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RE: Most Succesful Pop Up Aussie TC : Going Strong

Fantastic! Is there a link to a floorplan?? Thanks for posting this.
profdant139 01/25/15 11:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

VT Skier, what are you nervous about? And define "older" -- I am 62, and we boondock all the time. Yes, there are things that we have to do to compensate for age -- I can't lift really heavy things without very carefully positioning myself, for example. But as they say, age and judgment is often better than youth and ignorance!
profdant139 01/23/15 10:22pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 12 volt mattress pad warmers

We have discovered that even when the interior of the trailer is in the low 20s (yes, we have a thermometer), we are fine without any heat source during the night -- just a thick down comforter and a couple more blankets on top of that. The problem is getting out of bed in the night and in the morning -- we wear Russian lamb's wool hats and lots of warm clothing. And yes, that is a buildup of ice on the inside of the window behind DW: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TNiZHe1ca2I/AAAAAAAACbY/A9IqlgMAaRA/s1600/2010+10+17.JPG height=300 width=500 How cold does it get? Once, the cord on our coffee maker froze -- this is not a trick shot: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TNiQhFnDiZI/AAAAAAAACYA/ZYvj4QMLTHI/s1600/2010+10+12.JPG height=300 width=500 On second thought, that 12 volt bed warmer is sounding pretty good!
profdant139 01/23/15 10:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Not a TC...but bear with me

I don't have a TC, but anyone who would wonder why you have a TC is someone who does not understand the advantage of true mobility. A TC can go places that no other RV can go. We have chosen a very small trailer because it has a little more space than a TC, and we use the trailer as a base camp and then hit the back roads with the truck. But there are places a trailer or a big rig just can't handle.
profdant139 01/22/15 03:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

It's too depressing to go to Griffith Park to see the stars -- it requires a long struggle across the entire LA basin, and then when you get there, there are hordes of people and not enough parking, and then the sky is so light-polluted that you can't even see Polaris.
profdant139 01/22/15 01:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

But speaking of Arizona and stars and RVs, I just stumbled across this: Butterfield RV and Observatory They have a 16 inch telescope on premises, and a nightly star show! Does anyone know if this is a worthwhile place to stay? On the map, it does not look particularly rural -- lots of brightly-lit shopping centers nearby.
profdant139 01/22/15 10:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Nope -- never been to Q. We try to go to places where there is no one else around, since we spend most of the year surrounded literally by 20 million folks.
profdant139 01/22/15 10:13am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Jeff, where is Plomosa?
profdant139 01/22/15 09:14am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

DAS, there are several "recipes" on the Internet for binocular mounts, including a ball mount on a monopod that looks like it would stop the jiggles. I hope you have better luck at Joshua Tree than we did -- we had three cloudy nights in a row, which is probably a record!
profdant139 01/21/15 10:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Posting pictures within text messages

This is a practice post -- I want to make sure that the photo is not too large -- this is a sunset at Joshua Tree in early January 2015: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--OF4VRlwNr4/VL0_d77jH5I/AAAAAAAAN3k/tRC1MMDv9PQ/s1600/sunset%2Bcottonwood%2Bcg.jpg width=600 (On edit -- that looks good to me! I hope it is in compliance with the new rules.)
profdant139 01/21/15 05:19pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Forums/Blogs/Magazines Question

Wow, Jon, I did not know about your collection of links -- this is great stuff. Thanks for taking the time to put this together and maintain it! I have bookmarked your "portal" page. If CommuterCruiser had not asked that question, I never would have known. Well done!
profdant139 01/21/15 05:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Olympic National Park - 50' - where to camp?

Gosh, PawPaw, I really liked Hard Rain. True, it is not fancy. But it is very quiet and rural. There is an elk herd that hangs out in the area. It is well-located. And there is a cafe there with really great food.
profdant139 01/21/15 09:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Headed to Alberta - need help!

I really agree about the Lake Louise campground -- that was one long night, with the horns waking us every 45 minutes or so. We left after the first night, something we almost never do. Yoho is not too far away (a half hour) and much quieter.
profdant139 01/20/15 05:03pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Olympic National Park - 50' - where to camp?

Since you are targeting the Olympics, you might be interested in our blog post -- we spent a month in Northern Washington last September, and this is the entry about the Olympics -- lots of pictures: Olympic Peninsula blog post
profdant139 01/20/15 04:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Maintence questions...Furnace. AC, Water, Fridge?? basic ???

I use a shop-vac on the burner orifices of the fridge and the water heater every year, but I am not sure it is necessary -- there is always some road dust that gets inside the vent covers.
profdant139 01/20/15 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ultra light TT

We are on our second Fun Finder -- well-made, well-insulated, light, and not too expensive. But our manufacturer, Cruiser RV, just got bought by Thor (which makes Airstream), so we will see what the future holds.
profdant139 01/20/15 03:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trip report: Joshua Tree National Park

Yes, Tiger -- a busy national park is not our first choice, nor is the desert. But it was nearby, and it was also near my father in law's home in La Quinta. We were pleasantly surprised by the hiking -- the views were terrific, and the "climbing" was a lot of fun. I put "climbing" in quotes because our gentle boulder-scrambling is nothing compared what the real climbers tackled. If they mess up, they could fall to their death. If I mess up, I fall to my bruise and scrape. No comparison.
profdant139 01/20/15 01:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Trip report: Joshua Tree National Park

We spent a couple of days at Joshua Tree -- if you have a few minutes, please feel free to check out our blog posting: JNTP Blog Post
profdant139 01/20/15 10:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Putting more into my travel trailer than it's worth!

Here is another way to think about the inevitable loss when selling -- take the net loss and spread it out over all the nights you have spent in that RV. On a per-night basis, it is probably a pretty good deal. Ten years ago, we bought our first trailer (used) for $7000, fixed it up, and sold it after six seasons for $4000. We lost $3000, but we camped about 50 nights per year, or 300 nights in total. That's ten dollars a night -- not too bad. (This does not count the cost of the improvements, like new cushions and so forth, or the value of my labor, which was worth at least a dime an hour, given my skill level.)
profdant139 01/20/15 10:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Boon, I was referring to California beaches, where we do have tar, some of it from drilling, some of it natural.
profdant139 01/20/15 10:42am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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