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RE: Produce inspection California

pira114, The inspection stations existed long before the Mediterranean fruit fly. I remember then when we were still driving a 1946 Chevy. We had that car until 1953. There have been restrictions and inspections since the 1930's or early 40's Correct. Didn't mean to imply they didn't. Invasive insects from other parts of the US have long been a problem for Ca agricultural. I meant only to illustrate what was probably the worst of the insect infestations (as far as I've heard anyway), and that the inspection stations were very important then. If a new batch of any insect threatens our agricultural as bad as back then, you'll see more stringent inspections compared to the relative ease of getting through one now. My post was also countering the "Ca has too many regulations" posts. It does. WAY too many. But this isn't one of the bad ones. This one has been very necessary at different times throughout our history.
pira114 07/23/16 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Produce inspection California

It's because of fruit flies. I'm old enough to remember, and it directly affected me and my family. I'm in the Sierras now, but grew up in what a lot of you call Silicon Valley. We called it Blossom Valley back then. Because it was all orchards. Orchards we worked hard in. The fruit flies arrived. Not a native bug for California and it decimated entire orchards. It caused several orchards around us to cut EVERY SINGLE TREE down. We lost about 75% of ours, but we lived. Well, the first year anyway. Then the helicopters came. Spraying God knows what over entire cities and agricultural areas. I'm talking apocalyptic looking FLEETS of helicopters. It was serious. Hundreds of farms and orchards were devistated by this tiny little fly. We had curfews ordered to keep people from being outside during late night spraying. It was a bit scary really. They sprayed for days and days. And you know what? It worked mostly. A lot of orchards and farms survived. Or began anew. For us, the cost was too much to bear and we lost it all. Every penny gone. Forced to sell the land for pennies on the dollar just to be able to break even. So yeah, the checkpoints were VERY necessary back then, and still are today. But can you really stop every vehicle and inspect it??? No, and no one wanted to. They seriously relied on public education and cooperation back then. The education part seems to have disappeared, but those inspection stations are mostly there on the honor system of being honest and simply having a place to throw away fruit that might be harboring fruit fly eggs. Those flies never really left by the way. They're still here. They're just manageable. The stations help them from getting out of control again. Please, if you're traveling here, don't bring fruit in. You can't see the eggs. They won't hurt you to eat either, so you'd be surprised how much fruit you eat has those eggs in it. You probably don't want to know. But it's a real and serious issue. And was an actual emergency to the economy of California back then. Don't want to think of what could happen now
pira114 07/23/16 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: A Camping Tradition That Costs $0

P.S. How big of a tow vehicle do you need to HAUL a 35mm canister of ashes? I'm thinking dually at least....
pira114 07/23/16 03:04am Travel Trailers
RE: A Camping Tradition That Costs $0

This place cracks me up. Guy has a neat idea he shares (says nothing about it being better than anything else), and someone's always gotta say why it's bad. Then a funny mother in law joke (probably THE most time honored joke) and someone's gotta point out that it's in bad taste. And then.......firewood cops. By the way, you people taking sand from state beaches are under arrest. It's illegal to remove natural stuff from state parks and beaches. To the OP.......you need a bigger tow vehicle for that tradition.
pira114 07/23/16 03:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Planning trip to Grand Canyon in November

Make sure you research the proper equipment for towing on snow and ice, as well as laws in each state regarding that. They may not be the same.
pira114 07/23/16 02:54am Travel Trailers
RE: I found err proof way to break down camp area to travel

I use the wife method. I do everything, triple check it, then she checks. She knows nothing about it so constantly asks me "is this ok" "is that ok?" Never fails
pira114 07/18/16 06:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Charger or Disco in storage??

I do not have power at my storage. And I find it worth it to bring the batteries home to be on the tender.
pira114 07/15/16 04:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charger or Disco in storage??

I think solar is great for helping keep batteries charged while camping. I think a battery tender is much better at keeping them in good shape when not in use. I do not like just leaving a battery disconnected
pira114 07/15/16 02:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Table/ bed conversation

All depends on the model. My old '87 Wilderness has a dinette that I hate sitting in, but can sleep me very comfortably. And I'm just at 6ft, the dinette bed is about 6'1" While shopping for a new one, I noticed all the trailers in my price range had dinettes that were much more comfortable to sit in, but too short to sleep in.
pira114 07/09/16 12:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out or no

I think the only reason to not get a slide is for weight issues. Other than that, they're just as reliable as anything else on the TT
pira114 07/08/16 11:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fleetwood RIO - Specific Roof question

If you really don't worry about looks, and the shell underneath is all fiberglass, then I'd strip down to fiberglass and try a roll on bed liner type material. Comes in several colors so it won't have to be black. I'd probably make sure it's the type that's meant to flex.
pira114 07/03/16 03:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dry ice

Putting regular ice with dry ice is unnecessary. The dry ice is colder than the regular ice. You're not helping any by adding it. Dry ice "melts" by air flow. If you compartmentalize it to reduce air flow over it, it will last quite a long time
pira114 07/02/16 01:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie here - Is R-Pod a good choice?

Found this post on the Rpod forums. Dated 2015: My Rpod came with a "free" lifetime warranty. I put that in quotes because it's anything but free. In order to stay in effect, I have to take the RV in once a year for an inspection/service, for which they will charge me $100. (This is separate from winterizing and de-winterizing) If I miss a year, the warranty is over. So if I keep the RV for 10 years, I will have paid $1,000 for a "free" warranty. Good deal, huh? :) However, RV repairs are very expensive these days, one or two major repairs, and I might come out ahead, who knows.
pira114 07/01/16 02:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie here - Is R-Pod a good choice?

I got interested in the RPods also. In looking about, I noticed they have a lifetime warranty. Any comments on this? Is it a good warranty? Should it be considered as part of the decision?
pira114 07/01/16 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Too old???

Being active and having fun is what will keep you young and healthy. I think people overlook that a lot
pira114 06/30/16 06:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: ? Why Leveling Jack Pads?

I've put pads down on hard packed dirt in a mostly level spot. After an evening thunderstorm, they had sunk an inch or two. Would have been worse without the pads.
pira114 06/30/16 12:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Locked keys in truck

There is one bay on all RV's that we all know about that does not have lock. THAT is where all the extra set of keys goes. :W I'll bite. Where is it? Every bay on mine locks.
pira114 06/29/16 09:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Buying today or tomorrow

I'm thinking it's too late on the truck. Maybe find a lighter trailer
pira114 06/29/16 06:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Where to put generators?

I like that front mounted tray as a solution. If your trailer's power cord is long enough, you don't need to remove the gen while using them. I might look into this.
pira114 06/29/16 05:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Locked keys in truck

So how does the act of turning on my cell phone, in close proximity to my yruck, unlock it? Any guesses? Done it dozens of times. When I looked into it, I was told it was the RF signal Sure that will always unlock a yruck. I could unlock yrucks all day long like that no probs. Just try doing that to a truck though sometimes. (sorry could not resist) Dang it. Auto correct works fine until you put punctuation at the end. Then it ignores it. Haha
pira114 06/29/16 05:17am General RVing Issues
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