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RE: What is the etiquette when staying at Walmart pkg lots

Allstays has an app we use for Walmarts. People comment on their visits so you'll have an idea of what to expect. We seem to time our stop overs the same night they clean the parking lots with street sweepers.
Twain 05/26/16 05:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tow vehicle question?

No prank;although I am not positive about 5er weight; I bought the dodge new and it has been a great truck;it is getting some age on it and starting to blow oil out the breather tube ,still runs as good as new,just thinking about trading up::thanks for the replys; Tom Sorry about that. Having a '99 diesel I understand the appeal to a new rig and even downsizing to a 3/4 gasser to shave $$ off the cost and to help in maneuverability and non-towing use. They are quieter, seem to having the capability, and wont have the maintenance needs (shouldn't at least). It's just hard to trade 13 MPG towing for 9-10 towing and then add a truck payment. For me cost is a major factor.
Twain 05/26/16 05:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone own the Mesa Ridge 310bhs?

Hah, so we are all towing with 7.3s. I have the Blue Ox as well, but with 1000 lb bars and new bars should be easy. It the receiver hitch that'll need upgrading. We use radios for backing in too, much better than phones. We will be in the pet loop at Ft. Desoto and try to get over there 3-4 times a year, but are in a long dry spell. Would love to get in there in the fall if the family schedule allows.
Twain 05/25/16 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone own the Mesa Ridge 310bhs?

We'd love any of the three. Have to come to terms with the price and the fact that it would create a 60ft long rig. Also that tongue wieght ?? would require a hitch upgrade. How does that much tongue weight affect the ride? We have a dually so capacity is not a concern but comfort is. We are trying for Ft Desoto for the Last week of December. Cross our fingers.
Twain 05/25/16 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicle question?

Think he's pulling a prank.
Twain 05/25/16 04:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: In search of large family Bunkhouse

Based on your truck, take a look at the Passport 3350. Is about 6500lbs dry and has a cargo capacity around 2800lbs. I have a passport and recommend you stick with the 2-3 models that have 15" wheels. The 225/75-15s can be had in higher load ratings and have much more weight capacities than Passport's usual 205/75-14s. I have a dually and we were considering the 3350. 1.5 baths would come in handy with lots of people. Also has a U shape dinette to squeeze in more bodies. The negatives for me was a lack of skylight in the shower (at 6'3" I cannot completely standup).
Twain 05/24/16 07:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone own the Mesa Ridge 310bhs?

We are looking at the Light 308BHS. Love the layout of this one and the Mesa Ridge and Roamer 310BHS. The quality of Open Range is appealing as well. We go to Ft Desoto and few times a year. Will be there next month.
Twain 05/24/16 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fort desoto Florida

The road to the park are great, minus a couple of tolls. Inside the park is another story. Section 1 is for tents and popups. Do not try to fit a trailer over 20ft in there. Section two is the pet loop. It's road is curvy with lots of trees, but I've seen large toy haulers go down there without hitting anything. It's sites sizes vary. Section 3 is non pet RV loop. It's roads are straight but the water sites are on the short side. Their website shows you the dimensions and a photo of each site. Some sites have tricky approaches as they try to preserve the trees and there are a lot of them. There are raccoons, but the only time they were a problem for us was right after a tropical storm evacuation. We checked in the day they reopened and the place was dead for a couple of days so the coons converged on the few campers that was there. That being said, Ft Desoto is our favorite local campground and is very popular with the fishing, beach and paddling crowds.
Twain 05/21/16 04:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there a QUALITY Travel Trailer still built?

Feel your pain. Our Passport is cheap, but we knew that going in and it has had only minor issues the 6 years we've used it. Still does the job. Now we are shopping for it's replacement because we want more room. The kids are a lot larger and there's two dogs, one being large himself. We are looking at another Passport, and Grand Design Imagine, and an Open Range Light (which is not light). Three different price points and three different levels of expectations. Compared to our Passport, the new Passport has some improvements, but also some items have been cheapened or removed so it's on the bottom of the list. It's on the list mainly due to price. The Imagine line is new so there's no history out there to help with decision making, but its looks to be much closer to the OR than the Passport. Hoping Grand Design is a good company. The OR only has the price tag going against it and we really like the open ranges. But at their prices it better work. We are revisiting them today for a more thorough inspection.
Twain 05/18/16 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: What Is My Tongue Weight Given These Weight Slips

