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RE: Trip to Colorado from Minnesota

If you didn't want to get too deep into Colorado, but see what it's like, you could just camp around Sioux Falls, SD and the eastern half of Colorado looks just like that! :) just kidding - I've spent a lot of time between MN (Gunflint Trail, Boundary Waters), SD (Black Hills to Brookings and Vermillion to Buffalo) and have lived and roamed Colorado for the last 30 years. They all have unique and beautiful places to explore.
gkainz 10/15/21 03:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Andersen Ultimate Hitch - my observations

Thanks for all the comments. Couple replies back. I didn't realize you could install the hitch two ways. I guess in theory that makes sense, I just followed the stickers on the hitch that pointed an arrow towards tail gate and installed it that way. Guess it makes sense that it could go either way.. I was just following the stickers. My adapter is mounted towards the rear. Based on the measurement instructions from Andersen, it called for it to be mounted that way. I would check with Andersen before turning the base around. Physically, you can, but structurally, I don't think it's designed to carry the max load that way while pulling the 5er. Makes sense to me when I look at mine. I put a stall mat under mine to mitigate against rotation, and it works great. After I hooked up the 5er, I re-torqued the top bolt and got another half turn or so...... I have my adaptor mounted towards the cab of the truck. ie, the cup/pin is closer to the cab to put the connection point over the rear axle. I still have lots of cab clearance, so no issue there. At the scale, the weight on the front tires changed by 20 pounds lighter from unloaded to loaded, so it looks like the connection point could still be very slightly behind the rear axle. Not enough for me to notice at all, and it handles great. I did ask Andersen about reversing the frame on mine (1st gen original aluminum) and they said "no problem".
gkainz 10/15/21 03:29pm Fifth-Wheels
Best practices for dissimilar batteries

I got my 2010 5th wheel probably like everyone else - with a single 12V Marine/RV combo battery. I had 2 other nearly new 12V Marine/RV combo batteries from my prior RV that I kept when trading. I know the drawback of the Marine/RV battery so no discussion needed there - it's what I had and chose to use and they worked well for over 8 years. Not optimal but couldn't have asked much more from them. Last year 2 of those 12V batteries died. I retired the remaining one to trolling motor duty, and replaced the other 2 with a pair of Costco CG2 6V 210Ah batteries, 200 Watts of solar panel and the Windy Nation P30L charge controller. Last weekend my batteries didn't make it through the night - still hot summer but at 11,000' the nights get cold and a little heat is nice! So, the only battery available within a hundred miles was another 12v Marine/RV combo battery. I stuck it in the empty box, disconnected the 6V GC batteries and finished the weekend. I just replaced 1 6V GC battery (the one reading low - the other read 6.4V) and am taking a gamble that 1 year difference may not hurt me (yeah, I know ... Murphy lives at my house and I should have replaced the pair, but Costco's warranty on these is 1 year and I was 13 months ... shake my head). Anyway, now I have 2 6V GC batteries again in series, and paralleled to the new 12V Marine/RV combo. Charge controller is hooked up across both banks, and house draw draws across both banks. I just got a Blue Sea 4 position (1, 2, 1+2, Off) battery switch to separate the 2 battery banks (yeah, I know - the 12V battery is not technically a "bank"). Finally, to the original question - best practices on: - cutting in the battery switch - pos, neg? legs? - connecting the solar charger to one, other or both battery banks? - how best to charge one, other or both? Thanks! Greg
gkainz 09/01/21 03:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

If you buy a Silverado in any color other than silver, is it still a Silverado? :)
gkainz 09/01/21 07:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sylvan Lake Campground to Mt Rushmore

Those tour bus drivers are trained especially for those tunnels. Google for videos ... it's a tight fit. I grew up in Custer and used to be pretty familiar with the area.
gkainz 08/24/21 01:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: 50 Amp plugging into 30 amp service

Now the rules according to readdy kilowatt LOL! Haven't heard of that one in years! I grew up in a powerline construction family, contracting to numerous REAs... they were all Willy Wirehand guys ... http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/64/8a/e1/648ae18d7f5299dcbddf73d83ac26e5b.jpg and the "other guys" (local Power and Light companies) had Reddy Kilowatt https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d5/83/e3/d583e3959ec820af74cf4a7b00f3ed63.jpg as their mascot!
gkainz 07/24/21 09:59pm Tech Issues
50 Amp plugging into 30 amp service

