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RE: Eastbound

BFRNK, well, then, James Island County Park is the best RV park to stay. Also, easy to Folly Beach and easy to historic Charleston peninsula. Also, some sites have little crabbing docks to catch large blue crabs for a spicy crab and shrimp and corn boil. But call early for reservations.
charlestonsouthern 07/16/22 09:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nascar Follies

P.S. He was murdered at a gas station!
charlestonsouthern 07/16/22 11:12am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

What's this? NASCAR's Bobby East stabbed by a transient in LA! So very young at 37.
charlestonsouthern 07/16/22 11:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Are there any snowbird RV parks in New Mexico?

LMHS -- You just mentioned my favorite place in the mountains; we tow our small camper to the KOA on the Cherokee Reservation around September, buy their fishing license for $5.00 and with my little cane pole catch some of the most beautiful brown speckled trout in those little streams and they are tasty, too. If we rise very early to track some of the hordes of elk, we first stop by Peters Pancake House for great cups of coffee and some tasty waffles with all types of syrup and eggs prepared "over easy." Just don't know how people like Dollywood or Sevierville as they are so crowded. And the children at the schools have made such beautiful art, and I always bring home a few pieces for display. If you go home in September, take the time to go by the KOA and see a 25-foot Hi-Lo camper sitting in the park, come knock on my door, and we will make you breakfast. You should be proud of your little town.
charlestonsouthern 06/29/22 02:12am Snowbirds
RE: Stealth Camping Tennessee

fourthclass -- I miss him, too. He would celebrate Christmas (even though he was Jewish) by attending the "Nutcracker Suite" ballet nearly every year. There was always someone who would invite him to Thanksgiving dinner. The country music celebs on tour would give him an upfront seat at their concerts when in California. I wonder what the Nashville groups think about what's happening in Tenn. And if they still remember George.
charlestonsouthern 06/17/22 03:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

Talleyho, "Maybe things are different other places in Mexico." Bingo! As far as subsidies are concerned, Mexico does not evenly distribute them across the nation and does not evenly withdraw them across the nation. The one region in which Mexico is constantly fiddling with fuel prices and their subsidies is northern Mexico. Why? Because Mexico wants fuel prices more in line with US prices near the border, and Mexico a while back allowed some US retail stations across the border to compete with Mexico retailers; that was the time when Mexico said that the price of fuel would eventually float freely on the open market; however, for that you need competition. The Mexico statement never came true as it continued to give and withdraw subsidies unevenly across the regions.
charlestonsouthern 06/13/22 03:32pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

Chris, as of January 1, 2021, there were 129 "operable" petroleum refineries in the US. ("Operable" is the key word.) The newest refinery began operating in 2019 in Channelview, Texas.
charlestonsouthern 06/13/22 01:08pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV's in Zihuatanejo

Chris, why? Mexico is a major oil producer. Could it be that Mexico has a shortage of refineries to turn that oil into fuel; it imports 80 percent of its fuel from the US. The 80 percent comes from data as of 3/24/2022. This date is before the recent swift rise of prices in fuel. We all know that other reasons have to do with oil shortages as a result of Ukrainian/Russian War and the US's intentional boycotting of Russian oil. You can't refine fuel if you don't have crude oil. We, the US, once imported 8 percent of its oil from Russia. There are other reasons for Mexico's rise; for example, AMLO is slowly taking back the subsidies the government provides to keep the fuel prices lower. Well, where does the money for the subsidies come from? It comes from the revenue generated from Mexico's oil production since Mexico is a major oil producer. It's like robbing Peter to pay Paul.
charlestonsouthern 06/12/22 11:50pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Cataloochee campground

We were there about ten years ago. "Little Cataloochee Valley." I think the mountain we had to skirt on that narrow gravel road was Sterling Mountain. Beach and I were holding our breath, an endless ravine on the driver's side and the wall of the mountain on the passenger's side. We dropped the hitch to our RV at the KOA in Cherokee; early the next morning with a picnic lunch and plenty of water we drove our F-250 Ford diesel through Maggie Valley and turned off into this residential neighborhood and through to this narrow gravel road. I couldn't believe this was an entrance to the national park. After miles and miles of this road, we finally hit some pavement, made a left turn onto the pavement and into the valley. On the left was the campground; we walked in because I wasn't sure how much turn-around space we would have; what we saw was a lot of primitive camping, tents and tent trailers on wheels, no more than about eight feet long; all were using lanterns for light, but saw no camp fires. We continued on crossing a little bridge with a rushing stream under it and met up with the one and only ranger for Little Cataloochee. He was a descendant of one of families who had lived in the valley. Since I am a history buff, he took the time to explain how his family came to the valley in the 1800s. We parked the truck and walked the valley and visited all the buildings that were left; they were unlocked; the old church, school house, a barn, a house circa late 1800s, etc. This was a valley of pristine beauty with totally no electricity, even I guess today, and beautiful speckled brown trout swimming in crystal clear streams. We almost had the place to ourselves. After all the crowds we saw at Cade's Cove near Sieverville, why? Aha! It must be that **** scary narrow road hugging the mountain coming into the valley. It turns out that was the same road used by the settlers of Little Cataloochee to bring supplies in before the first snow of the season in the 1800s. There is a lot of wildlife in the valley roaming in herds, primarily Elk; we did see a few black bears as we were walking across a meadow to the church. A lot of the buildings have been moved and set up behind the Park Visitors Center near Cherokee (how they got those buildings down that road is a mystery to me). If you have the stamina, I recommend visiting. But 1) leave early in the morning, 2) keep checking the weather on the mountain and valley, 3) carry provisions with you like peanut butter and jam sandwiches, flashlights, and blankets in case you get stuck up there overnight, and 3) DON'T take your RV on that road into the valley. Let the ranger know you are there overnight if need be. Give yourself plenty of daylight on your return trip to leave the valley. There is a book regarding "Little Cataloochee Valley" for purchase at the Park Visitors Center near Cherokee; the book tells a lot of history about the place and Franklin Roosevelt who is responsible for the community's demise in the valley.
charlestonsouthern 06/06/22 12:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The price of fuel is not nearly high enough

