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Old 08-25-2014, 08:38 AM   #15
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Hungry Mother

Gee whiz Pharmgeek, you were just a few miles down the road; I could have came by and said 'hi, welcome to Virginia'. (or not)
Hungry Mother is a great name for state park. Real nice area. Anyhoo, hope it didn't rain too much, and you and your family had a great time.
Have a good one!
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:46 AM   #16
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Ah man - I shoulda posted that I would be there

I grew up in Tazewell VA - born in Bluefield WVA - grew up going to hungry mothers about one a year - 1 hour drive over 2 mountains - curviest roads I have driven yet - bit coming from 81 I did not have to go the old mountain route

Sorry we missed ya

It rained heavy Friday evening but with awnining out and a 10x10 pop up tent with sides Velcro'd on - kids all watched movies in the trailer and we sat out and enjoyed the rain


My sister and her 8 and 11 year old daughters camped with us - totaled 7 people comfortably slept in the Airstream

I reached some sort of obotl limit so I can't post pics
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:47 AM   #17
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Saturday though had family picnic and day turned out idyllic and Sunday was totally clear for drive home
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:50 AM   #18
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Backing has always been an adventure for me. I let spectators know that there is a price of admission. I expect cold beer to be waiting for me when I am done. Hitching up on the other hand usually goes smoothly. I am sure somewhere out there is that one spot that will give me trouble.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:12 AM   #19
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Although I am not familiar intimately with Mennonite beliefs - I'm not sure they are toting beer in their coolers

Backing so far I'm pretty good at

Hitching has mostly been fine with the 3P - every once in a while it gives me a test of my patience
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:24 AM   #20
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We have all had tense parking and hitching problems. It is not fun. It is also not fun when someone is trying to help and is giving you false signals like honking the horn when they think you are about to hit something when really everything is fine and they are an idiot. Said horn honking prompts you to abandon a good parking attempt and keep trying dispute the idiot with the horn. This was my experience at Fort Desoto in St Pete Florida. Despite being a favorite spot for many Airstreamers, we were not real impressed. It is hard to get there and then is it just a beach like any other beach just harder to get to. I much prefer St Joe State Park. Getting hitched when the truck is at an extreme angle can be hard. The Propride might offer additional difficulties compared to a plain old ball. The foliage completely blocked my view of the trailer and it was on the right side as well. There were also poles and thing hidden in the brush. The bathrooms were pretty nasty there and looked like they have not been renovated in 30 yrs.

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Old 08-25-2014, 09:33 AM   #21
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Perry - I look forward to hitting port st. Joe in coming years - it was my first ever time to see the ocean from that beach and campground at age 15 - beautiful spot in my memory !!
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:46 AM   #22
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It is also a lot closer than going to St Pete from where we live. We were already in Mt Dora, FL so Ft Desoto was not that far away. It did make the trip out of there longer and our little monkey had a full blown temper tantrum when we got to Falling Waters which is our usual half way point when coming from central FL. We are home schooling this year so I expect we will go to St Joe on Jan-Fed time frame when it is cool and the bugs are not bad. We can travel when we want to instead of when the school wants us to.

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Old 08-25-2014, 11:37 AM   #23
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On a recent trip we had a guy come over and discuss the relative merits of using a minivan to tow our Airstream, which ordinarily would have been fine except that I was mid-hitch up with the TV wedged across the loop road. I carried on working but he wouldn't let up, not getting the hint that I really needed to move the rig. *sigh*. It took me much longer to clear the road as he sucked his teeth and tutted.

I've yet to attract a proper audience yet, though, thank goodness.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:30 AM   #24
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I have run more than one person off when I was setting up or packing every thing up to leave. We can always talk later. Someone trying to help or just asking silly questions just confuses me. I need to concentrate these days and can forget steps (even using a check list) if too distracted. I quickly explain that I do not mean to be rude, but---.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:47 AM   #25
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After 5 years of using an HA hitch, I finally ran into a similar hitch alignment problem I couldn't deal with last month - but my problem was unhitching, not hitching - although had I been able to unhitch, I'm sure I would have had a real chore to hitch up again later.

The back-in site we were assigned was quite level where the trailer was parked, but when I got the trailer back into position, the lie of the land was such that our truck was on quite an upward slope up to the roadway - i.e. the site was quite a bit lower than the access road.

No matter what I did with the tongue jack, I could not get the stinger to come loose in the hitch. Without it coming loose, it was impossible to get it to pull the stinger out of the trailer hitch even though everything was undone and ready.

Trying to do so just dragged the trailer and popped the scissors chocks out of position between the trailer wheels!

At this point I realized that if I ever did get it unhitched I would probably have real fun and games trying to hitch up when we wanted to leave.

In the end, I just got them to switch sites for me - although no doubt the office people wondered what sort of a newbie RV'er I was that couldn't even unhitch his trailer!

I still think that a PP or HA is well worth this occasional inconvenience. As mentioned this is the first such problem I encountered in five years of use.

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I guess I was what you could call a spectator also.
We were in a very nice campground in Sioux Falls, SD. Nice and quite, large sites right by a lake and no bugs.
We were already setup when a unit, sob, pulled in beside us and the parents and three little girls piled out. We exchanged greetings and he said first things first we are all going swimming. I said sounds like you have your priorities straight.
I was in our trailer when he came back and finished his setup.
Next morning we are both preparing to leave and I hear the electric jack on his trailer really struggling. He was raising the front of the trailer probably eight inches trying to hookup. The problem was he still had all of his stabilizers down. I could see daylight under the front stabilizers and could see the axles slowly dropping a little.
I thought about saying something but decided to keep my comments to myself.
He didn't act like a newbie doing other things around the trailer.
Had a great trip out West. Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho is quite unusual. Recommend stopping by if you are any where close. We really love the western states.
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