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  • October 2019 Trip to Chesapeake

    we thoroughly enjoy visiting the coastal Virginia area around Thousand Trails Chesapeake Campground .... its nice any time of year but specially so in the fall when the leaves are changing color .... as can be seen in last year's thread , the eye of Hurricane Michael passing directly over our site brought an abrupt end to that trip .... yesterday we booked a site for 10/6/19 - 10/20/19 .... the reality is October is prime Hurricane Season for our part of the country .... hopefully this year we will be spared any storms while up there ..
    Last edited by JEBar; 09-18-2019, 02:13 AM.
    Jim
    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
    '17 Elio reserved

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    I would prefer no hurricanes this coming fall. Last year we had two trips cut short by hurricanes.

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    • #3
      as is customary, our absolute and final plans routinely require revisions .... we've had to revise our arrival and departure dates (corrected in post 1), which really isn't a bad thing .... as noted, history tells us that major storms are a reality up there during October .... history also has demonstrated that with the fall color change, its a beautiful time of year up there
      Jim
      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
      '17 Elio reserved

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      • #4
        dates changed again and are as is now shown in post 1 .... the word is the fall colors will be delayed a bit this year .... sure hope they turn while we are there ..
        Jim
        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
        '17 Elio reserved

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        • #5
          two weeks from today we are booked to return to Chesapeake .... hard to believe that time is passing so quickly .... but then, that's gotten to be pretty much the norm .... thankfully, I don't know of any major things that need to be taken care of with either the camper or our truck .... that said, history says something will most probably develop with one or both .... do have a few "want to's " to take care of on the camper but there is no hurry .... I also want to take a good number of multiple tools out truck .... simply no use in carrying then all around the country
          Jim
          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
          '17 Elio reserved

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          • #6
            I am looking forward to a trip to Fish R Us for some fresh seafool and the Halloween festival. The campground is also laid out for some good walking. According to the long range forecast, I had better have some sweatshirts and sweaters for evenings as those temps will be probably be cool. Clam chowder and chili will be two menu items for chilly nights.

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            • #7
              looks like our well established history of bringing rain with us when we travel .... will most probably follow us to Chesapeake .... one day with any mention of possible rain between now and when we get there and it in the forecast for each of the first three days we are there ..
              Jim
              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
              '17 Elio reserved

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              • #8

                the first day of fall has come and gone but daily highs in our area haven't taken a dive, in fact they are mostly in the 90's .... per the long range forecast, the daytime high at Chesapeake for Oct 6th when we are scheduled to get to Chesapeake is projected to be 72 .... that sounds great to us
                Jim
                '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                '17 Elio reserved

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                • #9
                  its a taking care of last minute things at home, packing up, and moving out morning .... per Google Maps, a short 102 mile / 1 hr 37 min tow on tap to Carolina Crossroads at Roanoke Rapids .... long range weather looks good, if forecast are correct, Fall 2019 is arriving .... Sunday morning we are slated to continue onto Chesapeake Thousand Trails, projected to be a 132 mile / 2 hr 4 min drive
                  Jim
                  '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                  '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                  '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                  '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                  '17 Elio reserved

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                  • #10
                    after a relatively short (for us) day's drive we are setup at Carolina Crossroads .... as anticipated, one heck of a temperature drop .... tomorrow's forecasted high is only a couple of degrees higher than last night's low .... other than enjoying some really good food, not much on tap for tomorrow
                    Jim
                    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                    '17 Elio reserved

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                    • #11
                      another relatively short (132 mile / 2 hr) drive on tap for today .... no need to leave our current location for a couple of more hours .... projected high 79 with a 0% chance of rain .... our water heater has stopped working on electricity .... still works on propane, will try to address the issue tomorrow
                      Jim
                      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                      '17 Elio reserved

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                      • #12
                        following an uneventful drive of 137.7 miles / 2 hrs 25 min / 1 brief rest stop, we have reached Chesapeake Thousand Trails and are settled in for the night .... we simply didn't feel like completing our site setup, plan to do so in the morning .... in addition to finishing setting up our site, filling one of the camper's 40 lb propane tanks and finding someone to repair the camper's water heater .... to soon to know if doing so will require us to drive over to Gloucester .... need to get all of that kind of stuff out of the way so that we can get down to some serious resting ..

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

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                        • #13
                          It will be nice to have time to finish a couple of books and start a new knitting project. Love my kids and grandkids but sometimes I need a break!

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                          • #14
                            busy morning ....after breakfast I rode up to what Thousand Trails calls their Ranger Station .... it is the place by which all traffic coming in or out of the campground must check in .... I found out the times they fill propane tanks and contact information for the local mobile RV tech that they recommend .... after returning to our site I called the Tech and had to leave a message ... we then resumed out site setup .... a short time later I received a call back in which I learned he had just finished another job in our campground and would be over to our site in a few minutes .... I'm not an RV Tech nor do I play one on TV but I worked in the industry long enough to know a good one when I see him .... the second couple of pictures show a burned wire he found .... he also found a burned relay and recommended the water heater's OEM electric coil be replaced when comes back to replace the relay and a small leak which hasn't caused any problems yet .... after watching the way he approached the problem with our camper, I can highly recommend him to anyone who happens to be in the coastal Virginia area and may need service
                            Jim
                            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                            '17 Elio reserved

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                            • #15
                              That doesn't look too expensive. Heating elements are cheap for our Suburban water heater; changed mine out myself as well as the on/off rocker switch in the outside part of the water heater (no inside electric switch). I also changed the propane and electric thermostats and bumped the water temp up a bit. Am still considering what to do when our almost 20 year old water heater dies (will likely be the tank).
                              wiredgeorge Mico TX
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