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RE: What do you tell the campground?

Use the true length of your camper from end to end. Even if the camp site pad is long enough to accomodate a little longer length, there might be reasons for something that is truly within the site limit posting, like trees that are near impossible to navigate with a longer rig. Exactly this. Our TT is a 26' coach but total length is 30'. I've always used the number of 30' TT and with a F350 CC LB truck, there have been times where there is limited room to back our trailer into spots. It is not always about the length of the actual RV spot but could be about access into the RV spot.
RedRocket204 06/19/18 03:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: 13.5 to 15KBTU worth it?

Have you done maintenance cleaning on the existing unit? Check out the link below for some tips if yours is not the same make. Pat Video That is a good point. I have not and I will try that this weekend. Several people around me are having the same issues but mine could likely work better with a good cleaning. It's not just the cleaning, pay attention to the later 2/3 of that video. Sealing up the area where the air exits the AC can make a HUGE difference. It did for my 30' TT. I can't believe how good my 2007 13.5 AC works since I sealed up everything nice and good. Consdier how well RV trailers are built (NOT) and expect the same quality on how the AC was sealed. It is very cheap to seal up that area and if it doesn't work, $8 for the aluminum tape and some time, so not a lot wasted.
RedRocket204 06/01/18 03:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: HWY 50 from Royal Gorge to Grand Junction Co

Monarch Pass is considered one of the most beautiful passes in Colorado, tops out ~11,300 feet. At the top, there's an aerial tram that goes to the top of Monarch Ridge at ~12,000 feet. Spectacular vistas from up top there, highly recommended for some real Colorado photo ops. And also the beginning of the Monarch Crest MTB Trail, a classic IMBA Epic 100, 35 miles mountain bike trail ride. Yes, the ride starts at 11,300 feet elevation. It's a real lung burner. Sorry, couldn't resist :BDo it right and ride up Monarch Pass before you get on the trail. Riding the loop is much more of an accomplishment than taking the shuttle. ;) Never actually done it that way, but we have ridden up Marshall Pass and completed the loop down the Rainbow Trail/Silver Creek Trail. Only get up to 10,800', but you've definitely earned your turns coming back down. Haha, yeah, I'm absolutely sure it is much more of an accomplishment! :) If you look at the shuttled Monarch Crest ride, specifically the elevation loss/gain, most believe it is primarily downhill. Granted, there is a lot of downhill but those thinking there is not much climbing will be very disappointed. Here is the gain/loss from my Garmin during the ride: 2,687 ft Elev Gain 6,293 ft Elev Loss And that includes the final 4-5 mile run-out, which is all downhill on a road. Whatever the case, it is a very fun trail but one where I'd suggest a very good quality full-suspension. It could easily be done on a hardtail but a quality full suspension would be a much funner ride. I was close to 50 when I last did M.C. and planning to ride it again once the snow clears this summer. But I'll choose to shuttle it again. Heck, the first time I was on Loveland Pass was via a road bike during the Courage Classic so I'm not afraid of climbing at altitude. I do love being out in the CO air!!!
RedRocket204 06/01/18 07:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: HWY 50 from Royal Gorge to Grand Junction Co

Monarch Pass is considered one of the most beautiful passes in Colorado, tops out ~11,300 feet. At the top, there's an aerial tram that goes to the top of Monarch Ridge at ~12,000 feet. Spectacular vistas from up top there, highly recommended for some real Colorado photo ops. And also the beginning of the Monarch Crest MTB Trail, a classic IMBA Epic 100, 35 miles mountain bike trail ride. Yes, the ride starts at 11,300 feet elevation. It's a real lung burner. Sorry, couldn't resist :B
RedRocket204 05/30/18 10:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 6.2 Ford gasser reviews?

...Ecoboost, and Cummins have been rock solid, the 6.7 Powerstrokes are hit or miss. Didn't you just tell Fish no one asked about a Hemi or Cummins? I see your own criticisms don't apply to you.
RedRocket204 05/30/18 10:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Invention award of the month.

