A single RVer here. 68 years old. I retired early at 52 in 98. I started immediately with a Roadtrek 'B' and traded for a Fleetwood 'C' and bought a Jeep Wrangler for a Toad in 2003. It turned out that I'm more of a traveler/sightseer than a camper. The CG is where I sleep after a day of exploring.
If you know where you're going to stay, that would help. Murrell's Inlet in the south to Little River in the north is 40 miles long and lined with hotels, CGs and restaurants. It is "The Grand Strand".
My only time in an RV was at Ocean Lakes. They're directly next to Lakewood and Pirateland. There's also a KOA, but its on the wrong side of Business 17 from the beach. That's a four lane run across Bus. 17.
Restaurants: Avoid the all you can eat buffets. Everything is breaded and deep fried. Some of it is cooked the same day its served. They call it "Calabash Style", but there's more breading than seafood. OTOH, the restaurants in Calabash, NC. actually serve more seafood than breading.
If you don't want to stay on the beach, I'd recommend Willow Tree About 10 miles north of Little River. Lots of space between sites, all face a large lake and many have private hot tubs.
BTW, if you're a golfer, take your clubs. Golf is a MB specialty. And if you get tired of seafood, try Chuck's Steakhouse. Good steaks and salad bar, and a fishbowl full of "Chuck's Steakhouse" golf tees on the way out the door. :)
The old saying that if something is too good (or too bad) to be true, it probably isn't true. I think that most of the time a false statement isn't malicious, it's just a story that's been passed around so many times that it changes a little bit from one telling to the next.
I can remember when I was a kid and a group got together in a circle. One kid would whisper something to the next kid. Then that kid would repeat it to his neighbor, and so on. By the time it made a full circle, the story had changed radically.
Snopes is your friend.
I bought my '03 Fleetwood 'C' from a local full service dealer. When it arrived, they did their own inspection before they told me it was in. They suggested that I carve out about 4 hours for the walk through, and to bring a friend to take notes. First, they pointed out what they had already fixed, like the hairline crack around one of the clearance lights on the cabover, explaining that they install them at the factory with power screwdrivers and sometimes over tighten. Then we walked through the operation of everything inside while my friend took notes. There were a couple of minor fit and finish items that they fixed before I picked it up. Then they invited me to their next "new owner's" meeting. They had rows of tables set up in one of the repair bays so we could take notes, served coffee and doughnuts, did a brief explanation of how things operated, and then we broke up into groups for 5ers, TTs, A's, B's and C's. A tech was with each group and covered all the operations for our units on a real model, including how to use a dump station. Finally, a raffle for accessory items from their well stocked store. When I picked it up, the gas tank was full, a half tank of water, along with a stinky slinky and white water hose. Later on, I had them add what I needed on the MH and my Jeep Toad, so I could tow it 4 down.
And even though they no longer sell MHs, they still service them. I called them about a month ago to make sure they still work on MHs, and told them I'd bring mine in and I want them to fix anything that needs fixing. They're cool with that, and I trust them.
Awesome.......... Thanks we are staying at Cherry Hill and will be IN D.C. for the 4th. Yep it will be crowded but we only live once.
Thank you sooooooooo much for the suggestions...
One more suggestion. Cherry Hill has a shuttle to the Metro (subway) station. Do not try to drive on the surface streets if you value your sanity. The Metro has stops at all the POIs, including the Smithsonian.
When I googled "IBW", the closest thing I could find was "Ideal Body Weight", which may have referenced in a TV ad. By the way, my Ideal Body Weight is whatever I weigh at the time............
Well, I'm in shape. Round is a shape.
I've often imagined what the first pioneers heading west must have thought when they came to the Badlands. So close to the fertile Black Hills, but no knowledge of what lay ahead. They must have thought that they had reached the end of the earth. OTOH, they had been rolling past mile markers for "free ice water" at Wall Drugs since they passed Lake Michigan. :)
I'm kind of the other way. I'm so aware of what I don't know, that I hide some subsections of some forums simply because I either can't contribute or don't have an interest. I've owned a 'B' and my current 'C', but no 'A' or any form of TT or 5er, so I hide those sections. I also hide the Mexico forum because of no interest. I've also jumped in uninvited when someone is planning to do something dangerous, like driving from NY to CA in two days. Or when a fellow flatlander isn't familiar with mountain driving in the western states. I can't contribute to boondocking threads because I'm a FHU guy. I read the Canada/Alaska forum, but I've only been in BC, AB. and Alaska and I'll contribute there if I can.
