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RE: Your Rig

Beautiful Bay Hill and it's HUGE! Thanks! We will be doing our shakedown cruise this weekend to give it a good test (although we slept in it last night :)) It really isn't that big. I think similar in size to your Big Horn, 35 feet.
JCGibson 03/21/14 07:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your Rig

Just picked up our new 2014 Bayhill 295RL. We are excited to take it out for the shakedown cruise this weekend. http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc491/HeartlandCruisersMo/IMG_0982.jpg
JCGibson 03/19/14 08:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Actual Exterior Length and Feedback on 4 Fivers

I can't respond to the actual exterior lengthy on that model of Bighorn because we have a 3055RL - ours is 35'5" exterior front to end. As for likes - solid. Luxurious residential amenities. We love our floor plan. We're able to get to all appliances in the kitchen, access the kitchen table to sit down, access the bathroom and the bed, all with the slides in. We often stop en route and get in our unit to eat or sleep. Once while camped at a state park, a terrible wind storm came up, we had to bring all our slides in but we were able to ride out the storm while playing cards at the kitchen table and eat. In our previous units, we couldn't have done this. We bought ours new August of 2010, it was a 2011. So far no issues to date. We've maintain both the interior and exterior. We love the fireplace and use it when we have hookups. Our unit has a desk, which DH uses for computer work. Overall, the quality is outstanding and it's comfortable. Things I don't like - our sleeper sofa is on the side opposite the fireplace. When it's opened up for guests, it blocks entry into the living area forcing us to lift a leg to get past it. A rear sofa sleeper would've been better. This is just the right length for us. Enjoy picking yours out. We had a 2009 Big Horn 3400RE and we liked it a lot (although its published length was around 34'6", but actual length was 38'). Thought we wanted to go the Toy Hauler route, but that was a mistake and regretted it. So we sold it last November and that is why we are in our quest for the under 35' Fiver. If the Big Horn 3010 measures anything like the Big Country it will be to long. Not sure how companies measure there rigs because it sure isn't on the outside.
JCGibson 03/09/14 06:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Actual Exterior Length and Feedback on 4 Fivers

Why don't you trust the brochures? Have you searched the WEB to see if other listing a have different length. is 35' the absolute max length you want to go. Yes 35' is the length we want to go so it will fit with some room behind in our garage (had a 38' toy hauler and wasn't much room behind). We have measured numerous trailers that say they are under 35' and none have been close. The Bay Hill 295 was closest to published length (only 6" longer). Others, like the Big Country 3070 was almost 2' longer than published length. This is why I would like to have actual lengths from the owners who have them. Don't want to get my hopes up on them and then have it be too long. We will be going to the Oklahoma City RV Show this week so hopefully those will be there.
JCGibson 03/09/14 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
Actual Exterior Length and Feedback on 4 Fivers

Hello Forum, We are looking to make our next Fiver purchase and would like input (likes/dislikes) and actual exterior lengths from current owners for our top prospects. They are: Heartland Big Horn 3010RE Keystone Alpine 3010RE Evergreen Bay Hill 310 Keystone Avalanche 295 We haven't personally seen any of these trailers, but based on other models we have seen these are our top prospects. The brochures for each also say they are under 35 feet in length, but I suspect that is incorrect based on other measurements we have made on other models. Thanks and look forward to hearing from you.
JCGibson 03/09/14 03:02pm Fifth-Wheels
Short Length Fiver Recommendations

Hello Forum, We recently sold our 38' Fiver toyhauler as it wasn't working for our needs (no real toys and not enough living space). We are now looking for a Fiver that is under 35' feet (prefer closer to 30') and a GVWR under 12K (lighter the better). We go to mostly national and state parks and do some dry camping so would like to have larger holding tanks. I have seen Open Range Lites and they are pretty good, but what else is out there? Thanks for the input.
JCGibson 02/15/14 02:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big Country 3070RE vs Silverback 29IK

Is there anyone that actually has one of these models? Would really like to hear from an owner's real experiences with them.
JCGibson 12/06/13 10:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big Country 3070RE vs Silverback 29IK

Silver Creek is a hung type wall where as the BC is laminated or vacuum bonded. BC has a 2 yr warranty and is rated for full timing. Not sure on the SC. What is the 2yr warranty for? I believe the bumper to bumper is only 1 year from everything I have read (our previous Big Horn was), although I know it is rated for fulltiming. If it is 2 year that would be a definite plus.
JCGibson 12/06/13 10:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big Country 3070RE vs Silverback 29IK

Both of those models look like sore neck TV viewing angles. I just do not understand the rear entertainment set up with seating on two sides of the TV. I want theater seating that looks straight at the TV. Silver Back 33RL or Big Country 315RL both have this!!!! Sit in them and pretend that you are watching a two hour movie. TV on the rear may look great walking in, however is that how you want to watch TV? Chris Thanks for your input. We have chosen both of these models because they are under 35' and we had a 2009 Big Horn 3400RE that had the rear entertainment center. We enjoyed the layout.
JCGibson 12/06/13 10:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big Country 3070RE vs Silverback 29IK

Go with the Big County!!! Why would you choose Big Country?
JCGibson 12/05/13 06:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big Country 3070RE vs Silverback 29IK

