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RE: Is a cover necessary ?

Heard all the arguments in another thread about how covers are stupid. They’re not. They will preserve the RV better than uncovered but the owner mustn’t be stupid about the cover and it will last a long time and serve the purpose it was intended to. Unless the full Alabama sun hits it all day. After about 4-5 years the cover becomes so brittle from the UV rays that you can easily poke a hole through it with your finger without much effort. Which, lets me know that it is doing its job by being a barrier to the camper from the damaging UV rays. But yes, when placing a cover on a camper, you must not get in a rush and yank and pull on it. And you must ensure all sharp corners are covered/cushioned to prevent premature tears and rips and the cover is tightened properly.
LibertyMan 10/12/19 11:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Is a cover necessary ?

Necessary no, preferred yes. There is no doubt, from my own personal experience (I have done it both ways) that keeping one covered will keep it cleaner, seals and rubber in better shape, and decals from fading. Keeping one uncovered just requires more preventive maintenance and cleaning. So pick your poison, spend money on a cover and spend time taking it on and off after each use, or spend your money and time doing a little more maintenance. Just my opinion. Also, the longest I have ever gotten out of a cover is 5 years. Usually they last me about 4 years. Funny, because that is when the warranty ends on them. Go figure...
LibertyMan 10/11/19 06:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Glacier Nat'l Park in 5th wheel, June 2020

It depends on what side of the park you want to stay on. In my opinion, the west side where Fish Creek is located is more touristy. Although I have not stayed in Fish Creek myself I did drive through the campground and it has more privacy between the spots from what I remember. The timber is taller and thicker. St. Mary on the east side is more open of a campground with smaller timber and has more of an open feeling. However, to me, the better hiking and views are on the east side. Particularly the hiking trails and views in the Many Glacier area. Going to the Sun Road may be open by mid to late June but it is a gamble. If it is not, your only way around the park to visit either side is by US 2 going around the south end of the park. Again, that was all my opinion. There are plenty of good hiking trails and things to see on the west side, but it just seems to be more developed. I have always preferred the east side. Hope this helps.
LibertyMan 10/05/19 06:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glacier national park

The KOA on the west is nice and there are several other parks on the west side that offer FHU with some privacy. However, I believe the east side has the better hiking trails and views. The KOA on the east side is sparse in cover/vegetation though. One thing to also keep in mind, Going to the Sun Road has not opened until late June the last two years due to plowing. So no matter what side of the park you stay on, you may end of having to drive all the way around the south end to get to the other side if Going to the Sun Road is closed.
LibertyMan 09/22/19 04:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Weight Dist Hitch

If he bought the truck new, the truck should have come with the 2 inch sleeve so his 2 1/2 inch receiver can accept a 2 inch shank. So, I hope he did not have to pay for that. Anyways, I have near the same set-up and did not like the slop so I bought a hitch with a 2 1/2 inch shank. If nothing else, for peace of mind. As far as the slight downward tilt, that should be right. So when the trailer is placed on the hitch and raised up to attach the distribution bars, the trailer is lowered back down for a level set-up to include the hitch head itself. There should be some type of adjustment on the distribution hitch head so a level set-up can be achieved once the trailer it attached and bars in place. If the trailer is attached and distribution bars are in place and the hitch head has a downward tilt, he needs to do some adjustment.
LibertyMan 08/18/19 03:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight distribution systems, which one is best?

I pretty much have the same set-up as you, 35ft. travel trailer and pull it with a Ram 2500. At first I did not like the set-up either until I started playing with it and getting some good cat scale weights. The eaz-lift 1200lbs distribution bars distribute the weight well, cat scales have confirmed that. But instead of using one friction sway control, I have two on mine. It has pretty much removed nearly all sway. The most important thing to help with sway is having around 15% of the trailers weight as tongue weight. And of course, not drive like a bat out of hell. For around 60 bucks, I would try a second sway control before dropping 2K on another hitch. If it does not work out, then you can spend the big money. Hope this helps some.
LibertyMan 07/19/19 04:02pm Towing
RE: Planning A Trip

I would assume when you head north from FL you will be taking I95. If so, Jekyll Island in GA is a really good park, plus they have FHU which is nice. The campground there is beautiful with the spanish moss. As mentioned earlier in an above post, James Island in Charleston, SC. James Island is ran by the county and is a really neat park. FHU as well. Minutes from downtown Charleston but a very secluded campground. Both Jekyll and James Island have tremendous paved bicycle trails that run the entire perimeter of the island.
LibertyMan 07/16/19 08:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Blue Beacon Truck Wash

Whatever you do, just make sure they don't apply 'brightener' to anything, just wash. Brightener is muratic acid (which takes the oxidation off aluminum) and could be detrimental to the finish on your RV. Nice to know. I will keep that in mind.
LibertyMan 07/15/19 12:46pm General RVing Issues
Blue Beacon Truck Wash

Normally, I am the type that washes my travel trailer myself, but thought what the heck, let's save an hour and see if these guys can do a good job. For my next trip there is a Blue Beacon along the route, thinking about giving it a try. Anyone else used one before?
LibertyMan 07/15/19 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier Nat'l Park tips?

