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RE: Avoid drive thru Salt Lake City

Just curious if there is any way one can get from Northern Utah to Southern Utah without going through Salt Lake City or traveling on mountainous roads. We are a 40' Class A towing wanting to avoid the traffic, construction, and congestion that always seems to prevail on I-15. Thanks for any input! You’re probably already there but I would just avoid rush hour and drive it. Worst would likely be the construction, MP 284-279, Lehi area. 2nd lane from the right, avoiding the “must exit”, and drive on. Check this website over coffee before getting on the road after 9 AM: Safe travels!
richclover 09/29/20 07:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping in cold temps, bad idea?

richclover, not if you get a twindow fan to replace the cold air return grill. Agreed and a good idea. That’ll take electricity, 12 or 110v. Generator or plugged in, shore power. Gotta pay for the heat one way or another ;)
richclover 09/20/20 07:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping in cold temps, bad idea?

Hi all, I realize there's a recent post about camping in the winter, but it talks about a better insulated fifth wheeler camping in NM subfreezing temps, my situation is different. My travel trailer (Prime Tracer 24DBS) comes with what the manufacturer calls an extended season camping that includes: Roof (R-14) Double Layer Fiberglass Floor (R-14) Extra Thick Bead Foam Front Cap (R-14) Double Layer Fiberglass Insulation Enclosed And Heated Underbelly Enclosed And Heated Holding Tanks I take it I can probably delay winterization until late fall and use it normally? I'm asking because we are planning our last trip of the season for the end of November (Thanksgiving), hoping to camp in the white mountains in NH. It gets pretty cold above tree line on the 4000 footers but in the valleys where the campsites are located the averages for that time of the year are 27F at night to 45F during the day. I wonder, will it be too late into the season for camping with my unit without taken any precautions? If so, what I should worry about to avoid a catastrophe? Thanks in advance! Mid-20’s night and 40’s daytime wouldn’t bother me. Especially if your days are sunny. “Heated underbelly” ... My last bumper pull and current 5’er had the same and heat is provided by the furnace ducting through the floor area, front and rear, to the furnace floor vents. If yours is the same I would be running the propane heat. 55-60 degrees nighttime on the thermostat works for me. Throw a “log” on when you roll out to fire up the coffee. 65 degrees daytime. If you depend on electric space heaters you may well freeze the plumbing in the underbelly/basement. An extra propane tank would be a good thing. Disconnect the city water and drain the hose after filling your tank for a couple of days needs. I never run my furnace while towing. It takes time for a rig to cold soak. Have fun!
richclover 09/19/20 04:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

When I am not towing the tonneau cover is hiding the hitch, although if they want it ,they will get it, but with a locked tailgate they will have to cut the tonneau cover out of the way or break open the tailgate. It won't be easy. As far as the adapter, I suppose someone will steal anything , but I can't imagine those adapter being in high demand. Taking the time ,and having the allen wrench ,and wrenches to remove just doesn't sound likely. I think that lock is mostly to prevent the theft of the fifth wheel, and here again I like my odds they don't have an Andersen hitch . Agreed again, however, having had a theft or two, I feel better knowing the "house" and related "stuff" will be there when I get back. Perceived security is worth it. To me. As for the "hijacker" I'll bet he can't get that big heavy hitch out of his truck bed and re-installed in 15 minutes. I can. Tools/equipment required is, as you know, a torque wrench. One of the reasons I bought an AUH. I've got a short bed with tool box and I can use it easily.
richclover 09/16/20 05:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

“...With the popularity of the Andersen , that is not a bad idea if someone actually has the Andersen hitch, odds say they won't ,they will steal a fifth wheel with a convention pin box , having a convention fifth wheel hitch to do the stealing with ...” Agreed. The lock does makes it nearly impossible for the adapter to “walk away”. I also remove the ball from the top of my hitch and lock it in the toolbox when not in use.
richclover 09/15/20 08:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

Here's an advantage of the later Coachmen 5er's, "Turn Tec Engineering". Also shown is a Ft. Knox lock specifically made for the Andersen hitch adapter. Can be found on Amazon, among others.
richclover 09/15/20 02:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

