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RE: Help selecting East Coast location with lots of variables...

Wow! Less than 24 hours and 2 pages of fantastic options. Thanks everyone! We will begin reviewing your suggestions.
kfp673 10/10/19 07:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Help selecting East Coast location with lots of variables...

Hello Folks! This group has helped me select our last 3 vacations so I figured I'd come back for more ;-) BUT.. This one is a challenge for me to figure out. Here is the situation... We are looking for a location for next summer to spend a week vacation (unlike most trips where we plan 3 weeks in advance.. Ha!). However.. This year my extended family is interested in coming including my parents, brother, sister, and all of their kids. So it would be 6-8 adults and 5-7 kids ranging from 3-12 years old. The problem is we are the only camper / RV'ers. We need to find a location that has cabins or rental trailers for the rest. The challenge I am finding is trying to keep the cost down. This vacation is shifting from a family owned house in Ocean City NJ (Where the family spends multiple other trips over the summer) to wherever we pick to change it up and try something different. However, my family is not interested in spending $3-500 per night. Me and my immediate family have been camping and RV'ing now for many years. I am fully aware that most private parks have full accommodation trailers or cabins available, and that many state parks have rustic cabins. What I am looking for is opinion on 1- A good location to take a larger group like this where everyone will enjoy 2- where it will not be super expensive for my family to stay (we will be bringing our trailer) and 3- no further drive than about 3-4 hours from the Philadelphia area. Although if you have a thought about somewhere else east coast that might be 6-10 hour drive, please share that as well as I may be able to convince them.. ;-) Ideally the RV park / Campground would have plenty to do so that we could easily spend some days just in the park (pools, fishing, playgrounds, etc), however we also like to get out and see things, so near by attractions are desired as well. Please share your thoughts and experiences. I appreciate it!
kfp673 10/10/19 05:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer Suspension Questions

Thanks all! Appreciate the info! I will search for some install videos to see if I am comfortable with this install.
kfp673 10/07/19 02:05pm Travel Trailers
Trailer Suspension Questions

Hello All, We have an Outback 325BH for a bit over a year now. I have read threads over the years on this forum about trailer suspension upgrades and I'm trying to understand more to help me decide if I should consider upgrading suspension on a fairly new trailer. I was in the parts department of the dealer recently and asked about it and it did not sound like something they do often, but on forums it seems like a popular move. So what are the real world advantages of trailer suspension upgrade? What are the recommended brands? And for those of you that have done it on your travel trailer, is it truly worth it? The reason I am considering it is I feel like I either pick up or have to tighten screws, realign things, etc after every long haul. I wonder if improving the ride of the camper will make the interior hold together longer?? Also, how does it impact towing? I dont have any complaints in how it tows, but you dont know what you dont know. And do most replace axels at the same time or just leave factory unless there is a problem? Finally, is suspension a job I can o myself? I have the tools including air tools and floor jacks. I'm fairly handy but at the same time not a mechanic. Thanks all!
kfp673 10/05/19 05:53am Travel Trailers
RE: What do you want in a campground?

Still enjoying this thread and making me realize that I actually like variation. My first response was based around a standard camping trip in which I prefer the state park "Tent camping" type experience but with hookups. While this is true when we are doing a typical family camping trip, a lot of the posts following mine complaining about noise and music got me thinking that it really all depends. We used to be seasonal and loved partying at the campground. Myself and a few others had guitars going, big fires, it was a blast. Some folks reading this I'm sure are rolling their eyes, but while we are not seasonal now I still love a campground party when it's the right atmosphere at a campground. Also love music festivals, specifically Bluegrass where we jam and play music until 3am where the rules are flipped on their head. You want to sleep, go somewhere else. Ha! Then we head to a state park and want to enjoy some quiet. So in general I have enjoyed this thread, and while I attempted an answer a few pages ago, I quickly realized that I / we like many different types of campground all based around the expectation and why we are there. Sometimes we like it quiet, sometimes loud, sometimes lots of music, sometimes none, sometimes its just a place to sleep, and sometimes it a place we dont leave... It's the beauty of camping / RV'ing to me...
kfp673 10/05/19 05:41am Travel Trailers
RE: What do you want in a campground?

