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Old 05-23-2015, 06:06 PM   #1
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There's a couple of "boondocking" campgrounds there that I would like to try out in my 28' TT but I'm concerned about the roads to them. They are narrow, gravel, steep and lots of potholes and ruts. This is my first camper (2015 Forrest River). How well do these things hold up to rough roads? Only had this for a couple of weeks but went on my first camping trip to Reelfoot Lake State Park and even though it was a nice campground, didn't care for the crowds.
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Land between the Lakes is in Kentucky and Tennessee. There are lots of good roads in the area, not sure what roads you've used.
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The one to Gatlin Point is the one in particular I'm concerned with. Very rough road. The one to Nevell Bay is ok but is also a narrow gravel road with a lot of pot holes. There are no pads at that camp site. Just a grassy slopping hill to the water. Only a couple of places decent enough to set up a TT.
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Land between the Lakes really comes back into my mind Have not thought of it in 49 years. I was with 101st in 1965-66 at Ft. Campbell and we would stand up and hook up for drops just as we passed over the lakes. Apparently a year before somebody messed with someone's reserve and he got yanked out (lucky he was not killed) and landed on the shoreline where some fraternity was having a party. 101st had search parties looking for him. They located him at the party, still had his gear but he was one drunk puppy - or so the story went.

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So has anyone ever towed their camper down a rough, back country, gravel road that has a lot of pot holes and ruts? Just wondering how tough these new campers are.
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A camper won't last long on a road like you describe. Ruts, potholes, etc. could cause flexing and twisting that could damage the trailer. Bottoming out, scraping front or back also could cause damage. If you want access down roads as you describe, I'd sell the trailer and get a tent or a pick up slide-in camper.
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