I responded to the OP on this, and I see he is also running the adapter with the fifth wheel closer to the cab, same as I am. If wanted he could run that 8 " further back. Without checking I thought with this new fifth wheel it looked like the pin box was a little too close to the tailgate , so I reversed the adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab. Still I have no clearance issues with the cab. My previous fifth wheel with the Morryde pin box I ran the adapter putting the fifth wheel further from the cab. I started with the adapter in the forward position, pin box further back, since every one I had seen was done that way. I was not comfortable with the pin box to tailgate clearance so it was simple to reverse the adapter, moving the box forward in the bed. Had I followed the Andersen install instructions (measurements), I would have done it that way to start with. No dents... Yet!
richclover 09/15/20 10:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

Looking at a Ram. Can anyone comment that has an Andersen hitch with the 6' box? What kind of clearance are you getting between the cab and tailgate. What's the orientation of the pin adapter? Thanks A buddy and me installed a B&W Turnover Ball hitch in the bed of my Ram 2500 Cummins. Short box. Factory plastic bed liner. No problems with the Andersen Ultimate hitch so far. Torque wrench in the truck toolbox for checking the bolts every couple of days on the road. Hitch adapter is in the reverse position to get the long pin box inside the bed and the cutouts on the Chaparral front corners allow plenty of clearance. I’ve turned at least 60 degrees on dirt/gravel and might make 90 if I screw up and really need to. Hitch ball is in the lowest position since truck is a 4x4 and high. Photos to follow...
richclover 09/15/20 07:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: trip to mt rushmore

hope weather is better at end of month Already much better here. Yard mess is cleaned up. 30 degrees this morning but highs forecast 80 degrees through the weekend. Then very seasonal, 65-70, lows in the 40’s, no precipitation for the next 10 days. However, radar is showing snow, southeast part of the state.
richclover 09/11/20 07:39am Roads and Routes
RE: trip to mt rushmore

I just took this off the WYDOT website. Not a good day on I-80. Storm started last night after midnight. Snow and wind gusts over 50. I-80 is now closed across WY. Be aware, stay safe! “.... I80: Multiple crashes, All lanes blocked WESTBOUND near Patrick Draw at milepost 140, Be prepared to stop. I80: Crash, All lanes blocked WESTBOUND between Evanston and Lyman at milepost 27, Be prepared to stop, expect delays. I80: Multiple stalled semi trucks, all lanes blocked EASTBOUND between Rock Springs and Patrick Draw at milepost 119, Be prepared to stop, expect delays. I80: Crash, all lanes blocked EASTBOUND near Green River at milepost 90, Be prepared to stop, expect delays....”
richclover 09/08/20 02:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: trip to mt rushmore

Leaving virginia on sepy 15 stoping at the ark then branson then arriving at mt rushmore sept 24 then vegas sept 29 sams town for a week then williams az to take train to grand canyon OK Any help ideas or whats shut down and safe Keep an eye on the weather. It’s that time of year ;) URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT 401 AM MDT Mon Sep 7 2020 WYZ021-072215- /O.EXA.KSLC.WW.Y.0016.200908T0600Z-200909T0000Z/ Southwest Wyoming- Including the city of Evanston 401 AM MDT Mon Sep 7 2020 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM MDT TUESDAY... * WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations 1 to 4 inches. The greatest accumulations are expected along the north benches of the Uinta Mountains, and Divide areas along Interstate 80. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Southwest Wyoming. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM MDT Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Expect winter conditions due to snow, blowing snow, and reduced visibilities. Travelers along Interstate 80 corridor should anticipate winter weather driving conditions, especially east of Evanston over the Divide areas. Campers, hikers and others in this area should be prepared for very cold temperatures, wind chills in the 20s, and accumulating snow. For winter road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation, visit or dial 511.. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. For graphical depictions of the snowfall forecast, including Official NWS Forecast, High End Amount, and Low End Amount, visit For winter road conditions from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, visit or dial 511.
richclover 09/07/20 03:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

good to know, the two aftermarket ones I previously bought did not have temp thanks I use a TT 500 (earlier version), on my 5’er. Tire temperature and pressure displayed. Drove I-90 across SD earlier this summer in 100-degree heat. No problems at 70 mph, load range E tires at 80 psi cold. “China bombs”, although new and rated at 75 ;)
richclover 09/07/20 06:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

