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RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

Wapiticountry wrote: “...And don't forget, it is also a regional thing. Most people who need to plan long trips cancelled them due to uncertainty. It was not known up to the time they open when National Parks will open. Travel to follow your favorite Baseball team, or NASCAR driver is off for the year. Nobody is going to take their RV across the country to go to a cancelled music festival. That leaves near local trips, so parks near major population centers are getting much more business than normal. Areas dependent on those planned trips are suffering. ..” Agreed. The national forest camp sites in the Uinta Mtns, UT, are very crowded this summer. Local word is the RV dealers in Salt Lake City are having a very good season.
richclover 06/20/20 07:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Family National Parks Road Trip

So it looks like Grand Canyon will for sure be out, just too far and the temps aren't right for the kids. Now the thought is to leave Gilroy, CA and head through Yosemite. Was hoping to stay the night in or near the park but looks like reservations are all taken so most likely we will stay at Silver Lake the first night. This is now where I am stuck. From Silver Lake to the Grand Tetons it is 814 miles via the most direct option. Way too many miles to do in one or two days so we need two places to stop at night along the way. Because of the heat, probably should go with RV parks that have full hookups so we can run the AC. Are there any good suggestions for route and places to stay (RV Parks or Campgrounds) between Silver Lake, CA and Jackson Wy? So we’re talkin’ Lake Tahoe, I-80 eastbound? To Salt Lake? Best get on RVParky or Campendium or KOA. You’ll find places to stay through NV, UT north to Jackson.
richclover 05/29/20 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Storing Diesel long term during COVID

Long range planner here. Asking questions on storing our diesel RV. Usually head south for the winter. Looks likely a no go for us this fall due to health issues with potential Covid exposure. I have not winterized for years as we have not needed it. RV will likely stay stored for at least 6 months assuming a few short trips locally before end of October. Will do normal maintenance on RV chassis before storing. Assuming things do not dramatically change, we will be staying home this fall. OK with winterizing but what should I do to treat the diesel fuel (Cummings 360 engine), what to do when when I unstore, and what else do I need to know? Long time RVer, newish to diesel land. All info will be gratefully accepted. If it sits all summer is there anything I should do now? Think not doing significant RVing travel in our near future is the hardest part for us. Safe travels all. THANKS in advance for any advice on safely storing our Tiffin. Go south, as usual, for the winter.
richclover 05/28/20 05:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tool box in a long bed?

If I have a tool box or equivalent that is significantly higher than the bed rails right behind the cab of my long bed, will it cause turning issues with the trailer nose? You “will” eventually wish that you had a flush-fit toolbox! 30 years ago, my tool box was “only” about 3” above the bed rails. It took a year or so.....but I finally introduced the 5er to the tool box! :M :o memtb Yeah, sooner or later. I hope not but I'm still a newbie with the new 5'er. The Coachmen Chaparral with "Turn Tech Engineering" looks like it's good for near 90 degrees. Next time I hook up I'll test the limits carefully. I really want to keep the toolbox off the truck bed. A short bed... https://i.imgur.com/8vHYNuAl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/KwwooyJl.jpg It's trying to be "spring" on this side of the state!
richclover 05/26/20 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Family National Parks Road Trip

Actually, Jackson Hole? Correct? ;) No, actually Jackson. ;) Jackson, WY, is located in Jackson Hole which is a 55 mile long valley. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Hole
richclover 05/22/20 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Family National Parks Road Trip

Adamis: “...6. The drive from Grand Canyon to Grand Tetons looks to be ~675 miles. This we will need to break up into a least 2 days. Split in half we would need to stop on the southern end of Salt Lake City. Is there anywhere of note to stop for a night in this area?...” We did a part time winter in Mesquite, NV, and usually did the 7 hr drive in a day. We decided to break it up, last trip home, because we were towing our new 5er for the first time. The KOA at Fillmore, UT, was a great stop and we’ll stay there again. Easy off I-15, and near a Maverick with easy access RV pumps with lots of room. Have fun and safe travels!
richclover 05/17/20 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Sagging springs on 2 yr old TT ??

https://i.imgur.com/AggMut6l.jpg Yep, my springs on a nearly new Coleman, since traded. After a 5200 mile trip last year I found damage to the bottom above each tire. Local tire shop ordered uograde springs, made in the USA, from these guys. Raised the trailer, more curve, so I had to adjust the WD hitch. Search the "Bottom damage" thread. http://www.aaaspring.com/
richclover 05/10/20 07:53am Tech Issues
RE: Which TPMS system to buy for truck and trailer?

