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RE: Crater Lake National Park?

We really enjoyed Crater Lake -- it is worth two or three days of hiking. But if you like to hike, Rainier is worth about ten days. Feel free to check out this blog post -- scroll down to July 26 for Rainier, and August 11 for Crater Lake: Blog post about Rainier and Crater Lake -- lots of photos Very nice pictures on you blog. I should start doing a blog. I used to do a ride report after or during many of my epic motorcycle rides. Is it fairly easy to use blogger? http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?35212-Quick-Trip-to-Glacier-National-ParkHERE is a ride report of a quick ride to Glacier from Oregon.
ORbiker 05/25/17 09:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crater Lake National Park?

2 days would be my max at Crater Lake. If at all possible take the lake boat ride. You like to hike, well it's a pretty good hike down to the boat dock. Way more to see down on the water while cruising around inside the crater. The Rim drive is a must also. There's also a really nice hike to the top of Mt Scott. Fantastic 360* view up there. If you don't mind dry camping for a few days I would try getting a spot at Diamond Lake CG mid week. If not then Broken Arrow has plenty of sites. It's only 15-20 mins to Crater lake entrance from there. This is great information. A hike up The Watchman is great too. Right next to the Lake, but another 1000 ft up. I was up there during the winter years ago. WOW There is also other things to see in route. Redwoods Oregon Caves Rogue River Gorge Jacksonville https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8632/28500944285_5f0d3d006f_b.jpg
ORbiker 05/24/17 11:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best 245/75 R16 truck tires

I'll second Toyo's.
ORbiker 05/21/17 10:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Finding usable camp sites

Long enough is one problem. The ramp is another. It's too steep to pull a wheel chair up. Maybe a WORK AND PLAY trailer would work. Open floor plan and a bit lower.
ORbiker 05/17/17 11:55pm Toy Haulers
RE: Towing 40ft 5th on Oregon Coast Highway

We are planning on visiting Oregon coastline down to California redwoods then to Redding to I-5. Help! I see lots of campers large and small in the campgrounds, but what about the road and camping along the route? We live in Colorado and have driven lots of narrow winding roads up and down. How about the small towns for getting thru and irritating the locals. Have thought about storing the unit in a camp and just driving the P/U down the route and staying in motels, returning to pick up the camper. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thank you kindly G Griffitt 40ft 5th wheel 1 Ton Dodge dually diesel Old Dog and 11 yr old grandson When June to Sept will be busy, especially on the weekends. I agree. Astoria is not to be missed. SO MUCH TO SEE. The state campgrounds have smaller sites. Plan on private parks as a base and see the sites in the truck.
ORbiker 05/16/17 11:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dual axle vs triple axle

I've narrowed my purchase options down to 2 models of one brand. Either the Momentum 350M or 376TH. There's just over a foot of length difference between the two. A big difference to me is the 350 is dual axle and the 376 is triple. Understanding there's also a weight difference, how much consideration should I give to the extra axle. I'm thinking about additional maintenance/repair as well as extra wear & tear from simply turning the trailer on 6 wheels versus 4. What are the group's thoughts and recommendations to a newbie? I have a 2016 GD 380TH. I load a Victory XCT into it sometimes. It's a big bike and the ramp is steep. The ramp into the 376 is lower, so not so steep. Food for thought. And the living room is pretty d--- nice.
ORbiker 05/05/17 10:17pm Toy Haulers
RE: Western National Parks

