Camping Log Camp Date 05292017

Camping Log 05292017
Pirateland Campground
Myrtle Beach SC
2 Nights

We hadn’t been to pirateland in a while and we went back for Memorial Day.  We booked a pull thru site because we knew we would get there late on Friday night and it gets really crowded and tight.

We decided to go back because they have upgraded the pool area with a new splash park and my wife loves the lazy river.  Well went to the pool and there were gnats everywhere.  Flying around, in the water, on the chairs.

We had a great time at the beach.  Still have a hard time finding good seafood in Myrtle Beach but managed to come across Angela’s produce market which has some seafood.  Nowhere near as good as the outer banks.

We were at the very north end of the campground and the beach wasn’t as a crowded as I expected.  However if we looked south it was very crowded.  Thankfully people are lazy and didn’t walk that far north.  If we go back to Myrtle, I’m looking at the state park again.

Total Nights in 2017 17

Total Nights in 2016: 14 in Wildcat. Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.​
Total Nights in Wildcat: 31.

Camping Log 05192017

Sycamore Lodge
Jackson Springs, NC
2 Nights

 

So we had to send the camper in for service.  The ac was acting up.  We got it back and saw they had one spot open for this weekend. Since it is included in our membership we said what the heck let’s go.

 

Fairly Uneventful camping trip, we just relaxed for the weekend.  I went and won an archery tournament which put me in first place for the state shooter of the year.

 

Everything went well until we got home.  I went to park the camper like i have done every time.  I guess I got careless and wasn’t paying as much attention but I turned a little too tight and busted the rear window out.  Now I will have a reminder on the truck to tell me to get out and slide the hitch back first.

Total Nights in 2017 15

Total Nights in 2016: 14 in Wildcat. Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.​
Total Nights in Wildcat: 29.

Camping Log Camp Date 04122017

Lake Powhatan
Asheville, NC
5 Nights

We went here for the 2nd half of spring break.  The campground was small and mostly quiet.  You could hear the sounds of kids running and playing at the lake but I rather listen to that than video games.  The campground is really close to Asheville.  But far enough way that you actually feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness. We had a full hookup site.

We went to the DuPont forest and walked to hooker falls.

 

Total Nights in 2017 13

Total Nights in 2016: 14 in Wildcat. Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.​
Total Nights in Wildcat: 27.

Man made #waterfall

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Camping Log Camp Date 04072017

Sycamore Lodge
Jackson Springs, NC
6 Nights

We took the kids here for their spring break. I was able to work remotely from the campground day which was very enjoyable.  I spent most of the day under the awning in the zero gravity chair working on an e-commerce site. Only issue the Wi-Fi was horrible.  I was tethered to my cell phone using the data from my data plan.   This still made it more enjoyable than driving in to the office.

During this trip I was close enough that I went to two 3d Archery shoots.  Saturday was a qualifier for the state tournament which I won. Sunday was at my club and I finished 4th.  Not a bad weekend.

Total Nights in 2017 8

Total Nights in 2016: 14 in Wildcat. Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.​
Total Nights in Wildcat: 22.

Camping Log Camp Date 03242017

Finally we get to go camping in 2017.  We had a trip planned early but it was supposed that Sunday and I didn’t want to deal with Towing camping in the snow down back country roads.

We went to Sycamore Lodge which is part of Travel Resorts of America.  We have been members since 2007 or maybe 2008.  In that time we have been made many promises but not of them have ever been fulfilled.  Maybe this campground is ran by politicians.  Well they have been calling us for month to get us to come by so they can take new pictures for new membership cards and tell us about new features to our membership.​  I said ok start talking.  They insisted we have to come to their office and try to schedule an appointment.  well they only have times for 10-5.  So this means I have to waste a Saturday and go during the middle of the day. I said ok but I’m not buying anything and if you try to sell me something I’m leaving.

We make plans to camp at the “resort” and then go to this meeting.  We get there and they give us a form to fill out.  We put on there that we aren’t hear to buy anything just get our membership cards.  So the guy starts asking what makes us think he is going to try to sell us something.  I say because if you were not you could have handled this with a phone call but we both had to be in person.

After telling him about all the phony promises we have been made, he made us sign a form saying we are declining to take advantage of the new membership options available to us and they would never be available again.  So finally it came out, they were trying to sell us something.

We will keep using the resort, I mean we can camp there really cheap, it is far enough away to be able to get away and relax without worrying about what is going on in routine life, but close enough we can get there often.

Total Nights in 2017 2
Total Nights in 2016: 14 in Wildcat. Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.​
Total Nights in Wildcat: 16.

Camping Log Camp Date 12262016

Historic Banning Mills

Banning, GA

We had a full hookup site.  We were there with a lot of long term who were out working.  It seems liked we had the place to ourselves a lot of the time.  We will go back and do the entire zip line next time.

 
Notes for next trip. Take hwy 5 to get there and not post road like th​​e gps suggested.

900 miles averaged 12 with the bully dog tuner.  Big improvement over the trip to Savannah.

Stayed at 65 on interstate as much as possible.

 

Total Nights in New Camper 14.
Total Nights in 2016: Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.​

Camping Log Camp Date 11222016

Red Gate Campground

Savannah, GA

We got an Water and Electric site only. We were all by ourselves beside the clubhouse.

720 miles averaged 9.8

Stayed at 65 on interstate as much as possible.

Total Nights in New Camper 9.
Total Nights in 2016: Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.​

Camping Log Camp Date 11042016

This was our 2nd trip out in our new camper.  Sarah wanted to go camping for her birthday weekend and she picked Jordan Lake again.  This time we stay  in Site 70 of Loop B again.  Unlike the previous week we had a nice level site.  This site is next to the camp host.  It is  a short walk to the shower house or the beach area at the lake.

Total Nights in New Camper 4.

Total Nights in 2016: Who knows didn’t count while in the old one.

Camping Log Camp Date 10282016

This was our first trip in our new camper.  Forest River Wildcat 327RE.  We stayed in Crosswinds Campground loop B site 62 at Jordan Lake State Park.  We went here because it was close to home and we could go home if we had any major issues.

The campsite has a long driveway steep incline  The camper is too long for the site and the auto level system didn’t get it level.  It was only .2 degrees off but I guess that was enough to cause an error.  If we would have put the awning out it would have covered the lantern post and hit the trees.​

Learned an important lesson when dumping.  The thanks aren’t labeled grey and black. I emailed forest river to identity which one is which.  I got this answer.

the termination valves are as in order from left to right. 1- Grey tank (grey handle) 2- black tank (black handle) 3- galley tank (grey handle).

 

2 Nights in New Camper and Don’t know how many in the old camper this year.

New Camper

We got our camper today and first stop was Ikea.  Why not we drove 2 hours to get the camper might as stop while we were there.  Plus might as well add get to used to pulling this thing in the heavy Charlotte Traffic.

My wife fell in love with this floor plan after seeing in on a different camper.  A keystone cougar that was almost exactly the same layout.  However the camping world of Fayetteville seemed really shady.  They advertised a price that was really attractive. We got down there and they had sold the one on the lot but assured me they could get one for the same  price.  Well when it came time to talk numbers their price was a $1000 more than online, plus $2,500 in dealer fees.  What a rip off.