Well the time has arrived this trip, it is 3 days away.
holiday weekend travel I-40 1250 miles.
GOT the days planned and will try to arrive by Monday around 12noon. BUT weather, traffic, etc will determine that more than anything.
I had an interesting past few days.
First we vacationed at the coast for 8 days the weather was iffy, rainy, windy, cloudy, maybe 2 days of good sunshine. We drove home this past Saturday 250 miles give or take, averaged probably 62-63 MPH, mostly 4 lanes road and some interstate driving. GOT to my neighborhood and turned off the main on to my road. we heard this gosh awful noise the windows were down due to nice cooler weather. the wife asked what is that? I am not sure! as we are traveling down my road going maybe 5mph my daughter and SIL are behind us and they call and say the back tire is wobbling.. OH cr*p. I knew it was wheel bearing. slowed down to a crawl, eased it to the road in front of my house by this time I can see in the mirrors the tire is coming off the axle.
Holy batman this aint good. BUT we are out of the one lane of traffic lucky we live on loop and no one except neighbors drive our street. We get the jack out and jack it up and the tire comes off in my hands. I can see the wheel bearing is shot to cr*p. Spent the better part of Sunday looking for parts and then into monday. Got it backed into the driveway last night around 6pm. Great job!!! I had already called a local shop for them to look at it today and check the rest out. JUST in case. In pulling the tire off there was nail on the inside thread. That tire might be Ok but maybe not. So we cleaned everything we were taking out for this trip and moved to into the storage building. DID YOU know you an have a lot of cr*p over the 6 years of camping..
So I had some water in gallon jugs from the camping trip. I placed them on the kitchen counter, and forgot them until i was about half way to the garage this morning let me pullover and get them hoping they had not come off counter top. coming up on a loop road I can turn here and go right around, GUESS What I misjudged the turn and ran my camper through the ditch. IF it wasn't in the floor before it is now! OK we are stopped open the door two gallons of water all over the floor. lucky we have old towels in the linen closet for these things. 3-4 towels and 15 minutes later its all mopped up I am a little POed about my dumb mistake. BUT alas this story doesn't end here. I look back and see my curb side scissor jack bent straight back, CR*P, CR*P... BUT wait I have Steady-Fast stabilizers on my camper, guess what the straight down screw head thin with the giant wing nut is bent as far as the jack is. SO not only did I miss up the jack, I bent the cr*p out of the one thing that I had to weld onto my camper with I guess no way of straightening it up before Friday pm. So now I am beyond POed. I drive on to the repair shop the guy had told me where to back my camper and truck and I did but he wanted it closer to the building so I had to re-park it. NOW this is side street in our town that was a J O B. He comes out and looks and I tell him about nail in tire he can see it. MIGHT need to replace tire now too. plus I have all this bent to cr*p stuff to try and fix tonight...
SO MY adventure begins..
add to this a copy of a piece of an email my daughter got yesterday from her job assignment: "We are in for some tornadic weather this week and possibly this weekend I will forward you some weather related information later in the week so that you can be aware of the weather when you arrive."
As stated before this adventure begins..
Thanks for the vent and please keep me and my wife and youngest child in thoughts and prayers. as we travel these 1250 miles out with the camper, for traveling mercy's and our return trip home without my baby girl. then 10 weeks later do it again to hopefully bring my camper home 5000 miles worth of trips in ten weeks... OH yeah we are in two vehicles.. the tow rig and camper and my daughter has to drive and have her car too.
ps I hope spell check worked well, rb
Baby Q for us. Is propane and works very well. Size fits in the bay so life is good.
Same here in the pretty blue, BUT I do use the on board propane hookups and had to delete the regulator on the grill but I saw where someone had rigged the regulator with a easy quick connect to use and the little propane bottles too if the need be. That's my next project.
I have enjoyed the baby "Q" it works well And cooks great.
But as others have said charcoal makes it all taste right.
Self contained by My understanding is any camping unit that has the following:
onboard bathroom (toilet) facitites,
and a way to store same(grey and black water) holding it until it can be properly disposed of.
NOT thing about power. You can survive without the 120v power.
I had a popup that met these requirements, but I also had a generator for NASCAR races.
Most modern RV's meet these requirements today.
some of the old school PU's would not and some older TT's would not.
Byrdr no one ripped you off on tires. Being squirmy when new and adjusting pressure to suit is just normal. Glad you got it figured out nonetheless.
