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  • 2019 Summer Trip West

    as is our custom, its time for us to begin planning our summer trip to South Dakota .... barring circumstances beyond our control our itinerary is as follows .... between now and our departure, it will be updated as necessary :

    June 8 .... Home to Asheville East KOA in Swannanoa, NC ---- https://koa.com/campgrounds/asheville-east/.... reservation made 3-30-19

    June 10 .... to Elkhorn Campground in Frankfort, Kentucky ---- http://www.elkhorncampground.com/index.html.... reservation 5-4-19

    June 11 .... to D & W Lake Camping & RV Park in Champaign, IL ---- http://www.dwlake.com/D-and-W-Lake-RV-Park/Overview ....reservation 5-4-19

    June 12 ... to Waterloo / Lost Island Waterpark KOA in Waterloo, IA ---- https://koa.com/campgrounds/waterloo...edium=referral .... reservation 5-4-19

    June 13 ... to Estelline, SD .... per Google Maps 23 h 55 min (1,570 miles) driving time ---- reservation made 1-10-19

    August 13 ... to Kansas City East KOA in Oak Grove. MO ---- https://koa.com/campgrounds/kansas-city/ ---- reservation 7-9-19

    August 16 .... to St Louis West KOA in Eureka, MO ---- http://koa.com/campgrounds/st-louis-west/.... reservation 1-29-19

    August 19 .... to Clarksville RV Park in Clarksville, TN ---- https://clarksvillervpark.com/.... reservation made 7-9-19

    August 20 .... to Asheville East KOA in Swannanoa, NC ---- https://koa.com/campgrounds/asheville-east/ ....reservation made 6-9-19

    August 22 .... back home ---- per Google Maps 24 hrs (1,586 miles) driving time ---- round trip 3,142 miles / 47 hrs 55 Min driving time
    Last edited by JEBar; 07-09-2019, 07:10 PM.
    Jim
    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
    '17 Elio reserved

  • #2
    things are looking up .... as noted in our projected itinerary above we have modified our departure date from June 11th to the 8th and reduced our stay in St Louis from 2 full days to an overnight stop .... the changes had to be made so as to take care of some family commitments .... as can be seen Maureen has made our first three site bookings .... first picture our site on Feb 1st .... second picture our site today .... third picture a lot we own in town on March 9th .... fourth picture the same lot today
    Jim
    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
    '17 Elio reserved

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    • #3
      just learned that our daughter and her 3 year old foster son will be flying in to join us in Estelline .... they will be there and attend this year's Rodeo.... last summer both of our sons flew their families out there and had a great time .... it will be a busy week for them .... in addition to the rodeo, he'll get to see a wide range of farm animals and equipment .... having him out there will be a great deal of fun ..
      Jim
      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
      '17 Elio reserved

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      • #4
        the day temps for the last few days have been a bit above freezing in Estelline ..... with the warming, the ice covering Lake Poinsett (located 12 miles west of Estelline) is breaking up .... the picture below was taken about 4 hours ago .... it shows Pier 81 restaurant which sits on the western shore of Lake Poinsett .... at its normal level, water's edge is usually 25 +/- yards from the building .... it appears that once again they are facing some spring repairs
        Jim
        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
        '17 Elio reserved

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        • #5
          on April 15th we were able to check off a significant item on our pre-trip checklist .... that being a couple from RV Armor came to our house to repair our camper's roof ....
          Jim
          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
          '17 Elio reserved

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          • #6
            April 17th .... another pre-trip item checked off .... replacement of our Sportchassis Head Light Fixtures
            Jim
            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
            '17 Elio reserved

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            • #7
              April 23rd .... as reported several times, after January's rain and muddy campground roads at the campgrounds we visited in Texas, our camper and truck were dirtier than I've ever seen them (first picture) .... by having the owner of Harte Power washing come by today (pictures 2 - 8) we checked off another pre-trip item ,,,, the pictures really don't do justice to how nice and shiny our rig looks right now .... the reality is with rain and use she won't be as shiny when we pull out for South Dakota but its highly likely they'll still be much cleaner than they were earlier this morning
              Last edited by JEBar; 04-24-2019, 12:41 AM.
              Jim
              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
              '17 Elio reserved

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              • #8
                I'm dong mine today also!
                2011 Jayco Eagle 351RLTS, MorRyde hitchpin
                06 F350 Lariat PSD CC,LB,SRW, 3.73, EGR delete kit,Timbrens
                16K DrawTite, LineX
                His and Hers Ocean Kayaks, TST TPMS
                Elle and BJ

                In the past:
                97 27RKFS SB
                04 30RKFS SB Titan

                "Don't let yesterday take up to much of your today." Will Rogers

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                • #9
                  the Estelline area simply doesn't seem to be able to shake off winter and move to spring .... the forecast out there for tomorrow is "Snowfall around one inch." .... with warming temps also in the forecast, hopefully the transition is really underway
                  Jim
                  '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                  '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                  '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                  '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                  '17 Elio reserved

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                  • #10
                    part of camping with our club is testing our rigs systems prior to pulling out for a long trip .... this weekend we are camped at Raleigh Oaks .... the only issue so far has been a somewhat mysterious broken light globe .... thankfully, no issues related to a storm front that move through Friday night .... one, possibly two, more such outings prior to pulling out for South Dakota on June 8th


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                    Jim
                    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                    '17 Elio reserved

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                    • #11
                      we've made a significant change to our projected route, as shown in the opening post, back home :

                      August 14 ... to Trailside RV Park inGrain Valley, MO ---- http://trailsidervpark.com/---- reservation

                      August 16 .... to St Louis West KOA in Eureka, MO ---- http://koa.com/campgrounds/st-louis-west/.... reservation

                      some friends on the Henry Owner's Forum have scheduled a gathering that we want to attend .... the plans aren't completed but on August 15th they plan to go to a Missouri State Shooting Park .... we hope to spend some time on both a rifle/pistol range and a trap range .... in addition on August 17 & 18 a different group from the Henry and Elio forums are going to meet and shoot at Jay Henges shooting park near St Louis .... any folks from this forum who may be interested would be most welcome .... if so, let me know and I'll make sure you get all info updates as them become available
                      Jim
                      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                      '17 Elio reserved

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                      • #12
                        Not much news on the Elio front. Checked their website and they are no longer touring with their prototype cars nor has there been any news for any of 2019 near as I can see. Any insider news on this company's future?
                        wiredgeorge Mico TX
                        2006 F350XL 6.0L 4WD Automatic 2002 Keystone Cougar 278EFS

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                        • #13
                          not much .... within the last few weeks Paul Elio and some key board members had the latest prototype in Michigan where they met with the Governor .... they were looking at a recently closed GM plant but that's about the extent of the news .... they are somehow tied with the bitcoin thing that is trying to get off of the ground .... all they tell our guys is they are still working on funding
                          Jim
                          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                          '17 Elio reserved

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                          • #14
                            a new concern has surfaced .... we've just learned that flooding earlier this month has closed I-29 from KC to Omaha ..... in looking at the recommended detour, we may well have to change our entire projected route out there .... info related to this closing from folks living in and/or familiar with that area would be appreciated
                            Jim
                            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                            '17 Elio reserved

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                            • #15
                              One of the shipping carriers I use (think it is UPS) has warnings up about delays because of severe weather in Iowa. Right now there is a LOT of heavy stuff moving to the NW from Okie up through that area. Suspect that in a month or so you won't ever know about the current storms...
                              wiredgeorge Mico TX
                              2006 F350XL 6.0L 4WD Automatic 2002 Keystone Cougar 278EFS

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