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Old 10-05-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Need advice - boondocking at PSU in travel trailer for football weekend

I am bringing the 26BH to the PSU vs Michigan game and staying in their rv lot. No hookups at all and no running external generators. I think I am ok with power as I converted to LED for lighting and the weather is supposed to be mild so hopefully no heat need. My questions to anyone that has done this are - do you travel with your water tanks pre-filled? I have 90 gallons and really wish there was a place to fill up when I get there (or close anyway). Also, where did you dump the black/grey tanks at the end of the weekend? Any comments, suggestions, concerns I should be aware of would be greatly appreciated. My Suburban with the 6.5 still doesn't like the hills and heating up so staying light is a real key for me.

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There are lots of places to fill and dump, but it may take a little web searching, there is a smart phone app that can help with your search too (forgot it’s name, and it is on my DW phone). Often you can find businesses such as gas stations with dump stations. In some states highway rest areas have dump stations. Most Cabala stores have both water and dump. You might even try calling the stadium and ask them for any recommendations.

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My travel route won't put me onto the PA Turnpike (which I am told has a dump station at their rest stop). I am looking into a Flying J that has the dump station but I am not really familiar with the area enough to know what is close by. I was hoping for someone that has done the RV lot out there and gain . I am thinking of calling one of the places there that rent RV's for the games to get their input.
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Even if you were using the PA Turnpike, there are only three service areas that have a dump station- Sideling Hill, Valley Forge (eastbound only) and Allentown. If you can tell us your general routing you plan to take to State College maybe someone can help. I was at PSU a year ago and camped at the Bellefonte/State College KOA. They have a dump station there. The campground is a few miles from the I-80/US-220/I-99 interchange. There are also two campgrounds, Kearns Campground and Seven Mountains Campground, about 10-15 miles east of State College off of US-322. I would think they have a dump station, but I'd call and check first to be sure.

Make sure you take time to visit the Creamery while you're there. The ice cream is awesome.

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I am heading up 322 via 81 west - I did look at camping with full hook-up at the KOA as well as Gram and Pap's in Bellefonte but the folks (sister and brother-in law) I am bringing the camper out there for wanted the full PSU tailgating experience. I was hoping I didn't have to go too far out of the way for dumping and Kearns or Seven Mountains looks like a good options. THANK YOU! I will call them to see if dumping there is an option. I will also post back what I find out from my call in to the rv rental places. Good call on the Creamery - my sister is out there now and stocked up on chocolate milk.
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You might want to check the status of the I-81/US-22/US-322 interchange. Last May, a tanker truck overturned there and the resulting fire caused damage to some of the interchange's bridges. I passed through there back in July and at least one ramp was closed because it had to be replaced due to all the heat damage from the fire. I only passed under the interchange on I-81 (I was headed to the Jonestown KOA) and I-81 was open in both directions so I don't know which interchange ramps, if any, are still closed.

My DW and I really enjoyed The Tavern in State College. It's located on 220 East College Avenue. Great food, reasonable and good service. However, that was in July. I'm sure things are a lot different with classes in session on a game weekend.

That Suburban will get a little workout. You'll follow the river for about the first 20 miles or so on US-322, which is pretty flat, but it becomes hilly after that. I do recall several long climbs on the remainder of the trip to State College.

BTW- How do you tailgate in a Suburban? Most of the ones I've ever seen have doors, not a tailgate. LOL
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You might want to check the status of the I-81/US-22/US-322 interchange.

That Suburban will get a little workout. You'll follow the river for about the first 20 miles or so on US-322, which is pretty flat, but it becomes hilly after that. I do recall several long climbs on the remainder of the trip to State College.

BTW- How do you tailgate in a Suburban? Most of the ones I've ever seen have doors, not a tailgate. LOL
From what I was told - there is a detour around that ramp that is going to be in place for a while.

The Suburban is a concern with the final climbs... I have plenty of HP and torque with a tune and exhaust upgrade but the temps start to climb. I have the HO water pump, upgraded fan and clutch with new radiator but I think the water pump may be due... We just did a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport and had similar mountain climbs and I had to slow down to 35 - 40 mph. Other option though is taking a Durango with 5.7 Hemi so I thought the Suburban was the better option.

I have the tailgate (unfortunately, it will be parked away from the camper as there is a 40' combined length maximum).
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So I tracked down a plan for dumping. It is a "Tom's Travel Center" http://www.tomsonline.com/toms-trave...el-center.aspx about 25 miles from the stadium. I spoke to them about filling up water as well but they seemed a little unsure about answering that one so I think they may have just been agreeing that it is there. Maybe they were referring to their hose by the dump station for washing?

Thank you FPM III for the great info and suggestions. My niece is a freshman there so I figure I need to gather as much helpful info as possible for her next # of years there.
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Glad to know you're rooting for PSU- even if they're not presently doing so well. I thought you were going to keep it a secret until you mentioned your niece being a student there in your last post. I'm sure there will be lots of Wolverine fans in attendance since Ann Arbor is within a day's driving distance.

I know you talked to someone, but I looked at that Tom's Travel Center website and I was unable to find a dump station mentioned for any of their three locations.

Interesting... My niece is a graduate of PSU.
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I google earthed it as well to see their set-up. The person I spoke with confirmed it was in the back of their store so I am confident it exists. I found it as a UniMart review - someone posted saying it must now be the Tom's name now.

I have a good number of friends and some family as well that are PSU grads - with what has happened within their football program, it can be a toxic thing to discuss. The Second Mile Foundation was helpful to some of the foster children we have housed with sponsored trips to places like Knoebels so that part will be missed. I almost wanted to see the PSU football program take more of a hit but I guess you end up punishing the sins of others. Makes me sick to think about someone being involved in a program to help kids doing what they/he did

My niece is now involved in the THON organization so good for her
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