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RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Ultra, thanks for the tip -- as my kids used to say, "good lookin' out, dawg!" I am not sure what that means, but it sounded cool when they said it.
profdant139 12/20/14 08:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Slabs and other sorrows

No problem. As Mark Twain said about the West, "Water is not for drinking. Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over."
profdant139 12/19/14 03:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Arches NP

The weather could influence your plans -- if it is hot, you may want to stay a short time. If it is cool, longer -- we were there in October, and it was great -- that's DW framed in this arch: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-k3o6-lM-5nQ/UtyHmZ0EebI/AAAAAAAAJ6U/_eeP2vzVRok/s1600/2010+10+23+turret+arch+per+lightroom.jpg height=600 width=400
profdant139 12/17/14 07:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Geminid meteors Fri and Sat -- head for the boonies!

Yes -- the peak is almost always on the night of December 13-14 (might be different in a leap year). There are several good astronomy sites on the Web that give accurate predictions for each of the annual meteor showers, like the Perseids, the Leonids, and the Geminids. You are lucky to live in a dark rural area -- it would take me three hours of driving to get to a really dark camping site.
profdant139 12/17/14 09:16am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Camping? When did you start.

We were in our 50s! Never camped a day in our lives. Late one afternoon, we walked through a campground on our way back from a trailhead in the Redwoods, heading to our crummy motel and a lousy dinner in a coffee shop. This well-dressed lady, our age, steps out of her small RV with two wine glasses and a good bottle of wine. Suddenly, camping did not seem grubby -- it looked pretty nice! We bought a used trailer and have never looked back -- that was nine years ago. Better late than never.
profdant139 12/16/14 07:10pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Should I Buy An Older Travel Trailer?

OP, I think the bottom line is that if you are handy with tools, a used trailer could work just fine for you, if you inspect it carefully. If you are not handy, steer clear of anything not under warranty.
profdant139 12/16/14 06:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

I talked to them -- they have stopped making them because they were unhappy with the quality of the Chinese optics -- they are working with another manufacturer and hope to have new units by mid-2015. After shopping around, that is the one I want -- there are other small "go to" computerized reflectors around, but they are not as foolproof as the Astroscan. I can wait!
profdant139 12/16/14 06:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: quality gone down hill.

Speaking as a happy Fun Finder owner (this is our second one), it is true that FFs are not perfect. I am not sure if their quality control is any better or worse than any other brand. I guess I view a trailer as sort of a kit -- "some assembly required." The OP's shower situation was terrible -- they should have caught that at the factory. The table is a different kind of problem -- that is a design problem, not poor assembly. The dinettes are made of MDF, which is basically dense cardboard. I threw mine out and made my own out of half inch baltic birch plywood -- much lighter and stronger. There are so many features of any trailer that can be improved upon -- if you are looking for projects (and who isn't at this time of year??), maybe check out my link in my signature below ("About Our Trailer") for a bunch of modifications to my Fun Finders.
profdant139 12/16/14 05:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Geminid meteors Fri and Sat -- head for the boonies!

Gee, Salvo, is that possible? RDWIII was on the Bradshaw Trail, which (I think) is almost 400 miles from Vandenberg. I have seen a meteor that looked a lot like a rocket -- except that it was descending, not ascending! This was on Nov. 22 of this year at around 7:20 pm, coincidentally. Many other folks on the West Coast saw it and reported it.
profdant139 12/14/14 08:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Geminid meteors Fri and Sat -- head for the boonies!

Anza Borrego is high on our list for next December, as is Death Valley and Joshua Tree. A few years ago, we went to Death Valley for this same meteor shower and got an inch of rain instead -- a year's worth of precipitation. Interesting, but no meteors. And one year, we went to Anza for the Leonids in November and it was totally cloudy. That's the way it goes.
profdant139 12/14/14 12:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Geminid meteors Fri and Sat -- head for the boonies!