Information on the TST web site is very skimpy. Can anyone with a repeater tell me if it is hardwired to the trailer system battery or has its own, or what? Only thing I can find is that it does not have a user serviceable battery. The info they have is very limited and cryptic, would help to have good info to help people make decisions. Charles The repeater/signal boost for my TT500, TireTraker, must be wired to a 12v source. I used the wiring for the bed reading light in the front of my last bumper pull and easily installed it in the front storage compartment in the new 5er. Switched, of course. Valve cap sensor batteries are easily replaced and the monitor holds a charge for a long time. No wires in the truck cab.
richclover 05/03/20 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Which TPMS system to buy for truck and trailer?

Hi all, I have an 05 F350 which I will be towing my 24ft toy hauler (double axle)and want to install an aftermarket TPMS kit to monitor tires on my truck and trailer. Anyone try'd any of these? Which kit will not have trouble communicating with the sensors on my trailer? Thanks and I hope everyone is doing ok and being safe! I use this one on my flatbed hauling my CanAm and the 5er, a 36’ unit. I installed the signal booster in the front storage compartment and I have never lost the signal. Good you’re getting a TPMS. A valuable safety tool, IMHO. https://www.tiretraker.com/products.php?cat=2
richclover 05/01/20 04:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Las Vegas to Grand Teton soon..

Leaving Vegas tomorrow morning as temperatures will be hitting 100 in a few days. Taking the suggested route up I 15 through Utah and towards Bear Lake. Will drive @ 4 -5 hrs a day with rest stops/lunch. Thanks for suggestions and taking the time to respond. Nancy We drove to Mesquite yesterday, Provo Canyon, Provo, I-15. No problems. Right, it’s hot! Good thing our 2 air conditioners are working well. There’s a KOA at Fillmore, UT. We reserved a spot there Tuesday night. It’s about half way home and a good way to break up the trip since we’re pulling a 5er for the first time. There’s a Maverick at the same exit with a good RV fuel island, FWIW. Safe travels!
richclover 04/26/20 08:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Las Vegas to Grand Teton soon..

Interesting route,,thank you. We are also looking for some boondocking spots on our way. Las Vegas is starting to hit high 80's - and even a 90 degree day soon. We are at TT and have a/c but ..... Any other info out there? Our 5er is still in our spot in Mesquite. We pulled the flatbed hauling the CanAm home last week. I-15, Virgin River Gorge. Light traffic until the Provo area on a Saturday. We go through Provo Canyon to Heber, Park City then I-80 home but I-15 north through Salt Lake shouldn’t be too bad. There’s a Walmart in Springville, south of Provo, for a possible overnight. Leave around 9 am next day to avoid the rush north. We’re headed to Mesquite this weekend to retrieve the camper. 4 nights and high temperatures in the 90’s. Glad we have 2 AC units! Good luck and safe travels! Edit: Only way I’d do any UT paperwork would be a final destination in UT, not “passing through”.
richclover 04/20/20 05:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: driving from arizona to wa state

Mesquite, NV, I-15. Walmart, Smiths grocery open. Flying J, west exit is a good stop, overnight parking, restrooms, showers and liquor store open. Solstice Motorcoach Resort, easy off the interstate, is open (We’re there now). In fact, several Canada motor homes are here in transit. I recommend Flying J or Pilot through UT. We found closed restrooms at a Phillips 66 c-store in Springville.
richclover 04/04/20 06:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate and other roadside Rest Areas - Open or Closed?