There are 35 National parks in the Western States. We have visited 16 of them so we gave 19 to go. We have done all the MT, WA, OR, AZ AND UT parks so we have CA, TX CO, ND, NM, SD AND NV left. My problem is timing. Originally I thought about a Sept start from my base in Boise ID. Hitting Great Basin in NV then Yosemite next. Then would follow with all the rest of the CA parks with some extra time in Southern CA. That would take us till the end of Nov or so at a leisurely pace. Then even if we take our time across AZ to hit Carlsbad and the two parks in TX. We would be ready to head North in Jan or early Feb. This is not going to work for the rest of the parks in CO and on northward. I don't want to start in the spring with that plan because of the HOT summer weather in the Southern US. We could leave in Aug. Do the Dakota states in the heat and head for CO to less heat (partially) then pick up the route again in NV and CA etc. We would driving back to Idaho from Tx in Jan Feb but that is doable. I would like to do it in 6-7 months. What do you think? Jesseannie Maybe this order ND,SD, CO, fill in stuff then NV, CA, NM AND TX Fill time with other local stuff in the winter and then finish.
ORbiker 05/04/17 09:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Plush Toy hauler

Anyone make a plush toy hauler,with slide outs. Like a nice TT,with a garage. Trying to talk the wife into one ,instead of taking 2 vehicles. So far she likes her camper Our Grand Designs 2016 380TH is way better then our old pickup camper or tents. The garage is 10' long and the ramp converts into a big deck. The living room is separated by a sliding glass door. It wasn't cheep, but it will be our house in a few years. https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5622/22892080371_d4e1116297_b.jpg width=800 Roughin' it https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7435/27993862272_ff6cf9f485_b.jpg width=800
ORbiker 04/27/17 10:14pm Toy Haulers
RE: Which kind of RV to buy for our situation? Details...

Hi there, We live about an hour's drive from my stepdaughter's school. She is with us every other week. My husband's work is mainly remote and can be done from anywhere. We are considering buying a small RV that my husband and daughter can drive to the city where her school is, and park somewhere, for 3 nights of the weeks she's with us, to cut down on the time they spend commuting and to allow her to participate in more extracurriculars near school, social stuff etc. Here's my question: - what's the smallest RV you'd recommend, that would sleep the two of them comfortably and that has a bathroom and kitchenette? I've spent about 5 hours looking around online and have really only gleaned that the world of RVs is HUGE and I KNOW NOTHING about it. We don't have much money, so would be definitely buying used. Any advice much appreciated :) Just get a 24 ft or so camp trailer. Some floor plans have a bedroom in the back and a table / bed in the front.
ORbiker 04/23/17 08:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Crater Lake, OR route

Making first trip to Oregon next month, suggestions for other things to see? Looks like Crater Lake may still be iffy due to weather. Thinking about driving up the coast to Olympic NP then down to Portland and east along Columbia River Gorge. Crater Lake is accessible 99 % of the time. Until the snow melts or is plowed, the north entrance is closed. The south entrance is almost always open, because people live and work in the park. The mail must go through type of thing. Oregon Caves is pretty cool, even in the summer. The south Oregon Coast is different then the north Oregon Coast. The coastal mountains are low, but the Cascades Mountains are not. There is just about every type of environment in Oregon, including wet to desert. The scenery in there to enjoy. What do you want to see and do?
ORbiker 04/23/17 08:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon Eclipse Camping

I know I am late to the party, but we decided a week ago we wanted to go. OR opened up more spots Wed and they were all gone with in moments. So my DW decided to do some more searching on the web. We found a place in Ontario, OR next to the ID border. They have 20 or so spots. MALHEUR COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS 541 889 3431 May see somebody there. We are arriving on Saturday. Leaving Tacoma Friday afternoon and boondocking along I-84 by the river. I know a long way to go for 2 mins of eclipse...may not get to see another one so check off the bucket list! And it is a fun time out in the TC and retired so no rush to get home and don't need to fight the traffic either. Looking forward to it. Ontario, Oregon is a pretty boring place. Lots of onion fields. Here is the LINK to the eclipse map.
ORbiker 04/20/17 10:55pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Zion and Bryce Trip early September - Where to stay?

