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RE: East Tennessee

I'll also add a big recommendation for Townsend. We've been there many times and always enjoy it. We stayed at Big Meadows Family Campground and really liked it. In September we are going to try Little Arrow Campground. That is recently rebuilt and has new owners. Looks really nice. In any case, Townsend is nice and quiet, near the National Park (especially the Cades Cove area), and a short scenic drive away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Big Meadows is probably the most "parking lot" like followed by Little Arrow. The KOA has a lot of trees and looks nice.
djsamuel 05/29/19 12:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel trailer built using aluminum frame

I believe older Camp-Lites were all aluminum, no wood at all. Correct. The Camplites are constructed of all aluminum framing, including a welded aluminum frame to include even the cabinetry, as well as an aluminum "chassis". On models prior to 2016 (I believe) the roof is aluminum. My Camplite is a 2013 and has been a really nice and reliable camper so far. It is a huge shame Thor killed it.
djsamuel 05/28/19 10:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Best RV route map

Does RV Trip Wizard provide low clearance information? iI did not see that stated clearly in their docs. It does flag low clearance areas on the map. To be honest, I'm not sure if it will route you around it or not.
djsamuel 05/07/19 09:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Best RV route map

RV Trip Wizard is the best in my opinion. I haven't figured out how to send the completed trip to my Garmin but the workaround for me is after I'm sure of all my planned stops for fuel and camgrounds, I recreate it manually on the Garmin. I do this in Google Maps as well and then send it to my phone so I have a backup just in case. RV Trip Wizard is worth the annual subscription price without a doubt. You can export the trip from RVTripWizard as a .GPS file and import it into basecamp. There is more info here: Export Instructions djsamual, I've tried that several times. I can export it to basecamp ok but it doesn't upload to my Garmin for some reason. Obviously I'm not doing something right. I don't mind doing it manually. I have all the time in the world. Glad you don't mind doing it manually. I've done it, but to be honest, I am surprised to see it work. basecamp is not very intuitive and I'm never sure if I can duplicate something I did correctly. :B
djsamuel 05/07/19 09:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Best RV route map

RV Trip Wizard is the best in my opinion. I haven't figured out how to send the completed trip to my Garmin but the workaround for me is after I'm sure of all my planned stops for fuel and camgrounds, I recreate it manually on the Garmin. I do this in Google Maps as well and then send it to my phone so I have a backup just in case. RV Trip Wizard is worth the annual subscription price without a doubt. You can export the trip from RVTripWizard as a .GPS file and import it into basecamp. There is more info here: Export Instructions
djsamuel 05/06/19 10:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Canyon Now?

You could always stop at Williams if you are in the area. There should be spots there. Not as convenient as Trailer Village but looks nice there.
djsamuel 05/06/19 10:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Video: 5 Favorite Campgrounds in Southern Idaho

^^ This guy doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. Idaho stinks and isn't worth visiting. Please just...trust me. Thank you. Is it as bad as Utah and Wyoming? :B
djsamuel 05/06/19 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Video: 5 Favorite Campgrounds in Southern Idaho

Always enjoy your episodes. Thanks.
djsamuel 05/02/19 10:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Night stops with RV

my goodness!! And I am once again out of popcorn! You didn't get the free refills?
djsamuel 04/18/19 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Moab Campgrounds

We've stayed at Spanish Trail campground and liked it.
djsamuel 04/15/19 10:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anderson WDH pros and cons

Count me as a dissatisfied user... I had no issue getting the full distribution needed (and more, if I wanted) on my F-150, although did have to tighten them up really tight. But, a 32' trailer was just too much - lots of sway that the cone couldn't prevent. Tried maxing out tongue weight as much as was physically possible, and no change. I assume there was just too much tail wagging the dog for the hitch to compensate. Rather than spend money and time on other hitches that I was unsure whether they would cure the problem, I spent the big $$ for a ProPride... Love the idea, but they seem to be only practical for smallish trailers. While I am very satisfied with my Andersen, I agree with what you are saying. The larger the trailer the more the Andersen may not be the best selection; depending on all of the factors of your rig. How do you like the Pro Pride?
djsamuel 03/20/19 08:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Anderson WDH pros and cons

I've had mine for the last 5 years. Does a great job with my Camplite 21BHS and Ram 1500. Not much need for weight distribution but it does dampen the bouncing and sway. Easy to use and durable.
djsamuel 03/19/19 11:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide Out Mechanisms

We’ve had three rack and pinion slide trailers. I won’t even consider anything else. Same. Another vote for the rack and pinion.
djsamuel 03/13/19 11:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Canyon trailer village

I've seen larger units there but it may depend on what is available; especially on short notice.
djsamuel 03/04/19 09:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do we need weight distribution hitch?