Oh I know no one ripped me off, I screwed up by not getting things worked out on first set of tires.
I had michelins when I put yoko's on. Just was so unhappy with them(yoko's) I did the changing of tires. I have kicked my behind ever since. $1800 in tire expenses and only recovered 500 of it. So i was upside down as they say. I got 25K on the michlins now and they ride great when pulling the 5er. BUT i could have had the same results for my original 750 investment with a better snow and mud tire..
Lesson in life, even at my age i still screw things up from time to time.
First, make sure they are "E" tires.
New rubber is often soft and squishy so may need to take a few heat cool cycles to finish the setting. Know some other folks are running the new KO2 without an issue though may be they just don't notice it.
Sure hope it settles out quick as I was hoping to go the KO2 when the factory tires wore out.
I had the same issue last year with new Yokohama's AT's.. some what progressive tread. I was so unhappy with them I took a big $$ hit, sold them and bought new M&S Michelin's. I was not happy with them either..
I went back to my tire dealer and told him something was wrong. He checked everything out and found no problems He checked air pressure and reduced the back from 80psi to 75psi and the front from 80psi to 70psi. He said as you drive the heat builds up the tire pressure causing the tire to kinda float on the new softer taller/thicker tread. Once we did this my truck drove much better.
He has been in the business for 25 years one of the best tire guys in town. Should have bought from him first go round but tried to save a few dollars and it cost me in the end.two sets of tire in 2 months and then the Michelin's cost right at $1100 for four. the Yokohama's were like $750 a set and sold them for $500. So the $$ hit.
On a another note:
We are still iffy with stopping with No reservations anywhere for this trip out. I do have my Champion 30amp genny(semi not to loud) set up in the truck and will have extra 5gal NON-ethanol fuel for it and an extra 5 gal of diesel. With it being a holiday weekend and me not knowing where we will be any moment at a stopping time. I figured this would be my best bet. Flying J's or where ever might be better than Wally World's I have several apps loaded on my phone and tablet and with 2 vehicles and camper...Stopping space becomes an issue. Any thoughts on this ??
Any one want to give me heads on Arkansas and Oklahoma CCW rules you can private message me. I am good in Tenn. but other states I cant get a clear picture.
My experience is that I40 sucks especially west of New Mexico. I once drove 1000 miles non-stop except for gas and eats. Took me 18 hours straight thru. Not fun but doable, I was pulling a 20 ft cargo trailer and on a mission.
Dont know if I could do this these days. When I was younger we used to head for Daytona Beach and/or Orlando at 10pm while kids slept. Drover straight through that 500 or so miles NOT sure I could do that now. Sure know I cant drive pulling the 5er 1250 miles on Memorial Day weekend straight through.
both of those site will be on busy on one side or the other of your camper.
4183 is on the main road and next to water fill up & USPS post office for campground homes. the 2178 site is right on the main road coming from the beach & along the beach, lots of golf cart traffic, foot traffic and beach traffic.IT will be very busy and on Friday and Saturday nights the gold cart parade will come right by that camp site.
Just a heads up, whats your timing looking like. Dead of summer? fall? spring break week? this can and will help you with a larger site. Dead of summer you are pretty much locked in. Call them and ask for something different.
Anything on 4000 section towards sites 4001 thru 4050 are larger sites and not all have concrete but most are larger and longer.
the early 3000 sections are larger and longer sites up thru 3040 or so.
anything along the wall by Myrtle beach resort are the longest and can be windy with the wind bouncing off the condo tower.
hope this helps.
All good advise here.
A TT wil respond quicker and will travel backwards easier than a 5er. I have been popup, TT and now a 5er.
The PU was easy like utility trailer. the TT was a learning curve, but once I had it, it was easy to back about anywhere as long as you had room on the front side of truck.
BUT the 5er well lets says that almost 5 years later we still have a curve to learn.
MY best advise is practice practice with either in a school parking lot with some traffic cones on the weekends.
BUT I can get the 5er about anywhere i want but I have to say out loud.. SLOW and EASY.. I have to keep repeteing this statement o remind myself SLOW and EASY. small corrections move the 5er a lot. I back into my parking spot at home from the blind side as they say. SO I have mailbox at the road and a ditch on both sides and then I thread the needle to get it into a 14' wide parking spot. Sometimes I have to pull out and go around the block and try it again.. These are times i am tired from driving home from a trip and I get in a hurry, I forget the SLOW and EASY phrase and I get upset and try again. I will be honest I thought I would never get it. BUT each trip it seems to get easier but i still go SLOW and EASY backing it.. Last trip out I had to back into a camping spot as their drive thru's were filled up. I was worried the whole ride to the campground, then on the money first try.
