Can't really judge your family, but you all seem more of a north west group! As I stated on an earlier post, I have to do more of a glamping trip with my family... shopping (the one thing you said wasn't your thing), touristy stuff, etc. which is why we just did the north east tour this past summer.. From Florida... To Niagara Falls.. Then followed the yellow brick road home (I-95) through all the traffic, congestion, and expensive traps. BUT, we had a great time!
I would vote north west!
It will be going up with the house, so it will be permitted. I have worked in the 7 counties surrounding tampa, The county I am building in is one of the toughest in regards to inspects and requirements. I will be doing electrical and plumbing myself once all is completed.
Majorgator.. Thanks for the input. What exactly did you use for chambers? Do you empty them? I am not familiar with that, or atleast that term.
Krobbe.. Awesome garage! Budget will stop me from going that long, the wifey will have something to say about that as well! Is the door on the left 14' and how wide? How about the other? I just picked up my camper from storage for our Fort wilderness Halloween adventure, and I just did some more measuring. I am thinking the big door should be 12 x 14. Small door 8x8, I imagine the setup similar to yours.
I have a meeting with my shell contractor (slab, block, frame) next week, we have worked together for a while, let's see what we can work out for my "easy" garage. (Compared the the house) if it is close to the same cost, I would prefer block over steel for sure.
We stayed at Kathryn abbey Hannah park last thanksgiving. It was a very nice campground, some sites are a bit tight, but we got a great one. It is just across the street from the ocean. It is about 20 minutes from downtown jacksonville I think. I would go again.
I am amazed at how much your family did. I wish my wife and kids would do all of those hikes and sight seeing! My son might, but not the wife and daughter. As everyone has said, thanks for taking the time and sharing. I hope to see SOME of the destinations you have listed, I just have to make the trip a little more glamping and maybe the rest will follow!
Definitely a great trip log, congrats!
I hope I don't need a snow blower or plow:) if I do, we are all in big trouble! hell yeah, man cave! Maybe when my son turns 13 in a couple of years I will let him in, but that is it! My new soon to be neighbor has an awesome garage with thousands of dollars worth of metal working machinery, mowers, tractors etc.. I am very jealous of his collection, then again he has 25 years on me of collecting things! Hopefully some young neighbor will think the same of collection some day!
I have thought about a small bladder tank out back. We use these for our construction trailers on site at times. The Port-o-let companies install and just call them to empty. I want the garages separate as I can hide the large, tall Rv / shop garage behind trees. The attached garage will be in proportion with the house. Looks a lot nicer. The 2 will be about 75 feet or more apart. We will also have a large drive way going in one side of the property out the other, I will be able to back in with ease ( no hills to worry about in tampa!)
The county requires your house finish floor to be 18" above the crown of the street, in my specific situation, the crown height is 4 feet above the base flood elevation height. We will have to build a stem wall for both structures and bring in a hell of a lot or dirt, which lucky for me, I will get for free! In the end, flooding will not be an issue.
Being in tampa, insulation is not a concern for the detached garage. I may sweat a little a times, but they don't really get that hot with proper ventilation. I like the idea of a drain, maybe just go the outside? I am still in the process of pricing everything out, with all my connections, a stick frame (or block which is what we do all around florida). may not be that much more, and look a lot nicer. Phone calls and the bidding processes starts this week.
Thanks all! I will check out that garage journal for more ideas. We do have a budget, so 30x45-ish will be as big as we need. I will make sure we get the 12 foot doors, I may do 14, but I really don't think they would be needed. We do have a good 15 years before retirement, so I guess you never know what we will want at that time. We are thinking about a pull through, but we really like all the trees around and we would have to cut a lot down to make it work, the trees are why we bought the land.
Our next step is to give the architect my plans I have been working on (not done yet) so we can get them drawn up to send into the county for permits. Hopefully within the next 4-5 months we can get started.
We are so excited, our camper ( and us) will have a new home. After years of looking and dreaming, we finally decided to go big or go home. We just bought (closed last night) on 3.5 acres of land only about 10 minutes from our current home. Amoung the hundreds of bonuses this purchase has, we will now be able to build my dream garage for me.. I mean the camper and "man stuff". We have a lot of planning to do, but being in the residential construction management business, I do know where to start. We will also be building an oversized attached 4 car garage so I can keep my truck happy on a daily basis.
