Monday 10/13 we lifted our jacks and headed south. We said so-long to Page Arizona and our campsite at Lake Powell and rolled south on HWY 89 130 miles to the J&H Campground just north of Flagstaff. And lucky for us we were once again blessed with a great day of blue skies, no wind and sunshine for our drive.
We rolled out of our campsite a little earlier than normal because I have been toying with a new setup to carry our bikes behind the coach instead of on the Jeep all the time and the huge parking area by the boat ramp next to our campground was a great place to test it out to check clearances during tight turns. So before actually made a stop for tests.
Because the Jeep has a 3” lift and is riding on 35” tires we have to use a riser in the coach receiver in order to have our tow-bar as level as possible and have never found a double riser so we could put our bike rack in the upper slot, BUT a couple months ago I ran across a product called “Gen-Y Hitch” that I thought would fill the bill.
Even though I have a drop hitch attached to the motor-home that I can’t get the key to work on (need to have the pin ground or cut) that has to be removed I’m happy to say everything looked good during our test. The bikes will be a little closer to the coach than they are in the picture and a couple inches lower once the riser is removed but after dealing with Gen-Y directly they agreed to custom make a hitch for me by making the stinger 3 inches longer than stock so I know there will be plenty of clearance between the bikes and coach to still run a cover on the bikes in foul weather and still be able to cover them without causing air flow issues for the radiator.
I think we would need to get into a pretty extreme off canter angle for the bikes to EVER have contact with the Jeep but we will run those tests as well when we happen across a spot where we can create that scenario. And the setup will be rock solid once that riser is removed.
Oh, why not just cover them on the Jeep instead of going through all of this you might ask. Simple, if I did that the taillights on the Jeep would be covered and that’s not good in my book. On the back of the motorhome the taillights would still be seen and because the Jeep is obviously at the rear of our train we want them fully visible.
After running our tests I put the bikes back on the Jeep and we were on our way south and we rolled into the J&H Campground shortly after noon. After getting all set up and having lunch I decided a nap was in order because I didn’t sleep well the night before.
After my nap I mentioned to Diane I would take the bikes of the Jeep thinking we would head out or our normal ride to get a lay of the land but when I came back in the RV she was getting ready for a nap LOL!!! Maybe she should have taken one while I was but oh well.
Once she woke up I said “let’s go for our ride” her response was “Before Dinner!!!???” Well heck by the time we had dinner the sun was going down so we decided to pass on our ride. We just couldn’t get our poop-in-a-group it seemed LOL!!
We have some fun things to see during our stay in Flagstaff and actually because I’m a few days behind we have already seen some pretty good stuff but we will take about them during our next update so come back soon to check them out!!