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RE: Transporting Raft from Campsite to Launch Ramp?

We have similar interest in fishing. Unless we're on a sightseeing mission we camp primarily in state parks and primarily those that offer good fishing. I am an avid hunter for good large mouth bass fishing. Just enjoy the sport because I am only interested in catch and release as a sport. My RV is now a Class C and car in tow. I have a small porta bote which I carry on top of toad and initially had same problem as you in how to get the boat once set up down to the river or lake. I solved this by purchasing a small trailer manufactured by Trailex.com. I have the model SUT-300 all aluminum and can be fully assembled in some 15 minutes. Basically two tires, axle, tongue in two pieces. Very simple I think the SUT-300 can carry up to 300 lbs. It is strictly for off road use. As long as I stay within the Park limits there is no issue in towing the boat down to the launch ramp. Trailex.com makes many different style trailers which you can see on their website. Once at campsite I assemble the porta-bote and the trailer and go back and forth fishing until we are ready to leave. I think the total weight for me on the trailer is only perhaps 150 lbs once I have loaded everything I will need when out on the water. I have been using the Trailex trailer for perhaps 8-10 years and its ideal for the life style we like. When we are camping there has to be good fishing nearby.
Elk_traveler 08/02/20 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rear View Camera vs Backup Camera

I'd just like some clarification on this topic. Every time I do a search for a rear view camera, I get a list of backup camera's. I'm looking for a camera and monitor that's on all the time, not just for backing up my vehicle. I can't find any information to clarify this. Are all backup camera's only for backing up? How do I find one to replace the rear view mirror to use for normal driving? Thanks, Puzzled I mounted a separate camera with wide angle lens at very back end of roof that I can switch on and off at will connected to battery. I use a 7 inch monitor mounted on dash of vehicle that delivers a 1080p image to monitor. I am able to see everything behind me as well as on both sides. The only difficult part was stringing the wire down and under the chassis of the motorhome to the engine compartment battery. I previously did this on a 5th wheel and used a disconnect switch in-line when unhooking the 5th wheel. There are numerous cameras around and any back up camera will do this if wired to the battery instead of tail lights. There are wireless camera available but I don't think always dependable because of wireless interference. Its better to wire the camera so there is no problem with always seeing what's on the road behind you. My RV has a factory back up camera installed but I too want to see the road and the traffic on the sides. This set up is worth its weight in gold when you're on the interstate such as I-80, I-90 or any other and and especially when coming in and out of toll booths with so much traffic. New cameras are available that have high resolution such that you can read license plates of vehicles behind you very well.
Elk_traveler 07/29/20 07:34am Beginning RVing
RE: Walmart overnight and running the generator

Walmart is a great place to camp out at night if you are on the road late and no reservation in a regular campground. I always check in with the night manager at the store before parking. They have always been nice people to talk with and just recently camped in Iowa and the parking lot had just been resurfaced with blacktop. The only requirement from the night manager was to please do no put down the jacks because the new blacktop could be dented. Other than that no other requirements. When I arrived there were 3 units and some semi trucks and by morning there were perhaps 10-12 RVs plus the semi trucks. Many were running generators and a little noisy but when you're hot and tired the noise is not so bothersome. I commend Walmart for allowing us to use their lots and suggest that all of us check in with the night manager on duty so we can always have this privilege from Walmart. Perhaps someday Amazon will have stores with huge parking lots. You never know.
Elk_traveler 07/10/20 05:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leaving tow bar connected to MH

I have the Blue Ox and I always leave on. I place a cover on when I return home and detach the tow. Blue Ox has the rubber grommets and plastic spacers which enable movement of the tow bar these certainly would be affected by the heat and sun but once covered I think they're ok.
Elk_traveler 07/08/20 04:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ok what truck to buy ?

After several struggles in the mountains I've decided it's time for a new truck. My old truck has been really good but new trailer is pushing it. Current truck is 2004 Ram 2500 5.7 Hemi pulling 8K trailer, struggling mightily on the big hills with a bunch of junk in the bed. I'm going new here but stuck on the 6.4 Dodge or the 7.3 Ford. I'm a gas mechanic so no diesel please....yeah I know. 6.4 or 7.3 ? Then you want a Ford, period. Currently have V10 in Class C Motorhome but towed 5th wheel for many years with 7.3 L Ford turbo diesel and crossed the Rockies many times including the Beartooth highway in Montana towing 10K trailer. Climbed every grade on the Beartooth in overdrive never downshift for any reason. Still own the 96' 7.3L truck which is now ledgendiary. Sadly the EPA and the cost to Ford from engine manufacturer international was to much for Ford to keep in market therefore this engine no longer available.
Elk_traveler 06/11/20 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

Sadly the national parks and public lands are suffering across the country. It's unfortunate that many people do not see them as a priority for funds. I myself am a subscriber and supporter of Yellowstone Forever but even for those who have never visited one of these areas schools kids should get to know about these areas. When they grow up they can support their government representatives to provide better funding and build a national support for both private and government funding. I have visited many if not most of the national parks and it would be mighty sad to see the nation lose these wonderful areas because of neglect.
Elk_traveler 06/07/20 05:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cody, WY to Yellowstone (East Entrance)

