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RE: Not Utilizing RV Parks or Boondocking

I purchased my RV so I didn't HAVE to use hotels/motels, where who knows who slept or was IN the bed the night before. I don't know for a FACT that the sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforters have been cleaned, don't know if the toilet was sanitized and other areas. In my own RV, I know who slept in the bed, what was done, when the sheets were changed, when the toilet was cleaned, etc. I will say that we were heading toward a girls' week beach vacation and my friend got off work late, so we left about 3 hours late. I had a stop in mind to camp halfway, but it started raining about 2 hours into the trip. When we got to the halfway point, we kept driving and got within a couple hours from the beach and pulled into a hotel about midnight and spent the night. I had a popup at the time and she had never helped me set it up and in the rain, at night, was not the time to teach her. We got up in the am and arrived at the beach by 11 am. Had a most fabulous week!
Merrykalia 11/07/20 11:05am General RVing Issues
RE: OK to TN

Both DH and I are retired, but our kids are still in school, even this year. We spend May until September getting in as much camping as we can. If we are traveling lots of miles to somewhere, we will have one long day(8 hrs) , then a short day, and if needed, then another long day. Our short day is from about 10 am until 2 or 3 pm with a short stop in the middle. You can still cover quite a bit of mileage doing that. We don't need two days to recover from a long drive, if we did, we probably wouldn't still be traveling.
Merrykalia 11/07/20 10:56am Roads and Routes
RE: OK to TN

We are staying at "The Ridge"! It's a great place. Do you know which site you are in? We were in Site #5 and we did get some traffic noise, but during the day, it was BAD, but in the evenings (after Dollywood closed down), it wasn't too bad. Sirens from rescue squads were obnoxious during the day.
Merrykalia 10/19/20 06:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: OK to TN

I don't know where you are staying in Sevierville, but I can highly recommend The Ridge Outdoor Resort. It's definitely big rig friendly. We had a 43' fifth wheel when we were there in July.
Merrykalia 10/19/20 10:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Virus while camping

We all got sick in December and January. Tested neg for flu and strep, but we were all SICK! We stayed at home in March and April, but began camping again in May. We have camped in Tennessee and Virginia throughout the summer. None of us have gotten sick, but we CAMP! We don't use the camper just as a hotel. We cook most of our food at the campground, we use the amenities, but try to keep our distance from others. We have hosted in a state park for the last month and are having a great time, but again, we don't go into others' campers, we stick pretty much here. We do grocery pickup and we wear masks, as do most others in our area.
Merrykalia 08/24/20 12:21pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Campground on river VA/WV/KY

Thank you. I looked up the directions to camp clinch and it looked pretty windy up 31 to get into the valley. Will a 35’ camper fit up those roads ok? It is windy and the pavement runs out about 2 miles from the campground, but we have taken our 43' fifth wheel in there with no problem. You have to go slow and there is only one lane part of the way, but I have seen a couple of large buses in there and we have gone several times, along with friends that have large fifth wheels. (Sorry it took so long to get back with you, been on vacay and did not use any internet).
Merrykalia 07/26/20 08:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campground on river VA/WV/KY

For something away from the crowds of the New River Valley and those large campgrounds, check out Camp Clinch. It is only about 20 minutes from I-81 in the Great Southwest of Virginina. They have WIFI, but cell service is pretty non-existent. Natural Tunnel SP is about 10 minutes away and also offers camping, but it is not ON the river. You get mountains, you get trails, you get a river, a full hookup site and plenty of silence. If you want to venture to TN, Douglas Dam Headwater Campground is right on Douglas Lake, a part of the Tennessee Valley Authority. There aren't many trails close by, but you are right on the lake.
Merrykalia 07/11/20 03:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lacrosse quality?

Your best bet is to get on the Prime Time Forum and see what kind of problems OWNERS are experiencing, not what others have HEARD. More than anything, you need to find out what kind of warranty and more importantly, service from the dealership that you purchase from. The RV industry is being inundated with new RVers who want all the bells and whistles, but have no idea what really counts - the workmanship. You will get all sorts of workmanship extremes (both ways) on any RV brand. Once you find what you want, go over it with a fine tooth comb, or have someone who knows to do it for/with you. That is how you can guarantee to some extent, not purchasing a lemon.
Merrykalia 07/06/20 06:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Outside Shower Mods/Upgrades

