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RE: Dealing with the unpredicablity of life and your camper!

I am glad you had a nice trip! Flexibility is important and a good lesson for the kids. Those of us that tent camped prior to having an trailer laugh at the rain. Once we did a cave tour. It was dry and warmer in the cave! We did an entire float trip in the cool drizzle. The kids still talk about that one! Our teen son was offered a beer for his poncho. That was the last time we floated on Saturday. When we got back we had to pour the water out of our tent. One time it was raining so hard we could not set up the tents so we rented a basic cabin (shelter w/covered porch!) for us, kids and friends. The next day was a beautiful float trip day. I'm sure everyone could share "Plan B" stories. They make for great memories! Happy camping to you and your family! Marcia
welove2drive 10/13/14 08:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Favorite COE park in your state

We like Boulder campground at Carlyle Lake, IL. It is on the East side of the lake. However, it is not as handy to the stores, etc. Dam West campground is on the West side and is very close to town. You need a reservation for both for the weekend. Nicely groomed grounds. We mostly camp at Eldon Hazlet SP on West side. There are 300+ sites and it is like camping in the woods. Largest lake in IL. Sailing lake. The Keys bar/restaurant in Keysport has all you can eat Walleye everyday!
welove2drive 10/09/14 06:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "Where do you go camping? What do you do?"

We like to camp at State, National and COE parks. There is usually electric hookup. We are set up to boondock. It is nice to camp next to or within view of the water. We fish, bike, walks, site see, etc. We love our cabin on wheels. I agree that most people don't get camping. Others that don't travel don't even ask questions as it is not in their interest. We tent camped when the DS and DD were growing up. We took them all over the country. Some trips were fly and drive due to time constraints. Now they go with us at least once each summer. This year we took the DS & GF, DD and MIL to Warren Dunes SP in MI. We all had a good time. We stayed in the tent. Good times!
welove2drive 10/06/14 07:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Things to do, places to stay -- Western Kentucky

Just across the river from Paducah is southern Illinois Shawnee Forest area. There are many places to explore for a day trip. See on google maps. Garden of the Gods (beautiful)(12 sites, no hookups, water pump. Mermet swamp or lake- birding, Fort Massac SP, Cache River State Natural area, Cave in Rock SP (electric & dump station) above the river & the cave, nearby is the free car ferry to cross in to KY and you could take the river road back to Paducah. There is an Amish town on the KY side but I don't know the name. I'm sure somebody from this area could add many more places to explore.Have a great trip! Marcia
welove2drive 09/26/14 06:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Arkansas Fall Colors

We stayed at Lake Dardanelle SP (Russellville, AR) as a base camp and drove the truck to explore Jean Petit, Mt. Nebo and Mt. Magazine. That worked out nice. They have full hookups. It is a nice park! If you stay there make sure to drive Skyline Drive at night for a nice peak between the houses at the town below.It is a dry county. We were there the last week in Oct. 2013 nice colors.
welove2drive 09/18/14 07:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: tackling the H2O system this fall

If you have the room I would check HomeDepot or Lowe's for an expansion tank made for your home. There are 2 sizes. I used the smaller of the 2 in our trailer.
welove2drive 08/17/14 06:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Van Buren SP Michigan questions

Thanks for the food ideas!
welove2drive 08/16/14 06:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Van Buren SP Michigan questions

Thank you for the comments. I will check out the 200's sites. There could be no rain in the forecast until we set up a tent. It's like magic. We will probably fish off of the piers. I will explain the walk to the beach with MIL. I think she can handle it. I would like to check out Taste, the tapa's restaurant in South Haven. It should be a fun but fast weekend!
welove2drive 08/14/14 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Van Buren SP Michigan questions

We are going to stay at Van Buren SP on Sept. 12, 13. I have seen posts about sites 25 and 27 having flooding issues. Are there any other sites with issues? DH and I will be staying in the tent and other family members will be in the TT. There seem to be many sites available, debating on even making reservations. Is it a very long walk from the parking lot to the beach? The best I can tell it is a wide side walk. Can you drive on it to drop off someone at the beach? MIL had hip replacement a couple years ago and uses a cane. Is fishing permitted along the SP shore/beach? Can you fish off of the light house pier in South Haven? I read about a pier at north beach on the MI dnr web site. Do you know of any good fishing spots? Thanks in advance! Marcia
welove2drive 08/13/14 05:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CGs within an hour of St. Louis

Advice: Travel on the interstates. Don't go in north St. Louis, MO or East St. Louis, IL. Avoid Rt 3 between I-270 and I-55/70 in IL, I don't feel comfortable driving on that road. Rt 67 and Rt 3 from Alton, IL to I-270 is okay to travel. As noted try some toasted ravioli somewhere. Many restaurants have this as apps. Apparently a St. Louis thing. There are a lot of free places in St. Louis, zoo, Grants Farm, Science Center, Art Museum. All great places! Pere Marquette SP just north of Grafton, IL is a nice park. Beautiful lodge, nice scenic drives above lodge, paved bike trail to Alton, IL. Beasley's Fish Market in Grafton has good fish. Drive up to the Aeries winery for a great view of the rivers. Flea Market on the 4th weekend of the month until end of Oct. There are several antique shops in Alton, IL. Don't miss the drive from Grafton to Alton, IL the view of the bluffs is better heading south! There is the Grafton Ferry that takes you to Rt 94 in MO, short drive to St. Charles, MO another cool town along the Missouri river. So much to see, so little time! Have a great trip! Marcia
welove2drive 08/04/14 09:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 7 Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee

