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RE: Moab Utah to Salt Lake City Utah

I've developed a dislike for hwy 6 over the years, but that is because I seem to always hit snow towing the toys back from my winter excursions from the SLC area to Moab. It's a major highway, one minor uphill climb of maybe up to 6 percent grade coming out of helper for a few miles but nothing that has ever been a problem even when I've towed doubles with an underpowered truck. You'll have a lot of RV traffic going the same direction as you take that road on a Sunday, with a goodly number of boats returning from lake powell.
Searching_Ut 06/17/16 07:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado Campground - Beware of Cancellation Policy

We just spent the last week at Elk Meadow RV Resort there in Estes Park and the cancellation Policy was very clear on their webpage, and when I called and made reservations they mentioned the cancellation Policy twice while I was booking. The policy didn't seem at all strange to me as it seems to be fairly common when booking in high demand areas. It's not as bad as many airline ticket policies, cruise ships etc. It's a shame your trip to Colorado didn't work out for you. It's great this time of year and we had a blast for the 10 days we were there. Nice and warm in the valleys, yet many trails in the high country still have very deep snow and it was cool to cold in the mountains. Rivers are running swift and deep, full of rafters. If you can somehow take them up on the offer of visiting sometime later in the year I'd do everything I could to make it happen.
Searching_Ut 06/13/16 08:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Thinking about a longer trip with my travel trailer.

It doesn't matter how far you are going how well you plan, or how new or old you equipment is. If you travel enough things might and will go wrong. You just deal with them when they do. The vast majority of the time things work out great, and to be honest some of my most memorable trips that I think back fondly on are the ones where there were glitches that ended up making the trip all the more interesting. Quit worrying, hit the road, and enjoy the adventure.
Searching_Ut 06/10/16 12:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Beer can pickups

I'm not much in the habit of defending Ford around here, given that we have the Dearborn Irregulars for that... ...but I'd worry a lot less about some dings and divots in my bed if they didn't mean the almost immediate start of rust spots. I'd take the aluminum in my truck. Actually most aluminum alloys corrode quite rapidly. If it wasn't for all the corrosion problems with aluminum aircraft I would'nt make the money to buy the camping toys. Out of all the maintenance actions I'm involved in corrosion is probably the most costly.
Searching_Ut 06/08/16 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Going to Yellowstone? Don't do this... (part 2)

I've read the book Death In Yellowstone. If and when I ever go I will NEVER leave the boardwalks. Over some of those thermals the crust is very thin. From what I read in the book due to the altitude of Yellowstone the boiling point for the water is around 198 or something like that. So 200 is pretty darn hot. I read that, too - pretty scary stuff. And while we were there I saw a woman ignore all the signs, hop in and frolick around in the river where there was runoff from a very active thermal feature, as if it was her personal hot tub. Didn't stick around to watch the next step in the drama (get in trouble and expect the Rangers to rush to rescue). All the signs in the world can't stop idiots. It's been a lot of years now since they stopped it, but it used to be very common to swim in the river by the thermal features or where the runoff went into the river with there often being several dozen folks in the water at once. As I recall the practice was stopped because of bacteria or some other bug rather than concern about burns.
Searching_Ut 06/08/16 05:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water pump noisy...

My water pump put many truck jake brakes to shame noise wise. I ended up using rubber anti fatigue floor mat chunk under pump, ran flex hose from output to an accumulator tank then again flex line between tank and trailer hard plastic tubing. I also used insulation tubing in a couple areas to make system virtually noise free.
Searching_Ut 06/08/16 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: A Safety Lesson Learned

I work with a retired highway patrol officer who was hit 4 times During his 24 years in the hwy patrol. He mentioned that it was common for drivers to steer towards what they were looking at. Evidently this is especially applicable to impaired drivers so things like cop cars with flashing life's actually attract drunks etc. in some cases. It's kind of one of those no good answer situations other than try to avoid the situation if at all possible.
Searching_Ut 06/08/16 10:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Any benefits to high octane

