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RE: I-20 in Mississippi

Most of Mississippi is OK (a few bad spots here and there). I-20 through Louisiana, especially around and through Shreveport, is one of the worst roads in the country. I-8 across southern Louisiana is about the same, too. Rob I agree with most of what you said, except for the part about I-8. Interstate 8 is in Arizona & California, connecting the Phoenix area to San Diego as I-10 bears off to the northwest to connect to Los Angeles. I believe it is I-10 in Louisiana you are referring to. I think it Is rougher than I-20, especially around Lake Charles, not to mention the construction on the long Atchafalaya bridge.
one_strange_texan 08/10/19 05:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Where do you Post Campground Reviews?

I continue to use Campground Reviews, the now more commercialized version of the old RV Park Reviews site. I am comfortable with their rating system, realizing that different people have different standards in their expectations for an RV Park. I have noticed they seem to have less features in their search functions, as others have noted. I swear I could used to call up all the RV parks within a specified number of miles from a given city or town. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I don't seem to be able to call that up any more. Do you use campground reviews to just READ reviews or do you also POST on campground reviews? I use them and post there on occasion as well.
one_strange_texan 08/04/19 02:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where do you Post Campground Reviews?

I continue to use Campground Reviews, the now more commercialized version of the old RV Park Reviews site. I am comfortable with their rating system, realizing that different people have different standards in their expectations for an RV Park. I have noticed they seem to have less features in their search functions, as others have noted. I swear I could used to call up all the RV parks within a specified number of miles from a given city or town. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I don't seem to be able to call that up any more.
one_strange_texan 08/04/19 07:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Disney Fort Wilderness Site selection and other questions

Just my own opinion, if anyone is interested. We have stayed with our grandchildren the last 2 times we have been to Fort Wilderness. We stayed at loops 600 and 1200 in proximity to the campfire show and found that really enjoyable. As to the buses vs. driving around Disney World, I kind of enjoyed letting someone else do the driving. It was worth the few minutes extra it might have cost. That being said we had to meet the grandkids' parents on a couple of occasions for a dinner at one of the resort restaurants. We drove to meet the schedule, but if you show your resort card you can park in the lot of the resort in question.
one_strange_texan 08/01/19 09:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I10 Fl. to Ca.

The Lake Charles I-10 bridge was built in 1952 by Earl Long's administration. Earl was the younger brother of Huey P. Long. It is narrow and steep and not built to interstate highway standards. I would suggest going around it due to the those conditions as well as the general curviness of I-10 going through Lake Charles proper. However, the alternate, I-210, is disadvantaged by widening on the Calcasieu River bridge, which has it down to 1 lane each way. Highway construction in Louisiana proceeds at its own pace, which I liken to the movement of a glacier.
one_strange_texan 08/01/19 09:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fifth-Wheel Longevity?

Having owned two fifth wheels now and also full timing for the last 18 months, I would say the rule of thumb is 10 years, but there are so many variables you cannot boil it down to a single number. How much maintenance you are willing to do yourself or pay for, aesthetics, new features being offered on the newer models, rough use, workmanship of the manufacture, etc., etc.
one_strange_texan 08/01/19 08:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: campground in Gulfport mississippi

Hollywood Casino in Bay St Louis or Cajun RV park in Gulfport. I second Hollywood. I don't have any experience with Cajun.
one_strange_texan 07/31/19 07:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I10 Fl. to Ca.