What area are you going through in MO? Alley Spring campground (N.P.) is nice. It is along the Jacks Fork River. Nice river to float. We took Rt 19 between Eminence, MO and AR and it was crazy hilly and curvy much like a roller coaster. Not fun with a TT. It was marked on the map with the green dots meaning scenic). We took Rt. 63 on the way home and it was nice. There are 3 trout parks in MO. All State Parks. Montauk, Roaring Rivers and Bennett Springs.
welove2drive 08/02/14 04:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Haven, MI in early September

I don't think that we will be swimming! That's okay. I have seen the beach web cam. We may visit the 1st or 2nd weekend in Sept. So we may be there for the Salmon Fest. So much great information provided on this forum! We would like to plan another trip up through MI and the UP and back through WI in warmer weather. I'll have to get some early reservations made for that trip.
welove2drive 07/30/14 08:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Haven, MI in early September

Thanks everyone for the information. If the kids cannot take 2 days off we will go somewhere further south on the lake. Are there any areas similar to Grand Haven with an interesting town, pier,etc.? Dick_B we stopped at Cozy's on our way north one time. Checked that off my bucket list!
welove2drive 07/29/14 05:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 7 Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee

cwalder, The Bull Shoals River SP, AR is a really nice place to camp if you are going through that area. They have some FHU sites. We like to camp along the river. Trout fishing. Buffalo Point National Park near Harrison, AR (on Rt. 7) along the beautiful Buffalo River is a nice park. Some of the sites are small so watch the sizes. We camped at Lake Dardanelle SP in Russellville, AR, very nice park, some FHU. We used it as a base and drove to Petit Jean, Mt. Nemo (don't pull a TT up there!)and beautiful Mt. Magazine (don't miss!)Small campground here but no views. Marcia
welove2drive 07/28/14 08:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Grand Haven, MI in early September

We are thinking of doing a long weekend trip (3 nights)in September with our DD, DS and his GF, all mid 20's. We have never been to MI and thought Grand Haven sounded interesting. Considering PJ Hoffmaster SP as it is wooded instead of the parking lot campground on the beach. Do people swim that late in the season? Is this campground sheltered from the wind off of the lake? Is the creek within sight of some of the camp sites? Any favorite sites? Any other info or insight you have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Marcia
welove2drive 07/28/14 08:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Onondaga Cave State Park

Nice pictures! That is a nice campground. We haven't stayed there yet.
welove2drive 07/16/14 05:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ravens at Grand Canyon

We drove through the campground when we were at the south rim. The ravens were at work in one campsite. Huge mess. They reminded us of raccoons. Just a crafty. Don't leave anything out.
welove2drive 06/01/14 08:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: bike rack

I went with the Swagman bike rack. It is one of the few that state it is alright to use on a trailer. This is only partly true, and then only of some Swagman models. The two listed at this Swagman page , for example, carry the following warning: Mounting the Jackknife on a Trailer or 5th Wheel: 1. Purchaser is advised that the load created by rack and bicycles will exceed the strength of trailer or 5th wheel bumper, mounting location or the bike rack. The rack is not under warranty if mounted in this location. And even those listed at their RV bike rack page appear to be really designed for motorized RV's, not trailers- they all have the following disclaimers :Mounting the Bike Rack on a trailer or 5th wheel: 1. Purchaser is advised that the load created by rack and bicycles may exceed the strength of trailer or 5th wheel bumper or other mounting location. Failure through improper mounting will void rack warranty. 2. The recommended 14” ground clearance is not sufficient on trailers or 5th wheels. Ground clearance must exceed 15” and will vary upon application. Damage to bicycles or rack due to ground clearance problems on trailers or 5th wheels is not covered by warranty. 3. Excessive movement can cause damage to the rack or bike. This is not covered by warranty. Pull the rack back and forth and-if the rack has excessive movement a separate tether strap should be purchased. Most of what you posted speaks more of the hitch portion rather than the bike rack and everyone pretty much agrees that mounting a hitch to the bumper alone is a bad idea. Even with a proper hitch the bike rack will still move a lot. That is why I use a strap to minimize the movement.
welove2drive 05/28/14 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: bike rack

I went with the Swagman bike rack. It is one of the few that state it is alright to use on a trailer. As stated above do not just bolt a hitch to your bumper. Here is how I went about mounting it. I also use a tie down strap to pre load the rack after the bikes are in place to help reduce the bouncing. http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg301/1stta/07%20Flagstaff%20829RGSS%20trailer%20and%20its%20mods/trailermods-hitch008.jpg http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg301/1stta/07%20Flagstaff%20829RGSS%20trailer%20and%20its%20mods/trailermods-hitch001.jpg http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg301/1stta/07%20Flagstaff%20829RGSS%20trailer%20and%20its%20mods/trailermods-hitch004.jpg http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg301/1stta/07%20Flagstaff%20829RGSS%20trailer%20and%20its%20mods/trailermods-hitch005.jpg http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg301/1stta/07%20Flagstaff%20829RGSS%20trailer%20and%20its%20mods/005-3.jpg http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg301/1stta/07%20Flagstaff%20829RGSS%20trailer%20and%20its%20mods/001.jpg
welove2drive 05/27/14 05:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pork and Beans

We have used this one for a long time. Never seem to have any left overs. 1 lb. ground beef (browned and drained) 1/2 to 1 sweet bell pepper chopped 1/2 an onion (+ or -) chopped 2 cans pork and beans drained and rinsed 1/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce 3/4 cup catchup 1/4 cup brown sugar ( + or - ) 1/4 cup white sugar ( + or - ) We tend to cut back on the sugar just a little bit. After browning the ground beef and draining add the chopped onion and green pepper. Cook for a short amount of time to get them to start softening. Add in the sugar, bbq sauce, catchup and beans. Bake @ 350 for 30-45 minutes uncovered. We do the browning and start the cooking of the onions and green pepper in the micro wave to speed things up.
welove2drive 05/05/14 04:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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