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RE: Pigion Forge TN

Love the Smokies, as we average two trips a year. Will be there again in two weeks. We go for the tourist stuff. Could care less about the park as we rarely visit it when we go. Are two go to campgrounds is Archor Downs and River Plantation. This is why they have different things for different people. We DO NOT enjoy the touristy stuff and these are our least favorite campgrounds. I'm NOT a shopper, so the outlet malls are places I avoid like the plague. Our two teens enjoy the go-carts and all that, but we only do that one day, usually a day at Dollywood and then we head into Gatlinburg and walk the downtown streets for a few hours. That's what makes life interesting....different outlooks on the same thing.
Merrykalia 12/04/19 08:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: thanksgiving 2020

Several of us have spent Thanksgiving at Panther Creek State Park in Morristown, TN; about 20 miles NE of Dandridge. A couple years ago, we decided to stay closer to home and made reservations at Natural Tunnel SP in Virginia. They have lots of activities during the week and on Friday and Saturday, they have the "lighting of the Tunnel" with Christmas lights, Santa Claus, popcorn, hot chocolate, cappuccino, cider and coffee and small firepits sitting around and marshmallows to roast. It is a really fun time and even though our kids are teens, they enjoy the atmosphere. There is always some kind of live music. If you decide to head down next year, we will all be there and we cook a complete Thanksgiving dinner and share with others that are camping.
Merrykalia 12/02/19 01:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone gone on a Cruise?

I've been on 26 cruises so far with #27 scheduled for February 2020. Eastern or Western Caribbean is negligible in difference other than the Atlantic is a bit rougher than the Caribbean UNLESS you hit a storm, which are common in the late winter in the Caribbean. We've been on most all of the "regular" cruise lines. Not Oceana, Silversea, Seabourn or some other of those. If you want to know which ones they are, google: upscale cruise lines. With that being said, here is MY rankings. Also to consider, I am 55+, retired, but do have teenage kids. 1. NCL 2. MSC 3. Princess with Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America and Royal Caribbean being pretty equal, but with VERY different price tags. NCL is my all-time favorite because of their service, cleanliness, food quality (all have food quantity) and price for what you get. MSC is very European and there are lots of Europeans on the cruise. It is one of the top-ranked cruise lines in and about Europe, so it is familiar with Europeans wanting to see the Caribbean. Carnival is full of kids.. young kids, middle kids, older kids and usually lots of college age kids that are of the age to drink. They utilize that function extremely well. I explain it as the Walmart of cruise lines....it's for everybody and everybody is on board. Entertainment is kinda cheesy and again, it's for the masses. Royal Caribbean is about the same as Carnival. They have lots of gadgets on their ships, but I'm not going to go try to climb a wall; I'm not going to play mini-golf, nor try a Wave Rider. I don't want to pay for stuff I'm not going to use. These also attract younger cruisers. I want peace and quiet, good food, good service, clean areas to lounge around in, some spa time (Extra $$) and a good show occasionally. My best advice is to get on Trip Advisor and look at the available tours that would be in the locality you might want to go to. This will help you decide on East vs West. They are both good, but some are better for some people. Our crew (6 couples each have favorite ports and they are NOT the same one.) Now, since you are in Illinois, unless you are going to fly, New Orleans is your closest cruise port. They have some wonderful cruises out of there. The last 3 years, we have gone out of NOLA. It goes smoothly, but not as smooth as in Miami. The other ports, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa and Port Canaveral go as well as NOLA, but not as well as Miami. We have not been out of Mobile, nor Galveston. They have the smaller to medium ships. I like the medium size ships, but the last few have been on the larger ships. They have more people, a few more amenities and usually newer ships. Any cruise line will be good the first trip, but try out others to see which one fits YOU. Also, if you are going in February, do not go out of NOLA if it is the week of Mardi Gras. LA schools are usually out of school during that week and the ship will be full of young kids. (Ask me how I know!!) Don't overpack when you go. You will not need lots of outfits. One pair of khaki pants with a couple of golf shirts will work for dinner at night, no matter which line you choose. Change right before and then after dinner and those two will last for a week. I take a black jersey skirt and a couple of tops along with a sundresses that can also be used as a swimsuit coverup. A dressy pair of sandals and I wear a good pair of walking shoes and flip flops to wear around the ship on sea days. I have done this so much that I can pack 8 days of clothing in a backpack that will fit under my seat on the airplane. I then have a large pocketbook for meds, travel papers, passport, etc. If you have specific questions, you are welcome to PM me.
Merrykalia 11/22/19 10:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Both of my teenage daughters think it is "awesome looking". Me, not so much. The $100 down payment, which is refundable, will get lots and lots of hits and will make him look like the Emperor HE THINKS HE IS! That's a great commercial gimmick for something that might or might not ever become available.
Merrykalia 11/22/19 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: height? / good wide folding stool for pop up truck camper