We have not had a truck camper, but when we are at the beach, we use the outside shower on our TT and now our fifth wheel. A hula hoop, shower rings, 2 shower curtains (to give some enter/exit room) and a teak bath mat to stand on are all you need and can be purchased at the Dollar store for....$1 except for the teak bath mat. If you don't have the teak bathmat, make a quick easy one using left-over wood or pallet wood, just something for water to run thru and to keep your feet from being in the mud. We installed a Command hook or two on the outside of the camper to hang our towel and other needed items. We will use the cheap hose and nozzle that came on the camper until it breaks, then upgrade to a newer better one. We hook the hula hoop up to 2 ropes and run across the top of the camper and secure to hold it up at the correct height for whomever is using it. It's not a permanent solution, but it's pretty durn easy and cheap to fix up. It keeps the sand and stuff out of my holding tanks, mykids think it's a hoot to take a shower outside. Don't forget to get a shower curtain that you can't see through!:o I will shower naked, but have a bath robe hanging off the Command to slip on so I don't have to dry off inside the hula hoop, which can be confining.
Merrykalia 06/28/20 11:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Smoky Mountains camping

Unless you plan to grab some really out of the way site, you won't find much and most of the sites within a 45 minute drive are large RV parks with FHU and neighbors about 15' away. You might want to look at some of the Corp of Engineers places on the lake. The Douglas Dam Headwater campground is located about 30 minutes away. It's $25 per night and has water/electric only. It is right on Douglas Lake and you MIGHT be able to catch an opening. The DD Tailwater Campground is also just down the road and is also right on the water.
Merrykalia 06/08/20 08:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water Hearter Source For Full-Time

We have a 250 gal tank at our S&B. We had ours filled last week, 248 gallons at $2.98 per gallon. I think electric is cheaper, but the gas is hotter and our electric water heaters were only lasting us about 3 years, just as the warranty ran out. We got a gas on-demand system, our power bill went down $50/month, but we also have the gas to pay for.
Merrykalia 04/26/20 06:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Residential Refrig

How far is home? We have driven 3 days with overnight stopping in between and our fridge was still cold when we arrived. I guess it will depend on how topped off the batteries when you leave, outdoor temp, how many batteries you have and lots of other variables. I will say that our batteries died on one trip, but the fridge and freezer still held their cold.
Merrykalia 04/15/20 05:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

^ Hey ppine, can you expand a bit on the last post? If someone wanted to try wood, how do you check or adjust the temperature? There must be some kind of formula you're using. I use wood 90% of the time when I am using my DO. I just open the lid and look at it and check the "doneness" of whatever I am cooking, just like I would if it were in the oven.
Merrykalia 04/06/20 08:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Eastern Shore of Virginia Welcome Center

As of right now, all 43 Virginia rest areas are open. As you know, things change every day and sometimes several times a day. Who knows what will be happening in May. You can keep abreast to all of Virginia's changes in roads, rest areas, toll booths, etc. here: VDOT news
Merrykalia 04/04/20 06:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Storing with levelers down?

We have the auto-level on our fifth wheel and we store it on a sloped parking area that is paved, but we also have electric available, so our fridge stays plugged in and running. We always hit the auto level since it takes about a minute and a half to do.
Merrykalia 04/01/20 01:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bunkhouse comparison

No, but when I googled it, I got this video. Video Thor Ace vs Pursuit
Merrykalia 03/29/20 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

I would start here: Lodge Cast Iron recipes Then some more: Feast and farm
Merrykalia 03/27/20 04:58pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: camping in ohio

Shelter in place. Stay at home. Leave the campgrounds that are open (there aren't many) for people who HAVE to use them because they have no home. (full-timers)
Merrykalia 03/27/20 04:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Glowsteps questions

I do not have a truck camper, but we have the Glowstep Revolution on our fifth wheel. We had them on another fifth wheel and when we purchased a new one, the steps went with us. We LOVE them and until they come out with newer ones, we will have these on. The Glowsteps that we have are deeply grooved across the steps and it works well, even in snow, not deep snow, but with 1/2" or so, they are fabulous. They are made of aluminum, but they are not slick in rain. I really can't say enough good stuff about them.
Merrykalia 03/26/20 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Closing campgrounds and no where to go

A64, friends of ours arrived home from Florida on Tuesday. They left at 4 am and arrived at home about 9 pm (in Virginia). She said they found places to eat and "Pit stop" all along the way. They were not in an RV, but in their Suburban.
Merrykalia 03/26/20 04:41pm Full-time RVing
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