Harbor Freight has a variety of sizes of rubber chocks, so you can get the size that you want. I have found I like them better than the plastic ones, because I have seen the plastic ones slip, especially on gravel or concrete pad. I use the X chocks for stability... it helps with the bounce from walking around inside, especially when my mom who has replacement knees and walks a bit heavy is with me. If I am just staying in trailer for a single night, I usually don't bother with X chocks, but always use the rubber ones..
I also use the Andersen Levelers with their chocks.. makes leveling easy and I am a bit more confident in those than the cheap yellow plastic chocks..
I made my reservation. And I know you made yours because I was checking where you are going to be....
I couldn't decide if I wanted to be close or far away... LOL... really I was checking, so I could get close.
one of the things about the A Liner is opening and closing and having to stow stuff when it is closed. I have used one a couple of times, as the base I work on has them for rent. They are super easy to pull, a little challenging to back (so short), but do require setting up before use. I really like that I can load my TT over several days without doing anything more than opening the door. In my opinion the A Liner is too much like a popup, just has harder sides.
It really depends on what your plans are. I just talked to a co-worker yesterday, who had rented the A Liners several times, and said he and his wife had decided on a regular TT.. because they didn't have to set up and take down. He has a SUV to tow with and just chose a 15 ft TT that was well within his weight limitations.
My 80 yr old mother had her knees replaced 8-10 years ago and she can out squat me. I have had 3 meniscus repair surgeries on one knee, and will likely have to have it replaced at some point. Mom was extremely diligent about her therapy both before and after her surgery, and hosted a family reunion at a nearby campground 6 weeks after her second knee replacement. She does now use a cane, but not because of her knees, she has a separate lower back issue and uses cane to force herself to walk upright and not to slouch.
No one mentioned Ft McCallister State Park. It is just outside Savannah. Easier to get to than Skidaway, but no FHU. Water Electric Only. These are wooded sites with lots of separation between sites. Because it is wooded, some of the turns are tight if you are long or not comfortable with tight turns between trees.
Red Gate is good location, but absolutely NO privacy between sites. Tybee Island has very close sites. some are extremely narrow, but you book at Tybee for location (on the island, walk to beach, enjoy the party life, etc).
So the real answer is what is the perfect location for you depends on what you want. I have chosen different parks on different trips because I wanted/needed different things.
My parents had a Class C of approximately the same size, after using it a few times, determined they did need to tow. They bought a Chevy Cobalt and a Blue Ox tow bar set up. It cost them about $3K for tow bar, toad brake and installation. (the Cobalt required the whole front cowling be removed and then replaced for installation). Towing the car was super simple. hooking up the tow bars and brakes took about 5 minutes, even for my 75+ year old mother.
I drove the MH towing the car and would forget it was back there. Several times, I looked in the mirror and wondered why that little white car was dead on my butt, then would realize it was our Toad. it is a totaly different experience from towing a trailer. When I drive my truck and tow my TT, I NEVER forget it is back there.
I took them on a two week trip that we used the toad a lot. It was nice having a small car to negotiate the narrow streets in historic Natchez. It was nice to have the car to negotiate the busy streets of downtown Baton Rouge (including being in town on a home game Sat for LSU). They also used the toad when they camped in parks that were a long ways from civilization. When they were overtaken by ants, it was great to have car to drive the 20+ miles to any type of store that had ant spray. It was nice not to have to stow everything in MH, disconnect and drive the MH to the store (that did not have a place that MH could have parked-- we would have had to park it on side of highway and hope it wasn't hit by logging trucks on the way to pulp plant)
For those that I asked, I plan to be there. I have to work on Friday, but will probably bring trailer and stay Thursday night.
There is a small lake and creek that surround two sides of park. there is a pier and small boat put in that works well for kayaks and canoes, so bring yours if you have one. Also a couple of rental companies, do rentals and creek trips with shuttles. Here is one company.. they even rent kayaks on an hourly basis at the park.