We carry 2 18" drywall benches with us, one in the inside and one in our outside compartment. We got them at Lowe's on Black Friday about 10 years ago. They have them every year or two for $25 each. This is the one we use.
Merrykalia 11/21/19 06:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Thanksgiving

We are camping with friends at a park about 30 minutes from home and we will have a full Thanksgiving dinner "on the grounds", no matter what temp it is. We have 2-10 X 20 tents that we L shape. We had 35 in attendance last year and had plenty of food. There will be turkey, dressing, gravy, twice baked potatoes, cranberry salad, green bean casserole, pineapple casserole, some sort of sweet potato dish, deviled eggs and sausage balls and a couple of other appetizer foods. We eat the leftovers on Friday (if there are any). Dinner is at Natural Tunnel State Park in Virginia at 2:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day and we will be in sites #13 and #14. If you are in the neighborhood, you are invited to eat with us. Give us a heads-up that you are coming so we can make sure we have plenty of vittles.
Merrykalia 11/19/19 06:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pigion Forge TN

If you are wanting to be right in Pigeon Forge, stay at Pine Mountain RV Park. You can't beat it for the close vicinity, but off the parkway, so the sound is not quite as loud. The shuttle runs to most campgrounds, but this one is about a mile to Dollywood, 2 blocks to the Old Mill and is easily walking distance to the parkway and restaurants. Others are further away or RIGHT ON the parkway and the sound, up until LATE in the night, is awful. If you are wanting to get out of the main drag, Anchor Down is great, but extremely pricey. The Douglas Headwater Campground is just across the lake from Anchor Down, has water/electric and a dump, along with decent bath houses. I think their cost is $30/night compared to $65+ at AD. There are many, many campgrounds - Riverside, Rivers Edge, Clabough's, Misty Meadow, Jellystone, Adventure Bound, Twin Creek and many more. We have stayed at most of them, but Pine Mtn is our favorite IN Pigeon Forge.
Merrykalia 11/19/19 06:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Midsize car for towing

Back in the day (80s), I towed a small popup with my Subaru Impreza. It had a 2500 lb tow rating at that time. The 2019 and 2020 Subaru Foresters (their mid-size) has a 1500 lb tow rating and something called their TSA (trailer safety assist), which I'm not sure what it is. I've had other cars, but my 4 Subarus have been my favorites. Just purchased a new Outback Touring model that is FABULOUS!
Merrykalia 11/16/19 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

We had an F150 Ecoboost and I dearly LOVED it! We just decided to get a larger RV, so had to go the F350 diesel dually route. I still miss that truck and it was as comfortable as any vehicle I've ever ridden in, including Mom's Cadillac Deville and my Benz. My DW said the same thing when we had a loaner F150 last Nov. Think tho that had the lil Ecoboost motor. We had the 3.5L EB and it had as much torque and power we could ask for. When I ordered it, I spec'd it out. I had the Max Tow Package, but also got the HD package in a 4 X 4 Crew Cab. It had more payload than any F250 on the lot and within 100 lbs of the F350s. We had 50K on it and were just worried that it might not be in for the long haul. Someone locally bought it and we still see it towing a 30' long trailer filled with two side by side 4X4s. I saw him at Lowe's a few months ago and he said he had 125K on it now and it was still towing away.
Merrykalia 11/13/19 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

We had an F150 Ecoboost and I dearly LOVED it! We just decided to get a larger RV, so had to go the F350 diesel dually route. I still miss that truck and it was as comfortable as any vehicle I've ever ridden in, including Mom's Cadillac Deville and my Benz.
Merrykalia 11/13/19 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling my RV advice

We have never traded in an RV, and have had 5 different ones. We sold our first one, a popup to a friend; the second one, we parked it in a large parking lot that was well-patrolled and sold it for the asking price in cash to a local, but we didn't know them; the third, we sold on Craigslist to a family about 5 hours away. We had many, many phone conversations and exchange of pictures. It also sold for asking price. Our last fifth wheel, we also sold on Craigslist and sold it for $200 off of asking price. Again, we had several phone calls and we met at our bank to finalize the sale. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Merrykalia 11/08/19 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are RV shows worth it?

We attended a couple of shows that had sites set up so you could camp right beside the show. That might be available to you, but there will be lots of traffic. I should have said in my previous post that we usually always find an idea that we can put to use in our RV. Both of us are pretty handy, so we can build or fabricate ideas.
Merrykalia 11/08/19 12:24pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Are RV shows worth it?

