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RE: Pigion Forge TN

Pigeon Forge is a pretty cheesy tourist trap area. Are you specifically wanting to stay there, or just that general area? We've stayed at Anchor Down in Dandridge, about 20 minutes up the road. It was a gorgeous RV Resort. There are a couple campgrounds near there that looked nice, specifically the Tailwaters Campground just below the dam on Douglas Lake. If you want to be closer to Gatlinburg, which is much more beautiful an area (but still a fun tourist trap), there are plenty of campgrounds that way as well.
spoon059 11/19/19 05:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is the purpose of low point drains?

That is what I was thinking, so I was wondering what is the point of having them there in the first place. The point is to drain water from your rig. A couple years ago we were in the middle of camping season when my wife got very sick during a pregnancy. We stopped camping mid season and didn't go out for months. Water from a campground was in the water heater and developed a putrid sulphur-esque smell from sitting for months. It took a long time to get rid of that smell. Lesson learned... we drain our low points after every outing so we don't get that smell ever again.
spoon059 11/18/19 04:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

I'd love one of those, but not sure I can go back after having a trailer with slideouts! I sure do miss our little Nash 22RB though. We could take that thing anywhere, we could fit into any spot (include a tent spot if push came to shove). Current trailer is 32' long, we've had to shoehorn into spots before. The biggest advantage is obviously the fiberglass exterior and no rubber roof to deal with. Insulation doesn't really matter, because its so small its super easy to keep warm or cool.
spoon059 11/15/19 06:19am Travel Trailers
RE: More campers than parks

Boondocking... you mean no AC? no flat screen TV with 235 stations? No electric blanket? OMG Remember when people went camping to get away from it all? :B I camp to get away from "most", not "all"! We're RVing after all, not backpacking! I still need climate control, I don't sleep well when hot or muggy. My dad likes to remind me how much I would have benefited from a couple years in the infantry, like he did. I'm sure he's right, but I'm happy to be ignorant!!! OP, when the economy is strong people have disposable income and like to camp. Wait for gas prices to spike, the stock market to collapse or something else happen to drive up costs... then you'll find plenty of open camp sites.
spoon059 11/06/19 08:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Repair and epdm roof

Eternabond. Clean the area properly and use a roller to thoroughly activate the adhesive, it'll last longer than your EPDM roof will.
spoon059 11/06/19 08:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: That time of year

This has really been an "off" year for us. We haven't camped since mid August. I've been an acting supervisor at work from mid August through the end of October, so I couldn't take off time to go camp. Was hoping to camp this weekend, but temps will be below freezing and we have a 10 month old so the wife doesn't want to take her out in those cold temps. That means I'll likely winterize tomorrow or Friday and not use it again until the beginning of February when we head to Florida for 3 weeks... then winterize again until Spring. We've never gone this long without camping since we started camping as a family 9 years ago... It'll be 5.5 months of no use.
spoon059 11/06/19 04:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: FCA To Merge With PSA

Bonjour. What I always find interesting is why you need to "merge" with another company. The new owner is simply going to get rid of failing lines, streamline process and find a way to turn a profit. You don't need a merger for that, you need competent management for that. Save the time, effort and money of a merger and hire a CEO that will do what needs to be done.
spoon059 10/30/19 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

My OEM Firestones on my Ram lasted about 20K, they were horrible. OP, I would pay attention at campgrounds to trucks like yours and see what tires look appealing to you and talk to the owner of the truck. Its my experience that most campers are willing to discuss pros and cons of their trucks/campers/equipment to other campers. My FIL has a GM and has some really nice Goodyears on his truck. I wanted the same for my Ram, but they didn't make them in my size. I was able to find several HD Ram owners that recommended the Nitto Duratrac (I think...) that I ended up buying. Same truck, same general climate, same general conditions. That's my suggestion. Either way, buy a NAME BRAND. Buy a tire you've heard of before. Buy a tire that is priced appropriately (for an HD truck tire, $200-250 per tire is probably about an average price). If you find tires that are super cheap... be cautious. If you see prices that are insane... be cautious.
spoon059 10/30/19 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How cold can you go?

If you find a campground, why not just winterize the camper, bring bottled water for drinking and cooking, and use the campground facilities for everything else. then you can just concentrate on having a great time and don't have to worry about anything happening to the camper. That's what we did before kids. We've camped in the Poconos in early December when it never got above freezing. We've camped in NYC in mid December when it never got above freezing. A case of bottled water inside the camper and you get spots close to the bath house for toileting and showering needs. I'd suggest a nice robe for post shower walks though. We LOVED those camping trips (again... before kids). We had a little 22' Nash and a single 1500 watt electric heater kept the camper comfy inside. Now with a 7 and 4 year old and a 9 month old, I wouldn't want to be stuck in our camper with it being too cold for them to go outside and play or have to worry about bathing and toileting them all the time.
spoon059 10/21/19 05:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

My 2018 Tacoma has a 1600 lb payload.. My 2010 Tundra had 1500 lbs payload...
spoon059 10/21/19 05:22am General RVing Issues
RE: RV storage Jacksonville FL area

We've used Exit 29 Storage in Brunswick, GA before. Its about 40 miles up the road from Jacksonville.
spoon059 10/20/19 06:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

