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RE: Campground Suggestions for Pigeon Forge area??

We prefer to stay at River Plantation in Sevierville. I-40 exit 407. They do have a trolley from Sevierville to Gatlinburg and Dollywood. You can park at Patriot Park and catch the trolley. They have all day passes. My choice on this end of PF. BUT as some have said tree site and shade. IT can get hot in this area in JUNE-AUGUST time frames. ITS kinda like NC weather hot and humid. Anchors Down is a nice park and it's full sun and maybe closer to an hour if traffic is bad to get anywhere around PF area. We plan to go to River Plantain in June 2018. May 2017 is summer vacation already booked at Myrtle Beach and before school lets out. 2018 we are back on the school calendars again after several years off of them. Enjoy.. randy
byrdr1 10/11/16 01:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: aiming my directv dish

we used one the other weekend in the mountains of NC. We used a dual LNB and hooked two campers with home sets to see DirectTV. We just aimed based on the permanently mounted ones around us in the permanent sites. We got our BASIC DirectTV with what each of has as our packages at home. I had my local channels and all the others. I had to change my set up from SWM, multiport 32" dish that I use at home for HD and all the other stuff. To use an 18" dish I have to take the multiport out then reselect my set as an 18" dish. Programming is the same as home except I don't have FULL HD. Most of the time with us being on the east coast the angle is almost so close we don't adjust it, we just have to turn VERY, very slowly to catch the dish. never had a problem but I also keep my extra receiver on full time for an extra $6 a month, but I have the cable ran to the camper as it rest's under its shelter. So anytime I am at home I can turn tv on see DirectTV. randy
byrdr1 10/11/16 11:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Depth of bed and Height of new 2017 Fords

saw one yesterday, a 250 CC long bed and it was parked on the incline of the dealership lot and it was tall. I was like dang that is tall and not sure how it would hook up and it was also $70,000 plus on the sticker. They had a nice 2016 white lariat 350CC long bed with a sticker of $65000. I was thinking discount up to $10-15k and my 03 7.3PSD traded in and I might get out for under 40K. and the wife was like figure out how to pay for it and you can get it. There in lies another problem HOW to pay for it.. randy
byrdr1 09/27/16 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: True, but scary, hitch story

DID the same thing once while towing the POPUP camper for like the first long tow. We left the house and the noise it made kept my wife asking what is that noise. I told her she just wasn't used to us towing a camper. We stopped 15-20 miles from our house to top off the fuel tank. I was doing a walk around due to the noise, I heard it too but brushed her off. I got to looking at the hitch set up and sure enough, the hitch was sitting on top of the ball and it was unlocked. Bought a hitch pin lock at that point and always made sure it was locked in and down on the ball. Both of us were lucky. Stay safe, randy
byrdr1 09/27/16 06:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Costco Card @ SamsClub

how about a BJ's card? randy
byrdr1 09/21/16 12:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chili Revisited

4 lbs of ground beef browned with already sauteed onions in real butter. drain off the grease, then add any type of can tomatoes you like, I saw fire roasted in the can these are good with garlic, Rotel(any flavor), etc. THEN Bushes magic chili beans in the can. each can say 3-4 servings so I cut that in half and figure one can per 2 people. if I am feeding my family we use the above with 5-6 cans of beans and it fills the Crockpot up to the lid. The extra meat makes it nice and meaty the only way to eat it is lots of meat and juice. this recipe will fix up in around 1/2 hour, but the longer you let it cook in a crock pot the juicer it will be and the flavor will soak in. UMMM good. randy
byrdr1 09/21/16 12:20pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Rig destroyed today!

Glad you are safe and your family. The other stuff can be replaced. Its just stuff.. have a better day, randy
byrdr1 09/01/16 06:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Running generators in truck bed while hitched.

