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RE: potential new rv resort

IMHO, a "RV resort" needs to be close to a tourist attraction or interesting city or something. We typically have no desire to stay at a resort in the middle of BFE. A stopover campground should be close to the interstate and have easy access.
jbc28 06/14/20 06:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoky Mountains camping

Check out Indian Boundary Campground. It is definitely off of the beaten path. Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for. And there was plenty of availability for the time frame I was looking for. I just booked! Nice...glad I could help.
jbc28 06/08/20 09:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoky Mountains camping

Check out Indian Boundary Campground. It is definitely off of the beaten path.
jbc28 06/08/20 05:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Topsail Hill, Florida Reservations not efficient?

Not being critical, just making an observation. My party had three sites reserved from Memorial Day weekend through the following week at Topsail (9 days in total). Because of travel issues, we had to cancel two reservations at the last minute, but I kept mine. We got all our money back less the fees, but those two other prime spots, which are next to us, were open all week as if they were reserved. When I looked on-line after I cancelled, they showed booked all week. We had some other friends that wanted to come in, and when I inquired at the check-in about these two spots that I cancelled that are empty but appear to be reserved, they told me they have no control over the sites and I would have to contact Reserve America. Long story short, Reserve America said all the sites are booked solid till September, even just two nights, yet I’m looking at multiple empty spots around the campground and have been empty for over a week. Just think of all the money the state of Florida is missing out on because I know for a fact at least two sites were given a refund, and no one else booked them. Seems like an odd business practice to me to try and not rebook. We were at Topsail Memorial Day weekend also. I noticed more than a few empty sites. I figured that they were no shows. Its odd that the sites didn't show back up when you cancelled. I have used recreation.gov to rebook a site nearly instantly after it was cancelled.
jbc28 05/31/20 08:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: West Michigan to Fort Wilderness review

Also watch out for the 55 mph to 35 mph speed limit changes in the small towns along 231. These generate a lot of revenue.
jbc28 04/16/20 05:47am Roads and Routes
RE: West Michigan to Fort Wilderness review

Although our reservations at the Fort isn't until next February, with all this free time on my hands it is nice to be able to take our minds off things and do a little planning. This is the type of stuff I really enjoy, planning routes and stops along the way. We have driven by car to Disney many times and have always driven through downtown Atlanta. This Google map link below shows the basic route I am thinking going thru Alabama thus avoiding Atlanta altogether. If anybody wants they can drag the route around a bit as I don't know the local conditions of roads as many of you may. I know once I get near Disney there is a quicker way but we wanted to be able to drive under the Disney Welcome sign (yes we are Disney nerds.) Once I get the basic route figured out then I can have fun with identify all the gas, overnight, rest stops etc. Google Map Route Thanks in advance Dan I live in NE AL and go to FW about 5 or 6 times a year towing a 45'er. We usually leave in the evening and go through ATL well after rush hour. I prefer the ATL route. I75 is 3 lane all of the way to the FL turnpike, and I have all my favorite fuel stops and possible overnight spots picked out. With that said there's nothing wrong with the I65 to 231 route. We actually took it on the way home last time due to midday holiday traffic in ATL. I65 can be rough through BHM, but they have done some work on it recently so it may be better. I never drive through BHM on 65 so someone else may know better than me. 231 is in pretty good shape too. You will hit a lot more stop and go on 231....lots of stoplights between Montgomery and I10. It is a pretty drive, and I10 between 231 and I75 is nice too.
jbc28 04/16/20 05:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Superduty Death Wobble

A friend of mine had a low mileage 2017 350 srw, short box that the dealer couldn't stop from wobbling. It would happen when towing. He finally had enough and traded for a new F450.
jbc28 03/04/20 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chattanooga TN

Hello everyone, I have never been to this area and wondering if anyone is familiar and if anyone has campground suggestions. Is there a lot to do in the area.? Thank you for any input. We love Chattanooga. It is a frequent day trip for us. The aquarium is very nice. Lots of good restaurants and bars downtown. We like Urban Stack for a good burger then walk across the street to Clumpies for ice cream, keep walking on down the sidewalk and you can do some whisky tasting. A ranger led tour of the battlefield is a must do IMO, the inclined railway, Rock City are nice too. Not too far from Chattanooga is the Ocoee River/Olympic Whitewater Center and some great whitewater rafting, hiking, and mtnbiking.
jbc28 02/28/20 05:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2020 Cummins IKE pull

