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RE: Cody, WY to Gardiner, MT

We have used 120/296 (the Chief Joseph Highway) three times between Cooke City and Cody. It is a beautiful drive, IMO one of the best in the west and the shortest way to get from Cody to Gardiner. Traveling from Cody, the switchbacks mentioned by paulj will be on the downhill side, and lower gears will be needed. If you go this way, stop at the pull outs at Dead Indian Pass and Sunlight Bridge for spectacular views. See pictures on Google maps for these locations for a preview (You may need to zoom in the get the photo icon to appear). This comment assumes you will be traveling after these roads are cleared of winter snow.
CloudDriver 03/09/20 11:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone Questions

If you decide to stay outside the park, IMO the best choice is West Yellowstone. Lots of motels and only a mile at most from the west entrance. The majority of thermal features are between Madison Junction and Old Faithful. Madison is 14 miles from West Yellowstone and another 16 miles to Old Faithful. If you are short on time, you may want to limit your tour of Yellowstone to the lower of the two loops as the majority of points of interest are there. FYI, we met our son and several friends 3-4 times for Yellowstone and Grand Teton. He flew into Jackson Hole airport and they rented a car to tour the area.
CloudDriver 12/06/19 02:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone 2020

We were most recently at Yellowstone in June 2016. Between Yellowstone and Grand Teton we were in the area for the entire month plus the first week of July. It definitely got more crowded as the month went on and was crazy in Yellowstone over 4th of July weekend. Memorial Day weekend comes early in 2020, so you will be there the last week of May. It should be much less crowded then as many families still have kids in school. In past trips we usually see very few families with school age kids until the first week of June and than it's more and more as the month goes on. We also have a 24 ft Class C and always drive it to tour the parks. Entering the park early is a good suggestion, but I would add that later in the day is very good as well. We have noticed that many people head to the campgrounds or other lodging around dinner time, freeing up parking for our larger vehicle. The end of May is near the Summer solstice so there is a lot of daylight to tour the park. This website shows that sunset is about 9:00PM the last week of May in West Yellowstone. Sunrise is about 5:45AM if you want an early start to the day. We plan to be there again in 2020.
CloudDriver 12/02/19 01:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cell service in Canada

We went to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island for 2-3 weeks this past July. We spent three days in Eastport Maine and noticed that our phones said that we were roaming, an indication that we were connected to a cell tower across the border in Canada. We called Verizon and got on to their Travel Pass plan to avoid the roaming charges. We were told that we needed to shut off the phone in order to avoid the $5 charge if it would connect to a Canadian cell tower any time of the 24 hour day. Since we have two phones we realized that we would be paying $10/day just to have the phones turned on. After 4-5 days we called Verizon back and got onto an Unlimited plan for the rest of the trip that included Canada. For the length of our stay in Canada, I think we came out ahead with the unlimited plan.
CloudDriver 11/07/19 06:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dash AC blows out of the defrost vents

X2 on the vacuum leak that Krusty described. We had a similar thing happen to our Class C last year, except that the A/C was coming out of the defrost all the time. In the Class C the vacuum reservoir is buried and very hard to get to. I wound up buying a new reservoir, check valve some vacuum tubing and fittings and cobbled together a bypass. I never found the original leak location but all is well now.
CloudDriver 09/25/19 01:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone - Spring or Fall?

We have been in the Fall but prefer Spring for several reasons. - Low chance of smoky air from forest fires, which makes for better photography. - In our opinion snow capped mountains are much prettier than Fall's grey rocky peaks. - Spring snow melt in the mountains makes for better stream flow for waterfalls. - Lots of baby animals. - Low crowds as families with school age kids are still at home. - Lots of Spring flowers and the grasses are green vs. dried yellow in Fall.
CloudDriver 09/21/19 09:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

I believe the road you are referring to is route 139. We drove that road several years back in our class C on the way to Vernal from Grand Junction.
CloudDriver 09/17/19 09:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Smell and heat from rear wheel wells

An 11 year old chassis with only 10k miles, which means it sat alot. My first thought would be a sticky brake caliper.
CloudDriver 09/17/19 05:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Heading to Maine-Need Suggestions

We took route 1 from Brunswick, ME all the way to Eastport and on through New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island in July. Didn't stop at Acadia as we have been there a number of times. Camden has a beautiful harbor with many sailboats. We stayed at Magunticook Lake Campground for Camden. There is also Camden Hills State Park about 3 miles past Camden. The State park includes Mt. Battie, with great views of Camden and Penobscott Bay. Use the toad as it's a steep climb to the top. Parking in downtown Camden is a challenge, especially for RV's, but we found easy parking On Knowlton St. about 100 yds from the intersection with Mechanic St. Free lots on both sides with the one on the left dead level if you are in the RV. Our favorite place to eat in Camden is the Waterfront Restaurant. Great scallops and tables right next to the harbor to watch the boats coming and going.
CloudDriver 09/04/19 12:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: onan 4000 fuel filter

