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Old 06-03-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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Hello from WV

Hello from WV. We are new here. Picking up our Wildwood 28BHXL next Friday. Camped for years in tents, moved to a pop-up, then not much camping for a few years, ready to start again.

Admit I am a bit nervous about towing the camper, even more nervous about backing it. Have some experience; pop-up, occassional boat, but nothing this size. Current TV is a Chevroet Avalanche.

Been reading posts, some make me feel better about issues and others make me even more nervous. Look forward to learning more on here and seeing what others have to share.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:35 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums and congrats on the new camper!!


Enjoy!
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:45 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum from Southern MD!
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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Welcome as you can tell we are also in WV! Do you have a favorite campground?
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcomes everyone. Luvtocamp we started going to Williams River when we were still in high school. Really that has been where we always camped with the exception of having our pop-up at the county fair when the kids were in 4H. We are already looking at campgrounds in the state and surrounding ones to expand out now that we are getting this travel trailer. Any input on ones to try out, or avoid, in the area would be welcome.
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Take a look at this website: Backing a Trailer 101
and/or do a "google search" on "backing a travel trailer"...lots of helpful hints there.
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:45 PM   #8
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Pro-Cons about all of them. Water hook up is hit or miss and full hook ups are a rarity. But you can always fill your tanks and poop trolley it to the dump stations.

Love Beech Fork (it is my favorite) but can't take the boat

Burnsville is nice - hard to get a spot if you only have weekends better plan early.

Sutton - okay but not my favorite

East Fork (East Lynn) okay but far out no cell service

Mountain Lake (Summersville) good campground - Lake front you better plan early

So far all destinations end near a lake so we can utilize the boat.

We are going to Salt Fork in Ohio in August. That one will be new for us. I have heard that North Bend is nice also.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:17 PM   #9
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I have camped at NorthBend in a tent. Good for biking as there are rail trails there. I can't remember how well the cg would be for trailers, it is small as well as I remember. Keep us posted, we are thinking of going this summer as well, would love feedback. We did the same as you, tented for years, had a pup last year and bought a trailer this year 23'!
The backing thing gets easier......just be patient with each other!
We have been going to Shawnee in Ohio and we really like it. It is an easy tow if you are nervous about towing and easy to get in and out of; however it is only elec. with portable water, but bathhouses etc. are pretty clean and they have a lot of act. for kids (nature center, p.golf, movies etc.) Beach Fork is a little hilly and the road is tight getting out there--that is my hometown! I work with a lady who has gone to Salt Fork in Oh and they like it pretty well. Hope to get to see for myself sometime. Hope this helps and Welcome!
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if your Avalanche has the 5.3 v-8 with the 3.73 rear end, like mine does, be careful how much you load the TT.

its GVWR is over my '07 Avy's max tow capacity. and i recommend towing at 80% of the TV's tow capacity.
especially if you plan on going thru mountains.

if you don't have the bigger engine or the 4.10 rear end, i'm afraid you'll probably not like the experience.
i tow a 23' HTT that weighs around 5000lbs. loaded for camping. and i wouldn't tow anything much bigger since i have lots of mountains to get over out here.
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