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RE: Waist disposal hose

Don't install it under the bumper. Coming out of some driveways or on some hills can bottom it out. Be careful where you install it. I have the Rhino hose and it's collapsible so I use a plastic bin to put mine in and carry it in the front compartment. Works fine.
ken56 03/05/21 04:03am Travel Trailers
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

I checked out the low clearance today and it's 13' 11" so it wasn't as low as I thought.
ken56 03/03/21 03:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

OK, your initial route either through Nashville or Lexington doesn't seem to be too much difference according to the Good Sam trip planner. 40 miles LONGER to go through Nashville rather than Lexington...so your choice. I will say that if you haven't been to the Hermitage outside of Nashville it's a great stop for kids to see the history of our nation. If you cut over to Cincinnati you could stop at the Ark Adventure if that would interest the family. . 441 is actually doable in your C but the grades are steep and long because you are going uphill one way and down hill the other side of the Gap, 5049 feet elevation from 1289 feet at Gatlinburg. The road itself will handle your 31 feet as the curves are wide and accommodating. Use the tranny as much as you can and keep your speed down. Don't burn up your brakes, there's plenty of turnouts for stops to cool them off if need be. Be sure you want to tackle it because it will be a workout. At the bottom of the hill is the Oconaluftee visitor center for a stop. The Elk graze there at times right off the side of the road. If lucky you will see them. Then in Cherokee is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian which is worth the time to see. The kids might like it. I know Chattanooga was the original destination and it too is in itself a weeks stay to see everything there. You have a full schedule to do all you want to. Anyway, the Blue Ridge Parkway is right there just past the visitor center so you could hop on there and head to Asheville on it. It's a great drive but check the tunnel heights but I think your C will fit easily. You might see elk on that stretch too. Aside from the Biltmore I'm not sure what might be of interest there for your family. Your route out of Asheville is a nice route but there is a low clearance coming into Newport and I forget what it is exactly, 13 ft. or something like that. We have friends out that way so I can check it and let you know soon. BUT, it's a good choice and a nice ride with good road that your C can do just fine. A stop in Hot Springs might be a good place to stretch the legs. Just remember, you are in the Appalachians and there is hardly any straight stretch of road and it's up and down hills everywhere...with hardly any shoulder.
ken56 03/02/21 08:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: SE TN trip Last week of March

Well, are you planning on going through Newfound Gap on 441 to get to Asheville? Are you comfortable with steep grades? Not sure what your traveling in but quite often I see of RV's on the side of the road with burned up brakes. The smell of hot brakes hangs in the air on that road so unless you understand how to gear down on the tranny and keep your speed manageable then I would recommend going around and take I-40 to Asheville. You can take 321 out of Gatlinburg to get to I-40, good road. Then what route do you plan on from Asheville to Cumberland Gap? It could matter. I live in the area here so I am familiar with most routes. Wife and I are annual pass holders to the Biltmore so I hope that is the destination for you. You can spend a whole day there but it's a pricey ticket. Weather should be quite nice the end of March consistently in the 70's, possibly low 80's even and 50's at night. I start mowing the yard mid March every year here. I'm trying to think of some things to suggest to not miss. Let us know some interests the family has and what your rig setup is and more on your intended route.
ken56 03/01/21 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: wind power

Has a wind farm been hit with a tornado yet? I wonder how well those 120 ft. blades fare in a tornado.
ken56 03/01/21 06:54am Around the Campfire
RE: Tennessee state parks

Yep, reserve and pay online and just go to your site. Procedure should be on the website. TN state parks are awesome.
ken56 03/01/21 06:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: DirecTV Spinoff Announcement

Personally I think I will be giving up on TV. All these spin offs and streaming things are just money grabs. Like the price we pay for cable/satellite services aren't high enough already now they want to charge for every program it seems especially if it's a popular one. It has degraded into all garbage anyway....250 channels and nothing's on.
ken56 02/26/21 09:35am Tech Issues
roof coatings....again.

After some damage to my trailer roof by a tree branch and going through the dealer to inspect and price a fix for it they recommended an insurance claim which I did after they gave me an 11,000 dollar total new roof membrane replacement. While investigating things I came across RV Armor and suggested this to the insurance adjustor which he jumped on because it was 5,300, half of the new membrane price. Now, a year later and one service call back to RV Armor I am pleased with the product and results. They stand by their product and service was almost immediate with no hassle at all. Here's my question to all here, why do they not do the slide roofs? I did ask the guy who did the work and he said they just don't do them so essentially a non answer. Just curious really so what are your opinions on this?
ken56 02/26/21 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

That anxiety is the enemy so try to let it go. Those people watching don't matter. Don't be too concerned about blocking traffic either. Backing in from the drivers side, meaning turning to the left is easier. Position your mirror so you can see the wheels of the trailer and pick a point to start your turn and when the wheels are at that point start your turn. One hand at 6 o'clock and turn the wheel the direction you want to turn. Take your time and go slow. I stop and get out when I feel the need to go look. Don't feel pressured. Don't be rushed. You will wreck your trailer if you try to be fast about it when you don't have the confidence to do it yet....but that confidence will come with practice. You can do it.
ken56 02/25/21 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway - Early April

