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RE: West Coast Trip (Hwy #1?)

Hwy 1 is beautiful. But at times, it is very narrow and curvy. Not to mention a couple very steep switchbacks. Hwy 101 is much easier, just not nearly as nice. Problem is that 101 is not really the coast. If you really want to do the coast, it's Hwy 1. It can be done. I've seen some very long rigs do it. If you're confident in your rig's abilities and your driving abilities, you'll be fine. How far south are you wanting to go? At some points close to the Bay Area, Ca, Hwy 1 and 101 are the same.
pira114 10/07/15 12:53am Beginning RVing
RE: Watch that trailer sway.......

"Glue! We need glue!"
pira114 10/05/15 10:39pm Beginning RVing
RE: new released invertor generater

One thing I've learned with many things, especially RV stuff, is trying to save money often leads to more money being spent. I'd buy the best you can. Buy once, cry once.
pira114 10/05/15 09:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Couple looking for advice/info

Coyote valley rv park in San Jose charges $950. A month plus electricity. Throw in gas and electricity and you could be nearing $1300. A month for 350 or less sq feet. Are you sure this works out to your benefit? That's well south of most rent prices in the Bay Area. I will say that $1300 might be less than average. Coyote is not really considered Bay Area. I looked at RV parks since I live in the Sierras but work on the Peninsula. Nothing cheap enough to make it worth it. But if you don't have a mortgage or rent to pay elsewhere, it could be worth it. Average rent for a studio on the Peninsula is roughly $1500.
pira114 10/04/15 05:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Canopy for Rain, not just Shade?

I had an EZ Up. Worked great in the rain. Never pooled water or leaked. A huge thunderstorm did it in. Staked down all four corners and woke up to it being 30 yards away and completely destroyed. Only found one stake. Nothing is impervious to nature.
pira114 10/03/15 10:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: California Coast

Getting a list of parks before you go is a great idea. But I've never needed reservations outside the summer months. This time of year, it should be easy and open.
pira114 10/03/15 09:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: California Coast

North of San Francisco, Hwy 1 is just plain awesome. Tons of stuff to do and see. Very curvy road, but worth it. Hwy 101 at that point is not as hard to drive, but not much to see. On 1, there are a few State campgrounds and hundreds of private ones. Not too expensive, especially this time of year. Bodega Bay. Lots of cool restaurants and you can still find some of the areas where they filmed Hitchcock's The Birds. Not all of it filmed there though. You'll have to look that up. Fort Ross. State park and historical Russian Fort. $6 to park, but walking around is free. They fire off the cannons occasionally and have some of the rooms in the fort set up as they'd look originally. The Russian Orthodox Church there still holds services every Sunday. Point Arena. Best pizza in the world at the wharf and great ice cream. There's also the B Byron Preserve. Not super cheap, but an awesome place. You get in a safari truck and they drive you around to see African animals on the preserve. One of the best experiences my family has had. Probably best to unhook the trailer in town somewhere before driving in. Some cool antique shops there too. Manchester. My favorite camping spot. And favorite beach. There's a state campground there, just past the KOA where I usually stay. Follow the signs off the hwy to the KOA and just past it, you'll find the state park. Keep driving and there's a large parking lot for the beach. Mendocino. Lots of great shops and restaurants. This being a larger town, check to see what's going on. Usually some type of art or wine festivals can be found almost year round. Not sure about camping here, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't. Fort Bragg. Capt Flynn's down at the Marina has some of the best food you'll find, at a great price. Small quaint spot. Last time I was there, they still only took cash (lots of places like that on the coast, be prepared for that). Glass beach is very cool. Look up the history, then go check it out. Try to be there during low tide, lots of tide pools to check out. There's also a free tattoo museum in a working tattoo parlor. Very small, but even if you're not into tattoos, it was a very cool little place. More history than anything else. The Skunk Train. That's not cheap, but if you have a day to kill, take the halfway trip. Very neat historical train with a conductor that talks about history the whole time. Well, worth it. Weather up there can be cold, wet, warm (never really hot), and dry. All year round. Dress accordingly. Gas is about as expensive as you'll find. Fill up in the more major towns to avoid the worst of it. Park where you can to take pictures between towns, this is some of the most beautiful coastline you'll ever see. That's all off the top of my head. Hope that helps.
pira114 10/03/15 01:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: Camper explosion

