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RE: People sure are getting petty with their park reviews

For the campground ones, I think some of them are newbies that took up camping this summer since they couldn't go to Disneyworld. So they expect all the campgrounds to be like visiting Disneyworld.
JAC1982 07/08/20 10:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Is a stabilizer jack for fifth wheel hitch worth the money?

I was told they are not good if you have auto-leveling because the auto leveling can adjust slightly as time goes on, so having the stabilizer up front can cause some damage. Same with slide supports.
JAC1982 07/07/20 03:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

All the state park campgrounds in WY are booked full this weekend. And, from my experience a couple of weeks ago, one will be hard pressed to find a suitable spot in the National Forest, Uinta Mountains, UT. We have plans to stay up on the Upper Green near Green River Lakes in Asugust. I see you're in SW WY so I'm guessing you know where I'm talking about? Anyway, we were there last Labor Day weekend and week following with very few people there. Hopefully it's not too crowded this year. My Father in Law lives in Pinedale and is going to go up during the week to park their campers to "reserve" a spot for when we arrive on a Thursday.
JAC1982 07/06/20 12:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

I always find it interesting the people will buy a 5-10-50 year old house but won't buy a 2-3 year old RV. My husband doesn't buy used anything... including houses :)
JAC1982 07/06/20 12:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

Interesting they wouldn't do a walkthrough with you. We purchased our current rig on April 15th... so during the height of the "social distancing" and regulations here in our state. And they still did a PDI with us. All staff wore masks and they didn't get too close to us. That being said, the majority of the stuff in your picture is stuff we've had in every camper we've owned (this is our third). We clean up what we can ourselves (like the sawdust, metal shards, etc etc)... sawdust will appear for awhile after you purchase it. The rest, we just keep a list going throughout the summer then drop it off in the fall once our camping trips are done for the year. It is what it is with buying new these days.
JAC1982 07/06/20 12:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Who do you use for Insurance?

Safeco. All our other policies (3 vehicles, house, RZR) are with Allstate but Safeco was still cheaper for the same coverage, even once a multi-policy discount was factored in with Allstate.
JAC1982 07/01/20 03:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: TH wish list, anything fit the bill?

Maybe the DRV Fullhouse would have the majority of that list? I don't think I've ever heard of a toyhauler coming with some of those items... there just isn't space, even in the 45 footers, due to the garage space. If you don't need the toy hauler to actually haul toys, some manufacturers make a floor plan with a second bedroom.
JAC1982 07/01/20 01:49pm Toy Haulers
RE: Purchasing land to live on in DC area - zoning questions

Sucks when you spawn a kid and then have to be a responsible and present parent for him/her, huh? But really, can you find a cheaper rental, then buy land further away and just visit on weekends/vacations? That way you keep your location where your custody arrangement requires, and you can also live the RV life on the side.
JAC1982 07/01/20 01:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: The better 5th wheeler?

EDIT: Shoot, just saw you mentioned you're after toy haulers. You may want to ask this question in the toy hauler forum as well. We were plenty happy with our Keystone Impact toy hauler... it was just big. Most toy haulers are unless you want your toys stored next to your kitchen (aka no separate garage). Keep in mind that your living space isn't that much bigger than a truck camper unless you buy a really big trailer, since most of it is taken up by garage. We did a lot of research when we purchased our current rig. We downsized from a Keystone Impact toy hauler. My first suggestion is to figure out a floor plan you like. I found that pretty much every manufacturer makes almost the same exact floor plan. Some are even the exact same, but different lengths, so just more space between "things". I narrowed ours down to Grand Design Reflection and the Keystone Montana High Country as both had a floor plan we liked along with the size we wanted (under 35') I really liked the Grand Designs but they did not offer a Gen Prep option which was a deal killer for us. I did look at Arctic Fox at an RV show as their boondocking capabilities were appealing and it felt dated and had the exact same floor plan as my in laws 1998 5th wheel down to the shower opening directly next to the bed. No thanks.
JAC1982 06/30/20 11:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

This is why we don't do a lot of weekend only camping within a few hours from home, even though we are the "weekend warrior" types (ie we still work full time). Instead we save up our vacation time to do a few longer trips so we can get further away from population centers. No, it doesn't solve the issue completely, but the further away you are from bigger cities, the less likely you are to encounter the party types. We also are well-equipped to boondock. Yes, you can find partiers there too, but at least while boondocking, you don't have to worry about reservations and can get up and move camp if needed.
JAC1982 06/26/20 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fighting zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

