As I have told many people, after 50+ years of going to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, I believe that Grand Teton National Park is "prettier and more majestic" than is Yellowstone but that Yellowstone has way more features that make it worthwhile to visit the Park. However, we fish Jackson Lake in Teton most of the time and sitting in the shadow of Mt. Moran having lunch in Moran Bay cannot be beat for having a great life. Went to Yellowstone one day this summer and saw some features we had not seen before, and, yes, there were a whole bunch of people. However, taking our time we saw some really remarkable stuff and had a great time. "Too many people" is merely someone's excuse for not enjoying life. You really have to experience Yellowstone rather than just "see" it.
Other than sales tax, what difference does it make if the dealer inflates your trade or brings down the msrp of the trailer. Assume a trailer with an msrp of $40,000 and your trade-in worth, for example $10,000. Difference is $30,000 and, at least in my state, sales tax is $1,200 at the state rate. Now, increase your trade-in to $18,000 and the difference is $22,000 and the sales tax is $880. Or, lower the msrp to $32,000 and leave your trade at $10,000 and the difference is still $22,000 and the sales tax is $880. Basically, when the inflate the trade-in value, they are really reducing the selling price of the new trailer. So, other than sales tax, what difference does it make? As far as calling you back, I would guess that's simply his way of trying to make you more anxious and more likely to pay a higher price, it that's indeed what was happening. I found that searching the net, like RV Direct, or RV Wholesalers, gets you in touch with people who are motivated to sell you a trailer and will indeed call you back.
The dealer that I eventually bought our FW from about three years ago didn't answer my internet inquiries for about three months and I was just about to buy from an internet dealer in Indiana when they finally called me. Their price was within $2,000 of the internet dealer's price and about 1,500 miles closer so it was a no brainer to buy closer to home. By the way, I actually sold my previous FW so I wasn't talking trade.
We have a Garmin Nuvi with traffic and then purchased lifetime map updates this last year. When traveling to east coast about five years ago it took us right to the front door of every place we asked it to. So much better than the built-in one in our car. I bought one of those "bags" that attach to the base of the Nuvi and simply place it on the dash, over time it will slide down a bit, but not a big deal. Plus, no smears on the windshield.
After 18 years with an Eagle 215SD and having to crawl into and out of the bed, being able to stand up in my bedroom is one of the favorite things on our new FW. Also like the large rear and side windows that allow a whole bunch of light into the FW.
We have two Sharp LCDs, a 46" one in the living room and a 32" one in the bedroom. Both are 720p, bought at least six years ago, and the 32" one has a sharper picture than the 46" one. I believe that is because of the size difference. I would think that 46" to 50" would be about right for your viewing distance but I'm not an expert on this. We really like the Sharps and they review pretty well so we will look at them when the time comes to replace. However, there are some great values out there for less than $1,000 in 55" - 60" LCD/LED smart sets from Visio and others, take a look at Best Buy and Tiger Direct. Also, you might as well buy a "smart" one as well, you never know when you will want to start using streaming from Netflix or Amazon, etc.
Not sure if you want to be in the Parks right now. Forecasted lows for last night in Yellowstone were between 13 and 17 degrees and it snowed a bit there. However, summer is not over and the weather is supposed to be more like late summer the end of this week and next. If you don't like the weather in Wyoming, just wait for a while, it will change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. But I love it and that's why we live in Wyoming.
I put a battery lock-out, I believe, on my FW when I first got it, but have since not used it. I wonder if the will still stay charged when plugged in to shore power if I lock out the batteries? I am not, in any way, comfortable with electricity and don't know much about it. A little help here.
We have been towing double since 1993, only the first boat didn't have brakes, a 19' Bayliner Capri. It was very light. Since then, every one of my boats have had tandem axles and surge brakes, since 1996 and I have never had a problem with the surge brakes on any of the three boats, either going up or downhill. I believe the surge brakes actuate when there is significant pressure from the boat trailer forward to cause them to start working. Going downhill with the engine braking system does not seem to actuate the brakes so I am going to keep towing double with electric brakes on the FW and surge brakes on the boat trailer. In Wyoming, the max length that can be double towed is 85' and my outfit measures about 71' so I'm good to go. I don't know about any other states around here as I haven't towed double in any other state than Wyoming. Some day I might and then I will check to see what I need to do.
