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RE: Want to know how to weigh at a CAT scale?

You neglect as to how to position the vehicles on the scales
ken56 11/21/19 11:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Pigion Forge TN

One mans 'pretty cheesy' is another mans entertainment. Really people, if a place like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are not your so called cup of tea then fine, don't come but to tell others basically not to bother because you don't care for it is unnecessary. If you prefer to boondock and avoid people thats fine with everyone who would like to see the shows and partake of the great restaurants and the National Park. To each his own.
ken56 11/20/19 01:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pigion Forge TN

What are you looking for in a campground? Close to the action on the 'strip'? Full hookups and swimming pool? Price?. There are so many CG's that run the gamut of services and convenience to attractions you need to decide what things you want in a campground and let us know so we can be specific for you. I live in the area and am familiar with most places and they all offer the basics but some are more high end. I will reccomend a few for you. For W/E hookup and dumpstation available the TVA headwaters and tailwaters campgrounds are good. They are a few miles away from the attractions and main drag. Peaceful and right on Douglas lake and the river. Duvall in the Smokies is closer and a small quaint CG only minutes up the road from Dollywood and the "forge'. Some sites back up to a small stream. High end is The Ridge, a new CG in the same area as Duvall but a bit closer to Dollywood. There are many others to choose from too but here are a few to look at for you.
ken56 11/19/19 06:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Easy Peasy OTR Meals

Before we go on a week or longer trip we always take a day and prepare some meals that we freeze and can pull out and heat up and be eating in 30 minutes or less. Things like maccaroni and cheese with meatballs or spaghetti and meatballs or goulash to stews and soups. The pre made meals are an easy thng to do. We package them in the small alumminum foil tins we pick up at the dollar store and they fit well in the RV freezer. I give my wife a break and do most of the cooking when we travel. I use an induction cooktop with my cast iron and my grill and fix some great meals while we camp. I love my cast iron.
ken56 11/17/19 01:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Space Heater

We use a Vornado also and find it to be most adequate. You can't beat how quiet it is and it moves a lot of air for a small heater. Right now I'm heating a 224 sq.ft. addition with it until I get the mini split system going and it is doing great. It was 18 the other night and it kept it at 65 just fine.
ken56 11/14/19 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: 27 footer vs 32 footer, towing/handling difference?

I went from a 30 footer to a 37 footer and I can say the difference in lenght is an issue with gas stations and some other manuvering areas. I will say it backs up better but you better pay attention to turning corners on the roads. I'm 57 feet and a few inches bumper of TV to bumper of trailer and my biggest issue is gas stations because I have a gasser 2500. Diesel would not be so much a problem.
ken56 11/13/19 06:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Is this normal for a 30 amp breaker

Do you know the voltage that is at the trailer? #1 is look for that loose connection if there is one, #2 is check the voltage reaching the trailer. If it is at the very low end of safe operation for the A/C like 105 volts then that could do it also. Operating the A/C on a low voltage will kill the unit over time.
ken56 11/12/19 06:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Profane rudeness in Smoky Mt National Park

Another perspective. Although I agree these people were unaware of WHY the hold up and acted rudely about the situation traffic being out of their control in any instance it is NOT GOOD for bears to get comfortable around people. I live 30 miles outside G'burg so I consider myself a 'local' and see news stories about bears that get too comfortable with people risk being put down by the park authorities. It has happened, with the Elk heard too. I know it is a "rare instance" to see these animals but when people do this it teaches the bear that man is not a danger and they do not fear approaching people. These are WILD animals and are or can be seriously dangerous. Helping to get them comfortable with people intentional or not will only endanger the bears life.
ken56 11/10/19 12:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Having a SENIOR moment

I love the merging guy who putts down the on ramp at 45 and wants to merge with traffic going 70 and you are behind him.
ken56 11/04/19 02:35am General RVing Issues
RE: I40 West of Asheville closing

Alternate route idea. Just north of Asheville at Weaverville pick up rt.25 all the way to Newport TN and pick up 40 just west of Newport. NOW, that said there is a 13'8" RR tressle coming into Newport from the east. I have pulled my trailer that way a few times and there is a down hill grade with curves. The road is a good road though especially if you are not towing.
ken56 11/03/19 04:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Southeast Massachusetts to Nashville TN

I think your route is the way to go. 81 at least from Roanoke into K'ville is good with no bad hills. The only grade from K'ville to Nashville is just west of K'ville giong up onto the Cumberland Plateau which is not bad.
ken56 11/03/19 04:54am Roads and Routes
RE: Blow out water lines question

