The Ohio state police will make several slow drive-thru's every night in the state parks. That would have never happened. Thank you Ohio!
I think you mean Pa. State police. Ohio doesn't have state police, only highway patrol and have little authority off the highway system. That's what we have sheriffs for. But I do agree that they wouldn't allow that at a state park. They will usually complain if you even have a tire off the drive.
On the contrary, OHP has jurisdiction on all state-owned/managed property, which does include State Parks. Only a few years ago, our local SP had 3-4 SP Rangers patrolling on-duty every day. Now, due to severe budget cut-backs, we saw only one ranger doing a slow drive-through on three of the seven days we camped this past week. One OHP cruiser did drive through one morning, in place of the Park Ranger service.
We also witnessed inexcusable, loud, and obnoxious behaviors from "campers" on a near-by site. They clearly exceeded the 6-person limit on the site, tent/awning pegs only 4 inches (seriously) from the street, openly drinking beer (possession prohibited in Ohio SP), and literally throwing (imagine a football pass) trash across the road and into the woods. Their camping "trailer" and tents were obvious reasons why some campgrounds deny access to dilapidated equipment. How "normal" human beings could crowd themselves into that filthy, small space was mind-warping.
Only one incident in an amusement park resort CG, late 90's. We discovered two "Lunch-able" packs had been taken from our cooler, sitting outside our pop-up, under the canopy. Nothing else in the cooler was missing. I had seen two young boys, about 10/11 years-old, cruising around the CG with their little red wagon, eyeing up and pointing out various camp sites. After reporting the loss to the CG security, we watched the same two boys, and their parents, come walking from the nearby hotel complex, the boys brazenly pointing out our site to the parents as they made their way to the amusement park entrance. One can only wonder as to the parents' involvement in the up-bringing of these two "future citizens"???
we use the tank water all the time. we have 2 filters and we sanitize it with bleach once in awhile.
One-half cup of baking soda, flushed through the hose and into my 60 gallon fresh-water holding tank neutralizes the chlorine taste left after the sanitizing process. I let this sit overnight, then run it through the lines, drain, and refill for normal use. When hooked up to CG water, I use a Culligan water filter on the hose, and a Brita filter on the kitchen faucet. No reservations about using the tap water for cooking, coffee, or drinking.
we usually go to Top Of The Caves, close to several trails
We have stayed here twice, in 2002 and 2012, the first to celebrate our oldest son's high school graduation and college transition. Our stay last summer, another memorable trip, was during the "dereche" wind storm, just before July 4th. The winds knocked down trees, knocked out power, and blocked the roads. Because the power was out, the CG's well water could not be pumped to the site hook-ups, nor the CG toilets. The CG owners/managers couldn't even call their in-coming camping guests to warn them of the problems. Although we were "trapped" in for a day or so, we counted ourselves among the lucky ones, no damage from fallen trees or limbs, 2 12-volt batteries, and a half tank of fresh water on board.
Also on this forum, check out the postings under "Rallies, Shows, and Gatherings", and click on the "Mohican Rally, August 2-4, 2013". This is the Ohio Rally Group's annual gathering at one of the private CGs along the river. I'm sure any of these fine members could give more info on their personal favorite CGs found throughout this popular area.
We've stayed at Mohican Adventures, just up the road from Mohican SP. A short walk across the highway puts you at their canoe/kayak livery, arrangements can easily be made at the CG office. Facilities also include putt-putt golf and a go-cart track. A zip line is located nearby.
Do a search, Google, Bing, Woodall's, etc. for the Loudenville / Mohican area for other facilities. Several other private CGs are located on the "Wally Road" paralleling the river, most with their own canoe/kayak livery. Some are nicer than others, but all are very adequate. Most do not offer sewer hook-ups, due to the close proximity to the water table of the river ecosystem. One CG even hosts a Native American Pow Wow in the summer. Be forewarned, the further you drive on this road, the more narrow and dusty it becomes. Mohican Adventures is perhaps the easiest to find, right off the main highway.
I live in OH, obtained mine through PA. PA EZ-Pass is less expensive than the same thing offered by OH. Accounts may be set up (transponders mailed to your home) on-line with the Turnpike Commission, or at kiosks located at PA Tpk Service Plazas (transponders dispensed by the kiosk vending machine). Toll rates are discounted for EZ-Pass customers on the PA Tpk, as stated by earlier posts. Website allows you to register every vehicle in which you might carry, or use the transponder. No need for multiple transponders, we just switch the transponder to the vehicle we're driving on the Tpk that day. Our Jay Flight is listed, along with my 'Burban and the DW's Sonata. Registration is simple, just list the license plate number, and a description of the vehicle. The technology not only reads the Radio Frequency signal, but also snaps a photo of the vehicle(s). Do check your on-line account frequently to watch for incorrect charges. I've heard stories of higher "flat rate" charges for those towing a trailer without proper registration.
We always travel with "some" fresh water in the tank, road-side stops being the main reason. But we were camped last July, at a private CG in the Hocking Hills region of Ohio, when a "dereche" windstorm blew through, bringing down trees and limbs throughout the entire area. Power was out and roads were blocked for over a day. Like the OP, we were not without water nor power, thanks to our two 12-volt batteries and 1/2 tank of fresh water. Everyone else was left carrying 5-gallon buckets of water to flush, even for the toilets in the CG bathrooms.
I can't imagine the angle-iron braces bolted and welded to the frame, under the water tank, not being capable of supporting the weight of 20 gallons +/- of water, and yeah, I know that's 160-200# of added weight. The peace of mind in having this resource available far out-weighs the risks that are condemned by the "weight police".
DW and I both were born during the "Ike" years. Even with recent health issues, we both find it a bit disconcerting to be labeled as "Senior Member". We're just getting ready to enjoy the "prime" times of our retired lives.
If you and the DW are up for the marathon driving, stamina, nerves, sleep, health conditions etc., please go for it. We can not impose our expectations on your dream vacation plans. But, that having been said . . .
Does anyone else have concerns/worries about swelling in the legs/ankles, and the possiblility of blood clots which can occur on such long trips? Twenty months ago, I suffered from Deep Vein Thrombosis in the left leg that also led to life-threatening pulmonary edema (blood clots) in my lungs. I am also in physical rehab for a broken leg suffered in a skiing accident this past winter. DW just had a hip replaced 2 weeks ago. Neither of us is up to traveling the 10-14 hour days without stops about every hour, to walk and flex the legs so the blood keeps flowing, under orders/recommendations from our doctors.