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RE: wyoming trip

Might take a look at Grant Village towards the southern end of Yellowstone. It has great wifi. Don't know if there are any FHUs.
jalichty 10/22/14 09:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toyota Hybrids, Any Experience?

We have a 2007 Camry Hydrid with no major problems and only the recalls talked about above. We get around 35-37 mpg driving on two lane and interstate highways. We have 85,000+ miles on ours and just had the struts replaced because one was leaking. Hopefully it will be worth it. Our car is very comfortable to drive, can carry four people in comfort. Biggest problem is the fairly small trunk. Only room for one golf bag and two suitcases when you take a look at where the batteries are. However, it has been a great car for us and I would highly recommend you look seriously at one of these. If you are looking at mileage, the Highlander is not real great when comparing to the Camry or Prius, but pretty good when comparing to other mid-size SUVs. Don't know anything about the Rav4s.
jalichty 10/21/14 10:22am Around the Campfire
RE: Another Yellowstone question

Actually Colter Bay is about 45 miles, of beautiful scenery, from the south entrance to Yellowstone, about a one hour drive. If a person gets up pretty early they can have a full day in Yellowstone, one doing the upper loop and one doing the lower loop. Then, you can come back to see what you missed on the other two days. Generally, we do this once each time we go to Colter Bay for a week. We bring our boat, camp in the campground and fish. When we feel like it, we cruise up to Yellowstone to look at the features, saw three this August that we hadn't bothered to stop at before. Did it all in one day and got back to the trailer in time for a wonderful dinner as the sun was starting to go down. We usually get up to Grand Teton three times each summer, for about a week at a time. Best place in the world.
jalichty 10/20/14 06:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another Yellowstone question

The Virginian, in Jackson, Wyoming, is about 35 miles from the south entrance to Grand Teton at Moran. It's about 20 miles from the entrance at Moose, but you still have to travel from Moose to the Jackson Lake junction, about 25 more miles. Colter Bay has a pretty nice FHU park that has had a full sign every time we have driven by it in the last 20 years or so, so you need to get reservations if you want to go there. Flagg Ranch has a campground, don't know if it's FHU or not, but it's between Grand Teton and Yellowstone about three or so miles from the south entrance to Yellowstone. You might try them as well, as this would give you fairly nice access to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Remember, those miles you are traveling are full of places to see wildlife and some of the most gorgeous scenery in the country. Fishing Bridge is clear on the outside of the park by Yellowstone Lake and is quite a ways from a lot of the scenery and features, but would also be a great place to park while you are in Yellowstone. If you don't necessarily need FHU, Colter Bay and Gros Ventre have wonderful campgrounds as do Grant Village and Bridge Bay. And, don't worry about being too close to your neighbors, you shouldn't be in the campgrounds very much during your trip to the two parks as you should be sightseeing most of the time. Pack lunches for your trips and you won't have to worry about paying exorbitant prices at the eateries in the parks.
jalichty 10/20/14 04:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Talladega _ Nascar

So what is the difference between that and an NBA game that usually comes down to the last four to eight minutes of the fourth quarter, an NFL game with about 15 minutes of action between the time-outs and running out of bounds and the 45 second play clock or a major league baseball game that has, at best 20 minutes of action in nine innings of "baseball". All the seats are overpriced and the action is somewhat limited.
jalichty 10/20/14 02:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone do an owner/builder on a new house?

Just a quick question here. If a person is his own general contractor, does he get any kind of discount on the materials when purchasing them for the project? In the auto arena, the mechanic price used to be somewhat lower than the cost over the counter to a retail purchaser.
jalichty 10/18/14 11:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Real dark paneling...

The rear living room FWs generally are very light inside with the big window in the back and all the windows in the slides across from the kitchen. Now, the bedroom is another matter.
jalichty 10/18/14 11:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: HD trucks

My diesel, 2003 GMC D/A combo, got four mpg better towing than did my old Vortex 454 which is no longer manufactured. The 454 got about 8 mpg towing my FW and boats while the diesel got around 12. That's a 50% benefit. Around town it was also about four mpg better, but coming from 10 mpg around town to 14 mpg around town was a 40% increase, still not too shabby. The gas engine will probably pull your load, but don't look to get the same mph as a diesel, especially pulling a load.
jalichty 10/18/14 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: switch from a 2008 5.7 tundra to a 2012 ram cummins

I had a 2011 Ram diesel with a six-speed manual, long-bed, crew-cab and a 3.42 rear end. I used it for nine months and then got rid of it. My mileage was never great, it had frequent regens at most inopportune times and was not strong enough in my opinion. I pulled our Jayco HT 26.5 RLS to Zion for a week down there. Got about 11.9, on the computer, on the way down there, drove to St. George and Bryce Canyon without the FW, and came back home. After the whole trip, the total mileage, on the computer, was down to 10.9. Filled up, took three fishing trips out of town, about 80 miles each time and the mileage, on the computer, was down to 10.2. Apparently, I am not a big enough fan of the manual transmission as I didn't like it, especially when backing the FW or the boat, when I put it in the garage. Just too hard to keep both feet on the pedals and look over my shoulder to back up, especially with the boat. Also found out why they had the granny first gear when we hooked the boat up to the FW and tried a little towing test for about 25 miles. After being able to take off in second with the FW, I almost killed it trying to do so with the boat also attached. So dropped down to 1st. I think they derated the engine due to having the manual transmission so I was not getting the full power of the Cummins, I believe. After nine months, I traded for a 2012 GMC D/A combo crew-cab with a short bed and was very happy with the results. I have no trouble towing my "train" up into the mountains and, at least on the computer, I consistently get 12 mpg or more overall, and once got 13.6. The rides are very comparable and the interiors seemed to be about the same. I will say that the trade-in was pretty good, they gave me $2,000 less in trade than I paid for the truck, $38,000+, nine months before. If you have a stronger transmission, with a 3.73 rear end, I think you will like the truck, I just didn't get the package that I would have liked.
jalichty 10/16/14 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Good RV Park South of Salt Lake City?

