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RE: cancellation policy

I've cancelled in the past a few weeks out and paid only the $10 fee. However I know people that are having their reservations cancelled by the state and they aren't paying anything. When my reservation to Anastasia State Park was cancelled due to hurricane Irma, I paid nothing.
djsamuel 03/17/20 05:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Orlando area long term recommendations

Thanks for all the recommendations. We found a snow birding couple at Elite resorts at Citrus Valley who are headed home just about the time we will be rolling into Central Florida. The drive with traffic will be a little burdensome in the afternoon (I-4 to Osceola Pkwy or 192, then 27) but the park is a great place. Thanks again for the advice. OJ Depending on where in Orlando you will be working, another option getting home is to take 408W to the turnpike North and the Rt 50 to 27. Then head south on 27 to the campground. I work in East Orlando and live in Clermont. The only downfall is you have to pay tolls, but the traffic is much easier than I-4 and 192, especially at rush hour in the afternoon heading towards 27.
djsamuel 02/24/20 09:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Secluded RV Sites in Florida

It is a small distance north of Ocala, but Paynes Prairie State Park would be another option. They just renovated the campground but I haven't been there yet.
djsamuel 02/19/20 12:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Advice on Campgrounds

If you want to visit the Smoky Mountain National Park, consider Townsend. Very quiet and close to Cades Cove. I've been to Little Arrow Campground and Big Meadows Family Campground and enjoyed both.
djsamuel 02/19/20 12:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best weight distribution hitch?

The Andersen works very well for those of us who do not use it make up for a less than capable tow vehicle. If you have 1,000 of payload available and 1,200 pounds of tongue weight, look for something else. On the other hand, if you have 1,800 pounds of payload available and 800 pounds of tongue weight, you will love the clean, lightweight, quiet, easily adjustable Andersen. I'll second this ^^^^ I've been using the Andersen for the last 6+ years and it has been excellent. As stated, if your tongue weight is within the limits for your tow vehicle, this is an excellent option.
djsamuel 02/10/20 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: Disney world in July

My wife retired from WDW, and we still go to Fort Wilderness a few times a year. It is a really nice campground and the restaurant on site (Trails End) has a great breakfast and dinner buffet. If you like a dinner show, Hoop de do Revue is good, but we found it rushed. The bigger sites are the premium sites, which cost a bit more (not too much). No matter what type of site you get, it isn't cheap compared to many other campgrounds. But it is good. They do have a free campfire and sing along with Chip and Dale which is followed by a movie each night. The two pools are nice, the Meadows pool is the bigger one more geared to families and the Swimming Hole pool is the quiet pool. There is boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and bus transportation around the campground and to the other parks and facilities. You don't need to bring another vehicle unless you want to. If you can't get a reservation, there are several campgrounds in the area. Lake Louisa State Park has a nice campground in Clermont that is about 40 minutes away.
djsamuel 02/10/20 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel Trailer Newb question RE: WDH

Get an Andersen hitch. Easy hitching, smoothest riding and quietest hitch I have ever had. A quick search on any forum will result in lots of hits. Good luck I'll second this. I tow my 5,000 lb GVWR camper with a Ram 1500. I can tow it fine without a WDH but with the Andersen the towing is much better; the truck and trailer feel much more like one unit. In addition to weight distribution, the hitch also provides sway control as well as dampening of porpoising when going over things like bridges, bumps, etc. The weakness of the Andersen is its inability to provide large amounts of weight distribution, which you don't need a lot of. It is very good in the other areas. It is also light and easy to set up.
djsamuel 01/29/20 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Orlando area long term recommendations

Clerbrook, mentioned above is nice. Clermont has some other campgrounds such as Thousand Trails, Lake Magic, Outdoor Resorts and Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley. The key thing will be availability as the snowbirds are still down here.
djsamuel 01/16/20 09:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

I have the Carlisle Radial Trail RH tires. They've been great over the last 4 years and a lot of miles. No issues at all and good wear.
djsamuel 01/15/20 09:32am Travel Trailers
RE: EPass Extra thoughts

I recently got the Epass Extra and used it on a Christmas trip from Florida to New Jersey. I replaced my Sunpass with it. It worked great; no issues at all. Well worth the change.
djsamuel 01/13/20 10:39am Roads and Routes
RE: Firewall vs entry in Hosts file ????

