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RE: KOA Petaluma....A mild rant

rollexx, your statement that "I would like to say we had a nice stay at this campground" reminds me of something Groucho Marx said after an unpleasant dinner party: "I've had a lovely evening, but this wasn't it." ;) Just having a little fun. Your mild rant was right on point.
profdant139 04/23/17 01:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Explaining RVs/campers to people who just don't get it!

kohai, you ask why folks would hang out in the campground all day -- why not just stay home in your own backyard? (I agree with you -- we are generally hiking during the day.) But I understand the desire to just chill and enjoy a non-urban setting. We live in suburban coastal Orange County, with a pretty nice backyard, and we do a fair amount of hanging out on the patio. But it is nothing like hanging out in a remote area -- we have constant freeway noise, gardening equipment, air traffic, sirens, etc. Not to mention the urban air quality -- even by the coast, the air is not really pure unless you are on the beach (and we can't afford to buy on the sand!) And if you really want peace and silence, try boondocking in a national forest -- when the wind stops, it is so quiet that you can literally hear your heart beat (which can be a little unnerving when you have never heard it before).
profdant139 04/23/17 01:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: I am not a robot!

That is exactly the screen I was getting, and there was no getting past it. But not every time, which is weird. This is not what Al Gore had in mind when he invented algorithms.
profdant139 04/23/17 12:48pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Explaining RVs/campers to people who just don't get it!

Until I was in my early 50s, I was one of those folks who did not get it -- camping? No way. Too cramped and effortful -- give me a nice hotel room. And then, one day, we were walking through a campground near a trailhead, and this nicely dressed lady stepped out of her RV carrying a bottle of good wine and two pieces of stemware. We talked to her for a few minutes, and the lightbulb flashed on -- RVing is not about suffering at all! It's about staying in your own clean place, going wherever you want, whenever, with your own good food and good beverages. That was twelve years ago, and we are seriously hooked. Best thing we ever did. Sorry we did not find out about this sooner, but we did not know anyone who had an RV or who went camping. (Other than my kids who backpack, but that is still not for me!)
profdant139 04/22/17 05:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upcoming Trip to Newfoundland

Liquor made with iceberg water? I guess it says it's 10 percent alcohol but it's really 50 percent -- the rest is hidden! ;) I bet the iceberg water is really pure -- I think I read somewhere that the water in the bergs is around 15,000 years old.
profdant139 04/20/17 10:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Death Valley XTC 2017

Freep, the deflation improves traction, cushions the bumps a little, spreads the footprint of the tire, and provides lower pounds per square inch, which means that the tire "floats" instead of penetrating the soft soil. It's like the difference between a racing bike at 100 psi and a mountain bike at 20 psi. And jefe, thanks for persevering in the posting of that report -- I know it was not easy, and we all appreciate it. I had thoughts of towing my trailer to Eureka Dunes, but I don't think so now.
profdant139 04/20/17 05:40pm Truck Campers
Big iceberg aground in Ferryland, Newfoundland

Some amazing photos. But if I were to leave today to drive there, it would be melted by the time I arrived -- 4500 miles! Article
profdant139 04/20/17 01:11pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Boondockers as nature lovers

It's an equal opportunity crime -- there are folks of all backgrounds who are trashing our public lands. Being opposed to illegal use of the land does not necessarily imply any sort of political bias. I am disturbed by left wing graffiti artists at Joshua Tree, right wing Cliven Bundy fans tearing up cryptobiotic soil in Utah, cartel-affiliated marijuana growers in the Sierras, apolitical boondockers who scatter garbage around, gun enthusiasts who shoot up the landscape and leave their spent brass, game poachers, you name it. The question is what to do about it when you see it, and the answer is easy -- contact the appropriate law enforcement agency and do not try to solve the problem yourself. Lots of these folks are armed.
profdant139 04/20/17 12:07pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: cannot post trip report. What's up?