Your truck is 11,100 lbs? Wow, my 2WD crew cab dually is 7,500 empty. Is that a 4x4 450?
Twain 05/18/16 07:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Top Sail Hill Florida state park things to do in area

Don't forget to eat at the Donut Hole. Yes, the apple fritter can feed 3.
Twain 09/13/15 07:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Top Sail Hill Florida state park things to do in area

The Naval Air Museum and the Lighthouse across the street. Full day's worth.
Twain 09/12/15 08:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A week in Top Sail

We will be in site 129 in 10 days. We loved or first trip there last year. The beaches are a step up to the gulf beaches on the west coast of FL. Clearer water, larger surf and fewer people. We missed eating at the Donut Hole last time, but have it on the agenda this time around. Might do Stinky's again; pricey but good food. My goal is to fish and relax.
Twain 08/20/15 07:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserve America reservation fee for FL State Parks

So that is where that charge came from. While I don't like to pay cancellation fees, it does help keep people from making 10 different reservations with the intention of only using one.... better yet maybe Reserve America could make their system only allow one reservation per day per email address... :) Or let FL give residents an extra month to book sites :) :)
Twain 08/18/15 06:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Georgia mountains

For state parks, Black Rock is 3600 ft and Vogel ~2500 ft. Both will get cool mornings. Black Rock is not friendly to anything over 25 ft long. We were up there in June and at 1400 ft it was hot and humid mid-day. Nights got down around 68-70.
Twain 08/12/15 10:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Starting Point recommendations Bunk House 5er MFG and Models

We are looking at 5er bunkhouses as well. One thing to consider, your girls will grow so get the one that'll fit them as teenagers. Our 3 kids have doubled in size in 5 years and our current BH is getting a bit cramped. I want the BH at one end and us at the other end. Distance, distance...
Twain 07/18/15 03:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

I've spent the better part the past 18 hours reading this entire thread; thoroughly enjoying the journey. I traveled across I-40 in '88 and returned in 2005 to visit Grand Canyon, Sedona, Petrified Forest, Vegas (will pass on this next time) and Zion. This was before our camping life began in 2009. My two oldest were 4 and 1 at the time and do not remember anything. Now we have a 14, 11, and 8 year old and am trying to squeeze in a return visit that is very close to your trip, one to Yellowstone area and a DC trip; all before the oldest leaves home. DC is planned for next May, unless we can get my boss to approve a month off for a western trip. Living in Florida this is quite a commute, but we are determined to do so. And being a FL native I am in awe of the vastness of the west. The size, the solitude, the views, the independence all draw me back. My camping budget is similar to yours with the addition of one meal out per week to sample local cuisine. My wife has authorized generator(s) for A/C and I'd love to camp inside the parks and try some boon docking. We have done Walmart and plan on using them coming and going. I know what you mean about videos. We make a 20-25 minute year long summary video for Christmas each year and I doubt family members watch them more than once, if at all. Only my wife's boss will comment on what's in the videos. Have thought about making a one song video for the ADHD relatives. Anyway, great job on this thread.
Twain 07/16/15 01:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jetty Park at Canaveral and rocket launch questions

I haven't driven to the cape since the last shuttle night launch, so I can't speak on the crowd levels. The media coverage of the unmanned launches has been dismal at best in the Tampa market. Its a shame the interest level has dropped so low so fast. With that, I'd guess the crowds are manageable.
Twain 07/15/15 05:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How long in Zion and Bryce

I really agree that if you don't sit outside at night at Zion, you have missed half the show! This was taken in Watchman Campground last November, right outside my trailer: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kg3Cc3Vxcn0/VHd1ndRzZ_I/AAAAAAAAL4M/v88s0XqJ0ic/s1600/orion%2Bwatchman.jpg height=400 width=600 At night, Bryce can get chilly -- bring a sweater! Wow!!
Twain 07/15/15 05:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia

Wow, so you made it up (and down) in a 33 footer! So I guess it obviously can be done. I looked at Tallulah Gorge as well, but I think Black Rock Mtn will be a good 10 deg cooler, which is a big deal this time of year! Unless we are headed to the beach, I try to avoid anything below about 3000' in the summer. I didn't take the trailer up, just the truck. The temp difference was the only reason to consider. I'd do the road if the destination was great, but Black Rock doesn't offer much for the family. Tallulah has easy access and a lot more to do for us.
Twain 07/15/15 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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