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RE: fifth wheel for 1/2 ton pickups

Jayco, I know, that's a dirty word around here, make a number of 1/2 ton towables. We own a Jayco Eagle SuperLite 26.5 RLS that came from the factory with a weight of slightly over 7,200 pounds and a hitch weight, according to them, of about 1,375. Total weight is supposed to be 9,950 so it has a lot of storage space. We tow with a GMC 2500HD Z71 package and the loaded FW makes my truck squat one whole inch when we take to landing gear up. I would suspect your Tundra would handle this trailer fine. They also make a 23.5 that is slightly lighter and shorter that might work better for you. I think it's a rear kitchen.
jalichty 08/20/14 05:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: federal senior passes

We got our first one at Lake Powell Federal Recreation Area, for me since I'm way older. A while later we got another one on the way to Jackson, Wyoming to snowmobile into Yellowstone. We paid $10 at the entrance to Grand Teton National Park for my wife's instead of the $15 the snowmobile place was going to charge us. Best money we have ever spent. Go to Grand Teton, usually three times a year, and up to Yellowstone at least once, and never have to pay again. Our camp spot at Colter Bay is 1/2 price, $11.50 per night for dry camping so for three weeks we save about $240. This is the best bargain that we have ever gotten from our friendly Federal Government. Hope they never do away with it.
jalichty 08/20/14 08:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Colter Bay Campground, not RV Park

We just led the Colter Bay campground on Monday, at Colter Bay near Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, and they have closed off half the sites on the larger sites for more construction. The whole large site part was closed until July 2 and has now been closed for the rest of the season for more water line construction. Although the campground wasn't full on any night we were there, there will now be about half the sites available now so they may fill up if you don't get in early.
jalichty 08/19/14 03:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Roads in Western Wyoming

It will be a much better trip than using I-84, more scenery and no more difficult than driving on any other 2-lane road. Just don't get excited and mash the accelerator and you'll be fine.
jalichty 08/19/14 02:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jacuzzi

If you put 3,000 pounds in the toy hauler garage, what would happen to the hitch weight? I wonder if it would make it unsafe to tow the trailer?
jalichty 08/11/14 11:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: DEF Blue Adding

Well, take it from me, it really looks bad (from the first time I tried to fill the DEF tank in the dark), and I understand there is an ammonia factor in this fluid. That might be where the corrosion comes from. Fortunately, I did it this time in the garage, fully lighted, and standing on a little stool so I could reach inside the engine compartment instead of standing on my tippy-toes and hoping I get it right.
jalichty 08/11/14 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF Blue Adding

Thanks for the help with this. Didn't want to do something that would mess up the engine.
jalichty 08/10/14 05:10pm Tow Vehicles
DEF Blue Adding

Just wondered whether a person might "top off" the DEF tank instead of waiting for the warning stuff to light up and mess with my comfort level? Does it hurt anything to do this?
jalichty 08/10/14 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jayco EAGLE HT 26.5RKS

We have had a 26.5 RLS for the last 2 1/2 years and have been pretty satisfied with it. Plenty roomy but light, comparatively. We put a hitch on it, at a professional welder's business and tow our boat with it. When we did this, our owners' manual said adding a hitch would void the warranty, didn't say what part, but we are out of warranty now anyway. Now, Jayco is allowing the installation of a hitch as an option so it must not be a big problem. We don't camp in really cold weather, but we have been in 1089 degree weather in Palm Desert, CA and were satisfied with the AC. Turned it on in the morning when it was cool and after sightseeing most of the day, the AC was cycling at 80 degrees in the evening. We find the FW to be very easy to hook up, trailer and set up at the campsites. I would recommend you get the electric rear stabilizers, although they seem to be slow, they work quite well. Good luck with your search.
jalichty 08/05/14 08:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double Towing with my rig (pics updated 5-13-2014)

empty, we have towed a boat behind our fifth-wheels since 1993 with no troubles. You just have to remember that backing up is pretty much not available with all three items hooked up. Other than that, you just have to be aware that it's a pretty long load and you can't turn corners sharp but you see that with 18-wheelers all the time so it shouldn't be much of a learning experience. Just make sure you have a well-attached hitch so your boat doesn't fall off the FW while you are toodling down the road.
jalichty 08/01/14 11:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford vs Ram vs Chevy diesels

Actually, I would believe that torque has a bit to do with this test as well. I realize HP is great, but going up a grade like this call torque into play as well?
jalichty 07/30/14 10:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crap! Quite Litterally

Sorry to hear about your problems, it's good that you were able to find the problem. Hope the "welder" can get it fixed for you.
jalichty 07/30/14 10:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crap! Quite Litterally

I also don't understand why they needed to lift the FW off the ground to do this work. When I had my hitch put on, it sat on the ground and they worked on it there, including removing the bottom covering and reinforcing the frame about six feet towards the tires. If your guys didn't do some sort of reinforcement for the bumper and the hitches, the first time you put something on those hitches, you might have a problem.
jalichty 07/30/14 10:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crap! Quite Litterally

Is your black tank at the rear of your FW? If so, then they might very well have melted something but if it's at the mid-front, I would guess they didn't do whatever happened. What a terrible thing to have happen so close to a big trip.
jalichty 07/29/14 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Flooring choices for my home

Engineered hardwood is great looking and less prone to warping but is thinner than true hardwood and, if necessary, can only be refinished once or twice before the hardwood part is gone. I would think that bamboo would be almost the hardest of the woods that you might put down.
jalichty 07/29/14 07:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Flooring choices for my home

I would suggest that you consider quality hardwood, like Hickory, which is very hard and durable. We got ours at Lumber Liquidators for a little over $5.00 per sq. foot and it still looks great after a year and a half, although we don't have pets and generally don't have children around as the kids and grandkids don't live close to us. I was worried that the wood flooring would be cool to cold in the winter but that turned out not to be the case in the two winters we have had the flooring.
jalichty 07/28/14 11:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Heater

Two things might be happening. You might be out of propane and the furnace is trying to ignite but can't because it is getting no fuel. Second, the batteries might be too weak to ignite the propane. I would bet on the first one. If that's not the case, then I am not smart enough to try to give you more help.
jalichty 07/28/14 11:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: My suggestion for a "must see"

There is one tree, on it's side that is a drive-through. We took our pickup through it when in Sequoia.
jalichty 07/24/14 11:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What am I missing in Grand Teton?

I don't think he saw this one at Gros Ventre, he said they were hiking in one of the canyons. However, we did see two younger ones this spring that came within a couple of feet of the FW the last night we camped there. I took some pictures from less than 15' but the moose was very docile and just kept grazing and moving around.
jalichty 07/21/14 07:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Picky Choosing

I know some, if not all, of you will poo-poo this, but our Jayco Eagle SuperLite HT 26.5 RLS has most of what the gentleman is looking for. The chairs in the rear of the FW face the television without having to crane our necks, the bathroom, stove, sink and bedroom are available with the slide in, Unfortunately, there is not enough room in the bedroom for a full-size wardrobe in the front, but the wardrobe slide has four doors and a lot of room in it. As well, there are two wardrobes, one on each side of the queen bed. I do believe, however, he is looking for a little higher end FW than our HT. Our HT is slightly less than 30' long also.
jalichty 07/21/14 07:49pm Fifth-Wheels
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