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Need Information on Alabama Coast Campgrounds

Hello, I posted last week asking for input on planning our next long RV trip in June. Thanks to all that gave input! We have decided on a plan but I need campground information on Alabama Coast campgrounds. We will leave home which is 20 miles or so south of Pittsburgh and travel to Memphis to see Graceland. My wife is a big Elvis fan. I figure on no more than 2 days to see everything there. Then we want to head south to the coast and spend a week at a nice campground somewhere along the Alabama coast Gulf Shores Orange Beach etc. Then we will be traveling back home. My needs for a campground are: Pet friendly (I travel with three cocker spaniels) Swimming pool Room for a 32 foot 5th wheel A park that is more on the quiet side At least close to the beach / restaurants Nice to have: Hot tub Enclosed Dog Park Beachfront I have tried looking at campgrounds on RV Park Reviews but I do not know the area and several so far only allow Motorhomes, or two dog limit, or RV must not be over 10 years old. Mine is a 2004. I'm looking for people that have stayed in the campground and can speak directly about their stay. Thank you in advance for your suggestions! Dave
dpgllg 01/19/17 01:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a new destination advice

We have stayed at Cypress Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach several times. It's a small RV park located on the Intracoastal Waterway but close to everything. Nice size sites, big rig access and amenities include a swimming pool. Definitely pet friendly with plenty of open space to walk your dogs. We also stayed there several years ago. It was a very nice park and if you had a boat or jet ski even better as they had a launch right there. The only negative were the bugs in the evening. No amount of bug spray would keep them away and we also had an infestation of ants come into our RV. Dave
dpgllg 01/18/17 09:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a new destination advice

Pittsburgh is a pretty good starting point. From there your two-day travel time and 600-700 mile Myrtle Beach distance could take you to: Almost anywhere in New England or Upstate New York, but particularly the Adirondacks or White Mountains. Anywhere in Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula, which has hundreds of destinations that fit description of what you say you like. Nashville, with nice public campgrounds outside the city, decent RV parks on Music City Row, and a town full of historic and musical attractions. Or stretching the distance, Memphis, which might not be quite as gentile, but Elvis was there. Atlanta, Chicago, or St Louis, if you are inclined to visit cities. NYC, DC and Boston are also within reach, but are not so easy as RV destinations. The southern Appalachians, either the natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or the commercial attractions at Gatlinburg or Dollywood, depending on your inclinations. You might not be up to the climb to Clingman's Dome. Branson area of Missouri-Arkansas might be another day of driving. The attractions are sort of a hillbilly Disneyworld or family-friendly Las Vegas. From Pittsburgh, however, Dollywood is a start on the same theme, closer to home. On a business trip I was able to take the tour of Graceland. Was a little surprised at the size of the house but it was great to see. My wife has always been a little miffed that I got to see that and she didn't. I also was in Tupelo and saw his "supposed house" there. Also a point of contention with the wife. My concern is Memphis. I did a lot of travel through there and even where Graceland is you don't have to go to far to be in a place you don't want to be. I might look into the campground at Graceland and they have shuttles to some of the restaurants and such. According to Google maps the travel time is just a bit more than Myrtle but not enough for me to worry about it. I am thinking that I might do a multi stop trip. Go to Memphis see Graceland then to Tupelo as I have some friends there then to Gatlinburg then home. I will have about ten days so I think it is do able. Any thoughts? Thanks again to all for your help! Dave
dpgllg 01/16/17 01:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a new destination advice

We stayed at Willowtree too and liked it. But we also stayed at Huntington Beach State Park which seems to have everything you want. Lots of seperation between most sites. Short walk to the beach. Some FHU, the rest water and electric. They also have a great nature program with walks and talks on the beach or in the nature lodge. There is an old house which was the residence of the original owners which is open for tours. You are right down the road from Murrel's Inlet where they have some good restaurants.But if you want a completely different location, Pipestem State Resort Park in Southern West Virginia has it all. Nice campground,plus ahotel and a lodge. Indoor and outdoor swimming,gold horseback riding, 2 restaurants,archery, nature walks, tennis and more. http://www.pipestemresort.com/ Thank You! We actually went to this park to walk the beach. The issue is no swimming pool. I know there is the ocean but my weakness from the strokes makes it difficult to swim in the ocean and deal with the waves. I can't really go in anymore than my knees and even then due to poor balance risk getting knocked down. Other than that issue it is a beautiful park and would stay there if it had a pool.
dpgllg 01/15/17 08:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a new destination advice

