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RE: 2014 duramax questions

Seems to be a little high to me as well, the sticker price on our 2012 GMC Crew-Cab, D/A combo with short bed was $53,000. Looking at Blue Book the last time, seemed to me the price was down around $40,000+, but that was a year or so ago. Maybe it's that nice a truck, but with the rebates going around, I would suggest he look at the new 2017s if he can find one.
jalichty 12/07/17 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Health Insurance Advice

I went on Medicare when I reached 65 and took a supplement that I was offered by my professional association. Since I have been on regular Medicare and supplement I have yet to write a check to a doctor or a hospital for any care I have received. I looked at the Medicare Advantage plans and felt that I would end up with more out-of-pocket with the Advantage plan than I do with my current set-up even with the reduced premiums of the Advantage plans. My supplement is Part F. I also have a Part D plan through Humana which, at least for me is great as I only take two prescriptions, both of which are on 90-day prescriptions and are generic so I pay nothing extra for them. I do not recover my premiums per year yet on the Part D, but my wife certainly does over the year due to some of the prescriptions she currently has.
jalichty 11/06/17 10:51am Around the Campfire
Fire Extinguisher Recal

Folks, I found this on another site and checked two of mine, the one in the boat is subject to re-call. I haven't checked the one in the FW yet, but will when it gets little warmer around here. Follow this link. https://inmarmarketaction.com/kidde/
jalichty 11/04/17 08:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fresh Water Tank Drainage ?

What's the big hurry to drain the fresh water tank? I would assume you are through for you trip and just want to drain it. Why not just take it home, open the valve and then do some other things around the house or trailer for a while. That's what I do and I realize it takes a while, but since I'm not going anywhere very soon, it's not a big deal.
jalichty 10/31/17 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible national park entrance fee hikes.

The idea of increasing fees for the parks out west is due to "deferred maintenance" in the parks of just of $11 billion dollars. The parks increasing the fees get to keep 80% of the fees charged and collected while the other 20% goes to the parks that do not charge fees. And, if the $70 fee for a week is a little too high, then a person can buy a yearly pass for $80 if I remember correctly. Please compare that cost to the cost of entering Disney World or Universal Studios for one person for one day. I know the experiences are very different, but the $70 fee seems like a bargain compared to those parks.
jalichty 10/26/17 12:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ford/Chevy mileage

Back to the question, my 2012 GMC D/A combo crew-cab will get around 12 mpg pulling my 30' FW and 19" aluminum boat together. On the highway at around 70 mph, we will get between 18 and 19 mpg. I haven't never owned a Ford Diesel so can't help you with the Ford mpg, but others have.
jalichty 10/25/17 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Teton camping

Have to agree with Steve 83406, even though the campsites are surrounded by trees, stepping out of the fifth wheel and into the roads around the sites will allow you a wonderful view of the Tetons. Then, just take a short, five minute, walk and you are at the shore of Jackson Lake and one of the prettiest views in the world, in my opinion. We go there at least three times per year, June, July and August, camp and then go fishing and sightseeing. Gros Ventre is about 45 minutes from Jackson Lake and the view from there is compromised by the hills between the campground and the Tetons as can be seen in the picture posted by rv2go. Signal Mountain would be great, but i believe your fifth wheel is too long for that campground.
jalichty 10/09/17 03:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Louvered tailgates

When I put ours on the first time, I told the tech that it wasn't if I "might" hit the tailgate, but when so why set yourself up for disaster. Don't have much in the back of short-bed truck so no real need to have a locking tailgate, but the one I currently have does have a lock, however, I don't remember where I put the keys when I bought it a little over six years ago.
jalichty 09/18/17 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long do you plan to keep your TV

Hopefully until I quit towing for pleasure. Bought our GMC D/A in June 2012 and currently have about 35,000 miles on it after 5+ years. If it operates properly, it should last until we quit towing as I am 72 years old now and don't know how long we can go, but the truck should last however long that is, hopefully.
jalichty 09/05/17 08:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Filling Water Tank

I have just put a "wire nut" into the overflow tube after filling the fresh water tank. I used to lose a bunch of water before doing that. However, now I don't travel with much water at all and fill up at the campground when we get where we are going. The "wire nut" in the proper size worked very well.
jalichty 08/30/17 08:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: yellowstone we are a coming

ReneeG, I would think that, if you arrive at Colter Bay Campground after 9:00 am and before 11:00 am, which is check-out time, you'll find a camp spot that you will like. We went there, for the second time this year, after the 4th of July and ran into the longest entry line we have ever encountered, however, we got a very nice spot and after all those people checking in, the campground was not full. I would think the traffic would settle down a bit after the Eclipse broohaha and you should have a great chance to score a nice camp site.
jalichty 07/24/17 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: yellowstone we are a coming

ReneeG, the hookup sites you are referring to in the campground are only electric, no sewer or water. They are larger than most of the other sites and some of them are reserved for folks with physical problems needing electricity. While we were there in early July, everyone of the sites was filled every day we were there. You are right about the RV park sites being pretty close together and the cost is pretty high, I believe $71 per day without any discounts. The campground is $30 per day but only $15.50 with a senior pass, so a large difference in cost between the two.
jalichty 07/21/17 09:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fifth Wheel/Diesel mpg

Just got back from a trip up to Grand Teton towing our 30' FW and a 19' boat up into and back out of the mountains. Small amount of sightseeing, probably 50 mile or so. Total trip about 450 miles and console tells me we got 12 MPG overall towing this set-up. Took a long trip, 3,800 miles a couple of years ago with about 3,500 towing the FW, no boat, and hand-calculated we got 12.6 MPG for the entire trip. Never once had frazzled nerves towing our FW, even with our GMC 2500HD rather than a 3500 one ton.
jalichty 07/13/17 09:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who's mounted a generator on the rear

I noticed the weight change when hooking our boat to the rear of the FW, but the FW seems to trailer about the same whether we have the boat attached to the rear or not. I don't really think that putting a generator on there rear of the FW will affect the towing characteristics very much at all.
jalichty 06/19/17 08:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Staying Outside Yellowstone?

