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RE: San Diego to Santa Barbara - Best way thru/around LA

On PCH, watch out for the bicyclists! Also, the answer to the OP's question depends a lot on the day, the time, and the weather. Early on a weekend, just sail up the 5 to the 405 to the 101. In wet weather, don't go. On a weekday, leave San Diego any time between 8 pm and 3 am. Check Sigalert.com and Google Maps for traffic as you are driving -- zigzag on alternate routes if something major pops up. Listen to 1070 am for traffic on the fives (1:05, 1:15, etc) for last minute info.
profdant139 03/05/15 09:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Death Velley..stars and trucks

Actually, icanon, although their star photos were very good, if you look carefully you can see "light domes" at the edges of several shots, probably from Las Vegas. The stars in Death Valley are quite good, but I have seen darker skies in southern Utah. But compared to urban Southern California, it's all great!
profdant139 03/04/15 06:18pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cool the person, not the air

The biggest problem in Florida is the humidity. Out West, even in hot weather, a wet washcloth is often all that we need, because the air is so dry.
profdant139 03/04/15 03:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Death Velley..stars and trucks

Quite a trip -- those folks look a lot younger and more adventurous than I am!
profdant139 03/04/15 03:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: WASHINGTON STATE PARKS

I agree that Oregon parks are somewhat nicer than the Washington parks -- but they both beat California by a mile. I am glad to pay the higher prices up north for nicer campgrounds -- I wish that California would follow suit. The parks in Calif are threadbare and neglected and over-used. It wasn't that way 30 years ago.
profdant139 03/04/15 09:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for Montana, Idaho, Washington

Save time for both the North Cascades (especially the Mt. Baker area) and Mt. Rainier. This is a shot of Mt. Shuksan near Mt. Baker: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aDq1llXyTcA/VD30NIWOnII/AAAAAAAALcA/UPseHMKurjw/s1600/shuksan%2Bfrom%2Bptarmigan%2Bridge%2Btrail.jpg height=400 width=600 Here is a blog post with a lot of photos: Northern Cascades And this is Rainier: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TIRBomewPEI/AAAAAAAACOg/o6-rH8w_eHc/s400/18+frs+paradise+glacier.jpg height=400 width=600 Here is the blog post, with more photos: Rainier
profdant139 03/03/15 06:06pm Truck Campers
RE: A quick Hello...

I am a big fan of little trailers -- I have had two 13 footers -- BUT I live and camp mostly out West, where we don't get nearly as much rain as on the East Coast. So if I lived in Rhode Island or thereabouts, I would get a trailer just big enough so that I would not go stir crazy during a couple of rainy days. I don't know what size that would be, but I am pretty sure that my very little trailer would not be adequate for a really rainy climate.
profdant139 03/03/15 05:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gary went boom

Well done -- a merry elf with a mischievous look is way better than a grumpy pirate!
profdant139 03/03/15 12:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gary went boom

Gary, is that guy your orthopedic surgeon?? I think we'd all be much better off with pictures of that nurse instead. ;)
profdant139 03/03/15 09:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A quick Hello...

Just to add some balance, I have found an honest dealer. Check Yelp when you are choosing a dealer, if you have several to choose from. And blutoyz, welcome to the club! I hope you enjoy trailering as much as we have.
profdant139 03/02/15 04:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Staircase Escalante at the end of March

Calf Creek is a pleasant hike -- a little sandy at times -- look for the huge petroglyphs on the canyon walls across the creek. This shot of the waterfall was taken in April of 2006: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--qJq82JiOcc/VHjVfQUP0dI/AAAAAAAAL7Y/wXhEzy20jVY/s1600/calf%2Bcreek%2Bper%2Blightroom%2Bnov%2B2014.jpg height=600 width=400
profdant139 03/01/15 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: Best route from Malibu to Palm Springs

