I will be drilling holes in coffee cups and soup bowls to lighten things up. :-)
CCC = 2545. But, I imagine that CCC is based on having eight average people in the RV. We're a family of four (two little kids) so instead of CCC based on the average weight of eight adults at (8 x 150 = 1200 lbs) we would be just under 500 lbs. That gives me an extra 700 lbs to play with... making CCC for us 2545+700 = 3245.
So, I believe that I have the CCC. The tongue max is 500 lbs. But, given feedback I am beginning to question whether that 500 lbs of tongue weight is more like only 100 or 200 lbs before handling becomes a problem.
You may want to double check this. In every rig I have owned, passengers were part of cargo. So, CCC=2545-500=2045. The max weight of your rig is what? 22k lbs? It doesn't matter if 1 or 100 people are in it, it still can't weigh more than that. Well, okay, it can, but the chassis isn't rated for it.
With a CCC of less than 2,000 lbs NO YOU CANNOT. 500 for the cycle plus 200 for a rack is going to put over 1,000 lbs on your rear axle.
Wow. By the time you add people, water, and options, I'd be surprised if you could carry dinner.
I preferred Seawall. Much less crowded, less traffic. Great oceanside hiking trails and a beach. Thurston's lobster pound about 10 minutes away. Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor 5 minutes away.
If you like tourism and shopping and being in the middle of things, Blackwoods is better. If you like relaxing, fishing villages, and less crowds, Seawall is better.
Did they buy them at the same time from the same breeder? Chances are they were closely related, if not brother and sister. I know of someone (a family friend) who bought two dogs from the same breeder. Turns out they were closely enough related for the puppies to be born blind, deaf, or both.
We have a 2015. We have a custom bumper instead of a baseplate with blue Ox adapters. We use an NSA Ready Brute Elite tow bar and surge braking system. For the lights, we installed a Mopar wiring harness (http://www.mopar.com/part/82211156AB).
To tow, we hook up the Jeep, put the transfer case in neutral, put the transmission in 5th, and release the emergency brake. No problem with battery drain, no problem with steering lock (there isn't one).
I lived in DC most of my life and did not see everything. The best plan is to pick what you really want to see, what you can't see anywhere else, and do that. I would rank monuments above museums, and only pick two or three museums to tour. After the first couple, staring at things can get rather boring.
Highlights: Botanical Gardens; National Zoo; Air and Space Museum; Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Memorials. I like the National and Hirshhorn Galleries but I'm an art junky.
If you get a chance, visit the Iwo Jima memorial at sunset. Even better if there is a full moon.
If you like beautiful buildings, visit the old executive office building, the old post office, union station, and the Library of Congress.
If you want to see important paper (Declaration, Constitution, etc.) visit the Archives.
Just what I have listed above will easily fill 4 days. And I haven't mentioned the majority of museums...
Definitely use metro. Cherry Hill is the most stress free way to visit in an RV.
Prices are currently 1/2 of what they were when I planned the trip we couldn't do last year; seems a no brainer to try again this year. And with lots of extra spending money...
How are the Canadian prices?
We have tow bracket adapters bolted to our custom bumper. Since I don't know what type of bumper you have, I'm not sure if it is feasible. But, it is an option. We use the ready brute elite with a built in surge brake.
On edit, added link to adapters.
We love our Wrangler and have no problems towing it. Be mindful of weight - there is about a 500 lb difference between the base model and the loaded top end model. Check your actual weight vs. your gross combined weight. Our manual soft top Willys weighs right around 3900 lbs.
When you add weight to the tt, you will need to readjust. Ours was adjusted correctly when we purchased it (empty) but we had to change it after we loaded it and again when we loaded it for full-timing.
If your bars were hard to remove, you didn't raise the nose enough to take the pressure off the bars.
To decide if it is set up correctly now, move to level ground, take your wheel well measurements unhitched, hitched, and then with weight distribution.
How long was the drive from Ft Clinch to St. George? This SP is on my bucket list. What site are you in?
Fort Clinch to St. George - 277 miles. We made liberal stops in between for gas and lunch. Left FC at 9:30AM and arrived in SG by 4PM. It was raining and/or foggy most of the ride, so it could be faster. We took 10 to some back roads to 98. Easy going...
On edit, most of the sites on St. G. are pretty much the same. Fort Clinch has nice but tight and hard to get beach sites. The River sites are better spaced and more private, but stay on the left side (bottom on the RA map) as the road to get to them is better.
Belle is a 17 year old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. She is mostly blind and at least 1/2 deaf. She full-times with no problems. She gets a little panicky at night trying to jump back up on the bed if she gets up to drink, but I hear her pacing and get up to put her on the bed. Otherwise, she enjoys spending her time with us. She has her own outside chair and she loves to sleep on it in the sun. When moving, she rides in her crate so we don't worry about her being bounced around. Over all, we prefer to have her with us - she probably doesn't have too much time left and we want her to enjoy the time she does have.
We are full-timing, and have been since January 2014. This year, our long range plan is to go to Alaska for the summer. We are currently in Florida. So, we have picked a general route to get us to the Canadian Border north of Seattle around May 15.
We have reservations starting Sunday for Fort Pickens (NP in Florida) because it moves us west. A site opened up in A loop, so we reserved a spot. We plan on going to New Orleans after that, staying in Bayou Signette State Park. Because the park has 55 unreserved sites, we didn't make reservations - our plans may change.
We know we need to be in Phoenix for our maintenance/repair appointment (we ordered parts that should arrive by the end of January) on February 16, and we need to be at the Escapees Rally March 8-13, but otherwise, we will just wing it, getting from here to there.
I lucked into a week's reservation in Yosemite Valley for the beginning of April so we will have a couple of weeks to get there after the Escapee's Rally.
So, mostly, we wing it, unless there is a must do event or hard to reserve location. Our reservations so far in Florida, at state parks, have been what we find when we figure out where we want to go - any where from 1 day to 3 weeks in advance.
In general, we won't drive more than 300 miles in a day. We always know where we will be going before we leave, though we don't necessarily have reservations. For every 100 miles we drive, the minimum stay is 1 day. Hope this helps!
We camp in Florida State Parks. In fact, we are in St. George Island State Park right now. Absolutely beautiful, far away from all the tourist stuff, no squishy/on top of each other sites. Yesterday, we were in Fort Clinch State Park, another beautiful location but on the Atlantic Coast. Next week, we are moving to Fort Pickens, a federal park on the Gulf with miles of beautiful beaches...
Honestly, the Florida State park system is pretty amazing as far as beach camping goes...
I was able to book a site in April fairly easily. I think the key was my choice of Sunday through Friday rather than a weekend. The weekends were booked almost immediately.
One thing to note, if you are larger than 35', there are only 12 sites in the valley that will accommodate you.
And try going through recreation.gov. There is a delay when using reserveamerica.com to transfer you to recreation.gov.
Also, if you look today, you can see which sites are already reserved past the previous booking window. This may help narrow down which sites you try for.