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RE: Fire in Grand County CO - Estes Park threatened 10.24.20

Oh and the town of Estes Park posted on their Facebook page to ask people to NOT visit right now for recreation purposes. That's sad they even had to post that.
JAC1982 10/26/20 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fire in Grand County CO - Estes Park threatened 10.24.20

They're keeping the firefighters in for another day today. The snow is done but the roads are not good and some areas up there got over a foot (hooray!). They are allowing some residents in Grand County back up to their properties too. I'm guessing we'll get a real picture tomorrow.
JAC1982 10/26/20 01:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Throwing in the towel

There's stuff like this in nearly every state, not just CA. I grew up in Central CA.... very "red" area with lots of farming. I remember my house being broken into 3 times when I was a kid, and this was in the 80s. In my first apartment it was broken into while I was inside, asleep. This was in 2001. Crime is nothing new.
JAC1982 10/22/20 04:40pm Toy Haulers
RE: Fire in Grand County CO - Estes Park threatened 10.24.20

It has now jumped the Divide and is burning in Rocky Mountain National Park. The west side of Estes Park has been evacuated including all the campgrounds.
JAC1982 10/22/20 01:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fire in Grand County CO - Estes Park threatened 10.24.20

Here is a link to the most up to date fire maps available. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7242/ It's truly heartbreaking.
JAC1982 10/22/20 11:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fire in Grand County CO - Estes Park threatened 10.24.20

It has burned through Grand Lake. It appears the town area right on the lake is OK but all the surrounding areas of the town are burned. It appears Winding River Resort (a popular spot for RVers) may be affected. C Lazy U Ranch was affected as well as Grand Lake Lodge. They now have closed all of Rocky Mountain National Park as the fire is headed that way. Hopefully it will die at the tree line before crossing over. Many of these fires have started in National Forests where nothing has been done to deal with the beetle kill either. So it's not just a State problem.
JAC1982 10/22/20 11:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

I don't tow much with it, but I love my 2016 Explorer Sport (with the 3.5 Eco-Boost). It could tow the types of trailers you mention without issue. Not sure you'd be too happy with the gas mileage though. I average around 19-20 with city driving, gets up to 23-24 on the highway. But I have a lead foot and live in an area where a lot of the highways are 75mph speed limits.
JAC1982 10/21/20 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: camping sites for a 42' fifth wheel?

We downsized from 38' to 34' for this reason. Even now I'd like to get a truck camper or small travel trailer to open up more availability to us for quick weekend trips here locally in Colorado. At least with a small trailer, it's easier to turn around if you get stuck somewhere LOL! But the length is not always the issue. Our height also comes into play. We might be able to fit into a site length wise, but low power lines and trees can pose an issue. But, if your reason for having 42' is because you are also living in it, you can still find plenty of places to go. You may just be more limited to privately owned RV parks vs government owned parks or boondocking. Boondocking seems like a great idea, but unless you really know where you're going, ending up where you need to turn around somewhere with a big trailer is NOT fun.
JAC1982 10/21/20 01:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boulder, County Fairgrounds Open Yet?

Err yeah, I'd stay away in general if you're traveling for pleasure right now. Any available RV space in the Boulder and surrounding area should be left for those evacuating from the fires.
JAC1982 10/19/20 12:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best/worst reviews no help

We are on our third camper, our first two were Keystone toy haulers, 1 bumper pull Raptor (re-branded next model year as a Carbon), 1 5th wheel Impact. Never had any major issues with either one of them. Worst thing that happened was the front AC died on the Impact, and that was due to a defective AC unit itself from Dometic. Even with our new Montana, other than a couple really small items, it's been fine, and 3 of our 4 trips this year were down bumpy dirt roads. 2 full hookup spots, 2 boondock spots. Weather ranging from below freezing to 90 degrees. I think as long as you go in knowing there may be a few little things to fix along the way, you'll be fine. I'm in a few Montana Facebook groups and the stuff many people get really worked up about, seems really silly to me. One lady posted a picture of her "defective" glass stove cover because it wouldn't fold up completely out of the way. Turns out it was just folded wrong. It's a moving house that gets bounced around down the road, stuff will happen sometimes. And, as mentioned above by others, it's only the people with the problems who post most of the time.
JAC1982 10/19/20 12:33pm Toy Haulers
RE: Looking for a quality Toy hauler but discouraged.

I think right now in general is a rough time to try to buy a camper, new or used. I always peruse the Facebook Marketplace as I've always wanted a little fixer upper travel trailer, and the prices people are asking right now are crazy. 7 grand for a 1969 travel trailer that still needs work? 6 grand for a 15 year old pop up? A neighbor of mine is asking $52,000 for their 2016 Impact. I suggested 40-45 when she asked me my opinion (our Impact toy hauler that we recently traded in was a 2017 and we got 50 for it as a trade, right before the Covid wave hit). I agree though that the issues you are seeing are mostly due to poor maintenance. Our old one was in perfect shape except for some oxidation issues on the outside from sitting in the sun... easy fix. Just have to keep looking I think. ATC's are really nice, some friends have one on order. But when she told me what they're paying for it, I nearly choked.
JAC1982 10/19/20 12:17pm Toy Haulers
RE: Booking Camping sites for 2021

