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RE: Trekking poles

We've been using trekking poles for at least 20 years. They have save our bacon more than once on rocky trails in Colorado and Arizona. At our age we now call the geezer poles. Wife got cocky in the Tetons in August and was walking on a trail that was an accessible trail. Decided she didn't need the poles. Guess what? She did a face plant and bruised her knee, ribs and wrist. She is ok but still kicking herself knowing she would have caught herself if she was using the poles. Just an FYI on buying poles. Do not try to save money by buying bargain poles. Highly suggest carbon fiber for weight savings and strength. Black Diamond is an excellent brand to look at.
Thunder Mountain 09/15/19 05:10pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Horrid experience Denton tx

Hello Dstalls, We apologize for the experience you have had at the Denton Camping World location. We have forwarded your experience to the leadership team for review and follow up. Thank you, Good Sam Care Team I posted my experience last night on social media in some RV forums and it almost went viral. Apparently this is commonplace at camping world. I heard many similar stories. One thread reached over 400 replies within an hour and finally had to be shut down. You guys have a serious pr issue and obvious business ethics issues. I was hard pressed to find ONE positive review for any camping world. Not to bash you, but you should have done your research on CW before doing business with them.
Thunder Mountain 09/11/19 08:13am Camping World RV Sales
RE: My Onan Generator is Vexing me!

Here is a wild guess. A friend had a gas Onan that was acting like yours. We live at 8200' and he was trying to camp at similar or higher altitude. Turns out he needed a high altitude carb. Was a cheap fix and simple install. Maybe somebody else will chime in on this issue.
Thunder Mountain 09/09/19 07:11am Tech Issues
RE: I 40 from Gallup to Albuquerque

Agree with above comments. The only negative that comes to mind is the amount of semi traffic. At times you can get pinned in the right lane unless you pay very close attention to traffic ahead. You may have to drive a little faster than normal to pass a string of trucks especially on long grades or drive slower and plod along. Then there are the idiots driving aggressively weaving in and out of traffic.
Thunder Mountain 09/07/19 08:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Winter in Northern OK

Do yourself a favor and go online to the Weather Channel and pull up the monthly averages for that area. Driving to Omaha that time of year is like the ice capades. You are not far enough from Iowa that time of year to expect better weather.
Thunder Mountain 09/05/19 06:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Annual maintenances: wise, necessary, waste of money?

The only thing on that list that I would pay to get done is the brakes and bearings. The rest you can do yourself. The $300 CW inspection is just a way to spend more of your money. You can do it yourself by doing a little reading and research. The furnace cleaning is a big rip off. Do it yourself. It isn't brain surgery.
Thunder Mountain 09/05/19 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

I see that you have been on this forum since 2015. So, you are not an RV newbie. Unless your future circumstances somehow prevent coming back to the Rockies, I think you are trying to do way too much in too little time. Your trip sounds like a Caribbean Cruise covering 10 islands in five days. You'll be left wondering what you didn't see. If you are somewhat physically able such as being able to walk/hike 2-4 miles a day you will need to allow at least 3-4 days in each major destination. If you are a windshield tourist and not interested in leaving sight of your vehicle, you may be able to cover the territory you've outlined. Considering that your driving route will try to avoid highly traveled highways, you will add many hours to your driving time. We started seriously RVing the places you've mentioned in about 2003. Thanks to a generous benefit package we were able to get in at least three weeks a year and sometimes four weeks a year in the RV. We've been to everyone of the places you mentioned. It took us four trips to Capital Reef to hike it out. A dozen times to the Moab area hasn't covered the area. Zion to two trips to cover. Don't even talks about trying to see Yellowstone and Glacier in less than a week each. We're active adults although age has caught up with us. We can only hike every other day now. But we just got back from a trip to the Tetons which we've visited at least ten times previously. Still we kept ourselves busy for five days including lunch at Old Faithful, rafting, hiking and sightseeing. A number of your destinations such as the Badlands, Mt. Evans, Pikes Peak, Devil's Tower and Dinosaur are one day destinations, but you will still burn two nights plus travel time. That doesn't count shopping or doing tourist trap places. Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons, Zion, and Rocky will burn between three and five nights each. Do yourself a favor and take a breath. Get an atlas out and just plot out the number of miles you are trying to cover.
Thunder Mountain 09/02/19 07:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trouble with Winnebago warranty repair.

Still waiting on Winnebago to get back to me. After our last conversation I’m not feeling very optimistic. Your problem is probably not with Winnebago. Your issue is most likely with the servicing dealer. My experience with the Winnebago warranty has been nothing but stellar. Even out of warranty, their customer service has been superb. Now, there is a major caveat to the above statement. While under warranty, Winnebago sent me parts which I installed or had a mobile tech install. I did have to eat the mobile service call, but it beat a 2 1/2 hour trip each way plus a chase car to a Winnebago dealer which happens to be Camping World. I wouldn't dare let them touch anything I own. Next closest dearer is about 3 1/2 hours each way. This may not help you now, but maybe this will help others.
Thunder Mountain 08/30/19 10:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Why the large discrepancy in rv antifreeze prices?

