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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
RE: Park Reviews

Grain of salt situation. For me, if it has the location I want and most visitor submitted reviews are positive I would go. If the grounds are kept up and the sites are adequate then why not? I have never encountered a "rude" manager. I stop at the office, pay them and am on my way with usually no other contact with management. What does it take for a person to say the manager was rude? What kind of interaction took place is what I wonder. It's usually people who can't be pleased no matter what you do for them that post things like that. Go and enjoy yourselves.
ken56 04/08/21 05:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lock em up... a long story

Yeah, don't be sharing information about neighbors. I also learned to take out my phone and take pictures of vehicles and drivers/people in them when they are going around trying to sealcoat your driveway or sell anything or other gypsy BS scams. I don't care if it's not polite, they leave pretty quick when the camera comes out. Never believe BS lost dog stories or other garbage from strangers.
ken56 03/31/21 06:34am General RVing Issues
RE: mid Mich to Pigeon Forge

Download the RVPARKY app. Great tool to find parks along your route. Question is how long a day do you want to put in behind the wheel? Half way is about Cincinnati and a 7 hour day pulling a trailer traffic permitting from Harrison. (used to live in Davison). South of Cincy in KY are a couple acceptable choices right off 75 so leave early and push the first day hard. OR, overnight at Wapakoneta KOA. That would give you enough time to go see the Neil Armstrong museum right by the exit. Then next day stay at Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico, nice small park with good facilities. We live about 25 miles outside of Pigeon Forge now so any questions you have just ask. Been here 8 years and haven't looked back. Don't miss Michigan one bit.
ken56 03/30/21 06:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: First time RVing. What should we consider? Insurance?

Download the RVPARKY app. It will give you campgrounds along your route real time as you travel. It also lists gas stations, Walmarts, Cracker Barrels etc. ..look it over and get familiar with it. That's what I use and it works great for me. What we do is start calling campgrounds about 3pm for stopping at about 4pm. We have never been shut out and not able to find a place to stay for the night. Be careful making reservations too far out because you may have to give a credit card to hold a site and be charged if you don't make it there. Try to take secondary roads when you can and get off the interstate, way more interesting to go through the small towns and more opportunity to stop. Don't drive yourself silly by putting in 12 hour days behind the wheel, stop to see what there is to see along the way. Just curious though, a 2020 Class C motorhome doesn't have a built in generator? The rental doesn't have pots and pans that come with it? I understand not coming with linens. Youtube has a lot of good videos on everything RV related. Look some up to review and learn.
ken56 03/30/21 05:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: Has anyone used RV Roof Install service ?

Had RV Armor put on mine last year. Due to dragging a branch over my roof it was damaged to the point I had to do an 11,000 dollar new TPO membrane or do the coating...for 5,000. Lifetime guarantee and transferable if you sell the rig. I like it.
ken56 03/28/21 04:37pm General RVing Issues
Nashville is flooded.

We have had 2 days of severe weather across the state. News is reporting over 13 inches of rain in those 2 days. Anyone with plans on going to Nashville had better call and see if the campgrounds are flooded out.
ken56 03/28/21 07:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nashville Tn. in late June

Yogi Bear and 2 Rivers share a fence line. Both are acceptable, both are on the shuttle route as is the KOA. We stay at Yogi Bear when in Nashville and have no complaints. Broadway Street is the big attraction and worthy of a days visit. Great restaurants and music bars all over the place. A suggestion though is to go see the Hermitage, Andrew Jacksons home and museum. Very comprehensive and worth the time to go see.
ken56 03/26/21 08:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV At Dealer for 90 Days Now for An Awning Replacement!!!!!

Learn anything? Getting new units out the door is their bread and butter, not servicing the units they've sold. You could have ordered what you needed online yourself and had it in 3 days. Warranty or not it's usually not worth taking it back to the selling dealer unless it's a MAJOR issue, like a cracked frame or rotten roof.
ken56 03/25/21 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: A Bazillion Roof Bubbles

Only idea is to take it back to your dealer and make a claim on a bad installation. Unfortunately you have to have the dealer document it and have them work with the manufacturer. The only think I believe if could possible be is a bad original install at the factory.
ken56 03/21/21 06:00am Tech Issues
RE: Bryson City NC to Knoxville TN

No length restriction as far as I know. Didn't find anything on the Park website.
ken56 03/18/21 07:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bryson City NC to Knoxville TN

How comfortable are you with steep grades....both up and down. 441 goes through the National Park and if you are not familiar or up to the challenge of mountain driving I would opt for I-40. I live in the area here and I have seen more than a few motorhomes and class C's with their brakes burned up because people did not know how to gear down and keep the speed down. I'm telling you it's a challenging drive. Newfound gap is 5,049 ft. and Cherokee is 1991 ft elevation so you have a 3000 ft. climb up and and about 2800 coming down with twists and turns all the way. If you want to go I-40 stay on 74 because its an easier drive than 19 and you still end up in the same place. Yep, I-40 is the longer route and you still have a few hills and grades but nothing like 441. 441 will be a workout for you.
ken56 03/16/21 05:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cades Cove

Another snippet for Cades Cove, they will be closing the loop the last 3 weeks of September for resurfacing.
ken56 03/11/21 07:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Cades Cove

Understand that 129 from I-40 is fine to Maryville so you can pick up 321 to Townsend. No issues. Taking 74 to 129 from the south is the Tail of the Dragon. AGAIN, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE THIS WAY.
ken56 03/10/21 03:54pm Roads and Routes
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