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Route to Myrtle Beach Travel Park

We will be traveling to Myrtle Beach Travel Park next month. We had always went to Willowtree off of route 9 in Longs SC. Google maps has us take I 74 south to Route 38 then take Route 501 then Route 22 which I believe is the Conway ByPass which takes you directly to the park entrance. Is this the best route? We will be towing a 32 foot 5th wheel. Thanks in advance! Dave
dpgllg 08/28/20 03:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

You may want to this or some other home made modification. Reinforce RV bumper OP Here, My 5th wheel does not have a rear bumper. It has a factory installed reciever for a 2 inch hitch rated at 350 pounds. Dave
dpgllg 08/28/20 01:19pm Fifth-Wheels
Hauling generator on upcoming trip

Hello, First before this starts a war on generators I WILL NOT be using the generator while camping nor will it be used where it will disturb anyone. I do not need generator advice but safe and easy way to transport it. We will be leaving for an extended trip shortly and I wanted to take my generator with me. My 5th wheel has a 2 inch reciever so I can put on a cargo rack or keep it in bed of truck.The generator weighs just over 100 pounds. I will need to use it while 5th wheel is hitched so in the bed might make it difficult to get to and start. Has anyone hauled a generator on a cargo rack behind thier 5th wheel? Has it worked out okay? I'm just nervous about the rack or generator falling off etc. Your thoughts? Dave
dpgllg 08/28/20 12:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Granddesign 31MB

One other thing is that Grand Design customer service is noted to be one of the best in the industry for helping out if there is an issue. Perhaps "were noted" should apply. They were noted by us in 2014 to be one of the best for helping out. It seems now days they changed. They were not much help on our 3950BH frame issues and slideout issues. Both them and Lippert used every excuse in the book including more or less telling us to take a hike, too bad, two months out of warranty. Probably why we unloaded it after 14 months of BS from GD and so many issues we lost count and not counting the many issues I repaired myself out of pocket that were clear warranty issues. They sent me a few parts.....big deal. I definetly agree! Since Winnebago has taken them over the customer service is very poor. Had multiple issues with my 2017 GD Reflection 27RL. AC 1 month out of warranty needed replaced, door lock replaced, entire frame covered in surface rust, circuit board on hotwater tank replaced, rear window won't stay latched, bedroom slide cable to motor had to be replaced, toilet fresh water line leaks, oven refuses to light, bathroom door had to be rehung to line up with latch and many other things. Have an appointment in October (soonest) for TWO recalls to be fixed. I cannot and will not reccommend any Grand Design products as there is no help whatsoever after the sale. Dave
dpgllg 08/26/20 11:04am Fifth-Wheels
Transmission Fluid Change 2013 Chevy Duramax Allison

I'm about to hit 50,000 on my chevy and the GM maintenence guide says I should have the Tranny serviced. My dealer will change fluid and flush for $200. I read on a web site that Allison does not reccomend a flush. This service also does NOT change any filters. I contacted a local shop and for the same money they do not flush but replace both filters and fluid. I am trying to look up reviews as I have not had any previous experience with them. I am certainly leaning toward the local shop and replace fluid and filters. The dealer stated that the filters don't need replaced just the fluid. Does this seem right? I am leaving on a long trip September 8th and want to get this addressed before we go Your thoughts? Dave
dpgllg 08/26/20 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitch

I just had the Patriot 16k installed and I was very pleased with how easy the hitching and unhitching was. If it was me I'd go with the 18k. I just feel better when I'm not pushing the max. I think that you will be happy with the Patiot. Dave
dpgllg 08/18/20 09:13am Fifth-Wheels
Has anyone been to Myrtle Beach Travel Park recently?

