About the only real concession to "high altitude" cooking is the time it takes to boil water and cook meals that use fluids. It just takes a little longer but it is certainly not impossible or even very hard. We have tent camped, truck camped and FW camped for about 50 years and have not found it very hard to make meals out of anything we choose. Just take your time and don't hurry and you'll be fine. You will probably have more problems hiking at "high" altitude than you will cooking, the air is a bit thinner at altitude so the lungs have to work a bit harder when you hike.
We have cooked mostly inside since we bought our first FW in 1993 and haven't really noticed a big odor problem. If there was, I think DW would have pointed it out as she seems to have a very keen sense of smell and isn't afraid to let me know about it. We do cook outside once in a while, but abut 95% of the time is inside. Just so much more convenient not having to drag stuff outside to cook it and then drag it back inside to clean it.
Not to mention Apple has its hands on over $170 billion in cash and cash equivalents to spend. I would guess Mr. Camper, that you don't have an iPhone of any type. This is a pretty good company and I can't wait to see what they come out with next.
If you were to get the ones with the 300:1 motor and it quit working, you would probably get it replaced with the 500:1 based on what some people on this forum and the Jayco owners' site have said. I wouldn't let the 300:1 turn you off the Jayco if that't the only concern. We have had two Jaycos and have found Jayco to be pretty good quality, especially for the price. The floor plans are very well thought out, overall, and our newer one, a 2012 HT 26.5 RLS is very roomy and we were quite happy in it for a 20-day trip this past spring. And, nothing fell off during or after our 3,800 mile trip.
The published weights for the HT FWs on Jayco's site are a little light compared to the sticker on the same FW when it gets to town. The weight on our HT 26.5 RLS was listed as 6,650 dry but the yellow sticker says about 7,200, thereby lowering the carrying capacity of the HT by about 550 pounds. Not a bit deal as I don't think I would ever put over 3,000 pounds of "stuff" in the FW when we travel.
Looks like a wonderful building, sorry about the height problem. Any chance you could raise the ramp a bit outside so that you have no tilt up when entering the garage? Or, could you let enough air out of the tires to get inside and then fill them back up until you want to take it out? What a terrible dilemma?
I would be surprised if they race #24 anymore. Remember that #3 was "retired" after he died and hadn't raced again until some special thing this last year. I would expect to see them retire #24 "Rainbow Warrior" and not run it again. He is still going to be involved with Hendrick Motorsports as he is a part owner, as I have seen elsewhere. I have tremendous respect for Mr. Gordon, racing probably as well as ever with a bad back and wanting to spend a bit more time with his family so he's not going to "hang on" hoping for more money, etc. Going to sit back and somewhat enjoy life while he can.
Why would a person go to Jackson Hole to find a campground when there are many of them in Grand Teton, such as Colter Bay, Gros Ventre, Lizard Creek, etc. If you are planning on staying in Grand Teton, go to Colter Bay and either park in the campground or at the RV park. The RV park requires reservations but you might be able to get in if you hurry. It's a full service RV park. The campground is very inexpensive if you have a senior pass at about $11.50 per day. Gros Ventre is similar to Colter Bay in that it is dry camping but has lots of spots, over 300, in which to camp. Last spring Colter Bay was mostly closed early in June so we stayed at Gros Ventre and saw a couple of moose wander through our camp site about three feet from the FW and also saw a bunch of Mountain Sheep as well as a great deal of wildlife around the campground. I prefer Colter Bay since we fish when we are there and it's right on Jackson Lake in which we fish. Gros Ventre is quite a ways away, but you still get to see a bunch of the Park when traveling to the upper part of Grand Teton. Plus, it's very close to Jenny Lake with good hiking, etc. You can't go wrong staying in Grand Teton, but I would suggest that staying in Jackson Hole would be a mistake from an adventure standpoint, it's just a tourist trap with a whole bunch of people around, especially in the summer months.
We put a hitch on our first FW, in 1993, and towed boats weighing from about 1,900 pounds with its trailer up to 5,000 pounds with it trailer. It was a Jayco 215SD, only 21.5' long, more or less and very stout. When we bought our new 2012 Jayco SuperLite HT 26.5 RLS, we asked the dealer to install a hitch and they said wouldn't do it and it would nullify the warranty if I had it done. Found a professional welder in another town who did install the hitch after reinforcing the frame about six feet toward the axle. The whole process took about four hours and included them wiring a 7-pin plug as well. We have since towed our Crestliner SuperHawk 1900, behind the FW, about nine times to our favorite place, Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park with no problems. We are about 70' as well, but in Wyoming we can go to 85' I believe, as long as each "vehicle" being towed has brakes, which ours do. I can send you some pictures if you would like, just send me a private message with your email address and I'll get them to you. By the way, due to the way the hitch was attached and the professional care that went into it, I have had no frame problems either during the 2-year warranty period of afterwards.
