On our first two TTs, we had no trouble carrying water in the FW tank, full or partial. Our present unit does not travel well with any water on board, lots of uncomfortable shimmy with the water sloshing around. I figure it has something to do with the location of the tank, the suspension system, the wider spread of the two axles, the ultra-light construction, yada, yada, yada. I have a spare water container to provide water for the toilet while on the road, if needed.
I'm also one of those who opens the FW drain upon leaving the CG, allowing the water to slowly drain on the highway.
PLEASE don't give him a name that rhymes with anything. .
Jokingly, that leaves "orange" and "giraffe"?:h
As a retired middle school teacher, I can attest to witnessing the cruelty of name teasing, whether arising from "malice or mirth". Our efforts to choose names for our two sons were challenging because of my various experiences with former students. I had to put all of that aside and realize this was OUR son, not anyone else's. We are very proud of the names we chose, and more importantly, the productive young men they have become.
To the OP, requesting our opinions on a name is fine, someone might actually suggest something you really like. But in the final analysis, the choice is yours alone. May you choose wisely, a name you and your child will be proud of, one that will honor your ethnic heritage, enhance your present family experience, and leave a positive and lasting legacy for generations to come.
We've had wonderful vacations on Chincoteague Island, VA. It's famous for the annual roundup. swimming, and auction of the wild ponies from Assateague Island (the VA herd on the southern end of the island). This tradition was made famous in a book titled "Misty of Chincoteague", written by Margaurite Henry, and a movie adaptation by Disney studios in the 1960s. Pony Penning takes place the 3rd Wed-Fri of July, elbow-to-elbow crowds on Chincoteague. Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day are also crowded.
We have usually gone the week before the Pony Swim, staying at Tom's Cove Campground. From here, we have been able to enjoy the relaxing, laid-back island lifestyle, with easy access to Assateague Island National Seashore and public beaches. Ocean City, with its boardwalk and hustle and bustle are a short drive to the north, if you want a day or two of that excitement.
Although I'm sure the other campgrounds previously mentioned are of excellent quality, there is a fine campground located in Fayetteville. Rifrafters Campground, privately owned, is located just 4/10 of a mile off I-19 at the Laurel Creek Rd. Exit, a left turn when coming from the south. We stay here when attending the Bridge Day Festival each year in October. Coming from the south, you'll first pass the exits for downtown Fayetteville and many shopping plazas, and still be situated less than 2 miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge. CG has several paved campsites with W/E hook-ups, one or two with sewer. Bathroom/Shower house is centrally located and very clean! Two dump stations are available. For more information:
Another vote for the Xcel spreadsheets, separate ones for TT camping and winter ski trips. Wife's idea, not mine. Forty-two years as a financial officer in public schools and county health departments keeps her mind working at that highly organized level.
Turn on the fan then flip the switch. That is how ours was wired...
X2 We leave the switch located on the vent fan itself in the "on" position. Easier to reach the wall switch than the ceiling switch to activate the vent fan.
To measure the distance of an obstacle in the way of our slides, we have a piece of pink string in the truck, cut to that length.
My two yellow wheel chocks, one pair for each side of the TT, are connected with lengths of 3/8" braided utility rope. The length of the chocks and rope combination matches the distance required of my slide-out. Stretching these out on the ground before backing in gives me the bright yellow visual cues needed for the task.
The rope connections are more than long enough to reach the proper positions for chocking the tires, and provide a convenient grasp to pull and store both chocks at the same time.
I-70 W does have an exit putting you directly on Wheeling Island. Approaching and entering the tunnel, stay in the left lane. Exit the tunnel, still in the left lane, watching for traffic entering the bridge in the two right lane on ramps. Merge into the right lane while crossing the Ft. Henry bridge. The Wheeling Island exit ramp will be immediately after the bridge. You will go about 1 or 2 blocks, then turn left at a traffic light. Signs will direct you off the ramp and to the casino.
We had a firm, home-style mattress custom-made by an Amish craftsman in Ohio's Amish community near Mt. Hope, Ohio. We took the measurements to another Amish lady living just a mile or so from the mattress shop. She made a fitted sheet that works just fine. Always good to support the local business community.
