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RE: RV decision

A lot of trailers today are aluminum framed so the only big structural things to worry about is the roof and the floor. RV's are not complicated to work on when needed. Find a floor plan you can live in and not be cramped up and uncomfortable. Motorhomes will be more expensive to maintain in my opinion. I have a 37 foot Keystone Laredo travel trailer and we love the floor plan and the quality has been decent. I know you said in the 25 foot range but comfort comes with length. Look at shorter 5th wheels. A 30 ft. bumper pull is not that bad to pull and maneuver so don't just stick with the 25 ft. idea. Class C's with the super slide is another option for you to look at. Don't be in a rush to buy something and look at used ones.
ken56 06/04/23 04:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Best Route with 40ft f'ver from Glasgow KY to Monterey TN

With the size of your rig head south right out of Glasgow on 31E to Scottsville then 231 all the way to Lebanon TN and pick up 40 there. Stay away from anything to the east near the Big South Fork Recreation area as it is very hilly, big hills potentially...depending.
ken56 06/03/23 08:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Suggestions

Hope all goes well with your wife's surgery. That's more important than a trip. Maggie Valley is only 40 miles from me and we occasionally go over there just for a few days trip. You will enjoy it. The Wheels Through Time Museum is there and is worth going through if you like old motorcycles and a some other vehicles. There's a few other touristy shops too. I enjoy the peace and quiet there. I would guess you will too
ken56 05/28/23 01:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Kentucky's Bluegrass Parkway.

We did Buffalo Trace and Bulleit distilleries and it was a very good contrast of the modern and the old. We stayed at Elkhorn Creek CG in Frankfort and it was a nice smaller well kept campground. I'd go back there if I was in the area again. The trip was nice but be careful and vigilant on that road...for the most part the road was fine but when we hit that bombed out section I didn't know what hit us at first. Enjoy your tours. Eat at Cattleman's Roadhouse if you want a good steak.
ken56 05/27/23 02:34pm Roads and Routes
Kentucky's Bluegrass Parkway.

Just did a trip to the Bourbon trail and came into Frankfort on the Bluegrass Pkwy east bound from 65. There was one stretch that was so rough and potholed it KO'd one of my slides. The pothole we hit was so bad I thought I was going to lose an axle. Couldn't move to avoid it. Insane. Just had a tech come out today to evaluate the damage and fix the slide. Fixable but needs to go into his shop. Watchout if you travel this road.
ken56 05/26/23 04:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Suggestions

Creekwood and Pride are right next to one another. Both are nice parks. Some sites are better than other like all parks. I haven't been there is a few years but not much changes there. The park is very well kept so I don't think it would disappoint you.
ken56 05/25/23 05:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What happens when you overfill tanks.....

The last flush I do before we leave a campground takes me 20 minutes or so. After the first dump I then close the valve while the tank flush is running to fill it so it refloats any solids, close it for maybe a minute or 2 max. It does the trick and I repeat that 3 to 4 times. I hate leaving "stuff" in the tank when it is sitting in the yard. If your wife is like mine and uses copious amounts of TP then consider doing this to get that paper out. The flow has stopped before with a gob of paper waiting to be pushed out. The tank bottoms are flat so it takes some patience but like I say, better out than in.
ken56 05/23/23 05:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Suggestions

There are only a couple of acceptable parks in/near Asheville. Campfire Lodgings is full hookup and has very good reviews. Lake Powhatan Recreational area is another. It has full hookup too but is a bit more of an effort to get to. Mama Gerties is another one. Very good reviews and has all you need. Bear Creek is good and is the nearest to the Biltmore Estate but it sits right at the interchange of I-40 and I-26. Have stayed there and it is a very nice park but road noise can be an issue depending on where your site is. These parks are the only ones I would recommend that are IN Asheville. Keeping an open mind don't rule out Maggie Valley. It's only 30 miles out of Asheville and the parks there are quite nice. There is the KOA Asheville West park that is 13 miles west of Asheville. Stayed there before too and found it acceptable. Sites are a tad close for my liking but it served our needs for that trip to Asheville. We are season pass holders to the Biltmore so we go occasionally as it is only 70 miles away from home. Asheville crimes rates are going up so don't be downtown at night. Homeless are all over the city now. Just be aware.
ken56 05/22/23 06:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What happens when you overfill tanks.....

If your black tank has a tank flush on it, if you leave that run by mistake yes, it will overfill and will come out the vent pipe on the roof. All tanks have a vent of some type so they will drain. Be very careful you are not distracted when you use the black tank flush and forget to shut it off.
ken56 05/22/23 05:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge fall camping?