Used mine over the summer on a cross-country trip. I did unhook the truck and pulled it to the rear of the camper and then JUST ran 30amp converted cord to genny. it is locked in the front of bed with cables and locks plus I used a racket bar to secure it too. I guess this keeps it from sliding around and it on a cushion mat. BUT I have looked at ways to use it without unhooking. One being the front of 5er front ups and then the other is using the 30amp converter cord and 25ft extension cord to get into the bed of the truck. Good read here. thanks randy
byrdr1 08/30/16 08:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yeti coolers?

pretty subjective. If you want the best cooler you can get and don't mind the price, yes they are worth it. If you don't mind buying ice more often and are cheap like me then you can just keep dreaming of them. They are relatively small inside compared to outside dimensions also. Chris I agree with Chris on this, BUT seeing that higher price, I ordered a Rtic to overcome the higher price. I am pleased with it so far. around 160.00 shipped to my door. now it took 2&1/2 months to get it. I ordered a vinyl wrap for it last week to make it look outstanding. randy
byrdr1 08/19/16 08:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Generac generators

I had a total of 5 iq2000 generators trying to make them work as advertised. 2 in parallel would not run a keurig coffee pot. I returned them all and got 2 Hondas. You would be better off getting champions! BTW, I put a full review of them on last spring Chris I could not swing the honda cost for my RV generator. So I went the Champion route. It's the 4000w model with 30a plug. it has served me well when I needed it. Now I am not using it at the campground or anything like that. BUT it has provided me power on the road when needed and it worked several days on my cross country trip Memorial Day weekend. MY only complaint was it ran our of juice overnight and I was not aware of it until the next morning, BUT the camper stayed cool until I could refuel it.I have a 30a plug and play 125' cord for my 50a connection on the camper. if you have the cash Honda seems to be the way to go. Generac IS A NAME BRAND. (Caps???). JMHO randy
byrdr1 08/16/16 06:34am Tech Issues
RE: Positive review! Rippling Waters RV park, Sevierville, TN

quote=from RoyB We always stop at the Smoky Mtn Knife Works when we are in this area. Have seen the signs for this park but never pulled in to see it..... I spend too much money in there. I skipped on this return trip but spent the better part of 4 hours when the wife and I first came back from OK. we stopped in Pigeon forge for the two nights on the first trip out and back. Like any Park that has creekside camping spots... You have a little hill(knoll) to climb over from the campsites to get to the water but you can access it We always stay in the Townsend area or inside the Natl Park at ELKMONT Camp when we visit the area..... Stayed Townsend several years back, we needed to be close to the highway going to OK and coming back home. I see what you mean about the getting back on the big road to go North.. Probably not easy making the big U-Turn with a long trailer at the first stop sign going south on TN66 Parkway..... You have to pull out of the campground then cross the new 4 lanes to the next intersection and do a big "U" turn. if the traffic is heavy you will be waiting a while. Lucky both times we did it we only waited maybe a few minutes. thanks randy
byrdr1 08/15/16 01:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Positive review! Rippling Waters RV park, Sevierville, TN

I usually don't post much here on review side. I use rvreviews for that but after reading some reviews of the campground I am going to give my take on this one. I have had the opportunity to travel to Oklahoma twice this summer. Once on Memorial day weekend and I just returned last weekend again. The reason for these trips was for my youngest daughter to attend or work at a summer internship in Lawton, OK. She needed a place to stay and my 5er was the best of both worlds. So she had to be there Tuesday May31st. we left central NC on that Friday a holiday weekend with plans to get a few hours under our belts of pulling and driving her car which she needed for her summer job. I had made plans to stop in Bristol, TN after 3 or so hours of driving but was feeling fine so we decided to go to Sevierville, TN. about 5-6 hours from home. remember this is a Holilday weekend with no reservations; Stopped at 2 campgrounds nothing open, stopped at the 3rd and they had a site, a pull thru and cheap. So we stayed the night and rolled the next day. Skip ahead 10 weeks later, we have driven back to OK and picked up my daughter and my camper which I had been missing for these weeks. Started home again with no reservations. Made it to Sevierville, TN again and pulled into the same campground, They earned my business the 10 weeks before. Not crowded this time so it was easy to find a spot, pay for the night and finished our trip next day. This campground has mixed reviews on RVreviews. So I wanted to give it a better review here. Rippling Waters RV park is the place and I can honestly say it was above average in my opinion. Clean campground, Clean bathhouse even if it's older. it was very clean and roomy. The campground was mostly grass with gravel parking pads. some river view sites had concrete pads.adn the water a the rivers edge was rippling. The office staff was helpful and not rude to me or anyone from what I could see. Yes, there are some full-time spots but the overall campground had lots of sites for us that travel regularly. We hear all the bad most times so I wanted to say this campground has earned my business maybe next time I want a campground away from the hustle of Pigeon Forge area. So if you want a plain jane kinda place this would be it. it serves its purpose of a nice overnight or few nights stay. One thing negative would be it is hard to get back to the interstate highway as you have to cross over the busy road to turn around at the next intersection. But that would be it for me. The traffic can be a mess but it is a tourist town and if you don't want that, you need to find a better destination. thanks randy
byrdr1 08/15/16 09:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Found...Inexpensive backup camera

