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RE: What to do with my hitch

We leave ours in these days as we only use the big truck for towing. It has a bed cover on it. But, in years past, we've taken it out and set it on one of those cheap furniture dollies from Harbor Freight so we can move it around the garage easily if needed.
JAC1982 08/28/20 12:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generator question

Yes, you can run basically everything (even two ACs) with the 5500 generator.
JAC1982 08/27/20 03:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Onan Marquis Gold 5500 LP generator - Reviews ????

We are on our third rig, and third Onan :) First was a bumper pull toyhauler with the 4000 gas. Next was a 5th wheel toyhauler with the 5500 gas. Now we have a regular 5th wheel and the 5500 LP. We didn't have the dealer install it, we got a referral from Cummins for an indepedent dealer. We haven't used it much yet but are going to give it some hours on an upcoming trip. When doing our research, we did discover that they can be a bit more fuel sucking than the gasoline version. We bought two extra tanks (so 4 total) so we can easily swap them out, refill etc. But, the maintenance in general appears to be easier, and since we don't camp year round, it will be nice to not have to worry about draining the gas when we winterize. I don't see any negative to one with 200 hours on it, and it's a nice thing to have already installed and ready to go if you ever need it. We are spoiled since we've never had a rig without one, but I like that we can literally camp anywhere and run anything we want in the camper without being limited (other than by the amount of propane I guess).
JAC1982 08/27/20 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Taylor Park, Co.

I do not have particular trail recommendations but you may want to check out RZRForums.net. They have their annual RZR rally there every year. But from what I know about Taylor Park, there are TONS of good trails, like more than you'll ever be able to ride in 4 days. The folks at the Trading Post can give you recommendations too. Be sure you get your CO OHV sticker as well.
JAC1982 08/27/20 02:10pm Toy Haulers
RE: Cold-ish weather camping

If it only gets down to 30ish, you should be fine! Can I assume you have heated, insulated basement/tank area? If so, you will certainly be OK.....if the forced air runs at all at night. In Wyoming higher country....not uncommon to see below freezing temperatures in September. Early October camping in a pop-up in single digits is memorable! Down here in the low country, I’m tired of seeing the upper 90’s with a 100 or two thrown in......ready to see some snow and cooler temperatures! Enjoy your time boondocking! I know that we’ looking forward to a few weeks boondocking in November/early December! memtb Yup we are all heated and insulated down there. I am with you.. down here in CO it's been high 90's for weeks! I spent last weekend in the Snowy Range and it was so nice for some cooler weather, so I'm anxiously awaiting this longer trip.
JAC1982 08/27/20 01:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cold-ish weather camping

Thanks all! I'd be totally fine piling the blankets on. It's more getting out of bed in the morning that's the hard part :) That's the one plus of the rigs that have the touchpad systems... we could turn on the heat without getting out of bed probably! We do not have that though. We may still go the blanket route and keep the heat on, but at a lower temp than normal. We camped last year in my father in laws secondary rig as we didn't want to drag our old biggun toyhauler up there, and we used the heat then... he would just run a Honda 2000 for a couple hours before bed to get things charged up. Our Montana High Country does have the 4 season package. We will be camping at around 8,000 elevation in the Green River Lakes area (near Pinedale). They have seen some higher temps like the rest of us, close to 90 during the day, but thankfully that's over with by the time we get there. It is generally not too windy this time of year (for WY standards) where we stay. I've been out there in December for snow machining when it's -10 so this isn't so bad at all :)
JAC1982 08/27/20 01:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping with no reservations

Just as an example this is off the NY state campground site. "New York State Parks 2020  New York State Park campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts are currently open to existing and new reservations. Online reservations are encouraged. No walk-ins or same-day reservations will be permitted. " So you can't get into a site without a resevation. Even if your not a sissy. This doesn't apply to private places. But , as stated, depends on where you want to go. They've done that at Colorado State Parks as well. Must have a reservation. There is now a Facebook group dedicated to "selling" your campsite if you can't make it. Thankfully most people just "sell" them for what they paid, but I could see it becoming like concert tickets with scalpers if things continue.
JAC1982 08/26/20 02:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cold-ish weather camping

You will need more than one battery or a small generator.....the furnace will eat a single battery a night. Or get a Mr. Buddy Heater. Thanks, we have two batteries, a built in generator, and 4 propane tanks (which we can take to refill if needed), so we're good there :) We do a lot of boondock camping, just not normally when it dips that cold. We did the same trip last year and it only got down in the mid-40s at the same time.
JAC1982 08/26/20 02:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cold-ish weather camping

Thank you! It's our first prolonged boondocking trip with this new rig so just wanted to make sure all ducks are in a row and we come as prepared as we can :)
JAC1982 08/26/20 12:09pm Fifth-Wheels
Cold-ish weather camping

