Whaz:...we'll have to discuss a "facilities swap", where you could thoroughly enjoy our early December pre-winter -5F one day (like this morning), then our 29F temps in 2 days. The problem is: you won't be able to x-country or snowshoe (we have no snow!), and we'll have to fly our rig (and us) to the 4X, because I can't drive that far with my back the way it is :B
Dunes and I send our condolences for your loss. When we left "the big city" for a mountain-top 100 kilometers into the Quebec hinterlands (moving on a frigid -21F December day in 2007; was that an adventure), we lost our "old boy" the following week (our huge tabby). That was devastating, and took us weeks to recover (during the worst winter in more than 90 years: a ~20+ inch snowstorm every ~3 days, for the entire winter), we had a massive melt near the end of January, where we were in the 60sF for nearly a week. That summer-like sojourn catapulted us out of the funk, and set us straight for the coming summer with the "Camper".
Hang in there man; send me an e-mail any time! My entire rocketmail e-mail database was vaporized, and I no longer have any address book (read: your e-mail address, and my 1761 contacts was atomized :E )
BTW: EXCELLENT images! We have to do some research nto those sandstone-imprinted footprints (Brian: BTGgrafix) can probably identify the sandstone layer's age as a start...
Sand & Dunes
Wishing you the best in all your therapy ventures!
My back is the main reason why I can't drive any extended periods, and have not gotten back west with the camper (I can drive or sit a max of about 3~4 hours in a vehicle-- any vehicle, even with special ortho molded seat support for seat in the truck). Maine is about the only 1 driving trip I can do these days from here. Because of this, it is also nearly impossible (extremely difficult) for me to climb up into the high-perched cabover bed of our pop-up; if I do manage to get up there during a back situation, climbing down is even worse (even with a ladder/step). We may have to look at a truck camper with far less drop to the floor, I'm afraid.
I would need about 20 days to drive out to Arizona one way (for example). However, if my back goes out after 2 or 3 days of driving, I'd be stuck somewhere on route for 3~5 days recovering.
I'm in very, very good shape (despite the back), and not overweight at all, and do exercises, and eat extremely nutritious foods, but this does not seem to help.
Wow, did not realize that temps in Central and Southern Texas dropped so low
Texas is in the center-south of the North American continent (1119 miles to the west coast; 1042 miles to the east coast from Texas centroid). When you factor in that cold air will always overpower warm air (cold air is much denser) during fall/winter, and that Texas is in direct geographic aim of all the coldest air (plunging down from the central-north Dakotas and Minnesota (the coldest places on the continent outside Alaska but n the US), you have a far greater occurrence of cold weather in southern Texas when compared with the tropical water surrounded central and south Florida (look at Florida as an island rather than a peninsula just for a second, and imagine all that tropical water surrounding it on literally 3 sides).
...jeez. Just when i thought we were heading into snow, poof, we're going to be at 35f~38f tomorrow. Ya can't win!
Hey dave! Hang in there. We're in for the most spectacular weather swings in living memory. Nothing weather-wise makes much sense any more...:B
Scadden looks nice and dry!
Weather station DW6614 (D6614 at West Camel Lane) is showing 44F now (9:28AM). And it hit 59F at 15:42 (yesterday afternoon) for 14 minutes duration. The nice thing about the desert, is that at 35% to 55% humidity, you don't feel the cold as much as we do in the east at 86% humidity and 56F !
....we don't really give "level" much thought. As long as our heads are on the up-slope side of the camper E/W bed, we're set to go. Our fridge has NEVER had a problem operating in off-level. However, we won't deliberately park on a 20deg+ slope, but anything less than ~~ that, who cares (unless you're playing marbles!) :B
This is how we operate; we're not picky. YMMV.
....absolutely no snow here in the far Northeast (Quebec about 17 minutes drive from the US border)! Incredible. We did have ~~3 inches about 2 weeks ago, but the 55F ~ 59F and rains here melted everything. In fact, our garlic was pushing through up till yesterday, when the temps finally went down to 27F. Today, it is crisp, and dry. It has been snowing south (!!!) of us in central Vermont, and on south a bit more. Wish we had snow photos for ya.
It looks like a good winter to store truck camper outdoors in the Northeast !?!
Thanks, Chet. I guess that I don't notice the reflection off our white terry-cloth dash incoming solar "device", because I have polarized lenses on my glasses and on the camera lens (the camera has circular polarizer).
My Silverado 2500HD has specific truck camper specifications including loading and center of gravity numbers. This is in the glove compartment on GM pickups.
...yep. That's what we have, too, in the glovebox ('04.5, 2500HD). Very specific relating precisely to truck camper carrying data (replete with diagram). I would hope every pick-up manufacturer would provide the same specific data to hauling truck campers on all their 0.5, 0.75 and 1.0 ton trucks ??
....these sidewall ply laps are perfectly normal. In my nearly 43 years of driving, I can't recall a tire without this feature !
Good question...but sometimes, we look, hear and feel too deep, and see issues where none exist with automobiles.
...I noticed that you cover the dashboard surface with a towel of some sort; is this to deflect some of the incoming solar, reducing the brutal heat build-up under the windshield?
We have always laid out a white terry cloth towel completely across our dash during summer while driving, to completely eliminate this heat build-up, and the heat destruction of electronic instruments sitting under our front windshield...
