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RE: Colorado, I70 and 160 to 285 advice

I 70 is ho hum yes some long grades but it is interstate highway so nothing crazy at all. Genesee/floyd hill just west of Denver, then the slog up to the Eisenhower tunnel, then up Vail pass after that easy peasy to Moab. Moab and 191 south to Monticello Utah some short steep hills but nothing big. 491 from Monticello to Cortez (keep your eyes open for the 160 turn off in Cortez it can sneak up on you) easy peasy good road then on 160 to Mesa Verde again easy peasy bit of hill just before Mesa Verde exit. 160 east from Mesa Verde to 285 is nothing except for Wolf Creek pass. I personally find it zero issue but I drive over it probably 50 times a year so may be jaded. It is great road only two hairpins going up the west side and don't recall any on the east side. Once down super easy to Del Norte at the stop light in Del Norte turn left on 112 and save yourself some miles. It will take you to 160 is good road and flat. Left on 160 and it is slow slight uphill grade all the way to the top of Poncha Pass like as in 50 miles gradual. In fact you wont even know you are going up the pass it is such a gradual climb. Going down the other side you can tell but it is a minimal pass and no issue. Once down pay attention to signs to stay on 285 as you hit Poncha Springs there is stop light go through that and get in right hand lane to turn off to stay on 285 Now you start heading up the Arkansas river valley again a couple hills nothing big at all. At Johnson Corners you turn no big whoop again even Kenosha pass is minimal pass. After you get down it the road gets a bit more curvey but 45-55mph then it opens up in Bailey where there is a decent hill but really fairly short and gets better but it is good road all the way into Denver. 285 to 160 is my go to route to get down to the Mesa Verde area as we have some property in the area so am down there frequently. The drive is nice, usually uncrowded, minimal big trucks and good scenery.
BarryG20 07/21/21 03:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: Onboard Air Systems

Extreme outback at least in my dealings has always been awesome. As I stated earlier in the thread my 20 year old unit is still cruising along just fine and dandy. Their service has been great the few times I called them. On a side note when I moved the compressor to my new truck a few years ago I got a couple new parts such as a new air filter for it. I went to hook it up. Had a problem it was a real headscratcher for me. I finally realized that I had put the one way valve in the system backwards, duuuuuhhhhh
BarryG20 07/16/21 08:08am Truck Campers
RE: Onboard Air Systems

I am using an extremeair unit myself. It has been awesome so far and if it crapped out tomorrow I would not be upset. It has been underneath a truck for close to 20 years. And I do mean underneath the truck. On both trucks it sat /sits behind the cab underneath the bed on the pass side tucked up as high as possible between the frame rail and the bed side. I did fab up some protection panels for it out of some scrap aluminum diamond plate I had laying around. I originally put it on my 01 Ram then moved it over to my 17 Ram when I got a new truck. When I purchased it the Magnum was not out yet otherwise I would have bought that one. On my 01 I had quick connects on them front and rear of truck. On my 17 I just did one to the rear so I could easily inflate the trailer tires and the hose that does that will easily reach the front truck tires as well. Every once in a while I have to change the quick connect out for a new as they start to corrode and dont work so well. I ran hose inside the frame rail where possible and any place it went through a hole or was rubbing on something I would zip tie some heater hose around it. I have yet to have a hose break/split whatever. Make sure and run heavy enough gauge wire to the comp for power and ground.
BarryG20 07/13/21 10:21am Truck Campers
RE: National Parks' Hilarious Bear Advisory

I seem to recall a poster at Yellowstone about bison. It was a bison throwing someone in the air with blood spurting out. It was on the walls in front of the urinals in the bathroom at Grant Campground. I thought it was hilarious.
BarryG20 06/22/21 08:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

Here is your answer, about 1/2 down the page it is pretty clear https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/handbook/vehicle-industry-registration-procedures-manual-2/commercial-vehicles/pickup-with-a-camper-attached/
BarryG20 06/01/21 01:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank

Titan makes a 55 gallon midship replacement for that truck. Don’t lose any bed space that way if that is important to you
BarryG20 05/27/21 08:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hwy 115 north from 50 in Colorado

yes 115 is good to go and as 4runner said rush hour you might have to sit a cycle or two at some stop lights.
BarryG20 05/25/21 03:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cortez, CO RV parks?

