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RE: Yellowstone in early August?

If you don't mind driving 30-40 miles, drop down to Colter Bay on Jackson Lake and "dry" camp at the campground. It's about 40 miles, more or less, from Colter Bay to the South entrance and about 20 miles past Lewis Canyon and Lake to get to the junction for Lake or Old Faithful. We do that quite a bit as we tow our FW and boat to Jackson Lake, park in Colter Bay Campground and fish. Then, if we are a little tired of fishing then we may go to Yellowstone for a day trip. It's not too bad, but folks on here will tell you to go to West Yellowstone because it's a shorter drive into the Park, and it is, but I don't think it's anymore convenient than Colter Bay. If Colter Bay is too far, might try for Grant Village, it's in the Park close to the junction I noted above and has "dry" camping on a first come/first served basis I believe. If you get there sometime mid-morning, you probably shouldn't have a problem getting a spot in August, same at Colter Bay.
jalichty 05/24/15 07:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "Next Trailer" - all about the kitchen

Jayco has a rear kitchen in the HT line that would be less than the 32' you are looking for and they come with an arctic package of insulation and the underneath is fully covered and all the holes are plugged, at least on mine. I'm thinking the Eagle line also has a rear kitchen model, but it may be over the 32' limit you noted above. There is a ton of counter space in those rear kitchen FWs but the Jayco ones I was looking at didn't have the two chairs up front by the entry door, at the time, and that was a no go. That picture from SH would appear to be the ideal rear kitchen set-up with the two chairs for the entertainment and the big rear window, but it's probably around 38' long.
jalichty 05/24/15 09:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cleaning front cap...how do I get these streaks off?

I suspect you might be talking about the streaks in the wax after washing and waxing. I have noticed the same thing on my front cap and really don't have a solution. Maybe a light buffing with a soft circular pad might do the job. I haven't tried it yet, but would like to hear from someone who has and what their results have been.
jalichty 05/24/15 09:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: regular vs light weight

I do believe the Jayco HT line has vapor barriers, the flooring is tongue and groove 5/8", I believe" plywood and "bonded" walls as well as 5/8" roofing material and is walk on approved. They also have the "Arctic" package which includes full enclosure of the frame of the FW. Other than there being more space to heat, I have noticed no difference in ability to keep the FW warm on chilly nights between our Jayco HT 26.5 RLS and our 1993 Jayco Eagle 215SD with no slide and only abut 23' long. And that FW lasted us for 18 years without no breakdowns or even minimal problems.
jalichty 05/23/15 08:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tonneau Cover

I think this could be a problem if the clearance is less than six or so inches. I have been considering getting a cover, but my clearance is less than six inches and I have actually scraped the spray-on liner on the rails a little bit. Not enough to hurt anything seriously, but a little bit. There are some covers that install very close to even with the top of the rails, that might be the way to go.
jalichty 05/23/15 08:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Considering these 4 FWs - Opinions wanted

We have an HT 26.5 RLS and have enjoyed it for the two seasons we have used it so far. Vary easy to tow, even with our boat behind the FW. Other than a couple of warranty issues, it's been a very nice FW. Only gripe is about the swivel rockers in the rear of the FW. In order for the slide to come in, the driver side chair has to be moved. The rear part of the FW is about six inches to narrow to allow the slide to come in with the chair in the normal position. Fortunately, the chair is pretty light so we just pick it up and move it so we can get the slide in. You might check the 27.5 to see if they have rectified this situation. Even with a factory delivered weight of 7,272 pounds, there is plenty of carrying capacity before going over the limit of 9,950 pounds. Also, we have found that the black tank works fine for us on our week-long trips during the summer when we are "dry" camping, not boon docking.
jalichty 05/23/15 08:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinions for First National Park Visit

If you are coming all the way from Florida, you might go west to Texas and then over to Arizona, up to the Grand Canyon, then up to Zion, Bryze, Arches and then up to Wyoming through Jackson and into Grand Teton to various places, including Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake where you could take a cruise on the lake into the shadow of Mt. Moran. Then it's a short trip up to Yellowstone for a few days to see some of the features, including the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth and Norris Junction,etc. Then, to top it off, you might take an additional route north to Glacier. However, if you only have three weeks, you might not be able to do justice to all these parks, but it will be a trip you and your family will not forget. Also, on the way back home, drop by Devil's Tower in eastern Wyoming, the first national monument in the United States.
jalichty 05/21/15 08:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I have a question for everyone

We retired to the town we grew up in after leaving Lander, Wyoming in 1966 to Casper, Wyoming and then on down to Denver, Colorado for nine years, interrupted by one year living in Connecticut and working in New York City, then back to Denver, in 1979 moved back to Casper and in 2008 back to our "home", Lander, Wyoming. Told folks when we moved back that we left in 1966 for a 42 year vacation and then came back from vacation. Retired at 63 1/2 while still in pretty good health since both parents and one of my wife's parents had died before age 60. Didn't want to get "old" and not be able to do things after retirement. Now we go fishing quite a bit, ride our 4-wheelers around a bit, take our FW for trips a bit and toodle around our house with 36" doors all on one floor and a walk-in shower. Have not regretted retiring when I did one minute. Up until two years ago, we also snowmobiled a bit as well.
jalichty 05/18/15 08:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Yellowstone - Labor Day Weekend 2015

