One of my sunsets while boondocking in the Pike national forest
I'm on my way back to Denver but I decided to stop for the night at the Bass Pro shop in Colorado Springs to avoid the traffic problems on I -25 that normally happen on Sundays when people are all sunburned and tired, with a car full of screaming kids coming back from a fun weekend in the mountains.
I haven't posted on my blog for a while because my Internet, for some reason was terrible at 11 mile Reservoir State Park. Everything worked okay when I was there a week or so ago but for some reason even with my phone antenna up I couldn't get enough cell strength to use my phone data. Sometimes I could get on the Internet for maybe five minutes but then it would go away and I couldn't get on again for a couple of hours. After a while the whole thing became so frustrating that I gave up and figured I would catch up with the blog when I got back to civilization.
I did something today that I hope I'm not going to regret . After weeks of deep and studious thought, accompanied by many pregnant pauses. Hours of research on the Internet taking copious notes, I finally pressed the magic button on Amazon today and ordered a new fifth wheel hitch.
Now I don't regret ordering a new hitch because the 24K Curt hitch that I'm currently using was giving me some problems and if there's anything in this world that you don't want it's an IRS field agent knocking on your door, or a fifth wheel hitch that's giving you problems, because your life can be forever altered by either one of those things and its inconceivable it's going to be in a good way
The reason I hope I don't regret it is because I ordered an Andersen ultimate hitch. And if you click on that link you will see why there may be a wee bit of consternation about my choice. First of all it doesn't look like any other 5th wheel hitch in the world. In fact it looks kind of weak and spindly compared to a regular 200 pound hitch. but from all that Internet research I did it appears that the vast majority of the people that use them swear they'll never go back to a regular 5th wheel hitch again.
I think one of the biggest reasons I wanted to try this Anderson hitch is because of their contention that you can easily hitch up, or unhitch when the truck and the trailer are not lined up very well. I've had this happen to me several times while boondocking and even in some state parks were some campsites can be incredibly unlevel, I've had to back the truck under the trailer from two or three different directions to try and get it to lock up, even though my Curt hitch will tilt from side to side and front to back, just not very much.
There's many other reasons why its supposed to work better than a regular hitch but I consider that just gravy if this thing will hitch up quicker, easier, and safer, than my 10 year old Curt hitch.
The weird hitch will be here early next week and since it's supposed to be very easy for me to install it I guess I will know shortly whether or not this was a wise decision or not. in about a week I'll be heading for Montana and if I return to Colorado still pulling the Arctic Fox my decision may look brilliant. On the other hand if I'm back in Colorado and the Arctic Fox and half of the hitch is still back in Helena I guess I will look like a fool, but what the heck I've looked that way before and it probably won't be the last time.
This is the South Platte River that feeds 11 mile reservoir. There's about a 4 mile section of the river that is known locally as the Dream Stream, because of the size and quantity of the trout that inhabit the river
This is what most of my afternoons looked like while boondocking at 11 mile reservoir state Park, cloudy and rainy with a little bit of fog thrown in,