We are headed up to WY in a little over a week and will be boondocking for 5-6 days. The weather forecast is 65-70 during the day, but dropping to 30-32 at night. We have tank heaters available, do we need to use them or should we be OK since it's not prolonged cold weather and we will be using the furnace?
JAC1982 08/26/20 12:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping with no reservations

When you can only travel on your days off from work, reservations aren't necessarily for "sissies". We are getting ready to head out on a 430 mile one way trip here next weekend. We will be boondocking, but thankfully it's not in a super popular spot and my father in law is going up before the weekend to drop a trailer where we want to be. I get a lot of vacation time with work, but it would really stink for someone who only gets 2 weeks, and then they can't find a spot after traveling for hours. Especially if they have kids.
JAC1982 08/26/20 11:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moving a 5th wheel from Florida to New York State

Best wishes to your wife and her recovery. I think you can easily find an RV hauler to bring it up for you. The big issue with RV hauling is the manufacturers don't pay for the trip back, so I'm guessing there's plenty that can find a load to take down to FL from the manufacturer, then bring yours up to NY for you.
JAC1982 08/26/20 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Food - Utah Mighty Five Loop

St. George has a Costco if that's your thing and you wanted to venture over there. There's a market and a couple restaurants in Panguitch. Lots of stuff in Cedar City including a government liquor store by the Wal-Mart, Smith's etc.
JAC1982 08/25/20 12:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Camping with no reservations

From what I've heard, the more "popular" public parks near the Denver Metro (ie within 2 hours) here in CO are definitely crowded on weekend... very hard to get a reservation unless you find someone who cancelled. They also leave reserved spots empty, even if the person with the reservation doesn't show up. Some that have good cell service are even full on weekdays because so many people are working remotely, so as long as they have phone service, they can work. But, if you are a little further away from Denver Metro, you likely will have better luck. I was up in Medicine Bow National Forest last weekend (in Southern WY between Centennial and Saratoga), and while we weren't camping, I checked out nearly every campground out there. Every single one was full, all are first come. Normally these sites aren't like that... they get mostly full but not totally full, with tons of people boondocking around too. That's a good indicator of how it's been this year. After Labor Day may be better but then it starts to get pretty cold.
JAC1982 08/25/20 12:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Fires

The National Weather Service also has been posting "smoke forecast maps". I follow the one in Boulder on Facebook but they have local offices all over. I've found those to be helpful to know what to expect in the next day or two. I sure hope by mid-September this air will be clear though.
JAC1982 08/24/20 02:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2 Black water holding indiators on Keystone Cougar

Yup our last rig (Keystone Impact) definitely only had one black water tank but it had two indicators on the panel. The second one just showed empty all the time and it's just because they don't customize the panel by each model.
JAC1982 08/24/20 02:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Tyler0215, Islandman, thanks for your input! Much appreciated. JAC1982, we look at I25 as the east/west division point for CO. We've given some thought to visiting Pikes Peak. That's about as far west (into CO) as we want to go on this trip. Yeah I can't suggest a whole lot that is east of I-25 that is worth visiting in CO... I mean I live out here and while I love my home and the area is nice, it's not "scenic" other than looking at the mountains from afar which you can do as you're driving up I-25 :) In WY the list is endless as you are seeing. The Snowy Range/Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Laramie can be a nice detour if you're heading west on I-80 anyway. It's mostly Forest Service campgrounds so no hookups or anything, but there's a few small towns and it really is beautiful. Only open for a few months a year though because the snow melt takes until July then starts back up again in October. I agree w/ the above Dubois suggestion, or on the other side of the mountains from there, the Pinedale area. Both are nice and not crowded like Jackson etc, just depends which roads you're taking :)
JAC1982 08/20/20 01:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Buying land for camping...

Some family members of mine have what they call a "shabin", it's a cabin but has no plumbing. There is electrical. They ended up buying a travel trailer and parking right next to the cabin, and they use the trailer bathroom instead of traipsing out to an outhouse. Easy enough to hitch it up and dump it on the way home once it's full, then bring it back on their next trip up. So that's a way to "skirt" the zoning rules since the actual residence is technically a cabin.
JAC1982 08/20/20 12:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TT storage criteria

I know you've already found your spot but for anybody else still reading... We store at home now but when we were at a lot, it was outdoors, but the manager lived at a house on site right next to the gate with his wife, he was a former full time RVer so he actually could help do repairs soemtimes, each tenant had a gate code only known to them to get both in and out, and they also had a lot of feral cats running around (no issues with mice). And of course good video surveillance. Also having wide aisles was nice since the parking was tight.
JAC1982 08/20/20 12:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: looking to buy new fifth wheel

I think it depends where you camp and how you camp. If you're into the manicured RV parks, I think those are designed for larger rigs. But if you like the State Parks etc., then you will be limited on size. We downsized from 38' to 34' mainly to be able to fit into more places out here in the Rockies. I still want to get a truck camper or smaller travel trailer to fit into even more.
JAC1982 08/20/20 12:37pm Fifth-Wheels
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