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RE: Pigeon Forge and Nashville

For convenience to stay close to Pigeon Forge and still be out of the crazy my picks are Duvall in the Smoky's, River Plantation, Pine mountain, The Ridge...all close to the action but removed enough to be quiet. In Nashville there are 3 located by the Grand Ole Opry, Two Rivers, the KOA and Jellystone Park. All are good. A must see in Nashville is the Hermitage, Andrew Jacksons home and museum.
ken56 01/18/20 02:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where, oh where to go

Charleston has Fort Sumter and Patriots Point Maritime Museum with 3 WW2 vessles, the USS Yorktown, the USS Laffey and the USS Clamagore. Town has the historic market district and the historic homes and lots of great dining. Think about stopping in Savannah before you head to Charleston. Then head on up to Asheville and go to the Biltmore Estate. Plan for all day there if you go. Take one of the add on tours like the roof top tour or the grounds tour. Look online at the options. Eat at any of their restaurants they're all execellent. The Asheville area is worth about 4 day stop to explore. Then come over to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Yes, its "touristy" but there is lots to see and do. Depending the time of season you hit here you might see very heavy traffic and patience would be in order. Great dinner shows and Dollywood is a great theme park (they say they are NOT an amusement park!). Again there are lots of other great restaurants and there is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove. You could spend another 4-5 days here. I live in this area and can answer most questions you might have. From there head west to Nashville and take in Broadway street with all the little honky tonks and live country music. The not to be missed is the Hermitage, Andrew Jacksons home and museum. From there Memphis might be a stop for Beal Street.
ken56 01/18/20 01:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Substancial deposit required

Had one instance that we were unabe to make it to the campground to keep our reservation. They had a no refund policy that I was fully aware of so they issued a credit for future use. I was happy with that and used it on our return trip only a few weeks later. When on the road and need an overnight we call ahead for availability. Some ask for a deposit which I decline and say I will take my chances that we arrive before you are full. Never been shut out...but then we like to be off the road by 5pm. Around 7pm I see a rush of people coming into the park where ever we stay. Early in our beginning camping days I made reservations with deposit that I lost because of one reason or another not being able to make it to the CG. I learned. I will not make reservations unless it is a destination we are staying at for a week or more. Then I know the rules and their policy and if something goes wrong I talk with the owner nicely and usually come to a happy agreement on future use or if I miss the first night I eat the loss. That's the way it goes.
ken56 01/14/20 09:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

Those of us with larger rigs find it inconvenient to un-hook and pull to the dump station and then put up with some people who take 30 to 45 minutes there to dump their tanks and then come back to the same site to set up all over again. If we are only staying somewhere a short time, 3 days or less, I will forgo the sewer hook up and wait until the next place with a full hook-up to dump at my leisure. Some people like to rough it, some people like glamping, I prefer having a level of comfort when I travel and that involves full hook-up. To each his own.
ken56 01/14/20 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: 1st trailer... septic hookup questions

Seeing it will be parked long term pick up a water spray wand to put down the toilet once a month or so to thoroughly rinse the tank out. Because the tanks will not experience the agitation of being towed down a bumpy road the wand will help rinse out anything that settles on the bottom of the tank. My trailer has a tank rinser built in but I still do this also and it gets a lot of paper and clumps that tend to stick out. Oklahoma still has freezing weather so think about preventive measures for cold temps too.
ken56 01/14/20 09:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Planning a cross country trip - questions

On our first cross country trip we went from East Tennessee to MT. Rushmore to the Olympic Penn to the Greand Canyon then to the Guf Coast at Gavleston TX and then accross to Mobile AL. and back home some 9000 miles and NEVER had one issue of fitting in with our 30ft. Coleman. Never made reservations except at our destinations where we stayed more than 3 or more days. We used the RVPARKY app and started looking for stops at about 3pm for places about 100 miles ahead to be off the road about 5pm. The app has all the info you need even phone numbers to call the CG. Worse comes to worse there is always a Walmart for the night. I also have a 2500HD and never encountered any grade that I had trouble with. The trip was truly an experience and something you don't want to put off. Figure out what you will do with your mail. Set up automatic payments for some bills and online access to your bank and other such financial things. Examine your doctors appointments and medications and plan accordingly. As mentioned do a complete mechanical inspection and service before you leave and take a small compressor and other basic tools in case you need them. Now here is the most important advice I can give you, don't be afraid to get off the expressway and take some secondary roads and see some of backroad America. Take your time and stay in some places at least 3 days and explore the local areas. We were gone 10 weeks and it still wasn't enough time. Hit the road and have fun.
ken56 01/11/20 05:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Route into Gatlinburg

