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RE: Glacier National Park

We went two years ago. We did make a reservation at a NF campground on Hungry Horse reservoir as we were arriving too late in the day to try for Apgar, but early the next morning I got up and drove to Apgar without the TT. Arrived before 6:30 and there were already a couple sites open with more people leaving. Other people looking for sites started showing up right after I did, so it is an early bird game, but doable!
HuckleberryHunter 08/10/19 10:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: About to buy a TT, so confused, could use some help.

You COULD do it, but agree with the previous posts. Not a great idea. I advise upgrading your tow vehicle or downsizing your TT. Sorry
HuckleberryHunter 08/07/19 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing speed

I like to tow at 65 with my current Durmax setup. Have pulled at 70, but think fuel milage suffers. With my old half ton, I usually tried to maintain 60-65, but hills and headwind tended to control my speed for me.
HuckleberryHunter 08/07/19 09:46am Towing
RE: RV Ovens

You need something to help hold the heat and distribute it evenly. Place a cast Iron griddle, a baking stone, or something similar on the rack or on the shelf above the burner to help keep from scorching the food on the bottom and maintaining and even heat distribution. I've had success in a pinch by placing a 10' cast iron skillet on the shelf above the burner and then using a thicker cookie sheet to bake on. It is a challenge though.
HuckleberryHunter 08/06/19 12:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rotten Floor in my Outdoors RV

Yes, While the trailer has been used infrequently as of late, I do regularly inspect inside and out. I have never found a spot that appeared to have missing/worn caulking or seals. RV repair facility confirmed. I am unsure how I could have noticed rotting floor until I stepped on the soft spot. Never a sign of water inside. I understand it is out of warranty and I am on my own. My email to manufacturer was to ask some questions on construction as I could not recall if my walls are wood or aluminum frame, also if they could provide any advice on where to look for leak. Maybe they have had the issue before with the same model and could point out a direction to start. I certainly do not believe it is too much trouble for ORV to respond to my question. I remember when I traded in my 10 year old Jayflight which had never had any issues on my "built tough" Outdoors RV. I bought into the hype that is was a step above the others with regards construction. Maybe it is...However now I have an expensive repair on a relatively new unit. Just needed to vent I guess. Unfortunately no matter how "tough" these RVs are built, they're still subject to leaks and manufacturing errors....and there will be undoubtedly problems that can't be seen until years of use. I understand your frustration. I feel the same. You buy something on the premis it's better built than others....and it actually probably is, but that doesn't mean that it's indestructible or perfect. I will say that on my old trailer I knew exactly where to look for hints of leaks.....with the construction of this ORV, I'm not exactly sure due to the foam core sidewalls and all the finish inside. I just hope I don't have a problem similar to yours where the construction is so "good" it hides evidence of a leak for too long. Your post is a good reminder to be diligent about annual maintenance and sealing though.
HuckleberryHunter 07/29/19 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Suggest a sewer hose kit.

I previously used a cheapie (unknown brand) successfully. Bought a Rhino kit when we upgraded the trailer a couple years ago and have been happy with it too. Just make sure you assemble it well and take care of it. I don't drag mine, make sure it's not abused and store it in a plastic tote in the hold. So far so good.
HuckleberryHunter 07/29/19 07:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Reference post: Love my combo for towing

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could test drive a truck with your trailer in tow? I would love to tow my trailer with my 7.3 diesel and then hook onto it with a new 6.2 gas, just to compare. I would also really like to pull it with a V10, just to see. If I won the lottery, I would have to open a used truck dealership because I would want to try everything! The new diesels are all good on paper, but the older trucks interest me too, I’ve always wanted to try a 8.1L Chevy, I know it won’t pull as good as a new diesel, but how good is it? As for interior trim, you’ll have to ask my wife about that, she likes that kind of stuff, I couldn’t care less. Yeah, that's be great! We considered gas vs. diesel when we were upgrading to the 3/4 ton, but with the price of unleaded around here and the truck being my daily driver I didn't want to go that route. Believe it or not, diesel in our area has been consistently 30c cheaper a gallon than gas....I find it not so on trips out of state...or even across the state. Anyhow, I could care less about all the gas vs. diesel arguments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Drive what works for you. My post was just a reference that going to a bigger truck (diesel in this case) really took the stress out of pulling the trailer and my old setup wasn't even overloaded. Can't imagine what it would be like to drive a rig when pulling beyond the limits of the TV. I will say, that my 3/4 diesel as a daily driver is NOT as comfortable or manuvarable as my 1/2 gas truck. It's not uncomfortable by any means, but when I drive the DW's Toyota Highlander to work it makes the commute and parking a tad easier.....but I still love my truck! :)
HuckleberryHunter 07/28/19 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anything to know using OEM brake controller v. aftermarket?

Switched from Prodigy P2 to the integrated when I moved up to a 2016 Chevy Silverado. I've liked it very much. I really liked the Prodigy, but I like this better.
HuckleberryHunter 07/27/19 08:45am Towing
RE: Maximum length for 1500

Doable? Yes. Comfortable to drive, probably not. I wouldn’t do it, but everyone has their own set of standards.
HuckleberryHunter 07/26/19 08:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rotten Floor in my Outdoors RV

I love our ORV trailer (2019 model purchase a year ago), but had some warranty questions in the first couple months. . Three phone calls to the manufacturer went unanswered and messages unreturned. Called the dealer and said that the manufacturer denied the warranty request since we inspected when we signed the paperwork. . As much as I love the trailer I don’t trust the manufacturer to make good on anything without some serious hounding. I gave up on my issue as it’s something I could fix myself and not worth my time and frustration. Sorry to hear of your problem. Hope it works out ok.
HuckleberryHunter 07/26/19 08:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: 7 Pin Connector From Truck to Trailer

If it's happened on two different trucks, I'd say it points to the trailer wiring. An intermittent short can be a bear to nail down. Sorry to hear. Hope they get it sorted out for you. As a side note, my buddy has a boat and we've found that the connectors in the plug for both the truck and the pigtail can get moved around and will sometimes make intermittent contact, so a little corrosion combined with being a little pushed out of alignment and we'll see issues with the brake lights, electric winch, etc.
HuckleberryHunter 07/25/19 12:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lost my dad...