Cody, WY to Yellowstone via the east entrance is a basically no contest of a drive as compared to many routes throughout the Rockies. I have driven it some five times and its has a few spots where you need to slow down and be mindful of grades up and down but can easily be done with basically any size RV unit. From the east out of Buffalo, Wy on Hwy 16 which is probably the least treacherous of most of the ways into Yellowstone the route out of Cody up to Yellowstone east gate is much, much easier. You'll have no problem on this route. Enjoy the museum in Cody which is fantastic and the scenic drive into Yellowstone which is only a little more than 50 miles.
Elk_traveler 05/25/20 05:10am Roads and Routes
RE: rubber roof sealants

I have used the Dicor acrylic sealant on two different units over the last 10 years. It functions well and last for a time. I now own a 4 yr old Class C and just recently recoated the top (rubber roof) with the Henry's Tropicool 100% silicon. I can say it does a phenomenal job. It adheres extremely well to the surface and looks like a brand new roof. It is said to be much better than the acrylic material that Dicor sells which last in my case only 2-3yrs at best. I added two coats of the Tropicool silicon and it makes a tough and smooth finish to the rubber membrane. Don't think you can go wrong with this one. Not so expensive if purchased in the 5 gal size but also available in the 1 gal as well from Home Depot and many others. Check the Youtube site for RV coating.
Elk_traveler 05/18/20 06:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Insurance Recommendation?

tdWho likes their RV insurance? I am picking up a new to me 2012 Roadtrek and will be calling around for quotes. I'll be calling USAA but I want to get 2 or three more quotes as well. Any suggestions - good or bad. Thanks. I have had USAA for more than 25 yrs. and have had only tow claims over this period. They are absolutely pathetic. They advertise they are there for service and ex service personnel like myself but that's all BS and hype. They like most are simply trying to make as many $$ as they possibly can without having to pay out any or very little. That bunch that sits down in Texas HQ and talk to you on the phone are nothing but sales people looking for a commission on the sale. It has taken me 25+ years to realize how crummy they really are. They take the insurance premiums and buy up other businesses to grow the company. They worked with an adjustment firm that are in their pocket and nothing more than yes men and women in USAA favor and therefore always trying to save USAA money on any claim.
Elk_traveler 03/28/20 06:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: what glue for rubber to metal

I used the Gorilla construction adhesive to attach rubber panels behind bumper to deflect road spray from toad behind motorhome. This is the very best I have ever used. If you do not want it to fall off this is one you want to use. Becomes tacky in a few minutes but takes 24 hours to dry. Remains somewhat soft but will not peel away. I attached the rubber panels nearly 3 yrs ago and when traveling down the road they are under whatever wind pressure is underneath the coach when you rolling down the highway and they have never become detached. I purchased the Gorilla product in a caulk tube but I think you can buy in smaller amounts at Home Depot or any place home products for building material are sold.
Elk_traveler 02/26/20 06:38am Tech Issues
RE: Quick overnight

I always use Walmart when on road. Usually try and find one that is a quick stop off the interstate. This works well crossing the Midwest in states that have less population. On the crowded east coast there is sometimes more urban traffic to get in and out of the Walmart. Usually the Walmart Mgr only ask that you not put the jacks down so as not to dent the blacktop. Their lots are quiet with just a few 18 wheelers and RVs and the night is usually peaceful unlike a rest area or truck stop where the big rigs are always idling throughout the night.
Elk_traveler 02/14/20 04:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone - west or northwest enterance?

Hwy 191 into west Yellowstone basically no real grades just a nice pleasant ride. from west yellow to madison is also relatively short with no issues except an ocassional Bison maybe in the road. Very easy drive.
Elk_traveler 01/13/20 06:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Anything to see?

If you're going up I-90 from Rapid City near Bozeman the city has a wonderful museum,the Museum of the Rockies which has one of the best dinosauer collections in the world and is widelk acclaimed to be one of the very best. T-rex and many of his friends were hanging around Yellowstone and other surrounding areas eons ago and now many have been preserved in the museum and of course they have many other exiting specimens as well.
Elk_traveler 01/13/20 06:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

Socializing today out on camping trip is in my opinion definitely a "dying thing" compared to what I know of the past. I am looking back more than 40 years on road. It seems to us that in the past 20+ yrs. folks have just become just kind of non sociable. Perhaps they just want to stay to themselves or by themselves and of course that's their personal choice. As others have stated there was a time when many folks were just plain friendly came over to chat or if you needed help would offer to do so. We remember even in many state parks before the Rangers became armed guards many would stop by and sit and chat and it was a great feeling that you were kind of like a friend. Many people would stop on the highway to help out a fellow RVer who was having trouble with the rig on the highway. Unfortunately there are so many things about the past RV experience that in our opinion has simply vanished. We feel its basically the same in other areas of the society a general non personal attitude. It seems to us that most prefer to do their socializing on the social media sites or some kind of club not excluding the church especially if its large. We have travel throughout the USA and we see this throughout the country. We're just wishing for the "good ole days" certainly would be nice.
Elk_traveler 01/02/20 04:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Slideouts Stalling