It takes an awful lot of propane to do that. Whatever was on/leaking, was doing so for a while. And there wasn't much ventilation.
pira114 09/29/15 08:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Finding places to stop along the way (during the day)

I'm going to have to disagree that "planning is key." I feel the best way to travel with kids is to be flexible, play it by ear, and make sure everyone knows in advance that the trip is part of the adventure. Things may be great, and they may not. Don't worry about it and go. As for length, don't worry about that. I park easily in places now that I would have thought impossible when I started. Just go with your comfort level. You can always get halfway into a parking spot and change your mind if it ain't working. My advice is load up, pedal down, mind open. The rest of my life is planned enough
pira114 09/29/15 08:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: My Sprint™ SAMSUNG® smartphone(?) adventure thus far...

That phone is specifically designed to not need a case. That's why nothing fits. I don't know if it's really up to the task of everyday life without a case, but that's why. If you can get out of the deal, and even want to, this is the phone for people looking for real durability. The Sonim XP7
pira114 09/28/15 12:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Tony Stewart Calling It Quits?

He's my driver. But I can see him retiring soon. The last couple seasons have not been all fun and games for him and his team
pira114 09/28/15 12:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Doh!

It'll buff out.
pira114 09/26/15 10:01am Travel Trailers
RE: A response to reduce unsolicited live sales calls.

I always answer the phone "Homicide, Inspector Callahan." Only once has someone I didn't know recognize it. That particular telemarketer and I had a 20 min conversation about it.
pira114 09/26/15 09:59am Around the Campfire
RE: General Purpose Cleaner

Hand your wife a sponge, dish soap, and a bucket.
pira114 09/26/15 02:18am General RVing Issues
RE: BLM access about to be lost

I can only tell you what's happened around me, and suggest maybe it's the same situation. BLM states it's no longer capable of administering a lot of these campgrounds. They've had budget cuts and increases in cost. Their solution was to take campgrounds that tend to cost them more money and either sell them to the state or lease them out to campground companies. So now we have campground companies raising fees and changing some rules in our formerly BLM campgrounds. Fed Forest Service has done the same in several high traffic areas. In some cases, it brought much needed improvement, in others it made it worse, in still others it changed nothing. In all but one very high traffic area, it always raised rates. That one spot was already $20 a night.
pira114 09/25/15 11:04am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: VW caught Cheating

It's a recall. So what's to stop VW owners from just ignoring it and keeping their cars the way they are? I seriously doubt the smog shops are going to pay to upgrade their equipment to sense when they're being hooked up to a car that does this.
pira114 09/24/15 03:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: dining booth to bed woes

Cushions too tight or not big enough? I don't have an Outback, but my dinette cushions have to be forced into place
pira114 09/23/15 11:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Orange County Ca. RV dealer to face charges

A dishonest dealer? I don't buy it
pira114 09/23/15 10:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric tongue jacks

Be aware that some are rather noisy (like ours) and some are nice and quiet. Nothing worse than waking up your neighbors when breaking camp early in the morning... I think Husky is a quiet one but not 100% sure. The Husky is VERY quiet. Much quieter than any other I've used or heard. But it's still noisy enough that in a quiet campground it'll probably be heard by anyone awake or possibly wake a light sleeper. The Husky really is that much better than anything else I've tried. Including the Barker it replaced. I'm pretty impressed with it.
pira114 09/22/15 10:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electric tongue jacks

Husky Brute 4500. Because anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.
pira114 09/21/15 09:32pm Travel Trailers
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