Right by Mesa Verde in addition to the cg in the park you have Mesa Verde RV Resort, Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Park and just up the road just east of Mancos Echo Basin Cabins and RV Resort. There are a few others in and right around Cortez. Sundance and Koa come to mind as previously mentioned
BarryG20 04/08/21 08:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a 2.5" receiver hitch

Geo'Boy has it right. I have had many over the years and finally plunked down the cash for the tow and stow a few years ago. It sure isn't the cheapest out there but as far as I am concerned it is the best I have ever used especially if you need multiple ball sizes like I do.
BarryG20 04/02/21 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Glacier National Park starting ticketed Entry

We have been to Zion many times over the years. I can remember pre shuttle and the sometimes hard time to find a parking spot. Then it got to the point of you could hardly find a parking spot at any trailhead. Then they instituted the mandatory shuttle you were no longer allowed to drive down the main canyon. We do canyoneering and as such have to haul a fair amount of gear. I thought the mandatory shuttle was going to be a major pita. In the end I had changed my mind. We no longer had to wait for parking spaces at the trailheads we used, the shuttle ran very frequently never had to wait more than 10 minutes. Yes we got more than a few strange looks and comments , why are carrying rope, are we supposed to where helmets in the park stuff like that. Then a few years ago I took my son with me to Zion as he hadn't been there since he was little and it had been several years for myself as well. First it took us 45 minutes to get a parking spot. Then we had to wait over 90 minutes to get on the shuttle and they were coming every 10 minutes or less. We almost left. However I thought let me go check with the a ranger and see what the deal is these days. She told me this normal but once we got out of the visitor center that it wouldn't be a problem. Well she was wrong. The shuttles were packed. If you got off at a stop you couldn't hardly get back on, you might have to wait for 3,4 or 5 shuttles before you could get back on, no it wasn't 90+ minutes but it might be 30 minutes. We got down to the Virgin River Narrows one of my previously favorite hikes there. It was unbelievable. The paved part of the trail was one constant line of people the entire way to the end of the pavement. Previous times we had hiked that not that it wasn't somewhat busy but this was crazy. Then we used to hike up the canyon 4 or 5 miles after the first 500 yards the people would thin out and after a mile or so you would find very few people and most of the time it was like you were the only one there. This time it was like we were at a water park. We went up about 2.5 miles and there were still at least a hundred people in view at all times. Not to mention their behavior and trash, plastic water bottles floating down the river, trash everywhere waiting for the next big rain to wash it all downstream. I was so disappointed. And for the first time in my life I thought it might be a good idea to limit park admittance. I had heard grumblings about lotteries etc and had previously always been against them, not so sure I am against them now. I have found this to be the case at Bryce, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches and even in some of at least what used to be considered remote places like Cedar Mesa or the Escalante area where you could go for days without seeing anyone now required permits, max people per day, no places to park at those areas. I realized the parks were not there for my personal enjoyment but for all peoples enjoyment however in many areas it is no longer enjoyable, yes the scenery is still great assuming you can overlook the crowds in front of you but it is no longer "getting away" it is more like an amusement park.
BarryG20 04/02/21 08:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Running boards + extra step

Amp Research power folding steps as mentioned by a previous poster does make an extended version as well as their normal version that does drop lower by 3 inches compared to the regular ones. https://www.amp-research.com/powerstep-xl-running-board When I take certain people in the truck I throw a small rubber maid stool in the truck to give them a second step.
BarryG20 03/26/21 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which one is really about camping?

"Lighten up Francis" is a line from a movie
BarryG20 03/24/21 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone making a reliable new truck now?

Well I had 375k miles on my 01 ram and it is still going at my brother in laws house. Not that it never needed a repair that not really anything I would call abnormal. My 2017 ram at 144k had an oil leak fixed under warranty aside from that no issues. Most truck forums and here for that matter focus on problems, you rarely hear from the vast majority of owners who either have no problems or at least don’t voice them on the internet. Think back 30 or 40 years ago and American automakers could barely build a vehicle that could last out of warranty. You don’t think they went bang back then. They built engines to last 75-80 k miles carburetor problems on the GM Rochester quadrajet that they just kept using for years. Don’t forget the points and condensers crapping out on the highway in the rain, distributors caps cracking leaving you stranded. Granted the fixes were easier if you had a modicum of mechanical ability and you didn’t need a computer to figure out what was wrong. Thankfully the Japanese pretty much forced the American makers to up their game. Though they have had their share of problems over the years as well Vehicles seem insanely expensive today but they are also insanely better in so many ways. I do long for the old days vehicles of yesteryears simplicity but the heated seats,variable timing, brakes etc of today would be hard to give up
BarryG20 03/23/21 07:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Arizona Rt.264, Tuba City to Ganado Rt.191?

It has been a while for me on that road but I do not remember it being bad at all fairly remote. If you have the time stop in at the trading post/ museum. You will pass through the Hopi reservation and keams canyon. Canyon de chelly right up the road as well Don’t know when you are going but if anytime soon make sure and check the status of the Navajo reservation it hhad/has been under a pretty tight lockdown but unsure of current status
BarryG20 03/11/21 09:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Durango, Colorado or Shiprock, New Mexico.????

