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RE: I40 West of Asheville closing

Alternate route idea. Just north of Asheville at Weaverville pick up rt.25 all the way to Newport TN and pick up 40 just west of Newport. NOW, that said there is a 13'8" RR tressle coming into Newport from the east. I have pulled my trailer that way a few times and there is a down hill grade with curves. The road is a good road though especially if you are not towing.
ken56 11/03/19 04:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Southeast Massachusetts to Nashville TN

I think your route is the way to go. 81 at least from Roanoke into K'ville is good with no bad hills. The only grade from K'ville to Nashville is just west of K'ville giong up onto the Cumberland Plateau which is not bad.
ken56 11/03/19 04:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Blow out water lines question

Don't rely on just blowing out the lines. All the times I have winterized I blow the lines then put in anit freeze and there is a lot of clear water that comes out before the pink stuff does. Your trailer, your choice but be prepared to fix freeze damage.
ken56 11/03/19 04:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Difficulty Reducing Tongue Weight

Here is my experience. Purchased a new trailer that was 10k gvwr and told the dealer to upgrade my existing Pro Series 10k/1k hitch to an Equal-i-zer. They matched it to the 10kgvwr instead of the 1280 tougue weight (brochure weight). I towed the trailer the first year with the new Equal-i-zer 10k/1k hitch but still had some wiggle in the back of the truck at times, tail wagging the dog thing. Never had any real sway but was buffetted around by passing trucks and winds. Trailer has E rated Endurance pumped up to 80 psi. tow vehicle is a 2500HD GMC so it's enough truck with good tires also. From reading posts here like you are I knew something was not quite there. I broke down and bought the 14k/1400 Equal-i-zer hitch and THAT CURED the problem. The trailer tows so much better. No death grip on the steering wheel. Bumps are smoothed out better. No bounce. Huge difference. From what you post you need higher rated tires. You also need the higher rated hitch and yes, you need the whole thing, not just new bars, the heavier bars will not fit the 10k/1k head.
ken56 11/02/19 04:14pm Towing
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

Your alternate route is a good idea. It's good road and will get you out of town quicker than going back up to exit 407. It's also possible to get on 321 in Maryville all the way to Lenoir City and puts you right at Melton Dam campground almost. Again good road. Granted, 168/129 back to 40 would be faster, but 321 is more scenic. What ever you do padre have a wonderful time and enjoy the journey. Safe travels.
ken56 10/19/19 02:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

The Apple Barn still has ample paarking for your rig. The sat. view of the Farm Kitchen still shows it being built but I have been there a few times. You would have to park at the hotel directly south of the restaurant or back further behind their main parking lot in an auxillary lot, its all part of the same 5 oaks complex but it would involve a football field walk to get to the restaurant. We were in that area yesterday and traffic on a friday was very heavy. Weekends are quite busy so traffic is always backed up and slow but it does move. Defensive driving is always in order around here. If I may ask again, what are your plans for your overnight if you plan on leaving the area to continue on after your meal? It seems to me you will be taking a good amount of time to get here because those roads are slow going to get out of the area you are at and your arrival time could be mid to late afternoon when to get to Sevierville. If you are not in a hurry think about staying overnight in Sevierville. River Plantation Resort is a nice campground and it is close by both the Apple Barn and the Farm Kitchen.
ken56 10/19/19 05:47am Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

No we havve not ventured over that far as yet. Boone is usually the fartherst we go in that area. I understand about wanting to go to places you have been to before. It brings back good memories. I don't think you will be disappointed going back the the Apple Barn, it's still top notch. Be patient about the traffic around there too, it's fall after all.
ken56 10/18/19 04:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

I'm about 12 miles from Panther Creek and we go up there to camp when we just want to go campping. Love the park since they renovated the bath houses and put in 9 FHU sites. While I know the Apple Barn is good may I suggest trying the Five Oaks Farm Kitchen restaurant this time? It's right accross the street from the Tanger Outlet stores complex not too much further down the road. Big red building on the west side of the road. A big Happy Birthday to you too. At 87 and still going strong like you seem to be don't slow down and keep on doing everything you enjoy. I'm just a boy at 63.
ken56 10/18/19 05:19am Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

I have been around Boone and Blowing Rock and Spruce Pine and some points in between and from that experience you need to be careful taking 'side roads' because you can get into some steep grades and hairpin switchbacks on some of those roads. What are you in? 42 ft. class A? Pulling a 5th wheel? Be careful getting off the state roads. Is making good time important to you? Go up to 81 if it is. Looking at the sat. view on Google maps 88 looks OK to take over to 421/321/26 and pick up 321 again out of Johnson City. Takes you to Newport TN and on into Sevierville. Where in Sevierville if I may ask? Might make a slight difference on how to come in. ...I live near where 81 comes into 40.
ken56 10/17/19 05:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: How cold can you go?

