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RE: Smoky Mtns-most scenic campground?

Mile High CG and Balsam Mountain CG are the most secluded and scenic, but it comes with a price, and the price is they have no hook-ups and they are not close to GB or PF, it is 11 miles up the BRP to the turn off of Heintooga Ridge road, we love staying at Mile High because of the quiet and the nature that is all around, 2 times we have had Elk walk between us and the camper while sitting by the fire and birdwatching. they are not anything like a resort, but for a camping experience it can't be beat.
1stgenfarmboy 04/30/18 05:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is my truck big enough?

Just figgure your TT is going to weigh the max weight on the tag, forget about the min weight. get a TT that the max weight is less than the trucks tow rating
1stgenfarmboy 03/20/18 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is my truck big enough?

If you only plan on towing it 10-20 miles to your local CG each year then it could do it, anything more.......... NO.
1stgenfarmboy 03/20/18 03:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Planner Plodder vs On the Fly

If I had all the time in the world I would not plan, but as it is I have a few weeks to go exactly where we want to go, so for me it is on the exact day of open reservations for the CG we are wanting I make it. some places it is even hard to do it this way as more and more people are doing the same. once we were going to hike up to Mount LeConte in the Smokies and stay at the lodge on top of the mountain, they have a few cabins, we set the days and then 4 of us started calling on the very minuite the reservation window opened for the year, it took us 2 hours of nonstop calling to get threw.......we got the days we wanted. so yes I am just like the OP, and will do it this way untill we retire and have the time to just meander about.
1stgenfarmboy 03/19/18 04:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: These unreliable new diesel engines!

A cummins diesel engine post 98.5 is no where near as reliable as one pree 98.5, this includes the P7100 injection pump back to 94 and the VE injection pump from 93 down to 89, every now and then you hear about one a post 99 going 3, 4, even 500,000 miles with out much trouble, and some 1,000,000. I have at least 10 friends with onl Dodges with more than 400k without anything other than things like, a seal, a water pump, or the such, but with new ideas comes more things to fail and more cost to repair, they make it seem like they are not as good. If I was building a truck to take me into the wilderness of Alaska, or South America, it would not have a post 2010 diesel.
1stgenfarmboy 03/15/18 04:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is a Toy Hauler for just dirt bikes? worth it?

keep what you have, I have never felt the need to have a TH for a bike or 2. one nice thing is you can drop the ramp and have sort-of-a porch if you will, but you can also put up a $100 e-z-up and have kinda the same thing. I just bought a new TT and I " always " take a motorcycle with me, often it is a big Adventure bike, a little harder to load and unload but I 'WE" wanted the TT to be more like a home than a garage with a bed in it.
1stgenfarmboy 03/12/18 03:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: How many miles are on your Tow Vehicle??

1993 Dodge cummins W350 166,400 2014 Ram 1500 Longhorn 66,240
1stgenfarmboy 03/07/18 07:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Campgrounds 2 hours South of Nashville off 65

155 miles south. Cullman CG Good Hope CG 165ish miles south and 6 miles west of 65 Smith Lake Park looks very nice.
1stgenfarmboy 03/06/18 07:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoky Mountain NP

Alum Cave trail will put you on a cool formation, "but" it is about 5 mile RT, if you could get mama up there 9 out of 10 times you can catch a glimps of the Peregrine Falcon that usually nests on the bluff. What ever you do don't take the fun out of it, short hikes will make it a vacation for everybody. My family are all moderate hikers, the last trip we all took together my kids were in there mid teens, I got us on a trail that was cool to me and the wife but a little to much for them, "16 miles RT" when one of them said it was too much like work we took a water break and turned around, No need for anyone to be unhappy on a vacation.
1stgenfarmboy 03/06/18 07:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoky Mountain NP

Yes Andrews Bald is a nice shorter trail, my 7yr old granddaughter went to the bald and back a couple years ago.
1stgenfarmboy 03/05/18 01:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How many National Parks....