And I refer lots of people to "Weatherbase". Some eastern folks don't know the effect that a higher altitude has on the mountain west, like Yellowstone. Or how big YNP is, figuring on seeing it in a couple of days.
Beyond that, I'll suggest some things to see that I kind of tripped over, but really enjoyed. As in "If you have time while you're in the area, be sure to see...".
As I'm starting each trip - "Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild"
"Get your motor runnin', head out on the highway" etc.
My RV plays audio cassettes and CDs, and I also have XM Satellite Radio with a holster for it in in the RV, Toad, my daily driver and a separate boom box. I bought a lifetime subscription just before they merged with Sirius and stopped selling them.
The Badlands is a 40 mile loop road thru the park that starts and ends at I-90. Several areas where you can pull over to explore along the way. But I wouldn't call it a destination. The Black Hills area has far more to see and do.
I did an overnight at the KOA East once on my way from Cincinnati to Charleston. Asheville was a little more than half way and on the south side of the Smokies. They have an assortment of sites. Several are tent camping sites. They only have 3 Pull thru FHU, Cable, WIFI sites, but several more back ins with the same amenities.
There are lots of CGs in the Black Hills besides Custer SP both public and private, but its July 4th weekend, with the 4th on a Friday which means every working stiff will have a 3 day weekend, and where Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse both have spectacular fireworks displays. I'd say you're about a year late. You could show up and hope for a late cancellation, but the odds are against you, and then what do you do?
Sorry, there will not be fireworks at Mt. Rushmore or Crazy Horse. The forest fire danger is too high with all the dead timber from the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
Sorry to hear that - both the lack of fireworks and the pine beetle problem. I've been visiting the Black Hills since I was 6 years old, tent camping with my parents. We stopped along the road and watched them filming a Charlton Heston cowboy flick.
On a recent July trip, I went to Mt. Rushmore in the morning, grabbed a cup of coffee, sat on the patio outside and watched helicopters lowering fireworks onto the heads for the Fourth of July show. Then returned for the show that night.
Not long ago, I was thinking about Route 66 (the TV series). It seemed like those guys drove that Corvette all across the country. If they did, they didn't do it all on Route 66. It runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, just 7 states, carefully bypassing Nevada, for some reason unknown to me. And route 50 is supposed to go from coast to coast (The Lincoln Highway), but it stops in Sacramento. California probably used the roadbed to build I-80 to the coast.
I guess its really hard to build a road across the country without stepping on individual states' toes.
Driving down grades is not a big deal. Let your engine do the work. When you use brakes use them hard. Slow to below desired speed. Then allow engine to slow you down. Repeat as required. Do not ride your brakes. US16 is not a big deal. That is just basic driving 101.
I agree completely with your procedure. I disagree with it being "basic driving 101". The OP, like me, is from the Midwest. We have hills - not mountains. And the OP will be pushed downhill by a TT. Mountain driving isn't intuitive, which is why I suggested "Mountain Directory West".
MapQuest is talking to people in cars - not RVs. You're a fellow flatlander. Get a copy of 'Mountain Directory West' and make your own decisions. The bighorns are beautiful. I've driven over them on 16. Going up is slow. Going down the other side there are several marked places to pull over to check your brakes, because you're about to deal with a very long downhill and if you ride your brakes you won't have any near the bottom. And 16 is the easiest of the three (16, 14 and 14a). The signs actually say to pull over for a brake check.
And the Bighorns haven't shrunk any in the last 30 years.
BTW, I've made the trip to Yellowstone several times. I go around on I-90.
Before I retired, I traveled a lot for the company, often for weeks at a time in one place. I always stayed at Embassy Suites. Each room had two rooms. One with bed, TV and bathroom and one with a couch, chair, and a console that held the other TV, microwave, and coffee maker. All the rooms opened onto an atrium inside and they served a free buffet style full breakfast every morning and a happy hour in the afternoon with free drinks and popcorn. They also had a separate dining room with wait staff. Not free. I wouldn't spend that kind of money myself, but the company didn't mind.