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Reviews of Encore parks including Thousand Trails, Naco, Mid Atlantic, RPI, Enjoy America and Outdoor World parks we visit.

We are in VA!

Well the second part of our journey has begun.  We left Hershey Thousand Trails on Tuesday and arrived at Williamsburg Outdoor World in Williamsburg, VA.  We are here for a couple of weeks before moving down to NC.

This is a pretty nice park with full hook-ups and 50 amp service.  Major roads are near by so getting around is also pretty easy.  Staff has been excellent so far.  Looks like there is constant activity this time of year.  Rigs coming and going.  The sites are all pull through which made it easy for Daisy.  I let her drive the last couple of hours which means she got to park the rig when we pulled in.  I have to say she does a pretty good job at it.

If you been reading any of the older post or the Facebook pages, you know we have had our Internet service with Millenicom (a Verizon Reseller).  Well it appears that Millenicom and Verizon have had a falling out.  Our Internet service is up in the air.  I will write another post on that subject in a little bit.  Watch out for it.

We are here for 2 weeks, so if you are in the area, stop by site A19 and say hi.

Life is slowing down…

Well we moved from PA Dutch Country to Hershey Thousand Trails until Oct 21.  Then we will be on the road again heading south to FL.  Going to be a slow trip.  Won’t make it to FL until beginning of Jan 2015.

While at Hershey, I hope to get some of the little maintenance things done.  Need to replace the springs on the levelers and the awning material.  After that the only open issue is the air horn.  Tried looking into it the other day and can’t seem to figure out what is wrong.  May have to call my son-in-law for some help.  Once he fixes it will take him to Shady Maple for dinner.  Have to keep him willing to work on the rig as much as possible.

Been on the road now for 3 months and still haven’t pulled out the guitar.  So today is the day.  I have the books and stuff, just have to make time.  Will post a picture to prove I did it.  It is a nice guitar.  Thank you Dr Gerry!  I promise to get a picture to you soon.

Hershey Thousand Trails is a nice park.  They are wired for 50 Amps on most sites.  However, only one section is free (for 50 amp service), the others you have to pay for 50 amps if you want to use it.  We are in the H section and have SATELLITE!!!!  Been over a month since I have been able to watch satellite TV.  Our site is pretty level and gravel covered.  Even at the end of the season, they have quite a few events scheduled, which is nice.

Until we move again, not much is going on.  Have camped in this area for so long we have seen most of the sights.  Friday we will go to Green Dragon Flea Market, Tuesday we go to Rices.

Daisy’s Birthday is coming up so we will be going to Shady Maple for dinner and then on Saturday will get with the kids.  She celebrates her 10th anniversary of turning 50!

Oh, I am now a Certified RV Inspector.  I will be writing more about that in the coming weeks.  Hoping to get the advance class done while in FL.  Will be putting up an new website for the RV Inspection stuff as well.  Hope to write some articles to help people understand their rigs that they might be buying as well as promote the RV inspection business.

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Back in Wilmington, OH

We arrived at Wilmington Thousand Trails on Tuesday. First thing is the steps started acting up again. Won’t go out and if I get them out they won’t -go back in. Then the awning when we packed up in IN refused to retract all the way on one end. Adding more items to our list of repairs. Any way, we are safe and sound. Set up and were ready to hit the rest of the Air Force Museum in Dayton.

Before we hit the road to Dayton, decided to take a look at the steps and awning. Daisy and Mom where also complaining of a Propane smell overnight but I couldn’t smell it. I found the problem with the awning and it was missing a screw on the roller cap. Didn’t have any so went to the office to see if I could find someone that might have one. On the way up there I noticed a pickup truck behind me with a ladder on the roof. Waved him down and turns out he is a RV repairman. Asked if he could take a look at the awning and steps, luckily he had a few minutes. Charles Uhl of Reliable RV Mobile Service, 513-919-4491. Charles is a Master Certified RV Tech.

So, Charles and his help start working on the rig and first thing he says is you have a propane leak. Add another item to the list he will check out. After about an hour, he has the steps troubleshot and repaired. Seems there are some connections under the rig that were corroded and loose. Easy fix. Next was the awning, took about 10 minutes to replace the screws and 30 minutes to realign the roller to get it to roll back up. The awning material needs to be replaced badly (which we knew). He suggested leaving it rolled up until we can replace the awning. Last was the propane leak. Apparently the leak was on the low pressure side of the regulator and not very big. He didn’t have a regulator so for now we go without propane. No big deal as we don’t use it much anyway. Our coffee maker and NuWave hot plate will take care of most of our needs until we get back to PA and have our normal RV Tech make the repairs. I might even do it myself 🙂

The Air Force Museum is a huge place. It is in 6 old aircraft hangers. We managed to get 4 of them done the first trip. So we only had 2 to visit this time. These two are the Presidents exhibit and the Test Flight area.

The Presidents area has some of the planes used by Presidents over the last 100 years. It includes Air Force One that was used by Kennedy. Four of the planes are set up so you can walk through them. Unfortunately, my claustrophobia kept me out of them. Daisy took plenty of pictures for me and you.

Communications
Communications
Pilot Area
Pilot Area
Kennedy Air Force One
Kennedy Air Force One
First Air Force One
First Air Force One
Smaller Air Force One
Smaller Air Force One

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Air Force One Seating
Air Force One Seating

 

The other hanger is the Flight Test Hanger.  Here are some of the test flight aircraft.  As Daisy pointed out they don’t have much in the way of ‘newer’ aircraft.  It seems to stop at F-16 era.  I thought this was probably due to the fact that we are still flying this generation and did not want to give away too many secrets.

This hanger is kind of stuff full of aircraft with no real ‘path’ to walk through, you kind of just picked your way around.