Try to get information on how things are at Myrtle Beach Travel Park. We have reservations for September 8th. Please respond with both good or bad. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND WITH RESPONSES OUTSIDE OF WHAT THE CAMPGROUND IS LIKE. MY LAST ATTEMPT TO GET INFORMATION GENERATED OVER 28 RESPONSES IN A SHORT TIME AND WAS CLOSED. I COULD NOT BELIEVE HOW NASTY SOME OF THE RESPONSES WERE TO OTHER POSTERS. SO AGAIN ONLY DETAILS OF HOW THE CAMPGROUND IS RIGHT NOW. Dave
dpgllg 08/14/20 10:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Should we cancel Myrtle Beach Trip

We have a trip booked to Myrtle Beach Starting September 8th. This trip was scheduled in October of last year. There are three couples going all in sperate RV's. We are booked at the Myrtle Beach Travel Park. We keep hearing that Myrtle Beach is a hotspot etc in the media but when asking others they say it isn't as bad as what is being reported. We have to make a final decision by Sept 1st and was wondering if anyone has gone and can give a realistic report on what things are like there Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/10/20 01:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heart attack question

Some background. I'm a former paramedic / rescue and I have had 4 heart attacks plus 5 vessel bypass surgery. I also can get chest pain on excertion. I absolutly hate going to the hospital as a patient. I see this issue from both sides. First no two patients are the same regarding the amount of pain or ability to function. I have witnessed far to many patients saying nothing was wrong and as I'm watching the monitor thier heart stops. My best advice to you is this simple rule. If you experience any type of chest pain STOP what you are doing and try to sit down. Then take one nitro tablet under your tounge. If the pain gets worse call an ambulance and get help. If the pain starts to subside after the 1st nitro but does not completly go away after 5 minutes take a second nitro. They used to say three nitro 5 minutes apart and if still having pain call an ambulance. But in my experience if you need the 3rd nitro you should be checked out. So if after 2 and still pain I'd get help. Again if at any time after taking the nitro the pain gets worse get help and don't wait. I have learned to live with my heart issues and I know when to get help. For 80% of my chest pain I can get relief by simply stopping what I am doing and resting no need for the nitro. When I do need it I rarely get to 2 tablets. My best advice is if you get chest pain and your not sure what to do please be smart and get help. You can live a good life with heart issues you just have to be a little careful. If you do end up needing stents don't worry to much about the procedure. The only discomfort is the local numbing shots in the area where they are going to insert the catheter. I have never felt the wires etc as they are inserted. You can get an overall body warmth when they inject the dye but that is about it. I wish you well and hope things get better for you. Dave
dpgllg 08/10/20 07:36am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: 2021 Grand Design Reflection 303 RLS purchase

I have a Grand Design Reflection 27RL 5th wheel and I cannot recommend a Grand Design unit to anyone. I have had a whole laundry list of issues with this unit starting at 13 months old. When we purchased I did a lot of research and the one thing that stuck out was the customer service Grand Design provided. Well they were bought out by Winebago and that custome service is gone. Most RV's are made with the same basic components Lippert Frames, Dometic or Norcold for the fridge, Dometic or Coleman for the AC etc. What used to make Grand Design stand out from the others is the customer service after the sale. That is gone under Winebago. I cannot even recommend another brand as they are made with the same poor quality items. Until the makers start demanding more in the way of quality from these suppliers things are not going to get any better. Dave
dpgllg 08/02/20 02:29pm General RVing Issues
Overnight stay off I 74 near Seagrove NC

We have a trip scheduled to Myrtle Beach in mid September depending on status of the virus. Reservations were made last October before virus. I am looking for a campground around Seagrove NC for an overnight. In years past we left home later in the day and stopped at the rest area near Seagrove. That required night time driving and I want to get away from that if possible. Any recomendations on where to stop? Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 07/25/20 11:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cleaning a Dutch Oven after use

That's weird, mine never get sooty on the outside. I typically use name brand charcoal (Kingsford) the cheaper brands end to burn out too quickly. I would use soap on the outside to clean the soot. But then again I use soap on the inside as well. I've never bought into the no soap thing and my coating is fine. Just don't use the green scrubbing side of the dish sponge when washing. OP Here The lid is the worst from having the charcoal sitting on it. Thinking that a quick rinse of the lid in hot water and then dry it really well might be enough. I'm also thinking to just wipe the outside with a damp paper towel and also make sure to dry it really well. I don't use soap unless I'm planning on reseasoning the oven again. The inside must be seasoned okay because nothing really sticks to it and I can usally get it clean by wiping it out. Dave
dpgllg 07/25/20 11:12am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Cleaning a Dutch Oven after use