You are correct Drew that exit 440 works too. I suggeted 435 only because there is a Walmart there that you can stop at for groceries and such if needed before giong on to the campground. Point of interest on the way is Carver's Orchard. They have a great farmers market through the season and they have a good home cookin' restaurant there for a good lunch. Worth stopping in but DO NOT tow your trailer or take a motorhome up there. The parking lot is tight and no room to manuver a long rig. Go back there after you get settled into your camp site.
ken56 01/09/20 06:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Gatlinburg

Unless you have a lot of experience in mountain driving do not take 441 through the national park. It is steep and very curvey. From I-95 take 26 to I-40 to Newport TN RT 321 exit 435 depending on where you are going to in G'burg. Dollywood is a nice park that is 'family friendly' to the extreme. They have some good shows and all are included with the price of admission. Stop by the bakery and get the monkey bread. Take the train ride. Lots of other worthy attractions in the area too.
ken56 01/08/20 07:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: What a day

The measure of character is how one handles "one of those days". Sounds like you came through fine. An observation on the hubbys review. Those goals are set to be very hard to achieve if not unattainable. When he did he bacame a threat to his boss because he out performed him. Bosses don't generally appreciate being one upped. A man I knew was in sales, million dollar machinery sales. One year he performed so well he was called into the office and told 'we can't pay you your commissions because you can't make more than the CEO.' Truth. He left that company and took his clients with him. Hurt the company pretty badly. Sorry to hear about the BIL dog, they are truly part of the family.
ken56 01/06/20 06:30pm Around the Campfire
RE: Do y'all see the IRONY here?

It is the same scam for ethanol too. Takes more energy to produce it than the energy it contains for gasoline blending which make it less efficient. Makes sense right?
ken56 01/03/20 06:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dollywood best time

I live in the area and have friends that work there. Good times are before school gets out and after the kids go back. This area never really has a down time. Dollywood is closing 1/3/20 and reopens mid March. Limited operating days are also a consideration in the spring as they are not open every day. Spring arrives here in mid March with warm days and cool nights. There are 2 parks very close to Dollywood I can suggest. The Ridge and Duvall in the Smokies. Look them up. They are nice parks. Another suggestion is when you go to Dollywood drive to Patriot Park near the Old Mill Restaurant and take the trolley from there. 3 bucks for the Trolley as opposed to 15 bucks to park at Dollywood. It takes you right to the gate too. Just remember to be prepared for heavy traffic depending on the time of year.
ken56 12/31/19 06:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2019

Best was going to Lynchburg TN to the Jack Daniel's BBQ competition the last week of OCT. Weather was awful but the Q was fantastic. One of my favorite campgrounds is Tims Ford State Park where we stay when we visit uncle Jack D. The best distillery tour you can find. Worst was the trip home from Fl on 1/1/19. We went through ATL on the 2nd and I had forgotten that they hosted a Bowl game..lol, I don't follow football. Took nearly 3 hours to get through ATL and the traffic was the worst I have ever experienced anywhere.
ken56 12/31/19 08:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Words or sayings that are passe or old fashioned...

ken56 12/30/19 06:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: “Oh Oh, I’m not going to make it” stories that ended well

When I first began towing a travel trailer in 2012 the wife and I went up to Harrisville State Park in MI. Had a nice week visiting friiends and just enjoying our new trailer and getting familiar with it. Headed home just after noon and took M13 to stay off 75. Coming into Linwood there is a notable turkey restaurant. Traffic was very light. Day was clear and dry. 2 cars were in front of me and we had all just passed a single car doing 45 in the 55 so we were in the inside lane. I see the frist car up front brake lites come on to turn into that restaurant...no turn signal though...the car behind him was stopping behind the first car. We really had plenty of distance between us, at least until the second car just sat there in the lane after the first car made their turn...no oncoming traffic was there. With the distance closing fast and thinking the guy was going to turn I stayed in the lane..he just sat there. I hit the brakes pretty hard and swerved into the outside lane and thankfully it was clear. Arrived at a stop light about 1000 ft. up the road yet and the guy was still just sitting in the lane. I have no idea why he did not turn into the restaurant parking lot with all the time he had to do it in. Lesson learned for a newbie.
ken56 12/23/19 08:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Survey for online reservation vs old school phone and email