FB-70 was one of my favorite aircraft growing up.
FB-70 was one of my favorite aircraft growing up.
This two man space craft idea never really go off the ground.
This two man space craft idea never really go off the ground.

Back in the arms of Thousand Trails

We are back in Thousand Trails network and camping basically free ($3.50 a night). Arrived at Horseshoe Lakes in Clinton, IN on Thursday. Sitting in the B sections where we were just a couple of months ago. Rain followed us from out West so last night was stormy. Today was a great day. Highs in the mid 70’s, sunshine and a nice breeze.

We are suppose to be here for a week, but, Daisy and I were talking about leaving early and cutting the stays shorter so we can spend some more time in PA before heading South to FL. Will discuss it more tonight.

You can tell the kids are back in school. Hardly anyone here except the full-timers and retired folks. Went to the Coffee Social yesterday and the Adult Social last night. Would be nice to have some of these folks travel with us. Hopefully, as we travel we will get to meet some more travelers.

Posted on Facebook that I was looking for a few good RV Techs to travel with us, it got a lot of laughs.

Well, since I have reviewed this campground before and we hit the major hot spots last time here, there isn’t much to review. If we find anything during our wanderings, I will be sure to let you know.

Made it to IL!

I have to say that the three of us are glad to be out of IN.  Spending 8 days in a hotel waiting on the RV to be repaired was enough.  Horseshoe Lakes was a nice way to unwind.  However, it was time to move on.  Our next stop was Pine Country Thousand Trails in Belvidere, IL.

We managed to get into the area without any problems.  In addition, it was Country Fair week!  Neither Daisy nor I could remember the last time we visited a big county fair and this one is one of the biggest in the state.

There is something about a county fair.  All the animals, kids, cow folk, rides, races, entertainment and food.  We spent the good part of the day, walking around looking at all the different animals and shows.

Kids Show
Kids Show

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Draft Horse
Draft Horse
Entertainment
Entertainment
Races
Races
Nice Horsey
Nice Horsey
Dressed Duck
Dressed Duck
Getting ready for the show.
Getting ready for the show.

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Time flies when camping

Well, I do have to apologize.  We have been on the road now for 3 weeks and I haven’t taken the time to catch up.  We left Indianapolis and stayed at Horseshoe Lakes outside of Clinton, IN.  This was one of the best campgrounds so far.

Each morning they have a coffee get together at 9 AM.  We went a couple of times.  They also had a Texas Hold-em night.  The area is known as the covered bridge capital of the country.  We drove one of the 6 loops that had covered bridges on it.  Here are some of the pictures.

Covered Bridge in IN
Covered Bridge in IN

Daisy walking the bridge

Covered bridge where we ate lunch.

I think one of the best things about Horseshoe Lakes had to be the view out our front window.  Although it wasn’t the best in the park (that belonged to the folks across the street), it was a nice way to have a cup of coffee and read.

Another View
Another View
Another view
Another view

Daisy and I love to just drive around the area.  Of course she couldn’t resist this one stop.

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Wilmington Thousand Trails

As we travel around the country, I am hoping to continue to post about the different campgrounds we stay at.  Most will be part of the Thousand Trails/Outdoor World network as we are Elite Connection members and want to keep our expenses as low as possible.  If you would like more information on Encore Elite memberships please let me know and I can have someone contact you directly.

Wilmington Thousand Trails is located just outside of Wilmington Ohio.  The campground is well kept and most of the campsites are in the trees.  They have limited 50 amp service and those sites were all taken by seasonal campers.  The rest of the sites are 30 amps with sewer and water hook up.  For the most part the sites seem pretty level and are stone covered.  The rest rooms were clean.  They have a great indoor pool area with hot tub and kiddies pool outside.  The family room is also used for church services.  The adult room is small and not well used.  Laundry area had 4 working and one broken washer.  Staff was friendly and we had no problems with our reservations or our stay.

Generally this is a very quite campground.  We were in the C section and most of our neighbors were seasonal.  Over the weekend the campground does have scheduled activities up until the Halloween weekend.

 

Arrived at Sea Pines

Well we made it to our second stop in our five year tour of the country.  We are in Outdoor World Sea Pines until July 3rd.

This is a huge campground.  It seems to have over 550 sites, however, about half are seasonal.  Still plenty of sites available.  Looks like 84 sites have sewer, water and electric; about 170 sites with just water and electric. The office did say they have a honey wagon that comes around twice a week and will dump your tanks free of charge.  Thursday starts the official season when the camp store opens every day.  The pool looks really nice.  Hopefully we will get to use it after Saturday.  Been kind of busy this week.

One thing about this campground is that there are a lot of trees.  So no satellite and parking the rigs will be a challenge. Be prepared to drive around before bringing the rig in,  Will make it much easier in the long run.  They do have cable rental and pay Internet access.  If you use Verizon or Millenicom you will have a good signal here.

No pictures yet.  Maybe later in the week.

 

 

Day 4 of Our RV Adventures

PA Dutch Country B-10
PA Dutch Country B-10

Our first campsite.  PA Dutch Country (Outdoor World) in Manheim, PA just off the PA Turnpike.  We are about a mile from the PA Renaissance Faire.

Started the morning at a doughnut and coffee gathering.  Met some really nice folks and learned a little bit as well.  Learning is not hard, just listen to the stories.

Thar be windmills

Just went for a drive today.  Stopped into Circle M campground (part of Thousand Trails).  Looks like a pretty nice place.  Indoor and outdoor pools, indoor water park and a large game room.  The camping lots look pretty nice as well.

 

PA Dutch Country Side

Tomorrow starts Daisy’s driver training.  Ray  Casselberry from RV Driving School will be her trainer.  I think she is kind of nervous.   She is getting 8 hours of training on the motor home Friday and Saturday (four hours each day).