I had the fuel pump on our Onan 4KYFA26100K fail a few years back. On this model the filter is screwed into the suction port on the pump as shown in the pic below. The rubber fuel line goes onto the barb fitting on the filter, which is accessible from the side of the generator base. The filter can be replaced without removing the pump using a deep socket, which is (I think) a 9/16". I used a piece of dowel to plug the fuel line to prevent a siphon. Onan # for the filter
CloudDriver 08/28/19 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Ford v10 serpentine belt replacement

The serpentine belt on a V10 operates all of the engine accessories, the most critical of which is the water pump. When we first bought our 2003 Class C I bought a spare belt as a precaution. It is necessary to remove the air filter assembly to get to the spring loaded idler pulley and the alternator. As a pre-trip test, I tried using my 1/2" breaker bar to loosen the idler but was unable to do so due to space limitations. I bought a serpentine belt tool which worked great. Our spare belt is a Motorcraft 2C2E-8626-DC. While a belt failure is a rare event we actually had it happen to us while camping at Pebble Creek about 20 miles from anywhere in the northeast corner of Yellowstone. When I started the engine in the morning there was a clunk followed by a whap, whap, whap sound. Upon opening the hood I discovered that a ground squirrel had been in the engine area and had been caught in the belt. The squirrel had paid the ultimate price and the belt was badly damaged. The spare belt and belt tool saved us that day.
CloudDriver 08/27/19 06:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Kanab to Salt Lake City

We used routes 89 and 28 from Bryce Canyon to SLC several years back. No mountain driving, easy drive.
CloudDriver 08/19/19 06:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Drive trime needed from bryce to moab

The non-scary route would be route 12 to route 89 north to I70 east to route 191 south to Moab. Google Maps estimates 4-1/2 hours. Except for portions of I70 we have driven these roads in our Class C. All easy driving. The much more interesting route is route 12 in the opposite direction from Bryce to Torrey then route 24 to I70 east and route 191 south to Moab. Google Maps estimates 5 hours. Route 12 has several short sections of 14% grades and about 1/2 mile of "hogsback" with steep drop offs on both sides of the road. We have used this route 3 times in our Class C. If you have time while in the Moab area, drive route 128 east along the Colorado River as far as Fisher Towers Link. The first few miles is in a canyon cut by the river and has the feel of driving at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
CloudDriver 08/06/19 09:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bay of Fundy campground

We are camped at Century Farms in St Martin's now. Nice place with FHU. About 100 yard walk to the Bay of Fundy. According to my tide app, the tidal range here is about 33 ft low to high. Further up the Bay is Hopewell Rocks which IMO is the best place to experience the Fundy tides. The tidal range there is about 43 ft. Closest campground is Ponderosa Pines at Hopewell Cape.
CloudDriver 07/06/19 08:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Close call (fire) with water heater

I had a similar issue with our older model Atwood water heater several years back. I was doing pre-trip testing and when I turned on the water heater flames came out of the air slots in the burner. Immediately shut it down and later found a spider web right at the elbow of the burner tube. Cleaned it out and all good to go.
CloudDriver 06/26/19 07:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Allstays Camp and RV App discovery

I have Allstays Camp and RV on both my Android phone and and tablet and it still works OK. It isn't available for purchase for Android anymore. I found the following info on the Allstays website: Android Multiple things happened (map fee increase, a app ban/removal and censor of core data) that led to a departure from Android in late 2017. Full data is still on Apple and as normal. The Android apps will keep running and anything that goes to the web (website links, images, reviews, etc) will still work and be updated. But major code updates, data adds and deletions will not happen. You can still reinstall on devices as below. Versions may vary a little but general steps for reinstalling on Android any time for past customers: On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Store app Google Play. Make sure you are logged with the account used before to buy Tap Menu Menu and then My Apps & games and then Library. Tap the app you want to install or turn on. Tap Install or Enable.
CloudDriver 06/25/19 02:35pm RV Lifestyle

Thanks for the feedback and campground suggestions along the route. I looked them up and bookmarked for next year's trip. Did you run into any issues with the flooding when crossing the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers?
CloudDriver 06/22/19 01:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Billings, Mt to Cody, Wy

I90 west to pick up route 212 at Laurel, which joins route 310 at Rockdale then route 72, which becomes route 120 at the MT/WY border. Easy drive, we have used this route in the opposite direction several times
CloudDriver 06/20/19 09:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Atwood Hot water heater drain plug

Here's what I did to make draining the water heater easy. Two nylon thread to barb adapter fittings, 12" of 1/2 inch tubing and a valve. Stored position so door can close.
CloudDriver 06/19/19 03:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Insurance recommendations for Class C

Check with Progressive. We have collision, comprehensive and liability with them on our 2003 Class C for $407/yr. Never had a claim for the MH but did have one for our car and satisfied with the response.
CloudDriver 06/15/19 08:26pm Class C Motorhomes
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