I still use PEAK 7" monitor and the wireless camera mounted to my RV ladder on my 5er. I installed this in the first year of the owning the 5er. It has proven to be an OK camera and monitor. IT does break up sometimes. BUT I can judge who I pass and when to get back over. IT is ok for backing up but IT does take some getting use too. I know how far I am from something based on owning it for 5-6 years. I have had to reorder a new transmitter from PEAK and they were very good to deal with as far replacing the transmitter. I ran the wiring under the 5er to a point as far it would reach on the factory wire. Then I soldered a new wire to get it to reach the front storage area. Then I ran the wiring that hooks to the transmitter with the factory fittings through the battery vent hole(piece) then I pull the transmitter off anytime we are sitting still or not towing. I have used velcro to secure the transmitter to the outside light that is on the drivers' side of the camper. This gives it a more straight sight line to my monitor/ receiver.This allows the transmitter to only be say 10' or so from the monitor/receiver. viewing is OK. After using it for this summer's trips over 5000 miles to OK and back twice it worked fine. Helped as I drove I-40 mostly the whole way out and back. FOR under $100.00 it is an OK camera. easy to operate and hookup. IS it the best I am sure it's not but it also doesn't cost over $400-500. JMHO randy
byrdr1 08/04/16 08:21am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: questions on I-40 going west from NC to OK

Well just finished our return trip to Oklahoma and back to get my camper and baby girl back home. NOT as big a deal with this trip. We made it home in 3 days with stops in Jackson, TN, and Sevierville, TN. Jackson Tn stop was a campground I found on RVparky. What a stop the website showed a nice campground and I was like cool, but I did not read the comments and I wish I had. IT was really a trailer park with 6-7 RV sites on the asphalt parking lot. Full 30amp hook ups but the water hookup was down in the ground and the hole to hook up water was full of water or dirt just depends on what hole you looked into. Because it was about dark I just hooked up power for the night and then next morning I ran all 30plus foot of water hose to get to the hole with nothing in it to shower and use our stuff. Sewer hookup was ok and covered with a roofing shingle. Never even saw that the night before.So lesson learned here, Read the comment before committing to an RV park for the night but it worked out, the next night we stayed In Sevierville at a nice campground we stayed at on the way out 9 weeks before. So that was great. Got up Monday morning and finished our ride home. The camper is in its Rv port and it was glad to be home. Just a recap of trips. Going to Lawton, OK: Drove 2801 miles round trip, drove around Lawton area for 2 extra days Avg 13.05 MPG, used $500.00 in diesel fuel at an Avg of 2.149 gals. 231 gal purchased Coming back home from Lawton, OK: drove 2603 miles round trip, straight out and back Avg 12.44 MPG, used $480.00 in diesel fuel at an Avg of 2.069 gals. 230 gal purchased Observations of roads: I-40 could use some work, NC roads seemed to be in better shape than other states. NC rest areas are some of the nicest and newest. I-40 in Knoxville is awful as far as driving goes about had a wreck there coming home. I still don't how I missed it but did, thank God. Nashville was ok to drive around on the bypass, Memphis has a lot of construction on the road before you get into downtown on the west and eastbound sides, EAST of Memphis. Then once into Arkansas I-40 has major bridge rebuilding work going on plus highway paving. Lucky both trips with the camper in tow we drove on the weekends so construction was suspended. most of these zones. once past this area west of Memphis the road was just a busy highway through Little Rock and Fort Smith. Rest areas were OK in Arkansas. Oklahoma the roads were very broken up in places you bounced all around and if you could stay in the left-hand lane(inside) you were better off than the outside right lane. Construction around the OKC area on the 240 a bypass was bad. they are doing bridge work and road work. slowed down here just due to the amount traffic here. once you get on the I-44 toll road it was not in that great of shape for a toll road, They must use that money for something else. Rest areas in Oklahoma were awful, old and nasty the two we used were anyway. both on I-40 east of OKC. nobody was even working them??? overall for these two trips, I drove 5405 miles in a 9 week period. Two of these days were long days both towing the 5er. I know now that I could pull this camper anywhere I wanted to go in the America but I should only drive no more than 7-8 hours a day. but I could go more if needed. My daughter had the best summer of her life so far. She made new friends and life long relationships. She worked with our Native Americans and learned their culture. Heard stories from the elders of the Comanche Nations. And just found her after college job. She was offered a job when she graduates in May 2017. We know that she will be the one that will spread her wings and soar to great adventures and new heights. So I am prepared to take my 5er and visit her where ever she ends up at in a year or so. she could be back in OK or even farther out west, but God had His hand her and she has a better idea of her future career. Again for those who commented on this thread with good advice and other comments, I again Thank you. Your information was invaluable for these 2 road trips. Thanks, randy
byrdr1 08/03/16 07:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Tow vehicle and daily driver....