Could always try the mountains. The NC high country, and the Gatlinburg TNN area have every thing MB has. Just no ocean., and it will be cooler, at least in the High country. We stayed in Sierville (sp?) about 10 years ago with my daughters. We enjoyed Dollywood and the water park as well as touring Gatlinburg. One thing I forgot to mention is that I suffered several heart attacks and two strokes so my mobility is somewhat impacted. I can handle flat ground okay but hills sometimes bring on chest discomfort.
dpgllg 01/13/17 12:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a new destination advice

Massey's Landing in Delaware. Thank you! This looked like a really nice park but they have a two pet limit. I have three cocker spaniels that travel with us.
dpgllg 01/13/17 12:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Looking for a new destination advice

Hello, My wife and I are looking to plan our early summer (June) trip. We have always gone to Myrtle Beach and stayed at Willow Tree RV Resort. We really like this park but she asked if there was someplace different that we might try. Some information about us We live 20 miles south of Pittsburgh PA Travel towing a 31 foot 5th wheel We have three Cocker Spaniels that travel with us. When going to Myrtle we would leave around 3pm travel to around 11pm or so and then stop at a rest area sleep for awhile and then complete the trip. I would like to keep travel down to two days if at all possible We prefer quieter campgrounds that have a pool allow pets and some space between units. We do not like campgrounds like the beachfront campgrounds in Myrtle. They are too large and crowded for us. A place to walk our dogs We do not spend a lot of time directly on the beach when in myrtle but enjoy the other attractions there. I thought I would post here to get other opinions / options on where we might go and do this June. Thanks in advance for your help! Dave I forgot to mention that I suffered heart attacks and two strokes. I am stable now but walking hills can bring on chest discomfort
dpgllg 01/13/17 10:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spray In Bed Liners?

I have the reflex liner in my truck. Had it put in after the hitch. If I could have I would have had it done prior to hitch install. The reflex stays shiny wet look and mine is over 1/4 inch thick. Very happy with it. Dave
dpgllg 08/28/16 02:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Laminate floor in 5th wheel

We are in the process of replacing the vinyl and carpet in our 5th wheel. We are using the vinyl click lock flooring from Home Depot. Allure Vinyl Plank This is a floating floor with no glue. We have Pergo laminate in our brick and stick home and I can tell you when it gets wet it swells and buckles and will need to be replaced. Good luck with your project! Dave
dpgllg 08/27/16 07:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

After all the work and effort in getting my 5th wheel back up to snuff I'm not sure I want to leave it outside all winter here in SW PA. I replaced a section of the sidewall, new cooling unit on frig, new awning, and a new vinyl plank floor. I found two maybe three underground storage facilities that cost wise seem reasonable but never having stored in a limestone mine before was wondering what to be concerned about. The temperature stays around 52 degrees all year round. There appears that there is more humidity in the mine. Don't know about rodents or anything else. Has anyone stored their RV in an underground limestone mine before? What advice can you provide? Here are the three places: Toy's Underground Storage Brady's Bend Underground Storage Wampum Underground Warehouse Has anyone ever used on of these places? Were you happy or not? Would you do it again? If anyone knows of any other protected storage around the Pittsburgh PA area please let me know. Thanks! Dave Meh.. I can literally spit on one of those under ground storage spaces you mentioned.. Just plain not worth it. Yes, I realize that folks insist constant temp and humidity of underground is better than leaving it out in the open and they are willing to pony up the rent for it. There really is no "evidence" that storing it under ground is better and in some respects the 50%-60% humidity is a bad thing.. That IS right humidity for MOLD although the temps are a bit low for mold but I would not think it is a good idea. Several downsides, when it is in storage, you have no access to it so if you decided to take a trip you will have a limited chance to get it out. It is out of your sight and hands.. You are depending on the facilities "security" to insure the safety of your item.. not ALL security is secure.. That high humidity may not be all that good for fabrics/carpet/wood items.. Personally, if you have the space/place I would suggest spending some money on a permanent open "carport" type structure.. That structure will protect the roof of your trailer and you will not have to worry about getting covers on/off. The carport will allow proper air flow not only under but all over which a cover will not do. Carport will give you easy access to trailer including the doors.. Carport will support the snow load during winter and in the summer protect the roof from the sun and rain. Carport in the summer can double as a pretty nice picnic area if you pull the trailer out! As far as cost it is $1 less a month to store it underground then in the cheapest outdoor facility near me. I checked the national weather service for the average monthly humidity for the area. The average outdoor humidity is 52% low to 74% high the underground is 50 to 60%. I agree that air movement is a plus but I don't see that this would affect the carpet cloth etc. I could be wrong but looking at the numbers just don't know. I can check on RV anytime during normal business hours and if needed can pull it out with 72 hours notice. At this time I have no plans on taking a trip during the winter. My wife still works so any trips are planned in advance. The security is better as no one is allowed in without an escort. No one roaming through at night. My outdoor storage only has some video cameras and the lot is not fenced in. I think security is definitely better. If I go to a fenced in lot the monthly cost goes up to $75 a month. Money is a factor for me as I am now on disability and only getting about 1/2 of what I was making while working. The carport is a great idea except I have no room to store the RV at my house let alone erect a carport to house it. I have to use a storage facility. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 07:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

