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djsamuel

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  1. Trying to plan a trip for next Spring that includes visiting some friends near Springfield, MA (East Longmeadow to be exact). The nearby campgrounds I can find have a wide range of reviews, mainly poor. Does anybody know of a good full hookup campground in the East Longmeadow area? Thanks! Doug
  2. It seems to be an excellent app. I am really pleased with it so far. You can even access this forum from the app.
  3. Yes, 5 cents a gallon. We use ours all the time.
  4. When did Cracker Barrel file for bankruptcy? I can't find anything about that; and even their investor press releases don't mention it.
  5. We have a Zippo LED rechargeable lantern and it does a great job and is rugged.
  6. I think this is a big one, but not limited to just the younger age (not that I'm old ). My wife and I are 60 (I'm soon to be 61), and I am retiring next year. We use our camper a good bit and always associated with some form of activity. We may camp a lot at Disney World (where my wife retired), which entails a lot of walking and then onto state parks and National Parks where we love to hike. Usually during a week to 10 day long camping trip we may hike 80 to 100 miles, especially at a park like the Smoky Mountains. That said, we do like to set days aside to enjoy the camper and the campground; so we're a combination. I do find interest in the technical side of campers, but our focus is on staying active in the outdoors.
  7. I had them for my Travel Trailer. When the A/C went, they were really good and paid for it with no problems. The service manager at the dealer said they are the warranty company they prefer to deal with. Maybe they changed since it expired a couple of years ago.
  8. I agree with the posts above. My Travel Trailer weighs in around 5,000 pounds and I can tow it great with my Ram 1500, including mountains. However, getting up to 7700 pounds, while doable, would be more of a strain, especially when grades are encountered. Stopping wouldn't be an issue as long as your trailer brakes are functioning and set properly. Your mileage won't be any better and the towing experience in general won't be as nice since you'll be closer to the edge of the truck's ability. If you want to get away from diesel, I would just move to a gas F250.
  9. Just saw this on the FMCAssist web page: I don't see any info on the changes that may take place, but I will keep an eye on that.
  10. Thank you. This looks really good.
  11. The highest tow capacity for a 2011 Acadia is 5200 pounds. ( CarMax info https://www.carmax.com/research/gmc/acadia/2011/features-specs ) The trailer has a GVWR of 7,000 pounds but a dry weight of 3980 pounds. So if you keep it lightly loaded and your tongue weight, passengers and other cargo in the Acadia don't push you over the payload limit you may be fine. I don't think I'd be wanting to take a lot of trips with large elevation gains.
  12. Thanks Dan. I hesitate to use the recruit new members page to send to potential members since I want them to realize that I do think membership is valuable, and I'm not doing it to get the $10. The web page you listed (join.fmca.com/save10now) is a good summery of the benefits. I have started posting that one. Thanks again. Doug
  13. Dan, Is there a web page set up for us as members to copy the link and post it on our own Facebook page or email to others? The content would be similar to the digital ads you mention but would be available to members to send to others. Additional digital advertising of the same content FMCA pays for; not a replacement but free further distribution of the ad.
  14. The Olivers are really interesting. I'd like to tour their factory in TN some day.
  15. Lots of decent options for you; many of them would be familiar names from fifth wheels. For what you're looking for it really depends on what you want to spend. I've heard good things about the Winnebago travel trailers. Of course there are others that you would recognize like Heartland, Lance, Jayco, etc. Best bet is search the floor plans and see what seems to suit you and then VERY carefully inspect the trailer. A lot depends on what you want to spend. An Airstream is VERY nice but also very expensive. My wife and I travel around in our Camplite 21BHS which is excellent for us. Unfortunately, Thor bought out LivinLite the manufacturer of Camplites and took them downhill and out of production.
  16. Agree 100%. As a travel trailer owner I joined as soon as I was able. The Travel Assist benefit was one reason I joined and also the roadside assistance deal is pretty good. However, the main reason I joined is to contribute to a group of people that enjoys camping and an organization that supports it. I also am a member of Good Sam but I view that as more of a discount club.
  17. Yes, the Good Sam membership card will get you a discount at Pilot/Flying J. The Flying J/Pilot charge card gets you a bit better discount. Like tireman9 stated above, it isn't a credit card as you have to pay off the balance in full. Works great for us; I've used it quite a bit. As far as I know, you have to be a GS member to get it, but at least in the past there have apparently been other opportunities to get it outside of GS.
  18. I signed up online via this page: https://www.fmca.com/fmca-rv-roadside-assistance
  19. If you're looking to head to Moab for Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, there are many good campgrounds. We stayed at Spanish Trail and it was excellent. Near Bryce, Ruby's is really nice and convenient.
  20. I would agree. Considering what you get, I find the cost of membership as well as the ERS cost very reasonable.
  21. Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont. Nice campground there. Lake Louisa Web Site
  22. I joined right after towables were allowed and have never regretted it. My wife and I have no health problems, but one time I was unexpectedly rushed to the hospital with internal bleeding. I can only imagine what that would have been like if we were traveling somewhere. Assist gives us peace of mind. In addition, I get much better prices on the Road Assistance as well, much cheaper than Coachnet.
  23. Thanks for making me feel young! I'm the old guy at work. 😁 I'm trying to tell as many as I can about FMCA. Hopefully the goals of opening membership to towables will be met.
  24. I saw one of the Grand Design travel trailers a couple of weeks ago while camping in Tennessee. They really look nice, at least from the outside. Their fifth wheels have a good reputation.
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