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RE: yellowstone we are a coming

ReneeG, I would think that, if you arrive at Colter Bay Campground after 9:00 am and before 11:00 am, which is check-out time, you'll find a camp spot that you will like. We went there, for the second time this year, after the 4th of July and ran into the longest entry line we have ever encountered, however, we got a very nice spot and after all those people checking in, the campground was not full. I would think the traffic would settle down a bit after the Eclipse broohaha and you should have a great chance to score a nice camp site.
jalichty 07/24/17 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: yellowstone we are a coming

ReneeG, the hookup sites you are referring to in the campground are only electric, no sewer or water. They are larger than most of the other sites and some of them are reserved for folks with physical problems needing electricity. While we were there in early July, everyone of the sites was filled every day we were there. You are right about the RV park sites being pretty close together and the cost is pretty high, I believe $71 per day without any discounts. The campground is $30 per day but only $15.50 with a senior pass, so a large difference in cost between the two.
jalichty 07/21/17 09:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fifth Wheel/Diesel mpg

Just got back from a trip up to Grand Teton towing our 30' FW and a 19' boat up into and back out of the mountains. Small amount of sightseeing, probably 50 mile or so. Total trip about 450 miles and console tells me we got 12 MPG overall towing this set-up. Took a long trip, 3,800 miles a couple of years ago with about 3,500 towing the FW, no boat, and hand-calculated we got 12.6 MPG for the entire trip. Never once had frazzled nerves towing our FW, even with our GMC 2500HD rather than a 3500 one ton.
jalichty 07/13/17 09:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who's mounted a generator on the rear

I noticed the weight change when hooking our boat to the rear of the FW, but the FW seems to trailer about the same whether we have the boat attached to the rear or not. I don't really think that putting a generator on there rear of the FW will affect the towing characteristics very much at all.
jalichty 06/19/17 08:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Staying Outside Yellowstone?

Just got back from a trip to Colter Bay campground for fishing Jackson Lake and took one day and went to Yellowstone. Took off about 8:00 that morning and went to Bridge Bay and looked at the bay and talked to a great couple in the convenience store, to Fishing Bridge to see if the otters were there yet, drove up to Canyon and took some pictures of the falls with the hundreds of other folks there and then went to the village for a hot dog lunch. Then, over Dunraven Pass to Tower Junction over to Lamar Valley, saw some beautiful Mountain Sheep rams and a ewe, a black bear climbing a tree and too many Bison to count. Then back around to Mammoth and down to Norris Junction past Old Faithful and a stop for ice cream at Grant Village. Got back to the campground around 7:30 or so and had a late dinner. We didn't get out and see all the features and we don't hike much at all. So, this was mostly a drive and see trip but it can be done. We also went to Leek's Pizza on Jackson Lake with some really great pizza and good beer, sitting outside on the deck overlooking Jackson Lake and the Tetons. We have done this trip a number of times, usually not quite as long and we do stop at the features most of the time. Besides, with the trip from Colter Bay, you have numerous opportunities to see wildlife on the way there and back.
jalichty 06/10/17 08:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing boat question

We have been towing both our fifth-wheel(FW) and a boat behind since 1993 when we bought our first FW. Have towed up to a 5,000 boat/trailer combo behind our FW but are currently towing a Jayco HT 26.5 RLS and a 19' Crestliner Super Hawk. We have never had to back this combo up and hope to never have to do so. We put the boat in the street prior to hooking up the FW and then back the FW up to the boat, using my wife as a spotter. Has worked great for 20+ years. When we get to our fishing spot, we drop the boat and then go find out camping spot, drop the FW, have lunch and then take the boat out fishing. You shouldn't have any problems with your set-up at Flaming Gorge or Lake Powell, there's plenty of room at those lakes. Our set-up is about 70' more or less and tows just fine behind our GMC D/A combo.
jalichty 05/30/17 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jackson Hole Wy

Actually, Colter Bay campground does have some electric-only sites, but hard to get them without a medical reason. There are 10 or 12 sites with electric and I believe the campground folks keep at least half of them for folks who really need electricity, like C-Pap machines, etc.
jalichty 05/08/17 08:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grant Campground in Yellowstone - Central Enough?

For your trip, wanting to stay at one end of Yellowstone so you can see both parks isn't a bad idea. Grant is at the, mostly, southern end of Yellowstone, but from there you can either go to the Old Faithful area or the lake and canyon areas, you just have to turn left or right, basically. Fishing Bridge is centrally located, on the far east side of the Park, but about midway between the south and north entrances. It's quite a trip from Fishing Bridge to the west side of the park where most of the thermal features are located. If you want to stay in one place and not move, I would suggest this is your best option. And, that location is less than an hour from Grand Teton and Jackson Lake. Grant is a nice place to stay, we've stayed there once and really enjoyed it. We camp and fish out of Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park and, sometimes, take a day trip to Yellowstone just to look around. So, coming from Yellowstone to Grand Teton would not really be a stretch, in my opinion. If you did decide to stay in Grand Teton, Colter Bay is our favorite spot, close to Jackson Lake, nice general store, marina and a couple of restaurants. They have about 300 dry camping spots in the campground and a number, I don't know how many, full hook-ups in the RV park but reservations at the RV park can be hard to come by at this late date. And, while not totally centrally located, close enough to do day trips and see all of the park you can see from a vehicle. There are a great number of hiking trails in the Park, but remember to take bear spray as the population of Grizzly's has been getting bigger each year.
jalichty 05/02/17 08:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sunburned fiberglass

