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  • #16
    Consider it rolled!
    Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Egregg57 View Post
      Consider it rolled!
      phew! there is nothing worse than a stagnant ball
      Jason & Wendy Lerette
      2015 Montana 3711FL
      2014 F350 SD 6.7 PSD
      B & W Patriot 16K hitch

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      • #18
        I am sitting in a waiting room waiting for Mark.... and just checked out Smugglers Den. Looks like a nice place. 2200 miles for us land-locked Coloradans! We will most definitely plan more before and after while we are up in that area. Gotta make those miles count!
        We will be checking out your other campground recommendations. Our normal "laid back pick a campground as we drive" way of travel may not work for that area! (Much like I had to make advance plans for this summer's plans in the Colorado Rockies!)
        Vicki Allen
        Byers, Colorado
        2010 Montana 3150
        2017 Ford Super Duty F350 4X4 6.7 Diesel

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        • #19
          Some of the things to do in the area. I will not get into great detail here, but if you have specific interests, or want more information on a subject please let me know.

          At Smugglers den Campground above normal campground amenities:
          -Lobster on site, competitively priced
          -Pots to cook lobster in Lobster
          -Shuttle service to Bar Harbor / Acadia NP from the campground. Arrives every 30 minutes
          -Closest Acadia Park trail head at the back of the campground to Beech Hill Mountain and Fire Tower.

          Within 10 minutes:
          - National Park Sponsored Kayak rentals for Long Lake
          - South West Harbor shops stores, Ace Hardware store, restaurants (very good), Ice Cream
          - Fresh seafood sold by local Fisherman over looking South West Harbor marina. (Fish, Shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, etc)
          - RATs (Richard A. Taylor) Local lobsterman specializing in clams, mussels, and lobster.
          - 4 trails off of the main road leading to the campground CW3jason has done most of them, we have done 2.

          North West Harbor
          -Little Cranberry Island Tour (laid back and Beautiful)
          - Off the beaten path, good local food, and sights

          Bar Harbor
          - Restaurants, shops of all types, gift stores, Abbe Museum, Sherman's Ocean side restaurant.
          - Mary Todd 4 masted Schooner excursion
          - Whale Watch tours
          - Puffin, Seal Watch tours
          - Lobster Boat Tours
          - Kayak Rental
          - Sand Bar to little Porcupine Island (access at low tide only)
          - Old New England style homes and many points of interest

          Acadia National Park
          - Park Loop Road, a must if visiting
          Access to many trails and points of interest off the PLR
          Bike riding on Carriage Roads
          Carriage rides on Carriage Roads
          Sand Beach
          Thunder Hole
          Cadillac Mountain
          Jordan Pond
          The Bubbles
          The Precipice trail

          Bass Harbor
          - Bass Harbor Light House
          - 2 more trails with in a mile

          and much much more. A week will not be enough for you to see everything. It isn't possible! Abbe Museum Resize.jpg

          Coast from Park Loop Road Resize.jpg

          Sunrise on Cadillac MT resize.jpg
          Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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          • #20
            Thanks, Eric! Very helpful. If we come that way we will for sure want to spend longer than a week in the area I am sure!
            Vicki Allen
            Byers, Colorado
            2010 Montana 3150
            2017 Ford Super Duty F350 4X4 6.7 Diesel

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            • #21
              Shooting for the third week in August.
              Check in will be after 1pm Sunday, August 19th 2018.
              Check out is 11am Sunday August 26th 2018.

              Rain, the owner is out right now with a new born. Joyce is now doing reservations. The earliest we can book (tenatively) is August 20th 2017, One year in advance.

              The campground is popular and fills up fast. You will need to make a deposit to hold your site.

              Sites 90 -94, Cement Pads Three way, back in sites. 94 is nearest the pool.
              Sites 122 -125 are across the street from sites 92 -94. They are Cement back in, three way sites.
              108 -110 are pull through three way sites on cement pads across the street from site 91.
              80 - 89C are along the tree line, they are all back in sites, packed gravel and most will accomodate 38 - 40' Fifth wheels.
              Sites 71 - 75 are opposite the 80 series sites, are tree covered.

              Site 72 has been used as a Rally Master Site as there is substantial extra room that can accomodate a 10' x 20' Rally tent for gathering, pot lucks, and general meeting area. Although I like the cement pads, this site I may book because of the room. I have 2 each 10' x 20' tents.

              Notice the trail head near cabins 5 and 7. This trail leads to one of Acadia's many trails, heads to Echo Lake sand beach and to Long Pond Trail. The Echo Lake trail branches to the Cliffs Trail and to the Beech Mountain trail. You could spend nearly an entire day on trails and not even get into your vehicle.

              See the campground map attached as a link.

              Maine campgrounds and cabin rentals. Make your next family vacation at our Maine campgrounds. Bring your trailer or choose one of our cabin rentals. Near Acadia National Park.
              Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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              • #22
                Just spoke with Smugglers Den. Campground policy allows people staying at the campground at a particular time to rebook for the following year at the same time. Although Rain may be able to make some arrangements a head of time, booking for the rally will probably not start until August 26th.

