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331  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, NC on: October 27, 2013, 09:29:55 am
We are doing civil war sites as we go (John is a big civil war buff). Unfortunately, many were closed due to government shutdown but we saw most of what we wanted to see. We cross into Tennessee tomorrow to hit sites over there. I found this website which has been quite helpful - note that a lot of "sites" listed are "interpretive signs". We walked for blocks in Winchester and after considerable searching, found a little sign on the side of a building that told us no more than what we read at the visitor center or in the brochures - basically "things happened in this area but you can't see anything anymore because the town was built on it". We didn't bother searching for additional signs. I do recommend you go to the visitor center in Lexington VA. You can park all day (though probably couldn't fit an RV) and they give you a map for a walking tour that takes you to Jackson's house, General Lee's tomb (and Traveler's gravesite), VMI where they have several museums (and where the cadets lead a very good, free tour at noon - not Civil War but good), on to Jackson's grave and back to the visitor center. I doubt you'll be in Maryland in December but the Antietam Illumination is awesome. It takes place the first Saturday in December. A luminary is placed for every casualty (missing, wounded, dead). They are placed on the lawns and fields in a 5x5' grid and lit near sunset. There is a little speech at the Maryland monument then they play echo taps. At dark, cars drive slowly through the battlefield to view the luminaries - VERY sobering. Note that the cars line up hours in advance. The volunteers that set and lit the luminaries go first then the public (our Scout Troop managed one of the corn fields for years.) If you are up there, I highly recommend it. If not, you can see some pics online but you only see bits and pieces, not miles of little lights.
332  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Need tips on Hot Springs NP on: October 27, 2013, 07:01:10 am
What did you bribe Mother Nature with to get 45 degrees? Don't tell me it's because you've been so good, I just won't buy that one. I thought this cold came from Canada but now I'm thinking you Yoopers sent it our way. We're going to need to keep a closer eye on upper Michigan. (Hey Frank, I can't type without moving my hands either).
333  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Need tips on Hot Springs NP on: October 25, 2013, 07:40:27 pm
Sparky, if you torment us frozen people with your "Texas winter", we're going to wait until it gets REALLY hot down there and torment you right back. It is expected to hit 26 degrees tonight here in Asheville NC... yee-ha! We unhooked the hoses, turned on the tank heaters, fired up the house heaters and snuggled down in our woolies to wait it out. Temps should trend back up this weekend. You might want to check weather before you roll east to camp. Canada sent us some downright nippy weather.
334  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Blue Ridge Parkway October 2013 on: October 25, 2013, 07:32:30 pm
The weekends have been crazy busy on the parkway since the government reopened, and that includes Friday all day (a lot of people playing hooky). The other days have been great. It was empty the entire week due to the shutdown but traffic is still light mid-week with everything open again. Remember that this is October - FALL COLOR season so it is the busiest month of the year for the Blue Ridge and people leave their common sense at home. We've seen people stop dead in the road, get out and take pictures with 20 cars lined up behind them. There are also a lot of close calls pulling in and out of the overlooks and just plain stupid parking maneuvers. We decided to work on the weekends or play at local towns and festivals and travel the parkway Monday-Thursday. That has worked well for us.
335  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2551 Can't get the front seat to swivel. on: October 24, 2013, 09:08:04 pm
 I open the passenger door, slide the seat all the way forward, swivel it slightly, then slide it back a bit and complete the swivel, then adjust the slide and recline. It can be done without opening the door but I find it easier that way.
336  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 24, 2013, 07:36:03 am
Thank you all for the info. We don't hear any change in noise when cranking from the outside so it is possible the pump is out. We bought the carb cleaner but chickened out on using it after reading the Onan warranty that says if you use anything other than what they recommend (which is Onan brand carb cleaner) that it voids your warranty. There is a camping world nearby so we plan to go there and see if they have the Onan stuff. If that doesn't work, the camp host here has a local RV repair guy he recommends so we will probably have him take a look at it.