I,d worry more about humidity than any thing, steel rust ,whats wrong with a good out side cover . OP Here, I have never used a cover so I cannot speak from experience only what I have seen in bits and pieces here on the forum. First issue I have is my 5th wheel has no ladder so I will need to have one available to cover RV. I believe someone has to get on the roof and work the cover over the RV. I am disabled and getting on the roof will be next to impossible for me. Every cover I researched (I did look into this) had multiple complaints about durability. Several reported cover only lasted one winter. The winters here can be very harsh. The open lot where I store is next to fields that allows wind to blow right thru. I am concerned about two things one having to go over and retie the cover frequently and the second is damage to the RV itself. Some people on this forum reported that the cover wore the finish / trim on their RV's when in the wind. Then there is the cost at least $322 plus shipping for a ADCO cover to fit my 5th wheel. Winter underground storage costs $270. Again I have no experience with covers so if I stated something wrong then please let me know. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

After all the work and effort in getting my 5th wheel back up to snuff I'm not sure I want to leave it outside all winter here in SW PA. I replaced a section of the sidewall, new cooling unit on frig, new awning, and a new vinyl plank floor. I found two maybe three underground storage facilities that cost wise seem reasonable but never having stored in a limestone mine before was wondering what to be concerned about. The temperature stays around 52 degrees all year round. There appears that there is more humidity in the mine. Don't know about rodents or anything else. Has anyone stored their RV in an underground limestone mine before? What advice can you provide? Here are the three places: Toy's Underground Storage Brady's Bend Underground Storage Wampum Underground Warehouse Has anyone ever used on of these places? Were you happy or not? Would you do it again? If anyone knows of any other protected storage around the Pittsburgh PA area please let me know. Thanks! Dave In my part of the country, we also have an enormous underground facility. These are a few of the things that made me steer clear ! 1. Must have all propane professionally drained from system. 2. They park your unit and store it themselves. (don't like someone taking my coach ,parking it and not sure whether or not it is shutdown properly. 3. No jacks down. 4. Comes back covered in a layer of sandstone dust ! I will be looking for something different, but it sure would be nice to not have to winterize for a coucle of months ! OP Here, Two of the three sites have responded and here is the general response. Only external propane tanks have to be removed. Internal are no problem. One site said to remove my tanks (5th wheel with tanks in a storage compartment) and the other said no. Both asked that gasoline / fuel tank be less than half full. Not an issue for me. Both sites said I drive it in park it ESCORTED BY STAFF. One site did offer valet service for a fee where they park your RV. Both cautioned about humidity. It is less humid in winter but it can run between 50 to 60%. One site sell Humidry complete in a two bucket set for $10. Both sites said no reports of issues with electronics. Both sites say they are rodent free and have no issues. Nothing regarding jacks from either site. I can access my RV anytime during normal business hours. (9 - 5)MUST BE ESCORTED. The escort part actually makes me feel better as I know someone will not be roaming around looking for something to snatch. Both also have security cameras. Both have a height requirement of 12 feet which also is not a problem for me. Temperature stays around 52 degrees so no need for pink stuff. I will still blow out my lines and drain all tanks. Both strongly suggested storing the RV when it is clean and dry.I did not ask or get anything on the dust issue. Every spring when stored outside for the winter my 5th wheel was filthy and required a really good cleaning. If all I have to do is clean off the dust then that doesn't seem to bad. Getting the black streaks off in the spring is always so much fun! Regarding the cost, it is based on length and my 32 foot 5th wheel will cost $44 to $46 a month (5 month minimum) depending on which site I choose. My outdoor storage costs me $45 a month and that's a bargain as other places near me charge up to $75 a month. Am I overlooking anything? I know that I will not be using the 5th Wheel between November and March although I can get it out if needed. Just seems like better protection then leaving it outside. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 02:20pm General RVing Issues
Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

