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RE: Campfires at campsites?

"No confusion here in the Southwest: Red Flag warnings mean NO wood or charcoal fires and propane STOVE ONLY with an issued fire permit." - Tplife As stated in my previous post, it has been our experience the NPS, USFS, BLM and COE consider a propane campfire to be a stove and govern their use under a common criteria Translation - If a propane stove is permitted, a propane campfire will be allowed under the same caveats. There is no relationship between wood or charcoal campfire bans and propane campfire restrictions. This policy was consistent as recently as last Fall during our stay at a number of campsites in the Four Corners area which, I believe, would geographically be considered in the 'Southwest'. I called Big Bend NP earlier this AM to check on another issue related to our western trip next week and also asked about use of our Campfire in a Can. I was told wood and ground fires are currently banned but propane campfires are permitted for aesthetics or cooking. Feel free to check with them @ 432.477.2251 and get back to us. To state that propane campfires are prohibited when propane stoves are allowed is both inaccurate and misleading. Sorry, I couldn't follow your calcs but I never implied propane campfires were comparable to wood fires with regard to heat output so not sure what you're arguing there. I'm a forestry professional and do know that wood produces around 6,200 BTU's/lb while propane generates 21,600 BTU's/lb but I'll willingly concede you can build a wood fire large enough to produce more heat than a propane campfire if that was your point. At the same time, I'll assure you my CFIAC will generate two foot high flames and toast anything close by when at its max setting. Personally, we prefer a small fire (wood or propane). I'm happy to hear things are different in North Caroline or wherever it is you go camping. Here in the California forests, they only allow a propane stove, in a developed campground, with a signed permit, during Red Flag warning periods (one just ended this evening). No campfires, no charcoal, no propane firepits. That's why we don't own one. For us there's no point in owning a firepit we can't use during Red Flag warnings in our NFS and SFS and BLM campgrounds. That's not really accurate. Depends on the land, geographical location, etc. In the Stanislaus National Forest, where I live, fires are often permitted in developed campgrounds, even during a "fire ban" in the forest. When it gets bad enough in a particular area, a campground may be posted as banning wood or charcoal fires, but will still allow propane stoves and propane fire pits that fit inside the fire ring. And the Forest Service does not require a permit at any time for burning INSIDE a fire ring in a developed campground.
pira114 10/22/16 03:01am Tent Camping
RE: New TT, damaged power awning

Patch it and have him help so he can start learning. Why put the money in a new one while he is learning. Like they say.....be handy or have a lot of money. Agreed.
pira114 10/21/16 09:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace not working first time out.

There's too many variables to diagnose it over the internet. And we'd need you to actually try some of the suggestions and report back what happened. Or.....you could just take it back since it's brand new and have it repaired/replaced under warranty. If you don't want to do that, fine. But lose the attitude. Yes, people often miss things while reading through posts. But you're the one asking for help. A little patience would be appropriate on your part. Especially if you have an easy option you refuse to take
pira114 10/16/16 09:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace not working first time out.

Forgot to add: Read your user manual for the furnace. It may actually say to wait several seconds between each try. And if you start smelling propane, stop and let the rig air out. That smell means it's not a new thermocouple issue.
pira114 10/16/16 05:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace not working first time out.

If everything is working as you said it's either a gas delivery problem, ignition problem, or thermocouple problem. I've seen brand new thermocouples take upwards of 10 to 15 tries before they heat up consistently enough to keep a pilot light going. The solution there is to keep trying it repeatedly until it works or you hit the 10 tries mark. If that don't do it, it's probably not a problem. Gas supply and ignition problem are probably best left up to a qualified repairman rather than an Internet forum.
pira114 10/16/16 05:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Quote Interpretation

This exercise is straight out of the "new" college of business. The purpose is to get employees engaged and mentally prepared for something they'd otherwise dread....the Monday meetings. And, if you think about it, he succeeded. Even though you're asking for help online, you're effectively engaged and preparing for it. It's like the set of steak knives for reaching a goal. But the "set of steak knives" in this case is confidence or even pride in your answer. Or in yourself. Also helps create a bit of competition within the group to strive to do well in front of each other. Beats the death by power point that my career has succumb to.
pira114 10/14/16 11:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Bought a Scamp!

Very nice, but............ Do you have enough truck???
pira114 10/13/16 02:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Insurance Co. uses VIN

What's the registration say? That should be used by the insurance company, not whatever they think it is
pira114 10/12/16 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Bumper mod

I would consider raising it up a few inches. When I bought my trailer, the previous owner had a very similar set up. The gen platform dragged on the ground at anything more than a standard driveway angle. It wasn't noticeable to the eye, but it had been bent just enough that I couldn't remove it. Eventually had to cut it off
pira114 10/12/16 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Coleman PUP no heater.

