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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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North Carolina, 2019
« on: September 30, 2019, 06:17 AM »
Now begins a new chapter! 


Our camp is all set up at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, and we open next weekend.


We have all the stock we need for opening weekend, so over the course of this VERY hot week (temperatures are supposed to be in the 90s), I have to set up our pavilion tent and get everything ready.  I'll do most of the work in the mornings when it is cooler.


But on the bright side, the weather this weekend is supposed to be in the low 70s, which is perfect!


Kev
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Offline circleD

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2019, 04:49 PM »
Welcome back to NC! We want be there this year due to so many prior engagements. There's suppose to be decent weather next week. But just a heads up. We are so dry here that IF it rains prepare for a mess and humidity. Enjoy your time here.

Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2019, 07:09 AM »
Welcome back to NC! We want be there this year due to so many prior engagements. There's suppose to be decent weather next week. But just a heads up. We are so dry here that IF it rains prepare for a mess and humidity. Enjoy your time here.

Thanks!  I'm just hoping we get some cool weather toward the end of the show.  It has been years since we had frozen hoses and dustings of snow in November here in Huntersville.

Kev
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2019, 08:06 AM »
The booth is all set up, and all we have to do today is get some potted flowers for the front of the booth...and then pick up some marshmallows and snack bags (and a bank) for the weekend.


It is supposed to be a LOT cooler tomorrow and Sunday, thank God!


Kev
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2019, 07:13 AM »
We had the best and busiest opening day at the Carolina Renaissance Festival we ever had since we started doing this show!  Lets hope today is nearly as good!


Kev
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2019, 06:06 PM »
This weekend wasn't as good as last weekend...but we did great on Saturday.  It rained all day today though, so Patti stayed home with the pups, and I worked the booth.  We didn't make a lot of money, but we had fun!


This coming week is "hell week."  Three student days in a row.  I spent all this week building catapults and prepping parts for more catapults...so in between student days and Monday and Friday, I'll get all the catapults done that I need to get done for next weekend.


Kev
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2019, 03:50 PM »
Student Day 1 is done!  2 more to go!


Kev
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2019, 04:20 PM »
All student days are done, and we did pretty well this past weekend.  The coming weekend is Halloween Weekend, the kids get in free, and the faire provides us all with bags and bags of candy to pass out to the kids.  We typically do very well this weekend, so YAY!!!


Kev
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2019, 04:24 PM »
YES!!!


We've been members of Good Sam for many years, and recently they signed us up for a Good Sam Rewards Card (a credit card that can only be used at Camping World, Gander, and Good Sam).  We don't intend to use it much, and will pay it off whenever we use it.


The GOOD news is that our Good Sam Club membership was up for renewal...so when I used the new Rewards Card to pay for another three years, they gave us a SWEET deal on their Platinum Roadside Assistance!  So now if anything happens, our butts will be covered when it comes to towing and tires.  SWEET!!!


Kev
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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2019, 05:51 PM »
Be VERY careful with that card! They are going to send you a bill charging you something like 35.00 just for signing up if you don't use it right away and as far as roadside assistance? They left me stranded, TWICE!!!!!!!!! Try to get hold of Mr. Lemonis to complain, Yea right. They can kiss my lily white A**. The last time I was wedged between a guard rail and traffic moving at 85 MPH at night on 295 in Md. and ended up having to hire my own towing company. I was lucky to get the best tow truck operator on earth! he asked if it would be cash and I said yes and he gave me the price of a lifetime and got me to a Walmart next to the casinos. AND he stopped by the next morning to see if I needed anything. I do not patronize Camping World and I warn everybody I know about their deceitful business practices. You do know that the towing will only tow you to one of THEIR service centers don't you?

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2019, 08:15 PM »
I have to disagree, When my Transmission went, They towed me to Where i park in Pittsburgh . But i also found out They cannot tow off the Turnpike ( Pa Turnpike policy) As of now i have no complaints with Good Sam !  Frank

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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2019, 07:47 AM »
Thanks Rick and Frank.  I read the policy thoroughly before paying for the roadside assistance, and it seems legit.  Maybe they have changed since you used them last, Rick.  As far as the card goes, there was no sign up fee, although the interest rate is high...which is why I will keep it paid off any time I use it.  And I sure do like the fuel, propane, and dump savings I get with my Good Sam Club membership at Flying Js...they now exceed the savings with a Flying J/Pilot rewards card.  And of course savings at RV parks.


Kev
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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2019, 01:31 AM »
As you can tell from my avatar I have been towed.  In fact every year for five years I have had to be towed from our Labor Day annual get together to a mechanic.  I have Good Sam Roadside Assistance and they have always taken care of me.  I have had to argue with them about which tow service to use because I knew a good tow service was closer than the one they selected.  However, in the end it didn't cost me a thing for any of the years.  If you renew at Camping World you get a good discount.  They will only tow to the nearest repair station that can fix your problem for free.  If you want to go further than that, it's on your dime.
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2019, 06:16 PM »
We just had the best weekend we ever had at the Carolina Renaissance Festival.  Gotta love this economy!   :)clap


Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2019, 08:17 AM »
Holy crap!  We just beat last week's numbers, so another record breaker for us!  We are once again going to have to build a LOT of catapults this week!


Kev
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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2019, 02:01 PM »
Congratulations!!  Hope it keeps up.
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Offline ClydesdaleKevin

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2019, 06:22 PM »
Congratulations!!  Hope it keeps up.
Dan

Thanks Dan!  2 more weekends to go, and this coming weekend is Time Traveler/Steam Punk weekend with great weather predicted.  We should do very well once again!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

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Re: North Carolina, 2019
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 04:51 PM »
We have had an AMAZING run so far this year in North Carolina, with one more weekend to go!  Not only did we manage to pay off all of our emergency credit cards, we also managed to purchase a brand new Honda EU2200i generator for boondocking (we got a pretty sweet deal on it)...and we will be going into our winter vacation with well over twice what we had last year.


I prepped the Honda generator today (they don't come with any oil in the crankcase for shipping), and topped it off with Mobile One oil.  Runs incredibly well and is super quiet!  It should be more that adequate to run our converter to charge the batteries when the solar can't keep up...and won't suck down all of our propane in no time like our onboard generator does.  (Which I also need to repair, but there is no hurry on that one...it just needs a new control board). 


I also installed a battery watering system today and it works great!


I have another small run of catapults to build over the next few days for closing weekend...so I'm going to try to get in touch with Winnebago tomorrow and see if they can point me in the right direction as to where to find the grid heater relay on our Itasca.


Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 98 Cherokee lifted beastie tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

 

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