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RE: Pigeon Forge, TN During Spring Break

Not sure if you already have your campground picked, if not, wife and I stayed at Up the Creek RV Camp this past weekend. TOP NOTCH! Very impressed, probably in our top 3 campgrounds. Worth a look. Also, the new development, The Island, is awesome! Since Bulldawg and I were neighbors I will also give a shout out to Up the Creek. And yes, the crowds are thick during Spring Break. If your Break occurs in early to mid-March don't be surprised if snow/freeze is encountered.
bodyshop bob 11/13/14 12:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hard Labor state park in Ga.

Before we got into RV'ing I've played quite a few rounds at the golf course and enjoyed the course a lot. So the DW and I went to the CG a few months ago to pick out some sites for our Fall Break outing and were really disappointed in the CG. The sites were quite small on averaage with very outdated electrical boxes. Since GA State Parks does not use a Reservation system (even though they dumped the old state-driven reservation system and signed up with Reserve America) it made us worried that after driving 1 1/2 hours we might find ourselves stuck on a site that just wouldn't work. The sites are level and very shaded which is good for any time earlier than Oct/Nov. There is an Observatory on the Park grounds that offers free visits on selcted Saturday nights during the Summer that gets rave reviews. The golf course is almost World-class. The CG is only good if you have units under 30' for most sites.
bodyshop bob 10/29/14 01:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Might be a Rant or could be an Idea -- not sure

PCB = Panama City Beach, FLorida. Where Saint Andrew State Park (SP) is located.
bodyshop bob 09/13/14 08:55am General RVing Issues
Might be a Rant or could be an Idea -- not sure

DW and I just got back from St. Andrew in PCB and drove over and checked out Grayton Beach. We've done St. George, Anastasia, Henderson Beach and (OMG)Faver-Dykes. Florida State Parks are better than most other State Parks but that doesn't make them a Peach, either. So here's my sorta Rant: Most SP campgrounds are getting rundown due to lack of maintenance and overuse. There is only X amount of dollars available for the entire maintenance budget per Park and its got to be doled out according to greatest use and need. There are more Day-use folks than RV'ers so areas with heavy Day-use need and deserve more upkeep. I get that. However, when RV'ers spend money locally those dollars have a greater impact because we use and require far less services. A citizen living in PCB pays more in property tax and sales tax dollars than I do during my 2 week stay but I don't use services like schools, Police, etc. So, my local investment is significantly greater than the Average Joe Six Pack that lives there. That's why Tourism dollars are so desirable. So - the CG gets run down because RV'ers aren't represented enough in total visits; but my contribution to the PCB economy is greater than the average citizen. Why aren't companies that receive a greater share of the Tourism dollar (restuarants, boat rental, fishing charter, RV repair) working with the local State Parks to update, improve and modernize the Campgrounds? When you think of the Infrastructure impact a 10 story Condo creates versus a 100 site Campground the real value of our Dollars versus the hotel/condo Dollars is extreme. Yes, the hotel/condo crowd is much, much larger than the RV crowd but it costs the city more to handle the Condo'ers. I think a "Friends of Saint Andrew" organization made up from the businesses we frequent would be a great investment in insuring I contine to visit the PCB area. Just a thought........
bodyshop bob 09/13/14 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Progressive Insurance Problems with Claim

Hi DaySping: I've spent the past several years in auto claims. Based upon your facts of loss and the year of the unit it doesn't sound good. Insurance laws vary state to state but the loss adjusting philosophy is pretty uniform. Two very important words are "reasonable" and "prudent". Is it reasonable to think a 16 year old roof would fail, regardless of maintenance? If it is reasonable to believe it wasn't "sudden" or "accidental" then coverage probably won't be offered. You have to prove the loss was sudden and accidental and offer support to show it wasn't reasonable that your 16 year old roof failed. Sadly, that is going to be quite difficult. I'm sure somewhere there is an expert that could examine the failed roof and determine if the polymers failed due to age or the wind. Your shop technician is most likely not capable of making that determination. You could try to speak to the Claims Manager and ask for some assistance. You could speak to their superior and ask the same. I know for a fact the company I work for HATES to have something posted on Twitter or Facebook that is negative. But purely from a claims handling perspective you are in a weak position due to the age of the roof.
bodyshop bob 09/12/14 10:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Blow up beds in couch

The queen sized airbed pump died in the first 6 months of ownership and we had a little trouble getting our dealer and Jayco to coordinate but finally got a replacement. It worked great for over a year but now the bed has a slow leak we can't find. The dealer told us they had lots of issues with owners trying to inflate or deflate with the pump obstructed which caused it to burn out. My understanding is that Jayco discontinued using airbeds beginning in 2013 but I don't know that for a fact. Comfort-wise the airbed was a vastly superior product to the old jack-knife deals. Those were and continue to be horribly uncomfortable.
bodyshop bob 09/12/14 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Insurance Company giving me a hard time