Best scenery route I think would be 191 south out of Moab to 46 (La Sal) to 90 (road name changes as you cross the Utah Colorado border) to 141 in Naturita to 145 just east of Naturita to 62 at Placerville to 550 in Ridgeway then 550 through Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Aztec, Bloomfield, Cuba into Bernalillo and into Albq. 46,90,141, 145 is going to be pretty remote stuff but iirc correctly road is lightly traveled but ok. 62/550 puts you out just north of Ouray in Ridgewaythen the infamous US 550 Million Dollar Highway that many people are scared of but the road is fine the speed is slow. You will not beat that route for scenery, though there are other routes that are scenic
BarryG20 02/02/21 02:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: vallecito res. colorado

South western colorado north ofDurango about 20 miles is location though I am of no help for nfcg’s in that area
BarryG20 01/30/21 06:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bryce to Cortez, Co area

Easiest is probably backtrack on 12 to 89 then south to Kanab on across southern Utah northern Arizona to 160 on into Cortez. Probably the least scenic route but probably the fastest. Next easiest would be out of Bryce head north up 62 to koosharem then hit 24 to loa and then take 72 up to 70 east to 191 at crescent junction south to Moab and down to Monticello then 491down into Cortez pretty scenic route even the I 70 portion going across the San Rafael swell is very scenic. My favorite, though it is the longest by an additional 45 minutes to hour is to take 12 out of Bryce through escalante up and over boulder mountain, catching 24 in Torrey heading east on 24 to Hanksville then 95 to the south to 191 then in blanding you can take the back roads into canyon of the ancients or into Cortez or head north a bit more on 191 to Monticello and hit 491 down into Cortez. It would be my personal favorite route but it is the slowest
BarryG20 01/14/21 08:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for I70 alterantives Colorado trip in February - .

Where are you trying to end up? 285 does not go anywhere near Utah goes down into New Mexico and heads south east down to Roswell and then on into Texas. However I drive 160 to the Durango/Mancos area many times a year from the Denver area. Depending on where I am coming from in Denver I take 285 or 25 down to Walsenberg. I personally prefer 285 down past saguache to center and 112 go right come out in del Norte save you 10- 15 miles. Hit 160 the rest of the way into mancos. Wolf creek pass at least for me is a ho hum pass nothing crazy at all a couple hairpins on the west side but lanes are plenty wide 160 heads on into cortez and beyond pretty much right to the 4 corners so depending on exactly where you are headed you have some choices to make in Cortez as far as route. I would take that route over 50 to grand junction and then south at least if you are heading down to northern Arizona save ton of miles
BarryG20 01/14/21 07:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: BINOCULARS

Keep an eye out for Vortex on sale. Pretty good glass. Been very happy with mine and got them on sale for 50% off at Cabelas no less a couple years ago. They are their diamond back series 10x42. I have found that Vortex whether binos or scopes are a pretty good value not the best out there but pretty darn good for the price and you can find them on sale and typically better sale prices as a % off than most other brands. Nikon also has some decent value optics and they also can be on a decent sale savings occasionally. Their prostate line is on the cheaper side but ok. Their monarch line is pretty decent.
BarryG20 12/20/20 01:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Grand Canyon RV parks

I love the Grand Canyon. Have hiked most of the trails many times never get tired of going there. However with that being said a week there is quite a while unless you are going to do some backpacking. Day one - do the pull offs starting or ending at desert view, even stop at the museum/ruins west of desert view. Day two- get on the shuttle and head to hermits rest hike back to the village about 7 miles. It for the most part runs along the rim. You can always bail on it and catch the shuttle back to the village at one of the numerous stops. Day three -hike down into the canyon via bright angel (down to Indian gardens campground or perhaps even plateau point 4.5 & 6 miles each way but obviously you can go for as long or short as you like. Personally I prefer the south kaibab trail go down to skeleton point or tipping point or again as long or as short as you like. Bright angel more crowded but more services ie water south kaibab a bit steeper less water access but you have better views of the canyon for sure. Bright angel you hike down a side canyon and can barely see the main canyon until you get several miles down. South kaibab you can see the main canyon shortly after starting. June can be hot but start early or very late take plenty of water and rest when needed. You can check out the village in the evenings, make sure and take a good look at Hopi house in the village yes it is a gift shop but really look at the architecture inside and out, same with desert tower and the kolb studio. Beyond that it is just more hiking or biking(on the rim) North rim really to far for a day trip but is possible however over 200 miles each way I would blast up to Bryce a few days there or the general area. Bryce has some good hiking, is higher in elevation (ie cooler) can be mostly seen in a single day or dang near every bit of it in two Very scenic if you do make sure and go to one of the view points for some stargazing at night
BarryG20 12/02/20 09:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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