TA Candler, NC

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  1. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    I will do that when I get there. We aren't going to be there until this June or July when we arrive in Franklin, NC. I hope they are still open for business. At the rate TA is going they might all be closed soon.
     
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  3. bthomann

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    Sorry to be so late replying. The one in Candler is average but passable, my friend. It was an old Travelport, my uncle tells me. Nothing special but nothing terrible either. Hope you're doing well!
     
  4. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    Thanks Bthomann,

    Always good to hear from you. The reason I posted this was after spending a long time here at the winter home because of Covid, the wife and I are off from May-Nov. in the 5th wheel. We are travelling from Fla. to Ala., Tenn.,Va., NC, SC and back home and haven't been to Candler in a good many years. I'm still trying to visit as many of the old TA's with Country Prides as we can before TA pulls the plug on them all. It's just an old habit to eat at these after my 45 years on the road before retirement.

    We went to Clarksville, Tn. a few weeks ago to help our daughter and son-in-law move to Maryland after he retired from the US Army after 21 years and a Blackhawk pilot and we stopped at a few TA/Petro's on the trip. My favorite Petro, White's, had the Iron Skillet closed for dinner and the Country Pride at the TA's in Marianna, Fla., Wytheville, Va. and Richmond, Va. were all closed and empty. It's crazy that some are open and most are closed. If they are going to go ahead with the lease to IHOP nationwide I wish that they would just do it.

    That's all my friend so stay safe and always be careful.
     
  5. navypoppop

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    bzinger,

    I forgot to reply to you after we made the stop at Candler a couple weeks ago. I totally enjoyed the trip there and we were there about 1:00PM for lunch. We had no problem getting the 5th wheel into the almost empty truck parking area and the front row which made for an easy out. The atmosphere and interior just reminded me of those "old days". I always have a liking to the old truck stops and not the newer travel centers of today. Just recently learned that Whites great Petro in Raphine, Va. has closed and gutted the Iron Skillet restaurant. I was hoping for at least an IHOP like the other corporate stops are going to but they are advertising on their web page that a new drivers lounge and store are planned. Oak Grove Petro has also closed their Iron Skillet for expanded store space. So sad.
     
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    bzinger Road Train Member

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    No problem and glad your trip went well...and thanks for the update on the latest TA / petro implosions .
    Since our last interaction I have paid off my big truck and will partially retire this fall and have been camper shopping ...man are they pricey now ! .
     
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    Especially since the government stimulus money was handed out. It seems like a lot of people are buying any type of Rv they can find even if they do not know how to drive them. The Rv parks are filling up months ahead too. Good luck in your future retirement. I did mine in 2011 and really enjoy it with my bride of 42 years even though I still miss the road. The 5th wheel helps bridge the gap. Maybe we'll meet up some day.
     
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    I'm not going to buy anything big just a something under 20ft in nice shape , I live in omaha and there are plenty of state and county parks within an hours drive of here and that's as far as I will go ...ill also be a weekday camper .
    An rv friend of mine told me yesterday the market will soon be flooded with late model campers from people that discover camping isn't they're thing and that they need maintenance....ill wait .
     
  9. navypoppop

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    If I may offer a suggestion, try and look into either a Nash or Artic Fox model 22H by Northwood Manufacturers out of La Grange, Or. There are many of these all throughout the West and Midwest. These are HD all weather 4 season built travel trailers. The insulation factors, shocks at both axles and this model has no slide outs, queen bed, sofa, dinette and all the comforts of home and 1/2 ton towable. I know of 3 models in your 20' bracket and all 3 have 2 axles for stability.. The 17C, 19B and 22H. I think you would like either of these even though they are premium built and cost more than some but you get what you pay for. Good luck.
     
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    bzinger Road Train Member

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    Thank you !
     
  11. bthomann

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    Navypoppop, Wasn't that the Smoky Mountain Truck Stop originally? I remember my uncle
    saying it was something diffferent before it became a Travel Port and finally a T/A.
     
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