OP, you really need to study floor plans. I see no reason why you can't find a trailer that you can live full time in. I assume with years of military service, you both are used to adapting to different spaces, some small and some even smaller. You both need to spend time looking at how you would live in the trailer. Where you will store your dishes, your clothes, and your toys. Is the bathroom usable on a regular basis? My Son-in-law would have a hard time using my shower regularly, as he is tall and the shower floor is raised. Me, I am barely over five feet so it is fine for me. Are you foodies that you need space for cooking and lots of kitchen appliances or are you a one pan throw it all together type of cook?
You need to sit down and look at how you live, places you lived that worked well, and places that had things that drove you batty and make a list using these as a guideline. (being military, you should have numerous places to think about).. I see no reason that you can't live in a 28ft trailer, and find one that will work for you. I have a 24ft trailer, that I could live in. I personally plan to move to Small to Medium MH when I go full time, but that's because I want the slightly easier travel and set up.
For those who want to see a map, I have this scan from when we camped here a year and a half ago. If anyone has trouble getting a reservation, let me know and I will stop in, make the reservation and have them call you for your detail info. I go by the park everyday.
for those of you that kayak, there is a lake right at the park, just the campground is not on the water, you probably will want to drive rather than walk to put in. They are building campsites near water, but not sure what is going on, they haven't done anything in the area in a while.
One thing that has not been mentioned is the Andersen levelers They are a little expensive, but work great and have chocks as part of the system.
so much easier to use than either plastic or wood blocks, because you don't have to try to guess how many you need and back up and pull forward onto the blocks so many times.
I combine them with a giant level and I am level quickly and only have to get out of the truck one time to set the levelers under tires, then once I am level, I put chocks under the levelers and rubber chock around tires on other side, then begin disconnecting.
2011 JayFlight... no issues other than self-inflicted ones.. did a few mods to make it more user friendly for me.. and put new tires on it this year. they weren't cracking, but were 6 years old and it gets darn hot here in South GA
I would recommend if you can use the crank out kit, go for it. I changed to one, because I was too short to trip the release lever and hold the pull strip straight. After managing to let it roll up crooked and having to get someone to help me (with a ladder at each end), hand force it out, I made the decision. I had mine changed out at an RV rally/show and dealer did it in less than an hour and even adjusted my crooked awning so it rolled straight.
Now I never struggle to get mine out or put it away. That is one of the absolute best modifications I have done to my trailer.
FIRE UP, your pictures are inspiring. I am really impressed. I don't think I would have much to store that would be very long, but you did give me some ideas.
One thing I noticed, all the bins appeared to be some type cast plastic, did you line yours with indoor/outdoor carpet or did they come that way?
Also wondering how to put in the clips and hooks without destroying and weakening plastic?
A couple of comments, not all RV's have issues that cause them to stay in the shop. In fact, the only ones I have had in 5 years of ownership, were all self-inflicted due to my lack of attention to details/awareness of what I was doing. It seems the folks that have issues are usually more vocal in warning of dire situations than those of us who just keep rocking along with no major problems.
The Whitehawk you mentioned, had a sofa that converts to a bed. I would strongly recommend a separate bed. You will not want to set up bed at the end of a long day. and you might want to sit somewhere besides at the dinette or on the bed. Take the time to spend at least an hour in the trailer before you purchase, imagining all the things you do in a day and how you would do them in the trailer.
edited to add, I looked st Grand design floor plan and think it would work much better for you..
In response to how long to hook up and to set up. I am a 50+ year old female, and I can do either in less than an hour. How much less is dependent on temperature when I am setting up. I tend to work much slower in high temperatures. Be sure you have electric tongue jack as that will make setting up much much faster.
I don't see why the OP didn't change his reservations rather than just cancelling. When I have had to "cancel" my GA state park reservations, I go ahead and look into my calendar and simply change my reservations to a different date that I should be available. That being said, I rarely make reservations way ahead, because I know my schedule often changes.
