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Old 04-21-2015, 06:55 AM   #1
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We made it to Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach

I had posted before that our first ever trip with our new Flagstaff 8528 IKWS was to be Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach. Well, we're here! It was an uneventful trip down from Syracuse NY. The roads were pretty good. I81 and I95 were the major highways used.
Our china bomb trail express tires did not explode. The Tire Traker tpms worked well and gave us some measure of security. We kept our speed to 65mph or less. The tires all have manufacture dates of 2014.
I installed a Progressive EMS-HW30C before we left and it's good insurance even if Ocean lakes has good power.
But the most satisfying aspect of the trip was the performance of the Furrion camera system i installed. Our 5er came with the preinstalled bracket on the rear as many new rvs do. I had read all the negative comments about the original furrion cameras and decide to wait until I could afford something better. Then while surfing the internet I came upon Furrion's new camera the FOS48TA-BL. Apparently it's much upgraded from the original with an antenna on the monitor and new cpu and electronics and touted better range.
I found one on ebay for $399 delivered. Something told me to buy it and I did. It installed and paired easily!! It worked flawlessly through the whole trip! It lost signal while travelling one time for only a few seconds. I can say it was a pleasant surprise how well it performed. I can recommend it with no reservation.
We also had traded our 5.0L F150 TV for a 6.7L F250 and it is an incredible workhorse. It's stability was incredible it didn't even breathe hard even in the PA mountains. We averaged 12.3 mpg (calculated myself, not the truck's meter). Weight police aside the F150 did an admirable job hauling this camper and was not scary at all. the 5.0L engine might have been it's weak point in the mountains on long steep grades. I towed the 5er home from the dealer 200 miles and it was an easy tow. My main reasons for the trade were future RV upgrade and I got a very good deal.
Another nice surprise was the B&W Patriot hitch paired the the Revolution.
All I can say is WOW. No bangs, booms or clanks. It hooks up with a satisfying click and gives nothing short of perfect performance and confidence.
Ocean Lakes is a very nice park if you're into that type camping. we prefer seclusion and forests. we came down here with my younger brother who comes here very often. We can now say we've been here, done that.
Likely won't ever return. It's been pleasant so far but not our cup of tea.

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Old 04-21-2015, 07:09 AM   #2
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Glad everything went well, it is definitely a busy place.

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Old 04-21-2015, 07:30 AM   #3
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China bombs are not going to explode on everyone every time the rubber meets the road. It's kinda like playing Russian roulette tho. Sooner or later the chamber's going to be loaded. I imagine weather wise it was gorgeous compared to the Syracuse area. There's prolly snow mounds still on the sides of driveways. If you've never been there, the Outer Banks of NC down on the Hatteras Nat'l Seashore end of rte 12 is more secluded, peaceful and gorgeous although still a lil' chilly now for the next several weeks. That's where our family goes to unwind.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:36 AM   #4
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We had a similar trip but from central Ohio a few summers back. We also upgraded from a F150 to a F350 diesel and the Ocean Lakes was our first long trip with new TV. We also enjoy the peace and quiet but we did get into the nightly golf cart parades with the fireworks. Had good neighbors that gave us good advise on where to eat and visit. Did you drive straight thru from NY or did you stay halfway? If so, where did you stay?
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:55 AM   #5
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Enjoy! We stayed for a week last year with our kids. We loved being so close to the beach and they had a blast with all of the amenities. Not our cup of tea, either, but it was a trip to remember!
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:47 AM   #6
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We left home friday eve at 5:00. we drove until 1:30am and stayed in a WalMart. (right next to a nit wit in a very high end MH that ran his generator all night) Got to Ocean Lakes at about 2:00 saturday. Was a comfortable trip overall.
I know the tires are a gamble but being new and very recent manufacture I took the chance. Before we do any long trips again I'll switch to better tires.
We already had an 80 degree day in Syracuse and all the snow is gone.
Ughhhh now an obviously entitled couple moved on the site next to us and they are loud talkers and their dog is yapping constantly.......gonna be a long week LOL
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:45 AM   #7
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We stayed there The end of March. Get to the beach and check out the Quarter Deck Bar next door. We thought it was nice, but that is a lot of campers. Have Fun!
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:19 PM   #8
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south of Myrtle Beach

While you are there, if you have not already done so, explore to the south. Check out Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens, across the road from the park. Good places to get a bite to eat in Murrells Inlet, nearby. And, take a look see at Myrtle Beach State Park...nice pier into the ocean.
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:12 PM   #9
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Terry, We bought the same exact camera by Furrion. My husband installed it in our pre-mounted/wired Furrion Mount it paired right up and took less than 5 minutes to install. We drove 2 hrs. each way to Lancaster, Pa. this past weekend and it never lost the signal. We also bought it on Ebay for $399.00. Furrion sells it for $499.00. Furrion said people were using the older model as an observation camera & backup camera and it was only meant to be used as a backup camera - that is why it would freeze up and also lose it's signal. I can't say enough good things about this camera. We love it!
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info on the camera, we just bought it from the Dealer and it was $499 but we got a 10% discount, its the wireless one. We did Huntington Beach State Park a couple of years ago in April with our camping friends. The wife and I biked across the St. to the Gardens, FABULOUS!!! This year our friends were just at Myrtle Beach State Park and they loved it - but we snowbird in Florida, MB would not be warm enough Jan., Feb., or March - April, Wonderful!!

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