My manual says absolutely do not use E85 fuel. It also says don't use less than 87 octane, even in the mountain states that offer regular in 85 octane. It recommends use 87 octane when not towing or hauling. It also suggest performance may be improved if premium is used when towing and/or hauling. I have a 2014 F150 Eco-boost 3.5L engine. Your turbo can vary boost to to keep the air charge in the cylinders optimal even at altitude thus you will still need the same octane at altitude. Normal engine gets less dense air thus lower absolute pressure and less likely to try to knock/detonate
Searching_Ut 06/06/16 03:07pm Towing
RE: Andersen Ultimate Coupler

I've towed a couple different 5ers with my Andersen now with the hitch both ways and didn't notice any difference in ride really. The smoothest and best towing was triple axle presidential suites that I had with the ball in front of kingpin which puts the trailer fairly far back on the truck and it towed great through 40 plus mph winds and lots of snow and ice. My own fiver is much lighter, max weight 15.5k and I tow it with the adapter such that the kingpin ends up in front of the ball when hooked up. If I don't do it this way the back of the kingpin box hits the rails for my backflip bed cover in tight turns. I would much prefer it turned around the other way if I had the clearance. I did raise the ball once and tow it the other way and even though the trailer was nose high it felt stable back there.
Searching_Ut 05/28/16 09:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ahhhhh...retirement

One word in particular describes my feeling towards the OP.. Jealous
Searching_Ut 05/28/16 08:53pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Trip Report from the San Rafael Swell

While having grown up in 11 states, I spent two years as a elementary aged kid in Southern Utah. On a couple of occasions we went and watched them fire those missiles from the green river complex to white sands. They would have a canopy setup for spectators with refreshments. Of course back then there were virtually no people in the area to come and watch. It wasn't crowded like it is now. You can still see one of the old missles that is stuck in the sand near an ATV track northwest of Monticello. Lot's of history in the area if you get out and explore. For your next adventure you'll have to find the site where they did some of the data gathering and blew up explosives above a tunnel gathering information needed prior to building the Cheyenne mountain complex.
Searching_Ut 05/18/16 09:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Solar Charge Controller

I haven't played with any of the advanced programing yet. Got the solar installed last weekend, during the week I installed an inverter and have it wired, to include the wiring to where I'll install the transfer switch, but I am still waiting on it to get here. Doing a long weekend trip this weekend where I'll get the first chance to wring it out, see what sort of current draw I'm getting on stuff etc. This fiver is new to me, so I've only done a single overnighter without hookups so far. Being as how the fiver is parked on the street right now, I can't even run out the slides so I can turn stuff on and put a good load on the batteries yet to see what sort of charge rate I get when I run the batteries down a bit.
Searching_Ut 05/18/16 08:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Charge Controller

I just completed the installation of my solar system this weekend, and must say I'm very impressed with the Bogart Trimetric 2030 and SC 2030 combination. The amount of controllability the system provides is remarkable, as well is the ability the combination gives for DC system monitoring. I have mine hooked up to 5 paralleled 100 watt panels. We have a 4 day boondocking trip set up for this weekend so I can try it out better under camping conditions. Currently it appears my 3 group 24 batteries will be significantly holding the system back. I can't justify replacing this year as we don't have any trips planned longer than 10 days at a time. Next year we retire and then I'll add a better battery setup.
Searching_Ut 05/16/16 08:14pm Tech Issues

I didn't purchase from camping world, but having a new Bighorn Fifth wheel I think he's understating just how bad the assembly, construction is on heartland RV's. Some of it is downright dangerous. For instance, I was just installing a Progressive industries power monitor and found the idiot doing the wiring used a knife or something to strip the insulation cutting and leaving exposed wiring on all conductors where the outer shield was removed. The main battery lead coming off the one of those auto reset circuit breakers on it, but the terminal lugs where oversized and are hitting each other meaning the circuit breaker is bypassed. I changed out the bathroom vent fan and noticed that the installer didn't run the screws through any of the existing holes in the vent flange instead just running through the plastic at random spots. Water pump was the same just running screws through the rubber feet not even trying to go through the existing holes. I won't even get into how poorly the wiring is routed once you pull the panel into the basement area. It's worse than a joke how poor the craftsmanship is.
Searching_Ut 05/02/16 09:12pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Solar combiner box