Yesterday. I-80, SW WY to 40-189. Heber City, UT, Provo, UT. I-15 south to our 5th wheel in our spot, Mesquite, NV. UT I-15 rest areas are open including rest rooms. Flying J and Shell station restrooms open. Phillips 66 C-store, Springville, UT, restrooms closed. Ports of Entry open. Plenty of hand wipes in the truck. “Social Distancing” observed. More traffic than expected.
richclover 03/29/20 07:37am Roads and Routes
RE: 5th wheel hitch lift

I installed a B&W Turnover Ball in my Ram Cummins. Topped with the Anderson Ultimate. Seemed like the easiest way to go...
richclover 03/23/20 07:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel towing question

We (friend and me), installed a B&W Turnover Ball hitch in the bed of my Ram 2500 Cummins yesterday. Works well with the Anderson 5er hitch Plenty of room for the toolbox and space around the hitch for cargo. Right Todd, the mud gets spendy in the local car wash!
richclover 03/18/20 08:13am Towing
RE: Fifth wheel towing question

Congratulations Rich, I think you will quickly fall in love with that 5er! We pretty much didn’t have winter except for February. The same cannot be said for your neck of the woods.....southern Wyoming got hammered pretty good. How soon are you gonna take that new rig up the Hams Fork? Twenty or so miles of gravel/dirt road oughta break it in nicely! :B you gotta place to put an elk or two in that new rig? ;) memtb Thx Todd! Yeah, we’re loving it. Now I just have to figure out how to hitch and tow. The last time we traveled the Ham’s Fork road it had rained and snowed. There’s nothing worse than mag water mud! Might be some time before we tow there.
richclover 03/14/20 07:16am Towing
RE: Fifth wheel towing question

Hi, Todd, hope you’re wintering well! Glad to see this thread since we just took delivery of a new Chaparral 336TSIK fifth wheel. After years of towing bumper pull campers this will be a learning experience! Book weights for the 5er are 12,000 gross, 1880 hitch. My Ram Cummins is rated to tow 17,000, 6500 rear axle. Load range E SRW tires, rated just over 3500 each. I’m thinking of a goose neck ball in the truck short bed topped with the Anderson hitch. Of course the whole rig will be properly weighed. Good thing the dealer here in Mesquite, NV, delivered the new unit to our RV park spot since we’re here with the Ram half ton, no 5er hitch! Yeah, we’ve been running away from winter once a month since November ;)
richclover 03/12/20 09:02am Towing
RE: Best RV trip planner

I am looking for the best RV trip planner that would show mileage, estimated travel time, fuel stops and campgrounds (good sam and private). I'm having to do this since the new Good Sam trip planner is total garbage and not really useful anymore. Any help would be greatly appreciated. You might try RVParky. Works well for me.
richclover 02/24/20 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interstate 80 thru Wyoming and Nebraska

You won't have any trouble across I-80 in summer, unless it's windy that day. ;) Seriously, our wind is worst in winter. Prevailing is out of the southwest, so like said, a nice tailwind eastbound. Winter jet stream usually near us, then migrates northward in summer. Summer can bring really cool looking distant Thunderstorms. When they are by you you can get bad winds (any direction). But those are not long lasting, and generally afternoon, not morning. Winter winds due to jet stream proximity can last weeks straight. Wyoming, especially southern, is best seen with a low sun angle (mornings and late afternoon, evening). Shadows give nice visual depth. Drive safe and have a nice trip. Agreed! WYDOT is good about posting road conditions. Where are you located in WY?
richclover 01/22/20 05:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Essential tools to carry; pole saw.

“...I'm a volunteer for the US Forest Service and spend a lot of time in the spring time removing fallen trees off the trails....” Specta, in Utah, thanks for volunteering and for posting the photos. That’s why I carry my chainsaw on boondocking trips to the mountains. All it takes is an overnight thunderstorm to bring down the deadfall across the only road out. I have that T-shirt ;) Ps. Mine is a Stihl, loaded up in the truck with a couple extra gallons of mixed gas and a spare chain. Works for me.
richclover 12/24/19 05:39pm Truck Campers
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