Well we are ON OUR WAY! We moved out of our old campground (we have stayed there almost 12 years) and started our adventure. In June we moved to Lancaster, PA area and stayed at PA Dutch Country (part of Encore). Then we went to the Jersey shore area for a couple of weeks and stayed at Sea Pines (also part of Encore). Both of these trips were a shack down of the rig, driving and setup just incase anything was needed to be repaired before starting out on our 5 year trip.
Fourth of July was with family at Hickory Run Campground in Denver, PA. On Monday, July 7th, we left Hickory Run and headed out West. First stop is Roaring Run Campground. The trip is not without issues however.
If anyone ever asks you if they should a diesel puller, tell them NO! The noise is something you might get use to, but the heat is something else. I am not sure what the issue is, but the heat in the front of the bus is unbearable. We have to figure out how to get cooler air in this area. It was only 90 degrees outside, but we had to take several breaks to cool off it was so bad. We had the generator running and the front AC on but that didn’t help. It did keep the puppies cool. I have a 12 Volt fan and tried to blow air into and out of the drivers area, but the heat was just too much. I didn’t have a thermometer but I would guess it is over 150 degrees in the drivers area. The RV dash AC stops working the faster the rig goes (not sure how that happens). If we are sitting idle we have nice cool air, as we start driving the air gets warmer and warmer, until at 65 MPH it is pretty warm and not helping with the heat issues.
I am going to post this issue on Facebook in the RV Tips page. Maybe someone can explain why and what to do about it. Maybe this is a ‘feature’ of the rig to make sure you take frequent stops (not to rest, but to cool off).
As a reader you probably won’t understand how hot this front area is, but I was actually concerned about starting a fire due to the heat.
Now the campground, Roaring Run is a private membership campground a few miles off the PA Turnpike at the Donegal exit. The area is beautiful. It is mainly a ski area from what we have seen so far.
The campground is nice. Lots are easy to get into and fairly level. However, there is no sewer service. It was explained to us that it is due to the trout creek near by. There is a dump station. I am going to check with the office to see if there is a honey wagon service, which would make sense since there is no sewer service. Our site is only 30 Amps and looking at the campground map, it doesn’t look like they offer 50 amp service. But we are here on our RPI membership at $10 a night so I really can’t complain.
I love the log cabin designs for many of the buildings. They have plenty of games, including an 18 hole miniature golf course, basketball and tennis.
A quick trip around the area last night, showed that this is beautiful country. Stopped for dinner at a local restaurant (about 20 miles away). Picked up some of those ‘What to do’ cards and found a lot of interesting stuff. Flight 93 memorial is about 20 miles from here, so that will be on the ‘To Do’ list.
More to come as we explore the area and campground.
Roaring Run Campground: http://www.roaringrunresort.com/