Where ever you decide, get your reservations soon. I had a hard time getting a tent site last Sept.
ORbiker 04/20/17 10:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crater Lake, OR route

We will be heading south on Hwy 97 and are thinking of detouring to see Crater Lake. The direct route seems to be go west on 138 and then south on 62, From 62 to 140 and then on to 395. How is that route with a 40' DP with toad? Thanks for your input. When??? There is room to take your rig in there in the summer, but it won't be enjoyable. Find a campground or RV park nearby and take the toad would be a better way to see Crater Lake. Last April. This year there is way more snow. https://c1.staticflickr.com/2/1628/25749968904_78546b4092_b.jpg Current Snow Depth 141" today at park headquarters ( which is almost a 1000 ft lower then the rim)
ORbiker 04/20/17 10:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cresent City CA to Jackson Wy

Crescent City to Medford (fuel) to Crater Lake to Bend (fuel) 26 to John Day (fuel) to Ontario (fuel) to Mt Home (fuel) 20 to Arco to Jackson, Wy
ORbiker 04/16/17 09:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Road closed for Winter

I think that depends on the level of snowfall more than dates. I know there are roads here in WA State that don't normally open until late May or early June. Frustrating if you're trying to plan a trip through those areas. I think in the higher elevations there is only 2 seasons. Winter and Summer It must still be winter where that road sign is. There are many roads in Oregon still closed and will be for maybe 2 more months. It was and still is winter here. Especially in the mountains. Crater Lake Park South Entrance at 5500 ft or so http://www.nps.gov/webcams-crla/camera0.jpg?v=1291671189
ORbiker 04/03/17 08:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: F650 as 5th wheel tow vehicle.

Lightning Driver, I would keep the 7.3 and do some power mods. I have a 99 7.3 and am towing a 40ft 14k trailer and do it with ease. I used a HFSB turbo kit from DP Tuner along with injectors, upgraded high pressure oil pump and a tuner with multiple settings. I also added a 4" turbo back exhaust, and improved the fuel system with new high pressure injector lines, air intake and other minor parts. It changes the truck dramatically, I can pull just about any grade at 60mph and exhaust temps under 1200 easily passing just about anyone I want anytime I want. I spent probably a total of 5k on the mods and it is extremely reliable. Towing I use 3 different tunes 20/40/60 hp depending on terrain and weight I am hauling to help keep exhaust temps down. Non towing I mostly use a modified stock tune and it drives like a gas powered truck I have to watch my lead foot as i find myself chirping the tires in 2nd and 3rd gear. I looked into all three major brands of new trucks and was thoroughly disappointed with the power and torque when I drove them. I am so happy I did not buy a new truck. Oh and I am towing with at 3.73 rear gear. Steve Steve What did you do the keep the transmission temp down? I have a 2002 7.3.
ORbiker 03/28/17 09:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Oregon Coast vacation

If you worry about it raining in Oregon; IT WILL. Have you been in Oregon at all? A loop is what I would do. Go north up 97 to Bend and then west on 20 to Sisters, Oregon and 22 to Salem to Lincoln City on 18. You could go North on Oregon 101 to Astoria, but that should be another trip. Most of the time it will be dry on the east side of the Cascades (Bend area). Heading south at Lincoln City could be your turn around point to head towards home via Oregon 101. South on 101 is far safer. The pull-outs on on the ocean side, but only a few are big enough for big rigs. If you let us know what you want to see and do, we might be able to help a bit more. I won't camp on the Oregon Coast after mid May. There is just too many tourists for me. I travel over there almost every week as it is for work (Florence to Lincoln City is my service route area).
ORbiker 03/25/17 12:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Oregon "CARRY CHAINS" requirement ?

What they said. You must have chains or traction tires in or on your vehicle and they must be the right size for your vehicle and of sufficient number to comply with the Minimum Chain Requirements. TripCheck
ORbiker 03/22/17 11:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: F650 as 5th wheel tow vehicle.

At least, do a good 4" exhaust to let the truck breath as it's going up the hills.
ORbiker 03/20/17 11:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 32 foot TT to Crater Lake NP

May is likely too early this year. Going north on 101 is also not the best option. You might option going north on 97 from Weed to the junction of I90 into Seattle. Come back south on 101. Ditto There is over 10 feet of snow at Crater Lake today.
ORbiker 03/18/17 10:02pm Roads and Routes
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