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RE: RV Parks near Crater Lake National Park

Yet another vote for Collier. We were pleasantly surprised how close it is to the national park.
kknowlton 09/13/19 07:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Out of the blue....

I haven't met very many people in person who are on RV.net, but have met a couple, and the experience was quite pleasant. :) Good folks everywhere!
kknowlton 09/13/19 07:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Graphics Vinyl Stickers Decals

Around here, it seems to be a "thing" for owners to strip the decals off their RVs. We have noticed a substantial number of them. Trouble is, it kinda makes them look like FEMA trailers... :)
kknowlton 09/13/19 07:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: School me in public parks camping...

You live in one of the best states for state parks - when we lived in Illinois, Wisconsin was our go-to place for state park camping. Most of them have electric hookups (very few have more than that; IIRC, Point Beach State Forest has a few sites with both electric & water, but they are the least attractive sites in the place). Depending on the size of your camping rig, a few SPs will have limited sites for you, but if you reserve early enough (11 months ahead, last I knew, for Wisconsin), you should be able to find several good places to camp. For starters: Kohler-Andrae SP, Bong SRA, Kettle Moraine South, all should have sites big enough for the largest RVs, and all will have electric hookups. Try checking for sites on ReserveAmerica - they usually have a way to find out the size and amenities of each campsite. Good luck to you!
kknowlton 09/11/19 09:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quit RVing

Sorry to hear that time has come, but glad it took so long for you to get there! Good luck to you - may you find another way to make your days happily adventurous!
kknowlton 09/11/19 09:26pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Seattle, WA to Moab, Utah

Utah has spent a lot of money on I-15 thru the SLC area. It is now 6 lanes in places, and the traffic at afternoon rush hour was traveling 70 MPH in the left two lanes, 60-65 in all other lanes. Left two lanes are truck thru traffic. I run the second lane from the right, at 65 because the highway improvements start at Ogden south. Getting thru SLC area is not a problem any more. Well, not always. If there is an accident or construction (and there is always at least some construction, somewhere in the area), traffic can back up to a stop. There is currently construction around Ogden with narrow, uneven lanes, so not exactly a joy to tow through, but it's manageable. Haven't tried the alternate routes, but I think I would concur that, despite the traffic, I-15 is still the way to go thru the SLC area. But definitely avoid rush hour!!! I second the mention of Village of Trees. Good RV park, convenient to the interstate (there may still be some construction in that area - haven't been in a while), lots of grass, a welcome change from gravel. :)
kknowlton 09/06/19 10:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Salt Lake to Elkhart, IA Travel Advice

The trouble with late October is that state park campgrounds may not all be open, or will have limited facilities. We are not boondockers, so can't help with suggestions - but such areas are much more limited east of the Mississippi. You might look into county and city parks in the Midwest - some of them have electric hookups and restrooms, and they tend to be inexpensive. Many states have prohibitions on overnight stays in rest areas (and some of them I wouldn't feel safe doing it), so you'll need to check on that too. Good luck with the trip.
kknowlton 09/06/19 10:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: livingstone montana

Ppine is right about the wind. But the view should be gorgeous!
kknowlton 09/06/19 10:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parks near Geogretown, Ky

Ditto on KY Horse Park campground. KY Horse Park campground amenities
kknowlton 08/24/19 02:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bearings and bad decisions......

I hope so. Consider that we are replacing the entire rear axle, brakes and one wheel and tire. And they are working on Saturday to get it done. I will be surprised it is less than $1000... I feel your pain. We lost 2 wheel hubs, several years apart, on our last trailer. First time we ended up getting towed to a truck repair place; he was able to fix damage to the spindle so we didn't need to replace the axle, but we still waited all day in the sun at his shop while he was out on calls, then had to check into a seedy little motel for a couple nights while he awaited other parts. Second time we were luckier - discovered the damage to the hub when we arrived at the CG we had reserved for the night, which happened to be a block away from a truck repair garage! This time we had to replace the axle, which took a couple weeks (waiting on parts), so we had to unpack the trailer and leave it there, and go home (6 hours away) in the meantime. Yeah, from our experience, your repair bill will be at least $1K. Good luck!!
kknowlton 08/24/19 02:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I smell smoke, dear?

Ouch!!
kknowlton 08/24/19 02:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Cell Phone Carrier is best in specific locations?