The side by side's wench was used to pull it up near vertical on the Idaho Tote. She must be strong!!! ;) Thanks for the post Me Again, it is really interesting. If people actually take a close look at what was constructed and the Tote, it looks well built. There is boxed steel framing supporting the ramp and then the front wheels seem to sit into the top structure and can be strapped down. RZRs have the engine in the back so more of the weight should be lower. That 2-seat RZR is probably about 1200-1300 lbs total. If those front wheels sit down into the built structure, how the heck do they off load it? Would like to see that but obviously they are using the winch for both load and off load.
RedRocket204 05/08/18 07:35pm Dinghy Towing
RE: mountains with 6.0 gas

cotrip.org - Road Conditions, Cameras, etc. Just a FYI about the mention of Hwy 6 from Golden to Idaho Springs. There has been a lot of recent construction activity in the canyon so make sure and check before taking that road. It could very well be wrapped up by now but was at the intersection of Hwy 6 and Hwy 93 a few weeks ago and Hwy 6 was closed West due to construction. As mentioned multiple times for the OP, you will be going slow. The good thing on I70 is where there are ascents, the right hand lane is generally filled with slow moving traffic; big rigs, RVs and other slow movers, some with flashers on. Best to stick to the right lane if you are moving at a slower pace.
RedRocket204 05/08/18 02:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Snow load.

From shoveling snow, I can tell you the weight of snow goes from: this is annoying this sucks this really sucks wish I wouldn't have sold the snow thrower I wouldn't worry too much about 10 inches of snow even though you have a no walk roof. Your trailer was designed by people who live near you.
RedRocket204 02/11/18 02:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: best route from Alberque NM to Moab UT sunday

If you are saying the weather looks good, then you are doing this right away? I would not go any further north on 550, past Durango, in the winter up to Ridgway/Montrose. Some will not take RV's on 550 north of Silverton and some will not even drive it in a car because they are scared of heights. If you do go up towards Durango, head west out of Durango to Cortez then to Monitcello and north to Moab. BTW, some classic fly fishing the tail waters of the Navajo Reservoir on the San Juan River . That area is just east of Farmington.
RedRocket204 01/09/18 04:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: About the time you figure you've seen everything RV ...

Hey Morphrider, Have you tried Tommy Knocker Brewery in Idaho Springs. It's an awesome place we visited a few times while traveling out that way. It has been a while since we stopped in there. Used to eat there on ski trips, they make their own root beer and other soda flavorings. Those are also worth tasting, super delicious. I live pretty close to Idaho Springs. I used to really like Tommy Knocker restaurant but the last couple times we went in there, the food quality and service was not very good. It really went downhill! Last time visited was over a year ago. The beer is still quite good though.
RedRocket204 12/07/17 09:29am RV Lifestyle
RE: Suggestions for improving towing in an F150?

I’m pulling a 35 foot travel trailer, with our gear and all it’s about 7500 lbs, and 800lbs on the hitch. If those numbers are accurate, you are too light on your tongue weight and need to readjust your TT load. You can't fix your problem unless you address your tongue weight first.
RedRocket204 11/11/17 09:41pm Towing
RE: Motorcycle on 5ver.

800 lb plus the mechanism to lift it? You need one of those caster wheel totes and good reinforcement or double tow a trailer for the bike. If only BC would allow double towing. Good thing they don't. I don't want to think about a combination like that on some of our grades. I see 5th wheel double tow out here in CO all the time and it doesn't seem to be a safety issue.
RedRocket204 11/04/17 10:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Routes and campgrounds in west

Yes, Durango has plenty of things to do within a relatively close area. To add to the list Thom provided: Visit Durango, Colorado - Summer Recreation White water rafting Lots of hiking close by or up at high altitude Cycling Jeep/ATV tours Fishing Horseback riding tours Chuckwagon dinner/show Ziplines Durango downtown shopping Telluride for outdoor market and riding free gondolas through town
RedRocket204 11/01/17 03:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Routes and campgrounds in west