Great Topic and so many different opinions. For me its an equal combination of site size, shade, view, and feel. So in general I want full hookups if possible, but I prefer the state park feel with huge wooded sites. Prefer it fairly level but dont even care that much about that if it's beautiful scenery. I just curse the whole time setting up and then get over it when I see the view of the lake. Ha! Ideally the site is so big you could put 4 or 5 more campers between the next site in theory giving room to spread out. I also want the site to be walking distance to the lake, pond, river, or whatever if there is one so I can fish and kayak in the morning without driving anywhere. So basically I want the same tent camping experience I had growing up as a kid, but with the full hookups and comfort fo a camper. pretty much what DW and i enjoy. we will also stay at private campgrounds looking like parking lots if its the best we can find if we are in a specific area for something like sight seeing. in general we prefer state parks with large sites at affordable prices with water and electric on site Agreed. If we are there for a place to stay rather than the campground itself then I am much more flexible. Just did it this past weekend at a KOA so that we could enjoy a local amusement park. KOA was actually really nice with large sites, but we basically slept there at which point location is the key.
kfp673 10/03/19 04:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: What do you want in a campground?

Great Topic and so many different opinions. For me its an equal combination of site size, shade, view, and feel. So in general I want full hookups if possible, but I prefer the state park feel with huge wooded sites. Prefer it fairly level but dont even care that much about that if it's beautiful scenery. I just curse the whole time setting up and then get over it when I see the view of the lake. Ha! Ideally the site is so big you could put 4 or 5 more campers between the next site in theory giving room to spread out. I also want the site to be walking distance to the lake, pond, river, or whatever if there is one so I can fish and kayak in the morning without driving anywhere. So basically I want the same tent camping experience I had growing up as a kid, but with the full hookups and comfort fo a camper.
kfp673 10/02/19 07:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hershey Park Suggestions

Thanks all. Appreciate the feedback! And regarding Knobles, yes we were there a few times but it's been 3 or 4 years. Last 2 times we camped at J&D which is 1 mile from the park. Very convenient. Another great thing about knobless is the room to park. Last time we were these it rained hard on Saturday so we did not go to the park. Instead we went sunday but after we packed up and there was plenty of room to park the truck and trailer while we were in the park. Great suggestions, thanks!
kfp673 09/23/19 07:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Hershey Park Suggestions

Hello All, We live about 90 minutes east of Hershey but have not been there for many years and never camped in the area. We are planning to head out this weekend and finding a site seems now problem, but I'm just looking for feedback on a campground. As of this morning there were a few hookup sites left at the park campground, but the pictures and reviews look like super tight space and sites. I know it's only a weekend, but we prefer larger sites when possible. Thoughts on that or any other campgrounds in the area? There are 2 KOA's within about 20 minutes from the park we are looking at as well. We will have 3 kids with us so we like campgrounds with nice play areas and places for them to go "explore" Thanks
kfp673 09/23/19 03:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: They're back ! --- Love Bugs

Maybe your Love Bugs will find our Stink bugs and together they can just make stinkin' love, now wouldn't that be a horrible mess. Then after that they can fly to PA and eat the spotted lantern flies we have here over the last few years. Just a regular bug love fest!
kfp673 09/19/19 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blue Ox Sway Pro grease Question

To make hooking and unhooking the bars easier, get a ratcheting extension bar from Harbor Freight. The wrench that BlueOx supplies is worthless. This too^ I also use the Harbor Freight ratchet breaker bar. It's far safer than the stock handle. If you have to unhook at an angle, the outside bar will still be under tension, and when it cams over any fixed handle will kick over pretty hard. I know this is an older post, but can you expand on this a bit? This breaker bar appears to be 18” which I would guess is about the same size as the included tool. Please explain how it is better? I’m not understanding? Very often I have to force the release (even when I use tongue jack to release pressure) which does cause a snap / hard release from time to time. I’m just struggling to understand how a ratcheting bar, or any bar would make it easier. Thanks for the help!!
kfp673 09/04/19 08:46am Towing
RE: Martha's Vinyard Visit

Did that trip 2 summers ago. Loved it! If you are a beach person and don't mind walking a bit to get there, Gay Head Cliffs was beautiful. Had a spot on the beach where the next person was not within 100 yards of us. Also really enjoyed taking the small ferry over the Chappaquiddick. Very secluded. Lots to do and very easy to get from bustling towns to secluded within 15-30 minutes. Enjoy!
kfp673 08/30/19 02:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hershey Pa rv show