My condolences. Sounds like a great dad who gave you great upbringing.
HuckleberryHunter 07/25/19 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Police, right place right time.

Today coming home on highway 20 which is a road safe to do 50-55 but only has 2 places safe to pass. Today tho, we were in a long line of blocked traffic due to a few young people in a small sedan. they were having fun slowing traffic to 20 MPH. Next I know the blinking lights were clearing traffic until he got behind the little sedan.. the State Patrol turn off the lights prior to getting behind them, followed them for about a mile, trying to pass they blocked the lane, then the lights came back on. Next wide spot they pulled over, as did the SP. Then we all got to pass. It is illegal to block more than 5 vehicles in Wa. Great to hear! I see this all the time and it's so aggravating.....and yes, the people blocking the lanes frequently are traveling under the posted speed limit and seemingly oblivious to the fact that they're clogging the road. It creates bad situations as there are many others who go full on "road rage" in these situations. I won't bother to address the speeding issue. It's a different subject IMO. Thanks for posting as I'm happy to hear that someone actually witnessed a WA LEO tag one of these offenders. I know they do patrol for it, but it sure is a frequent offense from what I see.
HuckleberryHunter 07/25/19 10:43am Roads and Routes
Reference post: Love my combo for towing

We just got back from a short camping trip early this week and was so happy with how my rig pulls I just wanted to publicize it for other's reference. Previously I had a 2003 Silverado 1500 (5.3, 3:73) and pulled a 26' TT (~6k lbs). Frankly, that combo worked fine for the ten years we owned it, but hills and headwinds were a grind and I always worried about stressing the truck out. I rarely felt unsafe with it, but there was always an underlying anxiety of towing long distances or over any pass. A few years ago we upgraded our truck to a 2016 Silverado 2500 Duramax/Allison and the year after that we upgraded the TT to a 2019 26' ORV (~8k lbs). Towing this combo is a dream and darn near stress free. The truck acts almost like there isn't a trailer attached and no more stress about hills, headwinds, or getting passed by semi-trucks and getting pushed around. Yes, the diesel was more expensive up front, but as of this moment I have no regrets about going this route. As the driver I don't feel the anxiety I previously felt and that's made our trips profoundly better. FWIW. Happy Trails!
HuckleberryHunter 07/25/19 10:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cascade locks to Beverly Beach State Park

What is the best route from Cascade Locks to Beverly Beach State Park pulling a 5th wheel? Should I take 84 over to I-5? Thanks That’s the route we always took. Portland traffic is just something you have to deal with. Try traveling off hours.
HuckleberryHunter 07/24/19 09:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Roof

I so wish I was able to notify those I see on the opposite side of the highway traveling along with a huge bubble in their roof. Late model rigs, too. I passed a guy one day and then looked in my rearview mirror to only see his roof with a huge bubble. I slowed down in hopes he'd catch back up so I could tell him. Maybe he knew as he was only going about 55mph. Man, me too! Saw a lot of them between Yellowstone and Seattle last year. Most were going the opposite direction on the interstate. Looking in my rearview, I realize there isn't anyway to know when you're going down the road unless you put a GoPro up there. Scary stuff. I check my roof frequently for any type of suspect issues. To the OP, sorry to hear. With the exception of going through your insurance I don't think you'll probably get much help from the manufacturer on a 3-yr old rig. Bummer situation.
HuckleberryHunter 07/17/19 05:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yellowstone glacier NP with no reservations

We've done both in August. Separate trips. Glacier, definitely can find spots (Apgar) without reservations. Spots open up daily, but get there early (6:30a). Not sure about YS, but we stayed at West Yellowstone with reservations, but there were spots available the nights we were there and we left early to go to Grand Teton (no reservations) and had no problems getting a spot there either.
HuckleberryHunter 07/17/19 04:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Current GM / Chevy Reliability

2016 2500 Duramax bought new. 42K on it now. So far: The power steering box failed (warranty repair in the first year) The cab developed a leak behind the back seat (found at 300 miles over 36,000 bumper-bumper warranty, so not covered - repaired myself - not fun) DEF tank heater failed about two months ago (just repaired today due to parts on back order - covered by warranty) That's been it. Although some of it's been a pain to deal with, it's a short list compared to some of the stories I've read.
HuckleberryHunter 07/17/19 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to value trade?

Check ads for similar campers in rvtrader, craigslist in various major cities, racingjunk.com, facebook marketplace...etc. Put together a list of high to low prices based on the ads. You will rarely receive a great offer in trade from a dealer. It's usually better to sell it privately to get the maximum value. Agree....When I sold our first TT I looked at NADA and researched craigslist for my area before settling on a price, which was way higher than I'd originally thought it would be. I found that the NADA value was well under what the going rate around Seattle was, so I priced it what I thought was fair, which was what NADA suggested (which was still more than I'd expected it to be). I got a lot of interest and the first person who responded to the ad bought it. It was gone in less than 48 hours. I probably could have got more for it, but it needed some help, so I wouldn't have felt right about it. FWIW
HuckleberryHunter 07/16/19 01:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Seattle RV Park Recs

If you don't mind staying just out of Seattle, there are a couple places out between Bellevue and Preston. Have never stayed personally, just live in the area, so am aware of them.
HuckleberryHunter 07/10/19 10:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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