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RE: Eagle has finally landed!

Tips on the PDI -- make sure the tech who completed the PDI is the one who does the walk thru. Tip 1 - take a lighter with you and light the pilot light and start the oven burners and let them burn for a good 5 minutes. Kill the pilot and repeat the process. Our 2nd TT had a loose gas line fitting behind the oven and the tech missed it on his 2 second lighting of the oven. Our oven just about blew out into the coach on our first trip. Tip 2 - Jayco has the typical stabilizer jack crank and another weird looking crank handle. Our PDI tech had no clue. Found out it fits the power jack on the A frame. Have the tech take off the hot water bypass cover (under the sink) and show you how to use the factory pump to winterize the unit if you're not familiar ( I was clueless). Last tip -- the combo radio/cd/dvd player installed in my Jayco has an AUX setting and an AV jack but when I try to use my IPhone to play my music I get an "Unsupported" error on my phone. Ask the tech why the heck Jayco uses components not compatible with the largest provider of digitalized music. Other than that go have a great time.
bodyshop bob 04/16/14 07:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cheoah Lake North Carolina Smoky Mountains

Tell me there is another way to get there other than the Tail of the Dragon (Hwy 129) and I would be plenty interested. That's only a short 2 hour drive from the home.
bodyshop bob 03/31/14 06:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Insurance denying claim for ripped floor

jj95-- how is this for a strange coincidence? I just sat through a 40 hour state mandated training course for my insurance adjuster license! Here is what I would recommend: (legal rear-end covering first: I am NOT a licensed adjuster yet and you should consult with professionals in your state for exact rules/regulations) Go to your internet search engine of choice and search for Public Adjuster and/or Certified Insurance Consultant in your area. Insurance companies hire adjusters who represent their interests. You have a legal right to a Public Adjuster (your policy may even cover there expense)who will represent your interest. Once you retain a Public Adjuster USAA will only speak with them. Public Adjusters working in conjunction with the inhouse adjuster can quite often "bind" coverage and find coverage where it may have been hiding. Insurance Consultants are NOT adjusters but they have received more training and passed more rigorous tests than agents. They can review your policy and the Facts of Loss and advise you if probable coverage exist. Some policies cover Consultants and some do not. Either way, an inhouse adjuster is NOT the final word. You have rights afforded to you by your policy. Read it!!!!
bodyshop bob 03/30/14 06:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Treated like a criminal at Sun N Fun

It's a private business and they can run their business as hey see fit as they do it within the law. They did nothing illegal. They said the OP couldn't park the boat in the one location but offered another location. Even if he was told before by someone else. They didn't make him leave. He left on his own. And according to their policy online, I believe it said something to the effect of no refunds if you leave early or something. I can't remember exactly as it was a day or so ago when I looked at it. I would be pissed too. But I would need to weigh my options in having to take the boat back and then coming and getting my trailer. I think because of the cost of the gas to do it, the time wasted in doing and ruining my vacation, I would of just parked it in the parking lot they offered. Actually, Wb, you're wrong. Per the information in the post the OP said he's seen boats on lots before and stated he needed a large lot for his rig and his boat. Such a site was granted to him. This creates a legally binding condition called estoppel. Once a condition has been agreed to and granted it is illegal to remove that condition at a later date. Feel free to look it up. I concur that he should immediately contact his credit card provider and dispute the charges.
bodyshop bob 03/30/14 05:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Creekwood Farms or Pride RV Parks, Waynesville, NC

We've stayed at Pride twice for 1 night each time. The 1st visit they put us in the middle of the CG and the site was "Tight". Rooms for the slides but not much else. Water, and electric were both good each time. Side note to Mockybird: Did not quite understand your post about the elk. There is a very large herd down the road at the Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky National Park and a smaller herd at the Oconoluftee visitor center area in Cherokee. I do agree that it is a sight you should not miss.
bodyshop bob 03/30/14 05:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best camping memories

Great post and great stories. One of our first trips was to a GA state park called Moccasin Creek. Little park, only 30 some odd acres but it sits right on a beautiful lake. Our kids were young right at 9 and 10, I guess. First night was a little hairy due to some thunderstorms but we managed through. Second night after a day filled with fishing, and having fun we walked down to the little dock. Late at night, no lights and the starry heavens above; the stars were so bright and night so dark you could see that wispy thin cloud of stars. My kids were just blown away by the beauty and vastness. Sweet moment and sweeter memory.
bodyshop bob 03/18/14 07:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any housing in Georgia with RV garages

Lived here for over 30 years and never once saw or heard of a "RV-friendly" subdivision. However, lots of unincorporated areas with very little zoning to worry about. Buy a nice house with a little bit of property and put your own RV garage up. We would be delighted to have all you over-taxed and under-appreciated Marylanders down here. Please make sure you leave all your "back home we did it this way" at the state line. As the late, great Godfather of Georgia, Lewis Grizzard, once said, "Delta is ready when you are" if you keep telling how you did it back in Maryland. :)
bodyshop bob 03/18/14 07:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping Altercations?

