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RE: Highway speeds - Keep your distance!

I believe this is the biggest problem we all encounter while driving. I don't understand the thinking of being 10 feet off the bumper of the vehicle in front of you. If people would space themselves out that would allow others to merge properly. It would allow for a safe stopping distance in emergencies like yours. I always keep my distance even when I'm not towing. Give others room to maneuver folks, it's easier on the insurance.
ken56 07/18/21 07:39am General RVing Issues
RE: RV sites near Raleigh, NC

Looking at my RVPARKY app the closest is the NC state fairgrounds. It says they have full hookups and 50 anp electric. 30 dollar rate per night as of 2 months ago. I've never used this campground so look it up yourself to see if it suits you.
ken56 07/17/21 11:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I kid you not!

Oh....this applies to college 'kids' too. Shameful.
ken56 07/05/21 08:08am Around the Campfire
RE: Petoskey Michigan

Great town and a good base for day trips to Mackinac Island and to Traverse City where all the wineries are at. I have not stayed in any of the RV parks in the area but most are very nice. It is a pricey area very upscale.
ken56 07/05/21 07:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cooling fan running?

Inverter changes 12 volts to 110/120 volts Converter changes 110 volts to 12 volts You might want to keep an eye on it and watch to see if it is over charging your battery when plugged into shore power. WFCO converters seem to be the low end of converters and the charging side goes bad and won't go into float mode. I had to replace my WFCO after 2 years of ownership of our Laredo. Went with a Progressive Industries one and have not had any problems since. The fan running means it needs to cool the converter down and if there is no load on it why would it be hot?
ken56 07/01/21 05:40am Tech Issues
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

The issue is people insist on being 2 feet off the bumper of the car in front of them. Even with straight line highway driving people are so close to the vehicle in front of them no one can maneuver...aka change lanes. I hate driving in a pack like everyone is chained together. I don't care what the speed limit is I do what I feel safe in the given conditions. Same with the roundabout...I will take up how ever many lanes I need to to get to where I need to. Truckers do it, so can I. As previously mentioned, the reverse diamond is an experience the first time you meet one. Exit 407 on I-40 in TN is one....but it works quite well.
ken56 06/17/21 06:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: TX-146 to Avoid Houston

Bail off 10 at Winnie and go down through the Bolivar and take the ferry across the bay. The ferry will handle what ever rig you have. The ferry is free.
ken56 06/09/21 03:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: ANTS

Don't poison your trailer with a bomb. Spot treat and check often. Carpenter ants like wet and rotting wood so do check for any leak or damp/wet wood in the area then go outside and try to prevent them from getting in. I brought back a colony of tiny little red ants from Texas one time. I just spot treated and used Terro baits. Took a week to get them all gone but it worked.
ken56 06/08/21 07:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Raleigh NC to Georgetown, KY

I-40 to 74 in Winston Salem to 77 to 64 in Charleston WV. You have a more hilly route with this one and 2 generous tunnels and a toll road through WV. The easier route is I-40 to I-75. Use the Good Sam trip planner to find an overnight place to stay.
ken56 06/02/21 06:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best/Favorite RV Resort

Higher end comes with higher prices. What $$ per night is going to be too much and you say no thank you? Your question is very subjective because what is nice to me may not be nice to you. I've been to a couple parks where you put your payment through the slot in the door...questionable at first look but turned out to be quite pleasant and enjoyable for us but we were only there for 2 nights. Hilton Head Harbor RV park is very high end and beautifully kept. Be prepared to put up with nightmare traffic though on the island. I live near Anchor Down in Dandridge TN. High end and a beautiful setting that overlooks Douglas Lake and a view of the mountains. They have stamped concrete pads and stacked stone fireplaces. Very peaceful really. Down towards you on the Gulf we like Abita springs RV park. It's on the north side of lake Pontchartrain and it's an easy drive into New Orleans and the plantations. Nice area to explore with lots of history and great Cajun food. Out west we liked the Grand Canyon Railway RV park when we visited the Grand Canyon. Walking distance into town, Williams AZ right on Route 66. It is an hour drive to the GC though. Up in Pendleton Oregon we liked The Wildhorse resort and casino RV park. We had a nice spot though where I noticed some sites were not that desirable, to me at least. Still, I would go back in a minute. Are you planning on joining anything like Passport America? Coast to Coast? Passport America can pay for itself in 2 nights. The thing you have to watch out for is the individual park restrictions. Still worth it for overnight stays when traveling destination to destination I feel. Coast to Coast requires you to join a membership park that can be quite pricey. The world is your oyster. We live in a beautiful country and the best way to see it is in an RV. Get going.
ken56 05/23/21 04:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Coffee Survey

