Browse Month: June 2017

Myrtle Beach Travel Park  June 9-11 2017

One of my bad habits is procrastination and it got me in trouble this weekend. I stopped by the storage lot Friday morning on the way to work to start  up (LP) the refrigerator for our road trip this weekend and  I noticed that the chassis battery was dead.   I have been jumping it the last couple of trips.  Usually when I get it started, and then drive some it would charge up enough to start the rest of the weekend.

When we were ready to leave the campground Sunday, it wouldn’t start, so I jumped it with my little jump box and everything was ok.  I even bragged to Ricky how good the box was working and had used it a couple of times and hadn’t needed to recharge

Well we stopped and unloaded at the house before I took it back to the storage lot and I shut the engine off thinking it would start back up.  Well that’s what I get for thinking.  It took about 10 minutes to unload and I gave Tammy a quick kiss and went out to the motorhome and it wouldn’t start.  It was so dead it wouldn’t even click.  So being the Boy Scout I am, I grabbed my trusty little jump box and hooked it up and went back inside to start it up.  I turned the key and all I got was a couple of clicks. Went back out to recheck the connections and saw that the jump box was under low power.

Well I got the charge cable for jump box, went inside to put it on charge while the motorhome sits in front of house blocking half the street.  Neighbors really love me now.   Everyone that could help was out of place so I called AAA for a jump. I was worried that they wouldn’t respond because I don’t have the RV on it. I didn’t think I would need them being that we had Good Sam Road Assistance.  I figured that AAA would be quicker for a jump.  I called them and they would jump the RV but my plan does not cover tire change or towing. Will look into adding the RV plan to our account being that 95 percent of our travels are in NC.

Within 30 mins Keith with AAA arrived and give me a jump and I got rolling to the storage lot and cleared the street. Now as a side note, when we moved from Fayetteville to Wilmington, during the downsizing I got rid of my jumper cables.  When you are downsizing you have to be careful and be particular about what you get rid of.  And if I had kept my jump box charged I wouldn’t have needed jumper cables.

We left Wilmington after work on Friday, had no problems crossing the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and taking Highway 17 south to Myrtle Beach SC.  The campground is located at 10108 Kings Rd, and convenient to Walmart, Tanger Outlets and Bass Pro Shop. Google maps puts it 69 miles away and taking 1 hour 23 mins.  Traffic was not bad for a Friday evening and we made it in to the campground before dark and got set up for the weekend.

We met Ricky and Tina at the campground and enjoyed a nice easy weekend, and didn’t leave the campground till Sunday when we came home. The weather was beautiful and we spent most of Saturday on the beach enjoying the fun and sun. There was a nice breeze that kept the temperature very pleasant. This was good because Myrtle Beach does not allow canopies on the beach like we use in NC and a umbrella doesn’t work to good sometimes when the wind picks up.

Tina and Ricky cooking Saturday night supper

This campground is on the beach and our favorite in the Myrtle Beach area, it’s on the north end and easy to get in and out of.  The sites are all pull thru, full hooks with cable and have a covered picnic table. The sites are on the small side and if you have big rigs beside you sometimes it’s tight getting into it. If we had taken the jeep, we would have filled up the site from street to street.  They have a bunch of bathhouses and are always very clean.  This is one of the few places we go that I use campground showers.

Campground Office

There is a lot to do at the campground and they always have activities going on.  They have a large pool with a lazy river, kiddy pool and hot tub.  They even have a smaller enclosed pool which is nice in the winter.   This campground is very popular for the snowbirds. They have a nice camp store, arcade and food grille.  They also have a small lake in the middle of the campground. There is something for everyone to do, young or old.    They have a guard shack at the entrance greeting everyone that enters and security that patrols at night.

