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RE: Converter Question

It is likely behind the panel so take it off the wall. Just unplug from shore power and if you want disconnect the battery too then you will be completely dead with no chance of shorting anything. My coach has a similar mounting and the converter is behind my panel. I have to replace the factory WFCO after only 3 years in a 2017 unit. Easy job to do yourself.
ken56 11/22/20 05:54pm Tech Issues
RE: US 312 in Tn

Just a heads up, 411 is a 2 lane road and some might say it's narrow. I would pull my 37 ft. trailer on it but some might be a bit uncomfortable. Tennessee is not known for having shoulders on their roads. Once you hit 441 its good wide 4 lane most of the way but no issues with it.
ken56 11/13/20 03:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: US 312 in Tn

No issues until you reach the part others here have mentioned. Out of Townsend the is a hill with some turns. They have a good apron and are wide and do able. It's about 4 miles worth. The rest into PF is good. If you are pulling a trailer bigger than a POD UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, DO NOT go into the park. 321 is a left turn to stay on it. Going straight will take you into the park. Little River Gorge road is a pretty drive just don't tow your trailer on it, it wont accommodate a large combo or motor home.
ken56 11/13/20 03:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Bolt on shocks or cushioned equalizers for travel trailer?

The last trailer I had, a 30 ft. 6500lb Coleman I put the Dexter EZ Flex upgrade on. It came with the Nylon bushings that were worn out after 2 years and left the suspension sloppy and noisy. After the upgrade install things were quiet and it towed much better. That cost at the time around 165.00.
ken56 11/09/20 02:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Western Washington to Nashville

If you decide to come over to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area just ask me for suggestions. We live 25 miles out of PF and Sevierville and can offer up some more suggestions.
ken56 11/04/20 06:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Western Washington to Nashville

We did the Columbia river route on our way home from the Olympic Penn. on 84 to Salt Lake City and there was nothing challenging about it. I had a 30ft. trailer with me and had no issue at all. Not the same time of year but the road is not the infamous mountain pass kind of road at all. Heading south on I-5 into Cali. you put yourself into major cities to get far enough south to cut over east. Out of SLC take 80 east, no mountain passes like on 70 in Colorado, Vail pass is 10,000 ft. altitude. Nashville has Broadway street with the music bars and country singer museums. Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage is just east of downtown and worth the stop. The museum is very interesting and the home tour is good too. Weather here in TN in April is, or should be pleasant with the trees and early flowers budding out. Depending on how long you stay in Nashville you might consider a day trip down to Lynchburg and the Jack Daniel Distillery, or just head down to Tims Ford State Park for a couple days. Due to COVID they have suspended their tours though so who knows if they might resume by then. The bottle shop is still open though. Not far from Lynchburg is Tullahoma where the Beechcraft Heritage Museum is. If you like aircraft this is a wonderful stop.
ken56 11/03/20 06:43am Roads and Routes
RE: Free Natioan Park enterence

Wonderful news. I believe it is wrong to 'lease out' the management of our national parks. I can understand leasing out vendor contracts for food and other services but not park operations. Veterans earned this perk through their service. Thanks to all who served.
ken56 10/30/20 04:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Books for first time RV owners?

Amazon carries "the Idiot's Guide to RVing" and "RVing for Dummies"; plus they have trip logs, and guides like "The Next Exit", and National Park info books which are also nice to have. This. These are good books for newbies although I do agree youtube is the best resource along with introducing them to THIS forum. The people here are full of knowledge and wisdom because there is LOTS of experience behind the advice. Now, seeing you are on this forum asking then you must have some experience RVing. Be a mentor and help out by showing them things to maintain their trailer and inform them how to properly empty their tanks and such.
ken56 10/28/20 01:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Looking for a place

What exactly are you looking for? seclusion? Amenities? Gerties is near Asheville and lots to do in the area. Beautiful CG too. Other than that you're looking at Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg....well, there is Maggie Valley too. All nice campgrounds to be had. All depends on what you want. Dollywood is all fancy Christmas lights at that time and the restaurant at Dolly's hotel is wonderful for an anniversary meal. It is open to the public. The area has many dinner shows to see too. In Asheville the Biltmore has its candle light Christmas evenings going on. Very romantic. I'm booked there for a night at their Village Hotel for it.
ken56 10/21/20 05:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: OK to TN

