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RE: Newbie Couple Purchase

Gosh, I hate to be a wet blanket, but I have to agree -- that car is not going to do the job at all. Unsafe. We tow a small hard sided trailer with a Tacoma -- no problem at all. See the links in my signature. One more word of advice -- twelve years ago, we had never done any camping. We bought a small trailer, thinking it was just a temporary experiment. It has turned into a whole new lifestyle for us. So don't do this unless you are prepared to get hooked!! ;)
profdant139 03/01/17 11:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Takakkaw Falls in Mid May ??

Looking again at the photo I just posted, I noticed something for the first time -- the falls comes out of a "hanging valley." The canyon above the falls has been glaciated -- sort of a U shape profile. But it looks like the tributary glacier from that canyon flowed into the main glacier, which filled the valley and flowed from left to right (north to south). So that may be why the falls plunge over a sheer edge, rather than flowing down a steep canyon. And if that is right, then the groove in the bottom of the tributary canyon is post-glacial -- the creek cut down through the rock in the center of the canyon. You can also see the layers in the cliff near the falls. The rock in this mountain range is mostly sedimentary or metamorphic -- softer than the igneous granite of the Sierras, for example.
profdant139 03/01/17 07:13am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roads I love

Busskipper, another wild guess -- is this the road south toward Mexican Hat, not far from the Goosenecks?
profdant139 03/01/17 07:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Icefields Pkwy (93) Banff to Jasper

If you can deal with the train noise at the Lake Louise Campground, the hiking in the area is world-class. (Or you could "commute" from Yoho, which is what we did.) This is Fay Glacier, viewed from the Larch Valley trail, just below Sentinel Pass: http://i.imgur.com/zcUIbeIl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. And this is the Plain of the Six Glaciers, above Lake Louise: http://i.imgur.com/0iP4qIMl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 02/28/17 04:25pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Takakkaw Falls in Mid May ??

This is another shot from a different point on the Iceline Trail -- it shows the snout of the glacier above the falls. Not a great photo -- the day was very smoky and hazy -- but you get the idea: http://i.imgur.com/FROTrudl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 02/28/17 04:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roads I love

If that's a hogback, that hog needs an orthopedic surgeon! ;)
profdant139 02/28/17 04:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Black foam insulation for the windows

I bought a pack of 2 x 2 black foam tiles at Costco -- they are intended for garage flooring. I cut them to fit the windows. I mounted small magnets on them so that they stick to the window frames. Works great to cut down on heat loss on cold nights!
profdant139 02/28/17 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: RVing with lung disease

I'm assuming you also have a "walk-around" bottle of oxygen, right? We often see folks at RV parks with shoulder harness oxygen bottles, so that they can do chores around the RV (dumping the black and gray water, etc.). Then they switch to a larger bottle on a little two-wheel dolly to take longer walks. I had a conversation a couple of years ago with someone with severe COPD -- he said that RV travel is far easier for him than hotel traveling, since you can have your bedside oxygen system permanently installed and arranged to your liking. Hang in there, and I sure hope you can make it happen!
profdant139 02/28/17 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Icefields Pkwy (93) Banff to Jasper

Take as much time as you can on that drive -- stop a lot, get out, do some hikes. It might be the most beautiful road I have ever driven, and that is saying something.
profdant139 02/28/17 09:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roads I love

Padre, it looks like Highway 12 in Utah near Escalante??
profdant139 02/28/17 09:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Takakkaw Falls in Mid May ??

Dave, I will defer to your local knowledge!! TenOC, you are better off listening to a local than to a flatlander like me. (But if you ever want tips on dodging the traffic in LA, let me know.) ;)
profdant139 02/27/17 04:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Takakkaw Falls in Mid May ??

Gary, if I recall correctly, most of the road to the falls does not pass under cliffs or steep hills. (I could be wrong.) . So there may not be much avalanche danger, unless you get really close to the falls themselves. However, if it is 16 km round trip from the plowed road (as Dave indicates), that is way too far for snowshoes. My maximum on snowshoes is about 10 km per day, depending on the snow. Deep, soft powder will make it much harder. But an icy crust can be a lot better, if it does not break underfoot! In the Sierras, we have a real problem with clumping -- the snow is so warm and wet that it packs under the claw, and pretty soon you are hiking on a bowling ball. Not fun.
profdant139 02/27/17 01:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Takakkaw Falls in Mid May ??

It's worth the effort to go to the falls, if you can -- I can only imagine what they would look like during the spring thaw. The picture below was taken in late September. The rainbow in the photo looks a little better than it did in real life -- this is a time exposure (maybe a second or so?), and the colors were intensified by the camera. Also, we happened to get lucky -- we got to the falls in the late afternoon, so the sun was at a good angle. Would it be possible to bring or rent snowshoes? I am not sure how close to the falls you can drive before they plow the access road, but if you can get within a couple of miles, the hike would not be too bad. As I recall, the valley floor is reasonably level. http://i.imgur.com/Dtn1b73l.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 02/27/17 10:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Let fuel sit in a carb bowl for five days -- very hard start

You should feel lucky that you have a petcock! On my Honda, I have to manually drain the carb after running it. Not a big deal, but not effortless, either. Some clever folks have installed aftermarket petcocks on their Hondas. I have thought about doing that, but I have enough trouble just looking after my pet dog. ;)
profdant139 02/27/17 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: New to RVing

I love Mexico and go there as often as I can. Having said that, though, I would not recommend that a lone female travel through Mexico by herself. Mexico is not the lawless country that some people portray, but parts of it are somewhat rougher than most parts of the USA. And, of course, there are parts of the USA that are not suitable for lone female travelers!
profdant139 02/27/17 09:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Possible with younger children?

I think it depends on the kids. Both of mine were not great on long car rides (to put it politely), but other folks I know have had great success in camping with kids.
profdant139 02/26/17 07:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Every regret your small TT?

We have been camping in a 12 foot long trailer for 12 years -- we have had two the same size. It has all of the features of a big trailer but fits on my driveway and into tiny campsites. It's great for us -- but it is just the two of us, and we get along well (together for 43 years!). We take long trips every year -- weeks and weeks at a time. See the blog links in my signature for more info. But there is no right answer. You have to do what works for you, not what works for someone else.
profdant139 02/26/17 07:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Backing up to an inclined and narrow driveway

Ron, you must be one of those "naturally gifted with hand eye coordination" people! My hat is off to you -- no way I could have handled that driveway in my first year of trailering, let alone my first time. Note, also, that the U-Haul is single axle and short, both factors that make it even tougher. Well done!!
profdant139 02/26/17 05:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Birth Of The Gigawatt

Well done, Mex! (I have no idea for what, but I figured it was a safe thing to say.) ;)
profdant139 02/26/17 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Kicking Horse Campground Yoho NP ????

We didn't find Kicking Horse very noisy -- the train horns were far away, and the road noise was not too bad. Great location -- lots of great hikes nearby. It's about a half hour from there to Lake Louise. We did not like the Lake Louise campground -- really loud trains all night long.
profdant139 02/25/17 06:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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