I'd be surprised if the service brakes are activated without the pedal being pressed. Yes, I know radar (adaptive) cruise control systems do that and so can those pre-collision things, but that's different than a computer dragging the brakes down a grade. How do they know when to "let off" so they don't overheat? Temp sensors in the brakes now? I can't see that being the case. I think the exhaust brake slowing the truck activates the brakes lights as they are programmed to do. I am 100% certain that my Ford operates the truck brakes, trailer brakes, brake lights, exhaust brake and transmission shifting automatically when the auto exhaust brake is selected. It works extremely well. NOT doubting you but why didn’t the Ford slow the load as well as the RAM? The Ford applies the brakes to slow the truck to "the set point" which is the speed the truck was going at the time the brake pedal or accelerator was last released. after slowing the truck the brake is released and isn't reapplied until the truck accelerates beyond a certain programmed amount. (I don't remember how much it let the truck accelerate before applying the brakes again). Apparently the amount the computer was comfortable allowing the truck to accelerate was more than what Mr. Truck was comfortable with. The Cummins exhaust brake is either capable of holding an extreme amount of back pressure and so it is holding back without a brake application, as you say, or it is reapplying the brakes at more regular intervals to keep the speed more constant. I think you've said that if you turn the exhaust brake on and let it hold back without utilizing cruise it doesn't hold back the way it does using cruise ..... I think that is the answer to whether cruise employs the wheel brakes or not ..... evidently it does. The other way you can find out is to go down your 14% grade on cruise with 25000 lbs in tow. When you get to the bottom let the truck coast to a stop, then get out and touch your brake rotors. I'd like to see a video showing the expression on your face the instant your finger touches those cold brakes.:) When I am towing in the rolling hills around here with my F450 sometimes when I crest the hill the adaptive cruise will take it a couple of mph above the set point on the downhill. If the downhill is steep enough I can feel the exhaust brake kick in followed by the tap of the service brakes if it is steep enough. It is very evident at night with the reflection of the tail lights on the camper. Same thing on long steep downhills it will go 2 or 3 mph above then activate the brakes. This is a 2018 F450 with a combined 28-29k. I think Mr Truck wasn't comfortable going that far above the set point.
jbc28 02/21/20 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Disney world in July

Holy heat wave I think wife and kids want to go to Disney this July. So is ft wilderness worth it? Any other campgrounds? Worth it to drag the Jeep behind motorhome? I’ve only been to magic kingdom one time. This time would be 4 day package. What everyone thoughts? We have spent the week of July 4th at the Fort for the last 2 years, and we have this year booked. We have annual passes and go multiple times per year. So we don't try to ride everything or see everything. We spend a lot of time at the Fort and in the pool or riding bikes/golf cart. It will super hot and super crowded. If you spend all day in the parks you will need a vacation from the vacation. My advice is to rope each morning then leave by 11am. Hit the pool, relax at the camper, go on a resort tour, or visit Disney Springs, then head back into the park late in the evening. Take advantage of the extra magic hours. 11am to 6pm at the parks will be a crowded hot hell.
jbc28 02/12/20 05:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: DRW vs SRW

I bought a 16k gvwr toyhauler back in 2010. I wasn't planning on buying one, but it was a very good deal. I had a CC 4wd 2005 F250 at the time with airbags. It pulled our old 10k 5'er very well. On the drive home with the toyhauler I knew I had to buy a dually. It was white knuckle driving. Turns out that 16k 5'er had a 3700 lb pin weight. I bought a DRW F350, and it was so much more stable. I eventually bought a 2018 F450. It pulls so good you could forget that you're towing. Last year we bought a 20k gvwr toyhauler, and I couldn't feel a difference in towing it vs the older one. The F450 is easier to maneuver than the old SRW short bed.
jbc28 02/11/20 05:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: 320G first impressions

RoyBell, what campground is that with the creek right at the back?
jbc28 12/13/19 05:29am Toy Haulers
RE: Just wondering

I've had both. 450 is no doubt a better towing experience.
jbc28 11/01/19 08:38pm Toy Haulers
RE: Need Toy Hauler with 15' garage or more, What to look for?

We love our Momentum 381. It has a 15' garage and a half bath.
jbc28 10/29/19 09:12am Toy Haulers
RE: About to GO Full Time

I'd have no problem full timing in our 2019 Momentum 381M....if only our work and finances would allow. It is built well enough, imho, to handle full time living. If money wasn't an issue I'd have a New Horizons.
jbc28 10/25/19 09:35am Toy Haulers
RE: My Grand Design 320G came in!

Congrats! GD trailers are some of my favorite styles. They just do modern looking quality looking, right. Maiden voyage is the honeymoon? You gonna name it the stabbin' cabin?? Congrats on that too! Yes sir. Been moving up from our pop-up, 28' quad bunk and now this beaut. We are getting married in 2 weeks. Timing wise I thought, hey, why don't we break it in proper. She liked the idea so we are booked now. 2200 mile loop to the Smokies and back. We just returned from the Smokies. We stayed at Greenbrier Campground for this trip. It was nice. Check your level up jack bolts before breaking it in proper...lol. None of the bolts on my 381 and my buddy's 351 were torqued properly. We both had some that were finger tight.
jbc28 10/18/19 05:17am Toy Haulers
RE: My Grand Design 320G came in!

Very nice!
jbc28 10/11/19 03:54am Toy Haulers
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