For those wondering how?, both shops had diesel generators to operate the professional machinery in their respective shops. Some Amish sects do permit and encourage such "modern" adaptations for their productive business enterprises, so long as they are "off-grid" from our "English" power supply.
I just saw this article about the Cicada Invasion.
They are expected to be out in force next month and a half. As many as 1.5 million per acre.
'We are trying to plan a trip for June till July 4th in the Shanandoah Valley when we read this article. YIKES. :E
Will this (or should this) change yours or our plans? Anyone camped in this before?
Really? Only those 16 years old or younger have never experienced them. They come around every 17 years, we've known they'd be back. It's always a different schedule in various counties and/or states, they won't be everywhere.
That looks like one of those 1960's Sears tents that came with 37 different poles, not shock-corded together and with no decipherable instructions. Setting those up was stress-inducing. :)
Yeah, my brother "sold" his to me, said it was a "cussing" tent. First outing we found out why, couldn't put it up without cussing like an old seadog. Brother and SIL still laugh about it.
Best outcome of that "stress-inducing" experience? DW said, "If we're going to continue camping, we've got to get a pop-up." Done!!! Twenty-two years ago, PU and now our 3rd TT, never regretted it.
Has anyone ever had a portable EMS stolen from their power pedestal?
Progressive Industries sells a lock-case to fit over the connection between your male plug from your TT/FW and the female plug from the protection unit. You supply a reliable padlock of your own choosing. Check Camping World on-line for details.
Great article w/ advertising in the May issue of Trailer Life magazine outlines the models provided by several companies.
We use an in-line blue filter as a first-stage system between the water source and the camper, whether filling the FW holding tank or using city water hookups. We also utilize a small white Brita filter on the kitchen sink faucet for drinking and cooking.
We stay at Rifrafters CG, less than 2 miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge, when attending the Bridge Day Festival in October. Water, Electric, and cable at RV sites, some are paved. Great bathhouse. Two dump stations on site. Check out their website at rifrafters.com.
I'm towing with a 2010 Ram 1500 Crew Cab TRX-4 (off-road package). Purchased it "used" in March of 2014, with 36,000 miles. Engine is the 5.7L Hemi, 3.92 rear axle ratio, a 5-speed automatic transmission with the tow/haul function, and 17" tires (yes, tire size can affect towing and handling). Sales staff "assured" me it was rated to tow 10,250#, but Dodge/Ram websites rate it a bit lower. Our TT is a White Hawk Ultra Lite 27DSRB by Jayco, 31' long, with a dry weight listed at 6,080#. Never have put it on the scales, but I'm guessing we're well over 8,000#.
Had to replace the truck's transmission, torque converter and tranny cooler in July of this year, after the transmission overheated and shut down while backing the camper up our driveway. Dodge mechanics found metal shavings in the transmission fluid. My personal opinion is that, while Ram trucks have a reputation for transmission/drive train failures, this damage was probably done prior to my taking ownership, based on clues found by the technicians doing the inspection and work. This replacement drive train has performed well for the rest of the summer and fall. The transmission specialists advised me to always use the tow/haul switch while towing, and not to be shy on the gas pedal, pushing the tachometer into the 3,000 and 4,000 rpm ranges to maintain speed and power torque on the hills. Towing at lower rpms and speeds does not allow the transmission fluid to circulate through the auxiliary cooler enough to adequately protect the system, leading to overheating, shut-down, and/or permanent damage.
We just spent the Labor Day weekend at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Made reservations about one month before, don't know what they might have available for your trip. Nice shuttle is free from the CG to the Amusement Park. Water park features closed after Labor Day, but the other rides might be worth your visit, if that's your cup of tea.
We had a good time at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Made reservations a few weeks ahead, checked in late Thursday afternoon. Son and DIL arrived just a couple hours later. Any empty sites were filled by Friday evening. We spent two exhausting, but enjoyable days in Hershey Park. We checked out Sunday because our DIL was scheduled to be "on call" with her hospital OR job on Monday. Some loud music and noisy, screaming kids, but again, we were exhausted. We had a great time as a family, helped a less-experienced neighbor back in and set up, and perhaps learned to tolerate the "different" life/camping practices of others.