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RE: Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove Smoky Mountains

That is a good choice. It is on the trolley route so just hop on that to go into town. It's cheap enough and supposed to run every 15 minutes but I can't attest to that. Look it up on line to see if it will serve your needs. I also looked on the map and found a Jeep rental place not far from where you will be staying. Can't hurt to call and see what they charge.
ken56 07/10/19 06:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove Smoky Mountains

Where have you picked to camp? There are places that rent the 3 wheeled Slingshots to tool around in that look like a ton of fun. Park the rig at the campground and rent a jeep or other smaller vehicle to see the park. Even if you do take the C it is doable. Going east to west from Sugarlands visitor center is easier than west to east because the rock overhangs are mostly on that south side of the road where the westbound lane is closest to the river.
ken56 07/09/19 08:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Angry wannabe RV police encounter

It's interesting that those who oppose firearms think the ones responding that they carry are waving their firearm at every vehicle that passes them. I didn't read any such response. They did say that they will defend themselves against an aggressor, a road rager. A person who thinks they have a right to confront another driver because they don't like how they are driving is unquestionably in the wrong and we all have a right to defend ourselves against an aggressor. There are no statistics on crimes that never happen because a firearm was at hand to change someone's mind and actions.
ken56 07/09/19 07:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Northern Michigan advice

Walleye fishing. Not really much in the Cheboygan area except peace and quiet and fishing. A day trip to Mackinac Island and Mackinaw city is easily doable. Other than that just enjoy the R&R. If you happen to catch any Walleye don't forget to cut the cheeks out to cook up too. The round spot just under the eye that looks like another eye is the cheek and they are like a scallop.
ken56 07/08/19 05:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Norcold settlement

Hey, no fair, mine was only 61.50
ken56 07/06/19 03:32pm Tech Issues
RE: NJ to Grand Canyon via Mt Rushmore

When we did our big circle tour we did not make reservations except for destinations where we stayed more than 3 days. We started our tour the beginning of September though, not the high season where campground pressure might be higher. We stayed fairly close to the I-90 corridor and I found there to be many choices along our route. Get the RVPARKY app, it's gps enabled to pin point where you are and shows all the campgrounds near by. We start looking around 3pm and call a prospective CG to check availability. We got off the road by 4pm. It worked well for us. Some CG's were not high end by any means but we never felt unsafe and were always accommodated. Sometimes the Walmart parking lot will do to get you off the road and get some sleep but I do not like doing that.
ken56 06/28/19 04:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dump valve won't close all the way

Pick up an add on valve. It will attach just like the hose and you will not need to take a shower after taking off the cap. Just use gloves and a bucket to catch the black water that has seeped past, attach the temporary valve and go. Its a temporary fix until you can repair the one that is supposed to work. Any camping supply store should have one.
ken56 06/28/19 03:38am Tech Issues
RE: Nashville, TN

When in Memphis stick to Beale Street. Don't wander about at night. I don't mean to scare you but Memphis is not a safe city outside the tourist areas. Common sense is in order. Don't miss seeing the Hermitage when in Nashville. Broadway st. is the main attraction there, lots of good restaurants and live music. As mentioned the parks on Music Valley Drive are good and on the shuttle stops. Seven Points is nice I hear too but not as convenient.
ken56 06/25/19 07:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-69 in Michigan

Actually Davison is where I was coming from. The only damage was a lanp shade that didnt survive the trip.. Unfortunately I have to come up to Flushing/Davison in July. There is no good side road to take as an alternate either or I would do that. I guess I will make sure things are battened down and tires are inflated properly and go slow. I know 85-90 is a common speed for people there, glad I moved out. Are you a C2C member and did you stay at Lakeshore Resort? That is our home park and will be staying there when we come. We used to live in Davison and only 7 miles away from the park and joined when we started RVing and we used it for 2 seasons all we could. Then we moved to TN and discovered it's not worth trying to transfer our membership. We still visit relatives in the area and still use C2C properties when we travel so it's all good.
ken56 06/22/19 08:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: I need help picking a location..

I could be a little bit biased but the only concerning thing about the Outer Banks is the shark attacks. I know, it's sort of like hitting the lottery on the chances of being attacked but I could not risk my little girls (if I had some) to that kind of danger no matter the odds. Don't get me wrong, I love the outer banks and will go back someday, but we love living outside the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. We get to play tourist anytime we want to and come home to peace and quiet.
ken56 06/21/19 07:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-69 in Michigan

Unfortunately I have to come up to Flushing/Davison in July. There is no good side road to take as an alternate either or I would do that. I guess I will make sure things are battened down and tires are inflated properly and go slow. I know 85-90 is a common speed for people there, glad I moved out.
ken56 06/21/19 06:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice for first time RV rental and experience

You guys sound like you would be great to meet. Like people on this site RVers are a very social and helpful sort. When here and at a campground don't hesitate to ask someone for help with something if you should need it. Most folk are more than willing to be helpful. Don't be shy to say hi to people. I hope you make many new friends on your adventure.
ken56 06/21/19 06:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: I need help picking a location..