Wow.....I didn't think my question would cause so much debate. Just so I'm clear we definitely plan on getting WDH, even if the specs say we don't technically need one. I thought about buying one upfront and bringing it up with us. Only I figured that I'd have to install it in a random parking lot near by. I never thought that the rv dealer would install one that I purchased, but I will certainly ask now that I know it's possible. I was more worried about towing an empty trailer, meaning I'd have almost no way of altering the tongue weight, but you folks calmed my worries about that. There's about 5 topics that are button pushers 1. Gas or diesel 2. If diesel....Ford, GM or Dodge. 3. WD hitch or not. 4. If WD hitch....which one. 5. 6v batteries or 12v........ And by the way, I'm in the WD camp. Takes me 6 minutes to do all the lash up. So time is never really the issue. I think there are a number of folks that see the WD hitch as a crutch proving their pickup isn't stout enough. I firmly believe it is just a nicer and safer ride with it. I've nothing to prove or be ashamed of. You forgot tires. :B
djsamuel 02/04/19 09:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Tours around Yellowstone

We are retired now and plan on spending a lot of time just looking more in detail at everything. I'm envious! Only 1056 days to go! :B
djsamuel 01/28/19 09:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoky Mountain Ideas

If you're looking for a peaceful area then I would hit Townsend, TN as your base. Quiet little town. We enjoy staying at Big Meadow Family Campground. The Little Arrow Outdoor resort looks really good and the KOA doesn't look bad. Townsend is right at the entrance to the National Park, near the Cades Cove area. Lots of great hiking trails around there such as Abrams Falls and Rich Mountain Loop. Nice visitor center as well. Also convenient to the rest of the park. Heading to the North Carolina side is a beautiful drive and brings you past Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the park. Townsend is an easy drive the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg if you're looking for some of that as well.
djsamuel 01/22/19 10:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Tennessee

If you are planning on going to the Smoky Mountains National Park, we really like Townsend; very peaceful and convenient to the park. We've stayed at Big Meadow Family campground and really like it. Little Arrow Outdoor resort is another campground with new owners that seem to have done a LOT of work on the property. May try them some time. EDIT: Sorry, just reread original post and saw the Nashville area. I'll leave this here in case anybody else is interested.
djsamuel 01/22/19 10:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Been A Great Ride !

Pray your recovery goes well. Thanks for all of your messages and advice you've given over the years. Even if not directed at me; I've read all I could find. Thanks also for posting your great photos!
djsamuel 10/29/18 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon and Utah 2019

Thank you. As far as I have planned...and that could change with new advice...we will leave from Phoenix and drive to Grand Canyon for a couple days. Next stop will be Zion for the next two days and then Bryce just as a stop on the way to Canyonlands..probably 2-3 days there then ready to head back to Phoenix. This is our first longer trip in our tt. We are planning to leave the first of May and would also appreciate any help on good which roads, hikes, and camping places. I will make a reservation at Watchman but wonder if I need prior reservations at parks or campgrounds. Thank you so much If you're staying at Trailer Village at the Grand Canyon you'll definitely need reservations there. At the Grand Canyon, take at least a partial hike down the Bright Angel Trail. We went down to the 3 mile rest stop, which is a 2000' descent. It was 2 hours down and 4 hours back, but we took our time. Amazing memories. Hiking the rim trail was really nice. While not challenging, it was a lot nicer than taking a bus to the various stops. After hiking on the Bright Angel Trail we had a really nice late lunch/early dinner at the Bright Angel Restaurant in the Lodge. While not as fancy as the Arizona Room, we liked the informal atmosphere better and had a nice seat at the window where you could see the canyon.
djsamuel 08/30/18 10:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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