What I hate is paying a Reserve America fee to check into a SC state park for an overnight stop when traveling. It really bothered me, when I got to state park after office closed and had to wait on them to open to leave so I could pay for the previous night. Yes, just to access the system for my registration, I had to pay a RA fee in addition to advertised camping rate. At least, GA just includes any cost of using RA in their rates.
I am planning to move from TT to Class A within the next couple of years and looked at several new MH's at a couple of dealerships yesterday trying to begin to decide what is best option for me. Looking at mid 30's length GAS models. When I looked at different brands, I saw that the outside storage bins were different. On one I looked at (a Winnebago I think), I noticed most of the doors along the side opened into a single continuous bin that was 3-4 doors wide. On another model (a Bounder?), I noticed that each door opened into a single bin.
At first, I thought the longer bin would be better, because it gave you a place to store longer items. Then I began to wonder if it would be harder to organize, because things could shift. (keeping the large front pass-through bin in my TT organized is challenging).
While the configuration of the storage bins will not be a show-stopper (I don't think), I am very interested in pros and cons of each. It could help me make a decision once I get closer, especially if the prices and floor plans are as close as the two I looked at yesterday.
Not exactly the same, but I have taken my mother on several short term trips in my TT (she is 80) and the biggest challenge is that she does things much slower than I do, so getting up and going is usually a bit of stress for me, but I try to not let it show. Now, I will say she and my dad were RVer's and I inherited the wanderlust from Her.
About two years before my dad died, I accompanied he and mom (along with their cat)in their small Class C on a 2 week trip. Daddy kept telling Mom, he wouldn't go unless I went. I did most of the planning, and all but about 50 miles of the driving. some of the things I did to make things easier: I showered in bath houses where we stayed. I tried to take some time with each of them separately, as well as a few walks by myself. Even though Daddy got sick, needed ambulance transport to hospital and spent three days in hospital, it was a successful trip. Daddy talked about it up until his death and constantly told me how much he appreciated me going.
One thing to make everyone feel better, is to write your location on chalkboard or whiteboard easy to see in RV. If you call 911, not having to try to remember address is going to make things go smoother. Also, if you stay any location long, you might do a quick search of local hospitals to know what is available. When we called for Daddy, the EMT's asked us which hospital we wanted to go to and we really didn't know what was available. One that was an option was one Mom remembered from her childhood (her grandmother had been in it years ago), so we chose strictly based on that. Turned out to be a good choice, but we really didn't have any idea.
So I say, if she is interested, GO and Take her.. make those special memories for your wife and your MIL.
I am going to be the voice against gravel. I bought my current house and original owners had gravel at side of house, next owners rented house out and gravel wasn't maintained. when I bought the house, had no TT and spent 3 years trying to get random loose gravel out of grass area on that side. My plan for my current TT is to get concrete pads approx 24" square and 4" thick from concrete company. I think they are used for mobile homes (but not sure). They are thicker than ones from box stores and won't break so easily, but can be easily set to level and easily removed if not wanted at house sale.
I found that my TT plug and the end of the extension cord had signs of arcing (burn marks) after I had to use the extension cord when stopped for an overnight without unhooking. It rained on me driving into site, while setting up and all night as well as the next morning unhooking. the connection did appear to be quite wet that morning as I disconnected.
Since that time I bought a SockitBox from Amazon. I have also seen people that make something similar out of plastic storage boxes of some type. For me, it was worth the cost, to have it already made. I use it for months at a time set up at the house. When I have checked it, everything inside has been COMPLETELY DRY. Sure makes me feel better.
so do those of you that carry a machine, use it on the dinette table or do you have a different table on which to use it? Mine is currently mounted in an old treadle cabinet/table which is pretty heavy, but it is a comfortable height as opposed to sitting on kitchen table. Right now, I may go a few months without using it, and then I get in a sewing mood and may use it for hours 4-5 days a week for a month or more.
I am planning to FT in a MH within a few years and can't imagine not taking it. Trying to figure out the best option for me.