You will be too busy getting beat to death by the the terrible I10 road conditions to worry about the weather. After a 5 week trip that included a lot of I10 I would find another route if it were me, even if it meant driving more miles. I have to say, I don't recall the stretches of I-10 where you are likely to encounter winter weather (namely West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona) having "terrible road conditions." I went through a stretch of that (San Antonio to Phoenix) last year and didn't experience any bad roads. The rough parts of I-10 I've experienced are in the Deep South, excluding Florida. Since I-10 hugs the southern border starting in West Texas heading west, any route diversion would be to the north and more likely to have winter weather.
one_strange_texan 07/28/19 07:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Driving from Albuquerque to Orlando in October

We came across US 82 from AL to US 287 in TX west of Dallas last month. 82 is good until you get east of Paris TX where it degrades. So that is a bypass around DFW keeping that in mind Another DFW bypass is get off 287 at 380 to Greenville then 69 to I20. There is a lot of traffic early /late but divideded most of the way to Greenville & good road all the way to I20. Thanks to all for help. Are all votes for dropping down to I-10? It's a better route? I use Greenville to bypass DFW when going north from the Houston area. Instead of US-380, I would use US-82 at Henrietta to travel east to US-69, then south on US 69 through Greenville to I-20. I am saying my vote is definitely not to drop down to I-10. The I-20 route is shorter and you will avoid more major metropolitan areas, and I am not just talking about DFW and Houston.
one_strange_texan 07/15/19 01:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Driving from Albuquerque to Orlando in October

One downside of the I-10 route is that the road is very rough in Louisiana on the west side of Lake Charles and construction on the long Atchafalaya Basin bridge makes the lanes very narrow. I-20 is also somewhat rough in Louisiana, but not as bad. Depending on which route you take, if you are not in any hurry, I would consider looping around Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston to avoid lots of heavy traffic. Keep in mind that non-interstate major roads, state highways and secondary roads usually are pretty good in Texas, though you will experience stop lights in towns. I, myself, would take the route Google suggests if in doubt. I do avoid the stress of big city traffic with my RV if I can help it and have the time.
one_strange_texan 07/14/19 05:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Parks in/near Ruidoso, NM

I will add another thumbs up for Circle B RV Park. The RV parks we passed by nearer to Ruidoso proper seemed to be a bit tighter.
one_strange_texan 07/13/19 06:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fall trip to Kentucky

I too would recommend one of the bourbon distillery tours. With my background (and I don't mean consumption of alcohol), I found the description of the process very interesting. We stayed at Cave Country RV Campground in Cave City and found it to be very nice and well run. If you are going to Mammoth Cave, be sure and reserve ahead of time if you intend to go on one of the more extended tours. I do recommend it as a site to see.
one_strange_texan 07/08/19 05:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Planning A Trip

There are various Florida state parks along Interstate 10 in the panhandle. Florida state parks are generally well kept and a good place to stay. You see the signs for the exits to take to them routinely as you drive east across the state. I can only relate personal experience with one: Falling Waters near Chipley, FL. It was nice, but the sites were challenging for our fifth wheel. As I read your signature information, you may have an easier time. It was not a big park, but contained scenery you would not generally picture for Florida. Be sure to reserve any Florida state parks well ahead of time. You can do it on line.
one_strange_texan 07/08/19 05:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Diesel Fill up

I would like to mention something, since the original question was about using the big rig truck pumps vs RV lanes at Flying J or Pilot. Some have mentioned the downside of not being able to pay directly from the truck lanes. Pilot/Flying J does offer the RV Plus card, which can be used to pay at the pump at either RV, Auto, and Truck Diesel lanes. You can apply online and they do a credit check on you, since basically they are administering you in a similar fashion to their commercial fleet customers. You call up your outstanding balance online and pay with a draft on the bank account of your choice. You have an online ID/password with them and a PIN for use at the pump with your RV Plus card. They do not bill you, you must go in and check on line routinely and pay the outstanding balance by the due date. I have inquired as to the availability of this type of arrangement for non-commercial customers from other major truck stop chains such as Loves. It is not available at any others that I have found. I now preferentially stop for fillups at Pilot/Flying J when I can, even though I think Loves are impressive, well run truck stops. Pilot/Flying J has extended this courtesy to me as an RV customer, telling me they value my business. Loves does not extend this courtesy, telling me they value my RV business less than Pilot/Flying J does.
one_strange_texan 06/11/19 07:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Route from new Orleans to Beaumont tx

