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RE: ReserveAmerica Amex Trick

Glad it worked out for you.
kknowlton 06/30/15 10:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Holiday RV campground

If you are interested in seeing the entire area around West Yellowstone, including the park, then it would probably be a fine place to stay. Otherwise, stay in the park (remember, only Fishing Bridge RV Park has hookups inside the park boundaries) or on the edge of it. Grizzly is a fine CG; we have enjoyed our stays there. As others have noted, it's quite a drive - and much of it not at highway speeds.
kknowlton 06/30/15 10:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Driving from Southern CA to Yellowstone in July

SLC KOA works well - easy to reach from the interstates, pretty shady (important in mid-summer, especially this year), all the amenities you need for an overnight or longer stay. The more we stay there, the more we like it. I strongly suggest reservations; it's a very busy and popular park.
kknowlton 06/30/15 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Internet bug on .Net?

Pretty slow here sometimes lately, even when other websites aren't. I suspect it's seasonal traffic on rv.net.
kknowlton 06/29/15 03:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Watch out for cost of Michigan State Parks

Silver lining: Michigan state parks are generally nicer & in better shape than Illinois ones, which do not charge an entry fee. You get what you pay for, sometimes - and we have found that usually applies to state parks. Not that it seems to be an issue with the OP, but some on this forum have from time to time complained about states that charge more for non-residents. I have never had a problem with that, since state income taxes often are used partly to support the state parks. Nonresidents don't pay those income taxes (though they may pay their own states), so it's only fair, IMO, to charge nonresidents a bit more to use facilities in another state whose own taxpayers help foot the bill.
kknowlton 06/29/15 02:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: tundra 1/2 ton

Agree with most everyone, payload is the problem, and you'll be way over your truck's payload capacity with that 5er. Tundras are lighter in the rear than the front (besides the obvious difference of motor location) due to using c-channel framing in the rear, as opposed to more solid framing in the front. I had a 2007 Tundra Crewmax and pulled a 6500# unloaded weight travel trailer, it was anemic at best. This statement surprises me. Our TT was 7500# loaded and the truck pulled it up mountains no problem. Sure, we weren't going uphill at 70, but downshift a couple times and it actually can accelerate on 6% grades or steeper.
kknowlton 06/28/15 07:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yellowstone

I'm surprised the "you don't really need reservations" group hasn't chimed in yet. :) We're definitely in the make-reservations camp; that said, you might - emphasis on MIGHT, not WILL - find a site available if you show up at one of the CGs in the park around 9:00-9:30 AM and wait for someone to leave. Most of the CGs that will fit campers of your size & larger do take reservations; the CGs that are first-come, first-served tend to cater more to tents and really small RVs. (I wouldn't count 25' as "really small.") As previously noted, none of the in-park CGs has any hookups except Fishing Bridge. There are a lot of CGs in and near West Yellowstone - outside the park - and you may very well find a space at one of them, IF you call now. Mid-July is peak season in the park, which sees 3.5 million visitors a year, probably 85% of them in the summer months. Those who commented that 2 days in the park isn't enough are correct. However, you can catch some of the highlights and decide what to come back for in the future. Traffic through the park is indeed slow, due to traffic, animals in or by the road, etc., so you will not be able to "make tracks" - plan accordingly. (And of course if you've been there before, you know all this.)
kknowlton 06/28/15 07:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cody Wyoming to Victor Idaho

Ditto coolmom - definitely take US 26 to Rte 31. There's enough mountain driving in that little pass on 31 for scenery and excitement w/o busting your brakes & tranny. The whole thing is a pretty drive as well. Note that Jackson itself is pretty congested; you may want to consider the truck route through town. It will bypass the square (with the famous antler arches) but is easier for towing, especially with large rigs, than trying to negotiate a bunch of stoplights, traffic, pedestrians who are looking at the sights or window shopping & not paying attention to traffic, etc.
kknowlton 06/28/15 07:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Downsize my tow vehicle

You'd be on the edge with that combination, IMO. We did ok with our former 7600-lb (GVWR) TT and a 1/2 ton, but I'm happier with our new 6500-lb (GVWR) TT and same truck. Just better matched. No idea how the newer "eco" stuff works though; I would guess it affects towing ability, but I never looked into it.
kknowlton 06/27/15 09:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cute little maps of states

Looks like it worked. How do you get it into your sig pic? (And my sig pic I had to give up on because it never showed up.)
kknowlton 06/27/15 09:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tornado

Sorry to hear this! Glad no one was injured in it, at least. Good luck!
kknowlton 06/27/15 08:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: anybody every take this route?

