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RE: heat ideas

We have a Mr Heater Buddy made for tents, we have used for 8 years in tents, truck campers, and now if I need to the TT, just open a window a couple inches and crack open the top vent, you camper should have a carbon monoxide alarm along with the shut off on the heater.
1stgenfarmboy 05/24/17 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cataloochee CG info

No dump is not a problem for us as long as you know it before hand.
1stgenfarmboy 05/23/17 03:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What will happen?

To myself a better idea would be to pick up a 15 pass van rip out the seats, tent the windows dark set it up for 4 hammocks, pick up a 10x10 ez-up canopy and some camping gear and head out staying only State Parks and National Parks if they can't fine free camping elswhere, they will rack up quite a fuel bill alone on a trip like this, they will need to cook all they can as food can cost 1/3 or more of a trip. We camped beside a group of 6 guys is Sequoia last year, they were right out of HS tenting across the country, we talked to them for a while and it sounded like they were having an awesome trip, they were from the north/east. one thing I always tell young folks that want to go on an adventure is, In most SP/NP's you will have no phone signal so you need to be prepaired to use a map to navagate with and get the future plans made when you have a signal, don't wate till you get all snuggled up and think you are going to surf the web. Dar
1stgenfarmboy 05/23/17 02:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: yellowstone

I have been 2 times in mid to late June and have been suprised at the small number of people, but with that said 2002 was the last time and seeing National Parks and camping has exploded in the last 5 years or so. I do know when I go back it will be while school is in, this year it snowed last week and some of the trailes are still closed due to snow so you have to contend with that early and in the fall it can be dry and some of the animals are beeing seen less and less. If you can stay close to Old Faithful the best time to watch it is very early in the day or very late, the crowds at mid-day are unreal.
1stgenfarmboy 05/23/17 02:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cataloochee CG info

Yes I have been to Cataloochee valley as well as the Cataloochee turnpike and all up around Max Patch but failed to ride through the CG. the remoteness is the reason I am camping there, not much of a fan of PF or GB
1stgenfarmboy 05/23/17 02:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mtn Parkway

Mile High campground is just off the BRP south of the Maggie Valley exit, one of the coolest CG's just for the fact it is very high and elk romp through camp, no hookups but they have hot showers, and as close to zero noise as you will find call now for reservations ! ! down load the pdf map of the parkway as well as Shenandoah so you can look it over and not mis cool things. your rig will be perfect for anywhere you want to go in Shanendoah/BRP/SMNP all three. Grandfather mtn, Mt Mitchell S.P., are a couple places not to miss. pull off of the BRP at all the roadside attractions and history spots. be sure to watch some of the DVD's of all parks you want to visit some of the info we will forget and you mite see something you want to do. these three spots you are going are at the top of my favorite places in the lower 48, my wife and I have vacationed in the smokies 30 times in 31 years, Shenandoah 4 times, traveled the full 469 miles of the BRP 4 times. Dar
1stgenfarmboy 05/23/17 02:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cataloochee CG info

Thanks kohldad, I guess that's what I was looking for was an absolute yes or no with no gray area, I read on the site but I have also seen them leave off some important info on the .gov sites. we are headed there a week from today for 6 days, I guess we will need to use there bathrooms as much as possible, fresh water, gray, and power we can handle. I have had reservations for 6 months, I tend to make them on the 1st possible day.
1stgenfarmboy 05/21/17 12:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Cataloochee CG info

I have looked everywhere I know and can't find a yes or no on. Does Cataloochee CG " the one north of Maggie Valley NC, have a dump station ? ? thanks Dar
1stgenfarmboy 05/20/17 05:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Cataloochee CG info

I have looked everywhere I know and can't find a yes or no on. Does Cataloochee CG have a dump station ? ? thanks Dar
1stgenfarmboy 05/20/17 05:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Web Cam - looks too crowded:)

At 10:00 traffic was backed up out of site this morning, school is out and it begins.
1stgenfarmboy 05/18/17 11:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: DIY portable screen room for bugs? Or buy one?

we like this one. we have one kinda like this one, we have had it for 15 years, I have melted a hole in it useing the colmen stove a little to close, but I stitched it up with zip-ties, other than beeing a bit big all packed up it has been a great investmant and I will buy another one when we decide to retire it. So far it even keeps the coons out..... but I think i will knock on some wood after saying that. I even park the motorcycle in it at night and when it rains.
1stgenfarmboy 05/17/17 01:45pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Where's everyone going for Memorial weekend?