We came back from FL on the 1st of Jan. last year and stopped for an overnight in GA. Down to 28 that night. Our trailer is a '17 Laredo and has the cold weather package insulation. I used the electric fireplace AND the furnace set at 65 for backup and we were comfortable with that. Dealing with water in those temps is another challenge though. Campground had their water shut off but we had 1/2 tank of fresh water and had not emptied the holding tanks yet and did that in the morning with no issue. Nothing frozen. I am not a fan of cold weather camping.
ken56 10/16/19 03:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Brake issues.....

ken56 10/12/19 04:00am Tech Issues
RE: Main Heat Pump buuumr on heat

Quite likely it is the capacitor and capacitors are easilly replaced. The bottom will be bulged out if it is bad. The bottom should be flat. There should also be a sticker on it telling you what size it is and it is important to get the same size (electrical rating). If you are able to do it yourself do it, otherwise be prepared to pay a couple hundred bucks for someone else to do it, a capacitor should only cost about 20 bucks or less. Google is your friend in this, look up how to do it.
ken56 10/12/19 03:44am Tech Issues
RE: Camping around Christmas time

All depends on how warm you want to be. If you want 80's then you have to go below Tampa. Personaly we like the Gulf Coast of MS,LA, AL and have even been as far over as Galveston TX. Nights can be chilly but mother nature is unpredictable. You could get an ice storm any time.
ken56 10/10/19 03:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer Suspension Questions

One of the best upgrades a trailer owner can do. The shackles are twice as thick as the factory and the greasable bushings quiet things down 100%. Stability is the biggest advantage from this upgrade. I does not take long for the plastic bushings to wear out. You can do it yourself if you have 2 floor jacks and stands to support the trailer while you take the wheels off and the springs loose.
ken56 10/10/19 03:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Walmart Overcharge

My wife was a bank teller for oover 10 years before a consolidation ended here employment. We/she has come accross MANY people who can not count change back and she immediatly gives them a lesson. She will not tollerate that ignorance. It is amazing how our schools are failing our children today.
ken56 10/08/19 06:01am Around the Campfire
RE: Wave 6 heater

No CO2 to deal withCO? Um, yeah, CO.....we all make mistakes now and then.
ken56 10/07/19 04:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stopping at flying j, Cracker Barrel etc

FYI, the rest stop welcome center in NC right after the TN border on I-40 is CLOSED. They are rebuilding it. I am in Dandridge TN and that is about 3.5 hours from Nashvilleand there isn't much to choose from. There is a Walmart at exit 435 that may work for you. Turn right off the exit and its not far. After that exit you will be into the Pigeon River Gorge and its twisty and up hill until you reach Canton NC. It's pitch black at night through there. Another choice is Hartford TN with 2 campgrounds at exit 447. There is also a truck stop at the Wilton Springs exit 440.
ken56 10/06/19 03:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Harrison AR Recommendations?

The only reason to go to Harrison AR. is because you have relatives/ friends there. There is nothing there. I know, I have relatives there.
ken56 10/06/19 02:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wave 6 heater

I have used my Vornado at the 1500 watt setting in temps down to about 28-30 degrees and had my furnace set at 65 as back up and the furnace only came on 2 times that night. No CO2 to deal with. Although it's oxygen depletion that is the issue and not CO2 with the Olympian Wave the possibility is there with the combustion not to mention the moisture issue related to combustion also. As for me, I will stick with electric heaters.
ken56 10/06/19 02:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Walmart Overcharge

We went through a local fast food restaurant one time and the cashier shorted our change by like 2 cents. The wife noticed and went off and said go back around, got the manager and told her what happened. 2 cents is no big deal alone but cumulitively that cashier could have been skimming her whole shift and walking away with extra money every time she worked. In your instance how do you know she did not do a refund of that overcharge and pocket it? People do some devious things when money is involved.
ken56 10/06/19 04:13am Around the Campfire
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