Anchor Down. Great high end park with beautiful views of Douglas lake and the mountains. It's in a rural area and very quiet. Maybe 15-20 miles to the forge and all the 'action.
ken56 05/21/23 04:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions

Maggie Valley. Beautiful. Plenty of park choices. Convenient to many attractions. It's a short drive to Asheville. I hope the Biltmore is on your list to see. If anyone golfs then bring your clubs. Great courses in the area. You have Waynesville nearby for restaurants and some quaint stores. You have Cherokee nearby for restaurants and attractions. Go see the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and for lunch do Native brewing restaurant.
ken56 05/21/23 04:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New to Travel trailers

Seeing you tend to camp in colder weather I hear Arctic Fox is a very good brand of camper for that. They have a good size variety to choose from also. Unless you are willing to adjust your tow vehicle for your choice in camper then start with understanding what your current vehicle can handle. Don't push the limits of it. If it says it can tow XX lbs. then reduce that number by 20% or more. Dry weight of the trailer is meaningless really too. It's only the starting point of what will soon be a many hundred pounds more weight when loaded with all things needed for camping. Having a tow vehicle that can tow your rig safely is priority and be able to tow without damaging your vehicle. You ask a lot with this question. Also, don't get too emotionally attached with a camper in the purchasing stage. Be willing to walk away if the deal isn't to your liking. Camper salesmen tend to be a bit high pressure.
ken56 05/21/23 05:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Best Rt - Daytona Beach to Unicoi SP, Helen GA

Consider the 441 corridor. From Daytona go over to the 301 to miss Jacksonville. Follow it to Jesup and pick up 341 and take it to McRae-Helena and pick up 441. Stay on 441 to Cornelia and pick up 23 for a short stretch to 105. Follow 105 up to 17/255 and take it into Helen. There are other secondary roads you might take as alternatives that the last time I was in that area they were acceptable to pull your 30 footer on. I like the 441 corridor when we go down to Florida. Less stressful than 75 or 95.
ken56 05/17/23 10:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge fall camping?

Up the Creek is a good choice. Haven't stayed with them but am familiar and it is a great location and has rave reviews Yes, I've been by it but I live around this area and really have no need to go camping 30 miles from home. I do check out the CG's for others though so I can at least have some opinion of them. I am surprised to hear Anchor Down is not a quiet campground. It is very rural where it is located. I live closest to this one and go by it frequently. Through the summer camping season it is always full. It has beautiful views of Douglas lake and Douglas Dam and the mountains. It is a high-end CG. Pigeon Forge also has a Margaritaville resort now too and the hotel amenities are available for campers use. It is a nice place. You can check out The Ridge RV park also. It is close to Dollywood. The TVA Headwaters and the Tailwater CG's are W/E only with dump station available. The Headwaters is the nicest. Tailwaters is below the dam and is on the river and is a little more rustic. Kids in TN go back to school mid August and traffic is always heavy no matter the season. The weather in October is less humid but Mother Nature is fickle. Last year our weather was really pretty good as far as heat and humidity and so far this year it hasn't gotten to 90 yet like some years have. Roll the dice. Come and enjoy.
ken56 05/14/23 06:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toronto to Nashville

We use the RVPARKY app when on the road. It gives you locations of campgrounds, state parks, walmart, cabelas, loves travel centers, cracker barrels all along your route. On your way back, if you've never been to the Biltmore Estate I think it's worth a looksee. There is always something to do in Knoxville and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. There is Pilot Mountain in Mt. Airey NC....AKA. Mayberry of the Andy Griffith show. With the internet today it isn't that difficult to find interesting places to stop.
ken56 04/25/23 11:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Washngton, DC to Perry, GA

Wow, how much time do you have to get there? Looking at the map the interstates are the most direct and quickest certainly but you want secondary roads. I see 2 out of DC, 301 to Richmond then start heading westerly or pick up 17 to Norfolk. You can continue on 17 to Savannah, take 80 over and then pick up 280 over to Mcrae-Helena then 341 across to Perry. Otherwise you can do a mix of interstates and secondary roads. I like staying off the interstates also. You just have to have the time to do it.
ken56 04/15/23 04:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Service Experiences- Two Different Service Centers

Good luck. Dealers survive off of selling high priced services. As you said, something they wanted 1000 bucks for you did yourself for 20 bucks most likely...fixing THEIR damage. The dealership I take my truck to for service is the same way, starving for vehicle sales but surviving on service sales. I have to say there are honest dealers out there but are like needles in a haystack to find. Now you know who NOT to go to.
ken56 04/15/23 04:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Maybe when I get a little older

You said it yourself, you enjoy working, and that is fine. To each his own as they say. I retired at 52 and have not regretted it one bit. I describe it as it's a beautiful thing when you own your own time. I can do what I want to with it be it squander it or volunteer or do chores around the house or putter in my workshop or even go on a trip in the travel trailer whenever I want to for however long I want to. I look at it like I made room for a young'un to have a job. Life is good.
ken56 04/13/23 06:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Hospital RV park closing

The local hotels must have complained about the competition. Local hotel associations are usually behind ordinances that prohibit overnight RV parking at places like Cracker Barrel and Bass Pro that have a high tourist rate. Although people are at a the hospital for a reason these associations want to force people into their high priced accommodations instead of allowing the convenience and affordability to families of patients in the hospital for treatment of some sort...they want your money is all.
ken56 04/13/23 06:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pigeon Forge to North Carolina

411 was moved and is all new road from Newport to Bush's. It will be extended to take out the last of the 2 lane out of Chestnut Hill and connect to the straight part of 411 and that is slated to be widened to 4 lane all the way to Sevierville sometime in the future.
ken56 04/09/23 04:20am Roads and Routes
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