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RE: South Dakota Advice

OP here. Thanks for the responses, keep them coming! We've researched the sights in the area, and have read about the "usual suspects". Any off-the-beaten-path ideas? If you're into hiking, there's a great hike to Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, the highest point in South Dakota, at over 7200 feet. Not overly long or difficult, the views are incredible from the top. correct, but even more ... Harney Peak is the highest point east of the Rockies in North America ... :) OP here. Thanks for the responses, keep them coming! We've researched the sights in the area, and have read about the "usual suspects". Any off-the-beaten-path ideas? North of Custer is Sylvan Lake - and starting at the dam (which you may recognize if you saw "National Treasure - Book of Secrets") is a nice hiking trail through Sunday Gulch. It's moderately strenuous but has hand rails for most of the rough spots. Then off to Mount Rushmore and Keystone for a day trip. If driving a car, you can take the Needles Highway, including a few very narrow tunnels. They're narrow, but ironically enough, wide enough for a greyhound bus (if you're one of the few specially trained bus drivers!) (Google for images and videos) Custer State Park includes the Game Lodge, Calvin Coolidge's summer White House. The vistors center has been significantly upgraded since I moved away and I've heard it's well worth the stop. Heading south, drive the wildlife loop, including 2 pigtail bridges. Mount Coolidge and Cicero Peak fire lookouts may be open to climb up, or just hike to. Bluebell lodge is a great place to stop for lunch on your way south. Further south, I second the Mammoth Digs in Hot Springs, also Evans Plunge. I got SCUBA certified there back in the 70s. :) Wind Cave National Park is between Custer State Park and Hot Springs. It's an interesting cave for the winds, where it got it's name, but I much prefer Jewell Cave, east of Custer. Heading to the Northern Hills, Spearfish Canyon is an attractive drive. The Homestake Gold Mine near Lead and Deadwood is much changed since the 70's but I believe still has an information center. Deadwood is now a gambling town and much of what I recall worth seeing is gone, but may still have some areas of interest. Rapid City has a good museum of Natural History at SD School of Mines, as well as a very good aviation museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Reptile Gardens (south of Rapid City) gives me the creeps but I cannot stand snakes, so disregard my revulsion. It gets high marks from visitors.
gkainz 09/16/19 11:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

I used to use air only until one year my old class C split the line to the toilet. I assume water pooled down from the valve to a connector and froze. Switched to air followed with AF. Then I was cleaning my air/oil separator and draining the compressor tank and realized that I wouldn't fill SCUBA tanks with that air and breathe it, so why would I put it in my water lines? Only AF now for me.
gkainz 09/13/19 07:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 6 Volt RV batteries

I get 6 volters from Costco. About $80 per battery. $80? https://www.costco.com/Interstate-6-Volt-Golf-Cart-Battery.product.100476406.html I took a photo of the price and specs in Costco in February and they were $93.99. They're $98.99 now online ... going up up up ...
gkainz 09/11/19 07:38am Tech Issues
RE: Need to buy replacement battery

not trying to stir the pot, but the above linked batteries claim to be Marine and RV Batteries ... and one includes Deep Cycle in the name and description. So, which is it? Deep Cycle or Marine and RV? Is there really an acceptable hybrid that now does both? Or is this still a compromise trying to really be a true Deep Cycle battery?
gkainz 09/03/19 11:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: My 350/3500 is just too big to fit between the lines!

way too many small car parking spots around here - usually at Home Depot and Lowes. I guess nobody buys anything bigger than a toilet seat any more. And don't get me started on the educated idiots that "DESIGN" (and I use that term in a derogatory manner) parking lots to impede traffic flow, not enhance it. Would like to introduce a size 11 boot to the seat of the pants of the morons around here that design our parking lots. When I have to take the truck to a Prius Preferred Parking lot, I usually back in tail over sidewalk to get out of the traffic flow the best I can.
gkainz 08/28/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

Blend door failure was a recurring theme for a while on the 2nd and 3rd gen RAMs but I thought they were a "broke and stayed broke" problem, not one that works for a while and then doesn't.
gkainz 08/28/19 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel fuel stop on I25 between Cheyenne Wy. Casper Wy.

Just a tidbit of detail - the Sinclair Truck stop at Orin Jct. is roughly a quarter to half-mile east of the rest stop on Hwy 20. It is competitive "at times" (check on your own) I've seen it vary wildly from Cheyenne, Wheatland and Lusk - my usual choices when traveling between Denver and Custer/Rapid City, SD.
gkainz 08/13/19 07:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Small Family hauler- HELP!

