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RE: I guess I am hard on my rig

It pays to know your vehicle and its behavior AND to have a knowledgeable and thorough mechanic like Cody. I can think of 4 times when odd noises or behaviors happened on my vehicles. The U-joint noise, the wheel bearing noise, a scraping brake noise, and a big snap noise in the DRW. Mechanic replaced U-joint at my request, VERY alert guy at a tire place found the brake noise to be something with a cotter pin which he replaced for free, snap noise diagnosed itself as broken studs when the wheel fell off. As to the wheel bearing - the mechanic at the Honda dealership (many years ago; I hope they have improved) insisted they were sealed and nothing could go wrong. I said to just humor me and replace the wheel bearings and I would pay; he did, I did, and the noise was gone.
Tiger4x4RV 09/22/14 06:28pm Truck Campers
RE: park overnight Gallup to grants area

You didn't say when this site is needed. Here's one I've liked, but it may be closed for winter now. It's a bit off the highway, but worth it. Quaking Aspen camp, Cibola NF
Tiger4x4RV 09/22/14 11:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Where do you hang your garbage bag?

On hooks in the bathroom. It is not visible, out of the way, in a vented space, and any drips cause no problem. After another glass of beverage, you might want to start a thread asking where folks keep shoes/boots/etc. Storage space for these is something that RV designers usually ignore.
Tiger4x4RV 09/13/14 06:25am Truck Campers
RE: Why are TCs so much better than class C?

All that we are proving here is that there is no one-size-fits all RV, no perfect RV. Even my Tiger isn't perfect, but it was the best fit for what I needed. Thankfully, in 2006 it didn't cost nearly as much as today's Tigers! After 15 years of exploring with a 17-foot Toyota-based 4X4 Class C, I knew what I wanted and needed in an RV: I didn't want to shop for both truck and TC, plus my lifestyle doesn't need a truck. I needed a unit under 22 feet long (my Tiger is 19.5 feet) so it would fit in the parking area at my house. I wanted 4WD for desert and USFS dirt roads. I wanted a hard-side non-popup unit. I wanted maximum-sized tanks for maximum time off grid. The RV needed to be able to turn around in tight spaces and to fit between and under and sometimes over obstacles; my Tiger is neither as tall nor as wide as the typical hard-side TC and it has standard 2500HD high clearance and a 23 degree angle of departure. Each buyer will need to do a personal analysis. Then comes the search for an RV that fits the most items on the list. Then comes the difficult part: trying to locate the RV you chose!
Tiger4x4RV 09/12/14 10:21am Truck Campers
RE: Why are TCs so much better than class C?

Tiger4x4RV 09/11/14 09:50pm Truck Campers
RE: San Simeon State Park?

I visit San Simeon State Park at least once a year, so I've been keeping an eye on this issue. On my last visit, in late March, I carried extra jugs of drinking water. I stayed at Morro Bay State Park the night before going to SS SP, filling and dumping tanks there. The water supply in Cambria, which also supplies SS SP, is at a critical level due to the drought and to the town's lack of adequate storage facilities. Here is part of a story from the 9-3-14 issue of the San Luis Obispo Tribune: "Local parks officials reduced irrigation and cut water availability for personal use in restrooms and other services. Water spigots are turned off and showers are closed at San Simeon State Park Campground, which gets its water from the Cambria CSD. Restrooms were closed June 1, with services replaced by portable restrooms and hand sanitizers within the campground, other units of Hearst San Simeon State Park and at Hearst Castle and its visitor center. The leaky Neptune Pool has been emptied and won’t be refilled until the emergency is over. Through those and other measures, local State Parks officials hope to achieve an 80 percent reduction in water use. In 2013, State Parks’ May-June CSD bill for water was for 334,356 gallons. During the most recent billing period (May-June 2014), the bill was for 118,184 gallons. (Note: Public restrooms still were open during May.) That’s a 65 percent savings of 216,172 gallons, according to Tom Kidder, district maintenance chief." I have also seen articles in the local Cambria paper indicating very mixed feelings about tourists, somewhat along the lines of we need the water so let's not let the tourists use any and also issues of tourism being Cambria's main source of income. I'd say get your water somewhere else and then go and visit this wonderful state park.
Tiger4x4RV 09/09/14 11:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I guess you can have it all.

No kayaks or boat things on the roof, no bicycles, no windsurfer or paddleboard? He's got lots of room there for more toys.
Tiger4x4RV 09/06/14 08:15pm Truck Campers
RE: My new toy.