I had a stack of file cards with ones and zeros on them. I'd arrange them on the floor in a certain order and then have to act out the commands of the binary code. :B
djsamuel 12/18/19 08:42am Technology Corner
RE: Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains

Some nice campgrounds in Townsend, TN plus it is very convenient to the park, especially Cades Cove. We've stayed at Big Meadows Family Campground as well as the Little Arrow Resort. Both were excellent. My favorite place to go.
djsamuel 12/16/19 01:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone Questions

We stayed at the Old faithful Inn and it was amazing. I would highly recommend that. The location is great but more importantly the building itself is one you will never forget.
djsamuel 12/09/19 09:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Awning replacement Companies

Just installed my replacement from Tough Top Awnings. Very happy with the quality.
djsamuel 11/04/19 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

I don't know where this info comes from. The Ram Tradesman HFE Quad Cab is the lowest payload of the 1500 at 1210 pounds. The 2 wheel drive Ram Big Horn Quad cab (with a 5.7L hemi) has a payload capacity of 1900 pounds and a towing capacity of 11,560 pounds. Ram Towing Guide CLICK Heck even my 2009 Ram 1500 has a payload of 1790 pounds. But, I'd hate to interrupt a good thread with facts.
djsamuel 10/24/19 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking to make the plunge

I agree with several posts already here that the most important thing is to check the numbers, and assume 12% of the GVWR of the trailer for tongue weight. However, anecdotally, my wife and I tow our 24' bunk house trailer with a 2009 Ram 1500 with the older 4.7L V8. That truck has been terrific and we've towed from Florida to as far away as Arizona and Utah. The truck has been more than sufficient but there have been a few times that I wish I had a little more power. As a result when I retire in a couple of years and look to get a new truck, I'll consider a Ram 1500 with the Hemi, but I will also look to see what is available in the 2500 series. That is not to say I've ever felt unsafe with the 1500, but if I can get a little more margin, I'd go for it as long as I like the truck. If I find the 2500 too big or uncomfortable, I'd have no issue staying with a 1500. My trailer is a bit lighter than yours, with a GVWR of 5,000 pounds, but I do know people successfully trailers in your range with 1500s and they have no problems.
djsamuel 10/22/19 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping near Moab, Utah

We stayed at Spanish Trail campground and liked it. There are new owners in the last couple of years and they've made more upgrades since our visit.
djsamuel 10/21/19 10:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Slideout Mechanism

Schwintek was designed for smaller, less deep slides. Some manufacturers, especially early on, did not read and understand the design notes and used it in inappropriate applications. Today most problems and mis-applications have been resolved. Cable driven systems have some packaging advantages but at least some recent designs have had problems with oil leaking from the drive system, and unfortunately dripping onto the roof of the slide leading to damaged rubber slide roofs. Rack and pinion is generally the most robust system but can not always be accommodated in the desired packaging. Overall most systems in place today are fairly robust as it's not in anyone's interest to have major mechanical systems breaking. Absolutely. I can't imagine a Schwintek on a large slide. The slide on my TT is fairly small and light. Works great, but I wouldn't trust it on a large slide. Also, people need to remember to hold the retract button in for a few seconds after the slide stops to ensure it stays in sync.
djsamuel 10/08/19 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Slideout Mechanism

I've had the Schwintek system in my camper for the last 6 years. So far , it's been fine.
djsamuel 10/07/19 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Canyon 2020

GC campground reviews Is this a fairly representative article? I would say so. I would say that some of the sites at Mathers are pretty small. It is a really beautiful campground but if you have a larger rig and want full hookups, Trailer Village is the way to go.
djsamuel 10/02/19 01:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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