I found the funnel like barlett was talking about in Lowes near the lawnmower maintenance stuff. sure beats trying to hold a standard one at the correct angle. since I have my new TT with a 92 gal FW tank I haven't had to use it, but did use it before with my old TT and my folks used it on their small Class C
Park elsewhere and take Marta. There is a stop within a couple of miles. Maybe park at the Ga Dome... Varsity is only a couple of stops from there. The experience of MARTA is something that those of us who don't live in cities with train service should experience... the kids would love it, and MARTA is safe.
this morning my DS headed out of town to pet/house sit for his uncle. After he got 8-10 miles out of town, he had a blowout in his car. He was able to safely pull into driveway of closed business. He attempted to change tire, but the "not so heavy duty wrench" that came with the car was not up to removing lug nuts put on by impact wrench, so he had to call for help. He called GS and they promptly called him back stating it could be 60 minutes before the repair folks could get there. Less than 5 minutes after the call from GS, the shop called to confirm his location on highway. In less than 15 minutes they were there, changed the tire, and aired up the spare as it was flat (10 year old car with never used spare). He had driven the car to get a new tire, and we had gone to lunch when GS called him back again to check on him -- about the time the 60 minutes was up. Good job Good Sam and good job to our local shop for getting there so quickly. That one trip paid for my years dues, even at the platinum level.
I bought a 2011 Jayflight in the fall two years ago as the 12's were beginning to be available. I love mine.. It has more cabinets and storage than so many of other brands.. I know part of it is the floor plan that I like so well, but Jayco seems to have taken advantage of any opportunity to create useable space. I like my Jayflight well enough to put Jayco (prob Eagle, but maybe Jayflight) on the short list of trailers to consider for my FT trailer in a few years.
I don't think teenage boys are going to be willing to share a bed... girls will, but it's another story with the boys.. also really look at the sizes of the bunks and master bed, my SIL hated the bed in my previous TT.. he was too tall, could only sleep on one spot of the bed without having his feet hit the cabinet at the foot of the bed.. if he turned, he was kicking the thing.. much happier now with over a foot of clearance at the foot of the bed.
If you are planning to head N on I85, I would definitely consider taking US129/US441 from Macon through Athens to I85. Not sure where you are wanting to overnight, but at least 2 GA state parks are close to that route. Also there is a Tanger Outlet in Commerce, GA with a Coleman outlet among the other stores. Easy way to pick up those "needed" items.
My DD & SIL put one in their walkout basement of their S&B here in GA, and it really made a difference in July & August with the basement not heated/cooled with rest of house. It did make a little noise, but not anymore than a window unit or the regular units in most RV's. They bought theirs at Home Depot and went to that type, because their HOA wouldn't allow window units.
I had a similar cover put on both my vents on my Jayco flight before I picked it up from dealer when I bought it. sure makes it nice to be able to run vent fan when it is raining and not worry about getting wet inside. Also nice to leave vents open when parked at home, to help keep the heat from being horrid, without worrying about rain. Must not be an issue, because my dealer didn't hesitate to include installation as part of purchase deal.
For medicine/first aid kit... I have a small plastic tote with handle in lid.. I carry it to TT when I am traveling and leave in house when home. It keeps everything together and convenient. My grown kids know where the box belongs, and so in an emergency/quick need situation it is easily accessible for anyone.
As far as food, I leave canned foods in pantry over the year, try to change out from house periodically. I don't leave much in the way of dry goods in TT as I think they are more likely to attract critters and be affected by heat and moisture. I only leave the dry goods if I know I will be going again within a few weeks.
As a supporter and "friend of" GA state parks, I did some research on the "takeover", this is all I could find.
State Announces Management Change for Two Park Lodges
ATLANTA, GA. September 26, 2012
Today the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced plans for management changes at two north Georgia state park facilities. The lodges and cottages at Amicalola Falls and Unicoi state parks will soon be operated by a hotel management comp
any, allowing the state to improve both the financial performance and guest experience. Through a third party operator agreement, Coral Hospitality will assume operation of the lodge guest rooms, conference facilities, restaurants and cottages at Unicoi State Park
on November 1 and at Amicalola Falls State Park on December 1. Other park facilities, including campgrounds, will remain under DNR management. Unicoi is located near Helen and Amicalola Falls is located near Dawsonville. Earlier this year, the DNR announced plans to close Unicoi State Park’s lodge during 2013 for renovations. However, further exploration of renovation plans revealed that the
costs, coupled with revenues lost during the closing, exceeded available funds for the project. Instead, Coral Hospitality will upgrade Unicoi’s and Amicalola Falls’ guestrooms , while keeping the lodges open, with more major renovations of the conference facilities, restaurants and cottages scheduled during the next two fiscal years. The DNR was able to engage Coral Hospitality through an existing agreement with the North Georgia Mountains Authority (NGMA). The NGMA is affiliated with the DNR and was the state authority responsible for originally developing Unicoi’s lodge. The NGMA also manages the state-owned Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris and the Lake Blackshear Retreat and Golf Club at Georgia Veterans State Park, which have been operated by Coral Hospitality since 2005.Coral is a full-service hospitality management company specializing in resorts, hotels,clubs and residential communities. Coral’s expertise well equips it to operate the state park lodges while enabling the DNR to focus more on its core mission of protecting the parks’ natural resources and providing outdoor recreation to Georgia’s citizens.
