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16  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Any ideas for adventure in the Carolinas ? on: April 30, 2012, 05:54:55 pm
Here's the deal.  We are finally heading out from CT after our winter hibernation.  We have plans in Darlington, SC on May 12 ... followed by plans in Charlotte, NC on May 19.

Open to suggestions for the time in between ? 

Myrtle Beach is nearby, but I think it is the 1st week of Bike Weeks.  I haven't been to Charleston, SC since college.  Never been to Wilmington, NC or Hilton Head, SC.  We are even considering driving all the way back north to Virginia Beach because there is a place there that we just would love to return to.

I would prefer to keep the driving to a minimum.  We are the FHU types, not at all into the boondocking thing.  My wife's idea of camping is staying at a Holiday Inn !


Thoughts ...



17  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: February 19, 2012, 07:05:01 pm
Our cat has a dog ...  Smile

On the road they are OK.  They actually rode better in a truck towing a 5th wheel, go figure.   shrug  But once parked and set-up, they love the adventure and do very well in the small confines of out 2350.   ThumbsUp

For a balanced life one should have a dog to adore you and a cat to ignore you !


18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emptying the grey and water tanks on: February 16, 2012, 09:06:56 am
And that product has good reviews ...
19  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Nashville TN campground on: February 15, 2012, 06:36:24 pm
It has been a few years, but Nashville, TN was a routine stop for us when we lived in Louisville, KY.

Two Rivers, a KOA and a JellyStone are all in the same area on the same road.  We never stayed at Jellystone.  Two Rivers is the smallest of them, it has dirt/gravel roads and sites with basic ammenities.  I would return there if only passing through for a night and if there hadn't been much rain in the past, present or future.  The KOA is more expensive of course, but it had more than basic amenities.  Roads and sites are paved.  We would return.

Most importantly, for fried catfish take a short walk to the "Cock of the Walk" restaurant !

ALTHOUGH ... we haven't been in the area since 2009 so some of this may have changed !
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emptying the grey and water tanks on: February 15, 2012, 08:57:29 am
It seems that the meter never shows the tanks being less than 1/3 full. That is after the pump runs free and there is no more water being expelled, the meter shows 1/3 full.

I recognize it may be the meter, but am wondering if i ought to just put the 3.5 inch drain hose on and see if it wlll empty any more. Any other suggestions. Is there a way to see the tanks to make a visual inspection in both tanks?

gm 2010 2551

The tanks are black and ours are wrapped, no visual inspection possible.  Although you may be able to see down into the toilet that your black one is full, but not empty.

I used to think it was the meter and gunk stuck on the sides, but that doesn't explain a grey that never shows empty.  And they would show 1/3 even after a thorough flush and pump out with the Sani-Com.

At the end of the season I used the 3.5" sewer drain and now the gauge does in fact read empty.  There was a few gallons (less than 5) remaining in each even after the pump ran dry.  I suspect the pump is not capable of draining the tanks completely in my rig ... a 2010 Sprinter 2350.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Does anyone tow with a Sprinter ? on: July 24, 2011, 05:32:16 pm
Thanks for the additional info.  Our dog is the same size.  I figured a Smart would be fine for short trips around town.  If we're going far, its in the motor home anyway.

I agree with you on the trailer vs tow bar.  The costs of all the pieces required for safe 4 down towing certainly do add up.

Thanks again for your perspective.

22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Does anyone tow with a Sprinter ? on: July 23, 2011, 09:06:25 pm
Plenty of folks are towing them 4 down.  Blue Ox has a base plate.  There is a company in the UK that sells a tow bar and supplemental vacuum brake system.

I don't exactly know the hows/whys ... but the auto can be towed 4 down, because it is not a "true" auto.  It is a manual without a clutch, and no torque converter ... ???   Some design that I am still trying to figure out the details. 

The Smart is just over 1800lbs.   exactly!  I towed a Suzuki Samurai with our other Class B on a 2004 E350.  I used a United Gear supplemental braking system even though the Sami weighed about 2000lbs.  I don't like "marginal" braking scenarios.