OP, you may need a vacation, after your vacation, but the family memories from your trip will be priceless. That will mean a lot to your kids when they are older and reflect back on the good 'ole times. I understand you guys take and I also believe you guys see my take on this. Lantley, 100%! I too prefer less driving and more "visiting" and will choose that over long periods of traveling and seeing more. I prefer not to rush things but know that isn't always the case and will then "roll with the punches". I can also be of the mindset to wake at 2am to get on the road and get 4 hours of drive time under my belt so that 4 hours have expired from a 10 hour drive... just the way I think at times. Regarding the OP's situation, I think back to the excitement as a kid of the first time I was going to the "snow". That was a long day of plane rides to IN to visit extended family and it wasn't an issue. It was only going to be "an issue" if we didn't go (I know that sounds bad, like a spoiled kid tantrum which wasn't the case... but I think you get my point). I can imagine the same holds true for a kid the first time they get to visit an ocean beach or the mountains. That leads me to what the OP has expressed as their kids want to see the west. In that case, nothing else will be good enough and the OP is trying to manage their family trip within that two week time period. Obviously, sacrifices will need to be made which will include a good amount of driving since the family is so big and flying is too costly. Add they want to visit their son's biological family in OK. Those items right there would put my mind at ease knowing I would make it work and not let it bother me.
RedRocket204 11/01/17 12:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Routes and campgrounds in west

Not trying to rain on the parade but I don't think 2 weeks is enough time to do the west from the east coast via RV. Too much driving vs. the amount of time you will have to actually tour and see stuff. This is true. But......do it anyway :) Agreed! OP, you may need a vacation, after your vacation, but the family memories from your trip will be priceless. That will mean a lot to your kids when they are older and reflect back on the good 'ole times.
RedRocket204 11/01/17 10:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Frustration with dealer - Ketelsen of Colorado/Camping World

Wow, had no idea Ketelsen of Colorado sold out to CW. That is strange since the Golden CW is not too far away. Even the Ketelsen web page doesn't indicate a parent company. It's only when you go to the CW website does Ketelsen of Colorado get mentioned. Strange. Now I'm curious if Lance and possibly Outdoors RV will be phased out and no longer offered there?
RedRocket204 11/01/17 07:24am Camping World Service and Installation
RE: What's the purpose of this for a truck camper?

The dual receiver system allows for added strength and use of a high capacity receiver hitch extension if needed along with the allowance of accessories to be inserted into the top receiver. Found elsewhere: "Dual, vertically stacked receivers let you tow a trailer and use a hitch-mounted bike rack or cargo carrier at the same time."
RedRocket204 10/31/17 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Routes and campgrounds in west

Don't forget the OP's family consists of two adults along with a 19 year old who, given some proper instruction and time to learn to tow, could be a third driver. That could help ease up on the stress of driving long distances per day. I'm also on the side of GO FOR IT!. There certainly is A LOT to see of the west if you go as far west as CO/WY, maybe into eastern UT. That keeps going too far north that would add driving time.
RedRocket204 10/31/17 11:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is it worth it?

My son definitely loves the hobby. He is truck and trailer crazy and has several toy trucks and fifth wheel RV's to pretend that he's headed out camping! Agree with Deb and Ed M and also want to point out that specific quote. Some of my most memorable and enjoyable family experiences from my childhood were from the family camping trips we took every summer. Granted, we did not have a RV as all our camping trips were in a 70s Volkswagen bus with a very large and cumbersome tent. The means of our camping didn't add or detract from the experience when compared to a RV as the important part was spending family time doing something different, away from the day to day grind that can be life. Even if you did sell off your 5th, do consider continuing on with some sort of camping and spending time in nature with your family. I guarantee that in the future you will be able to tell stories that are memorable to you and your family as it expands, i.e. grandchildren? Life in this world seems to continue to be getting more and more complex. Take the time to decompress and spend quality time with your loved ones... it will pay dividends to a tighter family unit.
RedRocket204 10/30/17 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Power tongue jack weak battery

So is the problem likely with the connection from the jack to the rv battery? Not with the tongue jack motor itself, which does seem to work fine when connected to the truck and running off the truck battery? That quote right there would tell me the connection is fine. What doesn't seem fine is your battery even though it is fully charged. Fully charged is not an indication of a battery that can pass a load test. Take your battery to a shop and load test it.
RedRocket204 10/27/17 06:33pm Travel Trailers
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