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RE: Plans for winter camping?

memtb, thank you for the information. We were at a big RV show in Myrtle Beach a couple of weekends ago, and they had a large number of new Teton fifth wheels there. They were simply beautiful. charlestonsouthern, Be very careful thinking that this “new” Teton, is the same Teton of yesteryear! Teton Homes of Casper, Wyoming went out of business in 2008....during the crash of the late 2000’s! Similar to other businesses, and I may be incorrect, there is nothing stopping an rv manufacture from calling their product by the same name as another that went out of business!! I would love to have the opportunity to spend some time thoroughly examining “this” new Teton! memtb
memtb 10/21/21 08:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Howdy Rich, Glad that you had a good outing! Were any animals harmed during your outing? :B memtb Wife and I went for the camp, don’t need the groceries. Others, however, were successful in saving a few from suffering through another winter. Good deal.....glad that your boondocking adventure wasn’t a “real” adventure! Kudos to those that provide relief to our wildlife! ;) memtb
memtb 10/19/21 07:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Howdy Rich, Glad that you had a good outing! Were any animals harmed during your outing? :B memtb
memtb 10/18/21 07:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Furnace Not working....

Can you tell us what your furnace is doing? Yes......the more detail you can provide, the more that we may be able to help! memtb
memtb 10/17/21 06:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2 cycle oil Dodge 5.9 diesel

"Not certain of it’s “born on” date, but it is a 6.7......quite deleted! memtb" Anything labeled 2007 made in 2006 has no emissions other than maybe a Cat. Production date 1/1 2007 and up has all the goodies. We definitely “HAD” all the goodies! ;) memtb
memtb 10/16/21 10:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2 cycle oil Dodge 5.9 diesel

Does anyone add 2 cycle oil to their diesel fuel? Pro’s and con’s. Thanks I put a pint in with every fill up in my 2007 6.7! I read on a diesel forum, where an extensive test was performed using many fuel additives and conventional 2 cycle oil. The 2 cycle oil fished in 2nd place to a high dollar additive. I can’t swear that it helps.....but, I bet it doesn’t hurt! In fact, as embarrassing as it is to admit this. About 3 years ago, I had my head placed securely where the sun doesn’t shine, and in almost 30 years of driving diesels.....I finally put gasoline in my diesel truck. I didn’t realize what I had done until it was full. About 27 gallons of gasoline in a 34 gallon fuel tank! 19 miles to my house, drain fuel tank, put a few gallons of diesel with a gallon of 2 cycle oil in tank and flushed system to injectors. Drive to town, fill tank with diesel this time! About 40K miles later.....she’s still doing OK. I can’t help but wonder if that little bit of 2 cycle oil added may have helped some! memtb I am assuming your 07 was made in 06. Not certain of it’s “born on” date, but it is a 6.7......quite deleted! memtb
memtb 10/16/21 07:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Route from Rock Springs, Wy to Yellowstone

If you’re interested in a little bit of a detour.....You could go to Kemmerer (I80:west beyond Green River to Hwy 30) and visit the original JC Penny store still operating and you can also visit his home ....now a museum! There is also Fossil Butte National Monument about 15 miles beyond Kemmerer (on Hwy 30) which has a pretty impressive fossil museum of local fossils! Go north from Kemmerer, through the Hoback Canyon, to Jackson, then continue to the park! memtb
memtb 10/15/21 09:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2 cycle oil Dodge 5.9 diesel

Does anyone add 2 cycle oil to their diesel fuel? Pro’s and con’s. Thanks I put a pint in with every fill up in my 2007 6.7! I read on a diesel forum, where an extensive test was performed using many fuel additives and conventional 2 cycle oil. The 2 cycle oil fished in 2nd place to a high dollar additive. I can’t swear that it helps.....but, I bet it doesn’t hurt! In fact, as embarrassing as it is to admit this. About 3 years ago, I had my head placed securely where the sun doesn’t shine, and in almost 30 years of driving diesels.....I finally put gasoline in my diesel truck. I didn’t realize what I had done until it was full. About 27 gallons of gasoline in a 34 gallon fuel tank! 19 miles to my house, drain fuel tank, put a few gallons of diesel with a gallon of 2 cycle oil in tank and flushed system to injectors. Drive to town, fill tank with diesel this time! About 40K miles later.....she’s still doing OK. I can’t help but wonder if that little bit of 2 cycle oil added may have helped some! memtb
memtb 10/15/21 08:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Plans for winter camping?

