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  1. Monument Valley, Gouldings, and Zion, Watchman. Made Bryce a day trip out of Zion.
  2. DW and I are planning a west cost trip in late summer 2018 and planning to spend a few days in Yosemite. We love staying in national park campgrounds and have stayed in numerous where the posted length is 35' with our 40' unit and the toad and still kept all tires on the pavement. Yes, that included Mather in Grand Canyon. I see several sites in Lower Pines CG that are 35' range but the big question is maneuvering thru the campground as well as obstacles on a particular site. Also depends if park refuses to allow larger units. Has anyone with 40 footer had any experience there or have suggestions for private options not so far out of park that don't seem like parking lots? Additionally, does non weekend in September tend to be less crowded or is it about the same regardless?
  3. Close is relative term but might check Foxfire in Milton WV, approx 40 miles west of town. It is KOA. Avoid Kanawha State forest, not big rig friendly. St Albans Roadside Park, approx 15 miles west of Charleston has a few sites but limited services. (115v power and dump station but is on the river, Not so sure about Staats Mill in Ripley. pretty much middle of nothing.
  4. Parking no problem for even a 40' with toad, just scattered about, adequate signs to direct you. As for the store itself, typical "tourist trap" but the shear size and nostalgia factor make it worth the stop. it is a piece, albeit tacky, part of Americana.
  5. Great looking installation! May have to reconsider future change out myself. So far, our Dometic works reasonably well, but not without issues. We do a fair amount of boondocking so draw on battery banks and need for running genset is a concern, particularly when at a National Park site with limitations on hours of generator operation. How much of an impact might that be, if for example you topped off battery charge at 10:00 am and run minimal lighting and normal parasitic loads during the day and can not use gen set till 5:00 or worse case, topped off at 8:00 pm and cannot recharge till 8:00 morning. Presently i can do the later, watch an hour of tv, even run furnace on a chilly night and still have 12.2v in the morning. Any thoughts?
  6. I agree with Herman, The M&G, once installed, is so simple to hook up, only a coiled hose with quick connects to store when not in use and no effect to cars braking system. I had to move battery shelf forward on my 07 Liberty to allow space for the cylinder but that was nothing major.
  7. we have 07 Monaco product. Got mine at site below:
  8. Glad to have the clarification. While I too suspected that this was the case, I have always unplugged or tripped disconnect just to be on safe side. Like Brett, seemed to be best practice and eliminated potential for something not working as it should.
  9. Rotten egg smell is off gases from the batteries boiling off during charging.
  10. Is the motor the issue or is the keyway stripped? That seems to be a chronic problem with the Eclipse model. You may be able to manually unroll canopy to at least get to the 3 screws that hold the tube to the motor assembly mounted in the arm. I thought issue was with motor but it worked fine. The shaft however rotated freely in the cap causing the awning to stay stationary. You may have a different model.
  11. Fort Wilderness will be all decked out for Halloween. I have seen families bring a small trailer full of decorations for their site. Always fun time. enjoy your stay!
  12. Raptor, Hope you are not attempting to fill fresh water tank like I did "one senior moment" a few months back. Seems I quickly connected hose to outlet next to valve marked city water and tank fill and turned on the water. Little to no water was going in. Turned lever back and forth a few times and still nothing. Then the "light bulb in my grey head came on" I connected the water hose to the "Tank Flush" connection!!!! I point this out only because Beaver is also a Monaco product and it is possible that without owners manual, you could have a similar set up. My water fill is only from the retractable hose reel on opposite side of panel from lever for city water/ tank fill. might want to attach photo of your service panel.
  13. DW and I will be headed across Texas panhandle along I-40 in September. While on the road, we prefer to overnight in rest areas as I like to drive into the night and hit road early if we are simply trying to get cross country. I have heard and read about Van Horn, Texas to the south. Any similar issues in the Amarillo area?
  14. Stayed at Chatfield Lake State Park south of Denver near Littleton a few years ago while attending the AIA Convention downtown Denver. Nice lake views, convenient, hot air baloons, good access, quite. Would stay there again if in area.
  15. Ditto on the CAC and radiator. A bit of trash and a sandwich wrapper can significantly increase coolant temp on even a moderate grade while not even noticed on level ground.