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  1. agreed on the time of year. September is great time. photos above from mid September trip
  2. Monument Valley (Goulding) at least 2 days and Zion ( Watchman) for 4 days are must stays. Bryce canyon a must see. Two days if hiking thru formations but can make a day trip from Zion if time is tight. Regret not making it to Arches. Monument valley Zion Bryce Great trip in 2016
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    BUYING NEW TIRES

    I was not pleased with original Goodyears. Replaced with Michelin and very pleased with ride and handling. Worth the difference in price. no experience with the Toyos but hear good things.
  4. Jeep specifically states in owners manual for wrangler and liberty models "Do not tow on dolly" must be towed 4 down or on trailer. Besides, much easier 4 down.
  5. if going to final 4, might look at KOA in San Antonio. Just right around the corner perhaps not more than a mile away. (assuming they are playing where the spurs play)
  6. Agree with all said above. Don't know if "source" of heat is microwave or electric element but keep in mind that when on convection, you may use metal rack or pans, so perhaps not microwave. We use ours both ways, frequently in the course of the same meal. will bake in convection, then take out food and rack, then use the microwave to cook something else being careful to remember that the interior surface and the rack is still hot, unlike a mw only oven. we have baked cakes, pies, bread, pizza, scalloped potatoes, oven roasted veggies all using convection.
  7. Zion for sure. Watchman Campground at western entrance is one of the few national park cg's that has electric hook up(30A) From there you can do day trip to Bryce or spend several days there. Depending on size of your Rig, might want to avoid the tunnel in between. Arches another good stop. Also look to get over to Monument Valley in the southeastern corner of UT. Goulding Campground a good possibility. Zion Goulding Zion Goulding CG overlooking Valley Monument Valley
  8. So, no one has actually camped in a Yosemite NP campground with 40ft unit?
  9. Monument Valley, Gouldings, and Zion, Watchman. Made Bryce a day trip out of Zion.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. we have 07 Monaco product. Got mine at site below: http://www.easternmarine.com/RV-Wall-Jacks-Switches-Indicator-Lights/
  16. 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.
  17. Rotten egg smell is off gases from the batteries boiling off during charging.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Sitting, mine has shut down pretty close to the 1/4 mark however i was surprised once while driving that it did cut out at about 3/8 while driving. I now refuel accordingly.
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