I would think you should listen to the guy about the Cruize. Price differential, even with the $7,500 credit might take a lot of years to overcome. Cruise diesel has some fantastic highway mileage and overall isn't bad either.
Made a mistake when I turned 65, five years ago. Went and bought a fishing license in January to use for ice fishing and then, in May or so, realized I could get a lifetime fishing and small game bird license for free from the state. All I had to do was be a resident of the state for 30 years and get old, 65 anyway, and the license was free. So, I paid $15 or $20 for a license that I didn't need. Our state does sell various lifetime licenses, but none are that inexpensive. Best free thing I have ever gotten from a government agency. Next best thing was the $10 Senior Pass from the Federal Government so I can get into and out of national parks and recreation areas with no additional payment. Plus, half price at most government campgrounds.
When we paint something other than "white" we will generally find a color we like and then ask the mixer to put in half the coloring agent. Seems to work for us as our rooms do have a changed color but it's not too harsh.
My first thought was, how tall are you? I'm also around 5'10" and have no problem seeing my hitch and the pin when it gets close. However, I think I have my hitch pretty high. With your hitch as low as it is, how close does the FW come to your side rails? If I had mine down so far I couldn't see it, the trailer would be about 2-3" from the side rails and too close. As it is, my FW rides a tiny bit nose high, but nothing out of the ordinary as far as I can tell. Hope you get your problem fixed.
You might check about tent camping around Jenny Lake, whether it's allowed or not, if you haven't already. There are Grizzly Bears running around that part of the Park, as well as most of the rest of it. What a beautiful place to camp though. Have a great time!!!!!!!
I think the problem with West Yellowstone is that there is a bunch of construction going on on that side of Yellowstone and that will impede you travel more than buffalo, bear or elk jams. Fishing Bridge, while not really central in the Park, it's probably the best place in the Park to see the features on both of the loop. And, if you have to travel south to get home, take an extra day and go through Grand Teton on the way home.
Only problem with going through Cody is that you have to pull over Sylvan Pass, which is pretty steep and high or go over Chief Joseph Highway which is pretty steep and high. I do believe that you would be going a long ways out of your way if you were to go from Billings to Cody to get into Yellowstone. Colter Bay campground does not take reservations, but the RV park does. Don't know about your needs, but the campground is great for almost any size trailer up to 35-40 feet in some pull-throughs. Your 19 footer will fit just fine. As far as getting, checkout time is 11:00 am so getting there around 9:30 or so works great for finding a spot. I recommend Jackson Lake because we have been going there, almost un-interupted, for 50 years or so. If you do stay around Jackson Lake, take the lake cruise that takes you out and around Elk Island and into the shadow of Mt. Moran, looking almost straight up about 5,000 feet. Jenny Lake is also very beautiful and offers some easy hikes around the lake to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. Whatever you do, don't cut your time short, if possible, and see some of the best features, in Yellowstone, in the country and some of the prettiest and most majestic scenery in the country in Grand Teton.
Then, once you get in the park and find a spot, enjoy it to the fullest based on your time-frame. Then, go south through Grand Teton to see its majesty and then to Jackson, Wyoming and over to Idaho and on home.
When we picked up our new FW in 20121, the tech said we had enough space between bed rail and FW because he could put his fist, sideways, between the two and it fit with no problems. Probably between five and six inches, he had a pretty bit hand.
The ads for the 2015 GM pick-up products tout the quiet that occurs in the cab, don't know how that compares with the other manufacturers, but the ad says it's the quietest inside. As for my 2012 GMC D/A combo, it's quieter, by far, than my sister-in-law's pickup, which is a gas engine. Of course, her pickup is a pre-2000 pickup, but mine's still quieter.
Why be afraid of using insurance, that's what you bought it for. For example, you have a $50,000 fifth wheel and incur a total loss, fully covered by the insurance company and your insurance is, just for kicks, $2,500 per year. After the claim, your insurance goes up $500 to $3,000 per year. So, the $50,000 claim will be recouped by the insurance company in 100 years and you have a new fifth wheel. Now, it might be worse if they cancelled you, but you will probably be able to get insurance somewhere for not much more than you were paying. Now, when you are talking about smaller claims, then the increase can have a bigger effect, but there is no reason not to use your insurance if you paid for it.
Our Jayco 26.5 HT RLS has a two burner stove and a small sink right outside the entrance door toward the back. It has a rear living room and is just about 30' long. I know it's not a "kitchen" but you can cook on it and clean up some of the dishes if you want. It looks to me like most of the ones noted above are going to be longer than 30' but some might be shorter than 33'.
We were down there week before last for four games featuring the Colorado Rockies. Stayed about 20 minutes away in Chandler, didn't bring our FW. Hope you had as good a time as we did. First time we had gone as my old day job kept me from going much of anywhere until after April 15th.
Same thing could happen at Gros Ventre as happened in Colter Bay and you would get the same response. We have never, in about 50 years of going to Colter Bay, had anything stolen from our site or out boat that is on dry land down by the marina overnight. Now watch it happen this year on one of the three trips we will take there this summer.
The ADA sites run around one loop, with half of them going down one side and the other half coming out the other side. In the middle of the site are simple dry camping sites. I think, if you could get one of the dry sites close to the ADA sites, the extension cord would work or it you got into either of the loops on each side of the ADA sites, the cord might work ok. Actually, there are plugs in the bathrooms in each loop as well. Don't know if they would work for the wheelchair as they are 120, but I'll bet them would.
By the way, smkettner, this campground doesn't have the traditional "camp host" like a lot of campgrounds do. The entrance gate is the camp host and it closes around 7:00 pm most of the time. However, most of the folks who work at the entrance gate are in the campground at a special place on one of the loops. So, a person could probably find one if they looked hard enough.
We were in Colter Bay two years ago on one of our three trips there each summer and used one of the ADA sites when our son and his family joined us for three days. They reserve them for most of the day but will lets people without disabilities use them when they don't fill up around 2:00 or 3:00. Our daughter-in-law has a C-Pap machine so the electric was good to have but there is some type of designation you need to get to just get into the site early, don't know what it is but some kind of disabled pass I think. As far as the site is concerned, they are quite roomy with electric only and are very level for the most part. Not all are paved, but even the dirt/gravel ones are very nice.
How long does it take to re-charge the wheelchair? If you can't get into one of the ADA sites, you can run a generator from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm in about half the sites so, after sightseeing, you might have three or four hours to recharge before having to shut the generator off, if you have one.
Never had one other than the bed, that's the way my first one was wired and saw no reason to change out as it has always done the job. Mine have always been just in front of the wheel well on the driver's side. However, there's still time to change for me as I have only been doing it this way since 1993.