Texas, you can tow in Calif at about 59 mph without a ticket. I know the limit is 55, but it is often not safe to go that slowly -- folks (including the trucks) will be swerving around you all the time. I have sailed past the CHP at 59 many, many times while towing -- no problem. The trucks go about 62 -- a little too fast for me.
profdant139 02/26/15 12:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Shock Absorber Addition to Travel Trailer

I had the dealer add shocks. It seems to help a lot. We do a lot of rough road towing -- the California freeways are in bad shape, and then we go onto dirt roads in the national forests, very slowly.
profdant139 02/26/15 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Monument Valley Utah

Yes, 2Gypsies is (are??) right -- Goosenecks would be a disappointment if you are hoping for lots of neighbors to talk to -- it can get kind of lonely out there. That is my trailer hunkered down on the edge of the cliff, a long way from anything else: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GeXy4iqO8DI/VNJrYaFhT2I/AAAAAAAAN7k/a-GuCIMqyWg/s1600/2010%2B10%2B25%2Bgoose.jpg height=400 width=600
profdant139 02/25/15 10:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Darkest sky Utah, Az, Nm???

Cedar Breaks is a great idea -- it's at ten thousand feet! I would bet that the stars are perfect, unless there is light pollution from St. George? Even so, I am sure that is a winner - nice and cool during the summer, too.
profdant139 02/25/15 05:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Monument Valley Utah

Gary, it is one thing to take a big rig up and down the Dugway. It is quite another to have to back up so that someone can pass you! If I could be sure that I would never meet anyone on the narrow part of the road, I could take my trailer up and down, all day long. But the only room to pass is at the hairpin turns, if I recall correctly. I hope your leg is not bothering you too much! Please give our regards and condolences to the Amazing Nurse with the Red Hair.
profdant139 02/25/15 11:36am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where do you boondock.

With reference to the question about refilling the water, we sometimes ask the rangers if we can fill at the ranger stations, and they often say yes. We carry a hose, of course. We also carry several six gallon jugs in the truck and refill them at campgrounds. We then haul them back to the trailer. The hardest part is lifting the jugs up to the fill spout!
profdant139 02/25/15 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Monument Valley Utah

I am not sure I would take a big rig into VOG without scouting -- depending on the time of year and the grading of the road, there can be some fairly steep little ditches across the roadway. You probably would not get stuck, but the back end could hit or drag. But no problem -- the commute from the Goosenecks into VOG with the toad is very short and easy.
profdant139 02/25/15 09:19am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Northridge Ca to San Diego

A few more tips: both Sigalert.com and google maps offer real-time traffic info -- they sometimes differ from each other, but it is worth a last minute check before deciding on a route. And if you have a savvy navigator riding shotgun, that person can look on a smartphone and call an audible (as they say in football) so that you can jig and jog and take alternate routes as needed. Try to travel in the predawn hours -- that is the only uncrowded time here. Listen to KNX 1070 am radio on the 5s -- 1:05, 1:15, etc. They often have last minute info from the CHP or Cal Trans that does not show up on Sigalert or Google Maps for another ten minutes. Isn't this fun? Welcome to So Cal!! And say a silent prayer for those of us who commute through all of this every morning and night.
profdant139 02/24/15 04:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Northern CA and Southern Oregon Camping in April

Crater Lake is a long way from anywhere, and there is not a whole lot to do there. But don't miss it! It is one of the wonders of the world, in my opinion. This picture captures the actual, honest to goodness color -- this picture has not been altered at all: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TIQ-syenXzI/AAAAAAAACKY/8wJIk-cAgZg/s400/50+real+color.jpg height=400 width=600 And if you are there in warm weather, toward the end of summer, bring your bathing suit and a towel and hike down to the bottom -- it is amazing to swim around in that indigo blue: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TIQ-slUuSeI/AAAAAAAACKQ/AXazU46V6U0/s400/51+swimming+in+color.jpg height=400 width=600
profdant139 02/24/15 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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