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Old 07-11-2011, 07:25 PM   #1
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X17C serves us well out West

Just a quick note of thanks to those here that offered help and guidance as we prepared for our trip out west. It's been a while since I gathered much needed information but this forum proved to be very valuable as I considered hitches and their setups, towing guidance, and other odds and ends. I read post after post in preparation. What was especially appreciated was the friendly, helpful manner in which guidance was offered to my requests for information. I'm still no expert on camping or towing but if there is anything I gained from my trip that would be of value to others I'm happy to share lessons learned.

I was a rookie with a Jayco X17C being our first camping trailer. With very little experience we went west and took in the Custer/Mt. Rushmore area in South Dakota, Yellowstone, Zion, and then the Grand Canyon. We covered a lot of ground in 2 weeks and I could not have been happier with our Jayco. Having every component of the camper work reliably was key to the trip's success.

It was a great trip, the trip of a lifetime. We created memories never to be forgotten. If you have never done a similar trip I encourage you to consider it. I'm still in awe of the things we saw. If you have an interest I documented our adventure from planning and preparation (including our decision to go Jayco) through the trip itself. There's no ads or anything like that, just our story - justforlookingthrough.com. Thanks again.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like an awesome trip. I hope we can do it someday. It was a good trial run for your new trailer as well. Glad to hear all went well.
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It was a great trip

I hope you get the chance to do the trip or some semblence of it. I suppose it may have been a bit more amazing to me since I live in the land of corn and bean fields. I love Indiana but am still amazed by the mountains, geysers, canyons, wildlife, etc.

Something I didn't expect was enjoying the drive like I did. We had some long hauls but I really enjoyed every mile. I credit that to having plenty of power in the tow vehicle and sway control that kept everything in line even in some windy conditions. Then, of course, we loved having the camper. I always liked tent camping but having the conveniences and capabilities above and beyond those we were used to really added to our enjoyment.
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snip......It was a great trip, the trip of a lifetime. We created memories never to be forgotten.....snip
Trout34,

Glad it was a memorable trip for all. Feel free to post some pics of the trip, and some of your campsites.

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ps: If you get a chance, post (over in the Towing forum) a couple of pics of your Reese Dual Cam with your TV/HTT hitched up. We don't get to see to many of the Reese Dual Cam WDH's mounted on some of the smaller HTT's or TT's. It may be a good visual tool for those considering it on their smaller TV/HTT combinations.
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thanks for your help

Bob, thank you for your help. You provided some good guidance. I don't have a picture of the hitch but will try to get one soon. I'm trying to post a few pictures, hope it works.

Picture 1 - The Jayco and the Armada, a wonderful pair in front of the Watchman at Zion
Picture 2 - My 4 favorite faces in front of 4 famous faces
Picture 3 - Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring
Picture 4 - The crew atop Angel's Landing, Zion
Picture 5 - Small grizzly at Yellowstone
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Great pics!
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Thanks for posting your trip pics, looks like everyone was enjoying themselves....., even the grizzly! A trip through Yellowstone just isn't complete without a grizzly sighting

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Glad you had a good time. Great looking pics. When wife retires in a couple of years we will do more traveling. Ernie
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Great pics and thanks for sharing. I have not been there but will be doing a lot more trailering when the wife retires in a few years. We might make a similar trip next summer. One quick question. I take it that this is not a black bear due to the hump in the top part of his back. Just asking? I'm not familiar with the bears in that area. We have a lot of black bears where we live. Thanks again for sharing and will check out your journal.
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Picture 4 - The crew atop Angel's Landing, Zion
I wanted to hike up to Angels Landing a couple years back, but heard that near the top, the path narrowed to withing a couple-three feet with sharp drop-off's on either side... is that true? We couldn't get online to verify that so both Don and I chickened out.
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