Do NOT stay at Jones RV Park in Norcross - it is not a good area of town.
Your real options are as follows:
Ft Yargo State Park - up 316 (off I-85). Its not a huge detour from I-85. But, it is one.
One of the COE parks at Lake Lanier is your best bet - Gainesville or Buford both have some there. Its not right off the interstate. But, they are in that corridor.
Given that you are coming from I-20 and headed to I-85, I'd also recommend you look at Stone Mountain. You could come off I-20 and head to the park and then head back to 285 and on to 85. That may actually be your best bet. If all you are doing is overnighting then it probably is a bit much for that.
You could also head up closer to SC and stay at one of the state parks up there - Hartwell is about 20-30 minutes from the interstate and there are some other options along there as well.
When I was down there on Christmas Day with the wife (yes just last week), I saw a class A (33-35' estimate) with a car behind it parked along the street a block or so over from the Aquarium. I was kind of surprised.
I think your best bet is to go when there are no events at Phillips Arena, Georgia Dome, and World Congress Center and park in one of the lots for those venues (like the suggested Yellow Lot). It would be a short walk from there.
wow what a fantastic outpouring of suggestions! you guys are the best, thanks so much, I will be sifting through all of these this month.
To answer the question - I would say we much prefer the naturalistic setting on our RV vacations -- with hiking camping and exploring as opposed to big-city touristy stuff... so leaning towards the eastern side.
Thanks again - this really is a wealth of invaluable suggestions
Given that, I don't think that Atlanta or Savannah are really the ideal choice. I'd probably visit some places in north Georgia. The GA state parks are fantastic and the ones in north GA are very good. There are a lot of good suggestions on this thread.
what's better to visit -- atlanta or savannah? or both?
That depends on what you like to do. Some folks like the big city and the things it offers. Atlanta is definitely a big city and has many cool attractions including:
Capitol Building (lots of history within the halls)
College Football Hall of Fame (not sure when that opens)
Stone Mountain (outskirts of Atlanta and has LOTS to do plus a good place to stay to visit Atlanta)
Grant Park (including ZooAtlanta)
Georgia Tech sports
Atlanta Beltline (nice walking/bike trail)
Silver Comet (another walking/bike trail)
Virginia-Highlands bar district
Atlanta History Center
LOTS and LOTS of shopping
LOTS and LOTS of restaurants
LOTS more as well....
Savannah is a much older and more historic city. It is also smaller city than Atlanta. If you aren't a big city person, then Savannah may be more up your alley. Some things around Savannah of interest include:
Tybee Island (beaches)
River Street (bars and restaurants)
TONS of other historic places (won't go in to the laundry list of these)
LOTS of good restaurants
I'm sure there is lots of good shopping as well.
In short, if you like big city and more touristy stuff, then Atlanta is probably a better choice. If you prefer stuff that is more historical in nature and like smaller communities, then Savannah probably has more interesting options. If you want both, then I'd say Atlanta has a good bit of both.
I have searched so if I missed in my apologies in advance. Does anyone have any pictures or specific info on the sites at Grayton Beach St Park: In particular sites 10 - 20.
Specifically it looks like there is a walk through to the Western Lake shoreline from those sites but its really hard to tell from the RA pictures.
Any first hand info would be welcomed.
I can't tell you where the lake access starts and ends in terms of which sites. But, I think your numbers are close. I can tell you that the sites along that side do have some lake access - where you can walk back there. You can't launch a boat off a trailer. But, there is the ability to walk back there. Some of them you could carry a small canoe or kayak and launch from there with no trailer. Others you would just be able to walk back there.
Here are some photos...not a lot of help. But, if you can see the lake in some form behind the campsite, you probably have access. I should point out that it doesn't hold for any of the newer campsites - no access from there.
I did this on my Winnebago.
There was a select switch in the cabin to switch between AC units when on shore power. When you used the generator, you put it on the front and it would power both AC units. On shore power it would only power whichever unit you selected. So, I could only run 1 AC unit at a time on shore power.
There was a also wiring that ran from the rear AC unit down to a junction box by the generator. The main power for the coach also ran to that same junction box and it all tied together there with the generator to power the whole coach. So, I ran some wiring and connected it to the rear AC unit wiring (which I disconnected from the generator wiring). I ran the other end into the power cord storage area with a male 20A plug on the end. I ran another group of wires back to the junction box and it was connected to the generator. At the end of that one was an 20A outlet - which was located in that same power cord storage area. The outlet is essentially a generator outlet.
So, if I wanted to run the rear AC off the generator, I plugged the male plug in to the generator outlet. If I wanted to run the rear AC off a 20A shore circuit, I would plug the male plug in to a 20A extension cord that ran to shore power. I would also make sure the selector switch was on front.
As you noted, it is probably the wires or plugs. I had the same issue a while back. A new set of wires and I was good to go.
As to where to get them? Any auto parts store should have them. They should be able to look it up as a Chevy P30.