My kids, new to RVing, bought a big toy hauler wired for 50 amp service. My experience is all 30 amp RVs. They tell me that a few of their destinations for their planned trip have 30 amp pedestals only. What are the different adapters available to plug a 50 amp cord into a 30 amp service, and pros and cons of each? I think I saw somewhere there are adapters to use 2 30 amp outlets and combine to fully run a 50 amp RV? What would you suggest I pass along to them for options and accessories. I already explained that just because you have all those electrical appliances and outlets, you can't always "just plug in and turn everything on" ... wondering if I need to resort to the old Green Acres simple ampacity solution that Oliver created for Lisa ... :)
gkainz 07/24/21 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: Propane Firepit Restrictions - West Coast

Last Year's Ruling ... Colorado allows them in even in a higher stage fire ban, as the device has an immediate gas disconnect (ON, OFF) to the burner, which is their definition of an allowable device, whereas other "pits and devices" have combustibles that do not/cannot immediately stop burning. Here, the county authorities mostly chose to follow State and Federal guidelines for Fire Danger and restrictions... for the most part. There's always that exception, though, where arguing gets you nowhere successfully. My take on it is, "your park, your rules".
gkainz 06/03/21 02:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cleaning up our old RV

We tried to get Grand Lake for July 4th weekend and struck out just 12 hours into the reservation slot, so we're boon-docking at a friend's cabin near Leadville. We normally camp every other weekend all summer from May through October but this year we definitely missed the boat for reservations. We did get Sylvan Lake for end of September.
gkainz 05/25/21 05:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cleaning up our old RV

Howdy, neighbor! Good work! :)
gkainz 05/24/21 01:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rent a Truck to tow a 5th Wheel or Gooseneck

I just peeked at Enterprise website as well and only saw bumper pull hitch towing equipment ... didn't see anything for 5th wheel or gooseneck. Did I miss it?
gkainz 05/17/21 09:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What are your campfire cooking essentials?

to add to above - heavy leather gloves or "ove glove" - adjustable pole mounted grate (like Cabela's Adjust-a-Grate) and wire brush - meat hook/flipper - good GOOD cooking wood (oak, hickory, mesquite, apple) or hardwood lump charcoal - heavy foil & disposable aluminum holding/serving pans We camp often with a group and I and a friend do breakfasts and evening meal cooks for the group. We both somewhat aspire to be like Ken Rollins when we retire.
gkainz 03/23/21 08:13am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Breakaway Cable on Andersen Hitch.

carabiner on the gooseneck safety chain eye in the bed.
gkainz 03/13/21 05:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Here she is - our new to us 5th wheel

So does that mean the toys are staying home now? Edit - never mind, just saw the update on the TH section...
gkainz 03/11/21 10:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

while driving? turn signals, flashing high beams and middle finger ... just like always. :)
gkainz 03/08/21 03:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Underframe Storage

I interpret the above to say the add-on underbody mounts (aftermarket?) are more flimsy than the rear bumper spare tire mounts (factory), and nothing to do with an attitude of "don't give a rip about anyone behind me, as long as my stuff is not hurt" ...
gkainz 03/05/21 07:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any software devs, working from their RV?

Business Systems Analyst here. I work weeks at a time from the RV all the time. My hotspot has been rock solid for work during the day and streaming at night. I've tested lots of different conditions and haven't ever hit a data cap or been throttled yet. I have to be strategic about the spots where I camp, but it's not too tough to find a hill or unobstructed valley where I'll get a good signal. I don't recommend doing like Lwiddis suggests and trying to bill your employer, because they'll tell you to quit telecommuting (once the lockdown is over) and make you come back to the desk that they're already paying for. Not here ... our CEO said "you all are doing such a good job as remote workers, we're not renewing our leases on a number of offices." So, many of us are now permanent remote workers. I was nearly that anyway, BC (Before Covid).
gkainz 03/04/21 01:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Any software devs, working from their RV?

Since I'm pretty much the sole Oracle DBA for my group, I've been doing this for years and my vacations in the RV always ended up being working vacations. Sometimes an "urgent request" might have to wait until the fish aren't biting and I make it back to shore again, but they know that. I VPNed into the company network, then RDPed onto my office desktop, then reached out to everywhere I needed to be from there. Before picking a destination I checked reported cellular coverage and used my company phone on AT&T as a hotspot. One of my favorite campgrounds has absolutely ZERO cell service. I reserve that one when I really REALLY need to be left alone! :)
gkainz 03/03/21 10:36am Full-time RVing
RE: CC&R dated 1973 says no RVs, trailers, boats can be stored

Any restrictions on the height of fence you could build between this property and Gladys Kravitz neighbor?
gkainz 02/22/21 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas Credit Cards

Counter-point to the above - you don't have to use Costco gas stations to get cash back on their credit card. Although Costco gas stations are cheaper than anything else around here, at least. However, there are some gas locations that are disqualified from the 4% reward. see here https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/gas-stations-included-citi-costco-card/
gkainz 02/19/21 08:06am General RVing Issues
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