Folks, we are planning on taking our FW for a little trip after April 15 and want to go to Yosemite for part of the trip. We will probably be there around the first week in May, or so. Anybody who has stayed in the area, good camping areas to stay in. I don't particularly want to stay in the park, just somewhere close like Mariposa(sp). We also plan on dropping down to the Sequoia Park on a day trip. Any help would be appreciated.
If this is a towing vehicle and you have any plans to upgrade your towed outfit in the future, then I would think it would be a no-brainer, go with the diesel for more towing power, better mpg, etc. Especially if the prices are similar. You really don't "need" a lot of that fancy stuff, we bought a GPS for about $150 that takes us to the front door of every destination. Now, we do like the Sirius radio but can live without it and the OnStar is nice to have, but haven't really used it enough to justify the price. I would bet the diesel has an automatic transmission with some type of engine braking system, cruise control, etc. I got a bunch of that stuff, but that's because that's what the truck came with. But didn't get a GPS system or the back-up camera system, etc. Again, if you are planning on this being your towing mating with every-day driving, go for the diesel if it's close to the same price.
Lyle, most of the campgrounds around Yellowstone have specific hours that generators can be run. I also believe they all have "quiet" hours as well. We camp, most of the time, at Colter Bay and generators cannot be run after 8:00 pm and before 8:00 am. This limits us since we generally get up and go fishing or sightseeing around the early time and don't usually quit until after 5:00. Sorry if I offended you.
Going to Yellowstone, generally, you won't need to use the air conditioner so 2,000 watts should be plenty to run your television, coffee pot and microwave. We have used a Honda 2000 for a number of years and finally jumped up to buy a second one to parallel for when we want ac. We have almost exclusively dry camped with no hookups since we bought our first FW in 1993. We went with the second Honda because we plan on traveling with our FW more in the future and will probably need to run the ac at times if we are not at a FHU campground. Don't worry about people talking about using too much gas, you paid a heck of a lot more for the FW than the gas, and driving a tow vehicle uses a bunch more gas. IF you want a generator, go ahead and buy one, eventually you will find uses for it.
One other thought here. Have you been in FWs or TTs before or are you jumping into this with no prior experience. If no experience, you might consider trying to find a way to camp in a FW for a little while to see what you do and don't like. Then, when you are looking for something to purchase, you could have a checklist of what you like and don't like to use as you are going through the outfits. I didn't do that when we bought our first FW, but we had camped with my father and mother-in-law for many years before taking the leap. We actually bought a "starter" FW and used it for 18 years before moving up in length, slides (had none on the first one) and weight. Have you towed before? Based on the truck you have, you probably have, but if not, it might also behoove you to hook up to something and tow to see what it's like. Those are pretty big units you are looking at so the towing experience, and backing and parking, may be something you will have to get use to. It's a big step and you don't want to get the "wrong" FW, but then, it's not the end of the world if you don't get the "right" one the first time. It might cost you some money to find out, after a year or so, that the one you bought wasn't the "one", but it won't be the end of the world, just a little setback.
Basically, I think the law says that "registration" fees are not personal property tax, but the vehicle license fee is a personal property tax. Our state is quite different than yours, our vehicle license fee will run over $300 for my truck and only $30 for the license fee. TT will allow anything that you input on the line, the software has no way of knowing what the designation is on the registration form, but that doesn't mean you should do it just because the software allows it.
The prices you were quoted at the RV show must have been pretty good as I found, when shopping for my FW about 2 1/2 years ago, RV Wholesalers prices were $7,500 to $10,000 less than the closest dealer to our town. If your price was about what the difference is with shipping, then you should very seriously consider buying "local". We bought "local", dealer about 150 miles away rather than from RV Direct because, after they priced it, it was within $2,000 of the RV Direct price and I didn't have to drive clear out to Indiana and pick up the FW. Still have to drive 150 miles for dealer work, but do have an RV dealer 25 miles away since we are now out of warranty.
We have double-towed since 1993, first with a 19' Bayliner Capri, then a SeaSwirl Striper 1850 WA, a 22' Sea Hunt Escape 220 and then our last boat, a Crestliner SuperHawk 1900. So, that would be 21 seasons so far with zero problems. Except for the first boat, they have all had tandem wheels and surge brakes, but even the first boat presented no problems. However, we have never tried to back up all of them at the same time, I am too much of a chicken to do that.
Where are you located. It says south. We bought a boat a number of years ago, not in-state as their prices were too close to MSRP, but in Sanford, NC, close to Raleigh. Name of the dealer was Chatlee Marine and they have a very large inventory and, at that time, had the best price we could find, including near the factory in SC where the boat we bought was built.
Actually, you can get to Burley from Jackson and you don't have to climb over Teton Pass. Just go to Alpine Junction, Past Palisades Reservoir and then around to Idaho. Kind of a pretty trip, but a little longer than over Teton Pass. You don't have to go back to West Yellowstone. Please take my word for it, we live in Lander, Wyoming and travel to Nampa, passing Burley on the way, two or three times a year. In fact, we plan on taking our FW that way, probably later this spring when we go to Nampa, down to Yosemite, over to Palm Springs, up to Mesquite and then home. Hope to spend a couple of weeks, or more, on this trip.
According to the link, Front Range felt they needed some backing to continue their growth and hooking up with Jayco presented that backing. Sounds like Jayco may be somewhat of a silent partner with Open Range keeping their branding, etc.
Why do you want activities, aren't the Parks enough? When we go up, we are almost never in the campground during the day, usually have breakfast, make a lunch and then on the go until evening when we usually come back to make dinner.
I would echo what Old Duck said about the cabinets over the peninsula. Really closes up the trailer a lot. I don't believe I would like that a lot. Perhaps a plan with an island and no overhead cabinets would work better for you. Also, what's wrong with rubbing butts or other things with your significant other? After 48+ years, 21 of them camping, it's still fun once in a while. We have a side kitchen in our FW, not real fancy, and the pantry and fridge are to the side of the kitchen area so no problem getting drinks, accessories for the table, etc. Also, plenty of room for me to help with the dishes should she ask. We do share cooking most of the time and don't have a problem.
Jayco has the HT series with the heaviest being 9,950 total weight and around 30' long. Also Rockwood has very lightweight ones in the 30' range as do a bunch of others. I looked at most of them due to my length restrictions on my pad.