If you are only going to stay in Grand Teton for two days, you will probably be ok without power, as long as you have good battery(Ies) and are frugal with your electrical use. We go up to Grand Teton about three times a year and stay at the Colter Bay Campground(almost all not power) and usually get about five days out of our battery bank before starting to use the generator. There is one loop in the Colter Bay Campground that has power, but it has most of it's spots set aside for folks with special electrical needs. However, you can get a spot later in the day since they usually free them up a little later in the day, after 2 or 3, if I remember correctly. Gros Ventre Campground is another on that has special power places like Colter Bay, but it's further away from Jackson Lake, so not as convenient, in my opinion, to the majority of the Park. There's always a chance of somewhat bad weather, but you just have to be prepared with coats, etc. After all, you are in the mountains in the late summer and it can rain or snow at almost any time. It's also a very beautiful time with the leaves starting to turn and nowhere near as many tourists so crowds are not a problem. Colter Bay RV has full hookups, but in 50 years of going to Colter Bay, we have never not seen a "FULL" sign posted at the entrance of the RV park. However, give them a call and see if you might get a spot, it's still pretty early in the year. Sorry, I don't have a number for them.
jalichty 05/18/15 08:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone National Park

There are stories every year about someone getting gored or killed by Grizzly Bears. Can't people read, or are they merely so much smarter than us great un-washed that they believe it will never happen to them. And where the heck were the adults, taking videos of the event to post on U Tube????
jalichty 05/18/15 08:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: $$ of hitch on back of 5er

We had a hitch installed on our new FW in 2012 at a professional welder's place. Cost, including fabricating the hitch out of square tubing, reinforcing the I-Beams about six feet forward toward the axles and installing a plug-in for the boat trailer, was about $500. Since I was planning on double towing with this FW, just like I did for 18 years with my old FW, I wanted a very strong and stable hitch and I believe I have gotten it. If you ever plan on double towing, I would suggest that you not go with a bolt on hitch as I don't believe they would be as strong an attachment as welding properly. You buy a $20,000-$30,000 FW, don't go cheap on a hitch, the consequences are not worth it.
jalichty 05/18/15 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

I guess I could drive to my 50th anniversary trip, if my truck or car could float and cross the Atlantic Ocean. However, since that's not possible, I'll have to fly. I do have to agree that service in the air travel industry has probably gone downhill in the last 20 years or so, but sitting in the plane on the way there and back is probably a very short time based on the trip. On my flights, my total "plane" time will be about 30 hours. Our "ground" time will be 18 days, so any problems with my "plane" time should be inconsequential to the total time on our trip, unless of course they poison me or throw me off the plane, etc. I think we may be blowing our problems with airplane travel a little out of proportion if we compare it to the totality of the trip.
jalichty 05/17/15 07:33am Around the Campfire
RE: Where do you carry/store large cooler?

I put mine in the boat that I tow behind the FW. That way I don't have to take it out of anything to put it in the boat when we go fishing. In a pinch, I could probably put it in the front storage compartment but then I'd have to find some other place to put my two Honda 2000 generators. These problems are so bad.
jalichty 05/17/15 07:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trade in or sale

Try to sell it, but price it fairly. If you can sell it for more than the trade, more than covering the additional sales tax on a cash purchase, then you will be better off selling, not counting the aggravation of lookie-loos and tire kickers.
jalichty 05/14/15 04:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are you dissatisfied enough to change your hitch?

We have had a Reese 16,000 manual slider for about 12 years, moved it from truck to truck to truck when changing out trucks. Doesn't swivel, go side to side or anything fancy and it's a manual slider, but it has never, up to now, lost my FWs and it is very easy to hitch and un-hitch. Why would I switch when there doesn't appear to be anything wrong. Now, if I were to go to a heavier FW, then I might switch out, but then I'l have to get a different truck because, according to some on here, I'm almost overweight with my 3/4 ton and my Jayco Superlite 26.5 RLS.
jalichty 05/09/15 03:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: This is why some people don't fly!

After all these horror stories I'm wondering if I should cancel my flight to Venice and back from Barcelona in August and September. I booked the flights on Expedia as well as the hotel rooms and thought I got a pretty good deal. Flights are on Delta or affiliates all the way. Had a really good non-stop from Salt Lake to Charlotte last winter and only one stop on the way back with no problems either way. But, if I cancel the flights, I'll have to cancel the cruise we are taking as well since I can't get on the boat if I'm not there. Oh well, maybe our 50th anniversary trip isn't that big a deal anyway.
jalichty 05/08/15 08:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Tailgate question

It's not really a stupid question, comes up quite a bit. I think you will be fine just making sure you drop the gate when loading the FW and take it off. Other than that, shouldn't be a problem. Since I didn't have a camera in the tailgate, I went with a "V" gate so I don't have to fool around with the tailgate, but that's just my choice. That tailgate camera will not do you much good when you are towing that FW but that's not a big deal either.
jalichty 05/07/15 11:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short bed with no slider hitch

TubaPete, I'll say this before anybody else, drop the tailgate or take it off and you can then use the slider. Or, get a "V" gate and it will work fine. I have a "V" gate and have used the slider with a long pin box and it works just great. A lot of people don't like the idea of the "V" gate so they just drop the tailgate or take it off when trailering.
jalichty 05/07/15 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Colter Bay RV Park map

Having camped at the campground in Colter Bay for about 50 years, I would think it might be very difficult to change your reserved spot after you get there. I have never driven by the entrance to the RV Park that the sign hasn't said "FULL", ever. If the park is full, which I think means outfits already there plus reservations, how could a person get a different spot upon arrival?
jalichty 05/01/15 07:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Government incentives for Electric cars

I would think you should listen to the guy about the Cruize. Price differential, even with the $7,500 credit might take a lot of years to overcome. Cruise diesel has some fantastic highway mileage and overall isn't bad either.
jalichty 04/23/15 11:33pm Around the Campfire
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