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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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???).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PS Glad you had a great trip and thanks for the report.
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.
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.
I followed the U-tube video on converting mine. It was easy and then I have since seen where someone saved the original fittings and retro'ed that with quick connects to use the bottles again too. I plan to do that sometime. I bough supplies from Lowes hardware store. and use the yellow pipe tape not the white pipe tape.
I use my weber baby Q every trip and it so far has been the best grill ever. I will have to look a target to see if our local has one. MY SIL wanted one for father's day and he got a fitbit and running shoes instead. :)
Oklahoma trip report:
I got back from Oklahoma Friday night 6-3. I left work on Friday 5-27 at 3:30 heading owards Lawton, OK. We drove I-40W, US52N up to MT Airy, NC over to I-77N then grab I-81S back to I-40 around Sevierville, TN. with thoughts of bypassing the I-40 gorge past Ashville. So this was my chosen route. Made it up I-77 and Fancy Gap Mountain on I-77. Truck pulled this fine with camper attached. Got to Bristol, TN with thought of staying the night here but was feeling good driving so we drove all the way to Sevierville, TN and found a a campsite for the night (NOW remember this is Memorial Day weekend) took me 3 campgrounds before finding a site got set up just before dark. And then went and ate supper at like 8:30/9pm. Great site pull though and full hookups and only $30 for the night cash. 303 miles of my trip under my driving belt.
Got up and on the road around 9:30 am, We(I) drove all day and called around looking for a place to stay the night by the time we found a spot I have been driving all day, I mean all day. We ended up in Sallisaw, OK at the KOA there. In case you wonder… that’s like 726 miles and almost 12 hours of drive time with stops for lunch in Jackson, TN, fuel stops along the way, We stopped and ate Supper(chips, cookies, junk food) at A Walmart and purchased diesel in Clarksville, AR. Should have stopped here for the night. First Walmart I have seen with a truck parking (15-20 spots) around near the fuel pumps. BUT we had a place to stay with limited hookups? Not too far I hope. Wrong another 80plus miles but I did it.
So we arrive at this KOA with plans to hook up and go to sleep. BUT I have found a new meaning of limited hookups. (I.E. TENT SITE in the owner's of the KOA front yard) Luckily I had brought my Champion 4000 generator with me, got leveled and hooked with power turned on, AC running and away to sleep we went around 12 midnight. Woke up at 6:30 to no generator sound, IT had run out of fuel during the night and we were never aware of it.
BUT it was all good I slept well and we used the showers and toilets as good as a $30.00 tent site would allow. After showering we got the truck hooked and turn around in the front yard and used my daughters car to get breakfast at local dinner, Its Sunday morning and we are not that far from our final destination (we are 239 miles away from Lawton, OK) and we are a day ahead of time as far as routing and driving go due to my hard headedness about driving. I will confess I had made plans and bought a seat cushion that was not too cheap to ride on while driving. IT worked for my back, hind end and everything else. I was tired but not worn out. I was excited to be going out west.
The rest was getting camper set up (Sunday afternoon) on the rented RV lot and checking out all the sites around Lawton, OK which are pretty neat. We used Monday as a tourist day. Tuesday was mama and me riding around checking out the town of Lawton (3 Walmart’s) and surrounding area. My daughter had to report to work that am.
Wednesday morning my daughter left for work and mama and I left for home with no camper in tow for this return trip. We drove to Jackson, TN that day ate along the way and fuel stops and stayed for maybe the first time in 12 plus years at a hotel, we have always had our camper, so this was different for us. BUT it was nice and we had driven 633 miles this day.
We got up the next morning (Thursday) to the very nice breakfast (not a simple thing but a real eggs, sausage, muffins, etc.). So we got ready and drove back to Sevierville, TN (328 miles)as this was a stop where my wife wanted to spend some time(Shopping, just chilling). We had a great day as we got there around 3pm and chilled, spent some time around Pigeon Forge (checked out 3-4 campgrounds) and got back to the room and spent some time in the pool and hot tub. Slept like a baby that night. We got up Friday morning with plans to stay another night but mama said let’s do Gatlinburg, TN and head home later in the day. So again we had a full breakfast at this hotel, we got checked out around 10am and headed to Gatlinburg, TN for the day. We shopped, walked, talked did the touristy things again. Left Gatlinburg, TN and decided to go by Anchors Down RV resort on our way back to I-40E because we have read so much about it. All I can say it lives up to its billing. Very nice campground. One thing is its FULL SUN no shade anywhere and it you have a boat Douglas Lake looks very nice. IT is all it says it is. (JMHO).
So we jumped back on the highway for our trip home. Home was another 291 miles away. We left Lawton, OK on Wednesday around 9am and we made it into my driveway at 9:05pm on Friday night.
We had left the previous Friday at 3:30pm from work and drove all the way to Lawton, OK and returned home covered 2802 total miles with 1242 from home to Lawton, OK one way and back with the extra miles running around here and there in a 8 day period. I drove like a trucker and I wasn’t tired at all. Worn out yes, Had two days to recover, spent Saturday am mowing and doing yard work and then we had a nice supper Saturday evening and a great worship service on Sunday and Sunday dinner with family. I will do this round trip again towards the first week in August. With less time to use at work only 3 weekdays and 2 weekend days. So this will be a go out, turn around and burn the roads to get back home with NO recovery time to go back to work.
Lucky I have a great boss and he is very understanding that these two trips have fallen on month end close weekends. Logistics’ paper work is due each close out weekend. I was able to get it done before month end deadlines this JUNE for May and I will have more time In August to get it done for July’s close out. .
I do have a fuel mileage reports too. JUST a heads while up towing I averaged 10.15 MPG, Not towing averaged 17.87MPG, with one tank of fuel 18.8MPG. Average speed towing was 65-67 MPH, not towing was always 5 over posted speed limit (so around 75MPH) pushed 81MPH once(GPS said so).
I want to thank all you who have answered my questions about roads and routes. NOW that I have driven them I am better prepared for this return trip. THANKS again..