I'm thinking you're going to be limited to something perhaps like the popup toyhaulers ... like this one https://www.thegreatoutdoorsrv.com/rockwood/282txr
gkainz 08/12/19 11:14am Toy Haulers
RE: 5th wheel lifting bracket

i have my 6 year old granddaughter lift mine off. :D (Andersen Ultimate)
gkainz 08/12/19 07:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Service Temporarily Unavailable"

I was getting it regularly when joining from RV.NET, so I switched over to TRAILERLIFE portal. It was ok for a while, but now I'm getting it regularly from there. Cancel the page when it spins and hit reload and the page does load on the second try.
gkainz 08/09/19 09:37am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: House battery/Propane

In my experience, you can generally find RV refills for propane in the US at rental equipment yards, ACE Hardware, U-Haul, Tractor Supply, etc ... a quick google search for "RV propane refill near me" will turn up useable results.
gkainz 08/07/19 07:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: proper hook up procedure?

OK I've got it now. Rubber chocks from Horrible Freight OK? I do the "bump" test now but the advice to only slightly raise the front legs makes a lot of common sense in case the hitch is not fully latched. Thanks for the help. Those are the ones I use. Cheap and effective.
gkainz 08/05/19 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck with 5ver towing a boat

i won the only argument I ever had with a state trooper. I could see 2 patrol cars doing leap-frog on I-70 near Vail, CO one year, pulling over car after car. I continued on in the slow lane past them and a few minutes later one of them pulls in behind me and pulls me over. Of course I got the standard "Do you know why I pulled you over?" and truthfully answered no (although I had suspicions). He said "CO state law requires you to move over for emergency vehicles" and I countered with "the rest of the statute says 'if road, weather or traffic conditions make it not possible, then slow and maintain a safe speed. What you couldn't see when I went past you were the 3 cars bumper to bumper on my left side of the truck and trailer not allowing me to move over one lane. So, I slowed down 20 mph and passed you with caution." He blinked and said "I'll just write this up as a contact. Thanks and drive safe". You know you're old when cops and doctors look younger than your grandkids.
gkainz 07/19/19 08:34am Towing
RE: Lake Byre Recreational Area in Kennebec, SD

town website http://kennebecsd.com/default.htm call the fire department? Or one of the businesses? Closest relatives/contacts I have are on either side of the state now, with nobody in the central part of SD
gkainz 07/11/19 09:12am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 5th Wheel Hitches 101

Whether the B&W is best or not I dont know but I would say most B&W owners would have a hard time trading their hitch for anything else. I'm another B&W fan boy. I think your 7.3 diesel is going to have its work cut out for it. As your self appointed President of the B&W HeavyWeight Fanboy Club I can assure you B&W makes the very best non air ride hitches on the 3rd Rock From The Sun. Certainly one of the heaviest. and just LOOK at ALL THE LOCKS you can put on it!!!!! :D
gkainz 06/21/19 11:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to add support to my Short Queen?

Tell her she's beautiful and height doesn't matter? :D
gkainz 06/08/19 07:48am Travel Trailers
RE: freezer solutions for new rv'er/elk hunter. Arctic Fox 990

Thank you all very much for your ideas! I'm looking in to all of the suggestions. A lot to think about! To clarify, I'll be full-timing in the camper. There will be no dedicated hunting site. I'll hunt again when I run out of meat/there is room in the freezer. That changes the equation from what I'm used to seeing. I would still look at a small chest freezer, generator or primarily solar and more batteries on a small utility trailer, before I would swap out the fridge for a freezer.
gkainz 05/29/19 11:06am Beginning RVing
RE: freezer solutions for new rv'er/elk hunter. Arctic Fox 990

some of the out of state hunters I run into here in Colorado have a chest freezer on a small utility trailer and a generator. Once the freezer is cold, it will stay frozen for a few days easily, if unopened. Personally, I like to hang my game for a few days before freezing, if at all possible.
gkainz 05/29/19 06:20am Beginning RVing
RE: Unplug All The Charger/Converters

BS "You talkin' to me?" :) or the OP? http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=Garmin+GTN+750+and+SPOT+interference
gkainz 05/28/19 10:48am Tech Issues
RE: Rafter J-Bar / Custer / Rushmore

When I lived in Custer, we (and many others) used to make sure we took our vacations out of state ... WAY out of state during the 3 weeks of the rally ... yeah - it's officially only 1 week, but a week of pre- and post- rally crowd is huge. I see you've decided to switch to Yellowstone instead, but honestly, I see Yellowstone's "normal" summer congestion on par with the Black Hills Bike week(s), so, to me, it's a tossup.
gkainz 05/28/19 07:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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