The battery is probably the culprit in this case. If it's old it may be weak and unable to deliver the steady amperage required to operate slides. Even with shore power on the converter in most RVs deliver from 6-10 amp/hours of charge to battery which takes maybe 3-6 hrs to completely charge the battery. The battery depending upon its reserve capacity has to be able to allow maybe 20-30 amps to operate the slides therefore drawing down on a weakened battery with the amperage required to operate slides cannot be compensated even by having it connected to shore power. Most good or new batteries can deliver their full amperage for whatever the reserve capacity is at 12V without a drop in this voltage. As the amperage is increased the voltage will fall on a weak battery which causes it to heat because of the required amperage demand. If this be the case your slides will move slowly. The other issue is the current through your slide motors will be less causing them to get warm or heat up which is not good. Sounds a little technical but in another life use to be an electronics person.)
Elk_traveler 12/24/19 05:29am Tech Issues
RE: Any one flat towing a Ford Fiesta?

Don't know about the Fiesta but I tow the Ford Focus which I think is very similar and have been towing it for nearly three years now with no issue. Just as mentioned with the Fiesta the battery must be disconnected after placing transmission in neutral. The Ford dealership mechanic said that was necessary because it would be possible for the transmission to shift if the battery cable is not disconnected thereby causing problem with transmission.
Elk_traveler 12/23/19 07:58am Dinghy Towing
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

No question the Grizzly rv park in west yellowstone is the very best around and its only probably less than a mile from the entrance and down to Old Faithful should only take about 30' providing you don't encounter a crowd watching Bisons or some other wildlife. The Rocky Mtn park over the Roosevelt gate is a nice park but its not Grizzly and its much further away from the Old Faithful site. Besides being a very nice RV park just outside Grizzly in the town of west yellowstone you have many eateries, and other accomodations that you find in most towns except there is no Walmart around there. You cannot go wrong with Grizzly in my opinion having visited the area some five times over the years.
Elk_traveler 12/23/19 07:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: travel concerns

Your best bet for getting around the tremendous mess of traffic in the DC area is to avoid I-95. Take rt 301 south to just north of Richmond. rt 301 is somewhat slow because of shopping centers and traffic lights but there is no problem the traffic is moving and rarely an accident on the road. I-95 is nothing short of a nightmare virtually 18 hours of every day. Avoid 495 beltway around DC which is just as much of a nightmare. You lose about an hour going down 301 but the horrendous mess on I-95 will have you sitting in a stop and go mess, irate drivers and the like until you get to Frederickburg Va which is 50 miles below DC. Whereas 301 is just a casual drive. The bridge at 301 over to virginia will cost you $6 per axle and its a two lane road over the bridge but no problem. Just remember stay away from I-95 and 495 beltway around DC. You will again pick up I-95 at the Flying J just north of Richmond. I have traveled thru this area probably 50 times and the route just get worse all the time. Said to be one of the 6 most conjested areas in the USA.
Elk_traveler 12/18/19 05:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Opening and closing slides in winter

My rig is a 2017 Jayco Class C and my slides have rubber seals. I extend the slides periodically in winter and 20 deg or even less if we're out with no problem. However I keep them lubed with "rubber seal spray" or if I don't have any I spray Armorall on them to keep flexible. Been doing that form many years on several years with no problem. The key is the seal must remain flexible. The summer heat and sun takes a toll on the seal if not protected by some kind of shield compound.
Elk_traveler 12/07/19 04:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A Question Are you limited to life on pavement

Well I agree with the "different strokes for different people and that's ok for them but we have a different take on this subject. Been RV for nearly four decades and we are wedded to the state parks. After more than three decades from tents, popups, trailer, 5th wheel we have move up to motorhome but we still primarily camp in state parks. Why, because the experience is still similar to what it was when we started out years ago. We simply are not happy with the close confines of private parks where your unit is within arm distance of another and there is no outdoor experience in the private campground sitting around a pool or just sitting around talking. Don't get me wrong we stay in a private parks only when we are on the road going someplace and on long trips to the western part of country because of modern facilities needed when on road for lengthy periods. America has some incredible states parks throughout the country where the experience is very similar to what it was more than 30 yrs ago. I guess you could say we are from the old school because we still carry our old Coleman stoves and lanterns for lighting and we are very happy in the phrase "Dare to be modern". To us many so called campers miss out on what we call a real outdoor camping experience by hanging around private parks because they have a pool, club house or even a restaurant. Of course, if that is your idea of camping, that's fine but certainly not for us. We have visited so many state parks throughout the country so cannot say which one we like better another than to say we have enjoyed so many places and hopefully will continue to enjoy them. It just seems most private parks exist on three to five acres of land with everything crowded and cramped together. Kids have no place to play, no trails to visit nature, etc. Many barely have enough room to stretch out an awning without rubbing the next camper. That's not good.
Elk_traveler 11/19/19 06:21am General RVing Issues
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