Looked at the floorplan and really like it. I think I would take a look at getting rid of the movable island, can you imagine how open this floorpan would be? Don't know if that would be taking away too much storage space or not.
I have been blowing my lines out for close to 15 years and have had one small problem when I must have forgotten to open the low point drain. Other than that, no problems and it's quick and, as long as you bypass the water heater after draining it, all you then need to do is put the pink stuff in the P traps and you're good to go. Just remember to turn on "all" the possible faucets and open the lines to the toilet. You probably have an outdoor shower, don't forget that and, if you have an outdoor kitchen of some sort, don't forget that. Also, blow out the black tank flush to make sure that one doesn't get frozen and cracked. The reason I like to blow mine out and not fill the lines with pink stuff is having to get it out in the spring when we get ready to go camping.
I shied away from a rear kitchen due to the viewing angle for the television. I was looking at "light" ones and they generally had only one chair to accompany the couch and they were both to the side of the television. Now, the bigger, longer ones aren't necessarily that way, but the "lighter" ones were. I have never had a rear kitchen, but would not shy away from it if the viewing angles were ok. Although I do like the ability to look out the back window of my FW rear living rv.
I have towed double since 1993, 18 years with an Eagle 215SD and the last three with an Eagle Super Lite HT 26.5 RLS. Biggest one towed was a 22' 5,000 lb boat and trailer combo and we towed it with no problems. Just make sure you get a hitch installed by a professional welder rather than a bolt-on hitch, no matter what the weight or length of your boat and trailer. I know our state is pretty generous with its towing regulations, but the length can be up to 85' for a trailer and boat but all trailers must have brakes. I have had surge brakes on all my trailers, except the first one. As far as backing, I have not yet had to back so can't help you there. I don't know if you need sway bars, but if you put them on, probably won't hurt. If you have a travel trailer rather than a fifth wheel, I would recommend them on both trailers.
I suspect that the 9,400 is for a travel trailer. The fifth-wheel weight is a bit more. We have a 2500HD with a 3.73 rear end and it has no trouble towing a Jayco Eagle Super Lite HT 26.5 RLS with a total weight capability of 9.950. If fact, the truck only settles one inch when the fifth-wheel is hitched up.I do, however, have the D/A combo with a crew-cab which might make a difference.
I used to shave with a blade, but, like a bunch of you, got tired of the nicks and scrapes. So, I went to a rotary and really didn't like it very much and didn't get as good a shave as I wanted. So, a few years ago, I went to a Braun straight electric. I have the charger and cleaner type and I'm pretty satisfied with it. I can get a pretty good, close shave if I take my time and go over my face at different angles. Biggest concern I have is the cost of the replacement "blades". I think they recommend replacing about every 18 months and the cost is over $35 per change. So, not saving a bunch of money over the blades. I just like the electric for the convenience and comfort. Not saying it's better, just that I like it.
Actually, you can also go to Jackson and book a guided trip from Jackson to Yellowstone on snowmobile. We have done it twice, once to Canyon and once to Old Faithful. We stayed at an hotel right across the street from the company we rented from. This was a one day trip and you take a van from Jackson to the South Entrance to the Park. Get on the snowmobiles and take the guided trip. It's a great experience, but does take a while, we left Jackson around 7:00 am and got back around 8:00. Guide carried a warm lunch with him and served it to us at the turnaround spots. I don't think they take folks in to stay, just the day trips. The company we used is Jackson Hole Snowmobiles and they have prices, itineraries and times on the web site. Also, the Park service has some new rules out this year, if you have your own snowmobiles, wherein you take a test and, if you pass, you can take your own snowmobile in without the guides. Don't know how this will work as it's the first year of trying it, but it would be worth a try if you have your own snowmobiles with the newest technology.
I might also note, a winter trip is worth it. The Park is absolutely beautiful and wondrous. We had to stop a couple of times for buffalo/bison on the road and I have some pictures of a big, old bull walking by my snowmobile probably less than 10' away. What a magnificent animal!!!!
Actually, Gordon made the Chase, he just didn't get into the final Four. Seems some driver tried to take out Gordon and another driver in one of the prior races in order to win so Gordon lost his spot in the final Four by one point. Really wanted him to win as he was having a pretty good year and was very consistent.
