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RE: Buena Vista CO area

I only know of Mt Princeton RV Park, Snowy Peaks and the KOA there are surely others in the area though. Never stayed at any of them except the KOA. Views depend on the specific site at KOA the other two should have good/decent views of the Collegiate Peaks since they are on the east side of the highway but again may depend on site if someone is in front of you etc. The Arkansas River runs behind Snowy and Princeton however no idea if you have access to it from the campground and it is running very high at the moment due to the late snow melt this year. Koa has no streams unless it rains hard like it did our last stay it just dumped rain for about an hour several inches, hail the whole deal. It did some major damage but as soon as it stopped they had the loader out clearing the roadway and filling in the new 2' deep water ways. A couple trailers in storage were sunk up to the frames where the water washed out the ground underneath their jacks. However outside of a few not being able to get out due to the washouts until the loader got them fixed all the campsites themselves seemed ok and no one suffered any water damage at least from the washouts and there was total accessibility within 90 minutes they really did get the loader working quickly so people could come and go. The KOA sits quite a bit further back away from hwy 285 so no real traffic noise. The other two sit right on 24 since I havent stayed there cant say for sure but have to believe there would be more traffic noise.
BarryG20 07/19/19 02:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Montrose to Ouray

Fine road. Pretty flat some curves, not overly wide but not real narrow either follows the Uncompaghre river. Only becomes an issue for some once you get past Ouray like right outside the south end of town
BarryG20 07/11/19 11:37am Roads and Routes
RE: BLM considering restrictions on dispersed camping in Utah

I have been going to Southern Utah for literally over 50 years. The changes over the last couple decades has been phenomenal (in a bad way). I really started noticing it when mountain biking became a thing out there (nothing against bikers at all and it is well beyond that now). Who am I to say it is only ok for me to come out here and enjoy this scenery, trails, etc. It wasnt that long ago that the dispersed camping along the river along 128 north and east of Moab was closed while they put in some more campgrounds and pit toilets in those areas. Why, because there was so much poop it was unsafe to wander around in those areas. The stuff was everywhere and frankly it was disgusting you couldnt hardly pitch a tent without running into it. Pack it in pack it out signs everywhere but to no avail. While it is sad to see that this type of regulation is needed I am not against it. Last year my son and I went to Zion. It had been probably 7 years since I had been there. The shuttle service was there and required the previous time I was there and while not happy about that (compared to previous visits) by the end of my time there I thought better of it parking was not a problem, the shuttle was timely all in all a good thing. Even though we did several back country jaunts carrying a lot of gear for canyoneering. Got some strange looks on the shuttle but nonetheless it did work just fine. Fast forward to last year it took almost two hours for us to get on the shuttle due to the line at the visitor center. I wanted to show him the Narrows at the end. Have been there plenty of times over the years and even my previous visit you walk up canyon 1/4 mile past the end of the paved trail there are very few people left. This time there were close to a thousand people it was like a water park. I resigned to myself that I may never see it again as I was not sure I wanted to remember it that way. However who am I to say these people shouldn't be here. I can say some of their behavior was atrocious but beyond that ..... A sticky problem the enjoyment is ruining it.
BarryG20 07/05/19 09:09am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Travel to Moab, Bryce, Zion from Durango

Out of Durango take 160 west to Cortez then I think it is 491 to Monticello then 191 to Moab. From Moab you have a couple options. Head north to I70 and west to Green River at this point you need to make a choice. Just west of Green River you can take 24 south to Hanksville and go west on 24 to Torrey (you will pass though Capitol Reef National Park). And then at Torrey you can also make a choice head south on 12 to Boulder, Escalante and onward to Bryce 12 is one of the prettiest roads anywhere. However some seem not to like it due to its 15ish mile stretch or so of twisty, curvey, narrow shoulder experience. The road itself is fine and the scenery is just great. However if you arent in to that at Torrey you can contiune on 24 to Loa and beyond to I think it is 62 then south to Bryce (there is a cutoff called Browns lane headed to Koosharem that will save you a few miles and cut you over to 62). 62 later turns into something else then into Johnson Valley Road it will put you right at the entrance to Bryce. All beautiful decent road. The other option back at Green River is to stay on I70 headed west to hwy 72 take that south to Loa and Highway 24 at Loa then as above from there to 62. 72 is a good road with little traffic. You also have the options of staying 70 and getting off at 24 then south to 62, or staying on 70 to hwy 89 to 12 then east on 12 to Bryce. Green River west on 70 is also a very beautiful stretch of Interstate up through the San Rafeal Reef and across the San Rafeal Swell. From Bryce 12 west to 89 south to 9 west at Carmel Junction will put you into Zion. double check the Zion Website for the Tunnel Restrictions but I think you should be ok. If not you will need to cut across somewhere north of there like Panguitch and hwy 20 to get over to I15 then south to 17 and then 9 into Springdale west entrance to Zion Weather Moab and Zion very warm to very hot high 80's to low 100's. Bryce will be 70's to 80's. Campgrounds Bryce Ruby's Inn has a large Cg but I would make reservations. I doubt a 43'er will fit in any of Bryce's Cgs. Zion park more than likely full but check out area Carmel Junction and on west side Springdale again though not sure I would wing it there call now for reservations. Moab many to choose from but once again very popular might want to reserve though there are areas for boondocking but this time of year might be sketchy just rolling in hoping to get a spot.
BarryG20 07/04/19 09:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Estes Park CO to Grand Lake CO