Nice! I look forward to more of your great trip reports.
Tiger4x4RV 09/06/14 11:48am Truck Campers
RE: Calif. Golden Bear Pass

Google "California state parks pass" and read the official info there. I tried several times to post more info here, but the editor function is not cooperating this morning. Sorry.
Tiger4x4RV 09/03/14 11:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Mesa CO - Trip Report

Wow! Beautiful place, great photos. That goes on my list. Thanks for sharing.
Tiger4x4RV 09/02/14 08:16am Truck Campers
RE: Mattole Rd. (Lost Coast Highway, King Range) California

Here's the National Weather Service monthly climatological summary for Eureka (the closest I could find so far) for September, 2013. It includes wind data. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/getclimate.php?wfo=eka
Tiger4x4RV 08/29/14 07:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Mattole Rd. (Lost Coast Highway, King Range) California

I drove that road in 2007 and don't suppose it has changed much. Narrow and a bit bumpy but not too bad. Spectacular scenery. It was extremely windy in the campground and along the beach. Most vehicles were those of backpackers, near restrooms in the photos, or picknickers in the campground. I think I was the only person who spent the night at the camp. Beautiful place, great beachcombing, and I'd go there again in a heartbeat. Campground photos: http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s439/Tiger4x4RV/file-39.jpg http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s439/Tiger4x4RV/file-40.jpg
Tiger4x4RV 08/28/14 07:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Stick with truck camper or go for RV?

I've been solo camping in small 4x4 RV's off pavement, often in remote areas, for over 20 years. They're great, but TC's are probably more durable off-road. My small RV fits under trees and between things where a taller or wider unit, say a large TC, cannot go. The pop-up TC's seem to be perfect for getting way out there, but often living space and tanks are smaller than you want. There is no perfect RV. My recommendation to you: start with a TC. They are more available than off-road C's or A's. They are probably easy to sell when you want to try another type of RV. It's better to be out there camping than sitting at home for ages fussing about what kind of rig to buy!
Tiger4x4RV 08/26/14 06:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freeze dried foods

It depends on the situation. Off the grid for a week with no water except what I bring along, I might choose canned food because it already has the water in it (watch out for the sodium). Closer to town, fresh is nice if available. I haven't used freeze-dried meals due to cost.
Tiger4x4RV 08/24/14 12:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: A little Dobro around the fire anyone?

Thank you! The Dobro is one of my favorite instruments. Learning to play one is on my bucket list.
Tiger4x4RV 08/20/14 04:56pm RV Lifestyle
RE: How to beat yourself up in two days

That lake is going on my list for the next Central Valley trip. Rancho Seco (lake) used to be the cooling ponds for Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Facility. If it wasn't for the test run Buzzcut was working out kinks, I wouldn't add it to a list of places to make a special trip to. I've been working my way around the wildlife refuges and other sights in the Central Valley for a couple of years. Rancho Seco Lake might find its way into an itinerary for its nice campground. I don't boat or fish and I probably wouldn't stay long enough to start glowing in the dark.
Tiger4x4RV 08/18/14 09:51am Truck Campers
RE: Total Knee Replacement

I've had two TKR's, 2008 and 2013. My recommendations: exercise as prescribed, ice, and not letting the pain get ahead of you. I was back to light hiking 11 weeks after the first TKR, about 8 weeks after the second. Your results may vary. Don't do too much too soon. Your legs need to be the same length or other problems will start happening - hips, other knee, tendons, etc. Talk to your doctor ASAP about this concern. Re the meds: During the painful period, I took meds on schedule so that the pain would not build up to being unmanageable. I reduced dosage methodically, by lengthening the time between doses in small increments. This worked well for me. Don't just stop your meds all at once. I still do my own yard work, but find kneeling (for weeding and such) quite painful. Try some different tools. I got a Hula Hoe and often use it instead of the hand weeding I used to do. Yes, new knees have their problems, but those problems are not usually as bad as the awful pain of the old worn-out knees.
Tiger4x4RV 08/18/14 09:11am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: How to beat yourself up in two days

That lake is going on my list for the next Central Valley trip. Your TR is an excellent example of planning. Learning new routines and methods now can make future trips more enjoyable. This trip was sort of like an advanced version of Camp Driveway, which is often recommended for newbies.
Tiger4x4RV 08/18/14 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Starting RVing with a PUP behind a minivan - thoughts?

In the early '70's, we took our two small children on a 70-day trip in a tiny hardside TT. It was the experience of a lifetime. I agree with the advice that others have given above. One add-on: It rained at least a little on 63 of those 70 days. Be ready for that. Have a wonderful trip!
Tiger4x4RV 08/18/14 08:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Maryland Byways - Any route map and campgrounds to stay.

Try the byways info and maps here and the campground maps and info here. Have a great time!
Tiger4x4RV 08/17/14 06:12pm Family Camping
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