337  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, NC on: October 23, 2013, 08:15:42 am
I forgot to mention that when your GPS says you have arrived... you haven't. Keep driving about 1 mile and there is a can't miss sign for rec area. Another note is John and I are into nature and seldom make use of amenities in a park. Those items I mentioned are about it. The camp hosts sell firewood and ice but there are no extra buildings, game rooms, snack bar, movie rentals, etc. It looks like they run a few activities in the summertime. Also, we have Verizon and can get fairly good signal in about a half dozen of their sites without kicking on our cell phone booster. Our mi-fi is getting 2 bars at 4G. However, they said that some people have no cell service at all in here. We drove around the campground with cell phone and mi-fi in hand checking signal prior to selecting our site since we work from the rig via the internet. And, if you are here during hunting season and plan to hike or bike outside the campground, bring an orange vest. It is better to look dorky than dead. Walmart sells them. We always wear them in/near hunting areas. It seems someone is always hunting something. If you don't do dorky, I saw one female mountain biker in a day-glo pink top. You couldn't miss her flying through the woods but there was no dork factor there.
338  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, NC on: October 22, 2013, 05:07:19 pm
Gorgeous campground! We stumbled upon Lake Powhatan Recreation Area just outside of Asheville NC. Our site is a large, shaded, almost level, paved pad that easily fits the cruiser and our toad, with gravel pad for the picnic table and fire ring, very nice showers and baths, and full hook ups for $31.00 per night (no additional tax or fees, electric post handles up to 50 amp service). Everything looks new. We are in a National Forest but the campground is run/managed by CFAIA (Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association - There are numerous hiking and mountain bike trails nearby and several campers are carrying kayaks (we think to use on the nearby French Broad River since the lake here is beautiful but small and does not allow boats). There is a nice sandy swimming beach and a fishing pier on the opposite side of the lake. The lake and streams are stocked with trout and posted signs say no minimum size but limit of 7 per day. We are ten minutes from Asheville and even closer to the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC Arboretum. Biltmore is nearby as well as tons of other parks and sites. Very nice. They have a 14 day camping limit which is probably good because we would probably never leave.
339  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 21, 2013, 05:22:03 pm
Ron, are you saying you broke your wife's car?
340  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 21, 2013, 05:20:03 pm
We do have a little ceramic heater that does a good job of keeping us warm. We've only used it down to about 40 degrees. We couldn't use it the last few nights because we were dry camping with no power hookups. We are now in the Asheville area and plan to camp with hookups for the week so we should be set with heat strip and/or electric heater. The forecast was calling for snow where we were camped so we decided to move on down the road. We hope to camp in the Smokies next so the propane heater will be back in play.
341  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 21, 2013, 05:05:19 pm
Gas tank was full. Several questions
- is the air cleaner another name for air filter, if so do we just spray carb cleaner into the opening where the filter was? Meaning into whatever hole it was covering.
- can you hear the fuel pump from inside or should we be starting the genie from outside? Are we talking about the Ford truck pump or does the generator have its own?
FYI - the Onan manual leaves much to be desired.
There is a bracket type switch on the right side of the housing. It is switched to on and I got the impression that it's purpose was to block power to the house batteries in case of some sort of overload. Since it is on I figure it isn't the problem.
342  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Motor mods on: October 20, 2013, 09:30:27 pm
Would Bill drive something like that? If so, would his DW agree to navigate? Seriously, how drunk do you have to be to think that's a good design idea? I understand beer can chicken (very good by the way) but that vehicle had to have way more"creative juices" involved in the planning stages.
343  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: October 20, 2013, 09:08:53 pm
WOW! That is sweet! Congratulations - You must be really excited. ENJOY!
344  Main Forum / General Discussion / Question on propane furnace on: October 20, 2013, 08:57:10 pm
It's cold in these hills (35 degrees this morning). We are boondocking and using the furnace at night. John and I both think we were told that we cannot run the furnace without opening the window or running a fan... which seems counter-productive but we don't want to die from lack of oxygen. Any advice from you experienced folks?
345  Main Forum / General Discussion / Generator won't start on: October 20, 2013, 08:50:49 pm
Our gennie won't start. It cranks but doesn't turn over. It's been 5 1/2 weeks since we ran it. It only has 18 hours on it. My question is... is there a kill switch or fuel shut off that may have been put into play during one of our many service stops? We adjusted for altitude, checked battery connections on both ends, waited until the air temp was reasonable, checked the air filter, and ran the truck while we cranked it just in case it needed a little extra oomph. We don't have a socket that fits the spark plug but plan to get one in a day or two and pull that. Is there any thing else we missed?
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