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Ollie pickup and return to Colorado/Wyoming in mid March - No experience with Eastern Camping


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Hi All - Our Oliver - Hull#1491 started production last week. We will pick it up on the 12th of March, and plan to take about two weeks to get it back home. In the middle of this adventure we have our anniversary so it should be a pretty memorable adventure. We have zero experience camping anywhere but in the West, so this is a chance to get a little more exposure to this incredible country. We do plan on going over to the Great Smokies as the photos we've seen over the years have been so compelling. After that though, we have no idea on our route back, except we should keep further south to avoid winter weather. We'd appreciate any advice or suggestions on routes to follow. We will likely use Harvest Hosts and any open National Forest or easy boon docking sites. We've got a 2023 F-250, so we shouldn't be very limited except for skills in reverse....

We also have two small (11lb) dogs who have their own unique points of view about camping, cars, and travel in general. - Doug & Jill

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We're big fans of Hipcamp. With very few exceptions, the places have been very nice, most of which we'll return to given the chance. We've done boondockers and Harvest Hosts as well. Never had a problem with any of their locations either, but the Hipcamps are our favorites. 

 

Welcome to the club!! 

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Not sure of your return route, but we like Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky for camping. There is always water and a dump station at the north and south welcome stations. Taylor bay has no water or power but is very pretty. Energy lake campground has power and water and a dump station and is our favorite spot.  Hillman ferry is well maintained, but huge with a lot of people, but shouldn’t be crowded in March.  There are good hiking trails and Grand Rivers is a nice lunch spot, we like Green Turtle Bay best for a bear and a burger.  LBL is a great place for several days. 

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26 minutes ago, Rolind said:

we like Green Turtle Bay best for a bear and a burger.

You Tremor guys are really a tough bunch!  

Usually those bears get a little touchy when it comes to burgers!😆

Bill

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DougS - 

If you get anywhere near Asheville on your trip an you need help, just yell.

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I know you guys are excited. We took possession of 1423 in August 2023.  We truly love our Oliver.  

 

I keep our interstate travel to a minimum.  Doing that, I consider 400 miles a day so covering long distances can take some time.

 

I second Land Between the Lakes.  That was our first stop after leaving Hohenwald.  Nice park.

 

Arkansas state parks are very well kept.  We have stayed at many of them.

 

We lived in the Smokies before we started camping.  It is a pretty area. We had many day trips and the hiking is wonderful. 

 

You are going to love wherever you are when you are in your Oliver

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Many of the COE campgrounds at Land between the Lakes are closed for the winter. Our favorite is Canal COE and it is closed in March. You will need to check the others.

Smoky Mountain National Park is one of our favorites. You will still have cold temps and snow in the mountains in March. 

I would suggest taking the Natchez Trace Parkway from Hohenwald to Natchez, MS. Plenty of campgrounds and State Parks along the way. That heads you South to warmer temps. Head into Texas with unlimited State Parks and Big Bend National Park.

 

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Lots of eastern campgrounds close for the winter, including March, so check in advance. As @John Dorrer suggested, heading south will increase your choices. (So envious of those who live in the South and West, with all your camping opportunities.)

 

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5 hours ago, AlbertNTerri said:

We're big fans of Hipcamp. With very few exceptions, the places have been very nice, most of which we'll return to given the chance. We've done boondockers and Harvest Hosts as well. Never had a problem with any of their locations either, but the Hipcamps are our favorites. 

 

Welcome to the club!! 

Thanks - never heard of Hipcamp. I see they have a different business model, and some really neat looking places. We’ll definitely try some out.

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4 hours ago, Rolind said:

Not sure of your return route, but we like Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky for camping. There is always water and a dump station at the north and south welcome stations. Taylor bay has no water or power but is very pretty. Energy lake campground has power and water and a dump station and is our favorite spot.  Hillman ferry is well maintained, but huge with a lot of people, but shouldn’t be crowded in March.  There are good hiking trails and Grand Rivers is a nice lunch spot, we like Green Turtle Bay best for a bear and a burger.  LBL is a great place for several days. 

Never been to Kentucky, but we’ll definitely look into it!

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4 hours ago, topgun2 said:

You Tremor guys are really a tough bunch!  

Usually those bears get a little touchy when it comes to burgers!😆

Bill

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DougS - 

If you get anywhere near Asheville on your trip an you need help, just yell.