memtb -- How do you prep your RV for that kind of camping and temperatures? charlestonsouthern, I guess that you could say that we cheat! Our unit has a -20 F guarantee. There were only a few rv’s with this type of guarantee! It is our 4th Teton Homes 5th wheel. Our first one was a 1990, and we spent 2 Wyoming winters in it while we were building our home...the first winter, we didn’t even skirt it! We did put some bubble foil insulation on some of the windows. As we were hooked-up to water at our place, we very quickly learned that the water connection inside the camper needed additional insulation.....it was hiding inside the kitchen cabinetry. A little foam generously applied .... solved that issue! Our only other issue was self-induced. We had a mirrored sliding door closet in the front bedroom, and we left the doors closed, and got some frost on the closet back wall (front of 5th wheel)! Again.....easily resolved! As this was a 1990 model, there have been many notable improvements since then. The weakest point in this unit was the old style crank-out louvered windows......it had inside storm windows, which helped a great deal. This was our first Teton Homes 5th wheel. When we found out how well they were made....we decided that a Teton would be the only 5th wheel we would consider! Since 1990, improved slide seals, and dual pane windows are a couple of big improvements since 1990. In our present unit (the one pictured in our avatar) I wouldn't do anything for the occasional, minus 20 to 25 ! If we were going to spend the entire winter in it, expecting a bunch of cold weather.....we would skirt it! That’s about it! Addendum: Bring plenty of propane...you will use a lot! ;)memtb
memtb 10/15/21 07:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Plans for winter camping?

Yep! Will be spending the usual 2 to 3 weeks elk hunting in North-Central Wyoming. We will very likely see a few mornings below zero F. Hopefully, we will make an ice fishing trip or two, with temps potentially down to -20 F. And yes, there will be water in the rv system.....I’m kinda fond of cooking, washing my hands, and taking the occasional shower! ;) The worst part of winter boondocking is filling the water tanks at home when prepping for the trip, with temps in single digits or low teens! The ice fishing gloves quickly pay for themselves! :B memtb
memtb 10/14/21 09:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Fwiw Ive been down to minus 20 with no problems,.. This is another testimony, that all campers/rv’s are not created equal. While you will use considerably more propane, especially if the rv is large (ours is a 39 foot 5th wheel), the are several (some of the best are no longer in production) that can handle -20 F quite well. Uh... when a Canadian poster mentions -20, my guess is they would mean -20C, not -20 F. A small but important difference. Dave Dave, after I made my post, and then saw his location.....I wondered if he was talking about -20 C. Yep....a fairly significant difference! With our first really good 4 season unit, we enjoyed several minus 30 F mornings with no issues, with our newer unit, I’m not certain how well it would handle the -30’s F.... -20’s, we’re good! memtb Haha you make it sound as if minus 20 Celsius is fun ! -20 C is - 4 F btw At those temps water in the river froze one foot thick. :) Id highly recomend diesel heater Espar or its much cheaper Chinese copy. See Foresty forest chanel he uses that one full time living in some arctic conditions. It blows dry hot air so no problem with moisture like propane does. One can also burn kerosene in those things. I never suggested it was fun....merely quite doable when properly prepared. We spend several weeks most every year boondocking with all comforts of home (water, ect) anticipating....no expecting some nights below zero F. In fact....we occasionally go ice fishing, with all compliments aboard and have been out in -20F temps. Again, it doable when properly set-up! There is no rule in RVing that we all must flee to Arizona or souther Florida for the winter months, or hole-up in our homes awaiting the next summer! memtb
memtb 10/14/21 08:59am Beginning RVing
RE: 4 season package?