You've had a lot of suggestions for a 1 ton van, I would encourage that as well. 6 people in an Expedition will be tight. 3rd row seating is VERY tight. Your older kids will be crammed in the middle row with minimal leg room. You will be in that vehicle for a long time over 2 years, it will get old quickly. A one ton van, even a couple years old, will provide WAY more room for kids to stretch out. The kids in the backseat can get in and out easier. The kids in the middle seat can stretch their legs. 3 kids can sit in the back row, one in the front passenger seat and one of the parents can stretch out in the middle row. On top of the extra space you'll have, you will have plenty of truck for hauling. That leads me to my second point... A light weight trailer is meant for occasional and light use. A year with 4 kids is neither occasional nor light use. You will NOT be happy or comfortable in a light weight trailer for that long of a time. I would encourage you to buy a "regular" trailer with a traditional bunk house with opposing slides. That regular bunk room will get tight, especially with 4 kids in it. A bunk house with opposing slides will allow more floor space for them to sit and read/play/watch tv and get ready, without being all over each other. Again... this isn't 3 or 4 days at a time... this is 365 days of use. A 1 ton van gives you room for the kids to have their own space while traveling and gives you a more stable truck for towing. A "regular" trailer will last longer with the wear and tear that full time living with a family of 6 will inflict on a trailer. A bunk house camper with opposing slides will give significantly more room for the kids. This can either be the experience of a lifetime, or a disaster that the family will hate. You'll be spending decent money to do this trip... do it right. Our family took a 6 week trip cross country when I was 13. It was in a half ton van and 26' bunk trailer with no slides. The majority of the trip was annoying, but getting to experience New Orleans, Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Big Sur, Pacific Coast Hwy, Yellowstone, Montana, Tahoe, etc was incredible. I plan to take my family on a cross country trip when I retire in 7-8 years, but probably only 2-3 months long. If its done right, it will be a great experience. Do it right.
spoon059 10/09/19 11:40am Towing
RE: Eternabond vs Dicor

caused one trailer owner to loose his new trailer roof warranty. Care to provide details? This sounds ridiculous...
spoon059 10/08/19 11:26am General RVing Issues
RE: When giving restaurant (or other venues) suggestions

I absolutely hate restaurant reviews from the general public. They complain about way too many things that aren't relevant to food. It took 45 minutes to get my food, negative review... Well, did it take 45 minutes because the place was packed because the food was great? After your 45 minute wait, was the food delicious? They almost never mention the quality of the food, but give a 1 star review because of the wait. You can still give an adequate or good review and warn people of the wait times so they can plan ahead. The waiter was rude, negative review... I'm going to a restaurant for delicious food, not to cure any potential loneliness. How was the food? Give a review of the FOOD and mention that the wait staff wasn't great. I don't know about y'all, but some of the best food I've eaten in NYC has been served by a surly staff. I'm not there to be treated like a king... I'm there for delicious food. I don't need pleasant conversation from the wait staff, I don't need recommendations for food, I don't need groveling. I need someone who can take my order, bring my food, refill beverages and eventually leave me a bill. Unless they punched me in the face, I'm not sure if I would ever leave a review complaining about service. Delivery times, negative review... Giving 1 star because you waited an hour for delivery. Again... HOW WAS THE FOOD? Was the food horrible because it sat in a car for an hour? Was the food delicious because they waited 45 minutes to cook it and deliver it fresh? I'm checking reviews to learn about the FOOD. I use Yelp and have learned how to pick through reviews and ignore the people that are reviewing things other than the food.
spoon059 10/08/19 11:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sound like a good deal?

Just curious why the OP would consider a TWELVE YEAR LOAN on a $22,000 trailer. That is a mortgage on the equivalent of a car price. Why not 5 or 6 year loan at a more standard 3-4%? Payments are a little higher, but there is an end in sight. I used to work at Sears when I was in college. They would advertise the Sears credit price. Buy this $4000 television for only 18% a month!!! But if you did the math you almost never paid it off. You ended up paying tons and tons of money for that "$4000" tv.
spoon059 09/28/19 03:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: New truck intrest rates

Bought our minivan last week a 1.99% through the credit union. They advertised at 2.74%, but with my credit score and direct deposit that went down .75%. When we bought our truck, the dealer beat the credit union. When we bought the van, the dealer said he knew he couldn't beat that rate and didn't even bother to try to upsell us.
spoon059 09/28/19 03:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel truck issues - thinking of going to gas

I wondered the same thing, I just didn't want to go there. However not uncommon, there are a lot of IH 6.0 buyers who got burned, who lined up to buy a 6.4 and got burned again, and have bought 6.7's.....a lot of them. That is blind brand loyalty, which I will never understand. I'm not sure how many times people need to be kicked by the horse to learn not to stand behind it. I've had a Buick car, a Ford pickup, an Isuzu SUV, a Toyota pickup and now a Ram pickup. I am only "loyal" to whatever I am driving at the moment, and that decision is made by a combination of need, cost and availability at the time. I was actually researching a 3/4 ton gas and had narrowed it down to Ram and Ford when I stumbled upon my current truck, being sold used at a Ford dealer. That was the deciding factor for me.
spoon059 09/26/19 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Purchasing Motor HOme from Campers Inn

Seems like you have your answer... no?
spoon059 09/25/19 10:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Diesel truck issues - thinking of going to gas

No problems with engine, no, but it's one thing after another. AGAIN - I love it regardless and will have another Dodge. One of us is confused... You are having lots of problems with the RAM (Dodge doesn't make trucks anymore...), but none of those problems are with the engine. Your solution is to get rid of the engine (the one thing that isn't causing a problem), but to stick with the manufacturer who created the overall truck that is causing you issues. Am I understanding your position correctly?
spoon059 09/25/19 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: No more GM diesels?!

Sorry but cant take seriously anyone calling GM goverment motors! GM paid of all the money they borowed long time ago. Must be that Canadian math. Its not paid off when you use "free money" to pay off the "borrowed money". In the end, US taxpayers were stuck with millions of dollars in GM stock that was never repaid. I'm loath to derail the threat to reply to this laughable nonsense, but then I figured the entire thread was Chicken Little nonsense anyways...
spoon059 09/23/19 10:18am Tow Vehicles
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