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Old 12-07-2015, 11:29 PM   #1
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Just turned 5k miles

Taking our VEGAS 24.1 to have oil changed after 5k miles. We toad our F150 and had no issues. I have read many horror stories on this forum and feel sorry for those who have had so many problems. We had boats prior to our RV and believe me I know what it is like to experience warranty and quality issues. A lot of it is luck of the draw. We had three Wellcrafts, boats, two were incredible machines the other was a lemon?

Last trip was from Nags Head to Daytona. Made a mistake stopping at a rest stop on I95, stayed beside some trucks that ran generators continuously. We lasted about 4 hours. Next stop North Beach Saint Augustine. Wonderful park next to beach and three restaurants - we later learned two were owned by the park. Stayed there eight days and then went South to Ormond Beach.

We stayed at Sunshine park an Encore property and it was terrible. Dirty loud and rude- a first for us. First time we were glad to leave a park. Next off to Savannah stayed at Camp Lake Jasper. Nice park, plenty of room to stretch out. Ice up though - they are proud of their ice at over 3 bucks for 10 lbs.

After maintenance we are heading South again - We found a KOA North of Charleston that we want to check out. Then either to HO HUM Gulf Coast FL or to the keys.

So far so good - have meet a lot of wonderful folks so far.
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Old 12-07-2015, 11:47 PM   #2
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After maintenance we are heading South again - We found a KOA North of Charleston that we want to check out. Then either to HO HUM Gulf Coast FL or to the keys.

So far so good - have meet a lot of wonderful folks so far.
Nice to read about the happy experience.

If the KOA you are mentioning is the KOA Mount Pleasant, SC we stayed there in March and we are planning on rolling in there again Thursday evening. It is close enough to Downtown Charleston that there is plenty to see and do.

My other half has a full itinerary planned which includes no cooking other than bagels for breakfast.
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:16 AM   #3
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That is it, Mt Pleasant KOA beside the Blackbeard Park. We drove RT17 home because I95 in SC beat us up. We have been wanting to spend some time in Charleston and Savannah. Do you have a recommendation for Savannah?
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:34 AM   #4
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No recommendations for Savannah, but on our trip to Florida in January we stayed at the KOA in St. Mary's GA which is right across the border from Jacksonville, FL. We only stayed one night but it made our list of campgrounds to stop at again.

Our oldest daughter went to Savannah College of Art and Design so we spent a lot of time in Savannah when she was going to school. I traveled so much for work back then that we always stayed in hotels and never paid a penny. We haven't felt the need to go back.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:22 AM   #5
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Try Savannah Oaks park next time you are in Savannah. Also, if you want,the visitors center allows overnight "camping", really parking right in downtown Savannah. Cost is a whopping $7 per night. Caveat is that you have to be in the visitors center lot by 4:30 PM. Walking distance to many if not all of the restaurants and most attractions. We spent 2 nights thmere in September. We think it has a 4 night max stay. No problems. Dry camping, no hookups.
Just another option.
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Old 12-08-2015, 02:01 AM   #6
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We stayed a night at Ho Hum, along the Gulf last week. It is all gravel, no grass, full hookups with cable TV. Right along the water front, a nice dock but no beach there. If you want a beach, you need to go a little farther, like on East to Port St Joe or Mexico Beach. Lots to do in the Destin area and the beaches in that area are fabulous.

After Thanksgiving, the snowbirds start to fill the campgrounds in Florida. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends.

Next time you are near Ormond Beach, try Bulow Resort, also an Encore park.

We usually pass on truck stops and rest areas because of the noise and security concerns. We use an app called RVParky to find cgs and free overnight parking.
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Old 12-08-2015, 01:12 PM   #7
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ETS - Great to hear the good stories. We are the same way - very happy with our coach. We stay a number of military camps in the area you're speaking off and really enjoy it.

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Old 12-08-2015, 01:36 PM   #8
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We stayed at Red Gates Farm Trail Campgrounds just west of Savannah. few miles west of downtown, they have a trolley that comes in every morning at 9 AM and takes you on 90 minute tour of Savannah then drops you off at one of many trolley stops along the way. you can ride the trolley all day from stop to stop and it returns to the campground at 4 PM. was a charge for the tour not sure what it would cost just to get into town. Very nice campgrounds also have an area where they keep horses etc... On the Good Sam list. Campground run by a husband and wife team that have loads of motorhome experience to share, they live in there motorhome on the grounds.

We do want to get back to Savannah in the near future. My wife just had open heart surgery and the Trolley was a blessing for us. A lot to see in Savannah.

We own a Vegas 24.1 haven't had any mechanical issues but still working on fixes with CW since we bought in September.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:00 PM   #9
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Anyone here ever stay at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park near Santa Rosa Beach, FL? We have reservations there for a few days around Christmas. I know it's full hookup and fairly close to the beach and have seen mostly good reviews on the website. Just wondering if anyone who may have stayed there could comment? TIA
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We were at Topsail campground over Thanksgiving. Several RV friends have raved about this campground for years.

Unlike nearly all state park campgrounds, this one has a pool, paved streets, concrete pads and, get this, cable TV! Most of the sites have trees between. It's very flat, great for bicycles. The beach is about a mile down a paved road, hourly shuttles can take you, the last one back at 4. You could be a mile and a half to the beach from your campsite.

Reports of biting flies at the beach, so we took the car south about a mile on 30A to a nearby public beach that was very nice. The sand on those Gulf beaches is soooo soft and cool. The water was cool at first, but didn't keep folks from walking right in. The waves are normally gentle on the Gulf, unlike your Atlantic beaches.

Wmart and Publix are right up the road, and it's not far to Miramar Beach and Destin, with all kinds of shops and restaurants, if you're into that kind of thing.

Enjoy your stay, we did!
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Old 12-09-2015, 02:27 AM   #11
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Mr Sunshine,
Appreciate the review. Very helpful and makes us look forward to our stay there even more. Have been to Destin, Panama City, and panhandle many times but first time to the Santa Rosa area. We will be using Enterprise rental while there so will check out Miramar beach and some seafood restaurants. Also taking our bikes. Maybe the biting flies will have migrated elsewhere by then.

Thanks again for the reply!
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