BUT again Slow and Easy backing...
best of luck,
I know this is a stretch, but I will try anyway. Anyone on this forum from the Raleigh/Garner NC area ever used Gregory Poole's Truck service center on Jones Sausage Rd. to do your annual NC DMV safety inspection? If not, where is a good place to get this inspection done for a Class A?
Not a straight answer but Gregory Poole does our Diesel generator inspections and service work with their quarterly maintenance service.
They have a service center in Mebane, NC.
Seem to be first class from what I have had to deal with. They are a large vehicle, equipment business in and around NC.
I think I would trust them.
Another reason I guess I will keep my 5er. Never thought about this side of the deal always thinking extra tires and bigger engines. never gave NC yearly inspections a thought.
I use Central Insurance out of GA for home, cars, camper and GC.
My GC has the same liability as the cars and truck. It also has comp and collision. I pay around 120 a year for it and I keep it insured year round dont know why other than it just easy to pay monthly and not worry adding and taking it off every camping season(March til November)NOT sure what the savings would be taking off for 4-5 months. then the hassle of adding it back and then having to provide insurance papers every time we go to OLCG. The camper has replacement value plus additional for 4 awning and TV antenna. The 2008/10? EzGo GC and 2011 camper on their own policy then all 3 cars and my truck on another plus homeowners.
We have an 2014 SUV, a 2006 sentra, My 2003 ford and MY youngest 2011 Escape insured.
Central is purchased through and agent locally. she makes sure we have the best rates. but we have used Central since we left Nationwide. They were good on the camper and GC.
Happy hunting for a policy.
There are no mountains anything like going across the Appalachians. Nashville to Memphis is basically downhill with ups and downs crossing river valleys. Memphis to Little Rock is flat, crossing the Mississippi Delta plain. Little Rock to Fort Smith is somewhat hilly, but the road essentially follows the valley of the Arkansas River. To Oklahoma City is a climb, but very gradual, on the order of ten feet per mile.
You can get to Lawton on US-277 (leave I-44 at Newcastle) if you don't want to pay the toll, but add at least an hour to your driving time. I've done this all the way to the Red River, wanted to see what it was like once. It turned a 2 1/2 hour drive into a 4-hour drive.
Thanks,, It looks like with time frame highways are my main route going to Lawton. I have been in contact with the internship program preceptor today so we working out some logistics for arrival dates and return to NC dates. Looks like last week of July she will head back home.
We just got back from Stone Mountain Park, GA around 25-30 minutes outside of Atlanta. Very nice park and with lots of nice full hookup sites. Clean bathhouses if you need those. firewood, very nice store. easy in and out. Only thing is the traffic around the Atlanta area.. plan extra time to get anywhere.
Charlotte has lots of public CG's in and around that area. Dan Nichols county park in Salisbury, NC is nice and just off highway.
I cant help from NYC to VA , but on the NC side i can.
If you are coming down I-95 you need to cross over to I-85 south to get to Atlanta. Several nice NC parks along this route. Several private CG's also.
I-85 just at the NC/Va line is Kerr lake several state ran CG just a few miles off interstate. lots of sites most are back in water and power, most have sewer dumps as you leave. This is common at most NC parks.
I-85 from central NC to atlanta is very different as you drive it. I just got back from Ga last weekend after a week at Stone Mountain park.
Give you an over view of the route.
85 in NC good until just after Salisbury, NC then 4 lanes goes to 2 and they are working on it to widen it all right up to Charlotte racetrack exit. So it is slow going as they move lanes, add bridges, etc. trhough this area.
around Charlotte is busy most any time of the day.. so just take your time.
85 into SC the raod is well not in good shape. Potholes about 2-3 inches deep and they are working on pieces of all the way through SC. mostly around
Greenville and Spartanburg, SC. and the traffic was slow around these area as they are working on the roads and bridges.
The on into GA. the roads were OK until you get close to Atlanta.. Then the interstate becomes a parking lot. KNOW where you are going and try to stay ahead of exits or turns. Folks will buzz your front end off and towing a trailer it will draw the seat up into your hind end..I got off on I-285 going to towards highway 78.. I was a nervous wreck by the time we got to the campground. I have driven around San Antonio, TX and I thought that was a mad house, NOPE!!!! Atlanta traffic might be the worse in the south.