Good and more up-to-date advice from prichardson. I echo the comment about I-10 being rough around Sulphur, LA. Be aware that the I-210 bypass around Lake Charles is down to 1 lane each direction on the high level bridge over the river due to a widening project. It backs up pretty badly, especially during rush hour. If you are not just passing through, there are things to see south of Lafayette, including Avery Island, home of Tabasco sauce.
one_strange_texan 05/29/19 12:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: East Tennessee

We enjoyed staying in Townsend earlier this year. About a 45 minute drive to Gatlinburg. It is much quieter and less crowded in terms of traffic and tourist traps. Also right at the gate of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We stayed at the KOA, but there are several other less expensive RV parks in town that looked fine.
one_strange_texan 05/29/19 06:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Walmart overnight parking

Having used generators to supply power for week-long power outages due to hurricanes here on the Gulf Coast, I would have no qualms about running a generator overnight unattended in terms of overheating. Carbon monoxide is a real concern and has caused fatalities due to generator operation in closed spaces in these situations. If you are running it in the truck bed below the overhanging bedroom of a fifth wheel, I'd be concerned. Better to secure it outside behind the trailer. If you have a built in generator with a properly designed exhaust, you should be OK.
one_strange_texan 05/28/19 09:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Route from new Orleans to Beaumont tx

Has anyone used rt.90 from new Orleans to Baumont TX rather than go over the bridge at Baton Rouge? How is the road for s 30' tt? What day of the week and time will you be crossing? East to west is best direction. Neither direction is good 7-9 am and 3-7 pm. Backups can be expected any time Od day. You could get off on Airline hey when entering B R cross what we call the old bridge the get back on the interstate at hwy 415 which is just about 5 miles on the other side of the river. Personally I would go through BR all the way and take my chances. The question is confusing since bob213 may be talking about the US-190 bridge north of the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge/Port Allen or US-90 as a way to avoid that bridge and Baton Rouge altogether by coming south out of New Orleans across the Mississippi, going through Morgan City, New Iberia and rejoining I-10 at Lafayette. I actually use the LA-415 route to jump over from I-10 and use US-190/LA-12/TX-12 to cross Louisiana parallel to I-10 and rejoin the interstate in Vidor, TX. Better road and much less stressful. I don't have any qualms about crossing the I-10 Mississippi bridge other than the traffic involved in the approach in Baton Rouge. US-90 from New Orleans to Lafayette is OK, though it is a little rough in spots. It is an interesting drive through Cajun country. You can use I-49 to go on up to US-190 and avoid I-10 in Louisiana as I said before. I cannot speak to the approach and crossing of the Mississippi using the US-190 bridge in Baton Rouge from experience.
one_strange_texan 05/28/19 09:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Florida to Arizona best route?

Others have covered the topic pretty well, but I will just say I-20 through Louisiana is no picnic, but it is better than I-10. I use some parallel state and US highways to avoid the rough roads and construction on I-10 from the Mississippi River into far East Texas when I take the southern route.
one_strange_texan 05/27/19 06:55am Roads and Routes
RE: 50 amp

Your original question is unclear, as others have said. If indeed you are trying to get 50 amp service off of shore power poles that have only a conventional 15-20 amp household plug and a single 30 amp plug you might consider one of these: Amazon link I have gotten an earlier version of this to work, but it seems to work best using two power poles if you have a vacant site near you, using a 30 amp extension cord to the other shore power pole. For those of you who might think I was "stealing" power, I was on a daily rate which included all electrical consumption. I have also tried this on a single shore power pole using a 30 amp female to 15 amp male adapter. It didn't work as well and tended to pop breakers. It is certainly an adaptation and it's better to just have a 50 amp source.
one_strange_texan 05/16/19 08:33pm Full-time RVing
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