As stated multiple times, it is pretty large. Been there multiple times. Think about the parking lot of a hockey arena filled with RV's. The good part is if you are debating floor plan layouts or the overall size needed, 5th wheel vs travel trailer, etc etc. there are plenty to walk through. On the flip side, if you go there with a blank slate you will never get through everything and might confuse yourself more. Last time we went was 2 years ago when we were debating a new motorhome (small A or C) with bunks vs a new travel trailer. We went there just to walk through the motorhomes with bunks. Ended up staying with a travel trailer due to the extra space and cost of the floor plans we liked. So it was useful in that regard, but we ended up buying directly through the dealer. There really is no "show price". You can negotiate that price any time.
kfp673 08/21/19 06:14am General RVing Issues
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

It's getting great reviews on the Ram forums. The 8spd tranny sounds like a whole new world compared to the 6spd. Guys are talking about hauling up to 15,000# trailers with no problems. Aside from the terrible 6spd my Ram 2500 is a great truck. The 6.4 Hemi is a beast of an engine that, up to this point, has been somewhat wasted in the HD trucks. The 8spd sounds like a total game changer. I'm curious what you think is terrible about the 6 speed? I read that often, yet I have no complaints. I have an 18 2500 6.4 4:10 that's a bit over a year old. My travel trailer tows at around 10k lbs and is 37' and I have no complaints about it's towing. Sure it down shifts more than the 2012 diesel I had in the past but overall does a nice job. What is it that you and so many others don't like? Just curious really. I have many years before my next truck so I will have a 6 speed for quite a while, but again just trying to understand the hate for what to me works just fine. Thanks!
kfp673 08/19/19 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is a travel trailer with a slide out a good idea for me?

Huge slide fan. The more the better! Makes a huge difference in living space, especially if you have kids, dogs, etc. Went from 1 to 2, and now 3 slides over our past 3 trailers.
kfp673 08/06/19 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Draining...

I do have a disconnect switch. I use it if it won't be used for many weeks, but my old travel trailer would easily make it 1-2 weeks without disconnect. This one is just dead after about 3-4 days. Ill push the rest of the season out of it and consider a new one next spring I guess.
kfp673 08/06/19 07:20pm Tech Issues
Battery Draining...

Trying to figure out if my 1 year old camper just came with a **** battery or if something else is going on. We purchased our new trailer (Outback 325BH) last July. I noticed that if it sits for more than a week or so the battery is dead forcing me to connect to the truck before I can get the power jack to work. At first I noticed that I was leaving the TV amplifier on so I blamed that but it still happens when I shut it off. This camper has the in command system for lights, tanks, slides with a screen on the wall, so my next suspicion is when you hit power off it's only the screen that goes off (Similar to an iPad) so I now hold off and actually power down the system but it still seems to drain. Turned on the fridge the night before our last trip just to find it warm in the morning because the voltage dropped too low for the ignition over night. Any thoughts on how I can tell if something is draining the battery vs just having a crappy battery? I would think it was new with the camper but who knows. Thanks!
kfp673 08/06/19 04:59pm Tech Issues
RE: 2nd AC and Vent cover questions

Thanks all! Great info. I'll watch some of the videos to see if I want to tackle this and I'll get a quote from the shop to see what that looks like as well. To answer a few points above, yes the wiring is there. There is a plate in the ceiling right next to the vent that has a sticker saying AC wiring located here etc etc. One final question- Noise... Is there a particular brand or model known to be much quieter than others? Our main unit is Dometic and the noise level is fine. It is better than our last camper but also 15 years newer. That said, being right over the bed I would prefer something even a bit quieter if such a thing exists. Let me know if you have found a super quiet Non-Ducted AC unit, and do the "low profile" versions work quieter?? Thanks!
kfp673 08/03/19 05:35am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
2nd AC and Vent cover questions

Hello All, Our Travel trailer has 50amp service and is pre-wired for a second AC in the bedroom. Didn't think I needed it until this week where the entire week was 90+ and the single AC ran all day and barely kept up (37' TT). 2 parts to my questions.. - Should I consider attempting this install myself or let the dealer do it? If myself, where do you suggest buying the AC? - The ceiling vents in this camper are the type that spin but they don't close. I have had previous campers where you could close the vents. Any suggestion on where I can find vents that do both (close and turn/aim)? If we add the second AC I will want to close the vent in the Master bedroom to force more air to the back of the camper. Anything else I should consider?? Thanks!
kfp673 08/02/19 02:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Best pool or campground waterpark in the Northeast?

Tough to imagine many campgrounds having a nicer pool than Moosehillock. Have only been to the one in Lake George, but based on pics, looks great in NH as well. Also very nice size sites
kfp673 07/28/19 08:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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