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RE: Neighborhood bear

The only thing bears want is food. Once they find a place that provides food they will not leave until that source depleted. There may well be no problem initially but when they want in your home they WILL find a way to do it. If you have bears in and around your neighborhood everyone MUST secure their garbage and discourage interaction because if they lose their fear of humans then you WILL have a big problem.
ken56 12/06/19 05:28am Around the Campfire
RE: A couple of distilleries in early April

How big is your new RV? Tims Ford SP is very nice if you've never been there before but for bigger rigs you might want to stay at the Fairview campground a few miles south of the main park. The main park is older and has smaller sites and narrower road making harder manuvering backing in. I prefer Fairview really. Take the Angel's share tour at Jack Daniel. It is the better offerings of their higher end whiskey. Dickel is worth the drive to go to also. Different experiences. If you like aircraft the Beechcraft Heritage Museum is in Tullahoma also and is really interesting. While there at Tims Ford head toward Winchester and find Drafts and Watercrafts restaurant. It's not all the way into Winchester and a bit tricky to find but it's worth the effort. Great floating restaurant with great food and a sports bar type theme. Here is the no misser. Book a meal at Miss Mary Bobo's. It's right there in Lynchburg and it's a reservation only thing. It is a family style type meal and you have a historian during the meal that tells you the history of Mary Bobo's and some stories of the area. The table seats 12 people and there are 9 (?) different dining rooms and you meet some interesting people you dine with.
ken56 12/05/19 09:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pigion Forge TN

Different strokes for different folks. The area offers everything from hiking to waterfalls in the National Park to go karts to interesting exhibits like the Titanic Museum to Ripley's offerings. It is diverse enough to appeal to everyone in one way or another. Dollywood is a great park. Splash Country is a great water park for the kids and adults alike. People like to go places and eat things and shop. Shopping is the #1 tourist activity anywhere they go. I live outside the area but I love giong into the chaos and play tourist myself. There is so much to do, great restaurants everywhere, great campgrounds everywhere and if you can't find something to entertain you and enjoy you might have a different idea of entertainment and that's fine too. The dinner shows are wonderful entertainment. Driving through the park is beautiful. GSMNP has the most original structures of any National Park, the largest black bear population and lots of other wildlife and miles upon miles of hiking trails. It is the most visited National Park of all of them. There is a reason for that. We all have our personal reasons for going to the places we go and the style of camping we enjoy. This is a vast country and there is more to see than one lifetime can accommodate. Make the most of it while you can because no one is guaranteed a tomorrow.
ken56 12/04/19 01:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Power Jack Repair or Replace

For the couple hundred it will take to replace it I would go with new and improved.
ken56 12/03/19 06:15am Tech Issues
RE: Pigion Forge TN

There is never an 'off' season here although there are weeks that are not as busy as other weeks. My rain gage showed 2 3/4 inches of rain the other night, it dumped so I am not surprised you had some standing water that morning, sucks but it happens.
ken56 12/02/19 06:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: thanksgiving 2020

I live in Dandridge and it is a wonderful quiet little town. It's the county seat of Jefferson county. We can play tourist and go into Pigeon Forge and Sevierville and G'burg any time we want and come back home to peace and quiet. Moved here 6.5 years ago from Michigan and haven't looked back. Best place I have ever lived. Last time we were in Cinci we went downtown to the market. That is the best market I have ever been to and the renewal of that city area has many nice brew pubs and restaurants. As for suggestions as to where to go next time I say come back to Dandridge, Plenty to do in the area and located within day trip driving distance to go see the Biltmore Estate and Cherokee NC and even downtown Knoxville. Oak Ridge has the Museum of science and energy, this is where they enriched the uranium for the atomic bombs and is quite interesting. You didn't even scratch the surface of what there is to see and do here. Glad you liked the area and enjoyed your trip here.
ken56 12/02/19 05:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best route to Helen Ga from Kentucky

348 has a huge uphill grade on it so I would stay on 19/129 to Ga 75 and back up to Helen. Road work detoured us onto 348 and I almost ran out of gas pedal pulling my 30ft 6500lb trailer with my Chevy 1500. Thank goodness for the scenic pullout when it showed up. Its steep. I have not been on 68 but you might chance it. Its named the Unicoi turnpike so how bad can it be right?
ken56 11/28/19 07:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping near Biltmore Estate

Bear Creek is the closest to the Biltmore Estate but it lies between the interstate interchange at I-40 and I-240 and I-26. If you dont have a very sound proof RV then you WILL hear road noise all night long. We did. Its a nice campground otherwise.
ken56 11/24/19 05:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pigion Forge TN

One mans 'pretty cheesy' is another mans entertainment. Really people, if a place like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are not your so called cup of tea then fine, don't come but to tell others basically not to bother because you don't care for it is unnecessary. If you prefer to boondock and avoid people thats fine with everyone who would like to see the shows and partake of the great restaurants and the National Park. To each his own. It's opinion, yes. All the more reason to share it. Give a better "picture" of what the place is. This is how we learn from one another. If you asked a question about a destination and everyone raved about it then you went and found you hated it because people only raved about certain aspects, how would you feel about that? Cheated? And who said anything about avoiding people? You're pointing to extremes. Avoiding the heavy traffic and crowds? Yes. Staying at a nice quiet place with all the amenities away from the crowds but still not far from the "action"? Also yes. There is a middle ground. People reading can take or leave what's posted. Always keep in mind that others are not going to rave about what you like and don't be upset that they don't. So don't tell others what they should or should not share. Sharing information is what forums are all about. Mea culpa. All opinions are welcome.
ken56 11/22/19 06:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Want to know how to weigh at a CAT scale?