State insurance laws vary a lot from state to state but the principle underlying insurance is typically the same. That being said a recognized "principle" for a covered loss is "sudden and accidental". Did one snow event cause the loss or a build up of snow over the winter? If you can't pin down a general day or couple of days, was this "sudden"? Doesn't sound like it. 2. Independent Appraisers are Independent. They do not get to say what is covered and what isn't. They are appraisers hired by the insurance company and they do not get to speak for the insurance company. 3. I noticed a lot of anger/bitterness/resentment toward insurance companines in the comments. If you dislike your insurace company then change insurance companies. Insurance claim reps are held to a percentage of claims closed within 7 or 10 days. Their raises and bonuses are dependent on hitting this goal. For a claim to go this long really means something is preventing the claim from processing normally. A claim rep wants to pay your claim. Quickly. But if something isn't right they can't. 4. Everyone wants to hire a lawyer. In trying to close a Property Damage situation its usually not the smartest move. For Bodily Injury claims or Tort claims lawyers are fine. Look up Public Adjusters. Talk to one. Explain exactly what happened and ask for advice. Call the Insurance company. Ask to speak to the local Claims manager. Be nice and explain that you would like them to review the file and make a decision. Ask what else can I show or provide that would assist you in making a decision? Ask, politely, what has held up the determination of coverage? Good luck with your claim. BC
bodyshop bob 08/28/14 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Great Smoky Mountains area RV Campgrounds

Hi Wolf: What is your idea of a nice campground? CG store important to you? Pool? Location? Scenery? Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge has a little of just about everything you're looking for. If Fall camping in the area for the 1st time and traffic gets you a little crazy -- bring lots of pills. Colors can be okay and 48hrs later can be dazzling or gone if heavy rain/wind comes thru. If you want out-of-the-way but not remote and don't need lots of amenities you can try "Camping in the Smokies" out 321 from Gatlinburg and a favorite with the Crafters in town for the show. If you like amenities "River Plantation" just outside of PF is nice but traffic can be staggering. If you like nice camp sites with some room and privacy and don't need pool or bath houses the best in class is called "Up the Creek" out 321 in PF and away from traffic.
bodyshop bob 08/25/14 01:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oneida, Tn

Grew up in the area. Bandy Creek is nice. Agree with trip to Stearns and the sites up in KY. Another option is in Huntsville area. Trails End CG is nice but caters to ATV riders taking advantage of Brimstone which is a massive ATV area. If you ever go back look into a city called Rugby. A neat little community founded by some English group dedicated to a Utopian society. A number of historic homes still exist and it is worth the visit.
bodyshop bob 07/08/14 06:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Garilinburg Area Camping

Hi Jeff, Your question is too generic. G'burg and PForge have lots of campgrounds. Do you have kids? Need playground/pool/rec room? Like more open sites with a little elbow room? Close to town important? We've stayed in the area at least once a year for over 20 years and know it well. Give some details of what you'd like and we'll help you out.
bodyshop bob 06/22/14 07:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Atlanta area to Henderson Beach State Park

Needing advice on "best" route to Henderson Beach. The online services are split between I-85 to I-185 to Columbus/Phenix City through LA (lower Alabama)to I-10 and over; OR, stay on I-85 to Montgomery, AL to I-65 for just a bit to Ala 55 to either DeFuniak Springs or other local routes. The DW has nightmares of running out of diesel along the way or not being able to squeeze into a Ma/Pa gas station in Alabama. We've taken the first route quite a few times heading to PCB but I've never taken the 2nd choice. Looking for previous travelers who've used the 2nd route and their opinions. Thanks
bodyshop bob 06/03/14 12:00pm Roads and Routes
CW-Birmingham