....here's one of them (one of many); camped on the coast at a 600+ acre ranch with 2.4 miles of coastline in Maine, I start my 5 mile early morning trek at ~4:30AM
When Dunes & I drove Janet and yourself over to the Senator's ranch (just down our street), they had Galloways. However, from the wine bar, there was no way you could see the cattle out grazing...the angle was all wrong.
Also, the sprawling Wolf's Neck ranch (over in Maine) has them.
Oreo cows: you got it. This is the colloquial term used in the US tagged to this breed :)
John & Joey:
I say that tongue-in-cheek (I have lived and worked in the topics for many years in the past) :B However, it must be frustrating for those retiring and wanting to seek a stable relatively warm place within a reasonable "drive" running into out-of-character weather.
We ourselves are wrestling with "...just how far south is south enough..." to spend winters at. Its not in character for us to stay in one locale for months at a time, so I can't see us "buying a permanent piece of real estate" in a warmer locale in the US; on the other hand, we debate having a "pied-à-terre" in a southern location, and doing "short expeditions" to interesting places laterally (east and west) of said (ie. having a "trailer" say in the RGV, and bringing down the truck camper rig for 2, 3 or 4 months during winter to run out to interesting locales in southern Arizona (to boondock and explore ruins and rock art) after a few weeks n RGV, then, coming back to RGV, then running out to Padre Island or even north Florida coast with the truck camper rig (to boondock on the beach and surf fish), then running back to the RGV; etc...repeat.
The alternative to the RGV would be say, Borrego Springs (having a "pied-à-terre" there), and running out to remote southern Arizona boondocking locales and run down the Baja to La Paz once and a while, to break the monotony of Borrego, etc, for the winter season...
So, the OP's Thread was interesting in that we could run into "weather holding patterns" doing the above IF we choose our "pied-à-terre" in a locale too far north that puts us climato-geographically compromised, potentially.
Having a "pied-à-terre" in Mexico, within easy drive of our favorite southern US expedition/boondocking locales as canadians would give us the following advantages:
-no health care cost issues vis the expensive US healthcare (spending enough time in Mexico to opt into their less expensive system; lower foreign health insurance costs; etc, etc);
-not having to worry about the non-resident tax issues "clocked time in the US" if we decide to stay 7,8 or 9 months "in the south" (Mexico has no tax treaty with Canada);
-locating further south in Mexico during the winter would better assure (but not guarantee) more stable warm weather, and offer a better "run" at our fave southern US locals without running into "weather holding pattern" issues (ie. driving south to north to California, Arizona and Texas, rather than driving east to west/west to east, and north to south to get to our mini get-aways)....
Here in the Yuma Foothills private lots not in Parks sell for $40K up. Most in the $60 to $70K range. The lot size are approx 65 by 110, taxes in the range of $400 a year and up
OK. This is in the $8.30 range a sq ft in the Yuma Foothills sector. This price must be for a vastly improved lot (ie. fully brick walled in; steel gate; underground power to a podium; city water; city sewer) ?
Thanks Pawatt for the gamut of ownership possibilities. In the RGV, what would be the ~~appx lot size selling in the range you give? Are these improved lots (city water; city sewer; fenced in; RV podium; cement pad of some type) ? And, what are the taxes levied on a deeded lot in the RGV in the price range you give?
I have done a bit of research on separate (non associated to RV park) lots in Yuma, and it seems that most of the Foothills "RV lots" are not in HOAs. Are RV lots in the RGV for the most part, under HOA management (and fee'd) of some genre?
long range forecast for Mission for Dec-Jan-Feb 2014 shows better than a 60% chance of above normal temps.
....holy Hey-zeus it's cold in the RGV this morning; I hope y'all disconnected your water last evening! Santa Ana station LWRT2 is registering 27F this second; Brownsville KBRO is datalogging 39F...C3172 Mission is logging barely 34F.
Keeping my fingers crossed for a warmer winter (I hope!) for the RGV...
Florida's KBKV (Springhill, near Port Richie is showing an audited 33F. And, Pensacola is 31F (geeeez!). Forget the southern US for winter; hello Costa Rica or Aruba!
....buying "an RV lot"
Aren't "lots" in RV communities sold as shares in the entire enterprise (ie. you don't actually own the real estate title under your camper, just a share in the development/enterprise)....something like that ??
The warmest cities (higest average annual) in the usa with a population of 50k or more:
-the warmest of the 101 us cities are in florida (the top most 37 all in florida);
-hawaii only makes the list from 38 onward;
-the next warmest by region is idnio, california (north of borrego desert);
-the next warmest by region is pharr, texas (and the other cities in rgv);
-the next warmest is havasu, arizona;
-yuma, arizona is way down the list at 78 in the among the coolest of the warmest;
-tucson is the 4th coolest at #98
*remember, these are the warmest cities with population of 50,000 or more in the us; data by nws (national weather service); the spread between warmest and coolest is only 8.2f these rankings change every year, of course
...and can you imagine that we are still quite far from winter (dec 21st or so) !!!
I wonder what the real winter season has in store for us in 2014 ???
It was +3f here this morning, with a -16f wind chill ( 70 miles se of montreal)