I think we stayed at Mountain Shadows this last spring. Staff was great, sites were a little tight, but most were pull-through. Price was very reasonable for FHU.
jalichty 10/14/14 12:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Charging RV batteries with TV

At one point in time, quite a while ago, I talked to a guy who was running his TV and had plugged in his FW to charge it. I have not done that, but wondered if it would work since the truck does charge the battery as you are traveling down the road. Maybe that would work for you. If it would, you wouldn't have to worry about jumping from the truck battery to the FW battery.
jalichty 10/14/14 12:37pm Tech Issues
RE: lariat vs sierra 2500

I had a GMC D/A combo crew-cab for nine years and really liked it. Then, I bought a Ram, not a Laramie model, crew-cab and long bed, with a diesel engine, 3.42 rear end and six-speed manual transmission. Took our new FW on a trip and decided I wanted something else. My wife wouldn't drive it because of the manual transmission and I found that it was getting harder for me to back my boat into the garage having to have both feet on the pedals, making it much harder to look over my shoulder to back in. So, after nine months the wife said we could get a new tow vehicle and we got a 2012 GMC, not loaded, and really like it much better. It has an automatic and a 3.73 rear end and is much easier to use when backing into our garage to put the boat in. Neither of these were high-end models but I felt the ride is much better in the GMC and the interior is pretty much a toss-up. I looked at Fords, but the cost turned me off. A comparable Ford would have set me back about $4,000 to $6,000 over the GMC so I went with the GMC. Now that they all have DEF, I won't even talk about the gas mileage. I think you will get a good truck whichever one you buy, but remember to get comparable packages when you are pricing them and a comparable, as much as possible, power train as well.
jalichty 10/14/14 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator Yes, or No ?

Let me get this straight, we are pulling a FW that weighs anywhere between 6,500 and 12,500 pounds and we are worrying about a generator(s) that weigh around 90 pounds for two Honda 2000s or about 150 pounds for a Honda 3000. If the extra 150 pounds is a problem, then maybe you don't need a generator.
jalichty 10/14/14 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: snow blowers electric

I have had Craftsman 5 hp dual stage snowblower for about 15 years and I just put Stabil in it at the end of the season and put it in the storage shed for the summer. Got it out the other day and it started with one pull; I was a bit surprised, but happy. I have, on occasion, used the electric start when I have thought about it, but not very often. I am quite happy with mine and would be less than enthusiastic about buying an electric one after I had an electric lawn mower one year that was just terrible. Electrics probably are ok for light snow, but what about the heavy, wet snows that we get from time to time?
jalichty 10/13/14 08:24am Around the Campfire
RE: Entry Level Fivers With Man Beds Dont Exist

The Jayco HT series shows that they have 80" queen mattresses in the bedroom rather than 74" as shown in the floor plan above. I think that may be something a little new for them as I believe that my queen mattress is only 74", but since I am not 6' tall, it's not a problem.
jalichty 10/13/14 08:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Little Canadian CDI takes on ZION

When we have been in Zion, personal vehicle travel was limited in the Canyon. Did you get to take the car into the Canyon or have to stop at the gates and take a shuttle?
jalichty 10/11/14 09:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Medicare Enrollment

We didn't even look for Medicare Advantage plans when going on Medicare. I believe they are not such a great investment after the Affordable Care Act came into being. We have Medicare, a supplement for part B and Humana for the Part D. Both the Supplement and the Part D plans have annual increases and I believe you will find that to be true no matter what plans you buy. I took a look at some other supplements after the first two years and, factoring in my age, their pricing was no better than the supplement that I currently have. I believe each of these supplements factor age into the pricing whether it's the first time you purchase the plan or whether you are moving from one plan to another.
jalichty 09/28/14 11:24am Around the Campfire
RE: North Carolina to Wyoming and Back

You noted photos at Shoshoni National Park. Is it possible that it is Shoshoni National Forest rather than Park. Also, great pictures, we spend about three weeks a year at Colter Bay Campground and fish extensively on Jackson Lake. We think it's just about the prettiest place we have ever been, although we are not really world travelers. Great shot of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone as well, I don't get down that low when I take pictures of it.
jalichty 09/28/14 08:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Medicare Enrollment

Go the the web and google medicare supplement plans. I'll bet you find a ton of them. My wife and I have Transamerica but, unless you or your husband are, or were, CPAs you won't be able to use that company. AARP promotes a Medicare supplement as well, as do almost all insurance companies, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield. All the plans of the supplements are supposed to be the same, only the pricing is different and you will have, a number of them to choose from for your purposes. You may find that some of the plans that you find are not available in your state, but the AARP sponsored ones will be as well as a lot of the others. Let your fingers do the walking.
jalichty 09/27/14 10:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Grand Tetons NP: Grizzly Closes Road

If this type of behavior cleans out the gene pool, then it might be worth it to allow them to keep doing things like that.
jalichty 09/23/14 08:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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