Sitting in my drive-way now is TT #3. The DW and I started the process for #4 and found what looked like an interesting deal online at CW-Birmingham. After numerous vehicles and the TT's and working for a few dealerships in the past; I was ready for the negotiations. I insisted and they agreed to handle everything via email as I work unusual hours and spend to much time on the phone during the day for work. They started with the usual "do you have a trade in" and the game was underway. What was kind of funny is that the sales associate kept mentioning MSRP on a used unit. What was unsurprising was the ridiculous trade in offer. I commented that if my trade in offer was typical of the margins they tried to maintain then they must have $XX in the used unit. That didn't go over well. After a day of back-and-forth emails with offers and counter-offers we never got close. I know that dealers are looking to maximize profit and I respect that. What I am rapidly getting tired of is the same old tried & true method of negotiations. Once they figure out that you've played the game and won a few hands in the past they quit dealing. The last quote I got was $500 HIGHER for the used TT than their previous offer but with a bit more on the trade. When they start going back up it was pretty obvious they had lost interest. There are companies springing up across America for a one price car purchase program that leverages the independent dealer network and relieves the buyer from the protracted silliness of negotiations. Maybe Marcus should consider offering a "One Price Online Guarantee" that allows for a reasonable profit to the dealer and saves the consumer from having to deal with rapacious sales managers. How about it, Marcus? Worth a shot? On Edit -- I got some follow up from the Response Team and got an email from the CW-Birmingham General Manager who told me the unit sold last Saturday. It was appreciated to get the follow up from CW.
bodyshop bob 05/30/14 09:43am Camping World RV Sales
TT engineers should live in one for a month

After reading about the new Jayco 338rets here and seeing pictures on the Jayco website the DW and I were anxious for some dealers locally to get some in so we could see for ourselves. We have the 308rets and we are looking for a similar design but with a larger bedroom. The 338 looked to be perfect. Finally, we were able to inspect one first-hand. Once again, the "engineers" have managed to put the satellite/cable TV jack on the right side up by the door so you have a cable running thru your site; the outside shower is cleverly placed directly under the city water hookup (about exactly where most people have the inline filter); the valve for one grey water tank is tucked directly under the bedroom slide and the other two are easily accessible; the 2 door pantry is narrow but deep insuring that you have to remove everything to get the one item in the back (slide out shelves would fix this)and interior shelves are NBA high. These issues plus 3 visible build flaws plus the unit is $13k more expensive than the 308 we bought 2 years ago equals a "no sale".
bodyshop bob 05/24/14 02:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: time to shop for new insurance?

How many cars do you own? Do you have an older one with just liability coverage? If so, swap it to Progressive and reclaim the multi-vehicle discount. I am in the insurance business and I always love reading these threads. One of the first pieces of data that shows on our main claims screen is Date of Policy Inception. We treat every customer with great respect and courtesy but we will exhaust all levels of courtesy to make a loyal customer happy. Been there and done it myself. Now, is it still financially smart to shop around? Absolutely. But you should typically put everything with one provider- auto, home, rv, life, etc. Multi line policies enjoy great discounts and your claims experiences will be all the nicer. Saving $200-$300 a year may entice some folks. I would rather know that if I have a claim the experience will be loaded in my favor.
bodyshop bob 05/14/14 07:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hail damage insurance claim question

Insurance is designed to "indemnify" you for a covered loss. That is a fancy term for "making you whole" after suffering a financial loss. What you do with the money is usually up to you if you own the trailer outright. If you have lien-holder they have a final interest. If you pay down the loan that makes lien-holders very happy. If you have a second loss that involves things not paid by the first loss you have suffered a financial loss and your insurance company will indemnify you again. If, by some chance, you change insurance companies and have another hail loss and you say, "I know it broke the skylights" and nothing else and your new company just happens to include the previous damage you did not break the law. You have a rather incompetent insurance company but you are not liable for their errors. Insurance companies share loss data. Your current insurance company has probably already reported your trailer's VIN, the type of loss (Comprehensive) and the amount of the settlement to the reporting agency. If a subsequent insurance company fails to run the necessary report and misses the previous loss and you do not intentionally mislead you are not legally committing fraud. Now, your conscious and your eternal fate may be compromised, but not the letter of the law.
bodyshop bob 05/14/14 07:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: target range

Markham Park and Target Range, Sunrise, FL X2
bodyshop bob 05/14/14 07:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel Trailer Disaster Help

It is the insurance companies responsibility to see this is correctly repaired, what have they had to say? Hey Shadow -- not trying to hijack the thread or nit pick with you but your post can lead people down the wrong road. An insurance company is NOT responsible for the actual repair of any covered object. Usually, insurance companies have the option to repair a covered object but they typically just pay for the loss sustained. In other words, the Insured has to prove that he has suffered more loss (financially) than what has already been allotted. This simplest way to do that is to find another trailer repair shop. A good insurance company will even provide names of shops in the area that can do this type of repair. The owner, and the new shop, should provide a list of still-damaged and poorly-repaired items. If the new list of work and the amount of the first repair exceed 50 to 75 percent of the Actual Cash Value of the trailer (before the loss)the Insured should ask for a manager at the Insurance company to review for a possible total loss.
bodyshop bob 05/11/14 03:11pm Travel Trailers
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
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