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RE: The buy local fallacy

The wait times at the dealer where we purchased ours are horrendous. I have no proof of this, but I think we get put ahead in the line because we purchased our trailer there, vs someone who purchased it elsewhere. But, it's the case all over the Denver Metro.... too many people, not enough services, so wait times for everything are long, not just RV repairs. We end up using a mobile RV tech most of the time. He costs a bit more than the dealer does, but he can get here faster, and we don't have to hook it up and haul it a half hour up the road to have it sit there for a month. And this year, he taught us how to winterize it ourselves (Yes I know you can YouTube it but there's something to be said for someone showing you in person).
JAC1982 12/04/19 01:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

A lot of topics here. I just have a comment for the folks who have said comments along the lines of "why can't they just get out there and get a job". If you were an employer in a lower-end job, such as fast food or retail, would you hire someone who doesn't own any nicer clothes, doesn't have a way to shower more than maybe every few weeks, and hasn't had a haircut in months? Or doesn't have all their teeth? Or has a police record for stuff like petty theft? These are the issues that the non-drug addicted, non-mentally ill homeless people face. I read an article recently about a tiny house village where they also provide social services.... and they actually focus on the social services first, and then worry about a job. Because really, without one, you can't do the other. Sadly, there are not a lot of programs/places like this, especially since so many Americans are "NIMBY" (Not In My Backyard) Types. They like to give lots of suggestions, as long as those things are nowhere near their home. I would suggest everyone who makes comments like "they need to not be lazy and just get a job" go volunteer at a homeless shelter and actually talk to the residents, or go volunteer at an organization that helps these people who still live on the streets. Hopefully it would be an eye-opening experience for you.
JAC1982 11/20/19 04:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Estes park colorado

There is a new RV park in Granby, near Grand Lake on the "back" side of RMNP. Called River Run RV Resort. It just opened this year so we haven't stayed there, but looks really nice if you're into the "KOA" type park... restaurant, activities, etc. It's pricey though, but for a brand new, nice park, well, you get what you pay for. We looked into a seasonal spot there but it was $$$.
JAC1982 11/14/19 11:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dirt

We have a Roomba at home and it gets filled up with dust/dirt and dog hair every day. I'm glad our carpet in our living room is a dark color so it doesn't show as much stuff. But we plan on replacing it and the wood floors with tile. The wood we have is easily scratched (not good with 3 dogs) and dust and stuff gets into the cracks between the boards. Tile can be easily steam cleaned. In the camper we use cheap throw runners from Costco at both the entrances and they do help with what gets tracked in.
JAC1982 11/12/19 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Genesis Supreme RV Overnighter

Interesting. Perhaps an alternative for people who have toys to haul but don't want to buy a giant truck to pull a big fully enclosed toyhauler? Hard to say without seeing the specs (they all say TBD). Also agreed that the axles look a little misplaced to be able to tow something heavier that wouldn't fit in most traditional toy haulers, like a car or a jeep.
JAC1982 11/04/19 01:33pm Toy Haulers
RE: More campers than parks

I'd wonder how much of this issue is due to all the forest fires that have happened in Northern CA for the past couple years. Could it be some people are living out of their RVs more if they were unable to rebuild their home, or rebuilding is taking a long time, so they end up becoming nomads? Or they are construction workers up there for all the work available. But yeah same issue here in CO, anywhere within 2 hours of Denver Metro is really hard to get into without a reservation made well in advance. It is what it is... more people, and they're not building more campgrounds.
JAC1982 10/31/19 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mysteries of RV design

Since so many rechargeable devices are around today, why aren't there more 12V or USB ports in RVs? The only 12V outlets are at the TV hookups. I was about to say the same thing. Pretty sure my phone charger isn't going to drain down both RV batteries very quickly, so why not have a plug or two that it will work on without running the generator or being hooked up?
JAC1982 10/30/19 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Last Post, DW has died

I'm sorry to hear about your wife, how heartbreaking. My condolences to you and your family. And, you are so right, take the opportunities you have presently, vs waiting until the exact "right time". There may never be a right time. My dad died at 52 and he and my mom had always dreamed of getting a camper and traveling after retirement. Never happened.
JAC1982 10/29/19 12:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

Sites spread out far enough, or at least arranged in a way so you don't feel like you're staring at the back of your neighbor's RV. I would also appreciate a fenced dog park so the dogs could go run around off-leash. Also, not sure this exists in any RV park but we would love an "adults" area... meaning no kids around in a certain part of the park. Or at least put the kid friendly stuff at one end. x2 55+ Adult only section. Buckhorn Lake RV Resort in Kernville, TX has a great set up. Limit number of people on each site to 6. Limit number of dogs. If they are having a big get together, a party, or Rally, must use a Pavilion and not disturb the rest of the neighboring sites. I'm only 37 so no 55+.... just no kids LOL
JAC1982 10/25/19 01:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Camping at N Las Vegas Casino where it's not allowed

That's methed up.
JAC1982 10/25/19 01:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

Sites spread out far enough, or at least arranged in a way so you don't feel like you're staring at the back of your neighbor's RV. I would also appreciate a fenced dog park so the dogs could go run around off-leash. Also, not sure this exists in any RV park but we would love an "adults" area... meaning no kids around in a certain part of the park. Or at least put the kid friendly stuff at one end.
JAC1982 10/24/19 01:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: About to GO Full Time

I would go Grand Design if I were full-timing it. Or as mentioned, the sky's the limit if your budget is. But assuming you don't want to spend 100k+, Grand Design it is.
JAC1982 10/24/19 12:40pm Toy Haulers
RE: tires/snow rating / not worry? / chains are solution?

