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RE: 14 October 1947...

A truly courageous man. He was a highly skilled pilot who knew the risks. Without people like him to pioneer the way we would still be flying Curtis Jennys.
ken56 10/14/21 05:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

I had a trailer that had an electric fireplace that had a switch I had to flip to use it because you couldn't use the furnace AND the fireplace at the same time....it was one or the other. You might look for a switch near the floor or near your electric panel.
ken56 10/14/21 05:44pm Tech Issues
RE: New Tire Question

I don't think you can go wrong with either one really. I love my Michelin's but they are an expensive tire....not to say the Coopers aren't up there either so...Both have good ratings. Have you looked at any reviews on the tire sites like Discount Tire? One might be noisier than the other or one might ride a bit stiffer than the other.
ken56 10/14/21 05:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: A tale of two campgrounds

My sincere condolences on your loss. My wife and I went to Natchez for the first time back in August and we loved the park. The spacious sites and full hookups at most sites is a luxury in state parks. We spent 2 weeks there and we were one of 2 to 3 trailers in our loop until the weekend then it filled up and then were gone on Sunday. Cell service sucks there and there is no WiFi in the CG but the lodge has it.....and a buffet restaurant too. I would love to see them upgrade the CG to have WiFi. I am originally from Michigan and while their state parks are nice they don't hold a candle to Tennessee state parks. I love them and I have found most to be very nice. I've never been to Shelby Forest SP but I'm not so sure I would attribute the difference in conditions to the proximity to Nashville, 100 miles East. I've been to several others here in Middle and East Tennessee that I think are very nice also and Warriors Path was quite nice when we went there, tight but nice. They need to put in more full hookup sites though in all the state parks. The state keeps improving the parks every year but can't do all of them all at once. The beauty of RVing is having wheels to go see other places. Some states value their state parks and others don't so much. It shows their priorities I think.
ken56 10/07/21 06:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Long route travel plans

The latest I would leave for seeing the northern central states is mid August. Then take 4-6 weeks to meander around up there because the weather can get real cold real fast. The end of September can be unpredictable. You're in Michigan so you know about driving in snow...but towing in snow? I used to live in Michigan also. I don't miss it. Mountain passes can be closed in advance of snow coming. You will find out that 6 weeks is not enough time to see everything too. Download the RVPARKY app. We use it when on the road and the app gives you real time location and RV parks nearby or on the route. We look for a park far enough ahead to get off the road by 4pm. We start calling parks about 2pm when we find one we think will do. Never been without a place to park it. Plan on staying 2'to 3 nights at one park every few days...or when you get to an area you want to explore. I also have gone online and ordered the tourism info for all the states we are going through. Yes, It's a lot of paper but I find it better to have planning material in front of me rather than just looking at it on the 'puter. We did the 'big circle' trip a few years back and LOVED it and want to do another one. 9,400 miles in 10 weeks. We did not see all we wanted to. Gotta do it again now. Aw shucks.
ken56 10/05/21 04:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: suggestion for cargo floor liner

Maybe a cheap indoor/outdoor rug, such as they have for about $20 (for a 6'x8') at the big box home improvement stores. They look like thin commercial carpeting and are typically made of (at least partly) recycled plastic. If the rug slides around too much, you could perhaps staple it down along the edges. ^^^^^This. Go to Lowes or Home Depot and get one or 2 of these outdoor rugs. They are thin and do not prevent things from sliding easily enough to put things in and take them out but has enough friction to hold things in place.....more so than the bare vinyl. I put it in my front storage area and I like it. Works for me anyway. I also put it on top of the plywood of the bed that the mattress sits on. The plywood always caught the fabric of the mattress when we changed the sheets so that solved the issue.
ken56 10/05/21 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: interstate 40 from New York to Las Vegas

The bridge on 40 at Memphis has reopened. I see no issues with your route aside from the usual construction areas in most every state. Plenty of campgrounds along the way to stop at too.
ken56 10/01/21 10:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Touchy subject - proper toilet paper for black tank

We use what we use at home. I do still have to remind the wife not to use copious amounts of TP though. Never had a bad plug in the pipes when draining but have come close. I thoroughly empty my tank every time I dump because of my wifes paper use. Just use less paper and more water if you are concerned about plugs in the drain pipe
ken56 09/28/21 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics Wizard Pendant