“Both Amicalola Falls and Unicoi state parks are natural treasures for Georgia, and we are committed to preserving them for future generations,” said DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “We are pleased to be partnering with the NGMA and Coral Hospitality to achieve improved efficiencies and customer service at these state park lodges. We
are confident that visitors will have an exceptional experience when they stay overnight and attend business functions."
As I said earlier, Coral manages the lodges, restaurants, and special "hospitality" industry parts on several of our parks. DNR still runs the camping/outdoor activities/and actual parks. I think this may be a better way for things to work.
One thing to think about is where you go.. last year, I was camping with my parents in a state park. they in their class c and me in my TT.. well at 2am, my phone rang, and mom was telling me dad needed to go to hospital.. he had fever that wasn't coming down and was only semi-conscious.
disconnected the MH and took off to hospital.. we were approx 60 miles from any hospital and over 20 miles from EMT (if they were at their station). determined we could be halfway to hospital prior to EMT arrival, so off we went. I drove MH and mom sat in rear checking on dad in bed. (yes, I know they weren't in seat belts, but quite frankly, that was least of our concerns). We delivered dad to ER and had nurses/er staff take him directly from bed to gurney.
FYI, I am female and over 50, and managed just fine.. Mom is past 70 and could have managed if I wasn't there.. she drove MH over.. but was thankful I was there so she could keep close watch on dad and keep fighting his fever.. yes, I drive my truck and TT by myself frequently.. prefer assistance backing, but with camera can manage even that on my own... and for Terryallen, I am a southern belle too... of the steel magnolia variety.. do what I have to when I have to.
love the trailer... that is the floorplan I have decided on for fulltiming in a few years.. the colors of exterior would fit in well here in GA Bulldog country. One question, how accessible is fridge with slide in?
just looking quickly at the floorplans of the two, to me the preferred floorplan would be the 32bhds, but you have to decide for yourself which is best for you.
the 33bhts has two things I would be concerned with... I don't think I like the slide under the awning, taking up patio space.. that is my preference, but I like spending time outside.. with the outside kitchen, would that slide sticking out make using it awkward?
the other thing is also related to the kitchen slide.. is the fridge accessible with the slide in? if not, is that going to be a problem loading at home? I am able to park my TT at home, and usually keep the slide closed while parked here. Are you likely to get a drink out of fridge during break in drive?
By the way, I have a Jayco flight and love it... will seriously consider Jayco for my full time TT in a few years.
Lodge and restaurants at GA Veterans have been privately run for a while..(I think since the lodge was built) State DNR still runs campground and park facilities, so maybe there won't be as much change as we fear. I love our GA state parks and really enjoy the interaction with the state folks.. and hope to host in many of the parks soon.
cruise america seems to be a pretty reputable company.. been in business a while and lots of locations.. they have two locations in ATL area. I also think one of the camping world locations in the ATL area rents RV's..
As far as where to go, there are lots and lots of state parks within an easy drive of one of the rental locations.. check out the website for all the locations, pictures and activities.. although you cannot reserve specific sites, you can reserve a category (25ft, 50ft, etc). don't feel like if you are renting a 24 ft, you can only reserve a 25 ft site.. I have 28ft trailer and often reserve the larger site class, because I need all the room I can get to back my trailer (lol). some parks have full hooks on some sites, and almost all have water and electric.
I have the voyager camera. Love it. I have no problems with it working from rear of TT to front of Pickup. Dealer installed mine with wiring to hot wire of inside light so it isn't dependent on tail lights for power. I left TT at dealer and pulled away and it worked nearly 100 yards away.. the brick and steel framed showroom was then between me and the trailer, so it was no wonder it wouldn't pick up further.. oh yeah, this has microphone on camera, so if you have help, it is nice you can hear them without having to use radio/phone or yelling.
Come through south Georgia and visit Andersonville. Andersonville is site of notorius Confederate POW camp. Now the National Park Historic site is also home to Natl Cemetery and National POW Museum. The town has historic village with period buildings and in October is the Historic Fair with rein-actors all over, including several "battles". Nice event with lots going on hosted by small town civic organizations.
Near to Andersonville is Columbus, Ga. Columbus was home to Confederate Iron Works and now home to Confederate Naval Museum. Westville (in Lumpkin, GA - between Andersonville & Columbus) is home to recreated 1890's village.. with period cooking, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, etc.. Nice day trip.
Several Georgia State parks nearby for a place to stay. There is also a city owned park in Andersonville, nothing fancy, just a spot to park under the trees.