Our two slides, full in living area and wardrobe in sleeping area, are indecently actuated by switches in the area where the slides are. That way, if we didn't want to put out the large slide, we can just put out the wardrobe one by itself.
I would venture a guess that there should be no Chase since BK won so convincingly, let's just give him the prize right now and not run the rest of the races. What about the number 24 car. Has been very consistent this year and has totally dominated a couple of races lately. I don't watch Nascar as I enjoy other things, but do follow it a bit as I like a couple of the racers, especially 24 who seems to be pretty much a gentleman on the track and seems to still have the intensity to win even at his "advanced" age.
If you have lived in it long enough and don't sell for more than $500,000 and file a married filing joint Federal income tax return, you will have no Federal income tax due on the transaction. I say $500,000 sales price because of the $500,000 gain exclusion that is available for Federal tax purposes would mean you could sell a house for $500,000 with no basis and still pay no Federal income tax. In other words, unless you are selling and expecting a gain of more than $500,000 on the transaction, there will be no Federal income tax due on the transaction.
I have a Reese slider and I lock the little "clamp" that goes into the groove on the handle used to open the jaws to release the hitch pin. If I don't have any rearward or forward pressure on the pin, I can open the jaws easily. But, I don't do it if I have not put chalks behind and in front of the wheels of the FW. I usually put the front legs down to the pads and then pull the handle so if something does happen, the trailer will still be sitting about level with the hitch, even it it moves a bit.
Not too picky at all. It seems silly to me to place the seating to the side of the television set so you have to crane your necks to see it. I have seen some that place the set at an angle toward the rear of the trailer and have the chairs and couch across from the set. However, I wonder if the chairs of the dining area get i the way of the viewing. Some people have talked about the front living room ones, but have complained a bit about the ceiling being a little too short for most people. If you look at that type of model you might keep that in mind.
Once, when first camping with our new FW, I pulled the breakaway pin so the trailer wouldn't roll away while we were gone. Came back to a pretty low battery, hooked it up to the generator and it still wouldn't charge all the way up. Finally figured out that the breakaway was using up the battery. Felt pretty stupid for a while, until the next stupid thing I did. That was in 1993, and we're still alive so nothing stupid that I did was life-threatening, yet.
If you really want to get away from climbing, go from Cody to Thermopolis, through Wind River Canyon, turn left at Shoshoni to Casper, take I25 north to Midwest and over to Wright, turn left and go to Gillette and then over toward Devils Tower. Almost no hills and not very pretty. Best route would over Tensleep pass, which you would access by going towards Thermopolis and going to Tensleep and over the pass. I have done it a number of times pulling our boat and have had no problems, although the boat isn't a 26'TT and I have a diesel pickup to pull it with.
I have been blowing out our lines for years and have had a couple of problems, not with the blowing out, but with forgetting to open all the lines. I just hook up my compressor and blow out the faucets, toilet and other places where water comes out. Then I put pink RV antifreeze in the P traps. Don't forget the open your low point drains as well. Also, your outside shower, your outside sink and, maybe your outside black tank rinse connection. I messed up two years ago and think that I left water in that area and caused it to crack, thereby letting water run into the FW rather than into the black water waste tank. Betcha I don't forget this year, once I get it fixed.
We had a1993 Jayco Eagle 215SD for 18 years, no slide-outs, very small bathroom and a four-burner stove whose fourth burner was pretty much unusable. Shower so small that even smaller wife had trouble using it. Got a 2012 Jayco Eagle SuperLite HT 26.5 RLS and have very much enjoyed the extra room with the slide out in the living area, the surround sound system(even it not the greatest in the world), a much larger shower that's even big enough for me, remote start for the water heater and a button to open the awning. Lots of storage, even if some of it is way high in the living area but more than enough for clothing compared to the old FW. And, can stand up in most of the bedroom area compared to having to crawl into bed in the old one. Had many good years in the old one, but like this new one much better, and we only paid about $12,000 more for it than the old one, 18 years later. Glad we made the switch.
We had that problem on our old one and a dealer replaced a couple of parts and it began working just fine. We tried the fan and a mechanic at the campground tried all he knew and nothing worked so, off to the dealer. Wasn't a big deal and only a couple of fairly inexpensive parts, compared to the fridge not working and food spoiling.