I was on my HOA board for 2 years after we took over control from the developer. When we moved in, there were no regulations about RVs. While the developer still had control, they added a rule that they had to be behind a 6' privacy fence when viewed from the street (but you could not have privacy fence on the side perimeter fences). At the time we had ours parked in a side yard that we designed specifically for parking the camper. So we complied and spent $2500 to install a 6' privacy gate and a wing on each side. This was in compliance. It looked totally stupid because on each side was the mandated 4' split rail fence, and of course you could still see the camper above the privacy fence. I thought this was so stupid, that I ran for the HOA board and became president. The privacy fence rule was the first thing I worked with the board to change, but we did add a rule that it had to be behind A fence of some kind (so the required style of 4' split rail was fine), or be parked behind where a fence would go if they had one, and on some kind of surface that wasn't dirt. So basically if someone parked anywhere in their side or rear yard other than the driveway, and put down some gravel or something, they were in compliance. And you know what happened? Instead of people complying with the new, very easy to follow rules, they STILL complained. They wanted to park in their driveways. We live on acre lots, so space was not an issue, they just didn't want to park in their back or side yard. Or they wanted to park 2 RVs, theirs and their friends so their friend didn't have to pay for a storage lot. We allow 1 RV and 1 other trailer of some kind, like a utility trailer or a boat. The same thing happened when we changed the rules to allow 1500 sq ft outbuildings instead of 1200 max. People then wanted to build 1800. After spending 2 years on an HOA board, I now understand why HOAs are so strict.
JAC1982 06/25/20 12:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Grand Tetons first come first serve

Just had to come back and report, they arrived at the Tetons today and even though they didn't get there until after 12:00, they landed an electrical spot at Colter Bay Village. Yay!
JAC1982 06/23/20 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Favorite place to camp to avoid the heat in middle USA

Wyoming. We like the Bridger-Teton National Forest between Pinedale and Jackson.
JAC1982 06/23/20 02:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Favorite place to camp to avoid the heat in middle USA

Winding River Resort, Grand Lake CO. But don't tell anyone. Way too late on that... tons of people know about Winding River Resort :) Camping in CO is full full full.
JAC1982 06/23/20 02:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Air Conditioning how many do not use it.

We use it regularly, especially since our dogs hang out in the camper during the day when we go out. Just returned from South Dakota... one day it got up to 90 degrees. A few days later, 50 and rain all day.
JAC1982 06/23/20 11:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

I'm in a Facebook group for Colorado RV camping, it has over 9,000 members. Every single day there is a new member posting something along the lines of "We just bought an RV, where can we go camp". With other types of travel being ill-advised, I think this will just be the norm this summer.Next year might be a good time for used RV deals ;) Yup! My boss wants to buy a trailer this year (they sold theirs last year), I told her to wait until next year to get a better deal!
JAC1982 06/23/20 10:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Needles Highway (too big?)

I just wanted to report back. I'm glad we didn't "wing it" and take the dually, because the signs now say the max width at Needles Eye tunnel is exactly 8'. Someone in a Class C was sitting more towards the entrance trying to turn around. Our friend drove us through instead in his F250 and it was a very tight squeeze. There was also a mountain goat that decided to hang out in there, and we would have smooshed him with our truck. I also did not see a single tour bus.
JAC1982 06/22/20 01:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

I'm in a Facebook group for Colorado RV camping, it has over 9,000 members. Every single day there is a new member posting something along the lines of "We just bought an RV, where can we go camp". With other types of travel being ill-advised, I think this will just be the norm this summer.
JAC1982 06/22/20 01:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Tetons first come first serve

Stop at the park office in Jackson they have maps of boondocking sites in the park. We stayed at one last year and it was great there are at least 3 sites Yes, I found them some boondocking locations on Campendium. Issue with that is, since they only have the camper van, no other car, if they want to leave to go somewhere, they risk losing their spot. In a campground, they can pay and keep the spot for the length of their stay.
JAC1982 06/08/20 09:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Tetons first come first serve

We have been to Gros Ventre many times over the years and never had any difficulty getting a site. There is one loop with electric. Gros Ventre is about 10 miles from Jackson, Colter Bay is about 40 miles from town. FYI, Jenny lake Campground is tents only, no RVs. If they are in a van that would fit in a normal parking spot, would that be OK at Jenny Lake? It's a RAM van that has been converted, they're renting it. I think they're going to shoot for the first come first serve at Colter Village since it has the best location for them.
JAC1982 06/08/20 09:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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