Personally I would take trail ridge. One hour drive vs at least Three hour drive. Trail ridge yes steep in places, switchbacks in places, speed limit Is low. If you don’t drive the steep twisty curveys you never get better on them
BarryG20 06/30/19 07:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hite, Utah 4 x 4 trails??

I knew they were working on revamping just wasn’t sure if the station was open. Good news as nexft fuel is probably 50+ miles Not sure of your plans a good road loop is up the burr trail out to boulder then up 12 to Torreyand 24 back to notom road then south or take 12 the rest of the way to 95 then back south to Hite. Also if you haven’t been west on 12 one of if not my favorite road. Just west of boulder to escalante it is nothing but eyeball bustin scenery Also if you hike and are up for a 7 mile round trip hike checkout horseshoe canyon it is part of Canyonlands np just east of Hanksville towards hans flat. One of the best rock art panels in the world called the great gallery larger than life size figures few hundred feet long as well as various lesser panels in the canyon. Steep getting in and out but canyon bottom easy walking.
BarryG20 06/28/19 08:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hite, Utah 4 x 4 trails??

When are you going? Please report back as to how it went if you go in there. Interested to hear what you think of the place.
BarryG20 06/27/19 09:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hite, Utah 4 x 4 trails??

Canyonlands NP and Glen Canyon Recreation Area. Turn left on 95 when pulling up to 95 out of Hite. Go over the Colorado River, turn right shortly thereafter just past the Hite Airport or more like landing strip. It will at least in some cases be more than you bargained for Poison Springs, Sunset Pass, Land of Standing Rocks, Earnies Country, Doll House I have come from the North several times at Hans Flat Ranger Station in Canyonlands National Park Maze District headed south. The roads in the Maze District above the Flint Trail are not bad at all not great but certainly not hardcore by any means. The last time I was on the Flint trail (the flint trail goes from up on top to down below the mesa) it was not bad except for my truck being to long and having to make a couple 3 point turns on the switchbacks but once down had no real issue getting out on to 95. However I think it is Waterhole flat you can head north again into Earnies country and on into Land of Standing Rocks and the Doll House that gets much more challenging. Have not done Poison Springs. IIRC correctly the Flint Trail is one way- down but not positive on that as there is no way any one is getting by you on that shelf road pretty much at any point once you start down. So you could take 95 up to Hanksville area and head into Hans Flat and hit those trails/roads up on top then head down the Flint and hit those below it. Doubtful you could do both in one day (you can get from Hans Flat down the Flint and out to 95 in one day but if at bottom and want to continue to get up into Earnies country and land of standing rocks and then back out to 95 in one day doubtful I think. IIRC from pavement to pavement it is about 100 miles from Hanksville area to Hans Flat down the Flint out to 95 by Hite. 95 by Hanskville to Hans Flat is good dirt road and can do good time cars can make that with no issue. However from Hans Flat onward it gets rougher but again not bad. Scenery fantastic Be aware there are no services between Hanksville and Blanding except what hite might have and thought I heard they closed the gas station a while back but may have reopened by now. There is some stuff at Bullfrog and Halls Crossing but they are not all that close either. From the Bullfrog side there are some roads Notom Road that goes up along the Waterpocket Fold of Capital Reef as well as the Burr Trail decent dirt/gravel roads. A few others by Ticaboo that are more 4 wheeling type but not been on them so cant comment. You also have the Henry mountains that have some roads while not overly challenging at all they aren't paved highways either. Also on Halls Crossing side a few roads but outside of the main road to Halls cant comment, Fry Canyon area has some roads but cant say how good or bad not been on them. You could also go to Halls or Bullfrog putz around on the roads then take the ferry across to the other side and on the way back to 95 hit those roads and trails whatever they may be and make a loop out of it.
BarryG20 06/26/19 03:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ram 2500 and 3500