I've had two Little Buddy heaters going in both Pop Ups and tents. It's fine.
pira114 10/11/16 07:45pm Folding Trailers
RE: Fall Camping

Fall Camping..... Doesn't that include hunting???:B Exactly why I'm getting ready for a 7 day trip!
pira114 10/01/16 05:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Fall Camping

Getting ready for 7 days in the high country. Praying for a bit of rain, maybe even snow. My whole year leads up to early Oct at 7000 ft
pira114 09/30/16 05:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Blow Out leads to Death

Good video. Sad thing is that I learned that in high school drivers ed. Which seems to be a thing of the past. Too bad, a semester long class beats a few hours learning rules any day
pira114 09/28/16 07:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Strongback Chairs

No experience with that chair. Never heard of it. Just spent a decent amount of time watching and reading reviews. You'd be hard pressed to find a bad one. I have back issues, and this looks very similar to my computer chair, which I love. My normal camp chairs suck. I usually stand or sit at a picnic table. I'll be looking to buy one of these chairs myself. So, sorry I can't give personal experience, but you probably helped me find a solution to my issues! Thanks
pira114 09/28/16 07:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: AT&T/Direct TV to discontinue satellite use

Wireless is getting better and better. Where I live, ATT is literally the only cell service. When I first moved here years ago, cell service sucked. Half a mile out of town and no service. Mostly due to terrain. In the mountains. Now, cell service is great and works pretty far up the mountain. I can even get a small signal on one lake I frequent. Which used to be miles outside coverage. Comcast came out and upgraded my router for Internet. It's really fast and now, I can connect to wifi and get almost a block away before it'll stop streaming video. Not that I need that, but we tested it just for fun. Point is, in a town where 5 years ago it was really hard to get any service (satellite is still iffy due to so many trees), now the service is great. And it keeps getting better. Personally, I could live just fine without it all. Of course. We all could. But it sure is nice sometimes. I bet 20 years from now we won't recognize the way we communicate. It'll either be so high tech we can't imagine it now, or back to smoke signals because we went too far. Haha
pira114 09/28/16 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: AT&T/Direct TV to discontinue satellite use

be obsolete in 3-5 yrs..20 years before streaming only NOT at the present rate of wireless data expansion they want to go streaming, they are going to have to provide unlimited video data or people won't migrate/change From the article: "Earlier this week, CEO Randall Stephenson revealed one way it will leverage that position. AT&T mobile subscribers will be able to use unlimited data on DirecTV Now without it counting against their monthly usage caps."
pira114 09/27/16 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: California State Hwy 1 between Carmel & San Simion

I've done it. And areas more North as well. It's doable. Plan on being slow, holding up traffic, and pulling off frequently
pira114 09/25/16 07:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tent Stake Hack

Not a bad idea. I use Chem lights for the same purpose. Tad brighter and easier to store. Plus the kids love to play with the unused ones. They tie strings to them and spin them around in the dark giving us a fun light show. I think it makes them feel better about being in the dark as well.
pira114 08/24/16 09:38am Tent Camping
RE: Camping Director Chair porta-pottie???

I have one. It works perfect. It's hands down the most sturdy and stable camping "toilet" I've ever owned. And I've had several. Place into a privacy/shower tent and you've got a great out house. I use WAG bags and they work great together. This product is perfect for those camping without an RV, but have a vehicle to get large pieces of equipment to a primitive "dispersed" campsite. It's not just a camping chair with a toilet seat. It's much better designed than that. I do wonder why the cup holder though. It's silly. But the product itself is worth every penny in terms of comfort and ease of use, especially if you camp for weeks at a time in very remote locations like I do. If you stick to developed campgrounds and air conditioning, you probably wouldn't get it.
pira114 08/21/16 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: A-liners, anyone?

I have had a PUP twice, a 26ft TT, and now I'm going back to a PUP. For me the advantages of a PUP (and this is how it relates to an A frame) are that due to its smaller size, you tend to not spend as much time in them. Giving your camping experience a more "camping" feel. Now that mother nature has reclaimed my TT, we decided to go back to a PUP because we missed the more out in the open feel of a PUP. We found ourselves in the trailer more than we should have (for us). Yes, we could have concentrated on staying outside, but when the ease and comfort are there, sometimes you just find yourself in there. Properly matched and set up TV/TT shouldn't be difficult or stressful to drive. Either small, medium, or large. Shouldn't be that big of a deal. So for us, how we used it meant a lot more. Plus we can get it to more remote campsites, which we missed with the larger TT. Many other considerations, but that was number 1 for us. When we retire, we'll go back to a TT because much of our traveling will be site seeing or visiting relatives vs camping. So like most things, clearly define how you plan to use it, buy the one you like, and have fun.
pira114 08/16/16 01:56pm Folding Trailers
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