There are lots of activities to do in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area for both you and the kids. Dinner shows and the Nat'l park are really minutes apart. Granted, we are very busy here and traffic is heavy yes. Campgrounds are plentiful and full hookups are the norm. In the park you have Newfound Gap and Climgmans dome with an observation tower for spectacular views and Cades Cove too.The park has waterfalls to hike to and the Little Pigeon river to get your toes wet in. The outlying area has the Biltmore estate that is an hour away. Maggie Valley has the Wheels through time museum and Cherokee has the museum of the Cherokee Indian. Both good day trips. While it may not be some people's cup of tea and call it too 'touristy' it really would keep you and you children entertained. Dollywood is a wonderful park and there is Splash Country water park right next to Dollywood. They just opened the Pirate Adventure show and the Stampede is a great family dinner show too. We are transplants to this area and we love it here, but we live 20 miles outside the hustle and crazy of the city. Look into it, there is so much to do it is overwhelming.
ken56 06/20/19 06:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Myrtle Beach

Forget Myrtle Beach, come to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. Lots of shows and good food here.
ken56 06/19/19 07:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

Mail. What are you doing about your mail? We left for a 10 week trip one year and the very next week I got a jury summons I did not know about until we met up with neighbors who collected it for us and then met us in Alabama for week 8 of our trip. Do you have children in the area to collect it and handle or forward it to you? Use a mail service? That is the big issue for me on long trips. Do you have all your bills set up for on line payments? Banking on line too? Do you have someone you trust to keep an eye on your home? We use the RVPARKY app for our phones to find parks on our route. We rarely make reservations unless it is our destination and we plan on stays of 3 or more days. We don't go on holiday weekends or at the least we have secured a site for those times. Never been shut out of a park doing that on the road. We start looking about 3pm to be off the road by 5 at the latest and we call ahead to the park for availability. We never leave earlier than 9am. That way we miss morning rush hour. Try to travel the seconday roads as much as you can. The interstates are boring.Planning the route is no biggie. I usually look for an interesting way to go in the evening and use google maps and trip advisor to see what is along the route. Are you members of Passport America or Coast to Coast or Good Sam? look into them. Passport America can be very cost effective for overnight stays. You will get the hang of it as you go. A roadside assistance policy and a good credit card are necessities too.
ken56 06/19/19 06:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Coast to Coast points

You purchase points. 1000 points equals 10 dollars. There is a purchase points button on the C2C website. Reservations are made with those prepaid points. Read the directory when you get it, or if you have it now. There is a section in there that explains things.
ken56 06/19/19 05:27pm Coast to Coast
RE: Michigan & The Great Lakes bound, July 2019

In the summer months camping and going "up north" is what Michiganders do. It will be difficult to impossible to get into any state park. Private parks can be full too on the weekends. Just be prepared to do a WalMart parking lot a time or 2. Do you have the RVPARKY app on your phone? It's a great app to find parks on your route. Gives lots of info and phone numbers so you can call while on the road to check availability. Aside from Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford museum get out of the Detroit area as quickly as you can. Get above Saginaw and head to the coast and take the back roads and stay off I-75. Nothing to see on 75.
ken56 06/19/19 07:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Welcome tips/input on trip to Lake Gogebic State Park

Beautiful area but as said, desolate. Be well provisioned before getting to the RV park. It's not impossible though to find a small store that has basics. Find a couple streams to fish too. Cast Rapala's into the eddy's behind rocks to pull out some nice Brookies and Rainbows. Fishing is plentiful even from shore or there are boat rentals you can do too.
ken56 06/19/19 07:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Carolina Pines RV Resort Myrtle Beach

Try Tabor City. There is a KOA and the Carrollwoods campground that may have openings, I don't know. It's only a 30 minute drive into Myrtle and much more peaceful.
ken56 06/19/19 07:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Virginia I -81 corrider gas tax.

I vote with my wallet. I simply won't visit states that abuse citizens. If people in the outlying counties of any state are unhappy with their political leadership then get off your tush and vote. You can't tell me that the population centers have more voters than the outlying counties. Don't take your right to vote for granted.
ken56 06/19/19 07:14am Roads and Routes
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