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Posted: 03/08/22 05:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,

I usually would be doing this in the summer, however things aren't the same.

We are planning a trip with a 42ft 5th wheel down the eastern US. We are coming from Arizona. We are starting in late September and traveling down the eastern US as colors change (7-10 days per campground)

Where do you recommend we startand sto every 7 days or so?
What are a few campgrounds near fall colors or ocean or lakes you recommend?

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MC

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I would start in eastern Massachusetts and work through New York then through Pennsylvania through Tennessee and South from there.

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Stay a couple of days at Meadows of Dan Campground. It is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway (1/4 mile) Stay there and use your truck to see the area. Interesting history of the railroad wreck - Old 97 in the area.
The Parkway is NOT a place to tow a trailer or drive a motorhome however. Too curvy and speed limit too low and no place to pass.

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I would try Mama Gerties in Asheville NC mid October or so if you can get a spot. Ask for a site on the highest level. From there you are right at the Blue Ridge Parkway and you can travel any direction you would like using Mama Gerties as your home base. Don't try and tow on the Parkway.


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Posted: 03/09/22 08:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for the suggestions.
We have never towed on the Eastern US.

We are thinking of finding 3 home bases for 10 days each. Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina.

Any suggestions on good home bases for these states?

Any concerns with roads and a 42ft 5th wheel? Any better routes than others?

I know each year is slightly different but what are good bets for days to catch fall colors in Pennsylvania, Virginia and NC? We are hoping to move south with the color.

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I’m thinking you will want to start in the south and work your way north. This would put you in the NE. I recommend mid to late October for best colors.

As for towing out east! Be prepared for right roads! Even some of the interstates. I personally hate driving in the east/north east!


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Good luck on towing a 42 foot 5th wheel up Mamma Gerties campground.

It has been our experience that the color starts in the east and works its way west and south.

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Mama Gerties is off of I-40 but far enough away you will never hear traffic. As far as towing your fiver up there, we have a 40 foot with a crew cab 8foot bed tow vehicle. Not a problem going up there. It is steep but you are in the mountains. The view is spectacular on the upper decks.

I don't know if you have dogs or not but there is a quiet, clean adult/dog cg in Rutherfordton called Four Paws Kingdom. No one under 18 is allowed so it is a quiet cg. It is further from the Blue Ridge Parkway approx 25 miles. We stay there every other year or so. Driving to the parkway from 4 paws in still in the mountains and also goes by Lake Lure. Nice drive.

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I will second staying off the Blue Ridge Parkway with the 5th wheel. But absolutely stay nearby and drive it just in the truck. It goes up and down in altitude, so the time window for fall colors can be fairly wide, as the colors start high and progress down the hillsides.





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If you’re going to be in North Carolina then I suggest Mayberry campground in Mt Airy. Mid October to mid November would be the best time. Mt Airy is the home town of Andy Griffith and the town that Mayberry was fashioned after.

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