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RE: Tetons ??'s

One other thing about the two campgrounds. Colter Bay has a general store along with a set of public showers and laundry facilities while Gros Ventre does not. As well, Colter Bay has a couple of restaurants. One thing we have never seen, though, in Colter Bay is Moose, of which we saw a number at Gros Ventre when we camped there about three years ago.
jalichty 05/21/18 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tetons ??'s

Both Colter Bay and Gros Ventre will assign you a site when you check in, but if you find one you prefer after driving around, you can go back and they will usually allow you to change spots. We have a number of sites we like at Colter Bay and usually ask if they are available before we go in. If so, we pay for the site and go park. If they have to assign us a site, we will go look it over and, if we find something, empty, that we like more, we'll just go back to the station and ask to be assigned that spot. It's usually pretty easy to do. Colter Bay is our favorite spot as we go up to fish on Jackson Lake as it sits very close to the marina where we launch our boat. It's also closer, by about 20 miles, to Yelowstone National Park compared to Gros Ventre.
jalichty 05/19/18 03:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can all 5th wheels double tow?

Double towing is regulated by the states and they almost all have different requirements. Here in Wyoming, as long as all trailers have brakes, we can double tow with an overall length of up to 75', I believe. When we bought our Jayco Eagle HT 26.5 RLS, we went to a professional welder who proceeded to reinforce the I beam frame almost to the back axle and then fabricated the hitch from the ground up, taking almost five hours, including putting in a plug for the boat trailer. Boat weighs around 3,500 pounds when ready for fishing and towing and, so far, we haven't had any problems. We have been towing for 25 years, first with a Jayco 21.5 SD which towed boats weighing as little as 2,000 pounds on the trailer and as much as 5,000 on the trailer and measuring around 73 feet at a maximum. My HT back then didn't come with the a hitch with a 300# weight capacity. By the way, my hitch is welded to the bumper, but I believe that is only because the welder wanted the hitch snug to the bumper, I would never use a bumper hitch to tow anything.
jalichty 04/24/18 12:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rolling over IRA's, 401k, 403b's etc (tax defered stuff)

The annual limitation on taxable gifts is around $13,000 to $14,000 per donee, if I remember correctly, and the total amount of taxable gifts that would escape from gift tax is in excess of $11,000,000 so the OP shouldn't have any problem with gift taxes if all he is doing is making gifts to his family from his RMD.
jalichty 04/15/18 12:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Six Month Trip -- Say Hi

You are all around the State of Wyoming, home of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as Devils' Tower. How are you missing them. Maybe you have the maps put out by Montana and Idaho that show Yellowstone as being in those two states, don't pay any attention to them.
jalichty 04/13/18 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Zion in May '18

We stayed, twice, at a campground in Springdale right next to the Park. Can't remember the name, but fairly nice accommadations(sp) and reasonably priced. As long as you are traveling around, see if you can get to Kodachrome State Park, up by Bryce. Not as traveled as Zion and Bryce, but some nice scenery.
jalichty 04/13/18 02:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bedliner - Sprayin or what?

The liner we have is Full Metal Jacket and seems to be very good. We have it on a 2012 GMC 2500 HD D/A crewcab and the only blemish on it is on the rail where our FW made a little contact with it. Doesn't seem to have hurt anything other than scraping off a little covering. Purely cosmetic.
jalichty 03/30/18 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about moving over to a 5th wheel

We have had hitches welded on to each of the two FWs that we have owned. The first one was a Jayco Eagle 215SD and we towed boats weighing up to 5,000 pounds behind that FW with no problems. Second FW, 2012 Jayco HT 26.5 RLS, we had a hitch professionally installed after we bought it and currently tow a 3,500 boat behind it with no problems. The installer reinforced the I beams about 5' forward from the rear of the trailer and totally fabricated the hitch rather than just getting one to weld onto the FW. I would certainly recommend that you get a hitch welded to the frame rather than one attached to the bumper as bumpers are not, generally, well enough attached to carry the load a boat trailer will put on it. By the way, my FW is an HT, so it's a lightweight trailer, more or less, and for mine in 2012, the manufacturer said that adding a hitch to the frame would void the warranty, however, I didn't have a warranty claim so don't know what they would have done. Jayco does now sell the HT FWs with a hitch installed but I believe the hitch weight is limited to 300 pounds.
jalichty 03/25/18 02:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Tailgates

We went with a V tailgate a long time ago, about 1993 simply because I felt that it wasn't if I would mess up the original tailgate, but when. So far, haven't had a problem with the V tailgate, although we do have to raise the FW a bit due to the lack of level in the parking spaces, but you would have to take down the regular tailgate anyway, so it's not a bit deal.
jalichty 03/22/18 03:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tankless water heater