My take on this is that it is not a matter of if you will ding up your regular tailgate, but when. I opted to take that out of the equation when I bought my first V-gate. Have not hit the gate, and didn't hit the regular tail-gate when I used it. But, it's generally just a matter of time, not chance. As for mileage, I didn't buy the gate for any supposed increase in towing mileage or non-towing mileage.
Well, we have had a wonderful Indian Summer around here in Wyoming. On Sunday, here in Lander, Wyoming, it was 67 degrees in the afternoon. Woke up this morning to -12 at the airport and probably closer to -20 down here in the valley. The whole state had a great Indian Summer and it actually ended at the latest date in history. Don't worry about it being -9 in Yellowstone next June, it might be cool, but probably won't get down below 35-40 any night. Might snow a bit, but not enough to ruin your trip.
Don't have the ability to post pictures, but we fish, mostly, at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Usually about three weeks each summer. Troll for lake trout, cutthroat and German Browns. Doesn't make a lot of difference how many fish we catch when we are on that lake as it is probably one of the most magnificent venues in the country. We have done this for over fifty years, since before wife and I were married, 49 1/2 years ago. Will be going back again next summer. Pull our FW and boat up there, park the FW and go fishing. Doesn't get much better than that.
If you scramble your eggs, it doesn't make any difference how level the trailer is, LOL. I have to agree, if you get the floor level, the trailer will be mostly level and you won't screw up the fridge. Best thing to do is to park the trailer on a place as level as possible, check the level side to side and adjust with wood or the little plastic squares to get it level side to side. Then, unhook the trailer from the TV and level front to back, again probably on the floor of the trailer. Once you are there, you can put your levels on the hitch. Now that I have said that, I basically used the counter next to the fridge to do the leveling and, it's pretty close. Certainly close enough to not hurt fridge.
I had a 2003 GMC D/A combo with crew-cab and short bed. Put a little over 103,000 miles on it inning years and had a couple of problems with it. Had all the injectors replaced around 40,000 miles, but I think that was a problem with that year GMC diesel. On top of that, the little window showing the gear the truck was in kept messing up and going blank. Had this replaced there times, once under warranty, once I paid for and two messed up while under the one-year replacement warranty. After it downshifted me from overdrive to a next lower gear while on the highway, we decided to get a new vehicle. It never had a problem towing our FW, a Jayco Eagle 215SD and a boat behind, with the last boat and boat trailer we had weighing 5,000 pounds fully ready for fishing and a full gas tank.
I like the one of McGonaughey leaning far over to the right, almost over the console while he is driving. Don't know if he has a cob up his bu!! or what, but I don't know anybody who drives in that posture.
That's a pretty long list of items. Hopefully your dealer can take care of them for you. That fiberglass problem has got to be fixed. The rest of the things seem to be pretty minor, but still need to be corrected by Rockwood.
Our Eagle HT 26.5 RLS has a mid-kitchen and not a lot of counter space. We bought a cutting board from Camping World and sits on top of the stove and we use that for dinner preparation a lot of the time. Then, when it's time to cook we move it out of the way. We also have a way to attach a little "table" at the end of the counter but have never used it. We store the "table" in the passthrough storage in the front. We cook the large majority of meals in the FW and have found that it's doable, you just need to make it work. My biggest complaint is the small stove, it's really hard to get three regular size pans on the stove at the same time. However, it's better than our old one that had four burners and you had to work hard to get two pans on and cooking at the same time, let alone four.
We had a dinette in our Eagle 215SD for 18 years and it was bit crowded because of the size of the FW. We decided that we would like a "free-standing" table and chairs this time around so that's what we got. Haven't regretted it one bit. Our FW has more than enough storage without having to have under the bench storage. Our chairs came with a little strap for wrapping around the legs and the table to keep the chairs from moving. DW made some little booties for the legs so they wouldn't scratch the table pedestal. Works for us very well.
Even though it's quite a bit further, I would opt for the Tetons, Yellowstone, Badlands, Rushmore and Glacier. Can't find much prettier scenery then around these areas and there is great hiking in most of the places. And, the features in Yellowstone will astound your kids, and perhaps you as well if you haven't seen them yet. We live in this part of the country, but just love going up to Teton and Yellowstone every summer and, sometimes, in the winter as well.