Been to 32 as of now, and quite a few 2 or more times, at 51 yrs old I need to get to it if I am going to see the rest. and I only have 19 days vacation per yr, one yr we drove 11,900 miles in a 28 day trip.
1stgenfarmboy 03/05/18 11:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoky Mountain NP

He mentioned they are not long distance hikers, I gave my advice with this in mind, Even Chimney tops is a tough trail for non hikers.
1stgenfarmboy 03/05/18 09:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoky Mountain NP

We have gone down to the SMNP every year we have been married at least one time a year ( 31 ) and sometimes two times. When our kid were that age we hiked stuff less than 3 miles RT, anything over and you loose the magic. they always loved car touring though, there are some really nice places to drive too or almost too the good stuff. stop at the Sugarlands visitors center to make sure the things on your list are open. 1. 10 miles up the BRP is Heintogga Ridge RD ---A must do as Elk are regularly seen on the road, and the picnic spot at the end is super awesome, take a lunch this day. 2. right off the turn around at the end of Heintogga rd is Balsm Mountain rd, a 22 mile one way old rail road bed that takes you back to Cherokee, very cool to be in the heart of the mountains in your car. 3. Cataloochee Valley---A must in the evening time as the Elk come out to graze on the fields and it is just flat out cool in that valley. 4. already mentioned Max Patch is a great place for 360* views, head on to Hot Springs and eat at the Smoky Mountain Diner, it on the Appalachain Trail. 5. Oconaluftee visitors center. 6. Cades Cove, make sure to go as early as you can because in the middle of the day it can be bumper to bumper. 7. Greenbrier Rd is a good place to get away from the people and play in the creek or drive down Ramsey prong. 8. Newfound Gap. 9. Abrams falls just before the visitors center/mill in Cades cove is a short hike to a nice fall. your key word inside the park, I kept everything inside the park. The Cherohala Skyway is a really nice road outside the park that maybe you can get to before you leave or on a rainy day. Dar
1stgenfarmboy 03/05/18 08:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nashville and Tennessee help for newbie

I have been camping and riding motorcycles in east TN and NC for 30 yrs, even though I live 7 hours away, " that tells you how good the riding is, done the entire BRP 4 times on 2 wheels and 2 in cars 1 in truck camper, there has already been alot of places mentioned I would have said, if you can see the Smokies or the Appalachains the riding is good. I am headed to Tellico Plains in 2 weeks for 3 more days of riding. IMO the southern part of the BRP is the best on 2 wheels, from Ashville south to Cherokee and from Ashville north to Alta pass Orchard. PS for no reason skip riding up to Mount Mitchell, the smell of the Balsam trees is what I feel like the gateway to Heaven is like.
1stgenfarmboy 03/02/18 09:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How many National Parks....

Not all of them yet, but we have been working on it for 31 years together, and my Dad & Mom gave me a big head start as they loved to travel to National Parks/Monuments also. Thanks Dad & Mom
1stgenfarmboy 03/02/18 09:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing in the real world. gas or diesel

Getrags are noisey, my good friend has transplanted a G56 in his 93 W350 cummins, and it sure does make noise.
1stgenfarmboy 03/01/18 03:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DOWNgrading truck - sanity check please

an F150 or a 1/2ton of any brand is only going to get 15-17mpg in mixed real world driving, the truck you have is really really nice, there is no way I would trade if I didn't half to. And all the defective parts have been replaced so you are good to go.. :B
1stgenfarmboy 02/28/18 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The difference between dry an loaded weight.

Camper manufacturers need to only list the MAX trailer weight on the tag, if this was done there would be far less confusion. I just figure my trailer weighs the max every time I leave home. My 24ft TT has a dry weight of 5300ish and a max load of 7,500, and the tongue weight is 900lbs when loaded to go.
1stgenfarmboy 02/28/18 11:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Shenandoah National Park

Sherando Lake is a beautiful and quiet secluded place to stay and it is only 12 miles from the south end of Skyline.
1stgenfarmboy 02/28/18 09:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Overnight stops and Rest Areas

We have used Walmart, Cracker barrel, and large empty lots, only one time have we use a truck stop, it was so noisy we couldn't sleep.
1stgenfarmboy 02/25/18 01:05pm Towing
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