They are traveling alone, evidently not mingling with people. They are going to a cottage to be alone. How much better of social distancing can you get? How are people going to die unnecessarily because they are actually staying away from others? Something to think about when you stand in line for a pack of TP with 1000 other people breathing on you.
Campfire Time 03/24/20 09:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone lose a set of keys

If he would have left them, someone would have posted saying "I left my keys by accident at a I95 rest stop" OP woulda said he found them and the cranks would have ragged on him for leaving them behind. Mike Exactly what I was thinking. Too many people think the way would handle is the right way and immediately judge others. There is no right way to handle this, and there is no wrong way to handle this. And lots of rest areas do not have attendants, and finding a LEO or a station is often more than inconvenient. That said do what you feel is best and go from there.
Campfire Time 03/12/20 06:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Coronavirus

Here's a good web site if you are interested in how and where this is spreading. It's interesting the same precautions being encouraged are the same ones for preventing any virus.
Campfire Time 02/28/20 08:58am RV Pet Stop
RE: Advice on Campgrounds We liked this place for visiting Gatlinburg- stayed there 4 nights a couple years ago. It's close enough to area attractions, groceries, and the great Smokey Mountains scenery. X2 for Smokybear. 20 minutes east of Gatlinburg, yet away from the congestion and chaos that is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Excellent hosts, and a hot tub!
Campfire Time 02/25/20 06:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

It is the customer's responsibility to ask for any applicable discounts. No question there. However good, no excellent, customer service dictates that the question be asked by the counter attendant during check in. Anticipate the customer's needs and knock their socks off.
Campfire Time 02/20/20 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Karaoke & Sing-along around Campfires

I've never heard anyone doing karaoke. But back when we tented there was often someone with a guitar, sometimes 2, playing and having sing alongs. Tenting is just different. You spend almost all of your time outside, even if it's raining. With an RV you have another option. We still spend a lot of time outside. We do most of our cooking over a campfire. But also don't mind going inside if it's really cold out and watching a movie.
Campfire Time 02/19/20 06:34am RV Lifestyle
RE: Latest Windows 10 Update Help

Stop shutting it down. Let it finish. Occasionally they can take a while. We're pushing out 1903 to 1700 machines. In our testing some rebooted in 30 minutes. some took 90 minutes. Most finished in 45 minutes.
Campfire Time 02/14/20 06:46am Technology Corner
RE: What ever happened to RV Park Reviews?

The new site works just fine for me. It's just different. Not hard to get around at all. Loads just fine for me. It's certainly more graphical than it used to be. Try clearing your browser cache if it's not loading at a reasonable speed. Also try a different browser. Don't bother with Edge. Edge sucks.
Campfire Time 02/10/20 10:06am General RVing Issues
RE: What kind of RPM's do you get? What about MPG?

Too many factors involved to make a blanket statement. When I had my Trailblazer and a 3500# GVWR hybrid, I got 11 pretty regularly at 2600 RPM in 3rd gear. When I started towing the X20E (4750# GVWR) in my sig with the same Trailblazer I got 8-9. When I got the Sierra I get 10 mpg regularly at 2400 RPM towing the same X20E. In other words different combos will give different results. I've never been concerned about either RPMs or mileage. RVing is not cheap. I only monitor mileage because diminished mileage over time can indicate potential issues. But generally speaking you can figure somewhere between 8-12 mpg depending on the combo.
Campfire Time 02/07/20 06:47am Towing
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

Over the years, we’ve done ‘em all: stay in sight, separate but radios, separate but cell phones, just cars, trucks, towing, you name, we’ve done it. My opinion and preference is whatever your comfort level, but there are reasons God gave us radios and cell phones and allowed us to decide in advance where to meet up. Momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. So let the wives drive the first leg sticking together like glue. If that doesn’t resolve the question, maybe it’s the wrong question. This is pretty much us. It really depended on who we traveled with. Never got stressed out over it no matter which way we did it. It's vacation, don't be in a rush, relax and enjoy. The ride is a big part of the fun. If you feel you're going to be stressed out about being sight of one another, it doesn't mater what we say, do what makes you feel comfortable.
Campfire Time 02/06/20 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Would You Camp at a Place Like This??

Full hookups and no crowded sardine can campsites. In other words privacy and quiet. An hour drive is no big deal. Go anywhere away from cities in most states and everything is an hour drive from most CGs anyways. Could be worth it. Are there any reviews on these? No WiFi would be somewhat of an issue. Otherwise most other amenities are just fluff. Even when our daughter was a kid we stayed away from tourist traps like KOAs. State parks and COAs were always the preference.
Campfire Time 02/06/20 07:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Just sold the hybrid after 10 years.

Congratulations! We kept our previous hybrid for 10 years. We're planning to keep our current one at least that long. But the next trailer will not be a hybrid for the same reason you cite.
Campfire Time 02/05/20 06:45am Hybrid Travel Trailers
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