Are you sure they're already booked? Many places don't allow you to book this far out. I just tried for a private RV park for Memorial Day but they said 180 days out. CO State Parks is 6 months out. And for the more popular parks, you have to sign in at 8am exactly 6 months out to book it. That was the case even pre-COVID.
JAC1982 10/14/20 02:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone vs Custer State Park

What an odd comparison. If your only goal is to see bison, I can recommend a few spots along a couple of the interstates here in CO you can go, and save yourself the entrance fees to the parks.
JAC1982 10/14/20 02:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

The wind was crazy all along the Front Range on Sunday afternoon. We were on I-25 as well, returning home from a morning RZR ride in Northern CO, and there were warning signs all over saying that lightweight high profile vehicles (IE campers) should exercise extreme caution. The NWS had put out a high wind warning earlier in the day saying forecasts of gusts up to 65mph. We watched a guy with an older Expedition (NOT with the diesel) pulling a pretty long travel trailer. Rear end of the vehicle was sagging. He was poking along at about 40mph (in the area where speed limit is 75). He was lightly swaying too. We were also towing our RZR on a utility trailer but we still hurried up to get around and past him. He should have just pulled over to wait it out.
JAC1982 10/14/20 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Problems unique to Toy Haulers

We've had 2 toyhaulers, both a TT and 5th wheel and now have a traditional 5th wheel. I can't think of anything that is unique to a toyhauler. Just make sure your truck is big enough to pull it, as they typically are heavier.
JAC1982 10/12/20 02:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: Trying to figure out best 5th wheel? Advice appreciated

Bought it yesterday. 10 week wait. We are very excited. Now onto figuring out hitch and best way to learn how to drive it. Woot, congratulations! If you're on Facebook, there's a few Keystone Montana and Montana High Country owners groups that are really helpful. We have a BW Companion hitch. Works great for us. I think the best way to learn to pull it is to take it to a big empty parking lot at first, and just drive it around to get the feeling of it, practice backing it up where there isn't anything to hit behind you, etc. Use the parking spot lines to help. Then drive it on some less busier roads to get used to that... just work your way up to the interstate, just like when you were learning how to drive in general.
JAC1982 10/12/20 01:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: NEW TOW VEHICLE ?

I have a 2016 Explorer Sport as my daily driver. I have around 50,000 miles on it. Other than normal maintenance stuff, I have had no problems with it and it's really fun to drive. I've only towed a utility trailer with it though. BUT, it will be tight with 4 kids. The third row is small. I don't use it, as I have dogs instead of kids, so it stays folded down for a large cargo area. Be sure you look at a Sport or Platinum for the 3.5 Eco-Boost. The XLT and Limited only have the non EB 3.5 and I believe their towing capacity is lower. Also when I was shopping, I found pre-2016 models did not all have the towing package, it was an extra option. Also you will need to watch your payload very carefully, especially with 4 kids. You may not be able to tow a trailer and have the whole family in there at once. My payload is something around 1250lbs I believe. I had a Pathfinder as a rental before. It was lower end of course, and it was total garbage. I have no input on the Durango other than I think they have a nice appearance. ETA: One note on the 3.5 EB engine, it really does do better with Premium gas. So that's something to consider. Also I'm not sure you can find a 2 year old used Sport or Platinum (to get the EB engine) for 25k or under, unless it has super high miles. But there isn't much difference between a 2016 like mine, and a 2019. So don't lock yourself into the 2 year old thing.
JAC1982 10/12/20 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Another thing to consider is in some areas, trucks hold their value better than cars. In our area, diesel trucks especially. Case in point, our tow vehicle, a 2017 F350 dually King Ranch, we got a screaming deal on. It only has around 10,000 miles on it as we only use it for towing the camper for vacations. It's still worth $60k at least... we didn't pay much more for it than that. Sticker was near $80. My husband's "daily" truck (which is just to run errands since we both work at home), is a 2019 RAM 1500. It's already lost about 15k in value. He has a new truck on order, another Ford Super Duty (so yes, we will have 2). We are youngish (approaching 40) with no kids, no credit card debt, lots of home equity, save for retirement and have good incomes. Might as well enjoy it while we can, there's no promising a future.
JAC1982 10/12/20 12:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any full timers use a roomba style vac?

I have one in my house and while it helps with the "maintenance" especially with 3 dogs, 2 of which who shed, it's not as good as running an actual vacuum. It also frequently gets stuck in random places. For a space as small as an RV, I think it would be just as easy to use a regular vacuum, and it would only take about 10 minutes a day. Plus it would save you hundreds of dollars since Roombas are expensive.
JAC1982 10/12/20 11:48am General RVing Issues
RE: cleaning the outside of the 5'er

We were never successful at restoring the finish on our last 5th wheel ourselves. It was a dark gray color and oxidized very quickly sitting outside in the sun. We tried all kinds of products, and hired a guy who said he could fix it, and he gave up (and cost us around $500). A neighbor of ours had the same problem with his boat. He took it to a boat place and it was around $2500 to fix. We fixed it by trading it in and building an outbuilding to store the new one in :)
JAC1982 10/12/20 11:18am Fifth-Wheels
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