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Old 11-12-2007, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hey! We're going to Williamsburg, VA the weekend after Thanksgiving. This will be our first camping trip - got any suggestions on what we should bring? Got any ideas on what activities we can do while we're there? We'll be bringing our two teenage sons with us. I didn't see any place to fish on the American Hertiage RV Park website.
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:07 PM   #2
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Check out the Williamsburg Pottery at www.williamsburgpottery.com . It is kind of considered a must-do when in the area. Walking around the old colonial section of town is also pretty neat. American Heritage was an OK place when I wast last there about eight years ago.
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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So its your first camping trip. Great. It will be a learning experience but will be fun. What to bring. Whatever you need to live for however many days you will be camping. Do you eat in or out? If in, bring your food for the time you will be there or be ready to go shopping once set up. Clothes for the period for each. The weather in Williamsburg will likely be cool but not really cold unless a strong cold front should pass through but be prepared to dress for cool weather but at the same time, you might need warm weather clothing too. Check the extended forecast before you leave. The rest of what you need would be similar to home, just on a smaller scale.

Since you are staying at American Heritage, there is a Wal-mart close by. You can go there if you realize you need something and forgot it.

American Heritage does not have fishing on their property. The Williamsburg area is more tourist oriented with the restored Colonial capital being the primary focal point. Busch Gardens and Water Country will be closed by then so that is out of the question. There are a number of outlet malls in the area and, as Richard mentioned, the Williamsburg Pottery, which is a sight unto itself.

Jamestown and Yorktown are within a short drive and make up the rest of what is known as the Historic Triangle. Try to see both of those places while you are there. Jamestown is celebrating its 400th anniversary of its founding this year. Yorktown is the site where the British army surrendered to the American army to significantly end the American Revolution.

Have a great trip and enjoy yourself. Let us know how the first trip goes.
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Mariner's Museum is ~20 miles east in Newport News, VA. Especially if you're a Monitor And Virginian fan! Eat at Sam's in Phoebus.
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:53 AM   #5
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Thanks Everyone! Great information! I'm really looking forward to our little weekend trip. This is all new to us, so yes...it should be interesting! I'll write back when we return to let you all know how it went.
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We're baaaaaackkkk!! Had a great time on our first RV adventure. The only trouble we had was with the oven. It wouldn't light. We read the manual, but, we just could not get it to work. Kinda concerned about that one. But, we made a nice campfire, roasted marshmallows, made s'mores, did a little hiking, learned all kinds of stuff about our RV, met some nice people and did some shopping at the Williamsburg Outlets. I'm sure the next trip will be even more fun, because it won't be as cold!
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How are you trying to light the oven? Is there a pilot light you need to light? If so, it takes a little while for that to light. I used ours over Thanksgiving as an extra oven and it took several minutes before the pilot would light.
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Yea, it has a pilot light. We were trying to light it with a long lighter, but it just didn't work. I hope it's just user error!
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The long lighter is fine, I use one. You have to let the flame from the lighter burn for a while until you see the pilot light. Took me about five minutes the other day. One thing, light one of the burners on the stove top first to be sure there is gas at the oven, then turn it off and work with the oven.
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Kim is absolutely right. PS I'm shooting from memory but I think that on some of those ovens you have to push the oven control knob in, and hold it, while standing on your head trying to get the thermocouple hot enough to allow the gas to flow so that the pilot will light. The process is often easier with two people.
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