Hello! When I use my Dutch oven with charcoal the outside of the oven is covered in soot. I clean the inside by just wiping it out with a towel. I try wiping the outside but it really doesn't remove the soot. How do you clean the outside? Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 07/25/20 07:48am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Savannah, GA or lower SC along I-95

We stayed at New Green Acres in Walterboro SC. Right off I 95 just before you get to I 26 New Green Acres Nice park reasonable rates long pull through sites Dave
dpgllg 07/21/20 12:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roof Damage - Need Repair

It would be a big help if you could provide a picture. Also what type of roof etc. Dave
dpgllg 07/19/20 12:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bad Dometic AC

I purchased a new Grand Design Reflection 5th wheel and the Dometic AC went 23 days after the Dometic warranty. Dometic said they would honor the warranty but I had to take it to an approved Dometic shop. That's where the fun starts. I tried multiple places and one of two things. They couldn't work on it for 6 months or longer OR I had to pay up front because Dometic is horrible in making warranty payments to the RV shop. The majority was they would not do warranty work for Dometic. When I asked Dometic if they would reimburse me the answer was NO. I had the shop that I normally use tell me he would not touch it under warranty. He has several thousand dollars owed to him from Dometic and no payment in sight. This is a small one man RV repair shop and that much money is a big deal to him. So you either wait and not use the RV for an entire season or pay up yourself and move on. I also bought one off eBay and my brother and a friend replaced it for me. Been working fine. I think the complaint here is how terrible Dometic customer service is. Both to the consumer and repair shops. They have put rules in place that forces you to pay for the repairs yourself and they end up not paying for anything. And before any comments why did'nt I contact Grand Design I did. Thier response was not thier problem contact Dometic. The biggest reason I purchased a Grand Design was all the reviews on how wonderful the customer service was. Since Winnebago purchased them the customer service is horrible. I have a long list of issues and the response is always the same contact the manufactor of the item. Dometic Lippert Norcold etc. If automobile warranty work was the same most people would be furious with this approach. Grand Design uses this because it takes them off the hook for any warranty work and saves them a pile of money. Grand Design as well as all makers of RV's need to hold these suppliers accountable for the products installed in RV's but they won't because that would cost more money to put better materials in the RV's. The RV makers set low standards and there fore we get poor quality items. Alright I'll climb down from my soapbox now Rant over. Dave
dpgllg 07/19/20 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: Why the delay in shipping?

OP Here, Well I messaged the person with a private message and got a generic we will look into it response but nothing else.Been about 4 days now. I'm thinking that these responses to send them a PM are just a ploy to get everyone else to think that they really care and are doing something about the issue. Dave
dpgllg 07/17/20 04:04am Camping World Accessories
RE: Where to connect brake break away cable on Patriot Hitch

Ok, i will just say how i do it. I hook it to the hitch. Not the ball. In the scheme of worst case scenarios, the ball will fail first, or i the locking mechanism will fail. Odds are the whole hitch assembly thats bolted on coming off are slimmer. I hook mine up to where the saftey chains go, i make sure the wire is less distance then the chains. So if i come off the hitch it will enguage and the chains will still be on. I will be able to feel the breaks on the trailor pulling back and i can stop. This way seems safest to me. OP here, I was refering to a 5th wheel hitch not a bumper pull. With the old 5th wheel hitch there were holes up the side of the hitch that I could easily reach. I do have D rings on each side of my truck bed at the rear but I felt that if I really needed it work I'd want it to work ASAP. By hooking to the hitch which is in the middle of the bed it would pull out maybe a few seconds faster than one connected at the rear of the bed. I have never heard of the entire 5th wheel hitch coming out of the truck just while normal driving. I agree in a rollover or collision it could be ripped out and at that point I'd have much bigger problems to deal with. Dave
dpgllg 07/16/20 06:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel lube plate question

OP Here, I ordered a graphite lube plate directly from B & W. Graphite Lube Plate This way I know that I have the right lube plate for my hitch. Thanks again for all your help Dave
dpgllg 07/16/20 06:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where to connect brake break away cable on Patriot Hitch

Never hook to the hitch. OP Here Why shouldn't you hook to the hitch? Dave
dpgllg 07/15/20 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
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