Once upon a time, as in before we lost several quality rv’ manufactures with the market dive in the late 2000’s......there were a few “true” 4 season rv’s. In fact 2 or 3 had a written guarantee down to -20 F. These were heavy, expensive units. Quality comes with a price, and the majority of the American buying public wanted light and inexpensive. Most manufacturers were happy to oblige! There are a few pretty good units available today.....but they will be heavier and more expensive. Thicker sidewalls with higher r value insulation, dual pane windows, higher basement and attic r value insulation, well insulated end caps, vented attic, enclosed, forced air heated underbelly with all tanks, lines, dump valves enclosed within the insulated/heated underbelly, 3/4” to 1” thick storage bay doors, tanks and dump valves/lines heat traced, are just some of the things that you should look for! As many have stated.....most manufacturers use 4-Season as a marketing ploy! They may all be 4-season.....provided you spend the 4 seasons in the Florida Keys! memtb
memtb 10/03/21 09:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV furniture

The recliners that came with our Life Style 5th wheel has this fake leather look. The material is pealing off and they look terrible. We need to replace them. Camping World doesn’t have much of a selection. Need suggestions on where to find replacement recliners and couch. We have checked the internet but my wife would like to sit on the furniture before buying. Has anyone made a trip to Elkhart to look for furniture? We took careful measurements for some replacement furniture (wanted to eliminate a hide a bed) and bought some Ashly furniture. I’m certain that there are some upper end recliners or love seats that will also fit! You just have to be certain that they easily dissemble to fit them through the doorway! Sadly FlexSteel no longer makes RV furniture......it was top of the line ! Our first two Tetons came with FlexSteel! memtb
memtb 09/27/21 09:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Remembering my best physical condition

My best physical condition was when I was 29/30, sub 3 hour marathons, sub 1 hr. 10 milers.....though I was a bit light at 163 [email protected] 6 feet tall. I’ve always remained active, though I quit running at 30 ! At 69, I’m still in pretty good shape, though I do not exercise.....just work hard and put in lots of miles around our place, and a bit of walking during hunting season! I’m a lot heavier now, around 205, and can’t run much.....”gimpy” knee and 2 back surgeries, but, still in better shape than most folks my age. Not on any medications, resting heart rate under 60.....so, I’m “hangin in there”! memtb
memtb 09/23/21 08:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Oregon to charge 25% more for out of state RV campers

Considering the current state of affairs in Oregon I will not be visiting GOOD CALL!!!!!!! +1 ! Perhaps it is to help finance the “Rebuild Portland” initiative! ;) memtb
memtb 09/23/21 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Installing generator and propane tank on rear rack of fiver?

I don’t see an issue with fabricating a rack......assuming that you have sufficient frame integrity and the weight will not adversely effect your pin/tongue weight. All of that said......if I have a choice, I would never go propane. Been there - done that ! As compared to gasoline .....propane is very inefficient! You will use much more propane to accomplish the same job. PLUS - gasoline is quite accessible and is a quick/easy fill.....propane - not so much! JMO! memtb
memtb 09/23/21 08:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: hydro or electric leveling

Hydraulic......Bigfoot to be specific! memtb
memtb 09/20/21 02:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not much posting

I am in total agreement.....to a point. However, there are certain members that that consistently inject flagrantly antagonistic comments, to intentionally start a disagreement......which invariably happens. This causes the moderators to close the post. So......those of us that wish to remain civil and continue the conversation are stopped by those few that have “heartburn” over the topic. Thank You! memtb
memtb 09/18/21 10:54am Around the Campfire
RE: Not much posting

Sometimes posters get pretty adversarial on certain subjects (probably just human nature). This can cause a thread to be deleted if it goes too far. In addition, such behavior may cause others to leave the forum. As for me, I don't mind a disagreement on a topic as long as it remains a discussion and not an out and out name calling argument, which doesn't lead to anything positive. ;) The threads don’t have to go too far!!! Often some overzealous, overly sensitive moderators close a thread long before it starts to get out of hand! Yes, perhaps it may have or even likely would have....or perhaps some of our moderators are clairvoyant! Over the years, good informative or entertaining threads were closed when there were no obvious arguments or insults being started! I, for one approve of thread moderation......just not overly moderated! JMO. memtb
memtb 09/18/21 08:02am Around the Campfire
RE: Scary moment towing my 5er around Denver last week

I-70 and I-25 through Denver is lined with long black skid marks on the road surface and lots of plastic/glass and broken vehicle parts on the shoulder of the interstates. From NE Oklahoma to SLC we go up I-35 and on north to York, Nebraska then west on I-80 on to SLC/Provo area. When we go south......that is our “much” preferred” route! memtb
memtb 09/03/21 09:02am Fifth-Wheels
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