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Corps of Engineers changing host policy

We've stayed in 4 COE cg in the last month or so. One had camp ground hosts who did not go thru the bid process and were not paid other than the FHU site. That was Hardridge Creek in AL. In The Narrows in KY, they did go thru the bid process and were paid, and at Wax in KY they were bid workers but said others COE sites were all volunteer? They thought COE was trying to do away with the bid process all together. That bid has inhibited me because how do you know how much to bid? Anyway something is going on, are they not getting folks to bid or are they dumping that process to save money?
agesilaus 06/27/22 12:15pm Workamping Forum
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Pickup with a hard solid tonneau cover (not roll or fold) and bedrug. Makes the bed like a huge carpeted trunk. And when you buy a bed rug, go to Rural King or Tractor Supply and buy a Stall Mat and save yourself hundreds of bucks. Lol stall mat vs bed rug? How are those even remotely the same? Hmm, I have a stall mat in my 6"4" bed. It's maybe an inch thick, hard surfaced. Admittedly it does not fill around the wheel wells and is 4" short. But at $55 vs $250 I can live with that. It does a great job of cushioning the bed to save my knees. And the high friction surface keeps stuff from sliding easily. What more does a real truck bed mat do anyway?
agesilaus 06/26/22 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Pickup with a hard solid tonneau cover (not roll or fold) and bedrug. Makes the bed like a huge carpeted trunk. And when you buy a bed rug, go to Rural King or Tractor Supply and buy a Stall Mat and save yourself hundreds of bucks.
agesilaus 06/26/22 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

You did not mention the total cargo weight capacity, that is usually the killer on these fake SUV models. If you are towing 9000# get a pickup with a crew cab. A vehicle made to do towing
agesilaus 06/26/22 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 campgrounds

Well here is our real world experience. Starting in N. Florida we've camped in 7 spots (one future cg with reservations), had zero problems with our first choice. Left FL, camped in one NF spot in N FL, two COE cg in AL, one private cg in AL, a county Fairground in TN (Escapade) and now in KY COE and moving to another KY COE for the 4th weekend. Just about every place had plenty of open sites, even thru the weekends. So once again I have to say that this so called shortage is limited to the east coast, especially the NE and maybe parts of Cali. I don't know about OR and WA. I suspect all of those states have onerous regulations that force campground owners to quit. I have seen blog posts from one in Cali who said he was pulling his business out of the state. That leaves fewer government CG to supply the demand, leading to cg being booked solid.
agesilaus 06/24/22 03:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is It Worth It?

I've never seen 15% grades, Hwy 12 has a short section of 12% IIRC and I've seen 10% fairly often. We've done the Moki Dugway, once towing a light camper (followed the GPS error) but quite a few times in our HD truck. We've driven back country roads, like the Harnet loop, that may have steeper grades but they aren't signed. Hwy 12 did make the truck oil temp spike when we stopped at a pull out, and shut off the truck, but otherwise the truck just downshifts and pulls straight up the grade.
agesilaus 06/24/22 03:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is It Worth It?

What did you like towing with more??? That's your answer. To a certain extent, but where you will be towing is the most important. Mountain travel, the you need a diesel. Flat lands east of the big muddy, you can live with a gasser. Of course you can drag your RV up those 7 or 8% grades, but the engine will be working very hard. 7-8% grade is STEEP for an interstate, reality, federal funfed interstates are suppised to be 6% or less, with short spurts to 8. Ive personally necer found interstates geades to be an issue. Marty If you are the sort of RVer who never leaves the interstates then fine. But if you want to drive Colorado roads, see Bryce and drive Hwy 12, and otherwise see what this country has to offer. Then no, 7 or 8% grades are mild.
agesilaus 06/24/22 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is It Worth It?

What did you like towing with more??? That's your answer. To a certain extent, but where you will be towing is the most important. Mountain travel, the you need a diesel. Flat lands east of the big muddy, you can live with a gasser. Of course you can drag your RV up those 7 or 8% grades, but the engine will be working very hard.
agesilaus 06/23/22 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electrical question

Where ignorance is bliss, Tis folly to be wise Had to look it up, geez that is one grim poem
agesilaus 06/17/22 04:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anybody know what a rainbay/PDI facility is?