Well, Sunday night at a Cracker Barrel in south/east KY near Cumberland S.P.or there abouts, then 6 days in Cataloochee CG, SMNP. We did a shake down camp last weekend in the new camper to see what we do and don't need.
1stgenfarmboy 05/16/17 02:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bear away

I always pour my bacon grease a couple campers down, that keeps them away from us and gives us a free show as well. :W
1stgenfarmboy 05/15/17 09:53am RV Lifestyle
RE: The most reliable Travel Trailer

I agree with this and have said it about cars/motorcycles/trucks/campers/ houses...just about anything you buy will last if you don't beat the **** out of it. I think I will pay 25,000 or so for a new 2017 Forest River....ya know the junkiest of the lot and use the other 115k for camping and fuel. I have owned 7 different brands of campers and from MH all the way down to pop-ups and there really is not a nickles difference and any of them. and one other thing, do you really think the wives would want the same furnature and layout for 20-30 years ?? I can't walk through my own house right now in the dark because there is no tellin where the couch and recliners are.:E
1stgenfarmboy 05/15/17 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: How big of a solar system is enough?

I just talked to our friends who are full time in a 26ft TT, he said they can run there 2 batteries almost down and the 160w system will have them topped off in 2 hours in the southern CA sun, 6 hours on a cloudy day. We had 50w on our Lance TC and it kept the 1 battery full unless it was dark and rainy for 3-4 days in a row, we only used it for water pump, and WH,fridge control power, we used portable lights and no tv, we have camped for 9 days off grid and only ran out of water.
1stgenfarmboy 05/10/17 09:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grant Campground in Yellowstone - Central Enough?

Unless you are an avid hiker the Tetons can be seen in 2 days, but Yellowstone demands a lot of time and it is huge. I say a couple days in the Tetons first then head up to Yellowstone and stay as long as your money and time holds out.
1stgenfarmboy 05/04/17 03:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cade's Cove November 1

We have stayed there in mid Sep and half the sites were empty, but I would consider Nov 1 to still be in the leaf peeper time frame so it could be different. Like already said call and talk to a ranger at the Sugarland Visitors Center, maybe they can help.
1stgenfarmboy 05/01/17 01:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Taken all the steps to prevent sway. Still swaying. Help!

I did an axel flip on our TT, it was the only way5200# would fit, and had sway problems. It wasn't the fish tailings most call sway, rather the flopping side to side with ruts in the road. I had both a smaller TT and a 3500 Dodge. Most RVers do silly things with the hitches rather than face the fact it's a suspension problem. I learned that with a Cherokee and a tent trailer 30 years ago. On our TT, I solved it with anti sway bars. We had shocks on the TT so I didn't have to add those. That would be the first step, it may be enough. On the TT I used a 48"x16"x1" anti-sway bar and on the truck it's a aftermarket 1 3/8". I'm able to blithely cruise up the heavily rutted "Cog" at 120KPH, I also switched to Michelin truck tires. I use a truck camper in hunting season so I needed a sway bar on the truck. Remember TT suspensions are only one step removed from the wagons used on the Oregon Trail. Dodge when they widened the frame on Ram thought that they didn't need a rear anti-sway bar, they are wrong. Even running empty, she handles much better. I think this is your problem ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I don't know how much higher your TT sits after the flip, but I would guess at least 5 inches +, that is more than enough to make the center of gravity high enough for top heavy lean. My guess would be DWT have hit the nail on the head, my last camper was a masive TC in a 4X4 1ton DRW truck, I added every thing on the market to stop the top heavy sway, never could get it where we were comfortable with it so I went back to a TT.
1stgenfarmboy 05/01/17 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Taken all the steps to prevent sway. Still swaying. Help!

Add another sway bar, I had a friend who had camped for 50 years, he always had 2 and when he would get on the interstate he would stop and crank them both down, and when exiting the interstate he would stop and back them off. He said he never had a sway problem, I never had a TT that I felt the need for this but I can see where it would help on a sway prone TT.
1stgenfarmboy 05/01/17 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Putting a motorcycle in my trailer

If you put it in the trailer make sure you have it resting on a 2x8x8, the floor may be weak for 150lb per 2 square inch which is close to what you would have.
1stgenfarmboy 04/30/17 08:20pm Travel Trailers
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