I am sure some will disagree with this but that's my opinion..
So hope this help you..enjoy your time away and camping.
How about thanks to all of you,
who have replied these answers to my questions that has helped me so much..
I have a appointment to get my truck looked at, at a local diesel repair shop, he has done some work on my truck before. I figure better to be safe than sorry. I really don't want to have to trade while on the road.. BUT..
Mom and I talked this weekend, we might try only to stay in Lawton and the area maybe a couple days(Monday to Wednesday) and start on back with plans to check out some Memphis BBQ and Nashville music scene for a day or two.
Still try to be home by Saturday evening so we(ME) can rest on Sunday before the work week starts all over. Then that return trip 9-10 weeks later will be wide open for marathon 5 days. Trying not to burn all my vacation time in this 10 week block.
I will miss my mid-summer get out of the hot weather trip to the NC/VA mountains now.. BUT you do what you got to do..them babies..
We still have serious construction at the east edge of Memphis (I-40/240). Avoid morning rush hour if westbound (also eastbound in the evening rush), plus paving at night (8pm-5am Mon-Thu) on both east and west from roughly mm 15 to mm 23 now thru Sept. BTW, Bass Pro has been open for around a year.
Be patient with construction around Nashville if you don't take the 840 bypass. It adds about 10 miles. I got lucky and we sailed straight through town with no problem. Bass Pro shops just opened the Pyramid store in Memphis and its huge and worth a stop if you are inclined. If you have never visited Pops outside of OKC you should just for the fun of it. Its the place with every kind of soda there possibly is and if you don't drink soda the restaurant serves up good food. Just my 2 cents. Enjoy your trip.
I'm an Oklahoma City Okie. :)
I-40 from the Arkansas state line to OKC is just about like any other places, sort of rough in places, sort of smooth in others.
I-40, East of OKC is being worked on all summer long. It's a 9 mile stretch of the highway in both directions. It starts at mile marker 175, down to 166. One day, only one or both east bound lanes may be open. Another day it may be the west bound side.
As soon as you get past the 166 exit (Choctaw Rd) take the next exit, 240/Lawton exit (right exit). It goes around the south side of OKC, then take the Lawton exit. The first one is Anderson Rd, then Douglas, then Air Depot, Sooner Rd, Sunnylane, Bryant, Eastern, I-35 OKC/Dallas, Shields, Walker, Western, Penn, May, then Lawton. It's 1:15 from OKC to Lawton.
We stop at least for a bathroom break at least every 90 minutes if we need to or not. When we stop, not only do I walk to the bathroom, but also around the area for a few minutes. It is as much to get the blood flowing as anything else. The dog will add to the excuse.
I feel much better after a 10 hour day when I've stopped often than after a 8 hour day when I didn't take the time to get out as often.
If you can leave on Friday and get those four hours in I would do it. That would knock off an hour each day. Plus that should put you in the edge of the mountains the first night so you wouldn't need AC even if you are doing this in June.
Sounds like a good plan on getting the most bang for your buck. If you trust her enough to go to the internship, then I see no problem trusting her to stay in your FW.
Make sure she know how to open and close the tank valve. You should not leave the valves open or you will get a solid build up in the tanks. You need the sudden woosh of the entire tank draining to pull the solids out. Also make sure she uses plenty of water when she flushes, lots more than if you were camping.
Have fun and enjoy the trip. Good luck to you and your daughter.
Thanks on break thoughts.
I am thinking the same thing on Friday night.. I plan to go up the I-77 to Wytheville route and back down I-81 to Knoxville to miss the I-40 traffic and the gorge itself. I have found this route is only about 20 minutes and 15-20 miles longer but it is so much easier than the I-40 route. This is way we travel to Pigeon forge, TN Area anyway.once you climb the mountain around Fancy Gap, VA on I-77 N you kinda ride the ridge to Knoxville on I-81 S at Wytheville, VA.
We will have a family vacation the middle of May(bike week at Myrtle) so she will learn the dump valves and how all that works that week.
She is very trustworthy she has lived on campus the first 2 years and off this year with housemates so she knows the deal.
She is so looking forward to this internship. So I know she will do great things. DAD is probably more nervous than she is. I am not worried about camper as much as I am about her being that far away.
Thanks for all your words of wisdom.