"Altercation" Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....... 4 or 5 years ago a guy walked right to the spot I'd been fishing and immediately caught a nice bass. I told him I hated him. My ol' camping buddy and I were both smoking some ribs on our identical Weber's and his had a better flavor. I told him I hated him, too.
bodyshop bob 03/16/14 02:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: St Andrews

We've been to St A quite a few times and my memory is that most of the sites that are prone to flooding are clearly marked on the FL State park website. The bayside sites were not on that list. The sites opposite the bay and against the large sand dune do hold water and can get quite nasty. Check the website for your particular site and look for a statement about the potential for flooding.
bodyshop bob 03/10/14 11:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The Kodiak's last shot at me

Great thread. The OP is correct about the appalling quality in most (if not all) RV manufacturers. However, factories produce exactly what the buying public wants. I laugh out loud every time I walk thru a new unit on a sales lot and I see the fancy poster describing in great detail how well the unit is made and how awesome the materials. I learned by trial and error that when hiring auto body repair techs if they talk about their work quality they usually don't have any. When a tech held me accountable in the interview and wanted to know what tools and assets we had that would make him more productive, I usually had a tech that delivered quality repairs. I don't want to know about your warranty program. If you built stuff that worked your warranty costs would be pretty low.
bodyshop bob 02/25/14 08:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any wet firewood tricks?

I've used a magnesium fire starter kit I got at a craft show and I've seen them at hunting/camping sections in big box retailers. I take a pocket knife or hatchet and cut out a small pocket into the dry area and place my magnesium shavings and add a spark.
bodyshop bob 02/25/14 12:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle

I agree that the list price is a tad on the high side. I spent quite a few years working for auto dealers and I would put an educated guesstimate that they bought it for $20k. However, they can sell it quick at $25k, but willing to give it a while at $29k. If you get them to $26K I think that is a fair price. It's a great truck.
bodyshop bob 02/23/14 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: CG help for familty trip to Smoky Mountains

Up the Creek RV Park in Pigeon Forge is out a little ways and more natural. No Pool. Up the Creek is a wonderful RV Park but it does not have any bath house, either. The OP has a PUP and is looking for bath house, creek and space for his kids.
bodyshop bob 02/19/14 08:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CG help for familty trip to Smoky Mountains

"Camping in the Smokies" comes pretty close to what you're describing. Too small to do much bike riding in the CG but is on creek, does have showers and not to touristy. Not our favorite CG but describes your wants pretty closely.
bodyshop bob 02/17/14 01:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Commerce, Ga. Campground

Haste - you may be out of luck for full hookups. Up I-85 along the lake there are some State Parks but they have water/elec only. I live just a an exit or two south of Commerce and I can't think of one commercial CG close by. There was a Pottery Barn in Commerce that had FHU but the last time I was there is was out of business.
bodyshop bob 02/15/14 06:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Kickin' some tires AKA looking at new RV's

So for the last two weekends the DW and I have visited our 3 local RV dealers. "Not to buy" we tell each other, "we're just looking" we tell the sales staff. We took in a RV show in Atlanta and drove 20 miles out of town to look at what a dealer didn't bring to the show. We like the Front Living floor plan in some of the 5'ers; we saw a very strange Rear Deck in another but after days of searching and climbing a Washington Monument equivalent in steps we did not find that "this is it" moment. Questions for you RV Professionals: Do manufacturers like Forest River and Jayco build all their 5th wheels on the same line and just use different (better) materials to produce the top-of-the-line models? Q2: Does better materials over workmanship produce a better 5th wheel? Q3: What makes a Keystone Alpine thousands higher than a Cougar? Last Q: what are some high quality 5'ers that haven't gotten crazy expensive?
bodyshop bob 02/01/14 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: camping around Atlanta

In Newnan there is a new State park called Chattahoochee Bend that has a CG. Downside is its new and our new state park CG's are pitiful. 25 miles is a pretty small radius from downtown. You may get a hit on some CG's in Austell and/or Lilburn which I would avoid. Roughly 35 miles will get you some Corp of Engineer CG's in Buford and Cumming and both are nice (Buford is very popular) The COE places don't open until April, however.
bodyshop bob 01/27/14 02:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Georgia State Parks

Wish I'd found this post earlier before the Mod warning. As a Georgia resident and a devoted RV'er I can tell you exactly why the system is as it is: rank stupidity. As to the rather silly point that it makes life easier for retired folks to mosey in and out as they want, the days of "Easy Rider" are over. If you're retired and posting on this forum you have a computer, internet access and enough brain power to navigate simple programs. Make a dang reservation from the gate of the State Park the day you arrive if that works for your care-free lifestyle. The rest of us that still have an alarm clock and obligations can't just take 'sick days' to run to a SP to find a site that fits. Corp of Engineer sites in Atlanta metro are all site specific and have occupancy rates in the 90% range all season long. Georgia State Parks have the most incompetent senior management and have been taken over by the fanatical, bunny-hugging, environmentalist crowd. The last 2 new State parks both have awful camping facilities designed by Bozo that jam pack RV'ers into very undesirable areas to probably 'lessen the impact'. The only silver lining is that the Director has to be retiring soon and we can only get better with a replacement.
bodyshop bob 11/23/13 06:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Plague-Infected Squirrel @ Campgrounds, Angeles Nat'l Forest

This could be a story from most any year out West. The plague is found quite often in the fleas that live on most small mammals from New Mexico northward. In its usual form the plague isn't contagious and treated fairly easily. When it is found in the pneumonic form is when it gets ugly. Avoid any feverish, coughing fleas if at all possible.
bodyshop bob 07/27/13 10:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gattlinburg / Pigeon Forge Tn

By "amenities" are you referring to pools, cable TV, wifi, etc.? That's pretty standard fare for most CG's in the area. If you are looking for large sites with room for an EZ Up and dog-walking area, good luck. As mentioned here already River Plantation has a large fan club. I've driven through the place twice and it just doesn't speak to me. Clabough's off Wear's Valley Road is okay as long as you don't get to close the place where they offer karaoke. If I heard one more rotten rendition of "Jesus take the wheel" I was going to snap.
bodyshop bob 07/27/13 09:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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