Was it louder than a tank-type water heater? When we turn our tank-type heater on, I tell my wife it's the blowtorch starting work. Very loud when first starting up, not so much when just keeping the water warm.
jalichty 03/19/18 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Baseball on Cable

I subscribed to a streaming service called "livetvweb.net" and get football, both pro and college, basketball and baseball in the season. The cost for this last 12 months was abut $45 for the whole year. Sometimes it's a little sketchy, but overall, a pretty good bargain. We jumped off cable a little over two years ago and this was one of the subscriptions we got afterwards along with HULU. Don't know it it will work for you, but if you have decent wifi, at least I would suggest you take a look.
jalichty 03/18/18 01:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: blow up bed

We have a blow-up mattress in our FW, have used it one time when granddaughters slept with us while camping at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Other than that, no use. The couch is fairly comfortable, but we don't use it often as we usually sit in the rear on the swivel chairs. Have considered changing out the swivel chairs with some Ekornes recliners that we don't use much, but haven't gotten around to even seeing if they fit.
jalichty 02/27/18 10:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lightweight Electric Drill Suggestions?

Take a look at the WORX line of drills. They come with 20 amp LI batteries and are quite light. Pretty reasonably priced as well.
jalichty 02/26/18 08:15am Tech Issues
RE: Still Shopping- have new "must haves" and need advice

At the risk of getting laughed at by some of the folks on here, you might take a look at the Jayco Eagle 293RKDS. It's a rear kitchen with the entertainment center on one side angled to the recliners. Has a sit-in shower with slide-out for the bed and a large walk-in closet and an area for a washer and dryer if you wanted extra storage. Looks like it has an outside kitchen as there is a outside fridge on the curb side area. It's a little longer than you are looking at, but still might be doable.
jalichty 02/20/18 11:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel engines why not more available in smaller vehicles ?

Unfortunately, the VW diesel scandal did change the landscape. That TDI, probably Touareg, would town over 7,000 pounds with ease and got great mileage. I own a 2011 Touareg V-6 and can also tow over 7,000 pounds and get a little over 23-24 mpg on the highway, not towing. Got 14 mpg towing the only time we used it. However, I also have a 3.4 ton GMC D/A combo crew cab that I use to tow my 30' FW and 19' boat to the lake for camping and fishing. Love the diesel and would buy another one, but wife would probably not agree and the next vehicle will be hers.
jalichty 02/19/18 09:50am Tow Vehicles
Battery question

My batteries are reaching the end of their good useful life and I am wondering whether to replace them with two 6 volt rather than two 12 volt ones? Would I have to change my inverter, I have a 2012 Jayco HT with no plans to get rid of it. Would the 6 volt ones give me a bit more reserve and more re-charges, are they worth the additional money? I have no plans on going solar, just wanting help with this decision.
jalichty 02/16/18 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: Question....about retirement...

Retired at 63.5 and have enjoyed every minute of it. Have a wonderful wife who retired the same time, we fish much of the summer and travel as much as possible, to to the East coast to see family in SC, friends in NC and Florida, stopped by Pennsylvania this year to see another friend. Will be going back to SC to house sit for a week in March and then to New Orleans to meet son, wife and four grandkids while they are on spring break. Then,we get to take a trip to Rome, hop a ship and go around to Amsterdam for a 2 1/2 week trip. This will mess up early fishing and garden planting, but we will live with it. Only limited by money availability. Also go to professional football games a couple times a year. Life is good, but it is only as good as you make it.
jalichty 02/15/18 03:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Outdoor kitchen in Yellowstone (bears)?

Bumpyroad, almost all real campgrounds have dumpsters for your garbage. As for greasy dishwater, we just send our washwater down the sink and into the gray water tank, to be dumped when we leave the campground. If you are washing dishes outside in a pan, most of the campgrounds usually have a sink at the bathroom area where a person can dump that type of stuff.
jalichty 02/14/18 11:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lite or Light?

Our weight sticker showed a delivered weight of 7,200+ pounds giving us a total weight of around 2,700 pounds. We have never even come close to that total weight and don't tow with a full fresh water tank. Looking at the Jayco site the other day, it appeared to me that most of the HT line had a CCC of 1,750 to over 2,000 pounds.
jalichty 02/11/18 11:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lite or Light?

Probably in conjunction with the increase in towing and carrying capabilities of 1/2 ton trucks on the market today. My 26.5 RLS makes my 3/4 ton GMC squat a grand total of one inch when I drop the FW down and pull up the legs. It has a total weight capacity of 9,950 pounds which I believe most 1/2 tons could capably carry.
jalichty 02/09/18 01:19pm Fifth-Wheels
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