I still have this heater from my airplane days. Worked nicely for pre-heating the cabin in my unheated T-hangar. My new Chaparral 5’er sports a “heated”, enclosed underbelly. In fact, the basement area containing lotsa plumbing and the hot water heater includes the furnace and ducting. The area is open, over the top, to the pass through basement storage where there is a 110-v plug. I’m thinking of using this heater, with plenty of space around it, any time the camper is plugged into shore power or generator this winter. Might be a way to safely supplement the heat in the basement. Hornet 45 $289 General Aviation aircraft cockpit heater On at 55F off at 65F Certified for use in areas where known combustibles may be present Extremely safe HALT Technology High Airflow Low Temperature Patented Stainless Steel heating modules can not overheat 5" x 5.25" x 3.625" housing 120 volts standard (220/240V AC available) 700 watts 40' Premium extreme weather cord rated at -40° C Carrying bag included Model H7MIJ1-700
richclover 09/06/20 01:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Cold-ish weather camping

We are supposed to be in Estes Park, Co next Tuesday. The Weather Channel says a high of 31 and a low of 23 with 70% chance of snow. I may push it back a day. KSL Weather (Salt Lake), forecast says 89 today, 92 tomorrow then a high of 44 for Tuesday, low 27. That’s for my town in WY. After a record hot, dry August I’m ready for the first September snow. Since I’d never done it to the new 5’er, I loaded up my generator and compressor. Headed to the storage lot and blew out the plumbing, low pressure air, of course. Learned a few more things about the new camper. We’re hoping the summer camping crowds will be gone after Labor Day. Looking forward to the September and October boondocks trips. The new 5’er needs a cold weather test ;)
richclover 09/04/20 07:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

We all know that a 75 mph posted speed limit means traffic will be moving at 77 to 80. Personally, before I'd cruise along at anything less than 65, I'd get off the Interstate and use US highways. Traveling too far below the speed of traffic, IMO, is more dangerous than trying to keep up with it. Agreed. The rural freeway speed limit 80 where I live. My tires are rated for 75 and I tow a little under that provided the conditions allow for it. I think going 60 and having a 20-25 MPH speed differential with most other traffic is more dangerous. My opinion may change if I had a more marginal tow vehicle relative to our camper. Agreed again. My 5’er tires are rated 75 and I tow at 70 or speed limit if slower. I saw several close calls during a recent trip. 80 mph limit on I-90, SD. Traffic stacked up behind RV’s going 55-60.
richclover 08/29/20 07:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Picking Up New (to me) Ram 2500 CTD, a few questions

After debating 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton, came across a good deal on a 2016 Ram 2500 Mega Cab 4x4 with the CTD and only 50K miles. Picking it up this afternoon. My previous diesel experience was an '05 F250 with the 6.0. With that, there were all kinds of additives folks recommended, such as seamfoam, cetane booster or adding oil to the fuel tank and frequent oil changes and fuel filters. Looking online, I'm seeing oil changes every 6mo or 15K miles and fuel filter once a year. Is this good? Synthetic? My F-250 did not have the exhaust brake and the Ram does. Should I always use the exhaust brake or only when towing or only when towing grades? What else should I know or be ready for? Thanks You’ve already got some good info here. Right, oil and filter changes every 6 months per Cummins regardless of miles unless you top 15,000 sooner. Seems like a waste but, IMHO, oil and filters are cheap. I have the fuel filters changed once a year regardless of the filter life indicator. Same reasoning. I always use the exhaust brake, towing or not. I love towing my Chaparral 5’er with the Cummins. Tow/Haul and Auto exhaust brake. Just got home from a 3000+ mile road trip. Lotsa up and downhill, mostly head- and crosswind, 70 mph, averaged 9 mpg. Have fun! Safe travels!
richclover 08/21/20 07:31am Tow Vehicles
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