The garage will be a freestanding structure, I am thinking metal / steel as it is much cheaper than conventional framing. It will be big, planning for the future is the plan. I have read many posts about RV garages and making them bigger than you need. I am thinking 30 x 45, 100 amp service, sewer may not be possible as the septic tank may be too far away. but we will see. Still so much to think about. Wish us luck!
I lost all my bikes due to BIKE RACK failure, not bumper failure. BUT, I did have 4 bikes on it which is ofcourse double the weight! I was one of those (it cant happen to me and I dont believe the hype) Well, it did and I lost $1200 worth of bikes.
It can happen, not as much with 2 bikes and a quality rack, but you will see nothing but my factory spare on my bumper.
Since you do plan on traveling alot, Types of tires is one big debate in which you can read many threads on this forum. (maxxis if take a general pole from many on this forum) I will add that it is nice to find a smaller TT with a double axle. These will add a little more weight carrying capacity and a little less stress if you do have a blow out.
We have been many times.. The sites you listed are not the best (thus why they are still open.) You are not too far away, they do open up a few sites that day early morning ( these are for "walk up or drive up people), We have waited till the ealry morning and got nice site, but it is the luck of the draw.
IMO, the best sites are 202 - 230 (these are all on the water and very nice) Yes, some do have limited views, the lower 200's have less mangroves. BUT, since you can only book 6 months in advance, they go quick.
We stayed at Braches this past summer. Nice campground. It was small and not crazy busy, even at the peak season of July 4th. Around 15 minutes to Niagara Falls, easy drive.
As far as what to do at Niagara, the Cave of winds tour is a must, you get soaked and it is an awesomw feeling to be that close to the falls. It is best just to get the package deal for all the attractions
If you are the adventurous type, the jet boat ride, ( I dont remember the name of it) looks great, the wife and kids did not want to go, so, I had to just read about!
Very, very nice! Congrats on a successful "perfect" trip. Excellent pictures and great memories. As you said, things will always go wrong or not exactly as planned, but you can still have the perfect trip. We did a 3500 mile trip to the northeast this past summer with our 8 and 11 year old. Hopefully in the next few years we will get out west. Vacation time off is my challenge.
Look forward to seeing more
We were there this past July, It is a great stop over campground. Very close to the interstate, but very quiet and spread out. Nice lake, playground for the kids, large sites. I had no reason to talk to any ranger nor use the restrooms, so can't comment on those. We would definitely stop by again if on our route.
Having a ladder has nothing to do with being able to walk on the roof for a keystone product. A ladder is just an option, they add supports to the rear walls of the TT for the ladder. The roof is built the same way no matter what. You-tube keystone building process, they are all built with the same thickness plywood that can be walked on for maintenance as stated earlier. I walk on mine every time to install / remove the cover. There is absolutely no problem at all with doing this.
Just an update...
To those of you who said water heater .... Winner .. Winner!!!!
I got her out if storage the other day to get ready for Labor Day camping and was finally ready to check it out.
You learn something everyday. I would have never thought so much calcium would build up. There was about 1/4" or more of " junk" on the bottom of the tank. All loose and floating around just waiting to clog the lines. I just removed the anode rod and hooked up to the house water and just kept the water on for about 10 minutes until it was all cleaned out. The element had some calcium on it, but I was not in the mood to remove and clean.
Thanks all for your help.
We were just there this past Memorial Day. We enjoyed it and really liked the proximity of Nokomis Beach. Great sand and no where near as crowded as siesta key, but equally as nice. There were a few real nice sites right on the river that we can fit it for next time. We will go back.
I am in the home building business and sometimes fixing a small issue (if it is just cosmetic) is worse than leaving it along. Things almost never go back together correctly the 2nd time the way they were done originally.. (EX: They damage something else not related to the problem. Get things dirty, loose, etc..) I agree, not pretty and I hope they take their time and fix it right.
So, I guess I will start with draining the water heater. I have not done this as I dont winterize and really dont think about it. Regarding the hoses, I do not drag the hoses as that is an obvious source of dirt/sand. I also install covers on both ends just after I disconnect from the TT and the water bib so not a chance of anything getting in them. .
I guess the next step would be the better filters, I will have to look into them. Thanks for all your responses..