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RE: Recommendations in Black Hills?

If you have kids, the KOA just west of Rushmore is the best Stayed there at Palmer's Gulch KOA back in 2008 when our kids were little and they loved it. It was pricey but the kids had tons to do.
Andy F 07/22/16 01:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations in Black Hills?

We just spent a week in Custer SP. The Black Hills were a surprise to us...we thought it would be a 2-3 day stopover. Instead, we spent a week and wanted more. So I would second the opinion to go into the SP. However, it is a pretty good drive from Deadwood. The Black Hills have become one of our favorite destinations. Not a real far drive for us from MN, a great state park at Custer, so scenic and so much wildlife, and less crowded than Yellowstone and other more popular spots.
Andy F 07/22/16 10:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations in Black Hills?

Skip the private CG's and head for Custer State Park. So much cheaper and so scenic. We just left Blue Bell after staying 4 nights and we have moved south of Hot Springs to Angostura with a site right on the water. Great facilities and campgrounds in both locations. Electric sites only but that works fine for us. Definitely the park. We were there 3 weeks ago and I stayed 6 nights for 165 bucks at Blue Bell Campground. That campground is a five min drive to Wind Cave NP, and not too far to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Our driver out of Blue Bell down thru Wind Cave to Hot Springs was awesome. I had my wife jump out and snap some photos of our rig as we pulled thru the circle curve and one lane bridges. Hoping to use one of the photos for a new sig photo. It was a hot day this past Wednesday as we made the drive. We were surprised how much Bison we saw out in the hot day sun. We saw more than we did on Sunday when it was cooler during the same drive to see some friends who live in Hot Springs.
Andy F 07/22/16 10:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations in Black Hills?

Horse Thief campground is quiet and compared to many others places a good deal for the price. We want to stay at Horse Thief when we are solar-equipped. No electricity there, right? Are there reservations?
Andy F 07/22/16 10:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations in Black Hills?

Skip the private CG's and head for Custer State Park. So much cheaper and so scenic. We just left Blue Bell after staying 4 nights and we have moved south of Hot Springs to Angostura with a site right on the water. Great facilities and campgrounds in both locations. Electric sites only but that works fine for us.
Andy F 07/20/16 05:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Come on Fleetwood!

I really wanted to see the new Fleetwood Discovery LXE. So today at lunch time I stopped by our local dealer and looked at a 40G. Just looking from a distance it's gorgeous. I had read on another forum about how some people claim the latest stuff coming from Fleetwood was getting bad. One complaint was the paint job and the edges being rough in the color transition. Now understand this is a MH MSRP of $310000. I was shocked when I got up close and inspected the paint finish. It was exactly as it was discribed. Very rough at the paint lines, to the point it would snag your finger nail. If I tried hard enough I bet I could have flaked some off it was so bad. Getting inside there were 5 of the hockey puck overhead lights not seated in the ceiling, they were hanging down about 3/8". The dining table looked like some took sandpaper to to top of it. We own a 2013 Fleetwood Expedition and the paint job is considerably better. If I were really looking today, I probably would have crossed Fleetwood off my list based on what I saw and have been reading about them. Hopefully they get their act together. I looked at a Coachmen Miranda Select sitting on a dealer's lot last weekend with trim inside loose and falling away, a freezer door missing, and a cabinet door loose along with dead batteries which left the interesting salon bunk halfway down. And the dealer really wanted to sell this unit since it was an older 2016 model with the 5 speed transmission. I couldn't believe they were showing it in that condition. Now in my mind Coachmen is off the list. Just looked at a Tiffin Allegro at a different dealer. What a difference in quality!
Andy F 07/13/16 03:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel Trailer and SUV (yes another thread on this)