                So mark your calendars! And do not delay! Phone number is (and will be posted at the head of the thread)

                Phone: 207-244-3944 or toll free 1-877-244-9033.

                Eric
                Last edited by Egregg57; 05-30-2017, 11:29 AM.
                Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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                • #23
                  I'd like to do both rallies as well. I've been to Pigeon Forge many times and it's fun, but I've never been to Maine, so that is my top priority.

                  Help me get this straight, please. There is nothing we can do to sign up for the Acadia rally until 8/26/17 and then we call the campground and speak to the owner, Rain. Is he blocking sites for us? Or are we going to be scattered around??
                  Jim Abernathy
                  Holly Springs, NC
                  2014 Ram 3500 LaramieĀ® 4x2 diesel dually crew-cab 3.73 axle, Reese R20
                  2014 Montana 3402RL, Level UP, G614's, TST 507, Voyger Wireless Backup camera

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                  • #24
                    Good Morning Doc! To try to make this clear, Smugglers Den has a reservation policy that more campgrounds are seeming to use. (Which I don't like).

                    Essentially, if you were camping there this weekend, and wanted to camp again on the same site next year, during the same period, you have the option of making reservations for that site, during that period for next year prior to leaving the campground at the end of your stay.

                    Because of that policy, Rain would not / could not block sites for the week in August of 2018, until the Monday following the same week this year has passed. That gives the opportunity for people who have reserved in 2017 the option to reserve for 2018 if they choose.

                    The rub with this is that some people reserve the site and end up not being able to go for what ever reason. They wait to cancel until very close to the weekend or week they were planning on attending and it makes things a mess. We have run into this issue more recently on Dog and Trailer.com. That forum held 4 full blown rallies, 20 plus units 2010 - 2013. After the policy change, possibly 2014, we had great difficulty blocking a group of sites together.

                    Smugglers Den called me many times during the month prior to the scheduled rally to inform me of cancellations for various sites. I in turn needed to contact people who wanted to go but had no site, to have them call asap to reserve.

                    Maybe this is a good policy for the campground, but for trying to book a Rally, as far as I am concerned, it sucks. And Smugglers Den is probably the best suited to accomodate our larger units without bumping slides.

                    Rain will work with me. She knows who I am. I have helped fill thier campground with happy campers. We'll see what shakes out.

                    Eric

                    That's the long and short of it!
                    Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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                    • #25
                      That is a good explanation, Eric, and we see the rub!
                      That said, there is a good possibility we could travel from Sevierville to Acadia and do both rallies. The 7th to the 19th allows ample time to travel the 1200 miles from Sevierville to Acadia.
                      Vicki Allen
                      Byers, Colorado
                      2010 Montana 3150
                      2017 Ford Super Duty F350 4X4 6.7 Diesel

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                      • #26
                        Eric, thanks for the details.

                        I think we need a way to insure that all of us who are planning on going make sure we call in on August 26th to get our sites reserved.

                        Maybe we could build a list on the forum of those committed and present that list to Rain ahead of time. Then Rain could either call each of us or we could just call in with CC information to pay the deposit.

                        If Rain could put our list as the first set of reservations to setup on 8/26/17 for 8/19/18 that would sort of give us an advantage???

                        Would that work??
                        Jim Abernathy
                        Holly Springs, NC
                        2014 Ram 3500 LaramieĀ® 4x2 diesel dually crew-cab 3.73 axle, Reese R20
                        2014 Montana 3402RL, Level UP, G614's, TST 507, Voyger Wireless Backup camera

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                        • #27
                          I hope to hear from her soon. We'll see!
                          Fifth Wheel: 2015 Montana 3750FL Tow Vehicle: 2013 Ford F350 6.7L Lariat, Crew Cab. Eric and Tina

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                          • #28
                            We are very interested in this rally! We had planned on the Northeast in 2018 so it definitely fits our schedule. Just found out about this site from Jim Fisher at our Mystic Rally. The Northeast rally on another forum possibly doing a rally in 1,000 Islands late July next year so this would be perfect for us. A couple weeks to roam around the Northeast in between and and then home after Acadia to rest up before hopefully heading to Nationsl next year.
                            Last edited by Montana Rover; 07-16-2017, 03:57 PM.

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                            • #29
                              We'd like to attend this rally. We'd prefer a pull through concrete pad with 50 amp full hook up. Dates are set at 8/19 - 8/26/18, correct? We'll arrive 8/18, depart 8/27 if site is available. We call for reservations on 8/26/17? Glad the campground is pet friendly as we travel with a small dog:-) Many thanks! Bob & Char
                              Bob & Char Bevard
                              Ocean Pines, MD
                              2017 Montana 3911FB Legacy Package
                              2017 Ford F350 2WD Lariat Dually Diesel
                              New to 5th Wheeling

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                              • #30
                                If we still have our Montana in August of 2018 we are interested in attending as well....love the New England area.
                                Stan & Emmy Olah - Central VA
                                2015 F350 Lariet CC Dually
                                2011 3665RL Montana

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