I am an original owner of a 2012 Jayco 26.5 HT RLS and had a couple of problems with the cap the first two years, having to replace two of them, one an manufacturer fault and one mine. The third one went on in the fall of 2013. This past summer I noticed a bunch of fading on the top 2/3 of the cap, gray, and sent a couple of notes to Jayco about trying to fix it. First note said no due to it being out of warranty, even though it was a known problem. Second note I asked them to share in the cost of waiting and didn't even get a response on that one. Will be takin go to a shop to get it repainted in a couple of weeks and the cost is a little over $1,400. Hope it works. I did try the Poli Glow and it was a total failure, worse after I put the stuff on than before if you can imagine that. Probably operator error but it probably wouldn't have done much good any, based on the comments on this thread.
jalichty 04/03/17 11:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Blue Apron: food delivery menus, cook at home

We are awaiting our first shipment, sent to us by our son who is using Blue Apron due to their hectic work schedule. We'll see what happens.
jalichty 04/03/17 08:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Yellowstone Late May to Mid June

Well, I would suggest that you go ahead, just be aware that it could snow and be a little cool in the evenings. At the very least come in from the south entrance, after going through Grand Teton National Park, and then have a good time. Lodging might be a problem, but with advance planning you should be ok. Be flexible, if a road you want to travel is not open, others will be. If you get up to the north part of the Park, things should be good for you as that end of the Park is open year-round for highway travel. On the way through Grand Teton you will have a great chance to see wildlife, especially early in the morning and in the evening. As well, you will probably see wildlife on the way from Grand Teton to Yellowstone as well, just keep your eyes open. Take a shot and have a great time.
jalichty 04/03/17 08:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cable TV. Cut the cord??

2012 Coleman, we got the ROKU 4. Didn't really need it as the television sets they are attached to are not 4K, but price wasn't that much different since they had a sale going on. Really like it a bunch, easy to use and the voice "command" works pretty well, as long as ROKU understands me correctly. Am able to get some programs that I can't get on HULU for some reason or other.
jalichty 04/01/17 08:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Can't get the lower unit on my outboard reattached

I think you would be more likely to get a good answer if you went to the Walleye Central site and asked this question. You can get on as a guest but it's free if you decide to become a member. They are probably a little more attuned to boating stuff than this RV site.
jalichty 04/01/17 08:21am Around the Campfire
RE: Cable TV. Cut the cord??

We "cut the cable" about a year ago, dropping our bill from $211 to $74 per month, keeping internet and phone. We had bought a smart television for Christmas so we bought two Roku 4s and a wireless blu-ray player to make our other sets "smart". Made the cost of all the add-ons back in about 2 1/2 months. We were already paying for Netflix and Amazon Prime so didn't add to the cost but did pick up HULU for $8 per month. Wednesday we watched "The Butler" on Amazon and missed a show we usually watch, so, we went to HULU last night and watched the network show, one day "late". Biggest problem is sports, most of the extra sport's channels are subscription and cost a little bit. Also, CBS All-Access has a subscription cost as well. We are a little disadvantaged with OTA, we only get ABC and CBS, plus two PBS channels here where we live, but can live with that. Don't plan on going back any time soon, if ever.
jalichty 03/31/17 08:34am Around the Campfire
RE: First Time Across Country to Grand Canyon

If you have two weeks, you can do it, but might be a bit short on time for sightseeing. Go for it, the chance might not come again with your kids and all the things they want to do to which you cannot say no. My personal opinion would be to start with the early part of the trip and if you find out that time is too short cut out the Grand Canyon part. Of the places you want to visit, I would say the Grand Canyon, while it is grand and neat, is not as neat as some of the others, especially the southern Utah sights. GO FOR IT!!!
jalichty 03/25/17 08:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fix for gelcoat fron caps that are faded?

I tried to get Jayco to fix my front cap on my 2012 HT 26.5 RLS, said cap was put on in the fall of 2013, but they wouldn't do anything for me. Will be taking it in middle of April for a paint and clear coat job. Hope to heck it holds up.
jalichty 03/11/17 07:57am Fifth-Wheels

We use AARP for some discounts and for vehicle insurance but little else. In fact, if it weren't for the insurance and some lodging discount, I would not be a member of AARP as I don't believe the managers of AARP listen to their members, opting to go their own way regardless of the feelings of their members.
jalichty 02/13/17 08:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Weather in Yellowstone

A few years ago, first week of June, we took a couple of our grandsons to Jackson Lake for a week and traveled to Yellowstone one day for sightseeing. While we were there it did snow on us, but not a great deal and we only had on light coats as the weather was fine overall. By the way, it also snowed at Jackson Lake as well, getting up one morning with an inch or two on the ground. Not a big deal as it soon melted off and we went fishing and had a great time. Don't let the threat of a little bad weather deter you from taking a trip that you will remember for a lifetime.
jalichty 02/13/17 08:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Old Faithful

People that are around Old Faithful in the winter don't drive there. They either come in from West Yellowstone or the South entrance by snow coach or snowmobile, or some of them come in on cross country skis or snowshoes. No driving of vehicles in that part of the Park during the winter. We have taken snowmobile trips into the Park twice, once to Canyon and once to Old Faithful and it certainly is worth the price of admission. Just spectacular!!!!
jalichty 02/07/17 08:29am Around the Campfire
RE: planning a trip to yellowstone, road driving help needed

I see no reason that you can't use the View. My crew-cab pickup is over 22' long and we have never had a real problem finding a place to park it when sightseeing in Yellowstone, even during the busy parts of the summer like July. Go for it. But, you simply cannot boondock.
jalichty 02/07/17 08:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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