Don't over think it. Installed the same converter with the wizard 2 years ago and it's worked fine ever since. Of course if you have a wet cell battery check the water every so often and state of charge when unplugged from shore. I have an AGM battery and I don't pay much attention to mine unless funny things start to happen electrically.
ken56 09/23/21 05:23am Tech Issues
RE: Avoiding Nashville

There is no good way to avoid Nashville from where you are coming from...UNLESS you want to take secondary roads and add a bunch of time to your trip. Most secondary roads are just fine to take but the stop and go will add hours to the trip that will take 6 or more hours by interstate I'm sure....according to Google maps anyway. Bite the bullet and go straight through. Have you been to Tims Ford before? There are 2 campgrounds, the main one and Fairview Devil's Step that is 10 miles south of the main CG. How big is your rig? The main CG sites will accommodate rigs maybe 30 ft long...and that would be tight IMO. Fairview has the larger sites that will accommodate the big rigs. My TT is 37 ft. long and Fairview is where we stay when we visit Lynchburg and the Jack Daniel Distillery. One of our favorite parks.
ken56 09/23/21 05:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Black Eye

Went through Lolo pass on 12 a few years back pulling my TT. I don't dawdle and I try to drive safely on unfamiliar road so going under the speed limit may be prudent. 12 has pullouts for these situations. The signs for them are right before the pullout so almost every one of them I passed because I was not going to jamb on my brakes to take one. I did manage to get into one of them and it was in very poor shape, ruts, debris of unknown origin, and they were barely long enough for the tow vehicle and trailer. Pitiful that they are expected to be used. 12 is a beautiful drive too.
ken56 09/17/21 03:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: electric fireplace

No reason why that won't run without the glass. There is no heat on the glass. All it is a a small electric heater with a blower and the "log" and light is just for looks.
ken56 09/13/21 03:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to carry blackstone griddle

Youtube has many videos on how to care for your griddle and how to clean and maintain it. I have the 22" and it has the metal hood attached so I put it in the back of my truck stacked on the folded stand and it rides fine. I use it at home so when we get back it gets set up again ready to use. Your griddle top should not stay greasy. Clean it after every use then wipe a light coat of canola oil all over it again before it cools all the way down.
ken56 09/08/21 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Atlanta

Go to Knoxville on 75, go to Asheville and pick up 26, take 26 to 95 into Savannah and avoid Atlanta at all costs. Atlanta is the very worst city I have ever driven through and will avoid it from now on. I have done it twice and that is enough to convince me to never drive through it ever again.
ken56 09/05/21 02:36pm Roads and Routes
Natchez Trace State Park TN.

Just spent 2 weeks there and I have to say, it is one of the nicest state parks I have ever stayed at. It has its draw backs with no wifi and poor cell reception. If you want peace and quiet though it's wonderful. Nearest city and Walmart is about 10 miles away. The park itself though is immaculate and the sites are spacious. Most are full hookup and I would say about 1/3 are pull through so most sites can accommodate larger rigs. The staff is very helpful as are the camp hosts. This park has a lodge and conference center with a buffet restaurant. You don't need a trailer to stay there with the lodge rooms available. Look it up and check it out.
ken56 09/05/21 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Panther Creek

We live 12 miles away from Panther Creek and it's a great campground. We go there when we can't travel further away just because. Every now and then a bear can show up almost anywhere, for the most part they are not a regular thing at Panther Creek. Look up the TVA headwaters and tailwaters campgrounds at Douglas lake. If you can get by with just water/electric and dump station then it may be worth a look.
ken56 09/05/21 01:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sending a TT back to the factory

Keystone does not.
ken56 08/26/21 09:18am Travel Trailers
RE: ? electrical problem...what’s happening? Should I worry?

I had an AGM battery that was 4-5 years old when my slides started working slowly. Took the battery to where I had purchased it, a Batteries + bulbs store, they tested it and said it was good. I took it home and reinstalled it and put it on the charger over night. Still the slides were sluggish and didn't act quite right. Took the battery back to them and they checked it again, said it was good. I bought a new battery anyway. Took it home and put it in and like magic the slides worked as normal. Still do after 2 seasons. Just because they say a battery is fine doesn't mean it is.
ken56 08/20/21 10:28am Tech Issues
RE: New TT Tires

Go with the Endurance.
ken56 08/07/21 06:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Awning Shade

Mine has a 2 foot lead to zipper the rest of the shade to it. I roll up that 2 foot piece with the awning but unzip the rest of the shade.
ken56 08/04/21 06:11pm Travel Trailers
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