I believe brakes are the same, as mentioned coils vs leafs on the rear, the rear air leveling suspension can be had on both but are different systems likely due to the coil vs leaf setup. And also as mentioned previously the 3500 you can get the Aisin trans. When I bought my 17 3500 SRW you had no choice in axle ratio only the DRW's had that option so same as the 2500 but that may or may not have changed since then. The payload difference, gvwr and gcwr whether real or just on paper not sure but since they do have different suspensions unlike earlier years it may very well be different. I know that when I bought my 17 the difference between the longbed, cc, 2500 and the longbed, cc, 3500 srw was literally about $400. And for that amount I went with the 3500 especially since the 2500 payload numbers were around 2000lbs less and with my use I was close to the max on the 2500 so for $400 went tothe 3500 and peace of mind.
BarryG20 06/21/19 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: On-board Air Compressors

Not sure anyone is against viar as much as they are enamored with 120v units, which if you have a big ol dp or whatever with storage space out the ying yang they make more sense. However for those of us who have limited space, want the convenience of having it all the time even when we aren’t hooked to our trailer (or as op no trailer but a tc) with no fuss no muss just use it as it is always ready to go no getting it out, plugging it in, hooking it up to a battery etc. viar makes some decent units and have some decent reviews. They aren’t the best but they seem to advertise the most and are probably the most heard of and certainly would work for the majority of people. The op has quite a chore going for whatever unit he ends up with as 8-10 tires going from 20 to 80 psi in a 32,33 inch tire is one heck of a lot of air
BarryG20 06/17/19 09:48pm Truck Campers
RE: On-board Air Compressors

I have had on board air on my truck for the last 20 years. I have not used Viar but from what I have seen they have at least some quality units. You want 100% duty cycle for sure. The bigger the tank the better but in reality you cant put a large enough tank in it to make up for a lower power/quality compressor so tank size is really not a problem as pretty much no matter what you are going to need your compressor running. Which means a good compressor with 100% duty cycle. Beyond that it is what are you willing to spend for speed or quantity of air. There are engine mounted kits that use a York (or similar) compressor for the pump. They can put out up to 8-10cfm at 150psi. The rub is getting it to fit under the hood with access to the belt to drive it. There is a company called Oasis that makes one that is electric powered however at $1500-2000 and 100+amps it is a bit more than most want. My compressor (outback extreme extremeaire compressor) has been mounted under the truck between the frame rail and the bed side the entire time I have had it. It is in a semi enclosed box (no top or back side) I made out of scrap sheet metal laying around. I have an air line going up to the front for my horns and another airline going to the rear bumper with a quick connect on it. On my previous truck I had a quick connect on the front of the truck as well but decided against it on this one as it really isn't needed for me at least. My rear connect with one of those coil hoses can easily reach my front, rear and trailer tires no problem. Tires hold a large amount of air so unless you go quite big it will still take a while to air up a bunch of tires My compressor is an extreme outback extremeaire but they have others as well as a few wiring and plumbing diagrams that might be helpful https://www.extremeoutback.com/products/2/Air+Compressors.html I can say that if mine ***** out I would buy another one though I may go up in size to their Magnum since it has more air, they didn't have it at the time when I bought mine many years ago. Though for $200 I might be willing to wait a bit longer when I need to air up.
BarryG20 06/17/19 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Driving 32' motorhome from Durango to Silverton

sorry about the url length, appreciate the fix, I did notice it was pretty long but did not go back and see the post after I hit the reply button thanks again
BarryG20 06/05/19 01:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Driving 32' motorhome from Durango to Silverton

My wife and Grandson are getting ready to finish up the Colorado Trail this year with a final 3 week push with the llamas. The last 150ish miles from San Luis Pass(Creede area) to Junction Creek outside of Durango. And as such last night was looking at the SNOTEL site (snow telemetry) LINK it shows a variety of things regarding snow one of which is snow depth at various stations around the country, as of last night Red Mountain Pass Station 69 inches @ 11200' elevation Molas Lake 32 inches @10500' elevation Mineral Creek 23 inches Don't know the exact location of that site could be the headwaters so higher elevation than the campground maybe but could very well be the CG area @10400' elevation Columbus Basin (west of Durango in the La Platas) 81 inches @10785' elevation Problem has been well not a problem if you live here for water is the late snowstorms we got and the cool weather only within the last week have nights been above freezing at elevation and even then low-mid 30's and daytime highs in the 40's and 50's so melt off is going slower than normal this year. Good thing the current plan is to go in August. General rule of thumb for the trail is for the southern half no snow on the trail 3 weeks after Red Mountain is 0
BarryG20 06/05/19 09:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Driving 32' motorhome from Durango to Silverton

