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RE: Dangerous Pranks

We actually do that, fold the handle over across the screen door when the main door is open. We do that to keep our cat inside. He is a Maine Coon and can easily reach the screen door lever and open it.....he's a smart little bugger. He did it one time when we were sitting outside close by. Good thing he is not a runner, just wanted to be with his people and came right to us. Surprised us to no end so now we fold that handle over the screen door. That keeps him inside.
ken56 04/15/21 01:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Park Reviews

Grain of salt situation. For me, if it has the location I want and most visitor submitted reviews are positive I would go. If the grounds are kept up and the sites are adequate then why not? I have never encountered a "rude" manager. I stop at the office, pay them and am on my way with usually no other contact with management. What does it take for a person to say the manager was rude? What kind of interaction took place is what I wonder. It's usually people who can't be pleased no matter what you do for them that post things like that. Go and enjoy yourselves.
ken56 04/08/21 05:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lock em up... a long story

Yeah, don't be sharing information about neighbors. I also learned to take out my phone and take pictures of vehicles and drivers/people in them when they are going around trying to sealcoat your driveway or sell anything or other gypsy BS scams. I don't care if it's not polite, they leave pretty quick when the camera comes out. Never believe BS lost dog stories or other garbage from strangers.
ken56 03/31/21 06:34am General RVing Issues
RE: mid Mich to Pigeon Forge

Download the RVPARKY app. Great tool to find parks along your route. Question is how long a day do you want to put in behind the wheel? Half way is about Cincinnati and a 7 hour day pulling a trailer traffic permitting from Harrison. (used to live in Davison). South of Cincy in KY are a couple acceptable choices right off 75 so leave early and push the first day hard. OR, overnight at Wapakoneta KOA. That would give you enough time to go see the Neil Armstrong museum right by the exit. Then next day stay at Indian Mountain State Park in Jellico, nice small park with good facilities. We live about 25 miles outside of Pigeon Forge now so any questions you have just ask. Been here 8 years and haven't looked back. Don't miss Michigan one bit.
ken56 03/30/21 06:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: First time RVing. What should we consider? Insurance?

Download the RVPARKY app. It will give you campgrounds along your route real time as you travel. It also lists gas stations, Walmarts, Cracker Barrels etc. ..look it over and get familiar with it. That's what I use and it works great for me. What we do is start calling campgrounds about 3pm for stopping at about 4pm. We have never been shut out and not able to find a place to stay for the night. Be careful making reservations too far out because you may have to give a credit card to hold a site and be charged if you don't make it there. Try to take secondary roads when you can and get off the interstate, way more interesting to go through the small towns and more opportunity to stop. Don't drive yourself silly by putting in 12 hour days behind the wheel, stop to see what there is to see along the way. Just curious though, a 2020 Class C motorhome doesn't have a built in generator? The rental doesn't have pots and pans that come with it? I understand not coming with linens. Youtube has a lot of good videos on everything RV related. Look some up to review and learn.
ken56 03/30/21 05:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: Has anyone used RV Roof Install service ?

Had RV Armor put on mine last year. Due to dragging a branch over my roof it was damaged to the point I had to do an 11,000 dollar new TPO membrane or do the coating...for 5,000. Lifetime guarantee and transferable if you sell the rig. I like it.
ken56 03/28/21 04:37pm General RVing Issues
Nashville is flooded.

We have had 2 days of severe weather across the state. News is reporting over 13 inches of rain in those 2 days. Anyone with plans on going to Nashville had better call and see if the campgrounds are flooded out.
ken56 03/28/21 07:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nashville Tn. in late June

Yogi Bear and 2 Rivers share a fence line. Both are acceptable, both are on the shuttle route as is the KOA. We stay at Yogi Bear when in Nashville and have no complaints. Broadway Street is the big attraction and worthy of a days visit. Great restaurants and music bars all over the place. A suggestion though is to go see the Hermitage, Andrew Jacksons home and museum. Very comprehensive and worth the time to go see.
ken56 03/26/21 08:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV At Dealer for 90 Days Now for An Awning Replacement!!!!!

Learn anything? Getting new units out the door is their bread and butter, not servicing the units they've sold. You could have ordered what you needed online yourself and had it in 3 days. Warranty or not it's usually not worth taking it back to the selling dealer unless it's a MAJOR issue, like a cracked frame or rotten roof.
ken56 03/25/21 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: A Bazillion Roof Bubbles

Only idea is to take it back to your dealer and make a claim on a bad installation. Unfortunately you have to have the dealer document it and have them work with the manufacturer. The only think I believe if could possible be is a bad original install at the factory.
ken56 03/21/21 06:00am Tech Issues
RE: Bryson City NC to Knoxville TN

No length restriction as far as I know. Didn't find anything on the Park website.
ken56 03/18/21 07:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bryson City NC to Knoxville TN

How comfortable are you with steep grades....both up and down. 441 goes through the National Park and if you are not familiar or up to the challenge of mountain driving I would opt for I-40. I live in the area here and I have seen more than a few motorhomes and class C's with their brakes burned up because people did not know how to gear down and keep the speed down. I'm telling you it's a challenging drive. Newfound gap is 5,049 ft. and Cherokee is 1991 ft elevation so you have a 3000 ft. climb up and and about 2800 coming down with twists and turns all the way. If you want to go I-40 stay on 74 because its an easier drive than 19 and you still end up in the same place. Yep, I-40 is the longer route and you still have a few hills and grades but nothing like 441. 441 will be a workout for you.
ken56 03/16/21 05:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cades Cove