Just got back from a trip to Colter Bay campground for fishing Jackson Lake and took one day and went to Yellowstone. Took off about 8:00 that morning and went to Bridge Bay and looked at the bay and talked to a great couple in the convenience store, to Fishing Bridge to see if the otters were there yet, drove up to Canyon and took some pictures of the falls with the hundreds of other folks there and then went to the village for a hot dog lunch. Then, over Dunraven Pass to Tower Junction over to Lamar Valley, saw some beautiful Mountain Sheep rams and a ewe, a black bear climbing a tree and too many Bison to count. Then back around to Mammoth and down to Norris Junction past Old Faithful and a stop for ice cream at Grant Village. Got back to the campground around 7:30 or so and had a late dinner. We didn't get out and see all the features and we don't hike much at all. So, this was mostly a drive and see trip but it can be done. We also went to Leek's Pizza on Jackson Lake with some really great pizza and good beer, sitting outside on the deck overlooking Jackson Lake and the Tetons. We have done this trip a number of times, usually not quite as long and we do stop at the features most of the time. Besides, with the trip from Colter Bay, you have numerous opportunities to see wildlife on the way there and back.
jalichty 06/10/17 08:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing boat question

We have been towing both our fifth-wheel(FW) and a boat behind since 1993 when we bought our first FW. Have towed up to a 5,000 boat/trailer combo behind our FW but are currently towing a Jayco HT 26.5 RLS and a 19' Crestliner Super Hawk. We have never had to back this combo up and hope to never have to do so. We put the boat in the street prior to hooking up the FW and then back the FW up to the boat, using my wife as a spotter. Has worked great for 20+ years. When we get to our fishing spot, we drop the boat and then go find out camping spot, drop the FW, have lunch and then take the boat out fishing. You shouldn't have any problems with your set-up at Flaming Gorge or Lake Powell, there's plenty of room at those lakes. Our set-up is about 70' more or less and tows just fine behind our GMC D/A combo.
jalichty 05/30/17 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jackson Hole Wy

Actually, Colter Bay campground does have some electric-only sites, but hard to get them without a medical reason. There are 10 or 12 sites with electric and I believe the campground folks keep at least half of them for folks who really need electricity, like C-Pap machines, etc.
jalichty 05/08/17 08:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grant Campground in Yellowstone - Central Enough?

For your trip, wanting to stay at one end of Yellowstone so you can see both parks isn't a bad idea. Grant is at the, mostly, southern end of Yellowstone, but from there you can either go to the Old Faithful area or the lake and canyon areas, you just have to turn left or right, basically. Fishing Bridge is centrally located, on the far east side of the Park, but about midway between the south and north entrances. It's quite a trip from Fishing Bridge to the west side of the park where most of the thermal features are located. If you want to stay in one place and not move, I would suggest this is your best option. And, that location is less than an hour from Grand Teton and Jackson Lake. Grant is a nice place to stay, we've stayed there once and really enjoyed it. We camp and fish out of Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park and, sometimes, take a day trip to Yellowstone just to look around. So, coming from Yellowstone to Grand Teton would not really be a stretch, in my opinion. If you did decide to stay in Grand Teton, Colter Bay is our favorite spot, close to Jackson Lake, nice general store, marina and a couple of restaurants. They have about 300 dry camping spots in the campground and a number, I don't know how many, full hook-ups in the RV park but reservations at the RV park can be hard to come by at this late date. And, while not totally centrally located, close enough to do day trips and see all of the park you can see from a vehicle. There are a great number of hiking trails in the Park, but remember to take bear spray as the population of Grizzly's has been getting bigger each year.
jalichty 05/02/17 08:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sunburned fiberglass

I am an original owner of a 2012 Jayco 26.5 HT RLS and had a couple of problems with the cap the first two years, having to replace two of them, one an manufacturer fault and one mine. The third one went on in the fall of 2013. This past summer I noticed a bunch of fading on the top 2/3 of the cap, gray, and sent a couple of notes to Jayco about trying to fix it. First note said no due to it being out of warranty, even though it was a known problem. Second note I asked them to share in the cost of waiting and didn't even get a response on that one. Will be takin go to a shop to get it repainted in a couple of weeks and the cost is a little over $1,400. Hope it works. I did try the Poli Glow and it was a total failure, worse after I put the stuff on than before if you can imagine that. Probably operator error but it probably wouldn't have done much good any, based on the comments on this thread.
jalichty 04/03/17 11:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Blue Apron: food delivery menus, cook at home

We are awaiting our first shipment, sent to us by our son who is using Blue Apron due to their hectic work schedule. We'll see what happens.
jalichty 04/03/17 08:55am Around the Campfire
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