It is almost a requirement anymore today to reserve online. TN state parks is online only even though one can do a driveup and take a chance. Payment is required at time of reservation and one can cacel a week prior with a full refund less the infamous fee. I am a member of Coast to Coast and their reservations are online only. I have never had a problem with a res or been denied a spot. Granted, some very popular parks might be full if you are a guest but I have never experienced that myself as yet. When we are on the road we call the park directly. For an overnight we start looking while on the road at about 2pm on RVPARKY and call the park and give an estimated time of arrival and I never make a reservation. If we decide to stay longer at that park I go the next morning as soon as the office opens and ask if it is possible to extend for x many days, pay for the extra days and go back to the trailer and relax. Flexibility is key. I have never had an issue anywhere I have gone, but then I don't go to extremely popular tourist destinations in the high season either, I have that luxury of having my own time and schedule.
ken56 12/23/19 09:14am Beginning RVing
RE: Florida to Sevierville, easiest route

441 over the mountain to Gatlinburg is steep and curvy. Stay on 75 if you don't have lots of experience in mountain driving. I take 441 every time I go to FL but go around the mountain by going to Waynesville NC and pick up 40 there.That route even has a few good grades to deal with. I have towed through ATL 2 times and have vowed to never go through ATL ever again. I hate ATL traffic and the abundance of crazies on the road.
ken56 12/21/19 05:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Neighborhood bear-UPDATE AT END

The only thing bears want is food. Once they find a place that provides food they will not leave until that source depleted. There may well be no problem initially but when they want in your home they WILL find a way to do it. If you have bears in and around your neighborhood everyone MUST secure their garbage and discourage interaction because if they lose their fear of humans then you WILL have a big problem.
ken56 12/06/19 05:28am Around the Campfire
RE: A couple of distilleries in early April

How big is your new RV? Tims Ford SP is very nice if you've never been there before but for bigger rigs you might want to stay at the Fairview campground a few miles south of the main park. The main park is older and has smaller sites and narrower road making harder manuvering backing in. I prefer Fairview really. Take the Angel's share tour at Jack Daniel. It is the better offerings of their higher end whiskey. Dickel is worth the drive to go to also. Different experiences. If you like aircraft the Beechcraft Heritage Museum is in Tullahoma also and is really interesting. While there at Tims Ford head toward Winchester and find Drafts and Watercrafts restaurant. It's not all the way into Winchester and a bit tricky to find but it's worth the effort. Great floating restaurant with great food and a sports bar type theme. Here is the no misser. Book a meal at Miss Mary Bobo's. It's right there in Lynchburg and it's a reservation only thing. It is a family style type meal and you have a historian during the meal that tells you the history of Mary Bobo's and some stories of the area. The table seats 12 people and there are 9 (?) different dining rooms and you meet some interesting people you dine with.
ken56 12/05/19 09:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pigion Forge TN

Different strokes for different folks. The area offers everything from hiking to waterfalls in the National Park to go karts to interesting exhibits like the Titanic Museum to Ripley's offerings. It is diverse enough to appeal to everyone in one way or another. Dollywood is a great park. Splash Country is a great water park for the kids and adults alike. People like to go places and eat things and shop. Shopping is the #1 tourist activity anywhere they go. I live outside the area but I love giong into the chaos and play tourist myself. There is so much to do, great restaurants everywhere, great campgrounds everywhere and if you can't find something to entertain you and enjoy you might have a different idea of entertainment and that's fine too. The dinner shows are wonderful entertainment. Driving through the park is beautiful. GSMNP has the most original structures of any National Park, the largest black bear population and lots of other wildlife and miles upon miles of hiking trails. It is the most visited National Park of all of them. There is a reason for that. We all have our personal reasons for going to the places we go and the style of camping we enjoy. This is a vast country and there is more to see than one lifetime can accommodate. Make the most of it while you can because no one is guaranteed a tomorrow.
ken56 12/04/19 01:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Power Jack Repair or Replace

For the couple hundred it will take to replace it I would go with new and improved.
ken56 12/03/19 06:15am Tech Issues
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