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Old 08-13-2013, 02:46 PM   #15
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ugh...that makes total sense jcanavera...

I suppose being down this deep south and rarely temps reach sub-freezing (alhtough they do from time to time)...I will not be doing the whole winterizing thing...although in the event of a cold snap I will need to do something...had a pipe freeze 3 years ago when temps dropped overnight...one pip for water to kitchen sink...it ended up not doing damage luckily....but I suppose if that happens I will just run the heat pump in the AS and keep things a bit toasty overnight during those rare events....hmm...im not sure about that...different thread I guess..self hijack my own thread
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:27 PM   #16
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I think a few short trips close to home would be the way to start. It will let the kids get used to it and it won't be far if you need to go home for something.
It also lets you figure out what you forgot and need or what you forgot and want. We always keep a notepad in the trailer so we can write down things.
The most important thing is to not get too serious and just have fun. Enjoy the adventure!
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:38 PM   #17
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If you are going to sleep the baby in something different in the trailer, might acclimate him/her to the new bed before you take your first trip.



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When I did my first trip, it was to a campground with full hookups, including sewer. Good thing, too, because I blew a fuse in the macerator pump, and blew a fuse in the hose take-up reel (that one twice) before I realized the trick to handling them; they're kind of finicky. Since I had full hookups, I wasn't inconveniencing anybody else while I got on top of the learning curve (that scene in Robin Williams's RV was still fresh in my mind).

And on the subject of "good thing, too" it's a good thing I had spare fuses handy.

Also, even though I had a water hookup, I didn't use it at first. I filled the fresh tank, and drew from it until it was empty to figure out what my consumption rate was. Only then did I switch over to the water hookup, secure in the knowledge that I wouldn't over-fill a holding tank from using too much water before dumping the tanks.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:02 PM   #19
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A close destination for you is DeSoto Falls State Park on top of Lookout Mountain just east of Ft Payne, Al. The park has large back-in and pull-thru sites and very clean bathhouses. There are several hiking trails and a boardwalk leading to waterfalls. The drive up the mountain from downtown is not difficult.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #20
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Children of reading ages can play the "find the license plate" for every state game. It's Geography and observation... and will distract the darlings for about 20 minutes. If you're willing to stop every hour or so, birdwatching - know what the local birds ARE and have the kids look for them at rest stops, roadsides in rural areas, etc. And of course if one of the children never spots a bird, it's a hint that a trip to an optician is in order.

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Old 08-13-2013, 08:28 PM   #21
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bk yd safari....we will have the AS from late october through may and will be doing just that often...hitting up local spots in our region. I LOVE ft payne area...amazing swimming holes in little river canyon!! great hiking, etc....we will DEF. check out that site, as I have not done any research yet on RV parks for the most part up there...I want to go camp and fish at many of the lakes...never fished yet guntersville...plan on doing it for a whole weekend with my fishing buddy....also pickwick...and others....will be greatly looking forward to local stuff.....
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Protagonsit....point noted for sure! We plan on camping over at the dealer first night with full hookups...and will camp at a couple of the local state parks with hookups for starts as well!! I already have on my amazon wish list spare fuses of all varieties (well all that I am aware of so far...point being its on my list).
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Protagonsit....point noted for sure! We plan on camping over at the dealer first night with full hookups...and will camp at a couple of the local state parks with hookups for starts as well!! I already have on my amazon wish list spare fuses of all varieties (well all that I am aware of so far...point being its on my list).
Having fuses, etc and knowing where they are under pressure are interesting experiences. I got a couple divided square boxes where you can adjust size. I then loaded electrical on one side and plumbing then hardware items from one side to other. The boxes are stored in the AS where I can access. The outside stuff near a door the inside stuff deeper into the AS.

Same with kids. We didn't have DVD etc. so we interacted with them. Wife would sit in back and play or point out things. We do same with grandkritters. We play ABC game where they spot letters. No scoring. If too irritable a low dose if Benadryl usually settled agitation such as seat discomfort or allergy. We traveled a lot at night and with full tummy they nap well. Again, stop when you need a break.

Grandkritters don't seem to bother us as much. But we aren't taking realllllllly long trips with them without parental units.

Whatever works for y'all. No worries! It will be fun.
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Chomping at the bits- Rarin' to go!
We are going this weekend.
North Abutment campground, Grenada Lake, 3rd loop, spot 32.
Bills are all paid and there is money left over.
85 highs 65 lows Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Feeling excited!
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North Abutment campground, Grenada Lake, 3rd loop, spot 32.
I came near as a whisker to reserving a site there for Labor Day weekend, but the only sites not already booked for that weekend were kind of sparse on the shade. Ended up reserving a spot at Wallace Creek Campground on Enid Lake instead, just up I-55 from Grenada.

Let us know how you like it at Grenada. I still hope to go there for a later holiday weekend.
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you an have your 85/65 for camping, we are going to have 70/50; now that's camping. It's only August and Global Warming! burrrrr. This is Iowa and next week we will see the 80's again. Down south you will get 12 months of camping where up here we get 7-8 months--lucky you. But we could be "snow birds".
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Hey Protagonist

I used to live near Bayou St. John, when I was a kid, actually Vista Shores. ( Katrina took our old house ) Whenever I went back to NOLA, here was always too much going on for me to explore Cajun country. Have you been? Any stories? Any recommendations for us?
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Whenever I went back to NOLA, here was always too much going on for me to explore Cajun country. Have you been?
Oddly enough, most of my camping so far has consisted of getting OUT of Cajun Country! Not that I have anything against it— I certainly don't— it has just kind of worked out that way.

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Airstreaming stories, not too many. Haven't owned an RV for all that long. Plus, when I go camping as a break from work, I'm not looking for excitement. Anyone who gets a story out of just relaxing is doing it wrong! But retirement is less than a year and a half away, and that's when I'll go camping for excitement, because day-to-day life will already be relaxing.

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One word— Tabasco. Specifically, Avery Island, LA, where they make the stuff. Not sure where you'd camp nearby, but the factory tour is well worth the trip. The Jungle Gardens on the island are nice, too.

Visitor Information | Avery Island | TABASCO.COM

And another word— Rodeo. The Angola Prison Rodeo is a great show, but go early and check out the arts and crafts for sale, too, all handmade by prisoners (for parking, the earlier you get there, the better, too). The rodeo happens every Sunday in October and one weekend in April. There's a decent campground about nine miles away, called Cypress Bayou RV Park, which is where the GNO Unit of WBCCI held their Angola Prison Rodeo Rally this spring.

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And one more word— Festivals. Here's a link where you can find the major festivals for the rest of the year in south Louisiana:

Louisiana festival guide 2013: Eating your way across state lines | NOLA.com
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