You will be very happy with the Ridge RV park. One of the newest in the area and has nice facilities and sites have some space to them so you don't feel like a sardine. Parkers Crossroads is a nice park also, we have stayed there also. Plan your time to hit Memphis after 9am. It's always busy so you might consider taking the south bypass 240...although that's busy also. Once you are through there Nashville is you next traffic nightmare. Time of day is critical again. If you stay in Nashville the parks on Music Valley Drive are all good. In Nashville go to the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home. Nashville is approximately 3.5 hours from Sevierville. If you want to stop on that leg stay in Crossville at Deer Run. Wonderful park. The State park there, Cumberland Mountain, is good too and some sites have full hookup. It has a restaurant on site if so inclined to take a break from cooking. I live in the Sevierville/ Pigeon Forge/ Dandridge area so if you have any questions about the area just ask. Moved here 7 years ago and LOVE it.
ken56 10/20/20 05:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

I try to do the secondary roads as much as possible. Slower yes, less nerve racking absolutely. I have the luxury of owning my own time though, I'm retired and can waste it as I see fit. On our big loop trip to Washington state and then to the Grand Canyon and then along the Gulf coast, 3 months and 9000 miles in all, I found most people to be very courteous actually. Not a single road rage incident or anything near it. Did I see people who are merge deficient? Yes. Cutting in in front of me a bit too close? Yep. Speeding by me at the speed of sound? Yep. My philosophy is I won't wreck you if you don't wreck me and I keep my distance and speed under control. I avoid grouping up. I work at avoiding a collision. That's called defensive driving. I don't care what others do really and what they do certainly doesn't ruin my travels. Travel on and be happy, don't sweat the small stuff.
ken56 10/18/20 07:08am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Sites in Tulsa OK south or Broken Arrow

Don't know anything about RV parks there but I used to live on Mingo rd. at Admiral when I attended Spartan School of Aeronautics. Us guys used to frequent Bells Amusement Park near the Expo center on Friday nights. Good memories.
ken56 10/16/20 05:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: class c in the smoky mountain national park

Glad to hear it. Have fun.
ken56 10/16/20 05:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

We were on our way to Florida on 441 in Georgia and just north of Douglas we blew a wheel bearing. I limped into a Walmart to park and try and find a repair shop but it was early evening so we had to overnight in the parking lot. Turns out a guy driving by saw we had a problem and tried to help but he had no access to any parts so he gave me a number to call for a shop just a mile up the road. I called them in the morning after an interesting night in the parking lot and they sent a guy out to look at the problem. Had to drive it to the shop slowly after we tied up the axle after removing the wheel. Well driving on the scunned up bearing ruined the spindle so I needed a new axle...and yes, they let me see the damage. The shop went above and beyond getting me a replacement axle having had to go to the next county over to get it and worked all day on getting it in place. The people at Amerson tire were the best. We got into Florida and our destination later that same night.
ken56 10/16/20 05:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: class c in the smoky mountain national park

Rent the car.
ken56 10/09/20 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lincoln ne to pigeon forge tn best route

How much time do you want to take on the back roads? Trees are starting to turn here in the Smokies and the area is busy already (I live here). I prefer to stay off the interstates also and I just look over Google maps for secondary roads that go roughly in the same direction. Never not found a campground to overnight at, we use RVPARKY app to find them. It's just a more pleasurable drive off the interstate.
ken56 10/08/20 07:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: class c in the smoky mountain national park

You can do it, just go slower than you normally would around some of the corners on Little River road. As for going to the top and/or Clingmans Dome the road is plenty wide and 11 ft. is not a problem. Just don't burn up your brakes on the hills, they can be steep and challenging. Gear down and let the tranny do some of the work. That said, Can-Am Spyders and Polaris Slingshots are available to rent in G'burg...Jeeps too. My opinion would be to rent a Jeep...or car. So much easier to park and maneuver especially when its SO busy. Bring your patience because we are just starting color season here....that means LOTS of traffic. You can't tell there is a 'pandemic' or a recession. We are as busy as ever here.
ken56 10/06/20 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chicago how I don’t love you

How about crossing at Port Huron and going up to Mackinaw and pick up US 2? Wonderful small towns to go through in the thumb and if you wanted to pick up 75 north you could do it in Bay City. Going up US 23 along lake Huron is a nice drive too. Lots of things to seee in the Upper Peninsula too.
ken56 10/04/20 04:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pigeon forge

Just a heads up for the area, it's busy season. Trees are starting to change colors and traffic is heavy. We've had family down and we spent tthe last 2 days in G'burg and PF. Bring your patience. Tried to eat at the Old Mill Restaurant and it was a 2 hour wait at 6 PM. Other restaurants on the strip were just as busy.
ken56 10/04/20 04:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reverse Polarity code When Plugging in at Home

Wait a minute, Why did he place the EMS in the middle between 2 cords? Why not put it on the outlet and that would tell if the outlet is miswired wouldn't it?? Obviously he has said he had to evacuate so the friend is not currently there. The situation should be corrected though.
ken56 09/29/20 07:09am Tech Issues
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