Don't rely on just blowing out the lines. All the times I have winterized I blow the lines then put in anit freeze and there is a lot of clear water that comes out before the pink stuff does. Your trailer, your choice but be prepared to fix freeze damage.
ken56 11/03/19 04:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Difficulty Reducing Tongue Weight

Here is my experience. Purchased a new trailer that was 10k gvwr and told the dealer to upgrade my existing Pro Series 10k/1k hitch to an Equal-i-zer. They matched it to the 10kgvwr instead of the 1280 tougue weight (brochure weight). I towed the trailer the first year with the new Equal-i-zer 10k/1k hitch but still had some wiggle in the back of the truck at times, tail wagging the dog thing. Never had any real sway but was buffetted around by passing trucks and winds. Trailer has E rated Endurance pumped up to 80 psi. tow vehicle is a 2500HD GMC so it's enough truck with good tires also. From reading posts here like you are I knew something was not quite there. I broke down and bought the 14k/1400 Equal-i-zer hitch and THAT CURED the problem. The trailer tows so much better. No death grip on the steering wheel. Bumps are smoothed out better. No bounce. Huge difference. From what you post you need higher rated tires. You also need the higher rated hitch and yes, you need the whole thing, not just new bars, the heavier bars will not fit the 10k/1k head.
ken56 11/02/19 04:14pm Towing
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

Your alternate route is a good idea. It's good road and will get you out of town quicker than going back up to exit 407. It's also possible to get on 321 in Maryville all the way to Lenoir City and puts you right at Melton Dam campground almost. Again good road. Granted, 168/129 back to 40 would be faster, but 321 is more scenic. What ever you do padre have a wonderful time and enjoy the journey. Safe travels.
ken56 10/19/19 02:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

The Apple Barn still has ample paarking for your rig. The sat. view of the Farm Kitchen still shows it being built but I have been there a few times. You would have to park at the hotel directly south of the restaurant or back further behind their main parking lot in an auxillary lot, its all part of the same 5 oaks complex but it would involve a football field walk to get to the restaurant. We were in that area yesterday and traffic on a friday was very heavy. Weekends are quite busy so traffic is always backed up and slow but it does move. Defensive driving is always in order around here. If I may ask again, what are your plans for your overnight if you plan on leaving the area to continue on after your meal? It seems to me you will be taking a good amount of time to get here because those roads are slow going to get out of the area you are at and your arrival time could be mid to late afternoon when to get to Sevierville. If you are not in a hurry think about staying overnight in Sevierville. River Plantation Resort is a nice campground and it is close by both the Apple Barn and the Farm Kitchen.
ken56 10/19/19 05:47am Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

No we havve not ventured over that far as yet. Boone is usually the fartherst we go in that area. I understand about wanting to go to places you have been to before. It brings back good memories. I don't think you will be disappointed going back the the Apple Barn, it's still top notch. Be patient about the traffic around there too, it's fall after all.
ken56 10/18/19 04:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

I'm about 12 miles from Panther Creek and we go up there to camp when we just want to go campping. Love the park since they renovated the bath houses and put in 9 FHU sites. While I know the Apple Barn is good may I suggest trying the Five Oaks Farm Kitchen restaurant this time? It's right accross the street from the Tanger Outlet stores complex not too much further down the road. Big red building on the west side of the road. A big Happy Birthday to you too. At 87 and still going strong like you seem to be don't slow down and keep on doing everything you enjoy. I'm just a boy at 63.
ken56 10/18/19 05:19am Roads and Routes
RE: North North Carolina to Sevierville, TN routes?

I have been around Boone and Blowing Rock and Spruce Pine and some points in between and from that experience you need to be careful taking 'side roads' because you can get into some steep grades and hairpin switchbacks on some of those roads. What are you in? 42 ft. class A? Pulling a 5th wheel? Be careful getting off the state roads. Is making good time important to you? Go up to 81 if it is. Looking at the sat. view on Google maps 88 looks OK to take over to 421/321/26 and pick up 321 again out of Johnson City. Takes you to Newport TN and on into Sevierville. Where in Sevierville if I may ask? Might make a slight difference on how to come in. ...I live near where 81 comes into 40.
ken56 10/17/19 05:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: How cold can you go?

We came back from FL on the 1st of Jan. last year and stopped for an overnight in GA. Down to 28 that night. Our trailer is a '17 Laredo and has the cold weather package insulation. I used the electric fireplace AND the furnace set at 65 for backup and we were comfortable with that. Dealing with water in those temps is another challenge though. Campground had their water shut off but we had 1/2 tank of fresh water and had not emptied the holding tanks yet and did that in the morning with no issue. Nothing frozen. I am not a fan of cold weather camping.
ken56 10/16/19 03:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Brake issues.....

ken56 10/12/19 04:00am Tech Issues
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