6Wheels Posted April 17, 2022 Share Posted April 17, 2022 I was talking to the county's new campground King about some of the improvements he had planned for Shady Grove Campground in GA. The year was 2016. After submitting suggestions (that he told me to submit) I received feedback that was quite snarky (how dare a citizen who uses the campground offer any suggestions, or criticism). No feedback to me directly, but through someone I know at the County. The topic was a failed and neglected sanitary station - the only one in the whole campground. The county has the money, so that was not the issue. Message starts here . . . I became aware of improvements scheduled for this year and was asked to provide my input for suggestions. ENTRANCE (Main Entrance at gate) Getting in and out of the entrance is difficult for full-sized rigs. The normal height for a motorhome is 12’10” (but up to 13’4”) and the width is 8’6” plus the mirrors. The length can exceed 45 ft. If any changes are made in this area, please widen the drive to a minimum of 12 feet, and check the swing of longer wheel bases (my 42 ft. has a wheel base of 176”, some go up to 302”). Some chassis can swing up to 3.5 ft. so trees and brush have to be cleared to accommodate that far from any curved pavement. DUMPING STATION I know you are already addressing the failed sewerage system. As far as the actual facility, there are a few issues remaining. Again, larger rigs have a tight squeeze to get in the driveway. The driveway is not wide enough to allow a longer unit to stay on the pavement resulting in tire tracks in the dirt and the mud that goes with that. This applies not only to motorhomes, but 5th wheel trailers as well. Trees can be a hazard when navigating this area and should be trimmed back 10 feet from the driveway. The pavement currently is pitched away from the septic tank inlet, resulting in raw sewerage running out on the driveway, as evidenced by toilet paper still on the driveway. There is no good way to get it back down the inlet, even when rinsed with the hose. If I were designing this from scratch, first I would make the concrete for the inlet 6’ x 6’ and I would make a 6” curb around all four sides, and pitch the concrete toward the center where the tank inlet is with at least a 2” drop. I would make the driveway pavement pitch slightly toward the inlet to help the holding tanks drain more completely (rig leans toward the drain). The driveway would be even with the top of the curb around the sewer inlet. Currently there is a fixture with a spring and hose that has been damaged from usage and time. It is too close to the driveway which makes it difficult to maneuver when setting up the sewer hoses and opening the doors to the wet bay. I would bring it back 4 feet from the edge of the driveway/curb. Then I would provide both the spring and hose as it is now with a permanent spray attachment. This was a good design when it was new. I would add another 20 foot hose with the end terminated in a male standard hose fitting for flushing tanks on modern rigs. Don’t forget the back-flow preventers. I would be emphatic with a sign in the area stating that any water available in the dump station is NOT for drinking. Move the trash can intended for disposal of gloves and wipes back to allow better access to the facility and to not block the area. End . . . It makes me wonder what the attitude towards the public is across the country. I hope this county is the exception. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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