I've just started building mine. Found a 5X7 weatherproof box on-line that didn't already have holes in it. I glued an automotive type fuse block inside that holds up to 6 fuses. For the grounds I'm just using a ground strip picked up at the local hardware store. All the wiring will be brought into the box with waterproof strain reliefs that I also picked up on line. 10g wire coming in from each panel, 6g dropping down to the controller, 5 panels hooked in series. The fuse box is pretty small so I debated using a 4X4 box but it would have been pretty tough to run all the strain reliefs into it.
Searching_Ut 04/27/16 09:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Fusing Solar Installation

...The fuse is to protect the panels wired in parallel..... Your input is very much appreciated, and has made me decide to stick to the original plan with a fuse block in the combiner box. I'd already purchased all the bits and pieces, but then started questioning myself as to why add the additional hardware instead of keeping it as simple as possible.
Searching_Ut 04/27/16 08:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Fusing Solar Installation

I dont think its needed i have almost 700w my fusing is at the input to the controller, NOT on each panel I guess my primary question is why fuse the input side of the controller at all. If the fuse is sized large enough to handle the peak power output of the panels, it will more than likely be large enough it won't blow even with a dead short. There isn't really any "Current pool" waiting in solar panels to dump in the case of a short like there is in a battery, or other type power supply. Being a PWM type controller, when the batteries demand it, the controller pretty much passes full panel output straight to the batteries anyway with the possible current flow going up less than an additional amp per panel under dead short when you take the battery resistance out of the circuit. On the output side of the controller, you could get a large current flow from the battery back to controller if something shorted in the controller, so it makes sense to me to fuse there, I just can't envision any situation on the solar panel side of the circuit where a fuse would protect anything, or add any safety to the circuit.
Searching_Ut 04/26/16 10:44pm Tech Issues
Fusing Solar Installation

This weekend, weather permitting I'm hoping to install 5 100 watt solar panels on the roof of my fifth wheel. The controller I'll be installing is a Bogart SC-2030 working in conjunction with a trimetric 2030. I have 10 AWG wiring I'll be running to a junction box on the roof for a parallel connection, then drop down to the battery compartment using either 6 AWG wiring on 4, depending on the route I'm able to take and how long that ends up being. My initial thoughts were to fuse each panel using a small automotive fuse block and 7.5amp fuses in the junction box, but now that I'm thinking about it, is there any reason to do this? Looking over the panel specs, the short circuit output for the panels isn't much more than the normal nominal output which would more than likely result in any fuse I used that would handle the normal max output not blowing even if my wiring shorted straight to ground. Are there any gains to be had that I'm not thinking about? I'll put a switch in line between the panels and charge controller so that I can isolate it if desired, and I'll fuse the output side of the controller as I can see where there could be issues there a fuse would provide protection for. I'm open to thoughts, ideas, or lessons learned by others the hard way.
Searching_Ut 04/26/16 09:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Fifth wheel length

It really varies based on where you intend to travel. My current 5th wheel is listed at slightly over 35 measures a little over 38 end to end and in Utah and a lot of the areas I roam in Idaho and Wyoming there are probably 70 plus percent of the forest service campground I can't get into. Many of those are small half dozen or so sites, maybe an outhouse, fair bit of dirt road to get to. I should be able to fit into almost all the state parks from what I remember the sizes as being. (Always used smaller TT's or motorhome prior to this rig). The national parks in this area are pretty limited in spot availability. Commercial parks no issues for the most part, but surprisingly while the length is no problem I've already run into slight problems in opening the slides all the way up on both sides. A lot depends on whether or not there is someplace other than the camp spot to park the tow vehicle.
Searching_Ut 04/18/16 08:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ya think this is too close...

I give up. Why are people saying "Fuel Pump loves you" "it is your truck suck the bottom of the tank"? Please tell me you don't think the fuel pumps, fuel pickup tubes float. If you do I hate to tell you but brand new, old, car, truck anything fuel the inlets are already at the deepest most part of the tank. At the very first start it is sucking from the bottom of the tank for the life of the vehicle/motor. So OP as long as you made it like someone said previously an inch is as good as a mile. Happy RVing :-) Modern vehicle electric fuel pumps are submersed in the tank and cooled by the fuel. Excess heat can lead to motor failure over time.
Searching_Ut 04/13/16 06:10pm Towing
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