Google maps shows the south of Asheville portion closed right now. says it will open 3/7. North of Asheville is the Folk Arts center that's worth a look. There's Mt. Mitchel. the highest point east of the Mississippi. It has a restaurant that has great food too. Further on your way north is Blowing Rock and Boone that are worth some time to see. Grandfather Mountain is in that area.
ken56 02/23/21 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for an electrician to answer a question for me

Firstly it is not a 4500 watt genset. I just purchased the igen4500 and really haven't used it yet. Started it up after I prepped it and it took right off out of the box. I ran a few power tools with it is all I did. Even at 96 Lbs. it's bulky and for this old man is difficult to put in the back of my 2500HD without help. Moving around on its built in wheels using the built in handle is piece of cake. That generator is rated at 3850 watts continuous output running on gas and lower running on propane. You would only get that 4500 watts for maybe a minute for motor startup on like a furnace. Still not shabby. I had the same thoughts about hooking to the house too but decided to just use extension cords for what I need to run. 650 is an excellent price, I paid 1049.
ken56 02/21/21 06:14am Around the Campfire
RE: South Lake Michigan

Early May is still going to be on the 'cool' side weather wise especially by lake Michigan. Be sure to bring along the coats. You've made your plans and the Badlands and points west is a good choice although Michigan is worthy of making it a destination to spend a few weeks in. I am formerly of MI. and love where we moved to in East Tennessee so the heads up on the difference in weather in early May is sincere. Just be prepared.
ken56 02/20/21 03:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: US 72 from Memphis to Sevierville, TN

Looks like a nice route but it goes through northern Mississippi and Alabama mostly. Planning any stops along that way? It's a long enough day on 40 for that distance let alone taking secondary road. Guntersville state park is a nice place to stop. A little south of your route but not that far off.
ken56 02/19/21 05:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Getting Started - Longer Distance Camping

A few years back we did the big circle tour from Tennessee, 9000 miles and the only reservations we made were for our destinations where we stayed 3 days or more. We used RVPARKY app and would start looking for a park on our route and about 3pm would call ahead to a park to check availability, we were never turned away. Have an understanding on how much you have to drive for a day to make the timing of your trip work. I usually make the first day and the last day my long drives...like 8 to 10 hours and then the other days are I drive for 6 hours. It's nice to pull into your campsite at 3pm and relax the rest of the day but I know that is a luxury and some people can't do that. Don't worry about the small things because they work themselves out. Don't over think it. It's just like what you do now but with a couple gas stops thrown in. It's supposed to be a fun getaway so don't get stressed out. Try taking secondary roads when practical.
ken56 02/18/21 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you sanitize your black tank?

Some people will use a bleach solution to help keep bacteria from producing "that' odor. I don't but I do rinse very well when I wont be using it for a few weeks. Heat and bacteria are friends and it will produce sewer stench and in a closed trailer that isn't used for even a few weeks can get stunk up quick. No need to sanitize in my opinion, just rinse well.
ken56 02/13/21 05:36pm General RVing Issues
Road condition info.

TN- 877-244-0065 smartway.tn.gov NC- 877-511-4662 drivenc.gov GA- 877-694-2511 511ga.org VA- 866-695-1182 511virginia.org KY- 866-737-3767 goky.ky.gov GSMNP- 865-436-1200 press 1&2
ken56 02/07/21 06:06am Roads and Routes
RE: I 40 Across Smokies

What do you mean "at the top"? Are you talking about going through the park on 441 and Newfound gap? or staying on I-40 through the Pigeon River Gorge? I-40 is usually clear most day except for winter storms. 441 is controlled by the NPS and will close the road if conditions are not good but they maintain that road very good. Only in slippery conditions will they close it. You can call the Sugarland visitor center for condition info.
ken56 02/06/21 04:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Battery Disconnect Switch and Converter

Not uncommon for the charging side of the converter to die. Mine did. You need to access your converter and check the fuses on the back of it. Check the charging output by connecting a voltmeter to the disconnected battery cables when plugged into shore power. If you still have the original WFCO converter you may just want to cut to the chase and upgrade it to a newer 4 stage charger converter. I didn't read your whole post...so....never mind. sorry.
ken56 02/06/21 07:02am Tech Issues
RE: Power pedestal wiring question

I'm sure there are pedestals out there wired like you described but there is no way of knowing without looking at how it's wired inside and that does not happen without opening up the pedestal and no one does that. I suppose one could just turn off the 30A breaker and then check if the 20A receptacle still has power. Just like BB_TX wrote on page 1. OK, my oversight there.
ken56 02/02/21 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Western Washington to Nashville

Part 2: There are a few dinner shows that are good and entertaining. Dolly's Stampede is probably the best one. There is also a lumber jack show and the Pirate show and the Hatfield and McCoy show that are good too. There is so much to do here that you have to research and figure out what everyone will enjoy. It's overwhelming really. Just to throw this out there too. We are about 1.5 hours away from Asheville and the Biltmore Estate...a fantastic place to see. The wife and I are season pass holders because we enjoy it so much. Being this close to it you might want to see if everyone would want to go there. COVID restrictions are just wear a mask. Restaurants are open around here and the area is as busy as ever. You can't tell there is an 'economic down turn' or a pandemic going on. Just be sensible about taking your own precautions. We've had no issues ourselves and go about our lives and business as normal. We are transplants from Michigan and this is the best place I've ever lived. Love it here.
ken56 02/02/21 07:23am Roads and Routes
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