Or some ice creme cone according to Google
agesilaus 06/17/22 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: programing of Mercedes key fob

I just got a fob for our 2018 RAM 2500. The locksmith had to order the fob, the he had a programming box about 12 inches by 10 inches with a screen. Took the original key put it in the ignition switch, plugged the box into the OBDII port and fiddled for 10 minutes before getting it programmed. Cost $228. No telling what the Dodge dealer would charge.
agesilaus 06/17/22 03:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

Red Lodge has more than some flooding Bridge out, highway thru town under a foot or two of fast moving water
agesilaus 06/16/22 10:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do you unhook for the night?

Probably not if: We are more or less level Moving on in the morning don't want to use the truck
agesilaus 06/16/22 08:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

Construction can go faster, they fixed that bridge over the Mississippi in Minnesota IIRC in record time with incentives for early completion. That was when both government and the contractors were highly motivated tho. And before the B-economy. No way will the NPS move that fast and they probably don't have a pot of money sitting around to fund it. Plus there are all those permits, archaeological permits, ecological permits, historical permits and the list goes on.
agesilaus 06/15/22 06:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TT Roof Treatment

We had good luck with Heng'ss if I spelled it right. There is a roof cleaner sold on Amazon that does a very good job: B.E.S.T. 55048 Rubber Roof Cleaner/Protectant - cleaned up tree stains and left a nice white surface.
agesilaus 06/14/22 08:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

Lots of info here That's the Long Long Honeymoon site, lots of info for incoming campers/visitors. Websites, phones etc. They are giving out some bad advice suggesting Glacier as an alternative when that park is so overloaded already that they have started access control like Yosemite. Gardiner highway from Gardiner entrance to Mammoth is kaput. That;s the washed out road all the videos are showing. Gardiner looks to be in terrible shape. Livingston may be flooded. West Yellowstone and Jackson seem to be OK. My guess, the Gardiner entrance is kaput for years. Hopefully they will rebuild the highway in a better location. It was very twisty and followed the river closely. Probably the east entrance from Cody, the west entrance at West Yellowstone and the southern entrances at Jackson's Hole via the Tetons will probably reopen in weeks or months. Geyser basins seem to be OK. No report on the Lamar valley, there is another branch of the Yellowstone running thru is with so very low land but few structures, roads or campgrounds. Beartooth highway? Red Lodge of all places may have seen some flooding. That entrance is NOT RV friendly Grand Tetons will probably be overwhelmed this summer. More rain/snow forecast for the coming weekend
agesilaus 06/14/22 07:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

Mail Say what you want about the Mail but they do shine when it comes to events like this. Lots of photos and videos of the event. Gardiner is heavily damaged and cut off, the Carabella bridge built in 1918 is washed away. I assume the BLM campground right near there is kaput. The flood waters were at 15 ft compared to the old record of 11.5 set in 1918, the year the Carabella bridge was built. Red Lodge is flooded. So it sounds like the north part of the park is going to be closed for a extended period. Bridges and roads heavily damaged. From what I've seen the NPS is very slow to repair damage compared to state governments who will have contractors working by the end of the week. The NPS will be lucky to get started before the snow flies. Since this is of such general interest I posted this on other sites too
agesilaus 06/14/22 08:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone roads closed!

Local News and bad news at that
agesilaus 06/13/22 05:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What's the real scoop on propane tank re-certification?

Many places recertify - its an inspection with a date written or etched on the tank. It's cheap - $20 or less. Best to find a propane supplier or a feed store (my local feed store does it). I have had all of my tanks recertified, they are that old... It's a visual inspection, no big deal. My local propane dealer did it for free if we got a refill. Not all dealers do it but just call one and if they do not then they will tell you who does. Don't waste all that money on a new tank.
agesilaus 06/13/22 01:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2022 campgrounds

It's hard to tell in my area. It's not summer here yet. Glad to hear that, we are headed up to the upper pen after Escapade in TN. Hopefully after black fly season
agesilaus 06/13/22 10:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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