Prices are all over the place. Just bought Camco at True Value for $2.99 a gallon. Best price I've seen in a long time. I bought several cases.
Thunder Mountain 08/28/19 09:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Canyon de Chelly

Not trying to flame you but Canyon de Chelly is not a National Park. It is a National Monument. Hubbell is a National Historic Site. Although both are administered by the National Park Service neither Monuments or Historic sites do not get the same level of signage and interpretation as National Parks. It is a shame because both of those sites are rich in history. Do yourself and read up on Canyon de Chelly. What Kit Carson, the US Army and our Government did to the Navajo was a travesty. I too was disappointed at the "tour" at Hubbell. If you go back to Canyon de Chelly take one of the Navajo led tours in an old Army duce and a half.
Thunder Mountain 08/22/19 06:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rocky Mountains camping

I used to live in Colorado and went to RMNP once. Too crowded. There are so many great places in the state to wander around in. such as? Been to Durango area before I had RV then to Ridgway SP and Mueller SP with the camper. Always looking for good recommendations. Thanks We lived in EP from 1980 till 2010. September is absolutely beautiful. It used to be a time for us to catch our breath after a busy summer packed with tourists. Weekends were busy with leaf lookers and elk watchers. The trails and Park were pretty much empty during the week. Now, September is just an extension of summer. It is packed with tourists and the Park is absolute gridlock. We sadly left EP in 2010 because we couldn't take the chaos that is now EP and RMNP. There are many just as nice places to visit in September. Think about Buena Vista/Leadville/Salida, Durango/Silverton, Ouray, or Lake City. If you "must" go to EP in September, try to arrive on Monday and depart on Friday. Peak leaf time is around the third week of September.
Thunder Mountain 08/12/19 08:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Convection vs Standard oven

My experience with RV propane ovens has been less than happy. Temp regulation was awful plus if you camp in hot temps the heat generated will really tax the a/c. We converted the propane cooktop in our new unit to a Nuwave two burner induction. I also have a portable NuWave induction to cook messy stuff outside. We use the microwave/convection oven plus a toaster oven with convection. If you have a generator or us campground power then there is no problem. We don't bake bread, eat pizza or pastries. If we want ribs or other items that require broiling or baking we cook ahead of time and freeze. We rarely use the oven at our home base relying almost exclusively on convection microwave and toaster/convection oven.
Thunder Mountain 08/02/19 06:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Refrigerator Change in a Class A Gasser

OK, we are discussing changing out our Dometic 2862 for an all electric. One option is the guy who does the conversion in Indiana (JC Refeigeration I believe) and I spoke with him. $750 for him to do it. I just need to get the MH to him. Wife does not like that idea, and wants a new unit. So we've been looking at residential units, and there are a few out there - BUT - folks in the last 2 campgrounds have warned us that the residential units are not made to bounce around in an RV, and we need to look at the Norcold, Dometic Nova Kool, or other all electric units. Question - who has made the change in their gassers (DP's ride much smoother, so I don't know if it's a fair comparison) and is happy with the performance and longevity, and what did you install. Al Everybody has addressed the reliability issue which I totally agree with. But nobody has addressed the $750 price tag. That is way too much. Getting the old one out just requires some disassembly and a couple of strong backs. Cap the gas line move some electrical around and maybe do some cabinet work. I paid a company in Yuma to remove the old one and get the new residential through the door for $200. Used the existing 110 volt outlet and finished the trim out when I got home.
Thunder Mountain 07/27/19 02:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish Network Satellite finder app for iphone?

Thanks folks. Wife downloaded Dish for my RV. Will try it out later today.
Thunder Mountain 07/24/19 06:22am Technology Corner
Dish Network Satellite finder app for iphone?

Need a satellite finder app for the iphone. We camp in spots where trees are often a problem. Will be using it with our portable dish.
Thunder Mountain 07/23/19 07:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Any reverse snowbirds out there?

We are watching this thread. Getting ready to pull the trigger on a house in Wickenburg and are going to do the reverse snowbird. Would appreciate responders giving specific locations rather than Montana. It is a big state. We've lived in CO for 39 years and know all the summer nice high altitude places which will be on our schedule for a few weeks to a month every year.
Thunder Mountain 07/19/19 06:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buena Vista CO area

Snowy Peaks, Mt. Princeton, KOA, Arrowhead Point will all work for you. We live in BV and stayed at all but the KOA before moving here. All three will have road noise and no access to the AR River. If you are coming this summer, you had better start calling now for reservations. May be a bit hard getting reservations.
Thunder Mountain 07/19/19 06:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dish Hopper 3

You didn't mention what year your RV was. We installed a surplus old Hopper 2 in our MH. The 2016 Journey already had the factory installed Travler so the required two wires running from the LNB were in place. Installed the switch in the overhead cabinet. Then it was plug and play. For a Hopper 3, we were told that I would have to replace the LNB just like we did at home. You Tube is your friend for making these mods.
Thunder Mountain 07/14/19 06:52am Technology Corner
RE: brake buddy/assist

eBay or Craigs List. I sold my old Brake Buddy on CL to a happy camper.
Thunder Mountain 06/27/19 04:49pm Full-time RVing
RE: curtains for front windshield

Several years ago we bought replacements for our 2007 Endeavor from eBay. They came in four panels. So, we had to sew them together to make two panels. They were the correct length and material type. Would also try Amazon. Shouldn't be brain surgery.
Thunder Mountain 06/14/19 06:11am Class A Motorhomes
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