Go drive a heavy duty crew cab pickup, or at least give it some thought. We also have three kids and fit really well in it, and all you really give up is that third row. If you need extra covered storage a canopy is always an option, or it also opens up the possibility of fifth wheels either now or in the future. The towing experience even with a larger trailer (or especially a fifth wheel) is far better compared to a half ton SUV, and it opens up way more options that may make your wife a lot more willing to use it frequently. I had a longer version of this same conversation with my sister/BIL before they bought their Expedition and they obviously blew it off, but I think it warrants consideration. +1. You aren't realistically going to safely tow anything that will house a family of 5 in comfort with an SUV. To meet safety margins, you will have to settle for substantially less TT unless you get a 3/4 ton pickup. We are living proof this is misinformation......Thanks for the PM Shawn, I sent you a lengthy reply detailing our great 1/2 ton SUV towing experience. It's not really misinformation, at least depending on what you consider substantially less trailer. My initial post had two paragraphs and the first was an example from my own family of towing a trailer with an Expedition EL, so I'm certainly not saying it can't be done. All I'm saying is that the tradeoffs that are required when you tow with a half ton SUV may not be worth it - it wouldn't be worth it to me. If you absolutely need a third row there's not really much of a choice to be made, but if you can live without that third row it opens up the option of a HD pickup and that vastly increases the number of trailers and fifth wheels that are now within your wheelhouse. I somewhat understand your point. But...there are too many folks out there telling others that you cannot tow a well equipped TT like ours across the country with a 1/2 ton SUV. When properly equipped with the right SUV it can be done and be enjoyed!
Andy F 07/13/16 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer and SUV (yes another thread on this)

Right with you DavidP! We've done two trips to Yellowstone, 1 trip to Florida, and we leave for South Dakota and the Black Hills this Friday. Great 1/2 ton SUV towing experience with the proper set up.
Andy F 07/13/16 01:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer and SUV (yes another thread on this)

Go drive a heavy duty crew cab pickup, or at least give it some thought. We also have three kids and fit really well in it, and all you really give up is that third row. If you need extra covered storage a canopy is always an option, or it also opens up the possibility of fifth wheels either now or in the future. The towing experience even with a larger trailer (or especially a fifth wheel) is far better compared to a half ton SUV, and it opens up way more options that may make your wife a lot more willing to use it frequently. I had a longer version of this same conversation with my sister/BIL before they bought their Expedition and they obviously blew it off, but I think it warrants consideration. +1. You aren't realistically going to safely tow anything that will house a family of 5 in comfort with an SUV. To meet safety margins, you will have to settle for substantially less TT unless you get a 3/4 ton pickup. We are living proof this is misinformation......Thanks for the PM Shawn, I sent you a lengthy reply detailing our great 1/2 ton SUV towing experience.
Andy F 07/13/16 12:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

My plan is to consistently communicate my displeasure respectfully for the season and next winter to both Keystone/Thor and my dealer, working my way up the chain of command. If I do have to replace the decal myself, I will not replace it with anything related to Keystone/Bullet. Instead I will do a custom decal from a local graphics company, maybe using our last name in the decal.
Andy F 07/13/16 10:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

I was able to purchase a set from them. Did you offer to pay? I am not paying!
Andy F 07/12/16 08:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Defective decal update:no response from Keystone after I sent them an email with copies of this thread and a related thread on another Keystone owners forum. But including our local dealer's owner and the service manager in the email has been productive so far although we don't yet have a complete resolution. Will update the final outcome when it happens.
Andy F 07/12/16 03:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