Haven't gone to Niagara as an adult, but we did go to the Soo. One route recommendation: I-94 across Michigan to I-69 (or I-88? we have an old atlas) north past Saginaw, then get over to US 23 (for a more scenic route that follows the Lake Huron shoreline); catch up with I-75 at Mackinaw City and follow it north to Sault Ste Marie. Unless you have been there before, DO NOT MISS Mackinac Island (you have to take a ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace; no vehicles allowed on the island, just horses, bicycles or shank's mare). Several decent CGs in Mackinaw City for a base camp. Allow a full day for the island. Good CG in Sault Ste Marie: Aune-Osborn CG. Not much to look at, but you get up close & personal with the freighters! Take the Soo Locks tour if you have time; allow at least a full day in this area. Be careful of cellphone calls; you may get routed to a Canadian-side tower & be charged international rates. Forgot to mention a couple CGs along the way. Bay City SP is nice, has electric hookups. And we have also stayed at the Oscoda KOA, also decent (especially when not full) :). Both nice & shady CGs.
kknowlton 06/27/15 04:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: South Dakota

Another vote for Rafter J Bar.
kknowlton 06/27/15 11:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Plane Crash 9 Killed - Tour Out of Ketchikan

Every few years it seems some shore excursion in Alaska goes awry. So much there depends on the bush pilots, but given the terrain and weather, it's always a bit dicey. So terribly sad for those lost and especially for their loved ones.
kknowlton 06/27/15 11:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Parks in the area of Sun Valley ID

Arco KOA is pretty nice - trees are kind of mid-size so there is some shade but not a ton. Nothing really special about the CG but decent enough. Off the main road so quieter than most. No idea about Sun Valley. I think there may be a CG tucked in the valley somewhere, between Hailey, Ketchum & SV, but didn't see one (day tripped there a couple years ago). Did you check rvparkreviews for any?
kknowlton 06/27/15 11:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Laundry $$ @ Yellowstone

It's been quite a few years since I needed to do laundry in Yellowstone, so no idea how much it costs now. When we were in Monument Valley recently, the (one and only) CG washers were $3 apiece, which is pretty pricey. I'd expect something similar in YNP. Like Old Biscuit, it's not been a big part of our travel budget, just is what it is. In addition to any laundry facilities at Fishing Bridge, there are some washers & dryers at Lake Lodge, not far away. Not a large laundry room there, just FYI.
kknowlton 06/27/15 11:43am General RVing Issues
RE: TT cover (NNY area)

We used an ADCO cover in our Illinois location, where we got pretty snowy winters - though nothing like what way upstate NY gets! The cover was the kind made for wetter areas - breathable sides but waterproof top, to prevent leaks from melting snow or heavy rains, etc. We had pretty good luck with it, but wind could be an issue; where our TT was parked was pretty sheltered from wind, so that wasn't a problem in our case.
kknowlton 06/26/15 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: What Brands

You'll get as many brand recommendations as replies, I think. :) Depends what you are looking for, what your budget is, etc. We visited the factory where our Forest River trailer was built and were pretty impressed with how it was put together - until we visited the Airstream factory. Big difference!
kknowlton 06/26/15 07:09pm Travel Trailers
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kknowlton 06/26/15 07:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Plans for the 4th?

We definitely try to avoid major holidays in campgrounds. Not always possible - and as for the camper as your "private hotel," that sure works well! Have fun!
kknowlton 06/26/15 03:01pm RV Lifestyle
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