bgum, since you mentioned college, then you must recall college Economics 101 regarding consumer response models, theories, and micro-economic laws. It's one of the requirements under the Humanities.
charlestonsouthern 06/03/22 08:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: No shortage of RVs

Caveman -- "affordable" is subjective relative to the person buying the RV. The "high end" with more luxury options or custom RVs don't seem to be having much of a problem. But, then again, that is true most any time of the year.
charlestonsouthern 05/31/22 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is Facebook killing this site?

Reisender, would love to see a photo of your rig. And present a description as to how it all works. One of my questions to you would be how many total miles would you drive before it is necessary to recharge, and how long does it take to recharge your rig.
charlestonsouthern 05/27/22 12:12am Around the Campfire
RE: No shortage of RVs

Snowpeke, you would think!! But maybe these retirees were spending their kids' inheritance.
charlestonsouthern 05/26/22 09:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: No shortage of RVs

Ro'n'Joe -- Beach and I went to the Myrtle Beach RV Show back in October; Newmar had the sold sign on nearly all their units before we left. Newmar even had desks set up for their salesmen to complete paperwork, and there was a line, a very popular brand. I can understand why they are low on inventory and was impressed. If we had the tow vehicle for one of their fifth wheels, I would have bought it. Also, their motorhomes are high tech, such as improvements in turning radius. They have built a "better mouse trap."
charlestonsouthern 05/26/22 01:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Geo*Boy -- What kind of pill, cyanide? Wouldn't that be government abortion?
charlestonsouthern 05/24/22 08:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Itsy, you are correct. This case is certainly a "separation of church and state" issue, thereby an interpretation of US Constitution.
charlestonsouthern 05/23/22 07:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

Johnhicks, yes, it is now a federal case in the state of Colorado between a church (their private property) who brings in visiting ministers with their RVs (and have been doing this for years) versus the local municipality or county. I'll try to find the case. US Constitutional Law is involved. The Tennessee problem is that it is written too broad, so much so that it requires the townships to totally enforce it (which takes a lot of money) and takes away the power to run their own towns while affecting their small economy. If the Tennessee law was written strictly to run the homeless out of the state, then say that in the law; don't be political hypocrits and have it inclusive of tourism. All very small Tennessee towns do not have RV parks, but they do need RV tourists cash for their economy while driving through. The state says these towns will be penalized if they don't enforce the state law; well, then, the state should provide the money to do it.
charlestonsouthern 05/23/22 06:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: camping on TN public lands illegal and a felony???

There could be an economic bad side to this. A lot of Canadians driving down in their RV and taking the back roads; they happen upon a nice little Tennessee town and decide to spend some time being a tourist and drop some cash at the neighborhood grocery store, restaurant, microbrewery, antique store, admission to a small museum, and/or trinket shop. All of this may require a couple of nights parking say on a dead end street. The Tennessee municipalities or townships know how tourism works in their town; however, the state has taken these decisions out of the townships hands. Therefore, the Canadian RVer drives right through town on the way to their final destination and not dropping any cash in that Tennessee town. When a state writes new laws, they should not take out part of the economies of small towns.
charlestonsouthern 05/23/22 03:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stealth Camping Tennessee

If you wish to know more about Tioga George, just enter "Tioga George" in Google and his diary blog will pop up. He had so many friends who mourned him, and he would feed anyone who told him they were hungry. He never considered himself to be homeless; he just had a lot of tragedy in his life.
charlestonsouthern 05/22/22 02:37pm Around the Campfire
Stealth Camping Tennessee

Just read that the state of Tennessee has passed legislation to make unauthorized camping or parking in public spaces a felony which, of course, creates a criminal record for the felon. Usually, certain ordinances (not criminal) are passed in municipalities to handle these things, but I've never heard of a state getting so heavily involved. The reason I bring this up is that once I had a blogger friend I blogged with who did a lot of stealth camping; he has passed on now at the age of 82, and we called him Tioga George. Most of this type of camping he did in Mexico, San Diego, Calif. (his home town), and in Oregon. He never made it to the east coast during his vagabond days. If he would have made it to Tennessee today, he probably would continuously be in trouble. George vowed he would never sleep in a RV park. All the years I knew him, he would get in trouble here and there, more often in Oregon than anywhere else. Generally, the problems would ensue when the police would wake him up in the middle of the night, ask him to move on, he had very little sleep and would mouth off at the police and end up in court. George was not a poor man, but he didn't like people disrupting his life style. I wonder how many Tioga George's we have in Tennessee. Like George use to say; I'm not bothering anyone; why doesn't the police just leave me alone; I've paid my taxes like everyone else during my working years.
charlestonsouthern 05/22/22 02:47am Around the Campfire
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