A, we chock them every time we park the FW, even on the RV pad next to the house. A few years ago we had a neighbor who parked his FW next to his house with no chocks and the wind came up, twice, and pushed his FW off the blocks on the front jacks when the wind hit from the side. I think he chocked the wheels after that. When he got a new FW, he moved it back beside the house so the wind wouldn't get it. Maybe also because our HOA rules say a RV cannot extend in front of the house and his wife was the President of the HOA in our development.
We have used a Coleman for many years and find that we can keep ice, and cool drinks, etc. in the cooler for up to four days, five if it's not too hot outside, before having to put more ice in. We also fill plastic milk cartons and use them for ice. While they might not be as cold as uncovered ice, I think keeping the ice in the carton while in the cooler helps with the longevity. As far as the cooler paying for itself, your ice must cost a lot to have the cooler pay for itself on this one trip. I paid less than $50 for my Coleman, but any Yeti cooler of size seems to be more than $300 and up.
Just put some Mobil Delvac ESP 5-40 in mine about 5,500 miles ago. Will be doing oil analysis here shortly and changing out my filter. Plan on getting, hopefully, 15,000 miles per change. If the analysis comes out right, shouldn't have a problem with that.
The other power draw, as I understand it, is the entertainment system. Ours has the front panel somewhat lighted up even when turned off. I think it's for the alarm that is build into the system. On our FW, we were told that both the entertainment system and the CO2 detector were fused inside the trailer. And the dealer suggested that we simply pull the fuses if we wanted to turn them off. Haven't done so yet, but may in the future, for now we plug into the house 30 amp plug-in we had installed when we build the house and keep the FW "hot" when we aren't using it.
Have carried ours in the front compartment for four years with no gas smell getting into the FW. Only slightly inconvenient when taking them out or putting back in when an older person like me has a problem lifting them high enough to get them out or back in. And don't try to put them back in the compartment while still hot, don't ask me how I know this.
Grant Village has good cell service. A friend used his cell service as a wifi and was very satisfied with it. Pretty nice place on the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake and right at a junction to travel around the Park.
The $11,000 difference is probably worth it, if you want a 37' FW as opposed to a 31' one. When we bought our 2102 HT 26.5 RLS, we didn't want a trailer that was 37' long due to where we store it next to our house and the capacity of the Ram 2500 six-speed manual that we had. After nine months, we traded for a GMC D/A combo crew cab that probably would have carried the Eagle you are looking at. For us, with just the two of us, the 26.5 works great and we have no desire to upgrade to a heavier, longer FW. As far as quality, I think that, as said above, at each price point, you will probably find that Jayco quality is at least equal to anything else out there. And, the 18 gal equivalent is, I think, a six gallon water heater with the ability to throughput 18 gallons of hot water an hour using both gas and electric. Our water heater is six gallon but is rated at a greater equivalent then that.
ORbiker, where did you have to be in such a hurry that you didn't have the time to enjoy what the Parks have to offer? There should be a special place for people who drive as fast as they can to get through a Park so they can say they've "seen" the Park. "Seeing" a Park is not the same as experiencing it. We were in Yellowstone about 2 1/2 years ago in October and ran into three Bison jams in one afternoon. No one was in a hurry to get anywhere and, as far as I can tell, everyone enjoyed seeing a magnificent animal pretty close up.
We have a 2012 HT 26.5 RLS and enjoy it very much. Had a problem with the cap cracking the first year, but Jayco stepped up and replaced it with no comments. I cracked it the next year and replaced it with insurance and am a bit concerned because the cap appears to be fading somewhat. Had a couple of small things wrong that were fixed by the dealer under warranty and that's it. I put a hitch on the rear, attached to the frame which was reinforced towards the axles and have towed our boat for five seasons with no problems. We really have enjoyed it a great deal and there is more than enough storage space for kitchen stuff. True, there is only "one" drawer "in" the kitchen, but right around the corner are two deep drawers where we keep most of our heavy cooking utensils and other kitchen stuff. Also, we do keep some stuff under the sink with the garbage can. Only thing I will change one day is the pantry. It has only one divider and both areas are very tall, too tall in my opinion. I will, some day, put in sliding drawers of some type so that I can more easily access the stuff in the pantry and, as well, stack stuff up without the worry of it falling over when the trailer is moving. Also, the one poster above is correct about the bedroom. The literature says there is 6'2" of head space, but that really is only at the end of the bed. It's not really a big deal, unless a person is unable to bend just a little when going to the head of the bed. As for clothes storage, there is a little closet on either side of the bed and a four-door closet on the bedroom slide-out that holds a great deal of stuff. When we go fishing for a week, I get all the clothes I need in the closet on buy side of the bed, including my shoes, etc. We took a 20-day trip two springs ago and there was more than enough storage. If you find that the 26.5 RLS is a little too big for you, Jayco also makes a 23.5 rear kitchen that might be good for you. I don't believe that Jaycos are more prone to bad workmanship than any other brand based on the comments that I see on this site about other brands. Everybody can get a lemon at one time or another. Good luck with your search.
