First trip with our new "ROCKY"
Left Jacksonville, Fl on 3/18/2011 for our first trip with the new "ROCKY"
8285WS for Macon, Ga for the Cherry Blossom festival. Used the KOA in Forsyth, Ga. Everything worked great in the new Rockwood. Had a problem with the campground water pressure @ 85 PSI. Sure put the water hose to the test. The fresh water hose looked like it was over fed !!
(I have now purchased a adjustable regulator with Gage) The KOA was a mostly a transit stop for "Snowbirds" . Another words new NIEGHBORS every day (will make better choice next time in the area). The Cherry blossoms in Macon were fantastic. There are over 300,000 cherry blossom trees in Macon. The festival last for a week. Parades, bed races, strong man show, dog agility show, men's races in high heels, lots of fun. Took a
18 mile self guided tour through some of the neighborhoods to see the Cherry blossoms.
Visited a small place where "FRIED GREEN TOMATOES" was filmed in Juliette, Ga. Yes we ate plenty of the fried green tomatoes in the restaurant where the movie was filmed. Made a side trip to Madison, Ga to tour and view the only town the Sherman did not burn during the civil war. There are many of the old antebellum homes left standing. What a beauty to behold to view these magnificent homes. Had lunch at the "SOUTHERN CROSS DUDE RANCH" on the outskirts of Madison. What a meal they put on for $12.50.
Plenty to eat, even for seconds with all the trimmings and deserts.
We relocated 327 miles away to Fairhope, Al. for the azalea festival in Mobile, Al. What a fantastic little city Fairhope is. It should be on every one's list to visit. The RV park we stayed in "COASTAL HAVEN RV PARK" was by far the finest I have ever stayed in for $25.00 per night. The cleanest, largest lots, concrete pads to park "ROCKY" on. Sorry, no playground, no swimming pool. Just large lots, well maintained and a happy hour every evening at 5 PM on the porch of the club house. It is a seniors
RV park I guess you could say for retirees. Visited Bellingrath Gardens on the west side of Mobile Bay. Azaleas were at their full blooms along with many other flowers in bloom. Took a 15 mile Azalea self guided tour of Mobile to view the Azaleas, what beauty at this time of the year.
Made a side trip to "CLEAR POINT" to the "GRAND HOTEL" south of Fairhope. Had lunch in the main dining room, buffet style. Very easy to put on weight on these side trips !!!!! The original Grand Hotel was used by the Confederates as a hospital during the civil war.
Of course all good things do come to a end. (FOR THE TIME BEING) Wife still loves to earn $$$$.
From the 18Th to the 26Th of March we packed in so much fun, drove 1,782 miles. Watched the gas prices go from $3.19 to $3.81 a gallon in one week. Highest prices were in the Pensacola, Fl area, the lowest prices
was just south of Macon near Perry, Ga, $3.19 gal. I did feel sorry for the
diesel burners, $3.95-$4.90 per gal
The upgraded A/C I had ordered with "Rocky" will freeze your BUNS off. With the temp outside @ 96 deg, it maintained a 72 deg inside with no shade (awning only). We did have to put up large beach towels over the large rear window. Slept under a blanket every night, (good sleeping).
The Norcold fridge was packed full of food for the trip, including the freezer. A setting of 4 did the job on the fridge. Surround sound works great, used satellite TV. The shower with the upgraded shower head and hose was great. I did change the thermostats for the hot water tank to 140 DEG to make the hot water last longer (longer showers). I also replaced the analog thermostat for the A/C to the Hunter digital (works great)
Rocky did lower the "BUG" population on the way home by about a billion ?? Spent most of today removing all the outside dirt, yellow pollen and bugs. Tomorrow is another story for the inside. Our Rockwood is (to my opinion) one of the finest super lite for the price that can be had. I couldn't ask for any better, Thank you Forest River.
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