Big Country is a Keystone/Thor product right? Cedar Creek Silverback is a Forest River product. After 8 years of ownership (11/04 build date) my cedar creek has been perfect. I currently have two issues that need taken care of. Both I really consider normal wear and tear issues. Both I have parts for when the weather warms. Both parts I got from CC after one phone call. They are easy to deal with and still have parts for my 2005 fiver. Today it is 29 degrees outside with a light east wind. We are sitting full time with our back window facing east and the river. We have a oil heater and with that we can maintain around 67 degrees inside with occasional use of the furnace. Not perfect but insulation value of the Cedar Creek is pretty decent considering age and conditions. The difference between a regular CC and the Silverback is mostly fluff. Options on the SB are standard on the CC. In reality if you load up a Silveback you can buy a CC loaded with the same features plus more for nearly the same price. Thanks for the info. We like CC, but don't have one under 35' to fit in our garage nicely.
JCGibson 12/05/13 06:40pm Fifth-Wheels
Big Country 3070RE vs Silverback 29IK

Hello Forum, We have recently sold our toyhauler and are looking to get back into a traditional FW. We have narrowed it down to the Big Country 3070RE and Silverback 29IK. We would like to hear from respective owners with pros/likes and cons/dislikes about these models. Thanks! John & Cheryl
JCGibson 12/05/13 03:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What constitutes proper dog walking?

....If no bag, the bags are a mere 40ft back at the camper. We walk the beast back to the camper and head back down with a bag, or three. .... .. . t-shirt bags for around $18. They come attached in groups like the bags at the grocery store on the rack.I use these at home and on walks and camping. omg, There is no need for grocery bags, t-shirt bags, etc etc. Heck I've even seen people pick up poop off the grass with paper towels! ~They Make A Bag for That! :B Just go to your local Petsmart they carry dog dooley bags on a roll that fit in your pocket. And yes they come in sizes. Heck take your pick lavender scent, or lemon scent! Actually the scented ones DO really help you make the trip without gagging when you have to carry it back to the far side of the CG to dispose of it! http://pet.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pPETS-8905845r200.jpghttp://pet.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pPETS-7281213r200.jpg AND They make all types of small dispensers that clip right on your lead, belt or jeans loop. http://www.4allpromos.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/product/images/products/242294/286-DBD15.jpghttp://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/7676459/d02f7453-cf2c-4881-ae02-57ae9aa9aeb3_320.jpg They even have dispensers with a LED LIGHT in them for those late night potty calls!http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v664/RVn05/b681007e.gif http://img2.wfrcdn.com/lf/47/hash/23346/8401073/1/Nature%27s+Miracle+LED+Flashlight+Poop+Bag+Dispenser.jpg If you have a Dollar Tree Store or any dollar store, look there. I found a pack of 3 there for obviously a dollar and I know I have paid $5 or $6 for a pack of three before at other stores.
JCGibson 08/01/13 05:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anchorage campground

I think both campgrounds on the Joint Base have some 50 Amp hook-ups. I know we stayed there in our 5th wheel which was 50 Amp.
JCGibson 07/29/13 07:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Things that go Crash in the night! (Or day). Share yours?

Many years (and 1 RV) ago, I was staying at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone when a storm came through, including hail. Although the hail wasn't big,that was as big a racket as I have ever heard; I thought the roof was going to crash down on us (no damage or dents, just a lot of noise). The dogs were terrified. I can't imagine what it would have been like if the roof had been aluminum instead of fiberglass. Last summer we were staying in Colorado Springs when they had the huge hail storm and flooding. It hailed marble to golf ball size hail for an hour on us while we were in our 5er. That was a horrible noise. We did lose the bathroom vent but that was the only damage.
JCGibson 07/10/13 07:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Midwest Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Zig, As you will read, my recipe owes a lot to Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, IN. I've been there numerous times. Leo, Not sure where LOZ is. Like any sandwich you can get a good or bad one. Made right, they can be moist and tender. I hope my recipe tutorial answers that. Odd though, people have different taste and some like them very thin and very crispy. Sorry, Lake of the Ozarks. Missouri. Near a big dam I believe in a small touristy area. Can't remember the town. Osage Beach is the name of the town there.
JCGibson 07/08/13 09:30am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Don't Lose your Dog or Cat

AKC Companion Animal Recovery program does charge a one time enrollment fee of 17.50. You can enroll any pet ID chip from other companies with them. AFter the enrollment fee there is no annual fee. Our dog received the AKC chip and our cat received one from Petfinder. I was able to transfer the Petfinder number over to AKC. Also, AKC will send texts to your phone which come through many times you don't have enough of a signal to do a voice call.
JCGibson 07/06/13 07:10pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Anchorage campground

We lived in Anchorage from 2001-2009. Golden Nugget is unfortunately the best campground in Anchorage unless you happen to have military base privileges. If so, then any of the military campgrounds far exceed anything that Anchorage offers. I would recommend staying in Palmer or Wasilla which are an hour away from Anchorage. Or if you like USFS parks with no hookups, I would suggest the campground down near Portage. I think it is Williwaw Campground. This is south of Anchorage about an hour. Eklutna Lake also offers a nice no hookup campground as well.
JCGibson 06/23/13 11:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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