We love everything about the RV lifestyle, but are very satisfied with our unit. We still go to a couple of shows that are 3-4 hours away. Sometime, we will plan to meet friends there, look at units, go out for dinner and just have a great outing. Other times, we will go and look, just to see what's new and interesting. Our unit will have been winterized by then, so looking is a way to pass the time until we can get back to camping. We normally spend about 100 nights in our 5er each year.
Merrykalia 11/07/19 09:10am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: New Tires - too many options

OP here: This was just a question about what kind of tires you have that have worked well on YOUR truck. There is no need to get catty (wait, this is men. What do you call catty men?) All of this is OPINION, sometimes based on specific facts. I'll just have to ask that it be shut down because I'm not getting any further answers, just lots of BS.
Merrykalia 11/06/19 05:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Texas couple killed

It was easy for me to get alcohol when I was underage and if drugs were legal it would be easy for our youth to get them too. I don't want my high school age grandkids to have easy access to meth and heroin. News flash.... They probably already do, and either just do not know, or wont go near it.. You would be surprised at what issues the schools systems have today and don't publish. I live in a back=woods, country town in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. My daughters attend a high school with less than 500 students in grade 8-12. My sophmore daughter knows who uses alcohol, marijuana and pills and who she could go to to get anything along those lines. Meth is available on YOUR street corner, as it is mine. Heroin is just a phone call away to anyone. If you have the desire for it, you can find it. If your grandkids have not tried drugs and/or alcohol, it's because of the parents and the friends they have chosen, not that it's not available.
Merrykalia 11/05/19 11:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

All of the laughter may be correctly spewed, but, the vehicle was new, the alignment should not be able to be questioned, and wearing out new radials in 22,000 miles is ridiculous. YES, I would be screaming, My old Rams tires went 5 years and 70 k before I replaced them. And I would be trying to bring all the attention to the issue I could before I would just walk away from it. Guess I'm just stubborn about accepting being screwed over. Lot's of talk about alignment. First absolutely the alignment could be questioned and would likely be the predominant problem if the front only was wearing oddly. The OP said "tires" not front tires, so guessing, perhaps incorrectly,that it is all 6 tires worn. Eating front tires? I'd be at the dealer telling them to fix it. (Actually I'd probably just fix it myslef and save the hassle, but...) Sure try a tire shop, see if you can get some goodwill there. The tires on the driver side are wearing, both front and outside back one. The passenger side outside back tire is also wearing some, but not as much as the others. The alignment was checked and is within specs. This is apparently a TIRE problem, not alignment.
Merrykalia 11/05/19 10:58am Tow Vehicles
Country ham stuffed chicken breast

Someone had asked a question about country ham (salt cured) in another thread and I started thinking about this dish. It is easy, but appears VERY FANCY when served. 2 chicken breasts pounded to 1/2" thickness (I usually cut in half, also) 1 large thin slice country ham cut into however many chicken breasts you have ( buy biscuit cuts, which are very thin) 4 TBSP real butter 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme DIRECTIONS 1. Pound chicken breasts until thin and spread 1/2 TBSP of butter on top of each breast. 2. Sprinkle each with 1/2 tsp dried thyme. 3. Place a piece of country ham on top of each chicken breast and roll up with chicken outside, butter, thyme and ham inside, securing with a couple of toothpicks. 4. Melt 1 TBSP in a cast iron or heavy skillet and add chicken breasts, turning every 3-4 minutes, browning all sides. 5. Lower heat to simmer and add remaining butter, cover and allow to steam for 8-10 minutes to thoroughly cook the chicken. 6. Remove from the chicken from skillet and allow to cool slightly. Remove toothpicks and cut on the diagonal to serve. 7. After removing chicken from skillet, add a couple tablespoons of water or chicken broth and remaining thyme to the skillet and deglaze pan (stir the water around, scraping up the bits left) and use this sauce over the top of the chicken when serving. This is yummy, easy and looks spectacular. It goes well with a simple rice dish to soak up the browned butter sauce and a side salad.
Merrykalia 11/03/19 12:27pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Country Ham

It's a regional thing. Ask for whole ham or spiral cut ham. You will probably get better results. Dutchmen, I usually agree with most of your comments, but there is a BIG difference in a whole ham and spiral cut ham and "country ham". Country ham is salt or occasionally sugar cured. Whole hams may be cured, but not with as much salt as a country ham is. It is so salty, it makes your blood pressure rise just smelling it cook. I guess that's what makes it so good.
Merrykalia 11/03/19 12:13pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: I40 West of Asheville closing

It is either planned, or unplanned, but happens every 6 months or so. 5 days, 5 week or 5 months, who knows how long. You can pretty much plan on it.
Merrykalia 11/03/19 12:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Tires - too many options

Thanks for all your posts. DH and I have been looking at the Michelin Defenders and that is probably the way we will go. We've given the Saillun's a look, so we may even head that way. Looking into pricing, etc. Anyways, thanks a bunch!
Merrykalia 10/31/19 06:27pm Tow Vehicles
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