I'd get another Suzuki if I could find the right one.  Although riding around in a 1980's Samurai is only slightly better than a golf cart !  The Smart would have a/c, easily maintain highway speeds and modern safety restraints.  An MR2 would doo all of that also, but would it have a place behind the seats for my dog ?  She goes everywhere with us !  Which is another reason I am seriously considering a Smart car as a dinghy.

23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Does anyone tow with a Sprinter ? on: July 23, 2011, 02:06:59 pm
EXACTLY what I am looking into ! 

I have been considering the pros & cons of towing a Smart  (or any car) 4 down.  Lots of info scattered about.  What brand is your trailer ? Where did you get it ?  Possibly here ...

What year is the Smart car ?  Just wondering if the older european pre-2008 models are lighter.  There is a 2003 on Craigs-list for $7000 and a 2008 for $8000 in my area.  So I am just trying to gather more info from current owners.

Thanks !

24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Does anyone tow with a Sprinter ? on: July 23, 2011, 11:16:13 am

Just wondering if anyone who has a 2350/2400 on the Dodge Sprinter tows a car or trailer, and what type ?

We are considering it for future long trips when we will stay in one place for awhile.  Haven't had to yet, but I would like to know if anyone does ...



25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Emergency Road service on: July 13, 2011, 09:22:10 pm

   We use the AAA RV plus membership.   We do not have any AAA insurance--just their membership.  It cost us about $72 dollars a year and they will change a tire or tow you (up to 100 miles) to a facility for major repairs.  When we had a travel trailer we had a blown tire and they were out in 15 minutes, changed it and we were back on the road.  You also get the added benefit of their trip tiks and travel books/services.  The membership money for us is pece of mind when we travel.  It covers all your vehicles, not just your RV so if you have a flat on a car, or lose battery or whatever, they'll be there to help.  Also gets you three gallons of gas if you run out.  Just don't remind my DW of this one!!

We had a similar good experience with AAA.  Halfway between Yuma and San Diego my truck blew its ignition coil and stopped climbing the terrain going into San Diego county.  Absolutely the middle of nowhere. 

AAA dispatched two vehicles.  One towed our 5th wheel to the campsite while the other dropped off my truck at a nearby Chevy dealer.  We even rode in the one towing the camper. 

If you decide to get AAA, definitely opt for the PLUS upgrade.  That gives you the 100 mile tow.  I think the standard option is only 10 miles.  This may vary from club to club and state to state.

26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 13, 2011, 01:53:21 pm

We still have the conventional mattress for the corner bed.  Its just when we make the bed, we only tuck the sheets under the topper.  By the way, it was her idea, so it keeps with your theme ... HW = HL !

It is very easy to run around with too much "fluff" in an RV.  We haven't filled the PC yet, and hopefully we won't until we go on a long cross-county this winter.

My "just in case stuff" has been shrunk down to a tool box and two small tupperware containers of  stuff  ... that took awhile.  But the Gulfstream BT was good at teaching me what you really can use for repairs on the road.

Don't feel bad about the levelers if you only carried them for 2 weeks.  I still have my set onboard.  And considering where we will be travelling, I am not ready to unload them yet.   shrug

Live and learn ...  ThumbsUp

UPDATE ... used my leveling blocks in 2 campgrounds last week.  We don't sleep well with our head lower than our feet !
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 13, 2011, 09:03:53 am
Ours is not the slate grey.  Rust Lower Body Paint, with Classic Umber Interior Colors.

So far the corner bed has not been an issue.  We use a foam mattress topper (from Ikea)  which eases the hassle of making a corner bed.  It is "cozy" but we have been getting a good nights sleep so far on a couple short trips.  No long trip scheduled until Sept and beyond.

The ride and handling characteristics of the Sprinter are amazing compared to what we have had before.  One of our previous RVs was a 2004 Gulfstream B Touring Cruiser on an E350.  The ride was just plain terrible, noisy and sometime scary.  By the way, everyone should have to own a Gulfsteam ... ONCE !   LOL   If only for on site repair skills.

28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 13, 2011, 05:30:07 am
We just got our "used" 2010 PC 2350 on the Sprinter chassis in May/June.  After three 5th wheel campers and one other class B+ or C- motor home, I think we finally found a keeper !


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