oh next week, I think Mineral Campground is still closed at least according to the usda forest service site.and 4runnerguy is right still a lot of snow up there right now might give molas lake a call to see if they're open, they open approximately June 1st according to their website weather permitting. As 4runnerguy mentioned might be better to look bit lower in elevation Durango area, perhaps even Mesa Verde area or Durango with a day trip to Mesa Verde
BarryG20 06/03/19 07:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Driving 32' motorhome from Durango to Silverton

Don't know when you are going but be aware that that is a busy camping area. Mineral is popular. There is an actual campground or two or three along the road to it but just know it is busy especially weekends. A bit closer than going up past Silverton is Molas Lake and Little Molas Lake about as far south of Silverton as Mineral is north. Both are nice, both have lakes. Molas lake actually has a little store as well and is reservable, town of Silverton owns it http://www.molaslake.com/reservations.html I can say on weekends midday when I have been through there have been no empty spots, weekdays may not be as big an issue. Dont know how old the kids are but one of the best hikes around there is ice lakes make sure and go to the upper ice lake at least, there are other lakes up there as well iirc Island lake and Fuller lake are within a mile or so of upper Ice lake http://www.rockymountainhikingtrails.com/ice-lakes.htm
BarryG20 06/03/19 10:41am Roads and Routes
RE: This beast was parked next to us

When we were in Ouray last year there was a similar setup as Groover mentioned. Full size big truck with sleeper, had a smart car right behind the cab then the massive fifth wheel toy hauler that had a nice SXS in it.
BarryG20 05/29/19 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Colorado route 160

I drive 160 either east or west bound at least 30 times year, from Del Norte to Mancos west bound and Mancos to I25 east bound due to some property we own down there. While I understand I am jaded at this point Wolf Creek is a yawner for me any more. There is nothing significant on Wolf Creek Pass that an exhaust brake, proper service brake use or proper gear selection wont take care of with no problem. I can say if you are driving early morning or at dusk between Pagosa Springs and Durango you better keep your eyes open for deer and elk. The elk will be migrating upwards and soon wont be an issue until fall but deer are always a problem. There are times when I will see 8-10 hits in a single run. In fact just two weeks ago I had to do a panic brake not far west of Pagosa Springs for a bear who popped up on the road (a first for me) fortunately he was running full speed otherwise I would have taken out my first bear (apparently his mother did not teach him to look both ways before crossing the street or not to run out in front of cars). A couple years ago one rainy night between the base of Wolf Creek and Pagosa there was a freaking black cow standing in the middle of my lane. Had it not been for an oncoming vehicle I may not have noticed in time- a black cow, on a black road, in the dark, in the rain could have really ruined my night. In any case through that stretch watch for animals.
BarryG20 05/16/19 09:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Need suggestions for good reverse lights

one or two of these (depending on size) should work for that, you could put one on the back and one on each side mounted high if you wanted and not break the bank https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/vehicle-area-lights/ I have used similar lights on my headache rack from them on the truck for night time area lighting when working out in the field been over 2 years and they are still working and holding up. Rigid makes some nice led lights but you pay for them. Hard to justify $100+ lights that are going to be on for a few minutes, a few times a year. However their are all kinds of lights out there
BarryG20 04/08/19 11:36am Tech Issues
RE: Best guess as to fuel mileage on these trucks

My 17 Ram 3500, CC, Auto, longbed, Cummins Empty- mixed city highway 17ish I never have just city driving so cant say for sure on that Empty- highway 19ish depends but rarely above 20 and rarely below 18.5 for a whole tank of highway driving except once when I was bucking a head wind of 30mph+ the whole freaking way across Kansas that tank was more like 16.5 towing 5th wheel- 12-12.5 never seen below 11 never above 13.5 all hand calc'd over 80k miles
BarryG20 03/28/19 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: grand canyon north rim to south rim

No Reason not take 64 road is fine. Going to Williams will add a lot of miles like 140 for no good reason. Only reason I know of to enter from Williams is if you are coming in from a southerly route, ie I-40.
BarryG20 03/27/19 08:09am Roads and Routes
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