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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
RE: Removing decals

But-- a 10 year old decal on our fiver is a whole other story. YES! I had a difficult time removing 10 year old decals on my fiberglass sided trailer. I tried a heat gun and that was a painful experience as the decals kept breaking off in very small pieces... let's just say it became very frustrating. I ultimately ended up buying some Vinyl-Off and used that in conjunction with Plastic Double Edged Razor Blade and Titan Scraper. The Vinyl-Off works very well if the temperature conditions are met. Meaning, use it with direct sun-hit and in temps greater than 65f. I found that if the temps decreased, I needed to use a heat gun to keep the surface temp adequate. It was amazing how well the stuff worked on older vinyl decals as it softens up the "glue" and allows large sections of decal to be removed without breaking into small sections. You can then use Vinyl-Off to completely remove the glue from the decals. Be aware that you will need to wax after. BTW, if you go with Vinyl-Off, hopefully you can find smaller containers than 1 gallon. On a 30 ft TT with a fair amount of decals on all sides, I only used about 1/4 gallon of the stuff.
RedRocket204 10/27/17 09:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Colorado Campground???

Buena Vista/Salida is a good suggestion for the CO experience. Just west of BV over the Collegiates is one of the best concentration of OHV trails in CO, known as Taylor Park. Normally you can access TP though BV going over Cottonwood Pass but that pass is closed until probably 2018 now due to road improvements. Until it is reopened, access into the Taylor Park area must be done south via the town of Gunnison but it is well worth it. There is a RV park with full hookups at the Taylor Park Trading Post and there is also a place to rent ATVs/SxSs where you can ride directly to trails without having to trailer somewhere. If this place is of interest, you best get reservations early for both the RV park and SxS rental. Be prepared for high altitude if you go there. There are many, many trails out there to legally take an ATV/SxS and many trails that go up to 12,000 ft with incredible views. Also be prepared for rain and cold as you never know when the weather can turn, even in the summer. X2 We boondock in Taylor Park every summer. There are days of riding out of there. BUT BE AWARE Cottonwood Pass between BV and Taylor Park is closed through 2018 for reconstruction. Getting there will require going over Monarch Pass. Long way around. Yeah, I also boondock in TP, such a great area but I'm also there to ride my ATV not just boodock. The place is so big that there are so many places to camp and not feel like your being cramped with other campers or OHVers. I already have a trip planned to be there in 2018. Just a FYI that having to go south to Gunnison, with Cottonwood Pass closed, only adds about 1 hour to the drive if you are coming from the east. Coming from the south or west, the most logical access is through Gunnison even if Cottonwood Pass was open. Besides, the canyon drive after Almont into Taylor Park is a beautiful drive and shouldn't be missed. I'm mostly posting back in the thread to make sure the OP is aware that his/her mention of wanting to drive a SxS over some passes will involve planning their visit at the right time. DO NOT plan a trip that will put you in the high country any earlier than July. Sometimes even early July is too soon as it is fully dependent on the snow pack. It is pretty much guaranteed many OHV trails will be blocked at some location on the trail by snow pack through June. Mid July, August and September are pretty safe bets to be able to fully access trails above 10,000 feet and this goes for all of Colorado, not just TP.
RedRocket204 10/25/17 08:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Campground???

Buena Vista/Salida is a good suggestion for the CO experience. Just west of BV over the Collegiates is one of the best concentration of OHV trails in CO, known as Taylor Park. Normally you can access TP though BV going over Cottonwood Pass but that pass is closed until probably 2018 now due to road improvements. Until it is reopened, access into the Taylor Park area must be done south via the town of Gunnison but it is well worth it. There is a RV park with full hookups at the Taylor Park Trading Post and there is also a place to rent ATVs/SxSs where you can ride directly to trails without having to trailer somewhere. If this place is of interest, you best get reservations early for both the RV park and SxS rental. Be prepared for high altitude if you go there. There are many, many trails out there to legally take an ATV/SxS and many trails that go up to 12,000 ft with incredible views. Also be prepared for rain and cold as you never know when the weather can turn, even in the summer.
RedRocket204 10/24/17 07:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Goodyear Endurance

Mine have close to 5000 miles this year also. No issues. First year is easy. Year 4 to 6+ are the tough ones. Yeah...they have been out for about a year now so 4-6 years and 25k-35k miles of trouble free service will tell their story. I know you said just about a year now, which is not far off, but I had my eye on them and was only able to get them late last March, some of the first out there. My Endurance tires were marked with manu date of March 2017. So they haven't quite been around a year yet but getting closer.
RedRocket204 10/22/17 09:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Windy day reveals the 2019 Ram 1500...

Somebody at FCA really messed up. Those probably should never have been outside without their camo even if they were covered. I'd argue that someone at FCA did their job exactly as they were told. Pretty easy to plan that on a day that was forecast to have some wind.
RedRocket204 10/17/17 05:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Common courtesy

Common courtesy, along with common sense has gone the same way as society in general has...down the tirlet. X100 to that!!!!!!!!X101. Wait, things will get much worse with each generation that follows. Society had reached it's plateau a couple of generations ago. We are now witnessing a downward spiral. Then does that indicate the world has the previous generations to blame for this downward spiral? Meaning, you could have fixed the situation but instead ignored it? :h
RedRocket204 10/13/17 08:10am RV Lifestyle
RE: Winterize with low point drains

I wouldn't be so sure on not using the WH bypass for all situations. My WH bypass line is vertical, so if the middle valve is closed for normal operation, about 2-3" of line is filled with water to the closed valve. That can freeze and cause damage if not removed. I blow out the WH with bypass in normal position first. Then open the bypass valve to get that "standing" water removed. Then continue on with the rest of the process of blowing out the lines.
RedRocket204 10/11/17 05:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize with low point drains

Drain fresh tank first, then run you water pump to get all the water out if the pump and lines into the fresh tank. If your pump has a clear pre-filter, unscrew that and empty last. I would not solely trust the low point drains to get water out of your lines. I would definitely use an oil-less air compressor set at 45 psi. Don't forget about the water heater bypass, outside shower and black tank flush.
RedRocket204 10/09/17 08:39am Travel Trailers
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