How do you like towing with the sequoia?? We pull our bullet 287 qbs with a 1500 suburban..terrible gas mileage and looking to upgrade to a diesel in thr near future! We love our Sequoia and our towing experience. The ProPride hitch is absolutely necessary due to the SUV wheelbase but the 5.7 liter engine coupled with the 6 speed side shifter tranny is awesome. We've done trips from MN to Yellowstone and MN to Florida and had a great experience.
Andy F 07/10/16 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Andy, I haven't, but our friends that have the '14 Premier with the dark brown cap have. Their cap and decals are all faded. Keystone, also denied theirs. We have the white cap and our decals still look pretty good on our '13. Keep after them, maybe they'll cave in! Thank you! I will keep after them. I'll update later on the outcome. Thor won't get our future Class A motorhome business when I retire in a few years if they don't drastically change their tune.
Andy F 07/10/16 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Has anyone reading this thread had to contact Keystone about a defective premature fading/cracking decal on the front of their Bullet? I know the Premier's have the fiberglass front cap so maybe Premier owners haven't experience the same issue like we have but perhaps standard Bullet owners out there may have? I have kept our 2012 Bullet in excellent condition. I have kept it washed and clean, going out of my way to keep my decals protected with 303 spray. I have stored our unit indoors every winter for 6 months since we bought it new in March 2012. And all of the decals and the unit itself look great. Except the main "Bullet" decal across the front of the unit. It started to crack and fade early on and it has been getting considerably worse over the past year. I have to believe there is a defect issue with this particular decal since the other decals, including the stripes on the front, are all in great condition. I have numerous photos of our unit in my link below in my signature if you want to take a look. And yet after contacting Keystone by email, their customer service has not been favorable. I was initially told to have our local dealer that we purchased the unit through submit a preauthorization for the replacement of the decal but the dealer states the preauthorization was rejected by Keystone due to us submitting the claim outside of their "goodwill" post-warranty period. I was surprised at that because their customer representative I initially spoke with commented on how our unit was only 4 years old and shouldn't have a decal issue like we have. We went through a manufacturer defect on bad seals/seal design with our old Forest River Rockwood Roo and Forest River/Rockwood was much more responsive. In fact, they took our unit back to the factory for free out of warranty and did a refurbishment. In this current situation, I only want Keystone to provide me a replacement decal and I offered to install it myself since I did some decal work on buses back in college. Anyone have any contact with Keystone over a similar issue?
Andy F 07/10/16 04:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Update from me after looking at our local dealer's Coachmen Mirada Select model. Not impressed with the quality of the build of this motorhome at all. I saw a trim piece coming loose above the couch on the slide along with many other signs of lower quality like loose pieces of tile backsplash. It also didn't help that the dealer had allowed the coach's batteries to go dead so the salesperson was supposedly unable to provide any power during my walk thru and close inspection. In fact, the unique salon bunk bed that the Coachmen Mirada Select has was stuck in the halfway up/down position which made it hard to get a feel for head room while sitting in the dinette or couch. And the freezer door was missing off the refrigerator. Who would try and show a $100,000+ motorhome in that type of condition? The dealer did such a poor job of presenting the motorhome that they are eliminated from any future consideration of any purchase. Our process of elimination and research continues. I think after our very recent experience dealing with Thor/Keystone for a defective decal issue on our travel trailer, we will stay away from the big 2 manufacturers Thor and Forest River anyhow. I have not been impressed at times with their quality of build and with their customer care in the long term although Forest River/Rockwood handled our previous travel trailer's manufacturing defect post-warranty much better than Thor/Keystone has so far with this faded cracked decal issue.
Andy F 07/10/16 03:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need a new SUV to tow!

Hi, I have always been a tent camper until the last few years. We are lucky to have access to my Fathers 33 ft travel trailer (8500 lbs). It serves our needs perfect. I am currently pulling it with a 2005 Chevy Suburban Z71. It does fine in flat areas but I hesitate to travel into hilly areas. Now that we are ready for a new vehicle, I would like to get something that has a bit more strength. Any suggestions out their for an 8 passenger SUV with manageable gas mileage? So far, it seems that none of the Suburban 1500's can handle it and 2500's will cost me an extra $900 per year in gas. Too bad your father's TT is so heavy. We're towing our 31 foot with around 2000 lbs less weight. Is it 8500 pounds fully loaded?
Andy F 06/25/16 09:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tahoe tailgate interference with power jack?

Another nice feature of the ProPride 3P hitch--it gives you a bit more room behind the tow vehicle between the trailer tongue and the rear of the tow vehicle. We weren't able to clear our power tongue jack with our tail gate until we upgraded to the ProPride.
Andy F 06/25/16 08:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement LED bulbs recommendation

If you want a solar charger under $100, look for a Coleman 18W with charge controller. It may not charge while under heavy load, but if you have a light load on it will maintain charge levels. I use on on my RC trailer. I have an AGM Deep Cycle running a 1200Watt Inverter, and LED strip lighting. During a sunny day it will top off the battery, and under a light load where I had my Lipo charger charging up some RX batteries, it maintain 12.5 volts. It cost me $82 on sale. After you replace all the interior lighting with LED, it may be able to maintain voltage with a couple lights going, though it would be day time, so why you would need lights on...... Thank you for the recommendation!
Andy F 06/15/16 05:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey from MN!

Congrats on the new camper! We're headed out this weekend to one of our many beautiful MN State Forest dispersed camping areas. Great camping around here except for the skeeters as we head into the thick biting season!
Andy F 06/14/16 06:11pm Travel Trailers
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