I wouldn't spend any time in Jackson Hole, unless you need to re-provision. It truly is a tourist trap and full of people in the summer, making it a little difficult to get around with an RV. I think two to three days in Grand Teton will be sufficient, especially if you are at Colter Bay. Take a cruise on Jackson Lake one day, maybe even the lunch cruise or the dinner cruise. Some of the greatest scenery in the world and you get right up to the base of Mt. Moran that rises about 5,000 to 6,000 feet straight up. Go over to Jenny Lake and take a boat to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point and then to Moose, on over the Gros Ventre and Slide Lake( but the roads are a bit bumpy part of the way. In the evening, drive around toward Moran and then out of the Park to Moose and then back to the campground looking for wildlife, you should see some. Then, 4-5 days if possible in Yellowstone, there are so many features there that you really do want to spend some time at them. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a stunning place as well as Norris and Old Faithful. Yellowstone Lake and the hotel are a place you also need to see. Then go to Mammoth over Dun Raven Pass and then to the Lamar Valley. Look for wildlife all the time, but in a motorhome, might be tough to stop and watch and take pictures. I think that one day, after you drive to Rushmore, is plenty, but stop on the way, if you can, and take a quick look at Devil's Tower in Northeast Wyoming. If you find that you can't see and experience all you want, hopefully you can always come back.
We spend about three weeks in Colter Bay with our FW and boat. Fish most of the time but also sightsee a lot. Never get tired of it and we have been going up there for over 50 years. Usually take a day and drop up to Yellowstone. Sometimes we pull the boat up there and fish as well. Yellowstone Lake is truly awesome. Above all, enjoy your trip and don't sweat the small stuff like animal jams on the highways and lack of parking space at the features.
Don't know if this has been suggested, but Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park is one of the prettiest places in the lower United States. Go to Colter Bay Campground, full hook-ups or to the dry campground and have a wonderful time.
trag, have enjoyed your trip through our part of the country, as well as the other parts. It looks like you folks had a great time and the boys really did seem to enjoy it, which is a big concern with young folks. Lots of time the younger ones don't get the same thrill out of something us older folks do. Don't worry about your family not wanting to see your video, 7 1/2 hours is a long time. My wife made a CD for her dad about his life and he fell asleep about two minutes in and never did see the whole thing. Just go with the flow and enjoy life as you have been.
Looked at the floorplan and really like it. I think I would take a look at getting rid of the movable island, can you imagine how open this floorpan would be? Don't know if that would be taking away too much storage space or not.
I have been blowing my lines out for close to 15 years and have had one small problem when I must have forgotten to open the low point drain. Other than that, no problems and it's quick and, as long as you bypass the water heater after draining it, all you then need to do is put the pink stuff in the P traps and you're good to go. Just remember to turn on "all" the possible faucets and open the lines to the toilet. You probably have an outdoor shower, don't forget that and, if you have an outdoor kitchen of some sort, don't forget that. Also, blow out the black tank flush to make sure that one doesn't get frozen and cracked. The reason I like to blow mine out and not fill the lines with pink stuff is having to get it out in the spring when we get ready to go camping.
I shied away from a rear kitchen due to the viewing angle for the television. I was looking at "light" ones and they generally had only one chair to accompany the couch and they were both to the side of the television. Now, the bigger, longer ones aren't necessarily that way, but the "lighter" ones were. I have never had a rear kitchen, but would not shy away from it if the viewing angles were ok. Although I do like the ability to look out the back window of my FW rear living rv.
I have towed double since 1993, 18 years with an Eagle 215SD and the last three with an Eagle Super Lite HT 26.5 RLS. Biggest one towed was a 22' 5,000 lb boat and trailer combo and we towed it with no problems. Just make sure you get a hitch installed by a professional welder rather than a bolt-on hitch, no matter what the weight or length of your boat and trailer. I know our state is pretty generous with its towing regulations, but the length can be up to 85' for a trailer and boat but all trailers must have brakes. I have had surge brakes on all my trailers, except the first one. As far as backing, I have not yet had to back so can't help you there. I don't know if you need sway bars, but if you put them on, probably won't hurt. If you have a travel trailer rather than a fifth wheel, I would recommend them on both trailers.
I suspect that the 9,400 is for a travel trailer. The fifth-wheel weight is a bit more. We have a 2500HD with a 3.73 rear end and it has no trouble towing a Jayco Eagle Super Lite HT 26.5 RLS with a total weight capability of 9.950. If fact, the truck only settles one inch when the fifth-wheel is hitched up.I do, however, have the D/A combo with a crew-cab which might make a difference.