After all the work and effort in getting my 5th wheel back up to snuff I'm not sure I want to leave it outside all winter here in SW PA. I replaced a section of the sidewall, new cooling unit on frig, new awning, and a new vinyl plank floor. I found two maybe three underground storage facilities that cost wise seem reasonable but never having stored in a limestone mine before was wondering what to be concerned about. The temperature stays around 52 degrees all year round. There appears that there is more humidity in the mine. Don't know about rodents or anything else. Has anyone stored their RV in an underground limestone mine before? What advice can you provide? Here are the three places: Toy's Underground Storage Brady's Bend Underground Storage Wampum Underground Warehouse Has anyone ever used on of these places? Were you happy or not? Would you do it again? If anyone knows of any other protected storage around the Pittsburgh PA area please let me know. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 12:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thermistor for Dometic RM2652 Refrigerator

All of the refrigerator thermistors are basically interchangeable other than length- the resistance values are the same. Standard replacement would be Dometic p/n 3307872.006 which is a kit with both ends and scotchlocks. Thanks Chris! Found what I needed online and have ordered Thanks again! Dave
dpgllg 08/21/16 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Thermistor for Dometic RM2652 Refrigerator

Have you googled Dometic parts? Have you asked the place you bought the cooling unit from? Yes I have Googled and Binged for over an hour and the place I purchased the cooling unit from does not carry or offer Thermistors. Been on the Dometic Site and have gone through all the available manuals as well
dpgllg 08/21/16 09:06am Tech Issues
Thermistor for Dometic RM2652 Refrigerator

Hello, I am replacing my cooling unit on my Dometic refrigerator and in a moment of haste and frustration I broke the end off of the Thermistor wire that plugs into the circuit board. Getting the old cooling unit out took considerable more effort than any of the videos showed. I need to get a new Thermistor but can not find a source of part numbers. Dometic wants you to call them M - F and talk to them. I want to get this ordered if at all possible so I can be done with this project. There are multiple ones for sale on eBay and Amazon etc. but none state what models they are intended for. Same for the Online RV Parts sites. Does anyone know which Thermistor I need or where I could look up the part number? Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/21/16 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: Exterior repair cost

On my 5th wheel I sustained significant damage to the sidewall when gel coat blew off. It took the gel coat and most of the plywood underneath it. The interior wall was still intact http://i.imgur.com/EdcVpRMl.jpg I had the damage repaired, State inspection, entire unit caulked, and a new awning installed for $3200 http://i.imgur.com/dd7QCRdl.jpg The shop did this all in about a week. Yes I have a seam but unit is 12 years old. Also this phot was taken just before they installed the new scare and running lights Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 05:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best place to install ARP 2.1 Control Unit?

I enjoy seeing what is going on, so I extended the wires and installed it above the eyebrow monitor on the fridge. The unit has lowered my stress level. I still turn the fridge off if I can't find a fairly level spot for parking--but I no longer get frantic about it. OP Here, Just curious what is there to see on the control unit? I'm familiar with what it does etc. but what does the unit actually display? Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 04:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Agonizing Over Which 5th Wheel to Purchase

Each brand model have users groups. I'd go each to see what is being said good and bad about the models you are interested in. You may discover something that can help with your decision. Best of luck to you in your search Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 12:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace carpet with laminate

I am in the process of replacing most of the carpet in our 5th wheel. In during research I think you will discover that laminate is not a good choice as it swells with moisture. I can say that is true as the laminate in our bedroom got wet and swelled / buckled. Most advise using the vinyl plank flooring as it is moisture resistant. Also to use the click lock method over the glue strips. I am using this product from Home Depot. Sawcut Arizona Hope this helps! Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 11:24am Fifth-Wheels
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