We will definitely do that - Thanks for the offer!

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4 hours ago, HDRider said:

I know you guys are excited. We took possession of 1423 in August 2023.  We truly love our Oliver.  

 

I keep our interstate travel to a minimum.  Doing that, I consider 400 miles a day so covering long distances can take some time.

 

I second Land Between the Lakes.  That was our first stop after leaving Hohenwald.  Nice park.

 

Arkansas state parks are very well kept.  We have stayed at many of them.

 

We lived in the Smokies before we started camping.  It is a pretty area. We had many day trips and the hiking is wonderful. 

 

You are going to love wherever you are when you are in your Oliver

Thanks - it all sounds wonderful, and it should be a fine time of year - few crowds, variable, possibly beautiful weather, and all new!

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3 hours ago, John Dorrer said:

Many of the COE campgrounds at Land between the Lakes are closed for the winter. Our favorite is Canal COE and it is closed in March. You will need to check the others.

Smoky Mountain National Park is one of our favorites. You will still have cold temps and snow in the mountains in March. 

I would suggest taking the Natchez Trace Parkway from Hohenwald to Natchez, MS. Plenty of campgrounds and State Parks along the way. That heads you South to warmer temps. Head into Texas with unlimited State Parks and Big Bend National Park.

 

We will definitely check. We are used to cold and weather. We live on the side of a mountain in Wilson, WY. Had a blizzard yesterday morning and a little over a foot of snow. But not in an Oliver!

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1 hour ago, Steph and Dud B said:

Lots of eastern campgrounds close for the winter, including March, so check in advance. As @John Dorrer suggested, heading south will increase your choices. (So envious of those who live in the South and West, with all your camping opportunities.)

 

It is amazing here. One reason for the Oliver is to be able to head out without much planning and do a fishing week anywhere within a few hundred miles. An amazing learning curve on the horizon.

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4 hours ago, topgun2 said:

You Tremor guys are really a tough bunch!  

Usually those bears get a little touchy when it comes to burgers!😆

Bill

p.s.

DougS - 

If you get anywhere near Asheville on your trip an you need help, just yell.

4 hours ago, topgun2 said:

You Tremor guys are really a tough bunch!  

Usually those bears get a little touchy when it comes to burgers!😆

Bill

p.s.

DougS - 

If you get anywhere near Asheville on your trip an you need help, just yell.

Is that in North Carolina?

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3 hours ago, John Dorrer said:

Many of the COE campgrounds at Land between the Lakes are closed for the winter. Our favorite is Canal COE and it is closed in March. You will need to check the others.

Smoky Mountain National Park is one of our favorites. You will still have cold temps and snow in the mountains in March. 

I would suggest taking the Natchez Trace Parkway from Hohenwald to Natchez, MS. Plenty of campgrounds and State Parks along the way. That heads you South to warmer temps. Head into Texas with unlimited State Parks and Big Bend National Park.

 

We actually went about 30 miles on the Natchez Trace when we went to the Oliver factory. 30 miles of mowed lawns up to the forest. Some nice turnouts. We got a book on the park and have it high on the list.

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10 minutes ago, Doug S said:

Is that in North Carolina?

Well - 

We've only got those little black bears!  It's the Griz I'd worry about.😊

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Hi, Doug S. I know now where i remember your town. Back in 2008 went to Jackson Hole, with are two grown children and there spouses ..  we had breakfast at  Nora’s Fish creek inn.. great time ..  After we got are Ollie in July 2022. Took a two wk. trip out west.. Grand tetons.  Had to stop back at Snake River brewing..  Have a safe trip picking up the camper ..  Manny

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3 hours ago, Golfnut said:

Hi, Doug S. I know now where i remember your town. Back in 2008 went to Jackson Hole, with are two grown children and there spouses ..  we had breakfast at  Nora’s Fish creek inn.. great time ..  After we got are Ollie in July 2022. Took a two wk. trip out west.. Grand tetons.  Had to stop back at Snake River brewing..  Have a safe trip picking up the camper ..  Manny

You’ve got it! The woman who owned Nora’s (her daughter), sold it to a couple of local fellows who have put a lot of effort into improving it. The food, coffee, and pizza are now very good. It still has the same small local mountain town vibe - people who live here tend to thrive on that. Hungry Jack’s, the local general store was bought out by 250 of us, and is becoming exceptional! 

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