Crowe, why not go back? The things that have happened happened because of stupid people, not the Park itself. There are signs posted everywhere warning people not to get off the walkways, not to approach the "wild" animals, not to get too close to them, etc. It's really not the Park's fault when someone disregards the rules and signs and thoughtlessly goes out of their way to get hurt or dies.
Thanks for the help you guys. I know this is an old trailer and most of the manuals are very generic as to the whole line. Just have to keep searching. Ozlander, thanks for the link. I'll take a look at it.
You might also take a look at Dave Smith Motors in Idaho. I don't have a link, but they are, I believe, the largest Ram seller in the country. Or, take a look, as noted above, at the GM line. All their diesels come with a 3.73 rear end and a Allison automatic.
As well as length, you probably want to take a look at the room inside. alloy, above mentioned opposing slides and that would be one thing I would want in a rig I would be spending a lot of time in since they open up the FW tremendously. I think, that with a little research, you would be able to find a FW less than35-36' with at least three slides, two opposing in the living area and one in the bedroom. However, every slide that goes into a FW increases the weight of the FW, so you would have to factor that into the tow vehicle that you will have to buy as well. Good luck on your search.
The one he has is "very" general and pretty much useless for what we are looking for. I doubt there is a separate manual for the water pump and the electrical system for this trailer. And, since it's not longer in business, I really need some help from someone who may own one of these or has owned one.
Friend of mine bought a used, old, trailer called Trail Ease by Trail Lite. We are looking for an owner's manual to try and find some stuff on the trailer. Does anybody on here have this trailer or know of someone who does? It appears the company is out of business so this might be fruitless, but really need some help. Thanks to anybody who can point me in some direction.
Renting would be silly, if you are going to have it for more than a week. Even the Walmart in Riverton, Wyoming sells bear spray as well as a couple of stores here in Lander, Wyoming. The closer you get to the Parks, the more expensive it is, at least around here in our part of the world. And, if you can't get it until you get to Grand Teton, the general store at Colter Bay has a large display of bear spray.
rancherville, Grow Ventre does not take reservations but it should be pretty easy to get in if you show up sometime between 9:30 and 11:00 am. Checkout time is 11:00 and people start leaving around 9:00 or so and if you get there after a bunch of them have left, you'll have plenty of choice of spots. And, usually, there aren't any lines, as this is a pretty big campground, over 300 sites. If you are lucky, you might have a moose or two wander through your campground as we did two years ago. Have a great trip and enjoy the Park.
If you are going to hike, please remember to take bear spray. You might already know this, but just thought I would add my $.02. Are you dry-camping in Grand Teton? If so, get there around 9:30 to 11:00 as that is when everybody, who are leaving, is checking out and you can pretty much get your choice of spots. Lots to do in Grand Teton, not as much as Yellowstone, but still plenty. Cruise boats on Jackson Lake, lunch and dinner cruises as well. Go over to Jenny Lake and either hike or cruise to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, then over to Moose and the Moose-Wilson road to the Laurence Rockefeller Reserve with a very gentle hike to Phelps Lake, the site of the Rockefeller compound in this, the newest, part of Grand Teton. Also you can go to the Gros Ventre area and see one of the largest landslides in the continental United States that formed a lake. Also Two Ocean Lake with hiking and the wilderness area. There aren't as many sites to see in Grand Teton as there are in Yellowstone, but they are majestic, especially the Tetons, Mt. Moran, from the deck of a boat on the lake right at the base of it looking almost straight up about 6,000 or so feet. Enjoy your trip and you will never forget it.
The Buffalo museum actually is five or six museums in one building and is fantastic. However, it's a bit of a trip from GTNP to get there as you have to go through YNP to the east entrance over Sylvan Pass. Depending on where you stay in YNP, it's not too bad a trip but it's not just a hop, skip and a jump to get there. However, it will well worth it. Groceries and gas are less expensive in Jackson, Cody or anywhere else outside the parks then they are inside the parks. Having said that, if we run low while at Colter Bay, the general store there is pretty well stocked and their prices are "reasonable" for the location. Just don't stock up for the rest of the trip while in there. If you want to pics, just pm me and with your email and I'll get some over to you.