I saw eight meteors in 20 minutes at 1 am light-polluted, hazy Orange County, with a big fat moon in the sky -- I can only imagine what that meteor shower looked liked in a good location! Next year, there is no moon for the Geminids on DEc. 13 -- it's time to start planning a camping trip for next winter. Someplace warm, dark, and clear . . . .
profdant139 12/14/14 09:10am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Less fuel stops

Now if someone could come up with an auxiliary tank to extend MY range, I would really get excited. I have to stop more often than my little truck does, and it is a gasser holding only 20 gallons, and I get 10 mpg when towing, and I often have to stop while there is still plenty of gas in the truck. Oh, well.
profdant139 12/12/14 11:38am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Geminid meteors Fri and Sat -- head for the boonies!

Nope, Ken, we are not heading back to Utah right now -- the weather is bad, and too many family obligations for the holiday season. Sigh.
profdant139 12/11/14 07:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: part 2 Yellowstone/Tetons and beyond

Thanks again for posting these links -- I really like those high lonely open spaces way out in the middle of nowhere -- excellent photography.
profdant139 12/11/14 04:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Wife hates it. Spoiled I guess

So, let me get this straight -- 352 is in Oxford, and his wife does not like the camper and wants a fifth wheel. Lap527 is in Ocala, 20 miles away, and her husband prefers a fifth wheel, while she wants a TC. There is a solution lurking in that fact pattern somewhere . . . . . ;)
profdant139 12/11/14 04:12pm Truck Campers
Geminid meteors Fri and Sat -- head for the boonies!

It looks like it will be cloudy and rainy in California, so I am out of luck -- but the predictions for this meteor shower look very good, so it's time for some cold weather boondocking! The experts say that although the moon will be up for most of the night, there should be some bright meteors in the early part of the evening, just after dark until moonrise. Most meteor showers do not produce those early evening shows, but the Geminids do, for some reason. Bundle up!
profdant139 12/11/14 01:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking east of Mammoth Lakes in winter??

Tiger, there was a huge late November windstorm in 2011 -- that was probably the killer. 140 mph sustained winds on top of Mammoth Mtn!! Throughout the Eastern Sierra, from roughly Tioga Pass through Big Pine, we have seen enormous thickets of fairly recent blowdowns. The Forest Service is trying to clear the dead trees from the trails and roads, but it is a very big project. And by the way, we had to cancel our trip -- too much snow already, with more storms on the way. Even though I want to go camping, it is a pleasure to have some snow and rain, after so many dry and hot years.
profdant139 12/10/14 02:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Which brand & model of walkie talkies for my "spotter?"

Stickdog, you have pinpointed a puzzling and universal phenomenon -- often, when we begin backing up, folks from nearby campsites appear on the sidelines, just watching. Don't these folks have anything better to do? (Answer: evidently not.) What is so fascinating?? (Answer: this is an example of schadenfreude, a wonderful German word that means "taking pleasure in the suffering of others.") We evolved our "stealth backup system" (no verbal commands, just a set of clear and simple hand signals) in part because we were tired of providing free amusement for the neighbors -- the frantic yelling used to attract a really big crowd. Plus, as we have gotten more competent over the years, we are less entertaining than we used to be. Just to be clear, we have never wandered over to gawk at some poor newbie struggling to back up into a campsite. Instead, we very considerately sit in our trailer, sipping a recreational beverage, and secretly watch them through a closed window, so that they can't hear our mocking and our laughter. ;)
profdant139 12/10/14 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Warning: trip report

Great first chapter -- very detailed road descriptions -- very useful! I am looking forward to the next chapters -- thanks for posting the link!
profdant139 12/09/14 10:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Any R-Pod owners ???

Uplander, you are right about forgetting the mpg -- unless you get a pop-up, the mileage is bad. But I respectfully disagree that a cramped trailer is always a mistake -- we got a very small trailer for our first one and discovered that it enabled us to boondock in remote areas with lots of trees and narrow roads. We got our second trailer, which is the same size as the first, for the same reason. We really enjoy it -- we camp between 60 and 80 nights a year. Having said all of that, if you don't want to boondock and you don't need to fit into tight forest service campgrounds, the advantages of a tiny trailer probably do not outweigh the disadvantages, especially if you camp in a rainy climate and have to spend many days in very close quarters.
profdant139 12/09/14 09:55pm Travel Trailers
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