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Old 09-26-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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Hello - we are getting a Lil Snoozy!

After reading and learning so much on this website, Lee and I went to SC and visiting the Lil Snoozy factory. Richard Mickle, Alan Smoak, and Nicholas Smoak all welcomed us and we had a blast! Alan has so much knowledge and talks a mile a minute. Although Nicholas is not directly in the company anymore, he was there and told us all about designing the unit. After getting all the information (given in a folksy country but knowledgeable way), Lee and I silently looked at each other and Lee pulled out his checkbook! Expected delivery is about 3-4 weeks. We are completely new to this activity and will be asking people for advice along the way.

First question: someone mentioned somewhere about when they picked up their Snoozy, they camped nearby for a couple of days to check it out before heading home. Since we live about 250 miles away, this seems like a good idea. Can someone recommend a good campground near St. Matthews? I see ones on the web, but personal recommendation is always better. I have never been in an RV campground and have no criteria by which to judge one. Can anyone advise us? Thanks.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:21 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the unit.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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Good for you!

Suggestion: get yourself a journal and write down info regarding any camp spots you stay at, impressions, the fun stuff and the funny stuff that happened. Further down the road, when you're no longer goin'... you can relive a lot of those memories. It won't take much to bring a twinkle to your eye and a smile to your lips.

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Good journal idea Donna. We've been doing it for 13 years. Beyond the memories it helps others with camping suggestions and us on trips years later.

Ginny also uses it to add neat local restaurants and the like.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #6
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Santee State park is nice. It is a couple of miles off I-95 on the lake at Santee SC. I'm guessing it's about 30 miles away. ( Please verify.)
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:37 PM   #7
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A journal is a good idea. For years I have kept a garden journal (now multiple volumes) because I early on discovered it was impossible to remember all that was planted and where, etc. I enjoy flipping back through pages and the years to see what I was thinking about for the garden. Camping will be the same type of thing - writing down impressions of good and bad, etc. Thanks for suggesting it.
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There is a small park only about 5 miles from the factory. Can't remember the name but Alan will stear you in the right direction. We stayed for one night then went back to the factory the next day to have them finish a few things. It costs about $20 a night I think.
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Congratulations, Melanie & Lee! You should be able to get in some good camping before cold weather hits, and then take it to Lake M. for bird watching come cold weather. Maybe we will see you at the Osprey Nest Campground. Three to four weeks sounds like a pretty quick delivery, but might make it iffy for the rally near Cherokee, NC.
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Some of the previous new owners camped at the place in Sweet Water, SC.

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I don't recall the name of the place right now, but I camped there after picking up my Hauley. From the factory, you have to drive about a mile west to the highway, there you turn south and go about 5 miles to a corner with a gas station, and turn west. Then it's just a short distance, maybe 1/4 mile, to a gravel road to the right, and the CG is a hundred yards up this road on the right side . There's a pond right there, easily visible from the road. The place looks nice and is totally un-crowded. $20 on the honor system. Only negative is the cockroaches I saw in the dilapidated restroom, so plan on using the Snoozy's bathroom.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:44 PM   #12
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Mike - I think that is the Sweetwater Lake Campground. Apparently you were there this year, so the conditions you state are probably the same. It will only be for one night and sounds like a good opportunity to use that Snoozy bathroom (cockroaches and bedbugs are not on my favorites list). Were the water and electric hookups okay? Do we need cash for the $20 (do you mean there was no owner or staff there?)?
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Yup, that's the place. I never had occasion to try the hookups, sorry. There was no owner about when I stayed; some other camper told me that there was a death in the family and they were gone for the day because of it. I just stuck my $20 bill in the lock box, nothing more to it. Very informal. The owners do have a house at the far end of the CG.
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Thanks - we will probably give it a try. I have never set foot in an RV or tent campground, so new experience is in store for us. My husband used to camp in the Army (different situation - they carried guns!) and then with the Scouts with our sons. My camping experience ended with the Holiday Inn! Never too old - I hope.
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