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Hi Everyone,

 

The trailer is hooked up and I hope it is ready for some road time. I should get there some time Saturday God willing. Wish me luck. This is my first pull with this trailer. I have only pulled a travel trailer twice with the truck. I am a rookie. I might need help with backing the trailer. I will be in site # 315.

 

See everyone Saturday,

Al

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I'm in Troutville, VA now. I plan on arriving tomorrow morning. I did not bring my Prius with me (my trailer was stolen last year) so, I'll be begging rides from where we'll be parked to the pavillion where all the activities occur. Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

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We are in route. Spent the night at the casino in Sallasaw OK.

On our drive yesterday from Rolling Retreats where we had a little work done on the suite we had rickandjanice pass us just west of OKC. After the traffic jam we traided lead with them. We pulled over at a exit for the dogs to take a potty break and here they come. They were camping at that exit and we had a great visit.

Don't know if we will make it in tonight or not, but on our way.

Roger

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We are also enroute but will not arrive till Saturday.


Our A/C had a very slow leak (< 1 can a year) that apparently got worse. Adding freon a couple days before we left had it blowing cold, but it apparently leaked right out before we left yesterday. I could have taken it to a 24 hour TA garage near where we stayed last night (and will stay tonight) but I didn't know if an TA was the best choice and it may had delayed our arrival to the rally if any needed parts were delayed. It will be cooler tomorrow than we endured yesterday. We will bear with it another day so that I can get advice at the rally before getting it repaired.


I had the annual PM done at Speedco this morning about 40-50 mi south of Atlanta on I 75.


Forest Glen RV Park, Jackson GA , I 75 Exit 205, that I am at will NOT get added to the HDT campground guide. If I wanted to put out my large dining/sofa slide to access the rear half of the trailer, the best site they had required about 50 feet of electric cable and water hose. Even more sewer hose was needed. I reached the elec and water, but did not have that much sewer hose. I will need to bring in the slides and then back the trailer up to dump before we leave in the morning.


To make it a bit worse, after all the slides were out and we were level, and while I was unloading the smart, Cathy saw the water that came out of the tap was rusty so she ran the sink for a half hour nearly filling our grey tank. Since we started full timing in December, we have always had full hookups and have not worried about this. I could bring the slides in and hook up to the truck again and back it up to the sewer, but I want to figure out how the blue boy procedure works anyhow. I just hope my first time using the blue boy won't be You Tube blooper worthy. I assume I can figure out when the blue boy is full and shut the valve on the trailer in time. At least it's not the black tank.


I look forward to meeting everyone. For most of you it will probably be the for the first time.


Jim

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Forest Glen RV Park, Jackson GA , I 75 Exit 205, that I am at will NOT get added to the HDT campground guide. If I wanted to put out my large dining/sofa slide to access the rear half of the trailer, the best site they had required about 50 feet of electric cable and water hose. Even more sewer hose was needed. I reached the elec and water, but did not have that much sewer hose. I will need to bring in the slides and then back the trailer up to dump before we leave in the morning.

 

To make it a bit worse, after all the slides were out and we were level, and while I was unloading the smart, Cathy saw the water that came out of the tap was rusty so she ran the sink for a half hour nearly filling our grey tank. Since we started full timing in December, we have always had full hookups and have not worried about this. I could bring the slides in and hook up to the truck again and back it up to the sewer, but I want to figure out how the blue boy procedure works anyhow. I just hope my first time using the blue boy won't be You Tube blooper worthy. I assume I can figure out when the blue boy is full and shut the valve on the trailer in time. At least it's not the black tank.

 

Jim

Jim - One of the lessons that you will learn is to:

 

Open the hose bib and flush the water before ever hooking a hose, filter, regulator, etc. And, run it into a white pail for contrast. Once you get clear water, for a bit, then you start to add hoses, etc. Especially in parks that are just opening for the season.

 

I consider that right there with the electrical test.

 

You may want to change the filter media, flush the hoses, regulator, emm... any hot water use?? Guess where else it went??.

 

Also, drain some of that water into the black tank and let it agitate while moving to the next spot and dump as soon as you arrive. Maybe a PITA, but it helps to loosen things up and get them out of the tank and into the sewer hose.

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I made a command decision at about 13:00 hrs today to divert to Crossville instead of original destination of South Bend IN. Sunflower the cat and I will arrive about 12:00 hrs Sunday. Heard there was way too much fun going on there and have to make sure it doesn't get out of control.

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Judy and I are at 309 and have met sooo many nice people so far. HDT is the only way to go. Great people , good times...We will make this a yearly destination from now on.

 

!P.S.

,.... The campgrounds is just amazing. It's a real pleasure to be somewhere where the owners come around and ask if every things OK .

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Back home again as we had to leave the rally WAY to soon but work pays for the toys..... Many thanks to Paul for letting Vicki get behind the wheel of his truck (NEVER thought I would see that happen, she will not test drive a car much less a HDT). Thanks again to all of those that opened up their trucks and answered a lot of questions from us. We are still talking and trying to decide whether to keep the big bore MDT or go with a HDT with a Smart car bed and don't know what we will do in the long run but at least we are better informed now.....

 

Many thanks to Carl and Donna for putting on the rally, Steve and Gail for being gracious hosts and cooking a superb meal on Thursday night and all of the new friends we have made at the rally for the short time we were able to attend. Reservations are already made for next year and I promise to not make another business trip in the middle of a rally....

 

David and Vicki

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Back home again as we had to leave the rally WAY to soon but work pays for the toys..... Many thanks to Paul for letting Vicki get behind the wheel of his truck (NEVER thought I would see that happen, she will not test drive a car much less a HDT). Thanks again to all of those that opened up their trucks and answered a lot of questions from us. We are still talking and trying to decide whether to keep the big bore MDT or go with a HDT with a Smart car bed and don't know what we will do in the long run but at least we are better informed now.....

 

Many thanks to Carl and Donna for putting on the rally, Steve and Gail for being gracious hosts and cooking a superb meal on Thursday night and all of the new friends we have made at the rally for the short time we were able to attend. Reservations are already made for next year and I promise to not make another business trip in the middle of a rally....

 

David and Vicki

 

David,

It was great meeting you and Vicki,

Glad you made it home safe.

 

Are you planning on making the national rally this year? Hope to see you there, it is a very short drive for us, so I think we will be able to attend again this year, it will

be the first time for the Volvo, and some people will thank me for not driving the Chevrolet,(that's Big5er) I guess I woke him up last year from a nap, but he did need

another DP, as his sugar level was running low :lol:

 

Roger

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I really enjoyed the short time we were able to spend at the rally. I wish we could have stayed longer, but unfortunately life (ie. jobs/kids' school) got in the way. We made it back home safely this morning about 1AM. It was great putting faces, and personalities, with the usernames here on the board. I appreciate everyone's hospitality. I'm hopeful we will be able to attend the national rally as well.

 

 

-brit

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