As always time goes by quickly when you are having fun, and before we knew it, we had to raise the jacks and come back home.  We had a great weekend seeking fun and sun!   Thanks for visiting our site and please stop by again!
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Memorial Day Weekend Roadtrip – May 25-29 2017

Tammy and I left Wilmington after work on Thursday and headed to The RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads off I-95 near Roanoke Rapids NC.  This is about 179 miles from Wilmington and a good 3 hour drive.

We traveled to Smithfield NC and stopped at a Walmart for the night being that we weren’t  supposed to be at the campground until Friday.

parked at Walmart
If we are traveling over a couple of hours away from home, we like to leave the evening before and break up the trip.  We arrived at the Walmart just after dark and found other big trucks and a couple of campers already there. So we found us a spot and shut it down for the evening after we did a little shopping at Walmart. This was a 24 hour store, which has  traffic moving around all night but I like the fact that there is movement and the parking lot is lit all night.  Helps that the generator dampens the noise.

I was up early getting the bugs off the front of the motorhome and checking things out and  we were on the road by 8:00am and moved over to Carolina Outlet which is on I-95 at exit 97.  We parked there until they opened at 10:00 and did a little shopping for Tammy.

Copilot Jupie
We only had to travel 74 miles north on I-95, traffic was light and we just took our time.  The campground is only about a mile off the interstate behind the Roanoke Rapids Theatre, which was opened by Dolly Parton’s brother Randy.  The place has a lot of history and has a big “for sale” sign in front.

Being that the campground is so close to the interstate, it is very convenient for RV’ers looking for quick overnight only stay while they are traveling north or south. They advertise “express checkin” and $32.00 overnight rate. The site behind us changed occupants every night.

I knew when I saw this sign pulling in, I was in trouble. It’s a “no no” in most campgrounds to wash your camper.  This is the first one that said it was alright, I have seen a couple that would charge you a fee and one that had an area to wash your RV at.  All we had to do was provide the brush and bucket.  That’s the first thing Tammy wanted to do, was wash the motorhome….which was needed being that the location we store ours in is very dusty and it had been awhile since I was able to wash it. And then on Sunday afternoon she decided we needed to clean the underside of our awning.

This was a nice campground, paved pull thru sites with a patio, 50 amp service with ok cable and wi-fi.   The bathhouses were on the small side, but clean.  Nice pool and hot tub, with a covered area with pool table and other games.  They had gazebos located thru out the campground on selected sites and if you were good enough, you could set up where you could step out of the camper onto the gazebo. The campground had a lot of long term campers (there is a big gas line project going on in the area) in the back, however the place is quite at night and the whole holiday weekend we were there.

The girls picked this location, being that we hadn’t been there before.  There is not much to do in the area (I did pick up another state park) but would be a good place to work out of and I wouldn’t have a problem staying there again.  The rate was $42.00 a night and gave a Good Sam discount.  We were with Ricky and Tina, Randy and Teresa and had a good weekend resting, eating and having good fellowship.  The weather was good, with no rain in our area. On Saturday, we went over to Medco Mountain State Park which was about 20 minutes away in Hollister NC.

 

 

All to soon it was time to come back home on Monday morning, after being treated with sausage and biscuits for breakfast  by Randy and Teresa it was time to say our goodbyes and head back to the port city.

Ok, so a lot of RV’ers have a US map displayed somewhere on their RV showing different colors in the states that they have traveled with their RV. Well Tammy has joked that we should get us one.  I have told her we didn’t need to get one,  that I would be embarrassed being that we have only been in NC and SC with our campers.

Well she did get us a cute little pillow that has a US map on it that you can use a permanent marker to show what states you have visited.

Well ours now has the state of Virginia on it, we were only 8 miles from the state line and I couldn’t resist going.  We made it to the state line and I took the first exit and gassed up at a Pilot Truck Stop before returning to North Carolina.

We got back into Wilmington around 3:30pm after an easy trip home stopping at a rest area on I-95 where we took a break and had lunch.

Tammy and I are looking forward to when we will be able to hit the road for more then just the weekend seeking fun and sun!  Thanks for visiting our site and please stop by again!

 

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