The Hankook's that came on my Explorer (purchased brand new) barely made it 30 as well. I mean I could have driven them a little longer but since I do drive in snow and I got a flat tire in one of them in November, I didn't want to mess around with borderline tires.
JAC1982 10/24/19 12:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Inflatable cooler

I think it's a nice idea for someone with limited storage space (not just RVers). I've lived in some pretty small apartments and no way would I have had the storage space to store a cooler that I'd only use a few times a year. Or, could be nice for the folks who make a day trek to Costco a few hours away... put the cold food in there for the drive home, and then deflate it and store in your trunk.
JAC1982 10/23/19 01:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reliable truck+lightweight TT RVing Setup

My neighbors have a Jayco Hummingbird 17RB and they pull it with a GMC Canyon with the mini-diesel. No problems for them. I think the floor plan is nice for a little trailer too. I think you'll find more benefit in a small truck that is tow capable, than getting an SUV big enough to tow. You could tow a little trailer just fine with say, a Tahoe or a Ford Expedition, but do you want to drive around something that big? This is coming from an Explorer lover... but I sure wouldn't tow a camper with it. You can add a shell to a small truck to maximize the enclosed storage capabilities to be similar to an SUV.
JAC1982 10/22/19 05:18pm Beginning RVing
RE: Camping etiquette

Yeah I think the last place I'd go if I wanted some privacy and quiet is a KOA. Even if the sites are spread out more, they often attract families with kids who run around screaming all day. No thanks. KOAs serve their purpose for that type, or for a quick overnight stop.
JAC1982 10/21/19 01:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Modern Food?

Unless you pay high dollars for a meal, everything just comes off the same Sysco truck everywhere you go. Even at high end restaurants much of the food comes from the same purveyors. It is just the way the chefs prepare it. We don't eat out much because of this. We have few favorites. None of them are chains. Many are mom and pop Mexican/Southwestern. One of our favorite places is Southern Vittles in Lake City Colorado. Home style comfort food. This summer the local campground owner told us about a place in Dubois, WY that was over the top including homemade pies. Tell me about this spot in Dubois :)
JAC1982 10/17/19 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Modern Food?

"These days, even fast food can get near the $10/meal mark." Near $10? I wish. Yes, Mc Barfs and BK have a few "meals" under $10, but anything fancy there and it's over 10. Subway, Jimmy Johns, Potbellys, 5 guys, smash burger, Taco Time etc, any "better" fast food place is like $12-15. Is what it is I suppose and the cost is somewhat dependent on the cost of living. I'm talking Seattle area mostly, but some outlying areas have figured out how to charge too. Agree, under $10 a plate is not going to be worth writing home about. Barely make a turd with it! Yes I'm guessing it's a bit more in Seattle area :) I was thinking places like Chipotle, Jimmy John's or Chik Fil A. And Taco Time is well worth the money, wish we had them here but they're always our first stop whenever we are somewhere that has one.
JAC1982 10/15/19 12:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

I did not read every post here, so this may have been covered, but at least here in CO, and surrounding states, the fire bans aren't put in place by the campgrounds themselves. It's an area wide thing. This time of year is the worst because usually there hasn't been a lot of precipitation, but vegetation is drying out, lots of dry leaves etc. Many of the larger forest fires here in recent years were man-caused... campfires not put out properly, or people firing tracer rounds during a no-burn day. Just a few wayward coals or sparks can cause millions of dollars in damage. So, yeah, sorry you can't have your campfire, but would you rather not have a place to visit because it all burned down due to a wildfire?
JAC1982 10/15/19 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Modern Food?

Those darn kids. I'm 37 so I probably qualify. Trust me, we young people like good food too. But unfortunately, a lot of people aren't willing to pay what it costs to get good food, and food costs are higher than they used to be, so restaurants have to find ways to cut costs... that usually includes buying lesser quality meat and doing exactly what you describe, or buying pre-made frozen stuff since it's hard to keep staff around to cook food. Just watch the show Restaurant Impossible on Food Network and you'll see this happen over and over again. Also, I'm a pretty good cook, so why would I go out to eat to get something like roast beef? I can make a good roast beef at home pretty easily. When I go out to eat, I want to eat something I either can't make at home, or would be a big pain to make at home (like good BBQ). I've found that we can't eat out for a good quality meal for less than $50 including drinks anymore. Often it's closer to $75. So many people still expect a good meal for $10/plate or less. These days, even fast food can get near the $10/meal mark.
JAC1982 10/15/19 09:32am General RVing Issues
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