You are correct that I did not click on the link and watch the video. I don't generally do that due to virus and security concerns, call me paranoid. I Know how to weigh and I had to learn also and I was not trying to be snarky here just pointing out there is a proper way to position on the scale which I myself screwed up the fiirst time I weighed my rig. I learned. I hope my comment only pointed out to actually look up the proper way to weigh. Thanks for pointing out an important aspect of safe towing though. I believe a lot of people don't do it and are actually over weight for their TV and push the limits of safety. Thanks again.
ken56 11/22/19 06:36am Beginning RVing
RE: Want to know how to weigh at a CAT scale?

You neglect as to how to position the vehicles on the scales
ken56 11/21/19 11:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Pigion Forge TN

One mans 'pretty cheesy' is another mans entertainment. Really people, if a place like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are not your so called cup of tea then fine, don't come but to tell others basically not to bother because you don't care for it is unnecessary. If you prefer to boondock and avoid people thats fine with everyone who would like to see the shows and partake of the great restaurants and the National Park. To each his own.
ken56 11/20/19 01:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pigion Forge TN

What are you looking for in a campground? Close to the action on the 'strip'? Full hookups and swimming pool? Price?. There are so many CG's that run the gamut of services and convenience to attractions you need to decide what things you want in a campground and let us know so we can be specific for you. I live in the area and am familiar with most places and they all offer the basics but some are more high end. I will reccomend a few for you. For W/E hookup and dumpstation available the TVA headwaters and tailwaters campgrounds are good. They are a few miles away from the attractions and main drag. Peaceful and right on Douglas lake and the river. Duvall in the Smokies is closer and a small quaint CG only minutes up the road from Dollywood and the "forge'. Some sites back up to a small stream. High end is The Ridge, a new CG in the same area as Duvall but a bit closer to Dollywood. There are many others to choose from too but here are a few to look at for you.
ken56 11/19/19 06:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Easy Peasy OTR Meals

Before we go on a week or longer trip we always take a day and prepare some meals that we freeze and can pull out and heat up and be eating in 30 minutes or less. Things like maccaroni and cheese with meatballs or spaghetti and meatballs or goulash to stews and soups. The pre made meals are an easy thng to do. We package them in the small alumminum foil tins we pick up at the dollar store and they fit well in the RV freezer. I give my wife a break and do most of the cooking when we travel. I use an induction cooktop with my cast iron and my grill and fix some great meals while we camp. I love my cast iron.
ken56 11/17/19 01:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Space Heater

We use a Vornado also and find it to be most adequate. You can't beat how quiet it is and it moves a lot of air for a small heater. Right now I'm heating a 224 sq.ft. addition with it until I get the mini split system going and it is doing great. It was 18 the other night and it kept it at 65 just fine.
ken56 11/14/19 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: 27 footer vs 32 footer, towing/handling difference?

I went from a 30 footer to a 37 footer and I can say the difference in lenght is an issue with gas stations and some other manuvering areas. I will say it backs up better but you better pay attention to turning corners on the roads. I'm 57 feet and a few inches bumper of TV to bumper of trailer and my biggest issue is gas stations because I have a gasser 2500. Diesel would not be so much a problem.
ken56 11/13/19 06:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Is this normal for a 30 amp breaker

Do you know the voltage that is at the trailer? #1 is look for that loose connection if there is one, #2 is check the voltage reaching the trailer. If it is at the very low end of safe operation for the A/C like 105 volts then that could do it also. Operating the A/C on a low voltage will kill the unit over time.
ken56 11/12/19 06:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Profane rudeness in Smoky Mt National Park

Another perspective. Although I agree these people were unaware of WHY the hold up and acted rudely about the situation traffic being out of their control in any instance it is NOT GOOD for bears to get comfortable around people. I live 30 miles outside G'burg so I consider myself a 'local' and see news stories about bears that get too comfortable with people risk being put down by the park authorities. It has happened, with the Elk heard too. I know it is a "rare instance" to see these animals but when people do this it teaches the bear that man is not a danger and they do not fear approaching people. These are WILD animals and are or can be seriously dangerous. Helping to get them comfortable with people intentional or not will only endanger the bears life.
ken56 11/10/19 12:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Having a SENIOR moment

I love the merging guy who putts down the on ramp at 45 and wants to merge with traffic going 70 and you are behind him.
ken56 11/04/19 02:35am General RVing Issues
RE: I40 West of Asheville closing

Alternate route idea. Just north of Asheville at Weaverville pick up rt.25 all the way to Newport TN and pick up 40 just west of Newport. NOW, that said there is a 13'8" RR tressle coming into Newport from the east. I have pulled my trailer that way a few times and there is a down hill grade with curves. The road is a good road though especially if you are not towing.
ken56 11/03/19 04:50pm Roads and Routes
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