We picked up a single cup maker at Walmart(?) like the ones in hotels. This has a strainer basket you add your own coffee to so whatever brand you prefer you can brew. I like Community Coffee and order it from them online. The wife can have her decaf and I get my high octane one cup at a time. Works for us.
ken56 05/18/21 04:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement

Retired at 52 and started my SS at 62. I had to under the terms of my retirement. Still I would have elected to take it at 62 and collect the reduced benefit over a longer period of time....God willing I live that longer period of time. Roll the dice...life is a gamble anyway. The thing is, everyone is different and your finances are just that, YOUR finances.
ken56 05/17/21 06:24am Around the Campfire
RE: Galveston camp grounds.

we like the Bolivar peninsula side of the bay. We take the ferry to go into town when we want to and stay out of the crazy. We stay at the Bolivar Peninsula RV park but there are others. Lot sizes are generous there though. I have been by Jamaica Beach park and it did not look like anything I would care for.
ken56 05/09/21 04:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Virginia to Oregon and Back 45 foot with toad

Fantastic trip to look forward to. From south east VA and with the size rig you have do you prefer to stay on the interstates or? Head down to I-40 think about a stop in Asheville and go see the Biltmore Estate if you have never seen it. Head west to Nashville and see Broadway street and go see the Hermitage, Andrew Jacksons home and museum. From there head up I-24 to St. Louis and see the arch and museum there and Old Town. From St. Louis head to Kansas City and up I-29 into South Dakota and The Bad Lands and stop into Wall Drug and then move on to Rushmore. From there head down to Yellowstone. Find your way over to I-84. Stop in Pendleton and stay at the Wild Horse Casino RV park. Stop in the Dalles too and then you can head south on 197 to 97 to Bend. 97 takes you to Crater lake area. Google maps is showing the north entrance to be closed until June 30. You have 8 weeks to go there and back. Take time to stay a couple days at every stop or as many you think you can do and still keep your time table. We took 10 weeks to do our big circle from the Knoxville area and we did not take as much time in places that I would have liked to. It goes by quickly so try to make the most of it.
ken56 05/05/21 01:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: IN/OH to Tallulah Gorge State Park

A third for the suggested route. I take 441 when I go to FL but go around the National Park. It is some stop and go being secondary road but it's the best way to go. There are no issues and it is good road for the most part. There are some hills between Waynesville and Franklin but not too bad. You want exit 27, the Smoky mtn expressway (74) that bypasses Waynesville proper. Follow the signs to Dillsboro and 23. Any thoughts on overnight stops?
ken56 05/04/21 07:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 442 Gatlinburg

If you have never done mountain driving don't go through the park on 441. It is steep and very curvy. I see RV's with burned up brakes nearly every time I go through there. Stay on I-40 and save yourself the stress. This is perfectly reasonable advice. However, the poster is from Northern Idaho, so I suspect they have a decent amount of mountain driving experience. I've been to northern Idaho and didn't come close to anything like 441 through the GSMNP. Been on rt. 12 and Lolo pass and that doesn't even compare. Have you had the pleasure of the 441 experience through the park? I live in the area and have done so many times, I do not take my trailer through Newfound Gap. I have seen some people do it. I've seen many on the side of the road with smoking brakes too. The smell of brake dust hangs in the air but yes, it can be done. It's a workout to say the least in an RV.
ken56 05/04/21 07:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 442 Gatlinburg

If you have never done mountain driving don't go through the park on 441. It is steep and very curvy. I see RV's with burned up brakes nearly every time I go through there. Stay on I-40 and save yourself the stress. Which destination are you wanting to stay in....G'burg or Pigeon Forge? It makes a difference which road/exit you will need to take.
ken56 05/04/21 09:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg in November?

Everything is open. It's a busy time around here with the color tour people and regular visitors. Weather is usually very nice in Nov. Lots of campgrounds to choose from.
ken56 04/26/21 07:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendation on 2nd AC

Look at the Airxcel Mach 8 Plus Cub.
ken56 04/23/21 03:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dangerous Pranks

We actually do that, fold the handle over across the screen door when the main door is open. We do that to keep our cat inside. He is a Maine Coon and can easily reach the screen door lever and open it.....he's a smart little bugger. He did it one time when we were sitting outside close by. Good thing he is not a runner, just wanted to be with his people and came right to us. Surprised us to no end so now we fold that handle over the screen door. That keeps him inside.
ken56 04/15/21 01:15pm General RVing Issues
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