Another snippet for Cades Cove, they will be closing the loop the last 3 weeks of September for resurfacing.
ken56 03/11/21 07:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Cades Cove

Understand that 129 from I-40 is fine to Maryville so you can pick up 321 to Townsend. No issues. Taking 74 to 129 from the south is the Tail of the Dragon. AGAIN, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE THIS WAY.
ken56 03/10/21 03:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cades Cove

Is your destination Cades Cove campground? or Townsend? I see you will have to come up 26 to Asheville and pick up 40. there are only 2 good ways to get to Cades cove and that is either 321 heading west out of Sevierville or east out of Maryville on 321. That's it. DO NOT TRY TO TAKE RIVER ROAD IN THE PARK. The easiest route is to go to Knoxville and pick up 129 (airport highway) south to Maryville. Then hit 321 all the way into Townsend. You are still going to be in some moderate to heavy traffic because it's ALWAYS that way. If you come in from the east and Sevierville you will get off at the Newport exit 432A and pick up 411. There is a short stretch of that road that is narrow and up hill. After that it's all good road into Sevierville. Then you would turn south at the parkway and pick up 321 and go west into Townsend. There is about 3 miles of a downhill grade with one sharp turn, it's been widened so there is plenty of room to make the turn. Going slow is critical. Things have been as busy as ever around here so traffic is unavoidable. Patience is required. And don't do 74 to 129 that way. That's the Tail of the Dragon and it would not be nice with your rig....beautiful drive when you arn't towing.
ken56 03/09/21 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Waist disposal hose

Don't install it under the bumper. Coming out of some driveways or on some hills can bottom it out. Be careful where you install it. I have the Rhino hose and it's collapsible so I use a plastic bin to put mine in and carry it in the front compartment. Works fine.
ken56 03/05/21 04:03am Travel Trailers
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

I checked out the low clearance today and it's 13' 11" so it wasn't as low as I thought.
ken56 03/03/21 03:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

OK, your initial route either through Nashville or Lexington doesn't seem to be too much difference according to the Good Sam trip planner. 40 miles LONGER to go through Nashville rather than Lexington...so your choice. I will say that if you haven't been to the Hermitage outside of Nashville it's a great stop for kids to see the history of our nation. If you cut over to Cincinnati you could stop at the Ark Adventure if that would interest the family. . 441 is actually doable in your C but the grades are steep and long because you are going uphill one way and down hill the other side of the Gap, 5049 feet elevation from 1289 feet at Gatlinburg. The road itself will handle your 31 feet as the curves are wide and accommodating. Use the tranny as much as you can and keep your speed down. Don't burn up your brakes, there's plenty of turnouts for stops to cool them off if need be. Be sure you want to tackle it because it will be a workout. At the bottom of the hill is the Oconaluftee visitor center for a stop. The Elk graze there at times right off the side of the road. If lucky you will see them. Then in Cherokee is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian which is worth the time to see. The kids might like it. I know Chattanooga was the original destination and it too is in itself a weeks stay to see everything there. You have a full schedule to do all you want to. Anyway, the Blue Ridge Parkway is right there just past the visitor center so you could hop on there and head to Asheville on it. It's a great drive but check the tunnel heights but I think your C will fit easily. You might see elk on that stretch too. Aside from the Biltmore I'm not sure what might be of interest there for your family. Your route out of Asheville is a nice route but there is a low clearance coming into Newport and I forget what it is exactly, 13 ft. or something like that. We have friends out that way so I can check it and let you know soon. BUT, it's a good choice and a nice ride with good road that your C can do just fine. A stop in Hot Springs might be a good place to stretch the legs. Just remember, you are in the Appalachians and there is hardly any straight stretch of road and it's up and down hills everywhere...with hardly any shoulder.
ken56 03/02/21 08:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

Well, are you planning on going through Newfound Gap on 441 to get to Asheville? Are you comfortable with steep grades? Not sure what your traveling in but quite often I see of RV's on the side of the road with burned up brakes. The smell of hot brakes hangs in the air on that road so unless you understand how to gear down on the tranny and keep your speed manageable then I would recommend going around and take I-40 to Asheville. You can take 321 out of Gatlinburg to get to I-40, good road. Then what route do you plan on from Asheville to Cumberland Gap? It could matter. I live in the area here so I am familiar with most routes. Wife and I are annual pass holders to the Biltmore so I hope that is the destination for you. You can spend a whole day there but it's a pricey ticket. Weather should be quite nice the end of March consistently in the 70's, possibly low 80's even and 50's at night. I start mowing the yard mid March every year here. I'm trying to think of some things to suggest to not miss. Let us know some interests the family has and what your rig setup is and more on your intended route.
ken56 03/01/21 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: wind power

Has a wind farm been hit with a tornado yet? I wonder how well those 120 ft. blades fare in a tornado.
ken56 03/01/21 06:54am Around the Campfire
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