my f-350 is my daily driver. I have 252000 miles on it. I have just recently been driving our youngest daughters high school Nissan Sentra due to her buying her own SUV. so the mileage has slowed down on my big truck. BUT I don't mind driving it if I need too. BUT the mileage in the Sentra will its great. 28 MPG and its regular gas versus the diesel fuel, Cost and MPG. BUT if I had it to spend and the cost was a no brainer, Diesel would be the way to go. Tow factor and overall longevity. randy
byrdr1 07/26/16 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Three Week, 5200 Mile Trip Done (update w/Fuel Mileage)

That's almost 250 miles per day. Too much for me. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I did on our trip to Oklahoma, I drove 768 miles in one day. This wasn't planned just worked out that way. Once you are in the groove you go with it. This was a once in a lifetime deal so You do what you do! but I never drove faster than 68mph and that was just a few times. Mostly set the cruise around 65mph and let the truck do the work it was designed to do. Only through the Great Smokies mountains did I pedal it and then the Ozarks foothills, drove on I-40 the whole trip until OKC then down I-44 and back home again. On the return trip without 5er, I was able to stop and smell the roses in Memphis, Nashville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. Randy PS Glad you had a great trip and thanks for the report.
byrdr1 07/25/16 08:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: questions on I-40 going west from NC to OK

5 days until we make this trip again. Going out empty and returning my camper to its home under the RVport for 40 plus days until i get to use it. randy
byrdr1 07/22/16 08:31am Roads and Routes
RE: UPDATED Great time in Myrtle Not so much on the trip home

I checked into scrapping it and could not find anyplace that would not charge me for getting rid of it. There are no RV boneyards near me. I have elected to get it fixed by a shop local to me and at a reasonable price. It should be done in 3 to 4 weeks. But it is indoors and safe and dry now. I am glad you are getting it fixed. I know the monetary hit is no fun, BUT someone said try the go fund me page that might help you with some of the upfront cost. I hate this for you. MY son in law has a 3-year-old camper and he found a leak on the front of his camper the week before we left for myrtle beach in may. He had found white mold in the left corner near the night stand thing. We got on the roof and found a very small hole at the front cap seam and we cleaned out the old caulk and resealed with Dicor, WHO dear old dad had in his camper. I purchased a rvport about 3 years ago just to protect mine while it's at home. IT has sat out in the weather for close to 2 months now in Oklahoma. So I am praying that it is OK. but I just had it cleaned and resealed at Myrtle in May. So good luck and keep us informed. randy
byrdr1 07/07/16 07:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: questions on I-40 going west from NC to OK

No updates but the youngin' is having a blast. Working, getting paid and a long holiday weekend. She covered 2600 miles over the holiday weekend, She ended up in Salt Lake City for the holiday. She met up with another girl from her college who was interning in New Mexico. They then drove to Durango, Co and then on up to Park City Ski Resort then over to Salt Lake City. then back home again to lawton, OK. So she has seen the great salt lake, the rockies, new mexico, Amarillo, TX and all points in between.This young lady is spreading her wings and soaring. Gives me goose bumps.. She will be the one to leave the nest and travel to far away places. oh yeah.. 3 weeks until we start our trip back to pick her and the camper up to bring both back home to NC. randy
byrdr1 07/06/16 02:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ocean Lakes - Anyone Down Here This Week?

enjoy!! it will be November before we head back. randy
byrdr1 06/21/16 06:40am General RVing Issues
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