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Old 03-18-2011, 06:56 AM   #31
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wow!! im glad you posted this , we were going to try them this year... phew!

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Old 03-31-2011, 02:43 AM   #32
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Camping in KOA campgrounds has been our worst experience. Filthy bathrooms, rude hosts, unlevel and unkept campsites, kids and adults out of control at all hours. We have not stayed in any KOA's in years because of our experience with them.
Should try them again as they seem fairly nice to us. We even have the KOA card and have so far not met any rude hosts. Most KOA's we have been to have free WIFI and fenced dog parks. Our 2 fur buddies love to run in those fenced parks off leash. The only one so far we have not been happy with is Bowling Green KY but have stayed in many states and campgrounds around the US.

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Old 03-31-2011, 09:13 AM   #33
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had an interesting trip:
i had just got off a 45 day turnaround that had its share of problems (12 hr nights 1 day off).
first night spent in a trailer park in Ia. that is a little different: you r the outsider visiting someone's neighborhood. just feels different...not a bad experience.
made first stop at Mitchel SD. when we left there, we bucked a head wind; used almost 1 tank between there and Wall (should have used 1/2 that). made a stop near a river somewhere in between. noticed the fan was running on the fantastic fan? (temp controlled fan that comes on as the cover opens) and the cover was gone. replaced cover while in Wall.
On the way from Wall to Cheyenne, i thought i saw something come off the bottom of the trailer but could find nothing and nothing missing. as i entered chyanne, the awining came unrolled. rerolled then went on past to Greeley, Co.
When we left Greeley in route to NM, had someone come along side pointing, pulled over and had discovered that the only thing left of my left front trailer tire was the rim and a bead. (we were well South of Denver...must have been flat even while driving thru Denver...was not flat at Greeley).
Jacked up the trailer and was unable to get the lug nuts off. wrench was a little too big or a little too small. (i have sense replaced those nice decorative lug nuts with solid ones).
Made my way thru a neighborhood and found a tire store on the other side. replaced that tire and a questionable one.
continued on to NM, happened to see some tread pass from behind the trailer. tire was not flat (as view from mirror) so kept an eye on it and continued. wasn't sure if the tread was something we ran over or not. when i stopped for the night, found that the left rear tire was riding on the steel belt. Fought the lug nuts on that wheel as well. then shuttled abt 20 miles to get a tire and tools.
we enjoyed the rest of the loop back to Louisiana; was out 30 days. Repair cost once home a little over $5000.
right after buying the trailer, i purchased a jack and tool. even went thru a run of jacking and removing one lug nut without problem. wasn't the same on the road.
oh, left out that the washer/dryer quit at first campground just inside TX on I-40. that turned out to be a connector inside the w/d cabinet that looked good but had arced and formed an insulating layer between the connectors.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:27 AM   #34
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My worst trip in 10 plus years of 5th wheeling was this last one from Colorado to Padre Island, Texas. In a new (under warrenty) 2011 Flagstaff, lost the bedroom escape window sometime before the first gas stop (about 160 miles) Which also ruined the blind and curtain. Forest River say we must have left the window open, But since we have had the trailer the window has never been opened.
When stopping the first night, the steps (directly behind wheels) were mashed in enough so couldn't get them down without using the lug wrench out of the truck to do some bending to them.
When watering up after getting to Padre, Couldn't get the water pump to build up pressure. Found a big puddle of water comming from the outside shower. The cold water valve had come completely apart during travel. Reassembled, and afterwards water pump cycled about once every couple of hours. The next day it was once every couple minutes. Made it home without any more problems, except Forest River denying everything.
Also, everything gets bounced to hell, even on a short few miles from storage to home. Everything off the walls and alot of the drawers out. Table always tipped over. Wayne
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:46 PM   #35
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jimh, glad you mentioned your problems with the lug nuts and wrench size. Was washing my trailer today, and had one greasy hub cap. Took cover off and found the grease cap was off. Decided better check my wheel nuts. First off, the trailer has some fancy looking aluminum wheels and the lug nuts are in counterbored holes. Found a 4 nut lug wrench, but outside was too large to fit in counterbore. Ground down to fit, and checked all the lug nuts. Some weren't all that tight and some needed a breaker bar to get loose. Wayne
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:02 PM   #36
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Worst experience camping (without a TT), was not planning ahead and having to 'tent it' with only the tent; no blanket, no pillow, no NOTHING.......

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