Being not far from M/C mecca Sturgis, we see every contrivance possible to carry a bike. On MHs, lifts work well, we predominately see hydraulic units when the dinghy is flat towed.
More & more we see bikes cross loaded on the dolly in front of the towed.
C'mon folks, I started this thread to open discussion about ND oil workers, their challenges of living quarters.
1- finding an rv space of any kind, and if they can, 2-
2- the challenge living in an rv through an ND winter.
3- How the boom is affecting locals, good or bad.
4- encourage experiences from those boomers living or have, in their rv in extreme winter.
While I found the past few posts informative on opinion, scientifically or not, they were astray of thread intent and bordered on political commentary.
Please keep your comments coming, mindful of forum rules.
I meant this to be an educational tool for the many rvers who have never been in a boom, encouragement for those in one, expectations for the some who may go into one.
And what a price those who have called western ND home for generations are paying. Their farm & ranch family lifestyle is gone forever. Crowds everywhere for anything. Commodity, property prices through the roof. Not just for the transient workers, for them as well. Traffic on any road is bumper to bumper, and taking a beating from the heavy trucks. Can you blame those who are staying for trying to make the best of the situation? $ Ca Ching$
Monday aft. on the way home I stopped to visit our regular guest Dave, a 3rd gen. rancher south of Williston. County & state regulations prohibit them from renting rv spaces their wastewater system is not designed for, are not state health dep't licensed for. His family is not cashing in in the presumed way.
As a boomer in my previous career ( pipe welder, UA local 254) I have understanding for both sides of this coin. For 22 years I traveled to work, living in my rv whenever, wherever possible.
Never in that long time have I seen for so many, such sacrifice of comfort and security in exchange for a vision of a better tommorow.
Honor and learn from these toughest of rvers. its the real full time.
When camping on gov. lands in areas like AZ. deserts you may not possess wood native to the area. That means when boondocking in the desert, bring or buy. When camping within the boundaries of a national forest, it is permissible to collect dead DOWNED wood from the immediate area for cooking or comfort.
The strongest advice is to buy local from a supplier of certified bug free wood, or from anywhere bring scrap kiln dried construction lumber.
Contact the BLM or USFS supervisors office for regulations in the area you plan to travel.
Drove up to Williston today and back home to fetch my son & his broken down truck.
Everywhere I looked from Belfield north to Williston, it made me proud to see the pioneer spirit is alive and well in this part of America.
Crew, mancamp, temporary worker housing is everywhere.
Of interest to my eyes was those thousands in rvs prepped to winter over. From FEMA style TTs to a Royals, a Nash next to an Elite Suite. No ten year or type rule applies.
These are the hardy,determined. Cudos!
It works both ways. A guest in a remote cabin we used to manage ( evansdacha.com) left after 1 night of a planned week because of the dark. The sounds of natural wildlife scurrying about in the dark concerned her, but she lost it when the coyotes started howling about 3 AM.
Chicagos lights, sirens, traffic noise and gunfire she could sleep right through.
I had a 5 gallon legal gas can in the bed of our diesel truck for extra fuel for the genny this past february for when boondocking. The Galveston ferry attendant instructed me that it must be emptied and have water in it.
No problem, I topped up our '92 FLHTCU Harley in our second trailer, our 3500w Champion genny, , and gave the last gallon to the next car in line, then put a gallon of water in the can with water from the outside shower.
Trouble I see with this ferry policy, is what difference does it make if the gasoline is in whatever legal container?
insruct DW to hold the light high and aim it down on herself in the path you need the rig to go. . You keep her in your mirror or stop cold, then go see what you want to do. Between you ,it is a matter of what you can see, what she sees. Just take your time, give your guide due instruction on what you need.
We had a soft area on our shower pan. Before it caused any problems I sprayed Great Stuff under there but first stuffed a garbage bag into the cavity then sprayed the foam into the bag. Should make it easy (not as bad anyway) to remove it if it ever needs it. Solid as a rock too.
Great idea to use a bag for the foam to support a good pan. I didnt think of that so long ago. What I was thinking of then was that with the foam stuck to the pan it would help seal the crack, & I thought that if the pan has to come out, I'd do it in small pieces anyway.
OP- Sounds like you are well on your way to a Good Job!
Go west across the river into CA., take the first exit. Follow it back to the right under the RR, then go north out of Winterhaven. There are a couple of retail produce growers a few miles north along the way. I don't know of a pick your own. You will find Medjool date growers as well.
The water at the dump is the same as is in the rest of the camp. The difference is in the possibly contaminated hose, from being used to flush/ rinse waste. Thats why the sign 'Not Drinking Water' is there.
If you look closely, in nearly all camps/ states you will see a device on the water riser that looks a lot like a regulator. It is an anti siphon device, AKA backflow preventer that will not allow water in contaminated hoses back into the system.
SD law (44:02:09:10-13) requires these devices on ALL water taps, and a potable supply at the dump cannot be closer than 25' to the dump. If a hose is supplied by the camp it cannot be longer than 15' at either the dump or the potable supply.
So. Next time tou see a gadget on the hose bib, know it is not a regulator the last camper left behind, it is a health safety device to protect the water supply.
Noone can do anything about stupid, when you see it, but education of facility is a topic easily broached with the proper manners.
I worry more about those who take the BF preventers assuming they are regulators.
My fiberglass show pan on my 1969 Avion was cracked. It was very thin and had support on the bottom, but it was too thin. I removed the pan and had it reinforced on the bottom and encased the bottom in fiberglass. I then had it painted with a decent color. It certainly is strong now, and not much heavier than it was originally.
Excellent repair idea on a fiberglass pan. Trouble is, for many years now, showers are made of Vitron molded plastic. I think that is what the OP has.
The repair I did was in my '87 30' Award Columbia TT 20 years ago. They were notorious for soft delaminating floors (another repair story, that turned out well) and lightweight builds which came to haunt me in the shower pan.
An RV is just your other house on wheels. No worries about OCD, or bugs. Its yours alone. You can go anywhere. And the scenery is much more interesting than any out of a hotel window if you wish.
edit- you would have to pay us to fly to or sleep in a hotel. Destinations, to most rvers are not the glitzy places, but the obverse. Visit the attraction, but stay clear and quiet from it in your own compact home on wheels with elbow room outside, even your own ice without having to walk down the hall!
I supported my cracked pan using Great Stuff low expansion foam . find it in any building supply. Devcon Plastic Welder epoxy & fiberglass window screen fixed the crack, Rust Oleum acrylic epoxy tub refinish paint made all look like new.
X2 on dehimidifier. 3 poeple produce a lot of moisture in your breath, never mind cooking & washing. When we wintered over in Canada, our dehumidifier would take out 4-6 qts of water everyday with just 2 of us.
Whenever you can fan & vent that humidity. Use the furnace more, its fan does more air movement.
Interesting concept using WWF instead of Pink, however I see that in the end not much cost savings as you wouldnt have to use near as much pink as wwf to lower the freeze point.
Next problem with WWF, isnt it alcohol based, which would harm septic systems?