It seems that Verizon has chosen to go for wider area coverage, while AT&T has opted to focus on population centers. For camping, and now that we live in the West, Verizon is the way to go. It doesn't cover every area, and even at home we have issues as the tower(s) are "over the hill" from our house, but they are still the best game in town for less populated parts of the country.
kknowlton 08/08/19 08:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide out awnings

We have had them added to both our campers that have/had slideouts. I think they really help with leaking issues. Hadn't thought about heat, but it makes some sense they help with that too.
kknowlton 08/08/19 08:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hard Sided Pop Up Questions

One thing to consider is the lack of headroom in the a-line style popups. I don't remember which company(ies) make one that has an extra bumpout on one end, that gives you a vertical wall (with windows?) & horizontal roof above the kitchen area, and a diagonal wall/roof over the bed area. More room to stand up in. Another thing we noticed when looking at them (we have not looked in earnest, though) is that they are heavier than we expected, closer in weight to a hybrid TT than a popup. (Caveat: we are only familiar with weights of older popups, 1980s and earlier - we went to full-height trailers in 2005. I know popups tend to be bigger & heavier now than they were when we bought ours.)
kknowlton 07/20/19 07:20pm Folding Trailers
RE: Vehicle for Pennsylvania to Arizona and back

fj12ryder summed up our experience perfectly. We had an 18' motorhome (I'd call it a small Class C) and didn't have a "toad" (i.e. towed car), and it was a royal pain once we got to a campground & got set up to realize we needed milk or firewood or something - and had to drive to get it. If you are using your camping rig to mostly visit family & friends, with whom you would stay, or camp in their driveways, a small Class C or even a Class B could suit your needs well. But do consider situations when you will be camped far from a store (or from people you may be visiting) and will need a vehicle. Yes, you can rent cars in many locations, but not all. Good luck with your search!
kknowlton 07/20/19 07:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Summer Route & Campground Suggestions for Utah & Idaho

Not that there is a guarantee it will be really cool in the mountains - it's often in the 90s there midsummer too. Coolest spots near us (s.e. ID) these days are Yellowstone and Stanley,ID (the Sawtooth Mts). Some beautiful NFS campgrounds w/o hookups near Stanley - I believe some take reservations and others are first-come. Some of those sites will fit your rig. IMO there is no truly easy way north to the Coeur d'Alene area, except I-15, which is going to be the least scenic way. Not terrible, but you will have to go thru SLC (awful traffic). If you go up the western route thru Idaho, you'll hit Boise (slightly less awful traffic). Once north of those cities, though, there are some pleasant drives. Going north from Salmon, ID, you have some pretty amazing mountain passes - lots of switchbacks, etc. Do-able (we did it with our trailer in tow) but not exactly "easy." A few private campgrounds we have tried and liked reasonably well: Richfield UT KOA - pleasantly shady through much of the campground (near US 89 & I70, not far from I-15); Montpelier ID KOA (some sites shady; rural atmosphere, not far from town); Southside RV Park, Dillon MT (off I-15) - on edge of town, far enough off I-15 that road noise is diminished, some shade; Buffalo (NFS) CG on US 20, Island Park, ID - one loop has electric sites & some sites close enough to water that you can refill a tank, and that loop does have some sites big enough for your rig; Jim & Mary's RV Park, Missoula MT (shady, older but pleasant).
kknowlton 07/20/19 06:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Resort Campgrounds 2-3 hrs outside NYC?

Newburgh NY KOA, possibly?
kknowlton 07/10/19 10:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Redwood National Park question

Another vote for Crescent City KOA. LOVED the big trees in part of the CG. (Most of the sites in the trees are tent sites, though.)
kknowlton 07/08/19 08:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spokane WA

About an hour northeast of Spokane is Farragut State Park, outside of Athol, Idaho. Nice campgrounds there, some with FHUs. The park is on Lake Pend d'Oreille (pronounced Ponderay), and I am pretty sure you can kayak there. You may need reservations, especially for FHU sites. Best FHU sites are in Gilmore CG (there are 5 or 6 named CGs in the park). Interesting park; in WWII it was a Navy training base (yep, that far inland!) The old brig is now a museum.
kknowlton 07/08/19 08:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northern Michigan advice

Whitefish Point Lighthouse hasn't been mentioned (at least not that I saw, skimming your responses). Not far from Tahquamenon Falls. Very interesting visit, with a museum there devoted to Great Lakes shipwrecks. Do not miss Mackinac Island!
kknowlton 07/08/19 07:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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