Dutchmen, that is a great tip about logging out in order to get around the robot blockage. I will try that later today. Thanks!
profdant139 04/20/17 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: 395 north

OldRoadDog, if you have never taken 395, you really have to do it, even if there are a few extra miles involved. And maybe budget some time for stopping in the Eastern Sierra. World-class hiking and camping.
profdant139 04/19/17 09:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling to Washington & Oregon, what to see & do??

Yes -- traffic is bad in urban areas of Washington. It's worth it, though. What an amazing place!
profdant139 04/19/17 09:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I am not a robot!

Never mind -- I was wrong about the etymology.
profdant139 04/19/17 09:17am Forum Technical Support
RE: I am not a robot!

Old Biscuit, I am sure you know the etymology of virga, right? Or are you referring to the fact that the posts start out ok but evaporate before they hit the ground. ;)
profdant139 04/19/17 09:16am Forum Technical Support
RE: I am not a robot!

A one sentence post did work. Longer ones are not. I give up for today.
profdant139 04/18/17 06:00pm Forum Technical Support
RE: I am not a robot!

OK, the photo worked. But now I can't post any text.
profdant139 04/18/17 06:00pm Forum Technical Support
RE: I am not a robot!

So that short message worked. I am going to try bits and pieces of my longer message, to see when I hit the choke point. It has gotten to the point where I am composing messages in Word and saving the file, in case my post dies and is lost. http://i.imgur.com/v9QNSkbl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 04/18/17 05:57pm Forum Technical Support
RE: I am not a robot!

I am having the same problem today -- can't post much at all from either rv.net or goodsam. Short posts are ok. Longer posts, especially with photos, either die ("the site is not responding") or else I get the robot message. I click where they tell me to click and then I get "invalid ID."
profdant139 04/18/17 05:54pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Traveling to Washington & Oregon, what to see & do??

Don't miss the whole North Cascades area, including Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan -- world-class mountains, hiking, and camping. Here is the first of three blog posts on that area: Part One of Three And in case you need an incentive to browse through all of those photos, here is what Mt. Baker looks like on a September afternoon: http://i.imgur.com/RLppMb2l.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. I would recommend saving this area for the end of your trip -- the snow on the trails can sometimes linger into July. I am not sure when the mountain blueberries and huckleberries get ripe, but I think it might be in late August. The blackberries, which grow at lower elevations, are ripe a little earlier, I think.
profdant139 04/18/17 05:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A less-leaky vent plug for plastic water jugs -- simple job

But if you use a pump, you miss that whole "make-believe rugged pioneer survival" feeling that you get when you struggle to lift the water jug! What fun is that? Effort and suffering are important parts of camping! No, seriously, a pump works, but it uses electricity (scarce when boondocking), and it is usually slower than just pouring the water into the port. There will soon come a time when I will be forced to use a pump due to my physical limitations. (I don't have those limitations yet, but the clock is ticking -- any day now . . . . )
profdant139 04/18/17 09:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: A less-leaky vent plug for plastic water jugs -- simple job

Yeah, lifting a full jug of water (almost 50 pounds) can be fun. On my old trailer, the fill port for the water tank was pretty far off the ground; and every so often, my back goes out. So I developed a primitive crane -- a pole with a hook. I hook the pole under the handle of the jug, and brace the other end of the pole against my foot: http://i.imgur.com/400VL1Fl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. Then I lift up on the pole, and the jug hangs from the hook, making it somewhat easier to fill the tank: http://i.imgur.com/iYmlMCZl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. (Yes, this photo is taken on the wrong side of the trailer -- the port is on the left side. But there were bushes in the way of the photo, so we staged this on the right side.) Fortunately, the port on my new trailer is lower, so I don’t have to lift the jug up so high these days. I know what you are thinking -- when my back goes out, just have DW lift the water!! She could do it with ease, except that she is vertically challenged -- she would end up doing an overhead press to get the jug up to the port. Actually, come to think of it, that would be fun to watch. I'll suggest it to her and see what she says. ;)
profdant139 04/17/17 06:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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