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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
RE: Cades Cove

Is your destination Cades Cove campground? or Townsend? I see you will have to come up 26 to Asheville and pick up 40. there are only 2 good ways to get to Cades cove and that is either 321 heading west out of Sevierville or east out of Maryville on 321. That's it. DO NOT TRY TO TAKE RIVER ROAD IN THE PARK. The easiest route is to go to Knoxville and pick up 129 (airport highway) south to Maryville. Then hit 321 all the way into Townsend. You are still going to be in some moderate to heavy traffic because it's ALWAYS that way. If you come in from the east and Sevierville you will get off at the Newport exit 432A and pick up 411. There is a short stretch of that road that is narrow and up hill. After that it's all good road into Sevierville. Then you would turn south at the parkway and pick up 321 and go west into Townsend. There is about 3 miles of a downhill grade with one sharp turn, it's been widened so there is plenty of room to make the turn. Going slow is critical. Things have been as busy as ever around here so traffic is unavoidable. Patience is required. And don't do 74 to 129 that way. That's the Tail of the Dragon and it would not be nice with your rig....beautiful drive when you arn't towing.
ken56 03/09/21 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Waist disposal hose

Don't install it under the bumper. Coming out of some driveways or on some hills can bottom it out. Be careful where you install it. I have the Rhino hose and it's collapsible so I use a plastic bin to put mine in and carry it in the front compartment. Works fine.
ken56 03/05/21 04:03am Travel Trailers
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

I checked out the low clearance today and it's 13' 11" so it wasn't as low as I thought.
ken56 03/03/21 03:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

OK, your initial route either through Nashville or Lexington doesn't seem to be too much difference according to the Good Sam trip planner. 40 miles LONGER to go through Nashville rather than Lexington...so your choice. I will say that if you haven't been to the Hermitage outside of Nashville it's a great stop for kids to see the history of our nation. If you cut over to Cincinnati you could stop at the Ark Adventure if that would interest the family. . 441 is actually doable in your C but the grades are steep and long because you are going uphill one way and down hill the other side of the Gap, 5049 feet elevation from 1289 feet at Gatlinburg. The road itself will handle your 31 feet as the curves are wide and accommodating. Use the tranny as much as you can and keep your speed down. Don't burn up your brakes, there's plenty of turnouts for stops to cool them off if need be. Be sure you want to tackle it because it will be a workout. At the bottom of the hill is the Oconaluftee visitor center for a stop. The Elk graze there at times right off the side of the road. If lucky you will see them. Then in Cherokee is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian which is worth the time to see. The kids might like it. I know Chattanooga was the original destination and it too is in itself a weeks stay to see everything there. You have a full schedule to do all you want to. Anyway, the Blue Ridge Parkway is right there just past the visitor center so you could hop on there and head to Asheville on it. It's a great drive but check the tunnel heights but I think your C will fit easily. You might see elk on that stretch too. Aside from the Biltmore I'm not sure what might be of interest there for your family. Your route out of Asheville is a nice route but there is a low clearance coming into Newport and I forget what it is exactly, 13 ft. or something like that. We have friends out that way so I can check it and let you know soon. BUT, it's a good choice and a nice ride with good road that your C can do just fine. A stop in Hot Springs might be a good place to stretch the legs. Just remember, you are in the Appalachians and there is hardly any straight stretch of road and it's up and down hills everywhere...with hardly any shoulder.
ken56 03/02/21 08:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

Well, are you planning on going through Newfound Gap on 441 to get to Asheville? Are you comfortable with steep grades? Not sure what your traveling in but quite often I see of RV's on the side of the road with burned up brakes. The smell of hot brakes hangs in the air on that road so unless you understand how to gear down on the tranny and keep your speed manageable then I would recommend going around and take I-40 to Asheville. You can take 321 out of Gatlinburg to get to I-40, good road. Then what route do you plan on from Asheville to Cumberland Gap? It could matter. I live in the area here so I am familiar with most routes. Wife and I are annual pass holders to the Biltmore so I hope that is the destination for you. You can spend a whole day there but it's a pricey ticket. Weather should be quite nice the end of March consistently in the 70's, possibly low 80's even and 50's at night. I start mowing the yard mid March every year here. I'm trying to think of some things to suggest to not miss. Let us know some interests the family has and what your rig setup is and more on your intended route.
ken56 03/01/21 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: wind power

Has a wind farm been hit with a tornado yet? I wonder how well those 120 ft. blades fare in a tornado.
ken56 03/01/21 06:54am Around the Campfire
RE: Tennessee state parks

Yep, reserve and pay online and just go to your site. Procedure should be on the website. TN state parks are awesome.
ken56 03/01/21 06:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: DirecTV Spinoff Announcement

Personally I think I will be giving up on TV. All these spin offs and streaming things are just money grabs. Like the price we pay for cable/satellite services aren't high enough already now they want to charge for every program it seems especially if it's a popular one. It has degraded into all garbage anyway....250 channels and nothing's on.
ken56 02/26/21 09:35am Tech Issues
roof coatings....again.

After some damage to my trailer roof by a tree branch and going through the dealer to inspect and price a fix for it they recommended an insurance claim which I did after they gave me an 11,000 dollar total new roof membrane replacement. While investigating things I came across RV Armor and suggested this to the insurance adjustor which he jumped on because it was 5,300, half of the new membrane price. Now, a year later and one service call back to RV Armor I am pleased with the product and results. They stand by their product and service was almost immediate with no hassle at all. Here's my question to all here, why do they not do the slide roofs? I did ask the guy who did the work and he said they just don't do them so essentially a non answer. Just curious really so what are your opinions on this?
ken56 02/26/21 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

That anxiety is the enemy so try to let it go. Those people watching don't matter. Don't be too concerned about blocking traffic either. Backing in from the drivers side, meaning turning to the left is easier. Position your mirror so you can see the wheels of the trailer and pick a point to start your turn and when the wheels are at that point start your turn. One hand at 6 o'clock and turn the wheel the direction you want to turn. Take your time and go slow. I stop and get out when I feel the need to go look. Don't feel pressured. Don't be rushed. You will wreck your trailer if you try to be fast about it when you don't have the confidence to do it yet....but that confidence will come with practice. You can do it.
ken56 02/25/21 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway - Early April

Google maps shows the south of Asheville portion closed right now. says it will open 3/7. North of Asheville is the Folk Arts center that's worth a look. There's Mt. Mitchel. the highest point east of the Mississippi. It has a restaurant that has great food too. Further on your way north is Blowing Rock and Boone that are worth some time to see. Grandfather Mountain is in that area.
ken56 02/23/21 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for an electrician to answer a question for me

Firstly it is not a 4500 watt genset. I just purchased the igen4500 and really haven't used it yet. Started it up after I prepped it and it took right off out of the box. I ran a few power tools with it is all I did. Even at 96 Lbs. it's bulky and for this old man is difficult to put in the back of my 2500HD without help. Moving around on its built in wheels using the built in handle is piece of cake. That generator is rated at 3850 watts continuous output running on gas and lower running on propane. You would only get that 4500 watts for maybe a minute for motor startup on like a furnace. Still not shabby. I had the same thoughts about hooking to the house too but decided to just use extension cords for what I need to run. 650 is an excellent price, I paid 1049.
ken56 02/21/21 06:14am Around the Campfire
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