Going to the Sun Road is a must. If you can find a parking spot at Logans Pass, hike some of the high line trail. In my opinion, the Many Glacier area on the east side of the park has some of the best hiking trails. Iceberg Lake and Grinnell Glacier trail just to name a few. Lots of places to stay on the west side, east side your kinda limited by length of your rv inside the park. St. Mary KOA if you need FHU on the east side.
LibertyMan 07/05/19 10:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: James Island

We absolutely loved James Island. If you have kids, bring the bikes. Paved bike trails go all the way around the island and you can access them from the campground. Last time I went it was in April, and the mosquito's were starting to come out in force so be prepared for that.
LibertyMan 06/27/19 06:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wind damage?

I pulled across Kansas last year with 40-45mph gust and constant 20+mph wind coming from the side. No damage, but I did have to tie my steps down, they kept coming open while traveling. I passed another travel trailer on the side of the road and they were tying their steps down as well.
LibertyMan 06/20/19 08:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Drinking Campground Water...

My wife and are are arguing about making coffee with campground water. I've always used a water filter on our White Hose, but my wife has never tasted campground water, she buys gallons of water. The water in question is at Desoto State Park. (Alabama) I've drank the water, both filtered and unfiltered. I can't tell the difference. Taste like the water at our home. Far as I know they have never had a problem with their water. ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I'd like to know how the forum feels about general campground water. Do you buy gallons of water for coffee, or use what comes out of the faucet? There is absolutely nothing wrong with the drinking water at Desoto State Park. We have spent countless nights there over the last 10 years or so (it is our favorite campground in Alabama) with no issues. I will say this, if the wife ain't happy, you ain't happy.
LibertyMan 05/19/19 11:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Colorado State Park Advice

Busskipper, 4runnerguy, and Thom02099 thank you all very much for your time and input. I have a lot to look at. This will greatly help me make informed decisions when planning. If any of you guys head towards the southeast for future trips let me know if I can be of assistance. We have pretty much wore the southeast out over the years and we are exited about making several future trips to Colorado and other western states in the future. Again, thanks.
LibertyMan 05/17/19 06:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado State Park Advice

So I am in the beginning phases of planning a Colorado trip for June 2020. Good thing you are planning on 2020 as Colorado State Parks fill early - Especially Golden Gate and Ridgeway. Couple Questions - How Long? - and when - what season - Summer starts on Memorial Day (Schools Out) and ends in Mid August when schools restarts. Summer is Crowded - and likely reservations in SP's for every weekend. If you were to get a little creative and had some adventure, in your bones, Fall is great in Colorado Thank you for your input. Very helpful indeed. As far as when and how long.........I am looking at the first part of June and it will be for a full week. Unfortunately, June and July are my only options (school is out and I have three kids) I figured the first part of June would be less crowded and cooler if I did not have AC as an option. I have a decent generator, just never used it in 8000 plus feet so not sure how it would behave.
LibertyMan 05/17/19 07:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Colorado State Park Advice

So I am in the beginning phases of planning a Colorado trip for June 2020. I have my reasons, but I am a State Park kinda guy so that's where I want to stay. I was thinking about the RMNP but dang all of the negative things I have come across. Mainly overcrowding and reservations just to hike some trails. Plus I really don't care all that much about having to go through Denver. But, if the wife overrules me I was looking at Stagecoach or Golden Gate. Which of the two do you prefer as far as avoiding crowds. And, which one of the two is easier to access RMNP. The other option I am heavily weighing is Ridgway SP. The area looks really neat and not that I need full hook-up but Pa-Co-Chu-Puk looks inviting with its full hook-ups. If Ridgway wins the decision, is that the better campground or do you all prefer Dakota Terraces or Elk Ridge. Again, I'm just looking for less crowds and good views. Thanks
LibertyMan 05/16/19 05:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glacier (west side) help....

There are several private campgrounds just outside of the west gate off of Hwy 2 that you can reserve. The KOA as mentioned above is one. You can pull up google maps and it will show several others. Only two ways to access the east side from the west. Going around the south side of the park to the east entrance (if your pulling your camper that is the best/only way). If your not pulling anything, going to the sun road is the best and prettiest way by far. As far as hiking goes, the east side has the better hikes, many of the good ones start from the Many Glacier Hotel and gift shop nearby. An easy one you can access from the west side, my favorite, is the high line trail. Your kids can walk a mile or two out and then back and see some spectacular views.
LibertyMan 05/13/19 03:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rockwood 2608WS

I have an 8311WS in a Signature Series and love it. Seems to be built very well compared to our last camper (Coachmen). Although we never had the first problem with our Coachmen, you can just tell the Rockwood is better built. The only problem I have come across with our Rockwood was every single water connection was loose from the factory. During the walk-thru after we bought it, water was leaking at the connections and they had to be tightened. After a couple hundred miles of towing, I tightened them a little more for good measure and all seems well. The only thing I'm worried about is a rock catching the front windshield, fingers crossed........
LibertyMan 03/22/19 05:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best place to stay near Mount Rushmore

Sorry double post. Thought the picture attached on the first one. Trying again. A photo of our spot in Rafter J this past summer. We visited several other campgrounds in the area for future trips and realized Rafter J was perfect for us. No regrets not choosing another campground. https://i.imgur.com/oE9Oskel.jpg
LibertyMan 02/11/19 08:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best place to stay near Mount Rushmore

Another for Rafter J
LibertyMan 02/11/19 07:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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